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Best Designs for the Master Bath [with photos]

Posted by Stanton Homes on Sun, Jul 08, 2018 @ 08:07 AM

11 Best Master Bathroom Layouts

How to design your custom home bathroom for two

Ways to modify the master suite bathroom for the owner’s suite are some of the most common requests when building a custom home in North Carolina. (See several other common requests for floor plan modifications here).

Below, find examples of how to design spaces for two - with photos, paint colors, cabinet wood types, and tile colors - inside your Raleigh new home.


Custom home master bath layouts with vanities designed for two:

Here are 11 photos with descriptions of these custom home master baths designed with room for two.

#1 Dual Vanity Design Idea: I love you but I need my space

This master bath has dual vanities across the room from each other, to provide plenty of space to maneuver.

Best Designs for the Master Bath | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

The dual vanities on opposite walls in this photo of a custom home master bathroom create complete separation with as much space for each individual as typical shared countertops. The shower is designed for two, as well, with two shower heads.

Rich, dark wood cabinets (Maple Espresso) ground these dual vanities in their crisp white and natural green (Sherwin Williams Herbal Wash) surroundings.

Tile and counter tops in this master bath are in Carolina Cream, Snow White, and PearlSee more photos of this Raleigh custom home, here.

Design tip: Dual vanities that are separated can create flow for the room when used to frame a custom bathtub or shower.

 

#2 Dual Vanity Design Idea: Bold and sophisticated

The sophisticated appeal of this bathroom is enhanced by colors and textures that compliment the master suite separated only by glass French Doors (see photos of the master suite fireplace and sitting room).

Best Designs for the Master Bath | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

The Andover Oak Espresso cabinets make a bold statement against the Key Red tiles, Clay grout, and Cream walls.

Touches of traditional design, such as the arched entry above the tub and 12x12 tile pattern, blend harmoniously with contemporary accents, including sleek, square vanity lights.

See the full photo tour of this home, here.

 

#3 Dual Vanity Design Idea: Upscale Urban Craftsman

The photo of this Upscale Urban Craftsman master suite bath illustrates the appeal of Contemporary espresso, grey, white, and black tones - combined with soft crystal and pensive stainless steel features – in this custom designed bathroom created by Stanton Homes.

Best Designs for the Master Bath | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Full height mirrors are accentuated by sidelights, with a huge chandelier overhead and huge picture window that light up the room.

In addition to the many cupboards, drawers and shelves in the bathroom, the massive walk in closet has a built in dresser and extra tuck away places. See more photo

Design tip: Use the open shelving to stack fluffy towels and favorite collectibles.

 

#4 Dual Vanity Design Idea: Dual vanities with dual heights

Master suite vanities can be built in varying heights. Generally, a 33 inch tall vanity is ideal for women, while a 36 inch tall vanity suits most men.

Best Designs for the Master Bath | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

A great way to vary heights without the room looking lopsided is to add a dressing table between vanities, as seen in this photo.

The short vanity drawer is a handy place to store makeup and other items you want to reach quickly and easily. See the photo tour, here.

Design Tip: In this master bath, a massive shower with separate shower heads replaces the tub – a frequent request in custom home building. 

 

#5 Dual Vanity Design Idea #5: Linear dual vanities

The dual vanity in this photo is aligned on the same wall – so you don’t see someone else in the mirror when you’re at your sink. It also has an integrated dressing table.

Best Designs for the Master Bath | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

In this custom master bath, recessed medicine cabinets, with a mirror front, were added to each vanity wall.

While dressing tables are designed as a seating station, you can convert the under-counter space into a storage area. Just add a basket of towels! 

The vanity cabinets are a Maple wood, painted in Antique White. See more photos of this custom home master bathroom, here.

Design Tip: This master bathroom features several types of tile (floor-to-ceiling in the shower, extra chair rail style tile along the tub edges, and more). When working with Stanton Homes, our designers help you with selections throughout your home - including ways to integrate specialty tile patterns.

 

#6 Dual Vanity Design Idea: Single counter; dual sink

In this photo of a Raleigh custom home master bath, the symmetrical dual sinks are an under mount style designed for the granite counter top.

Best Designs for the Master Bath | Raleigh Custom Home Builders 

Dual vanity layouts like this require bathrooms with a long wall on one side. The soaking tub and a custom tile shower sit directly opposite to this dual vanity. Find more photos of this new home, here.

Design Tip: A center set of drawers - rather than dressing counter opening - can be very helpful for your storage needs. 

 

#7 Dual Vanity Design Idea: Shared space

This photo of a double vanity in a custom master bathroom illustrates the impact of color.

