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McGuinn Hybrid Homes Celebrates 33 Years of Homebuilding

Categories: About McGuinn Hybrid Homes | Posted: September 6, 2018

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On August 15, 1985, Wade McGuinn started a new stage in his life. He became a business owner. With more than three decades of experience behind him now, Wade is looking back and looking forward. As McGuinn Hybrid Homes celebrates 33 years of homebuilding, we asked Wade to give us a bit more history.

Why did you start the company?

I started my career selling new home construction as a site agent. I loved the work. I loved construction, and I wanted to do more than sell homes that were someone else’s ideas.

How many homes did you build back in the early years?

We started one at a time! In 1985, we built a total of 4 homes. I was working from my home, running the business from my dining room table—days, nights, and weekends.

In 2017, we produced 260 houses. That’s like building and selling a new home every workday of the year.

How many people do you employ now?

We employ 35 full-time and literally hundreds of trade partners and subcontractors that make our product possible. Our grading contractor and plumbing contractor started with me 33 years ago and they’re still part of our team.

Mike Kelly has been with us for 17 years, starting out as a project manager. Mike has handled just about every job in the construction process: customer service, production manager, vice president of operations and production and then president three years ago. He was recently promoted to COO.

Charles Moore has been part of McGuinn Hybrid Homes for 15 years.

My wife started this business with me. She’s now happily retired. And two of my three kids have spent a total of 18 years with the company.

How has homebuilding changed since 1985—both in construction and the things that people want?

Today, the sky is the limit. Most starter homes today exceed 2,000 square feet, even for a first time home buyer. People in the 80’s appreciated the basics in a 1,040-square-foot home. Now they’re looking for luxury with features we never had—or felt the need for—back then. But it’s exciting to explore the possibilities with so many choices available to distinguish a home for the buyer.

What has contributed to the success of McGuinn Hybrid Homes?

Unrelenting passion for excellence. It doesn’t matter whether I was building a few homes, one at a time, or overseeing the development of our communities and new homes. I started this company with the idea that I was going to build better and work smarter. I knew energy efficiency and affordability would be major factors, but I also new I couldn’t do it by compromising my standards for quality.

What does McGuinn Hybrid Homes do differently (and better) than the competition?

I think it’s the way we work with our customers. We’ve heard stories from some of them about builders who don’t return calls, delays, and fielding one excuse after another for cost overruns. We have a team here that is completely tuned into the needs of our customers. This is a huge investment for them, and we appreciate that. It’s always been my personal goal to give every homebuyer personal attention and respect, to work with honesty, accountability, and transparency.

Community outreach has always been important to McGuinn Hybrid Homes. How have you cultivated your desire to give back?

I was a founding member of Habitat for Humanity in the Columbia Metro market 33 years ago. I knew back then that being a builder was not just a responsibility to help others, but an opportunity. I’m currently leading a $9,000,000 capital campaign to endow Habitat into the next generation.

What’s ahead for the company? Are there new communities on the horizon, maybe expanding into different towns and cities?

God only knows! We have an energetic, youthful group of building professionals who like to talk about the potential for McGuinn Hybrid Homes. It’s gratifying to know that I have these dedicated people who are excited to come to work and bring their ideas. I think this company may span the whole southeast and maybe even go public one day.

Choosing the builder for your new home is a big decision. Wade and his team welcome the chance to show you what McGuinn Hybrid Homes can offer. Whether you want a new construction home or townhome in one of our communities near Columbia, SC, or to build on your land, we can guide you through the experience with the skill that comes from 33 years of experience. Contact us to see how you can count on us.

Help Us Become The State’s Best Builder

Categories: About McGuinn Hybrid Homes, Awards | Posted: September 5, 2018

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We all have our local favorites: the sports teams we cheer on to victory, the restaurant you always go to for your favorite dish, prepared just the way you like it, and the retail stores you shop at for the best deals. Whether it is your favorite food truck, bookstore, or your animal’s groomer, you certainly want to sing out their praises in “The State’s Best” Readers Choice Awards. And, if you’ve had a great experience with McGuinn Hybrid Homes, please help us become The State’s Best Builder.

