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Master Bath without a tub | Big showers in new homes for 2019

Posted by Stanton Homes on Mon, Oct 22, 2018 @ 21:10 PM
2019 New Home Trends: Master Baths with No Tub - Big shower for the Owners Bath
 
"Take out the tub - make a bigger shower."
 
That's the number one request we're seeing for custom modifications to 2019 master bathrooms for custom homes in the Triangle region of North Carolina.
 
Take a look at these examples (and click on the photos to see the rest of the home).

 

Big Shower in the Master Bath - Layout #1

 

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The master bathroom in the Dahlberg includes an enlarged shower with a built in tile bench.

The oversized shower has two shower heads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Shower in the Master Bath - Layout #2

In the Lake House, the master bathroom includes an enlarged shower with two shower heads     and a tile bench seat. The separated vanities are divided by a reduced height make-up desk.

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Instead of a tub, this oversized shower has two shower heads:

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Big Shower in the Master Bath - Layout #3

 

The big shower in the Maple Lane master bath has plenty of room for two - yet is a space saver, tucked into the corner. Opaque glass adds privacy.

Big Shower in the Master Bath - Layout #4

 

The Sherri master bath has a comfortable appeal, with soft color choices, classic cabinetry, and a big shower suitable for two.

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Big Shower in the Master Bath - Layout #5

The Elk Point master bath has a huge, wide open shower with multiple shower heads and high tile that is replicated across the room.

 

Big Shower in the Master Bath - Layout #6

Roll in wheelchair accessible shower. Grab bars. Tile soap trays.

 

The Firebird is loaded with grab bars and lots of space to move around - a great aging-in-place design.

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The Judson, a wheelchair accessible home, is a great example of just how big and open a shower can be in a custom home. We're getting requests for this kind of wide open access to the shower for homes that do not require any special accommodations.

Big Shower in the Master Bath - Layout #8

 

More master bathrooms are going "no tub" - like this shower only en suite bath.

The New River House big shower has a built in bench, with a shape that tapers to allow as much floor space inside and out as possible in a smaller bathroom.

Big Shower in the Master Bath - Layout #9

Coordinating colors with a custom tile treatment makes this huge shower even more fun, in the Oak Lane master bath. 

 

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19 Trending Trey Ceiling Styles for New Homes in 2019

Posted by Stanton Homes on Sat, Oct 20, 2018 @ 21:10 PM

Shapes, designs, and photos of 19 Trey Ceiling Designs

Top trey ceilings in NC New Homes

Here's how trey ceilings are shaping up for 2019 in new homes - with octagonal, box, step, and double step trey ceiling styles. Click pictures to see the full photo gallery for each home!

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Where do Trey Ceilings go? While Trey Ceilings can be placed in nearly any room of the home - from the kitchen to the great room - they are most often built into master bedrooms and formal dining rooms.

What are some of the most popular Trey Ceiling styles? Step, shallow step, vaulted, octagonal, angled, and single box are trey ceiling designs that are trending the most for 2019.

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This Chapel Hill new home has rounded corners - designed to mirror the archways below. 

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Deep browns contrast against the white painted wainscoting in this formal dining room - complete with an octagonal trey ceiling.

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Double trey ceilings are more popular in the master bedroom. These trey ceilings carry wall colors into the ceiling, to emphasize the layering look. 

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This owner's suite trey ceiling emphasizes the grand dimension of this spacious personal space. The choice to bathe the room in earth tones and white creates a beautiful color palette for this setting. 

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The layers in this trey ceiling are taller, emphasizing the raised height ceiling. Although most ceilings are still white, treys with color are becoming more popular in Chatham County new homes.

 

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The deep trey design selected for this master suite creates a crowning effect of sophistication. Grey walls reflect the trending color trend, while directing the eye upward.

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This master bedroom white trey ceiling has two layers with crown molding. The sitting area tucked in at the back of the room has its own little niche, behind the trey.

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Here's another approach to a multi-layer trey ceiling, in this master suite that's bold with personality. Bright yellow and white layers make the room sunny and bright, while emphasizing the design's intricate tiers.

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Flirtatious romance can be created with multiple layers in the trey ceiling, like this master suite retreat. Your color palette choice in a custom home can follow your imagination - whimsy, daring or conventional.  

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The classic look to this formal dining room trey ceiling reflects the elegance of the room, with a welcoming openness and simplistic design that compliments expansive windows, archways, chair rail, and hardwoods.

