Custom Home Building

The Shift From "Downsizing" To "Rightsizing"

by John and Leslie Young // April-May-June 2017

With the current seller’s market and home inventory at an all-time low, there is no better time than now to consider building your fully-custom dream home. Let the elegance of Avalaire, home to the Triangle’s newest premier destination for luxury living, inspire you to build the home that is perfectly constructed to match your family’s lifestyle.

Nestled in the heart of North Raleigh, Avalaire is one of the first new affluent communities introduced to the Triangle in almost 10 years. Now, more and more people currently living in or seeking to relocate to the Triangle have the right combination of opportunity, confidence, and desire to build their next home at such a level where anything less than perfection is out of the question. The 56 homesites available in phase one of the community are all intended to capture the latest trends and unique spaces that are fully customized for each family’s wants and needs in a new luxury home. Nine of the most respected, highly sought-after builders in the area are working collaboratively to produce homes crafted with the best quality materials on the market.

For a long time, “downsizing” has been a buzzword when people are selecting a new home. However, after reviewing their design requirements, we found that it’s quite the opposite. They still want the gourmet kitchens, dramatic great rooms, expansive master suites, luscious spa baths, and private retreats. The biggest difference is now also the desire for expanded outdoor living spaces that can rival interior living areas in terms of cost and features.

Once all of these key spaces are included, the total square footage is comparable to their previous homes, yet completely redefined to fit a modern lifestyle. For this reason, the more appropriate term would be “rightsizing.” Each and every room, nook, and cranny is designed for optimal use and efficiency. By dedicating more space where it will be used most, everyday living and entertaining areas blur the lines of traditional, outdated layouts.

Great rooms, kitchens, dining areas, and breakfast spaces, along with large central islands, are now combined to flow seamlessly from one space into the other. In addition, the entire back walls or doors in these key spaces have the capability to open, fold, or pocket to disappear, thereby extending the casual living space out onto the oversized, covered verandas, patios, and porches. What’s more, these outdoor spaces now also include the option for dining areas, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, phantom screens, pools, fountains, and lush, meticulously landscaped gardens. With summer just around the corner, it’s difficult to think of a more perfect setting to enjoy North Carolina’s fresh air.

Customers are also yearning for further personalization with spaces unique to their interest or needs. These include separate “his and her” offices, bunk rooms for multiple children and guests, wet bars, wine cellars, home breweries, golf simulator rooms, hobby rooms, yoga and exercise rooms, and even indoor pools. 

Almost 40% of all custom-designed homes no longer have formal living and dining rooms or wasted “bonus” areas that were typically only finished to increase the quantity of the square footage. Now it is all about quality. Focusing on quality indoor and outdoor spaces, all drenched in natural light beaming through abundant glass panels and windows, contributes to a much more simplistic, fresh, bright, and modern feel many of today’s home buyers desire.

If you are looking for the perfect opportunity to build your own dream house, visit Avalaire for inspiration or talk to their builders to start planning. Whether your taste is for a more modern home with clean lines, or a traditional-style home that will stand the test of time, relaying your custom home needs to a professional builder will allow them to craft the ultimate retreat to fit your lifestyle. 

Located in the heart of North Raleigh just off Durant Road, Avalaire is minutes from great schools, fantastic restaurants, and shopping. Avalaire will offer beautiful parks throughout the community, 25% of which is dedicated to the preservation of its natural resources. Two-centuries-old oaks will border the grand entrance, leading the way to home sites which range from three-fourths of an acre to just under three acres. For more information, visit Avalaire.com.

John and Leslie Young

Avalaire's exclusive sales team. Both have earned prestigious Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist Designations, and Leslie is a member of the local Luxury Home Marketing Group. The Young Team has served the Triangle for 19 years and have been consistent multi-million dollar producers specializing in the North Raleigh market.