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Winning First Floor Master Floor Plan | NC Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Dec 09, 2015 @ 10:12 AM

What are the most cost effective first floor master floor plans to build?

The Fisher's Walk, a Frank Betz floor plan, is a great example of how to build a cost effective custom home, but include your entire "must have" wish list too!

What are the most cost effective first floor master floor plans to build?

The Fisher's Walk includes:

- Open island kitchen with 9'x4' island

- Downstairs Master Bedroom

- First floor guest suite

- Exterior details like cross hatches at eaves, shakes, twin garage doors with glass

- Cool angled staircase

- Upstairs Computer Loft / Pocket Office and Bonus Room

 


Winning Features in this Main Floor Master Layout:

These are the "most requested" features - sporting winner's ribbons in this year's heavily visited Parade of Homes, and generating the most attention in new home construction. 

1. Must Have - Huge Island

The Fisher's Walk offers a space and cost efficient (but impressive!) kitchen with one full wall of cabinetry and a  9'x4' island with seating.

The island can be designed to seat 3-5 comfortably with cozy counter-height seating options.   Check out our Top 11 Kitchen Island Designs here.

2. Must Have - First Floor Master

A First Floor Master Suite can be an essential requirement for many homebuyers, for ease of living and also for consideration of Aging in Place requirements.  

This Main Floor Master offers a gorgeous Master Bath with huge Soaking Tub and a well-designed walk in closet with three full walls of storage available.   The entrance to the master suite is also planned well, with a private access hallway across from the staircase. Browse main floor master - or downstairs master bedroom - floor plans here.

3. Must Have - First Floor Guest Suite

The Fisher's Walk includes a first floor guest suite with easy access to the downstairs full bath. A private walk in closet offers plenty of storage space.

First floor guest suites are hugely popular in new home designs. Guest suites offer short-term space for out of town guests during the holiday seasons, as well as long-term space for multi-generational living needs. See popular guest suite floor plans here, and dual master floor plans here.

 

What are the most cost effective first floor master floor plans to build?

4. Must Have - Appealing Exterior

The Fisher's Walk is a great example of a "box" style home that saves costs on construction without losing curb appeal with exterior details like cross hatches, shakes, twin garage doors with glass. (See custom home exteriors in this Houzz Ideabook.)

Generally, the more corners on the exterior, the higher the cost. Each time one room juts out more than another, more time and materials are required to build your new home. The layout of a plan with 6 corners can be very similar to a plan with 19 corners. Pick a plan with less ins and outs, and add up your savings.

5. Must Have - "Interesting" Staircase

Homebuyers love staircases that have some interest to them.  The Fisher's Walk staircase has a beautiful combination of elements, with exposed open railing at the base and angled, welcoming base treads.   The exposed area allows the homebuyer to experiment with oak, wrought iron, or painted balusters - without breaking the bank on a huge expanse of railing! See more types of staircases, in these NC custom home photos.

6. Must Have - Full Height Bonus Room

Bonus rooms are awesome!  But sometimes a bonus room over a garage can be pretty limited by the roofline, with angled ceilings and varying wall heights.  The Fisher's Walk bonus room has been perfectly designed for a multitude of uses.   Four full height walls allow this room to be used as a Home Theater, a Dart Tournament area, a Library Corner, and much more.  Four generous windows add enticing natural light too!

Two common questions about bonus rooms are:

  1. Which is a better investment, a bonus room or basement?
  2. How can I make my house bigger with a bonus room?

7. Must Have - Flexible Features that can Save on Costs

Looking for cost-saving tips? Here's one that stands out in the Fisher's Walk: leaving out the fireplace can save you a chunk of change, especially with today’s lifestyles that dictate alternative gathering areas that do not use a fireplace (such as kitchen hang-outs and indoor-outdoor spaces like a covered patio). If you want a fireplace, consider placing it on an outside wall – interior wall placement is more expensive.



What does it take to build a new home in North Carolina?

Contact Stanton Homes for a full cost estimate for the Fisher's Walk or any custom home floor plan you'd like to build in North Carolina. Contact us at 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to see what the excitement is all about.

 


 

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Favorite Floor Plan Designer | Frank Betz Associates

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Dec 08, 2015 @ 13:12 PM

Custom Home Plan Architects:

Frank Betz Associates, Inc. offers a massive selection of creative and appealing new custom home plans. Looking for the right floor plan to fit your lifestyle and budget? See what Frank Betz has to offer, and contact Stanton Homes to get a full cost estimate on your new home.

Home Plans by Frank Betz | Custom Home Plan Options


How to Search for Floor Plans:

The Frank Betz website offers multiple ways to search for floor plans.

