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Old 06-17-2020, 11:49 AM
 
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I've been looking at alot of homes on the market and I see decent looking new home construction with one major flaw, the kitchen. Every single builder in every single community I've looked at (Mandarin, Southside, St.Johns, Nocatee) all have the same identical kitchen that I hate and it's my number 1 thing I look at first in a home.

Specifically, they all have the same giant flat kitchen island with a sink. I love an island but one that I can actually work on and a sink ruins that. Second, all your drying pots and pans are out in the open. Anyway that's my opinion.

My question is, are any builders in these areas flexible with different kitchen layouts/construction. Or is it just the finishes (countertops, color, etc) that you have an option with. Are any willing to not build out the kitchen at all and leave it up to a 3rd party contractor?

I'm not really serious into buying right now to really go around and talking to salesman just curious, maybe semi-serious in the next year.
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Old 06-17-2020, 12:45 PM
 
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That was one of the big issues we faced when looking to build a home here. Another one was the lack of direct sunlight in the kitchen and family room mainly due to the covered lanai blocking out all the light. We ended up designing our own, buying a lot and having it built. Our sink is under a window, the 8 ft island is all prep and eating space and we have tons of glorious sunlight!


David Weekley did have some designs with no sink in the island. Check out their floor plans. Most of the builders will not modify their plans especially in a sellers market. If the market slows down they might be more willing to make changes. You could check out some custom builders if your budget allows. Good luck.
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Old 06-19-2020, 02:33 PM
 
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You might want to ask on houzz.com for some additional thoughts.

https://www.houzz.com/discussions/kitchens
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Old 06-21-2020, 08:10 PM
 
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I've been looking at alot of homes on the market and I see decent looking new home construction with one major flaw, the kitchen. Every single builder in every single community I've looked at (Mandarin, Southside, St.Johns, Nocatee) all have the same identical kitchen that I hate and it's my number 1 thing I look at first in a home.

Specifically, they all have the same giant flat kitchen island with a sink. I love an island but one that I can actually work on and a sink ruins that. Second, all your drying pots and pans are out in the open. Anyway that's my opinion.

My question is, are any builders in these areas flexible with different kitchen layouts/construction. Or is it just the finishes (countertops, color, etc) that you have an option with. Are any willing to not build out the kitchen at all and leave it up to a 3rd party contractor?

I'm not really serious into buying right now to really go around and talking to salesman just curious, maybe semi-serious in the next year.
Last year we were intending to build and found the same dilemma, that kitchen layouts were not our style at all. I do think there are some builders willing to customize to some degree, like moving a sink out of an island and putting it elsewhere. You really wouldn't be changing the kitchen footprint, just a redirection of plumbing (including venting) a few feet away. I think it all depends upon the community/neighborhood being built and the builders involved. If it's a development by one builder maybe there's less flexibility because a buyer is a "captive audience". If it's a development in which there are a few different builders, thus competition for your money, maybe there might be more customization allowed.

The builder we chose had a section on its website about custom builds. That gave us a clue that they might be less rigid with their stock plans and allow a few changes in the kitchen. They did. At a cost of course specially for re-engineering the plans.

(End note: we actually bought an existing house and didn't build even though we were at the point of choosing details like cabinetry and flooring prior to the start of the build. We had rearranged the kitchen to make it more in keeping with our style ... fortunately we had not reached the blueprint stage, so no re-design costs.)
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Old 06-23-2020, 03:08 PM
 
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The kitchen feature that I see a lot in listings and I can't stand is the combination microwave / fan over the stove.

I don't want to be reaching over a hot stove for something in the microwave and I want a powerful **real** exhaust fan for cooking.
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Old Today, 07:38 AM
 
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The kitchen feature that I see a lot in listings and I can't stand is the combination microwave / fan over the stove.

I don't want to be reaching over a hot stove for something in the microwave and I want a powerful **real** exhaust fan for cooking.
Yes, 100% this. I rarely use the microwave to begin with. I like the wall over microwave combo which leaves above the range for the exhaust fan and below for big drawer for pans and stuff.

I just want a big empty island, a fan and a gas stove. That ticks like 50% of what I'm looking for in a house.
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