Raleigh and Durham Named Best Places to Live in America

Central North Carolina’s reputation as a wonderful place to work and live continues to grow, as people and companies move to the region.

Among the accolades and recognition: Raleigh and Durham tied for third place as “Best Places to Live in America” in US World News and World Report’s Best Places to Live rankings for 2023-2024.

Green Bay, Wisconsin came in first, followed by Huntsville, Alabama.

The designation was based on life quality, job market, housing affordability, cost of living, and desire to be here.

Among the categories analyzed, Raleigh and Durham scored highest in quality of life for access to museums, theaters, a thriving restaurant scene, parks, greenways, and college and professional teams.

Besides #3 in the best places to live in the country, U.S. News found Raleigh and Durham:

  • #29 in best places to retire
  • #1 in best places to live in NC
  • #13 in best places to live for quality of life, and
  • #21 fastest growing places

Contact Travars Built Homes about building your custom home in one of the most desirable locations in the nation.

Travars Built Homes builds incredible custom homes in Chatham County and surrounding regions extending into Alamance, Durham, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Randolph and Wake Counties.

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Big Kitchen Pantry Storage Ideas

What’s the difference between a messy kitchen pantry, prepper pantry, and butler’s pantry?

See how built ins and personal touches make a big difference in these photos filled with kitchen pantry storage ideas. When you choose a custom floor plan with a big pantry, Travars Built Homes can create custom spaces inside, like these.

What is a “messy kitchen” pantry?

A “messy kitchen pantry” is a room that is large enough to act as a secondary kitchen space with separate sink, cabinets, built-ins, specialty storage zones, and other amenities. Here, you can store coffee and tea makers, prep party trays, and get as messy as you like. Just shut the door when guests arrive!

Prepping for meals and special occasions inside a messy kitchen pantry like these is fun and easy:

Messy Kitchen Pantry #1:

Walk In Pantry with Built Ins

Messy Kitchen Pantry #2:

Kitchen Pantry Storage Ideas

What is a “prepper pantry”?

A prepper pantry is designed to store stockpiles of food staples such as canned foods, dried foods, and other essentials. The purpose of a prepper’s pantry is to store these types of goods for weeks, months, or even years without the need to go to a store.

If you’d like to build your pantry with long-term prep in mind, talk to your custom builder, who can custom-build shelving at different heights for soup cans, pasta boxes, and Costco-sized containers, like this:

Kitchen Pantry Storage Ideas

What is a “butler’s pantry”?

Typically tucked into a floor plan between the kitchen and dining room, a butler’s pantry is a great place to prep food and drinks. Often, a butler’s pantry will include a wine rack and drink refrigerator, like this:

Kitchen Pantry Storage Ideas

More Kitchen Pantry Storage Ideas:

Kitchen Pantry Floor Plan Ideas:

Look for floor plans with big pantry spaces, like this – and ask your custom home builder what you can build inside – and around – this kind of space designed to make everything easy to find.