New Home Tips, Trends, and Ideas - Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 @ 06:08 AM

Types of Flooring for a Staircase:

While carpet and hardwood are the two most common new home staircase flooring materials, you can get creative with how you combine and incorporate these materials in your Cary NC custom home. 

Browse popular staircase style photos inside Cary, NC area new homes.



Flooring Materials for a New Home Staircase:

How do homebuyers choose between hardwood and carpet for the main staircase? See the pros and cons of each staircase flooring material, with photo from Cary custom homes by Stanton Homes. 

1. Hardwood Staircases

Hardwood staircases - which provide a clean look for all home styles from contemporary to craftsman - are a popular request for Cary NC new homes.

On one hand, homebuyers consider hardwood steps easier to clean - they require a broom rather than vaccum or rug machine.

On the other hand, a hardwood staircase is more expensive. 

Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases

2. Carpet Staircases

Carpeted staircases are often considered:

  • Safe and comfortable: carpet can be more slip-resistant than hardwood
  • Quieter: some say they prefer carpet because it muffles the sound of kids, pets, and shoes
  • Less costly: an upgrade to a hardwood staircase is often close to $2000 or more depending on the size, shape, and features.

Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases 

3. Carpet Runner on the Staircase

A carpet runner can offer the best of both worlds: it provides a slip-proof layer to your stairs, without covering your coveted hardwood steps and white painted risers. 

Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases

4. Staircase Carpet Runner Idea #2

A specialty carpet runner can create a more traditional effect - such as the foyer staircase this version of the Summerlyn. The black patterned carpet runner flows over hardwood steps and white wood risers, with a hardwood landing half-way down the stairs.

This staircase also features a "volute" or curved handrail at the foyer landing.

Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases 

5. Hardwood Base Step or Steps

Another popular staircase design pairs one or more hardwood steps with carpeted treads and risers. Using a combination of carpet and hardwood materials can help save money on your new home build.

In this version of the Bostwick, the first step - called a rounded edge "open stair" - is made of hardwood.

All steps visible through the wrought iron balusters are carpeted with hardwood treds, made to look like a carpet runner. The remaining steps - mostly out of view - are fully carpeted.

Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases

6. Multiple Hardwood Steps

Here's another take on the dual hardwood - carpet staircase style. In this version of the Firebird, all visible steps are made of hardwood treads (the horizontal portion of the step) and white painted wood risers (the vertical portion of the step).

Again, we see that the steps primarily out of view are carpeted. 

Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases 

7. Hardwood Steps with Painted Risers 

While many home buyers choose to pair hardwood steps with white risers (like the examples above), this custom design uses an accent color to blend the risers into the surrounding mountain house style trim.

Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases

8. Stained Hardwood Steps and Risers

This formal entrance features a curved staircase with stained hardwood steps AND risers - in an elegant, dark color. The secondary staircase (pictured in the background) lightens up the great room with white painted risers. 

Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases

See more staircase design photos in these Raleigh and Cary custom homes: 

Staircase Idea #1: Curved staircase with dark wood stain - in a version of the Avonstone Manor house plan
Staircase Idea #2: Hardwood staircase in the foyer, with cable railing overlook - in a version of the Smokey Ridge house plan

Staircase Idea #3:  White painted staircase with hardwood steps - in a version of the Worthington II house plan
Staircase Idea #4: Craftsman staircase with split landing - in a version of the Chalet Vert house plan

Staircase Idea #5: Carpeted staircase with black stained railings - in a version of the Treehouse house plan


Cary NC New Homes - Custom Staircase Options:

Considering new homes in the Raleigh, NC area? Tell us what style you love best - hardwood vs carpet stairs - or a combination of both. Stanton Homes will tell you what it costs, inside your favorite new home floor plan.



 

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Seven Crown Moulding Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Trim Styles

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 @ 11:08 AM

Crown Moulding and Trim Ideas:

Trim, moulding, and wall panels can transform the look and feel of any room. While simple moulding will give your home a finished look, complex crown designs can create wildly different interior styles.

Below is a guide of the most common moulding trim types, to help you see the differences between single piece, multi-piece, and craftsman style moulding (and learn home builder secrets on how to save money on luxury custom home trim designs).

Seven Crown Moulding Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Trim Styles

 

(Click on any photo to see a full photo gallery of the Raleigh custom home pictured.)

