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

New Home Prices Going Up This Summer

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 @ 11:04 AM

Raw product pricing up.  Builders fighting back: What cost increases mean to new home buyers

The new home market is a whole new ballgame now that demand is back and the price of materials is climbing – and builders are working hard to find ways to hold back price increases for homebuyers already hit at the gas pumps, grocery store and clothing outlets due to raw product price increases.

Here’s what’s happening:

This is an actual letter from a vinyl supplier sent to Raleigh new home builders, announcing a price increase for vinyl products (on top of a similar increase sent last year.)

Vinyl Siding Cost Increas 

Builders are getting similar letters regarding roofing, metal products, windows, fiberglass doors, from nearly every other supplier involved in new home construction materials.

What builders are doing about it:

Leading custom home builders like Stanton Homes are working in partnership with our building suppliers to keep costs down by buying in volume and constantly exploring new partnerships with vendors of top quality products.

Stanton Homes also works with homebuyers to lower other monthly costs of things like energy bills, through revolutionary green technology techniques.  And this Raleigh custom builder also provides in-house design work at no extra cost, which can save homebuyers tens of thousands of dollars.

What homebuyers can do about it:

Barrel Vault FoyerTake advantage of Price Lock offers that ensure you’ll get today’s pricing as long as you sign a contract within a given period of time.

Check out contingency offers, which can extend the amount of time you have to sell your current home.

Find a builder who is personally involved in every home that’s built, so you know you get the personal attention of someone who cares about costs.

Design and build a home you know you’ll love to live in – with everything just the way you want it – in a neighborhood where you’ll want to enjoy your custom home.

 

 

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Formal Dining Room, or Office? | Floor Plan Modifications

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Dec 12, 2011 @ 13:12 PM

Formal Dining Room versus Office

Can a Formal Dining Room be Converted into an Office?

 

Formal Dining Room

Do you have a floor plan you love, but wish the formal dining room could be converted into an office? 

Breakfast rooms are getting larger, and rather than set up two separate dining areas, some homebuyers are opting for a convenient downstairs office instead.

It's easy to modify or design and build a home with Stanton Homes.

How to modify a floor plan to add an office:

For some floor plans, adding an office in place of a dining room could mean making these simple changes:

- Add French Doors between the Dining Room and the Foyer.

- Wall off the doorway between the kitchen and the dining room.

- Add cable and phone outlets in the dining room. 

How to make the home appealing to a wider audience:

If homebuyers are set on having that dining room converted, there is more than one way to have a great office - without turning off future homebuyers who love to have the formal dining area.

- Instead of walling off the doorway between the dining room and the kitchen, add a door.  You may never actually open it, but it will be easy to removed by a future homeowner, leaving the framed doorway.Butler's Pantry

- Go ahead and add the cable and phone jacks.  Usually asking for phone and cable jacks before construction begins can mean a charge of $50-100 each - but it will be much harder to run wiring for extra jacks once the home is finished, which of course means more expensive. 

- Consider adding a butler's pantry or wall of built-in cabinets, if room allows.  These cabinets will be very useful whether the room is used as an office or as a dining room. 

Whether you choose to add a formal butler's pantry, or just a basic set of cabinets, it is helpful - in the office, store all your office supplies out of site.  Convert to a dining room, and there's a place for table linens, the good china, and more.

 

No matter what choice you make, think about versatility, and work with your builder to incorporate the functions that you need most - without reducing the ability to sell your home in the future. 

 

2012 Raleigh New Home Design Trends:

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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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Cumberland County Property Tax Rates | New Homes Cumberland County NC

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

Click here for 2017 Property Tax Rates in NC

 

Cumberland County NC 2011 Property Tax Guide

How much are property taxes for Cumberland County NC new homes? 

 

Whether you're considering relocating from the other side of the country or the other side of the Triangle, you've probably wondered what the yearly property taxes might be for your new home.

2011 Cumberland County Property Taxes | Cumberland County NC Property Tax Rates

Where is Cumberland County located? Cumberland County sits below Harnett County, about an hour south of Raleigh.

