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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

Tags: raleigh custom homes, butlers pantries, 2017 kitchen trends, white shaker kitchen cabinets

Why do main floor master homes cost more?

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 @ 10:03 AM

Homes with a Downstairs Master Bedroom Cost More:

Why would it cost more for a downstairs master, instead of a two story home? Here's 6 reasons for the difference in cost, from a North Carolina custom home builder.  New home tips for building in NC:

  • Two-story homes with a main floor master bedroom will usually have a higher per square foot cost than a two-story home with all bedrooms located on the second floor. 
  • Judging homes by the "cost per square foot" can be misleading. Instead, ask "What's included in the cost per sq ft?"


Best Questions to Ask about Main Floor Master Home Prices:

1. Why main floor master homes cost more: Where's the Sq Ft?

The differences in how square footage is distributed add to the cost of building a home. 

Given two homes of essentially the same square footage - both with three bedrooms, with the option of either a 4th bedroom or some additional living/entertaining space - the rooflines, exteriors, footprints, framing, and garage locations can all be quite different.   A main floor master home is usually more spread out, with a larger first floor, than it's equivalent second floor master home.

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2. Why main floor master homes cost more: How large (and complex) is the roof?

A plan with a main floor master usually has a lot more roof.  More roof means higher costs for several reasons.

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 - A steeper roof is taller, thus more framing labor and materials are needed.  But an advantage can be increased attic height and space.

 - Each time the roof line changes, more framing materials (and labor) are needed.  A higher level of expertise is required - which can also increase framing costs. 

 - There's just plain more roof when the first floor size increases.  That means higher labor and material costs for roofing.

3. Why main floor master homes cost more: What does framing have to do with home cost?

There are several reasons costs will increase, especially with this main floor master plan.

 - There is greater square footage on the first floor.  Even though the second floor is smaller, that will not compensate - all the walls must still extend upwards until they reach the roof. 

 - Any time there is an extra "corner", costs increase.  More materials are used, and more can be wasted making additional cuts for varying lengths.  More labor is required. 

- More exterior wall means more heavy-duty framing, more sealing, more insulation, and, of course, more labor.

Why main floor master homes cost more | NC Homebuilders

 

There's also reason a lot of builders charge extra for vaulted, cathedral, or trey ceilings!  Cathedral and vaulted ceilings can require extra beams, different framing techniques, longer than standard framing materials, and more. 

Homes with main floor master suites often have at least one vaulted room somewhere in the home, like in this master bedroom:

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4. Why main floor master homes cost more: Where is your homesite, and what "tractor work" is required?

An experienced custom home builder can walk your lot to help determine expected site costs.

A larger site will need to be prepared for a main floor master home of equal square feet to a second floor master home. 

There will be slightly higher charges for grading and foundation preparation.

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5. Why main floor master homes cost more: Is the foundation a slab, crawlspace, or basement?

If you don't know what type of foundation your new home will require - don't worry! The team at Stanton Homes can walk you through the differences in types of foundations, and explain what your floor plan and home site require. Why does a main floor master foundation cost more?

  • The "footprint" of the home includes not only the square footage of the "heated" or living space on the first floor, but also that of the garage. 
  • The foundation costs will higher for the plan with the first floor master bedroom, because the first floor is larger.

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(Here's an example of a basement home foundation.)

6. Why main floor master homes cost more: Is the garage a side entry?

Not all main floor master bedroom floor plans have side entry garages. 

But if the home plan you choose does, the driveway and pathway costs may be slightly higher - it all depends on how the home is situated on the lot.  The home may also require a few more windows, to "dress up" the front face of the garage.

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How Much More do Main Floor Master Homes Cost?

In general, a homebuyer can expect to pay about 10-20% more per square foot for a home with a main floor master suite than one that has about the same square footage on both floors. 

However, this can vary greatly - it all depends on all the different aspects of the two plans:

 - Is the lot cost the same for both homes? 

 - Do both homes have the exact same interior and exterior finishes? 

Even more important - does moving the master bedroom downstairs substantially increase the size of the first floor, while leaving a reduced size second floor?  There are home plans available in which the master bedroom is downstairs, but the plan still includes a "full" upstairs.

In a situation like this, the only way to "fit" the master bedroom downstairs is to lose some living space - the sizes of the other rooms have to shrink, and you may lose a living room or office - but have a larger bonus room upstairs. 

There won't be any vaulted rooms, but the overall square footage for the price can increase.


 

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11 Multigen Homes | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 @ 05:03 AM

11 Multigenerational House Plans for North Carolina

What floor plan options, features, and layout components are considered most important for multigenerational living arrangements in North Carolina?

