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19 Modern Country Farmhouse Features  [Farmhouse photos]

Posted by Stanton Homes on Fri, Jul 27, 2018 @ 06:07 AM

What does a Modern Country Farmhouse have? New Custom Home Designs in the Raleigh region

What makes White Country Farmhouses the most popular architectural design for custom homes in NC?

White Modern Country Farmhouses are one of the most requested custom architectural designs in North Carolina right now.

Whether prompted by a homebuyer’s return to nature, yearning for a simplistic life, or comfort inspired by a country home, White Modern Country Farmhouses are a popular blend of contemporary and traditional artistry that's in high demand.

Here are 19 features common to modern country farmhouses, with photos from new Raleigh white modern country farmhouses. 

 

#1 modern country farmhouse feature: White exterior

Although modern country farmhouses can be painted any color, white is by far the most poplar color. Whether it speaks to the quest for purity in lifestyle or merely harkens to a sense of simplicity, many homebuyers believe white is just right for this architectural style.

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses

#2 modern country farmhouse feature: Big covered porches

Big covered porches that extend over the majority of the front of the home (and often continue around the side and back) are one of the most common reasons people choose this kind of floor plan. Especially in North Carolina, where lifestyles often encompass indoor/outdoor living, a covered front porch says “stay a while.”

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses

#3 modern country farmhouse feature: Dormers

Dormers are often a feature of modern country farmhouses. They serve to break up the roofline, bring additional natural light into the upper floor, and add country appeal.

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses 

 #4 modern country farmhouse feature: Metal roof

Full metal roofs can be a pricey custom feature, so a popular option is metal accents for a portion of a roof (especially over the front porch) on modern country farmhouse homes. This Raleigh custom home is an example of a modern white farmhouse exterior with black metal roof accents: 

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses 

#5 modern country farmhouse feature: Screen porch

A big screen porch is another way of adding outdoor living to a home that’s especially popular with modern country farmhouse plans. They add more ability to enjoy the countryside – in a relatively contained environment.

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses 

#6 modern country farmhouse feature: Open kitchen and great room

The simplistic nature of a modern country farmhouse encourages get-togethers. There is a lot of emphasis on big spaces for gatherings, with focus on the kitchen and great room. The beams across two ceilings in this photo also illustrates the appeal of wood in this style of home.

 

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses 

#7 modern country farmhouse feature: Big island

Big islands are a constant in modern country farmhouses - serving as a gathering place as well as a focal point, with large surfaces designed for multiple activities. In the photo below of a modern country farmhouse kitchen, the built-in bench is part of the island cabinetry. 

 

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses  

#8 modern country farmhouse feature: White cabinets

The clean and basic nature of a white modern country farmhouse design is often continued inside, with white cabinets the number one choice for kitchens and bathrooms.

 

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses 

#9 modern country farmhouse feature: Industrial or artistic style lighting

Exaggerated lighting is a common request for modern country farmhouses, like this photo of pendant lights over the kitchen island. Note the apron front sink, too - read on for more photos of this highly sought after feature in custom homes.

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses

 

#10 modern country farmhouse feature: Big pantry

With all the family and friends that love to hang out in your new home, you’ll need a big pantry with custom storage – one of the most popular features in most modern country farmhouses. This pantry photo illustrates how shelving can be designed to fit the kinds of products you want to place there, when you build a custom home.

 

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses 

#11 modern country farmhouse feature: Apron sink

Although this is a custom feature that does not come standard in every modern country farmhouse, it is one of the most eye-catching focal points. Some people even call it a “farmhouse sink” because it suits this kind of home so well. (See two more white apron front sinks in farmhouse features #9 and #13.)

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses 

#12 modern country farmhouse feature: Free standing tub or squared-off rectangular tub

The simplistic nature of a modern country farmhouse continues in the master bath, where bathtubs can be whimsical or contemporary with equal ease.

 

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses 

#13 modern country farmhouse feature: Lots of windows

Since many modern country farmhouses are built in the countryside, it isn’t just a quest for more sunlight that makes lots of windows a popular request. It’s also a feeling of being one with nature – without neighbors a fraction away to block the view.