 

 


Interior Trim Styles for Raleigh Custom Homes:

Browse the photos below for examples of single piece, multi-piece, craftsman, painted, and light-up crown moulding designs. 

 

What is crown moulding?

  • Crown moulding (sometimes spelled "molding") is the decorative trim used to transition from a wall to the ceiling. Multi-piece moulding can also smooth the transition from a window to a wall.
  • Crown moulding comes in materials that can be painted or stained.
  • Crown moulding usually accents just a few rooms of the home, especially the Formal Dining and the Master Bedroom.  Many custom homes also include crown moulding in other living areas.
  • Many homebuyers prefer not to pay the cost of adding crown moulding or specialty trim for secondary bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and other less "visible" rooms of the home.

What are the Most Popular Types of Crown Moulding?

Below are photos of the most common moulding style, in order of popularity:

1. Two Piece Crown Moulding

The most popular type of crown moulding found in premium Raleigh custom homes consists of two pieces: an upside down piece of baseboard with a crown piece placed on top.

In this master bedroom, a multi-step trey ceiling uses two piece crown moulding in each of three levels:

Seven Crown Moulding Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Trim Styles

 

2. Craftsman Crown Moulding

A premium craftsman style crown moulding treatment can use up to 13 individual pieces of trim around window and door wraps.

This first example of craftsman moulding shows the detail work above a door.

Seven Crown Moulding Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Trim Styles

See a photo gallery of this craftsman style home - a version of the Penelope.

Here is another example of craftsman style crown moulding - with special details above the doors and windows.  This treatment consists of a 1x4 window wrap with casing cap, top casing, fillet, side casing, then stool and apron below the window.   This treatment is also a premium window wrap, but is more cost effective than the 13 piece above.

Seven Crown Moulding Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Trim Styles

3. Painted Crown Moulding

Crown moulding doesn't have to be white! A deep accent trim can be achieved by choosing just the right trim color - like this earthy grey crown:

Seven Crown Moulding Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Trim Styles

4. One Piece Crown Moulding

The most basic type of crown moulding comes as a single piece, and is usually made of MDF (medium density fiberboard).  In custom homes, one piece crown is found more often in trey ceilings, where there is less room for multiple pieces of trim.

Although single piece crown costs less to install, it is much less common in Raleigh custom homes, though more common in production homes.

Seven Crown Moulding Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Trim Styles

(See the Stanton Homes Houzz Ideabook of trey ceiling designs here.)

5. Three, Four, and Five Piece Crown Moulding

Complex crown moulding styles are usually seen only in luxury homes. These styles use more materials and labor - making them more costly to add.

Builder Tip: One way to add multi-layer crown moulding without breaking your budget is to layer trim with glossy white paint. This will create the visual effect of taller crown moulding, without the cost of trim materials:

Seven Crown Moulding Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Trim Styles

Here is a full view of this grand room - from a version of The Remington - to give you an idea of how this trim-and-paint effect can impact the space.

Seven Crown Moulding Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Trim Styles

Depending on the feel you wish to achieve, various rooms may use different types of crown moulding, to keep costs down.

Dining rooms and formal areas often "break the rules" with trim and paint colors that contrast with the rest of your home. A formal dining room might use a 3-piece crown or one piece crown on various levels of a trey ceiling, while the rest of the home uses a 2-piece crown.

6. Natural Wood Crown Moulding

Some of the most expensive crown moulding style options include the use of natural Pine, Oak, and Cedar wood.

These hardwoods can be stained, with the original wood grain showing through, but the price tag on this once more common treatment can be prohibitive today.

Instead of using a natural wood moulding throughout the home, consider adding accent pieces to the most visible areas of your home - like the stained cedar trim in this great room:

Seven Crown Moulding Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Trim Styles

7. Crown Moulding with Lighting

Another trim feature located squarely in the luxury custom home market is crown moulding with built in lighting.

In this version of the Avonstone Manor, soft lighting accents the master trey ceiling - get a glimpse of the glow in this bedroom photo:

Seven Crown Moulding Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Trim Styles

 

There are many more types of interior crown moulding - but these are the most popular treatments in the Raleigh custom home market today.



Raleigh Custom Homes:

There are dozens of crown moulding styles to choose from when you build a new custom home in the Raleigh, NC area.

When you build with Stanton Homes, our interior design team can help you chose the style, color, and size that will best compliment your entire home design.

Tell us which crown moulding styles you like best, and we'll show you what it costs to build into your new custom home.


