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These New Homes Are Move-in Ready. Are YOU?

Categories: Buying a New Home, Home Buying | Posted: January 16, 2019

McGuinn Hybrid Homes Move-in Ready 2019Our crews have been busily building over the last few months and we’ve got a lot to show for that effort. McGuinn Hybrid Homes has communities of single-family homes and townhomes all over the Columbia, SC, area. Right now, these new homes are move-in ready. The question is, are YOU?

Hillcreek, Columbia, SC

112 Aspen Court is a custom home on a wooded lot. With 2,313 square feet of indoor living space, this new construction home combines comfort, style, and energy efficiency. The master suite and 2 more bedrooms are located on the second floor, while the main floor features an open concept—a large, center island kitchen, family room, and dining area—plus a flex room by the foyer. $219,900

Crystal Cove, Irmo, SC

106 Crystal Manor Drive is the only move-in ready home now available in this popular community, and it’s a great choice for families. With 5 bedrooms—each with its own walk-in closet—3.5 baths, an upstairs loft, deluxe kitchen, and large, covered porch, this new home welcomes your busy household. $299,900

Panorama Point, Gilbert, SC

511 Sunny Cove Court presents a stunning home in an equally distinctive neighborhood. We expanded the Cleveland floor plan to 3,618 square feet that includes 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a gourmet kitchen, loft,  and a wealth of details in a luxury home. Details include coffered ceiling, expansive kitchen island, large windows that stream natural light into the home, and an awe-inspiring owner’s suite. $799,900

Harbour Watch on Lake Murray, Leesville, SC

115 Southpark Place will set you up right away for lakeside living. Check out the curb appeal on this two-story, brick home with a large covered porch. Inside, you have 3,343 square feet that features 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, an open concept in the main living area, and a flex space that could be used as a formal dining room, home office, playroom, or other function.  Take a virtual tour now! Boat storage is also available with this home for just $300 a year. $379,900

Summerlake, Lexington, SC

249 Garden Gate Way presents a unique exterior that combines stone, board and batten, and horizontal vinyl siding. Inside, the Wilshire floor plan offers a first-floor master suite, with 3 more bedrooms upstairs—each with a walk-in closet—a total of 3.5 baths, loft, and designer kitchen. The covered patio extends the living area outside. $320,792

578 Hopscotch Lane shows off the qualities of our 2,507-square-foot Meadowbrook floor plan—a 2-story home with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, second-floor laundry, a chef’s kitchen with granite countertops, and a spacious open floor plan that’s perfect for entertaining. $244,900

Woodmill, Lexington, SC

202 Woodmill Circle is now ready! Explore all the possibilities for decorating the versatile Stonebridge design. The spacious master suite provides a well-deserved haven in this home. You’ll also appreciate the hardwood floors, crown molding, 9-foot ceilings, and design details that McGuinn Hybrid Homes included in the 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath home’s 2,307 square feet. $247,900

Centennial at Lake Carolina, Columbia, SC

913 Layton Way offers an inviting home in the award-winning Lake Carolina community! Live lakeside where you have an abundance of amenities. This single-level, Woodland design features 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Perfectly sized for the first-time homebuyer, empty-nester, or as a vacation retreat, this home’s 1,700 square feet are creatively used for convenience, comfort, and style. $209,000

932 Layton Way presents a real charmer. The single-level brick home is accented with board and batten siding. Step inside to 1,506 square feet of energy efficient living, without compromising the features you want in a new home—3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a comfortably sized kitchen with an open concept to the great room and dining area. $199,000

Cumberland Place, West Columbia, SC

219 Shell Mound Court and 211 Shell Mound Court each reflect McGuinn Hybrid Homes creativity with the Stonebridge floor plan, a 2.317-square-foot, 2-story design with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and both a covered front porch and rear patio. The first-floor master suite is accented with a tray ceiling and luxurious master bath, with convenient access to the laundry. $200,900

Harbison Grove, Columbia, SC

435 Angel Grove Lane, 437 Angel Grove Lane, and 439 Angel Grove Lane present the first 2-bedroom townhomes available in this brand new community. Each one provides 1,428 square feet that includes a large kitchen, open floor plan, 2.5 baths, walk-in closets in each bedroom, and a rear covered patio that includes a locking storage closet. $133,900

Find your new home and a new lifestyle in one of these move-in ready homes, or check out the floor plans available in our communities or to that we can build on your land. McGuinn Hybrid Homes takes pride in the quality of our craftsmanship, energy-efficient design, and the personal service you’ll always experience with our team. Let’s see where life will take you!