  1. A balance of private and shared spaces. Private spaces can include entrances, living areas, kitchens, dining areas, and even separate home offices.
  2. Aging in Place or Universal Design. Read more about aging in place features, here.
  3. Direct or private access to the laundry room. Laundry rooms with multiple entrances - in a "buddy" style - can allow extended stay guests direct access to the washer and dryer.
  4. Distance between private quarters. Multigenerational designs can emphasize space separation with a basement or second floor suite.
Let us know what layouts, designs, and features you like most. We’ll listen to your ideas to design and build a multigenerational home just for your family.

Multi-Generational Home Plan #1: MultiGen Bedroom on First Floor

4,364 Sq Ft with 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms

This version of The Serengeti offers two master bedrooms (one upstairs, one down) in a multigenerational floor plan. 

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

The two islands in the kitchen open to the breakfast, sitting, and keeping room. This multigen floor plans also has a split three car garage, home office, formal dining, living, tile floor sun room, and mud room with drop zone storage.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Upstairs, each bedroom has direct access to a bath. The "princess suite" has a private bathroom and walk in closet.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Multi-Generational Home Plan #2: Above Garage Studio Suite

3,333 Sq Ft. 3 Bedrooms. 3.5 Baths.

The Hartford -- an Alan Mascord floor plan -- offers a separate studio suite over the garage.  The studio has a private entrance through an exterior staircase.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

 The main floor offers an island kitchen open to the great room, home office, and mudroom style laundry.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Multi-Generational Home Plan #2: Extra Suite on the First Floor

3,275 Sq Ft. 5 Bedrooms. 4.5 Baths.

This multigenerational design - an Atlanta Plan Source and Stanton Homes floor plan - is a traditional style house plan with a full guest or mother in law suite on the first floor.

The first floor quarters are accessible from main living area (with an optional exterior entrance).

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

 

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Special floor plan features include:

  • First floor mother in law suite with private bath, sitting room, and outdoor living access
  • Gourmet kitchen with island and butler's pantry
  • Second floor master suite with private deck, exercise room, and closet with cabinet island

Multi-Generational Home Plan #3: Elevator to Second Floor Suite

3,184 Sq Ft. 4 Bedrooms. 3.5 Baths.

This multigenerational house plan - a Stanton Homes floor plan - includes an elevator leading to the second story multigenerational suite.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

 

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Special floor plan features include:

  • Wheelchair accessible floor plan designed for aging in place
  • Open concept kitchen with vaulted living room
  • Media room or optional 5th bedroom

Multi-Generational Home Plan #4: Apartment with Separate Living on Lower Level

3,718 Sq Ft. 3 Bedrooms. 2.5 Bathrooms.

This multigenerational house plan -- by Max Fulbright -- is a Cottage style house plan.

The basement level -- designed for a mountain or sloped lot -- offers the option of a living room with wet bar, bedroom, bath, and private storage.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Special floor plan features include:

  • Island kitchen open to informal dining
  • Laundry room next to the master bedroom
  • Separate mudroom leading to the garage

Multi-Generational Home Plan #5: Cottage Style Apartment

3,327 Sq Ft. 4 Bedrooms. 4.5 Bathrooms.

This multigenerational home plan -- design by Alan Mascord -- is another example of a cottage style home.

The multi-gen living space -- an apartment style living space -- is completely separate from main dwelling. This Mother in Law Suite offers a private vaulted living room, kitchenette and bath (there's even an option for a fireplace). 

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

 

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

 

 

 

 

 

Special floor plan features include:

  • Large master suite with oversized walk in closet
  • Kitchen open to great room
  • Mudroom
  • Optional outdoor living fireplace
  • Den
  • Private bathroom for every bedroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

 

Multi-Generational Home Plan #6: Main Floor Private Living

3,716 Sq Ft. 5 Bedrooms. 3.5 Baths.

This version of The Greenhaven - home plan by Stanton Homes - offers a full multigenerational suite (living room, bedroom, and accessible bath) on the first floor.

This multigenerational space has a private entrance from the side of the home.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Special floor plan features include:

  • Accessible features in the in-law suite
  • Peninsula kitchen with raised eating bar
  • Walk-up 3rd floor office
  • Formal dining room with wainscoting paneling
  • Full-length front porch and rear screen porch
  • Dual staircase
  • Side entry garage

Multi-Generational Home Plan #7: First Floor Guest Suite

3,664 Sq Ft. 4 Bedrooms. 3.5 Baths.

