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Best downstairs bedroom house plans 2017 | NC New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Jun 16, 2017 @ 10:06 AM

Downstairs Bedroom Floor Plans

Looking for house plans with a main floor bedroom? Here are some of the best main floor master house plans and main floor guest bedroom house plans being built in 2017. Want to see more plans? Click here: Send me floor plans!

All of these homes are available - or coming soon - the Chatham County, NC. Get more information about these homes, including the address, cost, features, and availability.


First Floor Bedroom House Plan #1: The Cassiopeia

The Cassiopeia is a very popular downstairs guest bedroom floor plan with 3,144 Sq Ft, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths. 

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The downstairs includes a ship lap mudroom, open concept kitchen and living, formal dining, and barrel vaulted foyer. The separate, family-sized laundry, two bonus rooms, and loft areas are just upstairs.  This stone front home has built-ins, trey ceilings, and a hardwood staircase.

See the Cassiopeia Photo Gallery, here.

 

Main Floor Master House Plan #2: The Autumn Brooke

The Autumn Brooke is a Frank Betz floor plan with 3,150 sq ft, main floor master bedroom, 4 bedrooms, and 3.5 baths.

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This main floor master house plan comes with a modern layout: downstairs master suite, vaulted home office, separate mud room and laundry room, huge walk in pantry, game room, Jack and Jill bath for kids, and luxury master bathroom design.

See the Autumn Brooke Floor Plans, here.

 

Main Floor Master House Plan #3: The Blueridge

The Blueridge is a Max Fulbright floor plan with 3,185 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths.

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This English Country Exterior floor plan has a first floor master suite, open layout, and upstairs media and craft rooms. See photos of the stained wood beam ceiling in the great room, two tone island kitchen, and painted wainscoting dining room. 

See the Blueridge Photo Gallery, here.

 

Main Floor Master House Plan #4: The Bellemont

The Bellemont is a custom version of an American Gables Home Designs, Inc. floor plan with 3,358 Sq Ft, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths.

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This Chatham County custom home includes a vaulted first floor master with rough Cedar beams, huge island kitchen with walk in pantry, oversized laundry room, and much more.

See the Bellemont Photo Gallery and Floor Plans, here.

Main Floor Master House Plan #5: The Glenview

The Glenview is a downstairs master bedroom house plan with 3,311 sq ft, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms.

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The Glenview is a Frank Betz floor plan with main floor master, island kitchen, vaulted great room, Jack and Jill bath, laundry with built in sink, hallway drop zone bench, game room and separate bonus room. 

See the Glenview Floor Plans, here.

Main Floor Master House Plan #6: The Cabot

The Cabot  is a downstairs master bedroom Frank Betz floor plan with 3,430 Sq Ft, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths.

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The Cabot offers a first floor master AND guest suite with private bath, island kitchen with Secret Pantry, large mudroom, secret entrance to laundry from master closet, game room, and separate loft.

Get a flyer for the Cabot here.


Main Floor Master House Plan #7: The Mackinaw A

The Mackinaw is a custom version of the Frank Betz floor plan design with 3,360 sq ft, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths.

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This new home floor plan features: First floor Guest Suite, Open Concept Floor Plan with Island Kitchen, Laundry with Drop Zone, Loft, Media Room, Bonus Room.

See the Mackinaw Floor Plan - and Schedule a Visit - here.

 

Main Floor Master House Plan #8: The Sullivan

The Sullivan is a very popular floor plan by Frank Betz with 2,548 Sq Ft, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths. 

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The Sullivan's main floor master suite extends the entire length of the home, with his and hers closets and a cozy sitting area with lots of windows. The vaulted great room emphasizes the open floor plan, with an island kitchen designed for entertainment and a big bonus room upstairs.  This brick front home version has archways, trey ceilings, and hardwood staircase.

See the Sullivan Photo Gallery, here.


Main Floor Master House Plan #9: The Sawyer

The Sawyer is a custom home floor plan with 2907-3245 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms.

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This Raleigh custom home offers a downstairs guest room and upstairs master suite. The island kitchen opens to the casual dining and great room. The kids bedrooms connect through a secret passageway.

See the Sawyer Photo Gallery and Floor Plan, here.

 

Main Floor Master House Plan #10: The Hanover Point

The Hanover Pointe is 3529 sq ft with 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and a main floor master bedroom.