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses

#14 modern country farmhouse feature: Drop zones

Countryside living can mean more mud and more clutter to drop off at the door. Drop zones are one of the most sought after features in every new home – but in modern country farmhouses, they can seem essential.

 

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses

 

#15 modern country farmhouse feature: Ample storage throughout the home

As you can see in these photos, built in storage is tucked into a variety of rooms in many modern country farmhouses. Each cubby, shelf and cupboard is designed for the use of its placement, in today’s custom homes.

 

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses 

#16 modern country farmhouse feature: Raised ceilings

Big spaces that define modern country farmhouses don’t stop with window walls and gathering spaces. Raised ceilings in great rooms, master suites, kitchens and other rooms are also designed to create a feeling of spaciousness.

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses

 

#17 modern country farmhouse feature: Country style trim

Whereas most custom homes come with two piece crown molding, modern country farmhouse trim packages can be more subtle with simple, straight lines. 

 Raleigh white modern country farmhouses

 

Ship lap is another popular trim trend for Raleigh white farmhouse designs. And here are more of the wood beams that can add a rustic or contemporary touch to custom homes.

 

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses

 

#18 modern country farmhouse feature: Hardwood floors and stairways

Hardwood floors are the most popular choice of flooring in modern country farmhouses, especially in all of the main floor gathering areas. It’s easy to clean and has natural wood appeal intricate to country living.

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses

 

#19 modern country farmhouse feature: White wainscoting 

While not all walls in modern country farmhouses are white (grey is actually the most requested color right now) it’s common to have a specific wall with wainscoting, board and batten, or ship lap that adds personality and draws the eye to a specific area.

 

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses

 

 

 

 

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Raleigh Homes with the Laundry Room Next to the Master Closet

Posted by Stanton Homes on Wed, Jul 25, 2018 @ 12:07 PM

Get Access to the Laundry Room Through the Master

Raleigh New Homes

Floor plan designs often place the master suite and laundry room on opposite ends of the home. This keeps washer and dryer noise away from the bedroom and directs traffic patterns away.

Raleigh Homes with the Laundry Room Next to the Master Closet

See a photo tour of this home, a version of the Cabot, with a white and back tile pattern in the laundry room accessible through the master closet.

 

What are the most common locations for a laundry room? 

On the first floor, laundry rooms are most often kept next to the kitchen/garage entrance, mud room, and drop zone

On the second floor, laundry rooms are most often placed between kids' bedrooms or down a hallway (still keeping the master bedroom separated from laundry room noise and traffic). 

Raleigh Homes with the Laundry Room Next to the Master Closet

What are the latest trends in laundry room placement for Raleigh new homes? 

However, Stanton Homes is seeing a shift toward convenience in new home requests, with more home buyers asking for floor plans with the laundry room next to the master bedroom, with or without an additional door into the master bath or master closet.

 

Raleigh Homes with the Laundry Room Next to the Master Closet

Where else can I have a laundry room?  

When building a custom home, there are always exceptions to common trends. A very popular Raleigh home design, the Cotswold (pictured below), places the laundry room next to the master bedroom (without private access). This keeps laundry room facilities close by, through traffic. 
 
Raleigh Homes with the Laundry Room Next to the Master Closet
The Cotswold Raleigh new home is over 3,000 sq ft with 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and a first floor guest suite:
 
Raleigh Homes with the Laundry Room Next to the Master Closet

 

Below are examples of popular Raleigh North Carolina new home designs with laundry room access through the master closet (or very close to the master bedroom). Tell us your favorites! 

 

The Timber Ridge - Max Fulbright Design

The master bathroom leads directly into the laundry room in this Max Fulbright design.

Separate his and hers closets wrap behind the dual vanities. Raleigh Homes with the Laundry Room Next to the Master Closet

The Ingram - Alan Mascord Two Story Home

In this version of the Ingram, a two story Alan Mascord home design, the master bedroom has direct access to the laundry room / craft room through the walk in closet.

