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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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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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Kitchen Island Trends | Photos and Ideas for Kitchen Islands

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 @ 11:03 AM

Kitchen Island Ideas

New Home Style Trends for the Kitchen

Kitchen Island Ideas | 2012 New Home Kitchen Styles

 

A kitchen island can be an integral part of your new home kitchen design -as the center for activity in your new home. 

Islands can be accessed from all sides, which makes them ideal for workspaces, storage, and bar seating.

 

 

Kitchen islands can be a beautiful feature in custom homes, even on a budget. 

Kitchen Island Ideas | 2012 New Home Kitchen Styles

The style, size, and design depend on both taste and budget. 

Looking to keep your kitchen costs down?  Consider an island with one bank of full cabinets, with a great seating area.

The custom home kitchen island pictured to the right - the Kimberly - features cabinet storage and plenty of granite countertop space for comfortable bar seating.

Add some pendant lighting to emphasize this focal point of the kitchen.

  Kitchen Island Ideas | 2012 New Home Kitchen Styles

In some kitchens, the island can provide the majority of the counter space.

Guests and family can be seated around the kitchen island while meals are prepared.

The custom home kitchen island pictured to the left - the Worthington - features a contrasting white cabinetry selection with lavender hardware, to compliment the expresso kitchen cabinets.

 

 Kitchen Island Ideas | 2012 New Home Kitchen Styles

 

Homework routines can even revolve around the kitchen island - it's easy to answer those math questions while chopping vegetables!

 A kitchen islands can feature a microwave, cooktop range, sink, drawers, shelves, spice racks, cabinetry and more. 

  

Thinking of moving the kitchen sink to your kitchen island? 

Kitchen Island Ideas | 2012 New Home Kitchen StylesHere's some thoughts to consider:

- Is there enough room for the dishwasher next to the sink (both depth and width)?

- Can the dishwasher open comfortably, with room to walk around?

- Is there room to include a pull out garbage bin/recycle center?

- Can the silverware be stored near the dishwasher?

- Is it possible to use dual height counters to better hide those dirty dishes?

  

Want to use the kitchen island mainly for food prep?

Keep these thoughts in mind:

Kitchen Island Ideas | 2012 New Home Kitchen Styles

- Are there outlets for small appliances?

- Is the refrigerator and cooktop conveniently close?

- Do you want a prep sink?

- Should you consider a butcher block counter?

 

 

Looking to cook at the kitchen island?

You'll want to talk to your builder about:

Kitchen Island Ideas | 2012 New Home Kitchen Styles

 - Countertop materials: should it be heat resistant for ease of cooking?

 - Is there at least 18 inches of counterspace on either side of the range or cooktop?

 - Can an overdraft hood be added, or is a downdraft cooktop required?  What is the additional cost versus a typical range or cooktop?

- Should a raised eating area be included?

The custom home kitchen island pictured to the above - the Kelley - features a convection cooktop (downdraft cooktop), granite countertop, raised bar with tile backsplash, microwave underneath, cabinets, and spice drawers.

 

Will you dine frequently at the kitchen island?

Kitchen Island Ideas | 2012 New Home Kitchen Styles

Discuss your options for informal dining at the kitchen island.

- How many can you seat comfortably at the island?

- Should stools be tucked away when not in use?

- How much will seating limit your storage options?

- What height should the island be?  Do you want two heights?

 

Your new kitchen island design should reflect your taste, be fully functional, and be ready for multiple uses and plenty of storage.

Talk to your builder about your ideas for your kitchen island design - and which features are most important to you.  Islands can include: raised bar seating, appliances (sink, cooktop, dishwasher, microwave) storage (cabients, drawers, open shelves), spice drawers, "peninsula cabinets" (open on both sides, with two sets of doors), roll-out recycle bins, and more.

Bring pictures of what you have in mind.  Stanton Homes will help you decide what's right for you, based on budget, size of kitchen, traffic flow, features, and other design considerations

You may also be interested in these other Raleigh new home articles - top tips straight from Raleigh's most exceptional new home builder, Stanton Homes.

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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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How to Design a Kitchen with an Island | Kitchen Design Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Nov 18, 2011 @ 05:11 AM

How to Plan Your Kitchen

Top 5 Kitchen Island Aspects to Keep in Mind

 

Kitchens with islands, when designed correctly, offer more counter space, additional storage room, and a convenient place to tuck appliances. What's not to love?

Before you settle on a new home floor plan with a kitchen island, make sure you take into consideration several important aspects:

1. LayoutKitchen Design Trends 2012

How big is the island, compared to the rest of the kitchen? Remember the difference between an island and a peninsula, and the pros and cons of each, based on kitchen size.

