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What’s a HERS rating and why you shouldn’t care….

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: August 17, 2017

Why do some builders use “HERS” ratings to attempt to sell a customer on energy and technology?

Go into one of our competitor’s model homes today and you may hear the salesperson tell you that every home they sell comes with a HERS Rating. What does that mean and should it matter?

The HERS rating is a rating system for measuring energy efficiency.  There is no standard rating system in the home building industry, and the HERS is one of 10 different tests created by 10 different rating organizations to demonstrate that homes are built with energy-saving features and materials. These 10 companies compete against each other, and each claims to have created the standard test for measuring energy efficiency, although clearly not one of them has done so. A test costs between $300 and $1000, and is performed by independent raters. The builder selects which company’s test they will have performed, and that test is paid for by the builder (built into their costs, then passed on to their customers).  The results are used as a marketing tool by that builder, attempting to convince the buyer that their homes are better on energy and technology than the next guy’s.

Tests like this have, happily, become unnecessary.  Every building code has been strengthened over the years so that in order for a home to meet code, it will also score well on HERS or other rating tests, as long as the materials and features have been installed correctly.

front cover of McGuinn Hybrid Homes brochureMcGuinn Hybrid Homes has considered and declined the use of these tests. During its 32 year history of home-building, McGuinn has been all about setting standards, not meeting them.  Our mission is to deliver a well-built home that exceeds building codes in almost every respect, and to do it at a price your family can afford.  Adding $300 – $1000 in costs to each of our homes with no benefit to our buyers is completely against our mission statement.

When it comes to energy efficiency, it not only matters what materials and technologies are used, but also how they are applied. Our field technicians are trained to get it right!  That is something that a test like HERS cannot ascertain.

First, our homes are framed with components that make the home stronger and straighter! Our homes are safer in all weather.  We incorporate space-age house wrap, we install radiant barrier sheathing, we include programmable thermostats, a super-efficient AC system, Energy Star appliances, tankless water heater, low heat, long life light bulbs and more. Every part works together to make the McGuinn Hybrid System the industry’s standard for energy efficiency. Designed and tested with over 30 years of home building mastery by a Master Builder, Wade McGuinn, so you are guaranteed a smarter, healthier way to live!

Is your utility bill out of control and your comfort level down? On average, a McGuinn Hybrid Home costs $100 less in monthly utility bills, and $100 less in monthly home-maintenance and repairs than homes built just 10 years ago.  Do you or your child suffer from allergies? Do you dust all the time in your current home? The McGuinn Hybrid System creates indoor air quality that is free of  dust, pollen, bugs and excessive humidity. Our use of VOC-free material means we are not adding unwanted chemicals to the air of our homes.

In conclusion, why pay for an unnecessary test?  With a McGuinn Hybrid Home, you are purchasing a home that has stood the test of time.  Ask us about a HERS rating, and we will tell you about McGuinn Hybrid Home features and the resulting benefits to you, our homebuyer.  Because in the end, that’s really what matters. We don’t want you to have to pay for a marketing tool for us  (like the HERS test) that does nothing for you. We’d rather give you free window blinds for your new home.  Would you like that too?

Create a bath with spa-like soothing colors and accessories

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: August 17, 2017

luxury bathroom with spa tub on pedestal, large shower with glass enclosure, vanity with candles, mirror and gold upholstered vanity chair

Fabulous kitchen with walnut cabinets

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: August 16, 2017

walnut kitchen featuring a walnut planked vaulted ceiling, gleaming tile floors and light colored granite countertops

An Outstanding Home-Buying Experience!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: August 7, 2017

When you purchase a new home, you make an investment. If you want to invest in a home that will last you a lifetime, let McGuinn Hybrid Homes be your builder! McGuinn Hybrid Homes has a proven record of customer satisfaction, because they go above and beyond when designing and creating your perfect home, from floorplan to final inspection!

The Woodland Floor Plan

McGuinn recognizes that you are anxious to get “Your Home, Your Way”, and when you begin the building process with them, you will get a full picture of what to expect. They start by discussing your preferred floor plan design. McGuinn has a great selection of top-notch floor plans for every need. One of their most popular is the Woodland plan. A modern home with lots of modern conveniences, the Woodland is the perfect floor plan for any type of family configuration. The one-story home features exciting amenities like a gourmet eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar, open and flexible living spaces, large Owner’s Suite and bedrooms, a covered front sitting porch, two-car garage and more. It’s 1,700 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art comfort!

