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How To Safely Clean Tile Showers

There are few things that make a bathroom feel more luxurious than a clean tiled shower. However, cleaning a tile shower can be a daunting task. Below are some tips on how to safely clean tile showers that will help make this task a little easier.

Supplies

Before beginning the cleaning process, make sure you have all of the supplies you need on hand.

Perhaps the most important item is an appropriate tile cleaner. However, not all tiles are created equally, and care must be used when choosing a cleaner. Ceramic and glass tiles are non-porous and able to withstand harsher cleaning materials. Glass cleaner works well on glass and ceramic tiles, as do most commercial cleaners and vinegar-based cleaners. Natural stone tiles must be treated with more caution as they can absorb chemicals and acidic cleaners. If you have tile made from a natural stone (such as granite, slate, or marble, etc.), it is essential that you use a non-acidic cleaner and a non-abrasive cloth (such as a hand towel or microfiber cloth) in order to safely clean tile showers. Use of acidic cleaners and rough cloth can result in wear, damage, and discoloration to natural stone.  Ammonia should also be avoided, as it can dull the stone’s finish.

The tile grout may require special attention and additional cleaning supplies. A melamine foam eraser can work well to remove stains from grout. Before beginning, test the eraser on a small and unnoticeable area of the shower to ensure the tile is colorfast.

Other tools necessary include a squeegee or hand towel, which will help remove excess moisture.

Pre-Clean

While the shower is dry, wipe down the shower walls and floor to remove any solids such as dust, dirt, or hair. Scrape or remove any other deposits, such as areas of thick soap scum or mildew. Before cleaning, make sure the chosen tile cleaner is approved for the type of tile you are cleaning (natural stone, ceramic, glass, etc).

Once the shower is free from solid debris, spray down small sections at a time with your tile cleaner of choice.  Allow your shower cleaner to set and take effect. Then, using an appropriate cloth or brush, rub the section until the entire area is clean. Remember to rinse and squeeze the cloth or brush, as a very saturated cloth will not clean effectively. Once a section of tile is clean, use a melamine foam cleaner or brush to take on areas in the grout with persistent stains or mildew. Some areas of mildew may be difficult to remove or may leave stains, and this can require extra attention with a mildew cleaner that is appropriate for your type of tile. Then rinse the walls of the shower free of tile cleaner using the shower head, cup, or spray bottle filled with water. Repeat around the shower walls.

Removing moisture from the shower once it is clean is an important step in the process. Use a squeegee to wipe down the shower after it’s been rinsed, paying careful attention to the corners where excess moisture may collect. For extra assurance, dry the walls of the shower with a towel.

If the floor of the shower is tiled, repeat these steps using precautions to avoid slipping on the wet tile floor.

Maintenance

Of course, it is easier to maintain a clean shower than it is to clean up a shower full of mildew and soap scum. To maintain a clean shower, use the squeegee on the tile after showering to remove the bulk of the moisture from the walls and corners. If you don’t like the idea of a squeegee, try wiping the shower after each use, or after every other use. This will help prevent mildew and mold from growing. Then, spray an after-shower spray that is appropriate for use on the tile. After shower sprays break down soap and shampoo residue, which makes “soap scum” easier to clean.

Skipping bar soap can also make a clean tile shower easier to maintain. The materials used in bar soap mean that is more likely to create soap scum in a tile shower. Liquid soap is less likely to leave a film or residue when used and can be rinsed more easily with just water.

Finally, treat mildew and mold immediately−don’t wait! Mold and mildew will continue to spread and can stain surfaces and grout if not promptly treated.

Resources

How to safely clean tile showers
A Guide to the Care & Cleaning of Natural Stone

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McKee Homes Announces Final Opportunities in Desirable Neighborhoods

McKee Homes announces final opportunities in desirable neighborhoods in Fayetteville, Moore County and Wilmington, NC. With just a few homes left in some of our favorite neighborhoods, homebuyers have an opportunity to buy the last home or choose from the last few homes and available lots in popular areas before the neighborhoods are sold out.

