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New McKee Homes Community Sales Centers

McKee Homes has updated our branding in a way that brings our most important messaging front and center. Not only is our website being redesigned for 2021, our new community sales centers have been updated with a new look and furnished in a way that helps homebuyers understand who we are and the unique and incredible homebuying experience awaiting them at McKee Homes.

McKee Homes Updated Sales Center

McKee Homes Updated Sales Center

As you enter one our new community sales centers, you will see the McKee Homes “We Uniques”, as we call them. The plaques on the entrance wall tell the story of what McKee Homes is about, what is most important to us and how we give back to our communities and support our homebuyers.

NORTH CAROLINA BORN AND BRED

NC Born and BredMcKee Homes is proud to be exclusively a North Carolina home builder with a focus on craftmanship and service. We create solid, warm homes designed and constructed by North Carolina architects, trade partners, and Team McKee. We believe in Build Local, Buy Local. We work to source products made in NC and the US to decorate our homes. Our goal is to build homes in which to grow, thrive and love.

COMMUNITY EMBRACE

Community EmbraceGiving Back is our mantra, our being, our need. We are active in every community we build by supporting local charities and our associates’ good intent. Upon founding McKee Homes, Executive Officers Pat and Mike McKee established the Joe McKee Memorial Alzheimer’s Fund in memory of their father, whose dream of becoming a home builder was taken away by Alzheimer’s. We honor Joe McKee with a portion of every home sold going to support Alzheimer’s research, care and a future cure. We are where we live and build.

MCKEE TEAM EXPERIENCE

McKee Team ExperienceWe are a dedicated service team with an unwavering commitment to provide a unique and incredible homebuying experience. We collaborate to give personal and professional service from the beginning of the homebuying process to move-in and beyond. There is no back office at McKee – we are one team, front and center.

Evergreen at Flowers Plantation model home sales center

Evergreen at Flowers Plantation Model Home Sales Center

Raleigh Area New Community Sales Centers

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 a 55+ Active Adult Community in Clayton, NC, just 20 miles from downtown Raleigh. Evergreen features our Epcon single-family homes. With minimal steps between indoor and outdoor spaces, extra-wide interior doorways and large open floorplans, these homes are made for entertaining and enjoying life. You can enjoy your weekends again too at Evergreen because the yards are maintained by the HOA giving you plenty of time to enjoy the organized activities and resort-style amenities.

Summerwind
67 Sentry Oaks Drive, Garner, NC 27529
From the mid $200’s | 1793-2932 sq. ft.

Summerwind by McKee Homes is an established Garner community located near I-40 and Highway 42 in the Cleveland area of Johnston County. Summerwind features new single-family homes from the mid $200s. Amenities include a pool and bath house.  Convenient to both Raleigh and Fayetteville/Fort Bragg!

Townes at Gateway Commons
970 Gateway Commons Circle, Wake Forest, NC 27587
From the high $200’s | 2,208-2,420 sq. ft.

Townes at Gateway Commons is a 77-unit townhome development adjacent to the Gateway Commons shopping center and the highly rated Wake Forest Charter Academy. Downtown Raleigh, with restaurants, historical landmarks and other popular attractions is only 30 minutes away. These unique 3-story townhomes are part of our upscale Autograph Series, including beautiful features such as tiered cabinetry, granite countertops, large covered outdoor living space, decorative lighting, one- or two-car garage, plenty of storage space and more.

The Courtyards at Mallory Retreat Model Home Sales Center

The Courtyards at Mallory Retreat Model Home Sales Center

Wilmington Area New Community Sales Centers

Bellaport
148 Bella Port Lane, Wilmington, NC 28412
From the low $300’s | 1303-3092 sq. ft.

Bellaport is a new single-family home community 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.

The Courtyards at Mallory Retreat
2207 Jasper Forest Trail, Leland, NC 28479
From the low $300’s | 1681-3092 sq. ft.

The Courtyards at Mallory Retreat is a new phase of the established Mallory Creek Plantation community in Brunswick County near Leland, 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 Scotts Hill Village
320 Victoria Charm Rd, Wilmington, NC 28401
From the low $300’s | 1,766-2,920 sq. ft.

The Courtyards at Scotts Hill Village is a beautiful community nestled in Hampstead, a popular destination within the city of Wilmington. Living within the neighborhood, you’ll be adjacent to Coastal Preparatory Academy and right around the corner from New Hanover Regional Medical Center! Just minutes down the road is shopping, dining and entertainment, including the Crab Shack, Cape Fear Seafood Company, Liberty Tavern and the historical Poplar Grove Plantation.

Legacy Lakes Model Home Sales Center

Legacy Lakes Model Home Sales Center

Pinehurst Area New Community Sales Centers

Legacy Lakes
110 Leesville Loop, Aberdeen, NC 28315
From the mid $200’s | 1,300-2,800 sq. ft.

Legacy Lakes is located in Aberdeen, NC, just a short distance from Southern Pines and Pinehurst. It’s 400 acres offer ample pine trees, natural lakes, and the rolling fairways of its Jack Nicklaus Designed “Legacy Golf Links” course. Renovated in 2012, the playable yet challenging course has hosted an USGA National Championship. Additionally, The Racquet House Racquet and Fitness Club at Legacy Lakes offers six clay courts, a pool, and a clubhouse. Legacy Lakes is located in Moore County, NC, an easy commute to the west gates of Fort Bragg.

