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Which Master Bath is Best for Me? | Raleigh Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 @ 10:09 AM

Master Bathroom Photos: Barrel vaults, white columns, separate vanities, tile tub surround, his and her shower

You're guaranteed to spend a significant amount of time in your master bathroom. What features, layout options, and finishes are most important in keeping your morning and evening routines on track?

His and Her Master Bath Plans | Raleigh Custom Homes

Scroll to view side-by-side photos of two ways to build The Cotswold master bath, from Frank Betz.

Separate his and hers vanities with an alcove tub (and shower across the way):

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Dark or light colored vanity tops?

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Arched built in art niches, or space for classic white columns?

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Archway above the his and her shower (with shower heads on each end)?  Or wide open spaces with white subway tile?

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 Is this master bathroom too large? What would you take out?

See the Cotswold Floor Plan here.



 
 
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More Side-by-Side Photos of The Cotswold:

Foyer

Great Room

Kitchen

Master Suite

Dining

Sun Room

 

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Farmhouse Pictures | Building a Farmhouse in Raleigh

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 @ 14:08 PM

Farmhouse Photos Part 3: Master Bed, Bath, Closet and Laundry Room Ideas

Which of these two farmhouses fits your personality best? These Raleigh homes are built from the same Max Fulbright floor plan, called the Low Country Farmhouse. Compare the selections side-by-side (paint colors, light fixtures, granite counter tops, cabinets, kitchen layouts, and everything else inside and out!) to find which farmhouse design you would build!


Farmhouse Bathroom Design - Vanity #1:

The farmhouse master bathroom has a linear footprint with a shared his and her vanity along one wall and tub/shower along the opposite wall.

  • 18x18 ROCK CREEK GLACIER tile floor
  • ASH MARBLE counter top
  • MAPLE cabinets with CRANBERRY stain and BLACK glaze, full overlay, laminate interiors and dovetail soft close drawers

Farmhouse Bathroom Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

Farmhouse Bathroom Design - Vanity #2:

  • 18x18 EKKO RUGGED BROWN tile floor
  • CAROLINA CREAM counter top
  • MAPLE cabinets with ANTIQUE WHITE paint, full overlay, laminate interiors and dovetail soft close drawers

Farmhouse Bathroom Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

 

Farmhouse Bathroom Design - Tile Tub and Shower #1:

The first farmhouse bath connects the tub surround and shower, leaving space for a shared bench inside the shower. Note the tub faucet on the side of the tub.

  • 13x13 ROCK CREEK GLACIER tile tub and shower
  • 3x3 SEA OTTER tile shower floor
  • Linear mosaic tile accent in shower

Farmhouse Bathroom Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

Farmhouse Bathroom Design - Tile Tub and Shower #2:

The tub in the second farmhouse bath is a touch larger. There is no bench in the shower, leaving space for the tub faucet on the shower side.

  • 10x13 EKKO RUGGED BROWN tile tub and shower
  • Linear mosaic tile accent in shower at eye level

Farmhouse Bathroom Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

Farmhouse Master Bedroom Design #1:

What type of windows do you want in your master bedroom? How about a trey ceiiling?

These windows are tall, extending almost to floor level. The trey ceiling is a simple design, with white crown molding.

Farmhouse Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

Farmhouse Master Bedroom Design #2:

Compare these master bedroom trey ceilings - this one has a ribbon accent (Sherwin Williams 6106 KILIM BEIGE paint). Three windows are raised in this bedroom, for a square craftsman look that leaves space for the bedroom furniture below.

Farmhouse Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

Farmhouse Walk in Closet Design #1:

How big is a walk in closet? What types of storage are most important in a master closet?

The first farmhouse includes built in shelving in a wall that divides the his and her closet space. The farmhouse plan includes TWO windows in the master closet.

Farmhouse Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

Farmhouse Walk in Closet Design #2:

Instead of extra shelves, the second farmhouse includes a second hanging rod for short clothing and a towel rack - for storing your shower towl in the dressing area of this huge walk in closet layout.

