By Mary Boone
The cabinet style, solid-surface countertops and oversized countertop microwave date this kitchen.
A granite counter here, new cherry cabinets there. Anyone who’s ever undertaken a kitchen remodeling project knows those costs can add up quickly. According to the Remodeling Magazine 2012-13 Cost vs. Value Report, the national average cost for a high-end kitchen makeover is now $53,931.
Because they’re such a large investment, most homeowners hope to end up with a finished product that looks fresh as long as possible. What’s hot and trendy today may be out of vogue in a year, making your kitchen look outdated before you’ve had a chance to break it in.
Even before the first sledgehammer is swung, John Petrie, 2013 president-elect of the National Kitchen and Bath Association and owner of MH Custom Cabinetry in Mechanicsburg, PA, encourages homeowners to answer one important question: Who is this remodel for?
“Is this something the homeowners are doing for themselves, for their own enjoyment?” he said. “Or, do they need to update to be able to sell their house?” The answers to these questions can help drive design choices for the kitchen and beyond.
“Many of the projects we’re working on now are for homeowners who love the layout of their kitchen, but they don’t love the crystal or frost finishes on oak cabinets that they chose 20 years ago,” he said. “We’re also seeing people replace the solid-surface countertops that were popular in the ’90s with more updated quartz or granite.”
While no one can say for sure which kitchen features will stand the test of time, here are eight trends you may want to avoid to keep your remodel looking relevant for years to come.
Appliance garages
Keeping small appliances behind closed doors was a notion that gained a lot of fans in the 1980s and ’90s. Unfortunately, these garages ate up a lot of valuable counter space. Today’s homeowners generally choose to keep often-used appliances right on the counter, and pull-out drawers are terrific hideaways for blenders, mixers and more.

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Kitchen Remodel? Avoid These 8 Trends to Keep It Current Longer