Villas at Forest Hills
5 Winged Foot Rd, Pinehurst, NC 28374
From the high $200s | 1,950-2,450 sq. ft.

The Villas at Forest Hills townhomes are the ultimate “lock and leave” lifestyle townhomes right in the heart of Pinehurst. This beautiful new construction townhome community is nestled in the tall long leaf pines in the heart of the Sandhills region of North Carolina, Pinehurst “Home of American Golf”. Conveniently located just minutes from Pinehurst Resort, The Village of Pinehurst, The Country Club of North Carolina, Southern Pines and Aberdeen. Villas at Forest Hills is walking distance to the Pinehurst No 7 clubhouse. The Villas at Forest Hills offers maintenance free living at its finest as the HOA takes care of lawn and exterior maintenance so you can relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

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More Information

For more information, or to make an appointment to visit one of our new community sales centers and model homes, please contact us using the form below or call/text 910-672-7296.

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New Home Construction Cost Increases

As if 2020 wasn’t challenging enough, home builders are seeing new home construction cost increases during the peak season this year. With as much as an 80 percent increase in the cost of lumber over the last four months*.

While the cost of new homes has risen gradually over the last few years, a recent spike in softwood lumber prices has caused an increase of over $16,000 to the average single-family home in just a few months. As of July 2020, the national median home price surpassed $300,000 for the first time ever.

Quickly rising costs and supply chain shortages for lumber and other building materials combined with economic uncertainty because of the coronavirus pandemic might seem like the recipe for a major slowdown in the housing marketing, however 2020 is not a typical year. Pent-up buyer demand coupled with historically low interest rates and limited inventory have combined to create heavy competition for homebuyers hoping to lock-in a low fixed-rate mortgage on a new home.

The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Index, which measures home builder confidence, hit an all-time high of 78 in August 2020. That confidence is bolstered by the fact that the supply of new home inventory is currently very low.

Historically low interest rates

According to a July CNN Business article, “The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to a record low of 2.98% this past week, according to Freddie Mac. That’s the lowest level in the nearly 50 years of the mortgage giant’s survey. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped to 2.48%.”

Between historically low interest rates and limited inventory on the market, many Realtors and Builders are seeing homebuyers in bidding wars to try and secure a new home even with the new home construction cost increases that have occurred over the last four months.

The price of lumber

*According to a recent NHAB article, … by the time Random Lengths reported prices on Aug. 21, the cost to builders had risen to $30,470 for the softwood lumber products in an average single-family home, and $11,061 for the products in an average multifamily home. This is a $13,543 (80%) and $5,122 (86%) increase respectively, in only four months.

The sudden spike in lumber prices coupled with the supply chain slowdowns and interruptions because of the coronavirus pandemic have increased the cost and time to build new homes. This has resulted in available inventory on the market shrinking to a three-month supply.

Other Factors Limiting New Home Inventory

Shortage of buildable lots and increased land prices

The lack of buildable lots is one of the largest issues facing home builders and one of the reasons that new home inventory is not keeping up with demand. Many builders don’t have the resources to develop their own land and depend on large developers to create buildable lots. This has created a backlog and increased the cost of new lots.

Increased regulatory costs

Local land use policies have made it more difficult to develop buildable lots and increased regulations have made the lots more expensive. This is leading to smaller lots and homes with higher costs that can make it difficult for builders to deliver new homes at a price the market can bear.

Shortage of Skilled Labor

With approximately 300,000 unfilled construction jobs as of June 2020, new home production has been greatly constrained which is another factor preventing home builders from meeting the demand for new homes. When the recession hit in 2008, many workers left the construction industry for other careers. Fewer young people are interested in construction related careers these days with parents steering them toward technology and white-collar careers.

Conclusion

Even with new home construction cost increases and limited new home inventory, the real estate market is experiencing a buyer’s frenzy this summer as homebuyers look to lock-in a low interest mortgage on a new home.

It is unlikely that new home prices will go down anytime soon, if ever, but the mortgage interest rates will eventually go up. That makes this a great time to buy a new home, even if they are getting harder to find.

More Info

For more information about McKee Homes communities, floorplans and quick move-in homes, please use the form below, our website contact us page, or give us a call at 910-672-7296 to talk with one of our friendly New Home Specialists.

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McKee Homes Upcoming Raleigh NC New Home Communities

McKee Homes is excited to announce three upcoming Raleigh NC new home communities. Johns Pointe in Raleigh, High Ridge in Fuquay-Varina, and Townes at Gateway Commons in Wake Forest. These three upcoming Raleigh NC new home communities represent a wide range of floorplan offerings to help homebuyers of varied demographics take advantage of the historically low interest rates.

John’s Pointe

Our newly designed, lower-cost Espree Collection single-family homes will be unveiled in the new phase of John’s Pointe in Raleigh set to open in late 2020. With the rising cost of new homes over the last few years, these new affordable homes in John’s Pointe are perfect for first-time buyers and those wishing to downsize.