 

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.

 

Renting Versus Buying: Which Choice is Right for You?

Categories: Buying a New Home, Home Buying | Posted: December 19, 2018

McGuinn Hybrid Homes Renting Vs Buying

Your biggest monthly living expense is probably the rent or mortgage payment. Every month, when you write that rent check, do you wonder how long you’ll be repeating this process? Buying a home is a scary proposition for some people. They fear the long-term commitment to the property and the return on investment. As you’re pondering, renting versus buying, McGuinn Hybrid Homes offers these things to consider to determine which choice is right for you.

When renting makes sense.

For the short-term, renting can be a viable option, particularly when you’re just getting to know an area. You can take your time checking out towns and neighborhoods, looking at schools and commutes, and exploring the local amenities. If that’s your plan, look into tenant-at-will agreements, where you don’t need to sign a long-term lease, but can simply offer 30-day notice that you’re leaving.

People who are in an uncertain situation—with employment or financial struggles, for example—may also opt for renting. Again, it should be viewed as a temporary solution, while you build up your buying strength.

The value of buying a home.

The biggest difference between buying a renting a home or apartment is in the equity. Rent is an expense. A mortgage is an investment. With every mortgage payment, you gain equity—getting closer to ownership. As your property value increases, so does your equity. With housing values on the rise, the return on your investment grows. If you had bought a home last year for $200,000, it could be worth $220,000 today, even if you made no upgrades whatsoever.

As a renter, the equity goes in the landlord’s pocket.

Buy a home. Get tax deductions.

Homeownership comes with the benefit of deductions on your income tax return. Every year, you can deduct the mortgage interest, property tax, and mortgage insurance premiums. When you buy your home, you can claim the points you paid for closing costs.

If you have a dedicated home office, you gain even more deductions as a homeowner. A portion of your mortgage, home insurance, and utilities is deductible for space that is used exclusively for business.

Either choice is getting more expensive.

Every year, you can expect your rent to go up. The landlord may call it a “cost of living” increase, even though the property’s mortgage has likely stayed the same. Your landlord is profiting from your decision to postpone buying a home. Wouldn’t you rather be in that position?

The cost of homes and mortgages is going up, so the longer you wait to buy, the more it will cost you. As you put off making the decision, you’re missing out on the equity you could be reaping. The affordability of a new home is getting tighter, as the home you could buy now might be out of your reach in six months, with the rise in the home’s price and interest rate.

Plus, if the rate actually drops, you can refinance. If you decide to move, you can become that landlord who makes a profit on someone else’s decision to rent.

The best step to take when you’re uncertain is to contact an experienced lender. This professional can discuss the mortgage programs that are available to you now, so you can make an informed decision. With so many choices—including 100% financing or low down payments—you might be surprised at your buying power.

Take a look at McGuinn Hybrid Homes’ communities of single-family homes and townhomes in Columbia, SC, and the surrounding cities and towns. Our energy-efficient features conserve energy, lower utility bills, and increase the resale value. In the month of December, McGuinn Hybrid Homes is offering special pricing and incentives on a selection of our move-in ready homes.

Stop wasting your money. Get on the path to homeownership. Contact McGuinn Hybrid Homes to get started.

 

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.

 

Tips for Choosing the Right Lighting Throughout Your Home

Categories: Home Buying, Homeowner tips | Posted: December 5, 2018

McGuinn Hybrid Homes Choose the Right Lighting

Your decor reflects style, but it’s the light that creates ambience. From the style to the bulbs, your fixtures set the atmosphere. McGuinn Hybrid Homes can shed some light on the subject by offering tips for choosing the right lighting throughout your home.

The correct lighting will vary from one space to the next, so let’s take a walk through your home.

Entry and foyer

The first impression is made here. What should it be? Classically elegant, a warm welcome, or sleek contemporary? A chandelier is a good choice if you have the space, but be careful to balance the size of the fixture with the area it’s illuminating: too large and you dwarf the entry, too small and it gets lost.

Complementary wall sconces are a good addition to a foyer, lighting the way to the main living area and the staircase. Sconces should be mounted at eye level so that you see the light and not the bulb inside.