The Foresman -- an Alan Mascord floor plan -- offers flexible, open concept living. In addition to the first floor master, a private guest suite accommodates extended stay guests on the opposite end of the floor plan.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

The first floor guest suite separated from main floor master has an optional separate door to the buddy bath. With a few easy floor plan adjustments -- such as removing the hallway access door and expanding the vanity -- a custom home builder can re-arrange this guest bathroom into a more private space.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Multi-Generational Home Plan #8: Two Master Bedrooms

2,436 Sq Ft. 3 Bedrooms. 3.5 Baths.

The Faucett -- copyright Frank Betz -- has two master suite, on the first and second floors.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

 

Special floor plan features include:

  • Two master bedrooms with his and her vanities, soaking tubs, walk in closets
  • Island kitchen open to the breakfast room
  • Two story foyer with second story overlooks
  • Formal dining room
  • Bonus room

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

 

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Multi-Generational Home Plan #9: Two Master Suites with Separate Guest Suite

The Dennison -- copyright Alan Mascord -- has two master suites (one on the first floor, one on the second floor) plus a separate guest suite

4408 Sq Ft. 5 Bedrooms. 4.5 Bathrooms.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Each master suite has a tile shower, soaking tub, walk in closet, and vaulted ceiling. The first floor master has private access to outdoor living spaces (and the optional hot tub). The second floor master is more secluded from main living areas.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Multi-Generational Home Plan #10: Two Master Suites on First Floor

The Vidabelo offers two master suites, both on the first floor.

3084 Sq Ft. 4 Bedrooms. 3.5 Baths.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

 

Special floor plan feature include:

  • Two master bedrooms with his and hers bathrooms
  • Island kitchen open to the great room
  • Two outdoor living spaces, a vaulted porch off the great room and patio off the first master suite
  • Built-in storage
  • Mudroom / laundry room combination

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

 

Get the 6 Things to Think About Before Choosing Your Next Home (and 5 bonus aging in place floor plans not included in this post).

Read more about multi-gen homes in these articles:




How to Build a Multi-Generational Home:

Get started here with - find more multigenerational house plans online.

Or tell us what you’re looking for. We’ll search and email you more ideas. We have access to tens of thousands of plans from virtually every architect and floor plan source.


 

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Jack and Jill Bathroom Design Ideas with Floor Plan Photos

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 @ 10:03 AM

New Homes with Jack and Jill Baths

Sample Floor Plans with a Jack and Jill bathroom

A "Jack and Jill" bathroom has two entrances, with direct access from two bedrooms. Both bathroom doors usually lock on both sides of the door to maintain privacy.

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Here's an image of this Jack and Jill bath floor plan, to give you a better sense of the unique layout designed for a shared kid's bath:

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A "Buddy Bath" is similar to a Jack and Jill bath. A buddy bath also has two entrances, but one is usually located in a central hallway:

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Benefits of a Jack and Jill bathroom setup:

 - Private access to a bathroom without having to enter a hallway/public space

 - Cost-saving alternative to a completely private bathroom attached to individual bedrooms

Drawbacks of a Jack and Jill bathroom setup:

 - Having two doors with dual locks means you have to remember to lock and unlock BOTH doors each time you use the bathroom

- A Jack and Jill bath isn't always accessible from the hallway (just from the bedrooms) which can be a drawback for guests staying in another room, unless there's another full bath available.

Jack and Jill Bath Photos: Design Ideas for Jack & Jill Layouts

 

Jack and Jill Bath Design Idea #1: Most Jack and Jill baths will include two sinks, as they are designed as shared spaces. This bath layout is very efficient, saving space with two sinks and set of drawers (in addition to the under sink storage).

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Here's an image of this Jack and Jill bath floor plan, from a version of The Hopkins by Frank Betz:

 

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Jack and Jill Bath Design Idea #2: Depending on the length (and number) of countertops, Jack and Jill baths can often include a separate storage closet or cabinets. Here's an example of a built in linen closet in the bath:

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Here's an image of this Jack and Jill bath floor plan, from a version of The Summerlyn by Frank Betz:

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Other Secondary Bathroom Set Up Ideas

Some floor plans include a Jack and Jill bath or buddy bath with two rooms, separated by an interior door.

  • The exterior room contains the bathroom sink and storage (closet or shelving), and the interior room contains the toilet, tub, and/or shower.
  • The interior room may contain a second sink with vanity/storage.

Buddy Bath Design Idea #1:

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Here's an image of this Buddy bath floor plan, to give you a better sense of the two separate spaces:

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With this type of bathroom design, two people can use the same bathroom for separate functions at the same time - perfect for kids sharing a bathroom in the mornings before school!

Buddy Bath Design Idea #2: Single sink, long vanity

A single sink can make the most sense inside a single-room buddy bath.

