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Low Maintenance Vinyl Siding, Vinyl Shakes and Trim

McKee Homes uses low maintenance vinyl siding, shakes and trim on all our Contemporary Series homes. Our Signature Series homes come with painted cement board siding and trim.

Most of our homes offer a mix of lap siding, shakes and board and batten along with trim, accessories and accents to make the exterior design more interesting and enhance the beauty of the home.

Advantages of vinyl siding, shakes and trim:

  • Never needs painting
  • VSI certified to withstand extreme winds up to 180 MPH or more
  • No visible nails
  • Color is fade-resistant, beautiful and resilient
  • Lifetime limited warranty

Our Contemporary vinyl siding is .042″ thick, has a light roughsawn texture and a rolled nail hem for increased rigidity. There are many attractive color choices available for selection by homebuyers.

vinyl siding and shake colors

*Not all colors available in every neighborhood

AN ECO-FRIENDLY CHOICE

As a sustainable product with a long service life, vinyl siding is environmentally responsible in several ways. In addition to conserving wood and other natural resources often used for building materials, vinyl siding helps reduce the deposit of paint, stain and maintenance-related materials into the environment because it never needs to be painted.

MAINTENANCE

Unlike wood or cement board siding, which need to be painted every so often, vinyl siding only needs to be washed with mild soap and water. Most vinyl siding can be pressure washed to save time. While some homeowners prefer to hire a professional to pressure wash their home, others prefer to rent a pressure washer and do it themselves. However it’s not necessary to use a pressure washer to clean vinyl siding. A garden house and nylon brush will work just fine to keep vinyl siding looking like new.

For more information about cleaning and maintaining low maintenance vinyl siding, please visit vinylsiding.org.

For more information about McKee Homes neighborhoods and homes for sale, please visit McKeeHomesNC.com or call us at 910-672-7296. You can also take a 3D virtual tour through our design studio and see samples of siding and other selections.

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New Pool Open in Liberty Hill at Kings Grant in Fayetteville

The new pool and pool house are now open in Liberty Hill at Kings Grant in Fayetteville. Liberty Hill residents can obtain keys to the pool from the HOA.

Liberty Hill is a beautiful new home community nestled in the well established Kings Grant subdivision. Located just north of Fayetteville, NC near the 295 connector, approximately 15 minutes from Ft Bragg, and five minutes from Methodist University, Liberty Hill is a family friendly neighborhood with convenience to local eateries and shopping.

At home in Liberty Hill, quiet, picturesque streetscapes are a daily welcome. The new pool and pool house are a fantastic place to play with the kids and catch up with neighbors. Classic homes with front porches and professional landscaping are full of designer details.

liberty hill pool

Health benefits of swimming

As well as being fun, swimming is a great way to keep fit, stay healthy and make friends. Swimming is a low-impact, healthy activity that has many physical and mental health benefits. It’s a great workout because you need to move your whole body against the resistance of the water.

Swimming is a good all-round activity because it:

  • keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body
  • builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness
  • helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart and lungs
  • tones muscles and builds strength
  • provides an all-over body workout, as nearly all of your muscles are used during swimming.

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Cost-Efficient Thermostat Temperatures to Save You Money This Summer!

Cost-efficient thermostat temperatures are so important to save you money this summer on your electricity bill! During this time of year with temperatures reaching the high 90s in most areas, thermostat adjustments to keep your home cool and your bill low are necessary. Cooling your home with your air conditioning unit depending on the size, could sky rocket your bill into the high hundreds! Though it is tempting to adjust your thermostat really low during the summer in an effort to cool your home faster, this could actually be counter productive because your unit is working harder and burning more energy. Consistent set temperatures maintain energy output levels and reduces your out-of-pocket cost.

Before you receive your next bill and its causes you to break into a sweat, let me share a couple of cost-efficient thermostat temperature tips below!

  1. If you plan to be away from your home for an extended amount of time during the day (4 hours or more) keep the temperature set at a higher number. Once you arrive back home, adjust the temperature to 78 degrees. Based on your comfort level your thermostat should stay at this temperature throughout the warmer months.
  2.  Use your windows at night, turning off the A/C unit completely which allows the breeze to keep you cool while you are sleep. Also, utilize ceiling fans while you are in the room and then turn them off once you leave. It is unnecessary to leave ceiling fans on when you are no longer in the room as the fans do not keep the room itself cooler but cools the people who are in it.

According to Energy.gov for every degree higher you set your thermostat over 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer you could save six-eight percent off your energy bill per degree! These savings can be used to entertain your family and friends grilling in your backyard! Or a fun-filled water day at the local pool or water park! Making these small adjustments could add up significantly over time. Comment on this post and let me know if these tips would work for you! Also check out all of our available homes today!

