Choosing the Right Kitchen Appliances for Your Custom Home


Breakdown of Kitchen Appliance Options for Red Door Homes TN

When custom-building your dream home, one of the most important aspects to consider is your kitchen appliances. The kitchen isn’t just a place for cooking - it’s also the heart of your home, where your loved ones gather to make memories.

Choosing the right kitchen appliances is an essential part of the home-building process. Your kitchen’s functionality, aesthetic, and even value are dependent on these choices.

At Red Door Homes, we know how important making an informed decision on this is. Below, we’ll share everything you need to know about picking the right appliances for your kitchen.

Understanding Your Kitchen Appliance Needs

Before jumping into the vast array of appliance options, we recommend taking a moment to consider your cooking habits, kitchen space, and lifestyle.

Do you entertain often and need a more robust cooking setup? Or is your cooking style more about convenience and speed?

Recognizing the difference between must-have appliances and those that are luxury or specialty can help you prioritize your selections. For instance, a family that really loves to cook might consider a high-end range essential, while a wine enthusiast might prioritize a wine cooler instead.

Appliance Categories and Options

There are many different types of appliances and options within those categories. The biggest choices you have are regarding major appliances, which are larger and often more essential (and expensive).

Major Appliances


The type of refrigerator you choose should complement your kitchen’s layout and meet your storage needs. From spacious French door models that are perfect for large families to compact bottom-freezer types for smaller spaces, each type of fridge has its unique advantages.

We recommend considering features like water and ice dispensers which are pretty convenient. You can also consider smart technology, which can also make your life more efficient.

Ranges and Ovens

Consider your cooking preferences to determine whether a gas or electric range is best for you. Gas ranges offer more precise heat control, while electric ranges provide more even baking.

If you have the space, consider a separate wall oven and cooktop if you want more flexibility when you cook. You may also want to consider induction cooktops due to their safety and efficiency.


Dishwashers can make your life infinitely easier, especially if you have a family. Noise level, cycle options, and efficiency are key considerations for your dishwasher.

There are also different types of dishwashers. Built-in dishwashers offer a seamless look, while portable or drawer dishwashers might suit smaller kitchens or any specific needs better.


Though more affordable than other appliances, microwaves are still considered major appliances. Whether you choose a countertop, over-the-range, or built-in model, consider your kitchen’s layout and how often you plan to use them. Some microwaves have additional features like inverter technology and convection capabilities that can give you more options.

Small Appliances

Though these aren’t the focus of our discussion, small appliances still play a big role in rounding out your kitchen. Blenders, toasters, and coffee makers, for example, can complement your lifestyle and add a nice touch to your kitchen design.

Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

Opting for ENERGY STAR-rated appliances can lead to significant savings on utility bills and reduce your carbon footprint. These models are designed to be more energy-efficient without sacrificing performance.

When researching your options, look for the ENERGY STAR label and compare the EnergyGuide labels. These labels can help you understand an appliance's estimated annual operating cost and energy use.

Aesthetic and Design Considerations

The look of your appliances can impact the overall aesthetic of your kitchen. Whether you're aiming for a sleek modern look with stainless steel appliances or a cozy farmhouse vibe with a vintage-style range, the choices are endless.

Color and finish, along with handle design, should integrate seamlessly with your kitchen's design theme or stand out as a statement piece. Consider your kitchen’s overall theme and colors when choosing complementary appliances.

Smart Kitchen Technology

Smart appliances are taking over the modern age, and the kitchen is no exception to these devices. Smart appliances bring a new level of convenience and efficiency to the kitchen.

For example, imagine preheating your oven from your smartphone, or a refrigerator that helps you keep track of groceries! These appliances can sync with your home automation systems, turning your kitchen into a tech-savvy space that simplifies daily tasks.

Budgeting for Your Kitchen Appliances

Balancing your desires with your budget can be challenging, but it’s important to invest wisely. Prioritize spending on appliances that you use most frequently or that significantly impact your lifestyle.

For everything else, consider more cost-effective options without compromising quality. Remember, Red Door Homes is here to guide you through financing options and help you make the best choices within your budget.

Final Thoughts

Choosing the right kitchen appliances for your custom home takes some careful consideration. We recommend considering your needs, lifestyle, and budget to make the best decisions possible.

At Red Door Homes, we would love to help you make your dream kitchen a reality. Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can help you build the custom home of your dreams.


How do I choose the right size appliances for my kitchen?

Start by measuring your available space and consider the layout of your kitchen. It’s important to ensure there’s enough clearance for appliance doors to open comfortably and for traffic flow in the kitchen. Then, look at your options and choose those best for you.

Can I mix and match appliance brands in my kitchen?

You can definitely mix and match appliance brands in your kitchen! While some prefer the uniform look and shared technology features of a single brand, mixing and matching brands based on individual appliance performance and features is also common. It’s all about finding the best fit for your needs.

What's the best way to ensure my appliances are energy efficient?

Look for the ENERGY STAR label when shopping for new appliances to see which ones are energy efficient. This label means the appliance meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Comparing EnergyGuide labels can also help you choose the most efficient models.

How can smart appliances benefit my daily life?

Smart appliances offer convenience and efficiency, from allowing you to preheat your oven on your way home to sending alerts when your laundry cycle is finished. They can simplify routine tasks and make your home more connected and automated.

Should I consider extended warranties for my kitchen appliances?

Extended warranties can offer peace of mind, especially for high-end appliances. Consider the cost, what’s covered, and the appliance's reliability when deciding if an extended warranty is worth the investment.


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