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2014 Custom Home Design: Debunking Myths About Two Story Living Rooms

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 @ 10:08 AM

7 Myths About Two Story Living Room Design

How to Design a Two Story Living Room

2014 Two Story Living Room Designs

Floor plans with a two story living room continue to be a top request for 2014 Raleigh custom homes.

 

While two story rooms are not for everyone - they tend to be a "love it" or "hate it" home design - we've put together a photo gallery of two story living rooms.

 

These living room design pictures - with decorating tips - will show you how to take full advantage of a two story design.

 

 

Myth 1: Two story living rooms can feel too open

Two story living rooms should take advantage of their square footage - not get lost in open space.

One way to avoid the appearance of too much open space is to create distinct lines of sight in each direction.

For instance, from every angle, there is something to view in this two story living room. This space feels warm and full - with a balcony overlook, open loft, and archway to the kitchen.

Two story living rooms

An intricate window design with center fireplace creates the much sought-after "wow" effect, with an added sense of coziness.

2 story living rooms

Myth 2: Two story living rooms waste square footage

Some claim that two story living rooms waste space - but that is a personal preference.

If you hate the two story design, talk to your builder about floor plan modifications. Most floor plans with a two story living room can be easily converted to include a second story bonus room or additional bedroom.

What is your lifestyle? Do you love to entertain and host events? If so, a impressive two story living room could be a non-negotiable design feature.

The Summerlyn, a floor plan by Frank Betz, easily converts into a 10' first floor living room with second story open loft/bonus room. See a photo of the two story version of this home, below. Click here to see a comparison of two versions of The Summerlyn - one with a two story living room and one with a bonus room above.

Two story living room designs

Myth 3: Two story rooms cost too much in heating and cooling

The number of windows in your home - often blamed for inefficient heating and cooling in the two story living room design - will influence energy consumption.

However, modern technologies and building techniques will increase the energy efficiency of your home, making the choice to add windows - and two story spaces - stress-free.

In fact, most two story living rooms do not call for a significant increase in the number of windows on your home. Remember, the bonus room or bedroom above would still need windows!

Learn more about green home building techniques - such as spray foam insulation - here.

Living room two story

Myth 4: Two story rooms are all built to a standard height

Vaulted living rooms are also considered "two story" rooms by many architects. A vaulted living room can be a good compromise for those who want soaring spaces and a one-story focal wall. 

Two story great rooms

In this version of The Beaufort, a Frank Betz floor plan, a two story foyer leads into a two story living room with vaulted ceiling design.

Two story living room ideas

Myth 5: The walls of two story living rooms are too tall and wide

Crown molding is a great way to delineate the space of a two story wall.

If you place wide trim about two-thirds up a wall, your eyes will pause at that mid-level height.

Your walls will seem more balanced, without losing out on first impressions the dramatic height of the room will create.

Two story living room designs

In this home, wide molding designed into an archway serves as a space divider.   Adding a row of artwork can have the same space-dividing effect.

2 story living room designs

Myth 6: Two story walls are too difficult to decorate, creating a stressful experience

Two story walls give you more options for decorating, which can be daunting at first.

Before jumping straight to ornate chandeliers that can fill the space, consider what types of use want to get out of your two story living room. 

In this custom Stanton Home, a large built-in entertainment center stretches across the widest wall in the room. This entertainment center is designed to draw your attention - and would look out of place against a large lighting fixture.

Two story living room layouts

Myth 7: Two story fireplaces are intimidating 

There are two ways to "ground" a full-height two story fireplace design.

2 story living room design ideas

 

First, considering mounting a piece of art - or even a mirror - about two thirds the way up the fireplace.

Make sure the art is the same width as the surrounding stone, brick, or wainscoting.

Many modern home designs incorporate a wall-mounted TV outlet in the fireplace surround, so a flat screen TV could serve the same purpose.

 

Second, you could place a tall piece of furniture or vertical piece of art on the opposite wall.

This will de-emphasize the fireplace by giving it a counter-point, so you can avoid covering up any of the hand-crafted stonework.

 

 

 

 

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What is a Universal Design Laundry Room? Trends for 50+ Housing

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 @ 07:08 AM

Universal Design for Your Laundry Room

Most Requested Laundry Room Features for 50+ Housing

As members of the 50+ Housing Council in Raleigh, one of the things we really look forward to is sharing universal design ideas from new home builders and interior design experts.

