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Unexpected new home floor plan trends | Are homes getting smaller?

  
  
  

Unexpected new home floor plan trends

Are homes getting smaller?

New home floor plans are trending down in size, with more than one-third of homeowners reporting a preference for homes under 2,000 sq ft. 

Unexpected new home floor plan trends

 

Why are we seeing a decline in home size, after a 40% growth trend over the past few decades?

A few reasons include:

 - A changing economic climate

 - A growing concern for increased sustainability and reduced energy costs

 - An evolving preference for single person households

 - An increasing demand for aging in place homes

Predicted new home trends include:

Unexpected new home floor plan trendsIn addition to the downward trend in floor plan size, predicted new home trends include:

 - Larger family rooms, in comparison to the overall home size

 - More attention to green features

 - Additional technological features

 - Increased focus on universal access features

 - Inclusion of outdoor living space, with blended indoor/outdoor areas

 

New home trend data is courtesy of Alan Mascord Design Associates Inc. In the infographic below, Alan Mascord predicts US homes will look like in 2015.

 

Alan Mascord

 

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Master Suite Trends | Top 5 Master Suite Designs

  
  
  

Top 5 master suite layouts

Looking for master suite layout ideas? Our top 5 master suite designs for new homes are packed with unique details, cool architecture, and one-of-a-kind custom designs. You'll find several themes throughout these master suite layouts, with favorite features such as:

 - Open floor plan designs with space to spread out and relax

 - Elegant sitting rooms with angled walls and arched windows

 - Separate closets and vanities that maximize the his-and-hers style

 - Oversized soaking tubs, especially those with a romantic, tucked-away feeling

Master Suite Layout #1 - The Dugan

Master Suite Trends | Top 5 Master Suite Designs

 

This version of the Dugan floor plan features a first floor master suite with second floor mother-in-law suite.

The master suite, located just off the foyer, is fully accessible with:

 - Wheelchair accessible shower with bench

 - Roll-under second vanity

 - Expanded walk in closet with accessible center storage cabinet

- Walk in Closet is located on the opposite side of the bath.

Master Suite Trends | Top 5 Master Suite Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dugan is copyright Stanton Homes.

 

Master Suite Layout #2 - Summerlyn

Master Suite Trends | Top 5 Master Suite Designs

The Summerlyn floor plan includes a second floor master suite with sought-after features such as:

 - Angled sitting room

 - His-and-hers style closets and vanities

 - Luxurious soaking tub alcove with specialty art niches

 - Custom ceiling treatments - vaulted and trey designs

 - Optional corner fireplace

 

 

 

 


Master Suite Trends | Top 5 Master Suite Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Summerlyn is copyright Frank Betz.

 

 

 

Master Suite Layout #3 - Lowery

Master Suite Trends | Top 5 Master Suite Designs

The Lowery floor plan features a first floor master suite. The Lowery master suite layout was custom designed to include:

 - Turret style sitting area

 - Large bedroom area with multi-layer trey ceiling

 - His-and-hers style walk in closets

 - Garden tub with separate tile shower

 - Vaulted bathroom with unique details, such as plant shelves

 - Commode room tucked out of sight

Master Suite Trends | Top 5 Master Suite Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lowery is copyright Stanton Homes.

 

 

Master Suite Layout #4 - Mastrosimone

Master Suite Trends | Top 5 Master Suite Designs

The Mastrosimone is a first floor master suite floor plan.

This version of the Mastrosimone features a unique sitting room style - with half-walls dividing it from the master suite. Cut-out openings serve as art/plant shelves.

The his-and-hers walk in closets sit opposite each other, and lead into the master bath.

A centerpiece soaking tub pulls together the parallel design.

 

Master Suite Trends | Top 5 Master Suite Designs

The Mastrosimone is copyright Planworx Architecture.

 

Master Suite Layout #5 - Penelope

Master Suite Trends | Top 5 Master Suite Designs

 All four bedrooms in the Penelope are located on the second floor.

