Whether building new or remodeling, as the heart of your home you want your kitchen to look its absolute best. As you begin to envision your dream kitchen, if you think you’ve seen everything for kitchen features, think again. Today’s kitchens employ numerous traditional features, plus new gadgets and designs to make the most of your space.
Investing in the right kitchen features requires a planful approach that considers available space, design preferences, cost, and desired functionality. Here are eight custom kitchen features that Holland’s Custom Cabinets believes should definitely make an appearance in any modern kitchen.
1. Specialized Storage Options
Optimal storage is at the heart of every functional kitchen. While you’ve probably already installed a few amazing kitchen cabinets in your space, have you considered the components inside them? If not, now is the time.
Families who like home-cooked meals tend to spend a lot of time in the kitchen whipping up fresh eatables on a daily basis. When cooking is an everyday activity, you want to be able to grab your pots and pans, tools, spices, and other supplies with ease. Such quick access not only simplifies things, but also make cooking and clean up faster and more convenient.
Specialized storage plays a huge role. Think turntables, fold-out racks of food storage, and beautiful kitchen cabinets that are custom-built to suit your needs. You might also consider using baskets to store pantry items and rotating spice racks.
Most importantly, don’t make the mistake of underestimating your kitchen’s corner spaces. Using the latest corner-cabinet storage components, you’ll be amazed by how much storage is available in the corners. You might also consider having foldable step-stools or mixer shelves as kitchen cabinet features. The possibilities are endless!
2. Dual-Tone Cabinetry
Dual-tone or two-tone custom storage cabinets are timeless themes in kitchen cabinetry sphere that will probably never go out of style. Going for two colors, instead of one, in the same space can add a lot of personality.
Of course, the first combination that usually comes to mind at the mention of “dual-tone” is classic black-and-white. While that combination works well, you can explore other options based on your taste and the colors you’ve used elsewhere in your home.
For another timeless and unique look, we recommend using shades of gray with natural wood along with the cabinet doors that please the eye.
3. Built-In Refrigerator
Built-in kitchen appliances have a huge impact on the way your kitchen looks. They not only make day-to-day cooking a breeze, but also give your kitchen a flawless, integrated look.
For example, installing a refrigerator in a custom storage cabinet can give a kitchen a sleek, distinctive look as well as provide extra storage above and beside the unit. Another option is to install deeper cabinets that accommodate larger, freestanding refrigerators. You can even go with open shelves for display to the side.
We recommend stainless-steel finishes to lend an uber-sleek look to your kitchen.
4. Pot Fillers
If you enjoy cooking your meals, you’re going to love having a pot filler in your kitchen. It’s essentially a swing-out faucet on a long, jointed arm that’s mounted near the stove.
You can use it for more than just cooking. For example, it can come handy when you need to get water for tea or coffee, or for adding water to soups or even when you want to make gravy.
Having a pot filler removes the need for hauling heavy pots of water across the kitchen. It’s a must-have kitchen feature that can be included wherever you have a cold-water line.
5. Grow Rooms
Picture this: you’re getting ready to cook a lip-smacking pasta dish for you family. So, what do you do when you need garden-fresh tomatoes for your recipe? Simply head to your indoor grow room and get some.
That’s right – indoor grow rooms are not only convenient, they also help you eat healthier and tastier food. You know exactly what’s going into your preparations, and you’re able to improve the quality of your meals.
These areas allow you to grow your herbs and greens without having to worry about space for an outdoor vegetable garden. Also, when you have all the necessary vegetables and fruits right in your kitchen, you’re more likely to eat them and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.
6. Smart Sink
Creating your ideal kitchen requires you to consider various elements you interact with the most. In any kitchen, the sink area sees a lot of action every day. In today’s modern kitchen, options for kitchen sinks range from traditional designs to modern ones, including smart sinks.
As the name suggests, a smart sink comes with added kitchen features, such as prepping bowls, strainers, cutting boards, colanders, drying racks, and so on. Smart sinks are singular and large in size, but come equipped with features that make day-to-day kitchen chores easier to manage. Smart sinks also go a long way in adding a modern touch to the kitchen, while making it more functional. No wonder smart sinks are a must-have feature!
7. Cold Larders
The word “larder” may send you back in time, but it’s actually quickly becoming a staple in modern kitchens. In case you didn’t know, a larder is an area of the kitchen that’s designed to keep perishable food items cool. It’s usually constructed in a space that is cool and dry, using materials such as slabs or marble or slate.
Contrary to popular belief, you do not need a large space to include a larder in your kitchen. Larders can be big or small, depending on your needs and available space. They can be custom-designed to fit comfortably into practically any kitchen area, often incorporating shelving, racks, and other storage space to accommodate good stored in crates, baskets, and large bags. Some larders can even incorporate built-in larder refrigerators that don’t have ice boxes.
If you don’t think you have the necessary space, custom closets or cabinets can be converted into larders.
8. Enclosed Trash and Recycling
Generating trash in the kitchen is unsightly, but also unavoidable. The last thing that you want is to watch (and smell) trash accumulate in a hallway or corner receptacle.
Naturally, you don’t want your trash and recycling stored in the same cabinet as pots, pans, and other kitchen items. That’s a big “No!” The solution is to create an enclosed trash and recycling unit.
Custom-built closets in the kitchen are a great way to create the necessary space to accommodate trash and recycling in a way that’s both conveniently accessed and stored out of sight.
Build Your Dream Kitchen with Holland’s Custom Cabinets
As the hub of your home, your kitchen deserves nothing but the best. Outfitting it with features that make it beautiful and functional is non-negotiable. Installing modern cooking devices, organizing your space, and adding beautiful kitchen cabinets can help you get there.
Are you ready to remodel your kitchen, but clueless about how to start? Leave your worries to the experts at Holland’s Custom Cabinets. We’ve got some great ideas for your specific needs.
We create precision-engineered kitchen cabinets and storage solutions that not only look gorgeous, but also make your kitchen more functional. Our smart kitchen cabinets and custom-built closets are just what you need to take your space to the next level. Call 619.443.6081 or fill our online form to schedule a consultation.