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6 Reasons to Live in Columbia, SC

Categories: About McGuinn Hybrid Homes, Columbia, Downtown Columbia | Posted: February 11, 2019

McGuinn Hybrid Homes Reasons to Live in ColumbiaYou’re thinking about making a big change—moving to a new area. For those of you who have just endured one of the coldest winters in your life, you might be looking at a southern locale where the weather is so much milder. Not that we’re biased, but McGuinn Hybrid Homes can offer 6 reasons to live in Columbia, SC!

Reason #1: Go coastal or take to the hills

The Columbia area is almost the same distance from the beach as it is from the mountains. Head in one direction to bask on a beach along the Atlantic coast, or just stay local and get your water energy from one of the many lakes that are close to Columbia. Lake Murray, for example, spans 48,000 acres and 41 miles, and offers 620 miles of shoreline, and it’s just outside of Columbia. Dreher Shoals Dam lets you walk across Lake Murray. The 1.5 mile dam includes biking and walking paths, a beach, and a picnic area. The 213-foot-high dam is a popular place to get a stunning view.

McGuinn Hybrid Homes builds communities—like Harbour Watch—that offer lakeside living and all the recreation and relaxation that goes with it.

From your central location in Columbia, you can take a scenic drive to the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s one of those trips where the journey is just as enjoyable as the destination.

Reason #2: We have really great sports

Do you like to watch great basketball, football, or other sports from the stands instead of a TV? Columbia is home to the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. Many pro players have emerged from USC, including the NFL’s Stephon Gilmore and Alshon Jeffery (both Super Bowl winners), NBA Hall of Famer Alex English, World Series 2018 MVP Steve Pearce and Adam Everett, who played both for the Cleveland Indians and the gold-medal-winning 2000 USA baseball team. Watching the Gamecocks play at the Columbia Area is like getting a sneak preview of future all-stars!

Columbia is also home to the Lexington County Blowfish, a summer collegiate team playing in the Coastal Plain League. Their home is here at Lexington County Baseball Stadium and, like the USC Gamecocks, you can expect to see young talent that’s getting ready for big league careers. Oh, and the team is named after Hootie and the Blowfish, that also happens to be from South Carolina.

Over at Spirit Communications Park, you can catch Fireflies. Don’t bring a jar, because you’ll be watching the New York Mets’ Class-A affiliate play top-notch baseball.

Reason #3: There’s a lot of history here

For you history buffs, you’ll find no shortage of fascinating stories, landmarks, and museums in and around Columbia. The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia presents a wealth of knowledge that comes from more than 70,000 pieces of art, artifacts, fossils, and other treasures that paint the picture of South Carolina’s past. For an even bigger picture, the museum features a planetarium and observatory.

Reason #4: Fun is a Columbia tradition

A good time is just part of our culture here in Columbia, SC. How do you like to spend your free time? Naturally, as a city, Columbia and all of the surrounding areas will treat you to a limitless array of dining and shopping. Whether you want down-home, real Southern cooking or an epicurean experience, you’re never far from great food.

Columbia has more ways to entertain you. The Icehouse Amphitheater is a key part of the city’s revitalization that began in 2012. This outdoor theatre regularly fills its 900-seat capacity for live performances, movies, and more.

The EdVenture Children’s Museum is a family-friendly place that welcomes curious hands and minds to explore learning. Whenever a youngster complains about being bored, head straight for EdVenture.

Colonial Life Arena is a busy venue for everything from USC Gamecocks and other sports events to concerts. The upcoming events calendar features an eclectic mix of entertainment, like James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, and Pink. Then there’s WWE wrestling and Monster Jam. And the kids will love shows like Disney on Ice and Sesame Street Live.

The Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia gives the whole family a respectful view of our wildlife citizens. The zoo focuses on education and environmental conservation, with plenty of fun that includes getting up close and personal with giraffes and kangaroos, ziplining, and scaling a rock wall.

Reason #5: The great outdoors is really great

With the idyllic South Carolina climate, you’ll probably want to get out and enjoy the sun-drenched days. Columbia is filled with parks where you can hike, bike, wander, picnic, and play. Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park offers a glimpse of Columbia’s history, while also featuring trails, playgrounds, an amphitheater, picnic spots, and fishing. Saluda Shoals Park is a riverfront recreation area, and the splash park there is just the thing for a hot day.

