New Home Tips, Trends, and Ideas - Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Is Chrome Going to Replace Brushed Nickel?  | Custom Home Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 @ 12:06 PM


We were recently asked this interior home design question, through "Ask Andrea":

Is chrome going to stay around, or is brushed nickel the true classic?

 



Here's Andrea's interior design wisdom, comparing Chrome to Brushed Nickel, Bronze, and Copper fixtures:

Chrome has come back very strong and is being categorized as the long term classic finish.

Brushed nickel is still chosen but people aren't as excited about it.  Bronze is still strong as well. 

Every bathroom faucet finish has its challenges. With bronze there are so many shades of bronze between the light fixtures, the plumbing fixtures, the cabinet hardware, the bath hardware, and the door hardware! In the end, we always make it work, blending the different metal colors together.

People seem to love bronze for door hardware because they love bronze for foyer fixtures, dining fixtures, ceiling fans, and kitchen pendants, so then they get to the bathroom and a brushed nickel faucet just seems out of place!

Will chrome replace brushed nickel | Raleigh Custom Homes

(Bronze Foyer Light)

For some reason chrome with bronze seems to work better because those two finishes provide much more of a contrast to each other which seems more pleasing to the eye and less random than a brushed nickel faucet in an otherwise dominantly bronze home. 

Will chrome replace brushed nickel | Raleigh Custom Homes

(Polished Chrome Shower Head in the same home)

However, now we are in the middle of 2016 and the designers love gold!  Of course they do--but its GOLD and not the gold-looking polished brass from the late 80's and 90's. So if you want the glamour of the latest in your powder room or master bath, then mixing it with bronze is going to be the easiest way to go

What about copper you ask? Copper is also mixing well with bronze. Copper is finish you want if you are going for either rustic refined, or industrial, or even organic. Having a touch or two of copper in a signature piece such as a range hood or a bar sink, or free standing tub, or kitchen pendants or even just cabinet hardware or my latest, a front door kick plate, is just the touch you need. We have done all of those in one Stanton Home or another over the past year, mixed in again, mostly with bronze.  That's the heavy on metal.

Will chrome replace brushed nickel | Raleigh Custom Homes

Copper Freestanding Tub

 

Will chrome replace brushed nickel | Raleigh Custom Homes

Copper Range Hood

Will chrome replace brushed nickel | Raleigh Custom Homes

Copper Kitchen Pendant Lights

 

Will chrome replace brushed nickel | Raleigh Custom Homes

Copper Cabinet Hardware

 



Interior Design Tips:

Andrea has helped mix and match finish colors in dozens of North Carolina custom homes.

See what Andrea recommends for when to mix bronze faucets with stainless steel sinks, here.

And get ideas for two-tone kitchens that mix cabinet colors and finishes, here.

Have a kitchen or interior design trend question for your new home?  Ask Andrea, and she'll let you know all the latest in custom home and design/build trends!   Andrea works closely with each Stanton Homes client to help design homes that fit every lifestyle and taste.  


 

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Pocket Office, Drop Zone, and More - This Floor Plan Hits All the Hot Spots | Raleigh New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 @ 09:10 AM

It's tough to find a floor plan that hits everything on the wish list!  We're highlighting some designs that have done a great job making everything work, without unnecessarily supersizing your new home.   The "Poplar Place" is a Frank Betz home plan with 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom floor plan with just over 2,500 sq ft of heated living space (the two car garage can be designed as front entry or side entry).

Raleigh New Home Floor Plan ModificationsPoplar Place exterior rendering copyright Frank Betz, Inc.

See the most common custom modifications homebuyers request for this floor plan - and then request a full build cost estimate from Stanton Homes - for the Raleigh, NC area.

