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Choosing the Right Plan for You

Categories: Buying a New Home, Home Buying | Posted: October 11, 2017

McGuinn Floor Plan

How to Navigate Choosing Your Floor Plan

Building a new home is a huge decision, and it doesn’t just end when you find a builder or sign the contract.

Thankfully, we not only offer plenty of options, but we also help you select the perfect plan for you and your family.

Consider Your Family’s Needs

Arguably the most important reason you’re buying a new home, the wants and needs of your family play a huge role in the kind of home you build. If you have a large family, multiple bathrooms and a spacious living room will be key! Or, if one of you is a budding chef, a gourmet kitchen with beautiful countertops will likely top your must-have list.

Before searching through available home plans, sit down with your family to decide what your ideal home looks like. Not all items will make the cut, but it gives you a better idea of what to look for when scrolling through photos and descriptions!

If there are items you absolutely cannot do without, star them and put them and the very top of your list. That way, you can let your sales representative know. They can make sure the home you choose incorporates these high-priority items.

Confirm Availability and Locations

Many builders limit their plans to certain locations – and of course, prices can vary depending on the city or county you choose to build in.

Quite a few factors play into why a home might be more expensive in one area. For example, the lot itself may cost more, or region-specific regulations could affect how the home is built.

Before you decide on a plan, be sure to ask your builder where the plan can be built! That way, you won’t fall in love with a plan only to find out it won’t quite work with your lot.

At McGuinn, most of our home plans are available on most lots. If you ever have questions, though, just give us a call. We consider the size of the lot and your desired home design in order to get you an amazing price.

Know Your Options

Here, we offer opportunities to customize and personalize your floor plans as needed – letting you design your home and truly make your home, your way. This isn’t the case with all builders, though. Be sure to ask any builder you’re considering about their options for personalization and customization – as well as how much it costs.

With our various level options, you’ll be sure to find the right option for you:

  • Level 1: The Best Value Home, choose a “Your Home, Your Way” plan and choose from a wide selection of available options to personalize.
  • Level 2: One step up, the Value Custom Homes let you personalize any of our stock plans.

Explore Available Floor Plans

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Now comes the fun part! Most builders have an online gallery of their available floor plans, and our site is no different. Be sure to click through our plans to find one that strikes your fancy.

Below, we’ve curated a list of our team’s personal favorite plans.

Anderson – A two-story design, the Anderson offers three bedrooms and 2 ½ baths with over 1,300 square feet of space with a flexible room layout. The gourmet eat-in kitchen is perfect for prepping meals, while a breakfast bar seamlessly connects the kitchen with the dining room. Part of our Main Street Series, a covered front sitting porch and a back patio make this home perfect for those who enjoy relaxing outside at the end of the day.

Stonebridge Extended – One of our most innovative homes, this plan is stunning! An extension of our Stonebridge plan, the Stonebridge Extended adds four feet throughout the home. Perfectly designed for those looking for space and character, the dining greets you immediately upon entering, before you’re guided to the airy great room and kitchen. Upstairs you’ll find three bedrooms and a spacious owner’s suite.

Woodland – Not into stairs, or want an owner’s suite on the main floor? Then the Woodland could be the plan for you. The nine foot ceilings complement taller windows, while a gourmet breakfast bar and garden tub in the owner’s suite add luxury.

Prescott – If you’re looking for options, the Prescott plan is the perfect place to begin. Offering four or five bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, and a guest suite on the main floor, this home presents itself as the definition of luxury. A loft open to the main floor opens up the plan, while two bedrooms upstairs share a jack-and-jill style bathroom.

Of course, these are just a few of the plans offered at McGuinn! Scroll through the other plans we have available to see which one suits you.

Even if photos are not currently available on a builder’s website, always ask if they have any examples of the home they can show you! They may have a portfolio or recent photos they took of a completed home that the sales representative can walk through with you.

