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Multi-Generational Homes For Sale – New Construction

According to a Pew Research Center analysis of census data from 2016, a record 64 million people, or approximately 20% of the U.S. population, lived with multiple generations in the same house.

Reasons:

Recent increases in new home costs such as tariffs, labor shortages, lot development costs, and other factors are driving up the cost of new homes.

The 74 million baby boomers living in the U.S. are getting older and many can no longer afford to live alone or need help from others. Living with family members makes sense in a lot of cases because of lower living expenses and more personal care.

College graduates and Millennials are staying home longer because of the high cost of living.

Multi-generational living is a natural way of life in many cultures and offers support to family members who share everything from meals to chores and many other aspects of their lives.

Types of Homes:

There are many different types of housing that serve as multi-generational homes from multiple structures on the same property to guest suites with kitchens and private entrances in a single home.

One of the most common types of multi-generational homes is a typical single family home with two master bedrooms or converted bonus room over the garage.

Solutions:

Finding a multi-generational home can be a challenge in some areas but more and more builders are starting to offer homes and options that work well for families that have three generations living under the same roof.

Another option is to do a major remodel on an existing home, but depending on the age of the home, the cost may be prohibitive compared to the value of the home. Buying a new home with new systems, fixtures, appliances, roofing and warranty that is set up for multi-generational living may make more sense financially.

McKee Homes offers a dozen floor plans with optional first or second floor guest suites or dual master bedrooms on first and second floor. Six of our multi-generational floor plans offer a second floor guest suite with optional kitchenette and wet bar.

The Beaufort
2,965-3,695 sq. ft. | Bedrooms: 4-5 | Baths: 3.5-4.5
Large open living space with gourmet kitchen, breakfast nook and formal dining room. 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths with plenty of closet space on the second floor. With options for a first floor guest suite and sunroom, The Beaufort works well for multi-generational living.

The Brooks
2,948-3,740 sq. ft. | Bedrooms: 4 | Baths: 3
The Brooks is one of our most popular floorplans with large open living space, large kitchen, breakfast nook and formal dining room on first floor along with guest suite and optional sunroom. The second floor has three bedrooms, two full baths, a game room and bonus room. With plenty of storage space and room to spread out, the Brooks makes an ideal multi-generational home.

The Broughton
2,677-2,762 sq. ft. | Bedrooms: 4 | Baths: 3.5
The Broughton is a new floorplan that is currently being prototyped. It will be introduced in 2019. The guest suite on the first floor with master and two additional bedrooms on the second floor make it ideal for multi-generational living.

The Clark
3,357-4,080 sq. ft. | Bedrooms: 4 | Baths: 3.5
The Clark has owner’s suites on both first and second floors with two additional bedrooms on the second floor that share a buddy-bath. There is a large game room and bonus room on the second floor and plenty of storage throughout the home. One of our larger floorplans, the Clark works nicely as a multi-generational home.

The Harris
2,768 sq. ft. | Bedrooms: 4 | Baths: 3.5
The Harris was designed specifically as a multi-generational floorplan with two master bedroom suites on the first floor. The second floor has two additional bedrooms and a full bath, plus a 200 sq. ft. of finished storage room. The Harris is still in prototype status and will be released in early 2019.

The Sanborne
2,809-3,028 sq. ft. | Bedrooms: 4 | Baths: 3
The Sanborne works well as a multi-generational home with a full guest suite, large kitchen, huge island with sink, breakfast area, family room, formal dining room and optional sunroom on the first floor. There are three bedrooms and two full baths on the second floor along with a huge game room and plenty of storage.

Epcon Series Floorplans
In addition to our many custom-designed McKee floor plans, McKee Homes is also an Epcon franchise. We have developed a customized version of our Epcon series floor plans called the Bungalow collection which have second floor guest suites, many with options for kitchenettes. The second floor guest suites in the Bungalow collection floor plans make these homes ideal for multi-generational living.

