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

Best Roof Styles: How to Build a Cost Effective Home in Raleigh

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 12:03 PM

Best Roof Styles for Raleigh New Custom Homes

If there’s a certain type of roof you like, ask your custom builder how it can work with the floor plan you have in mind. Roof style options for Raleigh new custom homes vary widely, and can often be modified to fit the interior floor plan and exterior style you have in mind.

Raleigh New Home Cost | Roof Pitch Explained

 

How to Keep Costs Down with Roofing Options

The more complex the roof, the higher the cost. But when you determine the roof line for your new custom home, be aware that it isn’t like flooring, cabinets or even walls that you can update later. The roofline and architectural design extremely difficult to revise once your new home is built - so find the best fit before you start.

Below are a few basic key terms and home building facts that can help you understand what certain floor plans cost more to build.

Raleigh New Home Cost | Roof Pitch Explained

Roof Pitch

The "pitch" of a roof is the steepness. Roof pitch, or angle of steepness, is calculated by the number of inches it rises for every 12 inches it extends.

An 8/12 roof climbs 8 inches in height for every 12 inches in width. Here is an example photo of a 12/12 roof pitch:

Raleigh New Home Cost | Roof Pitch Explained

In general, the shallower the roof pitch, the lower the cost.  Construction of a simpler, lower roofline can entail less roofing, less framing materials and less framing labor both for the roofing as well as the roof’s support system.

But, some level of steepness and complexity of roofline can be what makes the difference between fantastic curb appeal, and "just another box".  

For example, lower cost homes are often constructed with a simpler 4:12 or 5:12 roof pitch. However, this can limit attic space, particularly on a smaller home.

(The Dahlberg, below, has a 10/12 main roof pitch - but due to the size of this one story home, it can appear less steep 

Raleigh New Home Cost | Roof Pitch Explained

 

Roof Gables, Hips, and Valleys

The number of gables, hips, and valleys in a roof can affect aesthetic appeal as well as cost.

  • A gable is a triangular section of wall formed by the intersection of two sections of roof.
  • A hip is where two rooflines meet at the top. This example shows six different hips on the front of the home, counting the small dormer window.
  • A valley is where two sections of roof meet and connect on the downward slope.

Raleigh New Home Cost | Roof Pitch Explained

Pitch lines can also make a huge difference in the way your new home is viewed. “Box homes” that have virtually no intricate roof lines or pitch emphasize the ability to offer more floor space. But your new home builder or designer can show you how to make the best of both.

How Much Does it Cost to Build a New Custom Home in Raleigh, NC?

Your custom home builder can show you how a style with a mid-level pitch and several gables and valleys can add a lot of sophistication, but still be at the mid to lower end of the cost spectrum.

Cost depends on size, amenities, and other less known aspects, including the condition of your lot and the requirements of your development. For a building cost estimate, click here or call 919-278-8070.

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Types of ceilings: Photos of Ceiling Styles

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, May 30, 2013 @ 09:05 AM

Types of ceilings

Guide to most popular ceiling styles

The most requested ceiling styles in new homes for North Carolina homebuyers are trending toward coffered, trey, barrel vault, and beam features. Here's a glimpse of their appeal, to help you choose your style.

Coffered Ceilings

Types of ceilings: Guide to most popular ceiling styles

What makes a coffered ceiling great?

A coffered ceiling is a specialty ceiling treatment, which divides a ceiling into a grid of recessed panels accented by dropped beams, usually in the form of multiple squares or rectangles.

Each of the beamed sections is then finished with a variety of interior trim and moulding options. Stained coffered ceilings are firmly in the luxury price point, while painted approaches can create a very different effect with less investment.

Recessed can lighting is especially effective with a coffered ceiling, and provides soft, reflective light throughout the room.

Beam Ceilings

Types of ceilings: Guide to most popular ceiling styles

What is so appealing about a beam ceiling?

Beam Ceilings | Wood Beam Ceiling

A beam ceiling is a specialty ceiling treatment that's increasing in popularity.

While beams have been more traditional incorporated into a more rustic décor, they are increasingly evident in eclectic home designs that combine styles, such as contemporary-mountain.

Beams placed in a vaulted ceiling can create interesting depth and contrast.

Beams can be finished using a variety of hardwood or interior trim and moulding options.

