How to choose new home kitchen cabinets
Tips on kitchen cabinet design and selection
The color, design, spacing, and style of kitchen cabinets you choose will dramatically affect the look and feel of the most popular hang-out room of your new home.
Kitchens are serving more functions for American families than ever - as the preferred place to eat, entertain, and interact. (And prepare food.)
A well designed kitchen will feel even more comfortable when it maintains the flow of the home, and invites the eye with appealing cabinetry and coordinated countertops.
Here are the most important questions to ask your builder about kitchen cabinets, before constructing your new home.
Questions to ask when choosing kitchen cabinets:
Here are some questions you should ask yourself and your builder BEFORE constructing your new home. Your kitchen design options are endless when you build a custom home with Stanton Homes.
How much cabinet storage space do I need?
The more square footage of storage you have (and that can include extra storage around the corner in the dining room or hallway, such as a butler's pantry) the more you can tuck away things like handheld appliances, which allows you to free-up counter space.
Stanton Homes include full 42 inch upper cabinets with angled corner cabinets that eliminate "dead space" – make sure your builder tells you just what kinds of cabinets they install, standard.
How do I choose between light and dark cabinet styles?
Most kitchen cabinets constructed of hardwood come in maple, oak, and cherry. These can be painted or stained in a wide range of colors, from "naturals" and whites to espressos and javas.
You’re not held back to the natural hardwood tones, so you can choose the color as well as the density you prefer.
If your floor plan has a smaller kitchen, consider light cabinet finishes, which can visually open up the room.
If your floor plan has a larger kitchen, darker cabinet finishes can look elegant.
You can even blend dark and light cabinetry. For example, the kitchen design pictured here has a bright white island and dark espresso cabinets.
Which kitchen cabinet special features are most important?
Your cooking style (and how often you prepare food) can make a difference in the cabinet features you choose.
- How many pans and cooking sheets do you have? Enough to need an organizer?
- Do you use spices often enough to warrant individual drawers to keep organized?
From left to right, pictured here is a cutlery divider, a corner lazy Susan, and a set of built-in island cabinetry spice drawers – all popular additions in today’s kitchens.
Stanton Homes often include pot and pan organizers, corner lazy Susan’s, spice racks/spice drawers, cutlery divider kits, door racks, plastic bag storage units, and other elements that make storage easy.
In fact, the ability to customize a kitchen with cabinetry that suits your needs is one of the top reasons homebuyers choose to build a custom home.
Make sure your builder can provide any special options you need, like universal cabinets, with everything within easy reach.
Designing and Building a Custom Home Kitchen
Custom builders like Stanton Homes give you control over every single kitchen cabinet design detail, including:
- Storage space (dependent on your favorite floor plan design)
- Type of wood (maple, cherry, oak, etc)
- Wood finish (espresso, cognac, java, etc)
- Door style (classic arched, roman arch, square, raised vs. recessed, etc)
- Decorative hardware
A professional interior designer can help you make the right choices, so that everything about your kitchen cabinets is just the way you want it, like what you’ll find with our FREE interior design services, when you build a Stanton Home.
Your kitchen design options are endless in a custom home. Talk to the experts, and take your time to do it right.