Take a hike through the Harbison State Forest or Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve. Go canoeing or camping at Sesquicentennial State Park. Wander through the many gardens at Virginia Hylton Park.

You can also blend the outdoor experience with casual shopping at the Soda City Market. This weekly street market in Downtown Columbia takes place every Saturday, rain or shine. With about 150 vendors, this event blends the best of local purveyors of food, art, crafts, and much, much more.

Reason #6: A good life is affordable

You can live well in this Southern area without spending a fortune, Housing costs are below the national average. See for yourself. McGuinn Hybrid Homes has brand new, single-family homes starting from the mid-$100,000s and townhomes from $133,900. Look at our communities, floor plans, and move-in ready homes. Then, let’s talk about the many reasons to choose a McGuinn Hybrid home.

Get Ready to Move Into Hallman Meadows: New Community in Leesville, SC

Categories: About McGuinn Hybrid Homes, Coming Soon Community, Energy Efficient, News & Announcements | Posted: January 26, 2019

McGuinn Hybrid Homes Hallman Meadows LeesvilleLexington, SC, offers the ideal blend of country living with a broad variety of things to occupy your free time. Add in the beautiful South Carolina weather, close proximity to the state capital (Columbia, in case you forgot), and top-rated schools, and who wouldn’t want to live in Lexington? Well, if you want a little more green living, McGuinn Hybrid Homes has a new community in Leesville, just 12 minutes away. Get ready to move into Hallman Meadows, because our first new homes here are ready!

We chose this location to give our homeowners a more savory taste of small town life. With a population of about 5,500 people, this friendly community appreciates the simpler things in life, like relaxing at Lake Murray or spreading out a picnic in the park. Catch the Lexington County Blowfish play ball or the nationally ranked USC Gamecocks take to the court or the field in Columbia before they make their way into the pro leagues.

Hallman Meadows is also served by the sought-after Gilbert schools in the Lexington School District 1: Gilbert Elementary, Gilbert Middle, and Gilbert High School.

Take US-1 to SR-32 (also known as Hallman Wagon Road) and you’ll make your way to Hallman Meadows. Nestled in a quiet area, this new McGuinn Hybrid Homes community is designed for rustic living with contemporary style. We chose single-level and two-story floor plans—from 1,399 to 2,334 square feet—to accommodate different needs. No matter which home design you choose, we include our superior energy-efficient features. You’ll gain lasting value by lowering the cost of owning your home—starting as low as $165,600!

McGuinn Hybrid Homes has begun construction at Hallman Meadows. We have some brand new homes that have just been completed, with others at various stages. If you want to choose your finishes, take a look at these homes that are now underway:

161 Switch Grass Drive, 1,775 square feet, Cedar A floor plan, 2 stories, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2-car garage, $176,600

319 Bush Clover Way, 1,399 square feet, Spruce B floor plan, 1 story, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2-car garage, $165,600

320 Bush Clover Way, 2,075 square feet, Cypress floor plan, 2 stories, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2-car garage, $185,300

332 Bush Clover Way, 2,073 square feet, Willow floor plan, 2 stories, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2-car garage, $189,500

327 Bush Clover Way, 1,700 square feet, Magnolia A floor plan, 1 story, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2-car garage, $184,900

Hoping to move sooner? We have new construction homes for sale at Hallman Meadows that are ready for a quick closing:

146 Switch Grass Drive, 1,775 square feet, Cedar B floor plan, 2 stories, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2-car garage, $176,600

157 Switch Grass Drive, 2,334 square feet, Maple A floor plan, 2 stories, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2-car garage, $197,100

145 Switch Grass Drive, 2,075 square feet, Cypress floor plan, 2 stories, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2-car garage, $185,300

153 Switch Grass Drive, 1,883 square feet, Birch floor plan, 2 stories, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2-car garage, $174,300

149 Switch Grass Drive, 1,399 square feet, Spruce A floor plan, 1 story, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2-car garage, $165,600

150 Switch Grass Drive, 2,073 square feet, Willow floor plan, 2 stories, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2-car garage, $190,665

Hallman Meadows is transforming from a scenic location to a scenic community of new construction homes in Leesville! Come and take a look. Plan now to schedule a personal tour.