Columbia’s Newspaper, The State, is once again asking its readers to chime in and vote for the best of the best in our area. Nominations for the categories were accepted from August 6 through August 19. Shortly after, we received notice that McGuinn Hybrid Homes was nominated in the Builders category, which means we were ranked in the Top 10! What a wonderful surprise and boost of confidence from everyone that voted for us.

Voting for the winners opens September 4 and ends on September 17. The winners of the State’s Best will be announced on November 4. If you want to vote for us, please click on this link. On the left, click “Services” and scroll down to “Builders” (it is a little more than halfway down the list). Then, click on “McGuinn Homes” to cast your vote. And after you’ve voted for us, please go support your other favorite local businesses in their categories. Since you can only vote one time per day in each category, please cast your vote for us as your favorite builder. You do have to vote in 30 other categories for your vote to count, so give your other local favorites some love!

When, Master Builder, Wade McGuinn launched our company 33 years ago, he wanted to help people experience the dream of homeownership. As a local homebuilder, Wade sought to build quality homes that were affordable. This vision is still the focus of McGuinn Hybrid Homes today. We are invested in energy efficiency, so every home conserves water and electricity. All of this while still providing a comfortable, healthy environment, and a lasting value.

He also established the Your Home, Your Way” process of giving our homebuyers an active role in the design and building of their home. From the very first home, Wade strived to accommodate the wants and needs of our customers. Many buyers have been pleasantly surprised that we not only say, “Yes,” but we deliver on that promise when other builders have said, “No.”

One realtor thanked us for patiently waiting for their buyer’s financial matters to be resolved. “I know that any other builder would have canceled that contract and sold the home to someone else.” The agent also added to Wade, “You are a thorough gentleman!”

We’ve won awards over the years, for energy efficiency, quality construction, and design. We are honored to be recognized by our industry for this excellence. Still, we’d love to know that we’re doing a good job for the people who trust us to build their home.

If we haven’t yet had the opportunity to demonstrate the quality of our new homes, townhomes and communities and the experience of working with our team, stop by or contact McGuinn Homes and we’ll happy to give you details, show you our homes, and talk about the high standards we’ve diligently maintained over the years.

Meet Jenn Davis: The Voice of McGuinn Hybrid Homes

Categories: About McGuinn Hybrid Homes, Home Buying | Posted: August 28, 2018

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Life doesn’t always lead you where you expect. Those twists and turns often make life more interesting. We reaped the rewards of a twist of fate when Jennifer Davis responded to our call for an Online Sales Manager (OSM). In just a short time, she has added so much to our team. Since she is the first one you’ll probably connect with when you contact us, we thought you should meet Jenn Davis the voice of McGuinn Hybrid Homes.

One of the most interesting details about our OSM is that she is a classically trained vocalist. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts in vocal performance from Bethune Cookman University (in her hometown of Daytona, FL). She then continued her studies and received a Master of Music in Opera Theater from the University of South Carolina. When she’s not using her voice to help homebuyers zero in on the right community, Jenn performs as the lead vocalist in both a rock band and a cover band. From opera to rock? With her natural talent, Jenn can segue from one genre to another.

It might be her skill at performing that strikes a high note with our customers. Jenn is always upbeat, friendly, and, most of all, passionate about helping others.

“I love the helping aspect of the job,” says Jenn. “I get to help a homebuyer find their dream home.”

As McGuinn Hybrid Homes’ Online Sales Manager, Jenn is the first point of contact for anyone inquiring about the single-family homes, townhomes, communities, buying process, and anything else they want to know before deciding to take the next step. This role requires that she work with a wide range of homebuyers, as well as just about everyone on our team.

