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

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?  Want floor plans with space for a future  hobby area, game room, sports center, or guest retreat? 

Choosing a floor plan with an unfinished third floor or attic may be the answer. Learn more about building a new home in the Raleigh, NC area, below - with important questions to ask your builder

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

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

The cost of finishing a third floor or attic space depends on several factors, including:

 - Home Size and Price Point

 - Roofline Style and Size

 - Size of the space to be finished

 - Is there staircase access, and is the area engineered for future finish?  

 - Would you want to add a bathroom?

 - Would you want to add windows or a skylight?

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

Generally, the minimum cost will be about $50 per square foot.  This will include:

 - Lighting

 - Electrical outlets

 - HVAC system (which will require an additional heat pump, AC unit, and duct work - the cost for this is usually about $6,000 alone)

 - 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, and the total cost per square foot will vary based on the size of the space being finished.  Adding a staircase will cost more, too.

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, reframe 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 as well as what stage of construction the home is in. If requested at planning stage, the plumber, framers, and electricians will be able to complete all work as they are finishing the rest of the home, resulting in some savings.

Are there other ways to increase the sq ft on a floor plan?

Adding a bonus room - whether on the second or third floor - is a great, 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?

A third floor can be a great space for a homeowner to finish themselves over time, with some significant labor savings, with some planning ahead before construction of the main home begins.  Check with your local jurisdiction to see what kinds of permits are required - you'll want to be able to count the area as finished square footage if you should ever want to sell your home.   

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.

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

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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!

On Your Lot Builders | How to Buy a New Home Lot in North Carolina



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.

On Your Lot Builders | How to Buy a New Home Lot in North Carolina

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.

On Your Lot Builders | How to Buy a New Home Lot in North Carolina

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.

On Your Lot Builders | How to Buy a New Home Lot in North Carolina

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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Best Navy Blue Paint Colors 2017 | SW 6244 Naval

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Jul 07, 2017 @ 12:07 PM

Best Navy Blue Paint Color Guide for 2017 | Photos of Sherwin Williams Naval Blue

Dark blues and navy tones are making their way into more new home designs in NC and beyond. Here are the most popular Dark Blue and Navy Blue paint options we're seeing in Stanton Homes in the Raleigh / Triangle area.

Best Blue Painted Great Rooms: "SW 7602 Indigo Batik"

This great room fireplace mantel - created in a ship lap pattern - is painted in SW 7602 Indigo Batik:

Best Navy Blue Paint Colors 2017 | SW 7602 Indigo Batik

Navy Blue Paint for the Dining Room:

This formal dining room is painted in SW 6244 Naval:

Best Navy Blue Paint Colors 2017 | SW 6244 Naval

Dark Blue Painted Home Office or Library:

This home office / library is painted in SW 7602 Indigo Batik:

Best Navy Blue Paint Colors 2017 | SW 7602 Indigo Batik

Navy Blue Paint for the Bedroom:

This bedroom room is painted in SW 6244 Naval:

Best Navy Blue Paint Colors 2017 | SW 6244 Naval

Most Popular Blue Paint Color Names

What are the names of most popular blue paint colors?  Here are a few of the best blue paint colors we've used in Raleigh custom homes (in dark and light shades):

SW 9177 Salty Dog,  SW 9178 In the Navy,

SW 7602 Indigo Batik, SW 6218 Tradewinds, SW 6512 Balmy,  SW 6235 Foggy Day, SW 6786 Cloudless, and Benjamin Moore Serenity

 

These gray paint colors are also popular in new Stanton Homes:

SW 7548 Portico, SW 7015 Repose Gray, SW 7045 Intellectual Gray

Benjamin Moore HC-105 Rockport Gray, SW 6205 Comfort Gray, SW 7672 Knitting Needles,

SW 7032 Warm Stone, SW 7030 Anew Gray,

Benjamin Moore 2111-60 Barren Plain, and SW 7667 Zircon


More of the Best Paint Colors for 2017 - Raleigh Custom Home Builder Top Picks:

Here are links to bathrooms painted in light blue, green, beige, and brown - popular colors in Raleigh custom homes:

  1. SW 6512 Balmy - Light blue paint for the master bathroom
  2. SW 6422 Shagreen - Light, bright green master bathroom paint
  3. SW 7714 Oak Barrel - Beige painted master bathroom
  4. SW 6117 Smokey Topaz - Golden brown painted master bath

Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or visit http://stantonhomes.com/ to learn more about building an custom home in North Carolina - with the help of an interior design expert throughout the selection process.


