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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?
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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 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.

 

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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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10 Small Laundry Room Ideas [With Answers to Common Home Building Questions]

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, May 18, 2015 @ 11:05 AM

Laundry Room Layouts for Small Spaces:

Functional laundry rooms are essential for daily (or weekly) routines. Although we're seeing more new home plans that expand laundry rooms into multi-purpose mud room spaces, many home buyers also prefer to keep laundry spaces compact (and uncluttered). 

We've compiled photos of our most popular small laundry rooms -- typically 6'x6', 6'x8', or 6'x9' to give you layout options and storage samples that work well in compact areas.

Here are some examples of Raleigh custom homes with large laundry rooms or mud room combinations:



Compact Laundry Room Layouts:

These Raleigh custom homes contain compact laundry rooms -- usually placed near the garage -- that pack a lot of utility into relatively small spaces. See photos of small laundry rooms, with answers to some of the most common questions we hear about building efficient laundry rooms.

Popular layout and storage questions include:

Small Laundry Room #1: How big should my laundry room be to fit a sink?

The laundry room should be at least 6'x8' to comfortably fit a free-standing sink. Here is an example of a small 6'x8' laundry room that comfortably fits a base cabinet with drop in sink. 

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The built-in tile step raises the height of the side-by-side washer and dryer, making them a bit easier to load and unload. A small walkway allows you to reach the washing machines.

The sink offers under-cabinet space; two upper cabinets provide additional storage space, without taking up precious floor space. A window keeps the room feeling more open. See more photos of this home.

Small Laundry Room #2: How can I fit more storage into a small laundry room?

Here is a great example of a small corridor style laundry room with well-integrated storage space.

Built in shelves line the back wall, for out-of-the-way storage.

A utility sink -- slightly more compact than a cabinet sink -- fits between the washing machines and shelves. And a built in ironing board folds out of the wall. (See examples of master bedroom closets with built in ironing boards, here.)

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Small Laundry Room #3: A drop zone won't fit in my laundry room. How can I modify my floor plan to get the storage I want?

If you love a floor plan as-is, but want additional mudroom style storage, consider re-locating your drop zone into a hallway.

In this version of The Heatherfield, the compact laundry room can't accommodate a large drop zone. Instead of expanding the laundry room, the home owner asked for a drop zone in the hallway.

This hallway connects the garage to the laundry room and kitchen -- placing the drop zone in a location central to all three high traffic rooms.

HeatherfieldLaundry

Small Laundry Room #4: I want storage in my (small) laundry room -- in addition to wall cabinets. What options do I have?

Here is another small laundry room with flexible storage options. Cabinets hide cleaning supplies, while wire shelves double as open storage and a clothes handing racks:

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Don't forget to take advantage of wall spaces -- you'll find lots of ways to add fixtures and racks to make a compact laundry more usable.

Small Laundry Room #5: What layouts do you recommend for very small laundry rooms?

In this version of The Smokey Ridge, the powder room and laundry room wrap around each other, allowing each enough space for a sink. 

SmokeyRidgeLaundry

In this custom floor plan, see how the powder room and laundry are each "L shaped":

 

What's another benefit of this layout? The powder room toilet is hidden, even if the door is left open. From the living room, you and your guests will see straight to the formal sink.

SmokeyRidgeLaundryPlan-1

 

Small Laundry Room #6: What's the smallest laundry room you've built?

Every custom home we build is unique -- and many feature small laundry rooms.

This version of The Worthington II takes the cake, however, for our smallest laundry space. There is no door on this laundry room -- it is completely open, located in a hallway beside the kitchen.

WorthingtonIILaundryRoom3

From another angle, you can see the "butler's pantry" style laundry sink. This sink is separated from the washer and dryer by a small hallway.

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See the floor plan for this Raleigh custom home, here, to get a better idea of the laundry layout.

 

Small Laundry Room #7: What will make my small laundry room feel bigger than it really is?

Two tricks can help any room feel bigger: windows and white or light colored finishes.

If you're laundry room is located on an exterior wall, consider adding or enlarging a window. In this version of The Cannon, an arched transom window and formal white trim give the room a more open feel.

White upper cabinets (paired with a white washer and dryer) keep the room feeling fresh.

CannonLaundry

Small Laundry Room #8: How does a custom home builder modify a floor plan to adjust room sizes?

In this version of The Bryson, the home owners asked for a mud room style laundry -- complete with a dog shower and indoor dog house -- in addition to adding enough space to the garage for two cars and a motorcycle.

To save costs (and avoid expanding the foot print of the home), Stanton Homes made a few floor plan adjustments. We:

  • Custom built the dog shower on-site to fit beside the washer and dryer.
  • Added a dog house under the staircase (to avoid taking up floor space).
  • Moved the garage wall inward to create an alley style, single wall laundry.

Overall, this laundry room is on the small side -- but it maximizes efficiency and incorporates a few floor plan modifications and architectural tricks that make it feel much bigger.

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Get a better idea of the laundry room layout in this floor plan:

BrysonLaundryPlan1

Small Laundry Room #9: I want to save costs in the laundry room. Where do you recommend cutting costs?

