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Glass Front Kitchen Cabinets | Raleigh new home kitchen design

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Sep 03, 2014 @ 05:09 AM

10 Glass Door Cabinet Styles

How to Add Touches of Glass into Your Kitchen Design

Arched Glass Cabinet Doors

Glass front cabinets often look best when used pairs, or across multiple spaces (such as adding glass doors to complement another glass design in the same room). 

Glass Front Kitchen Cabinets

Arched glass front doors mirror the recessed cabinet door design in this French country kitchen. 

Cathedral Arch Glass Cabinet Doors

Glass kitchen cabinets can be used to draw attention to a specialty space - such as this butler's pantry designed as a show-case areas - which is set into the kitchen, around the corner from the formal dining room.

Glass Front Kitchen Cabinets | Raleigh Custom Homes

The kitchen cabinet doors match the Provincial interior door design, which has four vertical panels with a cathedral arch on top.

Butler's Pantries with Glass Cabinet Doors

Butler pantries - whether located in the kitchen, formal dining room, or somewhere in between - are a popular place to add glass cabinet doors.

Glass Cabinet Doors | Raleigh Custom Homes

Butler's pantries were originally designed for easier access to glassware and silver as a surface for setting out appetizers, drinks, and desserts.

New home butler's pantries are now often packed with even more purpose, used as meal preparation and clean up centers, often with the aid of features such as a built-in sink and wine or beverage refrigerator in addition to showcase cabinet storage.

Textured Glass Doors

Fluted or reeded glass cabinet doors will create a clean, modern look in your kitchen.

Fluted glass designs can act as a formal display case: they will slightly obscure cabinet contents, without completely masking what's inside.

Glass Front Kitchen Cabinets

In this Raleigh custom home, fluted glass front cabinets make an appearance above the living room bar and on along one kitchen wall. 

Dark Kitchen Cabinets with Glass Doors

The kitchen pendant lights echo the cabinets, with a fluted glass casing.

Formal Glass-Front Cabinet Doors

Dark kitchen cabinets lend formality to the space, especially when paired with glass-front corner cabinets.

Glass Front Kitchen Cabinet Doors

This glass cabinet door is placed to show off the homeowner's formal china set.

Glass-Front Corner Cabinet

In this Raleigh custom home, the glass door grids make the space a bit more casual, to echo this easy-living peninsula kitchen design.

Glass Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Brown and black tones pop up throughout this kitchen - from the cabinets to the granite counter tops.

Glass Doors that Lighten Up

Adding glass fronts to a corner cabinet can really lighten up a dark kitchen

Clear glass on the cabinets call out to the glass front wine refrigerator in this Raleigh custom kitchen. 

Glass Front Corner Kitchen Cabinet

Glass Pantry Doors

Glass doors are also popular additions to your kitchen pantry - such as the one in this contemporary Raleigh kitchen.

A full-height clear glass pantry door shows off this light purple painted pantry.

Glass Pantry Doors | Contemporary Kitchens

Frosted Glass Doors

If you're looking for a bit more concealment, a frosted glass pantry door will do a better job hiding clutter.

Frosted Glass Doors | Glass Pantry Doors

This Raleigh custom home pantry door announces it's presence with the word "Pantry" etched in.


The kitchen is the heart of your home, and one of the top reasons for building a Raleigh custom home. Click here to contact Raleigh custom home builder Stanton Homes or call 919-278-8070 to talk about the new home you want to design and build.

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

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 @ 14:07 PM

Top 7 Best Kitchen Floor Plans

Choose your "Costco" Pantry Style

The most popular floorplans for North Carolina new home buyers are designed with 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.

What is a "costco pantry"?

Costco shouldn't really get all the credit. BJs, Sams Club or anywhere you go to stock up gives you the same result - buying in bulk is a great way to save money as long as you have somewhere to store it. That's why savvy homebuyers look for ways to design a kitchen that can store their bulk buys.

If you like to stock up, an oversized pantry is an important aspect you'll want built into your new kitchen. Ask your builder what will work best with your plan: Many new home kitchen floor plans integrate a walk-in pantry in a corner of the kitchen, or just around the corner in a hallway or nook.

Here are the top 7 best kitchen floor plans with a costco size pantry - for Raleigh North Carolina new homes.

