New Trends in Outdoor Furniture and Fabrics

National Homeownership Month
Made to Last: New Trends in Outdoor Furniture and Fabrics
Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem

Creating outdoor rooms remains a popular design trend with homeowners across the country. It’s a simple, budget-friendly way to increase your home’s square footage and to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you have a large patio or a small porch, your outdoor room can easily reflect your style and become a treasured gathering spot in your home.

Yet, many homeowners quickly become frustrated when the beautiful furniture and fabrics they select do not survive the outdoor elements. Fortunately, manufacturers are now creating more durable outdoor furnishings to help your decorating dollars go even further.

Outdoor fabric companies, such as Sunbrella and Perennials, offer expanded lines of sun- and weather-resistant products that are made to withstand harsh weather. These resilient fabrics are low-maintenance and can easily be cleaned by hand. Despite the increased durability of these fabrics, they remain soft and comfortable for everyday use.

Retailers also are responding to the popularity of outdoor rooms by increasing their inventory of indoor/outdoor rugs, weatherproof cushions and fabrics, and all-weather furniture. Residential architect Amy Stacy, owner of Stacy Studio in Silver Spring, Md., has noticed the difference. “Even last summer, big-box stores may have only had three or four color choices for outdoor cushions. Now, you can choose from a wide variety of durable solids, patterns, florals, and stripes, both online and at all of the major home retailers,” Stacy said.

Homeowners also want to spend more time enjoying their outdoor space and less time maintaining it. “Screened-in porches are hot right now,” according to Stacy. “Home owners are looking for low-maintenance options and decks require a lot of upkeep.”

Not surprisingly, today’s screened porches reflect the growing trend of creating outdoor spaces with indoor amenities. Stacy says her clients are requesting fireplaces and other features – such as finished wood floors – to help their screened porches feel like luxurious indoor spaces. Other homeowners are adding kitchens to their screened porches, allowing them to more easily cook outdoors year-round.

Easy Maintenance Tips

After you’ve furnished and decorated your outdoor space, be sure to follow a few simple tips to ensure that you can enjoy it for years to come.

  • Protect outdoor furniture with weatherproof covers during the times of year when it’s not in use. Or, bring smaller furniture items inside.
  • Store cushions in weatherproof containers during winter weather – or if a big storm is on the way.
  • Spot clean spoils or spills on outdoor fabric right away to prevent the growth of mildew. Use a mild, bleach-free soap-and-water solution and rub gently with a cloth or sponge.
  • Always air-dry outdoor fabrics, which generally are made of synthetic materials. Never dry clean or tumble-dry these fabrics – or the protective finish will begin to erode.

For more information about creating and maintaining outdoor rooms in the Triad area contact Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem.

Trend Alert: Wet Rooms are Today’s Choice for Beautiful Bathrooms

Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem

Trend Alert: Wet Rooms Are Today’s Choice for Beautiful, Usable Bathrooms

Inviting, accommodating and a feast for the eyes—wet rooms are showing up in more and more homes and wowing visitors at new-home showcases. Wet rooms—essentially open-concept or barrier-free bathrooms—are tiled continuously from floor to ceiling and across the floor surface, giving a sleek, unified appearance. The shower is open to the room or enclosed in clear glass, and has no raised threshold to step over. Sinks, countertops and vanities mounted to the walls hover above the unbroken plane of the floor.

The wet room’s uninterrupted sight lines give a feeling of space to even a relatively small room. The continuous floor surface makes for easy cleanup and allows people in wheelchairs or with restricted mobility to move freely.

Here are a few things to consider when designing your wet room:

Express Yourself

The open spaces and abundance of tile that define a wet room invite you to splash on your own creative look.

Whether you choose soothing earth tones and textures, cool minimalist grays, whites and blacks, or whimsical colors and patterns, the wet room creates an eye-catching display.


Curbless Shower

Because the entire room is waterproof, your curbless shower also can be completely open to the room, with no enclosure at all. Just be sure there’s enough space to place the toilet and sink where they won’t get splashed by spray from the shower.

Glass enclosures with seamless glass doors are another popular option. They’ll contain water on all sides without impeding the view.

