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Top 5 Corner Pantry Floor Plans with Pictures | Raleigh Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 @ 15:11 PM

Top 5 Corner Pantry Kitchen Designs

Ideas and Pictures for Corner Pantry Kitchen Floor Plans

Tuck it in the corner, where there’s lots of space to sort and stack. Corner pantries provide tons of storage for everything you want to put away. Here are five popular ideas from Raleigh custom home builder Stanton Homes, with video tours and photos.

Tell us what your next kitchen needs, and we'll show you what it takes to build a Raleigh custom home.

Corner Pantry Design Idea #1 - Front of Kitchen

Top 5 Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | 2013 Kitchen Design Ideas

 

This corner pantry provides a tremendous amount of space without interrupting the flow of an open kitchen.

Click here for a photo tour of "The Penelope" Custom Floor Plan.

 

 

 

 

Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | Kitchen Design Ideas

The kitchen has a natural flow and tons of counter space. The pantry is not visible from the front door.

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

Corner Pantry Design Idea #2:  Centered and Steady

Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | 2013 Kitchen Design Ideas

 

A centered corner pantry adds a sense of balance to the kitchen.

As seen here, its central location makes it an integral part of the work triangle.


 

Click here for a photo tour of "The Dugan" custom floor plan.

 

 

 

Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | Kitchen Design Ideas

The pantry has a place of importance in the symmetrical kitchen.

Click here for full floor plan of "The Dugan"

Corner Pantry Design Idea #3 - Side Corner

Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | 2013 Kitchen Design Ideas

 

This oversized corner pantry lines up nicely with the angled island.

With plenty of space for stocking up, the corner pantry is designed for organization.

 

Click here for photo tour of "The Kelley" Custom Floor Plan.

 

 

 

Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | Kitchen Design Ideas

The pantry is a great complement to a wall of countertops and tons of upper cabinets for even more storage.

Natural light through the window over the sink adds a touch of brightness to this beautiful kitchen.

Click here to see the "Kelley" custom home floor plan.

Corner Pantry Design Idea #4 - Maximize a Small Space

Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | 2013 Kitchen Design Ideas

 

Where space is at a premium, such as in smaller one story homes, corner pantries can offer good storage opportunities.

In addition to utilizing interior space, this corner pantry helps create a nice separation of work areas in the kitchen.

Click here for video tour of the Sherri, a one story custom home plan.

 

Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | Kitchen Design Ideas

This kitchen is bright and open, inviting interaction with a trey ceiling that extends to the great room.

Click here for the Sherri floor plan.

Corner Pantry Idea #5 - Oversized Kitchen

Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | 2013 Kitchen Design Ideas

 

In this custom home, the Breakfast Room and Kitchen were combined to create a massive, entertainment-focused kitchen with island.

A large corner pantry was added at one end of the room, as a spacious place to store supplies for culinary artistry.

See a photo tour of the Worthington here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | Kitchen Design Ideas

The corner pantry can be angled, or squared off as seen here. Click here to see the Worthington custom floor plan.

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Top Kitchen Tile Backsplash Ideas | Designer Kitchen Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 @ 05:10 AM

Top Kitchen Tile Back Splash Ideas

Custom home kitchen tile designs with range inlays

What key design factors can make a kitchen functional, beautiful, and durable? A tile back splash can be both practical, offering easy clean-up, and stunning, as the focal point of your kitchen. 

Top Kitchen Tile Backsplash Ideas | Designer Kitchen Ideas

It's time to get excited about creating your kitchen.  You'll be surprised what tile styles, patterns, and designs you can create - while staying on budget.


 

Below are four favorite examples of kitchen tile back splashes - each of these custom home kitchens feature a rectangle tile inlay above the range.

 

Kitchen Tile Back Splash Idea 1: Earthy Appeal - Creating a Warm and Inviting Kitchen

Top Kitchen Tile Backsplash Ideas | Designer Kitchen Ideas In this first custom kitchen design example, hues of brown and hints of tan remind us of soil, rocks, and nature.

The natural tiles blend with medium oak kitchen cabinets, creating a calming color - and texture- combination.

Stainless steel appliances and a gas range bring in a more modern appeal.

