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5 Things to think about for your NC new home kitchen

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Aug 08, 2012 @ 16:08 PM

5 Things to think about for your kitchen

Kitchen design features you'll love

What’s cooking in today’s kitchens are designer details with everyday appeal. Here’s what’s causing excitement, when your North Carolina custom home builder creates the most popular room in your new home with everything just the way you want it.

1. Pot fillers - right at the stove, where you need it

5 Things to think about for your NC new home kitchenMake a splash without all the carrying, with a built-in pot filler that customizes your cookstove.

Pull it out when you want it. Tuck it back when you’re done.

Pot fillers tap a basic need with a luxury touch that adds charm and flexibility to any kitchen.

The style and finish of the pot filler can blend into your decor, or can be designed to make a stand-out statement.

 

2. Separate sink in the island - for too many cooks in the kitchen (and a great way to spread out all the culinary tasks)

5 Things to think about for your NC new home kitchen

A separate “prep sink” in the island is perfect for chef hobbyists, as well as family and friends who gather to “help” and chat in the kitchen. 

Separate sinks set into a bar are becoming more of a regular feature in today’s custom homes, where casual living centers around the kitchen – and the extra space (and water source) is handy.

Whether you want a special place to wash vegetables and fruit, fill up water glasses, or wash hands between tasks, the flexibility and accessibility of a prep sink will be addictive!

 

3. Raised eating bars - when you don't want to deal with a meal at the table

5 Things to think about for your NC new home kitchen

 This custom home kitchen design - a version of the Kelley- has a great approach to an on-the-go alternative to meals at the dinner table.

A raised eating/serving bar built into the island is a top-requested kitchen feature in custom homes.

Kitchens with raised eating/serving bars are often designed to supplement alternative casual eating areas – in addition to more formal dining choices. For example, in this design, the nook area has a built-in brunch table.

 

4. Built-in wine racks - right in reach for your evening entertaining

5 Things to think about for your NC new home kitchen

Built-in wine racks can be designed as a bold centerpiece of the kitchen, or as discrete private collection space.

In this custom designed, green certified kitchen, the choice of a large built-in wine rack designed to display select vintages serves as a connoisseur’s focal point.  

Another favorite location for a built-in wine rack and/or wine refrigerator is a butler's pantry.

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5. Built-in storage designed with versatility for everything you put away - from recycling centers to open shelving to pot and pan organizers

5 Things to think about for your NC new home kitchen

 

Convenient storage solutions are a top request in new home kitchens. 

There’s no need for clutter on your counters when there are so many choices for your cupboards.

And when you ask your builder to extend the existing space in your floor plan, you can get even more places to store, underneath the serving bar, eating bar area, or island.


5 Things to think about for your NC new home kitchen

Tuck it away – in choices you can hide inside

Special features like pot and pan organizers, lazy Susans, recycling centers, roll-out tray dividers, cutlery dividers, and plastic bag storage units – the choices are endless when you design a kitchen with everything just the way you want it.

Ask your builder what he can do for you – and cook up a creative kitchen. 


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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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Kitchen Color Trends: Dark Cabinets, Light Countertops

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jul 12, 2012 @ 08:07 AM

Kitchen Trends: Most Popular Color Combinations

Dark Cabinets and Light Countertops

In North Carolina new homes, the pairing of dark espresso cabinets and light cream-toned backsplashs and granite countertops is becoming a huge kitchen design trend.

See these kitchen trends for yourself, in recently completed Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Durham custom homes by Stanton Homes.

Kitchen Color Trend Example 1: Dark Cabinets and Light Countertops - Grey Tones

Kitchen Color Trends | Dark Cabinets and Light Countertops

Why do we love this dark-against-light kitchen design?

Black and white kitchens have stood the test of time. And dark espresso with cream-and-grey infused whites are a modern take on this lasting trend.

The kitchen pictured to the right is located immediately off the foyer - designed to draw your eye as you enter the home with an immediate wow factor for your guests.

 

Kitchen Color Trend Example 2: Dark Cabinets, White Island

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The kitchen pictured to the left is tucked between the great room and formal dining, out of view from the foyer.

But the effect is just as dramatic: a huge bright white island with bar seating contrasts sharply with dark cabinets and dark tile back splash.

The stainless steal gas range, pot filler, and large sink make this kitchen perfect for those who love to cook.

Kitchen Color Trend Example 3: Dark Cabinets, Light Countertops - Shades of Brown

Kitchen Color Trends | Dark Cabinets and Light Countertops

The kitchen pictured to the right is located off the great room and breakfast nook - designed for stylish efficiency.

