New Home Tips, Trends, and Ideas - Raleigh Custom Home Builders

How to Redesign the Exterior of Your Custom Home

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Nov 06, 2013 @ 15:11 PM

Change Everything! Create an Exciting New Home Exterior that fits your Lifestyle

Love the layout in a favorite floor plan, but the exterior just isn't your style? Bring it to Stanton Homes and find out how easy it is to redesign the exterior facade of nearly any home. Take a look at this example! 

Original Home Plan Exterior:  Traditional/Country

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Here's where one major face change started - The Hopkinsa floor plan concept by Frank Betz that had an interior the homebuyers loved but an exterior they wanted to be different.

They asked the design team at Stanton Homes to customize their floor plan exterior to include a wrap-around porch with craftsman columns and a metal roof.  

We took everything into consideration, including special features on their home site such as their large lot and country setting that brought forth visions of hot apple cider and rocking chairs on the extensive veranda.

Final Exterior: Craftsman with Wrap Around Porch

Wrap Around Front Porch House Plans | Raleigh New Homes

The homebuyers were thrilled with the final result - a Craftsman style exterior that showcased the floorplan they fell in love with.

Here's a quick look at some of the transformations to this plan that added dimension and character to the exterior:

- Small front porch transformed to full wrap around front porch with Craftsman columns and classic veranda appeal.

- Traditional roofline transformed to an interesting combination of shed dormers and alternate roof pitches.

- Arched windows and decorative detailing transformed to clean lines with traditional Craftsman style window details


Wrap Around Front Porch House Plans | Raleigh New Homes 
Want to know more about how to modify the exterior of a home plan that's appealing to you?

It can take as little as one short session with an expert custom home builder like Stanton Homes to create a look you'll love.




New home plans can offer a lot of flexibility, when you're working with an experienced custom builder who can envision the concept you have in mind - and translate it into a fresh new look that's designed just for you. 

Watching your design transform is one of the most exciting parts about building a custom home. 

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How Much does a Wrap Around Porch Cost? | 2012 Custom Home Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Dec 15, 2011 @ 12:12 PM

New Homes with Wrap Around Porches

Wrap Around Porch Benefits and Options


New Homes with Wrap Around Porch


Wrap around porches are popular among Raleigh new home buyers. 

Learn about the benefits, styles and options, and costs involved when building a Raleigh new home with a wrap around porch.




Wrap Around Porch Benefits

- Sunrise view in the morning and sunset view at night

- All day comfort, in your choice of sun or shade

- Social and entertainment space

- Outdoor living space perfect for hammocks, rocking chairs or swings 


Wrap Around Porch Ideas

Wrap Around Porch Styles

There are many different types of wrap around porches.

Wrap-around porches can be two, three, or four sided to wrap partially or wholly around the house.

Wrap-around porches can also be broken into multiple sections by adding several access points from alcoves in the home.


 Wrap Around Front Porches - Ideas and Styles for Your New Home - Chapel Hill NC Custom Home Builders

Two story porches, attached walkways, attached gazebos, and outdoor staircases leading from ground level to the porch or from different porch levels are also build options.





How to choose a wrap around porch style

Before choosing your porch plan, take into consideration:Wrap Around Front Porches - Ideas and Styles for Your New Home - Chapel Hill NC Custom Home Builders

- The amount of space around your new home, which can determine how large the porch can be

- Will trees be in the way and need to be removed?

- Is there enough yard space to accommodate the extra width without encroaching required setbacks?

- Does the porch style match the home style?

- Do you want the porch to have rounded corners or traditional 90 degree angles?

- What type of flooring, hand railing, columns, balusters, or posts are appropriate, given the style of the home?


How much does a wrap around porch cost?

 Wrap Around Front Porches - Ideas and Styles for Your New Home - Chapel Hill NC Custom Home Builders

Wrap around porch build cost varies depending on:

 - Total square footage of porch space

 - Type of porch surface (can be concrete, wood, brick, slate, tile, or other flooring surface)

 - Type of railings

 - Type of support pillars (Hand built Craftsman stone columns are the most expensive, basic 4x4 support post are least expensive, with a wide range of options between)

 - Type of roof (standing seam metal, rounded, copper, dimensional shingles)

 - Height from the ground



 Wrap Around Front Porches - Ideas and Styles for Your New Home - Raleigh NC Custom Home Builders

There are other practical factors you need to take into consideration once you decide to build a home with a wrap-around porch.

It may be necessary to add electrical outlets for laptops, music players, or other electronics.

Wireless internet must encompass the porch area.

