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Bungalow Cottages with Second Floor Guest Suite

The Bungalow elevation of our popular Epcon floorplans are designed for those who want all the advantages of single-story living with the added benefit of a second floor guest suite.

Second Floor Guest Suite

While designing our own customized versions of six of the classic Epcon Cottage floorplans, we decided to create two elevations that offer more flexibility to our homebuyers. In addition to the single-story Craftsman elevation, we also developed the Bungalow elevation which includes a second story guest suite with full bath and optional kitchenette.

The Bungalow second floor guest suite can add from 444 sq. ft. to 821 sq. ft. to the overall living space of the home depending on the floorplan. The guest suites with full bath and optional kitchenette are perfect for short-term or long-term house guests. They can also serve as an exercise area, office, movie room with extra storage or whatever you may need to personalize your home and get the most out of it for your lifestyle.

Bungalow Guest Suite with living area, full bath and kitchenette

Epcon Floorplans

Epcon floorplans are designed to fill the luxury, low-maintenance, ranch-style home niche for consumers looking to downsize from their existing home. The homes are specially designed with high-end features and options and built with wide doorways inside the house and easy access with no stairs between the inside and outside areas. With an Epcon home, homebuyers know they can live in the home into retirement without having to make any modifications to home.

The six Epcon floorplans we offer with Bungalow elevations are the Palazzo, Portico, Promenade, Salerno, Torino II and Verona. Ranging from 2,160 sq. ft. to 3,092 sq. ft., these luxury ranch-style homes have open-concept living spaces with private outdoor patios made for entertaining. The contemporary kitchens include granite counters, stainless steel appliances and large islands that can double as an eating bar. The beautifully appointed master bedroom and bath include double-sink vanities, tiled showers and garden tubs. The roomy walk-in closets are big enough for everyone’s wardrobe.

Available Communities

Our Bungalow cottages with second floor guest suite are currently available in six eastern North Carolina communities from southeast of Raleigh to the coast at Wilmington. Many of our Epcon neighborhoods are golf communities with country club amenities.

More Information

For more information about our Epcon floorplans, including the Bungalow elevation with second floor guest suite and where we build them, please give us a call at 910-672-7296 or submit the contact form below. One of our friendly, knowledgeable online sales consultants will be happy to answer all your questions and arrange an appointment for you to walk your favorite floorplans.

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Fairfield North Model Home Now Open

The new model home in Fairfield North is now open and homesites are going quickly.

Fairfield North is in the Pine Forest School District, nestled just behind the beautiful and well-established Fairfield Farms community on North Ramsey Street in Fayetteville, NC. It is just minutes to the I-295 connector and 15 minutes to Fort Bragg and downtown Fayetteville. Come check out this conveniently located and family-friendly neighborhood in North Fayetteville.

fairfield north model home

The Fairfield North model home is our Brooks Craftsman floorplan. The main floor boasts a formal dining room with ample space.  The living room is spacious and opens to the expansive kitchen that has an adjacent breakfast area.

Moving on into the home you will find a charming guest suite and full bathroom on the main level.  The master suite is beautifully appointed with a large walk in closet and private master bath with a dual sink, garden tub and a separate shower.  This lovely home also features two additional bedrooms upstairs along with a remarkable bonus room that can be upgraded to a fifth bedroom.

Other options include a sunroom off the family room and breakfast area that adds over 200 sq. ft. of living space, a deluxe kitchen, and finished third floor which adds approximately 549 sq. ft. of living space to the home.

While every room of this Brooks Craftsman floorplan is appointed with eye-catching detail, the features that garner the most attention are the open kitchen with farmhouse sink, the huge tiled and glass master bath shower and the mud bench drop zone just inside the garage entry door.

brooks craftsman floorplan kitchen

brooks craftsman floorplan shower

brooks craftsman floorplan drop zone

The Fairfield North grand opening is slated for sometime in the first quarter of 2020 once additional Showcase homes have been finished. However, the model is now open, and many presales have already been contracted and started, or scheduled for start.

For more information about Fairfield North and available floorplans, Showcase homes and homesites, please contact us using the form below or give us a call at 910-672-7296.