Best Designs for the Master Bath | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

The soft blue hue of this room is designed to sooth, amid a layout that feels intimate and shared, with its close but separate grooming spaces.

A bank of drawers and open shelving unit in the middle of the vanity defines personal space, while placing shared storage within easy reach. See inside this farmhouse style new home, here.

Design Tip: Open storage will make your master bath feel more spacious. Open shelves like these are a great place to highlight glass apothecary jars filled with soaps or seashells.

 

#8 Dual Vanity Design Idea: Custom home master bath layouts with vanities designed for two

The elegance in this high end master suite bathroom is reminiscent of a spa retreat, with calming whites and cool grays.

Best Designs for the Master Bath | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Furniture-inspired Antique White master bath vanities are tucked under barrel vault ceiling alcoves. 

Floor-to-ceiling central storage tops off the sumptuous appeal of this amazing dual vanity. The counter tops are called Carolina Cream. The floor tiles are 13 x 13 Crema Pavia Antica.

Design Tip: Ask your builder if they will work with you on creating custom ceiling heights. This master bathroom uses a special "drop ceiling" design above the vanities - making space for the barrel vaults and connecting the cabinets to create one smooth line in the center.

 

#9 Dual Vanity Design Idea: Rugged and classic

This photo of a master suite bathroom with dual vanities is filled with special spaces to share.

Best Designs for the Master Bath | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

In this custom home design, a three-way see-through fireplace is the highlight of the bathroom, at the entrance to the master suite.

It can be seen from each vanity, as well as the soaking tub and shower.

As flames flicker behind the glass around the fireplace, everything shimmers, from metallic tiles to bronze light fixtures, Smokey Topaz wall paint, and Golden granite counter tops with a 1/4 inch bevel edge. Click here for more photos (including the three sided fireplace).

Design Tip: The spaces above the shower and water closet are designed as plant shelves. Ask your builder where you can integrate these types of built in decoration and storage spaces, throughout your home.

 

#10 Dual Vanity Design Idea: Angled appeal

The photo of this master bath dual vanity illustrates how an angled vanity design can add creativity.

Best Designs for the Master Bath | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

It can also make good use of space.

In this custom home, having a sitting room in the master bedroom was more important than having a sprawling bathroom.

Yet there’s plenty of room in this master bath for an enlarged shower and custom soaking tub.

The black shower frame contrasts nicely against the medium brown cabinets. Get the floor plan and more photos here.

Design Tip: Re-arranging the master bath is a very common request for custom home builders. Tell us which of our floor plans you love, and we'll show you how to curve the tub deck, angle the vanity, and take advantage of all angles to maximize the usable space around your personality.

 

#11 Dual Vanity Design Idea: Lifestyle spaces

In this photo of a master suite bathroom in a custom home, the focus is on a huge shower with one vanity next to it and the other next to the soaking tub on the other side of the room.

Best Designs for the Master Bath | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

The bathroom is next to a private exercise room in this floor plan, so this layout was chosen so that this entire area of the bathroom would be used most often by one person coming straight in from working out, and the other entire area of the bathroom with its own tub and vanity would be used by the other.

In addition to the vanities each having its own drawers, there is also an island cabinet in the master closet. See photos here.

 


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Best mudroom designs, sizes, and layouts [Mudroom Drop Zone Photos]

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9 House Plans with Flex Space [With Floor Plan Layouts]

11 Window Styles for New Homes [Window Style Guide Photos]

Stanton Homes builds new custom homes throughout the Triangle area of North Carolina – tell us your favorite floor plan, and we’ll walk you through you next steps to build your custom home.


 

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Where Can I find Wrap Around Porch Ideas for Raleigh New Homes?

Posted by Stanton Homes on Sat, Jul 07, 2018 @ 07:07 AM

New Homes with Wrap Around Porches

Raleigh Wrap Around Porch Cost and Design Ideas

Wrap around porches are one of the most sought after new home exteriors in today’s custom home design trends in North Carolina.

Wrap Around Porch Cost | Raleigh New Homes

See Move-In Ready Homes

Wrap Around Porch Styles

There are many different types of wrap around porches.

Wrap-around porches can be two, three, or four sided to wrap partially or wholly around the house.

Wrap-around porches can also be broken into multiple sections by adding several access points from alcoves in the home.

Wrap Around Porch Cost | Raleigh New Homes

How much does a wrap around porch cost when building a new home in Raleigh?

