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9 Corner Pantry Floor Plans | Raleigh New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jun 07, 2017 @ 10:06 AM

Best Corner Pantry Kitchens

Raleigh New Homes with Corner Pantry Kitchen Floor Plans

Planning to store long-term, as well as everyday goods, in your kitchen? Corner pantries provide tons of storage for everything you want to put away.

 

Tell us what your next kitchen needs, and we'll show you what it takes to build a Raleigh custom home.

Here are 9 popular floor plan ideas from Raleigh new home builder Stanton Homes.
 

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #1: Granite Countertop in the Pantry

This corner pantry includes a granite counter top - with an electrical outlet above. This space can serve as a great way to store large appliances like coffee makers and mixers - or as an additional cooking space when preparing complex meals or baked goods.

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See the pantry door location inside the kitchen:

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The Serengeti floor plan - a multigenerational design - is Copyright Douglas Janes Architect. Click here to see the full Serengeti Floor Plans and Photo Gallery.

 

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #2: L Shaped Pantry

The L-shape pantry layout is most common for a corner pantry - adding significant storage space inside your kitchen.

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The Blueridge floor plan is Copyright Max Fulbright Design Group and Associates. Click here to see the full Blueridge Floor Plans.

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #3: Staggered Height Pantry Shelves

These pantry shelves are designed for mixed-height items, like spice containers and baking supplies.

Craftsman style trim wraps around the pantry, for an extra bit of custom design in even the storage spaces of this Raleigh new home.

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The pantry is set to one side of the kitchen, with an extra "notch" of storage space added to the layout.

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The Mitchells Farmhouse floor plan is Copyright Stanton Homes. Click here to see the full Mitchells Farmhouse Floor Plans and Photo Gallery.

 

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #4: Deep Pantry Layout

This around-the-corner location allows the pantry to extend for a much deeper layout. And it hides the white pantry door from view, in a kitchen packed with dark cabinetry, white tile, and stainless steel appliances. 

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See the full kitchen view: 

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The Avonstone Manor floor plan is Copyright Garrell Associates, Inc. Click here to see the full Avonstone Manor Floor Plans and Photo Gallery.

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #5: Glass Pantry Door

This corner pantry layout includes an L-shaped interior for tons of storage, with a custom tile floor and glass "Pantry" door.

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The Blackhawk floor plan is Copyright Stanton Homes. Click here to see the full Blackhawk Floor Plans and Photo Gallery.

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #6: The Penelope

The location of this "corner pantry" allows it to stretch much deeper than a "standard" floor plan.

Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | Kitchen Design Ideas

The kitchen has a natural flow and tons of counter space. The pantry is not visible from the front door.

 

Top 5 Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | 2013 Kitchen Design IdeasThe Penelope is Copyright Stanton Homes. Click here for a photo gallery and full floor plan of "The Penelope".

 

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #7:  The Bryson

This oversized corner pantry blends easily into the white, black, and gray kitchen design.

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See the layout of the U-shaped kitchen:

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The Bryson floor plan is Copyright Stanton Homes. Click here to see the full Bryson Floor Plans.

 

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #8: The Dugan

Here is an example of a centered corner pantry in the kitchen. Its central location makes it an integral part of the "work triangle".

Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | Kitchen Design Ideas

 

Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | 2013 Kitchen Design Ideas

The Dugan is Copyright Stanton Homes. Cick here for a photo gallery and full floor plan of "The Dugan"

 

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #9: The Worthington

In this Raleigh new home, the Breakfast Room and Kitchen were combined to create a massive, entertainment-focused kitchen with island.

Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | Kitchen Design Ideas

Not all corner pantries are set at an angle: this purple painted pantry is squared off on the front face.

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See a photo gallery and floor plan of The Worthington here.

 

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Tell us how much space you need, and we’ll design a corner pantry for your kitchen that fits your lifestyle.

Can't find a corner pantry plan you like?  Let us know, and we’ll email you more ideas, gathered from tens of thousands of plans to match your specifications. You can also work with our design team to create a brand new plan with everything just the way you want it. Request more floor plan ideas here.