1. Home Plan Options

Frank Betz offers sample floor plans in a variety of popular styles, including:

2. Searchable Database of Floor Plans

Frank Betz offers a searchable database of home plans, here, with search criteria such as:

  • Floor plan type (one story, two story, main floor master)
  • Number of bedrooms
  • Number of bathrooms
  • Home size (square feet)
  • Laundry room location and
  • Specialty rooms

Frank Betz Associates are one of the most prolific (and popular!) designers of floor plans.  The database offers over one thousand unique floor plans to choose from.   



What does it Cost to Build a Frank Betz Home Plan?

Stanton Homes can give you an easy, free cost estimate for your favorite Frank Betz floor plans.  See photo galleries of Frank Betz home plans recently built in North Carolina by Stanton Homes:

Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to see what the excitement is all about.


 

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What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor Plans

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 @ 10:11 AM

What makes a "Princess Suite" floor plan unique? 

A Princess Suite usually refers to a secondary bedroom on the second floor with:

  • Private bath room
  • Expanded or walk in closet
  • Slightly greater sq ft than other secondary bedrooms
  • Special features, such as a built in seat or sitting area

Some home buyers use the princess suite as a guest bedroom, with all the same amenities. Search our floor plan gallery for princess suite home ideas. 


What does a Princess Suite floor plan include?

Princess Suite Floor Plan Feature #1: Private Bathroom

The Avonstone Manor, copyright Garrell Associates, includes a princess suite on the second floor. This suite features:

  • Private bath with corner soaking tub and separate tile shower
  • Walk in closet
  • Built in desk / storage area

What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor PlansTake a look inside this Princess Suite from a version of the Avonstone Manor built by Stanton Homes near Raleigh, North Carolina: Click here for a full gallery of this custom home.

Princess Suite Floor Plan Feature #2: Expanded Closet

The Graystone Park, copyright Frank Betz, features a second floor Princess Suite with expanded walk in closet. This closet rivals master bedroom storage space.

What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor Plans

The Longleaf, home plan by Frank Betz, includes five bedrooms, four and a half baths, and a second story Princess Suite.

The Princess Suite also includes a walk in closet - in a more typical size - as well as private bathroom. 

What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor Plans

Bedrooms 3 and 4 share a Jack and Jill style bath.

Princess Suite Floor Plan Feature #3: Additional Sq Ft

Typical secondary or "kids" bedrooms are generally 12'x12' or 12x11' for a total of 132 to 144 sq ft.

What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor PlansThis floor plan, The Timbersedge by Alan Mascord, features an expanded secondary bedroom.

The princess suite is 13'x13', not including the foyer-style entry and attached bath with separate toilet room and vanity area.

Princess Suite Floor Plan Feature #4: Bay Sitting Area

This Princess Suite - from The Kensington copyright Alan Mascord - centers around the bay sitting area.

What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor Plans

Princess Suite Floor Plan Feature #5: Built in Bench

The Parnell, copyright Alan Mascord, features a princess suite with built-in window bench. This suite also includes:

  • Private bathroom with tub/shower combination
  • Extra long closet

What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor Plans


How to Build a New Home in North Carolina:

Tell us what floor plan you'd like to build, and we'll show you what it costs to build in central North Carolina. We'll get down to details, including full price estimates for all the floor plan features - and selections - you love.

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Window Design Ideas for Custom Homes | North Carolina

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Dec 01, 2014 @ 11:12 AM

Large Window Design Ideas

Raleigh Custom Floor Plans

Statement-making windows come in all shapes, sizes, and configurations. Take a look at these North Carolina New Home photos to see window designs that craft sophisticated great rooms, elegant eating areas, and cozy master bedrooms

Great Room Windows with Cedar Framing

These oversized great room windows - wrapped in "raw" cedar - accentuate mountain-home views in a modern home design.

Window Ideas for New Homes | Raleigh New Home Builder

Grey wall paint contrasts against the natural wood tones in the window frames and hardwood flooring stain.

Bay Window Design

A bay style breakfast room is the perfect place to catch morning rays with tons windows - topped with transom accents - on all sides.

Window Ideas for New Homes | Raleigh New Home Builder

More new home windows are going gridless - especially in modern design motifs.

Triangle Window Design

Triangular angled windows highlight the height of the vaulted ceiling in this two story great room.

A contemporary ball light with curved lines adds contrasting elements to this large space.

Window Ideas for New Homes | Raleigh New Home Builder

Geometrical Window Design

A series of rectangular picture windows opens up this great room - with a full wall of natural light.

Transom or accent windows will make a room feel taller and more open, a great design technique used in one story rooms.

Window Ideas for New Homes | Raleigh New Home Builder

Two Levels of Windows

Two stories of windows wrap around this curved great room. Grids punctuate each window, for a more traditional feel.

