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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 Interior Column Styles Found in Raleigh New Homes

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

 

These custom homes are move-in ready, or nearly available, in Chatham County. Click the address for new home cost and more information:

Brookhaven Way – 3144 Sq Ft – First Floor Guest Suite – Move-in Ready Home 

152 Brookhaven Way – 3474 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction

280 Horizon Drive - 3430 Sq Ft - First Floor Master and Guest - New Home Under Construction 

189 Brookhaven Way - 3138 Sq Ft - First Floor Master - New Home Under Construction

 

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Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas Photo Gallery

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 @ 10:11 AM

When


Cozy Fireplace Ideas for the Fall:

Get fireplace design ideas - perfect for cozy Fall weather and cold winter evenings.

Photos of fireplaces in the living room, kitchen, master bedroom, and screen porch: 


Living Room Fireplace Ideas

Get living room fireplace design ideas, with built in shelves, two story stone surrounds, and stained wood mantels:

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

More photos of stained wood mantel fireplaces - click here. 

Kitchen Fireplace Ideas

Bring warmth to the kitchen, with a two sided fireplace: 

 

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

 

Master Bedroom Fireplaces

What's cozier than a private fireplace in the master bedroom? 

Get ideas for a three sided fireplace, or corner fireplace, in the master suite:  

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

Floor Plans with Fireplace in the master bedroom.

Screen Porch Fireplace Ideas

Outdoor fireplaces are perfect for year-round indoor-outdoor spaces. 

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

 

More Fireplace Ideas: 

85 Fireplace Design Idea Photos

14 Custom Fireplace Designs

Modern Fireplace Chimney Styles


Looking to move into a new home before Christmas? Check out the Cassiopeia, for sale now in Chatham County, NC:

Brookhaven Way – 3144 Sq Ft – First Floor Guest Suite – Move-in Ready Home 

Homes for Sale Chatham County

 

Willing to wait until the holidays are over? These homes are under construction now, to be completed soon!

129 Brookhaven Way – 3358 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction

152 Brookhaven Way – 3474 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction


 

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Kitchen Holiday Ideas | Large Islands, Wall Ovens, Pantries

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 @ 15:11 PM

Kitchen Layout Ideas for the Holiday Season:

Thanksgiving is almost here, and we've been thinking about all the ways to build holiday spaces into the kitchen. Get tips on island seating arrangements, wall ovens, and pantry styles, in some of our most popular photo guides, below.



Islands with Seating - and Space for All Day Snacking

Large islands are hugely popular in new homes right now. Want space to spread out during the holidays? These articles will give you a good indication of the best island sizes for the number of seats you want:

How many seats will fit at these islands?
How big should my island be?


Kitchen Layout Ideas | Island Seating

Double Wall Oven Layouts for Holiday Cooking

When Thanksgiving rolls around, it's cooking crunch time. You oven capacity can make or break the day! See how popular double wall ovens are in Raleigh new homes, in these photo guides: 

Wall Overs VS. Under-Stove Range - Which is Best for Bulk Cooking?
Why choose a gas cooktop? Top Reasons Homebuyers Think Gas Powered Ranges are Better

Kitchen Layout Ideas | Double Wall Ovens

Butler's Pantry Ideas - Making Room for Serving Platters

You can expand the "size" of your kitchen by putting a butler's pantry in the dining room, a hallway, under the stairs, or other tucked-away space.

During holiday time, you'll love having a secondary serving area. Between events, the storage space will keep your kitchen clear of less-used items like large serving platters, extra glassware, and formal china.

Take a look at some of our favorite butler's pantry photos:

Our Houzz Ideabook of Butler's Pantry Photos
Questions to Ask about Your Butler's Pantry Plans

Kitchen Layout Ideas | Butlers Pantry Photos

Walk in Pantries - For those Holiday Costco Runs

Now that it's time to hit up Costco, Sams Club, and BJ's for friends and family coming to town, we're extra thankful for walk in pantry layouts.

See photos and floor plans of our most popular walk in pantries, here:

5 Corner Pantries with Floor Plans and Photos
Walk-In Kitchen Pantries (not located in a corner)
7 "Costco" Size Pantry Designs (see home plans with more than one kitchen pantry)

Kitchen Layout Ideas | Walk in Pantry Photos



Looking to move into a new home before Christmas? Check out the Cassiopeia, for sale now in Chatham County, NC:

Brookhaven Way – 3144 Sq Ft – First Floor Guest Suite – Move-in Ready Home 

Homes for Sale Chatham County

 

Willing to wait until the holidays are over? These homes are under construction now, to be completed soon!

