Hot trends in kitchen design

BY Pat Bradford

Farm Sinks

Farm sinks and single-basin sinks are popping up in kitchens far from the farm these days. These trendy sinks range in price from $650-$3 000.

Kitchen and Island Lighting

The elegance of the formal dining room is being carried into the kitchen spaces with drama statement lighting and chandeliers. A quality pendant can range from $99-$500 and up depending on style material and brand. Chandeliers can also have a broad range. Expect to pay from $899 up to thousands of dollars again depending on the detail materials and manufacturer.

Over/Under and Fully Integrated Refrigerator/Freezers

Over-and-under refrigerator/freezers are hot trends as are fully integrated cabinetry for the appliances. A price point for the refrigerator is $8 500 up to $17 000. For a refrigerator to be fully integrated it could cost an additional $800-$1000 in cabinetry materials and labor.

Extra-large range tops and duel fuel ranges

As homes seek to imitate commercial kitchens the range is growing larger and larger. Manufacturers like Wolf make 30-inch 36-inch 48-inch and 60-inch ranges. Cost can be from $6 000 up to $16 000 for the 60-inch.

Wood Flooring

Wood flooring has come back to the kitchen in a big way. Trending woods range from new to old growth heart pine and reclaimed woods exotics and imports like Brazilian cherry oaks in a variety of widths American hardwoods and white oak.

You will pay for the materials plus the labor to install and finish/seal/color the flooring. Costs are variable and unpredictable and predicated by the market. Pricing depends on wood width and grade. Expect to pay $3 per square foot to upwards of $20-$30 per square foot for reclaimed heart pine.

Installation will be between $2-$3 per square foot with sanding and finishing about the same depending on technique. Expect to pay between $8-$12 per square foot for 2-4-inch-wide white oak installed sanded and finished with color.