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Single or Double Kitchen Sink? | Raleigh New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Dec 01, 2014 @ 10:12 AM

Kitchen Sink with One or Two Bowls?

Get up to speed on the debate over one versus two bowl kitchen sinks - with a few of the most common "pros and cons" of each style.

One Bowl Sinks

Single bowl sinks are perfect for those who love to cook with large pots, pans, and baking sheets - which require deeper and wider sink spaces. 

The three most popular colors for kitchen sinks are black, white, and stainless steel.

In this version of The Avonstone Manor, an under mount black one bowl sink contrasts with the white, black, and grey granite counters.

kitchen sink one or two bowls

While single bowl sinks come in a wide range of shape and sizes, many are designed to fit in a 36 inch base cabinet.

Single Bowl Sinks | Double Bowl Sinks

Apron front sinks, like the one pictured here, are popular in new home kitchens with single bowl sinks. (See photos of a white apron front farmhouse sink here.)

Single Bowl Sinks | Double Bowl Sinks

Two Bowl Sinks:

For many home buyers, the allure of a double bowl sink boils down to one primary design functionality: Each bowl can be dedicated to serve a different purpose.

One bowl can hold dirty dishes, while the other can remain open for use. Typically, dual bowl sinks come in ratios of 50 -50, 60-40 or 70-30.

Single Bowl Sinks | Double Bowl Sinks

One bowl (usually the smaller one) can include a garbage disposal. This helps keep small items separate (and away from the disposal).  A disposal may not be available if your home includes a septic system - a very common occurance in North Carolina. 

Single Bowl Sinks | Double Bowl Sinks

One bowl can hold fragile items - such as delicate wine glasses - while the other holds sturdier dishes.

Single Bowl Sinks | Double Bowl Sinks

You can fit a dish drying rack into one bowl, and keep the other clear.

Single Bowl Sinks | Double Bowl Sinks

More New Home Kitchen Design Debates:

Kitchen Design Trends - Where Should the Microwave Go?

Kitchen Design Trends: What's Better, an Island or a Peninsula?

Top 4 Questions to Ask when Designing Your Kitchen Layout

Kitchen Design Trends: Wall Oven or Range?

Kitchen Design: Which is Better, Gas or Electric Cooktops?

2014 Kitchen Design Trends - Is Stainless Steel on its Way Out?

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Metal Tile Backsplash Patterns | Apex Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Aug 06, 2014 @ 08:08 AM

Tile Backsplash Patterns with Metal Tiles

Apex Custom Homes

While some contemporary home designs are integrating kitchen back splashes made of aluminum tile, stainless steel tile, or even colored tin, the use of subtle metal accent pieces and metallic toned tiles is much more popular trend.

Get ideas for your next kitchen back splash design - with these photos from Apex custom homes that use metal tile in the kitchen.

Metal Tile Back splash Idea #1: Oiled Bronze Medallions

This custom kitchen features a tile back splash composed of 4'' x 4'' light walnut tumbled travertine tiles.

Above the range, there is a tile mosaic composed of 2'' x 2'' Oiled Bronze red fern deco, a 4'' x 4'' Oiled bronze picture frame center, and a 1'' x 8'' Oiled bronze listello border.

Tile Backsplash Ideas for Behind the Range | Raleigh Custom Homes

Metal Tile Back splash Idea #2: Large Centerpiece

4'' x 4'' multicolored beige slate mosaic tiles coat these kitchen walls.

12'' x 12'' Murray River metals accent pieces rest above the sink and cook top. A 1'' x 4'' mosaic border in Copper Antique surrounds the metal accent pieces.

Tile Backsplash Ideas for Behind the Range | Raleigh Custom Homes

 Metal Tile Back splash Idea #3: Small Centerpiece

Sometimes, small metal tiles can be used as subtle accents, spaced evenly throughout the kitchen back splash.

A single 4'' x 4'' centerpiece pops above the range, and 1'' x 1'' metal tiles are spread within the ceramic tile back splash.

Tile Backsplash Ideas for Behind the Range | Tile Patterns

Metal Tile Back splash Idea #4: Metallic tile colors

Back splashes with a hint of metallic coloring can create a modern-industrial appeal.

This Apex custom home incorporates a glass and metal tile mosaic of whites, blacks, and metallic.

