2015 Wake County Parade of Homes starts this Saturday…at the Station

Starting this Saturday, and running for the next three weekends, come out and see the great new homes on display at Knightdale Station as part of  The 2015 Wake County Parade of Homes. Known as North Carolina’s “largest open house,” the Parade showcases spectacular new homes every October, with this year’s event running on  October 3-4, 9-11, and 16-18.

The 2015 Wake County Parade of Homes 2015 is the perfect time for you to discover Knightdale Station. Three fully furnished homes (one built by each member of our builder teams) showcasing the spectacular work of Caviness & Cates, H&H Homes, and McKee Homes will be featured “at the Station” for the Parade of Homes.

Conveniently located on 3 adjacent homesites on Admiral Way in Penn Station you can see the quality construction and family-friendly livability of each of the homes in one easy stop. Bring the whole family out to see the Knightdale Station Parade Homes on any of the three Saturday’s from 12-2 p.m. and enjoy free Pelican’s Snoballs.

Knightdale Station’s “Homes on Parade” for the 2015 event are:

2015 Wake County Parade of Homes

406 Admiral Way, “The Savannah,” by Caviness & Cates

Designed for Knightdale Station, the 3575 sq ft “Savannah” features 2 master suites, greatroom with fireplace, open kitchen / breakfast area with pantry and butler pantry, office that can be 6th bedroom, 4.5 baths, and 2-car garage. For a full interior and exterior photo gallery of this home click here.

2015 Wake County Parade of Homes

410 Admiral Way, “The Brooks,” by McKee Homes

The 3593 sq ft “Brooks” floorplan offers 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, downstairs guestroom, finished third floor bonus room, upgraded stainless steel appliances, tiered kitchen cabinets, quartz counter- tops and granite backsplash. For a full interior and exterior photo gallery of this home click here.

2015 Wake County Parade of Homes402 Admiral Way, “The Wilmington,” by H&H Homes

The popular “Wilmington” floorplan offers 2865 sq ft of living space including formal dining room with coffered ceiling, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, downstairs guestroom. Upstairs master features a sitting room, walk-in closet, dual vanities. For a full interior and exterior photo gallery of this home click here.

The Wake County Parade of Homes is one of the largest judged tours in the entire country and is free and open to the public, allowing you a great way to get out and see the newest homes in the newest communities throughout the Triangle area.

“Parade Homes” will be judged on criteria which includes floor plans, quality workmanship, and curb appeal prior to the opening weekend of open house tours on October 3 and winners of gold, silver, and bronze level awards will be named during the Parade at an evening awards gala.

The Parade of Homes is presented by the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County. For all the details on the 50th Annual Parade of Homes visit their event page 2015 Wake County Parade of Homes. For more info on all the great new homes and lots available at Knightdale Station, including the “Parade Homes,” visit knightdalestation.com.

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Grant Awarded to Help Update Outdoor Spaces and Promote Active Lifestyle in Knightdale NC

Active Lifestyle in Knightdale NC

The Town of Knightdale Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Programs Department received a grant earlier this month from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to “transform a public area into an imaginative space for families to play and be active outdoors,” which will see “PlayPrints” installed at Knightdale Station Park, promoting an Active Lifestyle in Knightdale NC for residents of all ages.

According to a press release from the Town of Knightdale’s website, “PlayPrints are ground markings, or colorful shapes and games that are painted on existing pavement. The bright colors and interactive designs are meant to encourage visitors to take part in more physical activity.”

Through the Blue Cross and Blue Shield grant initaives, which all North Carolina community agencies were invited to apply for, the PlayPrints will be surfacing at open play spaces as part of the organization’s “Get Outside North Carolina! (GO NC!) program. GO NC has been responsible for building healthy outdoor living habits across the state by helping with the advancement of greenway systems, increasing access for publc bicyclists, and overall promotion of outdoor activity, much as they are doing at Knightdale Station Park to help encourage a more Active Lifestyle in Knightdale NC.

With options at Knightdale Station Park for a better Active Lifestyle in Knightdale NC already including numerous walking trails, a dog park, athletic fields, and the YMCA at Knightdale Station’s summer camps, the addition of PlayPrints figures to offer another feature that the whole family can use together and have some fun while engaging in various physical activities.

Speaking on the grant received that will add even more options for an Active Lifestyle in Knightdale NC, Parks , Recreation, and Cultural Programs Director, Tina Cheek, said, “Receiving a PlayPrints grant at Knightdale Station Park is a helpful step as we continue to grow healthy and active opportunities in our community.” She concluded, “Park visitors will have new creative ways to engage with our public space and have fun participating in physical activity outdoors.”

To read more on the PlayPrints grant and information on all the other great ways you can achieve a more Active Lifestyle in Knightdale NC visit the Town of Knightdale website at www.knightdalenc.gov For more on all the great amenities and new homes and lots for sale at Knightdale Station, visit www.knightdalestation.com.

(Photo is courtesy of Megan Thornton and the Town of Knightdale)

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Popular Trends in New Home Construction for 2015

2015 Wake County Parade of Homes

The home building experts at builderonline.com released an article this past month based upon the Annual Builder Practices Survey, noting the hottest Trends in New Home Construction for 2015, and in doing so, giving you a few ideas and options to think about as you prepare to work along side the great builder teams from Caviness and Cates, H&H Homes and McKee Homes in the construction of your family’s dream home at the Knightdale Station new home community.

The Annual Builder Practices Survey has been conducted by Home Innovation each year for over three decades as they have tracked the market shares of all building material categories to compile the survey and reports, like the most recent one documenting the hot Trends in New Home Construction for 2015.

Some of the more interesting findings in Trends in New Home Construction for 2015 for buyers to consider when getting ready to begin the building process saw several areas discussed in the builderonline.com article, including:

Flooring: Carpeting has continued to be the most popular flooring option amongst Trends in New Home Construction in 2015, as 83 percent of all new home bedrooms were documented as being carpeted. However, hardwood flooring has seen a rise as the second most popular choice, especially in living rooms. Ceramic tile, which is the most popular bathroom option, was noted as the third most common choice in flooring.

Kitchens: Several popular Trends in New Home Construction for 2015 touched upon in the article involved different areas and items in the kitchen. For new countertops, it was said that granite continues to be the top choice, with over 64 percent choosing this option. Quartz/engineered stone also saw a spike in counter top popularity as a second choice. In kitchen appliances, Cooktops and wall oven combinations saw an increase in installation as compared to freestanding units, while “freezer on bottom” refrigerators also gained in popularity, where as the “side-by-side” units saw a decrease. Sinks were another item in the kitchen that was noted in the Trends in New Home Construction in 2015.The single basin kitchen sink seems to be making a comeback this year, and granite or stone kitchen sinks also have seen a rise in their overall numbers.

Garages: Bigger and more enhanced seems to be the latest for Trends in New Home Construction for 2015 pertaining to the garage, as enhancements such as windows, insulation, and composite or plastic materials being used on garage doors has been on the rise. Also, the past year saw 32 percent of new single family homes building garages with bays for three or more cars, which was the highest number ever recorded in the 30 plus years of the survey for garage’s of this size.

These are just a small sampling of the extensive numbers and findings regarding popular Trends in New Home Construction for 2015 from the Annual Builders Practices Survey. For a full details in all areas of the home, visit www.builderonline.com.