Are you considering a kitchen renovation in the coming year? Or are you looking to keep the changes more cost-effective? In either case, our gallery of custom kitchens below will point you in the right direction and help you to make decisions that reflect your design style and budget. The thought of undergoing a kitchen renovation, no matter the size, can be overwhelming. It can also be costly. Thankfully, with some expert advice and a little elbow grease, you can accomplish an effective transformation that doesn’t require a complete gut job. The following are a few DIY options to consider before signing off on a complete custom kitchen redesign.
1. How Does Your Kitchen Function?
Some kitchens, even if they are dated, have a great working triangle that is efficient and practical. Where are you dishwasher, sink, oven/cook top and fridge located? Are they easily accessible? If this is your space, then consider yourself lucky. Even if you end up doing a complete renovation you won’t need to move the plumbing, which will translate into significant savings.
2. What Condition Are Your Cabinets In?
If your kitchen is functional and efficient, the next thing to consider is the condition of your cabinets. If in good shape, solid wood cabinets can be sanded and painted or stained to give them new life. The process of preparing and painting your cabinets is labor intensive but the results can really change the space for the better. Now, if your cabinets are beyond repair then you may need to choose the full-renovation option.
3. Switch Out The Hardware
If the layout of your kitchen is functional and the shape and color of your cabinets is suitable, then all you may need to do is change out the hardware. Depending on the type of hardware you choose, the cost will vary, but the result will be impactful. The process will be even easier if you choose hardware with the same layout as your old hardware. This will allow you to skip the process of drilling new holes.
4. Install A New Back Splash
A new back splash can make a big impact in a kitchen as well. If you are unsure of the type of tile to use but want it to be cost effective, your best option is classic, white Subway tile. When installed properly Subway tile looks clean and fresh. It is also adaptable to most kitchen styles, from modern to traditional.
5. Invest In New Counter Tops
Another way to update a much-loved kitchen is by installing new counter tops. By upgrading to a solid surface like quartz, granite or even butcher block, you can instantly update the space.
Before jumping headfirst into a complete renovation, consider consulting a kitchen contractor or interior decorator or designer. They will be able to steer you in the right direction so that you can make appropriate changes to your space, considering your budget and lifestyle. In the current housing market it is important to make informed decisions before spending a large amount of money on a renovation. In the end, you may be better served by implementing some or all of the ideas listed above. View our collections of custom kitchens below and find your inspiration!
This contemporary kitchen features raised panel cabinetry and built-in double ovens. A bi-level island provides a place for a sink as well as a breakfast bar.
This elegant country kitchen features a long, white island accented with decorative legs and paneling. The blue-green pantry provides a pop of color, as well as additional storage.
This u-shaped kitchen features plenty of storage space. Details such as the slate, tile back splash and granite counter tops provide a dramatic decorative and functional element.
This light and airy kitchen features Shaker-style cabinetry and beautiful, mosaic tile back splash. The island features a counter top with a jut out that provides an area for seating.
This all-white kitchen features a raised panel cabinetry and a glossy, Subway tile back splash. The dark wood flooring provides a striking contrast against the sleek, white cabinetry.
This elegant kitchen features a large custom island with space for a small collection of wine bottles. The cook top is accented by tile arranged in a decorative detail with a large custom range hood above.
This kitchen features classic white cabinetry, nickel bar pulls and a white, Subway tile back splash. The island is designed to include a breakfast bar and open shelving for dinnerware and glasses.
This kitchen is designed with a unique layout features a bi-level island/dining table. A green feature wall provides a an unexpected pop of color adjacent to the kitchen island.
This country kitchen features a mix of white and natural wood cabinetry. The wood trim on the custom rangehood ties in with the island and cabinetry features on each side of the large window.
Custom, raised-panel cabinetry fill this kitchen with plenty of closed storage. Large runs of counterspace provide the ideal place for food preparation and cleanup.
This kitchen feature an eye-catching, dark grey island and breakfast bar. A combination of open shelving and glass front cabinetry provides the opportunity for the display of collectibles and dishware.
This kitchen, with its raised-panel cabinetry, is designed to reflect the character seen in the remainder of the home. The farmhouse sink, large island and range hood are just some of the many custom features seen in this space.