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Bronze Faucet with Stainless Steel Sink | Cary Custom Home Design

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Mar 07, 2016 @ 14:03 PM

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

Can you mix bronze metal faucets with a stainless sink? I love some of the new rustic finishes (ie. California faucets weathered copper/bronze) but am planning to install a stainless sink. Would that be acceptable?


Yes, you can mix a bronze finish faucet with a stainless steel sink.

The use and presence of stainless steel in our homes has remained strong and has gained a much stronger presence over the past two decades to the point where we now consider it to be a neutral. 

Its finish is considered to go with most anything the same a wood floors and white painted trim go with anything.  All of those items are so common that we consider them to be universally acceptable to mix with anything else you desire to have in your home to personalize it as yours.

What to think about when deciding to go with a bronze faucet for example, is the "story" in your room or in all common areas of your home that can be seen at the same time, such as, quite commonly, the foyer, dining room, great room, and kitchen. 

Bronze Faucet with Stainless Steel Sink | Cary Custom Home Design(This photo, taken from a version of The Worthington II, shows a popular open concept layout with open visibility between rooms.)

We create cohesion by looking to cabinet hardware, or lighting, or door hardware (knobs/levers and hinges).

If you want to use a bronze faucet think about what else it could connect to so that you create a cohesive "story" in your space.

Sometimes it's not even the other metal finishes that can make a bronze faucet "work" in your room.  For example, the bronze faucet could even tie in to dark Espresso cabinets where everything else is brushed nickel.

Bronze Faucet with Stainless Steel Sink | Cary Custom Home Design

(This kitchen photo, taken from a version of The Statesman, combines four primary fixture metal colors: stainless steel sink, range hood, and double wall ovens; "Burnished Bronze" pendant lights; oil rubbed bronze Moen brand kitchen faucet and soap dispenser; copper cabinet hardware on the black glazed island cabinets.)

Bronze and Espresso faucets can appear very similar, especially from a distance. So, that's how it's done when you want to mix finishes; stand back and look at your entire space and connect things somehow to make your story work!

Bronze Faucet with Stainless Steel Sink | Cary Custom Home Design

(This kitchen photo, taken from a version of The Smokey Ridge, includes a "Venetian Bronze" faucet and soap dispenser with a stainless steel sink.)

Get more ideas in our Ideabook of kitchens with stainless steel sinks and bronze faucets.


Cary Custom Home Design

 

Bronze Faucet with Stainless Steel Sink | Cary Custom Home Design

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

Andrea works closely with each Stanton Homes client to help design homes that fit every lifestyle and taste.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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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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7 Kitchen Range Hood Styles | Cary NC Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Dec 01, 2014 @ 13:12 PM

Kitchen Range Hood Styles

Cary, North Carolina Custom Homes

Chef style kitchens often feature ample counter top (and island) space for prep work, multiple ovens for multi-course meals, large pantries and cabinets for storage, and extra wide ranges for dual-cook use. 

The range ventilation hood - often large and eye-catching - can take center stage in these chef style kitchens.

See photos of seven range hoods - from copper colored to glass accented - in these Raleigh area new homes built by Stanton Homes.

Kitchen Range Hood Style #1: Antiqued Copper

A hexagon mini mosaic tile backsplash extends from the gas range to the ceiling - serving as a subtle backdrop to an antiqued copper range hood.

Glass-front cabinets extend to the ceiling - adding height throughout the kitchen.

Kitchen Range Hood Styles | Cary NC Custom Homes

Kitchen Range Hood Style #2: Cedar Accents

In this version of The Dinsmore, the stainless steel range hood, black island lights, and cedar accents merge mountain home charm with modern home character.

Kitchen Range Hood Styles | Cary NC Custom Homes

A wine fridge and wine rack - more must-haves for chef style kitchens - are tucked into one side of the large, curved island.

Kitchen Range Hood Style #3: Cabinet-Front Hood

If you want to de-emphasize your range hood, consider an all-cabinet design, which conceals the hood vent.

