New-Home-Design Trends

New Home Design Trends Showcased at BALA Awards

The annual Best in American Living Awards (BALA) were held in Las Vegas recently as a part of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders Show.  Over 115 remodeling and new home projects received recognition at the event, and giving you few ideas to consider when building or remodeling your home with the Triangle’s most trusted name in custom home building, Upton & Co., the official NAHB website has released an article detailing the 12 most evident New Home Design Trends that were honored at the BALA show.

With the professional builders builder team at Upton & Co.  specializing in customizing and working with each client to make their dream home become a reality, any of the New Home Design Trends receiving Best in American Living awards at the NAHB event are something that could be incorporated into the building of your new home.

The 12 New Home Design Trends specifically detailed on were as follows:

Intimate Outdoor Spaces– This would include a smaller gathering type space as opposed to a more traditional “extended-family size” backyard space. Cozy seating, fire pits, and outdoor fireplaces were common items seen with this New Home Design Trend.

Mid-Century Modern Detailing- This trend has seen an upward swing in many areas, including detailing, elevation design, and even furniture.

Indoor-Outdoor Conversion- Eliminating the once common “distinct border” between these two living spaces has been popular with new home owners, as many have opted for floor-to-ceiling-retractable glass walls and screens to seamlessly blend the two areas.

Troughs and Spouts- Many opting for these type details have chosen to have an outdoor table or structure with an open channel to have some type of “waterfall” that can run either into a pool or some other water feature in their yard,.

Board and Batten Used Inside and Out- This New Home Design Trend has seen a spike in popularity as it can be a great alternative to paint or wallpaper while adding a three-dimensional layer to an interior finish

Copper Bathtubs- An impressive touch to any bathroom whether going for a rustic, modern, or traditional look.

White with Exotic or Repurposed Wood Accents- Described as a “striking combination in flooring, ceilings, and cabinets,” many are leaning toward this trend, pairing a modern white against a more rich, wooden accent in these areas.

Modern Industrial Accents- Very popular in multifamily projects, this New Home Design Trend sees “vibrant pops of color offset the cooler color palette of metals and whites.”

Barn Doors- Used as an alternative to traditional left or right hung doors, barn-style doors have been popping up more and more everywhere from closets, to kitchens, to mudrooms.

Intricate Stairways- From detailed iron newel posts to curving glass railways or glass treads, stairways a more sophisticated stairway has been a common thread among New Home Design Trends.

Low-Impact Design- Sustainable and “green” features in new home designs including rain gardens and permeable pavers were included in many of the award winning entrants.

Waterfall Islands- Whether granite, wood, or marble, these islands have remained popular in the emphasis of clean and modern lines.

For further details on each of these award winning New Home Design Trends and more information on the BALA and the NAHB visit

America's Fastest Growing Cities

Forbes Names Raleigh 4th among Fastest Growing U.S. Cities

Taking a look at the 100 most populated cities across the nation, the experts at named Raleigh at number four nationwide on their list of the Fastest Growing U.S. Cities.

In coming up with the final listings for the annual Forbes’ ratings of the Fastest Growing U.S. Cities, six metrics were focused on. The specific Statistics for each of the top 20 cities on the list of  the Fastest Growing U.S. Cities were detailed in the Forbes article, in which Raleigh was actually the first town on the list outside of Texas, as numbers 1-3 were Houston, Austin, and Dallas, with Seattle, Washington coming in at number five, one slot behind.

Utilizing data gathered from the last two years from Moody’s Analytics, the first area looked at was the estimated population growth of each of the 100 municipalities, which when compared against the others in the top five, Raleigh saw a 1.86 percent increase in its population in 2014 ranking third among the top five in this category. Likewise, its overall numbers in population growth for 2015 was also third, with an expected 2.02 percent increase to be seen this year. The city’s overall Economic Growth Rate of 3.43 percent was also the third best among the top five listed on the Fastest Growing U.S. Cities for 2015.

Annual job growth based upon the previous years statistics and the economic growth rate of each city were also factored into the study. Here, Raleigh placed fourth with an impressive 3.54 percent growth in its job rate. Forbes’ also looked at information compiled by to look at the average salary for college educated workers in each of the 100 cities and federal unemployment data was also considered in the extensive ranking process of the Fastest Growing U.S. Cities, with the median average annual salary of college graduates being $64,700.

For a detailed look at the entire listing of the Fastest Growing U.S. Cities and more information on the annual study, visit