Quick move-in homes−homes that are under construction or already completed−make it possible to get your family moved into a new home before the next school year starts. Another advantage of buying one of the last homes in a neighborhood is the majority of the construction in the neighborhood is completed so there is less disruption and noise from additional homes and roads being built.

In addition to the competitive pricing of our final-opportunity homes in many desirable neighborhoods, some of the homes qualify for our Spring Season Savings incentive with up to $7,500 to use as you choose on the purchase of the home. Look for the orange banner on the property listings to see which homes qualify.

Fayetteville/Hope Mills

Braxton Village
308 Rossendale Dr, Hope Mills, NC 28348
From the low $200’s | 1,800-3,600 sq. ft.

3 quick move-in homes and 2 presale lots available.
Nestled in a quiet community of Hope Mills, Braxton Village offers a great place to live, work and play. This community offers a community pool with pool house, playground and trails. Conveniently located near I-95, Crown Coliseum and a short distance to Ft Bragg.

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

1 quick move-in home available with last 2 opportunities about to start.
The Cottages at North Ramsey is a unique new home community offering beautiful cottage-style single-family homes and townhomes. And, you can finally welcome your weekends back as exterior home and lawn maintenance is taken care of by the HOA.

Liberty Hill
Liberty Ln, Fayetteville, NC 28311
From the mid $200’s | 2,225-3,950 sq. ft.

1 quick move-in under construction with 2 presale lots available.
Liberty Hill is an established neighborhood nestled in the plush and established Kings Grant subdivision! Located just north of Fayetteville near the I-295 connector, 15 minutes from Ft Bragg, and 5 minutes from Methodist University, Liberty Hill is a family-friendly neighborhood with pool and pool house.

River Glen
Vandenberg Dr, Fayetteville, NC 28312
From the low $200’s | 1,791-3,572 sq. ft.

1 quick move-in home available.
Nestled in a country setting, River Glen is just minutes away from downtown Fayetteville, Fort Bragg Army Base/Pope Army Airfield, I-95, NC 295 and Business 95.

Village at Rockfish
1831 Harrington Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28306
From the low $200’s | 1,800-3,960 sq. ft.

1 quick move-in home available.
The Village at Rockfish is located near I-95 and Hwy 87. Only 10 minutes from downtown Fayetteville and 20 minutes from Fort Bragg. The development borders Rockfish Creek.

Moore County

Foxcroft
Foxcroft Road at Michael Rd, Carthage, NC 28327
From the high $200s | 2,200-3,700 sq. ft.

2 quick move-in homes under construction.
Foxcroft, located in Whispering Pines, is just minutes from Southern Pines and incredible shopping and dining in the Village of Pinehurst. Foxcroft features our European elevation floor plans with beautiful, large home sites backing up to wooded areas. It is also in the much sought-after Farm Life School District.

Meadows at Farmlife
Farmhouse Lane, Carthage, NC 28327
From the high $200’s | 2,225-3,972 sq. ft.

1 quick move-in home available (w/3-car garage), 1 more under construction.
Meadows at Farm Life is a beautiful new home community close to the Village of Whispering Pines and the Town of Carthage, NC, the county seat for Moore County. It’s less than two miles from the highly acclaimed Sandhills Farm Life Elementary School.

Wilmington

Clay Crossing
404 Middle Grove Ln at Darden Rd, Wilmington, NC 28411
From the low $300’s | 1,900-3,600 sq. ft.

3 quick move-in homes under construction.
One of our newest Wilmington NC new home communities! Clay Crossing is a quaint twenty-one lot community perfectly situated off Darden Road between Middle Sound Loop Road and Wendover Lane in Wilmington.

Winds Harbor
Gregory Thorpe Lane at Middle Sound Loop Road, Wilmington, NC 28411
From the high $300’s

2 quick move-in homes available.
Winds Harbor is just around the corner from Middle Sound Marina giving it one of the best locations of all our Wilmington NC new home communities.

More Info

For more information about final opportunities in desirable neighborhoods and our current buyer incentives, Contact Us at 910-672-7296 for Fayetteville or Moore County neighborhoods and 910-208-9305 for Wilmington neighborhoods.

