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19 Modern Country Farmhouse Features  [Farmhouse photos]

Posted by Stanton Homes on Fri, Jul 27, 2018 @ 06:07 AM

What does a Modern Country Farmhouse have? New Custom Home Designs in the Raleigh region

What makes White Country Farmhouses the most popular architectural design for custom homes in NC?

White Modern Country Farmhouses are one of the most requested custom architectural designs in North Carolina right now.

Whether prompted by a homebuyer’s return to nature, yearning for a simplistic life, or comfort inspired by a country home, White Modern Country Farmhouses are a popular blend of contemporary and traditional artistry that's in high demand.

Here are 19 features common to modern country farmhouses, with photos from new Raleigh white modern country farmhouses. 

 

#1 modern country farmhouse feature: White exterior

Although modern country farmhouses can be painted any color, white is by far the most poplar color. Whether it speaks to the quest for purity in lifestyle or merely harkens to a sense of simplicity, many homebuyers believe white is just right for this architectural style.

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses

#2 modern country farmhouse feature: Big covered porches

Big covered porches that extend over the majority of the front of the home (and often continue around the side and back) are one of the most common reasons people choose this kind of floor plan. Especially in North Carolina, where lifestyles often encompass indoor/outdoor living, a covered front porch says “stay a while.”

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses

#3 modern country farmhouse feature: Dormers

Dormers are often a feature of modern country farmhouses. They serve to break up the roofline, bring additional natural light into the upper floor, and add country appeal.

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses 

 #4 modern country farmhouse feature: Metal roof

Full metal roofs can be a pricey custom feature, so a popular option is metal accents for a portion of a roof (especially over the front porch) on modern country farmhouse homes. This Raleigh custom home is an example of a modern white farmhouse exterior with black metal roof accents: 

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses 

#5 modern country farmhouse feature: Screen porch

A big screen porch is another way of adding outdoor living to a home that’s especially popular with modern country farmhouse plans. They add more ability to enjoy the countryside – in a relatively contained environment.

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses 

#6 modern country farmhouse feature: Open kitchen and great room

The simplistic nature of a modern country farmhouse encourages get-togethers. There is a lot of emphasis on big spaces for gatherings, with focus on the kitchen and great room. The beams across two ceilings in this photo also illustrates the appeal of wood in this style of home.

 

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses 

#7 modern country farmhouse feature: Big island

Big islands are a constant in modern country farmhouses - serving as a gathering place as well as a focal point, with large surfaces designed for multiple activities. In the photo below of a modern country farmhouse kitchen, the built-in bench is part of the island cabinetry. 

 

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses  

#8 modern country farmhouse feature: White cabinets

The clean and basic nature of a white modern country farmhouse design is often continued inside, with white cabinets the number one choice for kitchens and bathrooms.

 

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses 

#9 modern country farmhouse feature: Industrial or artistic style lighting

Exaggerated lighting is a common request for modern country farmhouses, like this photo of pendant lights over the kitchen island. Note the apron front sink, too - read on for more photos of this highly sought after feature in custom homes.

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses

 

#10 modern country farmhouse feature: Big pantry

With all the family and friends that love to hang out in your new home, you’ll need a big pantry with custom storage – one of the most popular features in most modern country farmhouses. This pantry photo illustrates how shelving can be designed to fit the kinds of products you want to place there, when you build a custom home.

 

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses 

#11 modern country farmhouse feature: Apron sink

Although this is a custom feature that does not come standard in every modern country farmhouse, it is one of the most eye-catching focal points. Some people even call it a “farmhouse sink” because it suits this kind of home so well. (See two more white apron front sinks in farmhouse features #9 and #13.)

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses 

#12 modern country farmhouse feature: Free standing tub or squared-off rectangular tub

The simplistic nature of a modern country farmhouse continues in the master bath, where bathtubs can be whimsical or contemporary with equal ease.

 

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses 

#13 modern country farmhouse feature: Lots of windows

Since many modern country farmhouses are built in the countryside, it isn’t just a quest for more sunlight that makes lots of windows a popular request. It’s also a feeling of being one with nature – without neighbors a fraction away to block the view.

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses

#14 modern country farmhouse feature: Drop zones

Countryside living can mean more mud and more clutter to drop off at the door. Drop zones are one of the most sought after features in every new home – but in modern country farmhouses, they can seem essential.

 

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses

 

#15 modern country farmhouse feature: Ample storage throughout the home

As you can see in these photos, built in storage is tucked into a variety of rooms in many modern country farmhouses. Each cubby, shelf and cupboard is designed for the use of its placement, in today’s custom homes.