While most home buyers choose to include upper cabinets in the laundry room, you can always choose to save costs with the storage, flooring, and layout you choose.

The lower cost of simple shelving -- rather than full cabinets -- will save you a chunk of money.

Alternatively, by installing vinyl -- rather than tile -- floors, you can cover the cost of additional cabinetry or custom built-ins. (The photo below is an example of vinyl flooring.)

The finishes you select should reflect your lifestyle. Will your next laundry room service as a "home hub" or will it be a quick stop on your way to other activities?

ChristinaLaundry

Small Laundry Room #10: How else can I save money in my laundry room design?

If you plan on using your laundry room for daily chores, you won't regret adding a folding counter top.

Another great way to save money in your counter top laundry room is by adding the counter WITHOUT also paying for cabinets below.

Here is an example:

WoodlakeLaundryRoom2

The home owners left an opening below the counter top to save money -- while also leaving a space for laundry hampers. Do you own pets? This is also a great, usable space for a cat litter box or dog bed.

 



Laundry Room Tips - From a Raleigh New Home Builder:

Whether you're looking for a full mudroom design or a small laundry space, the functional laundry rooms pictured in this blog contain a range of floor plan layouts and ideas to consider for your next home.

What's updates is your family looking for in your next home? Tell us what you're looking for, and we'll show you how to built it - with recommendations for floor plan features and selections that fit your budget.


 

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Laundry Room Trends and Ideas 2014

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Apr 16, 2012 @ 09:04 AM

Custom Home Laundry Room Trends and Ideas

What to upgrade now - and what can wait 

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 to ask your Raleigh custom home builders to help you decide what's a laundry room must (and what can wait).

Laundry Room Trends and Ideas 2012 | How to Save Money

1. Flooring: What type of flooring works best for the Laundry Room?

2. Storage: Are you looking for shelving, cabinetry, countertop space, or all of the above?

3. Washer and dryer: What types of appliances do you have in mind?

4. Laundry Sink: Is a laundry sink important?

5. Mudroom: What about organization and drop zones?

Staying in Budget - and leaving room for future changes

1. Flooring - Tile, Vinyl, Cork Plank

The two most common kinds of flooring in the Laundry Room are ceramic tile or vinyl flooring. Before making a flooring decision, consider the kinds of flooring closest to this room - what is right outside the doorway? You'll want to coordinate with the feel of the surrounding rooms.

A laundry room is usually on the smaller side, ranging anywhere from 6'x8' to 8'x10', in most homes. Thus you'll likely have somewhere between 48 and 80 square feet of flooring surface, plus any "waste factor" that must be added for material cuts. Laundry Room Trends and Ideas 2012 | How to Save Money

So it might be a little easier to "splurge" on an upgraded or unique tile in this room.

One recently completed Stanton Home (pictured here) created a mudroom/everything room to fit a lifestyle with kids and pets who needed a "Home Hub" - adding cork plank flooring, a resilience (moisture friendly) and hypo-allergenic choice.

2. Storage - Cabinets, Built-In Shelves, Built-in Ironing Boards, Desks

Laundry Room Trends and Ideas 2012 | How to Save MoneyAt Stanton Homes, our standard package includes cabinets over the washer and dryer, but not all builders offer that kind of storage - it's fairly common to just see a ventilated wire shelf here.

Cabinets over the washer and dryer can be great for storage of cleaning supplies, paper goods, and other household items.

If you're planning to add cabinets later, make sure the wall space will accommodate a standard cabinet size - a semi-custom or stock cabinet is a lot less expensive than something custom-built for the space.

Laundry Room Trends and Ideas 2012 | How to Save MoneyFor a larger laundry room, you may want to consider additional storage. Built-in shelving floor-to-ceiling shelving can add convenient storage, without taking up too much space.

The home pictured to the right (a version of the Brogan) includes built-in shelves, a stand-along sink, and built-in ironing board cabinet.

A closet that's large enough for both a full set of shelves AND the vacuum, brooms, and other tall items can also be very handy.

 

3. Washer and Dryer - Energy Star Labeled Appliances for Savings

Laundry Room Trends and Ideas 2012 | How to Save Money

Find out if your builder provides gas or electric hook ups for the dryer. If you already have appliances, it could be expensive to add the "alternate" hook up later. Be sure to specify which kind of hook ups you require.

For nearly everyone, the washer goes on the left and the dryer on the right. Your builder should have the washer and dryer hookups prepared for this. If you prefer something different, let the builder know at rough-in stage, as it can be expensive to change this later.

For the appliances themselves, consider Energy Star labeled and front-loading, water saving washers. There have been significant advances in both washers and dryers over the past couple of years, and the utility and water savings really add up over time.

 

4. Laundry Sink - Countertop and Free-Standing Sink Designs

Laundry Room Trends and Ideas 2012 | How to Save Money

Laundry sinks can be convenient, especially if the laundry room is right off the garage.

If you're even considering adding one later, ask your builder to "rough plumb" to the laundry room, so that you don't have to open the walls later to have a plumber add an extension to the laundry room.