129 Brookhaven Way – 3358 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction

152 Brookhaven Way – 3474 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction


 

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Hunka Hunka Island Love | Photos for Kitchens Open to Living

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 @ 15:09 PM

Huge rectangular islands with seating that flow directly into the great room

These floor plans keep the kitchen open to the great room, with great big islands and tons of space for seating. 

See great examples below, or go straight to the full photo gallery of great rooms that open to the kitchen 

Homes with Kitchens Open to the Great Room

Kitchen Floor Plan #1

 

Kitchens Open to Living | Great Room Open to Kitchen

A breakfast area divides the kitchen and great room into separate "areas" that maintain an open flow across the downstairs.

Transom windows form a wall of natural light, dark stained wood beams add a touch of rustic farmhouse design, and a large rectangle island provides casual seating in the kitchen.  

Photo Gallery: The Blueridge

Kitchen Floor Plan #2:

Kitchens Open to Living | Great Room Open to Kitchen

The granite counter top extends past the cabinets, creating a "hidden" space for island stools. This open floor plan flows from the barrel vault foyer into the kitchen, breakfast, and great room. 

Notice the custom "X" trim details on the island and cabinets?

Photo Gallery: The Cassiopeia

Kitchen Floor Plan #3: 

Kitchens Open to Living | Great Room Open to Kitchen

Round out your rectangle island, with a curved side facing the great room. This island has a raised bar in the center - perfect for hiding the sink, creating an eating bar, and acting as a serving area.

Photo Gallery: The Arcadia 

Kitchen Floor Plan #4:

Kitchens Open to Living | Great Room Open to Kitchen

Looking for a floor plan with just a bit of separation between the kitchen and great room? These wainscot columns do the trick!   An overhang leaves space for kitchen stools, while still making it easy to access the island storage cabinets.

Photo Gallery: The Carwile

Kitchen Floor Plan #5:

Kitchens Open to Living | Great Room Open to Kitchen

The seating as this blue island is bar height. Similar to the Arcadia island, the counter tops wrap on two sides, forming around the raised bar area. What's the best ceiling height for a great room? Find our here.

Photo Gallery: The Worthington II 


Get more floor plan ideas:

5 Main Floor Master Floor Plans Designed for Families

Multi Generational and Dual Living House Plans

 


 

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Mountain House Photos in Raleigh NC | 7 Great Room Window Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Sep 07, 2016 @ 17:09 PM

Mountain Style Homes Built Near Raleigh, NC:

What's your favorite mountain house style Great Room?  Vote on the great room windows photo you love most (and then request the floor plan to match, here).


 

Mountain House Great Room Photo #1: Pyramid Stacking Windows

Four window layers stack to the ceiling to form a pyramid shape:

Mountain House Photos in Raleigh NC | 7 Great Room Window Ideas

See the Smokey Ridge photo gallery here, with more angles showing how the great room opens to the kitchen.

Mountain House Great Room #2: 20' Ceiling

Triangle shaped windows top this 20' ceiling height great room:

Mountain House Photos in Raleigh NC | 7 Great Room Window IdeasThis Stanton Home is called The Treehouse. See a photo gallery, here.

 

Mountain House Great Room #3:  Cedar Wrapped Wall of Windows

Six large windows span the full distance of this two story mountian house great room:

Mountain House Photos in Raleigh NC | 7 Great Room Window Ideas

For more photos inside this Raleigh new home, click here. 

 

Mountain House Great Room #4:  Rustic Stone and Wood Ceiling

Traditional style six-grid windows (with transom windows above) run across this "ship" great room. A fieldstone fireplace brings mountain home exterior materials inside:

Mountain House Photos in Raleigh NC | 7 Great Room Window Ideas

See more of this Raleigh mountain home - click here for photo gallery.

Mountain House Great Room #5:  Old World Style

This mountain house plan has a row of craftsman style square windows along the roofline of the two story great room:

Mountain House Photos in Raleigh NC | 7 Great Room Window Ideas
For more views of the fireplace and great room windows, see the Arcadia mountain home gallery here.

Mountain House Great Room #6:  Wood Beams and Custom Windows

In this mountain house great room, three large windows cover the same distance. Do you like patterns with many smaller windows, or only a few extra large windows?

Mountain House Photos in Raleigh NC | 7 Great Room Window Ideas

Mountain House Great Room #7:  Bookcases and Stone

These windows are on display, letting in natural light above the bookcases on each side of the stone fireplace:

Mountain House Photos in Raleigh NC | 7 Great Room Window Ideas

The craftsman style exterior, along with interior photo of the kitchen, master suite, and living spaces, are in this gallery - click to see.

 

 

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Do you want to live in a Raleigh Mountain style home?