 

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Best downstairs bedroom house plans 2017 | NC New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Jun 16, 2017 @ 10:06 AM

Downstairs Bedroom Floor Plans

Looking for house plans with a main floor bedroom? Here are some of the best main floor master house plans and main floor guest bedroom house plans being built in 2017. Want to see more plans? Click here: Send me floor plans!

All of these homes are available - or coming soon - the Chatham County, NC. Get more information about these homes, including the address, cost, features, and availability.


First Floor Bedroom House Plan #1: The Cassiopeia

The Cassiopeia is a very popular downstairs guest bedroom floor plan with 3,144 Sq Ft, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths. 

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The downstairs includes a ship lap mudroom, open concept kitchen and living, formal dining, and barrel vaulted foyer. The separate, family-sized laundry, two bonus rooms, and loft areas are just upstairs.  This stone front home has built-ins, trey ceilings, and a hardwood staircase.

See the Cassiopeia Photo Gallery, here.

 

Main Floor Master House Plan #2: The Autumn Brooke

The Autumn Brooke is a Frank Betz floor plan with 3,150 sq ft, main floor master bedroom, 4 bedrooms, and 3.5 baths.

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This main floor master house plan comes with a modern layout: downstairs master suite, vaulted home office, separate mud room and laundry room, huge walk in pantry, game room, Jack and Jill bath for kids, and luxury master bathroom design.

See the Autumn Brooke Floor Plans, here.

 

Main Floor Master House Plan #3: The Blueridge

The Blueridge is a Max Fulbright floor plan with 3,185 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths.

Best main floor master house plans

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 the Blueridge Photo Gallery, here.

 

Main Floor Master House Plan #4: The Bellemont

The Bellemont is a custom version of an American Gables Home Designs, Inc. floor plan with 3,358 Sq Ft, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths.

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This Chatham County custom home includes a vaulted first floor master with rough Cedar beams, huge island kitchen with walk in pantry, oversized laundry room, and much more.

See the Bellemont Photo Gallery and Floor Plans, here.

Main Floor Master House Plan #5: The Glenview

The Glenview is a downstairs master bedroom house plan with 3,311 sq ft, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms.

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The Glenview is a Frank Betz floor plan with main floor master, island kitchen, vaulted great room, Jack and Jill bath, laundry with built in sink, hallway drop zone bench, game room and separate bonus room. 

See the Glenview Floor Plans, here.

Main Floor Master House Plan #6: The Cabot

The Cabot  is a downstairs master bedroom Frank Betz floor plan with 3,430 Sq Ft, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths.

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The Cabot offers a first floor master AND guest suite with private bath, island kitchen with Secret Pantry, large mudroom, secret entrance to laundry from master closet, game room, and separate loft.

Get a flyer for the Cabot here.


Main Floor Master House Plan #7: The Mackinaw A

The Mackinaw is a custom version of the Frank Betz floor plan design with 3,360 sq ft, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths.

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This new home floor plan features: First floor Guest Suite, Open Concept Floor Plan with Island Kitchen, Laundry with Drop Zone, Loft, Media Room, Bonus Room.

See the Mackinaw Floor Plan - and Schedule a Visit - here.

 

Main Floor Master House Plan #8: The Sullivan

The Sullivan is a very popular floor plan by Frank Betz with 2,548 Sq Ft, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths. 

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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 the Sullivan Photo Gallery, here.


Main Floor Master House Plan #9: The Sawyer

The Sawyer is a custom home floor plan with 2907-3245 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms.

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This Raleigh custom home offers a downstairs guest room and upstairs master suite. The island kitchen opens to the casual dining and great room. The kids bedrooms connect through a secret passageway.

See the Sawyer Photo Gallery and Floor Plan, here.

 

Main Floor Master House Plan #10: The Hanover Point

The Hanover Pointe is 3529 sq ft with 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and a main floor master bedroom.

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This North Carolia new home offers two more bedrooms on the first floor,  separate mud and laundry rooms, and large island kitchen.

See the Hanover Point Floor Plans, here.

 

Main Floor Master House Plan #11: The Highland Place

The Highland Place is 3,414 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms with a first floor master bedroom.