Each design element, from the wainscoting fireplace mantel to the built-in bookcase, adds altitude.

Window Ideas for New Homes | Raleigh New Home Builder

Curved Window Design

Curved or arched window designs form unique architectural accents that will stand out in any room. 

Window Ideas for New Homes | Raleigh New Home Builder

Half Round or Elliptical Arch windows can offer a more delicate feel - and are great for more formal rooms such as formal dining rooms, grand rooms, and two story foyers.

Eyebrow Arched Window Design

The window pattern in this version of The Cove - made of half (or "eyebrow") and full arches - forms a frame around the fireplace.

Window Ideas for New Homes | Raleigh New Home Builder

Master Bedroom Curved Window Layout

Prairie grid windows wrap this master bedroom in natural light, with a curved design along the sitting room.

Window Ideas for New Homes | Raleigh New Home Builder

Cozy up to a good book (or movie), in this large master suite filled with windows.

Contact Stanton Homes to learn more about building a custom home in North Carolina.

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Single or Double Kitchen Sink? | Raleigh New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Dec 01, 2014 @ 10:12 AM

Kitchen Sink with One or Two Bowls?

Get up to speed on the debate over one versus two bowl kitchen sinks - with a few of the most common "pros and cons" of each style.

One Bowl Sinks

Single bowl sinks are perfect for those who love to cook with large pots, pans, and baking sheets - which require deeper and wider sink spaces. 

The three most popular colors for kitchen sinks are black, white, and stainless steel.

In this version of The Avonstone Manor, an under mount black one bowl sink contrasts with the white, black, and grey granite counters.

kitchen sink one or two bowls

While single bowl sinks come in a wide range of shape and sizes, many are designed to fit in a 36 inch base cabinet.

Single Bowl Sinks | Double Bowl Sinks

Apron front sinks, like the one pictured here, are popular in new home kitchens with single bowl sinks. (See photos of a white apron front farmhouse sink here.)

Single Bowl Sinks | Double Bowl Sinks

Two Bowl Sinks:

For many home buyers, the allure of a double bowl sink boils down to one primary design functionality: Each bowl can be dedicated to serve a different purpose.

One bowl can hold dirty dishes, while the other can remain open for use. Typically, dual bowl sinks come in ratios of 50 -50, 60-40 or 70-30.

Single Bowl Sinks | Double Bowl Sinks

One bowl (usually the smaller one) can include a garbage disposal. This helps keep small items separate (and away from the disposal).  A disposal may not be available if your home includes a septic system - a very common occurance in North Carolina. 

Single Bowl Sinks | Double Bowl Sinks

One bowl can hold fragile items - such as delicate wine glasses - while the other holds sturdier dishes.

Single Bowl Sinks | Double Bowl Sinks

You can fit a dish drying rack into one bowl, and keep the other clear.

Single Bowl Sinks | Double Bowl Sinks

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Top 4 Questions to Ask when Designing Your Kitchen Layout

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Fireplaces with Wainscoting Accents | North Carolina New Home Design

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 @ 15:10 PM

Fireplace Mantel Ideas

8 Wainscoting Designs for Your Fireplace

Whether you're in love with floor-to-ceiling wainscoting designs (like those we see in million dollar homes on Houzz) or subtle wainscot accents, these Stanton Homes will show you how to do wainscoting right - based on your floor plan and interior design must-haves.

Extend your wainscot design to the ceiling

This fireplace is more than a centerpiece. It is grand, elegant, and able to compliment - rather than compete with - the huge arched windows and row of four glass french doors.

The expanded height of this room makes the wainscoting design flow perfectly, without digging into the second floor.

Fireplace Mantel Ideas | North Carolina New Homes

Take advantage of the room's height with a two story wainscoting design

Love two story living rooms? Wainscot paneling extends from the two-sided gas fireplace to the ceiling.

This living room is formal - with no space for the TV above the fireplace.

Fireplace Mantel Ideas | North Carolina New Homes

Framed and painted wainscot paneling

This fireplace design is very complex: floor-to-ceiling white columns frame the fireplace for a more blended interior wall location, the mantel breaks the wainscoting into two sections for greater depth, and the wainscot panels are painted a soft grey as an off-setting technique.

Fireplace Mantel Ideas | North Carolina New Homes

A modern take on wainscoting

This living room blends formality - with wainscot framing around the fireplace - and informality with built-in TV connections inside the paneling.

A solid pannel above the fireplace gives a more modern feel, contrasting against the rectangular pieces below.

Fireplace Mantel Ideas | North Carolina New Homes

Subtle wainscot mantel

If you're looking for more subtle ways to add wainscoting, consider thinner accent panels.