 

Energy-Saving Tips: Lower Your Bills, Not Your Comfort

Categories: About McGuinn Hybrid Homes, Energy Efficient, Homeowner tips, Hybrid Home | Posted: January 23, 2019

McGuinn hybrid Homes Energy Saving TipsWe’re not even halfway through winter yet. How are you handling the weather? Here in Columbia, SC, we don’t get the severe weather like areas north of us, but it’s still colder than you might expect. At McGuinn Hybrid Homes, we’re always looking for ways to help our homeowners save money by conserving energy. After all, “Hybrid” is our middle name! Here are some energy-saving tips that will lower your bills, not your comfort.

Smarten up your thermostat. Heating costs can soar in the winter. Switch out your current thermostat to a smart thermostat that allows you to adjust the temperature from an app on your smartphone. Lower the temperature when you’re gone and turn it up just before you return so you’re not walking into a chilly home. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that you can reduce your heating bill by 10% when you lower your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours a day.

Get your systems serviced. Have your furnace and water heater inspected and serviced by a professional to get the heat and hot water you need without wasting energy. Steps like replacing dirty air filters help the furnace work more efficiently.

Plug the leaks. Check for drafts around windows, doors, switchplates, outlets, vents, and any spaces that are directly connected to the outside. Use caulking, weather stripping, and insulation to eliminate drafts that wastefully suck up energy.

Close your damper. Heat can escape through your fireplace. Inspect the seal on the damper to make sure it is preventing leaks, and keep the damper closed when you don’t have a fire burning. Make sure the fire is completely extinguished before closing the damper.

Use natural daylight. The days are shorter in the winter, but you can still utilize the sunlight you have. Open up curtains and blinds to let the sunshine in during the day. Then close them at night to keep warmth inside.

Shift your fan blades. Warm air rises. Push it back down where you want it by reversing the direction of the blades on your ceiling fan. They should move in a clockwise manner from the ceiling to the floor.

Adjust your appliance temperatures. It’s not just the thermostat that needs adjusting in the winter. Lower the temperature on your refrigerator a few degrees, or switch to the energy-saving feature. You can also reduce the temperature on your water heater to no more than 120°F; wrap a blanket around it to insulate the water heater. Use cold water when washing your laundry, which also happens to protect colors and fabrics.

Unblock vents. Make sure the vents are free of any obstacles, like furniture, plants, or boxes. The system works more efficiently when there’s a free flow of air.

Put motion sensors on your outdoor lights. With the sun setting earlier, you probably use your exterior lights more often. Instead of a timer, use motion sensors to turn on these lights.

Switch to LED bulbs. LED bulbs use less electricity and last far longer than incandescent, halide, or fluorescent. Use this calculator to see how much you’ll save.

Beware of phantom load. Some electrical cords continue to eat energy even when the item it powers isn’t turned on. Phantom load, also known as “standby power” is drawn 24 hours a day from charging cords for electronics, power cords for appliances, and some power strips. On average, a household has 40 electrically powered items that draw power as soon as they’re plugged in, which accounts for about 10% of electricity use. Unplug your microwave, toaster, coffee maker, TV, phone and computer charging cords, computer, printer, and loaded power strips when not in use.

When you’re ready to upgrade to a home that actually performs for you, look at McGuinn Hybrid Homes. We incorporate the latest in energy-efficient home design to protect you, your investment, and the environment. Our communities of single-family homes and townhomes are located in and around Columbia, SC. If you have a particular location in mind, talk to us about building a home on your land.

Looking to Buy a New Home in 2019? Consider These Tips.

Categories: About McGuinn Hybrid Homes, Buying a New Home, Home Buying | Posted: January 3, 2019

McGuinn Hybrid Homes New Home Buyer Tips

The new year is still fresh. Maybe you haven’t given a lot of thought yet to the next 12 months. Or maybe you have. No matter how good or bad 2018 was for you, you’ve got a fresh start right now. How are you going to make the most of it? Are you looking to buy a new home in 2019? It’s a good time right now. If you’re a first-time homebuyer, consider these tips, courtesy of McGuinn Hybrid Homes.

It’s a big decision but doesn’t have to be a permanent one.

You might fear the commitment of buying a home. What if you decide to move in a couple of years? You can’t predict the future, but don’t postpone your life for the “what if’s”. If you decide to move in a couple of years, you can sell or rent your home, and likely turn a profit. Instead of paying rent, invest in a home. Real estate values are on the rise—but so are home prices and interest rates. The longer you wait, the more you’ll pay.

Add up the total cost of ownership.

