If you’re thinking about building a new Boise area home, it can be a challenge to sift through all the details and decisions that go along with such a big project. Our new blog series, “Finish & Feature Spotlight” is designed to help you answer some of the critical home design questions you’ll encounter along the way! Today we’re shining a light on the kitchen, one of the most important rooms to consider as you plan your new dream home.
Create the family kitchen you’ve always wanted
A kitchen is so much more than just a place to prepare meals – it’s also the emotional center of your home. It’s the hub where you and your kids can connect for a few minutes over breakfast before heading out into the world, and it’s the cozy haven you return to at night as you come together over dinner. It’s a place for laughter and conversation, for projects and crafts, for homework and hobbies and coffee-break chats. It’s the retreat where friends and family inevitably gather, so it’s easy to see why this space needs to be both practical and beautiful. Putting careful thought into the features and finishes of this versatile room is paramount, so here are some things to consider.
Consider your cooking needs
Do you love to cook from scratch, or do you do a lot of baking? Do you cook for a large family, or do you often entertain? You’ll want to make sure your new kitchen is scaled to fit those requirements. Look for a kitchen layout that offers ample counter space or one that includes a stand-alone island for additional workspace. Consider appliance options like a double wall-oven that allow you to cook multiple dishes at the same time. If you have a lot of pots and pans, you may like cabinets with spacious pot drawers. If you have a number of small appliances, you might prefer a butler’s pantry for easy storage.
If ease and convenience are more your style, look for kitchen options that cater to you! Consider features like Delta’s Touch2O faucet – it lets you turn the kitchen sink on and off with just a tap to the spout – or try an undermount-design sink that makes clean-up a breeze. A counter with a breakfast bar works great for feeding kids on busy mornings, and a kitchen layout that includes an eating nook is perfect for cozy family dinners or quick snacks.
Consider lighting and flooring
Think about the tasks you’ll be carrying out in your new kitchen and the kinds of lighting that will make them easier. Pendant lights can give beautiful task-illumination to an island workspace or breakfast bar, while under-cabinet lighting can lend a soft glow to kitchen countertops. A 3-light chandelier can offer a welcome warmth to an eating nook. Tour some of our model homes, check out the Coleman Homes Design Gallery LookBook or visit our Pinterest page to get some ideas about styles you prefer.
Flooring is another important element. You want your new kitchen floor to withstand constant traffic while still making a style statement! Ceramic tile, hardwood, wood laminate, engineered hardwood, and vinyl all have their particular advantages when it comes to maintenance, price and durability, so do some research to determine which one is right for you and your budget.
Consider special features just for you
Sometimes it’s the extras that make all the difference! You might love a giant double pull-out trash-bin for easier kitchen clean-ups, or a plate rack to show off your grandma’s antique china. Maybe you’ve always wanted a wine rack, or a built-in organization station where you could pay bills and post the family schedule. Keep those “wish list” items in mind as you plan the kitchen in your new home; you might be surprised at how attainable they are, and at how much they could enhance the enjoyment and utility of your new space.
Consider Coleman Homes
If you’d like some expert advice as you plan for your new Boise area home, we invite you to visit us at the Design Gallery! Our Coleman Homes Design Professionals will be glad to give you a tour of our extensive collection of high-performing, industry leading products, finishes and colors to truly personalize your home. Schedule a tour today!