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Floor Plans Similar to The Summerlyn | Raleigh Custom Home Plans

  
  
  

Floor Plans Similar to The Summerlyn

The Summerlyn, a Frank Betz home plan, is one of our most-requested floor plans.

Take a look at thse top five favorite similar floor plans - and see how easy it is to find the perfect floor plan, before making design modifications.

These Summerlyn-style floor plans feature: The Summerlyn | Frank Betz Floor Plans

- An island kitchen open to the keeping, breakfast, or sun room.

- A guest suite on the first floor, often with a private bathroom.

- A formal dining room, often with a bay seating area or space for built-ins like a butler's pantry.

- Built-ins, from desks to benches, bookcases, art niches, and two-sided fireplaces.

- An extra large master suite with sitting room and/or extensive bath and closet space.

- Flexible spaces on the second floor, with a bonus room, family room, or media room.

- A two or three car garage

- Extensive outdoor living spaces, with even more options available

Top five floor plans, similar to The Summerlyn:

The Avonlea: 4,154 Sq Ft with 5 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths and a 3 Car Garage

The Alderwood: 3,281 Sq Ft with 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths and a 2 Car Garage

The Ansley Cottage: 3,738 Sq Ft with 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths and a 2 Car Garage

The Cotswold: 3,324 Sq Ft with 5 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths and a 2 Car Garage

The Flanagan: 3,877 Sq Ft with 5 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths and a 3 Car Garage

 

The Summerlyn Photo Galleries

See inside two versions of The Summerlyn. Click on the photos below:

The Summerlyn | Frank Betz Floor Plans

 

The Summerlyn | Frank Betz Floor Plans

See how each version of The Summerlyn was custom modified, here.

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

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

Finding Your New Home in the Raleigh Area

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

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

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

Outdoor Living, Home Offices, Mudrooms, In-law Suites Top 4 Features

  
  
  

What do Outdoor Living Areas, Home Offices, Mudrooms and In-law Suites have in common?

According to the latest Home Design Trends survey from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the demand for special function rooms - and specialty design features - is on the rise.

AIA's survey results reflect changing lifestyles and family structures: more people are working from home, combining family living spaces with a multi-generational home plan, and planning ahead with aging in place design.

Outdoor living areas

Outdoor living spaces are the most popular special function room, according to AIA's most recent survey.

Outdoor Living Spaces

In North Carolina, "indoor-outdoor" areas are a top request - including specialty sun rooms, outdoor living rooms, screen porches with a fireplace, and morning decks off the master suite. 

Get 7 tips on how to design your outdoor living space, here.

 

Multi-generational quarters

According to Kermit Baker, Ph.D., Hon. AIA, AIA chief economist, "Many households want to ensure that their homes can support the needs of aging parents who may be staying for an extended period of time and other visitors with accessibility needs."

Modern au pair and in-law suites can fill these needs - whether designed into a full basement with kitchenette or as an enlarged guest suite quarters.


Multi-Generational Home Plans | In Law Suite

High-demand aging in place design and accesssible living features include: ramps and elevators, first-floor bedrooms, on-grade home entry, and easy-to-use features.

10 Stanton Home tours with a first floor guest bedroom

Home offices

While many Raleigh new homes are incorporating a full size home office - typically ranging in size from a 10'x10' to 14'x14' room - we're also seeing rising requests for a pocket office plan.

Dedicated offices offer a way to work from home - outfitted with built-in storage and high speed internet connections.

Home Office | Floor Plans with a Home Office

See 8 home plans with a pocket office.

Mudrooms

Large laundry rooms and mudrooms are very popular in new home designs, especially as a transition area between the garage and home space.

From drop zones and locker systems to tile flooring, sinks, and folding counter tops, a mudroom offers all the storage and utility space you'll need.

Mudroom Designs | Homes with a Mudroom

See the top 5 mudroom designs, here.

Exercise

Exercise rooms are back on homebuyers' radar, with a small uptick in demand.

This exercise room - from a version of The Avontstone Manor - includes a large mirror, a must-have for workout enthusiasts.

