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19 Top Trey Ceiling Styles for New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 @ 15:11 PM

Photos of 19 Trey Ceiling Designs

Chatham County NC New Home Trends

Trey ceilings are one of the most popular additions to Chatham County new custom homes. Get ideas for your new home design, with these photos of octagonal, box, step, and double step trey ceilings. Click any photo to see the full photo gallery for that home!

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

Where are Trey Ceilings placed within a home? While Trey Ceilings can be placed in nearly any room of the home - from the kitchen to the great room - they are most often placed in master bedrooms and formal dining rooms.

What are some of the most popular Trey Ceiling styles? Step, shallow step, vaulted, octagonal, angled, or single box are some popular trey ceiling designs.

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

This Chapel Hill new home has rounded corners - designed to mirror the archways below. 

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

Deep browns contrast against the white painted wainscoting in this formal dining room - complete with an octagonal trey ceiling.

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

Double trey ceilings are more popular in the master bedroom. These trey ceilings carry the wall colors into the ceiling, to emphasize the layering look. 

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

The ultimate master retreat is topped with this owner's suite trey ceiling that emphasizes the grand dimension of this spacious personal space. The choice to bathe the room in earthtones and white is the perfect color palette for this setting. 

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

The layers in this trey ceiling are taller, emphasizing the raised height ceiling. How many ceilings are painted white versus the wall color? We've found that white ceilings are slightly more popular - although lots of Chapel Hill new home buyers request painted ceilings as well. 

 

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

The deep, white trey design selected for this master suite creates a crowning effect of sophistication. Grey walls reflect the latest color trend, while directing the eye upward.

 

 

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

This master bedroom white trey ceiling has two layers with crown molding. The sitting area tucked in at the back of the room has its own little niche, behind the trey.

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

Here's another approach to a multi-layer trey ceiling, in this master suite that's bold with personality. Bright yellow and white layers make the room sunny and bright, while emphasizing the design's intricate tiers.

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

Flirtatious romance can be created with multiple layers in the trey ceiling, like this master suite retreat. Your color palette will reflect the tone you want to reflect, whether you tend toward whimsy, daring or conventional.  

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

The classic look to this formal dining room trey ceiling reflects the elegance of the room, with a welcoming openness and simplistic design that compliments expansive windows, archways, chair rail, and hardwoods.

 

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

Frame your formal dining room with a vertical trey ceiling like this to provide balance with your favorite wainscoting design. Color adds dimension, while white adds formality.

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

Create character in your kitchen, with a trey ceiling that goes over the space where you spend most of your time. This example is clean and crisp, with a simple box appeal that serves as an extension of the show stopper chef's kitchen.

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

Keep it simple, with a basic trey ceiling with accent color for just a touch of formality. This effect is popular with more casual lifestyles, where rigid formality feels out of place.

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

This angled trey ceiling makes a formal dining statement as a warm welcome to every sit down meal. Serving as a tie-together with incredibly detailed trim work, strategically placed windows and an art niche, this trey reflects the ceiling appeal of custom homes.

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

Give your dining room an incredible designer appeal, with a multi-layered octagonal trey ceiling accented by bands of color.

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

When the emphasis is on all the archways, you might want to opt for an all-white octagonal trey in the formal dining room. This provides the expected formality, while keeping most of the attention elsewhere.

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

Simple and sweet, this master suite with trey ceiling has a soft, warm feeling, with a sitting alcove that beckons just beyond.

Trey Ceiling Photos | Chapel Hill New Homes

When you enter your dining room through the wide swoop of this dramatic arched entry, the bold red and white of this traditional dining room reflects confidence. When there's that much going on in the rest of the room, use your trey ceiling as a punctuation mark, like this. 

Chatham County New Custom Home Trends

When building a custom home in Chatham County near Chapel Hill, NC - or anywhere throughout central North Carolina - a Stanton Homes Signature Trey Ceiling can add detail, dimension, and depth to nearly any room. Looking for move-in ready or under construction homes near Chapel Hill?