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This North Carolia new home offers two more bedrooms on the first floor,  separate mud and laundry rooms, and large island kitchen.

See the Hanover Point Floor Plans, here.

 

Main Floor Master House Plan #11: The Highland Place

The Highland Place is 3,414 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms with a first floor master bedroom.

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This new home floor plan features: Curved Island Kitchen, Vaulted Great Room, Separate Mud Room and Laundry with Built ins, Drop zone, Downstairs Guest Bedroom, Game Room, Bonus Room, and Loft.

See the Highland Place Floor Plans, here.

 

Main Floor Master House Plan #12: The Lytham

The Lytham is 2503 sq ft with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and a main floor master bedroom.

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See the Lytham Floor Plans, here.

 

Main Floor Master House Plan #13: The Saxony

The Saxony is 4428 sq ft with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a main floor master suite. 

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This Chatham County new home has a downstairs guest bedroom, separate mud room, and keeping room.

See the Saxony Floor Plans, here.



Custom Home Builder in Raleigh, North Carolina:

As your considering main floor master floor plan options, contact custom home builder Stanton Homes. We'll help you find the right floor plan - even if it means modifying room sizes and layouts.


 

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9 Corner Pantry Floor Plans | Raleigh New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jun 07, 2017 @ 10:06 AM

Best Corner Pantry Kitchens

Raleigh New Homes with Corner Pantry Kitchen Floor Plans

Planning to store long-term, as well as everyday goods, in your kitchen? Corner pantries provide tons of storage for everything you want to put away.

 

Tell us what your next kitchen needs, and we'll show you what it takes to build a Raleigh custom home.

Here are 9 popular floor plan ideas from Raleigh new home builder Stanton Homes.
 

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #1: Granite Countertop in the Pantry

This corner pantry includes a granite counter top - with an electrical outlet above. This space can serve as a great way to store large appliances like coffee makers and mixers - or as an additional cooking space when preparing complex meals or baked goods.

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See the pantry door location inside the kitchen:

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The Serengeti floor plan - a multigenerational design - is Copyright Douglas Janes Architect. Click here to see the full Serengeti Floor Plans and Photo Gallery.

 

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #2: L Shaped Pantry

The L-shape pantry layout is most common for a corner pantry - adding significant storage space inside your kitchen.

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The Blueridge floor plan is Copyright Max Fulbright Design Group and Associates. Click here to see the full Blueridge Floor Plans.

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #3: Staggered Height Pantry Shelves

These pantry shelves are designed for mixed-height items, like spice containers and baking supplies.

Craftsman style trim wraps around the pantry, for an extra bit of custom design in even the storage spaces of this Raleigh new home.

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The pantry is set to one side of the kitchen, with an extra "notch" of storage space added to the layout.

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The Mitchells Farmhouse floor plan is Copyright Stanton Homes. Click here to see the full Mitchells Farmhouse Floor Plans and Photo Gallery.

 

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #4: Deep Pantry Layout

This around-the-corner location allows the pantry to extend for a much deeper layout. And it hides the white pantry door from view, in a kitchen packed with dark cabinetry, white tile, and stainless steel appliances. 

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See the full kitchen view: 

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The Avonstone Manor floor plan is Copyright Garrell Associates, Inc. Click here to see the full Avonstone Manor Floor Plans and Photo Gallery.

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #5: Glass Pantry Door

This corner pantry layout includes an L-shaped interior for tons of storage, with a custom tile floor and glass "Pantry" door.

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The Blackhawk floor plan is Copyright Stanton Homes. Click here to see the full Blackhawk Floor Plans and Photo Gallery.

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #6: The Penelope

The location of this "corner pantry" allows it to stretch much deeper than a "standard" floor plan.

Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | Kitchen Design Ideas

The kitchen has a natural flow and tons of counter space. The pantry is not visible from the front door.

 

Top 5 Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | 2013 Kitchen Design IdeasThe Penelope is Copyright Stanton Homes. Click here for a photo gallery and full floor plan of "The Penelope".

 

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #7:  The Bryson

This oversized corner pantry blends easily into the white, black, and gray kitchen design.

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See the layout of the U-shaped kitchen:

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The Bryson floor plan is Copyright Stanton Homes. Click here to see the full Bryson Floor Plans.

 

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #8: The Dugan

Here is an example of a centered corner pantry in the kitchen. Its central location makes it an integral part of the "work triangle".

Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | Kitchen Design Ideas

 

Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | 2013 Kitchen Design Ideas

The Dugan is Copyright Stanton Homes. Cick here for a photo gallery and full floor plan of "The Dugan"

 

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #9: The Worthington

In this Raleigh new home, the Breakfast Room and Kitchen were combined to create a massive, entertainment-focused kitchen with island.

Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | Kitchen Design Ideas

Not all corner pantries are set at an angle: this purple painted pantry is squared off on the front face.

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See a photo gallery and floor plan of The Worthington here.

 

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Tell us how much space you need, and we’ll design a corner pantry for your kitchen that fits your lifestyle.

Can't find a corner pantry plan you like?  Let us know, and we’ll email you more ideas, gathered from tens of thousands of plans to match your specifications. You can also work with our design team to create a brand new plan with everything just the way you want it. Request more floor plan ideas here.

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Raleigh New Homes with Three Car Garage | The Statesboro

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jun 07, 2017 @ 09:06 AM

Popular House Plans for Raleigh New Homes:

The Statesboro is a popular main floor master home plan with a split or carriage style three car garage option.

See what this Raleigh new home floor plan has to offer, with a large front porch, open layout island kitchen, four bedrooms, an optional 4th bath, separate mud room, and space to add an upstairs game room (or second "bonus room").

House Plans for Raleigh New Homes | Custom Builders NC


New Floor Plans that can be Modified by the Builder:


Custom home builders like Stanton Homes specialize in design/build and custom house plans. See the two most popular additions to this Raleigh house plan - copyright Frank Betz - with an overview on what it can cost to add a bathroom or game room.

The Statesboro: Downstairs Floor Plan

House Plans for Raleigh New Homes | Custom Builders NC

 The Statesboro: Upstairs Floor Plan

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What does it cost to add a Bathroom to my home? 

For new home construction, the cost of an additional bathroom depends on several factors, including:

  • Placement of the bathroom (does add the bath change the footprint of your home?)
  • Size of the bathroom (bigger bath = higher cost! This makes sense - you're adding labor and materials to the home)
  • Finishes and features (custom tile shower or fiberglass tub? designer light fixtures? etc.)

House Plans for Raleigh New Homes | Custom Builders NC

What does it cost to add a second Game Room or Bonus Room to my home? 

Adding a second game room in place of a two story ceiling in the living room will actually reduce the cost per square foot of your home.

Game rooms are more cost effective per square foot than most other rooms of the home (espeically kitchens and bathrooms - think of those appliances, cabinets, and tile). If you're looking for ways to increase the value of your new home, always consider adding a secondary space such as a game room or bonus room.

Your builder can tell you where it makes the most sense - for budget and livability - to expand the square footage of the floor plan you've selected.

House Plans for Raleigh New Homes | Custom Builders NC

Statesboro floor plan images Copyright Frank Betz Associates.


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Can't find a floor plan you like?  Let us know, and we’ll email you house plan ideas. You can also work with our design team to create a brand new plan with everything just the way you want it. Request more floor plan ideas here.

More 2017 new home trends:

Shaker Style Kitchen Cabinets - Popular Styles for 2017

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Color Trends for 2017 - with Options other than Gray

Best Main Floor Master House Plans for 2017 New Home

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Average Walk In Closet Sizes [Closet Photos with Dimensions]

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Jun 02, 2017 @ 05:06 AM

How large should a Master Closet be?

New home floor plans can include walk in closets that range anywhere from 25 sq ft to the size of a bedroom (100 sq ft or more).

Below, find examples of Raleigh new home master closet layouts with photos of walk in closet storage, built-in mirror walls, windows, custom shelving designs, and much more.

Click on any photo to see the floor plans for the home pictured.

Walk-in Closet Designs with Island and Built in Cabinets

Closet Storage Ideas

How to Choose a Master Closet Layout

Average Walk in Closet Size | Raleigh New Homes

This Chapel Hill new home master closet is approximately 8' x 8'



What is the average walk in closet size for Raleigh new homes?

The standard width of a walk in closet can range from 5' to 12'. This is important because the minimum 5' width maintains a 3' hallway into the closet, even after you hang clothing along the walls.

The standard depth of a walk in closet can range from 5' (for a square room) to 17' (for a bonus-room-style closet).

 

If the average walk in closet size starts at a 5'x5' space, how large is this master closet?

