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Best Roof Styles: How to Build a Cost Effective Home in Raleigh

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 12:03 PM

Best Roof Styles for Raleigh New Custom Homes

If there’s a certain type of roof you like, ask your custom builder how it can work with the floor plan you have in mind. Roof style options for Raleigh new custom homes vary widely, and can often be modified to fit the interior floor plan and exterior style you have in mind.

Raleigh New Home Cost | Roof Pitch Explained

 

How to Keep Costs Down with Roofing Options

The more complex the roof, the higher the cost. But when you determine the roof line for your new custom home, be aware that it isn’t like flooring, cabinets or even walls that you can update later. The roofline and architectural design extremely difficult to revise once your new home is built - so find the best fit before you start.

Below are a few basic key terms and home building facts that can help you understand what certain floor plans cost more to build.

Raleigh New Home Cost | Roof Pitch Explained

Roof Pitch

The "pitch" of a roof is the steepness. Roof pitch, or angle of steepness, is calculated by the number of inches it rises for every 12 inches it extends.

An 8/12 roof climbs 8 inches in height for every 12 inches in width. Here is an example photo of a 12/12 roof pitch:

Raleigh New Home Cost | Roof Pitch Explained

In general, the shallower the roof pitch, the lower the cost.  Construction of a simpler, lower roofline can entail less roofing, less framing materials and less framing labor both for the roofing as well as the roof’s support system.

But, some level of steepness and complexity of roofline can be what makes the difference between fantastic curb appeal, and "just another box".  

For example, lower cost homes are often constructed with a simpler 4:12 or 5:12 roof pitch. However, this can limit attic space, particularly on a smaller home.

(The Dahlberg, below, has a 10/12 main roof pitch - but due to the size of this one story home, it can appear less steep 

Raleigh New Home Cost | Roof Pitch Explained

 

Roof Gables, Hips, and Valleys

The number of gables, hips, and valleys in a roof can affect aesthetic appeal as well as cost.

  • A gable is a triangular section of wall formed by the intersection of two sections of roof.
  • A hip is where two rooflines meet at the top. This example shows six different hips on the front of the home, counting the small dormer window.
  • A valley is where two sections of roof meet and connect on the downward slope.

Raleigh New Home Cost | Roof Pitch Explained

Pitch lines can also make a huge difference in the way your new home is viewed. “Box homes” that have virtually no intricate roof lines or pitch emphasize the ability to offer more floor space. But your new home builder or designer can show you how to make the best of both.

How Much Does it Cost to Build a New Custom Home in Raleigh, NC?

Your custom home builder can show you how a style with a mid-level pitch and several gables and valleys can add a lot of sophistication, but still be at the mid to lower end of the cost spectrum.

Cost depends on size, amenities, and other less known aspects, including the condition of your lot and the requirements of your development. For a building cost estimate, click here or call 919-278-8070.

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2011 Kitchen Trends: 7 Kitchen Trends to Watch

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Feb 14, 2011 @ 13:02 PM

What's Happening in the Kitchen?

Results of the 2011 Design Trend Survey

The National Kitchen & Bath Association just revealed the results of a 2011 Marketplace design trend survey - and here's what they saw.  More than 100 kitchen and bath designers responded.

1) Keep It Simple - Shaker Style Cabinets

Shaker Cabinets | 2011 Kitchen TrendsTraditional remains the most popular kitchen cabinet style, but Shaker style cabinets came in second for the first time after rising in popularity in 2009.  Contemporary cabinets have moved to third place.  Cottage style cabinets was the only other style to register over 20%.

2) Dark and Mysterious Cabinetry

Dark finishes leaped over medium natural, glazed and white painted finishes to become the most requested finish style at the end of 2010. 

Dark finishes were used by 51% of designers polled, medium used by 48% of designers, white painted by 47% of designers, and glazed by 42% of designers.  Light natural finishes were used by 25% of designers, while colored paints were used by 29% of designers.  Glazed finishes took the biggest hit, falling 11 points.  Is this because glazes are generally the highest cost finish?

3) Entertaining with a Great Bottle of Wine

2011 Kitchen TrendsWine refrigerators are declining, but wine cabinets and storage options are abounding.  In 2009, only 39% of surveyed designers included a wine storage area in the kitchen.  At the end of 2010, 51% of designers were focusing on wine storage.

