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Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas Photo Gallery

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 @ 10:11 AM

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Cozy Fireplace Ideas for the Fall:

Get fireplace design ideas - perfect for cozy Fall weather and cold winter evenings.

Photos of fireplaces in the living room, kitchen, master bedroom, and screen porch: 


Living Room Fireplace Ideas

Get living room fireplace design ideas, with built in shelves, two story stone surrounds, and stained wood mantels:

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

More photos of stained wood mantel fireplaces - click here. 

Kitchen Fireplace Ideas

Bring warmth to the kitchen, with a two sided fireplace: 

 

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

 

Master Bedroom Fireplaces

What's cozier than a private fireplace in the master bedroom? 

Get ideas for a three sided fireplace, or corner fireplace, in the master suite:  

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

Floor Plans with Fireplace in the master bedroom.

Screen Porch Fireplace Ideas

Outdoor fireplaces are perfect for year-round indoor-outdoor spaces. 

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

 

More Fireplace Ideas: 

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14 Custom Fireplace Designs

Modern Fireplace Chimney Styles


Looking to move into a new home before Christmas? Check out the Cassiopeia, for sale now in Chatham County, NC:

Brookhaven Way – 3144 Sq Ft – First Floor Guest Suite – Move-in Ready Home 

Homes for Sale Chatham County

 

Willing to wait until the holidays are over? These homes are under construction now, to be completed soon!

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Fireplace Trends in New Homes | Apex Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Nov 02, 2016 @ 14:11 PM

Homes with more than one Fireplace | Trends from inside Apex Custom Homes:

Generally, Apex custom homes include a fireplace. However, Parade of Homes trends indicate that homes with NO fireplace can be more popular than homes with two or three fireplaces. 

Fireplace Trends | Apex Custom Homes

What's the most common number of fireplaces custom homes? Where can I find homes with more than one fireplace?  

We've analyzed the new homes in Apex entered in the Parade of Homes, and here's what we found out about fireplace trends in Apex custom homes:



Fireplace Trends in Apex Custom Homes: how common are zero or multiple fireplaces?

86% of Apex custom homes included at least one fireplace. 14% of house plans had no fireplace, in the Triangle Parade of Homes in Apex.

 

Fireplace Trends | Apex Custom Homes

Most Common Number of Fireplaces in Apex Custom Homes:

Fourteen new homes in Apex were featured in the Parade of Homes.

  • 2 of 14 or 14% of homes in Apex have no fireplace.
  • 10 of 14 or 72% of homes in Apex have one fireplace.
  • 1 of 14 or 7% of homes in Apex have two fireplaces
  • 1 of 14 or 7% of homes in Apex have three fireplaces

Fireplace Trends | Apex Custom Homes

What does this mean for homebuyers in Apex NC?

Parade of Homes entries generally represent what trends new home builders believe homebuyers are looking for today.  

Looking for floor plans with a first floor guest bedroom?  Check out floor plan samples, including top-requested one story, main floor master, and two story plans, here:

Guest Bedroom Downstairs | Apex Custom HomeBuilders

 

 


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 – New Home Under Construction

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

Guest Bedroom Downstairs | Apex Custom HomeBuilders

Learn more about building a new home with Stanton Homes!

Special Meet the Builder Event Nov. 12th - Click here for address and more details.

This is representative only of the homes featured in the Parade of Homes, and not intended to be a general indicator of the Wake 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 Wake County in Arcadia West, Colvin Park,Enclave at White Oak Creek, Hempstead at Beaver Creek, Madison at Evans Creek, Regency at White Oak Creek, Riley's Pond, Siena at Bella Casa, Stillwater, The Pines at Wake Crossing, The Townes at Bella Casa, Verona at Bella Casa new home communities.


 

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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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Five Popular Wood Fireplace Mantel Designs | Raleigh New Homes for Sale

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 @ 16:08 PM

Fireplace Mantels:

Browse popular fireplace wood and stained mantel designs, in Raleigh, NC custom homes.

Which fireplace styles stand out? Tell us which photos are your favorites, and we'll show you what it costs to build the perfect fireplace into your custom Stanton Home.

Five Wood Fireplace Mantel Designs | Raleigh Custom Homes for Sale



Stained Wood Fireplace Mantel Designs:

Mantels add the finishing touch to a fireplace - offering character and utility to the space. These stained wood mantels are paired with stone and brick surrounds.