Tile Backsplash Ideas for Behind the Range | White and Black Tile Patterns

 Metal Tile Backs plash Idea #5: Metallic Stone

Stone that give a metallic shine can achieve a rustic-gone-modern kitchen design.

This back splash - in 6" x 24" Ledger stone - ranges in depth for a more authentic look and feel.

Tile Backsplash Ideas for Behind the Range | Stone Tile Basplash

 

More 2014 Raleigh New Home Kitchen Trends

10 Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes

2014 Kitchen Design Trends - Is Stainless Steel on its Way Out?

Open Concept Kitchens

90 Photos of Custom Home Kitchen

Contact Stanton Homes for floor plan ideas, to get a new home cost estimate, or find out more about building a custom home in North Carolina.

 

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Is Grey on its way out? 2014 New Home Color Forecast

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Apr 28, 2014 @ 11:04 AM

Is Grey on its way out?

2014 New Home Color Forecast

Looking for new home color ideas? Here's our 2014 Color Trend Forecast. See new arrivals, colors that are here to stay, and those on their way out. 

New home color trend #1: Grey 

Shades of grey have been hugely popular for the past several years, popping up as a motif in million dollar homes, contemporary designs, and craftsman style lodges. 

2014 New Home Color Trends

While we do expect to see fewer greys dominating the color wheel, shades of grey - especially those with a strong blue hue - will continue to popular in 2014 new homes. 

New home color trend #2: Bright and bold are moving in

This year, we are finally seeing some exuberance popping into new home paint palettes. 

Paint Color Trends

BRIGHT colors are all coming in - corals, yellows, pinks, purples, reds - with a continuance of greens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paint color trends

 

2014 New Home Color Trends

 

 

 

 

We'll also see more blues coming back, a choice often favored by men. 

 

 

 

 

Furniture that is white or khaki is hugely popular right now because it lets you add any splash of color - such as accent pieces that mix bold navy, white, moss green and bronze. 

New home color trend #3: Blues

Combinations of blue, white, and tan are tried and true. 

A classic porcelain blue bathroom - a mainstay for those who love traditional color palettes - blends beautifully in homes with white kitchen cabinets and khaki main walls:

2014 New Home Color Trends

Throughout 2014, we will continue to see more navy blues and indigos, in addition to light blues, in new homes:

2014 New Home Color Trends

These navys and indigos will show up as main wall colors and accent wall colors, in addition to punctuating kitchen and bathroom tile mosaics.

2014 New Home Color Trends

What’s in store for 2014 new homes?  Ask Andrea your questions about custom home design trends.

Read more about 2014 new home design in Raleigh, NC:

Pairing Oil Rubbed Bronze with Stainless Steel | How to Mix Finishes

2014 Kitchen Trends | Are Bronze Appliances On Their Way In?

Why we love master bath lighting (And you should, too!)

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Home Paint Colors

6 Ways to Create Eye Catching Architecture in your Dining Room

12 Best Master Bath Layouts | His and Hers Vanity Designs

2014 Kitchen Design Trends - Is Stainless Steel on its Way Out?

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How to Pull Your Look Together - 2014 Open Concept Kitchens

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Apr 28, 2014 @ 09:04 AM

2014 Open Concept Kitchens that flow 

2014 Open Concept Kitchens | New Home Design

Whether you are looking to build a executive level home suitable for families or a contemporary home designed for young couples, you'll want to be able to pull together a look that maintains flow and continuity between rooms - with individual touches that create a dynamic presence. 

 

Maintaining continuity and flow is especially important for open concept kitchen designs - hugely popular in new home design right now.

So, we've compiled a set of custom builder advice to illuminate design and build techniques that will give you the perfect open kitchen main floor layout. 

How to Pull Your Look Together in a 2014 Open Concept Home

First, decide which rooms you want to keep open. While some floor plans tout a kitchen open to the great room, others focus on connecting dining areas with a kitchen open to the breakfast nook. 

Either combination will give your home a modern, spacious feel. Here are two examples.

Kitchen open to the great room:

2014 Open Concept Kitchens | New Home Design

In this Chapel Hill, NC custom home, a generous kitchen flows freely into the great room for aesthetic appeal and easy movement. The home owners planned to spend time cooking in the kitchen while helping their kids with homework at the eating bar. After the meal, they planned to relax in the great room, enjoying the music of their grand piano (placed in the open book case pictured to the left).