New custom home wrap around porch build cost is based on:

 - Total square footage of porch space

 - Type of porch surface (choices include concrete, wood, brick, slate, tile, and more)

 - Type of railings

 - Type of support pillars (Hand built Craftsman stone columns are the most expensive, basic 4x4 support post are least expensive, with a wide range of options between)

 - Type of roof (standing seam metal, rounded, copper, dimensional shingles)

 - Height from the ground

Expect your wrap around porch to start at around $10K or more, depending on these factors as well as requirements specific to your homesite. Your builder should be able to tell you the precise cost for the wrap around porch that you would like, on the floor plan you have chosen, at your location.

Contact us information on building your new home in Raleigh - with a wrap around porch.

Wrap Around Porch Cost | Raleigh New Homes

 

The Low Country Farmhouse is one of the most popular floor plans. It has an open layout, with well designed living space on the interior. But the most highly regarded feature is its expansive front porch, which can be wrapped around the side.

Here’s another version of the plan:

 

Wrap Around Porch Cost | Raleigh New Homes

How to choose a wrap around porch style in Raleigh North Carolina

Before choosing your porch plan, take into consideration:

- The amount of space around your new home, which can determine how large the porch can be

- Does the architectural style you have chosen lend itself to a wrap around porch?

- Covered porches can be one of the most expensive elements in a custom home. How much do you want it to wrap?

- What type of flooring, hand railing, columns, balusters, or posts are appropriate, given the style of the home?

Some custom homes are centered on wrap around porches to the extent that there’s almost as room on the porch as there is inside the home, like the McCoy:

Wrap Around Porch Cost | Raleigh New Homes

This wrap around porch floor plan was built in the middle of town, so that the home buyers could feel involved with everything happening around them, with a wide expanse of space for outdoor entertainment all day long.

Raleigh Wrap Around Porch Benefits

Home buyers seeking wrap around porches like outdoor living space because they like to:

- People watch

- Enjoy nature

- Have ample room delegated to rocking chairs or porch swings

- Elicit welcoming curb appeal

- Express the warmth of modern country farmhouse style

The Daniel is another wonderful example of a wrap around porch modern country farmhouse style:

Wrap Around Porch Cost | Raleigh New Homes

This luxury custom home focuses on the wrap around porch as the focal point of the design.

Other Important Considerations for Raleigh Wrap Around Porches:

Talk with the builder about your lifestyle, and other elements you may want to have built in as your new home is constructed, including:

- Electrical outlets
- Overhead lighting and fans
- Screening
- Door access into the home from multiple locations
- Pass through bars for food and other items
- Steps into the property from various locations
- Upper wrap around porches for the second level of the home

The Gershwin’s wrap around porch features custom designed rails that add some pop to the traditional columns:

Wrap Around Porch Cost | Raleigh New Homes

 

Talk to your Raleigh home builder about what it will take to bring home your new wrap around porch.

 

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No tub for the bath? [Master bath floor plans with no tub]

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11 Window Styles for New Homes [Window Style Guide Photos]

Stanton Homes builds new custom homes throughout the Triangle area of North Carolina – tell us your favorite floor plan, and we’ll walk you through you next steps to build your custom home. 

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Farmhouse New Homes [Photos of Farmhouses]

Posted by Stanton Homes on Fri, May 18, 2018 @ 13:05 PM

Photos of New Farmhouses from Raleigh New Home Builders

The Westchester Farmhouse has exterior elements of craftsman home design - and interior modern farmhouse finishes. Take a look inside.

Farmhouse Style Homes | Raleigh New Home Builders

This Farmhouse design is 2,590 sq ft with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and an open layout for the island kitchen and great room. Contact us for more details about this home - and for information on building your new home in central North Carolina.

 

Farmhouse Style Homes | Raleigh New Home Builders

The two tone kitchen - with white perimeter cabinets and a gray island - features a white farmhouse sink, black pendant lights, stainless steel appliances, pot filler above the gas range, and many more unique custom home features.

Farmhouse Style Homes | Raleigh New Home Builders

The foyer entry opens in all directions with archways. Flex rooms on each side serve as two home offices, or a dining room and formal living room. The walls are painted blue, with white wainscoting.

Farmhouse Style Homes | Raleigh New Home Builders

The master bathroom features an open shower with no door, custom tile patterns, rain shower head. The vanity has undermount square sinks, dark framed mirrors, and bump-out center drawers.

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Multigenerational New Homes Raleigh [with floor plans]

Main Floor Master Plans for Raleigh Craftsman Homes

Best mudroom designs, sizes, and layouts [Mudroom Drop Zone Photos]

No tub for the bath? [Master bath floor plans with no tub]

7 Corner Pantry Ideas [with Floor Plans] for Chapel Hill New Homes

9 House Plans with Flex Space [With Floor Plan Layouts]

11 Window Styles for New Homes [Window Style Guide Photos]

Stanton Homes builds new custom homes throughout the Triangle area of North Carolina – tell us your favorite floor plan, and we’ll walk you through you next steps to build your custom home. 

