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Stained Wood Fireplace Mantel Ideas and Photos

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 @ 07:04 AM

Five Fireplaces with a Stained Wood Mantel - Photos and Design Ideas

Stained wood can look more formal, provide contrast to surrounding features, and serve as a stand-alone feature.  Five popular stained wood mantel designs include:

1. Tile Fireplace Surround with Stained Wood Mantel

While white painted wood mantels are often blended into built in bookcases or wainscoting trim, stained wood mantels often contrast against the surrounding materials.

This wood mantel frames the mosaic tile fireplace surround. Hints of brown in the tile and wall sconces draw in the hues of the Minwax English Chestnut stain for a cohesive, but bold, centerpiece fireplace. 


2. Stone Fireplace Surround with Stained Wood Mantel

Stone and stained wood details are what create the "story" in this home - these materials are carried throughout this open concept home - on the fireplace, archway wall, and kitchen column. 

Wood and stone make these rooms feel warm and formal, in "Old World" style. 


3. Contemporary Fireplace with Stained Cedar Wood Mantel

Cedar wood wraps the large picture windows, and tops this contemporary stone fireplace. The natural stain matches the hardwood flooring throughout the first floor.


4. See Through Fireplace with Stained Wood Mantel

This wood mantel is hand-crafted out of oak flooring material, built and stained to match the downstairs hardwoods. 

The fireplace is see-through between the formal dining room and great room. Wall sconces on the foyer-side of the fireplace are used to balance the "off-center" wood mantel.


5. Stone Surround Fireplace with Stained Wood Mantel and Flagstone Hearth

This fireplace mantel was custom-built to fit above the stone surround. Wall sconces frame the wall above the mantel, which rises into the two story ceiling. 

The stained wood is an elegant feature, drawing your eye towards the fireplace in this large two story living room. 


How To Fireplace Design:

Photos of fireplaces with white wainscoting panels. 

85 Fireplace design photos

Types of fireplaces for new home design

Ready to build your new home in the Raleigh, NC area? Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or to learn more about building an custom home. We'll show you all the ways you can modify a floor plan - including how to design and bulid your custom fireplace. 


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Hottest Trends in 2016 Homes |  Something Really Different

Posted by Penn Hull on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 @ 06:04 AM

Hottest Trends in New Home Building:

What floor plans, features, and finishes are most popular in 2016 homes?

It's getting harder to pin-point the most popular new home trends, simply because homebuyers are looking for more individual customization in their homes. Even inside traditional floor plans - with a downstairs dining room, living room, great room, and master bedroom - buyers are mixing up the layout and adding personal touches to every room.

Stock floor plans are a thing of the past in Raleigh new homes, which are designed to be more livable, functional, and personal.

Efficiency, Flexibility, and Customization:

New homes are all about usability - with increased attention to the efficiency, flexibility, and customizability of each individual room. What does efficiency look like? 

1. A second master bedroom can make multi-generational living possible

A second bedroom/bathroom suite on the first floor offers privacy for extended families, grandparents, and long-stay guests – and it can add value to your new home investment.

Two master bedrooms can be designed to be very different, in reflection of lifestyles and preferences. Having a second master suite can also make it possible for you to "age in place". 

Universal design items, such as grab bars in the bath, wider doorways, and curbless or "roll-in" showers are now common requests for homes designed to last well into retirement. Get a guide to the Top 5 Aging in Place floor plans, click here. 



An oversized shower, and no tub, is another trend throughout Raleigh new home construction. See examples in these no-tub master bathroom photos.

2. Bedrooms can double as home offices

Whether you want to create a place for extended guests to stay, or need a space to work from home, modern bedrooms are designed with built in storage (bookcases, a desk, and closet) that can accommodate your changing needs - month to month or over the years.

This upstairs bedroom includes a built in desk - perfect for kids to use as a homework area or you to use as an upstair office.



3. Hallways, landings, and lofts can double as storage centers or pocket offices

A tried and true way to maximize the usability of a home is by adding built in storage to hallways, under the stairs, and other "unused" spaces.

In this home, a version of the Arcadia, we were able to add a storage closet under the stairs. The fit was tight, but the additional storage added a huge benefit.


This upstairs hallway is transformed from "wasted space" into a open office with custom built ins and desk fit to the space.


Click here for sample floor plans with an efficient pocket office built in to a hallway, kitchen, or central area.

4. Laudry rooms can double as all-purpose storage centers and mudrooms

Simple additions to the laundry room, such as a free-standing sink, closet, built in shelving, or folding wall ironing board can make a large impact on your daily routine. Learn how to get more out of every sq ft, with these 10 Small Laundry Room Ideas.


Raleigh New Home Trends:

One of the best things about designing and building a totally custom home is the ability to include the features that matter most, from efficient built ins to multi-use rooms. 

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


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