How People Upgrade Kitchens and How Much They Spend

The kitchen is the most popular room of the home to renovate, according to Houzz research, and those who choose to remodel the heart of their home have some definite preferences. After all, the No. 1 reason they choose to renovate this area is no longer being able to stand the old kitchen. Read on to find out about how much money people are spending on kitchen renovations — and on what.

The 2017 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, from a research team led by Nino Sitchinava, Houzz’s principal economist, reveals that homeowners updating their kitchens prioritize changing out countertops, backsplashes and sinks. A majority of kitchen renovators are also choosing a more open feel for this room.

How People Upgrade Their Kitchens and How Much They Spend

How much does it cost? The most common budget — as well as actual spend — on a kitchen renovation remains $25,001 to $50,000, according to the survey. Only 9 percent of kitchen renovators spend more than $100,000; just 4 percent spend less than $5,000. We hope the numbers help give your own project some dollars-and-cents context.

How People Upgrade Their Kitchens and How Much They Spend

If I see that backsplash one more time… The top motivator for renovating a kitchen continues to be that owners can no longer stand the old kitchen. An increasingly popular reason is finally having the financial means, the triggering factor for 40 percent of renovators, compared with 37 percent the year before.

How People Upgrade Their Kitchens and How Much They Spend

Countertops before electronics. Countertops are the most popular feature to upgrade, followed closely by backsplashes and kitchen sinks. Notably, a majority of kitchen renovations (51 percent) open the space more to a nearby room, reflecting the ongoing popularity of the great-room concept.

How People Upgrade Their Kitchens and How Much They Spend

Contemporary moment. In terms of style post-renovation, contemporary has surpassed transitional in popularity among kitchen renovators, the survey found. Style preferences have an interesting correlation with age group: Millennial homeowners (ages 25 to 34) are more likely to choose modern and farmhouse style, while baby boomers (ages 55 and up) are more likely to prefer traditional style. Millennial homeowners are also more likely to install kitchen islands.

How People Upgrade Their Kitchens and How Much They Spend

White cabinets aren’t going anywhere. White cabinetry remains the most popular choice for kitchens, with wood coming in second (representing a combined 29 percent, when light, medium and dark woods are added up). A greater share of millennials (47 percent) are likely to choose white cabinetry than baby boomers. Among the older group, only 41 percent choose white.

How People Upgrade Their Kitchens and How Much They Spend

Do you buy for looks or durability? Granite and quartz came in neck and neck for the most popular countertop choices, with butcher block or wood slab a distant third. When it comes to choosing countertops, 72 percent of homeowners make their choice for the look and feel of the material, while 53 percent choose for durability.

How People Upgrade Their Kitchens and How Much They Spend

To tree or not to tree. Hardwood is in a dead heat with ceramic or porcelain tile for the most frequently selected new material among kitchen renovators updating their flooring. This year, hardwood slipped a bit in popularity, as tile rose. Owners tend to choose flooring material for its look and feel (81 percent), as well as its durability (63 percent). People tend to choose wood or engineered wood for its look, while those who prefer ceramic or porcelain material tend to choose it for durability.

How People Upgrade Their Kitchens and How Much They Spend

Stainless steel is not just for forks. Stainless appliances are the most popular appliance color choice for updated kitchens, with 72 percent of renovating homeowners selecting this finish. White came in a very distant second.

How People Upgrade Their Kitchens and How Much They Spend

If you can’t hang drywall yourself, you’re in darn good company. While some Houzz readers are intrepid DIYers, the majority — 88 percent — hire at least one pro for their kitchen renovations, according to the survey. General contractors are the most frequently hired professionals, chosen by 54 percent of renovating homeowners.

How People Upgrade Their Kitchens and How Much They Spend

Renovate to lose weight? One-third of kitchen renovators claimed healthier habits post-renovation, while the remaining two-thirds of kitchen renovators said they were equally healthy after the renovation. Forty-one percent of homeowners who renovated their kitchens are cooking more at home, 34 percent are ordering less takeout, and 26 percent are eating more fruits and vegetables. A whopping 76 percent of kitchen renovators cook five or more meals at home each week after their renovation. is a great resource for current homeowners and future homebuyers. The beauty of these findings can help anyone who is thinking about renovating their kitchen to sell their home appeal to the greatest opinions. If you are thinking about renovating your home in order to sell, contact our expert agents at RE/MAX Homes and Estates and they can help you make decisions that will get you the highest return on investment!

Where to Live in Nashville: Germantown

Germantown is a neighborhood of Nashville located just north of downtown.  Founded as the city’s first suburb in the mid-nineteenth century, the eighteen-square block area is bounded by Jefferson Street on the south, Hume Street on the north, Rosa Parks Boulevard on the west and 3rd Avenue N on the east.

