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New Home Design Trends | Are New Homes Getting Smaller?

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 @ 06:01 AM

The Incredible Shrinking Home

Raleigh New Home Trends

We've all heard numerous times that the average new home size is getting smaller. 

But is today's new home smaller than the one you grew up in?  Or is it just better planned and built than homes a few years ago?  Let's take a look at what's really been going on with new home sizes over the past 40 years or so! 

Home Size | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

In 1973, the average new home in the United States was only 1,660 square feet.   That's average - meaning many homes were much smaller.

If you grew up in the 70s, you probably remember sharing a much smaller home than the one you're currently living in, probably with a couple of siblings!

  • The average new home size did not exceed 1,800 square feet until 13 years later.  In 1986, the average new home was a whopping 1,825 square feet.
  • In just one year, the average home size jumped from 1,825 square feet in 1986, to 1,905 square feet in 1987 (more room to watch the tv debut of "The Simpsons"!)
  • In only two more years, 1989 saw the average home size increase to 2,035 square feet.
  • It took another 5 years to break the 2,100 square foot barrier, which happened in both 1994 and 1996.
  • And another 5 years later, in 1999, the average home size was 2,223 square feet. 
  • But homeowners kept asking for larger homes.  It only took another two years to break the next barrier.  In 2001, the average new home size was 2,324 square feet.
  • Not done yet!  In 2005, the average home was 2,434 square feet, over 2400 for the first time.
  • And in 2007, the average new home was 2,521 square feet, the largest to date.

Where are New Home Sizes Today?

After peaking at 2,521 square feet in 2007, the average new home stayed constant in 2008, decreased in size in 2009 and 2010, but bounced back up in 2011. The average new home size in 2011 was 2,480 square feet.

New homes have made some incredible gains in size over the past 40 years or so.

The average new home in 2010 was:

  • 44% Larger than in 1973 (37 years ago)What is the average new home size? 2012 new home trends | raleigh new homes
  • 41% Larger than in 1976 (34 years ago)
  • 31% Larger than in 1986 (24 years ago)
  • 6% Larger than in 2000 (10 years ago)
  • From 1973 to 2004, the average home increased in size by 22 square feet per year.
  • From 2004 to 2007, the average home increased by 43 square feet per year, double the typical rate.

Why is today's new home smaller than it was a few years ago?

  • Homebuyers are much more budget conscious
  • Homebuyers are not as interested in rooms they have little to no use for
  • Homebuyers want a home that works the way they need it to, rather than the biggest home on the street.

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2012 New Home Trends - Trends in Homes from 2400 to 2999 Square Feet

2012 New Home Trends - Trends in Homes from 3000 to 3999 Square Feet

2012 New Home Trends - Trends in Homes 4000+ Square Feet

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Top 10 Floorplan Trends | New Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jan 02, 2013 @ 14:01 PM

Top 10 Floorplan Trends

Custom Home Designs

Below are the Top 10 floorplan trends for Raleigh custom homes. See how many of these floor plan design features are in your new home wish list.

Floor Plan Trend #1: Walk in pantry

Top 10 Floorplan Trends | Walk In Kitchen PantryCustom home floor plans will include more walk in pantries, in several unexpected locations.

Homebuyers will take advantage of previously unused square footage but tucking (large) pantries away from coveted kitchen space and into hallways, under the stairs, and as "hidden" rooms just around the corner.

See photos of the top 5 walk in pantry designs for raleigh new homes here.

 

Floor Plan Trend #2: Island kitchen with seating

Top 10 Floor Plan Trends | Island Kitchen with Seating

 

 

Kitchens will remain the central gathering place of the home. Therefore, a carefully planned kitchen floor plan will remain a priority for new homeowners

 Island kitchen floor plans will include seating above and innovative storage solutions below.

The custom home pictured here, a version of the Country Manor, includes:

 - Island with seating

 - Specialty carved wood island legs

 - Stone surround

 - Decorative wood ceiling beams

 - Glass front cabinetry

 

Floor Plan Trend #3: Main floor master

Top 10 Floorplan Trends | Main Floor Master

Main floor master suites will continue to be a top homebuyer request.

Why choose to build a first floor master home?

 - Main floor master suites are great for long-term planning. They eliminate the need to climb stairs every day.

