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Estate New Home Builders Raleigh NC | 9 Luxury Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, May 17, 2017 @ 12:05 PM

Estate Home Construction in North Carolina:

Raleigh luxury homes offer features like kitchens with multiple islands, huge master suites with spa bathrooms and room-sized closets, separate entertainment floors with full bar and fireplace, window walls, and rooms for everything - including your pets.

See photos of Estate New Homes in the Raleigh, NC area - built by Stanton Homes.

9 Luxury Home Photo Galleries from Raleigh Estate New Home Builders:

Although estate homes are typically larger with 3+ car garages, multi-island kitchens, dual master suites, and basement apartments, they also feature a lot of cool finishes, layouts, and selections not found in average price points.

Take a look inside these luxury homes - and ask us which new home details come STANDARD in a Stanton Home (like built-in energy savings and innovative construction technologies).

Estate Home Floor Plan #1: Grand Lodge

5751 sq ft | 4 bedrooms | 4.5 bathrooms | Multi-Gen | Basement

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This Estate new home opens into a movie set stairway with incredible curved overlook above the kitchen and two story great room. The basement is an entire entertainment floor, with full bar and fireplace. The floor plan has rooms for everything, including the dog and the cat. See inside - click here for the photo gallery.


Estate Home Floor Plan #2: Avonstone Manor

5681 sq ft | 4 bedrooms | 5.5 bathrooms | First Floor Master

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This version of the Avonstone Manor has a gourmet chef kitchen with two islands; home bar with wine fridge, ice maker, glass front cabinets, and built-in sink. Luxurious master suite with sitting area. Massive vaulted master bath with "island" soaking tub and shower sauna. Two story great room with European fireplace. Grand curved staircase. Private bathroom in every bedroom. Media room, bonus room, and video room. Two laundry rooms, one on each level. Formal dining room. Home gym / exercise room. See it all, inside the photo tour - click here.


Estate Home Floor Plan #3: Barcelona

4345 sq ft | 4 bedrooms | 3.5 bathrooms | Dual Master

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This Raleigh version includes a downstairs Multi-Gen suite (with private laundry room and sitting room library), huge island kitchen, separate mud room and dog room, home gym / exercise room, home theater, office, and formal dining. Get more photos in the tour - here.

Estate Home Floor Plan #4: Horse Country Estate

7031 sq ft | 5 bedrooms | 4.5 bathrooms | Basement

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This craftsman style contemporary custom home plan has open concept living.  The oversized island kitchen opens to a vaulted keeping and breakfast room.  Stone fireplaces warm the keeping room and private master suite sun room.  And an angled side entry garage leads directly into the mud room style laundry room. Dual drop zones provide storage. See all estate home photos, here.


Estate Home Floor Plan #5: Daniel Farmhouse

4251 sq ft | 3 bedrooms | 3.5 bathrooms

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The farmhouse exterior includes three separate outdoor living spaces: wrap around front porch, backyard screened patio with see-through fireplace, and second story deck (the 3 car garage is detached, connected by a breezway). The master suite is downstairs and includes a walk-through, two entry shower. Upstairs is for work and play with a pocket office desk and built in home theater. See interior photos of this luxury home - click here.


Estate Home Floor Plan #6: Treehouse

3611 sq ft | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 bathrooms

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This "mountain style" home includes an open layout with large kitchen, two story great room with entire wall of windows, second story loft with overlook, sun room with built in storage benches, and a North Carolina style walk-out basement with game room. See the photo gallery of this mountain home, here.

Estate Home Floor Plan #7: Judson

3394 sq ft | 3 bedrooms | 3.5 bathrooms | Wheelchair Accessible | Multi-Gen

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The beautiful double glass front doors open through an archway - giving you first glimpses into the open great room, wheelchair accessible kitchen, and luxury one story living. Click to see a photo gallery inside this home: two-person shower in the master suite, luxury kitchen features, fully wheelchair accessible floor plan.


