Selecting Kitchen Cabinetry for Your Custom Home

April 3, 2017

It’s often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It becomes a gathering place whether it’s a typical evening at home with the family or the night of a big party. Keep this in mind as you visualize your dream home. One of the big tasks you’ll need to take care of when building a custom home is selecting kitchen cabinetry. With cabinets, you’ve got to consider both appearance and functionality. You’ll want something that looks great and serves your needs. In this article, we’ll cover a variety of kitchen cabinetry topics to help you with your decision-making process.

Selecting Cabinets

The process of selecting cabinets for your kitchen may vary depending on your homebuilder. It’s likely that the builder has connections with a cabinetry expert that will guide you through the process. When you meet with a cabinetry expert, they’ll ask you some questions to get a feel for the home you’re building and the kitchen you envision. From there, they’ll help you select a manufacturer and finalize the design, features, and layout. It will probably take a couple meetings to settle on all the details. Once that is complete, the final steps are to perform a field measure to ensure the cabinets will work in the space and sign off on the order.

Cabinet Options – What’s in Demand?

If you’re building a custom home, you’ll more than likely want custom cabinets to fit the overall design of the home, although it’s possible you could find stock cabinets that meet all your requirements. According to Lauren Slavik, of Schillings, gray and white are two of the most popular colors in kitchen design today. Those colors can be used in the cabinetry, countertops, or backsplash.

Shaker style cabinets are commonly requested. Their doors with flat center panels with slight detail provide a contemporary yet timeless look. Another popular cabinet feature is a garbage pull-out that hides the garbage can but keeps it within reach. And if you have lots of appliances and kitchen gadgets, it’s worth it to consider cabinet options that will provide a dedicated storage space for them to keep your kitchen decluttered. Finally, large islands have become common in open concept homes. This provides the opportunity for additional storage, a wine fridge, or whatever will best meet your needs for your dream kitchen.

Wish Lists Always Help

Upon first meeting with the cabinetry expert, you may not know exactly what you want. That’s ok. The expert will help you, and you will have time to get all the details squared away. You probably know at least a few things that you do like in certain cabinets, as well as things you don’t like. Sharing them with the expert will make the process easier. It’s recommended that you go through magazines or websites and compile photos of kitchens that you like. They can serve as a guide for your expert to help you narrow down your options and find the ideal cabinets.

Lauren’s advice is to relax, have fun, and remember you’re in good hands. She noted, “I know this process can be overwhelming for many customers. My advice is to take it a step at a time and enjoy the design process. I am here to guide them throughout the process and answer questions they may have along the way.”

Get the Custom Home of Your Dreams with P.D.H. Builders

Living in the Chicago area and want to build a custom home? You’ll be in good hands with P.D.H. Builders. Phil Hartz has been in the industry for more than 30 years and works one-on-one with his customers to ensure he provides them with the home they’ve always wanted. Phil and his network of experts, like Lauren, will be there to help you out every step of the way.

P.D.H. Builders serves the communities of Lemont, New Lenox, Mokena, Frankfort, Orland Park, and Homer Glen. For more information, call 708-949-8244 or email You can also visit the P.D.H. Builders model home in the Stonebridge Woods community at 13935 S. Stonebridge Drive in Homer Glen.