Kitchen Upgrades Worth the Cost in Your Custom Home
When you plan a custom home, you have a wide array of choices. Sometimes, though, all the choices can feel overwhelming. Many of these choices come as you plan your kitchen. You may know how you want it to look and feel, but the most useful upgrades may not immediately present themselves.
The following kitchen upgrades are aesthetic or utilitarian upgrades that are worth the cost.
Natural Stone Countertops
Natural stone countertops are immediately recognizable, and they give your kitchen an upscale feel. Granite is the most commonly used stone, with marble coming in second. Soapstone, limestone, and slate are other options for natural stone countertops.
The stone slab you choose can not only complement the rest of your décor but also help drive your color scheme. You’ll want to decide ahead of time whether you want the countertops to be the centerpiece of your kitchen or a subtle backdrop. Visit a selection center, and you may simply fall in love with a natural stone slab for your kitchen.
Custom Cabinet Doors
Your kitchen cabinetry takes up a lot of space. The façade of the cabinetry is what you see the most, and the façade mostly consists of doors. Therefore, the doors you choose will largely drive the style of your kitchen.
You have many customization options. If you want to open up the façade, consider glass panels, which can be further customized according to glass type. You can also have wire mesh or other materials incorporated to change the look of your cabinet doors. With closed cabinets, furniture trim is a common customization, adding the look of traditional elegance.
Soft-Close Drawers and Hinges
Soft-close drawers and hinges are upgrades that will make your kitchen feel nicer. Soft-close drawers and hinges consist of a hydraulic mechanism. With this mechanism, you push the drawer or door to a certain point, and then the hydraulics take over, easing it to the closed position quietly.
Naturally, the big advantage with soft-close hydraulics is you don’t get the banging sound of traditional drawers and cabinets. And because the hydraulics ease the door or drawer closed, you also don’t get as much wear and tear on your cabinetry.
If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you know how you want it to run. In that vein, you probably also have a lot of appliances and gadgets. Therefore, you should customize with your specific needs in mind. Below are some of the common storage customization options:
- Large or small appliance garage
- Utensil drawer
- Cookie sheet drawer
- Pull-out trash can
- Under-sink or under-cabinet drawer
Many homeowners also have an entire pantry designed to their storage needs.
Task and Ambient Lighting
Task lighting is another practical upgrade. You not only want general areas of your kitchen well-illuminated but also want specific task areas lit up. For example, see how the workflow of your kitchen will go. You want to ensure cutting and other food preparation areas have their own task lighting.
Ambient lighting is another useful upgrade. Consider your kitchen design. Are there any special areas of architecture you’d like to highlight? Perhaps you’re including built-in shelves high up or attractive cubbies for curios. Conversely, consider a plain wall as a blank canvas for artwork or other décor. Plan to illuminate these areas to draw attention to the beauty you’ll create.
Building a custom home means you not only get to have it designed to your taste but also have it customized to your needs and habits. Nowhere is this customization more evident than in the kitchen. Consider the above upgrades for your new kitchen. David James Custom Homes can help you design and implement your dream custom kitchen.