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How to create an open concept home by using glass

  
  
  

Open Concept Home Designs

French Door Ideas

There are many home design techniques you can use to create an open concept floor plan - without having to increase your square footage or even necessarily re-arrange rooms.

Interior clear glass, or French, doors can offer a level of privacy - and noise control - while also making your home feel larger and more open.  French doors are a gorgeous addition to any room, and can be blended flawlessly into any space -- from the office to the master bathroom.

Interior French Doors

Interior French Doors come in three common configurations:  a single French door that is 48 inches wide by 80 inches tall; a set of double French doors that are each 48 X 80 inches each; and a set of double French doors that are 24 X 80 inches each.

Offices with French doors

French Doors Design Ideas | French Door Styles

This home office photo features standard size double French doors. If a photo of a French door shows three rows of window panes, you can assume it is a standard size door.

Master bedrooms and bathrooms with French doors

French Doors Design Ideas | French Door Styles

Custom homes can feature French doors in three distinct areas of the master bedroom: between the master bedroom and bathroom, the master bedroom and closet, and the master bedroom and outdoor living spaces. 

See an example of an exterior master suite French door below. 

Guest bedrooms and specialty rooms

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

To make a room feel even more open and bright, consider adding a transom window above the French door design - this will let more light in, and keep the room feeling softer.

Exterior French Doors

Exterior French doors come in a wide range of sizes, styles, and materials from composite wood to steel.

Dining areas and Breakfast nooks with exterior French doors

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

The breakfast room is the most common location for an interior French door. Typically, a breakfast room French door leads to a rear screen porch, deck, or patio. See an example from the exterior angle, here:

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

This exterior French door was chosen to blend seamlessly into the rows of windows along the sun room and great room of this home.

Great rooms with exterior French doors

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

This French door is tucked around the corner from the breakfast room, just inside the great room wall.

Keeping rooms with exterior French doors

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

This keeping room - located just off the kitchen - incorporates many custom home must-haves, including a second fireplace, built in bookcases, and archways.

Grand rooms with exterior French doors

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

This grand room would not be complete without the two sets of double doors, which draw tons of light through the two-sided fireplace.

Master Suites with exterior French doors

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

Here is an example of a master bedroom with French door access to outdoor living spaces.

Sun rooms with exterior French doors

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

We're seeing an uptick in sun room home requests - such as the one pictured here, with two walls of windows and a single French door to the rear deck.

Sliding Glass Doors

French Doors Design Ideas | French Door Styles

An alternative to exterior French Doors, some home buyers choose glass sliding doors. Folding glass doors are becoming a more popular trend - and we expect to see more folding glass doors and full glass walls in 2015 custom homes.

See over 70 more photos of French door style options - click here.

French Door Window Styles

There are three most popular French door window styles: grid, prairie grid, and no grid. See examples of each window style, below.

French Doors with Window Grids

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

The most common style of French door is a white door with window grids.

Prairie Grid Windows

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

Prairie grid windows are another popular choice for Raleigh custom homes. Some home buyers simply love the look of the 9 unequal panels; others want windows that can help create a sense of a larger living space - with less obstructed light shining through.

No Grid Windows

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

No grid French doors are most common in contemporary or modern style homes.  As a side note - French doors are not necessarily a pair of doors, they are simply doors that consist mainly of glass.  Enjoy more photos here!

 

French Doors Design Ideabook - see over 70 more photos of French door style options - click here.

 

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7 Ways to Create the Perfect Outdoor Living Space

Questions to ask before building a Multi Generational home

10 Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes

2014 Kitchen Design Trends - Is Stainless Steel on its Way Out?

Open Concept Kitchens

90 Photos of Custom Home Kitchen

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.


Stanton Homes helps ensure your new home is just what you're looking for. 

New Homes Raleigh NC - New Home Raleigh - Raleigh NC New Homes - New Home Raleigh NCHundreds of locations. Thousands of floor plans. Extraordinary custom design build options. And our in-house architectural design work (and interior designer expertise) comes as part of your custom home package, at no extra cost to our homebuyers.

Finding Your New Home in the Raleigh Area

Call 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to find out more about new custom homes in the Raleigh area today. 

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Article copyright Stanton Homes 2006-2014, all rights reserved.  Permission required for reprint or republish of any kind.   Provided for informational purposes only, no claims are made by Stanton Homes regarding the validity of any statements.  Please note:  all listing information per MLS, and current as of posting date.  Information subject to change.

Where to Place a Wall Sconce | Raleigh New Home Design Tips

  
  
  

How to Use a Wall Sconce

Sconces can be used as decorative accents or essential lighting solutions. See 8 locations to place a wall sconce - with example photos from Raleigh custom homes.

Sconces in the great room, above the fireplace

Lamp shade wall sconces accent the wainscot wall above the two-sided fireplace.

How to Use a Wall Sconce | Home Design Tips 2014The Summerlyn

Two-light sconces add visual height to this stone surround fireplace. A stained wood mantel draws out the brown tones in the sconces and stone.

How to Use a Wall Sconce | Home Design Tips 2014The Bostwick

Sconces on the fireplace

While sconces are an important source of lighting in your home, they can also be used as a decorative accent in unique places - such as the side of this see-through stone fireplace.

How to Use a Wall Sconce | Home Design Tips
The Bryson

Wall sconces inside archways or accent areas

Sconces also serve as a great source of ambient lighting. If you want to keep the room filled with soft light - such as during meal time - well-placed sconces can do the trick.