Make Use of the Selections Gallery

Often called a Design Studio or Design Center, the Selections Gallery provides you with all the options available to use in your new home.

No matter what your budget, McGuinn’s Selections Coordinator walks you through your available choices for both exterior and interior selections.

To make the most of your Selections appointment, keep the following in mind:

  • If you have a Pinterest page dedicated to your dream home, keep it handy! Your Selections Coordinator will look at your examples and provide you with advice.
  • If you have fabric samples, paint swatches, pillows, etc., bring them to your appointment. This helps your Coordinator to find the perfect features for your new home.
  • Keep your style and taste in mind – after all, this appointment is about you. Our team provides expert recommendations, but ultimately it’s your home.
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Need Help?

If you still need help navigating the building process, rest easy! Our team is here to help. Just reach out to us and our team will walk you through everything you need to know.

Why Does Location Matter?

Categories: Buying a New Home, Home Buying | Posted: September 26, 2017

Location Matters

The Importance of Location in Your New Home Search

You know the mantra: location, location, location. It can affect the quality of your schools, the resale value (and current cost) of your home, as well as your family’s overall satisfaction with your lifestyle.

Not sure how that all comes together? That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to choosing the right location and neighborhood for you.

Safety First

Let’s get right to the point: you probably want to live in a safe location. No one willingly relocates to an unsafe area, right? The less crime in an area, the better.

Not only that, but a safer area typically means you’ll have more neighbor-to-neighbor interaction. You’ll feel comfortable taking long walks in your area, and the trust you feel when leaving your home for the day will be higher. You won’t worry about letting your children play outside.

School Districts

A home is a long-term investment, so your kids are likely to go through quite a few (if not all) of the levels available in your area. With that said, you want to make sure they have a good school district. The reasons for that seem pretty obvious: you want your children to get a better education so they’ll be well-prepared for the future.

This doesn’t necessarily mean the district has to be rated number one – there are plenty of other items in play when choosing a district. Here’s some key factors to consider:

  • Standardized tests aren’t going to give you the full details. Many children don’t perform well on standardized tests, but are still plenty successful later in life.
  • Talk to the teachers. These are the people who will be educating your child – high rankings mean nothing if your child isn’t going to retain the knowledge.

But what if you don’t have kids, and never plan on having any? The school district still matters! Here’s a few quick reasons why:

  • The better ratings a school district has, the higher the prices of homes in that neighborhood. That means your home will have great resale value in the future.
  • They provide stability even when the market tumbles. A home in a good school district will still fetch a higher price than one that isn’t.
  • On the other hand, this also means that a home will be more expensive initially. This is usually a good investmentment in the long run but will take more planning when setting your budget.

All of this combines to affect your overall satisfaction with the home. If you don’t feel safe, you won’t enjoy being home – even if your kitchen island is perfectly on point. And if your kids aren’t happy at school, well, we’re sure they’ll make that known!

Live Near What You Love to Do

Schools and neighborhood safety aren’t the only things that affect the attractiveness of a location. You’ll also want to consider what sort of amenities the community offers, the entertainment and other options in the city nearby, as well as your ease of access to major transportation routes.

At this point, things are going to get pretty subjective. Some homebuyers might want a home with a lot of land, far from the nearest superstore, whereas other homebuyers want to be right in the middle of it all.

And if you’re working from home, access to a highway isn’t a big deal. If you have a commute, though, you’re going to want to get on the road quickly and easily in the morning. Access to a major transportation route could be just what you need.

Here are just a few things to keep in mind when looking at amenities and nearby entertainment options:

  • Pool access, playgrounds, and sporting fields can often be part of a planned community
  • Proximity to major roadways or public transportation – it can help shorten your commute, but can also mean more traffic in your immediate area
  • Hospitals, fire stations, and other emergency centers – good for if you have an emergency, but you’ll also constantly hear their sirens
  • Future development projects in the works – your dream location may be quiet now, but if a major hospital or office building is going up nearby, it could quickly become crowded

Putting it Together

You’ve probably noticed by now that much of this is subjective, and that’s going to happen with a lot of your choices at this point in the home research process. After all, you’re the one who is going to live in this home – not us.