 - Main floor master suites enable easy access to outdoor living spaces. Many homeowners are adding a set of French doors to open their master bedroom into a screen porch, deck, or patio.

Watch photo tours of Raleigh main floor master homes designed and built by Stanton Homes.

Floor Plan Trend #4: More Accessible

Top 10 Floorplan Trends | Accessible Floor Plan Design  From fully accessible floor plans (which qualify for grants) to individual features, many Raleigh custom homes will integrate accessibility.

 Stanton Homes is an industry leading Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) approved builder in central North Carolina, with an innovative, technology-driven approach to customized, functional and beautiful fully accessible and universal homes.

 

Floor Plan Trend #5: Guest suites

Top 10 Floorplan Trends | Guest SuiteFirst floor guest suites will be a top request for custom homes, with privacy and convenience at the top of homebuyers' “must have” list.

Traditional plans have a first floor guest bedroom with an attached (or near-by) bath, but there are a tremendous amount of variations. Guest suite baths can be designed with the same upper-end features as the master suite bath.

Pictured here is a version of the Cove, a guest suite custom home designed and built by Stanton Homes. 

Floor Plan Trend #6: Multigenerational living

Top 10 Floor Plan Trends | Multigenerational LivingThe demand for new homes with multigenerational living and mother in law suites continues to rise.

See floor plans of our most popular mother in law suite floor plans - click here. Stanton Homes can modify or design/build a custom mother in law suite home to meet your needs and budget.

 

 

Floor Plan Trend #7: Pocket office/first floor office

Top 10 Floorplan Trends | First Floor Pocket Office

 

In Raleigh new homes, more owners will include a built-in first floor office or tucked-in pocket office.

 

 A pocket office can double as a storage area with shelving, a craft area, or sitting room.

 

 

 

Floor Plan Trend #8: Mudroom with drop zone

Top 10 Floorplan Trends | Mudroom with drop zoneMudrooms will increase in popularity. 

Mudrooms serve as a transition area between the outdoors and indoors, designed to keep your home clear of mud, debris, and clutter.

Mudrooms can be small or large, and can sometimes double as large laundry rooms, with a washer, dryer, folding table, and sink for easy cleaning of dirty clothing and outdoor items.

Mudrooms are usually placed adjacent to the garage, sometimes with a separate entrance.

See photos of money and Time Saving Laundry Rooms and Mud Rooms on Pinterest - click here.

Floor Plan Trend #9: Outdoor spaces

Top 10 Floorplan Trends | Outdoor SpacesLiving areas will expand to the outdoors, with courtyard patios, screen porches, and covered decks.

 Stanton Homes can design your outdoor living space to keep you cozy in the winter and social in the summer.

 The custom home pictured here includes a courtyard style patio with see-through fireplace to the great room.

 

 

Floor Plan Trend #10: Second living area

Custom home floor plans in will focus on adding a secondary living area, such as:

 - Bonus roomTop 10 Floorplan Trends | Second Living Area

 - Game room

 - Basement

 The custom home pictured here, a version of the Woodlake, includes a second story bonus room with hardwood floors and full wall window seat.

 

 

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Raleigh custom home builder Stanton Homes is now offering full ecoHOME certification in every custom home that the company designs and builds.

Click here to learn more.

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Great Room Design Ideas | Top 5 Great Room Floor Plans

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 @ 10:11 AM

Fabulous Great Room Designs

Five Favorite Great Room Floor Plans

Great Rooms open up the possibilities, with spacious layouts designed for gathering together, stretching out, and getting comfortable.

See favorite great room photos, here.

Here are photos and video tours of five favorite custom home designs with huge Great Rooms that forego the rigid structure of Formal Dining Rooms, in favor of a more relaxed and open environment with flow-through appeal.


Great Room Floor Plans | Raleigh Custom Home Builders Great Room Floor Plan #1 - The Terrell

This main floor master home focuses on family living, with a huge open first floor Kitchen/Dining/Great Room.

Link to Video Tour of Terrell

 

 

Great Room Floor Plans | Raleigh Custom Home Builders2403 Sq Ft

3 Bed, 2.5 Bath

First Floor Master

Link to Terrell Floor Plan

 

 

 

 

Great Room Floor Plans | Raleigh Custom Home BuildersGreat Room Floor Plan #2 - The Penelope

The Penelope includes a huge 21'x20' Great Room, designed for a large family. The focal point is the kitchen - and the inspiring first floor office will make you want to work from home.

