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8 Examples of White Kitchen Cabinets with Black Granite (Photos)

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 @ 12:08 PM

 


Best Light Cabinet and Dark Granite Kitchen Color Schemes

Mixing white kitchen cabinets with dark granite

Check out these custom white and black kitchens, in photos of recently-constructed Raleigh new homes. Each kitchen has white cabinets, black granite counters, and elements of gray, brown, or beige. 

 


 

White Kitchen Design #1: Espresso Cabinets, White Island, Black Granite

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

When mixing dark and light kitchen counters and cabinets, it's all about creating balance.

Kitchens with espresso cabinets along the perimeter walls generally require larger layouts, lots of windows, or other light colors (in the white island cabinets, tile backsplash, lighting fixtures) to off-set the dark stain and open up the room.

 

 

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

The white island cabinets open on the range / cooktop side, for easy reach storage.

White Kitchen Design #2: Wood Tone Island, Black Granite, White Cabinets

This two tone kitchen has black granite on the island and perimeter walls. The brick tile backsplash runs to the ceiling along the cooktop wall. 

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

White Kitchen Design #3: Gray Island, Black Granite, White Cabinets

This gray, black, and white kitchen is an example of black granite for the island, and white granite with the white perimeter cabinets.  

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

White Kitchen Design #4: Gray Island with White Granite

This kitchen also uses black and white counter tops, in the opposite order. A white granite island is at the center of black perimeter counter tops. The red sink faucet, pendant lights, and windows are contemporary style finishes. 

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

White Kitchen Design #5: Grey and Silver Tones

The mixed, linear mosaic tile backsplash brings together black, white, and gray tones. The cabinets are white, with black granite countertops.

This kitchen is a great example of a cabinet alternative to the stainless steel range hood:

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

White Kitchen Design #6: Single Wall White Kitchen

Inside this kitchen, the perimeter cabinets, brick tile backsplash, and island top are all white. The gray island uses a white granite top for the full two-tone look. (Check out the herringbone tile backsplash above the gas range.)

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

White Kitchen Design #7: Two Color Kitchen with Brown and White Cabinets

While many kitchens pair a gray island with alternating black and white counters, this kitchen uses brown cabinets with white granite. The rest of the kitchen uses white cabinets and black granite. There is an additional counter top in the pantry of this kitchen (behind the door pictured).

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

White Kitchen Design #8: Black and White Farmhouse Kitchen 

Here's a photo of a classic white farmhouse sink paired with black granite counter tops and white cabinets. 

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

Get more ideas for two-tone kitchens that mix cabinet colors and finishes, here. 

Can I mix a bronze faucet with stainless steel sink? See how - here.

What is the standard height for kitchen counter tops and raised island bars?

Is a walk in pantry or built in cabinet better for my kitchen storage?

 

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Design Build Draw Off | Raleigh Builder Brothers

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 @ 10:08 AM

The Builder Brothers Duke it Out:

Which Raleigh floor plan modification do you like best? Below are two versions of a Frank Betz floor plan called The Templwood with proposed red line modifications from Andrew and Phil, the Stanton Homes Builder Brothers.



The Draw Off - Which One Do you Like Best?

The Builder Brothers each took the same floor plan, sat down with a red pen like they do when they design build, and got creative.  Here's the results.  Which layout speaks to your sense of home?

Design Build Floor Plan Modifications - Version A of The Templewood

Adding a guest suite, mudroom, and storage:

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Design Build Homes Raleigh | Raleigh Floor Plan BrothersAndrew:  "Overall, this is a great floor plan.  I have just a few modifications that could make it even more appealing, though.  A first floor office is great, but why not make that office even more flexible, as a guest suite with direct access to a full bath?"

 

  • Move Walk In Pantry under Staircase

 

  • Enlarge the Laundry Room to make a combination Laundry/Mudroom

 

  • Shift door to Garage to inside the enlarged Mudroom/Laundry Room

 

  • Rearrange the Office to offer further flexibility as a Guest Suite, this increases your future resale value too!

