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One Story New Homes | Chapel Hill Area New Home Builders

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Oct 07, 2016 @ 11:10 AM

Triangle Parade of Homes 2016 Trends in the Chapel Hill Area:

The Triangle Parade of Homes can give home buyers a sample of what's trending in new homes and custom homes this year.

So what's the latest trend for one story, two story, and main floor master layouts?  We've analyzed the data, and here's what we found:

One Story New Homes | Chapel Hill Area New Home Builders

New Homes from Chapel Hill Area New Home Builders

Main Floor Master homes were the most popular floor plan layout selected by home builders for entries available for viewing during the Triangle Parade of Homes in Orange County.

1. One Story New Homes - Chapel Hill Area New Home Builders - 0%

  • Zero one story homes were submitted in this year's Parade of Homes by Chapel Hill and Hillsborough area new home builders.  
  • One story homes are more expensive to build per square foot.  A main floor master with a first floor guest suite can be a more cost effective alternative for many new home buyers.

One Story New Homes | Chapel Hill Area New Home Builders

2. Main Floor Master New Homes - Chapel Hill Area New Home Builders - 64%

  • Nine of 14 entries, or 64%, of new homes entered in the Parade of Homes in Orange County were Main Floor Master floor plans.  
  • Main floor masters remain very popular with homebuyers, especially those with older children, or empty nesters looking for ease of use and fewer steps.  

3. Two Story Home New Homes - Chapel Hill Area New Home Builders - 36%

  • Five of 14 entries, or 36%, of new homes built in Orange County and submitted to the Parade of Homes were two story homes.  Four of these are single family homes, and one is an attached home.

Orange County new and custom home builders submitted fourteen entries in Orange County in the Durham Orange Chatham Parade of Homes 2016, out of 65 total entries.  Seven of these new homes are in Hillsborough, five in Chapel Hill, one in Durham (Orange County address), and one in Mebane. 

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What does this mean for homebuyers in Orange County?

Parade of Homes entries generally represent what builders believe homebuyers are looking for today.  What kind of floor plan are YOU looking for?

Check out hundreds of possibilities, including top-requested one story, main floor master, and two story plans, here:

One Story New Homes | Chapel Hill Area New Home Builders

Orange County didn't have any one story homes entered in the Parade of Homes, but Chatham County did.  Find out more, here:

Chatham County - More One Story Homes Here


These custom homes are move-in ready, or nearly available, in Chatham County. Click the address for new home cost and more information:

Brookhaven Way – 3144 Sq Ft – First Floor Guest Suite – Move-in Ready Home 

129 Brookhaven Way – 3358 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – Under Construction Now

152 Brookhaven Way – 3474 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – Under Construction Now

One Story New Homes | Chapel Hill Area New Home Builders

This is representative only of the homes featured in the Parade of Homes, and not intended to be a general indicator of the Orange County new home market, though Parade of Homes can be representative of overall trends.  These statistics were derived by Penny Hull from public information about Parade of Homes entries, and are copyright Stanton Homes.  The statistics calculated above represent Parade of Homes entries in Orange County in Ashbury Green, Claremont South, Dunhill, Enclave on Jones Ferry, Forest Ridge, Fox Hill Farm, The Orchard, Pleasant Green Farms, Waterstone, Waterstone Terraces new home communities. 


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Custom home on acreage near Chapel Hill

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jan 14, 2016 @ 05:01 AM

Available Soon in Horizon, a Custom Home Community:

The Blueridge: 3,015 sq ft, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms

Outside, this Max Fulbright home design features stone accents, a rocking chair front porch, and dual columns with archways between.

Inside, the downstairs Master Bedroom, Island Kitchen, “Costco” Pantry, and Drop Zone outside the Mudroom/Laundry combine all the most popular "must have" features in a new home. 

The Blueridge Floor Plan - Home For Sale Near Chapel Hill, NC

262 Brookhaven Way, Pittsboro, NC

Lot 28 Horizon Neighborhood


Get a Flyer and Price for This Home

Most Popular Floor Plan Features: 

  • Downstairs master suite with trey ceiling, his and hers bathroom (see similar photos of similar master bath layouts here)
  • Formal Dining in addition to the Breakfast inside the eat-in Kitchen
  • Upstairs Loft that can accommodate work from home needs, including built-in desk space
  • Upstairs Study/Craft room (out-of-sight in the Bonus Room)

Blueridge Floor Plans:

Custom home on acreage near Chapel Hill


Custom home on acreage near Chapel Hill


Horizon - Custom Home Community

Horizon offers 1-2 acre wooded homesites for homebuyers searching for custom homes near Chapel Hill, NC. 

