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13 Most Popular Interior Door Styles | NC New Home Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Nov 03, 2016 @ 10:11 AM

Best Interior Doors Styles for 2018

Photos and Names for 13 Door Styles in NC New Homes

Looking for the names of inderior door styles you've found on Houzz, Pinterest, and your favorite home design websites?

We've compiled photos of the most popular new home interior door styles - with photos of each design!

Here are a few favorites - scroll for photos of all 13 types of doors:

Interior Door Styles | NC New Home Door Styles

Photos of popular doors styles are taken from different custom homes built by Stanton Homes in central North Carolina

How will you know an interior style when you see it? Generally, the number, shape, and size of panels will distinguish each door style.

Interior Door Style #1: "The Rockport"

The Rockport interior door style has a unique design with at least five rectangular panels in a horizontal row.

This Rockport interior door has six panels. The photo is an example of a two-door entry to the master bathroom:  

Interior Door Styles | NC New Home Door Styles

This kitchen pantry door is an example of the full-width Rockport style door: 

Interior Door Styles | NC New Home Door Styles

See more photos of Rockport style interior doors in these NC new homes: 

Interior Door Style #2: "The Craftsman III"

The Craftsman III interior door style is a contemporary take on craftsman design. The door style has three panels - one rectangular panel on top and two parallel panels below.

Here's an example photo of a Craftsman III door in a master bath: 

Interior Door Styles | NC New Home Door Styles

Here's an example photo of a Craftsman III door in a master walk in closet: 

Interior Door Styles | NC New Home Door Styles

Interior Door Style #3: "The Santa Fe"

Recently, we've seen a lot more requests for "The Santa Fe" style door in Raleigh custom homes.

The Santa Fe interior door style is multi-dimensional - with radius top arch and five distinct  panels above and below the mid rail (also called lock rail).

Interior Door Styles | NC New Home Door Styles 

The Santa Fe style is very flexible, and can blend well in farmhouse, contemporary, craftsman, and transitional home styles. See examples of each home style, with the Santa Fe interior doors: 

Interior Door Style #4: "The Provincial"

A Provincial interior door has four vertical panels with a cathedral arch split into the top two panels.  A cathedral arch has an extra "dip" in its curve, adding more attraction to the door.


Interior Door Styles | NC New Home Door Styles

Interior Door Styles | NC New Home Door Styles

More photos of Provincial doors: 

Interior Door Style #5: "The Avalon"

The Avalon interior door design has three rectanglular panels - a large panel on top, thin in the middle, and medium on bottom.

This new home master bath is a great example of the Avalon door style: 

Interior Door Styles | NC New Home Door Styles
See more Avalon interior doors: 

Interior Door Style #6: "The Cambridge"

Cambridge style doors tend to look more contemporary, with simple and clean lines. The Cambridge door uses two raised panels, with a larger panel on top and smaller panel on bottom.

These two photos show Cambridge style doors in the kitchen pantry and mud room: 

Interior Door Styles | NC New Home Door Styles

Interior Door Styles | NC New Home Door Styles

More photos of this interior door style for NC new homes: 

Interior Door Style #7: "The Continental"

Continental doors are very popular in new homes.   The curved top piece sets the door off, giving it more dimension against the straight lines of trim.

Interior two door entries are scaled so that each door is thinner than a "standard width", but the total distnace is often wider. 

Interior Door Styles | NC New Home Door Styles

Interior Door Styles | NC New Home Door Styles

See photos of more Continental style interior doors: 

Interior Door Style #8: "The Colonial"

A Colonial door style, sometimes called "Bostonian," has six raised panels. If you love classic American architecture, this may be the perfect door style for your new home.  

This Colonial door leads between the kitchen and laundry / mud room:

Interior Door Styles | NC New Home Door Styles

See farmhouse and county house designs with Colonial doors: 

Interior Door Style #9: "The Princeton"

The Princeton style uses a full cathedral arch (instead of the split cathedral arch in the provincial style).

The curved top of this Princeton mud room door contrasts with the built in drop zone and bench trim, emphasizing the architectural appeal of both styles.

Interior Door Styles | NC New Home Door Styles

Princeton style doors are elegant, even in the kid's bedroom:

Interior Door Styles | NC New Home Door Styles 

See more examples of Princeton doors in NC new homes:

Interior Door Style #10: "The Atherton"

The Atherton interior door style has four raised panels, in two rows. Here is an example of a master bedroom entrance with dual Atherton doors: 

Interior Door Styles | NC New Home Door Styles


Interior Door Style #11: Clear Glass French Door

Clear glass French doors are a great choice for interior separations between the living room and sun room; master bath and bedroom; and mother in law suite and living or sitting room. See examples of French doors with and without grids, below.

Photo of interior glass french doors without grids: 

Interior Door Styles | NC New Home Door Styles


Photo of interior French doors with grids: 

Interior Door Styles | NC New Home Door Styles


Interior Door Style #12: Pocket DoorsInterior Door Styles | NC New Home Door Styles

Pocket Doors are great for small spaces, or rooms with multiple entries back-to-back, like this Jack and Jill style kid's bathroom:

See where pocket doors matter most in a floor plan layout, in these photos.










