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How Much Do New Homes Cost? | Orange Vs Chatham County Homes

Posted by Penn Hull on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 @ 13:10 PM

Cost to Build a New Home - Trends in the Triangle Parade of Homes 2016:

What do new homes cost to build in Orange and Chatham County NC ? The Triangle Parade of Homes can be a big indicator of new home construction cost, especially when comparing different counties. 

Where do new homes cost less to build? We've analyzed the data, and here's what we found:

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New Home Prices in Orange and Chatham County

While the Parade of Homes does not represent all new homes available, it can be a good indicator of overall market trends.  

Price Points for New Home Construction

  • In both counties, the $400-600K price range was most popular for Parade of Homes entries, followed by the $600-800K and Under $400K ranges.  

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For 2016 Parade of Homes entries in Orange and Chatham County:

Average Home Cost in Orange County: $609,216 

Average Sq Ft in Orange County: 3457

Average Price Per Sq Ft in Orange County: $176

Lowest Cost Home = $339,950; Highest Cost Home = $1,100,000 

 

Average Home Cost in Chatham County: $578,565

Average Sq Ft in Chatham County: 3384

Average Price Per Sq Ft in Chatham County: $171

Lowest Cost Home = $316,510; Highest Cost Home = $1,290,000

 

Why do these New Homes Cost More in Orange County?

The cost of new homes is based on a wide range of factors, from the cost of the land the home is built on to the size of the home and the finishes and features. Generally speaking, Orange County homes can cost a bit more, depending on where in the county you want to live, as land and building costs in Hillsborough and Chapel Hill tend to be a little higher than in neighboring Chatham County.  

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What does this mean for homebuyers in Orange and Chatham County?

Parade of Homes entries generally represent what price points builders believe homebuyers are looking for today. 

Find homes for sale in Chatham County, here.

Check out floor plan samples, including top-requested one story, main floor master, and two story plans, here:

One Story, Main Floor Master, or Two Story? |Triangle Chatham Parade of Homes 2016

Find out more about features, cost, and trends in new homes in your area here:

Chatham County New Home Trends

 

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

 


 

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 or Chatham 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 Chatham County in the Briar Chapel, Chapel Ridge, Chapel Ridge Estates, Dunhill, Fieldston, The Hamptons, Harrison Pond, Henderson Place at Fearrington, Horizon, Legacy at Jordan Lake, Parks at Meadowview, Piazza at Stonewater, Vistas at Chapel Ridge, Westfall, Westfall Pines, Windfall, and Woods at Wilkerson Creek new home communities. The statistics calculated above also represent Parade of Homes entries in Chatham County in the Briar Chapel, Chapel Ridge, Chapel Ridge Estates, Dunhill, Fieldston, The Hamptons, Harrison Pond, Henderson Place at Fearrington, Horizon, Legacy at Jordan Lake, Parks at Meadowview, Piazza at Stonewater, Vistas at Chapel Ridge, Westfall, Westfall Pines, Windfall, and Woods at Wilkerson Creek new home communities. 

 

Tags: new home cost, cost per sq ft, parade of homes 2016, Chatham County New Homes, orange county new homes, Triangle Parade of Homes 2016, Chatham County Home Builders, orange county home builders

First or Second Floor Laundry Room? | Chatham County Home Builder Trends

Posted by Penn Hull on Fri, Oct 07, 2016 @ 05:10 AM

North Carolina Parade of Homes 2016 Trends:

What's the best place to put the laundry room?  Which floor is better for the laundry?

The Chatham Orange Durham County Parade of Homes can be a great trend indicator of the demand for the number of cars for the garage. We've analyzed the 2016 Tour data, and here's what we found:

Which Floor is Best for Laundry Rooms? | NC Parade of Homes This Year



What's new with homes in custom home neighborhoods in Chatham?   Laundry room on the first versus second floor

First level laundry rooms were the most popular location selected by home builders for entries available for viewing during the Triangle Parade of Homes in Chatham County.