Wainscot columns were added to give the rooms a visual divide, which is more pleasing to the eye. 

 Kitchen open to the breakfast nook:

2014 Open Concept Kitchens | New Home Design
 In this Raleigh, NC custom home, a "contemporary farmhouse" peninsula kitchen greets the alcove breakfast room in a free-flowing design.  

The home owners wanted a bit more separation between rooms, without losing distinct lines of sight. In this kitchen design, you can prepare meals alone or as a group - without losing contact between family and guests. The space accommodates all entertainment styles.  

 

Second, decide the overall design theme of your open rooms. Since you've chosen a free-flowing floor plan layout with visibility to multiple areas at one time, it's all about choosing the colors, styles, and features that will add coherent, dynamic presence to each room. 

Creating an overall design motif does not mean you must match every selection, fixture, or paint color. You can still give each room a completely different look - such as contrasting a farmhouse kitchen against a contemporary great room. Instead, you want to punctuate both rooms with at least one common color, material, or object. 

Either approach will give your home personality and character. Here are two examples.

Open kitchen with complementing features:

2014 Open Concept Kitchens | New Home Design

In this Raleigh, NC custom home, the open kitchen and great room are entwined through natural materials, light color schemes, and sparkling touches. The clear glass pendants blend with the full wall of windows. The maple hardwood flooring stretches in one swoop across each room. And the dark greys and blacks in the kitchen counter tops and tile are pulled back into the great room fireplace. 

Open kitchen with contrasting features:

2014 Open Concept Kitchens | New Home Design

 In this Apex, NC custom home, the open kitchen and great room are designed to blend - but not mimic - each other. While the great room incorporates a masculine see-through stone fireplace with rustic, hand-built mantle, the kitchen focuses on feminine cabinets and metallic hints. Overall, each room contains elements of both urban and craftsman design. 

The grey paint - in the coffered ceiling and on the back kitchen walls - intimately connects these two rooms, beyond thematic design choices.  

These custom home design and build techniques will help you pull together any look - and it's easy when you have the help of your own professional interior design consultant, available to guide you through the selections process when you build a Stanton Home. 

More NC New Home Builder Advice

When you build with Stanton Homes, the end result is not your average run of the mill house. Our design team works hard so that every time you step into your foyer, you feel welcomed by your home's personality, style and space.

Read on:

Pairing Oil Rubbed Bronze with Stainless Steel | How to Mix Finishes

2014 Kitchen Trends | Are Bronze Appliances On Their Way In?

Why we love master bath lighting (And you should, too!)

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Home Paint Colors

6 Ways to Create Eye Catching Architecture in your Dining Room

12 Best Master Bath Layouts | His and Hers Vanity Designs

2014 Kitchen Design Trends - Is Stainless Steel on its Way Out?

 

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Avoid These Top 10 Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Feb 03, 2014 @ 09:02 AM

The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes

Raleigh New Homes

The kitchen is the most important room in new homes - as the center of daily multi-tasking, thousands of meal preparations, and entertaining. It's the place where you enjoy a morning cup of coffee, help on homework assignments in the afternoon, and cook for friends and guests in the evening.

Learn how to avoid the biggest kitchen design mistakes in your Raleigh new home - with these top 10 kitchen design don'ts.

10.  Don't cut off kitchen traffic

Pay attention to your kitchen work triangle.

A kitchen "work triangle" referrs to the number of steps required between the three main work centers of your kitchen: sink, cooktop / stove, and refrigerator.

The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes  | Raleigh New Homes

While you will use your sink most throughout the day, you should also have easy access to the stove, refrigerator, and countertop workstations

The work triangle is just as important in every kitchen style:

 - L-shaped kitchen

 - Galley kitchens

 - U-shaped kitchens

 - Island kitchens

As a general rule, the sum of all legs in a work triangle should not be less than ten feet and not greater than twenty-five feet.

See more examples of kitchen work triangles - and read about how to choose between an island and peninsula in your kitchen floor plan design

9. Don't minimize - or waste - storage space

Raleigh new home kitchens emphasize convenient storage solutions. And we are seeing more creative built-in storage solutions in 2014 new homes.

