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Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jan 05, 2017 @ 09:01 AM

Guidelines for the Best Kitchen Island Layouts

When thinking about the type of kitchen island you want to incorporate into your new home kitchen, here are top five questions to keep in mind:

  1. How large is your kitchen?
  2. What is the shape of your kitchen?
  3. How many seats at the island?
  4. Will you need a secondary / prep sink?
  5. What functions are most important?

What Size is the Kitchen?

In general, islands work best in large kitchens and peninsulas work better in small kitchens.

Kitchen design tip: you want enough space to navigate around the island - maximizing the functionality of the extra counter top and cabinet space it provides. This kitchen island is approximately 3.5' x 9' with diagonal cut-outs:

Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

When working with a custom home builder, you can likely convert a peninsula kitchen into an island kitchen, or vice versa. This home, a version of The Gershwin by Frank Betz, was originally designed with an island. The peninsula is approximately 8' long.

Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

What Shape is the Kitchen?

Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

How many seats will fit at the island?

  • Most islands can be expanded to incorporate bar-height OR counter-height seating
  • In this example photo, the island was angled towards the great room, slightly off-set from the kitchen.
  • The counter height seating creates a smooth, clean look that matches the contemporary lines of this home.

Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

What's a good size for a prep sink?

  • When thinking about your prep sink size, keep in mind where the prep sink will go and how you will use it most
  •  Dual sinks are generally placed on opposite ends of the kitchen
  • Prep sinks can be as small as 14'' round, usually when used in a bar area
  • Heavy-duty veggie sinks can be over 20'' (when round) and over 30'' (when rectangular)

Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

 

What else should fit in my island layout?

  • When thinking about your ideal island design, will it include tons of storage? More counter space? A place to add a wine refrigerator?
  • Many island have two-sided cabinets for easy-access storage
  • If you want counter space, re-think adding a prep sink (even a small sink can take up more space than you realize)
  • An island may be the ideal place to add a drink fridge

This island, from a version of the Dinsmore by Frank Betz, is approximately 10' long.

Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

 

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Top 5 Battles in NC Kitchen Designs | Color, Tile, Cabinets & More

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 @ 10:12 AM

Popular Tile Backsplash Styles, Paint Tones, and Cabinet Colors for the Kitchen

What are the top five design battles brewing over new home kitchen tile, paint, and cabinetry combinations?

  • Tans, browns, and beige vs. whites, grays, and espresso tones
  • Vertical mixed mosaic tile patterns vs. horizontal mosaic patterns
  • Painted vs. stained cabinets - in white, espresso, and maple
  • Ceramic vs. stone, metal, and other tile materials
  • Farmhouse vs. craftsman, contemporary, and traditional themes
See how these elements come together in these Five Top Kitchen Design Ideas, below:

(Click on the photos below to see floor plans and additional photos from these NC custom homes.)


Kitchen Design Idea #1: Beige Paint, Bone Tile, and Hickory Cabinets

While white painted cabinets and espresso wood stain remain popular selections for new homes, we're also seeing a return to hickory and maple kitchen cabinets with natural stains.

This country farmhouse style kitchen blends a range of natural materials and tones in the paint, tile, cabinet, and granite counter top selections.

Popular Tile Backsplash Styles, Paint Tones, and Cabinet Colors | NC New Homes

This Stanton Homes custom kitchen design features:

Paint: SW 6108 Latte by Sherwin Williams

Tile splash: 3x6 "Bone Natural" Field Tile with a vertical mix mosaic above the range

Cabinets: Hickory cabinets with Chestnut stain

Granite Counter Tops: "Venetian Ice"

Kitchen Design Idea #2: Gray Paint, Red Tile, Two Islands with Antique Glaze

This expansive, two island kitchen blends natural tile tones with antique painted cabinets and delicious glazes on top.

The first island serves as a cooking, prep, and cleaning space while the second accommodates party platters and casual dining. (See a floor plan and additional kitchen photos here.)

