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Trending New Home Exteriors for 2019 | Exterior Siding in NC

Posted by Stanton Homes on Tue, Oct 16, 2018 @ 20:10 PM

North Carolina New Home Exteriors for 2019

Exterior Siding Types

What new home exteriors in North Carolina are the most popular?

There are 6 types of exterior siding materials most often used when building a new home in North Carolina.

Here are photos and descriptions of the most popular exterior siding types in NC. As you can see, the very most popular exteriors involve a blend of several materials to add dimension and emphasize details.

1. Fiber Cement (HardiBoard) Exterior

Fiber Cement Siding (HardiBoard) is the most popular choice for exterior siding in North Carolina new homes. 

- Fiber cement boards hold up better than wood in the local climate, although it is typically manufactured with a realistic wood grain effect.

- Painting (and repainting over the years) is required for fiber cement siding. 

- Fiber cement can be applied in different shapes and styles, such as Board and Batt or Shake.

Some communities with an HOA require fiber cement siding on all new homes - typically with accents in brick or stone.

Some manufacturers offer a 50 year warranty on fiber cement siding. 

2. Stone Exterior

Stone exteriors can be natural stone or simulated stone, and is is one of the most expensive types of home exterior materials.

Many North Carolina homeowners choose to add stone as an accent, in combination with other materials.

The most common usage of stone accents are Stone accents can be:

 - One or more full walls (generally on the front of the home)

 - Half walls or water tables along the front and side of a home (generally about 2-4 feet tall spans)

3. Brick Exterior

 

Brick exteriors (composed of clay bricks) are a classic exterior that remains popular due to durability, strength, and low maintenance.

There are many different shapes, colors, sizes, and styles of brick to choose from.

 A "standard" brick is 2 by 4 by 8 inches.

Other brick options include:

 - "King": Thicker, longer bricks
 - "Roman": Thinner, longer bricks

Brick exteriors are more costly than vinyl or fiber cement, but less than full stone exteriors.

4. Board and Batt Exterior (Board and Batten)

 

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Board and batt exteriors can be composed of vinyl or fiber cement. 

A board and batt design alternates wide boards and narrow strips (battens). While board and batt can be horizontal, it is generally used as a vertical design.

No longer just for cottage and barn style designs, board and batt has become a popular accent for many styles of homes. 

5. Shake Exterior

Shake exteriors are traditionally made from split wood, such as cedar. However, in the North Carolina climate, it is far more popular to have the shakes made with the primary material of the exterior - typically fiber cement or vinyl.

Shakes are generally placed as an "irregular" pattern for artistic appeal.

They are typically placed as accents in various locations on the front of the home.

6. Stucco Exterior

Stucco (composed of plaster and cement applied over a mesh screen), while very popular in some regions of the nation, is rarely used as a home exterior in North Carolina, due mainly to climate conditions.   It is also one of the most expensive siding options in North Carolina. 

When stucco is applied to new homes in NC, it is typically as an accent, such as the opening entry to this home.

Stucco can be smooth or textured, painted or pigmented.

7. Vinyl Exterior

 

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Vinyl siding (composed of PVC or polyvinyl chloride) is a popular exterior material in North Carolina due to its cost effectiveness, low maintenance and improved curb appeal.

A high quality vinyl exterior comes in a variety of shades, tones and thicknesses and does not need to be repainted like fiber cement or stucco.  

 

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Glass Front Door Styles | North Carolina New Home Front Door Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 @ 15:07 PM

Glass Front Door Styles

North Carolina New Home Front Door Ideas

A well designed entrance to your new home can make a statement about the welcome within – and the elegance of glass opens up a lot of possibilities.

Here are four favorites – and some tips on how to choose the right configuration, shape and size for your own front door.

Glass Front Door Style #1: Classic with Full View

Front Door Style Ideas

The custom home front door pictured to the right has become a classic.

This door uses two side transoms and an upper elliptical transom. The arched door design is mirrored throughout this custom home, with Signature Stanton Homes arched openings that mimic the swoop.

The full-view door uses several glass design and cutting techniques

 - Clear bevels distinguish the floral shapes.

 - A granite glass texture defines the corners and door border.

 - Gray renaissance glass fills in the remaining segments.

This glass door is specially designed to provide plenty of natural light, without taking away privacy.