  • The Jordan: 1,512 sq ft, 3 bed/2 bath with 1 car garage
  • The Joyner: 1,605 sq ft, 3 bed/2.5 bath with 1 car garage
  • The Bowen: 2,186 sq ft, 3 bed/2.5 bath with 2 car garage (includes loft)
  • The Turlington: 2,029 sq ft, 3 bed/2.5 bath with 1 car garage (large loft w/option for 4th bed)

John’s Pointe is only 8 miles from downtown Raleigh with all it has to offer including entertainment at the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, museums, shopping at White Oak Crossing, and convenient access to I-40 and I-440. Come see what this great location has to offer for your family.

Join our John’s Pointe VIP list to get early notification about floorplan pricing and lot availability!

High Ridge

High Ridge, an upcoming community in Fuquay-Varina, will feature our Epcon single-family floorplans. With refined finishes and features, minimal steps between indoor and outdoor spaces, extra-wide interior doorways, large open floorplans and private outdoor patios, these homes are made for entertaining, enjoying life and for those wishing to stay in their home through retirement. Enjoy your weekends again with a maintenance-free lifestyle!

High Ridge is in a quiet country setting just minutes from downtown Fuquay Varina. Enjoy the town’s attractions, such as the Fourth of July Fireworks Show and historic downtown with great restaurants and shops.

Join our High Ridge VIP list to get early notification about floorplan pricing and lot availability!

Townes at Gateway Commons

For those who prefer a more urban lifestyle, our three-story townhomes in Wake Forest are the perfect fit. Townes at Gateway Commons is a 77-unit townhome development adjacent to the Gateway Commons shopping center and the highly rated Wake Forest Charter Academy. Downtown Wake Forest,  home to White Street Brewing and H.I. Miller Park is only a couple miles away and The Factory, an indoor shopping and sports complex, is also close by. Downtown Raleigh, with restaurants, historical landmarks and other popular attractions is only 30 minutes away.

Townes at Gateway Commons is currently open and taking presale orders for new townhomes. These unique 3-story townhomes are part of our upscale Autograph Series, including beautiful features such as tiered cabinetry, granite countertops, large covered outdoor living space, decorative lighting, one- or two-car garage, plenty of storage space and more.

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More Information

For more information about our current and upcoming Raleigh NC new home communities, please contact us at 919-344-0906 or use the form below.

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Wilmington, NC Single-Story Homes by McKee Homes

McKee Homes has recently opened three new communities in the Wilmington, NC area that feature our single-story floorplans from Epcon. With two additional Epcon floorplan communities in the works, McKee Homes is dedicated to developing Wilmington, NC single-story homes.

Epcon homes have an open-concept design with minimal steps between indoor and outdoor spaces. The large patios and courtyards are made for entertaining or as a private retreat. The low-maintenance, single-story designs with wide doorways and halls are ideal for 55+ home buyers.

For those that need more living space, our Epcon Bungalow elevations include a second-story guest suite with full bath and an optional kitchenette.

A recent Wilmington Business Journal article quoted Pat McKee, owner of McKee Homes, as saying, “There’s a huge contingency of people that constantly move in every year looking to retire in the Wilmington area. For the most part, we have found that builders are building houses for everybody, but they’re not doing the best of jobs building homes for retirees.

“The retirees that are coming down, the active adults, they’re settling for the homes that are out there … and hopefully that works for them. There’s very little all one-story product. … The homes that we’re building are catered toward that market and allow people to age in place.”

McKee Homes Epcon floorplans available in the Wilmington, NC area vary by community, but they all start in the low $300’s and range from 1,681 to 3,092 sq. ft.

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New Wilmington Area Communities

Bellaport

148 Bella Port Lane, Wilmington, NC 28412
From the low $300’s | 1303-3092 sq. ft.

Bellaport is a new single-family home community 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.

The Courtyards at Mallory Retreat

2207 Jasper Forest Trail, Leland, NC 28479
From the low $300’s | 1681-3092 sq. ft.

The Courtyards at Mallory Retreat is a new phase of the established Mallory Creek Plantation community in Brunswick County near Leland, 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 Scotts Hill Village

320 Victoria Charm Rd, Wilmington, NC 28401
From the low $300’s | 1,766-2,920 sq. ft.

The Courtyards at Scotts Hill Village is a beautiful community nestled in Hampstead, a popular destination within the city of Wilmington. Living within the neighborhood, you’ll be adjacent to Coastal Preparatory Academy and right around the corner from New Hanover Regional Medical Center! Just minutes down the road is shopping, dining and entertainment, including the Crab Shack, Cape Fear Seafood Company, Liberty Tavern and the historical Poplar Grove Plantation.

wilmington Epcon floorplan communities by McKee Homes

Upcoming Wilmington Area Communities

Seaside Bay

Coming Soon (Become a VIP and get early notice floorplan pricing and lot availability)

Seaside Bay is a beautiful, wooded, gated new home community with direct access to the Lockwood Folly River from the community boat launch. This is a family-friendly community with outdoor living in mind including a community fire pit, gas grill and gazebo.

Enjoy a quick drive down Stone Chimney Road to great beaches, including Holden Beach, which National Geographic Traveler described as one of the best family beaches in the country. There are plenty of great restaurants and beach fun for the whole family.

The nearby towns of Shallotte and Southport also offer great shopping, dining and entertainment options and Wilmington is only 40 minutes away with everything it has to offer.

