The annual Best in American Living Awards (BALA) were held in Las Vegas recently as a part of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders Show. With over 115 remodeling and new home projects honored, the official NAHB website has released an article detailing the 12 most evident New Home Design Trends, honored, many of which you may want to consider in building your dream house in Knightdale’s largest master planned community, Knightdale Station.
With the hand selected builder team at Sedgefield specializing in customizing and working with each client to make their dream home become a reality, any of the New Home Design Trends receiving Best in American Living awards at the NAHB event are something that could be incorporated into the building of your new home.
The 12 New Home Design Trends specifically detailed on nahbnow.com were as follows:
Intimate Outdoor Spaces– This would include a smaller gathering type space as opposed to a more traditional “extended-family size” backyard space. Cozy seating, fire pits, and outdoor fireplaces were common items seen with this New Home Design Trend.
Mid-Century Modern Detailing- This trend has seen an upward swing in many areas, including detailing, elevation design, and even furniture.
Indoor-Outdoor Conversion- Eliminating the once common “distinct border” between these two living spaces has been popular with new home owners, as many have opted for floor-to-ceiling-retractable glass walls and screens to seamlessly blend the two areas.
Troughs and Spouts- Many opting for these type details have chosen to have an outdoor table or structure with an open channel to have some type of “waterfall” that can run either into a pool or some other water feature in their yard,.
Board and Batten Used Inside and Out- This New Home Design Trend has seen a spike in popularity as it can be a great alternative to paint or wallpaper while adding a three-dimensional layer to an interior finish
Copper Bathtubs- An impressive touch to any bathroom whether going for a rustic, modern, or traditional look.
White with Exotic or Repurposed Wood Accents- Described as a “striking combination in flooring, ceilings, and cabinets,” many are leaning toward this trend, pairing a modern white against a more rich, wooden accent in these areas.
Modern Industrial Accents- Very popular in multifamily projects, this New Home Design Trend sees “vibrant pops of color offset the cooler color palette of metals and whites.”
Barn Doors- Used as an alternative to traditional left or right hung doors, barn-style doors have been popping up more and more everywhere from closets, to kitchens, to mudrooms.
Intricate Stairways- From detailed iron newel posts to curving glass railways or glass treads, stairways a more sophisticated stairway has been a common thread among New Home Design Trends.
Low-Impact Design- Sustainable and “green” features in new home designs including rain gardens and permeable pavers were included in many of the award winning entrants.
Waterfall Islands- Whether granite, wood, or marble, these islands have remained popular in the emphasis of clean and modern lines.
For further details on each of these award winning New Home Design Trends and more information on the BALA and the NAHB visit nahbnow.com.
With its countless, vibrant outdoor living options combined with great affordability and its continued growth especially among the younger family demographic it is really no surprise that Knightdale was recently included at number six on the highly accredited real estate website, Home Snacks, among its annual listing of the Happiest Cities in North Carolina.
In determining the Happiest Cities in North Carolina, Home Snacks blogger, Nick Johnson explained that they first “had to determine what criteria makes people happy.” Things such as average salary, which leads to a lesser stress level, a stable home life, and the weather all were items which they felt were pertinent in the decision making process before listing the Happiest Cities in North Carolina.
Going further to explain exactly how they “crunched the numbers” before compiling the final Happiest Cities in North Carolina rankings, Johnson further detailed the process. “We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Sperling’s Best Places, and Twitter.” The eight major areas they decide to “crunch” were, percentage of residents with a college degree, employment rates, cost of living, crime rates, percentage of residents that were married, percentage of residents that are home owners, average commute times, and number of sunny days annually.
In the table shown at homesnacks.net giving the final list of Happiest Cities in North Carolina, it showed that Knightdale can boast that nearly 62 percent of the town’s residents are happily married. A respectably low 40.5 percent crime ranking, which also has led to Knightdale’s inclusion on recent “Safest Cities in NC” listings also weighed heavily in being name sixth among the Happiest Cities in North Carolina. Likewise, Knightdale’s 217 sunny days out of 365 annually would be sure to put a smile on the faces of most residents.
No question that with all of the incredible happenings both at the on-site Knightdale Station Park, and with the spectacular new homes being built in the Knightdale Station new home community, the choice to relocate and build at Knightdale’s largest master-planned community is one that has made many residents happy. For more information on Knightdale Station and the new homes and lots that are available there, visit knightdalestation.com.
With the addition of new industry and business coming into town and the opening of Knightdale’s largest master planned community, Knightdale Station, in the fall, it comes as no surprise that when the end of the year numbers for 2015 were tallied that the numbers showed Knightdale Residential Growth continuing at a record setting pace for the town.
While Knightdale Residential Growth has seen an upward trend for some time, the increase in numbers from 2014 to 2015 was one that was even more dramatic than the steady climb the town has seen in years previous. An example of the huge jump in 2015 in Knightdale Residential Growth would be the 59 percent increase in permits given out for single family homes in 2015 versus the year previous. This saw developers apply for 215 new home permits in Knightdale last year as opposed to just 135 in 2014. Likewise, the “value of improvement” was another increase that was seen in Knightdale Residential Growth, as the average value of a new Knightdale home in 2014 was $191,689, where as in 2015 that number jumped over $10,000 per unit to an average of $204,080.
The Town’s Development Service Director, Chris Hills spoke of the Knightdale Residential Growth, pointing to some incredible new amenities as one of the reasons for the larger increase this year. “These numbers are some of the best we’ve seen since before the recession,” he noted. “We’re seeing the market respond to policies put into place by our Mayor and Council. The new amenities, such as Knightdale Station Park and Mingo Creek Trail, are also helping us create an attractive place for residents and businesses to invest.”
The numbers for Knightdale Residential Growth weren’t the only ones that saw a significant spike, however, as the town was also pleased to see commercial investments on the upswing as well. In the calendar year of 2015, it was noted that developers spent over $16 million on new commercial property in Knightdale. By comparison, this number was over five times the figure from 2014, as commercial investment in the town in 2014 was only around the $3 million mark.
Summing up the impressive increase in both commercial investments and in Knightdale Residential Growth, Mayor, James Roberson stated, “We believe Knightdale provides both a healthy business environment and a desirable place to live.”
To see more on new businesses coming to Knightdale, visit the town’s official website at knightdalenc.gov. If interested in some of the most beautiful residential properties, including ready to move in homes or sites to build on in the town’s largest master planned community, Knightdale Station, you can view these options at knightdalestation.com