Popular Floor Plan Features:  

The Poplar Place includes many of the most requested floor plan features in a Raleigh new home, including: 

  • An open, spacious Kitchen with a large island and seating
  • A first floor Pocket Office in addition to the first floor Guest Room
  • An oversized first floor Guest Bedroom with walk in closet, in place of the smaller bedroom with standard size closet
  • A drop zone and Mudroom, instead of a garage door that opens straight into the Dining area
  • His and hers closets with separate access
  • Separated his and hers vanities
  • More flexibility on the second floor: Bedroom 3 can also be converted into a very large open Loft or enclosed Game Room
  • Attic storage on the second floor

Raleigh New Home Floor Plan ModificationsPoplar Place First Floor Plan copyright Frank Betz, Inc.

Raleigh New Home Floor Plan Modifications

Poplar Place Second Floor Plan copyright Frank Betz, Inc.

How to Modify this Custom Home Floor Plan:

When working with an experienced custom home builder, here are a few examples of custom modifications that can be made to the Poplar Place: 

Floor Plan Modification #1: Delete the Jack and Jill Bath Portion of "Bedroom 2"

Removing a portion of the Jack and Jill bath allows you to extend the Laundry Room and include a long Folding Counter or other built-in storage options.  The bath is still extremely workable for multiple children with the tub/shower split and the dual vanity option.

Raleigh New Home Floor Plan Modifications

Floor Plan Modification #2: Add a Loft

The layout of this Raleigh floor plan allows you to convert either Bedroom 3 or Bedroom 4 to an Open Loft, unless five bedrooms are desired. 

Raleigh New Home Floor Plan Modifications

Floor Plan Modification #3: Add a Walk Up Third Floor

Based on the existing layout, a custom home builder can move the entrace to Bedroom 4 and wrap the staircase into a third floor to create additional, cost-effective square footage.   The roofline will be modified with this version.

Raleigh New Home Floor Plan Modifications

 


Custom Home Builders in North Carolina:

We’d love to talk with you about your lifestyle, budget and preferences you have in mind for your North Carolina custom home.

We will work with you to find, modify, or design the perfect plan - with custom touches like these red-line updates in the Poplar Place floor plan. Contact Stanton Homes to get started on the new home building process.


 

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Seven Sunroom Window and Layout Ideas for New Homes in Raleigh

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 @ 08:09 AM

Home Plans with a Sunroom:

Relax in the natural light of a sunroom - designed to enhance your view.

These Raleigh new home sunrooms come in all shapes and sizes, with window walls, and unique flooring ideas for your new home.

See floor plans of the homes pictured below:

Contact Stanton Homes to learn what it costs to build a custom home in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. 



Sunroom Layouts, Window Designs, and Features

Sun rooms designed for the seasonal climate in North Carolina include:

1. Sunroom with see through or two-sided fireplace

This is a year-round sun room is designed for soaking up the summer sun and staying warm on cold winter evenings. The two-sided fireplace leads between the sun room and great room. 

Sun Room Photos | Raleigh New Homes with Sunroom

2. Sunroom with built in bench

You can tuck hidden storage into your sun room, with a built-in bench below the windows. This sun room runs along the kitchen wall, for an out-of-the-way relaxation area that stays separate from the great room. See a photo gallery of the rest of this home, click here. 

Sun Room Photos | Raleigh New Homes with Sunroom

 

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3. Sunroom with Interior window wall

While less traditional in terms of home plan layout, we're seeing more home buyer requests for interior windows between the great room and sun room. In this home, a version of the Whitehaven, a large picture window offers views between the two main "hang out" areas of the home.  

Sun Room Photos | Raleigh New Homes with Sunroom

4. Sunroom with coffer ceiling treatment

Plenty of windows - and French glass doors - are must-have for a sun room design, ceiling treatments can turn a casual relaxation area into a formal space for guests to gather. 

In this version of the Chapel Ridge, a two-tone coffered ceiling with indoor fan accents the sun room. 

Sun Room Photos | Raleigh New Homes with Sunroom 

5. Bay style sunroom with vaulted ceiling

View from the breakfast room, looking into the open concept sun room. The kitchen bar area (with wine refrigerator and rack) fits a flat screen TV, placed especially for a sports-loving family who wants to watch the game from the island.

