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What's New in Eat-In Kitchens | Raleigh New Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 @ 08:06 AM

Custom Home Eat-In Kitchens:

What's new in eat-in kitchens? Floor plan designs (and custom modification requests) are getting more creative with how to incorporate eat-in spaces.

You will see a wider variety in the type, location, size, number, and configuration of eat-in kitchen spaces than ever before.

Below are eat-in kitchen photos, to give you modern home design ideas.


Eat-In Kitchen Photos and Ideas:

Each of these North Carolina new custom homes, built in or near Raleigh, will give you ideas for how to choose your eat-in style kitchen features.

Some popular eat-in kitchen layouts include:

1. Transitional Island Eating Bar

Eat In Kitchen Photos | New Home Eat-In Kitchens

This transitional gourmet kitchen is open to the vaulted great room (with wood beam ceiling - see it here), filled with family-ready features - including the eat-in island.

Contrasting cabinet styles are paired with natural stone counter tops and a blend of traditional and contemporary lighting bring a transitional touch.

The island seating overhang and next-door breakfast nook make this a great eat-in kitchen design.

What is a transitional home? Read more here.

2. Built-in Island Bench for Eating In the Kitchen

Eat In Kitchen Photos | New Home Eat-In Kitchens

A built-in bench (with storage below) is attached to the center island - designed as seating for a breakfast-sized table.

Copper pendant lights run along the far-side island for a bit of metallic contrast against the stainless steel appliances.

3. Contemporary Eat-In Kitchen Island

Eat In Kitchen Photos | New Home Eat-In Kitchens

 Bar top eating is handy in this contemporary white and black kitchen - with gray hardwood floors.

The nearby wine bar (with refrigerator space below) makes this an all-seasons kitchen.

4. Three Eat-In Areas

Eat In Kitchen Photos | New Home Eat-In Kitchens

This kitchen has three eat-in spaces:

1. A raised eating bar on the great room side of the second island

2. An island-height eating space on the far end of the first island

3. A tucked-in breakfast room, open to the kitchen

5. Built In Bench for an Eat-In Kitchen / Breakfast

Eat In Kitchen Photos | New Home Eat-In Kitchens

An extra long bench spans the length of the breakfast room, for a joint kitchen-breakfast eat-in layout.

6. Cantilever Island

Eat In Kitchen Photos | New Home Eat-In Kitchens

This cantilever style island overhang offers space to tuck away kitchen stools. Hidden stools leave more space for a walkway in the kitchen.

A wrap-around bench in the breakfast room opens up more seating, for this eat-in kitchen design.

7. Curved Island with Seating

Eat In Kitchen Photos | New Home Eat-In Kitchens

A cantilever style island can incorporate a curved side, for extra knee space below.

8. Eat-In Kitchen Island

Eat In Kitchen Photos | New Home Eat-In Kitchens

It's easier to hold a conversation when all seats are not on the same side of the island. 

Rather than extending the length of this island to accommodate more chairs, a corner seat was added.

9. Two-Sided Eat-In Island

Eat In Kitchen Photos | New Home Eat-In Kitchens

Here is another example of an eat-in island with seating on two sides.

10. Small Galley Kitchen with Eat-in Bar

Eat In Kitchen Photos | New Home Eat-In Kitchens

Even a small L-shaped or galley kitchen can accommodate efficient eat-in space. The raised bar can be used for casual meals as well as a serving space for large gatherings.



Build an Eat-In Kitchen:

Which kitchen layout do you like best, from these Raleigh new custom homes? Tell us what you'd like in your Raleigh custom home, and we'll show you what it costs.

What does an Agingin in Place Eat-In Kitchen require? Get the Top 5 Aging in Place Home Plans, here. 

Eat In Kitchen Photos | Aging in Place Floor Plans

 

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Kitchen Pass Through Ideas | 2014 Custom Home Design

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 @ 08:08 AM

Pass-Through Ideas for Your Kitchen

Kitchen Layouts in 2014 Custom Homes

A modern kitchen pass-through - once used as a space to pass dishes into the formal dining room - now serves an additional purpose as a way to maintain an open concept feel by increasing visibility between rooms.

While kitchen pass-throughs were once small spaces (think of a mid-twentieth century diner-style service wall), they are now designed as full-height openings or large archways.

A pass-through can be added to almost any kitchen layout.  See 7 kitchen pass through designs in these 2014 custom homes.

Kitchen pass-through ideas: Opening from the kitchen to sun room

Kitchen Pass Through Ideas | 2014 Custom Home Design

Pass throughs now link the kitchen to many different types of rooms, not just the formal dining.  In this home, a pass-through opens the kitchen to the sun room.