 

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Five Popular Wood Fireplace Mantel Designs | Raleigh Custom Homes for Sale

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 @ 16:08 PM

Fireplace Mantels:

Browse popular fireplace mantel designs, in Raleigh, NC custom homes.

Fireplace mantles come in a wide variety of natural and manufactured materials, from stained wood to wainscoting designs and stone shelves.

Which fireplace styles stand out? Tell us which photos are your favorites, and we'll show you what it costs to build the perfect fireplace into your custom Stanton Home.

Five Wood Fireplace Mantel Designs | Raleigh Custom Homes for Sale



Stained Wood Fireplace Mantel Designs:

Mantels add the finishing touch to a fireplace - offering character and utility to the space. These stained wood mantels are paired with stone and brick surrounds.

Stained Wood Fireplace Mantel #1

Stone and wood complement one another on this custom gas fireplace. The wood mantel offers easy-to-reach display storage, with a bench style hearth below for seating.

Heat warms this great room with the flip of a switch.

Five Wood Fireplace Mantel Designs | Raleigh Custom Homes for Sale

Click here to view a photo gallery of this home, a version of the Coquery Cottage.

 

Stained Wood Fireplace Mantel #2

Wall sconces help create a showcase area above the stained wood mantel. The mantel wood design mirrors the crown moulding along the ceiling of this great room.

A raised flagstone bench offers seating beside the wood-burning fire box. A mixture of stone shapes and styles gives dimenstion to this fireplace, making it feel large enough to fill the open concept space.

Five Wood Fireplace Mantel Designs | Raleigh Custom Homes for Sale

Click here to view a photo gallery of this home, a version of the Bostwick.

 

Stained Wood Fireplace Mantel #3

Natural stained cedar is used in this indoor-outdoor fireplace design (with exterior siding running from floor to ceiling behind the fireplace).

Five Wood Fireplace Mantel Designs | Raleigh Custom Homes for Sale

Click here to view a photo gallery of this home, a version of the Dinsmore.

Stained Wood Fireplace Mantel #4

This red brick fireplace - in a rustic-contemporary style custom home - features a natural wood mantel above the gas fireplace insert.

Five Wood Fireplace Mantel Designs | Raleigh Custom Homes for Sale

Click here to view a photo gallery of this home, a version of the Worthington II.

 

Stained Wood Fireplace Mantel #5

This hand-crafted hardwood mantel was built on-site in this Apex, North Carolina custom home. Wall sconces add symmetry to the two-sided wrapping mantel.

Five Wood Fireplace Mantel Designs | Raleigh Custom Homes for Sale

Click here to view a photo gallery of this home, a version of the Bryson.

 

Looking for more fireplace ideas with stone, painted or other mantel styles? Click here to view  over 80 fireplace design idea photos on Houzz.



Raleigh Custom Homes for Sale:

A custom fireplace can serve as the focal point of any room - from the kitchen to the master suite - with a range of design features and functionalities crafted to suit your lifestyle.

Click here to contact Stanton Homes or call 919-278-8070 to talk about the custom home (and fireplace) you want to design and build.



 

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Nine Top Types of Windows (Raleigh New Home Trends)

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 @ 11:08 AM

Most Popular Window Styles in North Carolina New Homes:

See photos of the most popular types of windows in North Carolina new homes, from casement to double-hung, transom, and picture.

 Looking for more custom home window ideas? Here are some most-viewed photo galleries of homes with complex window designs in the great room:



Types of Windows:

Browse the photos below for examples of casement, double-hung, transom, picture, triangle, trapezoid, arch, bay, and obscure windows.

1. Casement

Casement windows can be hinged left or right, to open outwards (rather than sliding up and down).

Casement windows open with a crank mechanism.

AvonstoneManorCasementWindows

 

The dual casement windows in this master bedroom open left and right, to create wide openings to the spacious backyard. See a photo gallery of this home, a version of the Judson.

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Many home plans include casement windows on either side of large window designs.

In this home, note the single casement window on the right side of the room.

SmokeyRidgeGreatRoomWindows

 

2. Double-Hung

Single-hung or 'standard' windows open in one direction: the bottom panel typically slides upwards.

With double-hung windows, both glass panels open, sliding from the top and bottom. While casement windows swing outward, double-hung windows remain parallel to your home.

This master bedroom and sitting room uses double-hung windows (distinct by the small gap in the casing left open for the bottom panel to slide upwards).

