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Designing Your Custom Kitchen

by CustomHomes on Monday, April 8, 2013

When designing a custom kitchen, first decide what type of kitchen you want. Do you want a traditional, country, contemporary, cottage, provincial, or chef kitchen. This is important before you pick cabinets, appliances, countertops and flooring. Give some thought to the shape of your kitchen and the purpose it has. Will you be using it for the family or entertaining small and large groups of people? Hire a professional custom builder or kitchen designer to help you plan the kitchen. They can help you design the best fit for your style home or condo.

A kitchen design or layout will tell you how your kitchen functions. Design the layout before you do anything else. The U shaped kitchen design keeps your kitchen compact and functional. You appliances can be spaced evenly still providing you with plenty of storage and countertop space. You can even have a breakfast bar, this design is a good design for smaller kitchens. 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.

Island kitchens are another popular design for large U and L shaped kitchens. The island can be used for food preparations with a cooktop and sink designed into it. This type of kitchen needs careful design to ensure the kitchen works well. It is often the focal point of the kitchen. Some islands have butcher blocks installed to chop fruits and vegetables and marble slabs for rolling out pastry dough. A moveable island is an option in small kitchens.

Single gallery kitchens are for vacations home and small apartments with all the important appliances and storage on one side. It is compact and save space when there is little to begin with.Two gallery kitchens splits the areas into two sides. This is handy if the kitchen connects to two rooms. It provides plenty of storage space.

Once you decide on the design or layout then you can think about the appliances, cabinets, countertops, floors and other factors. It is important to know you have a functional design that works when designing a custom kitchen.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com