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

What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor Plans

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 @ 10:11 AM

What makes a "Princess Suite" floor plan unique? 

A Princess Suite usually refers to a secondary bedroom on the second floor with:

  • Private bath room
  • Expanded or walk in closet
  • Slightly greater sq ft than other secondary bedrooms
  • Special features, such as a built in seat or sitting area

Some home buyers use the princess suite as a guest bedroom, with all the same amenities.

What does a Princess Suite floor plan include?

Here are some examples of Princess Suite Floor Plans:

See examples of special features, in these floor plan images:

Princess Suite Floor Plan Feature #1: Private Bathroom

The Avonstone Manor, copyright Garrell Associates, includes a princess suite on the second floor. This suite features:

  • Private bath with corner soaking tub and separate tile shower
  • Walk in closet
  • Built in desk / storage area

What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor PlansTake a look inside this Princess Suite from a version of the Avonstone Manor built by Stanton Homes near Raleigh, North Carolina: Click here for a full gallery of this custom home.

Princess Suite Floor Plan Feature #2: Expanded Closet

The Graystone Park, copyright Frank Betz, features a second floor Princess Suite with expanded walk in closet. This closet rivals master bedroom storage space.

What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor Plans

The Longleaf, home plan by Frank Betz, includes five bedrooms, four and a half baths, and a second story Princess Suite.

The Princess Suite also includes a walk in closet - in a more typical size - as well as private bathroom. 

What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor Plans

Bedrooms 3 and 4 share a Jack and Jill style bath.

Princess Suite Floor Plan Feature #3: Additional Sq Ft

Typical secondary or "kids" bedrooms are generally 12'x12' or 12x11' for a total of 132 to 144 sq ft.

What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor PlansThis floor plan, The Timbersedge by Alan Mascord, features an expanded secondary bedroom.

The princess suite is 13'x13', not including the foyer-style entry and attached bath with separate toilet room and vanity area.

Princess Suite Floor Plan Feature #4: Bay Sitting Area

This Princess Suite - from The Kensington copyright Alan Mascord - centers around the bay sitting area.

What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor Plans

Princess Suite Floor Plan Feature #5: Built in Bench

The Parnell, copyright Alan Mascord, features a princess suite with built-in window bench. This suite also includes:

  • Private bathroom with tub/shower combination
  • Extra long closet

What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor Plans

How to Build a New Home in North Carolina:

Tell us what floor plan you'd like to build, and we'll show you what it costs to build in central North Carolina. We'll get down to details, including full price estimates for all the floor plan features - and selections - you love. 

List of Princess Suite Floor Plans:

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Surprising Changes in Cary NC New Home Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Nov 17, 2015 @ 13:11 PM

Parade of Homes Trends:

The Parade of Homes in Wake County is one of the largest in the entire nation. And design trends seen in the Parade are usually at the forefront of cutting edge – as a wide variety of builders work to identify what homebuyers want most, today.

Here’s a visual of what was seen in Cary, NC new homes featured in this year's Parade of Homes:

Cary New Homes Changing Trends 2015


For Single Family Homes:

  • Avg list price $769K
  • Avg sq ft 4088 finished
  • 68% have three car garage, 42% have two car
  • Of the three car garage plans, 77% are “split” garages
  • 68% are two story, 47% are main floor master. The overlap comes from a few Dual Master Suite homes

Features that are very popular in Cary NC new homes:

  • 100% have a Bonus Room or Game Room
  • 100% have a Formal Dining Room
  • 63% have Laundry Rooms on the Second Floor
  • 95% have a counter in the Laundry Room
  • 95% have a Built In Drop Zone (and 79% have a separate area for the drop zone, ie a dedicated Mud Room area)
  • 74% have a first floor guest suite
  • 53% have a first floor office (that is not a guest bedroom)
  • 74% have a “Jack and Jill” bath
  • 100% have a Kitchen Island with Seating (with more than 50% accommodating seating for at least 4)
  • 89% have a Butler Pantry
  • 84% have a Walk In Pantry

Features that do not appear to be very popular in Cary NC new homes:

  • 11% have a pocket office
  • 11% have a formal living room
  • 5% have a keeping room
  • 5% have a sunroom
  • 5% have a private sitting room in the master
  • 5% have dual islands
  • 16% have two staircases
  • No homes have a Curved Staircase

New home design trends vary by price point and area, but it is interesting to see what’s popular in this year’s new custom homes!

