Design master class: Kitchen remodel in lakefront home maximizes storage and …
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The challenge

Create a new kitchen for a custom lakefront home built in 2010 on 5 tranquil acres in Apex where bald eagle sightings are common. The owners asked for ample storage, but insisted: “Don’t block the views and line every kitchen walls with cabinets!”

Super space

We reconfigured the original 12-foot, 9-inch by 22-foot layout to open up expansive water views. Three 6-foot-tall, energy-efficient windows replaced a small window above the sink that was flanked by cabinets. The large glass door opening onto the adjacent screen porch is a lofty 8 feet tall, bringing light and the outdoors in.

The home is N.C. green-certified for energy efficiency. A geothermal system keeps temperatures comfortable year round, and rooftop solar panels lessen our carbon footprint and help control energy costs. The kitchen incorporates environmentally friendly design elements, too: The green subway glass backsplash is made from recycled Coke bottles. A state-of-the-art induction cooktop cooks fast, rivaling gas, which is not available at the site. A pair of recycled boards stained in a java color, hung by contemporary stainless steel brackets, provides storage for an assortment of cups above the much-used coffee station.

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Ed Fuller: Kitchen Design Trends for 2014
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By Ed Fuller |

Ed Fuller

Kitchens featuring black countertops, open shelves or glass-front cabinets, and darker paint tones are expected to be popular with homeowners this year, according to one source, although some believe the open shelf look has run its course.

Additionally, kitchens top the list of spaces homeowners plan to remodel this coming year. Black kitchen counters may be the hottest trend, with homeowners looking to add sophistication to their kitchen. Popular materials to achieve this look will include black granite and quartz.

The best news with this trend is that black is a classic color and may retain its appeal for many years longer than other fashionably colored countertops.

Displaying kitchen wares is a growing trend among all kitchen design types, not just contemporary and traditional farmhouse kitchens, with the use of open shelves and glass-front cabinets. But with open shelves, practicality soon wins out as there is little protection from dust accumulations on those prized wares or shelves.

Dark paint tones appear to still be in favor with black, deep brown, dark red and copper tones among the most popular paint colors. As dark colors can make a space feel smaller, designers recomme…………… continues on Noozhawk

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