Average Walk in Closet Size | Raleigh New Homes

 

This master closet is approximately 172 sq ft - larger than average, and more common for luxury new homes in Raleigh. Click here to see the floor plans for this master suite - a version of the Serengeti built near Raleigh, NC.

 

Average Walk in Closet Size | Raleigh New Homes

What is the distance between clothing rods in a walk in closet?

Most walk in closets combine a variety of storage types, including cabinets with drawers, open shelving, and hanging rods.

Double rods are typically placed at 40 and 80 inches from the floor. Rods designed for tall garments are typically placed at least 72 inches from the floor.

What is the Average Walk in Closet Size? Closet Pictures with Dimensions

This Raleigh new home master closet is about 14.5' x 11.5' (with a square center island cabinet).

When does a walk in closet need a window?

Floor plans with a window inside the master closet are typically arranged in a Bedroom --> Bathroom --> Closet layout. Here is an example floor plan:

What is the Average Walk in Closet Size? Closet Pictures with Dimensions

This Raleigh new home - by Stanton Homes - features a downstairs master bedroom with his and hers style closet.

What is the Average Walk in Closet Size? Closet Pictures with Dimensions

The window wall shelving was extended outwards to create more storage space and a separate "his and hers" layout. The walk in closet is about 14' x 9'.

Although windows are not necessary for closets, they can be added by a custom home builder to keep balance and visual appeal on the exterior of the home -  especially when the closet is located on the front face of the home.


Master Closets with Built in Wall Mirrors

Walk in closets can leave plenty of space to add a wall mirror or door mirror. Here are some examples:

What is the Average Walk in Closet Size? Closet Pictures with Dimensions

Master walk in closet from The Bryson - see the floor plan here.

 

What is the Average Walk in Closet Size? Closet Pictures with Dimensions

Master walk in closet from The Remington - see the floor plan here.

 

What is the Average Walk in Closet Size? Closet Pictures with Dimensions

Master walk in closet from The Bennett - see the floor plan here.

 

Master Closets with Custom Storage

These walk in closets have built-in jewelry storage walls:

What is the Average Walk in Closet Size? Closet Pictures with Dimensions

What is the Average Walk in Closet Size? Closet Pictures with Dimensions

What are the minimum dimensions for an accessible walk in closet?

Accessible closets must allow enough space for a full wheelchair turning radius.

What is the Average Walk in Closet Size? Closet Pictures with Dimensions

This Raleigh new home master closet is about 14.5 x 11.5 ft (with a square center island with base cabinets).   It includes a 36" door and plenty of turning radius.

Storage Closet Space-Saving Tips

Store bulky items - like winter coats - in designated coat closets in the foyer, mudroom, or upstairs. These items can take up significant space, if you're focused on minimizing the master walk in closet size. 

What is the Average Walk in Closet Size? Closet Pictures with Dimensions

This Raleigh new home master closet is about 12' x 12'

 

What is the Average Walk in Closet Size? Closet Pictures with Dimensions

This Raleigh new home master closet is about 10' x 17' (with 9' island). 

 

What is the Average Walk in Closet Size? Closet Pictures with Dimensions

This Raleigh new home master closet is about 13.5' x 7' (with a washer and dryer area built in).

 

Looking for ways to add closet storage to your new home floor plan? Ask the builder for easy floor plan modification ideas.

Raleigh New Homes | Raleigh Floor Plans

 



Custom Home Builder in Raleigh, North Carolina:

When you build a custom home, the "standard" size of any room - including a closet - is very flexible. As your considering floor plan options, contact custom home builder Stanton Homes. We'll help you find the right floor plan - even if it means modifying room sizes and layouts.

 



 

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Estate New Home Builders Raleigh NC | 9 Luxury Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, May 17, 2017 @ 12:05 PM

Estate Home Construction in North Carolina:

Raleigh luxury homes offer features like kitchens with multiple islands, huge master suites with spa bathrooms and room-sized closets, separate entertainment floors with full bar and fireplace, window walls, and rooms for everything - including your pets.

See photos of Estate New Homes in the Raleigh, NC area - built by Stanton Homes.



9 Luxury Home Photo Galleries from Raleigh Estate New Home Builders:

Although estate homes are typically larger with 3+ car garages, multi-island kitchens, dual master suites, and basement apartments, they also feature a lot of cool finishes, layouts, and selections not found in average price points.

