For many homes, the kitchen is more than just a space for cooking. It’s a sanctuary and a natural gathering place—a dedicated space for whipping up comfort meals or flexing your epicurean creativity. Often, the kitchen is the most utilized room in a house. Which is why many homeowners spare no expense in designing the kitchen of their dreams. Whether you need Top Chef-level appliances or creative storage solutions, a custom gourmet kitchen can elevate your living space. 

Getting the most out of your custom gourmet kitchen

The beauty of custom is that it can mean a lot of things for a lot of different people. At the beginning of the home design process, we’ll work closely with you to ensure you’re getting the most out of your custom gourmet kitchen.  We’ll address the majority of your needs during the design process, as we get to the heart of your custom kitchen needs, 

To start with, we’ll identify your particular needs with regards to your cooking space. Are you regularly whipping up five-course meals? Or do you need extra oven space for your world-renowned bake sale brownies? Maybe you need an epic wok burner or want to up your barbecue game with a built-in countertop grill. Whatever your specific needs, we’ll identify how to deliver them. Some questions we’ll consider together include: 

  • What kinds of dishes do you love to prepare? 
  • Do you use special cookware? If so, how often?
  • What appliances do you need daily access to, and which can be stored for less frequent use? 
  • Do you need space to store wine, liquor, or other spirits? 
  • Do you prefer to prep, cook, and store food in the same space, or would you prefer a designated area for each? 
  • How many people will be using your cooking space? And would you prefer separate stations for each cook in the house?
  • Do you need space to entertain guests in the kitchen, or would you like a separate dining and entertaining space? 

Your answers help our designers get an in-depth understanding of your cooking practices. This understanding lets us elevate your custom gourmet kitchen from cook space to living space. 

Exploring all of your options

One of our favorite parts of designing a custom kitchen is opening up the world of possibilities that our clients don’t know exists. If you’ve never seen an island coffee bar or built-in refrigerator, how could you know that’s what you need? 

With over 50 years of experience building custom homes, we’ve seen a multitude of designs and add-ons. And we pride ourselves on an ability to think outside the box and create custom solutions to make your life easier. Sometimes, the fix is simple: non-standard cabinet heights or custom flooring materials. But other kitchens require more extreme customizations like in-counter fryers and walk-in pantries. Whatever the case may be for your custom kitchen, if you can dream it, we can make it a reality. 

Other considerations

Of course, we’re not in the business of sacrificing beauty for practicality. When it comes to designing your custom gourmet kitchen, we’ll make a space that’s both highly-functional, and supports the aesthetics of your custom home. We’ll also work closely with you to make sure we use the right textures, patterns, and materials in your new custom gourmet kitchen. 

Favorite features in today’s custom, gourmet kitchens

So what are some of the features that today’s home chefs couldn’t cook without? It all boils down to durable surfaces, custom and specialty storage options, and top-of-the-line home appliances. 

Custom from the floor up

When designing your custom kitchen, flooring decisions are as essential as anything else. An easy-to-clean surface can take the pain out of after-meal scrubbing. Or a beautiful, durable floor can stand up to the high traffic most kitchens experience. Whatever your specific needs are, we can help you select the right flooring option for your custom gourmet kitchen. As one writer notes, “your floor should serve as a canvas, in a way, for the rest of your kitchen.”

Durable surfaces

Custom kitchen surfaces are one of the easiest ways to reflect your home’s aesthetic. Ideal kitchen surfaces will be beautiful, durable, and easy to clean. Our design team will work with you to determine the best materials, colors, and textures to complement your home’s design. This includes everything from counters and islands to cabinets and bars. Whether you need bar-style seating for a group or quartz countertops, we’ve got the capabilities to bring your dream kitchen to life. 

Custom and specialty storage

Do you prefer the character and craftsman feel of built-ins? Or the efficiency of blind corner storage cabinets? Wherever your preference lies, we can create a space that looks and functions exactly how you need it to. Not only do custom storage solutions keep kitchen essentials—like cookware and cutlery—stowed out of sight. They can also provide sophisticated trash and recycling solutions. Custom cabinets and kitchen islands can easily include compartments specifically-designed for your waste containers. 

Top-of-the-line appliances

No custom gourmet kitchen would be complete without the appliances that make modern cooking a dream. With a custom kitchen plan, you can go green with Energy Star certified appliances. Or capture the clean look of a built-in refrigerator. You can even design a full, top-of-the-line kitchen suite.  

Lighting solutions for every custom kitchen

With custom lighting solutions, your kitchen can go from brightly-lit prep space to ambient dinner lighting with the flick of a switch. Our design team can pair proper task-lighting for countertops with the light fixtures that emphasize your kitchen space’s personality. 

Small changes that make a world of difference

Keep in mind that you don’t need an in-counter espresso machine or cedar-lined meat smoking pantry to customize your kitchen. Sometimes, all it takes is non-standard cabinet sizes or rollout shelves to make your custom house feel like home. No matter how significant or small your custom kitchen needs are, CNC is here to make your concepts a reality. 

Your custom gourmet kitchen: where design meets practicality

When we build your custom home, we get several distinct advantages. One of the most significant? The ability to think outside the box when it comes to your cooking space. Regardless of what your custom gourmet kitchen needs are, we’ll ensure this room is where excellence in design meets total practicality. Contact CNC today to learn more about our process.