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How Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic?

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jul 10, 2017 @ 14:07 PM

Cost-effective ways to finish third floor or attic space

Looking for ways to add low-cost square footage to your new home, with space for a future  hobby area, game room, 'man cave', or guest retreat? 

It's typically more cost effective to add additional living space into the upper floors of your new home than adding onto the footprint.

But keep in mind that attic space is very different from unfinished future living space - so any area you're considering expanding into has to be engineered and built for the intent of its future use. Building codes are different for storage space in attics, so if you want that to be heated square footage on day, your builder has to know that before applying for permits, so that the architectural blueprints can be revised to include appropriate requirements. 

Learn more about building a new home in the Raleigh, NC area, below - with more important questions to ask your builder

How Much Does a Third Floor or Attic Cost? | Cost Effective New Homes

How Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic?

The cost of turning unfinished bonus rooms into heated square footage depends on several factors, including:

 - Engineering requirements in the architectural plans

 - Roofline Style and Size

 - Size of the space to be finished

 - Potential staircase access  

 - Would you want to add a future bathroom?

 - Would you want to add windows or a skylight?

How Much Does a Third Floor or Attic Cost? | Cost Effective New Homes

Changes to attic space to create unfinished future living space can start at around $50 per square foot.  Things to take into consideration include:

 - Framing and flooring engineering and materials

 - Lighting

 - Electrical outlets

 - HVAC system which will require an additional heat pump, AC unit, and duct work

 - Insulation

 - Drywall,  Paint, and  Trimwork

 - Carpet

How Much Does a Third Floor or Attic Cost? | Cost Effective New Homes

It can be less cost effective to finish a smaller space. The total cost per square foot will vary based on the size of the space being finished, and what requirements are for staircases and other additional elements necessary to meet Building Code Requirements.

The expense of the project can increase if you need to add any kind of windows or skylights. If you don't plan ahead, you will need to remove siding and roofing, re-frame the structure, add the window or skylight, and replace the siding and roofing. 

The cost of adding a bathroom will vary depending on the finishes desired.

How does a bonus room add up?

Talk with your builder about ways to add a bonus room to your floor plan, as a cost-effective way to increase your square footage. Read more about adding a bonus room and expanding your house size (for the lowest cost) in these articles:

How to make a house bigger - adding a bonus room

10 Ways to use a bonus room above the garage

Which is a better investment, a bonus room or basement?

How Much Does a Third Floor or Attic Cost? | Cost Effective New Homes

Can I add a third floor or attic later on?

An attic cannot be turned into living space later unless the correct engineering is in place. Check with your local jurisdiction to see what kinds of permits are required if your home has already been completed. 

As a part of a new home build, keep in mind that appraisers count unfinished space very differently from space that is heated and cooled. Talk with your lender and your builder, as you weigh your options.     

If you're thinking of ways to maximize your budget, make sure to get a full cost estimate from a custom home builder in the Raleigh/Triangle area before making any decisions.

How Much Does a Third Floor or Attic Cost? | Cost Effective New Homes

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9 Corner Pantry Floor Plans | Raleigh New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jun 07, 2017 @ 10:06 AM

Best Corner Pantry Kitchens

Raleigh New Homes with Corner Pantry Kitchen Floor Plans

Planning to store long-term, as well as everyday goods, in your kitchen? Corner pantries provide tons of storage for everything you want to put away.

 

Tell us what your next kitchen needs, and we'll show you what it takes to build a Raleigh custom home.

Here are 9 popular floor plan ideas from Raleigh new home builder Stanton Homes.
 

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #1: Granite Countertop in the Pantry

This corner pantry includes a granite counter top - with an electrical outlet above. This space can serve as a great way to store large appliances like coffee makers and mixers - or as an additional cooking space when preparing complex meals or baked goods.

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See the pantry door location inside the kitchen:

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The Serengeti floor plan - a multigenerational design - is Copyright Douglas Janes Architect. Click here to see the full Serengeti Floor Plans and Photo Gallery.

 

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #2: L Shaped Pantry

The L-shape pantry layout is most common for a corner pantry - adding significant storage space inside your kitchen.

