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Raleigh Custom Home Builder Awards | Best of Houzz 2017

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 @ 15:01 PM

Stanton Homes | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

Awarded Best of Houzz 2017 - 3 Years Running


Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building Professionals

Stanton Homes, a Raleigh custom home builder, has won "Best Of Design" and "Best of Customer Service" three years in a row on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. 

Stanton Homes has been design/building high quality custom homes in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area since 2006. Stanton Homes was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

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Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Check out the “Best Of Houzz 2017” badges on our Houzz profile, as a sign of our commitment to excellence in custom home building.

 

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About Stanton Homes

The award winning team at Stanton Homes works closely with clients throughout the custom home build, with personal interaction with your builder, project manager, designer, production manager, coordinator, and sales consultant.

When homebuyers build your custom Stanton Home, they become part of the team, with:

  • Project Manager meetings site with at least six detailed, extensive walk throughs over the course of the build.
  • Interior Designer sessions at expansive showrooms.
  • 24/7 access to everything happening in your home, through a personal online portal that connects clients and the build team with everything that’s happening – and what’s next - with photos and updates along with extended warranties and guarantees.

Read reviews posted by our homebuyers, here.

Every home we build is filled with the personality of our homebuyers, with flexibility of choice and experts to help guide your decisions. Take a look at some of the Real Homes for Real People we’ve created together.


About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.


 

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2018 Hardwood Floor Trends | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jan 05, 2017 @ 15:01 PM

New Home Trends - Hardwood Flooring in 2018: Hardwood floors will continue to trend in 2018 new homes.

  • What type of wood is best?
  • What stain colors are going to stay popular?
  • Are there other 2018 flooring trends to be aware of?

2017 Hardwood Floor Trends | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

Scroll for answers to these 2018 home trend questions - we'll take you through 2018 hardwood floor trends, as well as other flooring trends of 2018 - like the surge in wood-look tile in baths, kitchens, laundry rooms, and mudrooms.

What's the most popular flooring in new homes?  Wood Floor Trends 2018

These wood floor trends are top of the list for 2018 new homes:

  • Site-built hardwood versus pre engineered wood
  • Multiple widths
  • Wider plank floors
  • Textures like "hand scraped"

Here are examples of engineered hardwood flooring, with Architectural Remnants installed in this luxury new home:

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2017 Hardwood Floor Trends | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

 

Site-Finished Solid Oak Hardwood remains the classic flooring choice for custom homes. Each piece of hardwood is individually laid inside the home, then the flooring is sanded and given multiple coats of stain, a labor-intensive process.

One of the primary benefits of this process is the long-term durability of solid oak hardwood, which can be refinished and re-stained many times, giving it a reputation for a 50 year lifespan. 

2017 Hardwood Floor Trends | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

Hardwood floor color trends 2018 - what hardwood colors are most popular?

According to FlooringInc.com, neutral flooring colors are trending in new homes: gray, blonde, and dark.

These hardwood floors are made of Oak, with a gray stain finish, designed for a contemporary look in the open floor plan:

2017 Hardwood Floor Trends | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

Here is an example of "Blonde hardwood floors" - which can refer to types of Bamboo and Maple:

2017 Hardwood Floor Trends | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

Dark stained hardwood floors are at the opposite end of the spectrum. Here's an example of a dark stain blend:

2017 Hardwood Floor Trends | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

This Apex custom home uses ultra dark hardwood stain bordering on black (called ebony):

2017 Hardwood Floor Trends | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

What are some other flooring trends 2018?

Tile floors that imitate the wood look are more popular than ever. Wood-look laminate flooring and tile comes in a wide range of colors. 

This Chapel Hill custom home used Armstrong's Architectural Remnants Woodland Reclaim series, in Old Original Barn Gray, in the upstairs craft room:

2017 Hardwood Floor Trends | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

 

This master bath in the Barcelona features "wood grain" plank tile on the floor.

