See what customization can look like in your new NC home – and take a tour to get inspired by a project in progress:

This kitchen is nearly completed – you can already feel what it would be like to gather around the island… use that apron sink… put pottery and glassware on those wood shelves…

The custom made glass wrap around for this shower will be in place shortly. Those are tile walls and floor… with a wood look… just to show how custom you can be with REAL upgrades. (You’re going to like what comes standard, too – but it’s always nice to have even more choices in all the special spaces that make you feel even more pampered.)

Travars Built Homes can build on your lot or in neighborhoods throughout the greater Triangle area, across Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Johnson, Orange, Wake and surrounding counties.

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Open Kitchen Farmhouse | Mebane NC New Homes

2022 new homes: Soothing spaces, stock-up places, hide-away, “she sheds”

See the shake up in top priorities for 2022 custom homes: Top 11 “must have” requests from new home buyers.

2022 custom home trend #1: Stock-up space

Convenient places to store paper goods, food, cleaning products and emergency tools are all in huge demand, as people focus on preparedness.

Walk in pantries are designed for a lot more than food storage, with sinks, pull out shelving, countertops, nooks and crannies, and natural light

Modern Farmhouse Walk In Pantry | Mebane NC New Homes

Walk in closets are designed with custom cubbies, cabinets, furniture, shelves and dressing areas

Built In Cabinets Walk In Closet | Mebane NC New Homes

Walk in attics can be so huge you can ask to have them finished like the rest of the home, like this optional “Craft Room”

2022 custom home trend #2: Secret passages

Secret Passageways are popping up all over the place in new custom homes.

Chatham County NC Custom Homes | Secret Passage in Closet

We create creative secret passages from one child’s room to another. Behind hidden panels. Through bookcases. We can’t even tell you everything we build. It’s secret.

2022 custom home trend #3: Flex space

There’s often at least one room in new homes designed to be converted, such as this loft spaced just right for a play room, office, study area, or crafting – flexible with life.

Need something special built-in, such as additional walls, soundproofing or aging-in-place features? Ask your builder what can be added to tap into for future use.

2022 custom home trend #4: Massive Island kitchens

Kitchen islands in today’s new homes are stretching size limits as high as space allows, like the massive island with microwave beneath in this custom designed two story kitchen created for great cuisine gatherings.

Chatham County NC Custom Homes | Two Story Kitchen

2022 custom home trend #5: Main floor owners suite

Homebuyers planning their “forever home” appreciate “aging in place” features and a floor plan where the owner’s suite – and day to day living – is all on one floor.

Raleigh Custom Homes | Vaulted Ceiling Owners Suite

2022 custom home trend #6: Guest suites

Dual owner’s suites, guest suites, and private apartment quarters within the home are top reasons homebuyers look to custom home builders who can go beyond stock floor plans and build in what’s needed.

2022 custom home trend #7: Work space

Custom built-ins create special spaces for office, homework, quilting, shop, or anything else you need to get the job done.

Built In Bookcase Walls | Mebane NC New Homes

Often, a small pocket office can be woven into a plan to create a a nook that can also be used for storage, hobbies, or a pet room.

2022 custom home trend #8: Mudroom with drop zone

Drop zones have become the top focus for mudrooms as a way to leave coats and clutter at the door – where it’s easy to find later.

Wendell North Carolina New Homes | Laundry Room Drop Zone Storage Center

Drop zones are often designed in conjunction with laundry rooms and are typically by the back door – but a custom builder can tuck them in other places, too, like this this all-purpose room that also has a dog house.

Wendell North Carolina New Homes | Built in Dog House Under the Stairs

2022 custom home trend #9: Indoor/outdoor living

Fresh air has taken on a whole new connotation in today’s lifestyle – with increased requests for indoor/outdoor living, like covered and screen porches

Wendell North Carolina New Homes | Brick New Homes
Farmhouse Deck | Mebane NC New Homes

2022 custom home trend #10: She Sheds

She Sheds are taking over the demand for Man Caves, as women seek a calming place in their new homes to relax with no rules.

Wendell North Carolina New Homes | Game Room

 2022 custom home trend #11: Energy efficiency

Long term advantages of building a new home include lower energy bills. From ultra-e windows to effective HVAC systems and radiant barriers, ask your builder for ways your home can be more comfortable and affordable through energy efficiency.

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Mebane NC New Homes | White Farmhouse Exterior

How much does an NC custom home cost per square foot?

Cost per square foot is a term that became popular with production builders, since the homes they build are designed to be cookie cutter boxes and can be built very cheaply with very few choices and nearly everything outside baseline “basics” an “upgrade.” It’s pretty easy to build the same box over and over again and keep it in a similar “price per square foot” when very little can be changed.

