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Where can I find a mother in law suite home in Raleigh?

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 @ 12:01 PM

How do I find an in law suite floor plan?

Need a suite for mom in your new home? Here's how Raleigh custom home builder Stanton Homes can add extended guest quarters to just about any floor plan. 

The Eleanor - Raleigh Mother in Law Suite Home Idea #1

Where can I find a mother in law suite home in Raleigh | MIL Homes Raleigh

 

 

Here’s what we did:

In this version of the Eleanor, Stanton Homes expanded and modified a bedroom to add a full mother in law suite with bathroom, walk-in closet, kitchenette, living room, and private entrance.



We also added a powder room with drop zone off the garage and moved the laundry room to make room for a corner pantry in the kitchen.

 

Where can I find a mother in law suite home in Raleigh | MIL Homes Raleigh

 

To give you a better idea of the modifications, here is the original Eleanor floor plan, without the mother in law suite addition.

When building a custom home in NC with

Stanton Homes, including a mother in law suite in your floor plan is easy - we create it together, to complete your lifestyle.

Click here to get a price for the Eleanor mother in law suite home in Raleigh.

 

 

 

 

 

Where can I find a mother in law suite home in Raleigh | MIL Homes Raleigh

The Newberry - Raleigh Mother in Law Suite Home Idea #2
Where can I find a mother in law suite home in Raleigh | MIL Homes Raleigh


Here’s what we did:

In this version of the Newberry, Stanton Homes added a full mother in law suite with bathroom, walk-in closet, sitting room, and private entrance.

We also added a powder room near the kitchen.

 






Where can I find a mother in law suite home in Raleigh | MIL Homes Raleigh




 

Pictured here is the original Newberry floor plan, without the mother in law suite addition.

In this version, there is a media room with separate bath and formal living room open to the foyer.












 

 

Where can I find a mother in law suite home in Raleigh? | MIL Homes Raleigh

The Albury - Raleigh Mother in Law Suite Home Idea #3

Where can I find a mother in law suite home in Raleigh | MIL Homes Raleigh

 

Here’s what we did:

In this version of the Albury, we added a private mother in law suite
with bathroom, walk-in closet, kitchenette with sink, and private living room.


We also moved the MIL bathroom to a different wall and added windows to open up the suite.

We included a powder room off the kitchen.


Where can I find a mother in law suite home in Raleigh | MIL Homes Raleigh







Pictured here is the original Albury floor plan, without the mother in law suite addition, so you can see all the floor plan modifications.

See more MIL homes in our mother in law suite home plan gallery - click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where can I find a mother in law suite home in Raleigh? | MIL Homes Raleigh

Separate apartments, guest suites, and mother in law quarters are a common element in today's custom homes. If you can't find a plan that has what you need, we can show you more Mother In Law suite floor plans - just ask us for more ideas


Also check out our Dual Master Suite Floor Plans, which offer another approach to privacy for dual household homes.

Dual Master Suite Homes | Dual Master Suite Floor Plans | Dual Master Suite Mother in Law Floor Plans | Mother In Law Suite Homes | Mother In Law Suite Floor Plans Floor Plan Price | Raleigh New Home Cost | Custom Home Cost Estimate Floor Plan Ideas | Floor Plan Styles | Custom Home Floor Plans

 

Bring us your floor plan or ask us for more ideas - we'll show you want we can do for you, to find, modify, design and build a custom home you’ll love to live in.

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Floor Plans with First Floor Guest Suites | Raleigh Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 @ 05:11 AM

Floor Plans with First Floor Guest Suites

Raleigh Custom Home Builder's Top New Home Ideas

First floor guest suites are a top request for custom builders, with privacy and convenience at the top of the “must have” list.

Traditional plans have a first floor guest bedroom with an attached (or near-by) bath, but there are a tremendous amount of variations. Contact Stanton Homes with your custom home building questions.

Here are some examples of Raleigh new home floor plans with a guest suite:

DinsmoreTour

 The guest suite in this version of the Dinsmore was added as a custom modification to the original plan. 
 
The guest bedroom has a private bathroom with custom tile shower.
 
5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths - open concept design with an island kitchen.
 
Click here for the Dinsmore floor plan and photo tour.
 
 

Floor Plans with First Floor Guest Bedroom | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Top Floor Plans with First Floor Bedroom #1 - The Cove

The Guest Quarters in the Cove are just one focal point in this custom home. It also has a soaring two- story Great Room, fabulous open island kitchen, and luxurious Master Bath. Check out the split staircase!

