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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

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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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Bookcase Storage Design Ideas for 2014 New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, May 27, 2014 @ 09:05 AM

Custom Built-in Bookcase Storage

Design Ideas for 2014 New Homes

Bookcase Storage Design Ideas | Built in Bookcase

 

Bookcase storage can be an essential element in any room of your home - including the great room, home office and kids play room.

Get bookcase storage design ideas for you new home, in these 2014 custom home photos and layouts.

 

 

 

Bookcase Storage Design Ideas for the Home Office

In traditional floor plans, the foyer opens into a formal dining on one side and a formal living room on the other.

In this more modern home plan example, a home office replaces the formal living room. Full-height built-in bookcases and cabinets offer tons of work storage space. These bookcases where designed to make an upscale, elegant impression on business visitors.

Bookcase Storage Design Ideas | Built in Bookcase

Bookcase Storage Design Ideas for the Great Room

More 2014 homes are integrating built-ins throughout the home. In this example, a bookcase and entertainment center combination - with a space for a flat screen TV - was added to the great room.

Lower cabinets offer hidden storage, very handy for all kinds of items.

Bookcase Storage Design Ideas | Built in Bookcase

Bookcase Storage Design Ideas for the Keeping Room

In places where you have less wall space - or unique angles - smaller bookcases can be custom-designed to fit the space.

In this custom home, the homeowners added small bookcases to each side of the keeping room fireplace.

Bookcase Storage Design Ideas | Built in Bookcase

Bookcase Storage Design Ideas for the Library

If you are looking for a full library - rather than a home office with built-ins - take a look at this design. There are bookcases on three walls, with large windows to bring natural light into this reading space.

Bookcase Storage Design Ideas | Built in Bookcase

Bookcase Storage Design Ideas for the Bonus Room

The bonus room is the perfect place for a wall of bookshelves, with room for a large screen TV.

Bookcase Storage Design Ideas | Built in Bookcase

Bookcase Storage Design Ideas for the Loft

Shelving in an open loft area will keep the space clutter-free. In this custom home, a built-in bookcase doubles as an entertainment center in the second story loft, which overlooks the great room.

Bookcase Storage Design Ideas | Built in Bookcase

Bookcase Storage Design Ideas for the Basement

Basements make great spaces as "man caves" or large hang out areas. In this custom home, rows of bookcases were incorporated in this wide open basement - which still has space for a pool table in the center.

Bookcase Storage Design Ideas | Built in Bookcase

Bookcase Storage Design Ideas for the Kids Play Room

If you decide to designate a play room for your kids, a built in bookcase can be extremely helpful - for games, books, and toys. These shelves are designed to fit rows of baskets and buckets.

Bookcase Storage Design Ideas | Built in Bookcase

Bookcase Storage Design Ideas for the Bedroom

In the bedroom, you may want to keep the built in storage simple, and more in line with traditional furnishings. Adding a small bookcase or open shelving will help keep your most popular books, games, toys, and blankets organized and accessible.

Bookcase Storage Design Ideas | Built in Bookcase

Whether you're looking to clear clutter, get organized, or make your space more usable, these built in bookcase storage design ideas give you a good idea of how 2014 new homes are building in storage.

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Barrel Vault Ceiling Designs for 2014 New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 @ 06:04 AM

Barrel Vault Ceiling Designs

2014 New Homes

When crafting your new home design, you can incorporate a barrel vault ceiling (sometimes called a tunnel vault or wagon vault) as a dramatic entranceway or a discrete touch. 

Below, see photos of barrel vault ceiling designs in popular locations within 2014 new homes: 

Barrel Vaults in the Master Bath

Depending on the floor plan layout you love, there are several easy ways to incorporate a barrel vault in your master bath. 

