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Andrew Travars Named Top Builder | Professional Builder Magazine Leadership Awards

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 @ 13:01 PM

Professional Builder Magazine honors fourth award to Stanton Homes for "Top 40 Under 40" distinction - the most leadership recognitions in this category of any builder in the nation

Andrew Travars, 29, is one of the youngest Builder/Project Managers to receive this prestigious honor from the home building industry's leading publication

Top Builder | Professional Builder Magazine Leadership Awards

Andrew is on the right. His brother Phil, left, was recognized as a "Top 40 Under 40" in the nation last year. Two other Stanton Homes team members were chosen within the 3 previous years.

Andrew Travars' extraordinary leadership, design/build craftsmanship and dedication to excellence has resulted his distinction as one of the nation's top professionals in the home building industry.

Andrew is the fourth team member at Stanton Homes to earn this prestigious honor over the past five years, further reaffirming the unprecedented excellence of this exceptional North Carolina custom home builder.

What made Andrew stand out among nationwide nominees? See what it's like to work with Andrew, and the rest of the award winning team at Stanton Homes:



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Andrew takes a full immersion approach to creating extraordinary new homes:

  • Project management of totally custom one-of-a-kind homes.
  • Design/build from scratch or with extensive modifications.
  • Working directly with clients, to integrate their "forever home" vision.

1. What is Design/Build?

What makes working with one of the nation's top custom home builders different than a "semi-custom" or production builder?

The phenomenal skillsets and dedication of people like Andrew, who as a top Builder/Project Manager at Stanton Homes has the ability to sketch a floor plan in a single sitting, while talking through the complexities of home building from an engineering perspective.

Here's an example of a floor plan Andrew designed and built in Chatham County, NC that's functional and cost effective - as well as beautiful.

This beautiful Modern Farmhouse with touches of Arts and Crafts is one of the most popular architectural styles in today's trends, with all the latest must-have features for Raleigh new homes -

  • Open concept layout with the kitchen open to the family room
  • Custom wrap-around staircase, with a secret passageway for kids!
  • Pocket office on the first floor
  • Downstairs bedroom for guests

Top Builder | Professional Builder Magazine Leadership Awards

You can tour this incredible custom home in person at a special one day event. Come meet Andrew, and the rest of the award winning team at Stanton Homes, Saturday, January 28th, 1-3 pm. See everything inside this home, from built-in bookcases, drop zone, cubbies and desks to its spacious modern farmhouse kitchen design.

 

2. How to Build a Custom Home

Andrew's approach to design/build is founded on knowledge - both in what he is able to create, as well as what he is able to provide. Here are a couple of "Builder Brother" blogs, where Andrew and Phil provide helpful tips about how to build a custom home in North Carolina:

Andrew is also a certified Aging in Place Specialist – an important contributor to why Stanton Homes is a leading custom builder of aging-in-place, accessible and multi-gen coustom homes.

3. Teamwork

Creative teamwork is one of the most frequent observations made by our clients about working with Andrew - take a look at the glowing reviews here to see more about the team approach at Stanton Homes, which played a huge role in Andrew's leadership award as a top builder in the nation.

Andrew and Andrea formed the "A Team" many years ago, as two designers bantering Chip and Joanna Gains style. Their on-site "debates" and different approaches to creating special spaces contribute to the excellence of the finished product.

Top Builder | Professional Builder Magazine Leadership Awards

 

The award winning Bryson home was created with "A Team" collaboration:

Top Builder | Professional Builder Magazine Leadership Awards

Andrew and Andrea surprised the homebuyers with "Putter's Place" - a dog house with a dog shower that has little puppy paw prints - which has won multiple awards for its creativity and practicality. And a great example of how Andrew and the rest of the team at Stanton Homes believe in creating custom homes to fit the lifestyles of homebuyers.

Top Builder | Professional Builder Magazine Leadership Awards

4. Extra-curricular Activities

Andrew's creative approach to design continues "off the clock" as his pursuit of challenges centers on other projects to design and build.

The local television station broadcast a clip of Andrew pedaling his hand-made "go-cart bike" in the "Tour de Fat" in Durham, NC:

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Andrew teamed up with his brothers to create a boat inspired by Orca from Jaws - a winner at the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s "Build Your Own Boat Competition":

Top Builder | Professional Builder Magazine Leadership Awards

 

About the Top 40 Under 40 Award:

  • Professional Builder is the home building industry's leading national publication. Each year its "Top 40 under 40" competition seeks to award the most accomplished builders across the nation with this prestigious leadership recognition.
  • A panel of Professional Builder editors selected the winners, based on personal and professional accomplishments
  • Decisions were made based on leadership skills, sustained career progress, personal integrity, technical skills, community outreach, dedication and involvement in the home building industry


About Stanton Homes:

Stanton Homes has been design/building high quality, one-of-a-kind custom homes in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area since 2006.

The award winning team works closely with clients throughout the custom home build, with personal interaction with your builder, project manager, designer, production manager, coordinator, and sales consultant.