Stained Wood Fireplace Mantel #1

Stone and wood complement one another on this custom gas fireplace. The wood mantel offers easy-to-reach display storage, with a bench style hearth below for seating.

Heat warms this great room with the flip of a switch.

Five Wood Fireplace Mantel Designs | Raleigh Custom Homes for Sale

Click here to view a photo gallery of this home, a version of the Coquery Cottage.

 

Stained Wood Fireplace Mantel #2

Wall sconces help create a showcase area above the stained wood mantel. The mantel wood design mirrors the crown moulding along the ceiling of this great room.

A raised flagstone bench offers seating beside the wood-burning fire box. A mixture of stone shapes and styles gives dimenstion to this fireplace, making it feel large enough to fill the open concept space.

Five Wood Fireplace Mantel Designs | Raleigh Custom Homes for Sale

Click here to view a photo gallery of this home, a version of the Bostwick.

 

Stained Wood Fireplace Mantel #3

Natural stained cedar is used in this indoor-outdoor fireplace design (with exterior siding running from floor to ceiling behind the fireplace).

Five Wood Fireplace Mantel Designs | Raleigh Custom Homes for Sale

Click here to view a photo gallery of this home, a version of the Dinsmore.

Stained Wood Fireplace Mantel #4

This red brick fireplace - in a rustic-contemporary style custom home - features a natural wood mantel above the gas fireplace insert.

Five Wood Fireplace Mantel Designs | Raleigh Custom Homes for Sale

Click here to view a photo gallery of this home, a version of the Worthington II.

 

Stained Wood Fireplace Mantel #5

This hand-crafted hardwood mantel was built on-site in this Apex, North Carolina custom home. Wall sconces add symmetry to the two-sided wrapping mantel.

Five Wood Fireplace Mantel Designs | Raleigh Custom Homes for Sale

Click here to view a photo gallery of this home, a version of the Bryson.

 

Looking for more fireplace ideas with stone, painted or other mantel styles? Click here to view  over 80 fireplace design idea photos on Houzz.



Raleigh Custom Homes for Sale:

A custom fireplace can serve as the focal point of any room - from the kitchen to the master suite - with a range of design features and functionalities crafted to suit your lifestyle.

Click here to contact Stanton Homes or call 919-278-8070 to talk about the custom home (and fireplace) you want to design and build.



 

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Raleigh New Home Fireplace Styles and Trends | Fireplace Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Apr 04, 2012 @ 09:04 AM

Raleigh New Home Fireplace Styles and Trends

Fireplace Design Ideas

 

Thinking about building a new home in Raleigh New Home Fireplace Styles and Trends | Fireplace Ideas 2012central North Carolina? Chances are good your new home will have a fireplace as a focal point in the Family Room or Great Room. 

Even though fireplaces have decreased somewhat in popularity, more than half of today's new homes still include at least one fireplace.

Some Stanton Homes even include two or more fireplaces, in Great Rooms, Keeping Rooms, Living Rooms, and Master Suites.

There are a wide variety of custom fireplace options - and Stanton Homes can custom design/build something unique just for you. Browse photos below, to get ideas for your Fireplace design.


Your fireplace design (surround and mantle) can reflect your own personality throughout a variety of different budgets. Contact us about your ideas for your new custom home!

And remember, in the Raleigh area, check with your county restrictions before building - some counties have had restrictions on wood burning fireplaces due to air quality guidelines.

 

More New Home Design Trends:

Fireplace Design Ideas for Your New Custom HomeRaleigh New Home Fireplace Styles and Trends | Fireplace Ideas 2012

Stone Fireplace Ideas - Photos and Tips for Stone Fireplace Surrounds

Are Fireplaces Disappearing? Trends in New Home Fireplaces

Open Floor Plans - How to Use Overlooks to Add Appeal

How to Create an Open Floor Plan - When to Add or Remove a Wall

What is a Coffered Ceiling?

 

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New Home Trends | Fireplace Mantle and Surround Styles

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 @ 10:11 AM

Mantle and Surround Ideas for the Fireplace

New Home Fireplace Styles and Trends

Thinking about a new home?  Chances are good your new home will have a fireplace as a focal point in the Family Room or Great Room.

Fireplaces - Styles and Trends - Types of Fireplace Surrounds - New Home Trends

 

Even though fireplaces have decreased somewhat in popularity, more than half of today's new homes still include at least one fireplace.  

If you love a warm, cheery fireplace, choosing the surround can be very important!  There are a wide variety of custom possibilities available.