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The Blueridge floor plan is Copyright Max Fulbright Design Group and Associates. Click here to see the full Blueridge Floor Plans.

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #3: Staggered Height Pantry Shelves

These pantry shelves are designed for mixed-height items, like spice containers and baking supplies.

Craftsman style trim wraps around the pantry, for an extra bit of custom design in even the storage spaces of this Raleigh new home.

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The pantry is set to one side of the kitchen, with an extra "notch" of storage space added to the layout.

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The Mitchells Farmhouse floor plan is Copyright Stanton Homes. Click here to see the full Mitchells Farmhouse Floor Plans and Photo Gallery.

 

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #4: Deep Pantry Layout

This around-the-corner location allows the pantry to extend for a much deeper layout. And it hides the white pantry door from view, in a kitchen packed with dark cabinetry, white tile, and stainless steel appliances. 

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See the full kitchen view: 

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The Avonstone Manor floor plan is Copyright Garrell Associates, Inc. Click here to see the full Avonstone Manor Floor Plans and Photo Gallery.

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #5: Glass Pantry Door

This corner pantry layout includes an L-shaped interior for tons of storage, with a custom tile floor and glass "Pantry" door.

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The Blackhawk floor plan is Copyright Stanton Homes. Click here to see the full Blackhawk Floor Plans and Photo Gallery.

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #6: The Penelope

The location of this "corner pantry" allows it to stretch much deeper than a "standard" floor plan.

Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | Kitchen Design Ideas

The kitchen has a natural flow and tons of counter space. The pantry is not visible from the front door.

 

Top 5 Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | 2013 Kitchen Design IdeasThe Penelope is Copyright Stanton Homes. Click here for a photo gallery and full floor plan of "The Penelope".

 

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #7:  The Bryson

This oversized corner pantry blends easily into the white, black, and gray kitchen design.

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See the layout of the U-shaped kitchen:

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The Bryson floor plan is Copyright Stanton Homes. Click here to see the full Bryson Floor Plans.

 

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #8: The Dugan

Here is an example of a centered corner pantry in the kitchen. Its central location makes it an integral part of the "work triangle".

Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | Kitchen Design Ideas

 

Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | 2013 Kitchen Design Ideas

The Dugan is Copyright Stanton Homes. Cick here for a photo gallery and full floor plan of "The Dugan"

 

Corner Pantry Floor Plan Idea #9: The Worthington

In this Raleigh new home, the Breakfast Room and Kitchen were combined to create a massive, entertainment-focused kitchen with island.

Corner Pantry Kitchen Ideas | Kitchen Design Ideas

Not all corner pantries are set at an angle: this purple painted pantry is squared off on the front face.

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See a photo gallery and floor plan of The Worthington here.

 

Raleigh New Homes

Tell us how much space you need, and we’ll design a corner pantry for your kitchen that fits your lifestyle.

Can't find a corner pantry plan you like?  Let us know, and we’ll email you more ideas, gathered from tens of thousands of plans to match your specifications. 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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Andrew Travars Named Top Builder | Professional Builder Magazine Leadership Awards

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 @ 13:01 PM

Professional Builder Magazine honors fourth award to Stanton Homes for "Top 40 Under 40" distinction - the most leadership recognitions in this category of any builder in the nation

Andrew Travars, 29, is one of the youngest Builder/Project Managers to receive this prestigious honor from the home building industry's leading publication

Top Builder | Professional Builder Magazine Leadership Awards

Andrew is on the right. His brother Phil, left, was recognized as a "Top 40 Under 40" in the nation last year. Two other Stanton Homes team members were chosen within the 3 previous years.

Andrew Travars' extraordinary leadership, design/build craftsmanship and dedication to excellence has resulted his distinction as one of the nation's top professionals in the home building industry.

Andrew is the fourth team member at Stanton Homes to earn this prestigious honor over the past five years, further reaffirming the unprecedented excellence of this exceptional North Carolina custom home builder.

What made Andrew stand out among nationwide nominees? See what it's like to work with Andrew, and the rest of the award winning team at Stanton Homes:



Top Builders 40 under 40:

Andrew takes a full immersion approach to creating extraordinary new homes:

  • Project management of totally custom one-of-a-kind homes.
  • Design/build from scratch or with extensive modifications.
  • Working directly with clients, to integrate their "forever home" vision.