How to Use a Wall Sconce | Home Design Tips 2014The Judson

Wall sconces in a hallway or staircase

You can also use a sconce to add much-needed light a long hallway, staircase landing, or other tricky space that may otherwise be affected by shadows from your larger lighting fixtures.

In this home, a glass bowl sconce lights up the staircase landing.

How to Use a Wall Sconce | Home Design Tips 2014The Shoal Creek

Here is another example of a simple wall sconce placed above a staircase. In this home, a ceiling light would be located too high to be able to light the space. A single sconce provide enough lighting to navigate the staircase - even when the other lights are off.

How to Use a Wall Sconce | Home Design Tips 2014The Coventry

Wall sconces in the master bedroom

Sconces can replace bedside table lamps in the master suite, with personal on/off switches at bed height. 

How to Use a Wall Sconce | Raleigh New Home Design Tips

The Judson

Whether or not you love the idea of crafting an arched nook, wall sconces can delineate a clear space to place your bed within your master suite.

How to Use a Wall Sconce | Home Design Tips 2014The Country Manor

Wall sconces in the master bathroom

While you may typically see wall sconces mounted in pairs, this master bathroom features a single sconce placed to signal the soaking tub alcove.

How to Use a Wall Sconce | Home Design Tips 2014The Kelley

Tall mirrors will make your master bathroom feel larger, more open, and brighter. Dual wall sconces will give you the flexibility to add full-height mirrors.

How to Use a Wall Sconce | Home Design Tips

Wall sconces in the powder room

Guests in your home are almost guaranteed to see your powder room. If you are looking for cost-effective ways to dress up a secondary room or powder room, consider adding wall sconces.

Sconce designs range in designs that speak to everything from classic elegance to modern flair. Because powder rooms are typically quite small, you can feel free to go bananas with your design choices.

How to Use a Wall Sconce | Home Design Tips 2014The Carwile

Wall sconces in the bonus room, loft, or multi-use room

Similar to staircase or hallway spaces, multi-use rooms can also benefit from a discrete wall sconce, which will add just enough light to keep the room balanced. 

How to Use a Wall Sconce | Home Design Tips 2014The Treehouse

 

Custom Home Lighting Trends

Master bath lighting trends

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Raleigh New Home Trends:

Why add a bonus room above the garage?

10 Powder room layouts for small spaces

12 Small Front Porches

Most popular home exterior styles - from contemporary to craftsman

90 Photos of Custom Home Kitchens

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.

Stanton Homes helps ensure your new home is just what you're looking for. 

New Homes Raleigh NC - New Home Raleigh - Raleigh NC New Homes - New Home Raleigh NCHundreds of locations. Thousands of floor plans. Extraordinary custom design build options. And our in-house architectural design work (and interior designer expertise) comes as part of your custom home package, at no extra cost to our homebuyers.

Finding Your New Home in the Raleigh Area

Call 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to find out more about new custom homes in the Raleigh area today. 

Custom Home Floor Plans | NC Custom Home Builders | Floor Plan Options Floor Plan Price | Raleigh New Home Cost | Custom Home Cost Estimate Floor Plan Ideas | Floor Plan Styles | Custom Home Floor Plans Raleigh New Home Lots | Custom Home Lots for Sale | New Home Lots Raleigh NC

Article copyright Stanton Homes 2006-2014, all rights reserved.  Permission required for reprint or republish of any kind.   Provided for informational purposes only, no claims are made by Stanton Homes regarding the validity of any statements.  Please note:  all listing information per MLS, and current as of posting date.  Information subject to change.

16 Master Bedroom Entrance Designs for Raleigh Custom Homes

  
  
  

16 Ways to Reach the Master Suite

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 1: White column entrance

These statement-making white columns create a grand master bedroom entrance.

All major living areas - including the formal dining room - have clear lines of sight to the master bedroom entrance, guaranteeing attention to this upscale design choice.

Master Bedroom Entrance Designs | Raleigh Custom Home BuildersThe Beaufort

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 2: Extra-large framed entrance

A framed entrance - sometimes called a "bump out" wall - can create a similar look to columns, while creating a more fluid appearance that blends the master bedroom entrance into the surrounding walls.  

Master Bedroom Entrance Designs | Raleigh Custom Home BuildersThe Christina

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 3: Archway entrance

If you want your master bedroom door to be off-set from the living room, a short arched hallway entrance will give you plenty of separation between rooms. 

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 4: Hidden master bedroom entrance

The staircase and master bedroom entrance are each hidden from view in this custom design/build floor plan.

Just around the corner from the living room, you can get a glimpse of the master entrance:

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 5: Private hall entrance

A private hallway leads to the entrance of this master bedroom.

Since the master doorway is out of sight from all main living areas, subtle wall sconces highlight the suite from the inside.

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Here is the floor plan for this home - a version of the Sutherland, Alan Mascord floor plan design. You can see how long this master bedroom hallway is, compared to master suites located just off the living room.

 

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home BuildersMaster Bedroom Entrance Design 6: Barrel vault hallway entrance

A custom barrel vault hallway leads the way to this master suite.

The hallway mimics the barrel vault foyer, creating an eye-pleasing continuity of design.

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 7: Double entry doors

A two door design leads into this master bedroom - with a built-in art niche visible to the main living areas.

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

 

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 8: Arched hallway to dual door entrance

An arched entrance leads to a short hallway - creating a intricately beautiful entrance.