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Top 7 New Home Special Features

McKee Homes introduces our top seven list of new home special features! We have been designing and building new homes since 2010. In that time, we have found a number of special features that really resonate with our home buyers. Many of these new home special features could also be added to existing homes to make them more livable.

  1. Drop Zone (a.k.a. Mud Room) at Garage Entry
    drop zone mud benchKeep your home organized and clean with a bench seat and cubbies for shoes and miscellaneous items. These drop zones are strategically placed by the door from the garage into the home. Our drop zones include hooks for coats, hats and umbrellas, too! Drop zones are a great way to add convenience and livability to your home.
  2. Nine-Foot Ceilings
    nine foot ceilingsNine-foot high ceilings give your home a feeling of spaciousness and elegance. No chance of claustrophobia in an open floor plan home with nine-foot ceilings. A National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) survey reported that about 65% of respondents said they prefer a house with nine-foot ceilings compared to a similar size house with eight-foot ceilings.

    Unfortunately, if you currently have a home with eight-foot ceilings, you are stuck with them unless you upgrade to a new home or add on to your existing home. Any new rooms added to the footprint of your current home could be built with taller ceilings.

  3. Arched Doorways
    arched doorwaysAnother way to infuse spacious elegance into your home is with arched openings instead of the standard straight-line openings. Participants in a study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) were more likely to judge spaces as beautiful when they had curves than when they only had straight lines.

    One of the simplest ways to add curves to your home is to convert straight openings into arched openings.

  4. Kitchen Islands
    kitchen islandA kitchen island creates a beautiful and functional focal point in the kitchen that brings everyone together and increases enjoyment for your family and friends. It’s a place kids can do homework and family and friends can hang out while meals are being prepared. You also gain under-counter storage, an additional work area, and casual seating.

    Adding a kitchen island to a remodel project or buying a new home that includes an island in the kitchen is a great way to improve your home living experience.

  5. Walk-in Shower Without Door
    walk-in shower with no doorGlass shower doors are much nicer than curtains, but they can be difficult to keep clean. You can keep a squeegee nearby to clean the glass after a shower but the sealant around the door frame can attract mold and mildew and take regular maintenance to keep clean and looking new.

    An alternative to shower doors and curtains is an “L-shaped” walk-in shower with a low curb or sloped floor that doesn’t need a door or curtain. The water never gets to the opening as it is 90 degrees from the shower head and a few feet from the main shower area.

    Any shower still needs regular cleaning but taking the doors and curtains out of the equation makes cleaning easier and faster.

  6. Outdoor Living Spaces
    outdoor living spacesSpending time outdoors is healthy and enjoyable. Living in a home with a beautiful outdoor patio, screened porch or deck increases usable space and makes entertaining and relaxing at home easier and more fun.

    Buying a home with outdoor living spaces, or adding a patio, deck or screened porch to your existing home, is one of the best ways to increase comfort. Should you ever need to sell your home, outdoor living spaces make your home more desirable to homebuyers and increase its value, too.

  7. Low Maintenance Siding
    low-maintenance sidingAnother way to make your home more enjoyable is to reduce the amount of maintenance required. Some types of siding, like wood and pressboard siding, require regular maintenance and don’t hold up well to weather and extreme conditions.

    Other types of exterior siding and applications, such as brick, stone and vinyl siding require very little maintenance, which saves time and money over the long haul. Fiber cement siding is another good alternative. It looks more like real wood than vinyl siding but does require some maintenance as it needs to be caulked and painted when installed and every ten years or so.

    Brick and stone can be very expensive, especially if the entire exterior of the home is covered. That’s why we recommend looking into vinyl and fiber cement as a lower cost alternative.

    Read our Vinyl Siding Vs Fiber Cement Siding article for the pros and cons of both types of popular and affordable siding.

Conclusion

Whether you are looking for a new home or thinking of remodeling your existing home, these new home special features are worth taking into consideration during that process. They add value to your home and make it more enjoyable for you and your family.

More Info

For more information about McKee Homes new home special features, our design studio selections and options, floor plans and neighborhoods, please contact us using the form below or give us a call at 910-672-7296.

