$3,425 Raised for the American Heart Association through Brenda’s Efforts

Back in August, Brenda Bost was asked to be a part of the Executives With Heart initiative to raise money for the American Heart Association by representing Bost Homes in the Triangle Heart Walk.  She immediately *took the nomination to heart* and began leveraging her network to help meet the goal of $3,000.

Come October 2nd, the day of the Triangle  Heart Walk, Brenda had exceeded her goal and raised a total of $3,425 for the association through her outreach and the generosity of our friends and family. We want to sincerely thank all of those who donated to her campaign and helped us exceed our goal as a company. In total the Triangle Heart Walk raised over $1.2 million this year for research funding.

Heart Walk company leaders, top team captains, top fundraisers, and sponsors were invited to an awards luncheon on November 2nd to celebrate the success of this year’s campaign. Check out some photos from the awards event below.

The Executives with Heart leader board. Way to go Brenda!

The Executives with Heart leader board. Way to go Brenda!

Brian Reid of Paragon Bank and Brenda Bost of Bost Homes pose for a picture at the Heart Walk Awards Luncheon

Brian Reid of Paragon Bank and Brenda Bost of Bost Homes pose for a picture at the Heart Walk Awards Luncheon

1 in 3 women die of cardiovascular disease or stroke in the US. This is why we need more research for life saving medicines, preventative care, and early detection.

1 in 3 women die of cardiovascular disease or stroke in the US. This is why we need more research for life saving medicines, preventative care, and early detection.

Brenda Joins Fellow Business Women for SAS Executive Women’s Day Event

We were honored when Brenda was invited to join the 3rd annual Executive Women’s Day event by Paragon Bank, which took place October 11th at Prestonwood Country Club. Sponsored by SAS, the event coincides with the SAS Golf Championship each year and features a panel of businesswomen delivering testimonies of empowerment from personal experiences with hardships and successes. Brenda joined Patsy Johnson and Kristin Sutton at the Paragon Bank table for a fun filled day of networking and motivating presentations, which was hosted by Debra Morgan of WRAL.

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The Executive Women’s Day Power Panel. From left to right: Debra Morgan, Reagan Green Pruitt, Amy Baker, Anita Brown-Graham

This year’s panel included UNC’s School of Government Director Anita Brown-Graham, Ernst & Young Assurance Partner and Carolina Market Leader Amy Baker, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Director of Brand Strategy and Integrated Marketing Reagan Greene Pruitt. The keynote speaker was Molly Barker, Founder of Girls on the Run and other successful non-profits that ultimately help people connect by encouraging compassion, intentional listening and understanding, and love.

Brenda thoroughly enjoyed sharing her experience and stories with this group of fellow Triangle business leading women during the luncheon and networking hour, and they had a bit of fun cutting up as well!

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Rex receives prestigious Judy Richardson Lifetime Achievement Award

2016 has been an explosive year for the Triangle residential market thus far. Economic and population growth has spurred housing demand, which resembles pre-recession levels. This was evidenced further by the number of entries in this year’s Triangle Parade of Homes. Although Bost Homes did not have a Parade Home entry this year, we attended the awards banquet for other reasons.

“Behind Schedule” playing at the awards banquet. From left to right, Evan Bost, Bland Sawyer, Eddie Blair, Jim Sheppard, and Rex Bost.

Rex helped found the official Triangle P.O.H. band, Behind Schedule, which has performed the awards ceremony for the better part of the last two decades. This year I was thrilled to join the ensemble alongside of my father, Jim Sheppard of BMC, Kathy Messina of M/I Homes, Eddie Blair of Blair Commercial Realty, and Bland Sawyer of Rex’s former rock band Sidewinder. We played snippets of classic and modern party tunes in between award announcements throughout the evening, congratulating winners as they walked by with their award.