The Palazzo Bungalow
2,160-2,291 sq. ft. | Bedrooms: 3 | Baths: 3

The Portico Bungalow
2,540-2,657 sq. ft. | Bedrooms: 3 | Baths: 3

The Promenade Bungalow
2,815-2920 sq. ft. | Bedrooms: 3 | Baths: 3

The Salerno Bungalow
2,265-2,425 sq. ft. | Bedrooms: 2 | Baths: 3

The Torino Bungalow
2,610-2,756 sq. ft. | Bedrooms: 3 | Baths: 3

The Verona Bungalow
2,897-3,092 sq. ft. | Bedrooms: 4 | Baths: 3

Find A Multi-Generational Home

McKee Homes has a dozen floor plans that are not only beautiful and spacious but work perfectly as multi-generational homes for families that have two or three generations living under the same roof.

Please give us a call at 910-672-7296 for more information or to make an appointment to tour our homes.

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Granite or Quartz Counter Top

Granite and quartz counter-tops consistently rank as a top pick for new home buyer upgrades. It’s no wonder why; quartz and granite counter-tops add an element of luxury and style to any space. Quartz and granite run neck and neck in terms of popularity and price. Both are attractive, durable, and stain resistant. However, each has its own unique benefits that can determine which is best for a new home.

How are they made?

The main difference between quartz and granite composition; quartz counter-top material is ‘man-made’ while granite is organic.

Quartz is a naturally hard mineral and ranks at a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale. When this rock is combined with resins and polymers to create a quartz slab for a counter, the result is a material comprised of 90% quartz. The process and materials used in making quartz counter tops qualify it as a ‘manufactured’ material.

In contrast, granite is a 100% natural and mined from quarries. Slightly less hard than natural quartz, granite requires mining, cutting, and polishing for use as a counter-top.

Color Options and Availability

Granite is a composite of mostly of quartz, mica, and feldspar. These different minerals give granite its signature appearance of varying colors and textures. Granite is available in a wide array colors that feel natural, eye catching, and stylish. This look is unique to granite; quartz is beautiful but doesn’t mimic granite’s trademark speckles and veining.

Regardless, quartz also offers many color options. Quartz can’t duplicate the look of granite, but can be pigmented and customized to suit a new home buyer’s desire. Additionally, the pigment in a quartz counter-top is more consistent than in granite. While a new home buyer might search many suppliers for a granite to suit their size and color needs, quartz is readily available.

Because granite is naturally occurring, the size and shape of available slabs isn’t predictable. This means a slab might be cut in uneven sizes in order to make it work for a specific counter. For new homes with unconventional or large spaces, it could be difficult to find granite. Conversely, quartz slabs are uniform in size and can be made to order if necessary.

Stain Resistance

Quartz counter-tops are essentially non-porous and resistant to stains, moisture, and bacteria. A 2018 stain test by Consumer Reports determined quartz exhibited 2% more stain resistance than granite. Granite is naturally more porous than quartz. This porous nature of granite makes it more likely to stain and retain bacteria and moisture. Because of this granite requires sealing on a regular basis. Quartz does not require sealing, giving new home buyers one less task to complete.

Damage

When it comes to being damage resistant both materials hold up well. Consumer Reports rated both materials as equal in terms of abrasion, heat, and impact resistance. However, because quartz counter-tops contain resin and polymers there is a chance very high heat could cause warping. While care should be used when placing hot items on either material, quartz may be more likely to warp under high heat.

The Conclusion

When compared head to head, there appears to be a tie between quartz and granite. New homeowners should consider their unique needs regarding stain and moisture resistance, durability, and availability of materials. No matter which material is selected, the result is sure to be beautiful.

 

 

 

 

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McKee Homes Current Incentives

McKee Homes buyer incentives have saved our homebuyers thousands of dollars on the purchase of new homes over the years. And since the word is out, and savvy home shoppers are asking about our current buyer incentives, we now have a web page dedicated to McKee Homes current incentives. This makes it easy for home shoppers to easily check on our current incentives and find out when each incentive program starts, and how long it lasts, so they don’t miss out on incredible savings on a new home.