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3. Transom

Transom windows are usually small, accent windows placed above a door or window to let more light in, or to add visual interest. Transoms may or may not operate (i.e. open to let air in).

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4. Picture

Picture windows are usually large, and always stationary. Picture windows are used most often in foyers, master bathrooms, and large great rooms.

Transom windows line these great room picture windows.

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We're finding that interior picture windows are an emerging trend in North Carolina custom homes - especially for floor plans with a sunroom.

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5. Triangle

Triangle windows are often used to make beautiful designs. They can be accent windows in a great room, or stand-alone windows in creative spaces.

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6. Trapezoid

Trapezoid windows make perfect pairs with these triangle windows - designed to follow the vaulted roofline in the two story great room.

A contemporary ball light contrasts with the sharp angles in the window wall layout. Maple floors keep the natural motif flowing throughout the home.

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7. Arch or Radius

Arch or radius windows have a curved or half-circle top and rectangular bottom. Arch and radius windows, similar to triangle windows, make great accent pieces - usually placed above "standard" rectangle windows.

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8. Bay Windows

Alcoves or bays give you more interior space by extending a small area outwards. Bay windows usually fill alcove spaces, for plenty of natural and moon light.

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9. Obscure

Obscure windows are most common in the foyer and master bathroom. They let light in, without allowing views in or out. The shape, texture, or color of a window can cause the obscuring effect.

These glass blocks use a distinct pattern to obscure views into the master bathroom.

CoqueryCottageMasterBathroom

 



How to Build a Home in Raleigh, North Carolina:

Which window shapes, styles, or functions do you like best? Get more custom home window ideas on Houzz.

Contact Stanton Homes for floor plan ideas, to get a new home cost estimate, or find out more about building a custom home in North Carolina.



 

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

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 @ 20:07 PM

How large should a Master Closet be?

Most new home plans include one - or even two - walk in closets in the master suite. Custom home walk in closets can range anywhere from 25 sq ft to a the size of a bedroom (100 sq ft or more).

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

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

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



What is the average size of a walk in closet?

The standard width of a walk in closet can range from 5 to 12 feet or more. This maintains 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:

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

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

What is the distance between clothing 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.

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

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

When does a walk in closet need a window?

Walk in closets sometimes incorporate windows when they are located on exterior walls, typically past the bathroom. Here is an example floor plan with a bedroom - bathroom - closet layout:

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

This custom home - design 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

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.

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 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.

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.




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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Floor Plans with a Great Room (and Open Kitchen) | Raleigh Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 @ 15:07 PM

Great Room Floor Plans:

Typically located beside the kitchen, great rooms have become essential for "casual living" new home floor plans.

Great rooms serve a variety of functions, combining the uses of traditional rooms like the family room, living room, and study into one central location.

See all the ways you can use your great room, in the floor plan layouts below. Contact Stanton Homes, Raleigh custom home builder, for more info on building your next home.




Great Rooms Are...

Learn about great room floor plans, with example photos, here:

1. Flexible Spaces

Floor Plans with a Great Room | Raleigh Custom Homes

Great rooms are large, open, and ready for anything. Study time. Meals. Storage with custom built-ins.

The great room photo above shows a set of built-ins designed to fit a piano in the center, for at-home practice time.

2. Large Spaces

Floor Plans with a Great Room | Raleigh Custom Homes

Great rooms can take up to 15% of the total square footage of a home. Remember, this one room often accounts for the square footage of at least two others.

3. Spacious

Floor Plans with a Great Room | Raleigh Custom Homes

Many great rooms feature specialty ceilings, such as vaulted rooflines (pictured above) or cathedral ceilings.

The foyer often leads directly into the great room -- with the opportunity for grand two story spaces.

 

4. Shared Spaces

Floor Plans with a Great Room | Raleigh Custom Homes

Great rooms are also commonly adjoined to the kitchen with only a half wall, counter, or island separating the two.

In the Stanton Home pictured above, an expanded island welcomes shared kitchen and great room traffic.

5. Useful

Floor Plans with a Great Room | Raleigh Custom Homes

Great rooms make fantastic gathering spaces with: entertainment centers, fireplaces, and study areas all contained in the same space - making cooking, entertaining, informal dining, and family interaction easier than many traditional floor plans that encase the kitchen or kitchen/breakfast space. 