Oddly shaped dishes and appliances, from serving platters to stand mixers, can eat up a lot of storage space. Here are a few tips on where to build in extra storage space.

Kitchen storage idea #1: With just a small extension of the existing space, underneath the serving bar, eating bar area, or island can become an important storage center.

The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes  | Raleigh New Homes

Built in banquettes, or a built in seating area near the kitchen can maximize space and storage. Built in seats are flush against the wall, and can be placed under windows for a fresh and open feel.

Kitchen storage idea #2: Create ample kitchen storage without sacrificing open square footage. One of the best ways to offer lots of shelf room is with a "Costco" style pantry.

The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes  | Raleigh New Homes

See example floor plans and photos of Costco pantries here

See photo galleries of homes with a corner pantry:

The Treehouse - corner pantry kitchen

The Peay - corner pantry kitchen

The Maple Lane - corner pantry kitchen

The Dugan - corner pantry kitchen

 

Kitchen storage idea #3: Add a Butler's pantry between the kitchen and formal dining room. Butler's pantries serve as storage solutions, preparation areas, and showcase centers - the perfect way to integrate form and function, without sacrificing kitchen floor space. 

The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes  | Raleigh New Homes

See photos of popular Butler's pantry designs - click here.

8. Don't overlook countertop work space

When choosing a kitchen floor plan, keep in mind the amount of countertop work space you will need. Remember to balance your countertop space between work areas and display areas

For instance, keep in mind which appliances you will want to permanently in sight - such as your professional grade KitchenAid mixer or Williams-Sonoma copper canisters.

The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes  | Raleigh New Homes

Design tip: If you love to cook, consider the pros and cons of adding a second sink or prep sink.

On one hand, a second sink will come in extremely handy - especially in larger kitchens with multiple cooks.

On the other hand, a prep sink will eat up some countertop space, and add additional cost.

 

 

 

7. Don't choose an island design before answering these questions

It's easy to say you want a large island kitchen. Oversized islands are hugely popular in Raleigh new homes, offering: extra cabinetry for storage, seating areas or raised bars, kitchen desk areas, separate range top and cooking center, preparation areas with vegetable sink. 

The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes  | Raleigh New Homes

Before you choose an oversized island, here are the top five questions you should be able to answer:

1. How large is your kitchen?

2. What shape is your kitchen floor plan?

3. Do you want to incorporate seating?

4. Will you need a secondary / prep sink?

5. What functions are most important to your lifestyle?

Click here to learn more about how to answer these important kitchen design questions.

6. Don't be afraid to make it personal

Looking for ways to create an elegant kitchen, that's filled with personal touches? Creating the perfect kitchen is all about creating a flow in color, texture, and shape.

Some of our most popular kitchens mix ultra contemporary fixtures with rustic cabinets. So don't be afriad to choose some "out there" features.

The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes  | Raleigh New Homes

The blue tones in these granite countertops were carried throughout the home in tile designs and paint colors.

5. Don't skimp on lighting

It is important to have good lighting in the kitchen - not only to showcase your cabinet, granite countertop, and tile backsplash selections - but also as a practical consideration for safety. 

The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes  | Raleigh New Homes

What are the best ways to add kitchen lighting?

1. Windows for natural lighting

2. Pendant lights

3. Recessed can lights

4. Under cabinet lights

 

 

 

 

 

4. Don't omit a backsplash

One of the best ways to add designer appeal to your kitchen without spending a lot of money is adding a tile backsplash. And you will love the easy clean-up process.

The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes  | Raleigh New Homes

 

Some of the most popular types of kitchen backsplashes include 4"x4" ceramic tile, subway tile, glass tile, mini mosaic tile, and granite.

Click here for a how to guide for kitchen backsplash styles.

 

 

 

 

3. Don't close off your kitchen

The integration of kitchens with family living spaces (also called "Great Rooms") is a growing trend for Raleigh new homes.

The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes  | Raleigh New Homes

In open concept designs, home spaces are becoming more casual, and being able to interact with your guests while preparing a meal is a must.

