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5 Things to Include in Your New Kitchen and 5 Things to Cut

There are many different features and options you’ll have to consider when designing your new custom home with Paul Gray Homes. The kitchen design can be one of the most important to you, as most people spend a lot of time entertaining and cooking. Here are some things you’ll want to include in your kitchen, and others you’ll want to steer clear of.


1. Pot Filler

A built-in pot filler over your stovetop will come in very handy when cooking. The swing-out arm makes it convenient to fill pots, kettles, and even dog bowls.

2. Enclosed Trash

No one wants to see trash sitting out, and it can start to smell bad as well. You can also keep your kids and pets out of the trash if it's hidden in your cabinets or island.

3. Statement Lighting

Add drama to your space by creating an eye-catching focal point that brightens up the room. Hang a statement light fixture over your island or dining area to provide style and function.

4. Lots of Storage

Sneak storage in those areas between cabinets or appliances for things like spices or utensils. A deep drawer near the range creates easy access to large pots and pans. The possibilities are endless!

5. Tech Features

Your kitchen can also be another smart room in your home with products like hands-free faucets and smart ovens and refrigerators. You won’t remember how you lived without them!


1. All White

While an all-white kitchen looks clean and timeless, the truth is that it can be dicult to keep looking nice. It can also look too sterile, and it might limit your decor options.

2. Appliances on Counter

Make sure to think through how you’ll store all your countertop appliances to minimize clutter. Consider a large pullout drawer in your lower cabinets or a corner cabinet with shelving to help clear your counters.

3. Island Cooktop

Having a range hood hanging in the middle of your room looks clunky and usually comes with inadequate ventilation. It also means your island has less room for eating and entertaining.

4. Poor Planning

When designing your kitchen, you’ll want to account for the size and quantity of all your kitchenware and appliances to make sure they will fit in your new space. Don’t forget to consider the kitchen triangle when thinking about the flow of the room. You want the work areas of the sink, refrigerator, and stove to be laid out in a loose triangle to ensure you can move around with ease without any obstructions.

5. Overspending

The kitchen can be one of the more expensive areas of your home to budget for, with the high cost of materials and appliances. Try not to spend money on items that will wear easily or need to be replaced often. This will end up costing more in the long run. Instead, invest in quality items that will stand up to the test of time.

Interested in building the custom kitchen of your dreams? Let our expert team walk you through the home-building experience. Call Paul Gray Homes today at 316-990-0000!