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Types of Kitchen Pantries [How to Choose The Best Kitchen Storage]

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, May 26, 2015 @ 12:05 PM

What type of storage is best for my kitchen, a built-in cabinet or walk-in pantry? 

Pantries provide much-needed food storage in your kitchen. While we're seeing a trend towards integrating cabinetry pantries, many home buyers are still requesting wall and walk-in corner pantries.

Here are some examples of home plans with a walk-in pantry:



Pantry Placement:

Your kitchen design should maximize storage space -- in places that make the most sense.  See photos of 5 kitchen pantry locations, below.

Popular kitchen pantry positions include:

1. Corner Pantry: why everyone should consider a corner pantry

Corner pantries provide a large amount of space without interrupting the flow of an open kitchen. The corner pantry location in this kitchen makes it an integral part of the "work triangle."

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2. Wall Pantry: when a wall pantry is most helpful

This double door pantry is wide but not deep -- perfect for those who love linear organization in the kitchen. The pantry is located beside the refrigerator, in a grab-and-go location.

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3. Built-in Cabinet Pantry: where to place a pantry cabinet

Cupboard pantries are designed to blend into your kitchen cabinets. This kitchen features a built-in pantry cabinet beside the refrigerator.

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4. Butler's Pantry: when you need a second pantry

Looking ways to supplement your kitchen storage? Consider adding a second pantry.

Butler's pantries -- often located between the kitchen and dining room or down a hallway -- are great for storing less-used items such as holiday dishware and accents, formal china, over-sized party trays, and secondary dish and glass sets.

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5. Hidden Pantry: how to hide your pantry around the corner

There is no pantry built into this small island kitchen. Instead, the pantry is hidden away, around the corner.

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Don't be afraid to buck the kitchen design trend! Consider placing your pantry in a nearby location, rather than the center of your kitchen.  Nearby is usually more convenient, but when the layout requires, the pantry can even be in another room.

In this California style floor plan, the kitchen pantry is located past the breakfast nook -- between the mud room and garage entrance.

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Which should I choose first: appliance layout or pantry location?

As a general guideline, we recommend that home buyers:

  • Prioritize kitchen elements that are most important: a large island? Cooking gear, from a 6-burner gas range to double ovens? An open concept layout?
  • Choose favorite kitchen floor plan layouts that incorporate those elements

Generally, it is easier to add pantry storage -- rather than cabinets or appliances -- to a kitchen layout you love. Pantry locations are more flexible, and can fit into hallways, under staircases, or inside dining rooms.

Tell us what kitchen design elements matter most, and we'll help you find and build your new custom home.


 

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How Many Seats Will Fit At The Island? [Raleigh New Homes]

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, May 04, 2015 @ 07:05 AM

Kitchen Islands with Built-In Seating: 

Raleigh new homes often include at least two dining spaces: a formal dining room, breakfast room, and /or casual dining the kitchen island. 

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New HomesThe seating at this island is called "raised height" because it requires stools rather than dining table height chairs. Notice the raised center of the island with counter-height sides? The center designates the seating area.

Looking for new ways to add seating to your kitchen? Use these kitchen layout questions -- below -- to determine how many seats you can add based on your kitchen floor plan and layout (with recommended island dimensions and average heights). 


Kitchen Layout Questions:

Kitchens with dining space - either nearby or integrated - are a popular Raleigh new home request. Here are some kithen island layout questions, to help you decide on a kitchen-dining configuration:

Kitchen Layout Question #1: Where is your kitchen located, relative to other rooms?

Is your kitchen separate from living and dining areas, or does it have an open concept layout?

If your kitchen is located beside main living and dining areas, you'll probably need fewer seats. If your kitchen is separate, you may want additional seating.

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New Homes

According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, they recommend that 36 inch high islands should allow a 24-inch-wide seating space with an 15-inch-deep knee space.

They also recommend that 42 inch high islands should allow a 24-inch-wide seating space with a 12-inch-deep knee space. 

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New Homes

In a seating area where no traffic passes behind a seated diner, they recommend that you allow 32 inches of clearance from the counter/table edge to any wall or other obstruction behind the seating area. If traffic passes behind the seated diner, allow at least 36 inches to edge past or at least 44 inches to walk past.

These depths and widths can vary based on your layout, but are good to keep in mind.

Kitchen Layout Question #2: How large is your island?

And how much space is left in the kitchen? If your kitchen is rectangular, you may be able to extend the length of the island to incorporate a built-in bench. (And you can keep your storage space maximized, with drawers below.)