 

 

Design Build Floor Plan Modifications - Version B of The Templewood

Re-arranging the master bathroom and adding built-ins and storage:

Design Build Homes Raleigh | Raleigh Floor Plan Brothers

Design Build Homes Raleigh | Raleigh Floor Plan BrothersPhil:  "There's so much I love about this plan.  The front porch is oversized and has a lot of curb appeal.  The kitchen has an awesome "L" shaped layout and a very usable island.  But I'd make some changes in the Master Suite, based on conversations with the client's I'm working with about "must haves" for a modern master bath."

 

  • Expand Master Shower

 

  • Split to "His and Hers" Separate Vanities

 

  • Shorten the hallway to the Master Suite, and add a nice Art Niche in the hallway.  Use the extra hallway space to make the "Hers" closet even larger

 

  • And of course, add a Signature Trey Ceiling in the Dining Room

The Builder Brothers have incorporated some of the most common change requests for design build new homes in central North Carolina:

  • Adding (or enlarging) a mudroom off the garage entrance
  • Changing an Office into a first floor Guest Suite (or vice versa)
  • Adding details like trey ceilings, art niches / built-ins, larger walk in closets
  • Separating the his and her vanities, adding a shower bench in the master bath
  • Making spaces more efficient (and cost effective)

Which of the two versions do you prefer, A, B, or a combination of the two? 

The Builder Brothers love to design and build creatively.  Bring us your floor plan, or your ideas, and we'll build a home you'll love forever.  

Top 10 Floor Plans | Design Build Raleigh



About the Builder Brothers: 

Builder Brothers Phil and Andrew are just part of the team at Stanton Homes, surrounding you with expertise while building stunning custom homes. A little friendly competition is reflected in the details of the extraordinary homes they create. They're all-around nice guys with a lot of smarts, really great ideas, and rare integrity. You'll learn a lot about how to build beautiful homes from the Builder Brothers. 

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Yellow, Red, and White Farmhouse Exterior Photos | Raleigh Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 @ 10:08 AM

What is the best color for a Farmhouse Exterior?

Which exterior paint color are the most traditional for a farmhouse? Which are more popular in Raleigh new homes? See photos of white, yellow, red, gray, and beige farmhouse exteriors below.


Brick Farmhouse Exterior with Wrap Around Front Porch

Two story farmhouse floor plans are built for family and friends to gather - with a spacious kitchen, open great room with cozy fireplace, and dining area large enough for a long farmhouse table. This Raleigh new home, a version of the Daniel, has an old-fashioned sense of home with a lot of modern updates.

See interior farmhouse photos of these farmhouse floor plan elements

Brick Farmhouse Exterior | Farmhouse Builders Raleigh 

  • Two island kitchen (one center island, one wall island with an eating bar in the great room)
  • Two-sided stone fireplace shared between the great room and backyard screen porch
  • Home theater and pocket office work play and work side-by-side
  • Walk-through shower with two entries
  • Mudroom style laundry with built in sink
  • Second story deck
  • Detached garage connected with a walkway - and living space above the garage

White Farmhouse Exterior with Dormers

From the white apron sink in the island kitchen to the light blue master bath with cantilever tub, this first floor master suite home speaks to a classic farmhouse style.

See interior photos and get the floor plan for this white country farmhouse, here.

White Farmhouse Exterior | Farmhouse Builders Raleigh

Interior farmhouse photos include: 

  • Kitchen open to the great room with wainscoting columns and built ins designed to fit a piano
  • Home office in place of original formal dining room plan
  • 1st floor master bedroom
  • Buddy bath upstairs for the kids to share
  • Huge mudroom with cabinets, sink, counter tops, and kids art area

Yellow Farmhouse Exterior with Red Front Door

This yellow farmhouse exterior stands out, with double window dormers, a rocking chair front porch, black shutters, and sunburst window above the red front door.

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Farmhouse floor plan ideas:

  • Yellow painted walls with windows in each room (in addition to sun room off the kitchen)
  • Interior glass French doors
  • Side entry garage (to make room for the front porch)
  • White kitchen appliances to match the white cabinets
  • Built in entertainment center / bookcase in living room

Yellow Farmhouse Exterior with Red Metal Roof

It's hard to find a more traditional look than a yellow farmhouse with red metal roof. 