The price you pay for a home isn’t the same as the cost to own it. You might find that a resale home is less expensive than a new one, but you should consider the other funds you’ll need to invest. Add in everything necessary to make this home the way you want it—like replacing a roof or air conditioning system, buying major appliances, redoing the floors, and rewiring for your smart technology.

While an existing home might appear to save you money, there could be a lot more costs involved in actually owning it. Remember that a new home comes with brand new systems and appliances. It comes with numerous warranties. You don’t have to worry about footing the bill for repairs. How much is THAT worth to you?

Pay attention to the energy efficient features.

Don’t underestimate that value of a well-built home that reflects a builder’s commitment to energy efficiency. From the construction and HVAC system to the appliances, insulation, and fixtures, everything contributes to the carbon footprint of your home. A home should be designed, engineered, and built to “perform”—creating a comfortable, safe atmosphere while using less energy. Why pay more to heat or cool your house because it doesn’t have top-notch insulation in the walls and ceilings, and radiant barrier sheathing in the attic? Plus, systems like a tankless water heater save energy, work better, and last longer.

You’ll be paying energy bills as long as you own your home, so be sure to consider everything that impacts those costs. Also, remember that an energy-efficient home carries a higher resale value than those that are not as eco-friendly. Take a look at these “green building” features included in McGuinn Hybrid Homes so you can see how they affect your investment.

Talk to a mortgage lender first.

There are plenty of mortgage programs out there. Before you start looking for a home, learn which one best fits your financial situation. If you don’t have a large down payment, ask about programs, like FHA home loans, that require as little as 3.5% down. A mortgage professional can also give you guidance on preparing to buy a home. Find out how to improve your credit score, how much to set aside for closing costs, and what’s involved in getting a mortgage. You should also get pre-approved so you can shop for a home that’s within your reach.

If your new home search brings you to the Columbia, SC, area, talk to us at McGuinn Hybrid Homes. Our communities of new construction, single-family homes and townhomes are located near the lakes, in good school districts, and close to all the amenities you need. Want to build a home on your land? We have experience with that, too.

With mortgage payments that could be less than your current rent, you owe it to yourself to make this important move in 2019.

 

The 12 (Now 9) Deals of Christmas: Reduced Prices on Move-in Ready Homes

Categories: About McGuinn Hybrid Homes, Home Buying, Specials & Incentives | Posted: December 12, 2018

McGuinn Hybrid Homes 12 Deals of Christmas

As you’re counting down the days to Christmas, we have another countdown for you. McGuinn Hybrid Homes presents “The 12 Deals of Christmas”. Take advantage of reduced prices on move-in ready homes. We’ve made it even easier (and more affordable) to buy a new construction home in prime locations around the Midlands of Columbia, SC.

UPDATE: Make that “9” because these homes are going fast! Three homes have already sold. But you have 9 more ways to benefits from McGuinn Hybrid Homes’ season of giving.

Have you made a wish to life in an award winning community? Centennial at Lake Carolina in Columbia presents all the amenities you’d want, like a swimming pool, clubhouse, park, lighted walking trails, 200-acre lake, a YMCA, and an active community. Here are 5 ways to make your Christmas wish come true:

#1. 909 Layton Way is a single-level home with 1,506 square feet, perfect as your year-round residence or a vacation getaway on the lake. This Calhoun floor plan features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, an open concept floor plan, 2-car garage, and private patio. Reduced from $224,900 to $209,900

#2. 905 Layton Way offers 1,700 square feet of stylish space. From the brick exterior to the grandeur of the open concept and lavish master suite, this 3-bedroom, 2-bath Woodland design includes hardwood flooring in the foyer, a fenced back yard, and energy-efficient appliances and systems. Reduced from $249,900 to $219,900

#3. 932 Layton Way also reflects the 1,506-square-foot Calhoun home design from McGuinn Hybrid Homes. Starting with eye-catching curb appeal with the brick facade and covered porch, this new construction home provides the comfort and convenience of single-level living. Reduced from $224,900 to $209,900

#4. 913 Layton Way is distinctive at first glance. Architectural details of this Woodland floor plan continue from the exterior to the smartly designed 1,700-square-foot interior. The master suite includes both a garden tub and step-in shower. With 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, this unique home could be the perfect fit for you. Reduced from $249,900 to $219,900

#5. 908 Layton Way is getting its finishing touches. With our holiday special, you’ll save $30,000 on this Woodland home design, one of our most popular. This ranch-style home provides energy efficiency that increases the value even more. If you want 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 9-foot ceilings, and a spacious, open living area, this home and special offer are waiting for you. Reduced from $249,900 to $219,900

Our Hill Creek community in Irmo is a short drive from Lake Murray, and offers easy access to I-26 for a quick trip to Columbia. McGuinn Hybrid Homes has included one home on our “12 Deals of Christmas List”.

