Let’s jump right into the part of this model home most likely to cause heartache.
Yes, right next to that huge, sparkling kitchen is a smaller kitchen. Builders call this a scullery.
“It’s really nice to have a place to prep some of the food…or when it’s time to clean up, take all the dirty dishes back there,” says Charles Sensenig, operations manager at Pine Hill. Building Co. “That way the island and main kitchen are always well maintained while you entertain.”
This idea resonates with many potential buyers.
“They don’t know they want it until they see it,” says sales manager Nicole Enck.
Now that you’ve seen it, you might want it. However, for those of us who stay in existing homes rather than build from scratch, it can be a little tricky to get it. So let’s move on to the more easily replicated design highlights of this house.
Gold is in, says Enck. So you’ll find it proudly above the farmhouse sink in this home’s 10-foot-long island, while reflecting the light above. And which particular shade of gold is currently the hottest?
“I’ve heard brushed gold (and) champagne bronze,” says Enck. “Each supplier has a different title for it. Just not brass. Never say brass.
Sensenig says the slate hue of the kitchen fixtures works well with gold but would work well with black hardware as well.
It’s hard to look at this space and not think of Behr’s announcement this month that its paint color of the year for 2023 is a shade of white called Blank Canvas.
“For maximalists who may think Behr’s color swatches may have more exciting options, don’t be so quick to dismiss white: color is all about context,” Architectural Digest Pro wrote of the Behr announcement. “Blank Canvas is about being open to the possibilities of the present and having the flexibility to thrive no matter what the future holds. It’s something not all pigments can do, unless it’s the color designed to make room for anything imaginable.
To be clear, Blank Canvas is not what you are looking at here. It’s more of a Sherwin-Williams shade. But it’s an atmosphere in the same vein.
“We’re seeing this trend of getting lighter with some of the big box stores,” Sensenig says. “Walls and ceilings are obviously white in color, the floors are a bit lighter now instead of the darker wooden floors.”
This one is a wide planked white oak.
“They don’t show much dirt at all,” says Enck. “They are wonderful.”
White helps balance this space, says Sensenig.
“The wooden beams give it a bit of warmth. The black railing and black window frames give it a little industrial flair,” he says. “The white just gives it that bright, airy, clean look.”
behind the stage curtain
While this dining table and chairs work aesthetically, the space could easily accommodate a larger table, says Enck. It’s hard right now for stagers to find exactly what they need when they need it, she said.
Shape of things
This space could be turned into a geometry lesson given the variety of shapes on everything from light fixtures to what’s above the stove.
“Backsplashes are an easy place to work with with fun textures and colors,” says Sensenig. “For this one, we selected an octagon-shaped tile that also has a 3D dimension.”
Don’t be afraid to mix shapes, adds Enck.
“It’s perfectly fine to do so,” she said. “Same for metals. It just adds texture to the house.
She shows the island as an example of how it all can come together.
Count Sensenig and Enck among those who don’t see the open floor plan going away anytime soon.
“The days of the old, self-evident colonial central hall are over,” says Enck. “When people are finished, everyone tends to be in your kitchen anyway, big or small. When everything is open, it alleviates some of that crowding and makes entertainment easier. The flow of the house just gets a little better.
That doesn’t mean there can’t be visual cues to different spatial intentions. Hence these black frames with glass between the kitchen and the dining room. Pine Hill also uses these frames in another model home.
“We want some separation… And that separates it but also lets the visual through,” Sensenig says. “So you get the room space defined, but it’s also open.”