On our set list/itinerary for the evening was a snippet to be played for the Judy Richardson Lifetime Achievement Award winner, which we had prepared “Don’t Stop Believing”. Little did Rex know, but he would not be able to join us in playing this snippet because he was the winner. During the description of the winner he was too enthralled in preparing for the next song to catch the initial hints, but once he caught on that he was about to accept the award he was obviously shocked:

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He was completely surprised and honored to win this award, as was he to learn that his wife Brenda and many from our team were in attendance at the banquet. After he accepted the award, Brenda, Grant, Pedro, and Staci appeared to congratulate him.

Here’s the announcement transcript:

Every year we present a special Lifetime Achievement Award to a member of our association who has dedicated years to serving this association and has played a major role in the success of the Parade of Homes. This year’s winner is a builder who has consistently focused on excellence in both building and the client experience. He also has a strong desire to give back to both the building industry and his community. And he’s a bit musically inclined as well.

He and his wife Brenda are both originally from North Carolina and have called the Triangle home for over 35 years, raising both of their children here. He began his career in the home building industry as a stone mason and quickly realized that his ultimate dream was to build houses and founded his building company in 1986 with the principles of the importance of character, a strong work ethic, and integrity.

He takes pride in staying ahead of industry trends and technology, designing the Free Rain system and being one of the first to introduce built in recycling centers in the early 90’s. He is known for his unique Parade homes – everyone remembers that guitar shaped pool from 2005, right?

He built not one, but two charity homes – the Showcase for a Cure homes in 2004 and 2006. All proceeds from these homes stayed locally to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of NC and he succeeded in raising over $600,000 total between the two homes. $600,000!

His drive to give back is a key essence to how he runs his business and his life. Using his skills as a builder, he has done mission work in Honduras, Haiti, and Africa building homes, churches, and schools, as well as a trip to Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina to help rebuild communities there. He and his team have also built multiple Habitat for Humanity homes in the early 2000’s.

He served as president for the Raleigh-Wake HBA in 2002, was a key player on the Parade committee in growing our Parade in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, was a member of the board of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, is a member of the National Custom Builders Council, and is the current Vice-Chair of the North Carolina Contractors Licensing Board, a position appointed by the governor.

But let’s talk about his true gift to the Parade. For many years, we’ve enjoyed our Gala with the rockin’ music provided by our “official” Parade band, Behind Schedule. Our Gala would truly not be the same without their musical contributions and talent for energizing this crowd.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, Ladies and Gentlemen, please join me in honoring tonight’s Parade of Homes Judy Richardson Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Rex Bost!

This was a tremendous honor for Rex and our company and we would like to thank the Triangle Parade of Homes committee for selecting Rex to receive this award! As always, we will continue to push for excellence in building and in maximizing our clients’ experience as we build dream homes together.

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Rex, Brenda, Jim, and Evan Attend NCBC Conference in San Diego

Did you know that Bost Homes is a member builder of the invitation only National Custom Builder’s Council? This group comprises some of the most effective, innovative, and quality-oriented builders from non-competing markets throughout the country, offering its members an opportunity to share openly and learn from each other’s experiences. The NCBC Leadership Team, or company owners, meets annually in alternating member markets allowing each member builder to show the Council their homes and the unique challenges and opportunities that they face. Every 3 years the NCBC holds a meeting that’s opened up to company team members, spurring greater synergy between various job capacities within the custom home building process.

The San Diego coast near Ocean Beach.

The San Diego coast near Ocean Beach.

This year’s meeting was of the latter type, so Jim Sherman, our most experienced Project Manager, and I, our newest hire, were able to accompany Rex and Brenda for the experience. The conference took place from Oct. 2nd – 5th in downtown San Diego where we spent 3 days diving into specific topics of discussion and presentations ranging from building science and estimating to digital marketing. The building firms in the council vary in size, experience, technology utilization, and general processes, making these meetings highly resourceful toward discovering a range of new techniques and methodologies.

A notable presentation was given by the team at Beck Building Company out of Vail, CO., on the subject of estimating best practices and compiling accurate budgets even in the face of highly complex projects with many moving parts. We want to send a huge thank you to Andy Beck and his team for not only offering tremendous insight but for moderating the three days of meetings as well. Andy and his team truly exude excellence.