 

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses 

#16 modern country farmhouse feature: Raised ceilings

Big spaces that define modern country farmhouses don’t stop with window walls and gathering spaces. Raised ceilings in great rooms, master suites, kitchens and other rooms are also designed to create a feeling of spaciousness.

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses

 

#17 modern country farmhouse feature: Country style trim

Whereas most custom homes come with two piece crown molding, modern country farmhouse trim packages can be more subtle with simple, straight lines. 

 Raleigh white modern country farmhouses

 

Ship lap is another popular trim trend for Raleigh white farmhouse designs. And here are more of the wood beams that can add a rustic or contemporary touch to custom homes.

 

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses

 

#18 modern country farmhouse feature: Hardwood floors and stairways

Hardwood floors are the most popular choice of flooring in modern country farmhouses, especially in all of the main floor gathering areas. It’s easy to clean and has natural wood appeal intricate to country living.

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses

 

#19 modern country farmhouse feature: White wainscoting 

While not all walls in modern country farmhouses are white (grey is actually the most requested color right now) it’s common to have a specific wall with wainscoting, board and batten, or ship lap that adds personality and draws the eye to a specific area.

 

Raleigh white modern country farmhouses

 

 

 

 

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Raleigh Homes with the Laundry Room Next to the Master Closet

Posted by Stanton Homes on Wed, Jul 25, 2018 @ 12:07 PM

Get Access to the Laundry Room Through the Master

Raleigh New Homes

Floor plan designs often place the master suite and laundry room on opposite ends of the home. This keeps washer and dryer noise away from the bedroom and directs traffic patterns away.

Raleigh Homes with the Laundry Room Next to the Master Closet

See a photo tour of this home, a version of the Cabot, with a white and back tile pattern in the laundry room accessible through the master closet.

 

What are the most common locations for a laundry room? 

On the first floor, laundry rooms are most often kept next to the kitchen/garage entrance, mud room, and drop zone

On the second floor, laundry rooms are most often placed between kids' bedrooms or down a hallway (still keeping the master bedroom separated from laundry room noise and traffic). 

Raleigh Homes with the Laundry Room Next to the Master Closet

What are the latest trends in laundry room placement for Raleigh new homes? 

However, Stanton Homes is seeing a shift toward convenience in new home requests, with more home buyers asking for floor plans with the laundry room next to the master bedroom, with or without an additional door into the master bath or master closet.

 

Raleigh Homes with the Laundry Room Next to the Master Closet

Where else can I have a laundry room?  

When building a custom home, there are always exceptions to common trends. A very popular Raleigh home design, the Cotswold (pictured below), places the laundry room next to the master bedroom (without private access). This keeps laundry room facilities close by, through traffic. 
 
Raleigh Homes with the Laundry Room Next to the Master Closet
The Cotswold Raleigh new home is over 3,000 sq ft with 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and a first floor guest suite:
 
Raleigh Homes with the Laundry Room Next to the Master Closet

 

Below are examples of popular Raleigh North Carolina new home designs with laundry room access through the master closet (or very close to the master bedroom). Tell us your favorites! 

 

The Timber Ridge - Max Fulbright Design

The master bathroom leads directly into the laundry room in this Max Fulbright design.

Separate his and hers closets wrap behind the dual vanities. Raleigh Homes with the Laundry Room Next to the Master Closet

The Ingram - Alan Mascord Two Story Home

In this version of the Ingram, a two story Alan Mascord home design, the master bedroom has direct access to the laundry room / craft room through the walk in closet.

A two story design - with the master bedroom on the second floor - has the added benefit of keeping the laundry room on the same level as all (or most) bedrooms.

Raleigh Homes with the Laundry Room Next to the Master Closet

 

 

The Halstad by Alan Mascord

In this main floor master design, the laundry room is located just around the corner from the master bedroom.

Ample storage cabinets, a built in ironing board, a sink, and two countertops create a functional design - with easy access between rooms.

A separate mud room keeps the working laundry room clear of outdoor gear and everyday clutter.

Raleigh Homes with the Laundry Room Next to the Master Closet

 

The Sherri - Custom home design by Stanton Homes

In this version of The Sherri, the master bedroom includes a private entrance to the laundry room, through the walk in closet.

Access between the master closet and laundry room couldn't be easier.

Raleigh Homes with the Laundry Room Next to the Master Closet

 

 

The Madison - Max Fulbright Designs

Inside The Madison, the first floor laundry room is located just steps away from the master suite.

Across the hall, a linen closet offers tucked-in storage space.