Fireplace Surrounds and Mantles -  Simply Classic

Here's a basic gas log fireplace with a marble tile surround and custom wood mantlepiece.

Above the fireplace, simplicity is key, with a cable outlet included for a flat screen tv.

Want to stay flexible?  Ask your builder to add a second cable outlet on another wall - the one above the fireplace can be covered with art work when the furniture is rearranged.

 

Fireplaces - Styles and Trends - Types of Fireplace Surrounds - New Home TrendsFireplace Surrounds and Mantles - Custom Built In Entertainment Center

This fireplace features a built in entertainment center with cubbies for electronics.  While this won't work for the largest of today's flat screen televisions, it will accomodate most moderate sized units.

The custom tile fireplace surround adds color and texture, with the contrasting light colored grout.

The mantle is extensive and roomy, with a secondary, accent ledge above the entertainment center. 

 

2012 Design Trends | Fireplace Surrounds and MantlesFireplace Surrounds and Mantles - Cherry Accents

The cherry wood inlay around the fireplace hearth gives a great color accent and really sets this corner fireplace apart.

The minimalist mantle blends perfectly with the extensive trimwork through the home.

 

 

Fireplaces - Styles and Trends - Types of Fireplace Surrounds - New Home TrendsFireplace Surrounds and Mantles - Luxury Television

Here's another fireplace surround option for that flat screen tv.  Note the power and cable outlets ready for hook up.

It's easy to include some crown moulding and other trimwork options to really set the fireplace/entertainment focal point apart.

Want to liven up the room a bit more?  Just choose a dark contrasting tile instead of light, or a warm accent trim color!

 

 

 

2012 Design Trends | Fireplace Surrounds and MantlesFireplace Surrounds and Mantles - Stone Fireplace

A stone fireplace can be a bit more costly, but nothing comes close to the look and feel of stone in your new home. 

Mantles can be constructed of natural wood, white painted wood to match interior trimwork, or even stone.

Cost depends on the type of stone, detailing involved, size of the surround, type of mantle, and size of the hearth.

All these mantles and surrounds can be suitable for both gas burning fireplaces or wood burning insert fireplaces.

In the Raleigh area, check with your county restrictions before building - some counties have had restrictions on wood burning fireplaces due to air quality guidelines.  

Fireplaces - Styles and Trends - Types of Fireplace Surrounds - New Home TrendsFireplace Surrounds - Wall Sconce Lighting

It's even possible to add a pair of wall sconce lights above the fireplace!  This type of accent lighting can be especially pleasing in a basement rec room or other room that doesn't have as much natural light. 

There are many different styles of sconce lighting. 

Raised stone hearths are a little less common these days, but can still be very appealing. 

  

 

 

Fireplace Trends and Styles - Mantles and Surrounds

 

Fireplace Surrounds - Trends and Styles in New Homes

This dark slate surround really "pops" against the solid hardwood floors and the bright trimwork and neutral paint.

The built in niche can have a variety of uses, from tv to art display.

 

Your fireplace surround and mantle can reflect your own personality throughout a variety of different budgets.  Contact us about your ideas for your new custom home! 

 

More Design Trend Fireplace Articles and Ideas:

Fireplace Design Ideas for Your New Custom Home

Stone Fireplace Ideas - Photos and Tips for Stone Fireplace Surrounds

Are Fireplaces Disappearing?  Trends in New Home Fireplaces

Open Floor Plans - How to Use Overlooks to Add Appeal

How to Create an Open Floor Plan - When to Add or Remove a Wall

What is a Coffered Ceiling?

*All photos copyright Stanton Homes.  Photos represent new home trends by a variety of home builders.

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Stone Surround Fireplace Ideas - NC Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 @ 06:10 AM

NC Custom Home Stone Fireplace Design Ideas

Fireplace Entertainment Options with Stone Accents

Here are some of the most popular stone fireplace entertainment center options, chosen by NC custom homebuyers.

 

1. Floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace surround with built in cable hookups.

 Stone Fireplace Entertainment Center

This home features a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace surround with accent lighting, custom stonework, and built in shelves on either side.

Accents include a stone mantle, stone hearth, and keystone above the fireplace.

The fireplace is cozy and welcoming, and can be enjoyed from the living room and kitchen/breakfast room (which are connected by a Stanton Homes Signature arched opening).

 

2. Extra wide floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace surround with full wall of built ins, cable hookup.

