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Latest Kitchen Design Trends for 2018

The latest kitchen layouts offer an abundance of options and design trends. These were among the key takeaways during a recent International Builders’ Show seminar in Orlando focusing on “What’s Cooking in Kitchen Design.” Interior design industry experts Laura Sullivan, founder of ID.ology Interiors & Designs based in Asheville, N.C., and Deboni Sacre, founder of Liv Design Collective headquartered in Salt Lake City, provided a breakdown on what’s trending in the following areas:

• People want multi-functional islands
• Different shapes are in demand, not only the traditional rectangle
• Multiple seating and wrap-around seating is becoming more popular
• The island is the focal point, and can change the whole look of a kitchen

• Luxury designers are building large, walk-in pantries
• Butler pantries are an emerging trend
• Pantries are acting as an extension of a kitchen, but hidden away

• More layered lighting
• Decorative fixtures
• Recessed lighting still popular
• Toe kicks and overhangs

• Open shelves for ease of access
• People are comfortable displaying dishes and pots in open shelves
• Pull-out cabinets are a nice touch to save space
• Decorative display pot racks are becoming more popular

• Consumers want more high-end appliances
• Appliances can come in many colors
• Power outlets on island for phones and laptops
• Motion-sensing fixtures

• Full-wall backslashes are in demand — no more four-inch back slab
• More materials are popular, such as wood and a metallic look
• Creative patterns

• Bold is back in the kitchen
• Navy, black and blue
• Painted and natural mixing
• Brass is still hot
• Mixed metals is a big trend

• Quartz is the new budget material
• Increased us of wood, natural and softer colors
• Stainless steel is making a comeback

There are so many choices it can quickly become overwhelming. At Pinehurst Homes we have home design and remodeling professionals who can help you navigate the choices to get the kitchen fits your lifestyle and budget. Our President, Wayne Haddock, is a Past President and member of the Moore County Home Builders Association. As an active contributing member of the National Association of Home Builders (www.nahb.org), Wayne would like to thank the NAHB for their contribution to this article.

How do you know its time for a Bath or Kitchen Remodel?

Fall in Love with Your Home…Again

Do you want to expand your kitchen for added workspace? Have you been wanting to add a beautiful walk-in shower or soaker tub to your master bathroom? For many homeowners, renovations are the fastest path to better living while adding equity to your biggest investment — your home. Pinehurst Homes is eager to be your partner with design, feature and technical skills to help your renovation or remodel be a success.

Dream Kitchen

You deserve a kitchen that’s built for the way you live. Maybe you entertain often, but find you don’t have the room to host your guests comfortably. Or, perhaps last Thanksgiving, you realized how much you could really use a double stove to make meal preparation a breeze. The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) suggests you consider the following when thinking about a remodel.

Ensure Adequate Space: Are you happy with the amount of counter space, cabinet space, and floor space in your kitchen? Is the position of your refrigerator or the shape of your counter taking away useful work space? Do you keep the kitchen island or remove it to make the space feel larger? Could you use more countertop space for food preparation?

Improved Traffic Flow: If there’s more than one cook in your household, consider making more room around the main work area. If you enjoy entertaining, an open plan kitchen that allows for more social interaction between the kitchen and other rooms may be a better option.

Keep Children in Mind: Dated appliances and design of your kitchen can be hazardous for young children. If you’re in the process of expanding your family, consider making more room for cooking larger meals. Keep in mind that microwave ovens should be installed 3 inches below the principal user’s shoulder, but no more than 54 inches above the floor to avoid accidents. Remove countertops with sharp corners to prevent injuries to young children.

Energy Efficiency: Dated appliances may be costing you more money than you realize. Technological advances in dishwashers, disposals, and refrigerators could save a considerable amount of money and are well worth the investment. Simply upgrading to a dishwasher with low energy consumption, delay timer, and economy cycle or half-load button will save both water and money!

