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Kitchen Holiday Ideas | Large Islands, Wall Ovens, Pantries

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 @ 15:11 PM

Kitchen Layout Ideas for the Holiday Season:

Thanksgiving is almost here, and we've been thinking about all the ways to build holiday spaces into the kitchen. Get tips on island seating arrangements, wall ovens, and pantry styles, in some of our most popular photo guides, below.



Islands with Seating - and Space for All Day Snacking

Large islands are hugely popular in new homes right now. Want space to spread out during the holidays? These articles will give you a good indication of the best island sizes for the number of seats you want:

How many seats will fit at these islands?
How big should my island be?


Kitchen Layout Ideas | Island Seating

Double Wall Oven Layouts for Holiday Cooking

When Thanksgiving rolls around, it's cooking crunch time. You oven capacity can make or break the day! See how popular double wall ovens are in Raleigh new homes, in these photo guides: 

Wall Overs VS. Under-Stove Range - Which is Best for Bulk Cooking?
Why choose a gas cooktop? Top Reasons Homebuyers Think Gas Powered Ranges are Better

Kitchen Layout Ideas | Double Wall Ovens

Butler's Pantry Ideas - Making Room for Serving Platters

You can expand the "size" of your kitchen by putting a butler's pantry in the dining room, a hallway, under the stairs, or other tucked-away space.

During holiday time, you'll love having a secondary serving area. Between events, the storage space will keep your kitchen clear of less-used items like large serving platters, extra glassware, and formal china.

Take a look at some of our favorite butler's pantry photos:

Our Houzz Ideabook of Butler's Pantry Photos
Questions to Ask about Your Butler's Pantry Plans

Kitchen Layout Ideas | Butlers Pantry Photos

Walk in Pantries - For those Holiday Costco Runs

Now that it's time to hit up Costco, Sams Club, and BJ's for friends and family coming to town, we're extra thankful for walk in pantry layouts.

See photos and floor plans of our most popular walk in pantries, here:

5 Corner Pantries with Floor Plans and Photos
Walk-In Kitchen Pantries (not located in a corner)
7 "Costco" Size Pantry Designs (see home plans with more than one kitchen pantry)

Kitchen Layout Ideas | Walk in Pantry Photos



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Kitchen Appliance Tips: Wall Oven or Range?

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 @ 06:09 AM

Which is Better, a Wall Oven or Range with Cooktop?

When looking at kitchen layout options, a common home buyer question is, should I choose a range or a separated oven/cooktop combination? 

What is a kitchen range?

A kitchen range refers to an oven and cooktop designed as a single appliance

Adding a range to your kitchen is generally less expensive than a wall oven/cooktop combination, making it appealing to many home buyers. 

Kitchen Range Styles | Gas Range with Ovens

A range combination can be a better choice for families with one main cook or fewer occasions requiring multiple dishes.

Typically, a microwave is placed directly above the range - see an example in this country style two story Raleigh home: 

Kitchen Appliance Tips | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

More home buyers are requesting a microwave located in the island or lower, rather than upper, cabinets. See an example of a kitchen with oven/cook top combination, with the microwave in a lower cabinet: 

Gas Range | White Kitchen Appliances

Wall Oven Ideas

What is a wall oven? A wall oven appliance is separated from the cooktop and installed within kitchen cabinets.

Wall ovens are very popular in Raleigh new home kitchens, where homebuyers are always looking for ways to maximize their kitchen spaces.

Single wall ovens offer a second workstation area - making it easier for one person to sauté  vegetables at the stove, while another bakes in the oven.  

Kitchen Appliance Tips | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

Double wall ovens can be ideal for large dinner parties, holidays, or occasions that require several different dishes to be cooked at the same time.

Kitchen Appliance Tips | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

Double wall ovens offer twice the twice the baking, roasting, and prep space, without taking up additional square footage in the kitchen.  

Wall ovens with higher mountings can also eliminate the need to bend over the oven. 

Double Wall Oven Kitchen

Wall ovens are generally electric rather than gas, and come in a width of 24, 27, or 30 inches.

Some home buyers opt for one regular oven, with a warming oven above. 

Kitchen Appliance Tips | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

Accessible kitchen designs can incorporate a wheelchair-height wall oven and microwave combination. 

Wall Oven Layout | Wall Oven with Microwave Above

Separate wall ovens and cooktops also enable you to place one appliance in your island, and another on the main wall. 

Kitchen Appliance Tips | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

 Houzz Ideabook of Kitchens with Single and Double Wall Ovens

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Kitchen Design Trends: Wall Oven or Range?

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Aug 09, 2011 @ 08:08 AM

Appliance Choices: Are more homebuyers choosing a wall oven and cooktop over a traditional range?

Raleigh kitchen design trends show an increased interest in creating a "modular kitchen" by adding a separate wall oven and cooktop, rather than an integrated range.

While a separate wall oven and cooktop can be more expensive than a traditional cook range, the benefits are appealing to many homebuyers.

What are the benefits of a wall oven?

Double Wall Oven

  • Multiple cooking workstations in your kitchen, between the oven and the cooktop
  • Double wall ovens offer twice the capacity without taking up too much additional space
  • Higher wall mountings can eliminate the need to bend over the oven 

Wall ovens are generally electric rather than gas, and come in a width of 24, 27, or 30 inches.

Double wall ovens are very popular in Raleigh new home kitchens, as many homebuyers are looking for space maximization. Double wall ovens can be ideal for large dinner parties, holidays, or occations that require several different dishes (such as a roast and baked good) to be cooked at the same time.

 Houzz Ideabook of Kitchens with Single and Double Wall Ovens

 

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