A two story design - with the master bedroom on the second floor - has the added benefit of keeping the laundry room on the same level as all (or most) bedrooms.

Raleigh Homes with the Laundry Room Next to the Master Closet

 

 

The Halstad by Alan Mascord

In this main floor master design, the laundry room is located just around the corner from the master bedroom.

Ample storage cabinets, a built in ironing board, a sink, and two countertops create a functional design - with easy access between rooms.

A separate mud room keeps the working laundry room clear of outdoor gear and everyday clutter.

Raleigh Homes with the Laundry Room Next to the Master Closet

 

The Sherri - Custom home design by Stanton Homes

In this version of The Sherri, the master bedroom includes a private entrance to the laundry room, through the walk in closet.

Access between the master closet and laundry room couldn't be easier.

Raleigh Homes with the Laundry Room Next to the Master Closet

 

 

The Madison - Max Fulbright Designs

Inside The Madison, the first floor laundry room is located just steps away from the master suite.

Across the hall, a linen closet offers tucked-in storage space.

Raleigh Homes with the Laundry Room Next to the Master Closet

 

 

 

Raleigh Homes with the Laundry Room Next to the Master Closet

 

Raleigh New Homes:

Get more ideas for your master bedroom layout and laundry room design, here:

Floor plans with a mud room - with drop zone photos

What is a Universal Design laundry room?

Best mudroom designs, sizes, and layouts [Mudroom Drop Zone Photos]

Best Designs for the Master Bath [Photos of 11 Styles]

Tags: Raleigh new home trends, raleigh new homes, laundry room design, Floor Plans with Laundry Room Next to Master, master bedroom layout ideas

Best Designs for the Master Bath [with photos]

Posted by Stanton Homes on Sun, Jul 08, 2018 @ 08:07 AM

11 Best Master Bathroom Layouts

How to design your custom home bathroom for two

Ways to modify the master suite bathroom for the owner’s suite are some of the most common requests when building a custom home in North Carolina. (See several other common requests for floor plan modifications here).

Below, find examples of how to design spaces for two - with photos, paint colors, cabinet wood types, and tile colors - inside your Raleigh new home.


Custom home master bath layouts with vanities designed for two:

Here are 11 photos with descriptions of these custom home master baths designed with room for two.

#1 Dual Vanity Design Idea: I love you but I need my space

This master bath has dual vanities across the room from each other, to provide plenty of space to maneuver.

Best Designs for the Master Bath | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

The dual vanities on opposite walls in this photo of a custom home master bathroom create complete separation with as much space for each individual as typical shared countertops. The shower is designed for two, as well, with two shower heads.

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 PearlSee more photos of this Raleigh custom home, here.

Design tip: Dual vanities that are separated can create flow for the room when used to frame a custom bathtub or shower.

 

#2 Dual Vanity Design Idea: Bold and sophisticated

The sophisticated appeal of this bathroom is enhanced by colors and textures that compliment the master suite separated only by glass French Doors (see photos of the master suite fireplace and sitting room).

Best Designs for the Master Bath | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

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

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

See the full photo tour of this home, here.

 

#3 Dual Vanity Design Idea: Upscale Urban Craftsman

The photo of this Upscale Urban Craftsman master suite bath illustrates the appeal of Contemporary espresso, grey, white, and black tones - combined with soft crystal and pensive stainless steel features – in this custom designed bathroom created by Stanton Homes.

Best Designs for the Master Bath | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Full height mirrors are accentuated by sidelights, with a huge chandelier overhead and huge picture window that light up the room.

In addition to the many cupboards, drawers and shelves in the bathroom, the massive walk in closet has a built in dresser and extra tuck away places. See more photo

Design tip: Use the open shelving to stack fluffy towels and favorite collectibles.

 

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

Master suite vanities can be built in varying heights. Generally, a 33 inch tall vanity is ideal for women, while a 36 inch tall vanity suits most men.

Best Designs for the Master Bath | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

A great way to vary heights without the room looking lopsided is to add a dressing table between vanities, as seen in this photo.