The eating bar island allows a more "casual living" style - a major trend in many North Carolina new homes.

 

Kitchen Tile Back Splash Idea 2: Glossy Subway Tile

Top Kitchen Tile Backsplash Ideas | Designer Kitchen Ideas

 

This custom kitchen design example uses one of the most popular kitchen tile shapes and materials - 3"x6" ceramic subway tiles.

 

 

 

 

 

 Top Kitchen Tile Backsplash Ideas | Designer Kitchen Ideas

 Take a step back and see all this kitchen has to offer:

 - White cabinet pantry (to the right of the refrigerator), paired against an oak island

 - Glass-faced butler's pantry

 - Huge island with raised eating bar

 - Tons of storage and counter space

This one-of-a-kind custom kitchen has it all.      

Kitchen Tile Back Splash Idea 3: Modern Espresso and Traditional Stone

Top Kitchen Tile Backsplash Ideas | Designer Kitchen Ideas

 

Looking for an even more unique idea?

Custom home kitchens can flawlessly integrate traditional stone back splashes with the modern appeals of espresso colored cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

The stone tile gives the kitchen a homey feel, while the appliances add an air of utility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen Tile Back Splash Idea 4: Back to Basics - Black and White is ALWAYS In

Top Kitchen Tile Backsplash Ideas | Designer Kitchen Ideas

 

Black and white kitchens and bathrooms are never out of style. White and black features are both "new age" and "classic" at the same time.

White cabinets can work with any kind of interior, so you don't have to worry about upsetting the flow of your home.

This custom home kitchen, for example, boasts a new take on a classic tradition - stainless steel appliances, earth toned granite counters, and a thin black accent inlay above the range create a clean combination.

 

Top Kitchen Tile Backsplash Ideas | Designer Kitchen Ideas

 

 

 

 

What affects the cost of a tile back splash?

The type of tile material (ceramic, glass, stainless steel, etc.) and the labor (dependent on the complexity of the pattern) are two central cost factors.

Have another tile back splash, kitchen design, or custom home trend question?

Ask Andrea, and she'll let you know all the latest in custom home and design/build trends!   Andrea works closely with each Stanton Homes client to help design homes that fit every lifestyle and taste.  Find kitchen style trends on Pinterest.

2012 Custom Home Kitchen Trends

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Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends

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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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Maple Kitchen Cabinet Ideas | Chapel Hill Kitchen Design Photos

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 @ 06:07 AM

Maple Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinet Styles for Chapel Hill New Homes

Maple Kitchen Cabinets | Cabinet Styles for Chapel Hill New Homes

Home buyers in North Carolina, and through the United States, are spending more money in their kitchen design and features than any other room of the home

And kitchens are serving more functions than ever - as places to eat, entertain, and interact.

Take a look at some of our favorite kitchens with maple cabinets, below. All of the kitchens pictured in this article feature maple cabinets - in several different styles and finishes.

Maple kitchen cabinet style photos

Your kitchen design options are endless when you build a custom home with Stanton Homes. And maple kitchen cabinets can come in a wide variety of colors, styles, and finishes

Here are just a few of our favorite Chapel Hill, NC area custom home kitchens with maple cabinets - created by Stanton Homes.

Maple Kitchen Cabinet Style #1:

Maple Kitchen Cabinets | Cabinet Styles for Chapel Hill New Homes

In this first custom kitchen design, the Maple kitchen cabinets are painted "linen white" to achieve a country farmhouse style. 

These maple cabinets have a raised wood center pannel with a square profile.

The large white subway tiles in the backsplash paired with black granite counter tops create a beautiful contrast

 

 

Maple Kitchen Cabinet Style #2:

Maple Kitchen Cabinets | Cabinet Styles for Chapel Hill New Homes

In this second custom kitchen design, the Maple kitchen cabinets come in an Espresso finish to achieve a contemporary, modern style kitchen.

The oversized island contains a secondary prep sink - for those who love to cook.

A lighter hardwood flooring finish helps open up this kitchen.

 

 

 

Maple Kitchen Cabinet Style #3:

Maple Kitchen Cabinets

In this thrid custom kitchen design (two different kitchens are pictured), the Maple kitchen cabinets come in a Cognac finish for a bright, open kitchen style.

