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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.

Sandy Springs
128 Sandy Spring Road, Aberdeen, NC 28315
From the mid $200’s | 2,000-3,700 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 County 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.

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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16 Ways to Lower Your Energy Bill

Do you know that you can lower your energy bill by as much as 25% with only minimal tweaks to your everyday use? With the heat pumping on overdrive, the winter months can make the cost of your utilities skyrocket. That’s why we’re giving you our top 16 tips to lower your energy bill, from lighting, water, heating and cooling, and everything in between.

Heating and cooling

Home heating and cooling are 10 of the biggest culprits behind hefty utility bills — and the best places to look for cost-cutting opportunities.

  1. Watch your thermostat. When you’re asleep or away from home, set your thermostat back 10 degrees. You can cut your annual heat and cooling costs by an estimated 10% by doing this for just eight hours. You may also want to think about upgrading from a conventional to an energy-efficient smart thermostat, which can save you up to 12% on heating and 15% on cooling. They can also adapt to your temperature preferences and adjust your settings depending on when you’re home and when you’re away.
  2. Check seals on windows, doors and appliances: Make sure your fridge and freezer are well sealed to keep the cold air where it belongs. Same goes for your doors and windows. A bad seal allows energy to seep out, draining your wallet in the process. Also consider installing Low-E windows (one of McKee Homes staple energy-saving home features). Low-E windows help save energy by reflecting harmful UV rays from the outside of the home and reflecting radiant heat back into the room. This keeps the home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
  3. Repair leaky heating ventilation and air conditioning ducts: If the ducts are poorly sealed or insulated, they are likely hiking up your energy bill significantly. Ducts that leak heated air into unheated spaces are known to increase your heating and cooling bill by hundreds of dollars over the course of a year.

    What’s the purpose of the ducts? As one of the most important systems in your home, they carry the air from your home’s furnace or heat pump and central air conditioner to rooms throughout your house.Insulate or seal ducts, a very cost-effective process, in order to increase your system’s efficiency.

  4. Give your thermostat a nudge: Set your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees when you’re asleep or away from home. Doing so for eight hours can lower your annual heating and cooling costs by around 10%. A programmable thermostat will do the work for you.
  5. Adjust your fridge and freezer temperature: To make your refrigerator and freezer work less hard to maintain the internal temperature, set your fridge temp to 38 degrees and your freezer to 5 degrees. And don’t worry, your food will still stay fresh at these temperatures.

Water

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, hot water use comes in second on the list of highest utility expense. Try cutting back your hot water usage in the following ways:

  1. Stick to warm or cold water when doing laundry
  2. Cut 2 minutes of your shower: Just this little amount can trim your water usage by 10 gallons a month.
  3. Install an efficient shower head: The Environmental Protection Agency says to look for one with the WaterSense label, which can reduce your water usage by close to 3,000 gallons a year.
  4. Be mindful of leaky faucets: Although the drip is slow, it adds up.
  5. Use energyefficient appliances: Buy energy efficient versions of the appliances you use most often: refrigerator, washer, dishwasher and water heater, for long-term savings. A normal dishwater uses 10+ gallons of water during one cycle compared to the new Energy Star label dishwashers that only allow 6 gallons at most to run.
  6. Adjust temperature of water heater: Lower your water heater temperate to 120 degrees (only 20 degrees lower than normal) to reduce your water heating costs by 10% or more. Remember to turn your water heater to the lowest setting when you’re away from home to max out your savings.

Power and lighting

Allowing lights and electronics to run accounts for an estimated 12% of a household’s energy bill.

  1. Educate yourself analyze your home energy usage graphs provided with your monthly bill. Becoming aware of your energy sucks can help you make alterations going forward.
  2. Get an energy audit. On top of educating yourself, request an audit from your energy company. They’ll come out and conduct a thorough inspection, sometimes for free, to identify ways for you to conserve energy.
  3. Use LED bulbs: Using bulbs with the Energy Star seal can save you upwards of $75 per year.
  4. Replace your power strips with smart power strips: Power strips never truly turn off so they are sucking power continuously! By using a smart power strip, the current is cut off to plugged-in electronics when not in use.
  5. Use light dimmers: Set the mood and save electricity all at the same time! By lowering the brightness of your lights, you conserve usage, creating savings in the long run.

 

With these tips, we hope you can lower your energy bill so you can put those savings to more important things, like experiences with family or outfitting your brand-new McKee home 😉

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The Stress-Free Guide: Hosting Your First Thanksgiving in Your New Home

Thanksgiving every year is a holiday families look forward to. But this year is extra special … you’re hosting your first Thanksgiving in your brand-new home. We know you’ll want to make this year even more memorable than usual without the added stress of doing “more.”

Try our helpful tips for creating a day that’s extraordinary yet easy for you and your family!

 

TIP 1: Plan ahead. Fail to plan, plan to … be stressed!

Get organized early and you’ll fly through the holiday with ease. Start here:

  • Create a menu & grocery list of all ingredients and supplies:
    • Include alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to provide options for those that don’t drink or aren’t of age
    • Look up the grocery store’s current promotions & coupons to save as much as you can
    • Don’t forget non-food items:
      • Festive napkins
      • Appetizer plates
      • Table cloth
      • Tables and chairs
    • Create a guest list and send invites well in advance
      Most families plan ahead for the holidays. Get the word out that you are hosting and encourage people to RSVP as soon as possible. As a nice gesture, create a mail-delivered or specially-designed online invite to show your closest friends and relatives that you would really enjoy their company!
    • Prepare a schedule for the weeks leading up to dinner. Assign roles to different family members to help with the prep.
    • Think about logistics: Where will you set up tables? Where will the guests sit? Where will the food be served – on the dinner table or buffet-style in the kitchen? Will you have a separate help-yourself bar? Are you serving appetizers prior to dinner? Where should you designate the kids-only area? Do you need to acquire more tables and chairs? Will sports or music be playing? If yes to music, create a festive playlist that would appeal to everyone’s tastes.

