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Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 @ 06:08 AM

Types of Flooring for a Staircase:

While carpet and hardwood are the two most common new home staircase flooring materials, you can get creative with how you combine and incorporate these materials in your Cary NC custom home. 

Browse popular staircase style photos inside Cary, NC area new homes.



Flooring Materials for a New Home Staircase:

How do homebuyers choose between hardwood and carpet for the main staircase? See the pros and cons of each staircase flooring material, with photo from Cary custom homes by Stanton Homes. 

1. Hardwood Staircases

Hardwood staircases - which provide a clean look for all home styles from contemporary to craftsman - are a popular request for Cary NC new homes.

On one hand, homebuyers consider hardwood steps easier to clean - they require a broom rather than vaccum or rug machine.

On the other hand, a hardwood staircase is more expensive. 

Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases

2. Carpet Staircases

Carpeted staircases are often considered:

  • Safe and comfortable: carpet can be more slip-resistant than hardwood
  • Quieter: some say they prefer carpet because it muffles the sound of kids, pets, and shoes
  • Less costly: an upgrade to a hardwood staircase is often close to $2000 or more depending on the size, shape, and features.

Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases 

3. Carpet Runner on the Staircase

A carpet runner can offer the best of both worlds: it provides a slip-proof layer to your stairs, without covering your coveted hardwood steps and white painted risers. 

Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases

4. Staircase Carpet Runner Idea #2

A specialty carpet runner can create a more traditional effect - such as the foyer staircase this version of the Summerlyn. The black patterned carpet runner flows over hardwood steps and white wood risers, with a hardwood landing half-way down the stairs.

This staircase also features a "volute" or curved handrail at the foyer landing.

Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases 

5. Hardwood Base Step or Steps

Another popular staircase design pairs one or more hardwood steps with carpeted treads and risers. Using a combination of carpet and hardwood materials can help save money on your new home build.

In this version of the Bostwick, the first step - called a rounded edge "open stair" - is made of hardwood.

All steps visible through the wrought iron balusters are carpeted with hardwood treds, made to look like a carpet runner. The remaining steps - mostly out of view - are fully carpeted.

Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases

6. Multiple Hardwood Steps

Here's another take on the dual hardwood - carpet staircase style. In this version of the Firebird, all visible steps are made of hardwood treads (the horizontal portion of the step) and white painted wood risers (the vertical portion of the step).

Again, we see that the steps primarily out of view are carpeted. 

Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases 

7. Hardwood Steps with Painted Risers 

While many home buyers choose to pair hardwood steps with white risers (like the examples above), this custom design uses an accent color to blend the risers into the surrounding mountain house style trim.

Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases

8. Stained Hardwood Steps and Risers

This formal entrance features a curved staircase with stained hardwood steps AND risers - in an elegant, dark color. The secondary staircase (pictured in the background) lightens up the great room with white painted risers. 

Eight Staircase Flooring Options | Cary NC New Home Types of Staircases

See more staircase design photos in these Raleigh and Cary custom homes: 

Staircase Idea #1: Curved staircase with dark wood stain - in a version of the Avonstone Manor house plan
Staircase Idea #2: Hardwood staircase in the foyer, with cable railing overlook - in a version of the Smokey Ridge house plan

Staircase Idea #3:  White painted staircase with hardwood steps - in a version of the Worthington II house plan

Staircase Idea #4: Craftsman staircase with split landing - in a version of the Chalet Vert house plan

Staircase Idea #5: Carpeted staircase with black stained railings - in a version of the Treehouse house plan


Cary NC New Homes - Custom Staircase Options:

Considering new homes in the Raleigh, NC area? Tell us what style you love best - hardwood vs carpet stairs - or a combination of both. Stanton Homes will tell you what it costs, inside your favorite new home floor plan.

