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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

Custom Home Pricing


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.



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.


Backyard Screen Porch

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



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

Raleigh New Homes:

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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Top 6 Glass Entry Door Designs | Apex NC New Home Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jul 02, 2013 @ 06:07 AM

Apex NC New Home Design Tips

Stained Glass Entry Door Photo Gallery

An elegant glass entry door can make a welcoming statement, as the focal point on a well designed entrance to your Apex NC custom home.

Here are six popular entry door designs – with some tips on how to choose a glass design with the configuration, shape and size that will look exactly right on your new front door.

Glass Entry Door Photo #1: Classic with Full View


This Apex new home front door style contains classic features such as a full-length glass design, two side transoms, and an upper transom.

This glass door is specially designed to provide a classic blend of natural light and privacy.

It also added dimension:

The custom home designer extended the palate of color in the glass door's leaf design by coordinating it with shades of purple and grey in nearby craftsman style stone columns.

See a similar full-length glass door design in a version of the Cove - click here.

Glass Front Door Photo #2: Rustic old world 3/4 view

Front Door Style Ideas


The Apex NC area custom home entry door pictured to the left blends an "old world" style with modern appeal: 

 - External grille with wrought-iron encasement that swings open for easy window cleaning

 - Strategically selected "aged bronze" door hardware

 - "Cherrywood" stained wood door and sidelights frame that's designer-matched to decorative shingles and stone accents

 - Rustic lantern style porch light that spotlights the bold entrance and it's colorful influence

 - 3/4 view low-E textured glass that saves energy and adds a feeling of safety and security

For an even more dramatic statement, consider adding second sidelights for a wider foyer entrance.



Glass Entry Door Photo #3: Mixing styles and sizes

CountryManorDoorThis glass front door - pictured from a version of the Country Manor - takes advantage of the view, while adding artistry to the home's custom-drawn symetrical design.

This entry door style includes full length side transoms, an upper transom, and a 3/4 center transom with arched top.

The center arched piece was chosen to mirror arched stone porch and arched windows on each side











Glass Entry Door Photo #4: Classic 1/2 view

Front Door Style Ideas

The Apex NC custom home front door pictured to the right has a huge impact on the entry way, with two sidelights and an upper rectangular transom.

The squared-off door frame intentionally contrasts against the two story barrel vault in this custom home foyer.

The 1/2-view door incorporates several glass design and cutting techniques

 - Glue chip glass composes the bulk of the window area.

 - Each of the darker border areas pictured in this door are composed of an Alabaster glass style, to add character.





Glass Front Door Photo #5: Oval glass accent

Front Door Style IdeasGlass front doors can be economical and provide an air of practicality, when they contain just a touch of decorative glass.

The custom home front door pictured to the left features a specialty 3/4 oval view and two sidelightes with the simplicity of standard glass.

The impact of this front glass door becomes more dramatic when installed adjacent to first floor office French doors, as pictured here. The secondary doors were chosen to reflect the classic glass design in the front door sidelights, and extend a feeling of openness.




Glass Entry Door Photo #6: Window style



 A contemporary custom home can also benefit from a glass front door, like the example here.

Look at the way the front door influences the design of the entire home, through replication of its straight lines and light colors in the picture window above, the built-in bookcase in the adjoining room, the balusters in the overlook, and the chair rail and wainscoting beyond. Dramatic! 

 See more photos of this home - a version of the Carwile.





The entry door can set the tone for the entire home’s personality. Here are some things to keep in mind, when you make your choices:

Glass Front Door Styles | Types of Glass Front Doors

 - If you go with glass, make sure the bevel and design coordinate with the patterns of your surrounding walls, fabrics and furniture.

 - You can match your exterior and interior design through a dual color scheme. 

Stain or paint the exterior side of a door a different color than the interior side. A brighter, bolder statement can be made on the outside, while maintaining cool tones in the foyer.

 - How many windows are near the door?  You’ll want the shapes and styles to blend.

 - What materials does the door come in? Some products cannot be stained.

 - Do glass doors hamper privacy? Textured glass doors come in a "glass privacy range" - with more or less opacity.

Verify that the door you choose has the the right amount of opacity for your level of comfort.

At Stanton Homes, we make home design – including all your entrance options - EASY. We'll work with you to create the style you’re looking for – as part of your Apex NC area new home package.

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