The kitchen is the heart of every home, and it’s important that your custom kitchen reflects your unique style and personality. If you’re looking to build new or remodel your existing home, consider incorporating the latest kitchen design trends to make your space both functional and stylish. In this article, we’ll explore some custom home kitchen ideas that incorporate the latest design trends.
First Things First: Look for the Right Custom Home Builder
When it comes to building a custom home, finding the right custom home builder is crucial. Look for a company that has experience designing and building beautiful, yet functional kitchens, and make sure to ask for references and check their online reviews. You want to work with a builder who can create a kitchen that not only looks great, but also functions well and meets your specific needs.
Tip #1: Give Yourself Space to Move
Possibly, the most important thing to consider when designing a kitchen is the use of empty space. When family and friends get together, they usually gather in the kitchen. As a rule of thumb, it’s nice to have at least 48″ between countertops and around an island for people to move and work freely without getting in each other’s way. The more space, the better!
Tip #2 Consider Incorporating a Walk-In Pantry
Storage is so important in home design, especially in the kitchen. If you love to cook, there’s no limit to the amount of gadgets, spices, ingredients, etc. you may need to use. Not only does a walk-in pantry allow you to store dry goods and cooking utensils behind closed doors, but if designed right, it can become a great place for food prep or even a coffee bar. The possibilities are endless.
Tip #3: Make Your Kitchen Dual Purpose By Eliminating the Dining Room
Over the course of the last four years, we’ve started to move away from dedicated dining rooms in our designs. They take up a considerable amount of space and are rarely ever used. In most cases, the dining room is used during the holiday season when friends and family gather together.
By expanding the kitchen into the would-be dining room space, the island can grow substantially and act as the main dining space. Some of our islands have been as large as 5’x 12′ with seating on all four sides. That’s large enough to seat 14 people comfortably!
Tip #4: When Selecting Cabinets, Opt for Simplicity and Functionality
When it comes to kitchen cabinets, simplicity and functionality are key. Choosing a style with simple lines and less detail makes for easy clean up when the kids spill an entire glass of milk or launch a plate of spaghetti. It’s also a great way to modernize a classic style like a Modern Tudor or Farmhouse. Blending old with new can be a lot of fun!
Tip #5: Bring the Outdoors In
Last but not least, your kitchen should interact in a positive way with the outdoors. Here in Minnesota, we have just a few warm months before we’re locked indoors for the winter. Having a ktichen that is adjacent to an outdoor entertainment space takes advantage of those precious summer months. A few simple ways to accomplish this is with a large sliding door between the kitchen and a deck/patio, or a sit-up bar at the kitchen window. Both allow your guests to be a part of the action while enjoying the sunshine!
Ready to Bring Your Custom Home Kitchen Ideas to Life?
Incorporating the latest kitchen design trends into your custom home kitchen is a great way to make your space both functional and stylish. Work with Renaissance Builders, a custom home builder and custom remodeling company in Minnesota, who can help bring your vision to life. Consider incorporating natural materials, smart technology, and simple, timeless design elements for a space you’ll love for years to come.