Reminicent of a barn, this Raleigh farmhouse style home is fully wheelchair accessible - from the concrete path that leads from the front patio to the backyard to the kitchen, bathrooms, hallways, and living areas.

See a photo gallery of this yellow farmhouse (and get a floor plan layout) - click here

Yellow Farmhouse Exterior Photos | Farmhouse Builders Raleigh

Interior photos include an island kitchen, rustic "pantry" glass door, dining room nook, barrel vault hallway, and wheelchair accessible bathrooms with roll-under cabinets and zero threashold showers. 

Red Farmhouse Exterior on a French Country Home with Stone Front Accents

What's the difference between "American" and French Country farmhouse designs? The nonsymmetrical curved roofline, strong red siding color, steep pitch roof, small pane windows, and stone accents are French Country exterior design elements.

See a photo gallery of this red French country farmhouse, here.

Red Farmhouse Exterior Photos | Farmhouse Builders Raleigh

Interior Farmhouse Photos include: 

  • Basement level with game room and bath
  • Master suite with private exercise room
  • Separate kitchen / breakfast nook
  • Pocket office, butler's pantry
  • Two sided living room fireplace

Sand and Brown Farmhouse Exterior with Three-Sided Wrap Around Front Porch

The vaulted great room opens to the island kitchen, breakfast nook, and formal dining. A first floor master suite has an elegant trey ceiling, his and hers walk in closet. The island kitchen also offers a "Costco size" walk in pantry, with mud room style laundry around the corner.

See interior photos of this traditional farmhouse, here.

Farmhouse Exterior Photos | Farmhouse Builders Raleigh

Gray Farmhouse Exterior with Three-Sided Wrap Around Front Porch

This Farmhouse plan has a traditional feel inside and out with a main floor master suite, large kitchen island open to the great room, separate dining and breakfast rooms, and three kid's bedrooms upstairs with a small loft overlook to the two story great room. The front porch wraps around three sides of the home, with a separate covered patio in the backyard. The "Costco" style pantry is large enough for long-term storage of canned goods grown on the acreage farmland where this home sits outside of Raleigh, NC.

See interior photos of this traditional farmhouse, here.

Gray Farmhouse Exterior Photos | Farmhouse Builders Raleigh

Compare these two farmhouses, side-by-side, and see what a difference your paint, cabinet, and fixture selections can make in the SAME farmhouse house plan (a Max Fulbright design): 

Farmhouse House Plans:

These farmhouse house plans are great examples for how to build a home designed around country living in North Carolina. You'll find farmhouse plans with:

  • Outdoor living space: front porches, side porches, patios, screen porches
  • Dormers in upstairs bedrooms, game rooms, and/or bonus rooms
  • Wheelchair accessible kitchens, bathrooms, and living areas
  • Red metal roofing, stone and brick siding
  • Side entry garages (that help emphasize the large fronts of farmhouse designs)
  • Color combinations that Joanna Gains would be proud of


Do you want to live in a Raleigh Farmhouse style home?

Send us the name of a floor plan that is close to what you want, and we can help you to modify the floor plan layout to give you a farmhouse that fits your wish list:

  • Create special features, like mother in law suites or accessibility.
  • Redesign the exterior. Or the kitchen. Or the master suite. Or just about anything.
  • Add customization to every area of the home

Get our top 10 first floor master house plans, here.

Top 10 Floor Plans | Raleigh New Homes


 

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Farmhouse Pictures | Building a Farmhouse in Raleigh

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 @ 14:08 PM

Farmhouse Photos Part 3: Master Bed, Bath, Closet and Laundry Room Ideas

Which of these two farmhouses fits your personality best? These Raleigh homes are built from the same Max Fulbright floor plan, called the Low Country Farmhouse. Compare the selections side-by-side (paint colors, light fixtures, granite counter tops, cabinets, kitchen layouts, and everything else inside and out!) to find which farmhouse design you would build!


Farmhouse Bathroom Design - Vanity #1:

The farmhouse master bathroom has a linear footprint with a shared his and her vanity along one wall and tub/shower along the opposite wall.