Cabinet storage and countertop square footage are maximized in this kitchen floor plan design. 

The speckled cream countertops have an easy contrast against the cabinets - creating a smooth integration of lights and darks.

The contrasting custom tile backsplash with diamond insets brings the entire kitchen together.

 

Kitchen Color Trends

While we see a trend towards contemporary style kitchens with a heavy contrast between features, we can't ignore other popular designs that focus on the use of tans and browns - with maple and oak cabinetry.  Watch for more trends and tips!

 

Popular Custom home kitchen design trends:

Choosing between a wall oven and kitchen range - why the trend is moving towards wall ovens

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Why choose a gas cooktop? Top reasons homebuyers think gas powered ranges are better

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Kitchen Ranges with a Hood | Kitchen Design Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 @ 15:06 PM

Hoods over Kitchen Ranges | Photos and Ideas

New Home Kitchen Design

Build a new home kitchen that you'll love to work (and play) in, every day! Get ideas from four recently completed Raleigh, NC area custom homes - each with a stainless steel above-range hood.

Range hoods can be used to ventilate both gas and electric appliances. Other ventilation options include down-draft hoods and microwave/hood combinations.  Microwave/hood combinations are the most common.

Stainless Steel Hood Design #1:

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The custom kitchen pictured to the left, taken from one version of the Brogan, features a horizontal bricklay pattern made of earth-tone subway tiles.

 The accent centerpiece uses alternating diagonal subway tiles.

 

 

 

Stainless Steel Hood Design #2:

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The custom kitchen pictured to the right, taken from one version of the Woodlake, features a mini-mosaic tile pattern that reaches from the range to the ceiling.

 

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 Other special features include:

 - Stainless steel pot filler

 - Coordinating grey-tone subway tile backsplash

Stainless Steel Hood Design #3:

 

Kitchen Ranges with a Hood | 2012 Kitchen Design TrendsThe custom kitchen pictured to the right, taken from one version of the Lowery, features a custom tile inlay above the gas range.


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The custom inlay uses diagonal and horizontal square tiles, with a rounded tile boarder.

These tile selections blend the darks and lights of the room together perfectly.

Stainless Steel Hood Design #4:

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The custom kitchen pictured to the left, taken from one version of the Worthington, features a vertical glass tile pattern. 

 

 

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 This custom kitchen also features a pot filler, white and grey granite countertops, and a built-in wine rack.

 

 

Popular Custom home kitchen design trends:

Choosing between a wall oven and kitchen range - why the trend is moving towards wall ovens

Kitchen oven styles - how to choose the right one

Why choose a gas cooktop? Top reasons homebuyers think gas powered ranges are better

What is a kitchen "work triangle" - How to design a kitchen floor plan

What Kind of Kitchen Countertop is Best?

Kitchen Design Trends - Is Stainless Steel on its Way Out?

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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New Home Kitchen Oven Styles | Don't Choose the Wrong Oven!

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Apr 20, 2012 @ 14:04 PM

New Home Kitchen Oven Styles

Types of Ovens to Choose from for your Raleigh New Home - How to Make the Decision

 

With endless kitchen oven options - single wall, double wall, gas range, electric range, double range, convection - you probably need some help choosing the right one.

Here are answers to some of the most important questions you should ask before choosing an oven for your custom home kitchen - learn what oven best suits your needs, while adding aesthetic appeal to your favorite kitchen layout.

Wall Ovens - Double or Single

2012 New Home Kitchen Oven Styles | Don't Choose the Wrong Oven!

What is a wall oven?

A wall oven is separated from the cooktop and installed within kitchen cabinets.

This separation provides two distinct work stations - making it easier for multiple cooks to move around the kitchen.

Should I choose a single or a double wall oven?

A single wall oven can certainly meet daily cooking needs, and can add even more convenience by ensuring both the microwave and oven are located together.

Double wall ovens are very popular in 2012 kitchen designs, however, as homebuyers are looking for space maximization in the kitchen and twice the baking, roasting, and prep space for large family gatherings and special occasion cooking. 

Read more about choosing between a wall oven and kitchen range.

Convection Ovens - Modern Oven Styles

 

2012 New Home Kitchen Oven Styles | Don't Choose the Wrong Oven!Why are convection ovens gaining popularity?

A conventional oven is a traditional (and now less chosen) oven that relies of radiant heat - drawing heat from the bottom to the top of the oven.

A convection oven is preferred because it uses a fan to evenly circulate heat throughout the oven. Convection ovens cook food faster than conventional ovens.