As an example, our recent 2018 Fall in Love with McKee Homes buyer incentive which featured a $7,500 “Use-As-You-Choose!” Mix and Match selection included:

  • Price Reduction
  • Closing Costs
  • Refrigerator – value $1,135–$2,260
  • Washer/Dryer – value $1,000
  • Screened Porch – value $3,450
  • Fence Allowance up to $2,500

Our current buyer incentive in December 2018, New Home For The Holidays, includes three amazing gift choices for homebuyers.

Purchase a new McKee Home by December 31, 2018 and receive 1 of 3 gifts!

  • Gift 1: Up to $4,500 in Closing Costs
  • Gift 2: Up to $3,500 Instant Price Incentive
  • Gift 3: Appliance Package of Refrigerator and Washer/Dryer (Models vary by neighborhood)

We are also offering up to $10,000 to use as you choose on select homes in The Cottages at North Ramsey in Fayetteville, NC. Use this money toward the price of the home, closing costs, appliances or HOA dues.

These incentives only run through the end of 2018, so if you are thinking of buying a new home and have some free time this holiday season, give us a call at 910-672-7296 to make an appointment to visit one of our new home neighborhoods to see how much you can save.

Our current buyer incentives programs change quite often, so bookmark the McKee Homes current incentives page to see how easy it is to turn your Dream Home into a Reality!

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7 Tips for a Safe & Hassle Free Holiday Get Together

The holiday season always presents an opportunity to hold get-togethers, make new memories, and celebrate traditions. These events offer the benefit of seeing friends and family but involve a large amount of preparation. Without a doubt, the days leading up to the event will be filled with an excess of cooking, cleaning, and decorating. However, in the fuss of gearing up for a holiday meal or party we often forget to prepare for safety and holiday hassles. When preparing for your holiday gathering, consider the following tips:

1.Don’t get burned by candles

Candles make beautiful holiday decor and can add special ambiance to a gathering. However, their beauty shouldn’t distract you from thinking of fire safety. When using candles, don’t place them in high traffic or reach-across areas. Additionally, avoid placing candles where they may be kicked, hit with an elbow, or anywhere near flammable materials. Instead of decorating your entire home with small candles, one large candle in a visible but out of the way area will work. Protective candle holders with high sides add an extra layer of safety, and can give you more peace of mind that using free standing candles. Don’t leave lit candles unattended; if you use candles during your holiday meal extinguish them before the last person leaves the table.

2.Get ahead of germs

No one wants to be sick during the holidays. Regardless, having visitors in your home means you’ll be exposed germs. Use antibacterial spray or wipes to clean all touch points in your home such as door knobs & door frames, drawer & cabinet pulls, light switches, faucets, and the refrigerator door handle. Additionally, sanitize commonly used devices like remotes, keyboards, and game controllers.

3.Avoid the sink

With the increase of traffic into your home during the holiday season, your kitchen sink is bound to be used more than normal. A garbage disposal is a wonderful machine, but has its limit. To avoid an emergency call to the plumber, have guests dump excess food into a double lined waste bin. If you want extra insurance against garbage bag leaks, line the bottom of the bin with old newspaper or paper grocery bags. Your pipes will thank you in the morning!

4.Prep your emergency cleaning kit

Like it or not, holiday spills are inevitable. Accidents are even more likely when your home is full of guests who don’t have enough elbow room at the table. Help prevent permanent damage to carpets, floors, and furniture by prepping an emergency holiday cleaning kit. Place extra cloths, carpet cleaner, and what you prefer to use for removing red wine/cranberry sauce in a bucket or basket. Add in a small dust pan, broom, and mop. Store this emergency kit in an easily accessible location. This will not only give you peace of mind, but it will save time when tackling spills. Additionally, others can quickly take charge of the cleaning if you’re not available.

5.Check cords

During the holiday season lights and extra small appliances can monopolize electrical outlets. Unfortunately, this means cords will run across high traffic areas, like walkways, and create trip hazards. Avoid potential injuries by purchasing cord covers beforehand or tacking/taping cords along base boards or the floor.