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Custom Staircase Photos and Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 @ 10:02 AM

Pics and Ideas for Custom Staircases

Top staircase trends in custom homes

Below we've compiled photos of top staircase trends in Raleigh custom homes. You will see more of these features, styles, and layouts in new homes, including: two story overlooks, hardwood steps, wrought iron balusters, carpet runners, craftsman details, and curved designs.

Staircase Design #1: Curved Staircase

Staircase Design

Curved staircases add classic elegance to custom home designs.

Including a balcony-style landing at the top of your curved staircase provides a space to formally greet your guests.      

Staircase Design

 From another angle, an additional staircase leading to the second story overlook is visible.

Get a cost estimate for this home - and view a full photo gallery - here.

Staircase Design #2: Angled Foyer Staircase

Staircase Design

A staircase in the center of your home will facilitate comfortable traffic flow throughout the first floor.  

Staircase Design

Consider adding a carpet runner, instead of just hardwood, to your staircase.

A carpet runner is a great way to pull in a classic design or personal touch - in an unexpected space.

Click here for more photos of this custom home - and see how much it costs to build.

Staircase Design #3: Single story foyer staircase

Staircase Design

Creative lines of sight are a custom home builder specialty. 

In this floor plan design, the angled central staircase blocks direct sight into the living room and breakfast room - with three major benefits:

Staircase Design

First, this staircase design establishes clear, distinct space divisions between rooms - while maintaining an open concept design.

 

Second, the staircase gives privacy to your breakfast area - blocking direct sight across the entire home.

 

Third, it creates anticipation - and accentuates the drama - of your two story living room.

 

Any time ceiling hight changes between rooms, the taller room will feel bigger and more striking.

 

Click here to see more photos of this custom home.

 

 

 

Staircase Design #4: Foyer staircase with split landing

Custom staircase photos and ideas | Top staircase trends in custom homes

In this craftsman style custom home, the foyer opens into a hardwood staircase with bold, square newel posts.

Custom staircase photos and ideas | Top staircase trends in custom homes

The landing splits into two directs - leading to a loft on one end and all bedrooms on the other end. Click here for a full photo gallery of this custom home.

 

Staircase Design #5: with split landing

Custom staircase photos and ideas | Top staircase trends in custom homes

Here is another example of a staircase designed as the centerpiece of the first floor entrance.

Custom staircase photos and ideas | Top staircase trends in custom homes

In this version of the Cove, a landing also leads two directions - with a loft to one side and bedrooms to the other. See a photo gallery of this home, here.

Staircase Design #6: Dual staircase

Custom staircase photos and ideas | Top staircase trends in custom homes

In this version of the Kelley, two separate staircases lead to the second floor.

One staircase starts in the foyer; the other starts between the great room and kitchen. This places a staricase on each end of the home.

Custom staircase photos and ideas | Top staircase trends in custom homes

A custom angled overlook gives two-sided excitement to this home. Click here to see a floor plan.

Staircase Design #7: Central staircase with overlook

Custom staircase photos and ideas | Top staircase trends in custom homes

In this custom home example, the staircase runs perpendicular, rather than parallel, to the foyer entrance.

Custom staircase photos and ideas | Top staircase trends in custom homes

This gives the staircase a central location - with side-to-side visibility, emphasizing a free-flowing design. This staircase is another great example of how to integrate a carpet runner.

Custom Staircase Photos and Ideas

Where do you want to make a big impact in your new home?  Each staircase design example pictured in this article shows different ways to make a splash in your new home.

Get more ideas here:

For two story floor plans, click here.

See more staircase trends here.

Learn staircase design terminology: click here for post-to-post and over-the-post photos and descriptions

More staircase style trends: click here to read about staircase styles from traditional to craftsman.

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Two Story Overlook Ideas and Photos | Chapel Hill NC Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jul 02, 2013 @ 09:07 AM

Chapel Hill NC Homes and Design Ideas

Custom Home Two Story Foyers and Overlooks - Photos and Trends

One of the most popular reasons to design and build a custom home in Chapel Hill, NC, is the flexibility you'll have to create the kind of environment you'd love to live in.

