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

Master Bathroom Design Ideas | Where Should the Toilet Go?

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 @ 09:01 AM

Master Bath Design Ideas

Where to Place the Commode

When designing your new home floor plan, make sure to consider master bathroom layout options - especially where to place your commode.

Here are the top four most popular master bathroom toilet locations, to help you decide which style best fits your personality and needs. The customization options are endless, when you design and build a custom home with Stanton Homes. 

Master Bath Floor Plan Ideas

1. Separate room with door

Need lots of privacy? Then design a floor plan with a completely separate commode room, with a door that can lock.


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


2. Separate area with full privacy wall, but no door

Master Bath Floor Plan Ideas

If you feel a little claustrophobic in a closed commode room, then consider master bathroom layouts with a full wall separating the toilet.

Leave off the door, and the room will feel more spacious.

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



Master Bath Floor Plan Ideas

3. Half-wall for separation

Master bathroom layouts with a half-wall separating the commode maintain some privacy, while keeping a more open feel.


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



Master Bath Floor Plan Ideas

4. No separation

For some accessible homes, full dismount space may be required.  A layout such as this can allow easy access for all users.  The shower can be completely open, or include a full or half wall of glass.  

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


Each aspect of your new home should reflect your personality, even the master bathroom commode placement! Get ideas for your Raleigh new home, below.

You may also be interested in these other Raleigh new home bath articles - top tips straight from Raleigh new home builder, Stanton Homes.


Bathroom Tile Trends - Custom Mosaic Tile Designs

Tub Surround Tile Ideas - Photos and Tips

Master Bath Tub Enclosure Ideas

Kitchen Tile Backsplash - Today's Top 5 Designs

Custom Home Master Bath Design Ideas

Types of Tile - Which Types of Tile Are Used Most Often in Master Baths and Kitchens?

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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What Does Every Homebuyer Want? Top 6 Most Requested Special Features

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Jul 15, 2011 @ 15:07 PM

What Every Homebuyer Wants:

Top 6 Most Requested Special Features


As a custom home builder in the Raleigh NC area, there are several special features that homebuyers don't want to live without.

Here are the top 6 most requested special features, courtesy of our on-staff design expert, Andrea Enns.


New Home Hardwood Floors

1. Hardwood Flooring

According to Andrea, homebuyers often can't get enough hardwood flooring.

The Azalea Park features hardwoods throughout the first floor, including in the foyer, living room, kitchen, breakfast nook, formal dining room, and stairs.



2. Granite Countertops

Custom Home Granite Countertops

The trend shows that new homebuyers love granite countertops.

With dozens of color choices within these natural rock slabs, you're sure to find a style you love. 

Our on-staff interior designer can help you match your favorite granite pieces to your cabinets, tile backsplash, and hardwood flooring for a smooth flow and beautiful kitchen. 

3. Stainless Steel Appliances

Stainless Steel Appliances

Sleek, modern, and practical, stainless steel appliances like the ones pictured here are a must for many new homebuyers.





4. Custom Ceramic Tile Designs and Backsplashes

Custom Kitchen Tile Backsplash

Custom tile designs and backsplashes, whether in the kichten, living room fireplace, or master bathroom, are associated with quality and luxury.

While ceramic tile is generally the most common, there are many other options to choose from when you build a custom home.



5. His and Hers Vanities

His and Her Vanities

Need your own space?

Many homebuyers say they'd prefer to have a master bathroom design with his and hers vanities.

The convenience of seperate counter and storage space can be priceless to some.



6. Large 8 Foot Islands

Large Kitchen Island


Large eight foot kitchen islands are popular for cooks, families, and entertaining, especially when the kitchen opens to the great room. 


 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.



Read about other new homebuyer trends:

Formal Dining Rooms - Going Away, or Here to Stay?

Tile Tub Surround Design Trends and Ideas

Five Ways to Save Money in the Family Room

Built In Bookcase Styles and Ideas

Fireplace Surround Ideas

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Top 10 Reasons to Choose New over Used - Home Buying Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jul 11, 2011 @ 11:07 AM

Top 10 Reasons to Choose a New Home

If you're considering buying a home, there are some things you'll want to keep in mind before making your decision.  

Here are the top 10 reasons many homebuyers opt for a new home, instead of used.

