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Kitchen Holiday Ideas | Large Islands, Wall Ovens, Pantries

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 @ 15:11 PM

Kitchen Layout Ideas for the Holiday Season:

Thanksgiving is almost here, and we've been thinking about all the ways to build holiday spaces into the kitchen. Get tips on island seating arrangements, wall ovens, and pantry styles, in some of our most popular photo guides, below.



Islands with Seating - and Space for All Day Snacking

Large islands are hugely popular in new homes right now. Want space to spread out during the holidays? These articles will give you a good indication of the best island sizes for the number of seats you want:

How many seats will fit at these islands?
How big should my island be?


Kitchen Layout Ideas | Island Seating

Double Wall Oven Layouts for Holiday Cooking

When Thanksgiving rolls around, it's cooking crunch time. You oven capacity can make or break the day! See how popular double wall ovens are in Raleigh new homes, in these photo guides: 

Wall Overs VS. Under-Stove Range - Which is Best for Bulk Cooking?
Why choose a gas cooktop? Top Reasons Homebuyers Think Gas Powered Ranges are Better

Kitchen Layout Ideas | Double Wall Ovens

Butler's Pantry Ideas - Making Room for Serving Platters

You can expand the "size" of your kitchen by putting a butler's pantry in the dining room, a hallway, under the stairs, or other tucked-away space.

During holiday time, you'll love having a secondary serving area. Between events, the storage space will keep your kitchen clear of less-used items like large serving platters, extra glassware, and formal china.

Take a look at some of our favorite butler's pantry photos:

Our Houzz Ideabook of Butler's Pantry Photos
Questions to Ask about Your Butler's Pantry Plans

Kitchen Layout Ideas | Butlers Pantry Photos

Walk in Pantries - For those Holiday Costco Runs

Now that it's time to hit up Costco, Sams Club, and BJ's for friends and family coming to town, we're extra thankful for walk in pantry layouts.

See photos and floor plans of our most popular walk in pantries, here:

5 Corner Pantries with Floor Plans and Photos
Walk-In Kitchen Pantries (not located in a corner)
7 "Costco" Size Pantry Designs (see home plans with more than one kitchen pantry)

Kitchen Layout Ideas | Walk in Pantry Photos



Looking to move into a new home before Christmas? Check out the Cassiopeia, for sale now in Chatham County, NC:

Brookhaven Way – 3144 Sq Ft – First Floor Guest Suite – Move-in Ready Home 

Homes for Sale Chatham County

 

Willing to wait until the holidays are over? These homes are under construction now, to be completed soon!

129 Brookhaven Way – 3358 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction

152 Brookhaven Way – 3474 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction


 

Tags: walk in pantry, Kitchen Islands, raleigh new homes, double wall ovens

Walk in Pantry and Butler Pantry Trends | Apex New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Nov 02, 2016 @ 14:11 PM

Walk in Pantries, Butler's Pantries, and Wet Bar Cabinets | Trends in Apex NC New Homes:

How often do new homes include a walk in size pantry, separate butler pantry, or wet bar?  The Triangle Parade of Homes can be an indicator of new home trends.  We've analyzed the new homes in Apex entered in the Parade of Homes, and here's what we found out about pantry storage:

Walk in Pantry | Apex New Homes

(Separate butler's pantry in the dining room)

 


1. Butler's Pantry Trends in Apex NC New Homes:

Fourteen new homes in Apex were featured in the Parade of Homes

  • 3 of 14 or 21% of homes in Apex had a separate butler's pantry
  • 11 or 79% of homes in Apex had no separate butler pantry

APEX NC NEW HOME TRENDS - BUTLER'S PANTRY

 

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2. Walk in Pantry Trends in Apex NC New Homes:

  • 7 of 14 or 50% of homes in Apex included a walk in pantry in their floor plan layout.

5 corner pantry floor plans with photos 

Types of kitchen pantries

3. Wet Bar Trends in Apex NC New Homes:

  • No Apex homes available for viewing in the Triangle Parade had a separate Wet Bar in Game Room or other area included on their floor plans.

Walk in Pantry | Apex New Homes

 (Photo of a Wet Bar between the kitchen and great room of an Apex Stanton Home)

Walk in Pantry | Apex New Homes

(Stanton Homes is also seeing a rise in requests for hidden pantries)

What does this mean for homebuyers in Apex NC?

Parade of Homes entries generally represent what trends builders believe homebuyers are looking for today.