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Built-in Home Theater System For Your New Home

There is no better time to have a home theater system designed and installed than while building a new home. It’s much easier to run cables, insert speakers and plan for the perfect home theater experience while the home is being built than to retro-fit the system into an existing home. Having all the outlets and cables right where they need to be makes the home theater system less expensive,  easier to install and allows you to get all components in their prime locations for the best overall sound experience.

Of course you can always have a home theater system installed in an existing home. Unless you are Okay with external speakers mounted on the wall or ceiling, there will be some disruption and mess as holes have to be cut for speakers and cables must be pulled to the locations of the receiver, speakers and subwoofer. It also may not be possible to get everything exactly where you want it because of other systems and structural members in the home.

McKee Homes offers a great-sounding home theater system that can be built in to your new home so you’re ready to enjoy the full home theater experience as soon as you move in. Since most homebuyers already have a large screen TV, we focus on the sound system components and wiring.

A typical system includes a 5.2 channel home theater receiver with Bluetooth®, in-ceiling speakers, center channel speaker and subwoofer.

Bluetooth receiver

Typical components would be similar to the following:
Denon AVR-S530BT
5.2-channel home theater receiver with Bluetooth®

  • 5-channel amplifier; 75 watts per channel with 2 channels driven
  • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music listening with smartphones, tablets, and compatible computers
  • front-panel USB input for audio playback from an external storage device or thumb driveBottom of Form (7/10)

Polk Audio MC80
In-ceiling speaker

  • 3/4″ aimable silk dome tweeter and 8″ woofer
  • frequency response 50-20,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • moisture-resistant design

Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL2
Center channel speaker

  • Time Lens technology aligns the drivers for better staging and imaging
  • 3/4″ silk dome tweeter and dual 3-1/4″ Dynamic Balance™ mid/woofers
  • curved enclosure with high-gloss finish to match today’s flat-panel TVs

Klipsch Reference R-110SW
Powered subwoofer, wireless adapter optional

  • 10″ front-firing Cerametallic™ cone woofer
  • Built-in 200-watt amplifier (continuous power)
  • Frequency response 27-125 HzTop of Form

High – Speed Hdmi cable 50ft
Supports Ethernet, 3D and Audio Return, UltraHD 4K Ready – Latest Specification Cable

home theater sound system components

For more information about our built-in home theater surround sound system upgrade options, please visit our home theater information web page or give us a call at 910-672-7296

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McKee Homes New Home Automation Options

McKee Homes offers some exciting new home automation options that give you integrated advanced control from almost anywhere through multiple online platforms. Do you want to control your home from your smart watch? We have you covered. You can also use your smart phone, tablet and other devices.

All of our new homes come with a wireless home security system which includes a wireless security keypad, door sensors and motion detector. We offer upgrades to that system as well as a full home automation system including a touch-screen wireless security panel, door sensors, cell device, and key fob. And for all you control enthusiasts out there, seamless integration connects all your mobile devices, giving you maximum control of your home from any device.

The best part of our home automation system is that it connects all your devices creating an intelligent system that works together, learns and adapts to meet your needs. The entire system can be controlled through one app, for total convenience wherever you go. Instead of sending single commands to your lights, thermostat and door locks, everything works together with customizable triggers. You get an added level of security and convenience with much less effort on your part.

home automation options

Not only can you remotely control the lighting in your home when you’re away the entire system can be programmed for your lifestyle. Window and door sensors can send you an alert whenever a window or door is opened or left open. Door locks and garage door can be remotely operated and controlled from your mobile devices and image sensors can capture images, send alerts and allow for peek-in viewing.

Contact McKee Homes at 910-692-7296 or go to our home security systems web page for more information about new home automation systems.

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New Home Plumbing and Lighting Fixtures

When it comes to personalizing a new construction home, choosing plumbing and lighting fixtures is near the top of the list for most home buyers. McKee Homes installs Delta plumbing fixtures and Kichler lighting fixtures in all our new homes, so you can rest assured that you are getting a great product. Of course if you want to upgrade the fixtures and finishes in your new home, we have you covered there as well.

Plumbing

The plumbing standard for our Contemporary level homes is chrome finish Peerless for kitchen and baths. We offer nickel finish Leland in the kitchen with a choice of Linden, Ashlyn and Lahara styles for baths in our Signature level homes.

Plumbing upgrades include different finish options such as chrome, brushed nickel, matte black and Champagne bronze. All of the finishes are durable, easy to clean, won’t show fingerprints or water spots and match well with accessories and other fixtures.

For the kitchen there are touch activated options and pot filler and soap dispenser options.

Bathroom options include a Slide Bar hand shower, rain shower heads and even shower heads with new H2Okinetic Technology which sculpts the water into unique wave patterns giving the feeling of more water without using more water.