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New Homes

 

Kitchen Layout Question  #3: Should your chairs be hidden or visible seating?

This Hickory curved island is designed to store stools underneath for hidden seating.  The design is enhanced with base cabinets on both ends of the islands, as well as on the back side.

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New Homes

Kitchen Layout Question  #4: Do you prefer counter-height or bar-height seating?

Kitchen islands are taller than dining room or breakfast room tables, so you'll typically use stools to sit in the kitchen.

The difference between counter-height and bar-height seating can range from six to twelve inches, depending on the home plan.

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New Homes

Use these kitchen layout questions as a way to start thinking about design options in your new home. 

Here are some pointers to make the best of your next kitchen:

  • Prioritize your space. Do you need a larger (or second) island, or would you rather integrate a breakfast room table in the same space?
  • Determine how ofter you'll cook for the family - and how often you might host a larger get-togethers. While double ovens look beautiful and balanced, you may find that the space is better saved for more cabinets or a larger microwave.
  • Decide what you're willing to upgrade, and where you're willing to save on cost. While kitchens are one of the most important rooms of the home, they are also the most expensive, generally followed by the Master Bath.

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New Homes


Photos of Raleigh new homes with built-in island seating:

Custom Home Kitchen Design in North Carolina:

How many dining spaces does your family use? Do you want to combine or separate eating areas in your next home? Tell us which home designs stand out.

Click here to contact Stanton Homes or call 919-278-8070 to talk about the custom home you want to design and build.



 

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Dream Home Updates [What MUST be in your Next Home?]

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, May 04, 2015 @ 07:05 AM

Must-have new home features:

Whether you’re looking for upscale artistry or country style basics, there’s nothing like a truly custom home to say, “This is us.”

Here are 3 examples of creative touches in Raleigh floor plans, handcrafted with our design team for clients looking for special spaces:



Most important home design updates:

What do you like best about the home you're living in right now - and what would you like to change?

One of the top reasons for building a custom home is the ability to create kitchens, bathrooms, offices and play rooms with the kind of working space and flow you need. 

Here are some common 'must-have' updates our North Carolina homebuyers ask about. Get tips on how to make cost-effective updates, too.

Top home updates include:

1. Large kitchen with island and seating

Large kitchens with an island and casual dining space continue to rank #1 on home buyer must-have lists.

The kitchen serves as the "hub" of many family homes. When you’ve got a crowd in the kitchen, what could make it a better place to cook, work and interact?

Bigger island? More cabinetry? Built-in seating? Often, the answer is, "all of the above!"

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2. More storage in the laundry room, mud room, or garage

What’s the best place to tuck in storage space? Let’s build it in now, while you’re still thinking through your floor plan. Adding just a couple of feet to a laundry room, mud room or garage can help stack in extra cabinetry, shelving, or cubbies. And with some plans, there’s already space to move things around without adding extra cost.

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3. Indoor-outdoor living spaces with winter and summer options

Where do you want to spend your time outdoors, when you’re hanging around the house? It all depends on how the deck is stacked.

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4. Master bedroom and/or guest suite on the first floor

First floor living is one of the most important topics for many of today’s homebuyers. Whether your home is a popular place for guests or you’re thinking ahead to no-step living, you’ll be amazed by how many ways you can frame your master suite on the ground floor.

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5. Personal get-away spaces - from a home gym to a media room to separate 'his and hers' offices

Take five, and you’ll want to linger longer when you see all the ways you can create home office space or design a work out room that fits all your gym equipment.

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6. Shared kid spaces - like a Jack and Jill or Buddy bath

Including a Jack and Jill or 'buddy bath' in your next home can help kids share common spaces, with the added benefit of dual access.

This kid's bathroom has two bedroom entrances. One entrance leads to the vanity room; the other leads to the shower room. A third door allows kids to share the bathroom space, an essential feature for last minute mornings.

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How would you modify your current home? Get more ideas from recently constructed Raleigh, NC custom homes. 

Here are links to home buying trends, with photos of popular design features:

 



Cost-effective ways to add features in your next home:

A touch of colorful tile can make all the difference in a kids bathroom or kitchen – and it doesn’t take much out of the budget to add all that personality.

Tuck in cubbies help kids learn to be organized – and help keep what they’re doing for fun from tracking all over the house.

Fanciful faucets in the guest bath or kitchen can make family and friends smile, while they’re washing up.

