New Home Tips, Trends, and Ideas - Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Refrigerator in the Garage - Essential, or Just a Waste of Money?

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Oct 05, 2011 @ 11:10 AM

Should I have a second refrigerator?

Where should I keep a second refrigerator?

 
If you're thinking of buying a new home, you'll want to consider whether or not you'll ever want or need a second refrigerator.  

If the answer is YES, talk to your builder about adding a dedicated circuit in the Laundry Room or Mudroom.  

In some homes, the original layout for the Laundry Room or Mudroom might not be quite big enough as originally drawn.  In that case, talk to your builder about adjusting the room size, and eliminate the necessity of putting that extra fridge in the garage!

A refrigerator in the garage is exposed to extremes in temperature, especially in southern climates.   That refrigerator needs to work REALLY hard during the summer to keep everything nice and cool - which means it's probably going to cost a lot more in energy bills than you'd like it to.

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If a second refrigerator is essential to your lifestyle (big family, lots of entertaining, Costco stock up trips?), plan ahead and keep that refrigerator inside conditioned space.

We can redesign your kitchen floor plan to put everything just where you need it – BEFORE you build.

Choosing to build your new home with exceptional NC custom home builders like Stanton Homes allows more creativity, within your budget, than you ever thought possible! Find out more today – here’s how to get started:



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Should I Switch to Stainless Steel Appliances?

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 @ 13:08 PM

Making the Switch to Stainless Steel Appliances

Do Stainless Steel Appliances Cost Too Much?

 

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

All my appliances, (stove, dishwasher, microwave), are white. My fridge just broke. I plan on replacing my stove soon. Should I start changing over to stainless?

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

"I would definitely be making the switch to stainless steel appliances.

They have been strong in the market for over a decade already with popularity looking still strong for the future.

The good thing for you is that since they have already been around so long, there are deals to be had on these appliances and in some cases better deals than on white appliances since there are simply less of them made right now.

Refrigerators

Stainless Steel Appliances

For refrigerators, if you go with a side by side style there are numerous models that can be found on clearance seeing as the more popular door configuration at the moment is the French Door style.

Microwaves

Stainless steel microwaves can be purchased for very little as microwaves are just not that expensive in general.

Dishwashers

Stainless steel dishwashers can be very moderately priced as well.

Range and HoodStainless Steel Appliances

The greatest difference in price from white to stainless will be on your range and hood.

Stainless Steel is Worth the Investment

However, in the event that you ever had to sell your home, stainless steel appliances would be valued higher than white appliances.

They are more popular due to the open style floor-plans commonly seen these days. With kitchens open to the rest of the home, we tend to want them to have an upgraded appearance as a lot of our entertaining happens in both the kitchen and the great room or basically in the area between the two.


Be sure to comparison shop and don't forget about clearance centers--good luck with your purchases. I think you will like the way the stainless steel appliances immediately update the entire look of your kitchen even if you do little else to it."

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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Kitchen Design Trends: Wall Oven or Range?

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

Appliance Choices: Are more homebuyers choosing a wall oven and cooktop over a traditional range?

Raleigh kitchen design trends show an increased interest in creating a "modular kitchen" by adding a separate wall oven and cooktop, rather than an integrated range.

While a separate wall oven and cooktop can be more expensive than a traditional cook range, the benefits are appealing to many homebuyers.

What are the benefits of a wall oven?

Double Wall Oven

  • Multiple cooking workstations in your kitchen, between the oven and the cooktop
  • Double wall ovens offer twice the capacity without taking up too much additional space
  • Higher wall mountings can eliminate the need to bend over the oven 

Wall ovens are generally electric rather than gas, and come in a width of 24, 27, or 30 inches.

Double wall ovens are very popular in Raleigh new home kitchens, as many homebuyers are looking for space maximization. Double wall ovens can be ideal for large dinner parties, holidays, or occations that require several different dishes (such as a roast and baked good) to be cooked at the same time.

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How to Coordinate Your Granite Countertops and Tile Backsplash - Kitchen Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jun 22, 2011 @ 12:06 PM

Interior Design Kitchen Trends

How to Match Your Granite Countertops with the Right Tile Backsplash

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

What color granite counter top and kind of design for the back splash will go with medium beige stain cabinets and cream color porcelain tile floor?

