Designer    Statistics 03 Mar 2017

A new kitchen could aid the switch to a healthier lifestyle says industry giant Houzz

Open-plan living remains popular, with over half of kitchens more open to nearby rooms following renovations (59%). Nearly two thirds of kitchens also gain square footage during updates (63%). With these larger spaces, homeowners spend more time with their families (69%) and entertain more frequently (51%).

A new kitchen could be the key to unlocking a healthier lifestyle, according to the 2017 Houzz UK Kitchen Trends Report. The survey of over 3,100 UK homeowners using the Houzz website, who are in the midst of, are planning, or recently completed a kitchen renovation project revealed  that more than a third of kitchen updaters report a healthier lifestyle post-renovation (35%).

The research found that 43% of those surveyed, cook more meals at home as a result of their kitchen upgrade, with nine in ten enjoying five or more home-cooked meals per week (91%). Other significant habit changes post-renovation include eating more fruit and vegetables (23%) and reducing the amount of takeaways and delivery meals, as a third boast that they are ordering in less (36%).

Along with these positive lifestyle impacts, the majority of kitchen updates also include a style change (88%). Contemporary tops the kitchen style list for UK homeowners (56%), with traditional and country styles trailing behind (10% and 7%, respectively). Not surprisingly, neutral colour schemes are preferred in the majority of kitchen upgrades, with white (50%), grey (18%), and beige (12%) the top three wall colour choices. Green and blue, however, only make modest appearances on new kitchen walls (5% and 4% respectively).

The most popular features to replace or upgrade in a kitchen renovation are cabinets (93%), worktops (93%) and taps (90%). Of the 89% investing in appliances, more than four fifths opt for a dishwasher (82%) and fridge freezers (78%). Among the more unusual appliances, homeowners are choosing boiling water taps (24%) warming drawers (18%) and drink fridges (16%). Many who are upgrading their appliances also opt for hi-tech features such as colour touch-screen displays (17%) and wireless controls via smartphone or tablet (12%). With such substantial investments, it’s unsurprising that kitchens command big budgets; more than one in 10 homeowners spent over £50k on their kitchen in 2016 (16%) and another 22% spend between £25k and £50k.

“Houzz research has shown that the majority of kitchen renovations are unlikely to be motivated by the desire to improve a home’s resale value,” said Nino Sitchinava, Principal Economist at Houzz. “With the growing trend of homeowners staying put, the return on investment from a kitchen renovation is less tangible, instead measured in healthier habits, personalised spaces and more face-time with family and friends.”


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