Once you’ve chosen your perfect house design from McGuinn, they’ll continue to work with you through contract and financing, pre-construction, painting, installation of systems and technologies, foundation and framing, interior selections, and finally, McGuinn’s Gold Seal Promise. That means, after the final inspection, your home will be further tested and inspected to be certain that everything is just as it should be. Owner Wade McGuinn, a South Carolina Certified Master Builder himself, has been building new homes in Greater Columbia for over 30 years, and values this pledge to his customers. “The Gold Seal Promise is a way to let the buyer know that we WANT to go that extra mile for them, to ensure satisfaction and to uphold the company’s commitment to excellence. We know that the home building and buying process can be overwhelming. We will work with you at each step, making sure you get the custom home you want, along with an outstanding home-buying experience.”

CEO Wade McGuinn

It’s Easy Being Green with McGuinn Homes!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: July 25, 2017

Today’s home buyer wants more. Energy efficiency and sustainability are becoming increasingly important quality indicators when searching for homes. Luckily for them, McGuinn Hybrid Homes are designed with the environment in mind! McGuinn’s Riverton floor plan is a great example of a home design that will not only suit all your family’s present and future needs, but will save you money.

The Riverton plan includes a whopping 2,068 sq.ft. of space, with 3-4 bedrooms, 2-3 full baths and one-half bath, a kitchen with an oversized island and pantry, two car garage, and master bedroom with walk-in closet. An abundance of energy-efficient features make this large home a great and sustainable investment, including: tankless water heater, Low-E windows, dual programmable thermostat, radiant sheathing barrier, thermal enveloping air barriers, and much more.

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How do these energy-efficient components benefit you? Tankless water heaters provide hot water only as it is needed, and avoid the energy losses associated with storage tank heaters, saving you money. Window Low-E coatings can significantly affect the overall heating, lighting and cooling costs of a home. The “E” stands for emissivity, and reducing the emissivity of window glass surfaces improves its insulating properties, and can improve the insulation of your entire home from external temperatures. Programmable thermostats save energy and money, by running your heater and air conditioning only when you’re at home, through settings that take effect at different times of the day. When the sun heats the roof of your home, the sheathing warms up and radiates heat, which can make your home harder to cool. Radiant sheathing barrier is installed to absorb the heat rather than emit heat into your home, and benefits your home during cooler times as well. Thermal enveloping air barriers prevent air leaks and energy losses, low air quality and moisture damage. These and other green features make McGuinn homes “Hybrid” homes, which translates to healthier homes for you and your family.

“We find that nowadays, new home buyers are looking for much more than a beautiful design, and more than an innovative floor plan; they want a home that will grow with them and prove a great investment in the long run.” – Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes

CEO Wade McGuinn

Consumer Confidence is Good, but Demand for Homes is Great!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: July 19, 2017

Recent housing industry data shows that consumers are in a good place nationwide, their confidence heightened by an upward trend in wages, strong labor market, and better credit scores, among other things. The upside to this? Steady home sales. The downside? Too few new and existing affordable homes to handle the demand.

A limited supply of housing, combined with the fear of rising mortgage rates is making house hunters want to buy before getting priced out. However, the dearth of newly built homes is causing existing home appreciations and the cost of new homes for sale to rise. These factors lend themselves to an increase in bidding wars, and more opportunities for home flippers, who tend to drive the price of homes upward, thereby exacerbating the problem.

All of this is to say…now is the time to buy, so long as you buy smart! McGuinn Hybrid Homes is the market leader in Columbia when it comes to affordability. McGuinn will work with you to find a home you love, on your budget. With our quality constructed homes in White Knoll starting at $117,900, in Piney Grove at $119,900, in Glen Eagle at $128,400 and Harvest Glen at $135,900, these communities are on closeout, and great opportunities for the price conscious buyers because as new lots come on board development cost will increase and prices will increase. If you’re ready to buy but need additional assistance, make plans to attend McGuinn’s Homebuyer Mortgage 101 Seminar on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Topics discussed will include Credit Restoration and USDA loans.

“With the economy on an upswing for now, it’s the perfect time to look to McGuinn Hybrid Homes! We can help you with your credit issues, and find or build you the home of your dreams, within your budget. Attend one of our seminars, or just call us, for more information on how we can serve you.”

-Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes

CEO Wade McGuinn

Let McGuinn’s Floor Plans and Options Inspire Your New Home!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: July 11, 2017

If you’re looking to create the home you’ve always wanted but thought you could never afford, let the professionals at McGuinn Hybrid Homes help you get there! Whether you’re looking to build, or are looking for a great home available in the Columbia, Lexington, or surrounding area, McGuinn can assist you in your search for “the one”. With an abundance of floor plan options as well as McGuinn’s Selections Gallery, you’ll find the tools you need to start making all of your home ideas a reality.