Which Floor is Best for Laundry Rooms? | NC Parade of Homes This Year

1. Laundry Room in the First Floor - 73% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • 22 of 30 homes have the laundry room on the first floor.
  • This includes all one story homes, all main floor master homes, and some two story homes.

2. Laundry Room on the Second Floor - 27% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • 8 of 30 homes have the laundry on the second floor.
  • When all the bedrooms are upstairs, it can be more convenient to keep the laundry facilities closer to the bedrooms for ease of use.

3. Two Laundry Rooms - 0% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • No homes in this year's Chatham County entries have two laundry rooms.
  • Two laundry rooms, or a laundry room and a laundry closet, are more common in Dual Master or Multi-Generation floor plans.

Which Floor is Best for Laundry Rooms? | NC Parade of Homes This Year

What should you look for in a laundry room? These are some things to keep in mind - and important questions to ask when comparing new home builders:

  • Types of storage: how many cabinets are "standard" in the size laundry room you want? Does the builder offer cabinets or "shelving" which can mean open shelving with no door?
  • Counter tops: are counter tops included? If so, how many feet fit in the space you'd like to have?
  • Flooring: do you want tile or a special flooring for your laundry?
  • Windows: does the laundry room location allow for a window? If not, can your custom home builder re-arrange a few things in the floor plan to give you a window in the laundry?
Browse Floor Plans

 

What does this mean for homebuyers in Chatham County?

Parade of Homes entries generally represent what builders believe homebuyers are looking for today.  What type, size, and location for the laundry room are YOU looking for?

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

Which Floor is Best for Laundry Rooms? | NC Parade of Homes This Year

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 – New Home Under Construction

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

 

Learn more about building a new home with Stanton Homes!

Special Meet the Builder Event Nov. 12th - Click here for address and more details.

 

Chatham County Home Builder


 

 

This is representative only of the homes featured in the Parade of Homes, and not intended to be a general indicator of the Chatham 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 Chatham County in the Briar Chapel, Chapel Ridge, Chapel Ridge Estates, Dunhill, Fieldston, The Hamptons, Harrison Pond, Henderson Place at Fearrington, Horizon, Legacy at Jordan Lake, Parks at Meadowview, Piazza at Stonewater, Vistas at Chapel Ridge, Westfall, Westfall Pines, Windfall, and Woods at Wilkerson Creek new home communities. 

 

Tags: laundry room design trends, parade of homes 2016, Chatham County New Homes, Triangle Parade of Homes 2016, Chatham County Home Builders

What Buyers Really, Really Want | Chatham County New Home Builders

Posted by Penn Hull on Thu, Oct 06, 2016 @ 09:10 AM

Chatham County Home Builders within the Triangle Parade of Homes 2016:

The Triangle Parade of Homes 2016 can be a great indicator for new home design trends.  So what's the latest trend for custom homes?  We've analyzed the data, and here's what we found:

New Home Trends | Chatham County Home Builders

 


What's happening with new homes in the Triangle?

Chatham County home builders submitted 30 homes to this year's Parade of Homes, with the features, layouts, and finishes they believe today's homebuyers want most.  Here's what's happening in new homes in Chatham County - click to read more:
 

 Browse Floor Plans

What does this mean for homebuyers in Chatham County?

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

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

New Home Trends | Chatham County Home Builders

 


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


New Homes for Sale | Chatham County 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 Chatham 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 Chatham County in the Briar Chapel, Chapel Ridge, Chapel Ridge Estates, Dunhill, Fieldston, The Hamptons, Harrison Pond, Henderson Place at Fearrington, Horizon, Legacy at Jordan Lake, Parks at Meadowview, Piazza at Stonewater, Vistas at Chapel Ridge, Westfall, Westfall Pines, Windfall, and Woods at Wilkerson Creek new home communities.

 

Tags: parade of homes 2016, Chatham County New Homes, Triangle Parade of Homes 2016, Chatham County Home Builders, chatham county custom homes

Keeping Rooms, Sun Rooms, and More Trends | Chatham County Home Builders

Posted by Penn Hull on Thu, Oct 06, 2016 @ 05:10 AM

Chatham County Home Builders within the Triangle Parade of Homes 2016:

What living areas matter most to Chatham County Home Builders presenting in the Triangle Parade of Homes 2016?

