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Don't Make These Top 10 Kitchen Design Mistakes

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As the most used room in the home, your kitchen is essential.

Learn how to avoid the biggest kitchen design mistakes in your Raleigh custom home - with these top 10 kitchen design blunders.

10.  Kitchen traffic (avoid traffic jams)

Design experts emphasize the importance of your kitchen work triangle.

A kitchen "work triangle" referrs to the distance between the three main work centers of your kitchen, the sink, cooktop/stove, and refrigerator.

As a general rule, the sum of all legs in a work triangle should not be less than ten feet and not greater than twenty-five feet.


Top 10 Kitchen Design Mistakes | Raleigh Custom Home Design


Each of these stations require constant use, so you should have easy access to each.

You will also want ample countertop space available at each station.


No matter what style of kitchen you want to build, the work triangle applies:

  •  - L-shaped kitchen
  •  - Galley kitchens
  •  - U-shaped kitchens
  •  - Island kitchens

See more examples of kitchen work triangles - and learn how to choose between an island or peninsula in your kitchen.


9. Not thinking through kitchen storage space

Raleigh new home kitchens emphasize convenient storage solutions. More Raleigh custom homes will incorporate creative built-in storage in 2014 designs - as more homebuyers purchase high-end cooking necessities.

For instance, oddly shaped dishes and appliances, from serving platters to stand mixers, can take up a lot of storage space.

Kitchen storage solution #1: With just a small extension of the existing space, underneath the serving bar, eating bar area, or island can become an important storage center.


Top 10 Kitchen Design Mistakes | Raleigh Custom Home Design


Built in banquettes, or a built in seating area near the kitchen can maximize space and storage. Built in seats are flush against the wall, and can be placed under windows for a fresh and open feel.

Kitchen storage solution #2: Create ample kitchen storage without sacrificing open square footage. One of the best ways to offer lots of shelf room is with a "Costco" style pantry.

 Top 10 Kitchen Design Mistakes | Raleigh Custom Home Design


See example floor plans and photos of Costco pantries here


See photo galleries of homes with a corner pantry:

Kitchen storage solution #3: Add a Butler's pantry between the kitchen and formal dining room. Butler's pantries serve as storage solutions, preparation areas, and showcase centers - the perfect way to integrate form and function, without sacrificing kitchen floor space. 


Top 10 Kitchen Design Mistakes | Raleigh Custom Home Design


See photos of popular Butler's pantry designs - click here.


8. Countertop work space

When choosing a kitchen floor plan, keep in mind the amount of countertop work space you will need. Remember to balance your countertop space between work areas and display areas

For instance, keep in mind which appliances you will want to permanently in sight - such as your professional grade KitchenAid mixer or Williams-Sonoma copper canisters.


Top 10 Kitchen Design Mistakes | Raleigh Custom Home Design


Design tip: If you love to cook, consider the pros and cons of adding a second sink or prep sink.


On one hand, a second sink will come in extremely handy - especially in larger kitchens with multiple cooks.


On the other hand, a prep sink will eat up some countertop space, and add additional cost.

7. Island design

It's easy to say you want a large island kitchen. Oversized islands are hugely popular in Raleigh new homes, offering: extra cabinetry for storage, seating areas or raised bars, kitchen desk areas, separate range top and cooking center, preparation areas with vegetable sink. 


Top 10 Kitchen Design Mistakes | Raleigh Custom Home Design


Before you choose an oversized island, here are the top five questions you should be able to answer:


  1. How large is your kitchen?
  2. What shape is your kitchen floor plan?
  3. Do you want to incorporate seating
  4. Will you need a secondary / prep sink?
  5. What functions are most important to your lifestyle?


Click here to learn more about how to answer these important kitchen design questions.


6. Personal touches


Looking for ways to create an elegant kitchen, that's filled with personal touches? Creating the perfect kitchen is all about creating a flow in color, texture, and shape.


Some of our most popular kitchens mix ultra contemporary fixtures with rustic cabinets. So don't be afriad to choose some "out there" features.


