According to Houzz, the respondents to the kitchen trend study indicated that homeowners prefer their kitchens to be open to other rooms. In addition to more space, respondents also indicated they prefer to incorporate a kitchen island as well. As more homeowners embark on major renovations to their home, many have been opting for a larger, open kitchen to connect with at least one adjoining living area in order to evolve their kitchen into the home’s social hub. “Regardless of the age of clients, their number one request is, “we want a kitchen where we can hang out with family and friends.” The open kitchen design supports a much more relaxed and informal way of living, which is the way most people want to live.” Mick DeGiulio, principal in DeGiulio Kitchen Design stated in “Professional Remodeler” magazine,
The kitchen of today is the new living room. The open-kitchen trend is here to stay because homeowners who have adopted the design are increasingly pleased with the results. Homeowners are even eliminating a formal dining room so they can incorporate that space into the kitchen in an effort to create space they will actually use everyday.
“The open kitchen design has changed the hierarchy of home design. Today the kitchen has become the priority. It’s occupying the choice space in a home in terms of best views and square-footage allocation. It is receiving the same attention to architectural detailing and appointments you would see in more public spaces such as living rooms. This also means it has become a priority in terms of budget,” says DeGiulio.