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Most popular floor plans of 2014

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 @ 16:02 PM

Best Liked Floor Plans in 2014

The hottest floor plans in 2014 reflect today's more interactive lifestyles.

Take a look at our 10 most popular floor plans for NC new homes and see all the ways these designs open up opportunities to mingle and relax. 

Flexible spaces and the open feel of free-flowing kitchens, breakfast nooks, and family rooms will inspire you whether you're looking for a:

Popular floor plans | Best floor plans

 

- ranch and one story home

- accessible and aging in place layout

- extended guest and mother in law suite addition

- open concept arrangement

- a blend of architectural styles 

- something simple

- complex compositions

 

 

 

 

Popular floor plans | Best floor plans

Floor plan #1: The Dugan

Sq Ft: 3,184

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3.5

Floor plan style: Main floor master, accessible, mother in law suite, American Disability Act (ADA)

Why this plan is popular: The Dugan, a Stanton Homes original design/build is a fully wheelchair accessible home complete with an elevator and second story mother in law suite. But it's beautiful curb appeal, with varied levels and contrasting features has also inspired fresh versions that are more traditional.

The first floor is an open concept design with a large island kitchen, island master suite closet, vaulted great room, and outdoor living. The second floor can be a totally separate apartment or a myriad of different layouts.


Floor plan #2: The Hallsville

Sq Ft: 6,847Popular floor plans | Best floor plans

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 5.5

Floor plan style: Two story, two master bedroom, European country

Why this plan is popular: The Hallsville, an Alan Mascord floor plan, is European country home designed to feel like a casual estate.

This home offers two master suites - one on the main level and one on the upper level. The second floor master features a bay sitting room, walk-in shower, and dressing closet with a built-in two-sided dresser. The first floor master is designed as a guest suite.

This home offers three dining areas: a sun-filled breakfast nook, a formal dining room, and a circle-shape snack bar island. The outdoor patio features a built-in outdoor kitchen and barbecue area.

Storage spaces are built in every direction, with a large mudroom with storage cubbies, closets, and a clean-up sink. The basement level features a wine cellar.

Floor plan #3: The GreenhavenPopular floor plans | Best floor plans

Sq Ft: 3,716

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 3.5

Floor plan style: Three story, mother in law suite

Why this plan is popular: The Greenhaven, a custom design/build home by Stanton Homes, offers over 3500 sq ft of comfortable living space.

The mother in law suite has a private first floor entrance with optional ramp. On the second floor, the master bedroom features a sitting room, his and hers style bathroom, and oversized walk in closet.

An office, located on the third floor, is tailored to the needs of a work-at-home professional with built-in bookcases and designated desk space.   Additional third floor space is available if desired.

Floor plan #4: The PasadenaPopular floor plans | Best floor plans

Sq Ft: 1,608

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Floor plan style: One story, craftsman, ranch, compact, arts and crafts

Why this plan is popular: The Pasadena, an Alan Mascord floor plan, combines traditional beauty with simplicity of design. This craftsman home design emphasizes artistic components of the 19th century England Arts and Crafts movement - such as the use of natural materials - throughout.

The open concept kitchen is equipped with a island, walk-in pantry, and built-in recycle center. The dining room opens out to the covered patio, perfect for spring and summer gatherings. The third bedroom can be converted into a home office.

This home is perfect for home owners looking to downsize or maintain easy living space.

Floor plan #5: The PaigePopular floor plans | Best floor plans

Sq Ft: 2,185

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2.5

Floor plan style: One story, basement, accessible, American Disability Act (ADA)

Why this plan is popular: This home, a custom design/build by Stanton Homes, was created to specific accessible needs: first floor living, zero threshold shower, wider hallways, universal design kitchen, easy access driveway. 

The Paige is functional and beautiful, with arched openings, built-ins, and custom touches throughout, and can be built as a traditional home as well as accessible.

Floor plan #6: The RenvillePopular floor plans | Best floor plans

Sq Ft: 2,367

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2.5

Floor plan style: One story, Cape Cod, country

Why this plan is popular: This floor plan design by Alan Mascord is extremely welcoming, with a classic country style covered front porch that is designed for outdoor living. 

Built-in niche, bookcase, media center, desk, and butler's pantry punctuate this home with efficiency. The foyer, dining room, kitchen, nook and great room all emphasize open, comfrotable living. The master suite opens through double doors. The master bath is private and luxurious with a spa tub. The three-car garage connects to the home at the laundry room / mudroom.

Floor plan #7: The Cainsville

Sq Ft: 3,390 Popular floor plans | Best floor plans

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4.5

Floor plan style: Ranch, traditional, craftsman, one story

Why this plan is popular: The Cainsville seamlessly blends craftsman touches and traditional design features to create an estate-sized home that borrows elements from Norman, Mediterranean and English architecture.

The recessed entrance is framed between a stone chimney stack arched window. The vaulted great room joins with the nook and island kitchen to form an open gathering space. A formal dining room and study with built-ins offer distinct home spaces.

