The kitchen is the most remodeled room in American households. The National Kitchen and Bath Association recently published a study on Kitchen remodeling. The study concluded that more than 10 million kitchens in the US (nearly 10% of all US kitchens) were remodeled to some degree in 2015. The report involved results from a survey of 532 homeowners, 259 builders, 126 remodelers, and 161 general contractors who were involved with kitchen remodeling work that year. Here are some of the trends found by the survey.
What homeowners want
The most popular features that homeowners were looking for in a remodeled kitchen were new flooring, custom cabinets, new countertops, stainless steel sinks and faucets, and smart appliances. While new flooring, cabinets, countertops, and sink fixtures have always been staples for kitchen remodels, the sudden interest in smart appliances were a surprise. Smart refrigerators can show homeowners what’s in their fridge while they’re out shopping so they know what they need to buy thanks to a camera inside. Smart ovens can be preheated through the tap of a button on a smartphone so it’s ready to go when the homeowner gets home with that frozen dinner.
How much homeowners are spending on kitchen remodeling
The majority of US homeowners weren’t spending a fortune on kitchen remodeling. Approximately 41% of the homeowners surveyed said that their remodel cost $1,500 or less. These projects were simply replacing one or two of the major appliances. Another 22% reported spending between $1,500 and $5,000. About 18% did major remodels costing between $5,000 and $10,000 and the last 19% went all out spending more than $10,000 to remodel their kitchens.
Almost 80% of homeowners who remodeled their kitchens choose to get at least one new appliance as part of the project. The most popular appliance to be replaced was the refrigerator at 85%. Nearly three-quarters (74%) of homeowners choose to replace their range oven and 69% chose to replace their dishwasher.
Granite was America’s favorite countertop material probably because of its balance of nice appearance and durability. Quartz and marble are prettier materials but they’re also more porous and are more likely to stain or show score marks from knives. After granite, laminate was the second-most popular at 23% and marble finished off the top three at 19%.
Though wood flooring was by far the most popular look when it came to flooring, hardwood wasn’t the most popular material. It’s apparent that while homeowners like the look of wood flooring, they don’t like it’s susceptibility to dents and water damage. The two most popular flooring option for those surveyed was laminate (32%) and ceramic and stone tiles (31%) and both were designed to simulate the look of hardwood more often than not. Actual wood flooring came in at third place with 18%. Tile is the most durable of the three but laminate is a good middle ground since it’s more durable than actual wood and a lot less expensive that real wood and tile.
Other good ideas
Though not as popular projects according to the survey, new LED or OLED bulbs for the kitchen would be a fabulous upgrade since they’re more energy efficient and they’re a softer light than traditional bulbs. They’re also dimmable so they can be adjusted to suit any mood. Baseboard radiator covers are another great upgrade because they are inexpensive and easy to install and they can update the look of old baseboard heaters which most homeowners think they’re just stuck with.
Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" (188 mm) will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" (238 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" (140 mm – 172 mm) will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" (191 mm – 222 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines. Just measure your overall desired height, subtract 1", drill a hole, preferably in a stud and attach it to the wall with the included screw.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers. Just use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate. To install, slide up from the bottom and make sure the top is at your desired height. Screw to the wall, then bend the front finger up to hold the fin tube in place.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,
you’re ready to order.