The second floor master suite features:

 - Large bedroom with vaulted, trey ceiling

 - Separate his-and-hers closets and vanities

 - Private corner alcove tub

 - Tons of extra linen storage and built in shelving

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master Suite Trends | Top 5 Master Suite Designs

Master Suite Trends | Top 5 Master Suite Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Penelope is copyright Stanton Homes.

These top 5 master suite designs highlight master suite trends:

 - Open floor plans

 - Elegant sitting rooms

 - His-and-hers amenities

 - Oversized soaking tubs (and showers)

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See photos of the top 10 "gotta have" master bath trends for new homes - click here.

Top 10 floorplan trends - click here to see how many of these floor plan design features are in your new home wish list

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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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Top 10 Master Bath Trends for 2013 | "Gotta Have" Features

  
  
  

Top 10 Master Bath Trends You'll See in 2013

What master bath features are most important to this year's new homebuyers? The top 10 master bath trends for 2013 include all the sought-after features you love, with luxury, comfort, and convenience in mind.

Top Master Bath Trend #1 - Extra storage

 Top 10 Master Bath Trends for 2013In 2013, new home master baths will find ways to add extra storage and de-clutter counters, such as adding:

 - Floor-to-ceiling cabinets

 - Open shelving

 - Angled upper cabinets

 - Wrap-around cabinets

 See photos of more master bath storage ideas - click here

Top Master Bath Trend #2 - Oversized tub

Top 10 Master Bath Trends for 2013

 

 Master bathrooms built in 2013 will include more oversized tubs - with many special requests for extended lengths as more men are enjoying pampering soaks.

New homeowners are looking for a place to relax - and a large bubble bath makes the top of their list.

 

 

 

Top Master Bath Trend #3 - Expanded shower

Top 10 Master Bath Trends for 2013

 

 

 

While some 2013 master bath tubs are expanding in size, others are being replaced with oversized showers.

Custom home master bath showers will include specialty features such as tile benches, dual shower heads, and built in niches.

 

 At Stanton Homes, we can enlarged or rearrange a master bathroom floor plan to accomodate an oversized shower.

 

    

 

Top Master Bath Trend #4 - Premium tile selections

Top 10 Master Bath Trends for 2013

Master baths in 2013 new homes will include more premium tile selections such as marble and glass.

The custom home pictured here, a version of the Lowery, features a glass mosaic tub surround.

 

 

 

 

Top Master Bath Trend #5 - Framed mirrors

 Top 10 Master Bath Trends for 2013

 While master baths will continue to feature large mirrors with beveled edges, we anticipate more requests for framed mirror styles for a more contemporary feel

 

The custom home pictured here, a version of the Carwile, includes wood framed mirros in espresso.

 

 

 

Top Master Bath Trend #6 - Plant shelves AND

Top Master Bath Trend #7 - Vaulted ceilings

Top 10 Master Bath Trends for 2013

 

Plant shelves and vaulted ceilings go hand-in-hand in 2013 custom home designs.

Plant shelves are a subtle way to add elegance and detail to any master bathroom.

See more photos of plant shelves on Pinterest - click here.

Top 10 Master Bath Trends for 2013

 

 

 

And vaulted ceilings add greater dimension and depth.

Get ideas for your 2013 custom master bath in these vaulted ceiling photos.

 

Top Master Bath Trend #8 - Heated floors

Top 10 Master Bath Trends for 2013

Heated flooring will continue to be a luxury add-on for 2013 master baths.

 

Heated flooring can make winter mornings more comfortable.  While not as popular in mild North Carolina, heated floors will stay in high demand in colder climates.

 

 

 

Top Master Bath Trend #9 - Arched openings and alcoves

Top 10 Master Bath Trends for 2013

  2013 Master baths will include more upscale designed details, such as arched openings and alcoves.

The custom home pictured here, a version of the Summerlyn, features a rectangular tub with arched entrance and TWO arched alcoves, one on each end of teh tub. Lights are tucked into each alcove and above the tub.

