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Pinehurst Homes – Certified Green Builder of new custom homes in Moore County, NC

Building a new custom home with Pinehurst Homes gives you a world of options to increase your new home’s energy efficiency. At Pinehurst Homes we are a certified green builder and can connect you with one of our building professionals to discuss what eco-friendly options are right for your home and budget.

Homes built today are 100% more energy efficient than homes built in 1970. Which means your new home will already include the best of green technology. From durable roof coverings, insulated windows, increased home insulation, high-efficiency geothermal heating & cooling systems, and tankless water heaters, there is so much to choose from in the name of energy efficiency. When you choose to build a green home, all of our custom homes and renovations are built to NAHB National Green Building Certifications. This means your home is not only built to last, but also built with the most up-to-date standards of environmentally friendly building.

There are more benefits to choosing to build green than just helping the environment. Upgrading to eco-friendly building materials can save you money in the long run by increasing your water and energy efficiency, potentially decreasing some building material costs, and increasing your property value overall. Creating a happy home and a healthier indoor living environment. Call Pinehurst Homes today at (910) 295- 5400 to find out more about what we do as a Certified Green Builder.

As a Certified Green Builder, Pinehurst Homes, Inc. has spent more than 30 years delivering quality, eco-friendly construction, remodeling and renovation service to homeowners throughout Moore County, Hoke County, Richmond County, and beyond, including Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Seven Lakes, Aberdeen, Wood Lake, Carthage, Hamlet, Rockingham, Raeford, NC and surrounding areas.

Creating the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen with Pinehurst Homes

Bring the Al Fresco dining trend to your backyard

Restaurants everywhere are revamping their outdoor spaces into cool and comfortable spots to enjoy a meal with friends and family. They’ve borrowed the phrase “al fresco” or “in the open air” from the Italians to describe this unique and fun dining experience. Outdoor dining doesn’t have to be reserved for restaurant guests only, with the addition of a luxe outdoor kitchen and patio, al fresco dining can be brought to your backyard.

Creating the perfect outdoor kitchen

Assessing your outdoor space and deciding the scale of your outdoor kitchen is the first step. Would a smaller, built-in grill and countertop fit the space? Or is a more extravagant grill, fridge and bar the better option? Consider the best layout to turn your backyard into a place to gather and socialize.

Choosing materials and appliances is the next step. Look for a durable yet aesthetically pleasing surface for countertops. Stone top counters weather well and blend nicely into a natural outdoor setting. For patio surfaces, natural stone feels more organic than a concrete surface, where brick pavers create a classic, traditional setting. Whatever you choose, make sure it will withstand the elements.

Creating an outdoor living and dining area can completely transform a backyard from unused to the most popular spot at home. Capitalize upon the beautiful North Carolina seasons and allow Pinehurst Homes, Inc. to help enhance your outdoor living space. From outdoor kitchens to pools to fire pits and more, our experienced contractors can help transform your outdoor area into a versatile and enjoyable retreat.

No matter what you love doing outdoors — entertaining, cooking, swimming, or just relaxing — Pinehurst Homes can help you create a beautiful outdoor living space that suits your lifestyle. What’s more, enhancing the outdoor living area of your Pinehurst home will not only increase curb appeal, but also boost the value of your property.

Historic Preservation Tax Credits in North Carolina – Pinehurst Homes

If you are looking to for help remodeling a historic home in the Pinehurst, NC area, there are tax credits available that may help in paying for the process. There are many resources available online through the following resources. Contact Pinehurst Homes Inc. for assistance in getting your remodeling or historic renovation project off the ground.

Income Tax Incentives in NC

Income tax incentives for the rehabilitation of historic structures are important tools for historic preservation and economic development in North Carolina. A federal income tax credit for the rehabilitation of historic structures first appeared in 1976 and today consists of a 20% credit for the qualifying rehabilitation of income-producing historic properties. In January 2016, new North Carolina historic preservation tax credits took effect that provide credits for both income-producing and non-income producing historic properties. Since 1976, over 3,100completed “certified rehabilitation” projects have been reviewed by the N.C. State Historic Preservation Office, representing almost two billion dollars of investment in historic properties. The spinoff from all this activity includes job creation, downtown and neighborhood revitalization, improved community appearance, and greater community pride. Historic preservation is smart growth, and smart investment.

The Restoration Services Branch of the State Historic Preservation Office reviews and provides technical assistance to all preservation tax credit projects, both state and federal.