The short vanity drawer is a handy place to store makeup and other items you want to reach quickly and easily. See the photo tour, here.

Design Tip: In this master bath, a massive shower with separate shower heads replaces the tub – a frequent request in custom home building. 

 

#5 Dual Vanity Design Idea #5: Linear dual vanities

The dual vanity in this photo is aligned on the same wall – so you don’t see someone else in the mirror when you’re at your sink. It also has an integrated dressing table.

Best Designs for the Master Bath | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

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

While dressing tables are designed as a seating station, you can convert the under-counter space into a storage area. Just add a basket of towels! 

The vanity cabinets are a Maple wood, painted in Antique White. See more photos of this custom home master bathroom, here.

Design Tip: This master bathroom features several types of tile (floor-to-ceiling in the shower, extra chair rail style tile along the tub edges, and more). When working with Stanton Homes, our designers help you with selections throughout your home - including ways to integrate specialty tile patterns.

 

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

In this photo of a Raleigh custom home master bath, the symmetrical dual sinks are an under mount style designed for the granite counter top.

Best Designs for the Master Bath | Raleigh Custom Home Builders 

Dual vanity layouts like this require bathrooms with a long wall on one side. The soaking tub and a custom tile shower sit directly opposite to this dual vanity. Find more photos of this new home, here.

Design Tip: A center set of drawers - rather than dressing counter opening - can be very helpful for your storage needs. 

 

#7 Dual Vanity Design Idea: Shared space

This photo of a double vanity in a custom master bathroom illustrates the impact of color.

Best Designs for the Master Bath | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

The soft blue hue of this room is designed to sooth, amid a layout that feels intimate and shared, with its close but separate grooming spaces.

A bank of drawers and open shelving unit in the middle of the vanity defines personal space, while placing shared storage within easy reach. See inside this farmhouse style new home, here.

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

 

#8 Dual Vanity Design Idea: Custom home master bath layouts with vanities designed for two

The elegance in this high end master suite bathroom is reminiscent of a spa retreat, with calming whites and cool grays.

Best Designs for the Master Bath | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Furniture-inspired Antique White master bath vanities are tucked under barrel vault ceiling alcoves. 

Floor-to-ceiling central storage tops off the sumptuous appeal of this amazing dual vanity. The counter tops are called Carolina Cream. The floor tiles are 13 x 13 Crema Pavia Antica.

Design Tip: Ask your builder if they will work with you on creating custom ceiling heights. This master bathroom uses a special "drop ceiling" design above the vanities - making space for the barrel vaults and connecting the cabinets to create one smooth line in the center.

 

#9 Dual Vanity Design Idea: Rugged and classic

This photo of a master suite bathroom with dual vanities is filled with special spaces to share.

Best Designs for the Master Bath | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

In this custom home design, a three-way see-through fireplace is the highlight of the bathroom, at the entrance to the master suite.

It can be seen from each vanity, as well as the soaking tub and shower.

As flames flicker behind the glass around the fireplace, everything shimmers, from metallic tiles to bronze light fixtures, Smokey Topaz wall paint, and Golden granite counter tops with a 1/4 inch bevel edge. Click here for more photos (including the three sided fireplace).

Design Tip: The spaces above the shower and water closet are designed as plant shelves. Ask your builder where you can integrate these types of built in decoration and storage spaces, throughout your home.

 

#10 Dual Vanity Design Idea: Angled appeal

The photo of this master bath dual vanity illustrates how an angled vanity design can add creativity.

Best Designs for the Master Bath | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

It can also make good use of space.

In this custom home, having a sitting room in the master bedroom was more important than having a sprawling bathroom.

Yet there’s plenty of room in this master bath for an enlarged shower and custom soaking tub.

The black shower frame contrasts nicely against the medium brown cabinets. Get the floor plan and more photos here.

Design Tip: Re-arranging the master bath is a very common request for custom home builders. Tell us which of our floor plans you love, and we'll show you how to curve the tub deck, angle the vanity, and take advantage of all angles to maximize the usable space around your personality.