We recommend creating a list of what you’re looking for in a location in order to get a visual representation of it all. Do you want to be close to bars? Or do you need to be in walking distance of great parks? Whatever it is you’re looking for, creating a list will help narrow that down.

Once you have that list, you can start looking up areas that fit your descriptions. If you want an area with great walkability, you’re likely going to look for a community or a location closer to downtown instead of a more rural location. And on the flip side, if you’re desiring an abundance of parks and recreation, a rural area might be your best bet.

Of course, you’re always welcome to bring those lists into a builder’s sales office and ask them to help narrow down your options. Builders will be knowledgeable about the areas they build in, and can help you find the best spot for you and your family.

Our Locations

At McGuinn, we take pride in building in beautiful, inviting neighborhoods as well as on your own lot.

In Lexington, for example, features a large variety of parks, museums, and other entertainment perfect for families and couples alike. Just under a thirty minute drive from Columbia, it offers access to the best the metro area has to offer.

Lexington is served by the Lexington 1 School District – which does have pretty solid rankings, but by this point we know that rankings don’t always tell the whole story. The good news here is that this school district has some pretty fantastic reviews left by both parents and former students – giving you the full story.

If Lexington sounds like the place for you, we have several fabulous locations ready. Choose from Summerlake, a master planned community perfect for those who want an active lifestyle. Featuring a sparkling pool, nearby pocket park, and nature trails, you’ll never run out of things to do.

Or, explore Pleasant Springs, also served by the Lexington 1 district. A sidewalk community, Pleasant Springs is nearby to a large variety of amenities (remember our note about living near what you love?) and even offers certain plans with downstairs master suites.

So what are you waiting for? Start narrowing down the location of your dreams – and if you have any questions on how we can help make that dream a reality, just give us a shout.

McGuinn Celebrates Complete Close Out in Bonhomme Woods!

Categories: Columbia, Home Buying, Hybrid Home, Uncategorized | Posted: July 6, 2017

The Monticello

If you’re looking for a home that’s designed with both your family and the environment in mind, look no further than the builders at McGuinn Hybrid Homes! McGuinn creates residences that can be customized to suit all of your needs. Their popular Monticello floor plan includes two floors and 1,651 Square Feet of flexibility, with up to four bedrooms and three baths, a large spacious kitchen, owner’s suite, great room, garage, front porch, and a patio. Plus, you’ll love making your new home YOUR way, selecting from various windows, appliance and room options. The Monticello plan has been previously constructed in McGuinn’s St. Andrews Reserves community, their newest in Irmo. This impressive neighborhood is known for its quiet living and convenience to great shopping, dining and to Lake Murray. McGuinn has been in the business of delivering superior service at the market’s lowest price for over 30 years, so you can trust that you’re getting the best and most innovative services available in the Midlands.

 

View McGuinn’s The Residence @ Harbison’s “The Shining” video here!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_o9gfFQ5fo

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to the team at McGuinn Hybrid Homes, for closing all of the homes in their Bonhomme Woods community in Lexington! Bonhomme Woods, a 2015 Phoenix Award-winning community of homes, is located in a sought-after location, and features homes filled with modern amenities such as large, open floor plans and energy efficient, environmentally-friendly details that create healthier living spaces. How does McGuinn do it?

The McGuinn Team

Their passionate, expert team members aim to make each client’s home buying experience much more than writing a contract and moving in. They work hard to make the process an interactive experience, where you are an active participant in the design, construction and closing of your new home.

 

Toasting to success!

“I am so proud of my team for the work they’ve done on Bonhomme Woods! They continue to work tirelessly to offer homebuyers the best housing options for their needs. It’s another successful example of our commitment to clients from start to finish, and it is for this level of homeowner satisfaction that we are celebrating!” – Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes

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With all the Growth comes New Homes & Great New Dining Options in Lexington!