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 

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

280 Horizon Drive - 3430 Sq Ft - First Floor Master and Guest - New Home Under Construction 

189 Brookhaven Way - 3138 Sq Ft - First Floor Master - New Home Under Construction

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Two Car versus Three Car Garages - What's Trending in Chapel Hill? | 2016 Parade of Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Oct 07, 2016 @ 11:10 AM

Triangle Parade of Homes 2016 Trends:

What's the latest trend for new homes with one, two, three, and four car garages?  Does a home ever not have a garage?

The Orange Chatham Durham County Parade of Homes can be a great trend indicator of the demand for the number of cars for the garage. We've analyzed the 2016 Tour data, and here's what we found:

Two Car versus Three Car Garages | 2016 Parade of Homes Chapel Hill



What's Going on with New Homes in the Chapel Hill area?  Number of Cars in the Garage

Two car garages were the most popular layout selected by home builders for entries available for viewing during the Triangle Parade of Homes in Chatham County.

1. Two Car Garages - 50% of Parade of Homes Entries in Orange County

  • 7 homes included a 2 car garage.  This is the most common garage layout.  Some are side facing, and some are front facing.

2. Three Car Garages - 36% of Parade of Homes Entries in Orange County

  • 5 homes included a 3 car garage. 
  • A 3 Car Garage has all three garage bays connected in a single row.

3. Split Three Car Garages - 14% of Parade of Homes Entries in Orange County

  • 2 homes included a split 3 car garage.  
  • A split 3 Car Garage has one bay on one side and double bay on the other side, at right angles to each other.
  • An appropriately designed split garage will allow access into both areas from the home.  This can be accomplished either by including enough area inside the garage or by including an access door from the home directly into each portion of the garage.  There are a few builders that do not create any access into the third bay, which can make it inconvenient to use.  

Two Car versus Three Car Garages | 2016 Parade of Homes Chapel Hill

4. One Car Garages - 0% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • Again, a one car garage is more common in townhomes.  No homes in Orange County were featured in the Parade with a one car garage.  

5. Zero Car Garages - 0% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • This is more common in townhomes than in single family homes.  No townhomes were submitted in the 2016 Parade of Homes, in Orange County, though there were entries in other counties.

Fourteen homes were submitted by new home builders as entries in Orange County in the Durham Orange Chatham Parade of Homes 2016, out of 65 total entries.  Seven of these new homes are in Hillsborough, five in Chapel Hill, one in Durham (Orange County address), and one in Mebane.

 

What does this mean for homebuyers in Orange County?

Parade of Homes entries generally represent what builders believe homebuyers are looking for today.  What size of garage are YOU looking for?

Check out hundreds of possibilities, including top-requested one story, main floor master, and two story plans, here:

Two Car versus Three Car Garages | 2016 Parade of Homes Chapel Hill

 


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 – Under Construction Now

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

 

Two Car versus Three Car Garages | 2016 Parade of Homes Chapel Hill

 

This is representative only of the homes featured in the Parade of Homes, and not intended to be a general indicator of the Orange 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 Orange County in Ashbury Green, Claremont South, Dunhill, Enclave on Jones Ferry, Forest Ridge, Fox Hill Farm, The Orchard, Pleasant Green Farms, Waterstone, Waterstone Terraces new home communities. 

 

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Brookhaven Way Pittsboro | Horizon Custom Home

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, May 19, 2016 @ 06:05 AM

Homes for Sale on Acreage Near Chapel Hill, NC:

THE BLUERIDGE IS SOLD!

See Homes Still For Sale, Here.

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The Blueridge is a 3,185 sq ft Downstairs Master home with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms 

Get a Flyer and Price for This Home

 


These custom homes are move-in ready, or nearly available, in Chatham County. Click here for pricing information about these new homes.

