Are you thinking about building a home? Deciding to build a house is a big decision! After all there are so many components to consider! From finding the right builder to picking a lot and choosing all the finishing touches, building a home can be a huge undertaking! Arguably one of the most important spaces in any home is the kitchen. You know what they say, kitchens are “the heart of the home”. With this in mind, you’ll likely put a lot of thought into the layout and overall design of your kitchen. In this blog post, we’re sharing a few features that you should consider incorporating into your kitchen when building a new home! 

A Large Kitchen Island 

A big island is a no-brainer for most people. This is especially true for those who love to entertain friends and family! Large kitchen islands instantly add a space for you to serve hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and maybe even a charcuterie board! When you’re not entertaining, they are a great space for you to quickly grab a bite to eat without dirtying up the dining table. If you have kids, they’ll love sitting at the kitchen island in the morning while enjoying a bowl of cereal! 

Range Hood Above The Stove 

A beautiful range hood can instantly elevate the look of your kitchen! Not only are they practical for removing airborne grease, smoke and fumes, but they’re also incredibly beautiful! Range hoods come in a variety of styles. From metal to wood, there’s a great option for your interior design preferences.

Plumbing Fixtures & Hardware 

Your plumbing fixtures and cabinet hardware are a great way for you to make your kitchen stand out! From black to gold, silver or bronze, there are a lot of options for you to customize your kitchen with plumbing fixtures and cabinet hardware! Whether it’s your faucet, sink, or cabinet handles, there are so many options for you to make your kitchen stand out.

Don’t Cheap Out On The Appliances

Getting high quality appliances can make a huge difference in the functionality of your kitchen! Consider investing in stainless steel appliances. Not only do they look nice, but they’re also easy to clean. If you’ve never cooked on a gas stove before, you’re seriously missing out! If you’re in the process of building a home, be sure to ask your contractor about the size of the refrigerator space. You don’t want to be stuck getting a refrigerator that’s too small for your family’s needs! 

Get Some Fun & Practical Gadgets

A large deep sink is always a good idea. If you love to entertain, you’ll be happy to have an oversized sink for your dishes to rest until you get a chance to clean them. Sinks can also make a statement. They come in an array of styles, colors and finishes. Other cool kitchen gadgets to consider incorporating into your kitchen design might be a pot filler, wine refrigerator, ice machine and even a double oven! 

Outlets Everywhere

Let’s face it, technology is a huge part of our lives these days. Make sure your kitchen has plenty of outlets throughout! This is not only useful for appliances such as blenders and coffee pots, but also for charging phones and iPads. More and more, people are reading recipes off of their devices rather than cookbooks. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to have lots of outlets in your kitchen!

Cleanup-Friendly Material Selections 

Cleanup-friendly material selections are key when it comes to maintaining a beautiful kitchen! Your home builder should be able to guide you to options that will not only look great, but will also be easy to manage. Marble countertops for instance are extremely high maintenance and can easily stain or scratch. You also want to make sure that the flooring in your kitchen is spill-friendly. For example, the grout in tile can often get dirty and discolored. Even the paint type you choose is important! Matte paint might look luxurious, but you’ll be happy you chose a paint with a glossy-finish when someone flings spaghetti sauce on the wall!

Lighting Makes A Big Difference

Lighting makes a huge difference in any area of your home. This is especially true for kitchens! Pendant lights are a great way to add functional and beautiful lighting to your kitchen. You’ll also want to make sure that there are plenty of recessed lights throughout the space. Under cabinet lights are also a great addition to any kitchen! 

Functional Cabinet Storage Solutions

Talk to your home builder about incorporating functional storage solutions into the cabinets of your kitchen. Corner cabinets are often much more functional with a Lazy Susan. Additionally, roll-out spice cabinets offer a better display of your ingredients. There are tons of ways you can make your home functional and more organized! 

Hide The Ugly Trash Can 

Consider built-in trash and recycling bins! You can easily convert a cabinet to an enclosed trash area. Not only is this a great way to remove trash bin eyesores, but it will also make your kitchen look less cluttered. Not to mention, it will likely keep unpleasant odors at bay! Win, win! 

A Spacious Pantry Does Wonders 

Definitely consider a walk-in pantry! You’ll love having plenty of space to store supplies such as nonperishables and household items. Better yet, a butler’s pantry or prep-kitchen! This extra area of the home will add so much functionality to your kitchen. With a prep-kitchen, you can incorporate an additional sink and even an extra dishwasher! 

Let’s Build Your Dream Kitchen!

Are you ready to build your dream home? Hearthside Homes would love to help turn your vision into reality! We currently build in the Kansas City, Liberty, Kearney, and Parkville areas. Click here to learn more about our communities. Since 1987, we’ve been building beautiful and long-lasting homes for homeowners in the Kansas City and surrounding areas. We would be honored to build a home for you and your family! Working with our team is fun, fast, and stress-free! Once we break ground on your project, you can expect your home to be move-in ready in about six months! It really is that easy. 

The Hearthside Process

At Hearthside Homes, we offer a “semi-custom” home building solution. This means that you’ll choose from one of our expertly designed floor plans and family-friendly communities. From there, you’ll get to make all the material selections for your new home. Our Design Center, in Liberty, Missouri, allows our customers to pick almost every component for their new home all at one spot! From cabinet to paint, tile, hardware, lighting and more, you’ll have a blast making your home uniquely yours! To learn more about our process, click here. If you have any questions, feel free to fill out this form on our website or give us a call at (816) 781-0234. Our Design Center is located at 1915 Industrial Dr #300, Liberty, MO 64068. Follow the behind the scenes fun on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest! We look forward to helping you create a beautiful, functional, and long-lasting space for you to create memories with those you love most!