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

Best Open Kitchen and Great Room Floor Plans

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, May 05, 2016 @ 05:05 AM

Kitchens that Open up to the Great Room:

Get ideas for how to divide your space efficiently and elegantly, with an open kitchen/great room layout.

These kitchen photos show examples of homes that combine the kitchen with nearby living, eating, and multi-purpose spaces into a single, large gathering area.  Here are some examples of popular floor plans with a completely open kitchen:



Open Layouts for Raleigh New Homes:

Floor plans with an open layout are designed to maximize the utility of kitchens, great rooms, and surrounding spaces.

1. Kitchens Designed for Casual Dining

This open concept kitchen offers casual dining at the island and the tucked-in breakfast nook. While many traditional floor plans place the breakfast area between the kitchen and living room, this open plan flow directly from kitchen to great room.

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2. Kitchens Designed for Entertaining

This open concept layout includes three separate countertop centers - two islands and a separate living room wet bar. The completely open plan makes this a fantastic entertaining space - designed to keep guests moving between hubs. 

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3. Kitchens Designed for Families with Kids

A full-length seating bar at the island was added so that kids could do their homework in the kitchen during meal prep times. 

The great room built ins are designed for a piano to fit inside, for at home lessons. 

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See an ideabook of Raleigh new homes that feature an open concept layout with integrated kitchen and great room - click here. 

 



Raleigh New Homes:

What Raleigh new home floor plan elements are most important to you? Tell us what you're looking for, and we'll show you how to build it - with recommendations for floor plan features and selections that fit your budget.



 

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Reviews of Stanton Homes | Recent Custom Home Built

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, May 02, 2016 @ 10:05 AM

Here is a review of a recent custom home built in the Raleigh area by Stanton Homes.

The Statesman is a 3160 sq ft main floor master home with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and traditional home appeal with a red brick exterior and white columns on the rocking chair front porch.

From the two island kitchen to the two story great room and formal dining, this design/build home is ready for formal parties, everyday living, and "aging in place". See a photo gallery of this home, here.

Read what the homeowners say in their review, below.

Reviews of Stanton Homes | Stanton Homes Reviews


Here's What It's Like to Build a Stanton Home - Reviews of Stanton Homes:

We are pleased to write the strongest possible review of Stanton Homes and the team that build our beautiful, custom home in the historic Hope Valley in Durham NC.

Through lifetime of relocations, we had owned six homes previously and had an experience of building a custom home in Kentucky. Thus, as we set out to build our retirement home where we plan to “age in place”, we began our search for a custom homebuilder. Our criteria were to select a local builder, rather than a national company, for the following reasons.

(a) We wanted the builder to create a unique home for us and not force us to select from 6-8 cookie-cutter designs.

(b) We wanted a builder to respect the beauty of North Carolina and not bull doze acres of land to build 50-100 homes from which to select one.

(c) We wanted a builder who lived in the area, rather than “build and move away”. Only then, a long-term guarantee would be honored and would mean something.

(d) We wanted a builder who is affordable. After meeting with two national builders and 3 local builders, we selected Stanton Homes, 800 W Williams St, Apex, NC 27502.

My wife and I are extremely pleased with our overall Stanton Homes experience, and highly recommend them to anyone who would like a beautiful custom home. The Stanton Home team really personalizes the details and everyone on their team is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable.

The most valuable player (MVP) in the construction team is of course, Phil Travers, the Project Manager. From the very beginning, he told us that he would meet with us as often as we need him at the site. He was always available to answer our questions and met us on a regular basis on site to discuss any issues that we found. Since we had partially retired, we could be at the site 2-3 times a week and prepared a long list of questions for him. Being compulsive, we prepared such check lists each time we met him. We texted and emailed him with follow-up questions. We didn't really need to be on site this frequently and some of our questions were premature in that they would have been solved over time. In responding to such questions, Phil was very patient, polite and kind. He took the time to explain to us how each issue will be addressed.

