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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We work with you to build your home the way you want it in Fox Oak, other available homes and land or on your lot in Pittsboro, Chatham County and surrounding regions extending into Alamance, Durham, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Randolph, and Wake counties.

Awards

Custom Home Builder Awards: Travars Built Homes wins Gold in the Chatham County Parade of Homes

This Travars Built Home was designed and built in Pittsboro, North Carolina. It was honored with a Gold award from the Chatham County Parade of Homes.

Custom Home Builder Awards
Custom Home Builder Awards

The exquisite countryside cottage was created by the Travars Built Homes team with an interesting medley of architectural designs. See examples from mountain house to modern farmhouse to arts and crafts. This home has superb craftsmanship with an incredible open floor plan filled with sunshine and space.

It was designed for indoor and outdoor living. The verandah style 8′ deep covered porch runs across the front of the home and culminates in a screen porch. Double sliding doors create a glass wall with access into the gathering room.

The thoughtful layout was designed with aging-in-place details such as a sunken step-down tub, roll in shower, extra wide hallway, and lever doors. A practical office is located off the first floor primary suite.

Storage space is tucked in everywhere. There are three pantries (a hidden pantry, bulk storage pantry and canning pantry), and extensive bookcases and cubbies. Wonderful cabinetry has lots of pull out drawers. There is also a walk-in storage room upstairs that’s bigger than the guest room.

Grounded with with lightly stained oak hardwood floors and wood-look tile in soft grey and blue, the welcoming open feel is further accentuated by a soaring 17 foot ceiling over the gathering area. A sloped roofline above the kitchen enables a clear sight line from the upstairs loft.

This Travars Built Home defines “custom home” with creative artistry inspired by the wooded countryside setting. It brings a mountain retreat feel of peacefulness and tranquility.

Photo Tour: Chatham County Parade of Homes Gold-winning Custom Home

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We work with you to build your home the way you want it in Fox Oak, other available homes and land or on your lot in Pittsboro, Chatham County and surrounding regions extending into Alamance, Durham, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Randolph, and Wake counties.

Custom Plans with Home Offices

Home offices are now a top request in custom home floor plans

New house plans with home offices can give you an “office environment” within the comfort of your own space. Now that working from home is more common than ever, it’s no surprise that a first floor office has become a top request.

Plans with Home Offices Located Near the Kitchen

This home office is just inside the breakfast nook, separated by farmhouse style barn doors. This flexible layout lets in lots of natural light.

House Plans with a First Floor Office | Barn Doors for Office

Inside the home office, there’s lots of desk space to spread out and a window for natural light.

Plans with Downstairs Home Office | Blue Cabinets Built In

This office is also located near the kitchen. It is tucked away from most high-traffic zones so you can focus on work.

Home Office | Chapel Hill New Home Builder

Offices Located Near the Foyer

Looking for a more classic, traditional space? This first floor office has glass French doors, white wainscoting trim, and large windows.

First Floor Office | Wainscoting Walls in Office

Trey ceilings aren’t just for the living room anymore. This first floor office opens up into a trey:

Home Office Floor Plans | Chatham County Local Home Builders

Offices Located Near (or in) the Primary Suite

Just want a nook-style-office to work in, off the primary suite? Here’s one way to create your own space:

Plans with Home Offices | Office inside the Master Suite

When you look at floor plans for an office location, it may be clearly marked. If you don’t see a home office listed, consider using the dining room for an office (or second office) if you don’t need a formal dining room. Or ask us how we can modify a floor plan to meet your needs.

Design Gallery

Get home design ideas here – and see why every Travars Built Home is decidedly different. Our approach to custom building provides the flexibility to create your forever home the way you want it.

