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Best Island Designs for Open Floor Plans

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 @ 15:09 PM

Huge rectangular islands with seating that flow directly into the great room

These floor plans keep the kitchen open to the great room, with great big islands and tons of space for seating. 

See great examples below, or go straight to the full photo gallery of great rooms that open to the kitchen 

Homes with Kitchens Open to the Great Room

Kitchen Floor Plan #1


Kitchens Open to Living | Great Room Open to Kitchen

A breakfast area divides the kitchen and great room into separate "areas" that maintain an open flow across the downstairs.

Transom windows form a wall of natural light, dark stained wood beams add a touch of rustic farmhouse design, and a large rectangle island provides casual seating in the kitchen.  

Photo Gallery: The Blueridge

Kitchen Floor Plan #2:

Kitchens Open to Living | Great Room Open to Kitchen

The granite counter top extends past the cabinets, creating a "hidden" space for island stools. This open floor plan flows from the barrel vault foyer into the kitchen, breakfast, and great room. 

Notice the custom "X" trim details on the island and cabinets?

Photo Gallery: The Cassiopeia

Kitchen Floor Plan #3: 

Kitchens Open to Living | Great Room Open to Kitchen

Round out your rectangle island, with a curved side facing the great room. This island has a raised bar in the center - perfect for hiding the sink, creating an eating bar, and acting as a serving area.

Photo Gallery: The Arcadia 

Kitchen Floor Plan #4:

Kitchens Open to Living | Great Room Open to Kitchen

Looking for a floor plan with just a bit of separation between the kitchen and great room? These wainscot columns do the trick!   An overhang leaves space for kitchen stools, while still making it easy to access the island storage cabinets.

Photo Gallery: The Carwile

Kitchen Floor Plan #5:

Kitchens Open to Living | Great Room Open to Kitchen

The seating as this blue island is bar height. Similar to the Arcadia island, the counter tops wrap on two sides, forming around the raised bar area. What's the best ceiling height for a great room? Find our here.

Photo Gallery: The Worthington II 

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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.


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. 


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. 



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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