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

See the master bedroom double doors, up close:

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders Just inside the master suite, an art niche is painted in an accent gray, to offset the arched detailing.

 

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 9: Art niche hallway

While an art niche is located inside two of master suites above, this art nook takes center stage in the angled hallway leading to the master.

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 10: Beside the laundry room

A second floor laundry room is a top request in homes with all bedrooms located upstairs.

In this design/build Stanton Home, the master suite entrance is just feet from the laundry room, making your daily chores much easier.

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 11: Portico design

A portico-style entrance with hanging light leads to the master suite in this Raleigh custom home.

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders 

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 12: Step-up entry

Varying your ceiling height is a design technique custom home builders use to subtly create more interest. 

A raised ceiling on the first floor creates a step-up room on the second floor. In this home, the master suite has a step up entry - making it stand out above the loft.

The hardwood step matches the staircase design. 

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders 

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 13: Simple single door entrance

A single door entrance is a simpler design - often found in homes with the master suite located on the second floor - is ideal for those who want to de-emphasize the master suite location on the first floor.

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 14: Aging in Place and wheelchair accessible

This master suite is fully handicapped accessible, with a widened doorway designed for easy wheelchair entry.

No matter what aging in place features you're looking for, Stanton Homes has the knowledge, expertise, and experience to build you a home to suit your lifestyle and needs.

See photo galleries of Raleigh accessible homes - click here.

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 15: Arched opening

An arched opening leads to the master suite in this Frank Betz floor plan.

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 16: Beside a pocket office or built-in desk

A small alcove hosts the master suite entrance and a built-in desk - each tucked out of view from central living areas.


This modern floor plan design integrates work and home spaces - with the master bedroom just feet from a built-in work zone.

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders 

 

Raleigh Custom Home Trends:

Bonus room uses in a new home

10 Powder room layouts for small spaces

Types of fireplaces for new home design

12 Small Front Porches

Most popular home exterior styles - from contemporary to craftsman

90 Photos of Custom Home Kitchens

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.

Stanton Homes helps ensure your new home is just what you're looking for. 

New Homes Raleigh NC - New Home Raleigh - Raleigh NC New Homes - New Home Raleigh NCHundreds of locations. Thousands of floor plans. Extraordinary custom design build options. And our in-house architectural design work (and interior designer expertise) comes as part of your custom home package, at no extra cost to our homebuyers.

Finding Your New Home in the Raleigh Area

Call 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to find out more about new custom homes in the Raleigh area today. 

Custom Home Floor Plans | NC Custom Home Builders | Floor Plan Options Floor Plan Price | Raleigh New Home Cost | Custom Home Cost Estimate Floor Plan Ideas | Floor Plan Styles | Custom Home Floor Plans Raleigh New Home Lots | Custom Home Lots for Sale | New Home Lots Raleigh NC

Article copyright Stanton Homes 2006-2014, all rights reserved.  Permission required for reprint or republish of any kind.   Provided for informational purposes only, no claims are made by Stanton Homes regarding the validity of any statements.  Please note:  all listing information per MLS, and current as of posting date.  Information subject to change.

10 Ways to Use a Bonus Room Above your Garage | Raleigh New Homes

  
  
  

Cost Effective Ways to Build a Larger House

Bonus rooms are flexible spaces that can accommodate your family's changing needs.

Typically, bonus rooms take advantage of large spaces above the garage otherwise left unused. Bonus rooms are generally defined by long walls and vaulted ceilings that reflect rooflines.

What can I do with a bonus room? See how ten custom homes can put this space to use.

Bonus room design idea # 1: Home Office

Many home offices are located off the foyer or near the kitchen. If you need a private work space, a bonus room will keep your work from being on display in high traffic areas.

In this Raleigh custom home, a built in small bookcase area and wide dormer area make this room ideal as a work from home space.

Bonus Room Above Garage | Raleigh New Home Square FeetThe Lake House

Bonus room design idea # 2: Home Theater

Surround sound speakers in the ceilings and a TV wall make transform this bonus room into a home theater.

Whether you're entertaining guest or hosting a family movie night, a home theater (with flexible space for other needs) is a great bonus room option.

Bonus Room Above Garage | Raleigh New Home Square FeetThe Chapel Ridge

Bonus room design idea # 3: Craft, Hobby, or Special Interest Room

Indoor hobbies - such as arts and crafts, scrapbooking, or item collecting - may require a bit of space to spread out.

In this custom Stanton Home, a wall of built in bookcases were added to the dual-purpose bonus room. A center space was left open for flat screen TV installation.

Bonus Room Above Garage | Raleigh New Home Square FootageThe Brogan

Bonus room design idea # 4: Guest Suite or Multi Generational Living

Adding a bathroom to your bonus room might be essential to your needs, when considering long-term living arrangements.

Whether you are planning for frequent overnight guests or multi generational living, a bonus and bathroom combination may become invaluable.

Bonus Room Above Garage | Raleigh New HomesThe Remington

Bonus room design idea # 5: Recreation Room

Because bonus rooms are often long and narrow, they often serve as recreation rooms with a pool table, air hockey table, foosball table, or gaming table that sits nicely in the center.

Bonus Room Above Garage | Raleigh New Home Square Footage

The Beaufort

Bonus room design idea # 6: Exercise Room

If you're looking for a dedicated exercise room, your bonus room can serve as a work out space. 

You will have enough room for a treadmill, Yoga balls, and other home-use equipment.

