New Home Tips, Trends, and Ideas - Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Home design MORE important than price to new homebuyers

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jul 24, 2012 @ 05:07 AM

What matters most to new home buyers in the Raleigh, NC area?

Home design rated as MORE important than price (and equal to location)

According to a survey of more than 20,000 home buyers completed by John Burns Real Estate Consulting, design matters more than price when purchasing a home.

Raleigh new home design | Survey of home buyers

2012 is the second consecutive year that home shoppers rated design above price.

Today's homebuyers are more intuitive about look and feel, long-term value and personal space and are turning to custom builders like Stanton Homes to work with them to create an environment with everything just the way they want it.

In fact, the overall appeal of a new home is so important to today’s buyers that respondents even ranked home design above safety and community design, followed by accessibility and prestige.

Here’s what the survey says about the important characteristics in new homes:

Raleigh new home design features | Home Buyer Survey


What’s so special about today’s new home designs?

With custom design builders like Stanton Homes, it means creating living space around lifestyles, with special function rooms like huge mudrooms, family centers, and customized island kitchens, and better living flow than can be found in box homes built by the block, or older homes with closed in spaces.

Buyers who decide to build a home increasingly look for a design team that can wrap ideas into a floor plan that’s perfect for the way they live – beautiful, functional and energy saving.

New home tip: When looking at your own new home design, don’t just pick a pretty plan. Talk to the builder, and find out how much he really knows about the kind of home you have in mind. A knowledgeable builder can create your vision with a design that’s all your own – at a lower price than you might imagine.

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.

Read more about the John Burns survey here.

Tags: home buyer survey, new home trends, home sales in raleigh, home design

Outdoor Living Space | NC Custom Home Builder Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 @ 09:07 AM

Survey - Why Homebuyers Want New Homes with Outdoor Living Areas

Decks, Porches, Fenced Yards, Private Balconies, and More

What is the number one reason why home buyers in North Carolina (and around the country) love new homes with outdoor living spaces?

Most Popular Outdoor Living Uses | New Homes with Outdoor Spaces

According to a survey of new home shoppers by John Burns Real Estate Consulting:

Privacy from neighbors is a key factor when buying a new home.

Over 14,500 consumers were surveyed. 

Outdoor features provide privacy not only from neighbors - but also from roads and community/neighborhood spaces.


Why do home buyers want outdoor living space?

Below is a break-down of the most popular uses of outdoor living spaces.  Recreation, entertainment, and cooking spaces are all important to buyers.

Most Popular Outdoor Living Uses | New Homes with Outdoor Spaces

What do we mean by outdoor living spaces?

Some of the most popular types of outdoor amenities include:

 - CourtyardsMost Popular Outdoor Living Uses | New Homes with Outdoor Spaces

 - Covered patios

 - Balconies

 - Decks

 - Fenced-in yards


 Read more about the John Burns survey here.



Check out some favorite outdoor living amenity photos on Pinterest!

Most popular outdoor living features and new home exterior styles:

Here are just a few articles detailing some of the most popular outdoor living features and new home exterior styles - in central North Carolina.

2012 Outdoor Living Trends | Raleigh New Homes with Outdoor Living | Outdoor Living Features Raleigh New Homes with Front Porches | Types of Front Porches | Front Porch Styles Exterior Elevations | Exterior Styles | Custom Home Exterior Choices

Contact us at Stanton Homes to learn more about outdoor living amenities in the Raleigh, NC area. We can build virtually any floor plan, from just about any architect or online new home source.

Give us your favorite plan (or ask us for help finding it), and we’ll tell you the bottom line.

Tags: home buyer survey, building a new home, new home trends, Outdoor living trends