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Here's an image of this Buddy bath floor plan, to give you a better sense of the door locations:

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More House Plans with a Jack and Jill bath

Floor plans for popular Jack and Jill bath and buddy bath designs. Click the floor plan images to see photos inside each of these Raleigh custom homes built by Stanton Homes:

 - The Kelley: Jack and Jill bath with dual entrance to the first vanity room, and secondary interior door to the toilet/bath/shower.

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 - The Dugan: Buddy bath with a popular layout for a guest suite or multigenerational house plan

Jack and Jill Floor Plan

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Best Roof Styles: How to Build a Cost Effective Home in Raleigh

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 12:03 PM

Best Roof Styles for Raleigh New Custom Homes

If there’s a certain type of roof you like, ask your custom builder how it can work with the floor plan you have in mind. Roof style options for Raleigh new custom homes vary widely, and can often be modified to fit the interior floor plan and exterior style you have in mind.

Raleigh New Home Cost | Roof Pitch Explained

 

How to Keep Costs Down with Roofing Options

The more complex the roof, the higher the cost. But when you determine the roof line for your new custom home, be aware that it isn’t like flooring, cabinets or even walls that you can update later. The roofline and architectural design extremely difficult to revise once your new home is built - so find the best fit before you start.

Below are a few basic key terms and home building facts that can help you understand what certain floor plans cost more to build.

Raleigh New Home Cost | Roof Pitch Explained

Roof Pitch

The "pitch" of a roof is the steepness. Roof pitch, or angle of steepness, is calculated by the number of inches it rises for every 12 inches it extends.

An 8/12 roof climbs 8 inches in height for every 12 inches in width. Here is an example photo of a 12/12 roof pitch:

Raleigh New Home Cost | Roof Pitch Explained

In general, the shallower the roof pitch, the lower the cost.  Construction of a simpler, lower roofline can entail less roofing, less framing materials and less framing labor both for the roofing as well as the roof’s support system.

But, some level of steepness and complexity of roofline can be what makes the difference between fantastic curb appeal, and "just another box".  

For example, lower cost homes are often constructed with a simpler 4:12 or 5:12 roof pitch. However, this can limit attic space, particularly on a smaller home.

(The Dahlberg, below, has a 10/12 main roof pitch - but due to the size of this one story home, it can appear less steep 

Raleigh New Home Cost | Roof Pitch Explained

 

Roof Gables, Hips, and Valleys

The number of gables, hips, and valleys in a roof can affect aesthetic appeal as well as cost.

  • A gable is a triangular section of wall formed by the intersection of two sections of roof.
  • A hip is where two rooflines meet at the top. This example shows six different hips on the front of the home, counting the small dormer window.
  • A valley is where two sections of roof meet and connect on the downward slope.

Raleigh New Home Cost | Roof Pitch Explained

Pitch lines can also make a huge difference in the way your new home is viewed. “Box homes” that have virtually no intricate roof lines or pitch emphasize the ability to offer more floor space. But your new home builder or designer can show you how to make the best of both.

How Much Does it Cost to Build a New Custom Home in Raleigh, NC?

Your custom home builder can show you how a style with a mid-level pitch and several gables and valleys can add a lot of sophistication, but still be at the mid to lower end of the cost spectrum.

Cost depends on size, amenities, and other less known aspects, including the condition of your lot and the requirements of your development. For a building cost estimate, click here or call 919-278-8070.

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2017 Kitchen Design Trends: Black Stainless Steel, Charcoal, Bronze

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Mar 07, 2017 @ 05:03 AM

How to Mix and Match Stainless Steel, Charcoal, Oil Rubbed Bronze, and Gray Paint

I'm considering the new black stainless steel appliances for my new home.  But I also like oil bronzed light fixtures. Can I get away with mixing these two?   And will a charcoal cabinet finish look good with the appliances and the light fixtures?  I'm also leaning towards BM Revere Pewter or SW Amazing Gray for the wall paint color.   What do you think?

New Home Interior Design Trends: Stainless steel, charcoal, oil rubbed bronze, and gray

The black stainless steel appliances can definitely mix with Oil rubbed bronze light fixtures!  Charcoal cabinets also mix, however all of these items are very dark so there are some other elements you will want to consider.

 

(This Stanton Homes kitchen is similar to your description, with a black stainless steel range hood, charcoal cabinets, oil rubbed bronze faucets, and gray paint)

Kitchen Design Tips: How Much Light is in Your Kitchen?

First of all, consider the amount of light you have in the room.

If you stay with this combination, then definitely go for one of the lighter or white granites such as 'Absolute White', 'Thunder White', 'Ashen White', 'White Galaxy', 'Colonial White', etc. (These are granite color names, so ask for them at your local vendor).

