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Most Popular 2000-2500 Sq Ft Floor Plans - Video Tours

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Jan 13, 2012 @ 09:01 AM

Most Popular 2000-2500 sq ft Floor Plans

Watch Video Tours of Raleigh's Favorite New Homes from 2000 to 2500 Square Feet 

New custom homes in the 2000 to 2500 square foot range continue to be sought after in the Raleigh area.  Here are some samples of the kinds of craftsmanship you'll find in new custom homes, with some of the most requested floor plans in the area. 

1. The Gershwin - 2,073 

2000 to 2500 Sq Ft Homes | Raleigh New Homes

- Wrap Around Front Porch with optional Beadboard Ceiling

- Signature Arched Opening to Formal Dining

- Two Story Foyer with Wrought Iron Overlook

- Family Room opens to Kitchen and Breakfast

- Side Entry Garage



Watch a video tour of The Gershwin.


2. The Terrell - 2,403 sq ft


This version of The Terrell includes:Floor Plans 2000 Square Feet

- Main Floor Master Suite and Guest Suite

- Barrel Vault Foyer

- Island Kitchen

- Signature Arched Opening to Formal Dining

- Vaulted Great Room opens to Kitchen

Watch a video tour of The Terrell



3. The Azalea Park - 2,182 sq ft

This version of The Azalea Park is available now in Chatham County. It includes:

Main Floor Master Homes

 - Island Kitchen

 - Formal Dining

 - Craftsman Touches

 - Covered Front Porch and Screen Porch 

 - Certified Green with $82/month Guarantee



Watch a video tour of the Azalea Park


4. The Beaufort - 2,313 sq ft


This version of The Beaufort includes:2000 to 2500 Square Feet Homes

- Main Floor Master Suite and Guest Suite

- Barrel Vault Foyer

- Island Kitchen

- Signature Arched Opening to Formal Dining

- Vaulted Great Room opens to Kitchen



Watch a video tour of The Beaufort.


Stanton Homes builds extraordinary custom homes with personal service you won’t find with any other builder in our price range – and a Price Match Guarantee


Browse Raleigh custom home floor plans here:

 Custom Home Modifications
One story floor plan options

Main floor master floor plan options

Mother in law suite floor plan options

Dual master suite floor plan options

Value floor plan options

Luxury floor plan options

Or ask us about design/build options.




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How Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic? | NC Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Mar 04, 2011 @ 09:03 AM

How Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic?


Looking to add low-cost square footage to your new home or make space for a future  hobby area, game room, sports center, or guest retreat? 

Choosing a floor plan with an unfinished third floor or attic may be the answer.

One of the questions you need to ask is, what is the most cost-effective way to finish third floor or attic space?

How Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic? | NC Homes

The cost of finishing a third floor or attic space depends on several factors, including:

 - Home size and price point

 - Roofline style and size

 - Size of the space to be finished

 - Does the floor plan include a staircase?

 - Would you want to add a bathroom?

 - Would you want to add windows or a skylight?

How Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic? | NC Homes

Generally, the minimum cost will be about $50 per square foot.  This will include:

 - Basic lighting

 - Basic electrical outlets

 - HVAC system (which will require an additional heat pump, AC unit, and duct work - the cost for this is usually about $6,000 alone)

 - Insulation

 - Drywall

 - Paint

 - Basic required trim work

 - Standard level carpet

How Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic? | NC Homes

It can be less cost effective to finish a smaller space, and the total cost per square foot will vary based on the size of the space being finished. 

If you need to add a staircase from the second to third floor, the price tag can become much higher.

The expense of the project can also increase if you need to add any kind of windows or skylights. If you don't plan ahead, you will need to remove siding and roofing, reframe the structure, add the window or skylight, and replace the siding and roofing. 

The cost of adding a bathroom will vary depending on the finishes desired as well as what stage of construction the home is in. If requested at planning stage, the plumber, framers, and electricians will be able to complete all work as they are finishing the rest of the home, resulting in some savings.

A third floor can be a great space for a homeowner to finish themselves over time, with some significant labor savings.  Check with your local jurisdiction to see if any permits are required - you'll want to be able to count the area as finished square footage if you should ever want to sell your home.   