Exercise Rooms | Homes with an Exercise Room

Home Automation and Sustainability

AIA's survey also released the post popular home automation and sustainability features. Here are some of their results: 

Popular home automation features: home security systems, wireless telecommunications systems, long-range electrical controls, smart-home systems, automated lighting controls, and central (distributed) audio/video controls. 

Home systems that promote sustainability: energy management systems, solar panels, electric docking stations for cars, and geothermal heating/cooling heat pumps.

Popular sustainable home products: LED lighting, energy efficient products like spray foam insulation, tankless water heaters, Energy Star–rated appliances, water-saving devices, and reclaimed or salvaged materials.

Read the full AIA survey results here.

Let us know the special features you're looking for in your next home.  You can also work with our design team to create a brand new plan with everything just the way you want it. Request floor plan ideas here.

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

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

Finding Your New Home in the Raleigh Area

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

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12 Showers with a Built In Bench | NC New Home Builder

  
  
  

Showers with a Seat

How to Build a Bench Into Your Tile Shower

Shower benches are a popular request for NC new custom homes with tile showers.

Whether you want a simple perch or a massive seat, you'll get ideas from these 12 Stanton Home tile showers.

Shower Bench Idea #1: Large Angled Bench

The shape and size of your bench will depend on the footprint of your shower.

This shower is extra wide, with plenty of space for an angled bench tucked into one corner. A his and her shower head is located at each end of the shower.

Showers with a Bench | Tile Shower Seat

Shower Bench Idea #2: Bench and Storage Shelf Combo

If the tub and shower sit side-by-side, consider extending the tub deck into the shower. This will create a shampoo shelf and offer a space to integrate a small tile seat.

This configuration works well in smaller showers.

Showers with a Bench | Tile Shower Seat

Shower Bench Idea #3: Shaving Ledge

In this dual shower head design, the angled seat sits low on the wall, perfect as a leg shaving ledge.

It also leaves more leg room in the shower.

Showers with a Bench | Tile Shower Seat

Shower Bench Idea #4: Custom Tile Bench

This shower features four types of tile - from mini mosaic to pebble - creating a spa retreat feel with whites, greys, and blues.

With two built-in storage niches, this shower seat is reserved for sitting!

Showers with a Bench | Tile Shower Seat

Shower Bench Idea #5: Space to Spread Out

This shower bench extends the full length of the shower, leaving no gap between the tile wall and glass enclosure.

Showers with a Bench | Tile Shower Seat

Shower Bench Idea #6: Aging in Place Shower

Grab bars - an aging in place and ADA design feature - make the use of this shower bench safer.

Whether or not you're planning ahead, grab bars can be a smart addition to any large shower.

Showers with a Bench | Tile Shower Seat

Shower Bench Idea #7: Wash Station Bench

In this two shower head design, one adjustable height shower head was placed beside the bench - making rinsing off and shaving easier.

Showers with a Bench | Tile Shower Seat

Shower Bench Idea #8: Free Standing Bench

You can tuck away large toiletries, below this free standing shower seat.

A long window adds natural light to this shower, another aging in place recommendation.

Showers with a Bench | Tile Shower Seat

Shower Bench Idea #9: Thin Shower Bench

A thin shower bench leaves more open space in this small shower design. Thin benches are best used as a balance point, rather than a seating area.

Showers with a Bench | Tile Shower Seat

Shower Bench Idea #10: Solid Top Seat

This solid seat top requires even less cleaning - with no grout lines.

Showers with a Bench | Tile Shower Seat

Shower Bench Idea #11: Small Shower Bench

Even a small alcove shower can become more functional with a built in bench.

Showers with a Bench | Tile Shower Seat 

Shower Bench Idea #12: Bench for an Extra Long Shower

Benches are a practical addition to showers that are much longer than they are wide - with plenty of space at the opposite end of the shower head.

Showers with a Bench | Tile Shower Seat

Contact Stanton Homes to learn more about building a custom home in North Carolina. 

