The kitchen is a focal point of any house and without a doubt the heart of the home. That being said, it’s important to know what homeowners are looking for in such a vital part of their everyday life. According to a recent Houzz survey, improving the overall look and feel of the kitchen was cited as the main motivating factor for remodeling, followed by improving overall function. Below is a list of important traits homeowners are looking for in a kitchen:

Multi-Purpose Kitchens
Everyone wants a kitchen that comfortably serves multiple purposes. Nearly two-thirds of the people surveyed by Houzz spend three or more hours a day in the kitchen. They cook, bake, eat, socialize, read, watch TV and do work/homework there! If a kitchen isn’t set up to comfortably entertain these activities, they aren’t interested.

Open Floor Plan
Nearly half are making their kitchens more open to indoor and outdoor spaces. Two-thirds of updated kitchens will have a connection to the outdoors, typically through a single door!

Specialty Storage
The majority of homeowners who are updating their kitchen cabinets told Houzz that they are incorporating specialty storage like pull-out waste bins, and wine and bar cabinets.

Hardwood Floors
Among the 72 percent of homeowners who are updating flooring during their kitchen renovation, hardwood is most popular in all regions, with the exception of the South, where ceramic or porcelain tile is the top choice. More of the renovating homeowners in the West are opting for engineered wood than anywhere else in the country, according to the national survey.

New Cabinets
Among the 81 percent of kitchen renovators updating their cabinets, the majority are opting for custom-made or semi-custom cabinets.

Durable Counters
Among the 93 percent of homeowners who are updating countertops during their kitchen renovation, the majority told Houzz that they appreciate the lasting qualities of natural stone materials. Granite competes with engineered quartz and quartzite, especially in the West. One in four is combining two or more materials in their kitchen countertops.

Lighting
Four in five renovating homeowners are updating lighting in their kitchen renovation, including under-cabinet, recessed and pendant lighting. Over half of the lighting updates include three or more lighting types!

A third of renovating homeowners surveyed said they are spending $25,000 to $50,000 on kitchen renovations and another third may spend more than $50,000. Over half of homeowners are upgrading kitchens that were last remodeled 21 years ago or longer!

Builders’ General has helped hundreds of families create the kitchen of their dreams. With the convenience of having expert designers at each of our five locations, free design, and free delivery, we will give you the resources you need and the time you deserve to make the decisions that are best for you. We are easy to work with and will help you every step of the way, giving you piece of mind!

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