Raleigh Homes with the Laundry Room Next to the Master Closet

 

 

 

Raleigh Homes with the Laundry Room Next to the Master Closet

 

Raleigh New Homes:

Get more ideas for your master bedroom layout and laundry room design, here:

Floor plans with a mud room - with drop zone photos

What is a Universal Design laundry room?

Best mudroom designs, sizes, and layouts [Mudroom Drop Zone Photos]

Best Designs for the Master Bath [Photos of 11 Styles]

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Best Navy Blue Paint Colors 2018 | SW 6244 Naval

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Jul 07, 2017 @ 12:07 PM

Best Navy Blue Paint Color Guide for 2018 | Photos of Sherwin Williams Naval Blue

Dark blues and navy tones are making their way into more new home designs in NC and beyond. Here are the most popular Dark Blue and Navy Blue paint options we're seeing in Stanton Homes in the Raleigh / Triangle area.

Best Blue Painted Great Rooms: "SW 7602 Indigo Batik"

This great room fireplace mantel - created in a ship lap pattern - is painted in SW 7602 Indigo Batik:

Best Navy Blue Paint Colors 2017 | SW 7602 Indigo Batik

Navy Blue Paint for the Dining Room:

This formal dining room is painted in SW 6244 Naval:

Best Navy Blue Paint Colors 2017 | SW 6244 Naval

Dark Blue Painted Home Office or Library:

This home office / library is painted in SW 7602 Indigo Batik:

Best Navy Blue Paint Colors 2017 | SW 7602 Indigo Batik

Navy Blue Paint for the Bedroom:

This bedroom room is painted in SW 6244 Naval:

Best Navy Blue Paint Colors 2017 | SW 6244 Naval

Most Popular Blue Paint Color Names

What are the names of most popular blue paint colors?  Here are a few of the best blue paint colors we've used in Raleigh custom homes (in dark and light shades):

SW 9177 Salty Dog,  SW 9178 In the Navy,

SW 7602 Indigo Batik, SW 6218 Tradewinds, SW 6512 Balmy,  SW 6235 Foggy Day, SW 6786 Cloudless, and Benjamin Moore Serenity

 

These gray paint colors are also popular in new Stanton Homes:

SW 7548 Portico, SW 7015 Repose Gray, SW 7045 Intellectual Gray

Benjamin Moore HC-105 Rockport Gray, SW 6205 Comfort Gray, SW 7672 Knitting Needles,

SW 7032 Warm Stone, SW 7030 Anew Gray,

Benjamin Moore 2111-60 Barren Plain, and SW 7667 Zircon


More of the Best Paint Colors for 2018 - Raleigh Custom Home Builder Top Picks:

Here are links to bathrooms painted in light blue, green, beige, and brown - popular colors in Raleigh custom homes:

  1. SW 6512 Balmy - Light blue paint for the master bathroom
  2. SW 6422 Shagreen - Light, bright green master bathroom paint
  3. SW 7714 Oak Barrel - Beige painted master bathroom
  4. SW 6117 Smokey Topaz - Golden brown painted master bath

Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or visit http://stantonhomes.com/ to learn more about building an custom home in North Carolina - with the help of an interior design expert throughout the selection process.


 

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Raleigh New Homes with Three Car Garage | The Statesboro

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jun 07, 2017 @ 09:06 AM

Popular House Plans for Raleigh New Homes:

The Statesboro is a popular main floor master home plan with a split or carriage style three car garage option.

See what this Raleigh new home floor plan has to offer, with a large front porch, open layout island kitchen, four bedrooms, an optional 4th bath, separate mud room, and space to add an upstairs game room (or second "bonus room").

House Plans for Raleigh New Homes | Custom Builders NC


New Floor Plans that can be Modified by the Builder:


Custom home builders like Stanton Homes specialize in design/build and custom house plans. See the two most popular additions to this Raleigh house plan - copyright Frank Betz - with an overview on what it can cost to add a bathroom or game room.

The Statesboro: Downstairs Floor Plan

House Plans for Raleigh New Homes | Custom Builders NC

 The Statesboro: Upstairs Floor Plan

House Plans for Raleigh New Homes | Custom Builders NC

 

What does it cost to add a Bathroom to my home? 

For new home construction, the cost of an additional bathroom depends on several factors, including:

  • Placement of the bathroom (does add the bath change the footprint of your home?)
  • Size of the bathroom (bigger bath = higher cost! This makes sense - you're adding labor and materials to the home)
  • Finishes and features (custom tile shower or fiberglass tub? designer light fixtures? etc.)

