Dog Friendly Places to Eat

Out with your four-legged Bestie, looking for places to eat that are dog friendly? Here are more than 10 options in Pittsboro where you can both drop in for a casual meal.

Here is where you can find some of those top places. All of these eateries will greet you and your dog with a smile. Some even provide water bowls and doggie treats, including, among others, Carolina Brewery, Pittsboro Roadhouse, Root Cellar, House of Hops, and Modern Life Deli & and Drinks.

The Root Cellar, 35 Suttles Rd, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

Outdoor tables at The Root Cellar. Dog friendly patio in Pittsboro at Penguin Place.

Carolina Brewery and Grill, 120 Lowes Dr, Pittsboro, NC 27312

The Pittsboro Roadhouse, 39 West st, Pittsboro, NC 27312

These are great places to socialize for you and your dog.

Keeping your dog close by and always on a leash at all of these establishments is the best practice. Use good Dog Etiquette and make sure Sam/ Fido/ Miley are being polite.

Want to build a dog friendly home in Pittsboro, Chatham County or the Raleigh region? There are hundreds of floor plans we can build for you – with whatever you’d like us to create for your entire family – including your pets.
Browse some floor plan ideas, here:

Contact Us with your building questions. And learn more about what Pittsboro has to offer.

Where can you find a charging station in Pittsboro?

If you are new to the area or new to your electric car you will need to know where you can find a Charging Station. There are dozens of them located throughout greater Chapel Hill, including in the growing Pittsboro area.

This active map shows which stations are public, high power or ‘ in use’ and where they are located. PlugShare is a quick source in finding the nearest spot to plug in.

Charge your vehicle while you grab a bite at Penguin Place – One of the Top Places to Eat in Pittsboro NC .

Charging stations in Pittsboro are currently available at:

  • Root Cellar Cafe, 35 Suttles Rd, Pittsboro, NC 27312
  • 764 West St, Pittsboro, NC 27312
  • 635 East St, Pittsboro, NC 27312
  • 300–338 Old Rock Spring Cemetery Rd,
    Pittsboro, NC 27312
  • 220 Lorax Ln, Pittsboro, NC 27312, USA

Car charging stations can be added to your new custom home during the design phase.

Why not take the same approach with your new home – build it to perform efficiently with low utility bills. Every Travars Built Home comes with a HERS score and Eco-Select certificate from Southern Energy Management.

Contact us if you are considering building a new home in Pittsboro or Chapel Hill? Travars Built Homes can help you find a lot and work with you to create your custom home in Chatham County or anywhere within about an hour of RTP. Browse a few of the hundreds of available floor plans, here:

New Modern Farmhouse on 2 Acres in Chatham County

Under construction now!

Travars Built Homes is offering this home on acreage in Chatham County, just minutes from quaint downtown Pittsboro and new Chatham Park amenities. Request a floor plan and flyer, here. This plan is also available for build-on-your-lot custom home construction.

Modern Farmhouse architectural style is the top choice for today’s homebuyers – and this new home has everything you’re looking for:

1 – Welcoming Curb Appeal 

Board and Batt siding with Stone Accents frame this new home with the timeless appeal.

First Floor Master - available in Chatham County

2 – Big Island Gathering Area:

The huge kitchen island with tuck-under seating in this spacious kitchen will have everyone gathering around this favorite spot in this modern farmhouse.

3 – First Floor Office and Separate Dining Room:

Travars Built Homes includes site-finished hardwood flooring throughout the entire first floor, which includes an oversized separate office, in addition to the main living areas and first floor master bedroom.

Formal dining room in new farmhouse on acreage by Chatham County custom home builder Travars Built Homes

4 – Custom Tile Bath:

Includes oversized custom tile shower with glass surround in the Master Bath, with transom window above. Granite countertops. Still time to make color selections – similar completed home is pictured.

Custom tile master bath in new farmhouse on acreage by Chatham County custom home builder Travars Built Homes

5 – Beautiful Acreage Lot:

Enjoy the countryside views and peaceful landscape around this Modern Farmhouse on the huge covered porch out back.

984 Bowers Store Rd Chatham County NC

5 – Home includes 4 Bedrooms, plus Loft and Separate Office, with Master Bedroom and Office both on the first floor:

This home includes all the most-requested layout features, with both a first floor master bedroom, and a full separate office, in addition to a separate dining area.

  • Plan is Pamlico Sound, 2391 Sq Ft, $400,000
  • Hawksview – 984 Bowers Store Rd, Siler City, NC
  • This plan also available in other locations in the Raleigh area, request more information here.