Using cords also means using electricity. To eliminate shock hazards, check cords for worn spots or exposed wires. Discard these, or treat appropriately with electrical tape.

6.Remember your pet

Holiday decorations are beautiful but can be dangerous for pets. If you have a pet that likes to chew, avoid glass decorations. Additionally, make sure to place decorations out of your pets reach and avoid decor that is small enough to pose a choking hazard.

Natural decor can also be dangerous for your pet. For example, poinsettia, holly berries, and pine tree needles may be harmful to pets. Use caution when placing these around your home.

7.Check outside

The outside of your home is just as important as the inside! Before guests arrive check porch hand railings to make sure they are secure. Additionally, clear your steps and porch of ice, clutter, and debris. Finally, check outdoor lighting; a well lit outdoor area allows tripping and slip hazards to be seen easily.

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10 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Winter

Autumn is a great season for fun events and holiday get-togethers with family and friends. It’s also the perfect time of year to get your home ready for winter.

Here are 10 tips to help you get your home ready for winter, so you can stay warm and dry inside when it’s cold and wet outside.

  1. Test your heating system and replace filters
    Turn on your heat before you need it to make sure everything is working properly. Don’t wait until you need to heat your home to find out there is a problem. You may have to wait days in the cold to get someone to come out for repairs. This is also a great time to replace the HVAC filters.
    Watch our short video about how to replace an HVAC air filter.
  2. Schedule routine HVAC inspection and maintenance
    Even if you have a new home it’s a good idea to have your HVAC system inspected twice a year. That way any issues that might prevent the system from working efficiently can be dealt with before the peak demand. The technician can also detect and prevent issues that could cause problems in the future, so your family stays warm and comfortable all winter.
  3. Test smoke alarms
    Protect your ears with earplugs, headphones or earbuds and test your smoke alarms by pressing the TEST button. It will issue a very loud shrill sound. If any of your alarms are emitting an occasional loud beep or have a blinking red light, replace the battery. That way even if the power goes out, you’ll be alerted to any smoke in the house.
  4. Reverse ceiling fan rotation
    Make sure your ceiling fans are blowing air down instead of pulling air up. Most ceiling fans have a switch on the housing for reversing the rotation of the blades if needed. This will pull the warm air accumulating at the ceiling down into the room to make it warmer. Reverse the rotation when the weather turns warm in the late spring.
  5. Clean gutters
    Clogged gutters can back up with rain water which will turn to ice when the temperature is below freezing. This can cause expensive repairs if not corrected. Make sure gutters are free of leaves and debris.
  6. Do a visual roof inspection
    Do a visual inspection of your roof to make sure it is clean with no damaged shingles, flashing or plumbing boots. If you have a steep roof or can’t access your roof, you may want to call a professional roofer to do a comprehensive inspection.
  7. Drain sprinkler system
    Don’t forget to drain your sprinkler system to avoid expensive repairs from broken lines and sprinkler heads. Turn off the water to the system and drain the lines. Remove the heads and shake out the water before replacing them.
  8. Disconnect garden hoses from faucets
    Water left in hoses and faucets can freeze and break the water lines just inside the wall. Disconnect all garden hoses from faucets at the house and yard. Shut off water to supply lines to exterior hose bibs in the yard or garden. Drain all hoses and put away for the winter.
  9. Remove fuel from lawn equipment, clean and stow
    Fuel left in mowers and weed trimmers can leave a buildup that can corrode the fuel lines and carburetors preventing them from starting in the spring. Drain all excess fuel from the tanks and run the engine until it stops to remove all fuel from the carburetor and fuel lines. Clean any grass buildup on the bottom of the mower and stow for winter.
  10. Prune plants and trees
    Dead tree limbs can break and cause expensive damage to your home. Even healthy trees can damage your roofing and siding in a wind storm if they are making direct contact. Late autumn in the best time to prune trees and plants. Keep limbs and branches at least three feet from your house.