 

#11 Dual Vanity Design Idea: Lifestyle spaces

In this photo of a master suite bathroom in a custom home, the focus is on a huge shower with one vanity next to it and the other next to the soaking tub on the other side of the room.

Best Designs for the Master Bath | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

The bathroom is next to a private exercise room in this floor plan, so this layout was chosen so that this entire area of the bathroom would be used most often by one person coming straight in from working out, and the other entire area of the bathroom with its own tub and vanity would be used by the other.

In addition to the vanities each having its own drawers, there is also an island cabinet in the master closet. See photos here.

 


New Home Trends from Raleigh Custom Home Builder Stanton Homes

Where can I find wrap around porch ideas for Raleigh new homes?

What's the best ceiling height for a great room? [Photos and Dimensions]

Multigenerational New Homes Raleigh [with floor plans]

Main Floor Master Plans for Raleigh Craftsman Homes

Best mudroom designs, sizes, and layouts [Mudroom Drop Zone Photos]

No tub for the bath? [Master bath floor plans with no tub]

7 Corner Pantry Ideas [with Floor Plans] for Chapel Hill New Homes

9 House Plans with Flex Space [With Floor Plan Layouts]

11 Window Styles for New Homes [Window Style Guide Photos]

Stanton Homes builds new custom homes throughout the Triangle area of North Carolina – tell us your favorite floor plan, and we’ll walk you through you next steps to build your custom home.


 

Tags: master bath layouts, master bath without a tub, Raleigh Custom Home Builders, new homes raleigh nc, best master bath vanity ideas

Where Can I find Wrap Around Porch Ideas for Raleigh New Homes?

Posted by Stanton Homes on Sat, Jul 07, 2018 @ 07:07 AM

New Homes with Wrap Around Porches

Raleigh Wrap Around Porch Cost and Design Ideas

Wrap around porches are one of the most sought after new home exteriors in today’s custom home design trends in North Carolina.

Wrap Around Porch Cost | Raleigh New Homes

See Move-In Ready Homes

Wrap Around Porch Styles

There are many different types of wrap around porches.

Wrap-around porches can be two, three, or four sided to wrap partially or wholly around the house.

Wrap-around porches can also be broken into multiple sections by adding several access points from alcoves in the home.

Wrap Around Porch Cost | Raleigh New Homes

How much does a wrap around porch cost when building a new home in Raleigh?

New custom home wrap around porch build cost is based on:

 - Total square footage of porch space

 - Type of porch surface (choices include concrete, wood, brick, slate, tile, and more)

 - Type of railings

 - Type of support pillars (Hand built Craftsman stone columns are the most expensive, basic 4x4 support post are least expensive, with a wide range of options between)

 - Type of roof (standing seam metal, rounded, copper, dimensional shingles)

 - Height from the ground

Expect your wrap around porch to start at around $10K or more, depending on these factors as well as requirements specific to your homesite. Your builder should be able to tell you the precise cost for the wrap around porch that you would like, on the floor plan you have chosen, at your location.

Contact us information on building your new home in Raleigh - with a wrap around porch.

Wrap Around Porch Cost | Raleigh New Homes

 

The Low Country Farmhouse is one of the most popular floor plans. It has an open layout, with well designed living space on the interior. But the most highly regarded feature is its expansive front porch, which can be wrapped around the side.

Here’s another version of the plan:

 

Wrap Around Porch Cost | Raleigh New Homes

How to choose a wrap around porch style in Raleigh North Carolina

Before choosing your porch plan, take into consideration:

- The amount of space around your new home, which can determine how large the porch can be

- Does the architectural style you have chosen lend itself to a wrap around porch?

- Covered porches can be one of the most expensive elements in a custom home. How much do you want it to wrap?

- What type of flooring, hand railing, columns, balusters, or posts are appropriate, given the style of the home?

Some custom homes are centered on wrap around porches to the extent that there’s almost as room on the porch as there is inside the home, like the McCoy:

Wrap Around Porch Cost | Raleigh New Homes

This wrap around porch floor plan was built in the middle of town, so that the home buyers could feel involved with everything happening around them, with a wide expanse of space for outdoor entertainment all day long.