Farmhouse Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

Farmhouse Laundry Room Design #1:

Do you want a large laundry room with folding counter top?

Farmhouse Laundry Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

Farmhouse Laundry Room Design #2:

Or a mudroom style laundry with built in sink, expanded counter top, and extra storage cabinets?

Farmhouse Laundry Pictures | Farmhouse Raleigh

 

 


COMPARE MORE PHOTOS IN THESE RALEIGH FARMHOUSE PLANS:

Miss the first two parts to this Raleigh farmhouse story?

Click here for Part One of this post (farmhouse exterior, kitchen)

Click here for Part Two of this post (farmhouse great room, dining room, entry)

 


 

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Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans Part 1

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 @ 14:08 PM

Photos of Farmhouse Designs in Raleigh, NC:

Which of these two farmhouses fits your personality best? These Raleigh homes are built from the same Max Fulbright floor plan, called the Low Country Farmhouse.

Compare the selections side-by-side (paint colors, light fixtures, granite counter tops, cabinets, kitchen layouts, and everything else inside and out!) to find which farmhouse design you would build!

These farmhouse homes are great examples of how a design/build homebuilder works to integrate every element you're looking for in a new home for your family.



Battle of the "Same" Farmhouse Plan:

Starting with the exterior, see which farmhouse you love most - and then tell us why!

We'll tell you exactly what paint colors, granite countertops, light fixtures, and cabinet styles are used in each - so you can see how Stanton Homes builds "real homes for real people" with their budget and wish list in harmony.

Farmhouse Exterior Style #1: Gray/Black Exterior and Wrap-Around Front Porch with White Columns

Farmhouse designs will have large front porches that often wrap around at least two sides of the home. The Low Country Farmhouse front porch wraps on three sides.

Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans

Exterior Features on Farmhouse #1:

  • "HARVARD SLATE" Gray Vinyl Siding, Black panel shutters
  • "PINEHURST" brick foundation
  • Square porch columns, painted white

Farmhouse Exterior Style #2: Tan/Brown Exterior and Wrap-Around Front Porch with White Columns

Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans

Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans

Exterior Features on Farmhouse #2:

  • "SANDTONE" Dutch Lap Siding, "AUTUM HARVEST" Shake Siding, "FEDERAL BROWN" panel shutters
  • "AUTUMN BLEND" and "MOUNTAIN STONE" stone accents and brick foundation
  • Square porch columns, painted white

Farmhouse Kitchen Layout #1

In the first farmhouse, the kitchen preserves the original layout in the floor plan (included below).

  • Columns divide the kitchen and great room
  • A raised eating bar is included in the island

Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans

Farmhouse Kitchen Layout #2

The second farmhouse kitchen eliminates the columns and raised eating bar. The island is also larger.

  • An expanded island goes from the original 5-6' length to a 7-6' length

Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans

Here is the original Low Country Farmhouse floor plan, copyright architect Alan Mascord:

 

Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans

 

Farmhouse Kitchen Design Selections #1: Raised Eating Bar

Take a closer look at the selections inside farmhouse kitchen #1:

  • "TAN BROWN" granite countertops with a DEMI BULLNOSE edge shape
  • 4x4 "DURANGO" tile backsplash in a diagonal pattern
  • MAPLE cabinets with CRANBERRY stain and BLACK glaze, full overlay, laminate interiors and dovetail soft close drawers

Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans

Farmhouse Kitchen Design Selections #2: Island

And here's what's included in farmhouse kitchen #2:

  • "VENETIAN ICE" granite countertops with a LARGE BEVEL edge shape
  • 3x6 "BONE" tile backsplash with 12x12 linear mixed mosaic vertical pattern above the gas cooktop
  • HICKORY cabinets with CHESTNUT stain, full overlay, laminate interiors and dovetail soft close drawers

Farmhouse Photos | Raleigh Farmhouse Floor Plans



COMPARE MORE PHOTOS IN THESE RALEIGH FARMHOUSE PLANS:

Click here for Part Two of this post - and see photos of the Great Room, Dining Room, and Two Story Foyer. Be able to answer these questions:

What type of built ins are best for my family, in central areas like the living room? What details are important in my formal dining room? Do I like two story foyers?

