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Design Build Draw Off | Raleigh Builder Brothers

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 @ 10:08 AM

The Builder Brothers Duke it Out:

Which Raleigh floor plan modification do you like best? Below are two versions of a Frank Betz floor plan called The Templewood with proposed red line modifications from Andrew and Phil, the Stanton Homes Builder Brothers.



The Draw Off - Which One Do you Like Best?

The Builder Brothers each took the same floor plan, sat down with a red pen like they do when they design build, and got creative.  Here's the results.  Which layout speaks more to your sense of home?

Design Build Floor Plan Modifications - Version A of The Templewood

Adding a guest suite, mudroom, and storage:

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Design Build Homes Raleigh | Raleigh Floor Plan BrothersAndrew:  "Overall, this is a great floor plan.  I have just a few modifications that could make it even more appealing, though.  A first floor office is great, but why not make that office even more flexible, as a guest suite with direct access to a full bath?"

 

  • Move Walk In Pantry under Staircase 
  • Enlarge the Laundry Room to make a combination Laundry/Mudroom 
  • Shift door to Garage to inside the enlarged Mudroom/Laundry Room 
  • Rearrange the Office to offer further flexibility as a Guest Suite, this increases your future resale value too!

 

 

Design Build Floor Plan Modifications - Version B of The Templewood

Re-arranging the master bathroom and adding built-ins and storage:

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Design Build Homes Raleigh | Raleigh Floor Plan BrothersPhil:  "There's so much I love about this plan.  The front porch is oversized and has a lot of curb appeal.  The kitchen has an awesome "L" shaped layout and a very usable island.  But I'd make some changes in the Master Suite, based on conversations with the client's I'm working with about "must haves" for a modern master bath."

 

  • Expand Master Shower 
  • Split to "His and Hers" Separate Vanities 
  • Shorten the hallway to the Master Suite, and add a nice Art Niche in the hallway.  Use the extra hallway space to make the "Hers" closet even larger 
  • And of course, add a Signature Trey Ceiling in the Dining Room

The Builder Brothers have incorporated some of the most common change requests for design build new homes in central North Carolina:

  • Adding (or enlarging) a mudroom off the garage entrance
  • Changing an Office into a first floor Guest Suite (or vice versa)
  • Adding details like trey ceilings, art niches / built-ins, larger walk in closets
  • Separating the his and her vanities, adding a shower bench in the master bath
  • Making spaces more efficient (and cost effective)

Which of the two versions do you prefer: A, B, or a combination of the two?  Vote here!

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The Builder Brothers love to design and build creatively.  Bring us your floor plan, or your ideas, and we'll build a home you'll love forever.  

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About the Builder Brothers: 

Builder Brothers Phil and Andrew 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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Best Ways to Change a Floor Plan | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

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

How to Customize Your Floor Plan:

There are many reasons home buyers customize their favorite floor plan, including:

  • Adding or removing sq ft
  • Moving a room
  • Changing the dimensions of a room
  • Adding or removing walls

See how a few simple changes can transform the look and feel of your house plan - with example modifications in the Stilesboro plan, below.



The Stilesboro - Best Floor Plan Updates:

Here is the original Stilesboro exterior:

 

Best Ways to Change a Floor Plan | Raleigh Custom Home BuildersOne of the best ways to save money on your home exterior is by starting with a slightly more conservative (but still very spacious) front porch, like in this updated Stilesboro exterior option: 

 

Best Ways to Change a Floor Plan | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

See the red-line modifications of the first and second floors:


Floor Plan Modification #1: Move the Laundry Room Upstairs

When all, or most, of the bedrooms are located upstairs, you'll want to consider also moving the laundry room upstairs.

In this red-line floor plan, the laundry room takes the place of the two story foyer ceiling, which some home buyers consider "wasted space" in a floor plan.

Best Ways to Change a Floor Plan | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Floor Plan Modification #2: Add a Hallway Drop Zone

By moving the laundry room upstairs, you're able to add a mudroom style drop zone off the garage.

