Features to Look for in a Home as a First Time Home Buyer

You’re on the hunt for a new home and it’s important to know what features are most important when it comes to resale value down the road.  At McAdams Homes, we know what new homeowners are looking for and we make sure that all of our homes come with those key features.

At the top of the list is a laundry space.  Who doesn’t appreciate the convenience of being able to hide that pile of clean clothes that needs folding from your last minute visitors?!  Not only that, but having a space for ironing and storage is a huge bonus!  And, according to the National Association of Home Builders’, 91% of home buyers want a laundry room or space. 

At times like these when we are spending more time at home and in our own backyards, it is more important than ever to have an outdoor living space that you and your family can enjoy.  That is why all of our homes offer a patio or screened in porch option.  With so many incredible decorating ideas and outdoor features now available, you can easily and affordably make your backyard unique and a place you and your guests to enjoy all while increasing your home’s value at the same time.  

The weather out on the patio is hot so come on in and settle under the ceiling fan!  85% of homebuyers desire ceiling fans in the home but if that isn’t enough motivation to have a few installed, they can also help lower cooling costs.  Ceiling fans create a wind-chill effect that helps cool the people sitting in the room. Homeowners should be able to raise the thermostat level by four degrees without a reduction in comfort while the fan is in use, according to Energy.gov.  That’s a win-win in our opinion!

 Among the top 5 most desired features (and a must on our list), is the walk in closet.  This feature is so important to us and our clients that we don’t limit walk in closets to just the master bedrooms in our plans. We aim to please and as far as we are concerned, it’s walk in closets for everyone! 

Our homes have so many amazing features that it is hard to narrow down to just a few of our favorite features but, you don’t even have to take our word for it.  Here is a testimonial from another of our satisfied customers:

“McAdams Homes and the Landing at Lewis Creek is everything we were looking for. As first time home buyers we were already nervous and didn’t plan on looking into a new build, but when we saw everything McAdams had to offer there was no question about it. Everyone involved was beyond helpful from start to finish, the location is perfect, and the homes are just absolutely beautiful. Our family is beyond happy here at the Landing at Lewis Creek.” — Sarah G.

Beat the Summer Heat with these Cost Saving Techniques for Cooling Your Home

“It’s a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do.” –Walter Winchell

Is the heat getting to you? Staying comfortable through the summer often comes at a price. If your energy bills have your blood pressure rising faster than the mercury in the thermometer, don’t miss these tips on maximizing comfort and minimizing expense this summer.

TIP #1: Switch to CFL or LED Bulbs. Light your home using the same amount of light for less money! An average household dedicates about 5% of its energy budget to lighting. Switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills AND start cooling your home faster. By replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR, you can save around $45 each year.

TIP #2: Do Things By Hand. Hanging clothes out to dry and doing the dishes by hand will save you money by not running the appliances, but also by not heating up your home with all the heat they produce while in use. So break out the clothespins and rubber gloves and keep cool!

TIP #3: Get Creative with Cooking. The kids may be home from school this year but, that doesn’t mean that they have to have a hot lunch every day! Using the oven or stovetop increases the temperature of the room several degrees and your A/C will have to work overtime to compensate. Sounds like an excuse to eat PBJ’s and smoothies! Now is the perfect time to take your culinary skills outside as well, fire up the grill and leave the heat outside where it belongs.

TIP #4: Unplug! Another quick fix that we often overlook is to turn off our electronics and appliances when they are not in use. As your computer sits idle, it is still sucking up electricity and producing heat. Even your lamps and other small appliances are contributing to your energy usage and the heat in your home even when you aren’t using them.

TIP #5: Change Your Filters. Remember to clean or replace your HVAC filter monthly during summer months. When filters are dirty, the cooling system has to work harder to push air through the ducts, which increases energy costs and increases the risk of malfunction. Taking care of this simple maintenance task could save you loads of money in repair costs and help ensure that your staying cool!

Our Favorite Wilmington, NC Parks

“It’s very important to take care of yourself. Everyone’s lives are so busy. Take at least an hour a day to recharge and do whatever makes you better. For grown-ups, whether it’s a spa, sitting in a park with a book, or coffee, take time for yourself.” – Ana Ivanovic

Now more than ever, it is important to take care of ourselves and luckily for us, we live in the perfect area for enjoying the outdoors and recharging in paradise.  We have so many great parks that it’s hard to choose our favorite, but we have narrowed it down to our top three!