Estate Home Floor Plan #8: Coquery Cottage

3380 sq ft | 3 bedrooms | 3.5 bathrooms

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While the Coquery Cottage does not have a typical "estate" exterior, the sweeping one story layout and kitchen and master suite designs give it a leg-up on the competition. See the photo gallery, here, with features like an interior stone archway, curved tile tub INSIDE the open shower, and two island kitchen.


Estate Home Floor Plan #9: Serengeti

4364 sq ft | 5 bedrooms | 4.5 bathrooms | Dual Master



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This version of The Serengeti offers two master bedrooms (one upstairs, one down) in a multigenerational floor plan.  The two islands in the kitchen open to the breakfast, sitting, and keeping room. A home office, in addition to the five bedrooms and formal dining, offers flexible home space. See inside this estate new home, here.



Luxury Homes Available near Raleigh, NC

Here are more photo gallery ideas for your Raleigh luxury home plan - contact Stanton Homes for more information on pricing, floor plan ideas, and the custom home building process.

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10 Most Popular Craftsman Homes of 2014

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 @ 15:03 PM

Most Requested Craftsman Home Plans in 2014

Top 10 Craftsman Home Plans

Take a look at our 10 most popular Craftsman home plans for NC new homes and see all the ways these designs offer flexible spaces, efficient design, and the open feel of contemporary floor plans, backed by the tradition of hands-on craftsmanship.

Most Popular Craftsman Home Design | Raleigh New Home Builders

Craftsman house plans and Bungalow house plans exemplify hands-on craftsmanship, where simplicity of design meets the traditional beauty of natural materials in details like:

- Frank Lloyd Wright design motifs

- Exposed rafters or decorated brackets under eaves

- Front porch beneath extension of main roof with tapered, square columns (often with a stone base)

- Low-pitched roof lines, gabled or hipped roof, and wide eaves

- Shed dormers

- Deeply overhanging eaves

- Hand-crafted stone or woodwork

Here are the top 10 most requested Craftsman home plans, in order of popularity:

Floor plan #1: The Chalet Vert Most Popular Craftsman Home Design | Raleigh New Home Builders

Sq Ft: 2,707

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3.5

Floor plan style: Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, Two Story

Why this plan is popular: The Chalet Vert, a custom home by Stanton Homes, includes unique craftsman design throughout, including simple lines inside and out, stone accents on the front porch and two story fireplace, built-in storage and niches, staircases with square, detailed balusters and newell posts, numerous windows with square and horizontally rectangular windows, limited hallways, with an open floor plan design, rustic crown moulding and baseboard.

See a photo gallery of the Chalet Vert.

Floor plan #2: The Bryson Most Popular Craftsman Home Design | Raleigh New Home Builders

Sq Ft: 2,938

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3.5

Floor plan style: Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, First floor master,

Why this plan is popular: From the outside, in, the Bryson exemplifies hand-crafted design.

Opposites attract in this Arts and Crafts / Contemporary home, with a unique blend of crystal and lavender against stone, wood and grey, and white that draws everything together.

Custom flagstone steps lead you into the Bryson front porch, supported by a touch of classic design - white Roman columns.

Just inside the foyer, a central stone see-through fireplace includes a hand-crafted hardwood mantle. Past the fireplace, the powder room counter is also hand-crafted our of hardwood, stained to match the wood floors. A main floor owner's suite has private access to outdoor living. The kitchen offers a huge island bar open to the great room. 

Floor plan #3: The Pasadena Most Popular Craftsman Home Design | Raleigh New Home Builders

Sq Ft: 1,608

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Floor plan style: Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, Bungalow, Ranch, One Story

Why this plan is popular: The Pasadena, an Alan Mascord Craftsman home plan, combines traditional design with simple lines. This Bungalow home emphasizes artistic components of the 19th century England Arts and Crafts movement - such as the use of natural materials - throughout.

The open concept kitchen is equipped with a island, walk-in pantry, and built-in recycle center. The dining room opens out to the covered patio, perfect for spring and summer gatherings. The third bedroom can be converted into a home office.

This home is perfect for home owners looking to downsize or maintain easy living space.