Penny Hull enjoys identifying new home trends in her spare time, which is part of why she was awarded the “Top 40 Under 40” National recognition from Professional Builder magazine.   She works with Stanton Homes to help homeowners build beautiful custom homes that “make sense”.

Custom Homes Build North Carolina:

Tell us which home plan features you'd like to include in your new home, and we'll show you what it costs to build in central North Carolina. We'll get down to details, including full price estimates for all the floor plan features - and selections - you love. 


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Blue Tile Bathroom Ideas for NC New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 @ 10:10 AM

Blue Tile in the Bathroom:

For some buyers, blue bathrooms are a bold choice; for others, pale blue paint and tile are a calming, relaxing option.

See photos of blue bathrooms - and tile designs - from new homes built by Stanton Homes in central North Carolina.  Stanton Homes is a new custom home builder in Raleigh, NC - contact us to learn more about the new home build process. 

Blue Tile Ideas for the Bath:

Below are examples of how to use blue tile in the master bathroom, secondary bath, and powder room. 

2. Blue Tile Floor

Hints of blue, grey, and white blend throughout the contemporary pebble style master bathroom floor - with deeper blue tiles integrated around the tub and shower. 

Blue Bathrooms | Blue Tile in the Bath

Ceiling-height tile in the shower is a custom home touch. 

2. Blue Tile Surround on a Curved Tub

This master bath tub rests inside the open concept shower. Mixed tile sizes create contrast throughout the bathroom: long faux wood floor and wall tiles blend with mini mosaic wall and tub patterns.

Blue Bathrooms | Blue Tile in the Bath

This contemporary show includes his and hers shower heads and block window glass. 

3. Blue Tile Around a Mirror

This kids bathroom feautres blue tile in the vanity and shower room. A thin listello accent frames the mirror and window. Linear patterns run through the floor and across the shower walls. 

Blue Bathrooms | Blue Tile in the Bath

Blue and grey tile combinations are popular inside master, guest, and kids bathrooms. 

4. Blue Accents in a Tub Surround

Blue Bathrooms | Blue Tile in the Bath

This master bathroom features a more subtle shade of blue in the tile - to accent the bright, baby blue walls.  The neutral tile tub surround softens the room. 

The built-in tile shelf below the window offers a place to decorate or store bath time essentials. 

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.

5. Blue Shower Tile

Blue Bathrooms | Blue Tile in the Bath

A guest or secondary bathroom is a great place to add floor-to-ceiling tile - in bold color choices. 


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








6. Blue Mini Mosaic Tile Patterns

This bathroom - a dual entry, kids' Jack and Jill layout - uses a mini mosaic tile pattern in the shower. 

Tile Tub Surround Ideas | Blue Bathroom Tile Ideas

This bathroom is custom designed as a specially adapted shower room - with tub inside - for ease of use. 8 x 10 white field tile runs across the ceiling, in addition to the walls and foor. 

7. Subtle Blue Tile Accents

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. This blend of colors feels more traditional than a bright blue design. 

Blue Bathrooms | Blue Tile in the Bath


8. Slate Blue Tile Tub Surround

A vertical tile pattern with slate blue tones emphasizes the curved front of this tile tub surround.

Blue Bathrooms | Blue Tile in the Bath


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

Raleigh New Home Construction 

Tell us what floor plan you'd like to build, and we'll show you what it costs to build in central North Carolina. We'll get down to details, including full price estimates for all the floor plan features - and selections - you love. 


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Pocket Office, Drop Zone, and More - This Floor Plan Hits All the Hot Spots | Raleigh New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 @ 09:10 AM

It's tough to find a floor plan that hits everything on the wish list!  We're highlighting some designs that have done a great job making everything work, without unnecessarily supersizing your new home.   The "Poplar Place" is a Frank Betz home plan with 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom floor plan with just over 2,500 sq ft of heated living space (the two car garage can be designed as front entry or side entry).

Raleigh New Home Floor Plan ModificationsPoplar Place exterior rendering copyright Frank Betz, Inc.

See the most common custom modifications homebuyers request for this floor plan - and then request a full build cost estimate from Stanton Homes - for the Raleigh, NC area.

Popular Floor Plan Features:  

The Poplar Place includes many of the most requested floor plan features in a Raleigh new home, including: 

  • An open, spacious Kitchen with a large island and seating
  • A first floor Pocket Office in addition to the first floor Guest Room
  • An oversized first floor Guest Bedroom with walk in closet, in place of the smaller bedroom with standard size closet
  • A drop zone and Mudroom, instead of a garage door that opens straight into the Dining area
  • His and hers closets with separate access
  • Separated his and hers vanities
  • More flexibility on the second floor: Bedroom 3 can also be converted into a very large open Loft or enclosed Game Room
  • Attic storage on the second floor

Raleigh New Home Floor Plan ModificationsPoplar Place First Floor Plan copyright Frank Betz, Inc.

