A kitchen should be more than just a utilitarian space; it should be a reflection of your personal style and lifestyle.  

When designing a custom home, you have the freedom to design your space exactly how you want it. So, why not choose a kitchen layout that’s uniquely yours?  

With Cambridge Homes, you are assured of professional guidance and impeccable design and building services to inspire and create your custom kitchen. Below are seven tips for setting you on your custom kitchen journey. 


 1. Embrace your personal style in your kitchen layout

Identify your style 

The first step to creating a kitchen that feels personal is identifying your style. You might prefer a timeless classic design, a sleek contemporary look, or an eclectic mix of styles. This decision will guide your choice of colour schemes, materials, finishes, and positioning of structural elements. 

Incorporate personal elements 

Next, consider incorporating elements that mirror your personality. Display your cherished collection of vintage plates, or make your grandmother’s antique wooden table the centrepiece of your kitchen.  


2. Choose quality over quantity

Invest in durable materials 

The kitchen is one of the most used areas of the home. Therefore, prioritise durability when choosing materials for your countertops, cabinets, and flooring.  

Choose high-quality appliances 

The appliances you choose should also be long-lasting and provide the best functionality. For example, investing in an energy-efficient refrigerator or a high-performance oven will enhance your cooking experience and save you money in the long run. 

When designing your kitchen layout, it’s important to consider these appliances and choose which ones you want first so their sizing can be incorporated into the design. 


3. Consider an open-plan design

Create a connected space 

An open-plan kitchen extends the room into the dining and living areas, allowing for a seamless flow in the home. This openness makes the kitchen feel larger, inviting, and inclusive. 


While considering an open-plan design, consider custom features that reflect your personality. A bespoke bookshelf for your cookbooks or a stylish wine rack can add a personal touch to your kitchen layout. 


4. Lighting is key

Layer your lighting 

A well-lit kitchen layout employs a combination of different lighting types. Task lighting, such as under-cabinet lights, illuminates workspaces for cooking. Ambient lighting, such as pendant lights or chandeliers, provides overall illumination and sets the mood.  

Consider natural light 

If possible, take advantage of natural light. Large windows or skylights can fill your kitchen with daylight, making it appear brighter and more spacious. Plus, who doesn’t love a bit of sunshine while enjoying their morning coffee? 


 5. Prioritise storage

Plan for ample storage 

Well-thought-out storage solutions are crucial in keeping your kitchen organised and clutter-free. Consider your kitchen activities and what you need within reach. This will guide your decisions on the placement of cabinets, drawers, and shelves. 

Invest in custom storage solutions 

Consider investing in custom storage solutions like pull-out pantry shelves, corner cupboards that use otherwise wasted space, or a kitchen island with built-in cabinets. These options ensure you maximise every inch of your kitchen. 


 6. Plan for comfort

Incorporate ergonomics into design 

Ergonomics is especially important as we age. Consider installing countertops at comfortable heights, choosing lever handles for faucets that are easy to use, opting for drawers instead of lower cabinets for easier access, or including smart technology into your layout. 

Choose comfortable seating 

If you plan to spend a lot of time in your kitchen, comfortable seating is a must. You could incorporate cushioned bar stools by the island or have a cosy breakfast nook with plush chairs. 


 7. Make it a space to entertain

Create a social hub 

The kitchen isn’t just for cooking—it’s a social hub of the home. With the children all grown up, you now have more opportunities to host friends and family. Consider adding a kitchen island with bar seating or a breakfast bar where people can gather. 

Think about beverage and food serving spaces 

Consider including a dedicated beverage station with your coffee maker, kettle, and a small wine fridge, so guests can serve themselves. Similarly, an island or sideboard can serve as a place to lay out food during gatherings. 


At Cambridge Homes, we believe that your kitchen should be a direct reflection of your personal style and preferences.  

Our experienced team is dedicated to working with you throughout your home-building journey. We offer kitchen inspiration, expert advice, and top-notch services to help you create a space that is all about you, for you.  

Trust us with your dream, and let’s bring it to life. Get in touch with us today