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McGuinn Hybrid Homes Receives First-Place Pinnacle Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discover Your Ideal Southern Lifestyle in Lexington, SC.

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

McGuinn Homes-Lexington SC

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

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

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

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

Mariner’s Creek

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

Pleasant Springs

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


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

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

The Best Lakes in the Columbia Area

Categories: Columbia, Lake Murray, SC, Uncategorized | Posted: June 12, 2018

McGuinn Homes-Columbia lakes
Get ready for a lake escape. With summer temperatures here, there’s nothing like a trip to the waterfront to cool off. If you live in our region (or one of our McGuinn Homes communities), you have plenty of choices. Just pick a direction and head to one of the best lakes in the Columbia area for swimming, fishing, boating, or your water sport of choice.

Lake Murray

Like Columbia itself, Lake Murray is situated in the heart of South Carolina. This 48,000-acre, man-made lake earned the nickname of “The Jewel of South Carolina”. As one of the best fishing spots near Columbia, Lake Murray is a gem for catching largemouth bass and striped bass (Bassmasters holds its annual tournament here). This lake has also produced the state record-holders for white perch, white catfish, white crappie, and white bass.

Want more than fishing? Lake Murray is surrounded with beaches, parks, campgrounds, and recreation areas. Whether you own a boat or rent one at the lake, you can set sail from one of the marinas or many boat launches. With 620 miles of shoreline, you’ll also discover an endless variety of dining, shopping, entertainment, and attractions to occupy your time here. Come for a day or plan to stay awhile.

Lake Wateree

Formed almost a century ago, Lake Wateree is one of the oldest man-made reservoirs in South Carolina. The lake is located about 30 miles northeast of Columbia and consists of 13,000 acres. You’ll discover great bass fishing here, among others, but the area is also home to a wide variety of wildlife, including a bird refuge. You can experience every type of water sport here, plus find your perfect camping spot—right on the lake or a bit more secluded. Lake Wateree State Park provides 13,800 acres of outdoor fun, including hiking trails to get closer to nature.

Lakeside Living in a McGuinn Homes Community

There’s no better way to get the most enjoyment from the best lakes in the Columbia area than to live here. McGuinn Homes builds energy-efficient homes and townhomes in scenic locations throughout this region, including our lakefront communities of Crystal Cove, Forty Love, Harbor Watch, Pintail Point, Spence Plantation, Sterling Lake, and Centennial at Lake Carolina. If you have your own property, we can build on your lot. Are you ready to move now? Look at our selection of move-in ready homes.

McGuinn Homes is ready for summertime on the lake. Are you? Contact us to get closer to lakefront living near Columbia, South Carolina.

Move into Hampton Forest in Columbia, SC, with a special bonus

Categories: Buying a New Home, Columbia, Home Buying, SC, Uncategorized | Posted: June 4, 2018

McGuinn Homes always builds value into each home and community. Our homes are exceptionally energy efficient, which delivers lasting value in energy savings, comfort, and convenience. With our current incentive for new home buyers, you can now move into our Hampton Forest townhome community in Columbia, South Carolina, with a special bonus. These new construction homes feature a move-in package that include an ENERGY STAR washer, dryer, and refrigerator, as well as blinds for your windows—at no extra charge!

Hampton Forest is conveniently situated near Downtown Columbia, Fort Jackson, Shaw Air Force Base, USC School of Medicine, and I-77, so you can easily get to everything you need. Whether you’re commuting or heading out for fun, Hampton Forest puts you just a short drive to everything that Columbia has to offer.

The townhome lifestyle presents the spaciousness of a single-family home, with the low-maintenance of condo living. Your two-story townhome at Hampton Forest provides 1,200 square feet of interior living space that smartly utilizes every area—for style, storage, and comfort. Look at our Maybank floor plan to see how we’ve designed two bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and an open floor plan to maximize your living space. With details like granite countertops, fully fenced-in back yard, and exterior brick façade, your Hampton Forest townhome is truly distinctive.

We’ve also enhanced the experience of living at Hampton Forest with the community amenities. The clubhouse includes a resort-style swimming pool and cabana, plus an outdoor fireplace for evenings by the pool. We’ve incorporated a theater room in the clubhouse, outfitted with a surround-sound, wide-screen and 16, theater-style seats. You can even reserve the room for your private party.

McGuinn Homes currently has a limited number of new townhomes available at Hampton Forest right now. You could close in just 60 days, with a monthly mortgage that’s probably lower than your rent. Use our mortgage calculator to see what you could be paying for a brand new townhome in a premium location!

Contact us to take advantage of our special move-in package of a free washer, dryer, stainless steel refrigerator, and window blinds.

Our Latest Move-In Ready Homes

Categories: Buying a New Home, Uncategorized | Posted: May 8, 2018


McGuinn move-in ready homes

We’re in a season that sparks a flurry of activity. Spring cleaning has us purging closets and the garage, scrubbing spaces that have been ignored, and throwing windows open to welcome the fresh South Carolina air. While you’re in the “out with the old” mindset, why not think about moving to a new home? McGuinn Homes currently has new construction homes in communities throughout the Columbia area. Check out our latest move-in ready homes to see if you can move out with the old and in with the new—and get ready to close in just 30 to 60 days!

Centennial at Lake Carolina is located in Columbia Northeast, ideal for people who want to enjoy the good life of lakefront activities, local golf courses and country clubs, and a wonderful sense of community.