Top 10 Kitchen Design Mistakes | Raleigh Custom Home Design


The blue tones in these granite countertops were carried throughout the home in tile designs and paint colors.


5. Lighting


It is important to have good lighting in the kitchen - not only to showcase your cabinet, granite countertop, and tile backsplash selections - but also as a practical consideration for safety. 


Top 10 Kitchen Design Mistakes | Raleigh Custom Home Design


What are the best ways to add kitchen lighting?


1. Windows for natural lighting


2. Pendant lights


3. Recessed can lights


4. Under cabinet lights








4. Backsplash


One of the best ways to add designer appeal to your kitchen without spending a lot of money is adding a tile backsplash. And you will love the easy clean-up process.


Top 10 Kitchen Design Mistakes | Raleigh Custom Home Design




Some of the most popular types of kitchen backsplashes include 4"x4" ceramic tile, subway tile, glass tile, mini mosaic tile, and granite.


Click here for a how to guide for kitchen backsplash styles.










3. Closed Kitchen


The integration of kitchens with family living spaces (also called "Great Rooms") is a growing trend for Raleigh new homes.


Top 10 Kitchen Design Mistakes | Raleigh Custom Home Design


In open concept designs, home spaces are becoming more casual, and being able to interact with your guests while preparing a meal is a must.


What does an open concept kitchen look like? Open kitchens can come in a huge variety of designs, including:


 - Plans that integrate a half wall with an eating or serving bar - click here for an example in the Beaufort


 -  Plans that emphasize clear lines of sight between rooms


 - Plans that feature ceiling designs that open upwards, with two story ceilings, arched openings, barrel vaults, ceiling vaults, and other specialty ceilings that draw the eye upward, even in smaller floor plans.


See photos of open concept floor plans here.


2. Trendy


While it is tempting to pick up on the latest kitchen design trends, make sure to balance those top-requested trends with classic traditions. Monotone kitchens - especially black, white, earth, and grey tones - will never go out of style.


Think through which elements you can change later, and which will be much more difficult.


Top 10 Kitchen Design Mistakes | Raleigh Custom Home Design


For instance, it is easy to repaint a room from a wild color, but it is difficult (and expensive) to change the size or your island, the countertops, or the type of cabinets. The bottom line: you may want to avoid those red Ikea cabinets and accessorize with eye-popping accent pieces instead.  Super trendy lighting and plumbing fixtures are much more easy to switch out, later, if you need a style-refresher.


1. Appliance types and locations


Here are a few questions you should be able to answer:


Top 10 Kitchen Design Mistakes | Raleigh Custom Home Design


 - Do I want a built-in beverage center? (wine racks, wine refrigerators, beer and soda refrigerators)


 - Will I need a double or single oven? (will you be cooking multiple dishes at the same time, especially during holiday seasons)


 - Should my microwave go above or below the countertops (high end kitchens are downplaying microwaves, by integrating them in the island or lower cabinets)


 - Do I enjoy cooking on a gas range or electric cooktop?


 - Do I prefer a large single bowl or double bowl sink?


Raleigh new home resources


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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14 Island Kitchen Designs for 2014 | Photos and Tips

Master shower tile designs - with floor plan images

How to create a kitchen color palette | Custom Home Design Ideas

Bathroom Tile Trends - Custom Mosaic Tile Designs

Tub Surround Tile Ideas - Photos and Tips

Custom Home Master Bath Design Ideas


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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

WOW love  alll the photos of the kitchens, makes me want to remodel mine.

Feb 26, 2014 07:42 PM #6
Michael Ha Elmhurst
Rego Park, Forest Hills, Jackson Heights, Corona, Middle Village - Elmhurst, NY
Woodside, Maspeth

True! I have been thinking a long time to post the same thing  - -  I gues for more than a year now. I just din't know where to start. It's a little complicated to start a blog about this .. Kudos for a blog well done!! 

Feb 26, 2014 07:47 PM #7
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Very nice blog about kitchens and it has me wanting to totally gut and redo mine.....   