Popular Tile Backsplash Styles, Paint Tones, and Cabinet Colors | NC New Homes

This Stanton Homes custom kitchen design features:

Paint: SW 7548 Portico by Sherwin Williams

Tile splash: 4x4'' diagonal set Noce Antique Field Tile with 2x2'' Adelaide Hills Blend with Cinnamon, Raspberry, and Vanilla

Cabinets: Lewis painted antique perimeter cabinets with a chocolate glaze and island cabinets with black glaze

Kitchen Design Idea #3: Gray Paint, Metallic Tile, Formal White Painted Cabinets

Classic, traditional elements flow alongside contemporary finishes throughout this NC new home kitchen.  Classic elements include white painted cabinets. Contemporary touches include metallic tile accents.

A window above the sink offers direct line of sight into the backyard, great for keeping an eye on kids playing outdoors - while getting down to business with the two-oven gas range.

Popular Tile Backsplash Styles, Paint Tones, and Cabinet Colors | NC New Homes

This Stanton Homes custom kitchen design features:

Paint: Benjamin Moore HC-105 Rockport Gray

Tile Splash: 5/8'' Falls Creek Blend Mosaic Tile

Cabinets: Maple wood with Antique white paint (the island cabinets are also Maple with Espresso stain)

Kitchen Design Idea #4: Beige Paint, Tan Tile, Espresso Cabinets

This luxury kitchen design features glass front cabinet doors, a stone frame around the main kitchen wall, and furniture style cabinets with a center bump-out.

Contrary to many open concept floor plans, this kitchen opens to the breakfast room, separate from the living room around the corner.

Popular Tile Backsplash Styles, Paint Tones, and Cabinet Colors | NC New Homes

This Stanton Homes custom kitchen design features:

Paint: SW 7506 Loggia by Sherwin Williams

Tile Splash: 4x4'' Ivory Tumbled Travertine with 1x1'' Carmel Mix Hones Mosaic above the range

Cabinets: Maple with Espresso stain

Kitchen Design Idea #5: Beige Paint, Rustic Brick Tile, Slate Stain Cabinets

This island kitchen incorporates two types of cabinet materials and finishes: maple and oak wood with white paint and slate stain.

A raised eating bar opens interaction space from the kitchen to the living room, and hides the two bowl kitchen sink.

The gas range is perfect for those who love to cook complex meals with precise heating elements.

Popular Tile Backsplash Styles, Paint Tones, and Cabinet Colors | NC New Homes

This Stanton Homes custom kitchen design features:

Paint: SW 7512 Pavilion Beige by Sherwin Williams

Tile Splash: 3x6'' Walnut Tumbled Travertine in a brick pattern with 2x12'' Walnut Tavertine Chair Rail and 1/2 x 1/2'' Branch Mix Mosaics above the range

Cabinets: Maple perimeter cabinets with Antique White Paint; Oak refrigerator cabinet and island cabinets with Slate Stain

(See a similar brick tile in this version of the Christina.)


NC New Home Kitchen Design:

Which kitchen selection combinations stand out to you? Get more ideas for every room of the home, inside our Houzz Ideabooks, here.

Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to learn more about building an NC custom home - with the help of an interior design expert throughout the selection process.


 

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How Many Seats Will Fit At The Island? [Raleigh New Homes]

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, May 04, 2015 @ 07:05 AM

Kitchen Islands with Built-In Seating: 

Raleigh new homes often include at least two dining spaces: a formal dining room, breakfast room, and /or casual dining the kitchen island. 

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New HomesThe seating at this island is called "raised height" because it requires stools rather than dining table height chairs. Notice the raised center of the island with counter-height sides? The center designates the seating area.

Looking for new ways to add seating to your kitchen? Use these kitchen layout questions -- below -- to determine how many seats you can add based on your kitchen floor plan and layout (with recommended island dimensions and average heights). 


Kitchen Layout Questions:

Kitchens with dining space - either nearby or integrated - are a popular Raleigh new home request. Here are some kithen island layout questions, to help you decide on a kitchen-dining configuration:

Kitchen Layout Question #1: Where is your kitchen located, relative to other rooms?

Is your kitchen separate from living and dining areas, or does it have an open concept layout?

If your kitchen is located beside main living and dining areas, you'll probably need fewer seats. If your kitchen is separate, you may want additional seating.

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New Homes

According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, they recommend that 36 inch high islands should allow a 24-inch-wide seating space with an 15-inch-deep knee space.