Check out floor plan samples, including top-requested one story, main floor master, and two story plans, here:

Walk in Pantry | Apex New Homes

These custom homes are move-in ready, or nearly available, in Chatham County. Click the address for new home cost and more information:

Brookhaven Way – 3144 Sq Ft – First Floor Guest Suite – Move-in Ready Home 

129 Brookhaven Way – 3358 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – Under Construction Now

152 Brookhaven Way – 3474 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – Under Construction Now

280 Horizon Drive - 3430 Sq Ft - First Floor Master and Guest - Under Construction Now

 

This is representative only of the homes featured in the Parade of Homes, and not intended to be a general indicator of the Wake County new home market, though Parade of Homes can be representative of overall trends.  These statistics were derived by Penny Hull from public information about Parade of Homes entries, and are copyright Stanton Homes.  The statistics calculated above represent Parade of Homes entries in Wake County in Arcadia West, Colvin Park, Enclave at White Oak Creek, Hempstead at Beaver Creek, Madison at Evans Creek, Regency at White Oak Creek, Riley's Pond, Siena at Bella Casa, Stillwater, The Pines at Wake Crossing, The Townes at Bella Casa, Verona at Bella Casa new home communities.


 

Tags: walk in pantry, apex custom home builders, apex new homes, apex home builders, Triangle Parade of Homes 2016

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.


 

Tags: corner pantry, pantry ideas, walk in pantry, Raleigh custom home kitchen, kitchen layout tips

Five Most Popular Walk In Pantry Kitchen Designs

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 @ 14:11 PM

Walk In Pantry Kitchen Designs

Ideas and Pictures for Custom Kitchens with a Walk In Pantry

Just because it's not in a corner doesn't mean it can't offer all the storage you need! Here are five popular ideas from Raleigh custom home builder Stanton Homes, with video tours and photos.

Raleigh Custom Home Builders | Kitchen Pantry Ideas

 

Walk In Pantry Kitchen Design Idea #1 - Hallway

Take advantage of an available hallway, and add an extended depth, extra wide pantry.

Click here for Video Tour of "The Cove" Custom Floor Plan

 

 

 

Raleigh Custom Home Builders | Kitchen Pantry Ideas

The pantry is within easy reach of the ktichen, but this layout offers seemingly endless counter space within the kitchen itself. 

 

Click here for full floor plan of "The Cove".

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wall Pantry Kitchen Design Idea #2:  Large Wall Pantry with "U" Shelving

Raleigh Custom Home Builders | Kitchen Pantry Ideas

It's all behind the scenes for this huge wall pantry. 

An oversized walk in pantry is tucked between countertops and the laundry room. 

Inside, find wrap around shelving with plenty of room for everything.

Click here for video tour of "The Mastrosimone".

 

 

 

Raleigh Custom Home Builders | Kitchen Pantry Ideas

The hidden pantry doesn't detract from the open "L" shaped eating bar/island.

Click here for full floor plan of "The Mastrosimone

The Coventry offers a very similar pantry style, in a slightly smaller home (2807 sq ft, Main Floor Master).

 

 

 

Wall Pantry Design Idea #3 - Hidden Room

Raleigh Custom Home Builders | Kitchen Pantry Ideas

This kitchen and pantry layout packs tons of functionality into a budget-impressive room.

The "hidden" walk in pantry is located between the Garage and The Dining Room - and offers tremendous storage.

Click here for Video Tour of "The Linda" Custom Floor Plan

 

 

 

 

Raleigh Custom Home Builders | Kitchen Pantry Ideas

The pantry door blends perfectly with the arched opening to the Formal Dining Room.

 

Click here to see how the Linda was custom designed.

 

 

 

Walk In Pantry Design Idea #4 - Under the StairsRaleigh Custom Home Builders | Kitchen Pantry Ideas

An "under the stairs" location can allow the architect to really maximize the pantry space - in some cases creating a walk in pantry that's six to eight feet deep. 

Check out the video tour of "The Lowery" to see how this walk in pantry blends seamlessly.

 

 

 

 

 

Raleigh Custom Home Builders | Kitchen Pantry Ideas

 

Notice the pantry next to the arched entrance to the Formal Dining Room, and the angled door to the Laundry Room.

Click here to see the Lowery custom floor plan.

 

 

 

 

Walk In Pantry Idea #5 - Convert the Laundry Room

Raleigh Custom Home Builders | Kitchen Pantry Ideas

For this home, a standard pantry just wouldn't do.

The Laundry Room was originally next to the Kitchen.  We designed a "Home Hub", moved the appliances there, and converted the entire former Laundry Room into a huge walk in pantry.


See Carwile video tour here.

 

 

 

 

Raleigh Custom Home Builders | Kitchen Pantry IdeasThis gorgeous kitchen is ready for anything - with a pantry that can handle it all.

Click here to see Carwile floor plan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell us how much space you need, and we’ll design a walk in pantry for your kitchen that fits your lifestyle.

Can't find a walk in pantry plan you like?  Let us know, and we’ll email you more ideas, gathered from tens of thousands of plans to match your specifications. You can also work with our design team to create a brand new plan with everything just the way you want it. Request more floor plan ideas here. 

Corner Pantries - Top 5 Kitchen Designs with a Corner Pantry

 

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*All Floor Plans Copyright Architect.  Photos Copyright Stanton Homes.  All rights reserved.

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