Kitchen Design Trends in Luxury Homes
While many Chicago luxury home buyers tell me that the only thing they make for dinner is reservations, a kitchen can make or break a deal. It not only has to resonate with the buyer’s aesthetic, it has to be open, welcoming and functional with the latest bells and whistles and, ideally, a built-in coffee station. It’s where they see themselves at the end of a long day, sorting mail while pouring a glass of wine, supervising homework, or catching-up with family and friends before going out to dinner. The kitchen island is command central in 2018 kitchen trends in luxury condominiums and homes.
Insight from Houzz's 2018 Kitchen Trends Study (download the study)
>At least 18% of kitchens in the midst of renovations today are updated by homeowners 55 years old or older. And they’re not renovating to add value to their sale; most renovators plan to say in their homes for 10+ years.
>Clutter is out, and storage is a priority over all other functions: built-ins, pullout bins, organizers, and wine-bar cabinets are the focus of new designs, followed by attractive and functional working, living, and entertaining spaces.
>Countertops are the top splurge feature and engineered quartz is the most popular material. According to Houzz, granite continues a three-year decline.
>Typical of my buyers, the first question is “can this wall come down?” Open and airy is preferred as modern and traditional styles give way to transitional and contemporary. L-shapes are preferred over more traditional U-shaped kitchens. 40% more homeowners are choosing to increase their kitchen size.
>Kitchens that open to other interior spaces is the design choice of half of renovating homeowners, with a completely open transition. When possible, doors are added for immediate access to an adjoining deck or garden.
>Along with the designer, the AV technician is part of the renovation team to integrate the newest electronics, including wireless speakers and new appliances with high-tech features.
>San Francisco has the highest kitchen renovation cost averaging $70,000 for a major remodel.
>One in two homeowners are choosing wood or wood-like materials for flooring. However, while engineered wood or laminate floors are on the rise, natural hardwood continues to be the most popular among urbanites, along with contemporary design and ranges over cooktops.