Horizon Custom Home Community

  • Horizon is located in North Chatham County, convenient to Chapel Hill, Pittsboro, and the Reserach Triangle Park. 
  • Property taxes for a Horizon home are roughly half  the cost of a home inside the Chapel Hill city limits.
  • Local schools are Perry Harrison Elementary and Margaret B. Pollard Middle School


Homes for Sale Near Chapel Hill, North Carolina:

Contact Stanton Homes for more information on the Blueridge - construction is under way now.


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White Subway Tile Backsplash Ideas | Kitchen Design Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 @ 08:02 AM

Top Kitchen Design Trends

White Subway Tile Backsplashes 

What are some top design trends for Chapel Hill new home kitchens?

One top trend is adding designer appeal to the kitchen without spending a lot of money - with a tile backsplash.

Take a look at these Chapel Hill, NC custom home kitchens with white subway tile backsplashes, and get ideas for your new home.

Chapel Hill New Home Kitchens | Top Kitchen Design Trends of 2012

White On White - Classic Kitchen

A classic 3 x 6 glazed white subway tile, along with white colored cabinetry, has withstood the test of time.

White subway tile backsplashes have the ability to transcend style - from cottage charm to traditional elegance to modern simplicity.

The Chapel Hill new home pictured to the left has a "Farmhouse" style custom kitchen with white subway tile backsplash.


Chapel Hill New Home Kitchens | Top Kitchen Design Trends of 2012

Brick Style Backsplashes Are Bigger

Any time a brick pattern is used in a back splash area it visually expands the space.

If your favorite Chapel Hill new home floor plan has a smaller or alley style kitchen, a white brick tile backsplash may be the perfect compliment.  

The Chapel Hill new home pictured to the left is a kitchen in a single story floor plan, the Bethesda

The Bethesda kitchen is an alley style, open to the dining and great room.


Chapel Hill New Home Kitchens | Top Kitchen Design Trends of 2012

Open and Bright Kitchens

The Chapel Hill new home pictured to the left features white cabinetry paired with white subway tile, for a trendy yet tasteful combination.

A custom-designed pencil listello tile inlay sits above the gas range. 

Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and subtle touches of black help define this kitchen.

Click here to see more photos of this new home kitchen.

3x6 white subway tile backsplashes can help spotlight intricate cabinetry, with a simple look that only feels more expensive - this type of tile is readily available and inexpensively priced.

Chapel Hill, NC New Home Kitchen Design Process

When you build an NC custom home with Stanton Homes, making changes to your kitchen floor plan is easy.

And with Stanton Homes free initial design services, you can see all the possibilities for your new home kitchen, before you make any decisions.

Get ideas from these kitchen floor plan transformations, designed by Stanton Homes to fit the lifestyles of our homebuyers.

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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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Cost of New Homes in Orange County NC Will Increase January 1st 2012

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jul 11, 2011 @ 08:07 AM

Orange County NC New Homes Will Cost More in 2012

Impact Fees to Increase January 1st, 2012 

The cost of a new home in Orange County will be increasing in January 2012.

There are a multitude of different permits and fees required to build any new home. Orange County and Chapel Hill have long had some of the highest fees in the Triangle. And they're going up.

These fee increases were approved in December 2008, with new increases taking effect each January.

Orange County School District Changes

School district impact fees in Orange County were $3,000 per single family home from January 2001 to January 2009.  They have increased each January since 2009.

On January 1 2012, these fees will be increasing again, as part of a yearly scheduled new home cost increase. Orange County Schools District impact fees will increase to $5,623 per single family home.

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Again, these fees are separate from all other building permits and fees.

What does this fee increase mean? The exact same new home in Hillsborough will cost $937 more if impact fees are paid in 2012 (at the start of construction), than in 2011 - an increase of 20%.

There's still time to build in 2011 in Orange County NC - talk to your Orange County NC custom home builder.

Chapel Hill and Orange County continues to be one of the most sought after areas of the Triangle, and these fees reflect the area's popularity.

Building in the Chapel Hill or Carrboro City School Districts?

Chapel Hill and Carrboro City school districts have the highest impact fees in the Triangle area.

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These impact fees are in addition to the building permit fees, water fees, and sewer fees required to build a new home in Chapel Hill.

Impact fees in the Chapel Hill city school districts are scheduled to nearly double between 2009 and 2012.

Looking to build a new home in Chapel Hill soon?

Apply for permits as soon as possible - as long as all permits are approved and paid before the end of the year, you can still build at 2011 costs. Otherwise, your new home will cost nearly $2000 more, after January 1st, 2012.