 

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And here's what Stanton Homes' interior design expert Andrea recommends:

First of all, I am going to make the assumption that your cabinets will be a light wood tone -- perhaps even a light maple.

Kitchen Tile Backsplash | Custom Home Kitchen Styles | Kitchen Design Ideas

 

With this shade of cabinet and cream colored porcelain tiles you have a very neutral color palette so I am able to come up with three different suggestions for you depending on what better suits your individual taste and what will flow better with the rest of your existing home.

However, starting with this neutral color palette, I can picture more combinations than I am suggesting because you have so far done an excellent job at creating a space that will allow for quite a bit of flexibility in design.

1. Modern Style with Warm Tones

A modern look in the warm tones could be created with a rich Santa Fe Brown or Suede Brown granite in combination with a coffee glass mosaic used for the entire back splash or in one large section of the back splash such as the range or cook top area, in combination with large rectangular tiles in a bark color.

 

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There are two concepts here that makes this look more modern. First, it is somewhat monochromatic.

Second, it introduces a much less traditional look in back splashes by creating a large section of mosaics to add shine and glamor in combination with the less commonly seen use of very large tiles.

This is actually a very easy look to create and yet it is new and different enough that it will create a lot of visual interest. 

2. Modern Style with Cool Tones

A second modern look but in the cooler tones could be created with a Kashmir White granite (warm and cool tones of gray with specs of white and garnets) used in combination with a charcoal gray vertical glass mosaic.

 

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Again, this combination is somewhat monochromatic (especially when teamed up with stainless steel appliances), and also makes use of a less traditional back splash design: a vertical glass mosaic.

If you feel your kitchen would benefit from the use of some vertical lines to draw your eye upwards, then a vertical glass tile is a good way to go.

Hint: use a contrasting grout color such as one that will pick up the shade of your cabinets or walls, as this will emphasize the vertical pattern much more than a grout color that matches the tile color.

3. Traditional Style "New Venetial Gold Original"

The third look I am suggesting is definitely on the "traditional" side and again, depending on your taste and the rest of your home, you may feel that this idea is more suitable.

Select a "New Venetian Gold Original" granite (there are now many shades of new Venetian Gold" so the word "original" is important here) and use this with a Durango Beige natural tumbled stone tile in either a 4 x 4 or a 3 x 6 size.

With the 4 x 4, you can install this on the diagonal throughout the back splash and for an accent in the cooktop/range area, use a Noce tumbled stone, or some 2 x 2 glass medallions in a rich brown.

For the 3 x 6, simply install in a brick pattern and really no accent is necessary.

I do recommend using a combination sealer/enhancer on the stone rather than just a sealer. The enhancer brings out depth of color naturally occurring in the stone.

Under Cabinet Lighting

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Finally, in all cases, I would recommend installing under cabinet lighting.

Under cabinet lighting will show off the natural beauty of all of the colors found in your granite, it will also highlight  what you have invested in both the granite and the tile back splash, it creates a great evening look for entertaining as you can have the under cabinet lighting on without the overhead lighting in your ceiling, and last but not least, it is a wonderful and very helpful task light while cooking.

Once you experience the difference you will wonder how you ever got along with out it.

Finally, you will find yourself using your entire counter since now the area under the shadow of the wall cabinets is lit up--its as though suddenly you have twice the space you thought you had!

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Stanton Homes builds new custom homes throughout the Triangle area of North Carolina – tell us your favorite floor plan, and we’ll walk you through you next steps to build your custom home.

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Kitchen Design: Which is Better, Gas or Electric Cooktops?

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jun 01, 2011 @ 06:06 AM

Kitchen Cooktop Styles

Which Should You Buy, Gas or Electric?

 

Whether you are building a new home or upgrading your current kitchen, you may be debating the pros and cons of a gas cooktop versus an electric cooktop.

There are several factors that could impact your decision, including cost, convenience, and visual appeal.

Below are some of the advantages and disadvantages to gas and electric cooktops.

New Home Gas Cooktop with Vent

 

Benefits of Gas Cooktops:

1. Professional work area: Gas cooktops are used by professional chefs, for their instant heat, greater precision, flexibility, and ease of use.

