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A Peek into UK and Irish Kitchens

To kick off 2015, we surveyed Houzzers in the UK and Ireland about their kitchen remodeling plans. We found that British and Irish Houzzers are updating their kitchens on average every 13 years. By comparison, Houzzers in the U.S. wait an average of 16 years before updating their kitchens. U.S. homeowners are also four times more likely to wait over 30 years to make renovations.

What motivates kitchen updates? A new home purchase tops the list (38%), followed by a dislike for the old kitchen (30%). It’s not surprising that personalizing spaces is key as homeowners in the UK and Ireland spend nearly three hours a day, on average, in their kitchens.

When making updates, they’re substantial, with nearly two thirds of homeowners in the UK and Ireland increasing the square footage of their space. Open-plan kitchens are in vogue and will make appearances in over half of new kitchens.

As for ‘must-have’ elements, 42% of Brits admitted that a kitchen or dining table was essential for gathering around for family meals, cups of tea and relaxed chatting. This was closely followed by a TV, breakfast nook, music system and – most surprisingly – a wood burner. There won’t be any need to leave the kitchen at this rate!

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