These maple cabinets have classic arch style doors.

The door pannels in this kitchen are recessed, with a triple carved edge along the rails and stiles.

 

 

Maple Kitchen Cabinets | Cabinet Styles for Chapel Hill New Homes

 

See more custom home kitchen design photos on Pinterest.

 

 

 

 

 

Chapel Hill, NC Kitchen Design Tips and Trends:

Kitchens with wall ovens - how to design a kitchen to include wall ovens

Kitchens with an island - style trends for island lovers

Kitchen cabinet trends - dark cabinet styles

Most popular custom home kitchen design trends

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Types of Built-in Wine Racks | Raleigh Kitchen Design Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 @ 09:03 AM

Raleigh Kitchen Design Trends

Adding a Built-in Wine Rack to Your Custom Home Kitchen

 

Where should I place a wine rack in my kitchen?

Types of Built-in Wine Racks | Raleigh Kitchen Design Trends 2012

Built-in wine racks can be designed as a bold centerpiece of the kitchen, or as a descrete storage area.

The NC custom home pictured to the left, the Worthington, includes an espresso wine storage cabinet with stem glass holders built-in below and open glass cabinet doors on either side.

Types of Built-in Wine Racks | Raleigh Kitchen Design Trends 2012

 

  

Keep in mind: both light and excessive heat can damage a bottle of wine.

 

So, if you are planning to store wine in a rack or open cabinet (versus a climate controlled refrigerator or basement/cellar storage area), try to place the built-in rack on a wall receiving as little natural light (and heat) exposure as possible.  

 

 

 

Types of Built-in Wine Racks | Raleigh Kitchen Design Trends 2012

My kitchen is already packed with cabinets and appliances. Where else can a wine rack be integrated into my new home?

If you already love your kitchen floor plan, another favorite location for a built-in wine rack and/or refrigerator is a butler's pantry.

A butler's pantry can be located in the dining room, a hallway, an alcove underneath a staricase, or a transition area between a kitchen and dining room.

The NC custom home pictured to the right, the Kessler, features an optional dining room butler's pantry with built-in wine rack and wine cooler.

 

 

Why are racks designed to store wine sideways?

Types of Built-in Wine Racks | Raleigh Kitchen Design Trends 2012

Wine racks are designed to store bottles sideways to ensure the wine stays in contact with the cork.

A moist cork maintains a tight seal, keeping wine fresh. A dried out cork can shrink, allowing oxygen to spoil and age the wine.

The NC custom home pictured to the left, the Almodovar, freatures a Tahoe Cherry Java built-in wine rack with liquor cabinet above.  

 

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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 Island Trends | Photos and Ideas for Kitchen Islands

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 @ 11:03 AM

Kitchen Island Ideas

New Home Style Trends for the Kitchen

Kitchen Island Ideas | 2012 New Home Kitchen Styles

 

A kitchen island can be an integral part of your new home kitchen design -as the center for activity in your new home. 

Islands can be accessed from all sides, which makes them ideal for workspaces, storage, and bar seating.

 

 

Kitchen islands can be a beautiful feature in custom homes, even on a budget. 

Kitchen Island Ideas | 2012 New Home Kitchen Styles

The style, size, and design depend on both taste and budget. 

Looking to keep your kitchen costs down?  Consider an island with one bank of full cabinets, with a great seating area.

The custom home kitchen island pictured to the right - the Kimberly - features cabinet storage and plenty of granite countertop space for comfortable bar seating.

Add some pendant lighting to emphasize this focal point of the kitchen.

  Kitchen Island Ideas | 2012 New Home Kitchen Styles

In some kitchens, the island can provide the majority of the counter space.

Guests and family can be seated around the kitchen island while meals are prepared.

The custom home kitchen island pictured to the left - the Worthington - features a contrasting white cabinetry selection with lavender hardware, to compliment the expresso kitchen cabinets.

 

 Kitchen Island Ideas | 2012 New Home Kitchen Styles

 

Homework routines can even revolve around the kitchen island - it's easy to answer those math questions while chopping vegetables!

 A kitchen islands can feature a microwave, cooktop range, sink, drawers, shelves, spice racks, cabinetry and more. 

