If you’re remodeling your home, the current space you have available will be the biggest barrier you face. Depending on how major your renovation is, you may want to add more square footage or simply revamp and make better use of the space you already have.
If you’re looking to save space, french doors on refrigerators (and even ovens) can be really useful as you won’t have to allot quite as much space for a swinging door. They’ll make it much easier to maneuver around your kitchen, especially if more than one person is utilizing it. If you’ve got lots of space to play with, then you’ll be able to opt for roomier models that will allow you to cook, clean, and store more than you could with standard sized appliances. Things like dual ovens (a life-saver if you host holiday meals), multiple sinks, and wider refrigerators will be no problem.
Aside from space, your lifestyle is the next biggest factor to consider when choosing appliances. If you’re busy and on the go, bluetooth technology that allows you to preheat your oven before you arrive home or high efficiency dishwashers that don’t require you to rinse dishes before starting a load can be worthwhile upgrades. If your family frequently hosts meals and cooks together, you’ll want appliances that can keep up with your pace, and it may be worth the extra money to have multiple ovens and extra burners. On the flip side, if your family prefers takeout to home cooked meals, you may get more enjoyment out of a simpler kitchen that allows you to spring for upgrades elsewhere in your home.
It can be useful to spend some time on resources such as Pinterest or Houzz so that you can get an idea of the aesthetic you’re looking for. If you have an idea of what you want your kitchen to look like and pictures to use as references, it will make it much easier to communicate your vision with your builder and for your builder to execute on that vision. Not only will you be using your new appliances, but you’ll have to look at them too, so don’t feel silly for taking their appearance into consideration. You’ll want them to flow with the style and design of the kitchen and the rest of your home, without being too trendy or stylized so that you won’t get sick of them after a few years.
Our many years of experience means that we at Empire Custom Builders are in the perfect position to help you build your dream kitchen. Whether it’s part of a custom home project or a renovation to pre-existing structures, we can bring your dream home to life. Check out our portfolio to see examples of our work and to learn more about how we can help.