Other cabinetry options are changing too, but many are on the decline.  Tall pantries were used by 84% of designers, versus 89% in 2009.  Lazy susans fell from 90% to 78%.  Pull out racks/shelving fell from 81% to 71%.  Appliance garages also saw reduced popularity.  They were installed at some point by 36% of designers in 2009, but only 29% of designers at the end of 2010.

4) Refrigerators - Baby it's Cold in Here

What kind of refrigerator is specified most often by NKBA member designers?  French door refrigerators leaped from 67% to 78%.  Freezer-top refrigerators fell to just 8% of designers (I'm assuming not many of these designers have been in apartments!). 

5) Cooking with Induction Heat

You might want to think about that new set of pans after all - while not prevalent, induction heat cooking is growing.  Gas cooktops were specified by 76% of NKBA designers in 2009, but fell to 70% in late 2010.  Electric cooktops rose from 38% to 41%.  Induction cooktops took some of the gas cooktop share, moving from 26% to 34%.

Double wall ovens saw an increase too, specified in designs by 74% of designers, versus 68% in 2009. 

6) Lighting Up the Kitchen

Halogen lighting has reduced from 46% to 40% by this group of kitchen designers.  Incandescent lighting fell from 50% to 35%.  Halogen lighting moved from 46% to 40%.  LED (light-emitting diode) is the only lighting type that saw an increase, from 47% to 54%.  CFL's were flat.

7) Taking Out the Trash

NKBA members put a greater emphasis on trash and recycling solutions - 89% of kitchens designed during the final months of 2010 include trash and/or recycling pull-outs. 

The results of the NKBA survey represent overall trends from Canada and the United States. 

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association that has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry for more than 45 years. NKBA.org provides consumers with an inspiration gallery of award-winning kitchen and bath designs, as well as articles, tips, and an extensive glossary of remodeling terms.

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We can redesign your kitchen floor plan to put everything just where you need it – BEFORE you build.

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Types of Tile: What Kind of Tile Should My New Home Have?

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jan 06, 2011 @ 08:01 AM

What's The Difference Between Different Types of Tile?

Easy Guide to Choosing Tile for your NC Custom Home

Tile can be found in many different areas of the home. Some custom homes have secondary bathrooms with tile floors and tile tub surrounds with a porcelein or steel tub. Tile floors can be found in kitchens, breakfast rooms, laundry rooms, even occasionally on patios or foyers. Fireplaces are another common place to find tile - a tile hearth and surround gives a polished feel to today's gas fireplaces.

Types of Tile | What Kind of Tile is Best | NC Custom Home BuildersWhat's the best kind of tile to choose? There are many different kinds of tile available today. Ceramic tile is most commonly used, but it's useful to know all the basic tile types.

Ceramic tile is known for its durability, resistance to dampness, affordability, and ease of cleaning. It's safe to walk on when wet. Sealant should be applied every 4 years or so, but when sealant is properly applied tile is very water tolerant - you could even hose it off! Made from slabs of clay, ceramic tile is fired for hardness. Check before using ceramic tile outside - it needs to be extra strong to tolerate expansion and contraction from temperature changes. Glazed or unglazed, smooth or textured, and available in a wide variety of colors and styles, ceramic tile is the builder's choice for most tile floors, walls, or accents.

Types of Tile | What Kind of Tile is Best | NC Custom Home BuildersNatural stone - quarried slate, limestone, flagstone, granite, or marble - can be cut into tiles, even though all of these are better known as full countertop materials. Each has it's own pros and cons - for instance, marble is known for its beauty, but it is expensive, requires a lot of maintenance, and can crack, stain, or mark easily. No wonder they don't let us touch the marble statues at the museum! Slate is noted for its beauty and long life, but it is soft and can split. Granite is durable, dense, and strong, but is mainly formed into basic tiles with few additional options. Natural stone is also one of the most expensive types of tiles, and some materials require more care and sealant due to natural permability. Because these stones are created in nature, no two rooms will ever look the same.

Cement tile is created by pouring cement into molds, then finished by firing or natural drying. Color may be added. A strong sealant must be applied in order for cement tile to resist stains. This type of tile is not as common.

Types of Tile | What Kind of Tile is Best | NC Custom Home BuildersPorcelain tile is made from material similar to that used for ceramic tile, but it is fired at a very high temperature, which makes it denser and more resistant to moisture. It is fine grained and smooth, and can be matte, unglazed, or highly polished. It is stronger and more durable than ceramic tile. As better processes for creating porcelain tile are found, it is becoming less expensive and more common.

