GHBA Remodelers Council: Get update on latest trends for kitchens

April 13, 2017

Keeping current with trends in home remodeling is one of the many services members of the Remodelers Council can provide for homeowners - especially when it comes to the kitchen.

“A lot of things have stayed on the kitchen hot list for a while, but a few new things are becoming trendy,” said Kevin Vick, owner of Vick Construction & Remodeling. “Among them is honing in on how to integrate the dining and living areas.”

Making the right choices when updating the kitchen makes the space more functional and visually appealing, and leads to a higher resale value, he said. Here are a few of today’s most popular options.

Update your countertops

Clients are moving away from granite, opting for man-made materials.

“Many clients request countertops that are hard and dense, yet beautiful,” said Vick. “People go with solid colors, or something that mimics natural stone.” He said he also gets requests for islands with eat-in bar tops.

Stephen McNiel, founder of Creative Property Restoration Inc., has noticed a movement toward engineered materials.

“Customers love the durability and antimicrobial properties of these types of countertops,” he said. “Everyone loves marble, but not the potential for staining - and with these new products, it’s really hard to tell the difference.”

Keep it bright

Homeowners are sticking to white cabinets, light-colored walls and more lights. Sherry Pruitt, owner of Whodid It Designs, said clients want light and an open space with a lot of flow.

“Adding lights is another popular - and affordable - change,” she said. “People are realizing they have many options, such as including LEDs, which add warmth and brightness.”

McNiel agreed that LEDs are another change that has taken off.

“You can add them to narrow spots, under cabinets, or showcase a backsplash,” he said.

Get tech-y

Homeowners want home-automation devices that control everything.

“Now, switches all around the house can be operated with an iPhone,” Vick said. “And touchless faucets are very popular for home chefs.”

Fine finishes

Most clients request a natural-looking finish. McNiel said most of his clients want wood floors through the first floor. “Houses are so open these days that there aren’t different floors in different rooms,” he said.

Pruitt agreed that people want wood, engineered wood or tiles that look so much like wood they can’t tell the difference.

Vick predicts copper sinks will be this year’s major kitchen trend. It’s not just about functional, he said; people are drawn to the warm tone of these artistic centerpieces.

With many options available for kitchens, guidance from a professional can make a major difference in the remodeling process as well as the finished result.

This article was reprinted from the GHBA Houston Remodeling Guide. The Remodelers Council is dedicated to promoting professionalism and public awareness of the remodeling profession through education, certification and service to the Houston community. For information on this article, please contact Lorraine Hart at lorraine@idealconsulting.net. To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, please visit www.ghba.org.