  • 18x18 ROCK CREEK GLACIER tile floor
  • ASH MARBLE counter top
  • MAPLE cabinets with CRANBERRY stain and BLACK glaze, full overlay, laminate interiors and dovetail soft close drawers

Farmhouse Bathroom Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

Farmhouse Bathroom Design - Vanity #2:

  • 18x18 EKKO RUGGED BROWN tile floor
  • CAROLINA CREAM counter top
  • MAPLE cabinets with ANTIQUE WHITE paint, full overlay, laminate interiors and dovetail soft close drawers

Farmhouse Bathroom Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

 

Farmhouse Bathroom Design - Tile Tub and Shower #1:

The first farmhouse bath connects the tub surround and shower, leaving space for a shared bench inside the shower. Note the tub faucet on the side of the tub.

  • 13x13 ROCK CREEK GLACIER tile tub and shower
  • 3x3 SEA OTTER tile shower floor
  • Linear mosaic tile accent in shower

Farmhouse Bathroom Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

Farmhouse Bathroom Design - Tile Tub and Shower #2:

The tub in the second farmhouse bath is a touch larger. There is no bench in the shower, leaving space for the tub faucet on the shower side.

  • 10x13 EKKO RUGGED BROWN tile tub and shower
  • Linear mosaic tile accent in shower at eye level

Farmhouse Bathroom Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

Farmhouse Master Bedroom Design #1:

What type of windows do you want in your master bedroom? How about a trey ceiiling?

These windows are tall, extending almost to floor level. The trey ceiling is a simple design, with white crown molding.

Farmhouse Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

Farmhouse Master Bedroom Design #2:

Compare these master bedroom trey ceilings - this one has a ribbon accent (Sherwin Williams 6106 KILIM BEIGE paint). Three windows are raised in this bedroom, for a square craftsman look that leaves space for the bedroom furniture below.

Farmhouse Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

Farmhouse Walk in Closet Design #1:

How big is a walk in closet? What types of storage are most important in a master closet?

The first farmhouse includes built in shelving in a wall that divides the his and her closet space. The farmhouse plan includes TWO windows in the master closet.

Farmhouse Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

Farmhouse Walk in Closet Design #2:

Instead of extra shelves, the second farmhouse includes a second hanging rod for short clothing and a towel rack - for storing your shower towl in the dressing area of this huge walk in closet layout.

Farmhouse Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

Farmhouse Laundry Room Design #1:

Do you want a large laundry room with folding counter top?

Farmhouse Laundry Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

Farmhouse Laundry Room Design #2:

Or a mudroom style laundry with built in sink, expanded counter top, and extra storage cabinets?

Farmhouse Laundry Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

 

 


COMPARE MORE PHOTOS IN THESE RALEIGH FARMHOUSE PLANS:

Miss the first two parts to this Raleigh farmhouse story?

Click here for Part One of this post (farmhouse exterior, kitchen)

Click here for Part Two of this post (farmhouse great room, dining room, entry)

 


 

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Farmhouse Design | Raleigh Farmhouse Homes Part 2

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 @ 14:08 PM

Farmhouse Photos Part 2: Great Room and Dining Room Ideas

Which of these two farmhouses fits your personality best? These Raleigh homes are built from the same Alan Mascord floor plan, called the Low Country Farmhouse. Compare the selections side-by-side (paint colors, light fixtures, granite counter tops, cabinets, kitchen layouts, and everything else inside and out!) to find which farmhouse design you would build!

Farmhouse Great Room Design #1: Built in Cabinets

What's your favorite kind of storage, open shelves, bookcases, cabinets, or all three?

The first farmhouse continues the accent paint into the open shelving, for an upscale design/build look. The fireplace has a black slate surround with custom site-built wood mantel, painted white.

  • SW 7512 PAVILION BEIGE - main wall paint color
  • SW 7514 FOOTHILLS - accent wall paint color
  • STANDARD WHITE trim

Farmhouse Living Room Ideas | Raleigh Farmhouses

Farmhouse Great Room Design #2: Built in Shelving with Two-Step Layout

The second farmhouse also has a black slate surround with custom site-built wood mantel, painted white. The open bookcases in this great room are more subtle, with a two-step layout.