Building a house is an arduous, anxiety provoking process, requiring attention to thousands of details. Patience and persistence on part of the client yield handsome dividends but the client needs a reputed trustworthy builder and a cohesive, skillful team. Stanton Home provides such a team. We strongly recommend Stanton Home as a custom homebuilder in the research triangle area of North Carolina.

 

About the Statesman Floor Plan Design

The first floor plan includes a downstairs master bedroom and guest suite (great for long-term visitors). Oversized master closets are separated for his and her use.

The two island kitchen opens to the great room with decorative columns on the front-facing island. An oversized pantry offers long-term storage space. 

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See inside the two story great room and foyer, with arched openings to the kitchen and formal dining.

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This master bathrooms features a single-wall his and hers vanity, glass enclosure tile shower, large soaking tub, and walk in closets beyond the double doors. 

 

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What happens behind the scenes, in the design/build of the most beautiful custom homes in NC - here's more from the people we work with, to build their extraordinary custom Stanton Homes: Read reviews of Stanton Homes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

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5 Important Questions about Two Story Overlooks

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:04 AM

Indoor Balcony and Overlook Ideas:

Should the overlook be single or two-sided? What type of railing is best for an overlook? What should I overlook - the living room, dining room, or kitchen? How long should the second story overlook be? What type of lighting is best for an overlook? 

Get answers to all your indoor balcony, or upstairs overlook, design questions - with photo examples - from a Raleigh custom home builder.



Floor Plans with an Indoor Balcony or Upstairs Overlook:

From traditional home design to contemporary layouts, these overlooks will give you a good sense of the range of possibilities when building in some open concept space that connects the upper and lower floors. 

1. Should my overlook be one or two-sided?

A single-sided overlook requires less two story space - with more sq ft of living space upstairs. One sided overlooks are more common when facing the foyer, where there are easy start and end points for the railing. 

Two staircases lead into a single-sided overlook hallway in this version of the Serengeti

Overlook Ideas | two story Raleigh new homes

A two-sided overlook often extends across the foyer and living room:

Here, the foyer overlook is about half the length of the living room side, leaving space for an upstairs loft above the guest bedroom.  This type of overlook can also be referred to as a catwalk, especially if the double exposure is long.
Overlook Ideas | two story Raleigh new homes

In another example, the two-sided overlook runs across the foyer and living room. Two separate staircases lead to this overlook, one in the foyer and one in the kitchen.

Overlook Ideas | two story Raleigh new homes

2. What type of railing is best for an overlook? 

Painted wood, wrought iron balusters, cable railing, and drywall half-walls with trim are all popular styles for an overlook.

Here is an example of an overlook with white painted wood balusters: 

Overlook Ideas | two story Raleigh new homes

And another with black painted wood railing: 

Overlook Ideas | two story Raleigh new homes

 

Cable railing is a great choice for a mountain or contemporary home style: 

Cable Railing Overlook | Raleigh new homes

 

3. What room(s) should the overlook extend to?

While traditional overlooks often span the living room from above, a more unique approach in custom design can integrate an overlook above the dining area and/or kitchen. 

Overlook Ideas | two story Raleigh new homes

This overlook uses a drywall extension, rather than railing, for a more contemporary feel downstairs. The "front side" of this two-sided overlook faces the foyer.  The open urban contemporary loft feel is further accentuated by the use of metal sconce fixtures on the side of the overlook half wall.

4. How long should the overlook be?

A small overlook can extend a short distance, to give a quick two-story feel to the foyer. A long overlook can span the entire first floor living space.

The distance of an overlook will depend on the overall structure of your floor plan, including the amount of open space you want to dedicate on the second floor (the more overlook, the more of the upstairs is needed to be dedicated to open, unused air space instead of living space). 

Here is an example of a hallway-length overlook, with a large impact on the openness of the home:

Overlook Ideas | two story Raleigh new homes

5. What type of lighting is best for an overlook? 

You'll want to include a mixture of lighting types, sizes, and locations. Wall sconces, recessed can lights, hanging chandelier lights, fan lights, and windows are all used to light overlook spaces. 