Would you ask for the price per square foot for a car? That’s how little it can apply to a truly custom home, as a comparison tool, without knowing just what each of those square feet contain. Here’s how to take a test drive:

NC custom home cost per square foot

NC custom home cost per square foot: Home style

The type of home you choose can make a big difference. A one story home has more foundation and roof, so it typically costs more per square foot than a two story home.

Architectural styles can impact your cost considerably. For example, Contemporary homes can be more expensive to build than Colonial homes.

Chatham County NC Custom Homes | Homebuilders Chatham County

NC custom home cost per square foot: Floor plan layout

An “average cost per square foot” may also not the best indicator of value because even plans with similar layouts can have differences that impact the build cost. For example:

The Chandler Floor Plan | Siler City New Homes
  • How big are the kitchens – how much cabinetry and countertops? What kind of appliances and lighting?
  • How many bathrooms? How extensive is the tile work?
  • How big is the garage?
  • How many and how big are the windows and doors? A wall of windows or sun room can make a big difference.
  • How much square footage is on the main floor, versus upstairs?
  • How high/complex is the roof line?
  • Does the home have a lot of cut outs or is it designed more cost effectively?
  • How much outdoor living space is included in the footprint? How big are the porches and screen porches? Is there an outdoor kitchen or see-through fireplace?

NC custom home cost per square foot: Building materials and selections

Here’s what else you need to know, as you compare costs:

Look closely at what the builder includes in writing. Are floors “resilient material” or hardwood? What kind of hardwood is it? How many rooms start with carpet? Is there a microwave? Is the owner’s suite shower tile, or plastic? Does it have a fireplace? What kind of lights and faucets are included? Does the home come with a radiant barrier or sealed crawl space (that can save you a lot over the years and make your home more efficient and comfortable). Different materials, features and finishes can make a huge difference in the price for your home – and everything you want to change will add to the price you pay (either now or later.)

Look for what the builder has in writing as to what comes “standard.” What builders offer can differ extensively as to what is “basic”. We can help you find a cost-effective floor plan. And we will help you compare advantages.

NC custom home cost per square foot

NC custom home cost per square foot: Location and building lot site work

The site work required for your lot can also make a big difference. Ask the builder what it costs to build a home on your lot. Find out if they require you to sign up with them before they will do an assessment of site costs.

  • Is a sewer available or do you need a septic system? Is it conventional or engineered?
  • Do you have over 2 or 3 acres? If so, a well may be required.
  • How long is the driveway? What will it be made with?
  • What is the topography? Do you need a tall crawl or basement?
  • What are the setbacks?
  • Is it in a neighborhood with an HOA? What are the community covenants?
NC custom home cost per square foot

Travars Built Homes builds homes from cottages to estates, with a cost per square foot that is appropriate for custom homes that come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and architectural styles.

Our quotes come with about 10 pages of details, so you know exactly what’s included in your build cost – and what that means in terms of quality materials, craftsmanship, air quality, energy efficiency and everything else that can make a big difference not just in cost per square foot – but in the comfort and strength of your new home.

Cost per square foot for a custom home depends on the floor plan, selections chosen, and location. Get started, here, with pricing information from Travars Built Homes.

Want to know the cost per square foot? We’ll give you that, too.

Things to do with Kids in Pittsboro NC

An amazing local play, walk, sports and splash park is now open in Pittsboro! Knights Farm Community Park has 10 acres of fun opportunities.

Creative playgrounds!

Huge splash pad filled with water fountains to cool down summer.

Imaginative “house” and “shop” with play spaces inside and out.

Cool slides!

Wide, concrete walking paths for a casual stroll.

Picnic tables – some under a roof.

Some with grills and water sources.

There’s even a dog park and sports field.

We like Knights Farm Community Park – another great Pittsboro gathering place.

Owner’s suite bathroom design: How to create the space you need for your new home in NC

How to arrange the bath in your NC new home.

Bathroom Layout #1: Little Treatments – Big Statement

Pineterest and Houzz worthy results like this come from creative custom choices: Mirrors. Lighting. Sinks. Drawers. Little touches transform, with design build Travars Built Homes.

White and Black Tile Bathroom | Mebane NC New Homes

Bathroom Layout #2: Comfort and Closet

Spacious tile shower with glass. Stand alone tub with window view. Wood look tile. Nearby closet with custom shelving and natural light. What would you like to surround yourself with, in your owner’s suite bath?

Wendell North Carolina New Homes | Large Tile Shower
Freestanding white tub and large tile shower in the Owner’s Suite bath.

Bathroom Layout #3: Shared Space That Feels Private

Separate sinks, cabinets and drawers. Lantern lights. Personal sized mirrors. How much space does your floor plan have for your vanity? What look would you like?