We've got the scoop on trends in "Living Areas" (other than the Family Room or Great Room, which is considered the Main Living Area).  Here's what we found, looking at Chatham Parade Home data:

Keeping Rooms, Sun Rooms, and More Trends | Chatham County Home Builders



What's Up and What's Down in Chatham County Homes?  Keeping Rooms, Sun Rooms, Lofts, Bonus Room, Game Rooms

1. Loft - 30% of Parade of Homes Entries by Chatham County Home Builders

  • 9 of 30, or 30% of Chatham County entries, had a Loft in the 2016 Parade of Homes
  • A Loft is an area that's not enclosed, and often contains multiple traffic patterns or doors to various rooms.
  • A Loft can offer an additional living area, or a kids study area, on the second floor.


Keeping Rooms, Sun Rooms, and More Trends | Chatham County Home Builders

 

 

2. Bonus Room or Game Room - 47% of Parade of Homes Entries by Chatham County Home Builders

  • 14 of 30, or 47% of Chatham County entries, had a Bonus Room or Game Room in the 2016 Parade of Homes
  • Bonus or Game Rooms can be found on the second floor. These rooms:
  • Offer additional "living space" that is often enclosed, or that has a single point of entry and/or multiple long walls and a fairly separated area.
  • Are great places for kids to play, or for secondary activities like a tv room that's separated from the main living area.
  • Can be placed above the garage to maximize cost-effective square footage.

Here's a photo from a Stanton Home in the Triangle with a large bonus room upstairs:

Keeping Rooms, Sun Rooms, and More Trends | Chatham County Home Builders

3. Sun Room - 7% of Parade of Homes Entries by Chatham County Home Builders

  • 2 of 30, or 7% of Chatham County entries, had a Sun Room in the 2016 Parade of Homes.
  • A Sun Room often is an extension of the rear of the home, or placed on a rear corner of the home.
  • A Sun Room usually has at least two exterior walls, and many more windows than a typical room.
  • In North Carolina's balmy climate, homebuyers often opt to include a Screen Porch instead of a Sun Room, but though rare, they can be found! 

This contemporary sun room has windows on all four walls, from a Stanton Home in the Triangle:

 

Keeping Rooms, Sun Rooms, and More Trends | Chatham County Home Builders

4. Keeping Room - 13% of Parade of Homes Entries by Chatham County Home Builders

  • 2 of 30, or 7% of Chatham County entries, had a Sun Room in the 2016 Parade of Homes.
  • A Keeping Room is generally a smaller version of the Great Room.  Unlike a Formal Living Room, which is usually right next to the front entrance so that "formal" guests do not venture far into the home, the Keeping Room is typically at the rear of the home, usually adjacent to the Kitchen.
  • A Keeping Room is often an extension off the first floor, and a Vaulted Ceiling can sometimes be included in this room.
  • A Morning Room is generally a full-size room off the Kitchen, larger than a Breakfast Room.

Here's an example of a keeping room inside Stanton Homes in the Triangle. This keeping room is open to the kitchen, with a high vaulted ceiling:

Keeping Rooms, Sun Rooms, and More Trends | Chatham County Home Builders

Here's the view from the kitchen to this keeping room:

Keeping Rooms, Sun Rooms, and More Trends | Chatham County Home Builders

How often do new homes include a formal dining room? See the Parade of Homes stats, here.

What does this mean for homebuyers in Chatham County?

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

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

Keeping Rooms, Sun Rooms, and More Trends | Chatham County Home Builders

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

 
New Homes for Sale Chatham County | Chatham County 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 Chatham 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 Chatham County in the Briar Chapel, Chapel Ridge, Chapel Ridge Estates, Dunhill, Fieldston, The Hamptons, Harrison Pond, Henderson Place at Fearrington, Horizon, Legacy at Jordan Lake, Parks at Meadowview, Piazza at Stonewater, Vistas at Chapel Ridge, Westfall, Westfall Pines, Windfall, and Woods at Wilkerson Creek new home communities.