Feb 26, 2014 07:59 PM #8
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

This may be the best thing I've ever seen written on how to think through the process of designing a kitchen!

Feb 26, 2014 08:19 PM #9
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Wika - sometimes it's about making the most of the space you have!  So many options now.

Michael - we design so many fabulous kitchens for our custom homes that sometimes it's harder to figure out which ones we have to leave out, than what to write about!

Nina - glad to help.


Feb 26, 2014 08:43 PM #10
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Those are amazing pictures of some amazing kitchens!                                                            

Feb 26, 2014 09:13 PM #11
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Thinking through the process of a kitchen design takes time and planning. It also helps to consult with an expert.

Feb 26, 2014 09:20 PM #12
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

By far, in my experience, kitchens are the most important room in a house for buyers. In many cases they make, or break a sale.

Feb 26, 2014 09:36 PM #13
Drick Ward Property Management / Broker Assoc
NEPTUNE REALTY - Virginia Beach, VA
"RealtorDrick" - Experienced Representation

Great post!

Feb 26, 2014 10:46 PM #14
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Michael - an expert opinion is always helpful.  Our designer absolutely loves to run with different ideas that reflect the vision of the client.

Richard - absolutely, and the resale too!  Part of why it's so important to think ahead.  Sometimes we spend time talking someone out of an idea that will hurt the future resale of their home, we do our best to watch out for their best interests, both short and long term!

Feb 26, 2014 10:49 PM #15
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Wow - that is a lot of good information.  I am actually heading out the door to meet a new client who wants to redo the kitchen before they list!  Good timing.

Feb 26, 2014 11:39 PM #16
Jill Saddler
Draper, UT
Draper Utah Real Estate Professional - 25 years+!

Gorgeous kitchens - great job on the kitchens AND the post!!

Feb 26, 2014 11:51 PM #17
Mike Warfel
Mike & Rita Warfel Real Estate LLC - Avoca, MI
Associate Broker

Thanks for a great post about kitchens. I have put this on our FB page. Being up here in Michigan you may not get any work from it, I hope you gain some Google juice.  


Feb 27, 2014 02:27 AM #18
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

What a very well-written . . . and well laid out . . . article!    I have a funny "design" flaw in my kitchen.  The fridge door opens and there's not even distance from the counter, and I can't open the door all the way, so the bin in the bottom right of the fridge is not accessible!  And my kitchen sink is off-center and small.  Some day . . . some day.  

Feb 27, 2014 04:22 AM #19
Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease

Stanton Homes - 

This is wonderful info for consumers to think about on kitchens - whether new or a remodel!  Open space is key and older homes often have small blocked off rooms - take the wall out......

Off to re-blog.

All the best, Michelle

Feb 27, 2014 05:23 AM #20
Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Your Agent for Change

I wish I could afford a custom home - there something in every floor plan I'd want to change!

Feb 27, 2014 05:56 AM #21
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Wow - great kitchen designs! Just love all the pictures - and perhaps good for some of the buyers going for new constructions. Thanks for sharing.

Feb 27, 2014 12:12 PM #22
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Mike - thanks for sharing on FB, glad to help!

Carla - this is more common in older kitchens, because refrigerators used to be smaller.  But some builders (and architects) haven't adapted to today's larger units.  I know that must be aggravating!

Michelle - yes, open kitchens are definitely key, and it's fun to watch HGTV shows and see some transformations.  Not for the faint of heart, though!  Thanks for sharing. 

Karen - we definitely find something to change in every home, it's part of the fun of building custom!  We love that we can offer truly affordable custom homes in our market. 


Feb 27, 2014 06:55 PM #23
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Penny, I hope you're doing well!

I LOVE this post! Ray & I are building a home here in Charlotte and this is GREAT information to use with regards to the kitchen.  I SO wanted a huge kitchen island but, am re-thinking it after reading this; it's almost time to select the granite for it and I may pare it down a bit!  THANK YOU!!!

Mar 02, 2014 04:27 AM #24
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Hi Debe - congratulations on your new home!  Glad to help.

Mar 02, 2014 07:42 PM #25
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