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19 Trey Ceiling Photos from Chapel Hill New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 @ 15:11 PM

Photos of 19 Trey Ceiling Designs

Chapel Hill New Home Trends

Trey ceilings are one of the most popular additions to Chapel Hill new custom homes. Get ideas for your new home design, with these photos of octagonal, box, step, and double step trey ceilings. Click any photo to see the full photo gallery for that home!

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

Where are Trey Ceilings placed within a home? While Trey Ceilings can be placed in nearly any room of the home - from the kitchen to the great room - they are most often placed in master bedrooms and formal dining rooms.

What are some of the most popular Trey Ceiling styles? Step, shallow step, vaulted, octagonal, angled, or single box are some popular trey ceiling designs.

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

This Chapel Hill new home has rounded corners - designed to mirror the archways below. 

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

Deep browns contrast against the white painted wainscoting in this formal dining room - complete with an octagonal trey ceiling.

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

Double trey ceilings are more popular in the master bedroom. These trey ceilings carry the wall colors into the ceiling, to emphasize the layering look. 

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

The ultimate master retreat is topped with this owner's suite trey ceiling that emphasizes the grand dimension of this spacious personal space. The choice to bathe the room in earthtones and white is the perfect color palette for this setting. 

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

The layers in this trey ceiling are taller, emphasizing the raised height ceiling. How many ceilings are painted white versus the wall color? We've found that white ceilings are slightly more popular - although lots of Chapel Hill new home buyers request painted ceilings as well. 

 

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

The deep, white trey design selected for this master suite creates a crowning effect of sophistication. Grey walls reflect the latest color trend, while directing the eye upward.

 

 

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

This master bedroom white trey ceiling has two layers with crown molding. The sitting area tucked in at the back of the room has its own little niche, behind the trey.

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

Here's another approach to a multi-layer trey ceiling, in this master suite that's bold with personality. Bright yellow and white layers make the room sunny and bright, while emphasizing the design's intricate tiers.

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

Flirtatious romance can be created with multiple layers in the trey ceiling, like this master suite retreat. Your color palette will reflect the tone you want to reflect, whether you tend toward whimsy, daring or conventional.  

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

The classic look to this formal dining room trey ceiling reflects the elegance of the room, with a welcoming openness and simplistic design that compliments expansive windows, archways, chair rail, and hardwoods.

 

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

Frame your formal dining room with a vertical trey ceiling like this to provide balance with your favorite wainscoting design. Color adds dimension, while white adds formality.

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

Create character in your kitchen, with a trey ceiling that goes over the space where you spend most of your time. This example is clean and crisp, with a simple box appeal that serves as an extension of the show stopper chef's kitchen.

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

Keep it simple, with a basic trey ceiling with accent color for just a touch of formality. This effect is popular with more casual lifestyles, where rigid formality feels out of place.

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

This angled trey ceiling makes a formal dining statement as a warm welcome to every sit down meal. Serving as a tie-together with incredibly detailed trim work, strategically placed windows and an art niche, this trey reflects the ceiling appeal of custom homes.

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

Give your dining room an incredible designer appeal, with a multi-layered octagonal trey ceiling accented by bands of color.

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

When the emphasis is on all the archways, you might want to opt for an all-white octagonal trey in the formal dining room. This provides the expected formality, while keeping most of the attention elsewhere.

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

Simple and sweet, this master suite with trey ceiling has a soft, warm feeling, with a sitting alcove that beckons just beyond.

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

When you enter your dining room through the wide swoop of this dramatic arched entry, the bold red and white of this traditional dining room reflects confidence. When there's that much going on in the rest of the room, use your trey ceiling as a punctuation mark, like this. 

Chapel Hill New Custom Home Trends

When building a custom home in Chapel Hill, NC - or anywhere throughout central North Carolina - a Stanton Homes Signature Trey Ceiling can add detail, dimension, and depth to nearly any room. Looking for move-in ready or under construction homes near Chapel Hill?

These custom homes are move-in ready, or nearly available, in Chatham County. Click the address for new home cost and more information:

65 Brookhaven Way – 3144 Sq Ft – First Floor Guest Suite – Move-in Ready Home 

152 Brookhaven Way – 3474 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction

280 Horizon Drive - 3430 Sq Ft - First Floor Master and Guest - New Home Under Construction 

189 Brookhaven Way - 3138 Sq Ft - First Floor Master - New Home Under Construction

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Walk in Closet Dimensions [Best Size for a Master Closet]

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 @ 15:11 PM

What's the best size for a walk in master closet?