 

Tags: keeping rooms, sunroom design trends, parade of homes 2016, Chatham County New Homes, Triangle Parade of Homes 2016, Chatham County Home Builders

Master Bath New Home Trends | Chatham County Home Builders

Posted by Penn Hull on Wed, Oct 05, 2016 @ 11:10 AM

Chatham County Home Builders within the Triangle Parade of Homes 2016:

The Triangle Parade of Homes 2016 can be a great indicator for master bathrooms design trends.  New home and custom home builders in Chatham County entered homes into the Triangle Parade of Homes that represent what their homebuyers are asking for. 

So what's the latest trend for master suite layouts?  We've analyzed the data, and here's what we found:

Master Bath New Home Trends | Chatham County Home Builders

 



What's New in Master Bath Trends Built by Chatham County Home Builders?  Master bathroom showers, tubs, vanities, and sitting areas

Split it up, or keep it together? That's the key question builders are asking for new home bath floor plans in the master suite.

1. Shower and Tub - 77% of Parade of Homes Entries by Chatham County Home Builders

  • 23 Chatham County entries, 77%, had both a shower and a tub - in Triangle Parade of Homes 2016
  • While showers are the top preference by far for everyday bathing, a soaking tub is a welcome retreat for many home buyers.   Whether it's a freestanding tub, or a drop in tub with a beautiful tile surround and room for wine and candles, having a tub in the master bath is a requirement for many homes built by Chatham County home builders.

Master Bath New Home Trends | Chatham County Home Builders

 

2. Shower with NO Tub - 23% of Parade of Homes Entries by Chatham County Home Builders

  • 7 of 30 Chatham County new home entries, or 23%, had a shower but not a tub in the master bath
  • A growing percentage of homeowners say that they do not use a tub often enough to want to include it in the master bath.  They'd rather allocate the cost (and space) to other priorities, which can include "super-sizing" the shower and adding multiple showerheads. 

 

Master Bath New Home Trends | Chatham County Home Builders

Master Bath Vanities:

Every Parade of Homes entry submitted by Chatham County new home builders included double vanities in the Master Bath.

1. Split Vanities - 33% of Parade of Homes Entries by Chatham County Home Builders

  • 10 of 30, or 33%, of master bathrooms included Split Vanities
  • Ten new homes featured a "Split Vanity" layout. The two vanities are completely separated, whether it's by placing them on opposite sides of the room or opposite sides of the tub or shower.

Here's an photo example of a his and her vanity separated by a vertical wall of cabinets, from a Stanton Home in the Triangle:

Master Bath New Home Trends | Chatham County Home Builders

2. Seating Area - 30% of Parade of Homes Entries by Chatham County Home Builders

  • 9 of 30 Chatham County new homes, or 30%, included a Seating Area
  • Chatham County new home builders have had more requests for inclusion of a "make up" seating area in the Master Bath, between the two sink areas.  This is usually placed at a slightly lower height, to allow comfortable use with a standard stool or chair.  An open "window seat" style area can also be placed between the vanities, which allows separation of space.

Here's an example of what a seating area / make-up counter looks like in the master bath, from a Stanton Home in the Triangle:

Master Bath New Home Trends | Chatham County Home Builders

3. Standard Vanities - 30% of Parade of Homes Entries by Chatham County Home Builders

  • 11 of 30, 37%, Standard vanities
  • The remaining new homes included a straight vanity with two sinks, of varying lengths and with varying features (some homes featured drawers in the vanity cabinets while others did not, for instance).  
  • Here's a photo from one of the two Stanton Homes in the Triangle Parade of Homes, with a his and her "standard vanity" with two sinks and a center set of drawers:

Master Bath New Home Trends | Chatham County Home Builders

 


What does this mean for homebuyers in Chatham County?