New South Bridge

Coming Soon (Become a VIP and get early notice floorplan pricing and lot availability)

New South Bridge is a family-friendly new home community just off NC 211 on Old Lennon Rd SE in Bolivia, NC. The close proximity to great beaches and quaint coastal towns such as Southport and Shallotte, and only 40 minutes from Wilmington, make this a perfect location for family fun or retirement heaven.

Amenities include pool, playground, 9-hole golf course, clubhouse and walking trails with easy access to public schools, medical centers, Brunswick Community College, and some of the best beaches in North Carolina.

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More Information

For more information about our Wilmington, NC single-story homes and Epcon floorplans, please contact us using the form below, our Contact Us web page form, or give us a call at 910-672-7491.

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New Aberdeen Municipal Park

A new Aberdeen municipal park with six rectangular sports fields, concession building, and restrooms is now in the preliminary stages of construction. The new park is being built on a 32-acre site between two McKee Homes neighborhoods on U.S. 15-501.

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About The New Aberdeen Municipal Park

Aberdeen town leaders closed a deal in late 2019 to purchase 15 acres with the Ransdell family contributing a 17-acre adjacent parcel to make up the 32-acre total needed for the new Aberdeen municipal park. The town is currently working with community partners and individuals for donation as well as considering other revenue sources such as grants.

According The Pilot newspaper online article about the park, “The recently adopted fiscal year 2020-21 budget includes $250,000 towards improvements with another $125,000 committed next year.”

The first two lighted sports fields in the new park are predicted to open in 2021.

McKee Homes Communities in Aberdeen

Legacy Lakes

110 Leesville Loop, Aberdeen, NC 28315
From the mid 200’s | 1,300-2,800 sq. ft.

legacy lakes golf course

Legacy Lakes, a new homes community by McKee Homes on U.S. 15-501 in Aberdeen, is home to over 400 acres of beautiful pine trees, rolling fairways, and natural lakes. Close by are the Village of Pinehurst and Pinehurst #2, known as one of the best golf courses in the country.

Amenities at Legacy Lakes

  • Nicklaus Design Legacy Golf Links
  • Legacy Lakes Club
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Tennis Pro Shop
  • World-class clay tennis courts
  • Resort-style pool and pool house
  • Seven sparkling lakes
  • Walking trails

Sandy Springs

195 Sandy Springs Road, Aberdeen, NC 28315
From the mid $200’s | 1,900-3,700 sq. ft.

sandy springs model home

Sandy Springs is a family friendly community near U.S. 15-501 featuring a children’s park in the neighborhood. It is located close to Downtown Aberdeen and approximately 10 miles from Pinehurst and the Town of Southern Pines with all the area has to offer. Just minutes from The Academy of Moore County School, Aberdeen Primary, Aberdeen Elementary and Southern Middle School.

Additional Information

The new Aberdeen municipal park with six rectangular sports fields adds even more excitement to this attractive destination with everything it has to offer.

Visit our website for more information about Legacy Lakes and Sandy Springs or give us a call at 910-672-7206 to speak with one of our friendly, knowledgeable Online Sales Consultants.

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More Room, More Flex Space for Life

Now more than ever … you need more flex space for life.

Home was just a home … until it wasn’t anymore. Now it’s a classroom, an office, a gym, a restaurant and a daycare. Luckily, McKee Homes multi-functional floorplans with up to 3 stories of living space, give you enough flex room to transform your home into what you need … and make doing life together at home much easier (and enjoyable)!

Below we are highlighting how McKee Homes floorplans support your new way of living. For as difficult of a time as it has been, we are infusing a little humor into scenarios that have become all too familiar for all of us. We hope you enjoy!

*Please note that features vary per floorplan. Some floorplans may incorporate features listed below and others may not.

*All bitmoji’s included in this diagram are of McKee Homes employees.

Large Backyard & Covered Patio:
Also Known As: The Backyard Escape & Dog Park

Luckily, you’re never “stuck” inside with a McKee Home. The covered patio serves as a great extension of every floorplan, offering additional living space with a colorful backdrop. The spacious patio provides an expansive space for a table and chairs, outdoor sofa and fire pit or a set of rocking chairs & foot stools. Whatever you envision as your outdoor sanctuary, McKee Homes creates a big-enough outdoor haven to make it possible. Take happy hour, Zoom lessons, kids homework or game nights outdoors for a change of scenery and fresh air that always keeps the mind and body healthy! Fido will be thankful for the space to explore and do its business in the large backyard, too. Think about all the memories you (immediate & fur family) can make during this time together with an outdoor entertainment pad. #Priceless

Best For:

  • Reading & Relaxing
  • Game Nights
  • Grilling & Summer BBQ’s
  • Being In Nature
  • Smores by the Outdoor Firepit
  • Date night for Mom and Dad

*Luckily the covered patios are spacious enough to accommodate the extra space between guests!

 

Large Open-Concept Kitchen with Kitchen Island
Aka The Snack, Homework & Baking Lounge

When you’re forced to stay home together, the kitchen – the heart of the home – becomes a multi-purpose room for cooking, snacking, homework, mini date nights and everything in between.