Laundry Room Universal Design Ideas

In today's market, where home owners are really focused on the areas of their homes where small changes can make a big difference, the importance of laundry room features is high on the list of "must haves."

 

Our most requested universal design ideas make laundry chores easier - through built-in convenience that costs a lot less when you plan ahead.

 

Location: Universal Design in the Laundry Room

Upstairs laundry rooms are increasingly popular, since that's where most clothes congregate.

But if the master suite is on the main floor, or you'd rather have the laundry room close to the kitchen, a more traditional first floor approach might work best for your lifestyle.

Size: Universal Design in the Laundry Room

A universal design laundry room should be large enough so that anyone can use it - including someone using a mobility device.

Universal Design Laundry Room | 50+ Housing Council | Raleigh New Homes

Even if you don't need that kind of accessibility now, if you plan to keep the house for a long period of time, having the capability allows for future needs - and increases flexibility for additional buyers if you decide to sell.

Plan to include 36" wide doorways and a 5 foot diameter open space in front of the washer and dryer where possible.

Floor plans can be adapted before a home is built, such as the plan to the right, where an additional 4" can be substituted for the traditional 2-8 drawn here.

If space is at a premium, a closet laundry can be tucked into a hallway as long as the hallway is wide enough (at least 4-0 but ideally a bit wider), and opened closet doors can allow access and maneuverability. But keep that laundry on the main floor for easy access.

Washer and Dryer Options - Universal Design in the Laundry Room

Front loading washers and dryers are today's biggest draw. Not only do they claim to clean better, but front loaders can also be loaded and unloaded more easily - even while seated. Be aware, however, that a standard front loading washer and dryer may still require excessive bending.

You may want to consider having your builder add a 12"-15" platform for the machines to sit on (like the one in this laundry room). 

Laundry Room Universal Design Ideas

Or you may consider purchasing a matching pedestal (like this Whirlpool set in red) to raise the equipment above the floor.  Almost every frontload washer and dryer has a platform option available.

Laundry Room Universal Design Ideas

Task Management - Universal Design in the Laundry Room

Many of today's laundry rooms are large enough to include a small countertop area. A popular option is to choose a 28 to 30" high countertop, designed for sitting while folding, in lieu of the standard height countertop that requires standing.

Laundry Room Universal Design Ideas

The countertop can be multiple heights (like the one pictured above), with a lower seating area, or the entire countertop can be dropped with a combination of specially designed base cabinets and knee space areas. Make sure those seating areas are at least 36" wide, though, for full accessibility.

Lighting - Universal Design in the Laundry Room

Laundry rooms tend to be windowless, so think carefully about the amount of light you'll need.

Laundry Room Universal Design Ideas

Consider motion detector lighting, for convenience when your arms are full, so the lights operate automatically when you come and go.

In a room with workstations, think about adding under-cabinet lighting or other supplemental lighting.  Flexible track lighting looks contemporary and can be a nice accent, particularly in a multiple use room.

Flooring - Universal Design in the Laundry Room

Laundry Room Universal Design Ideas

 

Choose a flooring that's easy to clean, and water resistant.

One of the latest trends is to incorporate Cork flooring, which is comfortable to stand on when ironing, and naturally water resistant.

Cork flooring can be considerably more expensive than most standard types of flooring, but it may be more affordable than you think since the room is typically one of the smallest in the home.

When you begin to plan your new home, talk to a new home builder experienced with universal design, who is flexible enough to meet your goals.

 

 

Universal Design Homes

Read more about universal design homes and commonly requested kitchen and laundry design features.

Stanton Homes builds new custom homes with universal design features throughout central North Carolina. Ask us what we can custom design/build for you.


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29 Tile Tub Ideas For Your Bathroom | Fuquay Varina New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 @ 07:08 AM

29 Tile Tub Ideas For Your Guest or Kids Bathroom

Fuquay-Varina New Homes

Adding a touch of tile to your secondary bathrooms - such as a guest suite bath or kids bath - can be a fairly cost-effective way to dress up the room with splashes of color, personality, and sophistication.

We've compiled a few dozen photographs of custom homes with tile tubs in the secondary baths to help guide you through the myriad tile color, texture, size, and design options available. Click here to see 29 tile tub idea photos.

Do you want a completely separated tub and shower in your secondary bathrooms, or tub/shower combination?

A separate tub and shower will require a bit more square footage in the bathroom.