The island granite in this photo is called "Thunder White":

2017 Kitchen Design Trends | How to Mix Oil Rubbed Bronze and Black Stainless Steel

Second, I would also suggest a white tile back splash and also under cabinet lights--all of these elements will help to balance the charcoal cabinets and black stainless steel.

See what a different additional lighting can make in this large, open concept kitchen? This kitchen includes:

  • Recessed can lights in the ceiling
  • Under cabinet task lighting
  • Over cabinet lighting (in the barrel vault above the cooktop range)
  • Pendant lighting above the island
  • Natural lighting coming from the wall of windows in the open great room

Kitchen Cabinet Hardware: How Mix and Match Bronze with Charcoal

If you use bronze in the decorative lights over an island, then consider a cabinet hardware selection to match.

Going with bronze on the charcoal cabinet, although very dark, could look good if your charcoal isn't almost black and if you do choose one of the oil rubbed bronze finishes that is very dark.

The point is to create a contrast or it wont really be your best option. 

This kitchen also features oil rubbed bronze cabinet hardware, against the light charcoal / gray cabinets. A stained wood barrel vault ceiling helps pull out the warmer tones in the tile backsplash and granite counter top for a more balanced contrast in the room overall. 

2017 Kitchen Design Trends | How to Mix Oil Rubbed Bronze and Black Stainless Steel

On the other hand, some oil rubbed bronze finishes for lighting have a sort of copper looking color on the edges. With a finish like that for the lights, then I would consider a (contrasting) dark copper color for the cabinet hardware. 

Matte Black or Matte Gold Kitchen Lighting Fixtures

A third choice which is probably the most current, would be changing to matte black or matte GOLD light fixtures with white glass. In that case you could choose matte gold cabinet hardware.

Matte gold on a charcoal cabinet is very rich looking and gives some warmth to the combination of charcoal and black stainless steel (the same way the stained wood creates warmth in the kitchen above). This would create more of an upscale look. 

For a modern look go with all white glass light fixtures over the island and polished chrome cabinet hardware.

Here's an example of all white glass light fixtures over the island:

2017 Kitchen Design Trends | How to Mix Oil Rubbed Bronze and Black Stainless Steel

Copper Kitchen Fixtures

(We are still seeing the continuation of copper -- just touches of it -- as a companion metal finish to every other finish out there so you're free to throw it in wherever you like.)

 

2017 Kitchen Design Trends | How to Mix Oil Rubbed Bronze and Black Stainless Steel

More on New Home Kitchen Trends:

Pairing Oil Rubbed Bronze with Stainless Steel

Can I Pair a Bronze Faucet with a Stainless Steel Sink?

Read more about the chrome vs brushed nickel debate, here.

- Andrea Enns, Interior Design Expert, designing Raleigh custom homes with Stanton Homes


 

New Home Design Trend Questions:

Raleigh custom home builder trends

Have a kitchen or interior design trend question for your new home? 

Ask Andrea, and she'll let you know all the latest in custom home and design/build trends!  

Andrea works closely with each Stanton Homes client to help design homes that fit every lifestyle and taste.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More 2017 new home trends:

Shaker Style Kitchen Cabinets - Popular Styles for 2017

Most Popular Gray Paint Colors - with Photo Examples

Color Trends for 2017 - with Options other than Gray

Best Main Floor Master House Plans for 2017 New Homes

New Custom Homes in the Raleigh Area - and throughout central North Carolina 

New Homes Raleigh NC - New Home Raleigh - Raleigh NC New Homes - New Home Raleigh NCStanton Homes makes building your new custom home easy!  We'll guide you through the entire process - select from thousands of different floor plans, and hundreds of different locations.  Your custom home is going to be extraordinary when you create it with one of the nation’s top fully involved builders and the high quality materials and craftsmanship that our reputation is built on.

Call 919-278-8070 to find out more about new homes in the Raleigh area today. 

 

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Raleigh Custom Home Builder Awards | Best of Houzz 2017

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 @ 15:01 PM

Stanton Homes | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

Awarded Best of Houzz 2017 - 3 Years Running


Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building Professionals

Stanton Homes, a Raleigh custom home builder, has won "Best Of Design" and "Best of Customer Service" three years in a row on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. 

Stanton Homes has been design/building high quality custom homes in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area since 2006. Stanton Homes was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

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Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Check out the “Best Of Houzz 2017” badges on our Houzz profile, as a sign of our commitment to excellence in custom home building.

 

Follow Stanton Homes on Houzz.