Best First Floor Bedroom Floor Plans

Building your new Raleigh home with Stanton Homes:

Can't find what you're looking for? Send us the name of a floor plan that is close to what you want, and we can help you to modify a layout to fit your lifestyle:

  • Create special features, like mother in law suites or accessibility.
  • Redesign the exterior. Or the kitchen. Or the master suite. Or just about anything.
  • Add customization to every area of the home

 


 

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Is Chrome Going to Replace Brushed Nickel?  | Custom Home Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 @ 12:06 PM


We were recently asked this interior home design question, through "Ask Andrea":

Is chrome going to stay around, or is brushed nickel the true classic?

 



Here's Andrea's interior design wisdom, comparing Chrome to Brushed Nickel, Bronze, and Copper fixtures:

Chrome has come back very strong and is being categorized as the long term classic finish.

Brushed nickel is still chosen but people aren't as excited about it.  Bronze is still strong as well. 

Every bathroom faucet finish has its challenges. With bronze there are so many shades of bronze between the light fixtures, the plumbing fixtures, the cabinet hardware, the bath hardware, and the door hardware! In the end, we always make it work, blending the different metal colors together.

People seem to love bronze for door hardware because they love bronze for foyer fixtures, dining fixtures, ceiling fans, and kitchen pendants, so then they get to the bathroom and a brushed nickel faucet just seems out of place!

Will chrome replace brushed nickel | Raleigh Custom Homes

(Bronze Foyer Light)

For some reason chrome with bronze seems to work better because those two finishes provide much more of a contrast to each other which seems more pleasing to the eye and less random than a brushed nickel faucet in an otherwise dominantly bronze home. 

Will chrome replace brushed nickel | Raleigh Custom Homes

(Polished Chrome Shower Head in the same home)

However, now we are in the middle of 2016 and the designers love gold!  Of course they do--but its GOLD and not the gold-looking polished brass from the late 80's and 90's. So if you want the glamour of the latest in your powder room or master bath, then mixing it with bronze is going to be the easiest way to go

What about copper you ask? Copper is also mixing well with bronze. Copper is finish you want if you are going for either rustic refined, or industrial, or even organic. Having a touch or two of copper in a signature piece such as a range hood or a bar sink, or free standing tub, or kitchen pendants or even just cabinet hardware or my latest, a front door kick plate, is just the touch you need. We have done all of those in one Stanton Home or another over the past year, mixed in again, mostly with bronze.  That's the heavy on metal.

Will chrome replace brushed nickel | Raleigh Custom Homes

Copper Freestanding Tub

 

Will chrome replace brushed nickel | Raleigh Custom Homes

Copper Range Hood

Will chrome replace brushed nickel | Raleigh Custom Homes

Copper Kitchen Pendant Lights

 

Will chrome replace brushed nickel | Raleigh Custom Homes

Copper Cabinet Hardware

 



Interior Design Tips:

Andrea has helped mix and match finish colors in dozens of North Carolina custom homes.

See what Andrea recommends for when to mix bronze faucets with stainless steel sinks, here.

And get ideas for two-tone kitchens that mix cabinet colors and finishes, here.

Have a kitchen or interior design trend question for your new home?  Ask Andrea, and she'll let you know all the latest in custom home and design/build trends!   Andrea works closely with each Stanton Homes client to help design homes that fit every lifestyle and taste.  


 

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Best Open Kitchen and Great Room Floor Plans

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, May 05, 2016 @ 05:05 AM

Kitchens that Open up to the Great Room:

Get ideas for how to divide your space efficiently and elegantly, with an open kitchen/great room layout.