 

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Best Home Builders in Pittsboro, NC | 9 Questions to Ask Your Builder

Posted by Stanton Homes on Tue, Apr 17, 2018 @ 12:04 PM

9 Questions to Ask Custom Home Builders in Pittsboro, NC

How to Find the Right Builder for Your New Home

Houzz has named Stanton Homes as the Top Home Builder in Pittsboro, NC - and we agree! 

See our top ranking on Houzz's full list here: Best 15 Home Builders in Pittsboro, NC

Move-In Ready Homes Pittsboro NC

Looking for the right fit for your new home project?  Get answers to 9 of the most important questions they say to ask a prospective custom home builder, below.

 Contact the team at Stanton Homes - and we'll guide you through the steps to build.

 
Best Home Builders in Pittsboro, NC | 9 Questions to Ask Your Builder
 

Questions to ask a prospective custom home builder in Pittsboro, NC:

Question 1: How long have you been in the home building business?

Stanton Homes has been building high quality custom homes in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area since 2006.

Question 2: Where can I read customer reviews - from real home buyers?

Here is a link to our reviews page.

Or, find more home buyer reviews directly on Houzz.com, here.

These stories will give you a good idea of what it's like to build a new custom home with Stanton Homes.

Best Home Builders in Pittsboro, NC | 9 Questions to Ask Your Builder

Question 3: May I tour homes in progress?

Yes! Request a tour, here, to schedule your visit. Some homes may be available to see 7 days a week just ask us to set up a time.

Looking for quick move-in new homes? See our available homes, here.

Question 4: What license(s) do you have?

Stanton Homes is a licensed general contractor in the state of North Carolina. We build custom homes within about an hour of our home office in Apex (about a 50 mile radius). Want to know if we can build on your lot? Contact us to see if you're in our area.

Best Home Builders in Pittsboro, NC | 9 Questions to Ask Your Builder

 

Question 5: What other awards, certifications, and training do you have?

Member National Association of Homebuilders

Member North Carolina Homebuilders Association

Approved VA Builder - Specially Adapted Housing experts

Aging In Place Specialists

Houzz, the world’s leading platform for custom home design ideas, designated Stanton Homes as “Best in Houzz for Design” and “Best of Houzz in Customer Appreciation” four years running, in what they said was a field of more than 500,000 builders and designers across the globe.

Several members of the Stanton Homes team have been chosen as “Top 40 Under 40” professionals in the nation by the industry's premiere publication, Professional Builder Magazine.

Read more about our team, here.

Question 6: Can you give me a written estimate?

Yes, we provide detailed, written estimates based on our floor plan that you want to build. Need floor plan ideas? Ask us to send you samples here.

Best Home Builders in Pittsboro, NC | 9 Questions to Ask Your Builder

Question 7: How long does it take to build a new home?

From the moment the footers are in the ground, our custom build process typically takes from 7 to 9 months.

Question 8: What happens when there are changes to materials or labor pricing?

We work hard to keep your costs down, and reflect that in your written estimate. 

Question 9: What will I need to provide?

We only need a few things to get you started on the build process, such as a pre-approval letter from your lender. Tell us what you want to accomplish, and we'll give you next steps.

Best Home Builders in Pittsboro, NC | 9 Questions to Ask Your Builder

Raleigh New Homes | Move-in Ready and On Your Lot Build Options:

How easy is it to build a custom home on your lot in the Raleigh Triangle area? Find out: 

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What's the Best Place for a Laundry Room? Chapel Hill House Plans

Posted by Stanton Homes on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 @ 10:04 AM

What's the best location for a laundry room?  


Take a look at these important questions to ask when comparing laundry room floor plans and standard features from North Carolina new home builders. Then, see sample photos with the pros and cons of a first versus second floor laundry room.

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Types of storage: how many cabinets are "standard" in the size laundry room you want? Does the builder offer cabinets or "shelving" which can mean open (or wire) shelving with no door? All Stanton Homes are built with painted wood shelving.
  • Counter tops: are counter tops included? If so, how many linear feet?
  • Flooring: do you want tile or a special flooring for your laundry?
  • Windows: does the laundry room location allow for a window? If not, can your custom home builder re-arrange a few things in the floor plan to give you a window in the laundry?

