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Buy A New Home or Existing Home? Debunking Common New Home Construction Beliefs

When it comes to buying a house, the million dollar question is: Do you buy a new home or existing home?

Home buyers can be hesitant to build a new home over buying a home that’s being resold. However, this typically stems from fear of the unknown. Essentially, home buyers haven’t been equipped with all the facts when it comes to new home construction.

So we’re debunking popular common held beliefs when it comes to building a home vs. buying older real estate, so you can feel educated when making the right decision for you and your family.

THE ASSUMPTION THAT NEW CONSTRUCTION HOMES WILL EXCEED YOUR BUDGET
The main factor driving a home buyer’s choice between new home construction and an existing home is price point. Home buyers automatically assume that building a new home will exceed their budget.

However, there are a few contingencies that the home buyer should take into consideration:

  • Home Buyer Incentives: Unlike buying an existing home, home builders often offer lucrative incentives to help the home buyer up front. Incentives can include closing costs, upgrades, free appliances or other attractive offers that make the home more affordable and/or comfortable long-term.
  • Less Repair Costs: When home buyers build a new home, they are investing in the ease of a turnkey home, which often comes with fewer unexpected repairs than buyers of existing homes.
    • According to Zillow’s 2019 Consumer Housing Trends Report, more than 8 in 10 (83%) of existing home buyers say they repaired or renovated their homes within the first year of ownership.
    • More than half (54%) had to make a major repair or renovation within the first month of getting the keys.
    • Compared to new construction buyers: 48% of buyers who purchased a brand-new home in the past two years still haven’t had to make a single repair or renovation.

TIMING & HASSLE TO BUILD A HOME:
Home buyers think that buying a new home means the hassle of choosing a lot, picking designs and features and waiting for the home to be built. Although those reasons are why a lot of home buyers choose to build a new home, others need a more immediate solution for their family. Therefore, they think their only option is existing homes.

The reality is that more than half of a home builder’s inventory is quick, move-in ready homes. Meaning, these home are already built yet brand new and waiting for their forever family. The beauty of buying a quick, move-in ready home is that you get the newness of a home with the move-in timeline of an existing home. It’s a win/win!

To view our available quick, move-in homes, click here.

CONCERN ABOUT QUALITY OF CONSTRUCTION OR MATERIALS

According to Zillow, 26% of buyers who didn’t follow through with a new construction home had concerns about the quality of construction or building materials.

Over time, residential building codes and materials have significantly improved to ensure top-notch safety, design and construction of a new home.

Existing single-family homes, town homes and other real estate were likely built 10, 20, 30+ years prior to a home buyer purchase. Although the home likely sustained numerous updates throughout the aging of the home, in addition to quality inspections before closing on the home; a home buyer really never knows the state of an older home they are inheriting

HOME BUYERS THINK THAT SOME COSTS AND UPGRADES FOR NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION WEREN’T TRANSPARENT UNTIL THEY PURCHASED THE HOME

To be exact, 26% of home buyers who bought a new home in 2019 say that they did not understand the full breakdown of costs prior to building a new home.

We are unsure of the home cost transparency that’s afforded by other home builders; however we pride ourselves on handling the home buying process as if it were us buying the home.  Our New Home Sales Consultants provide price sheets and itemized personalization costs, as well as set clear expectations for the home buyer during model and showcase home walk-throughs. Costs and fees pertaining to lots, upgrades and everything in between, in addition to when each installment is due throughout the process is communicated from the beginning.

HOME BUYERS BELIEVE THAT THEY CAN’T GET THE SAME “CHARM” THAT COMES WITH AN OLDER STYLE HOME

The good news is with a new home build, you get to make your new home what you want! With a variety of floor plans, exterior colors and features, design selections, unique upgrades and more, you get to personalize each part of your home. The uniqueness you infuse into your new construction home will give it the exact “charm” you were envisioning.

Additionally, although your new home may not have the same look as an aged home, the communities we build in are mature and preserve a beautiful and homey feel.

HOME BUYERS FEEL THEY MAY BE OVERWHELMED BY THE UNKNOWN OF THE HOME BUILDING PROCESS

With any home builder, the New Home Specialist should create a road map for the home buyer that includes the following to help create transparency and trust and set expectations up front.

Home Building Process

  • Expected timeline
  • Cost breakdown
  • Design Studio Selections
  • Warranties
  • Home Owner Walk-Throughs and Orientation
  • Estimated Closing
  • …and everything in between.