Overlook Ideas | two story Raleigh new homes

 



Floor Plans with an Overlook:

One of the best things about designing and building a totally custom home is the ability to include the features that matter most, including the upstairs overlook.  

What Raleigh new home design elements are most important to you? Tell us what you're looking for, and we'll show you how to build it - with recommendations for floor plan features and selections that fit your budget.



 

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Stained Wood Fireplace Mantel Ideas and Photos

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 @ 07:04 AM

Five Fireplaces with a Stained Wood Mantel - Photos and Design Ideas

Stained wood can look more formal, provide contrast to surrounding features, and serve as a stand-alone feature.  Five popular stained wood mantel designs include:

1. Tile Fireplace Surround with Stained Wood Mantel

While white painted wood mantels are often blended into built in bookcases or wainscoting trim, stained wood mantels often contrast against the surrounding materials.

This wood mantel frames the mosaic tile fireplace surround. Hints of brown in the tile and wall sconces draw in the hues of the Minwax English Chestnut stain for a cohesive, but bold, centerpiece fireplace. 

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2. Stone Fireplace Surround with Stained Wood Mantel

Stone and stained wood details are what create the "story" in this home - these materials are carried throughout this open concept home - on the fireplace, archway wall, and kitchen column. 

Wood and stone make these rooms feel warm and formal, in "Old World" style. 

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3. Contemporary Fireplace with Stained Cedar Wood Mantel

Cedar wood wraps the large picture windows, and tops this contemporary stone fireplace. The natural stain matches the hardwood flooring throughout the first floor.

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4. See Through Fireplace with Stained Wood Mantel

This wood mantel is hand-crafted out of oak flooring material, built and stained to match the downstairs hardwoods. 

The fireplace is see-through between the formal dining room and great room. Wall sconces on the foyer-side of the fireplace are used to balance the "off-center" wood mantel.

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5. Stone Surround Fireplace with Stained Wood Mantel and Flagstone Hearth

This fireplace mantel was custom-built to fit above the stone surround. Wall sconces frame the wall above the mantel, which rises into the two story ceiling. 

The stained wood is an elegant feature, drawing your eye towards the fireplace in this large two story living room. 

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How To Fireplace Design:

Photos of fireplaces with white wainscoting panels. 

85 Fireplace design photos

Types of fireplaces for new home design

Ready to build your new home in the Raleigh, NC area? Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or visitwww.StantonHomes.com to learn more about building an custom home. We'll show you all the ways you can modify a floor plan - including how to design and bulid your custom fireplace. 



 

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How to Choose a Blue or Gray Exterior Color

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 @ 14:04 PM

Best Blue and Gray Paint and Siding Colors for a House Exterior:

Blue and Gray exterior colors range from subtle shades that create a cohesive balance beside brick and stone to bold hues designed to stand out against wooded backdrops.

Get the names of popular blue and gray paint and siding colors, below.



How to Choose the Right Paint Color for an Exterior:

The exterior of your home is large, visible, and relatively permanent - so the pressure is on when picking the right color for your siding, trim, and accent areas (brick, stone, shakes, and other types of siding).  

Some of the best blue paint colors we've come across include: 

1. SW 0048 Bunglehouse Blue

This blue and gray painted exterior uses a high-contrast white trim paint (Dover White by Sherwin Williams) on the craftsman columns, windows, and decorative gables.

Blue Exterior Paint Colors | SW Bunglehouse Blue

Siding: SW 0048 Bunglehouse Blue

Shake accents: SW 0024 Curio Gray

Trim: SW 6385 Dover White

2. SW 7660 Earl Gray

Gray paint pairs well with bright colors, such as yellows, oranges, and purples, which is why the copper metallic roof accents compliment the gray siding on this Raleigh new home exterior.