Kitchen Range Hood Styles | Cary NC Custom Homes

White cabinet fronts extend above the range, for a soft, classic kitchen design.

Kitchen Range Hood Style #4: Under Cabinet Hood

Are you drawn to kitchen designs that incorporate a mixture of textures and colors? In this version of The Shelby, an additional cabinet rests above the stainless steel range hood, adding even more storage space.

Kitchen Range Hood Styles | Cary NC Custom Homes

Mini tiles wrap around the kitchen walls. The granite island pulls together all colors and textures in this vibrant kitchen.

Kitchen Range Hood Style #5: Peek-a-Boo Hood

This kitchen - a version of The Country Manor - showcases a similar under cabinet range hood combination, with contrasting tile, cabinet, and appliance selections.

Kitchen Range Hood Styles | Cary NC Custom Homes

Carved wood island legs add another texture - and color - to this timeless kitchen design.

Kitchen Range Hood Style #6: A Touch of Glass

Another way to make your kitchen range hood stand out is to add a touch of curved glass.

Kitchen Range Hood Styles | Cary NC Custom Homes

Glass accents are found more often in modern style kitchens - which emphasize whites, blacks, greys, metals, and contrasting lines.

Kitchen Range Hood Style #7: Curved Canopy

Here is another glass range hood idea - with a custom tile accent below. The tile back splash can transform the overall feel of your kitchen range.

In this version of The Shoal Creek, a rubbed bronze tile design emphasizes a more rustic kitchen style.

Kitchen Range Hood Styles | Cary NC Custom Homes

Range hoods are essential kitchen appliances that serve a very practical purpose, designed to dissipate smoke and cooking fragrances.

When you build a custom home with Stanton Homes, our design team will help you choose the right range hood for your kitchen design and lifestyle - with recommendations on the size, material, style, and location

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Contact Stanton Homes to learn more about building a custom home in North Carolina. 

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2014 Color Trends - What Colors Will Be Most Popular?

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Oct 09, 2013 @ 06:10 AM

Top Color Palettes for 2014

Whether you're integrating a color scheme for your new home, or freshening up the look of a room or two, you'll likely be choosing from one of these four color palettes in 2014.

Sherwin-Williams has just released their Colormix 2014, emphasizing influence from science, nature, pop culture, and global traditions.

The palettes include:

Reasoned - 2014 Color Trends

"Reasoned" is based in black, gray, and white (we are seeing this palette quite a bit during the 2013 Wake County Parade of Homes!).   SW notes influence of "shadows, negative space, and tone-on-tone layering". 

2014 Color Trends for New HomesPopular hues in this color trend include:

  • SW 0077 Classic French Gray
  • SW 6258 Tricorn Black
  • SW 7029 Agreeable Gray
  • SW 7647 Crushed Ice
  • SW 7006 Extra White
  • SW 7019 Gauntlet Gray
  • SW 7650 Earl Gray
  • SW 7674 Peppercorn

Suggested areas for this color scheme are home office, study, library, bedroom, or kitchen.

Diaphanous - 2014 Color Trend

The Diaphanous color palette embodies balance, simplicity, and elegance.  Themes include serenity and escape, with light and elegant colors.  Decorating themes can include silk, chiffon, feathers, natural wood, rose gold, and pale patterns.

  • SW 2859 Beige
  • SW 6052 Sandbank
  • SW 6337 Spun Sugar
  • SW 7022 Alpaca
  • SW 7566 Westhighland White
  • SW 6057 Malted Milk
  • SW 6161 Nonchalant White
  • SW 7037 Balanced Beige
  • SW 7554 Steamed Milk
  • SW 7666 Fleur de Sel

This color palette is recommended especially for bedrooms, nurserys, living rooms, and bathrooms. 

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Top 10 Kitchen Design Trends | New Home Kitchen Design

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jun 06, 2013 @ 08:06 AM

Top Ten Kitchen Design Trends in New Homes

Kitchen trends in today's custom homes center on practical features that make everything easy and fun.

Take a look through these top ten design trends, for ideas you can use in your own new kitchen.