Kitchen Pass Through Ideas | 2014 Custom Home Design

This kitchen also has an island, with views into the two story living room.

 

Kitchen pass-through ideas:  Arched cut-out from the kitchen to living room

Kitchen Pass Through Ideas | 2014 Custom Home Design

An arched opening above the kitchen sink keeps conversation going, no matter what kitchen tasks are underway, while still leaving multiple options for furniture placement and traffic flow.

Kitchen Pass Through Ideas | 2014 Custom Home Design

Kitchen pass-through ideas: Kitchen bar with pass-through 

Kitchen Pass Through Ideas | 2014 Custom Home Design

This pass-through design is wider and taller than traditional designs - with wall sconces added to the sides of the opening to light up the space and add character.

Kitchen Pass Through Ideas | 2014 Custom Home Design

Kitchen pass-through ideas: Added depth

A framed wall encases this arched pass-through, creating space for eating bar stools.

Kitchen Pass Through Ideas | 2014 Custom Home Design

Kitchen pass-through ideas:

A small wall column divides the pass through and breakfast bar in this custom home kitchen - providing a space to for upper cabinets and giving the kitchen more distinct dimensions. 

Kitchen Pass Through Ideas | 2014 Custom Home Design

Kitchen pass-through ideas: Open, angled kitchen bar

This home demonstrates a modern take on kitchen pass-throughs with an angled kitchen bar extending into the living room.

The arched opening above this pass-through extends the full length of the breakfast room.

Kitchen Pass Through Ideas | 2014 Custom Home Design

Kitchen pass-through ideas:  Modern pass-through design

Here is another example of a more modern pass-through design, with a long bar set into the living room wall.

An archway extends from the breakfast wall, over the eating bar, to create continuity between rooms.

Kitchen Pass Through Ideas | 2014 Custom Home Design

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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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Kitchen Appliances | White, Black, or Stainless Steel?

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 @ 08:03 AM

Kitchen Design Trends

White, black, and stainless steel appliances

When choosing kitchen appliance colors, keep in mind the overall design of your kitchen.

Whether you go basic or bold, your color choices can either compliment all the reasons you chose your kitchen design - or detract from them.

Take a look at the kitchens in these custom homes built in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. Each kitchen has a completely different design created by homebuyers and their builder to create a specific environment - with different design possibilities that incorporate the three most popular appliance color options (white, black, and stainless steel).

Kitchen design #1: White appliances

Kitchen appliance colors | 2013 kitchen design ideasThis first kitchen design incorporates contemporary design features such as:

 - All white appliances

 - Maple hardwood flooring and cabinets

 - Granite countertops infused with white and black tones

 - Black subway tile backsplash with white listello accents

 - Stepped trey ceiling with flush can lighting

 

Kitchen appliance colors | 2013 kitchen design ideas

 These photos are taken from a version of the Treehouse, a mountain home floor plan design that opens up a lot of possibilities.

 White appliances work well in this bright, open kitchen, that emphasizes light color tones.

 

 

 

 

Kitchen design #2: Black appliances

Kitchen appliance colors | 2013 kitchen design ideas

 

Our next kitchen design example goes basic, with black and medium brown tones.

The black granite countertops contain flecks of gold and brown, tying together the black appliances and brown cabinets and hardwood flooring.

 

 

Kitchen appliance colors | 2013 kitchen design ideas

 

A stainless steel sink and brushed nickle cabinet knobs add a spark of silver to the warm brown tones. The setting will be balanced further with a stainless steel coffee maker, blender, or other counter appliance that will blend into the design perfectly.

See more photos of this home, a version of the Azalea Park.

 

 

Kitchen design #3: Stainless steel appliances

Kitchen appliance colors | 2013 kitchen design ideas

Stainless steel remains the most popular appliance color in 2014 new homes. 

In this home, a version of the Peay, the stainless steel kitchen appliances add to the classic feel of this open floor plan design. Their placement at different parts of the kitchen provide a theme that's reverberated in threads throughout the carefully selected granite countertops.

 

 

 

 

Kitchen appliance colors | 2013 kitchen design ideas

 

 Spotlight your kitchen with a layout that fits your lifestyle, and top it off with appliances that fit your theme. 

 When you build a custom home with Stanton Homes, our team will listen to your ideas, help you pull concepts together, and provide expert advice that colors your kitchen with designer appeal.

 

 

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

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 @ 10:09 AM

Pairing Oil Rubbed Bronze with Stainless Steel

Learn How to Mix Metal Finishes Throughout Your New Home

Stainless Steel Appliances | New Home Kitchen DesignDeciding on the types (and variety) of metal finishes to incorporate into your home can be tough - with hundreds of design options ranging from oil rubbed bronze to chrome to stainless steel.