In general, the home building process looks a lot like the below:

  1. Get a pre approval letter. Special incentives offered by using our preferred lender, Vision Lending.
  2. Pick a neighborhood
  3. Pick a floor plan, pick your structural options
  4. Pick from our available lots
  5. Sign the contract. We can conveniently send you our contract via email so you can sign from anywhere in the world.
  6. Pay builder deposit. We can also email you an invoice for your builder deposit to pay online. The builder deposit amount will vary depending on the sales price amount.
  7. Attend your design appointment within 2 weeks of signing your contract. We can also do a video call so you can design your home remotely. We can also email you an invoice if you want to add any additional items.
  8. Meet with the builder 4 times throughout your home build process.
  9. Sign your closing documents at the attorney’s office. Congratulations on your New Home purchase!
  10. Transfer utilities in your name
  11. Register with your neighborhood HOA for access to amenities
  12. Warranty will follow up. Our warranty team will be there for you with your 1 year builder warranty.

Throughout the home buying process, the home buyer should also have constant communication with either their New Home Specialist or their builder so they know where their home build stands at any given moment.

HOME BUYERS THINK THAT THE LOANS, SPECIFICALLY FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION, WILL BE A HASSLE OR CONFUSING

We offer our home buyers our preferred lender, Vision Lending. Our Vision Lending loan officers, Chung and Jason, will handle your mortgage pre-approval that will give you a realistic idea of your down payment and budget, and give you more negotiating power when you make an offer.

Our home buyers have a peace of mind through the process as our preferred lender goes above and beyond to hold their hands every step of the way.

So what do you think, should you buy a new home or existing home?

If you’re in the market for a new home and are trying to decide whether buying a new home or an existing home is right for you, we’d love to have a conversation with you. We’ll be happy to answer any questions about the home buying and home building process, so you feel like you have full clarity when it comes time to make an offer – on new home construction or older real estate.

Feel free to fill out the form below and one of our friendly and knowledgeable Online Home Specialists will be in touch with you shortly.

 

Our home buyers become family … thank you to all of our home owners for choosing McKee Homes!

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New Home Live Video Appointments

McKee Homes has offered live video appointments of our active property listings using popular video sharing apps for many years. The company was founded in Fayetteville, NC next to Fort Bragg, so many of our homebuyers in that area were in the military, and sometimes deployed overseas. Live video appointments allow homebuyers who can’t view a home in person, to see the home and talk to our sales consultant at the same time.

In order to accommodate anyone who would prefer to tour our homes remotely, our sales consultants are well-trained in walking homebuyers through our homes using an iPad with Facetime, or other video sharing app, while pointing out the beautiful features and options of the home as well as answering any questions the homebuyer may have. We also offer one-on-one in-person appointments.

Live Video Appointments

It’s as easy as 1 2 3 to make a live video appointment to see our homes!property listing signup form example

  1. Fill in your contact info
  2. Check the “I’m not a robot” checkbox
  3. Click Submit!
FIND YOUR DREAM HOME!
  • Choose Your Location
    • Select the area you want to live
    • Choose a community
    • Select the Quick Move-In Homes tab
    • Select a home to view
    • Submit the Request Info form
  • View All Available Homes
    • Use the filters to narrow your search
    • Select a home to view
    • Submit the Request Info form

Just fill in the Request Info form on any property listing page on our website. One of our friendly online sales consultants will contact you right away to make an appointment for you to see the home virtually with live video, or schedule an in-person appointment if you prefer.

If you prefer to text or call to make a live video appointment to see the home of your dreams, contact us at 910-672-7491.

3D Interactive Video Tours

View our floorplans with interactive videos form the comfort of your home.

Navigation is easy! Just click your mouse in the video wherever you want to go and virtually walk through the home. Don’t feel like walking up the stairs? Use the navigation menu to quickly jump to another floor!

View 3D Interactive Video Tours

Have fun and look at every room and detail of our floorplans. If you have any questions or want to make an in-person or live video appointment with one of our sales consultants, just click the link under the floorplan description to contact a friendly online sales consultant who can set up an appointment for you.

If you prefer to text or call to make a live video appointment to view your favorite floorplan, contact us at 910-672-7491.

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Top Reasons to Live in Wilmington, NC

From affordable seaside homes to a relaxed, yet active beach lifestyle, people across the country are discovering the lure of living on the North Carolina Coast. For those of you still pondering a move, we are highlighting the top reasons to live in Wilmington NC and surrounding areas.