All built-in lighting and ceiling fans should be planned during framing and electrical rough in stages.

Wrap Around Porch Ideas


Wrap around porches are usually found in custom home neighborhoods.  Depending on the style and features, a wrap around front porch can add $5-15K or more to the cost of your new home.   Talk to your custom home builder about what it will take to bring home your new wrap around porch.




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Raleigh, NC Basement Home Options | How Much does a Basement Cost?

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Dec 07, 2011 @ 10:12 AM

New Homes with Basements in the Raleigh, NC Area

How Much do Basements Cost in Raleigh, NC?


How do I find a basement home in the Triangle?

If you're looking for a basement home in the Raleigh NC area, chances are really good that you'll be considering a "walk out" or "daylight" basement

Because of the high water tables and high water content of the soil, many builders will not take liability for a basement that is fully underground.  Without drainage, water leakage is much more likely to occur at some point, even with extensive sealing.  

What is a daylight basement?

Daylight Basement Homes

A daylight basement usually has at least one fully exposed wall that looks just like a "normal" house.  

To build a daylight basement home, you'll need a lot with some slope to it - an ideal slope will have anywhere from 8 to 12 ft in height difference between the front of the home and the back of the home. 

Of course, a lot with more or less slope can also work - but the more the dirt needs to be moved around to accomodate the home, the higher the cost is likely to be. 

The front of the home will look like a standard one or two story home.  From the rear of the home, the basement will be visible as an additional story. 

Basement Homes Raleigh

French doors, sliding doors, and windows can provide plenty of natural light for the basement.

Many basements are unfinished at the time the home is sold.  The homeowner can finish the space later, and save money either by doing some of the work themselves, or by paying cash rather than financing the cost of the additional finish work. 


What type of foundation walls are used for basements in the Raleigh NC area?

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In some areas of the country, poured foundation walls are very common. 

In the Raleigh area, the most common type of basement foundation wall system is precast concrete, from a specialized subcontractor like Superior Walls (Basement Homes Raleigh NC)

A Superior Wall system is carefully calculated for each individual home. 

The type of soil, load bearing weight, load bearing columns, exterior finish, and locations of windows and doors can all have impact on the foundation wall construction.

How Much Does a Basement Home Cost in the Raleigh, NC area?

A few factors that affect the cost of building a basement home in Raleigh include:

- Basement size

- Is the basement the same size as the first floor, or is it smaller with a combined crawlspace foundation?Daylight Basement Homes

-Is the lot suitable for a basement home (ie enough slope for a daylight basement), or will some modifications be needed?

- Do you want a finished or unfinished basement?

- How many and what type of windows and doors are planned? 

- How large of a deck will be attached to the first floor, extending over the daylight basement?

We provide free building cost estimates, specific to your favorite floor plan from,,, or any other site.  Just contact us, and send us a link to the floor plan you love!

Don't have a floor plan yet?  We'll help you find one, from any of thousands of available options


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What is a Coffered Ceiling?

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 @ 10:08 AM

Raleigh Custom Home Ceiling Treatment Options: Coffered Ceilings

What is a coffered ceiling?Coffered Ceiling Styles

A coffered ceiling is a specialty ceiling treatment.  This architectural detail divides a ceiling into a grid of recessed panels accented by dropped beams, usually in the form of multiple squares or rectangles, depending on the dimensions of the room.

Each of the beamed sections of the coffered ceiling is then finished using a variety of interior trim options.

Recessed can lighting is a great accent touch for a coffered ceiling, and provides soft, reflective light throughout the room.

Coffered Ceiling Design Ideas - Houzz Ideabook

Each Stanton Home coffered ceiling is customized to the unique features of the room.

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Read about these other custom home ceiling treatments, offered by Stanton Homes.

Barrel Vault Foyer


Signature Archway Ceilings

Signature Archways are included, at no extra cost, in all of our Stanton Homes, at every price point.

Signature Trey Ceilings:

A Signature Trey Ceiling can add detail, dimension, and depth to nearly any room in your new home.

Signature Barrel Vault Ceilings:

Make your foyer welcoming, gracious, and distinctive, with a Stanton Homes Signature Barrel Vault Ceiling.






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Archways and Arched Opening Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Aug 08, 2011 @ 11:08 AM

Arched Opening Ideas

Custom home special details that stand out: Arched Openings


Popular locations for custom home archways include: formal dining rooms, foyers, family rooms, breakfast rooms, kitchens, great rooms, hallways, and master bathrooms.

