The kitchen is often said to be the heart of the home, and for good reason. It’s where families cook meals together, parents and kids make holiday cookies, and where everyone eats breakfast before heading off in the morning. It’s a place we spend a lot of time and a place where we congregate and spend time together. Because of this, you’re going to want to design a kitchen you love being in. Here are the facets of kitchen design to take into account when creating your custom home’s kitchen.

Cabinetry and Shelving

There are a million options for cabinets that can fit whatever theme or vibe you want your kitchen to have. Are you thinking traditional? There are many classic wood finishes. More modern? Go sleek with no drawer pulls or hardware. Many modern kitchens forgo traditional cabinets in favor of chic open shelving, also.

With a custom home, you can ensure that your kitchen has the exact right amount of cabinet space to store everything you need. You can even consider extending your cabinets all the way to the ceiling, which can create room to store things from typically unused space.

Countertops and Islands

There are so many options for countertops, from standards like quartz and granite to adventurous options like recycled glass and slate to timeless options like marble and soapstone. Consider the performance characteristics of your chosen countertop material, like how well it resists heat, chipping, and staining, as well as how it will complement your design. Do you want your countertops to match or contrast your cabinetry? Either can create a beautiful and dramatic look.

Consider also whether you want an island or not. While many kitchens have islands, many forgo the island for a more open flow into the dining area. If you do elect to have an island, there are many options, from large built-in islands with seating to ones on wheels that you can roll out of the way when not in use.


Sinks seem to be more of a functional than an aesthetic feature, but they’re such a central part of your kitchen that you should consider the type of sink you want when making design choices. Farmhouse sinks have a classic look, while double bowls have a more modern, functional appeal. Additionally, the material you choose for your sink, be it stainless steel, fireclay, soapstone, or something more daring like granite or copper, will affect your aesthetic and color scheme.


While you may already have a vision for the flooring in your kitchen (and the rest of your home) there are a few things to consider when it comes to kitchen flooring, the first being that food and water may get spilled—which is why carpeted kitchens are so rare. Hardwood floors and tile are both common and attractive options for kitchen flooring, which can serve as a good neutral backdrop to your kitchen design and color scheme.


You have a lot of options to choose from when it comes to appliances, from matching sets to built-in refrigerators. Building a custom home means that you can customize your kitchen to have everything you need, from a double oven to an island stove top to a dual/double drawer dishwasher.

A perfect kitchen is just one of the many benefits that come from designing your own custom home. To talk about design options for your dream home, give Konkol Custom Homes a call.

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