These kitchen photos show examples of homes that combine the kitchen with nearby living, eating, and multi-purpose spaces into a single, large gathering area.  Here are some examples of popular floor plans with a completely open kitchen:



Open Layouts for Raleigh New Homes:

Floor plans with an open layout are designed to maximize the utility of kitchens, great rooms, and surrounding spaces.

1. Kitchens Designed for Casual Dining

This open concept kitchen offers casual dining at the island and the tucked-in breakfast nook. While many traditional floor plans place the breakfast area between the kitchen and living room, this open plan flow directly from kitchen to great room.

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2. Kitchens Designed for Entertaining

This open concept layout includes three separate countertop centers - two islands and a separate living room wet bar. The completely open plan makes this a fantastic entertaining space - designed to keep guests moving between hubs. 

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3. Kitchens Designed for Families with Kids

A full-length seating bar at the island was added so that kids could do their homework in the kitchen during meal prep times. 

The great room built ins are designed for a piano to fit inside, for at home lessons. 

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See an ideabook of Raleigh new homes that feature an open concept layout with integrated kitchen and great room - click here. 

 



Raleigh New Homes:

What Raleigh new home floor plan elements are most important to you? Tell us what you're looking for, and we'll show you how to build it - with recommendations for floor plan features and selections that fit your budget.



 

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Stained Wood Fireplace Mantel Ideas and Photos

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 @ 07:04 AM

Five Fireplaces with a Stained Wood Mantel - Photos and Design Ideas

Stained wood can look more formal, provide contrast to surrounding features, and serve as a stand-alone feature.  Five popular stained wood mantel designs include:

1. Tile Fireplace Surround with Stained Wood Mantel

While white painted wood mantels are often blended into built in bookcases or wainscoting trim, stained wood mantels often contrast against the surrounding materials.

This wood mantel frames the mosaic tile fireplace surround. Hints of brown in the tile and wall sconces draw in the hues of the Minwax English Chestnut stain for a cohesive, but bold, centerpiece fireplace. 

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2. Stone Fireplace Surround with Stained Wood Mantel

Stone and stained wood details are what create the "story" in this home - these materials are carried throughout this open concept home - on the fireplace, archway wall, and kitchen column. 

Wood and stone make these rooms feel warm and formal, in "Old World" style. 

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3. Contemporary Fireplace with Stained Cedar Wood Mantel

Cedar wood wraps the large picture windows, and tops this contemporary stone fireplace. The natural stain matches the hardwood flooring throughout the first floor.

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4. See Through Fireplace with Stained Wood Mantel

This wood mantel is hand-crafted out of oak flooring material, built and stained to match the downstairs hardwoods. 

The fireplace is see-through between the formal dining room and great room. Wall sconces on the foyer-side of the fireplace are used to balance the "off-center" wood mantel.

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5. Stone Surround Fireplace with Stained Wood Mantel and Flagstone Hearth

This fireplace mantel was custom-built to fit above the stone surround. Wall sconces frame the wall above the mantel, which rises into the two story ceiling. 

The stained wood is an elegant feature, drawing your eye towards the fireplace in this large two story living room. 

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How To Fireplace Design:

Photos of fireplaces with white wainscoting panels. 

85 Fireplace design photos

Types of fireplaces for new home design

Ready to build your new home in the Raleigh, NC area? Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or visitwww.StantonHomes.com to learn more about building an custom home. We'll show you all the ways you can modify a floor plan - including how to design and bulid your custom fireplace. 



 

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Hottest Trends in 2016 Homes |  Something Really Different

Posted by Penn Hull on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 @ 06:04 AM

Hottest Trends in New Home Building:

What floor plans, features, and finishes are most popular in 2016 homes?

It's getting harder to pin-point the most popular new home trends, simply because homebuyers are looking for more individual customization in their homes. Even inside traditional floor plans - with a downstairs dining room, living room, great room, and master bedroom - buyers are mixing up the layout and adding personal touches to every room.

Stock floor plans are a thing of the past in Raleigh new homes, which are designed to be more livable, functional, and personal.



Efficiency, Flexibility, and Customization:

New homes are all about usability - with increased attention to the efficiency, flexibility, and customizability of each individual room. What does efficiency look like? 

