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
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
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 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 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 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 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 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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