In a separate tub and shower layout, the tile will generally extend 1-2 feet above the tub deck, with a bull nose or tile accent border. Here is an example of a separate tile tub and shower:

Tile Tub Ideas | Fuquay-Varina New Homes

A separate tub/shower layout can offer additional flexibility - especially for bathrooms that must cater to multiple age groups. If you have small children and guests who will share the same bathroom, you may consider the benefits of a separate (kids') tub and (adults') shower in one room.

Will a "Buddy bath" design come in handy, or do you want the shower, tub, toilet, and vanity all in the same room?

A buddy baths, or Jack and Jill bathrooms, are designed with multiple entrances. Typically, a buddy bath offers an outer room with the vanities and an inner room with the shower, tub, and toilet.

The hallway and bedroom each have separate access to this bathroom, which is divided into two rooms. The outer room contains a single sink vanity with a full wall of white cabinets. The inner room contains the tile tub / shower combination.

Tile Tub Ideas | Fuquay-Varina New Homes

See the tile tub surround in this bathroom, up-close. White and grey marble tile surrounds the tub, and brick pattern blue glass tile sweeps across the top. A bull nose marble accent lines the shower top.

Tile Tub Ideas | Fuquay-Varina New Homes

It's still easy to share a secondary bathroom - even when the vanity shares the same space as the tile tub, shower, and toilet.

In this Fuquay-Varina new home, a two sink vanity clearly marks a shared space. Kids can get ready for school together. Two sinks makes it easy to brush teeth, comb hair, and wash faces at the same time.

Tile Tub Ideas | Fuquay-Varina New Homes

Who will use the tile tub most often?

A tile tub surround can turn a regular bathroom into a relaxing retreat for your guests.

An alcove tub / shower combination turns this guest bathroom into a more luxurious space where marbelous bronze and white tile gives the look and feel of a spa.

Tile Tub Ideas | Fuquay-Varina New Homes

Get a better glimpse inside this tile tub, and see all its modern home touches:

Tile Tub Ideas | Fuquay-Varina New Homes

Here is another example of how to create an alcove tub layout in your secondary bathroom. This contemporary bath - designed for kids to continue using as they grow and their bathing preferences change - uses black bubble pattern tile and large white tiles.

Tile Tub Ideas | Fuquay-Varina New Homes

How can I save on costs, while still adding tile to my secondary bathroom?

Choosing to add a fiberglass tub and shower combo can save on costs, while still offering you a place to add tile to the bath.

Here is an example of how you can add tile above a tub-shower combo. The tub tile matches the pinwheel pattern floor tile.

Tile Tub Ideas | Fuquay-Varina New Homes

See another example of tile above the shower here:

 Tile Tub Ideas | Fuquay-Varina New Homes

 

When building a new home in Fuquay-Varina, or anywhere throughout central North Carolina, Stanton Homes can guide you through the entire process. From initial lot inspections and floor plan selections to our 18-month warranty, we've got you - and your family - covered.

Contact Stanton Homes for floor plan ideas, to get a new home cost estimate, or find out more about building a custom home in North Carolina.

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How to create an open concept home by using glass

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 @ 11:07 AM

Open Concept Home Designs

French Door Ideas

There are many home design techniques you can use to create an open concept floor plan - without having to increase your square footage or even necessarily re-arrange rooms.

Interior clear glass, or French, doors can offer a level of privacy - and noise control - while also making your home feel larger and more open.  French doors are a gorgeous addition to any room, and can be blended flawlessly into any space -- from the office to the master bathroom.

Interior French Doors

Interior French Doors come in three common configurations:  a single French door that is 48 inches wide by 80 inches tall; a set of double French doors that are each 48 X 80 inches each; and a set of double French doors that are 24 X 80 inches each.

Offices with French doors

French Doors Design Ideas | French Door Styles

This home office photo features standard size double French doors. If a photo of a French door shows three rows of window panes, you can assume it is a standard size door.

Master bedrooms and bathrooms with French doors

French Doors Design Ideas | French Door Styles

Custom homes can feature French doors in three distinct areas of the master bedroom: between the master bedroom and bathroom, the master bedroom and closet, and the master bedroom and outdoor living spaces. 

See an example of an exterior master suite French door below. 

Guest bedrooms and specialty rooms

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

To make a room feel even more open and bright, consider adding a transom window above the French door design - this will let more light in, and keep the room feeling softer.

