Development Beat: Mind Your Manors Monday

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Mind Your Manors Monday is a new feature that will take a look back at the previous week’s single-family and town home renovation and new building projects. 

Once again, we’ve decided to incorporate infographics into this feature, and for the first time we’re using the same format as last time. Since we’re taking the whole of next week off, we hope to return on Monday, December 5, with graphics that actually look semiprofessional. We’ll see how that goes.


17 new detached single-family dwellings received permits last week, three less than the number issued the week before. The new homes ranged in size and cost from an 1,155 square-foot, $128,621 house on Neuse Ridge Road to a 7,564 square-foot, $1.86 million mansion on Marlowe Road off Lassiter Mill Road inside the beltline. Arthur Rutenberg Homes will be handling the construction of this luxury lean-to. The average cost of a new single-family home permitted last week was $422,415; the median was $316186. The total cost of all those homes was $7,181,061.

Both the largest and the smallest homes permitted last week were also the least and most expensive. The total square-footage all of new single-family homes permitted last week was 57,471 while the average size was 3,380 SF and the median 2,316 SF.

We should also note that it appears sitework has begun for a new 21-lot single-family home development on Leesville Road. This subdivision is being developed by Terramor Homes and the sitework is being handled by Wellons Construction.


54 homeowners received a total of 59 renovation/addition/”other” permits last week at a total cost of $2,350,208. The average cost of each permit was $39,834 while the median cost was about half of that at $20,000. The costliest project was a $450,o00, 2,340 square-foot addition of a one-story garage to a home on Canadero Drive that the owners will hopefully use to store their Canyonero in. A truck that’s advertised as “12 yards long, 2 lanes wide, 65 tons of American Pride!” needs a pretty big garage, after all. The job will be handled by Lawrence Construction.

The largest renovation project by square footage was a job that will renovate a foyer, a laundry room, remodel the master hall and guest baths and replace fans& relocate lighting for a home on Davidson Street. Encompassing 2,597 square feet, this project by Roby, Andrew Inc. will cost the owners $66,830.

The total square footage involved in all renovations permitted last week was 28,741 and the average size of a renovation project permitted last week was 487 SF, with a median size of 322 SF.

Note: If you’re wondering what “other” means, most of the projects with that work description are deck/garage additions.


Three homes all built before 1963 received demolition permits last week. The oldest, located at 310 North State Street, was built way back in 1920. The one story, 732 square foot home will be torn down for $8,000 by Five Horizons Construction. Five Horizons will also be demo’ing the next-oldest house from last week, located at 310 N. State and built in 1932. We’re actually going to be doing a write-up on these homes tomorrow for Teardown Tuesday, so be sure to check back if you want more detail. The final home to receive demo permits last week was built in 1962 and located at 817 Richmond Street. Thorne Construction will tear it down for $11,200. The total cost of all three demolition projects was $27,200.

Best Work Description of the Week: “Add 471 SF Florida Room on Back of Home.” For the homeowner’s sake, we hope this room isn’t being built as a place for a “Florida Man” to live, although if this is the case, we eagerly await the police reports this addition will generate. Hopefully something along the lines of, say “Florida man leaving strip club falls out of truck, runs himself over.” A boy can dream. As it turns out though, a Florida Room is basically a fancy name for a sunroom; according to Wiktionary, it’s “A room within or adjoining a residence which is designed to admit considerable sunlight and fresh air, especially one which is not heated and is used only in the warmer seasons; a sunroom.” Well that’s not very interesting. Sorry.

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