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Frame your formal dining room with a vertical trey ceiling like this to provide balance with your favorite wainscoting design. Color adds dimension, while white adds formality.

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Create character in your kitchen, with a trey ceiling that goes over the space where you spend most of your time. This artistic chef's kitchen is topped with a huge trey basic box with another layer of dimension.

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Keep it simple, with a basic trey ceiling and a ribbon of color. This effect is popular with more casual lifestyles, where rigid formality feels out of place.

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This angled trey ceiling makes a formal dining statement. Serving as a tie-together with incredibly detailed trim work, strategically placed windows and an art niche, this trey says custom home.

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Give your dining room designer appeal, with a multi-layered octagonal trey ceiling accented by bands of color.

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When the emphasis is on the archways, you might want to opt for an all-white octagonal trey in the formal dining room. This provides formality, while keeping most of the attention elsewhere.

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Simple and sweet, this master suite with trey ceiling has a soft, warm feeling, with a sitting alcove that beckons just beyond.

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When you enter your dining room through the wide swoop of this dramatic arched entry, the bold red and white of this traditional dining room reflects confidence. When there's that much going on in the rest of the room, use your trey ceiling as a punctuation mark, like this. 

Chatham County New Custom Home Trends

When building a custom home in Chatham County near Chapel Hill, NC - or anywhere throughout central North Carolina - a Stanton Homes Signature Trey Ceiling can add detail, dimension and depth to nearly any room. 

 

More Wake County New Homes | Custom Home Builder NC Options

 

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7 Multigenerational new homes [Dual Master Floor Plan Layouts and Photos]

Posted by Stanton Homes on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 @ 20:10 PM

7 Multigenerational New Homes | Dual Master Floor Plans for Raleigh New Homes

 

Floor plans and photos of multi-gen homes [Custom home building in NC for multi-gen and dual master suite homes]

 

Multi-gen living arrangements are one of the top reasons to build your new home with a custom home builder in North Carolina - so you can create a layout with special consideration for places to mingle and spaces for privacy.  

Get the 6 Things to Think About Before Choosing Your Next Home (and 5 bonus aging in place floor plans not included in this post).

Here are 7 dual master / multigenerational homes with floor plans and photos, to give you ideas for your new multi-gen home as you work with your custom home builder in NC.

Click on photos to see layouts and more pictures of each multi-gen home.

#1 Multi-gen Floor Plan: Dual Master Suites on Separate Floors

 This custom designed multi-gen home has 4345 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, dual master suites, home theater, office, exercise room, dog room and formal dining. The Barcelona provides spacious private quarters on separate floors, and generous main living areas. The chef's kitchen is designed for multiple tasks and gathering.

 

#2 Multi-gen Floor Plan: Dual Master Suites on Separate Floors. Third floor for entertainment

This multi-gen home has 5751 square feet, 4 bedrooms. 4.5 baths. Movie set stairway with incredible overlook. Amazing kitchen. Entertainment floor, with full bar and fireplace. Curved balcony overlook. More than 80 windows. The Grand Lodge is the ultimate in luxury living for multi-gen families.

 

#3 Multi-gen Floor Plan: Mom's Suite Downstairs, Owner's Suite Upstairs

The Serengeti has 4,364 Sq Ft with 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms. The owner's suite is upstairs and a bedroom suite for mom with a big walk-in closet and private bath are downstairs. Two islands in the kitchen provide lots of space for cooking projects with easy access to the breakfast, sitting, and keeping room. There is also a home office and a prayer room in this custom designed interior.

 

#4 Multi-gen Floor Plan: Upstairs Master Suite. Downstairs Bedroom Suite. Secret Passageway Escape Room for Kids 

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The Dickerson is 2907-3245 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms. The Master Suite is upstairs. A spacious downstairs Bedroom Suite with private bath can be connected to an expanded sitting room and the possibility of a small kitchenette in place of the main floor Office. Kids bedrooms can connect through a secret passageway with a play area between.

 

#5 Multi-gen Floor Plan: Extended Second Master Suite Apartment on the First Floor

The Maple Lane is 3,275 Sq Ft with 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms. There is a full apartment within the home, with a Second Master Suite that includes the privacy of its own sitting room and outdoor living access. The Master Suite on the second floor second has a private Romeo and Juliet deck, huge walk in closet with cabinet island and an adjoining exercise room. 