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This new home floor plan features: Curved Island Kitchen, Vaulted Great Room, Separate Mud Room and Laundry with Built ins, Drop zone, Downstairs Guest Bedroom, Game Room, Bonus Room, and Loft.

See the Highland Place Floor Plans, here.

 

Main Floor Master House Plan #12: The Lytham

The Lytham is 2503 sq ft with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and a main floor master bedroom.

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See the Lytham Floor Plans, here.

 

Main Floor Master House Plan #13: The Saxony

The Saxony is 4428 sq ft with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a main floor master suite. 

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This Chatham County new home has a downstairs guest bedroom, separate mud room, and keeping room.

See the Saxony Floor Plans, here.



Custom Home Builder in Raleigh, North Carolina:

As your considering main floor master floor plan options, contact custom home builder Stanton Homes. We'll help you find the right floor plan - even if it means modifying room sizes and layouts.


 

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9 Corner Pantry Floor Plans | Raleigh New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jun 07, 2017 @ 10:06 AM

Best Corner Pantry Kitchens

Raleigh New Homes with Corner Pantry Kitchen Floor Plans

Planning to store long-term, as well as everyday goods, in your kitchen? Corner pantries provide tons of storage for everything you want to put away.

 

Tell us what your next kitchen needs, and we'll show you what it takes to build a Raleigh custom home.

Here are 9 popular floor plan ideas from Raleigh new home builder Stanton Homes.
 

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #1: Granite Countertop in the Pantry

This corner pantry includes a granite counter top - with an electrical outlet above. This space can serve as a great way to store large appliances like coffee makers and mixers - or as an additional cooking space when preparing complex meals or baked goods.

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See the pantry door location inside the kitchen:

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The Serengeti floor plan - a multigenerational design - is Copyright Douglas Janes Architect. Click here to see the full Serengeti Floor Plans and Photo Gallery.

 

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #2: L Shaped Pantry

The L-shape pantry layout is most common for a corner pantry - adding significant storage space inside your kitchen.

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The Blueridge floor plan is Copyright Max Fulbright Design Group and Associates. Click here to see the full Blueridge Floor Plans.

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #3: Staggered Height Pantry Shelves

These pantry shelves are designed for mixed-height items, like spice containers and baking supplies.

Craftsman style trim wraps around the pantry, for an extra bit of custom design in even the storage spaces of this Raleigh new home.

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The pantry is set to one side of the kitchen, with an extra "notch" of storage space added to the layout.

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The Mitchells Farmhouse floor plan is Copyright Stanton Homes. Click here to see the full Mitchells Farmhouse Floor Plans and Photo Gallery.

 

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #4: Deep Pantry Layout

This around-the-corner location allows the pantry to extend for a much deeper layout. And it hides the white pantry door from view, in a kitchen packed with dark cabinetry, white tile, and stainless steel appliances. 

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See the full kitchen view: 

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The Avonstone Manor floor plan is Copyright Garrell Associates, Inc. Click here to see the full Avonstone Manor Floor Plans and Photo Gallery.

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #5: Glass Pantry Door

This corner pantry layout includes an L-shaped interior for tons of storage, with a custom tile floor and glass "Pantry" door.

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The Blackhawk floor plan is Copyright Stanton Homes. Click here to see the full Blackhawk Floor Plans and Photo Gallery.

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #6: The Penelope

The location of this "corner pantry" allows it to stretch much deeper than a "standard" floor plan.

Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | Kitchen Design Ideas

The kitchen has a natural flow and tons of counter space. The pantry is not visible from the front door.

 

Top 5 Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | 2013 Kitchen Design IdeasThe Penelope is Copyright Stanton Homes. Click here for a photo gallery and full floor plan of "The Penelope".

 

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #7:  The Bryson

This oversized corner pantry blends easily into the white, black, and gray kitchen design.

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See the layout of the U-shaped kitchen:

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The Bryson floor plan is Copyright Stanton Homes. Click here to see the full Bryson Floor Plans.

 

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #8: The Dugan

Here is an example of a centered corner pantry in the kitchen. Its central location makes it an integral part of the "work triangle".

Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | Kitchen Design Ideas

 

Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | 2013 Kitchen Design Ideas

The Dugan is Copyright Stanton Homes. Cick here for a photo gallery and full floor plan of "The Dugan"

 

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #9: The Worthington

In this Raleigh new home, the Breakfast Room and Kitchen were combined to create a massive, entertainment-focused kitchen with island.

Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | Kitchen Design Ideas

Not all corner pantries are set at an angle: this purple painted pantry is squared off on the front face.

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See a photo gallery and floor plan of The Worthington here.

 

Raleigh New Homes

Tell us how much space you need, and we’ll design a corner pantry for your kitchen that fits your lifestyle.

Can't find a corner pantry plan you like?  Let us know, and we’ll email you more ideas, gathered from tens of thousands of plans to match your specifications. You can also work with our design team to create a brand new plan with everything just the way you want it. Request more floor plan ideas here.

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Raleigh New Homes with Three Car Garage | The Statesboro

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jun 07, 2017 @ 09:06 AM

Popular House Plans for Raleigh New Homes:

The Statesboro is a popular main floor master home plan with a split or carriage style three car garage option.

See what this Raleigh new home floor plan has to offer, with a large front porch, open layout island kitchen, four bedrooms, an optional 4th bath, separate mud room, and space to add an upstairs game room (or second "bonus room").

House Plans for Raleigh New Homes | Custom Builders NC


New Floor Plans that can be Modified by the Builder:


Custom home builders like Stanton Homes specialize in design/build and custom house plans. See the two most popular additions to this Raleigh house plan - copyright Frank Betz - with an overview on what it can cost to add a bathroom or game room.

The Statesboro: Downstairs Floor Plan

House Plans for Raleigh New Homes | Custom Builders NC

 The Statesboro: Upstairs Floor Plan

House Plans for Raleigh New Homes | Custom Builders NC

 

What does it cost to add a Bathroom to my home? 

For new home construction, the cost of an additional bathroom depends on several factors, including:

  • Placement of the bathroom (does add the bath change the footprint of your home?)
  • Size of the bathroom (bigger bath = higher cost! This makes sense - you're adding labor and materials to the home)
  • Finishes and features (custom tile shower or fiberglass tub? designer light fixtures? etc.)

House Plans for Raleigh New Homes | Custom Builders NC

What does it cost to add a second Game Room or Bonus Room to my home? 

Adding a second game room in place of a two story ceiling in the living room will actually reduce the cost per square foot of your home.

Game rooms are more cost effective per square foot than most other rooms of the home (espeically kitchens and bathrooms - think of those appliances, cabinets, and tile). If you're looking for ways to increase the value of your new home, always consider adding a secondary space such as a game room or bonus room.

Your builder can tell you where it makes the most sense - for budget and livability - to expand the square footage of the floor plan you've selected.

House Plans for Raleigh New Homes | Custom Builders NC

Statesboro floor plan images Copyright Frank Betz Associates.


Custom Builder NC - Stanton Homes

Can't find a floor plan you like?  Let us know, and we’ll email you house plan ideas. You can also work with our design team to create a brand new plan with everything just the way you want it. Request more floor plan ideas here.

More 2017 new home trends:

Shaker Style Kitchen Cabinets - Popular Styles for 2017

Most Popular Gray Paint Colors - with Photo Examples

Color Trends for 2017 - with Options other than Gray

Best Main Floor Master House Plans for 2017 New Home

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Average Walk In Closet Sizes [Closet Photos with Dimensions]

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Jun 02, 2017 @ 05:06 AM

How large should a Master Closet be?

New home floor plans can include walk in closets that range anywhere from 25 sq ft to the size of a bedroom (100 sq ft or more).

Below, find examples of Raleigh new home master closet layouts with photos of walk in closet storage, built-in mirror walls, windows, custom shelving designs, and much more.

Click on any photo to see the floor plans for the home pictured.

Walk-in Closet Designs with Island and Built in Cabinets

Closet Storage Ideas

How to Choose a Master Closet Layout

Average Walk in Closet Size | Raleigh New Homes

This Chapel Hill new home master closet is approximately 8' x 8'



What is the average walk in closet size for Raleigh new homes?

The standard width of a walk in closet can range from 5' to 12'. This is important because the minimum 5' width maintains a 3' hallway into the closet, even after you hang clothing along the walls.

The standard depth of a walk in closet can range from 5' (for a square room) to 17' (for a bonus-room-style closet).

 

If the average walk in closet size starts at a 5'x5' space, how large is this master closet?