You might be surprised at how little it takes to add something special to each room of your home.

Click here to contact us now or call 919-278-8070 to talk about the custom home you want to design and build.


 

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Dark Cabinets with Light Granite - Best Color Combinations (Photos)

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Oct 18, 2013 @ 09:10 AM

Best Dark Cabinet and Light Granite Kitchen Color Schemes

Mixing dark kitchen cabinets with light granite

Check out these custom kitchens, through photos of recently-construction Raleigh new homes.  Let's create the perfect combination of dark kitchen cabinets with light granite - and get ideas for your Raleigh custom home.

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing dark kitchen cabinets with light granite

When mixing dark and light kitchen features, it's all about balance.

In this version of the Summerlyn, dark espresso cabinets were paired with a white and grey Star Reef light granite counter top. Other color balancing features include:

- Medium brown hardwood floors

- White trim and columns

- Light grey wall paint

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing dark kitchen cabinets with light granite

While color contrast and coordination can bring balance, it is also practical to consider mixing materials and textures.

In this version of the Country Manor, textured stone columns were set against a light ceramic tile back splash, carved wood island legs, and stainless steel metal appliances - set off perfectly with a Bianco Romano light granite.

Other balancing features include:

- Glass front cabinets

- Wood beam ceiling

- Wall of windows

This Raleigh custom home kitchen has all the right features to create a balance of color and texture, from stone to tile, wood, metal, and glass. 

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing dark kitchen cabinets with light granite
Every home built by Stanton Homes is completely unique.

In this version of the Worthington, the home owners chose to mix dark Espresso kitchen cabinets (except for white island cabinets) with light River White granite, using grey as the home's central color - a 2014 new home design trend.

Special features in this Raleigh custom home kitchen include:

- White island with bar seating

- Built-in wine storage and refrigerator

- Grey stained hardwood flooring

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing dark kitchen cabinets with light granite

Another popular way to create the perfect combination of dark kitchen cabinets with light granite is to alternate the perimeter cabinets and granite with the island cabinets and granite. 

In this version of the Summerlyn, one of our most popular Raleigh custom home plans, the home owners loved the idea of mixing dark kitchen cabinets with a white island.

Special features in this Raleigh custom home kitchen include:

- Built-in wine refrigerator

- Pot filler - faucet above the range

- Medium brown hardwood floors

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing dark kitchen cabinets with light granite

Kitchens that integrate tons of tile - in the floor and back splash - are extremely practical for clean-up and maintenance.

In this version of the Chalet Vert, we mixed dark kitchen cabinets with light granite, adding a light tile floor and mixed tone back splash to create a balanced appeal.

The mini-mosaic tile inlay around the entire room helped blend the color palette. Special features in this Raleigh custom home kitchen include:

- Built-in wine refrigerator, and two kitchen sinks

- Tile flooring with extra-long tiles in a grey, textured pattern

- Tile backsplash behind the range hood

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing dark kitchen cabinets with light granite

The layout of your kitchen floor plan can make a big difference in the cabinet and granite colors you mix.

In this version of the Mastrosimone, the open floor plan design welcomed a bright environment while mixing dark kitchen cabinets with light granite.

Special features in this Raleigh custom home kitchen include:

- Angled island open to the keeping room

- Raised eating bar

- Distinct work areas, designed for cooks to work together

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing dark kitchen cabinets with light granite

When you have more room to play with, your kitchen can accommodate darker colors without losing any feeling of openness.

In this version of the Woodlake, the large kitchen floor plan design opened up new possibilities for mixing dark kitchen cabinets with light granite.

Special features in this Raleigh custom home kitchen include:

- Two kitchen sinks

- Two islands - one with a raised eating bar

- Mini-mosaic tile back splash

Each of these Raleigh custom home kitchens rely on practical tips - about how to balance color, texture, and materials - to create a better kitchen.

Get more kitchen tips and ideas:

How to Coordinate Your Granite Countertops and Kitchen Tile Backsplash

Types of Kitchen Backsplashes: Subway Tile Backsplashes

Top Five Types of Kitchen Backsplashes with Tile

Best Types of Kitchen Backsplashes for 2013 Custom Homes

Mini Mosaic Backsplashes - More Types of Kitchen Backsplashes

Learn more about building a custom home with Stanton Homes:

Top 10 Reasons to Build a New Home with Stanton Homes

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Design / Build Custom Homes in Raleigh, North Carolina

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