When we have an event to organize, Jenn steps up to handle that as well as her other duties. She has successfully orchestrated open houses, community grand openings, and the company’s anniversary party.

So, in addition to being a talented singer, Jenn is a proficient juggler!

Lessons from an insider

Jenn joined McGuinn Hybrid Homes in June of this year. She brought prior real estate agency experience, but had most recently worked as a pharmacy scheduler and district administrative assistant for CVS Health. Now, working so closely with homebuyers, she has gained insights into the process and offers these tips:

  • Check your credit report and score. You can get a free credit report once a year. Make sure all the information is accurate; dispute any errors. If you want to improve your credit score, talk to a lender for suggestions. Higher scores qualify you for better interest rates, so it could be truly worth your while to work on this goal.
  • Get pre-approved by a lender.Take this step before you begin searching for a new home, to save time and shop with confidence. The pre-approval letter advises the seller that you can secure a loan for up to a specified amount.
  • Determine how much home you can afford. Look at your budget and decide what you can afford for a monthly mortgage payment. Just because you qualify for a certain amount doesn’t mean it fits with your personal financial plans.
  • Find the right real estate agent. Don’t be afraid to interview multiple agents. The agent will be your sustenance throughout the whole process and you want to make sure that the person you choose is knowledgeable, and understands and respects your goals
  • Review the HOA rules and fees. Homebuyers sometimes fail to fully understand property restrictions before choosing a community. Learn all of the homeowner’s association rules and fees.

Put Jenn Davis to work for you! Contact her to learn more about McGuinn Hybrid Homes—our process, commitment to energy efficiency, financing a new construction home, and our new home opportunities. Whether you choose a single-family home or townhome in one of our communities in the Columbia, SC, region, or we build on your land, Jenn will be instrumental in paving a smooth path to purchase.

Grand Opening of Pleasant Springs This Saturday!

Categories: About McGuinn Hybrid Homes, Coming Soon Community, Energy Efficient, Lake Murray, News & Announcements | Posted: August 16, 2018

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Lexington, South Carolina, has so much to offer. It’s a city that feels more like a small town. Living on the coast of Lake Murray is an added bonus. So, McGuinn Hybrid Homes decided to expand our offerings of new home communities in Lexington (Mariner’s Creek, Spence Plantation, Sterling Lake, Summerlake, and Woodmill). We’re excited to announce the grand opening of Pleasant Springs this Saturday, August 18!

From 11am to 2pm, you can explore our plans for this new subdivision near Lake Murray. McGuinn Hybrid Homes is planning a total of 60 single-family homes here. Right now, you have the opportunity to take your pick of the Pleasant Springs homesites, which include cul-de-sac lots.

Our grand opening will include a giveaway of a $500 VISA gift card to one of our agent visitors. Fat Bellies food truck will be here to serve their signature Southern cuisine. While looking over the features and amenities we have planned for Pleasant Springs, you can also chill out with Pelican’s SnoBalls in the most popular flavors.

The floor plans present a wide range of styles and sizes—single-level and two-story homes, from 1,491 square feet to 2,835 square feet of living space, with three to five bedrooms and as many as 3.5 baths. Each new home design features the popular open concept that combines your kitchen, living, and dining rooms. Our standard kitchen is anything but standard. We include granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, plus ample storage. We have so many ways to personalize your new home—inside and out—so you can make it as individual as you are.

As you might expect from our name, McGuinn Hybrid Homes emphasizes energy efficiency in all of our single-family homes and townhomes throughout the Columbia, SC, area. Our hybrid homes include a full range of standard features that contribute to significant energy savings and healthy living. From the construction materials and methods to ENERGY STAR appliances, low-flow plumbing fixtures, programmable thermostats, low-VOC paint, and a tankless gas water heater, every aspect of your home is designed and built to provide comfort, convenience, and conservation.

Families will also appreciate the added value of the award-winning Lexington 1 school district that serves Pleasant Springs, as well as the safety afforded by sidewalks in this community.