Another informative presentation was provided by California Consultants on the overall subject of building science encompassing water infiltration, building envelope, energy conservation design, and rapidly evolving building codes as we move toward a more sustainable future. I must say this presentation was a perfect warm up for my HERS (Home Energy Rating System) certification course which I tackled the week following our return.

I provided the final presentation on the subject of utilizing digital marketing. Many NCBC members were interested in improving their day to day marketing efforts on the web and I was happy to share my knowledge and experience.

Hill Construction Company, a luxury builder and member of the NCBC, was our host in San Diego, thus we spent the second half of Tuesday touring some of their projects from Coronado to La Jolla. It’s always interesting to see how homes are built 3,000 miles away in a completely different climate (and in a market where $1,500 per sq. ft. is not unreasonable). We want to thank Ryan Hill for hosting our group and showing us warm Californian hospitality.

The Superintendent of an ultra modern home being built by Hill Construction explains a detail of the specifications to Rex and me.

The Superintendent of an ultra modern home being built by Hill Construction on Coronado explains a detail of the specifications to Rex and me.

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Jim (left) and Randy Kurtz of Kurtz Homes in Naples chatting while exploring the first home on our tour.

Check out this idea: Between your master bedroom and your home office, an opening to the sky with an aromatic eucalyptus tree stretching toward the sun. Now that’s a peaceful commute to work!

On the second floor, an opening in the ceiling with a planter box below will house a living tree upon completion. The Nana Wall behind it, which is part glass wall part pocket door, can open completely blurring the boundary between indoors and out.

On the second floor, an opening in the ceiling with a planter box below will house a living tree upon completion. The Nana Wall behind it, which is part glass wall part pocket door, can open completely blurring the boundary between indoors and out.

In total there were about 40 folks present at this year’s conference. We all thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each other, sharing industry insights, and cutting loose a bit at the end of each day. The dinners were off the charts delicious and fellowship was warmly flowing from dawn till dusk. We are extremely grateful to be included in such an empowering group of fellow builders and friends from around the country and we highly anticipate next year’s meeting!

Rex and Brenda on the home tour provided by Hill Construction Company.

Rex and Brenda on the home tour provided by Hill Construction Company.


As a total aside, I am super grateful that I was able to join the team on this trip, which was my first trip to California. I flew in two days early to visit some old friends and soak in the Californian lifestyle, including jumping off a rock platform into the Pacific!

A group of kids jumping into the Pacific at Sunset Cliffs. I had no choice but to join in on the fun.

A group of college students jumping into the Pacific at Sunset Cliffs. I had no choice but to join in on the fun.

Celebrating Two Team Members’ Work Anniversaries

August 2014 was a time of growth and hiring for Bost Homes, in which we were extremely lucky to recruit two fantastic team members, Staci Beard and Eric Sherman. This August we celebrated their two year work anniversaries, and we want to recognize who they are in and outside of work. We have watched both Eric and Staci grow tremendously during their experience here as they have become central to our process, and we are so proud to have them in the Bost Homes family.

Happy Workiversary Eric!

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Congratulations Eric on 2 years with Bost Homes!

The 13th of August marked Eric’s 2 year work anniversary with us. Primarily Eric is our Estimator; It is his duty to compile accurate budgets for our projects by coordinating with subcontractors and by estimating budgetary items, leveraging his experience in the construction process.  He works closely with our trade partners to ensure their quotes accurately reflect the work that needs to be performed per our clients’ wishes. This requires much diligence and construction intuition, and Eric has proven to be proficient in this area.

Besides estimating, Eric handles a multitude of Project Management tasks like working with applicable government agencies regarding a project and coordinating with our superintendents to ensure that work in the field is in agreement with the client’s budget.

