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Salt Lake Real Estate: What’s in Demand? Kitchen Storage!

February 1, 2021
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Are you in the real estate market, wondering what the latest trends are in home renovations in 2021?  Here’s a tip: Greater Kitchen Storage Is in Demand and Opening Your Kitchen up to an Outdoor Space

Kitchen storage is a top priority among renovating homeowners, finds the 2021 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, based on a survey of more than 2,000 homeowners planning or in the midst of a kitchen remodel. Renovators are paying closer attention to their cabinet and pantry storage.

Many of the surveyed homeowners turned their attention to upgrade their kitchen cabinets, either replacing them or refacing the ones they already have. Also, the percentage of homeowners adding or upgrading a pantry space is on the rise. Nearly half of homeowners upgraded their pantry cabinets, and one in eight added a walk-in pantry—both up compared to last year, the survey finds.

An image of kitchen counters and cabinets underneath, extending from the bottom right toward the center left

“Storage has really come into focus as people have spent more time at home during the pandemic,” says Liza Hausman, Houzz vice president of industry marketing. “We’re seeing an increase in the amount of cabinetry added in renovations, and more homeowners are reaching out to professionals on Houzz for help making their kitchens work better, most often within the same layout and square footage.”

The focus remained heavily on adding storage in the kitchen, while other upgrades like kitchen light fixtures and appliances decreased have over this past year, the study found.

A picture of a modern kitchen with appliances along the left and a large island in the middle of the frame

Here are additional highlights from Houzz’s kitchen study:

  • Bolder island colors: Forty-one percent of renovators differentiated their island cabinet color from the colors in the rest of the kitchen. Blue and gray are the top choices for nearly half of homeowners with contrasting island cabinets. However, only 13% chose these colors for their main wall cabinetry.
  • Trending cabinetry: Shaker-style and white cabinet doors continue to be the top choice among renovators, despite decreasing in favor by five percentage points compared to last year.
  • Added built-ins: Renovations for cabinetry also tended to include built-in specialty organizers, drawers, or trays. The most popular organizers in the kitchen installed are for cookie sheets and spices, the study finds. The most common specialty drawers included are pullout waste or recycling drawers. More than a third of kitchen renovations also included specialty shelving trays, such as revolving trays (such as Lazy Susans) or pullout or swing-out trays.
  • Not so open: The number of homeowners renovating their kitchen spaces that created an open concept floor plan by opening up their kitchen to other spaces in the home has ped significantly over the past year (53% in 2019 to 43% in 2021). But one in five homeowners is opening up their kitchen to outdoor space (22%).
  • Appliances added to the island: Nearly two-thirds of homeowners renovating their kitchens add in an island, and more than half added an appliance to the island. The most popular appliances to include within the island are a dishwasher and microwave.
  • Hardwood appeal wanes: Hardwood flooring ped from the top-choice for flooring to number 2, behind ceramic or porcelain tile this year. Vinyl continues to grow more popular; 19% of renovators chose vinyl or resilient flooring last year, up 5 percentage points compared to 2019.
  • Neutrals dominate: Neutral tones like gray, white, and beige on wall surfaces continue to dominate. Owners are adding in some color but reserving those color punches for multicolored backsplashes or blue walls.
  • High-tech faucets and appliances: More than half of homeowners who upgraded their faucets and appliances sought more high-tech models. Wireless controls for appliances are gaining popularity.
  • Median expenditures: The median expenditure on a major kitchen remodel—in which all the cabinets and appliances are replaced—was $35,000 last year. The median spend for a minor remodel is about $8,000.

Article from Realtor Magazine.

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*No Showings on Tuesday Jan 12* Nestled among the hillsides of a quiet and friendly neighborhood, this charming home and property has so much to offer. As you enter the home, you are welcomed into a modern yet comfortable home. Not only is the kitchen spacious and open with sinks on both the island and the main counter slab, the Wolf gas range and range hood will give you the proper equipment to make your culinary skills reach the next level. As you retreat to your master bedroom, you are drawn to the double sided fireplace that can keep both your room and master bathroom cozy and warm. As you descend to the basement, you are engulfed with a very large theater room equipped with the excellent lighting, surround sound, entertainment system, and kitchen/bar. Although this home has plenty of storage, you will enjoy the over-sized 3-car heated garage with extra depth and height. This property has the perfect mix of size and low maintenance of a yard. Covered in wooded hill side, the property has over 60K worth of landscaped terraced yard. As you walk through the green, private trail, you will find a secluded bench, play set, trampoline flat, and picnic table. Offering the most appealing mountainous and majestic sunrise views, it is topped off with the sound of the running water falls and deer visitations. If you need more peace and nature, you are just minutes from Hobbs Reservoir and Kays Creek Nature Park. Finding a home like this is a rarity that you do not want to miss out on. Call for more details. Square footage figures are provided as a courtesy estimate only and were obtained from County records and estimated measurements from the sellers. Buyer is advised to obtain an independent measurement.


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**No Showings until Thursday** Conveniently located off of the Mountain View Corridor in Herriman, this premiere townhome community is a great place to live. The breathtaking views and nearby outdoor activities are endless for those who love to explore. The townhome has a bright, open living room and kitchen area with plenty of storage space. The master suite has a large bathroom and a walk-in closet and the basement has tons of storage space as well. Other amenities at Sky Ridge include a pool, a clubhouse, a tot lot, and a picnic pavilion.

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Home For Sale: 4 Beds 3 Baths 3,297 SqFt


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Grover, Utah

Home For Sale: 2 Beds 2 Baths 1,200 SqFt


687 S SR 12 HWY #1, Grover UT 84773

This floor plan is ‘To Be Built’ on this 5.2 acre lot in Grover, Utah. Or this lot can be purchased separately (see MLS 1712319). Final home design and price to be determined. Electricity available, water right allocation and well permit and well to be drilled, along with board of health septic tank perk test. Designated building site, CC&R’s for quality construction, sustaining value, and low environmental impact. Located seven miles from the Capital Reef National Park. Endless recreational opportunities, dazzling star gazing of the Milky Way, natural landscaping for privacy, private gated driveway, and views of the surrounding native land. Contact agent for more details. Addition home design options can be found at

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