Because bonus rooms are often designed with a TV wall, you can watch while you work out.

Bonus Room Above Garage | Raleigh New Home Square FeetThe Coventry

Bonus room design idea # 7: Man Cave

Add a couple of lounge chairs, and you've got a built in man cave.

A bonus room man cave is separated from high traffic areas of the home, offering privacy and peace and quite.

Bonus Room Above Garage | Raleigh New Home Square FootageThe Devonsboro

 

Bonus room design idea # 8: Homework Station

If you have school age children, you may decide to set up a dedicated homework station or study area.

If a bonus room has multiple areas - such as the one pictured here - you can use one "room" for a homework desk, and the other as a play area.

Bonus Room Above Garage | Raleigh New Home Square Footage

The Gershwin

Bonus room design idea # 9: Band or Music Room

Do you or your kids play musical instruments? Another way to take advantage of the long walls in a bonus room is to use this space as a band or music room.  Because the room is over the garage and not over the main living areas, the sound impact can be minimized.  

Bonus Room Above Garage | Raleigh New Home Square FootageThe Mastrosimone

 

Bonus room design idea # 10: Combined Loft Area

Instead of keeping the bonus room walled off, you may want to combine the bonus room with a loft area.

This will give a more open concept feel, and allow you to use furniture placement to divide the spaces.

Bonus Room Above Garage | Raleigh New Home Square FootageThe Dugan

 

Raleigh New Home Trends:

10 Powder room layouts for small spaces

Types of fireplaces for new home design

12 Small Front Porches

Most popular home exterior styles - from contemporary to craftsman

11 Kitchen Island Layout Ideas

10 Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes

90 Photos of Custom Home Kitchens

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.

Stanton Homes helps ensure your new home is just what you're looking for. 

New Homes Raleigh NC - New Home Raleigh - Raleigh NC New Homes - New Home Raleigh NCHundreds of locations. Thousands of floor plans. Extraordinary custom design build options. And our in-house architectural design work (and interior designer expertise) comes as part of your custom home package, at no extra cost to our homebuyers.

Finding Your New Home in the Raleigh Area

Call 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to find out more about new custom homes in the Raleigh area today. 

Custom Home Floor Plans | NC Custom Home Builders | Floor Plan Options Floor Plan Price | Raleigh New Home Cost | Custom Home Cost Estimate Floor Plan Ideas | Floor Plan Styles | Custom Home Floor Plans Raleigh New Home Lots | Custom Home Lots for Sale | New Home Lots Raleigh NC

Article copyright Stanton Homes 2006-2014, all rights reserved.  Permission required for reprint or republish of any kind.   Provided for informational purposes only, no claims are made by Stanton Homes regarding the validity of any statements.  Please note:  all listing information per MLS, and current as of posting date.  Information subject to change.

85 Fireplace Design Idea Photos | Custom Home Fireplace Trends

  
  
  

Fireplace Design Ideas

Custom Home Fireplace Trends

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.

See examples of fireplace designs, functions, styles and locations below. Or click here to view  over 80 fireplace design idea photos.

 

Fireplace designs for a cozy master bedroom

Master bedroom fireplace design #1: Three sided see through fireplace

This three-sided fireplace is located centrally in the master suite - between the bedroom and bathroom.

Fireplace in the Master Bedroom

Master bedroom fireplace design #2: Corner fireplace

Cozy up by this master bedroom fireplace, complete with flat screen TV placement above.

Master Bedroom Fireplaces

Fireplace designs to warm up a sun room in the winter

Sun room fireplace design #1: Tile surround fireplace

This sun room is designed as a year-round indoor/outdoor space, with a fireplace that will warm you up in the late fall and winter.

A sun room fireplace is a great location to draw in any outdoor design elements - such as matching the fireplace surround with the exterior stone walls.

85 Fireplace Design Idea Photos | Custom Home Fireplace Trends

Sun room fireplace design #2: See-through fireplace open to the great room

A two sided fireplace can help draw the sun room's light into the living room, creating a more open flow. 

 

85 Fireplace Design Idea Photos | Custom Home Fireplace Trends

 

Fireplace designs with built in bookcases and entertainment centers

Built in fireplace design #1: Flat screen TV with small bookcases

This living room designs offers ample built in storage, a flat screen TV set up, and wide open windows for natural light. 

Fireplace Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

Built in fireplace design #2: Built in storage wall

Adding storage around your fireplace is simple - see an example of full walls of built in shelving with cabinets below.

Fireplace Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

Built in fireplace design #3: Craftsman style built ins around the fireplace

If your fireplace is located on an exterior wall, you may want to combine larger built ins with windows above. Here is an example of a craftsman style fireplace set-up, with windows and a set of large bookcases.

Fireplace Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

Two Story Fireplaces

Two story fireplace design #1: Fireplace with a stone bench

Craftsman touches punctuate this home, which boasts a full two story stone fireplace design complete with flagstone raised hearth.

Fireplace Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

Two story fireplace design #2: Vaulted ceiling great room

If your great room or living room features a vaulted ceiling - rather than a two story ceiling - a full height fireplace can make an equally dramatic statement, especially if you increase the surround width. Fireplace Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

If you love large fireplaces, but wish to build a one story home, consider adding even more width to your fireplace. Here is an example of a one story home with a full height fireplace and wrap-around raised hearth:

Fireplace Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

Kitchens with a Fireplace

More Raleigh custom homes will consider fireplace positioning when creating the kitchen layout.