Towns within Cumberland County are particularly popular with families looking to stay near Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, or to have affordable country living just a short hop from big city life in the Triangle

Cumberland County encompasses Falcon, Fayetteville, Eastover, Godwin, Manchester, Spring Lake, and Wade.

How Much are 2011 Property Taxes in Cumberland County, NC?

Here are the 2011 rates, by town within Cumberland County.  To get the total property tax rate for a town, simply add the county tax to the town tax.  For example, Hope Mills has a town rate of 0.42, and the Cumberland County rate is 0.74.  Add the two together - the total tax rate for Hope Mills, NC is 1.160.

 2011 Cumberland County Property Taxes | Cumberland County NC Property Tax Rates

The Cumberland County property tax chart is not as confusing as it looks.  The tax rates are always based on the assessed value of the home, not the asking price, so you'll want to look up the assessed value, or ask your agent for it. 

  1. 1. Take the assessed value of the property.

  2. 2. Divide by 100.

  3. 3. Multiply by the combined 2011 tax rate.

  4. 4. This will give you the yearly tax amount, per 2011 fiscal year rates.

 

 

 

And just to give you an idea, here's a table of sample yearly tax payments for different sample assessed home values.

 2011 Cumberland County Property Taxes | Cumberland County NC Property Tax Rates 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This table gives sample property tax bills for all the cities in Cumberland County, such as Falcon, Fayetteville, Eastover, Godwin, Manchester, Spring Lake, and Wade.

There is no guarantee that tax rates will remain the same - check the Cumberland County Property Tax Page for most recent information.

Where Should I Live to Get the Lowest Property Tax Rate?

Your tax bill can be lower if your home or property is not actually within a municipality, or town.  If this is the case, you'll pay just the County rate, plus most likely a fire district tax and/or the special district tax. 

Check the Address of Your New Cumberland County Home

If there's a particular home that you're considering, you can go directly to the Cumberland County Tax Records Site, type in the address, and see the assessed value of the property.   If there is a discrepancy, don't be afraid to ask your real estate agent to pull comps for you!

 

Want to Compare Property Tax Rates?

Compare property tax rates in Cumberland County to other counties in the area here:

Alamance County Property Tax Rates 2011NC Property Tax Rates | How Much are Property Taxes in North Carolina?

Chatham County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Durham County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Franklin County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Granville County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Johnston County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Harnett County NC Property Tax Rates 2011


 

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Johnston County Property Taxes | New Homes in Johnston County NC

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Dec 08, 2011 @ 08:12 AM

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Johnston County 2011 Property Tax Guide

How much are property taxes in Johnston County NC?

2011 Johnston County Property Taxes | Johnston County NC Property Tax Guide

 

If you're considering a move to the greater Raleigh area, or just a relocation within the Triangle, you've probably wondered how much the yearly property taxes will be for your new home.

Where is Johnston County, NC located? Johnston County borders Wake County on the southeastern side. 

Johnston County encompasses Benson, Clayton, Four Oaks, Kenly, Micro, Pine Level, Princeton, Selma, Smithfield, and Wilson's Mills 

Clayton is about 17 miles from the center of downtown Raleigh.

 

When were Johnston County NC property values last adjusted (assessed)?

Johnston County revalues all real estate at least once every eight years, per NC requirements. 

This procedure allows the Tax Department to adjust the appraised value of real estate to reflect the property's true value in light of changing real estate market conditions.  

The chart below shows the 2011 Johnston County property tax rates. If you are relocating to a home inside a town or fire district, the tax rate will generally be higher.  If your new home will be outside of town boundaries, the tax rate can be low.

The county rate gets combined with either the fire district rate or the town rate, depending on where the home for sale is located. 

2011 Johnston County Property Taxes | Johnston County NC Property Tax Guide

 

For example, Clayton has a town rate of 0.525, and the Johnston County property tax rate is 0.78. 

Add the two together - the total tax rate for Clayton, NC is 1.3050.

 

How Do I Convert Clayton, NC Property Tax Rates to the Amount I'll Write a Check For?

It's not as confusing as it looks.  The tax rates are based on the assessed value of the home, not the asking price. 

    1. 1. Take the assessed value of the property.

    2. 2. Divide by 100.

    3. 3. Multiply by the combined 2011 tax rate.

