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How to customize a floor plan | Custom home design

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, May 02, 2013 @ 06:05 AM

From "The Dugan" to "The Peay"

                 How to transform a floor plan to make it perfect for you

Everybody loves The Dugan. It's one of Stanton Homes most popular plans. And it was designed especially for the family that built it. Over and over again.

Because even when a plan is perfect for one family, it will need something different for another. Which is why the best custom builders design - and re-design - until the home you're building is perfect for you.

Here's how dramatic the changes can be when you have the flexibility to modify a plan, while retaining its integrity (by a design team that draws it up for you to visualize, even before you buy it.) 

The Dugan: Wheelchair accessible MIL design

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The original Dugan floor plan was custom designed and hand-crafted as a fully accessible, mother in law suite home.

The home was designed to provide an environment that flowed with open spaces: 

- Open concept kitchen and great room

- Second story overlook

- Two story barrel vault foyer

- Large hardwood master suite with his-and-hers spacious bathroom,

- Front porch

- Rear screen porch. 

An elevator was added to the concept, and the powder room was moved from its initial placement. 

Take a video tour to see the details, inside The Dugan:


The Peay: Six bedroom custom design

The Peay is a modified version of The Dugan, with custom modifications including reversal of the floor plan layout to accomodate the shape of its homeowner's lot.



On the first floor, the design team:

- Expanded the screen porch

- Expanded the great room

- Included a walk in closet instead of a powder room/elevator combination

- Moved the fireplace to an exterior wall surrounded by windows

- Expanded laundry room, adding space around the sink

- Expanded the garage

- Enclosed the master bathroom commode room





Here is the second floor of the Dugan before custom changes:

DuganSecondFloorThe original second floor of the Dugan was designed to be a separate living area for the homeowner's mother, with private Living Room, Bedroom with second Master Bath, and plenty of open space.





On the second floor, the design team:

How to modify a floor plan


- Modified the vaulted ceiling into a two story design, adding upper windows

- Reworked the loft

- Converted the optional bonus room into a sixth bedroom

- Redesigned the bath








Take a video tour to see the details, inside The Peay:


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How to Get Organized | Custom Home Creative Storage Solutions

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 @ 05:10 AM

How to Get Organized

Five Top Rooms to Take Back With Custom Home Storage Solutions

Creating everything just the way you want it means more than a great floor plan for your new custom home. It also gives you the ability to tuck in all the storage space you need, with nooks, crannies, and depositories all over the house.

Here are the top five rooms homebuyers seek to take control of - from Great Rooms with built-in storage to Laundry Rooms with secret compartments.

How to Organize your Kitchen:

How to Get Organized | Creative Storage Solutions in Custom Homes

Kitchens can easily become packed to the brim - with appliances, food, school books, mail, and on and on - as the central gathering room of your home. Get tips on how to design a kitchen with enough storage to meet all your daily needs, below.

 -Islands can add tons of storage - sometimes doubling the space in a kitchen. Open shelving units are an added bonus.

 - Butler's pantry storage is immensely helpful, usually located just around the corner.

 - This custom kitchen features a cabinet pantry (not a traditional walk-in closet pantry) - just to the right of the refrigerator. A cabinet pantry can disguise food storage, and you can tuck a secondary walk in pantry around the corner in the mudroom or hallway, for easy storage of additional appliances along with "Costco" size packages.

How to Organize your Bathroom:

CarwileMasterBathroomFullMaster bathrooms always seem to turn into organizational chaos. These storage solutions will help you keep control of your space!

 - Tons of cabinetry storage below the double vanity is a must-have for home buyers in NC.

 - Open shelving is an added bonus. In this master bathroom, the open shelving is designed for hand towels and toiletries.

 - Consider adding an additional linen closet - your custom builder can work another closet into nearly any space.

How to Organize your Great Room:

BroganLivingRoom2Great rooms add more than open living to your home. They are also packed with creative storage options. 

 - Built-in bookcases allow you to organize movies, books, and board games - leaving space for nick-knacks and holiday decor.

 - Entertainment centers built in above the fireplace are very popular in North Carolina new homes. Decide ahead of time whether or not you'll have a flat screen tv above the fireplace. Your builder will need to include the appropriate outlets.

How to Organize your Office:

PenelopeOfficeNeed a professional home office? These features will keep you focused and efficient.  

  - Wrap-around storage cabinets can hold all your files.

  - Bookcases with built-in electric outlets allow you to store all the materials you use on a daily basis, and include a charging station or fax machine too. Large windows can be added to alternate with bookcases and keep the room bright and friendly.

  - You'll never run out of surface space with a wrap-around desk. The peninsula desk design provides a convenient co-worker or client meeting space.  

How to Organize your Laundry Room:


Sometimes it feels like our chores are never done - especially the laundry.

Catch a break with these time-saving features:

  - Full wall of open shelving.

  - Hidden ironing boards - saves space, and you don't need to carry it around!

  - Drop-in sink. Pre-wash delicates, and prevent mud and dirt from tacking through your home.


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 Contact Stanton Homes for floor plan ideas, to get a new home cost estimate, or find out more about building a custom home in North Carolina.


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