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7 Ways to Craft Your Front Entrance Design | Raleigh New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 @ 13:09 PM

Raleigh New Home Front Entrance Designs

Ideas for Your Front Entrance

Your front entrance will make a big impact on the curb appeal of your home. Get inspired by these entry designs - with photos of stamped concrete, colored concrete, flagstone, and tile exterior entrances.

Stamped Concrete Front Entrance #1: 

This ranch style home - defined by an open floor plan and comfortable ties to the outdoors - is filled with custom flourishes, including a stamped, colored concrete front entrance.

Front Entrance Designs | Raleigh New Homes

The stamped concrete design acts as a pathway leading to the front door. The curved pathway balances with the archway portico and arched windows. 

Front Entrance Designs | Raleigh New Homes

Touches of an Arts and Crafts style appear throughout - just inside this two door front entrance - as built in bookcases, coffering, and art nooks. Take a look inside this Raleigh new home - here. 

Stamped Concrete Front Entrance #2:

Curved brick steps lead to the stamped concrete front entrance. A stately double column portico frames the vaulted ceiling design with arched openings. 

Front Entrance Designs | Raleigh New Homes

You'll find European design details inside this medieval gone modern custom home.  

 

Flagstone Front Entrance Design #1: 

Stone risers and curved flagstone steps lead to a stunning front portico wrapped in stone. 

Flagstones were chosen based on their size and color composition - with hits of blue, brown, and gold - hues that appear throughout this exterior design

These flagstones were stamped on-site, to craft a fully custom front entrance. 

Front Entrance Designs | Raleigh New Homes

This exterior design also features a vaulted ceiling with bead board and trim design, statement-making white columns, and a dark stained front door with arched prairie grid transome above offer subtle natural light inside. Tour this home in a photo gallery - here. 

Flagstone Front Entrance Design #2: 

A flagstone pathway leads from the side-entry garage to this tucked-in front porch, also topped in flagstone. 

This home exterior, built on a heavily wooded lot, centers on a more succinct range of mahogany tones (with an emphasis on browns and reds rather than blues and golds).  

Front Entrance Designs | Raleigh New Homes

See more photos of this Chapel Hill home - including the colored, stamped concrete patio - here.

 

Flagstone Front Entrance Design #3:

Flagstones are a natural material - and come in a wide variety of colors and hues. Because they are flat stones, they make great walkways and entrances.

This country custom home features flagstones with a much more varied color scheme - including creams, yellows, reds, and browns, with a hit of blue. 

Front Entrance Designs | Raleigh New Homes

The browns and reds blend into the red home exterior siding and stone. The creams and yellows lighted up the pathway to the front door. See additional angles of this home exterior, here.  

Tile Front Entrance Design: 

While exterior tile designs are typically associated with Mediterranean style homes that use brightly colored accent tiles, a natural tile floor pattern distinguishes this modern home exterior. 

An exterior tile design can be a practical choice - especially when covered by a front portico. 

 

Front Entrance Designs | Raleigh New Homes

Get a glimpse inside this Raleigh custom home, here. 

Colored Concrete Front Entrance Design: 

Colored concrete flows from the driveway to the front door, creating a smooth, uninterrupted front entrance design. 

Soft and creamy brick arches above the windows and a herringbone design above the front door add character to the tan, brown, and mauve color scheme.

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Contact Stanton Homes to learn more about building a custom home in North Carolina. 

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Top 5 Breakfast Rooms | Five Styles that Stand Out

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 @ 05:03 AM

Top 5 Breakfast Rooms

Floor Plan Ideas

Floor plans that incorporate the flexibility and convenience of a breakfast room are a top request for new homes. Below are our top 5 most popular breakfast room designs - from efficient and casual to elegant and formal.

Breakfast room design #1

Top 5 breakfast rooms | Most popular floor plans with breakfast nook

 

Breakfast rooms are commonly located between the kitchen and great room.

This floor plan design reflects a sweeping curved bay area - a modification to a plan that originally portrayed an angled breakfast room.

This space is perfect for a long table, centered under the hanging light.




Top 5 breakfast rooms | Most popular floor plans with breakfast nook

 The curved bay design gives this custom home an open, flowing feel.

 And the windows let tons of light into the kitchen and great rooms, for an even more airy effect.

 The original layout is fantastic too, with sharply angled walls creating a completely usable area.

 See more photos of this custom home here.

 

 

 

Breakfast room design #2

Top 5 breakfast rooms | Most popular floor plans with breakfast nookFor a breakfast room with more distinct boundaries, a semi-separation can add just enough definition without taking away a sense of openness. 

In this second example, the breakfast room still sits between the kitchen and great room, but an additional wall provides a more distinct look between the rooms.

 

The bay bump-out opens up this breakfast room, allowing for a larger table.

 

 

Top 5 breakfast rooms | Most popular floor plans with breakfast nook

 The Breakfast Room bumps out, then angles back in to allow a mirror bump out for the Great Room.

 

 

See more photos of this custom home here.

 

 

 

Breakfast room design #3

Top 5 breakfast rooms | Most popular floor plans with breakfast nookA breakfast rooms usually serves as a secondary, more casual dining space.

