Kitchens are one of our most requested projects, and with good reason.  Homeowners spend a lot of time in their kitchens, making functionality and design equally important. In addition, kitchen remodels continue to offer a good return on investment. According to the 2018 Cost vs Value report, produced by Remodeling Magazine, a major kitchen remodel will recoup about 87% of its cost in resale value. So we thought we’d share some of the most popular kitchen design trends, and show you how we’ve implemented them in some of our recent projects.

Open Spaces

The open concept floor plan continues to be extremely popular among homeowners. In their 2018 Kitchen Trends Study, Houzz reported that 49% of homeowners are choosing to open up the kitchen to other spaces in the home or making kitchens more open to outdoor spaces. The open space allows for more interaction and easier entertaining. This is one kitchen trend that is probably here to stay.

Open Floor Plan showing kitchen, dining and living rooms


Clear the Clutter

Homeowners have indicated that keeping kitchen surfaces clear of clutter is a huge priority. Trash pull outs, drawer organizers, abundant cabinet storage and wine/bar cabinets have become increasingly popular.

pull out spice drawer and appliance cabinets



Quartz countertops have eclipsed granite countertops in popularity. This may be due, in large part, to the fact that quartz is a lower-maintenance and more durable stone. Because quartz isn’t porous, these countertops are stain resistant and don’t require sealing each year, like granite does. There are a variety of available colors and patterns available, many which mimic the look of natural stone.

Kitchen remodel featuring quartz countertops


Backsplash Tile

Plain white subway tile is taking a backseat to more stylish backsplash designs. The backsplash has become an area where homeowners can get a little creative and have some fun with colorful designs and bold patterns. As Classic’s General Manager, Kim Williams, notes, a backsplash “gives homeowners an opportunity to be creative and express their personal style. Think of them as an accessory – like adding jewelry to an outfit.”

New Kitchen featuring decorative backsplash tile


To see more Classic kitchens, check out our online portfolio. And if you’d like to learn more about some of the popular kitchen design trends for this year, check out the results of Houzz’s kitchen survey.

Want to know what we’ve been up to? Check out the latest issues of Charleston Home + Design magazine and Charleston Living Magazine! Classic Remodeling kitchens were recently featured in both publications.

The Charleston Home + Design feature showcases a West Ashley home where we demolished an outdated, unused enclosed porch to make room for the new kitchen addition, and updated the living/dining areas and master bath. This new space has a more modern feel and is perfect for doing lots of entertaining!

Charleston Home + Design Kitchen Feature


In Charleston Living we feature another West Ashley project where the owners wanted to update the kitchen in their 1957 home, but wanted to retain the character and charm of the space. We accomplished that by keeping a wood cabinet with the same feel as the originals, but with a more modern design.


The full articles are available in the current issues of Charleston Home+Design and Charleston Living Magazine. For more photos of these Classic Remodeling kitchens and other projects, you can visit our online portfolio or check us out on Houzz.