Kitchen renovations are number one on the remodel list for 2018. Whether it's the large style shift, or high return on investment, kitchen remodels are on the rise compared to the last 2 years. What are some key components to creating the kitchen of your dreams and working within your budget?
Organization is Key!
One of the largest complaints by homeowners is clutter, especially in the kitchen. There are so many new ways to optimize the space in your kitchen. There are storage items for the backs of closet and cabinet doors, utensil organizers, hanging baskets, pot and pan hangers, pull-out cabinet trash cans, dish bins, and more. In one study, more than 60% of homeowners rated “Easy to Store/Find Things” as the top functional necessity in a kitchen remodel, followed by “Easy to Work/Play,” “Easy to Entertain,” and “Easy to Clean.”
Kitchen Remodels are the Most Requested Renovation of 2018
Kitchen style has varied greatly the last few years which could be a contributing factor as to why kitchens the most requested home remodel this year. While modern and traditional kitchen styles have been most sought after for the last few years, consumers are now searching for more transitional and farmhouse style kitchens. Kitchen technology is also advancing like any other room in your home, like appliances with greater energy efficiency updates. Stainless steel has been the top selection for appliance color for the last few years. Refrigerators are most commonly replaced appliance in the house.
The average small kitchen minor remodel in the US runs about $14,000, while a major large kitchen remodel can average around $42,000. This wide range offers quite a bit of wiggle room for you to budget for your remodel. In Philadelphia, the average professional minor remodel of large kitchen runs around $28,200, while a major remodel will creep into the $50k range. Approximately two in five homeowners chose to begin a remodel because they could no longer stand their old kitchen, whether stylistically or functionally. The rest of the majority of homeowners stated they chose to remodel because they finally had the means to do so!
95% of homeowners will update their countertops with a kitchen remodel, closely followed by kitchen sink, backsplash, and metal fixtures like faucets. Engineered quartz is the top splurge for kitchen and bathroom countertops this year, followed by appliances and cabinets. Nearly half of all homeowners choose engineered quartz over granite.
Stylistically, the most popular kitchen color choices are modern & minimalist. More than 40% chose white, shaker-door cabinets to be installed in their homes, while the number one color for kitchen walls is gray. The number one flooring material and color is hardwood, instead of tile or carpet. Many homeowners are able to cut costs on flooring installation, too.
Across the board, the average size of a renovated kitchen is between 200-250sqft, allowing for more space in rural areas, and slightly smaller in urban areas. In 2018 specifically, there has been a rise in increased kitchen space during a renovation. This increased square footage can come in many forms. For example, many kitchens are being convented into an open layout, where walls or partial walls are removed to create more space. The second most popular way to expand a kitchen includes creating more outdoor space that allows the kitchen to spill out in nice weather.
While there are always trends, there are so many ways to make a remodel your own. Bright Star Handyman Service is willing to work with you on a budget and create the room of your dreams! Reach out to our consultants today to learn more about your future project!