Please join us this Saturday, August 18, for the grand opening of Pleasant Springs. We hope you’ll become one of these founding members of what promises to be a highly desirable neighborhood in Lexington. Click here for directions and contact us to learn more.

Ready to Build On Your Lot? We Are, Too!

Categories: Home Buying | Posted: August 13, 2018

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The image of your dream home isn’t just the home itself. The property plays a big part in fulfilling that sought-after vision. In some cases, you can find the perfect place—either already existing or in a community where a home builder has just the right floor plan for you. But if you’ve located a homesite that presents the ideal backdrop for your new construction home, and it’s in the Columbia, South Carolina, region, McGuinn Hybrid Homes can help to make that dream a reality. Ready to build on your lot? We are, too!

Here are some helpful tips and advice to consider before moving forward.

Find a builder who is both experienced and willing.

You might assume that any home builder can and will build on a homesite of your choosing. Some builders won’t construct a new home on a site they don’t own. They focus solely on the communities they’re developing.

You should also search for a builder who is experienced with developing a site like yours. You need someone who is knowledgeable and skilled at working with an unimproved lot. Ask to see photos of homes they have built on a comparable lot. Discuss the construction challenges they faced and how they managed them. Ask each builder these questions before making your choice!

Do a walk-through with your builder before you commit to your property.

You see scenic views and a beautiful home with meticulous landscaping.

An experienced builder sees the way the home should be sited, where the drainage must be, and how much excavation is going to be necessary.

Review your land selection’s “buildability”. Will you incur additional costs for a foundation here? Will it be costly to access utilities? Are there easements or zoning issues that could prevent you from building or, at least, present an obstacle?

Let your builder explain any limitations presented by the property and offer solutions before you purchase the land.

Consult your builder about the floor plan.

Your home and your land will co-exist. You want them to do so in complete harmony, right? Before you decide on a new home design, talk to your builder about the features you want that could impact the way the home is sited, like a front porch that accommodates seating, the view you want from your kitchen, large windows to stream natural light, a side-loaded garage, and the position of the driveway, to name just a few. If your land has slopes, some designs will fit better than others.

Builders like McGuinn Hybrid Homes offers new home designs to build on your lot. We’re experienced with our plans so there’s no risk of errors in the plan. We won’t run into one of those moments where a measurement is off or a wall needs to be moved. There is no learning curve when you choose a builder’s plan.

McGuinn Hybrid Homes is a Certified Master Builder with more than 30 years of building experience. We’ve developed a diverse portfolio of designs that we can share with you, each one backed by our new home warranty. Let’s discuss how to personalize the one that fits your style and your land, and the exceptional energy efficiency that’s built into each one. Contact us to bring your dream closer.

McGuinn Hybrid Homes Receives First-Place Pinnacle Award

Categories: About McGuinn Hybrid Homes, Columbia, Hybrid Home, SC, Uncategorized | Posted: July 30, 2018

As often as award nominees say, “It’s just an honor to be nominated,” there’s nothing like hearing your name called as the winner! We recently experienced that thrill at the Home Builders Association of South Carolina’s 2018 State Convention, when it was announced, “McGuinn Hybrid Homes receives the first-place Pinnacle Award for New Home Construction in the category of $1.5 Million to $1,999,999.”

Since 2003, the HBASC has been recognizing the exceptional craftsmanship of builders and remodelers throughout the state. At this 15th annual convention, the association presented the prestigious Pinnacle Awards to builders and remodelers. The categories included New Construction, Green Building, Remodel Projects, and Subdivision and Community, and Sales and Marketing. Within the New Construction category, projects were grouped according to the home’s cost, which ranged from less than $250,000 to more than $5 million.

The Pinnacle Awards were created to honor the professionals in the home building industry who have demonstrated the highest standards for craftsmanship, innovative problem-solving and customer satisfaction.

Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes, said the company is proud of the awards it has earned over the years. As a Certified Master Builder, he remains committed to maintaining the high standards that were set when he started McGuinn Hybrid Homes 33 years ago.