 

Kitchen Design Trend #10: Raised bars for seating

Top 10 Kitchen Design Trends | New Home Kitchen DesignWhen you don't want to deal with a meal at the table, a raised seating bar is the perfect solution.

Kitchens with raised eating/serving bars are designed to supplement alternative casual eating areas – in addition to more formal dining choices.

For example, in this home, the dining area is designed to be open and causal - alongside the kitchen bar.

 

Kitchen Design Trend #9: Special spaces that add flexibility

Secondary sinks can make cooking easy, all over the kitchen.


Top 10 kitchen trends

Whether you add one to the bar as a prep sink or over the stove as a pot filler, serious cooks love secondary sinks.  

Ask your builder what it would take to upgrade the kitchen with a small, extra sink - it's on a lot of today's kitchen wish-lists. 

But keep in mind the overall size and maneuverability of your kitchen, to determine usability.

 

 

 

Top 10 Kitchen Design Trends | New Home Kitchen Design

Kitchen Design Trend #8: Tile backsplashes

From glass mosaics to custom inlay designs, back splashes are a top design trend in new home kitchens.

Backsplashes are great for:

 - easy clean up

 - a splash of personality

 - a way to coordinate the room's decor

 - the artistic touch of a texture or pattern

Create some spark, with color!

Make your back splash a focal point of the room, or a backdrop that blends features. Grays can pick up other colors - giving more dimension to blues and greens. And metalics can draw the eye quickly.  

Kitchen Design Trend #7:  Granite or Quartz countertops

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013

 

Every granite countertop is unique, hand-picked by our homebuyers with the help of their personal interior design expert provided by Stanton Homes.

Granite countertops can be chosen to blend into or contrast with tile back splashes and kitchen cabinets.

Check out what granite counter tops cost and what they add. Click here to learn more about adding granite to a 2013 kitchen.

 

Kitchen Design Trend #6:  Built in Beverage Coolers and racks

Top 10 Kitchen Design Trends | New Home Kitchen Design

Specialty beverage centers that are cropping up in new homes include:

 - Wine racks

 - Wine refrigerators

 - Beer and soda refrigerators

Built-in beverage centers can be bold centerpieces of the kitchen, or discrete storage areas tucked around the corner in a butler's pantry or hallway.

 

 

Kitchen Design Trend #5:  Built-in StorageTop 10 Kitchen Design Trends | New Home Kitchen Design

Convenient storage solutions are cropping up all over new kitchens. 

Tucked-away spaces can be found under, over and inside every countertop in the room.

With just a small extension of the existing space, the ability to put things away underneath the serving bar, eating bar area, or island has become an important plus when considering storage centers. 

 

Kitchen Design Trend #4:  Oversized Islands

Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends | New Home Kitchen Design

Larger kitchens make way for oversized islands and that's an attractive alternative to other counter space. 

Oversized islands can be designed to fit your lifestyle and the amount of seating and storage you require, like these examples:

 

- Large seating area on one side, which can be raised or kept the same height

 

- Kitchen desk area

 
Top 10 Kitchen Design Trends | New Home Kitchen Design

- Separate range top and cooking center


- Preparation area with vegetable sink


Accents like display shelves, corbels, and "furniture" posts can be added.

 

3.  Built-in Banquettes


Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends | New Home Kitchen Design

A built-in seating area near the kitchen can maximize space and storage. 

Built-in seats are flush against the wall, and can be placed under windows to save space and allow for casual seating.

Banquettes can range in size, and storage can be built into the bench areas, like the setting in this photo.

 

 

 

2.  Contrasting Kitchen Cabinetry

Top 10 Kitchen Design Trends | New Home Kitchen Design

Multiple finishes and styles of cabinetry make your Kitchen stand out with contrasting features and colors.

The dramatic influence of opposing color schemes can add classic appeal to decorative range hoods, islands, and eating bar areas.

One of today's most common cabinetry combinations is white with espresso.

Read more about kitchen color trends that combine dark and light cabinets.