#6. 112 Aspen Court is a stunning, 2-story home with a spacious deck and front porch. Step inside to 2,313 square feet of living space that includes 3 large bedrooms, 2 baths, a center island kitchen, open floor plan, and large yard. Reduced from $247,900 to $219,900

Lexington, SC, is close enough to Columbia to keep you connected with city life, but far enough away to enjoy suburban serenity.  Woodmill is one of McGuinn Hybrid Homes’ Lexington communities, not far from Lake Murray and the Saluda River, as well as close to great schools. Our Christmas “gift list” continues with 2 Woodmill single-family homes for sale at a reduced price.

#7. 274 Woodmill Circle shows off our Stonebridge floor plan, a 2-story home with 2,307 square feet, 4 bedrooms, and 2.5 baths. We’ve incorporated quality details throughout the brick home’s interior, like a butler’s pantry, pendant lights, granite countertops, crown molding, and a luxurious master suite. Reduced from $267,900 to $247,900

#8. 202 Woodmill Circle showcases how McGuinn Hybrid Homes personalizes every home. We approach each one with a vision of the family that will live there. Like 274 Woodmill and 206 Woodmill, this single-family home includes 4 bedrooms and 2 baths, and so many more details to appreciate. Reduced from $267,900 to $247,900

Panorama Point in Gilbert is close to Lexington and I-26 to take you to Downtown Columbia in just 25 minutes. In addition to convenient access, this lakefront community offers scenic views and plenty of recreation. We wrap up our “12 Deals of Christmas” with one move-in ready home in Panorama Point that presents an outstanding opportunity,

#9. 511 Sunny Cove Court is an executive home that is worthy of a closer look. We built this exceptional, 2-story home in our Cleveland floor plan, which provides 3,18 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and the smart use of space. This luxury home features a gourmet kitchen with a butler’s pantry, and a flex room that could be transformed to a home office, library, media room, or hobby studio. The dining area is accented with a coffered ceiling and six-foot windows. Live in high style at the lake!  Reduced from $824,900 to $799,900

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice in 2018, end the year on a positive and powerful note. Come and see any of these new construction homes and reap the rewards of huge savings! Contact McGuinn Hybrid Homes for more information and to schedule your personal tour.

 

Discover Woodmill: New Homes Are Coming to Lake Murray

Categories: About McGuinn Hybrid Homes, Buying a New Home, Home Buying, Lake Murray, News & Announcements | Posted: November 28, 2018

McGuinn Hybrid Homes Woodpile Lake MurrayMcGuinn Hybrid Homes has begun a unique community of new construction homes in the scenic area outside of Columbia, SC. You could be one of the first to discover Woodmill, where new homes are coming to Lake Murray in Lexington, SC.

Start with the right location

For this new community, McGuinn Hybrid Homes chose a location that’s near Lake Murray and the Saluda River, so homeowners can experience the benefits of these beautiful waterways. Off Corley Mill Road, Woodmill is surrounded by wooded areas, adding to the natural feeling of living out in the country, even though the city is just 15 miles away. You can easily commute to and from your peaceful community or head into the city for Columbia’s wealth of urban activities.

Students who live in Woodmill attend Midway Elementary, Meadow Glen Middle, and River Bluff High School—all highly rated for academics and the overall educational experience.

Living in Woodmill means you can spend a day on the lake—fishing, boating, swimming, and other water sports, hiking, camping, or simply picnicking by the shore. You’re close to championship golf courses, tennis clubs, parks, playgrounds, and more recreational venues. And with Columbia’s weather, you have many months to get out and get physical!

Your country lifestyle will also include farm-fresh food. Lexington’s weekly farmer’s market runs from May through September. It’s a popular place to get the first pick of the harvest, explore the work of local artisans, and meet up with friends and neighbors.

Lexington is also home to the Icehouse Amphitheater, a local destination for world-class entertainment. The site was purchased by the Town of Lexington in 2012. The facility is evolving into a community hub, with outdoor concerts, movies, and special events. As a Lexington resident, you’ll see the Icehouse continue to be an inviting destination in your hometown.