    4. 4. This will give you the yearly tax amount, per 2011 fiscal year rates.

     

  

 

For 2011-2012, tax rates can vary from 0.78% (Johnston County only) to 1.39% (Kenly, NC).  There is no guarantee that tax rates will remain the same - check the Johnston County Property Tax Rates for most recent information.

 

And just to give you an idea, here's a table of sample yearly tax payments for different sample assessed home values - for all the cities in Johnston County, including Benson, Clayton, Four Oaks, Kenly, Micro, Pine Level, Princeton, Selma, Smithfield, and Wilson's Mills, as well as some of the rural areas surrounding each of these towns. 

 2011 Johnston County Property Taxes | Johnston County NC Property Tax Guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What If The Johnston County Home I'm Considering Isn't Inside City Limits?

Your tax bill can be lower if your home or property is not actually within a municipality, or town.  If this is the case, you'll pay just the County rate, plus a fire district or other rate. 

If there's a particular address you're considering, you can see the exact assessed value of the home and/or property - just enter the address here.

Johnston County Property Tax Rates

It is possible that there are fire district rates in addition to town rates, so it does help to look up a particular address.  But in general, the tax rate tables above work well to estimate taxes. 

How Do I Know If I'm In Johnston County?

When looking at properties, don't take the city address for granted - you could be in a different county, with different tax rates, depending on where exactly the property is located.  Ask your agent to verify the actual address and county before you sign a contract.

 

Clayton - a Clayton address could be in Wake County or Johnston County.

Wendell - a Wendell address could be in Wake County or Johnston County.

Property taxes are based on assessed value, not the price the home is sold for.  The assessed value you see may be either higher or lower than the asking value of the property - it really depends on how long ago the assessment was made, and what improvements have come to the area since the assessment (or what improvements are planned for the area).   If there is a discrepancy, don't be afraid to ask your real estate agent to pull comps for you! 

 

Want to Compare Property Taxe Rates?

Compare property tax rates in Johnston County to other counties in the area here:

Alamance County Property Tax Rates 2011

Cumberland County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Chatham County NC Property Tax Rates 2011NC Property Tax Rates | How Much Are Property Taxes in North Carolina?

Durham County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Franklin County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Granville County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Johnston County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Harnett County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Raleigh Property Tax Rates 2011

Wake County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

 

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Raleigh, NC Basement Home Options | How Much does a Basement Cost?

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Dec 07, 2011 @ 10:12 AM

New Homes with Basements in the Raleigh, NC Area

How Much do Basements Cost in Raleigh, NC?

 

How do I find a basement home in the Triangle?

If you're looking for a basement home in the Raleigh NC area, chances are really good that you'll be considering a "walk out" or "daylight" basement

Because of the high water tables and high water content of the soil, many builders will not take liability for a basement that is fully underground.  Without drainage, water leakage is much more likely to occur at some point, even with extensive sealing.  

What is a daylight basement?

Daylight Basement Homes

A daylight basement usually has at least one fully exposed wall that looks just like a "normal" house.  

To build a daylight basement home, you'll need a lot with some slope to it - an ideal slope will have anywhere from 8 to 12 ft in height difference between the front of the home and the back of the home. 

Of course, a lot with more or less slope can also work - but the more the dirt needs to be moved around to accomodate the home, the higher the cost is likely to be. 

The front of the home will look like a standard one or two story home.  From the rear of the home, the basement will be visible as an additional story. 

Basement Homes Raleigh

French doors, sliding doors, and windows can provide plenty of natural light for the basement.

Many basements are unfinished at the time the home is sold.  The homeowner can finish the space later, and save money either by doing some of the work themselves, or by paying cash rather than financing the cost of the additional finish work. 

 

What type of foundation walls are used for basements in the Raleigh NC area?

asement Homes Raleigh NC - Daylight Basements - Superior Walls - Custom Homes Raleigh NC - Builders Raleigh NC

In some areas of the country, poured foundation walls are very common. 

In the Raleigh area, the most common type of basement foundation wall system is precast concrete, from a specialized subcontractor like Superior Walls (Basement Homes Raleigh NC)

A Superior Wall system is carefully calculated for each individual home. 

