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How Popular are Master Bedrooms with Sitting Rooms? | Apex NC New Home Plans

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Nov 09, 2016 @ 15:11 PM

Master Bedroom Home Plans | Trends from inside Apex NC New Homes:

 

What are more buyers asking for in the master bedroom floor plan?   Sitting Room, Walk in Closet, and Island Storage Trends

We've analyzed the new homes entered in the Parade of Homes, and here's what we found out about fireplace trends in Apex NC New homes:



Bedroom Floor Plan Trends in Apex NC New Homes

Less than 30% of Apex new homes included a sitting room or his and hers closets. Only one home entered by Apex new home builders included an island cabinet in the master closet. 

Bedroom Trends | Apex NC New Home Plans

1. Sitting Room in the Master Suite - 29% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex Home Builders

  • 4 of 14 or 29% of homes in Apex had a sitting room in the master bedroom.

This photo is an example of a master bedroom floor plan with space for a sitting room, from a Stanton Home near Apex NC: 

Bedroom Trends | Apex NC New Home Plans

2. Sitting Room in the Master Suite - 29% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex Home Builders

  • 4 of 14 or 29% of homes in Apex his and hers closets. 

This photo shows a view into the "his" closet, which is separate from the master bathroom and "hers" walk in closet. 

Bedroom Trends | Apex NC New Home Plans

 

3. Island in the Master Closet - 7% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex Home Builders

  • 1 of 14 or 7% of homes in Apex had an island in the closet of the master suite.

Here is an example of a white island in the master closet, from a Stanton Home near Apex NC: 

Bedroom Trends | Apex NC New Home Plans

What does this mean for homebuyers in Apex NC?

Parade of Homes entries generally represent what trends new home builders believe homebuyers are looking for today.  

Looking for floor plans with a first floor guest bedroom?  Check out floor plan samples, including top-requested one story, main floor master, and two story plans, here:

Bedroom Trends | Apex NC New Home Plans

 

 


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

Brookhaven Way – 3144 Sq Ft – First Floor Guest Suite – Move-in Ready Home 

129 Brookhaven Way – 3358 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction

152 Brookhaven Way – 3474 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction

Bedroom Trends | Apex NC New Home Plans

Learn more about building a new home with Stanton Homes!

Special Meet the Builder Event Nov. 12th - Click here for address and more details.

This is representative only of the homes featured in the Parade of Homes, and not intended to be a general indicator of the Wake County new home market, though Parade of Homes can be representative of overall trends.  These statistics were derived by Penny Hull from public information about Parade of Homes entries, and are copyright Stanton Homes.  The statistics calculated above represent Parade of Homes entries in Wake County in Arcadia West, Colvin Park,Enclave at White Oak Creek, Hempstead at Beaver Creek, Madison at Evans Creek, Regency at White Oak Creek, Riley's Pond, Siena at Bella Casa, Stillwater, The Pines at Wake Crossing, The Townes at Bella Casa, Verona at Bella Casa new home communities.


 

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Dining Room Ideas | Home Trends for Apex North Carolina

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Nov 09, 2016 @ 14:11 PM

Formal Versus Informal Dining Spaces:

How popular are formal dining rooms in Apex North Carolina new homes?  We've analyzed the custom home floor plans from Parade of Homes entries, and here's what we found out about dining room trends:



79% of Apex new homes included a designated formal dining room.

Here's the full breakdown on formal versus informal dining trends, based on the Parade of Homes entries built and submitted by Apex new home builders.

1. Separate Dining Room Floor Plan - 79% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex New Home Builders

  • 11 of 14 or 79% of Parade of Homes entries in Apex had a designated formal dining room.
  • Formal dining rooms are traditionally located near the front entry. As one of the first rooms in the home visible to guests, the formal dining often features special details such as a tray ceiling, wainscot wall panels, chair rail, or butler's pantry cabinets.

This Stanton Homes formal dining room has a butler's pantry with glass front cabinets, custom "reverse tray ceiling", and gray paint colors:  

Dining Room Ideas | Home Trends for Apex North Carolina

2. Dining Room Flex Space - 7% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex New Home Builders

  • 1 of 14 or 7% of Apex homes had a "flex space" dining room.
  • Flexible dining rooms are spaces that can be easily closed in if the need arises. For instance, the dining room could have French door entries, allowing them to serve as a home office or formal living room as needed over time.  

