Updated for March 2022.

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 expanding kitchen amenities and appliances throughout the home, sometimes in surprising places. You’ll see everything from a wet bar in the family room or finished basement to a full kitchen setup in the backyard.

finished basment wet bar

Finished basement by Metro Building & Remodeling

If you’re thinking about a custom kitchen renovation, maybe you should open up your thinking to the possibilities of what more there is to make life easier.

An outdoor kitchen

outdoor kitchen

Photo courtesy Perlick

We find that many kitchen remodeling ideas involve opening the kitchen up more to adjacent living spaces…even outdoor living spaces. It’s easier than ever to integrate the interior of your home with the deck or patio by replacing the sliding door with glass panels that fold away and practically disappear when they’re open.

A complete outdoor kitchen can include a sink, icemaker, mini-fridge and freezer, counter space for food prep and serving, storage cabinets, and a fireplace or fire pit. Imagine being able to chat with your guests while you cook, grab some fresh herbs from your garden, and have refills for everyone’s drink at hand without leaving the patio. Your indoor/outdoor spaces can flow seamlessly, so you enjoy the best of both worlds.

A butler’s pantry

butler's pantry

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

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 cabinets, counter space, a sink, dishwasher, and undercounter refrigerator, a butler’s pantry provides a perfect area for you to stage foods for serving.

From hors d’oeuvres platters to coffee cups, everything can be set up out of sight. That additional counter space is also a tremendous help when clearing dishes from the table. Even a small butler’s pantry can make a big difference in the feel and function of your new custom kitchen.

A custom kitchen in the…master suite?

master bathrooms with mini-fridges

Photos courtesy Perlick

Yes! A small “kitchen” in the master suite is absolutely great for late night snacks and morning coffee. Start with a single-serve coffee maker and keep going: add a small sink, fridge, countertop, and cabinet storage. And it doesn’t have to look at all like a kitchen! Cabinets can blend with the look of your bedroom but conceal an efficient – and elegant – mini custom kitchen. The fridge is also great if you have medicine or cosmetics that need refrigeration, but you’d like close at hand in the master suite.

Basement beverage center and more…

Finished basement wet bar

Finished basement by Metro Building & Remodeling

Why settle for just a wet bar when there are so many options available now for your finished basement? Start with a wine refrigerator cabinet (for 12 bottles or 200), standalone ice maker, undercabinet mini-fridge, and freezer-in-a drawer. Whatever food and beverages you want to keep in stock for game day, there is a refrigerator or freezer solution that will be just right.

Finished basement wet bar

Finished basement by Metro Building & Remodeling

But why stop there? Add custom cabinets to store cups, stemware, silverware, and beverage accompaniments, all organized alongside a coffee maker, microwave, and blender. While you’re at it, a dishwasher will eliminate lugging dirty dishes upstairs!

Even if updating one kitchen is enough for your current needs, we have ideas that can pack that custom kitchen with great design, storage, function, and fun! Take a look at some examples of our work in our photo gallery. Then let’s talk!

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