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

New Home Exterior Trends - Simplicity of Design

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jan 04, 2012 @ 08:01 AM

New Home Design Trends

What Exterior Styles are Most Important to Homebuyers?

A Move Towards Simplicity


According to the home design trends survey for 2011 from the American Institute of Architects, new home exterior styles show design trends of simplicity, with an emphasis on:

  • Fewer upscale elements on the exterior of the home

Front Porch Styles



Here is a chart of these exterior style trends, as surveyed by The American Institute of Architects (AIA).


New Home Exterior Style Trends

*% respondents reporting popularity of room "increasing" minus % reporting "decreasing"

Read AIA's entire Design Trends Survey here.

Learn more about exterior style trends, porches, single story homes, and contemporary style homes:

Contemporary Style Homes

Custom Home Exterior Trends - Photo Tour of New Custom Home Exteriors

New Home Front Porch Styles - Photo Tour of Trends and Ideas

Floor Plan Options - Single-Story Homes

Contemporary Style Custom Homes - The Worthington Video Tour


For additional AIA Design Trends Survey Results, click on the links below:

What Rooms are Buyers Asking For? | New Home Design Trends

Home Design Trends Survey | Accessibility and Simplicity Popular Home Design Aspects


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How to Choose Your Fence: Raleigh New Home Fence Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Aug 03, 2011 @ 06:08 AM

What type of fence should you choose for your new home?

Want to know which type of fence can meet your aesthetic and practical needs for your new custom home in the Raleigh area?

There are 5 common types of fences in the Raleigh area: wood, vinyl, metalcomposite, and wrought iron.

Each of these fence types has varying costs and benefits. When deciding which fence will best suite your needs, first ask yourself a few questions:

1: How much do you want to pay?

2: What is the purpose of the fence?

3: How much time are you willing to invest in the maintenance of your fence?

Here are the top 5 most common fence types in Raleigh, in order of least expensive to most expensive.

Types of Fences


1. Wood

Typical wood fences are generally the most cost effective and the most common in the Raleigh area.

Wood fences can be low maintenance overall, with routine scraping, painting (or staining), and sealing.


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2. Vinyl Panel

Vinyl fences also popular among new homebuyers because they require little to no maintenance.

Vinyl fences can come in a variety of colors and styles, and are known for their durability and resilience.

A vinyl fence generally costs more than a wood or aluminum fence.


3. Metal/AluminumNew Home Aluminum Fence

Metal fences can also be found throughout the Raleigh area.

Metal fences are low-maintenance and easy to customize (by adding color, scrolls, finials, ball caps, or rails).

An alternative to regular metal fencing is wrought iron, which costs much more and requires yearly maintenance.  


4. Composite Pieced

Composite fences usually consist of wood and plastic materials.

Composite fences are generally low maintenance and can be more durable than vinyl.

Some composite fences are made of recycled plastic and wood pulp materials


5. Wrought Iron

Wrought iron fences are generally more expensive, and require more yearly maintenance (especially due to rust).

But, they can be a beautiful addition to any new home. Wrought iron fences are commonly found in historic districts because of their rustic appeal and durable appearance.


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Custom Home Tips: Love the floorplan, hate the exterior? Change it!

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Dec 10, 2010 @ 12:12 PM

Making Your New Home Work Better

How to Change the Exterior of Your New Home

"The floorplan I like packs lots of usable space into less square footage.

But the exterior looks a little blah. Is there a way to keep the rooms the way they are, but change the exterior of the new home we plan to build in Raleigh?"

Home Exterior Ideas | New Home Builders in Raleigh NCBuyers looking to economize are asking for smaller new homes in Raleigh, NC. But if you’re building a custom home, there’s no reason to give it a cheap-looking exterior.

Here are some ways that new home builders in NC dress up your new home without breaking the bank.   

  • Change the roof lines. Add a dormer. Steepen the roof’s pitch. Change the slope. The result can be dramatic.
  • Add stone or brick accents.  Just a touch of additional materials can make a big impact.
  • Change the shape of the windows.  A transom, or half round window, adds personality.  Every window doesn't need to be expensive, but one centerpiece window can make a big difference.
  • Change the location of the windows. This could also have the additional benefit of providing more space for furniture where you really want it.
  • Add more windows, or remove some windows. Consider a family room that doubles as a sunroom.  Eliminate additional cost by simply moving windows from one room to another.
  • Change from a country look to a Craftsman look.  Or convert a traditional exterior to a Farmhouse.  You’ll have to see this on paper to realize how much it will change the way your new home looks. 

Home Exterior Ideas | New Home Builders in Raleigh NCNew homes in Raleigh, NC vary widely in how they’re designed, so you’ll have to check with your new home builders in NC to find out exactly how much you can vary your plan.  

Top local new home builders like Stanton Homes can tell you what your options are, just by looking at the plan you have in mind. They’ll sketch out some alternatives, at no cost, to show you how it will look.

And you won’t even have to buy the plans you have in mind for an initial evaluation – they can give you an idea from a computer screen printout or photocopy from a home plan book before you make any purchases.

If your new home builders in NC offer a free consultation like this, take advantage of the opportunity to consider all your options. When you’re ready to build, you’ll have the confidence that your new homes in Raleigh, NC will be more than just custom-built.

They’ll also be custom-designed – and you’ll have a hand in it.

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Top 10 Most Wanted New Home Design Features

Home Exterior Ideas | New Home Builders in Raleigh NCTop 10 Dos and Donts for Kitchen Cabinets

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