About Stanton Homes

The award winning team at Stanton Homes works closely with clients throughout the custom home build, with personal interaction with your builder, project manager, designer, production manager, coordinator, and sales consultant.

When homebuyers build your custom Stanton Home, they become part of the team, with:

  • Project Manager meetings site with at least six detailed, extensive walk throughs over the course of the build.
  • Interior Designer sessions at expansive showrooms.
  • 24/7 access to everything happening in your home, through a personal online portal that connects clients and the build team with everything that’s happening – and what’s next - with photos and updates along with extended warranties and guarantees.

Read reviews posted by our homebuyers, here.

Every home we build is filled with the personality of our homebuyers, with flexibility of choice and experts to help guide your decisions. Take a look at some of the Real Homes for Real People we’ve created together.


About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.


 

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Andrew Travars Named Top Builder | Professional Builder Magazine Leadership Awards

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 @ 13:01 PM

Professional Builder Magazine honors fourth award to Stanton Homes for "Top 40 Under 40" distinction - the most leadership recognitions in this category of any builder in the nation

Andrew Travars, 29, is one of the youngest Builder/Project Managers to receive this prestigious honor from the home building industry's leading publication

Top Builder | Professional Builder Magazine Leadership Awards

Andrew is on the right. His brother Phil, left, was recognized as a "Top 40 Under 40" in the nation last year. Two other Stanton Homes team members were chosen within the 3 previous years.

Andrew Travars' extraordinary leadership, design/build craftsmanship and dedication to excellence has resulted his distinction as one of the nation's top professionals in the home building industry.

Andrew is the fourth team member at Stanton Homes to earn this prestigious honor over the past five years, further reaffirming the unprecedented excellence of this exceptional North Carolina custom home builder.

What made Andrew stand out among nationwide nominees? See what it's like to work with Andrew, and the rest of the award winning team at Stanton Homes:



Top Builders 40 under 40:

Andrew takes a full immersion approach to creating extraordinary new homes:

  • Project management of totally custom one-of-a-kind homes.
  • Design/build from scratch or with extensive modifications.
  • Working directly with clients, to integrate their "forever home" vision.

1. What is Design/Build?

What makes working with one of the nation's top custom home builders different than a "semi-custom" or production builder?

The phenomenal skillsets and dedication of people like Andrew, who as a top Builder/Project Manager at Stanton Homes has the ability to sketch a floor plan in a single sitting, while talking through the complexities of home building from an engineering perspective.

Here's an example of a floor plan Andrew designed and built in Chatham County, NC that's functional and cost effective - as well as beautiful.

This beautiful Modern Farmhouse with touches of Arts and Crafts is one of the most popular architectural styles in today's trends, with all the latest must-have features for Raleigh new homes -

  • Open concept layout with the kitchen open to the family room
  • Custom wrap-around staircase, with a secret passageway for kids!
  • Pocket office on the first floor
  • Downstairs bedroom for guests

Top Builder | Professional Builder Magazine Leadership Awards

You can tour this incredible custom home in person at a special one day event. Come meet Andrew, and the rest of the award winning team at Stanton Homes, Saturday, January 28th, 1-3 pm. See everything inside this home, from built-in bookcases, drop zone, cubbies and desks to its spacious modern farmhouse kitchen design.

 

2. How to Build a Custom Home

Andrew's approach to design/build is founded on knowledge - both in what he is able to create, as well as what he is able to provide. Here are a couple of "Builder Brother" blogs, where Andrew and Phil provide helpful tips about how to build a custom home in North Carolina:

Andrew is also a certified Aging in Place Specialist – an important contributor to why Stanton Homes is a leading custom builder of aging-in-place, accessible and multi-gen coustom homes.

3. Teamwork

Creative teamwork is one of the most frequent observations made by our clients about working with Andrew - take a look at the glowing reviews here to see more about the team approach at Stanton Homes, which played a huge role in Andrew's leadership award as a top builder in the nation.

Andrew and Andrea formed the "A Team" many years ago, as two designers bantering Chip and Joanna Gains style. Their on-site "debates" and different approaches to creating special spaces contribute to the excellence of the finished product.

Top Builder | Professional Builder Magazine Leadership Awards

 

The award winning Bryson home was created with "A Team" collaboration:

Top Builder | Professional Builder Magazine Leadership Awards

Andrew and Andrea surprised the homebuyers with "Putter's Place" - a dog house with a dog shower that has little puppy paw prints - which has won multiple awards for its creativity and practicality. And a great example of how Andrew and the rest of the team at Stanton Homes believe in creating custom homes to fit the lifestyles of homebuyers.