Main living area

Lighting an open floor plan might feel like a challenge, but if you break it into zones like you did with the decorating, you can see your way clear to do it right. Overhead recessed lights are great to brighten up the whole room, but be sure to add dimmers so you can control the intensity.

Then, focus on the zones for task lighting. Wall sconces brighten up dark corners. Table and floor lamps bring in style. Again, keep everything in proportion so that your lamps blend with your decor without overpowering it. Remember, a lamp shade is a quick makeover that can do wonders to brighten up the lamp or coordinate floor and table lamps that have different bases.

The dining area in your open floor plan will do well with pendant lights, particularly for rectangular tables. The number of pendants will depend on the size of your table.

The correct size for the fixture is half to two-thirds the width of the table or one foot smaller than the diameter for a round dining table.

For an 8-foot ceiling, hang the lights with 30 to 36 inches between the table top and the bottom of the fixture. If you have a higher ceiling, add 3 inches for every additional foot of ceiling height. The total wattage of your dining room fixture’s bulbs should be 200 to 400 watts.

Kitchen

The kitchen is the most task-oriented space in your home, so plan to utilize a variety of light fixtures here. Recessed lighting is a great choice to brighten up this vital workspace, but you’ll need focused lights on specific spaces.

The center island or peninsula benefits from pendant lights with dimmers, so you can go from bright light when you’re doing prep to a softer one when using it as a buffet. Like the light fixture over your dining room table, the pendants should clear the countertop surface by 30 to 36 inches. This distance is close enough to light up the area without blocking the view. Feel free to move them up a bit if you have taller people in the household.

Mount a fixture over the kitchen sink (unless it’s part of the island) so you have a clear view here. If you prefer, install recessed lighting directly over this space.

Under-cabinet lighting is the unsung hero of the kitchen. How many times have you found yourself trying to measure or chop something without good light?

In all the kitchen fixtures, use a bright CFL bulb so you don’t strain your eyes. It’s always better to have a dimmer switch than a dim bulb.

Bathroom

Here’s another task lighting project. The light you use over the sink is probably brighter than the one you want over your soaking tub.

Today’s bathrooms are trending toward more decor, treating this space like a room, rather than a function. Chandeliers present a popular choice to spark your bathroom’s style. Suspend the chandelier in the middle of a large bathroom, using the right proportions, or directly over your tub if you want to highlight that space. Since this bathroom chandelier provides mood rather than task lighting, use a dimmer switch to get the right glow.

The vanity usually has a fixture above it, but you’ll likely be the victim of overhead shadows that highlight the wrong features when you look in the mirror. Try placing wall sconces on each side of the mirror and recessed lighting that isn’t directly above it. The sconces should be mounted approximately 75 to 80 inches above the floor so the light is casting on you from the side and slightly above. Remember that while soft lights are easy on the eyes (particularly important when you get up in the middle of the night), they don’t reflect accurate skin tones. If that’s important to you, choose a crisp white LED bulb.

Overhead lighting should also be used in the shower and above the toilet.

Bedrooms

Overhead lights are good to provide just that, but since your bedroom is your escape from the rest of the household, you should do more.

Bedside lighting shines the light you need while also accentuating the decor. Choose table lamps, wall lamps, or even pendants to fill this void. Any mounted fixture opens up the area on your nightstand—eliminating the issue of bumping the shade or knocking over the lamp. However, once you commit to installing a wall lamp or pendants, you also commit to the placement of your bed.

If you decide to use table lamps on your nightstand, choose a style where you can easily switch it on and off while reclining.

Don’t forget about closet lighting! Place overhead or recessed lights so you can see your wardrobe choices. In a large, walk-in, make sure the dark corners have sufficient light, too.

2019 lighting trends for the home

In the coming year, we’ll see some style changes in lighting for the home.

Pendants will make a bigger statement than ever in 2019. Decorators are taking a shine to mixing a blend of sizes of pendants, which can replace a chandelier and add definite visual appeal.

Edison bulbs are available in so many shapes and styles right now that they will be showing up in just about any clear fixture—pendants and globes to sconces and string lights.

While certainly not new, the industrial look will manufacture even more popularity. Expect the distinctive look to take on more gold tones—matte, not polished—giving homeowners more choices.

The Farmhouse style isn’t going anywhere either. You’ll see more choices for overhead fixtures, pendants, and lamps—with maybe an influence of industrial style.

