What Determines the Shape of a Kitchen?
How to Design Your Raleigh New Home Kitchen
What kitchen design is best for you? Here are four questions you should be able to answer when building your new kitchen.
1. How much time will you spend in the kitchen?
Kitchens have become the most popular hang out area of the home, as shown by the increasing sizes of new home kitchens.
If you will be cooking, entertaining, helping with homework, and hanging out in the kitchen area, an open floor plan concept may be the way to go.
2. How many people will share the space?
Do you need separate cook and prep areas for multiple cooks, with additional usable counter space? If so, an island or peninsula kitchen might make sense.
Do you have kids that need a play or homework area nearby? If so, consider adding an eating bar, which can be used for work or play, within eyesight of the cook.
3. Where will your traffic flow?
Consider the number of entrances and the layout of the counter and/or island to know how effectively traffic can flow.
Do you want an open kitchen design, with free-flow traffic? Or do you want a kitchen with more direct paths between rooms?
For example, you may want a separate hallway from the kitchen to the formal dining room.
4. Is universal design or accessibility important to you?
Plan your kitchen around your needs!
For a universal design kitchen, consider including features like planned work centers, staging or landing areas, single lever faucets, pulls on cabinets, roll out shelves, open or visible storage (glass doors on cabinetry), and extra lighting throughout.
For an accessible kitchen, consider including features like reduced height countertops, built-in range countertops with front controls and knee space below, pull-out shelving, accessible electric outlets and switches, roll-under kitchen sinks.
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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