Whether you want a fireplace in your kitchen - or one in a direct line of sight from your sink - these fireplace photos will inspire you.

Fireplace Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

Outdoor Fireplaces

Take it outside, with a screen porch fireplace.  More new home buyers are making outdoor living spaces even more functional by adding a fireplace.

This screen porch fireplace features a custom wood herringbone design.

Fireplace Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

 

80+ Photos of Fireplace Designs

 

Raleigh New Home Trends:

10 Powder room layouts for small spaces

Types of fireplaces for new home design

12 Small Front Porches

Most popular home exterior styles - from contemporary to craftsman

11 Kitchen Island Layout Ideas

10 Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes

90 Photos of Custom Home Kitchens

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.

Stanton Homes helps ensure your new home is just what you're looking for. 

New Homes Raleigh NC - New Home Raleigh - Raleigh NC New Homes - New Home Raleigh NCHundreds of locations. Thousands of floor plans. Extraordinary custom design build options. And our in-house architectural design work (and interior designer expertise) comes as part of your custom home package, at no extra cost to our homebuyers.

Finding Your New Home in the Raleigh Area

Call 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to find out more about new custom homes in the Raleigh area today. 

Custom Home Floor Plans | NC Custom Home Builders | Floor Plan Options Floor Plan Price | Raleigh New Home Cost | Custom Home Cost Estimate Floor Plan Ideas | Floor Plan Styles | Custom Home Floor Plans Raleigh New Home Lots | Custom Home Lots for Sale | New Home Lots Raleigh NC

Article copyright Stanton Homes 2006-2014, all rights reserved.  Permission required for reprint or republish of any kind.   Provided for informational purposes only, no claims are made by Stanton Homes regarding the validity of any statements.  Please note:  all listing information per MLS, and current as of posting date.  Information subject to change.

10 Powder Room Layouts for Small Spaces in Raleigh New Homes

  
  
  

Most-Built Powder Room Layouts, Designs and Dimensions

The most common dimensions for new home powder rooms are about 5x5 or 3x6 feet, although powder rooms can come in any shape or size.

See photos and floor plan drawings of 10 powder room layouts, below.

Powder Room Layout #1: L-Shape

For this Raleigh custom home, Stanton Homes modified the original powder room floor plan layout to create an L-shaped room.

This L-shaped powder room offers more space for storage. It also enables the powder room door to swing inwards, rather than out into the hallway, which would have impeded traffic flow at the bath entrance.

This powder room is also tucked away from the kitchen and formal dining room - a common home buyer request.

powder room layouts for small spaces

Original floor plan design with a smaller powder room and door swinging into the hallway: 

Powder Room Design

Powder Room Layout #2: Powder Room off the Foyer

In this version of The Treehouse, the square shaped powder room is located just inside the front door.

Light maple flooring and contemporary finishes - such as a white vessel sink - make this powder room feel larger than it would have with darker flooring or fewer windows.

The foyer hallway then leads to a central staircase, carefully placed to block clear lines of sight from the front door through the rear wall of windows.

powder room layouts for small spaces

Floor plan design with square powder room off the foyer: 

Powder Room Layouts for Small Spaces

 

Powder Room Layout #3: Square Shape

This powder room vanity is wider - also placed in a square room layout.

When maintaining the square footage size in a small powder room, additional vanity storage should be weighed against open floor space and ease of maneuverability.

Powder Room Dimensions

Square powder room floor plan design: 

Powder Room Dimensions

Powder Room Layout #4: Under the Stairs

In this custom home floor plan, copyright Stanton Homes, the powder room vanity is much larger than what you typically find. The vanity includes two rows of drawers, and center cabinets.

An art niche with built in spot light was placed directly inside the powder room - visible when the door is left open. A framed mirror flanked by wall sconces add simple elegance to the room.

Powder Room Layouts for Small Spaces

How to place a powder room under the staircase:

See red line drawings that show how this floor plan was modified to move the powder room out of the foyer - click here.

Powder Room Design

 

Powder Room Layout #5: Odd shape

Powder rooms with angled walls or turns are often tucked into complex floor plans that feature angles throughout the home.

These odd shaped powder rooms can often be the most interesting - such as the angled powder room with painted wainscot walls and a gold framed mirror pictured below.

A thin pedestal sink keeps this very small powder room feeling more open.

Powder Room Layouts for Small Spaces

Odd shaped powder room floor plan design:

Odd Shaped Powder Rooms

Powder Room Layout #6: Small Layout

This powder room is a very small design - with the pantry closet cutting into the square footage.

Adding metallic accents, mirrors, and windows are great ways to make a small powder room feel larger.

Glass tile mosaics continue to be a most requested feature in custom home powder rooms. In this Raleigh new home, tile with specs of gold perfectly match the vessel sink.

Small Powder Rooms

Small powder room floor plan design:
Powder Room Designs

Powder Room Layout #7: Handicapped and Wheelchair Accessible, Aging in Place

In this custom one story accessible home, even the powder room offers ease of use - with a roll-under vanity.

Modern design features include the curved mirror, unique wall sconces, and white square sink mounted below the granite counter top.

Powder Room Layouts for Small Spaces in Raleigh Custom Homes

Handicapped, Wheelchair Accessible and Aging in Place powder room floor plan:

Powder Room Layouts for Small Spaces in Raleigh Custom Homes


 Powder Room Layout #8: Corridor powder room

A corridor powder room is one long room, with a sink at one end and a toilet at the other.

powder room layouts for small spaces

Corridor powder room floor plan:

 

Powder Room Layouts for Small Spaces in Raleigh Custom Homes

 

Powder Room Layout #9: Tight powder room space

Here is another example of how to integrate an odd shaped or angled powder room - with a much more simplistic design.