Luckily, the McKee Homes blueprint is based on a spacious open-concept plan that seamlessly connects the most-frequented rooms of the house – the family room, dining room, casual breakfast nook and kitchen – making the beautiful chaos of everyday family life easier.

A staple of our kitchens is the large chef-worthy peninsula and island that serves as:

  • A SNACK BAR: The kitchen island doubles as an eating (or snack) bar with ample room for bar stools for the whole family.
  • A BUFFET BAR: The large counter space is valuable for the cook in the family to chop, prep and layout a buffet-style meal for the entire family.
  • A HOMEWORK BAR: Little did we know when we designed our kitchen floorplans with large families in mind, that in 2020, this extra counter space would afford Mom and Dad enough room to spread out and make sense of the kids homework (we are in awe of all the parents out there!).
  • A SANITY SAVIOR: To keep your sanity while home-schooling, the expansive style of the kitchen allows you to overlook the cozy family room, enjoy the glow of the fire while playing the latest Hallmark movie.

No longer should your time together be stifled by a chopped up first-floor living plan that is “so 1980’s.” Allow the fun, laughter and memories to flow through your McKee Home with the kitchen being the core that keeps you together.


Finished 3rd Floor
Also Known As The Sports Club

When cooped up, the first thing to go is likely your sanity (sound familiar?).

When we thoughtfully laid out our multifunctional floorplans, we designed many of our blueprints with a third floor (finished and unfinished), not knowing that this additional living space would come in handy as a daily sports club during a nation-wide lock-down. Now that families are forced to stay inside, it’s paramount to incorporate body movement to fight off boredom, burn additional calories and increase endorphins that will keep you mentally and emotionally stable!

Here at McKee Homes, we are committed to saving your mental health! With optional full bath and kitchenette, your extra 3rd floor living space can serve as a full-functioning gym (or apartment, hotel, media room, _________ fill in the blank). Hang your big screen, switch on Beachbody On Demand and push yourself through a grueling yoga or cardio workout.

Doesn’t the ability to get away, even for a minute, sound dreamy?


Sunroom
Also Known As: The Zen Den

Another benefit of our creatively laid-out floor plans is the sunroom that sits off the main living area. With a dividing wall and fireplace, this room feels private and tranquil. In addition to the large windows that span every wall of the sunroom allowing natural light to seep through (we all need Vitamin D during this time), the secluded nature of this space makes it the ideal sanctuary for mindset work.

Feel free to set up a ‘Zen Den’ with blankets, pillows and a comfortable seating arrangement for meditation, journaling and breath work. This will help you manage stress, anxiety and uncomfortable thoughts and emotions that this time has most certainly brought on.

Large Garage
Aka The Man Cave

You have to have your “play” space too, we get it. That’s why we build in a space that can easily translate into the “man cave” or “she shed.”

The spacious 2 or 3-car garage (depending on your preference) is wide-open without any wasted square footage. Without worrying about scratching floors or ruining the carpet, you can set up furniture, arcade games, a big screen and a bar to make the ideal hangout. The garage is large enough to leave a vehicle parked, while enjoying the second-half of the room, too. It’s a win/win space.

Long Driveway & Front Yard
Also Known As: The Driveway Happy Hour Spot

Since de-stressing at a restaurant or bar after a hard day of work was out of the question, it doesn’t mean cocktail hour had to be … in a McKee Home.

McKee Homes makes happy hour at home easy with our expansive homesites that offer front yards large enough for an entire daycare (if you need to keep the kids in eyesight) and driveways long enough to crack open a cold beer and still maintain 6 ft from your favorite neighborhood friends.

The next time you’re ordered to stay at home, rest assured that McKee Homes designs a home that makes driveway happy hour not only doable, but enjoyable.


Office
Also Known As: The Zoom Room

No longer are people traveling to and from work, networking at conferences or hosting meetings in person. But adhering to deadlines and making the boss happy is still at the top of the priority list. The problem is that sitting at the dining room table while kids are screaming won’t produce your best work. To continue to meet expectations as a trusted employee, it’s imperative to have a sacred space that’s clean, quiet and all yours.

The McKee Homes first-floor Zoom Room (aka the office or flex room) offers a spacious office big enough for a large desk, chairs (6 ft apart) for visiting colleagues and a side table for printer and office supplies. We promise it will feel like you’re in a regular conference room when you log into your live Zoom Calls.

Although private, your office is still convenient to the rest of the open-concept first floor main living area, including your break room (sitting area) and cafeteria (kitchen) when it’s time to take a quick clarity or coffee break.


Open-Concept Living Room
Also Known As: The Google Classroom

Before, the living room was meant for game night after a family dinner or morning coffee over good conversation. Now, the kids are home and you’ve morphed into a 5th grade math teacher with no actual desk space, classroom materials or teaching credentials.

Don’t fret. To make the transition into home schooling easier, our open-concept first-floor layout features 9 ft trey ceilings that make the room feel much larger than it is. Additionally, the home seamlessly connects each room of the main living area, freely flowing through the family room, kitchen, casual breakfast nook and outdoor living area. The kitchen is grand and contemporary with a massive, chef-style island that serves as the ideal eating bar. What once was counter space for chopping and buffet meals is now extra room to spread out homework, calculators, rulers and more. Since the kitchen overflows into a casual dining area, you’re able to hop from one kid to the next to assist with all of their distant learning needs.

