new home ideas: Where Should the Toilet Go? | 2012 Master Bath Design Ideas - 01/31/12 10:01 PM
Master Bathroom Design Ideas Where Should I Place the Toilet? As you plan your new home, make sure you consider master bathroom layout options.
While kitchens, outdoor living spaces, and family areas can be some of the most fun aspects of your home to plan, the location of the master bathroom toilet can still an important aspect of your everyday routine.
Here are the top four most popular master bathroom toilet locations, to help you decide which style best suits your personality. 

1. Private room with door Want to maintain your privacy? Then consider floor plans with a completely separate "Toilet Room".
Having a separate door that can lock might be … (5 comments)

new home ideas: Types of Trey Ceilings | Pictures of Trey Ceiling Ideas - 11/01/10 07:24 AM
Looking for Tray Ceiling Ideas? Pictures of Top Custom Homebuilder Trey Ceiling Ideas Thinking about a trey ceiling treatment?  Here are some of the most popular trey ceilings designed by NC custom homebuilder Stanton Homes.  The possibilities are endless, but this might help you put together some great ideas!
Dual Step Trey Ceiling with Custom Color Treatment This dual step trey ceiling adds a tremendous amount of detail and character to the Formal Dining Room, without needing to take space from the rooms above.
Just a little color accent can make a big difference in a trey ceiling treatment.

new home ideas: The Top 10 Home Improvements That Could Devalue Your Home - 08/09/10 03:19 AM
While this was written by Donna Dazzo for existing homeowners, there are some excellent points for new home buyers as well! 
Think carefully about what you're selecting for your new home, and how the floorplan is laid out.  You may not plan to sell soon, but chances are you'll be putting your home on the market someday - and you'll want it to appeal to as many homebuyers as possible. 

Sometimes, making an improvement to your home could actually hurt you when you try to sell it. 
Here are the top 10 home improvements that can make your home harder to … (3 comments)

new home ideas: Laundry Room Ideas - Top 5 Ways to Save Money - 04/14/10 01:52 AM
Top 5 Questions for the Laundry Room What to upgrade now - and what you can do later - from a Custom Home Builder
You can save money and build your new home the way you want it - by adding some of the final details later.   
Here are the top 5 questions that will help you decide what's a must and what can wait - along with a custom home builder's suggestions and tips.
1.        Flooring
What type of flooring works best for the Laundry Room?
2.       Storage
Are you looking for shelving, cabinetry, countertop space, or all … (7 comments)

new home ideas: Top Decorating Trends and Ideas for Your New Home - Dining Room - 01/25/10 10:20 PM
New Homes Raleigh NC Formal Dining Rooms Top Trends, Styles, and Ideas for Your New Home If you're adding decorative touches to at least one room in your new home, consider the place where you meet to eat: the formal dining room. 
A formal dining room often sets the tone for the rest of the home, as the place your family, friends and special guests gather for a while to relax while they eat.
It is also nearly always located very prominently near the front entrance of your new home, where your special touches will be noticed right away. 

Archway entrances to the formal dining room … (6 comments)

new home ideas: Kitchen Islands - New Home Trends and Ideas - 12/21/09 10:07 PM
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Kitchen Island Styles New Home Trends and Ideas for the Kitchen
A kitchen island can be an integral part of your new home kitchen design.  When designed correctly, a kitchen island can work well in an extra large or extra small kitchen.
Islands can be accessed from all sides, which makes them ideal for both workspaces and storage.
A kitchen island can feature display shelves, drawers, and cabinetry. 

Kitchen islands can be a beautiful feature in luxury homes or affordable custom homes. 
The style, size, and design depend on … (24 comments)

new home ideas: Tile Tub Surrounds | Tile Options and Ideas for Your Master Bath - 12/02/09 10:00 PM
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Tile Tub Surround Options and Ideas Designing Your Tile Master Bath with Style A full tile master bath is standard in nearly every home we build.  There are endless ideas for tile tub surrounds.  Take a look at these 2012 bathroom design trends.

When selecting your new home, first find out exactly what your builder means by a tile surround.
A full tile surround should cover the tub base deck, extend downwards to the floor, and extend up the walls by a foot or so.
Some builders refer to a "tile surround" but only include a … (4 comments)

new home ideas: "Green" Countertop Options | Green Kitchen Countertops in Your New Home - 11/16/09 03:23 AM
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"Green" Countertop Options Choosing a Green Kitchen Countertop for Your New Home If you're considering green options for your new home or kitchen remodel, your kitchen countertops may be one of your focus areas!
There are many different kitchen countertop ideas that can count towards "green points" during the green home certification process.  Here's a brief overview, along with a very general pricing structure:
Torzo is a composite wheat straw material with no added formaldehyde.  Torzo is rapidly renewable, 70% pre-consumer recycled content. 
The cost of Torzo countertops is roughly 20-30% higher than granite.

new home ideas: Types of Fireplaces - Mantles and Surrounds - Styles and Trends - 09/16/09 10:52 PM
New Homes with Fireplaces 2012 Most Popular Fireplace Style Trends Considering a new home?  Chances are good your new home will have a fireplace as a focal point in the Family Room or Great Room.
According to a 2006 NAHB survey, 51% of homes built in 2004 included some variety of fireplace.
But the big question here is - what kind of fireplace surround would you like to see in your home? There are a wide variety of custom possibilities available.

  Fireplace Surrounds and Mantles -  Simple But Very Usable Here's a basic gas log fireplace with a tile surround and … (2 comments)

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