There’s no denying that the kitchen is one of the top considerations for most home buyers. After all, it’s where meals are prepared and often enjoyed; where people gather to chat, do homework, and entertain; and where daily life always seems to circulate.
If you’re in the market for a new home, you’re probably already dreaming of your ideal kitchen. And if you build a custom home with Adair Homes, you’ll have the flexibility to make your new kitchen truly yours, from deciding on its size and layout to selecting finishes such as cabinetry, countertops, and hardware. Because Adair homes are highly customizable, you’ll have the chance to build exactly the kitchen you want—one that will fit your needs and the way your family lives for years to come.
To get your ideas flowing, let’s take a look at the various kitchen features and products you can choose from when designing an Adair home.
Year after year, homeowner surveys show that a kitchen island is one of the home features that people most want. That comes as no surprise to us. An island makes a kitchen so much more functional, providing plenty of surface area for preparing meals, as well as creating bar space for mealtime, homework time, entertaining, and more.
Adair offers two main kitchen island configurations:
Large Flat Island
This type of island has become increasingly popular in the last few years, because it provides a large, flat surface with ample space for plenty of people. Homeowners love this configuration because it makes the kitchen look and feel large and open, and it has a nice contemporary vibe to it. It also allows space for a big sink, which lets you easily put dishes out of sight.
The large flat island is also great for entertaining, because it creates plenty of space for buffet-style serving. With food and drinks in one central location, you’ll find a lot of people gathering around your large island.
Kids also appreciate this configuration, because the island is at at child-friendly height. It’s a great space for them to do homework and even spread out larger projects—while also staying close to their parents. Plus, by adding a few counter or bar stools, you’ll get to expand your functional dining space with a big, flat surface that easily accommodates large plates.
Bent Island with Raised Bar
The other popular island option features a more linear configuration, with a bend in the island. These islands often face out from the kitchen, overlooking an open-concept dining and living room. Usually, they have a raised bar that creates comfortable and functional dining options.
This type of island also offers other benefits. Although it maintains an open feeling, it acts as a subtle room divider, which many buyers prefer to the fully open floor plan. Plus, the raised bar allows you to hide dishes on the lower level when you’re entertaining. And if you have small children, the tiered design is ideal if you want to have your cooktop on the island—your kiddos can safely do their homework and watch the cooking process without being in danger of getting too close to the hot stovetop.
Adair customers get to choose from a wide selection of kitchen cabinet designs, colors, and finishes. Our cabinets are sourced from Pacific Crest, a Pacific Northwest–based company that is well known for quality construction and durability. Their cabinets have ultra-low-VOC finishes, which are safe for your home.
Pacific Crest offers cabinetry that fits any style, from sleek and modern to warmy and traditional. Optional upgrades include glass-ready cabinet doors and custom cabinetry, such as wine racks and spice drawers. Their range of options allows your cabinetry to both reflect your style and be functional, which is the best of both worlds.
Adair lets you choose from a variety of options such as tile, laminate, and two of the most popular, and most practical, countertop materials: granite and quartz. These beautiful, natural surfaces come in a range of colors and tones, so you can find the very best fit for your custom home.
Of course, there are a few key differences between granite and quartz counters. Granite countertops are 100-percent natural, so each has its own unique characteristics, such as “veins” of color. Our granite partner slices whole granite slabs directly from a quarry, then cuts them to the desired size and hones them down until they’re smooth.
Quartz countertops, on the other hand, are 97-percent natural. They are a blend of natural quartz aggregates, color pigments, and polymer resins, which bind the particles together. Quartz countertops offer a much more homogenous, or consistent, look and feel than granite options. And, they’re even more durable. In fact, the type of commercial quartz used in our countertops is the second hardest material available—second only to diamonds.
Both types of countertops hold up well to regular use, even if you frequently entertain or have growing children. They’re easy to maintain and are stain resistant. (Typically, both materials require an annual cleaning and resealing.) However, if your countertops will be exposed to direct ultraviolet light, you might opt for quartz, because sunlight will cause granite to fade slightly over time.
Get Expert Help
If the variety of kitchen features and products leaves you feeling a bit overwhelmed, don’t worry. We know that building a custom home is a huge project, so we’re here to help at every stage. When you visit one of our sales centers, you’ll get a chance to learn more about our floor plans and touch and feel our countertop materials, cabinetry, and more. Plus, one of our Home Ownership Counselors will be on hand to answer any questions and help you with all of the design decisions for your new Adair home.