Categories: Buying a New Home, Columbia, Coming Soon Community, Energy Efficient, Home Buying, Hybrid Home, SC, Smart Home, Uncategorized | Posted: January 11, 2017

Clean Eatz of Columbia

Lexington is definitely growing and new business are coming to town. Just down the street from McGuinn Hybrid Homes corporate office we are seeing tremendous growth in the area. We just built several of our Calhoun plan for one of our investor partners in Wellmore just off 378. Lexington is ever growing and the population needs housing, so McGuinn Hybrid Homes is on the move to make sure that we have the most affordable value based homes in the market. With this growth restaurants and retail stores are moving in. Have you checked out one of the newest places, Clean Eats.


The mission of Clean Eatz is to provide people with fresh, affordable, healthy food and to “change the world one meal at a time.” Everything on their menu is under 500 calories and 10 grams of fat, and contains no grease, sodium or processed foods. Clean eating is not a diet – it is a lifestyle approach to eating food in its most natural state. Clean Eatz gives you the tools needed by preparing properly portioned meals with a balance of protein, carbs, and fats, and even cater to special diet needs. Visit the Cafe, try one of Clean Eatz’ Meal Plans, or stop in for a grab n’ go meal. Their food deliciously eliminates the guessing, temptation, and lack of preparation that come with busy lifestyles!

With everything we have going on in a day it is important to take care of our bodies. Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes, is in the gym every morning at 5:30 am. “I don’t always want to get up and go, but I am way lighter and healthier. My goal is to be very active in the life of both my children and grandchildren!” Clean Eatz is definitely a hit with those who are on a path to healthy living.

 

Clean Eatz is located 5225 Sunset Blvd, Suite D Lexington, SC 29072. For more information, visit the business website at www.cleaneatz.com. The business is also on Facebook. You can contact the restaurant by phone at 803-490-2657 or by email at Avila@CleanEatz.com.

McGuinn Hybrid Homes has something for everyone.  Build a Hybrid Homes in our 11 Communities throughout the Midlands, on Your Lot in Columbia or Charlotte, and we also would like the opportunity to take on any investor projects that you may have!
Call us at 803.917.5583

January at The Harbison Theatre in Irmo!

Categories: Columbia, Columbia theatre, Community & Local Events, Garden Brooke, Garden Brooke events, Home Buying, Irmo, Irmo Events, Lake Murray, News & Announcements, SC | Posted: January 6, 2017

Mulan Jr.
This action-packed musical was adapted for the stage from the popular 1998 animated Disney film, Mulan, which was itself based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. When the invasion of the Huns threatens Mulan’s father, the Emperor, Mulan disguises herself as a boy and prepares for battle to save him. She later must choose between divulging her true identity or saving China with her plan. Through song and a modern sensibility, the production celebrates ancient Chinese culture, honor and the fighting spirit.
Thursday, January 12, 2017 – 7:30pm
Friday, January 13, 2017 – 7:30pm
Saturday, January 14, 2017 – 10:30am
Saturday, January 14, 2017 – 3:00pm
Tickets: All seats are $7.00, ages 3 & under/free on lap

Tom Dugan Teaches Play Writing for the Individual Performer
This three hour workshop will be an eye-opening look at scriptwriting for the single performer, by the master of the single-character play himself, Tom Dugan. A seasoned veteran of the stage, TV and film and an accomplished playwright, Mr. Dugan will share his experiences, thoughts, and guidance to those wishing to develop scripts for individual players in the theatre setting. Workshop attendees are welcome to bring 3-5 minutes from a current project for Mr. Dugan to receive and assess.
Thursday, January 19, 2017 – 6:30pm
Tickets: $20