More 2014 Raleigh new home design trends and master bath trends:

11 Top Showers for Raleigh new homes

Best tile shower designs - more master bathroom tile trends

Tile tub ideas that complement our top five custom home showers

Top five custom home showers - types of framed shower enclosures 

Accessible shower design - for wheelchair accessible homes

 

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

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

Finding Your New Home in the Raleigh Area

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

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

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

Fireplaces with Wainscoting Accents | North Carolina New Home Design

  
  
  

Fireplace Mantel Ideas

8 Wainscoting Designs for Your Fireplace

Whether you're in love with floor-to-ceiling wainscoting designs (like those we see in million dollar homes on Houzz) or subtle wainscot accents, these Stanton Homes will show you how to do wainscoting right - based on your floor plan and interior design must-haves.

Extend your wainscot design to the ceiling

This fireplace is more than a centerpiece. It is grand, elegant, and able to compliment - rather than compete with - the huge arched windows and row of four glass french doors.

The expanded height of this room makes the wainscoting design flow perfectly, without digging into the second floor.

Fireplace Mantel Ideas | North Carolina New Homes

Take advantage of the room's height with a two story wainscoting design

Love two story living rooms? Wainscot paneling extends from the two-sided gas fireplace to the ceiling.

This living room is formal - with no space for the TV above the fireplace.

Fireplace Mantel Ideas | North Carolina New Homes

Framed and painted wainscot paneling

This fireplace design is very complex: floor-to-ceiling white columns frame the fireplace for a more blended interior wall location, the mantel breaks the wainscoting into two sections for greater depth, and the wainscot panels are painted a soft grey as an off-setting technique.

Fireplace Mantel Ideas | North Carolina New Homes

A modern take on wainscoting

This living room blends formality - with wainscot framing around the fireplace - and informality with built-in TV connections inside the paneling.

A solid pannel above the fireplace gives a more modern feel, contrasting against the rectangular pieces below.

Fireplace Mantel Ideas | North Carolina New Homes

Subtle wainscot mantel

If you're looking for more subtle ways to add wainscoting, consider thinner accent panels.

In this living room, a touch of wainscoting draws some white into the room, a bright accent against the grey walls and black fireplace.

Fireplace Mantel Ideas | North Carolina New Homes

Wainscoting designed for balance

Sometimes, it just makes sense to add in a bit of wainscoting. In this custom home living room, built in bookcases rest on each side of the fireplace.

Wainscot paneling gives the fireplace more height, so that it balances out the centerpiece of the room. Otherwise, the bookcases would dominate the space.

Fireplace Mantel Ideas | North Carolina New Homes

More ways to use wainscoting

In this Raleigh new home, white paneling wraps the living room columns. The fireplace design incorporates white panels back into the room, for symmetry in design.

Fireplace Mantel Ideas | North Carolina New Homes

Wainscoting as a theme

A well-known interior design trick is to carry a theme (a color, material, or feature) throughout your home.

In this Chapel Hill custom home, the wainscoting above the fireplace mirrors the kitchen cabinetry design. Check out the paneling above the gas range.

Fireplace Mantel Ideas | North Carolina New Homes

Contact Stanton Homes to learn more about building a custom home in North Carolina. 


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

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

Finding Your New Home in the Raleigh Area

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

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

Built In Bookcases | New Home Builders in North Carolina

  
  
  

Custom Built In Bookcase Ideas

Built in bookcases will add a ton of character - and practical storage space - to your home.

Popular locations for a built in bookcase include: surrounding the living room fireplace in, along a wall in the great room, inside a hallway, added to a home office, and tucked into a bonus room

Custom built in bookcase idea #1: Surrounding the Fireplace

Dual Bookcases Beside the Fireplace

When considering the layout of your living room, it's important to keep in mind that the fireplace wall will offer limited space for furniture placement.

This makes the fireplace wall an ideal space for built-in bookcases.

In this Raleigh custom home, the upper and lower bookcases are staggered, offering a combination of shelving and display options.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Bookcases designed for decorating

These bookcases offer storage inside, and they leave enough space above for decorating with tall items and artwork.  

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Custom built in bookcases

These bookcases are symmetrical, but not identical. The right-hand book shelves are angled, for a custom fit to the space. This design maximizes storage space, and leaves the room open.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Painted bookcase idea

Painting the backs of your bookcases will help them blend into the room, and make the trimwork "pop". In this Raleigh custom home, the main wall color extends into the bookcases, creating a more integrated feel.

