In most households, the kitchen receives the heaviest use out of all your rooms. Due to its overwhelming importance in the home, it may be wise to start your custom home design in the kitchen and build out from there. Since you’re starting with a blank slate, you get to customize your kitchen to fit your lifestyle to a T. But when every element of your kitchen will impact your enjoyment of it, where do you start? Here are some aspects to consider.

1. Design the Island First

If you’ve ever cooked in an L-shaped kitchen with an island, you know why they are so popular. It can form a critical point on the working triangle (the placement of the sink, refrigerator and stove). Be sure to leave enough space to move around the island as people cook, clean up or serve themselves during gatherings.

2. Determine Countertop Details

Once you have the general idea of where to place the island, consider how you want to use the rest of the kitchen counters. Where do you want to place your small appliances? How much space between work areas would be ideal? What appliances will live under the cabinets? Should they be spread out or have their own hub?

3. Think about the Backsplash

The backsplash comprises the walls around the kitchen counters, especially behind the sink and stove. You could leave them merely painted or array them with attractive tile or other eye-catching materials. No matter how you choose to decorate the backsplash, keep in mind your need for electrical outlets, plus the need to clean messy food splatters from time to time.

The focal point can be a custom range hood, the cabinets, the backsplash, a farm sink, the countertops, the floor, a chandelier over the island or even the island itself. Whatever pleases you as the focal point should be the center of the decorating scheme.

4. Create a Focal Point

Any component of your kitchen can be the one feature that grabs your attention when you walk into the room. The focal point can be a custom range hood, the cabinets, the backsplash, a farm sink, the countertops, the floor, a chandelier over the island or even the island itself. Whatever pleases you as the focal point should be the center of the decorating scheme.

5. Light it Up Right

Tying your whole kitchen together should be the lighting scheme. If your kitchen can’t get plenty of natural daylight, consider adding skylights to your custom home plans. At night, general overhead lighting augmented by spotlights works very well to banish any gloom. Also, consider under-cabinet LED lights to illuminate the counters directly while you work. With your lights on dimmers, you can customize the brightness to suit the mood any time you like.

Planning a custom home involves many details. At Hannah Custom Homes & Remodeling, we work with our clients from the preliminary idea stage through designing and building the entire project. If you are considering creating a home tailored to your family’s needs, we would be happy to sit down with you and discuss your thoughts. Please click or call us today to schedule an appointment to learn more.

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