FieldStone, a new-home neighborhood off Mann’s Chapel Road south of Chapel Hill, has been growing over the past two years and is now filled with young families, retirees and professionals working in Chapel Hill, Research Triangle Park and as far away as Winston-Salem.
The community is a short drive to an I-40 exit, so it is easily accessible to many places of work, but none as close as Chapel Hill and Pittsboro unless it is your own home office at FieldStone.Mark Holland works from home for Verizon. His wife, Katherine, is a stay-at-home mom. They moved to FieldStone from another North Chatham neighborhood near Perry Harrison Elementary School.
“Our girls didn’t want to move from our old house off Hamlet Chapel Road,” Katherine said. “But the house was too small even though the neighborhood was great.
Driving from her old neighborhood to shopping on 15-501, Katherine saw FieldStone and liked what she saw. Mattie and Mackenzie – now 9 and 12, respectively, were with their mom one day as she drove through Fieldstone. Horizon Custom Homes Builder Jay Dunn was there, waved at the family and introduced himself.
“If you want to look at this house, you can,” Jay said.
“My kids moaned and didn’t want to do it,” Katherine said. “But once they got inside one of the houses, they loved it. Especially when they were told they could pick their own rooms.”
The Hollands bought their home through FieldStone new-home representative, Kelley Hunter, who happened to be the mother of one of Katherine’s friends from high school.
“I couldn’t have done it without her,” Katherine said. “She listed our house near Perry Harrison, and we sold it to the first person who looked at it. We had to rent a house in Chapel Ridge for five months while our FieldStone house was being built. Jay is also amazing to work with. We have no building horror stories.”
The Hollands chose the Hearthstone plan and options that increased its size to 3,600 square feet with an oversize two-car garage. They worked with Dunn to make the following changes. They changed unfinished space upstairs into a finished office space for Mark. The couple also changed several doors in the main living space into windows because the family anticipated needing that space for furniture, Katherine said.
The Hearthstone kitchen has a pantry at an angle. Katherine had the panty moved to a hall closet under the stairs. She had the space under the stairs pushed back as far as it could be to make the most of that space.
Katherine and Mark chose Mid-Continent kitchen cabinetry from Stock Building Supply. The Shaker-style cabinets have sturdy dish drawers to hold pots, pans and baking dishes in drawers that roll out easily, Katherine said.
Katherine says her favorite room changes depending on the time of year. Mark likes the open family room and having his own office upstairs where he has space for work and space for a drum set. The girls go to Perry Harrison Elementary and Pollard Middle School. When they reach high school age, they can attend Chatham County Public Schools: Northwood High School or Woods Charter School.
The girls say they really like FieldStone which has great streets for bike riding. The yard is big with space for their trampoline. They are working on their fairy houses among the boulders. The rocks are great for hide-and-seek, too.
“Field Stone offers very unique topography for the area which is so appealing to our clients, whatever their age” Dunn said.
The land is a mix of open fields and heavy woodlands of mature trees. Granite underneath often produces enough rock to build rock walls at the homes.
“Horizon Custom Builders has worked hard to maintain a level of quality in all of our homes that compliments this uniqueness and is second to none in the market place,” Dunn said.
Dunn, who has a design degree from North Carolina State University, says he enjoys working with other design professionals to produce house plans that “allow us to give our clients a truly custom home they can proudly call their own.”
Dunn is building two-story and ranch homes based on an original plan by nationally known house designer Frank Betz (www.frankbetz.com). Founded in 1976, Frank Betz Associates has received Builder Magazine’s top selling designer award numerous times.
Dunn hopes to equal or better the 2012 Bronze award Horizon received for the house they built at 90 FieldStone Lane in the Parade of Homes sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Durham Orange and Chatham Counties. This fall, Horizon will enter the house at 93 Runa Court in the Parade.
The 2014 Parade entry is an enlarged version (3,543 square feet) of the Hearthstone plan (3,143 square feet). It is basically the same, though some room sizes have changed. The elevation is also different and features a front porch that runs to the corner of the home. This four bedroom, four bath house, which will be finished in early September, is available at $534,900.
All FieldStone houses have a first-floor master bedroom and a first-floor guest room or study, as well as a covered porch and a screened porch. Additionally, each home has features unique to that house. For example, the house at 226 Fieldstone (the Summerlake plan) has extra built-ins inside the house and a fire pit on a stone patio, Dunn said.
The house at 26 Clarence Lane (The Forestview plan) has a full, unfinished basement (more than 1,100 square feet) that could become a home office, an in-law suite or a great area for more family recreation, Dunn said.
Homes range in price from $499,000 to $539,000 and in size from 3,144 heated square feet to 3,547 heated square feet. There are two custom homes under construction now, according to Hunter, who says the community is an equal mixture of custom and spec homes.
In the first two phases of the 27-home neighborhood, there are five lots and four spec homes still available (FieldStoneNeighborhood.com and then Inventory). Fieldstone is being built by Horizon Custom Builders, Jay Dunn president (FieldStoneNeighborhood.com and click on Meet Our Builder).
The FieldStoneNeighborhood Website also has a list of the green building techniques and Energy Star approved products Horizon uses to build its energy-efficient houses. These include sealed crawl spaces and duct work and Tech Shield radiant barrier roof sheathing.
Water savings include weather-based irrigation control, dual-flush toilets, low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators, and drought-tolerant landscaping. All of the houses in FieldStone are serviced by individual septic tanks; AT&T U-verse for internet; have access to Public Service natural gas and Chatham County water.