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Traditional Dining Designs with Open Concept Living | NC Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Six Ways to Craft an Open Concept Formal Dining Room

How to Combine Traditional Touches and Modern Spaces

Two "must have" floor plan design features for many North Carolina home buyers are a formal dining room and open concept living space. 

Get ideas for how to combine traditional features with modern layouts, in these open concept dining spaces. 

See how wainscoting walls, stone columns, bold colors, and Butler's Pantries can help transform casual eating spaces into formal dining rooms.

Traditional Formal Dining Room Idea #1: Single Wall Formal Dining

In this version of The Peay, a trey ceiling, formal black chandelier, and white wainscote paneling form a traditional dining room with only one wall. 

This dining room - filled with classic features - is completely open to the kitchen and great room. 

Traditional Dining Room | Open Concept Home

All you need to add is a rectangular or octagonal dining table. (A round table could make this space feel less formal - and look more like a contemporary breakfast room.)

Click here to see another version of this home, The Dugan, with a less formal take on the dining space. 

Traditional Formal Dining Room Idea #2: Vaulted Formal Dining 

In this version of The Carwile, Stanton Homes added a home hub (mud room / laundry room combination) and downstairs home office, in lieu of a traditional formal dining room.

Then, we transformed the breakfast nook into a modern, open concept dining room with vaulted ceiling, extra large trim, and wainscoting columns.  

Formal Dining Room Home Plans | Open Concept Homes

A glass French door leads to outdoor living spaces. All you need to add is a white rectangular table and chairs with a splash of color (such as a pattern of purples and greens that blend with the white, grey, black, and pebble backdrop). 

Traditional Formal Dining Room Idea #3: Butler's Pantry

This full wall butler's pantry transforms the breakfast space into a formal dining room, complete with craftsman style windows and a faux candel chandelier.

Formal Dining Room Home Plans | Open Concept Formal Dining Room

Glass front cabinets are perfect for displaying formal dishware such as china sets. Lower drawers offer easy-to-see storage. See a photo tour of this version of The Brogran, here.

Traditional Formal Dining Room Idea #4: Open Concept Dining 

A two sided fireplace acts as the third wall in this open concept formal dining room. 

A crystal chandelier lends a touch of elegance - to contrast with the grey wainscot walls and earthy fireplace stone. 

Formal Dining Room Home Plans | Open Concept Homes

Tour more of The Bryson, an Apex North Carolina custom home, here. 

Traditional Formal Dining Room Idea #5: Blue Formal Dining Room

This navy blue formal dining room uses modern color motifs and modern archways to create a more open concept design.

White wainscoting runs around the room, and art cut-out openings add to the open feel.

Formal Dining Room Designs | Open Concept Formal Dining Room

See more angles of this open concept formal dining room, in a photo gallery of The Christina, here.

Traditional Formal Dining Room Idea #6: Angled Dining Room

This dining space features white wainscoting with picture frame trim, a deep trey ceiling, and gold and crystal chandelier with lamp shade lights.

Wide archways keep this dining space completely open to the grand room and hallway to the kitchen.

Formal Dining Room Home Plans | Open Concept Formal Dining Room

See more of this home, a version of The Remington, in this photo gallery.

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How to Hide a Staircase | Custom Builder Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Mar 05, 2014 @ 08:03 AM

Design and Build Tips

Ways to Keep The Staircase Out of Sight

A popular home design request in North Carolina is for open concept floor plans that keep the staircase out of the foyer - and out of sight.

Below are examples of Raleigh custom homes with hidden staircases.

Custom Home Floor Plan with Hidden Staircase Design #1

Staircase DesignWant to keep your staircase completely out of sight?

Take a look at this version of the Cannon.

When you enter the Cannon foyer, your line of sight leads into the kitchen and great room.

The staircase is tucked around a corner from the great room - see where in the floor plan image below.

 

 

Staircase Design

Custom Home Floor Plan with Hidden Staircase Design #2

Custom staircase photos and ideas Do you love the open, inviting feel of second story overlooks?

You can tuck the staircase to one side of the great room, and still have an overlook above.

The staircase placement in this version of the Carwile - adjacent to the master bedroom - was designed for a couple with small children.

Their master bedroom has easy access to the second story bedrooms - but it is not located direct under those bedrooms, to minimize overhead noise.

Get a better idea of the home's layout in the floor plan image below:

Custom staircase photos and ideas

Custom Home Floor Plan with Hidden Staircase Design #3

Staircase DesignMany homeowners want their staircase completely out of sight, at least until they've walked past the foyer.

This version of the Bryson is a great example.

The staircase is tucked between the kitchen and formal dining room, near the mudroom and powder room.

The stained hardwood steps and painted railings make a  statement - while taking a backseat to the great room and kitchen design.

Staircase Design

 

This staircase is also extremely functional:

It is located centrallly in the home, roughly equal distance to the front door, garage, and rear patio entrances.

It is also located far from the master - to minimize noise and maximize privacy.

 

 

Custom Home Floor Plan with Hidden Staircase Design #4

Custom Staircase Photos | North Carolina open concept floor plansThe Country Manor, an original Stanton Homes design, combines country home features with modern must haves - flexible spaces and open, free-flowing rooms.

As you enter the Country Manor, the foyer flows into the oversized family room - where you can see directly through the two-sided fireplace and dual French doors into the courtyard patio.

There are two staircases in this home, one to the basement and one to the second story.

The staircase leading down to the basement is located down a corridor from the family room, out of sight from all major living areas.

The staircase leading up to the second story is also hidden, tucked past the kitchen pantry. You can see both staircases in the floor plan image below:


Custom Staircase Photos | North Carolina open concept floor plans

Custom Home Floor Plan with Hidden Staircase Design #5

Custom Staircase Photos | North Carolina open concept floor plans

You’ve never seen a Lake House like this - with open concepts and upscale lodge style.

Earthy, wood tones provide a natural highlight to everything from a plank ceiling in the living room to an enormous amount of storage in the large island kitchen.

The foyer opens directly into the vaulted living room with full-height fireplace stone surround and built-in bookcases.

The hidden staircase in the Lake House starts adjacent to the laundry room and drop zone, just steps away from the garage entrance.

If you’re looking for the ultimate Mountain House, you’re going to love this home.

Custom Staircase Photos | North Carolina open concept floor plans

Custom Home Floor Plan with Hidden Staircase Design #6

Custom Staircase Photos | North Carolina open concept floor plans

In this one story home with second floor bonus, media, and bathroom, the barrel vaulted foyer opens into an elegant grand room with full-height wainscoting mantle above the see-through fireplace.

The staircase remains hidden until you stand in the far corner of the grand room, facing the formal dining room.

This home, a version of the Remington, features two other fireplaces (one in the master bedroom and one in the outdoor screen room), an island kitchen open to sunroom and breakfast room, and a lower patio with curved brick staircase.

Custom Staircase Photos | North Carolina open concept floor plans

Contact Stanton Homes for more information

More staircase design photos and custom builder tips:

2014 new home staircase designs - see photos of two story overlooks, hardwood steps, wrought iron balusters, carpet runners, craftsman details, and curved designs.

For two story floor plans, click here.

See more staircase trends here.

Learn staircase design terminology: click here for post-to-post and over-the-post photos and descriptions.

More staircase style trends: click here to read about staircase styles from traditional to craftsman.

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