And, when the kids need to refuel their minds before submitting their final work, snacks are just a reach away.


Covered Front Porch
Also Known As: The Cozy Corner for Rest & Relaxation

After a full day inside with kids and your spouse, fresh air and nature always does the mind (and body) good. Not only does McKee Homes offer large homesites with spacious backyards and covered patios with a screened-in option, we also build in an luxurious outdoor living space in the front of the home, too. With a covered front porch that spans much of the home façade, you can create a R&R (rest & relaxation) shelter right out front. Position two rocking chairs or a slider bench to cozy up for:

  • Star gazing
  • Coffee break
  • Night cap
  • Good conversation with neighbors
  • Snuggle session with your significant other

Designed with a roof, you can escape anytime rain or shine.

Spa-Worth Master Bath
Also Known As: The Wellness Haven

During trying times, it’s essential to maintain a self care regimen that will strengthen your mind, body and spirit. Fortunately, our master suites come with a spa-worthy master bath fit for a king and queen … the “wellness haven” as we call it these days.

Escape to your five-star retreat within your own home at any time you need to refuel your tank. Rejuvenate yourself:

  • GARDEN TUB: Draw a bubble bath, put on a calming face mask, light a lavender candle and open a good book.
  • SEPARATE, LARGE TILED SHOWER: Put on a guided meditation or relaxing music and let the hot water soothe you.
  • DOUBLE SINK VANITY: Stretch out your skin care arsenal to really enjoy your “me” time.
  • WALK IN CLOSET: Slip on your most comfortable robe that you can find in the spacious closet connected to your master bath.

 

There you have it.

Your daily life doesn’t look the same anymore, which means your home can’t either. As you acclimate to a new way of living, the home that once supported your everyday life, all of a sudden doesn’t. Now that your home is a haven for so much more, it needs to support all the new functions it has been forced to take on. With McKee Homes’ multi-functional floorplans that come in all sizes and shapes, you can rest assured that this extra time at home with family will be easier and even enjoyable. We promise … more room and more flex space for life.

Interested in more room … and more flex space for life? Browse our available homes or homesites to find a home that fits your new needs. Feel free to call or text our friendly and knowledgeable Online Sales Team for more info, to ask questions or book a 1:1 private or virtual showing.

Call/text: (910) 672-7296
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Difference Between Quick Move-In and To-Be Built Homes

Most homebuilders offer quick move-in and to-be built homes. If you have been looking at new construction homes, you’ve probably heard these terms but may not know what the differences are or which route to go once you decide to buy a new home.

Quick Move-In Homes (Showcase Homes)

Many builders use the term “quick move-in” homes to refer to homes that are already built or partially built. Some builders refer to them as Speculative (Spec) homes or Inventory homes while McKee Homes refers to our quick move-in homes as Showcase homes.

One of the main advantages of our Showcase homes is that they are either completely built or already started and can therefore be closed and moved into in a much shorter timeframe than to-be built homes.

Our Showcase homes are professionally designed by our Design Team with the most popular design trends and features. That means you don’t have to worry about choosing options and selections and can focus on closing and moving in. This is especially important for buyers that have more immediate needs to move within a certain timeframe.

Another advantage of Showcase, or quick move-in homes, is you get to walk the home before you buy. You can explore the floorplan layout and easily visualize living in the home and how you would use each room.

To-Be Built Homes (Presale Homes)

Whether a builder calls them to-be built or presale homes, the advantage is you get to personalize the home to make it you own before the home is built. Most builders reserve lots specifically for Presale homes with a selection of floorplans and options in each community where they build.

With presale, or to-be built homes, you can select the homesite, floorplan, structural options, features, finishes, exterior color scheme and interior paint colors you desire for your new home. There can be exceptions where a builder, such as McKee Homes, will not allow the same floorplan or exterior color scheme to be used next to each other in order to ensure the overall aesthetic balance in the community.

Personalizing Your Home

If you want to be able to personalize your home, but are concerned that it might be overwhelming, we have you covered. Our knowledgeable New Home Sales Consultants will help you choose the perfect homesite, floorplan and exterior color scheme for your new home before contract. They can even help you get prequalified for a home mortgage loan!

One of our Design Studio Consultants will reach out to schedule an appointment at our nearest Design Studio. They bring expertise in design to help you create a home that captures your personal style and will assist you in bringing your new home vision to life. At our design studio, you have the opportunity to see, touch and feel all our design choices.

If you are curious about the Design Studio experience and want to find out more before you purchase a presale home, you are welcome to attend our Design Studio preview Night, where you can take a self-guided tour of our studio. This is an opportunity to gather ideas by seeing all we have to offer. This is a great time to take notes and pictures so you can be prepared for your personal design appointment.

Should you choose a quick move-in or to-be built home?

The biggest consideration is time. If you need to move within a few months, you should choose a Showcase, or quick move-in home. Or if you don’t want to make all the option and finish decisions about your new home and prefer to buy a home that you can walk before you buy, a Showcase home is your best choice.

If you have the time to go through the build process and are looking forward to making selections for your new home, you would be better off choosing a presale, or to-be built home. You will receive guidance from our team of experts in sales, design, and construction to help you all the way from choosing a community, homesite and floorplan, to selections, closing and beyond.

