Are you in the process or thinking about remodeling your kitchen or building a brand new home with your very own custom kitchen? With this being one of our specialties, we wanted to share a little guide on what to consider when building your custom kitchen!
Welcome to the Stonehouse Countertops’ blog, your all-in-one research location to learn everything you need to know about stone being used in your home for custom countertops, vanities, fireplace surrounds, floors, patios, walls, and more! These are our specialties, and we strive to be your premier choice in supplying, fabricating, and installing all types of stone surfaces in your home. While stone can be used throughout the home and in your backyard, two of the most common rooms that you will find stone in, and two rooms we love to work in, are bathrooms and kitchens.
As we’ve mentioned in our previous blogs, these two rooms are also the most used in almost every home. We spend a lot of time in these rooms, so it’s only natural to want to create the perfect kitchen or bathroom worth spending all that time in! Since we work with so many of our amazing clients when it comes to redoing, remodeling, and building their dream custom kitchens and bathrooms, we wanted to focus on one of these rooms to talk about what you need to think about and consider when creating this room of your dreams. Today, we are going to be talking about what to consider when thinking about building your very own custom kitchen!
Building a custom home or even just remolding your kitchen can be an overwhelming project. If you have a plan and a good team to work with, it’s possible to avoid that stress and anxiety. Creating a kitchen that is functional, beautiful, and all with that luxurious feel that you’ve wanted is vital to this whole process, and to help you and your family enjoy the kitchen and use it as much as possible. Think about it, the kitchen can become a hub or the heart of the home for your family, and any time guests are visiting. You want it to be a kitchen but it will become so much more than that. It needs to be able to take the beating that everyday life puts it through, but it also needs to look great while doing so. To achieve all of these goals it will take careful planning, so here are some ideas to help make the process as enjoyable and stress-free as possible!
- We first, of course, want you to think about the use of stone in the kitchen. The countertops, the backsplash, the island, possibly even the floors, and as a part of the wall. Tying this look together with consistent colors and patterns can help you create a timeless, classic, and luxurious look that’s enjoyable for you to be in and for your guests to enjoy. Creating a look that is tied together with natural and timeless colors can help you create a space that could someday be appealing to your future buyers. While you might be building for your current life, you will need to design with the future in mind. Let the hard work and dedication you put into designing also help you reap the benefits from when you might sell in the future!
- Remember that while there are many moving parts in creating that perfect kitchen, the key element that will tie the whole thing together are your countertops. Everything happens on top of your counters, giving them a lot of responsibility to stand up to. Today, stone countertops are incredibly popular, can stand up to the challenge of supporting everyday life, and each stone slap is a beautiful piece of art. Stone creates long-lasting countertops that are sanitary, durable, and easy to care for.
- Think about the walkways and space that you and your family will be using and needing every day, especially if you cook often and have a lot of people in your kitchen regularly. Make sure to include plenty of space when designing your walkways and isles to make sure cooking, eating, and enjoying every area of your kitchen don’t feel claustrophobic.
- Storage space can be something that is quickly forgotten about. Make sure to give yourself plenty of storage for foodstuffs and cooking utensils. Also consider extra space for things like a coffee bar, wine bar, a butler’s pantry, a pantry, and extra space for preparing and entertaining. Storage can help keep your kitchen clean and organized, space can be utilized as you desire, and adding an island or breakfast nook helps with daily meals and company.
- Consider putting appliances close together that you would use together, like placing the sink close to the dishwasher. This will help with the ease of loading up dirty dishes and avoiding wet soapy water on the floor and food spilling when making trips to and from the sink to the dishwasher. This saves time and can help with kitchen safety.
- Pay attention to where you’re planning on placing the rest of your appliances and in what direction all of your doors will open. You want to place each of these items in the perfect area so their doors can swing open without blocking anything and without banging into each other if they’re open at the same time. To help with this, avoid putting appliances in the corners of your kitchen!
- When beginning the process of designing, come up with a budget and stick with it. Consider what you do most in the kitchen, and splurge only on what is the most important to you and your family. If you’re a master chef then splurge on the stove, if you’re a sommelier go for an amazing wine fridge, and if you’re an entertainer pick out that amazing island for your guests to enjoy!
- Consider the lighting as well, and what mixture of natural and electric light you want in the kitchen. Let it be an area that the light truly benefits the overall feel, function, and look of the kitchen itself.
- The battle of the microwave is one personal to every homeowner. Some argue and would rather have it hidden while others want it very accessible and right above the oven for easy use when cooking. When deciding where you want the microwave, place it in an area that fits the flow of how you use the kitchen. Some homeowners even opt-out for a double stove set, where the top is more of a microwave than an oven and the bottom is a traditional oven, giving the kitchen a more polished feel.
- Consider resting spots or landing spots in your kitchen for where you will be preparing and resting ingredients and tools when you’re cooking. Consider this space next to your appliances like your stove and your refrigerator that can help with an easy flow of movement in the kitchen and help with feeling like you have plenty of room to accomplish and enjoying cooking and preparing every meal. This landing space is also important for other smaller appliances like coffee makers, toasters, air fryers, and more!
- Overwhelming a wall of your kitchen with a bunch of cabinets can give it a very blocky, heavy, and overwhelming appearance. Consider breaking it up with open shelves or glass doors, or creating your coffee bar or wine storage in these areas. This is an opportunity to find the focal point of the kitchen, where your eye will always go every time you walk into it. Will it be your island? Your backsplash? Your oven hood? Your stone countertops? Whatever that focal point is, let it stand out and let the rest of the kitchen complement and flow around it!
- Consider your sink! Are you tired of your shallow sink with tiny faucets? Upgrade to a larger sink with functional and beautiful faucets! What’s available now for this part of your kitchen are amazing pieces of art. Pick a sink that fits your needs, but still adds to the focal point of the kitchen. Remember to place it in an area convenient to the dishwasher but also your main prepping and cooking stations.
- Don’t forget the details! Installing enough outlets and placing them through the kitchen in areas where they will be used the most, will help with permanent and temporary items used in the kitchen. Having enough outlets is like having enough storage. You won’t realize how much they’re needed until you don’t have them!
- Consider what your island will be used for. Will this be a full operational island where you’ll be prepping and eating? Will it just be used for entertaining? Don’t eliminate the possibilities of storage with an island including extra storage space, extra seats, another sink, and possibly even a mini-fridge! Don’t forget the placement of your garbage cans too! An island can be a great location for hiding your garbage cans. Consider placing them near where you prepare your food as well, helping with scraps and getting rid of containers without any extra mess.
- Consider another hub for the family like a small desk with plenty of storage space and room for a calendar. Since you spend so much time in this room, it’s so easy for papers and other non-kitchen clutter to build up and be left behind throughout the kitchen. Having this desk allows for the whole family to have a place to store important non-kitchen items, and help keep your family organized both at home and in all daily activities!
There is so much to think about when creating your custom kitchen, as you can see from our list! Keep in mind that these examples are only a few that are out there, but we hope this list got you thinking and helped you focus on your design. When you’re ready to add your stone countertops, stone backsplash, and stone elements into your brand new kitchen, we are here and are ready to help! Please let us know if you have any questions or comments! We would love to hear from you! We are Stonehouse Countertops, your leading choice for countertops, vanities, fireplace surrounds, floors, patios, and walls! Until next time stay safe and keep investing in your home and your style!