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

Walk in Closet Dimensions | Best Size for a Master Closet

Here are some examples of custom home master closet designs and layouts (with pictures of walk in closet storage):

Walk in Closet Dimensions | Best Size for a Master Closet

This custom home master closet is about 14.5 x 11.5 ft (with a square center island designed as a folding counter and cabinet).



How wide does a walk in closet need to be? What is the average length of a walk in closet?

The standard width of a walk in closet can range from 5 to 12 feet or more. This allows for a 3-foot hallway into the closet, even after you store or hang items along the walls.

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

Here is an example of an extra long closet, which makes great use of upstairs storage space:

Walk in Closet Dimensions | Best Size for a Master Closet

This custom home master closet is about 10 x 17 ft (with a 9' island cabinet). 

What is the best distance between closet rods?

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.

Walk in Closet Dimensions | Best Size for a Master Closet

This custom home master closet is about 13.5 x 7 ft (and is designed to include a washer and dryer).

Got walk in closet ideas with a window?

Walk in closets sometimes incorporate windows, typically in floor plans where the closet is located on the front of the home.

Here is an example floor plan with a closet on the front of the home with windows: 

Walk in Closet Dimensions | Best Size for a Master Closet

This custom home floor plan by Stanton Homes features a downstairs master bedroom with his and hers walk in closet. (See a home plan with the closet and bath on opposite ends of the master bedroom - with window walls in each room.)

Walk in Closet Dimensions | Best Size for a Master Closet

Here is the completed walk in closet. The window wall shelving was extended outwards to create more storage space and a separated his and hers design.

This custom home master closet is about 14 x 9 ft.

Windows are not necessary for closets, but are sometimes added in order 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.

How small can a walk in closet be? What is the right size for a wheelchair accessible walk in closet?

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

Walk in Closet Dimensions | Best Size for a Master Closet

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

How large should a shoe or accessory closet be?

This "hers" shoe closet is approx. 3' x 3' - just large enough to tuck away boots, flats, and jewlery (with custom height shelving and peg hanging boards):

Walk in Closet Dimensions | Best Size for a Master 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. 

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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21 Interior Column Styles Found in Raleigh New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 @ 15:11 PM

21 Interior Column Photos

Photos of Raleigh Home Designs with Columns

Get ideas for your new home design from these "best interior column styles" found in Raleigh, NC Stanton homes.  While some interior columns provide structural support, others are purely decorative. 

See photos of detailed trim, classic wainscoting wraps, stone columns, and textured colors. 

Interior Column Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Interior Columns with White Wainscoting Wrap

These interior columns feature a 1/3 height picture frame wainscoting wrap-around.  Crown molding blends the columns into the kitchen-great room wall:

Interior Column Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Here is another example of how to use white wainscoting on columns: 

Interior Column Photos | Raleigh New Homes

White trim extends the full height of these great room columns. The trim follows the archway opening, and extends across the entire open concept room:

Interior Column Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Kitchen Pass-Through Columns

Love the idea of a kitchen pass through? Side columns support the window opening between the kitchen and great room: 

Interior Column Photos | Raleigh New Homes

These kitchen square columns are more contemporary, especially without the archway entries: 

Interior Column Photos | Raleigh New Homes

And here's a farmhouse style home, with painted columns in the kitchen pass-through (and formal dining room):

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Half-Height Interior Columns

These half-height white columns create an open flow between the breakfast room and sun room, positioned on a half wall:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

 

White columns and soft grey tones keep the open concept plan bright and airy: 

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

 

White columns aren't just for Greek facades anymore. White columns in Roman or traditional styles are popping up in new custom home designs in entryways, family rooms, great rooms, master suites, and highlighted hallways: 

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Faux Column Designs

These stone columns are purely decorative - built with the same stone on the front porch and interior two sided fireplace. In this version of The Bryson, the grey coffer ceiling draws out the grey tones in the stone:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Inside this version of the Dinsmore, we also see the exterior stone made into interior columns, in the formal dining room. While the columns are load bearing, the stone itself is decorative: 

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Located just off the main foyer entrance, these half-width white columns flank the master suite door: 

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

See more master suite entrance designs here.

