Kitchen renovations tend to be major construction projects, with renovating homeowners often updating plumbing (81% replace faucets/plumbing fixtures) and electrical (79% replace light fixtures). With these major updates, the vast majority of homeowners renovating their kitchen hire home remodeling and design professionals to help with their projects (85 percent), according to the 2020 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study*. Remodelers, including general contractors and kitchen remodelers, are the top category of hired help (61% combined). 

While a large majority of homeowners replace major features during kitchen renovations, they have scaled back the breadth of upgrades for the second year in a row. For example, upgrades to countertops and sinks are not as widespread (89% and 83%, respectively) compared with two years ago (94% and 90%). However, financial investment in kitchen projects continues to grow, with median spend on major kitchen remodels** completed in mid-2019 at $35,000, up 17 percent from a year ago ($30,000).

Interestingly, nearly all homeowners make some updates to their kitchen cabinets during renovations (94%). While most replace all cabinets (68%), one in four opts for partial cabinet upgrades (27%). These vary from refinishing the exterior (64%) to replacing some cabinets (25%) to replacing cabinet doors only (18%). 

Top kitchen activities post-renovation include cooking (94%), dining (70%) and baking (60%), however many use the kitchen for entertaining (53%), socializing (44%) and doing work (23%). Interestingly, one-third of respondents report that they are more healthy following their project (33%). 

For additional findings the 2020 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, check out the full report at this link.

*Houzz survey of nearly 2,600 U.S. homeowners using Houzz who are in the midst of, are planning or recently completed a kitchen project, was fielded between June and July 2019.

**A major kitchen remodel refers to a remodel in which at least all the cabinets and appliances are replaced.