 

Link to Video Tour of The Penelope

 

 

Great Room Floor Plans | Raleigh Custom Home Builders3468 Sq Ft

4 Bed, 2.5 Bath

Basement Home

Link to Penelope Floor Plan

 

 

 

brogan

 

Great Room Floor Plan #3 - "The Brogan"

This Craftsman style home features built-ins around every corner, with classic detailing. Three different window shapes in the Great Room add even more character.

 

Link to Video Tour of The Brogan

 

 

http://www.stantonhomes.com/Brogan.aspx2613 Sq Ft

3-4 Beds, 2.5 Baths

Two Story Home

Click here for The Brogan floor plan.

 

 

 

 

Great Room Floor Plans | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

 

Great Room Floor Plan #4 - "The Carwile"

Outside, a sophisticated country farmhouse exterior welcomes. Inside, find details like a "Home Hub", a huge room filled with cabinets, countertops, and everything your lifestyle warrants.

Video Tour - Carwile Custom Home

 

 

Great Room Floor Plans | Raleigh Custom Home Builders2868 Sq Ft (Plus Storage)

4-5 Beds, 2.5 Baths

Main Floor Master Home

Carwile Custom Floor Plan

 

 

 

Great Room Floor Plans | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

 

Great Room Floor Plan #5 - "The Devonsboro"

This one story home offers tons of living in a compact space - including a separate office and bonus room. Split bedrooms are an added bonus.

Custom Home Video Tour - Devonsboro

 

 

 

Great Room Floor Plans | Raleigh Custom Home Builders2100 Sq Ft

3 Bed, 2 Bath

Formal Dining OR Office

One Story Home

 

 

 

 

Let us know the features you like best in these plans and we’ll email you more to think about.

You can also work with our design team to create a brand new plan with everything just the way you want it. Request more floor plan ideas here.

Stanton Homes helps ensure your new home is just what you're looking for.

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Floor Plans with First Floor Guest Suites | Raleigh Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 @ 05:11 AM

Floor Plans with First Floor Guest Suites

Raleigh Custom Home Builder's Top New Home Ideas

First floor guest suites are a top request for custom builders, with privacy and convenience at the top of the “must have” list.

Traditional plans have a first floor guest bedroom with an attached (or near-by) bath, but there are a tremendous amount of variations. Contact Stanton Homes with your custom home building questions.

Here are some examples of Raleigh new home floor plans with a guest suite:

DinsmoreTour

 The guest suite in this version of the Dinsmore was added as a custom modification to the original plan. 
 
The guest bedroom has a private bathroom with custom tile shower.
 
5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths - open concept design with an island kitchen.
 
Click here for the Dinsmore floor plan and photo tour.
 
 

Floor Plans with First Floor Guest Bedroom | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Top Floor Plans with First Floor Bedroom #1 - The Cove

The Guest Quarters in the Cove are just one focal point in this custom home. It also has a soaring two- story Great Room, fabulous open island kitchen, and luxurious Master Bath. Check out the split staircase!

4 bedrooms, 3 baths - loft can be converted to 5th bedroom

Click here for floor plan and video tour.

 

Floor Plans with First Floor Guest Bedroom | Raleigh Custom Home BuildersTop Floor Plans with First Floor Bedroom #2 - The Beaufort

This well-planned home has a First Floor Guest Suite as well as a First Floor Master Suite, with two more bedrooms and a Bonus Room on the second floor. The "tower" bay in the Master Suite has a romantic flair that also adds distinguish to the curb appeal.

Click here for floor plan and video tour.

 

Floor Plans with First Floor Guest Bedroom | Raleigh Custom Home BuildersTop Floor Plans with First Floor Bedroom #3 - The Kelley

Just about any room in this custom home could be used as a Guest Suite – all five bedrooms have a private bath entrance. The dual staircase adds convenience, and a beautiful wall of windows at the back takes advantage of the views.

Click here for floor plan and video tour. 

