What Buyers Really Want In A Kitchen

Dated: 11/11/2019

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Let’s talk about two of everyone's favorite subjects: you and your kitchen. In a recent Houzz survey, homeowners were asked to answer a series of questions about their kitchen remodeling plans. The results are in and, wow, you all really hate your current kitchen counter-tops. Can’t we all just get along with tile and Formica? Apparently not. Of the 7,812 people who responded, 94 percent plan to replace their counter-tops — and fewer than 10 percent intend to use either of those classic materials.

Half of you will choose granite as the replacement, followed by 36 percent who will choose quartz. In fact, based on what the survey found, we can pretty much guess what your dream kitchen might look like.

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It looks a lot like this, which — surprise! — happens to be the kitchen photo that’s been added to the most ideabooks on Houzz, and is one of the top 10 photos saved to ideabooks from July through September of 2013.

What is it about this kitchen that so many of you like? Well, 75 percent of you want soft, neutral colors in the kitchen. And 65 percent of you will choose stainless steel appliances and half will select a tile backsplash.

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The majority of you are starting from scratch, either designing a kitchen as part of new construction or gutting your existing kitchen and beginning anew. So why not make it exactly what you want?

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If you could really have it your way, most of you would opt for a nice, big range like this one. More than 50 percent of you said a "chef's stove" was your dream appliance, followed much farther behind by double ovens (18 percent) and an induction cooktop (9 percent). 35 percent will opt for hardwood floors.

My mother would toast the 7 percent of you who said a wine refrigerator topped your kitchen wish list.

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Three-quarters of you will create a kitchen that's open to other spaces, like the dining and living rooms. Naturally, this offers an ideal opportunity to incorporate an island into your design, so 61 percent of you plan to include one.

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Improving the overall look and feel of the kitchen was cited as the main motivating factor for remodeling, followed by improving function. Upgrading appliances and improving storage came next.

Surprisingly, increasing home value came in at No. 5 as a motivating factor, barely beating out the desire to have an open floor plan and to improve entertaining space.

That means, for the most part, you’re remodeling your kitchen for you, not a future buyer. And many of you are also doing it with the environment in mind. Nearly half of you (49 percent) say that using ecofriendly appliances and materials in your kitchen is important. Go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back for that.

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One survey respondent probably spoke for many people when she said, "I have more ideas than I have kitchen and funds." 

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