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Other forms of "natural" flooring are also popular in 2018 floor trends, like this cork flooring:

2017 Hardwood Floor Trends | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips


More 2018 new home trends:

Most Popular Gray Paint Colors - with Photo Examples

Best Main Floor Master House Plans for 2018 New Homes 

New Custom Homes in the Raleigh Area - and throughout central North Carolina 

New Homes Raleigh NC - New Home Raleigh - Raleigh NC New Homes - New Home Raleigh NCStanton Homes makes building your new custom home easy!  We'll guide you through the entire process - select from thousands of different floor plans, and hundreds of different locations.  Your custom home is going to be extraordinary when you create it with one of the nation’s top fully involved builders and the high quality materials and craftsmanship that our reputation is built on.

Call 919-278-8070 to find out more about new homes in the Raleigh area today. 

 


 

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Top 20 Best House Plans with First Floor Guest Bedrooms

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 @ 17:11 PM

20 Best Floor Plans with First Floor Guest Bedrooms

For North Carolina New Homes

Thinking about where to put your guests for the holidays this year? First floor guest suites are a top request for new home builders, with privacy and convenience at the top of the “must have” list. 

Typical plans have a first floor guest bedroom with an attached (or near-by) bath, but the layout for new home plans can vary. Here are some examples of NC new home floor plans with a guest bedroom - see highlights of most requested floor plan features for each new home:

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The Cabot is 3,430 Sq Ft Modern Farmhouse with 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and a first floor master bedroom. This new home floor plan features:

  • Island Kitchen - "Secret" Pantry
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom 
  • Large Mudroom
  • Secret Entrance to Laundry from Master Closet  

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The Dinsmore B is 3,008 Sq Ft with 5 bedrooms, 3.5 to 4.5 bathrooms and a first floor master bedroom. This new home floor plan features:

  • Curved Front Island Kitchen 
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom 
  • Large Mudroom
  • Media Room, and Separate Loft

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The Glenview is 3,474 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a first floor master bedroom. This new home floor plan features:

  • Island Kitchen - Vaulted Great Room
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom 
  • Jack and Jill Bath
  • Laundry with Built In Sink, Separate Mudroom Area with Drop Zone
  • Game Room, Bonus Room

 

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The Mackinaw is 3,400 Sq Ft is a Farmhouse with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a first floor master bedroom. This new home floor plan features:

  • Wrap Around Front Porch
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom 
  • Laundry with Drop Zone
  • Loft, Media Room, Bonus Room

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The Sawyer is 2,907-3,245 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a second floor master bedroom. This new home floor plan features:

  • Open Concept Island Kitchen
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom 
  • Secret Passage Between Kids Bedrooms
  • First Floor Office
  • Mudroom Style Laundry

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The Cassiopeia is 3,144 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a second floor master bedroom. This new home - currently for sale in Chatham County - features:

  • Open Concept Island Kitchen
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom 
  • Drop Zone Hallway
  • "Hers" Accessory Closet with Barn Door
  • Formal Dining and Breakfast
  
 
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The Elkin is 3,142 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a first floor master bedroom. This new home floor plan features:

  • Curved Island Kitchen - Open Floor Plan
  • "Secret" Pantry
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom
  • Game Room, Play Room

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The Highland Place is 3,414 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a first floor master bedroom. This new home floor plan features:

  • Curved Island Kitchen
  • Luxury Master Bath with His and Hers Separate Vanities
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom
  • Game Room, Bonus Room, Loft
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The Sullivan B is 2,548 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a first floor master bedroom. This new home floor plan features:

  • Island Kitchen with Seating
  • Vaulted Great Room
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom
  • Spa Style Master Bath with Makeup Counter

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The Maple Lane is 3,275 Sq Ft with 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms. This new home floor plan features:

  • Island Kitchen with Seating
  • Two Story Great Room
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom
  • Option for Mother In Law Suite with Separate Living Room

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The Mitchells Farmhouse is 3,658 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. This new home floor plan features:

  • Huge Island with Seating
  • Unique "Wrap Around" Staircase with Overlook
  • First Floor Pocket Office
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom
  • Loft, Optional 3rd Floor Media Room, Office