TIP 2: Decide on your decorations.

Since you’re fresh off a new home build, your dream home is likely to look like just that … a dream. That means you just need to spruce it up with a few seasonal staples, and they don’t even need to be fancy or expensive!

  • Go out in nature to grab holly or berries.
  • Get a couple bouquets of flowers and mix and match them throughout the house (Trader Joes has fabulous floral finds that are budget friendly). The best fall flowers are Snakeroot, Sweet Alyssum, Goldenrod, Helenium (comes in red, orange or yellow), Pansy and Purple Fountain Grass. Mums are also a pretty touch to the front porch.
  • Mini pumpkins and gourds in a variety of colors and sizes to sprinkle on the dinner table, entry way bench, bathroom vanity and living room side tables.
  • Small and large bowls of season fruits for an extra aesthetic “pop”

TIP 3:Prep the high-traffic rooms beforehand.

Begin the day with a clean kitchen, as well as empty dishwasher and trash cans (don’t forget the small bathroom ones). Remove breakable items and fragile furniture so they aren’t ruined by hyper children or red wine sipping guests. Double line your trash cans so when one bag fills up, you can easily move to the next. Make room in your hallway closet for guest’s shoes and coats.

 

TIP 4: Prepare for overnight guests:

For the planned overnight guests and the ones that may have indulged a little too much in your bloody mary bar … follow the below check-list to ensure they have a hotel-like stay:

  • Make guest beds with fresh linens
  • Set out large towels and washcloths on the beds
  • Stock the guest bathrooms with necessities. Grab a few mason jars and fill with q-tips, cotton balls, face wash toothpaste and extra tooth brushes, mouthwash and any other consumable your guest might need during their stay.

TIP 5: Get your stash of cleaning supplies ready to go …

Thanksgiving never goes by without a spill or two! For all-natural home cleaning remedies, be sure to read our previous blog. Here’s a quick guide though:

    • Coffee splatters: White vinegar
    • Red wine spots: White wine (believe it or not)
    • All other major food and drink slips: Tide to Go or baking soda in warm water

TIP 6: Cook in Advance:

Don’t bring on unnecessary stress for yourself by cooking everything on Thanksgiving Day. When creating your menu, make sure to include a timeline for yourself, too. Outline which dishes can be made ahead of time and which ones need to be cooked the day of. For a quick reference, foods that can be pre-made:

  • Casseroles
  • Chopped veggies (slice and bag, but don’t cook)
  • Stuffing, rice or any pasta-based concoctions
  • Salads

Rule of thumb: Almost everything can be pre-made besides the turkey or meat of choice. The rest can be prepped, so it’s ready to be popped in the oven or on the stove top.

TIP 7: Set the table as well as the appetizer and drink area a few days before.

Taking care of smaller tasks, like setting the table, will lessen your load leading up to the “big day.”

A little word to the wise: When planning a seating chart, place yourself closes to the kitchen and seat lefties at the corners, so they’ll be able to eat without hitting their neighbor. Have a “grown ups” table and a “kids-only” table and use place cards to make people feel special (and to avoid any confusion come dinner time).

If you’re providing a drink and/or appetizer bar, neatly line up wine, beer and cocktail glasses, lay out cocktail napkins, appetizer plates and serving china (or dishes). Serving and regular utensils can be placed in a decorative basket for easy organization.

TIP 8: Set-Up a Kid-Focused Area/Room

Well all know that parents enjoy their mingle time on holidays. To make sure the kids are taken care of and enjoying themselves too, designate a specific room or area that’s in sight and outfit it with toys, games, crafts and other activities. Mom and Dad will thank you.

TIP 9: Add a nice holiday scent to your home.

Light candles or add air freshers to the main rooms that your guests will be enjoying themselves: the bathrooms, kitchen and living room. Pumpkin Spice, Apple Cinnamon, Pine Needles or Fireside Smores are the best fragrances for the Fall season.

Not settled in your dream home yet, but would love to enjoy the holidays in it? It’s your lucky day. Our Year-End Savings promotion is going through the end of the year: put a contract on a new home and get up to $5,000 in closing costs plus a “Move-In Package” complete with a FREE Whirlpool washer, dryer and refrigerator!

Give one of our friendly new home specialists a call today (910- 672-7491) or fill out the form below to ask any questions and/or schedule a tour.

From the McKee Homes family to yours, we wish you a magical Thanksgiving season!

 

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Blue Inspired Home Designs

There will never be a reason for week-day blues ever again with these blue inspired home designs …. 🤩

We have to admit: we love a blue accent. In color psychology, blue tones are known to evoke tranquility, clarity, purity and increased intuition, and have been proven to elevate health and well-being. You can infuse blue hues throughout your home in a variety of different ways from paint, décor and furniture to decorative pillows, linens, wall art and more. No matter the depth of the blue–dramatic deep navy or subtle pale robin’s egg — a blue-centered design will always create an immediate calming and welcoming feel for your home.

Today we’re sharing examples of our blue-inspired home designs, both interior and exterior details, to help you create the home vision that your little blue heart desires. 💙 Read More

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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 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
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.

Townes at Gateway Commons
970 Gateway Commons Circle. Wake Forest, NC 27587
From the high $200’s | 2208-2,420 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 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.

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 and more.

Heather Glen
Sky Wave Trail, Raleigh, NC 27603
From the low $300’s | 2,437-3,965 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
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!

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.