Survey: Open-concept kitchens resonate in 2013

A new Fall Houzz Kitchen Remodeling Survey demonstrated that open-concept kitchens are trending this year, though homeowners aren't necessarily looking for increased square footage.

Of the 7,500 Houzz users surveyed who are planning a kitchen remodel, only a third are expanding, though three-quarters are opening up their kitchens, and 3-in-5 are incorporating kitchen islands.

An overwhelming number of respondents (94%) also said they were changing their countertops, with granite and quartz being the popular choices (86%). 

Other trending items were stainless steel appliances (preferred by two-thirds of respondents), with many choosing to combine them with appliances integrated into the cabinetry. "Soft and neutral" colors also prevailed (75%), and nearly half said they valued eco-friendly appliances and materials.

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