Universal Design: Will you be able to use your kitchen safely as you get older? Considering such an issue is vital in a kitchen remodel. Employing universal-design techniques in a remodel will help ensure the space works for everyone—no matter age, size, or physical ability.

Updating the Layout: Are you thinking of adding a deck to the side or back of your house? Incorporating a door into the layout of your kitchen would be a great convenience for outdoor entertaining. You may want to rearrange the position of windows to allow more or less sunlight, but keep in mind that a cooking surface should never be located under an operational window.

Any one of these changes can make a huge difference in the overall feel and usefulness of your kitchen. Before the remodel begins, make a checklist of major and minor problems and keep notes of the features you like and dislike most. This way, when you sit down with Pinehurst Homes, they’ll know exactly how to suit your needs, taste, and style.

Bathroom Bliss

The bathroom is arguably one of the most important rooms in the house, and definitely among the most frequently used. However, it’s easy for homeowners to overlook this space when it’s time to renovate or update. Updating your bathroom is a worthwhile investment which not only adds value to the home, but also increases the overall quality of your day-to-day life. If you’re not sure if you really need to make a change, here are a few things to think about.

Improved Layout: If you’ve ever had to deal with a poorly designed bathroom, you know what a pain it can be. While there’s no “right” bathroom layout, it’s recommended that the most used features are placed in the most convenient locations. These features should also be placed up against walls to leave as much space as possible. Even a small bathroom can feel spacious when designed correctly.

Maximize Storage: You don’t usually think of storage space in the bathroom until you realize it’s next to non-existent. If you’re dealing with a cupboard-less bathroom, you may find that you’re storing extra toilet paper or towels on top of the toilet…not a good look. Wouldn’t it be nice for such things to be stored out of sight? A bathroom remodel will give you the opportunity to add plenty of storage space and make room to breathe.

Increased Space: Families grow and your once “charming,” “cozy” bathroom is now a cramped and smelly boxing arena. Sharing a bathroom with one person can be hard enough as it is, but the more bodies you add, the worse it gets. A remodel or upgrade can give you room to move and allow everyone to prepare for the day and out the door on time.

Plumbing Upgrades: Plumbing could be considered the “glue” of the bathroom. When plumbing goes bad, you could end up with a disaster on your hands. From major flooding to ruined walls and electrical issues, making sure plumbing is up-to-date is vital and can give you the opportunity to update your bathroom’s overall aesthetic.

Improved Safety: There comes a time in our lives when safety features are needed to prevent serious injury. Safety upgrades such as bars in the shower or beside the toilet can help make a home more comfortable. If you live in an older home, you may not have grounded electrical outlets—something that should be corrected immediately.

Energy Inefficiency: With new advances in technology, there are so many ways to make your home more energy efficient. From lighting and electric to water usage, simple updates can save you money and lessen your environmental footprint.

These upgrades and remodels will help you fall in love with your home again. Another bonus? You’ll also be increasing your property’s value. You may not think twice about your “vintage” master bathroom or “retro” kitchen, but a potential buyer may see a big red flag and pass up your home when you do decide to sell.

If you’re looking for a professional builder and remodeling company in the Pinehurst, North Carolina area offering unique home building expertise, decades of experience, and a reputation to back it up, Pinehurst Homes, Inc. is the choice for you. For more information on the services we offer and the dependable and experienced partner companies we work with, call (910) 295-5400 and ask for Vickie Haddock.

(Sources: National Kitchen & Bath Association; National Association of Home Builders; Realtor.com; Loan Depot; Lowes.com; and Home Advisor, Inc.)

Tips to Protect Your Home Before the Next Frigid Winter Storm

A few minutes of work on your home now, can save you lots of money (and headache) down the line.

Hopefully you did a bit of work winterizing your home last Fall, but there are still several issues to check now that Winter Storm Grayson is behind us. You may have experienced drafty windows or fireplace problems with the severe cold that descended upon us last week and that’s why we’d like to share a few maintenance items you can work on now—before the next cold snap hits. Trust us… you don’t want to let things go until they lead to bigger problems with a much higher price tag!