Also look for Mid-Century Modern to maintain its strength as a decorating style. The simplicity and clean lines appeal to people who like minimalist decor, as well as those who welcome the retro look and feel.

Maybe you don’t just need a change in your current home, but a new one altogether! For 33 years, McGuinn Hybrid Homes has been pioneering the design and construction of energy-efficient, affordable, single-family homes in the Columbia, SC, region. Wander virtually through our communities of new construction homes and. We also build on your lot, so if you’re not finding the ideal location, let us know! Then contact us to brighten up your home life!

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!

 

4 Tips for Choosing the Right Build On Your Lot Property

Categories: Buying a New Home, Home Buying | Posted: November 26, 2018

McGuinn Hybrid Homes_Tips for BOYLWhat does the dream of your next home look like? Is it out in the country or in a neighborhood? If you can’t seem to find the right home in the right place, maybe you’ve decided to find the land and hire a builder to construct your dream home. When that’s the direction you’re taking, McGuinn Hybrid Homes has tips for choosing land to build on your lot.

#1. Talk to a builder before you buy.

As appealing as a piece of undeveloped land may look, unless you understand excavation and building, don’t assume it’s buildable. Save yourself the time and trouble (and money!) by talking to a builder first. You might discover that not every building company is willing to build on land they don’t already own. Make sure you find one who has experience with site preparation, which includes demolition and excavation. For example, if an existing home is demolished without a permit, you can run into delays because all of the material removed from the site needs to be accounted for (e.g., where did the asbestos go?).

Talk to the builder about the property you’re looking for. Ask if they’ll take a look at the land before you enter a bid or make a purchase. In some cases, you can make an offer and include the contingency that the land (1) must pass the percolation (“perc”) test for septic, (if it hasn’t been tested already); and (2) must be approved by the builder as a “buildable” lot.

#2. Look for the right combination.

Tim Rawlings, McGuinn Hybrid Homes’ Lot Sales and Marketing Manager, advises you to look for three factors when choosing land to build on:

“It should be flat, cleared, with water and sewer.”

Land that is level and cleared requires considerably less site prep, which means the overall cost to build a home is less. McGuinn Hybrid Homes bases its homebuilding prices on a slab foundation, which requires flat land. Even if you want a crawl space under your home, you need to start with level land.

Property that has water and sewer lines available is less expensive than digging a septic system and a well.

Tim says it can be difficult to find land that has all three characteristics, but it’s helpful to understand why they are important to your building plans.

#3. Reconsider the neighborhoods.

Before you fall in love with a homesite that’s available within a community, find out the restrictions of building a home there. You might have to submit your plans to an architectural review board for that neighborhood. Their requirements could cause you to run up a significant expense for redoing the plans to their liking.

#4. Avoid the tax pitfall with farm land.

Are you getting a parcel from the family’s land? If that piece of land has been taxed as agricultural, make sure you designate only the land you’re building on as residential. At least in South Carolina, the tax rate between agricultural land and residential land can make a big difference in your cost. When converting the land to residential, be aware that roll-back taxes may be involved.

As with any big decision, do your homework. You can avoid the pitfalls that could be lurking beneath that scenic piece of land by consulting a knowledgeable builder. In the Columbia, SC, area, talk to Tim at McGuinn Hybrid Homes. You can count on his deep experience in excavation, site prep, home design, and energy-efficient construction.

If you decide you’d rather buy a move-in ready home or build in one of our many communities of single-family homes, take a look at all that we have to offer!

Buy a Home That’s Ready for the Holidays

Categories: Buying a New Home, Home Buying | Posted: November 1, 2018

McGuinn Hybrid Homes Holiday-Ready HomesHave you been naughty or nice this year? Either way, you can’t expect Santa to bring you a new home for Christmas, but you can still be living in a new home by the time he comes down the chimney. With McGuinn Hybrid Homesmove-in ready homes, you’ll be in your new place in time to light the Yule log in the fireplace. Buy a home that’s ready for the holidays, like one of these single-family homes for sale in Columbia, SC, and the surrounding cities and towns.

Centennial at Lake Carolina, Columbia, SC

McGuinn Hybrid Homes has a community within one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in northeast Columbia. Spend your holidays lakeside, finish up your shopping at the nearby Village at Sandhill Mall, and plan to spend New Year’s Eve at one of the country clubs close to Centennial at Lake Carolina.