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The Statesman is 3,160 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a first floor master bedroom. This new home floor plan features:

  • Huge Island with Seating 
  • Grand Staircase
  • Custom Arched Openings and Faux Columns
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom

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The Cotswold is 3,281 Sq Ft with 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms. This new home floor plan features:

  • Courtyard Entry
  • Traditional Island Kitchen
  • Luxury Master Suite with Sitting Room and His and Hers Bath Layout
  • First Floor Office
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom

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The Shoal Creek is 2,765 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, first floor master bedroom. This new home floor plan features:

  • Open Concept Island Kitchen
  • Vaulted Two Story Great Room
  • First Floor Office
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom
  • Bonus Room

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The Greenhaven is 3,716 Sq Ft with 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and wheelchair accessible rooms. This new home floor plan features:

  • Traditional Peninsula Kitchen
  • Library
  • Wheelchair Accessible Downstairs Guest Bedroom
  • Bonus Room
  • Optional 3rd Floor Office

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The Beaufort is 2,313 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. This new home floor plan features:

  • Peninsula Kitchen with Window to Living Room
  • Two Story Barrel Vault Foyer
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom
  • Bonus Room

 

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The Harwood is 5,279 Sq Ft with 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms. This new home floor plan features:

  • Open Island Kitchen
  • Two Story Foyer
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom
  • Den, Dining Room
  • Games Room, Library

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The Avonlea is 4,154 Sq Ft with 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms. This new home floor plan features:

  • Island Kitchen
  • Vaulted Keeping Room
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom
  • Formal Living Room
  • Spa Master Bath 

 

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The Wynter Park is 3,965 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms. This new home floor plan features:

  • Open Island Kitchen
  • Vaulted Grand Room
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom
  • Vaulted Keeping Room
  • Bonus Room
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The Morgan Falls is 3,536 Sq Ft with 4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms. This new home floor plan features:

  • Open Island Kitchen
  • Downstairs Guest Bedroom
  • Two Staircases
  • Bonus Room
  • Pocket Library

 

 

New homes with first floor guest bedrooms are popular with families planning for multigenerational living, or long-term guests. Homes with a downstairs guest bedroom also tend to have higher resale value, too.

Let us know the features you like best in these plans and we’ll email you more to think about.  You can also work with our design team to create a brand new plan with everything just the way you want it. Request more floor plan ideas here.

 

 

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Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans Part 1

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 @ 14:08 PM

Photos of Farmhouse Designs in Raleigh, NC:

Which of these two farmhouses fits your personality best? These Raleigh homes are built from the same Max Fulbright floor plan, called the Low Country Farmhouse.

Compare the selections side-by-side (paint colors, light fixtures, granite counter tops, cabinets, kitchen layouts, and everything else inside and out!) to find which farmhouse design you would build!

These farmhouse homes are great examples of how a design/build homebuilder works to integrate every element you're looking for in a new home for your family.



Battle of the "Same" Farmhouse Plan:

Starting with the exterior, see which farmhouse you love most - and then tell us why!

We'll tell you exactly what paint colors, granite countertops, light fixtures, and cabinet styles are used in each - so you can see how Stanton Homes builds "real homes for real people" with their budget and wish list in harmony.

Farmhouse Exterior Style #1: Gray/Black Exterior and Wrap-Around Front Porch with White Columns

Farmhouse designs will have large front porches that often wrap around at least two sides of the home. The Low Country Farmhouse front porch wraps on three sides.

Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans

Exterior Features on Farmhouse #1:

  • "HARVARD SLATE" Gray Vinyl Siding, Black panel shutters
  • "PINEHURST" brick foundation
  • Square porch columns, painted white

Farmhouse Exterior Style #2: Tan/Brown Exterior and Wrap-Around Front Porch with White Columns

Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans

Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans

Exterior Features on Farmhouse #2:

  • "SANDTONE" Dutch Lap Siding, "AUTUM HARVEST" Shake Siding, "FEDERAL BROWN" panel shutters
  • "AUTUMN BLEND" and "MOUNTAIN STONE" stone accents and brick foundation
  • Square porch columns, painted white

Farmhouse Kitchen Layout #1

In the first farmhouse, the kitchen preserves the original layout in the floor plan (included below).

