Every home has a kitchen, of course. Large or small, good or bad, there is usually just one. But look around and you’ll see a trend toward adding secondary kitchens as well, and not just a wet bar like you’ve seen in a family room or a basement game room. Homeowners are now expanding kitchen amenities and appliances throughout the home, sometimes in surprising places.

If you’re thinking of custom kitchen remodeling ideas, maybe you should open up your thinking to the possibilities of what more you can do. Consider these options:

An outdoor kitchen.

As a kitchen remodeling contractor, we find that many kitchen remodeling ideas involve opening the kitchen up more to adjacent living spaces…even outdoor living spaces, adding doors that are more than just your grandfather’s sliding patio door. Windows and doors can now fold away and practically disappear when they’re open, integrating the interior of your home with the outdoors. You can add anything from a garden courtyard for growing herbs and vegetables to a patio area with more than just a grill. A complete outdoor kitchen can include an icemaker, mini-fridge, counter space for food prep and serving, storage cabinets, and a fireplace or fire pit. Whether you’re doing outside grilling or indoor baking, the spaces can flow seamlessly, so you enjoy the best of both worlds.

Photo: Outdoor kitchen remodeling ideas

Photo courtesy Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet

A custom kitchen in the…bedroom?

Yes! A small kitchen “bar” in the bedroom is absolutely great for late night snacks and morning coffee. And it doesn’t have to look at all like a kitchen! Cabinets can blend with the style of your bedroom and conceal an efficient – and elegant – mini custom kitchen. Start with a single-serve coffee maker and keep going: add a small sink, fridge, countertop, and cabinet storage.

Kitchen remodeling ideas: Beverage center photo

Photo courtesy Kitchen-Aid.

A butler’s pantry.

Many times, the need for kitchen remodeling is prompted by a desire to entertain more easily and graciously. That’s why a butler’s pantry can be such a valuable addition to a custom kitchen. With extra kitchen cabinets, counters, a sink and perhaps an extra dishwasher or refrigerator, a butler’s pantry provides a perfect area for you to prepare food, set up a buffet for serving or put a beverage station. When located outside the kitchen or in a hallway between the kitchen and dining room, everything for entertaining can be set up out of sight and the additional counter space helps with clearing dishes. It’s often possible to carve out room for a butler’s pantry within the existing kitchen, where even a small one can make a big difference in how you entertain.

Photo: butler's pantry

Photo courtesy Prévo Cabinetry. MBRG is a distributor of Prévo Cabinetry.

Even if updating one kitchen is enough for you, we have suggestions that can make sure your custom kitchen is filled with new design, storage, and functionality ideas…and fun!  Take a look at some examples of our kitchen remodeling ideas in our photo gallery or our Houzz gallery. Then let’s talk!

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