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The Worst Advice We've Ever Heard About Stone Exteriors

  
  
  

How to get the best paint colors to match stone accents

We've heard some really great advice about choosing exterior stone and paint combinations. And we've also heard some terrible ideas. Read on, as we sort out the worst advice from the most helpful solutions, when picking your new home's exterior palette - with design tips from Andrea Enns, one of North Carolina’s most acclaimed exterior and interior designers.  

Worst advice # 1: Do not choose a stone because of its name. The name of the stone meaningless, is created by marketers to sound "cute" or "catchy."

This advice is misleading. You should always pay attention to the name of a stone type. Almost all stone names are actually carefully chosen to match the stone - as a crafted material - to its original location in nature. 

Once you have the name of a stone you love, search online for photographs of natural areas in the region that your stone was named after. Then, take your paint colors from that region's natural palette, and you'll locate a perfect match between stone and paint. 

Stone Exterior | Exterior Paint Colors

Worst advice # 2: Stone siding is a fake material, so the colors are unrealistic.

When you drive though the mountains towards the west and you see the clays of the desert, notice how the rock colors in different geographical areas are set off by their natural surroundings. Nature was not created by man. Nature is the earth's color palette.

The stone we are using on houses today is man made but it was designed to look like the real stone and rock found in the various regions of our entire country.

Similarly, paint colors are also crafted to reflect what you could touch in nature. So choosing the color of one type of siding goes hand-in-hand with any other.

Stone Exterior | Exterior Paint Colors

Worst advice # 3: You should stick to your the color combinations you know you love, even if you have not decided on a homesite yet.

While it is important to build a home with the color combinations you'll love for years to come, it is equally important to consider where you home will actually sit. 

Stone siding is designed to blend seamlessly and realistically with the various greens, browns, and pebble grays in shrubbery, lawn, and forest.

So, when selecting stone and exterior colors, look to the nature surrounding your homsite for your answer.  

Stone Exterior | Exterior Paint Colors

The Country Manor, a custom home by Stanton Homes, was designed in part to take advantage of its natural surroundings. 

Worst advice # 4: Your stone exterior has nothing to do with the interior of your home.

The exterior of your home acts as a "preview" of the interior. There should always be some exterior aspect - such as a design element or color palette - that creates continuity with the inside of your home. 

Stone Exterior | Exterior Paint Colors

In this version of the Bryson, we carried the exterior stone inside - placing it on a centerpiece see-through fireplace. The interior paint colors blend with the greys in the stone, while the hardwood floors match the orange tones. 

For more new home design tips and trends, contact Andrea Enns here.

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

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Finding Your New Home in the Raleigh Area

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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Why we love master bath lighting (And you should, too!)

  
  
  

Master bath lighting trends

Favorite master bath lighting options

Once you've got a good idea of the master bathroom layout that will work best for you, it's time to get creative with your colors, accents, and lighting fixtures.  

1. Mixing genres - Contemporary square vanity lights with crystal pendants 

Three droplet-style crystal pendants take center stage in this luxury master bath. To the sides, the "his and hers" vanities incorporate 5-light vanity lights in a contemporary, squared shape. 

Crystal chandeliers are one of the fastest growing trends in master bathrooms, and formal dining rooms - a throwback to 18th century innovation in lighting. 

Master bath lighting trends

Design tip: More new homes are including triple pendants, in lieu of a single large fixture. See another example of triple pendant lighitng in the kitchen of the Treehouse, here.  

2. Layers of light - Sconces, crystal, and recessed lights

In this "his and hers" style master bath, full-height mirrors were added above each vanity. These mirrors reflect endless layers of light, truely opening up the room. 

Tall wall sconces, chosen for their height, were added beside the mirrors.

A central crystal fixture adds a bit of glimmer to the room, with a black shade to soften the light. For recessed lighting illuminates the free-standing tub and shower. 

Master bath lighting trends

3. Keeping it natural - Vaulted ceilings

A white vaulted ceiling and cool paint selections keep this master bath soft and open. A set of 4-light vanity lights and a recessed light above the tub are all that's need to keep this room relaxing and functional. 

Master bath lighting trends

Design tip: In general, a larger master bath does not require as much additional lighting as you may think. Less is more when adding lighting to a master bath, especially when you include large mirrors or light, bright, reflective tile. You want to create a soft glow, rather than a harsh illumination. 

