Custom Kitchens: Tips for Designing the Heart of your Home

kitchen with dark woodAs the old saying goes, the quickest way to the heart is through the stomach. The same is true of homes. The kitchen is the heart of every home, where family and friends gather and break bread together, enjoying food and fellowship. If you plan to build a custom home in Greensboro, it’s wise to spend some extra time designing your kitchen. Here are some tips to help you design the custom kitchen of your dreams.

Form and Function Should Live in Harmony

The ultimate goal is a beautiful kitchen that is also functional. Think about how you will use your kitchen. Do you enjoy cooking and take your time creating culinary masterpieces? Or do you cook meals as quickly as possible to get everyone fed in the midst of their busy schedules? The ambitious chef should incorporate food preparation surfaces and cooking appliances that make it convenient and fun to cook and bake, such as a built-in butcher block counter and convection oven. The reluctant chef should focus on making cooking easy and fast, incorporating a built-in microwave and plenty of counter space for small specialty appliances, such as crock pots, instant pots, and egg boilers.

Choose surfaces that are beautiful and durable, such as granite, quartz, or stainless steel. Large farm sinks are convenient and stylish. Backsplash patterns give you a chance to incorporate your own unique style and color preferences while protecting the drywall from splatter. Designing a home that reflects your own personality is one of the biggest reasons to build a custom home in Greensboro in the first place.

Cabinetry and Storage Make the Biggest Impact on Kitchen Style

Storage is important in a kitchen, and cabinetry is the most common type. The color and style of the cabinets in your kitchen set the tone for the room. Consider carefully whether you want a light or dark wood stain, painted cabinets, or glass doors. The hardware you choose can make cabinets look more ornate and antique, or more sleek and modern. Your appliance finish should complement the cabinet color as well, whether you choose stainless steel, white, black, copper, or any of the bright retro-colored appliances that are gaining popularity. A complementary color pallet, as well as color contrast, is important in any room.

Flooring: The Heart of your Home Needs a Firm Foundation

Kitchens are exposed to a lot of foot traffic, as well as food spills and moisture. Beautiful floors can also be durable, and the latest floor materials achieve this concept. Wood floors are the least resistant to moisture, and are being replaced with other materials, such as vinyl and tile. Tile is even losing popularity as the grout can be difficult to keep clean. Luxury vinyl that mimics wood is resistant to moisture and scratching and is in general much tougher than wood or even laminate. It is also a popular choice for bathroom floors for the same positive qualities.

Build a Custom Home in Greensboro with Don Mills Builders

Designing your custom kitchen is easy with the help of expert home designers and builders on the Don Mills team. Convey your wants and needs for your dream home and Don Mills will make it come to life. Schedule a consultation to build a custom home in Greensboro: (336) 362-1777.

1401 Napper Dr.

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1401 Napper Drive 


GreensboroNorth Carolina 27455
Listing ID 906834
Bedrooms 4
Total Baths 3.1
Full Baths 3
Partial Baths 1
SqFt 3,137
Acres 0.360
Status Active
County Guilford
Year Built 2005
Property Type Residential
Property Sub Type Stick/Site Built
Stunning custom home in quiet Blue Heron in DESIRABLE LAKE JEANETTE! Top quality throughout. Dramatic incredible kitchen w/stainless steel Kitchen Aid appliances w/ gas range & granite countertops opens to bfast rm & great rm. Main level master suite w/luxury bath & walk in closet. Upstairs features 3 spacious bedrooms & large bonus rm. Professionally landscaped yard w/ irrigation. Great storage w/ walk in attic. Covered Patio. Immaculately maintained! A true showplace! Hurry this home will not last!

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Tips for Finding an Ideal Lot for your Custom Home

Large house on lotHaving a custom home designed and built just for you is an experience like no other. You have the opportunity to create your dream home the way you want it to be. But in order to have the home you truly want, you need to find the right lot. There are many custom home lots in Greensboro available now in the most up and coming neighborhoods. How will you know which one is the right one? Follow these tips for finding an ideal lot for your custom home.


  • Choose a Desirable Neighborhood.

    The first step in choosing one of the many desirable custom home lots in Greensboro is finding a neighborhood that fits your lifestyle. Drive through neighborhoods at different times of the day. Do you get a good feeling about the neighborhood? Are there sidewalks or any amenities like a pool or park? Think beyond the neighborhood to the community. Are the schools in the area good quality? Are there highways, commercial zones, train tracks, or any other potential for noise and traffic? Some prefer a quiet community and want to avoid these things, but others prefer the convenience of having these things close by.

  • Consider Lot Location and Orientation.

    Once you have a neighborhood in mind, look at the different lots available. A corner lot may be larger but will experience more traffic. A lot close to the entrance of the neighborhood will be in a higher traffic area but will be more convenient. A lot on a cul-de-sac will be more private but may be wedge-shaped with a smaller front yard. These things may affect the design of your custom home.

  • Survey the Lay of the Land.

    Is the lot flat or sloping? The lay of the land affects the structure of the home that can be built on it. Land can be regraded to an extent but starting with land that suits the home design you have in mind is certainly easier and more cost effective.

  • Observe How the Sun Will Shine on the Property.

    Would you prefer that certain rooms get morning light, such as the kitchen or breakfast nook? Do you want a sunny or shady back deck or patio for afternoon/evening barbecues? Do you want bedrooms to be shaded in the morning for maximum potential for sleeping in? Consider which way your home will face in relation to the sun.


Locate Ideal Custom Home Lots in Greensboro with Don Mills Builders

When it comes to building custom homes, Don Mills Builders has years of experience in home design and lot selection. Whichever you decide on first, the lot or the design of your home, Don Mills can make both work together in harmony. Get the true custom home experience when you create your dream home with Don Mills Builders. No other home will be quite like yours. Call Don today to inquire about custom home lots in Greensboro: (336) 362-1777.