Home Building Series: Kitchen Design

Choosing the design and the color scheme for the kitchen wasn’t too difficult. Using my Pinterest account, I narrowed into the fact that I loved bright, white, and shaker-style cabinets. I also didn’t love anything too modern, so although I wanted it to look simple and sleek, I didn’t want there to be super harsh lines.

Home Building Series: Kitchen Design

I softened up the cabinets with hardware that didn’t have such harsh lines, and just the lightest gray specks throughout the quartz counter top will really warm up the otherwise sterile space. We will also have super dark hardwood floors to add even more warmth to the kitchen, and to add a rustic touch to a clean design.Home Building Series: Kitchen Design

The color scheme isn’t quite right in these 3-D models – the floors will be darker, the counter tops will be lighter – and the walls will be a soft gray – but I think it gives a nice overview of the design style. We chose natural maple cabinets that will be painted white. Our door style is called Concord and is in a traditional shaker-style. Above our range will be a custom hood that will look built-in and flow with the rest of the cabinetry. Finally, the counter tops will be Viatera Quartz in Minuet, which looks a lot like a traditional white marble.

We thought it would be next to impossible to find this color in granite, and we knew we didn’t want the cost or maintenance of marble, so quartz seemed like the right fit for our family’s kitchen.

Home Building Series: Kitchen Design

We will also be changing out the style of the walk-in pantry’s door and either matching it up with the rest of the house – probably a craftsman style – or doing something completely different like a frosted glass.  The sink is in our island and will overlook the great room, and bar stools will also line the island. It’s hard to tell from the renderings, but our island is actually huge – eight feet!

Home Building Series: Kitchen Design

We chose Bosch kitchen appliances and we will have a five burner gas stand-alone cook top, and a pair of double ovens.

Home Building Series: Kitchen Design

On the opposite side of the kitchen will be our refrigerator and the rest of the cabinets. I wanted to to two glass doors next to the refrigerator to make it look more like a butler’s pantry, but since we were already going over a little on the cabinets, I decided it was an extra feature I could live without.Home Building Series: Kitchen Design

Finally, this shows what it will look like facing into the island and out into the great room. On the far left side we will have a pull out double trash can cabinet, the composite sink will be in the center, the dishwasher next to that, and finally a corner cabinet that will still be fully functioning. I love this set-up as I think it will make clean up a breeze, and I won’t have to feel so disconnected from the family when doing dishes, etc. I can look right into the Great Room or as the kids get older, chat while they sit at the island. I can see a lot of end-of-the-day conversations taking place here over the years to come!

So there’s the layout / design of our kitchen! If you remember, our space is not huge, so utilizing every inch is so important and I feel as if our designer hit the mark. I am excited to see the 3-D model come to life and can’t wait to spend many nights cooking and sharing that space with my family.


  1. Just a thought, dark floors show EVERYTHING! That might be tough to keep clean, especially in a kitchen…or with dog hair!! While I thought they were beautiful, I was happy to get rid of mine!!!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      We definitely thought about that! I just can’t get past how much I love the dark wood! We actually are going to create a no-shoes in the house policy and thankfully our dog has dark fur, but I still recognize I’ll be cleaning often. Thankfully the wood space is not huge – just the entry, kitchen, halls and dining area. Everything else is tile or carpet. 🙂

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