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How a Custom Home Gets Painted

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 @ 13:06 PM

Process for Painting New Homes Under Construction:

New homes are under construction in the Horizon neighborhood of Pittsboro, a popular area for homes on acreage within Chatham County, NC.

Want to know more about the home building process? See photos of homes under construction, with details on all the steps it takes to paint the interior - with major milestones to build, below.

Ever walked through a home under construction and wondered what it takes to get all those colors on the walls?  

English Country Style Home - Under Construction

What's the process for painting a new home?

  1. Tape and plastic
  2. Primer 
  3. First coat main color
  4. First coat accent color
  5. First coat trim
  6. Second coat, with more details completed
  7. Finish rest of house - no more paint yet!  
  8. Final touch up entire home, multi-day process


 The exterior is stone and cement fiberboard with white porch columns, flagstone porch, and metal roofing accents.

English Country Style Home

 Inside the foyer, archways open to the formal dining and living room. The staircase divides these two high-traffic areas.

English Country Style Home

A wall of windows opens up the great room - with island kitchen beyond.

 English Country Style Home

The kitchens shares a breakfast area, with glass french door leading to indoor-outdoor living spaces.  Another Custom Home step, see those "stains" on the floor?  Those are stain samples, so that the homeowner or designer can select the very best color for the site finished hardwoods to match the interior paint, cabinetry, and countertops.  

English Country Style Home

The his and hers master bathroom leads into the walk in closet with tons of built in shelving.


Master suite trey ceiling and window wall open up the first floor bedroom space.



 Inside the formal dining room, wainscoting trim and two-tone walls are beautiful touches - and check out the trey ceiling curves!  


 Tall ceilings, well-placed windows, and archway openings keep light, bright spaces flowing throughout this Chatham County custom home.

Major new home building milestones include: 

  1. Lot Clearing
  2. Foundation
  3. Framing
  4. Plumbing and Electrical
  5. Drywall
  6. Flooring
  7. Painting

About New Homes Under Construction in Chatham County:

Two Stanton Homes, The Blueridge and The Cassiopeia, are now under construction.  

The Cassiopeia is a main floor master home for sale with 3,144 sq ft, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms. New home address: 65 Brookhaven Way, Pittsboro, NC.


Stanton Homes in the Horizon Neighborhood:

Lots in the Horizon neighborhood range from the 80s to 100s. Homes in the Horizon neighborhood range from the 400s to 600s. For more cost information, contact Stanton Homes.

Stanton Homes builds extraordinary custom homes in Horizon, with outstanding craftsmanship and top quality materials. We'll help you find, modify or design a custom home you'll love to live in, with free initial design services from our architectural and interior designers. Stanton Homes is an industry-leading builder of traditional, universal design, fully accessible, certified green, geothermal and energy saving homes — with some of the best guarantees in the business.

Learn more about building a home in Horizon - contact Stanton Homes.


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New Home Trends | How Do Rooms Change as Homes Get Bigger?

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Oct 08, 2013 @ 12:10 PM

How is space distributed throughout a new home?

NHAB Study Looks at How Finished Space is Distributed in New Homes

The National Home Builders Association just released a study examining the average distribution of finished space in a typical new home built by NHBA members. This study answers questions such as:

How large are rooms in a typical new home?

How much square footage goes into bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms, or kitchens?

Below is a list of the average percent distribution of finished space in the typical new home built by NAHB’s members:

Master Bedroom: 12%Raleigh New Homes | Home Sizes in Raleigh

Master Bath: 6%

Kitchen: 11.6%

Family Room: 11.5%

Living Room: 8.6%

Dining Room: 7.4%

Other Bedrooms: 16.8%

Foyer: 3.4%

Laundry: 3.7%


As you can see, the average square footage alloted to the master bedroom, kitchen, and family room are much higher than other rooms and very close to each other in percentage, indicating a consistent emphasis on these rooms.

The study also published results for the average size of these rooms, divided into homes under 2,000 sq ft; 2,000-2,999 sq ft; and over 3,000 sq ft.

