custom-built home

As a luxury home builder here in the Triangle, we’re committed to building high-quality, custom homes designed to fit each individual homeowner’s needs and lifestyle.

Have you been wondering if a custom-built home is the right option for your family?

We talked to a few local real estate professionals to give you an unbiased look at what it means to build a custom home and why you might consider working with a custom home builder like Rufty Homes.

How would you define a custom-built home?

Shawn Britt, Realty World Triangle Living:

“A custom home is a one-of-a-kind house that is designed for a specific client and a particular location.” 

Tina Bernhardt, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston New Homes & Land:

“A custom home is one that is built specifically to suit a buyer’s needs. Every buyer has their own individual tastes and desires in their home design and features. Building a custom home gives them the opportunity to live in a unique, one-of-a-kind residence."

What are some of the most popular custom home upgrades?

John & Leslie Young, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston:

“With the growing need for work-from-home space, we’ve noticed buyers are looking for dedicated offices. Another trend we’re seeing is that about 30% of buyers don’t see the need for a formal dining room. Of course, high-end appliances and smart home technology are always popular as well.”

Tina Bernhardt, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston New Homes & Land:

“Living in the Triangle we are very fortunate to have nice weather most of the year, so buyers look to take advantage of that. Custom outdoor living amenities including covered porches with fireplaces and phantom screens, beautiful hardscapes such as patios and pools and extensive landscaping are often at the top of their list.”

Shawn Britt, Realty World Triangle Living:

“Space for entertaining is key, whether inside in areas like the kitchen or in outdoor living spaces. Buyers also tend to put an emphasis on master suites and closets and look for ways to maximize storage space.”

What’s the average timeline for a custom-built home?

Tina Bernhardt, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston New Homes & Land:

“It honestly depends on the size and design of the house. Plan for at least 9-12 months at a minimum.”

Shawn Britt, Realty World Triangle Living:

“On average, you should expect it to take 12-18 months.”

John & Leslie Young, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston:

“With permitting and all of the other little things that go along with actually building the home, the process will take around 12-ish months.”

What are some of the advantages of working with a custom-home builder?

 Shawn Britt, Realty World Triangle Living:

“Buyers get exactly what they want. With a custom home, the end result perfectly matches every element of the client’s wishlist.”

John & Leslie Young, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston:

“Getting to design their plan from start to finish is great for buyers who have specific ideas for their home. Plus, custom home builders typically have a great reputation and provide high-quality work, so there’s a certain peace of mind that comes along with that.”

Tina Bernhardt, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston New Homes & Land:

“When working with a custom builder, buyers receive a white glove treatment from start to finish. The custom builder typically offers a team of experts including a designer, the best in quality craftsmen and a dedicated construction manager who essentially becomes part of the family during the building process.”

What should buyers look for when deciding to work with a custom home builder?

Tina Bernhardt, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston New Homes & Land:

Again, reputation and quality are most important. Also, when selecting your custom builder, you should work with the builder and the team that makes you feel the most at ease before you embark on a new home build. It can be a lengthy process and the right builder will make it an enjoyable one as well.”

Are you considering a custom-built home for yourself? Contact us today! We’d love to talk more about how we can turn your dream home into a reality.

Recently, we shared a checklist of spring cleaning tasks to do around your home to leave it feeling clean and refreshed. As you’re going through cleaning and organizing your space, we hope you’ll consider donating items that can be repurposed in some way. 

Today, we’re taking all the guesswork out of where to donate by rounding up a few of our favorite local nonprofits that accept furniture donations. 

*Please note: check the individual websites for each nonprofit to see how their donation policies are affected by COVID-19. 

The Green Chair Project

The Green Chair Project reuses donated furnishings to give back to local community members who are recovering from homelessness, disaster, or crisis. The Green Chair Project partners with local agencies to connect with families, who then get to shop the nonprofit’s showroom for furniture, linens, and other home goods. 

The Green Chair Project accepts a variety of household accessories and decor, lamps, linens, furniture, cleaning supplies, cookware, and more. A full list of their accepted donations can be found here

You can drop off donations at their location in Raleigh or schedule pickup service for essential furnishings like sofas, dressers, and other large furniture items. Learn more about The Green Chair Project and their mission by visiting their website

Raleigh Rescue Mission

Raleigh Rescue Mission is a religious nonprofit dedicated to serving those experiencing homelessness in our community. They operate a thrift store of gently used items to help people in need in Wake County. 

Raleigh Rescue Mission accepts clothing items, bicycles, sporting goods, household appliances, electronics, furniture, and more at their donation center in Raleigh. Currently, furniture, home furnishings, and large appliances are their most pressing needs. Their full list of accepted donations is available here

The nonprofit offers scheduled pickup of select donation items and also accepts drop-offs. Learn more about Raleigh Rescue Mission and how you can help here

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

With locations all around the Triangle, Habitat for Humanity ReStore sells new and used furniture, appliances, and household goods in order to support Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build safe and affordable homes for families in need. 

ReStore accepts donations of appliances, architectural items, electronics, and furniture, along with building materials like cabinetry, doors, flooring, plumbing, and more. Find out more information about accepted donations on their website

You can drop off your donations at any of their 10 locations around the Triangle, or in certain cases, you can schedule a pickup for items you wish to donate. Learn more about ReStore’s mission here

Giving back to the community is near and dear to our hearts. If you know of other local nonprofits that accept donations, please share them with us on our Facebook page

Jon Rufty recently spoke with Triangle Business Journal about the impact that COVID-19 has had on Rufty Homes, as well as how changes are being made to adjust to these challenging times.

Use the link below to read the full article.


Featured Image Photography Credit: Triangle Business Journal & Mehmet Demirci

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