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Custom Home Two Story Foyers and Overlooks - Photos and Trends

One of the most popular reasons to design and build a custo home in Chapel Hill, NC, is the flexibility you'll have to create the kind of environment you'd love to live in.

Two story homes can be the most cost effective choice (depending on where you build and the

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

design and finishes you choose) - and they can also offer opportunities for some of the most stunning foyers and overlooks.

Whether you choose a true "two story" home (with the master suite upstairs) a "main floor master suite" home (with the master suite on the first floor) or even a one story with a bonus area above, work with a designer who can help you focus on all the angles and you're sure to be pleased with the impact you can make with a two story foyer or overlook.

 

Custom homes with a two story foyer

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

One of the most popular features in a home with two stories is the second story overlook, often located above both the foyer and family room / great room so that there are views from above in every direction.  

Take a look at these Chapel Hill area custom homes with a two story foyer and get design and floor plan layout ideas for your new home

 

 

 

Two story floor plan overlook design #1:

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

 

If you love floor plans with a second story overlook, this first example is a very popular new home design. 

Many traditional two story floor plans include the staircase inside, or adjacent to, the foyer.  

These more traditional floor plans provide the feeling of a grand entrance - open and airy - with tons of open railing and a tall ceiling to draw the eye upward. 

Click here to see a similar floor plan - the Mastrosimone - which features another staircase and second story overlook design.

 

 

 

Two story floor plan overlook design #2:

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

 

When you design a custom home, the location of the staircase can be flexible - even in homes with a two story foyer design. 

In fact, many floor plans with an overlook are designed to keep the staircase tucked away, around a corner or behind a wall. 

Here is an example of a two-sided second story overlook built-in distinct from the staircase, which is tucked around a corner.

 

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

 

Take a look at the floor plan for this home - a version of the Carwile - to get a better idea of the staircase - overlook positioning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two story floor plan overlook design #3:

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyerHere's another approach to a grand entrance staircase, with a high end look you can achieve with a moderate budget.

The staircase designed as a showpiece,  located just inside the foyer. 

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

 

 

 

 

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the second floor, there are two separate overlook areas.

The first overlook soars above the great room. The second overlook peaks over the foyer, showing off the two-story barrel vault.

Here is the floor plan layout, to help you see how this design comes together:

 

Two story floor plan overlook design #4:

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

 

Want to add more drama?

This two story floor plan includes a split staircase design.

Layers of hardwood floors and oak handrails leading to the hardwood entry and door below create an open, appeal to this very open two story foyer.

 

 

 

 

ChaletVertStaircaseHere's another exciting floor plan - a version of the Chalet Vert - with a second story overlook hallway leading between the loft and bedrooms.

Click here to see a similar floor plan - the Cove - which also includes a split staircase design and multiple overlooks.

 

 

 

 

 

Two story floor plan overlook design #5:

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

 

 

 

The custom designed overlook component of this floor plan adds length, depth and an open element that makes the entire home feel huge. 

It's a great way to add flow and personality to your custom home.  

 

 

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

 

From every angle, this overlook design adds visual appeal.

Check out the wrought iron rails and hardwood railings that add additional dimension, with a multiple layer effect across the entire overlook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

 

To see more photos of this home - a version of the Dugan - click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staircases that emphasize overlooks - with an open design for elegant, casual living - are a popular custom home design feature in Chapel Hill new homes.

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Top Eight Outdoor Living Floor Plans | 2013 Outdoor Living Ideas

  
  
  

Top 8 outdoor living floor plans

Floor plans that maximize outdoor living space

Well-thought out custom home designs provide floor plans that maximize outdoor living space, to broaden your new home environment. Get ideas from the top 8 outdoor living floor plans, below, with photos of decks, patios, porches, and  design features such as outdoor fireplaces.

Floor plan cut-outs are included to give you an even better idea of how your home design will come together - showing the spacing and dimensions of popular outdoor living space designs.

As you browse, keep in mind the outdoor living aspects you love most. What would you do with each of these designs? Which outdoor living aspects align best with your lifestyle, and what would you do differently?

Top outdoor living floor plan #1

The Bostwick: second story deck with first floor patio

Top 8 outdoor living floor plans | Featured outdoor spaces

 

A deck was added onto the Bostwick floor plan -  a 2410 sq ft, 4 bedroom, 3 bath custom home - in order to expand the living space and allow more flexibility for the breakfast and family rooms.

The second story deck at this homesite provides an overlook to wooded views.

Below the deck is a first floor concrete patio, included to provide additional outdoor living space.

