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McKee Homes Wins Prestigious Homebuilding Awards

In April of this year, Epcon Communities, a national homebuilding leader, awarded McKee with prestigious homebuilding awards, including Best Philanthropic Outreach Event and Construction Project Manager of the Year.

Epcon Communities, a nationally-acclaimed franchise homebuilder, presented the awards to McKee at the 2020 National Conference, Opportunity Unleashed, held in April. Seasoned Builder, Mark Powell, was the recipient of the ‘Construction Manager of the Year’ and the company as a whole won ‘Best Philanthropic Outreach Event’ for its charitable work with the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern North Carolina. The Epcon® Communities’ annual awards are granted only to the homebuilding industry’s most notable players.

As a long-standing Franchise Builder for Epcon® Communities, McKee Homes is proud to build the Epcon portfolio of homes designed specifically for low-maintenance, one-story living. Each Epcon floor plan is thoughtfully laid out with wider doorways, no steps to the outdoors, resort-style back courtyards and unique, upscale features that come included in each home. McKee also offers a Bungalow elevation that adds a versatile second-story bonus room with full bath and optional kitchenette for extra guest, entertainment or storage space.

“We are so proud to be recognized by a group of our peers at Epcon® Communities for the Best Philanthropic Outreach Event of the Year. Giving back to our communities is who we are and an integral part of our company culture,” said Julie Russo, Vice President of Community Involvement and Co-Owner of McKee Homes. “Every year, McKee Homes is a major sponsor of the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s in each of the regions we build.  The first-ever Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Fayetteville, NC was held at our Cottages at North Ramsey Epcon Community! Our support for the Alzheimer’s Association extends even further as we donate a percentage of every home to the Joe McKee Memorial Alzheimer’s Fund in honor of Pat’s Dad. It takes a village to make a difference though, and we commend all Epcon franchisees who do a great job serving the people and the communities where they build and work.”

“Winning this award for ‘Project Manager of the Year’ means so much to me. I work extremely hard to build the best home that I can. I believe in building each and every home like I was building it for my own family. It’s nice to be recognized by my peers and am very honored to have been selected,” says Mark Powell, Raleigh-based McKee Homes Builder. He goes on to praise the Epcon product line, “I’m so passionate about building the unique Epcon floor plans. At this point in my career, it’s really nice to be able to build homes that embody a design I really love.”

McKee Homes has a wide array of Epcon® Communities throughout the Raleigh, Southern Pines, Fayetteville and Wilmington areas, including Evergreen at Flowers Plantation (Clayton, NC), Mid South Club (Southern Pines), Cottages at North Ramsey (Fayetteville) and just-opened neighborhoods, Bellaport and Courtyards at Mallory Retreat (Wilmington, NC). Scott’s Hill in Wilmington and High Ridge in Fuquay Varina will soon feature Epcon-style homes starting Summer of 2020. McKee is the first-ever homebuilder to bring the Epcon blueprint to Wilmington, NC.

With a specific demographic Epcon Homes appeals to, McKee Homes recognizes the unique and valuable position Epcon has in the housing market. As the company continues to grow at rapid speed, McKee will be persistent in adding to its existing Epcon neighborhoods in the near future.

Homebuilding Awards: 2019 Epcon Awards

 

About McKee Homes
McKee Homes, one of North Carolina’s fastest growing homebuilders, has began developing new home communities in Fayetteville/Fort Bragg and Moore County in 2010. Since then, we have expanded our housing footprint in the Research Triangle and Wilmington metro areas. As a locally- and family-owned business that believes in the power of doing the right thing for its customers, vendors, employees and community, we are involved in several local and national charities, and donate a percentage of every new home sale to support Alzheimer’s care and research. Giving back is our mantra and is why we focus not only on building homes, but communities too.

About Epcon® Communities
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Epcon is one of America’s largest home builders (Builder Magazine, 2018). Epcon has integrated smart, innovative designs with the most desirable modern amenities to appeal to the lifestyle of the 55+ home buyer for more than 30 years. By leveraging its proven designs, technology, marketing and sales resources, Epcon Franchise Builders are given a competitive advantage to build smarter, maximize potential and scale faster.

 

For more information on McKee Homes and its communities, please visit www.McKeeHomesNC.com, call or text (910) 672-7296 or fill out the short form below. For a complete list of Epcon® Communities 2019 Award Winners, click here.

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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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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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8 Easy Ways to Naturally Detoxify Your Home

Our homes are meant to make us feel safe, happy and healthy. To keep it that way, it’s important to know how to detoxify your home from certain toxins, germs and other hazardous substances that can have adverse health effects on your family.

Unfortunately, the sad truth is that your home can have upwards of 500 various chemicals trapped inside its sealed-up, insulated walls. Furthermore, the air inside your home is estimated to be 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air (yikes!). Given these facts, more and more serious conditions are being linked to environmental toxins – autoimmune and reproductive disorders, just to name a few.