Hand-Crafted Kitchens with Custom Home Design Ideas

Modern Farmhouse | Chapel Hill Custom Home
Custom Home Design Ideas

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    Build Budget w/ site work (Lot additional):
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    Living Rooms with Fireplaces, Built-In Bookcases, and Ceiling Beams

    These living room examples showcase custom home design with: cedar fireplace mantels, stained wood ceiling beams, stacked stone, brick, board and batt, tile, and ship lap fireplace surrounds, built-in wooden shelving and cabinetry, and much more:

    Custom Tile Showers

    These en suite bathrooms feature custom tile showers with white subway tile, herringbone designs, built-in storage alcoves, dual shower heads, built-in tile benches, frameless and semi-frameless surrounds, and much more:

    Custom Home Design Ideas: Formal Dining Rooms

    Work From Home Offices

    These home offices showcase built in desks and bookcases, glass French doors, white wainscoting walls, trey ceilings, sliding barn doors, and much more:

    Drop Zone Built In Storage Units for Custom Home Design Ideas

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    We work with you to build your home the way you want it in Fox Oak, other available homes and land or on your lot in Pittsboro, Chatham County and surrounding regions extending into Alamance, Durham, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Randolph, and Wake counties.

    HOMES & LAND / CUSTOM BUILD FOR SALE

    MOVE IN READY. IN PROGRESS. COMING SOON.

    Read more about Pittsboro’s new Fox Oak custom home neighborhood


    Becton Park at Fox Oak – COMING SOON

    4,318 sq ft under roof | 3006 heated sq ft | 4 Beds | 3 Baths | Main Floor Primary Suite | 4 wooded Acres | $945,000

    • Main floor primary suite
    • Private guest suite, first floor
    • Formal dining or office
    • 3 car oversized side load garage (2 bays + carriage)
    • Island kitchen w/ walk in pantry, copious cabinetry
    • 12 ft ceiling, great room
    • 2 story foyer
    • Bonus room
    • Big windows w/ wooded views
    • Artistic craftsmanship; trim to trey & built ins
    • Covered front porch
    • Vaulted screen porch
    • Energy efficiency; HERS score
    • Sealed crawl space
    • Radiant roof barrier
    • 4+ acre wooded lot on cul de sac w/ space for future pool or accessory building

    See the Becton Park floor plan

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    Photo tours


    Teesdale at Henderson Tanyard – MOVE IN READY

    1147 Henderson Tanyard Rd, Pittsboro, NC | 5.9 Wooded Acres | $948,000

    3,992 sq ft under roof | 3188 heated sq ft | 4 Beds | 4 Baths | Main Floor Primary Suite

    • First floor primary suite
    • Private laundry room access through primary suite closet
    • Private guest suite, main floor
    • 10 ft ceilings 1st floor (12 ft great room), 8 foot doors; 9 ft ceilings 2nd floor
    • Big windows w/ wooded views
    • Island kitchen w/ walk in pantry, soft close cabinetry
    • Bath access from every bedroom
    • Custom closets, cubbies, built-ins
    • 12 ft floor to ceiling bookcase w/ library ladder
    • Loft w/ 9 ft floor to ceiling bookcase
    • Bonus room
    • Showcase staircase w/ coffered ceiling
    • Huge screen porch
    • Walk in attic storage
    • Sealed crawl space, radiant roof barrier, energy efficiency
    • Flat 5.9 acre wooded lot w/ space for future pool and/or accessory building

    See the Teesdale floor plan

    Contact us to tour this move-in ready new home.

    Build this home (or a different custom floor plan) on your lot.


    Riverstone at Fox Oak – UNDERWAY NOW

    98 Fox Oak Trail, Pittsboro, NC | 4.2 Wooded Acres | $875,000

    3883 sq ft under roof | 3089 heated sq ft | 4 Beds | 2.5 Baths | Main Floor Primary Suite

    • First floor primary suite
    • Island kitchen w/ window over sink & walk in pantry
    • Formal dining or office
    • Primary bath w/ water closet; separate tile shower & garden tub
    • Huge bonus room
    • Loft
    • Flex/craft room
    • Side garage
    • Sealed crawl space, radiant barrier, energy efficiency
    • 4+ acre wooded lot at back of cul de sac w/ space for future pool and/or accessory building
    • Riverstone floor plan
    • Photo tour of a customized Riverstone
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    • Build this home (or a different custom floor plan) on your lot
    • See more available homes and land
    • Photo tours

    Contact us to tour this coming soon new home.