Where to Live in Nashville: Germantown

Germantown is located next to the Bicentennial Mall Park and the Nashville Farmers Market, providing an exquisite view of the state capitol. Photo Credit: Josh Reeder for

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, Germantown contains a diversity of architecture including buildings erected between 1830 and the present. With a significant concentration of Victorian buildings in the area restored, the neighborhood has an old-world charm. The community takes great pride in the area and features a forum on its website for members’ use.

The center of Germantown is home to several beloved restaurants and hosts the annual Germantown festival and Oktoberfest. Favorite restaurants in the area include Germantown Cafe, Monell’s, Mad Platter, The Cupcake Collection, Silo, and renowned City House.

With a walkability index score of 80, Germantown is considered “very walkable” from

Where to Live in Nashville: Germantown

Germantown also offers another means of transportation through B-Cycle, Nashville’s bike share program. Photo Credit: Josh Reeder for

Home styles in Germantown run the gamut and include historic single family homes, new construction homes, as well as condos, lofts, and townhomes. Click here to search for your place to call home in Germantown.

Where to Live in Nashville: Germantown

Historic tree lined streets in Germantown. Photo Credit: Josh Reeder for

We love Germantown so much that we have added it to the neighborhoods we’re profiling through video. Enjoy the video about Germantown below or click here to see all videos from RE/MAX Homes and Estates.

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2013 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness. The video has been filmed in 2016.

Video: Private Haven sits on over 317 Acres on Kentucky Lake

572 Eagle Shore Drive
Dover, TN 37058

Four bedrooms, four full and one half bathrooms

This 317-acre private haven is exceptionally unique. One of the few opportunities available for prime lake frontage and a hunter’s paradise, the property highlights include over 3,000 feet of lake frontage on Kentucky Lake with a private boat dock for two boats with a lift. Known for its abundance of game large and small due to the woodlands, waters, fields, and sloughs of the region, Flintlock’s ridges and hollows are forested in all hardwoods and the perfect combination for some memory-making hunting adventures.

Video: Private Haven sits on over 317 Acres on Kentucky Lake

When designing their retreat, the owners wanted a home that would lend itself to privacy and comfort for multiple guests and families. With two generous master bedroom suites on the main level and two additional en suites on the second level, each bedroom has a private bathroom, HVAC unit, and private outdoor living space. The quality construction includes solid stone on the exterior and solid stack stone fireplaces, extensive millwork, and allows captivating views from all rooms.

Video: Private Haven sits on over 317 Acres on Kentucky Lake

Within 100 miles of Nashville, this expansive property has room for a helipad and is within miles of a private airstrip with hangar that the current owners have had an agreement with. This inviting retreat is well suited as a weekend getaway, family compound, or as a retreat for corporations, writers, musicians, sportsmen, and healing therapies. It offers a perfect current or future exit strategy opportunity for subdividing and developing with elevations ranging from 400 to 900 feet above sea level; Flintlock boasts spectacular Kentucky Lake views.

For more information on this stunning acreage for sale in Middle Tennessee, contact listing agent:

Marisa Morgan, RE/MAX Homes and EstatesMarisa Morgan

Where to Live in Nashville: Video of East Nashville

We often write about where to live in Nashville – it’s an easy topic because each area is unique and they all have their own amenities.

East Nashville is an area east of downtown Nashville bound by the Cumberland River, I-24/65, and Briley Parkway. The area is mostly residential and mixed-use areas with businesses lining the main boulevards. The main thoroughfare is Gallatin Avenue and Ellington Parkway with smaller arteries interconnecting the neighborhoods.

East Nashville is an area of creative and artistic flair. It has a trendy progressive atmosphere and after ten plus years of a slow and steady rise, the neighborhood has managed to keep its eclectic, artsy vibe while welcoming a diverse mix of newcomers. There are many coffee shops and art galleries interwoven within the neighborhoods making it a bikers’ or walkers’ paradise. The culinary scene is home to some of the most-talked about restaurants, breweries, and bars. In fact, The New York Times featured some of the best from the food scene in this article.

Residents of East Nashville enjoy the small-town feel inside our growing metro area. Beautiful historic homes combined with tree-lined streets and sidewalks blend with new developments of condominiums and lofts. The front porch culture has developed a tight-knit and proud community of residents that lend their time and talents to preserving the authentic character of East Nashville.

Enjoy the video about East Nashville below, or click here to see all videos from RE/MAX Homes and Estates.

We also recommend browsing the sites below for more East Nashville news and resources:

East Nashvillian magazine
Rediscover East Nashville
Eastwood Neighbors Association
East Nashville, With Love
Historic East Nashville Merchants’ Association 

Nashville’s Best Driving Distance Vacation Destinations

Nashville schools will be on spring break next week and spring has sprung across the South. What better way to celebrate than enjoying a quick road trip to a nearby Southern city? We have rounded up Nashville’s best driving distance vacation destinations with drives of less than six hours. With three major interstates crossing through Nashville, your destination options vary!

