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

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

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.


Tags: fireplace trends, fireplace design ideas, wood fireplace mantel, fireplace mantel designs, Raleigh custom homes for sale

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.



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.


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.



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).


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).


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.



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


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.



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.


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.


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.



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.



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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