Or sometimes simply a slab partition between the shower and the toilet will do the trick, leaving the front of the shower open to the rest of the room. The slab may be a foot or two short of the ceiling and face the doorway to minimize its effect on the visual flow.

Threshold drains—or grates that are flush with the tile floor—may define the edge of the shower area without interrupting the floor’s flow. Some drains even glow from within, using interior colored or white LED lighting for an extra flair and to help orient a person under the shower’s spray.

Another popular option is adding a place to sit in the shower. A built-in slate ledge, matching or contrasting with the wall tile, a wall-mounted drop-down bench in bamboo or a free-standing teak stool is a handy feature for anyone and contributes to the overall design.



Floating vanities, attached to the wall without legs, and floating countertops look great with today’s vessel sinks and minimalist faucets.

In addition to their sleek look, these features also provide sink access for anyone in a wheel chair. Drawers or shelves attached underneath or on each side of the sink provide storage.


Professional Installation

To be sure your wet room keeps the water where it’s supposed to be, it’s important that everything be installed just right, and that might require a professional.

Floor grading is key—constructed to slope gently and almost imperceptibly, but effectively, toward drains. Tile must be properly installed and sealed to prevent leaks.

Once it’s done right, your wet room will be easy to use, to clean and to enjoy—a lovely oasis in your home.


For more information or to find a contractor or remodeler to help you create your wet room, contact Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem or

Meetings, Events, Socials

2019 Meetings, Events & Socials

April 15 thru October 31 – Muddy Boots New Member Referral Campaign

JUNE – National Homeownership Month

June 25 – BUILD PAC Jazz Tastings Planning Meeting, HBAWS, 3 – 4pm
June 27 – Staff Meeting, HBAWS

July 4 – Independence Day Holiday – HBAWS Office Closed
July 16 – Triad Home & Garden Show Early Bird


August 6 – Builder Committee, 11:45am, HBAWS
August 6 – Professional Women in Building
August 7 – Spike Meeting, W-S Foundation Rooftop, 11:30am
August 8 – AMC Meeting, HBAWS, 4 – 5pm
August 13 – Remodelers Council Summer Social
August 14 – JLC at HBAWS
August 15 – Education Committee
August 16 – Fall Parade Early Bird Deadline
August 16 – Career Technical Education Committee Meeting, Forsyth Tech, Snyder Hall, 10:30am
August 20 – Finance Committee, Executive Board & Board Meeting
August 21 – Fall Parade Committee Planning Meeting, HBAWS, 10 – 11am
August 22 or 27 – Quickbooks CE – Location TBD – 8 hour class


September 2 – Labor Day Holiday – HBAWS Office Closed
September 3 – Professional Women in Building
September 5 – Joint AMC/Spike/New Member Connect, Kitchen Vision, 3:30 – 5pm
September 10 – NCHBA 3rd Quarter Meetings, Charlotte
September 10 – 12 – NCHBA 21st Century Expo – Charlotte
September 10 – Remodelers Council, Masonic Center
September 11 – JLC at WSRAR
September 17 – Finance Committee, Executive Board & Board Meetings
September 19 – Jazz Tastings – an NC BUILD PAC event, Warehouse on Ivy, 5 – 8pm, sponsor: Amanzi Marble & Granite


October – No AMC – Attend Fall Parade of Homes events
October 1 – Builder Committee, 11:45am, HBAWS

October 2 – Spike Meeting, HBAWS, 11:30am
October 2 – JLC at WSRAR
October 3 – Fall Parade Sign Assembly
October 3 – Pints & Politics
October 8 – Fall Parade Sign Pick-up Day
October 8 – Remodelers Council, Masonic Center
October 9 – Fall Parade PreQualifying
October 10 – Fall Parade Judging
October 12, 13 and 19, 20 – Fall Parade of Homes, sponsor: BB&T
October 15 – 60th Anniversary & GHA Celebration [Bridger Field House / Embers!] 
   Exclusive Event Sponsor: Builders FirstSource   Co-Sponsor: Marsh Kitchens
Event Sponsors: Amanzi Marble & Granite, McCullough Tile
Table Sponsors: Arden Group, LLC, Bloomday Granite & Marble, Plyler Supply Co., Inc.