Raleigh Wrap Around Porch Benefits

Home buyers seeking wrap around porches like outdoor living space because they like to:

- People watch

- Enjoy nature

- Have ample room delegated to rocking chairs or porch swings

- Elicit welcoming curb appeal

- Express the warmth of modern country farmhouse style

The Daniel is another wonderful example of a wrap around porch modern country farmhouse style:

Wrap Around Porch Cost | Raleigh New Homes

This luxury custom home focuses on the wrap around porch as the focal point of the design.

Other Important Considerations for Raleigh Wrap Around Porches:

Talk with the builder about your lifestyle, and other elements you may want to have built in as your new home is constructed, including:

- Electrical outlets
- Overhead lighting and fans
- Screening
- Door access into the home from multiple locations
- Pass through bars for food and other items
- Steps into the property from various locations
- Upper wrap around porches for the second level of the home

The Gershwin’s wrap around porch features custom designed rails that add some pop to the traditional columns:

Wrap Around Porch Cost | Raleigh New Homes

 

Talk to your Raleigh home builder about what it will take to bring home your new wrap around porch.

 

New Home Trends from Raleigh Custom Home Builder Stanton Homes

What's the best ceiling height for a great room? [Photos and Dimensions]

Multigenerational New Homes Raleigh [with floor plans]

Main Floor Master Plans for Raleigh Craftsman Homes

Best mudroom designs, sizes, and layouts [Mudroom Drop Zone Photos]

No tub for the bath? [Master bath floor plans with no tub]

7 Corner Pantry Ideas [with Floor Plans] for Chapel Hill New Homes

9 House Plans with Flex Space [With Floor Plan Layouts]

11 Window Styles for New Homes [Window Style Guide Photos]

Stanton Homes builds new custom homes throughout the Triangle area of North Carolina – tell us your favorite floor plan, and we’ll walk you through you next steps to build your custom home. 

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Farmhouse New Homes [Photos of Farmhouses]

Posted by Stanton Homes on Fri, May 18, 2018 @ 13:05 PM

Photos of New Farmhouses from Raleigh New Home Builders

The Westchester Farmhouse has exterior elements of craftsman home design - and interior modern farmhouse finishes. Take a look inside.

Farmhouse Style Homes | Raleigh New Home Builders

This Farmhouse design is 2,590 sq ft with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and an open layout for the island kitchen and great room. Contact us for more details about this home - and for information on building your new home in central North Carolina.

 

Farmhouse Style Homes | Raleigh New Home Builders

The two tone kitchen - with white perimeter cabinets and a gray island - features a white farmhouse sink, black pendant lights, stainless steel appliances, pot filler above the gas range, and many more unique custom home features.

Farmhouse Style Homes | Raleigh New Home Builders

The foyer entry opens in all directions with archways. Flex rooms on each side serve as two home offices, or a dining room and formal living room. The walls are painted blue, with white wainscoting.

Farmhouse Style Homes | Raleigh New Home Builders

The master bathroom features an open shower with no door, custom tile patterns, rain shower head. The vanity has undermount square sinks, dark framed mirrors, and bump-out center drawers.

New Home Trends from Custom Home Builder Stanton Homes

What's the best ceiling height for a great room? [Photos and Dimensions]

Multigenerational New Homes Raleigh [with floor plans]

Main Floor Master Plans for Raleigh Craftsman Homes

Best mudroom designs, sizes, and layouts [Mudroom Drop Zone Photos]

No tub for the bath? [Master bath floor plans with no tub]

7 Corner Pantry Ideas [with Floor Plans] for Chapel Hill New Homes

9 House Plans with Flex Space [With Floor Plan Layouts]

11 Window Styles for New Homes [Window Style Guide Photos]

Stanton Homes builds new custom homes throughout the Triangle area of North Carolina – tell us your favorite floor plan, and we’ll walk you through you next steps to build your custom home. 