Two story homes can be the most cost effective choice (depending on where you build and the

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

design and finishes you choose) - and they can also offer opportunities for some of the most stunning foyers and overlooks.

Whether you choose a true "two story" home (with the master suite upstairs) a "main floor master suite" home (with the master suite on the first floor) or even a one story with a bonus area above, work with a designer who can help you focus on all the angles and you're sure to be pleased with the impact you can make with a two story foyer or overlook.

 

Custom homes with a two story foyer

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

One of the most popular features in a home with two stories is the second story overlook, often located above both the foyer and family room / great room so that there are views from above in every direction.  

Take a look at these Chapel Hill area custom homes with a two story foyer and get design and floor plan layout ideas for your new home

 

 

 

Two story floor plan overlook design #1:

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

 

If you love floor plans with a second story overlook, this first example is a very popular new home design. 

Many traditional two story floor plans include the staircase inside, or adjacent to, the foyer.  

These more traditional floor plans provide the feeling of a grand entrance - open and airy - with tons of open railing and a tall ceiling to draw the eye upward. 

Click here to see a similar floor plan - the Mastrosimone - which features another staircase and second story overlook design.

 

 

 

Two story floor plan overlook design #2:

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

 

When you design a custom home, the location of the staircase can be flexible - even in homes with a two story foyer design. 

In fact, many floor plans with an overlook are designed to keep the staircase tucked away, around a corner or behind a wall. 

Here is an example of a two-sided second story overlook built-in distinct from the staircase, which is tucked around a corner.

 

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

 

Take a look at the floor plan for this home - a version of the Carwile - to get a better idea of the staircase - overlook positioning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two story floor plan overlook design #3:

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyerHere's another approach to a grand entrance staircase, with a high end look you can achieve with a moderate budget.

The staircase designed as a showpiece,  located just inside the foyer. 

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

 

 

 

 

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the second floor, there are two separate overlook areas.

The first overlook soars above the great room. The second overlook peaks over the foyer, showing off the two-story barrel vault.

Here is the floor plan layout, to help you see how this design comes together:

 

Two story floor plan overlook design #4:

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

 

Want to add more drama?

This two story floor plan includes a split staircase design.

Layers of hardwood floors and oak handrails leading to the hardwood entry and door below create an open, appeal to this very open two story foyer.

 

 

 

 

ChaletVertStaircaseHere's another exciting floor plan - a version of the Chalet Vert - with a second story overlook hallway leading between the loft and bedrooms.

Click here to see a similar floor plan - the Cove - which also includes a split staircase design and multiple overlooks.

 

 

 

 

 

Two story floor plan overlook design #5:

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

 

 

 

The custom designed overlook component of this floor plan adds length, depth and an open element that makes the entire home feel huge. 

It's a great way to add flow and personality to your custom home.  

 

 

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

 

From every angle, this overlook design adds visual appeal.

Check out the wrought iron rails and hardwood railings that add additional dimension, with a multiple layer effect across the entire overlook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two story floor plans Chapel Hill | Homes with a two story foyer

 

To see more photos of this home - a version of the Dugan - click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staircases that emphasize overlooks - with an open design for elegant, casual living - are a popular custom home design feature in Chapel Hill new homes.

For more two story floor plans, click here.

See more staircase trends here.

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Raleigh New Home Design Ideas | Staircases that emphasize overlooks

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Aug 08, 2012 @ 13:08 PM

Raleigh New Home Design Ideas

Staircases that emphasize overlooks

Staircase Design Ideas | Open floor plans with staircase overlooks

Tucked away, right up-front or seen from all sides – today’s most sought-after staircases emphasize overlooks.  