  • Columns divide the kitchen and great room
  • A raised eating bar is included in the island

Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans

Farmhouse Kitchen Layout #2

The second farmhouse kitchen eliminates the columns and raised eating bar. The island is also larger.

  • An expanded island goes from the original 5-6' length to a 7-6' length

Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans

Here is the original Low Country Farmhouse floor plan, copyright architect Alan Mascord:

 

Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans

 

Farmhouse Kitchen Design Selections #1: Raised Eating Bar

Take a closer look at the selections inside farmhouse kitchen #1:

  • "TAN BROWN" granite countertops with a DEMI BULLNOSE edge shape
  • 4x4 "DURANGO" tile backsplash in a diagonal pattern
  • MAPLE cabinets with CRANBERRY stain and BLACK glaze, full overlay, laminate interiors and dovetail soft close drawers

Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans

Farmhouse Kitchen Design Selections #2: Island

And here's what's included in farmhouse kitchen #2:

  • "VENETIAN ICE" granite countertops with a LARGE BEVEL edge shape
  • 3x6 "BONE" tile backsplash with 12x12 linear mixed mosaic vertical pattern above the gas cooktop
  • HICKORY cabinets with CHESTNUT stain, full overlay, laminate interiors and dovetail soft close drawers

Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans



COMPARE MORE PHOTOS IN THESE RALEIGH FARMHOUSE PLANS:

Click here for Part Two of this post - and see photos of the Great Room, Dining Room, and Two Story Foyer. Be able to answer these questions:

What type of built ins are best for my family, in central areas like the living room? What details are important in my formal dining room? Do I like two story foyers?

Best First Floor Bedroom Floor Plans

Building your new Raleigh home with Stanton Homes:

Can't find what you're looking for? Send us the name of a floor plan that is close to what you want, and we can help you to modify a layout to fit your lifestyle:

  • Create special features, like mother in law suites or accessibility.
  • Redesign the exterior. Or the kitchen. Or the master suite. Or just about anything.
  • Add customization to every area of the home

 


 

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Best Open Kitchen and Great Room Floor Plans

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, May 05, 2016 @ 05:05 AM

Kitchens that Open up to the Great Room:

Get ideas for how to divide your space efficiently and elegantly, with an open kitchen/great room layout.

These kitchen photos show examples of homes that combine the kitchen with nearby living, eating, and multi-purpose spaces into a single, large gathering area.  Here are some examples of popular floor plans with a completely open kitchen:



Open Layouts for Raleigh New Homes:

Floor plans with an open layout are designed to maximize the utility of kitchens, great rooms, and surrounding spaces.

1. Kitchens Designed for Casual Dining

This open concept kitchen offers casual dining at the island and the tucked-in breakfast nook. While many traditional floor plans place the breakfast area between the kitchen and living room, this open plan flow directly from kitchen to great room.

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2. Kitchens Designed for Entertaining

This open concept layout includes three separate countertop centers - two islands and a separate living room wet bar. The completely open plan makes this a fantastic entertaining space - designed to keep guests moving between hubs. 

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3. Kitchens Designed for Families with Kids

A full-length seating bar at the island was added so that kids could do their homework in the kitchen during meal prep times. 

The great room built ins are designed for a piano to fit inside, for at home lessons. 

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See an ideabook of Raleigh new homes that feature an open concept layout with integrated kitchen and great room - click here. 

 



Raleigh New Homes:

What Raleigh new home floor plan elements are most important to you? Tell us what you're looking for, and we'll show you how to build it - with recommendations for floor plan features and selections that fit your budget.



 

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Stained Wood Fireplace Mantel Ideas and Photos

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 @ 07:04 AM

Five Fireplaces with a Stained Wood Mantel - Photos and Design Ideas

Stained wood can look more formal, provide contrast to surrounding features, and serve as a stand-alone feature.  Five popular stained wood mantel designs include:

1. Tile Fireplace Surround with Stained Wood Mantel

While white painted wood mantels are often blended into built in bookcases or wainscoting trim, stained wood mantels often contrast against the surrounding materials.

