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Community Spotlight: Sonoma Springs

Categories: New Homes in Raleigh, Royal Oaks Communities | Posted: December 14, 2018

If you are in the market for a new home in Raleigh before year end or plan to be in 2019, Mattamy, formerly Royal Oaks Homes, invites you to consider their Sonoma Springs community. Located in one of the fastest growing towns of North Carolina, this community has been drawing major attraction from buyers since opening.

Located in the fast growing town of Fuquay-Varina, buyers are loving this location due to the fact that it has everything most any buyer would want for the location of their new home. If you have children or plan to while living in your new home, you will be thrilled to know that Sonoma Springs is located right by award-winning Wake County Public Schools.

You will also be right next to great shopping and parks, which make for a great way to spend your time on the weekends or in the evenings when you want to take the kids or dogs for a nice walk in the park. It also makes for a great running spot for those early morning runners.

The great thing about Sonoma Springs is that it is located just 30 minutes South of Raleigh, keeping you close enough to all the downtown action but in a town that has a small town feel and is incredibly family friendly.

Sonoma Springs also has quick and easy access to downtown Raleigh, the Research Triangle Park, and RDU through major transportation corridors such as I-40, I-540, 401 Highway, and Highway 42.

The home plans available in Sonoma Springs offer options for most any buyer looking for a home in the area. Plans ranging from 2,000-3,500 square feet leave a variety of home sizes to fit the stage of your life that you need at this moment.

You can also find highly desired home features such as first floor master bedrooms, first floor guest suites, three car garages and so much more!

The community amenities as well are ones that most buyers desire, but can’t always get when looking for homes. Your family will love the community pool, clubhouse, sidewalks and cul de sac lots, making it the ideal location for a growing family.

The best part about Sonoma Springs? Homes in this community start from the mid 200’s in price! There is no reason to consider a resale home when you can get all that Sonoma Springs has to offer in a brand new home.

Contact Amanda and Audrey and Royal Oaks Homes today to learn more about how they can make your dream home goals a reality in Sonoma Springs and find you the perfect home option for you!

 

 

Royal Oaks Building Group is a new home builder in Raleigh and Fayetteville, North Carolina. For additional information about Royal Oaks building your Raleigh new home, please call (888) 677-1502.

Essential Kitchen Tools That Are Actually Worth Buying

Categories: Blog, Home Owner Tips | Posted: December 7, 2018

Kitchenware has gotten to a point where it’s almost overwhelming to walk down the kitchen aisle in a store or – heaven forbid – venture into a specialty cooking shop.

There are gadgets aplenty, single-purpose miracle tools, and frying pans in every conceivable shape and size. Even for a seasoned chef, it’s enough to make you want to run away. Everywhere you look, another kitchen tool you’ll use once and toss in a junk drawer forever.

But it doesn’t have to be like that. Some kitchen tools are essential, while others are better left on the shelf. We’re going to walk you through some of the most basic kitchen items that are truly must-haves (get out of here, weirdly-shaped-avocado-slicer).

We’ve pared this list down to five of the most essential, multi-functional kitchen tools. Of course, there are plenty of useful tools that didn’t make it on the list. But for barebones necessities, it’s perfect.

Whether you’re brand new to cooking or an accomplished cook looking to pare down their cookware, this is the list for you.

  1. Heavy-bottomed Pot

These pans are great for everything. Perfect for sauces, stews, fudge, and candies, the heavy-bottomed quality means you won’t immediately burn every ingredient you add. These pots are thicker at the base, which means they distribute heat more evenly. You’re less likely to have hot spots with a heavy-bottomed pot or pan compared to a thinner one.

We’re looking for even cooking here without the looming threat of burned ingredients every time you turn away for a moment. Selecting a nonstick interior is even better. I probably don’t need to tell you this, but it’s a real pain to scrub out stuck-on bits of burnt food.

Like most cookware, there’s a wide price range for these types of pots. You don’t need to go for a high-end option though. Any reasonable heavy-bottomed pot is an excellent addition to your kitchen.

  1. Dutch Oven

The versatility of Dutch ovens is impressive enough to make you want to go out and buy one RIGHT NOW. These multi-purpose pots can go straight from stovetop to oven to your counter. They’re big enough to hold an entire roast and come with heavy lids that keep liquid in for slow braising.

As a bonus, Dutch ovens often come in beautiful colors, making it a beautiful centerpiece on your dining room table. It’s a serving dish itself. We all know what that means: fewer dishes to take care of later. Score!

Le Creusetcookware is classic, of course, but you can turn to Lodge for a more affordable, equally hefty option. Choose an enameled Dutch oven to prevent sticking or the maintenance of cast iron.

  1. 9 x 13-inch Baking Pan

If you’ve ever looked at a recipe for brownies, casseroles, cakes, egg bakes, or any delicious baked dish, you’re familiar with this pan. It’s arguably the most called-for pan in the world! (Don’t fact check us on that one).

These pans are super versatile and don’t take up a ton of room. You can also use them to roast veggies or meat by popping a cooling rack on top. The grease drips down and keeps your food from getting soggy.

For those of you who attend a lot of potlucks, consider picking up a 9×13-inch baking pan lid. It makes transportation (and carrying home leftovers) a whole lot easier.

  1. Chef’s Knife (Yes, just the one)

This may not be the most popular opinion, but you don’t need more than one knife to do almost everything you need in the kitchen. Sure, knife block sets are a classic gift for newlyweds or folks striking out on their own for the first time. But how often do you actually use them?

A sturdy, sharp chef’s knife is great for chopping vegetables and slicing meat. Pick a chef’s knife with a medium-length blade and a sturdy handle; you’ll be surprised how much more control you have over it. With a professional knife, beginner chefs have the added benefit of learning proper grip technique to prevent accidents and boost efficiency.

You can find affordable, quality knives ranging from $20 up to ridiculous numbers (we’re talking triple zeroes or more). If you can test it out beforehand, even better. Find a knife with a comfortable grip, and you’re ready to go.

  1. Non-stick Frying Pan

Omelets? No problem. Browning meatballs? Great! Cookin’ up a stir-fry? No worries. A non-stick frying pan is there for you every time.

Since non-stick frying pans prevent food from sticking, you can use less oil when you’re cooking. It’s also easier to get tricky food out of the pan, meaning you’ll likely ruin fewer dinners (it’s happened to the best of us).

And you can use the same frying pan for so many things! You’ll want to make sure that you don’t use metal spatulas, silverware, or any other sharp tool or you run the risk of scratching off the non-stick coating.  If that coating starts flaking off, throw the pan away! You definitely don’t want that in your food.

So there you go. The five barebones, most essential cooking tools you can add to your kitchen. No frills, no gimmicks; just solid tools to help you tackle any recipe, no matter how complicated or fussy. Happy cooking!

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