4. Sun Soaked Bathroom - Light placement tricks

If you prefer to keep your master bathroom on the small side, lighting placement can make a big difference. In this custom home, large picture windows surround the soaking tub nook, bathing it in natural light. 

Master Bath Lighting

Subtle recessed lighting and fixtures were used in the shower and bathroom hallway to the toilet room and walk in closet. 

5. Taking the "old" out of "old-fashioned" - Mixing Metals with Crystal

From the ground-up, metalics shine in this master bath:

Smokey Topaz paint, Golden Sparkle granite, and metalic accent tiles. A bronze fixture with hanging crystals lends a romantic touch. 

Master bath lighting trends

 

6. Naturally Inspired Framing

Warm brown wooden framed mirrors punctuate this natrual master bath.

Three-light fixtures were placed above the his-and-her vanities, without overpowering the central prep area.  

Master Bath Lighting

7. Luxurious Retreat

This luxurious master bath focuses all attention on relaxation. Creamy neutral palettes sweep across the room and natural light flows in. 

A separate oversized shower rests around the corner. 

Master bath lighting

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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.

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Home Paint Colors

  
  
  

Choosing Paint Colors for your Home

Your checklist for choosing a main wall color

 

Our "ultimate cheat sheet" will help you choose the interior paint colors for your home. From main wall color tips to accent color recommendations, you'll find great ideas on how to choose paint colors for your home, below.

Home Paint Colors | Best Wall Paint

1. Start simple.

Many colors look perfect in designer photos - especially when rooms are decorated to match.

But be careful that you are not attracted to a color just because it is trending on Pinterest and Houzz. 

When choosing a main wall color, make sure you personally like it.

 

2. Don't be too literal. Picking a color you like is NOT the same thing as choosing your favorite color - which could mean bubblegum pink or lime green - which would be too much of a good thing.

Home Paint Colors | Best Paint Colors

Keep in mind, everyone must live with your main wall color. 

Save bold colors and designs for areas like powder rooms and kids' bedrooms and bathrooms. 

In this new home, a fire truck red stripe was painted below chair rail trim for a young boy's room. 

See more fun kids bathroom ideas here

 

3. What do you love to wear? Your color choice should mimic the pair of pants or jacket you wear most often. You often choose to wear the same piece of clothing over and over because it goes with so many things and YOU LOOK GOOD IN IT - that is the key. If you are surrounded by a color that is flattering, then you will naturally enjoy it more and feel comfortable at home in it. 

4. Find flexibility. Your main wall color should be flexible enough that it can go with - and enhance - many other colors. 

 

 

Home Paint Colors | Best Paint Colors

5. Greys and khakis.

Often, you see homes built in shades of greys and khakis.

Greys and khakis offer a huge range of shades, where you can find the option that suits you best.

As color trends fade in and out, you will tend to see a dominance of either grey or khaki in homes.

Click here to read more about 2014 color trend forecasting.

 

6. Bold accents. You'll have much more flexibility when picking accent colors.  

Home Paint Colors | Best Paint Colors

 

But remember, experts recommend that you choose a dining room color that most flatters the gracious host or hostess!

That's pretty fair - you want to look good in your own dining room after you spent hours and hours preparing a feast for all to enjoy. 

 

 

 

7. Buy fabric. Professional designers use this interior color tip: find a fabric design you love, even if you don't know what you want to do with it. Buy a yard of it to carry around with you.

At the store, you will find a key of circles - these show all of the colors used in that fabric. You can use that color key to put an entire house together, by eliminating the guess work and guarenteeing a perfectly coordinated palette. 

Remember, the fabric you chose was created professionally, so you can feel secure in even your more adventurous choices such as deciding to pull out that pale salmon color to use as an accent on your powder room ceiling. 

 This cheat sheet is brought to you courtesy of Andrea EnnsAsk Andrea your questions about custom home design trends, here.

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

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

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

Finding Your New Home in the Raleigh Area

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

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

6 Ways to Create Eye Catching Architecture in your Dining Room

  
  
  

6 Ways to Custom Design Your Dining Room

 Building a custom home is all about making unique spaces to fit your needs - and your personality.

