9 Kitchen Features to Include in Your Custom Home

Counting sheep is boring. Close your eyes and walk through your dream kitchen. Feel the natural light on your skin and the cool, smooth countertop under your palms. Look around you. What do you see? Everyone’s luxury dream kitchen looks a little different, which is why designing a kitchen in a custom home is such an adventure. 

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9 Kitchen Features to Include in Your Custom Home

What Features Should a Kitchen Have?

Our design process takes you through every angle of your prospective kitchen. From how you use your current space, to the ways you wish you could use your kitchen. Everyone’s cooking preferences and flow are unique. Storage solutions look very different, depending on what will go inside. Some kitchen features are vital. Your choices in a fridge are limited to materials and placement, whereas some features are a custom bonus.

Kitchen Essentials

Every kitchen includes:

  • Appliances
    • Refrigerator
    • Range
    • Oven
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
  • Countertops
  • Sink(s)
  • Cupboards
  • Flooring

What Features Should a Kitchen Have?

Trendy Kitchen Features

Add value, fun, and personal style to your kitchen in your custom home with useful and trendy features. Add the following features to add convenience to your custom kitchen with the following elements:

1. Butler’s Pantry

Many people are unaware of the difference between a butler’s pantry and a walk-in pantry. They are distinct features. A walk-in pantry is a large storage space. A butler’s pantry has more features, usually, a refrigerator, counter prep space, and a sink. This area was originally designed so that waitstaff could assemble and prepare refreshments privately.

2. Beverage Center

A beverage center is an extra refrigerator just for drinks. Perfect for kids and entertaining, a beverage center keeps cold drinks visible and available, making it easy for everyone to help themselves.

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3. Decorative Tile Backsplash

Statement tile backsplash might include unique shapes, colors, or materials. Express your unique style with a unique backsplash. Try hexagonal tile, a metallic tile backsplash, or a colorful tile mosaic. Consider extending your tile backsplash onto the adjacent wall or above the cabinets for a more cohesive statement wall in your kitchen.

4. Layered Lighting

Hanging kitchen lights like statement pendulum lights can be balanced with other, more subtle options like sconces and recessed lighting so that you can set just the right mood for every occasion.

9 Kitchen Features to Include in Your Custom Home

5. Kitchen Island with Seating

A kitchen island can be more than a workstation. Make it easy to gather for an intimate and informal kitchen meal or snack. Tuck smart seating under the overhang for your prep space or add a second kitchen island to meet separate needs.

6. Convenient Plumbing

Add sink faucets that pull out for easy utility and arch high to fill tall pots. Better yet, include a pot filler above your range to keep cooking convenient. Adding luxurious plumbing pampers avid cooks.

7. Display Options

Build in easy ways to display and illuminate your collections and treasures. Include glass door pantry cabinets,  open floating shelves, and built-ins for stylish and personalized decor made easy.

8. Storage Solutions

No one is ever sorry they built-in extra storage. Our stuff tends to expand to fit the space allowed. Keep everything tidy by including personalized solutions like under cabinet storage, pull-outs, and extra-wide cabinets.

9. Elevated Essentials

You have to have a refrigerator, but you don’t have to have the most beautiful refrigerator in the neighborhood. Although someone does. Use everyday opportunities to create art in your kitchen, such as a glass door refrigerator or a unique custom range hood.

How Can I Make My Kitchen Look More Custom?

Let’s Build Your Dream Kitchen in Madison, Wisconsin

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