Raleigh New Home Floor Plan Modifications

Poplar Place Second Floor Plan copyright Frank Betz, Inc.

How to Modify this Custom Home Floor Plan:

When working with an experienced custom home builder, here are a few examples of custom modifications that can be made to the Poplar Place: 

Floor Plan Modification #1: Delete the Jack and Jill Bath Portion of "Bedroom 2"

Removing a portion of the Jack and Jill bath allows you to extend the Laundry Room and include a long Folding Counter or other built-in storage options.  The bath is still extremely workable for multiple children with the tub/shower split and the dual vanity option.

Raleigh New Home Floor Plan Modifications

Floor Plan Modification #2: Add a Loft

The layout of this Raleigh floor plan allows you to convert either Bedroom 3 or Bedroom 4 to an Open Loft, unless five bedrooms are desired. 

Raleigh New Home Floor Plan Modifications

Floor Plan Modification #3: Add a Walk Up Third Floor

Based on the existing layout, a custom home builder can move the entrace to Bedroom 4 and wrap the staircase into a third floor to create additional, cost-effective square footage.   The roofline will be modified with this version.

Raleigh New Home Floor Plan Modifications


Custom Home Builders in North Carolina:

We’d love to talk with you about your lifestyle, budget and preferences you have in mind for your North Carolina custom home.

We will work with you to find, modify, or design the perfect plan - with custom touches like these red-line updates in the Poplar Place floor plan. Contact Stanton Homes to get started on the new home building process.


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What Does the Perfect Home Look Like?  Builder Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Oct 13, 2015 @ 12:10 PM

Houzz offers an easy way to plan your Raleigh new custom home - with seemingly limitless photos to add to your personal "Ideabooks."

Want to know what Houzz users see as the "Perfect House?"  We've compiled a list of the most popular Stanton Homes photos (based on the number of "Saves" to Ideabooks) - below.

New Home Design Ideas:

See the most popular custom home exterior, kitchen, master bathroom, mother in law suite, powder room, mud room, and pet room photos from our Houzz projects:

1. The Perfect Exterior Design:

Raleigh New Home Design | Most Popular Photos on Houzz

Homes that combine traditional and craftsman elements continue to rise in popularity. This Raleigh custom home blends traditional white columns with craftsman style trim and contemporary grey metal roof accents above the garage and sides.   Each eave and peak is carefully balanced in this design so that no matter what angle the home is viewed from, the eye tracks the angles and curves.

The portico entrance opens to a vault, with a dark stained wood door and lots of glass for natural light. 

2. The Perfect Kitchen Design:

Raleigh New Home Design | Most Popular Photos on Houzz

White, grey, and black kitchens continue to top home trend charts.

Not all new home kitchens are scaling up in size. Many kitchen floor plans, like this popular Houzz kitchen photo, center on efficient layouts that offer ample storage and counter space without breaking the bank. 

3. The Perfect Master Bath Design:

Raleigh New Home Design | Most Popular Photos on Houzz 

Master bathrooms with only a shower - and no tub - are also a common request for Raleigh new homes.

This two person shower features separate his and hers shower heads, open concept glass panels, and a roll-in (wheelchair accessible) threshold.

4. The Perfect Great Room Design:

Raleigh New Home Design | Most Popular Photos on Houzz

While the jury is still out on two versus one story great rooms, this great room photo boasts the most Ideabook "Saves."

This two story great room includes two window rows, dark hardwood flooring, light grey paint, a tall built-in bookcase, full-height white wainscoting above the fireplace, walls sconces, and a wrap-around walkway to the sun room. To top it off, the fireplace is see-through.

5. The Perfect "Mother in Law Suite" Design:

Raleigh New Home Design | Most Popular Photos on Houzz

Mother in law homes, that is, homes designed with a private living area for long term guests or extended family, are difficult to find in existing home markets - making them a top request in custom new home construction.

This MIL suite takes the cake for one of our most-saved photos on Houzz. This floor plan - a version of the Maple Lane - includes a mother in law bedroom with private bathroom and sitting room with French door entry (and faux transom windows above). The sitting room has private access to outdoor living.