October 17 – Fall Parade Breakfast
October 22 – Finance Committee, Executive Board & Board Meetings
October 29 – Professional Women in Building


November 1 – Fall Sporting Clay Tournament, Hunting Creek Preserves
November 6 – Spike Meeting, HBAWS, 3 – 5pm
November 7 – CE Blitz, Piedmont Natural Gas, 8am – 4:30pm
November 12 – Remodelers Council Chicken Stew, HBAWS
November 13 – JLC at HBAWS
November 14 – AMC Meeting, Marsh Kitchens, 4 – 5pm
November 19 – Membership Meeting & Board Installation
November 21 – Education Committee
November 28, 29 – Thanksgiving Holidays – Office Closed


December 3 – Builder Committee, 11:45am, HBAWS
December 3 – Professional Women in Building Christmas Social
December 4 – JLC at HBAWS
December 6 – New Board Orientation,10am, HBAWS
December 10 – Remodelers Council Christmas Social
December 11 – NCHBA 4th Quarter Meetings and Board Installation, Pinehurst
December 12 – Joint AMC/Spike Christmas Brunch, 11am, W-S Foundation Rooftop
December 17 – Board Planning Retreat, 8 – 3:30pm, Piedmont Natural Gas
December 17 – Board Christmas Social, 4 – 5, Piedmont Natural Gas
December 24, 25 – Christmas Holidays – HBAWS Office Closed
December 31 – New Year’s Holiday – HBAWS Office Closed



January 1 – New Year’s Holiday – HBAWS Office Closed


February 22, 23, 2020 – Triad Home & Garden Show

Fall Parade Association House

Fall Parade Association House

Fall Parade Association House Builder:
Wishon & Carter Builders, Inc.

We are pleased to formally announce our 2019 Fall Parade Association House builder is: Wishon & Carter Builders, Inc. The location is: 5811 Zinfandel Street, The Arbors at Meadowlark

  • Wishon & Carter Builders understands the changing needs of the modern family, this home will prove timeless and exceptional. Low maintenance exterior with Tennessee Field Stone and Cementous siding, rocking chair front porch , private porch off the master suite. The interior has an open floor plan, main level master suite , main level guest room, flex space for office or library, spacious bedrooms and upper level playroom and game room. This is a wonderful time to purchase and customize!
  • Builder Contacts: Ted Baity 336.469.0507 or Randy Trinkle, 336.469.0508

If you have any questions about this project or interest in building the 2020 Fall Parade Association House, contact Darlene Saunders at HBAWS, 336.464.8000.

Open Floor Plans – Top Pick for Consumers

Open Floor Plans – Top Pick for Consumers

National Homeownership Month
Open Floor Plans Remain a Top Pick for Consumers
Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem

Whether looking for a new home or revamping a current residence, home owners continue to be drawn to the feelings of spaciousness, easy flow and welcoming togetherness evoked by an open floor plan.

Pioneered in the early 20th century, open floor plans remain popular today, according to a recent survey from the National Association of Home Builders. The survey found that 70 percent of buyers want a kitchen-family room area that is either completely or partially open, with 32 percent wanting it completely open.

And owners of existing homes are choosing to open things up, too. Remodelers reported that 40 percent of their projects involve opening existing homes’ main floors by removing interior walls entirely or by using countertops, cut-throughs or archways, rather than full walls, to define separate areas in a more open way.

Main floors with few or no interior walls between areas for cooking, eating, relaxing and entertaining allow cooks to chat with family members or guests, provide easy flow for entertaining and enable parents to keep an eye on children from different areas.

Open floor plans not only maximize space and flow, they optimize natural light. Windows serve more than their immediate area, illuminating the entire space.

With the increasing focus on accessible design, open floor plans meet another of today’s needs— with fewer doorways, they are easier to navigate in a wheelchair or with a stroller.

To find a builder or remodeler visit: or visit

2019 STARS Awards – Entries being accepted!

Entries are now being accepted for the STARS Awards, which honors the achievements of home building industry professionals from across North Carolina.