DOG & BEER LOVER PARADISE:
Home to Wilmington are many dog-friendly establishments and walking trails as well as unique beer and wine shops, including Cape Fear Wine, Wilmington Brewing Company, Flytrap Brewing and Waterline Brewing Co.

PRISTINE COASTAL BEACHES:
Unlike most beach towns, Wilmington boasts an assortment of beaches close to one another, each with their own local flare. Choose from Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Oak Island, Southport, Topsail Island and Masonboro Island. Whether you’re in the mood for boardwalks, fishing, swimming, sunbathing or nature walks, the Wilmington area has you covered.

SEASIDE LIVING THAT’S AFFORDABLE
Wilmington and Leland have been featured on the “Best Places to Live” lists for the last 10 years. Although Wilmington has seen a boom since 2015, both cities are still considered up-and-coming and thus are still very affordable compared to other coastal towns.

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
The year-round warm climate and access to the water makes for a very active, healthy lifestyle. You’ll find locals outside enjoying nature around the clock, whether they’re running the Wrightsville Beach Loop, surfing, boating or paddle boarding on any body of water or enjoying a stroll on the waterfront Riverwalk in Downtown Wilmington.

WARMER CLIMATE YEAR-ROUND
The Wilmington weather is fairly mild throughout the year, allowing locals to escape the extreme temperatures of winter.

ELEGANT DINING ON THE WATER: (On the rivers, Intercoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean)
Smell the salty air or watch the sunset while noshing on fresh, local seafood atop terrific outdoor patios around the city. Bluewater Grill, Dockside, Pilot House Restaurant, Fish House Grill and Smoke on the Water are just a few local favorites.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
As a historical coastal town established in 1542, Wilmington has an array of captivating visitor attractions for kids and adults:

  • Battleship North Carolina: Envision what it was like for the crew during World War II aboard the Battleship North Carolina docked in Downtown Wilmington.
  • NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher: Discover aquatic wildlife at free daily dive shows and animal encounters. Explore more with behind-the-scenes tours, outdoor adventures and kid friendly camps. From touching stingrays and climbing the adventure reef to talking with expert shark divers and looking alligators in the eyes, there is something for everyone at Fort Fisher!
  • Tregembo Animal Park: Experience 100+ species of animals, including bears, tigers, lions, birds, reptiles and more.
  • Airlie Gardens: Airlie Gardens, a premiere garden of the coastal South, features 67 acres of walking paths, formal gardens, seasonal blooms, mighty live oaks, historic structures, and contemporary sculpture.
  • Poplar Grove Plantation: Tour the Manor and grounds at Poplar Grove, formerly a sweet potato and peanut plantation that’s one of the last remaining plantations open to the public in southeastern North Carolina.

DREAM HOMES AT AN AFFORABLE PRICE – FOR NOW!
As many are discovering the lure of Wilmington and surrounding growing communities, many are buying and/or building their dream homes now. Prices are predicted to skyrocket as people continue to discover this hidden gem of a coastal town.

As a longstanding home builder in Wilmington and surrounding areas, we have a variety of new and established neighborhoods throughout historic Wilmington and up-and-coming Leland. We have available homesites for you to choose the ideal location for your new home or you can choose from a plethora of quick move-in ready homes.

We build new homes in the following communities throughout Wilmington and Leland:

ESTABLISHED NEIGHBORHOODS:

Lanvale Forest (NEW PHASE SELLING!)
Lanvale Forest is nestled in the heart of north Brunswick County only minutes from Downtown Wilmington. The community offers a pool and pool/bath house, sidewalks and street lights. Leland is a new, up and coming area that gives residents the convenience of proximity to Wilmington while choosing from a variety of beaches in either Brunswick or New Hanover County. Enjoy Leland and it’s exciting activities such as, the annual Town of Leland Founder’s Day Celebration on the second Saturday of September at Founders Park.

Model Home: 4505 Combs Forest Court Leland, NC 28451
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Clay Crossing (FINAL OPPORTUNITIES!)
A quaint twenty-one lot community perfectly situated off Darden Road between Middle Sound Loop Road and Wendover Lane in Wilmington.

Clay Crossing features our European elevation floor plans, giving the neighborhood a unique look. Just minutes from the intracoastal waterway, the new Ogden Market Place, local restaurants, Pages Creek Park Preserve, and beaches!

Clay Crossing is in the Ogden Elementary school district!

