31 Days to Building a Dream Home:: Creating Functional and Beautiful Cabinetry

For us, the cabinetry process took quite a bit of time to finalize. Part of that was due to the fact that things got held up with the project and we had some extra time. But, part of it was because this was a huge part of making our home functional. We were trying to stay within a certain budget, while also trying to figure out ways to maximize space and achieve the look we were going for.

Creating Functional & Beautiful Cabinetry{Source}

If you are custom building your entire house, there’s a lot of cabinetry to design and decisions to make.

The most important thing to take into consideration when making cabinetry decisions is functionality. This is especially important when it comes to your kitchen and laundry rooms. These are spaces where you need to be strategic in placement of certain cabinetry and sizing.

Trash Can Cabinetry{Source}

Think about things like location of dishwasher and the trashcan cabinet in relation to the sink. You don’t want to be toting your dishes after you rinse them clear across your kitchen to put them in the dishwasher. Another thing to think about is storage near your oven and stove. Be sure you have the right cabinetry and drawers to store all the necessary utensils and pots that you will use to cook near your stove and have a place near your oven {whether it’s the built-in drawer below or a separate cabinetry drawer} where you can store all your bakeware.

In your laundry room, think about where you will want to store your ironing board, what kind of shelving you will need for laundry supplies and if and where you will hang clothes. I line dry a lot of my clothes so having a hanging bar was important for us in our laundry room. Wanting to incorporate that affected the type of cabinetry we would need around it as well as location of it in relation to the washer and dryer.

Laundry Room{Source}

Outside of functionality, there are a lot of other things to consider like door styles, cabinet colors {stains or paints}, and how you want the base of the cabinet to look {sit directly on the floor vs. legs}.

Your budget will dictate what you will or won’t be able to do with a lot of these design decisions.

For us, the standard finish options for our cabinets was a choice between several stained colors or painted either white or antique white. Knowing I didn’t want a wood color, white was the easiest choice {and what I wanted anyways}. Anything outside of the standard finish options {other colors, etc.} cost extra.

But, if your standard finish options are similar to ours and you really want to incorporate some color, use color on just certain cabinetry pieces. To break up all the white in the kitchen, we decided to do a dark gray color for our island only. Since it was only one cabinet we were painting, the cost wasn’t over the top like it would have been if we decided to do all the kitchen cabinets in gray.

Kitchen Cabinetry{Source}

Same goes for door styles. There are several different door style options. Some more expensive than others. If you love the shaker style, consider just doing it in the kitchen alone and do something more basic and cheaper in the rest of your house.

Maximize your budget and your preferences by choosing to spend more on higher traffic areas and spaces that will get the most use and spend less in less important rooms like the laundry room, etc.

Your cabinetry is something that will be very hard to change down the road, so take considerable time to make decisions you will be happy with for for many years. Paints and stains are easy to change, but the overall functionality and location of cabinets isn’t as easy to change.

Click here to see our final cabinetry drawings and cabinetry selections.

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