Bright colors work well in smaller spaces - which is why you will see oranges, reds, greens, and purples in many Raleigh new home powder rooms.

Powder Rooms

Angled powder room floor plan:

Powder Rooms

Powder Room Layout #10: How to Keep the Powder Room Out of sight

The layout of this custom home is very efficient - with the powder room tucked to one end of the home, offering privacy away from high traffic areas.

Powder Room Design Ideas

 

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Front Porch Design Ideas | 12 Small Front Porches

  
  
  

Top 12 Cozy Front Porches

Custom Home Trends for Porches

When you want to get the most out of your outdoor surroundings with porches, decks, and screen porches, adding a small porch to the front of your home - and a large deck or screen porch to the rear - might be the best way to create a balanced look, feel, and use for your new home. 

Below are photos of 13 small front porch design ideas, built in North Carolina. 

Front Porch Design Ideas #1: The Shoal Creek

Craftsman columns punctuate this small front porch, designed as a rocking chair porch.  Flagstone steps lead to the dual front doors. A summer fan is placed above, in the beadboard ceiling.

Front Porch Design | Small Front Porches

Front Porch Design Ideas #2: The Dugan

This front porch is a no-curb design, intended for aging in place and wheelchair accessible use. The porch is tucked into the home, with a roofline that extends from the home, creating a perfectly blended look. 

Front Porch Design | Small Front Porches

Front Porch Design Ideas #3: The Coventry

A double column design and white painted railings make this small front porch stand out against the traditional red all brick home.

Although this porch is short in length, it is built to be wide enough for a pair of rocking chairs and table.

Front Porch Design | Small Front Porches

Front Porch Design Ideas #4: The Gershwin

The railings on this small wrap around front porch are hand-built in a concentric design - sometimes called a "spider web" design - similar to the "chippendale" rail style. These porch railings give a completely custom feel to the entire front of the home. 

Front Porch Design | Small Front Porches 

Front Porch Design Ideas #5: The Christina

This one story all brick home features a tucked-in front porch. The second story dormers add a bit of traditional farmhouse appeal, along with the white porch columns.  

Front Porch Design | Small Front Porches

Front Porch Design Ideas #6: The Lake House

Looking for lake home designs? This front porch is designed to take full advantage of the natural surroundings.  

Front Porch Design | Small Front Porches

Front Porch Design Ideas #7: The Brogan

This craftsman home would not be complete without an efficient front porch designed to extend the front door portico into a usable space. 

Front Porch Design | Small Front Porches

Front Porch Design Ideas #8: The Cannon

Victorian era accents punctuate this long front porch design, which incorporates a small wrapping area.  

Front Porch Design | Small Front Porches

Front Porch Design Ideas #9: The Penelope

Arched detailing spans across this front porch design, with blue painted railings to match.

While many of these homes have porch designs made of wood, vinyl railing is becoming more popular for Raleigh new homes. While wood requires maintenance over time (repainting, revanishing), vinyl railing is very durable. Vinyl can even come in pre-made patterns. 

Front Porch Design | Small Front Porches

Front Porch Design Ideas #10: The Oak Lane

The Oak Lane is a ranch style home with a three car garage and all brick exterior design.

The archways above this small front porch are custom designed to accentuate the arched transom windows above the front door and dining room windows.

Front Porch Design | Small Front Porches

Front Porch Design Ideas #11: The Azalea Park

Although relatively small, this full-length front porch uses a unique railing style - a vertical "criss-cross" custom painted wood. The posts alternate meeting at the top of the rail and bottom of the rail for a "zig-zag" design.

Front Porch Design | Small Front Porches

Front Porch Design Ideas #12: The Willow

Here is another example of how to add archways to your small front porch design.

White columns with additional detailing divide the archways into eye-catching symmetry.

Front Porch Design | Small Front Porches

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Stanton Homes helps ensure your new home is just what you're looking for. 

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Finding Your New Home in the Raleigh Area

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New Home Exterior Styles | 2014 Home Design Trends

  
  
  

New Home Exterior Styles

2014 New Home Exterior Design Features

See new home exterior styles chosen by North Carolina home buyers - along with the most popular home exterior colors and features for 2014.

From craftsman and traditional styles to contemporary and victorian designs, you'll find photos of over a dozen different genres of home exterior design - built by Stanton Homes.

While some homes emphasize entirely traditional features true to a given genre, other homes are examples of how to select only particular features to represent an overall style.

New Home Exterior Styles

Craftsman Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

The architecture of craftsman homes evoke feelings of permanence, of time-honored traditions, and old-world workmanship. Simple lines inside and out, stone accents (front porches with stone base and tapered columns), and built-ins are a few characteristics.

Craftsman style exteriors - or specific craftsman features such as stone column bases - are a top request for Raleigh new homes.

Modern and Transitional Exteriors

New Home Exterior Design
Transitional homes typically combine two or more major home design styles. In this photo, a version of The Bryson blends craftsman and modern-urban design features with white porch columns, white garage doors, dormers, and a stone water table.

European Exteriors

New Home Exterior Style

European home exteriors feature complex rooflines, stucco, brick and stone facing, and intricate window detailing.