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Fayetteville NC New Homes & Communities

Fayetteville NC new homes are what McKee Homes is best known for. Founded in Fayetteville in 2010, McKee Homes continues to build beautiful new home communities in and around the Fayetteville and Fort Bragg areas of Eastern North Carolina. McKee Homes is also involved in many community involvement projects in the Fayetteville and Fort Bragg areas.

Our Fayetteville area new home communities are located in Fayetteville, Hope Mills, Lillington, Raeford and Spring Lake. Our main office is located on Hay Street in downtown Fayetteville.

Anderson Creek Club

125 Whispering Pines Dr, Spring Lake, NC 28390
From the mid $200’s | 1,500-4,000 sq. ft.

Our Anderson Creek Club communities include The Cottages at Carriage Glen, offering our high-end cottages, and The Academy. Anderson Creek Club has all the amenities of a golf resort, including a gated entrance with security, and is close to Ft. Bragg.

Both communities in Anderson Creek Club have access to several parks, a swim center, a cross fit themed exercise center, and a social area for those seeking a place of sanctuary. Home sites have been designed to make nature a part of daily life with craftsman style homes.

Bedford

378 Stonebriar Ave, Raeford, NC 28376
From the low $200’s | 2,018-3,710 sq. ft.

Bedford is a beautiful new home community just a short commute to Fort Bragg and Fayetteville located off Raeford Road (Highway 401 South) with direct access to downtown Fayetteville, shopping, dining and entertainment. Amenities for Bedford include gated entrance, pool, clubhouse and fitness center.

Braxton Village

308 Rossendale Dr, Hope Mills, NC 28348
From the low $200’s | 1,800-3,600 sq. ft.

Nestled in a quiet community of Hope Mills, Braxton Village offers a great place to live, work and play. This community offers a community pool with pool house, playground and trails. Conveniently located near I-95, Crown Coliseum and a short distance to Ft Bragg. Come see why people are quick to call this area home!

Cottages at North Ramsey

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

Only a few opportunities left!

The Cottages at North Ramsey was voted best-looking neighborhood in the Fayetteville area in 2015. It is a unique new home community offering beautiful, single-story cottage-style townhomes featuring some of the best Fayetteville NC new homes. These new homes have been meticulously planned to enable you to embrace life—from low-maintenance materials used in construction to the open floor plans with two-car garages. Additionally, you can finally welcome your weekends back as exterior home and lawn maintenance is taken care of by the HOA.

The Cottages at North Ramsey is less than one-mile North of the I-295 bypass on Ramsey Street, just minutes from Fort Bragg near shopping centers, restaurants, and the new Cape Fear Valley Health Pavilion North.

Fairfield North

W Summerchase Dr, Fayetteville, NC 28311
New Phase Coming Soon!

Fairfield North is a new phase of the established quiet Fayetteville community of Fairfield Farms. It is located at W Summerchase Dr and North Ramsey St close to Long Hill Elementary school. The close proximity to 295 and Andrews Rd provides easy access to shopping, freeways and Fort Bragg. Fairfield North is in the Pine Forest School District.

Liberty Hill

Liberty Ln, Fayetteville, NC 28311
From the mid $200’s | 2,225-3,950 sq. ft.

Final Opportunities!

Liberty Hill is an established neighborhood nestled in the plush and established Kings Grant subdivision! Located just north of Fayetteville near the I-295 connector, 15 minutes from Ft Bragg, and 5 minutes from Methodist University, Liberty Hill is a family friendly neighborhood with convenience to eateries and shopping!

Oakmont

508 Executive Dr, Lillington, NC 27546
From the low $200’s | 1,650-3,950 sq. ft.

Final Opportunities in current phase!

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

River Glen

Vandenberg Dr, Fayetteville, NC 28312
From the low $200’s | 1,791-3,572 sq. ft.

Final Opportunities!

Nestled in a country setting, River Glen is just minutes away from downtown Fayetteville, Fort Bragg Army Base/Pope Army Airfield, I-95, NC 295 and Business 95. Relocate to River Glen for quiet family-friendly living featuring our most popular floor plans. A short drive to fine dining in downtown Fayetteville, Ft. Bragg and shopping at Cross Creek Mall.