House Plans for Raleigh New Homes | Custom Builders NC

What does it cost to add a second Game Room or Bonus Room to my home? 

Adding a second game room in place of a two story ceiling in the living room will actually reduce the cost per square foot of your home.

Game rooms are more cost effective per square foot than most other rooms of the home (espeically kitchens and bathrooms - think of those appliances, cabinets, and tile). If you're looking for ways to increase the value of your new home, always consider adding a secondary space such as a game room or bonus room.

Your builder can tell you where it makes the most sense - for budget and livability - to expand the square footage of the floor plan you've selected.

House Plans for Raleigh New Homes | Custom Builders NC

Statesboro floor plan images Copyright Frank Betz Associates.


Custom Builder NC - Stanton Homes

Can't find a floor plan you like?  Let us know, and we’ll email you house plan ideas. 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.

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 Home

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7 Top Plant Shelf Ideas | How to Build an Awesome Plant Shelf

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, May 16, 2017 @ 13:05 PM
Photos of Plant Shelves in New Homes

Plant Shelf Ideas for the Foyer, Master Bathroom, and Kitchen

Looking for home plans with built-in plant shelves? What are the most common locations for inserting a plant shelf?

Plant Shelf Design Idea #1: In the Foyer (above the front door)

See "below" and "above" views of this foyer plant shelf design:

GrandLodgePlantShelf.jpg

Foyer plant shelves work well in home plans with a two story foyer and tucked-in front porch or portico. (See more examples of foyer plant shelves in the Carwile, Cove, and Maple Lane new home photo galleries - and a more contemporary plant shelf here, in the New River House.)

 

Plant Shelf Design Idea #2: In a Mud Room (Above a Drop Zone)

See the piece of trim added above the garage and pocket office doors? A custom plant shelf runs along two walls of this hallway style drop zone:

 

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See more photos of this home, a version of the Mitchells Farmhouse.

 

Plant Shelf Design Idea #3: Above a Fireplace Bump-Out

The asymmetrical fireplace design leaves space for a plant shelf above the  side-by-side built ins: 

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See more photos of this home, a version of the Treehouse.

Plant Shelf Design Idea #4: Above Built In Bookcases

The vaulted ceiling in this great room leaves ample space to add plant shelf space above the built in bookcases: 

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See more photos of this home, a version of the Lake House.

Plant Shelf Design Idea #5: In the Master Bath

This master bathroom layout with separate vanities and a centerpiece tub leaves room for twin plant shelves above the shower and toilet room: 

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See more photos of this home, a version of the Remington.

Plant Shelf Design Idea #6: Above the Master Bedroom Entrance

These Master Bedroom entrances were bumped out for a more impressive passage, and include a plant shelf above the entrance.  

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5 More Plant Shelf Idea Photos - Here:

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11 Multigen Homes | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 @ 05:03 AM

11 Multigenerational House Plans for North Carolina

What floor plan options, features, and layout components are considered most important for multigenerational living arrangements in North Carolina?

  1. A balance of private and shared spaces. Private spaces can include entrances, living areas, kitchens, dining areas, and even separate home offices.
  2. Aging in Place or Universal Design. Read more about aging in place features, here.
  3. Direct or private access to the laundry room. Laundry rooms with multiple entrances - in a "buddy" style - can allow extended stay guests direct access to the washer and dryer.
  4. Distance between private quarters. Multigenerational designs can emphasize space separation with a basement or second floor suite.

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Let us know what layouts, designs, and features you like most. We’ll listen to your ideas to design and build a multigenerational home just for your family.

Multi-Generational Home Plan #1: MultiGen Bedroom on First Floor

4,364 Sq Ft with 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms

This version of The Serengeti offers two master bedrooms (one upstairs, one down) in a multigenerational floor plan. 

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

The two islands in the kitchen open to the breakfast, sitting, and keeping room. This multigen floor plans also has a split three car garage, home office, formal dining, living, tile floor sun room, and mud room with drop zone storage.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Upstairs, each bedroom has direct access to a bath. The "princess suite" has a private bathroom and walk in closet.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Multi-Generational Home Plan #2: Above Garage Studio Suite

3,333 Sq Ft. 3 Bedrooms. 3.5 Baths.

The Hartford -- an Alan Mascord floor plan -- offers a separate studio suite over the garage.  The studio has a private entrance through an exterior staircase.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

 The main floor offers an island kitchen open to the great room, home office, and mudroom style laundry.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Multi-Generational Home Plan #2: Extra Suite on the First Floor

3,275 Sq Ft. 5 Bedrooms. 4.5 Baths.

