New Kitchens Lead to Healthier Lifestyles

Houzz Study Reveals

For many, a new kitchen means a healthier lifestyle, according to the 2017 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Survey. The survey of more than 2,700 U.S. homeowners using Houzz who are in the midst of, are planning or recently completed a kitchen renovation project revealed that a third of kitchen updaters report a healthier lifestyle post-renovation (33 percent). That includes cooking more meals at home (41 percent), with three-quarters cooking five or more meals at home per week (76 percent). Other healthy habits post-renovation include eating less takeout (34 percent) and more fruits and vegetables (26 percent).

While the positive lifestyle impact of a new kitchen is consistent across age groups, Millennial homeowners (ages 25-34) and Baby Boomers (ages 55 and older) vary widely in the choices they are making for their renovated spaces. When it comes to style, Millennial homeowners are more likely to opt for Modern or Farmhouse while Traditional style is nearly twice as popular with Boomers. Overall, contemporary has surpassed transitional as the top kitchen style (22 percent and 19 percent, respectively, in 2016-17 projects versus 19 percent and 21 percent, respectively, in 2015-16).

Age also comes into play with major built-in features and color preferences. While pantry cabinets and islands remain popular across the board (41 and 40 percent respectively), Millennial homeowners are more likely than Baby Boomers to install them (52 percent versus 40 percent for pantry cabinets and 49 percent versus 36 percent for islands). White cabinets continue to dominate (42 percent, up from 38 percent in 2015-16 projects), and white countertops are gaining popularity (21 percent, up from 18 percent in 2015-16 projects), especially among younger homeowners (32 percent of Millennials versus 18 percent of Baby Boomers). Gray remains the top wall color for all ages (up four percent from last year), but it is especially popular among Millennials (43 percent versus 22 percent for Baby Boomers). While stainless steel appliances continue to be the norm (72 percent), seven percent of homeowners opt for trendy black stainless steel.

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