Village at Rockfish

1831 Harrington Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28306
From the low $200’s | 1,800-3,960 sq. ft.

The Village at Rockfish is located near I-95 and Hwy 87. Only 10 minutes from downtown Fayetteville and 20 minutes from Fort Bragg. The development borders Rockfish Creek, where canoes can be seen paddling along. With direct access to Interstate 95, it’s only a short drive to Raleigh or the coast.

Village at Rockfish has a pool and pool house available to residents of the neighborhood.

More Info

For more information about any of our McKee Homes Fayetteville/Fort Bragg NC new home communities and Fayetteville NC new homes, please contact one of our friendly online sales consultants at 910-672-7296.

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2019 Top Home Design Trends

For those wanting to keep up with 2019 top home design trends, McKee Homes has published a list of our eight most popular design studio selections and upgrades. These popular choices, recently made by homebuyers at our design studios, will also be of interest to anyone thinking of remodeling, upgrading or revamping their interior décor this year.

Painted cabinets

top home design trends - painted cabinetsHomebuyers are choosing painted cabinets over stained cabinets to make their kitchens look modern and unique. Light and neutral colors such as white and gray are popular but bold colors such as navy blue are becoming popular as well. These bold colors give kitchens a dramatic high-end luxurious look.

4×16 & Subway Backsplash Tiles

top home design trends - subway tilesCommon 3”x6” Subway tiles have been popular for years but we’re seeing larger Subway tiles and 4”x16” ceramic and glass tile backsplashes gaining ground in the last couple years. When combined with quartz countertops, the larger tiles give kitchens a clean look that’s also low maintenance.

Tile Herringbone Patterns

top home design trends -tile herringbone patternHerringbone pattern in tile is one of those trends that comes back around every so often. While popular over 50 years ago, it wasn’t seen much in new construction for many decades. In the last few years herringbone patters have come back in favor and add a unique modern look to tile on backsplashes and floors.

Quartz Countertops

top home design trends -quartz countertopsQuartz countertops continue to gain in popularity compared to granite. Like granite, quartz countertops are resistant to stains, moisture and bacteria but are lower maintenance because they are less porous and don’t need to be sealed. Quartz also comes in a wider variety of colors than granite and the colors are more uniform.

LED Lighting

top home design trends -LED lightingLED lighting is one of the latest trends for a number of reasons including lower cost, better energy efficiency and increased durability. LED undercounter lighting is very popular now because the lighting range is more controllable, it produces less heat and can last for thousands of hours. LED Smart light bulbs cost more than other LED bulbs but can be set up in zones so lighting in different areas of the home can be controlled by a mobile device such as a phone or tablet or a voice-activated system.

12×24 Tile in Wet Areas

top home design trends -12" x 24" floor tilesOne of the easiest ways to showcase a bathroom is to add 12” x 24” tile flooring. This has become very popular lately as it adds a high-end modern look to any room. Another positive aspect of larger tiles is fewer grout joints to clean.

Frameless Shower Doors

top home design trends -frameless shower doorsAnother popular trend in bathrooms is frameless shower doors. The absence of hard lines and frames adds an elegant open, seamless and contemporary style to any bathroom. Frameless shower doors also make a bathroom look larger than it really is, are easier to clean and are more durable with thicker glass.

Warm Gray Interior Walls

top home design trends - warm gray wall colorsWarm gray paint colors are currently the most popular. They are soft, stylish and neutral and work with almost any type of flooring and furniture. Warm tones are inviting with beige, brown and taupe undertones as opposed to cool grays which have more blue undertones.

Conclusion

Home design trends can be difficult to keep up with. Hopefully this article showcasing the 2019 top home design trends from the McKee Homes Design Studios will help homebuyers and homeowners looking for the latest design trends for their homes. For more info, contact us at 910-692-7296 or visit our McKee Homes Design Studio webpage.