When homebuyers build your custom Stanton Home, they become part of the team, with:

  • Project Manager meetings site with at least six detailed, extensive walk throughs over the course of the build.
  • Interior Designer sessions at expansive showrooms.
  • 24/7 access to everything happening in your home, through a personal online portal that connects clients and the build team with everything that’s happening – and what’s next - with photos and updates along with extended warranties and guarantees.

Read reviews posted by our homebuyers, here.

Every home we build is filled with the personality of our homebuyers, with flexibility of choice and experts to help guide your decisions. Take a look at some of the Real Homes for Real People we’ve created together.

 

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Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 @ 11:11 AM

Open beam ceiling house plans:

Big ceiling beams can provide big benefits for wide open living spaces. Here is what the Builder Brothers have to say about it, with explanations and examples of beam ceilings, together with photos to show the different styles you'll find in Raleigh new homes.  

 

Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans



Exposed beam ceiling home design ideas:

Love the look of a lakeside cottage or a mountain retreat? Exposed beams are usually a focal point. 
 
But beams come in many forms, and can serve a key function as a structural component or simply add character to a room or home. Without modern beams we would not be able to have the capability to have these wide open and highly desired floor plans. 

Exposed beam ceiling house plans

Decorative beams are often going in the opposite direction on a timeline, as they can be integrated into an 'old world' design theme. 
 
These non-structural stained solid beams bring to mind castles and chalets with soaring ceilings and timeless dark wood.    The size and weight perfectly accentuates the open, vaulted ceiling over the kitchen and dining areas.
 
Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans

 

Hidden beam ceiling house plans

It takes big beams to create open layouts - whether you see them, or not.  It's a matter of form versus function.
 
Structural engineers can be your best friend, when you want to build a home with lots of open living space. They work with the integrity of a plan, to create more contemporary, modernistic layouts that don't require as many weight bearing columns or walls.
 
Functional beams carry large weights, like this entrance between a kitchen and a breakfast room. 
 
Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans
Can't find the beam in this photo? The primary beam is hidden in a flush ceiling, with an additional beam dropping down to provide a feeling of separate space for the nook. Steel beams hidden in the ceiling allow span for the drop beam to the keeping room:
 
Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans
If you want to stretch an opening 12 or 15 feet like this, without using columns, you need the strength of steel - with beams that are hidden. 
 

Structural beam ceiling house plans

Here is an example of a structural beam where the sitting room meets the bedroom. A large microllam LVL beam is built in, hidden underneath the paint and drywall. 

Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans

A structural beam like this is designed to carry the load of the ceiling and roof:  

Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans

One story house plans with vaulted ceilings and beams in the vault

Timber beams are usually for visual appeal, as opposed to structural necessity. They are typically found in mountain or lake style homes, designed for rustic appeal.
 
This photo of a cedar beam with a 'sunburst' detail is purely for the look. It was left 'natural' (no stain or paint) intentionally. It draws your eyes up and emphasizes the tall vaulted ceiling.

Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans

Beam ceiling ideas - wrapped wood beams

You can use many different types of materials and with the dozens of stain options out there, there are countless ways to create the look you have in mind.  But, most exposed beams are wrapped with oak or cedar. 

Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans

 

Oak and Cedar are hardwoods that can be stained, for dark stained wrapped wood beams like these: 

Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans

Alternatives to beam ceilings - Fireplace wall

This two sided stone fireplace takes the place of a beam ceiling. The fireplace carries the weight of the second story, and is accentuated by a stained wood contemporary/rustic style wrap mantle.  

Beam Ceiling Photos | Open Beam Ceiling House Plans


Modern Homes with Beam Ceilings:

Beams can function as a structural component or simply add character to a room. Without modern beams, new home builders would not be able to create open concept floor plans, which are highly desired in the Raleigh area. 
 

 

About the Builder Brothers: 

Builder Brothers Andrew and Phil are just part of the team at Stanton Homes, surrounding you with expertise while building stunning custom homes. A little friendly competition is reflected in the details of the extraordinary homes they create. They're all-around nice guys with a lot of smarts, really great ideas, and rare integrity. You'll learn a lot about how to build beautiful homes from the Builder Brothers. 

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How to Design and Build an Old World Custom Mantle | Raleigh Custom Builders

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, May 24, 2016 @ 09:05 AM

Written by Phil Travars | Builder BrothersWood Fireplace Mantel Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

 

How to Design and Build a Custom Wood Mantel:

The design for this wood mantle evolved over the course of several weeks.

The homeowner had brought several pictures to us. Each mantle photo showed a very different style - each contained different aspects from Arts and Crafts and Old World styling, representing different time periods.

We ended up choosing features from each design, and formed them into a hybrid.

 

The four windows above the fireplace did not exist in the original floor plan. We added the windows and created a dormer, which brings detail to the rear of the home where you don't typically see detail work.

What other special features were added to this home plan? Learn more with photos, below.

 

Contact Stanton Homes to learn more about how custom home pricing works, here.

 

 


Great Room Feature Wall

The fireplace is the centerpiece of the great room "feature wall," visible as you walk in the front door.  

