Alpharetta Home Remodeling Top Five Kitchen Design Countdown

These five kitchen remodeling features are here to stay for today’s new custom homes. They are important and practical features that will make an already trend setting new home evenimage better in the years to come. At Norm Hughes Homes we stay at the forefront of the latest design features for our Alpharetta kitchen remodeling, Dunwoody kitchen remodeling, and Johns Creek remodeling projects for remodels and custom built homes. The following are just a few of the hot trends we see for 2012 and beyond.

Take a look through these great features, and decide what your new home can’t be without.

5. Built in Storage

As households are scaled back to more affordable designs, an emphasis has been placed on convenient kitchen storage solutions. Say goodbye to small appliances on your counters. With just a little addition of the existing space, under the serving bar, eating bar area, or island can become an important place to put all that clutter.

4. Oversized Islands

Larger kitchens demand larger kitchen islands. Spacious islands offer extra kitchen cabinetry for storage, and can be designed in a number of creative ways.

– Large eating/seat area on one side, raised or same height

– Kitchen media/computer area

– Separate range top and cooking center

– Preparation area with vegetable sinkimage

Accents like display shelves, corbels, and "furniture" posts can be added.

3. Built in Banquettes

A built in seating area near the kitchen can leave more room for kitchen space and storage.

Built in seats are flush against the wall, and can be placed under windows for an open feeling. Banquettes can range in size, and storage can be built into the bench areas.

2. Variety In Kitchen Cabinetry

Want a way to make your kitchen look interesting and eye-catching? Multiple finishes and styles of kitchen cabinets make your kitchen stand out with contrasting features and colors. Furniture like pieces can be used for decorative range hoods, islands, even eating bar areas.

1. Open Kitchens

The combination of kitchens with family living space (also called "Great Rooms") is another growing trend. Homes are becoming more casual, and being able to interact with your guests while preparing a meal is a must. A half wall with an eating or serving bar for an open kitchen is the perfect solution, or columns with shelves in between.

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