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More Room, More Flex Space for Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best For:

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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


Finished 3rd Floor
Also Known As The Sports Club

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

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

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

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


Sunroom
Also Known As: The Zen Den

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

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

Large Garage
Aka The Man Cave

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

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

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

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

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

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


Office
Also Known As: The Zoom Room

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

There you have it.

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

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

Call/text: (910) 672-7296
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How McKee Homes Gives Back to North Carolina Communities

McKee Homes gives back to various charities throughout NC, including the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Kids Peace Foster Care Agency, Fayetteville Urban Ministry and Cape Fear Guardian Ad Litem Association, among others. The company is truly known in the industry for its passion to not only build homes but build communities, too.

As part of our dedication to the community, McKee Homes also provides a yearly stipend to each employee to support a cause of their choice. Today, we are highlighting a few committed employees who are making an impact in their very own community, with the financial support of McKee Homes.

We thank our employees for all they do to better the communities around us.

MARK HILL: Builder (President of Parkton Youth Association)

NON-PROFIT/CAUSE:

Parkton Youth Association , a non-profit dedicated to giving children a safe place to have fun and play sports.

WHO DO YOU SERVE AND WHAT DOES THE MONEY GO TOWARDS?

“The activities that we offer build character, friendship and team building—memories they will take throughout their life. Again, thank you Pat and Julie for continuing to make a child’s activity a lifetime event. God bless McKee Homes.

Because of this organization, our 1 through 4th grade cheerleaders just placed first place in the Southeast Region Cheerleading Competition. These kids are truly amazing.”

SHANE MCCLEOD: Area Construction Manager, Southern Pines & Fayetteville, NC

NON-PROFIT/CAUSE:

Carolina Freedom Baseball, an organization based in Fuquay-Varina, NC. The goal of this non-profit is to teach the game properly so that each player will develop the skills and ability to play baseball at a high level. Additionally, the hope is to aid the players in developing a strong foundation in baseball, work ethic, and teamwork that will not only serve them well on the field, but also in life.

WHO DO YOU SERVE AND WHAT DOES THE MONEY GO TOWARDS?

We serve 12 & under boys and were able to outfit the entire team with new helmets.

The idea of this non-profit is to use baseball as a way of teaching young men about life. Baseball is a game of failure and life is too sometimes. We teach them about hard work and how you keep getting up and trying.

I have a son on each team, so this was a cool moment.”

RACHEL MCMORROW: Marketing Coordinator

NON-PROFIT/CAUSE:

The Apex Fun Run for Johnston Charter Academy in Clayton, NC

WHO DO THEY SERVE AND WHAT DID THE MONEY GO TOWARDS?

The Apex Fun Run was a fundraising event to support Johnston Charter Academy. The event encourages children to raise money for a good cause and help them understand the meaning of supporting their school, teachers and fellow classmates.

The organization’s mission:

To collaborate with school PTO/As and faculty to build student leaders through a meaningful, “hassle-free” and financially successful school fun run.

We Believe

  • Every child can change their school, and the world, in a profound way
  • Serving others brings the greatest joy and contributes to the greatest good
  • Learning by doing and exercise are both undervalued and underutilized in fundraising today
  • Encouragement and enthusiasm build others up—we will help build leaders
  • Raising money for your child’s school can also serve as a positive learning experience
  • Many people giving a little reduces the individual burden on the typical givers and donors

DIANA DELPONTE: New Homes Sales Consultant, Wilmington NC

NON-PROFIT/CAUSE:

Coastal Horizons Center, an organization that advocates for healthier lives and safer communities by providing a continuum of quality, professional services for prevention, crisis intervention, sexual assault victims, criminal justice alternatives, mental health and substance use disorder treatment services.

WHO DO YOU SERVE AND WHAT DOES THE MONEY GO TOWARDS?

“The money helps support the annual event, Coastal Duck Derby, which benefits the Open House Youth Shelter & Crisis Intervention Services of Coastal Horizons Center, a 501(c)(3) charity. In addition to meeting the basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter, Open House encourages youths’ personal growth through counseling services, vocational/educational, and life skill building.”

MORE INFO ON HOW MCKEE HOMES’ SUPPORTS THEIR CORE CHARITIES

WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S – EASTERN NC

McKee Homes is the Platinum Sponsor for each Walk to End Alzheimer’s in the Fayetteville, Raleigh and Wilmington areas, and the Presenting Sponsor for the Moore County Walk.

KIDS PEACE FOSTER CARE AGENCY

McKee Homes is the Love Sponsor for the Kids Peace Annual Chair-i-table Auction, an event that raises money to support hundreds of children in foster care in the Greater Cumberland County and surrounding areas.

FAYETTEVILLE URBAN MINISTRY

McKee Homes supports the Fayetteville Urban Ministry through their annual Duck Derby, Boss Toss Challenge, food drives, and special projects.

CAPE FEAR GUARDIAN AD LITEM ASSOCIATION

McKee Homes supports the Cape Fear Guardian Ad Litem Association, which helps abused, neglected, and dependent children in the state court system find safe, forever homes.

 

Are you interested in supporting these causes and/or communities throughout North Carolina, too? We would love to partner with you to give back. Please reach out via the form below to get involved.

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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!