Design master class: Kitchen remodel in lakefront home maximizes storage, view
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The kitchen incorporates environmentally friendly design elements and has mixed designed styles to add more visual depth.

COURTESY OF CHRISTINE LANGLOIS

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…………… continues on News & Observer

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Living Space: Kitchen design trends for 2014
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It’s the one room in the house where everyone gathers every day. As the most popular spot in every home, why not make your kitchen the most attractive and inviting room, too? Here are some hot trends in kitchen decor:

The showcase kitchen

Without a doubt, today’s kitchen is much more than a place to prepare food. With the continued emphasis on lifestyle and food, the kitchen is more of a draw than ever. Contemporary design capitalizes on this trend with lots of exciting elements to make the kitchen more of a living space.

Lighting is one important design element. Out are those little glass pendants suspended over an island. In are sizable lighting fixtures that make a splash in the middle of the room. A good example is the drum pendant light fixture now taking center stage in kitchen design centers and magazines. Simply changing your main fixture to one that’s brighter and more prominent may be all it takes to give your kitchen a welcome makeover.

Focus on features

Kitchens continue to be focused on features like sustainability, cooking options and ease of use. Trends that favor energy savings are a key development. Touchless faucets save on water and energy-stingy appliances can trim electric bills.

Integrated appliances are another important development. Topping the li…………… continues on Charlotte Observer

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