This design trick works especially well in rooms with darker wall colors, which contrast heavily against white bookcases.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Custom built in bookcase idea #2: In the Great Room

Full wall devoted to bookcases

Many popular floor plan layouts incorporate windows on each side of the fireplace. If you want to keep natural light flowing into your great room, consider adding your built-ins to another wall.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Open concept bookcases

Open concept floor plans, like the one pictured below, offer more flexibility in where you place the built-in bookcase.

In this Chapel Hill custom home, the bookcase wall sits opposite the fireplace wall. Keep in mind: a minimum three foot walkway is recommended between your furniture and the wall.  This bookcase was custom-designed to include a piano niche.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Bookcase entertainment center

If you love built-in storage solutions, consider converting your bookcase into a full entertainment center with flat screen TV placement.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Custom built in bookcase idea #3: Along a Hallway

Peek-a-Boo bookcases

These built-in bookcases play peek-a-boo with different lines of sight.

While these built-ins are located front-and-center, hallways are a great place to tuck bookcases designed for out of sight, but easily accessible, storage (for things like games, movies, and other items not intended for decoration).

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Custom built in bookcase idea #4: In a Home Office

Color ideas for painted bookcases

If your home office is more formal, consider using two paint colors. The lower color should be darker, and the upper color lighter.

When painting the inside of your built-ins, the color is your choice, depending on how dramatic you'd like the room to feel.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Formal cabinetry bookcase design

Another way to add formality to your office is by adding flourish to the bookcase trim.

Lower cabinets will hide away more confidential items, while open shelves will offer ample storage.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Library style home office

Can't get enough storage? Consider wrapping two or three walls of your office in open shelving. This study is a book-lover's dream.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Custom built in bookcase idea #5: Tucked inside a Bonus Room or Basement Game Room

Love to play games? Then your bonus room or basement will need plenty of storage space. Consider the ease-of-use these open shelves provide.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Built in storage for a loft

The loft is another great place to tuck a built in bookcase. Lofts are generally out of sight, making the use of your bookcases more flexible.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

North Carolina Custom Home Builders

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

When you build a custom home, you can add storage centers to all your favorite locations throughout your home.

Have a floor plan you love?

Stanton Homes can give you some great ideas for how to stack, place and arrange built in storage to suit your lifestyle.

Contact Stanton Homes to learn more about building a custom home in North Carolina. 

 

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

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

Finding Your New Home in the Raleigh Area

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

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

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

7 Herringbone Design Ideas | North Carolina Custom Homes

  
  
  

7 Herringbone Design Ideas

With more home buyers asking for custom ideas for their new homes, we've compiled our seven favorite ways to integrate a herringbone pattern.

What is a herringbone pattern?  A herringbone design is composed of rectangles, arranged to resemble the skeleton of a fish, such as a herring.

Typically, you will find a herringbone design laid in brick and tile. Get ideas for your kitchen back splash, master bath tile, fireplace surround, and exterior brick design, with these herringbone pattern examples.

Herringbone Design Idea #1: Brick Siding

A brick herringbone pattern draws the eye upwards, along this two story front entrance. An exterior pattern like this works best when crafted as a subtle detail.

North Carolina Custom Homes | Herringbone Brick Patterns

Also in this custom home design photo: the shape of the mounted lantern light mirrors the shape of the keystone accents above the front door and arched windows. And a custom colored concrete spans the driveway and entrance landing. 

Herringbone Design Idea #2: Tile Back Splash

Placed inside a dark brown brick pattern, a light tan tile herringbone inlay rests above this gas range. This is a kitchen design that will stand the test of time, with the classic elegance of a herringbone design and the modern must-have of an extra large cooking station.

North Carolina Custom Homes | Herringbone Tile Pattern

The granite counter tops pull this kitchen design together, drawing in a range of tones from dark browns to light tans.

Herringbone Design Idea #3: Full Wall Range Accent

White tile in a brick pattern is one of the most requested features in a contemporary custom home kitchen.