6. Open with Overlooks

Floor Plans with a Great Room | Raleigh Custom Homes

In addition to featuring vaulted or cathedral ceilings, great rooms often feature second story overlooks -- for an even more open concept appeal.

7. Filled with Windows

Floor Plans with a Great Room | Raleigh Custom Homes

Windows will add expense to any room of your home. Great rooms -- and connected kitchens -- are the most used rooms of your home, making them highly-valued spaces to splurge on windows.

Adding full walls of windows -- or even carefully placed pairs of windows -- can make an incredible difference in your great room design.



Raleigh Custom Homes:

Floor plans with a great room continue to be a top home buyer request in the Raleigh, North Carolina area.

What do you like best about the great room photos above? Tell us what matters most in your custom home design, and we'll show you what it takes to build custom in North Carolina.

 


 

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Why do smaller homes cost more? [Top 12 Reasons]

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 @ 12:07 PM

Why is it more expensive to build a smaller home?

Home buyers often wonder why it costs more per square foot to build a small home. 

Below are 12 reasons why small homes cost more to build, along with cost-cutting suggestions from a Raleigh custom home builder.  Each of these factors contributes to the overall cost per sq ft of your new home.

Why do smaller homes cost more per square foot?


Small Home Cost Per Square Foot Factor #1

"Footprint" space is expensive.

Build up, not out - bonus room space is often the cheapest sq ft in the house. 

See how your builder can add a bonus room to a one story plan, here.

Why do smaller homes cost more per square foot?

There are two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs, across from this bonus room - an example from a version of The Scottsdale.

Small Home Cost Per Square Foot Factor #2

Size of kitchen.

Kitchens are the most expensive room of the home - with cabinets, counter tops, hardwood or tile flooring, plumbing, faucets, appliances, and so much more - that makes your kitchen also the most useful room of the home.

If your floor plan has an oversized kitchen, consider balancing out your square footage allocation to reduce the overall cost per sq ft.

Why do smaller homes cost more per square foot?

Peninsula kitchens are generally smaller than island kitchens, but packed full of usable space - like the efficient kitchen design in this version of The Gershwin.

Small Home Cost Per Square Foot Factor #3

Size and layout of baths.

Do you need a separate tub shower in the master, or is it better to have a shower in the master and a tub/shower in the secondary bath?  (See pictures of master bathrooms without a tub, here.)

Why do smaller homes cost more per square foot?

More home buyers are requesting shower-only bathrooms, like in this version of The Smokey Ridge.

Small Home Cost Per Square Foot Factor #4

Fireplaces.

We're seeing more home buyers opt out of the living room fireplace. If a fireplace is on your must-have list, ask your builder to locate it on an outside wall.  

Exterior wall fireplaces are more cost effective to build than interior wall fireplaces.

Why do smaller homes cost more per square foot?

Small Home Cost Per Square Foot Factor #5

2 baths vs. 2.5 or 3 baths.

Bathrooms cost more per square foot than any other room in your home (besides the kitchen).

Depending on the sq ft and selections, a powder room can start in the $2K range. A full bath with tile and nice fixtures generally starts closer to $4K.  

To reduce the cost of your home, make sure you're getting the right number of bathrooms. How many bathrooms do I need? Find out here.

Why do smaller homes cost more per square foot?

There are many ways to build small, efficient bathrooms. Get more ideas from these 10 powder rooms for small spaces.

Small Home Cost Per Square Foot Factor #6

Stay angular.  Cut those corners. 

The more corners on the exterior, the higher the cost. To get a visual example, compare these two floor plans:

The rectangle footprint of The Silverwood makes it a more cost effective plan to build. With only a 200 sq ft difference in size, each plan has three bedrooms, two baths, and a two car garage.

Why do smaller homes cost more per square foot?

The Silverwood is copyright Plans, Inc.

Small Home Cost Per Square Foot Factor #7

Keep the roofline a little simpler.  Soaring rooflines can add expense without necessarily adding livable space.

Why do smaller homes cost more per square foot?

Small Home Cost Per Square Foot Factor #8

Specialty windows and rooms filled with windows.

Large window designs are a top custom home request. To reduce the cost of your home, ask your builder how to cut out specialty windows, and plan windows carefully throughout the home.

Why do smaller homes cost more per square foot?

This version of The Bostwick has the best of both worlds - the design incorporates lots of windows for tons of natural light, but with lower-cost standard window sizes and shapes.

Why do smaller homes cost more per square foot?