Sun Room Photos | Raleigh New Homes with Sunroom

Here is another angle of the sun room, from the wine wall:

Sun Room Photos | Raleigh New Homes with Sunroom 

6. Craftsman sunroom windows 

Rather than accenting the ceiling with a coffer or vault, this sun room focuses on craftman trim details - with hand-built frames around the windows.

A square ceiling fan light gives a touch of contemporary design to the modern craftsman home - photographed in a version of the McAlvany.

 Sun Room Photos | Raleigh New Homes with Sunroom

7. Breakfast Room / Sunroom design

If you're looking to downsize your home, or for ways to maximize the efficiency of the spaces in a larger floor plan, a breakfast room / sun room combination can make great use of space. 

This breakfast room, located on the rear corner of the home plan, lets in tons of natural light. If you want to designate a formal dining space, consider converting a corner space such as this into an open concept sun room. 

Sun Room Photos | Raleigh New Homes with Sunroom

 

 When you build a truly custom home, your builder can tell you how much flexibility your floor plan layout allows - and how to redesign to meet your needs. 



More Sun Room and Indoor-Outdoor Living Photos:

How will you use your sunroom? Before you know what specialty rooms to include in your Raleigh new home, take a family poll on how often you use the spaces you have now. A sun room can give you the best of both worlds, when deciding between indoor and outdoor living space. 
 
 
If you're looking for more outdoor-oriented spaces, check out these photos of front porches and screen porches, too.
 


 

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Dark Cabinets with Light Granite Best Color Combinations [Kitchen Photos]

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Oct 18, 2013 @ 09:10 AM

Best Dark Cabinet and Light Granite Kitchen Color Schemes

Mixing dark kitchen cabinets with light granite

Check out these custom kitchens, through photos of recently-construction Raleigh new homes.  Let's create the perfect combination of dark kitchen cabinets with light granite - and get ideas for your Raleigh custom home.

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Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing dark kitchen cabinets with light granite

When mixing dark and light kitchen features, it's all about balance.

In this version of the Summerlyn, dark espresso cabinets were paired with a white and grey Star Reef light granite counter top. Other color balancing features include:

- Medium brown hardwood floors

- White trim and columns

- Light grey wall paint

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing dark kitchen cabinets with light granite

While color contrast and coordination can bring balance, it is also practical to consider mixing materials and textures.

In this version of the Country Manor, textured stone columns were set against a light ceramic tile back splash, carved wood island legs, and stainless steel metal appliances - set off perfectly with a Bianco Romano light granite.

Other balancing features include:

- Glass front cabinets

- Wood beam ceiling

- Wall of windows

This Raleigh custom home kitchen has all the right features to create a balance of color and texture, from stone to tile, wood, metal, and glass. 

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing dark kitchen cabinets with light granite
Every home built by Stanton Homes is completely unique.

In this version of the Worthington, the home owners chose to mix dark Espresso kitchen cabinets (except for white island cabinets) with light River White granite, using grey as the home's central color - a 2014 new home design trend.

Special features in this Raleigh custom home kitchen include:

- White island with bar seating

- Built-in wine storage and refrigerator

- Grey stained hardwood flooring

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing dark kitchen cabinets with light granite

Another popular way to create the perfect combination of dark kitchen cabinets with light granite is to alternate the perimeter cabinets and granite with the island cabinets and granite. 

In this version of the Summerlyn, one of our most popular Raleigh custom home plans, the home owners loved the idea of mixing dark kitchen cabinets with a white island.

Special features in this Raleigh custom home kitchen include:

- Built-in wine refrigerator

- Pot filler - faucet above the range

- Medium brown hardwood floors

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing dark kitchen cabinets with light granite

Kitchens that integrate tons of tile - in the floor and back splash - are extremely practical for clean-up and maintenance.

In this version of the Chalet Vert, we mixed dark kitchen cabinets with light granite, adding a light tile floor and mixed tone back splash to create a balanced appeal.

The mini-mosaic tile inlay around the entire room helped blend the color palette. Special features in this Raleigh custom home kitchen include:

- Built-in wine refrigerator, and two kitchen sinks

- Tile flooring with extra-long tiles in a grey, textured pattern

- Tile backsplash behind the range hood

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing dark kitchen cabinets with light granite

The layout of your kitchen floor plan can make a big difference in the cabinet and granite colors you mix.