4 bedrooms, 3 baths - loft can be converted to 5th bedroom

Click here for floor plan and video tour.

 

Floor Plans with First Floor Guest Bedroom | Raleigh Custom Home BuildersTop Floor Plans with First Floor Bedroom #2 - The Beaufort

This well-planned home has a First Floor Guest Suite as well as a First Floor Master Suite, with two more bedrooms and a Bonus Room on the second floor. The "tower" bay in the Master Suite has a romantic flair that also adds distinguish to the curb appeal.

Click here for floor plan and video tour.

 

Floor Plans with First Floor Guest Bedroom | Raleigh Custom Home BuildersTop Floor Plans with First Floor Bedroom #3 - The Kelley

Just about any room in this custom home could be used as a Guest Suite – all five bedrooms have a private bath entrance. The dual staircase adds convenience, and a beautiful wall of windows at the back takes advantage of the views.

Click here for floor plan and video tour. 

 

Floor Plans with First Floor Guest Bedroom | Raleigh Custom Home BuildersTop Floor Plans with First Floor Bedroom #4 - The Bakersfield

The cozy wrap around porch welcomes you to this 4 bedroom, 3 bath home, and the Master Suite includes a full, separate sitting room and gorgeous bath with wrap around vanities.  This floor plan is also available in an expanded, full Mother in Law Suite layout.

Click here for floor plan and video tour. 

 

Floor Plans with First Floor Guest Bedroom | Raleigh Custom Home BuildersTop Floor Plans with First Floor Bedroom #5 - The Greenhaven

The first floor separate suite in the Greenhaven is intended for long-term guests, with a sitting room, bedroom, walk in closet, and bath. The rest of the home is equally spacious, with an open layout that invites interaction.

Click here for floor plan and video tour.

 

Custom Home Video Tours | Custom Home Photo Tours | Raleigh Custom Home Video ToursTop Floor Plans with First Floor Bedroom #6 - The Summerlyn

This version of the Summerlyn offers five bedrooms, including a first floor guest suite with private bathroom. The master suite and secondary bedrooms are all located on the second floor.

The Summerlyn is one of the most popular Frank Betz plans for NC new homes, year-over-year.

 

Custom Home Video Tours | Custom Home Photo Tours | Raleigh Custom Home Video ToursTop Floor Plans with First Floor Bedroom #7 - The Summerlyn B

In this version of the Summerlyn, the two story family room was converted into a second floor bonus room, adding entertainment space.

This home plan is perfect for slopped lots, with a walk-out basement option.

 

 

Custom Home Video Tours | Custom Home Photo Tours | Raleigh Custom Home Video ToursTop Floor Plans with First Floor Bedroom #8 - The Chalet Vert

At 2,707 sq ft, the Chalet Vert offers 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. The first floor guest suite includes a private bathroom and walk in closet. Home design features include a gourmet kitchen with two islands and two sinks, a two story family room with full-height stone fireplace, and formal dining room.

 

 

Custom Home Video Tours | Custom Home Photo Tours | Raleigh Custom Home Video ToursTop Floor Plans with First Floor Bedroom #9 - The Maple Lane

The Maple Lane includes five total bedrooms, with special features in each owner suite. A first floor guest suite with private bath, sitting room, and outdoor living access.

The second floor master suite includes a private deck, exercise room, and closet with cabinet island. 

 

Custom Home Video Tours | Custom Home Photo Tours | Raleigh Custom Home Video ToursTop Floor Plans with First Floor Bedroom #10 - The Bostwick

At just under 2500 sq ft, this version of the Bostwick includes 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen with tons of storage, counter space and built in wine rack, and luxurious master suite includes with angled private sitting room.

A unique curved wall of windows in breakfast room and second story overlook to the great room will impress any long-term guests.

 

New homes with first floor guest bedrooms are popular with families who have someone stay for a while – and they contribute to higher resale value, too.

Let us know the features you like best in these plans and we’ll email you more to think about.  You can also work with our design team to create a brand new plan with everything just the way you want it. Request more floor plan ideas here.

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Front Entry Garages | Raleigh New Home Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Feb 09, 2012 @ 06:02 AM

New Home Trends - Front Entry Garage Home Plans

Raleigh New Home Garage Styles

 

Need help deciding if a front entry garage is right for your North Carolina custom home? Here are some of the pros and cons of a front facing garage, to help you decide.

Why should you choose a front entry garage floor plan?