Small Home Cost Per Square Foot Factor #9

Size of laundry room.

Similar to bathrooms and kitchens, laundry rooms are more costly to build than other rooms, especially when a larger laundry is filled with cabinetry and countertops.

Why do smaller homes cost more per square foot?

See 10 small laundry room layouts, with completed home pictures, here.

Small Home Cost Per Square Foot Factor #10

Add built ins later.

Popular floor plans often include built ins throughout the home. Adding built ins down the road can save cost up front, and give your family weekend projects to complete together.

Small Home Cost Per Square Foot Factor #11

Two car, not three car.

When finding ways to cut the cost of your home, one of the first things to consider is removing the third car garage.

Most families find ample space in more standard two car garages, especially when nailing down true "must-haves" versus "really wants."

Why do smaller homes cost more per square foot?

For this version of The Dinsmore, the home owners reduced their home's footprint - and saved on building costs - by removing the third car garage.

Small Home Cost Per Square Foot Factor #12

Limit the size and quantity of covered porches.

The cost of porches and other outdoor living areas adds up quickly. 

Consider a front OR back porch, but not both, if you're looking to save money by building a smaller home. Which would you use more? That's the one you should build.

Often, homebuyers decide on outdoor living spaces after buying a lot - to maximize the use of their land.

Why do smaller homes cost more per square foot?

Remember - patios and decks are much more cost expensive than porches, and offer great outdoor living options.



How to Build a Custom Home:

These cost-cutting tips should help your family stay on-budget when narrowing down your favorite floor plans.

Ultimately, building a custom home is about quality, creativity, and personality. Ask Stanton Homes how we build custom homes - in budget - without sacrificing what matters most to YOU.

 


 

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Tile Tub Surround Cost (with 8 blue bathroom tile ideas)

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 @ 12:07 PM

How Much Does it Cost to Add a Tile Tub Surround?

A custom tile shower/tub combination can make a big difference in your guest or master bath. When you build a custom home in the Raleigh North Carolina area, custom tile treatments can be cost effective, or well worth the splurge.

Looking for blue bathroom tile ideas? The images below feature contemporary blue bathrooms -- with cost saving tips on how to surround your tub in tile.



Blue Bathroom Tile Ideas:

Photos and ideas for your custom tile bathroom...

1. Tile Tub Surround with Built-in Plant Shelf

Tile Tub Surround Ideas | Blue Bathroom Tile Ideas

This master bathroom uses a mini-mosaic accent of clear blue tiles, embedded in a soft, neutral tub surround. With light blue painted walls, this tub called for a more subtle touch of blue.

The built-in tile shelf below the window offers a place to decorate or store bath time essentials. A tile shelf can be a fairly cost effective add.  You'll need some extra framing, and an additional 6-7 sq ft of tile installed.   Adding a bench also requires about an extra foot of width at the tub. 

Although light blue can be a more traditional bathroom shade, the no-door archway opening between the master bedroom and bath keeps this space feeling contemporary.

2. Blue, White, and Gray Tile Bath

Tile Tub Surround Ideas | Blue Bathroom Tile Ideas

 

This master bathroom blends shades of blue and slate to create a relaxing spa atmosphere. The pebble tile across the floor adds to the spa ambiance.

Although ceiling-height tile in the shower adds a bit of cost, the recurring mini-mosaic pattern works to pull the room together.

Mini-mosaic tile generally starts at about $18/sq ft for materials, as compared to about $2/sq ft for a typical 12"x12" tile.

3. Light Blue Shower Tile

Tile Tub Surround Ideas | Blue Bathroom Tile Ideas

A guest or secondary bathroom is a great place to add floor-to-ceiling tile. The blue subway tile color pattern gives visual texture to the bath.

A tile shower, rather than one-piece tub/shower insert, can add in the range of $1500 to the cost of your bathroom.

Many homebuyers opt to integrate tile upgrades in the most visible bathrooms, such as a guest suite bath or shared downstairs bath.

4. Blue Tile Frames

Tile Tub Surround Ideas | Blue Bathroom Tile Ideas

Mini subway tile outlines the bathroom window, mirror, and accent areas in this kid's bathroom.

A small touch of tile can make a big impact -- and the cost is comparable to choosing a decorator mirror.

5. White Field Tile and Blue Mini Mosaic Bath

Tile Tub Surround Ideas | Blue Bathroom Tile Ideas

This specially adapted shower room - with tub inside - features 8 x 10 white field tile from floor to ceiling.

