If you follow home improvement trends, you’ve probably read in recent years that Americans are willing to significantly invest to create beautiful dream kitchens. More than half of homeowners planning a renovation will upgrade their kitchen, and nearly four in five would give up something for a year — such as a family vacation or date nights — in order to get the kitchen of their dreams, according to a new survey from home appliance manufacturer, LG Electronics.

If you’re planning a kitchen renovation, here are the key areas to consider, according to homeowners who responded to LG’s survey:

Aesthetic appeal

More Americans are drawing inspiration from showcase kitchens featured in home design shows, websites and magazines. They’re no longer content with just looking, however; they want to create that stunning visual effect in their own kitchens. Twenty-six percent of those planning to renovate their kitchen say aesthetic appeal is the primary driving factor.

Better appliances


Homeowners see premium appliances as essential to their kitchen upgrade and are willing to pay more to get the best. Nearly half said they would be willing to spend more on a top-of-the-line refrigerator and 44 percent felt the same way about ranges. In fact, nearly nine out of 10 said they would pay top dollar for a premium appliance, especially if it is ENERGY STAR-certified (64 percent), offers a 10-year warranty (60 percent) or has advanced features or functionality (49 percent).

Countertops and cabinets

Functionality still is important to homeowners, with 40 percent citing that they would like their kitchen to be more functional, whether they plan to renovate or not. Specifically, homeowners wish their kitchen had more counter space (44 percent) and additional cabinets (37 percent).

From eco-friendly composite countertops and engineered stone with enhanced durability to classic materials like natural granite and butcher block, homeowners have many options for countertops that look great and function beautifully.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.