Beams can either be load bearing (incorporated into the actual structure of the home) or lighter weight faux beams that are designed for visual impact.

 

 

 

More common ceiling styles

What should be expected in a Conventional Ceiling?Types of ceilings: Guide to popular ceiling styles in NC new homes

Usually 8 feet high, conventional ceilings may be either flat (look just like the walls) or textured, most often called "popcorn" (sprayed with particles that look like painted popcorn kernels.) 

A "smooth ceiling" is flat.  If your contract doesn't mention smooth ceilings, ask your builder what kind of ceilings come standard in your new home.  

In a custom home, the first floor ceilings are often extended to 9 feet in height.

If your new home builder doesn't offer 9 feet as a standard first floor ceiling height, expect to pay $3,000-$9,000 to increase the height, depending on the size of the home.

Why should you consider a Cathedral Ceiling or Vaulted Ceiling?

Types of ceilings: Guide to popular ceiling styles in NC new homes

A cathedral ceiling provides a high sloping line up to the top of the house. A vaulted ceiling extends a room upward. Both provide a spacious feeling and make rooms feel larger.

While vaulted ceilings are generally found in first floor living or family rooms, dining rooms, master bedrooms, and master baths with a vault are becoming more popular in new homes. See one example in the photo to the left - taken from a version of the Carwile. This formal breakfast room incorporates a vaulted ceiling.

Main floor master suite homes also are more likely to have vaulted ceilings, as the second floor is generally smaller, which means that more first floor rooms are likely to have a roof directly over them instead of another room.

 

 

 

Where does a Tray Ceiling create the most impact?

Types of ceilings: Guide to popular ceiling styles in NC new homesA tray ceiling (also called trey ceiling) is an artistic element added to select ceilings to give them personality and a unique attribute.

Trey ceilings start horizontally at the wall intersection and then are built upwards in a cut out resembling a tray.  The cut can be vertical or angled, and the tray itself can be 6 inches to a foot or more deep.  Sometimes there are a series of steps for an even more dramatic effect.

Trey ceilings can be even more impressive when paint is used to accentuate the ceiling and vertical steps, as shown in the photo to the right.

A trey ceiling can either be "dropped" or "raised" depending on what is above the room, and what the ceiling height is.

Decorative mouldings or lights may also be incorporated. 

Types of ceilings: Guide to popular ceiling styles in NC new homesTrey ceilings are most common in dining rooms and/or master bedrooms. 

Trey ceilings are usually an upgrade in production homes, but top builders may include them as a standard feature in custom homes. For example, Stanton Homes includes a variety of trey ceilings in every home they build - with the homeowner choosing their location where possible.  

As an upgrade, the cost from most home builders is generally around $1,000 for a simple cut out trey ceiling with no crown molding, and no variation in paint color. 

If the base plan for your new home doesn't include a trey ceiling, and you pay to upgrade, make sure to ask what kind of trey ceiling you'll be getting.  Will there be one step or two?  Basic box, or angles?  Custom crown moulding in the trey?  Custom color treatment?  Not all NC custom home builders will work with you to custom design a trey ceiling - make sure to ask what is included. 

What's so special about a Barrel Vault Ceiling?

Types of ceilings: Guide to popular ceiling styles in NC new homesA barrel vault ceiling, also known as a tunnel vault or wagon vault, is not commonly seen in most homes, but can be a unique architectural feature in custom designs such as Stanton Homes, where this artistic element comes standard depending on the home's design.

The photo to the right - taken from a version of the Bostwick - shows a two story foyer with barrel vault ceiling.  The arched windows carry out the theme.  The iron balusters and oak handrail give a nice contrast to the rounded lines.

There is a built-in plant shelf above the foyer, which add to the opportunity for personal home accents.

 

 

What's Included in my new Custom Home?

Before you buy, find out what will be included in the home you purchase. Models can be deceptive, as they are often loaded with upgrades that can change their look dramatically.  Ask very specific questions, and be sure your custom home estimate includes a very specific set of specifications.  

If you're a do-it-yourself kind of person, you may be able to add more trimmings to your home later, but keep in mind that it will be nearly impossible to add a trey ceiling, barrel vault ceiling, or increase a room's height after framing has been completed.

Each of the ceilings pictured in this blog has been created by Stanton Homes.  We take pride in crafting a unique combination of ceiling treatments in every home we build - including dozens of styles of trey ceilings.