In this version of the Mastrosimone, the open floor plan design welcomed a bright environment while mixing dark kitchen cabinets with light granite.

Special features in this Raleigh custom home kitchen include:

- Angled island open to the keeping room

- Raised eating bar

- Distinct work areas, designed for cooks to work together

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing dark kitchen cabinets with light granite

When you have more room to play with, your kitchen can accommodate darker colors without losing any feeling of openness.

In this version of the Woodlake, the large kitchen floor plan design opened up new possibilities for mixing dark kitchen cabinets with light granite.

Special features in this Raleigh custom home kitchen include:

- Two kitchen sinks

- Two islands - one with a raised eating bar

- Mini-mosaic tile back splash

Each of these Raleigh custom home kitchens rely on practical tips - about how to balance color, texture, and materials - to create a better kitchen.

Raleigh New Home Trends and Ideas - More Kitchen Trends

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Raleigh New Home Design Ideas | Staircases that emphasize overlooks

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Aug 08, 2012 @ 13:08 PM

Raleigh New Home Design Ideas

Staircases that emphasize overlooks

Staircase Design Ideas | Open floor plans with staircase overlooks

Tucked away, right up-front or seen from all sides – today’s most sought-after staircases emphasize overlooks.  

An open design makes all the difference:

Take a look at these North Carolina custom homes with stairways topped with dramatic appeal, and get ideas for your own overlook

 

 

Consider these aspects, in the photos below:  

 - Great room, foyer, and loft overlooks

 - Stained oak stepsStaircase Design Ideas | Open floor plans with staircase overlooks

 - Wrought-iron balusters

 - Dual staircases

Staircase Design Example 1: Two-Sided Overlook - Foyer Staircase

Staircase Design Ideas | Open floor plans with staircase overlooks

In this version of the Mastrosimone design, the open, airy theme prevailing throughout the home is emphasized by the dramatic overlook that completes this stairway, tucked just inside the foyer.

The two-sided overlook provides a spectacular view when looking up as well as looking down.

 

 

 

Staircase Design Example 2: Dual Staircase with Overlook

Staircase Design Ideas | Open floor plans with staircase overlooks

In this version of the Cove design, the front-and-center staircase splits into a dual staircase at its landing.

The staircase to the right leads to a loft, with yet another incredible overlook that carries throughout the hallway.

The staircase to the left leads to bedrooms, with a more private approach to its design.

Custom newel posts with oak detailing add dimension to wrought-iron balusters and create contrast with a beautiful look-through.

Click here to request a cost estimate and flyer with floor plan for the Cove.

 

 

Staircase Design Example 3: Two-Sided Overlook - Tucked Away Stairs

Staircase Design Ideas | Open floor plans with staircase overlooks

In this version of the Carwile design, the staircase is tucked around a corner out of sight – and a striking two-sided overlook is left in full view to capture all the attention as the final statement for the Great Room.

 

See another home that uses this staircase design example - the Dugan

 

 

Staircase Design Example 4: Staircase with Foyer Overlook

Staircase Design Ideas | Open floor plans with staircase overlooks

Staircase Design Ideas | Open floor plans with staircase overlooks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this version of the Gershwin design, the staircase is in full view from the foyer, and the overlook is one-sided.

This cost-effective staircase choice makes the most of features chosen to reflect the ambience of the flow-through, including:

 - Stained oak railing and posts

 - Wrought-iron balusters

 - Dramatic view of the two-story barrel vaulted foyer

 

 

 

 

Staircase Design Ideas | Open floor plans with staircase overlooks

To see more examples of custom home floor plans with unique staircase and overlook designs, find Stanton Homes on Pinterest.

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.

 

 

 

Contact us about the home you have in mind, and we'll work with you to design and build your Raleigh Custom Home. We can work with you to modify nearly any floorplan to incorporate your favorite staircase design features.

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