This multigenerational design - an Atlanta Plan Source and Stanton Homes floor plan - is a traditional style house plan with a full guest or mother in law suite on the first floor.

The first floor quarters are accessible from main living area (with an optional exterior entrance).

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

 

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Special floor plan features include:

  • First floor mother in law suite with private bath, sitting room, and outdoor living access
  • Gourmet kitchen with island and butler's pantry
  • Second floor master suite with private deck, exercise room, and closet with cabinet island

Multi-Generational Home Plan #3: Elevator to Second Floor Suite

3,184 Sq Ft. 4 Bedrooms. 3.5 Baths.

This multigenerational house plan - a Stanton Homes floor plan - includes an elevator leading to the second story multigenerational suite.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

 

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Special floor plan features include:

  • Wheelchair accessible floor plan designed for aging in place
  • Open concept kitchen with vaulted living room
  • Media room or optional 5th bedroom

Multi-Generational Home Plan #4: Apartment with Separate Living on Lower Level

3,718 Sq Ft. 3 Bedrooms. 2.5 Bathrooms.

This multigenerational house plan -- by Max Fulbright -- is a Cottage style house plan.

The basement level -- designed for a mountain or sloped lot -- offers the option of a living room with wet bar, bedroom, bath, and private storage.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Special floor plan features include:

  • Island kitchen open to informal dining
  • Laundry room next to the master bedroom
  • Separate mudroom leading to the garage

Multi-Generational Home Plan #5: Cottage Style Apartment

3,327 Sq Ft. 4 Bedrooms. 4.5 Bathrooms.

This multigenerational home plan -- design by Alan Mascord -- is another example of a cottage style home.

The multi-gen living space -- an apartment style living space -- is completely separate from main dwelling. This Mother in Law Suite offers a private vaulted living room, kitchenette and bath (there's even an option for a fireplace). 

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

 

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

 

 

 

 

 

Special floor plan features include:

  • Large master suite with oversized walk in closet
  • Kitchen open to great room
  • Mudroom
  • Optional outdoor living fireplace
  • Den
  • Private bathroom for every bedroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

 

Multi-Generational Home Plan #6: Main Floor Private Living

3,716 Sq Ft. 5 Bedrooms. 3.5 Baths.

This version of The Greenhaven - home plan by Stanton Homes - offers a full multigenerational suite (living room, bedroom, and accessible bath) on the first floor.

This multigenerational space has a private entrance from the side of the home.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Special floor plan features include:

  • Accessible features in the in-law suite
  • Peninsula kitchen with raised eating bar
  • Walk-up 3rd floor office
  • Formal dining room with wainscoting paneling
  • Full-length front porch and rear screen porch
  • Dual staircase
  • Side entry garage

Multi-Generational Home Plan #7: First Floor Guest Suite

3,664 Sq Ft. 4 Bedrooms. 3.5 Baths.

The Foresman -- an Alan Mascord floor plan -- offers flexible, open concept living. In addition to the first floor master, a private guest suite accommodates extended stay guests on the opposite end of the floor plan.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

The first floor guest suite separated from main floor master has an optional separate door to the buddy bath. With a few easy floor plan adjustments -- such as removing the hallway access door and expanding the vanity -- a custom home builder can re-arrange this guest bathroom into a more private space.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Multi-Generational Home Plan #8: Two Master Bedrooms

2,436 Sq Ft. 3 Bedrooms. 3.5 Baths.

The Faucett -- copyright Frank Betz -- has two master suite, on the first and second floors.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

 

Special floor plan features include:

  • Two master bedrooms with his and her vanities, soaking tubs, walk in closets
  • Island kitchen open to the breakfast room
  • Two story foyer with second story overlooks
  • Formal dining room
  • Bonus room

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

 

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Multi-Generational Home Plan #9: Two Master Suites with Separate Guest Suite

The Dennison -- copyright Alan Mascord -- has two master suites (one on the first floor, one on the second floor) plus a separate guest suite

4408 Sq Ft. 5 Bedrooms. 4.5 Bathrooms.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Each master suite has a tile shower, soaking tub, walk in closet, and vaulted ceiling. The first floor master has private access to outdoor living spaces (and the optional hot tub). The second floor master is more secluded from main living areas.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

Multi-Generational Home Plan #10: Two Master Suites on First Floor

The Vidabelo offers two master suites, both on the first floor.