Exterior French Doors

Exterior French doors come in a wide range of sizes, styles, and materials from composite wood to steel.

Dining areas and Breakfast nooks with exterior French doors

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

The breakfast room is the most common location for an interior French door. Typically, a breakfast room French door leads to a rear screen porch, deck, or patio. See an example from the exterior angle, here:

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

This exterior French door was chosen to blend seamlessly into the rows of windows along the sun room and great room of this home.

Great rooms with exterior French doors

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

This French door is tucked around the corner from the breakfast room, just inside the great room wall.

Keeping rooms with exterior French doors

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

This keeping room - located just off the kitchen - incorporates many custom home must-haves, including a second fireplace, built in bookcases, and archways.

Grand rooms with exterior French doors

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

This grand room would not be complete without the two sets of double doors, which draw tons of light through the two-sided fireplace.

Master Suites with exterior French doors

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

Here is an example of a master bedroom with French door access to outdoor living spaces.

Sun rooms with exterior French doors

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

We're seeing an uptick in sun room home requests - such as the one pictured here, with two walls of windows and a single French door to the rear deck.

Sliding Glass Doors

French Doors Design Ideas | French Door Styles

An alternative to exterior French Doors, some home buyers choose glass sliding doors. Folding glass doors are becoming a more popular trend - and we expect to see more folding glass doors and full glass walls in 2015 custom homes.

See over 70 more photos of French door style options - click here.

French Door Window Styles

There are three most popular French door window styles: grid, prairie grid, and no grid. See examples of each window style, below.

French Doors with Window Grids

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

The most common style of French door is a white door with window grids.

Prairie Grid Windows

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

Prairie grid windows are another popular choice for Raleigh custom homes. Some home buyers simply love the look of the 9 unequal panels; others want windows that can help create a sense of a larger living space - with less obstructed light shining through.

No Grid Windows

Open Concept Homes | French Door Design Ideas

No grid French doors are most common in contemporary or modern style homes.  As a side note - French doors are not necessarily a pair of doors, they are simply doors that consist mainly of glass.  Enjoy more photos here!

 

French Doors Design Ideabook - see over 70 more photos of French door style options - click here.

 

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16 Master Bedroom Entrance Designs for Raleigh Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 @ 09:07 AM

16 Ways to Reach the Master Suite

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 1: White column entrance

These statement-making white columns create a grand master bedroom entrance.

All major living areas - including the formal dining room - have clear lines of sight to the master bedroom entrance, guaranteeing attention to this upscale design choice.

Master Bedroom Entrance Designs | Raleigh Custom Home BuildersThe Beaufort

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 2: Extra-large framed entrance

A framed entrance - sometimes called a "bump out" wall - can create a similar look to columns, while creating a more fluid appearance that blends the master bedroom entrance into the surrounding walls.  

Master Bedroom Entrance Designs | Raleigh Custom Home BuildersThe Christina

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 3: Archway entrance

If you want your master bedroom door to be off-set from the living room, a short arched hallway entrance will give you plenty of separation between rooms. 

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 4: Hidden master bedroom entrance

The staircase and master bedroom entrance are each hidden from view in this custom design/build floor plan.

Just around the corner from the living room, you can get a glimpse of the master entrance:

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 5: Private hall entrance

A private hallway leads to the entrance of this master bedroom.

Since the master doorway is out of sight from all main living areas, subtle wall sconces highlight the suite from the inside.

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Here is the floor plan for this home - a version of the Sutherland, Alan Mascord floor plan design. You can see how long this master bedroom hallway is, compared to master suites located just off the living room.

 

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home BuildersMaster Bedroom Entrance Design 6: Barrel vault hallway entrance

A custom barrel vault hallway leads the way to this master suite.

The hallway mimics the barrel vault foyer, creating an eye-pleasing continuity of design.

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 7: Double entry doors

A two door design leads into this master bedroom - with a built-in art niche visible to the main living areas.

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

 

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 8: Arched hallway to dual door entrance

An arched entrance leads to a short hallway - creating a intricately beautiful entrance.

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

See the master bedroom double doors, up close:

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders Just inside the master suite, an art niche is painted in an accent gray, to offset the arched detailing.

 

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 9: Art niche hallway

While an art niche is located inside two of master suites above, this art nook takes center stage in the angled hallway leading to the master.

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 10: Beside the laundry room

A second floor laundry room is a top request in homes with all bedrooms located upstairs.