Take a look inside these luxury homes - and ask us which new home details come STANDARD in a Stanton Home (like built-in energy savings and innovative construction technologies).

Estate Home Floor Plan #1: Grand Lodge

5751 sq ft | 4 bedrooms | 4.5 bathrooms | Multi-Gen | Basement

Luxury custom homes Raleigh | Luxury custom home builder Raleigh

This Estate new home opens into a movie set stairway with incredible curved overlook above the kitchen and two story great room. The basement is an entire entertainment floor, with full bar and fireplace. The floor plan has rooms for everything, including the dog and the cat. See inside - click here for the photo gallery.

 

Estate Home Floor Plan #2: Avonstone Manor

5681 sq ft | 4 bedrooms | 5.5 bathrooms | First Floor Master

Luxury custom homes Raleigh | Luxury custom home builder Raleigh

This version of the Avonstone Manor has a gourmet chef kitchen with two islands; home bar with wine fridge, ice maker, glass front cabinets, and built-in sink. Luxurious master suite with sitting area. Massive vaulted master bath with "island" soaking tub and shower sauna. Two story great room with European fireplace. Grand curved staircase. Private bathroom in every bedroom. Media room, bonus room, and video room. Two laundry rooms, one on each level. Formal dining room. Home gym / exercise room. See it all, inside the photo tour - click here.

 

Estate Home Floor Plan #3: Barcelona

4345 sq ft | 4 bedrooms | 3.5 bathrooms | Dual Master

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This Raleigh version includes a downstairs Multi-Gen suite (with private laundry room and sitting room library), huge island kitchen, separate mud room and dog room, home gym / exercise room, home theater, office, and formal dining. Get more photos in the tour - here.


Estate Home Floor Plan #4: Horse Country Estate

7031 sq ft | 5 bedrooms | 4.5 bathrooms | Basement

Luxury custom homes Raleigh | Luxury custom home builder Raleigh

This craftsman style contemporary custom home plan has open concept living.  The oversized island kitchen opens to a vaulted keeping and breakfast room.  Stone fireplaces warm the keeping room and private master suite sun room.  And an angled side entry garage leads directly into the mud room style laundry room. Dual drop zones provide storage. See all estate home photos, here.

 

Estate Home Floor Plan #5: Daniel Farmhouse

4251 sq ft | 3 bedrooms | 3.5 bathrooms

Luxury custom homes Raleigh | Luxury custom home builder Raleigh

The farmhouse exterior includes three separate outdoor living spaces: wrap around front porch, backyard screened patio with see-through fireplace, and second story deck (the 3 car garage is detached, connected by a breezway). The master suite is downstairs and includes a walk-through, two entry shower. Upstairs is for work and play with a pocket office desk and built in home theater. See interior photos of this luxury home - click here.

 

Estate Home Floor Plan #6: Treehouse

3611 sq ft | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 bathrooms

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This "mountain style" home includes an open layout with large kitchen, two story great room with entire wall of windows, second story loft with overlook, sun room with built in storage benches, and a North Carolina style walk-out basement with game room. See the photo gallery of this mountain home, here.

Estate Home Floor Plan #7: Judson

3394 sq ft | 3 bedrooms | 3.5 bathrooms | Wheelchair Accessible | Multi-Gen

Luxury custom homes Raleigh | Luxury custom home builder Raleigh

The beautiful double glass front doors open through an archway - giving you first glimpses into the open great room, wheelchair accessible kitchen, and luxury one story living. Click to see a photo gallery inside this home: two-person shower in the master suite, luxury kitchen features, fully wheelchair accessible floor plan.

 

Estate Home Floor Plan #8: Coquery Cottage

3380 sq ft | 3 bedrooms | 3.5 bathrooms

Luxury custom homes Raleigh | Luxury custom home builder Raleigh

While the Coquery Cottage does not have a typical "estate" exterior, the sweeping one story layout and kitchen and master suite designs give it a leg-up on the competition. See the photo gallery, here, with features like an interior stone archway, curved tile tub INSIDE the open shower, and two island kitchen.

 

Estate Home Floor Plan #9: Serengeti

4364 sq ft | 5 bedrooms | 4.5 bathrooms | Dual Master

 

 

Luxury custom homes Raleigh | Luxury custom home builder Raleigh

This version of The Serengeti offers two master bedrooms (one upstairs, one down) in a multigenerational floor plan.  The two islands in the kitchen open to the breakfast, sitting, and keeping room. A home office, in addition to the five bedrooms and formal dining, offers flexible home space. See inside this estate new home, here.