- Front exterior can be dressed up with specialty garage doors (such as a carriage style)Raleigh Floor Plans | Front Entry Garage, stone or brick accents, decorative glass, light mountings and more.

- Front entries require less driveway square footage (which means a lower cost in materials and labor).

- Front entry garage homes can generally fit on smaller lots.

- Homes with front entry garages usually don't have windows in the garage, which can save some cost.

 

Why shouldn't you choose a front entry garage floor plan?

Raleigh Floor Plans | Front Entry Garage

- The neighborhood in which you want to build may not allow a front entry garage.

- Some homebuyers prefer the garage to be completely out of sight.

- The home may have a less "polished" exterior, with prominent garage doors and fewer windows.

Watch a video tour of the home pictured here - The Coventry

Prefer a front entry garage? 

Raleigh front entry garage home plans are available in a wide range of square feet, with one and two story options.  Browse floor plan options here.

Have a floor plan you love, but want to convert it into a front-facing garage home, or need a front entry garage because of your lot restrictions? No two Stanton Homes are the same. Our design team expands your options to fit your lifestyle with a look and feel you’ll love. Ask us about design/build options or get help finding a floor plan.

More Garage and Home Exterior Design Trends:

How to Choose a Garage Style 

Courtyard Entry Garages

Side Entry Garage Homes

New Home Exterior Style Photos

 

 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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Courtyard Entry Garages | Raleigh New Home Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Feb 06, 2012 @ 09:02 AM

Raleigh Custom Home Trends - Courtyard Entry Garages

Floor Plans with a Courtyard Entry Garage

Wondering what kind of garage style is best for your Raleigh custom home?  Here are the pros and cons of choosing a Courtyard Style garage.   

Why should you choose a courtyard entry garage floor plan?

Courtyard Garage | Courtyard Garage Floor Plans | Courtyard Garage Homes Raleigh

- Courtyard garages create an automatic set-back for the home, with space for kids to play safely away from the road

- Courtyard garages allow for an attractive front exterior with additional windows possible

 

Watch a video tour of the home pictured here - The Worthington.

  

Why shouldn't you choose a courtyard entry garage floor plan?

- Courtyard garages can limit front yard grassy areas

- A courtyard garage home is usually a little more "spread out", which may result in a slightly higher cost per square foot compared to a traditional "stacked" home

- Courtyard garages may require extra care in choosing a lot to allow for a deeper home foundation.

Courtyard Garage | Courtyard Garage Floor Plans | Courtyard Garage Homes Raleigh

A courtyard garage home can be extremely attractive - and it's just a quick hop from the driveway to the front door.   

Courtyard entry garage home plans are available in a wide range of square feet, with one and two story options.  Browse Floor Plans - Custom Homes in Raleigh.

Have a floor plan you love, but want to add a courtyard garage? No two Stanton Homes are the same. Our design team expands your options to fit your lifestyle with a look and feel you’ll love. Ask us about design/build options or get help finding a floor plan.

 

Read about other garage and home exterior style trends:

Front Entry Garage Homes - Why Choose a Front Entry Garage?

Side Entry Garage Homes - Benefits and Costs

Custom Home Exterior Styles - Pictures of Raleigh New Homes

Porches, Decks, and Coverings - Video Tour

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How much does a detached garage cost?

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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How Much does a Wrap Around Porch Cost? | 2012 Custom Home Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Dec 15, 2011 @ 12:12 PM

New Homes with Wrap Around Porches

Wrap Around Porch Benefits and Options

 

New Homes with Wrap Around Porch

 

Wrap around porches are popular among Raleigh new home buyers. 

Learn about the benefits, styles and options, and costs involved when building a Raleigh new home with a wrap around porch.

 

 

 

Wrap Around Porch Benefits

- Sunrise view in the morning and sunset view at night

- All day comfort, in your choice of sun or shade

- Social and entertainment space

- Outdoor living space perfect for hammocks, rocking chairs or swings 

 

Wrap Around Porch Ideas

Wrap Around Porch Styles

There are many different types of wrap around porches.

Wrap-around porches can be two, three, or four sided to wrap partially or wholly around the house.

Wrap-around porches can also be broken into multiple sections by adding several access points from alcoves in the home.

 

 Wrap Around Front Porches - Ideas and Styles for Your New Home - Chapel Hill NC Custom Home Builders

Two story porches, attached walkways, attached gazebos, and outdoor staircases leading from ground level to the porch or from different porch levels are also build options.

