Are you planning a new kitchen in 2021?
Whether you are designing a new custom home or remodeling your existing kitchen, laying out a solid framework for your kitchen is step one to a beautiful and functional kitchen you will love for years to come.
At Reef Builders, we pride ourselves on building the best custom home builds near me in the Phoenix area, and here are a few kitchen design mistakes we suggest all our clients avoid:
The first step to the perfect new kitchen design is a design that is functional. If your kitchen isn’t functional, then its beauty is wasted. We’ve seen people put all the appliances in one corner – making it awkward to use more than one at once. We’ve seen people line up the refrigerator, oven, and sink, again, making an awkward layout. Instead, make sure your 3 key workspaces form a “kitchen triangle” for optimal use. Work with a trusted kitchen designer and custom design-build contractor to make sure you aren’t overlooking function.
Not Enough Light
Talk about frustrating! Make sure your new kitchen is designed with adequate lighting. You’ll want proper overhead lighting, task lighting (think under cabinet lighting), and decorative lighting like pendants. Each of these layers of light adds warmth and functionality to your kitchen space. It’s easy to add a dimmer and turn down the light; it’s much harder to add more light after the build is complete.
Missing the Mark on Cabinets
Cabinets are a personal choice, but one important thing to consider is resale. Are you planning to stay in your home – or will you selling in a few years? If you plan to sell within 5 years, it’s very important that you consider what other buyers might like too. Custom home buyers expect quality cabinetry, so don’t skimp on quality even if you have to spend a little bit more. Plus – skip colorful or funky cabinets, and stick with something a little bit more classic like solid wood stained or white cabinets.
Choosing the Wrong Countertops
Countertops are a costly kitchen item to replace, and not all countertop materials used for the best custom home builds near me are created equal. Many of our clients love the look of marble, but we often ask, how much do you plan to use your kitchen vs. just having it for show? If you use your kitchen often, then the durability could pose an issue. Marble is gorgeous, but also stains more easily than a marble-like quartz. Choosing the wrong countertops for your use can be a frustrating and expensive mistake.
Ready to Design a Custom Home or Kitchen Remodel?
At Reef Builders, our goal is to build your dream home. We use our years of design-build experience to help you foresee any potential pitfalls before the construction phase ever begins. Our team knows kitchen design, and when you want one of the best custom home builds near me in Phoenix, give us a call at Reef Builders.