If your lifestyle emphasizes outdoor living, this plan will be enticing with the master suite as well as secondary bedrooms lining the rear wall with patio access. Each bedroom has its own bath, too. The large mudroom leads to the three-car garage.

Floor plan #8: The DevonshirePopular floor plans | Best floor plans

Sq Ft: 1,828

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Floor plan style: One story, traditional, ranch, stucco

Why this plan is popular: This Frank Betz design offers a classic one story layout with an optional bonus room above.

The foyer leads to a formal dining room and vaulted family room. The kitchen features an angled peninsula with bar, open to the breakfast room and family room. The master suite and secondary bedrooms are located on opposite sides of the home.  A screen porch or deck can be added to the rear of the home.

Floor plan #9: The Glen Abbey

Sq Ft: 3,515 Popular floor plans | Best floor plans

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 4.5

Floor plan style: All brick, one story with optional second floor, 3 car garage, courtyard

 

 

 

Why this plan is popular: From inside and out, the Glen Abbey captures attention. The column, vaulted entry porch leads to the arched front door. Vaulted ceilings open up rooms throughout this Frank Betz home plan. Two fireplaces warm up the inside, one in the keeping room and one in the grand room.

A courtyard style rear deck is outlined by an angled breakfast room and master suite sitting room. A guest suite welcomes extended stays.


Floor plan #10: The HayfieldPopular floor plans | Best floor plans

Sq Ft: 3,155

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3.5

Floor plan style: Farmhouse, craftsman, two story, unfinished basement, two master bedroom

Why this plan is popular: In line with classic farmhouse design, this Alan Mascord plan features a wrapping front porch and deck. The great room, private den, island kitchen and dining area are designed for traffic flow. An elevator offers accessibility and convenience.

There is a master bedroom on the first and second floor. A large laundry room acts as a mudroom and storage center between the garage and kitchen.

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New home fireplace design | How to choose an entertainment style

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 @ 08:07 AM

New home fireplace design

How to choose entertainment styles

Your fireplace and entertainment centers don't need to compete - a design and build custom builder can give you a lot of great ideas for integrating placement.

Fireplaces and TV centers offer different types of entertainment, which often depends on the season (winter versus summer), time of day (early afternoon or late evening), and event (casual dinner at home versus hosting a Superbowl party).

Here are six design ideas to consider when deciding where to place your fireplace and your TV or entertainment center, as you plan the layout for your new custom home.

New home fireplace design | How to balance entertainment stylesNew home fireplace design #1: Fireplace with TV above, matching molding in the surround and mantle

When placing a TV directly above the fireplace, using the same wood molding or stone surround can create more cohesion in the room.

This fireplace design can be ideal for home buyers who plan to use these two forms of entertainment equally.

 

 

New home fireplace design | How to balance entertainment styles

New home fireplace design #2: Fireplace with TV above, carrying a stone surround to the ceiling

Even a full-height stone fireplace surround can accommodate a TV entertainment center, depending on what fits your personal interests.

Tip: Another reason to keep the TV directly above the fireplace is to keep other walls in the room open for furniture placement.

 

New home fireplace design | How to balance entertainment styles

New home fireplace design #3: Fireplace with TV above, built-in electronic plugs

Less is more in great rooms with centerpiece design features - such as these curved windows.

Adding a TV above the fireplace keeps the room feeling functional and beautiful, without adding molding or stone that may detract from the window design.

 

New home fireplace design | How to balance entertainment styles

Another way to maintain an emphasis on natural lighting is to place the fireplace and TV center on a secondary wall.

While this option may restrict furniture placement, the view it opens up is worth the trade-off.

 

 

 

New home fireplace design | How to balance entertainment styles

New home fireplace design #4: When the TV is wider than the fireplace

If you're set on an extra wide TV, consider adding off-center shelving next to your fireplace.

This will keep the room symmetrical overall, while allowing your TV to be much wider than the fireplace below.

And you'll love the benefits of built-in storage.

Tip: Adding an accent color to one wall is another way to keep your fireplace and entertainment center cohesive.

New home fireplace design #5: Placing the fireplace and TV on different walls

New home fireplace design | How to balance entertainment stylesPlacing the fireplace and TV center on different walls is the best way to create completely distinct entertainment areas (within the same room). 

While this TV wall is visible from the kitchen and breakfast nook, the fireplace is visible only from the entry and great room, giving it a more intimate feel.

Tip: Consider your options for adding built-in shelving - and decide which area could use it more, the entertainment center wall or fireplace wall.

New home fireplace design #6: Placing the fireplace and TV in different rooms

New home fireplace design | How to balance entertainment styles

Some transitional style homes can integrate an entertainment center in the kitchen or keeping room, instead of the grand room.

This two-sided fireplace is visible from the grand room (which is maintained as a formal space) as well as the kitchen.

The TV center is placed in the keeping room, visible from the opposite side of the kitchen fireplace.

 

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