Check Windows, Roofs, and Doors

Inspect the outside molding around each of your home’s windows and the seal. If you suspect a leak, you should take a closer look from the inside of your home. One simple method for air leaks is the “wet hand” test. Simply wet your hand and hold it a few inches from the edge around the window. If there’s a leak, you’ll feel air blowing on your hand. Use caulking to repair small leaks and keep windows sealed tight.

If your windows are older, they may be inefficient single-pane windows. Seriously consider upgrading to double- or even triple-pane windows to boost the energy efficiency of your home. Pinehurst Homes can help you with choosing new energy efficient window solutions and with the installation.

You may also want to inspect the kickplate and seal on your external doors. With summer sun and moisture these seals can rot and weaken, leaving gaps, cracks and leaks that will let in cold air. With much older doors, a total replacement may be needed to ensure there are no air leaks. Addressing any issues now will save money down the road on your heating bill as well.

Take a good look at your roof and check any shingles that look loose or raised. If you discover roof leaks and broken shingles, Pinehurst Homes can assess any repairs needed and provide an estimate. Many of these problems get much worse over time. What might be only a $200 repair now, could turn into a $5,000 fix later. 

Inspect the Health of Your Basement

Walk the perimeter of your home and look at your foundation. You should also inspect your basement or cellar walls for any mildew, cracks, or areas of concern. Basement leaks and moisture will typically appear as bubbling of paint or grey and darkened areas on the walls. As they progress, the area may turn green or black, and you may see cracks in the foundation (definitely time to call in someone who knows their stuff)!

Check out your sump pump and basement drains as well. It may be a little unpleasant, but give them a whiff. The smell will not be great, but drains shouldn’t have a strong, sour, or dirty odor. Also run some water down your basement drains to see how quickly the water disappears. If the water isn’t dissipating quickly, one torrential rainstorm or several days of steady rain could cause costly basement flooding.

If you suspect foundational issues, don’t panic. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of patching a crack with plaster and adding a coat of anti-microbial/mildew paint. Other times it may have to do with the grade of your landscaping, which may also be as simple as adding dirt to low areas around your house. It’s not always an expensive issue, but you should address it right away, as foundational problems can greatly devalue your home and lead to structural issues inside your home. Again, Pinehurst Homes has been helping customers solve complicated structural and repair issues for many years, so don’t hesitate to call is if you have concerns.

Inspect the Fireplace and Chimney

There’s nothing like the glow of a fire to warm up a winter evening. Before you light up that first log, make sure your fireplace and chimney are clean and critter-free. A professional chimney sweep can clean out soot and other debris that could catch fire. Be sure to keep your home’s warm air from escaping out the chimney when you’re not using it by closing the flue completely closed. You shouldn’t be able to feel any cold air coming down the chimney. You can also install glass fireplace doors or a chimney inflatable that blocks cold air from coming down the chimney and keeps in warm air.

Stock Up on Cold-weather Essentials

When winter storms hit, they often come with power outages. To ensure you and your family are prepared for anything Mother Nature throws at you this winter, you will want to have an emergency kit ready. Following are a few ideas of what you may want to include:

  • An alternative heat source such as a generator, wood-burning stove, or fireplace (and fuel to run them or to burn!). Keep in mind you should NEVER use a generator or portable gas cook stove inside the house. These can fill the room with dangerous carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide.
  • A working, fully-charged fire extinguisher, candles or flashlights and plenty of batteries.
  • Sand, ice melt, and a shovel if where you live is prone to ice and snow (avoid using kitty litter—it doesn’t provide good traction and can make a mess).
  • Of course, keep extra non-perishable food items on hand, including bottled water, and be sure that any family member that requires critical medications has enough to last a few days.
  • You may also want to keep some non-potable water in buckets for flushing toilets. 😉
  • Have some extra cash on hand in case power is out and ATM machines aren’t operating.
  • Be sure your vehicles have a full tank of gas. The added weight can also improve traction on wet or snowy roads. Keep in mind, that even four wheel drive cars can slide on ice. 
  • Last but not least, be sure your mobile phones and electronic devices are charged, and if possible, have a backup battery source you can use to recharge them.