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

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

Master Bath New Home Trends | Chatham County Home Builders

 


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

Master Bath New Home Trends | Chatham County Home Builders

 
Learn more about Chatham County new home trends - click to read more:
This is representative only of the homes featured in the Parade of Homes, and not intended to be a general indicator of the Chatham 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 Chatham County in the Briar Chapel, Chapel Ridge, Chapel Ridge Estates, Dunhill, Fieldston, The Hamptons, Harrison Pond, Henderson Place at Fearrington, Horizon, Legacy at Jordan Lake, Parks at Meadowview, Piazza at Stonewater, Vistas at Chapel Ridge, Westfall, Westfall Pines, Windfall, and Woods at Wilkerson Creek new home communities.

 

Tags: Master Bath Trends, parade of homes 2016, Chatham County New Homes, Triangle Parade of Homes 2016, Chatham County Home Builders

What's Trending for the Master Suite? | Chatham County Home Builders

Posted by Penn Hull on Wed, Oct 05, 2016 @ 05:10 AM

2016 Parade of Homes Trends from Chatham County Home Builders:

The Triangle Parade of Homes can be a great indicator for how master bedrooms are trending in design.  New home and custom home builders in Chatham County entered homes into the Triangle Parade of Homes that represent what their homebuyers are asking for.   So what's the latest trend for master suite layouts?  

We've analyzed the data, and here's what we found:

What's Trending for the Master Suite? | Chatham County Home Builders



What's Going on with Chatham County Home Builders?  Master sitting rooms, closets, and fireplaces

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 Chatham County. How popular are Sitting Rooms in the Master Suite? Walk in his and hers closets? How about a second fireplace in the master bedroom?

1. Sitting Rooms in the Master Suite - 10% of Parade of Homes Entries by Chatham County Home Builders

3 of 30 enteries by Chatham County Home Builders included a sitting room in the master suite.  
  • A Sitting Room in the Master Suite can offer a private get-away space for the owners, which can be especially nice in a multi-gen living arrangement.
  • But for many homeowners, especially those on different sleep schedules, they'd rather allocate the additional square footage to a fully separate home office.  

What's Trending for the Master Suite? | Chatham County Home Builders

2. His and Hers Closets - 27% of Parade of Homes Entries by Chatham County Home Builders

  • 8 of 30 entries, or 27%, offered either two entirely separate closets, or a large closet that has been physically divided into two separate spaces with a wing wall or other framing.  
  • Chatham County custom home builders can work with the original layout of a plan to convert into two separate closet areas, if desired. 

What's Trending for the Master Suite? | Chatham County Home Builders

 

3. Fireplace in the Master Suite - 0% of Parade of Homes Entries by Chatham County Home Builders

  • Fireplaces in the master bedroom were not noted on the floor plan for any Chatham County new home submitted as an entry in the Parade of Homes.  
  • North Carolina's balmy climate encourages requests for additional natural light! 
(And the occasional three-sided fireplace, like this version of The Remington built in Chatham County, NC by Stanton Homes.)

What's Trending for the Master Suite? | Chatham County Home Builders


What does this mean for homebuyers in Chatham County?

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

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

What's Trending for the Master Suite? | Chatham County Home Builders

 


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

 

Homes for Sale Pittsboro | Chatham County Custom 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 Chatham 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 Chatham County in the Briar Chapel, Chapel Ridge, Chapel Ridge Estates, Dunhill, Fieldston, The Hamptons, Harrison Pond, Henderson Place at Fearrington, Horizon, Legacy at Jordan Lake, Parks at Meadowview, Piazza at Stonewater, Vistas at Chapel Ridge, Westfall, Westfall Pines, Windfall, and Woods at Wilkerson Creek new home communities.

 

Tags: master suite trends, parade of homes 2016, Chatham County New Homes, Triangle Parade of Homes 2016, Chatham County Home Builders

Mudrooms and Drop Zones New Home Trends | Triangle Parade of Homes 2016

Posted by Penn Hull on Tue, Oct 04, 2016 @ 12:10 PM

Triangle Parade of Homes Trends 2016:

How important are mud rooms to new home buyers?

