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New Home Exterior Styles | 2014 Home Design Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 @ 15:07 PM

New Home Exterior Styles

2014 New Home Exterior Design Features

See new home exterior styles chosen by North Carolina home buyers - along with the most popular home exterior colors and features for 2014.

From craftsman and traditional styles to contemporary and victorian designs, you'll find photos of over a dozen different genres of home exterior design - built by Stanton Homes.

While some homes emphasize entirely traditional features true to a given genre, other homes are examples of how to select only particular features to represent an overall style.

New Home Exterior Styles

Craftsman Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

The architecture of craftsman homes evoke feelings of permanence, of time-honored traditions, and old-world workmanship. Simple lines inside and out, stone accents (front porches with stone base and tapered columns), and built-ins are a few characteristics.

Craftsman style exteriors - or specific craftsman features such as stone column bases - are a top request for Raleigh new homes.

Modern and Transitional Exteriors

New Home Exterior Design
Transitional homes typically combine two or more major home design styles. In this photo, a version of The Bryson blends craftsman and modern-urban design features with white porch columns, white garage doors, dormers, and a stone water table.

European Exteriors

New Home Exterior Style

European home exteriors feature complex rooflines, stucco, brick and stone facing, and intricate window detailing.

In this photo, a version of the Avonstone Manor floor plan by Garrell Associates incorporates medieval design with modern color schemes and details.

Country Exteriors

New Home Exterior Designs

Country home floor plans strive for a comfortable, casual living experience. A few common features in country style homes are a welcoming large covered front porch or wrap-around porch, dormers on the second floor, symmetrical windows with shutters surrounding the front door, and vaulted rooms.

The Azalea Park - a Frank Betz floor plan - also features a country exterior.

French Country Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

French Country homes incorporate rustic warmth with modern living must-haves. Exterior features often include curved arches, soft lines, and stone work. 

Inside French Country homes, you'll find wood beams - click here to see the wood beams in the kitchen of this custom French Country home.

Farmhouse Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

Country Farmhouse floor plans are designed with family spaces in mind. A large front porch for outdoor living and a second story with gables and dormers are typical design features.

The farmhouse style exterior is complemented inside this home, which features a white and black kitchen with white apron front farmhouse sink, first floor master, first floor "home hub" for pets and kids, and upstairs bedrooms and flex space.

 

Cottage Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

This two story home is a Frank Betz Cottage style house plan. A large wrap-around front poch, and unique roof lines, and wood detailing are typical for cottage home designs.

Inside, efficient use of space maximizes the usability of this home - which includes a first floor guest suite and second floor master bedroom.

Victorian Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

This custom home features the decorative flourishes of a Victorian style home - with intricate wood detailing in the dormers and along the porch ceiling.

The bumped out turret room is another traditional Victorian home feature - along with intricate rooflines using turrets, towers, bays and eyebrow windows.

Lake House Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

Lake House designs emphasize the connection between your home and its natural surroundings - with tons of windows and multiple outdoor living spaces.

This custom home features Pennsylvania Field Stone accents. The style, size, color, and spacing of this stone front was considered - strengthening the connection between the home and surrounding nature.

Cape Cod Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

A Cape Cod style house plan is defined by:  1.5 stories (with the second story left unfinished in some cases for future expansion),  main floor master bedroom, and  additional bedrooms located on the second story. Cape Cod homes can have a large number of bedrooms for a given square footage.

The exterior can feature dormers,  symmetrical, "clean" exterior facade (number and placement of windows on each side of the front door) and little ornamentation,  similarly symmetrical interior with a "center hall layout" and rooms to the sides. The exterior can be  made of real (or simulated) wood shingles or clapboard siding.  Traditional Cape Cod homes have a central chimney, steep piched roof, and end gables.

The Culverhouse is another example of a Cape Cod home design in Raleigh, NC.

Bungalow Exteriors

New Home Exterior Design

Bungalow style homes in North Carolina have some similiar features to craftsman style homes or prairie homes - with one or 1.5 stories, front door open to living room, open concept floor plans with little wasted space, and fewer formal areas are a few common features.

Bungalows may have similar layouts to ranch homes, which are one story and usually have a brick exterior.

Traditional Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

Traditional can refer several different design categories, such as Colonial, Cape Cod, and Ranch, depending on the region of the country. Traditional style homes are simplistic and symmetrical - and are usually two stories.

Contemporary Exteriors

New Home Exterior Styles

Contemporary is a very broad category. Contemporary style homes tend to emphasize bold shapes and colors, lots of glass (including windows without grids), contrasting features, and clear lines.

Many contemporary new homes in the Raleigh, NC area feature tones of grey, purple, and red.

Most Popular Exterior Colors

In 2014, we continue to see more blues, greys, and whites integrated into home exterior styles.

We will also continue to see shades of green - from light sage green to dark hunter green and red - with hues of berry.

 

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Is Vinyl or Fiber Cement better? How to Choose Your New Home Exterior

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 @ 11:07 AM

Which is a better new home exterior siding type, Vinyl or Fiber Cement?

How to Choose Your New Home Exterior in North Carolina

 

How to Choose a Siding | New Home Exterior Styles

1. Vinyl Exteriors

Vinyl exterior siding is usually composed of PVC (polyvinyl chloride).

Vinyl siding is popular because it is:

 - Cost effective

 - Very low maintenance (never needs repainting and can be easily cleaned if necessary)

 - Available in a wide variety of colors, tones, and thicknesses (with thickness being one factor of overall cost)

- Easily "dressed up" with accents like Shakes and Board/Batt

 

2. Fiber Cement Exteriors

Hardi Exterior

Fiber cement is another popular choice for North Carolina new homes.