#6 Multi-gen Floor Plan: Flex Space for Expanded Multi-gen Living

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 The Hopkins has 2604 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms. The Owner's Suite is upstairs. The downstairs Dual Master Suite can have additional privacy by expanding into the Living Room on the main floor. This version has a 3 Seasons Room with an Outdoor Kitchen.

 

#7 Multi-gen Floor Plan: Apartment Within a Home Upstairs, With Elevator Access

The Dugan is 3184 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms. It can be built with an elevator to the upstairs, like this version, and can also have full accessibility throughout the home. As with all custom homes built by Stanton Homes, we can modify this custom designed home even further to accommodate special needs. 

 

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Trending New Home Exteriors for 2019 | Exterior Siding in NC

Posted by Stanton Homes on Tue, Oct 16, 2018 @ 20:10 PM

North Carolina New Home Exteriors for 2019

Exterior Siding Types

What new home exteriors in North Carolina are the most popular?

There are 6 types of exterior siding materials most often used when building a new home in North Carolina.

Here are photos and descriptions of the most popular exterior siding types in NC. As you can see, the very most popular exteriors involve a blend of several materials to add dimension and emphasize details.

1. Fiber Cement (HardiBoard) Exterior

Fiber Cement Siding (HardiBoard) is the most popular choice for exterior siding in North Carolina new homes. 

- Fiber cement boards hold up better than wood in the local climate, although it is typically manufactured with a realistic wood grain effect.

- Painting (and repainting over the years) is required for fiber cement siding. 

- Fiber cement can be applied in different shapes and styles, such as Board and Batt or Shake.

Some communities with an HOA require fiber cement siding on all new homes - typically with accents in brick or stone.

Some manufacturers offer a 50 year warranty on fiber cement siding. 

2. Stone Exterior

Stone exteriors can be natural stone or simulated stone, and is is one of the most expensive types of home exterior materials.

Many North Carolina homeowners choose to add stone as an accent, in combination with other materials.

The most common usage of stone accents are Stone accents can be:

 - One or more full walls (generally on the front of the home)

 - Half walls or water tables along the front and side of a home (generally about 2-4 feet tall spans)

3. Brick Exterior

 

Brick exteriors (composed of clay bricks) are a classic exterior that remains popular due to durability, strength, and low maintenance.

There are many different shapes, colors, sizes, and styles of brick to choose from.

 A "standard" brick is 2 by 4 by 8 inches.

Other brick options include:

 - "King": Thicker, longer bricks
 - "Roman": Thinner, longer bricks

Brick exteriors are more costly than vinyl or fiber cement, but less than full stone exteriors.

4. Board and Batt Exterior (Board and Batten)

 

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Board and batt exteriors can be composed of vinyl or fiber cement. 

A board and batt design alternates wide boards and narrow strips (battens). While board and batt can be horizontal, it is generally used as a vertical design.

No longer just for cottage and barn style designs, board and batt has become a popular accent for many styles of homes. 

5. Shake Exterior

Shake exteriors are traditionally made from split wood, such as cedar. However, in the North Carolina climate, it is far more popular to have the shakes made with the primary material of the exterior - typically fiber cement or vinyl.

Shakes are generally placed as an "irregular" pattern for artistic appeal.

They are typically placed as accents in various locations on the front of the home.

6. Stucco Exterior

Stucco (composed of plaster and cement applied over a mesh screen), while very popular in some regions of the nation, is rarely used as a home exterior in North Carolina, due mainly to climate conditions.   It is also one of the most expensive siding options in North Carolina. 

When stucco is applied to new homes in NC, it is typically as an accent, such as the opening entry to this home.

Stucco can be smooth or textured, painted or pigmented.

7. Vinyl Exterior

 

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Vinyl siding (composed of PVC or polyvinyl chloride) is a popular exterior material in North Carolina due to its cost effectiveness, low maintenance and improved curb appeal.

A high quality vinyl exterior comes in a variety of shades, tones and thicknesses and does not need to be repainted like fiber cement or stucco.  

 

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Are white kitchen cabinets trending for 2019?

Posted by Stanton Homes on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 @ 15:10 PM

Will white cabinets be popular in 2019?

What cabinet colors are trending for new homes?

Will white cabinets be popular in 2014 homes?

 

White kitchen cabinetry is more popular than ever in trending new home colors for 2019.

Bright white kitchen cabinetry continues to be the top choice for custom homes, with a variety of accents like this, with painted Linen cabinets, Absolute Black granite and white subway tile backsplash.

 

2019 Kitchen Designs - White Cabinet Ideas #1: White and Gray

 

This open island kitchen layout has white cabinets on perimeter with pale Morning Mist grey tone granite with slight lavender/purple vein.