Not sure where to start your house plan search? Get help finding a floor plan

Laundry Room Location on the First Floor Option #1: Near the Garage

Pros: A first floor laundry room can be located near the garage - and serve as a catch-all laundry / mud room. Just add a sink and counter top, and you've got a family and pet station.  

What's the Best Place for a Laundry Room? Chapel Hill House Plans

 

A downstairs laundry room (or hallway leading into the laundry room) is a great place for a drop zone - a storage center with cubbies and hooks like this: 

 

What's the Best Place for a Laundry Room? Chapel Hill House Plans

Laundry Room on the First Floor Option #2: Second Entrance to Laundry Room from the Master Closet

A secret or pocket door can give private access to the laundry room, from the master closet. Take a tour of this home, the Cabot, near Chapel Hill NC - schedule your visit here.

What's the Best Place for a Laundry Room? Chapel Hill House Plans

Laundry Room on the First Floor Option #3: Two Laundry Zones

This new home has a private washer and dryer located inside the master closet.  Two laundry rooms, or a laundry room and a laundry closet, are more common in Dual Master or Multi-Generation floor plans.  Get our top 20 Multigen plans, here.


What's the Best Place for a Laundry Room? Chapel Hill House Plans

What's the Best Place for a Laundry Room? Chapel Hill House Plans

 

Laundry Room on the Second Floor

When all the bedrooms are upstairs, it can be more convenient to keep the laundry room on the second floor. See the floor plan for this home, with an oversized second floor laundry.

What's the Best Place for a Laundry Room? Chapel Hill House Plans


These custom homes are move-in ready, or nearly available, in Chatham County. Click the house plan name for new home cost and more information:

The Glenview 3,311 Sq Ft | First Floor Master | 4 Beds, 3 Baths | 2.3 Wooded Acres

The Autumn Brooke 3,150 Sq Ft | First Floor Master | 4 Beds, 3.5 Baths | 1 Wooded Acre

The Mackinaw 3,360 Sq Ft | First Floor Master and Guest Suite | 4 beds | 3 baths | 2.1 Wooded Acres


 

 

 

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Move-In Ready New Homes with Outdoor Living, Decks, Screen Porches

Posted by Stanton Homes on Wed, Apr 11, 2018 @ 11:04 AM

Chapel Hill New Homes with Backyard Living Spaces:

What outdoor living spaces are right for your family? Take a look at these new custom homes, and see which outdoor living aspects you like best!

Here are some examples of homes for sale with outdoor living spaces:

Get ideas from the best outdoor living floor plans with decks, patios, porches, and design features such as outdoor fireplaces.

Chapel Hill New Homes with a Deck

A backyard deck can be one of the most cost effective outdoor living additions to a new home. And a well-placed glass French door will ensure you take advantage of beautiful outdoor spaces, like this custom home in Chapel Hill, NC: 

Move In Ready New Homes Chapel Hill NC  | Outdoor Living Homes

Chapel Hill New Homes with a Deck and Patio

Can't decide on one type of outdoor living space? This new home combines a deck with a concrete patio. Separate spaces let you cook, dine, and play outdoors.

Move In Ready New Homes Chapel Hill NC  | Outdoor Living Homes

 

Move-In Ready New Homes Chapel Hill NC

 

Chapel Hill New Homes with a Screen Porch and Patio

A screened in porch can be used nearly year-round in the mild NC climate. 

Move In Ready New Homes Chapel Hill NC  | Outdoor Living Homes

TIP: The size, shape, and conditions of your new home lot may help determine aspects of outdoor living spaces. Make sure to discuss your lot with your builder, before signing a contract.

How to Build On Your Lot

Stanton Homes builds new custom homes throughout the Triangle area of North Carolina – tell us your favorite floor plan, and we’ll walk you through you next steps to build your custom home.

 

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5 Master Bedroom Trends in New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Nov 08, 2017 @ 14:11 PM

Master Suite Trends for New Homes

Looking for master bedroom layout ideas? Here are our latest "top 5 master suite layouts." These master suite floor plans include examples of:

- Open floor plan designs 

- Elegant sitting rooms with tons of windows 

- Special ceiling designs from treys to vaults

- Separate closets and vanities that maximize the "his-and-hers style"

- Oversized soaking tubs and tile showers

Master Suite Layout #1: The Avonstone Manor (See the floor plan here)

The Avonstone Manor offers 5681 sq ft of living space, including:

- Main Floor Master Suite with Sitting Room, Lighted Trey Ceiling, Fireplace, Breakfast Bar, Private Access to Outdoor Living spaces

- Expansive Master Bathroom, including a Sauna style Shower

- Second Master Suite upstairs

See more photos:

Top 5 Master Suite Layouts | Master Bedroom Floor Plans

How much does the Avonstone Manor cost? Get a flyer for this home and 8 similar floor plans

Master Suite Layout #2: The Grand Lodge (See the floor plan here)

The Grand Lodge is 5751 sq ft with 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and:

- Second Floor Master Suite with angled Sitting Room, Vaulted Ceiling, built-in Bookcase

- Luxury Master Bath and walk-in, wrap-around closets loaded with built-ins

See more photos:

Top 5 Master Suite Layouts | Master Bedroom Floor Plans

Master Suite Layout #3: The Blueridge (See the floor plan here)

The Blueridge offers 3185 sq ft of living space, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, including:

- First Floor Master Suite with angled Trey Ceiling

- Large Master Bath with Furniture style his and her Vanity, Soaking Tub, Tile Shower

See more photos:

Top 5 Master Suite Layouts | Master Bedroom Floor Plans

Master Suite Layout #4: The Glenview (See the floor plan here)

The Glenview offers 3311 sq ft of living space, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths including:

- First Floor Master Suite, Alcove Shower, and large Soaking Tub

- First Floor Office with Vaulted, Wood Beam Ceiling

See more photos:

Top 5 Master Suite Layouts | Master Bedroom Floor Plans

Master Suite Layout #5: The Barcelona (See the floor plan here)

The Barcelona offers 4345 sq ft of living space, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths including:

- Dual Master Floor Plan: 2 Master Suites, one on the first floor and one on the second floor

- Luxury Master Bedroom and Bath with Angled Sitting Room, Shower for Two

See more photos:

Top 5 Master Suite Layouts | Master Bedroom Floor Plans

What features are most important for your master suite?

Open floor plan -- Sitting room or office -- Trey or Vaulted ceilings

His and hers closets and bathroom layouts -- Tile tub and shower

Raleigh New Homes | Move-in Ready and On Your Lot Build Options:

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Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or send us your questions, here, and we'll help you find the right floor plan for your new home.

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Top 10 Main Floor Master Homes for 2018

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Nov 08, 2017 @ 14:11 PM

Homes with the Master Bedroom on the First Floor

Here's a list of the best main floor master house plans for 2018. Want to see more plans? Click here: Send me floor plans!


Main Floor Master House Plan: The Glenview 3,311 sq ft

The Glenview has a master bedroom on the first floor - with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths. 

Main Floor Master New Homes

The Glenview offers a master bedroom on the first floor, with two-step trey ceiling, walk-in his and hers closet, soaking tub and alcove shower. The vaulted office features wood beams in the ceiling. The island kitchen is designed for entertainment, with bonus and game rooms upstairs.  The exterior has a white painted brick front with country style front porch.

See photos of the Glenview | Main Floor Master New Home

Main Floor Master House Plan: The Sullivan 2,548 Sq FT

The Sullivan is a very popular floor plan by Frank Betz with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths. 

Main Floor Master New Homes

The Sullivan's main floor master suite extends the entire length of the home, with his and hers closets and a cozy sitting area with lots of windows. The vaulted great room emphasizes the open floor plan, with an island kitchen designed for entertainment and a big bonus room upstairs.  This brick front home version has archways, trey ceilings, and hardwood staircase.

See photos of the Sullivan | Main Floor Master New Home

 

Main Floor Master House Plan: The Blueridge 3,185 Sq FT

The Blueridge is a Max Fulbright floor plan with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths.

Main Floor Master New Homes

This English Country Exterior floor plan has a first floor master suite, open layout, and upstairs media and craft rooms. See photos of the stained wood beam ceiling in the great room, two tone island kitchen, and painted wainscoting dining room. 

See photos of the Blueridge | Main Floor Master New Home

 

Raleigh New Homes | Move-in Ready and On Your Lot Build Options:

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Main Floor Master House Plan: The Low Country Farmhouse 2,622 Sq Ft

The Low Country Farmhouse is a Max Fulbright floor plan with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths.

Main Floor Master New Homes

This Farmhouse plan has a traditional feel inside and out with a main floor master suite, large kitchen island open to the great room, separate dining and breakfast rooms, and three kid's bedrooms upstairs with a small loft overlook to the two story great room. The front porch wraps around three sides of the home, with a separate covered patio in the backyard. The "Costco" style pantry is large enough for long-term storage of canned goods grown on the acreage farmland where this home sits outside of Raleigh, NC.