The Chatham County Parade of Homes can be a great trend indicator of the demand for mud rooms and drop zone storage systems, which are often found in mud and laundry rooms. We've analyzed the 2016 Tour data, and here's what we found:

Mudrooms and Drop Zones | Triangle Parade of Homes 2016



What's Going on with New Homes in Chatham, North Carolina?  Locations of Drop Zones

Built in Drop Zones were one of the most popular new home features selected by home builders for entries available for viewing during the Triangle Parade of Homes in Chatham County.

Mudrooms and Drop Zones | Triangle Parade of Homes 2016

87% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County included a Drop Zone

  • 87% or a whopping 26 of the 30 homes included a drop zone.
  • "Drop Zones", or an area with a bench, cubbies, coat hooks, or other built-in organization, have become a top-requested feature in new homes.
  • Coats, shoes, hats, backpacks, and more can easily be organized in a Drop Zone, reducing clutter in other areas of the home.

Locations of Drop Zones

Mudrooms and Drop Zones | Triangle Parade of Homes 2016

1. Hallway or Dedicated Mudroom - 73% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • 22 homes, or 73% of all homes on parade in Chatham, have a drop zone in a hallway or a dedicated mudroom, near the garage entrance.

2. Inside the Laundry - 13% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • 4 homes, or 13% of all homes on parade in Chatham, have a drop zone inside the Laundry Room

3. No Drop Zone - 13% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • 4 homes do not have a drop zone.
  • Older homebuyers, or those without school age children, are somewhat less likely to look to a drop zone as a highly desired feature.
  • A coat hook area can also serve some of the same purpose as a drop zone, without needing extra space. 

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What does this mean for homebuyers in Chatham County?

Parade of Homes entries generally represent what builders believe homebuyers are looking for today.  What types of built in storage are YOU looking for?

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

Mudrooms and Drop Zones | Triangle Parade of Homes 2016

 


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

 

65 Brookhaven Way Pittsboro NC | Chatham County Custom Homes

 

This is representative only of the homes featured in the Parade of Homes, and not intended to be a general indicator of the Chatham 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 Chatham County in the Briar Chapel, Chapel Ridge, Chapel Ridge Estates, Dunhill, Fieldston, The Hamptons, Harrison Pond, Henderson Place at Fearrington, Horizon, Legacy at Jordan Lake, Parks at Meadowview, Piazza at Stonewater, Vistas at Chapel Ridge, Westfall, Westfall Pines, Windfall, and Woods at Wilkerson Creek new home communities. 

 

Tags: mudroom drop zone, parade of homes 2016, Chatham County New Homes, Triangle Parade of Homes 2016, Chatham County Home Builders

How Big are Kitchens and Pantries? | Triangle Parade of Homes 2016

Posted by Penn Hull on Tue, Oct 04, 2016 @ 11:10 AM

Home Building Trends in the Triangle Parade of Homes 2016:

What's inside Parade Homes can be a great indicator of wider home building trends. 

What's the ideal way to get seating and storage in the kitchen?  We've analyzed the data, and here's what we found:

Kitchens and Pantries | Triangle Parade of Homes 2016



What's Going on with New Home Kitchens in Chatham County?  Types of Kitchen Layouts and Pantry Storage

Island Kitchens with seating for 3 to 4 were the most popular floor plan layout selected by home builders for entries available for viewing during the Triangle Parade of Homes in Chatham County.

1. Islands Without Seating - 3% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • 1 of 30 Chatham County Parade of Homes entries had an island without seating. 

2. Small Islands with Seating for Two - 7% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • 2 of 30 entries had a small island with seating for two.

Kitchens and Pantries | Triangle Parade of Homes 2016

3. Islands with Seating for 3-4 - 57% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • 17 of 30 homes had today's most popularly requested island, a mid-size island with seating for 3-4

Kitchens and Pantries | Triangle Parade of Homes 2016

4. Islands with Seating for 5 or more - 30% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • 9 of 30 homes had an oversized island, with room to seat 5 or more.