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What Kind of Hardwood is Hardest? | Chapel Hill Home Builders Tips

Posted by Penn Hull on Fri, Nov 12, 2010 @ 07:11 AM

What Kind of Hardwood Flooring is the Hardest?

Tips from Chapel Hill Home Builders

Hardwood flooring is one of the most popular upgrades in any new home in the Raleigh area.

But what kind of hardwood is hardest?

One way to find out is by using the Janka (or side) hardness test.  In this test, hardwoods are ranked by measuring the force needed to embed a .444 inch steel ball halfway into the wood.

This is one of the hardwood industry's best measures to determine whether a wood species will withstand denting and wear.  It can also determine how hard it will be to saw and nail a particular species.

The most common natural hardwood flooring is a solid oak, in white or red.  A white oak is usually just a little more expensive, but red oak tends to pick up and reflect red tones in cabinetry and other nearby features. 

What Hardwoods are Hardest | Chapel Hill Home Builders

Heart Pine is another more common natural hardwood flooring option.  It is much stronger than its pine cousins, coming very close to red oak in strength.  Heart pine can give any room beautiful character, and can be stained many different colors.  It is usually just a little more expensive than solid oak.

What Hardwoods are Hardest | Chapel HIll Home BuildersNatural bamboo usually registers at a 1380, or just slightly harder than oak flooring.  Natural bamboo can run several dollars more per square foot.

Brazilian Cherry and other exotic woods register highest on the hardness scale, but can also register highest on the cost scale.

As a general rule, the wider the individual hardwood plank, the less cost effective a particular choice will be.   

Each kind of hardwood is usually available as solid hardwood, engineered, or laminate. 

Determine your hardwood selection by working with a flooring specialist, who will work to provide you the best flooring options within your budget.

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Article copyright Stanton Homes 2010.   Provided for informational purposes only, Janka ratings courtesy   Photos represent a variety of new home closet trends, not all homes constructed by Stanton Homes. 

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Chapel Hill Home Builders | Concrete or Wood Front Porches

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Oct 20, 2010 @ 08:10 AM


Concrete or Wood Front Porches | Which is Better?

"Chapel Hill home builders seem to install both concrete and wood front porches and decks. Which is better?"

As a Chapel Hill area custom home builder, we are asked many different questions, like this one:  "Should we ask our new home builder for concrete or wood front porches and decks?"

See which you like better in these photos of porches, decks, and screen rooms.

Chapel Hill home builders, like others in the Raleigh-Durham region, use a variety of materials for front porches and decks. Chapel Hill Home Builders | Concrete Front Porch

Most entry level homes are built with slab foundations and ground level concrete porchs. 

Mid-level homes are usually built with a crawl space foundation in place of a slab, with the entry to the home several steps up. 

Some have concrete porches with brick steps (pictured here), and some have deck porches with wood steps. 

What’s the best approach?

When you ask a Chapel Hill home builder to create your new home, they will usually leave those kinds of choices up to you. What do you think looks and feels best? That’s what you should go with – as long as the terrain and home design accommodate your choice.  

Here are some things to consider:

Concrete Front PorchesChapel Hill Home Builders | Types of Porches

 - Don't need to be repainted

 - Don't peel

 - Don't lose water protection over time

 - Are easy to clean

 - Hold up better under foot traffic from high heels, sports shoes, kids and pets 


Wood (Deck) Front Porches

Chapel Hill Home Builders | Types of Porches

- Can be painted or stained with a variety of colors

 - Need to be repainted or resealed over time

 - Can collect debris in the cracks between boards, inhibiting water run-off. 

 - Require more upkeep

 - Can be more costly, depending on the size and height

 - Can add personality through color and accents

From an aesthetic point of view, wood or concrete is a matter of taste and preference.  Both can be very appealing, and can really add to or change the look of a new home. 

Chapel Hill Home Builders | Craftsman Style Front PorchWhat’s the difference in cost? 

Depending on height and ground conditions, the cost may be about the same for a treated wood front porch or a concrete front porch. 

If the front porch is several steps above ground, a concrete porch may require at least some amount of backfill and compacting to support the concrete, which can add to the cost. Of course the cost for concrete can also increase if a "stamped" version is requested. 

Ask your Chapel Hill home builder what type of front porch they build on standard homes.  Let them know the lot and floor plan you're considering, and they should be able to tell you what your options are, based on porch size, type of foundation, slope of land – and, of course, your budget. 

Learn More About Chapel Hill Home Builders and Building Your New Home in the Chapel Hill Area

Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or see our online calendar for our next "Meet the Builder" event, and bring us all your custom home building questions.

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