The kitchen is a central focal point of the home. It’s where people gather. People stop in on their way out to grab a snack, people spend time there in the morning making coffee before a busy day. When you’re building a new home, you have the chance to build your DREAM kitchen! Building new allows you to take all of your needs into consideration rather than already thinking about how you’ll renovate the kitchen of an existing home before you even buy it. Consider these options when building, so you can have all of your favorite things in the busiest room in your home.A Kitchen IslandIts no surprise that kitchen islands are popular these days. Not only are they in style, but they are extremely functional. A kitchen island will open up your space so much more than a galley kitchen. Even if your house is pressed for space, having a kitchen island in an open floor plan is one of the smartest ways to make the best of your space.Oakdale at Mordecai by Robuck HomesWhite CabinetsWhite cabinets may seem too minimalistic for you, but they really do brighten up a space so that it feels larger. If you’re looking for more color, choose a colorful backsplash, or brighter statement pieces in the kitchen. These options are also easier to change when you’re ready for something new, instead of getting new cabinets or painting them.Open ShelvingA newer trend, open shelving can be the perfect way to showcase your favorite kitchen pieces, and to make the room feel bigger. It’s good to have a combination of open and closed shelving. A few floating shelves can bring up specialty items that would normally clog up the counter space.GlenPark by Ashton WoodsBarstool SeatingHaving a few barstools at your kitchen island can free up a lot of space in your kitchen. You may have normally had a small breakfast table, or a huge dining room table you never used. Barstools allow you to have a great spot for the kids to come up to, or extra seating when you have a large crowd.Elongated Cabinet GalleyCabinet space is everything! The more storage you have, the more you’re able to keep tidy and off the counters and tables, making your space immediately feel bigger. Even if you’re challenged with a tighter space when building, consider adding a longer cabinet galley – you’ll be thankful for the storage!