“Homeowners are gravitating towards sustainable choices during kitchen renovations, and it is interesting to see the intersection of economics and environmental concerns. The most frequent reason behind choosing sustainable options is long-run cost effectiveness, with environmental-friendliness as a secondary consideration,” said Marine Sargsyan, Houzz staff economist.
In addition, “we are seeing a significant increase in the median spend for minor remodels, when homeowners partially upgrade their cabinets or appliances, and may tackle plumbing or electrical issues.” Almost half (47%) of homeowners opt for a timeless design as a sustainable choice during renovations, while the most frequently cited reason for incorporating sustainable options is “long-run cost-effectiveness” (74%), making choices that are environmentally friendly is also top of mind for more than half of renovating homeowners (54%). Pendant lights saw a slight decline of three percentage points compared to last year, the survey found. While shaker-style cabinet doors remain the most popular choice for kitchens, the category dropped this year by three percentage points to 61%.
Upgraded kitchen islands serve as storage solutions, with both drawers and cabinets with doors increasing to 79% (from 74% and 78%, respectively).