Average Walk in Closet Size | Raleigh New Homes

 

This master closet is approximately 172 sq ft - larger than average, and more common for luxury new homes in Raleigh. Click here to see the floor plans for this master suite - a version of the Serengeti built near Raleigh, NC.

 

Average Walk in Closet Size | Raleigh New Homes

What is the distance between clothing rods in a walk in closet?

Most walk in closets combine a variety of storage types, including cabinets with drawers, open shelving, and hanging rods.

Double rods are typically placed at 40 and 80 inches from the floor. Rods designed for tall garments are typically placed at least 72 inches from the floor.

What is the Average Walk in Closet Size? Closet Pictures with Dimensions

This Raleigh new home master closet is about 14.5' x 11.5' (with a square center island cabinet).

When does a walk in closet need a window?

Floor plans with a window inside the master closet are typically arranged in a Bedroom --> Bathroom --> Closet layout. Here is an example floor plan:

What is the Average Walk in Closet Size? Closet Pictures with Dimensions

This Raleigh new home - by Stanton Homes - features a downstairs master bedroom with his and hers style closet.

What is the Average Walk in Closet Size? Closet Pictures with Dimensions

The window wall shelving was extended outwards to create more storage space and a separate "his and hers" layout. The walk in closet is about 14' x 9'.

Although windows are not necessary for closets, they can be added by a custom home builder to keep balance and visual appeal on the exterior of the home -  especially when the closet is located on the front face of the home.


Master Closets with Built in Wall Mirrors

Walk in closets can leave plenty of space to add a wall mirror or door mirror. Here are some examples:

What is the Average Walk in Closet Size? Closet Pictures with Dimensions

Master walk in closet from The Bryson - see the floor plan here.

 

What is the Average Walk in Closet Size? Closet Pictures with Dimensions

Master walk in closet from The Remington - see the floor plan here.

 

What is the Average Walk in Closet Size? Closet Pictures with Dimensions

Master walk in closet from The Bennett - see the floor plan here.

 

Master Closets with Custom Storage

These walk in closets have built-in jewelry storage walls:

What is the Average Walk in Closet Size? Closet Pictures with Dimensions

What is the Average Walk in Closet Size? Closet Pictures with Dimensions

What are the minimum dimensions for an accessible walk in closet?

Accessible closets must allow enough space for a full wheelchair turning radius.

What is the Average Walk in Closet Size? Closet Pictures with Dimensions

This Raleigh new home master closet is about 14.5 x 11.5 ft (with a square center island with base cabinets).   It includes a 36" door and plenty of turning radius.

Storage Closet Space-Saving Tips

Store bulky items - like winter coats - in designated coat closets in the foyer, mudroom, or upstairs. These items can take up significant space, if you're focused on minimizing the master walk in closet size. 

What is the Average Walk in Closet Size? Closet Pictures with Dimensions

This Raleigh new home master closet is about 12' x 12'

 

What is the Average Walk in Closet Size? Closet Pictures with Dimensions

This Raleigh new home master closet is about 10' x 17' (with 9' island). 

 

What is the Average Walk in Closet Size? Closet Pictures with Dimensions

This Raleigh new home master closet is about 13.5' x 7' (with a washer and dryer area built in).

 

Looking for ways to add closet storage to your new home floor plan? Ask the builder for easy floor plan modification ideas.

Raleigh New Homes | Raleigh Floor Plans

 



Custom Home Builder in Raleigh, North Carolina:

When you build a custom home, the "standard" size of any room - including a closet - is very flexible. As your considering floor plan options, contact custom home builder Stanton Homes. We'll help you find the right floor plan - even if it means modifying room sizes and layouts.

 



 

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Estate New Home Builders Raleigh NC | 9 Luxury Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, May 17, 2017 @ 12:05 PM

Estate Home Construction in North Carolina:

Raleigh luxury homes offer features like kitchens with multiple islands, huge master suites with spa bathrooms and room-sized closets, separate entertainment floors with full bar and fireplace, window walls, and rooms for everything - including your pets.

See photos of Estate New Homes in the Raleigh, NC area - built by Stanton Homes.



9 Luxury Home Photo Galleries from Raleigh Estate New Home Builders:

Although estate homes are typically larger with 3+ car garages, multi-island kitchens, dual master suites, and basement apartments, they also feature a lot of cool finishes, layouts, and selections not found in average price points.

Take a look inside these luxury homes - and ask us which new home details come STANDARD in a Stanton Home (like built-in energy savings and innovative construction technologies).

