Custom Kitchen Cabinets & Islands MN

Are you planning to purchase new kitchen cabinets?  Whether for a newly constructed home or for a remodeling project, consider one important factor, your kitchen is the heart of your home!  It is not just a place to dine anymore. The kitchen has become the go-to-gathering spot; the main place for family and friends, a place for entertaining, and so much more. This is particularly true with today’s popular open floor plans and great room designs.  Because your kitchen plays such an important part of your home, there are a few things to consider in your planning process.

Things To Consider When Designing Your Dream Kitchen

Keep In Mind Future Buyers

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Even if you are currently building your dream home, it is possible that someday you will have a need to sell your home.  On the other hand, if you are remodeling your existing home to make it more comfortable for you and your family, you may still find the need to sell it someday.  Because of this, even if you aren’t ready to sell your home today you should always think about what potential buyers would think of your kitchen cabinet selection and layout because opinions of your kitchen can drastically either increase or decrease your selling price.  A practical kitchen layout is typically everyone’s goal, but cabinet styles and finishes are more of a personal choice.  Are you attracted to traditional styles or more modern styles?  Do you like kitchen cabinets with distinct wood grain or ones with nearly no grain?  Whichever you personally prefer always keep future buyers in mind as it can play an important part in your bottom line.  Having a wide selection of door styles, finishes and wood species from which to choose is great, of course. However, the quality is of the utmost importance to guarantee a lasting investment.

The Work Triangle

All homeowners want a functional workspace in the kitchen.  In planning your kitchen layout, it is important to consider the distance between your sink, stove and refrigerator in relationship to each other.  Connecting these three workstations from their center points should create an invisible “work triangle.”

Your designer will be happy to make suggestions, like using cabinets with varying heights and depths, open shelving and see-thru door fronts, mouldings and other features like custom archways and woodwork that will give your kitchen its own personality and your home will not end up with a “cookie cutter” look.

Kitchen Layout

There are really only five fundamental “shapes” of kitchens.

  • U-Shaped – Cabinets and appliances are arrayed along three walls.  This works best with the sink in the center of the “U” and the refrigerator at one end of a counter.
  • L-Shaped – Cabinets and appliances on two walls that meet on a corner.
  • Corridor – Cabinets and appliances on two facing walls.  It’s helpful here to have the sink and the stove on the same counter.
  • Open plan – The traditional kitchen area is enlarged to include the family room, a dining area, and other spaces for relaxing or entertaining.
  • One wall – Also known as a galley kitchen, all cabinets and appliances are along a single wall.

One of the principles of kitchen design is creating an efficient and comfortable pattern of movement through the kitchen.  The “work triangle,” as it is known, is the shortest walking distance between the three primary work points-the refrigerator, primary cooking surface, and primary food preparation sink.  It is important to emphasize “primary” because many kitchens today feature multiple cooking surfaces and sinks.

Experts recommend that the work triangle should cover a route of no more than 26 feet, with no single leg of the triangle shorter than four feet or longer than nine feet.  If the kitchen features islands or peninsulas, they should not intersect the work triangle by more than one foot.  If the kitchen has only one sink, it should be located between or across from the cooking surface, preparation area or refrigerator.  And, if two cooks are working at a time, two work triangles should be in place, although one leg of both triangles can be shared.

There are a couple things to consider with planning a well-designed work triangle; watch out for any triangle legs that may intersect an obstacle like an island, and make sure that no major traffic patterns cross through the work triangle.  Proper planning of your “work triangle,” taking all obstacles and limitations into review, will help create a functional workspace that will be both practical for you and for future buyers.

