One of the most significant advantages when building a custom home or renovation is that it provides you with the power to build to your exact specifications. If you’re considering a new gourmet kitchen as part of a custom home build or renovation project, you’ve likely been doing some preliminary planning. The kitchen is one of the most important and well-used spaces in the home. You’ll want the space to work for you for years to come. The process should start with a thoughtful, detailed look at your needs before you go out and buy appliances or choose countertops.

Building Kitchen

Begin With the Design
Before the first swing of the hammer, sit down with your homebuilder and architect and discuss, in detail, what you’re looking to accomplish with the kitchen. Will cooking be a major priority? Will it be a mixed-use space where your family can spend time together during dinner prep? Will you be serving large dinner parties out of your kitchen? Will you be using the space to pay bills and/or plan the day?

Achieving a firm understanding of the functionality needs of your kitchen will allow you, your builder, and your architect to design the space appropriately. For example, if you plan to cook for friends and/or family regularly, you may want ample pantry and cabinet space, a large multi-burner stove, and a second sink for food prep. If the kitchen will function for social occasions, you may want the layout to be open to allow people to flow in and out. Once these details are in place, you can approach the construction phase.

Choosing Materials
You’ll be well served to choose every element of your dream kitchen with an eye toward the future. Because the kitchen is heavily traveled, you’ll want materials that are hard-wearing and will endure repeated use. Through the years, kitchens take a beating from heavy traffic, smoke, grease, cleaning chemicals, etc. Ask your builder what types of woods and other materials stand up to repeated use and hazards. Doing some research will help you weigh the pros and cons of each material. For example, marble scratches and stains easily, so granite may be a better choice for countertops that are used often.

To help make aesthetic choices, such as tile, flooring, and countertops, consider working with an experienced Architect/Builder who has a portfolio of work that matches your desired style.

Choosing Appliances
Appliances can be chosen for both functionality and aesthetics. Understanding the needs of your appliances will help you make a wise decision. Refrigerators are an excellent example; often their overall size is expressed in cubic feet, but that includes the freezer. Look for a model that fits your kitchen’s decor and has enough space for your family. The same is true of items such as the dishwasher; if you’re going to host dinner parties, your dishwasher should be able to handle a larger load. You might also consider multiple stoves and/or refrigerators. It may be worth looking into industrial equipment, depending on your needs for volume and longevity.

Regardless of the kitchen you build, good design and judicious choice of materials will ensure it’s a superb space for your family for years to come.