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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 Sink Sizes | Single or Double Bowl?

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jan 05, 2017 @ 13:01 PM

Best Sizes for a Kitchen Sink - How to Choose Between One or Two Bowls

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

Kitchen Sink Sizes | Single or Double Bowl?

 

Single Bowl Sinks

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

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

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

kitchen sink one or two bowls

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

Kitchen Sink Sizes | Single or Double Bowl?

Apron front (farmhouse) sinks, like the one pictured here, are usually designed as a single bowl sink. (See photos of a white apron front farmhouse sink here.)

Kitchen Sink Sizes | Single or Double Bowl?

Double Bowl Sinks:

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

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

Kitchen Sink Sizes | Single or Double Bowl?

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

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

Kitchen Sink Sizes | Single or Double Bowl?

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

Kitchen Sink Sizes | Single or Double Bowl?

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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12 Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 @ 11:11 AM

Craftsman House Plans for Raleigh NC Custom Homes

Craftsman homes continue to be one of the most popular design requests for Raleigh NC custom homes. Classic and contemporary craftsman homes have similar design features, such as: 

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Architecture that emphasizes simple lines, but with detailed accents

Stone accents, especially on front porches

Decorative cross hatches on eaves

Square or horizontal rectangular windows



12 Ideas for a Craftsman exterior:

From traditional designs to exteriors with contemporary modifications, these Raleigh NC custom homes will give you exterior paint color ideas:  

Exterior Style #1: English Country Craftsman Exterior Paint Colors

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #2: Two Story Craftsman House Plans

This craftsman home includes tons of windows to take advantage of the wooded, acreage lot views. 

Craftsman ideas include: beams in the cross hatches, metal roof accents, stone accents, craftsman style wood and stone porch column, and white trim details. 

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #3: Country Craftsman Estate

Although craftsman home exterior colors have historically emphasized complementary earth tones (you'll see several examples below), many contemporary Raleigh custom homes are starting to incorporate brighter and bolder exterior paint colors.

This version of The Horse Country Estate blends natural earth-colored stone accents with brown garage doors and trim, alongside earthy orange/brown tone siding.

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #4: Urban Craftsman

Craftsman exteriors often incorporate natural materials, including stone siding and exposed wood details.

Historically, rafter tails were literally rafters that extended past the roof for structural support. Today, rafter tails are often added as decorative pieces designed to increase curb appeal by "exposing" more of the home structure. 

Below is an example of a subtle use of exposed rafter tails (added to accentuate the front porch roofline): 

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #5: Traditional Craftsman

Complementary vertical and horizontal lines -- particularly in the roof peaks -- are common craftsman touches found in traditional exteriors.

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #6: Craftsman Ranch

This ranch style (single level) craftsman home features a blend of earthy tones that reflect shades akin to fields and forests.

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #7: Contemporary Mountain Craftsman

Check out the windows on this contemporary craftsman exterior. Square windows are more common on craftsman homes, as well as linear rectangle windows (like the ones located above the garage).

Note how wide and short -- rather than thin and tall -- several of these windows are:

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #8: Contemporary Craftsman

White and grey exteriors are popular contemporary color combinations. This home is equal parts urban contemporary and craftsman.

While round columns replace square tapered columns, stone bases blend in a touch of traditional craftsmanship.

Take a look inside this home to see more craftsman details in the floor plan layout, staircase design, and efficient use of space.

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #9: Country Craftsman

Tapered square wood columns paired with stone bases are a staple for many traditional craftsman home exteriors. 

Deep eaves are another common arts and crafts touch.

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #10: Cottage Craftsman

As a bungalow style home, this exterior emphasizes a contrast between dark brown finishes and neutral green siding. Stone column bases and steps lighten up the front porch.

A low pitch roof stands out as a common craftsman exterior design.

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #11: French Country Craftsman

Dark red, a bold choice for a craftsman home, follows the French design of this craftsman home.

Another traditional French country home design addition is the non-symmetrical front with a single curved roofline accent.

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #12: Hillside Craftsman

This Raleigh custom home highlights the craftsman trend of incorporating windows arranged in groups, often with a simple geometrical design. 

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

 

More Info On Craftsman Style Homes and Floor Plans: 

- What is an Arts and Crafts home?

