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What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor Plans

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 @ 10:11 AM

What makes a "Princess Suite" floor plan unique? 

A Princess Suite usually refers to a secondary bedroom on the second floor with:

  • Private bath room
  • Expanded or walk in closet
  • Slightly greater sq ft than other secondary bedrooms
  • Special features, such as a built in seat or sitting area

Some home buyers use the princess suite as a guest bedroom, with all the same amenities. Search our floor plan gallery for princess suite home ideas. 


What does a Princess Suite floor plan include?

Princess Suite Floor Plan Feature #1: Private Bathroom

The Avonstone Manor, copyright Garrell Associates, includes a princess suite on the second floor. This suite features:

  • Private bath with corner soaking tub and separate tile shower
  • Walk in closet
  • Built in desk / storage area

What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor PlansTake a look inside this Princess Suite from a version of the Avonstone Manor built by Stanton Homes near Raleigh, North Carolina: Click here for a full gallery of this custom home.

Princess Suite Floor Plan Feature #2: Expanded Closet

The Graystone Park, copyright Frank Betz, features a second floor Princess Suite with expanded walk in closet. This closet rivals master bedroom storage space.

What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor Plans

The Longleaf, home plan by Frank Betz, includes five bedrooms, four and a half baths, and a second story Princess Suite.

The Princess Suite also includes a walk in closet - in a more typical size - as well as private bathroom. 

What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor Plans

Bedrooms 3 and 4 share a Jack and Jill style bath.

Princess Suite Floor Plan Feature #3: Additional Sq Ft

Typical secondary or "kids" bedrooms are generally 12'x12' or 12x11' for a total of 132 to 144 sq ft.

What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor PlansThis floor plan, The Timbersedge by Alan Mascord, features an expanded secondary bedroom.

The princess suite is 13'x13', not including the foyer-style entry and attached bath with separate toilet room and vanity area.

Princess Suite Floor Plan Feature #4: Bay Sitting Area

This Princess Suite - from The Kensington copyright Alan Mascord - centers around the bay sitting area.

What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor Plans

Princess Suite Floor Plan Feature #5: Built in Bench

The Parnell, copyright Alan Mascord, features a princess suite with built-in window bench. This suite also includes:

  • Private bathroom with tub/shower combination
  • Extra long closet

What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor Plans


How to Build a New Home in North Carolina:

Tell us what floor plan you'd like to build, and we'll show you what it costs to build in central North Carolina. We'll get down to details, including full price estimates for all the floor plan features - and selections - you love.

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Top 5 Most Requested Floor Plans | Raleigh New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 @ 06:01 AM

Top 5 Most Requested Floor Plans

Video Tours of Popular Raleigh New Homes 

Check out photo tours of our Top 5 Most Requested floor plans! 

Watch for our most popular signature touches like archways, barrel vaults, trey ceilings, tile backsplashes, hardwoods, granite countertops, built-ins, beadboard, wainscoting, and more.

5. The Penelope - Click here for video tour

This version of The Penelope green certified "Silver Level" home includes custom design features like:

Most Requested Floor Plans

 - Walk-out basement with drive under garage

 - Large island kitchen with bar seating

 - Vaulted master bath with corner tub

 - Oversized laundry with folding table

 - Covered front porch, rear deck

 - Built-in first floor office

 

The Penelope is copyright Stanton Homes.

 

4. The Brogan - Click here for video tour

This version of The Brogan, a craftsman style new home, includes custom design features like:

Most Requested Floor Plans

 - Mudroom between the garage and kitchen

 - First floor office instead of formal dining

 - Second floor laundry room

 - Island kitchen with optional butler's pantry

 - Covered front porch and rear screen porch

 - Large great room with coffered ceiling

The Brogan is Copyright Stanton Homes. 

 

3. The Azalea Park - Available Now in Chatham County

This version of The Azalea Park first story master suite design includes:

Most Requested Floor Plans

 - Island kitchen with adjacent breakfast nook

 - Vaulted family room with fireplace

 - Craftsman touches and barrel vault foyer

 - Covered front porch and screen porch 

 - Certified Green with $82/month guarantee

 

The Azalea Park is Copyright Frank Betz.

 

2. The Beaufort - Click here for video tour

This version of The Beaufort guest suite home includes features like:

Most Requested Floor Plans

 - Main floor master with tower alcove, his-and-hers closets and vanities

 - Two-story barrel vault foyer

 - Curved brick staircase entrance

 - Vaulted great room

 - Covered rear porch

 - Optional bonus room

The Beaufort is Copyright Frank Betz

 

1. The Dugan - Click here for video tour

This version of The Dugan main floor master suite includes accessible and custom home features like:

 First Floor Master Suite Homes

- Entire 2nd Floor Mother in Law Suite

 - Fully Accessible Floor Plan with optional Elevator

 - Large island kitchen with walk-in pantry

 - Oversized Garage, Attic Storage, plenty of closet space

The Dugan is copyright Stanton Homes

 

Stanton Homes builds extraordinary custom homes with personal service you won’t find with any other builder in our price range – and a Price Match Guarantee.  Find out more about Raleigh custom home floor plans.

Browse more Raleigh custom home floor plans here:

 Design Build Homes
One story floor plan options

Main floor master floor plan options

Mother in law suite floor plan options

Dual master suite floor plan options

Value floor plan options

Luxury floor plan options

Or ask us about design/build options.