Advantages of Buying New Custom Built Homes:

1. Floorplans are designed for today's living

2. Homes include current architectural concepts

3. There is less maintenance and fewer repairs over ownership of home

4. New homes have a full 18 month warranty plus 6 year structural warranty (warranty length varies per builder)

5. In the first five years of ownership, values in new neighborhoods tend to rise more quickly than in old neighborhoods

6.  Everything in the home is clean and new, no replacing icky carpets, moldy appliances, or worn-out flooring. 

Why Buy a New Home | Custom Home Builders NC

7.  The kitchen is new, well-planned, and low maintanence, with modern appliances and finishes that suit your taste and lifestyle.

8.  The home is built to current building requirements and local codes, codes have changed significantly over the past 10 years.

9.  Each room reflects your own design and color selections


10.  The floorplan includes personalized changes and modifications, if desired, to work with your family's specific needs.

With Stanton Homes, you'll have the opportunity to own an exceptional home, with energy savings and lifestyle features that you won't find anywhere else.
Read more about building new custom built homes here:

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Beadboard Ceiling Treatments - Raleigh New Home Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jun 21, 2011 @ 09:06 AM

Raleigh New Home Trends: Beadboard Ceiling Treatments

What Are Beadboard Ceiling Treatments?


Check out these Raleigh custom homes with beadboard ceiling treatments. Beadboard treatments are a classic feature - and they are being added to more transitional (not just traditional) style new homes.


Front Porch Beadboard Ceiling Treatment

What is a Beadboard treatment?

Beadboard, also referred to as "tongue and groove," is a treatment (usually a ceiling treatment) that gives a routed design to previously flat panels or flat wood coverings.  

Beadboard treatments give the home a traditional, classic look.

A Beadboard design is incorporated into this covered front porch.


What is Beadboard made out of? 

Screen Porch Beadboard Ceiling

A Beadboard Treatment can be created using individual wooden planks (commonly pine, cedar, or even plywood), beadboard panels, or even vinyl.

Generally, individual tongue and groove boards will be more costly than full panels, and stain grade beadboard will be more costly than paint grade beadboard.

Beadboard can be either painted or stained, depending on the materials used. Beadboard is commonly painted white, stained a natural tone, or left in its natural wooden state. 

Where can Beadboard be used in a home? 

Beadboard is not limited to porch ceilings.

In fact, it can be used throughout the home, including on foyer and sunroom ceilings, on kitchen cabinet doors, and as on wainscoating for hallways, dining rooms, mudrooms, and bathrooms. 

Barrel Vault Beadboard Foyer

Check out this Barrel Vault Foyer with natural wood Beadboard Ceiling.

This custom home foyer incorporates two elegant features into one area, creating a personal style and dramatic entranceway. 


What's your goal? 

Whether you are building a new home, or looking to make some changes to your current home, Beadboard ceiling treatments and wainscoating designs can be a unique addition to any room.

Want to read about other popular Custom Home Trends?

How to Choose Types of Hardwood Flooring | Custom Home Tips

Butler's Pantry Ideas and Pictures

Are Stainless Steel Appliances Going Out of Style

Top 5 Trey Ceiling Treatments

Wrap Around Front Porches - Styles and Trends

What is a Barrel Vault Foyer? Pictures of Barrel Vault Foyers by Custom Home Builders 

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When old meets new and there's nothing you can do - Custom Design Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 @ 10:04 AM

By Andrea Enns, Design Coordinator, Stanton Homes

Custom Design Trends for Your New Home - Read Page 1 Here

Accent Your New Home

To help that old sofa, coffee table, and lamp fit into your new look then consider the simple trick of coSanta Clara Living Roomvering the accent cushions with some new fabric that shows off your new look and accent colors.

This is a simple enough project to do yourself as the color of the fabric itself will do the decorating for you—no need for elaborate sewing treatments.  

Breathe new life into old table lamps by purchasing new shades  Another "designer" trick is to cover the shades with fabric.  Because you need very little, you can even sDesign Trends | Lampplurge a bit on the fabric.


Bring a magazine picture that you love to the fabric store and look through the new arrivals to bring your old accessories into the latest design trends.

Get Creative

If you’re feeling brave enough, also consider painting one of your side tables! Yes, I said paint them!

May sound crazy but I have seen that done quite successfully several times over and it always proves to give the room a unique, artistic, and updated flair. An odd little table painted in one of today’s fresh accent colors will add some character.  