Request a downloadable flyer for this available modern farmhouse:

Want to build a Modern Farmhouse somewhere else in Chatham County or the Raleigh region? There are dozens of Modern Farmhouse floor plans we can build for you – and we can modify them, too, to fit in your favorite features.
Or browse some floor plan ideas, here:

Hawksview is just minutes from downtown Pittsboro and the new Chatham Park area, and easy driving distance to Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Apex, and RDU areas. Horses allowed.

Top Things to Do in Pittsboro – Visit Rock Ridge Park

Wondering where to go to play frisbee golf in Pittsboro, or just need some fresh air? Getting outside and going to the park has a whole new meaning at Rock Ridge Park, just a few miles from the center of Pittsboro.

Things to Do in Pittsboro - Visit Rock Ridge Park

Things to do in Pittsboro at Rock Ridge Park include an 18 hole disc golf course, paved jogging trail, picnic area and play ground. Rock Ridge Park is a fifty two acre neighborhood park set in rolling hills of mature hardwoods.

Things to do in Pittsboro - Disc Golf at Rock Ridge Park

This is a terrific frisbee golf course that winds through scenic rolling terrain, designed by John Houck. He’s the Head of Course Design for the International Disc Golf Center, and has designed more championship disc golf courses than anyone else living today, so you know this is going to be good!

Bring something to write with if you want to keep score – cards are provided. If you’ve never played before, it’s a great time to start! Keep it simple at first, borrow a couple discs from a friend or pick up a “starter” disc, even Walmart carries them in the sports section. You’ll enjoy following the trails and seeing how close to the goal you can send your disc.

Rock Ridge Park picnic area - things to do in Pittsboro

Top things to do in Pittsboro include some great ways to stay in shape, for adults and for kids. Check out the teeter totter, trolley, slides, and benches, which can augment your CrossFit routine. Not pictured is a wonderful playground for the kids, with a very creative “natural theme” play structure, a trolley to ride, and much more.

Exercise and play area at Rock Ridge Park

Living in Chatham County can offer a relaxed environment. You can enjoy the peaceful setting of the countryside, much closer to the amenities of the Raleigh metro area than you might think. Check out some other top things to do in Pittsboro, here:

Considering building a new home in the Pittsboro area? Travars Built Homes can help you find a lot and work with you to create your custom home in Chatham County or anywhere within about an hour of RTP. Browse a few of the hundreds of available floor plans, here:

Top Things to Do in Pittsboro NC – Haw River

The Haw River offers a great opportunity for outdoor fun that makes you feel like you’re in the mountains – right in the heart of Pittsboro – with more than 1,000 acres to explore by foot, bike, canoe, or kayak.

NC State Parks offers some of the top things to do in Pittsboro and Chatham County. The park areas extend along both sides of the Haw River, with its Lower Haw River State Natural Area – with access points where you can park in designated places along Hwy 15-501 and Hwy 64 and put in your kayak, walk a trail or snap some photos.

Hiking – Top Things to Do in Pittsboro

Lower Haw River State Natural Area Trail follows the Haw River. It’s 7 mile stretch and is rated as a “moderate” hike, along a path that is not always clearly defined.

The trail includes 3 creek crossings (with water that could be waist deep, depending on time of year) as well as a mix of dirt and rocky terrain that is popular as a training run.

  • Lower Haw River Southern Trailhead: Look for a gravel parking lot just east of the bridge on eastbound Hwy 64. The trail is under the bridge.
  • Lower Haw River Northern Trailhead: Look for parking just below the trailhead on Bynum Church Road. The trail starts at the gate.

Kayaking/canoeing

Top things to do in Pittsboro include kayaking and canoeing. The 3 and a half mile stretch of the Haw River starting at Bynum Beach consists of Class I and II rapids.

Heavy rains can greatly impact this stretch, so whitewater paddlers need to be cautious and aware of conditions.

  • Hwy 15-501 Bynum Dam parking lot allows access for canoes and kayaks above the dam, where the water is typically flat for about a mile.
  • Robeson Creek has a full boat launch. The Haw River can be reached in about a mile, via Robeson Creek.
  • Hwy 64 Haw River Canoe Access has a parking lot, but is recommended for experts due to the more challenging navigation at that point.

Photography

Bring your camera, you might capture some of the wildlife, flowers or changing of seasons. Things to do in Chatham County include some great opportunities for photos.

Living in the Pittsboro area of Chatham County can offer a relaxed environment. You can enjoy the peaceful setting of the countryside, much closer to the frenzy of the city than you might think.

Considering building a new home in Pittsboro or Chatham County? Travars Built Homes can help you find a lot and work with you to create your custom home in Chatham County or anywhere within about an hour of RTP. Contact Us to get started, or browse some floor plan ideas here:

Travars Built Homes - new custom farmhouse available in Pittsboro

New Modern Farmhouse on Acreage – Available Now

Come see this new, beautiful, Modern Farmhouse

Located on acreage in Chatham County, just minutes from quaint downtown Pittsboro and new Chatham Park development. Request a showing of this home, or a floor plan and flyer, here. This plan is also available for build-on-your-lot custom home construction.