1. A second master bedroom can make multi-generational living possible

A second bedroom/bathroom suite on the first floor offers privacy for extended families, grandparents, and long-stay guests – and it can add value to your new home investment.

Two master bedrooms can be designed to be very different, in reflection of lifestyles and preferences. Having a second master suite can also make it possible for you to "age in place". 

Universal design items, such as grab bars in the bath, wider doorways, and curbless or "roll-in" showers are now common requests for homes designed to last well into retirement. Get a guide to the Top 5 Aging in Place floor plans, click here. 

 

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An oversized shower, and no tub, is another trend throughout Raleigh new home construction. See examples in these no-tub master bathroom photos.

2. Bedrooms can double as home offices

Whether you want to create a place for extended guests to stay, or need a space to work from home, modern bedrooms are designed with built in storage (bookcases, a desk, and closet) that can accommodate your changing needs - month to month or over the years.

This upstairs bedroom includes a built in desk - perfect for kids to use as a homework area or you to use as an upstair office.

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3. Hallways, landings, and lofts can double as storage centers or pocket offices

A tried and true way to maximize the usability of a home is by adding built in storage to hallways, under the stairs, and other "unused" spaces.

In this home, a version of the Arcadia, we were able to add a storage closet under the stairs. The fit was tight, but the additional storage added a huge benefit.

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This upstairs hallway is transformed from "wasted space" into a open office with custom built ins and desk fit to the space.

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Click here for sample floor plans with an efficient pocket office built in to a hallway, kitchen, or central area.

4. Laudry rooms can double as all-purpose storage centers and mudrooms

Simple additions to the laundry room, such as a free-standing sink, closet, built in shelving, or folding wall ironing board can make a large impact on your daily routine. Learn how to get more out of every sq ft, with these 10 Small Laundry Room Ideas.


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Raleigh New Home Trends:

One of the best things about designing and building a totally custom home is the ability to include the features that matter most, from efficient built ins to multi-use rooms. 

What Raleigh new home trends are most important to you? Tell us what you're looking for, and we'll show you how to built it - with recommendations for floor plan features and selections that fit your budget.



 

Tags: raleigh custom homes, 2016 new homes

Best Blue Paint Colors for Bathrooms | Raleigh Custom Builders

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Mar 21, 2016 @ 11:03 AM

Guide to the Best Blue Paint Colors for Bathrooms:

Get started choosing the right paint color for your walls - or deciding on a color scheme - with our guide of top requested light blue bathroom paint colors. Below are brand names and descriptions for each blue paint shade inside these Raleigh custom homes.

Best Blue Paint Colors for Bathrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

(This master bath is painted in Sherwin Williams "SW 6218 Tradewinds")



5 Best Blue Paint Shades for a Bathroom

These blue bathroom paint colors, with photos from Raleigh custom homes built by Stanton Homes, are manufactured by Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, and other popular brand names that offer a range of classic and contemporary blue hues.

Blue Paint Color #1: Sherwin Williams "6512 Balmy"

Shades of blue can make a powerful impact in a white and espresso bathroom. This master bath compiles white floor tile, espresso storage cabinets, and "SW 6512 Balmy" blue paint.

Best Blue Paint Colors for Bathrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Blue Paint Color #2: Sherwin Williams "6235 Foggy Day"

Vaulted ceilings open up this more traditional blue bathroom. The "SW 6235 Foggy Day" paint is carried into the ceiling vault, to highlight the plant shelf above the shower.

Best Blue Paint Colors for Bathrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Blue Paint Color #3: Benjamin Moore "2055-60 Serenity"

 Looking for spa bathroom colors? This "Benjamin Moore Serenity" blue is reminiscent of a relaxing beach getaway.

Best Blue Paint Colors for Bathrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Blue Paint Color #4: Sherwin Williams "6786 Cloudless"

Powerful blue paint colors - like this "Cloudless" shade - demand strong, contrasting finishes (such as tile and cabinet colors and shapes).