Master Bath Barrel Vault Idea #1: Above the his and hers vanities

Barrel Vault Ceiling | Custom Home Builder

 In this Raleigh new home, each vanity is framed by a barrel vaulted opening. Center cabinets provide substantial storage and help frame the barrel vaults. See another example of vanity barrel vaults in this version of the Dugan

Master Bath Barrel Vault Idea #2: Framed Alcove Tub

Barrel Vault Ceiling | Custom Home Builder

A barrel vaulted entrance becons you to enjoy your private alcove tub. A tile shelf offers plenty of storage for necessities like bubble bath and niceties like plush white towels. 

See photos of more master baths:

The Summerlyn - barrel vaulted alcove tub

The Remington - barrel vaulted tub

Master Bath Barrel Vault Idea #3: Shower Entrance

Barrel Vault Ceiling | Custom Home Builder

Consider topping your shower entrance with a barrel vaulted arch. In this example, an arched vault greets you at the entrance of your oversized shower. 

Master Bath Barrel Vault Idea #4: Bathroom Entrance

We're also seeing more home owners nix their bath entrance door - leaving an open entrance between the master suite and bath. 

Barrel Vault Foyers

Barrel vaults make impressive entrances, whether you love a home plan with a single story or two story foyer. 

One Story Foyer Barrel Vault Ideas:

Barrel Vault Ceiling | Custom Home Builder

In a one story home plan, a barrel vault can serve as a sublt accent that draws the eye upwards and creates a more open feel.

Two Story Foyer Barrel Vault Ideas:

Barrel Vault Ceiling | Custom Home Builder

In a two story home, a barrel vault can create continuity between the foyer and living room. In this example, a barrel vaulted entrance to the formal dining room mirrors the two story vaulted design. 

We expect to see more bright hues joining this primary color. 

Barrel Vaulted Hallways

Hallways and corridors are two great places to include a barrel vault design. 

Barrel Vault Ceiling | Custom Home Builder

Pictured here is a barrel vault entranceway to the master suite. A painted beadboard treatment adds craftsman charm. 

Barrel Vault Ceiling | Custom Home Builder

In this custom home design, a barrel vaulted hallway leads from the foyer to the living room. 

Get more ideas for your custom home master bath: 

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Tags: 2014 new homes, Barrel Vault Ceiling Designs, New Home Design, Barrel Vaulted

2014 Wake County Property Tax Rates

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 @ 08:03 AM

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Wake County Taxes 2014

Property Tax for Wake County, NC New Homes

Moving to Wake County, North Carolina? You will want to know what the yearly property taxes might be for your new home.

How Much are 2014 Property Taxes in Wake County?

Here are the 2014 property tax rates, by town within Wake County

Wake County Tax Rates 2014

 

To get the total property tax rate for a town, simply add the county tax to the town tax. 

For example, Cary has a town rate of 0.35, and the Wake County rate is 0.534. 

Add the two together - the total tax rate for Cary, NC is 0.884.

 

 

 

 

 

How Do I Figure Out What These Property Tax Numbers Mean?

It's not as confusing as it looks.  The tax rates are based on the assessed value of the home, not the asking price. 

  • Divide the assessed value by 100.
  • Multiply the result by the combined rate on the right side of the table.
  • The result will be your yearly property tax bill, as of 2014. 

 Wake County Tax Rates 2014

This table gives sample property tax bills for all the cities and towns in Wake County, such as Apex, Cary, Raleigh, Wake Forest, and Zebulon.

There is no guarantee that tax rates will remain the same - check the Wake County Tax Rates 2014 for most recent information.

Where Should I Live to Get the Lowest Property Tax Rate?

Your tax bill can be lower if your home or property is not actually within a municipality, or town.  If this is the case, you'll pay just the County rate, plus most likely a fire district tax and/or the special district tax. 

Want to Compare Property Tax Rates?

Wake County Tax Rates 2014

 

Compare property tax rates in Wake County to other counties in the area.