Modern Farmhouse architectural style is the top choice for today’s homebuyers – and this new home has everything you’re looking for:

1 – Welcoming Curb Appeal 

Dark Framed Windows on White, Board and Batt siding and simplistic columns frame this new home with the timeless appeal of neighborliness. 

2 – Big Island Gathering Area:

The huge kitchen island with tuck-under seating in this spacious kitchen will have everyone gathering around this favorite spot. Beautiful level 3 granite that follows the black and white theme of this Modern Farmhouse.

3 – Spacious Premium Cabinetry:

The sensible style of this Modern Farmhouse allows for lots of storage throughout the home – starting with the premium cabinetry in the kitchen and bathrooms – with soft close doors and drawers.

4 – Big Covered Porch out back:

Enjoy the countryside views and peaceful landscape around this Modern Farmhouse on the huge covered porch out back.

5 – First Floor Office, First Floor Master, and Separate Dining:

This home includes all the most-requested layout features, with both a first floor master bedroom, and a full separate office, in addition to a separate dining area.

  • Plan is Rodanthe B, 2389 Sq Ft, $389,000
  • Hawksview – 1040 Bowers Store Rd, Siler City, NC
  • This plan also available in other locations in the Raleigh area, request more information here.

Request a downloadable flyer for this available modern farmhouse:

Want to build a Modern Farmhouse somewhere else in Chatham County or the Raleigh region? There are dozens of Modern Farmhouse floor plans we can build for you – and we can modify them, too, to fit in your favorite features.
Or browse some floor plan ideas, here:

Hawksview is just minutes from downtown Pittsboro and the new Chatham Park area, and easy driving distance to Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Apex, and RDU areas. Horses allowed.

What are the benefits of a side load garage?

Don’t want people looking into your garage every time the door’s open? Prefer welcoming windows that add symmetry to the front exterior of your home – with a garage that’s a little more private?


Ignore that front facing garage on a floor plan you like. We can turn that garage to the side (along with other things you’d like to do differently) when we design/build your new home together – like this:


When the build site allows enough space for a driveway that can turn, rotating a garage door from a front load (straight on) to a side load can make a big difference.

Here are more examples of homes with a side load garage. As you can see, tucking the garage to the side can really expand your home’s curb appeal.



We can also add a third garage bay to nearly any floor plan, including carriage garages.

Contact Us for more info and ways to customize your new home plan.

Can a custom builder make my floor plan bigger? 5 Ways to add square footage.

Yes, a design/build custom builder can add square footage to your floor plan. Below are 5 of the most cost effective ways that Travars Built Homes can add space to your floor plan.

How to make a floor plan bigger: Guest living and multi-gen suites

Adding a small apartment such as a multigenerational, mother-in-law or other extended guest living arrangement to your home usually means adding semi-separated living space. Special adaptations such as adding a private entrance to the exterior are also common. Additional square footage is often necessary to be able to fit in all of the extra requirements.

This kind of modification to a floor plan typically involves rearranging the existing layout, such as changing two bedrooms and a bath on the main floor into one bedroom, bath, and living room – possibly with a kitchenette.

How to make a floor plan bigger: Expanding the kitchen or master bath

This is one of the areas where it’s important to work with the custom builder to create the space you need, as you will be looking at pushing out specific walls to increase a small portion of the home. Sometimes the result you’re looking for can be accomplished within existing square footage. We will show you some options as we talk through your needs.

How to make a floor plan bigger: Basements and bonus rooms

Basements and bonus rooms are common areas to start with when factoring in the need for additional living space. Most one story floor plans – and plans with a two story great room – are good candidates for adding square footage to the second floor.

Pittsboro New Custom House Plans

How to make a floor plan bigger: Adding a sun room, screen porch or covered porches

Indoor/outdoor space is often expanded to increase the ability to utilize more of the property as living area, both in heated square footage as well as exposed areas.

How to make a floor plan bigger: Expanding the garage

Adding a third car garage, carriage garage, or turning a front facing garage to a side load are popular requests for custom homes. Aside from the ability to park more vehicles inside, this is also a great way to have space for hobbies or storage.

As with all modifications to custom floor plans, it’s important to know what can be changed, and how it can impact your curb appeal, roof line, and the build of your new home. When recommending changes to your floor plan, Travars Built Homes will take into consideration the details of your floor plan, homesite, and potential restrictions such as local regulations and community covenants.