 

Tags: farmhouse floor plans, farmhouse colors, farmhouse photos, raleigh farmhouse builders

Best Home Builders in Pittsboro, NC | 9 Questions to Ask Your Builder

Posted by Stanton Homes on Tue, Apr 17, 2018 @ 12:04 PM

9 Questions to Ask Custom Home Builders in Pittsboro, NC

How to Find the Right Builder for Your New Home

Houzz has named Stanton Homes as the Top Home Builder in Pittsboro, NC - and we agree! 

See our top ranking on Houzz's full list here: Best 15 Home Builders in Pittsboro, NC

Move-In Ready Homes Pittsboro NC

Looking for the right fit for your new home project?  Get answers to 9 of the most important questions they say to ask a prospective custom home builder, below.

 Contact the team at Stanton Homes - and we'll guide you through the steps to build.

 
Best Home Builders in Pittsboro, NC | 9 Questions to Ask Your Builder
 

Questions to ask a prospective custom home builder in Pittsboro, NC:

Question 1: How long have you been in the home building business?

Stanton Homes has been building high quality custom homes in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area since 2006.

Question 2: Where can I read customer reviews - from real home buyers?

Here is a link to our reviews page.

Or, find more home buyer reviews directly on Houzz.com, here.

These stories will give you a good idea of what it's like to build a new custom home with Stanton Homes.

Best Home Builders in Pittsboro, NC | 9 Questions to Ask Your Builder

Question 3: May I tour homes in progress?

Yes! Request a tour, here, to schedule your visit. Some homes may be available to see 7 days a week just ask us to set up a time.

Looking for quick move-in new homes? See our available homes, here.

Question 4: What license(s) do you have?

Stanton Homes is a licensed general contractor in the state of North Carolina. We build custom homes within about an hour of our home office in Apex (about a 50 mile radius). Want to know if we can build on your lot? Contact us to see if you're in our area.

Best Home Builders in Pittsboro, NC | 9 Questions to Ask Your Builder

 

Question 5: What other awards, certifications, and training do you have?

Member National Association of Homebuilders

Member North Carolina Homebuilders Association

Approved VA Builder - Specially Adapted Housing experts

Aging In Place Specialists

Houzz, the world’s leading platform for custom home design ideas, designated Stanton Homes as “Best in Houzz for Design” and “Best of Houzz in Customer Appreciation” four years running, in what they said was a field of more than 500,000 builders and designers across the globe.

Several members of the Stanton Homes team have been chosen as “Top 40 Under 40” professionals in the nation by the industry's premiere publication, Professional Builder Magazine.

Read more about our team, here.

Question 6: Can you give me a written estimate?

Yes, we provide detailed, written estimates based on our floor plan that you want to build. Need floor plan ideas? Ask us to send you samples here.

Best Home Builders in Pittsboro, NC | 9 Questions to Ask Your Builder

Question 7: How long does it take to build a new home?

From the moment the footers are in the ground, our custom build process typically takes from 7 to 9 months.

Question 8: What happens when there are changes to materials or labor pricing?

We work hard to keep your costs down, and reflect that in your written estimate. 

Question 9: What will I need to provide?

We only need a few things to get you started on the build process, such as a pre-approval letter from your lender. Tell us what you want to accomplish, and we'll give you next steps.

Best Home Builders in Pittsboro, NC | 9 Questions to Ask Your Builder

Raleigh New Homes | Move-in Ready and On Your Lot Build Options:

How easy is it to build a custom home on your lot in the Raleigh Triangle area? Find out: 

Build On Your Lot FAQ

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What's the Best Place for a Laundry Room? Chapel Hill House Plans

Posted by Stanton Homes on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 @ 10:04 AM

What's the best location for a laundry room?  


Take a look at these important questions to ask when comparing laundry room floor plans and standard features from North Carolina new home builders. Then, see sample photos with the pros and cons of a first versus second floor laundry room.