Best kitchen floor plans | Kitchens with a costco size pantryBest kitchen floor plans pantry style #1: A costco style pantry is a large, walk-in pantry - designed for ample storage and convenience. 

When pantry size matters more than location, costco pantries can be located anywhere that's convenient to the kitchen.

Get this pantry style: A good example of a non-corner, walk-in style pantry is in this version of the Carwile - which includes a 5x10 pantry - supplemented by island cabinets and a nearby mudroom.

Best kitchen floor plans | Kitchens with a costco size pantry

 

To avoid using the main pantry as a "catch all" for kitchen-related storage (such as mops, brooms, and tall cleaning supplies), a separate mudroom / laundry room was included just around the corner.

This "home hub" design is perfect for keeping storage areas distinct and uncluttered.

Click here to see more photos of this home.

 

 

 

Best kitchen floor plans | Kitchens with a costco size pantry

Best kitchen floor plans pantry style #2: A cabinetry pantry integrated into the kitchen can supplement a walk-in pantry placed around the corner.

Having two pantries can improve organization and add to kitchen storage without disrupting an open floor plan design.

Get this pantry style: When deciding between kitchen cabinets and drawers and a cabinetry style pantry, think about what type of storage you need most.

Best kitchen floor plans | Kitchens with a costco size pantry

 

If you often buy in bulk, consider a second pantry over "standard" kitchen storage units.

 

Click here to see photos of another home with two pantries - one closet style pantry and one cabinetry pantry.

 

 

 

Best kitchen floor plans | Kitchens with a costco size pantry

Best kitchen floor plans pantry style #3: An L-shaped walk-in pantry can maximize shelving without reducing the look, feel, and maneuverability of the kitchen.

 Get this pantry style: When choosing the best kitchen floor plans, keep in mind how close your pantry needs to be to the cooktop and refrigerator.

Best kitchen floor plans | Kitchens with a costco size pantry

 

 

 

The further from the kitchen you go, the more long-term the storage should be.

Consider reserving a few cabinets for daily-use items, if you want to keep the costco pantry out of central walkways.

 

 

 

 

 Best kitchen floor plans | Kitchens with a costco size pantry

Best kitchen floor plans pantry style #4: Expanding a pantry by adding another wall of shelving can add a lot of functionality to your kitchen.

Even if a plan doesn't come with a pantry that's big enough for everything you want to store, top builders can find a way to fit it in. Ask us what we can modify in the kitchen floor plan to add storage and efficiency.

Best kitchen floor plans | Kitchens with a costco size pantry

 

Get this pantry style: In this version of the Cove, Stanton Homes added a second wall of pantry shelving by:

1. Moving the door to the garage to kitchen, where there was more space to accommodate it.

2. Removing the pantry's double doors and adding a single door between the kitchen and pantry / laundry room.

 

Best kitchen floor plans | Kitchens with a costco size pantry

Best kitchen floor plans pantry style #5:       A U shaped pantry is great for "at a glance" storage.

U shaped pantries, which are actually more in the shape of a square, require more depth (and less width) than an L shaped pantry - so your selection may depend on the overall kitchen floor plan.

A U shaped pantry does not always hold more goods than an L shaped pantry - it depends on the overall square footage and shelving design.

Best kitchen floor plans | Kitchens with a costco size pantry

 

Get this pantry style: Many of the best kitchen floor plans place pantry and laundry room storage near each other - which creates distinct areas for food, paper goods, soaps, and supplies while containing daily necessities in a common area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best kitchen floor plans | Kitchens with a costco size pantry

Best kitchen floor plans pantry style #6: Angling a pantry can add more storage space.

 

Get this pantry style: Ask your builder if placing your pantry at the end of a wall, as opposed to the center of the room, can allow you to angle shelving for more storage.

Best kitchen floor plans | Kitchens with a costco size pantry

 

 

An angled pantry can also add more visibility to the storage area.

 

 

 

 

Best kitchen floor plans | Kitchens with a costco size pantry

Best kitchen floor plans pantry style #7: A classic design remains one of the best kitchen floor plans with a costco size pantry: a tucked-in corner pantry.

A corner pantry generally takes the shape of a square, rather than an "L." 

A corner pantry is located centrally in the kitchen (rather than tucked to one side).