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New Construction Buyer Incentives

McKee Homes new construction homebuyer incentives have saved our homebuyers thousands of dollars on the purchase of new homes over the years. And since the word is out, and savvy home shoppers are asking about our current buyer incentives, we have a web page dedicated to McKee Homes buyer incentives.

This makes it easy for home shoppers to easily check on our current buyer incentives and find out when each incentive program starts, and how long it lasts, so they don’t miss out on incredible savings on a new home.

Every incentive is unique as far as total amount allowed, what it can be applied toward and when it expires. However, McKee Homes new construction homebuyer incentives are not frivolous giveaways or vacations. They are meant to help home buyers save money on the home of their dreams and usually include thousands of dollars to use-as-you-choose when purchasing one of our quick move-in homes.

Previous use-as-you-choose incentives included some, or all, of the items listed below:

  • Price Reduction
  • Closing Costs
  • Appliance Package
  • Design Studio Upgrade Discount
  • Screened Porch
  • Fence Allowance
  • HOA Dues

There are a few conditions to most incentives, such as money applied toward closing costs, which requires using one of our preferred lenders. Our preferred lenders help our home buyers get great rates and insure that the loan process moves forward without delays.

Most buyer incentives apply only to quick move-in homes and contracts must be signed before the incentive expires, usually at the end of the quarter.

If you are considering buying a new home, give us a call at 910-672-7296 to make an appointment to visit one of our new home neighborhoods to see how much you can save.

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

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Moore County NC New Homes & Communities

McKee Homes has been building new single-family homes in Moore County, NC for almost a decade. Our Moore County NC new homes and communities are located in Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen, Whispering Pines, Carthage and Cameron. View Moore County communities map

Foxcroft
Foxcroft Road at Michael Rd, Carthage, NC 28327
From the high $200s | 2,200-3,700 sq. ft.

Foxcroft, located in Whispering Pines, is just minutes from Southern Pines and incredible shopping and dining in the Village of Pinehurst. Foxcroft features our European elevation floor plans with beautiful, large home sites backing up to wooded areas. It is also in the much sought-after Farm Life School District. Visit soon as there are only a few opportunities left in this desirable neighborhood!

Legacy Lakes
155 Legacy Lakes Way, Aberdeen, NC 28315
From the mid $200’s | 1,300-3,600 sq. ft.

Just minutes from Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Fort Bragg, Legacy Lakes is home to over 400 acres of beautiful pine trees, rolling fairways, natural lakes and country club amenities. Just minutes from the Village of Pinehurst, and Pinehurst #2 known as one of the best golf courses in the country.

In addition to the main Legacy Lakes neighborhood, there is a special area called the Preserve at Legacy Lakes which offers single-story cottages with optional second floor guest suites. These homes have wide interior doorways and minimal steps from the outside making them perfect for indoor and outdoor entertaining.

Meadows at Farmlife
Farmhouse Lane, Carthage, NC 28327
From the high $200’s | 2,225-3,972 sq. ft.

Meadows at Farm Life is a beautiful new home community close to the Village of Whispering Pines and the Town of Carthage, NC, the county seat for Moore County. It’s less than two miles from the highly acclaimed Sandhills Farm Life Elementary School. The surrounding area is the best of both worlds with grassy meadows and quiet neighborhoods yet only minutes away from shopping, grocery stores, libraries, medical facilities, golf courses, banks, and the central post office. Visit soon as there are only a few opportunities left in this desirable neighborhood!

Mid South Club
104 Plantation Dr, Southern Pines, NC 28387
From the low $300’s | 2,225-3,836 sq. ft.

The private, gated community of Mid South Club in Southern Pines, NC, near Pinehurst, is an upscale community that addresses the wants and needs of those looking for all the amenities of country club living. There is a newly remodeled clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, driving range, and golf course. Each home features a designer kitchen with tiered cabinets and crown molding, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. Mid South Club is one of the best golf community real estate opportunities in the area.

The combination of beautiful new home construction and homesites with incredible views of the golf course and lakes makes these Moore County NC new homes some of the best real estate opportunities in the area.

Sandy Springs
195 Sandy Springs Rd, Aberdeen, NC 28315
From the mid $200’s | 1900-3350 sq. ft.