Terrazzo - a cement or epoxy base is used, in which stone or marble chips are imbedded. The surface is then highly polished. Terrazzo is known for its unique beauty, style, and permanence, but it is expensive and can be somewhat slick to walk on.

Saltillo (Mexican tile) - these tiles are generally handmade and air dried, thus they are a little softer and less durable, but with a unique look from exposure to elements. When used indoors, the tiles must be sealed - some come sealed from the manufacturers.

Terra Cotta - think of "clay garden pots", and you'll have an idea of the natural rich reds and oranges from the clay base. These tiles are absorbent, and most often used on patios. They must be sealed for indoor use. Be careful, there are wide variations in quality.

Agglomerate - Another textured tile, created by mixing graded marble or granite chips with portlar cement, polyester resin or epoxy.

Types of Tile | What Kind of Tile is Best | NC Custom Home BuildersGlass mosaics - These are becoming very popular. In shades of blue, green, brown or even clear or translucent, glass mosaics provide a unique, if not natural, look. These tiles usually are ¾"x3/4", and come in sheets roughly 12"x12" for application. This look can be expensive, but glass tiles can also be coordinated as medallions or accents with full size ceramic or other tiles.

Choosing Types of Tile for your New Home

A luxurious tile floor, shower, or bathtub surround provides long lasting beauty and durability in any home. Visit tile showrooms for ideas if you're building from the ground up or remodeling, or ask your local builder if they will work with you to provide just what you're looking for.

 

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Roof Styles: How to Keep Costs Down in your New Custom Home

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Dec 31, 2010 @ 06:12 AM

Roof styles, lines, pitch and personality for new custom homes

How to Keep Costs Down with Roofing Options:  What You See Impacts What You Pay 

If there’s a certain type of roof you like, you can ask your custom Roof Styles | How to Cut Cost | Raleigh Custom Home Buildersbuilder how it can work with the floor plan you have in mind. You may be surprised at how much a roofline can affect the personality of your new home. But knowing a few basic facts can help you from being surprised by the price.  

Some changes are easy to implement, with very little difference to the bottom line. Others will incur accompanying costs that are in line with the complexity. Here’s how to tell the difference:

Roof Styles

Today's new custom homes often have variations that maintain the integrity of the intended design, while accommodating different layouts and budgets.

Your custom home builder can show you how a style with a mid-level pitch and several gables and valleys can add a lot of sophistication, but still be at the mid to lower end of the cost spectrum.

The more complex the roof, the higher the cost. But when you determine the roof line for your new custom home, be aware that it isn’t like flooring, cabinets or even walls that can be updated later. The roofline and architectural design extremely difficult to revise once your new home is built - so find the best fit before you start.

Roof Lines

Roof lines are a huge factor in the overall curb appeal of your new custom home.

Roof Styles | How to Cut Cost | Raleigh Custom Home BuildersThe number of gables, hips, and valleys in a roof can affect aesthetic appeal as well as cost.

  • A gable is a triangular section of wall formed by the intersection of two sections of roof.
  • A valley is where two sections of roof meet and connect on the downward slope.
  • A hip is where two rooflines meet at the top. This example shows nine different hips on the front of the home, counting the small dormer window.

Roof Pitch

The pitch of a roof is the steepness.

Roof Styles | How to Cut Cost | Raleigh Custom Home BuildersAn 8/12 roof climbs 8 inches in height for every 12 inches in width.

The shallower the roof pitch, the lower the cost. Construction entails less roofing, less framing materials and less framing labor both for the roofing as well as the roof’s support system.

For example, lower cost homes are often constructed with a simpler 4/12 or 5/12 roof pitch. However, this can limit attic space, particularly on a smaller home.

The sample here shows a 6/12 roof pitch. 

Roof personality

Shallow roof pitches are usually not as interesting as a steeper roof pitch, so pitch that is based on price should be balanced against the overall appeal you’re looking for.

Pitch lines can also make a huge difference in the way your new home is viewed. “Box homes” that have virtually no intricate roof lines or pitch emphasize the ability to offer more floor space. But your new home builder or designer can show you how to make the best of both.

How Much Does it Cost to Build a New Custom Home in Raleigh, NC?

Cost depends on size, amenities, and other less known aspects, including the condition of your lot and the requirements of your development. For a free building cost estimate, click here or call 919-278-8070.

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