Get this pantry style: Consider adding French doors to your pantry - doors that swing outwards can make it much easier to see everything in the pantry at a glance.

Best kitchen floor plans | Kitchens with a costco size pantry

More floor plans 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

The Sherri - corner pantry kitchen

 

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Learn more about designing and building a custom kitchen in North Carolina.

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Unexpected new home floor plan trends | Are homes getting smaller?

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 @ 06:04 AM

Unexpected new home floor plan trends

Are homes getting smaller?

New home floor plans are trending down in size, with more than one-third of homeowners reporting a preference for homes under 2,000 sq ft. 

Unexpected new home floor plan trends

 

Why are we seeing a decline in home size, after a 40% growth trend over the past few decades?

A few reasons include:

 - A changing economic climate

 - A growing concern for increased sustainability and reduced energy costs

 - An evolving preference for single person households

 - An increasing demand for aging in place homes

Predicted new home trends include:

Unexpected new home floor plan trendsIn addition to the downward trend in floor plan size, predicted new home trends include:

 - Larger family rooms, in comparison to the overall home size

 - More attention to green features

 - Additional technological features

 - Increased focus on universal access features

 - Inclusion of outdoor living space, with blended indoor/outdoor areas

 

New home trend data is courtesy of Alan Mascord Design Associates Inc. In the infographic below, Alan Mascord predicts US homes will look like in 2015.

 

Alan Mascord

 

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Top 5 New home storage ideas | Built in storage designs

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 @ 05:03 AM

New home storage solutions

Photos of storage ideas

New home designs will continue to focus on incorporating plenty of storage space. Some popular built in storage centers include: built-in window benches, bookcases, entertainment centers, cubbies, and more. See photos of recently completed NC new homes - and get ideas for maximizing storage in your new home.

Storage Idea #1: Built in window bench with storage

2013 New Home Storage Solutions | Photos of Storage Ideas

 

Storage should save space in your new home, not eat it up.

More homebuyers are including built-in window benches with
"secret" storage hidden below.

Built-in benches provide extra seating, and can be used to store easily available, bulky items such as throw blankets.

 

 

2013 New Home Storage Solutions | Photos of Storage Ideas

 

 

 

These two photos are examples of custom handcrafted built in benches.

The first bench is tucked at one end of a sunroom.

The second bench is located in a breakfast nook, beside a rear French door.

 

 

 

Storage Idea #2: Built in storage cubbies

Top 5 2013 New home storage ideas | Built in storage designs

 

New home storage solutions are all about the ability to both store AND display.

 

The storage cubbies in this example were added below a serving bar connecting the kitchen to the family room.

 

This storage solution saves space and adds dimension, while serving as a convenient drop-in and sort-out source.

 

These cubbies are perfect for decorative bins, books, movies, games and toys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storage Idea #3: Built in bookcases

 2013 New Home Storage Solutions | Photos of Storage Ideas

When you build a custom home, bookcases can be added to almost any room - and your builder can give you some great ideas for how to stack, place and arrange them to suit your needs, best.

Common locations for built-in bookcases are the great room, home office, and play/bonus room, but with a custom home you can use your imagination to add put-it-away centers to any spot where things can be tucked.

In the photo to the right, the bookcase was further customized to create a space for a piano, with shelves for music to the right, and a framed photo area above.

 

Storage Idea #4: Built in bookcase cabinetry

2013 New Home Storage Solutions | Photos of Storage Ideas

Another popular design feature is built-in bookcases with cabinet storage below.

In this example, taken from a version of the Dugan plan, a full wall was converted into a built-in bookcase/cabinet entertainment center that serves as a focal point for a soaring great room.

 

See more photos of this home, click here.

 

Storage Idea #5: Built in entertainment centers

Top 5 2013 New home storage ideas | Built in storage designsBuilt-in entertainment centers can be configured into any shape or size when you build a custom home with Stanton Homes.

In this example, built-in storage was designed to stack side-by-side with the fireplace. A wall mount was installed in preparation for a hanging flat screen TV. It's all wrapped in classic color, to bring even more attention to the artistry.

 

 

 

 

New home designs provide efficient, creative, and discrete storage solutions, from built-in window benches to bookcases, entertainment centers, cubbies, and shelves that fit your lifestyle. Contact Stanton Homes to learn more about building a custom home in North Carolina.

