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2014 Color Trends - What Colors Will Be Most Popular?

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Oct 09, 2013 @ 06:10 AM

Top Color Palettes for 2014

Whether you're integrating a color scheme for your new home, or freshening up the look of a room or two, you'll likely be choosing from one of these four color palettes in 2014.

Sherwin-Williams has just released their Colormix 2014, emphasizing influence from science, nature, pop culture, and global traditions.

The palettes include:

Reasoned - 2014 Color Trends

"Reasoned" is based in black, gray, and white (we are seeing this palette quite a bit during the 2013 Wake County Parade of Homes!).   SW notes influence of "shadows, negative space, and tone-on-tone layering". 

2014 Color Trends for New HomesPopular hues in this color trend include:

  • SW 0077 Classic French Gray
  • SW 6258 Tricorn Black
  • SW 7029 Agreeable Gray
  • SW 7647 Crushed Ice
  • SW 7006 Extra White
  • SW 7019 Gauntlet Gray
  • SW 7650 Earl Gray
  • SW 7674 Peppercorn

Suggested areas for this color scheme are home office, study, library, bedroom, or kitchen.

Diaphanous - 2014 Color Trend

The Diaphanous color palette embodies balance, simplicity, and elegance.  Themes include serenity and escape, with light and elegant colors.  Decorating themes can include silk, chiffon, feathers, natural wood, rose gold, and pale patterns.

  • SW 2859 Beige
  • SW 6052 Sandbank
  • SW 6337 Spun Sugar
  • SW 7022 Alpaca
  • SW 7566 Westhighland White
  • SW 6057 Malted Milk
  • SW 6161 Nonchalant White
  • SW 7037 Balanced Beige
  • SW 7554 Steamed Milk
  • SW 7666 Fleur de Sel

This color palette is recommended especially for bedrooms, nurserys, living rooms, and bathrooms. 

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New Home Trends - 3000 to 3999 Sq Ft Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jan 11, 2012 @ 08:01 AM

New Home Trends in Home Sizes

Are New Homes Getting Smaller?

Let's look at the percent distribution of new homes in the 3000 to 3999 sq ft range, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and see what we can learn about the size of today's new homes.

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  • In 1999, only 12% of new homes were in the 3000 to 3999 sq ft range.
  • The number of homes in this size range increased in 2000 and 2001, then stayed steady until 2005.
  • 2007 saw the highest percentage of homes in the 3000 to 3999 sq ft range.
  • The percentage of homes built in this size range INCREASED in 2010 vs 2009, and was higher in 2010 than in 7 of the 11 previous years.

In conclusion, it doesn't look like we're going to see a big downturn in the number of homes built in the 3000 to 3999 sq ft range.   Demand appears to be stronger in 2010 than in most of the previous decade.

Most Popular Raleigh New Homes in the 3000 to 3999 Sq Ft Range:

new homes raleigh nc, 2012 new home trends, average new home size Video Tour - "The Kelley", 3003 Sq Ft, 5 Bedrooms, Huge Island Kitchen

Video Tour - "The Dugan", 3184 Sq Ft, Mother In Law Suite on Separate Level

Video Tour - "The Penelope", 3468 Sq Ft, Drive Under Garage and Craftsman Details

Video Tour - "The Greenhaven", 3716 Sq Ft, Master with Private Sitting, Private Guest Wing

Other Floor Plan Ideas - Raleigh New Homes in the 3000 to 3999 Sq Ft Range

More New Home Size Trend Topics:

New Home Size Trends - What's Happened over 40 Years?

2012 New Home Trends - Homes 1799 Square Feet and Smaller 

2012 New Home Trends - Trends in Homes from 1800 to 2399 Square Feet  

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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New Home Trends - 4000 Sq Ft Or Larger Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Jan 06, 2012 @ 09:01 AM

Are The Number of Big Homes Growing?

New Home Trends - 4000 Sq Ft + Homes

We've all heard that the average new home size has been shrinking.   But it looks like some very interesting things are going on right now with the largest category of new homes - homes that are 4000 or more square feet.   

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  • In 1999 and 2000, homes over 4000 sq ft comprised only 5% of all new homes built.
  • In 2001 to 2004, this category of new homes increased to 6% of all new homes
  • The percentage of "luxury size" new homes peaked in 2008, after growing steadily for 4 years.
  • 4000 Sq Ft homes being built today are a larger percentage than was seen in 6 out of the last 12 years.

More New Home Size Trend Topics:

New Home Size Trends - What's Happened over 40 Years?