 

Top Master Bath Trend #10 - His and hers separate vanities

Top 10 Master Bath Trends for 2013

A "his-and-hers" master bathroom setup will continue to be popular in 2013 new homes.

While separate vanities can be integrated into one long countertop, even more popular is a separate countertop design. 

Completely separate countertops, sinks, and storage give a true his-and-hers feeling.

The his-and-hers concept will also be used when designing two seperate master closets.

 

Watch video tours of recently completed North Carolina custom homes that include these top 10 master bath trends for 2013:

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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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What Rooms are Buyers Asking For? | New Home Design Trends

  
  
  

New Home Design Trends - 2011 AIA Survey

Special Function Rooms Becoming More Popular 

According to the home design trends survey for 2nd quarter 2011 from the American Institute of Architects, several special function rooms, such as home offices, outdoor living spaces, and mother-in-law suites have seen increased popularity from 2010 to 2011. 

A few other special function rooms have shown a decline in interest during this time period, including greenhouses, pet rooms/interior kennels, and storm rooms/safe rooms.

AIA's survey shows the following special function rooms as having an increasing interest level in 2011:

Hobby/game rooms show a come-back, from their decline in interest in 2009-2010 survey results.

Here is a chart of AIA's 2nd quarter 2011 special function room survey results:

 

New Home Design Trends 

Learn more about outdoor living spaces, home offices, mud rooms, and in law suites in central North Carolina new homes:

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Custom Designed Inlaw Suites - See How We Make Floor Plan Modifications

 

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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2012 Color Trend Forecast - "Must Read" for New Home Design

  
  
  

Color Trend Forecast for 2012

What New Home Interior Design Colors Will We See Most in 2012?

Here are some of the Most Popular 2012 Color Trends, Courtesy of Interior Designer Andrea Enns

If the Mayans thought the world was going to end in 2012, then perhaps that was simply their hope after having encountered one too many decorating dilemmas. Sometimes selecting color can be one of the most daunting of those dilemmas—so, the blissful are perhaps the color-blind for it all looks good to them?  

Well in some cases yes—actually things often just look the OPPOSITE color which is very handy sometimes in a dilemma:  Knowing what colors my father THOUGHT he liked, whenever he asked my mother if something for the house was “green” (his favorite color) she would deftly reply that it most certainly was—but the item in question was RED—coincidentally her favorite color! He never knew the difference.  Brick Homes Raleigh

Red and green are opposites on the color wheel and so they are direct compliments to one another. 

Take a traditional brick home and watch it literally come to life as the green sod is laid—it’s not just because there is finally grass—it’s because the colors are true compliments to one another.

 

With all of the science behind color, why do we even care about color trends?

Some people will tell you that they don’t care about trends, but if they watch TV, read magazines, and are generally aware of the media, the guru’s (known as color forecasters) at The Color Association of America will know what you’re going to like anyway - they  helped put the color in front of you as companies launching new products will consult them as to which color will best sell the item – so do you like the color because they put it in front of you or did they put it in front of you because they knew you would like the color??

Who knows—they also call it “Color Intelligence” amidst the covert operations over there at the association’s head quarters and I can see why!

What are the most popular 2012 new home design colors?

With that in mind, by far the most popular colors you will see in 2012 are:

1. Blues

2. Greens who still have the earth on their side

3. New takes on black and white

 

1. Blues

2012 Color Trends

Blues have been subtly hinting about their comeback for a couple of years now, showing up at first in more formal rooms and appropriately through several of the hard to define shades of gray we have been enjoying.

(Of course, isn’t that just like gray to be seen more than one way). 

However, in home furnishings and paint colors offered for 2012, blues are definitely back as true blues and will see a strong following since many people naturally favor blue anyway.

 

Pale blue walls can work in both traditio2012 Color Trendsnal and light hearted modern settings. 

At Stanton Homes, we have a home due to finish in the early part of next year; a pale sky blue has already been selected for several rooms and ceilings.