Floor plan #4: The Hayfield Most Popular Craftsman Home Design | Raleigh New Home Builders

Sq Ft: 3,155

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3.5

Floor plan style: Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, Basement, Farmhouse, Two Story, Two Master Bedroom

Why this plan is popular: The Hayfield incorporates classic farmhouse design with a wrapping front porch with square columns and a stone bases. The great room, private den, island kitchen and dining area are designed for traffic flow. An elevator offers accessibility and convenience.

There is a master bedroom on the first and second floor. A large laundry room acts as a mudroom and storage center between the garage and kitchen.

This home is perfect for homesites that are wide and slopped - with an optional basement level.

Floor plan #5: The Glen Abbey

Sq Ft: 3,515 Most Popular Craftsman Home Design | Raleigh New Home Builders

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 4.5

Floor plan style: Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, One Story, 3 car garage

Why this plan is popular: From inside and out, the Glen Abbey captures attention.

The vaulted front porch is flanked by dual Craftsman column, with intricate trim work and detailing. 

Vaulted ceilings open up rooms throughout this Frank Betz home plan. Two fireplaces warm up the inside, one in the keeping room and one in the grand room.

A courtyard style rear deck is outlined by an angled breakfast room and master suite sitting room. A guest suite welcomes extended stays.

Floor plan #6: The SabrinaMost Popular Craftsman Home Design | Raleigh New Home Builders

Sq Ft: 2,170

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2.5

Floor plan style: Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, Wrap Around Porch, One Story, Bungalow

Why this plan is popular: A wrapping front porch welcomes visitors to this Arts and Crafts home plan.

Inside and out, the Sabrina emphasizes Craftsman design with tons of tapered columns, mixtures of brick and wood, and hand-carved details from built-in bookcases to integrated desks.

This home is a great aging in place design, with full first floor living.

Floor plan #7: The GarrettMost Popular Craftsman Home Design | Raleigh New Home Builders

Sq Ft: 2,650

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2.5

Floor plan style: Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, 3 Car Garage, Country, Ranch

Why this plan is popular: The Garrett is a large one story home with a covered porch entry and decorative columns. A second covered porch can be reached via a door in the nook. Additional columns separate the great room from the vaulted formal dining room.

The kitchen placement in this home is unique - typical home plans open into a foyer, with lines of sight into the great room and kitchen. In this plan, the kitchen is tucked to the left of the great room, with the island out of sight.

The master suite includes a vaulted salon, a bath with spa tub, private access to the laundry room, and a walk-in closet. Two additional bedrooms at the back of the plan share a jack-and-jill bath.

Floor plan #8: The JasperMost Popular Craftsman Home Design | Raleigh New Home Builders

Sq Ft: 2,591

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2.5

Floor plan style: Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, Ranch, Bungalow, Optional Bonus, Cottage

Why this plan is popular: A cottage exterior and cozy front porch welcome you to the Jasper, an Alan Mascord Craftsman home plan.

This home featuresa split-bedroom design with a home office with a wall of built-in cabinets, second-level storage area, two dining spaces, and open concept layout. The vaulted great room features a fireplace and tall transom windows. A covered porch at the rear provides sheltered outdoor entertaining space.

This home is perfect for families looking for a first level master bedroom placed at the back of the home. This master suite is tucked away from the main living areas, behind the garage.

Floor plan #9: The Amberg

Sq Ft: 3,489

Bedrooms: 3Most Popular Craftsman Home Design | Raleigh New Home Builders

Bathrooms: 3.5

Floor plan style: Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, Lodge, Large Footprint, One Story

Why this plan is popular: This sprawling Craftsman home plan offers all the best features you'll want in a one story living home.

The Amberg joins easy-living convenience with guest pampering.

Set under a double gable decorated with braces, the entrance partitions the public and private spaces of the home.

The main living spaces - the kitchen, dining room, and great room - are clustered at one end for easy use of entertaining and family spaces. The rooms are big enough to accommodate crowds and the openness allows guests to seamlessly overflow into adjacent areas. The kitchen's long island is positioned for buffet-style dining, and it directs traffic into the large dining room for seating. The great room is the main seating area for guests. A recreation room is above the garage.

