Sylvia and I just picked kitchen cabinets for our new home yesterday, then I saw this article from Realtor Magazine Online this morning about how people pick kitchens.
Our primary criteria for picking cabinets was 1) what would be expected in a home in this price range for resale value, and 2) Is it something we like (we went with stained Alder) and that isn’t trendy or likely to go out of style, and 3) what features do we wish we had now that we want to make sure we have in our next home (pull-out trashcan/recycling cabinet, pull-out pots and pans drawers, solid smoth counter surface instead of tile).
I don’t know what category that puts us in from the list below. I think most buyers have a blend of different needs. For example, a friend of mine made sure to have a TV cabinet in his new kitchen. I could care less about having TV in the kitchen. If, however, I thought my resale value would be hurt by not having a TV in the kitchen, I’d put it in and just not use it.
Kitchen cabinetmaker Merillat surveyed new home buyers and analyzed the results using a statistical clustering program. Four distinct segments of kitchen users emerged:
This group wants all the prestige features because social status is important to them and their kitchen is the star of their home. Appealing accoutrements include an adjoining office, morning room, and wine cellar. Luxury Leaders also like appliances that make entertaining convenient.
This group sees the kitchen as a family gathering place. They prefer mainstream décor that is low maintenance and able to withstand heavy use.
Home owners in this segment spend a great deal of time in their kitchens multi-tasking, doing everything from paying bills to folding laundry and helping with homework. They appreciate products that improve efficiency and cut clutter.
These are well-educated people who spend more time working than they do at home. They see their home as an investment and they are more concerned about resale value than they are about usability. One feature they do appreciate is a large island, which can function as a landing zone at the end of the day.