In this design/build Stanton Home, the master suite entrance is just feet from the laundry room, making your daily chores much easier.

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 11: Portico design

A portico-style entrance with hanging light leads to the master suite in this Raleigh custom home.

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders 

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 12: Step-up entry

Varying your ceiling height is a design technique custom home builders use to subtly create more interest. 

A raised ceiling on the first floor creates a step-up room on the second floor. In this home, the master suite has a step up entry - making it stand out above the loft.

The hardwood step matches the staircase design. 

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders 

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 13: Simple single door entrance

A single door entrance is a simpler design - often found in homes with the master suite located on the second floor - is ideal for those who want to de-emphasize the master suite location on the first floor.

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 14: Aging in Place and wheelchair accessible

This master suite is fully handicapped accessible, with a widened doorway designed for easy wheelchair entry.

No matter what aging in place features you're looking for, Stanton Homes has the knowledge, expertise, and experience to build you a home to suit your lifestyle and needs.

See photo galleries of Raleigh accessible homes - click here.

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 15: Arched opening

An arched opening leads to the master suite in this Frank Betz floor plan.

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Master Bedroom Entrance Design 16: Beside a pocket office or built-in desk

A small alcove hosts the master suite entrance and a built-in desk - each tucked out of view from central living areas.


This modern floor plan design integrates work and home spaces - with the master bedroom just feet from a built-in work zone.

Master Bedroom Entrance Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders 

 

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10 Ways to Use a Bonus Room Above your Garage | Raleigh New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 @ 10:07 AM

Cost Effective Ways to Build a Larger House

Bonus rooms are flexible spaces that can accommodate your family's changing needs.

Typically, bonus rooms take advantage of large spaces above the garage otherwise left unused. Bonus rooms are generally defined by long walls and vaulted ceilings that reflect rooflines.

What can I do with a bonus room? See how ten custom homes can put this space to use.

Bonus room design idea # 1: Home Office

Many home offices are located off the foyer or near the kitchen. If you need a private work space, a bonus room will keep your work from being on display in high traffic areas.

In this Raleigh custom home, a built in small bookcase area and wide dormer area make this room ideal as a work from home space.

Bonus Room Above Garage | Raleigh New Home Square FeetThe Lake House

Bonus room design idea # 2: Home Theater

Surround sound speakers in the ceilings and a TV wall make transform this bonus room into a home theater.

Whether you're entertaining guest or hosting a family movie night, a home theater (with flexible space for other needs) is a great bonus room option.

Bonus Room Above Garage | Raleigh New Home Square FeetThe Chapel Ridge

Bonus room design idea # 3: Craft, Hobby, or Special Interest Room

Indoor hobbies - such as arts and crafts, scrapbooking, or item collecting - may require a bit of space to spread out.

In this custom Stanton Home, a wall of built in bookcases were added to the dual-purpose bonus room. A center space was left open for flat screen TV installation.

Bonus Room Above Garage | Raleigh New Home Square FootageThe Brogan

Bonus room design idea # 4: Guest Suite or Multi Generational Living

Adding a bathroom to your bonus room might be essential to your needs, when considering long-term living arrangements.

Whether you are planning for frequent overnight guests or multi generational living, a bonus and bathroom combination may become invaluable.

Bonus Room Above Garage | Raleigh New HomesThe Remington

Bonus room design idea # 5: Recreation Room

Because bonus rooms are often long and narrow, they often serve as recreation rooms with a pool table, air hockey table, foosball table, or gaming table that sits nicely in the center.

Bonus Room Above Garage | Raleigh New Home Square Footage

The Beaufort

Bonus room design idea # 6: Exercise Room

If you're looking for a dedicated exercise room, your bonus room can serve as a work out space. 

You will have enough room for a treadmill, Yoga balls, and other home-use equipment.

Because bonus rooms are often designed with a TV wall, you can watch while you work out.

Bonus Room Above Garage | Raleigh New Home Square FeetThe Coventry

Bonus room design idea # 7: Man Cave

Add a couple of lounge chairs, and you've got a built in man cave.

A bonus room man cave is separated from high traffic areas of the home, offering privacy and peace and quite.

Bonus Room Above Garage | Raleigh New Home Square FootageThe Devonsboro

 

Bonus room design idea # 8: Homework Station

If you have school age children, you may decide to set up a dedicated homework station or study area.

If a bonus room has multiple areas - such as the one pictured here - you can use one "room" for a homework desk, and the other as a play area.