At home Eric is a dedicated family man with a wife of 9 years and 3 daughters, whom are obviously very important to him. Additionally, he is as state certified EMT and volunteer firefighter at a fire department in northern Wake County. Eric has served as a firefighter for over 3 years now and has a passion for helping others in times of crises. Having a family, full time job, and part time volunteer passion is a lot to manage but Eric balances it all while honoring his family, fire department, and company. We’re delighted to have you on the team Eric!


Happy Workiversary Staci!

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Congratulations Staci on 2 years with Bost Homes!

August 28th marked the 2 year work anniversary of Staci Beard, our super star Selections Coordinator. As Selections Coordinator, Staci is a vital liaison between our clients, designers, vendors, and Superintendents regarding the details of each client’s desired finishes. Utilizing a keen sense of design and highly effective communication practices, she ensures that all concerned parties are on the same page with respect to the client’s wishes and budget.

Once a house is well underway, our clients work closely with Staci to explore the plethora of options for exterior features like stone, siding, roofing, brick, trim, decking, and interior details like hardwoods, carpets, cabinetry, plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, and colors. This is a highly detailed task, but she is armed with excellent organizational practices, an arsenal of samples, and a network of showrooms. Her weekly meetings with each Superintendent cover the upcoming project schedule and the client selections that need to be delivered and installed next, which helps the entire process to move along in a more timely and accurate manner. She also plays a critical role in reconciling the deliveries and invoices from our vendors to ensure that both product and billing are accurate.

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Staci and Joey enjoying a downtown Raleigh evening.

Staci’s father has been building high end homes in other markets all her life so she grew up around the business. Regarding her exposure to residential construction she said, “I’ve always loved visiting job sites and seeing projects in various stages, even doing some of the hands on work, and I especially love the final product.”  With a longstanding history around building, it’s only natural that she thrives here at Bost Homes.

At home, Staci has a loving boyfriend of 3 years named Joey who serves the great city of Raleigh as a police officer. They enjoy traveling together, whether it be across the country or a simple drive in the convertible down a rolling rural NC road.

She graduated from Campbell University in 2007 earning a B.A. in Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance. Thus, her diverse creative abilities include visual design, writing, and a strong ear for music and singing, which can occasionally be heard around the office in the form of beautiful melodies from some of her favorite tunes.


Needless to say, we are very proud to congratulate these two on their work anniversaries, and we are blessed to have them on our team. Here’s to many more years!

The Future of Construction Technology

It’s difficult to realize, but we are living in the future that so many science fiction films and books envisioned decades ago. To date humankind has successfully implemented life enhancing technologies like robotic protheticsstem cell therapy tissue regeneration, and 3D printed affordable housing. These and many other areas of research and technology are in their infancy now, but will enter the mainstream of our daily lives in the coming years. Nearly every industry will be shaken up by technologies such as augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and autonomous drones and vehicles, including the residential construction world. Check out these emerging technologies and their expected impact on the future of home building.

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)

Perhaps our only exposure to AR thus far is Snapchat’s 3D face mapping and playful filters, or Pokemon Go, but the rapid expansion of AR/VR will allow us to see or experience anything through a virtual reality headset, and eventually through a tiny digital contact lens, including interior spaces of homes.

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A screenshot from an existing app called Building Conversation that imposes renderings over an iPad’s camera view. This is just the beginning of how AR will help us design and plan homes. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/arc-by-building-conversation/id997440607?mt=8

During the planning phase, prospective home buyers will explore and walk through architectural renderings in a 3 dimensional field, allowing them to visualize and “feel” the design before it’s built. Once homes are under construction, omnidirectional cameras will likely be used to create 3D virtual representations of the progress, which can be examined with a VR/AR device. Imagine how much easier this will be for home buyers to check in on the status of their project, and to feel secure that progress is congruent with the plan and their wishes.

3D Laser Scanners

Laser scanning technology is already used to analyze material piles for estimation, and other measurement tasks. In the future this technology will be used to generate topographical maps and identify ideal siting for a home on a lot, in addition to providing real-time structural analysis. It is predicted that this technology will eventually replace building inspectors all together, as the computer integrated laser will gather and analyze more information than any human could.