Model Home Address: 404 Middle Grove Ln at Darden Rd, Wilmington, NC 28411

New Homes in Leland NC

Cameron Trace
Cameron Trace is in a quiet, private part of Wilmington yet has easy access to I40 / College and N. Market offering privacy and convenience! There are several ponds in the community, the largest of which is over 3 acres. Cameron Trace will have approximately 120 single family homes. The exterior elevations will showcase the McKee Homes’ unique coastal characteristics and most homesites will allow for an optional 3rd car garage.

Model Home: 1621 Flushing Drive Wilmington, NC 28411

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Hanover Reserve (NEW PHASE SELLING!)
Location and value are the biggest draws to Hanover Reserve. It offers the opportunity to be in Wilmington with easy access to everything in town, great beaches and parks.

Hanover Reserve is convenient to Ogden Park, one of Wilmington’s largest and most complete parks, with playgrounds, picnic areas, lighted playing fields and tennis courts, perfect for youth leagues.

Model Home: 1353 Eastbourne Drive Wilmington, NC 28411
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NEW NEIGBHORHOODS

Bellaport
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.

Model Home: 131 Bellaport Lane, Wilmington NC 28412

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Courtyards at Mallory Retreat
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 Mallory Retreat will showcase 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.

Address: Salter Path at Mallory Creek Drive, Leland, NC 28479

Homes in Leland NC

If you choose Wilmington as your new home, we look forward to calling you “neighbor” and welcoming you to town!

Whether you choose to buy a resale home or build a new home, we’re here to answer any questions about real estate in Wilmington, the home buying process in general and our available new homes in Wilmington and Leland. We know moving to a new city, like Wilmington, can be overwhelming and we’re happy to help ease the transition however we can!

Please feel free to reach out to one of our friendly and knowledgeable New Home Experts through the form below or call us at: 910-672-7296.

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McKee Homes Opens New Wilmington Area Communities

McKee Homes has just opened two new Wilmington area communities featuring our customized Epcon floorplans. Bellaport in Wilmington, NC and Courtyards at Mallory Retreat in Leland both offer our customized version of the popular Epcon floorplans. These floorplans are specially designed with high-end features and options, wide interior doorways, minimal steps between interior and exterior spaces and large, private outdoor patios designed for entertaining or just relaxing outside.

New Wilmington Area Communities

Bellaport

131 Bellaport Ln, 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.

Courtyards at Mallory Retreat

Salter Path at Mallory Creek Dr, 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.

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Historic Downtown Wilmington

With a 230-block National Register Historic District, one of the largest in the U.S., Wilmington offers a wide variety of architectural styles and its historic downtown area has a one-mile-long Riverwalk, developed as a tourist attraction, which is home to many boutiques, eclectic shops and vibrant nightlife venues.

Enjoy fresh local seafood and regional specialties at over 40 locally owned restaurants and pubs in downtown Wilmington’s historic river district, many featuring live music.

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Customized Epcon Floorplans

Our customized Epcon floorplans are beautiful cottage-style homes that include attached oversized 2-car garage with plenty of storage space, gas-log fireplace and energy efficient construction, including low-e windows. The large open kitchens include island, stainless steel appliances and granite kitchen counter tops.

the palazzo the portico the promenade the salerno the torino ii the verona

High-end features include laminate and tile flooring, decorator-selected finishes, custom lighting, ceiling fans, and large walk-in closets. The private courtyards are accessible from the owner’s suite and living room and offers beautiful views from the dining room windows.

he Bungalow elevations include a second-floor bonus suite with full bath and optional wet bar or kitchenette.

Options include a sitting room off the master bedroom and large L-shaped shower in the master bath.

mckee homes customized epcond floorplans

More Information

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

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‘Before and After’ of Building A Home in 82 Days

We’ve all seen the ‘before and after’ of building a home on Instagram or HGTV, but do you ever wonder what happens on a daily basis to make a home buyer’s dream house a reality? If so, you’re in luck.

We’re giving you real, behind-the-scenes footage of building our brand-new model home in Mid South Club, a beautiful, gated, golf course community nestled in the charming town of Southern Pines, NC. From laying the foundation to final photography, you’re about to witness a specially-designed Winston Craftsman floor plan come to life in just 82 days (a pretty big feat for any home builder!).

Israel Demus, head builder for the Southern Pines region, oversaw this project from start to finish. Although his original goal for this new home construction was 77 days, all new home build’s run the risk of falling behind schedule due to unforeseen hiccups, like weather, issues with sub-contractors or delayed permits. One of the most important aspects of keeping a home build on track is managing the trade partners in the field. Each step of the home-building process is crucial, and if one piece of the puzzle is missing, it can derail the entire timeline. Luckily for us, our trade partners made this goal attainable (thanks to you all!).

