Get Inspired in 2023
Homeowners in Alaska continue to dream and look for inspiration to make their homes the envy of the neighborhood. With many Anchorage homeowners continuing to work partially from home, the role of the kitchen has been transformed into serving as multifunctional spaces. New kitchen designs account for these new roles that include office, study, library, café, dining room, classroom, and other purposes. As a result, these new demands have encouraged homeowners nationwide to invest more in the most important room in their home, according to the just-released 2023 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study.
There is a subtle shift in cabinet preferences according to the Houzz Kitchens Trends Study. Homeowners nationally and in Alaska are gravitating from Shaker-style cabinets to flat panel alternatives. While Shaker remains the number one choice among Alaska homeowners and others nationwide, its popularity declined by 3 percentage points to 61% of all kitchens. Flat panel cabinets increased to 20%.
Custom cabinets remain the most popular choice among homeowners nationwide and that makes sense. Custom cabinets enable Anchorage homeowners to get the exact look and functionality that they want, where they want it, and how they want it. It enables homeowners to make a personal and distinct style and design statement and thoroughly enjoy using their kitchen for many years.
The ability to obtain the custom look that most homeowners crave, requires replacing all of the existing cabinets during the remodel. That is the trend nationwide as well according to Houzz. Almost two in three kitchen remodels involved replacing existing cabinetry.
Homeowners increasingly are opting for wood-toned cabinets, representing about a quarter of all cabinet colors selected. White continues to be the most popular color choice selected in 40% of kitchen remodels nationwide. Another popular trend we see locally and nationwide is to select an island base color that differs from upper cabinets. This is the choice nearly half of all homeowners selected for their kitchen remodel.
Kitchens are also getting smarter thanks to technological innovations in faucetry (voice activated, touchless and smudge proof) and appliances (Wi-Fi connectivity, app controls), hidden docking and charging stations, wireless speakers and stereo systems, voice and app activated lighting and smart temperature controls.
Homeowners in Alaska are increasingly gravitating to more sustainable options for their dream kitchens. More than 90% of kitchen remodels in 2022 featured sustainable products and systems. The most popular are LED lighting, energy-efficient appliances and water-efficient fixtures. The two compelling reasons Anchorage homeowners are specifying sustainable products and solutions are to save money and to benefit the environment.
If you want to receive additional inspiration to create the kitchen of your dreams, call our showroom at (907)561-9299 or make an appointment to visit us at 122 W. 22nd Avenue in Anchorage.
One of the most frequent regrets among Alaska homeowners who renovated their kitchens in the past several years is not paying more attention to organizational tools and storage needs. We almost always propose a storage plan that addresses how often they cook, entertain and hold family gatherings.
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The role of the kitchen has been transformed during the global pandemic for homeowners in Alaska. While the kitchen has always been considered the epicenter of the home, kitchens have evolved into multifunctional spaces that serve as offices, libraries, studies, classrooms, conference rooms, cafes, and hobby centers among numerous other roles.