1. What is Design/Build?

What makes working with one of the nation's top custom home builders different than a "semi-custom" or production builder?

The phenomenal skillsets and dedication of people like Andrew, who as a top Builder/Project Manager at Stanton Homes has the ability to sketch a floor plan in a single sitting, while talking through the complexities of home building from an engineering perspective.

Here's an example of a floor plan Andrew designed and built in Chatham County, NC that's functional and cost effective - as well as beautiful.

This beautiful Modern Farmhouse with touches of Arts and Crafts is one of the most popular architectural styles in today's trends, with all the latest must-have features for Raleigh new homes -

  • Open concept layout with the kitchen open to the family room
  • Custom wrap-around staircase, with a secret passageway for kids!
  • Pocket office on the first floor
  • Downstairs bedroom for guests

Top Builder | Professional Builder Magazine Leadership Awards

You can tour this incredible custom home in person at a special one day event. Come meet Andrew, and the rest of the award winning team at Stanton Homes, Saturday, January 28th, 1-3 pm. See everything inside this home, from built-in bookcases, drop zone, cubbies and desks to its spacious modern farmhouse kitchen design.

 

2. How to Build a Custom Home

Andrew's approach to design/build is founded on knowledge - both in what he is able to create, as well as what he is able to provide. Here are a couple of "Builder Brother" blogs, where Andrew and Phil provide helpful tips about how to build a custom home in North Carolina:

Andrew is also a certified Aging in Place Specialist – an important contributor to why Stanton Homes is a leading custom builder of aging-in-place, accessible and multi-gen coustom homes.

3. Teamwork

Creative teamwork is one of the most frequent observations made by our clients about working with Andrew - take a look at the glowing reviews here to see more about the team approach at Stanton Homes, which played a huge role in Andrew's leadership award as a top builder in the nation.

Andrew and Andrea formed the "A Team" many years ago, as two designers bantering Chip and Joanna Gains style. Their on-site "debates" and different approaches to creating special spaces contribute to the excellence of the finished product.

Top Builder | Professional Builder Magazine Leadership Awards

 

The award winning Bryson home was created with "A Team" collaboration:

Top Builder | Professional Builder Magazine Leadership Awards

Andrew and Andrea surprised the homebuyers with "Putter's Place" - a dog house with a dog shower that has little puppy paw prints - which has won multiple awards for its creativity and practicality. And a great example of how Andrew and the rest of the team at Stanton Homes believe in creating custom homes to fit the lifestyles of homebuyers.

Top Builder | Professional Builder Magazine Leadership Awards

4. Extra-curricular Activities

Andrew's creative approach to design continues "off the clock" as his pursuit of challenges centers on other projects to design and build.

The local television station broadcast a clip of Andrew pedaling his hand-made "go-cart bike" in the "Tour de Fat" in Durham, NC:

Professional Builder Magazine Leadership Awards

 

Andrew teamed up with his brothers to create a boat inspired by Orca from Jaws - a winner at the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s "Build Your Own Boat Competition":

Top Builder | Professional Builder Magazine Leadership Awards

 

About the Top 40 Under 40 Award:

  • Professional Builder is the home building industry's leading national publication. Each year its "Top 40 under 40" competition seeks to award the most accomplished builders across the nation with this prestigious leadership recognition.
  • A panel of Professional Builder editors selected the winners, based on personal and professional accomplishments
  • Decisions were made based on leadership skills, sustained career progress, personal integrity, technical skills, community outreach, dedication and involvement in the home building industry


About Stanton Homes:

Stanton Homes has been design/building high quality, one-of-a-kind custom homes in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area since 2006.

The award winning team 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.

 

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How Much are Property Taxes in Raleigh?  2017 Tax Guides for All Surrounding Areas

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

How to Calculate Your Property Taxes in central North Carolina Counties:

If you're considering a move to the greater Raleigh area, or just a relocation within the Triangle, you've probably wondered how much the yearly property taxes will be for your new home.

