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Best Open Kitchen and Great Room Floor Plans

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, May 05, 2016 @ 05:05 AM

Kitchens that Open up to the Great Room:

Get ideas for how to divide your space efficiently and elegantly, with an open kitchen/great room layout.

These kitchen photos show examples of homes that combine the kitchen with nearby living, eating, and multi-purpose spaces into a single, large gathering area.  Here are some examples of popular floor plans with a completely open kitchen:



Open Layouts for Raleigh New Homes:

Floor plans with an open layout are designed to maximize the utility of kitchens, great rooms, and surrounding spaces.

1. Kitchens Designed for Casual Dining

This open concept kitchen offers casual dining at the island and the tucked-in breakfast nook. While many traditional floor plans place the breakfast area between the kitchen and living room, this open plan flow directly from kitchen to great room.

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2. Kitchens Designed for Entertaining

This open concept layout includes three separate countertop centers - two islands and a separate living room wet bar. The completely open plan makes this a fantastic entertaining space - designed to keep guests moving between hubs. 

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3. Kitchens Designed for Families with Kids

A full-length seating bar at the island was added so that kids could do their homework in the kitchen during meal prep times. 

The great room built ins are designed for a piano to fit inside, for at home lessons. 

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See an ideabook of Raleigh new homes that feature an open concept layout with integrated kitchen and great room - click here. 

 



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How to create an open concept home by using glass

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 @ 11:07 AM

Open Concept Home Designs

French Door Ideas

There are many home design techniques you can use to create an open concept floor plan - without having to increase your square footage or even necessarily re-arrange rooms.

Interior clear glass, or French, doors can offer a level of privacy - and noise control - while also making your home feel larger and more open.  French doors are a gorgeous addition to any room, and can be blended flawlessly into any space -- from the office to the master bathroom.

Interior French Doors

Interior French Doors come in three common configurations:  a single French door that is 48 inches wide by 80 inches tall; a set of double French doors that are each 48 X 80 inches each; and a set of double French doors that are 24 X 80 inches each.

Offices with French doors

French Doors Design Ideas | French Door Styles

This home office photo features standard size double French doors. If a photo of a French door shows three rows of window panes, you can assume it is a standard size door.

Master bedrooms and bathrooms with French doors

French Doors Design Ideas | French Door Styles

Custom homes can feature French doors in three distinct areas of the master bedroom: between the master bedroom and bathroom, the master bedroom and closet, and the master bedroom and outdoor living spaces. 

See an example of an exterior master suite French door below. 

Guest bedrooms and specialty rooms

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

To make a room feel even more open and bright, consider adding a transom window above the French door design - this will let more light in, and keep the room feeling softer.

Exterior French Doors

Exterior French doors come in a wide range of sizes, styles, and materials from composite wood to steel.

Dining areas and Breakfast nooks with exterior French doors

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

The breakfast room is the most common location for an interior French door. Typically, a breakfast room French door leads to a rear screen porch, deck, or patio. See an example from the exterior angle, here:

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

This exterior French door was chosen to blend seamlessly into the rows of windows along the sun room and great room of this home.

Great rooms with exterior French doors

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

This French door is tucked around the corner from the breakfast room, just inside the great room wall.

Keeping rooms with exterior French doors

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

This keeping room - located just off the kitchen - incorporates many custom home must-haves, including a second fireplace, built in bookcases, and archways.

Grand rooms with exterior French doors

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

This grand room would not be complete without the two sets of double doors, which draw tons of light through the two-sided fireplace.

Master Suites with exterior French doors

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

Here is an example of a master bedroom with French door access to outdoor living spaces.

Sun rooms with exterior French doors

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

We're seeing an uptick in sun room home requests - such as the one pictured here, with two walls of windows and a single French door to the rear deck.

Sliding Glass Doors

French Doors Design Ideas | French Door Styles

An alternative to exterior French Doors, some home buyers choose glass sliding doors. Folding glass doors are becoming a more popular trend - and we expect to see more folding glass doors and full glass walls in 2015 custom homes.

See over 70 more photos of French door style options - click here.

French Door Window Styles

There are three most popular French door window styles: grid, prairie grid, and no grid. See examples of each window style, below.

French Doors with Window Grids

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

The most common style of French door is a white door with window grids.

Prairie Grid Windows

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

Prairie grid windows are another popular choice for Raleigh custom homes. Some home buyers simply love the look of the 9 unequal panels; others want windows that can help create a sense of a larger living space - with less obstructed light shining through.

No Grid Windows

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

No grid French doors are most common in contemporary or modern style homes.  As a side note - French doors are not necessarily a pair of doors, they are simply doors that consist mainly of glass.  Enjoy more photos here!

 

French Doors Design Ideabook - see over 70 more photos of French door style options - click here.

 

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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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