 


 

Luxury Homes Available near Raleigh, NC

Here are more photo gallery ideas for your Raleigh luxury home plan - contact Stanton Homes for more information on pricing, floor plan ideas, and the custom home building process.

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Plant Shelf Ideas | Floor Plans with Plant Shelves

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, May 16, 2017 @ 13:05 PM
Photos of Plant Shelves in New Homes

Plant Shelf Ideas for the Foyer, Master Bathroom, and Kitchen

Looking for home plans with built-in plant shelves? What are the most common locations for inserting a plant shelf?

Plant Shelf Design Idea #1: In the Foyer (above the front door)

See "below" and "above" views of this foyer plant shelf design:

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Foyer plant shelves work well in home plans with a two story foyer and tucked-in front porch or portico. (See more examples of foyer plant shelves in the Carwile, Cove, and Maple Lane new home photo galleries - and a more contemporary plant shelf here, in the New River House.)

 

Plant Shelf Design Idea #2: In a Mud Room (Above a Drop Zone)

See the piece of trim added above the garage and pocket office doors? A custom plant shelf runs along two walls of this hallway style drop zone:

 

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See more photos of this home, a version of the Mitchells Farmhouse.

 

Plant Shelf Design Idea #3: Above a Fireplace Bump-Out

The asymmetrical fireplace design leaves space for a plant shelf above the  side-by-side built ins: 

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See more photos of this home, a version of the Treehouse.

Plant Shelf Design Idea #4: Above Built In Bookcases

The vaulted ceiling in this great room leaves ample space to add plant shelf space above the built in bookcases: 

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See more photos of this home, a version of the Lake House.

Plant Shelf Design Idea #5: In the Master Bath

This master bathroom layout with separate vanities and a centerpiece tub leaves room for twin plant shelves above the shower and toilet room: 

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See more photos of this home, a version of the Remington.

Plant Shelf Design Idea #6: Above the Master Bedroom Entrance

These Master Bedroom entrances were bumped out for a more impressive passage, and include a plant shelf above the entrance.  

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5 More Plant Shelf Idea Photos - Here:

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2017 Triangle Green Home Tour

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 @ 11:04 AM

It's almost here - the 2017 Triangle Green Home Tour:

The Green Home Tour lasts two weekends this Spring,

April 29-30 and May 6-7

Open Hours Noon to 5 PM each day

 

We can't wait for the Triangle Green Home Tour, sponsored by the Home Builder's Association of Durham Orange and Chatham County.

Every Stanton Home, including our entry into the 2017 Triangle Green Home Tour, includes ecoSelect third party High Performance Home certification, standard. Read about our committment to energy efficient, 3rd party certified new homes - here.

 


Take a look inside our Green Home this year - and come see the craftsmanship and customer detail in person starting next weekend!

 

2017 Triangle Green Home Tour | Energy Efficient Home Builders

2017 Triangle Green Home Tour | Energy Efficient Home Builders

2017 Triangle Green Home Tour | Energy Efficient Home Builders

What is an eco-Select home certification?

ecoSelect is a Third Party Energy Certification that demonstrates energy efficiency in new homes.

The ecoSelect certification indicates that the construction is designed to provide higher levels of energy efficiency, per the national HERS index, with better indoor air quality and water efficiency than standard new homes.

With ecoSelect, energy efficient technological and scientific advancements will be built-in, inspected, and qualified to make your home more comfortable, while lowering your energy costs.

It takes a lot to earn the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) designation held by ecoSelect certification: There are only six programs in the nation that qualify.

The certification includes:

Quality Assurance

High Performance Windows

Programmable Thermostats

High Efficiency HVAC

Advanced Air Sealing

Reduced Water Usage (Watersense Fixtures)

Energy Efficient Lighting


Energy Efficiency Features built in to each new High Performance Stanton Home include:

- LED Lighting

- Radiant barrier

- Advanced air sealing

- High Efficiency HVAC with premium MERV 8 Filters

- HERS Score and Certificate

 

According to the Home Builder's Association of Raleigh - Wake County,

"Featured homes on the Annual Green Home Tour, located throughout the Triangle, have the latest energy efficiency materials and green building trends.