Top Builder | Professional Builder Magazine Leadership Awards

4. Extra-curricular Activities

Andrew's creative approach to design continues "off the clock" as his pursuit of challenges centers on other projects to design and build.

The local television station broadcast a clip of Andrew pedaling his hand-made "go-cart bike" in the "Tour de Fat" in Durham, NC:

Professional Builder Magazine Leadership Awards

 

Andrew teamed up with his brothers to create a boat inspired by Orca from Jaws - a winner at the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s "Build Your Own Boat Competition":

Top Builder | Professional Builder Magazine Leadership Awards

 

About the Top 40 Under 40 Award:

  • Professional Builder is the home building industry's leading national publication. Each year its "Top 40 under 40" competition seeks to award the most accomplished builders across the nation with this prestigious leadership recognition.
  • A panel of Professional Builder editors selected the winners, based on personal and professional accomplishments
  • Decisions were made based on leadership skills, sustained career progress, personal integrity, technical skills, community outreach, dedication and involvement in the home building industry


About Stanton Homes:

Stanton Homes has been design/building high quality, one-of-a-kind custom homes in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area since 2006.

The award winning team works closely with clients throughout the custom home build, with personal interaction with your builder, project manager, designer, production manager, coordinator, and sales consultant.

When homebuyers build your custom Stanton Home, they become part of the team, with:

  • Project Manager meetings site with at least six detailed, extensive walk throughs over the course of the build.
  • Interior Designer sessions at expansive showrooms.
  • 24/7 access to everything happening in your home, through a personal online portal that connects clients and the build team with everything that’s happening – and what’s next - with photos and updates along with extended warranties and guarantees.

Read reviews posted by our homebuyers, here.

Every home we build is filled with the personality of our homebuyers, with flexibility of choice and experts to help guide your decisions. Take a look at some of the Real Homes for Real People we’ve created together.

 

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Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 @ 09:01 AM

What do built in bookshelves cost?

Custom bookcases, cabinets, and built-in storage designs are priced based on a number of factors, including:

  1. Size (Height, Length, Depth)
  2. Depth of Base Shelves (are the base shelves wider than the upper shelves?)
  3. Number of Cabinet Units
  4. Countertops
  5. Open Shelving
  6. Stain Grade vs. Paint Grade Materials
  7. Arches or Header Details
  8. Custom Paint Colors
  9. Standard vs. Non-Standard Cabinet Sizes

See our photo gallery of fireplaces built in Raleigh new homes.


What does a built in bookcase around the fireplace cost? 

Fireplace walls are great spaces to add a built in bookcase. These walls are already "reserved" as focal points (with furniture spread among the other walls or open areas).   

If you're trying to decide on the best built in bookcase design for your budget, these photos will give you a good idea of how pricing works - with specific cost factors.  See why some bookcases are cost effective, while others are only found in luxury home designs.

Below are 8 photo examples that give a clear indication of what each cost factor can look like:

1. Bookcase Size

The height, length, and depth of a built in will affect the total cost. For open shelving bookcases, larger sizes mean more materials and labor. For cabinets, larger sizes typically require multiple units.

The fireplace bookcases in this great room stretch across the living room wall. If you want a "full wall" built in look for a lower cost, consider reducing the height of the shelves. This would leave wall space where you could display artwork (or add windows if it is an exterior wall).

 Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

Small bookshelves can still make a big impression, especially when paired with windows on each side of the fireplace:

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This living room photo is from a version of the Beaufort - a very popular Raleigh new home floor plan - see more photos here.

2. Depth of Bookcase Base Shelves

Complex configurations add cost to any built in design. The two base shelves on these fireplace bookcases are wider than the upper shelves. Varied depth bookcases can make a big impression in person, so this is one custom factor you should consider when considering cost/benefits on a tight budget.

Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

This living room photo is from a version of the Brogan - see more photos here, a craftsman style home.

3. Number of Cabinet Units

The number of individual cabinet units also contributes to the total cost of a built in design. Typically, using two 24'' cabinets will cost significantly more than using one 48'' cabinet.

The wider, four-door 48" base cabinets in the living room pictured below, from a version of the Statesman, helped the Raleigh home owner save cost (compared to choosing a layout for four 24" cabinets that would fit into the same overall space).  The design made the room feel even larger and more open, with trim details that add visual interest.

Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

4. Countertop

When designing built in cabinets, manufacturers can include a finished "countertop" piece that rests on top and adds cost (when compared to how built in shelving works).   

Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

This living room photo - with cabinets on each side of the stone fireplace - is from a version of the Horse Country Estate - see more photos here.