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 

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

280 Horizon Drive - 3430 Sq Ft - First Floor Master and Guest - New Home Under Construction 

189 Brookhaven Way - 3138 Sq Ft - First Floor Master - New Home Under Construction

 

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Kitchen Color Design Tips | Ask Andrea

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 @ 08:02 AM

Kitchen Design Help

Kitchen Color Design Tips 

 

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

I have cream colored painted kitchen cabinets, dark blue corian counter tops (Yuck), Yellow painted walls (not too dark or bright) and ugly blue tile floors. What is a good color for tile backsplash on the walls?

 

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


"Thank you for your very "colorful" description of your colorful kitchen--it was rather entertaining to read!

I focus on design tips for new homes, but this is an interesting question and quite a challenge. 

I understand that you were wanting suggestions for a back splash tile that would pull together cream painted cabinets, "yucky" dark blue Corian countertops that you don't seem to like, yellow painted walls, and some apparently ugly blue tiled floor. Wow!

Someone at one point obviously liked this combination but it is quite simply dated for today's styles.

You didn't ask about changing floors so I am going to assume that the option of doing that is out of your budget at the moment--no problem--we all deal with budget constraints everyday and yet we would like to come home to pleasing surroundings. I am going to throw quite a few suggestions your way aside from getting to the back splash.


First of all, when the weather is nice, I think you need to give strong consideration to painting your blue tiled floors. What? Yes, I said paint your tiled floors. Please go to this link and follow her step by step instructions--one of the most concise set of instructions for painted tiled floors that I have ever read. http://www.curbly.com/users/modhomeecteacher/posts/6956-yes-you-can-paint-a-ceramic-tile-floor


 - Consider painting the tile floors white

 - While your in the mood to paint, go ahead and apply a coat of warm white to your cabinets

 - Then, paint your walls in a medium khaki shade

 - Now add a white subway tile back splash and some updated 6" wide brushed nickel bow handles to your cabinets.

 

At this point your kitchen has now been neutralized to a combination of khaki, white, and navy--a classic combination yes,  but compared to the old colors, this should give you a much more clean-lined and modern feel.

This Stanton Home custom kitchen pictured below is an example of a classic color combination:

Custom Home Kitchen Design Tips

 

 - White subway tile back splash

 - Khaki walls

 - Absolute black granite

 - Painted white maple cabinets

 

 

 

With these kitchen design tips, your dark blue counter-tops are still there but we are complimenting them now. To keep the clean lines going, be very very choosy about what stays on your counter.

With everything spruced up I would suggest going through your cabinets and clearing away un-used items so that you can make room for removing clutter from your counter.

Once you have completed this you need to look for a large dark blue glass bowl. Fill it with lemons or Granny Smith apples and you're done! You didn't replace floors or counter-tops but everything should look completely updated anyway.

Custom Home Kitchen Design Tips


The thing you want to remember is that although it may not seem as exciting to create neutral back-drops, time and time again we have seen how well this works for our customers at Stanton Homes.

Although every one of our homes is custom-built home, we do try to help guide the decision-making process so that you do not end up in five years feeling like you have 'yucky" counter-tops and "ugly" floors!

Leave the funky color selections for things like cabinet hardware and light fixtures since they are the items that should be providing a little accent to the room and they are the items that you will find easiest and least expensive to have to change down the road.


I hope you will find these suggestions helpful. Good luck with your kitchen!"

Have a kitchen or interior design trend question for your new home?  Ask Andrea, and she'll let you know all the latest in custom home and design/build trends!   Andrea works closely with each Stanton Homes client to help design homes that fit every lifestyle and taste.  

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Click Here for More Answers to "Ask Andrea"

 

 

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Most Popular Special Features - Efficiency, Easy Living Top the List

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 @ 10:01 AM

Most Popular New Home Special Features

Energy Efficiency and Accessible/Easy Living

According to The American Institute of Architects (AIA) second quarter 2011 report, here are the most popular home design special features:

Extra insulation in the atticFirst Floor Master

Alternative insulation

First floor master bedroom

Ramps/elevators

Easy to use features (universal design)

 

These can be divided into two main categories: energy efficiency and easy living.

