How to Stay Healthy this Winter? Remodel Your Kitchen!


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Survey identifies relationship between good health and remodeled kitchens

Houzz’s 2017 Kitchen Trends Study surveyed homeowners who were in some stage of renovating their kitchens last year or this year. One-third of respondents reported that they were leading healthier lifestyles after remodeling their kitchens, while the other 67 percent said they were equally as healthy as before.

More home-cooked meals with healthier ingredients

  • Homeowners with redone kitchens tend to cook more meals at home
  • Order less takeout food
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Three-quarters of those surveyed cook at home more than five nights per week in their renovated kitchen, while half said it gives them the benefit of more time with family.

Kitchen remodels mean opening up living areas

Continuing a trend that emerged in last year’s survey, half of all homeowners who remodeled their kitchens opened them up to other rooms or outdoor spaces. Thirty-six percent made their kitchens larger than they were before, with nine out of 10 replacing countertops, backsplashes, sinks, and faucets.

The most popular color? White

Contemporary-style kitchens are gaining popularity and have replaced transitional as the most common design motif. White is the most popular color for countertops and backsplashes — particularly for millennials. That generation is more than twice as likely to choose white walls and backsplashes and gray walls and floors as baby boomers are.

Upgrading appliances

Eighty-three percent of remodelers replaced at least one kitchen appliance, with about three-quarters of them upgrading dishwashers, refrigerators, and microwaves. Stainless steel was the most popular appliance finish, chosen by 72 percent of respondents. Fifty-two percent of renovated kitchens use gas appliances, up 5 percent from the previous year’s survey.

An overwhelming majority — 88 percent — of kitchen remodelers hired a professional to do the job, with $25,000 to $50,000 the most common cost range for completed renovations. About one in 10 homeowners spared no expense on their new kitchens and spent in excess of $100,000 — most likely older homeowners, as Houzz notes that millennials are more driven by keeping remodeling costs under control.

Contact Keith Katzman for Moraga Real Estate: 925.376.7776

Looking to buy or sell a home in Moraga? Contact Keith Katzman–a Moraga native with more than 30 years of industry experience.

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