A little bit of maintenance and preparation can prevent expensive and aggravating problems and repairs this winter. Use these 10 tips to help you get your home ready for winter, so you can stay warm and dry inside while enjoying time with your family.

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Current Buyer Incentives | Fall in Love with McKee Homes

Money does grow on trees with these incentives!

McKee Homes has two new incentive programs for fall running through the end of November 2018 on select new homes. Homes must close by 12-15-18 to qualify.

Our first Fall in Love with McKee Homes buyer incentive gives our homebuyers $7,500 to “use as you choose” from a selection of options, including a price reduction from the cost of the home.

Buyer Incentive 1*

Up to $7,500 toward “Use-As-You-Choose!” Mix and Match from offering below. Offer valid only on select Showcase homes by community.

  • Price Reduction
  • Closing Costs
  • Refrigerator – value $1,135–$2,260 (models vary by neighborhood)
  • Washer/Dryer – value $1,000 (models vary by neighborhood)
  • Screened Porch – value $3,450 (existing covered porches only)
  • Fence Allowance up to $2,500 (Buyer pays balance; other stipulations may apply)

Our second Fall in Love with McKee Homes buyer incentive includes move-in ready homes that have already been reduced in price and will receive seller-paid contributions up to 1.5% toward closing costs.

Buyer Incentive 2*

Up to 1.5% Seller-paid contributions toward closing cost.

Offer valid only on select Showcase homes by community.

*Incentive program subject to change without notice. Incentive 1: valid only on select showcase homes by community from 10/5/18 through 11/30/18. Homes must close on or before 12/15/18 (see McKee New Homes Sales Consultant for details). Incentive 2: Seller contribution of up to 1.5% of sales prices toward eligible closing costs. “Fall in Love” incentive program cannot be combined with any other offer or promotions. No program substitutions or modifications. McKee Homes reserves the right to adjust incentives program as needed and substitute “use as you choose” offering.

Featured Homes of the Month

We are also continuing our Featured Home of the Month buyer incentive through the end of 2018. Move-in ready homes selected as the Featured Home of the Month include a free Whirlpool washer/dryer set!

More Info

With the new Fall in Love with McKee Homes buyer incentives and our Featured Homes of the Month, it’s easy to turn your Dream Home into a Reality!

For more information, please visit McKee Homes Current Incentives or give us a call at 910-672-7296

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McKee Homes Installs Smart Garage Door Openers

McKee Homes has added to our Apple® HomeKit™ compatible devices by installing smart garage door openers by LiftMaster. The Liftmaster belt drive WiFi garage door openers are quiet, and with the MyQ Home Bridge and mobile app, homeowners can receive alerts and use Siri voice commands to control the opener from anywhere**.

SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE

Smart garage door openers can simplify your life in many ways. You can operate them remotely to let someone in to your home if necessary or even open and close it to allow a package delivery. You can check to see if you left your garage door open and close it remotely or even set it to close automatically if you leave it open.

McKee Homes is currently installing the LiftMaster 8155W, 8160W and 8165W belt drive WiFi garage door openers in our new homes. These smart garage door openers use a belt drive system for quiet, maintenance-free performance and have built in WiFi.

SECURITY FEATURES

LiftMaster smart garage door openers include:

  • SECURITY+ 2.0®: Sends a new code with every remote click.
  • POSILOCK®: Electronically protects against forced openings.
  • ALERT-2-CLOSE: signals when a door is being closed by MyQ.
  • THE PROTECTOR SYSTEM®: Invisible light beam auto-reverses the door if there is an obstruction.

The LiftMaster smart garage door openers come with a multi-function control panel which includes lockout controls and accessory programmability. They also include a 3-button remote control which operates up to three openers or MyQ light accessories.