The main private spaces - the master suite and other bedrooms - are clustered at the other end. This home is perfect for young families, with a nursery adjacent to the master suite. Looking for flexible design? The nursery can easily convert into a studio later on.

Floor plan #10: The TimbersedgeMost Popular Craftsman Home Design | Raleigh New Home Builders

Sq Ft: 5,708

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3.5

Floor plan style: Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, Lodge, Northwest, Basement, Outdoor Kitchen

Why this plan is popular:

This home incorporates elements of classic Northwest living in a lodge-inspired Craftsman design with tons of built-in functionality.

Tall, oversized windows and a unique outdoor kitchen connect home spaces to their natural surroundings. A large great room features a high, vaulted ceiling and generous built-ins. The two-island kitchen features an adjoining nook, built-in wine cooler and a separated, built-in desk area.

Millwork and beams exemplify the Arts and Crafts design and encourage a lodge-like feel - with tons of rustic details.

This home is perfect for a mountain or country homesite.

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What Type of Roofing is Best? | How to Keep New Home Costs Down

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 @ 11:04 AM

How to Choose a Type of Roofing for a North Carolina New Home

Shingles, Shakes, Clay Tiles, Metal Accents and More: How to Keep Building Costs Down

Considering building a new home in North Carolina?

The types of materials used in building your new home can make a major difference in appeal, versatility, maintenance, and cost. And if you are moving to NC from another area of the country, you may be surprised by your best roofing options.

Here are some of the basics:

Asphalt Shingles

What Type of Roofing is Best? | How to Keep New Home Costs Down

Asphalt shingles are the most common kind of roofing used today. This roofing material is durable and affordable.

Asphalt shingles come in different thicknesses, and have different "year" rankings. Most common are 20 year, 30 year, 40 year, or 50 year shingles.

Many builders use 20 year shingles, but others install 30 year shingles.

The initial savings on materials is very low, compared to the cost of replacing all the roofing, materials and labor, 33% sooner.

Not only that, the longer-lasting shingles are a greener choice, because there is less waste produced over time.

What Type of Roofing is Best? | How to Keep New Home Costs Down


Least common is 50 year shingles, which tend to cost three to four times as much as a typical 20 year shingle.

There are two basic types of asphalt shingles - three tab and architectural or dimensional. A dimensional shingle has a lot of color variation, and looks more like a hand-applied individual shingle than a strip shingle.




Cedar Shakes - Types of Roofing in New Homes

Cedar shakes are visually appealing, long lasting, and low maintenance, but also pricey, depending on location. They are also prohibited in some areas due to fire hazard.

Green builders should purchase only Certified cedar shingles, as noted by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Cedar roofs can cost two to three times the cost of a 50 year asphalt roof.

Clay Tile ShinglesWhat Type of Roofing is Best? | How to Keep New Home Costs Down

Clay tile shingles were common at one point in warmer climates like Florida and California.

A clay tile roof can be overlapping or interlocking, and has a lot of fireproof and durability qualities. They don't absorb the sun's heat as much as other types of roofing.

However, a tile roof is not as suitable for a climate in the frost zone - they are prone to breaking, and water damage can also occur.


What Type of Roofing is Best? | How to Keep New Home Costs Down


Clay tile has also become more expensive.

Because clay tile it is not commonly used, material transportation costs and labor costs can be higher.



Concrete Roofing Tiles - Types of Roofing in New Homes

Concrete is very flexible, that is, before it dries! A concrete roofing tile can be shaped to look like late, wood, or clay. They last a long time and are good at reducing heat build up. They do require specialized application, and are more expensive than shingles, but can be another option for a different look.

Slate Roof Tiles - Types of Roofing in New Homes

Slate is a natural stone product, which must be mined and shaped into shingles. They are often seen in black, gray, red, purple, and green colors. Slate has a lifespan of 100 or more years with proper application - however, cost for a slate roof can be 10 to 12 times that of a 20 year asphalt roof.

