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What's New in 2015?

Triad New Home Guide - Winter 2015

What's New in 2015?

What's New in 2015/Living RoomImage by Micciche Photography

The greatest draw to a new home is the fact of its newness. It is built from the ground up to suit your wants, needs and lifestyle, and new homes typically feature a warranty which adds to peace of mind. More importantly, today’s new home offers buyers choices. Choices in customization, personalization, location and upfit. Choices which make your new home match your vision and dream exactly.

In 2015, the Triad area offers a wide array of choices in new home communities as new home construction continues to spring back to life. These new home communities feature new floor plans and elevations, with features and upgrades that have been thoroughly researched, selected and displayed in a shopper-friendly way.

Interior customization really adds your personal touch to your new home. Fireplace options alone have expanded dramatically over the past few years, providing a means to add ambience to a room as well as cozy warmth.

What's New in 2015/Living Room
Image by Micciche Photography

Trends Today:

Design Centers:  State-of-the-art Design Centers offer homebuyers a comfortable and efficient venue for making interior and exterior selections. Frequently, a trained Design Center staff member is available to assist you, and because builders buy in quantity, they offer upgrades and finishes at a very attractive price. They also have their finger on the pulse of the country’s design trends so you are assured of making solid choices even if you are “design-challenged”. Design Centers are a boon to the new-home buying process by giving homebuyers a great deal of control and assistance in the final selections for their new home.

What's New in 2015/Orleans Homes/Walnut Creek - Kitchen
Orleans Homes has addressed buyers’ interest in fabulous kitchens by offering a wide variety of finish choices in their Walnut Creek community.

Interior Customization:  Customization options are particularly appealing. Interior appointments such as built-in cabinetry, pendant lighting and even exposed beams in the kitchen are generating excitement while allowing your new home to fit your lifestyle. Interior customization can be as simple as paint selections or as extensive as adding wainscoting to the dining room or crown molding, granite countertops or hardwood flooring. Options vary by builder.

What's New in 2015/White Kitchen
Image by Micciche Photography

A Shift in Tastes:  Color selections have changed dramatically, especially in the kitchen. Shaker-style cabinetry in the kitchen and bath in a clean white finish or in dark espresso tones is very popular now. Dark espresso cabinetry with white solid surface, granite or cultured marble countertops is another choice. Interior colors with walls in warm beige or taupe contrast with the simple styling on white cabinetry.

What's New in 2015/Shugart Kitchen
Dark espresso cabinetry complemented by white countertops makes a bold statement, as shown in this home built by Shugart Enterprises.

Outdoor Living:  Decks have long been a popular accoutrement to new homes; however, increasingly homeowners today are asking builders to elaborate on the simple deck design. Screened porches allow homeowners to maximize their time outdoors, not only in the summertime when insects can be a problem but in early spring and late fall when outdoor heaters are called into service. Nor does it stop with screened porches. Increasingly builders are heeding a call for outdoor living areas that can be as simple as a patio or as elaborate as an outdoor kitchen complete with a natural gas outdoor firepit.

What's New in 2015/Millhaven Landing - Patio
Increasingly, builders are heeding a call for outdoor living areas that can be as simple as a patio at Millhaven Landing, or as elaborate as an outdoor kitchen.

One of the greatest things to happen to outdoor living in this area is the advent of mosquito deterrent systems. Companies now offer subscription services which treat your yard monthly, virtually eliminating the threat of mosquitoes which have hindered Triad residents from fully enjoying and utilizing their outdoor living space. (It’s difficult to appreciate how wonderful a mosquito repellent service is until you experience a yard free of mosquitoes on a warm summer evening.)

What's New in 2015/J Douglas Homes - Deck
The porch shown was built by J Douglas Homes and shows how outdoor rooms can be a true extension of your living area.

Low Maintenance Living:  As Baby Boomers enter their retirement years, there is a dramatic increase in demand for low-maintenance living options. “Downsizers,” who do not want to “downgrade” their lifestyle, are looking for new home communities that offer single-level living or master-down options. They are increasingly gravitating to neighborhoods that include some level of maintenance in the Homeowners Association (HOA) dues. Less housework leaves more time for travel and the pursuit of hobbies and interests that have been postponed for years. Several new-home communities specialize in homes that address this growing population.

What's New in 2015/Keystone Homes/West Hill - Exterior
West Hill, built by Keystone Homes, is particularly appealing to the empty-nester looking for single-level living. This segment of the Triad population is seeing a real boom in numbers.

Location Still Matters:  Triad builders are offering new homes in exceptional locations. Need to be close to work or live where you won’t have to fight traffic? There are undoubtedly new home communities near where you want to live. Are outdoor amenities important? The Triad offers many wonderful parks with new-home communities close by and often adjacent. You may choose a wooded lot with lots of hardwoods or opt for a cleaner landscape, leaving the leaf pickup to others.

Quality and Quantity:  New homes today share many common features, not the least of which is quality construction. The building materials today are superior to those of a few short years ago. Energy efficiency has been at the core of the new-home building industry for years; advancement in constructing efficient, affordable and comfortable homes is legion. Building an energy-efficient home requires greater care in the construction process as well as utilizing the right materials. The homeowner is the direct beneficiary of both.

What's New in 2015/Royal Homes/Brightwood Farm - Exterior
Energy efficiency goes hand in hand with quality construction. Royal Homes of NC offers a 2-year energy bill guarantee as well as a HERS rating with their homes in Brightwood Farm.

Beyond energy efficiency, some builders will focus on upfitting and appointments while others may focus on more square footage for the dollar with less focus on upgrades. Most builders try to strike a balance between the two.

Are you a first–time homebuyer with a large family? The larger square footage may be more important to you. Are you looking to downsize? Upfits to your new home may be more important than maximizing the square footage.

There is a new home for you in the Triad, regardless of needs and motivations. Visiting the Triad Home and Garden Show on February 20-22 is a good place to begin.