  • SW 6106 KILIM BEIGE - main wall paint color
  • SW 6108 LATTE - accent wall paint color
  • STANDARD WHITE trim

Farmhouse Living Room Ideas | Raleigh Farmhouses

 

Farmhouse Great Room Design #1: Window Wall

Two French doors lead to the backyard concrete patio with roof. The great room, kitchen, and breakfast are open (with a column added to the breakfast room to mirror the kitchen island design).

  • RED OAK hardwood floor stain
  • Site finished hardwood floors made of 2 1/4 inch Solid Oak

Farmhouse Living Room Ideas | Raleigh Farmhouses

Farmhouse Great Room Design #2: Window Wall

These double French doors lead to a backyard screen porch. The open kitchen / great room / breakfast room keep an airy flow.

  • GOLDEN OAK hardwood floor stain
  • Site finished hardwood floors made of 2 1/4 inch Solid Oak

Farmhouse Living Room Ideas | Raleigh Farmhouses

Farmhouse Dining Room Design #1: Archways

  • "STANTON" Mid Sized Chandelier in BURNISHED BRONZE
  • SW 7512 PAVILION BEIGE - main wall paint color
  • SW 7514 FOOTHILLS - low band paint color

Farmhouse Dining Ideas | Raleigh Farmhouses

Farmhouse Dining Room Design #2: Chair Rail Trim on Columns

  • "BARCLAY" Mid Sized Chandelier in CHESTERFIELD BROWN
  • SW 6106 KILIM BEIGE

Farmhouse Dining Ideas | Raleigh Farmhouses

 


COMPARE MORE PHOTOS IN THESE RALEIGH FARMHOUSE PLANS:

Click here for Part Three of this post - and see photos of the Master Bedroom, Bathroom, and Laundry Room. Be able to answer these questions:

What color counter top is best in the bathroom? How many windows should be in your master bedroom? What is a trey ceiling? How large should my walk in closet be? Sink or no sink in the laundry room?

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Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans Part 1

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 @ 14:08 PM

Photos of Farmhouse Designs in Raleigh, NC:

Which of these two farmhouses fits your personality best? These Raleigh homes are built from the same Max Fulbright floor plan, called the Low Country Farmhouse.

Compare the selections side-by-side (paint colors, light fixtures, granite counter tops, cabinets, kitchen layouts, and everything else inside and out!) to find which farmhouse design you would build!

These farmhouse homes are great examples of how a design/build homebuilder works to integrate every element you're looking for in a new home for your family.



Battle of the "Same" Farmhouse Plan:

Starting with the exterior, see which farmhouse you love most - and then tell us why!

We'll tell you exactly what paint colors, granite countertops, light fixtures, and cabinet styles are used in each - so you can see how Stanton Homes builds "real homes for real people" with their budget and wish list in harmony.

Farmhouse Exterior Style #1: Gray/Black Exterior and Wrap-Around Front Porch with White Columns

Farmhouse designs will have large front porches that often wrap around at least two sides of the home. The Low Country Farmhouse front porch wraps on three sides.

Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans

Exterior Features on Farmhouse #1:

  • "HARVARD SLATE" Gray Vinyl Siding, Black panel shutters
  • "PINEHURST" brick foundation
  • Square porch columns, painted white

Farmhouse Exterior Style #2: Tan/Brown Exterior and Wrap-Around Front Porch with White Columns

Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans

Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans

Exterior Features on Farmhouse #2:

  • "SANDTONE" Dutch Lap Siding, "AUTUM HARVEST" Shake Siding, "FEDERAL BROWN" panel shutters
  • "AUTUMN BLEND" and "MOUNTAIN STONE" stone accents and brick foundation
  • Square porch columns, painted white

Farmhouse Kitchen Layout #1

In the first farmhouse, the kitchen preserves the original layout in the floor plan (included below).

  • Columns divide the kitchen and great room
  • A raised eating bar is included in the island

Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans

Farmhouse Kitchen Layout #2

The second farmhouse kitchen eliminates the columns and raised eating bar. The island is also larger.