913 Layton Way offers 1,700 square feet of finished living space, with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. A combination of style, convenience, and energy-efficiency, this single-level, Woodland floor plan features granite countertops, a garden tub in the master bath with a separate shower, 9-foot ceilings, 2-car garage, and energy efficient features that include tankless water heater, plus much more! $229,900

932 Layton Way showcases our popular Calhoun home design. Perfect for the first-time homebuyer or downsizer, this 1,506-square-foot home presents a welcoming first impression, with a brick facade and covered front porch. Step inside to a light-filled open floor plan, 3 bedrooms, and 2 baths, fully appointed and ready for your holiday decor. $219,900

Harbour Watch, Leesville, SC

Spend your holidays on Lake Murray when you choose to live at Harbour Watch. This gated community has a clubhouse where you can celebrate with your new neighbors and friends, as well as many more amenities and a picturesque location.

115 Southpark Place presents our spacious, 3,343-square-foot Aiken design. The brick home gives you plenty of room to entertain. The expansive open concept incorporates a great room, gorgeous kitchen, and dining room—surrounded by large windows that allow the sunshine to light up the interior. The master suite is situated on the first floor, with 3 more bedrooms upstairs, and a total of 2.5 baths. Boat owners will appreciate the deeded boat slip included with this home. $379,900

Spence Plantation, Lexington, SC

Are you looking for a lake home with plenty of space, indoors and out? Spence Plantation gives you an idyllic lifestyle in a gated community on Lake Murray. Every home we build here is designed for 4 to 6 bedrooms, and the design details you want—and deserve.

18 Due West Drive is distinctive from first glance. This stately brick home is designed in McGuinn Hybrid Homes’ Cleveland floor plan, with 4,361 square feet, 4 bedrooms, and 3.5 baths. Step inside and discover how these numbers translate to grandeur and exceptional design. Details like coffered ceilings, a massive owner’s closet, chef’s kitchen with a butler’s pantry, and built-in bookcases enhance this executive home. $529,900

Pintail Point, Leesville, SC

McGuinn Hybrid Homes offers yet another fine community of new homes on Lake Murray. Luxury living is defined here by oversized lots and community amenities that take full advantage of the scenic location: lakefront clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis courts, and nature trails.

112 Pintail Lake Drive is waiting for you to bring your holiday spirit! Picture your lights and decorations on the front porch of this Craftsman-inspired Cleveland floor plan. With 3,387 square feet of stylish living space, you’ll have plenty to celebrate. This new construction home includes a first-floor guest suite. The owner’s suite upstairs provides the ideal retreat during the hectic holidays. This modified Cleveland also features a third suite—a total of 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. There’s nothing ho-ho-hum about this stunning luxury home. $379,900

Before Black Friday strikes, start your holiday shopping with McGuinn Hybrid Homes. All of these homes and more are move-in ready right now! Get in touch to learn more and plan your personal tour.

Ideas for Bathroom Design on a Budget

Categories: Home Buying | Posted: October 19, 2018

McGuinn Hybrid Homes Bathroom Design on a BudgetDo you remember when the bathroom was strictly a utilitarian space? Homeowners didn’t invest time and money into making them more elegant—in part, because choices were limited. Not so, today! The bathroom has become an essential design feature, with many homeowners seeking that spa experience. Maybe the walk-through shower, freestanding soaker tub, and those stone vessel sinks you’ve been eyeing are out of reach for your price range, but McGuinn Hybrid Homes has some ideas for bathroom design on a budget.

#1. Determine and budget—and stick with it.

Before you set foot in a design center or home store, know your limits. How much can you afford? And when push comes to shove, where are you willing to budge on your budget? What are your priorities? If the tub is all important to you, shift some of your bathroom bucks from one feature to the cost of the tub.

#2. Start with color.

You might be surprised how the right color choice can spruce up the bathroom. For the price of a can of paint, you create the frame for your new bathroom. Soft colors are ideal for the “ah” of the spa you want, but don’t be afraid to go bold, if that’s your style.

#3. You can have your tub and shower, too.

You might want a separate shower and bathtub, but if that option is beyond your space and budget, consider a combination of garden tub with a showerhead. For a bit more luxury, add a tile surround with an inset shelf for soap, shampoo, and all the other incidentals. We include a garden tub and separate shower with tile surround, so if you’re buying your new construction home from McGuinn Hybrid Homes, this feature is already in your budget!