This fireplace design is very complex: floor-to-ceiling white columns frame the fireplace for a more blended interior wall location, the mantel breaks the wainscoting into two sections for greater depth, and the wainscot panels are painted a soft grey as an off-setting technique:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

 

Archway entrances feature white trim wraps, designed with a column frame that stretches across the opening:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

 

Painted Interior Columns

These painted interior columns between the great room and kitchen extend above the archways. Crown molding on top keep the columns feeling formal: 

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Double columns - painted in a rustic red - lend traditional formality to this formal dining room with crystal hanging light and trey ceiling:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

These living room support columns are painted to match the main walls. These columns are designed to blend into the  open concept living spaces:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Archway entrances are a staple in new custom home design. These archways - with columns between, give the kitchen and living room just enough separation:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Here's another example of painted interior columns that frame archway entrances to the formal dining room:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Interior White Columns

The white painted Roman column, wainscoting, trim, and coffer ceiling off-set the deep red dinning room walls:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

White and black tones create powerful contrast in this contemporary custom home. Three white columns frame the formal dining room:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

 

These custom homes are move-in ready, or nearly available, in Chatham County. Click the address for new home cost and more information:

65 Brookhaven Way – 3144 Sq Ft – First Floor Guest Suite – Move-in Ready Home 

152 Brookhaven Way – 3474 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction

280 Horizon Drive - 3430 Sq Ft - First Floor Master and Guest - New Home Under Construction 

189 Brookhaven Way - 3138 Sq Ft - First Floor Master - New Home Under Construction

 

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Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas Photo Gallery

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 @ 10:11 AM

When


Cozy Fireplace Ideas for the Fall:

Get fireplace design ideas - perfect for cozy Fall weather and cold winter evenings.

Photos of fireplaces in the living room, kitchen, master bedroom, and screen porch: 


Living Room Fireplace Ideas

Get living room fireplace design ideas, with built in shelves, two story stone surrounds, and stained wood mantels:

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

More photos of stained wood mantel fireplaces - click here. 

Kitchen Fireplace Ideas

Bring warmth to the kitchen, with a two sided fireplace: 

 

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

 

Master Bedroom Fireplaces

What's cozier than a private fireplace in the master bedroom? 

Get ideas for a three sided fireplace, or corner fireplace, in the master suite:  

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

Floor Plans with Fireplace in the master bedroom.

Screen Porch Fireplace Ideas

Outdoor fireplaces are perfect for year-round indoor-outdoor spaces. 

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

 

More Fireplace Ideas: 

85 Fireplace Design Idea Photos

14 Custom Fireplace Designs

Modern Fireplace Chimney Styles


Looking to move into a new home before Christmas? Check out the Cassiopeia, for sale now in Chatham County, NC:

65 Brookhaven Way – 3144 Sq Ft – First Floor Guest Suite – Move-in Ready Home 

Homes for Sale Chatham County

 

Willing to wait until the holidays are over? These homes are under construction now, to be completed soon!

129 Brookhaven Way – 3358 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction

152 Brookhaven Way – 3474 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction


 

Tags: fireplace trends, types of fireplaces, gas vs wood fireplace, fireplace design, raleigh new homes

Top 20 Best House Plans with First Floor Guest Bedrooms

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 @ 17:11 PM

20 Best Floor Plans with First Floor Guest Bedrooms

For North Carolina New Homes

Thinking about where to put your guests for the holidays this year? First floor guest suites are a top request for new home builders, with privacy and convenience at the top of the “must have” list. 