This kitchen spices things up, by adding a white brick herringbone pattern from the cooktop to the ceiling.

North Carolina Custom Homes | Herringbone Tile Pattern

Herringbone Design Idea #4: Subtle Kitchen Tile

If you love kitchens with a more traditional feel, consider going subtle with a small, inlay herringbone design.

This custom pattern uses the same tile as the surrounding back splash to create a blended feel for a more traditional kitchen.

North Carolina Custom Homes | Herringbone Tile Pattern

Herringbone Design Idea #5: Master Bath Tile Floor

Don't forget about the master bathroom - the second most popular place to include a herringbone design.

Extra long rectangle tiles create a herringbone design across this master bath floor.

North Carolina Custom Homes | Herringbone Tile Pattern

Herringbone Design Idea #6: Tile Accent in the Shower

Similar to a kitchen back splash, a small accent area or a single wall in the shower can be the perfect place to integrate a herringbone pattern.

North Carolina Custom Homes | Herringbone Tile Pattern

Herringbone Design Idea #7: Fireplace Surround

An off-center herringbone pattern adds personality to this screen room fireplace. A single row of wood planks on each side keeps the design simple and handsome.

North Carolina Custom Homes | Herringbone Tile Pattern

 

Contact Stanton Homes to learn more about building a custom home in North Carolina. 

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

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

Finding Your New Home in the Raleigh Area

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

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

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7 Ways to Craft Your Front Entrance Design | Raleigh New Homes

  
  
  

Raleigh New Home Front Entrance Designs

Ideas for Your Front Entrance

Your front entrance will make a big impact on the curb appeal of your home. Get inspired by these entry designs - with photos of stamped concrete, colored concrete, flagstone, and tile exterior entrances.

Stamped Concrete Front Entrance #1: 

This ranch style home - defined by an open floor plan and comfortable ties to the outdoors - is filled with custom flourishes, including a stamped, colored concrete front entrance.

Front Entrance Designs | Raleigh New Homes

The stamped concrete design acts as a pathway leading to the front door. The curved pathway balances with the archway portico and arched windows. 

Front Entrance Designs | Raleigh New Homes

Touches of an Arts and Crafts style appear throughout - just inside this two door front entrance - as built in bookcases, coffering, and art nooks. Take a look inside this Raleigh new home - here. 

Stamped Concrete Front Entrance #2:

Curved brick steps lead to the stamped concrete front entrance. A stately double column portico frames the vaulted ceiling design with arched openings. 

Front Entrance Designs | Raleigh New Homes

You'll find European design details inside this medieval gone modern custom home.  

 

Flagstone Front Entrance Design #1: 

Stone risers and curved flagstone steps lead to a stunning front portico wrapped in stone. 

Flagstones were chosen based on their size and color composition - with hits of blue, brown, and gold - hues that appear throughout this exterior design

These flagstones were stamped on-site, to craft a fully custom front entrance. 

Front Entrance Designs | Raleigh New Homes

This exterior design also features a vaulted ceiling with bead board and trim design, statement-making white columns, and a dark stained front door with arched prairie grid transome above offer subtle natural light inside. Tour this home in a photo gallery - here. 

Flagstone Front Entrance Design #2: 

A flagstone pathway leads from the side-entry garage to this tucked-in front porch, also topped in flagstone. 

This home exterior, built on a heavily wooded lot, centers on a more succinct range of mahogany tones (with an emphasis on browns and reds rather than blues and golds).  

Front Entrance Designs | Raleigh New Homes

See more photos of this Chapel Hill home - including the colored, stamped concrete patio - here.

 

Flagstone Front Entrance Design #3:

Flagstones are a natural material - and come in a wide variety of colors and hues. Because they are flat stones, they make great walkways and entrances.

This country custom home features flagstones with a much more varied color scheme - including creams, yellows, reds, and browns, with a hit of blue. 

Front Entrance Designs | Raleigh New Homes

The browns and reds blend into the red home exterior siding and stone. The creams and yellows lighted up the pathway to the front door. See additional angles of this home exterior, here.  

