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

How hard is it to build a custom home?

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 @ 12:03 PM

How to Build a Custom Home

How involved do you want to be, when it comes to all the details in your new home?

No matter how much or how little you'd like to do, your builder and his team should be able to accommodate that. (It's something to find out, before you sign a contract.)

Got a good idea of what you want in your new home?

Ask how much time you can spend looking around at extensive showrooms, choosing every faucet, type of stone and slab of granite - with the level of input you'd prefer from a design expert.

The Penelope is an example of a custom home Stanton Homes designed and built with an NC family who had a huge hand in everything from concept to amenities. They wanted to make all their own choices - and appreciated the enormous array of flexibility and nearly endless selections that accomodated the level of involvement they wanted to have.


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Have no idea how to make everything come together for your new custom home?

Top builders will give you as much counsel as you'd like, with the help of an interior designer who will be at your side throughout the entire process. Your personal designer can even put together an entire new home for you, with custom expertise that reflects your requirements and personality. Ask a lot of questions about how this works when you talk to the builder, so you can be sure you'll get as much time with a designer as you need to make great choices (or help her make them for you.)

The Bryson is a home plan designed and built by the Stanton Homes design team for a couple who didn't want to have to spend a lot of time making choices. They simply said "create something special for us" and sat back and watched it all come together. 



Stanton Homes based their fully custom floor plan on the couple's lifestyles and made interior and exterior design selections for them, based on things that got them excited.

Having the level of control that you need to create your new home is one of the best reasons to build a custom home.

Our ability to offer you that kind of choice is another one of the top ten reasons homebuyers trust Stanton Homes.

Get started here, and tell us what you’d like to create together.

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How to make a house bigger - adding a Bonus Room

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Nov 06, 2013 @ 12:11 PM

How to use "wasted space" to add more living areas

Adding a bonus room to the second story

Floor plans offer more flexibility than you might think. Below are photos taken in two version of the Summerlyn, a floor plan concept by Frank Betz. In these examples, see how to add square footage to a house by adding a second story bonus room.

The Summerlyn A: Two story great room

How to add square footage to a house: Bonus RoomIn this version of the Summerlyn, the home owners wanted to customize their floor plan that included a large, open concept great room with a two story wall of windows.

They asked us to incorporate special feature to highlight the dramatic ceiling height, including a large built-in bookcase for extra storage space, full-height picture frame paneling above the two-sided fireplace, and second story overlook.

Get a floor plan and price for this version of the Summerlyn - click here.

The Summerlyn B: Bonus Room

How to add square footage to a house: Bonus Room

Home buyers are often interested in how to add square footage to a house for the lowest cost possible.

Integrating a bonus room in place of a Two Story Great Room is a popular option.

In another version of the Summerlyn, the home owners asked us to add a second story bonus room above the great room, to cost effectively maximize their living space in their new custom home.


How to add square footage to a house: Bonus Room

Upstairs, the bonus room included a second story overlook

Downstairs, we added a row of transom windows to keep the great room light, open, and inviting - the open concept floor plan maintained its appeal. 

 Get a floor plan and price for this version of the Summerlyn - click here.



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