Interior Door Style #13: Barn Doors

Barn Doors are hugely popular right now - and we credit HGTV for spreading the trend.

Before you install a sliding barn door, read these 5 questions to ask about barn doors.

Here's an example of a custom, hand-built bard door in an NC new home in Pittsboro, Chatham County.

Interior Door Styles | NC New Home Door Styles


More photo galleries of new home design trends in the Raleigh NC area:

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Best Home Builders in Pittsboro, NC | 9 Questions to Ask Your Builder

What's the Best Place for a Laundry Room? Chapel Hill House Plans

5 Master Bedroom Trends in New Homes

Top 10 Main Floor Master Homes for 2018 

Best Navy Blue Paint Colors 2018 | SW 6244 Naval

Best downstairs bedroom house plans | NC New Homes

9 Corner Pantry Floor Plans | Raleigh New Homes

These custom homes are move-in ready, or nearly available, in Chatham County. Click the house plan name for new home cost and more information: 

The Glenview 3,311 Sq Ft | First Floor Master | 4 Beds, 3 Baths | 2.3 Wooded Acres

The Autumn Brooke 3,150 Sq Ft | First Floor Master | 4 Beds, 3.5 Baths | 1 Wooded Acre

The Mackinaw 3,360 Sq Ft | First Floor Master and Guest Suite | 4 beds | 3 baths | 2.1 Wooded Acres

How easy is it to build a custom home on your lot in the Raleigh Triangle area? Find out: 

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Getting the Most out of Kitchen Countertops | NC New Home Design

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jan 05, 2015 @ 09:01 AM

What Kind of Kitchen Countertops Work Best?

Kitchen Design Trends for NC New Homes 

Granite, marble, concrete, tile or solid surface – compare and contrast the most popular kitchen countertop selections for North Carolina new homes.

And get an idea of how to calculate the cost of your kitchen countertops, in a North Carolina new home.

Granite Countertops – Which Kitchen Countertops Work Best?

Granite is a natural product harvested from quarries. Colors and patterns vary depending on the geological processes in the region where they are quarried.

Different Types of Countertops | Granite CountersGranite is a higher-end home counter top 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, bevel, and ogee.  See a chart of counter top edge styles here.

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. 

If you use granite in the kitchen, you'll want to consider tile back splash options. One of the best ways to add designer appeal to your kitchen without spending a lot of money is adding a tile backsplash above your granite tops - see 5 popular tile designs here

Should I install granite in the master bathroom? Since the cost of granite has gone down over the past few years, upgrading to granite in the master bath may be more reasonable than you might think.

Marble Countertops – What is the best type of Kitchen Countertops?

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

In this NC new home kitchen, White Carrara Marble countertops are paired with a light blue island.

Marble Kitchen Countertops | White Marble Countertops

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.

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

Quartz, or Engineered Stone - Kitchen Countertop Trends

This 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 higher than 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 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.  

Tile Countertops

Tile was a big design feature in 1980's and 90's kitchens (along with wood counter tops).

While we don't expect to see a wave of tile kitchen counter tops again soon, homebuyers have begun to request tile counter tops in the bathroom. Click here for photos and design ideas for tile bathroom counters.

What’s the bottom line on countertop costs?

Different Types of Countertops | Granite Counters

All 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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Tags: NC new home design, kitchen countertops, kitchen design trends, NC New Homes

Most Requested Home Design | How to Design a Home for Resale

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 @ 07:03 AM

How to Design a Home for Resale

Most Requested Home Design Features

The most important things your home must have to increase your resale value are design, location and price according to a survey of home buyers conducted by John Burns Real Estate ConsultingHere's why this holds true across regions, markets, and demographic categories.

Most requested home design features

Award winning custom builders like Stanton Homes design and handcraft every detail to fit homebuyer requirements. Here's what's hot:

 - Island kitchens that feel open and spacious

 - Large great rooms with a fireplace

 - His-and-hers style master bathrooms

 - Staircases with overlooks; two story rooms

 - Ample storage, built in cabinets, tucked-away nooks

 - Divided space for work and play, such as first floor offices and outdoor living areas

Most Requested Home Design Feature #1: Island kitchen open to great room

Island Kitchen Open to Great Room | Open Floor Plan Design

 Island kitchen floor plans allow for a tremedous amount of flexibility.

 This custom kitchen design features an island angled towards the great room - ideal for integrating cooking and conversation.

 A secondary island prep sink is convenient and efficient. And an island that's set back a bit like this also allows space for individual projects. 


Kitchen with serving bar | Most Requested Kitchen Features

Other special features add to the ambience of an island, such as:

- Trey ceiling with reflective shaping

- Custom tile backsplash with listello accent

 - Cut-out opening to sunroom with serving counter

Watch a photo tour of this home - a version of the Treehouse - click here.


Most Requested Home Design Feature #2: His-and-hers style master bathrooms

His and Hers Master Bath | His and Hers Style Bath

His-and-hers style master bathrooms are a top requested floor plan feature that provides personal space and conveniece.