2012 New Home Trends - Homes 1799 Square Feet and Smaller 

2012 New Home Trends - Trends in Homes from 1800 to 2399 Square Feet  

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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New Home Trends - 2400 to 2999 Sq Ft Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Dec 29, 2011 @ 08:12 AM

Trends in Mid-Sized New Homes

Are New Homes Getting Smaller?

There have been a number of reports that the average new home is shrinking.   But an average is an interesting thing.  An average of a group of numbers can get lower through a wide variety of different situations.   Here are a few examples:
  • Fewer "extra large" new homes are built, but no change is made in other size homes.
  • Fewer "large" new homes are built, and more "small" new homes are built.
  • The same amount of "large" new homes are built, but more "small" new homes are built.
  • The size of every home built is reduced.

Let's look at the percent distribution of new homes in the 2400 to 2999 sq ft range, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and see what we can learn about today's new homes.
 

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  • There is a higher percentage of homes 2400 to 2999 sq ft being built than in 1999 and 2000.
  • The percentage of new homes in this size range is equal to the percentage in 2001 to 2003.
  • The percentage of new homes built in this size range INCREASED in 2010 vs 2008 and 2009.
  • The boom year of 2006 had the largest percentage of new homes in this size range.  

Keep in mind, new homes include townhomes, detached homes, and other single family homes.  Find out more about what's happening in other home sizes below:

Raleigh New Homes - Most Popular 2400 to 2999 Square Foot Home Designs:

Check out some of Raleigh's most popular new home designs.

new homes raleigh nc, 2012 new home trends, average new home size Video Tour - "The Lowery", 2550 Sq Ft, Stone and Hardi, First Floor Master and Keeping Room

Video Tour - "The Worthington", 2584 Sq Ft, Southern Charm Exterior, Contemporary Interior

Video Tour - "The Bakersfield", 2584 Sq Ft, Wrap Around Front Porch, Master with Private Sitting Room

Video Tour - "The Brogan", 2613 Sq Ft, Craftsman with Built Ins Throughout

Video Tour - "The Coventry", 2807 Sq Ft, Brick Main Floor Master Home with Soaring Keeping Room

More New Home Size Trend Topics:

New Home Size Trends - What's Happened over 40 Years?

2012 New Home Trends - Homes 1799 Square Feet and Smaller 

2012 New Home Trends - Trends in Homes from 1800 to 2399 Square Feet  

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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New Home Trends - 1800 to 2399 Sq Ft Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Dec 22, 2011 @ 08:12 AM

What Size New Home is Most Popular?

Are New Homes Getting Smaller?

The headlines have told us that new homes are shrinking in size, and note that the average size new home is smaller.  But an average is an interesting thing.  Here are some scenarios that could cause an average to lower: 
  • Fewer "extra large" new homes are built, but no change is made in other size homes.
  • Fewer "large" new homes are built, and more "small" new homes are built.
  • The same amount of "large" new homes are built, but more "small" new homes are built.
  • The size of every home built is reduced.

The U.S. Census Bureau breaks new homes built into a variety of different size "buckets".  Let's see what's going on in homes in the 1800 to 2399 square foot size.
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  • There has been no change over the past 5 years in the percent of homes constructed in this category.
  • From 1999 to 2005, 28-29% of new homes were 1800 to 2399 sq ft.
  • From 2006 to 2010, 27% of new homes were 1800 to 2399 sq ft. 

Keep in mind, new homes include townhomes, detached homes, and other single family homes.  Find out more about what's happening in other home sizes below.

Raleigh New Homes - Most Popular Plans in the 1800 to 2399 Sq Ft Range

new homes raleigh nc, 2012 new home trends, average new home size Check out some samples of new homes in this size range.  See floor plans and interior and exterior details.

Video Tour - "The Beaufort", 2313 Sq Ft, Main Floor Master Suite, Vaulted Great Room

Video Tour - "The Gershwin", 2073 Sq Ft, Wrap Around Front Porch with Web Design

Video Tour - "The Linda", 2165 Sq Ft, One Story Brick Home

Video Tour - "The Azalea Park", 2182 Sq Ft, Main Floor Master with Craftsman Exterior

 

More New Home Size Trend Topics:

New Home Size Trends - What's Happened over 40 Years?

2012 New Home Trends - Homes 1799 Square Feet and Smaller 

2012 New Home Trends - Trends in Homes from 1800 to 2399 Square Feet  

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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New Home Trends: Smaller Homes?

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 @ 10:12 AM

What Size New Home is Most Popular?

Are New Homes Getting Smaller?