A blue ceiling has been a decorator favorite for a long time. It is as uplifting as looking up at the sky. Choose a very subtle shade or one that is slightly blue-green.  

You can use it almost anywhere and it almost has more panache if there is nothing else in the room that is blue. It looks outstanding with the very dark brown tones we have been favoring in cabinets and hardwood floors. It is also the traditional choice for the bead board of a true southern porch ceiling.

2012 Color TrendsOn the other end of the spectrum we have deep dark navies –we love how great they show off the crown molding and baseboard and even though they are just as dark as the dark brown floors, the two elements together are nothing short of stunning. 

Just try to miss the strong influx of blue in any current decorating magazine—it’s impossible to miss and too irresistible to pass up.

If by some slim chance you are still not convinced of this trend, just consult any older teenager or college student.  They are the trend setters who give the nod to anything new that they deem worthy of their affection.  I have one of these said creatures in my household and last July she announced, quite out of nowhere,  that we needed to paint her room dark navy.  Says the idea just popped into her head.

 

Greens

Greens seem to be remaining strong as the second most popular accent color. They too have been influenced by last year’s grays and browns

2012 Design Colors

Take for example the popularity of bronze—especially for last summer. Shades of bronze can be found as the deepest tones of green-browns on the color wheel. 

For 2012 they are even influencing black and you will see mysterious black-greens (again another Southern tradition can lay claim to that color—the classic Charleston shutter is a black-green.)

There are also light greens influenced by gray as are often found in colors that remind us of beech pebbles or majestic mountains, or even the ocean. 

Again, just like blue, greens tend to work wonderfully with the dark brown floor stains and dark Espresso Brown cabinets we are still so fond of.

 

Whites and Blacks

2012 Home Design Colors

With that being said, are you ready for white cabinets again? Still? So soon? Did they ever really go away?

In my opinion white cabinets never really go out of style.

They are as classic as white tile and since new generation after new generation finds ways to present them as both “new’ and as classic, white cabinets will always stay around. They can work with any kind of interior depending on the door style. Somehow “white’ in general always comes back as new.  What color are the newest i-phones?  I rest my case.

2012 Kitchen Color Trends

Coincidentally Stanton Homes has just ordered two new white kitchens amongst many many dark brown maple Espresso kitchens. 

In fact, the same trendy folks who chose the blue accents are going with a combination of painted white maple cabinets, Absolute black granite, white subway tiles, tall white bead board paneling, and rich Chestnut brown hardwood floors.  

This home is brimming with colors and style that are American classics. It is currently called the Carwile, but we may have to re-name it the “All American”.  

And, coincidentally or not, since the folks in Intelligence at the Color Association of America will say they knew it all along, the other white kitchen is scheduled to have green walls! How perfect is that?

So, fear not the color trends but embrace them and feel confident that for whatever reason, you will like them!  At Stanton Homes we’re glad the Mayans were wrong and we look forward to all of the unique and beautiful homes we will have the opportunity to build for our customers in 2012.

 

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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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Top 8 New Home Trends - Conserving Space, Lowering Cost, Saving Energy

  
  
  

What Does Today's New Home Look Like?

Top 8 New Home Trends

Today's budget-conscious homes are designed to save energy and space

New home buyers and builders have been asked, across the nation, what they want to see built.  Here's what custom home builders in Raleigh are focusing on, to meet the needs of today's home buyer.

1.  Energy Efficiency - Custom Home Builder Trends

Today's homebuyers are very focused on energy efficient homes, as energy costs continue to rise.

They’re line-iteming $5,000, $10,000 and even more into building budgets in exchange for substantially lower monthly energy costs.

When homebuyers evaluate new home builders in NC, they’re looking for cutting edge technology like Bayer's MaterialScience High Performance Residential Program
 (which provides a written guarantee of significant savings on heating and cooling costs) and ENERGY STAR programs that offer long-term lower energy costs.

2. Smaller, Better Designed Homes - NC Custom Home Builder Trends

NC Custom Home BuildersMany North Carolina new home builders are building better designed smaller homes – 1600 to 2500 sq ft, in place of the recently popular 2500 to 3500 sq ft range to homes. 