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McKee Homes Epcon Floorplans

McKee Homes is currently building Epcon single story floorplans in seven of our Eastern North Carolina communities.

What’s an Epcon floorplan? Epcon is a home building company offering franchises to other builders  dedicated to serving the luxury, low-maintenance, ranch-style home niche for consumers looking to downsize from their existing home. The homes are specially designed with high-end features and options and built with wide doorways inside the house and easy access with no stairs between the inside and outside areas. With an Epcon home, homebuyers know they can live in the home into retirement without having to make any modifications to home.

McKee Homes has created our own customized version of the standard Epcon single story floorplans. For more information and to download printable, high-resolution PDF files of our floorplans, please visit our Single Story Homes web page.

Epcon P Series Floorplans

Epcon R Series Floorplans

McKee Homes Epcon Communities

Fayetteville / Fort Bragg

Cottages at North Ramsey

120 Nandina Ct, Fayetteville, NC 28311
From the low $200’s | 1,400-2,700 sq. ft.

The Cottages at North Ramsey is a unique new home community offering beautiful, single-story Epcon floorplans. And, you can finally welcome your weekends back as exterior home and lawn maintenance is taken care of by the HOA.

There are only a few opportunities left in this upscale neighborhood voted best-looking neighborhood in the Fayetteville area in 2015.

Cottages at Carriage Glen in Anderson Creek Club

125 Whispering Pines Dr, Spring Lake, NC 28390
From the mid $200’s | 1,300-3,000 sq. ft.

The Cottages at Carriage Glen in Anderson Creek Club offers high-end single-family Epcon floorplans. Homesites are beautifully wooded, with many located on the community golf course or near ponds, parks, and waterfalls. Carriage Glen homeowners can enjoy all the amenities of Anderson Creek Club including a private clubhouse, pool and fitness center. This community is located near Ft. Bragg, NC and has convenient access to Fayetteville and the Raleigh, NC area.

Moore County

Eagle Point at Mid South Club

Holly Springs Court, Southern Pines, NC 28387
From the low $300’s | 1,700-3,000 sq. ft.

Located in the gated community of Mid South Club in Southern Pines, NC, Eagle Point is the ideal upscale private community for those seeking country club living. Located near the golf course and lake, homes in Eagle point offer scenic views of the fairway and clubhouse.

Eagle Point offers McKee Homes’ Epcon floorplans with upscale features including granite counter tops, designer cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and open plan living.

The Preserve at Legacy Lakes

Keowee Circle, Aberdeen, NC 28315
From the high 200’s | 1,650-3,000 sq. ft.

The Preserve at Legacy Lakes is not age-restricted but is designed for those seeking an active retirement lifestyle. This community features single-story Epcon floorplans, which have wide interior doorways and no stairs between indoor and outdoor spaces.

Amenities in the Legacy Lakes community include a Nicklaus Design golf course and The Racquet House Racquet and Fitness Club with six clay tennis courts, a pool, and a clubhouse. Just minutes from Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Fort Bragg, Legacy Lakes is home to over 400 acres of beautiful pine trees, rolling fairways, and natural lakes.

Raleigh / Clayton

Evergreen at Flowers Plantation

13 Balsam Lane, Clayton, NC 27527
From the high $200’s | 1,780-3,000 sq. ft.

Evergreen at Flowers Plantation is an Active-Adult, Gated Community in Clayton, NC that features our Epcon floorplans. Built for an active retirement lifestyle, Epcon homes feature wide interior doorways and no stairs from the outside. Living in Evergreen means you can enjoy your weekends; yards are maintained by the HOA, and low maintenance living will give you plenty of time to enjoy the organized activities and resort-style amenities.

This community is approximately 20 miles from downtown Raleigh, NC, and offers easy access to great restaurants, shopping, museums, entertainment venues, sports, and leisure.

Wilmington / Leland

Bellaport

131 Bellaport Ln, Wilmington, NC 28412

Bellaport is a new single-family home community featuring our Epcon floorplans just minutes away from Carolina Beach, NC. It is convenient to shopping, restaurants, and the beach! Historic Wilmington is also a quick trip to visit. Enjoy the quiet surroundings of the Cape Fear River and Snows Cut Park on River Road as you watch boats sail by.

