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Secrets Behind the Cozy McCoy | Builder Brothers

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Feb 08, 2016 @ 13:02 PM

Written by Phil Travars | Builder Brothers

Secrets Behind the Cozy McCoy

You can tell a lot about the personality of people in the details of the custom home we build with them.

Looking at the McCoy from the curb, it's clearly a cozy custom home - with detail work that makes visitors smile as soon as they see it.

On a setting in the middle of where things are happening in a small town, you can tell right away that the people who helped create their new home enjoy being a part of that.


The wrap around porch is a huge component of this home, boldly stating that outdoor living is just as important as being inside. We used 10" round columns to further emphasize the prominence of the porch, with Arts and Crafts details that add clarity, and ceiling fans and lights that ensure enjoyment night or day.

Step inside, and the home feels much bigger. Every square foot is used efficiently - with quite a few modifications from the original plan to fit the lifestyle of the owners. The house layout was flipped, the mudroom was artfully arranged to make the best use of every inch - including a pantry - and of course the kitchen was rearranged.


And speaking of personality, that kitchen is not only laid out in a way that works for the owners - it also showcases a feature wall, with tile from counter top to ceiling, in a neutral tone that's subtle and classic. 


One of the most important things to have in a smaller custom home is great flow, and with the McCoy that takes into account parking in the detached garage tucked behind the house and the attached breezeway to rear into of house, even before getting to the heart of the home.



Everything for every day is on the first floor. The open layout makes entertaining even easier; everyone is part of the party. Open the double french doors off the dining room for indoor/ outdoor gatherings.

There's more great use of space in the master bathroom, which doesn't have a "small home" feel, either. The color choices here are warm and comfortable, setting off the soaking tub, and separate tile shower with glass enclosure, duel sinks and plenty of counter space with tile everywhere.


An office and secondary bedrooms are upstairs, with privacy for friends to stay over, whether at the end of the evening or for a holiday.

The rear and garage entry doors on the McCoy were painted to match the overhead garage door. It's a blend of colors that not everyone would think about, but they work well together. 


To me, the home looks like a mint chocolate chip, and something about that is comforting. Which is what you should feel when you come home every day. 

About Phil: BuilderBrotherPhil.jpg

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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Top 10 Kitchen Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jan 03, 2013 @ 09:01 AM

Top 10 Kitchen Trends - Custom Home Builder Ideas

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013

Kitchens are the central gathering place of new homes - a place where family and friends talk, cook, and eat together. The top 10 kitchen trends for 2013 revolve around:

 - Professional-grade cooking capabilities

 - Individual entertainment styles

 - Upscale design features

 - Maximization of square footage/minimization of clutter

Read on to find out what kitchen trends will hit new homes in 2013.

Kitchen Trend #1: Island with seating

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013 

 Island kitchen floor plans will include seating above and innovative storage solutions below.

 The island here, chosen in a version of the Carwile, features:

 - Bar with seating

 - Storage access on two sides

 - Black granite countertop


Kitchen Trend #2: Two islands

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013


We expect to see more creativity in kitchens, with the addition of a second island.

In this version of the Chalet Vert, a second island was added. The homeowners wanted to create the feeling of a breakfast room table with the functionality of a kitchen island

With this second island, the kitchen gained another 21 square feet of counter space, two additional large cabinets for storage, and seating for up to five people.

Kitchen Trend #3: Gas cooking

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013


Premium cooking appliances will take center stage in kitchens.

Gas cooktops are used by professional chefs, for their instant heat, precision, flexibility, and ease of use.

Gas cooktops use an overhead ventilation system, which can also add visual appeal to your kitchen.



Kitchen Trend #4: Premium tile backsplash

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013

From glass mosaics to custom inlay designs, kitchens will boast premium tile backsplashes.

The kitchen pictured here features a full-height glass mini-mosaic tile pattern above the range coupled with a grey subway tile base used throughout.




Kitchen Trend #5: Granite or Quartz countertops

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013

The preference for granite will continue in kitchens.

Granite countertops come in a huge variety of colors and patterns - and every counter is unique.

Granite countertops can be chosen to blend into or contrast against tile back splashes and kitchen cabinets.

How much do granite counter tops cost? Click here to learn more about adding granite to a kitchen.


Kitchen Trend #6: Cabinet and Island Colors

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013

More and more kitchens are making a statement by combining Espresso/Java cabinet finishes with lighter/white island finishes.


Read more about kitchen color trends that combine dark and light cabinets.





Kitchen Trend #7: Stone accents

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013

 Stone accents - from custom wall surrounds to back splashes and inlays - will make your kitchen look and feel exclusive.








Kitchen Trend #8: Walk in pantries

Top 10 Floorplan Trends | Walk In Kitchen PantryKitchens will also trend towards including one large walk in pantry or a combination of two smaller pantries.

The single large pantry can be tucked into hallways, under staircases, or turned into "hidden" rooms in order to take advantage of previously unused square footage away from the central kitchen area.

See photos of the top 5 walk in pantry designs for Raleigh new homes here.


Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013


When two pantries are included, one can be added as a cabinet. For example, the white cabinetry pantry pictured here was included in a version of the Brogan.

(note: this kitchen features the reverse of kitchen trend #6 - a dark island combined with white cabinets)



Kitchen Trend #9: Multiple sinks and faucets

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013


New home kitchens will include more convenience and functionality for those who love to cook, with additional sinks, faucets, and fillers, including:

 - Prep sinks/vegetable sinks

 - Island sinks

 - Pot fillers (located above the range to avoid carrying heavy pots of water across the kitchen)

 (note: this kitchen has a two island floor plan design)

 Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013

Kitchens will also trend towards including a central sink with one larger bowl, rather than two medium bowls (usually a 60-40 ratio). A single, larger sink will accommodate wide baking sheets and tall pots/pans.




Kitchen Trend #10: Beverage center

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013More kitchens will feature some type of beverage center.

Specialty beverage centers can include:

 - Wine racks

 - Wine refrigerators

 - Beer and soda refrigerators

Built in beverage centers can be bold centerpieces of the kitchen, or discrete storage areas tucked around the corner in a butler's pantry or hallway.

In this list of top 10 kitchen trends, you have seen:

 - Professional-grade appliances for those who love to cook.

 - Floor plan features that meet individual entertainment styles, such as adding a second island, additional sink, or beverage center.

 - Upscale designs such as stone accents, custom tile backsplashes, and one-of-a-kind countertops.

 - Square footage maximization with tucked-in pantries/island seating and clutter minimization with inventive storage ideas.

More new home trends:

See photos of the top 10 master bath trends - click here.

Top 10 floorplan trends - click here to see how many of these floor plan design features are in your new home wish list

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