Bonus Room Above Garage | Raleigh New Home Square Footage

The Gershwin

Bonus room design idea # 9: Band or Music Room

Do you or your kids play musical instruments? Another way to take advantage of the long walls in a bonus room is to use this space as a band or music room.  Because the room is over the garage and not over the main living areas, the sound impact can be minimized.  

Bonus Room Above Garage | Raleigh New Home Square FootageThe Mastrosimone

 

Bonus room design idea # 10: Combined Loft Area

Instead of keeping the bonus room walled off, you may want to combine the bonus room with a loft area.

This will give a more open concept feel, and allow you to use furniture placement to divide the spaces.

Bonus Room Above Garage | Raleigh New Home Square FootageThe Dugan

 

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85 Fireplace Design Idea Photos | Custom Home Fireplace Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 @ 13:07 PM

Fireplace Design Ideas

Custom Home Fireplace Trends

A custom fireplace can serve as the focal point of any room - from the kitchen to the master suite - with a range of design features and functionalities crafted to suit your lifestyle.

See examples of fireplace designs, functions, styles and locations below. Or click here to view  over 80 fireplace design idea photos.

 

Fireplace designs for a cozy master bedroom

Master bedroom fireplace design #1: Three sided see through fireplace

This three-sided fireplace is located centrally in the master suite - between the bedroom and bathroom.

Fireplace in the Master Bedroom

Master bedroom fireplace design #2: Corner fireplace

Cozy up by this master bedroom fireplace, complete with flat screen TV placement above.

Master Bedroom Fireplaces

Fireplace designs to warm up a sun room in the winter

Sun room fireplace design #1: Tile surround fireplace

This sun room is designed as a year-round indoor/outdoor space, with a fireplace that will warm you up in the late fall and winter.

A sun room fireplace is a great location to draw in any outdoor design elements - such as matching the fireplace surround with the exterior stone walls.

85 Fireplace Design Idea Photos | Custom Home Fireplace Trends

Sun room fireplace design #2: See-through fireplace open to the great room

A two sided fireplace can help draw the sun room's light into the living room, creating a more open flow. 

 

85 Fireplace Design Idea Photos | Custom Home Fireplace Trends

 

Fireplace designs with built in bookcases and entertainment centers

Built in fireplace design #1: Flat screen TV with small bookcases

This living room designs offers ample built in storage, a flat screen TV set up, and wide open windows for natural light. 

Fireplace Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

Built in fireplace design #2: Built in storage wall

Adding storage around your fireplace is simple - see an example of full walls of built in shelving with cabinets below.

Fireplace Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

Built in fireplace design #3: Craftsman style built ins around the fireplace

If your fireplace is located on an exterior wall, you may want to combine larger built ins with windows above. Here is an example of a craftsman style fireplace set-up, with windows and a set of large bookcases.

Fireplace Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

Two Story Fireplaces

Two story fireplace design #1: Fireplace with a stone bench

Craftsman touches punctuate this home, which boasts a full two story stone fireplace design complete with flagstone raised hearth.

Fireplace Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

Two story fireplace design #2: Vaulted ceiling great room

If your great room or living room features a vaulted ceiling - rather than a two story ceiling - a full height fireplace can make an equally dramatic statement, especially if you increase the surround width. Fireplace Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

If you love large fireplaces, but wish to build a one story home, consider adding even more width to your fireplace. Here is an example of a one story home with a full height fireplace and wrap-around raised hearth:

Fireplace Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

Kitchens with a Fireplace

More Raleigh custom homes will consider fireplace positioning when creating the kitchen layout.

Whether you want a fireplace in your kitchen - or one in a direct line of sight from your sink - these fireplace photos will inspire you.

Fireplace Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

Outdoor Fireplaces

Take it outside, with a screen porch fireplace.  More new home buyers are making outdoor living spaces even more functional by adding a fireplace.

This screen porch fireplace features a custom wood herringbone design.

Fireplace Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

 

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New Home Exterior Styles | 2014 Home Design Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 @ 15:07 PM

New Home Exterior Styles

2014 New Home Exterior Design Features

See new home exterior styles chosen by North Carolina home buyers - along with the most popular home exterior colors and features for 2014.

From craftsman and traditional styles to contemporary and victorian designs, you'll find photos of over a dozen different genres of home exterior design - built by Stanton Homes.

While some homes emphasize entirely traditional features true to a given genre, other homes are examples of how to select only particular features to represent an overall style.