Smaller homes are more cost effective to build, reduce monthly housing costs, require less heating and cooling, and reflect an overall trend towards a floor plan that really works, without unnecessary rooms.

3.  "Great Room" vs. Formal Living Areas | NC Custom Home Builder Trends

Home buyers are more attracted to floor plans with open layouts, which provide more usable space in the areas where people gather.

Homes with a Great Room concept are more popular than traditional formal living room/formal dining room plans.  Great Rooms usually combine the main living space with the kitchen, while eliminating oversized hallways and excess walls. 

Formal living rooms and separate family rooms are just not as popular, with space at a premium. 

4.  Fewer Vaulted or Two Story Ceilings | NC Custom Home Builder Trends

NC Custom Home Builders | Great RoomWhile 9 foot ceilings remain very popular for first floor areas, there is a decreased demand for vaulted or two story ceilings. 

Floor plans with two story ceilings in the Family Room are often converted into extra living space, as new home builders in NC fill that empty height with a bonus room or game room on the second floor – without a huge price tag difference.

Two story foyers remain more popular than two story family rooms, but many homes have eliminated all two story areas.

5. Fewer Expensive Options | NC Custom Home Builder Trends

Homebuyers and home builders are opting out of many of the expensive options they were more likely to choose a couple of years ago, as they concentrate more on use of space. 

Homebuyers are more likely to plan for weekend projects in order to keep the overall price tag of their new home lower.  This includes choosing to add landscaping, decks, and additional paint colors later, and not including that luxurious double-sided fireplace and wet bar in the master suite.

6. Fewer Formal Dining Rooms | NC Custom Home Builder Trends 

Today’s informal eat-on-the-go mentality has contributed to the popularity of eating areas off the kitchen.

Formal Dining Rooms are being converted to Home Offices – and if an NC custom home builder knows that’s the intention in advance, there are some special adaptations they can build in that make that transition easier.  

7. More Elaborate Kitchens | NC Custom Home Builder Trends

NC Custom Home Builders | kitchenThe kitchen has become a central point of the home.  In partnership with the elimination of formal dining rooms, kitchens often offer easier places to sit and eat or hang out.

Large islands and seating areas are popular with people who like to gather where the food is cooking.  Countertop space, flow-through capabilities and energy-efficient appliances are a big part of the demand. 

Homeowners are looking for good value, rather than the flashiest new appliances or most expensive countertops.

8.  Three Car Garages | NC Custom Home Builders

Homebuilders are seeing more requests for three car garages, where the budget allows.

Three car garages are in demand to allow for small workshops, storage, or parking space for a Mother-in-Law or grown child who has moved back home. Even larger garages can be planned cost effectively.  For example tandem garages, where one car parks behind another, are gaining in popularity.   That extra area is also perfect for a workshop.

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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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Custom Home Design Trends: Staircase Styles and Ideas

  
  
  

New Home Staircase Styles and Ideas

Staircase Options for Your Custom Home

 

Staircases are often visible from the foyer, so you'll want to make a good first impression with your staircase design choices.

Check out these popular custom home staircase styles, from traditional to craftsman, wrought iron and more.

 

GershwinFoyerStaircaseCarpet

Carpeted Staircases

Most staircases are carpeted.

This wide-step staircase is set to the side of the open Foyer, with wrought-iron balusters and oak handrails that further extend the spacious feel. 

A staircase can be designed to be open and inviting, particularly when the staircase is part of a two-story or vaulted Great Room or Family Room.

 

Iron Baluster Staircase

 

Using carpet in this custom home was a cost effective way to add oak detailing and wrought iron balusters.

The iron balusters add touch of elegance and permanence to this staircase.

 

 

 

 Box Newel Staircase

Newel Posts

A newel is the "anchor" post, the main column that supports the handrail.

Newels can be custom designed for the homebuyer by the trim carpenters or staircase specialists.