Estate Home Floor Plan #1: Grand Lodge

5751 sq ft | 4 bedrooms | 4.5 bathrooms | Multi-Gen | Basement

Luxury custom homes Raleigh | Luxury custom home builder Raleigh

This Estate new home opens into a movie set stairway with incredible curved overlook above the kitchen and two story great room. The basement is an entire entertainment floor, with full bar and fireplace. The floor plan has rooms for everything, including the dog and the cat. See inside - click here for the photo gallery.

 

Estate Home Floor Plan #2: Avonstone Manor

5681 sq ft | 4 bedrooms | 5.5 bathrooms | First Floor Master

Luxury custom homes Raleigh | Luxury custom home builder Raleigh

This version of the Avonstone Manor has a gourmet chef kitchen with two islands; home bar with wine fridge, ice maker, glass front cabinets, and built-in sink. Luxurious master suite with sitting area. Massive vaulted master bath with "island" soaking tub and shower sauna. Two story great room with European fireplace. Grand curved staircase. Private bathroom in every bedroom. Media room, bonus room, and video room. Two laundry rooms, one on each level. Formal dining room. Home gym / exercise room. See it all, inside the photo tour - click here.

 

Estate Home Floor Plan #3: Barcelona

4345 sq ft | 4 bedrooms | 3.5 bathrooms | Dual Master

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This Raleigh version includes a downstairs Multi-Gen suite (with private laundry room and sitting room library), huge island kitchen, separate mud room and dog room, home gym / exercise room, home theater, office, and formal dining. Get more photos in the tour - here.


Estate Home Floor Plan #4: Horse Country Estate

7031 sq ft | 5 bedrooms | 4.5 bathrooms | Basement

Luxury custom homes Raleigh | Luxury custom home builder Raleigh

This craftsman style contemporary custom home plan has open concept living.  The oversized island kitchen opens to a vaulted keeping and breakfast room.  Stone fireplaces warm the keeping room and private master suite sun room.  And an angled side entry garage leads directly into the mud room style laundry room. Dual drop zones provide storage. See all estate home photos, here.

 

Estate Home Floor Plan #5: Daniel Farmhouse

4251 sq ft | 3 bedrooms | 3.5 bathrooms

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The farmhouse exterior includes three separate outdoor living spaces: wrap around front porch, backyard screened patio with see-through fireplace, and second story deck (the 3 car garage is detached, connected by a breezway). The master suite is downstairs and includes a walk-through, two entry shower. Upstairs is for work and play with a pocket office desk and built in home theater. See interior photos of this luxury home - click here.

 

Estate Home Floor Plan #6: Treehouse

3611 sq ft | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 bathrooms

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This "mountain style" home includes an open layout with large kitchen, two story great room with entire wall of windows, second story loft with overlook, sun room with built in storage benches, and a North Carolina style walk-out basement with game room. See the photo gallery of this mountain home, here.

Estate Home Floor Plan #7: Judson

3394 sq ft | 3 bedrooms | 3.5 bathrooms | Wheelchair Accessible | Multi-Gen

Luxury custom homes Raleigh | Luxury custom home builder Raleigh

The beautiful double glass front doors open through an archway - giving you first glimpses into the open great room, wheelchair accessible kitchen, and luxury one story living. Click to see a photo gallery inside this home: two-person shower in the master suite, luxury kitchen features, fully wheelchair accessible floor plan.

 

Estate Home Floor Plan #8: Coquery Cottage

3380 sq ft | 3 bedrooms | 3.5 bathrooms

Luxury custom homes Raleigh | Luxury custom home builder Raleigh

While the Coquery Cottage does not have a typical "estate" exterior, the sweeping one story layout and kitchen and master suite designs give it a leg-up on the competition. See the photo gallery, here, with features like an interior stone archway, curved tile tub INSIDE the open shower, and two island kitchen.

 

Estate Home Floor Plan #9: Serengeti

4364 sq ft | 5 bedrooms | 4.5 bathrooms | Dual Master

 

 

Luxury custom homes Raleigh | Luxury custom home builder Raleigh

This version of The Serengeti offers two master bedrooms (one upstairs, one down) in a multigenerational floor plan.  The two islands in the kitchen open to the breakfast, sitting, and keeping room. A home office, in addition to the five bedrooms and formal dining, offers flexible home space. See inside this estate new home, here.