Robots (AI)

The thought of robots on construction sites probably sounds scary and too sci-fi to be true, but construction labor bots probably won’t be humanoids, and will more likely look something like this:

Although labor robots will likely require human supervision and management (until AI advances further), they will undoubtedly reduce the number of people required to build a home, while increasing accuracy, time efficiency, and reducing waste.

Drones 2.0

Auto piloted worker drones on the job site will mark a tremendous improvement in efficiency and safety. Drones will be able to transport materials to the roof, apply spray on liquid and vapor barriers to external sheathing, and provide a vantage point from which to mount 3D laser scanners and VR integrated cameras. At Bost Homes we are currently using drones to inspect roofing and to assist in lot selection, clearing, house siting, and orientation. We are not alone; roughly 20% of builders report that they are experimenting with drones, and in the near future drones will be buzzing around construction sites performing tasks that are dangerous and time consuming for workers.

3D Printers

3D printers are incredible devices with the ability to quickly manufacture an increasing array of objects as the technology advances. It is predicted that by 2040, nearly every component of a constructed home will be printed on site to fit the architectural and engineered specifications perfectly. In 2014 a Chinese company made headlines by printing 10 tiny homes in 24 hours. They weren’t fully printed as one object, rather an amalgamation of large pieces joined together like a Lego set; each wall section was printed using a mix of recycled building materials and cement, making it a time and resource efficient method of building.

Considering the pace at which 3D printing has come to fruition, it’s not far fetched to say that we will be utilizing the technology on our jobsites within the decade.

Autonomous Trucks

Autonomous or self driving vehicles are already in preliminary trials, and it’s only a matter of time before we develop a self driving vehicle that is safer than a human driver. Once that happens, job site materials will be delivered by a computer driven truck, on time, and off loaded exactly where the project manager requests. For now, self driving vehicles use a combination of radar sensors and cameras to react to the traffic and roadways around them, but it’s not difficult to imagine a smart road system in the future, one where all vehicles on the road communicate with each other through a shared network embedded in the street.

Modern Lighting Design and Techniques

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Multiple dimensions of light – overhead, recessed, inset, uplighting, and shaded – all contributing to the feel of a space. Image source: http://www.Lightology.com

Contemporary lighting design of late has drastically changed the ways we can illuminate our homes. The rapid expansion of LED and fiber optic technology has unveiled new possibilities, allowing multiple layers and types of light sources to be placed where traditionally a unidimensional approach would have sufficed. Now instead of having to design lighting around the bulky incandescent or halogen bulb, lighting designers are free to dream up wildly creative apparatuses that incorporate different sizes and colors of LEDs to achieve their vision.

This shift is allowing light to be focused onto task spaces without washing out other areas, while dimmed ambient lighting inconspicuously creates a mood. We can also add light to smaller places, and control color and functional “scenes” through home automation apps. Additionally, by leveraging fiber optics it is possible to collect and channel sunlight through walls, around corners, and into dark areas of your home. It’s arguably not practical for residential projects yet, but widespread fiber optic lighting in the future is feasible. Read below to find out more.

Tunable White

Tunable White is a fascinating LED technology that allows homeowners to dial in color tones of white light ranging from very warm 2000k, akin to firelight, to much cooler 6000k, reminiscent of sunlight, and everything in between. These tones can be selected independent of dimness and can be controlled by a touch remote or by 2 simple dimmers, one controlling tone and the other controlling brightness.

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The warm, soft glow of this master bath can be tuned to produce much brighter white light, i.e. for cleaning.

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The warm, soft glow of this master bath can be tuned to produce much brighter white light, i.e. for cleaning. Image source: http://www.Lightology.com

Tiny Lights

Tape LEDs and even fiber optics are allowing us to squeeze light into new spaces, such as small overhangs, cabinets, and drawers.

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Tape lights run above and beneath cabinets and ledges for an overall kitchen glow while recessed overhead lights provide focused lighting where it’s needed. Photos from an informative article on Lightology.com

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From the above kitchen, illuminated drawers.