How open will your kitchen be, and what do you want the island to look out to?

A great room with lots of windows and a fireplace so you can have a cozy conversation with family and friends?

A living room with a TV so you can watch the game while working?

2. Walkways

Is there enough room left over in the kitchen for everyone to easily navigate the island?

While islands provide plenty of counter and storage space, they also take up floor space.

3. Seating

Kitchen Island with Seating

Do you want to include an eating bar with seating?

Island height and position can effect seating area possibilities.

It's recommended that you have a 10-12 inch difference between the island countertop and stool height. For example, a 42" island works best with a 30" stool.  

 

 

4. AppliancesIsland with Sink

Do you want the island to contain a sink, dishwasher, range, trash bin, or microwave?

Keep in mind - efficient working space requires easy access to the refrigerator, sink, and cooking range.

BUT, it's best to separate these three items into a "work triangle" for greater efficiency and ease of movement.

5. Outlets

Plan ahead - ask your builder where to add electrical outlets into the island, and include plenty of them. Don't try to stretch cords across a walk way!

 

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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 Design Trends - Where Should the Microwave Go?

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Nov 01, 2011 @ 12:11 PM

Kitchen Design Planning - Where Should the Microwave Go?

Top 5 Places to Put the Microwave 

Lifestyle concerns, such as the number of cooks in the kitchen and ease of use (including universal design aspects), can help determine where the microwave should go when you design the kitchen for your next new  home.

Practical concerns, such as microwave width/height/depth and the placement of other appliances (especially the refrigerator), can also affect your placement decision.

 

Kitchen Design Planning

1. Above the range

One of the most popular places to keep a microwave is above the range.

In this custom home, the microwave is central to the rest of the kitchen - with easy access to countertops (including the island), refrigerator, and sink.

This microwave is probably at the maximum convenient height.

 

2. Above the counter

Kitchen Floor Plan Design

 

This custom kitchen design takes advantage of the most common day-to-day traffic pattern: from refrigerator to microwave.

The large, professional grade range/oven takes up the majority of space and notoriety in the kitchen, while the microwave maintains ease-of-use aspects.

 

 

Kitchen Design Pictures

3. Above the wall oven

This kitchen design places the microwave at eye level, a height more managable for many people.

The refrigerator is placed directly opposite the microwave, and there is plenty of "landing space" to the right of the microwave, to set hot plates. 

 

  

4. Under the counter

Kitchen Microwave Placement

 

Microwaves are placed under the counter when they are used less often than other kitchen appliances, or when height is a concern (such as in accessible kitchens).

 

This custom designed kitchen places the microwave between the walk-in-pantry and the refrigerator.

  

 

 

 

5. Under an island or peninsula

Island Kitchen with Microwave

 

Finally, the under-the-island microwave design is becoming more popular among new homebuyers, as well.

In this kitchen, the cooks can share island counter space, while looking out to the breakfast room and two-story great room.

 

 

 

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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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Are Kitchen Islands Going Out of Style? Kitchen Design Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Oct 26, 2011 @ 16:10 PM

Island Kitchens vs Peninsula Kitchens

Are Kitchen Islands on the way Out?

Are kitchen islands on the way out?  We’re seeing a trend toward other approaches to kitchen space, and not everyone opts for an island anymore. Here’s what to consider before you add space that actually takes away what you think you’re getting.

Kitchens without an island

Packing an island into the kitchen isn’t always a good idea.  A kitchen island can crowd the room, and actually take away some of the spacious appeal – especially if there’s more than one cook in the kitchen!

With today’s trend toward smaller and more cost effective homes, there’s also some creativity in kitchen designs that make better use of tight spaces.

 

Here’s why islands will stay popular in big kitchens:

With cabinet wall dimension of 12' or greater, that 45's into another cabinet wall, the functionality of the kitchen can be improved if the third wall or "leg" of cabinets is an island.

This is because it allows you twice the access to the long wall that is 12' or greater, rather than just one access or traffic lane to access that whole wall and the other (probably shorter) wall.

Kitchen Island Design

Kitchen design is based on the work triangle - the number of steps between the sink, cook top, and refrigerator.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen Island Design

 Kitchen Peninsula Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

  Kitchen Island Design                                                           Kitchen Peninsula Design

 

In smaller kitchens, the peninsula can be a better choice.

 

With a peninsula, you usually end up with more cabinets and greater square footage of counter top than when you cut up your space to include a small island.

If your longest wall is shorter than 12', the peninsula layout ensures maximum counter space and storage for the square footage available.

Peninsula Kitchen Design

A small island could just end up getting in the way - and offers less than maximum use for the space. 