Typical plans have a first floor guest bedroom with an attached (or near-by) bath, but the layout for new home plans can vary. Here are some examples of NC new home floor plans with a guest bedroom - see highlights of most requested floor plan features for each new home:

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The Cabot is 3,430 Sq Ft Modern Farmhouse with 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and a first floor master bedroom. This new home floor plan features:

  • Island Kitchen - "Secret" Pantry
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom 
  • Large Mudroom
  • Secret Entrance to Laundry from Master Closet  

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The Dinsmore B is 3,008 Sq Ft with 5 bedrooms, 3.5 to 4.5 bathrooms and a first floor master bedroom. This new home floor plan features:

  • Curved Front Island Kitchen 
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom 
  • Large Mudroom
  • Media Room, and Separate Loft

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The Glenview is 3,474 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a first floor master bedroom. This new home floor plan features:

  • Island Kitchen - Vaulted Great Room
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom 
  • Jack and Jill Bath
  • Laundry with Built In Sink, Separate Mudroom Area with Drop Zone
  • Game Room, Bonus Room

 

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The Mackinaw is 3,400 Sq Ft is a Farmhouse with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a first floor master bedroom. This new home floor plan features:

  • Wrap Around Front Porch
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom 
  • Laundry with Drop Zone
  • Loft, Media Room, Bonus Room

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The Sawyer is 2,907-3,245 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a second floor master bedroom. This new home floor plan features:

  • Open Concept Island Kitchen
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom 
  • Secret Passage Between Kids Bedrooms
  • First Floor Office
  • Mudroom Style Laundry

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The Cassiopeia is 3,144 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a second floor master bedroom. This new home - currently for sale in Chatham County - features:

  • Open Concept Island Kitchen
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom 
  • Drop Zone Hallway
  • "Hers" Accessory Closet with Barn Door
  • Formal Dining and Breakfast
  
 
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The Elkin is 3,142 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a first floor master bedroom. This new home floor plan features:

  • Curved Island Kitchen - Open Floor Plan
  • "Secret" Pantry
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom
  • Game Room, Play Room

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The Highland Place is 3,414 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a first floor master bedroom. This new home floor plan features:

  • Curved Island Kitchen
  • Luxury Master Bath with His and Hers Separate Vanities
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom
  • Game Room, Bonus Room, Loft
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The Sullivan B is 2,548 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a first floor master bedroom. This new home floor plan features:

  • Island Kitchen with Seating
  • Vaulted Great Room
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom
  • Spa Style Master Bath with Makeup Counter

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The Maple Lane is 3,275 Sq Ft with 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms. This new home floor plan features:

  • Island Kitchen with Seating
  • Two Story Great Room
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom
  • Option for Mother In Law Suite with Separate Living Room

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The Mitchells Farmhouse is 3,658 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. This new home floor plan features:

  • Huge Island with Seating
  • Unique "Wrap Around" Staircase with Overlook
  • First Floor Pocket Office
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom
  • Loft, Optional 3rd Floor Media Room, Office

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The Statesman is 3,160 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a first floor master bedroom. This new home floor plan features:

  • Huge Island with Seating 
  • Grand Staircase
  • Custom Arched Openings and Faux Columns
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom

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The Cotswold is 3,281 Sq Ft with 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms. This new home floor plan features:

  • Courtyard Entry
  • Traditional Island Kitchen
  • Luxury Master Suite with Sitting Room and His and Hers Bath Layout
  • First Floor Office
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom

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The Shoal Creek is 2,765 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, first floor master bedroom. This new home floor plan features:

  • Open Concept Island Kitchen
  • Vaulted Two Story Great Room
  • First Floor Office
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom
  • Bonus Room

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The Greenhaven is 3,716 Sq Ft with 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and wheelchair accessible rooms. This new home floor plan features:

  • Traditional Peninsula Kitchen
  • Library
  • Wheelchair Accessible Downstairs Guest Bedroom
  • Bonus Room
  • Optional 3rd Floor Office

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The Beaufort is 2,313 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. This new home floor plan features:

  • Peninsula Kitchen with Window to Living Room
  • Two Story Barrel Vault Foyer
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom
  • Bonus Room

 

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The Harwood is 5,279 Sq Ft with 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms. This new home floor plan features:

  • Open Island Kitchen
  • Two Story Foyer
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom
  • Den, Dining Room
  • Games Room, Library

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The Avonlea is 4,154 Sq Ft with 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms. This new home floor plan features:

  • Island Kitchen
  • Vaulted Keeping Room
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom
  • Formal Living Room
  • Spa Master Bath 

 

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The Wynter Park is 3,965 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms. This new home floor plan features:

  • Open Island Kitchen
  • Vaulted Grand Room
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom
  • Vaulted Keeping Room
  • Bonus Room
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The Morgan Falls is 3,536 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms. This new home floor plan features:

  • Open Island Kitchen
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom
  • Two Staircases
  • Bonus Room
  • Pocket Library

 

 

New homes with first floor guest bedrooms are popular with families planning for multigenerational living, or long-term guests. Homes with a downstairs guest bedroom also tend to have higher resale value, too.