How Much are Property Taxes in Raleigh?  2017 Tax Guides for All Surrounding Areas

All NC counties revalue real estate every few years. For instance, Granville County reevaluates every eight years - per NC requirements.  This procedure allows the Tax Department to adjust the appraised value of real estate to reflect the property's true value in light of changing real estate market conditions. 



Property Tax Rates by County:

Here are links to the property tax rates for central NC counties, including Wake County, Chatham County and Durham County

Wake County Property Tax Rates 2017

Chatham County Property Tax Rates 2017

Harnett County Property Tax Rates 2017

Durham County Property Tax Rates 2017

Granville County Property Tax Rates 2017

Johnston County Property Tax Rates 2017

Alamance County Property Tax Rates 2017

Lee County Property Tax Rates 2017

 


Looking for New Home Builders in North Carolina? 

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 raleigh custom home builders.

 


 

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2017 Alamance County Property Tax Rates

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 @ 06:01 AM

Alamance County Taxes 2017 | Property Tax for Alamance County, NC New Homes

Moving to Alamance County, North Carolina? You will want to know what the yearly property taxes might be for your new home.

What are 2017 Property Taxes in Alamance County*?

Here are the 2017 property tax rates, by town within Alamance County:

2017 Alamance County Property Tax Rates | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

To get the total property tax rate for a town, simply add the county tax to the district or city tax - like the "Combined 2017 Rate" in the table above. For example:

  • The property tax rate for Burlington is 0.58
  • Alamance County has a tax rate of 0.58
  • Add the two together - the total tax rate for Burlington, NC is 1.16

How Do I Figure Out What These Property Tax Numbers Mean?

It's not as confusing as it looks.  The tax rates are based on the assessed value of the home, not the asking price. 

  • Divide the assessed value by 100
  • Multiply the result by the Combined 2017 Rate
  • The result will be your yearly property tax bill, as of 1/1/2017

This table gives sample property tax bills for all the cities and towns in Alamance County, such as Burliongton, Elong, Graham, Green Level, Haw River, and Mebane.

2017 Alamance County Property Tax Rates | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

There is no guarantee that tax rates will remain the same - check the Alamance County Tax Rates 2017 for taxes in the current year.

Where Should I Live to Get the Lowest Property Tax Rate?

Your tax bill can be lower if your home or property is not actually within a municipality, or town.  If this is the case, you'll pay just the County rate, plus most likely a fire district tax and/or the special district tax. 

Compare property tax rates in Alamance County to other counties in the area:

Wake County Property Tax Rates 2017

Chatham County Property Tax Rates 2017

Harnett County Property Tax Rates 2017

Durham County Property Tax Rates 2017

Granville County Property Tax Rates 2017

Johnston County Property Tax Rates 2017

Alamance County Property Tax Rates 2017

Lee County Property Tax Rates 2017

2017 Alamance County Property Tax Rates | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Looking for New Home Builders in Alamance County NC? 

*Property tax rates generally update midyear.  The rates posted are current numbers as of 1/1/2017.  This post is for general information only based on public tax resources as of posting date.  Please research tax rates for your specific address before making decisions. 

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 raleigh custom home builders. 

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2017 Durham County Property Tax Rates

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 @ 11:01 AM

Durham County Taxes 2017 | Property Tax for Durham County, NC New Homes

Moving to Durham County, North Carolina? You will want to know what the yearly property taxes might be for your new home.

2017 Durham County Property Tax Rates

What are 2017 Property Taxes in Durham County*?

Here are the 2017 property tax rates, by town within Durham County:

2017 Durham County Property Tax Rates

Each county in North Carolina has a "county wide" property tax rate. Each city, town, fire, or other special district may have an additional property tax rate. To get the total property tax rate for a town, simply add the county tax to the district or city tax - like the "Combined 2017 Rate" in the table above. For example:

  • Durham County has a tax rate of 0.7404
  • The total tax rate for the city of Durham inside Durham County is 1.3011

How Do I Figure Out What These Property Tax Numbers Mean?

It's not as confusing as it looks.  The tax rates are based on the assessed value of the home, not the asking price. 