This wood mantel frames the mosaic tile fireplace surround. Hints of brown in the tile and wall sconces draw in the hues of the Minwax English Chestnut stain for a cohesive, but bold, centerpiece fireplace. 

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2. Stone Fireplace Surround with Stained Wood Mantel

Stone and stained wood details are what create the "story" in this home - these materials are carried throughout this open concept home - on the fireplace, archway wall, and kitchen column. 

Wood and stone make these rooms feel warm and formal, in "Old World" style. 

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3. Contemporary Fireplace with Stained Cedar Wood Mantel

Cedar wood wraps the large picture windows, and tops this contemporary stone fireplace. The natural stain matches the hardwood flooring throughout the first floor.

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4. See Through Fireplace with Stained Wood Mantel

This wood mantel is hand-crafted out of oak flooring material, built and stained to match the downstairs hardwoods. 

The fireplace is see-through between the formal dining room and great room. Wall sconces on the foyer-side of the fireplace are used to balance the "off-center" wood mantel.

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5. Stone Surround Fireplace with Stained Wood Mantel and Flagstone Hearth

This fireplace mantel was custom-built to fit above the stone surround. Wall sconces frame the wall above the mantel, which rises into the two story ceiling. 

The stained wood is an elegant feature, drawing your eye towards the fireplace in this large two story living room. 

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How To Fireplace Design:

Photos of fireplaces with white wainscoting panels. 

85 Fireplace design photos

Types of fireplaces for new home design

Ready to build your new home in the Raleigh, NC area? Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or visitwww.StantonHomes.com to learn more about building an custom home. We'll show you all the ways you can modify a floor plan - including how to design and bulid your custom fireplace. 



 

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Best Designs for Mudrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 @ 09:01 AM

Best Size for a Mudroom and Drop Zone:

If you're able to plan ahead, try to keep your mudroom at least 5 feet wide. This will allow space for a standard hallway (3 feet wide) and a spacious bench and/or row of cabinets or lockers (2 feet wide).  If a hallway is tight, however, a 4' width can work - plan for a 12" wide Drop Zone, with 12" depth base cubbies instead of a bench.  

While there is no "standard size" for a mudroom, you can still determine the room dimensions and features that work best for your family routines.

Here are some examples of Raleigh custom homes with a mudroom and drop zone storage:

Use the questions below to reveal your ideal mudroom design, including the best flooring, storage, layout, and location. 


Mudroom Design Questions

What should you include in your mudroom? Answer these questions to find out:

(And then click through our full ideabook of mudroom photos, here.)

1. Who is the mudroom for?

Is the mudroom for you, kids, pets, or guests?

If your next home will be built for retirement (or your kids are older and more independent), your mudroom can focus on ways to stay connected with a mail, key, and message center – complete with device recharging station. Here's a design to consider:

Best Designs for Mudrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

Black chalkboard paint turns this mudroom into a family message center.

On the other wall (see a photo here), a corner bench is great for removing shoes. The storage cubbies are perfect for daily use. The private door - with second staircase access - allows easier movement for older kids, relatives, and guests. Here is a view of this mudroom floor plan:

Best Designs for Mudrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

Compare this mudroom to another designed for young kids. What differences do you see?

This kids' mudroom includes more storage cubbies (low down where they can reach) and coat hooks that are a little lower (designed for jackets and school backpacks - to make morning routines easier!)

Best Designs for Mudrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

This third mudroom is designed for pets - with a dog shower and house.

Best Designs for Mudrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

Design Tip: No matter who will use the mudroom, the flooring should be durable and easy to maintain. Your mudroom will become the center of dirt, mud, water, paw prints, and finger prints, and other messes. Materials like tile or vinyl, rather than hardwood, tend to stand up to water exposure.

2. How often will you use the space?

Are you considering mudroom spaces for daily routines, weekly chores, or long-term storage?