Gray Exterior Paint Colors | Raleigh new homes

Fiber Cement Textured Plank Siding: SW 7660 Earl Gray

Board and Batt Siding Accents: SW 7660 Earl Gray

3. Benjamin Moore Duxbury Gray HC 136

Three types of siding give rich texture to this gray exterior: hardie plank siding, shake siding, and stone. The board and batten shutters give a traditional feel to the hand-crafted theme on this craftsman exterior style.

 Gray Exterior Paint Colors | Raleigh new homes

Siding: Benjamin Moore HC 136 Duxbury Gray

Shake Siding Accents: Benjamin Moore HC 164 Puritan Gray

Trim: Benjamin Moore AF 670 Navajo White

4. SW 7045 Intellectual Gray

This smart gray color choice is paired with natural ledgestone and 1x6 window wraps (instead of traditional shutters) for a contemporary countryside look.  (See photos of a master bathroom painted in SW Intellectual Gray, here.)

Gray Exterior Paint Colors | Raleigh new homes

Fiber Cement Siding: SW 7045 Intellectual Gray

Trim: SW 7006 Extra White

5. Blue Vinyl Siding Colors: "Everest"

White bands break up the blue siding along this exterior. A darker blue, Midnight Blue, gives a high contrast to the shutters and front door.

 

Blue Exterior Colors | Raleigh new homes

Siding: Everest Woodgrain Vinyl

6. Gray Vinyl Siding Colors: "Scottish Thistle"

This Colonial exterior uses a classic color combination of white trim, black shutters, and gray siding.

Gray Exterior Colors | Raleigh new homes

Siding: Scottish Thistle Vinyl

7. Restoration Hardware "Slate" 

This exterior balances craftsman and contemporary elements, with large white columns, stone base, and arched windows.

Gray Exterior Paint Colors | Raleigh new homes

Siding: Restoration Hardware Slate

8. SW 6165 Connected Gray

The Beaufort floor plan is a popular layout for Raleigh new homes, with a downstairs master bedroom, first floor guest suite, vaulted great room, and peninsula kitchen.

The gray, black, and brick exterior give a durable feel to a traditional home.

Gray Exterior Paint Colors | Raleigh new homes

Siding: SW 6165 Connected Gray

Trim: SW 7566 Westhighland White


Help Choosing a Gray or Blue Paint Color:

9 Gray Paint Colors - Tips for How to Choose a Gray Paint

Best Blue Paint Colors for Bathrooms


More About Building a New Home in Raleigh:

Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to learn more about building an NC custom home - with the help of an interior and exterior design expert throughout the selection process.



 

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What's the Ideal Size for a Mudroom? | Builder Brothers

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 @ 10:04 AM

Written by Phil Travars | Builder Brothers

Best Mudroom Designs:

Phil.jpgEasily accessible storage can be a valuable feature in your custom home - and you can really get creative with it, as we plan your most important areas together. 

Mudrooms are one of my favorite places to build-in storage areas. It's usually one of the best spots in the home to consider a Drop Zone, where kids can quickly tuck in all their stuff, keeping it out of the way and easy to retrieve. Depending on your floor plan, it may even be something that can be added when your home is underway - we can talk about it when we do your interior trim walkthrough together. 

Here are some of my perspectives on mudroom ideas for Raleigh new homes.


What is the ideal size for a mudroom, with built in storage?

A typical mudroom with storage can be in 5'x5' to 5'x7' range, or 25 to 35 sq ft. These dimensions leave space for a built in bench with hooks, cubbies, and storage so that everyone has a designated place to put belongings they want to find fast when they head outside. Whether you want cubbies underneath, like in the picture below, or you'd rather have a bench with hinges so you can open it up and tuck things inside, we work with your ideas. 

What's the Ideal Size for a Mudroom? | Raleigh Custom Homes

Mudrooms that double as laundry rooms are often a bit bigger - about 7'x10' or 70 sq ft. Separate mudroom and laundry rooms are more common in homes when all the bedrooms are located on the second floor. 

