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Raleigh Modern New Home Trends [What is a Transitional Home?]

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 @ 10:06 AM

Raleigh New Home Trends:

When it comes to home design trends, modern home buyers want it all -- contemporary designs with timeless style -- and they're finding it in "transitional" home plans.

What's a transitional home?

Transitional homes blend two or more styles, often using traditional and contemporary elements. A transitional home could include a balance of:
  • Granite countertops
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Clean lines, with subtle ornate details in the kitchen or bathrooms
  • Contemporary light fixtures and faucets
  • Contrasting colors: from white, black, and gray, to bright blues, reds, greens, and even pinks

While transitional homes emphasize open concept spaces (with kitchens open to the living room), they can also include private retreats (such as a downstairs home office or basement "man cave"). See photos of Raleigh new homes with transitional elements.

Transitional Homes in Raleigh, NC:

While the term "transitional" can refer to a wide range of new home layouts, features, finishes, and details, these examples will give you a good idea of popular home design trends.

Some popular transitional elements include:

#1: Long, Clean Lines with Pops of Color

The light blue island is the centerpiece of this transitional kitchen, filled with classic concepts and contemporary finishes.

The long lines -- along the upstairs overlook, hanging from the ceiling, and across the hardwood floor -- create a consistent flow throughout the open concept kitchen / living room.

Contemporary Kitchen Photos | Raleigh Modern Homes

#2: Classic White and Black Kitchen with Contemporary Lights and Backsplash

This kitchen pairs several traditional elements: white cabinets and tile backsplash with a black and gray island. The pendant lights, mini-mosaic accent behind the range, and stainless steel appliances draw contemporary style back in.

Contemporary Kitchen Photos | Raleigh Modern Homes

#3: Farmhouse Sink in a Contemporary Material

This kitchen incorporates farmhouse style -- the apron front sink -- with contemporary materials (stainless steel).

Contemporary Kitchen Photos | Raleigh Modern Homes

#4: Transitional Layout: Home Entertainment Space

This transitional floor plan features a large, two island kitchen, stone archway, open living room with full bar, and tile flooring throughout the first floor.

Contemporary Kitchen Photos | Raleigh Modern Homes

#5: Transitional Kitchen of Natural Elements

Rustic cedar wraps around the deco stone wall, lines above the kitchen range, and outlines the great room windows (out of view). Bringing "outdoor" elements inside can be another indication of transitional style homes.

Contemporary Kitchen Photos | Raleigh Modern Homes

#6: Wood Ceiling for a "Ship's Prow" Look

While you might find a fieldstone fireplace in a mountain home, this lake house lodge style plan also features a hardwood ceiling in the living room. This ceiling is a great example of a contemporary take on old-world tendencies.

Contemporary Kitchen Photos | Raleigh Modern Homes

#7: Cable Railing Along a Second Story Overlook

Cable railing makes a strong statement in this transitional home, which contrasts a traditional kitchen against a contemporary, open concept mountain home layout. 

Contemporary Kitchen Photos | Raleigh Modern Homes


Raleigh New Home Builders:

Your Raleigh home builder can work with you to incorporate the right blend of styles to craft a transitional home. What do you like best about these Raleigh new homes? Tell us what you'd like in your Raleigh custom home, and we'll show you what it costs.

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