A rehabilitation must meet these standards to qualify as a “certified rehabilitation” for the purposes of both federal and state tax credits.

The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation

The Standards that follow were originally published in 1977 and revised in 1990 as part of Department of the Interior regulations (36 CFR Part 67, Historic Preservation Certifications). They pertain to historic buildings of all materials, construction types, sizes, and occupancy and encompass the exterior and the interior of historic buildings. The Standards also encompass related landscape features and the building’s site and environment as well as attached, adjacent or related new construction.

The Standards are to be applied to specific rehabilitation projects in a reasonable manner, taking into consideration economic and technical feasibility.

1. A property shall be used for its historic purpose or be placed in a new use that requires minimal change to the defining characteristics of the building and its site and environment.

2. The historic character of a property shall be retained and preserved. The removal of historic materials or alteration of features and spaces that characterize a property shall be avoided.

3. Each property shall be recognized as a physical record of its time, place, and use. Changes that create a false sense of historical development, such as adding conjectural features or architectural elements from other buildings, shall not be undertaken.

4. Most properties change over time; those changes that have acquired historic significance in their own right shall be retained and preserved.

5. Distinctive features, finishes, and construction techniques or examples of craftsmanship that characterize a property shall be preserved.

6. Deteriorated historic features shall be repaired rather than replaced. Where the severity of deterioration requires replacement of a distinctive feature, the new feature shall match the old in design, color, texture, and other visual qualities and, where possible, materials. Replacement of missing features shall be substantiated by documentary, physical, or pictorial evidence.

7. Chemical or physical treatments, such as sandblasting, that cause damage to historic materials shall not be used. The surface cleaning of structures, if appropriate, shall be undertaken using the gentlest means possible.

8. Significant archeological resources affected by a project shall be protected and preserved. If such resources must be disturbed, mitigation measures shall be undertaken.

9. New additions, exterior alterations, or related new construction shall not destroy historic materials that characterize the property. The new work shall be differentiated from the old and shall be compatible with the massing, size, scale, and architectural features to protect the historic integrity of the property and its environment.

10. New additions and adjacent or related new construction shall be undertaken in such a manner that if removed in the future, the essential form and integrity of the historic property and its environment would be unimpaired.

Note: To be eligible for Federal tax incentives, a rehabilitation project must meet all ten Standards. The application of these Standards to rehabilitation projects is to be the same as under the previous version so that a project previously acceptable would continue to be acceptable under these Standards.

Certain treatments, if improperly applied, or certain materials by their physical properties, may cause or accelerate physical deterioration of historic buildings. Inappropriate physical treatments include, but are not limited to: improper repainting techniques; improper exterior masonry cleaning methods; or improper introduction of insulation where damage to historic fabric would result. In almost all situations, use of these materials and treatments will result in denial of certification. In addition, every effort should be made to ensure that the new materials and workmanship are compatible with the materials and workmanship of the historic property.

Guidelines to help property owners, developers, and Federal managers apply the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation are available from the National Park Service, State Historic Preservation Offices, or from the Government Printing Office. For more information write: National Park Service, Preservation Assistance Division-424, P.O. Box 37127, Washington, D.C. 20013-7127.

Link to Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits, posted by the National Park Service. Includes illustrated guidelines for rehabilitating historic buildings.

To read more, visit https://www.hpo.ncdcr.gov/tchome.htm

Bring the Spa Home: Renovations to Turn Your Bathroom into a Haven of Rejuvenation

The evolution of the bathroom has been an interesting one. A typical home in the 1950s had only one small bathroom used by the entire family. Most homes in the 1970s featured a slightly larger “master” bath with a powder room. But things really started to change with the excess of the 1980s: The building of significantly larger homes lead to very large, quite flashy bathrooms with cavernous spaces full of missed opportunity.

With the arrival of the new century it seemed as though home buyers and builders figured it all out. The larger bathroom was great, but the space should be used more efficiently with both form and function taken into consideration. We begin and end our day in this room and it should be comfortable and organized.

“Bathrooms used to be viewed and utilized in a solely utilitarian manner; from a design standpoint, styles are definitely getting more contemporary and elegant”, says Maya Williams of Maya Williams Design. “A bathroom can be more than just the place you prepare yourself for the day. It’s also, arguably, the most important room in a home because it’s the place you energize your body and mind in the morning and settle your mind and body in the evening. It’s no wonder many of my clients request a home spa retreat remodel of their bathrooms.”

If you’re looking to seriously upgrade your bathroom, we have a few remodeling ideas that can completely transform your boring bathroom.