 

Floor Plans with First Floor Guest Bedroom | Raleigh Custom Home BuildersTop Floor Plans with First Floor Bedroom #4 - The Bakersfield

The cozy wrap around porch welcomes you to this 4 bedroom, 3 bath home, and the Master Suite includes a full, separate sitting room and gorgeous bath with wrap around vanities.  This floor plan is also available in an expanded, full Mother in Law Suite layout.

Click here for floor plan and video tour. 

 

Floor Plans with First Floor Guest Bedroom | Raleigh Custom Home BuildersTop Floor Plans with First Floor Bedroom #5 - The Greenhaven

The first floor separate suite in the Greenhaven is intended for long-term guests, with a sitting room, bedroom, walk in closet, and bath. The rest of the home is equally spacious, with an open layout that invites interaction.

Click here for floor plan and video tour.

 

Custom Home Video Tours | Custom Home Photo Tours | Raleigh Custom Home Video ToursTop Floor Plans with First Floor Bedroom #6 - The Summerlyn

This version of the Summerlyn offers five bedrooms, including a first floor guest suite with private bathroom. The master suite and secondary bedrooms are all located on the second floor.

The Summerlyn is one of the most popular Frank Betz plans for NC new homes, year-over-year.

 

Custom Home Video Tours | Custom Home Photo Tours | Raleigh Custom Home Video ToursTop Floor Plans with First Floor Bedroom #7 - The Summerlyn B

In this version of the Summerlyn, the two story family room was converted into a second floor bonus room, adding entertainment space.

This home plan is perfect for slopped lots, with a walk-out basement option.

 

 

Custom Home Video Tours | Custom Home Photo Tours | Raleigh Custom Home Video ToursTop Floor Plans with First Floor Bedroom #8 - The Chalet Vert

At 2,707 sq ft, the Chalet Vert offers 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. The first floor guest suite includes a private bathroom and walk in closet. Home design features include a gourmet kitchen with two islands and two sinks, a two story family room with full-height stone fireplace, and formal dining room.

 

 

Custom Home Video Tours | Custom Home Photo Tours | Raleigh Custom Home Video ToursTop Floor Plans with First Floor Bedroom #9 - The Maple Lane

The Maple Lane includes five total bedrooms, with special features in each owner suite. A first floor guest suite with private bath, sitting room, and outdoor living access.

The second floor master suite includes a private deck, exercise room, and closet with cabinet island. 

 

Custom Home Video Tours | Custom Home Photo Tours | Raleigh Custom Home Video ToursTop Floor Plans with First Floor Bedroom #10 - The Bostwick

At just under 2500 sq ft, this version of the Bostwick includes 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen with tons of storage, counter space and built in wine rack, and luxurious master suite includes with angled private sitting room.

A unique curved wall of windows in breakfast room and second story overlook to the great room will impress any long-term guests.

 

New homes with first floor guest bedrooms are popular with families who have someone stay for a while – and they contribute to higher resale value, too.

Let us know the features you like best in these plans and we’ll email you more to think about.  You can also work with our design team to create a brand new plan with everything just the way you want it. Request more floor plan ideas here.

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Country House Plans | Country Style New Homes in Raleigh, NC

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, May 14, 2012 @ 09:05 AM

Country House Plans

Country Style New Homes in Raleigh, NC

What characterizes a country style new home? Country home floor plans strive for a comfortable, casual living experience. Here are some defining features of a "country" home:

 

Country House Plans | Country Style New Homes in Raleigh, NC

 

 - Welcoming large covered front porch or wrap-around porch.  Some porches can be two stories high on a country style home.

 - Dormers on the second floor

 - Symmetrical windows with shutters surrounding the front door

 - Wood, clapboard, or shake exteriors

 

 

 

Country House Plans | Country Style New Homes in Raleigh, NC

 

 

 - Large great room with fireplace and vaulted ceiling

 - Large kitchen with oversized walk-in pantry, island with eating bar

 

 

 

 

Country House Plans | Country Style New Homes in Raleigh, NC

 

 

 - Vaulted dining area (does not have to be a formal dining room)

 - Large master suite

 - Square footage can vary from small cottage style plans to sprawling luxury plans

 

Ask us about country style homes in Raleigh, NC.

Stanton Homes is committed to designing and building the most exceptional custom homes in central North Carolina, specifically designed for your lifestyle.

 

 

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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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