We've all heard that the average new home size has been shrinking.   But an average is an interesting thing.  An average of a group of numbers can get lower through a wide variety of different situations.   Here are a few examples:
  • Fewer "extra large" new homes are built, but no change is made in other size homes.
  • Fewer "large" new homes are built, and more "small" new homes are built.
  • The same amount of "large" new homes are built, but more "small" new homes are built.
  • The size of every home built is reduced.
Let's look at the percent distribution of new homes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and see what we can learn about today's new homes.

New Home Sizes | 2012 New Home Trends | Raleigh New Homes

  • In 2010, 13% of new homes were 1400 square feet or less.
  • Over the past 12 years, the least amount of homes under 1400 square feet were built in 2005 through 2007.
  • In 1999, 12 years ago, a total of 15% of new homes built were under 1400 square feet.  
  • 2008 through 2010 showed a 30% increase in the percent distribution of new homes built under 1400 square feet, versus the boom years of 2005 through 2007.
  • In 1999, the percent distribution was 13% higher than in 2010 - more new homes under 1400 square feet were built in 1999.

 Remember, new homes include townhomes and other smaller residences.

New Home Trends | Raleigh New Homes

Now let's take a look at homes in the 1400 to 1799 square foot size range.
  • 19% of new homes built in 2010 were 1400 to 1799 sq ft.
  • Only two years out of the past 12 had fewer homes built in this size range - 2007 and 2008 showed 18% of all new homes were 1400 to 1799 square feet.
  • Seven out of the past 12 years had a HIGHER percentage of homes in this size range.

Interesting - looks like even though overall average size of new homes is just a little smaller, we're actually seeing a smaller percentage of new homes in the 1400 to 1799 square foot size range.

 

Most Popular Raleigh New Homes 1799 Sq Ft or Smaller:

Here are some of the most popular smaller floor plans, with a focus on one story homes available in the greater Raleigh area.

 

More New Home Size Trend Topics:

New Home Size Trends - What's Happened over 40 Years?

2012 New Home Trends - Homes 1799 Square Feet and Smaller 

2012 New Home Trends - Trends in Homes from 1800 to 2399 Square Feet  

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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Are New Homes Really Getting Smaller? New Home Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 @ 10:12 AM

The Incredible Shrinking New Home

Or is it really?  New Home Trends

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

Before we all picture moving into the travel trailer and sharing one bath, let's take a look at what's really been going on with new home sizes over the past 40 years or so! 

What is the Average New Home Size? 2012 New Home Trends | Raleigh New 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 size in 2010 was 2,392 square feet.

But 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.

More New Home Size Trend Topics:

New Home Size Trends - What's Happened over 40 Years?

2012 New Home Trends - Homes 1799 Square Feet and Smaller 

2012 New Home Trends - Trends in Homes from 1800 to 2399 Square Feet  

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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New Home Design Ideas | How to Save Money in the Laundry Room

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Dec 09, 2011 @ 06:12 AM

Laundry Room Trends

How to Save Money in the Laundry Room

 

You can save money and build your new home the way you want it - by adding some of the final details later.   Laundry Room Builtins

Why some things need to be upgraded now: Some features will cost a lot more later.  Others might be impossible without totally ripping the house apart to make structural changes.

How some options can be upgraded later: With proper planning, homes can be constructed so that additional features can be added or changed later - as long as they don't involve structural changes, and the floor plan allows enough space.

Here are the top 5 questions to ask before designing your laundry room

1.       Flooring

Laundry Room Flooring

The two most common kinds of flooring in the Laundry Room are ceramic tile or vinyl flooring. Consider the kinds of flooring closest to this room - you'll want to coordinate with the feel of the surrounding rooms. 

A laundry room is usually on the smaller side, ranging anywhere from 6'x8' to 8'x10', in most homes.  Thus you'll likely have somewhere between 48 and 80 square feet of flooring surface, plus any "waste factor" that must be added for material cuts.  So it might be a little easier to "splurge" on an upgraded or unique tile in this room, but you might also want to consider upgrading your guest bath instead.   

2.       Storage

Not all builders offer cabinets over the washer/dryer - it'Laundry Room Storages fairly common to just see a ventilated wire shelf here. 

Cabinets over the washer and dryer can be great for storage of cleaning supplies, paper goods, and other household items.  If you're planning to add cabinets later, make sure the wall space will accommodate a standard cabinet size - a semi-custom or stock cabinet is a lot less expensive than something custom-built for the space.

For a larger laundry room, you may want to consider additional storage.  A closet can be less expensive than a full height furniture grade utility cabinet, and can offer more storage options.  A closet that's large enough for both a full set of shelves AND the vacuum, brooms, and other tall items can be very handy.    

