From Dean Dowd on June 13, 2008 in Kitchen Remodel
The kitchen has become the most important room in the house for so many homeowners. That is why kitchen remodels are so popular. People want a kitchen that is comfortable, practical, fun, easy to navigate, big, welcoming, and so many other adjectives we used to utter only to describe the home as a whole. So naturally custom kitchens are all the rage. If you too are seeking out ideas for your new dream kitchen, here are some custom trends to be conscious of:
Hardwood Molding. Adding molding to your cabinets can provide the custom look even if you do not have custom cabinets. Usually available in oak, cherry, or maple, moldings open up your cabinets to a wealth of potential details. You can use them as a crown molding along the top of the cabinets or around the corners and along the sides and face to eliminate the typical, square look of cabinets.
While we’re on cabinets, look out for free-standing and unfitted cabinetry. Made popular by English designers, unfitted cabinets are often used to hide major appliances such as stoves and refrigerators. They are available in both contemporary and traditional styles, although they more commonly add a traditional flare, and may include moldings, feet, and even valances.
There are also a vast number of choices in cabinet design for your custom kitchen as designers embrace the trend towards a personalized kitchen. You’ll find open shelves, built-in wine racks, china displays, roll-out trays, and even bread boxes available for your perusal. Any of these features or the many others at your disposal will not only customize you kitchen, but make it more efficient.
Kitchen countertops are getting easier to customize due to the wealth of materials available for use. On the other hand, with so many options, it is the choice itself that has become the hard part. Granite is classic, expensive, and continually a popular feature in custom kitchens. But watch out for engineered quartz countertops. Quartz provides durability and versatility to a personalized kitchen.
Hardwood flooring is catching on as a beautiful and practical feature in custom kitchens. It is thicker than other materials and thus good for sound proofing and insulation. It can also be refinished several times so it will last long and, should you ever wish to change the look of your kitchen floor, you can sand it down and refinish it.
Of course we cannot ignore appliances as a major part of a custom kitchen remodel. New, more complex appliances are bringing technology into the kitchen. Duel-fuel stove ranges are now available, using both gas and electric heat, along with refrigerators featuring multiple-zone temperature control. These and other luxury appliances can be built-in or free standing and concealed by cabinet fronts.
If any of these trendy ideas has spurred your imagination, CalFinder can help you connect with a local, certified kitchen contractor to take your custom kitchen dreams to the next level.