Let us know the features you like best in these plans and we’ll email you more to think about.  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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Kitchen Holiday Ideas | Large Islands, Wall Ovens, Pantries

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 @ 15:11 PM

Kitchen Layout Ideas for the Holiday Season:

Thanksgiving is almost here, and we've been thinking about all the ways to build holiday spaces into the kitchen. Get tips on island seating arrangements, wall ovens, and pantry styles, in some of our most popular photo guides, below.



Islands with Seating - and Space for All Day Snacking

Large islands are hugely popular in new homes right now. Want space to spread out during the holidays? These articles will give you a good indication of the best island sizes for the number of seats you want:

How many seats will fit at these islands?
How big should my island be?


Kitchen Layout Ideas | Island Seating

Double Wall Oven Layouts for Holiday Cooking

When Thanksgiving rolls around, it's cooking crunch time. You oven capacity can make or break the day! See how popular double wall ovens are in Raleigh new homes, in these photo guides: 

Wall Overs VS. Under-Stove Range - Which is Best for Bulk Cooking?
Why choose a gas cooktop? Top Reasons Homebuyers Think Gas Powered Ranges are Better

Kitchen Layout Ideas | Double Wall Ovens

Butler's Pantry Ideas - Making Room for Serving Platters

You can expand the "size" of your kitchen by putting a butler's pantry in the dining room, a hallway, under the stairs, or other tucked-away space.

During holiday time, you'll love having a secondary serving area. Between events, the storage space will keep your kitchen clear of less-used items like large serving platters, extra glassware, and formal china.

Take a look at some of our favorite butler's pantry photos:

Our Houzz Ideabook of Butler's Pantry Photos
Questions to Ask about Your Butler's Pantry Plans

Kitchen Layout Ideas | Butlers Pantry Photos

Walk in Pantries - For those Holiday Costco Runs

Now that it's time to hit up Costco, Sams Club, and BJ's for friends and family coming to town, we're extra thankful for walk in pantry layouts.

See photos and floor plans of our most popular walk in pantries, here:

5 Corner Pantries with Floor Plans and Photos
Walk-In Kitchen Pantries (not located in a corner)
7 "Costco" Size Pantry Designs (see home plans with more than one kitchen pantry)

Kitchen Layout Ideas | Walk in Pantry Photos



Looking to move into a new home before Christmas? Check out the Cassiopeia, for sale now in Chatham County, NC:

65 Brookhaven Way – 3144 Sq Ft – First Floor Guest Suite – Move-in Ready Home 

Homes for Sale Chatham County

 

Willing to wait until the holidays are over? These homes are under construction now, to be completed soon!

129 Brookhaven Way – 3358 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction

152 Brookhaven Way – 3474 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction


 

Tags: walk in pantry, Kitchen Islands, raleigh new homes, double wall ovens

12 Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 @ 11:11 AM

Craftsman House Plans for Raleigh NC Custom Homes

Craftsman homes continue to be one of the most popular design requests for Raleigh NC custom homes. Classic and contemporary craftsman homes have similar design features, such as: 

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Architecture that emphasizes simple lines, but with detailed accents

Stone accents, especially on front porches

Decorative cross hatches on eaves

Square or horizontal rectangular windows



12 Ideas for a Craftsman exterior:

From traditional designs to exteriors with contemporary modifications, these Raleigh NC custom homes will give you exterior paint color ideas:  

Exterior Style #1: English Country Craftsman Exterior Paint Colors

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #2: Two Story Craftsman House Plans

This craftsman home includes tons of windows to take advantage of the wooded, acreage lot views. 

Craftsman ideas include: beams in the cross hatches, metal roof accents, stone accents, craftsman style wood and stone porch column, and white trim details. 

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #3: Country Craftsman Estate

Although craftsman home exterior colors have historically emphasized complementary earth tones (you'll see several examples below), many contemporary Raleigh custom homes are starting to incorporate brighter and bolder exterior paint colors.