The Bostwick floor plan is perfect for a heavily slopped lot - maximizing outdoor living space, providing access to views, and creating space to compliment your lifestyle.

Top 8 outdoor living floor plans | Featured outdoor spaces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 8 outdoor living floor plans | Featured outdoor spaces

Here is the original Bostwick floor plan, to give you an idea of how custom home builders can modify a floor plan to add outdoor living space

 

 See more images of the Bostwick here: The Bostwick photo gallery.

 

 

Top outdoor living floor plan #2

The Chalet Vert: Wrap around front porch and rear screen room combination

ChaletVertPorch

Le Chalet Vert is a craftsman style custom home, designed and built by Stanton Homes.

 Classic craftsman features include the front porch with tapered columns with a stone accent base.

The wrap around front porch, (also called a rocking chair porch) creates a great place to relax and enjoy the fresh air.  

 

Top 8 outdoor living floor plans | Featured outdoor spaces

A rear screen porch was included to create two distinct outdoor spaces perfect for a variety of functions and seasons.

 

See more images of the Chalet Vert here: Chalet Vert photo gallery

 

If you like the porch style in this top floor plan, you may also like the Gershwin plan, which incorporates a wrap around front porch. An experienced builder can create this kind of look for a wide variety of floor plan designs. Ask what they can create, just for you!

 

 

 

 

 

Top outdoor living floor plan #3

The Country Manor: Courtyard patio with see through fireplace

Top 8 outdoor living floor plans | Featured outdoor spacesThe Country Manor home plan was custom drawn to create a unique outdoor living environment, with eye-catching designer details like extensive stone - inside and out - that can be seen in this picture, on the face of the see-through, indoor-outdoor fireplace.

This home includes a courtyard patio located between the three  most used rooms of the home: the kitchen, great room, and master bedroom, to further emphasize the importance of outdoor living.

 

Top 8 outdoor living floor plans | Featured outdoor spaces

 

Four doors provide easy access to the patio from each section of the home.

 

Country Manor photo gallery.

 

 

Top outdoor living floor plan #4

The Cove: Side screen roomTop 8 outdoor living floor plans | Featured outdoor spaces

While it is most common to see a screen porch on the back side of a home, this version of the Cove custom floor plan includes a SIDE screen porch to add an outdoor element to a cozy area of the home. 

This screen porch, attached to the living room, was designed to create the feeling of an extended sun room.

 

Top 8 outdoor living floor plans | Featured outdoor spaces

The screen porch is located to the right of the living room in the floor plan pictured here.

 See more images of the Cove: Cove photo gallery.

 

 

 

 

Top outdoor living floor plan #5

The Summerlyn: Full length rear deck

Top 8 outdoor living floor plans | Featured outdoor spacesThis version of the Summerlyn is a 3281 sq ft home with 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms.

The full length rear deck is the perfect setup for hosting bbq get-togethers - with space for a grill and prep table at one end and an open layout that accomodates a crowd. 

 

 

Top 8 outdoor living floor plans | Featured outdoor spaces

 

In this version of the Summerlyn, the deck was added onto the original floor plan to provide two ways to enjoy the bright, open indoor-outdoor feeling created by multiple window walls.

 

See more images of the Summerlyn here: Summerlyn photo gallery.

 

Top outdoor living floor plan #6

The Treehouse: Second story deck with first floor patio

Top 8 outdoor living floor plans | Featured outdoor spacesThe Treehouse is a mountain house plan specifically designed to sit atop a wooded hillside lot.

The Treehouse is designed to emphasize open living spaces.

It includes a walkout basement with drive under garage, a two story great room with overlook, and dozens of windows placed to capture the beautiful mountainside setting.

The rear deck on this version of the Treehouse was designed to complement the nearby sun room, with two diverse ways of enjoying outdoor living.

Top 8 outdoor living floor plans | Featured outdoor spaces

 Check out the floor plan for this version of the Treehouse floor plan, to get an idea of the location and size of the deck and sun room.   

 

 

 See more photos from this home: click here for the Treehouse photo gallery.

 

 

 

 

Top outdoor living floor plan #7

The Woodlake: Screen porch attached to the master bedroom

Top 8 outdoor living floor plans | Featured outdoor spaces

The Woodlake is a 3626 sq ft contemporary style home with 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. It includes a mother in law suite with private bath, a detached 3 car garage with second story bonus room, and gourmet kitchen, large island with two sinks.

 

Top 8 outdoor living floor plans | Featured outdoor spaces

 

In this version of the Woodlake, the master bedroom incorporates a private screen porch.

An optional patio can be placed, courtyard style, between the screen porch and great room.