Make a Clear Change

The hottest trend for 2018 is the wet room: Showers and a free-standing tub in one easy to clean space surrounded by glass. If you don’t have space for a true wet room, you can get a hint of the look by enclosing the shower or shower and tub with a floating glass surround which looks as though it has no fixtures, or a metal frame enclosure with a grid format to give the appearance of French doors.

Choose Large, Natural Stone Tiles

Forget boring subway tile. It seems that larger stone tile is taking over because it makes cleaning so much easier. “I’ve been hearing the need for more easy-clean materials,” says Emily Hoefler, a kitchen and bath specialist at Renovations Group Inc. “A lot of people are shying away from tile because they don’t want to clean grout. If a homeowner does want to do tile, they’re opting for larger format tiles to reduce the amount of grout needed.”

She says we’ll soon see plenty of showers outfitted with large stone tiles in darker hues, even backsplashes as well.

Consider Dark Fixtures and Vessel Sinks

As an overall home trend, warm metals are hot this year. “One of my absolute favorite things becoming increasingly popular is warm metals,” Hoefler says. “Brass is back along with bronze, copper, and even satin nickel for a softer take on the trend. For warm metals, my suggestion is to go bold. Pairing these metals with contrasting colors such as black, dark blue, or even bright white is a great way to make them pop.”

Vessel sinks—those that sit on top of your vanity countertops—have been around for years, but in 2018 they are coming on strong in a variety of custom options. You’ll find them carved from natural stones, fired in artisan kilns, or made of hand-blown glass, and with theme decorations like koi fish and mermaids.

Incorporate Freestanding Furniture

If your bath is large enough, add a piece of freestanding furniture for storage. The rich wood of a mahogany French armoire, for instance, makes a great place for extra towels and bathrobes. Wood also adds earthy warmth to bathrooms and gives it even more of a spa feeling.

Embrace Technology

With every year, technology advances in almost every area of the home and the bathroom is no exception. Fiddling around with the shower controls to get your preferred pressure and temperature can be a thing of the past by investing in digital shower controls. Programmable systems let you set temperatures, adjust lighting, or even pre-set shower times to lower water consumption. Imagine using a remote control to turn on the shower from bed in the morning!

Some systems are so highly responsive they feature LED lights that change color as the temperature adjusts. The Crosswater Digital system, for example, flash red when the water is heating up, blue when cooling down, and white once it’s reached the right temperature—an especially handy feature when bathing children to avoid potential scalding.

In the end, the purpose of a home is not just to provide shelter; it’s also a personal sanctuary where you can relax and be yourself. A bathroom is even more personal in nature. Nothing beats a room that offers relaxation and luxury. With a beautiful custom bathroom, you get this and more: The colors you want, the materials you want, and the atmosphere you desire.

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, call (910) 295-5400.

(Sources: Dwell Magazine; Ballard Designs; The Ambient; Academy Marble & Granite; ImproveNet; HGTV; American Home Shield; and The Mercury News.)

Time to Break Out: Move the “Heart” of the Home Outside

With Summer just a few weeks away, it’s understandable if you’re already dreaming of sipping sweet tea and enjoying a scrumptious meal outside. But, as you take a look at your run-down old deck or patio and unused backyard those dreams of enjoying an outdoor paradise seem out of reach. You’ve wanted to renovate and update the space for years, but you keep putting it off. Why? Don’t spend another summer stuck inside—make 2018 the year you create the outdoor space of your dreams.

Now more than ever, homeowners are migrating to their backyard to host and entertain family, friends, and neighbors. Research from Hoffman York on outdoor living trends found that approximately 30% of those with outdoor kitchens considered them their favorite room in (or, in this case, out of) the house.

The creation of outdoor living spaces a huge trend in homeownership this year, according to Realtor Magazine. Boring backyards are being transformed into “multifunctional entertainment areas” that include kitchens, bars and even wine rooms, the magazine reported. “Today’s yards are multifunctional and serve to entertain, offer a place for relaxation, and maximize lot square footage.”

Outside Living Made Easy

Outdoor kitchens in North Carolina continue to be popular in exterior living spaces, and every year, they’re becoming more elaborate and more suitable for year-round use. If you’re thinking about designing one this year or remodeling your existing outdoor kitchen, be sure to incorporate the following four elements for maximum utility and comfort.