See photos of the Country Farmhouse | Main Floor Master New Home

 

Main Floor Master House Plan: The Dinsmore 3,008 Sq FT

This is a modified version of The Dinsmore, a Frank Betz floor plan, with 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths

Main Floor Master New Homes

This NC custom home offers an open concept floor plan with two story great room and foyer, large master suite with vaulted ceiling and island in the master closet, window bench in the loft, drop zone in the mud room.

See photos of the Dinsmore | Main Floor Master New Home

Main Floor Master House Plan: The Bryson 3,000 Sq Ft

The Bryson is a custom design by Stanton Homes with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths.

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This version of the Bryson includes incredible exterior detailing, with each element carefully blended for scale and impact.   The first floor master suite and even a "Dog Shower" are noteworthy.

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Main Floor Master House Plan: The Bellemont 3,358 Sq Ft

The Bellemont is a classic modern Craftsman with four beds, 3.5 baths.

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The tucked-in front porch is just the beginning - step inside this main floor master home, and see how well the open concept rooms flow.  The well-designed master suite is to the left off a private hallway, and the open island kitchen includes a great walk in pantry.

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Main Floor Master House Plan: The Autumn Brooke 3,150 Sq Ft

The Autumn Brooke is a Storybook Arts and Crafts design with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms.

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The Vaulted Keeping Room and Vaulted Master Suite both feature lots of extra windows, and the Jack and Jill bath is a favorite for the kids. 

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Main Floor Master House Plan: The Shoal Creek 2,765 Sq Ft

The Shoal Creek is a Frank Betz floor plan with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms.

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The Shoal Creek is a main floor master two story home with a guest room on the first floor. It's an open floor plan, with a vaulted family room and spacious island kitchen. This version combines a medley of classic Craftsman design features - like the stone porch columns and stone fireplace - and modern finishes, such as the kitchen pendant lights. Outdoor living is a big deal, too, with an extensive deck.

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Main Floor Master House Plan: The Statesman 3,160 Sq Ft

The Statesman is a custom floor plan by with 4 bedrooms, and 4 baths.

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This custom floor plan by Stanton Homes draws in traditional home elements such as red brick, black shutters, and white columns, with the modern layout of a downstairs master suite and first floor guest suite.

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Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or send us your questions, here, and we'll help you find the right main floor master floor plan for your new home.



 

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How Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic?

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jul 10, 2017 @ 14:07 PM

Cost-effective ways to finish third floor or attic space

Looking for ways to add low-cost square footage to your new home, with space for a future  hobby area, game room, 'man cave', or guest retreat? 

It's typically more cost effective to add additional living space into the upper floors of your new home than adding onto the footprint.

But keep in mind that attic space is very different from unfinished future living space - so any area you're considering expanding into has to be engineered and built for the intent of its future use. Building codes are different for storage space in attics, so if you want that to be heated square footage on day, your builder has to know that before applying for permits, so that the architectural blueprints can be revised to include appropriate requirements. 

Learn more about building a new home in the Raleigh, NC area, below - with more important questions to ask your builder

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How Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic?

The cost of turning unfinished bonus rooms into heated square footage depends on several factors, including:

 - Engineering requirements in the architectural plans

 - Roofline Style and Size

 - Size of the space to be finished

 - Potential staircase access  

 - Would you want to add a future bathroom?

 - Would you want to add windows or a skylight?

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Changes to attic space to create unfinished future living space can start at around $50 per square foot.  Things to take into consideration include:

 - Framing and flooring engineering and materials

 - Lighting

 - Electrical outlets

 - HVAC system which will require an additional heat pump, AC unit, and duct work

 - Insulation

 - Drywall,  Paint, and  Trimwork

 - Carpet

How Much Does a Third Floor or Attic Cost? | Cost Effective New Homes

It can be less cost effective to finish a smaller space. The total cost per square foot will vary based on the size of the space being finished, and what requirements are for staircases and other additional elements necessary to meet Building Code Requirements.

The expense of the project can increase if you need to add any kind of windows or skylights. If you don't plan ahead, you will need to remove siding and roofing, re-frame the structure, add the window or skylight, and replace the siding and roofing. 

The cost of adding a bathroom will vary depending on the finishes desired.

How does a bonus room add up?

Talk with your builder about ways to add a bonus room to your floor plan, as a cost-effective way to increase your square footage. Read more about adding a bonus room and expanding your house size (for the lowest cost) in these articles:

How to make a house bigger - adding a bonus room

10 Ways to use a bonus room above the garage

Which is a better investment, a bonus room or basement?

How Much Does a Third Floor or Attic Cost? | Cost Effective New Homes

Can I add a third floor or attic later on?