Below are six ways to create eye-catching architectural details in your new home dining room - from columns, coffering, wainscoting and panneled walls, and archways, to stepped treys.

Dining Room Design Idea #1: White columns

Formal Dining Room | Red Formal Dining

In 2014 new homes, we will continue to see white columns, inside and out. In this dining room photo, a single Roman column welcomes you at the front door, as the gateway to the dining room. The Summerlyn, Bryson, and Maple Lane are Raleigh new homes that feature white columns - to give you more ideas for your next build. 

Dining Room Design Idea #2: White wainscoting

Formal Dining Room | Formal Dining Room Coffered Ceiling

White wainscoting will make your formal dining room look larger, by drawing the eye upwards from the floor. In this photo, the create shape of the formal dining room gives you more flexibility with the type and shape of dining room table.

Dining Room Design Idea #3: Painted wainscoting

Formal Dining Rooms | Painted Wainscoting

In this Raleigh new home, painted wainscoting covers the dining room from floor-to-ceiling. The medium grey paint pulls out the darker tones in the stone of the see through fireplace.

Craftsman style extra wide baseboards and a crystal chandelier emanate old-world Tuscan style. If you love shopping at Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, or Crate and Barrel, you've probably seen similar wall paneling in their dining room designs.

Dining Room Design Idea #4: Archways and arched windows

Formal Dining Rooms | Arched Entrance

Archways - as entrances and in window designs - bring dramatic style to your formal dining room.

In this Raleigh new home photo, the neutral dining room is simple in color but intricate in design. Details like chair rail trim, windows with arched transoms, a trey ceiling, and an arched art alcove add texture to the room.

Dining Room Design Idea #5: Two step trey

Formal Dining Rooms | Trey Ceiling

Formal dining rooms can occasionally come off as too traditional, stiff,  or cold. A bold color will punctuate the room with cheerful openness, especially when paired with contrasting curved and straight lines - in the custom archways and two step ceiling.

Dining Room Design Idea #6: Coffered ceiling

Dining Room Coffer Ceiling

Dining rooms don't have to be large to be formal. Even a open or nook style room can exude elegance. In this dining nook, light walls, dark hardwoods floors, and a crisp white coffered ceiling create a subtle, yet sophisticated, style.

Arched windows with custom trim work round out the formal tone. 

See more photos of coffered ceilings - click here.

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Stanton Homes Formal Dining Rooms - Click here for extended photo gallery.

Archway photo gallery - arched entrances, art nooks, windows, and more.

Floor plans with a breakfast nook - ideas on eliminating the formal dining.

Add a butler's pantry to your formal dining room.

Contact Stanton 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.

How hard is it to build a custom home?

  
  
  

How to Build a Custom Home

How involved do you want to be, when it comes to all the details in your new home?

No matter how much or how little you'd like to do, your builder and his team should be able to accommodate that. (It's something to find out, before you sign a contract.)

Got a good idea of what you want in your new home?

Ask how much time you can spend looking around at extensive showrooms, choosing every faucet, type of stone and slab of granite - with the level of input you'd prefer from a design expert.

The Penelope is an example of a custom home Stanton Homes designed and built with an NC family who had a huge hand in everything from concept to amenities. They wanted to make all their own choices - and appreciated the enormous array of flexibility and nearly endless selections that accomodated the level of involvement they wanted to have.

 

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Have no idea how to make everything come together for your new custom home?

Top builders will give you as much counsel as you'd like, with the help of an interior designer who will be at your side throughout the entire process. Your personal designer can even put together an entire new home for you, with custom expertise that reflects your requirements and personality. Ask a lot of questions about how this works when you talk to the builder, so you can be sure you'll get as much time with a designer as you need to make great choices (or help her make them for you.)

The Bryson is a home plan designed and built by the Stanton Homes design team for a couple who didn't want to have to spend a lot of time making choices. They simply said "create something special for us" and sat back and watched it all come together. 

 

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Stanton Homes based their fully custom floor plan on the couple's lifestyles and made interior and exterior design selections for them, based on things that got them excited.

The interior and architectural designer got together often with the couple, to show them sketches and swatches, and get their approval for colors, textures, lighting, plumbing, and everything else that our design team put together – and this Urban Craftsman home with a young, vibrant style was the result.

Having the level of control that you need to create your new home is one of the best reasons to build a custom home.