What does an open concept kitchen look like? Open kitchens can come in a huge variety of designs, including:

 - Plans that integrate a half wall with an eating or serving bar - click here for an example in the Beaufort

 -  Plans that emphasize clear lines of sight between rooms

 - Plans that feature ceiling designs that open upwards, with two story ceilings, arched openings, barrel vaults, ceiling vaults, and other specialty ceilings that draw the eye upward, even in smaller floor plans.

See photos of open concept floor plans here.

2. Don't go too trendy

While it is tempting to pick up on the latest kitchen design trends, make sure to balance those top-requested trends with classic traditions. Monotone kitchens - especially black, white, earth, and grey tones - will never go out of style.

Think through which elements you can change later, and which will be much more difficult.

The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes  | Raleigh New Homes

For instance, it is easy to repaint a room from a wild color, but it is difficult (and expensive) to change the size or your island, the countertops, or the type of cabinets. The bottom line: you may want to avoid those red Ikea cabinets and accessorize with eye-popping accent pieces instead.  Super trendy lighting and plumbing fixtures are much more easy to switch out, later, if you need a style-refresher.

1. Don't be too hasty when choosing appliance types and locations

Here are a few questions you should be able to answer:

Top 10 Kitchen Design Trends | New Home Kitchen Design

 - Do I want a built-in beverage center? (wine racks, wine refrigerators, beer and soda refrigerators)

 - Will I need a double or single oven? (will you be cooking multiple dishes at the same time, especially during holiday seasons)

 - Should my microwave go above or below the countertops (high end kitchens are downplaying microwaves, by integrating them in the island or lower cabinets)

 - Do I enjoy cooking on a gas range or electric cooktop?

 - Do I prefer a large single bowl or double bowl sink?

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14 Island Kitchen Designs for 2014 | Photos and Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 @ 09:12 AM

14 Top Island Kitchen Designs for 2014

Chapel Hill Custom Home Builder Tips and Trends

If you're opting for an island, make it custom - and create the space, look and feel you'll want to spend a lot of time with in your kitchen.

Whether you're working with a Chapel Hill custom home builder, or just looking for kitchen island photos and ideas, these top 14 island kitchen designs for 2014 are full of the inspiration you need.

Click on any photo to see the floorplan and full video tour of the design this island kitchen is part of!

Island Kitchen Designs Photos and Tips

White and grey island kitchen with prep sink keeps everything centered.

14 Island kitchen designs for 2014 Chapel Hill custom homes

Angled island kitchen with a view doesn't leave anything out.

Island Kitchen Designs Photos and Tips

Open concept island kitchen is designed for entertainment.

 

14 Island kitchen designs for 2014 Chapel Hill custom homes

Island kitchen with stone backsplash adds culture.

Island Kitchen Designs Photos and Tips

Oversized island kitchen with tile wall and granite hand chosen for the fascinating effect.

14 Island kitchen designs for 2014 Chapel Hill custom homes

Dual island kitchen gives two specially designed places to spread out.

Island Kitchen Designs Photos and Tips

Mountain house island kitchen open to great room allows space for casual gathering.

14 Island kitchen designs for 2014 Chapel Hill custom homes

Countryside island kitchen melds a mixture of materials and textures for elegance.

Island Kitchen Designs Photos and Tips

Island kitchen open to keeping room puts prep on one side and seating on the other.

14 Island kitchen designs for 2014 Chapel Hill custom homes

White kitchen with long center island provides lots of working space and tons of cabinets.

Island Kitchen Designs Photos and Tips

Island kitchen designed for entertaining was custom designed for easy reaching.

14 Island kitchen designs for 2014 Chapel Hill custom homes

Dual island kitchen creates separate spaces with different cabinetry and granite countertops.

Island Kitchen Designs Photos and Tips

Island kitchen with tons of secret storage make the best use of every available tuck-away.

14 Island kitchen designs for 2014 Chapel Hill custom homes

Country farmhouse style island kitchen stretches out the possibilities in a beautiful design.

These ideas are just the beginning. Chapel Hill custom home builder Stanton Homes has never built a home with the same island twice. What do you want to create, in your kitchen?