Glass Front Door Style #2: Rustic Old World 3/4 View

Front Door Style Ideas

The custom home front door pictured to the left highlights several old world style features:

 - External grille with a wrought-iron appeal

 - Carefully matched "aged bronze" door hardware

 - "Cherrywood" stained wood door and sidelite frame, chosen to match decorative shingles and stone accents

 - Rustic lantern style porch light

 - 3/4 view low-E textured door glass

The external grille swings open for easy window cleaning.

A second sidelite can be incorporated for a wider statement.

 

 

 

Glass Front Door Style #3: Classic 1/2 View

Front Door Style Ideas

The custom home front door pictured to the right uses two sidelites and an upper rectangular transom.

The squared-off door frame intentionally contrasts against the two story barrel vault in this custom home foyer.

The 1/2-view door uses several glass design and cutting techniques

 - Glue chip glass composes the bulk of the window.

 - Each of the darker border areas pictured in this door are composed of an Alabaster glass style.

 

 

 

 

 

Glass Front Door Style #4: Oval Glass Accent

Front Door Style Ideas

If you love the idea of a glass front door, but want a more economical option, consider styles that use just a touch of decorative glass.

The custom home front door pictured to the left features a specialty 3/4 oval view and two sidelites with more "standard" glass panes.

The front door sidelites are matched in the first floor office French doors, also pictured.

 

 

 

 

A front door can set the tone for the entire home’s personality. Here are some things to keep in mind, when you make your choices:

Glass Front Door Styles | Types of Glass Front Doors

 - If you go with glass, make sure the bevel and design coordinate with the patterns of your surrounding walls, fabrics and furniture.

 - You can match your exterior and interior design through a dual color scheme. 

Stain or paint the exterior side of a door a different color than the interior side. A brighter, bolder statement can be made on the outside, while maintaining cool tones in the foyer.

 - How many windows are near the door?  You’ll want the shapes and styles to blend.

 - What materials does the door come in? Some products cannot be stained.

 - Do glass doors hamper privacy? Textured glass doors come in a "glass privacy range" - with more or less opacity.

Verify that the door you choose has the the right amount of opacity for your level of comfort.

At Stanton Homes, we make home design – including all your entrance options - EASY. Our team will work with you to create the personal style you’re looking for – as part of your new home package.

Read more about front door color styles and types of exterior siding most used in North Carolina, below.

Popular Front Door Colors | Red Front Doors 

 

Front door color trends - Photos that will give you red front door ideas

 

 

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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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Types of Porch Railing | New Home Exterior Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, May 08, 2012 @ 09:05 AM

Types of Porch Railing Popular in North Carolina

New Home Exterior Style Ideas

Here are three popular front porch railing styles - with up-close photos to help you see the differences.

Each of these porch railings have visual appeal with materials and styles that compliment the design and colors of the home exteriors.  These porch railings also provide a practical measure of safety and convenience for both kids and adults.

There are endless railing designs to choose from. Get ideas from these picture samples.

 

Types of Front Porch Railing

 

This Raleigh new home wrap-around porch uses a unique railing style - a "spider web" custom wood design. 

 

What other special features can you name on this home exterior?

 - Colonial round windows

 - Transoms (above the front door and porch windows; on the side of second story center window)

 

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 - Shutters to match front door

 - Stone and shake siding accents

 

Take a closer look at the front porch railing - custom built by Stanton Homes.

This "spider web" is another specialty design, similar to the "chippendale" rail style.

 

 

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This Chapel Hill new home full-length front porch uses a different railing style - a vertical "criss-cross" custom painted wood design.

What other special features can you name on this home exterior?

 - Transoms (above the front door and porch windows; on the side of second story center window)

 

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 - Front door glass accent

 - Board and Batten exterior siding

 

Take a closer look at the front porch railing - custom built by Stanton Homes.

The posts alternate meeting at the top of the rail and bottom of the rail for a "zig-zag" design.

 

 

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Compare these two homes to a more common front porch railing style - vertical posts evenly placed with matching square columns, painted white.

 

What other special features can you name on this home exterior?

 - Wide colonial arch window above foyer

 

 

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 - Solid wood front door with window

 - Beadboard accents

 

Take a closer look at the front porch railing - custom built by Stanton Homes.

Many homebuyers love this classic front porch look.

 

 

 

While these porch designs are made of wood, vinyl railing is becoming more popular. While wood requires maintenance over time (repainting, revanishing), vinyl railing is very durable. Vinyl can even come in pre-made patterns.

 

Here are some new home exterior style and outdoor living features you may be interested in:

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Types of exterior siding - most popular new home exterior types

Are one story homes better than two story homes?

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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