The kitchen is the heart of the home and is one of the most vital rooms of any house. There is a lot that goes into designing the perfect custom home kitchen. While many people focus on the aesthetics of countertops and cabinets, functionality is also huge in kitchen design. Appliances play a big role in how functional a kitchen is. Here are our custom home builders’ tips on picking the perfect kitchen appliances for your home.
Write Down Your Needs
Before you go out and purchase appliances, make a list of what you need. Everyone needs a stove to cook, but do you need six burners or will the standard four work? For you need extra oven space since your family hosts Thanksgiving or do you like to bake? Would a wine fridge help store all your extra bottles? Once you know what you need, you can start researching which appliances can give you that.
Consider the Look
Appliances should of course be practical first, but you do want them to fit within your overall kitchen aesthetic. Stainless steel appliances are so popular because they tend to go with everything. If you’re thinking about white or colored appliances, make sure to keep that in mind when selecting your other custom home kitchen finishes.
Think About Repairs & Maintenance
When selecting appliances, think about the long term. What sort of warranty does it come with? How expensive are they to repair? For example, European appliances might be top of the line, but they often require expensive imported parts and higher repair fees. It’s always a good idea to think about what kind of maintenance fees you’ll have to handle in addition to the purchase price.
Don’t Forget About Size & Scale
Nothing ruins a kitchen design quite like too big appliances. If you have a smaller kitchen, don’t dominate the space with appliances that are too big. Purchasing appliances that are the right size and scale for your space will all make it feel balanced and cohesive. It will also make everything more practical!
Focus on Layout
Layout is key when it comes to kitchen design, and appliances play a big role in that. In kitchen design, appliances tend to be laid out in what is known as the “Kitchen Work Triangle”. This rule states that the optimal design is having the fridge, sink, and stove all in a rough triangle layout. This isn’t absolute, but you should think about layout when picking appliances.
Look Beyond the Basics
When people hear kitchen appliances they tend to think about the big, basic ones- sink, stove, fridge, and dishwasher. Appliances have expanded today though. When building a custom home, you can add whatever you need! Think about extras like wine fridges, mini-fridges, wall ovens, microwaves, and more. These smaller, extra appliances can make your life even easier, and add value to your home!
Ready to build a custom home? Contact Sina Architectural Design today! Our team of experienced custom home builders is ready to make your dream house a reality.