A little bit of preparation and prevention now can help make certain your home is warm and ready before the next round of freezing temperatures or snow arrives.

If you’re looking for a professional builder in the Pinehurst, North Carolina area offering unique home building expertise, extensive remodeling services, decades of experience, and a reputation to back it up, Pinehurst Homes, Inc. is the choice for you. For more information on the services we offer and the dependable and experienced partner companies we work with, call (910) 295-5400 or visit www.pinehursthomesinc.com.

(Sources: Liberty Mutual Insurance; How Stuff Works; NBC News 4; Travelers Insurance; and Living Well – Spending Less.)

Family is the True Foundation at Pinehurst Homes

For more than 30 years, clients throughout the Sandhills region, including Pinehurst, Southern Pines and surrounding areas have trusted Pinehurst Homes to build the homes of their dreams. Whether it’s renovating a historic home, remodeling a kitchen, or building a custom home from the ground up, Pinehurst Homes is committed to excellence and customer satisfaction.

Unlike most in the business, Pinehurst Homes follows a strict “no surprise” policy—what you see is what you get. The entire staff is always transparent about financial and other details throughout the entire build process to ensure every construction project is completed on time and within budget. The company’s main goal is to provide an enjoyable experience and stress-free process.

A Family in More Ways than One

President and founder Wayne Haddock has called Pinehurst, NC home for more than 30 years. He enjoys supporting numerous volunteer groups in town when he’s not busy building homes. Wayne is proud to use his knowledge and passion for the area to enhance his work with customers. He’s also been involved with the Moore County Home Builders Association since the early 1985. From selecting the most qualified contractors to finding and using the highest-quality products available, Wayne is devoted to providing the absolute best in the custom home building industry.

This commitment to quality is shared by his son, Brandon Haddock, who has worked in the business since he was strong enough to hold a hammer. Brandon, an East Carolina University graduate with a degree in Construction Management, is also a national go-kart champion and proud owner of two Grand Nite AKC hunting dogs. Wayne is incredibly happy to see his son continue a legacy of excellence at Pinehurst Homes.

Wayne’s wife, Vickie Haddock, is part of the team as well. She’s the office manager at Pinehurst Homes and is the person to call when you decide to upgrade or even design and build a custom new home. Vickie is a licensed North Carolina Realtor and will work hard to match you with the home of your dreams.

The Haddock’s truly enjoy working together and consider the entire team at Pinehurst Homes “family.” By listening to homeowners and focusing on quality and customer satisfaction, they are able to deliver a home building experience unlike any other.

Excellence Backed by Awards

Pinehurst Homes not only has a strong family foundation, but is also a well-respected and award-winning contractor recognized throughout the state of North Carolina. Here are just a few of the company’s certifications and educational achievements:

• Member of the North Carolina Licensing Board of General Contractors
• Certified – Unlimited License; Building, Utility, Highway
• Associate Degree from Fayetteville Technical Institute in Civil Engineering Technology
• Member of, and certified by, the Institute for Certification of Engineering Technicians
• Senior Engineering Certificate – Soils, Concrete, Asphalt
• National Home Builders Association Certified Green Professional

If you’re looking for a professional builder in the Pinehurst, NC area offering unique home building expertise, decades of experience, and a reputation to back it up, you can feel confident choosing Pinehurst Homes.

If you’re looking for a professional builder in the Pinehurst, North Carolina area offering unique home building expertise, decades of experience, and a reputation to back it up, Pinehurst Homes, Inc. is the choice for you. For more information on the services we offer and the dependable and experienced partner companies we work with, call (910) 295-5400.