Enter your outstanding achievements in areas such as marketing and advertising, web design, sales/information center, landscape design, interior merchandising, architecture/floor plan, remodeling/renovation and special projects. Awards are also given to local home builders associations.

Make plans to join us at the annual STARS Awards Gala, Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at the Embassy Suites Uptown Charlotte.



Questions about the program? Contact Maureen Mullen at or 919-676-9090.

Perfect Getaway with a She Shed

Perfect Getaway with a She Shed

National Homeownership Month
Create the Perfect Getaway with a She Shed
Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem

We’ve all heard about the growing prevalence of man caves for years, but get ready for a lot more buzz about “she sheds.” A she shed is a free standing building in your home’s backyard – a space where a woman can go to invest time in her hobbies, get some work done, or just relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the home. Sound like a great project to take on? Here are some of the most popular uses for she sheds:

Art and Crafting Studio

The she shed gives you a great opportunity to invest more time and intention in your passions. If you’re an artist, whether professionally or as a hobby, create a space dedicated to your craft. To make the space work, invest in some storage solutions to organize all of your crafting supplies, or finally get that easel you’ve been wanting but didn’t have space for in the main house. If you’re a photographer, you can even look into turning your she shed into a darkroom or photography studio.

 Outdoor Seating

Think about adding a bench or a small table and a couple of chairs in front of your she shed so you can sit with a friend and enjoy some beautiful weather with your favorite beverage. It’ll feel like you’re at a chic cafe but in the comfort of your own backyard. Don’t forget to make sure the furniture and fabrics are weatherproof so you won’t have to worry about dragging it inside whenever it rains or snows.

 Reading Nook

Consider making your she shed a screen-free space. You don’t want to risk it becoming just another place where you go to zone out and stare at the TV. Instead, opt for a dedicated reading space. You can go with a classic window nook, or get a stylish day bed and cover it in throw pillows. Who knows, you might even use it as a place to sneak in an afternoon nap. Finish it off with a free-standing bookcase or mount some quick and easy shelves on the wall to hold all those books you’ve been wanting to read.

Exercise or Office Space

If your passion is yoga, pilates, or weight lifting, you can turn your she shed into a space where you can blast your favorite music in a dedicated work-out space. Or, if you’re looking for a place to hunker down and focus on work, your she shed could become an office where you can go to write, brainstorm, make phone calls, or whatever else your professional life requires.

At the end of the day, your special space should be a reflection of you – a place where you love to spend time, whether it’s relaxing, creating, or getting work done. Have fun with it and make it into something that enhances your life.

To find a professional who can help you create your perfect she shed, contact Home Builders Association of  Winston-Salem 336.768.5942.

Top Design Trends for 2019

Top Design Trends for 2019

National Homeownership Month

Top Design Trends for 2019

At the beginning of each year, the Best in American Living Awards (BALA) recognizes dozens of new projects from this past year that showcased the best in home and community design, interior design and remodeling.

Whether your looking for inspiration for your next home renovation or you’re ready to start browsing for a new home, here are a few of the top design trends you’ll see in 2019.

Black window frames. Do you prefer a sleek and distinctive look for your home? Black window frames are the answer. The bold color choice has a modern appeal and frames are available in every price point.

The ceiling as the fifth wall of design. Ceilings will not be ignored this year. Statement ceilings transform rooms into bigger and brighter living spaces. Creative textures, colors and lighting can bring this seemingly blank canvas to life.

Creative integration of outdoor spaces. Small outdoor spots no longer limit design capabilities. Cozy and appealing outdoor living areas can be integrated into homes in even the narrowest lots. You’ll see expert design, carefully selected features and furniture create exciting indoor-outdoor spaces.

Delineation of spaces through mixed materials. Designers are shaking things up in 2019 with a variety of textured elements to elevate the style of a home. Homes will have better defined spaces, both outdoor and in, with mixed materials like stone or brick.

Indoor/outdoor connections. Easy physical and visual connections with outdoor spaces is enticing and generates an abundance of nature light and ventilation. The seamless flow of indoor and outdoor space is a trend gaining momentum each year.

