Raleigh NC New Homes: Communities, Lots and Land in the Triangle: Is the Pass-Through Kitchen Layout Making a Come Back?

Is the Pass-Through Kitchen Layout Making a Come Back?

Pass-Throughs in Your Kitchen


Kitchen Layouts With Retro Designs



Kitchen pass-through windows were once used primarily as a place to send dishes from the kitchen to the formal dining room.

In modern home designs, pass-through windows serve an additional, aesthetic purpose: they increase visibility between rooms, add unique lines of sight, and promote an open concept design.


While kitchen pass-throughs were once small spaces (think of a mid-twentieth century diner-style service wall), they are now designed as full-height openings or large archways.


A pass-through can be added to almost any kitchen layout.  See 7 kitchen pass through designs in these Raleigh custom homes.



Kitchens with a pass-through, design #1: Opening to the Sun Room

Pass throughs now link the kitchen to many different types of rooms, not just the formal dining.  In this home, a pass-through opens the kitchen to the sun room.


Kitchen Pass Through Ideas | 2014 Custom Home Design


By adding a pass-through to the rear kitchen wall, you leave your main living area completely open to the kitchen.


Kitchen Pass Through Ideas | 2014 Custom Home Design


Your kitchen pass through can be built in a range of heights - depending on how you want to use the space. Often, pass throughs are built at bar stool height.




Kitchens with a pass-through, design #2:  Arched Cut-Out to the Living Room

This peek-a-boo style kitchen window offers glimpses between the kitchen and primary living space.


Kitchen Pass Through Ideas | 2014 Custom Home Design


This style of arched opening above the kitchen sink keeps conversation going, no matter what kitchen tasks are underway, while still leaving multiple options for furniture placement and traffic flow.


Kitchen Pass Through Ideas | 2014 Custom Home Design


Kitchens with a pass-through, design #3: Kitchen Bar

A arched bar space opens up this kitchen. A granite counter top extends past the pass-through window, serving as a kitchen bar - so you guests can mingle in the living room, with a built-in surface for storing and serving drinks.


Kitchen Pass Through Ideas | 2014 Custom Home Design


This pass-through design is wider and taller than traditional designs - with wall sconces added to the sides of the opening to light up the space and add character.


Kitchen Pass Through Ideas | 2014 Custom Home Design


Kitchens with a pass-through, design #4: Eating Bar


A custom framed wall encases this arched pass-through - all you need to add are bar stools to the built-in nook. 

Archways mirror the kitchen window on each side, with another archway leading to the formal dining room from the barrel vaulted foyer.


Kitchen Pass Through Ideas | 2014 Custom Home Design



Kitchens with a pass-through, design #5: Serving Platter Center


An arched window is the focal point of this kitchen.

This pass-through design provides views into the vaulted living room, designed for game day get-togethers.


Kitchens with a Pass Through

The kitchen sink is located below the breakfast eating bar, for ease-of-use. The arched pass-through is located above a wide counter top space, designed to function as a prep area and serving platter surface.



Kitchens with a pass-through, design #6: Angled Kitchen Bar


This home demonstrates a modern take on kitchen pass-throughs with an angled kitchen bar offering additional seating between the kitchen and living room.



Kitchen Pass Through Ideas | 2014 Custom Home Design


The arched opening above this pass-through extends the full length of the breakfast room.


Kitchens with a pass-through, design #7:  Modern Pass-Through Window


A wrap-around eating bar defines this pass-through design as distinctly modern. While the eating bar is 100% functional, an elegant archway extends from the breakfast wall and over the eating bar to create continuity between rooms, without exposing the chef's clutter.


Kitchen Pass Through Ideas | 2014 Custom Home Design


This half-open eating bar design continues to be a top request in Raleigh custom home floor plan designs. 


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Comment balloon 2 commentsStanton Homes • September 02 2014 02:35PM


Yes, pass throughs add a lot of light and openness.  They are a nice alternative when you can't fully open up a wall.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 2 years ago

Absolutely!  Islands are very popular right now, but not everyone wants the kitchen completely exposed to the great room.  A pass through is a nice compromise between open living and separation of areas.

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder) almost 2 years ago

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