Make sure to get a full price quote before taking on what can become a major project.


How Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic? | NC Homes


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What to Ask Before Buying a Mother in Law Suite Home

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 @ 11:10 AM

New Homes with Mother In-Law Suites   

NC custom home builders add private quarters for extended stays

Homes with inlaw suites are more popular than ever, as the economy shifts to a more condensed lifestyle. According to a  Coldwell Banker survey, financial reasons came up as the top answer homebuyers gave for wanting their new home to have a mother-in-law suite. 

Another big segment of homebuyers said that they wanted a home with an inlaw suite so that they would be able to take care of a family member in frail health. 

NC custom home builders are seeing additional reasons for mother in law suite floor plans, such as needing a private area for an adult child who has moved back home, or a friend who needs a place to stay for a while.

New homes with mother-in-law suites also offer flexibility for overnight guests, when that space is not otherwise occupied.  

Choosing a Mother-in-law Suite Floor Plan

Mother-in-law suite floor plans can be as versatile as your needs. 

The most common homes with inlaw suites that NC custom home builders are seeing is a first floor bedroom with attached bath and sitting room, or an even more economical first floor bedroom with attached bath.

Things to think about when building new homes with mother-in-law suites include:

- Should it include a sitting room?

- Is a kitchenette worth the extra expense?

- Is a private entrance to the mother-in-law suite necessary?

- Will you need a larger garage?

- What amenities will lead to greater resale value?

Mother In Law Suite Floor PlansNC custom home builders like Stanton Homes design/build mother-in-law suite floor plans that are functional, practical and specific to your needs.

Contact us for more information about how to build your own new home with a mother-in-law suite.


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How to Get a Bigger Pantry for Less | Custom Home Builder

Posted by Penn Hull on Wed, Oct 13, 2010 @ 06:10 AM

Custom Home Builder | How to Change a Floor Plan

Twitching your floor plan | How to Expand Pantry Space

Need more storage space for all those Costco-sized containers?  Ask your custom home builder if they can move or expand that pantry in your new home.

The answer is usually “yes.” In fact, when you work with a custom home builder like Stanton Homes, you can do a lot more adjusting to that floor plan than yPantry | Custom Homebuilderou may realize. Here’s an example.



The kitchen area in this floor plan was the only part of the home that the people who chose it weren’t excited about.

They wanted to know what a custom home builder could do with it.

The laundry closet impacted space in the breakfast room, and the kitchen felt small because of the entrance door to the garage.

As always, Stanton Homes was able to make changes at little to no cost, as long as the changes were requested in the planning stage. 

Here's what the custom home builder did with this one:

 Pantry | Custom Home Builder | Floor Plan Changes


As you can see in this view from the family room looking into the kitchen and breakfast room, the custom home builder added a bay extension to the breakfast room, creating a much more open feel. 

A full size laundry room was moved into the oversized garage, which is now accessible through the laundry room. This eliminated the need for the original second doorway, and opened up a lot more usable space.

Pantry | Custom Home Builder | Floor Plan Changes 

This is a view diagonally into the kitchen.  The custom home builder added a full walk-in corner pantry, by shifting cabinets to the right. This created a second pantry - the original pantry space still exists – the custom home builder just bumped it into the garage to allow for more space in the kitchen.

The cost difference was minimal.

The structural changes for the expanded laundry only called for some additional framing materials. The actual floor surface stayed about the same, with only a slight increase in tile cost.  No additional windows were added to the bay.  Even though the cabinet arrangement was a lot better, the actual cabinet package remained the same.  There was a slight cost for additional framing for the corner pantry and its additional shelving. 

The bottom line? Stanton Homes added less than $1,000 to the price tag, for redesigning and building this kitchen, which included about 60 more square feet of living space. (The total cost of this home was right around $279K.)

Tell your custom home builder what you’d like to see different, on your favorite floor plan. When no structural changes are required, it may be easier than you think to build your new home exactly the way you want it.  

Other Top Custom Homebuilder Questions:

What Ceiling Height Should I Choose?

Formal Dining Room - yes or no?

Woodburning or Gas Fireplace? | Custom Homebuilder Questions

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