5. No Island, Peninsula with Seating - 3% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • 1 of 30 entries did not have an island, but did have peninsula seating.  

6. Dual Islands - 0% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • No entries had two islands.

Butler's Pantries

  • 5 of 30 entries (17%) included a separate Butler's Pantry, usually between the dining room and kitchen
  • A Butler's Pantry usually includes one base and one upper cabinet, though it can include more cabinetry, glass front cabinets, or even a prep sink or wine refrigerator, pending the budget of the home and the priorities of the homeowner. 

Kitchens and Pantries | Triangle Parade of Homes 2016

 

Walk In Pantries

  • 20 of 30 entries, (67%) included a Walk In Pantry
  • Walk In Pantries are very helpful for expanding your kitchen storage area, but not all layouts can accommodate the additional square footage needed, or the traffic flow required.    A longer pantry, or back-up storage near the kitchen, can help with storage needs.  

Kitchens and Pantries | Triangle Parade of Homes 2016

 

What does this mean for homebuyers in Chatham 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, Main Floor Master, or Two Story? |Triangle Chatham Parade of Homes 2016

 


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, Main Floor Master, or Two Story? |Triangle Chatham Parade of Homes 2016

This is representative only of the homes featured in the Parade of Homes, and not intended to be a general indicator of the Chatham 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 Chatham County in the Briar Chapel, Chapel Ridge, Chapel Ridge Estates, Dunhill, Fieldston, The Hamptons, Harrison Pond, Henderson Place at Fearrington, Horizon, Legacy at Jordan Lake, Parks at Meadowview, Piazza at Stonewater, Vistas at Chapel Ridge, Westfall, Westfall Pines, Windfall, and Woods at Wilkerson Creek new home communities.

 

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Two Car versus Three Car Garages - What's Trending? | 2016 Parade of Homes

Posted by Penn Hull on Tue, Oct 04, 2016 @ 08:10 AM

Triangle Parade of Homes 2016 Trends:

What's the latest trend for new homes with one, two, three, and four car garages?  Does a home ever not have a garage?

The Chatham Orange Durham County Parade of Homes can be a great trend indicator of the demand for the number of cars for the garage. We've analyzed the 2016 Tour data, and here's what we found:

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What's Going on with New Homes in central North Carolina?  Number of Cars in the Garage

Two car garages were the most popular layout selected by home builders for entries available for viewing during the Triangle Parade of Homes in Chatham County.

1. Four Car Garages - 3% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • One home included a 4 car garage, listed at 1.2 million.   
  • A four car garage is generally only seen in luxury homes over the million dollar price point. 

2. Three Car Garages - 10% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • Three homes included a 3 car garage.  A 3 Car Garage has all three garage bays connected in a single row.

3. Split Three Car Garages - 17% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • 5 homes included a split 3 car garage.  
  • A split 3 Car Garage has one bay on one side and double bay on the other side, at right angles to each other.
  • An appropriately designed split garage will allow access into both areas from the home.  This can be accomplished either by including enough area inside the garage or by including an access door from the home directly into each portion of the garage.  There are a few builders that do not create any access into the third bay, which can make it inconvenient to use.  

4. Two Car Garages - 70% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • 21 homes included a 2 car garage.  
  • A two car garage is still the most common garage configuration.  A two car garage is more flexible, in that it can often easily be changed from a front entry to a side entry format, or vice versa.  A two car garage can be standard size, or oversized, with extra room for a workbench or storage.

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5. One Car Garages - 0% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • Again, a one car garage is more common in townhomes.  No homes in Chatham County were featured in the Parade with a one car garage.  

6. Zero Car Garages - 0% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • This is more common in townhomes than in single family homes.  No townhomes were submitted in the 2016 Parade of Homes, in Chatham County, though there were entries in other counties.



What does this mean for homebuyers in Chatham County?

Parade of Homes entries generally represent what builders believe homebuyers are looking for today.  What size of garage are YOU looking for?