The Annual Green Home Tour is held every spring. This tour is the premier annual event for people interested in Green building science, energy efficiency or the latest in green technologies in a new home or existing homes." Read more here.

 

Looking for New Home Builders in Raleigh NC? Get started with these resources:


 

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Triangle Green Home Tour 2017

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Apr 14, 2017 @ 09:04 AM

Coming soon - the Triangle Green Home Tour of 2017:

The Green Home Tour runs two weekends,

April 29-30 and May 6-7

Noon to 5 PM each day

Triangle Green Home Tour 2017

According to the Home Builder's Association of Raleigh - Wake County,

"Featured homes on the Annual Green Home Tour, located throughout the Triangle, have the latest energy efficiency materials and green building trends.

The Annual Green Home Tour is held every spring. This tour is the premier annual event for people interested in Green building science, energy efficiency or the latest in green technologies in a new home or existing homes." Read more here.


Every Stanton Home, including our entry into the 2017 Triangle Green Home Tour, includes ecoSelect certification. Read about it here.


What is an eco-Select home certification?

ecoSelect is a Third Party Energy Certification that demonstrates energy efficiency in new homes.

The ecoSelect certification indicates that the construction is designed to provide higher levels of energy efficiency, per the national HERS index, with better indoor air quality and water efficiency than standard new homes.

With ecoSelect, energy efficient technological and scientific advancements will be built-in, inspected, and qualified to make your home more comfortable, while lowering your energy costs.

It takes a lot to earn the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) designation held by ecoSelect certification: There are only six programs in the nation that qualify.

The certification includes:

Quality Assurance

High Performance Windows

Programmable Thermostats

High Efficiency HVAC

Advanced Air Sealing

Reduced Water Usage (Watersense Fixtures)

Energy Efficient Lighting


Energy Efficiency Features built in to each new High Performance Stanton Home include:

- LED Lighting

- Radiant barrier

- Advanced air sealing

- High Efficiency HVAC with premium MERV 8 Filters

- HERS Score and Certificate

 

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Dog Showers and Mudrooms with Pet Amenities

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Apr 14, 2017 @ 09:04 AM

Dog Showers, Cat Rooms, and Private Pet Doors

Homes with Built In Pet Spaces

These Raleigh custom homes include all kinds of pet rooms and amenities. From dog doors and showers to cat rooms with play walls, check out photos of new homes with pet room designs.   

Pet Room Idea #1: Dog House Under the Stairs, Dog Shower by the Washer

Looking for efficient ways to build in pet areas? We turned this "unused" space under the staircase into a large dog house and tile dog shower. 

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Inside this Dog Room: 

 - The black walls along half the room are done in chalkboard paint, for a combined pet / kid play area that keeps the dirt contained!

- The shower floor includes custom "puppy paw prints" in circular black tiles

- The shower head includes two built-in height adjustments, for hands-free baths for large and small pets

Pet Room Idea #2: Raised Height Dog Shower

For small breed dogs - and smaller pets - check out this raised height dog shower. 

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Inside this Dog Room: 

 - The tall platform helps you bathe pets while standing - no more bending over muddy dogs with a garden hose!

 - The dog room has a dedicated glass French door that leads directly to the backyard deck, for a no mess transition from outdoor play time

Pet Room Idea #3: Mud Room with Dog Door

This mud room includes a doggie door, so your pets can come and go as they please.  

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Inside this Mud Room: 

 - The mud room also has a door separating it from the rest of the house, so dogs can enter your home without full access to kitchen and living area

- The tile floor makes it easy to clean up messes - and will help dogs stay cool

Pet Room Idea #4: Cat Room

Yes - this is a custom room just for cats! The floating wall shelves are designed for cats to play during the day. 

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Inside this Cat Room: 

 - The built-in desk and shelves will let you convert this cat room into a private, pocket office if desired in the future - making a dual use of the unique space 

- The engineered flooring makes an easy clean-up area for any kitty litter spills

Pet Room Idea #5: Pet Ramp

While we usually include ramps in wheelchair accessible homes, this home design is made for animal access to the pet room.

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Pet Room Idea #6: Pet Access Door

Here's another pet ramp design, that gives animals direct access to the home, without needing to open the side or garage doors for them.