Sandy Springs is located approximately 10 miles from Pinehurst, close to Downtown Aberdeen and the Town of Southern Pines with all the area has to offer. Just minutes from The Academy of Moore School, Aberdeen Primary, Aberdeen Elementary and Southern Middle School. Sandy Springs is a family friendly community featuring a children’s park in the neighborhood and close to shopping, grocery stores, libraries, medical facilities, golf courses, banks, and the central post office.

Sinclair
Turriff Way, Cameron, NC 28326
From the low $200’s | 2,018-3,650 sq. ft.

Sinclair has over 200 acres of beautiful countryside. Most homes will have a view of permanent green space, making this community a must see for relaxing family living. Just 15 minutes from Fort Bragg at the Manchester Gate on McPherson Road east of Woodlake. It’s also a short drive to quaint shops, restaurants, and world class golfing at Pinehurst and Southern Pines. Moore Memorial Hospital is only minutes away.

Villas at Forest Hills
Winged Foot Rd, Pinehurst, NC 28374
From the high $200’s | 1,950-2,900 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 NC, 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 and Ft. Bragg is just a short commute away. The HOA takes care of lawn and exterior maintenance so you can relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

More Info

For more information about our Moore County NC new homes and communities, give us a call at 910-672-7296. We offer new homes in Moore County starting in the low $200’s with personalization options and upgrades for all buyers. We also offer townhomes in Pinehurst as well as new single-family  homes in golf communities like Mid South Club in Southern Pines and Legacy Lakes in Aberdeen with all the amenities of country club living.

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Benefits of a Shower with Separate Bathtub

The master bath is a major selling point for a home. After all, the master bath is a room that is likely to be used every day. It’s used in the morning to get ready for work, to clean up after a trip to the gym, to have relaxing soak after a hard day, and so much more. Because this room is used so often, new home buyers want to make sure the master bath suits their unique lifestyle and needs.

New home owners have varying preferences when it comes to priorities for master bath suites. Some like an invigorating shower complete with multiple shower heads, a bench, and room to move. Others want a large tub which can be filled with hot water and bubbles and allow for reclining to soak away stress.

In some master suites, showers and tubs are combined into one unit. In these units, one takes a shower while standing in the bath tub. This is quite functional, but certainly doesn’t convey a feeling of luxury. McKee Homes offers luxurious master bath suites that include a shower with a separate bathtub, or simply just a shower. So what is the right choice?

Benefits of a Single Shower

Having a separate tub and shower in the master bath of a new home might not suit some lifestyles. Not everyone wants or needs a bathtub in the master suite. To suit these lifestyles McKee Homes offers floorplans that do not include a tub in the master suite, which allows for more space and eliminates the need to clean a tub.

Master Bath Suite

Master bath suite, with bathtub and shower with bench seating. Floor Plan Pictured: Clark European.

New home buyers with limited mobility may prefer a step-in shower, which is easier to access. A tub has high sides which will require a user to lift and bend the knee, but a step-in shower has a low lip that requires only a small amount of movement. Additionally, some McKee floor plans allow new home buyers to upgrade the shower to include bench seating – an upgrade that is not possible in a shower tub combo.

McKee Homes floorplans which offer a master bath suite with no tub that also include a linen closet and an enclosed toilet area.

Benefits of a Separate Bathtub

With a shower having so many attractive qualities it’s easy to forget about the tub. However, a tub is perfect for new home buyers who enjoying a relaxing soak, and is great for large or growing

Bath Tub with Picture window

Bath Tub with Picture window, allowing for ample natural light.

families. Little ones can enjoy playing in a larger than average tub, and fur babies can also enjoy a bath.

Additionally, when a tub and shower are combined, a shower curtain or glass door must be installed. Shower curtains collect moisture and can mildew, making it more difficult to keep a tub clean. If the shower is separate, this is not an issue.

When you slide into the tub after a hard day’s work, you’ll know the tub is as clean as possible. Many McKee Homes floor plans also include a picture window above the tub, which allows for ample natural light during the day and star gazing from the comfort of your bath in the evening.