Tile Front Entrance Design: 

While exterior tile designs are typically associated with Mediterranean style homes that use brightly colored accent tiles, a natural tile floor pattern distinguishes this modern home exterior. 

An exterior tile design can be a practical choice - especially when covered by a front portico. 

 

Front Entrance Designs | Raleigh New Homes

Get a glimpse inside this Raleigh custom home, here. 

Colored Concrete Front Entrance Design: 

Colored concrete flows from the driveway to the front door, creating a smooth, uninterrupted front entrance design. 

Soft and creamy brick arches above the windows and a herringbone design above the front door add character to the tan, brown, and mauve color scheme.

Raleigh Custom Homes | Entrance Designs

 

 

Contact Stanton Homes to learn more about building a custom home in North Carolina. 

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

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

Finding Your New Home in the Raleigh Area

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

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

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

Guide to Selecting Bathroom Counter Tops | Cary NC New Homes

  
  
  

What's the Best Countertop for a Bathroom?

With so many bathroom countertop options to choose from - including new types of solid-surface materials adding to the mix as manufacturers develop novel compositions - it can be difficult to narrow down the right material for your new home.

From higher-end materials like granite, to everyday solutions like laminate, here are the most requested bathroom countertop materials: 

1. Granite Counter Tops

While your master bathroom counters will not take the same beating as your kitchen - you will not be chopping, pounding, or storing heavy appliances on your bathroom counter - durable materials such as granite can be a great long-term investment.

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Granite is elegant, easy to clean, and can be more cost-effective than you may think. Small countertops - such as those in a bathroom with separate his and her vanities or in powder rooms - can sometimes use granite remnants. Remnants are more cost effective than full granite slabs.  

Builder Tip: If you love granite countertops, consider using the same granite in your kitchen and master bathroom (or in a secondary bath), which can be more cost effective than choosing separate granite pieces for each room, if there is a remnant available from your kitchen slab or slabs.

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2. Tile Counter Tops

Tile was a big design feature in 1980's and 90's kitchens (along with wood counter tops).

While we don't expect to see a wave of tile kitchen counter tops again soon, homebuyers have begun to request tile counter tops in the bathroom. Powder rooms - small spaces perfect for design flair - are perfect places to integrate a tile counter top.

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What's the downside to tile counter tops? Tile will always have grout lines, which means a bit more maintenance and cleaning will be required. The smaller the tile, the higher the percentage of grout in the surface of the countertop.

3. Solid-surface

Solid-surface countertops are manufactured materials - which you may identify by brand name, such as Corian.

Corian countertops are durable, easy to keep clean, and come in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and finishes, including the look of natural stone.

If your bathrooms require ample countertop square footage, a solid surface material might be the right choice for you.

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4. Cultured marble 

Cultured marble - perhaps the most requested bathroom countertop material - comes in a single piece.

Cultured marble is a manufactured material designed to be easy to maintain and clean, with no seams or grooves - the sink is integrated directly into the mold, which means sink and countertop are a single-piece unit!

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Other options for your bathroom countertops include formica, concrete, wood, and glass.

While laminate and cultured marble is often found in laundry rooms, concrete, wood, and glass countertops are far less popular, in part due to their cost, maintanance requirements and fully contemporary appeal.

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Why Should You Eliminate the Kitchen Island? Raleigh New Homes

  
  
  

No Island in the Kitchen?

9 Reasons to Build a Kitchen Without an Island

Over the past couple of years, we've seen huge increases in the width and length of kitchen islands.

With islands bigger than ever - and packed with more amenities from prep sinks to specialty spice racks - why are some home buyers asking us to do away with their center island?

Here are 9 reasons to build a peninsula kitchen, without an island. 

1. Islands require more space then peninsulas

Smaller floor plans generally feature a peninsula, rather than island, kitchen.  Peninsulas require less square footage (you only need to walk around three sides), without sacrificing storage or counter top space.

Even in homes with large kitchens, home buyers often request a peninsula design - with cabinets and counter tops on four sides - because they prefer the maneuverability of a no-island design.