Lighting

McKee Homes offers four standard lighting package choices for our Contemporary level homes and seven for our Signature level homes. Of course there are many upgrade options as well including pendant lighting in the kitchen, ceiling fan upgrades and foyer and dining fixtures.

Indoor lighting from Kichler may include chandeliers, pendants, bath lights, ceiling lights, wall sconces, flush fixtures, cabinet lighting and ceiling fans.

lighting upgrades

Courtesy of Kichler

New Home Selections

When you buy a McKee Homes, one of our expert selections coordinators will invite you for an enjoyable visit to our design studio where you can touch, see and experience plumbing and lighting fixtures as well as floor coverings, cabinets, exterior finishes and more.

For more information about McKee Homes plumbing and lighting fixtures, please visit our design studio web page or call us at 910-672-7296

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Spring Home Maintenance Tips

It’s that time of year again when most of us want to spend time enjoying outdoor spaces like patios, decks and yards. There may be some home and yard maintenance needed before you can really relax and enjoy the outdoor spaces around your home though, so use these spring home maintenance tips to get your home ready for the upcoming season.

Spring home maintenance tips can be grouped into three main areas: home exterior, home interior and outdoors. If you find problems in any of these areas, you may want to call a professional to take care of any maintenance issues.

Home Exterior

Do a general walk around your home and carefully inspect the foundation, walls and siding, windows and doors, roofing and chimney, and exterior HVAC unit.

  • Foundation: Check for cracks and loose mortar and concrete. Clean leaves and debris away from foundation.
  • Exterior Walls: Check for loose or damaged siding as well as water damage.
  • Windows & Doors: Check caulking and weather stripping; look for condensation inside double- or triple-glazed windows representing a bad seal.
  • Roofing & Chimney: Visually inspect roofing from ground or ladder. Check for loose and missing shingles as well as bumps in the roof representing loose nails. Check seal at chimney and roof as well as any walls that extend up above lower roof lines. Don’t forget to clean gutters and downspouts.
  • Exterior HVAC: Clear any leaves, pine needles or branches from the exterior HVAC unit and look for oily deposits around the condenser coils which could indicate a coolant leak. Have your HVAC unit professionally serviced to keep it running efficiently through the summer months.

Home Interior

Spring is a great time to do a thorough deep cleaning of your home. Rent a carpet cleaner and thoroughly clean all the carpets in your home to remove settled dust, mites and allergens to make your home cleaner and healthier.

  • General Cleaning: Clean areas such as blinds, cabinets (especially the tops), ceiling fans, window casings, baseboard, draperies, tile grout, furniture, and mattresses which normally don’t get cleaned very often.
  • HVAC: Replace the HVAC filter and inspect your air handler and drain pan. This is one of the most expensive systems in your home to replace so don’t skip this important maintenance step.
  • Plumbing: Check for leaky faucets, clogged drains. Check under cabinets for any leaking pipes or water stains. Check washing machine hoses for cracks, bulges or dampness. Check hot water heater for signs of leaks or corrosion.
  • Attic: Inspect attic for water stains which could indicate a leaky roof. Check for insect infestation as well as mold.

Outdoors

Clean and maintain your outdoor areas such as lawn, decks and patios, outdoor furniture, grill, walkways and driveway so they are ready for use and entertaining.

  • Lawn: Clean up any fallen branches and rake leaves and pine needles off of the grass to keep it healthy. You may want to use an organic herbicide to kill weeds before they start popping up in your lawn in the warmer weather. Make sure to check all faucets and sprinkler systems and take stock of your garden tools and lawn maintenance equipment. This is also a good time to prep garden beds for summer plants.
  • Decks & Patios: Sweep and hose off decks and patios and look for damage. Concrete patios and composite decks can be pressure washed but wood decks should be cleaned with a hose and brush and resealed for the upcoming season.
  • Outdoor Furniture: Uncover or bring out your outdoor furniture and rinse it off with a mild detergent. Check for peeling paint or rust and maintain as required.
  • Grill: Uncover and clean gas and charcoal grills. Check gas hoses and connections and make sure you have propane in the tank. Also check burner jets for clogs and obstructions.
  • Walkways and Driveways: Pressure wash driveways and walkways and check for cracks, especially against foundations. Seal any cracks or hire a foundation specialist who can employ a two-part epoxy injection system that will bond cracks chemically.

Once you’ve worked your way through these spring home maintenance tips it’s time to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Your clean, healthy, beautiful home is now ready for entertaining and relaxing through the spring and summer months. If you need to spruce up your home’s interior for spring, read our article on 2017 Top Home Trends.

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3 Simple Ways to Make Your Playroom Special Needs Friendly!