An open design makes all the difference:

Take a look at these North Carolina custom homes with stairways topped with dramatic appeal, and get ideas for your own overlook

 

 

Consider these aspects, in the photos below:  

 - Great room, foyer, and loft overlooks

 - Stained oak stepsStaircase Design Ideas | Open floor plans with staircase overlooks

 - Wrought-iron balusters

 - Dual staircases

Staircase Design Example 1: Two-Sided Overlook - Foyer Staircase

Staircase Design Ideas | Open floor plans with staircase overlooks

In this version of the Mastrosimone design, the open, airy theme prevailing throughout the home is emphasized by the dramatic overlook that completes this stairway, tucked just inside the foyer.

The two-sided overlook provides a spectacular view when looking up as well as looking down.

 

 

 

Staircase Design Example 2: Dual Staircase with Overlook

Staircase Design Ideas | Open floor plans with staircase overlooks

In this version of the Cove design, the front-and-center staircase splits into a dual staircase at its landing.

The staircase to the right leads to a loft, with yet another incredible overlook that carries throughout the hallway.

The staircase to the left leads to bedrooms, with a more private approach to its design.

Custom newel posts with oak detailing add dimension to wrought-iron balusters and create contrast with a beautiful look-through.

Click here to request a cost estimate and flyer with floor plan for the Cove.

 

 

Staircase Design Example 3: Two-Sided Overlook - Tucked Away Stairs

Staircase Design Ideas | Open floor plans with staircase overlooks

In this version of the Carwile design, the staircase is tucked around a corner out of sight – and a striking two-sided overlook is left in full view to capture all the attention as the final statement for the Great Room.

 

See another home that uses this staircase design example - the Dugan

 

 

Staircase Design Example 4: Staircase with Foyer Overlook

Staircase Design Ideas | Open floor plans with staircase overlooks

Staircase Design Ideas | Open floor plans with staircase overlooks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this version of the Gershwin design, the staircase is in full view from the foyer, and the overlook is one-sided.

This cost-effective staircase choice makes the most of features chosen to reflect the ambience of the flow-through, including:

 - Stained oak railing and posts

 - Wrought-iron balusters

 - Dramatic view of the two-story barrel vaulted foyer

 

 

 

 

Staircase Design Ideas | Open floor plans with staircase overlooks

To see more examples of custom home floor plans with unique staircase and overlook designs, find Stanton Homes on Pinterest.

Learn staircase design terminology: click here for post-to-post and over-the-post photos and descriptions

More staircase style trends: click here to read about staircase styles from traditional to craftsman.

 

 

 

Contact us about the home you have in mind, and we'll work with you to design and build your Raleigh Custom Home. We can work with you to modify nearly any floorplan to incorporate your favorite staircase design features.

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Staircase Design - "Post to Post" or "Over the Post"?

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 @ 15:06 PM

New Home Staircase Design Ideas 

Post to Post and Over the Post Systems

What's the Difference?

Staircase style and design options can be overwhelming, but understanding two of the basic systems can make your custom home staircase design decisions much easier!

The staircase is often placed within view of the foyer, so it has the ability to make or break a first impression of your home.

So, what's the difference between a Post to Post and an Over the Post design?  Here's the basics.

Post to Post Staircase Picture | Staircase Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home BuildersPost to Post Staircase Design

In a post to post staircase design, the handrails run between two newel posts.

"Newel posts" are the column that support the balustrades and handrail.

Pictured here are box newel posts and wrought iron balusters with an alternating basket design.

The grey and white painted posts and handrail give this home a more contemporary feel.

These color choices contrast with the more commonly used oak wood finishes.

Over the Post Staircase Picture | Staircase Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home BuildersOver the Post Staircase Design

In an over the post staircase design, the handrails run over the newel posts and the balusters are fitted into the handrailing.

Pictured here is a volute over the post system. A "volute" design consists of a spiral at the ends of the handrail.

A bullnose step is required for a volute over the post design. This staircase incorporates the popular trend of wrought iron balusters with alternating baskets.

This oak and iron staircase design style is more formal and traditional than a box newel or craftsman style staircase.

Find out more about staircase design ideas here, or ask your Raleigh custom home builder to help you design a staircase that reflects YOUR taste and lifestyle!

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