An attic cannot be turned into living space later unless the correct engineering is in place. Check with your local jurisdiction to see what kinds of permits are required if your home has already been completed. 

As a part of a new home build, keep in mind that appraisers count unfinished space very differently from space that is heated and cooled. Talk with your lender and your builder, as you weigh your options.     

If you're thinking of ways to maximize your budget, make sure to get a full cost estimate from a custom home builder in the Raleigh/Triangle area before making any decisions.

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How to Buy a New Home Lot in North Carolina

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jul 10, 2017 @ 13:07 PM

What is the Process to Buy a Lot for New Home Construction in NC?

Get the inside scoop on how to build on your lot in NC - with tips from custom home builder Stanton Homes.

We'll give you some very important questions to ask your Realtor, Custom Home Builder, and, most importantly, YOURSELF!

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Top Questions to Ask when Researching "On Your Lot Home Builders":

Building a new custom home can be easier than you think.  There are beautiful homesites - or "lots" available in new home neighborhoods and outside communities throughout the greater Raleigh Triangle area.   Here's how to get started.

Question 1: How much should I pay for a Lot? 

How much should I pay for a lot for my new Raleigh custom home?

Yes, the price you pay has a lot to do with location – but size, amenities and buildability are also important considerations. Custom home builders in Raleigh can offer guidance, but it’s really all about what’s important to you.

You’re going to have to prioritize, as you make choices. 

The Triangle area of North Carolina - consistently ranked as the "best place to live" on national surveys - has been growing for several years. Areas such as Cary, Raleigh, Morrisville, and Apex have been hugely popular for a long time - making lots more available and affordable in the surrounding areas (just minutes away in many cases) such as Fuquay-Varina, Hillsborough, and Garner.

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Question 2: What's my budget, and why do On Your Lot builders need to know, up front?

When building a custom home on your lot, there are really two budgets to consider.

1 - the home, itself

2 - the land you want to build on

If you're looking for help finding a lot, your home builder will need to know your general budget, to help guide you to choices that match the most common requirements of, for instance, your bank loan appraiser.

As a general guideline, the cost of your lot or land should be no more than 15-20% of your total "house and land" budget. 

$150,000 total budget = $22,500 to $30,000 lot or land cost

$200,000 total budget = $30,000 to $40,000 lot or land cost

$300,000 total budget = $45,000 to $60,000 lot or land cost

$400,000 total budget = $60,000 to $80,000 lot or land cost

$500,000 total budget = $75,000 to $100,000 lot or land cost

The formula can change a bit for a large amount of acreage - for instance, you might reasonably construct a home with a $350,000 construction cost on a 10 acre parcel which costs $150K. 

Do check that your planned home corresponds with other homes in the neighborhood/area so that your future resale value is protected.

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Question 3: How do I know that the price of a lot or land is reasonable?

Talk to custom builders in Raleigh or an experienced land agent about the lots or land you're considering.  That’s where size, amenities and buildability impact the price of the home – as well as its future value.

An experienced land agent will be able to compare your lot price with other lots in the area, and compare the type of home you plan to build with other Raleigh NC custom homes available in the area.

Question 4: What about Property Taxes?

Depending on the specifics of your loan, property taxes may be included in your monthly payment. If it’s set up this way, a portion of the total tax bill is added to your monthly payment each month, then paid to the city or county at the end of the year out of an escrow account. 

You’ll need to ask – because if it isn’t included in the loan, you may be responsible to pay property taxes in one lump sum at the end of each year.  This chart will give you an idea of what kind of taxes to expect on the property for your Raleigh, NC custom home: Guide to Raleigh/Triangle Property Taxes

Property taxes outside city limits will always be lower than taxes inside city limits.  As an example, Chapel Hill has some of the area's highest property tax bills. Outside the city limits, Chatham County has some of the lowest property tax rates in the Triangle. Raleigh’s property taxes can vary, depending on location.

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Question 5: Why do I need to get preapproved?

It is always a smart idea to have a financial institution appraise what you can afford to build.

You’ll have to have a bottom line in mind before you even begin to look at lots and land upon which to build your Raleigh NC custom homes.

If you don’t have a lender in mind, ask a custom builder in Raleigh for recommendations. Contact us for a list of local lenders experienced with lot and land financing - there are plenty of great options available.

Talk with financial professionals about your total "construction and land" affordability.  Here are the questions you’ll need answered:

- What monthly payment can I afford?

- What total amount do I qualify for?

- Will my payment be affected if interest rates increase?

 

Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or send us your questions, here, and we'll help you learn all you need to know about the On Your Lot Building Process.


 

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