See the shake up in top priorities for 2021 custom homes: Top 11 “must have” requests from new home buyers.
2021 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
Walk in closets are designed with custom cubbies, cabinets, furniture, shelves and dressing areas
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”
2021 custom home trend #2: Secret passages
Secret Passageways are popping up all over the place in new custom homes.
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.
2021 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.
2021 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.
2021 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.
2021 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.
2021 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.
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.
2021 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.
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.
2021 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
2021 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.
2021 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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Built in bookcases, open shelving, cubbies, kitchen pantries
Get ideas for custom home built in bookcases, open shelving, cubbies, kitchen pantries, and storage spaces for every room from Chatham County new home builder Travars Built Homes:
Chatham County New Home Storage Idea #1: Built in Bookcases Alongside a Fireplace
Built in bookshelves next to the fireplace are a popular choice in new homes by custom builders in Chatham County and across central NC. [Get floor plan ideas here.]
Bookcases can be set into the wall with open shelving, cabinets, specialty trim, and other features. Nearly all fireplace surround bookcases are built with a standard height between shelves (similar to when you buy a furniture bookcase). Just give us a picture – we can build it! Travars Built Homes can space shelves at custom heights that you ask for at one of your meetings with the builder on site. It’s part of our standard design/build process!
Chatham County New Home Storage Idea #2: Open Shelves Above a Kitchen Serving Bar
Looking for something more unique in your built-ins? Ask your new home builder how much flexibility you can have for touches like this throughout your home – and what materials they offer for open shelving, such as the Cedar above this kitchen bar and master bedroom beam ceiling.
Chatham County New Home Storage Idea #3: Built In Drop Zone by the Garage
Drop zones with shelves, cubbies, cabinets, and drawers are a very popular addition to new Chatham County homes. We can build them anywhere in your home, with the most common choices between the garage and laundry room or kitchen. This drop zone has a built in bench, shoe cubbies, and bead board trim. Send us a link to a look you like – we can build that, too.
Chatham County New Home Storage Idea #4: Large Pantry with Custom Shelving
A U-shaped pantry is great for “at a glance” storage. A U-shaped pantry requires more depth (and less width) than an L-shaped pantry – so ask your builder what can fit into your floor plan. Adding more pantry shelving at different widths and heights is a popular request.
In this example, one wall of shelving is designed with thin shelves for spices and specialty items, while the other two walls are deeper for cans, boxes, and paper goods:
Chatham County New Home Storage Idea #5: Built in Benches
Add hidden storage to your breakfast room, mudroom, hallway, or nook with built in benches.
Chatham County New Home Builders
At Travars Built Homes, our design build capabilities offer you the opportunity to modify your floor plan to fit your lifestyle. Let us know if you want to plan for extra storage spaces after building your home.
We can modify your floor plan with things like a prepared alcove with the dimensions you’ll need later on.
In this Chatham County custom home, the upstairs loft includes a stretch of half wall (instead of more open railing) designed to accommodate future storage built-ins:
Contact Travars Build Homes for new home pricing in Chatham County, NC – and the surrounding areas within about an hour of Chapel Hill, NC.
What questions should I ask builders about building a new home in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill region of North Carolina?
“Price per square foot” is NOT the most important thing to know.
Use this checklist of new home construction cost questions – and learn why to avoid asking “what’s your cost per square foot”? Contact Travars Built Homes for answers to these questions.
Questions to ask NC home builders: (Not) cost per square foot
- Why does price per square foot come out much higher for some homes than others, even though the size and layout look very similar?
- What comes included in this home, as a starting, “basic” build?
- Can you give me a detailed package that has everything in writing, so I can see just what’s already in there and what I need to add?
- How long will it take to build my new home?
Questions to ask NC home builders: Location and site work
- Where can you build my new home in NC?
- Is site work included in your price? Do you give that to me prior to contract?
- What does it cost to build this home on my lot, as opposed to on a lot in your community?
Questions to ask NC home builders: Floor plan layout and style
- How do I find a cost-effective floor plan?
- Why does a home with a large kitchen cost more to build than a home with a large great room?
- Why does an owners suite on the main floor cost more than an owners suite upstairs?
- Why does it cost more to have a sprawling footprint than one that has more square feet upstairs?
- Why does a home shaped like a “box” cost less to build than a home with “cutouts?”
- How much less does it cost to build a bonus room over a great room than to add a keeping room on the main floor?
- Why do contemporary home architectural styles cost more to build than traditional architectural styles?