What Type of Roofing is Best? | How to Keep New Home Costs Down

Metal Roofs

Standing seam metal roofs are most commonly seen as accents for porches or overhangs in a home that is otherwise traditionally roofed with asphalt shingles.

Metal roofing is more expensive than asphalt, and because it is not as commonly used, labor costs can be higher as well.



What Type of Roofing is Best? | How to Keep New Home Costs Down

However, metal roofs are low maintenance, durable, and highly resistant to fire.

Metal roofs can be a great green building option - most metal roofs have at least some recycled material, and aluminum roofs can be 100% recycled.


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Wake County Property Tax Rates | New Homes Wake County NC

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Dec 15, 2011 @ 08:12 AM

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Wake County Property Taxes 2011

Property Tax Rates for Wake County, NC New Homes

 Wake County North Carolina

Moving to a town or city within Wake County? You will want to know what the yearly property taxes might be for your new home.

Wake County is located a short distance from Harnett CountyChatham County, Orange County, and Durham County

Wake County encompasses all or portions of AngierApex, Cary, ClaytonFuquay Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell, and Zebulon.   For some cities, such as Clayton, the actual town may be in another county, but there are still Clayton addresses in Wake County that are addressed by the tax tables below. 


How Much are 2011 Property Taxes in Wake County?

Here are the 2011-2012 property tax rates, by town within Wake County

To get the total property tax rate for a town, simply add the county tax to the town tax.  For example, Cary has a town rate of 0.33, and the Wake County rate is 0.534. 

Add the two together - the total tax rate for Cary, NC is 0.864.

Wake County Property Taxes 2011












How Do I Figure Out What These Wake County NC Property Tax Numbers Mean?

It's not as confusing as it looks.  The tax rates are based on the assessed value of the home, not the asking price. 

  • Divide the assessed value by 100.
  • Multiply the result by the combined rate on the right side of the table.
  • The result will be your yearly property tax bill, as of 2011. 

 Wake County Property Taxes 2011 | Find Property Tax Rates for Wake County












This table gives sample property tax bills for all the cities and towns in Wake County, such as Apex, Cary, Raleigh, Wake Forest, and Zebulon.

There is no guarantee that tax rates will remain the same - check the Wake County property tax page for most recent information.

Where Should I Live to Get the Lowest Property Tax Rate?

Your tax bill can be lower if your home or property is not actually within a municipality, or town.  If this is the case, you'll pay just the County rate, plus most likely a fire district tax and/or the special district tax. 


Want to Compare Property Tax Rates?

Compare property tax rates in Wake County to other counties in the area.

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Open Floor Plan Design Ideas - How to Use Overlooks to Add Appeal

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Nov 04, 2011 @ 06:11 AM

Homebuilder Tips - How to Make a Floor Plan Feel More Open

Foyers with Overlooks, Two-Story Living Rooms with Overlooks


Want more ways to make your new home feel more spacious and open? Consider floor plans that include a two-story foyer or two-story living room, with an overlook above.

Open Floor Plan Ideas

Other custom design and decorating features that can add elegance to your foyer overlook are:

  • Built-in plant shelves
  • Barrel vault, vault, or trey ceiling treatments
  • Large and/or specialty windows for plenty of natural light



Looking for an open concept floor plan?

"Open floor plans" can mean different things to different homebuyers.  Usually it's a home with fewer "formal" spaces and walls.  Rather than a formal dining room, an informal dining room may be found off the kitchen.  A first floor office may be essential, but most of the family's time is likely to be spent in the Great Room, which may or may not have a high or vaulted ceiling.

If you don't see an open floor plan that meets your needs, let us know, and we'll help you find or design the perfect floor plan.


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 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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What Does Every Homebuyer Want? Top 6 Most Requested Special Features

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Jul 15, 2011 @ 15:07 PM

What Every Homebuyer Wants:

Top 6 Most Requested Special Features


As a custom home builder in the Raleigh NC area, there are several special features that homebuyers don't want to live without.

Here are the top 6 most requested special features, courtesy of our on-staff design expert, Andrea Enns.


New Home Hardwood Floors

1. Hardwood Flooring

According to Andrea, homebuyers often can't get enough hardwood flooring.

