Kitchen Design Deconstructed

With spring just around the corner, and after months spent inside, homeowners are beginning to emerge from their wintery cocoons with a new-found resolve to change their living space.

What was the final straw? It’s difficult to say. Perhaps it was the overcrowded disorganization of entertaining friends and family over the holidays, or just too many hours spent indoors with a less-than-functional living space. Whatever the reason, it seems homeowners are often ready to renovate once the warmer days of March and April roll around.

For those homeowners with a substantial kitchen renovation (and budget) in mind, it can be an exciting and overwhelming time. From the initial design concept to the finished project, homeowners must make countless design, colour and product decisions. How many decisions, you ask? A lot!

Over the next few months, we’ll be examining the key components of a kitchen renovation and reviewing some of the many choices available each step of the way.If you have any specific questions you’d like answered, please feel free to reach out to us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!

Decluttering and Increased Storage Remained a Priority for Homeowners in 2017

A recent study by Houzz U.S. gave us a peek inside the design aspirations of over 1,700 homeowners who are currently undergoing or have completed a kitchen renovation. It seems the biggest design hurdle that homeowners would like to address continues to be decluttering countertops and adding additional storage.

The Houzz study revealed that kitchen remodelers are determined to:

  • declutter their counters (75 per cent);
  • put things away (66 per cent);
  • make recycling a priority (49 per cent).

The majority of homeowners surveyed also prioritized storage over all other functions of their kitchens (63 per cent), followed by a space in which it is easy to work, play and live (38 percent), entertain (32 per cent) and clean (32 per cent).

How are kitchen designers addressing homeowners’ obsession with a clutter-free counter? With a variety of cabinet storage and organization features, including

  • pull-out waste or recycling baskets (67 per cent);
  • cookie sheet/tray organizers (58 per cent);
  • revolving corner trays (44 per cent);
  • deep drawer organizers (42 per cent);
  • pull or swing out trays and shelves (42 per cent).

The Biggest Splurge?
A stunning new countertop was the most common major feature upgraded during renovations (94 per cent) and most commonly splurged-on item (42 per cent).

Engineered quartz is the most popular countertop material (43 percent), overtaking granite (34 per cent) which has seen a three-year decline in popularity.

For additional storage and countertop space, nearly two in five homeowners are adding kitchen islands, with those in rural areas being 20 per cent more likely to add an island than those in urban areas.

The Shape of Things to Come
An increasing number of homeowners are choosing a completely different kitchen layout style compared to the past two years. Traditional and modern styles are giving way to transitional, contemporary, and farmhouse styles with homeowners preferring an L-shaped space to the more traditional U-shaped kitchen layout.

Tech in the Kitchen
Wireless speakers and new appliances with wireless or voice controls are being integrated into today’s kitchen designs. These preferences continue to evolve as new devices, such as home assistants become more commonplace.

View the 2018 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study.