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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?

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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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Keeping Room Trends - How to Make a Keeping Room Work for You

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Sep 23, 2013 @ 16:09 PM

Floor plans with informal living spaces

Open concept design


Keeping rooms, usually situated near the kitchen and breakfast room, offer cozy appeal as informal, secondary living rooms. They are generally designed to allow more flexibility in how you use your home - often with a fireplace as the focal point of the room.

Here are top five floor plans with informal living spaces - keeping rooms that create an open concept design. 

Floor plans with informal living spaces - keeping room idea #1:

Floor plans with informal living spaces | Open concept design tips

The Remington, a floor plan concept by Frank Snodgrass, incorporates a keeping room designed to open up the kitchen and breakfast room.

This keeping room:

- Captures the beautiful scenery of the wooded lot - with floor-to-ceiling windows encircling the room

- Emphasizes family entertainment, with a TV wall mount tucked to one side, and a see-through fireplace in sight

- Creates comfortable space for informal interactions

Floor plans with informal living spaces | Open concept design tips

In this version of the Remington, the see-through fireplace between the kitchen and grand room was added in place of the angled pantry.

As in this floor plan, keeping rooms can often integrate a raised height or vaulted ceiling design.

Here is a snapshot of the Remington floor plan, to give you a better idea of the open concept layout.

Click here to request a flyer for the Remington.

Floor plans with informal living spaces - keeping room idea #2:

Floor plans with informal living spaces | Open concept design tips

The Mastrosimone, a floor plan by Stanton Homes, features an open concept design with a keeping room that:

- Engages with an open, inviting appeal

- Allows informal hang-out time - with a raised seating bar attached to the kitchen island and space for a gaming or card table

Floor plans with informal living spaces | Open concept design tips



 

The Mastrosimone keeping room is a great example of an open concept design that maintains distinct purposes for each room.

Here is a snapshot of the Mastrosimone floor plan, to give you a better idea of the informal living spaces layout.

Click here to request a flyer for the Mastrosimone.



Floor plans with informal living spaces - keeping room idea #3:

Floor plans with informal living spaces | Open concept design tips

The Coventry, a floor plan design by Frank Betz, includes a vaulted ceiling keeping room.

The custom built fireplace is the centerpiece of this room - built for conversation and relaxation - with the TV entertainment center placed in the great room.



Floor plans with informal living spaces | Open concept design tips





 

 

 




Here is a snapshot of the floor plan, to give you a better idea of the open concept design. Click here to request a flyer for the Coventry.

Floor plans with informal living spaces - keeping room idea #4:


Floor plans with informal living spaces | Open concept design tipsThe Lowery, a floor plan by Stanton Homes, incorporates a keeping room:

- Designed to take advantage of natural light, with windows on every wall

- Built for today's informal lifestyle, with both a fireplace and wall preped for an entertainment center

Floor plans with informal living spaces | Open concept design tips



The Lowery is an open concept design - the keeping room is open to the island kitchen and breakfast alcove, with easy access to outdoor living spaces.

In this version of the Lowery, a second fireplace was also included in the great room.

Click here to request a flyer for the Lowery.





Floor plans with informal living spaces - keeping room idea #5:

Floor plans with informal living spaces | Open concept design tips

The Bakersfield, a floor plan by Frank Betz, incorproates a keeping room:

- Perfect for cozy conversation or a reading center

- Designed to take advantage of the view with windows on all sides

- Placed for easy access to outdoor living spaces

Floor plans with a keeping room | Keeping room floor plans | Keeping room photos


The Bakersfield keeping room is located between the family room and breakfast room, at an angle to the peninsula kitchen.

Here is a snapshot of the Bakersfield floor plan, to give you a better idea of the layout. Click here to request a flyer for the Bakersfield.







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