Fiber Optic Day Lighting

We all know about solar tubes and skylights, but the Swedish company Parans is breaking new ground in natural lighting. The Parans Fiber Optic Skylight fills interior spaces with sunlight by utilizing solar collector lenses and optic cables that can run through walls, around corners, and into lighting fixtures. The fantastic implication of this technology is the possibility of collecting light from an exterior wall or roof and directing it through multiple floors of a building or home into a basement or interior room where there are no windows or possibilities for a skylight.

Parans developed a sun tracking collector device that focuses sunlight into optic cables. This video shows one of these devices, which is comprised of an army of lenses tracking a moving light source.

When tracking the sun, the lenses don’t noticeably move, and they use very little electricity to do so. It’s surprising how bright of light the Parans system can provide.

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Yep, that’s pure sunlight pouring through the ceiling. Image source: Parans Solar Lighting

At $7,500 for one collector and 33 ft. of optical cabling, it is definitely an expensive light fixture, but there are chandeliers that cost more and aren’t nearly as “green” – but it’s still hard to justify when thinking of how efficient LEDs are.

Contemporary Fixtures

Let’s close with some photos from one of our most recent home finishes. The client selected some very unique, contemporary fixtures that are too cool not to share!

Note: This is *in house* photography.

Tell us what you think.

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Take a Video Tour of a Craftsman style Custom Home

Seven years after completion we visited our previous clients, the Duncan’s, to hear about their experience living in a Bost Custom Home and tour their house now that it has years of invested love. In this video Rex and Jim reflect on the design process and how the client’s lifestyle determined the design, functionality, and comfort of the home. The collaborative efforts between our design team and the Duncan’s resulted in a gorgeous estate that continues to accommodate their desire to entertain and host guests, and provide a refuge of comfort from day to day.

 

If you are interested in more information about Bost Homes and our building process, feel free to call us Monday through Friday at (919) 460-1983, email info@bosthomes.com, or visit BostHomes.com.

What were our Founding Fathers’ Homes Like?

Two hundred and forty years ago, the Declaration of Independence was passed by congress, which formally declared thirteen colonies independent and sovereign from their British rule. It is held that 56 delegates were present at the meeting of the Second Continental Congress when the Declaration was adopted.

What kind of homes did our founding fathers return to? British, French, Dutch, and German colonists brought to the New World their traditional architectural styles and building techniques, adapting them to the varying climates and native materials of the east coast. The results were practical and quintessential American homes, some of which are still standing. As our nation developed and prospered, so did our architecture. Let’s reflect on the establishment of our nation by celebrating the style of home our founding fathers might have lived in.

British New England Colonial (c. 1600s – 1740)

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Stanley-Whitman House in Farmington, Connecticut. c. 1720. Photo Credit: Staib/Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

English settlers of the New England colonies built rustic and pragmatic homes with architectural elements borrowed from medieval England, like diamond pane windows and steep pitched roofs. Initially they framed their homes out of timber which eventually transitioned to brick, especially further south. They often built two story homes around a central stone chimney in which the second floor protruded beyond the first with an overhang, a style sometimes called Garrison Colonial.

When families grew and needed to expand their dwellings, early colonists would build a lean-to addition on the back of the house called a saltbox roof. The saltbox roof got its name from its resemblance to traditional salt storage boxes that were hung by hearths to dry moisture out of salt and prevent caking.

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The Dagget Farmhouse built in Connecticut c. 1750, sporting a saltbox roof. Photo by Barry Winiker/Photolibrary/Getty Images

Cape Cod Colonial – Cape Cod Revival (c. 1600 – 1950)

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As the name implies, this home style originated in Massachusetts and other Northeast colonies out of a need for efficient construction during short summers and easy heating in harsh winters. Cape Cod homes are simple in style, devoid of any exterior trim, details, or porches, but usually were sided with unpainted clapboard or shingles which adds to their charm. They were often single or one and a half story with a large central chimney and low ceilings for efficient heating. Steep roof pitches with little to no overhang helped shed heavy snow during New England winters.