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

Floorplans.jpg

 


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

 

65 Brookhaven Way Pittsboro NC | Chatham County Homes for Sale

 

This is representative only of the homes featured in the Parade of Homes, and not intended to be a general indicator of the Chatham 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 Chatham County in the Briar Chapel, Chapel Ridge, Chapel Ridge Estates, Dunhill, Fieldston, The Hamptons, Harrison Pond, Henderson Place at Fearrington, Horizon, Legacy at Jordan Lake, Parks at Meadowview, Piazza at Stonewater, Vistas at Chapel Ridge, Westfall, Westfall Pines, Windfall, and Woods at Wilkerson Creek new home communities. 

 

Tags: parade of homes 2016, Chatham County New Homes, Triangle Parade of Homes 2016, Chatham County Home Builders

Is the Formal Dining Room going away? | 2016 Triangle Parade of Homes Trends

Posted by Penn Hull on Mon, Oct 03, 2016 @ 19:10 PM

2016 Triangle Parade of Homes Trends:

What's up with the formal dining room in new homes? The Triangle Parade of Homes can be a great indicator of floor plan trends, including what home buyers are asking for in their downstairs layout. 

So what's the latest trend for formal dining rooms vs other uses for the same sq ft such as home offices?  We've analyzed the data, and here's what we found:

Formal Dining Room Plans | 2016 Triangle Parade of Homes Trends

 


What's New with Floor Plan Trends in Chatham County? The Dining, Living Room, Pocket Office, and Den

In Chatham County, Formal Dining Rooms are still going strong - they're featured in 7 of every 10 new homes in the Parade of Homes.   Formal Living Rooms are tough to find, though, as they've been replaced with First Floor Offices.  Here are the details:  

1. Formal Dining Rooms - 70% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

70%, or 21 of the 30 Chatham County Parade of Homes entries, include a Formal Dining Room

What are the different ways to enter a formal dining room? 

  • Some dining rooms are wide open to foyer and great room.
  • Some could be closed off with a pair of doors at the foyer and a single door at the kitchen.
  • Some open only to the foyer, and could very easily double as a first floor office.

2. Formal Living Rooms - 7% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • 7% or 2 of the 30 entries have a formal living room.  
  • The formal living room is often "replaced" with a first floor study or home office.  

3. First Floor Dedicated Office - 37% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • 37%, or 11 of the 30 entries, include a dedicated first floor home office.  
  • A dedicated office is a room that is labeled Study, Den or Office on the first floor.
  • It is usually enclosed, often with a pair of doors if off the foyer, or a single door if elsewhere.  In some plans, there are no doors, and this room would at one point have been labeled aformal living room or parlor 

Formal Dining Room Plans | 2016 Triangle Parade of Homes Trends

4. First Floor Pocket Office - 7% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • 7%, or 2 of the 30 entries, include a pocket office.
  • A pocket office is a small room that's just right for a private or semi-private work area that does not eat up a significant portion of the first floor.
  • A pocket office may or may not have a window
  • A pocket office can be tucked behind a staircase, next to a kitchen, etc.  It's great for a dedicated area for work, laptop, bills, etc, but not as large as a "work from home" office.  A dedicated office is a room that is labeled Study, Den or Office on the first floor.

What does this mean for homebuyers in Chatham County?

Parade of Homes entries generally represent what builders believe homebuyers are looking for in a modern floor plan.  What kind of rooms are YOU looking for in a new home?

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

Floorplans.jpg

 


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

 

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This is representative only of the homes featured in the Parade of Homes, and not intended to be a general indicator of the Chatham 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 Chatham County in the Briar Chapel, Chapel Ridge, Chapel Ridge Estates, Dunhill, Fieldston, The Hamptons, Harrison Pond, Henderson Place at Fearrington, Horizon, Legacy at Jordan Lake, Parks at Meadowview, Piazza at Stonewater, Vistas at Chapel Ridge, Westfall, Westfall Pines, Windfall, and Woods at Wilkerson Creek new home communities. 

 

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