  • An expanded island goes from the original 5-6' length to a 7-6' length

Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans

Here is the original Low Country Farmhouse floor plan, copyright architect Alan Mascord:

 

Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans

 

Farmhouse Kitchen Design Selections #1: Raised Eating Bar

Take a closer look at the selections inside farmhouse kitchen #1:

  • "TAN BROWN" granite countertops with a DEMI BULLNOSE edge shape
  • 4x4 "DURANGO" tile backsplash in a diagonal pattern
  • MAPLE cabinets with CRANBERRY stain and BLACK glaze, full overlay, laminate interiors and dovetail soft close drawers

Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans

Farmhouse Kitchen Design Selections #2: Island

And here's what's included in farmhouse kitchen #2:

  • "VENETIAN ICE" granite countertops with a LARGE BEVEL edge shape
  • 3x6 "BONE" tile backsplash with 12x12 linear mixed mosaic vertical pattern above the gas cooktop
  • HICKORY cabinets with CHESTNUT stain, full overlay, laminate interiors and dovetail soft close drawers

Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans



COMPARE MORE PHOTOS IN THESE RALEIGH FARMHOUSE PLANS:

Click here for Part Two of this post - and see photos of the Great Room, Dining Room, and Two Story Foyer. Be able to answer these questions:

What type of built ins are best for my family, in central areas like the living room? What details are important in my formal dining room? Do I like two story foyers?

Best First Floor Bedroom Floor Plans

Building your new Raleigh home with Stanton Homes:

Can't find what you're looking for? Send us the name of a floor plan that is close to what you want, and we can help you to modify a layout to fit your lifestyle:

  • Create special features, like mother in law suites or accessibility.
  • Redesign the exterior. Or the kitchen. Or the master suite. Or just about anything.
  • Add customization to every area of the home

 


 

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The Culpepper | Raleigh New Home Plan

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Aug 03, 2016 @ 14:08 PM

Featured Floor Plan: The Culpepper

Open floor plans are some of the most requested design for new home, in North Carolina and across the US. We'll show you what an open plan has to offer, using the Culpepper as a floor plan sample from architect Frank Betz.

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Want to knwo what it costs to build the Culpepper on your lot in central North Carolina? Click to find out  more about custom home pricing: 

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Take a look at the floor plans, below.



The Culpepper is 2947 to 3265 sq ft with 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 car side entry garage. Most popular Raleigh home plan elements include:

  • Large island in the kitchen, huge walk in pantry
  • Downstairs master with en suite bath
  • Formal dining, breakfast nook
  • First floor guest bedroom
  • Bonus room over garage, separate game room
  • Large laundry and bench in hallway off garage
  • Two story foyer
  • Buddy bath upstairs

First Floor

On the first floor, we enlarged the island to create an eat-in space that spreads into the family room in order to take advantage of the open concept design. A hallway bench and walk in pantry offer tons of first floor storage space.

The fifth bedroom is located on the far side of the floor plan, close to the first floor bathroom, laundry, and garage entrance (as a "secondary" entrance zone away from front door traffic patterns). A first floor guest suite offers one method of multi-generational living.

A sitting alcove in the master makes your retreat space more flexible. The en suite bath is a cost effective layout.

 

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Second Floor

A bonus room above the garage makes good use of space. The upstairs kids' rooms share a bathroom, while an optional guest bedroom has an en suite bath.

We added a game room to the floor plan, in place of the two story family room.

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Or just ask Stanton Homes to find a floor plan you'll love - and stay in budget.



Raleigh New Homes by Stanton Homes:

What Raleigh new home floor plan elements are most important to you? Tell us what you're looking for, and we'll show you how to build it - with recommendations for floor plan features and selections that fit your budget.



 

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Multi Generational and Dual Living House Plans

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 @ 13:07 PM

House Plans with Two Master Bedrooms:

Multi Generational homes are in high demand on the Raleigh NC real estate market, as more families trend towards dual living.

Get answers to top questions about multi generational and dual living house plans, below.

Contact Stanton Homes for multi generational home pricing.

 

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First of all, what is a dual living house plan?

Architects use several key terms to describe single family home plans designed to accommodate multi family living: in law suite plans, mother in law suite plans, two master plans, and dual living plans.

Each of these plan categories is designed to include private areas for independent living such as small kitchenettes, private bathrooms, multiple living areas or sitting rooms, and private entrances.