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Custom Kitchen Designs | Open Floor Plan Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Mar 14, 2013 @ 13:03 PM

Open Kitchen Design

Floor Plans with Open Concept Living

An easy-access, open kitchen design is the most popular approach to new home floor plans. "Open concept living" is a broadly applied term, but these photos help demonstrate the appeal of popular kitchen designs that incorporate the open floor plan concept.

One of the top design elements of an open kitchen is a window or cut out opening to the family room.   Cut out or "window" openings between the Kitchen and Great Room can give an impression of spaciousness, without losing upper cabinet storage space. Here's how it works:

 

Open Kitchen Design Example #1

Open Kitchen Design | Floor Plans with Open Concept Living

This first example, found in a version of Stanton Homes' Almodovar plan, features an arched opening from the kitchen to the vaulted great room.  

 

 The kitchen counter continues past the opening, providing additional surface area - perfect for serving drinks or passing appetizers.  

 

 

Open Kitchen Design | Floor Plans with Open Concept Livingbar height wrap-around serving bar connects  the kitchen and breakfast nook.

 This open kitchen design maintains an easy flow between all central entertainment rooms of the home.

Click here to watch a photo tour of this custom home.

 

 

Open Kitchen Design Example #2

Open Kitchen Design | Floor Plans with Open Concept LivingThis second example portrays how an open kitchen design incorporates an even wider opening into the family room.

 

This large window cut-out allows for even more engagement between rooms, with flow-through appeal that welcomes interaction.

 

 

 

Open Kitchen Design | Floor Plans with Open Concept Living

 The window pass-through in this example also offers an extensive shelf - a perfect place for display or storage as well as a handy way to move articles from room to room without going all the way around.

 

 The kitchen pictured here is taken from a version of the Devonsboro.

Click here to watch a photo tour of this open concept home.

 

 

Open Kitchen Design Example #3

Open Kitchen Design | Floor Plans with Open Concept Living

This third example portrays an open kitchen design that includes a window to the sun room.

The raised height bar is perfect for serving hot chocolate in the winter and frosted treats in the summer.

 

 

 

 

 

Open Kitchen Design | Floor Plans with Open Concept Living

In this example - taken from a version of the Treehouse - the window opens up the kitchen so that everyone can take advantage of amazing views in every direction.

 

Watch a photo tour of the Treehouse - and see more one-of-a-kind designer details the experts at Stanton Homes integrated into every room to further open this floor plan.

 

Open Kitchen Design Example #4

Open Kitchen Design | Floor Plans with Open Concept Living

 

In this fourth example, the kitchen cut-out spans across the breakfast room, allowing for an angled serving bar.

 While many floor plans include an angled island completely open to the family room, this open kitchen is able to include additional upper cabinets.  

The corner sink faces the Great Room, so that clean up can be accomplished while still allowing for interaction with the family or a view of a favorite show.

 

Open Kitchen Design | Floor Plans with Open Concept Living

Archways further expand the feeling of sweeping openess throughout this custom home, including a two story barrel vault foyer, arched opening to the formal dining room, and arched hallway to the kitchen. 

Watch a photo tour of this home - a version of the Beaufort.

 

 

Open Kitchen Design Example #5

Open Kitchen Design | Floor Plans with Open Concept Living

 

 This fifth open kitchen design also portrays the way a single design can vary, with an open design kitchen as the focal point.  This is another approach to the Beaufort - a top requested open concept living floor plan.

 This custom kitchen layout integrates even more upper cabinet storage - something to keep in mind when creating your own open design.

 

 

Open Kitchen Design | Floor Plans with Open Concept Living

Tons of windows add to the feeling of endless open space between the kitchen, breakfast room, and family room.

 

 

Watch a photo tour of this version of the Beaufort - click here.

 

 

 

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Hardwood Floor Transitions: Making Open Floor Plans Work

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Mar 01, 2013 @ 05:03 AM

Open Floor Plan Design Tips

How to transition your Hardwood Floors

The design team at Stanton Homes can answer all your new home questions and give style, tone, and layout recommendations that meet your needs.

One common question we are asked is: How many types of flooring can I include in an open floor plan - where all flooring transitions are visible? Is it possible to have tile in my kitchen, hardwood in my great room, and stone in my foyer, without creating a dizzying effect?