 

1.   Open Kitchens
Top 10 Kitchen Design Trends | New Home Kitchen Design

The integration of kitchens with family living space (also called "Great Rooms") is another growing trend in 2013 new homes.

As home spaces become more casual, big, open spaces offer tremendous flexibility and a feeling of open spaciousness.

An island or peninsula can help divide two spaces into distinct areas, while allowing for open traffic flow.

 

 

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How to create a kitchen color palette | Custom Home Design Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, May 31, 2013 @ 15:05 PM

Custom Home Kitchen Design Ideas

How to create a kitchen palette

Keep the most prominent features in mind when you design your new kitchen.

Ideas for the kitchen | How to create a kitchen palletStart with a single aspect and create around it - like an artist.

Here's where to start:

Pick a color scheme. Do you have a cabinet color in mind? (White touches are a fast-growng trend.)

Think about textures. Granite countertops remain popular and you can wrap your room around that as a central point.  

Look at kitchens in new home videos, and check out places like Pinterest for an idea that sparks your overall theme.

Five key features affect kitchen design: cabinets, counter tops, back splashes, flooring, and appliances/fixtures. Take a look at how much influence they can have:

Idea for the kitchen #1: Neutral color palette

Ideas for the kitchen | How to create a kitchen palletA kitchen with a neutral color palette can include:

 - cabinets in a light or medium wood tone

 - cream colored porcelain tiles

 - earth toned granite counter tops

 - complementry light floor tiles

A neutral kitchen such as this example allows a lot of flexibility in the design - The stainless steel gas stove blends seamlessly with the flat black sink and faucet.

Click here for a photo gallery of this home, a version of the Brogan

Idea for the kitchen #2: Cool color palette

A kitchen with a cool color palette can include:

Ideas for the kitchen | How to create a kitchen pallet - cabinets in a white or espresso color

 - grey colored glass back splash tiles. (A vertical glass tile will draw the eye upward in a kitchen that is more long than wide.)

 - white, black, or grey blended granite counter tops. (white granite counters that include garnets in a cranberry or light purple tone are becoming popular in 2013 new homes)

 - stainless steel appliances and fixtures

The kitchen flooring style has a bit more flexibility in this color pallet. With white cabinets, a darker floor finish will look more appealing; with espresso cabinets, the flooring should trend on the lighter side. If two cabinet colors are incorporated, a hardwood with a light or grey stain can look great.

Click here for a photo gallery of this home, a version of the Worthington. 

Idea for the kitchen #3: Warm color palette

Ideas for the kitchen | How to create a kitchen pallet

 - medium or dark brown cabinets

 - earth toned back splash tiles (consider adding metalic accent tiles in a listello boarder or above the range.)

 - brown granite counter tops (brown colors "bark" and "coffee" are popular.)

 - medium or dark brown hardwood or tile flooring

This kitchen palette makes it easy to choose either stainless steel or black appliances and fixtures. If the granite counters incoproate flecks of black, consider black appliances.

To prevent warm browns from overwhelming the kitchen, make sure your design includes plenty of natural light, and keep the wall color a light cream or beige.

Click here for a photo gallery of this home, a version of the Bostwick.

 

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Top 10 Kitchen Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jan 03, 2013 @ 09:01 AM

Top 10 Kitchen Trends - Custom Home Builder Ideas

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013

Kitchens are the central gathering place of new homes - a place where family and friends talk, cook, and eat together. The top 10 kitchen trends for 2013 revolve around:

 - Professional-grade cooking capabilities

 - Individual entertainment styles

 - Upscale design features

 - Maximization of square footage/minimization of clutter

Read on to find out what kitchen trends will hit new homes in 2013.

Kitchen Trend #1: Island with seating

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013 

 Island kitchen floor plans will include seating above and innovative storage solutions below.

 The island here, chosen in a version of the Carwile, features:

 - Bar with seating

 - Storage access on two sides

 - Black granite countertop

 

Kitchen Trend #2: Two islands

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013

 

We expect to see more creativity in kitchens, with the addition of a second island.

