home builders nc: Create a Stress-Free Master Bath - on any budget - 06/07/10 06:08 AM
The Master Bath - Your De-Stress Zone What's the one room Mom can go in the house for a little peace and quiet?  Chances are, it's the master bath.  This retreat-at-home can be a special place, no matter what the budget.  Here's how.
1.  Choose colors carefully. Color choice can be very emotional.  Oranges and yellows are very stimulating, and can actually increase the heart rate in very large doses. 
Blues, indigos, and violets tend to be soothing.  Greens can go either way, depending on whether they are blue or yellow based. 
Not sure about painting the room?  Stay neutral, and … (5 comments)

home builders nc: How to save money when you build your new home - Top 5 Questions for the Family Room - 03/22/10 06:03 AM
What to upgrade now - and what you can do later - from a Custom Home Builder Smart home building tips for the Family Room and Living Areas  
You can save money and build your new home the way you want it - by doing some of the final details later.   
Here are the top 5 questions that will help you decide what's a must and what can wait - along with our suggestions and tips.
1.        What kind of flooring best fits your lifestyle?
Will babies be crawling? Will children be working on crafts, or playing with toys … (6 comments)

home builders nc: Fees and Interest Rates both poised for increase - 02/24/10 02:40 AM
Fees and interest rates are about to go up, with government-mandated changes that can cost unaware home buyers thousands.
Both FHA funding and interest rates are set to change - and not in the direction many homebuyers would like to see. 
This information is from Bill Dixon, a real estate agent with Zip Realty in Raleigh NC.
"Important FHA information for home buyers, A must read! Those who wait will pay thousands more or not be able to buy this spring.
Important potential home buyer's information: Waiting a few extra days or weeks to purchase a home this spring could cost buyers … (0 comments)

home builders nc: Top 7 Questions to Ask Before Buying Your New Home - Kitchen - 02/22/10 07:59 AM
Wondering how to save money in your new home? Tips on What's Worth Upgrading - From a Custom Home Builder Smart home building tips for the Kitchen
This questionnaire will help you determine where to spend your money in the kitchen as you  build - and what you can do differently, later.
1. Where do you spend your time in the kitchen? Factor in ease-of-use and functionality.
2.  Who hangs there with you? Do you need an island, breakfast bar , or conversation corner? Do the countertops need to incorporate extra width or arches, or will something simple do?
3.  How important is the overall … (51 comments)

home builders nc: Do I still have time to build a new home? - 02/02/10 10:17 PM
Home Buyer Tax Credits  
Looking to take advantage of the home buyer tax credit before it expires?
Make sure you know how long it will take your builder to complete your new home.
It's important to know how the home building process works - you might not have as much time as you think. 
Buyers have until April 30 to sign a sales contract. But they must close on the home by June 30 in order to qualify for the $8,000 tax credit for new home buyers or $6,500 tax credit for repeat buyers.
One of the first questions you need … (3 comments)

home builders nc: What Kind of Green should I put in my new home? - 01/17/10 01:37 AM
Green Home Certification Packages  
Green means something different to everyone.  At Stanton Homes, we're making it easier by offering a variety of green home certification and green feature packages. 
A green home will help homeowners:
Reduce Greenhouse Gas Save Money Every Month Lower Maintenance Increase Comfort Have Healthier Indoor Air Invest in the Future What are some of the most popularly requested features? 
Energy Wise Package
Energy Wise Foam Insulation Package
Foam insulation on all exterior walls with Bayer closed cell foam Foam insulate roof and garage ceiling with Icynene open cell foam Energy Wise guarantee - written guarantee of … (5 comments)

home builders nc: Ways to Spruce up Your Home for Under $100 - 01/10/10 09:13 PM
Looking to sell your current home?  A few small changes may make all the difference for a quick sale!  Here are some great recommendations to get you started.

By spending $100 or less, a home owner could improve their home and make their surroundings more enjoyable.  Since it is winter and colder outside, this is the time of year when more people focus on staying home more and inside home updates.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1. One thing my family always enjoys is new bedding.  Now is the time to pickup a new "bed in a bag" … (4 comments)

home builders nc: Learn About Building a New Home in NC - 12/11/09 01:23 AM
Meet the Builder: Learn About Building Your Home Saturday January 2, 12-4pm "Meet the Builder" drop-in events are an informal opportunity for homebuyers to bring questions to an experienced new home builder, even before you decide what or where you want to build.
What To Look For In Your New Home Stanton Homes offers one-on-one advice on what to look for when buying a lot, choosing a floor plan, or evaluating options, including topics such as:- Building a Custom Home - why it's more affordable (and easier) than you think. - Green Building - what does it actually do, and what … (3 comments)

home builders nc: Tax Credit Myths and Truths - First Time and Repeat Buyers - 12/10/09 09:42 PM
First Time Home Buyers Tax Credit and Repeat Homebuyers Tax Credit Tax Credit Myths and Truths If you're looking to build a new home and take advantage of the extended tax credit, there might be less time than you think to make your decision.
The contract has to be signed by April 30. The home has to be completed and closed by July 1. That two month difference does not allow time for the process (finance, permits, construction) which can take up to six months.
Here are the facts you need to know, so you don't miss out on $8,000 for first … (4 comments)

home builders nc: Tile Tub Surrounds | Tile Options and Ideas for Your Master Bath - 12/02/09 10:00 PM
New Home Ideas
Tile Tub Surround Options and Ideas Designing Your Tile Master Bath with Style A full tile master bath is standard in nearly every home we build.  There are endless ideas for tile tub surrounds.  Take a look at these 2012 bathroom design trends.