In this living room, a touch of wainscoting draws some white into the room, a bright accent against the grey walls and black fireplace.

Fireplace Mantel Ideas | North Carolina New Homes

Wainscoting designed for balance

Sometimes, it just makes sense to add in a bit of wainscoting. In this custom home living room, built in bookcases rest on each side of the fireplace.

Wainscot paneling gives the fireplace more height, so that it balances out the centerpiece of the room. Otherwise, the bookcases would dominate the space.

Fireplace Mantel Ideas | North Carolina New Homes

More ways to use wainscoting

In this Raleigh new home, white paneling wraps the living room columns. The fireplace design incorporates white panels back into the room, for symmetry in design.

Fireplace Mantel Ideas | North Carolina New Homes

Wainscoting as a theme

A well-known interior design trick is to carry a theme (a color, material, or feature) throughout your home.

In this Chapel Hill custom home, the wainscoting above the fireplace mirrors the kitchen cabinetry design. Check out the paneling above the gas range.

Fireplace Mantel Ideas | North Carolina New Homes

Contact Stanton Homes to learn more about building a custom home in North Carolina. 


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Built In Bookcases | New Home Builders in North Carolina

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 @ 13:10 PM

Custom Built In Bookcase Ideas

Built in bookcases will add a ton of character - and practical storage space - to your home.

Popular locations for a built in bookcase include: surrounding the living room fireplace in, along a wall in the great room, inside a hallway, added to a home office, and tucked into a bonus room

Custom built in bookcase idea #1: Surrounding the Fireplace

Dual Bookcases Beside the Fireplace

When considering the layout of your living room, it's important to keep in mind that the fireplace wall will offer limited space for furniture placement.

This makes the fireplace wall an ideal space for built-in bookcases.

In this Raleigh custom home, the upper and lower bookcases are staggered, offering a combination of shelving and display options.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Bookcases designed for decorating

These bookcases offer storage inside, and they leave enough space above for decorating with tall items and artwork.  

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Custom built in bookcases

These bookcases are symmetrical, but not identical. The right-hand book shelves are angled, for a custom fit to the space. This design maximizes storage space, and leaves the room open.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Painted bookcase idea

Painting the backs of your bookcases will help them blend into the room, and make the trimwork "pop". In this Raleigh custom home, the main wall color extends into the bookcases, creating a more integrated feel.

This design trick works especially well in rooms with darker wall colors, which contrast heavily against white bookcases.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Custom built in bookcase idea #2: In the Great Room

Full wall devoted to bookcases

Many popular floor plan layouts incorporate windows on each side of the fireplace. If you want to keep natural light flowing into your great room, consider adding your built-ins to another wall.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Open concept bookcases

Open concept floor plans, like the one pictured below, offer more flexibility in where you place the built-in bookcase.

In this Chapel Hill custom home, the bookcase wall sits opposite the fireplace wall. Keep in mind: a minimum three foot walkway is recommended between your furniture and the wall.  This bookcase was custom-designed to include a piano niche.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Bookcase entertainment center

If you love built-in storage solutions, consider converting your bookcase into a full entertainment center with flat screen TV placement.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Custom built in bookcase idea #3: Along a Hallway

Peek-a-Boo bookcases

These built-in bookcases play peek-a-boo with different lines of sight.

While these built-ins are located front-and-center, hallways are a great place to tuck bookcases designed for out of sight, but easily accessible, storage (for things like games, movies, and other items not intended for decoration).

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Custom built in bookcase idea #4: In a Home Office

Color ideas for painted bookcases

If your home office is more formal, consider using two paint colors. The lower color should be darker, and the upper color lighter.

When painting the inside of your built-ins, the color is your choice, depending on how dramatic you'd like the room to feel.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Formal cabinetry bookcase design

Another way to add formality to your office is by adding flourish to the bookcase trim.

Lower cabinets will hide away more confidential items, while open shelves will offer ample storage.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Library style home office

Can't get enough storage? Consider wrapping two or three walls of your office in open shelving. This study is a book-lover's dream.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Custom built in bookcase idea #5: Tucked inside a Bonus Room or Basement Game Room

Love to play games? Then your bonus room or basement will need plenty of storage space. Consider the ease-of-use these open shelves provide.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Built in storage for a loft

The loft is another great place to tuck a built in bookcase. Lofts are generally out of sight, making the use of your bookcases more flexible.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

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Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

When you build a custom home, you can add storage centers to all your favorite locations throughout your home.

Have a floor plan you love?

Stanton Homes can give you some great ideas for how to stack, place and arrange built in storage to suit your lifestyle.

Contact Stanton Homes to learn more about building a custom home in North Carolina. 

 

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