Be Ruthless

Finally, resist placing all of your old decorative accessories. Be ruthless!

With a clean uncluttered new room all you will need to do is buy one or two new accessory items that bring in the impact of color, and you’re probably done!

A branCustom Design Living Roomd new room with a new perspective in your new home and you STILL managed to use your old sofa and coffee table.



Try to follow these steps in other rooms as well.  For bedrooms, start with nothing on the dresser and bedside tables.

Try to re-vamp old bedding by simply purchasing new sheets or new accent pillows.

Change the shade on the bedside table lamp or even paint the base of the lamp if it is outdated.

This is especially good for teenager’s rooms.  You don’t need the lamp in the cool shop at the mall.  Create one yourself with a new coat of paint—unexpected colors on odd pieces always seems to create some whimsy.  Tell your daughter its “vintage” and she’ll love it.


All custom design trends and tips courtesy of Andrea Enns, Design Coordinator, Stanton Homes

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Custom Home Design Series by Andrea Enns

Stanton Homes continues to offer the information you're looking for.  Check back for more interior design trend tips!

Send us YOUR design questions to "Ask Andrea", and look to Stanton Homes for the answers you need.

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

Andrea's extensive training includes the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Manitoba and Red River College, a two year Design Internship in Vancouver, BC,  under British Designer Jackie Yearsley, and years of experience with design and renovation.  Andrea has worked with many of Raleigh’s top custom home builders, and contributed design work in many of the area’s finest Parade Homes.

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Top 10 Articles of 2010: Custom Homes Tips & Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jan 03, 2011 @ 16:01 PM

Top 10 Most Viewed NC New Custom Homes Articles of 2010

New Home Design Tips, Trends, and Photos that Stood Out

The Top 10 MOST INTERESTING new home tips and trends articles in 2010 ranged from bubbles to building. Here’s what rated the most clicks:

Top 10 New Home Trends of 2010 | NC New Custom Home Builders1.  Tub Surrounds - Secondary Baths that WOW Your Guests with Tile

Tile is the biggest trend in tub surrounds. Some of the least expensive styles are making the biggest splash with a whole new twist that’s surprisingly simple – and elegant.

2.  How to Save Money in Your New Home:  Focus on the Family Room

Your family is going to gather here. Make the most of the room you’ll want to fill with warmth, with features that make everyone want to linger a little longer.

Top 10 New Home Trends of 2010 | NC New Custom Home Builders3.  Built In Bookcases - Design a Bookcase that Feels Like Home

A trend toward smaller homes is making home buyers hungry for built-in storage that tucks right in. Organization has never been so essential – or worked so well.

4.  Behind the Cooktop - Kitchen Tile Backsplashes that Sizzle

Kitchens in NC new custom homes take on designer looks with tile that makes a statement – without breaking the bank.

5.  Closets That Care: Designing Closet Space That Really Works

Sorting, hanging, folding and storing are easier than ever, with closet designs your builder can create for you based on what you have to put away.

Top 10 New Home Trends of 2010 | NC New Custom Home Builders6. Green Features that Homebuyers Actually Want - Top Choices for Green in New Homes

The best part about going green is the tremendous savings on heating and cooling costs. But don’t go for broke until you read how to choose what you need – and what you don’t.

7.  This Isn't Grandmother's Bathroom, or How to Build a Beautiful, Easy to Use Shower using Accessible Design

Make sure bathing time is as relaxing as it’s intended, with a shower that takes all the stress out with all the accessible features you need.

8.  Trey Ceiling Trends: The Five Most Popular Custom Home Trey Ceiling Treatments

NC new custom homes are looking up, with trey ceilings that expand your rooms with a whole new look.

9. Accessible Homes: Choose the Features that Really Matter

Room-by-room, accessible homes are designed with the things that make it easy to maneuver, reach, and enjoy. Planning ahead ensures you have what you need, right from the start, when you build your NC new custom homes.

10. Build On Your Lot - How to Get Started in Four Easy Steps

Want to build a new home but not sure how to get started? Ready, set, go with these four easy steps that help prevent the biggest blunders in building.

Top 10 New Home Trends of 2010 | NC New Custom Home Builders

Top 10 New Home Articles of 2010

Check out all of our articles for easy inspiration for your NC new custom homes.

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