In this photo, a version of the Avonstone Manor floor plan by Garrell Associates incorporates medieval design with modern color schemes and details.

Country Exteriors

New Home Exterior Designs

Country home floor plans strive for a comfortable, casual living experience. A few common features in country style homes are a welcoming large covered front porch or wrap-around porch, dormers on the second floor, symmetrical windows with shutters surrounding the front door, and vaulted rooms.

The Azalea Park - a Frank Betz floor plan - also features a country exterior.

French Country Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

French Country homes incorporate rustic warmth with modern living must-haves. Exterior features often include curved arches, soft lines, and stone work. 

Inside French Country homes, you'll find wood beams - click here to see the wood beams in the kitchen of this custom French Country home.

Farmhouse Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

Country Farmhouse floor plans are designed with family spaces in mind. A large front porch for outdoor living and a second story with gables and dormers are typical design features.

The farmhouse style exterior is complemented inside this home, which features a white and black kitchen with white apron front farmhouse sink, first floor master, first floor "home hub" for pets and kids, and upstairs bedrooms and flex space.

 

Cottage Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

This two story home is a Frank Betz Cottage style house plan. A large wrap-around front poch, and unique roof lines, and wood detailing are typical for cottage home designs.

Inside, efficient use of space maximizes the usability of this home - which includes a first floor guest suite and second floor master bedroom.

Victorian Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

This custom home features the decorative flourishes of a Victorian style home - with intricate wood detailing in the dormers and along the porch ceiling.

The bumped out turret room is another traditional Victorian home feature - along with intricate rooflines using turrets, towers, bays and eyebrow windows.

Lake House Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

Lake House designs emphasize the connection between your home and its natural surroundings - with tons of windows and multiple outdoor living spaces.

This custom home features Pennsylvania Field Stone accents. The style, size, color, and spacing of this stone front was considered - strengthening the connection between the home and surrounding nature.

Cape Cod Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

A Cape Cod style house plan is defined by:  1.5 stories (with the second story left unfinished in some cases for future expansion),  main floor master bedroom, and  additional bedrooms located on the second story. Cape Cod homes can have a large number of bedrooms for a given square footage.

The exterior can feature dormers,  symmetrical, "clean" exterior facade (number and placement of windows on each side of the front door) and little ornamentation,  similarly symmetrical interior with a "center hall layout" and rooms to the sides. The exterior can be  made of real (or simulated) wood shingles or clapboard siding.  Traditional Cape Cod homes have a central chimney, steep piched roof, and end gables.

The Culverhouse is another example of a Cape Cod home design in Raleigh, NC.

Bungalow Exteriors

New Home Exterior Design

Bungalow style homes in North Carolina have some similiar features to craftsman style homes or prairie homes - with one or 1.5 stories, front door open to living room, open concept floor plans with little wasted space, and fewer formal areas are a few common features.

Bungalows may have similar layouts to ranch homes, which are one story and usually have a brick exterior.

Traditional Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

Traditional can refer several different design categories, such as Colonial, Cape Cod, and Ranch, depending on the region of the country. Traditional style homes are simplistic and symmetrical - and are usually two stories.

Contemporary Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

Contemporary is a very broad category. Contemporary style homes tend to emphasize bold shapes and colors, lots of glass (including windows without grids), contrasting features, and clear lines.

Many contemporary new homes in the Raleigh, NC area feature tones of grey, purple, and red.

Most Popular Exterior Colors

In 2014, we continue to see more blues, greys, and whites integrated into home exterior styles.

We will also continue to see shades of green - from light sage green to dark hunter green and red - with hues of berry.

 

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Finding Your New Home in the Raleigh Area

Call 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to find out more about new custom homes in the Raleigh area today. 

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5 Questions Every Home Buyer Should Ask - Multi-Gen Raleigh Homes

  
  
  

Must Asks for Multi Generational Living Home Plans

 

Looking for a multi generational home in the Raleigh area? We expect to see the continued requests for multi generational homes in the 2014 and 2015 home buying markets.

Multi generational homes are those designed for extended families sharing space, either for extended visits or permanently.

Multi generational homes are also called in law homes, mother in law homes, dual living homes, extended family homes, and homes with "lock out" areas.

 

If your family is considering the option of multi-generational living, here are some questions to consider:


1. How can our multi generational home balance privacy with shared spaces and activities?

One way to ensure privacy is to have a private door from the mother in law or extended stay guest bedroom to a major living area.

This gives direct access to living areas through a private "lock out" bedroom.

While lock out areas are becoming more common, many multi generational homes feature a sitting room or living room within the separate bedroom wing.

Multi-Generational Homes | Multi Generational Living

2. Which spaces or features will we need to add, to accommodate additional family?

In addition to bedrooms and baths, consider which of these spaces - common in multi generational homes - that you may want to include: private entrances, living areas, kitchens, dining areas, and even separate home offices

See an example in the photo below. This mother in law suite has a sitting room and private access French door to outdoor living spaces. 

Multi-Generational Homes | Multi Generational Living

3. Kitchens can be one of the most expensive rooms in the home (along with the master suite and bathroom). If your multi generational home will need a second kitchen, does it need to be full-sized? Or would a more modest "morning" kitchen (with small refrigerator, sink, and microwave) be more appropriate? 

 

4. How flexible will your outdoor areas (yards, decks, patios, balconies, screen rooms, etc.) be? Will you share or divide the space?

In this home, the master suite features a private balcony. The screen room below remains a shared outdoor living space - providing plenty of private space and flexibility in one home plan design.