Sturdy Cabinets

Cabinetry is the foundation upon which the rest of the cooking area is built. Kitchen cabinetry has greatly improved in the last few years and now offers plenty of storage with ample space for any number of kitchen appliances—ensuring your outdoor kitchen is just as functional and convenient as any indoor space. A variety of styles and materials are available for outdoor cabinets, so you’re sure to find something that matches your vision.

Quality Appliances

An outdoor kitchen is no longer limited to “the basics.” Now, along with your standard grill, sink, and refrigerator, many spaces now feature coffee and tea bars, ice makers, wine refrigerators, pizza ovens, dishwashers, and more. Whatever you can imagine can be made real.

Outdoor Entertainment

Outdoor living spaces offer more functionality now than ever—they’re beautiful, well-designed, and as comfortable as any room inside the home. But the patio is no longer a place to “just” cook. Entertainment is a big part of a backyard get-together so outdoor televisions have become a must. The TV can be hooked up to cable and outdoor audio systems which allows the ability to watch a movie or the game or simply listen to great music.

Heating Elements

After designing or remodeling the outdoor kitchen of your dreams, you don’t want to drastically limit the amount of time you’re able to use it. By installing a heating system, such as infrared heaters or a natural wood-burning fireplace, you can ensure your space is ready to entertain all year. Having an outdoor space that’s comfortable for you and your guests those extra months means you don’t sacrifice doing what you love just because the weather isn’t perfect.

Beyond the Outdoor Kitchen

“Outdoor living now means a lot more than a few lounge chairs scattered on a brick patio or rocking chairs lined up across your front porch,” says Zoe Gowen, Senior Home Editor for Southern Living. “People are embracing the idea of outdoor ‘rooms.’ They want the same amount of comfort and convenience from their porches and decks as they do their living rooms. Smart homeowners realize that a porch addition is a lower cost way to extend the square footage of your home. And, it’s also a lot more fun to be outside.”

Here are four design ideas Gowen says will be the big trends in 2018.

Swoon-Worthy Outdoor Furniture

The first step to creating a comfortable outdoor living space is furnishing it with comfortable and attractive furniture. “It’s really hard to enjoy yourself when you’re afraid that the weather-beaten wicker chair beneath you may crumble at any minute,” says Gowen. With advances in furniture and fabric technology, it’s possible to have fully upholstered furniture outside. It’s also nice to combine different kinds of furniture to get a collected look just like you would in your living room.

Fabulous Fabrics

A focus on high quality outdoor furniture has also boosted the selections and combinations of outdoor fabrics homeowners are using. Bold colors seem to be favored this year, but if you’d like to play it safe, consider navies, browns, or charcoals as neutrals, but lighten the palette with contrasting, patterned pillows. Just your indoor sofa, you’ll want to layer on two pairs of matching patterned pillows in complementary prints. “Stripes and geometrics are almost foolproof to blend,” says Gowen.

Don’t Overlook the Floors

Consider painting the floor to give your porch the polish of a room and to extend the life of your decking. “When painted floors get dirty, just paint them again,” Gowen says. Outdoor floor rugs also bring a space together. Flooring options have expanded and allow owners to use tile and a variety of other materials.

“Timber can fit into any design aesthetic and can be left to weather and silver or kept vibrant and fresh depending on taste and available time for maintenance,” says Matt Leacy of Landart Landscapes. He says homeowners can go minimalist or textured when it comes to flooring. He sees more “raw” and finished concrete being used as well.

Cooling Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are available in a variety of styles from contemporary to tropical and more to match your home’s exterior. When choosing an outdoor fan, you have two options: Damp location versus wet location. Damp location fans are for covered outdoor areas such as a porch or patio where it will be protected from direct contact with rain. Wet-rated designs are best for an open gazebo or cabana pool area.

As you can see, your backyard can be more than just empty space—it can be part of your home. With a little imagination and design help from Pinehurst Homes it can be transformed into a beautiful place where you’ll enjoy family gatherings, parties with friends, or a relaxing retreat from everyday stress. Even the simplest addition can make a world of difference in improving your outdoor living space.

Pinehurst Homes can create an outdoor space to accommodate all of your entertainment needs. Our team is available to assist you with personalizing your outdoor kitchen space from the cabinets to the appliances you would like to include. We’ll work with you to create a unique kitchen and outdoor living space that fits your style integrates seamlessly into home.

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 or visit www.pinehursthomesinc.com.

(Sources: National Association of Realtors; Realtor Magazine; The Charleston Home & Design Show; Globe Newswire; Southern Living Magazine; Design Builders, Inc.; TLC Interiors; and The Tennessean.)

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