Best Ways to Change a Floor Plan | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Floor Plan Modification #3: Convert the Two Story Great Room into a Media Room

Adding a media room, in place of the two story family room ceiling, is another option to add extremely cost effective living space in this home.

Best Ways to Change a Floor Plan | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

 


Raleigh Custom Home Builder Ideas:

No matter how much you love a floor plan, there is always SOMETHING that can move, change, be added, or be eliminated to meet your dream layout, features, and style.

See a few more ways to modify your favorite floor plan, to get the exact home you're looking for:


Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to learn more about building a new home in the Raleigh North Carolina area.


 

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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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Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 @ 10:03 AM

Raleigh Floor Plans | How to Add a Mudroom

"Home Hub" Storage Room

Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom

 

The Carwiles came to Stanton Homes with a traditional-style floor plan and a few questions. 

And with some modern thinking, we made savvy improvements on the livability of their floorplan.

 

With an entertaining style of casual elegance rather than formal, the Carwiles were willing to eliminate their formal dining area in order to put that space to better use.

The small laundry room behind the kitchen was moved into the dining room space. The laundry room space became an ample walk-in pantry with exterior window.

Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom


The new laundry was customized to become more than just a mudroom - it was designed to be an entire "Home Hub" - a space for "life" to occur.

We started by wrapping the room with cabinets and built-in countertops. The tall cabinets were designed to house large cleaning tools and supplies. The upper cabinets were designed to house wrapping paper, light bulbs, pet supplies and a first aid kit. 

Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom

A sink base cabinet with faucet and sprayer was added for cleaning out pet dishes, re-filling water dishes and pre-treating clothes with stains.  Areas below the countertops were left open for pet feeding dishes and large baskets for outside plastic toys and outdoor gear. 

Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom

Above the sink, an open area was fitted with a rod for hanging hand-laundered garments and delicates. A security system panel and large bulletin board (for children's artwork) are conveniently located to the left as you enter the room.

Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom

The countertop backsplash areas were fitted with extra outlets at desk height - perfect for phone and camera charging stations.

The Carwiles also plan to add adhesive-backed 12 x 12 cork tiles (coordinated to match the cork plank flooring) to the backsplash area for calendars and appointments.

This forward-thinking design of "green" cork flooring is loved for its exotic earthy looks, resilience (moisture friendly) and hypo-allergenic qualities. Cork is an ideal choice for a 21st century home hub.

The color scheme and casual style of the Carwile home hub will lend itself well to future needs. Yes, we thought of everything in this "life friendly" room - even finger painting can happen in this 100% washable, kid-friendly design.

Here’s how the team at Stanton Homes worked with the Carwiles to modify their floor pland it, together:

The Carwile - Modified Floor Plan

 

 

 


Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom

Above is the modified Carwile floor plan, after custom modifications were made to meet the needs of the homeowner:


 - Formal Dining Room has been replaced with large "Home Hub" mudroom/laundry room combination

 - Laundry Room has been converted into extra large walk-in pantry

 

Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom
Want to add a large mudroom to a floor plan you already love? Our design team will sit with you to sketch up ideas for your floor plan, together.

Design sessions and in-house design work come at no extra cost in your custom home package.

See your ideas come to life in the hands of our experts – designing real homes for real people - contact us to talk about your own special layout.


Want to see more custom modifications in The Carwile?

Click the image below to see how Stanton Homes can transform your master bathroom floor plan:


Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom

 


Contact Stanton Homes for floor plan ideas
, or to get find out more about building a custom home in North Carolina.

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Bathroom Design Photos | Raleigh NC New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Mar 01, 2012 @ 11:03 AM

How to (Re) Design Your Master Bath

Great design ideas for spa bathrooms and master bathrooms with efficient layout with soaking tub, tile shower, single vanity with open shelf storage, and separate toilet room.


Bathroom Design Photos | Raleigh NC New Homes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Carwiles came to Stanton Homes with a traditional-style floor plan and some questions about how it could be modified to meet their needs. They loved the romance of a traditionally styled home, and they had some modern thinking that led to some savvy improvements on the livability of their original floorplan.

Top on their wish list were master bath layout modifications.  

