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Dining Room Ideas from Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Sep 30, 2016 @ 09:09 AM

Same Dining Room Dimensions, Two Styles:

See how you can design two very different dining rooms with the same floor plan dimensions. Compare photos, below.  

Dining Room Ideas from Raleigh Custom Home Builders

What does your family meal time look like?

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What size should a formal dining room be? These dining rooms are about 12' x 16.5' with a bay bump out on the front of the home. 

Dining Room Layout #1: Red painted walls, coffer ceiling, white column, wainscoting

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Dining Room Layout #2: Beige painted walls, trey ceiling, art niche, chair rail

Each dining room integrates archways. The first uses an interior white column to bridge two arched ceilings, designed to emphasize an open concept layout with views into the foyer and staircase. 

The second keeps a simple, elegant design with a single archway at each entrance. 

Dining Room Ideas from Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Dining Room Ideas from Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Which version of this floor plan is your favorite, the red paint with white wainscoting or beige paint with chair rail? 

Dining Room Layout #1: Open to the foyer

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Dining Room Layout #2: Archway entrances

See The Cotswold Floor Plan Here

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More Side-by-Side Photos of The Cotswold:

Foyer

Great Room

Kitchen

Master Suite

Master Bath

Dining

Sun Room



 

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Fireplace in the Master Bedroom | Raleigh Floor Plans

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

Master Bedroom Floor Plans with a Sitting Room Attached:

Which master bedroom elements are in your current home, and what would you change for your next house? We'll point out some of the style differences in two versions of the same floor plan - The Cotswold by Frank Betz.

Fireplace in the Master Bedroom Floor Plans


Each master bedroom has a separate "his" closet in the bedroom and a large walk in closet for her, with a cabinet island, through the bathroom. Which would you pick from the photos below: sitting room with vaulted ceiling or hanging light?

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 Love the idea of a fireplace in the master suite, or is it something you'll "never use"?

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One bedroom has wall sconces and a white painted door to the bathroom. The other has hanging lights and glass French doors. Which is your favorite combination?

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Want to know if you can add a fireplace to the master bedroom in your Raleigh new home floor plan? Send us the name/architect or a link to the plan and we'll tell you what it's like to design/build in North Carolina.

See the Cotswold Floor Plan here.

Vote for your favorite Master Bedroom design here:

 

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More Side-by-Side Photos of The Cotswold:

Foyer

Great Room

Kitchen

Master Suite

Master Bath

Sun Room

Dining

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The Culpepper | Raleigh New Home Plan

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Aug 03, 2016 @ 14:08 PM

Featured Floor Plan: The Culpepper

Open floor plans are some of the most requested design for new home, in North Carolina and across the US. We'll show you what an open plan has to offer, using the Culpepper as a floor plan sample from architect Frank Betz.

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Want to knwo what it costs to build the Culpepper on your lot in central North Carolina? Click to find out  more about custom home pricing: 

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Take a look at the floor plans, below.



The Culpepper is 2947 to 3265 sq ft with 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 car side entry garage. Most popular Raleigh home plan elements include:

  • Large island in the kitchen, huge walk in pantry
  • Downstairs master with en suite bath
  • Formal dining, breakfast nook
  • First floor guest bedroom
  • Bonus room over garage, separate game room
  • Large laundry and bench in hallway off garage
  • Two story foyer
  • Buddy bath upstairs

First Floor

On the first floor, we enlarged the island to create an eat-in space that spreads into the family room in order to take advantage of the open concept design. A hallway bench and walk in pantry offer tons of first floor storage space.

The fifth bedroom is located on the far side of the floor plan, close to the first floor bathroom, laundry, and garage entrance (as a "secondary" entrance zone away from front door traffic patterns). A first floor guest suite offers one method of multi-generational living.

A sitting alcove in the master makes your retreat space more flexible. The en suite bath is a cost effective layout.

 

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Second Floor

A bonus room above the garage makes good use of space. The upstairs kids' rooms share a bathroom, while an optional guest bedroom has an en suite bath.

We added a game room to the floor plan, in place of the two story family room.

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Tags: first floor master, first floor guest bedroom, raleigh floor plans, Frank Betz

Favorite Main Floor Master Floor Plans | The Summerlake

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jun 01, 2016 @ 09:06 AM

Popular Floor Plan Ideas:

The Summerlake is 3284 sq ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Popular floor plan elements include:

  • Island kitchen looking into vaulted family room
  • Downstairs master suite with his and hers closets
  • First floor office or 4th bedroom
  • Upstairs bonus room
  • Covered front porch
  • Large laundry with sink

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Favorite Main Floor Master Floor Plans | The Summerlake

Photo Copyright Frank Betz/Builder.