 

NC Energy Efficient Homebuilders

1. Energy Efficiency

Extra insulation in the attic, alternative insulation

Energy efficient features have remained popular home additions from 2010 to 2011.

Some popular energy efficient features include:

 

2. Accessibility and Easy Living/Universal Design

Accessible New Homes

Features that promote accessibility and easy living have also remained popular home additions.

Some of the features architects are seeing requested more and more often are:

- First Floor Master Suites

- Elevators

- Ramps 

Pictured to the left is an accessible custom home with elevator.

Watch a video tour of the home pictured here - The Dugan.

 

 

Accessible Homes with Ramps

Examples of popular easy living special features include:

First floor master bedrooms

Ramps/elevators

Easy-to-use handles and faucets

Watch a video tour of the home pictured here - The Greenhaven.

 

For more information about trends in popular new home special features, read the full survey and article here: The American Institute of Architects's (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey for the second quarter of 2011

Read about energy efficient Green homes and easy living features in NC custom homes:

Most Popular Green Features - Top Requests

ADA and Wheelchair Accessible Homes

One Story Floor Plans

Universal Design Kitchen

Universal Design Laundry

Accessible Homes NC – Accessible Builders in Raleigh

Most Up-to-Date Raleigh Market Reports - How is the Housing Market in Raleigh?

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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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One Story Home Video Tours | Single Story Floor Plan Pictures

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jan 10, 2012 @ 07:01 AM

Top 3 Most Popular Recently Completed One Story Custom Homes

Watch Video Tours of the Top 3 Most Popular One Story Homes 

 

1. The Linda - Click here for video tour

The Linda is an original Stanton Homes design, featuring both classic signature details and many 2012 new home design trends like:

- Peninsula KitchenOne Story Custom Home Raleigh

- Covered Front Porch and Screen Porch with Stamped Concrete flooring

- Seasons Room with Window Wall

- Formal Dining

- Master Suite Trey Ceiling

- Signature Arched Openings

 

2. The Devonsboro - Click here for video tour

Single Story Custom Home

The Devonsboro is a Frank Betz/Stanton Homes design, with custom details like: 

-Covered, arched entry

 - First Floor Office with French Doors

 - Master Bedroom with Stepped Trey Ceiling

 - 10’ Ceilings, Barrel Vaults, Archways

 - Great Room Coffered Ceiling

 - Backyard Deck

 


3. The Ellsworth - Click here for video tour

The Ellsworth was custom designed by Stanton Homes to meet the accessibility needs of our homebuyer. The Ellsworth includes both accessible and special design details like:

One Story Accessible Home

- Accessible Master Bath with roll-under vanity, roll-in shower

- Accessible Kitchen (available as fully or partially accessible)

- Optional Second Floor Bonus Room, Bathroom, and Storage

- Formal Dining with Butler’s Pantry

- Trey Ceilings

- Built-in Bench and Storage Centers

 

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

 
View more one story floor plan options here.

Or ask us about design/build options.

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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Accessible Homes | Photos of Accessible Homes in Raleigh

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jan 05, 2012 @ 08:01 AM

Top 3 Most Requested Accessible Homes

Wheelchair Accessible Homes in Raleigh

Wheelchair accessible homes in Raleigh include special features from open space to wider hallways and doorways, entry ways, turning radius, non-slip flooring, ramps and walkways, special lighting, roll out or pull out shelving, easy grope door, faucet and drawers, accessible switches, no step entries, roll-in showers, and ADA roll-under countertops and work spaces. 

Here are three most requested wheelchair accessible home plans for Raleigh custom homes:

1. The Dugan - Click here for photo gallery

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

 First Floor Master Suite Homes

- Entire 2nd Floor Mother in Law Suite

 - Fully Accessible Floor Plan with Elevator

 - Tucked in Front Porch, rear Screen Room

 - Customized Wide-Open Spaces, Oversized Garage, Attic Storage

 

2. The Greenhaven - Click here for photo gallery

Raleigh Accessible Homes

This version of The Greenhaven mother in law sutie home includes accessible and custom design features like:

- Full Mother-in-Law Suite with living room with living room

- Walk-up 3rd Floor Office

- Formal Dining with Wainscoating

- Full-Length Front Porch Front Porch

- Extra wide Signature Arches

- Side entry garage

 

3. The Devonsboro - Click here for photo gallery

Single Story Custom HomeThis version of The Devonsboro is a Frank Betz/Stanton Homes design: 

- Covered, arched entry and backyard deck

 - First Floor Office with French Doors

 - Master Bedroom with Stepped Trey Ceiling

 - 10’ Ceilings, Barrel Vaults, Archways

 - Great Room Coffered Ceiling

 

Experienced Accessible Home Builders –

Stanton Homes is an industry leading accessible, universal, certified Aging in Place and VA-approved Specially Adapted Housing custom home builder.