One reason to include a mudroom is to create a space dedicated to all home entry and exit activities. You'll want to include some sort of bench or seat (with storage below). Typically, this also means locating the mudroom entrance near the garage, so the room can serve as a buffer space between the car and home.

A daily-use mudroom may or may not be located the same space as the laundry. (The mudroom pictured here is the closest entrance from the detached garage.)

Best Designs for Mudrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

In many two story house plans, the laundry room is placed upstairs near all bedrooms while the mudroom remains downstairs.

In one story or downstairs master house plans, the mudroom may or may not be connected to the laundry.

Best Designs for Mudrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

In this example, the mudroom serves as a central point between the garage, laundry room, walk in pantry, and kitchen. The mudroom - designed for daily use - will need to stay tidy given its constant visibility to you and your guests.

Best Designs for Mudrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips 

Another reason to include a mudroom is for long-term storage space for things like coats, boots, umbrellas, and sports equipment. If you're leaning towards trying to organize oversized equipment, also consider adding a few feet of width or even a "workshop" area to the garage or unfinished walk-in attic space.

3. Do you need an dedicated mudroom?

Or will a hallway drop zone storage system meet your needs?

Remember that your mudroom should work for you. House plans often use drop zones and mudroom style storage systems as a way to take advantage of un- or under-used hallway space.

While you may need to keep the space more tidy in a hallway than in a room with a door that can hide the area, you won't "waste" any sq ft in your home.

Best Designs for Mudrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

In this example, the mudroom is actually a hallway leading from the garage to main living areas.

Best Designs for Mudrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

 



Best Mudroom Bench, Storage, and Dimension Designs:

 When looking for floor plans with a mudroom, keep in mind these three important questions:

1. Who is the mudroom for, yourself, kids, pets, or guests?

2. How often will you use the space - every day, weekly, or long-term?

3. Will a hallway, rather than dedicated room, do the trick?

 

 

 

What is most important to you, inside your Raleigh new home? Discuss, design, and decide what your next home should look like, with tens of thousands of floor plans to choose from. Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to learn more about building an NC custom home - with the help of an interior design expert throughout the selection process.


 

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Floor Plans with a Great Room (and Open Kitchen) | Raleigh Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 @ 15:07 PM

Great Room Floor Plans:

Typically located beside the kitchen, great rooms have become essential for "casual living" new home floor plans.

Great rooms serve a variety of functions, combining the uses of traditional rooms like the family room, living room, and study into one central location.

See all the ways you can use your great room, in the floor plan layouts below.

Or go straight to the great room photo gallery, here.




Great Rooms Are...

Learn about great room floor plans, with example photos, here:

1. Flexible Spaces

Floor Plans with a Great Room | Raleigh Custom Homes

Great rooms are large, open, and ready for anything. Study time. Meals. Storage with custom built-ins.

The great room photo above shows a set of built-ins designed to fit a piano in the center, for at-home practice time.

2. Large Spaces

Floor Plans with a Great Room | Raleigh Custom Homes

Great rooms can take up to 15% of the total square footage of a home. Remember, this one room often accounts for the square footage of at least two others.

3. Spacious

Floor Plans with a Great Room | Raleigh Custom Homes

Many great rooms feature specialty ceilings, such as vaulted rooflines (pictured above) or cathedral ceilings.

The foyer often leads directly into the great room -- with the opportunity for grand two story spaces.

 

4. Shared Spaces

Floor Plans with a Great Room | Raleigh Custom Homes

Great rooms are also commonly adjoined to the kitchen with only a half wall, counter, or island separating the two.

In the Stanton Home pictured above, an expanded island welcomes shared kitchen and great room traffic.

5. Useful

Floor Plans with a Great Room | Raleigh Custom Homes

Great rooms make fantastic gathering spaces with: entertainment centers, fireplaces, and study areas all contained in the same space - making cooking, entertaining, informal dining, and family interaction easier than many traditional floor plans that encase the kitchen or kitchen/breakfast space. 