Multi-Generational Homes | Multi Generational Living

5. Will I need to build in accessibility, aging in place, or Universal Design features?

When sharing spaces, it may be important to you to have such features built in discretely.

Make sure to ask your home builder which features provide the greatest usability for the lowest cost.

In this kitchen, the spaces are wheelchair accessible. Plenty of lighting - a Universal Design feature - makes the kitchen easy to navigate.

Multi-Generational Homes | Multi Generational Living

 

Here are a few examples of multi generational home plans:

The Cainsville

The Skylar

The Harriet

The Hayfield

Tour six of our most popular multigenerational home plans, designed with mother in law suites and extended-stay guest quarters.      

 

The Maple Lane (3,275 sq ft) is a full brick multigenerational home with five bedrooms, four full baths and one half bath. The mother in law suite offers private bath, sitting room, and outdoor living access.    

The Dugan (3,184 sq ft) is a fully accessible mother in law suite home plan with first floor master and elevator to the second story.

The Woodlake (3,626 sq ft) is a contemporary one story home with mother in law suite, two island kitchen, and detached garage.    

The Greenhaven (3,716 sq ft) offers a mother in law suite with private living room. This multigenerational home has a third floor office, and accessible bathrooms.

 The Chalet Vert (2,707 sq ft) is an open concept two story home with main floor mother in law suite with private bathroom and walk in closet.   

The Newberry (3,223 sq ft) has a first floor mother in law suite with sitting room. This home's efficient design leaves plenty of space for multigenerational families.  

 

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7 Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces - 2014 New Home Design

  
  
  

7 Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces

Outdoor living spaces continue to be a top request for 2014 Raleigh new home designs. Get 7 tips for how to design your outdoor living spaces, below.

 

Outdoor Living Space Tip #1: Integrate the indoor and outdoor

Design the outdoor living space into your home - by integrating at least two walls of the home into the deck, patio, or porch.

This will make your outdoor living spaces feel like a more cohesive part of your home - as they are physically structured into the floor plan.

In this Raleigh new home photo, the concrete patio follows the full length of the home, encased by a wall at each end. Brick steps lead to a future swimming pool.

7 Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces - 2014 New Home Design

Outdoor Living Space Tip #2: Maintain continuity

You should always maintain continuity by using the same style or genre inside and outside.

It can feel awkward if the interior of your home is contemporary and the exterior is traditional.

For instance, in this version of the Worthington, the home owners used synthetic landscaping materials - a black colored bark material - to continue the contemporary feel of their home, inside and out. A white exterior, red door, and black shutters round out this homes exterior style.

7 Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces - 2014 New Home Design

Outdoor Living Space Tip #3: Know your options

If you have a pretty good idea of what you want your outdoor living space to feel like, there are going to be more and less expensive alternatives that can create a similar upscale look.

For instance, while patio pavers (made of brick, stone, or concrete blocks) are beautiful, they are typically more expensive than adding stamped concrete.

7 Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces - 2014 New Home Design

Outdoor Living Space Tip #4: Create versatile spaces

If you have the option of integrating two distinct outdoor living spaces, consider a screen porch and deck OR patio layout.

Screen porches are best year-round spaces, especially if you integrate a fireplace.

7 Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces - 2014 New Home Design

Outdoor Living Space Tip #5: Special features

While it is tempting to get all the features you love into one space, you'll want to narrow in on a few favorites. Choosing a few special features will maintain a reasonable budget, and it will give your outdoor living spaces a center focus.

For instance, more 2014 home buyers are opting for a fireplace OR fire pit design.

If you plan to use a table with chairs, you'll want to avoid designs that build in seatwalls.

7 Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces - 2014 New Home Design

Outdoor Living Space Tip #6: Balancing act

While some home buyers are opting to add a full-service kitchen to their backyards, others want to keep it simple - with a grilling deck.

You'll want to ask yourself: how often will I truly use an outdoor cooking area? If the answer is on holidays, you're probably better off budgeting for an upgrade in the kitchen and a simple outdoor living space.

Keep in mind that simple does not mean small! A large, rectangular deck can be cost effective - with a total cost that's much lower than a potential outdoor kitchen, for example. Ask your builder about including a built-in gas line for your grill - like in this custom home.

7 Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces - 2014 New Home Design

Outdoor Living Space Tip #7: Low maintenance

Do you love working in the yard? Landscaping packages range from low to high maintenance.  Many homeowners are opting to add their own landscaping, rather than pay for a landscaping package over 30 years.  

More surveys show that home buyers are integrating vegetable gardens in their backyard - consider where you might like to place a garden or integrate particular types of plants.

 

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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.

Stanton Homes helps ensure your new home is just what you're looking for. 

New Homes Raleigh NC - New Home Raleigh - Raleigh NC New Homes - New Home Raleigh NCHundreds of locations. Thousands of floor plans. Extraordinary custom design build options. And our in-house architectural design work (and interior designer expertise) comes as part of your custom home package, at no extra cost to our homebuyers.

Finding Your New Home in the Raleigh Area

Call 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to find out more about new custom homes in the Raleigh area today. 

Custom Home Floor Plans | NC Custom Home Builders | Floor Plan Options Floor Plan Price | Raleigh New Home Cost | Custom Home Cost Estimate Floor Plan Ideas | Floor Plan Styles | Custom Home Floor Plans Raleigh New Home Lots | Custom Home Lots for Sale | New Home Lots Raleigh NC

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