The custom home pictured to the left, a version of the Carwile, features a convection oven with gas cooktop - designed specifically to compliment this "All American" farmhouse style kitchen. 

Kitchen Ranges - Oven/Cooktop Appliances

 2012 New Home Kitchen Oven Styles | Don't Choose the Wrong Oven!

Should I choose a range, over a separated oven/cooktop?

Another common selection for new homes is a kitchen range - with the oven and cooktop as a single appliance (and, typically, microwave placed directly above).

This option can be less expensive than a wall oven/cooktop combination, and can be a better choice for families with one main cook or fewer occasions requiring multiple dishes.

The custom home pictured to the left, a version of the Beaufort, features a stainless steel gas range.

Double Ranges - Two Ovens in One Range

2012 New Home Kitchen Oven Styles | Don't Choose the Wrong Oven!

When should I choose a double oven range?

Double oven ranges can be a great (possibly less expensive) alternative to double wall ovens.

Need to cook multiple dishes at the same time, such as a peach pie and a pot roast? This option may be best for you.

The custom home pictured to the left, a version of the Ellsworth, features a stainless steel double oven gas range.

 

Gas Ovens

2012 New Home Kitchen Oven Styles | Don't Choose the Wrong Oven!Should I choose a gas oven? Or is  electric powered better?

Depending on the size, style, and complexity of your cooktop, a gas range is could cost more up-front.

But, many professionals swear by the benefits of a gas oven. Faster heat-up and cool-down time provides flexibility - especially when following complicated recipes that call for constant temperature adjustments.

More gas cooktops also use an overhead ventilation system, which can be more visually appealing.

The custom home pictured to the left, a version of the Worthington, features a gas range (oven and cooktop) - designed for professional-grade cooking.

Read more about the benefits (and costs) of gas versus electric cooktops.

Electric Ovens

2012 New Home Kitchen Oven Styles | Don't Choose the Wrong Oven!

Why choose an electric oven?

Electric ovens don't require open flames - which could be seen as a safety concern by some homebuyers.

Electric cooktops generally cost less up-front than gas cooktops.

Flat electric cooktops are easy to install and easy to clean. There is no need of an additional fuel source.

The custom home pictured to the right, a version of the Beaufort, features an electric range designed for ease-of-use with a "work triangle" kicthen layout.

 

Popular Custom home kitchen design trends:

Choosing between a wall oven and kitchen range - why the trend is moving towards wall ovens

Why choose a gas cooktop? Top reasons homebuyers think gas powered ranges are better

What is a kitchen "work triangle" - How to design a kitchen floor plan

What Kind of Kitchen Countertop is Best?

Kitchen Design Trends - Is Stainless Steel on its Way Out?

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. 

Tags: kitchen layouts, Custom Home Kitchen Design, Raleigh kitchen trends, Types of Ovens

How to Design a Kitchen with an Island | Kitchen Design Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Nov 18, 2011 @ 05:11 AM

How to Plan Your Kitchen

Top 5 Kitchen Island Aspects to Keep in Mind

 

Kitchens with islands, when designed correctly, offer more counter space, additional storage room, and a convenient place to tuck appliances. What's not to love?

Before you settle on a new home floor plan with a kitchen island, make sure you take into consideration several important aspects:

1. LayoutKitchen Design Trends 2012

How big is the island, compared to the rest of the kitchen? Remember the difference between an island and a peninsula, and the pros and cons of each, based on kitchen size.

How open will your kitchen be, and what do you want the island to look out to?

A great room with lots of windows and a fireplace so you can have a cozy conversation with family and friends?

A living room with a TV so you can watch the game while working?

2. Walkways

Is there enough room left over in the kitchen for everyone to easily navigate the island?

While islands provide plenty of counter and storage space, they also take up floor space.

3. Seating

Kitchen Island with Seating

Do you want to include an eating bar with seating?

Island height and position can effect seating area possibilities.

It's recommended that you have a 10-12 inch difference between the island countertop and stool height. For example, a 42" island works best with a 30" stool.  

 

 

4. AppliancesIsland with Sink

Do you want the island to contain a sink, dishwasher, range, trash bin, or microwave?

Keep in mind - efficient working space requires easy access to the refrigerator, sink, and cooking range.

BUT, it's best to separate these three items into a "work triangle" for greater efficiency and ease of movement.

5. Outlets

Plan ahead - ask your builder where to add electrical outlets into the island, and include plenty of them. Don't try to stretch cords across a walk way!

 

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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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