Whether you start with a plan that is designed for accessibility, ask us to modify or create a new plan, we can build in wider hallways and doorways, entry ways, turning radius, non-slip flooring, ramps and walkways, special lighting, roll out or pull out shelving, easy grope door, faucet and drawers, accessible switches, no step entries, roll-in showers, ADA roll-under countertops and work spaces, and whatever else you need.  

 

 

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New Mother in Law Floor Plans | Custom Homes with Mother in Law Suite

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Dec 05, 2011 @ 05:12 AM

Looking for Homes with a Mother in Law Suite or Apartment?

New Floor Plans Available!

Stanton Homes is now offering a new series of floor plans with a Mother in Law Suite added. 

Mother in Law Suite Home

Homes with Mother in Law Suite Floor Plans have been growing in popularity, particularly among custom home buyers who are looking for something unique that can accomodate an extended family.


Adding a full mother in law suite or apartment is a great way for multi-generational families to be comfortable – and a second suite can add value to your investment.

A mother in law suite floor plan offers a second master bedroom, with a private bathroom and large closet, and optional living room or kitchenette. A separate entrance for the mother in law suite is also available.

Here are two examples of the Mother in Law Suite Floor Plans Stanton Homes is now offering.  Or ask how we can design and build just what you have in mind!

  The Eleanor

    Mother in Law Apartment Floor Plan

Mother in Law Apartment Home

Number of Floors: 2

Square Feet: 2,840

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3.5 

     


Click here to see more Mother in Law Suite Floor Plans

If you're interested in floor plans with two master bedrooms, you may also like these:

Are 3+ Baths Still Requested in New Homes? 

"Stanton Homes for Heroes" Featured in N&O - Accessible Homes Possible 

How to Get Started Looking for an Accessible Home

Is Universal Design Right for You?  Questions to Ask

Dual Master Suite Homes

Mother in Law Floor Plans | Mother In Law Suite Homes | Mother In Law Suite Floor Plans
 

 

*All floorplans and images copyright Frank Betz, Stanton Homes, or others as applicable.

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New Floor Plans with Two Master Bedrooms | Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 @ 06:11 AM

Looking for Homes with Two Master Bedrooms?
Two Master Suite Floor Plans | NC Custom Home Builders Dual Master Suite Homes

New Floor Plans Available!

Stanton Homes, Raleigh's most exceptional custom home builder, is now offering a new series of floor plans with Two Master Bedrooms. 

Homes with Two Master Bedrooms have been growing in popularity, particularly among custom home buyers who are looking for something unique that can accomodate an extended family.

A second master bedroom can be a charming way to make extended families and long-term guests comfortable – and a second master suite can also add value to your new custom home.

A Dual Master Suite floor plan offers two full master suites, each with a private bathroom and large closet

The two master bedrooms can be designed to be very different, in reflection of lifestyles and preferences.  Some homes have both bedrooms on the first floor, while others are separated, with one on the first and one on the second floor.

Here are two examples of the Dual Master Suite floor plans Stanton Homes is now offering.  Or ask how we can design and build just what you have in mind!

  The Aberdeen

    Dual Master Suite Floor Plan

Two Master Suites | Two Master Bedrooms | Dual Master Bedroom Floor Plans

Number of Floors: 2

Square Feet: 3,255

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 3.5

    Click here for The Aberdeen

 


Click Here to see all Two Master Bedroom Floor Plans

If you're interested in floor plans with two master bedrooms, you may also like these:

Are 3+ Baths Still Requested in New Homes? 

"Stanton Homes for Heroes" Featured in N&O - Accessible Homes Possible 

How to Get Started Looking for an Accessible Home

Is Universal Design Right for You?  Questions to Ask

Mother In Law Suite Homes

*All floorplans and images copyright Frank Betz, Stanton Homes, or others as applicable.

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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! 

 

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