A Master Bath that Just Didn't Work:

The Carwiles simply didn't care for the existing master bath layout, with the tub and tub window facing the front of the home.

Stanton Homes redesigned the Master Bathroom for the Carwiles without increasing the overall square footage of the home.  Instead, we created more floor place and visual appeal by adding a cantilever (an alcove with no foundation underneath) on the side of the home for the garden tub.

Bathroom Design Photos | Raleigh NC New Homes

 





 

 

 

Privacy that Protects the Exterior Feel of the Home

The water closet (a separate room for the toilet) was moved to the front of the house and incorporated the front window. 

The result is that simply closing the door to the water closet, the bathroom has complete privacy from the front yard, without having to keep window coverings permanently closed.

Blue Bathroom Design Photos | Raleigh NC New Homes

His and Hers Bathroom Vanity Photos

Blue Bathroom Design Photos | Raleigh NC New Homes

The original layout out a single, basic countertop with two sinks.

In the redesigned layout, the double vanity became longer, making room for a "his and her" style master bathroom with center open shelving unit.

We started with concept renderings drawn by Stanton Homes interior design experts. The open shelves are designed for hand towels and toiletries; the 24" wide stack of drawers located below the open shelves are designed for bath towels

The his and hers vanity areas also include separate drawers for housing personal items - lending this master bathroom plenty of storage space.


Blue Bathroom Design Photos | Raleigh NC New Homes

Add Tile, Fixture, and Color Selections to Pull it All Together with Expert Help

Adding to the charm, the bathroom was decorated in a classic hotel-look with the timeless contrast of white subway tile and white Carrara marble accents in the shower and on the floor, in combination with dark stained raised panel cabinets.

Traditional pale blue walls complete the desired vintage look.

All the Carwiles need to add are inexpensive Bamboo blinds and stacks of fresh white towels to complete the statement.





The Carwile - Floor Plan Without Modifications

Bathroom Design Photos | Raleigh NC New HomesHere is the original Raleigh floor plan, before custom modifications were made to meet the needs of the homeowner:


 - Tub located on front wall, with window above

 - Water closet located on side wall, with half-wall barrier

 - Vanity reaches from master closet, with no space for open cabinetry

The Carwile - Floor Plan Transformation

Bathroom Design Photos | Raleigh NC New Homes
Here is the modified Carwile floor plan, after custom modifications were made to meet the needs of the homeowner: 


 - Tub has been moved to side wall, with a cantilever design

 - Water closet has been moved to the front wall, with privacy door

 - The double vanity has been elongated

 - Built-in open shelves have been added between the "his-and-hers" vanities

Search our floor plan catalog to get more ideas for your new home layout. Can't find the perfect floor plan? Sit with our design team and we’ll sketch up ideas for your new NC custom home's master bathroom together. The design sessions and in-house design work you create together with our interior designer come at no extra cost in your custom home package.

See your ideas come to life in the hands of our experts – designing real homes for real people - contact us to talk about your own special layout

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Design/Build Custom Homes in Raleigh | Interior Design at No Cost

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 @ 05:02 AM

Interior Design Ideas

Designing Your Custom Home Kitchen 

 

When you build a new home with Stanton Homes, you can sit with our in-house design team and we’ll sketch up ideas for your kitchen together.

Custom design work and sessions with an exceptional, experienced interior designer are included in your custom home package at no extra cost.

See how kitchen design ideas can flow together in the sketches we made for real people building real homes here, and contact us to talk about your own special layout.


Designing Your Custom Home Kitchen - The Lowery

Kitchen design renderings are provided by an experienced interior designer, to help homebuyers determine kitchen layout options, cabinetry dimensions, special features like backsplash designs, open walkway space and more.

Your personal interior designer will help determine:

 

Design Build Homes | In-house Design Services | 2012 Custom Kitchen Design

 - Type and style of premium cabinetry

- Location of crown moulding and other details

- Design, color, and style of custom tile backsplash

- Design, color, and style of custom tile inlay above range

- Location and layout of Pantry

- Best location for oven/range to fit your lifestyle

- Best location of sink and dishwasher to fit your lifestyle

 

The Lowery - Completed Kitchen

Design Build Homes | In-house Design Services | 2012 Custom Kitchen Design

What makes this custom kitchen functional and beautiful? 