Our ability to offer you that kind of choice is another one of the top ten reasons homebuyers trust Stanton Homes.


Get started here, and tell us what you’d like to create together.

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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.

Durham County Tax Rates 2014

  
  
  

Durham County Tax Guide 2014

Durham County NC new homes

Thinking of moving to Durham, NC? You've probably wondered what the yearly property taxes might be for your new home.

Durham County Property Tax Rates 2014

Where is Durham County located?  Durham County sits between Chatham County, Orange County, Person County, Granville County, and Wake County.

Durham serves as one of the corners of the Research Triangle Park, along with Chapel Hill and Raleigh.

 

 

When were Durham County NC property values last adjusted (assessed)?

All North Carolina counties are required to conduct a revaluation at least once every eight years. Durham County was reassessed on January 1, 2008, and the new assessed values went into affect in Summer 2008.

To give you an idea, here's a table of sample yearly tax payments for different sample assessed home values:

Durham County Tax Rates 2014

Durham County property tax rates are always based on the assessed value of the home, not the asking price, so you'll want to look up the assessed value, or ask your agent for it.

Follow these simple steps:

1. Take the assessed value of the property.

    2. Divide by 100.

      3. Multiply by the combined 2014 tax rate.

        This will give you the yearly tax amount, per 2014 fiscal year rates.

        The chart below shows the 2014 Durham County property tax rates. If you are relocating to a home inside a town or fire district, the tax rate will generally be higher.  If your new home will be outside of town boundaries, the tax rate can be low.

        The county rate gets combined with either the fire district rate or the town rate, depending on where the home for sale is located.

          Durham County Tax Rates 2014 

          For example, Chapel Hill has a town rate of 0.514, and the Durham County property tax rate is 0.7744. 

          Add the two together - the total tax rate for Chapel Hill, NC is 1.2884.

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

          This table gives sample property tax bills for all the cities and towns in Durham County, NC: Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Morrisville, Bahama, and more.  Your tax bill can be lower if your home or property is not actually within a municipality, or town. 

           

          You can also visit the Durham County NC Property Tax Rates page to get the most up-to-date tax tables or tax information for the City of Durham

          As you can see, a City of Durham location will be the most expensive property tax location to live in Durham County, following closely by the City of Chapel Hill.

          How Do I Find Out the Assessed Value of My Durham County Home?

          If there's a particular home that you're considering, you can go directly to the Durham County Tax Administration Records site, type in the address, and see the assessed value of the property.  

          What if the Assessed Value is Different From the Sales Price?

          If there is a discrepancy between the assessed value and the asking price of the home or lot, don't be afraid to ask your real estate agent to pull comps for you.  Assessed values are not always aligned well with market values, as assessments are often made several years apart. 

          Want to Compare Property Taxe Rates?

          Compare property tax rates in Durham County to other counties in the area here:

          Durham Property Tax Rates 2014

          Wake County, NC Property Tax Rates 2014

          Harnett County, NC Property Tax Rates 2014

          Alamance County, NC Property Tax Rates 2014

          Cumberland County, NC Property Tax Rates 2014

          Contact Stanton 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

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          2014 Wake County Property Tax Rates

            
            
            

          Wake County Taxes 2014

          Property Tax for Wake County, NC New Homes

          Moving to Wake County, North Carolina? You will want to know what the yearly property taxes might be for your new home.

          How Much are 2014 Property Taxes in Wake County?

          Here are the 2014 property tax rates, by town within Wake County

          Wake County Tax Rates 2014

           

          To get the total property tax rate for a town, simply add the county tax to the town tax. 

          For example, Cary has a town rate of 0.35, and the Wake County rate is 0.534. 

          Add the two together - the total tax rate for Cary, NC is 0.884.

           

           

           

           

           

          How Do I Figure Out What These Property Tax Numbers Mean?

          It's not as confusing as it looks.  The tax rates are based on the assessed value of the home, not the asking price. 

          • Divide the assessed value by 100.
          • Multiply the result by the combined rate on the right side of the table.
          • The result will be your yearly property tax bill, as of 2014. 

           Wake County Tax Rates 2014

          This table gives sample property tax bills for all the cities and towns in Wake County, such as Apex, Cary, Raleigh, Wake Forest, and Zebulon.