In this master bathroom design, the dark brown tile - a dominant feature - extends past the tub and shower, reaching above the picture window to meet the vaulted ceiling.

Best Blue Paint Colors for Bathrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Blue Paint Color #5: Valspar "WV38007 Summer Cottage"

You can soften a light blue paint color with window lighting, calm tile patterns, and tall ceilings (painted white). 

Best Blue Paint Colors for Bathrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

 

Why are blue bathrooms so popular? Get an interior designer's perspective on the longevity of blues in the bath.

How much does a tile tub surround cost? Get estimates here, in these 8 blue tile bathrooms.

 


More Popular Master Bathroom Paint Colors

Here are links to bathrooms painted in gray, light blue, green, beige, and brown - popular colors in Raleigh custom homes:

  1. 9 Gray Paint Colors - Tips for How to Choose a Gray Paint
  2. SW 6512 Balmy - Light blue paint for the master bathroom
  3. SW 6422 Shagreen - Light, bright green master bathroom paint
  4. SW 7714 Oak Barrel - Beige painted master bathroom
  5. SW 6117 Smokey Topaz - Golden brown painted master bath

Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to learn more about building an NC custom home - with the help of an interior design expert throughout the selection process.

 


 

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How much do custom built in bookcases cost?

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 @ 10:01 AM

What are the most cost effective built in bookcase styles for the Fireplace?

Fireplace walls are great spaces to add a built in bookcase. These walls are already "reserved" as focal points (with furniture spread among the other walls or open areas).      

If you're trying to decide on the best built in bookcase design for your budget, these photos will give you a good idea of how pricing works - with specific cost factors.  See why some bookcases are cost effective, while others are only found in luxury home designs.

How much do custom built in bookcases cost? | Raleigh custom homes


What does a built in bookcase cost? 

The best bookcase, cabinet, and built in storage designs are priced based on a number of factors, including:

  1. Size (Height, Length, Depth)
  2. Depth of Base Shelves (are the base shelves wider than the upper shelves?)
  3. Countertops
  4. Stain Grade vs. Paint Grade Materials
  5. Arches or Header Details
  6. Custom Paint Colors
  7. Number of Cabinet Units
  8. Standard vs. Non-Standard Cabinet Sizes

Below are 8 photo examples that give a clear indication of what each cost factor can look like:

1. Bookcase Size

The height, length, and depth of a built in will affect the total cost. For open shelving bookcases, larger sizes mean more materials and labor. For cabinets, larger sizes typically require multiple units.

 How much do custom built in bookcases cost? | Raleigh custom homes

The floor to ceiling height bookcases in this great room - a version of the Penelope - also stretch across the living room wall. If you want a "full wall" built in look, consider reducing the height of the shelves. This would leave wall space where you could display artwork (or add windows if it is an exterior wall).

2. Depth of Bookcase Base Shelves

Complex configurations add cost to any built in design. The two base shelves on these fireplace bookcases are wider than the upper shelves. Varied depth bookcases can make a big impression in person, so this is one custom factor you should consider when considering cost/benefits on a tight budget.

How much do custom built in bookcases cost? | Raleigh custom homes

This living room photo is from a version of the Brogan, a craftsman style home.

3. Countertop

When designing built in cabinets, manufacturers can include a finished "countertop" piece that rests on top and adds cost (when compared to how built in shelving works).   

How much do custom built in bookcases cost? | Raleigh custom homes

This living room photo - with cabinets on each side of the stone fireplace - is from a version of the Horse Country Estate.

4. Stain vs. Paint Grade

Most types of built in storage units are available in two "grades," stain or paint. While the cabinets pictured above are constructed in a stain grade wood, the bookcases below use a (more cost effective) paint grade wood.

How much do custom built in bookcases cost? | Raleigh custom homes

This living room photo - with bookcases on each side of the fireplace - is from a version of the Country Farmhouse.

