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Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling Trends: 2015 Vs. 2014

By on Mar 25, 2016
Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling Trends: 2015 Vs. 2014

Every February, ImproveNet looks back at the kitchen and bathroom remodeling trends over the last year. While new insights are always fascinating, it gets even more interesting when you compare to the year before.

As any home remodeler knows, trends come and go. What was hot one day may completely die out the next. Fortunately, the popularity of most kitchen and bathroom projects did not change much from 2014 to 2015. Nevertheless, other data, such as timing and budget, did show some unique results.

Continue reading to see how kitchen and bathroom remodeling trends changed from 2014 to 2015.

Bathroom Remodeling


After analyzing over 350,000 bathroom and kitchen remodeling projects, a few distinct trends emerged.


  • There was no specific time of year that the volume of kitchen remodels spiked in 2014 or 2015.
  • Kitchen remodels saw a much higher portion in the $10,000 - $30,000 range.
  • Timelines for kitchen remodeling projects tend to be more flexible and long-term focused than bathroom renovations.
  • Cabinets and countertops were the most popular remodeling items.


  • The volume of bathroom renovation projects spiked in March and August/September for both 2014 and 2015.
  • A large portion of consumers budgeted between $1,000 - $5,000 for their bathroom remodeling project.
  • A majority of consumers reported their timelines as flexible and/or within two months.
  • Flooring, shower/bath and sinks were the most popular remodel items.



Looking at overall numbers, the budgets for both bathroom and kitchen renovation projects did not change as much as expected. For kitchens, the largest increase from 2014 to 2015 came in the $10,000 to $30,000 range (excluding “I Don’t Know”). However, while more people spent up to $30,000, fewer homeowners budgeted $30,000 or more (6% in 2015 to 8% in 2014).

See the full kitchen budget comparison below:


Kitchen Budget - 2014


Kitchen Budget - 2015

As our kitchen renovation cost estimator dictates, the average price for a kitchen remodel is $17,226. Therefore, it’s no surprise that more homeowners budgeted in that $10,000 to $30,000 range.


For bathroom remodeling, few ranges were altered over the year. The only recognizable difference came in the in $1,000 range. While 16% of homeowners budgeted up to $1,000 in 2014, 22% budgeted an equal amount in 2015.

See the full bathroom budget comparison below:


Bathroom Budget - 2014


Bathroom Budget - 2015

Given the results, it’s safe to say that most homeowners are taking on smaller bathroom remodeling jobs as opposed to complete bathroom overhauls. Nevertheless, since the average price of a bathroom remodel is $7,920, we expect this number to go down in the coming year.



One of the biggest revelations that came from this survey dealt with project timelines. Homeowners want their projects done sooner rather than later. While every timeline depends on a multitude of factors, from project severity, available budget, size and so on, in general, bathroom remodeling projects are smaller jobs when compared to kitchen renovations. Nevertheless, it seems homeowners wanted their kitchen projects completed sooner than their bathroom projects.


  Kitchen Timing - 2014


Kitchen Timing - 2015

As you can see above, the percentages did not change much from 2014 to 2015. However, take note of the “Less than 2 months” sections. According to the data, 32% of our respondents said they would like to complete their kitchen remodeling project within two months.


Much like kitchens, the bathroom percentages did not change much over the last two years. However, as discussed above, the immediacy certainly stands out when compared to kitchens.


Bathroom Timing - 2014


Bathroom Timing - 2015

As you can see, in 2015, 40% of respondents wanted their bathroom renovation completed in less than two months. Given that on average, bathroom remodeling jobs are smaller, it’s surprising that more homeowners wanted their kitchens remodeled faster than bathrooms. Nonetheless, you have to give the people what they want.

Remodeling Updates


With budgets and timelines out of the way, we can focus on the actual projects homeowners and contractors are completing. To no surprise, cabinets and countertops were the two hottest projects from both 2014 and 2015. Additionally, both saw at least a 9% increase year over year with countertops seeing the biggest surge among any kitchen remodeling project.

2014 Vs. 2015

Kitchen Updates

Note: While many homeowners answered all questions, some chose not to participate in this section of our survey.


As opposed to kitchens, we saw an even spread across the board in terms of what elements to remodel. Of all bathroom remodeling projects, 56% of respondents planned to repair or install a new toilet (the least popular project). The three most popular bathroom projects revolved around showers/baths, flooring and sinks. The top three did not change from 2014 to 2015.

2014 Vs. 2015

Bathroom Updates

Note: While many homeowners answered all questions, some chose not to participate in this section of our survey.


As you can see, both kitchen and bathroom remodeling trends did not change much over the last two years. Despite numerous remodeling reports pointing to an uptick in home remodeling projects, we don’t expect these numbers to change much in 2016.

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