Newels can be boxy or round, small or large.

Pictured here is a Stanton Home with box newel posts in a post-to-post staircase system.

An interesting newel can really change the look and feel of your staircase.

  

 

Craftsman Staircases

 

Craftsman Style Home

 

This custom home features a craftsman style staircase with a box newel post system.

 

Craftsman staircases are simplistic and timeless.

 

Craftsman style homes are favored by those who enjoy clean lines and solid structures, with a sense of elegance.

 

 

 

 

 Open Tred Staircase Design

Open Tread Staircases

On an Open Tread Staircase, balusters are placed directly into the top of the stairway treads, as pictured here.

Alternating baskets with standard balusters adds visual detail and avoids monotony.

A typical oak newel post supports the oak handrail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kneewall Staircases

Kneewall Staircase

 

The opposite of an Open Tread Staircase is a Kneewall Staricase.  

In this Kneewall Staircase, the balusters are installed into the closed stringer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over The Post Staircases

Over the Post Volute Staircase

 

This Over the Post staircase features Volute style posts with delicate, intricate wrought iron details.

A Volute post spirals at the bottom of the stairway. These posts require a starting step. 

 

With a multitude of options, the staircases in your new home can truly reflect your own personality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact us about the home you have in mind, and ideas for your Raleigh Custom Home staircase. We can work with you to modify nearly any floorplan to incorporate your unique style and needs.

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Fireplace Design Ideas for Your New Custom Home

  
  
  

Choosing a Fireplace

Design Tips for your New Custom Home

If you're thinking about a new custom home, chances are fairly good that you'll be including at least one fireplace.

But what type of fireplace do you have in mind?  Here are a few basic ideas to get you started.

Fireplace Idea #1: Simple and Elegant Gas FireplaceFireplace Design Ideas | NC Custom Home Builders | Raleigh New Homes

In most cases, you'll start with an elegant, simple fireplace design. 

This gas fireplace is set off with a black slate surround with matching hearth, and a custom, site-built mantlepiece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fireplace Idea #2: Fireplace with Mosaic Tile Surround

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For old world sophistication, consider a mosaic tile.

This type of fireplace surround is more labor intensive, but well worth a little additional cost.

In this example, a mini-mosaic was used, with a fabulous mixture of dark and light textures.

The site-built mantle and surround includes an entertainment niche with decorative columns.

 

Fireplace Idea #3: 42" Fireplace with Raised Hearth and Framed TV Area

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The fireplace is often the focal point of the room, and an oversized fireplace can make a vaulted room even more cozy.

Here, a raised hearth and intergrated, completely trimmed tv area make this fireplace a masterpiece.

Fireplace Idea #4 - Full Height Stone Surround

Idea #3: 42" Fireplace with Raised Hearth and Framed TV Area

 

There's nothing quite like a stone fireplace surround for a special look. 

Whether you're aiming for a rustic lodge or a classic, timeless feel, stone is an excellent choice.

Here, note the stone hearth, matching stone mantlepiece, and keystone accent over the fireplace.   And stone doesn't mean the tv has to move - ask about having your tv support installed ahead of time. 

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Your fireplace, surround and mantle can reflect your own personality across a variety of different budgets.   Ask your builder for ideas that will work best for your new custom home! 

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

  
  
  

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

 

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

Looking to add low-cost square footage to your new home or make space for a future  hobby area, game room, sports center, or guest retreat? 

Choosing a floor plan with an unfinished third floor or attic may be the answer.

One of the questions you need to ask is, what is the most cost-effective way to finish third floor or attic space?

 

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

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

 - Home Size and Price Point

 - Roofline Style and Size

 - Size of the space to be finished

 - Does the floor plan include a staircase?

 - Would you want to add a bathroom?

 - Would you want to add windows or a skylight?

  

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

 - Basic lighting

 - Basic electrical outletsHow Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic? | NC Homes

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

 - Insulation

 - Drywall

 - Paint

 - Basic required trimwork

 - Standard level carpet

It can be less cost effective to finish a smaller space, and the total cost per square foot will vary based on the size of the space being finished. 

