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Raleigh, NC in America's Top 50 Best Cities | New Homes in Raleigh NC

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Oct 01, 2012 @ 08:10 AM

Raleigh, NC in America's Top 50

Raleigh Ranked 18 in Businessweek's Best Cities

Businessweek.com and Bloomberg Rankings evaluated 100 of America's largest cities to arrive at the top 50 best places to live. Raleigh ranked at number 18. Looking for reasons to relocate to Raleigh, NC? Read on.

What makes Raleigh one of the best cities to live in, in America?

 - Strong median household income of $76,255Raleigh, NC in America's Top 50 | Businessweek's Best Cities

 - Low crime, low unemployment

 - Education: Five universities, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. Public school performance and number of degree holders were considered in the rankings.

 - Historical traditions, with properties as the Mordecai House and Tucker House

 - Recreational opportunities, such as museums, bars, restaurants, parks, professional sports teams

 - Air Quality

What mattered most in Businessweek's 2012 Best Cities to Live ranking?

Leisure amenities, educational metrics and economic metrics, crime, and air quality were given the most weight. 

Building a New Home in Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, NC is a relocation destination. From hundreds of different "Best Place" accolades to the parks, culture, and universities that define the Triangle, Raleigh continues to be chosen as a favorite place to live in America.

Stanton Homes is a Raleigh new home builder offering Raleigh NC New Homes - and we look forward to providing you with an exceptional living experience!

Read the entire Businessweek article here.

Data came from Onboard Informatics and the Trust for Public Land.

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5 Least Popular Raleigh New Home Features

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Oct 01, 2012 @ 08:10 AM

Least Popular Raleigh New Home Features

We love to show off photos of NC custom homes that include all your favorite features. What design trends are we NOT showing you? Here are our top 5 LEAST favorite design features - with some good reasons why they are no longer popular in Raleigh, NC new homes. 

 

1. Brass FixturesDesign Trends to Avoid! | Least Popular New Home Features

In 2012 new homes, brass is out and brushed nickel and oil rubbed bronze are contending for the number one seat. 

Stainless steel fixtures, particularly in the kitchen, are also very popular in Raleigh new homes.

 

 

 

2. Carpet Throughout

Design Trends to Avoid! | Least Popular New Home FeaturesMany new homes are trending towards incorporating hardwood flooring throughout the entire home (or throughout the entire first floor of a home). But that can be expensive, depending on the type of hardwood.

A more popular (and money savvy) alternative is to include carpet in all bedrooms, hallways, staircases, and bonus rooms, with tile in wet areas and hardwoods in the main living areas.

 

 

3. Closed Floor PlansDesign Trends to Avoid! | Least Popular New Home Features

It will be difficult to find a 2012 new custom home in the Raleigh, NC area with a closed floor plan design.

Homeowners are trending towards kitchens open to the great room, vaulted ceiling styles, and more open areas throughout.

Second story overlooks are also a popular way to keep floor plans open.

 

4. Popcorn Ceiling Styles

Design Trends to Avoid! | Least Popular New Home Features

New homeowners opt to include smooth ceilings over popcorn ceilings - and for good reason.

Popcorn ceilings look out-of-date, cannot easily be repainted, can be expensive to remove down the road, and can distract attention away from the specialty crafted barrel, vaulted, and trey ceiling designs in NC custom homes.

 

5. Formal Living Rooms

Design Trends to Avoid! | Least Popular New Home FeaturesIn line with the trend towards more open living is more casual living styles. Floor plans are eliminating formal living rooms, which serve as underused and unnecessary space in the modern home.

Instead, new homeowners are expanding the square footage of the single great room, and often adding a first floor office or computer nook.

 

 

Designing your custom home with all the right features can be EASY - when you work with the experts at Stanton Homes. From floor plan design down to kitchen knob selections, you’ll know just what you’re getting, up front, when you build a Stanton Home.

Want to get back to the design trends that ARE popular? Read about North Carolina custom homes.

Kitchen and bathroom design trends in NC new homes:

Top 10 Master Bath Trends

Top 5 Kitchen Tile Backsplash Ideas

Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends

Kitchen Cabinet Trends

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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Powder Room Ideas | Top 5 Powder Room Designs for New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 @ 08:06 AM

Stylish Powder Rooms - Top 5 Design Ideas

Raleigh NC New Home Ideas and Trends

Powder Room Ideas | Top 5 Powder Room Designs for New Homes

You may be thinking "powder room design isn't at the top of my wish-list".  But making your new home powder room stand out doesn't have to be time-consuming, difficult, or expensive

 

Take a look at these recently completed Raleigh NC custom homes, and get low-cost custom design ideas for your new home.

Then, let our interior design team guide you through the entire process, with tips and tricks that will inspire your home.

These powder rooms pack a lot of style into a small amount of space - and these designs won't break your budget. Ask us what we can design just for you.

 

Powder Room Design Idea #1: Glass Mosaic Tile

Powder Room Ideas | Top 5 Powder Room Designs for New Homes

 

This mosaic tile vanity top is gorgeous - with specs of gold chosen to perfectly match the vessel sink on top.

 

The powder room does not require any custom modifications - just switch out the vanity and sink.

 

 

Powder Room Design Idea #2: Hardwood Floors

Powder Room Ideas | Top 5 Powder Room Designs for New Homes

Love hardwood flooring?

Carry the hardwoods from your foyer (or great room/kitchen, depending on the floor plan layout) into the powder room.

You will be adding very little square footage of hardwood (most powder rooms are designed with dimensions of 5x5 or 3x6 feet).

The Powder Room can feel larger and more continuous when finished in hardwood rather than tile or vinyl flooring.

Powder Room Design Idea #3: Wainscoting

Powder Room Ideas | Top 5 Powder Room Designs for New Homes

This powder room is eye-catching, with clean black and white lines. Why do home buyers love this design so much? You can see it for yourself!

 

A custom wainscoting treatment provides an upscale, formal look to the room - at minimal cost.

The "black and white" color scheme has been one of the top choices this year.

 

Powder Room Design Idea #4: Built-in Art Niche

Powder Room Ideas | Top 5 Powder Room Designs for New HomesEvery aspect of this modified powder room says "high-end":

 - Large built-in art niche designed to fit a favorite oversized art piece.

 - Cultured marble vanity with backsplash

 - Framed mirror flanked by wall sconces

 - Tons of storage

 - Specialty craftsman style trim

 

Powder Room Design Idea #5: Water Efficiency

Powder Room Ideas | Top 5 Powder Room Designs for New Homes

What isn't stylish about saving water?

This custom home powder room features a dual flush toilet system, designed for water (and cost) savings.

A stainless steel sink faucet, towel holder, light fixture, and hardware make this powder room modern and sleek.

Stanton Homes recommends the use of WaterSense certified low-flow fixtures, which offer flows 20% lower than federal requirements.

 

Find out more about custom home design in the Raleigh NC area:

Tub Surround Tile Ideas - Photo and Tips

Custom Home Master Bath Design Ideas

Custom Home Design Build Ideas - How to Design Build your New Home

Types of Tile - Which Types of Tile Are Used Most Often in Master Baths and Kitchens?

Vaulted Master Bathrooms

WaterSense - Green certified bathroom fixtures

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