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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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7 Kitchen Range Hood Styles | Cary NC Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Dec 01, 2014 @ 13:12 PM

Kitchen Range Hood Styles

Cary, North Carolina Custom Homes

Chef style kitchens often feature ample counter top (and island) space for prep work, multiple ovens for multi-course meals, large pantries and cabinets for storage, and extra wide ranges for dual-cook use. 

The range ventilation hood - often large and eye-catching - can take center stage in these chef style kitchens.

See photos of seven range hoods - from copper colored to glass accented - in these Raleigh area new homes built by Stanton Homes.

Kitchen Range Hood Style #1: Antiqued Copper

A hexagon mini mosaic tile backsplash extends from the gas range to the ceiling - serving as a subtle backdrop to an antiqued copper range hood.

Glass-front cabinets extend to the ceiling - adding height throughout the kitchen.

Kitchen Range Hood Styles | Cary NC Custom Homes

Kitchen Range Hood Style #2: Cedar Accents

In this version of The Dinsmore, the stainless steel range hood, black island lights, and cedar accents merge mountain home charm with modern home character.

Kitchen Range Hood Styles | Cary NC Custom Homes

A wine fridge and wine rack - more must-haves for chef style kitchens - are tucked into one side of the large, curved island.

Kitchen Range Hood Style #3: Cabinet-Front Hood

If you want to de-emphasize your range hood, consider an all-cabinet design, which conceals the hood vent.

Kitchen Range Hood Styles | Cary NC Custom Homes

White cabinet fronts extend above the range, for a soft, classic kitchen design.

Kitchen Range Hood Style #4: Under Cabinet Hood

Are you drawn to kitchen designs that incorporate a mixture of textures and colors? In this version of The Shelby, an additional cabinet rests above the stainless steel range hood, adding even more storage space.

Kitchen Range Hood Styles | Cary NC Custom Homes

Mini tiles wrap around the kitchen walls. The granite island pulls together all colors and textures in this vibrant kitchen.

Kitchen Range Hood Style #5: Peek-a-Boo Hood

This kitchen - a version of The Country Manor - showcases a similar under cabinet range hood combination, with contrasting tile, cabinet, and appliance selections.

Kitchen Range Hood Styles | Cary NC Custom Homes

Carved wood island legs add another texture - and color - to this timeless kitchen design.

Kitchen Range Hood Style #6: A Touch of Glass

Another way to make your kitchen range hood stand out is to add a touch of curved glass.

Kitchen Range Hood Styles | Cary NC Custom Homes

Glass accents are found more often in modern style kitchens - which emphasize whites, blacks, greys, metals, and contrasting lines.

Kitchen Range Hood Style #7: Curved Canopy

Here is another glass range hood idea - with a custom tile accent below. The tile back splash can transform the overall feel of your kitchen range.

In this version of The Shoal Creek, a rubbed bronze tile design emphasizes a more rustic kitchen style.

Kitchen Range Hood Styles | Cary NC Custom Homes

Range hoods are essential kitchen appliances that serve a very practical purpose, designed to dissipate smoke and cooking fragrances.

When you build a custom home with Stanton Homes, our design team will help you choose the right range hood for your kitchen design and lifestyle - with recommendations on the size, material, style, and location

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Contact Stanton Homes to learn more about building a custom home in North Carolina. 

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