  

Thinking of moving the kitchen sink to your kitchen island? 

Kitchen Island Ideas | 2012 New Home Kitchen StylesHere's some thoughts to consider:

- Is there enough room for the dishwasher next to the sink (both depth and width)?

- Can the dishwasher open comfortably, with room to walk around?

- Is there room to include a pull out garbage bin/recycle center?

- Can the silverware be stored near the dishwasher?

- Is it possible to use dual height counters to better hide those dirty dishes?

  

Want to use the kitchen island mainly for food prep?

Keep these thoughts in mind:

Kitchen Island Ideas | 2012 New Home Kitchen Styles

- Are there outlets for small appliances?

- Is the refrigerator and cooktop conveniently close?

- Do you want a prep sink?

- Should you consider a butcher block counter?

 

 

Looking to cook at the kitchen island?

You'll want to talk to your builder about:

Kitchen Island Ideas | 2012 New Home Kitchen Styles

 - Countertop materials: should it be heat resistant for ease of cooking?

 - Is there at least 18 inches of counterspace on either side of the range or cooktop?

 - Can an overdraft hood be added, or is a downdraft cooktop required?  What is the additional cost versus a typical range or cooktop?

- Should a raised eating area be included?

The custom home kitchen island pictured to the above - the Kelley - features a convection cooktop (downdraft cooktop), granite countertop, raised bar with tile backsplash, microwave underneath, cabinets, and spice drawers.

 

Will you dine frequently at the kitchen island?

Kitchen Island Ideas | 2012 New Home Kitchen Styles

Discuss your options for informal dining at the kitchen island.

- How many can you seat comfortably at the island?

- Should stools be tucked away when not in use?

- How much will seating limit your storage options?

- What height should the island be?  Do you want two heights?

 

Your new kitchen island design should reflect your taste, be fully functional, and be ready for multiple uses and plenty of storage.

Talk to your builder about your ideas for your kitchen island design - and which features are most important to you.  Islands can include: raised bar seating, appliances (sink, cooktop, dishwasher, microwave) storage (cabients, drawers, open shelves), spice drawers, "peninsula cabinets" (open on both sides, with two sets of doors), roll-out recycle bins, and more.

Bring pictures of what you have in mind.  Stanton Homes will help you decide what's right for you, based on budget, size of kitchen, traffic flow, features, and other design considerations

You may also be interested in these other Raleigh new home articles - top tips straight from Raleigh's most exceptional new home builder, Stanton Homes.

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Top 10 Dos and Donts for Kitchen Cabinets

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Virtual Tours - Watch Custom Home Photo Tours

 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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How to Choose a Kitchen Sink | Custom Home Kitchen Design

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 @ 12:02 PM

Custom Home Kitchen Design

Kitchen Sink Style Options

 

As you make plans for the Durham, NC custom home you’d like to build, it’s always fun to choose your favorite kitchen features.

The kitchen is one of the most used rooms of the home, and you will use your sink every day.  Take a look at these recently completed custom homes in the Durham, NC area for 2012 kitchen sink and faucet style ideas.

 

Sink Material Types: Stainless Steel, Cast Iron, Composite

Custom Home Kitchen Style Ideas

 

Stainless steel sinks are one of the most popular choices for custom home kitchens. Stainless steel sinks are easy to clean and durable. 

A lower-gauge stainless steel makes a higher the quality kitchen sink.    

The NC custom home pictured to the left has a single-bowl stainless steel under mount sink with single lever pull-out spray faucet and matching built-in soap dispenser.

 

 How to Choose Your Kitchen Sink Style | 2012 Custom Home Kitchen Ideas | Pictures of Kitchen Sink Styles

Cast iron sinks are becoming more popular in custom homes - giving the kitchens a sought-after modern-antique feel. Cast iron sinks are:

 - Available in white and other colors

 - Heavier than stainless steel and composite sinks - the under cabinets must hold the weight

 - Not as scratch and wear resistent over time

The NC custom home pictured to the right has a double-bowl white cast iron under mount sink with single lever faucet and spray arm, fitted to granite countertops.