The popular Brookshire floor plan, part of McGuinn’s “Main Street Series”, is for the family who wants space to spread out, along with communal areas for together times and to entertain guests. It features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a double garage. Special touches include 9′ ceilings, granite countertops, and even a garden tub and separate shower in the owner’s suite!
In McGuinn’s Design Gallery, you’ll find both exterior and interior selections that will make your new home reflect your unique style and taste, within your budget.

McGuinn also has finished homes available, built using this fabulous floor plan. Check out the “Available Homes” listings on our website, where you can view a Virtual Tour of them, and see for yourself the fine craftsmanship and quality that McGuinn has been famous for, for over 30 years.

CEO Wade McGuinn

“We are ready to build “Your Home, Your Way”! Find the perfect design for your new house in our Floor Plans gallery, then let us work with you on features and options that will guarantee the best value for your budget. You won’t be disappointed!” -Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes.

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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.


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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

CEO Wade McGuinn


The Edisto in Crystal Cove Coming Soon: Lake Living at its Finest!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: June 27, 2017

The Edisto in Crystal Cove Coming Soon: Lake Living at its Finest!

Award-winning McGuin Hybrid Homes is building new homes in beautiful Crystal Cove, located in Chapin!

Chapin is a thriving, quickly growing area, featuring beautiful parks, a variety of locally-owned restaurants and national franchises, as well as interesting shops and boutiques. Crooked Creek Park, which serves the greater Chapin community, offers paved and unpaved trails for hiking, picnic shelters, playgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, a 27-hole disc golf course, and a Community Center with full gymnasium, racquetball courts, fitness areas, indoor walking track and meeting rooms. Dreher Island State Park and Melvin Park are also located nearby.

Perfect for young families, Crystal Cove is zoned for Chapin Elementary, newly-opened Chapin Intermediate, Chapin Middle, and Chapin High School, ranked fourth in South Carolina by U.S. News. School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties is one of the top districts in the state, even recognized as the top school district in South Carolina in 2014 by All of the district’s middle schools are in the top 10 statewide, and all of the district’s high schools are ranked in the top 25, featuring top-notch facilities, academics, instructional technology, and even one-to-one computing devices for all middle and high school students to enhance learning.

McGuinn's Edisto Floor PlanPerhaps the most wonderful part of living in Crystal Cove is its proximity to Lake Murray, which has over 500 miles of shoreline. Enjoy swimming, fishing, water skiing, sailing, and breathtaking sunsets over the water. With South Carolina’s temperate climate, many residents enjoy the lake every day of the year! The lake is bordered by marinas, restaurants, campgrounds, and more than a few bait and tackle shops.

The Edisto, one of Crystal Cove’s most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly floor plans, features 1,861+ square feet of open and flexible living spaces, including a spacious owner’s suite, two additional large bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath, and a gourmet eat-in kitchen with a breakfast bar. This 2-story plan also features a covered front sitting porch, 2-car garage, and a convenient second floor laundry space. The Edisto’s combined Great Room, Dining Room, and Kitchen give the first floor an even more open and airy feel. The Edisto also offers an optional morning room, allowing you to bask in the lovely morning sun from within your new home.

“Our Edisto floor plan works well with everyone from growing families to retirees. With the optional morning room, the Edisto can easily be adapted to fit your needs and desires, all while maintaining affordability.” — Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes


CEO Wade McGuinn

Why Rent?

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: June 22, 2017

McGuinn Hybrid Homes is bringing a new concept in townhomes to the Harbison area! With payments starting as low as $799/month with no money down, you can own one of these ultra-modern new homes for less than you would spend on rent! The Residence @ Harbison is the perfect community for people who want modern amenities and convenience at a very affordable price. Whether you’re single, have a young family, or are retired, you’ll find these homes to be unmatched in size, quality, design and price.

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McGuinn is also generously offering a $10,000 introductory upgrade package to the first 25 buyers, that includes granite countertops, laminate floors, stainless steel appliances, and window shades. McGuinn Hybrid Homes has been building beautiful, efficient, comfortable homes for over 30 years in the Midlands area, and continues its tradition of excellence with The Residence @ Harbison.

“I would encourage anyone who is looking for an affordable, new home in a prime location to call about The Residence @ Harbison. We at McGuinn Hybrid Homes are happy to be offering some great incentives to the first 25 buyers, in the hopes of growing this community.” – Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes

CEO Wade McGuinn

Call McGuinn Hybrid Homes for an appointment today at 803.917.5583