6. The Perfect Powder Room Design:

Raleigh New Home Design | Most Popular Photos on Houzz

Metallic accents have grown in popularity, often used to off-set white, black, grey, and even golden brown rooms. This powder room design - a simple yet elegant design with painted wainscoting, framed mirror, and pedestal sink - is hugely popular on Houzz - even compared to Stanton Homes powder rooms with more complex (and expensive) layouts and design selections. 

7. The Perfect Mud Room Design:

Raleigh New Home Design | Most Popular Photos on Houzz

With the recent trend towards incorporating indoor-outdoor space comes a need for convenient mud room amenities.

This mud room - our most popular on Houzz - features two closets, a built in bench with storage cubbies, and upper cabinets, sink, and countertop (on the other wall). The coat hooks spell "FAMILY."

8. The Perfect Place for Pets:

Raleigh New Home Design | Most Popular Photos on Houzz

Want to know where homebuyers would love to splurge in their next home? This pet room features a large dog shower and tucked-in dog house.  These pet room accommodations are located under the staircase - designed to take advantage of otherwise unused square footage inside the combination mud room / laundry room. 

Collaborate with the Stanton Homes Team to Design Your New Home:

No two Stanton Homes are alike because we create every home with exquisite details and layouts that fit the personality of its people – beginning with the flexibility to choose a design from nearly any architect or have us create something new, just for you.

Our design team will collaborate with you to create the perfect home for your lifestyle. Share your ideas with us - email us your favorite Houzz photos (and tell us what you love about the most popular photos in this post). 

Reach us at 919-278-8070 or


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Shower Door Design Ideas for Raleigh New Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 @ 11:09 AM

Shower Door Options:

What's are the most popular shower enclosure and door styles for Raleigh new custom homes?

  • Frameless, semi-frameless, or framed?
  • Sliders or opening doors?
  • Glass partitions?

See the top 5 shower door options here, with photo examples.

Best Types of Shower Doors:

Shower door preferences vary widely, as do budgets!  For some homeowners this is a "splurge" area, a way to add even more drama and detail to a custom tile shower.   For others, the design of the door is simply one more step towards a beautifully beguiling bath.  

Some common shower door styles include:

1. Frameless Shower Doors and Enclosures

This shower door is completely frameless - with just a touch of dark bronze required for the hinges that enable to door to open.

Oil rubbed bronze fixtures and finishes stand out in this softly painted contempoary craftsman master bathroom, from a version of the McAlvany.

Here is an example of a frameless shower enclosure, from a version of the Peay. Metal brackets keep the large glass wall stable, without disrupting the minimalistic style:

2. Semi-Frameless Shower Doors and Enclosures

A semi-frameless shower door can use a frame on two sides. In this photo, from a version of the Remington master bathroom, a glass window looks between the shower and alcove tub. This is a modern open concept shower design.

3. Framed Shower Doors and Enclosures

This three-sided shower is fully framed with a brushed nickel finish. This is a great shower layout for an alley style master bathroom, with his and hers separate vanities. The closet opens on the opposite wall of this linear bathroom layout - see more photos of this Raleigh custom home here.

4. Shower Door Sliders

Shower doors that slide open are ideal for small bathroom layouts. While typical shower doors swing open - and need clear space to do so - sliders are self-contained within the shower frame.

Here is an example of shower door sliders, in a compact master bathroom. This photo is from a version of the Sherri, an efficient one story home near Raleigh, NC.

5. Glass Partitions - with No Door - to the Shower

Glass partitions block shower spray, while leaving a no-door opening. These showers are most common in contemporary style homes with an open concept, as well as wheelchair accessible homes (with zero threashold roll-in showers).

Pictured is just half of this two-person shower. Click here to see a photo tour of this home, a version of the Judson.

The shower door framing and swing style you choose will depend on several factors, including:

  • Master bathroom layout (U-shaped, L-shaped, Single Wall, Open Concept)
  • Custom home style (Contemporary, Craftsman, Traditional)
  • Any special considerations (Wheelchair Accessible Showers, Aging in Place Layouts)
Talk to your builder about your favorite floor plan - and get expert advice about all the master bathroom details.

Explore More Shower Design Options on Houzz:

Browse Raleigh custom home photos from Raleigh custom homes designed and built by Stanton Homes. What's your favorite bathroom shower design? Tell us what you love about these photos, and we'll show you what it takes to build:

See more favorites in our Raleigh Custom Home Shower Doors Ideabook on Houzz.

Contact Stanton Homes for a new home cost estimate here, or call 919-278-8070. Stanton Homes builds new custom homes throughout the Research Triangle Park area of central North Carolina.