3084 Sq Ft. 4 Bedrooms. 3.5 Baths.

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

 

Special floor plan feature include:

  • Two master bedrooms with his and hers bathrooms
  • Island kitchen open to the great room
  • Two outdoor living spaces, a vaulted porch off the great room and patio off the first master suite
  • Built-in storage
  • Mudroom / laundry room combination

Multigen Homes Raleigh | Multigenerational Floor Plan Layouts

 

Get the 6 Things to Think About Before Choosing Your Next Home (and 5 bonus aging in place floor plans not included in this post).

Read more about multi-gen homes in these articles:




How to Build a Multi-Generational Home:

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

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


 

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Best Roof Styles: How to Build a Cost Effective Home in Raleigh

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 12:03 PM

Best Roof Styles for Raleigh New Custom Homes

If there’s a certain type of roof you like, ask your custom builder how it can work with the floor plan you have in mind. Roof style options for Raleigh new custom homes vary widely, and can often be modified to fit the interior floor plan and exterior style you have in mind.

Raleigh New Home Cost | Roof Pitch Explained

 

How to Keep Costs Down with Roofing Options

The more complex the roof, the higher the cost. But when you determine the roof line for your new custom home, be aware that it isn’t like flooring, cabinets or even walls that you can update later. The roofline and architectural design extremely difficult to revise once your new home is built - so find the best fit before you start.

Below are a few basic key terms and home building facts that can help you understand what certain floor plans cost more to build.

Raleigh New Home Cost | Roof Pitch Explained

Roof Pitch

The "pitch" of a roof is the steepness. Roof pitch, or angle of steepness, is calculated by the number of inches it rises for every 12 inches it extends.

An 8/12 roof climbs 8 inches in height for every 12 inches in width. Here is an example photo of a 12/12 roof pitch:

Raleigh New Home Cost | Roof Pitch Explained

In general, the shallower the roof pitch, the lower the cost.  Construction of a simpler, lower roofline can entail less roofing, less framing materials and less framing labor both for the roofing as well as the roof’s support system.

But, some level of steepness and complexity of roofline can be what makes the difference between fantastic curb appeal, and "just another box".  

For example, lower cost homes are often constructed with a simpler 4:12 or 5:12 roof pitch. However, this can limit attic space, particularly on a smaller home.

(The Dahlberg, below, has a 10/12 main roof pitch - but due to the size of this one story home, it can appear less steep 

Raleigh New Home Cost | Roof Pitch Explained

 

Roof Gables, Hips, and Valleys

The number of gables, hips, and valleys in a roof can affect aesthetic appeal as well as cost.

  • A gable is a triangular section of wall formed by the intersection of two sections of roof.
  • A hip is where two rooflines meet at the top. This example shows six different hips on the front of the home, counting the small dormer window.
  • A valley is where two sections of roof meet and connect on the downward slope.

Raleigh New Home Cost | Roof Pitch Explained

Pitch lines can also make a huge difference in the way your new home is viewed. “Box homes” that have virtually no intricate roof lines or pitch emphasize the ability to offer more floor space. But your new home builder or designer can show you how to make the best of both.

How Much Does it Cost to Build a New Custom Home in Raleigh, NC?

Your custom home builder can show you how a style with a mid-level pitch and several gables and valleys can add a lot of sophistication, but still be at the mid to lower end of the cost spectrum.

Cost depends on size, amenities, and other less known aspects, including the condition of your lot and the requirements of your development. For a building cost estimate, click here or call 919-278-8070.

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Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 @ 09:01 AM

What do built in bookshelves cost?

Custom bookcases, cabinets, and built-in storage designs are priced based on a number of factors, including:

  1. Size (Height, Length, Depth)
  2. Depth of Base Shelves (are the base shelves wider than the upper shelves?)
  3. Number of Cabinet Units
  4. Countertops
  5. Open Shelving
  6. Stain Grade vs. Paint Grade Materials
  7. Arches or Header Details
  8. Custom Paint Colors
  9. Standard vs. Non-Standard Cabinet Sizes

See our photo gallery of fireplaces built in Raleigh new homes.


What does a built in bookcase around the fireplace cost? 

Fireplace walls are great spaces to add a built in bookcase. These walls are already "reserved" as focal points (with furniture spread among the other walls or open areas).   

If you're trying to decide on the best built in bookcase design for your budget, these photos will give you a good idea of how pricing works - with specific cost factors.  See why some bookcases are cost effective, while others are only found in luxury home designs.

Below are 8 photo examples that give a clear indication of what each cost factor can look like:

1. Bookcase Size

The height, length, and depth of a built in will affect the total cost. For open shelving bookcases, larger sizes mean more materials and labor. For cabinets, larger sizes typically require multiple units.