 

 

  

 

How to choose a wrap around porch style

Before choosing your porch plan, take into consideration:Wrap Around Front Porches - Ideas and Styles for Your New Home - Chapel Hill NC Custom Home Builders

- The amount of space around your new home, which can determine how large the porch can be

- Will trees be in the way and need to be removed?

- Is there enough yard space to accommodate the extra width without encroaching required setbacks?

- Does the porch style match the home style?

- Do you want the porch to have rounded corners or traditional 90 degree angles?

- What type of flooring, hand railing, columns, balusters, or posts are appropriate, given the style of the home?

 

How much does a wrap around porch cost?

 Wrap Around Front Porches - Ideas and Styles for Your New Home - Chapel Hill NC Custom Home Builders

Wrap around porch build cost varies depending on:

 - Total square footage of porch space

 - Type of porch surface (can be concrete, wood, brick, slate, tile, or other flooring surface)

 - Type of railings

 - Type of support pillars (Hand built Craftsman stone columns are the most expensive, basic 4x4 support post are least expensive, with a wide range of options between)

 - Type of roof (standing seam metal, rounded, copper, dimensional shingles)

 - Height from the ground

 

 

 Wrap Around Front Porches - Ideas and Styles for Your New Home - Raleigh NC Custom Home Builders

There are other practical factors you need to take into consideration once you decide to build a home with a wrap-around porch.

It may be necessary to add electrical outlets for laptops, music players, or other electronics.

Wireless internet must encompass the porch area.

All built-in lighting and ceiling fans should be planned during framing and electrical rough in stages.

Wrap Around Porch Ideas

 

Wrap around porches are usually found in custom home neighborhoods.  Depending on the style and features, a wrap around front porch can add $5-15K or more to the cost of your new home.   Talk to your custom home builder about what it will take to bring home your new wrap around porch.

 

 

 

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Kitchen Cabinet Ideas: Dual Finishes and Hardware Combinatio​ns

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 @ 14:08 PM

Dual Cabinet Finishes - Mixing Kitchen Cabinet and Hardware Styles

We were recently asked this interior design question, through "Ask Andrea": 

Have you seen having the base cupboards in a dark wood and the top cupboards in a milky white, with different handles? There will be no island in this kitchen and I thought that the lighter on top would give a more open look. What do you think?

And here's what Stanton Homes' on staff interior design expert Andrea has to say:

White Upper Cabinets

Thank you for your interesting question regarding using more than one cabinet finish within the same kitchen and also mixing hardware as well.

I believe this is still currently considered to be a "trendy" look by some but depending on what part of the country you reside in, the look has actually been going on for over a decade already that I have personally seen.

In your case I believe you are correct with your assumption that it will make your kitchen look a little larger and a little more open with the milky-white wall cabinets up top and the dark wood base cabinets below.

Island Dark Base Cabinets

Ironically though, the look of mixing cabinet finishes first became popular as kitchens became larger and so the mixing of finishes in some cases was a way to break up the look of so many cabinets--in essence, to make it seem a little like LESS cabinets!

 

However, as focus on the kitchen as the heart of the home continues very strongly and with transitional floor plans leaving the kitchen wide open to other common areas of the home, kitchens have also become increasingly more custom and furniture-like in their overall look so that they will enhance other areas of the home such as great rooms and other common areas.

 

We are entertaining in our kitchens so we are going for less of a straight kitchen look and more of a "wow" factor.

Furthermore, regardless of the size of your kitchen, customized looks such as mixing cabinet finishes are associated with the term "upgrade" so we are seeing this happening all over the country without much hesitation.

Home-owners are having fun with the chance at some creative expression.

All that being said, the one thing I would consider is the fact that once you start customizing your kitchen too much, you are taking the chance, as with anything that is too custom, that there will be some-one somewhere who does not care for your selection.

Custom Kitchen Cabinets

If you are not trying to put your home on the market right away then I wouldn't worry about it. In my own home however, I did mix an antique cherry cabinet with a white shaker cabinet--so I not only had different finishes but also different styles.

The cherry cabinet was a tall cabinet in the center of a wall of white cabinets. The cabinet was made to look as if it was a salvaged antique that we wanted to use in the middle of the long wall of cabinets to break up the white. It also had different hardware--antique silver.

As luck would have it, I ended up having to move shortly after the home was completed. It was an un-anticipated move. The house ended up selling very quickly and the new home-owners loved the kitchen! I was glad I had taken the chance with some customizing.