This kitchen is accented by a built-in, dark green cabinetry that add to the vintage feel of the space. The refrigerator and dishwasher are hidden behind cabinetry panels to provide a seamless row of custom cabinetry.
This kitchen’s gas cook top is located in the island to provide large runs of counter space on the adjacent wall. A large pantry on one end ensures that adequate storage space is accessible.
This open-concept kitchen is designed to allow those working in the kitchen a clear view of adjoining rooms. Above the cook top is a custom, tiled niche that stores decorative kitchen objects and spices.
This kitchen features maple, Shaker-style cabinetry with built-in oven and microwave. The cook top is accented by a custom alcove and inset with tile laid in a herringbone pattern.
Three clear, globe pendants accent this kitchen’s large island/breakfast bar. A gray and white tiled backsplash and marble counter top ensure that the space remains light and airy.
By installing cabinetry to the ceiling, this kitchen takes full advantage of the space available. A small island provides additional counter space and a place for family and friends to sit, visit and eat.
This tiny kitchen is designed to use the available space efficiently. Features such as the peninsula and vertical wine rack, located beside the fridge, ensure that no square footage is wasted.
This French country kitchen is designed with elegance and charm. Custom legs, a curved breakfast bar and ornamental detail on the range hood showcase this kitchen’s many custom details.
This custom kitchen is designed with raised-panel cabinetry and beautiful granite counter tops. The island features a small, circular sink and breakfast bar.
This kitchen combines both rustic and modern details. The flat panel design of the cabinetry is modern but the material has a more rustic aesthetic.
This country kitchen features a vintage stove. Its curved details and decorative legs provide a unique and unexpected element to the space.
The Shaker-style cabinetry of this kitchen provides an elegant backdrop to the black kitchen hardware and counter tops. The island features a butcher block counter top and breakfast bar.
This striking kitchen features a unique combination of dark and white cabinetry. The section of dark wood cabinetry provides a focal point, as well as the solid stone table.
This traditional kitchen features glossy hardwood floors that span the space. The white cabinetry is designed with custom accents like decorative legs, furniture toe kicks and an alcove surrounding the range.
This large kitchen contains ample space for more than one cook to move about. The cabinetry is accented by long, narrow bar pulls and a section of glass-front uppers.
This kitchen is designed to fit under the peaked ceilings. The range hood and cook top are installed in the corner allowing for counter space on either side.
This kitchen features bright, white cabinetry and light, Carrera marble countertops. The plank wood flooring adds depth and warmth to the space.
This kitchen features Shaker-style cabinetry and soft-gray, marble counter tops. The black island is designed with furniture legs and includes a small breakfast bar.
This kitchen is designed in the shape of a triangle with a large curved island in the middle. A large window over the sink fills the space with light.
This kitchen is designed with many custom touches. It contains a paneled alcove surrounding the cook top, a office space and a large island and breakfast bar.
This white kitchen is designed to accommodate a large island that contains a built-in dishwasher, under mount sink and small breakfast bar area.
The warm, neutral color palette of this kitchen creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. The cabinets are designed with raised-panel inserts and accented by tile arranged in a diamond pattern.
This traditional kitchen features warm wood cabinetry with glass paneled uppers. The island is designed to provide a space for kitchen prep and a large dining area.
This kitchen’s custom range hood features floral detailing and decorative supports. The dishwasher and fridge are covered by panels that ensure that they blend seamlessly into the cabinetry.
This contemporary space features white Shaker-style cabinetry and solid stone counter tops. A portion of open shelving provides a space to display dishware.
This substantial kitchen features clean lines and a simple color scheme. A wall of cabinetry houses the pantry and built-in double ovens.
This galley kitchen features dark wood cabinetry and coordinating granite counter tops. A subdued, neutral back splash adds texture to the space will maintaining the color scheme.
A row of windows keeps this kitchen light and bright. The dark, wood plank floors add depth and warmth to the space.
The focal point of this kitchen is the dark wood island. It features two levels, one for kitchen preparations and one for eating.
This open concept kitchen features a large, black island and adjacent stone fireplace. A wall of marble tile, above the sink, adds to the luxury of the space.
This modern kitchen features black, flat-paneled cabinets and a large island and breakfast bar. A stainless steel back splash covers the area behind the custom range.