“We’ve always looked at home building as a way of helping people accomplish the dream of homeownership,” he explains. “That means building quality homes that are affordable, and providing an enjoyable experience for our customers. When we say, ‘Easy as 1-2-3’, that’s a promise.”

The Pinnacle Awards were presented at the HBASC’s convention, held July 13-15, in Savannah, Georgia. The awardwinners will be highlighted in the upcoming SC Builder Journal and featured on the SC Department of Commerce and the SC Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism websites to emphasize the craftsmanship and quality of the Palmetto State’s residential builders.

We invite you to look at McGuinn Hybrid Homes’ new construction homes—both single-family homes and townhomesand communities throughout the Columbia, South Carolina, area.Our energy-efficient homes provide quality craftsmanship and affordable pricing. Browse our floor plansand currently available move-in ready homes. If you have your own property in mind,talk to us about building on your lot. Put our award-winning expertise and craftsmanship to work for you and your future home.

Design Trends for Home Plumbing Fixtures

Categories: Buying a New Home, Columbia, Home Buying, Homeowner tips, SC | Posted: July 20, 2018

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Home fashions don’t begin and end with paint, wallpaper, and home decor fabric. Every year, manufacturers of everything from appliances and carpeting to cabinet hardware come up with new designs. Design trends for home plumbing fixtures are no different. Styles, colors, and features are updated every year. If you’re preparing to choose details for your new home, McGuinn Hybrid Homes has some design ideas to consider.

Plumbing picks in the kitchen

Your choices for plumbing features encompass many decisions in your kitchen and bathroom: sinks, faucets, shower head, and tub.

In the kitchen, homeowners are looking for deep sinks, most frequently in farmhouse and undermount styles. Although stainless steel remains a popular choice, manufacturers offer many others that enhance the look of your kitchen: composite granite, enamel-clad cast iron, copper, soapstone, fireclay, quartz, porcelain, and solid surface.

For the kitchen faucet, hands-free is a desirable choice, accompanied by the pull-down feature. The black matte finish has gained popularity, as it works with a variety of kitchen styles. Still, brushed nickel, and oil-rubbed bronze maintain their position as the top choices in finishes for kitchen plumbing fixtures.

A pot-filler faucet near the stove is a nice option for the busy cook. Save yourself the time of stepping over to the sink while you’re cooking with this convenient feature, which is mounted to the wall and is hinged to pull it back and forth.

Best in bathroom fixtures trends

The spa experience keeps getting better, thanks to so many advances in bathroom plumbing fixtures.

The rain shower head remains one of the most in-demand bathroom plumbing fixtures. These oversized fixtures—picture one as wide as 20 inches in diameter—can be mounted to the shower’s wall or ceiling and provide a gentle but generous flow. You can also add electronic controls to pre-set the water temperature, spray, flow, and even music, if you’ve incorporated that feature into your luxury shower as well.

Bathroom sinks have gone so far beyond basic that they can look more like artwork than plumbing. Wall-mounted sinks lit with LEDs, uniquely shaped basins, and vessel sinks made from wood, stone, glass, and metal add style and luxury to your bathroom.

The bathroom faucet—sink and tub—reflect the same shift toward matte black finishes, oil-rubbed bronze, and brushed nickel, with chrome-plated brass keeping a firm grip on its long-standing choice for this room. The single lever style sink faucet is preferred over two handles, and a water-sensing feature is a good option for conserving water without compromising water pressure.

The tub is no longer a luxury—and you have more choices in bathtub styles, shape, and features than ever before. The freestanding tub presents a beautiful focal point and comes in different shapes, like oval, rectangular, and round. Clawfoot bathtubs reflect the return of this vintage design, and are now available in a wide spectrum of colors. Jetted tubs provide the relaxing spa experience. Walk-in tubs are ideal for people with special needs. Corner tubs accommodate bathrooms with limited space.