If you're having trouble choosing just one style, you're not alone!

We were recently asked this common interior design question through "Ask Andrea":

Is it okay to have oiled bronze faucets and stainless steel appliances in the same room?

And here's what Stanton Homes' on staff interior design expert Andrea has to say:

"Yes! It is certainly okay to have oil rubbed bronze faucets and stainless steel appliances together. 

That question seems to come up at least once a day in the world of residential design and construction. I haven't met another designer yet who would disagree with me.  In fact I think the fear of mixing more than one metal finish in a room is virtually unfounded professionally.

Oil Rubbed Bronze Fixtures | New Home Design Ideas

Once you have been bold enough to mix more than one metal finish in a room, you will see that a thoughtful combination looks better, as the variation  brings more interest to the room.

In fact, design professionals often brag when successfully mixing finishes! The artful mix of more than one finish is a skill. Nonetheless I maintain that it really isn't that difficult to achieve as long as you keep a little balance in mind.

 

Stainless Steel Appliances in the Kitchen:

Since you mentioned stainless steel appliances let's talk about the kitchen and the opportunities available in this room alone, to create an artful mix of finishes with oil rubbed Bronze and stainless steel.

- You have bronze cabinet hardware to pick up the oil rubbed bronze from the faucet.

- The faucet most often installed in granite is an undermounted sink in stainless steel. 

- Overhead you have light fixtures. Light fixtures come in so many different finishes now that unless you want everything dictated to you by one lighting company, you are going to end up with more than one finish for lighting. Stainless Steel Appliances | New Home Kitchen Design

With an oil rubbed bronze faucet and bronze cabinet hardware, I would still feel that the stainless steel had a strong enough presence in the room, and I would go with some oil rubbed bronze on the light fixtures.

In popular transitional floorplans that people are opting to build, you can often view wrought iron railings from somewhere in the kitchen - the presence of yet another finish. This is where you have to relax and use your judgement.

Yes, most often the oil rubbed bronze tends to blend in with the wrought iron in the distance.  Furthermore door hinges and hardware present another opportunity or decision to tie in a finish.

What's a good general rule to follow when choosing finish types?

The accepted "rule" here seems to be that whatever finish you go with for door hardware and hinges throughout the house, you would consider that color to be your BASE metal finish.

Stainless Steel Appliances | New Home Kitchen Design

From there, if something is functioning purely for utility rather than decoration, then its finish should follow that of the door hardware.

When it comes to decorative items such as foyer fixtures, dining fixtures, and kitchen faucets, then we are commonly seeing a second metal finish being used as an accent finish.

With a little thought, some planning and attention to detail, mixing two beautiful finishes can and often does work out very well."

 

Have a kitchen or interior design trend question?  Ask Andrea, and she'll let you know all the latest in custom home and design/build trends!

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Click Here for More Answers to "Ask Andrea"

 

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5 Things to think about for your NC new home kitchen

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Aug 08, 2012 @ 16:08 PM

5 Things to think about for your kitchen

Kitchen design features you'll love

What’s cooking in today’s kitchens are designer details with everyday appeal. Here’s what’s causing excitement, when your North Carolina custom home builder creates the most popular room in your new home with everything just the way you want it.

1. Pot fillers - right at the stove, where you need it

5 Things to think about for your NC new home kitchenMake a splash without all the carrying, with a built-in pot filler that customizes your cookstove.

Pull it out when you want it. Tuck it back when you’re done.

Pot fillers tap a basic need with a luxury touch that adds charm and flexibility to any kitchen.

The style and finish of the pot filler can blend into your decor, or can be designed to make a stand-out statement.

 

2. Separate sink in the island - for too many cooks in the kitchen (and a great way to spread out all the culinary tasks)

5 Things to think about for your NC new home kitchen

A separate “prep sink” in the island is perfect for chef hobbyists, as well as family and friends who gather to “help” and chat in the kitchen. 

Separate sinks set into a bar are becoming more of a regular feature in today’s custom homes, where casual living centers around the kitchen – and the extra space (and water source) is handy.

Whether you want a special place to wash vegetables and fruit, fill up water glasses, or wash hands between tasks, the flexibility and accessibility of a prep sink will be addictive!

 

3. Raised eating bars - when you don't want to deal with a meal at the table

5 Things to think about for your NC new home kitchen

 This custom home kitchen design - a version of the Kelley- has a great approach to an on-the-go alternative to meals at the dinner table.

A raised eating/serving bar built into the island is a top-requested kitchen feature in custom homes.