This kitchen is designed with a vintage aesthetic. The bead board back splash and decorative cabinet supports reference the feel of a time gone by.
This classic kitchen features a striking combination of black counter tops and white cabinets. A decorative tile accent, in a herringbone pattern, adds to the timeless feel of the space.
This traditional kitchen features all the custom features one could want. The island features a solid stone surface and custom corbels. The range is surrounding by an impressive alcove and features a conveniently-installed pot filler.
This breezy kitchen features Shaker-style cabinetry accented by a diamond tile installation. The kitchen island is designed with a solid stone counter top and butcher block to provide different surfaces for a variety of kitchen tasks.
Industrial pendant lights provide task lighting for this kitchen’s expansive island. Marble counter tops run the length of the cabinetry and a large farmhouse sink is positioned to provide a view of the outdoors.
This kitchen features raised-panel cabinets with a bead board detail. A long island/breakfast bar provides additional work space and a place to eat.
This focal point of this kitchen is a custom range hood centered behind a large island. The stone floor coordinates with the neutral color palette of the space and provides an additional textural element.
The creamy yellow cabinetry in this kitchen coordinates beautifully with the marble counter tops. Custom elements include decorative island legs, furniture toe kicks and a curved island counter top.
This kitchen is accented by a striking island designed with decorative furniture legs and a green granite counter top. The kitchen cook top is surrounded by a custom alcove and decorative tile accent.
This kitchen features a combination of warm wood paneling and white cabinetry. Custom covers and built-in elements allow the appliances to blend into the space.
This large kitchen features Maple cabinetry constructed with a raised panel detail. A recessed ceiling detail with decorative molding provides an additional custom touch.
This impressive kitchen remains light and airy with with it tall, two-story ceilings. Shaker style cabinetry and tumbled stone back splash finish out the space and provide a warm and inviting atmosphere.
The island in this kitchen features three levels with a built-in double sink, breakfast bar and cabinet storage. Shaker style cabinetry in a natural wood add a depth of color to this bright space.
This kitchen is designed with a combination of natural wood and white cabinetry. A large pantry, designed to resemble a furniture piece, provides space for larger kitchen items, as well as spices and baking supplies.
This white cabinetry of this kitchen contrasts beautifully against the cherry hardwood floors. The center island features a solid stone counter top, as well as a scalloped detail and decorative legs.
This country kitchen features a rustic, barn red island with a weathered wood surface. The feature wall at the far end of the dining room is painted the same color as the island to draw the two spaces together.
This kitchen features dark brown cabinetry designed with traditional, raised-panel construction. The custom alcove surrounding the kitchen range features open shelving ideal for the storage of spices.
This French country kitchen features cream-colored cabinetry accented by light blue decorative accents. The island features an under mount sink and area for seating.
This modern kitchen features flat-paneled cabinetry with a soothing green-gray finish. The slate floors add warmth to the space and coordinate perfectly with the cabinetry.
The focal point of this traditional kitchen is the impressive island. The island features intricately-designed corbels, raised panels and floral detailing along the upper edge.
The expanse of white cabinetry in this contemporary kitchen is clean and crisp. Features such as decorative molding, furniture toe kicks and custom fridge doors are just some of the custom features found in this space.
This traditional kitchen combines maple wood cabinetry with a large white island with a distressed detail. The island provides ample space for three to sit comfortably while the lower level is large enough to aid in the preparation of food.
This impressive kitchen features minimal upper cabinetry and lots of windows. This ensures that the space remains airy and bright. The island is large enough to service as a dining table when necessary.
The windows in the dining room and over the sink fill this space with light. In addition, the color of the kitchen cabinetry and back splash ensure that the space remains light and airy.
The yellow accent surrounding the custom alcove adds a pop of color to this white kitchen. The island, with its medium wood tones, provides the space with a depth of color.
This kitchen has been designed to combine black, white and natural wood cabinetry. The effect of this combination creates a sense of drama, as well as a truly custom feel in the space.
From its peaked ceiling, to the cabinetry and wall color, this kitchen is light and bright. Features such as decorative feet on both the cabinets and island are included to add a sense of luxury.
This kitchen combines a variety of unique elements, from the vintage appliances to the curated wood island, that express the owner’s personal design style. Glossy wall tile and farmhouse sink add to the eclectic feel of the space.