Glass Cabinet Hardware

 

Recently Stanton Homes completed a home with dark walnut shaker cabinets on the perimeter and a charcoal-glazed white island.

The island has vintage-styled lilac glass hardware and the perimeter has modern brushed nickel handles--it looks fabulous!

I would say go ahead with your plan to mix cabinet finishes and hardware

 

 

Dual Cabinet Finishes

I think the white for the upper cabinets would work to make your space feel more open while having the dark color below will naturally recede from the eye and again should make the space seem larger.

You could also leave one upper cabinet with no door on it at all and paint the inside of that cabinet with an accent color. Fill the cabinet with stacks of white dishes--that is a great look and opens up to the eye even more.

Stacks of white dishes you can purchase quite inexpensively at World Market or TJ Maxx will pop next to your accent color--they also always seem to add a touch of "gourmet" to the look of a kitchen---think "room service" at a fancy hotel and what color are the dishes most often? White.

Have fun with your project and send us a photo when you are done--in the meantime we will post a couple of our kitchens with two cabinet finishes.

 

*Images courtesy of Andrea Enns, Design Coordinator, Stanton Homes or www.StantonHomes.com.

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Top 8 New Home Trends - Conserving Space, Lowering Cost, Saving Energy

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jul 12, 2011 @ 06:07 AM

8 New Home Trends

Today's budget-conscious homes are designed to save energy and space.

New home buyers and builders have been asked, across the nation, what they want to see built.  Here's what custom home builders in Raleigh are focusing on, to meet the needs of today's home buyer.

1.  Energy Efficiency - Custom Home Builder Trends

Today's homebuyers are very focused on energy efficient homes, as energy costs continue to rise.

They’re line-iteming $5,000, $10,000 and even more into building budgets in exchange for substantially lower monthly energy costs.

When homebuyers evaluate new home builders in NC, they’re looking for cutting edge technology like Bayer's MaterialScience High Performance Residential Program
 (which provides a written guarantee of significant savings on heating and cooling costs) and ENERGY STAR programs that offer long-term lower energy costs.

Raleigh New Home Trends | Custom Home Builder NC

2. Smaller, Better Designed Homes - NC Custom Home Builder Trends

Many North Carolina new home builders are building better designed smaller homes – 1600 to 2500 sq ft, in place of the recently popular 2500 to 3500 sq ft range to homes. 

Smaller homes are more cost effective to build, reduce monthly housing costs, require less heating and cooling, and reflect an overall trend towards a floor plan that really works, without unnecessary rooms.

3.  "Great Room" vs. Formal Living Areas | NC Custom Home Builder Trends

Home buyers are more attracted to floor plans with open layouts, which provide more usable space in the areas where people gather.

Homes with a Great Room concept are more popular than traditional formal living room/formal dining room plans.  Great Rooms usually combine the main living space with the kitchen, while eliminating oversized hallways and excess walls. 

Formal living rooms and separate family rooms are just not as popular, with space at a premium. 

4.  Fewer Vaulted or Two Story Ceilings | NC Custom Home Builder Trends

While 9 foot ceilings remain very popular for first floor areas, there is a decreased demand for vaulted or two story ceilings. 

Floor plans with two story ceilings in the Family Room are often converted into extra living space, as new home builders in NC fill that empty height with a bonus room or game room on the second floor – without a huge price tag difference.

Two story foyers remain more popular than two story family rooms, but many homes have eliminated all two story areas.

Raleigh New Home Trends | Custom Home Builder NC

5. Fewer Expensive Options | NC Custom Home Builder Trends

Homebuyers and home builders are opting out of many of the expensive options they were more likely to choose a couple of years ago, as they concentrate more on use of space. 

Homebuyers are more likely to plan for weekend projects in order to keep the overall price tag of their new home lower.  This includes choosing to add landscaping, decks, and additional paint colors later, and not including that luxurious double-sided fireplace and wet bar in the master suite.

6. Fewer Formal Dining Rooms | NC Custom Home Builder Trends 

Today’s informal eat-on-the-go mentality has contributed to the popularity of eating areas off the kitchen.

Formal Dining Rooms are being converted to Home Offices – and if an NC custom home builder knows that’s the intention in advance, there are some special adaptations they can build in that make that transition easier.  

7. More Elaborate Kitchens | NC Custom Home Builder Trends

The kitchen has become a central point of the home.  In partnership with the elimination of formal dining rooms, kitchens often offer easier places to sit and eat or hang out.