Click the address for floor plans and more info:

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

280 Horizon Drive – 3030 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction

189  Brookhaven Way – 3138 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction

Inside the Blueridge Custom Home:

  • Absolutely gorgeous exterior, with Stone, Brick, Shakes, Decorative Vents, Window Headers, and tons of details.
  • 11' Ceiling in Family Room, with Decorative Beam Detail
  • Dining Room with Curved Trey
  • Master with Raised Height Trey
  • Custom Tile Master Bath
  • Island with Seating in Kitchen, Wall Oven Package
  • Built in Drop Zone
  • Huge Walk In Pantry
  • Media Room
  • Private Pocket Office or Craft Room off Media Room

262 Brookhaven Way Pittsboro | Horizon Custom Home 

 

262 Brookhaven Way Pittsboro | Horizon Custom Home for Sale

 

 

This custom home is nearly complete. Get a sneak peak of the final phases of construction, and then schedule your appointment by clicking here (or any of the interior photos below)

262 Brookhaven Way Pittsboro | Horizon Custom Home

 

262 Brookhaven Way Pittsboro | Horizon Custom Home

262 Brookhaven Way Pittsboro | Horizon Custom Home

262 Brookhaven Way Pittsboro | Horizon Custom Home

262 Brookhaven Way Pittsboro | Horizon Custom Home

How much do Chatham County homes cost to build?

Lots in the Horizon neighborhood range from the 80s to 100s. Homes in the Horizon neighborhood range from the 400s to 600s. For more cost information, contact Stanton Homes.

Interested in other available homes on acreage in Chatham County?

Find other available floor plans here.

 


Stanton Homes in the Horizon Neighborhood:

Stanton Homes builds extraordinary custom homes in Horizon, with outstanding craftsmanship and top quality materials. We'll help you find, modify or design a custom home you'll love to live in, with free initial design services from our architectural and interior designers. Stanton Homes is an industry-leading builder of traditional, universal design, fully accessible, certified green, geothermal and energy saving homes — with some of the best guarantees in the business.

Learn more about building a home in Horizon - contact Stanton Homes.

 


 

Tags: Chapel Hill Custom Homes, chapel hill homes for sale, Horizon Neighborhood, Horizon Community

Custom home on acreage near Chapel Hill

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jan 14, 2016 @ 05:01 AM

Available Soon in Horizon, a Custom Home Community:

The Blueridge: 3,015 sq ft, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms

Outside, this Max Fulbright home design features stone accents, a rocking chair front porch, and dual columns with archways between.

Inside, the downstairs Master Bedroom, Island Kitchen, “Costco” Pantry, and Drop Zone outside the Mudroom/Laundry combine all the most popular "must have" features in a new home. 


The Blueridge Floor Plan - Home For Sale Near Chapel Hill, NC

262 Brookhaven Way, Pittsboro, NC

Lot 28 Horizon Neighborhood

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Get a Flyer and Price for This Home

Most Popular Floor Plan Features: 

  • Downstairs master suite with trey ceiling, his and hers bathroom (see similar photos of similar master bath layouts here)
  • Formal Dining in addition to the Breakfast inside the eat-in Kitchen
  • Upstairs Loft that can accommodate work from home needs, including built-in desk space
  • Upstairs Study/Craft room (out-of-sight in the Bonus Room)

Blueridge Floor Plans:

Custom home on acreage near Chapel Hill

 

Custom home on acreage near Chapel Hill

 

Horizon - Custom Home Community

Horizon offers 1-2 acre wooded homesites for homebuyers searching for custom homes near Chapel Hill, NC. 

Horizon Custom Home Community

  • Horizon is located in North Chatham County, convenient to Chapel Hill, Pittsboro, and the Reserach Triangle Park. 
  • Property taxes for a Horizon home are roughly half  the cost of a home inside the Chapel Hill city limits.
  • Local schools are Perry Harrison Elementary and Margaret B. Pollard Middle School

 

Homes for Sale Near Chapel Hill, North Carolina:

Contact Stanton Homes for more information on the Blueridge - construction is under way now.