3.       Washer and Dryer

Find out if your builder provides gas or electric hook ups for the dryer.  If you already have appliances, it could be expensive to add the "alternate" hook up later.  Be sure to specify which kind of hook ups you require.

Laundry Room AppliancesGenerally, the washer goes on the left and the dryer on the right.  Your builder should have the washer and dryer hookups prepared for this.  If you prefer something different, let the builder know at rough-in stage, as it can be expensive to change this later.

For the appliances themselves, consider Energy Star labeled and front-loading, water saving washers.  There have been significant advances in both washers and dryers over the past couple of years, and the utility and water savings really add up over time. 

4.       Laundry Sink

Laundry sinks can be convenient, especially if the laundLaundry Room Builtinsry room is right off the garage. 

If you're even considering adding one later, ask your builder to "rough plumb" to the laundry room, so that you don't have to open the walls later to have a plumber add an extension to the laundry room. 

 A free-standing laundry sink is much more cost effective than a cabinet/countertop/sink combination, and you can always add a full cabinetry package later, as long as the "guts" are in place. 

5.       Mudroom

Mudroom

Larger laundry rooms can include a "mudroom" concept.  Built in storage can be handy and appealing, and "drop zones" can be custom designed or purchased through cabinetry companies. 

If the budget is tight upfront, talk to the builder about creating a wall or alcove space that can accommodate a standard size locker set, which you can personally add later. 

A 4 foot or 6 foot section of wall can be planned for future inclusion of shoe racks, storage cubbys, coat hooks, and much more.

Learn more about mudrooms, what they are used for, and what they can include here.

 

 

 

Staying in Budget - and leaving room for future changes

Ask your builder if they will allow you to take a second look at all your choices before making a final decision, and make sure they walk through each one of these features and any others you're considering so you know just what you're paying for - and what you really don't need to come up with until later.

 

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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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2012 Color Trend Forecast - "Must Read" for New Home Design

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 @ 15:11 PM

Color Trend Forecast for 2012

What New Home Interior Design Colors Will We See Most in 2012?

Here are some of the Most Popular 2012 Color Trends, Courtesy of Interior Designer Andrea Enns

If the Mayans thought the world was going to end in 2012, then perhaps that was simply their hope after having encountered one too many decorating dilemmas. Sometimes selecting color can be one of the most daunting of those dilemmas—so, the blissful are perhaps the color-blind for it all looks good to them?  

Well in some cases yes—actually things often just look the OPPOSITE color which is very handy sometimes in a dilemma:  Knowing what colors my father THOUGHT he liked, whenever he asked my mother if something for the house was “green” (his favorite color) she would deftly reply that it most certainly was—but the item in question was RED—coincidentally her favorite color! He never knew the difference.  Brick Homes Raleigh

Red and green are opposites on the color wheel and so they are direct compliments to one another. 

Take a traditional brick home and watch it literally come to life as the green sod is laid—it’s not just because there is finally grass—it’s because the colors are true compliments to one another.

 

With all of the science behind color, why do we even care about color trends?

Some people will tell you that they don’t care about trends, but if they watch TV, read magazines, and are generally aware of the media, the guru’s (known as color forecasters) at The Color Association of America will know what you’re going to like anyway - they  helped put the color in front of you as companies launching new products will consult them as to which color will best sell the item – so do you like the color because they put it in front of you or did they put it in front of you because they knew you would like the color??

Who knows—they also call it “Color Intelligence” amidst the covert operations over there at the association’s head quarters and I can see why!

What are the most popular 2012 new home design colors?

With that in mind, by far the most popular colors you will see in 2012 are:

1. Blues

2. Greens who still have the earth on their side

3. New takes on black and white

 

1. Blues

2012 Color Trends

Blues have been subtly hinting about their comeback for a couple of years now, showing up at first in more formal rooms and appropriately through several of the hard to define shades of gray we have been enjoying.

(Of course, isn’t that just like gray to be seen more than one way). 

However, in home furnishings and paint colors offered for 2012, blues are definitely back as true blues and will see a strong following since many people naturally favor blue anyway.

 

Pale blue walls can work in both traditio2012 Color Trendsnal and light hearted modern settings. 

At Stanton Homes, we have a home due to finish in the early part of next year; a pale sky blue has already been selected for several rooms and ceilings.

A blue ceiling has been a decorator favorite for a long time. It is as uplifting as looking up at the sky. Choose a very subtle shade or one that is slightly blue-green.  

You can use it almost anywhere and it almost has more panache if there is nothing else in the room that is blue. It looks outstanding with the very dark brown tones we have been favoring in cabinets and hardwood floors. It is also the traditional choice for the bead board of a true southern porch ceiling.