2. Visual appeal: More gas cooktops use an overhead ventilation system that can be more visually appealing. 

Gas Cooktop

 

Drawbacks of Gas Cooktops:

1. Initial Costs: Depending on the size, style, and complexity of your cooktop, a gas range is could cost more up-front. Future energy savings may help even out the cost, depending on the home and location.

2. Need for a fuel supply and fuel line: You will need to maintain a supply of natural gas or propane, which can be stored in a tank on-site.

3. Strict regulations: You may not be able to add a new gas cooktop to your existing kitchen without major revisions. If you are building a new home, talk with your builder about specific restrictions that could apply.

 

 

 

Custom Home Electric Cooktop Styles

Benefits of Electric Cooktops:

1. Initial cost: Electric cooktops generally cost less up-front than gas cooktops.

2. Convenience: Flat electric cooktops are easy to install and easy to clean. There is no need of an additional fuel source.

3. No open flame: To some, the open flame on a gas cooktop could be considered unsafe.

 

 

Kitchen Cooktop Electric Range

 

Drawbacks of Electric Cooktops:

1. Time: Electric cooktops take more time to heat up and cool down

2. Heat ranges: Electric cooktops generally have a shorter range of temperatures, and cannot get as hot as gas cooktops. 

 

 

 

If you are building a new custom home in the Raleigh area, make sure to talk with your builder about kitchen design selections.

At Stanton Homes, our Andrea Enns is an on staff design expert, offering professional design selection services to custom home clients as part of Stanton Homes' exclusive custom home packages. 

Ask Andrea your questions about custom home selections, designs, and styles.  If you are having trouble deciding between a gas and electric cooktop, ask Andrea!

 

 

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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.

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Kitchen Design Trends - Is Stainless Steel on its Way Out?

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 @ 10:04 AM

Are Stainless Steel Appliances Going Out of Style??

We were recently asked this interior design question: 

"Dear Andrea, To keep a kitchen up to date for 2016, what color appliances would you recommend? If stainless steel is on it's way out, I don't want to have a kitchen full of it!!" 

Well, here's your answer, courtesy of Andrea Enns, Stanton Homes' Interior Design Expert :

In review of interior design trends as outlined by the Color Association of the United States, the Appliance Manufacturers Association, and Pantone, whose color forecaStainless Steel Kitchen Designs 2sts have been relied upon for decades by manufacturers and designers around the globe, it appears to be quite a "safe" choice to invest in stainless steel appliances.

  

Kitchen Design is Essential in New Homes

In quick terms, kitchen design is continuing to be the front runner of focus in new homes. In no other room are we seeing as much attention to detail.

Along with that, kitchen budgets are still creeping higher in relation to the rest of the house.

Stainless Steel Kitchen Designs 3

Formal living rooms and even formal dining rooms are fading into the past and are thus eliminating the need for money spent on furniture and expensive decor that will never be used by the average homeowner. 

 

Kitchens are Central to your Living Experience

Kitchens are being recognized as not only the heart of the home, but also quite often the focal point and centerpiece.

Stainless Steel Kitchen Designs 4

Often open to large great rooms, the kitchen now looks less "kitcheny" and more often like an inviting place to gather and entertain.

The decorative elements that are strong right now include natural finishes like wood and stone but they are complimented by glass, shiny metallics, special attention to lighting details, and even crystal.

 

Moving into Design Trends 

Stainless Steel Kitchen Designs 5

Stainless steel will continue to be a favored choice for your kitchen appliance finish. 

Since stainless steel has been used in the best kitchens for over a century due to its universal appeal, its ability to provide a sterile surface, its shiny appearance, as well as its association with luxury. 

 2012 Kitchen Design Trends Black

What Other Color Trends are Popular?

The second most popular color is currently black, which is due to its more formal appearance in relation to the rest of the common areas of your home.

 

Best of luck with the building of your new home--planning and researching is always a good thing to do!

 

 

Do you have interior design questions? Want to know  the hottest 2012 design trends for your Raleigh new home?

Then "Ask Andrea," on-staff interior design expert for Raleigh new home builder Stanton Homes.

 

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We can redesign your kitchen floor plan to put everything just where you need it – BEFORE you build.

Choosing to build your new home with exceptional NC custom home builders like Stanton Homes allows more creativity, within your budget, than you ever thought possible! Find out more today – here’s how to get started:

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Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends | New Home Kitchen Design

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 @ 10:04 AM

Top Five Kitchen Design Trends in New Homes

 

Will these kitchen trends fade away, or are they important and practical features that will make an already attractive new home even better in the years to come?  

