Custom cabinets means there is always room.
Custom cabinets means there is always room.

Need to create space in your kitchen? Be sure to catch my first post on Creating Space — but read on! You can start right here.

Many people believe that building a house is “too difficult”, “Stressful”, “expensive”. Well, it is what you make it. If you delve into the process so you know what to expect and you ask questions of your builder, it doesn’t have too be hard, stressful or go beyond your budget. Let me address the “too expensive” part and what it has to do with making space.

A family of four can easily live in a well designed and thoughtfully built 2000 square foot home. That same family often thinks that they cannot do without 4000 square feet! But may I suggest that sometimes (not all the time) that 4000 sqft home is simply a box with walls and not much else?

I’m all about smaller square footage and more useable space.

That’s why building custom is NOT more expensive. You make your dollar and your square footage stretch further. Take the above kitchen shot: in a standard cabinet purchase you can’t always use an extra 10″. Either it’s a void or you need to shove the entire stove over to make room for a standard size cabinet. (I’m speaking in generalities on purpose here, so don’t go writing me long emails about standard cabinets etc.)

The point is, every space is useable when you are designing the space.

Barrel vault and open shelving
Barrel vault and open shelving

Above is one of my favorite mid-range kitchens. This home sold for $365,000, which in Oregon at the time of sale is right there in the middle of home prices. The square footage is right around 2300. To the left of the kitchen sink you can see the spice drawers and open shelving. I’d also point out the brick barrel vault. Instead of having a flat (boring) ceiling – we opened up the smaller space with VOLUME. This makes a huge difference to the overall feel of the kitchen.

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Jess Alway