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2. Peninsula kitchens are more traditional

Huge kitchen island designs are a very modern feature. Traditional floor plans incorporate peninsula designs, with an eating bar or pass-through to the breakfast room and living room.

Home buyers who grew up with a peninsula kitchen are returning to similar designs now.

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3. Peninsulas offer easy wheelchair accessibility

Peninsula kitchens are great for those who require wheelchair accessibility where an island could act as a barrier in an otherwise open design.

In this home, the four-wall kitchen offers ample storage, countertop, and work station space. The sink and range are roll-under designs, for wheelchair access.

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4. Aging In Place design

A peninsula design can be more user-friendly, when considering aging in place design features.

Peninsula kitchens are more common in multigenerational living home plans - designed for long-term ease of use. 

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5. Open concept balance

Some homeowners prefer floor plans with clear dividing lines between living room and kitchen spaces

In lieu of an island, a wall keeps this angled peninsula design half open, half closed to the living room - offering a great middle ground between open concepts and discrete spaces.

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6. Peninsulas as gathering spaces

Peninsulas - similar to islands - can serve as the central gathering space of your home

A peninsula design makes it easy to add seating in the kitchen - with a raised or level eating bar - and ample space to spread out as you cook and eat together.

In fact, it is often easier to add more seating to a peninsula design.

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7. Peninsula kitchens offer flexibility

More home buyers are opting for the flexibility of a peninsula kitchen - where they can add a rolling cart when the time suits. 

Carts and moving islands are a great substitute for built-in islands. They can act as a temporary butler's pantry, prep space, or storage center. Once you're done, you can tuck the island away, and keep an open kitchen space.

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8. Peninsula kitchens with multiple entrances

One downside to a peninsula kitchen layout is access: some homeowners feel it is difficult to get in and out of a single entrance.

Many modern peninsula kitchens, however, include two access walkways - from the family room and dining room.

You won't be bumping elbows in this peninsula layout:

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9. Built-in banquette seating

One downside to open concept homes is the lack of walls - and loss of places to add furniture. 

If you love kitchens that are open to the breakfast room, a U-shaped peninsula design will offer a place to add banquette seating (without having to add a full wall).

With a peninsula kitchen like the one pictured here, you can place bench seating up against the peninsula, a round table, and chairs around the sides.

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Finding Your New Home in the Raleigh Area

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Man Cave Ideas | Raleigh Floor Plans with Walkout Basement

  
  
  

Home Plans with Walkout Basements

Looking for home plans with a basement for your "man cave", game room, or hang-out area?

We're seeing more homes that incorporate a walk-out basement with opportunities for creating a "man cave" game room.

Man Cave Idea #1: Game Room with lots of windows

This basement has a wall of windows with views to your mountain-front lot, a wall of built-in bookcases for easy storage, and a wall for your flat screen TV setup.

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Man Cave Idea #2: Pool Table Room

This walk-out basement home offers a pool table room (with hanging light fixture to delineate the space), full bathroom, and a TV wall for game time.

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Man Cave Idea #3: Upstairs Media Room

Your man cave doesn't need to go underground. Consider converting a bonus room or bedroom into your personal space.

Personalize that space with a navy accent wall, ready for a flat screen TV. 

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Man Cave Idea #4: High-Tech Bonus Room

Into the latest technology? A bonus room with built-in surround sound speakers and smart-phone controls may be the perfect addition to your bonus room "man cave."

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Man Cave Idea #5: Private Room Past the Bonus

If you're looking for more privacy and seclusion, consider floor plans that have a room located through the bonus room - at the far end of your home. 

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If you're searching for a Raleigh basement home, keep in mind that while walk-out basements are fairly common in the Triangle area of North Carolina, traditional full basements are not usually recommended.  

If your lot is sufficiently sloped, an unfinished or finished basement can offer lots of additional square footage, at a much lower cost per square foot than for "above ground" square footage.

Learn more about basement home constuction in the Raleigh area

Raleigh floor plans with a basement game room:

The Summerlyn - Full basement custom home

The Treehouse - Walk-out basement with game room

The Country Manor - Basement with game room

The Penelope - Walk-out basement custom home

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

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Finding Your New Home in the Raleigh Area

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

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