In this version of the Chalet Vert, a second island was added. The homeowners wanted to create the feeling of a breakfast room table with the functionality of a kitchen island

With this second island, the kitchen gained another 21 square feet of counter space, two additional large cabinets for storage, and seating for up to five people.

Kitchen Trend #3: Gas cooking

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013

 

Premium cooking appliances will take center stage in kitchens.

Gas cooktops are used by professional chefs, for their instant heat, precision, flexibility, and ease of use.

Gas cooktops use an overhead ventilation system, which can also add visual appeal to your kitchen.

 

 

Kitchen Trend #4: Premium tile backsplash

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013

From glass mosaics to custom inlay designs, kitchens will boast premium tile backsplashes.

The kitchen pictured here features a full-height glass mini-mosaic tile pattern above the range coupled with a grey subway tile base used throughout.

 

 

 

Kitchen Trend #5: Granite or Quartz countertops

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013

The preference for granite will continue in kitchens.

Granite countertops come in a huge variety of colors and patterns - and every counter is unique.

Granite countertops can be chosen to blend into or contrast against tile back splashes and kitchen cabinets.

How much do granite counter tops cost? Click here to learn more about adding granite to a kitchen.

 

Kitchen Trend #6: Cabinet and Island Colors

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013

More and more kitchens are making a statement by combining Espresso/Java cabinet finishes with lighter/white island finishes.

 

Read more about kitchen color trends that combine dark and light cabinets.

 

 

 

 

Kitchen Trend #7: Stone accents

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013

 Stone accents - from custom wall surrounds to back splashes and inlays - will make your kitchen look and feel exclusive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen Trend #8: Walk in pantries

Top 10 Floorplan Trends | Walk In Kitchen PantryKitchens will also trend towards including one large walk in pantry or a combination of two smaller pantries.

The single large pantry can be tucked into hallways, under staircases, or turned into "hidden" rooms in order to take advantage of previously unused square footage away from the central kitchen area.

See photos of the top 5 walk in pantry designs for Raleigh new homes here.

 

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013

 

When two pantries are included, one can be added as a cabinet. For example, the white cabinetry pantry pictured here was included in a version of the Brogan.

(note: this kitchen features the reverse of kitchen trend #6 - a dark island combined with white cabinets)

 

 

Kitchen Trend #9: Multiple sinks and faucets

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013

 

New home kitchens will include more convenience and functionality for those who love to cook, with additional sinks, faucets, and fillers, including:

 - Prep sinks/vegetable sinks

 - Island sinks

 - Pot fillers (located above the range to avoid carrying heavy pots of water across the kitchen)

 (note: this kitchen has a two island floor plan design)

 Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013

Kitchens will also trend towards including a central sink with one larger bowl, rather than two medium bowls (usually a 60-40 ratio). A single, larger sink will accommodate wide baking sheets and tall pots/pans.

 

 

 

Kitchen Trend #10: Beverage center

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013More kitchens will feature some type of beverage center.

Specialty beverage centers can include:

 - Wine racks

 - Wine refrigerators

 - Beer and soda refrigerators

Built in beverage centers can be bold centerpieces of the kitchen, or discrete storage areas tucked around the corner in a butler's pantry or hallway.

In this list of top 10 kitchen trends, you have seen:

 - Professional-grade appliances for those who love to cook.

 - Floor plan features that meet individual entertainment styles, such as adding a second island, additional sink, or beverage center.

 - Upscale designs such as stone accents, custom tile backsplashes, and one-of-a-kind countertops.

 - Square footage maximization with tucked-in pantries/island seating and clutter minimization with inventive storage ideas.

More new home trends:

See photos of the top 10 master bath trends - click here.

Top 10 floorplan trends - click here to see how many of these floor plan design features are in your new home wish list

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Top 10 Floorplan Trends | New Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jan 02, 2013 @ 14:01 PM

Top 10 Floorplan Trends

Custom Home Designs

Below are the Top 10 floorplan trends for Raleigh custom homes. See how many of these floor plan design features are in your new home wish list.

Floor Plan Trend #1: Walk in pantry

Top 10 Floorplan Trends | Walk In Kitchen PantryCustom home floor plans will include more walk in pantries, in several unexpected locations.