Courtyards at Mallory Retreat

Salter Path at Mallory Creek Dr, Winnabow, NC 2847

The Courtyards at Mallory Retreat is a new phase of the established Mallory Creek Plantation community in Brunswick County near Leland in Towncreek, NC. This community features a natural setting with wooded areas and ponds and is only 15 minutes from Wilmington with its historic downtown and access to some of the best beaches the area has to offer.

The Courtyards at Mallory Retreat features our single-story Epcon floorplans designed with minimal stairs for easy access between indoor and outdoor areas, wider interior doorways and open areas perfect for entertaining.

Verona Craftsman

More Information

For more information about our Epcon communities and floorplans, please contact us using the form below or give us a call at 910-672-7296.

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HECM for Purchase Program

As more and more Baby Boomers reach retirement age, there is an increasing demand for single-story homes with finance options such as the HECM for Purchase Program (H4P). With the H4P Program, you can purchase a $350,000 home for around $220,000 and never have a monthly mortgage payment, if you or your spouse are 62 years old! If one of you is 70, you can buy that home for around $200,000.

Many retirees want a smaller single-story home close to family and friends and amenities like walking paths and a community clubhouse. In order to secure the home of their dreams, retirees would traditionally pay cash from the sale of another home or secure a traditional mortgage. The drawback of these two options is the amount of money required, which can put stress on available funds needed for paying bills or emergencies.

Cash Flow Remedies

If you pay cash for your new home or have a traditional mortgage and then later need to solve cash flow issues, your options include securing a traditional line of credit or a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) refinance. However, the line of credit option requires making additional monthly payments and both options create another round of closing costs.

The H4P Program fixes these problems with a single transaction, meaning a significant portion of your nest-egg is preserved by not having to go all in with a cash purchase. Your monthly cash flow is essentially freed up by not having a monthly mortgage payment. To date, the H4P Program is the only mortgage that uses age as a preliminary qualifying factor. So, if you’re at least 62 and can qualify for the HECM for Purchase Program, this is one time it pays to be older. Smile and celebrate your retirement years!

The H4P Program is unlike a traditional home mortgage in that monthly payments are deferred and the loan balance increases over time. However, there is a consumer safeguard built into the program. Because the loan is insured by the FHA (Federal Housing Administration), neither you nor your heirs have any personal liability for the repayment of the debt.

Selling Your Home

If you use the H4P Program to purchase your dream home and decide to move in 10 years. When you sell your home, you’ll receive 100% of the net proceeds after paying off the loan balance at the time of sale, which is exactly how a traditional mortgage works. So the primary benefit to you is that you don’t tie up all your savings by paying cash and you increase your monthly cash flow by not having a monthly mortgage payment. Also, if your home has increased in value greater than the mortgage balance when you sell it, you participate in the equity growth.

But what happens if you sell your home during a market downturn and the loan balance is greater than the current market value of your home? In a traditional mortgage scenario you or your estate would be forced to sell the home at a loss and cover the negative balance owed. The FHA non-recourse clause governing the H4P Program states that the home is the only asset securing the loan. That means neither you nor your estate have any personal liability for a deficient loan balance if your home is sold for a loss.

Simply put, it’s not your problem and no one is coming after your estate for a settlement. In addition, if your heirs wanted to retain ownership of the home after your death, they can do so by paying off the lesser of the reverse mortgage balance or 95% of the appraised value of the home.

If you end up in a nursing home, or you pass away, then it’s time for your heirs to get the house appraised and see if there is enough equity remaining for them to realize a profit from the sale. If not, they can simply sign the deed over to the lender and not have to deal with it.

With the H4P Program, you can live in your home until the last borrower vacates as long as loan terms are met. The borrower/s must occupy the home as their primary residence and remain current on property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, the costs of home maintenance, and any HOA fees.

More Information

Use the resources below to learn more about the details of the HECM for Purchase Program, including qualifying rules, down payment, disqualifying factors, personal liability, homeowner responsibilities, consumer safeguards and more.