 

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Window Benches with Storage | Chapel Hill Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 @ 08:08 AM

8 Top Window Bench Ideas

Chapel Hill Custom Homes

Window benches should save space in your new home, not eat it up.

Built-in benches provide extra seating, and can be used to store bulky items such as throw blankets and pillows.

See photos of Chapel Hill custom homes with built-in window benches - some with "secret" storage hidden below and other designed as casual seating spaces.

Built in window bench idea #1: Sunroom window bench with storage

This storage bench is tucked to one end of the sunroom. It is small, discrete, and adds a large amount of stoarge to the surrounding areas.

Window Benches with Storage | Built in Bench Ideas

 Get a full view of the sunroom, here:

Window Benches with Storage | Built in Bench Ideas

Built in window bench idea #2: Breakfast room wrap-around bench

A bench wraps around two walls in this breakfast room, just around the corner from the sunroom.

You could add a table, and use the bench as seating. Or you could use a smaller table in the center of the room, with separate perimeter seating.

Window Benches with Storage | Built in Bench Ideas

Here is another view of this window bench - so you can see how well it works with the island kitchen.

Window Benches with Storage | Built in Bench Ideas

Built in window bench idea #3: Angled window bench design

Each bench compartment is divided into two spaces - for more organized storage.

The fronts of these benches are built with a beadboard design and accent trim, to achieve a more upscale feel beside the executive kitchen.

Window Benches with Storage | Built in Bench Ideas

Built ins define this open concept space - with a desk, bookcases, and cabinetry punctuating each room.

Window Benches with Storage | Built in Bench Ideas

Built in window bench idea #4: Media room with bench wall

These storage benches open from the front, rather than top, and are designed for kids to use in this media room / play room combination space. 

Side-opening benches can be a great alternative to top-opening benches, depending on how you wish to use the space.

Window Benches with Storage | Built in Bench Ideas

Built in window bench idea #5: Oak bench

If you love the idea of a bench seating area, but don't think you'll need the storage, consider built in bench options like these:

In this Chapel Hill custom home, the full-length window bench in the bonus room has an oak seat.

Window Benches with Storage | Built in Bench Ideas

The bench adds tons of seating, without forgoing square footage. The rest of the room is flexible - you can add a pool table, entertainment center with lounge chairs, or game table.

Window Benches with Storage | Built in Bench Ideas

Built in window bench idea #6: Custom built-in window seat

A custom window alcove offers bench seating, and a nearby tucked-in coat closet offers convenient storage.

This built in bench takes advantage of the space created by the French Country exterior, with one wall extending forward.

Window Benches with Storage | Built in Bench Ideas

 

Built in window bench idea #7: Alcove window bench

While some window benches are designed to blend in - like the oak bench above - others are designed to define the space.

Here is an example of how to add a storage bench to an angled room - where the seating wraps around.

Window Benches with Storage | Built in Bench Ideas

Built in window bench idea #8: Craftsman style bench

Built in benches can be placed almost anywhere - from under the staircase to a hallway wall. Your builder can give you some great ideas for how to stack, place and arrange them to suit your needs, best.

Window Benches with Storage | Built in Bench Ideas

More 2014 Raleigh New Home Trends

New Home Exterior Styles from Craftsman to Contemporary

7 Ways to Create the Perfect Outdoor Living Space

Questions to ask before building a Multi Generational home

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2014 Kitchen Design Trends - Is Stainless Steel on its Way Out?

Open Concept Kitchens

90 Photos of Custom Home Kitchen

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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14 Island Kitchen Designs for 2014 | Photos and Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 @ 09:12 AM

14 Top Island Kitchen Designs for 2014

Chapel Hill Custom Home Builder Tips and Trends

If you're opting for an island, make it custom - and create the space, look and feel you'll want to spend a lot of time with in your kitchen.