Wiesenthal
This live, touring show tells the story of Simon Wiesenthal, a Jewish Austrian Holocaust survivor, Nazi hunter and writer, from his own point of view. Performed by playwright and “master of the single-character play” Tom Dugan, the one-man drama recounts the captivating story of Wiesenthal’s life’s work of bringing more than 1,000 Nazi war criminals to justice with humor and nobility. Recommended for pre-teens and older.
Friday, January 20, 2017 – 7:30pm
Saturday, January 21, 2017 – 3:30pm
Tickets: $22

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Harbison Theatre’s On The Screen series presents this engrossing tale of aristocrats and rivals, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont, who mercilessly toy with the hearts of the innocent Cécile de Volanges and virtuous beautiful Madame de Tourvel using seduction and revenge. Performed by the National Theatre Live, the cast includes Elaine Cassidy, Janet McTeer and Dominic West. The production contains brief nudity and is suggested for audiences 15+ years.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 – 7:00pm
Tickets: $15

Buy tickets at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College’s website here.

Buying is Easy at McGuinn Hybrid Homes

Categories: Home Buying, Hybrid Home, New Homes in West Columbia, Smart Home, Uncategorized | Posted: October 6, 2016
Buy Or Rent Concept

 

MYTH 1: Mortgage payments are unaffordable.

The tax savings on mortgage interest alone often makes up for most of the difference between a rent payment and a mortgage payment.


 

MYTH 2: Buying a home is too complicated.
Buying a home can be very complicated, but that’s why I’m here to help. My job is to guide buyers through the entire process from start to finish.

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MYTH 3: Buying a new home requires a substantial down payment.

There are actually quite a few flexible down payment options available. Many first-time buyers take advantage of financing options that only require a 5 percent down payment, and some require even less.

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2016 is Almost Over, Have you Contracted Your New Home Yet?

Categories: Buying a New Home, Coming Soon Community, Energy Efficient, Final Opportunity Communities, Harbison Blvd, Home Buying, Hybrid Home, Lake Murray, Lexington Medical Center, New Homes in West Columbia, Saluda Shoals Park, SC, Smart Home, University of SC, University of South Carolina, USC | Posted: August 22, 2016

Days Left in 2016We have 29 homes that are move in ready! Call one of our Community Sales Managers today for a tour at 803-917-5583. Garden Brooke only has 2 homes left, Harvest Glen and Glen Eagle have a new phase that is not open, Bonhomme Green/ Woods is on Closeout, and Pleasant Springs has 6 move in ready homes. You can view plans for Bickley Estates, Burnside Farms, and St. Andrews Reserves by asking one of our Community Sales Managers. We want to see you and your family in a new McGuinn Hybrid Home.

Visit: http://www.McguinnHomes.com for more details on the community of your choice.

McGuinn Says Goodbye to Hampton Forest and HELLO to Burnside Farms!

Categories: Coming Soon Community, Downtown Columbia, Energy Efficient, Home Buying, Hybrid Home, SC, Smart Home, Uncategorized, University of SC | Posted: August 11, 2016

Logo - SingleMcGuinn Hybrid Homes remains true to our niche and we will be helping families in Southeast Columbia by providing a safer and healthier home in a prime location. Our newest undertaking is the Burnside Farms community. This delightful neighborhood will feature our gorgeous hybrid homes priced from the mid $100’s and ranging from 1380 to 2355 square feet. There are comfortable 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom floorplan offerings, as well as our new Charleston, and Madison Plans which offer you a four bedroom option.

Burnside Farms offers a charming and trendy environment for a new home buyer!  This community is perfect for the on-the go person who wants to take advantage of a great in-town location. We are located minutes away from I-77, Fort Jackson, Shaw Air Force Base, USC School of Medicine, Downtown Columbia and so much more. What is your “After work Pleasure”?   Congaree National Park is less than 15 minutes away, visit it and take a hike among the latest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States! Is Shopping your Thing?   Whether you are looking for a unique boutique along the Shoppes of Devine Street or a power drill at Lowes, you will find it within a few minutes from your front door. The neighborhood is zoned for Annie Burnside Elementary, Crayton Middle & AC Flora High.

