Your kitchen is one of the most important home investments you’ll make. It doesn’t matter if you’re remodeling an old kitchen or building a new custom kitchen.
Taking the time to find high-quality appliances will ensure that your kitchen is functional, stylish, and efficient.
Every detail counts, and it’s important to choose kitchen appliances wisely.
We compiled this guide on selecting appliances for your custom kitchen so that you can spend less time searching and more time creating your dream kitchen.
How to Choose New Kitchen Appliances
When it comes to buying new kitchen appliances for your custom kitchen, you should consider your needs:
- How large is your family?
- Will these appliances easily fit into your kitchen?
- What is your budget?
Consider energy efficiency for each running appliance. This helps reduce monthly bills while maintaining the functionality of the appliance itself.
When picking out new kitchen appliances, pay close attention to their color. Choosing an appliance with similar tones will blend into the design seamlessly and coordinate with other decor elements of the space.
Choose only high-quality appliances that will last for long, so you don’t have to worry about replacing them often or having a hard time fixing them.
Here are some essential tips to help you choose the perfect kitchen appliances:
Establish the Layout and Floor Plan
You’ll need to know your kitchen’s layout and floor plan to determine where appliances will fit best.
If you’re building a custom kitchen, this is part of the design process.
Suppose your current kitchen needs to be remodeled and appliances replaced. You’ll need to know where existing appliances will fit before determining how they should look in their new space.
Kitchen appliances generally need to be placed close to electrical outlets.
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Set Your Budget
Estimate the amount of money you’ll spend on your kitchen appliances before starting the shopping process. Don’t skimp on the quality of your appliances.
While you can find cheap kitchen appliances, they won’t be the most reliable or efficient products and can potentially need to be replaced within a few years of purchase.
High-end ranges and refrigerators are often worth their price tag because they can offer greater energy efficiency, generally last longer, and perform better.
Consider Function and Lifestyle
Your lifestyle will play a significant role in determining the appliances that are right for you.
If you have young children, choose an oven or stove with knobs on top instead of front-facing dials so that curious little hands don’t get burned when they explore your kitchen.
On the other hand, if you have an open-plan floor design, choose a sleek stainless steel range hood that blends with your decor instead of having a less attractive white model.
Also, think about the functions that work best for your lifestyle and how much space is available. If you’re buying new appliances, measure your kitchen to make sure you can fit larger appliances. Consider these design hacks to create more space.
When to Buy Kitchen Appliances
When designing a custom kitchen, it can be challenging to know when is the right time to buy appliances.
There’s no one correct answer as every project has different needs and timelines for completion.
Don’t delay, but don’t rush either. Wait until the kitchen design is complete before buying your appliances. This will save your time and effort.
A common mistake when building a custom kitchen is to buy appliances before completing the design process.
If you have a set budget for your project, this can limit the types of appliances you’ll be able to include in your finished space.
If you’re waiting until the end of the project to purchase appliances, make sure you choose models that will work with the final design.
The Major Appliances for Your Custom Kitchen
Once you know when to buy kitchen appliances, decide what exactly you’ll need. There are several types of appliances that are commonly used in custom kitchens:
Ranges, Ovens, and Stovetops
If your current model does not suit your needs, then it’s time for an upgrade. Make sure what you choose will work with the layout of your kitchen and fits into your budget as well.
Choosing a cooktop and a range, either separately or as a single freestanding unit, is a big decision.
A freestanding range is easier to install and economical compared to a separate cooktop and a wall oven.
Your choice will depend on the number of cooks as well as the kitchen’s space constraints. For instance, a small kitchen may not easily house a separate wall oven.
Fridges and Freezers
If you don’t already own a refrigerator, this will be your first purchase once you decide to remodel or build your kitchen.
First, select the fridge’s installation type depending on your storage needs. There are three installation types to choose from:
- Freestanding: These refrigerators can be viewed from many angles. They allow for a large capacity and can be easily relocated. However, they don’t match kitchen countertops.
- Built-in: This variety is taller than its freestanding counterpart and easily integrates with your countertop depth for a seamless view.
- Fully Integrated: This unit type blends deeply with your kitchen design such that it cannot be differentiated from your other furniture.
Next, carefully consider the fridge’s configuration. If you have less swing space for your door and want easier access for your children, go with the french door models with a bottom freezer.
If you need extra capacity, you could either go for an all-freezer with a separate all-refrigerator or get a larger refrigerator that matches your kitchen layout and space.
If you are looking for a refrigerator with the highest energy rating, look for one that has an Energy Star label. You can also find models that have other features, such as humidity-controlled crispers or gallon door storage bins if needed.
The range hood is the final appliance to consider when designing a custom kitchen.
A range hood helps remove excess moisture and exhaust while cooking.
They come in many different sizes and styles: single or double-wall, under cabinet mounted, traditional island mounted, etc.
The type of material that a range hood is made of can affect its price as well. Stainless steel and copper are two prevalent materials, though you can also select a custom design.
This will be your choice after refrigerator and range/oven. Just like with other appliances, make sure it fits into your kitchen design and budget as well.
Some of these features include
- Stainless steel interiors
- Adjustable racks depending on what you need/prefer
You can also consider choosing an extra-large range top if needed.
If you don’t already own one or your current model doesn’t suit your needs, this is another appliance that should be a top priority when considering appliances for custom kitchens.
Upgrading your microwave creates more counter space if you choose a smaller-sized appliance.
It’s also essential to think about the power source of each model as well. For instance, some appliances are designed for use with gas or electric ranges only. So, ensure what you buy works with your current range top before making any purchases.
Schedule a Consultation with BrightLeaf Homes for Your Custom Kitchen Build
Designing a custom kitchen is an exciting process, but it can also be overwhelming.
Choosing the right appliances for your kitchen takes careful consideration and research to ensure you get what best fits your needs.
If you are looking for a custom home builder to help design the kitchen of your dream kitchen, then contact Brightleaf Homes today.
To find out more about us or schedule a consultation with one of our experienced Home Consultants.
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