Kitchen Cabinet Storage Is Key

When designing your dream kitchen it is key to consider your storage space, along with ample countertop space.  Kitchen cabinet layout services are available to help you maximize your space and create the best flow of cabinetry.  The first place to look for extra storage space is your corners.  In small tight kitchens, a blind corner cabinet can be used to get the most use out of the corner.  However, to get the most efficient use of the corner space a lazy Susan corner cabinet or easy reach cabinet should be used.  These cabinet options maximize the corner space while allowing easy entry to it contents.  Or try adding rollout trays in your base kitchen cabinets to help access your pots and pans, or in your pantries in order to reach cans and dry goods more easily.  Another suggestion would be to include a 24” deep bridge cabinet in your kitchen cabinet layout above your refrigerator.  Most people keep unused or seasonal items above the refrigerator for the simple fact that they can’t reach the cabinet.  Therefore, consider a 24” deep refrigerator cabinet for easier access.

The Kitchen Island

Custom Kitchen Cabinets With Island  – Using kitchen cabinets this way creates an area for a breakfast nook with the ability to pull up stools.

The use kitchen cabinets to create islands or peninsulas can be the answer to all your space and organizational woes!

Kitchen cabinets can be configured to create center islands or peninsulas.  These cabinet configurations are very attractive to homeowners with an open floor plan. Using kitchen cabinets this way creates an area for a breakfast nook with the ability to pull up stools. Kitchen cabinets used in this manner instantly increases seating space, which is ideal since kitchens are typically gathering places.  Islands and peninsulas also create more storage space.

Bells and Whistles

Just like purchasing a new vehicle, there are upgrade options to consider when shopping for your new kitchen cabinets.  For example, what type of drawers do you want in your base cabinets?  Will the standard particleboard drawer secured with glue and staples be sufficient?  Or would you prefer an all-wood drawer constructed with dove-tailed joints?  Or better yet, would you want the all-wood, dove-tailed drawer with full-extension drawer glides that include a silent close feature?

Other construction upgrades can include all plywood construction, and custom depth cabinets.  Besides construction, upgrades there are cabinets accessories  that provide you with some “bell and whistle” qualities that can give your kitchen a custom and personalized look. Consider a hutch with glass door cabinets for displaying your keepsakes or china dinnerware, an appliance hutch for hiding small appliances on your countertop, roll out trays for base cabinets, integrated wastebaskets, corner shelves, and wine racks.  When selecting your bells and whistles keep in mind both your budget and overall functionality and flow of your kitchen for optimal results.

Don’t Be Boring!

When looking to make your kitchen the most functional, we often think of looking at layout.  And layout is a great way to start, it truly is the foundation.

A good layout is a balancing act and finding the “sweet spot” between storage, function, and aesthetics. Don’t be afraid to reinvent the wheel. This is your chance to do something fun and creative. An emerging trend in countertops is to mix and match materials to create a unique combination of colors, textures, and functions.

The best kitchens are warm, inviting, and personal.  It’s not just about the cabinets and countertops  — the whole room has to sing!  If a kitchen does not function efficiently and effectively, it doesn’t matter how fabulous it is.

Don’t Go Cheap!

Your countertops are the hardest working surface in your home, so don’t go cheap!

It is critical that cabinetry be able to perform consistently over time and resist wear for many years. You do get what you pay for and purchasing low end cabinetry can be a gamble. Invest in strong quality cabinets.  Don’t go cheap. Think about it—you’re opening and closing those doors and drawers all the time. Get something strong and good-looking. Hardwoods, a good quality finish, strong cabinet hinges and cabinet hardware are essential.

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If you are interested in custom cabinet ideas for your home, go with an experienced Minnesota Custom Cabinetmaker. Get their professional advice on things that work, things that don’t work, and elements that people often forget or underestimate. It will cost you more money, but they will able to squeeze every square inch out of very complicated spaces and ideas for stretching your budget as far as it will go.

Choosing someone who will really listen to your ideas and offer you viable solutions is imperative. There are continuous challenges and surprises with any remodel and you will be so glad that your contractor could think on his feet and come up with creative solutions that won’t blow your timeline or budget.

They will also have insights into how best use your space, tips for creating a functional and beautiful area, and ideas for stretching your budget as far as it will go.