This photo is an example of a flexible dining room / home office with glass French doors dividing the space from the foyer entry. The chandelier style light is reminiscent of formal dining rooms, while the built in bookcases are more common in a home office:

Dining Room Ideas | Home Trends for Apex North Carolina
 

3. Informal Dining Only - 14% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex New Home Builders

  • 2 of 14 or 14% of homes in Apex had an informal dining room.
  • Informal dining rooms are generally dedicated to eating, but do not have the same "traditional" elements of a dining room. 

This photo shows an example of an informal dining room. The vaulted ceiling, hanging lights, and craftsman trim make this eating space feel formal. The lack of a third wall to divide the room from the kitchen keeps the space casual:

Dining Room Ideas | Home Trends for Apex North Carolina 

What does this mean for homebuyers in Apex NC?

Parade of Homes entries generally represent what trends new home builders believe homebuyers are looking for today.  

Looking for floor plans with a formal dining room or flex room?  Check out floor plan samples, including top-requested one story, main floor master, and two story plans, here:

Dining Room Ideas | Home Trends for Apex North Carolina


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

Brookhaven Way – 3144 Sq Ft – First Floor Guest Suite – Move-in Ready Home 

280 Horizon Drive – 3430 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – Under Construction Now

152 Brookhaven Way – 3474 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction

Dining Room Ideas | Home Trends for Apex North Carolina

Learn more about building a new home with Stanton Homes!

Special Meet the Builder Event Nov. 12th - Click here for address and more details.

This is representative only of the homes featured in the Parade of Homes, and not intended to be a general indicator of the Wake County new home market, though Parade of Homes can be representative of overall trends.  These statistics were derived by Penny Hull from public information about Parade of Homes entries, and are copyright Stanton Homes.  The statistics calculated above represent Parade of Homes entries in Wake County in Arcadia West, Colvin Park,Enclave at White Oak Creek, Hempstead at Beaver Creek, Madison at Evans Creek, Regency at White Oak Creek, Riley's Pond, Siena at Bella Casa, Stillwater, The Pines at Wake Crossing, The Townes at Bella Casa, Verona at Bella Casa new home communities.


 

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Mud Room Drop Zone Trends for Apex NC Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Nov 08, 2016 @ 05:11 AM

Homes with a Separate Mud Room and Drop Zone:

How many new homes include a separate mud room and drop zone storage? We've analyzed the new homes entered in the Parade, and here's what we found out about mudroom and storage trends in Apex NC New homes:



64% of Apex new homes included a mud room that's completely separate from the laundry room. 

Here's the full breakdown on mud rooms and drop zones:

1. Separate Mud Room Floor Plan - 64% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex Home Builders

  • 9 of 14 or 64% of homes in Apex had a mud room separate from the laundry.
  • A mud room usually includes multiple types of storage, usually for shoes, keys, bags, backpacks, and anything else you want to "drop" when you enter your home.
  • Sometimes mud rooms can also include a sink for washing away dirt from kids and pets. You may even find a full size shower or dog shower in the mud room floor plan.

This Stanton Home has a separate mud room downstairs:  

Apex Home Trends | Mud Rooms and Drop Zones

This photo shows a laundry room / mud room combination with a standing shower: 

Apex Home Trends | Mud Rooms and Drop Zones

2. Drop Zone Storage - 71% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex Home Builders

  • 10 of 14 or 71% of homes in Apex homes had some type of drop zone storage system.
  • A "drop zone" usually refers to built in storage cubbies, hooks, benches, and/or cabinets located in a room, hallway, or convenient space.  

This photo is and example of a drop zone storage center from a Stanton Home near Apex NC: 

Apex Home Trends | Mud Rooms and Drop Zones 

3. No Drop Zone - 29% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex Home Builders

  • 4 of 14 or 29% of homes in Apex had no drop zone style storage center. 

 

What does this mean for homebuyers in Apex NC?

Parade of Homes entries generally represent what trends new home builders believe homebuyers are looking for today.  

Looking for floor plans with a mud room?  Check out floor plan samples, including top-requested one story, main floor master, and two story plans, here:

Apex Home Trends | Mud Rooms and Drop Zones

 

 


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

Brookhaven Way – 3144 Sq Ft – First Floor Guest Suite – Move-in Ready Home 

280 Horizon Drive – 3430 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – Under Construction Now

152 Brookhaven Way – 3474 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction

Apex Home Trends | Mud Rooms and Drop Zones

Learn more about building a new home with Stanton Homes!