Five Plant Shelf Ideas in Home Floor Plans

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 @ 06:09 AM

5 Places to Tuck a Plant Shelf:

Plant shelves are a small touch that can add a lot of life to a home floor plan. What are the most common locations for adding plan shelf? 

  • Above the master suite entrance
  • In the foyer
  • Above the front door
  • Above the master shower
  • Above a wall bump-out

See five Raleigh custom homes with a plant shelf, below.

Photos of Plant Shelf Ideas in New Homes:

1. Above the Master Suite Entrance

Adding a small bump-out to this master suite created space for a plant shelf and two built-in art nooks (painted in contrasting light and dark grey colors to pop out). 

This photo is from a version of the Worthington II, a Raleigh custom home built by Stanton Homes. 

Get more ideas for the master suite entrance design: 16 Master Bedroom Entries.

2. In the Foyer

Staircases often lend themselves to creative use of space - here's an example of a plant shelf built into the turn of this angled foyer staircase. 

The floor space below is perfect for an angled bench or entryway table. This photo is from a version of the Horse Country Estate, a main floor master suite Raleigh custom home. 

More foyer and entryway ideas: 

3. Above the Front Door

Barrel vault ceilings and plant shelves are the two most popular ways to decorate a two story foyer in Raleigh custom homes built by Stanton Homes. 

In this design/build home, a version of the Carwile, the foyer features a dormer style plant shelf, visible from the first floor entry and second story overlooks.   Adding an outlet near a plant shelf can increase holiday decorating possibilities too.



In this version of the Beaufort, a Frank Betz floor plan built by Stanton Homes, the two story foyer features both a barrel vault and a plant shelf above the front door. Dramatic entrances - as "interior curb appeal" - are a popular home design features in the Raleigh new home market. 

4. Above the Master Shower

The plant shelf in this design/build master bathroom incorporates a full-length plant shelf along the tub and shower. The ceiling vaults above, giving the plant shelf space for display. 

This photo is from a version of the Penelope, a Raleigh custom home. 

5. Above a Wall Bump-Out

Similar to master suite entrances, an accent area or wall bump out can serve a dual purpose as a decorative plant shelf. Here is an example of a plant shelf tucked into the vaulted ceiling of the breakfast room - located next to the kitchen and great room. 

How much does it cost to add a plant shelf?

When you're ready to get down to cost details on your new home, contact Stanton Homes. Tell us your home plan layout priorities - including details as small as a plant shelf - and we'll show you what it takes to build in the central region of North Carolina.

See more favorite plant shelf photos on Houzz, click here. 


Fourth award this year for Stanton Homes from Houzz

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 @ 11:09 AM

Stanton Homes on Houzz:

The world's premier platform for custom home design, Houzz, has bestowed two more prestigious tributes to Stanton Homes - for a total of four this year for the award winning North Carolina custom home builder.

The newly awarded RECOMMENDED status signifies that Stanton Homes is one of the "top rated pros", worldwide, on Houzz, according to the company.
Stanton Homes was also named as an INFLUENCER, due to "advice and knowledgeable posts that are most appreciated by the Houzz community" of more than 25 million monthly unique users.
Stanton Homes was awarded "Best of Houzz in Design" as the most popular professional portfolio on Houzz, and received the highest rating for client satisfaction with the designation of "Best of Houzz in Service" earlier this year.
See Houzz Idea Books here and Customer Satisfaction (review examples) here.
"We are honored at the outpouring of appreciation for the attention our team pays to detail in our custom homes, which has led to this array of awards," said Stan Williams, CEO and builder at Stanton Homes. "I'd also like to thank our homebuyers who enjoy creating special spaces and unique concepts with our team.  Houzz is great gathering place for world renowned design concepts, and we are very pleased with this recognition."

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Seven Sunroom Window and Layout Ideas for New Homes in Raleigh

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 @ 08:09 AM

Home Plans with a Sunroom:

Relax in the natural light of a sunroom - designed to enhance your view.

These Raleigh custom sunrooms come in all shapes and sizes, with window walls, and unique flooring ideas for your new home.

See floor plans of the homes pictured below:

Contact Stanton Homes to learn what it costs to build a custom home in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. 

Sunroom Layouts, Window Designs, and Features

Sun rooms designed for the seasonal climate in North Carolina include:

1. Sunroom with see through or two-sided fireplace

This is a year-round sun room is designed for soaking up the summer sun and staying warm on cold winter evenings. The two-sided fireplace leads between the sun room and great room. 

