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Standard kitchen counter height for Raleigh new homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 @ 14:09 PM

How to Measure Counter Top Heights:

Looking for new home standards for kitchen counter top and bar heights? Here are a couple basics: 

  • Kitchen counter tops, including islands, are approximately 36 inches tall.
  • Kitchen bars are approximately 40 to 42 inches tall.
  • The height between counter tops and upper cabinets - generally the tile back splash area - is usually 18 inches.

Browse custom home photos - and get a better idea of what typical height differences look like:



Standard Kitchen Countertop Height:

Here are Raleigh custom home photos with standard kitchen counter top and bar top dimensions:

1. Counter Top Height

How tall are kitchen counter tops? 36''

 

What's the distance between a counter top and upper cabinets? The upper cabinets are typically 18'' above the counter tops.

An 18'' gap leave plenty of room for countertop appliances, without placing the cabinets above easy reach.

2. Island Height

How tall are kitchen islands? About 36'' for a countertop height island, though many islands also include raised eating bars.

Your kitchen island will match the counter top height, at a standard 36 inches tall.

3. Raised Eating Bar Height

The distance between your island and raised eating bar is typically 6 inches. Several factors go into creating the ideal bar height:

First, there are typically no upper cabinets above an island or eating bar, so appliances and other items don't need the same clearance space.

Second, your eating bar should be at an easy-to-use height, a total of about 42 inches from the ground.

From another angle of this Raleigh new home kitchen, here is the total raised eating bar height:

4. Breakfast and Dining Room Table Height

The standard height for most tables, whether in the breakfast room or formal dining, is about 30 inches tall.

You can gauge the height of your table alongside popular chair rail and wainscoting heights.

There is no standard wainscoting height - wainscoting and specialty trim depend on the ceiling height, room proportions, and stylistic appeal you're wanting to create.

Typically, chair rail is installed between 28 and 32'' from the floor.

Here are some Houzz Ideabooks with more kitchen counter top and cabinet photos:



New Home Builders in North Carolina:

What does a "standard" custom home cost to build in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina? Tell us about the home site and floor plan you're interested in, and Stanton Homes will provide an initial cost estimate for your new home.


 

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House Designs for First Time Home Buyers

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 @ 07:06 AM

How To Choose a Floor Plan that Makes Sense - and will sell later too!

Looking to build your first home? We've put together a list of common features - and recommended floor plans - for first time home buyers in North Carolina.

2014 house designs for first time home buyers tend to have a few common features:

Design Trend #1: No formal dining room or formal living room

Home buyers are often hot or cold about formal dining rooms - it is either a "must have" room or a easy space conversion.

First time buyers, however, say they would rather use that space in other rooms - especially the kitchen or great room.

House Designs for First Time Home Buyers

Design Trend #2: Flex rooms 

First time home buyers also want to build in flexible spaces. A common flex room style is one that can convert from a bedroom into a home office (with closet for storage). 

In this floor plan - The Beaufort by Frank Betz - the "Guest Bedroom" can also serve as an office or nursery room.

House Designs for First Time Home Buyers

 

Design Trend #3: Outdoor living spaces

Outdoor living spaces, even small ones, are on the minds of 2014 new home buyers. A small investment in the backyard space can go a long way in personal use and entertainment value.

House Designs for First Time Home Buyers

Design Trend #4: Square footage

How large should my first home be?

You will want to consider a balance between builing a home with room for growth with the current cost of additional square footage or features.

Every home buyer - and family - is different. As a very general rule of thumb, you may want to look at floor plans from 2,000 to 2,500 sq ft with 3 or 4 bedrooms. Here are a few popular floor plans in this range:

House Designs for First Time Home Buyers

The Beaufort: 2,300 sq ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths

The Azalea Park: 2,100 sq ft with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths

The Bostwick: 2,400 sq ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths

The Brogan: 2,600 sq ft with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths

The Kessler: 2,200 sq ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths

 

 

At Stanton Homes, our design team works with your to meet your budget and lifestyle preferences - keeping long-term family growth and change in mind. Call 919-278-8070 to learn more, or contact us here.