Take a look through these top trends, and decide what your new home can’t live without.

 

5.  Built in Storage

As households are scaled back to more affordable designs, an emphasis has been placed on conveKitchen Design Trends with Storagenient storage solutions. 

Say goodbye to clutter on your counters.

With just a small extension of the existing space, underneath the serving bar, eating bar area, or island can become an important storage center. 

 

4.  Oversized Islands

Larger kitchens demand an oversized island.  Oversized islands offer extra cabinetry for storage, and can be designed in a variety of ways.

Kitchen Design Trends   Island Sink

- Large seating area on one side, raised or same height

- Kitchen desk area

- Separate range top and cooking center

- Preparation area with vegetable sink

Accents like display shelves, corbels, and "furniture" posts can be added.

 

 

3.  Built in Banquettes

A built in seating area near the kitchen can maximize space and storage. 

Built in seats are flush against the wall, and can be placed under windows for a fresh and open feel.

Banquettes can range in size, and storage can be built into the bench areas.

 

2.  Contrasting Kitchen Cabinetry

Want a way to make your kitchen look unique and eye-catching? Multiple finishes and styles of cabinetry make your Kitchen stand out with contrasting features and colors.

Contrasting pieces can be used for decorative range hoods, islands, even eating bar areas.

 

1.   Open Kitchens

The integration of kitchens with family livingKitchen Design Trends   Great Room space (also called "Great Rooms") is another growing trend.

Home spaces are becoming more casual, and being able to interact with your guests while preparing a meal is a must.

A half wall with an eating or serving bar is the perfect solution.

 

 

 

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Cabinets - What Wood Type Should I Choose for my NC Custom Home?

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jan 24, 2011 @ 07:01 AM

Choosing Cabinet Wood Types

Compare and Contrast Different Wood Types for Cabinets 

Quality cabinets can last a lifetime, with proper care, so choose carefully. Cabinets determine the feel of a room, whether a light, cool toned kitchen with natural maple cabinets or a master bathroom with deep, rich glazed cherry cabinets.

Cabinet Wood Choices | NC Custom Home Builders | Raleigh Custom HomesThe cabinets become the base for choices for every other item in the room: flooring, countertops, paint color, even plumbing and lighting fixtures. From type of wood to color, texture, design and construction, cabinets are a major part of every home decision.

Species and Color

Often the first decision to be made surrounds the type of wood from which the cabinets will be constructed.

Paint Grade is the least expensive type of wood used in cabinet making. As the name implies, these cabinets are mainly painted rather than stained, due to visual imperfections in the wood. These are generally used in secondary bathrooms or entry level homes.

Oak is generally the first choice of hardwood for cabinets. There are over 200 different species, and oak is very strong and takes stain well. Oak can be straight grained, but is often irregular or cross grained. It is a dense and long lasting wood, and looks great in a wide variety of stain colors and cabinet styles. Most oak cabinets are made of red oak, but white oak is occasionally available.

Cabinet Wood Choices | NC Custom Home Builders | Raleigh Custom HomesMaple is a step up from oak in cost. It is one of the lighter woods, and there are only about 5 species used commercially. Maple is usually straight grained and has a fine grain, and holds stain very well. Since it is so light in color, maple is often used when a very bright room is desired. Maple is an upgrade for most builders.

Maple can also be painted, but keep in mind that painted cabinetry is usually a little more costly than stained cabinetry.

Cabinet Wood Choices | NC Custom Home Builders | Raleigh Custom HomesCherry is next on the cost scale. It is a very dark wood, so be careful when choosing stain colors. This wood has a deep, rich appearance (think cherry furniture.) In fact, cherry is often chosen for built-in cabinets and bookcases in a study or office, but many kitchens and baths are also trending towards cherry cabinetry.

Hickory or Birch are popular luxury cabinet choices. Hickory is very grainy and has a lot of color variation. It can have a rustic feel, and has a natural finish. Birch has a very fine swirly grain and is very even in tone, but tends to look better with either dark or natural stains.