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    Helmsly Park at Hamlet’s Chapel – COMING SOON

    4025 Hamlets Chapel Rd, Pittsboro, NC | 1.5 Wooded Acres | $950,000

    3053 heated sq ft | 4 Beds | 3.5 Baths | One Story

    • One story w/ 3 bedrooms down
    • Private bedroom, bath & bonus upstairs
    • Huge island kitchen
    • Massive walk in “messy kitchen” prep pantry
    • Vaulted covered porch 
    • Sealed crawl space, radiant roof barrier, energy efficiency
    • 1.5 wooded acres 

    Contact us to see this homesite and tour a Travars Built Home.

    Build this home (or a different custom floor plan) on your lot.


    Danbury Springs at Hamlets Chapel – UNDER CONTRACT

    4027 Hamlets Chapel Rd, Pittsboro, NC | 1.5 Wooded Acres | $963,000

    4047 sq ft under roof | 3020 heated sq ft | 4 Beds | 3 Baths | Main Floor Primary Suite

    • First floor primary suite
    • Private guest suite on main floor
    • 10 ft ceilings downstairs (11 ft dining/great room) 9 foot upstairs
    • Formal dining
    • Screen porch 
    • Chef kitchen w/ huge island facing family room
    • Mudroom w drop zone; separate from oversized laundry room
    • Bonus room
    • Sealed crawl space, radiant roof barrier, energy efficiency
    • 1.5 wooded acres 

    Contact us to see this homesite and tour a Travars Built Home.

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    Woodland at Bowman Bare – UNDER CONTRACT

    727 Bowman Bare Rd, Pittsboro, NC | 2 Acres

    2930 sq ft under roof | 2231 heated sq ft | 4 Beds, 3 Baths

    • Modern Farmhouse
    • Island kitchen/dining, walk-in pantry
    • Butler’s pantry/coffee bar
    • First floor guest suite/office
    • Drop zone in mud/laundry room
    • Covered porches on front and back of home
    • Third party ecoSelect energy certification, w/ HERS score
    • See the Woodland floor plan

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    Longview at the Lane in Cattail Creek – UNDER CONTRACT

    145 Anneliis Ln, Siler City

    3204 sq ft under roof | 2587 heated sq ft | 4 Beds | 2.5 Baths | Main Floor Primary Suite

    Downstairs Owner's Suite House Plan
    • Modern Farmhouse w/ welcoming covered front porch
    • Informal dining
    • Flex room/office/formal dining
    • Home office
    • Master suite w/ private entrance to laundry room
    • Drop zone in mud room
    • Screen porch
    • Third party ecoSelect energy certification, with HERS score

    Contact us to see this homesite and tour a Travars Built Home.

    Build this home (or a different custom floor plan) on your lot.


    Already own land, have a lot in mind, or want help finding a homesite? Contact us about land you’d like to build on across 12 counties in central NC, as well as more information about homes and land/custom build for sale on our lots in Chatham County.

    Get custom home floor plans:

      Home Plan Type:
      One StoryTwo StoryMain Floor Primary Suite

      Sq Ft:
      2000 - 25002500 - 30003000 - 4000+

      Build Budget with Site Work (Lot Additional):
      500 - 600K600 - 700K700 - 800K800 - 900K900K - Mil+

      Joanna | Chapel Hill Home Builder

      My New Home Portal

      Sign in to see everything happening with the build of your Travars Built Home: Make selections. See progress. Browse photos. See allowances. Message your team. Your personal Co-Construct portal keeps everything organized and available to you, throughout your project.

      How to modify custom house plans

      Our creative team can work with you to find the right plan, or modify custom house plans to include:


      1. An open kitchen layout with large islands, built-ins, and window walls

      Custom house plans will make every kitchen unique. See some favorite trends from white apron front farmhouse sinks to eat-in islands and wooden beam ceilings:

      Custom House Plans with Island Kitchen Open to Great Room

      2. Separated personal space with multi-gen, mother-in-law, or dual master layouts and amenities

      See popular floor plans with a multi-generational layout, here.