The Azalea Park features hardwoods throughout the first floor, including in the foyer, living room, kitchen, breakfast nook, formal dining room, and stairs.



2. Granite Countertops

Custom Home Granite Countertops

The trend shows that new homebuyers love granite countertops.

With dozens of color choices within these natural rock slabs, you're sure to find a style you love. 

Our on-staff interior designer can help you match your favorite granite pieces to your cabinets, tile backsplash, and hardwood flooring for a smooth flow and beautiful kitchen. 

3. Stainless Steel Appliances

Stainless Steel Appliances

Sleek, modern, and practical, stainless steel appliances like the ones pictured here are a must for many new homebuyers.





4. Custom Ceramic Tile Designs and Backsplashes

Custom Kitchen Tile Backsplash

Custom tile designs and backsplashes, whether in the kichten, living room fireplace, or master bathroom, are associated with quality and luxury.

While ceramic tile is generally the most common, there are many other options to choose from when you build a custom home.



5. His and Hers Vanities

His and Her Vanities

Need your own space?

Many homebuyers say they'd prefer to have a master bathroom design with his and hers vanities.

The convenience of seperate counter and storage space can be priceless to some.



6. Large 8 Foot Islands

Large Kitchen Island


Large eight foot kitchen islands are popular for cooks, families, and entertaining, especially when the kitchen opens to the great room. 


 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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Cost of New Homes in Orange County NC Will Increase January 1st 2012

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jul 11, 2011 @ 08:07 AM

Orange County NC New Homes Will Cost More in 2012

Impact Fees to Increase January 1st, 2012 

The cost of a new home in Orange County will be increasing in January 2012.

There are a multitude of different permits and fees required to build any new home. Orange County and Chapel Hill have long had some of the highest fees in the Triangle. And they're going up.

These fee increases were approved in December 2008, with new increases taking effect each January.

Orange County School District Changes

School district impact fees in Orange County were $3,000 per single family home from January 2001 to January 2009.  They have increased each January since 2009.

On January 1 2012, these fees will be increasing again, as part of a yearly scheduled new home cost increase. Orange County Schools District impact fees will increase to $5,623 per single family home.

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Again, these fees are separate from all other building permits and fees.

What does this fee increase mean? The exact same new home in Hillsborough will cost $937 more if impact fees are paid in 2012 (at the start of construction), than in 2011 - an increase of 20%.

There's still time to build in 2011 in Orange County NC - talk to your Orange County NC custom home builder.

Chapel Hill and Orange County continues to be one of the most sought after areas of the Triangle, and these fees reflect the area's popularity.

Building in the Chapel Hill or Carrboro City School Districts?

Chapel Hill and Carrboro City school districts have the highest impact fees in the Triangle area.

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These impact fees are in addition to the building permit fees, water fees, and sewer fees required to build a new home in Chapel Hill.

Impact fees in the Chapel Hill city school districts are scheduled to nearly double between 2009 and 2012.

Looking to build a new home in Chapel Hill soon?

Apply for permits as soon as possible - as long as all permits are approved and paid before the end of the year, you can still build at 2011 costs. Otherwise, your new home will cost nearly $2000 more, after January 1st, 2012.

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How to Coordinate Your Granite Countertops and Tile Backsplash - Kitchen Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jun 22, 2011 @ 12:06 PM

Interior Design Kitchen Trends

How to Match Your Granite Countertops with the Right Tile Backsplash

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

What color granite counter top and kind of design for the back splash will go with medium beige stain cabinets and cream color porcelain tile floor?


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And here's what Stanton Homes' interior design expert Andrea recommends:

First of all, I am going to make the assumption that your cabinets will be a light wood tone -- perhaps even a light maple.

Kitchen Tile Backsplash | Custom Home Kitchen Styles | Kitchen Design Ideas


With this shade of cabinet and cream colored porcelain tiles you have a very neutral color palette so I am able to come up with three different suggestions for you depending on what better suits your individual taste and what will flow better with the rest of your existing home.