A blue mini mosaic tile accent runs in a stripe around the room. A typical listello accent (the mosaic tile) usually runs a few hundred dollars.

6. Slate Blue Tile Bathroom

Tile Tub Surround Ideas | Blue Bathroom Tile Ideas

This master bathroom -- with a tile tub inside the shower -- uses a mixture of tile sizes to create contrast.

The slate blue blends smoothly with faux wood tile tones.

7. Earth Blue Tile Tub Surround

Tile Tub Surround Ideas | Blue Bathroom Tile Ideas

Using slate blue tile -- mixed with grays, browns, and other earth tones -- is a great way to create a neutral bathroom without the popular integration of high contrasts of white, black, and gray patterns.

Angled tub surrounds can increase your tile cost by 15-30%, compared to a typical rectangular tub deck.

8. Curved Slate Blue Tile Tub Surround

Tile Tub Surround Ideas | Blue Bathroom Tile Ideas

A vertical tile pattern -- with a range of slate blue tones -- shows off the curved front of this tile tub surround.

Curving the edge of your tub has a cost that can start at about $600 and go up from there.


More photos of tile tub surrounds in new custom homes by Stanton Homes:



CONCLUSION:

When selecting your new home, first find out what your builder means by a tile surround. A full tile surround should cover the tub base deck, extend downwards to the floor, and extend up the walls by a foot or so.

Some builders refer to a "tile surround" but only include a small tile border around the upper part of a full fiberglass tub.

A full tile master bath is standard in nearly every Stanton Home. Tell us what floor plan you love, and we'll show you what it costs to build in central North Carolina.

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Which is cheaper quartz or granite?

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 @ 07:07 AM

What's the difference between granite and quartz countertops?

Granite and quartz are both popular choices for countertops in custom home kitchens and master bathrooms.

Granite and quartz are both natural stone materials. But while granite is 100% stone, quartz can vary in composition: Quartz countertops are made of a manufactured stone, composed of crushed quartz that is mixed with pigment and resin.

Compare the pros and cons of granite and quartz -- with photos from Raleigh custom homes built by Stanton Homes. Contact us with your new home building questions, and we'll show you what it takes to build a custom home.

 



Which is cheaper quartz or granite?

Granite and quartz countertops are purchased by size in square feet. Manufactuers often group stone countertops into levels. Each level indicates a price range.

Differences in price per square foot are based on the availability of a stone (how rare is it?), as well as its location (how far must it be shipped?), among other criteria.

In general, granite countertops are much less expensive than quartz, especially in recent years.  A granite countertop will generally start in the $45-50/sq ft range, while depending on the manufacturer and type, quartz can easily start $20-30/sq ft higher. 

Photos of Stanton Homes with granite countertops in the master bathroom:

1. Black Granite Countertops

Black granite - with hits of earthy tones - are popular in larger bathrooms, which can balance darker tones in wider spaces. 

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How do I know if the counter tops I find in photos are granite?

A quick way to spot whether or not counter tops are made of granite (rather than composite materials) is the integration of an undermount sink.

Granite counter top installers cut holes for the sink and faucet, which are installed separately. Composite countertops often come as single pieces, with a built-in sink basin.

2. Tones of Red and Brown in Granite Countertops

This single his and hers vanity extends between the tile shower and tub. An archway accent keeps the space open, and serves as a useful shelf.

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How long can a granite counter top extend?

The maximum length of a granite countertop before a seam is required varies, based on the length of the slab that the granite is to be cut from.  Many pieces are 6', 8', or 10' in length.  When a countertop is longer than that, it will generally have a seam.

3. Contemporary White Granite Countertops

Dark cabinets with light - often gray or white - countertops are popular contemporary home combinations for the granite bathroom.

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Which is more cost effective, a single, long vanity or two short, separate vanities?

Cost per vanity depends on a lot more factors than just the countertop!  A standard size vanity, such as 30" or 48", is more cost effective than a custom vanity.  A shorter vanity (or pair of shorter vanities) also may be able to use "remnants" of granite rather than a full sheet, which many installers will offer a special price on.  A longer piece of granite is more likely to need to be cut from a full sheet.

4. Traditional White Granite Countertops

In this his and hers style bathroom, the "his" vanity (pictured below) is located on the opposite wall from the "her" vanity.