Questions to ask NC home builders: Selections and features
- How much does a typical homebuyer pay in addition to the “base” price for your homes once they start including things like microwaves and other features that are in typical custom homes?
- How many choices do I have for selections in your “base” pricing?
- What kind of energy efficiency (features and processes) does this home have?
- How much do windows and doors matter when adding up costs?
- Does it cost more to have a carriage than a third bay in the garage?
- Is a sealed crawl space included?
- Are there built-ins? Trey ceilings? Trim around windows and doors? Crown moulding?
Learn more about building a new home in North Carolina in our FAQs. Contact Travars Built Homes to start asking questions!
What you build into your home office can be a game changer. Here are 6 ways to empower the structure you need for efficiency and convenience.
#1 Home Office Design: Professional Office with everything built in
Take care of business with a home office designed for everything that needs to get done: Built ins. Interactive spaces. Windows and lighting. Oak hardwood flooring.
#2 Home Office Design: Sunny side out
Don’t want to feel locked down while you work? Add walls of windows to your home office, to let the sunshine in and allow you to see everything happening outside! Building a custom home means you can add as many windows as you want, depending on the plan and the builder.
#3 Home Office Design: Private bathroom
Build an en-suite home office with your own private bathroom attached, for the ultimate personal space as you work. This office also has a massive walk in closet for storing business supplies and files.
#4 Home Office Design: Library
Wall to wall built in bookcases with furniture cabinetry like this can enable your home office to organize books, manuals, and other necessities so you can find everything at a glance. A ceiling fan enables you to further control your environment.
#5 Home Office Design: Window Treatments
There are a huge variety of window treatments that can be applied to your home office, like what you see here. This can provide an open feeling that makes your office space feel more spacious and inviting.
Get started with these floor plans from our library – tell us what you are looking for so we can send plans from our vast resources, even beyond these favorites.
Wondering where to go to play frisbee golf in Pittsboro, NC? 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 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.
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.
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.
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:
- Lower Haw River – Top Places to Hike, Kayak and Canoe in Pittsboro NC
- Penguin Place – Top Places to Eat in Pittsboro NC
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.
Are you asking the right questions when you talk with custom builders about costs for your North Carolina new home?
Here are 7 smart questions to ask custom home builders about their services, processes, and prices – before you sign a contract.
Questions to Ask a Home Builder: 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.
Questions to Ask a Home Builder: 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.
Questions to Ask a Home Builder: 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.
Questions to Ask a Home Builder: 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.
Questions to Ask a Home Builder: 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.
Questions to Ask a Home Builder: 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.
Questions to Ask a Home Builder: 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.
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!
North Carolina new home building timeline
A typical timeline to build a custom home by Travars Built Homes is about 6-9 months, once the project is underway. We divide your home build timeline into two stages – pre-construction and construction.
What are the key phases of a pre-construction timeline?
Before we break ground on your new home, we’ll work with you through:
- Floor Plan Selection
- Floor Plan Customization and Design
- Build Permitting
- Pre-Construction Prep
Here’s how the overall timeline for your new home build project works:
During the Plan Selection Phase, we help you find a new home floor plan that suits your lifestyle, budget, and home site. Start with some popular floor plans from a variety of architects on our site. Tell us what you’re looking for, if you want something different! The floor plan selection phase usually takes 2-4 weeks.
During Floor Plan Customization and Design, we help modify your floor plan. What are some common changes we make? Here are the kinds of changes we can make to your plan as part of our design phase – at no extra cost to you:
- Making a master shower larger
- Separating sinks and vanities
- Opening up the kitchen or adding an island
- Adding a mother in law suite or small apartment in the home
- Turning a front facing garage to a side load
Our in house design team works closely with you and your budget. This phase usually takes 2-6 weeks.
Next, we submit for Build Permits. We’ll do your site assessment in conjunction with your floor plan footprint, water hookup, and setback requirements for your lot – taking things like the slope of your lot and the length of your driveway into consideration. The permit phase usually takes 5-7 weeks.
Upon county approval, we break ground onsite by clearing and prepping for your home’s footing and foundation. Once your footers are in the ground, the typical build time is about 6-9 months.
What are the key phases of the home build?
- Excavation: Grading, clearing and site preparation
- Foundation, damp proofing
- Windows and doors
- Rough mechanics, electrical and plumbing
- Siding, exterior paint
- Drywall, paint primer
- Interior trim, flooring
- Cabinets, counter tops
- Trim outs/ fixture installs
- Final paint
- Final punch work and clean up
- Move in day!