The nearby area definitely provides itself to the appeal of Burnside Farms, and this community also has a plethora of amenities to appeal to any buyer. On a hot summer day wouldn’t you and your family just love to cool off in the community’s very own Splash Park with a pool and cabana! Buyers will enjoy this exquisite community for years to come. We welcome our Military as well as civilian families to come out and tour our current inventory in the Harvest Glen Community off Leaphart Rd in West Columbia.  Once you walk these plans you and your family will experience the most innovative and trendy plans in Columbia, SC. Call Tiffanie Flagler at 803-917-5583 today to pick a lot and start your build today! We can get you in your new home before Christmas… Remember McGuinn Hybrid Homes is different; you can have “Your Home, Your Way”!

http://www.mcguinnhomes.com/burnside-farms-floorplans

Garden Brooke Only Has 4 Homes Left!

Categories: Ballentine SOccer COmplex, Energy Efficient, Final Opportunity Communities, Harbison Blvd, Home Buying, Hybrid Home, Lake Murray, Saluda Shoals Park, Smart Home | Posted: August 10, 2016

Brookshire Vinyl Don’t Miss the opportunity to live in Columbia’s Best School District! Did you know that Lexington/ Richland 5 School District  was listed number 2 in the State of South Carolina? Your children will attend, Corley Elementray, Dutch Fork Middle, and  Award Winning Dutch Fork High School!

 

Riverton.jpgGarden Brooke is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the Irmo area, we have a monopoly on price, and will guarantee you customer service with our Gold Sealed Promise for quality and construction. Who build you home does matter… Come by and see how you can move in one of our McGuinn Hybrid Homes and provide your family with a Safer and Healthier Way of Life. There are only 2 Columbia and 2 Riverton Plans left. Come in today and let’s get your offer written up!

For more information visit http://www.mcguinnhomes.com/garden-brooke.

 

Are you interested in a Great Career in a Growing Industry?

Categories: Energy Efficient, Home Buying, Hybrid Home, New Homes in West Columbia, SC, Smart Home, Testimonials, USC | Posted: July 29, 2016

Here is what one of our newest Community Sales Manager had to say about their experiences thus far with McGuinn Hybrid Homes!

I got the amazing opportunity to worZachk with the McGuinn Hybrid Homes team and Company starting in May 2016. I was currently working a full time job and real estate in my spare time. Wade sent me an email asking if I’d be interesting in the opportunity. I was praying and keeping my options open and for me God brought me Wade McGuinn. Not only did it bring me Wade, but I am a part of a team that is a team with family values. We work hard and are rewarded well for our efforts. I have a high moral code and I am proud and happy to be a part of a company that carries the same integrity and moral code that I do. It’s been a fun and exciting year so far and the best part is the year isn’t over yet. With the momentum that we currently have I’m very excited about what the future holds, 5 sales and closings in my first 3 months! I had awesome support from Nick and Tiffanie in getting started. I am blessed because I now have a position that not only will allow me to exceed my goals, but I can also continue to support my Mother whom I love dearly. With that being said, if anyone is looking for a challenging, fast pace, and rewarding company to work for and work with, then I was say that McGuinn is a good fit for anyone.

 

McGuinn Hybrid Homes pride ourselves on being an organization that will train new employees to reach new heights in their spiritual, professional, and personal lives. The goal for any person that comes to work here is to gain a new skill set that will help you be successful no matter where you career may take you. I am proud to say that this is one of the best teams this company has seen with the high level of proficiency and professionalism. We are having an Awesome year and we thank every realtor, buyer, and person who has taken the time to stop in our model homes. If you have not been out to see us yet, come out and visit one of our Award winning models and see the McGuinn Hybrid Homes Difference?