While it can be difficult to find a house plan with all the multi generational spaces  you want included, custom home builders can make the adjustments you need. Here's just one example of a Frank Betz floor plan we converted from a guest bedroom into a dual master home: 

Original floor plan for The Hopkins:

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Modified floor plan with downstairs mother in law suite:

The in law bedroom, bathroom, and walk in closet are all larger in this version. The formal living room is converted into a home office. The kitchen island is larger in this version, making it easier to share the central space without bumping elbows. The MIL shower can be built as curbless, for long-term accessibility. Finally, the upstairs master bedroom makes each living area feel more separated, private quarters.

 

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What's the difference between house plans with two master bedrooms versus a guest suite?

SIZE. Most often, a second master suite will include an en suite bathroom, larger bedroom, larger or walk in closet, and sometimes a private sitting room or alcove area.

A guest suite may or may not have a private bathroom - sometimes the suite shares a hallway bathroom called a "buddy bath" with two entrances (one from the bedroom and one from the hallway).

Here's some examples of these additional MIL spaces:

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You'll want to consider keeping the in-law suite on the first floor, and master bedroom on the second floor, as in this version of the Maple Lane house plan. An upstairs master bedroom will put the parents up with the kids, which works well and gives the grandparents their own privacy.

A basement location for the in law suite is another great option, if your lot is well suited. Here's an example of a basement home with private Mother in Law kitchenette, bedroom, bathroom, and living room:

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How do you know if you can build a basement home on your lot? Ask Stanton Homes for a lot assessment - many North Carolina home sites are not well suited for a basement home. Why not? We'll give you all the details specific to your lot, when we take a quick tour.

How are multi generational homes different than a duplex or multi-family housing?

Multi generational homes are typically single structures that include separate, yet connected, living spaces. Although the terms are similar, multi-family dwellings refer to buildings with separate housing units, such as an appartment complex. A duplex is a single building with separated homes that share a structural wall.

Here are some examples of homes with two master bedrooms - with photo tours:

Learn more about Multi Generational House Plans, here.

 


 

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Great Room Ceilings | What's the best ceiling height?

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jul 06, 2016 @ 11:07 AM

Photos of great room ceilings:

What's the ideal height for you great room or living room ceiling? How tall are most ceilings in a new home? How tall are two story ceilings? Are vaulted living rooms considered "two story"?

Get answers to these home design questions, with 13 examples of great room ceiling heights - with photos of 8', 9', 10', 14', and even 20' to 24'. 


Sample Ceiling Heights:

Take a look at some common ceiling heights, with tips on when to vary how tall rooms should be.

14' Great Room Ceiling

This 14' ceiling leaves room for massive Half Round windows above the French doors, and gives the fireplace wainscoting enough distance to pull the eye upwards in classic Southern style.

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder

20' Tall Great Room - 2.5 Story Ceiling

Here is an example of a 2.5 story "Ship's Prow" wall of windows. The ceiling is 20 feet tall inside a custom mountain house floor plan.

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder 

11' Great Room Ceiling Height

Staggering between ceiling heights can give open concept floor plans more visual separation between rooms. This great room ceiling is 11 feet tall. The kitchen/breakfast ceiling is 9 feet tall. The step up into the great room leaves room for a coffer ceiling (a cross beam design).

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder

9' Great Room Ceiling Height

A craftsman style great room - with built in bookcases on each side of the fireplace - is 9 feet tall.

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder

Vaulted Great Room Ceilings

Are vaulted living rooms are considered "two story" rooms? Yes, according to many architects, floor plans with vaulted ceilings are considered two story rooms.

Here's an example of a single-sided vault:

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder

This living room is an example of two ceiling styles. A vault stretches from the backyard-facing window wall. A "standard" ceiling height runs underneath the upstairs hallway/balcony.  

And here's an example of a two-sided vault: 

The double vaultleaves room for a second row of windows in this keeping room.

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder

Here's another example of a two sided vault, with a wall of windows below:

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder

 

From another angle, you can see both sides of the ceiling vault:

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder

 

Tall Vault Ceiling

This vault has an extended height ceiling, designed to fit picture windows.