          There is no guarantee that tax rates will remain the same - check the Wake County Tax Rates 2014 for most recent information.

          Where Should I Live to Get the Lowest Property Tax Rate?

          Your tax bill can be lower if your home or property is not actually within a municipality, or town.  If this is the case, you'll pay just the County rate, plus most likely a fire district tax and/or the special district tax. 

          Want to Compare Property Tax Rates?

          Wake County Tax Rates 2014

           

          Compare property tax rates in Wake County to other counties in the area.

          Harnett County, NC Property Tax Rates 2014

          Alamance County, NC Property Tax Rates 2014

          Cumberland County, NC Property Tax Rates 2014

          Contact Stanton 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.

          11 Quick tips about choosing a lot for your new home

            
            
            

          Must read tips on choosing a lot for your new home

          Home builder advice on buying a lot

          Built on your lot | Choosing a new home lot

          Tip #1: Never buy a lot before you have the builder look it over. He sees things nobody else does that can make your eyes go wide. Ask for a builder lot inspection.

           

          Tip #2: If you already own a lot, ask the builder to take a look at it before you choose your floor plan. Your building envelope may be different than you think.

           

          Tip #3: If the lot you’re looking at costs way less than the lots around it, find out why. It could be a bargain or it could require a lot of extra expense before building can begin. 

          Tip #4: If the lot needs clearing, ask your builder if that's included in your package - and if not, how much they will add to prepare the lot. 

          Tip #5: One of the biggest advantages of building a totally custom home – you choose where you want to live.  Stanton Homes can build your custom home on any unrestricted lot where you can bring your own builder – in communities from gated estate to countryside.

          Built on your lot | Choosing a new home lot 

          Tip #6: If you want a basement, you need a lot with a slope.

           

          Tip #7:  If your lot has slope, you may need a basement even if you weren't considering one.   Also, the difference in cost between a basement or a tall crawl space might be a lot less than you think - and an unfinished basement has a lot to offer.

           

          Tip #8: Communities often have requirements for things like where your house can sit, how long your driveway needs to be, and what kind of landscaping you'll need. All of these things can impact your price, so tell us where you’d like to live and we’ll wrap all of those costs into your estimate.

           

          Tip #9: Communities with lots of amenities are usually more expensive to build in. They want to ensure the integrity of their neighborhoods remains high for resale value, so there are a lot of rules to conform to that also incur extra costs.

          Built on your lot | Choosing a new home lot 

          Tip #10: Septics are extremely common in NC – nearly every home on more than half an acre has one, and installation and care is easier than it's ever been before.

           

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          10 Most Popular Craftsman Homes of 2014

            
            
            

          Most Requested Craftsman Home Plans in 2014

          Top 10 Craftsman Home Plans

          Take a look at our 10 most popular Craftsman home plans for NC new homes and see all the ways these designs offer flexible spaces, efficient design, and the open feel of contemporary floor plans, backed by the tradition of hands-on craftsmanship.

          Most Popular Craftsman Home Design | Raleigh New Home Builders

          Craftsman house plans and Bungalow house plans exemplify hands-on craftsmanship, where simplicity of design meets the traditional beauty of natural materials in details like:

          - Frank Lloyd Wright design motifs

          - Exposed rafters or decorated brackets under eaves

          - Front porch beneath extension of main roof with tapered, square columns (often with a stone base)

          - Low-pitched roof lines, gabled or hipped roof, and wide eaves

          - Shed dormers

          - Deeply overhanging eaves

          - Hand-crafted stone or woodwork

          Here are the top 10 most requested Craftsman home plans, in order of popularity:

          Floor plan #1: The Chalet Vert Most Popular Craftsman Home Design | Raleigh New Home Builders

          Sq Ft: 2,707

          Bedrooms: 4

          Bathrooms: 3.5

          Floor plan style: Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, Two Story

          Why this plan is popular: The Chalet Vert, a custom home by Stanton Homes, includes unique craftsman design throughout, including simple lines inside and out, stone accents on the front porch and two story fireplace, built-in storage and niches, staircases with square, detailed balusters and newell posts, numerous windows with square and horizontally rectangular windows, limited hallways, with an open floor plan design, rustic crown moulding and baseboard.

          See a photo gallery of the Chalet Vert.

