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5 Least Popular Raleigh New Home Features

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Oct 01, 2012 @ 08:10 AM

Least Popular Raleigh New Home Features

We love to show off photos of NC custom homes that include all your favorite features. What design trends are we NOT showing you? Here are our top 5 LEAST favorite design features - with some good reasons why they are no longer popular in Raleigh, NC new homes. 


1. Brass FixturesDesign Trends to Avoid! | Least Popular New Home Features

In 2012 new homes, brass is out and brushed nickel and oil rubbed bronze are contending for the number one seat. 

Stainless steel fixtures, particularly in the kitchen, are also very popular in Raleigh new homes.




2. Carpet Throughout

Design Trends to Avoid! | Least Popular New Home FeaturesMany new homes are trending towards incorporating hardwood flooring throughout the entire home (or throughout the entire first floor of a home). But that can be expensive, depending on the type of hardwood.

A more popular (and money savvy) alternative is to include carpet in all bedrooms, hallways, staircases, and bonus rooms, with tile in wet areas and hardwoods in the main living areas.



3. Closed Floor PlansDesign Trends to Avoid! | Least Popular New Home Features

It will be difficult to find a 2012 new custom home in the Raleigh, NC area with a closed floor plan design.

Homeowners are trending towards kitchens open to the great room, vaulted ceiling styles, and more open areas throughout.

Second story overlooks are also a popular way to keep floor plans open.


4. Popcorn Ceiling Styles

Design Trends to Avoid! | Least Popular New Home Features

New homeowners opt to include smooth ceilings over popcorn ceilings - and for good reason.

Popcorn ceilings look out-of-date, cannot easily be repainted, can be expensive to remove down the road, and can distract attention away from the specialty crafted barrel, vaulted, and trey ceiling designs in NC custom homes.


5. Formal Living Rooms

Design Trends to Avoid! | Least Popular New Home FeaturesIn line with the trend towards more open living is more casual living styles. Floor plans are eliminating formal living rooms, which serve as underused and unnecessary space in the modern home.

Instead, new homeowners are expanding the square footage of the single great room, and often adding a first floor office or computer nook.



Designing your custom home with all the right features can be EASY - when you work with the experts at Stanton Homes. From floor plan design down to kitchen knob selections, you’ll know just what you’re getting, up front, when you build a Stanton Home.

Want to get back to the design trends that ARE popular? Read about North Carolina custom homes.

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Contact Stanton Homes for floor plan ideas, to get a new home cost estimate, or find out more about building a custom home in North Carolina.

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