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5 Kitchen Renovation Trends from Houzz Study

These five kitchen trends topped the 2024 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study. Consumers are focused on open spaces, sustainability and durability. 

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2024 Houzz Kitchen Trends Study
The Houzz Kitchen Trends study points to open spaces and sustainability on consumer wish lists.

Knowing what types of designs and products are popular with homeowners can help you plan projects and understand your clients’ motivations better. Houzz continually stays on top of trends through surveys and other research. Here, Houzz present ssome highlights from its latest report, the 2024 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends study, based on survey responses from more than 3,400 homeowners on Houzz.

1. A Return to Open Spaces

Creating separation naturally became more popular during the COVID pandemic, with only 38 percent of homeowners opening up their kitchens to other interior spaces in 2022 versus 53 percent in 2019. But now we’re seeing a gradual shift back to the open concept: 40 percent of homeowners went this route in 2023, and 43 percent are doing or planning to do so in 2024.

“We’re seeing a return to more open-concept spaces following a brief drop in interest during the pandemic, when people sought separation and privacy from other household members,” Houzz staff economist Marine Sargsyan says. “Creating a more open kitchen appeals to homeowners for both functional and aesthetic reasons, but doing so may impact the project’s overall budget, requiring more technical changes, such as modifying walls and changing the layout.”

2. Service Providers Are Being Hired More Often

Overall, the share of homeowners hiring professionals to help renovate their kitchens remains at 84 percent, the same as in 2023. However, perhaps as a result of wanting to modify walls and change layouts to an open concept, homeowners are hiring certain service providers at higher rates. In 2024, the rates stand at 55 percent for general contractors, 35 percent for cabinetmakers, 25 percent for kitchen designers and 16% for interior designers, versus 50 percent, 32 percent, 22 percent and 15 percent, respectively, in 2023.

Given the uptick in cabinetmaker hiring, it’s not surprising that the preference for custom and semi-custom cabinets has risen as well. Among homeowners renovating their kitchens in 2024, 35 percent are opting for semi-custom cabinets, versus 31 percent in 2023, and 45 percent are going for fully custom cabinets, versus 44 percent in 2023. The share choosing stock cabinets has dropped by 4 percent.

3. Complex Projects Are More Frequent

Another reason certain service providers are being hired more frequently is likely the increase in frequency of complex projects. For instance, the percentage of renovating homeowners who are modifying kitchen walls (39 percent) and completely changing the kitchen’s location (7 percent) grew by 3 points each year over year. Additionally, 45 percent of homeowners are changing the kitchen’s layout and 43 percent are changing kitchen systems. The latter share is up by 2 percentage points.

4. Sustainability Remains a Top Priority

The vast majority of homeowners (91 percent) incorporate sustainable features during a kitchen renovation. The four most popular product types are LED bulbs (67 percent), energy-efficient appliances (62 percent) timeless design (47 percent), and light dimmers (47 percent, up by 4 percentage points). While water-efficient fixtures are down by 2 percentage points, they’re the fifth-most-popular choice (32 percent), followed by energy-efficient windows (28 percent). 

The top reason for incorporating sustainable choices is that they’re cost-effective in the long run (71 percent), but 55 percent do so for environmental friendliness. In fact, 3 percent of renovating homeowners have hired or are hiring an eco-focused professional in 2024.

5. Durability Matters

Dovetailing with an interest in cost-conscious and sustainable choices, durability is one of the top two considerations for homeowners choosing a new countertop material (58 percent) and a new cabinet material (47 percent). The No. 1 consideration for both, however, is look and feel (73 percent and 80 percent, respectively). The factors in third place are cost of the cabinet material (40 percent, down by 4 percentage points) and ease of cleaning and sanitizing the countertop material (41 percent, up by 3 percentage points).

As for appliances, the top two considerations are functionality (69 percent, up by 5 percentage points) and quality (58 percent). But look/feel isn’t far behind, at 55 percent, and 22 percent of homeowners care about energy efficiency.

Download the full 2024 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends study.

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