Fiber cement siding is sought after because it is:

-designed to mimic the look and feel of wood grain

- stronger than traditional wood siding and able to withstand the elements (weather, heat, termites)

- able to be painted in an infinite array of colors

 

Fiber Cement siding does require much more regular maintenance than vinyl siding, including full repainting.

Fiber cement siding accents can come in many different shapes and styles (such as Board and Batt and Shake).

Some communities with an HOA require fiber cement siding on all new homes, so check with the neighborhood HOA or your builder for specific restrictions.

 

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Brick Home Photos | Brick Home Style Ideas in Raleigh, NC

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, May 31, 2012 @ 10:05 AM

Video Tour of Brick Home Photos

Brick Home Style Ideas

Looking for new home exterior style ideas? Check out this short video tour of brick homes, and get ideas for your new home in North Carolina.

You will see pictures of:

 - All brick homes

 - Homes with brick accent walls

 - One and two story brick homes

 

Why are brick homes so popular?Brick Home Ideas | Homes Made of Brick

Brick exteriors are durable and require low maintenance - especially when compared to materials such as fiber cement, which require re-painting after a period of time.

There can be a huge visual difference between two brick homes of the same shape and square footage, due to the design, shape, color, size, and style of brick used.

How much do brick homes cost?

The cost of a brick home (and any home for that matter) depends on a lot of factors. Brick exteriors are generally more costly than vinyl and fiber cement, but less costly than full stone exteriors.

 

More New Home Trends - Outdoor Living and Exterior Style Ideas

Get more ideas for your North Carolina new home - click the images below for more exterior styles, rear porch designs, front porch costs, and 2012 outdoor living trends.

 

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Most Popular New Home Exteriors | Exterior Siding Types

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, May 02, 2012 @ 11:05 AM

Most Popular North Carolina New Home Exteriors

Exterior Siding Types

What are the most popular new home exterior types used in North Carolina?

There are many different types of exterior siding materials available when building a new home in North Carolina.

Below are descriptions of some of the most popular exterior siding types in NC. Each of the custom Stanton Homes pictured below use two or more exterior types to add dimension, emphasis, and detail.

1. Vinyl Exteriors

Top 7 New Home Exterior Types | North Carolina New Home Exteriors

Vinyl siding (composed of PVC or polyvinyl chloride) is a very popular exterior type used in North Carolina.

It can be cost effective, require low maintenance, and come in a variety of shades, tones, and thicknesses.  A high quality vinyl exterior looks great and has one of the lowest maintanence factors of all exterior siding types.

Vinyl is generally installed horizontally, but can also be vertical (such as in Board and Batt designs, described below).

 

2. HardiBoard/Fiber Cement Exteriors

Top 7 New Home Exterior Types | North Carolina New Home Exteriors

HardiBoard or Fiber Cement Siding is another popular choice for North Carolina new homes. Fiber cement looks similar to vinyl, but can generally be more expensive for a few reasons:

 - it has a realistic wood grain look and feel

 - it is installed differently

- it requires full exterior paint, which vinyl siding does not

 

HardiBoard/fiber cement also requires re-painting unlike vinyl. It can come in many different shapes and styles (such as Board and Batt and Shake).

Some communities with an HOA require fiber cement siding on all new homes. Fiber cement siding usually comes with a 50 year warrenty, depending on the manufacturer.

3. Stone Exteriors

Top 7 New Home Exterior Types | North Carolina New Home Exteriors

Stone exteriors can be natural stone or simulated stone, and is generally the most expensive type of home exterior.

Many North Carolina homeowners choose to add stone as an accent, in combination with vinyl, Hardi, or brick exteriors. Stone accents can be:

 - one or more full walls (generally on the front of the home)

 - half walls or water tables along the front and side of a home (generally about 2-4 feet tall spans)

4. Brick Exteriors

Top 7 New Home Exterior Types | North Carolina New Home Exteriors

Brick exteriors (composed of clay bricks) are a classic exterior that remains popular for their durability, strength, and low maintenance.

There are many different shapes, colors, sizes, and styles of brick to choose from.

 A "standard" brick is 2 by 4 by 8 inches.

Other brick options include:

 - "King": thicker, longer bricks
 - "Roman": thinner, longer bricks

Brick exteriors are more costly than vinyl or fiber cement, but less than full stone exteriors.

5. Stucco Exteriors

Stucco (composed of plaster and cement applied over a mesh screen), while very popular in some regions of the nation, is rarely used as a home exterior in North Carolina, due mainly to climate conditions.   It is also one of the most expensive siding options in North Carolina. 

Stucco can be smooth or textured, painted or pigmented.

6. Board and Batt Exteriors (Board and Batten)

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Board and batt exterior can be composed of vinyl or fiber cement. 

A board and batt design alternates wide boards and narrow strips (battens). While board and batt can be horizontal, it is generally used as a vertical design.

Board and batt is generally associated with cottage and barn style homes, but has been increasingly used as an accent on vinyl, Hardi, and stone homes.

 

 

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7. Shake Exteriors

 

Shake exteriors (also composed of various materials including vinyl and Hardi) are traditionally made from split wood, such as cedar.

Shakes are generally placed as an "irregular" pattern to give a rustic or artistic appeal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some new home exterior style and outdoor living features you may be interested in:

 

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