Walnut, ash, mahogany, and ebony are among the priciest wood choices for cabinets. Most mahogany comes from rain forests on the west coast of Africa. African or Indian ebony are most common in the ebony category, which is a generic name for any kind of wood with a very dark heartwood. Walnut can be North or South American or European.

Choosing Cabinets for your New Custom Home

At Stanton Homes, we make the entire custom home process easy.  Our on-staff design consultant expert Andrea Enns will help you determine the best wood choice for your lifestyle, taste, and budget.  Ask your new home design questions here!

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Best Kitchen Countertop Ideas For New Homes | Kitchen Design Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 @ 07:01 AM

Kitchen Countertops - What Kind of Countertops Work Best?

Kitchen Design Trends for New Custom Homes 

Stone, stone-look laminate, marble, concrete, tile or solid surface – compare and contrast today's most popular kitchen countertop selections.

Granite Countertops – Compare and Contrast Kitchen Countertops

What kind of kitchen countertop is best | NC Custom Home BuildersGranite is a natural product harvested from quarries. Colors and patterns vary depending on the geological processes in the region where they are quarried.

Granite is a more expensive countertop option, with prices starting at about 3-4 times the cost of laminate. Because this is a natural material, selections are not made from a color chart. Buyers can select from samples representative of a type of granite, or choose a unique individual slab from which their countertop will be carefully cut. There are a variety of edges – including bullnose, radius, straight, and bevel – are available at no additional charge, while upgraded edges can include a full bullnose and ogee (graceful serpentine curve).  

Granite is fairly resistant to heat and scratches. If damaged, it may be possible to polish the countertop, since it is made of the same material throughout. The material must be resealed about every five years to protect it from stains, and careful attention must be paid to the natural stone seams. 

Marble Countertops – Compare and Contrast Kitchen Countertops

Marble is another 100% natural product. It is not as popular as other kitchen countertop materials, because it’s lime-stone base makes it less resistant to stains from oils and acids.

Like granite, marble comes in slabs that are always different because they come from a natural source.  

The cost of marble is a little higher than granite, and the seam and sealing processes are identical. 

Quartz, or Engineered Stone – Compare and Contrast Kitchen Countertops

What kind of kitchen countertop is best | NC Custom Home BuildersThis is one of the newest countertop products, and is becoming increasingly popular. Quartz is actually a quartz composite, made of quartz, colored pebbles, polymers, and epoxy. About 97% of the composite is quartz. The other 7% is pigments and resins. Natural granite is only about 50% quartz, which is very high on the hardness scale – only diamonds, topaz and sapphires are harder!  

Quartz comes in many more colors than natural stone and has a more even pattern.  

The cost is very similar to granite. It doesn’t need to be sealed, and is more resistant to stains, scratches, and other damage. Seams are less noticeable due to the consistency of the pattern.  

Stainless Steel – Compare and Contrast Kitchen Countertops

Stainless steel is also becoming a popular option in higher-end homes. It is one of only a few countertop materials that can be safely bleached, and heat will not hurt it.  

Brushed and/or textured finishes are available to help hide scratches. In some cases, the sink can be created with the countertop for a totally seamless one-piece installation. All this comes with a price tag – steel countertops cost about twice as much as granite.  

What’s the bottom line on countertop costs?

What kind of kitchen countertop is best | NC Custom Home BuildersAll countertop pricing is determined by square footage. Most standard countertops are 2 ¼ feet wide. To find out how much countertop you need, take the length of the countertop and multiply by the width. Then multiply the total square footage by the cost per square foot for the desired material. This will give you the starting point. 

But there are additional considerations as well.  

The cost of backsplashes depends on material and style, as does the edge of the countertop – which can all be customized in different materials.

Even the type of sink makes a difference in countertop cost. An under-counter mount requires a more finished edge around the sink, which raises the cost for some materials. Additional sinks or other cut outs can add to labor and installation expenses, as well.

Custom home builders like Stanton Homes can walk you through the costs when you plan your home, so you can decide what kind of countertop you want to live with.

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Get ideas from these kitchen floor plan transformations, designed by Stanton Homes to fit the lifestyles of our homebuyers. 

   


We can redesign your kitchen floor plan to put everything just where you need it – BEFORE you build.

Choosing to build your new home with exceptional NC custom home builders like Stanton Homes allows more creativity, within your budget, than you ever thought possible! Find out more today – here’s how to get started:

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