 

More 2014 Raleigh New Home Trends

11 Kitchen Island Layout Ideas

10 Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes

2014 Kitchen Design Trends - Is Stainless Steel on its Way Out?

Open Concept Kitchens

90 Photos of Custom Home Kitchen

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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Raleigh Home Sales Up 43% | April 2013 Raleigh Market Report

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, May 30, 2013 @ 12:05 PM

April 2013 Raleigh Market Report

Two Year Streak of Increasing Home Sales in Raleigh NC

Considering buying a new home in the Raleigh area of Wake County?  You're not the only one.  There was a huge increase in closings in April 2013 versus April 2012, according to the recently released Triangle MLS Report for April 2013.

This is a continuation of a year long trend in home sale increases in Wake County.

Number of Closed Sales in Raleigh/Wake County

Hows the Market in Raleigh

How's the market in Raleigh?  On fire.  Raleigh has seen double digit increases in home sales for nearly two years now.

April 2012 - 1081 Closed Sales in Wake County

 April 2013 - 1548 Closed Sales in Wake County

43.2% Increase in Closed Sales in Wake County


Inventory of Homes for Sale in Raleigh/Wake County

At the same time sales are showing a high double digit INCREASE, the number of available homes is showing a double digit DECREASE.

April 2011 - 9264 Homes for Sale in Wake County

April 2012 - 7405 Homes for Sale in Wake County

April 2013 - 6249 Homes for Sale in Wake County

15.6% Decrease in Homes for Sale in Wake County

 Months of Supply in Raleigh/Wake County

April 2011 - 10.6 Months of Supply in Wake County

April 2012 - 7.9 Months of Supply in Wake County

April 2013 - 5.2 Months of Supply in Wake County

34.5% Decrease in Months of Supply in Wake County

Wake County is currently at a 5 months supply of inventory More than 6 months of supply represents a buyer's market.  Six months of supply represents neither a buyers or a sellers market.  A 5 month supply or less represents a seller's market.

Get the Latest Raleigh Market Reports Here
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Wake County NC is located at the center of Harnett, Chatham, Durham, Granville, Franklin, and Johnston Counties.

Wake County encompasses Apex, Cary, Fuquay Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Wake Forest, and Wendell.

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Raleigh Home Sales Report | Huge Uptick in Home Sales Continues

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Nov 16, 2012 @ 09:11 AM

October 2012 Wake County Market Report

12 Month Streak of Increasing Home Sales in Raleigh NC

Considering buying a new home in the Raleigh area of Wake County?  You're not the only one.  There was a huge increase in closings in October 2012 versus October 2011, according to the recently released Triangle MLS Report for October 2012.

This is a continuation of a year long trend in home sale increases in Wake County.

Number of Closed Sales in Raleigh/Wake County

Market Reports - Wake County New Homes | Raleigh New Homes October 2011 - 840 Closed Sales in Wake County

 October 2012 - 1119 Closed Sales in Wake County

33.2% Increase in Closed Sales in Wake County


Inventory of Homes for Sale in Raleigh/Wake County

October 2011 - 7686 Homes for Sale in Wake County

 October 2012 - 5423 Homes for Sale in Wake County

29.4% Decrease in Homes for Sale in Wake County

 Months of Supply in Raleigh/Wake County

October 2011 - 8.8 Months of Supply in Wake County

 October 2012 - 5.1 Months of Supply in Wake County

42% Decrease in Months of Supply in Wake County

Wake County is currently at a 5.1 months supply of inventory - the lowest it's been for more than 5 years.  6 months of supply represents neither a buyers or a sellers market.   If the months of supply drops below 5 months, the market will move to a Seller's Market.


Get the Latest Raleigh Market Reports Here

See All Area Market Reports Here

  
Wake County NC is located at the center of Harnett, Chatham, Durham, Granville, Franklin, and Johnston Counties.

Wake County encompasses Apex, Cary, Fuquay Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Wake Forest, and Wendell.

Market Reports Raleigh | Raleigh New Homes

 

Considering buying a new home in Wake County, NC?

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Raleigh Home Inventory Continues to Drop

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 @ 13:10 PM

Number of Homes on Market Continues to Dip

Lowest Available Inventory in 7 Years in Raleigh

Wake County inventory levels continued to drop in September 2012.   Inventory of homes for sale in the Raleigh market are now at their lowest levels in seven years.

Raleigh New Home Inventory

Inventory of homes for sale in Wake County is down 29% in September of 2012 from September of 2011.

The number of homes for sale is at it's lowest level since before 2006 - homebuyers who waited, hoping for exceptional homes at "clearance" pricing are finding disappointment instead.  Real estate agents are reporting multiple offers on well-priced properties, particularly those in prime areas. 