They also recommend that 42 inch high islands should allow a 24-inch-wide seating space with a 12-inch-deep knee space. 

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New Homes

In a seating area where no traffic passes behind a seated diner, they recommend that you allow 32 inches of clearance from the counter/table edge to any wall or other obstruction behind the seating area. If traffic passes behind the seated diner, allow at least 36 inches to edge past or at least 44 inches to walk past.

These depths and widths can vary based on your layout, but are good to keep in mind.

Kitchen Layout Question #2: How large is your island?

And how much space is left in the kitchen? If your kitchen is rectangular, you may be able to extend the length of the island to incorporate a built-in bench. (And you can keep your storage space maximized, with drawers below.)

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New Homes

 

Kitchen Layout Question  #3: Should your chairs be hidden or visible seating?

This Hickory curved island is designed to store stools underneath for hidden seating.  The design is enhanced with base cabinets on both ends of the islands, as well as on the back side.

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New Homes

Kitchen Layout Question  #4: Do you prefer counter-height or bar-height seating?

Kitchen islands are taller than dining room or breakfast room tables, so you'll typically use stools to sit in the kitchen.

The difference between counter-height and bar-height seating can range from six to twelve inches, depending on the home plan.

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New Homes

Use these kitchen layout questions as a way to start thinking about design options in your new home. 

Here are some pointers to make the best of your next kitchen:

  • Prioritize your space. Do you need a larger (or second) island, or would you rather integrate a breakfast room table in the same space?
  • Determine how ofter you'll cook for the family - and how often you might host a larger get-togethers. While double ovens look beautiful and balanced, you may find that the space is better saved for more cabinets or a larger microwave.
  • Decide what you're willing to upgrade, and where you're willing to save on cost. While kitchens are one of the most important rooms of the home, they are also the most expensive, generally followed by the Master Bath.

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New Homes


Photos of Raleigh new homes with built-in island seating:

Custom Home Kitchen Design in North Carolina:

How many dining spaces does your family use? Do you want to combine or separate eating areas in your next home? Tell us which home designs stand out.

Click here to contact Stanton Homes or call 919-278-8070 to talk about the custom home you want to design and build.



 

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

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 @ 12:04 PM

How big should the Island Be?

2016 Kitchen Island Designs

When thinking about the type of kitchen island you want to incorporate into your new home kitchen, here are top five questions to keep in mind:

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?

 

1. How large is your kitchen?

How big should my kitchen island be? | 2014 Kitchen Island Design Tips

 

In general, islands work best in larger kitchens and peninsulas work better in smaller kitchens.

Kitchen design tip: you want enough space to navigate around the island - maximizing the functionality of the extra counter top and cabinet space it provides.

 

 

 

2. What shape is your kitchen floor plan?

How big should my kitchen island be? | 2014 Kitchen Island Design Tips

 

 Long, thin kitchens work best with a thin rectangular island.

  Wider or more square kitchens work best with a wide rectangular or angled island.

 The shape of your kitchen will help determine the size and shape of your island.

 

 

3. Do you want to incorporate seating?

How big should my kitchen island be? | 2014 Kitchen Island Design Tips

 

Most islands can be expanded to incorporate bar-height OR counter-height seating, as long as the kitchen floor plan is large enough.

In this example photo, the island was angled towards the great room, slightly off-set from the kitchen.

The counter height seating creates a smooth, clean look that matches the contemporary lines of this home.

Click here to see photos of a home with two kitchen islands - one designed for table-height seating.

4. Will you need a secondary / prep sink?

How big should my kitchen island be? | 2014 Kitchen Island Design Tips

 

 Prep sinks are gaining popularity in 2014 new home kitchens.

 When thinking about your island size, keep in mind where the prep sink will go.

 Dual sinks are generally placed on opposite ends of the kitchen - maximizing utility and efficiency.

 

 

 

5. What functions are most important?

How big should my kitchen island be? | 2014 Kitchen Island Design TipsWhen thinking about your ideal island design, will it include tons of storage? More counter space? A place to add a wine refrigerator?

Many island have two-sided cabinets (such as examples 1 & 4 in this article) for easy-access storage.

If you want counter space, re-think adding a prep sink.

An island may be the ideal place to add a drink fridge.

 

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