- Where to find Craftsman house plans

- 10 Popular Craftsman floor plans


Raleigh, North Carolina Craftsman Homes:

When building a custom home in North Carolina, you can choose which craftsman details you love, and which to leave out. For instance, craftsman floor plan elements include:

Limited hallways in the floor plan

1x4, 1x6, and 1x8 interior trim treatments

Built-in storage including bookshelves, cabinets, or niches

Staircases with (wood) square balusters and newell posts

What do you love about these popular home exterior styles, and what would you change? Tell us about your new home ideas -- click here to get started on building your new home



 

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Which Master Bath is Best for Me? | Raleigh Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 @ 10:09 AM

Master Bathroom Photos: Barrel vaults, white columns, separate vanities, tile tub surround, his and her shower

You're guaranteed to spend a significant amount of time in your master bathroom. What features, layout options, and finishes are most important in keeping your morning and evening routines on track?

His and Her Master Bath Plans | Raleigh Custom Homes

Scroll to view side-by-side photos of two ways to build The Cotswold master bath, from Frank Betz.

Separate his and hers vanities with an alcove tub (and shower across the way):

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Dark or light colored vanity tops?

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Arched built in art niches, or space for classic white columns?

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Archway above the his and her shower (with shower heads on each end)?  Or wide open spaces with white subway tile?

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 Is this master bathroom too large? What would you take out?

See the Cotswold Floor Plan here.



 
 
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More Side-by-Side Photos of The Cotswold:

Foyer

Great Room

Kitchen

Master Suite

Dining

Sun Room

 

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Farmhouse Pictures | Building a Farmhouse in Raleigh

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

Farmhouse Photos Part 3: Master Bed, Bath, Closet and Laundry Room Ideas

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!


Farmhouse Bathroom Design - Vanity #1:

The farmhouse master bathroom has a linear footprint with a shared his and her vanity along one wall and tub/shower along the opposite wall.

  • 18x18 ROCK CREEK GLACIER tile floor
  • ASH MARBLE counter top
  • MAPLE cabinets with CRANBERRY stain and BLACK glaze, full overlay, laminate interiors and dovetail soft close drawers

Farmhouse Bathroom Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

Farmhouse Bathroom Design - Vanity #2:

  • 18x18 EKKO RUGGED BROWN tile floor
  • CAROLINA CREAM counter top
  • MAPLE cabinets with ANTIQUE WHITE paint, full overlay, laminate interiors and dovetail soft close drawers

Farmhouse Bathroom Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

 

Farmhouse Bathroom Design - Tile Tub and Shower #1:

The first farmhouse bath connects the tub surround and shower, leaving space for a shared bench inside the shower. Note the tub faucet on the side of the tub.

  • 13x13 ROCK CREEK GLACIER tile tub and shower
  • 3x3 SEA OTTER tile shower floor
  • Linear mosaic tile accent in shower

Farmhouse Bathroom Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

Farmhouse Bathroom Design - Tile Tub and Shower #2:

The tub in the second farmhouse bath is a touch larger. There is no bench in the shower, leaving space for the tub faucet on the shower side.

  • 10x13 EKKO RUGGED BROWN tile tub and shower
  • Linear mosaic tile accent in shower at eye level

Farmhouse Bathroom Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

Farmhouse Master Bedroom Design #1:

What type of windows do you want in your master bedroom? How about a trey ceiiling?

These windows are tall, extending almost to floor level. The trey ceiling is a simple design, with white crown molding.

Farmhouse Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

Farmhouse Master Bedroom Design #2:

Compare these master bedroom trey ceilings - this one has a ribbon accent (Sherwin Williams 6106 KILIM BEIGE paint). Three windows are raised in this bedroom, for a square craftsman look that leaves space for the bedroom furniture below.

Farmhouse Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

Farmhouse Walk in Closet Design #1:

How big is a walk in closet? What types of storage are most important in a master closet?

The first farmhouse includes built in shelving in a wall that divides the his and her closet space. The farmhouse plan includes TWO windows in the master closet.

Farmhouse Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

Farmhouse Walk in Closet Design #2:

Instead of extra shelves, the second farmhouse includes a second hanging rod for short clothing and a towel rack - for storing your shower towl in the dressing area of this huge walk in closet layout.