How to Choose Your Kitchen Sink Style | 2012 Custom Home Kitchen Ideas | Pictures of Kitchen Sink Styles

 

Composite sinks can be a popular choice when trying to meet a budget. Composite sinks can:

 - Come in a variety of colors

 - Could possibly scratch and stain more easily

 

The NC custom home pictured to the left has a double-bowl composite under mount sink with double-lever faucet and matching spray arm.

 

Sink Placement

A kitchen sink can be an under mount sink (placed under the counter) or a rimmed sink (placed on top of the counter.

Under mount sinks are more popular because they have no rim or eCustom Home Kitchen Designdge to catch water, dirt, and food particles.

But, under mount sinks require a solid countertop made of materials like corian, granite, cement, or stainless steel.

Rimmed sinks (pictured to the right) are mounted above the countertop, with a smooth integration.

Rimmed sinks are not limited to solid countertop materials, and are usually placed in formica countertops.

 

Number of Sink Bowls 

Custom Home Kitchen Design

 

Custom home kitchen sinks usually come with one or two bowls, although some kitchens use three bowl sinks (which are handy when there are multiple cooks needing to share the same sink space).

Single-bowl sinks can accommodate large objects like pots and pans.

Double-bowl sinks are more common in Durham new homes. They are convenient for prep work and can accommodate a range of objects of various sizes.  Typically double-bowls come in a 60-40 size ratio. 

Sink Faucets and Special Features

Two of the most popular custom home sink faucet special features are the spray arm and the pot filler.

A spray arm is an additional attachment that can be installed next to the sink faucet, or it can extend out of the faucet. The sprayer helps wash larger objects or reach out to fill containers. 2012 Custom Home Kitchen Ideas | How to Choose Your Kitchen Sink Style

A pot filler - used to fill large pots - is installed above the kitchen range. The faucet arm folds against the wall, and can extend out to reach over a pot on the stove.

2012 Custom Home Kitchen Ideas | How to Choose Your Kitchen Sink Style

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Worthington (pictured above) is a great example of a gourmet kitchen designed for frequent cooking - with the convenience of a pot filler.

 

NC Custom Home Kitchens

When you build an NC custom home with Stanton Homes, making changes to your kitchen floor plan is easy.

And with Stanton Homes free initial design services, you can see all the possibilities for your new home kitchen, before you make any decisions.


Get ideas from these kitchen floor plan transformations, designed by Stanton Homes to fit the lifestyles of our homebuyers.


2012 Custom Home Kitchen Trends

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Best Kitchen Countertop Ideas 

 

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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White Subway Tile Backsplash Ideas | Kitchen Design Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 @ 08:02 AM

Top Kitchen Design Trends

White Subway Tile Backsplashes 

What are some top design trends for Chapel Hill new home kitchens?

One top trend is adding designer appeal to the kitchen without spending a lot of money - with a tile backsplash.

Take a look at these Chapel Hill, NC custom home kitchens with white subway tile backsplashes, and get ideas for your new home.

Chapel Hill New Home Kitchens | Top Kitchen Design Trends of 2012

White On White - Classic Kitchen

A classic 3 x 6 glazed white subway tile, along with white colored cabinetry, has withstood the test of time.

White subway tile backsplashes have the ability to transcend style - from cottage charm to traditional elegance to modern simplicity.

The Chapel Hill new home pictured to the left has a "Farmhouse" style custom kitchen with white subway tile backsplash.

 

Chapel Hill New Home Kitchens | Top Kitchen Design Trends of 2012

Brick Style Backsplashes Are Bigger

Any time a brick pattern is used in a back splash area it visually expands the space.

If your favorite Chapel Hill new home floor plan has a smaller or alley style kitchen, a white brick tile backsplash may be the perfect compliment.  

The Chapel Hill new home pictured to the left is a kitchen in a single story floor plan, the Bethesda

The Bethesda kitchen is an alley style, open to the dining and great room.

 

Chapel Hill New Home Kitchens | Top Kitchen Design Trends of 2012

Open and Bright Kitchens

The Chapel Hill new home pictured to the left features white cabinetry paired with white subway tile, for a trendy yet tasteful combination.

A custom-designed pencil listello tile inlay sits above the gas range. 

Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and subtle touches of black help define this kitchen.