5. Open Shelving or Floating Shelves

Open shelving can be a great design choice.  The cost of open shelving, compared to bookcases, can depend on the size, details, and paint.  In this design, the addition of a decorative header (designed to carry the line of the ceiling created by the upstairs walkway on the right side of the fireplace), cabinets, and counter top are each cost factors that contribute to the total.  

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This vaulted living room photo is from a version of the Elk Point - see more photos here.

6. Stain vs. Paint Grade

Most types of built in storage units are available in two "grades," stain or paint. While some of the cabinets pictured above are constructed in a stain grade wood, the bookcases below use a (more cost effective) paint grade wood.   For today's homebuyer, "stained" shelving and cabinets can easily feel dated, and an extensive area of stained finish can make a large room feel smaller.  

Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

This living room photo - with bookcases on each side of the fireplace - is from a version of the Country Farmhouse - see more photos here.

7. Arches or Header Details

Arches or header details - like the white wainscoting design across these living room bookcases - are beautiful additions that can really add formality to a room.

These hand-crafted or custom details can add a little additional cost, but they can make a big difference in the look and feel of your fireplace surround (often the focal point of your downstairs living space).

Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

This living room photo - with custom bookshelves around the fireplace - is from a version of the Scottsdale - see more photos here.

8. Custom Color

Most built-ins are painted white, to match the interior trim color of the room. Adding a custom color inside a built in bookcase is another popular detail.  Because the painters must tape off each shelf, individually, to create this effect, this can add a few hundred dollars to the finish cost.

Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

These built in bookshelves around the fireplace include a custom color and lower cabinets. The photo is from a version of the Low County Farmhouse - see more photos here.

Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

This custom living room built in shelving unit is from a version of the Treehouse - see more photos here.

9. Cabinet Sizing

Another way to save cost on your built in bookcase configuration is by choosing larger cabinets, such as the 48" base cabinets here.  It's more costly to use three or four small cabinets in a space than to use one or two large cabinets.  

If cabinet units do not fit into the designated wall space, your builder will need to add trim pieces to make up the difference. Custom trim, painted to match, will look intentional.

Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

When working within a budget, you will want to compare each of these cost factors. Do you want to prioritize wainscoting details, custom colors, simpler (but wider) shelves, or a combination of these details? The choice is yours, and a custom home interior designer can help you weigh the options.  Stanton Homes offers a full menu of options in your Personal Build Portal for you to review before, or during, construction, in order to make your final decisions.



How much do custom built in bookcases, cabinets, and shelving units cost?

Exact pricing for built ins depends on the size, configuration, style, materials, and other custom details. 


Looking for New Home Builders in Raleigh NC? 

 

New Homes Raleigh NC - New Home Raleigh - Raleigh NC New Homes - New Home Raleigh NCStanton Homes makes building your new custom home easy!  We'll guide you through the entire process - select from thousands of different floor plans, and hundreds of different locations.  Your custom home is going to be extraordinary when you create it with one of the nation’s top fully involved builders and the high quality materials and craftsmanship that our reputation is built on.

Call 919-278-8070 to find out more about raleigh custom home builders.

 

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How Much are Property Taxes in Raleigh?  2017 Tax Guides for All Surrounding Areas

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

How to Calculate Your Property Taxes in central North Carolina Counties:

If you're considering a move to the greater Raleigh area, or just a relocation within the Triangle, you've probably wondered how much the yearly property taxes will be for your new home.

How Much are Property Taxes in Raleigh?  2017 Tax Guides for All Surrounding Areas

All NC counties revalue real estate every few years. For instance, Granville County reevaluates every eight years - per NC requirements.  This procedure allows the Tax Department to adjust the appraised value of real estate to reflect the property's true value in light of changing real estate market conditions. 



Property Tax Rates by County:

Here are links to the property tax rates for central NC counties, including Wake County, Chatham County and Durham County

Wake County Property Tax Rates 2017

Chatham County Property Tax Rates 2017

Harnett County Property Tax Rates 2017

Durham County Property Tax Rates 2017

Granville County Property Tax Rates 2017

Johnston County Property Tax Rates 2017

Alamance County Property Tax Rates 2017

Lee County Property Tax Rates 2017

 


Looking for New Home Builders in North Carolina? 

New Custom Homes in the Raleigh Area - and throughout central North Carolina 

New Homes Raleigh NC - New Home Raleigh - Raleigh NC New Homes - New Home Raleigh NCStanton Homes makes building your new custom home easy!  We'll guide you through the entire process - select from thousands of different floor plans, and hundreds of different locations.  Your custom home is going to be extraordinary when you create it with one of the nation’s top fully involved builders and the high quality materials and craftsmanship that our reputation is built on.

Call 919-278-8070 to find out more about raleigh custom home builders.

 


 

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