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Custom Kitchen Designs | Open Floor Plan Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Mar 14, 2013 @ 13:03 PM

Open Kitchen Design

Floor Plans with Open Concept Living

An easy-access, open kitchen design is the most popular approach to new home floor plans. "Open concept living" is a broadly applied term, but these photos help demonstrate the appeal of popular kitchen designs that incorporate the open floor plan concept.

One of the top design elements of an open kitchen is a window or cut out opening to the family room.   Cut out or "window" openings between the Kitchen and Great Room can give an impression of spaciousness, without losing upper cabinet storage space. Here's how it works:

 

Open Kitchen Design Example #1

Open Kitchen Design | Floor Plans with Open Concept Living

This first example, found in a version of Stanton Homes' Almodovar plan, features an arched opening from the kitchen to the vaulted great room.  

 

 The kitchen counter continues past the opening, providing additional surface area - perfect for serving drinks or passing appetizers.  

 

 

Open Kitchen Design | Floor Plans with Open Concept Livingbar height wrap-around serving bar connects  the kitchen and breakfast nook.

 This open kitchen design maintains an easy flow between all central entertainment rooms of the home.

Click here to watch a photo tour of this custom home.

 

 

Open Kitchen Design Example #2

Open Kitchen Design | Floor Plans with Open Concept LivingThis second example portrays how an open kitchen design incorporates an even wider opening into the family room.

 

This large window cut-out allows for even more engagement between rooms, with flow-through appeal that welcomes interaction.

 

 

 

Open Kitchen Design | Floor Plans with Open Concept Living

 The window pass-through in this example also offers an extensive shelf - a perfect place for display or storage as well as a handy way to move articles from room to room without going all the way around.

 

 The kitchen pictured here is taken from a version of the Devonsboro.

Click here to watch a photo tour of this open concept home.

 

 

Open Kitchen Design Example #3

Open Kitchen Design | Floor Plans with Open Concept Living

This third example portrays an open kitchen design that includes a window to the sun room.

The raised height bar is perfect for serving hot chocolate in the winter and frosted treats in the summer.

 

 

 

 

 

Open Kitchen Design | Floor Plans with Open Concept Living

In this example - taken from a version of the Treehouse - the window opens up the kitchen so that everyone can take advantage of amazing views in every direction.

 

Watch a photo tour of the Treehouse - and see more one-of-a-kind designer details the experts at Stanton Homes integrated into every room to further open this floor plan.

 

Open Kitchen Design Example #4

Open Kitchen Design | Floor Plans with Open Concept Living

 

In this fourth example, the kitchen cut-out spans across the breakfast room, allowing for an angled serving bar.

 While many floor plans include an angled island completely open to the family room, this open kitchen is able to include additional upper cabinets.  

The corner sink faces the Great Room, so that clean up can be accomplished while still allowing for interaction with the family or a view of a favorite show.

 

Open Kitchen Design | Floor Plans with Open Concept Living

Archways further expand the feeling of sweeping openess throughout this custom home, including a two story barrel vault foyer, arched opening to the formal dining room, and arched hallway to the kitchen. 

Watch a photo tour of this home - a version of the Beaufort.

 

 

Open Kitchen Design Example #5

Open Kitchen Design | Floor Plans with Open Concept Living

 

 This fifth open kitchen design also portrays the way a single design can vary, with an open design kitchen as the focal point.  This is another approach to the Beaufort - a top requested open concept living floor plan.

 This custom kitchen layout integrates even more upper cabinet storage - something to keep in mind when creating your own open design.

 

 

Open Kitchen Design | Floor Plans with Open Concept Living

Tons of windows add to the feeling of endless open space between the kitchen, breakfast room, and family room.

 

 

Watch a photo tour of this version of the Beaufort - click here.

 

 

 

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