Customizing stock up space and big pantries starts with analyzing what you want to store – and the places you have to work with – in 2021 new custom homes in Chatham County, North Carolina.
Kitchens with big walk in pantries are high in “must haves.” Get clever when you go custom, with just-right spaces for everything you store, like these creative cubbies, shelves and racks in Travars Built Homes.
Every inch here was designed for a specific purpose. From pull out racks to built ins sized for each item to be placed there, this is what “totally custom” can look like, when you expand your kitchen into the walk in pantry.
Custom shelf height
Your NC custom home builder can use the measurements you give him to build custom shelving at the height you need, to accommodate everything from stock up Costco size packaging to cans and spices in your walk in pantry.
Custom shelf width and depth
Shelf width is another important consideration to talk through with your NC custom home builder. How many cans do you want to stack in a row? How big are the bags of rice or flour? How long are the cereal boxes?
Pantries with other built in storage nearby
Avoid overstuffing your pantry or closets, by adding additional cubbies and storage spaces nearby. A drop zone only needs 12-18 inches of depth, and can be designed for whatever you want to put there.
Windows and lighting
Consider inset or spot lighting in addition to the usual ceiling fixture, to light up your closet or pantry. Choose between more shelves or a window to add natural light. Talk with your Chatham County new home builder about the impact on your home’s exterior.
How much pantry space do you need? A design build custom home builder in NC can create space for a bigger pantry (or second pantry) in a kitchen corner, hallway, mud room, breakfast room or under the stairway.
Want special storage that’s even more tucked away? A custom design builder can add secret pantries and passageways to your floor plan during the early planning stages.
A butlers pantry typically reflects the cabinetry and countertops of the kitchen, with a dedicated space all its own for items you want to easily access from eating and gathering areas, like this custom designed butlers pantry and wine bar.
Your design build custom home builder can work with you to create storage space for everything you want to have on hand in your new home.
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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!
Looking for a universal design / aging in place laundry room checklist for your Chatham County new construction home? Find everything you’ll need in a new, aging in place home, from doorway widths to accessible features and layout recommendations.
Experts at Travars Built Homes are certified to build aging in place style new homes. Contact us to get started on next steps for your universal design new home.
When you choose your appliances, it’s important that they be front load, for easier loading. We strongly suggest getting a matching pedestal from the appliance manufacturer. Or ask your custom home builder to create a 12-15” platform for the equipment to sit on. Stackable appliances are not universal, as neither appliance will be at the ultimate height to avoid bending and stretching.
Your builder will look for a way to have a 36” wide doorways and 5 foot diameter of open space in front of the washer and dryer. If the laundry is located along the hallway, it will need to be at least 4′ wide.
Keep your laundry room on the main floor for accessibility, unless your home will have an elevator.
Cabinetry over the top of the washer and dryer may not be as useful to you as cubbies or shelves at an accessible height. Check with your builder about reconfiguring the laundry room if necessary, to allow for the kind of storage you need.
Some plans allow for a washer and dryer in the owner’s suite closet. Others can be built with a door from the owner’s suite or closet directly into the laundry room, which also has another entrance. Tell your builder what your needs are – some plans can be modified to relocate the laundry room or add extra doors.
Consider where you will be doing the laundry, as well as where it will be folded and put away. Do you need a table in the laundry room? Countertops can be built at varying heights. Hanging rod? Pull down ironing board? Sitting area? Your builder will take a look at the plans, to make sure there’s knee room and a 36” wide circumference, for full accessibility.
All of these features can be designed and built in for accessibility by a custom home builder.
A universal, aging in place feature that’s important in your laundry room and throughout your home is appropriate lighting. In addition to LED lighting, ask your builder for extra lights if there are areas where you need additional illumination. Consider motion detector lighting for convenience when your arms are full so lights can operate automatically when you come and go. If there are work stations, think about under cabinet lighting, flexible track lighting, or even natural light from windows or doors.
One way to help eyesight in an aging in place design is to change flooring color in the laundry room to differentiate from surrounding areas. There are a lot of great tile choices in a huge variety of styles and colors when you work with a premium custom home builder. Consider cork, too.
Talk with an experienced NC builder
Make sure to talk with a custom home builder experienced with universal design who is flexible enough to meet your goals in design/building your home with the features and convenience you need. Contact Travars Built Homes to get started.
Side Load Garage Benefit #1
A side load garage can give great curbside appeal, with a couple of windows that face front, increasing the perceived size of the home, instead of a big garage door that emphasizes vehicles.
Side Load Garage Benefit #2
A side load garage has a sweeping driveway into the side of the home instead of going straight in, which can give it a look of grandeur, especially when it’s concrete.
Side Load Garage Benefit #3
A side load garage can be used in conjunction with a front facing carriage garage, for separation of vehicles or shop as well as not making it look like the garage is larger than the home.
Travars Built Homes can also add a third garage bay to nearly any floor plan, including carriage garages.
Side Load Garage Benefit #4
A side load garage can be positioned so that there is a courtyard in front of the home, providing more space for play or parking.
We can start your custom home build process directly after your purchase agreement is signed, with site work scheduled as soon as building permits are in hand.
Here are the first steps we take together before the shovel hits the ground:
- Modifications you want to make to your floor plan
- Documented details about features, finishes, materials and pricing
- Lot walk for site assessment with home’s footprint
- Loan closed for home construction (and lot, if not already owned)
- Review of architectural and engineered blueprints
- HOA architectural review, if applicable
- Improvement Permits, if applicable
- Build Permits
- Preliminary survey and home location plat map