See more ways a master bedroom can incorporate outdoor living here.

 

See a photo gallery of the Woodlake here.

 

 

Top outdoor living floor plan #8

The Maple Lane: Second story Romeo porch

Top 8 outdoor living floor plans | Featured outdoor spaces

In this version of the Maple Lane, the homeowners included a second story balcony as a romantic addition to their master bedroom.

Also called a "Romeo and Juliet balcony," this outdoor living space is perfect as a hideaway space.

  Top 8 outdoor living floor plans | Featured outdoor spaces

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

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

 

Get more outdoor living ideas on Pinterest. 

It's easy to incorporate your own outdoor living space ideas, when you work with an award winning design team that works with you to create your own floor plan with an outdoor living design with custom details, lighting fixture designs, and furniture placement ideas. You're never held back to a limited set of options when you design your own environment with a truly custom builder. Contact Stanton Homes to learn more about building a custom home in North Carolina.

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Top 5 Breakfast Rooms | Five Styles that Stand Out for 2013

  
  
  

Top 5 Breakfast Rooms

2013 Floor Plan Ideas

Floor plans that incorporate the flexibility and convenience of a breakfast room are a top request for 2013 new homes. Below are our top 5 most popular breakfast room designs - from efficient and casual to elegant and formal.

Breakfast room design #1

Top 5 breakfast rooms | Most popular floor plans with breakfast nook

 

Breakfast rooms are commonly located between the kitchen and great room.

This floor plan design reflects a sweeping curved bay area - a modification to a plan that originally portrayed an angled breakfast room.

This space is perfect for a long table, centered under the hanging light.




Top 5 breakfast rooms | Most popular floor plans with breakfast nook

 The curved bay design gives this custom home an open, flowing feel.

 And the windows let tons of light into the kitchen and great rooms, for an even more airy effect.

 The original layout is fantastic too, with sharply angled walls creating a completely usable area.

 See more photos of this custom home here.

 

 

 

Breakfast room design #2

Top 5 breakfast rooms | Most popular floor plans with breakfast nookFor a breakfast room with more distinct boundaries, a semi-separation can add just enough definition without taking away a sense of openness. 

In this second example, the breakfast room still sits between the kitchen and great room, but an additional wall provides a more distinct look between the rooms.

 

The bay bump-out opens up this breakfast room, allowing for a larger table.

 

 

Top 5 breakfast rooms | Most popular floor plans with breakfast nook

 The Breakfast Room bumps out, then angles back in to allow a mirror bump out for the Great Room.

 

 

See more photos of this custom home here.

 

 

 

Breakfast room design #3

Top 5 breakfast rooms | Most popular floor plans with breakfast nookA breakfast rooms usually serves as a secondary, more casual dining space.

In our third example, this breakfast room was designed with more formal appeal, through features typically seen in a formal dining room: wainscoting, crown molding, vaulted ceiling, and transoms above every window.

 

 

Top 5 breakfast rooms | Most popular floor plans with breakfast nook

 A 13 foot by 12 foot breakfast room is large and versatile. A table could seat eight comfortably in this space.

The breadth and formality of the breakfast room frees up the formal dining room at the front of the home, which can easily be converted into a home office.

See more photos of this custom home here.

 

 

 

Breakfast room design #4

Top 5 Breakfast Rooms | Five Styles that Stand Out for 2013

This custom home design added a second "island" as a built in breakfast table.

 

The homeowners wanted to combine the feeling of a breakfast room table with the functionality of a kitchen island.

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Breakfast Rooms | Five Styles that Stand Out for 2013

 

A different cabinet and counter top styles and colors were chosen to off-set the table-height island and create a smooth transition from the kitchen to great room.

 

This island allows seating for up to five people.

 

Breakfast room design #5

Top 5 breakfast rooms | Most popular floor plan designs

 

Floor plans with a breakfast room situated directly between the kitchen and great room are another popular request from homebuyers who want to build a custom home with everything just the way they want it.

This custom home, a version of the Azalea Park, provides an open design, functionality, and special architectural details that add distinction.

The arched entrance and picture cut-outs really open up this home with artistic details.

 

Top 5 breakfast rooms | Most popular floor plans with breakfast nook

 

 

See more photos of this home here.

A version of the Azalea Park is for sale - click here to learn more.

 

 

 

It's easy to make your own breakfast room space, when you work with an award winning design team like ours, that walks you through the entire process - from creating a floor plan with a breakfast room design you love, to finishing the effect with trim color, lighting fixtures, and furniture placement. You're never held back to a certain set of plans when you create your own environment with a truly custom builder. 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.

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