The past 15 months have seen continual increases in closed sales for Wake County, with pending sales indicating that the trend will continue.

Not surprising, as Raleigh has (AGAIN) appeared on the "Best Places to Live" list - this year making the #1 place in Businessweek's "America's Best City" list.

Get the Latest Raleigh Market Reports Here

See All Area Market Reports Here

  
Wake County NC is located at the center of Harnett, Chatham, Durham, Granville, Franklin, and Johnston Counties.

Wake County encompasses Apex, Cary, Fuquay Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Wake Forest, and Wendell.

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Wake County Home Sales Report | Inventory Continues to Drop

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 @ 13:10 PM

September 2012 Wake County Market Report

Home Sales Up AGAIN in Raleigh NC!

Considering buying a new home in the Raleigh area of Wake County?  You're not the only one.  There was a huge increase in closings in September 2012 versus September 2011, according to the recently released Triangle MLS Report for September 2012.

This is a continuation of a nearly one year long trend in home sale increases in Wake County.

Market Reports - Wake County New Homes | Raleigh New Homes September 2011 - 932 Closed Sales in Wake County

 September 2012 - 1115 Closed Sales in Wake County

19.6% Increase in Closed Sales in Wake County

New listings are up by .7%, so even though sales are much stronger, the number of homes available hasn't changed much.

September 2011 - 1468 New Listings in Wake County

 September 2012 - 1479 New Listings in Wake County

 

 

The total available inventory of homes for sale in the Raleigh area, specifically in Wake County, has decreased from 7,995 last year to 5,661 this year. 

29.2% DECREASE in Total Homes For Sale in Wake County


Wake County is currently at a 5.4 months supply of inventory - the lowest it's been for more than 5 years.  6 months of supply represents neither a buyers or a sellers market.   Much lower than a six month supply, and Wake County will continue it's move to a "Seller's Market".

Get the Latest Raleigh Market Reports Here

See All Area Market Reports Here

  
Wake County NC is located at the center of Harnett, Chatham, Durham, Granville, Franklin, and Johnston Counties.

Wake County encompasses Apex, Cary, Fuquay Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Wake Forest, and Wendell.

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Considering buying a new home in Wake County, NC?

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Raleigh Market Report | Huge Increase in Home Sales

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Oct 01, 2012 @ 08:10 AM

Augst 2012 Wake County Market Report

Home Sales Up AGAIN in Raleigh NC!

Considering buying a new home in the Raleigh area of Wake County?  You're not the only one.  There was a huge increase in closings in August 2012 versus August 2011, according to the recently released Triangle MLS Report for August 2012.

This is a continuation of an eight month trend in home sale increases in Wake County.

Market Reports - Wake County New Homes | Raleigh New Homes August 2011 - 1034 Closed Sales in Wake County

 August 2012 - 1349 Closed Sales in Wake County

30.5% Increase in Closed Sales in Wake County

New listings are up by 7.4%, so there were a few more choices in July.

August 2011 - 1566 New Listings in Wake County

 August 2012 - 1682 New Listings in Wake County

 

 

The total available inventory of homes for sale in the Raleigh area, specifically in Wake County, has decreased from 8,340 last year to 5,736 this year. 

31.2% DECREASE in Total Homes For Sale in Wake County


Wake County is currently at a 5.6 months supply of inventory - the lowest it's been for more than 4 years.  6 months of supply represents neither a buyers or a sellers market.   Much lower than a six month supply, and Wake County will move to a "Seller's Market" - it's on it's way. 

Get the Latest Raleigh Market Reports Here

See All Area Market Reports Here

  
Wake County NC is located at the center of Harnett, Chatham, Durham, Granville, Franklin, and Johnston Counties.

Wake County encompasses Apex, Cary, Fuquay Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Wake Forest, and Wendell.

Market Reports Raleigh | Raleigh New Homes

 

Considering buying a new home in Wake County, NC?

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Raleigh Homes Hopping - Home Sales Up 23%!

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 @ 16:09 PM

July 2012 Wake County Real Estate Report

Home Sales Up AGAIN!

Considering buying a new home in the Raleigh area of Wake County?  You're not the only one.  There was a huge increase in closings in July 2012 versus July 2011, according to the recently released Triangle MLS Report for July 2012.