What is a Mudroom used for?

Mudrooms are designed as the passageway between the garage and living space, to absorb the "mud" and contain articles that might track in unwanted dust or other outside elements. 

We have even designed and built mudrooms for dogs - so your furry best friend can take a shower before romping around inside.

What's the Ideal Size for a Mudroom? | Raleigh Custom Homes

Having a washing machine nearby is also a popular option, to further contain the aftermath of North Carolina dirt, clay, rain or snow. Some folks even ask for two laundry rooms - one upstairs and one down - to help keep everything neat and clean. 

 

How to Build a Mudroom Into Your House Plan

Even if your floor plan doesn't start with a mudroom, we can often add it. In this Raleigh new home, a version of the Saddleridge B, we made room in the floor plan for a mudroom with a drop zone. You can see other changes we made, as well, to further accommodate lifestyle.

 

What's the Ideal Size for a Mudroom? | Raleigh Custom Homes

 

Shifting the original location of the powder room enabled us to take advantage of the storage nook in the garage, which was used more effectively inside. Instead of "wasted" hallway space, we were able to provide a separate mudroom with drop zone (bench, cubbies, hooks).

 

What's the Ideal Size for a Mudroom? | Raleigh Custom Homes

 

Here are more examples of mudroom storage layouts you're sure to like: Ideabook of Mudrooms with a Drop Zone. Find your favorite layouts, and contact Stanton Homes to get all the details on what it takes to build an ideal mudroom for your family.

 


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About Phil: 

Phil builds uniquely crafted custom homes in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina. He builds relationships with clients the same way he builds their homes - with dedicated attention to detail. Phil has been a trailblazer with Stanton Homes since 2006. In his free time, Phil enjoys running, kayaking, and anything outdoors.

 

 

About the Builder Brothers: 

Builder Brothers Phil and Andrew are just one part of the team at Stanton Homes, which surrounds you with expertise while building stunning custom homes. A little friendly competition is reflected in the details of the extraordinary homes they create. They're all-around nice guys with a lot of smarts, really great ideas, and rare integrity. You'll learn a lot about how to build beautiful homes from the Builder Brothers. 

 

 


 

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Hottest Trends in 2016 Homes |  Something Really Different

Posted by Penn Hull on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 @ 06:04 AM

Hottest Trends in New Home Building:

What floor plans, features, and finishes are most popular in 2016 homes?

It's getting harder to pin-point the most popular new home trends, simply because homebuyers are looking for more individual customization in their homes. Even inside traditional floor plans - with a downstairs dining room, living room, great room, and master bedroom - buyers are mixing up the layout and adding personal touches to every room.

Stock floor plans are a thing of the past in Raleigh new homes, which are designed to be more livable, functional, and personal.



Efficiency, Flexibility, and Customization:

New homes are all about usability - with increased attention to the efficiency, flexibility, and customizability of each individual room. What does efficiency look like? 

1. A second master bedroom can make multi-generational living possible

A second bedroom/bathroom suite on the first floor offers privacy for extended families, grandparents, and long-stay guests – and it can add value to your new home investment.

Two master bedrooms can be designed to be very different, in reflection of lifestyles and preferences. Having a second master suite can also make it possible for you to "age in place". 

Universal design items, such as grab bars in the bath, wider doorways, and curbless or "roll-in" showers are now common requests for homes designed to last well into retirement.

 

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An oversized shower, and no tub, is another trend throughout Raleigh new home construction. See examples in these no-tub master bathroom photos.

2. Bedrooms can double as home offices

Whether you want to create a place for extended guests to stay, or need a space to work from home, modern bedrooms are designed with built in storage (bookcases, a desk, and closet) that can accommodate your changing needs - month to month or over the years.

This upstairs bedroom includes a built in desk - perfect for kids to use as a homework area or you to use as an upstair office.

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3. Hallways, landings, and lofts can double as storage centers or pocket offices

A tried and true way to maximize the usability of a home is by adding built in storage to hallways, under the stairs, and other "unused" spaces.