  • Divide the assessed value by 100
  • Multiply the result by the Combined 2017 Rate
  • The result will be your yearly property tax bill, as of 1/1/2017

This table gives sample property tax bills for all the cities and towns in Durham County, such as Chapel Hill, Durham, the City of Raleigh, Bahama, Eno, Rolesville, and New Hope.

2017 Durham County Property Tax Rates

There is no guarantee that tax rates will remain the same - check the Durham County Tax Rates 2017 website for the most up to date information.

Where Should I Live to Get the Lowest Property Tax Rate?

Your tax bill can be lower if your home or property is not actually within a municipality, or town.  If this is the case, you'll pay just the County rate, plus most likely a fire district tax and/or the special district tax. 

Compare property tax rates in Durham County to other counties in the area:

Wake County Property Tax Rates 2017

Chatham County Property Tax Rates 2017

Harnett County Property Tax Rates 2017

Durham County Property Tax Rates 2017

Granville County Property Tax Rates 2017

Johnston County Property Tax Rates 2017

Alamance County Property Tax Rates 2017

Lee County Property Tax Rates 2017

2017 Durham County Property Tax Rates

Looking for New Home Builders in Durham County NC? 

*Property tax rates generally update midyear.  The rates posted are current numbers as of 1/1/2017.  This post is for general information only based on public tax resources as of posting date.  Please research tax rates for your specific address before making decisions. 

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

Stanton Homes makes building your new custom home easy!  We'll guide you through the entire process - frNew Homes Raleigh NC - New Home Raleigh - Raleigh NC New Homes - New Home Raleigh NCom finding a floor plan to searching for a home site or lot throughout central NC.  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 Raleigh custom home builders

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2017 Harnett County Property Tax Rates

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 @ 06:01 AM

Harnett County Taxes 2017 | Property Tax for Harnett County, NC New Homes

Moving to Harnett County, North Carolina? You will want to know what the yearly property taxes might be for your new home.

2017 Harnett County Property Tax Rates

What are 2017 Property Taxes in Harnett County*?

Here are the 2017 property tax rates, by town within Harnett County:

2017 Harnett County Property Tax Rates

To get the total property tax rate for a town, simply add the county tax to the district or city tax - like the "Combined 2017 Rate" in the table above. For example:

  • The property tax rate for Lillington is 0.52
  • Harnett County has a tax rate of 0.75
  • Add the two together - the total tax rate for Lillington, NC is 1.27

How Do I Figure Out What These Property Tax Numbers Mean?

It's not as confusing as it looks.  The tax rates are based on the assessed value of the home, not the asking price. 

  • Divide the assessed value by 100
  • Multiply the result by the Combined 2017 Rate
  • The result will be your yearly property tax bill, as of 1/1/2017

This table gives sample property tax bills for all the cities and towns in Harnett County, such as Angier, Benson, Coats, Erwin, Dunn, and Lillington.

2017 Harnett County Property Tax Rates

There are also separate rates by fire district in Harnett County.

There is no guarantee that tax rates will remain the same - check the Harnett County Tax Rates 2017 for taxes in the current year.

Where Should I Live to Get the Lowest Property Tax Rate?

Your tax bill can be lower if your home or property is not actually within a municipality, or town.  If this is the case, you'll pay just the County rate, plus most likely a fire district tax and/or the special district tax.

Compare property tax rates in Harnett County to other counties in the area:

Wake County Property Tax Rates 2017

Chatham County Property Tax Rates 2017

Harnett County Property Tax Rates 2017

Durham County Property Tax Rates 2017

Granville County Property Tax Rates 2017

Johnston County Property Tax Rates 2017

Alamance County Property Tax Rates 2017

Lee County Property Tax Rates 2017

2017 Harnett County Property Tax Rates

Looking for New Home Builders in Harnett County NC? 

*Property tax rates generally update midyear.  The rates posted are current numbers as of 1/1/2017.  This post is for general information only based on public tax resources as of posting date.  Please research tax rates for your specific address before making decisions. 

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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Walk In Pantry Ideas | 2017 New Home Trends

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

2017 New Home Trends - Walk In Pantry Ideas

It's important to have enough storage in the kitchen. Below are photos of walk in, oversized, and multi-location kitchen pantries.  

Walk In Pantry Kitchen Design Idea #1 - Hallway

Take advantage of an available hallway, and add an extended depth, extra wide pantry.