Farmhouse Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

Farmhouse Laundry Room Design #1:

Do you want a large laundry room with folding counter top?

Farmhouse Laundry Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

Farmhouse Laundry Room Design #2:

Or a mudroom style laundry with built in sink, expanded counter top, and extra storage cabinets?

Farmhouse Laundry Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

 

 


COMPARE MORE PHOTOS IN THESE RALEIGH FARMHOUSE PLANS:

Miss the first two parts to this Raleigh farmhouse story?

Click here for Part One of this post (farmhouse exterior, kitchen)

Click here for Part Two of this post (farmhouse great room, dining room, entry)

 


 

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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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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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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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What's the Ideal Size for a Mudroom? | Builder Brothers

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 @ 10:04 AM

Written by Phil Travars | Builder Brothers

Best Mudroom Designs:

Phil.jpgEasily accessible storage can be a valuable feature in your custom home - and you can really get creative with it, as we plan your most important areas together. 

Mudrooms are one of my favorite places to build-in storage areas. It's usually one of the best spots in the home to consider a Drop Zone, where kids can quickly tuck in all their stuff, keeping it out of the way and easy to retrieve. Depending on your floor plan, it may even be something that can be added when your home is underway - we can talk about it when we do your interior trim walkthrough together. 

Here are some of my perspectives on mudroom ideas for Raleigh new homes.


What is the ideal size for a mudroom, with built in storage?

A typical mudroom with storage can be in 5'x5' to 5'x7' range, or 25 to 35 sq ft. These dimensions leave space for a built in bench with hooks, cubbies, and storage so that everyone has a designated place to put belongings they want to find fast when they head outside. Whether you want cubbies underneath, like in the picture below, or you'd rather have a bench with hinges so you can open it up and tuck things inside, we work with your ideas. 

What's the Ideal Size for a Mudroom? | Raleigh Custom Homes

Mudrooms that double as laundry rooms are often a bit bigger - about 7'x10' or 70 sq ft. Separate mudroom and laundry rooms are more common in homes when all the bedrooms are located on the second floor. 

What is a Mudroom used for?

Mudrooms are designed as the passageway between the garage and living space, to absorb the "mud" and contain articles that might track in unwanted dust or other outside elements. 

We have even designed and built mudrooms for dogs - so your furry best friend can take a shower before romping around inside.

What's the Ideal Size for a Mudroom? | Raleigh Custom Homes

Having a washing machine nearby is also a popular option, to further contain the aftermath of North Carolina dirt, clay, rain or snow. Some folks even ask for two laundry rooms - one upstairs and one down - to help keep everything neat and clean. 

 

How to Build a Mudroom Into Your House Plan

Even if your floor plan doesn't start with a mudroom, we can often add it. In this Raleigh new home, a version of the Saddleridge B, we made room in the floor plan for a mudroom with a drop zone. You can see other changes we made, as well, to further accommodate lifestyle.

 

What's the Ideal Size for a Mudroom? | Raleigh Custom Homes

 

Shifting the original location of the powder room enabled us to take advantage of the storage nook in the garage, which was used more effectively inside. Instead of "wasted" hallway space, we were able to provide a separate mudroom with drop zone (bench, cubbies, hooks).

 

What's the Ideal Size for a Mudroom? | Raleigh Custom Homes

 

Here are more examples of mudroom storage layouts you're sure to like: Ideabook of Mudrooms with a Drop Zone. Find your favorite layouts, and contact Stanton Homes to get all the details on what it takes to build an ideal mudroom for your family.

 


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About Phil: 

Phil builds uniquely crafted custom homes in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina. He builds relationships with clients the same way he builds their homes - with dedicated attention to detail. Phil has been a trailblazer with Stanton Homes since 2006. In his free time, Phil enjoys running, kayaking, and anything outdoors.

 

 

About the Builder Brothers: 

Builder Brothers Phil and Andrew are just one part of the team at Stanton Homes, which surrounds you with expertise while building stunning custom homes. A little friendly competition is reflected in the details of the extraordinary homes they create. They're all-around nice guys with a lot of smarts, really great ideas, and rare integrity. You'll learn a lot about how to build beautiful homes from the Builder Brothers. 

 

 


 

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