Homebuyers will take advantage of previously unused square footage but tucking (large) pantries away from coveted kitchen space and into hallways, under the stairs, and as "hidden" rooms just around the corner.

See photos of the top 5 walk in pantry designs for raleigh new homes here.

 

Floor Plan Trend #2: Island kitchen with seating

Top 10 Floor Plan Trends | Island Kitchen with Seating

 

 

Kitchens will remain the central gathering place of the home. Therefore, a carefully planned kitchen floor plan will remain a priority for new homeowners

 Island kitchen floor plans will include seating above and innovative storage solutions below.

The custom home pictured here, a version of the Country Manor, includes:

 - Island with seating

 - Specialty carved wood island legs

 - Stone surround

 - Decorative wood ceiling beams

 - Glass front cabinetry

 

Floor Plan Trend #3: Main floor master

Top 10 Floorplan Trends | Main Floor Master

Main floor master suites will continue to be a top homebuyer request.

Why choose to build a first floor master home?

 - Main floor master suites are great for long-term planning. They eliminate the need to climb stairs every day.

 - Main floor master suites enable easy access to outdoor living spaces. Many homeowners are adding a set of French doors to open their master bedroom into a screen porch, deck, or patio.

Watch photo tours of Raleigh main floor master homes designed and built by Stanton Homes.

Floor Plan Trend #4: More Accessible

Top 10 Floorplan Trends | Accessible Floor Plan Design  From fully accessible floor plans (which qualify for grants) to individual features, many Raleigh custom homes will integrate accessibility.

 Stanton Homes is an industry leading Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) approved builder in central North Carolina, with an innovative, technology-driven approach to customized, functional and beautiful fully accessible and universal homes.

 

Floor Plan Trend #5: Guest suites

Top 10 Floorplan Trends | Guest SuiteFirst floor guest suites will be a top request for custom homes, with privacy and convenience at the top of homebuyers' “must have” list.

Traditional plans have a first floor guest bedroom with an attached (or near-by) bath, but there are a tremendous amount of variations. Guest suite baths can be designed with the same upper-end features as the master suite bath.

Pictured here is a version of the Cove, a guest suite custom home designed and built by Stanton Homes. 

Floor Plan Trend #6: Multigenerational living

Top 10 Floor Plan Trends | Multigenerational LivingThe demand for new homes with multigenerational living and mother in law suites continues to rise.

See floor plans of our most popular mother in law suite floor plans - click here. Stanton Homes can modify or design/build a custom mother in law suite home to meet your needs and budget.

 

 

Floor Plan Trend #7: Pocket office/first floor office

Top 10 Floorplan Trends | First Floor Pocket Office

 

In Raleigh new homes, more owners will include a built-in first floor office or tucked-in pocket office.

 

 A pocket office can double as a storage area with shelving, a craft area, or sitting room.

 

 

 

Floor Plan Trend #8: Mudroom with drop zone

Top 10 Floorplan Trends | Mudroom with drop zoneMudrooms will increase in popularity. 

Mudrooms serve as a transition area between the outdoors and indoors, designed to keep your home clear of mud, debris, and clutter.

Mudrooms can be small or large, and can sometimes double as large laundry rooms, with a washer, dryer, folding table, and sink for easy cleaning of dirty clothing and outdoor items.

Mudrooms are usually placed adjacent to the garage, sometimes with a separate entrance.

See photos of money and Time Saving Laundry Rooms and Mud Rooms on Pinterest - click here.

Floor Plan Trend #9: Outdoor spaces

Top 10 Floorplan Trends | Outdoor SpacesLiving areas will expand to the outdoors, with courtyard patios, screen porches, and covered decks.

 Stanton Homes can design your outdoor living space to keep you cozy in the winter and social in the summer.

 The custom home pictured here includes a courtyard style patio with see-through fireplace to the great room.