A free-standing laundry sink is much more cost effective than a cabinet/countertop/sink combination, and you can always add a full cabinetry package later, as long as the "guts" are in place.

5. Mudroom - Drop Zones and "Home Hub" Concepts

Laundry Room Trends and Ideas 2012 | How to Save Money

Larger laundry rooms can include a "mudroom" concept. Built-in storage can be handy and appealing, and "drop zones" can be custom designed or purchased through cabinetry companies.

If the budget is tight upfront, talk to the builder about creating a wall or alcove space that can accommodate a standard size locker set, which you can personally add later.

A 4 foot or 6 foot section of wall can be planned for future inclusion of shoe racks, storage cubbies, coat hooks, and much more.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Save Money in the Laundry Room - New Home Trends and Ideas

Laundry Room Trends and Ideas 2012 | How to Save Money

 

Why do some things need to be upgraded now? Some features will cost a lot more later. Others might be impossible without totally ripping the house apart to make structural changes.

Some options can be upgraded later. With proper planning, homes can be constructed so that additional features can be added, changed or embellished later - as long as they don't involve structural changes, and the floor plan allows enough space.

 

 

These laundry rooms are designed with everything just the way you need it, from layout to storage centers and fixtures to flooring. What does your family need to get out of your laundry room?

Let us know what mudroom features you'll want most in your new home, and we'll show you more ways to design your floor plan.


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New Home Design Ideas | How to Save Money in the Laundry Room

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Dec 09, 2011 @ 06:12 AM

Laundry Room Trends

How to Save Money in the Laundry Room

 

You can save money and build your new home the way you want it - by adding some of the final details later.   Laundry Room Builtins

Why some things need to be upgraded now: Some features will cost a lot more later.  Others might be impossible without totally ripping the house apart to make structural changes.

How some options can be upgraded later: With proper planning, homes can be constructed so that additional features can be added or changed later - as long as they don't involve structural changes, and the floor plan allows enough space.

Here are the top 5 questions to ask before designing your laundry room

1.       Flooring

Laundry Room Flooring

The two most common kinds of flooring in the Laundry Room are ceramic tile or vinyl flooring. Consider the kinds of flooring closest to this room - you'll want to coordinate with the feel of the surrounding rooms. 

A laundry room is usually on the smaller side, ranging anywhere from 6'x8' to 8'x10', in most homes.  Thus you'll likely have somewhere between 48 and 80 square feet of flooring surface, plus any "waste factor" that must be added for material cuts.  So it might be a little easier to "splurge" on an upgraded or unique tile in this room, but you might also want to consider upgrading your guest bath instead.   

2.       Storage

Not all builders offer cabinets over the washer/dryer - it'Laundry Room Storages fairly common to just see a ventilated wire shelf here. 

Cabinets over the washer and dryer can be great for storage of cleaning supplies, paper goods, and other household items.  If you're planning to add cabinets later, make sure the wall space will accommodate a standard cabinet size - a semi-custom or stock cabinet is a lot less expensive than something custom-built for the space.

For a larger laundry room, you may want to consider additional storage.  A closet can be less expensive than a full height furniture grade utility cabinet, and can offer more storage options.  A closet that's large enough for both a full set of shelves AND the vacuum, brooms, and other tall items can be very handy.    

3.       Washer and Dryer

Find out if your builder provides gas or electric hook ups for the dryer.  If you already have appliances, it could be expensive to add the "alternate" hook up later.  Be sure to specify which kind of hook ups you require.

Laundry Room AppliancesGenerally, the washer goes on the left and the dryer on the right.  Your builder should have the washer and dryer hookups prepared for this.  If you prefer something different, let the builder know at rough-in stage, as it can be expensive to change this later.

For the appliances themselves, consider Energy Star labeled and front-loading, water saving washers.  There have been significant advances in both washers and dryers over the past couple of years, and the utility and water savings really add up over time. 

4.       Laundry Sink

Laundry sinks can be convenient, especially if the laundLaundry Room Builtinsry room is right off the garage. 

If you're even considering adding one later, ask your builder to "rough plumb" to the laundry room, so that you don't have to open the walls later to have a plumber add an extension to the laundry room. 

 A free-standing laundry sink is much more cost effective than a cabinet/countertop/sink combination, and you can always add a full cabinetry package later, as long as the "guts" are in place. 

5.       Mudroom

Mudroom

Larger laundry rooms can include a "mudroom" concept.  Built in storage can be handy and appealing, and "drop zones" can be custom designed or purchased through cabinetry companies. 

If the budget is tight upfront, talk to the builder about creating a wall or alcove space that can accommodate a standard size locker set, which you can personally add later. 

A 4 foot or 6 foot section of wall can be planned for future inclusion of shoe racks, storage cubbys, coat hooks, and much more.

Learn more about mudrooms, what they are used for, and what they can include here.

 

 

 

Staying in Budget - and leaving room for future changes

Ask your builder if they will allow you to take a second look at all your choices before making a final decision, and make sure they walk through each one of these features and any others you're considering so you know just what you're paying for - and what you really don't need to come up with until later.

 

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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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