When selecting your new home, first find out exactly what your builder means by a tile surround.
A full tile surround should cover the tub base deck, extend downwards to the floor, and extend up the walls by a foot or so.
Some builders refer to a "tile surround" but only include a … (4 comments)

home builders nc: PM Rate Lock Advice and Mortgage Market Update - 11/30/09 11:39 PM
Mortgage rates are still at historic lows - don't know how much longer this can last!

Rate Lock Advice and Mortgage Market Update

November 30, 2009, 1:30 PT
Lock Advice:  FLOAT With CAUTIONThe Float with Caution recommendation is because rates have been down for a while and they almost always adjust in the other direction after a long run.MBS prices are up 2/32. This morning, the November Chicago PMI national manufacturing index rose to 56.1, the consensus forecast  was 53.0
RATE NOTES:When MBS prices are up, Rates are down.Lock advice can change throughout the day … (2 comments)

home builders nc: Raleigh Real Estate Market Report - October 2009 Sales and Inventory - 11/30/09 11:30 PM
Raleigh Market Reports - How is the Housing Market in Raleigh?
Home Sales Up Nearly 8% to Last Year
Inventory is Down Throughout Wake County Single family detached home sales were up 7.43% year over year in October 2009.  Sales were also up 6% versus September 2009, and up nearly 10% versus August 2009.
How Many Homes Sold in October 2009?
Detached single family home sales do not include townhomes or condos.  The number of detached homes sold in October 2009 was 853, compared to 794 homes in October of 2008.
Where are Homes Selling in Wake County?
The … (2 comments)

home builders nc: New Home on Acreage in Hamlet Grove - Just 15 Minutes from Chapel Hill! - 11/19/09 04:53 AM

home builders nc: Lowering Home Energy Usage | Reduce Your New Home HERS Score - 11/16/09 09:28 PM
Raleigh Relocation Information
How To Lower Home Energy Usage Reduce Your HERS Score in Your New Home Any home's energy usage can be "rated" by a certified third party Home Energy Rater.  Whether you're buying new or buying an older home in a great location, a HERS score will help you understand how much energy your new home requires. 
What's a Good HERS Score? A home build to standard construction methods has a HERS score of 100.
An ENERGY STAR home uses 15% less energy, and has a HERS score rating of 85 or lower.
What are some good ways to reduce … (2 comments)

home builders nc: "Green" Countertop Options | Green Kitchen Countertops in Your New Home - 11/16/09 03:23 AM
Green Homes Raleigh NC
"Green" Countertop Options Choosing a Green Kitchen Countertop for Your New Home If you're considering green options for your new home or kitchen remodel, your kitchen countertops may be one of your focus areas!
There are many different kitchen countertop ideas that can count towards "green points" during the green home certification process.  Here's a brief overview, along with a very general pricing structure:
Torzo is a composite wheat straw material with no added formaldehyde.  Torzo is rapidly renewable, 70% pre-consumer recycled content. 
The cost of Torzo countertops is roughly 20-30% higher than granite.

home builders nc: What is a HERS Rating? How Energy Efficient Is Your New Home? - 11/12/09 10:28 PM
Home Builders NC
What is a HERS Rating? HERS = Home Energy Rating Score Any home can be "rated" by a certified third party Home Energy Rater.  Whether you're buying new or buying an older home in a great location, a HERS score will help you understand how much energy your new home requires.
The home energy rater will provide an analysis of the home, including review of floor plans, onsite inspections, and tests such as a blower door test (to test the leakiness of the house) and a duct test (to test the leakiness of the ducts).
A complex software program … (0 comments)

home builders nc: Top Trends in New Homes | Smaller, Cozier, and More Cost Effective! - 11/09/09 09:32 PM
New Home Trends
Top Trends in New Homes Today's Homes are Smaller, Cozier, and More Energy Efficient Here's what homebuyers and builders are focusing on in today's new home market! 
- Focus on Smaller Homes Many builders are shifting from a focus on homes in the 2500 to 3500 sq ft range to homes mainly in the 1600 to 2500 sq ft range.  The average and median square footage in new homes has dropped for the first time in many years.  Smaller homes cost less too!
- "Great Room" Instead of Formals More homebuyers are looking for a "Great Room" concept … (36 comments)

home builders nc: USDA Loans - 100% Financing in the Triangle Area - It's Not Just for Farms - 04/08/08 10:28 PM
I hadn't heard of this loan program before a great local lender pointed it out...
The USDA has a 100% financing program called Rural Housing Loans.   My first thought - this must be for farms or farmland.  It's not!  These loans can be used to purchase a wide variety of homes.
There are two big catches: location and income level.
Surprisingly, most of the Triangle area DOES qualify, as long as you're not in the Cities of Cary, Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill - the population there is too large, and this program was created to help potential homeowners in rural areas.  But … (5 comments)

Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder) Ambassador large

Stanton Homes

Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Raleigh, NC

More about me…

Stanton Homes - New Home Builder

Address: 800 W. Williams St, Suite 271, Apex, NC, 27502

Office: (919) 278-8070

Fax: (919) 267-6526

Email Me

A builder's perspective on custom home ideas, tips, trends, and design, with an emphasis on new homes in Raleigh NC Stanton Homes on Facebook 365 Things to Do in Raleigh on Facebook




RSS 2.0 Feed for this blog