If seating is a priority, you may actually be able to seat more at a peninsula than at an island!

Custom counter-tops, tile back splashes, special lighting and smaller details like cabinet hardware and wall color will give your kitchen a great look.

But don’t add an island thinking you’re giving yourself more space – only to find out another approach could have given you more of what you’re looking for.

Check with our design team to see what you can do with your kitchen layout, to make every space count.

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Kitchen Design Trends: What's Better, an Island or a Peninsula?

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Oct 10, 2011 @ 08:10 AM

Which kitchen style is better, a peninsula or island?

How to choose between adding a peninsula or island to your kitchen

 

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

"Hi Andrea, I'm thinking of remodeling my kitchen. What is the trend now peninsulas or islands? We currently have a peninsula and thinking of changing to an island."

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

It is most important to consider the size of your kitchen rather than strictly following trends.

Kitchen Island Design

Island kitchens do seem to be the trend, but the reason they are the trend has to do with dimensions.

As houses have become larger over the past two decades, kitchens have become proportionally larger than they used to be.

In the progression of this change, it was discovered that as soon as you have one cabinet wall dimension of 12' or greater, that 45's into another cabinet wall, the functionality of the kitchen is improved if the third wall or " leg" of cabinets is an island rather than a peninsula.

This is because it allows you twice the access to the long wall that is 12' or greater, rather than just one access or traffic lane to access that whole wall and the other (probably shorter) wall.

Kitchen design is based on the work triangle of the number of steps between the sink, cook top, and refrigerator.  

Kitchen Island DesignKitchen Peninsula Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Kitchen Island Design                                                           Kitchen Peninsula Design

 

In larger kitchens, islands work better. In somewhat smaller kitchens, I prefer the peninsula.

Peninsula Kitchen Design

With a peninsula, you usually end up with more cabinets and greater square footage of counter top than when you cut up your space just to include a smaller island.

If you think about it, all you are doing in changing from a peninsula to an island is taking away a piece of the peninsula to create a walk way that you really don't need.

So, if your current kitchen is going to remain the same size after you remodel and your longest wall is shorter than 12', then I would stay with the peninsula layout if you want to ensure maximum counter space and storage for the square footage available.

Kitchen Tile Backsplash

Using updated counter-tops, back splashes, and lighting and even paying attention to smaller details like cabinet hardware and also wall color, should sufficiently create an updated and brand new look to your kitchen without compromising work space.

Good luck with everything and thank you again for your question--we love hearing from you and we love designing and building new kitchens for our homeowners every day!

 

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 Cabinet Ideas: Dual Finishes and Hardware Combinatio​ns

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 @ 14:08 PM

Dual Cabinet Finishes - Mixing Kitchen Cabinet and Hardware Styles

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

Have you seen having the base cupboards in a dark wood and the top cupboards in a milky white, with different handles? There will be no island in this kitchen and I thought that the lighter on top would give a more open look. What do you think?

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

White Upper Cabinets

Thank you for your interesting question regarding using more than one cabinet finish within the same kitchen and also mixing hardware as well.

I believe this is still currently considered to be a "trendy" look by some but depending on what part of the country you reside in, the look has actually been going on for over a decade already that I have personally seen.

In your case I believe you are correct with your assumption that it will make your kitchen look a little larger and a little more open with the milky-white wall cabinets up top and the dark wood base cabinets below.

Island Dark Base Cabinets

Ironically though, the look of mixing cabinet finishes first became popular as kitchens became larger and so the mixing of finishes in some cases was a way to break up the look of so many cabinets--in essence, to make it seem a little like LESS cabinets!

 

However, as focus on the kitchen as the heart of the home continues very strongly and with transitional floor plans leaving the kitchen wide open to other common areas of the home, kitchens have also become increasingly more custom and furniture-like in their overall look so that they will enhance other areas of the home such as great rooms and other common areas.

 

We are entertaining in our kitchens so we are going for less of a straight kitchen look and more of a "wow" factor.

Furthermore, regardless of the size of your kitchen, customized looks such as mixing cabinet finishes are associated with the term "upgrade" so we are seeing this happening all over the country without much hesitation.

Home-owners are having fun with the chance at some creative expression.

All that being said, the one thing I would consider is the fact that once you start customizing your kitchen too much, you are taking the chance, as with anything that is too custom, that there will be some-one somewhere who does not care for your selection.

Custom Kitchen Cabinets

If you are not trying to put your home on the market right away then I wouldn't worry about it. In my own home however, I did mix an antique cherry cabinet with a white shaker cabinet--so I not only had different finishes but also different styles.