This is a continuation of an eight month trend in home sale increases in Wake County.

Market Reports - Wake County New Homes | Raleigh New Homes July 2011 - 1000 Closed Sales in Wake County

 July 2012 - 1226 Closed Sales in Wake County

22.6% Increase in Closed Sales in Wake County

New listings are up by 9.8%, so there were a few more choices in July.

July 2011 - 1533 New Listings in Wake County

 July 2012 - 1684 New Listings in Wake County

 

 

The total available inventory of homes for sale in the Raleigh area, specifically in Wake County, has decreased from 8,746 last year to 5,872 this year. 

32.9% DECREASE in Total Homes For Sale in Wake County


Wake County is currently at a 5.9 months supply of inventory - the lowest it's been for more than 4 years.  6 months of supply represents neither a buyers or a sellers market.   Much lower than a six month supply, and Wake County will move to a "Seller's Market" - it's on it's way. 

Get the Latest Raleigh Market Reports Here

See All Area Market Reports Here

  
Wake County NC is located at the center of Harnett, Chatham, Durham, Granville, Franklin, and Johnston Counties.

Wake County encompasses Apex, Cary, Fuquay Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Wake Forest, and Wendell.

Market Reports Raleigh | Raleigh New Homes

 

Considering buying a new home in Wake County, NC?

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Raleigh Market Report | Lowest Inventory in Seven Years

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 @ 11:07 AM

Number of Homes on Market Continues to Shrink

Lowest Available Inventory in 7 Years in Raleigh

Wake County inventory levels continued to drop in June 2012.   Inventory of homes for sale in the Raleigh market are now at their lowest levels in seven years.

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Inventory of homes for sale in Wake County is down 34.7% in June of 2012 from June of 2011.

The number of homes for sale is at it's lowest level since before 2006 - homebuyers who waited, hoping for exceptional homes at "clearance" pricing are finding disappointment instead.  Real estate agents are reporting multiple offers on well-priced properties, particularly those in prime areas. 

The past twelve months have seen continual increases in closed sales for Wake County, with pending sales indicating that the trend will continue.

Not surprising, as Raleigh has (AGAIN) appeared on the "Best Places to Live" list - this year making the #1 place in Businessweek's "America's Best City" list.

Get the Latest Raleigh Market Reports Here

See All Area Market Reports Here

See Second Quarter Market Report Here

  
Wake County NC is located at the center of Harnett, Chatham, Durham, Granville, Franklin, and Johnston Counties.

Wake County encompasses Apex, Cary, Fuquay Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Wake Forest, and Wendell.

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Massive Increase in Home Sales in Raleigh, Inventory Continues to Shrink

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Mar 15, 2012 @ 11:03 AM

February 2012 Wake County Real Estate Report

Home Sales Up Again - 8 Straight Months of Increases

Considering buying a new home in the Raleigh area of Wake County?  You're not the only one.  There was a huge increase in closings in February 2012 versus February 2011, according to the recently released Triangle MLS Report for February 2012.

This is a continuation of an eight month trend in home sale increases in Wake County.

Market Reports - Wake County New Homes | Raleigh New Homes February 2011 - 601 Closed Sales in Wake County

 February 2012 - 794 Closed Sales in Wake County

32.1% Increase in Closed Sales in Wake County

In addition, new listings have reduced as well, which means there are fewer choices to select from.

 February 2011 - 1823 New Listings in Wake County

 February 2012 - 1631 New Listings in Wake County

 

10.5% DECREASE in New Listings Available in Wake County

 

The total available inventory of homes for sale in the Raleigh area, specifically in Wake County, has decreased from 8,406 last year to 5,861 this year. 

30.3% DECREASE in Total Homes For Sale in Wake County


Wake County is currently at a 6.5 months supply of inventory - the lowest it's been for about 4 years.  6 months of supply represents neither a buyers or a sellers market.   Much lower than a six month supply, and Wake County will move to a "Seller's Market". 

Get the Latest Raleigh Market Reports Here

See All Area Market Reports Here

  
Wake County NC is located at the center of Harnett, Chatham, Durham, Granville, Franklin, and Johnston Counties.

Wake County encompasses Apex, Cary, Fuquay Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Wake Forest, and Wendell.

Market Reports Raleigh | Raleigh New Homes

 

Considering buying a new home in Wake County, NC?

Wake County New Home Communities

Wake County NC New Homes

Wake County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

 

 

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