Move-In Ready New Homes NC

Types of storage: how many cabinets are "standard" in the size laundry room you want? Does the builder offer cabinets or "shelving" which can mean open (or wire) shelving with no door? All Stanton Homes are built with painted wood shelving.
  • Counter tops: are counter tops included? If so, how many linear feet?
  • Flooring: do you want tile or a special flooring for your laundry?
  • Windows: does the laundry room location allow for a window? If not, can your custom home builder re-arrange a few things in the floor plan to give you a window in the laundry?

Not sure where to start your house plan search? Get help finding a floor plan

Laundry Room Location on the First Floor Option #1: Near the Garage

Pros: A first floor laundry room can be located near the garage - and serve as a catch-all laundry / mud room. Just add a sink and counter top, and you've got a family and pet station.  

What's the Best Place for a Laundry Room? Chapel Hill House Plans

 

A downstairs laundry room (or hallway leading into the laundry room) is a great place for a drop zone - a storage center with cubbies and hooks like this: 

 

What's the Best Place for a Laundry Room? Chapel Hill House Plans

Laundry Room on the First Floor Option #2: Second Entrance to Laundry Room from the Master Closet

A secret or pocket door can give private access to the laundry room, from the master closet. Take a tour of this home, the Cabot, near Chapel Hill NC - schedule your visit here.

What's the Best Place for a Laundry Room? Chapel Hill House Plans

Laundry Room on the First Floor Option #3: Two Laundry Zones

This new home has a private washer and dryer located inside the master closet.  Two laundry rooms, or a laundry room and a laundry closet, are more common in Dual Master or Multi-Generation floor plans.  Get our top 20 Multigen plans, here.


What's the Best Place for a Laundry Room? Chapel Hill House Plans

What's the Best Place for a Laundry Room? Chapel Hill House Plans

 

Laundry Room on the Second Floor

When all the bedrooms are upstairs, it can be more convenient to keep the laundry room on the second floor. See the floor plan for this home, with an oversized second floor laundry.

What's the Best Place for a Laundry Room? Chapel Hill House Plans


These custom homes are move-in ready, or nearly available, in Chatham County. Click the house plan name for new home cost and more information:

The Glenview 3,311 Sq Ft | First Floor Master | 4 Beds, 3 Baths | 2.3 Wooded Acres

The Autumn Brooke 3,150 Sq Ft | First Floor Master | 4 Beds, 3.5 Baths | 1 Wooded Acre

The Mackinaw 3,360 Sq Ft | First Floor Master and Guest Suite | 4 beds | 3 baths | 2.1 Wooded Acres


 

 

 

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Move-In Ready New Homes with Outdoor Living, Decks, Screen Porches

Posted by Stanton Homes on Wed, Apr 11, 2018 @ 11:04 AM

Chapel Hill New Homes with Backyard Living Spaces:

What outdoor living spaces are right for your family? Take a look at these new custom homes, and see which outdoor living aspects you like best!

Here are some examples of homes for sale with outdoor living spaces:

Get ideas from the best outdoor living floor plans with decks, patios, porches, and design features such as outdoor fireplaces.

Chapel Hill New Homes with a Deck

A backyard deck can be one of the most cost effective outdoor living additions to a new home. And a well-placed glass French door will ensure you take advantage of beautiful outdoor spaces, like this custom home in Chapel Hill, NC: 

Move In Ready New Homes Chapel Hill NC  | Outdoor Living Homes

Chapel Hill New Homes with a Deck and Patio

Can't decide on one type of outdoor living space? This new home combines a deck with a concrete patio. Separate spaces let you cook, dine, and play outdoors.

Move In Ready New Homes Chapel Hill NC  | Outdoor Living Homes

 

Move-In Ready New Homes Chapel Hill NC

 

Chapel Hill New Homes with a Screen Porch and Patio

A screened in porch can be used nearly year-round in the mild NC climate. 

Move In Ready New Homes Chapel Hill NC  | Outdoor Living Homes

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.

How to Build On Your Lot

Stanton Homes builds new custom homes throughout the Triangle area of North Carolina – tell us your favorite floor plan, and we’ll walk you through you next steps to build your custom home.

 

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