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Here are answers to other common new home countertop questions:



Which is More Popular, Granite or Quartz Countertops?

While granite and quartz are both great choices for natural stone counter tops, more home buyers choose to include granite in the kitchen and bathroom

Which do you like better? When you build a custom home in the Raleigh North Carolina area, your selections are nearly endless. At Stanton Homes, your personal design consultant will meet you at vast showrooms and help with extensive selections. Learn more by contacting us here.

 

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How many bathrooms do I need? Raleigh New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jul 02, 2015 @ 14:07 PM

How many bathrooms do you need in a new home? 

Not long ago, homes were built with a single, shared bathroom.

These days, it's considered standard for a two story home to have at least two and a half baths, including:

  • Master Bathroom
  • Kid's Bath / Guest Bath
  • Powder Room

How many bathrooms do you need? Raleigh New Homes

In a recent report by Trulia, the Raleigh - Cary, North Carolina metro area showed the highest bathroom-to-bedroom ratio in homes for sale -- at 1.07 bathrooms per bedroom. See the details here.

Find out how to choose the number of bathrooms in your Raleigh new home builder tips and trends below. 



What determines the number of bathrooms you need?

The number of occupants -- and total square footage - are the top two indicators of the number of bathrooms you need in a home. Therefore, when looking at floor plans, you'll want to coordinate the number of bathrooms with the number of bedrooms.

What are other factors to consider when deciding how many bathrooms you need?

1. How much does a bathroom cost?

Bathrooms cost more per square foot than any other room in your home (besides the kitchen).

Depending on the sq ft and selections, a powder room can start in the $2K range.

A full bath with tile and nice fixtures generally starts closer to $4K.   Custom home master bathrooms range more widely in size and complexity, and thus cost.

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What makes the cost of a bathroom add up?

  • Bringing and removing water from up to four different fixtures, ie plumbing rough-ins
  • Obtaining and installing plumbing fixtures, electrical fixtures, sinks, and cabinetry - the cost will depend on taste, finish, and features
  • A water-rated flooring, such as tile, costs a lot more per sq ft than carpeting does.

How many bathrooms do you need? Raleigh New Homes

Where can I save on costs in a bathroom?

  • Fiberglass tub/shower combinations are much less expensive than tile.
  • Do you need dual vanities, or will a single sink work just as well?
  • How big is the bath?  A 5'x9' bath can be just as effective (and beautiful) as a 6'x12' bath.
  • Limit the number of cabinets and size of vanities.  Plan for a cost-effective layout with your designer
  • It's more common to splurge on finishes in the Powder and Master baths, but a secondary bath can include cost effective but appealing fixtures

2. How many bedrooms are for long-term use?

Many Raleigh home buyers are looking for floor plans with a private bathroom in the guest suite

How many bathrooms do you need? Raleigh New Homes

 

A great way to save costs is by maximizing the day-to-day use of a bathroom (and eliminating the need for a separate bath or powder room).

If your guest suite is designed for short-term guests, consider converting the attached bathroom into a Jack and Jill or Buddy bath.

  • A Jack and Jill bathroom connects between two bedrooms
  • A Buddy bathroom opens to a bedroom and hallway

How many bathrooms do you need? Raleigh New Homes 

Each bathroom style is designed for shared use.

Even a nearby powder room (with or without a shower) can serve as an excellent overnight or short-term guest bath.

3. Where are your bathrooms located?

An efficient, centrally located bathroom can make a big difference in number of bathrooms needed to keep your family functioning. 

If a common squabble is bathroom-hogging, for instance, consider adding a door between the vanity area and shower/toilet. This will allow dual use of the same high-demand space.

How many bathrooms do you need? Raleigh New Homes

4. Does your floor plan have specialty rooms, such as a basement or pool house?

A basement can be a great place for a second powder room -- with just enough space for a simple toilet and vanity.

A powder room -- or simple, space-efficient tub/shower combination bathroom with a 30" vanity -- will increase the flexibility of your basement space as a:

  • Long-term guest area
  • Mother in law suite
  • Distinct game room or man cave, separate from main living areas

 


New Homes in Raleigh, North Carolina:

While many new homes are incorporating 3+ bathrooms, everyone's needs and routines are different. Use the tips above to help you in your floor plan search.

Looking for a home builder in North Carolina?  Tell us what you'd like in your Raleigh custom home floor plan -- including bathroom requirements -- and Stanton Homes will show you what it costs.

 

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