Download the 2019 HECM for Purchase Home Buyers Guide

HECM for Purchase Home Buyers Guide

By the time you finish reading this guide you will know the following:

  • How to increase your home purchasing power
  • How to eliminate monthly mortgage payments (You remain responsible for property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, home maintenance, and any HOA fees)
  • How to get the house you really want and preserve your life savings
  • How to qualify for the HECM for Purchase Program
  • Answers to frequently asked questions

Disclaimer

Due to the unpredictability of the housing market, you are encouraged to consult a financial planner prior to making a decision that could affect your retirement plan. The reverse mortgage is not a time-sensitive product.

Questions?

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Affordable New Homes on Large Homesites

With homesites in the US averaging around 8,560 sq. ft., under one-fifth of an acre, it can be difficult to find affordable new homes on large homesites. Many homebuyers assume they would have to build a custom home to get a large homesite of an acre or more.

The size of homes and homesites have been getting smaller as the cost of land and construction materials have gone up in order to keep new homes affordable to the average homebuyer.  For families that want more space between their home and their neighbor’s home than what’s available in the majority of new home communities, the dream of buying a new home may seem out of reach.

Large Homesites

There’s good news though. There are production builders that still develop large homesites in some of their neighborhoods. These builders are not only able to offer the economy of production building, but also the opportunity for homebuyers to choose structural options and finish upgrades to get the home they’ve been dreaming about at a price they can afford.

McKee Homes, in Eastern North Carolina, has five neighborhoods with large homesites between ½ acre to over an acre in the Raleigh Triangle and neighboring areas, such as Pinehurst and Fayetteville.

Raleigh

Heather Glenn

heather glenHeather Glen in Raleigh offers large homesites from ½ acre to 1 acre in a quiet country setting just 12 miles south of downtown Raleigh for the best of both worlds. With large homesites, a variety of floor plans to choose from and just minutes from Lake Benson, Heather Glen is an ideal family-friendly neighborhood.

Copper Pond

copper pondCopper Pond in Fuquay-Varina near Holly Springs offers large homesites from ½ acre to over an acre in a quiet country setting just minutes from downtown Fuquay Varina. We have several floor plans on crawl spaces to choose from, some with Owners Suites on the first floor. Enjoy the town’s attractions, such as the Fourth of July Fireworks Show and historic downtown with great restaurants and shops.

Pinehurst

Meadows at Farm Life

meadows at farm lifeMeadows at Farm Life is a beautiful new home community offering large ½ acre homesites close to the Village of Whispering Pines and the Town of Carthage, NC, the county seat for Moore County. The community is located approximately 10 miles from Pinehurst and Southern Pines with all these areas have to offer. Only two opportunities left in the family-friendly community less than two miles from the highly-acclaimed Sandhills Farm Life Elementary School.

Fayetteville / Fort Bragg

Oakmont

oakmontOakmont offers country living with large homesites from ½ acre to over an acre in a family-friendly, gated community near Anderson Creek Club in Harnett County, North Carolina. It’s close to Fort Bragg, Lillington, and Fayetteville. Oakmont amenities include a neighborhood swimming pool with pool house and exercise room, covered bus stop, and small park area making it an outstanding family-friendly neighborhood.

Sinclair

sinclairSinclair is a peaceful new home community in Moore County comprising over 200 acres of beautiful countryside offering large ½ acre homesites. Most homes will have a view of permanent green space, making this community a must see for relaxing family living. Just 15 minutes from Fort Bragg at the Manchester Gate and a short drive to quaint shops, restaurants, and world class golfing at Pinehurst and Southern Pines.

More Info

If you’re looking for beautiful, affordable new homes on large homesites, please visit our website or contact us using the form below to get more information about our communities. Or give us a call at 910-672-7296 to talk to a friendly, knowledgeable new home specialist. They can answer any questions and schedule an appointment for you to come out and view our beautiful new homes and large homesites waiting for your family to enjoy!

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Buy A Home to Build Equity

Are you on the fence about whether to buy a home or rent?

