For many families, the kitchen is the most used room in the home. It is a place to gather with friends and loved ones. We start the day eating breakfast in our kitchens and we end the day relaxing over dinner. The kitchen is the heart of the home and the family.

At CJB Group Kitchens, we love helping our clients create the perfect kitchen for their home. It’s important that it looks great, but you also want to make sure that it is functional. There are a lot of different things that go into a great kitchen, and a lot of our clients are surprised at the number of decisions to be made. Most people think about cabinet door styles, countertop materials, and other big items, but it’s the details that make a kitchen great.

Location of Appliances and Storage
One of the most important considerations in your kitchen design is the layout. Everyone uses their kitchen a little differently. Think about how you cook and eat and spend time in your kitchen. If you entertain guests often and enjoy wine with dinner, you might want to make sure your wine fridge and glasses are conveniently located. If you use countertop appliances like a bread machine or slow cooker regularly, then you want to make sure that you have outlets and counter space available. There are lots of small details that seem insignificant but make a big difference in how much we enjoy the kitchen every day. Should the dishwasher be to the left or right of the sink? Do you want lots of drawers or prefer cabinets with doors? Do you have an extra large pan that needs a wider door?

Cabinet Doors or Open Shelves?
Cabinet doors are great for hiding plastic souvenir cups and mismatched everyday dishes. The door design and finish can be beautiful and stylish. Many designers today, however, are using a bigger variety of storage options, including glass-front cabinets and open shelving. A lot of homeowners want to display their favorite items like wedding china and Grandma’s lemonade pitcher.

Every room needs good lighting, and the kitchen is no exception. Your lighting depends on several factors, including windows, overhead lighting, and decor. Do you want to sacrifice some upper cabinets to add in a bank of windows? Will a lighter countertop make up for the tight space? Adding in under-cabinet lighting and reflective materials can help make a room feel brighter and bigger.

Island or Peninsula?
If you have the space, an island or peninsula is a great addition to any home. It can give you additional counter and storage space. Many people include a bar-height counter so that family and friends can gather and socialize while working in the kitchen. You can continue the materials used in your main cabinets, or use contrasting or complementary materials for a more modern look.

Accessories and Extras
With the wide variety of kitchen accessories available, you can really create a unique space that is designed just for you. Add a trash compactor for convenience. Drawer organizers and pull-outs give you some customized storage options. A tablet mount and USB power station lets you watch a cooking demo or keep an eye on the big game while you work. We can create a home office corner with a desk or a kid’s corner with a chalkboard and play space.

One of the best things about working in home design today is the amazing number of options available. Think about the things you use and do in your kitchen and let us help you turn it into the perfect room that is uniquely yours. You spend a lot of time in your kitchen. Let CJB Group Kitchens make it a place that you love. Call 978-337-7256 today!