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How to Hide a Staircase | Custom Builder Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Mar 05, 2014 @ 08:03 AM

Design and Build Tips

Ways to Keep The Staircase Out of Sight

A popular home design request in North Carolina is for open concept floor plans that keep the staircase out of the foyer - and out of sight.

Below are examples of Raleigh custom homes with hidden staircases.

Custom Home Floor Plan with Hidden Staircase Design #1

Staircase DesignWant to keep your staircase completely out of sight?

Take a look at this version of the Cannon.

When you enter the Cannon foyer, your line of sight leads into the kitchen and great room.

The staircase is tucked around a corner from the great room - see where in the floor plan image below.

 

 

Staircase Design

Custom Home Floor Plan with Hidden Staircase Design #2

Custom staircase photos and ideas Do you love the open, inviting feel of second story overlooks?

You can tuck the staircase to one side of the great room, and still have an overlook above.

The staircase placement in this version of the Carwile - adjacent to the master bedroom - was designed for a couple with small children.

Their master bedroom has easy access to the second story bedrooms - but it is not located direct under those bedrooms, to minimize overhead noise.

Get a better idea of the home's layout in the floor plan image below:

Custom staircase photos and ideas

Custom Home Floor Plan with Hidden Staircase Design #3

Staircase DesignMany homeowners want their staircase completely out of sight, at least until they've walked past the foyer.

This version of the Bryson is a great example.

The staircase is tucked between the kitchen and formal dining room, near the mudroom and powder room.

The stained hardwood steps and painted railings make a  statement - while taking a backseat to the great room and kitchen design.

Staircase Design

 

This staircase is also extremely functional:

It is located centrallly in the home, roughly equal distance to the front door, garage, and rear patio entrances.

It is also located far from the master - to minimize noise and maximize privacy.

 

 

Custom Home Floor Plan with Hidden Staircase Design #4

Custom Staircase Photos | North Carolina open concept floor plansThe Country Manor, an original Stanton Homes design, combines country home features with modern must haves - flexible spaces and open, free-flowing rooms.

As you enter the Country Manor, the foyer flows into the oversized family room - where you can see directly through the two-sided fireplace and dual French doors into the courtyard patio.

There are two staircases in this home, one to the basement and one to the second story.

The staircase leading down to the basement is located down a corridor from the family room, out of sight from all major living areas.

The staircase leading up to the second story is also hidden, tucked past the kitchen pantry. You can see both staircases in the floor plan image below:


Custom Staircase Photos | North Carolina open concept floor plans

Custom Home Floor Plan with Hidden Staircase Design #5

Custom Staircase Photos | North Carolina open concept floor plans

You’ve never seen a Lake House like this - with open concepts and upscale lodge style.

Earthy, wood tones provide a natural highlight to everything from a plank ceiling in the living room to an enormous amount of storage in the large island kitchen.

The foyer opens directly into the vaulted living room with full-height fireplace stone surround and built-in bookcases.

The hidden staircase in the Lake House starts adjacent to the laundry room and drop zone, just steps away from the garage entrance.

If you’re looking for the ultimate Mountain House, you’re going to love this home.

Custom Staircase Photos | North Carolina open concept floor plans

Custom Home Floor Plan with Hidden Staircase Design #6

Custom Staircase Photos | North Carolina open concept floor plans

In this one story home with second floor bonus, media, and bathroom, the barrel vaulted foyer opens into an elegant grand room with full-height wainscoting mantle above the see-through fireplace.

The staircase remains hidden until you stand in the far corner of the grand room, facing the formal dining room.

This home, a version of the Remington, features two other fireplaces (one in the master bedroom and one in the outdoor screen room), an island kitchen open to sunroom and breakfast room, and a lower patio with curved brick staircase.

Custom Staircase Photos | North Carolina open concept floor plans

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More staircase design photos and custom builder tips:

2014 new home staircase designs - see photos of two story overlooks, hardwood steps, wrought iron balusters, carpet runners, craftsman details, and curved designs.

For two story floor plans, click here.

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