“This was an extremely exciting opportunity presented to me to show our trade partners we appreciate all of their daily efforts. The trades were excited about this project as much as the rest of the McKee team. In the end, we have this greatly built home that we can reflect on of all our efforts.” – Israel Demus, Head Builder

ABOUT MID SOUTH CLUB: SOUTHERN PINES, NC
The private, gated community of Mid South Club in Southern Pines, NC, near Pinehurst, is a gorgeous, upscale neighborhood that meets the wants and needs of those looking for all the amenities of resort-style country club living. You’ll enjoy a newly remodeled clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, driving range, golf course, walking trails and 24-7 security. Each home features a designer kitchen with large chef-like island and eating bar, granite countertops, exquisite tiered cabinets and crown molding and state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances. As Pinehurst is a golf mecca in North Carolina, golf fanatics will get one of the best golf courses in the area at Mid South Club.

If you decided Mid South Club was the perfect living location for you and your family, you’d have a variety of floor plans in the Mid South Club – Palmer’s Preserve neighborhood to choose from, including:

The Clark (Craftsman and European):

The Beaufort (Craftsman and European):

The Brooks (Craftsman and European):

The Biltmore II (Craftsman and European):

The Winston (Craftsman and European):

If you’re looking for more low-maintenance living, feel free to explore our Eagle Point neighborhood within Mid South Club. This community features homes from our EPCON portfolio of floor plans specially designed on a one-story foundation, in which you’ll glide through wider interior doorways, relax on a country club style private courtyard and never worry about stairs from the outside.

Have questions about the ‘before and after’ of building a home or the home buying process in general? Fill out the form below and one of our New Home specialists will be in touch shortly!

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New Construction Home With Sunroom

Buying a new construction home with sunroom, or adding a sunroom to your existing home, is one of the most cost-effective ways to make your home more livable and versatile.

Benefits of a Sunroom

Simply put, a sunroom is the most versatile room in your home.

  • Adds multi-use square footage to your home
  • Great for enjoying outdoor views within a protected temperature-controlled environment
  • Cozy space for gatherings with friends and family
  • Perfect space for home office
  • Reading, Music and TV / Movie room
  • Children’s play area
  • Exercise and workout room
  • Adds curb appeal and resale value to your home
  • Can ease symptoms of Winter SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

Light Therapy

In a WebMD article by Kathleen Doheny titled Fending Off Depression Symptoms in Winter, Norman Rosenthal, MD, the leader of the research team that first identified SAD in 1984 and author of Winter Blues suggests light therapy might be as simple as getting up early and walking outside on a bright winter morning. “You can also increase light in your home,” he says “Make one room a sun room.”

Existing Homes

There are a variety of sunrooms, sometimes called four season rooms, available to homeowners who want to add a room to their current home. Options include sunroom companies that provide the materials and labor as well as general contractors who can build a custom sunroom that matches your home.

New Construction Homes

For those in the market for a new home, the most cost-effective solution is a new construction home with sunroom. The cost to add a sunroom option to a new home is generally less expensive than adding a sunroom to an existing home.

Most home builders have floorplans that include structural options such as sunrooms or four season rooms. Adding structural options before a home is built allows homebuyers to include finish colors, floor coverings and fixtures that match the rest of the home. There are material and labor cost savings in having all the work done at the same time as well as not having to get a separate building permit to add the sunroom later.

Brooks floorplan with optional sunroom by McKee Homes

The Brooks floorplan with optional sunroom by McKee Homes

McKee Homes Floorplans with Sunroom Option

McKee Homes offers six floorplans with sunroom options as well as additional floorplans with sitting room options off the master bedroom.

Beaufort | 4 bed / 3.5 bath | 2,965 base sq. ft. | Sunroom adds approx. 300 sq. ft.

Biltmore II | 3 bed / 2.5 bath | 2,437 base sq. ft. | Sunroom adds approx. 192 sq. ft.

Brooks | 4 bed / 3 bath | 2,948 base sq. ft. | Sunroom adds approx. 209 sq. ft.

Clark | 4 bed / 3.5 bath | 3,356 base sq. ft. | Sunroom adds approx. 185 sq. ft.