The placement, angle, and color of archways can be designed to create dramatic flare or discrete elegance.

See photos of custom homes with archways in this Houzz Ideabook.

Archways | Archway Design Ideas

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Trey Ceiling Video Tour: Raleigh New Home Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jul 21, 2011 @ 08:07 AM

Trey Ceilings Style - Pictures and Video Tour

Raleigh New Home Ideas and Trends

One of the top 10 reasons homebuyers choose a new home is the included special features.

Master Bedroom Trey Ceiling

Trey ceilings, vaulted ceilings, and barrel-vault ceilings are popular custom home special features that can make your new home more open, flexible and enjoyable

These ceiling treatment styles can be added to many different rooms throughout the home, depending on floor plan specifications




The Master Suite, Great Room, Formal Dining, and Master Suite Bathroom are common choices for these ceiling treatments. 

There are ten styles of Stanton Homes Signature Trey Ceilings to choose from - and they're included - Standard - at no extra cost!


Popular Trey Ceiling styles include: shallow step, step, vaulted, octagonal, angled, or single box.

Each of these styles creates exceptional architectural flare. Want your ceiling to stand out even more? Then add a splash of color in the alternating trey sections.

Today, it's hard to find these distinctive ceiling treatments unless you're firmly in the luxury home market. Barrel Vault Foyer

There are many other features that come standard with a Stanton Home.

Ask us what comes standard at or by calling 919-278-8070. 


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*Not all styles available in all homes.  Styles available are dependent on floor plan, ceiling structure, and ceiling height.

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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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New Custom Homes in the Raleigh Area - and throughout central North Carolina 

New Homes Raleigh NC - New Home Raleigh - Raleigh NC New Homes - New Home Raleigh NCStanton Homes makes building your new custom home easy!  We'll guide you through the entire process - select from thousands of different floor plans, and hundreds of different locations.  Your custom home is going to be extraordinary when you create it with one of the nation’s top fully involved builders and the high quality materials and craftsmanship that our reputation is built on.

Call 919-278-8070 to find out more about new homes in the Raleigh area today.

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What is the most popular Front Door Color? New Home Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 @ 09:06 AM

Custom Home Front Door Trends

What Front Door Colors do Homebuyers Choose?

Red front doors seem to be growing in popularity among new homebuyers. Whether they choose a bright tone or a dark shade, red is the common factor in the custom homes below.

Other common colors include white, black, and shades of brown (using both stain and paint).


Front Door Colors | Front Door Styles | New Home Builders Raleigh


Pictured here is a contemporary new custom home: black shutters, roofing, and mulch, white vinyl siding, and brick steps with a bright red door.

Transom windows surrounding the front door allow additional light into the foyer.

A small front entraceway features stately columns.



Front Door Colors | Front Door Styles | New Home Builders Raleigh

White accents and transom windows surround this red front door.

Matching red shutters help draw out the color of this front door.

The exterior of this home beautifully blends several tones of siding, including: dark grey shakes, light grey vinyl, and multi-toned stone.

A covered corner wrap-around porch encases the front entrace with intricate railings.  


  Front Door Colors | Front Door Styles | New Home Builders Raleigh


An arched stone covered entrace surrounds a solid red wood door.

Light toned stone and vinyl exterior draw out the unique front door color and style.

A custom tile floor leads into the home.

No matter what style your new home is, it's easy to change the impact of the front of your home by adding a new coat of paint!  

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Custom Home Design Trends: Staircase Styles and Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jun 07, 2011 @ 08:06 AM

New Home Staircase Styles and Ideas

Staircase Options for Your Custom Home


Staircases are often visible from the foyer, so you'll want to make a good first impression with your staircase design choices.

Check out these popular custom home staircase styles, from traditional to craftsman, wrought iron and more.



Carpeted Staircases

Most staircases are carpeted.

This wide-step staircase is set to the side of the open Foyer, with wrought-iron balusters and oak handrails that further extend the spacious feel. 

A staircase can be designed to be open and inviting, particularly when the staircase is part of a two-story or vaulted Great Room or Family Room.


Iron Baluster Staircase


Using carpet in this custom home was a cost effective way to add oak detailing and wrought iron balusters.

The iron balusters add touch of elegance and permanence to this staircase.




 Box Newel Staircase

Newel Posts

A newel is the "anchor" post, the main column that supports the handrail.

Newels can be custom designed for the homebuyer by the trim carpenters or staircase specialists.

Newels can be boxy or round, small or large.

Pictured here is a Stanton Home with box newel posts in a post-to-post staircase system.