McKee Homes floorplans offer a separate bath and shower in the master suite, along with an enclosed toilet area, include:

For more information about McKee Homes floorplans and master bath options and upgrades, please view our downloadable floorplan PDF files or give us a call at 910-672-7296.

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2019 Mortgage Interest Rates Decrease

2019 mortgage interest rates decrease to their lowest point in nine months. Both 15- and 30-year mortgage loan rates are down, which could increase activity in the U.S. housing market.

Mortgage Rate News

According to mortgage-finance company Freddie Mac, “The combination of improving affordability and more inventory than the last few spring selling seasons should lead to improved home sales demand.” The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage has fallen to 4.28% as of March 21, 2019. This is down from 4.41% on March 7 and significantly lower than the 4.94% seen in November 2018.

Mortgage applications have gone up slightly, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey. “Lower mortgage rates and cooling home-price growth in early 2019 have been positive developments for home buyers who delayed their search because of cost constraints,” said Bob Broeksmit, MBA president and CEO.

The mortgage interest rates decrease over the last few months may help homebuyers who were on the fence decide to move ahead with securing a mortgage on a new home.

Federal Reserve officials updated their economic projections, trimming the number of increases they foresee in 2019 from two to zero. Meaning there should be no more rate hikes in 2019.

“The reason we’re on hold is that we think our policy is in a good place, and the economy’s in a good place, and we’re watching carefully,” said Fed Chairman Jerome Powell. “It’s a great time for us to be patient and watch and wait and see how things evolve.”

Danielle Hale, chief economist at Realtor.com, said “Mortgage rates changed very little over the last week and remain below where they were one year ago.”

Mortgage applications increased 5.3% over the last week, the refinance index rose 5% from the previous week and the purchase index grew 6%.

All these indicators, especially the recent mortgage interest rates decrease, mean that homebuyers who are looking to lock in a low mortgage rate can move forward with confidence as we move into the peak home-buying season of 2019.

McKee Homes

McKee Homes is doing our part to help homebuyers save money on a new home by offering buyer incentives that include up to $7,500 to use as you choose on the purchase of select homes. We also cover up to $5,000 in closing costs in select neighborhoods when using one of our preferred lenders.

“We’ve seen a continued momentum in our sales as buyers are taking advantage of lower rates and different lender financing programs. We have quick move-in homes available which has helped our buyers who feel an urgency. We have also experienced company record breaking sales in January and February. It’s great to go in to the Spring season with such enthusiasm and excitement for our homebuyers.” says McKee Homes Director of Sales and Marketing, Patty Sloan.

Now is a great time to take advantage of lower interest rates, incredible buyer incentives and low or no closing costs on a new home. To see a list of our preferred lenders and get pre-qualified for a home mortgage, visit our New Home Financing web page or give us a call at 910-672-7296.

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3D Interactive Video Tours

McKee Homes has 3D interactive video tours for home shoppers that want to virtually walk through our floorplans without leaving the comfort of their current home or office.

This is especially useful for homebuyers that want to buy a presale home, which is a home that hasn’t been built yet. This allows the homebuyer to choose structural options and make many other materials and color choices for their new home.

If we don’t have a finished home built with the chosen floor plan, our 3D interactive video tours allow homebuyers to virtually walk through a similar home built using the same floor plan. It’s a great way to get a better idea of the details, rooms and flow of the home.

How It Works

Our 3D interactive tours allow you to move through the home, turn side-to-side, look up and down and even instantly jump to another level using your mouse or finger. You can click on “dollhouse” view to see the entire home in 3D. You can also spin it around to look at it from different angles and zoom in to any room in the house.

In addition to viewing the 3D interactive video tours on your computer or mobile device, you can also watch them using either Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR headsets with your mobile phone for a fully immersive experience.

Available 3D Videos

We’ve just added some new floor plans to our Coastal, Craftsman and Townhome Collections and have posted new 3D interactive video tours on our website to showcase these beautiful new designs.