          Floor plan #2: The Bryson Most Popular Craftsman Home Design | Raleigh New Home Builders

          Sq Ft: 2,938

          Bedrooms: 4

          Bathrooms: 3.5

          Floor plan style: Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, First floor master,

          Why this plan is popular: From the outside, in, the Bryson exemplifies hand-crafted design.

          Opposites attract in this Arts and Crafts / Contemporary home, with a unique blend of crystal and lavender against stone, wood and grey, and white that draws everything together.

          Custom flagstone steps lead you into the Bryson front porch, supported by a touch of classic design - white Roman columns.

          Just inside the foyer, a central stone see-through fireplace includes a hand-crafted hardwood mantle. Past the fireplace, the powder room counter is also hand-crafted our of hardwood, stained to match the wood floors. A main floor owner's suite has private access to outdoor living. The kitchen offers a huge island bar open to the great room. 

          Floor plan #3: The Pasadena Most Popular Craftsman Home Design | Raleigh New Home Builders

          Sq Ft: 1,608

          Bedrooms: 3

          Bathrooms: 2

          Floor plan style: Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, Bungalow, Ranch, One Story

          Why this plan is popular: The Pasadena, an Alan Mascord Craftsman home plan, combines traditional design with simple lines. This Bungalow home emphasizes artistic components of the 19th century England Arts and Crafts movement - such as the use of natural materials - throughout.

          The open concept kitchen is equipped with a island, walk-in pantry, and built-in recycle center. The dining room opens out to the covered patio, perfect for spring and summer gatherings. The third bedroom can be converted into a home office.

          This home is perfect for home owners looking to downsize or maintain easy living space.

          Floor plan #4: The Hayfield Most Popular Craftsman Home Design | Raleigh New Home Builders

          Sq Ft: 3,155

          Bedrooms: 4

          Bathrooms: 3.5

          Floor plan style: Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, Basement, Farmhouse, Two Story, Two Master Bedroom

          Why this plan is popular: The Hayfield incorporates classic farmhouse design with a wrapping front porch with square columns and a stone bases. The great room, private den, island kitchen and dining area are designed for traffic flow. An elevator offers accessibility and convenience.

          There is a master bedroom on the first and second floor. A large laundry room acts as a mudroom and storage center between the garage and kitchen.

          This home is perfect for homesites that are wide and slopped - with an optional basement level.

          Floor plan #5: The Glen Abbey

          Sq Ft: 3,515 Most Popular Craftsman Home Design | Raleigh New Home Builders

          Bedrooms: 5

          Bathrooms: 4.5

          Floor plan style: Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, One Story, 3 car garage

          Why this plan is popular: From inside and out, the Glen Abbey captures attention.

          The vaulted front porch is flanked by dual Craftsman column, with intricate trim work and detailing. 

          Vaulted ceilings open up rooms throughout this Frank Betz home plan. Two fireplaces warm up the inside, one in the keeping room and one in the grand room.

          A courtyard style rear deck is outlined by an angled breakfast room and master suite sitting room. A guest suite welcomes extended stays.

          Floor plan #6: The SabrinaMost Popular Craftsman Home Design | Raleigh New Home Builders

          Sq Ft: 2,170

          Bedrooms: 3

          Bathrooms: 2.5

          Floor plan style: Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, Wrap Around Porch, One Story, Bungalow

          Why this plan is popular: A wrapping front porch welcomes visitors to this Arts and Crafts home plan.

          Inside and out, the Sabrina emphasizes Craftsman design with tons of tapered columns, mixtures of brick and wood, and hand-carved details from built-in bookcases to integrated desks.

          This home is a great aging in place design, with full first floor living.

          Floor plan #7: The GarrettMost Popular Craftsman Home Design | Raleigh New Home Builders

          Sq Ft: 2,650

          Bedrooms: 4

          Bathrooms: 2.5

          Floor plan style: Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, 3 Car Garage, Country, Ranch

          Why this plan is popular: The Garrett is a large one story home with a covered porch entry and decorative columns. A second covered porch can be reached via a door in the nook. Additional columns separate the great room from the vaulted formal dining room.

          The kitchen placement in this home is unique - typical home plans open into a foyer, with lines of sight into the great room and kitchen. In this plan, the kitchen is tucked to the left of the great room, with the island out of sight.