Click here to see more photos of this new home kitchen.

3x6 white subway tile backsplashes can help spotlight intricate cabinetry, with a simple look that only feels more expensive - this type of tile is readily available and inexpensively priced.

Chapel Hill, NC New Home Kitchen Design Process

When you build an NC custom home with Stanton Homes, making changes to your kitchen floor plan is easy.

And with Stanton Homes free initial design services, you can see all the possibilities for your new home kitchen, before you make any decisions.


Get ideas from these kitchen floor plan transformations, designed by Stanton Homes to fit the lifestyles of our homebuyers.

Top Kitchen Design Trends | Chapel Hill New Home Kitchens 

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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 Design Ideas | Top 3 Kitchen Makeovers

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 @ 11:01 AM

Top 3 Design/Build Kitchens

Custom Home Kitchen Designs by Stanton Homes

Designing a kitchen is tough.  Each family is unique.  Is your style country, casual, contemporary, or something in between?

Here are some of our Top 3 Kitchen Makeovers - we'll show you start-to-finish what our interior designer did to make each kitchen work perfectly, and what you'll want to consider before you get started. 

1. The Lowery - Design/Build Custom Kitchen with Hand Rendering

Design Build Kitchens

 

The homeowners were yearning for a gourmet kitchen that would be infused with deep, rich color tones and a sophisticated style.

They were drawn to deeper colors as a radical departure from their Florida home which had incorporated a lot of white.

The granite is a Santa Fe Brown. The cabinets are a Maple Espresso finish.

 

Design Build Homes | In-house Design Services | 2012 Custom Kitchen Design

 

Several areas of this kitchen were extended, to accommodate  additional cabinet storage space for the homeowners' multiple dish sets.

The tile backsplash originally ended at the bottom of the cabinets, and was later extended to the top of the stainless steel chimney.

42 inch cabinets with upper crown molding are standard in your Stanton Home.

 

Click here for more information about this design/build kitchen and to view photos of the completed kitchen.

 

2. The Kelley - Design/Build Custom Kitchen with Hand Renderings

Design Build Kitchen

 

The Kelley kitchen was designed especially for large family gatherings, daily cooking, open interaction space, and a clear golf course view, through the angled breakfast room windows.

 

 

 

Kitchen Design 2012 | Free Interior Design Services | Design Build Custom Home Kitchens

 

The island was modified into an elongated, angled shape per the homeowners' request.

Stacking spice drawers on end of island were always on homeowner's wish list. 

Both drawers and cabinets included in the island, to cover a variety of storage needs.

The raised bar backsplash is sealed and enhanced Durango Travertine subway tile with Cinnamon glass pencil insert.  

Click here for more information about this design/build kitchen and to view photos of the completed kitchen.

 

3. The Linda - Design/Build Kitchen with Hand Renderings

Design Build Kitchen Ideas

The "Lovely Linda" kitchen layout was completely re-arranged to meet the needs of the homebuyer

Click here to see a red-line drawing of all the custom kitchen redesigns.

In this kitchen, you will find eye-catching architectural presence:

 - Raised panel Maple Cognac cabinets with graceful arches and a soothing color palette of Vyara Gold granite 

 - Sealed and enhanced Bianco Travertine subway tiles with honed stone mosaic accents in Carmel mix


Design Build Kitchens

 - Graceful lines, angled open shelves

 - Crown molding, light rail, raised center cabinet and crown valance detail over the sink

 - Important details you may overlook when designing your kitchen, like multiple lighting sources

 

 

Click here for more information about this design/build kitchen and to view photos of the completed kitchen.

 

Design/Build Kitchens - Real Homes for Real People

See how kitchen design ideas can flow together in the sketches we made for real people building real homes here, and contact us to talk about your own special layout.


We'll help you determine kitchen layout options, cabinetry dimensions, special features like backsplash designs, appliance/sink spacing, open walkway space and more. 

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2012 Color Trend Forecast - "Must Read" for New Home Design

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 @ 15:11 PM

Color Trend Forecast for 2012

What New Home Interior Design Colors Will We See Most in 2012?