 Wrightsville Beach Park is one of our favorites for fun in the sun by the beach.  Surrounded by water and with incredible views, Wrightsville Beach Park is enjoyable for everyone in the family.  The elaborate playground area provides activities for all age ranges and even a handicap accessible swing with wheelchair access.  There is a basketball court, 3 volleyball pits, soccer fields and even tennis and pickleball courts!   Need a break from the heat?  Walk over to the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History and get a dose of local history…and some a/c!  With plenty of amenities including public restrooms and vending machines, spending a day at Wrightsville beach is a walk in the park!

“You can’t tell a kid that it’s time to exercise; that’s a turn off…you have to say, “Let’s go to the park and have some fun! Then you get them to do some running, play on the swings, practice on the balance beam, and basically get a full workout disguised as play.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Having trouble getting your children motivated to get out and get some exercise?  Well, we have the answer for you…and it’s at Ogden Park!

Fun is not just limited to the amazing playground, there is entertainment for all ages.  Get your own exercise in on the one mile walking trail and exercise station while the kids (and sporty adults) make use of the tennis courts, baseball fields, soccer/football fields and a state-of-the-art 10,000 square foot skate park!  Even the family dog will get his steps in for the day at the off-leash dog park.

Recently transformed from Castle Hayne Park into Northern Regional Park, this is our favorite spot for disc golf.  And with a nationally recognized 18 hole disc-golf course, who could blame us?  The park also features two picnic shelters with electricity- each seating 45 people and perfect for birthday parties or family reunions.  The multi-age playground is great for children of all skill levels.  Prefer Pickleball to disc golf?  Well, you’re in luck!  There are 6 lighted pickleball courts!  Not to mention a baseball practice field and four lighted multi-purpose fields.  No wonder it made the top 3 list! 

Top 4 Reasons to Live at The Landing at Lewis Creek

There are so many great reasons to live at The Landing at Lewis Creek that narrowing it down to just four seems nearly impossible, but we’ll try! 

First and foremost, quality construction!  A high-quality outcome matters because from start to finish, managing quality can improve every aspect of the home, from the investment given by the team members involved in the project, to the overall safety of the job site, to the craftsmanship in the finished product.  We pride ourselves in the quality of our work and the satisfaction of our customers.

High up on most everyone’s list is, of course, affordable pricing!  At The Landing at Lewis Creek, we are proud to offer families the ability to live a coastal life at an affordable price!  Our Mc Adams’ single-family homes start under $300k!!

What is quality construction and affordability without Safety?  Nothing if you ask us!  At The Landing at Lewis Creek, we know that the health and safety of your family is of the utmost importance; especially in these times.  We want all of our residents to rest assured that we share that sentiment.  With that in mind, we are excited to announce the completion of the new stoplight for our neighborhood.  No more stress of crossing multiple lanes of traffic as you come and go from the community!

And finally, location, location, location!  The Landing at Lewis Creek is perfectly located off of Gordon Road and is convenient to all of the best things about Wilmington!  Shopping, beaches, restaurants, Ogden Park, Smith Creek Park, downtown, schools and children’s activities and access to I-40. What more could you ask for?!

Top 3 Most Popular McAdams Homes Floorplans at The Landing at Lewis Creek

At McAdams Homes, we hope that only thing you struggle with in the home building process with us is choosing which one of our amazing floor plans you like best!  It can be hard to narrow down when all of the options are so great!  Our homes come standard with 9′ ceilings; wood laminate flooring downstairs; stain-resistant carpet in bedrooms, stairway, and second floor; vinyl flooring in laundry and bathrooms; brushed nickel hardware and Moen plumbing fixtures; granite counters, 42″ cabinets, garbage disposal, and stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen, and a landscape package that includes irrigation and sod.  As if that isn’t enough, all of the floor plans have 3-5 bedrooms, 2.5-3.5 bathrooms, front-load garages and tons of options!   Among these optional features are: a fireplace,  home office, morning room, bonus room, screened porch, and alternative kitchen and master bathroom layouts. With all these options, it’s time you take a trip over to see our 3 most popular plans at The Landing at Lewis Creek.