An interesting newel can really change the look and feel of your staircase.



Craftsman Staircases


Craftsman Style Home


This custom home features a craftsman style staircase with a box newel post system.


Craftsman staircases are simplistic and timeless.


Craftsman style homes are favored by those who enjoy clean lines and solid structures, with a sense of elegance.





 Open Tred Staircase Design

Open Tread Staircases

On an Open Tread Staircase, balusters are placed directly into the top of the stairway treads, as pictured here.

Alternating baskets with standard balusters adds visual detail and avoids monotony.

A typical oak newel post supports the oak handrail.







Kneewall Staircases

Kneewall Staircase


The opposite of an Open Tread Staircase is a Kneewall Staricase.  

In this Kneewall Staircase, the balusters are installed into the closed stringer.







Over The Post Staircases

Over the Post Volute Staircase


This Over the Post staircase features Volute style posts with delicate, intricate wrought iron details.

A Volute post spirals at the bottom of the stairway. These posts require a starting step. 


With a multitude of options, the staircases in your new home can truly reflect your own personality.







Contact us about the home you have in mind, and ideas for your Raleigh Custom Home staircase. We can work with you to modify nearly any floorplan to incorporate your unique style and needs.

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Kitchen Design Trends | Butler's Pantry Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, May 13, 2011 @ 05:05 AM

Kitchen Design Trends: Butler's Pantry Ideas

Butler's Pantries Are Packed with Purpose, as Storage Solutions, Preparation Areas, and Showcase Centers

Trends show that more homeowners are putting their money, time, and effort into creating their perfect kitchen design, with a smooth integration of both form and function.

Custom Kitchen Desing

Among the more popular kitchen design trends is the addition of a Butler’s Pantry.

A Butler’s Pantry can be added to new custom homes of nearly any size and budget.


There are a few questions you should be able to answer, before you talk to your custom home builder about adding the butler’s pantry to your favorite floor plan.


1. What is the purpose of the Butler's Pantry? 

The purpose of the Butler's Pantry will help determine the size and cost of the space. Common uses for a Butler's Pantry include:

Storage space.

Need more storage space for your kitchen or dining room? Butler's Pantries are often equipt with cabinets, shelves, and doors, perfect for easy reach of often-used items.

Kitchen Design Trends 2011


Food preparation.

Kitchens have become an area for entertaining, not just cooking.

Butler's Pantries provide additional serving area you may need to put the finishing touches on a meal, while keeping the main kitchen areas clear for conversation.

A showcase.

The Butlers Pantry can include decorative shelves or display areas, plate racks, wine racks, stem glass holders, and more. This would be a great place to show off your china, silver, and wine selections.


2. Where should the Butler's Pantry be placed?

The location of a Butler's Pantry can often be determined by the intended use. Common locations for a Butler's Pantry include:

Between the Kitchen and Formal Dining Room.

A Butler's Pantry can generally be found in-between the Kitchen and the Formal Dining Room. This area allowsFormal Dining Butlers Pantry for convenience, while still showing off the unique features of the pantry.

Hallways and Staircases.

Butlers Pantries make great use of small hallways, particularly around staircases.

An Alcove off the Dining Room.

A Butlers Pantry can also be tucked in an alcove off the dining room itself.


3. What style and size should your Butler's Pantry be?


Kitchen Storage Solutions

Butler's Pantries can be simple or more complex, depending on the price point of the home.

Small and simple.

A butler's pantry usually offers some countertop space that matches the countertops found in the kitchen.

You can keep your granite countertops, if you are looking to create a smaller, simpler storage area. The key is to keep the area practical and convenience.


 Butlers Pantry with Wine Rack



Medium and convenient.

Want the additional storage space, while still creating a showcase? Crown molding, decorative hardware, and countertops all add to the appeal of a butler's pantry, while still keeping within a budget.

Cabinetry can either match the kitchen, or contrast for more texture and color.

Glass doors can be very appealing in a Butlers Pantry.

Large and elegant.

Larger homes have room for extensive butlers pantries, with tiers of drawers and cabinetry.

Luxury homes sometimes feature extensive butlers pantries, with built in wet bars, premium wine coolers, and much more. 

Luxury butler pantries are often created from scratch by custom cabinet makers. 

Add a Butlers Pantry to a Floor Plan

Remember, Butlers Pantries can be included in homes of nearly any size and budget.  Ask your custom home builder how to incorporate a butler's pantry into your floor plan.

Contact us about how to incorporate a butler's pantry in to your new home floor plan.  We can work with you to modify nearly any floor plan.

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