Designing Your Custom Kitchen

April 8, 2013

When designing your custom kitchen, first decide what type of kitchen you want. Do you want a traditional, country, contemporary, cottage, provincial, or chef kitchen? It is important to give some thought to the shape of your kitchen and the purpose it has before you start picking cabinets, appliances, countertops, and flooring. Will you be using the kitchen just for the family or entertaining groups of people? Once you know the answers to some of these questions, it’s time to work through the details with your custom home designer. They can help you design the best fit for your style of home or townhome.

Designing Your Custom Kitchen Layout

A kitchen design or layout will determine where everything goes and how your kitchen functions. It’s important to get this foundational blueprint right, so work with your designer to design a solid kitchen layout before you do anything else. Common kitchen designs tend to fall into two categories: U-shaped and L-shaped.

U-Shaped Kitchen Design

A U-shaped kitchen design keeps your kitchen compact and functional. Your appliances can be spaced evenly still providing you with plenty of storage and countertop space. You can even have a breakfast bar! A U-shaped layout is a good design for smaller kitchens.

L-Shaped Kitchen Design

The L-shaped kitchen is one of the most common and popular designs used. It works well if your kitchen is next to your dining room or other open rooms. You have room to work and plenty of storage with under the counter cabinets.

Kitchen Islands

Kitchen islands are another popular addition to large U and L-shaped kitchens. The island can be used for food preparations with a cooktop and sink built into it, as a dining bar, or as more storage and prep space. A moveable island is another option for smaller kitchens.

Galley Kitchens

Galley kitchens come in two distinct categories: single galley and two galley. Single galley kitchens are a good fit for vacation homes and small apartments. It features all the important appliances and storage on one side. It is compact and saves space when there is little to begin with. Two galley kitchens split the areas into two sides. This is handy if the kitchen connects to two rooms. It also provides plenty of storage space.

Once you decide on the kitchen design or layout, then you can get serious about picking out specific appliances, cabinets, countertops, floors, and other factors. Your dream kitchen will become a reality before you know it.