5. Arches or Header Details

Arches or header details - like the white wainscoting design across these living room bookcases - are beautiful additions that can really add formality to a room. These hand-crafted or custom details add cost, but they can make a big difference in the look and feel of your fireplace surround (often the focal point of your downstairs living space).

How much do custom built in bookcases cost? | Raleigh custom homes

This living room photo - with custom shaped bookcases - is from a version of the Scottsdale.

6. Custom Color

Most built-ins are painted white, to match the interior trim color of the room. Adding a custom color inside a built in bookcase is another popular detail, that can add cost.

How much do custom built in bookcases cost? | Raleigh custom homes

This custom living room built in shelving unit is from a version of the Treehouse.

7. Number of Cabinet Units

The number of individual cabinet units also contributes to the total cost of a built in design. Typically, using two 24'' cabinets will cost significantly more than using one 48'' cabinet.

The wider, four-door 48" base cabinets in the living room pictured below, from a version of the Statesman, helped the Raleigh home owner save cost (compared to choosing a layout for four 24" cabinets that would fit into the same overall space).

How much do custom built in bookcases cost? | Raleigh custom homes

8. Standard vs. Non-Standard Size

Another way to save cost on your built in bookcase configuration is by sticking to cabinets in a standard size, typically units that are 24'' or 48'' wide.

If cabinet units do not fit into the designated wall space, your builder will need to add trim pieces to make up the difference. Custom trim, painted to match, will look intentional; they will just cost more to construct.

How much do custom built in bookcases cost? | Raleigh custom homes

When working within a budget, you will want to compare each of these cost factors. Do you want to prioritize wainscoting details, custom colors, simpler (but wider) shelves, or a combination of these details? The choice is yours, and a custom home interior designer can help you weigh the options.



How much do custom built in bookcases, cabinets, and shelving units cost?

Exact pricing for built ins depends on the size, configuration, style, materials, and other custom details.  

Looking for popular home plans with built in spaces already added in? Here are some examples of floor plans with built in bookcases and other custom storage spaces throughout the home:

Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to learn more about building an NC custom home - with the help of an interior design expert throughout the selection process.

 

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Best Ways to Change a Floor Plan | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jan 18, 2016 @ 13:01 PM

How to Customize Your Floor Plan:

There are many reasons home buyers customize their favorite floor plan, including:

  • Adding or removing sq ft
  • Moving a room
  • Changing the dimensions of a room
  • Adding or removing walls

See how a few simple changes can transform the look and feel of your house plan - with example modifications in the Stilesboro plan, below.



The Stilesboro - Best Floor Plan Updates:

Here is the original Stilesboro exterior:

 

Best Ways to Change a Floor Plan | Raleigh Custom Home BuildersOne of the best ways to save money on your home exterior is by starting with a slightly more conservative (but still very spacious) front porch, like in this updated Stilesboro exterior option: 

 

Best Ways to Change a Floor Plan | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

See the red-line modifications of the first and second floors:


Floor Plan Modification #1: Move the Laundry Room Upstairs

When all, or most, of the bedrooms are located upstairs, you'll want to consider also moving the laundry room upstairs.

In this red-line floor plan, the laundry room takes the place of the two story foyer ceiling, which some home buyers consider "wasted space" in a floor plan.

Best Ways to Change a Floor Plan | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Floor Plan Modification #2: Add a Hallway Drop Zone

By moving the laundry room upstairs, you're able to add a mudroom style drop zone off the garage.

Best Ways to Change a Floor Plan | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Floor Plan Modification #3: Convert the Two Story Great Room into a Media Room

Adding a media room, in place of the two story family room ceiling, is another option to add extremely cost effective living space in this home.

Best Ways to Change a Floor Plan | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

 


Raleigh Custom Home Builder Ideas:

No matter how much you love a floor plan, there is always SOMETHING that can move, change, be added, or be eliminated to meet your dream layout, features, and style.

See a few more ways to modify your favorite floor plan, to get the exact home you're looking for:


Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to learn more about building a new home in the Raleigh North Carolina area.


 

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