Kitchen renovations are having their moment not only in terms of updating for functionality but also for the pure pleasure of the homeowner.
If you’re planning a kitchen renovation, here are the key areas to consider, according to homeowners who responded to a survey done by home appliance manufacturer, LG Electronics.
More Americans are drawing inspiration from showcase kitchens featured in home design shows, websites and magazines. They’re no longer content just looking; they want to create that stunning visual effect in their own kitchens. Twenty-six percent of those planning to renovate their kitchen say aesthetic appeal is the primary factor.
In changing their overall style, homeowners may consider modernizing their kitchens with distinctive styling palettes that include sleek, clean lines, unique knobs and handles, beautiful yet functional task lighting and leading-edge technology.
Homeowners see premium appliances as essential to their kitchen upgrade and are willing to pay more to get the best. Nearly half (49 percent) say they would be willing to spend more on a top-of-the-line refrigerator and 44 percent felt the same way about ranges. In fact, nearly nine out of 10 (89 percent) say they would pay top dollar for a premium appliance.
From convection ovens that distribute heat more evenly through relocation of the heating element from the bottom of the oven to the back to an energy-efficient refrigerator that features pro-style details and cabinet-depth styling, new top-of-the-line appliances are available from leading premium brands, such as LG Electronics’ high end kitchen line, LG Studio.
Countertops and cabinets
Functionality is still important to homeowners, with 40 percent citing that they would like their kitchen to be more functional, whether they plan to renovate or not. Specifically, homeowners wish their kitchen had more counter space (44 percent) and additional cabinets (37 percent).
From eco-friendly composite countertops made of recycled paper and engineered stone with enhanced durability to classic materials like natural granite and butcher block, homeowners have many options for countertops that look great and function beautifully. Traditional woods like oak, maple and cherry, and modern choices, such as stainless steel and bamboo, give homeowners virtually endless options in cabinet design.
In today’s world, homeowners are not only remodeling their kitchens for resale value but for the personal satisfaction of loving their kitchen.