Building Equity

Home equity is the appraised value of your home minus what you still owe. Simply put, you build equity by making your monthly mortgage payments. Your mortgage payment consists primarily of interest and principle, but may also include other payments such as PMI (private mortgage insurance) and even your home insurance and real estate taxes, depending on the type of mortgage you have. Interest does not go toward paying off your mortgage but principle does. One way to build home equity faster is to make extra payments whenever possible as anything you pay above your interest amount each month goes toward paying off your principle.

Why is home equity important? Your house is considered an asset which means you can use your home equity to finance your child’s college education, remodel your house, buy another home as an investment or even supplement your retirement savings.

Buying Vs Renting

You won’t be able to build equity with your rent payment each month, but you can buy a home to build equity over time and lock in your monthly payment. With a fixed rate mortgage, you can freeze your monthly payment, so it never goes up. Rent will continue to rise over time, which could eventually price you out of your rental home or apartment.

The Zillow Housing Aspirations Report, Q1 2019 shows 52 percent of those surveyed complained that renting prevents them from earning equity and 45 percent said they regret renting instead of buying a home. Over 50 percent regret not being able to customize their home and think that their rent is too high. Other complaints about renting included problems with their property’s pet policies and not liking their neighbors.

There are certainly reasons to rent instead of buy, such as planning to be in the area for only a short time or needing to work on your credit rating in order to qualify for a mortgage.  Maintenance costs, having to pay real estate taxes and down payments are also cited as reasons to rent instead of buy.

However, if you plan on living in an area for a long time, raising a family or want your monthly payments to build equity over time, buying a home is a better option than renting. It adds stability to your life as you have more control over your home environment and can customize your home as desired. You’ll also have more flexibility when choosing a neighborhood in the best school district for your children and one that has amenities that you desire, like a pool and walking trails.

Buying New Vs Pre-owned

If you are concerned that buying a home may cost you extra money in maintenance and repair costs, consider buying a new home. Most new homes come with a builder’s warranty to cover any issues that come up within the first year. Many builders offer a “2-10 Home Warranty” that covers systems for two years and structural defects for 10 years.

Additional advantages of buying a new home are newer neighborhood amenities than older neighborhoods and being able to personalize the home with structural options, finishes and fixture upgrades to get the home of your dreams!

You can also save money every month on utility bills because new homes are much more energy efficient than homes five or more years old. The roofing, appliances and systems such as HVAC, plumbing and electrical, will be new as well so there’s less chance of unexpected repairs and maintenance. This makes the economic life of a new home longer than a pre-owned house.

Most builders have preferred lenders that can help you with new home financing and save you money at closing by paying for most, or all, of your closing costs. They can also help you get the lowest interest rate available.

Conclusion

While there may be economic or other factors in your life that make renting a better choice, you’ll need to buy a home to build equity with your monthly housing payment, which can become a major asset over time. Buying also gives you more control over your living environment and creates a more stable environment to raise a family.

Buying a new home is a more secure investment than a pre-owned home because appliances, systems and roofing are new and under warranty, and the additional energy efficiency of the home will save money each month on utility bills.

Some builders only offer a one-year builder’s warranty while others offer a more robust warranty such as McKee Homes’ 2-10 Homebuyers Warranty. It’s a good idea to research the different types of home warranties when buying a new home.

McKee Homes

McKee Homes has highly skilled team members dedicated to creating the best home building and buying experience possible in Eastern North Carolina. Areas we are building in include: Fayetteville, Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen, Raleigh and Wilmington NC. Some of our new home resources we can provide you include: New Home Financing, Buyer Incentives and more.

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Vinyl Siding Vs Fiber Cement Siding

Two of the most popular and versatile choices for residential home siding are vinyl siding and fiber cement siding. When comparing the pros and cons of vinyl siding vs fiber cement siding, it’s important to note that they are both less expensive to buy and maintain than wood siding, as well as more durable and water resistant when properly installed.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding has been the most popular siding choice for the last 20 years. It is made primarily from PVC (polyvinyl chloride) with a mix of other materials that give it color and texture. Vinyl siding is attached to the home’s exterior in a way that allows it to expand and contract with changing temperatures.

Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber cement siding is sometimes referred to as “hardiplank” or “hardie board” after one of the most popular brands of fiber cement siding manufactured by James Hardie. It is made from a combination of wood pulp and Portland cement and can be formed into long planks or shingles which do a great job of mimicking traditional wood products. Fiber cement siding is directly attached the home’s exterior using nails in much the same way as wood siding.

Vinyl Siding Pros & Cons

vinyl siding

Pros

  • Energy efficient: Using an insulated version of vinyl siding increases the R-value of the exterior walls and limits the transfer of heat into the wall during summer months.
  • Durability: Vinyl siding doesn’t crack, chip or fade and is highly water resistant.
  • Less maintenance: Vinyl siding only needs to be washed with soap and water to retain its vibrant look.
  • Lower Cost: The initial cost of vinyl siding is less than fiber cement. With lower installation costs and no painting or caulking required, vinyl is significantly less expensive overall.
  • Variety of color and styles: More styles and colors than fiber cement with panel designs such as clapboard, board-and-batten and Dutch lap, in addition to the traditional plank and shingle designs.

Cons

  • Not fire resistant: Vinyl siding can melt when exposed to high heat. Even an outdoor grill or other heat source in close proximity can damage it.
  • More easily damaged: Hurricane force winds can blow entire sheets of vinyl siding off a home and hailstorms can dent and damage the siding, requiring it to be replaced. However, some new, thicker vinyl siding products can handle winds up to 240 mph with extra rigidity in the nail hem, panel projections and locking system
  • Less eco-friendly: While PVC is a recyclable #3 plastic, it is not recyclable in many facilities and emits hazardous dioxins when burned. However, the lightweight vinyl doesn’t take as much fuel to transport, and doesn’t require painting which reduces the deposit of paint, stain and other maintenance-related materials into the environment

Fiber Cement Siding Pros & Cons

fiber cement siding

Pros

  • Durability: When properly installed, fiber cement siding is unlikely to be damaged by high-wind storms or hail. With caulk and paint maintenance, it is water resistant and should last 50 years or longer.
  • Fire resistant: Fiber cement has the same rating as brick giving it the highest flame resistance compared to vinyl and wood siding.
  • More eco-friendly: Fiber cement is made from fairly sustainable materials, such as wood waste, unlike vinyl which requires PVC made from fossil fuels.
  • Looks more like real wood: Fiber cement is thicker than vinyl and looks similar to wood siding. Some historic districts will accept the use of fiber cement instead of wood. Since it can be painted, there is an almost unlimited color variety and it’s also available in pre-painted colors to reduce the initial cost of painting.

Cons

  • Requires more maintenance: Fiber cement does need to be caulked and painted initially, unless the pre-painted version is installed. Paint will fade, and caulk will dry out over time, so periodic maintenance is required to avoid water intrusion.
  • Higher Cost: The initial cost of fiber cement is generally higher than vinyl as is the installation cost. When coupled with the extra cost of caulking and painting, fiber cement may cost approximately 50% more than vinyl siding overall.
  • Absorbs moisture: Fiber cement will absorb moisture which can be an issue in an area that is constantly exposed to water. However, with proper caulking and painting, as well as periodic maintenance, it holds up well over time.

Conclusion

So, which is the best siding when comparing vinyl siding vs fiber cement siding? There are many factors that need to be weighed as mentioned above, such as initial cost, maintenance, durability, longevity, insulating ability, water resistance and eco-friendliness.

If cost and durability are your main concerns, then vinyl siding may be the best option. You’ll have more style and color options, and very little maintenance is required to keep it looking new and vibrant.

However, if you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes or wildfires and are concerned about using eco-friendly materials, you may be better off with fiber cement siding.

More Info

Whichever choice you make when looking at vinyl siding vs fiber cement siding, there are plenty of style and color options, and either siding will last 40-50 years if properly maintained.

For information about which McKee Homes’ neighborhoods have vinyl siding and which have fiber cement siding, please use the form below or give us a call at 910-672-7296.

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What selections can I choose for my home?

