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The Culpepper | Raleigh New Home Plan

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Aug 03, 2016 @ 14:08 PM

Featured Floor Plan: The Culpepper

Open floor plans are some of the most requested design for new home, in North Carolina and across the US. We'll show you what an open plan has to offer, using the Culpepper as a floor plan sample from architect Frank Betz.


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Take a look at the floor plans, below.

The Culpepper is 2947 to 3265 sq ft with 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 car side entry garage. Most popular Raleigh home plan elements include:

  • Large island in the kitchen, huge walk in pantry
  • Downstairs master with en suite bath
  • Formal dining, breakfast nook
  • First floor guest bedroom
  • Bonus room over garage, separate game room
  • Large laundry and bench in hallway off garage
  • Two story foyer
  • Buddy bath upstairs

First Floor

On the first floor, we enlarged the island to create an eat-in space that spreads into the family room in order to take advantage of the open concept design. A hallway bench and walk in pantry offer tons of first floor storage space.

The fifth bedroom is located on the far side of the floor plan, close to the first floor bathroom, laundry, and garage entrance (as a "secondary" entrance zone away from front door traffic patterns). A first floor guest suite offers one method of multi-generational living.

A sitting alcove in the master makes your retreat space more flexible. The en suite bath is a cost effective layout.




Second Floor

A bonus room above the garage makes good use of space. The upstairs kids' rooms share a bathroom, while an optional guest bedroom has an en suite bath.

We added a game room to the floor plan, in place of the two story family room.


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Winning First Floor Master Floor Plan | NC Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Dec 09, 2015 @ 10:12 AM

What are the most cost effective first floor master floor plans to build?

The Fisher's Walk, a Frank Betz floor plan, is a great example of how to build a cost effective custom home, but include your entire "must have" wish list too!

What are the most cost effective first floor master floor plans to build?

The Fisher's Walk includes:

- Open island kitchen with 9'x4' island

- Downstairs Master Bedroom

- First floor guest suite

- Exterior details like cross hatches at eaves, shakes, twin garage doors with glass

- Cool angled staircase

- Upstairs Computer Loft / Pocket Office and Bonus Room


Winning Features in this Main Floor Master Layout:

These are the "most requested" features - sporting winner's ribbons in this year's heavily visited Parade of Homes, and generating the most attention in new home construction. 

1. Must Have - Huge Island

The Fisher's Walk offers a space and cost efficient (but impressive!) kitchen with one full wall of cabinetry and a  9'x4' island with seating.

The island can be designed to seat 3-5 comfortably with cozy counter-height seating options.   Check out our Top 11 Kitchen Island Designs here.

2. Must Have - First Floor Master

A First Floor Master Suite can be an essential requirement for many homebuyers, for ease of living and also for consideration of Aging in Place requirements.  

This Main Floor Master offers a gorgeous Master Bath with huge Soaking Tub and a well-designed walk in closet with three full walls of storage available.   The entrance to the master suite is also planned well, with a private access hallway across from the staircase. Browse main floor master - or downstairs master bedroom - floor plans here.

3. Must Have - First Floor Guest Suite

The Fisher's Walk includes a first floor guest suite with easy access to the downstairs full bath. A private walk in closet offers plenty of storage space.

First floor guest suites are hugely popular in new home designs. Guest suites offer short-term space for out of town guests during the holiday seasons, as well as long-term space for multi-generational living needs. See popular guest suite floor plans here, and dual master floor plans here.


What are the most cost effective first floor master floor plans to build?

4. Must Have - Appealing Exterior

The Fisher's Walk is a great example of a "box" style home that saves costs on construction without losing curb appeal with exterior details like cross hatches, shakes, twin garage doors with glass. (See custom home exteriors in this Houzz Ideabook.)

Generally, the more corners on the exterior, the higher the cost. Each time one room juts out more than another, more time and materials are required to build your new home. The layout of a plan with 6 corners can be very similar to a plan with 19 corners. Pick a plan with less ins and outs, and add up your savings.

5. Must Have - "Interesting" Staircase

Homebuyers love staircases that have some interest to them.  The Fisher's Walk staircase has a beautiful combination of elements, with exposed open railing at the base and angled, welcoming base treads.   The exposed area allows the homebuyer to experiment with oak, wrought iron, or painted balusters - without breaking the bank on a huge expanse of railing! See more types of staircases, in these NC custom home photos.

6. Must Have - Full Height Bonus Room

Bonus rooms are awesome!  But sometimes a bonus room over a garage can be pretty limited by the roofline, with angled ceilings and varying wall heights.  The Fisher's Walk bonus room has been perfectly designed for a multitude of uses.   Four full height walls allow this room to be used as a Home Theater, a Dart Tournament area, a Library Corner, and much more.  Four generous windows add enticing natural light too!

Two common questions about bonus rooms are:

  1. Which is a better investment, a bonus room or basement?
  2. How can I make my house bigger with a bonus room?

7. Must Have - Flexible Features that can Save on Costs

Looking for cost-saving tips? Here's one that stands out in the Fisher's Walk: leaving out the fireplace can save you a chunk of change, especially with today’s lifestyles that dictate alternative gathering areas that do not use a fireplace (such as kitchen hang-outs and indoor-outdoor spaces like a covered patio). If you want a fireplace, consider placing it on an outside wall – interior wall placement is more expensive.

What does it take to build a new home in North Carolina?

Contact Stanton Homes for a full cost estimate for the Fisher's Walk or any custom home floor plan you'd like to build in North Carolina. Contact us at 919-278-8070 or visit to see what the excitement is all about.



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Favorite Floor Plan Designer | Frank Betz Associates

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Dec 08, 2015 @ 13:12 PM

Custom Home Plan Architects:

Frank Betz Associates, Inc. offers a massive selection of creative and appealing new custom home plans. Looking for the right floor plan to fit your lifestyle and budget? See what Frank Betz has to offer, and contact Stanton Homes to get a full cost estimate on your new home.

Home Plans by Frank Betz | Custom Home Plan Options

How to Search for Floor Plans:

The Frank Betz website offers multiple ways to search for floor plans.

1. Home Plan Options

Frank Betz offers sample floor plans in a variety of popular styles, including:

2. Searchable Database of Floor Plans

Frank Betz offers a searchable database of home plans, here, with search criteria such as:

  • Floor plan type (one story, two story, main floor master)
  • Number of bedrooms
  • Number of bathrooms
  • Home size (square feet)
  • Laundry room location and
  • Specialty rooms

Frank Betz Associates are one of the most prolific (and popular!) designers of floor plans.  The database offers over one thousand unique floor plans to choose from.   

What does it Cost to Build a Frank Betz Home Plan?

Stanton Homes can give you an easy, free cost estimate for your favorite Frank Betz floor plans.  See photo galleries of Frank Betz home plans recently built in North Carolina by Stanton Homes:

Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or visit to see what the excitement is all about.


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