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The kitchen is the heart of the home, so when you build your custom home, you may want to consider putting extra time into planning the design and layout of your kitchen. Many people already know what design style they want in their kitchen, but if you don’t that’s totally okay! That’s why RM Construction helps every client with the design process to ensure that everything they envision is included in their custom home build.

The Layout

Figuring out how you want the kitchen layout is the most important part of the thought process—the style comes later. Since kitchens are usually close or next to the main entertainment area (family room or living room), you will want to take that into consideration regarding the complete layout of the home.

Kitchen layouts are dependent on the space available and how much foot traffic will go through the kitchen. There are many different layouts for kitchens that you can choose from. Here are some of the most popular:

Galley kitchens are kitchens where the cabinets and appliances are up against two parallel walls. Typically, the galley kitchen is between a breakfast nook and the main living area.

“L” kitchens are as the name implies. The short piece of the “L” is usually against a half wall or made into an island with barstools on the other side.

A “U” kitchen is comprised of three walls, two of them being parallel. It’s similar to the galley kitchen only there’s a perpendicular wall that connects the two forming the “U” shape. This kitchen layout is good for those that don’t desire a separate breakfast nook from their dining area.

Straight kitchens are when all the appliances and cabinets are against one wall. This layout is usually used in smaller spaces where they utilize the parallel wall as a dining space. You mostly see this layout in apartments.

When you work with RM Construction the design and layout process is a breeze. A bad layout can ruin the joy of being in the kitchen—no room to move and an inability to access what you need can quickly become a hassle. With the placement of appliances, you’ll want to consider the “working triangle.” The working triangle has a major appliance (refrigerator, stove, sink) at each point. This allows easier access to each appliance without any obstructions.

The Style

Everyone has different tastes, and when you design your custom kitchen with RM Construction you can choose exactly what style you want. There are so many different styles to choose from! Whether you want traditional or modern, RM will help with every step of the way.

The style goes into almost every aspect of the kitchen from light fixtures to the hardware on the cabinets. There are so many different elements that will tie the kitchen together and make it complete.

The next aspect you’ll need to consider is the color scheme. Many people opt for neutral kitchens, but some include a nice splash of color. You’ll want to take color into consideration when picking out your materials for a backsplash, the cabinetry’s hardware, and the kitchen countertops.

The designer with RM Construction can help you choose materials that fit the style you desire. We have hundreds of finishes to choose from, and you can even look at samples in-house for a hands-on experience. We understand that touch is an important sensation when choosing finishes, and that’s why RM has samples of multiple finishes to browse.

Depending on how much you cook or what your needs are, you’ll need to speak with the designer about cabinetry space (or even a separate butler’s pantry) and the appliances. Believe it or not, appliances have a style too! And if you cook a lot, you may want to consider a six-burner range or more than one oven. The vent hood over the range also has an important role in style—there are more traditional options or more modern depending on what you’re going for.

You’ll want to take into account how much light you want in your kitchen. Many kitchens have a few pendant lights over the island cabinetry and recessed lighting for the rest of the space. Pendant lights can add a significant stylistic element to your kitchen! Whether you want sleek and modern or something that stands out a bit more, you’ll be able to find a style that fits.

Another stylistic option you can incorporate is skylights in the kitchen area! They add tons of natural light and really make the area stand out. Doors that go to an outdoor patio and eating area are another great option that also adds some more natural light. Natural light also affects how your wall paint will look—it can make it brighter or change the tone.

RM Construction will work with you to create the kitchen of your dreams in your custom home build. Contact us today to start planning your Colorado build.