Chapel Hill Modern Farmhouse | White Dual Vanity

Bathroom Layout #4: Mixing Textures and Styles with Unexpected Barn Doors

Opaque glass framed with antique white can give a barn door a light, airy feel, like this. What a great way to make a doorway feel more important – and add contrast to the bold tile and contemporary choices.

Chapel Hill Modern Farmhouse | Wood Sliding Barn Doors

Bathroom Layout #5: Barely There Glass Shower Glass Across from Boldly Framed Mirror

Frameless glass (and doorless entry) on the shower provides a contemporary open feel. Spacious, elegant and ready for relaxation.

Accessible Shower Floor | On Your Lot Builder Chapel Hill NC

Bathroom Layout #6: Large Shower. Deep tub

This owner’s suite bathroom takes advantage of the ability to customize with emphasis on the importance of water. Note the blend of tiles in every part of the room. This design is all about the view – inside and out.

Chapel Hill Modern Farmhouse | White and Gray Master Bathroom

Bathroom Layout #7: Separate Vanities. Vaulted Ceilings

Creating an extension of space upward can provide a feeling of spaciousness to a smaller bathroom. Adding softer tones to the tile shower, floor and tub surround adds comfort.

Raleigh Custom Homes | Walk in Shower

Bathroom Layout #8: Tight Fit Tricks

When space is at a premium, focus on smaller areas to bring the eye. Lighting. Countertops. Floor. All with a modern farmhouse feel.

En Suite Bathroom | New Homes Chapel Hill NC

Bathroom Layout #9: Modern Old Fashioned Freestanding Tub

Freestanding tubs are one of the most popular requests for new custom homes. Ask your builder how much space you need around the tub, and where you want the faucets.

Chatham County NC Custom Homes | Farmhouse White Bathroom

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7 questions to ask as you choose interior lighting for your design/build new home

There are many lighting choices for your Travars Built custom home in NC. Here’s what to keep in mind to help ensure the lights you choose can be a good fit.

#1 What lighting styles are your favorite? Matte black modern farmhouse? Contemporary chrome?

It’s common to mix and match lighting styles in design/build new homes. You don’t have to pick just one!

Kitchen Open to Living Room | On Your Lot Builder Chapel Hill NC

#2 How much light do you need?

How much natural light is available through windows, skylights, glass doors? How much foliage is around the home? How often will shades be closed?

Chapel Hill New Home Builder | New Homes Chapel Hill NC

#3 Where will the light source be placed?

Make sure the wattage and light bulb size are sufficient for the area you need to light up. Some lighting fixtures are really pretty. But they use tiny little lights. Will the lighting source be sufficient?

#4 What are you lighting up?

Rooms with high ceilings may need more light distribution. Screen porches may block some natural light from entering the rooms behind them.

#5 What do you need the light for?

Craft rooms, homework areas, informal dining areas or other specific designations may require extra lighting. Do you need a spotlight or more subtle lighting?

#6 What materials?

Chrome? Wood? Black metal? Copper? Crystal? It’s no longer an imperative for everything in the room to match. Faucets and doorknobs can be a very different material than lighting. The focus is more on personality and functionality than adhering to a single material.

Chatham County NC Custom Homes | Two Story Kitchen

#7 What is the purpose of the lighting?

Does the entire room need to be lit up, with multiple can lights to boost lighting or would sconces (for reading), under cabinet lights (for food prep) or theater lights (along the floor or steps) be something to think about?

Chatham County On Your Lot Builder | Chatham New Homes

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New home architectural styles in North Carolina

Today’s most sought after new home styles in NC reflect a blend of Modern Farmhouse, Craftsman, Colonial, Traditional and Contemporary – and even reflections of several design approaches in a single dwelling.

Mixed architectural exterior

Note the difference in style between the front porch, columns, siding, railings, window frames, trim around the windows, front door design, detail work and roof line of this home. It’s a great example of how today’s new homes aren’t held back by old fashioned norms.

New home architectural styles in North Carolina
2824 sq ft | 4 Beds | 2.5 Baths | Two Story Home

Get a flyer and pricing information for the Joanna and similar NC home plans, here.

Traditional and turret home exterior

The turret on this home adds a touch of whimsey to a cost effective custom home plan. Stately brick and touches of metal complete its modern medley of styles.

New home architectural styles in North Carolina
2758 sq ft | 3 Beds | 2.5 Baths | First Floor Master

Get a flyer and pricing information for the Cooper and similar NC home plans, here.

Craftsman home exterior

This home has all the makings of a Modern Craftsman style – with splashes of bold color to add dimension.

New home architectural styles in North Carolina
3227 sq ft | 4 Beds | 2.5 Baths | Main Floor Master

Get a flyer and pricing information for the Leigh and similar NC home plans, here.