In our third example, this breakfast room was designed with more formal appeal, through features typically seen in a formal dining room: wainscoting, crown molding, vaulted ceiling, and transoms above every window.

 

 

Top 5 breakfast rooms | Most popular floor plans with breakfast nook

 A 13 foot by 12 foot breakfast room is large and versatile. A table could seat eight comfortably in this space.

The breadth and formality of the breakfast room frees up the formal dining room at the front of the home, which can easily be converted into a home office.

See more photos of this custom home here.

 

 

 

Breakfast room design #4

Top 5 Breakfast Rooms | Five Styles that Stand Out for 2013

This custom home design added a second "island" as a built in breakfast table.

 

The homeowners wanted to combine the feeling of a breakfast room table with the functionality of a kitchen island.

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Breakfast Rooms | Five Styles that Stand Out for 2013

 

A different cabinet and counter top styles and colors were chosen to off-set the table-height island and create a smooth transition from the kitchen to great room.

 

This island allows seating for up to five people.

 

Breakfast room design #5

Top 5 breakfast rooms | Most popular floor plan designs

 

Floor plans with a breakfast room situated directly between the kitchen and great room are another popular request from homebuyers who want to build a custom home with everything just the way they want it.

This custom home, a version of the Azalea Park, provides an open design, functionality, and special architectural details that add distinction.

The arched entrance and picture cut-outs really open up this home with artistic details.

 

Top 5 breakfast rooms | Most popular floor plans with breakfast nook

 

 

See more photos of this home here.

A version of the Azalea Park is for sale - click here to learn more.

 

 

 

It's easy to make your own breakfast room space, when you work with an award winning design team like ours, that walks you through the entire process - from creating a floor plan with a breakfast room design you love, to finishing the effect with trim color, lighting fixtures, and furniture placement. You're never held back to a certain set of plans when you create your own environment with a truly custom builder. Contact Stanton Homes to learn more about building a custom home in North Carolina.

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Top 3 Multigenerational House Plans | Build a Multigenerational Home

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 @ 10:02 AM

Top 3 Luxury Multigenerational House Plans

Build a Multigenerational Home

We expect to see the more requests for multigenerational and mother in law suite homes.

Multigenerational house plans - also called mother in law suite homes - can be difficult to find. Below are our top 3 multigenerational homes. Let us know what layouts, designs, and features you like most. We’ll listen to your ideas and design and build a multigenerational home just for you.

 

Top 3 Multigenerational House Plans #1: Apartment over the garage

Top 3 Multigenerational House Plans | Build a Multigenerational Home

This first multigenerational design - an Alan Mascord floor plan - is a colonial style multigenerational house plan.

This home is 6,679 square feet with four bedrooms, three full baths, and one half bath.

 

 

 

Top 3 Multigenerational House Plans | Build a Multigenerational Home

 

Special floor plan features include:

 - A two bedroom apartment over the garage

 - Full length front porch

 - First floor office, sunroom, club room, and kids room

 - Second floor library

 While this home is very large, the concept of having a separate apartment over the garage definitely hits the Top 3 Multigenerational Living list.


Top 3 Multigenerational House Plans | Build a Multigenerational Home

 The second floor master suite with sitting room is a 2013 design trend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 3 Multigenerational House Plans #2: Dual master design

Top 3 Multigenerational House Plans | Build a Multigenerational Home

This next multigenerational design - also by Alan Mascord - is a European country style house plan.

This home is 6,847 square feet with five bedrooms, five full baths, and one half bath.

 

 

 

 

 

Top 3 Multigenerational House Plans | Build a Multigenerational Home

 This home features two master suites - one on the first and second floor.

Additional popular floor plan features include: 

 - Separate laundry and mudroom

 - Kitchen with island designed for seating

 - Multiple living and bonus room areas

 - Tons of storage space, with walk in closets, nooks, and cabinets

 - Angled garage

 

 

 

Top 3 Multigenerational House Plans | Build a Multigenerational Home

 

This floor plan also includes a master suite with sitting room and second story porch!

 

Top 3 Multigenerational House Plans #3: Guest suite  design

Top 3 Multigenerational House Plans | Build a Multigenerational Home

 

This last multigenerational design by Alan Mascord is a French country style house plan with guest suite.

"Guest suite floor plan" is another name for multigenerational
style homes.

This home is 5,279 square feet with five bedrooms, five full baths, and two half baths.

  

 

 Top 3 Multigenerational House Plans | Build a Multigenerational Home

 This home features a first floor guest suite and second floor master suite.

Additional popular floor plan features include:

 - Huge island kitchen open to great room

 - Formal dining with fireplace

 - Second floor games room and library

 

 

 

Top 3 Multigenerational House Plans | Build a Multigenerational Home

This home is perfect for part time or long term live-in guests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get started here with - find more multigenerational house plans online.

Or tell us what you’re looking for. We’ll search our vast databanks and email you more ideas. We have access to tens of thousands of plans from virtually every architect and floor plan source.


 

*Floorplans and exterior renditions are Copyright Alan Mascord & Associates.  Used with permission. 

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