Average room sizes for new homes included:

Master Bedroom: 309Raleigh New Homes | Home Sizes Raleigh

Master Bath: 160

Kitchen: 306

Family Room: 404

Living Room: 330

Dining Room: 216

Other Bedrooms: 481

Foyer: 101

Laundry: 102

Great Room (can indicate square footage from connected spaces): 550

Walk In Kitchen Pantry: 37

Other finished spaces addressed in this study included hallways, studies, bonus rooms, and breakfast nooks.

Data for this study was collected from an NAHB survey of single-family builder members. Click here to read the full study, from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), courtesy of

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Best Tile Shower Designs for 2014 | Top Five Custom Home Showers

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Sep 23, 2013 @ 08:09 AM

Best Tile Shower Designs for 2014

Top Five Custom Home Showers

Step into a custom home shower designed for your comfort and pleasure, with a master suite retreat that's pure enjoyment.

Take a look at how to make it happen from the point of view of interior design experts - with these photos of top tile shower designs for 2014.

Multiple angles of each master shower provide full bathroom views, as well as interior shots of shower tile.

Best Tile Shower Designs for 2014: Shower Style #1

Best Tile Shower Designs for 2014


An enlarged master shower feels luxurious and spacious enough for two.

The master shower pictured here - taken from a version of the Maple Lane - incorporates a warm color pallete with earth toned tile, gravel colored accents, and brushed nickel fixtures. 



Best Tile Shower Designs for 2014

Four tile styles create a soothing blend in this tile shower design: 

Extra long 12'' by 24'' tiles are divided by a listello accent

The built-in shower storage is backed in a mini mosaic tile design. 

1'' by 1'' tiles make up the shower floor. 

Click here for more photos of mini mosaic tile shower designs.

Best Tile Shower Designs for 2014: Shower Style #2

Some of the best tile shower designs for 2014 are framed with full glass enclosures - which open up the room and eliminate distracting brushed nickel lines. 

Best Tile Shower Designs for 2014

This master shower design with extra wide tiles incorporates several most-requested features: 

 - A brushed nickel grab bar, a top feature in homes designed with Aging in Place in mind.

 - Listello accents at two heights, with the lower listello accent carrying the tile tub design through the shower. 

 - A restful built-in tile bench can be used for sitting, storage, Aging in Place needs, or as a drop off zone. 


A custom tile shower and tub combination, such as the one pictured here, can make a big difference in your master bath.


Best Tile Shower Designs for 2014: Shower Style #3

2014 Master Bathroom Tile Trends | NC New Home Shower Styles

White tile, especially classic subway tile, will remain popular in 2014 new homes. 

This "All American" farm house style master bathroom features a framed shower with a brushed nickel finish.

The shower door is made of finished glass, so it is frameless when opened.

A white subway tile design is carried throughout the master bath, from tub surround to shower, with clean lines and classic appeal.  

NC Custom Home Design | Create Your Master Bath | No Cost Interior Design Services

One of the best tile shower designs for 2014, the timeless contrast of white subway tile and white Carrara marble accents in the shower and on the floor coordinates dramatically with dark stained raised panel cabinets

Traditional pale blue walls complete the desired vintage look


See more photos of this master bathroom, see artist renderings, and get inside information on floor plan design choices.




Best Tile Shower Designs for 2014: Shower Style #4

2014 Master Bathroom Tile Trends | NC New Home Shower Styles

Some of the best tile shower designs for 2014 will maximize the efficiency of your space, with tucked-in layouts. 

This oversized shower leverages a tucked away location to maximize spaciousness, while maintaining the integrity of a romantic decor. 






Best Tile Shower Designs for 2014: Shower Style #5

2014 Master Bathroom Tile Trends | NC New Home Shower Styles


 You will also see more creative entrances such as arched openings in the best tile shower designs for 2014 new homes. 

In this master bathroom, a version of the Summerlyn by Frank Betz, the rectangular shower is tucked into an alcove, saving floor space without sacrificing square footage. 




Best tile shower designs for 2014 - more master bathroom tile trends

Tile tub ideas that complement our top five custom home showers

Top five custom home showers - types of framed shower enclosures 

Accessible shower design - for wheelchair accessible homes

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