 - Dark cabinetry contrasts with a custom tile backsplash of neutral tans and browns.

 - The angled breakfast nook walls bring plenty of natural light into the large island kitchen.

 - A custom tile inlay above the gas range blends the darks and lights of the room perfectly.

 - Satin nickel hardware highlights the stainless steel appliances.

 

The Lowery - Custom Drawn Kitchen Floor Plan

Custom Kitchen Floor Plan

 

 - The large island includes a 60/40 undermount sink

 - A raised eating bar includes tile backsplash below

 - The kitchen looks out to the breakfast and keeping rooms

 - The laundry room is in easy reach, just off the kitchen and keeping rooms

 

 

 

 

See your imagination come to life in the hands of our experts – designing real homes for real people.

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Kitchen Design Ideas | Top 3 Kitchen Makeovers

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 @ 11:01 AM

Top 3 Design/Build Kitchens

Custom Home Kitchen Designs by Stanton Homes

Designing a kitchen is tough.  Each family is unique.  Is your style country, casual, contemporary, or something in between?

Here are some of our Top 3 Kitchen Makeovers - we'll show you start-to-finish what our interior designer did to make each kitchen work perfectly, and what you'll want to consider before you get started. 

1. The Lowery - Design/Build Custom Kitchen with Hand Rendering

Design Build Kitchens

 

The homeowners were yearning for a gourmet kitchen that would be infused with deep, rich color tones and a sophisticated style.

They were drawn to deeper colors as a radical departure from their Florida home which had incorporated a lot of white.

The granite is a Santa Fe Brown. The cabinets are a Maple Espresso finish.

 

Design Build Homes | In-house Design Services | 2012 Custom Kitchen Design

 

Several areas of this kitchen were extended, to accommodate  additional cabinet storage space for the homeowners' multiple dish sets.

The tile backsplash originally ended at the bottom of the cabinets, and was later extended to the top of the stainless steel chimney.

42 inch cabinets with upper crown molding are standard in your Stanton Home.

 

Click here for more information about this design/build kitchen and to view photos of the completed kitchen.

 

2. The Kelley - Design/Build Custom Kitchen with Hand Renderings

Design Build Kitchen

 

The Kelley kitchen was designed especially for large family gatherings, daily cooking, open interaction space, and a clear golf course view, through the angled breakfast room windows.

 

 

 

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The island was modified into an elongated, angled shape per the homeowners' request.

Stacking spice drawers on end of island were always on homeowner's wish list. 

Both drawers and cabinets included in the island, to cover a variety of storage needs.

The raised bar backsplash is sealed and enhanced Durango Travertine subway tile with Cinnamon glass pencil insert.  

Click here for more information about this design/build kitchen and to view photos of the completed kitchen.

 

3. The Linda - Design/Build Kitchen with Hand Renderings

Design Build Kitchen Ideas

The "Lovely Linda" kitchen layout was completely re-arranged to meet the needs of the homebuyer

Click here to see a red-line drawing of all the custom kitchen redesigns.

In this kitchen, you will find eye-catching architectural presence:

 - Raised panel Maple Cognac cabinets with graceful arches and a soothing color palette of Vyara Gold granite 

 - Sealed and enhanced Bianco Travertine subway tiles with honed stone mosaic accents in Carmel mix


Design Build Kitchens

 - Graceful lines, angled open shelves

 - Crown molding, light rail, raised center cabinet and crown valance detail over the sink

 - Important details you may overlook when designing your kitchen, like multiple lighting sources

 

 

Click here for more information about this design/build kitchen and to view photos of the completed kitchen.

 

Design/Build Kitchens - Real Homes for Real People

See how kitchen design ideas can flow together in the sketches we made for real people building real homes here, and contact us to talk about your own special layout.


We'll help you determine kitchen layout options, cabinetry dimensions, special features like backsplash designs, appliance/sink spacing, open walkway space and more. 

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