If you’re building or remodeling a home and looking for ideas, there’s no better resource than The Parade of Homes. Each October, the Home Builders Association of Raleigh–Wake County hosts a free tour of 250 of the newest homes in the newest local communities. This year’s tour features homes from Apex to Wendell, with more than 50 homes open to visitors in Raleigh. We asked Stefanie Bell, the vice president of sales and marketing and a director for The Jim Allen Group, and Laura Siegmund of Midtown Custom Builders, to tell us about some of this year’s most exciting trends.
Sliding glass doors that slide into the wall and are hidden, along with tandem screens that slide up and down or side to side. This makes it possible for more indoor-outdoor living spaces. Arthur Rutenberg Homes/Monterey Bay Homes
Working Pantry. Since open floor plans with large kitchen islands continue to be popular, homeowners are beefing up their pantries to include prep space, with sinks and outlets for countertop appliances. This allows homeowners to entertain in their kitchens, without the counter clutter. Some builders are even matching pantry doors to the cabinet doors, so the new spaces are completely disguised or hidden. Stellar Blu Construction
Freestanding claw tubs and frameless walk-in showers with modern rainfall shower systems. Homestead Building Company
The linear style fireplace, meaning the fireplace itself is more rectangular shaped than square. Stellar Blu Construction
Instead of built-in bookcases, builders are using floating shelves. The shelves are designed with wider/thicker wood, offering a clean, more modern look. Homestead Building Company.
Tile. Have fun with it, experiment with mixing different sizes, colors and textures. Midtown Custom Builders