 

 

 

 

 

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Most Popular 2000-2500 Sq Ft Floor Plans - Video Tours

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Jan 13, 2012 @ 09:01 AM

Most Popular 2000-2500 sq ft Floor Plans

Watch Video Tours of Raleigh's Favorite New Homes from 2000 to 2500 Square Feet 

New custom homes in the 2000 to 2500 square foot range continue to be sought after in the Raleigh area.  Here are some samples of the kinds of craftsmanship you'll find in new custom homes, with some of the most requested floor plans in the area. 

1. The Gershwin - 2,073 

2000 to 2500 Sq Ft Homes | Raleigh New Homes

- Wrap Around Front Porch with optional Beadboard Ceiling

- Signature Arched Opening to Formal Dining

- Two Story Foyer with Wrought Iron Overlook

- Family Room opens to Kitchen and Breakfast

- Side Entry Garage

 

 

Watch a video tour of The Gershwin.

 

2. The Terrell - 2,403 sq ft

 

This version of The Terrell includes:Floor Plans 2000 Square Feet

- Main Floor Master Suite and Guest Suite

- Barrel Vault Foyer

- Island Kitchen

- Signature Arched Opening to Formal Dining

- Vaulted Great Room opens to Kitchen

Watch a video tour of The Terrell

 

 

3. The Azalea Park - 2,182 sq ft

This version of The Azalea Park is available now in Chatham County. It includes:

Main Floor Master Homes

 - Island Kitchen

 - Formal Dining

 - Craftsman Touches

 - Covered Front Porch and Screen Porch 

 - Certified Green with $82/month Guarantee

 

 

Watch a video tour of the Azalea Park

 

4. The Beaufort - 2,313 sq ft

 

This version of The Beaufort includes:2000 to 2500 Square Feet Homes

- Main Floor Master Suite and Guest Suite

- Barrel Vault Foyer

- Island Kitchen

- Signature Arched Opening to Formal Dining

- Vaulted Great Room opens to Kitchen

 

 

Watch a video tour of The Beaufort.

 

Stanton Homes builds extraordinary custom homes with personal service you won’t find with any other builder in our price range – and a Price Match Guarantee

 

Browse Raleigh custom home floor plans here:

 Custom Home Modifications
One story floor plan options

Main floor master floor plan options

Mother in law suite floor plan options

Dual master suite floor plan options

Value floor plan options

Luxury floor plan options

Or ask us about design/build options.

 

 

 

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Questions to Ask before Choosing a Floor Plan

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 @ 09:08 AM

Top 10 Questions to Ask before Picking a Floor Plan

Finding the Right Floor Plan

When choosing a floor plan, there's a lot to consider.   Here are top questions to keep in mind before building a home you'll love to live in.

1.   Where do you want to sleep?

A two story plan is usually most cost effective.   But for a number of reasons, you may want to sleep on the first floor.   A one story home usually has the highest price tag, and a main floor master suite plan may offer a good compromise between location and price.

Open Floor Plan

2.  What kind of lifestyle do you have?

Are you formal, or informal?    The layout of the main living areas should be determined by your lifestyle.   The kitchen can be "out of sight" from guests, or can be completely exposed to the Great Room for an open concept plan.

3.  Can we stay at your house?

Do you have lots of overnight guests?  Do the grandparents come to visit?  

A first floor guest bedroom and full bath can come in very handy.  

Keep in mind that a full guest suite will require some additional square footage, and may mean losing a room elsewhere if you're working to a strict budget.

4.  What does your dream kitchen look like?Huge Island with Seating

Whether a huge island with seating is most important to you, or just having tons of counter space, don't feel too confined by the kitchen layout noted on the floor plan.  

Changing a kitchen layout is one of the easiest things we'll be able to do for you, just let us know what you're looking for and we'll sketch some ideas for you.

 

 

Floor Plans with Front Porches

5.  Is outdoor living just as important as indoor living?

If a front porch, rear porch, or screen porch is an absolute must for you, don't feel limited to floor plans that already picture one of these options.  

Screen porches can be added to nearly any home, and porches are usually easy to add (or subtract!).  

Just keep in mind - the more porches there are, the higher the price tag will be. 

6.  Will you be working at home?

Whether you're working at home, or just want a private room to catch up or web surf, you're not alone.  Home offices are one of our most popular requests right now.   But don't worry if you don't see a room labeled "office" on the plans.   Formal dining rooms are easily converted to full offices, as are formal living rooms.  And even a pocket office can be a great addition.    

Built In Bookcases

7.  How essential is storage?

Storage can be found in all kinds of places.   What's on the top of today's wish lists?  

A larger pantry (walk in where possible), easy attic storage (can often be found in eaves off the bonus room or other locations), and a big enough coat closet.  

Built in storage centers or an extra large master closet can be key features.

Mudroom Design

 

8.  Is a mudroom important?

Keeping the house organzied with kids around is a constant challenge.  

But a "drop zone" off the garage can go a long way - someplace to store baskets with shoes, coat hooks for backpacks, and even lockers or cabinetry.  

A drop zone can be added in the laundry room, mudroom or hallway. 

9.  What about a basement?

Keep in mind that while walk out basements are fairly common in the Triangle area of North Carolina, full basements are not recommended.   If your lot is sufficiently sloped, an unfinished or finished basement can offer lots of additional square footage, at a much lower cost per square foot than for "above ground" square footage. 

10.  How many bedrooms and baths?

Powder Room

The number of bedrooms you'll need is probably fairly firm.   But be prepared to be a little flexible on the number of baths, though, if you have a limited budget.   It would be great for each bedroom to have it's own bath, plus a separate powder room for guests, but a "dual door" bath with dual vanities can also help all the kids get ready for school on time, AND help Mom and Dad stay on budget.

 

 

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.

Here are some floor plans to get your search started:

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