Lines of sight are always important to keep in mind. You want to place walls in such a way to give a glimpse of special features from nearby rooms (like the right side of this fireplace), without giving away the full effect. 

Wood Fireplace Mantel Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

The stairs and overlook use square Aalto Collection contemporary balusters, complimented with square knoll posts.

Open Concept Great Room and Kitchen

We also had a lot of conversations about how to integrate the round, diner style island and raised bar, in a way that could complement the strong fireplace.

Wood Fireplace Mantel Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

 

The legs on the mantle are smooth cedar and stained to match the site finished hardwoods. The tiles form a 4x4 mini mosaic.

The mantle itself is at 54" (the most natural height when the fireplace sits on the floor according to our expert interior designer). The wood stain is called Minwax English Chestnut.

The angled legs draw your eyes up to the mantle (and help emphsize the two story height walls). That angle was then mimicked with round drywall corners that leads up to the cap that is completed with crown molding and a lid. 

Another professional home design tip is to integrate certain features and aspects in multiple areas of your home. For instance, the tapered columns on the front porch match the craftsman style of the mantle. While the mantel is stained wood, the columns are painted cedar.

Similar columns styles give eye-pleasing symmetry to the home.

 

Wood Fireplace Mantel Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

Here are some examples of other custom wood fireplace mantels:

 


Builder Brothers | Raleigh Custom Home BuilderAbout Phil: 

Phil builds uniquely crafted custom homes in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina. He builds relationships with clients the same way he builds their homes - with dedicated attention to detail. Phil has been a trailblazer with Stanton Homes since 2006. In his free time, Phil enjoys running, kayaking, and anything outdoors.

About the Builder Brothers: 

Builder Brothers Phil and Andrew are just one part of the team at Stanton Homes, which surrounds you with expertise while building stunning custom homes. A little friendly competition is reflected in the details of the extraordinary homes they create. They're all-around nice guys with a lot of smarts, really great ideas, and rare integrity. You'll learn a lot about how to build beautiful homes from the Builder Brothers. 

 

 


 

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Secrets of the Bryson Design | Design and Build Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jan 18, 2016 @ 13:01 PM

Written by Andrew Travars | Builder Brothers

Here's how we created the extremely popular exterior for our custom designed home, The Bryson:

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We call it Urban Craftsman.

"Young, fun and practical." That's what our clients said they wanted their custom home to feel like - an exciting request, as it presented the opportunity to blend architectural styles.

The overall effect I go for is all about how the house will look when you drive up to it, park at it, walk up to it. I had a lot of great ideas in mind, even before I started drawing.

So did Andrea, my colleague and Interior Designer at Stanton Homes. We often work together on projects like this.  And our ideas are usually pretty different, resulting in hundreds of back-and-forths as we created the Bryson together.

 

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Every change you make to a plan affects everything around it.

Create a big porch - the columns need to be big, too. That changes the size of your roof, which needs to be in synch. 

The medium sized dormer on the Bryson, with a smaller one above it, pull the house together in conjunction with the big columns beneath.

The 4 peaks vary in size with purpose, with the porch taking precedence, followed by the first floor window, and then two smaller dormers facing two different directions - creating an artistic collection of points sharply defined in stark white against classic gray, topped by a chimney simply for punctuation.

The big porch is framed by big windows on either side, further expressing an open and inviting approach to the home. The topography of the lot defined the amount of steps, which worked out nicely with layers of stone to balance the slate. 

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All the eves, arches and bumpouts blend together harmoniously. Or at least that's the end effect, after a few discussions about who had the best ideas.

The slate water table we designed across the entire front of the house called for a slate porch - further building each part of the home around every other part.

That stone isn't just on the front of the home - it's also inside, further carrying the theme with a see-through fireplace that's central to the living space, and on either side of a massive wall of windows.

 

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The setting:

The Bryson was designed for the shape and size of the lot - that's why the driveway is curved, to have a place for friends to park, allow as much square footage as possible for the home, and still have a nice back yard (as well as a stoop for the side door.)

The open floor plan is further enhanced by all the windows on the back of the home, overlooking the yard. Those 45 degree bump outs add living space inside and character outside - while balancing the smaller tower for the master suite, which has a French door to the patio.

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Design/Build with Stanton Homes:

Team expertise really made a difference in the Bryson.

Take a look at the photo tour of the Bryson here to see the rest.

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About Andrew: 

Andrew designs and builds custom homes in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina. His artistic balance and creative engineering are evident in his drafting, plan design and idea development. Andrew has been an innovator with Stanton Homes since 2006. In his free time, Andrew enjoys crafting custom furniture. 

About the Builder Brothers: 

Builder Brothers Phil and Andrew are just one part of the team at Stanton Homes, which surrounds you with expertise while building stunning custom homes. A little friendly competition is reflected in the details of the extraordinary homes they create. They're all-around nice guys with a lot of smarts, really great ideas, and rare integrity. You'll learn a lot about how to build beautiful homes from the Builder Brothers.


 

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