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Designing a New Home, Designing a New Kitchen

Mazza Building & Development Company has experience in building custom homes in West Bloomfield, Michigan and surrounding areas. If you are thinking about building a custom home, call (248) 625-3305!

custom home builder west bloomfield michiganCouples pay a lot of attention to the kitchen when they build a new home, and they do this for a good reason. Designing a functional kitchen involves a number of key decisions that affect day-to-day activities. The kitchen is a the hub for families, where kids do homework and entertaining takes place. The modern kitchen has to play a number of roles, balancing functionality within the design. The bottom line? Kitchens are important. To connect the practicality that your kitchen needs with the style it must have, keep these factors in mind:

1. Smaller Spaces

Smart compact layouts are replacing copious square footage. Kitchens continue to be the heart of the home, and homeowners want open areas with strong ties to adjoining rooms.  But with smaller square footage, it can be challenging to create a spacious kitchen. Most kitchens fall under a few common layouts. There’s the L-shape kitchen, with one long and one short row of counters; the U-shape kitchen, which runs in the shape of a “u”; and a G-shape kitchen, which is a U- or L-shaped kitchen with an opening for a breakfast nook or family room; and the galley kitchen, which is basically two rows of counters with an aisle running through it. In many of these kitchens, depending on the square footage, homeowners can opt to include an island. To get the most kitchen space, home buyers should think about which layout they want, and how to add kitchen amenities like cabinets, counters etc.

2. Quality of Building Material

Since the kitchen is an important room, it is vital to choose the best materials for a kitchen. When selecting kitchen cabinets, look for quality.  This is not the place to be overly consumed with trying to save money.  Well-made cabinets will provide lasting pleasure and functionality for decades.  Drawers (as opposed to cabinets with doors) are more useful and efficient even compared to cabinets with pullout drawers.  In addition, choose hard surface, durable, and high quality counter tops.  There are a variety of colors and selections available.  Granite is an ideal counter surface for the most important room in the house.

3. Layout

The ideal kitchen—and the plan most kitchens follow—is the triangle path cooks make between the fridge, stove and sink when prepping meals. Professional kitchen designers and builders follow this rule of thumb: There should be less than 23 feet running from the oven, sink and fridge, with counters next to each component.

With expert guidance from the professionals at Mazza Building & Development, you can design a fabulous kitchen. We’ve been helping homeowners in and around West Bloomfield Michigan with quality custom-built homes, and we can walk you through the process of building a custom home, from selecting a home plan to choosing light fixtures for your kitchen.


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How to Avoid Surprise Costs When Building a Custom Home

Are you looking for an expert home builder in West Bloomfield, MI? If so, contact the Mazza Building & Development Company, your best choice for custom home building in West Bloomfield, MI. Call (248) 625-3305 today for more information.

custom home west bloomfield miOne of the biggest things home buyers worry about is the cost of their new home. After purchasing the land, paying an architect and buying a building permit, the last thing a buyer wants to do is shell out more cash for unseen expenses.  However, seemingly small changes such as buying better building materials can quickly raise the price of building a custom home.  If this is your first time building a custom home and you want avoid unexpected surprises, here are some tips that can help you through the process of building a custom home.

Ask your builder for help

Coordinate the ordering, approval and installation of all building products for the home with your builder. Learn about the previous building projects the home designer has completed. If the homes are similar to your design, the builder should be able to predict any possible setbacks by studying the floor plan.

Discuss all finishing accents and building materials prior to construction

Details such as cabinetry hardware, flooring, and roof tiles, should all be agreed upon prior to beginning the construction. There may be some fluctuation in prices that can’t be avoided due to material availability, but a homebuilder with strong vendor relationships will be able to reach out to his contacts and gather that information, diminishing the possibility of an unexpected rise in cost.

Know what to expect

The best way to avoid unexpected costs is to know which ones to expect. As much as you would like to stick to the estimate, changes are bound to happen. Thus it is a good idea to set aside a slush fund to give you the flexibility to add those special touches that you may not have imagined at the beginning of your project. Communicate with your homebuilder frequently and keep track of any additional expenses.