Our design professionals are ready to guide you through every detail in your new home. McGuinn Homes builds energy-efficient, single-family homes and townhomes around Columbia, South Carolina. Take a look at our floor plans and communities or take advantage of the option for McGuinn Homes to build on your lot. Your dream home starts here!

Financing Your Home With a Builder’s Preferred Lender

Categories: Buying a New Home, Home Buying | Posted: July 11, 2018

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Is there a benefit to to financing your home with a builder’s preferred lender? Buying a new construction home is not a complex situation, but it’s different from purchasing an existing home. Not every financial institution has the knowledge and experience to navigate this process. At McGuinn Homes, we want our homeowners to enjoy the entire process, from selecting their home to finalizing the purchase and moving in. We pay close attention to every detail, and we want to be sure the lender does the same.

Close on schedule.This might sound like a “given”, but we’ve heard about too many situations where the lender failed to get the necessary documents together on time. Not being accustomed to the building process, they might overlook a critical step. The result? A delay in closing and possibly an increase in the mortgage rate if your lender doesn’t lock it in. Financing a home isn’t something you want to trust to someone who is just learning about new construction homes.

A human voice.While you’re juggling the details that go with buying and financing a new home, you want to speak to a person, not voicemail. McGuinn Homes chose Southern First Bank as our preferred lender because they have proven they will respond to our customers. When you have a question—on a weeknight, weekend, and even a holiday—you can reach your lender.

Fair appraisals.Appraisers are human. They make mistakes. But an incorrect appraisal can determine whether or not you can close on the purchase of your new home at the price you agreed upon. If an appraisal comes in above the purchase price, the buyer has the choice of paying the higher price or walking away. Our preferred lender has experienced appraisers who fairly assess the value of your new home.

Special incentives.The trust that builds the relationship between the homebuilder and the mortgage lender creates another opportunity for the homebuyer. Incentives like paid closing costs and special financing programs for a builder’s homes can be available only through a preferred lender, because of the respect for one another’s integrity.

When we say “preferred lender”, it’s because these mortgage professionals have consistently performed to McGuinn Homes’ high standard for professionalism and personal service. We  recommend Southern First Mortgage because they’re as invested in your experience as we are! Contact them to learn more about your financing options, and talk to us to find the right home in one of our communities or build on your lot around Columbia, South Carolina.

Discover Your Ideal Southern Lifestyle in Lexington, SC.

Categories: Buying a New Home, Home Buying, SC, Uncategorized | Posted: July 6, 2018

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Southern living means warm hospitality, beautiful weather, and home-cooking that is unrivaled for creativity and flavor. When you’re ready for the best of a relaxed lifestyle that also gives you plenty to do, South Carolina should be your target. Then, zoom in on the capital, Columbia, and head west for 15 miles to reach your destination, Here you can discover your ideal southern lifestyle in Lexington, SC—with some help from McGuinn Homes.

With a population of only 25,000 people, Lexington is the largest town in the county, although it’s a small town by all other standards. People who live and vacation here take advantage of many things to to do and the plentiful sunshine that lets them grab as much outdoor time as they want. Spending a day on Lake Murray could mean anything from boating to paddleboarding, or maybe catching some bass that has made this 48,000-acre lake a legendary fishing spot. You might want to hike the Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve in Lexington, one of the best in the Midlands. Maybe catch a live performance or outdoor movie at the Icehouse Amphitheater. Lexington also provides a variety of parks and gardens where you can wander or treat yourself to a picnic or a quiet escape by a koi pond.

Students gain a quality education in Lexington, too. GreatSchools gave the district’s schools top ratings for student performance and progress.

McGuinn Home is a local home builder with deep roots in this area. Our homes, townhomes, and communities represent the most desirable locations. In Lexington, we offer three premier new home communities.