2. Sunroom with built in bench

You can tuck hidden storage into your sun room, with a built-in bench below the windows. This sun room runs along the kitchen wall, for an out-of-the-way relaxation area that stays separate from the great room. See a floor plan here. 

3. Sunroom with Interior window wall

While less traditional in terms of home plan layout, we're seeing more home buyer requests for interior windows between the great room and sun room. In this home, a version of the Whitehaven, a large picture window offers views between the two main "hang out" areas of the home.  

4. Sunroom with coffer ceiling treatment

Plenty of windows - and French glass doors - are must-have for a sun room design, ceiling treatments can turn a casual relaxation area into a formal space for guests to gather. 

In this version of the Chapel Ridge, a two-tone coffered ceiling with indoor fan accents the sun room. 


5. Bay style sunroom with vaulted ceiling

View from the breakfast room, looking into the open concept sun room. The kitchen bar area (with wine refrigerator and rack) fits a flat screen TV, placed especially for a sports-loving family who wants to watch the game from the island.

Here is another angle of the sun room, from the wine wall:


6. Craftsman sunroom windows 

Rather than accenting the ceiling with a coffer or vault, this sun room focuses on craftman trim details - with hand-built frames around the windows.

A square ceiling fan light gives a touch of contemporary design to the modern craftsman home - photographed in a version of the McAlvany.


7. Breakfast Room / Sunroom design

If you're looking to downsize your home, or for ways to maximize the efficiency of the spaces in a larger floor plan, a breakfast room / sun room combination can make great use of space. 

This breakfast room, located on the rear corner of the home plan, lets in tons of natural light. If you want to designate a formal dining space, consider converting a corner space such as this into an open concept sun room. 


 When you build a truly custom home, your builder can tell you how much flexibility your floor plan layout allows - and how to redesign to meet your needs. 

More Sun Room and Indoor-Outdoor Living Photos:

How will you use your sunroom? Before you know what specialty rooms to include in your Raleigh new home, take a family poll on how often you use the spaces you have now. A sun room can give you the best of both worlds, when deciding between indoor and outdoor living space. 
If you're looking for more outdoor-oriented spaces, check out these photos of front porches and screen porches, too.


Tags: 2015 home design trends, Raleigh custom home design, sunroom ideas

Standard kitchen counter height for Raleigh new homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 @ 14:09 PM

How to Measure Counter Top Heights:

Looking for new home standards for kitchen counter top and bar heights? Here are a couple basics: 

  • Kitchen counter tops, including islands, are approximately 36 inches tall.
  • Kitchen bars are approximately 40 to 42 inches tall.
  • The height between counter tops and upper cabinets - generally the tile back splash area - is usually 18 inches.

Browse custom home photos - and get a better idea of what typical height differences look like:

Standard Kitchen Countertop Height:

Here are Raleigh custom home photos with standard kitchen counter top and bar top dimensions:

1. Counter Top Height

How tall are kitchen counter tops? 36''


What's the distance between a counter top and upper cabinets? The upper cabinets are typically 18'' above the counter tops.

An 18'' gap leave plenty of room for countertop appliances, without placing the cabinets above easy reach.

2. Island Height

How tall are kitchen islands? About 36'' for a countertop height island, though many islands also include raised eating bars.

Your kitchen island will match the counter top height, at a standard 36 inches tall.

3. Raised Eating Bar Height

The distance between your island and raised eating bar is typically 6 inches. Several factors go into creating the ideal bar height:

First, there are typically no upper cabinets above an island or eating bar, so appliances and other items don't need the same clearance space.

Second, your eating bar should be at an easy-to-use height, a total of about 42 inches from the ground.

From another angle of this Raleigh new home kitchen, here is the total raised eating bar height:

4. Breakfast and Dining Room Table Height

The standard height for most tables, whether in the breakfast room or formal dining, is about 30 inches tall.

You can gauge the height of your table alongside popular chair rail and wainscoting heights.

There is no standard wainscoting height - wainscoting and specialty trim depend on the ceiling height, room proportions, and stylistic appeal you're wanting to create.

Typically, chair rail is installed between 28 and 32'' from the floor.

Here are some Houzz Ideabooks with more kitchen counter top and cabinet photos:

New Home Builders in North Carolina:

What does a "standard" custom home cost to build in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina? Tell us about the home site and floor plan you're interested in, and Stanton Homes will provide an initial cost estimate for your new home.


Tags: 2015 home design trends, kitchen design, new homes raleigh