The Jackson is a two-story home with 2042 heated square feet.  It has 4 bedrooms and 2 ½  baths. All of the bedrooms are upstairs and feature a large owner’s sweet and bonus room! The master has 2 walk in closets and a tray ceiling. Downstairs is an open floor plan with 9 ft. ceilings and a large pantry. The double car garage has a service door for easy outdoor access.  You can see why it made the top 3 list!

The Lakeview is another fan favorite we can’t get enough of!  Perfect for a small family or those who desire single-level living, this single-story home lives well in the open-concept 1505 heated square feet.  It features 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a covered patio. No space was wasted in this plan and it offers the same standard options and upgrades that we provide in our other plans.

The Seaspray is another two-story home with 1915 heated square feet, plus a double car garage.  It features 4 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths, plus an upstairs loft!  Perfect for a home office or a game room; the possibilities are endless!   The master bedroom is on the first floor, providing privacy and ease of access.  Come check out our McAdams Homes offered at The Landing at Lewis Creek and start your home building dreams today!

Summer Decorating Ideas for Your Home

Summer is the perfect time to give your home a facelift or just spruce it up with a little something festive!  From bold colors to splashy prints, a few easy decor changes can make your home a tropical getaway, perfect for this year’s staycation!

Nothing says aloha to summer like flower prints!  Florals are hot right now. If you’ve been considering incorporating this trendy look into your home, summer is the perfect time to make the leap. From wallpaper to shower curtains to throw pillows, it’s easy to add a pop of nature to any room in your house. Bonus: You won’t have to worry about keeping these flowers alive!

We’ve all finished the last season of Tiger King but that doesn’t mean animal prints have to end!  Channel an African safari and add a few animal print details throughout your home this summer. Some people shy away from this wild design, but as long as you keep it simple with a detailed rug or a fancy throw, you can incorporate it in a myriad of decor styles.

Since most of us won’t be planning any big vacations abroad this year, why not bring a bit of Moroccan inspired décor into your home!?  The sun may be blistering outside, but you can enjoy a desert-inspired look inside in the comfort of your air conditioning. Vibrant colors and mosaic patterns are staples for this style.  We also love Moroccan lanterns; hang them on your porch or sun room for instant exotic flair.

Summer decorating is about more than just the visuals. Tropical and citrusy scents can set the mood for summer in your home. The secret to getting that perfect mix of scents is to choose only a few scents for your home, all in the same product line or brand. Match your candle holders and diffusers to each room for a customized look, even with only one or two scents through your home.

Speaking of smells, who can smell the burgers and barbeque sauce already?!  Chances are you will be doing your fair share of staying at home this summer and it is the perfect time to take advantage of your outdoor space.  For that reason, there is no need to limit your decorating enthusiasm to the indoors.  Bring that energy outside to your porch or outdoor grilling station!  It doesn’t even have to be anything elaborate or expensive!  Admit it–you’ve been to a bar, a restaurant or even a wedding that had string lights everywhere and you loved it. These country fair-inspired globe lights are super easy to install and very on-trend. Hang them on a deck or even from the trees to create a festive and cozy feel.  And, don’t underestimate the power of bright colors!  Add bright and cheerful outdoor pillows and an outdoor rug to complete your outdoor living space.

Summer 2020 Update

Happy Summer! We hope this note finds you healthy and safe – what an unbelievable 2020 this has been.

The Wilmington area is slowly and safely starting the reopening process, and while we are all learning to live with the new ways of life required by the pandemic, we’re happy to say that real estate has remained steadily BUSY at The Landing at Lewis Creek!

Our convenient location (now with a traffic light!), affordable selection of home and townhome plans, and our quality designer finishes make us one of Wilmington’s most desirable addresses. Since the beginning of the year, we have sold 58 homes! On average, that’s more than 2 homes/week!

In development news: our neighborhood’s first phase is nearly sold-out! Just two homes remain for sale – The Jackson and The Davis. Both are move-in ready, so if you’re interested – grab them quick.

We’re now entering the FINAL phase of development. This last phase features just 100 homes and pre-selling is underway. Our construction team is ‘paving the way’ for new neighbors and we anticipate having homesites ready to build by late July!