Georgian Colonial (c. 1690s – 1780)

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The Josiah Dennis House, Massachusetts c. 1736 Photo License

At the time of the Declaration of Independence signing, Georgian architecture was hot in Britain and many prosperous colonists were pursuing the style for their homes as well. The origin of the style predates our founding fathers, stemming from Italian renaissance and classical Greek architecture. Georgian characteristics include a stately, symmetrical façade, paneled front door with ornate crown and flattened columns, twin chimneys, five over four window organization, and dentil molding.

Federal Architecture 1780 – 1830

America won the revolution and was developing its own architectural style. Federal architecture received its name from the time period in which it arose, which was indicative of a newly established federal government. The style emerged as a more ornate and embellished take on Georgian architecture and can be seen in many ‘traditional’ homes built today.

Federal architecture couples more curves to the square Georgian style, including oval windows, a semicircle fanlight window over the front door, arched recessed walls, and oval rooms. In fact, the White House began as a Georgian style structure but was later embellished with an elliptical portico and other Federal elements, as the style became the preferred architecture for most government buildings in Washington DC.

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This home we built includes many Federal architectural elements including dentil molding, oval windows, an arched dormer, and symmetry. c. 2006 – Bost Custom Homes

Tidewater Style (c. 1800 – 1890)

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For early Americans in the non-air-conditioned South, the Tidewater home style would have been the norm, especially in humid coastal areas like Charleston and Savannah.  As their name implies, Tidewater homes were built on stilts to tolerate tidal flooding. They are characterized by second story living spaces, grand wrap around porches commonly on both floors, hipped low pitch roofs, and wide eaves.

The homes were designed to extend shade over the windows and keep the inhabitants cool. The over-sized hipped roof helped protect the home from heavy, sultry downpours, and shed the runoff away from the foundation of the home to limit excess water exposure.

Introducing Carolina Crossings Neighborhood

In the Triangle’s competitive residential real estate market, 2 to 6 acre homesites convenient to the area’s popular amenities are near unicorns. However, Magnolia Walk Developer’s new Chatham Co. development Carolina Crossings is filling that void with 26 stately homesites right in the epicenter between Chapel Hill, Cary, and Apex. Patrick O’Neal, owner of The Real Estate Company who is marketing Carolina Crossings, was the developer and seller for previous Chatham Co. development successes The Hills of Rosemont and Windy Hill. As was expected, interest in Carolina Crossings is growing fast; 10 of the 26 lots are currently under contract.

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between various desirable areas and attractions in the Triangle. Located off of highway 751, it is a short drive south from The Streets at Southpoint and is a 10-15 minute drive from Downtown Apex, Cary Park, and Farrington Point boat ramp on Jordan Lake. Carolina Crossings couples all this convenience to city amenities with secluded living around Jordan Lake’s beautifully wooded perimeter, making it the large lot estate neighborhood to know about in Chatham co.

Bost Custom Homes was the first member of the builder team to break ground on a home for the Fleetwood family, and both the builder and the Fleetwood’s are very excited to proceed on the project. Here’s an excerpt from an article in the News and Observer on the homestart:

“It is so hard to find a large property near Cary and Apex that is an acre-plus,” Dawn Fleetwood said. “I can’t wait to get in our new home at Carolina Crossings so we can have some space, a yard and the grandkids over to run around and play”

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The Fleetwood Residence

The Fleetwood’s home will finish just under 5,600 square feet with a big front yard and even larger backyard with a swimming pool where the grandkids can enjoy visiting from their parent’s home in Cary.

 

Other homes are quickly starting throughout the neighborhood, all built by the prestigious builder team, including another start coming soon from Bost Custom Homes on Lot 1. The first home on the left upon entering the neighborhood will be the first spec house in years for Bost and will be available for purchase from the onset. With the construction in Carolina Crossings picking up momentum, the last remaining available lots are surely not to stick around long.

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“The Nest” coming to Lot 1 – Available