When a homebuyer asks the above question, they are really asking, “How much can I personalize my new home?” This is part of the new home selections process and the answer depends upon if the homebuyer is purchasing a presale home, which is a home that has not yet been built, or an available Showcase home, which is a home that is either completely built or is in the process of being built.  This article will focus on the presale home-buying experience.  If a homebuyer purchases an available inventory home, the amount of personalization that can still be done will depend on the house’s build process stage.

Once a homebuyer, chooses their floor plan, and finalizes the paperwork involved in securing the home of their dreams, the fun begins.  Some of the personalization can be done at the same time as the initial paperwork.

new home selection appointment

If the homebuyer is not sure of what selections they want, that’s okay as our expert Design Consultant will schedule an appointment with them at either our Fayetteville or Leland, NC design studio.  The design studio has a variety of selections available to touch, see and experience, including carpet samples, kitchen and bath tile, exterior finishes, lighting and plumbing fixtures, and kitchen cabinet options.

Normally the selection’s process follows the sequential order listed below:

  1. Exterior selections: siding type and color, front door and color, roofing type and color, window, trim and shutter color.
  2. Interior selections: paint color, counter tops, cabinets and flooring.
  3. Plumbing and lighting fixtures
  4. Appliances

For a complete list of selections, please see the McKee Homes Selections Process article.

If a homebuyer is unable to visit the design studio, other arrangements will be made to accommodate the buyer’s needs.  All the homebuyer’s questions regarding selection options will be answered during this appointment.  To ensure that McKee Homes adheres to the time allotted to build a home, we encourage the homebuyer to make their selections within 14 days of signing the new home contract.

McKee Homes come with beautiful standard features, which are listed on the “Standard Feature Sheet”, available on our website neighborhood pages, and can be found at the model home in the homebuyer’s desired neighborhood.  A McKee Homes’ Sales Representative and/or Design Consultant will also be able to share these standard features with you.

new home selections options

It is normal for a homebuyer to feel excited and a little bit anxious during the home-buying and new home selections process.  McKee Homes’ employees are committed to making this experience a positive one.  They are available to answer questions and help the homebuyer in any way they can.  The homebuyer can also visit the McKee Homes website design studio page.

By Julie Russo and John Rives

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Fairfield North VIP Event

McKee Homes hosted our Fairfield North VIP event in Fayetteville on July 20, 2019 for our upcoming new home community. This special event was held exclusively for our “VIPs,” those who signed up on our website to get a sneak peek of upcoming lots, floorplans and pricing. As VIPs, they were given the chance to choose their specific lots and floorplans in Fairfield North, a brand-new phase of the established Fairfield Farms neighborhood located on W Summerchase Dr, Fayetteville, just north of the 295 Connector−North Ramsey Street.

Fairfield North is strategically-placed in the highly-sought-after Pine Forest School District, minutes from the 295 Connector, Fort Bragg and downtown Fayetteville, home to historic attractions, unique locally-owned restaurants and the new Fayetteville Woodpeckers ballpark.

Dozens of VIPs and McKee Homes’ staff enjoyed Mediterranean food while reviewing lot maps, floorplan layouts and other value add-on options at the Fairfield North VIP event. The event was held at our Nandina Court sales office which will be used for Fairfield North until the model home is finished later this year.

After highlighting their top 3 floorplan choices and enjoying delicious food and beverages, many of the VIPs drove by the new Fairfield North lots and enjoyed tours of our other Fayetteville area neighborhoods so they could experience their dream floorplans in person.

Believe it or not, our first contract was signed within two days of the event!

A little more about the Fairfield North community:

Homes in Fairfield North are from our Classic and Craftsman Collection, starting in the low $200’s and ranging from around 2,000-3,700 sq. ft. Home prices will increase as homes are sold, so the VIPs had a unique opportunity to secure their new home in a desirable neighborhood at an incredible price. If you’re interested in this upcoming neighborhood, be sure to visit our Fairfield North pricing and interactive floorplans web page.

There will be 9 lots available in the initial release shown on the Fairfield North Community Site Plan. The new model home will be on lot 98. The homes will include all features from our Heritage Series. The Fairfield North Feature Sheet is available as a PDF download on our website, as well.

We look forward to announcing the Fairfield North Grand Opening Event sometime later this year!

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