More kitchen designs and floor plan options:

Island kitchen floor plans - plans with an island

Kitchen design Raleigh NC

Kitchen island layouts - island designs

Kitchen built in storage ideas

Kitchen cabinet ideas - top 5 base cabinet options

Kitchen cabinet storage ideas - top 10 cabinet options

Kitchen tile back splashes - photos of kitchen backsplashes

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Where to Put the Microwave in your Kitchen Design | Raleigh Luxury Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Dec 02, 2013 @ 06:12 AM

Put the microwave where you need it in your new kitchen design

Raleigh luxury home builder tips

Microwaves do a lot of the heavy lifting in today's casual cooking, so make sure it's where you want it when you design your kitchen for your new custom home. 

Think about the width, height, depth and easy reaching distance you want for your microwave, and consider these different approaches to tucking it somewhere practical, from Raleigh luxury custom home builder Stanton Homes.

Where to put the microwave idea #1: Microwave in one of two islands

Kitchen layout ideas | Raleigh luxury home builders


More Raleigh luxury homes are placing the microwave below the counter top. Where there are two islands, choose the one that's most accessible to your in-and-out-fast needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Where to put the microwave idea #2: Microwave adjacent to the formal dining room

Kitchen layout ideas | Raleigh luxury home builders

Last minute reheat can require easy access to the formal dining room.

Consider placing your microwave near the dining room entrance.  Make sure there's plenty of counterspace to "stage" dishes moving in and out of the ovens - with the cooktop also conveniently close.

 

 

 

 

 

Where to put the microwave idea #3: Microwave in the center island

Kitchen layout ideas | Raleigh luxury home builders

Smack in the center of the room is a great place to tuck a microwave in a lower cabinet or island.  

A base cabinet microwave is especially recommended for aging in place and universal home designs, where everything is built-in to be easier.  

 

 

Where to put the microwave idea #4: Wall Cabinet Microwave centered between two islands

Kitchen layout ideas | Raleigh luxury home builders

 

Plan your working space so everything is central to the way you cook.

More Raleigh luxury home kitchens now have multiple islands. If you can't decide which one to designate for the microwave, ask your interior designer at Stanton Homes. 

She can show you how to split the difference, with a microwave in the middle.

 

 

 

Where to put the microwave idea #5: Microwave above the range

Kitchen layout ideas | Raleigh luxury home builders

Some homeowners still choose a kitchen layout with the microwave above the range - which can work well when cooking multi-dish meals. 

This layout also can be more cost effective, as a separate hood is not required.

 

 

 

 

 

Where to put the microwave idea #6: Microwave and Ovens separated

Kitchen layout ideas | Raleigh luxury home builders

 

Need room to spread out? Consider separating wall ovens and the cooktop/microwave combination. 

There's plenty of space to prepare all the food, as well as balance to the design of your kitchen.

 

 

 

 

 

Where to put the microwave idea #7: Microwave beside the double oven

Kitchen layout ideas | Raleigh luxury home builders

Some kitchen design ideas place double ovens, range, and microwave along the same wall. 

 

This setup is ideal for two-chef kitchens: the island serves as a prep area and the appliance wall has everything you need with a full cooking station.   

 

 

 

 

Where to put the microwave idea #8: Microwave above the oven

Kitchen layout ideas | Raleigh luxury home builders

 

A wall oven/microwave combination keeps the hot spots in one place.  This combination will require either a hood over the cooktop, or a specialty downdraft cooktop (most commonly seen when the cooktop is placed in the island). 

 

 

 

Planning your kitchen design? Give us a call and we'll give you more ideas for your microwave (and everything else in your custom home.)

Click on the links below for more Raleigh luxury home builder kitchen trends, ideas, and styles for 2014.

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2014 Home Design Trends | 11 things your neighbors will wish they had

Are white kitchen cabinets in style for 2014?

Dark Cabinets with Light Granite - Best Color Combinations (Photos)

Types of Kitchen Backsplashes: Guide to Kitchen Backsplash Styles

Best Kitchen Floor Plans | Kitchens with a "Costco" Pantry

How to Choose a Kitchen Countertop | Custom Home Builder Tips

Kitchen Floor Plans with an Island | Kitchen Floor Plan Design

Top 10 2014 Kitchen Design Trends | New Home Kitchen Design

How to create a kitchen color palette | Custom Home Design Ideas

How big should my kitchen island be? | 2013 Kitchen Island Design Tips

2014 Kitchen Appliances | White, Black, or Stainless Steel?

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