          The master suite includes a vaulted salon, a bath with spa tub, private access to the laundry room, and a walk-in closet. Two additional bedrooms at the back of the plan share a jack-and-jill bath.

          Floor plan #8: The JasperMost Popular Craftsman Home Design | Raleigh New Home Builders

          Sq Ft: 2,591

          Bedrooms: 3

          Bathrooms: 2.5

          Floor plan style: Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, Ranch, Bungalow, Optional Bonus, Cottage

          Why this plan is popular: A cottage exterior and cozy front porch welcome you to the Jasper, an Alan Mascord Craftsman home plan.

          This home featuresa split-bedroom design with a home office with a wall of built-in cabinets, second-level storage area, two dining spaces, and open concept layout. The vaulted great room features a fireplace and tall transom windows. A covered porch at the rear provides sheltered outdoor entertaining space.

          This home is perfect for families looking for a first level master bedroom placed at the back of the home. This master suite is tucked away from the main living areas, behind the garage.

          Floor plan #9: The Amberg

          Sq Ft: 3,489

          Bedrooms: 3Most Popular Craftsman Home Design | Raleigh New Home Builders

          Bathrooms: 3.5

          Floor plan style: Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, Lodge, Large Footprint, One Story

          Why this plan is popular: This sprawling Craftsman home plan offers all the best features you'll want in a one story living home.

          The Amberg joins easy-living convenience with guest pampering.

          Set under a double gable decorated with braces, the entrance partitions the public and private spaces of the home.

          The main living spaces - the kitchen, dining room, and great room - are clustered at one end for easy use of entertaining and family spaces. The rooms are big enough to accommodate crowds and the openness allows guests to seamlessly overflow into adjacent areas. The kitchen's long island is positioned for buffet-style dining, and it directs traffic into the large dining room for seating. The great room is the main seating area for guests. A recreation room is above the garage.

          The main private spaces - the master suite and other bedrooms - are clustered at the other end. This home is perfect for young families, with a nursery adjacent to the master suite. Looking for flexible design? The nursery can easily convert into a studio later on.

          Floor plan #10: The TimbersedgeMost Popular Craftsman Home Design | Raleigh New Home Builders

          Sq Ft: 5,708

          Bedrooms: 4

          Bathrooms: 3.5

          Floor plan style: Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, Lodge, Northwest, Basement, Outdoor Kitchen

          Why this plan is popular:

          This home incorporates elements of classic Northwest living in a lodge-inspired Craftsman design with tons of built-in functionality.

          Tall, oversized windows and a unique outdoor kitchen connect home spaces to their natural surroundings. A large great room features a high, vaulted ceiling and generous built-ins. The two-island kitchen features an adjoining nook, built-in wine cooler and a separated, built-in desk area.

          Millwork and beams exemplify the Arts and Crafts design and encourage a lodge-like feel - with tons of rustic details.

          This home is perfect for a mountain or country homesite.

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          12 Best Master Bath Layouts | His and Hers Vanity Designs

            
            
            

          Best Designs for the Master Bath

          Fabulous "His and Hers" Vanity Layouts

          If you're like many NC new home owners, you crave a little separation and personal space for your morning and evening rituals.

          Best master bath layouts | Dual vanity

          A master bath with his-and-hers style dual vanities provides invaluable convenience in shared bathrooms.

          Read on to learn the most difficult challenges - and solutions - to creating the perfect master bath layout.

           

          Dual Vanity Design Idea #1: Appealing Contrast

          Create complete separation, with dual vanities on opposite walls.

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

          Tile and counter tops in this master bath are in Carolina Cream, Snow White, and Pearl.

           

          Design tip: If you love completely separate vanity designs, use the vanities to frame and emphasize a custom bathtub or shower.

           

          Dual Vanity Design Idea #2: Sophisticated Style for Two

          Best master bath layouts | Dual vanity design

          In this version of the Summerlyn, a glass French Door separates this his-and-hers bath from the luxury master suite (click here to see photos of the master suite fireplace and sitting room).

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

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

          Dual Vanity Design Idea #3: Upscale Urban Craftsman

          Best master bath layouts | Dual vanity designContemporary grey, white, and black tones - combined with soft crystal and pensive stainless steel features - create a completely unique master bath design.