The fireplace bookcases in this great room stretch across the living room wall. If you want a "full wall" built in look for a lower cost, consider reducing the height of the shelves. This would leave wall space where you could display artwork (or add windows if it is an exterior wall).

 Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

Small bookshelves can still make a big impression, especially when paired with windows on each side of the fireplace:

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This living room photo is from a version of the Beaufort - a very popular Raleigh new home floor plan - see more photos here.

2. Depth of Bookcase Base Shelves

Complex configurations add cost to any built in design. The two base shelves on these fireplace bookcases are wider than the upper shelves. Varied depth bookcases can make a big impression in person, so this is one custom factor you should consider when considering cost/benefits on a tight budget.

Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

This living room photo is from a version of the Brogan - see more photos here, a craftsman style home.

3. Number of Cabinet Units

The number of individual cabinet units also contributes to the total cost of a built in design. Typically, using two 24'' cabinets will cost significantly more than using one 48'' cabinet.

The wider, four-door 48" base cabinets in the living room pictured below, from a version of the Statesman, helped the Raleigh home owner save cost (compared to choosing a layout for four 24" cabinets that would fit into the same overall space).  The design made the room feel even larger and more open, with trim details that add visual interest.

Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

4. Countertop

When designing built in cabinets, manufacturers can include a finished "countertop" piece that rests on top and adds cost (when compared to how built in shelving works).   

Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

This living room photo - with cabinets on each side of the stone fireplace - is from a version of the Horse Country Estate - see more photos here.

5. Open Shelving or Floating Shelves

Open shelving can be a great design choice.  The cost of open shelving, compared to bookcases, can depend on the size, details, and paint.  In this design, the addition of a decorative header (designed to carry the line of the ceiling created by the upstairs walkway on the right side of the fireplace), cabinets, and counter top are each cost factors that contribute to the total.  

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This vaulted living room photo is from a version of the Elk Point - see more photos here.

6. Stain vs. Paint Grade

Most types of built in storage units are available in two "grades," stain or paint. While some of the cabinets pictured above are constructed in a stain grade wood, the bookcases below use a (more cost effective) paint grade wood.   For today's homebuyer, "stained" shelving and cabinets can easily feel dated, and an extensive area of stained finish can make a large room feel smaller.  

Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

This living room photo - with bookcases on each side of the fireplace - is from a version of the Country Farmhouse - see more photos here.

7. Arches or Header Details

Arches or header details - like the white wainscoting design across these living room bookcases - are beautiful additions that can really add formality to a room.

These hand-crafted or custom details can add a little additional cost, but they can make a big difference in the look and feel of your fireplace surround (often the focal point of your downstairs living space).

Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

This living room photo - with custom bookshelves around the fireplace - is from a version of the Scottsdale - see more photos here.

8. Custom Color

Most built-ins are painted white, to match the interior trim color of the room. Adding a custom color inside a built in bookcase is another popular detail.  Because the painters must tape off each shelf, individually, to create this effect, this can add a few hundred dollars to the finish cost.

Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

These built in bookshelves around the fireplace include a custom color and lower cabinets. The photo is from a version of the Low County Farmhouse - see more photos here.

Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

This custom living room built in shelving unit is from a version of the Treehouse - see more photos here.

9. Cabinet Sizing

Another way to save cost on your built in bookcase configuration is by choosing larger cabinets, such as the 48" base cabinets here.  It's more costly to use three or four small cabinets in a space than to use one or two large cabinets.  

If cabinet units do not fit into the designated wall space, your builder will need to add trim pieces to make up the difference. Custom trim, painted to match, will look intentional.

Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

When working within a budget, you will want to compare each of these cost factors. Do you want to prioritize wainscoting details, custom colors, simpler (but wider) shelves, or a combination of these details? The choice is yours, and a custom home interior designer can help you weigh the options.  Stanton Homes offers a full menu of options in your Personal Build Portal for you to review before, or during, construction, in order to make your final decisions.



How much do custom built in bookcases, cabinets, and shelving units cost?

Exact pricing for built ins depends on the size, configuration, style, materials, and other custom details. 


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Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jan 05, 2017 @ 09:01 AM

Guidelines for the Best Kitchen Island Layouts

When thinking about the type of kitchen island you want to incorporate into your new home kitchen, here are top five questions to keep in mind:

  1. How large is your kitchen?
  2. What is the shape of your kitchen?
  3. How many seats at the island?
  4. Will you need a secondary / prep sink?
  5. What functions are most important?

What Size is the Kitchen?

In general, islands work best in large kitchens and peninsulas work better in small kitchens.