      Want to learn more about building a new home in Chatham County, North Carolina? Get started here:

        Do you own a lot?
        Yes, I own a lotNo, but I have a lot in mindNo, I'd like help finding a lot

        Location:
        PittsboroDurhamChapel HillAnother Location in NCI am not building in NC

        Build Budget w/ site work (Lot additional):
        500 - 600K600 - 700K700 - 800K800 - 900K900K - Mil+

        3. A larger shower in the master bathroom (and no tub)

        Doing away with the tub isn’t for everyone – what do you prefer? One (larger) shower, or a “traditional” tub and shower combination?

        4. A bigger pantry with custom-height wood shelving, sink, microwave, and other personal touches

        5. A sun room or screen porch

        North Carolina’s climate is great for sun rooms and screen porches that can be used year-round, especially when you add a cozy outdoor fireplace or outdoor kitchen!

        6. A secret passage, secret pantry, or hideaway

        Secret passageways can be tucked is so many places! Check out these ideas, with a secret door:

        • Under the staircase (leading from foyer to living room)
        • Between upstairs bedrooms
        • From the master closet and home office (using a Murphy bookcase door)
        • From the master closet to an expanded coat closet

        Build On Your Lot

        Own land? Have a lot in mind? Want help finding a home site? 
        Contact us about land you’d like to build on across 12 counties in central NC

        Stay involved and informed as we build your custom home on your lot or ours:

        • On site meetings with the builder
        • Selection design sessions
        • An interactive online portal with everything happening in your home (including allowance expenditures)

        ON YOUR LOT

        We can build your custom home in communities and countryside locations where you can “bring your own builder” with:

        • Help finding a floor plan that can meet your needs and budget
        • Modifying existing plans with customizations from our in-house design team
        • Builder assessment of your land, with allowances specific to your homesite
        • Scope of work spec package quote, with in-depth details about materials, processes and flexibility

        ON OUR LOTS

        Build your custom home on land we already own in wonderful settings and prime locations, like Pittsboro’s new Fox Oak neighborhood and Chatham County countryside opportunities you see here.


        Contact us to find out what it takes to build your new home on your lot or ours.

          Do you own a lot?
          Yes, I own a lotNo, but I have a lot in mindNo, I'd like help finding a lot

          Location:
          Chatham CountyPittsboroDurhamChapel HillAnother Location in North CarolinaI am not building in North Carolina

          Sq Ft:
          2000 - 25002500 - 30003000 - 4000+

          Build Budget w/ site work (Lot additional):
          500 - 600K600 - 700K700 - 800K800 - 900K900K - Mil+

          Contact us to tour a Travars Built Home

          Build your custom home on your lot

          See more available homes and land

          Explore Fox Oak custom home neighborhood

          Photo tours

          We work with you to build your home the way you want it in Fox Oak, other available homes and land or on your lot in Pittsboro, Chatham County and surrounding regions extending into Alamance, Durham, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Randolph, and Wake counties.  

          About Us

          Every Travars Built Home starts with collaboration

          We work with you to build your home the way you want it in Fox Oak, other available homes and land or on your lot in Pittsboro, Chatham County and surrounding regions extending into Alamance, Durham, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Randolph, and Wake counties.  

          • Consider choices for cost effective floor plans that fit your lifestyle and budget.
          • Modify your layout to add multi-gen, accessible, or other custom changes.
          • Build your new home with high quality materials, craftsmanship, and a passion for home building.
          • Access turnkey services for the build of your home including permitting, site work, septic, well, and construction on your lot.
          • Choose between a wide array of options and upgrades. You will go over all options during design sessions with knowledgeable experts and local vendors. These vendors will help provide guidance for your selections.
          • Experience transparency on the timeframe to build your home. The construction start date determines the typical timeframe to build. The timeframe will depend on the size and type of home and the location of the build.
          • Receive an in-depth quote based on your specific location. The depth of detail included in your quote will help you know what to expect across the entire build process.
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          Contact us to find out more about what it takes to build your new home.

            Home Plan Type:
            One storyTwo StoryMain Floor Primary Suite

            Sq Ft:
            2000 - 25002500 - 30003000 - 4000+

            Build Budget w/ site work (Lot additional):
            500 - 600K600 - 700K700 - 800K800 - 900K900K - Mil+