          In this custom bath, sidelights leave room for a pair of generous full-height mirrors.

          Hide your toiletries in ample vanity storage, and show off your favorite items in open, built-in storage.

          Design tip: white towels always make a great accent piece in open shelving.

           

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

          Best master bath layouts | Dual vanity design

          Generally, a 33 inch tall vanity is ideal for women, while a 36 inch tall vanity suits most men.

          Adding a dressing table between the his-and-hers vanities may be the mis-matched height solution you're looking for.

          A short vanity drawer is perfect for storing smaller, daily use facial and hair products that tend to get lost in deeper drawers. 

          Design Tip: In this master bath, a luxury shower with separate showerheads replaces the tub - perfect for those who want to wake up and get ready for the day at the same time.  

          Dual Vanity Design Idea #5: Room for two

          Best master bath layouts | Dual vanity designThis dual vanity area helps the linear space keep a calm, elegant look.

          The vanity cabinets are a Maple wood, painted in Antique White.

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

          This master bath also has an integrated dressing table.

          While dressing tables are designed as a seating station, you can convert the under-counter space into a storage aread. Just add a basket of towels, and it becomes space well used.  

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

          Best master bath layouts | Dual vanity designHere is another way to integrate a dressing table, with symmetrical dual sinks.

          This master bath layout is perfect for plans that allow a  long wall on one side.

          A soaking tub and alcove tile shower sit opposite the dual vanity design, which is perfect for homeowners who want to get ready side-by-side.

           

           

          Dual Vanity Design Idea #7: Shared space

          Best master bath layouts | Dual vanity designThis double vanity enjoys separate grooming spaces, while sharing central storage.

          A bank of drawers and an open shelving unit placed in the middle of the vanity helps distinguish space, while placing shared storage within easy reach.

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

           

          Dual Vanity Design Idea #8: Spa treatment

          Best master bath layouts | Dual vanity design

          Each time you enter this bathroom, it will feel like you've stepped into a spa retreat where calming whites and cool grays envelope your mornings and nights.

          Furniture-inspired master bath vanities are tucked under barrel vaulted ceiling alcoves. 

          Floor-to-ceiling central storage ensures plenty of room for everyone.

           

           

           

          Dual Vanity Design Idea #9: Classy and classic

          Best master bath layouts | Dual vanity design

          This master bath sparkles  - with metalic tiles, bronze light fixtures, Smokey Topaz wall paint, and Golden granite counter tops with a 1/4 inch bevel edge.

          In this custom home design, each vanity has a clear view into the master bedroom - which features a three-way see-through fireplace.

          As you enjoy a long bath in this soaking tub, you can enjoy the warmth and flames of the glass fireplace - another way this room sparkles.

          Dual Vanity Design Idea #10: Black and brown details

          Best master bath layouts | Dual vanity design

          Master baths that make an efficient use of space - like this angled vanity design - give you more square footage to work with in other rooms.

          In this version of the Bostwick, a dual vanity, enlarged shower, and custom soaking tub all fit in an efficient space - leaving space for a sitting room in the master suite. 

          The black shower frame contrasts nicely against the medium brown cabinets.

          Dual Vanity Design Idea #11: Soothing atmosphere

          Best master bath layouts | Dual vanity design

          Cool greens are a popular choice for homeowners who want to create a serene backdrop to this master living quarters.

          When you enter this master bath through the arched opening, a vanity sits to each side.

          A hallway with his-and-hers closets leads to the master suite. This design is perfect for you, if you do not want to pass through the bathroom each time you need to use the closet.

           

          Dual Vanity Design Idea #12:

          Best master bath layouts | Dual vanity designOpposite from the floor plan above, this master bath separates the master suite from the walk-in closets - once you pass through the private exercise room.

          One vanity sits adjacent to the oversized shower; the other sits by the soaking tub.

          While each vanity only has one side of drawers, a island cabinet in the master closet provides more than enough extra storage space.

           

          More master bathroom designs and trends for Raleigh new homes:

          17 Favorite Master Bath Tub Surrounds | 2014 Bath Design Ideas

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          Bathroom Tile Trends - Custom Mosaic Tile Designs

          Tub Surround Tile Ideas - Photos and Tips

          Custom Home Master Bath Design Ideas

          Master bath designs without a tub

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