The Complete Guide to Designing Your Dream Kitchen

The kitchen can be the heart of the home — with the right design, that is. Whether you’re designing a kitchen for a new home or are renovating an existing space, there are several things to keep in mind to make your dream kitchen a reality.

1. Functionality

Thinking about what you want your kitchen to achieve for you and your family during the design process is key to truly loving your finished space. Do you need a lot of prep space? Then an island in the center of your kitchen will do the trick. Does your family like eating in the kitchen? Then consider if you want a breakfast nook or an island with seating. Do you have a large family or frequently shop in bulk? A lot of cupboard space and a pantry should be high on your must-have list.

No matter what your needs and wishes, take the time to make a list of all of your must-haves and do away with any design ideas that won’t be of use.

2. Flow

To truly love your kitchen, the workspace area of it needs to have a flow. Your workspace is traditionally made up of the area between your stove, refrigerator and sink. This very important area needs to be designed well so you can move easily between the three points. You don’t want to be running all over the place every time  you prepare a meal. Make sure when planning the layout, the refrigerator, stove and working counter space are all near enough to each other to make food prep easy.

3. Appliances

It’s impossible to properly design a kitchen until you know what appliances you want. Choosing the size and style of your refrigerator, stove and dishwasher is key to cabinetry design. Do you want a built-in refrigerator with cabinetry surrounding it? Do you want a traditional stove or built-in ovens and a range top? Do you want a built-in microwave rather than having it take up counter space?

Once you choose your appliances, planning your kitchen cabinetry becomes much easier.

4. Storage

Speaking of cabinetry, can anyone truly have enough storage space? No matter how big or small you want your kitchen to be, it’s important to maximize storage if you want to love the design.

Think about what you want to put in your cupboard space and plan accordingly. For instance, if you have a lot of small appliances like a crock pot, blender, bread maker etc., you’ll want a neat and handy place to store them. An appliance garage or large cupboards with pull out drawers work well and keep your counters free of clutter when the appliances are not in use.

If you enjoy cooking and baking and keep lots of supplies on hand, you’ll also want to think about what style of pantry will work best for your needs, be it a walk-in style, or a large cupboard with pull-out drawers for boxes and canned goods, racking for spices and bins for onions and potatoes.

By keeping these four design tips in mind, you’ll be able to build not only a space that performs well for you and your family, but one you’ll truly love.

Koval Building Supply

As an expert in high-end kitchens, Koval Building Supply is the natural choice to help you come up with your dream design. Whether you’re looking for kitchen remodels in Morgantown, or ideas on your overall design, one of our experts can help. Drop in to our showroom to see kitchen cabinets for sale in West Virginia or to get advice. We’re always here to help.

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