Kitchen design tip: you want enough space to navigate around the island - maximizing the functionality of the extra counter top and cabinet space it provides. This kitchen island is approximately 3.5' x 9' with diagonal cut-outs:

Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

When working with a custom home builder, you can likely convert a peninsula kitchen into an island kitchen, or vice versa. This home, a version of The Gershwin by Frank Betz, was originally designed with an island. The peninsula is approximately 8' long.

Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

What Shape is the Kitchen?

Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

How many seats will fit at the island?

  • Most islands can be expanded to incorporate bar-height OR counter-height seating
  • In this example photo, the island was angled towards the great room, slightly off-set from the kitchen.
  • The counter height seating creates a smooth, clean look that matches the contemporary lines of this home.

Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

What's a good size for a prep sink?

  • When thinking about your prep sink size, keep in mind where the prep sink will go and how you will use it most
  •  Dual sinks are generally placed on opposite ends of the kitchen
  • Prep sinks can be as small as 14'' round, usually when used in a bar area
  • Heavy-duty veggie sinks can be over 20'' (when round) and over 30'' (when rectangular)

Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

 

What else should fit in my island layout?

  • When thinking about your ideal island design, will it include tons of storage? More counter space? A place to add a wine refrigerator?
  • Many island have two-sided cabinets for easy-access storage
  • If you want counter space, re-think adding a prep sink (even a small sink can take up more space than you realize)
  • An island may be the ideal place to add a drink fridge

This island, from a version of the Dinsmore by Frank Betz, is approximately 10' long.

Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

 

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21 Best Ways to Style Interior Columns - from Wainscot to Stone

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 @ 15:11 PM

21 Interior Column Photos

Photos of Raleigh Home Designs with Columns

Get ideas for your new home design from these "best interior column styles" found in Raleigh, NC Stanton homes.  While some interior columns provide structural support, others are purely decorative. 

See photos of detailed trim, classic wainscoting wraps, stone columns, and textured colors. 

Interior Column Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Interior Columns with White Wainscoting Wrap

These interior columns feature a 1/3 height picture frame wainscoting wrap-around.  Crown molding blends the columns into the kitchen-great room wall:

Interior Column Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Here is another example of how to use white wainscoting on columns: 

Interior Column Photos | Raleigh New Homes

White trim extends the full height of these great room columns. The trim follows the archway opening, and extends across the entire open concept room:

Interior Column Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Kitchen Pass-Through Columns

Love the idea of a kitchen pass through? Side columns support the window opening between the kitchen and great room: 

Interior Column Photos | Raleigh New Homes

These kitchen square columns are more contemporary, especially without the archway entries: 

Interior Column Photos | Raleigh New Homes

And here's a farmhouse style home, with painted columns in the kitchen pass-through (and formal dining room):

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Half-Height Interior Columns

These half-height white columns create an open flow between the breakfast room and sun room, positioned on a half wall:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

 

White columns and soft grey tones keep the open concept plan bright and airy: 

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

 

White columns aren't just for Greek facades anymore. White columns in Roman or traditional styles are popping up in new custom home designs in entryways, family rooms, great rooms, master suites, and highlighted hallways: 

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Faux Column Designs

These stone columns are purely decorative - built with the same stone on the front porch and interior two sided fireplace. In this version of The Bryson, the grey coffer ceiling draws out the grey tones in the stone:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Inside this version of the Dinsmore, we also see the exterior stone made into interior columns, in the formal dining room. While the columns are load bearing, the stone itself is decorative: 

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Located just off the main foyer entrance, these half-width white columns flank the master suite door: 

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

See more master suite entrance designs here.

This fireplace design is very complex: floor-to-ceiling white columns frame the fireplace for a more blended interior wall location, the mantel breaks the wainscoting into two sections for greater depth, and the wainscot panels are painted a soft grey as an off-setting technique:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

 

Archway entrances feature white trim wraps, designed with a column frame that stretches across the opening:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

 

Painted Interior Columns

These painted interior columns between the great room and kitchen extend above the archways. Crown molding on top keep the columns feeling formal: 

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Double columns - painted in a rustic red - lend traditional formality to this formal dining room with crystal hanging light and trey ceiling:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

These living room support columns are painted to match the main walls. These columns are designed to blend into the  open concept living spaces:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Archway entrances are a staple in new custom home design. These archways - with columns between, give the kitchen and living room just enough separation:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Here's another example of painted interior columns that frame archway entrances to the formal dining room:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

Interior White Columns

The white painted Roman column, wainscoting, trim, and coffer ceiling off-set the deep red dinning room walls:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

White and black tones create powerful contrast in this contemporary custom home. Three white columns frame the formal dining room:

Interior Columns Photos | Raleigh New Homes

 

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