Is there a third option?

If you are caught in the middle and would like to choose some of the options and finishes for your home but don’t have time to go through the full homesite selection and build process, there is one other option that might be a good fit for you.

McKee Homes lists our Showcase homes as soon as we begin construction allowing you to find them on our website and real estate sites such as Zillow or Realtor.com, or through your Realtor®. You may not be able to choose structural options, depending on far along the home is in the construction process, but you may have the opportunity to make interior finish and color selections.

This is a good compromise as it will give you some of the advantages of both quick move-in and to-be built homes. The home will be much closer to completion by the time you sign a contract to purchase the home, but you will still get to make many of the selections for your new home.

More Information

Please visit Our Process web page for more information about McKee Homes’ sales, design and construction processes.

For more information about quick move-in and to-be built homes, or as we call them Showcase and Presale homes, please give us a call at 910-672-7296 or fill out the form below.

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New Interactive Design App

One of the most popular features of the McKee Homes website is our Interactive Design App. This app helps home shoppers design their new home by choosing structural options and exterior colors for siding, shakes, roofing, doors, ext. trim and more.

Interactive Design App Version 2

We have just unveiled the new Interactive Design App 2.0 which is now available through our website floorplan and community pages. The new app features larger images and easier navigation. It’s fun and easy to use! We encourage anyone interested in buying a new home to play around with this app. You can choose your favorite floorplans, select options and exterior colors and save your choices as a PDF brochure right from the app.

The IDA home page includes a map showing the location of all communities listed. For more information about each community, click the Info button at the bottom of the community thumbnail image in the listing.

IDA Our Plans selectionFor maximum options and elevations, the Our Plans community is a great place to start. From the IDA Home page, scroll down through the community listings and click the Select Plan button in the Our Plans listing.

Select a floorplan elevation to start designing your new home! All available elevations for your chosen floorplan are shown at the top of the app content area.

  1. Choose structural options for each floor
  2. Choose exterior color options which display on the exterior rendering
  3. Select Create My Brochure button to generate a PDF brochure.
  4. Print, save and share options available at top of page under community name

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Can’t wait to try out the new Interactive Design App? Follow one of the easy steps below to get started from our website community or floorplan pages.

 Three Ways To Get Started

  1. From Community Page
    • Start on any community page on our website and select the Build Your Home tab
    • Choose a floorplan and click the View Interactive Floor Plan button from the floorplan page
    • Enter your name and email in the signup form and click Design Your New Home
      If you have already signed up to view or download any of our content, you will only see the Design Your New Home button. No need to sign up more than once.
    • You will automatically be taken to the community and floorplan you chose in the IDA
  1. From Floorplan Page
    • Choose a floorplan from the main floorplan page
    • Choose one of the floorplan elevations and click the View Interactive Floor Plan button from the floorplan page
    • Enter your name and email in the signup form and click Design Your New Home
      If you have already signed up to view or download any of our content, you will only see the Design Your New Home button. No need to sign up more than once.
    • You will automatically be taken to the floorplan you chose in the Our Plans community section of the IDA. This section has all our floorplans with both Heritage and Autograph collection color schemes.
  1. From Signup Page
    • Enter your name and email in the signup form and click Design Your New Home
      If you have already signed up to view or download any of our content, you will only see the Design Your New Home button. No need to sign up more than once.
    • You will automatically be taken to the home page of the IDA. Click the Select Plan button on any community listing to get started. To see more information about a community, click the Info button at the bottom right of the community thumbnail image. The Our Plans community has all our floorplans with both Heritage and Autograph collection color schemes.

More Information

For more information about the app, please contact us using the form below or give us a call at 910-672-7296.

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How To Navigate Home Builder Websites

Searching for a new home online can be confusing, especially if you don’t know how to navigate home builder websites. You may have landed on a home builder website from a simple online search or from a link on a real estate syndication site like Zillow. Either way, it’s good to know how to navigate home builder websites to quickly find the homes, floorplans and information you are looking for.

Historically low interest rates and limited inventory have resulted in record numbers of people searching for new homes online. New homes offer benefits compared to pre-owned homes such as being able to personalize your dream home, new systems and appliances and saving money from energy-efficient features.

How To Navigate Home Builder Websites

Most home builder websites use a similar navigation hierarchy:

  1. Choose State, Region or City
  2. Choose Community
  3. Choose between Quick Move-In Homes and To-Be-Built Floorplans

Of course, every home builder website is different, but most follow this simple navigation model. Many offer the ability to do a quick search using the number of bedrooms and bathrooms or other criteria as you would on real estate syndication sites like Realtor.com, Zillow, Redfin, or NewHomeFeed.com.

The first place to start on most home builder websites is to look for the Find A Home menu button or link. It may be labeled differently such as Find Your New Home, but you should see something similar in the main menu at the top of every page.

The next step is to choose the general location where you want to live, which is usually a city, but initially could be more general such as state or region for larger national home builder websites.

Our McKee Homes website home page has city/region buttons in the main banner image area that are easy to find and use. There is also a Find A Home menu with city/region links in the main menu area. Since we build in North Carolina only, there are no state options.

City/Region

Click the city or region name where you are interested in living to see all communities and quick move-in homes in that area. The Communities tab opens by default. If you prefer to look at all the quick move-in homes in that area, click the Quick Move-In Homes tab at the top left, just above the list of communities.