Below are our top 5 examples of how to transition from wood to tile, stone, or carpet.

Floor Transition Example #1: Kitchen to open great room

Open floor plan design - how to transition from wood to tile or stone

 

Can I use tile in my kitchen if it is completely open to a hardwood great room, or should I also use hardwood flooring in the kitchen?

Even in very open floor plans, the great room and kitchen flooring styles do NOT need to match. 

In this example, taken from a version of the Dugan, the kitchen, breakfast room, and foyer are all tile, with a hardwood great room.

 

As long as the flooring transitions align with other design elements (the walls and overlook in this case), they will not interrupt the flow of an open floor plan.

Floor Transition Example #2: Foyer to living room

Open floor plan design - how to transition from wood to tile or stone

In this second example, taken from a version of the Beaufort, the foyer and kitchen are both hardwood with a carpted living room in between. In this case, the staircase could use carpet or hardwood flooring.

It is important to give each room of your home a distinct purpose, which is why we find the flooring transitions in this home pleasant.

The transition helps portray the foyer, living room, and kitchen as individual rooms, not just open space.

Floor Transition Example #3: Living room / foyer to staircase

Open floor plan design - how to transition from wood to tile or stone

 

In this example (taken from a version of the Mastrosimone), the foyer, great room, dinning room, and staircase all use hardwood flooring.

The second story, however, transitions into carpet with one final "step" of hardwood. 

 

 

 

Open floor plan design - how to transition from wood to tile or stone

 

 

Becuase the carpet is not visible from the first floor, this is a great way to save money on flooring costs, while keeping the first floor completely upscale.

 

 

 

 

Floor Transition Example #4:  Steps in a staircase

Open floor plan design - how to transition from wood to tile or stone

 

Can I transition from from hardwood to carpet in the MIDDLE of a staircase?

In this version of the Firebird, hardwood is used for all steps with open wrought-iron railing. From the foyer and living room, only hardwood is visible.

The homeowner desired a clear transition from the "formal living areas" to a softer feel for the upper bedrooms.   Including hardwood on just the exposed treads can also save some cost.

Floor Transition Example #5: Hallway to a bathroom or laundry room

Open floor plan design - how to transition from wood to tile or stone

Whether you have carpeted or hardwood hallways, there is a nearly seemless transition into a bathroom, laundry, or mudroom.

While full baths have either tile or vinyl flooring almost without exception, a Powder Room or Half Bath can be floored in hardwoods as well, if a consistent flooring is desired.

With Stanton Homes, you'll be able to ask the advice of our on-staff experts before you choose your flooring.  We'll help you decide what works best for your lifestyle and budget in your new custom home.

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5 Kitchen Design Trends | Designer Choices for New Kitchens

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 @ 15:02 PM

Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends 

The top 5 kitchen design trends for homes are all about details, according to a survey conducted by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

5 Kitchen Design Trends in 2013 | Designer Choices for New Kitchens

The NKBA identifies the latest designs and trends in kitchen and bath design across the United States and Canada.

More than 300 NKBA member-designers participated in the 2013 NKBA Design Trends Survey, providing information about popular design specifications including materials, product types, and styles. 

Here are the fastest growing trends for 2013 kitchens, according to these design experts:

 

NKBA Kitchen Trend #1: White Painted Cabinetry

5 Kitchen Design Trends in 2013 | Designer Choices for New KitchensWhite painted cabinetry is the number one kitchen trend going into 2013.

67% of NKBA respondents said they use white painted cabinets in the kitchen.

In the Triangle area of North Carolina, custom home builder Stanton Homes is starting to see more requests for white cabinetry. The approach can lighten a room, make it look bigger, and provide a clean and fresh look.

 

 


5 Kitchen Design Trends in 2013 | Designer Choices for New Kitchens

There is also still a very strong desire for classic stained wood cabinets, with cherry wood the optimal choice for durability. 

The percentage of NKBA respondents who prefer light, medium and dark finishes can be seen here, along with some examples:

Light: 30% 

Medium: 54% 

Dark: 55%

 

NKBA Kitchen Trend #2: Glass Backsplash

5 Kitchen Design Trends in 2013 | Designer Choices for New Kitchens

 

While ceramic and porcelain tiles remain the most popular tile backsplash in the kitchen and bathroom, glass backsplashes are growing more popular, with 64% of respondents saying they use this design approach

 

Natural stone tile is another growing trend. 