The latest 3D interactive video tours include:

Coastal Collection: The Daniels, The Finley, The Nelson, The Sullivan and The Winston

Craftsman Collection: The Portico, The Torino and The Verona

Townhome Collection: The Augusta and The Muirfield

Take a stroll through our interactive video web page to view 3D interactive video tours of close to 40 floor plan elevations available.

Floorplan Download and Print Options

You can also download printable floor plan PDF files of any of our floor plans you are interested in by visiting our main Floor Plans page. Once you click into a floor plan group, you can select an elevation to get specific info for that floor plan elevation. There’s a Download Floor Plan button just below the Available Options information.

More Info

If you have questions about any of our floor plans, or where you can view a home that is built or under construction in one of our new home neighborhoods, give us a call at 910-672-7296 and one of our friendly online sales consultants will be happy to help you.

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New Construction In Raleigh NC

McKee Homes has been a Raleigh NC home builder since 2013. We were established in Fayetteville in 2010, but began new construction in Raleigh NC six years ago with Summerwind Plantation in Garner, just south of Raleigh. Since then, we have opened new home communities in Raleigh, Clayton, Knightdale, Wake Forest and Fuquay-Varina.

Copper Pond
2265 Copper Pond Way, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
From the mid $300s | 2225-3637 sq. ft.

Copper Pond is a beautiful new home community offering large-lot homesites in a quiet country setting just minutes from downtown Fuquay Varina. We have several floor plans on crawl spaces to choose from, some with Owners Suites on the first floor. Enjoy the town’s attractions, such as the Annual Balloon Festival, Fourth of July Fireworks Show, great restaurants and shops.

Evergreen at Flowers Plantation
100 Bramble 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.

Falls Creek
Falls Creek Drive, Youngsville, NC 27596
From the low $300s | 2,225-3,972 sq. ft.

Falls Creek is a beautiful new home community in Franklin County just over the Wake County line in the quaint town of Youngsville, NC near Wake Forest. Falls Creek offers a quiet friendly environment, highly rated schools and easy access to Wake Forest and Raleigh. There are 57 large lots ranging in size from 0.58 acres to 1.89 acres.

Townes at Gateway Commons
Gateway Commons Circle. Wake Forest, NC 27587
New Townhomes Coming Soon!

A new 77-unit townhome development in Wake Forest by McKee Homes. The townhomes will be located adjacent to the Gateway Commons shopping center less than 3 miles from downtown Wake Forest. Very close to the highly rated Wake Forest Charter Academy and shopping. Join our VIP list to get early notification about floor plans, lot availability, pricing and incentives!

Heather Glen
1000 Sky Wave Trail, Raleigh, NC 27603
From the low $300’s | 2,225-3,965 sq. ft.

Heather Glen offers a quiet country setting just 12 miles south of downtown Raleigh for the best of both worlds. With large lots and a variety of floor plans to choose from, Heather Glen is an ideal neighborhood located just minutes from Lake Benson in Garner off Jordan Road near Ten Ten Road.

Johns Pointe
4032 Cane Garden Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610
New Phase Coming 2020

Johns 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.

Our last phase in Johns Pointe sold out quickly, but we have a new phase with additional lots coming in 2020. This will be one of our hottest communities for new construction in Raleigh NC. Join our VIP list to get early notification about floor plans, lot availability, pricing and incentives!

Knightdale Station
714 Sunland Drive, Knightdale, NC 27545
From the low $300s | 2,225-3,600 sq. ft.

Knightdale Station is a large master-planned community in Knightdale, NC. At the center of the community is Knightdale Station Park, a 76-acre park in eastern Wake County. It includes two miles of paved trails, picnic shelters, the Ashley Wilder Dog Park, athletic fields, restrooms and a large playground. The farm and train-themed playground serves as a reminder of Knightdale’s agricultural and railroad centered past. With a private school and YMCA right next to the community Knightdale Station is an ideal family-friendly neighborhood.

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

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

More Info

Give us a call at 919-344-0906 or visit us online to schedule an appointment to see beautiful new homes at our Raleigh NC new home communities. McKee Homes is continuing to expand our new construction in Raleigh NC and will be opening additional new single-family and townhome communities in the future.