This version of The Horse Country Estate blends natural earth-colored stone accents with brown garage doors and trim, alongside earthy orange/brown tone siding.

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #4: Urban Craftsman

Craftsman exteriors often incorporate natural materials, including stone siding and exposed wood details.

Historically, rafter tails were literally rafters that extended past the roof for structural support. Today, rafter tails are often added as decorative pieces designed to increase curb appeal by "exposing" more of the home structure. 

Below is an example of a subtle use of exposed rafter tails (added to accentuate the front porch roofline): 

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #5: Traditional Craftsman

Complementary vertical and horizontal lines -- particularly in the roof peaks -- are common craftsman touches found in traditional exteriors.

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #6: Craftsman Ranch

This ranch style (single level) craftsman home features a blend of earthy tones that reflect shades akin to fields and forests.

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #7: Contemporary Mountain Craftsman

Check out the windows on this contemporary craftsman exterior. Square windows are more common on craftsman homes, as well as linear rectangle windows (like the ones located above the garage).

Note how wide and short -- rather than thin and tall -- several of these windows are:

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #8: Contemporary Craftsman

White and grey exteriors are popular contemporary color combinations. This home is equal parts urban contemporary and craftsman.

While round columns replace square tapered columns, stone bases blend in a touch of traditional craftsmanship.

Take a look inside this home to see more craftsman details in the floor plan layout, staircase design, and efficient use of space.

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #9: Country Craftsman

Tapered square wood columns paired with stone bases are a staple for many traditional craftsman home exteriors. 

Deep eaves are another common arts and crafts touch.

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #10: Cottage Craftsman

As a bungalow style home, this exterior emphasizes a contrast between dark brown finishes and neutral green siding. Stone column bases and steps lighten up the front porch.

A low pitch roof stands out as a common craftsman exterior design.

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #11: French Country Craftsman

Dark red, a bold choice for a craftsman home, follows the French design of this craftsman home.

Another traditional French country home design addition is the non-symmetrical front with a single curved roofline accent.

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #12: Hillside Craftsman

This Raleigh custom home highlights the craftsman trend of incorporating windows arranged in groups, often with a simple geometrical design. 

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

 

More Info On Craftsman Style Homes and Floor Plans: 

- What is an Arts and Crafts home?

- Where to find Craftsman house plans

- 10 Popular Craftsman floor plans


Raleigh, North Carolina Craftsman Homes:

When building a custom home in North Carolina, you can choose which craftsman details you love, and which to leave out. For instance, craftsman floor plan elements include:

Limited hallways in the floor plan

1x4, 1x6, and 1x8 interior trim treatments

Built-in storage including bookshelves, cabinets, or niches

Staircases with (wood) square balusters and newell posts

What do you love about these popular home exterior styles, and what would you change? Tell us about your new home ideas -- click here to get started on building your new home



 

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Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 @ 11:11 AM

Open beam ceiling house plans:

Big ceiling beams can provide big benefits for wide open living spaces. Here is what the Builder Brothers have to say about it, with explanations and examples of beam ceilings, together with photos to show the different styles you'll find in Raleigh new homes.  

 

Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans



Exposed beam ceiling home design ideas:

Love the look of a lakeside cottage or a mountain retreat? Exposed beams are usually a focal point. 
 
But beams come in many forms, and can serve a key function as a structural component or simply add character to a room or home. Without modern beams we would not be able to have the capability to have these wide open and highly desired floor plans. 

Exposed beam ceiling house plans

Decorative beams are often going in the opposite direction on a timeline, as they can be integrated into an 'old world' design theme. 
 
These non-structural stained solid beams bring to mind castles and chalets with soaring ceilings and timeless dark wood.    The size and weight perfectly accentuates the open, vaulted ceiling over the kitchen and dining areas.
 
Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans

 

Hidden beam ceiling house plans

It takes big beams to create open layouts - whether you see them, or not.  It's a matter of form versus function.
 
Structural engineers can be your best friend, when you want to build a home with lots of open living space. They work with the integrity of a plan, to create more contemporary, modernistic layouts that don't require as many weight bearing columns or walls.
 
Functional beams carry large weights, like this entrance between a kitchen and a breakfast room. 
 
Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans
Can't find the beam in this photo? The primary beam is hidden in a flush ceiling, with an additional beam dropping down to provide a feeling of separate space for the nook. Steel beams hidden in the ceiling allow span for the drop beam to the keeping room:
 
Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans
If you want to stretch an opening 12 or 15 feet like this, without using columns, you need the strength of steel - with beams that are hidden. 
 

Structural beam ceiling house plans

Here is an example of a structural beam where the sitting room meets the bedroom. A large microllam LVL beam is built in, hidden underneath the paint and drywall. 

Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans

A structural beam like this is designed to carry the load of the ceiling and roof:  

Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans

One story house plans with vaulted ceilings and beams in the vault

Timber beams are usually for visual appeal, as opposed to structural necessity. They are typically found in mountain or lake style homes, designed for rustic appeal.
 
This photo of a cedar beam with a 'sunburst' detail is purely for the look. It was left 'natural' (no stain or paint) intentionally. It draws your eyes up and emphasizes the tall vaulted ceiling.

Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans

Beam ceiling ideas - wrapped wood beams

You can use many different types of materials and with the dozens of stain options out there, there are countless ways to create the look you have in mind.  But, most exposed beams are wrapped with oak or cedar. 

Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans

 

Oak and Cedar are hardwoods that can be stained, for dark stained wrapped wood beams like these: 

Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans

Alternatives to beam ceilings - Fireplace wall

This two sided stone fireplace takes the place of a beam ceiling. The fireplace carries the weight of the second story, and is accentuated by a stained wood contemporary/rustic style wrap mantle.  

Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans


Modern Homes with Beam Ceilings:

Beams can function as a structural component or simply add character to a room. Without modern beams, new home builders would not be able to create open concept floor plans, which are highly desired in the Raleigh area. 
 

 

About the Builder Brothers: 

Builder Brothers Andrew and Phil 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. 

Custom Home Builder Raleigh


 

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How Popular are Master Bedrooms with Sitting Rooms? | Apex NC New Home Plans

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Nov 09, 2016 @ 15:11 PM

Master Bedroom Home Plans | Trends from inside Apex NC New Homes:

 

What are more buyers asking for in the master bedroom floor plan?   Sitting Room, Walk in Closet, and Island Storage Trends

We've analyzed the new homes entered in the Parade of Homes, and here's what we found out about fireplace trends in Apex NC New homes:



Bedroom Floor Plan Trends in Apex NC New Homes

Less than 30% of Apex new homes included a sitting room or his and hers closets. Only one home entered by Apex new home builders included an island cabinet in the master closet. 

Bedroom Trends | Apex NC New Home Plans

1. Sitting Room in the Master Suite - 29% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex Home Builders

  • 4 of 14 or 29% of homes in Apex had a sitting room in the master bedroom.

This photo is an example of a master bedroom floor plan with space for a sitting room, from a Stanton Home near Apex NC: 

Bedroom Trends | Apex NC New Home Plans

2. Sitting Room in the Master Suite - 29% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex Home Builders

  • 4 of 14 or 29% of homes in Apex his and hers closets. 

This photo shows a view into the "his" closet, which is separate from the master bathroom and "hers" walk in closet. 

Bedroom Trends | Apex NC New Home Plans

 

3. Island in the Master Closet - 7% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex Home Builders

  • 1 of 14 or 7% of homes in Apex had an island in the closet of the master suite.

Here is an example of a white island in the master closet, from a Stanton Home near Apex NC: 

Bedroom Trends | Apex NC New Home Plans

What does this mean for homebuyers in Apex NC?

Parade of Homes entries generally represent what trends new home builders believe homebuyers are looking for today.  

Looking for floor plans with a first floor guest bedroom?  Check out floor plan samples, including top-requested one story, main floor master, and two story plans, here:

Bedroom Trends | Apex NC New Home Plans

 

 


These custom homes are move-in ready, or nearly available, in Chatham County. Click the address for new home cost and more information:

65 Brookhaven Way – 3144 Sq Ft – First Floor Guest Suite – Move-in Ready Home 

129 Brookhaven Way – 3358 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction

152 Brookhaven Way – 3474 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction

Bedroom Trends | Apex NC New Home Plans

Learn more about building a new home with Stanton Homes!

Special Meet the Builder Event Nov. 12th - Click here for address and more details.