Special Meet the Builder Event Nov. 12th - Click here for address and more details.

This is representative only of the homes featured in the Parade of Homes, and not intended to be a general indicator of the Wake County new home market, though Parade of Homes can be representative of overall trends.  These statistics were derived by Penny Hull from public information about Parade of Homes entries, and are copyright Stanton Homes.  The statistics calculated above represent Parade of Homes entries in Wake County in Arcadia West, Colvin Park,Enclave at White Oak Creek, Hempstead at Beaver Creek, Madison at Evans Creek, Regency at White Oak Creek, Riley's Pond, Siena at Bella Casa, Stillwater, The Pines at Wake Crossing, The Townes at Bella Casa, Verona at Bella Casa new home communities.


 

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Fireplace Trends in New Homes | Apex Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Nov 02, 2016 @ 14:11 PM

Homes with more than one Fireplace | Trends from inside Apex Custom Homes:

Generally, Apex custom homes include a fireplace. However, Parade of Homes trends indicate that homes with NO fireplace can be more popular than homes with two or three fireplaces. 

Fireplace Trends | Apex Custom Homes

What's the most common number of fireplaces custom homes? Where can I find homes with more than one fireplace?  

We've analyzed the new homes in Apex entered in the Parade of Homes, and here's what we found out about fireplace trends in Apex custom homes:



Fireplace Trends in Apex Custom Homes: how common are zero or multiple fireplaces?

86% of Apex custom homes included at least one fireplace. 14% of house plans had no fireplace, in the Triangle Parade of Homes in Apex.

 

Fireplace Trends | Apex Custom Homes

Most Common Number of Fireplaces in Apex Custom Homes:

Fourteen new homes in Apex were featured in the Parade of Homes.

  • 2 of 14 or 14% of homes in Apex have no fireplace.
  • 10 of 14 or 72% of homes in Apex have one fireplace.
  • 1 of 14 or 7% of homes in Apex have two fireplaces
  • 1 of 14 or 7% of homes in Apex have three fireplaces

Fireplace Trends | Apex Custom Homes

What does this mean for homebuyers in Apex NC?

Parade of Homes entries generally represent what trends new home builders believe homebuyers are looking for today.  

Looking for floor plans with a first floor guest bedroom?  Check out floor plan samples, including top-requested one story, main floor master, and two story plans, here:

Guest Bedroom Downstairs | Apex Custom HomeBuilders

 

 


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

Brookhaven Way – 3144 Sq Ft – First Floor Guest Suite – Move-in Ready Home 

129 Brookhaven Way – 3358 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction

152 Brookhaven Way – 3474 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction

Guest Bedroom Downstairs | Apex Custom HomeBuilders

Learn more about building a new home with Stanton Homes!

Special Meet the Builder Event Nov. 12th - Click here for address and more details.

This is representative only of the homes featured in the Parade of Homes, and not intended to be a general indicator of the Wake County new home market, though Parade of Homes can be representative of overall trends.  These statistics were derived by Penny Hull from public information about Parade of Homes entries, and are copyright Stanton Homes.  The statistics calculated above represent Parade of Homes entries in Wake County in Arcadia West, Colvin Park,Enclave at White Oak Creek, Hempstead at Beaver Creek, Madison at Evans Creek, Regency at White Oak Creek, Riley's Pond, Siena at Bella Casa, Stillwater, The Pines at Wake Crossing, The Townes at Bella Casa, Verona at Bella Casa new home communities.


 

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Guest Bedroom Downstairs Trends | Apex Custom Home Builders

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 @ 05:10 AM

Homes with a Guest Bedroom on the First Floor | Trends from Apex Custom Homebuilders:

Guest bedroom homes are a great solution for short-term guest stays and long-term multi gen living plans. Where can I find homes with a guest bedroom downstairs? 

Guest Bedroom Downstairs | Apex Custom Home Builders

We've analyzed the new homes in Apex entered in the Parade of Homes, and here's what we found out about guest bedroom trends in Apex new homes:



Guest Suite Trends in Apex Custom Homes: how common are guest bedrooms on the first floor?

Fewer than half the entries available for viewing during the Triangle Parade of Homes in Apex included a guest bedroom on the first floor.