  Built in Fireplace and Bookcase

 

full wall of built in bookcases gives you plenty of storage space for DVDs, books, games, knicknacks, and artwork. 

Custom stonework, site finished hardwoods, and open space for entertaining (and relaxing) define this living room.

Again, this stone surround is accented by a matching stone mantle and hearth.

 

 

 

 

3. Below-mantle stone fireplace surround with raised hearth and stained wood mantle.

Custom Stone Fireplace Styles

 

Want to take an elegant, understated approach to your new home fireplace?

This fireplace includes a stone surround with stained wood mantle and raised stone hearth perfectly complement the light, airy feeling of this home - with lots of natural light and open spaces. 

 

 

 

Read more about new home design in Raleigh, NC:

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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Home Paint Colors

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Fireplace Design Ideas for Your New Custom Home

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Mar 25, 2011 @ 06:03 AM

Choosing a Fireplace

Design Tips for your New Custom Home

If you're thinking about a new custom home, chances are fairly good that you'll be including at least one fireplace.

But what type of fireplace do you have in mind?  Here are a few basic ideas to get you started.

Fireplace Idea #1: Simple and Elegant Gas FireplaceFireplace Design Ideas | NC Custom Home Builders | Raleigh New Homes

In most cases, you'll start with an elegant, simple fireplace design. 

This gas fireplace is set off with a black slate surround with matching hearth, and a custom, site-built mantlepiece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fireplace Idea #2: Fireplace with Mosaic Tile Surround

Fireplace Design Ideas | NC Custom Home Builders | Raleigh New Homes

 

For old world sophistication, consider a mosaic tile.

This type of fireplace surround is more labor intensive, but well worth a little additional cost.

In this example, a mini-mosaic was used, with a fabulous mixture of dark and light textures.

The site-built mantle and surround includes an entertainment niche with decorative columns.

 

Fireplace Idea #3: 42" Fireplace with Raised Hearth and Framed TV Area

Fireplace Design Ideas | NC Custom Home Builders | Raleigh New Homes

 

The fireplace is often the focal point of the room, and an oversized fireplace can make a vaulted room even more cozy.

Here, a raised hearth and intergrated, completely trimmed tv area make this fireplace a masterpiece.

Fireplace Idea #4 - Full Height Stone Surround

Idea #3: 42" Fireplace with Raised Hearth and Framed TV Area

 

There's nothing quite like a stone fireplace surround for a special look. 

Whether you're aiming for a rustic lodge or a classic, timeless feel, stone is an excellent choice.

Here, note the stone hearth, matching stone mantlepiece, and keystone accent over the fireplace.   And stone doesn't mean the tv has to move - ask about having your tv support installed ahead of time. 

Choosing a Fireplace for your New Custom Home

Your fireplace, surround and mantle can reflect your own personality across a variety of different budgets.   Ask your builder for ideas that will work best for your new custom home! 

More Design Ideas and Tips from your NC Custom Home Builder

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Fireplace Trends in New Homes: Disappearing Act

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Feb 22, 2011 @ 10:02 AM

New Home Trends - Are Fireplaces Disappearing?

Number of New Homes with Fireplaces Hits 23 Year Low

Wondering if fireplaces are going the way of the formal dining room?

The number of new homes that include fireplaces is decreasing.   According to the Census Bureau, the number of new homes built without a fireplace reached 49% in 2009, the highest percentage since 1975. 

NC Custom Home Builders | New Home Fireplace Trends

According to data from the Census Bureau, the number of new homes built without a fireplace in 2009 hit 49%, following a steady trend over the past 15 years.NC Custom Home Builders | New Home Fireplace Trends

The year 1990 saw the most new homes with fireplaces since the Census Bureau started tracking in 1973 - only 34% of new homes built in 1990 did not include a fireplace.  Since then, the number of homes with fireplaces has been on the decline. 

The years 1980-1983 saw another increase in the number of homes without fireplaces, after which the number homes with  fireplaces steadily grew until to their peak in 1990.

NC Custom Home Builders | New Home Fireplace Trends

What could be causing the decline in the number of fireplaces?

Just a few factors that could be impacting the "fireplace decision" could include:

- Cost effectiveness

- Fireplaces no longer used as a heat source

- Entertainment centers as focal points instead of fireplace

- Changing restrictions on woodburning fireplaces

- Low maintanence lifestyle choices

Will your new home include a fireplace? 

As an NC custom home builder, we'll work with you to make the decision that's right for you, and can design a home that includes the features that will make your lifestyle exceptional. 

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