Large islands and seating areas are popular with people who like to gather where the food is cooking.  Countertop space, flow-through capabilities and energy-efficient appliances are a big part of the demand. 

Homeowners are looking for good value, rather than the flashiest new appliances or most expensive countertops.

Raleigh New Home Trends | Custom Home Builder NC

8.  Three Car Garages | NC Custom Home Builders

Homebuilders are seeing more requests for three car garages, where the budget allows.

Three car garages are in demand to allow for small workshops, storage, or parking space for a Mother-in-Law or grown child who has moved back home. Even larger garages can be planned cost effectively.  For example tandem garages, where one car parks behind another, are gaining in popularity.   That extra area is also perfect for a workshop.

New Home Trends:

No matter which custom home builder you choose, selecting a home that works well for your lifestyle and costs less to operate is the right decision.  Browse some popular floor plan ideas here:

New Home Floor Plan Search
 

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Kitchen Design Trends | Butler's Pantry Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, May 13, 2011 @ 05:05 AM

Kitchen Design Trends: Butler's Pantry Ideas

Butler's Pantries Are Packed with Purpose, as Storage Solutions, Preparation Areas, and Showcase Centers

Trends show that more homeowners are putting their money, time, and effort into creating their perfect kitchen design, with a smooth integration of both form and function.

Custom Kitchen Desing

Among the more popular kitchen design trends is the addition of a Butler’s Pantry.

A Butler’s Pantry can be added to new custom homes of nearly any size and budget.

 

There are a few questions you should be able to answer, before you talk to your custom home builder about adding the butler’s pantry to your favorite floor plan.

 

1. What is the purpose of the Butler's Pantry? 

The purpose of the Butler's Pantry will help determine the size and cost of the space. Common uses for a Butler's Pantry include:

Storage space.

Need more storage space for your kitchen or dining room? Butler's Pantries are often equipt with cabinets, shelves, and doors, perfect for easy reach of often-used items.

Kitchen Design Trends 2011

 

Food preparation.

Kitchens have become an area for entertaining, not just cooking.

Butler's Pantries provide additional serving area you may need to put the finishing touches on a meal, while keeping the main kitchen areas clear for conversation.

A showcase.

The Butlers Pantry can include decorative shelves or display areas, plate racks, wine racks, stem glass holders, and more. This would be a great place to show off your china, silver, and wine selections.

  

2. Where should the Butler's Pantry be placed?

The location of a Butler's Pantry can often be determined by the intended use. Common locations for a Butler's Pantry include:

Between the Kitchen and Formal Dining Room.

A Butler's Pantry can generally be found in-between the Kitchen and the Formal Dining Room. This area allowsFormal Dining Butlers Pantry for convenience, while still showing off the unique features of the pantry.

Hallways and Staircases.

Butlers Pantries make great use of small hallways, particularly around staircases.

An Alcove off the Dining Room.

A Butlers Pantry can also be tucked in an alcove off the dining room itself.

 

3. What style and size should your Butler's Pantry be?

 

Kitchen Storage Solutions

Butler's Pantries can be simple or more complex, depending on the price point of the home.

Small and simple.

A butler's pantry usually offers some countertop space that matches the countertops found in the kitchen.

You can keep your granite countertops, if you are looking to create a smaller, simpler storage area. The key is to keep the area practical and convenience.

 

 Butlers Pantry with Wine Rack

 

 

Medium and convenient.

Want the additional storage space, while still creating a showcase? Crown molding, decorative hardware, and countertops all add to the appeal of a butler's pantry, while still keeping within a budget.

Cabinetry can either match the kitchen, or contrast for more texture and color.

Glass doors can be very appealing in a Butlers Pantry.

Large and elegant.

Larger homes have room for extensive butlers pantries, with tiers of drawers and cabinetry.

Luxury homes sometimes feature extensive butlers pantries, with built in wet bars, premium wine coolers, and much more. 

Luxury butler pantries are often created from scratch by custom cabinet makers. 

Add a Butlers Pantry to a Floor Plan

Remember, Butlers Pantries can be included in homes of nearly any size and budget.  Ask your custom home builder how to incorporate a butler's pantry into your floor plan.

Contact us about how to incorporate a butler's pantry in to your new home floor plan.  We can work with you to modify nearly any floor plan.

Or sign up for our monthly newsletter for more great tips on new home trends and ideas, with a special focus on the Raleigh NC area.

 

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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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