However, starting with this neutral color palette, I can picture more combinations than I am suggesting because you have so far done an excellent job at creating a space that will allow for quite a bit of flexibility in design.

1. Modern Style with Warm Tones

A modern look in the warm tones could be created with a rich Santa Fe Brown or Suede Brown granite in combination with a coffee glass mosaic used for the entire back splash or in one large section of the back splash such as the range or cook top area, in combination with large rectangular tiles in a bark color.


Kitchen Tile Backsplash | Custom Home Kitchen Styles | Kitchen Design Ideas

There are two concepts here that makes this look more modern. First, it is somewhat monochromatic.

Second, it introduces a much less traditional look in back splashes by creating a large section of mosaics to add shine and glamor in combination with the less commonly seen use of very large tiles.

This is actually a very easy look to create and yet it is new and different enough that it will create a lot of visual interest. 

2. Modern Style with Cool Tones

A second modern look but in the cooler tones could be created with a Kashmir White granite (warm and cool tones of gray with specs of white and garnets) used in combination with a charcoal gray vertical glass mosaic.


Kitchen Tile Backsplash | Custom Home Kitchen Styles | Kitchen Design Ideas


Again, this combination is somewhat monochromatic (especially when teamed up with stainless steel appliances), and also makes use of a less traditional back splash design: a vertical glass mosaic.

If you feel your kitchen would benefit from the use of some vertical lines to draw your eye upwards, then a vertical glass tile is a good way to go.

Hint: use a contrasting grout color such as one that will pick up the shade of your cabinets or walls, as this will emphasize the vertical pattern much more than a grout color that matches the tile color.

3. Traditional Style "New Venetial Gold Original"

The third look I am suggesting is definitely on the "traditional" side and again, depending on your taste and the rest of your home, you may feel that this idea is more suitable.

Select a "New Venetian Gold Original" granite (there are now many shades of new Venetian Gold" so the word "original" is important here) and use this with a Durango Beige natural tumbled stone tile in either a 4 x 4 or a 3 x 6 size.

With the 4 x 4, you can install this on the diagonal throughout the back splash and for an accent in the cooktop/range area, use a Noce tumbled stone, or some 2 x 2 glass medallions in a rich brown.

For the 3 x 6, simply install in a brick pattern and really no accent is necessary.

I do recommend using a combination sealer/enhancer on the stone rather than just a sealer. The enhancer brings out depth of color naturally occurring in the stone.

Under Cabinet Lighting

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Finally, in all cases, I would recommend installing under cabinet lighting.

Under cabinet lighting will show off the natural beauty of all of the colors found in your granite, it will also highlight  what you have invested in both the granite and the tile back splash, it creates a great evening look for entertaining as you can have the under cabinet lighting on without the overhead lighting in your ceiling, and last but not least, it is a wonderful and very helpful task light while cooking.

Once you experience the difference you will wonder how you ever got along with out it.

Finally, you will find yourself using your entire counter since now the area under the shadow of the wall cabinets is lit up--its as though suddenly you have twice the space you thought you had!

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Stanton Homes builds new custom homes throughout the Triangle area of North Carolina – tell us your favorite floor plan, and we’ll walk you through you next steps to build your custom home.

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Why Buy a New Home? Top 10 Reasons Why Homebuyers Choose "New"

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 @ 10:04 AM

Why Buy a New Home? 

Top 10 Reasons Why Homebuyers Choose "New"

Why Buy a New Home?  Top 10 Reasons Why Homebuyers Choose "New"


Buy new, or buy used?  That's one of the biggest questions homebuyers ask themselves when they start to think about buying a home.

Here are the top 10 reasons why "new" can be a better bargain.

1. New home warranties

What kind of warranty does the home offer? Stanton Homes offers extended warranties – and everything is already brand new.

How soon will you have to replace things in a resale home? Used homes can need a new roof, appliances, carpet, painting and updates throughout. So even if there is a lower upfront cost, they may need a lot more cash out-of-pocket than anticipated. A custom home you design and build is not only fresh, clean and new – it also will have the latest innovations that typically do more and cost less.