Contact us for more ways to customize a floor plan and get it built.

What is a multigenerational home?

Multigenerational homes (sometimes called multi-gen homes, homes with a mother in law suite, or apartment within a home) are designed for families to live together within one single home family dwelling that has an extended guest suite intended for long term stays.

Multigenerational homes are one of the most common reasons why homebuyers choose to build a custom home.

Benefits of a multi-gen home include:

  • Multi-gen homes can spread out the cost of living so that the combined living space is more affordable than having two separate homes. Site costs for one home are less expensive than site costs for two homes, with one clearing, one footing, one septic system, and one foundation. The size of the footprint impacts build costs, so multi-gen homes built with living space on additional floors are typically more cost effective than homes with everyone on one level.
  • Some multigenerational homes have a kitchenette in the secondary living quarters, for increased independence. Other families choose to design a larger kitchen around expanded usage, with elements such as dual ovens, a huge island or even two islands for more prep space, and special arrangements such as a microwave below the counter for easier use and aging-in-place future accessibility. Learn more about making changes to your floor plan, here.
  • Dual master suites give equal prominence to two large bedroom suites with ensuite private bathrooms, big closets and occasionally other private amenities such as a personal sitting area or attached office or laundry room. The location of dual master suites can vary, with the most common arrangements being one on the main floor and one on the second floor, one in the basement, or both on the main floor. Get floor plans with dual master bedrooms, here.
  • Because schedules and lifestyles can vary within shared living arrangements, building in special features that add to privacy is a very good reason to build a custom home, so that you have the opportunity to include features such as sound dampening between walls or from one floor to another. Solid core door options can also lessen sound travel. A private entrance so you can come and go without interrupting the main flow of the house is another way to increase that feeling of having your own space. Depending on the plan and your homesite, you may include an exterior door with a small stoop or porch or another door from the garage to your private hallway.
Multigenerational New Homes

Travars Built Homes can be built in custom home neighborhoods or countryside locations within about an hour of Chapel Hill. We work closely with you to:

Contact us to learn more.

What are the most important questions to ask a home builder?

Are you asking the right questions when you talk with custom builders about costs for your new home?

Here are 7 smart questions to ask custom home builders about their services, processes, and prices – before you sign a contract.

What are the most important questions to ask a home builder?
  1. What’s included in your services? Travars Built Homes is a design/build custom home builder. We cover everything from permits to site assessment, plan modification, construction and completion of your home. We offer the highest quality standard features, finishes, materials and craftsmanship in the local market for affordable custom homes. Read more about our services and standards, here.
  2. Can you help me find a floor plan that can fit my budget? Yes, we will make suggestions for floor plans based on the budget you give us. When we go over plans together, we’ll offer suggestions for layouts and livability of the home, and tell you why certain types of architectural designs take more to build than others, even when layouts may appear to be similar. (Having the same number of square feet does not equate to the same build costs – specialty treatments and detail work in an architectural design that you might not even notice can make a huge impact on your build costs, even when layouts appear to be similar.) We can suggest modifications or alternate plans that can be more cost effective.  
  3. Can you modify my floor plan? Do I need to pay an architect or is the price of modifications included with your home price? Travars Built Homes can make a wide variety of changes to your plan, at no extra charge. We can re-arrange the kitchen, include an in-law or multigenerational suite, add a basement, or convert a two story room into a bonus room upstairs. Ask us about your floor plan – we’ll show you all the possibilities.  
  4. What kind of details can I expect to see in a custom home quote? Your Travars Built spec package will include about 15 pages of details about the materials, processes, services, and energy efficiencies in your home. Keep in mind that you can only compare what is given to you in writing – that’s what will be in your contract.
  5. How much interaction will you have with me when my new home is being built? Our build process at Travars Built Homes is outlined in your personal online portal, where you can stay in-touch and informed about what’s happening with the build of your new home. You will also have the opportunity to meet with your builder on site at all key points during the build. 
  6. Is my site work (such as grading, clearing, driveway, septic, well) included in your pricing? When you choose Travars Built Homes, your site work is allowance based. We allocate dollar amounts for your clearing, grading, footings, etc. The allowances are based on footprint size, topography of the lot, how much vegetation and trees there are, and other factors we consider based on years of experience building new custom homes in North Carolina. And we go over everything with you – just ask us for pricing.
  7. How long does it take to you to build a home?  A typical timeline to build a custom home by Travars Built Homes is about 6-9 months, once the project is underway. Get more details about our timelines to build, here.
What are the most important questions to ask a home builder?

Remember to ask each builder the same set of questions, and request pricing on the same (or very similar) floor plans so there’s no confusion about what’s offered. Want to learn more about the process to build a new custom home in North Carolina? Contact us!