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder

(10' First Floor Wall Height. The vault starts at 11' for extended window wall height.)

Two Story Great Room Ceiling Height

How tall are "two story ceilings"? Inside Stanton Homes, a two story ceiling is generally going to be 18 feet tall. Why? Here's the math:

9' first floor + 8' second floor + approx. 1' of "floor" between the levels = 18'

Two Story Great Rooms

This great room is a full 18' two story height, making space for a full wall of windows inside this mountain home style floor plan. Read some myths about two story ceilings, here.

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder

Here is an example of a contemporary two story, urban loft style great room.

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder


Contemporary Luxury Curved Wall Two Story Height

A curved wall can make a two story ceiling feel even higher.

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder

Traditional Classic Two Story Ceiling

A stacked stone fireplace races to the top of this two story living room:

Great Room Ceiling Height | Raleigh Home Builder

About New Homes Under Construction in Chatham County:

Two Stanton Homes, The Blueridge and The Cassiopeia, are now under construction.  

The Cassiopeia is a main floor master home for sale with 3,144 sq ft, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms. New home address: 65 Brookhaven Way, Pittsboro, NC.

The Blueridge is an English Country style main floor master home for sale with 3,188 sq ft, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms. New home address: 262 Brookhaven Way, Pittsboro, NC.

 


 

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The Alicia Photo Gallery | Transitional Classic Home

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 @ 08:06 AM

Traditional Floor Plan with Contemporary Finishes:

Take a look inside a photo tour of a traditional home design with a blending of contemporary and traditional elements on the inside. This photo gallery includes ideas for homes with:

  • Large, open kitchen (with unique accent furniture leg)
  • Two story great room with wainscoting fireplace mantel
  • Soft blue formal dining with picture frame trim
  • Screen porch for outdoor living
  • Master bathroom with shared vanities
  • Two story foyer

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Transitional Home Photo Gallery:

2852 sq ft |  4 Bedrooms |  3 Bathrooms

Blue and White Exterior Colors

This exterior includes: a window bay with metal roof accent, side entry garage, and blue and white exterior colors.

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Open Foyer, Great Room, Kitchen

Looking from the great room corner, see how open this two story plan feels.

A single, dark stain furniture leg gives the kitchen a touch of tradition in an otherwise modern space.

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Seating at the Island

Kitchen islands are taller than dining room or breakfast room tables, so you'll typically use stools to sit in the kitchen. The difference between counter-height and bar-height seating can range from six to twelve inches, depending on the home plan.

How many seats will fit at your island? Read more about how to plan your island around seating options, here.

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Double Wall Ovens

Which is better, a wall oven or range/oven combination?

This home features a double wall oven and separate cooktop with stainless steel chimney hoodRead more about the wall oven vs range debate, here, to see what other factors are important to keep in mind when arranging your kitchen.

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Archway Entrance to Dining

A turn in the staircase forms a landing in the foyer - and divides out the full-run design. An archway leads into the formal dining room.

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Formal Dining

Inside the formal dining room, the white picture frame trim and trey ceiling are traditional finishes. The crystal light fixture is what transforms this room into a "transitional" space. The crystal is a traditional material, but the shape and dimensions of the light are much more contemporary - effectively blending styles in one piece. 

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En Suite Master Bath

Inside the master bathroom, black framed mirrors, clear glass wall sconces, and white wainscoting accents above the mirrors and in the art nook are all noteworthy design elements.

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Tub and Tile Shower on Same Wall

For efficient layouts in your master bath, consider plans that place the tub and shower along one wall, across from a shared vanity.

You will end up with a "hallway" style bathroom, plenty of space to share, and more flexibility when it comes to placing the walk in closet(s) at either end.

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Backyard Screen Porch

A screen porch adds indoor-outdoor living space, a high demand area for both traditional and contemporary home plans.

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What is a "transitional" style home? 

While home design terms can refer to a range of elements depending on the architect, the term "transitional" often refers to a blending of traditional and contrmporary features, finishes, and layouts


Raleigh New Homes:

What Raleigh new home floor plan elements are most important to you? Tell us what you're looking for, and we'll show you how to build it - with recommendations for floor plan features and selections that fit your budget.

 


 

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