A his and hers bathroom can include two completely separate vanities (usually on opposite walls of the master bathroom) or connected vanities set apart by a cabinet or shelving

The master bathroom featured here comes from a version of the Peay - a home designed and built by Stanton Homes.

Most Requested Home Design Feature #3: Staircases with overlooks and two story rooms

The desire for homes that flow with a lot of space often include soaring ceilings - and in today's more energy efficient homes this kind of airiness can come with the comfort of reduced energy bills.

Two Story Great Room | Second Story Overlook




Two Story Great Room | Open Floor Plans






 This two story great room with overlook is a focal point of this version of the Treehouse - a custom home designed for the ultimate flow-through design so open that it invites the eye to explore beyond the horizons of its walls.

 Most Popular design features in two story rooms with overlooks can include:

 - Entire wall of windows

 - Fireplace with built in storage shelves

 - Second story overlook with wrought iron railing and ebony posts

 - Maple hardwood flooring

Most Requested Home Design Feature #4: Ample storage

Storage Ideas | Built in Bench with storage below


No matter how much square footage a home has, innovative designs that provide ample space to tuck things away are extremely popular.

This picture taken in the Treehouse design built by Stanton Homes shows how toys or other items can be popped away in built-in bins that help to quickly eliminate clutter.


Built in storage | built in shelving


Ask your buider how to integrate extra storage space in built-in benches, window seats, closets cabinets, shelving, cubbies and tucked-away nooks.

For example, long walls like this provide lots of space for bookcases that can hold virtually anything you want to organize - without taking up a lot of floor space




Most Requested Home Design Feature #5: Divided space for work and play

Floor Plans with Outdoor Living | Deck and Screen Porch

 A big advantage of building your own custom home is the ability to provide separated spaces for varied activities.

Whether you want to make sure the kids have a place to play indoors and out, or you need to incorporate a home office that can be shut away from family activties, your new home can be created with everything just the way you want it.


For more information, read the full article from Professional Builder's July Design Innovation Report: click here.

Tags: Most Requested Home Design Features, How to Design a Home for Resale, most popular design features, home design, NC New Homes

5 Kitchen Design Trends | Designer Choices for New Kitchens

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 @ 15:02 PM

Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends 

The top 5 kitchen design trends for homes are all about details, according to a survey conducted by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

5 Kitchen Design Trends in 2013 | Designer Choices for New Kitchens

The NKBA identifies the latest designs and trends in kitchen and bath design across the United States and Canada.

More than 300 NKBA member-designers participated in the 2013 NKBA Design Trends Survey, providing information about popular design specifications including materials, product types, and styles. 

Here are the fastest growing trends for 2013 kitchens, according to these design experts:


NKBA Kitchen Trend #1: White Painted Cabinetry

5 Kitchen Design Trends in 2013 | Designer Choices for New KitchensWhite painted cabinetry is the number one kitchen trend going into 2013.

67% of NKBA respondents said they use white painted cabinets in the kitchen.

In the Triangle area of North Carolina, custom home builder Stanton Homes is starting to see more requests for white cabinetry. The approach can lighten a room, make it look bigger, and provide a clean and fresh look.



5 Kitchen Design Trends in 2013 | Designer Choices for New Kitchens

There is also still a very strong desire for classic stained wood cabinets, with cherry wood the optimal choice for durability. 

The percentage of NKBA respondents who prefer light, medium and dark finishes can be seen here, along with some examples:

Light: 30% 

Medium: 54% 

Dark: 55%


NKBA Kitchen Trend #2: Glass Backsplash

5 Kitchen Design Trends in 2013 | Designer Choices for New Kitchens


While ceramic and porcelain tiles remain the most popular tile backsplash in the kitchen and bathroom, glass backsplashes are growing more popular, with 64% of respondents saying they use this design approach


Natural stone tile is another growing trend. 



NKBA Kitchen Trend #3: LED Lighting

The use of LED (light-emitting diode) lighting increased to 77% of designers in 2013. LED has become an extremely popular type of energy efficient lighting, and is especially prevalent in many certified green homes.   LED lighting is still much more expensive than standard lighting, but some buyers consider this a must-have splurge in important areas like kitchens and baths.

NKBA Kitchen Trend #4: Touch Activated Faucets

5 Kitchen Design Trends in 2013 | Designer Choices for New KitchensWhile touch activated faucets showed the highest growth in popularity by users, pull-out faucets and pot fillers are also becoming more popular in 2013 homes.

 - Touch activated faucets are used by 32% of member designers in the research group

 - Pull-out faucets are used by 94% of member designers

 - Pot fillers are used by 33% of member designers


NKBA Kitchen Trend #5: Satin Nickel Finishes

Polished nickel and chrome have lost some of their shine; satin nickel and oil-rubbed bronze have taken the lead in growth in popularity.

60% of respondents use satin nickel finishes in the kitchen, with 50% using bronze/oil-rubbed bronze. 


More Design Trends for New Homes

Best Kitchen Backsplashes

Master Bathroom Trends

Fireplace Designs for New Homes

What's Trending in Kitchens and Baths? | NC New Home Design

Tags: kitchen design trends, custom home trends, custom home design, NC New Homes