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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.

 

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.

Your New Sales Career Awaits at McGuinn Hybrid Homes

Categories: Community & Local Events, News & Announcements | Posted: May 31, 2018

sales career at McGuinn Homes

Are you ready to explore a more fulfilling career opportunity? New home sales with McGuinn Hybrid Homes provides a direct path to fulfilling that vision. With new homes attracting more homebuyers, you can guide them toward the choice that will define their future—while redefining your own.

McGuinn Hybrid Homes is now hiring professionals for new home sales. We are looking for hard-working individuals with at least 3 years of general sales experience. New home sales experience is not required, but you must be willing to work a few weekends and holidays. We support our sales team with the training and guidance needed to set you up for success.

We’re a Certified Master Builder that develops new home communities and builds custom homes throughout the Columbia, South Carolina metro region. When you join our team, you become part of a progressive company that offers our homebuyers distinct advantages—like energy efficiency, quality craftsmanship, and an unmatched level of personal attention. We don’t just build homes. We solve problems. When homebuyers have hit obstacles with other builders, they’re excited to partner with us to achieve their vision.

This opportunity offers great potential if you are willing to put the work into it. If becoming a new home sales professional sounds like the right fit for you, please send your resume to McGuinn Hybrid Homes’ Sales and Marketing Manager, Patricia Pangrass at patricia@mcguinnhomes.com. Feel free to contact her with any questions regarding this position at 843-514-7798.  

Why should you build with McGuinn Homes? Meet our mortgage expert.

Categories: News & Announcements | Posted: January 16, 2018

Meet The Team

When you are ready to buy a new home, you have many decisions to make. Where do you want to live? What type of home do you want, and what features matter? Then, you need to find a home builder with the experience, solid reputation, and ability to build the home of your dreams without the nightmares you’ve heard about.

While you’re pondering all these questions, here’s one more. Why should you build with McGuinn Homes?

We can give you plenty of reasons, like our experience in building new homes throughout the Columbia, South Carolina, region; our proven commitment to energy efficient homes; and a process that delivers the positive experience you deserve. We also offer a preferred lender who provides our homebuyers with a path to purchase has been described as “so easy!”

We’d like you to meet our mortgage expert, Carter Weston of Southern First Bank in Columbia. Carter has 20 years of experience in mortgage banking. He can guide you through every aspect of financing your new home, from mortgage pre-approval through closing. Carter and Southern First Bank have been chosen as the preferred lender for McGuinn Homes because they’ve consistently demonstrated the ability to support our customers. Carter is proactive, looking ahead to navigate possible issues and deliver solutions to problems, often before they even arise! He looks for the best possible programs and rates, and presents you with options, carefully explaining each one. Carter understands what will affect your loan’s terms, so he can guide you to the choice that best supports your personal situation. We’ve seen first-hand how he works with each buyer to overcome obstacles, using his knowledge, experience, and connections to work swiftly and accurately. He has helped so many homebuyers experience the joy of homeownership, and truly enjoys this success!

With a mortgage expert like Carter Weston on our team, we feel comfortable that this critical aspect of the homebuilding process is completely under control. We move forward with the construction of a new home, knowing our customer is in the best hands, and that we are heading toward a timely closing, because Carter will do everything in his power to make that happen from the lending perspective.

If your new home search guides you to the Columbia area, please consider McGuinn Homes. We offer a variety of distinctive new home communities and welcome the option to build on your lot. McGuinn Homes invites you to browse our floor plans and currently available quick move-in homes. Then talk to us about your vision, and let’s connect!

A new way to chill: Get outside and enjoy the late fall weather

Categories: Buying a New Home, News & Announcements | Posted: November 16, 2017

When the fall colors start to emerge, people get outside and travel around to enjoy the foliage spectacle. It’s time to pick apples and pumpkins and welcome the brisk air at the end of a long, hot summer. You’re raking leaves (and maybe jumping in the piles) and enjoying your favorite outdoor recreation while the weather permits.

At this point in the year, you’ve probably cleaned up all those leaves, packed away your lawn furniture, and are getting ready for the winter.

Don’t start your winter hibernation yet. There’s still plenty of things to do outdoors in the late fall in the Columbia, South Carolina region.

Fall Activities Available

Head over to the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden any evening to see the “Lights Before Christmas” display, an annual tradition for 25 years. You’ll experience the twinkling of almost a million lights. Warm yourself with hot chocolate and s’mores at the Jingle Bell Bonfire there.

For another light-filled spectacle, take a drive through Saluda Shoals Park to view more than 400 animated light displays during this annual “Holiday Lights on the River”.

Mark your calendar for December 2, 2017, to enjoy the 64th Annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade. This year’s theme, “A Superhero’s Holiday” will include floats from all around South Carolina. Of course, the seasonal superhero, Santa Claus, will be part of the parade.

Enjoy the freshest local flavors at the Soda City Main Street market. Every Saturday from 9 a.m.to 1 p.m.—rain or shine—you can browse this farmer’s market for the very best produce, meat, dairy, flowers, and fresh baked items, plus the work of local artisans. Every Thursday, head over to City Roots Farmers Market, for local food, including the organic produce grown right there. You can also pick up their ready-to-cook Market Meals.

Slip on your ice skates at Main Street ICE in Boyd Plaza any day of the week, beginning Thanksgiving Day. Start a holiday tradition with a skating party.

Try a different type of Sunday brunch at the West Columbia Riverwalk’s Brookland Brunch. Vendors and food trucks will be serving up your favorites, including Belgian waffles, mimosas, and gourmet coffee. Then, rent a kayak or canoe to get your exercise after a hearty brunch.

If your appetite leans more toward oysters, barbeque, and beer, then don’t miss the annual River Rat Brewery’s Oyster Roast and BBQ, on Friday, December 8. Feast on fresh, steaming Carolina oysters, smoked pork BBQ, and plenty of side dishes on the patio, plus River Rat’s best brews,

Discover geocaching, a fun type of scavenger hunt that uses GPS coordinates to lead you to hidden caches.

Take a bike ride or hike nature trails. Hit the golf course. Back at home, gather around the fire pit with hot chocolate and all the fixings to make gourmet s’mores.

You’ll have plenty of weeks ahead to stay inside when the temperature drops lower and lower. Right now, enjoy the brisk air, the blue sky, and all the benefits of outdoor fall fun and living in the Columbia area

Now is also a great time to think about a new home!

While you’re out and about, plan a visit to McGuinn Homes to explore our new home communities in the Columbia area of South Carolina. Contact us to include a private tour so you can see how a new home in one of our neighborhoods can make a big difference in your life.

January at The Harbison Theatre in Irmo!

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

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

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

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

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

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