Send us the name of a floor plan that is close to what you want, and we can help you to modify the floor plan layout to give you a farmhouse that fits your wish list:

  • Create special features, like mother in law suites or accessibility.
  • Redesign the exterior. Or the kitchen. Or the master suite. Or just about anything.
  • Add customization to every area of the home

Get our top 10 first floor master house plans, here.

Top 10 Floor Plans | Raleigh New Homes


 

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5 Questions to Ask Before Installing a Barn Door

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 @ 16:08 PM

Pros and Cons of a adding a Barn Door:

Many homebuyers have asked about adding barn doors in their Raleigh new homes, in this immensely popular design trend.   

Here's a summary of what we've learned about the pros and cons of installing a barn door - with 5 questions to ask before decide to take the plunge!  

Barn Door Design Ideas | Barn Door Floor Plans


5 Barn Door Questions:

From privacy to cost, here's what you should consider about barn doors: 

1. Is the barn door covering a bathroom?

What room is the barn door going in? If you're thinking of putting a barn door in a bathroom, keep in mind that a barn door does not create a private space the same way a standard door does! 

While a bathroom door typically latches shut, a barn door does not seal the opening - it hovers close by. This means your bathroom barn door could leave a small gap between the door and drywall/trim.

Your idea of privacy will determine which rooms should have a barn door - and whether a bathroom is the best place. What's the exception to this privacy rule? Perhaps you'd like a locking door on the powder room, but don't mind the master bathroom having a gliding barn door. 

2. Does the barn door need a lock? 

Okay, so you're fine with the potential for a small gap between the barn door and wall frame. Another caveate to keep in mind - barn doors don't necessarily come with a lock!

You can certainly find hardware options for barn door locks - such as a metal hook and eye designs - but the idea of a lock on a barn door is not something we've found to be "standard practice" in how such doors are manufactured. Have you found locking barn doors you love? Tell us about them! We're always interested in new home design trends.

Barn Door Design Ideas | Barn Door Floor Plans

3. How much room is there for a barn door?

A barn door requires about twice the space of a typical door. Why? Because the door needs enough space to slide open. This means you cannot place furniture or objects along the wall (why would you want to cover the barn door, anyways?), and need to have enough length of empty wall to fit the full door width. This also means taking into consideration placement of any wall sconces, artwork, and possibly light switches.

A more common alternative to a sliding barn door is a pocket door. What is a pocket door? A "pocket door" is a door that slides into the wall, disappearing from view. Pocket doors are great in spaces that require multiple doors back-to-back.  A pocket door can replace a traditional hinged / swinging door. 

Pocket doors have their own, unique list of pros and cons, which you can find here.

4. What's your home style?

Barn doors tend to be focal points in a room, especially inside the Raleigh new homes we've built. When considering the pros and cons of barn doors, you'll want to make sure to balance the materials, style, and design with the rest of your home.

Are you going for rustic? Contemporary? Farmhouse? Traditional? Or a blend of styles (called transitional)? Choose a style, and use your barn door to highlight key features. You can find almost any style combination you can think of - from reclaimed wood to chalk painted to contemporary glass - so there's no ceiling to your choices!  But keep in mind - barn doors are more costly than standard doors, and the more custom you go, the higher the cost will be.  

5. Who will be operating the barn doors?

It's always a good idea to baby- and child-proof your home if you expect to have little ones roaming around. If you do plan to use a barn door in a space that kids will be using often, keep in mind how the door functions (by sliding), the weight of the materials you choose (metal vs wood), and make sure you teach kids how to properly operate the door. 


Barn Door Design Ideas | Barn Door Floor Plans



Will a barn door fit in this floor plan?

Want to know if your floor plan can fit a barn door? Send us a short description of what you'd like to do - including the name of the plan or a link to it - and we'll tell you what modifications are possible inside a Raleigh new home - click here. 



 

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8 Examples of White Kitchen Cabinets with Black Granite (Photos)

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 @ 12:08 PM

 


Best Light Cabinet and Dark Granite Kitchen Color Schemes

Mixing white kitchen cabinets with dark granite

Check out these custom white and black kitchens, in photos of recently-constructed Raleigh new homes. Each kitchen has white cabinets, black granite counters, and elements of gray, brown, or beige. 

 


 

White Kitchen Design #1: Espresso Cabinets, White Island, Black Granite

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

When mixing dark and light kitchen counters and cabinets, it's all about creating balance.

Kitchens with espresso cabinets along the perimeter walls generally require larger layouts, lots of windows, or other light colors (in the white island cabinets, tile backsplash, lighting fixtures) to off-set the dark stain and open up the room.

 

 

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

The white island cabinets open on the range / cooktop side, for easy reach storage.