In this home, a version of the Arcadia, we were able to add a storage closet under the stairs. The fit was tight, but the additional storage added a huge benefit.

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This upstairs hallway is transformed from "wasted space" into a open office with custom built ins and desk fit to the space.

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Click here for sample floor plans with an efficient pocket office.

4. Laudry rooms can double as all-purpose storage centers and mudrooms

Simple additions to the laundry room, such as a free-standing sink, closet, built in shelving, or folding wall ironing board can make a large impact on your daily routine. Learn how to get more out of every sq ft, with these 10 Small Laundry Room Ideas.


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Raleigh New Home Trends:

One of the best things about designing and building a totally custom home is the ability to include the features that matter most, from efficient built ins to multi-use rooms. 

What Raleigh new home trends are most important to you? Tell us what you're looking for, and we'll show you how to built it - with recommendations for floor plan features and selections that fit your budget.



 

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"The McCoy" | Stanton Homes Reviews

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 @ 13:03 PM

Experience the custom home Design/Build process

The McCoy is a 2070 sq ft main floor master home with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and craftsman features.

From the open concept island kitchen to the mudroom style laundry and three car detached garage, this unique home is designed for today's lifestyle. See a photo gallery of this home, here.

Read what the homeowners say in their review, below.


Here's What It's Like to Build a Stanton Home - Recommendation from a Client Review:

DesignBuildTeam.jpg"I highly recommend Stanton Builders.     The team at Stanton made the process of building a new home very comfortable, despite the inherent stress of the building process. From the start Larry was knowledgeable and helpful getting the house and garage plans modified to our needs.

Kelly dealt fantastically with the permitting issues and kept us updated as the permitting progressed.

Andrea was invaluable for her design sense and taste, helping us through a seemingly overwhelming number of choices.

Of course Nichelle kept us making timely choices in the Builder Trend software that was straightforward and easy to use.

Phil, our Project Manager, worked closely with us from the day he was assigned our project. His knowledge of building and ability to schedule the work efficiently allowed the project to move smoothly despite the weather and permitting issues. He provided updates and feedback on the building progress and was available for questions anytime. Phil was detail oriented and showed great follow through on items that concerned us.

The Stanton Team is to be commended for a great job building a beautiful home."

About the McCoy Floor Plan Design

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Everything for every day is on the first floor. The open layout makes entertaining even easier. Open the double french doors off the dining room for indoor / outdoor gatherings. 

The wrap around porch is a huge component of this home, boldly stating that outdoor living is just as important as being inside. We used 10" round columns to further emphasize the prominence of the porch, with Arts and Crafts details that add clarity, and ceiling fans and lights that ensure enjoyment night or day.

Step inside, and the home feels much bigger. Every square foot is used efficiently - with quite a few modifications from the original plan to fit the lifestyle of the owners. The house layout was flipped, the mudroom was artfully arranged to make the best use of every inch - including a pantry - and of course the kitchen was rearranged.

Stanton Homes Reviews | Stanton Homes Complaints

The McCoy floor plan is copyright Alan Mascord and Stanton Homes.


More Reviews of Stanton Homes:

What happens behind the scenes, in the design/build of the most beautiful custom homes in NC - here's more from the people we work with, to build their extraordinary custom Stanton Homes: Read reviews.

 

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Best Blue Paint Colors for Bathrooms | Raleigh Custom Builders

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Mar 21, 2016 @ 11:03 AM

Guide to the Best Blue Paint Colors for Bathrooms:

Get started choosing the right paint color for your walls - or deciding on a color scheme - with our guide of top requested light blue bathroom paint colors. Below are brand names and descriptions for each blue paint shade inside these Raleigh custom homes.



5 Best Blue Paint Shades for a Bathroom

These blue bathroom paint colors, with photos from Raleigh custom homes built by Stanton Homes, are manufactured by Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, and other popular brand names that offer a range of classic and contemporary blue hues.