 

The island features custom Mountain Grey cabinetry with Ibere Maestra Black granite.  The white and grey theme is picked up again with white subway tile backsplash and Blended Ice glass mosaic accent over cooktop area, and just a touch of deep grey on the walls. 

 

Will white cabinets be popular in 2014 homes? 

2019 Kitchen Designs - White Cabinet Ideas #2: Java and White

 

The classic layout in the Summerlyn lends itself perfectly to a combination of Cherry Java perimeter cabinets with Painted Linen with Hazelnut Glaze on island. Each color is accented separately, with a Tahoe granite on perimeter with Suede Brown granite on island.  A beautiful natural tumbled stone backsplash completes the look.

 

Will white cabinets be popular in 2014 homes?

2019 Kitchen Designs - White Cabinet Ideas #3: Espresso and White with Black Glaze

The stone accents and natural beams make the Country Manor kitchen a great place for entertaining. Perimeter is Espresso Maple cabinetry. Island is painted Celadon with black glaze.  Granite is Bianco Romano. Decorative stone veneer on floating soffit and framed columns framing kitchen cook top wall cabinetry.

 

Will white cabinets be popular in 2014 homes?

2019 Kitchen Designs - White Cabinet Ideas #4: White on Light

 

The dual island kitchen in the Cannon is bright, light and welcoming, with a combination of light and white. The cabinetry is maple with antique painted finish, topped with pristine Gran Dorado granite. 

 

Will white cabinets be popular in 2014 homes? 

2019 Kitchen Designs - White Cabinet Ideas #5: White with Warm Cherry

 

Rich Cherry tones contrast with brilliant glazed white cabinetry in the Brogan. Cabinetry is painted maple with Butterscotch glaze, with Cherry Spice island, accented with a New Venetian Gold granite. 

 

Will white cabinets be popular in 2014 homes?

2019 Kitchen Designs - White Cabinet Ideas #6: Black and White

 

Maple perimeter is Espresso, island is White with Black Glaze topped with River White granite. Backsplash is Fudge Glass in a waterfall mosaic, with a vertical hang. 

 

Will white cabinets be popular in 2014 homes?

 

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How a Three Bedroom Septic can convert to a Four Bedroom Septic in 2019

Posted by Stanton Homes on Tue, Oct 09, 2018 @ 20:10 PM

What to do if you want to build a 4 Bedroom home and your lot is rated for a 3 Bedroom Septic System

 
"Can it be possible to build a 4 bedroom home on my lot if my septic has been rated for a 3 bedroom home?"
 
BasementFoundationSeptic questions like this are common in North Carolina, as nearly every lot larger than .5 acres requires a septic system - and most systems are rated for 3 bedrooms.
 
The assumption is that there will be 2 people living full time in the home for every bedroom. So a 3 bedroom septic is presuming there will be 6 people. 
 
Here are two options to ask your builder about:

1.  Septic Option:  Modify Your Floor Plan

In general, a room is determined to be a bedroom if it has egress window (a window you could open and leave the room from in case of emergency), a closet, and a door.  Another factor is direct access or being close to a bathroom.  

CabotExterior-1But if your builder converts the bedroom to an office by removing the closet and expanding the doorway to either a wide opening without a door or possibly a pair of French doors, this could allow acceptance by the building department. 

If the fourth bedroom is upstairs, your builder may be able to convert it to an open bonus room or loft.  You'll still have all the same square footage and usable space, but the room will be much more open. 

2.  Septic Option - Panel Block Septic System

It may be possible to install a panel block septic system instead of a standard septic system, depending on the soil determinations and requirements for your Improvement Permits. 

A panel block system can expand the capabilities of a standard septic system to support at least one extra bedroom. 

But it can also add 25% to 75% to the cost of installing a septic system, depending on how close the original septic system layout came to supporting that fourth bedroom.   

A panel block septic system needs to be approved by the building department, and a lot of factors can come into play, such as that soil type and requirements that vary by county. 

Every lot is unique.  To best determine your options, have a trusted NC build on your lot builder review your lot and your septic system permit 

 

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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.

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#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.”

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#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.

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 #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: 

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#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.

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#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.

 

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#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. 

 

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#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.

 

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#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.

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#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.

 

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#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.)

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#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.

 

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#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.

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#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.

 

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#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.

 

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#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.

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#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. 

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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.

 

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#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.

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#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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 


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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

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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.

 

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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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