This is representative only of the homes featured in the Parade of Homes, and not intended to be a general indicator of the Wake County new home market, though Parade of Homes can be representative of overall trends.  These statistics were derived by Penny Hull from public information about Parade of Homes entries, and are copyright Stanton Homes.  The statistics calculated above represent Parade of Homes entries in Wake County in Arcadia West, Colvin Park,Enclave at White Oak Creek, Hempstead at Beaver Creek, Madison at Evans Creek, Regency at White Oak Creek, Riley's Pond, Siena at Bella Casa, Stillwater, The Pines at Wake Crossing, The Townes at Bella Casa, Verona at Bella Casa new home communities.


 

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Dining Room Ideas | Home Trends for Apex North Carolina

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Nov 09, 2016 @ 14:11 PM

Formal Versus Informal Dining Spaces:

How popular are formal dining rooms in Apex North Carolina new homes?  We've analyzed the custom home floor plans from Parade of Homes entries, and here's what we found out about dining room trends:



79% of Apex new homes included a designated formal dining room.

Here's the full breakdown on formal versus informal dining trends, based on the Parade of Homes entries built and submitted by Apex new home builders.

1. Separate Dining Room Floor Plan - 79% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex New Home Builders

  • 11 of 14 or 79% of Parade of Homes entries in Apex had a designated formal dining room.
  • Formal dining rooms are traditionally located near the front entry. As one of the first rooms in the home visible to guests, the formal dining often features special details such as a tray ceiling, wainscot wall panels, chair rail, or butler's pantry cabinets.

This Stanton Homes formal dining room has a butler's pantry with glass front cabinets, custom "reverse tray ceiling", and gray paint colors:  

Dining Room Ideas | Home Trends for Apex North Carolina

2. Dining Room Flex Space - 7% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex New Home Builders

  • 1 of 14 or 7% of Apex homes had a "flex space" dining room.
  • Flexible dining rooms are spaces that can be easily closed in if the need arises. For instance, the dining room could have French door entries, allowing them to serve as a home office or formal living room as needed over time.  

This photo is an example of a flexible dining room / home office with glass French doors dividing the space from the foyer entry. The chandelier style light is reminiscent of formal dining rooms, while the built in bookcases are more common in a home office:

Dining Room Ideas | Home Trends for Apex North Carolina
 

3. Informal Dining Only - 14% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex New Home Builders

  • 2 of 14 or 14% of homes in Apex had an informal dining room.
  • Informal dining rooms are generally dedicated to eating, but do not have the same "traditional" elements of a dining room. 

This photo shows an example of an informal dining room. The vaulted ceiling, hanging lights, and craftsman trim make this eating space feel formal. The lack of a third wall to divide the room from the kitchen keeps the space casual:

Dining Room Ideas | Home Trends for Apex North Carolina 

What does this mean for homebuyers in Apex NC?

Parade of Homes entries generally represent what trends new home builders believe homebuyers are looking for today.  

Looking for floor plans with a formal dining room or flex room?  Check out floor plan samples, including top-requested one story, main floor master, and two story plans, here:

Dining Room Ideas | Home Trends for Apex North Carolina


These custom homes are move-in ready, or nearly available, in Chatham County. Click the address for new home cost and more information:

65 Brookhaven Way – 3144 Sq Ft – First Floor Guest Suite – Move-in Ready Home 

280 Horizon Drive – 3430 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – Under Construction Now

152 Brookhaven Way – 3474 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction

Dining Room Ideas | Home Trends for Apex North Carolina

Learn more about building a new home with Stanton Homes!

Special Meet the Builder Event Nov. 12th - Click here for address and more details.

This is representative only of the homes featured in the Parade of Homes, and not intended to be a general indicator of the Wake County new home market, though Parade of Homes can be representative of overall trends.  These statistics were derived by Penny Hull from public information about Parade of Homes entries, and are copyright Stanton Homes.  The statistics calculated above represent Parade of Homes entries in Wake County in Arcadia West, Colvin Park,Enclave at White Oak Creek, Hempstead at Beaver Creek, Madison at Evans Creek, Regency at White Oak Creek, Riley's Pond, Siena at Bella Casa, Stillwater, The Pines at Wake Crossing, The Townes at Bella Casa, Verona at Bella Casa new home communities.


 

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