Have you ever been in the midst of preparing a meal and as you search the cabinets for a specific utensil or desired pan you come to the realization of how unorganized your kitchen cabinets have become? Or, what about realizing your dishwasher is nowhere near the cabinets that will house the dishes you use every day?

If you are in the market for a new custom home and you happen to be in the design phase – this one is for you.  Take some consideration for the layout of your kitchen and really design the layout to meet the needs of you and your family.  It is likely your kitchen is one of the most heavily used areas of your home, so consider its function and plan accordingly.

If this is your first custom home you may be overwhelmed by all of the available options when it comes to designing your kitchen – from appliances to cabinets, all the various colors, heights, styles, trim options and inclusive options within the cabinets, as well as flooring, lighting – you really could spend a lot of time in this area planning the perfect kitchen.

A few things to consider when planning your kitchen layout:

Decide if you want an open layout kitchen or a kitchen design offering separate room space connected to dining room, breakfast or living room, etc. Is it your hope to have a breakfast bar or space for a kitchen table within the kitchen area?  What about a pass through into a dining room or living room? Do you want an island in your kitchen?  If you said yes to the island – have you considered a prep sink or maybe placing your cook-top within your island?

When it comes to appliances have you selected a standard dishwasher or dishwasher drawers? Do you prefer your refrigerator to be freestanding among the cabinets or built into the cabinets for a sleek design?  Think of all the possibilities within your kitchen and then review your house plan with your building consultant to design a perfect functional kitchen for you and your family.

As you dream of kitchen layouts, try to envision cabinets that house all of you dishes, formal and everyday items.  As you open the drawers try and imagine all of your available pots, pans and lids neatly placed or view the spices lined within a perfectly organized spice drawer making your dinner preparation a breeze.  Maybe your dishwasher would be close to the cabinets so you can easily unload and put away dishes, and you would likely go with the drawer option to conserve water when you only have a few dishes to wash – but having the option to use both drawers when you need to wash a full load.  An island with a trash compactor, prep sink and space for your children or others to sit and chat as you peel potatoes.

Only you know the perfect layout for your kitchen – so before you go with the standard plan design, consider your options and design a kitchen plan that suits your style. This is part of what makes your home a custom home.

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