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9 Unique Kitchen Trends for 2017 | White Shaker Cabinets

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 @ 11:03 AM

Top Trends You'll Find in 2017 New Home Kitchens:

Kitchens will continue to be gathering places in 2017 new home designs. Here are home builder predictions for the most popular kitchen trends in 2017.

(Click on any photo below to see a gallery of the entire custom Stanton Home.)



Kitchen Trends for 2017 #1: Shaker Style White cabinets

White cabinets are have been a top request in kitchens for the past few years. However, you're going to find more kitchens with clean, crisp Shaker style cabinets.

What do shaker kitchen cabinets look like? The term "shaker" refers to the cabinet door style. A shaker style cabinet door uses a five-piece design, with a recessed center panel.

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This Chapel Hill custom home kitchen uses two styles of drawer fronts with the shaker cabinets: slab and shaker. The "slab" drawers in this photo are white and the "shaker" drawers are stained wood. 

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Kitchen Trends for 2017 #2: Islands with Seating

Oversized islands are huge in Raleigh new homes. The more seating, the better, for many floor plan designs. 

Seating at the island connects the kitchen and great room spaces, like the seating overhang in this Chapel Hill custom home kitchen

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Kitchen Trends for 2017 #3: Windows Above the Sink

New home floor plans are integrating more natural light into the kitchen, with windows above teh sink as a key area where more light comes in handy.

This one story custom home, a version of the Dahlberg floor plan, uses two large picture windows above the corner sink:

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Windows aren't always placed above the sink, though. When the sink is in the island, kitchen layouts can add windows on the perimeter walls, like this design with windows on each side of the range cooktop, These windows are designed to give 360 degree views of the Raleigh river front homesite.

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Kitchen Trends for 2017 #4: Debates over Columns or No Columns in the Kitchen

Columns in the kitchen are a debated trend in our home building experience. Some love the fully open kitchen concept, with no barriers between the island and great room; others want the columns as a decorative touch (or for framing things like a raised eating bar).

Here are two photos of the same kitchen, built from the Low Country Farmhouse floor plan. The first version has no columns; the second has columns in the kitchen:

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Which is your favorite, the columns or no columns in the kitchen?

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Kitchen Trends for 2017 #5: Two Islands in the Kitchen

As kitchens get bigger, they tend to include a second island between the kitchen and great room. 

In this home, a version of the Statesman, the second island is framed with columns and three archways:

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Here's another way to add a second island. In this home, the second island is table height, designed as an eat-in space with seating on all sides:

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Kitchen Trends for 2017 #6: Oversized Islands in the Kitchen

When we say islands are getting bigger, we mean it! This island is about 10'x5'!

 

To give you a scale of how big this island really is:

  • Our most popular "small laundry rooms" are typically 6'x6' to 6'x9'
  • A typical mud room with storage can be in the 5'x5' to 5'x7' range
  • And a mud room that doubles as a laundry room is usually around 7'x10', only two feet longer than this island!

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Kitchen Trends for 2017 #7: Prep Sinks in the Island

Prep sinks in the island - and pot fillers above the stove - are both popular kitchen design features we expect to see more of in 2017 new homes.

Here's an example of a prep sink:

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And here's what a pasta pot filler faucet looks like:

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(See more pot filler photos in our Ideabooks on Houzz, click here.)

Kitchen Trends for 2017 #8: Butler's Pantry in the Kitchen

This tucked-away butler's pantry is located under the stairs, between the kitchen and formal dining room.

Adding a butler's pantry, or closet, under the staircase is a great use of space, adding efficiency to your floor plan!

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A butler's pantry usually includes upper and lower cabinets with a counter top area.  In most floor plans, the pantry is located in a "secondary" space - somewhere between the kitchen and eating areas - to help spread out entertainment areas during large events. These storage areas are also used as long-term spaces (for holiday platters and less-used large items).

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Kitchen Trends for 2017 #9: Beam Ceilings in the Kitchen

While we're used to seeing beam ceilings in the great room and living room, kitchen ceiling beams are quickly growing in popularity. We're certain you'll find more kitchen beams in 2017 Raleigh custom homes: 

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Let us know what kitchen layouts, designs, and features you like most. We’ll listen to your ideas to design and build a custom new home just for your family.



More 2017 New Home Trends:

Why do main floor master homes cost most?

11 Multigen Homes for 2017 Buyers

Best Gray Paint Colors for 2017 - SW Agreeable Gray

Best Gray Paint Colors for 2017 - SW Knitting Needles

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