   Walk in Pantry Ideas 2017 | Raleigh Custom Homes

The pantry is within easy reach of the ktichen. There are actually three pantry-style storage areas:
  • Behind door pictured
  • Through the hallway to the laundry room (see the built in shelves past the wall oven?)
  • In the form of a butler's pantry (located in the hallway to the formal dining room)
  • Click here for more photos from this home 

     Walk in Pantry Ideas 2017 | Raleigh Custom Homes

Walk In Pantry Kitchen Design Idea #2 - U Shaped Walk in Pantry

This floor plan includes an oversized walk in pantry tucked between the kitchen and laundry walls. 

Inside, there's wrap around shelving with plenty of storage space for the kitchen.

Walk in Pantry Ideas 2017 | Raleigh Custom Homes

 Get a sense of the pantry size, in the floor plan view: 

Walk in Pantry Ideas 2017 | Raleigh Custom Homes

The hidden pantry doesn't detract from the open "L" shaped eating bar/island.

Walk In Pantry Kitchen Design Idea #3 - Hidden Room

The "hidden" walk in pantry is located between the garage and dining room.

Walk in Pantry Ideas 2017 | Raleigh Custom Homes

 

Walk in Pantry Ideas 2017 | Raleigh Custom Homes

 

The pantry door blends with the arched opening to the dining room.

Click here to see more photos of the Linda. 

Walk In Pantry Design Idea #4 - Under the Stairs

An "under the stairs" location can allow the architect to really maximize the pantry space - in some cases creating a walk in pantry that's six to eight feet deep. 

This staircase, behind the kitchen, wraps around above the pantry:

Walk in Pantry Ideas 2017 | Raleigh Custom Homes  

 Walk in Pantry Ideas 2017 | Raleigh Custom Homes

 

See more photos of the Country Manor here.

Walk In Pantry Idea #5 - Convert the Laundry Room

For this home, a standard pantry just wouldn't do.

The Laundry Room was originally next to the Kitchen.  We designed a "Home Hub", moved the appliances there, and converted the entire former Laundry Room into a huge walk in pantry.

Walk in Pantry Ideas 2017 | Raleigh Custom Homes

And here's the "home hub": 

Walk in Pantry Ideas 2017 | Raleigh Custom Homes

Walk in Pantry Ideas 2017 | Raleigh Custom Homes

 

This gorgeous kitchen is ready for anything - with a pantry that can handle it all.

Click here to see more photos of the Carwile floor plan.

 

Can't find a walk in pantry plan you like?  Let us know, and we’ll email you more ideas, gathered from tens of thousands of plans to match your specifications. 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.

*All Floor Plans Copyright Architect.  Photos Copyright Stanton Homes.  All rights reserved.

More 2017 new home trends:

Shaker Style Kitchen Cabinets - Popular Styles for 2017

Most Popular Gray Paint Colors - with Photo Examples

Color Trends for 2017 - with Options other than Gray

Best Main Floor Master House Plans for 2017 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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Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jan 05, 2017 @ 09:01 AM

Guidelines for the Best Kitchen Island Layouts

When thinking about the type of kitchen island you want to incorporate into your new home kitchen, here are top five questions to keep in mind:

  1. How large is your kitchen?
  2. What is the shape of your kitchen?
  3. How many seats at the island?
  4. Will you need a secondary / prep sink?
  5. What functions are most important?

What Size is the Kitchen?

In general, islands work best in large kitchens and peninsulas work better in small kitchens.

Kitchen design tip: you want enough space to navigate around the island - maximizing the functionality of the extra counter top and cabinet space it provides. This kitchen island is approximately 3.5' x 9' with diagonal cut-outs:

Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

When working with a custom home builder, you can likely convert a peninsula kitchen into an island kitchen, or vice versa. This home, a version of The Gershwin by Frank Betz, was originally designed with an island. The peninsula is approximately 8' long.

Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

What Shape is the Kitchen?

Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

How many seats will fit at the island?

  • Most islands can be expanded to incorporate bar-height OR counter-height seating
  • In this example photo, the island was angled towards the great room, slightly off-set from the kitchen.
  • The counter height seating creates a smooth, clean look that matches the contemporary lines of this home.

Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

What's a good size for a prep sink?

  • When thinking about your prep sink size, keep in mind where the prep sink will go and how you will use it most
  •  Dual sinks are generally placed on opposite ends of the kitchen
  • Prep sinks can be as small as 14'' round, usually when used in a bar area
  • Heavy-duty veggie sinks can be over 20'' (when round) and over 30'' (when rectangular)

Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

 

What else should fit in my island layout?

  • When thinking about your ideal island design, will it include tons of storage? More counter space? A place to add a wine refrigerator?
  • Many island have two-sided cabinets for easy-access storage
  • If you want counter space, re-think adding a prep sink (even a small sink can take up more space than you realize)
  • An island may be the ideal place to add a drink fridge

This island, from a version of the Dinsmore by Frank Betz, is approximately 10' long.

Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

 

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21 Best Ways to Style Interior Columns - from Wainscot to Stone

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 @ 15:11 PM

21 Interior Column Photos

Photos of Raleigh Home Designs with Columns

Get ideas for your new home design from these "best interior column styles" found in Raleigh, NC Stanton homes.  While some interior columns provide structural support, others are purely decorative. 

See photos of detailed trim, classic wainscoting wraps, stone columns, and textured colors. 

Interior Column Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Interior Columns with White Wainscoting Wrap

These interior columns feature a 1/3 height picture frame wainscoting wrap-around.  Crown molding blends the columns into the kitchen-great room wall:

Interior Column Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Here is another example of how to use white wainscoting on columns: 

Interior Column Photos | Raleigh New Homes

White trim extends the full height of these great room columns. The trim follows the archway opening, and extends across the entire open concept room:

Interior Column Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Kitchen Pass-Through Columns

Love the idea of a kitchen pass through? Side columns support the window opening between the kitchen and great room: 

Interior Column Photos | Raleigh New Homes

These kitchen square columns are more contemporary, especially without the archway entries: 

Interior Column Photos | Raleigh New Homes

And here's a farmhouse style home, with painted columns in the kitchen pass-through (and formal dining room):

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Half-Height Interior Columns

These half-height white columns create an open flow between the breakfast room and sun room, positioned on a half wall:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

 

White columns and soft grey tones keep the open concept plan bright and airy: 

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

 

White columns aren't just for Greek facades anymore. White columns in Roman or traditional styles are popping up in new custom home designs in entryways, family rooms, great rooms, master suites, and highlighted hallways: 

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Faux Column Designs

These stone columns are purely decorative - built with the same stone on the front porch and interior two sided fireplace. In this version of The Bryson, the grey coffer ceiling draws out the grey tones in the stone:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Inside this version of the Dinsmore, we also see the exterior stone made into interior columns, in the formal dining room. While the columns are load bearing, the stone itself is decorative: 

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Located just off the main foyer entrance, these half-width white columns flank the master suite door: 

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

See more master suite entrance designs here.

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:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

 

Archway entrances feature white trim wraps, designed with a column frame that stretches across the opening:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

 

Painted Interior Columns

These painted interior columns between the great room and kitchen extend above the archways. Crown molding on top keep the columns feeling formal: 

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Double columns - painted in a rustic red - lend traditional formality to this formal dining room with crystal hanging light and trey ceiling:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

These living room support columns are painted to match the main walls. These columns are designed to blend into the  open concept living spaces:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Archway entrances are a staple in new custom home design. These archways - with columns between, give the kitchen and living room just enough separation:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Here's another example of painted interior columns that frame archway entrances to the formal dining room:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Interior White Columns

The white painted Roman column, wainscoting, trim, and coffer ceiling off-set the deep red dinning room walls:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

White and black tones create powerful contrast in this contemporary custom home. Three white columns frame the formal dining room:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

 

These custom homes are move-in ready, or nearly available, in Chatham County. Click the address for new home cost and more information:

Brookhaven Way – 3144 Sq Ft – First Floor Guest Suite – Move-in Ready Home 

152 Brookhaven Way – 3474 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction

280 Horizon Drive - 3430 Sq Ft - First Floor Master and Guest - New Home Under Construction 

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