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Community Spotlight: Ramsgate

Categories: New Homes in Raleigh | Posted: February 15, 2019

Are you in the market this spring for a new home in Clayton, NC? If so, Royal Oaks Homes, a premier homebuilder for new homes in Raleigh, shares a brand new Clayton community that is sure to have you rearranging your plans this weekend to check out the stunning new homes available! Often buyers think shopping before the “official” spring season, their chances of finding a home will be few. However, that is not the case in Ramsgate! There are beautiful new homes available and ready for someone to call them home and be moved into your new home by the time most buyers are headed out to shop for a new home this spring!

If you are looking for a beautiful new home and appreciate exceptional craftsmanship, then you will love the homes available in Ramsgate. Think a modern style design in a country setting. Whether you are looking for a ranch in the 1,500 square foot range or you need a lot of living space and room to grow, plans offered in Ramsgate go up to a spacious 3,500 square feet of living space. There are also 3-car garages available, to add in extra garage space for multiple drivers or for a shop in the garage.

Ramsgate is conveniently located in the Cleveland area of Johnston County, with close proximity to 40/20 schools, as well as any shopping, entertainment and parks to fit your desires!  Continence is always at your fingertips when you purchase a Royal Oaks home.

If you have kids that are of school age, you will be glad to know that this community is in a great school district with kids going to Polenta Elementary, Swift Creek Middle and Cleveland High School.

This beautiful new home community features award winning floor plans you won’t want to pass up. Call 919-694-4241 today for a private consultation to see what floor plan might be just what you’re looking for this Fall season when it comes to your new home!



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.

Should I Build a Single-Story Home?

Categories: Blog, Home Buying Tips | Posted: February 11, 2019

Building a home presents an incredible amount of challenges. But you’ll need to answer this question before doing almost anything else: should you build a one-story or two-story house? There are many advantages and disadvantages of each. Of course, in the end, it will come down to your personal preference. What works better for your family? How long are you going to live here?

Here are a few advantages to building a single-story home.

Lower Heating and Cooling Costs

A single-story home is an excellent return on investment when it comes to heat and air conditioning. Since heat rises and cold air falls, people with two-story homes end up paying nearly double in costs just to keep their upstairs and downstairs at a comfortable temperature.

With just one floor to heat or cool, single-story homes are more cost and energy efficient. That’s a double win.

Maintenance is So Much Easier

Do you know what’s not fun? Carrying a vacuum cleaner up and down a set of stairs every week. Everything is on the same level in a single-story home, so there’s no need to run up and down floors carrying laundry or cleaning supplies. It may not seem like this would be a big deal, but all that work adds up and makes chores even more unappealing.

This is true for outside your home too. Washing your windows, cleaning your gutter, or painting is all easier when there’s only one floor to deal with.

Planning for Your Safety and Future

Another point to consider is whether you’re planning to live out your later years in this home. If you plan to retire and continue living in this home for the rest of your life, a one-story home may be better. After all, stairs can be cumbersome or dangerous for people with limited mobility. That’s why most senior living communities feature single-level homes.

But this consideration isn’t just for older folks. Familiar with small children may want to avoid adding stairs too. Falling down stairs is a real danger for crawling or barely walking kids.

For either of these reasons, or if you just don’t want to run up and down stairs every day, then a single-story home is the way to go.

In Case of Fire…

Nobody likes to think about the worst case scenario. But in the event of a fire or another disaster, it’s easier to get out of a one-story home. Evacuating from a ground floor window is undoubtedly better than jumping out a window higher up.

It may be unpleasant, but it’s necessary to consider this in your planning.

So, what are you sacrificing by building a single-story home?

One of the most significant downsides of a single-story home is a lack of privacy. When your bedroom is on the ground floor, you’re potentially open to people walking down the street or cars driving by. Additionally, there’s no separation between your home’s “public” and “private” spaces. This becomes especially important during the holidays or if you’re hosting a party with guests.

If you’re designing the floor plan, you can avoid some of this exposure. But even so, a multi-story home would offer additional privacy and protection.

Consider too that building is going to be expensive. First, because your home has a larger footprint and therefore requires more land. Second, you’ll need more materials for the foundation, roof, and windows.

It All Comes Down to Personal Preference

Are you looking for an easier layout design? More prefab options? Go for the single-story home.

There are many benefits of single-story homes, from inexpensive heating to easier maintenance. And there are certainly cons, like a lack of privacy or higher building costs. But ultimately, it comes down to your personal preference.

Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of different home styles will help you make a more informed decision about what type of home to build.

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