 

 

NKBA Kitchen Trend #3: LED Lighting

The use of LED (light-emitting diode) lighting increased to 77% of designers in 2013. LED has become an extremely popular type of energy efficient lighting, and is especially prevalent in many certified green homes.   LED lighting is still much more expensive than standard lighting, but some buyers consider this a must-have splurge in important areas like kitchens and baths.

NKBA Kitchen Trend #4: Touch Activated Faucets

5 Kitchen Design Trends in 2013 | Designer Choices for New KitchensWhile touch activated faucets showed the highest growth in popularity by users, pull-out faucets and pot fillers are also becoming more popular in 2013 homes.

 - Touch activated faucets are used by 32% of member designers in the research group

 - Pull-out faucets are used by 94% of member designers

 - Pot fillers are used by 33% of member designers

 

NKBA Kitchen Trend #5: Satin Nickel Finishes

Polished nickel and chrome have lost some of their shine; satin nickel and oil-rubbed bronze have taken the lead in growth in popularity.

60% of respondents use satin nickel finishes in the kitchen, with 50% using bronze/oil-rubbed bronze. 

 

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What's Trending in Raleigh Kitchens and Baths?

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 @ 13:02 PM

What's Trending in Kitchens and Baths?

New Home Design Ideas

What's a passing fad and what's a long-lasting trend for kitchens and bathrooms?

Here are the top five latest movements gaining the traction it takes to stick around. 

Kitchen and Bath Trend #1

2013 Kitchen Trends | 2013 Bath Trends

 

As a growing trend for new homes, gray color schemes are being incorporated into tile, paint, and hardwood and cabinet finishes.  

According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, 55% of kitchens and 56% of bathrooms include shades of gray. 

 

 

 

2013 Kitchen Trends | 2013 Bath Trends

 

Designers at Stanton Homes are not surprised - the consistent popularity of white and black color schemes in kitchen and bath styles has been melding into tones of grey.

 

White and off-whites remain the number one most popular colors for kitchens and baths, and they offset nicely with classic grey hues and high-end appeal.

 

Kitchen and Bath Trend #2

2013 Kitchen Trends | 2013 Bath Trends

 

There's a huge emphasis on furniture quality countertops made from extremely hard materials.

Granite (with about 50 percent Quartz content) and Quartz (with about 93 percent Quartz content) provide the long-lasting durability and design that sets the tone of the entire room.

 

 

Kitchen and Bath Trend #3

Transitional-style kitchens and baths now rank higher in popularity than more traditional styles (second most popular) and contemporary styles (third most popular).

Whats Trending in 2013 Kitchens and Baths

A transitional style blends traditional and contemporary design features seamlessly, like this kitchen in a version of the Country Manor plan from Stanton Homes

Traditional features in this kitchen include an island with carved wooden legs, wood beam ceiling and stone surround. 

Contemporary features in this kitchen include glass-front cabinets, mixed-pattern tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances. 

 

Kitchen and Bath Trend #4: Cherry Cabinets

2013 Kitchen Trends | 2013 Bath Trends

Durability and strength are also reflected in a growing request for cherry wood cabinets.

Light and strong, cherry wood remains the premium choice in 2013 new home kitchens and bathrooms that it was with furniture makers in early America. 

White painted cabinets are still a popular choice for kitchen designs, but cherry wood is usually stained to bring out it's natural reddish hue for a very high end look.

 

Kitchen and Bath Trend #5: Creative Storage Ideas

2013 Kitchen Trends | 2013 Bath Trends

 

The age-old question of where to put everything is at the forefront of 2013 kitchens and bathrooms, which emphasize more opportunities than ever to pack it all in. 

Integrated into the island, mounted on the wall, built into nooks and crannies and set apart as complete furniture units and butler's pantries -  wherever there's a space for storage, designers are making sure it's built-in.

 

See more photos of the homes pictured in this article by clicking on the images below. Get more ideas for your kitchen and master suite bathroom. Stanton Homes will listen to your ideas, sketch up your concepts, and create the environment you're looking for, as we design and build your custom kitchen together.

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