Kitchens with raised eating/serving bars are often designed to supplement alternative casual eating areas – in addition to more formal dining choices. For example, in this design, the nook area has a built-in brunch table.

 

4. Built-in wine racks - right in reach for your evening entertaining

5 Things to think about for your NC new home kitchen

Built-in wine racks can be designed as a bold centerpiece of the kitchen, or as discrete private collection space.

In this custom designed, green certified kitchen, the choice of a large built-in wine rack designed to display select vintages serves as a connoisseur’s focal point.  

Another favorite location for a built-in wine rack and/or wine refrigerator is a butler's pantry.

 5 Things to think about for your NC new home kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Built-in storage designed with versatility for everything you put away - from recycling centers to open shelving to pot and pan organizers

5 Things to think about for your NC new home kitchen

 

Convenient storage solutions are a top request in new home kitchens. 

There’s no need for clutter on your counters when there are so many choices for your cupboards.

And when you ask your builder to extend the existing space in your floor plan, you can get even more places to store, underneath the serving bar, eating bar area, or island.


5 Things to think about for your NC new home kitchen

Tuck it away – in choices you can hide inside

Special features like pot and pan organizers, lazy Susans, recycling centers, roll-out tray dividers, cutlery dividers, and plastic bag storage units – the choices are endless when you design a kitchen with everything just the way you want it.

Ask your builder what he can do for you – and cook up a creative kitchen. 


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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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Granite versus Laminate Countertops | Granite Edge Styles

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, May 23, 2012 @ 09:05 AM

How Much do Granite Countertops Cost?

Kitchen Design Trends for NC New Homes - Granite Countertop Cost, Selections, and Benefits

Homebuyers in North Carolina LOVE granite countertops - and when you look at these completed home pictures, you'll see why.How Much do Granite Countertops Cost? | Granite Counter Styles

But how much do granite countertops cost?

Below is a guide discussing the features, benefits, and costs of granite counters.

All About Granite Countertop

Granite is a natural product harvested from quarries. Colors and patterns vary depending on the geological processes in the region where they are quarried.

How Much do Granite Countertops Cost? | Granite Counter StylesGranite prices start at about 3-4 times the cost of laminate counters.

Because this is a natural material, granite selections are not made from a color chart - and every counter is unique.

When making kitchen selections with a Stanton Homes interior designer, our home buyers view samples representative of a type of granite to make their color and style choices.

There are a variety of edges available at no additional charge.

Upgraded edges can include a full bullnose and ogee (graceful serpentine curve), depending on the manufacture. Ask you builder which options come standard.

Granite Counter Top Edge Style Chart

Here is a quick guide to popular granite counter top edge styles. In this style chart, you will find shapes for a beveled, bullnose, pencil round, roundover, and ogee edge.

Granite Countertop Edge Style Chart

Here is a quick guide to recently completed Stanton Homes with each of these granite counter top edge styles. Click on the image or style name to view more photos of these custom designed kitchens featuring a wide variety of granite styles.


How Much do Granite Countertops Cost? | Granite Counter Styles
1/4 Inch Beveled Edge
How Much do Granite Countertops Cost? | Granite Counter Styles
1/2 Bullnose Edge
How Much do Granite Countertops Cost? | Granite Counter Styles
Pencil Round Edge


How Much do Granite Countertops Cost? | Granite Counter Styles
Demi Bullnose Edge
How Much do Granite Countertops Cost? | Granite Counter Styles
Ogee Edge


Benefits of Choosing Granite for Your Countertop Materials

Kitchens with Granite Countertops

Granite is fairly resistant to heat and scratches. If damaged, it may be possible to polish the countertop, since it is made of the same material throughout. 

The material must be resealed about every five years to protect it from stains, and careful attention must be paid to the natural stone seams.

 

 

What is the bottom line on granite countertop cost?

Granite Countertop Style IdeasAll countertop pricing is determined by square footage.

Most standard countertops are 2 ¼ feet wide.

To find out how much countertop you need, take the length of the countertop and multiply by the width. Then multiply the total square footage by the cost per square foot for the desired material. This will give you the starting point.

But there are additional considerations as well.

The cost of backsplashes depends on material and style, as does the edge of the countertop – which can all be customized in different materials.

 

Kitchen Granite Countertops

 

Even the type of sink makes a difference in countertop cost. An under-counter mount requires a more finished edge around the sink, which raises the cost for some materials.

Additional sinks or other cut outs can add to labor and installation expenses, as well. 

Custom home builders like Stanton Homes can walk you through the costs when you plan your home, so you can decide what kind of countertop you want to live with.

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