Palazzo | 2 bed / 2 bath | 1,716 base sq. ft. | 132 sq. ft. four seasons room included

Winston | 4 bed / 2.5 bath | 2,225 base sq. ft. | Sunroom adds approx. 122 sq. ft.

More Information

For more information about buying a new construction home with sunroom, McKee Homes floorplans with sunroom options, four seasons rooms or sitting room options, please fill out the form below or give us a call at 910-672-7296.

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Behind-The-Scenes: Designing Your New Home

Meet Elias & Taryn, soon-to-be newlyweds and owners of a brand-new beautiful Brooks European floor plan in our Hanover Reserve Community (Wilmington, NC)! We are following their home buying and building experience from start to finish to give you a real glimpse into designing your new home.

The first part of the home buying process (and the most fun!) after signing a contract: selecting the personal touches that will make your house a home!

When you choose to build a new home with McKee Homes, you get the exciting and unique opportunity to work with our talented Design Consultants to make your dream home come to life. We have two fully-stocked Design Studios conveniently-located in Fayetteville and Leland, NC, housing a variety of selections available to touch, see and experience, including:

  • Carpet samples
  • Exterior finishes, like stone and siding
  • Lighting and plumbing fixtures
  • Kitchen cabinet options
  • Flooring, including kitchen and bath tile, as well as living area hardwood laminate
  • Countertops and backsplash
  • And much more!


So, what’s the custom design process like for Elias and Taryn (and you, too)?

EXTERIOR SELECTIONS

Once you put a contract on a home, your New Home Sales Consultant will review exterior design features with you, including home, shutter and front door colors, siding (vinyl siding or cement-board siding–per neighborhood), trim, windows, and stone.

Distinctive to the European elevation that Elias and Taryn chose, the castle-like façade of this particular home features a blend of architectural elements including stone for added texture, romantic arches, charming window shutters and graceful, yet grand front porch columns that give, all of which they were able to personalize themselves.

Pictured: Brooks European Floor Plan. Optional feature: Third-car garage.

INTERIOR SELECTIONS

Once the exterior characteristics of the home are chosen, home buyers will attend a showing at one of our Design Studios. A Design Consultant will offer you drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and light appetizers and give you an in-depth tour of the entire design studio, educating you on the available design selections that come both standard and as upgrades for your specific floor plan. Then, the Design Consultant will guide you through selecting your home customization’s, including but not limited to:

  • Interior paint color
  • Maple cabinets: with a variety of colors and styles to personalize your bathrooms and kitchen
  • Countertops: a selection of granite and quartz colors, standard kitchen sinks (50/50 or 60/40 stainless steel sinks) or sink options to include single basin, apron front stainless steel or white farm house.
  • Cabinet hardware: included in our Autograph series, or an option that can be added to the Heritage Series
  • Kitchen backsplash: a variety of colors and styles that are continually updated to follow current trends
  • Cultured marble: for bathroom countertops
  • Flooring: a variety of laminate, carpet, vinyl, tile or upgraded engineered hardwood (depends on neighborhood included features)
  • Carpet pad: additional options or included carpet pad
  • Lighting: included neighborhood lighting or other options to fit your style
  • Plumbing fixtures: kitchen and baths in a variety of finishes/styles
  • Appliances: Whirlpool packages, or individual Whirlpool or Kitchen Aid Pro appliances

“They were a very fun couple and their Selections were right on trend!” said Lara Jimerson, Senior Design Consultant, of the couple. “Like a white kitchen with quartz and gray marble back splash and gray cabinets in the bathrooms with a tiled master bath.”

“Our experience was amazing. Lara was so helpful in both accommodating our decisions and giving us just the right amount of input to make this our dream home,” said Elias and Taryn. “This is our first home we have ever purchased and the Design Studio was one of the best parts. Lara was so welcoming and willing to help. She even stayed later since we were a little indecisive in making our decisions! She was so patient with us and we highly recommend her and McKee Homes to all future homeowners.”

It’s our experienced Design Consultants job to make the selections appointment both fun and stress-free! If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the process, be sure to check out our 10 Tips for New Home Selections.


Click images below to get a sneak peak into both of our Design Studios before you come: 

Designing Your New Home

Design Studio Fayetteville, NC

 

Designing Your New Home

Design Studio Leland, NC

To continue to follow Elias and Taryn’s home build, be sure to tune into our Facebook and Instagram pages for regular updates!

If you’re interested in learning more about designing your dream home or the home buying process in general, feel free to fill out the form below or call one of our New Home Specialists at 910-672-7296.

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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.

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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.

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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.