New Home Exterior Styles

Craftsman Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

The architecture of craftsman homes evoke feelings of permanence, of time-honored traditions, and old-world workmanship. Simple lines inside and out, stone accents (front porches with stone base and tapered columns), and built-ins are a few characteristics.

Craftsman style exteriors - or specific craftsman features such as stone column bases - are a top request for Raleigh new homes.

Modern and Transitional Exteriors

New Home Exterior Design
Transitional homes typically combine two or more major home design styles. In this photo, a version of The Bryson blends craftsman and modern-urban design features with white porch columns, white garage doors, dormers, and a stone water table.

European Exteriors

New Home Exterior Style

European home exteriors feature complex rooflines, stucco, brick and stone facing, and intricate window detailing.

In this photo, a version of the Avonstone Manor floor plan by Garrell Associates incorporates medieval design with modern color schemes and details.

Country Exteriors

New Home Exterior Designs

Country home floor plans strive for a comfortable, casual living experience. A few common features in country style homes are a welcoming large covered front porch or wrap-around porch, dormers on the second floor, symmetrical windows with shutters surrounding the front door, and vaulted rooms.

The Azalea Park - a Frank Betz floor plan - also features a country exterior.

French Country Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

French Country homes incorporate rustic warmth with modern living must-haves. Exterior features often include curved arches, soft lines, and stone work. 

Inside French Country homes, you'll find wood beams - click here to see the wood beams in the kitchen of this custom French Country home.

Farmhouse Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

Country Farmhouse floor plans are designed with family spaces in mind. A large front porch for outdoor living and a second story with gables and dormers are typical design features.

The farmhouse style exterior is complemented inside this home, which features a white and black kitchen with white apron front farmhouse sink, first floor master, first floor "home hub" for pets and kids, and upstairs bedrooms and flex space.

 

Cottage Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

This two story home is a Frank Betz Cottage style house plan. A large wrap-around front poch, and unique roof lines, and wood detailing are typical for cottage home designs.

Inside, efficient use of space maximizes the usability of this home - which includes a first floor guest suite and second floor master bedroom.

Victorian Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

This custom home features the decorative flourishes of a Victorian style home - with intricate wood detailing in the dormers and along the porch ceiling.

The bumped out turret room is another traditional Victorian home feature - along with intricate rooflines using turrets, towers, bays and eyebrow windows.

Lake House Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

Lake House designs emphasize the connection between your home and its natural surroundings - with tons of windows and multiple outdoor living spaces.

This custom home features Pennsylvania Field Stone accents. The style, size, color, and spacing of this stone front was considered - strengthening the connection between the home and surrounding nature.

Cape Cod Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

A Cape Cod style house plan is defined by:  1.5 stories (with the second story left unfinished in some cases for future expansion),  main floor master bedroom, and  additional bedrooms located on the second story. Cape Cod homes can have a large number of bedrooms for a given square footage.

The exterior can feature dormers,  symmetrical, "clean" exterior facade (number and placement of windows on each side of the front door) and little ornamentation,  similarly symmetrical interior with a "center hall layout" and rooms to the sides. The exterior can be  made of real (or simulated) wood shingles or clapboard siding.  Traditional Cape Cod homes have a central chimney, steep piched roof, and end gables.

The Culverhouse is another example of a Cape Cod home design in Raleigh, NC.

Bungalow Exteriors

New Home Exterior Design

Bungalow style homes in North Carolina have some similiar features to craftsman style homes or prairie homes - with one or 1.5 stories, front door open to living room, open concept floor plans with little wasted space, and fewer formal areas are a few common features.

Bungalows may have similar layouts to ranch homes, which are one story and usually have a brick exterior.

Traditional Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

Traditional can refer several different design categories, such as Colonial, Cape Cod, and Ranch, depending on the region of the country. Traditional style homes are simplistic and symmetrical - and are usually two stories.

Contemporary Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

Contemporary is a very broad category. Contemporary style homes tend to emphasize bold shapes and colors, lots of glass (including windows without grids), contrasting features, and clear lines.

Many contemporary new homes in the Raleigh, NC area feature tones of grey, purple, and red.

Most Popular Exterior Colors

In 2014, we continue to see more blues, greys, and whites integrated into home exterior styles.

We will also continue to see shades of green - from light sage green to dark hunter green and red - with hues of berry.