Guest Bedroom Downstairs | Apex Custom HomeBuilders

Downstairs Guest Bedroom Floor Plans in Apex Custom Homes:

Fourteen new homes in Apex were featured in the Parade of Homes.

  • 4 of 14 or 29% of homes in Apex have a guest room downstairs without a private bath.
  • 2 of 14 or 14% of homes in Apex have a guest suite downstairs with a private bath.
  • 8 of 14 or 57% of homes in Apex do not have a guest suite on the first floor.
  • 0 homes have a multi gen or mother in law suite, despite rising trends of multigenerational living new homes.

Guest Bedroom Downstairs | Apex Custom HomeBuilders

What does this mean for homebuyers in Apex NC?

Parade of Homes entries generally represent what trends new home builders believe homebuyers are looking for today.  

Looking for floor plans with a first floor guest bedroom?  Check out floor plan samples, including top-requested one story, main floor master, and two story plans, here:

Guest Bedroom Downstairs | Apex Custom HomeBuilders

 

 


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

Brookhaven Way – 3144 Sq Ft – First Floor Guest Suite – Move-in Ready Home 

129 Brookhaven Way – 3358 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction

152 Brookhaven Way – 3474 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction

Guest Bedroom Downstairs | Apex Custom HomeBuilders

Learn more about building a new home with Stanton Homes!

Special Meet the Builder Event Nov. 12th - Click here for address and more details.

This is representative only of the homes featured in the Parade of Homes, and not intended to be a general indicator of the Wake County new home market, though Parade of Homes can be representative of overall trends.  These statistics were derived by Penny Hull from public information about Parade of Homes entries, and are copyright Stanton Homes.  The statistics calculated above represent Parade of Homes entries in Wake County in Arcadia West, Colvin Park,Enclave at White Oak Creek, Hempstead at Beaver Creek, Madison at Evans Creek, Regency at White Oak Creek, Riley's Pond, Siena at Bella Casa, Stillwater, The Pines at Wake Crossing, The Townes at Bella Casa, Verona at Bella Casa new home communities.


 

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Freestanding Tub Designs For Your Master Bathroom

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Dec 02, 2014 @ 07:12 AM

Apex NC Custom Home Tips - Freestanding Tubs

Whether you love freestanding tubs placed in the center of the room, or ones that are tucked into an alcove, these Apex NC area custom homes built by Stanton Homes will give you new ideas for your next design.

Freestanding Tub Design #1: Rustic Appeal in a Modern Bath

This master bath is packed with sophisticated design details.  A copper freestanding tub rests in a barrel vault alcove, lined in white and grey brick tile.

The bathroom floor features a basket weave tile design below the tub and in the center of the room.

Wall sconces add mood lighting, and a large picture window offers countryside views.

Master Bath Tub Designs

Freestanding Tub Design #2: Contemporary White and Grey Bath

Looking for contemporary ideas with a white freestanding tub? This master bath features: 

Grey painted wainscoting walls with a white ceiling accent.

White freestanding tub with brushed nickel tub filler. This tub is set at an angle, offering tucked in spaces for a small table designed as a wine glass resting place.

Herringbone tile design below the tub.

Freestanding Tub Designs

 

Freestanding Tub Design #3: Classic Clawfoot Tub

This freestanding tub is raised off the ground, with a classic clawfoot design.

Greys, silvers, and crystal accents punctuate this master bathroom.

The white tub is tucked into a nook, located between the vanities and walk in closet.

Freestanding Tub Designs

Freestanding Tub Design #4: Wainscoting Backdrop

This freestanding tub shares a wall with the walk-in shower - with a waiscoting design on one side and oversized white tile on the other side.

Soft greys and bright whites creating a spa atmosphere in this master suite.

Freestanding Tub Design | Raleigh Custom Homes

Mini hexagon tiles coat the shower floor and contrast against the oversized grey floor tiles.

Apex Custom Homes - Ideas for Your Master Bath

Click on the links below for more Apex NC custom home master bathroom trends, ideas, and styles and tell us what you'd like to build into your master suite bathroom. We'll show you how to put in some personality, and create your own relaxing bath retreat.

These articles feature tile surround ideas, master bathroom trends, and other new home design possibilities.

Over 45 Master Bathroom Tub Design Photos

17 Favorite Master Bathroom Tile Tub Surrounds

Best Tile Shower Designs for 2014 | Top Five Custom Home Showers

Master shower ideas | Master shower tile designs

Master Bathroom Lighting Trends

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