Think a Custom Home is Out of Reach? It’s Not!

Five Reasons a Custom Home Can Save You Money

Buying a home can be a tedious process. You spend hours combing through realtor websites entering your criteria: Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, bonus room, separate dining room, a fenced-in yard—the list can be quite varied. Your search turns up plenty of options, but none of them look like great prospects. The home may be too dated, featuring paneling throughout, a kitchen from the 1960s, or a horrible floor plan. The home could be too much of a “fixer-upper” and require more elbow grease than you’re willing to put into it.

Why settle for a home that doesn’t quite measure up to your standards? Why not consider building the home of your dreams? Pinehurst Homes, Inc., established in 1986, provides custom homes and remodeling services to clients throughout the Sandhills region, including Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Seven Lakes, and surrounding areas.

Founder and President Wayne Haddock has been called a personable, supportive contractor by his clients. As a leader in our state’s building industry, he is also well-respected and recognized by his peers as an innovator. Brandon Haddock, project manager, has a BS degree in Construction Management and possesses the knowledge and experience for traditional custom construction along with fresh new concepts expected from the younger generation.

Building a custom home can offer plenty of other benefits as well:

Energy Efficiency

Past studies have found new homes consume half as much energy as homes built prior to 1980. Ensuring your new home is as efficient as possible is great for the environment, your health, and your wallet. Contractors can install high-efficiency irrigation and plumbing fixtures to lower your water bills in a new home. Installing high-efficiency windows and insulation can dramatically reduce utility bills as well.

A Clean Slate

You don’t have to put up with that ugly wallpaper and matching border someone else chose for the kitchen (and bathrooms, and bedrooms, and the living room!). There’s no worrying about replacing the mint green tile in the bathroom another family selected 20 or 30 years ago. You make all the decisions when building a new home. That means selecting the perfect paint colors, tile, faucets, and fixtures, and the type of wood flooring used—you can even incorporate that amazing farmhouse kitchen sink you saw on Pinterest!

Less Maintenance

A new home means new everything: Appliances, HVAC system, flooring, tile, wiring, carpet, roofing, and more. And, it’s all under warranty! You won’t have to worry about replacing the roof just three years after moving in, which might very likely be the case when purchasing an older home. You can be confident you’ll have many maintenance-free years in a newly-constructed home (and expect a maintenance outlay of zero dollars for the next decade!).

Improved Safety

A custom home offers a safer environment for you and your family. Many new windows and patio doors now feature tempered glass, which means less chance of an injury if one should break. Custom builders use better construction materials, including fire-resistant drywall products and improved electrical wiring, to reduce the chance of a dangerous electrical fire.

Better Entertaining

Many find it difficult to entertain large groups in older homes. Smaller, cut-off rooms make mingling hard to manage, especially if you get stuck in the kitchen. Most new homes feature better flow with open floor plans which mean you can still interact with your guests no matter what room you find yourself in. Party guests can find a comfortable spot on the couch without missing out on a fun conversation happening at the kitchen island.

Making the decision to build instead of purchase an existing home is huge. Once you choose to “take the plunge,” be sure to partner with the premiere custom home builder in the area, Pinehurst Homes, Inc. You’ll find the building process is a breeze when you’re working with a company that maintains a strong commitment to high standards and the needs and expectations of the client.

As Duo Dickinson, architect and author of The House You Build and other works says, “If you find the right people, building a house is one of the great joys in life.”

If you’re looking for a professional builder in the Pinehurst, North Carolina area offering unique home building expertise, decades of experience, and a reputation to back it up, Pinehurst Homes, Inc. is the choice for you. For more information on the services we offer and the dependable and experienced partner companies we work with, call (910) 295-5400 or visit www.pinehursthomesinc.com

Sources: Realtor.com; Seattle Times; HGTV; U.S. News and World Report; and The Times Media Company.

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