The Lehigh Valley
The Lehigh Valley is the fastest growing and third most populous region in the state of Pennsylvania and is home to over 820,000 residents. The Lehigh Valley is located 90 miles west of New York City and 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia, making it an ideal location for living. Many original homes date back to the 1800s, making kitchen renovations common among residents. Morris Black Designs decided to look into the components found in popular kitchens in the Lehigh Valley.
Storage is Key
When looking into kitchen renovation wish lists, these kitchen cabinet upgrades are on the top of the list. The most popular kitchen cabinet upgrades in the Lehigh valley include: pullout waste and recycling cabinets, a cookie sheet organizer, and revolving corner trays (lazy susans) designed to fit your everyday cooking needs. Custom cabinetry provides us with the luxury of these must have storage spaces. According to Houzz, white cabinetry remains the most popular choice for kitchen cabinet colors with wood (light, medium and dark) in second place. Kitchens in the Lehigh Valley are no exception to this trend.
Wish List items
Stone counters, walk-in pantries, and central kitchen islands top the list of kitchen features desired most by American homeowners including the Lehigh Valley. Homeowners with children want maintenance free materials to keep their kitchens looking clean. Engineered Stone (Quartz) is becoming popular due to its durability and low maintenance factors. We also found that many homeowners are willing to sacrifice the size of their kitchen for a spacious walk-in pantry. Long gone are the days where people gather around the kitchen table for every meal. We discovered that many families are opting for a large kitchen island with seating instead.
Modern Must haves
Higher end appliances like Sub-Zero and Wolf are trending upward as more families are utilizing their kitchens. Higher end appliances appeal to the modern chef due to their sleek look and ability to fit seamlessly with the design of the kitchen. People also want to stay connected in the kitchen by utilizing built in charging stations and charging drawers for their wireless devices. Microwave drawers are another luxury that we’ve been seeing more and more in the area. Installing a microwave below counter height makes it easier to access and takes up less wall space.
Keep it Contemporary
Mixing kitchen styles has become more popular in recent years. According to a survey conducted by the National Kitchen & Bath Association, contemporary kitchens have surpassed traditional kitchens to become the second most popular North American kitchen design. Transitional kitchen designs still take home the prize for most popular. We continue to see mixed styles emerge such as rustic contemporary, mid-century modern, and industrial.