The type of soil, load bearing weight, load bearing columns, exterior finish, and locations of windows and doors can all have impact on the foundation wall construction.

How Much Does a Basement Home Cost in the Raleigh, NC area?

A few factors that affect the cost of building a basement home in Raleigh include:

- Basement size

- Is the basement the same size as the first floor, or is it smaller with a combined crawlspace foundation?Daylight Basement Homes

-Is the lot suitable for a basement home (ie enough slope for a daylight basement), or will some modifications be needed?

- Do you want a finished or unfinished basement?

- How many and what type of windows and doors are planned? 

- How large of a deck will be attached to the first floor, extending over the daylight basement?

We provide free building cost estimates, specific to your favorite floor plan from www.FrankBetz.com, www.MonsterHousePlans.com, www.HousePlans.com, or any other site.  Just contact us, and send us a link to the floor plan you love!

Don't have a floor plan yet?  We'll help you find one, from any of thousands of available options

 

You may also be interested in these Raleigh New Home articles:

Today's Ceilings Make Statements - Types of Ceilings and Questions to Ask Before Buying Your Next Home

New Home Trends and Ideas - What's the Latest?

5 Steps to Buying a Lot

Wake County Property Tax Rates 2011

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How to Coordinate Your Granite Countertops and Tile Backsplash - Kitchen Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jun 22, 2011 @ 12:06 PM

Interior Design Kitchen Trends

How to Match Your Granite Countertops with the Right Tile Backsplash

We were recently asked this interior design question, through "Ask Andrea": 

What color granite counter top and kind of design for the back splash will go with medium beige stain cabinets and cream color porcelain tile floor?

 

Move In Ready New Homes Near Chapel Hill NC

 

And here's what Stanton Homes' interior design expert Andrea recommends:

First of all, I am going to make the assumption that your cabinets will be a light wood tone -- perhaps even a light maple.

Kitchen Tile Backsplash | Custom Home Kitchen Styles | Kitchen Design Ideas

 

With this shade of cabinet and cream colored porcelain tiles you have a very neutral color palette so I am able to come up with three different suggestions for you depending on what better suits your individual taste and what will flow better with the rest of your existing home.

However, starting with this neutral color palette, I can picture more combinations than I am suggesting because you have so far done an excellent job at creating a space that will allow for quite a bit of flexibility in design.

1. Modern Style with Warm Tones

A modern look in the warm tones could be created with a rich Santa Fe Brown or Suede Brown granite in combination with a coffee glass mosaic used for the entire back splash or in one large section of the back splash such as the range or cook top area, in combination with large rectangular tiles in a bark color.

 

Kitchen Tile Backsplash | Custom Home Kitchen Styles | Kitchen Design Ideas

There are two concepts here that makes this look more modern. First, it is somewhat monochromatic.

Second, it introduces a much less traditional look in back splashes by creating a large section of mosaics to add shine and glamor in combination with the less commonly seen use of very large tiles.

This is actually a very easy look to create and yet it is new and different enough that it will create a lot of visual interest. 

2. Modern Style with Cool Tones

A second modern look but in the cooler tones could be created with a Kashmir White granite (warm and cool tones of gray with specs of white and garnets) used in combination with a charcoal gray vertical glass mosaic.

 

Kitchen Tile Backsplash | Custom Home Kitchen Styles | Kitchen Design Ideas

 

Again, this combination is somewhat monochromatic (especially when teamed up with stainless steel appliances), and also makes use of a less traditional back splash design: a vertical glass mosaic.

If you feel your kitchen would benefit from the use of some vertical lines to draw your eye upwards, then a vertical glass tile is a good way to go.

Hint: use a contrasting grout color such as one that will pick up the shade of your cabinets or walls, as this will emphasize the vertical pattern much more than a grout color that matches the tile color.

3. Traditional Style "New Venetial Gold Original"

The third look I am suggesting is definitely on the "traditional" side and again, depending on your taste and the rest of your home, you may feel that this idea is more suitable.

Select a "New Venetian Gold Original" granite (there are now many shades of new Venetian Gold" so the word "original" is important here) and use this with a Durango Beige natural tumbled stone tile in either a 4 x 4 or a 3 x 6 size.