Mariner’s Creek

This quiet community features just 97 homes in all. We’re presenting a variety of floor plan choices for your new home here, ranging from 1,861 square feet to more than 3,500 square feet of living space. Our new home designs for Mariner’s Creek reflect classic architectural lines, with elegant interiors that blend an open concept with private spaces, like luxurious owner’s suites. We have 21 homes to complete the neighborhood, which is just two minutes outside downtown Lexington.

Pleasant Springs

The affordable homes in this friendly community start in the mid-$150,000s—an incredible value for homes that are not only extremely energy-efficient, but also spacious, well-appointed, and close to the award-winning Lexington One schools, the best of the best! With two-story and single-level homes that offer from 1,491 to 2,835 square feet of living space, you can find the floor plan that presents the perfect fit for your lifestyle.

Summerlake

We designed this McGuinn Homes neighborhood and the homes for people who want to enjoy the Lexington lifestyle. Summerlake is just minutes from Highway 378, making it easy to get in and out of Columbia. But with community amenities that include a lakeside location, resort-style clubhouse, swimming pool, pocket park, playground, fully stocked fishing pond, and nature trails, you have many reasons to stay home! You can move in quickly here, with several personal selection ready homes now available and others under construction. Or look at our portfolio of floor plans, from 2,003 to 2,835 square feet.

Thinking of another location in Lexington or around the Columbia area? McGuinn Homes will build on your lot, providing you the quality construction that includes the exceptional energy efficiency of our hybrid homes! Contact us to experience the comfort, convenience, and enjoyment that comes from choosing the right home in the right location.

Get the “Jewel” of Lakeside Living at Crystal Cove

Categories: Buying a New Home, Columbia, SC | Posted: June 26, 2018

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Lake Murray is known as “The Jewel of South Carolina”. This man-made lake in Columbia, South Carolina, spans 48,000 acres and provides 620 miles of shoreline. It all adds up to countless ways to enjoy the great outdoors. From the best bass fishing around to boating, swimming, water sports, beaches and fun on the shore, Lake Murray is the place to be. Why not do more than vacation here? You can get the “Jewel” of lakeside living at Crystal Cove, McGuinn Homes’ community of energy-efficient, new construction homes.

Crystal Cove is situated on the northeastern side of Lake Murray, in the small town of Irmo. Although just 12 miles from Downtown Columbia, Irmo is a friendly and serene lakeside community of stately homes, green spaces, and locally-owned businesses where you’re treated like a friend, not a customer.

A community of luxury homes

We chose a location within walking distance of Lake Murray Marina to develop our community of luxury homes. Our portfolio of single-family homes features floor plans that range from 2,320 to 3,547 square feet of indoor living space.

The Cleveland is a popular design that offers versatile space and so many ways to customize it to your liking. As the largest floor plan for Crystal Cove, it presents four bedrooms—with an option for a fifth—and 4.5 baths. The flex room near the front entry could be used as a home office, formal living room, playroom, library, or hobby studio. The second-story loft adds another flex space that expands the opportunity in this home.

The Cleveland offers a luxurious, first-floor owner’s suite, with bay windows filling the large bedroom with natural light. We incorporated an oversized master bath and a closet that could be a room on its own.

A wealth of energy-efficient features

With all the luxuries included in this home (and all of our Crystal Cove homes), one of the most valuable features is its energy-efficiency. McGuinn Homes takes pride in the commitment to our hybrid homes. Our design, construction methods, materials, and appliances reflect the most advanced eco-friendly options. We use high-quality insulation, 14 SEER air conditioning system, an engineered roof system, and thermal windows to keep you comfortable while also conserving energy. The tankless gas water heater we install in our hybrid homes uses less energy and provides a better source of hot water when you need it—and lasts longer than conventional water heaters.

You could be living lakeside this summer!

McGuinn Homes has several move-in ready homes for sale at Crystal Cove right now (including two Cleveland designs). You can even put your own finishing touches on some of them. Look at the opportunities at Crystal Cove and our other new home communities around Columbia, and talk to us
to find your home with McGuinn.