White Kitchen Design #2: Wood Tone Island, Black Granite, White Cabinets

This two tone kitchen has black granite on the island and perimeter walls. The brick tile backsplash runs to the ceiling along the cooktop wall. 

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

White Kitchen Design #3: Gray Island, Black Granite, White Cabinets

This gray, black, and white kitchen is an example of black granite for the island, and white granite with the white perimeter cabinets.  

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

White Kitchen Design #4: Gray Island with White Granite

This kitchen also uses black and white counter tops, in the opposite order. A white granite island is at the center of black perimeter counter tops. The red sink faucet, pendant lights, and windows are contemporary style finishes. 

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

White Kitchen Design #5: Grey and Silver Tones

The mixed, linear mosaic tile backsplash brings together black, white, and gray tones. The cabinets are white, with black granite countertops.

This kitchen is a great example of a cabinet alternative to the stainless steel range hood:

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

White Kitchen Design #6: Single Wall White Kitchen

Inside this kitchen, the perimeter cabinets, brick tile backsplash, and island top are all white. The gray island uses a white granite top for the full two-tone look. (Check out the herringbone tile backsplash above the gas range.)

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

White Kitchen Design #7: Two Color Kitchen with Brown and White Cabinets

While many kitchens pair a gray island with alternating black and white counters, this kitchen uses brown cabinets with white granite. The rest of the kitchen uses white cabinets and black granite. There is an additional counter top in the pantry of this kitchen (behind the door pictured).

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

White Kitchen Design #8: Black and White Farmhouse Kitchen 

Here's a photo of a classic white farmhouse sink paired with black granite counter tops and white cabinets. 

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

Get more ideas for two-tone kitchens that mix cabinet colors and finishes, here. 

Can I mix a bronze faucet with stainless steel sink? See how - here.

What is the standard height for kitchen counter tops and raised island bars?

Is a walk in pantry or built in cabinet better for my kitchen storage?

 

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The Alicia Photo Gallery | Transitional Classic Home

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 @ 08:06 AM

Traditional Floor Plan with Contemporary Finishes:

Take a look inside a photo tour of a traditional home design with a blending of contemporary and traditional elements on the inside. This photo gallery includes ideas for homes with:

  • Large, open kitchen (with unique accent furniture leg)
  • Two story great room with wainscoting fireplace mantel
  • Soft blue formal dining with picture frame trim
  • Screen porch for outdoor living
  • Master bathroom with shared vanities
  • Two story foyer

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Transitional Home Photo Gallery:

2852 sq ft |  4 Bedrooms |  3 Bathrooms

Blue and White Exterior Colors

This exterior includes: a window bay with metal roof accent, side entry garage, and blue and white exterior colors.

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Open Foyer, Great Room, Kitchen

Looking from the great room corner, see how open this two story plan feels.

A single, dark stain furniture leg gives the kitchen a touch of tradition in an otherwise modern space.

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Seating at the Island

Kitchen islands are taller than dining room or breakfast room tables, so you'll typically use stools to sit in the kitchen. The difference between counter-height and bar-height seating can range from six to twelve inches, depending on the home plan.

How many seats will fit at your island? Read more about how to plan your island around seating options, here.

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Double Wall Ovens

Which is better, a wall oven or range/oven combination?

This home features a double wall oven and separate cooktop with stainless steel chimney hoodRead more about the wall oven vs range debate, here, to see what other factors are important to keep in mind when arranging your kitchen.

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Archway Entrance to Dining

A turn in the staircase forms a landing in the foyer - and divides out the full-run design. An archway leads into the formal dining room.

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Formal Dining

Inside the formal dining room, the white picture frame trim and trey ceiling are traditional finishes. The crystal light fixture is what transforms this room into a "transitional" space. The crystal is a traditional material, but the shape and dimensions of the light are much more contemporary - effectively blending styles in one piece. 

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En Suite Master Bath

Inside the master bathroom, black framed mirrors, clear glass wall sconces, and white wainscoting accents above the mirrors and in the art nook are all noteworthy design elements.

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Tub and Tile Shower on Same Wall

For efficient layouts in your master bath, consider plans that place the tub and shower along one wall, across from a shared vanity.

You will end up with a "hallway" style bathroom, plenty of space to share, and more flexibility when it comes to placing the walk in closet(s) at either end.

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Backyard Screen Porch

A screen porch adds indoor-outdoor living space, a high demand area for both traditional and contemporary home plans.

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What is a "transitional" style home? 

While home design terms can refer to a range of elements depending on the architect, the term "transitional" often refers to a blending of traditional and contrmporary features, finishes, and layouts


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What Raleigh new home floor plan elements are most important to you? Tell us what you're looking for, and we'll show you how to build it - with recommendations for floor plan features and selections that fit your budget.

 


 

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