Here are some of the Most Popular 2012 Color Trends, Courtesy of Interior Designer Andrea Enns

If the Mayans thought the world was going to end in 2012, then perhaps that was simply their hope after having encountered one too many decorating dilemmas. Sometimes selecting color can be one of the most daunting of those dilemmas—so, the blissful are perhaps the color-blind for it all looks good to them?  

Well in some cases yes—actually things often just look the OPPOSITE color which is very handy sometimes in a dilemma:  Knowing what colors my father THOUGHT he liked, whenever he asked my mother if something for the house was “green” (his favorite color) she would deftly reply that it most certainly was—but the item in question was RED—coincidentally her favorite color! He never knew the difference.  Brick Homes Raleigh

Red and green are opposites on the color wheel and so they are direct compliments to one another. 

Take a traditional brick home and watch it literally come to life as the green sod is laid—it’s not just because there is finally grass—it’s because the colors are true compliments to one another.

 

With all of the science behind color, why do we even care about color trends?

Some people will tell you that they don’t care about trends, but if they watch TV, read magazines, and are generally aware of the media, the guru’s (known as color forecasters) at The Color Association of America will know what you’re going to like anyway - they  helped put the color in front of you as companies launching new products will consult them as to which color will best sell the item – so do you like the color because they put it in front of you or did they put it in front of you because they knew you would like the color??

Who knows—they also call it “Color Intelligence” amidst the covert operations over there at the association’s head quarters and I can see why!

What are the most popular 2012 new home design colors?

With that in mind, by far the most popular colors you will see in 2012 are:

1. Blues

2. Greens who still have the earth on their side

3. New takes on black and white

 

1. Blues

2012 Color Trends

Blues have been subtly hinting about their comeback for a couple of years now, showing up at first in more formal rooms and appropriately through several of the hard to define shades of gray we have been enjoying.

(Of course, isn’t that just like gray to be seen more than one way). 

However, in home furnishings and paint colors offered for 2012, blues are definitely back as true blues and will see a strong following since many people naturally favor blue anyway.

 

Pale blue walls can work in both traditio2012 Color Trendsnal and light hearted modern settings. 

At Stanton Homes, we have a home due to finish in the early part of next year; a pale sky blue has already been selected for several rooms and ceilings.

A blue ceiling has been a decorator favorite for a long time. It is as uplifting as looking up at the sky. Choose a very subtle shade or one that is slightly blue-green.  

You can use it almost anywhere and it almost has more panache if there is nothing else in the room that is blue. It looks outstanding with the very dark brown tones we have been favoring in cabinets and hardwood floors. It is also the traditional choice for the bead board of a true southern porch ceiling.

2012 Color TrendsOn the other end of the spectrum we have deep dark navies –we love how great they show off the crown molding and baseboard and even though they are just as dark as the dark brown floors, the two elements together are nothing short of stunning. 

Just try to miss the strong influx of blue in any current decorating magazine—it’s impossible to miss and too irresistible to pass up.

If by some slim chance you are still not convinced of this trend, just consult any older teenager or college student.  They are the trend setters who give the nod to anything new that they deem worthy of their affection.  I have one of these said creatures in my household and last July she announced, quite out of nowhere,  that we needed to paint her room dark navy.  Says the idea just popped into her head.

 

Greens

Greens seem to be remaining strong as the second most popular accent color. They too have been influenced by last year’s grays and browns

2012 Design Colors

Take for example the popularity of bronze—especially for last summer. Shades of bronze can be found as the deepest tones of green-browns on the color wheel. 

For 2012 they are even influencing black and you will see mysterious black-greens (again another Southern tradition can lay claim to that color—the classic Charleston shutter is a black-green.)

There are also light greens influenced by gray as are often found in colors that remind us of beech pebbles or majestic mountains, or even the ocean. 

Again, just like blue, greens tend to work wonderfully with the dark brown floor stains and dark Espresso Brown cabinets we are still so fond of.

 

Whites and Blacks

2012 Home Design Colors

With that being said, are you ready for white cabinets again? Still? So soon? Did they ever really go away?

In my opinion white cabinets never really go out of style.

