Design Advice
22/8/2022

Planning a Kitchen Renovation? Consider Custom Cabinets!

The kitchen is at the heart of the home, it is a social hub as well as a functional space for meal preparation and even dining. We think that everything about your kitchen should work for you and your space. That is why, at Zen Living, we are proud to offer beautiful, custom kitchen cabinets for our clients. Our kitchens are of the highest quality in build and design, specifically customized to your requirements.

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The term 'custom kitchen cabinets' means that individual elements can be made to order for different tastes but within the range of researched resources and styles of kitchen makers. For example, if you want a suitable layout in a difficult space, a unique floorplan, or a custom range hood fan, we can make that happen.  

Planning for Custom Cabinets

A custom kitchen is made to fit your room perfectly and allow for a more personalized design. It is likely to offer you the best quality of kitchen design that makes the most of the space you must work with down to the very last inch. At Zen Living, we use the finest resources to produce and can create a beautiful and unique kitchen for every customer. Here are some things to consider when planning a custom kitchen.

Custom kitchen cabinets
The custom kitchen cabinets make your personality

1. Think about The Space in Your Kitchen

If you have an extension being built, a unique floorplan, or consider walls demolished to create a large open space, you should think about how you will use your kitchen space. Will it be more than just a food preparation area, but a social space for your family and a place to entertain?

Think about busy areas and busy times of day in your kitchen. Does the entire family gather in the same area to make their own breakfast? Because if they do, the space could probably be managed by improving the layout. While the kitchen triangle theory is still a good basic method, the 5-Zones layout caters to more modern needs. You can even measure your kitchen by yourself to understand and easily visualize everything in your kitchen before connecting to a designer. Our guides can help you create a multifunctional space!

measure kitchen cabinets
The complete, accurate measurements can prevent unnecessary spacing issues

Get more of our design advice:

How to measure your kitchen?

How to plan your kitchen zones?

2. Write a Wish List

Consider the appliances you currently own as well as those you would like to add to your kitchen. It helps to list your priorities, for example, is a built-in coffee machine necessary to help get your day off on the right foot? Or do you love to cook and perhaps would prefer ample preparation space and a bigger custom kitchen pantry cabinet? Spend some time going through your current kitchen and making a list of everything that needs to be included in your new room – no matter how large or small.

List your priorities appliances to the design step easier and simpler

3. Pick Your Style

The kitchen takes up approximately 40% of the visual space in your home and typically consumes half your budget. It is important to choose your kitchen style carefully, making sure that it works with the rest of your home.

Classic kitchens are commonly labeled as shaker-style kitchens having traditional painted or natural wood cabinetry. If a modern style is preferred, high gloss or an ultra matt finish may be your preference. Alternatively, a transitional kitchen is a perfect mix of modern design and a classic look.

kitchen cabinet styles
Your kitchen cabinet style should work with the rest of your home

To make your style more unique, there are many options to choose from including the materials, colour, detailing, finish, hardware, and custom kitchen cabinet doors. This is where things really start to get exciting and difficult among plenty of amazing choices.

custom kitchen cabinet doors
Zen Living provides lots of cabinet doors to fit any design styles

Some frequently asked questions:

What material should I choose?

How to choose kitchen countertops?

How to choose the right colour schemes kitchen?

4. Determine Your Budget

The average cost for any custom cabinets is variable, based on your preferences, from size, materials used, the manufacturer, to the professional help you hire. However, in general, custom kitchens are a bit more costly than standard non-custom kitchens. Creating a kitchen budget and then sticking to it is essential to avoid being surprised by the final cost.

Plan kitchen cabinet budget
A detailed kitchen budget is essential to create your custom cabinets

Remember that a custom kitchen can affect external factors such as the plumbing involved, the organization of the electrical system, the floor, etc., and most likely it will cost you an extra amount of money to change them.

5. Get Inspired

Great places to find inspiration are Pinterest, Instagram, Houzz, and various interior design magazines. Focus on what really inspires you that helps designers to understand what you like.

custom kitchen cabinet inspiration
Any photo or idea you share is very helpful as well

Zen Living has plenty of kitchen designs, colour libraries, and completed works updated every day on our Instagram that you can look through as a solid starting point!

6. Speak to a Designer Early

Kitchen design professionals have the expertise to bring together several options into a space that works practically and aesthetically. By talking to kitchen designers early on, your wish list will be included as much as possible, and they will also provide a guiding hand to ensure the room works.

custom cabinet maker Calgary
Professional designers can provide helpful design advice for your kitchen plan

Zen Living Is an Expert Kitchen Cabinet Maker in Calgary!

With over 50+ years of combined experience in kitchen and bath in Calgary, our team at Zen Living has the skills, knowledge, and high-tech facilities you need to turn your dreams into reality. From start to finish, we work closely with you (and with your architect or interior designer if you have one) to ensure the overall plan. Our designer will absorb all your needs through those mood boards, wish list, and preliminary measurements to come up with creative ideas you may not even have considered for your custom cabinets!

Zen Living uses the finest resources to produce beautiful, sturdy, and timeless kitchen cabinetry. With the choice of any painted colour, any natural timber, and any unique MDF surface (Laminate, Acrylic, UV, Veneer), we are sure you will find the look that fits your kitchen design and budget. If you cannot find the exact colour you are looking for, we can match any paint or stain colour of your choice.

kitchen cabinet materials
Zen Living has so many amazing finish and colour options

Having a new kitchen is one of the most exciting things you can do in your home. You want to be sure it is worth it, that it is going to endure, and that there is more to it than face value. From your first appointment, you will have an experienced Zen Living kitchen designer to guide, advise and inspire.  

