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Two Story Foyer Ideas | Raleigh Design Build Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 @ 06:09 AM

Foyer Design:

See two versions of the same floor plan built in Raleigh, NC.

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The first has an open staircase and two-sided overlook. The second has a built in carpet runner on the stairs and foyer side overlook. Which layout would you choose for your new home? 

Two Story Foyer Photos | Raleigh Homebuilder

Two Story Foyer Photos | Raleigh Homebuilder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foyer #1: Barrel vault, gray walls, archways

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Foyer #2: Barrel vault, beige walls, single archway

The first foyer feels more open with a double archway into the formal dining room. The second foyer leaves a wall for funiture placement in the dining and artwork in the stairwell.  

 

Two Story Foyer Photos | Raleigh Homebuilder

Two Story Foyer Photos | Raleigh Homebuilder

Foyer #1: Two-sided overlook

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Foyer #2: Foyer overlook

A double sided overlook looks impressive from the front door. But keep in mind the trade-off you'd make with a two story great room.

By keeping the downstairs great room to a single story ceiling height, you're able to add a second story bonus room with loft style overlook.

Which version of this floor plan is your favorite, the craftsman staircase with wood steps or traditional staircase with carpet runner and rounded landing? 

See the Cotswold Floor Plan here.

Vote for your favorite Foyer design here:

 

 

 

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More Side-by-Side Photos of The Cotswold:

Foyer

Great Room

Kitchen

Master Suite

Master Bath

Sun Room

Dining


 

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Two Story Overlook Ideas and Photos | Chapel Hill NC Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jul 02, 2013 @ 09:07 AM

Chapel Hill NC Homes and Design Ideas

Custom Home Two Story Foyers and Overlooks - Photos and Trends

One of the most popular reasons to design and build a custom home in Chapel Hill, NC, is the flexibility you'll have to create the kind of environment you'd love to live in.

Two story homes can be the most cost effective choice (depending on where you build and the

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

design and finishes you choose) - and they can also offer opportunities for some of the most stunning foyers and overlooks.

Whether you choose a true "two story" home (with the master suite upstairs) a "main floor master suite" home (with the master suite on the first floor) or even a one story with a bonus area above, work with a designer who can help you focus on all the angles and you're sure to be pleased with the impact you can make with a two story foyer or overlook.

 

Custom homes with a two story foyer

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

One of the most popular features in a home with two stories is the second story overlook, often located above both the foyer and family room / great room so that there are views from above in every direction.  

Take a look at these Chapel Hill area custom homes with a two story foyer and get design and floor plan layout ideas for your new home

 

 

 

Two story floor plan overlook design #1:

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If you love floor plans with a second story overlook, this first example is a very popular new home design. 

Many traditional two story floor plans include the staircase inside, or adjacent to, the foyer.  

These more traditional floor plans provide the feeling of a grand entrance - open and airy - with tons of open railing and a tall ceiling to draw the eye upward. 

Click here to see a similar floor plan - the Mastrosimone - which features another staircase and second story overlook design.

 

 

 

Two story floor plan overlook design #2:

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When you design a custom home, the location of the staircase can be flexible - even in homes with a two story foyer design. 

In fact, many floor plans with an overlook are designed to keep the staircase tucked away, around a corner or behind a wall. 

Here is an example of a two-sided second story overlook built-in distinct from the staircase, which is tucked around a corner.

 

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Take a look at the floor plan for this home - a version of the Carwile - to get a better idea of the staircase - overlook positioning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two story floor plan overlook design #3:

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyerHere's another approach to a grand entrance staircase, with a high end look you can achieve with a moderate budget.

The staircase designed as a showpiece,  located just inside the foyer. 

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

 

 

 

 

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the second floor, there are two separate overlook areas.

The first overlook soars above the great room. The second overlook peaks over the foyer, showing off the two-story barrel vault.

Here is the floor plan layout, to help you see how this design comes together:

 

Two story floor plan overlook design #4:

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

 

Want to add more drama?

This two story floor plan includes a split staircase design.

Layers of hardwood floors and oak handrails leading to the hardwood entry and door below create an open, appeal to this very open two story foyer.

 

 

 

 

ChaletVertStaircaseHere's another exciting floor plan - a version of the Chalet Vert - with a second story overlook hallway leading between the loft and bedrooms.

Click here to see a similar floor plan - the Cove - which also includes a split staircase design and multiple overlooks.

 

 

 

 

 

Two story floor plan overlook design #5:

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

 

 

 

The custom designed overlook component of this floor plan adds length, depth and an open element that makes the entire home feel huge. 

It's a great way to add flow and personality to your custom home.  

 

 

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

 

From every angle, this overlook design adds visual appeal.

Check out the wrought iron rails and hardwood railings that add additional dimension, with a multiple layer effect across the entire overlook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To see more photos of this home - a version of the Dugan - click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staircases that emphasize overlooks - with an open design for elegant, casual living - are a popular custom home design feature in Chapel Hill new homes.

For more two story floor plans, click here.

See more staircase trends here.

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