With the 4 x 4, you can install this on the diagonal throughout the back splash and for an accent in the cooktop/range area, use a Noce tumbled stone, or some 2 x 2 glass medallions in a rich brown.

For the 3 x 6, simply install in a brick pattern and really no accent is necessary.

I do recommend using a combination sealer/enhancer on the stone rather than just a sealer. The enhancer brings out depth of color naturally occurring in the stone.

Under Cabinet Lighting

Kitchen Tile Backsplash | Custom Home Kitchen Styles | Kitchen Design Ideas

Finally, in all cases, I would recommend installing under cabinet lighting.

Under cabinet lighting will show off the natural beauty of all of the colors found in your granite, it will also highlight  what you have invested in both the granite and the tile back splash, it creates a great evening look for entertaining as you can have the under cabinet lighting on without the overhead lighting in your ceiling, and last but not least, it is a wonderful and very helpful task light while cooking.

Once you experience the difference you will wonder how you ever got along with out it.

Finally, you will find yourself using your entire counter since now the area under the shadow of the wall cabinets is lit up--its as though suddenly you have twice the space you thought you had!

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Stanton Homes builds new custom homes throughout the Triangle area of North Carolina – tell us your favorite floor plan, and we’ll walk you through you next steps to build your custom home.

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Custom Home Bathroom Trends: Relax, Refresh, Renew

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 @ 12:02 PM

The strongest trends for bathrooms

Expect More from Your Bathroom

Even though they are becoming increasingly larger, today’s bathrooms are still most often the smallest rooms in the house. Yet we tend to demand a lot of these spaces.

We expect the bathroom to stand up to heavy traffic, water, mildew, soap build up, and cosmetics, razors, toothpaste and creams.

We expect the bathroom to provide convenience that will enable us to get on with our busy day, standing up to even the most demanding members of our household. 

And yet we look to these same spaces to provide a respite at the end of a hectic day or even a place to heal.

Custom Home Bathroom Trends - Spending Wisely

Master Bathroom Trends | Custom Home Bathroom DesignIt is no wonder that trends for today’s bathrooms are of great interest to those building a new home or even remodeling.

Kitchens and bathrooms are rooms on which homeowners are spending greater portions of their budget dollars than ever before.  

Second only to kitchens, the real estate market tells us that giving thoughtful consideration to bathroom upgrades during the construction of your new home, is not only a safe, but wise investment.

Custom Home Bathroom Trends - Soothing and Tranquil

Bathtub Ideas | Master Bathroom TubIn review of the strongest trends for bathrooms, keep in mind the words “soothing” and “tranquil”.

Designers are seeing a strong continuation of the “spa look” bathroom which is the very epitome of soothing and tranquil. 

To create that effect homeowners are considering air jetted tubs instead of the older model water jetted tubs. 

 

 

Custom Home Bathroom Trends: Air Jetted Tubs

Air Jetted Tub | Jet TubEven though they are a little pricier than their water jetted cousins, air jetted tubs are very popular due to the fact that you can use soothing aromatherapy oils and bath salts in these tubs.  

Since the air jets are expelling air into the tub, they therefore keep themselves clean and free of any trapped bath products that are known to interfere with the functioning of water jetted tubs.

However, the market has also recently introduced a combination air and water jetted tub and the use of these tubs is often even prescribed in treatment for sports injuries and even arthritis.

Custom Home Bathroom Trends: Larger Showers with Spa Shower Heads

Rain Head Shower | Rain Shower DesignAlong those lines, showers are becoming larger and the addition of body sprayers, hand sprayers, and rain-shower heads, previously most commonly seen only in luxury homes, are growing in popularity for use by everyday folks as manufacturers are coming out with more and more affordable models.

If you haven’t been to a plumbing showroom lately, its time you went and had a look at some fantastic products. Kohler offers a combination rain-shower head and hand held sprayer that is affordable and user-friendly.

Not only can it help to massage tired muscles, but the practical hand sprayer is a great help when you actually have to clean the shower!

After weighing all of the available options and making your final decisions you will be able to look forward to finally relaxing in your private retreat—your new spa-look bathroom.  

 

Article by Andrea Enns at Stanton Homes.

 

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