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Surprising Changes in Cary NC New Home Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Nov 17, 2015 @ 13:11 PM

Parade of Homes Trends:

The Parade of Homes in Wake County is one of the largest in the entire nation. And design trends seen in the Parade are usually at the forefront of cutting edge – as a wide variety of builders work to identify what homebuyers want most, today.

Here’s a visual of what was seen in Cary, NC new homes featured in this year's Parade of Homes:



Cary New Homes Changing Trends 2015

 

For Single Family Homes:

  • Avg list price $769K
  • Avg sq ft 4088 finished
  • 68% have three car garage, 42% have two car
  • Of the three car garage plans, 77% are “split” garages
  • 68% are two story, 47% are main floor master. The overlap comes from a few Dual Master Suite homes

Features that are very popular in Cary NC new homes:

  • 100% have a Bonus Room or Game Room
  • 100% have a Formal Dining Room
  • 63% have Laundry Rooms on the Second Floor
  • 95% have a counter in the Laundry Room
  • 95% have a Built In Drop Zone (and 79% have a separate area for the drop zone, ie a dedicated Mud Room area)
  • 74% have a first floor guest suite
  • 53% have a first floor office (that is not a guest bedroom)
  • 74% have a “Jack and Jill” bath
  • 100% have a Kitchen Island with Seating (with more than 50% accommodating seating for at least 4)
  • 89% have a Butler Pantry
  • 84% have a Walk In Pantry

Features that do not appear to be very popular in Cary NC new homes:

  • 11% have a pocket office
  • 11% have a formal living room
  • 5% have a keeping room
  • 5% have a sunroom
  • 5% have a private sitting room in the master
  • 5% have dual islands
  • 16% have two staircases
  • No homes have a Curved Staircase

New home design trends vary by price point and area, but it is interesting to see what’s popular in this year’s new custom homes!

Penny Hull enjoys identifying new home trends in her spare time, which is part of why she was awarded the “Top 40 Under 40” National recognition from Professional Builder magazine.   She works with Stanton Homes to help homeowners build beautiful custom homes that “make sense”.


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Top 10 ways to design a home worthy of the Wake Parade of Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 @ 12:09 PM

Top 10 ways to design a custom home worthy of the Wake Parade of Homes

Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

It takes something extra to design and build a "Parade Worthy" custom home.  Here are our top 10 ways to design a custom home worthy of the Wake Parade of Homes - use this new home design guide to think about you might want to include, before you build your new Raleigh custom home.

(We've included links to additional photo galleries by topic - to give you even more design inspiration and help you find exactly what you're looking for.)


Top 10 ways to design a home worthy of the Wake Parade of Homes

1. Curb appeal

What gives a home curb appeal?

From unique roof lines to complementary siding types to wrap around front porches with stone columns and multi-level entrances - the curb appeal of custom homes start with design techniques that make a statement.

Click here for photos and detailed descriptions of new home exterior styles.


Top 10 ways to design a home worthy of the Wake Parade of Homes

2. Main floor master bedroom

Main floor master bedrooms provide unique possibilities to expand your private retreat.

Some of Stanton Homes' most requested main floor master design features include:

- Private French Door access to deck or patio

- Angled sitting rooms (Click here to see a full-size, master bedroom sitting room in a version of the Mastrosimone)

- Vaulted or raised height ceilings (in addition to a specialty trey design)

- Private, see through fireplace (click here to see photos of see-through fireplaces in a version of the Summerlyn)

- Hardwood flooring
Top 10 ways to design a home worthy of the Wake Parade of Homes

3. Closets with organization

Parade-worthy custom home closets can feature:

- Dresser style cabinetry with mirror above

 - Island cabinetry (including custom designed for wheelchair accessibility)

 - Built-in ironing board

 - Wrap around shelving and rods

 - Shoe racks

 - Hardwood flooring

 - Natural light

See more master bedroom closet photos on Houzz - and get more ideas for built-in closet cabinets.

Top 10 ways to design a home worthy of the Wake Parade of Homes

4. Master Bath Retreat

 

- Arched alcove soaking tub with built-in nooks and shelving

 - His and hers style vanities with granite counter tops

 - Oversized tile showers with built-in seat, dual shower heads

 

Click here for more master bathroom design photos. 


Top 10 ways to design a home worthy of the Wake Parade of Homes

5. Windows that capture your world


From grand great rooms with window walls to natural lighting in special spaces throughout the home, the windows in Parade homes can be both dramatic and functional.

 

See a photo tour of this window-filled mountain home plan, the Treehouse.

 

 

 

 

 


Top 10 ways to design a home worthy of the Wake Parade of Homes

6. Game room getaway

Game rooms can be incorporated upstairs or in a basement, depending on your entertainment plans. 

A game room getaway can include:

 - Step-up seating area

 - Wet bar

 - Open railing

 - Lots of space for activities

- Designated wide-screen TV wall 


Top 10 ways to design a home worthy of the Wake Parade of Homes

7. Fireplace focal points

From massive stone fireplaces in the great room to see-through fireplaces in the master suite, popular floor plan designs often feature fireplaces as the focal point of the home.

Fireplaces in Wake County Parade homes can be found in unique places, with an emphasis on dramatic design.

See a photo gallery of the home pictured here, a version of the Cannon custom design by Stanton Homes.

Top 10 ways to design a home worthy of the Wake Parade of Homes

8. Outdoor living focus

New Raleigh custom homes with an outdoor living focus can feature:

 - Built-in fire pit

 - Outdoor kitchen

 - Multi-level deck, porch, and patio combinations

 - Second story private deck

 

 

Top 10 ways to design a home worthy of the Wake Parade of Homes

 

In this version of the Bryson, the master bedroom and breakfast nook were bumped out to create a private patio area.

The Bryson will be featured in the 2013 Parade of Homes in Apex, Wake County, NC.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Top 10 ways to design a home worthy of the Wake Parade of Homes

9. Something really special

One of the best things about custom homes is the ability to incorporate a room or space that's special and unique.

In one version of the Bryson, the homeowners included a doggie area in laundry with a built-in doghouse and dog shower.

Pictured here is a version of the Summerlyn with specialty sun room. The homeowners added a column design as a special touch.


Top 10 ways to design a home worthy of the Wake Parade of Homes

10. Island kitchen with seating

Everyday gatherings often center on the kitchen as the focal room of the home.

Kitchens with islands offer lots of space to spread out, offer extra seating, and accommodate a sous chef.

 

  

Click here to see the floor plan of Stanton Homes's 2013 Parade of Homes entry: Wake County Parade of Homes 2013 - Stanton Homes

See photo galleries of custom design build homes by Stanton Homes, to get more Parade worthy ideas for you new Raleigh custom home:

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