The cherry cabinet was a tall cabinet in the center of a wall of white cabinets. The cabinet was made to look as if it was a salvaged antique that we wanted to use in the middle of the long wall of cabinets to break up the white. It also had different hardware--antique silver.

As luck would have it, I ended up having to move shortly after the home was completed. It was an un-anticipated move. The house ended up selling very quickly and the new home-owners loved the kitchen! I was glad I had taken the chance with some customizing.

Glass Cabinet Hardware

 

Recently Stanton Homes completed a home with dark walnut shaker cabinets on the perimeter and a charcoal-glazed white island.

The island has vintage-styled lilac glass hardware and the perimeter has modern brushed nickel handles--it looks fabulous!

I would say go ahead with your plan to mix cabinet finishes and hardware

 

 

Dual Cabinet Finishes

I think the white for the upper cabinets would work to make your space feel more open while having the dark color below will naturally recede from the eye and again should make the space seem larger.

You could also leave one upper cabinet with no door on it at all and paint the inside of that cabinet with an accent color. Fill the cabinet with stacks of white dishes--that is a great look and opens up to the eye even more.

Stacks of white dishes you can purchase quite inexpensively at World Market or TJ Maxx will pop next to your accent color--they also always seem to add a touch of "gourmet" to the look of a kitchen---think "room service" at a fancy hotel and what color are the dishes most often? White.

Have fun with your project and send us a photo when you are done--in the meantime we will post a couple of our kitchens with two cabinet finishes.

 

*Images courtesy of Andrea Enns, Design Coordinator, Stanton Homes or www.StantonHomes.com.

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How to Get the Most out of Your Kitchen Design - Kitchen Island Video

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 @ 11:07 AM

Kitchen Island Options - Video Tour

Use Your Square Footage Wisely

A careful use of space can open up any home to make it seem larger and more inviting. The addition of an Island in your Kitchen can be key to using square footage efficiently.

See photos of recently completed custom homes in the Raleigh area, with Island Kitchens that utilize space carefully. These Island Kitches open up to great rooms and breakfast nooks, add storage space, and include bar seating areas.

 90 Photos of Custom Home Kitchen

Kitchen Islands can be designed with:

  • Bar seating
  • Built-in Storage Areas and Cabinetry
  • Buil-in Microwave or Dishwasher Alcove
  • Main Sink or Additional Prep Sink

Learn about Kitchen Cabinet Options and Kitchen Tile Backsplashes.

Stanton Homes Signature Kitchens

Stanton Homes Signature Gourmet Kitchens are designed to be the heart of your home.

Far more special features come standard in a custom Stanton Home kitchen (varying by model and design) – like granite countertops, hardwood flooring, custom tile work, built-in storage, majestic archways – than you’ll find with any other builder in the region in our price range.

If you’re thinking of building anywhere across the 13 counties in the greater Triangle area, let us know what "upgrades" you’d like most. You’ll be surprised at how many are already included.

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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Designing Your Kitchen Island for the Cook | NC Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 @ 06:11 AM

Kitchen Island Layout and Design Tips

Kitchen Design Tips for NC Custom Homes

Chances are good you'll spend more time in the kitchen than anywhere else in your NC custom home. 

Kitchen Island Design | NC Custom HomesBut have you really thought about the layout and design of your island countertop space?

Here's the top things to consider:

What Kind of Island should your kitchen have:

  • Will the island have a cooktop, wall oven, or microwave?
  • Will the island have a sink and dishwasher?
  • Should there be seating?
  • Will the seating area be lower or higher than standard countertop height?
  • Should there be a prep sink?

What Kind of Peninsula should your kitchen have:

  • Will the peninsula have a cooktop, wall oven, or microwave?
  • Will the peninsula have a sink and dishwasher?
  • Should there be seating or a serving bar?

Planning Sufficient Countertop Space:

Once you have an idea of what you'd like to see where in your new custom home kitchen, you'll want to ensure that the islands and peninsulas are functional. 

Islands and peninsulas should provide additional prep space, and should move traffic away from the traditional work triangle.

Minimum Work Aisles Around Islands:

Does your island or peninsula have enough "floor space" around it for cooks and guests to move comfortably?

  • Minimum 42" recommended around an island for one cook.
  • Minimum 48" recommended around an island for two cooks.
  • Measure between countertop fronts, as this is true space available.
  • Minimum 36" between wall and island/peninsula
  • Minimum 44" recommended if this area is a passageway.
  • Minimum 60" recommended for wheelchair access.

Kitchen Island Design Ideas | NC Custom HomesNC custom homes can be designed to your specifications, but make sure to ask your custom home builder for recommendations before finalizing the design.  They've seen thousands of homes built, and might just have some terrific ideas for your new kitchen too!

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