Blue Paint Color #1: Sherwin Williams "6512 Balmy"

Shades of blue can make a powerful impact in a white and espresso bathroom. This master bath compiles white floor tile, espresso storage cabinets, and "SW 6512 Balmy" blue paint.

Best Blue Paint Colors for Bathrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Blue Paint Color #2: Sherwin Williams "6235 Foggy Day"

Vaulted ceilings open up this more traditional blue bathroom. The "SW 6235 Foggy Day" paint is carried into the ceiling vault, to highlight the plant shelf above the shower.

Best Blue Paint Colors for Bathrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Blue Paint Color #3: Benjamin Moore "2055-60 Serenity"

 Looking for spa bathroom colors? This "Benjamin Moore Serenity" blue is reminiscent of a relaxing beach getaway.

Best Blue Paint Colors for Bathrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Blue Paint Color #4: Sherwin Williams "6786 Cloudless"

Powerful blue paint colors - like this "Cloudless" shade - demand strong, contrasting finishes (such as tile and cabinet colors and shapes).

In this master bathroom design, the dark brown tile - a dominant feature - extends past the tub and shower, reaching above the picture window to meet the vaulted ceiling.

Best Blue Paint Colors for Bathrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Blue Paint Color #5: Valspar "WV38007 Summer Cottage"

You can soften a light blue paint color with window lighting, calm tile patterns, and tall ceilings (painted white). 

Best Blue Paint Colors for Bathrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

 

Why are blue bathrooms so popular? Get an interior designer's perspective on the longevity of blues in the bath.

How much does a tile tub surround cost? Get estimates here, in these 8 blue tile bathrooms.

 


More Popular Master Bathroom Paint Colors

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

  1. 9 Gray Paint Colors - Tips for How to Choose a Gray Paint
  2. SW 6512 Balmy - Light blue paint for the master bathroom
  3. SW 6422 Shagreen - Light, bright green master bathroom paint
  4. SW 7714 Oak Barrel - Beige painted master bathroom
  5. SW 6117 Smokey Topaz - Golden brown painted master bath

Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to learn more about building an NC custom home - with the help of an interior design expert throughout the selection process.

 


 

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Secret Room for Kids | Secret Passages in Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Mar 18, 2016 @ 08:03 AM

How to Add a Secret Passage between Kids' Bedrooms:

Hidden passageways and secret rooms are perfect places for kids to read, play, and hang out.

Secret Room for Kids | Secret Passages in Homes

The entrance is "hidden" by attic access doors that blend into the wall for anyone that doesn't know about the secret room! The height of the doors and room are designed exclusively for kids.



Before and After Floor Plans - How to Create a Secret Room:

See how you can add a secret passage to your Raleigh new home, in these before and after floor plan images.

See the before and after floor plans:

"Before" Floor Plan, The Hopkins by Frank Betz

The Hopkins, a Raleigh custom home floor plan by Frank Betz, was customized to add a secret passageway between the two upstairs Kids' Bedrooms.

Secret Room for Kids | Secret Passages in Homes

"After" Floor Plan, The Sawyer by Stanton Homes

Here is what we modified.

First, we converted the Jack and Jill bathroom into a Buddy Bath with hallway access. This eliminated the need for additional doors inside the kids' bedrooms, and gave us a little more space for the secret room. 

Then, we added a second access door to the built in attic storage area, inside Bedroom 2.

Finally, we finished the secret room with drywall, carpet, and paint - making it part of the home.

Secret Room for Kids | Secret Passages in Homes

Would you know there is a hidden secret room behind this access door?

Secret Room for Kids | Secret Passages in Homes


Make the most of your second story floor plan - and maximize square footage - with these new home design ideas:



Raleigh New Home Builders:

Ready to build your new home in the Raleigh, NC area? Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to learn more about building an custom home. We'll show you all the ways you can modify a floor plan - including the best places to add a secret passage or room.


 

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