 


 

Luxury Homes Available near Raleigh, NC

Here are more photo gallery ideas for your Raleigh luxury home plan - contact Stanton Homes for more information on pricing, floor plan ideas, and the custom home building process.

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Plant Shelf Ideas | Floor Plans with Plant Shelves

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, May 16, 2017 @ 13:05 PM
Photos of Plant Shelves in New Homes

Plant Shelf Ideas for the Foyer, Master Bathroom, and Kitchen

Looking for home plans with built-in plant shelves? What are the most common locations for inserting a plant shelf?

Plant Shelf Design Idea #1: In the Foyer (above the front door)

See "below" and "above" views of this foyer plant shelf design:

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Foyer plant shelves work well in home plans with a two story foyer and tucked-in front porch or portico. (See more examples of foyer plant shelves in the Carwile, Cove, and Maple Lane new home photo galleries - and a more contemporary plant shelf here, in the New River House.)

 

Plant Shelf Design Idea #2: In a Mud Room (Above a Drop Zone)

See the piece of trim added above the garage and pocket office doors? A custom plant shelf runs along two walls of this hallway style drop zone:

 

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See more photos of this home, a version of the Mitchells Farmhouse.

 

Plant Shelf Design Idea #3: Above a Fireplace Bump-Out

The asymmetrical fireplace design leaves space for a plant shelf above the  side-by-side built ins: 

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See more photos of this home, a version of the Treehouse.

Plant Shelf Design Idea #4: Above Built In Bookcases

The vaulted ceiling in this great room leaves ample space to add plant shelf space above the built in bookcases: 

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See more photos of this home, a version of the Lake House.

Plant Shelf Design Idea #5: In the Master Bath

This master bathroom layout with separate vanities and a centerpiece tub leaves room for twin plant shelves above the shower and toilet room: 

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See more photos of this home, a version of the Remington.

Plant Shelf Design Idea #6: Above the Master Bedroom Entrance

These Master Bedroom entrances were bumped out for a more impressive passage, and include a plant shelf above the entrance.  

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5 More Plant Shelf Idea Photos - Here:

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2017 Triangle Green Home Tour

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 @ 11:04 AM

It's almost here - the 2017 Triangle Green Home Tour:

The Green Home Tour lasts two weekends this Spring,

April 29-30 and May 6-7

Open Hours Noon to 5 PM each day

 

We can't wait for the Triangle Green Home Tour, sponsored by the Home Builder's Association of Durham Orange and Chatham County.

Every Stanton Home, including our entry into the 2017 Triangle Green Home Tour, includes ecoSelect third party High Performance Home certification, standard. Read about our committment to energy efficient, 3rd party certified new homes - here.

 


Take a look inside our Green Home this year - and come see the craftsmanship and customer detail in person starting next weekend!

 

2017 Triangle Green Home Tour | Energy Efficient Home Builders

2017 Triangle Green Home Tour | Energy Efficient Home Builders

2017 Triangle Green Home Tour | Energy Efficient Home Builders

What is an eco-Select home certification?

ecoSelect is a Third Party Energy Certification that demonstrates energy efficiency in new homes.

The ecoSelect certification indicates that the construction is designed to provide higher levels of energy efficiency, per the national HERS index, with better indoor air quality and water efficiency than standard new homes.

With ecoSelect, energy efficient technological and scientific advancements will be built-in, inspected, and qualified to make your home more comfortable, while lowering your energy costs.

It takes a lot to earn the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) designation held by ecoSelect certification: There are only six programs in the nation that qualify.

The certification includes:

Quality Assurance

High Performance Windows

Programmable Thermostats

High Efficiency HVAC

Advanced Air Sealing

Reduced Water Usage (Watersense Fixtures)

Energy Efficient Lighting


Energy Efficiency Features built in to each new High Performance Stanton Home include:

- LED Lighting

- Radiant barrier

- Advanced air sealing

- High Efficiency HVAC with premium MERV 8 Filters

- HERS Score and Certificate

 

According to the Home Builder's Association of Raleigh - Wake County,

"Featured homes on the Annual Green Home Tour, located throughout the Triangle, have the latest energy efficiency materials and green building trends.

The Annual Green Home Tour is held every spring. This tour is the premier annual event for people interested in Green building science, energy efficiency or the latest in green technologies in a new home or existing homes." Read more here.

 

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