6. Open with Overlooks

Floor Plans with a Great Room | Raleigh Custom Homes

In addition to featuring vaulted or cathedral ceilings, great rooms often feature second story overlooks -- for an even more open concept appeal.

7. Filled with Windows

Floor Plans with a Great Room | Raleigh Custom Homes

Windows will add expense to any room of your home. Great rooms -- and connected kitchens -- are the most used rooms of your home, making them highly-valued spaces to splurge on windows.

Adding full walls of windows -- or even carefully placed pairs of windows -- can make an incredible difference in your great room design.



Raleigh Custom Homes:

Floor plans with a great room continue to be a top home buyer request in the Raleigh, North Carolina area.

What do you like best about the great room photos above? Tell us what matters most in your custom home design, and we'll show you what it takes to build custom in North Carolina.

 


 

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Dining Room Lighting Photos [Raleigh New Homes]

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 @ 13:06 PM

Dining Room Light Photos:

Dining rooms can be very flexible spaces -- transforming into work areas, play zones, or multi-purpose rooms -- depending on the features you choose.

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For instance, repainting the dining room to suit your changing needs can be a relatively easy task:

Dining rooms are often painted in an accent color, different from the rest of your home. When it's time to repaint your dining room, you won't need to update the surrounding areas.

Updating your lighting fixtures, however, can take a bit more experience and expertise. 

Use the lighting guide below to help narrow down the type, size, and style of lighting fixtures for your dining room. And consider these new home questions, to help determine the style that's right for you:

  • How often will I use my dining room -- daily, weekly, or for major events? (If you want to get more use out of your dining room, consider going casual -- and making the space more inviting to a range of activities.)
  • Will I display large dining furniture (china cabinet, captain chairs)? (You'll want to consider not only the size of your table, but the space you'll need for "extras.")
  • Does my floor plan include a breakfast room and island kitchen with seating? (If your home has multiple dining spaces, one is generally kept more formal than the others.)



Types of Lighting for the Formal Dining Room:

From casual eating areas to formal dinner party spaces, these dining room lighting motifs will spark ideas for your Raleigh new home:

Formal Dining Room Light Fixtures

What are some of the more formal -- and traditional -- features you'll find in a new home dining room? Here are a few popular traditional dining room photos - with lighting fixture ideas:

1. Contemporary Glass Lighting

This version of the Dinsmore shows a truly contemporary take on formal dining:

  • Cedar trim -- to match the wall of windows in the great room (visible just past the kitchen)
  • Stone accent walls -- perfect for a china cabinet display wall
  • Contemporary light fixtures -- a separated pair of candle lights inside a glass encasement
  • Trey ceiling with a touch of gray accent paint

 

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2. Hanging Lights

This version of the Maple Lane features a five-light hanging fixture with simple, curved lines and candle lights.

The white wainscoting, chair rail, crown molding, and trey ceiling increase the formality of this space. This dining room is designed for large gatherings. There is ample space for a large dining set, and a butler's pantry just around the corner supplements serving space.

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3. Recess Lighting

This version of the Chapel Ridge includes a small wall alcove, designed to emphasize the tall windows.
Have an extendable dining table? Place spare chairs on each side of the alcove. 

Recess can lighting offers mood lighting in this dining room.

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Casual Dining Room Light Fixtures

These dining rooms serve as dedicated eating spaces, with less emphasis on maintaining traditional home design.

1. Ceiling Fan Light Fixture

Selecting a ceiling fan light fixture is a great way to make your dining room more casual and flexible. 

While chair rail trim is most often found in dining rooms, the trim in this version of the Dunston is so subtle that it could easily be used as a home office.

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Design Tip: Consider adding glass French doors to your formal dining room. These doors will keep the space open, but they also allow for privacy if you convert the room into a home office or lounge space.

Here is another angle of the Dunston dining room, with dual French doors:

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Here is another example of a dining room with door access. The contemporary geometrical light fixture keep the room flexible, as well:

Photos of Dining Room Lights | Dining Room Lighting Pictures

2. Wall Sconces - and No Hanging Light

Wall sconces are a great alternative of overhead lighting. Wall sconces can be subtle (like in this version of the McAlvany) or they can be larger and more formal.