Exterior Style Options:

Whether you love arts and crafts features or traditional home design, the Summerlake is a flexible plan with a range of exterior style options. 

Favorite Main Floor Master Floor Plans | The Summerlake

Photo Copyright Frank Betz/Builder.

Take a look inside the floor plan of the Summerlake:

Summerlake First Floor Plan

Downstairs, the a traditional layout opens from the foyer and formal dining room. The angled island kitchen overlooks the vaulted family room. A breakfast room and raised eating bar give informal eating space. The master suite is large, with connected his and hers vanities and separate changing area beside the shower.

Favorite Main Floor Master Floor Plans | The Summerlake

Summerlake Second Floor Plan

Upstairs, an open study loft / pocket office provide homework space for kids near the upstairs bedrooms and bonus room.

Favorite Main Floor Master Floor Plans | The Summerlake




Raleigh New Homes by Stanton 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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What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor Plans

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 @ 10:11 AM

What makes a "Princess Suite" floor plan unique? 

A Princess Suite usually refers to a secondary bedroom on the second floor with:

  • Private bath room
  • Expanded or walk in closet
  • Slightly greater sq ft than other secondary bedrooms
  • Special features, such as a built in seat or sitting area

Some home buyers use the princess suite as a guest bedroom, with all the same amenities. Search our floor plan gallery for princess suite home ideas. 


What does a Princess Suite floor plan include?

Princess Suite Floor Plan Feature #1: Private Bathroom

The Avonstone Manor, copyright Garrell Associates, includes a princess suite on the second floor. This suite features:

  • Private bath with corner soaking tub and separate tile shower
  • Walk in closet
  • Built in desk / storage area

What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor PlansTake a look inside this Princess Suite from a version of the Avonstone Manor built by Stanton Homes near Raleigh, North Carolina: Click here for a full gallery of this custom home.

Princess Suite Floor Plan Feature #2: Expanded Closet

The Graystone Park, copyright Frank Betz, features a second floor Princess Suite with expanded walk in closet. This closet rivals master bedroom storage space.

What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor Plans

The Longleaf, home plan by Frank Betz, includes five bedrooms, four and a half baths, and a second story Princess Suite.

The Princess Suite also includes a walk in closet - in a more typical size - as well as private bathroom. 

What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor Plans

Bedrooms 3 and 4 share a Jack and Jill style bath.

Princess Suite Floor Plan Feature #3: Additional Sq Ft

Typical secondary or "kids" bedrooms are generally 12'x12' or 12x11' for a total of 132 to 144 sq ft.

What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor PlansThis floor plan, The Timbersedge by Alan Mascord, features an expanded secondary bedroom.

The princess suite is 13'x13', not including the foyer-style entry and attached bath with separate toilet room and vanity area.

Princess Suite Floor Plan Feature #4: Bay Sitting Area

This Princess Suite - from The Kensington copyright Alan Mascord - centers around the bay sitting area.

What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor Plans

Princess Suite Floor Plan Feature #5: Built in Bench

The Parnell, copyright Alan Mascord, features a princess suite with built-in window bench. This suite also includes:

  • Private bathroom with tub/shower combination
  • Extra long closet

What is a Princess Suite? NC New Home Floor Plans


How to Build a New Home in North Carolina:

Tell us what floor plan you'd like to build, and we'll show you what it costs to build in central North Carolina. We'll get down to details, including full price estimates for all the floor plan features - and selections - you love.

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Man Cave Ideas | Raleigh Floor Plans with Walkout Basement

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 @ 09:09 AM

Home Plans with Walkout Basements

Looking for home plans with a basement for your "man cave", game room, or hang-out area?

We're seeing more homes that incorporate a walk-out basement with opportunities for creating a "man cave" game room.

Man Cave Idea #1: Game Room with lots of windows

This basement has a wall of windows with views to your mountain-front lot, a wall of built-in bookcases for easy storage, and a wall for your flat screen TV setup.

Man Cave Ideas | Floor Plans with Walkout Basement

Man Cave Idea #2: Pool Table Room

This walk-out basement home offers a pool table room (with hanging light fixture to delineate the space), full bathroom, and a TV wall for game time.

Walk Out Basement Homes | Man Cave Basements

Man Cave Idea #3: Upstairs Media Room

Your man cave doesn't need to go underground. Consider converting a bonus room or bedroom into your personal space.

Personalize that space with a navy accent wall, ready for a flat screen TV. 