#4. Trim it out.

Accents like beadboard, shiplap, and wainscoting add texture and style to any room, so why not use this trim in your bathroom? With minimal wall space to cover, the cost is affordable.

#5. Top it off.

You have many choices of countertops for your bathroom vanities: solid surface, cultured marble, marble, laminate, and granite, for example. Your bathroom countertops aren’t subject to the heavy use as your kitchen countertops, so you can opt for the less expensive choices, like solid surface and cultured marble. Depending on the size of your vanity, you might not see a big price difference (or at least, not one that strains your budget). At McGuinn Hybrid Homes, however, we go for the granite. It’s included as a standard feature in our bathrooms.

#6. Look in the mirror.

A framed mirror adds a nice finish in the bathroom, and it’s an affordable way to upgrade the space. Choose a frame that reflects your personal style, from contemporary to coastal to vintage.

Every detail matters. When you want an award-winning, local homebuilder who appreciates that truth, talk to McGuinn Hybrid Homes. Our communities of new construction, single-family homes and townhomes are situated in prime locations around the Columbia, SC, region. We’re ready to build the home that suits your style, in our neighborhoods on on your own land. We make it affordable to get the home you want.

 

Our Columbia Communities Fit Your Lifestyle and Budget

Categories: Columbia, Home Buying, Lake Murray | Posted: September 25, 2018

McGuinn Hybrid Homes ColumbiaFrom the very beginning 33 years ago, McGuinn Hybrid Homes has been a local homebuilder who appreciates the uniqueness of the region’s cities and towns, the lakes and parks, and the people who call it “home.” We understand that there is no “one-size-fits-all” for that perfect home. That’s why we build our Columbia communities to fit your lifestyle and budget.

For some people, a four-bedroom single-family home is the right choice, while others want a something smaller.  Maybe a lakeside location is preferred, or a quiet place in the Columbia countryside. A community with amenities adds a resort vibe to the lifestyle. And the peace of mind that comes with buying a warrantied, energy-efficient home presents an added value, right?

Mariner’s Creek

Mariner’s Creek is a community of single-family homes that will fit the first-time homebuyer and a growing family, with floor plans from 1,861 to 2,829 square feet of indoor living space. Live in Lexington, SC, near Lake Murray while being near I-20, I-26 and a short drive to Columbia, SC. Recreation is just as close with a variety of cultural events, theaters, festivals and the state museum in close proximity! The students in your family will benefit from the quality education provided by the Lexington One School District, which includes the highly rated Lake Murray Elementary School, where students test far above the state average according to Greatschools.org.

Let’s get moving on your new home. Start by looking at the floor plans at Mariner’s Creek  and we can talk about personalizing it for your style and needs.

Centennial at Lake Carolina

Does the image of your next home include a waterfront view? The Lake Carolina area is popular with lake-lovers—for fishing, boating, swimming, water sports, and an amazing view! McGuinn Hybrid Homes’ community, Centennial at Lake Carolina, provides the many advantages of living in a large, award-winning neighborhood with amenities that include its own swimming pool, park, and well-lit walking trails. Within Centennial at Lake Carolina, you have a smaller community and the privacy that affords. Our single-level, energy-efficient homes offer 1,506 to 1,700 square feet—perfect for the homebuyer who is just starting out or re-sizing their life.

Fall is a great time of year to move, and we make it easy with a selection of brand new construction homes available now at Centennial:

Each home features our outstanding energy-efficient features, so that your home isn’t just beautiful, but so smart!

Woodlake

Perfectly named, Woodlake provides wooded landscapes surrounding a scenic pond. You’ll experience the serenity of country living, with downtown Columbia just a short drive from home.

Woodlake’s amenities enhance the neighborhood’s appeal. The clubhouse with outdoor fireplace, swimming pool, playground, and tennis courts make it easy to plan a staycation, get together with family and friends, and build friendships.

We have two single-family homes that were recently completed in Woodlake, so you can move right in:

McGuinn Hybrid Homes has a portfolio of thoughtfully-designed floor plans for Woodlake, as large as 3,022 square feet, so we can build the one that reflects your dream.

Maximize the value of the right home in the right place. Columbia, South Carolina, offers a relaxed lifestyle all year-round, with the ideal balance of country living and urban amenities. Talk to McGuinn Hybrid Homes about our new home communities, floor plans, available homes, and the opportunity for us to build on your land.