The complex trim work and transom windows keep the room feeling formal, overall.

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3. Tile Floors in the Dining Room

While the six-light hanging light fixture, chair rail, and triple windows lend formality to the dining room in this version of the Coquery Cottage, the tile floors are an unexpected touch.

This room could easily convert into a home office, craft room, or kid's play area -- there are enough elements found in each to keep things flexible (including the lamp shade lights).

Photos of Dining Room Lights | Dining Room Lighting Pictures

 

Here are more examples of custom home formal dining rooms:

Floor Plans with a Formal Dining Room

Open Concept Dining Rooms

Formal Dining Room Vs. Home Office -- How to Modify Your Floor Plan

Dining Room Architecture -- Design Ideas for Your Raleigh New Home




Raleigh NC New Homes:

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How Many Seats Will Fit At The Island? [Raleigh New Homes]

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, May 04, 2015 @ 07:05 AM

Kitchen Islands with Built-In Seating: 

Raleigh new homes often include at least two dining spaces: a formal dining room, breakfast room, and /or casual dining the kitchen island. 

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New HomesThe seating at this island is called "raised height" because it requires stools rather than dining table height chairs. Notice the raised center of the island with counter-height sides? The center designates the seating area.

Looking for new ways to add seating to your kitchen? Use these kitchen layout questions -- below -- to determine how many seats you can add based on your kitchen floor plan and layout (with recommended island dimensions and average heights). 


Kitchen Layout Questions:

Kitchens with dining space - either nearby or integrated - are a popular Raleigh new home request. Here are some kithen island layout questions, to help you decide on a kitchen-dining configuration:

Kitchen Layout Question #1: Where is your kitchen located, relative to other rooms?

Is your kitchen separate from living and dining areas, or does it have an open concept layout?

If your kitchen is located beside main living and dining areas, you'll probably need fewer seats. If your kitchen is separate, you may want additional seating.

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New Homes

According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, they recommend that 36 inch high islands should allow a 24-inch-wide seating space with an 15-inch-deep knee space.

They also recommend that 42 inch high islands should allow a 24-inch-wide seating space with a 12-inch-deep knee space. 

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In a seating area where no traffic passes behind a seated diner, they recommend that you allow 32 inches of clearance from the counter/table edge to any wall or other obstruction behind the seating area. If traffic passes behind the seated diner, allow at least 36 inches to edge past or at least 44 inches to walk past.

These depths and widths can vary based on your layout, but are good to keep in mind.

Kitchen Layout Question #2: How large is your island?

And how much space is left in the kitchen? If your kitchen is rectangular, you may be able to extend the length of the island to incorporate a built-in bench. (And you can keep your storage space maximized, with drawers below.)

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New Homes

 

Kitchen Layout Question  #3: Should your chairs be hidden or visible seating?

This Hickory curved island is designed to store stools underneath for hidden seating.  The design is enhanced with base cabinets on both ends of the islands, as well as on the back side.

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New Homes

Kitchen Layout Question  #4: Do you prefer counter-height or bar-height seating?

Kitchen islands are taller than dining room or breakfast room tables, so you'll typically use stools to sit in the kitchen.

The difference between counter-height and bar-height seating can range from six to twelve inches, depending on the home plan.

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New Homes

Use these kitchen layout questions as a way to start thinking about design options in your new home. 

Here are some pointers to make the best of your next kitchen:

  • Prioritize your space. Do you need a larger (or second) island, or would you rather integrate a breakfast room table in the same space?
  • Determine how ofter you'll cook for the family - and how often you might host a larger get-togethers. While double ovens look beautiful and balanced, you may find that the space is better saved for more cabinets or a larger microwave.
  • Decide what you're willing to upgrade, and where you're willing to save on cost. While kitchens are one of the most important rooms of the home, they are also the most expensive, generally followed by the Master Bath.

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New Homes


Photos of Raleigh new homes with built-in island seating:

Custom Home Kitchen Design in North Carolina:

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