 

 

Floor Plan Trend #10: Second living area

Custom home floor plans in will focus on adding a secondary living area, such as:

 - Bonus roomTop 10 Floorplan Trends | Second Living Area

 - Game room

 - Basement

 The custom home pictured here, a version of the Woodlake, includes a second story bonus room with hardwood floors and full wall window seat.

 

 

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Raleigh custom home builder Stanton Homes is now offering full ecoHOME certification in every custom home that the company designs and builds.

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Five Most Popular Walk In Pantry Kitchen Designs

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 @ 14:11 PM

Walk In Pantry Kitchen Designs

Ideas and Pictures for Custom Kitchens with a Walk In Pantry

Just because it's not in a corner doesn't mean it can't offer all the storage you need! Here are five popular ideas from Raleigh custom home builder Stanton Homes, with video tours and photos.

Raleigh Custom Home Builders | Kitchen Pantry Ideas

 

Walk In Pantry Kitchen Design Idea #1 - Hallway

Take advantage of an available hallway, and add an extended depth, extra wide pantry.

Click here for Video Tour of "The Cove" Custom Floor Plan

 

 

 

Raleigh Custom Home Builders | Kitchen Pantry Ideas

The pantry is within easy reach of the ktichen, but this layout offers seemingly endless counter space within the kitchen itself. 

 

Click here for full floor plan of "The Cove".

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wall Pantry Kitchen Design Idea #2:  Large Wall Pantry with "U" Shelving

Raleigh Custom Home Builders | Kitchen Pantry Ideas

It's all behind the scenes for this huge wall pantry. 

An oversized walk in pantry is tucked between countertops and the laundry room. 

Inside, find wrap around shelving with plenty of room for everything.

Click here for video tour of "The Mastrosimone".

 

 

 

Raleigh Custom Home Builders | Kitchen Pantry Ideas

The hidden pantry doesn't detract from the open "L" shaped eating bar/island.

Click here for full floor plan of "The Mastrosimone

The Coventry offers a very similar pantry style, in a slightly smaller home (2807 sq ft, Main Floor Master).

 

 

 

Wall Pantry Design Idea #3 - Hidden Room

Raleigh Custom Home Builders | Kitchen Pantry Ideas

This kitchen and pantry layout packs tons of functionality into a budget-impressive room.

The "hidden" walk in pantry is located between the Garage and The Dining Room - and offers tremendous storage.

Click here for Video Tour of "The Linda" Custom Floor Plan

 

 

 

 

Raleigh Custom Home Builders | Kitchen Pantry Ideas

The pantry door blends perfectly with the arched opening to the Formal Dining Room.

 

Click here to see how the Linda was custom designed.

 

 

 

Walk In Pantry Design Idea #4 - Under the StairsRaleigh Custom Home Builders | Kitchen Pantry Ideas

An "under the stairs" location can allow the architect to really maximize the pantry space - in some cases creating a walk in pantry that's six to eight feet deep. 

Check out the video tour of "The Lowery" to see how this walk in pantry blends seamlessly.

 

 

 

 

 

Raleigh Custom Home Builders | Kitchen Pantry Ideas

 

Notice the pantry next to the arched entrance to the Formal Dining Room, and the angled door to the Laundry Room.

Click here to see the Lowery custom floor plan.

 

 

 

 

Walk In Pantry Idea #5 - Convert the Laundry Room

Raleigh Custom Home Builders | Kitchen Pantry Ideas

For this home, a standard pantry just wouldn't do.

The Laundry Room was originally next to the Kitchen.  We designed a "Home Hub", moved the appliances there, and converted the entire former Laundry Room into a huge walk in pantry.


See Carwile video tour here.

 

 

 

 

Raleigh Custom Home Builders | Kitchen Pantry IdeasThis gorgeous kitchen is ready for anything - with a pantry that can handle it all.

Click here to see Carwile floor plan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell us how much space you need, and we’ll design a walk in pantry for your kitchen that fits your lifestyle.

Can't find a walk in pantry plan you like?  Let us know, and we’ll email you more ideas, gathered from tens of thousands of plans to match your specifications. You can also work with our design team to create a brand new plan with everything just the way you want it. Request more floor plan ideas here. 

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