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Communities

The Communities tab shows a list of communities available in each region with a map showing the location of each community. Click on the home markers to see the community names in the top left column of the map.

Click the community image or name in the far-left column to go to the community page. There you will find community info such as HOA, amenities, services, schools, utilities, photos, video and driving directions in the Overview tab which opens by default. Click the Get Directions button just above the map to get Google map directions from your current location to the community model home.

Explore other tabs in the community page such as Quick Move-In Homes, Build Your Home and Community Site Plan for property listings of available homes, to-be-built floorplans and a community sitemap respectively.

Quick Move-In Homes

From the Quick Move-In Homes tab on the region pages, click the home markers to see home info in that location. Clicking View Details on the listings in the left column or on the map popup will take you to the property listing page with detailed information about the home.

Use the Download Floor Plan button at the top left of the page to download a high-quality printable PDF file of the floorplans for that home.  Click the Neighborhood Info button further down the page to go the community page.

Quick Search With Filters

In addition, we offer a quick way to search our available inventory homes with search filters for area, community, bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage and even schools. To use this search feature, roll over the Find A Home menu and click Quick Move-In Homes.

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Floor Plans

To view all floor plans we offer, roll over the Find A Home menu and select Floor Plans. The main floor plans page shows listings for all our floor plans with basic info such as square footage and beds/baths. Click into each floor plan listing to see the available elevations for each floor plan group.

The floor plan elevation pages have detailed info on each floor plan elevation, as well as renderings and floor plan layout. If you would like to download a high-quality printable PDF file, scroll down the page and click on the Download Floor Plan button.

Once you enter your name and email, you will have access to all our floorplans, 3D virtual tours and our interactive design app where you can play with options and colors for your new home.

Scrolling further down the floor plan elevation page, you will see all communities where that floor plan is available to be built as well as a photo gallery of one or more finished homes built with the floor plan elevation you are viewing.

You can also view all photo galleries including special kitchen and bath collections on our main photo gallery page.

Hopefully this article on how to navigate home builder websites will help you get the new home information you want quickly and easily.

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment to view our homes and floorplans, please contact us using the signup forms on our property listing and floorplan pages or give us a call at 910-672-7296. We offer one-on-one, in-person appointments as well as live video appointments to suit your needs.

Additional Information

For special accessibility needs, click the round purple accessibility icon at the top right of every page for options such as larger text, high contrast, keyboard navigation, tooltips or to enable the screen reader.

For more information about McKee Homes, view the About Us menu, fill out the contact form below or give us a call at 910-672-7296.

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Find the Perfect Floorplan for Your New Home

McKee Homes makes it easy to find the perfect floorplan for your new home with easy-to-use online content. Browse through our floorplans, photo galleries, interactive design app and 3D interactive tours

  • View and download high-quality printable floorplan brochures.
  • Get creative with our interactive design app where you can play with colors and structural options for any of our floorplans.
  • Take an online tour of our homes on your computer or mobile device with 3D interactive video tours.

If you’re like most of us, you have been spending a lot more time at home lately. You may be realizing working from home requires a dedicated office instead of temporarily clearing off the dining room table. The lack of ample storage may have become a constant irritation and problems with older systems such as HVAC, plumbing and electrical may require maintenance and repair at the most inconvenient time.

With interest rates still historically low, you may be spending some time online looking at new homes and planning for the future to brighten your day. There are fewer than normal pre-owned homes on the market these days, so many home shoppers are looking at new construction.

An advantage of new construction is the ability to choose structural options such as sunroom, third-bay garage or guest suite. You also get to choose plumbing and electrical fixtures, floor coverings, paint colors and a host of other selections to truly personalize your new home.

Once you’ve decided to explore the new home market, you begin the exciting adventure of discovering the perfect floorplan for your new home. Having access to a variety of easy-to-navigate online content makes the process easy, fun and convenient as it can be done without leaving your couch!

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High-Quality Printable Floorplan Brochures

Our website has downloadable print-quality floorplan brochures of all our floorplans so you can create a collection of your favorite floorplans. We have photo galleries of our floorplans so you can see how the homes look completed. There are also special collections of our favorite kitchens and bathroom photography as well as photos of our design studios that show many of the selections available there.

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Interactive Design App

Play with our interactive design app to experiment with exterior color pallets, stone choices and structural options for all of our floor plans. We are in the process of upgrading our IDA to make it easier to use. The new IDA will be available  by July 2020.

Once you choose a color palette and the structural options you can save your choices, share it with friends and download as a PDF brochure.

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3D interactive Tours

Navigating new homes through our 3D interactive tours gives you a real feel for what it would be like to walk through our homes except that it’s much easier. Instead of walking up a flight of stairs, you can move to another floor with the click of your mouse or a touch of your screen.

You can move around in any direction, explore all the rooms of the home, look up or down, and easily move to other levels in the home. We also have videos created from these tours for most of our available quick move-in homes.

More Information

If you have questions about any of our floorplans and the communities where they are available, please reach out to us at 910-672-7296 or fill out the form below or on any of our floorplan or community web pages.

Our beautiful high-quality online content makes it easy to find the perfect floorplan for your new home!