Create the right lifestyle

The homesites at Woodmill are designed for privacy, with woods defining the outer boundary. In the center of the community, the backyards are separated by an alley-like drive, rather than backing up to one another.

McGuinn Hybrid Homes designed the floor plans here for a comfortable 2,307 square feet, and with the versatility and flexibility to make the home uniquely your own. With prices starting in the mid-$200,000’s for a 4-bedroom home, you get quality construction and standard features that will feel far more luxurious.

As part of our energy-efficient construction, McGuinn Hybrid Homes builds with thermal enveloping air barriers, which protects your home from costly air leaks. We incorporate eco-friendly natural gas heat and Low E windows. The tankless water heater installed in every home doesn’t run out of hot water like conventional water heaters that store it up. Instead, the tankless system heats on demand, which uses less energy and delivers a steadier flow of hot water. The slow-flow faucets conserve water without compromising water pressure, and dual programmable thermostats give you more control over the indoor temperatures.

We also include ENERGY STAR-certified appliances. A stainless steel Frigidaire smooth top range, microwave, and dishwasher are installed in our homes, giving you the peace of mind that comes with lasting quality.

We also build in style and comfort, like a first-floor master suite, walk-in closets with every bedroom, and a covered front porch and rear patio.

Lexington delivers a quality of life that could be perfect for you. Come and see what we’re talking about. Contact us to see what’s coming to Woodmill, including three new homes now under construction. With payments as low as $1,527 per month, a new home and a new location could be more affordable than you imagined!

 

How We Handled Hurricane Florence

Categories: About McGuinn Hybrid Homes, News & Announcements | Posted: October 11, 2018

McGuinn Hybrid Homes Hurricane FlorenceHurricane Florence struck North and South Carolina on September 14. Residents watched the path of the life-threatening, category 4 storm, and braced for winds of up to 130 miles per hour and flooding from the pummeling rains. As a homebuilder, McGuinn Hybrid Homes had to prepare for Florence, protecting our employees and the homes under construction for our homebuyers.

As soon as we heard about the impending hurricane, the McGuinn Hybrid Homes’ crews jumped into action, following the protocol we have for these situations. Every construction site shifted from building to protecting the homes and the areas around them. A lot of these materials can become a dangerous projectile when powerful winds whip through, so we have to secure everything.

Homes that are in the early stages of construction—before the framing is done—are preparing to build, so it’s mostly materials that need to be protected. Our crews brace off and tie down everything. The materials can get wet; we give them time to dry before covering them up after the storm passes.

The middle stages present the biggest challenge when preparing for a storm. We’ve already begun to install the interior and exterior finishes. We could have many unprotected products inside the home. Our team boards up doorways and garages to secure the home.

Homes in the final stages are the easiest to secure. We can close them up as a homeowner would do, and trust that our construction practices weather the storm. Roof lifting is one of the biggest causes of damage during heavy storms. McGuinn Hybrid Homes incorporates hurricane clips during the framing process. These clips secure the roof to the walls at each end of every truss. The waterproof house wrap and envelope we install on the exterior of the home is the best defense against the storm. Unfortunately, hurricane winds can force water into areas that would not normally be permeated, so we can never be 100% resistant to it. ,We can only put 100% of our knowledge and effort into the best defense!

When Hurricane Florence hit the Columbia, SC, area, it had been downgraded to a category 1 hurricane. There was still flooding and wind damage, but overall, our preparedness paid off. Some flying debris broke glass here and there, and the heavy rains caused soil erosion, which happens after any major rainstorm.

Most importantly, everyone was safe. McGuinn Hybrid Homes’ team was on the job the very next day—cleaning up, making repairs, and so very thankful we safely, successfully navigated the emergency,

You can’t anticipate natural disasters, but you can plan ahead to be ready. Make sure your home is built to stay strong during a big storm. McGuinn Hybrid Homes makes sure that every one of our homeowners has this confidence. When you’re ready for a new townhome or single-family home, see what we have to offer. We build communities of new construction homes and townhomes in Columbia and the surrounding cities and towns, and McGuinn Hybrid Homes will also build a home on your land. We’re a local homebuilder, part of the Columbia community for 33 years. Come talk to us to make the move toward a safer, more energy efficient home for you and your family.

 

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.