Man Cave Ideas | Media Room Design 

Man Cave Idea #4: High-Tech Bonus Room

Into the latest technology? A bonus room with built-in surround sound speakers and smart-phone controls may be the perfect addition to your bonus room "man cave."

Man Cave Ideas | Bonus Room Designs

See 10 more Ways to Use the Bonus Room Above Your Garage

Man Cave Idea #5: Private Room Past the Bonus

If you're looking for more privacy and seclusion, consider floor plans that have a room located through the bonus room - at the far end of your home. 

Man Cave Ideas | Raleigh Floor Plans

If you're searching for a Raleigh basement home, keep in mind that while walk-out basements are fairly common in the Triangle area of North Carolina, traditional full basements are not usually recommended.  

If your lot is sufficiently sloped, an unfinished or finished basement can offer lots of additional square footage, at a much lower cost per square foot than for "above ground" square footage.

Learn more about basement home constuction in the Raleigh area

Raleigh floor plans with a basement game room:

The Summerlyn - Full basement custom home

The Treehouse - Walk-out basement with game room

The Country Manor - Basement with game room

The Penelope - Walk-out basement custom home

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Questions to Ask before Choosing a Floor Plan

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 @ 09:08 AM

Top 10 Questions to Ask before Picking a Floor Plan

Finding the Right Floor Plan

When choosing a floor plan, there's a lot to consider.   Here are top questions to keep in mind before building a home you'll love to live in.

1.   Where do you want to sleep?

A two story plan is usually most cost effective.   But for a number of reasons, you may want to sleep on the first floor.   A one story home usually has the highest price tag, and a main floor master suite plan may offer a good compromise between location and price.

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2.  What kind of lifestyle do you have?

Are you formal, or informal?    The layout of the main living areas should be determined by your lifestyle.   The kitchen can be "out of sight" from guests, or can be completely exposed to the Great Room for an open concept plan.

3.  Can we stay at your house?

Do you have lots of overnight guests?  Do the grandparents come to visit?  

A first floor guest bedroom and full bath can come in very handy.  

Keep in mind that a full guest suite will require some additional square footage, and may mean losing a room elsewhere if you're working to a strict budget.

4.  What does your dream kitchen look like?Huge Island with Seating

Whether a huge island with seating is most important to you, or just having tons of counter space, don't feel too confined by the kitchen layout noted on the floor plan.  

Changing a kitchen layout is one of the easiest things we'll be able to do for you, just let us know what you're looking for and we'll sketch some ideas for you.

 

 

Floor Plans with Front Porches

5.  Is outdoor living just as important as indoor living?

If a front porch, rear porch, or screen porch is an absolute must for you, don't feel limited to floor plans that already picture one of these options.  

Screen porches can be added to nearly any home, and porches are usually easy to add (or subtract!).  

Just keep in mind - the more porches there are, the higher the price tag will be. 

6.  Will you be working at home?

Whether you're working at home, or just want a private room to catch up or web surf, you're not alone.  Home offices are one of our most popular requests right now.   But don't worry if you don't see a room labeled "office" on the plans.   Formal dining rooms are easily converted to full offices, as are formal living rooms.  And even a pocket office can be a great addition.    

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7.  How essential is storage?

Storage can be found in all kinds of places.   What's on the top of today's wish lists?  

A larger pantry (walk in where possible), easy attic storage (can often be found in eaves off the bonus room or other locations), and a big enough coat closet.  

Built in storage centers or an extra large master closet can be key features.

Mudroom Design

 

8.  Is a mudroom important?

Keeping the house organzied with kids around is a constant challenge.  

But a "drop zone" off the garage can go a long way - someplace to store baskets with shoes, coat hooks for backpacks, and even lockers or cabinetry.  

A drop zone can be added in the laundry room, mudroom or hallway. 

9.  What about a basement?

Keep in mind that while walk out basements are fairly common in the Triangle area of North Carolina, full basements are not recommended.   If your lot is sufficiently sloped, an unfinished or finished basement can offer lots of additional square footage, at a much lower cost per square foot than for "above ground" square footage. 

10.  How many bedrooms and baths?

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The number of bedrooms you'll need is probably fairly firm.   But be prepared to be a little flexible on the number of baths, though, if you have a limited budget.   It would be great for each bedroom to have it's own bath, plus a separate powder room for guests, but a "dual door" bath with dual vanities can also help all the kids get ready for school on time, AND help Mom and Dad stay on budget.

 

 

Contact Stanton Homes for floor plan ideas, to get a new home cost estimate, or find out more about building a custom home in North Carolina.

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