April is National Autism Awareness month so out of awareness for all dealing with Autism, we wanted to highlight 3 Simple Ways to Make Your Playroom Special Needs Friendly! Autism is showing up across the US in our children at a rapid rate of 1 in every 68 kids! Currently there is no cure but there are several ways to make your home environment feel super cozy for the most important love ones in your life, your kids!

1. Start by choosing softly colored paint to put on your walls and keep the center of the room open to provide space for exercise items such as a mini trampoline or balancing board or small slide. These items can be used to build muscle tone and provide exercise!

2. Use cozy sitting furniture with soft pillows and thick blankets to provide sensory comfort and perfect opportunities for a good cuddle!

3. In bins or baskets store puzzles, play dough, books, textured items, and your child’s favorite things. This provides time to stimulate the brain, interact socially with your child, and most importantly have fun!

The goal for many parents is to provide a loving and creative environment for your children and with the simple tips above your playroom can be extremely special! Our Beaufort Craftsman floor plan offers lots of space for a growing family and includes a guest suite that can easily be used as a playroom. View our floor plan photo galleries to see additional homes we offer.

Also follow us on Pinterest to check out our boards Child Bedroom Ideas and Playroom Ideas!

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The Total Cost of A One Percent Interest Rate Increase May Shock You

With the current 30-year fixed home mortgage interest rate hovering around 4 percent, many home shoppers are locking in their interest rate before it goes up again. Historically the rates are still very low but it’s a good idea to calculate the cost of even a one percent rise in current rates as the additional cost adds up to a large sum over the life of a 30-year loan.

$250,000

$300,000

$350,000

Interest
Rate

Total Interest

Monthly Payment

Total Interest

Monthly Payment

Total Interest

Monthly Payment

4%

$179,674

$1,194

$215,609

$1,432

$215,543

$1,671

5%

$233,139

$1,342

$279,767

$1,610

$326,395

$1,879

6%

$289,595

$1,499

$347,515

$1,799

$405,434

$2,098

The table above shows the difference in monthly payment amounts as the interest rate goes up from 4 percent to 5 percent and again to 6 percent. But the real eye opener is the difference paid in total interest over the life of the loan. A $300,000 30-year fixed rate mortgage at 5 percent costs $64,158 more than the same mortgage at 4 percent. If the interest rate goes up to 6 percent, the total cost of the loan goes up $131,906 over 30 years.

Most people focus on the monthly mortgage payment amount, but if your mortgage goes up $200 per month, that would equal $72,000 over the life of the loan.

These figures are only approximate, and the final amount of a home mortgage will be determined by additional factors such as credit rating. If you are limited by the amount per month you can pay for your mortgage, then the total cost of the home you can afford to buy goes down considerably as the interest rate goes up.

Bear in mind that you will also need to add your home insurance and property taxes into the equation. Use the McKee Homes New Home Financing page mortgage calculator to get an idea of what your total monthly payments would be for a traditional loan. If you are considering buying a home within the next year or so, it would be a good idea to lock in your interest rate as soon as possible to get more home for a lot less money. If you are not already working with a lender, please contact one of our preferred lenders to find out the best interest rates currently available and get prequalified.

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Top 3 Reasons To Become A First Time Home Buyer in 2017!

Buying a home for the first time is not only the smart thing to do in 2017 but it’s an important part of what most would consider the “American dream”! Let’s setup the scenario for a second. We are on the cusp of the end of the first quarter of the year already! We have officially elected a new President and the economy appears to have rebounded. You’re finally working a job that doesn’t require a Ramen noodle lifestyle only (love Ramen by the way). Your apartment is feeling cramped and you are looking for that next big purchase! With the right financial preparation and tools, purchasing a home can be the beginning of long-term wealth building, with your mortgage payment possibly lower than what you are currently paying for rent. With a fixed-rate mortgage, your payment will not go up which isn’t true with rent which seems to go up a little each year.

Check out the top 3 reasons to become a first time home buyer in 2017!

1. Mortgage Rates are still very good

Currently mortgage rates are still sitting at about 4%. Although they are not as low as they have been in previous months they are still historically low with rates going up to as high as 10% in 2006. Locking yourself into a low rate now would definitely be beneficial!

2. Down payments are low

Currently down payments are ranging from 1%-3% which is obtainable on most budgets. There are even first time home buyer credits that can assist you with your down payment or take care of your down payment completely. FHA, VA and USDA loans often have no-money-down options as well.

3. Decorate your home exactly the way you want!

Owning your home gives you the flexibility of decorating however you want. Maybe making that one room entirely purple like you imagined as a kid, or a complete gallery wall of family photos! Buying your own home allows you that flexibility which renting does not.
These are just the top 3 reasons to become a first time home buyer in 2017 but there are many more. To find the perfect neighborhood and view move-in ready homes, please visit our website
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