If you need to add a staircase from the second to third floor, the price tag can become much higher.

How Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic? | NC HomesThe expense of the project can also increase if you need to add any kind of windows or skylights. If you don't plan ahead, you will need to remove siding and roofing, reframe the structure, add the window or skylight, and replace the siding and roofing. 

The cost of adding a bathroom will vary depending on the finishes desired as well as what stage of construction the home is in. If requested at planning stage, the plumber, framers, and electricians will be able to complete all work as they are finishing the rest of the home, resulting in some savings.

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

Make sure to get a full price quote before taking on what can become a major project.


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2011 Kitchen Trends: 7 Kitchen Trends to Watch

  
  
  

What's Happening in the Kitchen?

Results of the 2011 Design Trend Survey

The National Kitchen & Bath Association just revealed the results of a 2011 Marketplace design trend survey - and here's what they saw.  More than 100 kitchen and bath designers responded.

1) Keep It Simple - Shaker Style Cabinets

Shaker Cabinets | 2011 Kitchen TrendsTraditional remains the most popular kitchen cabinet style, but Shaker style cabinets came in second for the first time after rising in popularity in 2009.  Contemporary cabinets have moved to third place.  Cottage style cabinets was the only other style to register over 20%.

2) Dark and Mysterious Cabinetry

Dark finishes leaped over medium natural, glazed and white painted finishes to become the most requested finish style at the end of 2010. 

Dark finishes were used by 51% of designers polled, medium used by 48% of designers, white painted by 47% of designers, and glazed by 42% of designers.  Light natural finishes were used by 25% of designers, while colored paints were used by 29% of designers.  Glazed finishes took the biggest hit, falling 11 points.  Is this because glazes are generally the highest cost finish?

3) Entertaining with a Great Bottle of Wine

2011 Kitchen TrendsWine refrigerators are declining, but wine cabinets and storage options are abounding.  In 2009, only 39% of surveyed designers included a wine storage area in the kitchen.  At the end of 2010, 51% of designers were focusing on wine storage.

Other cabinetry options are changing too, but many are on the decline.  Tall pantries were used by 84% of designers, versus 89% in 2009.  Lazy susans fell from 90% to 78%.  Pull out racks/shelving fell from 81% to 71%.  Appliance garages also saw reduced popularity.  They were installed at some point by 36% of designers in 2009, but only 29% of designers at the end of 2010.

4) Refrigerators - Baby it's Cold in Here

What kind of refrigerator is specified most often by NKBA member designers?  French door refrigerators leaped from 67% to 78%.  Freezer-top refrigerators fell to just 8% of designers (I'm assuming not many of these designers have been in apartments!). 

5) Cooking with Induction Heat

You might want to think about that new set of pans after all - while not prevalent, induction heat cooking is growing.  Gas cooktops were specified by 76% of NKBA designers in 2009, but fell to 70% in late 2010.  Electric cooktops rose from 38% to 41%.  Induction cooktops took some of the gas cooktop share, moving from 26% to 34%.

Double wall ovens saw an increase too, specified in designs by 74% of designers, versus 68% in 2009. 

6) Lighting Up the Kitchen

Halogen lighting has reduced from 46% to 40% by this group of kitchen designers.  Incandescent lighting fell from 50% to 35%.  Halogen lighting moved from 46% to 40%.  LED (light-emitting diode) is the only lighting type that saw an increase, from 47% to 54%.  CFL's were flat.

7) Taking Out the Trash

NKBA members put a greater emphasis on trash and recycling solutions - 89% of kitchens designed during the final months of 2010 include trash and/or recycling pull-outs. 

The results of the NKBA survey represent overall trends from Canada and the United States. 

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association that has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry for more than 45 years. NKBA.org provides consumers with an inspiration gallery of award-winning kitchen and bath designs, as well as articles, tips, and an extensive glossary of remodeling terms.

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