They are as classic as white tile and since new generation after new generation finds ways to present them as both “new’ and as classic, white cabinets will always stay around. They can work with any kind of interior depending on the door style. Somehow “white’ in general always comes back as new.  What color are the newest i-phones?  I rest my case.

2012 Kitchen Color Trends

Coincidentally Stanton Homes has just ordered two new white kitchens amongst many many dark brown maple Espresso kitchens. 

In fact, the same trendy folks who chose the blue accents are going with a combination of painted white maple cabinets, Absolute black granite, white subway tiles, tall white bead board paneling, and rich Chestnut brown hardwood floors.  

This home is brimming with colors and style that are American classics. It is currently called the Carwile, but we may have to re-name it the “All American”.  

And, coincidentally or not, since the folks in Intelligence at the Color Association of America will say they knew it all along, the other white kitchen is scheduled to have green walls! How perfect is that?

So, fear not the color trends but embrace them and feel confident that for whatever reason, you will like them!  At Stanton Homes we’re glad the Mayans were wrong and we look forward to all of the unique and beautiful homes we will have the opportunity to build for our customers in 2012.

 

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Mixed Mosaic Tile Backsplash - 2012 Kitchen Design

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 @ 06:11 AM

Interior Design Tips for your Kitchen:

Transitional Mixed Mosaic Tile Backsplash

We were recently asked this interior design question, through "Ask Andrea": 

"I have off-white maple cabinets with hazlenut glaze and dark chocolate cherry cabinets with a White Spring granite countertop. I like transitional look. What backsplash will go with it? Glass or stone/travertine tiles or a mosaic blend?

Second, should we get the 4" granite backsplash and then do tile over that or just do tile everywhere? My husband only likes the tile in the cooktop area going over the custom hood to the ceiling and plain 4" backsplash everywhere. What is the design recommendation on doing different style of backsplash in different areas of the kitchen?"

And here's what Stanton Homes' on staff interior design expert Andrea recommends:

Kitchen Cabinet Dual Finishes

 

First of all, let me say that I love seeing a mix of cabinet finishes in a kitchen--what a great look with the White spring granite.

You have asked several good questions regarding tile choices for a back splash however since you said that you prefer a transitional look, I am going to make some specific recommendations.

 

Make Use of Your Design Space

Kitchen Tile Backsplash

Firstly, since there is not a lot of area to tile in a backsplash in the first place, you are kind of working against your look if you have both a 4" splash and then tiles above it to the cabinets.

I would go without the granite splash and just install tile from counter to cabinet to make the most of your design and the impact it will have on the kitchen.

Secondly, since I work with married couples all the time who have different preferences at times, I always try to recommend a compromise--in most cases this means a blend of both preferences.

I think the best way to enjoy your home is to make decisions together and that the decisions, where possible, should reflect both tastes. How better to create harmony?

Mosaic Tile Range Area

Mosaic Tile Glass Backsplash

 

In this case, I think that either a glass mosaic or one of the transitional mixed mosaics would be a good choice for the range area.

There are some very beautiful mosaic blends available that incorporate natural stone, glass, and metal all in one mosaic.  They are truly works of art all by themselves.

 

 

Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Rectangle Tile Backsplash

Then, for the rest of the back splash area I would recommend using a large rectangular tile in a dark, rich, earthy hue. I think this would off-set the granite very well.

There are some rectangular shaped tiles now available in more irregular sizes such as 4 x 7, 4 x 9, 5 x 9, etc.

The traditional 3 x 6 brick design (the subway tile) has stood the test of time for well over 100 years, and now tile artisans are spicing it up and making it transitional by breaking into larger sizes of all sorts and by using very rich colors.

By mixing both a large brick tile for the main back splash areas with a mixed mosaic for the cooking and hood area, I think you will have a transitional look and will have created something that caters to the preferences of both you and your husband.

Under Cabinet Lighting

Under Cabinet Lighting

 

Finally, don't forget under cabinet lighting to make the most of everything you have done. 

 

  

 

Custom Home Design Series by Andrea Enns

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Send us YOUR design questions to "Ask Andrea", and look to Stanton Homes for the answers you need.

Andrea Enns is an on staff design expert at Stanton Homes, offering FREE professional design selection services to custom home clients as part of Stanton Homes' exclusive custom home packages. 

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