So, you’ve installed a filtered fresh air intake system to improve the air quality in your home, tested your tap water for lead and routinely changed your HVAC air filters. Give yourself a pat on the back … this is a good start!

The question is: what else can you do to be proactively keep your family healthy and safe?

Try these easy, all-natural steps to instantly make your home healthier.

Use all-natural cleaners

Replace harsh cleaners and poisonous chemicals with mother nature’s homemade alternatives.

    • Wooden Cutting Boards & Surfaces: Lemon and Salt
      Cut a lemon in half horizontally. Sprinkle the wooden surface with coarse salt. Scrub the surface using the lemon, squeezing slightly as you scour the surface to release the lemon juice. Let it sit for 5 minutes, then rinse with a clean wet sponge.
    • All Purpose Cleaner: Dissolve 4 tablespoons baking soda in 1 liter of warm water.
    • Drain and Burnt Pots and Pans Cleaner: Baking soda and vinegar. It’s a proven fact that the combination of baking soda and vinegar can pretty much clean anything.
      • To clean the drain: Pour a half-cup baking soda down the drain. Add a half-cup white vinegar. Cover and wait five minutes. Rinse drain with a full pot of boiling water.
      • To clean burnt pots and pans: In a burnt pan, bring 1 cup water and 1 cup vinegar to a boil. Once boiling, remove it from the heat and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. When the mixture stops fizzing, empty the pan and scrub with a rough sponge. For any tough spots, add additional baking soda. Rinse.
    • Kitchen sink: Baking soda and rubbing alcohol
      Baking soda works well on stainless steel surfaces as it’s abrasive enough to scrub away hard water deposits and stuck-on food and grease, but not too harsh as to scratch shiny stainless surfaces. To create the mix, combine baking soda with a bit of water or rubbing alcohol until a paste forms. Cover your sink with the paste, scrub, rinse and enjoy the sparkle!
    • Oven Cleaner: Water and salt
      Mix water and three tablespoons of salt in a spray bottle. Spray the spills and scrape them away once the oven has cooled.
    • Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Lemon juice and borax
      Make a paste with lemon juice and borax. Apply the paste to the toilet bowl, let set for two hours, then brush and rinse.

No shoe policy

Shoes bring in contaminants from outside, including soil, that in many cases, still contains lead compounds.

No artificial air fresheners

Health experts preach that plug-in air fresheners use of phthalates (air polluting chemicals) that can cause harmful side effects, like asthma and allergic symptoms. Essential oil diffusers are a great alternative and smell just as delicious.Beware that phthalates are also used to soften plastics in children’s toys and as sealants and adhesives in nail polish – likely consumer products you already have around your home.

Use untreated fabrics

Man-made fabrics, like acrylic, polyester, rayon, acetate, and nylon are treated with thousands of harmful toxic chemicals during production. Stain-resistant surfaces as found on furniture and flame-retardant clothing, including children’s pajamas, have volatile organic compounds (VOCs), like formaldehyde.Stick to shopping for fabrics that are good for your skin, such as bamboo, wool, synthetic fabrics, vintage clothing and wrinkle-resistant apparel.

Beware of mold

When your kids are coughing or wheezing, it’s likely due to mold spores in your home versus the pollen outside. Mold flourishes where there is too much moisture in the air. Make sure there aren’t roof leaks or dripping faucets and that any space heaters, furnaces or fireplaces are properly calibrated and well-vented. To keep humidity under control, try a dehumidifier that keeps the relative humidity below 50%.

Ditch the chlorine

Although chlorine is an effective germ killer, it increases the risk of coronary heart disease and has been linked to linked to cancers, specifically bladder and rectal.Since chlorine is lurking in your tap water, try a kitchen faucet with an activated charcoal water filter and a similar showerhead filter to minimize the chlorine-containing compounds you inhale during a hot shower.

Be mindful of germs

    • Wash your hands after every meal and trip to the bathroom.
    • Try not to touch your hands to your mouth or eyes.
    • Use disinfectant sprays on doorknobs and other frequent touch points.
    • Use a dry toothbrush. Many viruses, including those that cause the flu, can survive for more than 24 hours on moist bristles. Alternate between a few brushes so you’re always using a dry toothbrush.
    • Replace sponges weekly. Kitchen sponges are breeding grounds for bacteria and can easily transfer food-borne bugs, such as salmonella and campylobacter, from countertops and cutting boards to dishes and cookware. The rule of thumb is to change your sponge weekly and make sure you air-dry it between uses.

Watch out for lead

Most of us think that lead isn’t an issue in a home anymore. Think again. The toxic metal can still be found in tap water, old paint, newspaper ink, as well as topsoil that remains highly contaminated due to the fallout of automobile exhaust that ran on leaded gas years ago.

 

To detoxify your home, the first step is awareness. If you’re reading this article, we’re guessing you’re ready to make the necessary changes. Check! ☑ The next step is implementation. Luckily, these easy, all-natural, non-toxic home cleaning remedies should have you worrying less about your family’s health and enjoying more memories together in your home.

Let us know how these DIY cleaning hacks work for you!

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