Modern Farmhouse home exterior

Board and batten siding and a crisp facade says Modern Farmhouse. Look closely and you’ll see Arts and Crafts windows and a colorful front door, with personality.

New home architectural styles in North Carolina
2328 sq ft | 4 Beds | 2.5 Baths | First Floor Master

See the photo tour and request pricing information for the Rodanthe, here.

Contemporary Modern Farmhouse exterior

Lots of windows provide Contemporary appeal. Simplicity says Modern Farmhouse. Metal roof accents add artistic appeal.

New home architectural styles in North Carolina
2418 sq ft, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths

Get a flyer and pricing information for the Bluffton Way and similar NC home plans, here.

Colonial home exterior

This Colonial exterior belies the Contemporary features and finishes inside – a no-holds-barred approach to capturing your own sense of adventure, without everything having to follow the same flow, when you design/build your new home.

New home architectural styles in North Carolina
3470 sq ft | 5 Beds | 4 Baths | First Floor Master

See the photo tour and request pricing information for the Inara, here.

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New home trends: Best hardwood flooring for pets

You have a lot of choices for flooring in North Carolina new homes, from hardwood to tile and carpet, as well as custom options.

Travars Built Homes offer the highest quality features, finishes, materials and craftsmanship, including real oak hardwood flooring in every home. See what else comes, standard, here.

All types of flooring will see some wear and tear over time. But which types of hardwood flooring stand up best to daily traffic from people and pets? Here are 10 tips for choosing hardwood flooring in NC new homes:

North Carolina New Homes | Hardwood Flooring Trends

Hardwood flooring tip #1:  Soft woods cost more — and provide less protection

If you want to avoid flooring that dents easiest, avoid American Cherry, American Walnut, and Pine. Better versions of these hardwoods for a harder surface? Brazilian Cherry and Walnut.

Hardwood flooring tip #2: Consider a Harder Hardwood

Hickory, Brazilian Cherry and other hardwoods rank high on the Janka scale.  They come with a premium price, but  are much harder than the 3/8 “hardwood” flooring most builders use. Travars Built Homes uses ¾ solid oak hardwood – a much higher quality wood with more resistance to wear and tear than most new homes start with.

North Carolina New Homes | Hardwood Flooring Trends

Hardwood flooring tip #3: Strong grains can hide more scratches

Red oak has a stronger grain than white oak. Red oak, 1290 on the hardness scale, hides scratches better than Brazilian Cherry, which is 2350 on the Janka scale

Hardwood flooring tip #4: Hand Scraped and Distressed Hardwoods provide modern rustic character that makes wear look appealing

The more wear you put on these hardwoods, the more realistic they look. Knots and other character traits also give “real hardwoods” a natural look that feels comfortable and welcoming.

Contact Travars Built Homes to get a price for your NC new home build.

Hardwood flooring tip #5: Mask imperfections with a Matte Finish

Ask your builder to use a matte finish on your site finished hardwood floors. Glossy finishes will be more reflective – and imperfections more glaring.

North Carolina New Homes | Hardwood Flooring Trends

Hardwood flooring tip #6: Light stains hide scratches best

Another great characteristic of oak hardwood flooring is that it’s already a naturally light wood. The stain shade you choose can make a difference in how much scratches show, with lighter hues hiding more scarring than dark colors. lighter hue on the stain you choose And if you’ve chosen oak, a naturally light wood, even if the finish is scratched off the scratch is more likely to blend with the rest of the floor.

Hardwood flooring tip #7: Solid Hardwoods have long lasting qualities

Site finished solid hardwood flooring can be refinished. So if you feel like freshening up your woods in a few years, either because you’d like it to look new or want to change the color, you can simply sand it and restain it, at a much lower cost than replacing the entire floor like you’d need to do with an inexpensive laminate.

North Carolina New Homes | Hardwood Flooring Trends

Hardwood flooring tip #8: The bamboo effect

Bamboo can be beautiful, but it’s not always the best choice for a floor that will have a lot of people and pet traffic. Stained bamboo can scratch very easily. Although it is technically stronger than oak, dents show up more easily. Strand bamboo costs more than carmelized bamboo, but can hold up better. 

Hardwood flooring tip #9: Furniture Felt Pads can prevent heavy scraping

Using felt pads under furniture (even with wheels) can protect your floors. Scattered rugs can also protect areas with heavy traffic, such as doorways, hallways, kitchen aisles and gathering places.

Hardwood flooring tip #10: Leave your shoes at the door

Still love soft woods best? Create a space where shoes go as people enter your home, to avoid scarring caused by pebbles, dirt and high heels. Custom built-in shelving, drop zones or even just a corner on the floor reserved for shoes can help your floors stay cleaner and less worn.

North Carolina New Homes | Hardwood Flooring Trends

Contact Travars Built Homes to find out more about building your new construction custom home in North Carolina.