Atlanta, GA
Distance from Nashville: 248 miles southeast; 4 hour drive
If you are looking for a metro area that offers something for all ages and family members, Atlanta is the place to go. Browse their guide of 50 Fun Things to Do and plan the ultimate vacation for your family. From family friendly attractions and history, to outdoor adventures and award-winning culture, to shopping or professional sports, Atlanta really does have it all.

Asheville, NC
Distance from Nashville: 296 miles east; 4.5 hour drive
If you’re favorite things about Nashville are craft beer, farm to table restaurants, hipsters and outdoor activities then Asheville will offer them all on another level! With an unmistakable mountain vibe, you can enjoy them with about a quarter of the population here at home – less to share the bar, table or trail with. If Cheekwood in Bloom is a favorite spring sight, then you will also love The Biltmore gardens in bloom. Gentle breezes, clear skies and gorgeous flowers are the hallmarks of springtime in Asheville so enjoy the climb and views from the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Nashville's Best Driving Distance Vacation Destinations

Birmingham’s Red Mountain Park Adventure Area has four unique courses. You’ll zip, climb and rappel through the forest for an exhilarating and unforgettable day.

Birmingham, AL
Distance from Nashville: 192 miles south; 3 hour drive
Travel down I-65 and you will find a city reinvented. Birmingham features history, art, food + drinks, parks and so much more. Downtown you can visit Railroad Park, the McWane Science Center, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and Birmingham Museum of Art. Travel just outside of the city center and find outdoor adventures at Red Mountain Park, play golf at Robert Trent Jones, or see The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum – recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest motorcycle collection. The culinary scene here (and in other Southern cities including Nashville) has been shaped by legendary Southern chef Frank Stitt.

Chattanooga, TN
Distance from Nashville: 133 miles southeast; 2 hour drive
While it offers attractions for every age, Chattanooga is a city that knows how to let kids have fun. Their Spring Break Safari outlines the best activities to enjoy over the week long vacation from school. All kids (and kids at heart!) receive a free Spring Break Safari Guide. It can be downloaded online or picked up at any of the Spring Break Safari attractions or the Chattanooga Visitors Center.

Louisville, KY
Distance from Nashville: 179 miles north; 3 hour drive
If Louisville only brings horses and bourbon to mind then you definitely need to visit and see everything else they have to offer. It will be an exciting place to be next week as they host the 2016 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball South Regional Championship. Games will be played on March 24th and 26th at the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville. Enjoy the culinary scene in Louisville with restaurants like 610 Magnolia, Butchertown Grocery and Le Moo.

Tell us: what are your favorite spring break destinations in driving distance of Nashville?

Where to Live in Nashville: Video of The Gulch

What was once a busy train terminal is now Nashville’s hippest and trendiest neighborhood with an industrial vibe, The Gulch. Located just south of Downtown Nashville, The Gulch is a mecca for young adults, urbanites, and professionals who work in Downtown and need an exciting place to unwind.

Where to Live in Nashville: Video of The Gulch

Interstates 40 and 65, the CSX railroad line, and a few blocks of Broadway form the boundaries for The Gulch, which became the only LEED certified Green Neighborhood in the South in 2009. This makes it the perfect place for anyone who enjoys city life but wants to stay conscientious of the environment.

When it comes to real estate in The Gulch, there are many high-rise and upscale condos to choose from. The modern buildings sit just a few steps away from shops and restaurants, and they feature amenities such as swimming pools, fitness centers, views of the city, gourmet kitchens, floor-to-ceiling windows and more. Some of Nashville’s greenest condo buildings are located here, as well. If you are looking for a place that is fun, where there is always something going on, and where the main focus is progress, you can’t go wrong with The Gulch.

Where to Live in Nashville: Video of The Gulch

Its proximity to Downtown and all of Nashville’s biggest interstates makes it a great place for commuters to live. Its shopping, dining, and nightlife make it an even better place to live! Take a stroll down the street — The Gulch is very walkable — and you’ll see names you recognize like Ann Taylor LOFT, Urban Outfitters, and even a McDonald’s, but the majority of retail space is home to smaller independent business like coffee shops, pubs, and eclectic clothing and accessories shops.

Enjoy the video about The Gulch below or click here to see all the Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty videos.

If you’re looking for an urban lifestyle in Nashville, we would love to show you more about The Gulch in Nashville. For more posts from RE/MAX Homes and Estates blog on Where to Live in Nashville, click here: 12 South and Green Hills.