2. Lower Maintenance Costs

What kind of maintenance costs are you looking at? Stringent building codes contribute to a better-built homes than even just a few years ago – and Stanton Homes focuses on details that will lengthen the life of things like windows, doors, fixtures, and all the other new elements in your home.

Why Buy a New Home?  Top 10 Reasons Why Homebuyers Choose "New"

3. Increased energy efficiency –

What kind of energy bills should you expect?

Stanton Homes builds with the latest technological advancements in energy efficiency. And that ensures you’ll be saving significantly on energy bills, with our construction process that includes a nationally recognized third party inspection.

You can read about it here:

4. The rooms that matter most are designed from the start -

Are the rooms laid out just the way you want them? Why Buy a New Home?  Top 10 Reasons Why Homebuyers Choose "New"

Is the floor plan truly “open” or does it just have a kitchen that opens into a family room? Does the kitchen have granite counters, an island, lots of cupboards, and windows where you want them? Does the master suite (including its closets and master suite bathroom) provide the retreat you’re looking for?

The latest designs are all about interaction and open layouts – as well as convenience. (Are you going to have to knock out a wall to get rid of the formal living room and dining room that doesn’t fit your lifestyle, or can you design your custom home just the way you want it?) And just exactly what do you want your curb appeal to be?

Every Stanton Home is different because so are you. We’ll custom design a plan just for you – with custom home design services that set your new home apart.

5. Appliances are built to last

Why Buy a New Home?  Top 10 Reasons Why Homebuyers Choose "New"What kind of shape are the appliances in?

Today’s appliances have all the latest advancements. They cost less to operate and are more efficient.

They’re also designed to fit the décor of your kitchen and anywhere else you want them.  

6. Interior Design -

Does the home come with a decorator?

Part of the reason Stanton Homes are so beautiful is that our amazing Interior Designer will work closely with you, to create an environment that reflects your lifestyle.

You’ll see a lot of different personalities in the videos of homes we’ve built because every home is designed specifically to the tastes of our homebuyers, with your personal theme that reflects everything from inset lights in the ceilings to railings on the overlook and every detail in your home.

7. Everyday accommodations

How comfortable will it be to live in the home?

Today’s new homes are designed with more storage, better laid-out closet space, and countertops and floors that are easier to clean and last longer. Lighting is more strategic. Windows are designed to take in the views of your specific location.

No matter what you’d like to change in a floor plan you like, walls can be moved, rooms can be expanded, and you can allow for things that are hard to find in used homes, such as guest accommodations. Doing any of this after you’ve bought a used home will be more expensive and invasive than doing it new. 

    Why Buy a New Home?  Top 10 Reasons Why Homebuyers Choose "New"

8. Changes can be made

Will it really be your home, or was it somebody else’s idea?

One of the best things about building your own new home is putting together the plan. Our design team spends a lot of time listening to your concepts, sketching out ideas with you, and working with you to create an environment you’ll love to live in.

There’s nothing like the excitement of doing it your way, and we love being a part of that.

9. Commitment to Quality –

Is the home you’re looking at backed by the reputation of a leading local builder? Stanton Homes hand-crafts extraordinary custom homes with the confidence of industry-leading personal service, innovations and craftsmanship.

Even though Stanton Homes is the fastest growing local builder of high quality custom homes, our builder, Stan Williams, remains personally involved with every home we design and build. You can read more here about our Commitment to Quality.

10.  What’s the bottom line?

Why Buy a New Home?  Top 10 Reasons Why Homebuyers Choose "New"

Custom homes cost much less than you might think – including everything you need to complete your home, turnkey (lot prep, water sources, building fees, construction, and a tremendous amount of additional amenities that come standard, which most builders call “upgrades.”)

And it’s all brand new, created specifically for you with energy efficiency and all your favorite features.

Add in your energy savings, the extended life of everything connected to the home, not having to change a thing, having it designed for your personal comfort… and it’s clear that a new home is a wise investment (and all these reasons also make it a much better resale value in years to come than used homes offer now, without the latest advancements.)

Contact us to find out just how little your new home will cost – and how much it will save.

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