Mid-century modern and modern farmhouse. Bringing out a home’s original character is a style that is sweeping the nation. Mid-century modern homes have a warm and inviting living space with large windows and open design concepts. The popular modern farmhouse incorporates natural wood beams, large sinks and barn doors.

Multigenerational living. Overall, this trend is about creating a home to accommodate multiple generations living under one roof. Floor plans and design elements allow for all household members to gather comfortably in living spaces. You’ll notice suites and transition spaces capable of quickly transforming into bedrooms.

Stairs as a focal piece. Known more for utility in a home rather than design, stairs are taking a life of their own. Homes this year will have stairs with fine detailing, unique materials and one-of-a-kind designs. Stairs and rails are available in an array of styles and are suitable for any budget.

For more information about the latest designs to enhance your home or to find a builder in your area to create the new home of your dreams, contact Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem 336.768.5942.

NCHBA Legislative Update

The Senate worked overtime to get its budget done while the House had an abbreviated schedule of activities. Your legislative team consulted with the Chairs of the House Regulatory Reform Committee in order to calendar SB 55 (Continuing Education for General Contractors) on Thursday only to have that meeting canceled when the House scheduled no votes for its Thursday session. However, this meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday and SB 55 is the first bill on the calendar. Based on our lobbying all of the members of that committee this week, we expect a favorable vote.

As discussed in previous reports, the bill would require at least one qualifier of a building, residential or unclassified licensee to obtain 8 hours of instruction annually as a requirement for license renewal. Starting in 2021, all 8 hours can be satisfied by taking approved courses online. The bill received overwhelming support in the Senate and the same level of support is expected in the House, where the companion bill had 87 of the 120 House members either as a primary sponsor or cosponsor.

This morning the Senate passed its version of the 2019-2020 budget, HB 966 (2019 Appropriations Act). The $23.9 billion plan includes an appropriation of $10 million for the North Carolina Housing Trust Fund for 2019-2020 fiscal year. Support for this fund is always one of NCHBA’s top session priorities. The bill also contains several tax provisions important to us (e.g., reduction in the franchise tax rate and an increase in the standard tax deduction). Starting next year, the standard deduction will increase by $1,000 to $21,000 for joint married filers and the franchise tax rate will decrease from the current rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of the corporation’s tax base down to $1.29 per $1,000 for the 2020 tax year and to .96 per $1,000 for the 2021 tax year.

The budget bill now returns to the House for a vote where House members will fail to concur with the Senate changes. A conference committee will then be appointed by the leadership of both bodies to work out the differences in the two versions. Once consensus is reached, the conference report will be voted on and sent to the Governor. All indications are that Governor Cooper will veto whatever the General Assembly presents.

SB 553 (Regulatory Reform Act of 2019) was heard in the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday. The bill contains several provisions. Of interest to NCHBA are the following:

  • Amending the North Carolina Plumbing Code to include an amendment to eliminate a drinking fountain requirement for a building with maximum occupancy under 30.
  • A requirement for NC DEQ to study and report on expanding existing express permitting programs, including stormwater and soil and erosion permits.

Regulatory reform has been an annual priority for the GOP majority in the General Assembly since gaining control in 2011. Each session, NCHBA has successfully sought provisions in this annual legislation. Compared to prior years, this year’s version contains fewer controversial provisions since the GOP no longer enjoys a veto-proof majority.

NCHBA members will head to Washington D.C., next week for NAHB’s Spring Leadership Conference. On Wednesday, NCHBA members and staff will visit Capitol Hill to meet individually with members of our North Carolina Congressional delegation on NAHB’s key federal priorities. Tim and Steven will immediately return to Raleigh to keep our legislative agenda on track.

Finally, it is our honor to name Senator Deanna Ballard (R-Alleghany, Ashe, Surry, Wilkes & Watauga) as our “NCHBA Legislator of the Week!” Serving her second full term, Senator Ballard has been a strong supporter of the home building industry during her service in the Senate. We thank Senator Ballard for her continued support for housing affordability and the American dream of home ownership, and we look forward to working with her in the future!