  • 935 Layton Way can be your new address in just 30 days. This single-story Woodland design features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, gourmet kitchen, and open concept in 1,700 square feet. $249,900.
  • 932 Layton Way provides 1,506 square feet of smartly designed interior living space, with our 3-bedroom Calhoun floor plan, which includes an open floor plan, spacious owner’s suite, and 2-car garage. $224,900.

Crystal Cove in Irmo is within walking distance of Lake Murray, 15 minutes from Downtown Columbia, and close to the award-winning Lexington Richland 5 School District—the ideal location for a McGuinn Homes community.

  • 100 Crystal Manor Drive presents a stunning Cleveland floor plan with 3,547 square feet that includes 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a gourmet center kitchen with butler’s pantry, loft, and a first-floor owner’s suite. $389,900.
  • 106 Crystal Manor Drive offers our distinctive 3,060-square-foot Wilshire design, with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. The kitchen features granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, and the first-floor owner’s suite includes soaking tub, walk-in shower, and a closet that’s large enough to be another room! Ready to go now, for $328,900.

Forty Love in Chapin is one of the most prestigious communities in this highly desirable suburb. From country clubs and championship golf courses to outstanding schools, the Lake Murray/Chapin area offers significant lifestyle benefits.

  • 334 Forty Love Point is a two-story, 3,618 square-foot home that reflects our Cleveland floor plan. This estate home is designed with an exciting combination of open spaces in your main living area with 5 bedrooms (and 4 baths) designed for privacy and solitude. You could be living here by summer, just in time for all of the lakefront fun. $389,900.
  • 342 Forty Love Point is designed for comfortable living in style. With 3,343 square feet, this Aiken floor plan features 4 bedrooms—including a first-floor owner’s suite— and 3.5 baths, along with a grand open concept that beautifully combines your chef’s kitchen, family room, and dining nook. $368,590.

Hampton Forest is our townhome community near Downtown Columbia, close to all the urban activities you enjoy. We currently have two townhomes in our popular Maybank floor plan: 855 Forest Park Road and 857 Forest Park Road. Each beautiful new townhome is 1,200 square feet, with 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, and priced at $125,900—for as little as $657 per month!

McGuinn Homes currently has new construction homes—both single-family homes and townhomes—available at our other communities: High Knoll Point and Panorama Point in Gilbert; Cumberland Place, Pleasant Springs, and Summerlake in Lexington; and Burnside Farms and Woodlake in Columbia.  

Turn your spring cleaning into a bigger purpose—preparing to move to a new home. Contact McGuinn Homes to learn about the many choices we offer.

Spring Into Action: Places and Things You Don’t Want to Miss Around Lake Murray

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 22, 2018

A great place to visit, and you really ought to live here!

McGuinn Homes builds homes and communities throughout this area:

Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove in Irmo, is situated within walking distance of the lake, as well as in an award-winning school district. The single-family homes offer spacious living with luxury appointments at affordable prices. We have a variety of available quick move-in homes so you could be spending this spring in your new Crystal Cove home!



Pintail Point

Pintail Point in Leesville, sits on Lake Murray, and gives you vacation-style living year ‘round. This private community features large, wooded lots and the amenities include a marina with boat slips, lakefront clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, and nature trails. The floor plans range from 2,829 to 3,618 square feet, and are priced from the mid-$300,000s.



Spence Plantation

Spence Plantation is a McGuinn Homes gated community on Lake Murray in Lexington, South Carolina. Spence Plantation presents the ultimate in luxury living with homes that range from 2,450 square feet to 6,400, with up to six bedrooms. Residents enjoy a private dock and ramp.



The end of winter is finally visible. Spring fever is hitting in full force. Are you ready to get outside and enjoy fresh air and sunshine? If you live in the Columbia, South Carolina region, McGuinn Homes has some ideas for places and things you don’t want to miss around Lake Murray. So, spring into action and let’s go!

First things first. Head to the lake, of course. You’ll discover 55,000 acres of opportunities for fun. Fishing (bass, catfish, bream, and crappie), sailing, canoeing, kayaking, boarding (wakeboarding, paddleboarding, kneeboarding), jet skiing, swimming, and even scuba diving are popular water sports at the lake. You can also sit back and enjoy a lakeside picnic, hike the nature trails, go cycling or birdwatching somewhere along the 600 miles of shoreline.

Combine a beautiful view of the lake at the Dreher Shoals Dam Walk. It’s a 1.7-mile pathway where you can walk, jog, or ride your bike.

You can also venture our and explore some of the 60 islands on Lake Murray—including Bomb Island, where people still find remnants of ammunition when the island was used for target practice during World War II.

For family-friendly activities, you’ll never run out of ideas around Columbia and Lake Murray. Frankie’s Fun Park and Plex HiWire Family Fun & Sports Center can keep kids of all ages happily occupied.

For food and fun, there’s nothing like a festival, and the Lake Murray/Columbia region has plenty. The Irmo Cherry Blossom Festival, South Carolina Taco Festival, Indie Grits Film Festival, Columbia Food and Wine Festival, Columbia Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival, and Artista Vista are just some of the events happening here this spring.

Spring is here. How do you plan to spend these exhilarating post-winter months? With the freshness of renewed spirit in the air, isn’t it time to consider moving to a new home? Talk to us at McGuinn Homes to experience the quality of life at Lake Murray from one of our new home communities.


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

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: August 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Create a bath with spa-like soothing colors and accessories

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: August 17, 2017

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

Fabulous kitchen with walnut cabinets

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: August 16, 2017

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

An Outstanding Home-Buying Experience!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: August 7, 2017

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

The Woodland Floor Plan

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

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

CEO Wade McGuinn