Whether you're working with a Chapel Hill custom home builder, or just looking for kitchen island photos and ideas, these top 14 island kitchen designs for 2014 are full of the inspiration you need.

Click on any photo to see the floorplan and full video tour of the design this island kitchen is part of!

Island Kitchen Designs Photos and Tips

White and grey island kitchen with prep sink keeps everything centered.

14 Island kitchen designs for 2014 Chapel Hill custom homes

Angled island kitchen with a view doesn't leave anything out.

Island Kitchen Designs Photos and Tips

Open concept island kitchen is designed for entertainment.

 

14 Island kitchen designs for 2014 Chapel Hill custom homes

Island kitchen with stone backsplash adds culture.

Island Kitchen Designs Photos and Tips

Oversized island kitchen with tile wall and granite hand chosen for the fascinating effect.

14 Island kitchen designs for 2014 Chapel Hill custom homes

Dual island kitchen gives two specially designed places to spread out.

Island Kitchen Designs Photos and Tips

Mountain house island kitchen open to great room allows space for casual gathering.

14 Island kitchen designs for 2014 Chapel Hill custom homes

Countryside island kitchen melds a mixture of materials and textures for elegance.

Island Kitchen Designs Photos and Tips

Island kitchen open to keeping room puts prep on one side and seating on the other.

14 Island kitchen designs for 2014 Chapel Hill custom homes

White kitchen with long center island provides lots of working space and tons of cabinets.

Island Kitchen Designs Photos and Tips

Island kitchen designed for entertaining was custom designed for easy reaching.

14 Island kitchen designs for 2014 Chapel Hill custom homes

Dual island kitchen creates separate spaces with different cabinetry and granite countertops.

Island Kitchen Designs Photos and Tips

Island kitchen with tons of secret storage make the best use of every available tuck-away.

14 Island kitchen designs for 2014 Chapel Hill custom homes

Country farmhouse style island kitchen stretches out the possibilities in a beautiful design.

These ideas are just the beginning. Chapel Hill custom home builder Stanton Homes has never built a home with the same island twice. What do you want to create, in your kitchen?

More kitchen designs and floor plan options:

Island kitchen floor plans - plans with an island

Kitchen design Raleigh NC

Kitchen island layouts - island designs

Kitchen built in storage ideas

Kitchen cabinet ideas - top 5 base cabinet options

Kitchen cabinet storage ideas - top 10 cabinet options

Kitchen tile back splashes - photos of kitchen backsplashes

Tags: 2014 home design, Chapel Hill Custom Homes, chapel hill custom builder, chapel hill, 2014 kitchen design trends

How Much are Impact Fees in Orange County NC?

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 @ 13:10 PM

Impact Fees in Orange County NC

There are a multitude of different permits and fees required to build any new home.  Orange County and Chapel Hill have long had some of the highest fees in the Triangle.

The impact fees paid to construct a new home in Orange County NC will vary based on the district the home is in.

The Orange County schools district covers most of Orange County, including Hillsborough, portions of Mebane, and portions of Chapel Hill and Carrboro that are outside of the Chapel Hill school district.

New Homes Chapel Hill NC - Custom Home Builders ORange County NC

Chapel Hill and Orange County continues to be one of the most sought after areas of the Triangle, and the fees reflect the popularity of this county.

Building in the Chapel Hill or Carrboro City School Districts?

New Homes Chapel Hill NC - Custom Home Builders ORange County NC

Fees for new homes constructed inside the Chapel Hill/Carrboro City School District are the highest in the entire Triangle.   There are many counties that do not yet charge any impact fees, but Orange County is not one of them!

Your custom home builder or real estate agent can help you determine which school district your building lot is in.

You may also be interested in:

Link to Orange County Fee Page

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