2012 Color TrendsOn the other end of the spectrum we have deep dark navies –we love how great they show off the crown molding and baseboard and even though they are just as dark as the dark brown floors, the two elements together are nothing short of stunning. 

Just try to miss the strong influx of blue in any current decorating magazine—it’s impossible to miss and too irresistible to pass up.

If by some slim chance you are still not convinced of this trend, just consult any older teenager or college student.  They are the trend setters who give the nod to anything new that they deem worthy of their affection.  I have one of these said creatures in my household and last July she announced, quite out of nowhere,  that we needed to paint her room dark navy.  Says the idea just popped into her head.

 

Greens

Greens seem to be remaining strong as the second most popular accent color. They too have been influenced by last year’s grays and browns

2012 Design Colors

Take for example the popularity of bronze—especially for last summer. Shades of bronze can be found as the deepest tones of green-browns on the color wheel. 

For 2012 they are even influencing black and you will see mysterious black-greens (again another Southern tradition can lay claim to that color—the classic Charleston shutter is a black-green.)

There are also light greens influenced by gray as are often found in colors that remind us of beech pebbles or majestic mountains, or even the ocean. 

Again, just like blue, greens tend to work wonderfully with the dark brown floor stains and dark Espresso Brown cabinets we are still so fond of.

 

Whites and Blacks

2012 Home Design Colors

With that being said, are you ready for white cabinets again? Still? So soon? Did they ever really go away?

In my opinion white cabinets never really go out of style.

They are as classic as white tile and since new generation after new generation finds ways to present them as both “new’ and as classic, white cabinets will always stay around. They can work with any kind of interior depending on the door style. Somehow “white’ in general always comes back as new.  What color are the newest i-phones?  I rest my case.

2012 Kitchen Color Trends

Coincidentally Stanton Homes has just ordered two new white kitchens amongst many many dark brown maple Espresso kitchens. 

In fact, the same trendy folks who chose the blue accents are going with a combination of painted white maple cabinets, Absolute black granite, white subway tiles, tall white bead board paneling, and rich Chestnut brown hardwood floors.  

This home is brimming with colors and style that are American classics. It is currently called the Carwile, but we may have to re-name it the “All American”.  

And, coincidentally or not, since the folks in Intelligence at the Color Association of America will say they knew it all along, the other white kitchen is scheduled to have green walls! How perfect is that?

So, fear not the color trends but embrace them and feel confident that for whatever reason, you will like them!  At Stanton Homes we’re glad the Mayans were wrong and we look forward to all of the unique and beautiful homes we will have the opportunity to build for our customers in 2012.

 

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Market Trends: What are Homeowners Giving Up to Stay on Budget?

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, May 06, 2011 @ 14:05 PM

When budgets get tight, what are homeowners willing to give up first?

Homebuyers are thinking through their purchases before they make a big decision on a new home.  Here are the Top 5 Things Homeowners are Willing to Do Without:

 

5. Green Products/Design

Don't take this category at face value. The number of new homeowners opting for Green features that focus on energy savings, cost cutting, and environmental impact reduction are actually INCREASING.

In fact, more homeowners than ever are opting for advanced HVAC heating and cooling systems, superior insulation, and approved (often through ENERGY STAR) appliances designed to conserve water and energy.Hardwood Flooring

The green products that are easier for homeowners to give up include bamboo flooring and recycled glass countertops, which are much higher cost per square foot than their popular counterparts: hardwood flooring and granite countertops.

 

4. Landscaping

Tight budgets have led to a "Do it Yourself" attitude. More homewoners are seeing the benefit in installing all landscaping on their own, after their closing date.

Landscaping

 

In addition to saving money on labor costs, homeowners take a lot of pride in putting some sweat equity into their new home.

 

 

 

3. Architecture/Design Complexity

Another feature homeowners are considRooflineering more carefully is the complexity of architecture and design. 

 

This includes opting for a 9/12 rather than 12/12 roof pitch, 2 rather than 5 gables, and standard windows rather than upgraded styles.

 

2. Finish Details

More and more homeowners are asking themselves, "Do I really need to include crown molding throughout my home, or will it have more emphasis in only one or two rooms?"

Wainscoating Small

 

Finish details like crown molding, wainscoting, and chair railing can take a back seat during initial home construction, with the intention of adding these special details as weekend projects.

 

 

 

1. Square Footage

The number one item homeowners are willing to cut back on is square footage.

Open floor plans with lots of light and convenient storage solutions are becoming more desirable. 

Homeowners often consider the efficient use of space more important than adding a 5th bedroom or an expanded bonus room.

 

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