POWERFUL ADD-ONS

Add-ons available for the LiftMaster smart garage door openers include:

  • MyQ HOME BRIDGE: Adds Apple® HomeKit™ compatibility and Siri® voice control to WiFi-enabled openers. Installs easily in the garage within WiFi range**
  • MINI UNIVERSAL REMOTE: Compact and portable to provide quick, easy garage access
  • REMOTE LIGHT CONTROL: Plug in any lamp to this device to control it with a smartphone or garage remote
  • REMOTE LIGHT SWITCH: Replaces an existing wall switch to control home lighting with a smartphone or garage remote
  • GARAGE DOOR AND GATE MONITOR: Monitors and closes up to 4 garage doors from any room in the house

For more information about our smart garage door openers and how they can simplify your life, give us a call at 910-672-7296 or contact us by email.

** Controlling the HomeKit-enabled accessory automatically and away from home requires an Apple TV® with tvOS™ 10.0 or later or an iPad® with iOS 10.0 or later set up as a home hub. With this setup all HomeKit-enable devices installed in the home can be controlled remotely.

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What Is the Purpose of a Neighborhood HOA?

Many neighborhoods and community developments in the United States have a Homeowners’ Association (HOA) or Property Owners’ Association (POA) that require membership of anyone that buys a home in the neighborhood or development.

What is an HOA?

HOAs and POAs are private associations that oversee and manage neighborhood common areas and amenities as well as insuring property owners obey the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs), Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws and any other governing documents.

Board of Directors

HOAs generally consist of a voluntary board of directors elected by their fellow residents to make decisions on the residents’ behalf. The board of directors includes the president, secretary and treasurer.

HOA Duties

The duties of an HOA vary depending on the neighborhood. A simple neighborhood with few amenities may have one HOA meeting per year to vote on board and committee members, new rules, resident concerns and issues and set a budget.

A large community with high-end country club amenities may have many meetings each year to plan projects, create committees, arrange for maintenance and strictly enforce rules, with predetermined fines for residents that breach the by-laws. Some of these neighborhoods even include lawn maintenance in the HOA fees charged to residents.

Advantages of an HOA

The primary advantage of living in a neighborhood with an HOA is that it provides a safeguard for residents’ property values. Money is collected for landscape and other maintenance including any neighborhood amenities. Residents are generally not allowed to collect junk in their yards, raise farm animals, or otherwise let their house and property descend to a point that would lower their neighbor’s property values. This secures the residents’ investment in their neighborhood and maintains a certain curb-appeal.

Disadvantages of an HOA

Some HOAs can impose covenants that might seem overly restrictive such as needing HOA approval to make minor changes to their house or property including changing the color of their front door. Some HOAs will fine residents for not cutting their lawn regularly or if they leave their garage doors open. These are somewhat extreme examples which are sometimes found in high-end neighborhoods and communities.

Conclusion

If you’ve found a home you love but are concerned about being controlled by the HOA, it’s best to learn as much as you can about it before buying. Your Realtor or homebuilder can supply you with the HOA fees, CC&Rs, By-Laws and other documents which you can review before making a purchase decision.

If maintaining your property value and living in a neighborhood that is safe and clean is important to you, a neighborhood HOA is a necessity. Most homeowners have a positive experience living in neighborhoods governed by an HOA.

If you are not happy with your HOA, or feel it needs to be improved, consider getting involved by attending meetings, submitting a complaint or even volunteering to be on the board.

More Info

If you would like to know more about the Homeowners Association and CC&Rs for any McKee Homes neighborhood, please contact us by phone or email.

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Fayetteville, NC, Sept. 8th, 2018 at Festival Park

The annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Fayetteville, NC, scheduled for September 8, 2018, at Festival Park has everyone so excited! Let’s rewind and highlight the Walk Kickoff Party that took place in August. Each year the Walk committee members, volunteers, and sponsors come together to discuss details pertaining to the Walk, celebrate how well fundraising is going, and to discuss what is needed to reach their goal. This event was a great opportunity to network with other volunteers, learn about the Walk subcommittees, and how to get involved in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

2018 Sponsors

Carillon Assisted Living

Cape Fear Valley Health

Home Instead Senior Care

Fonville Morisey Barefoot

Key Group Enterprises

Anderson Creek Club

Visiting Angels

CMG Financial

The Crossings at Hope Mills

Hutchens Law Firm

Belton Septic Tank Service

McKee Homes

Beasley Broadcasting

Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce

H & H Homes

Builders FirstSource

Edward Jones

The Spa Fitness and Wellness Center

Ways to Get Involved:

  1. Walk with us on September 8th! Register yourself, join a team, or start your own team. Currently, there are 95 teams and 577 participants registered.
  2. We are currently at $65,969.71 toward our $100,000 goal!
  3. To find out more information on volunteering click here.
  4. Come out on Bank Night, Wed., 9/5 at the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, 159 Maxwell Street from 5-8pm to drop off donations early and pick-up t-shirts or register for the Walk.

If you are unable to attend the Fayetteville Walk click here to find other Walk locations and dates!

Need more information? Visit ALZ.ORG you will find valuable information and resources available for Alzheimer’s patients, family members, and caregivers. Make sure you sign up for the Alzheimer Association e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest news and advances in Alzheimer’s treatments, care and research. Get tips for living with Alzheimer’s as well as simple ideas on how you can support the fight to end Alzheimer’s

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10 Most Popular New Home Selections Upgrades

McKee Homes presents the 10 most popular new home selections upgrades our customers choose at their selections appointment when building a new home.

If you are thinking of building a new home with a custom or production home builder, you may be overwhelmed with all the choices and decisions that need to be made before the home is even started. This is your chance to get the home of your dreams, but how do you know which finishes, upgrades and options to choose?

One of the great aspects of working with a production builder like McKee Homes is that we have a design studio decked out with samples of all the latest design upgrades and options. With the help of our expert selections coordinator and design studio manager, homebuyers have everything they need to make the best decisions and get exactly what they want in their new homes. We are currently building a second design studio in the Wilmington, NC area.

We thought it would be helpful for you to know what design upgrades other homebuyers have chosen for their homes and which upgrades are the most popular.

The following list is the 10 most popular new home selections upgrades our customers have chosen in 2018.

  1. Quartz vs. standard granite kitchen countertops
    Quartz countertops are man-made from crushed quartz, pigment and resin. The pigment allows for a more consistent coloration with a wider array of colors than granite. Quartz does not require the level of care that granite does, such as needing to be sealed, and is better at resisting stains from spills. However, quartz can be damaged from hot pans being placed directly on the countertop.
  2. Glass or mosaic kitchen back splash
    Glass and mosaic kitchen back splashes are a popular and easy way to add color and pop to your kitchen. They look gorgeous and are easy to clean.
  3. Single Basin or Farmhouse-style kitchen sink
    Another popular way to add style to your kitchen. Single basin and farmhouse-style sinks have more room for washing large pots and pans and an apron that sticks out enough to protect the cabinet doors underneath.
  4. Slow-close cabinet doors and drawers
    You may not be able to see the difference, but you can feel and hear it. Or, not hear it, as slow-close cabinet hardware prevents doors and drawers from slamming shut. Just give them a gentle push and the hardware does the rest.
  5. Trashcan or spice rack pull-outs and pots & pans drawers for kitchen cabinets
    One of the greatest parts of building a house is customizing your cabinets with special features that add practicality and style to your kitchen.
  6. Hood vents in a Deluxe kitchen over a cook top
    Upgrade the standard microwave/vent hood into a beautiful stylish statement with a modern designer vent hood.
  7. Premium painted cabinet colors like navy or grays in kitchen, on island only or in bathrooms
    Wow your house guests with striking colors in select kitchen or bath areas!
  8. Upgraded 8-pound carpet pad
    Higher density carpet pads provide better support for your carpet, help prevent wear and wrinkles, and feel firmer underfoot.
  9. Oak tread staircase
    Another great way to add style to your home is with oak stair treads.
  10. Adding decorative pendants over kitchen island
    Pendent lights come in a variety of forms and decorative styles and can be an impressive focal point in your kitchen.

For more information about popular new home selections upgrades offered by McKee Homes and what to expect during your selections appointment, please visit the McKee Homes Design Studio web page or give us a call at 910-672-7297.