 

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4 Top Ways to Light Your Kitchen | Raleigh New Home Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Jun 06, 2014 @ 10:06 AM

Types of Kitchen Lighting

Kitchen lighting creates the atmosphere for the heart of your home.

When choosing the lighting for your kitchen, one of the most important tips to keep in mind is to use a mixture of lighting types - including task lighting, accent lighting, and ambient lighting through decorative fixtures.

Each type of lighting provides a different level of brightness and a different type of functionality. See how 2014 Raleigh new homes use different lighting types in the photos below.

 

Types of Kitchen Lighting #1: Task lighting

Task lighting is generally bright, focused, and essentail for illuminating spaces where you'll be completing cooking tasks such as chopping, slicing, or reading recipes.

The best locations for task lighting include under cabinets, over the island, and in the pantry.

Under cabinet lighting is mostly commonly installed in long, linear strips. Each strip has a manual on / off switch, so you can choose to work in one area with the other sections turned off.

Under cabinet lighting is hidden from view, until you peak below the cabinets. You can see strip under cabinet lights in the photo below.

Kitchen Lighting Tips | Raleigh New Homes 

Types of Kitchen Lighting #2: Pendants

Kitchen pendant lighting is usually placed above the island or raised eating bar (for peninsula kitchens).

The number and spacing of pendants can vary widely, depending on the shape, size, and placement of your island.

Pendants come as single hanging lights or multi-light strips. An example of a four light pendant is pictured below. This pendant features clear and etched opal glass around a mock-candle design.

Kitchen Lighting Tips | Raleigh New Homes

Multi-light pendants work best for long, stright islands. If you love angled island shapes, you'll want to place multiple single light pendants instead. Single light pendants are can be more flexible in their placement.

In the photo below of a Raleigh new home, you'll find an example of a kitchen that uses multiple pendant lights in a row, rather than a multi-light pendant.

Kitchen Lighting Tips | Raleigh New Homes

You can also compare and constrast the use of one or two large pendants with three to five small pendants.

Here is an example of a single, large pendant light fixture:

Kitchen Lighting Tips for Raleigh New Homes

Types of Kitchen Lighting #3: Ceiling Fixtures

Some new home builders include a flush mount ceiling fixture in your kitchen (in place of recessed lighting) - typically a rectangular white flourescent ceiling light. While recessed and pendant lighting are standard in all Stanton Homes, a flush mount ceiling fixture can be a more economically-friendly option if you're looking for ways to cut costs.

Types of Kitchen Lighting #4: Natural

If you're kitchen has an open concept design with lots of windows, there will be less need for additional lighting.

Sometimes the best decision is to keep your lighting design simple - with ambient light from windows and flush mount can lighting in the ceiling.

Depending on your kitchen size and layout, can lighting may be all you need to make your kitchen completely usable and efficient.

Kitchen Lighting Tips for Raleigh New Homes

In this Raleigh new home, the kitchen uses can lighting, under cabinet lighting, pendants, and natural lighting from the breakfast and keeping room windows.

Design Tip: When choosing your kitchen lighting, keep in mind the long-held rule of "less is more."

 

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75 Photos of Trey Ceiling Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, May 12, 2014 @ 10:05 AM

75 Photos of Trey Ceiling Ideas

Trey Ceiling Photo Gallery

Trey ceilings can be designed as a centerpiece or subtle accent in your new home.

While some of the most popular trey ceiling styles - such as step, shallow step, vaulted, octagonal, angled, or single box - are often placed in the formal dining room or master suite, more home buyers are adding a specialty ceiling to their home office, great room and kitchen.

See over 75 different trey ceiling photos and get ideas for your trey ceiling design in this trey ceiling ideabook.

Trey Ceiling Designs | Photos of Trey CeilingsIn this design build contemporary style kitchen, a single box trey was added to the kitchen and breakfast nook ceiling. This trey ceiling creates continuity between the kitchen and nook - and gives subtle room division in an otherwise open concept design.

 

Trey Ceiling Design | Photos of Trey CeilingsIn this Raleigh custom home, an octagonal trey ceiling was included in the first floor home office, located just off the foyer. This office is perfect for at-home work and visitor reception with a complex ceiling, tranquil green walls, and tons of natural light. 

 

Trey Ceiling Designs | Photos of Trey CeilingsIn this accessible custom home, a trey ceiling was incorporated into the living room. Here, a shallow vault draws the eye upwards, making the two-sided fireplace feel taller and more dramatic when entering the home.

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