Schedule a FREE design appointment or visit our showroom at 4216 61 Ave SE Calgary as a great starting point for the kitchen planning process!

The term 'custom kitchen cabinets' means that individual elements can be made to order for different tastes but within the range of researched resources and styles of kitchen makers. For example, if you want a suitable layout in a difficult space, a unique floorplan, or a custom range hood fan, we can make that happen.  

Planning for Custom Cabinets

A custom kitchen is made to fit your room perfectly and allow for a more personalized design. It is likely to offer you the best quality of kitchen design that makes the most of the space you must work with down to the very last inch. At Zen Living, we use the finest resources to produce and can create a beautiful and unique kitchen for every customer. Here are some things to consider when planning a custom kitchen.

Custom kitchen cabinets
The custom kitchen cabinets make your personality

1. Think about The Space in Your Kitchen

If you have an extension being built, a unique floorplan, or consider walls demolished to create a large open space, you should think about how you will use your kitchen space. Will it be more than just a food preparation area, but a social space for your family and a place to entertain?

Think about busy areas and busy times of day in your kitchen. Does the entire family gather in the same area to make their own breakfast? Because if they do, the space could probably be managed by improving the layout. While the kitchen triangle theory is still a good basic method, the 5-Zones layout caters to more modern needs. You can even measure your kitchen by yourself to understand and easily visualize everything in your kitchen before connecting to a designer. Our guides can help you create a multifunctional space!

measure kitchen cabinets
The complete, accurate measurements can prevent unnecessary spacing issues

Get more of our design advice:

How to measure your kitchen?

How to plan your kitchen zones?

2. Write a Wish List

Consider the appliances you currently own as well as those you would like to add to your kitchen. It helps to list your priorities, for example, is a built-in coffee machine necessary to help get your day off on the right foot? Or do you love to cook and perhaps would prefer ample preparation space and a bigger custom kitchen pantry cabinet? Spend some time going through your current kitchen and making a list of everything that needs to be included in your new room – no matter how large or small.

List your priorities appliances to the design step easier and simpler

3. Pick Your Style

The kitchen takes up approximately 40% of the visual space in your home and typically consumes half your budget. It is important to choose your kitchen style carefully, making sure that it works with the rest of your home.

Classic kitchens are commonly labeled as shaker-style kitchens having traditional painted or natural wood cabinetry. If a modern style is preferred, high gloss or an ultra matt finish may be your preference. Alternatively, a transitional kitchen is a perfect mix of modern design and a classic look.

kitchen cabinet styles
Your kitchen cabinet style should work with the rest of your home

To make your style more unique, there are many options to choose from including the materials, colour, detailing, finish, hardware, and custom kitchen cabinet doors. This is where things really start to get exciting and difficult among plenty of amazing choices.

custom kitchen cabinet doors
Zen Living provides lots of cabinet doors to fit any design styles

Some frequently asked questions:

What material should I choose?

How to choose kitchen countertops?

How to choose the right colour schemes kitchen?

4. Determine Your Budget

The average cost for any custom cabinets is variable, based on your preferences, from size, materials used, the manufacturer, to the professional help you hire. However, in general, custom kitchens are a bit more costly than standard non-custom kitchens. Creating a kitchen budget and then sticking to it is essential to avoid being surprised by the final cost.

Plan kitchen cabinet budget
A detailed kitchen budget is essential to create your custom cabinets

Remember that a custom kitchen can affect external factors such as the plumbing involved, the organization of the electrical system, the floor, etc., and most likely it will cost you an extra amount of money to change them.

5. Get Inspired

Great places to find inspiration are Pinterest, Instagram, Houzz, and various interior design magazines. Focus on what really inspires you that helps designers to understand what you like.

custom kitchen cabinet inspiration
Any photo or idea you share is very helpful as well

Zen Living has plenty of kitchen designs, colour libraries, and completed works updated every day on our Instagram that you can look through as a solid starting point!

6. Speak to a Designer Early

Kitchen design professionals have the expertise to bring together several options into a space that works practically and aesthetically. By talking to kitchen designers early on, your wish list will be included as much as possible, and they will also provide a guiding hand to ensure the room works.

custom cabinet maker Calgary
Professional designers can provide helpful design advice for your kitchen plan

Zen Living Is an Expert Kitchen Cabinet Maker in Calgary!

With over 50+ years of combined experience in kitchen and bath in Calgary, our team at Zen Living has the skills, knowledge, and high-tech facilities you need to turn your dreams into reality. From start to finish, we work closely with you (and with your architect or interior designer if you have one) to ensure the overall plan. Our designer will absorb all your needs through those mood boards, wish list, and preliminary measurements to come up with creative ideas you may not even have considered for your custom cabinets!

Zen Living uses the finest resources to produce beautiful, sturdy, and timeless kitchen cabinetry. With the choice of any painted colour, any natural timber, and any unique MDF surface (Laminate, Acrylic, UV, Veneer), we are sure you will find the look that fits your kitchen design and budget. If you cannot find the exact colour you are looking for, we can match any paint or stain colour of your choice.

kitchen cabinet materials
Zen Living has so many amazing finish and colour options

Having a new kitchen is one of the most exciting things you can do in your home. You want to be sure it is worth it, that it is going to endure, and that there is more to it than face value. From your first appointment, you will have an experienced Zen Living kitchen designer to guide, advise and inspire.  

Schedule a FREE design appointment or visit our showroom at 4216 61 Ave SE Calgary as a great starting point for the kitchen planning process!

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