If you’re thinking of calling The Landing at Lewis Creek ‘home’ – there’s never been a better time! And, our special buyer’s credit offer has been extended! When you purchase, choose from a $4000 DESIGN or CLOSING credit. Plus, a FREE REFRIGERATOR (a $1400 value!)

We’re also debuting a new floorplan in our final phase: The Lakeside. If you like the Lakeview floorplan, one of our most popular, you’ll love The Lakeside’s similar layout with expanded Bonus Room offering extra square footage. Ask us for details!

In closing, a big THANK YOU to our Broker community. By embracing The Landing at Lewis Creek and sharing our growing neighborhood with your clients, you have helped us outpace our sales goals. Keep up the good work and keep bringing your clients to our door – we appreciate you!

The McAdams Homes Team

Our Favorite Wilmington, NC Restaurants

“There is a difference between dining and eating. Dining is an art. When you eat to get the most out of your meal, to please the palate, just as well as to satiate the appetite, that,my friend, is dining.”― Yuan Mei

One of life’s greatest pleasures is savoring a delicious meal and Whether you consider yourself a foodie, a gourmet chef or just a food enthusiast, you will find more than enough options to satisfy and delight in Wilmington!  The area’s food scene is bursting with both flavor and a diverse range of offers a ranging from traditional Southern fare and coastal cuisine to international delights!  From fine dining to local dives, there is something for everyone in Coastal NC!

Craving Mexican, and maybe a little adventure?!  Us too!  Then the only place to go is K38!  Established in 1998, K38 has been bringing the flavors of Baja Mexico and infusing them with adventure for the most savory and delicious Mexican cuisine in town!  K38 boasts a full bar but their margaritas pair great with absolutely everything from fajitas to fish tacos.  Try the carne asada and we promise you won’t be disappointed!

Savorez is not only fun to say, but also lives up to its name!  The Spanish words for “flavors”, Savorez, is just that; flavorful!  Inspired by Latin American cuisine, all of the dishes and even the drinks are full of color and spice!  Just like we like them!    The atmosphere is also eclectic, fun and colorful.  Famous for their salsa, guacamole and empanadas, Savorez is the only place to go when you’re feeling spicy!  Even their Mojitos are full of flavor that you can’t have just one! Poe

Named after famous author Edgar Allan Poe, Poe’s Tavern, best known for an excellent craft brew selection and a menu full of burger options, is another local favorite!  Always tasty but often unexpected, choose to dine inside or outside on either the dog friendly covered patio or under the umbrellas. Many of Poe’s burgers and salads feature unusual ingredients, such as crab cakes, shrimp, pimento cheese and guacamole. The menu includes a changing special “Burger of the Day,” and highlights local NC craft brew varieties in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

 Don’t let the name fool you, The Basics is anything but!!  While The Basics does combine the basic components of any fine dining menu, along with the basics of southern cuisine; the traditional recipes have been improved to include flavors to satisfy the modern palate. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and use only fresh ingredients, locally sourced seafood and produce, and homemade everything!  What’s not to love?!

Want to try a restaurant that’s proven it’s worth?  Well, founded in 1976, Bridge Tender was the first restaurant to bring fine dining to the Wrightsville Beach, and it continues to impress us!  With spectacular waterfront views of the Intracoastal Waterway and even outdoor seating, the ambiance is only beat by the food!  The Bridge Tender’s menu feature fresh seafood, certified angus beef steaks, delicious appetizers, and mouth-watering desserts! The only struggle is deciding what to order!

Have You Met Our Team?!

“Individual commitment to a group effort—that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”- Vince Lombardi

Social distancing may have put a damper on our ability to get out and meet new people but, that doesn’t mean you can’t get to know the best team in Wilmington right here!    At McAdams Homes, we feel like our team is the foundation of our business.  We’ve put together a group of like-minded individuals that work well together and have a strong work ethic to get the job done with integrity and heart!  We are committed to providing each and every one of our customers with an easy and enjoyable home buying experience, and that starts with our staff.

We want everyone who walks through our doors to feel like they are getting the time and attention of a local business but also the experience and knowledge of renowned builders.  We are so fortunate to have assembled a team that makes that possible.  From our Principles to our Superintendents and Office Members, everyone plays a key part in making every McAdams Homes experience a pleasant one.  We have hand selected our staff members be ensure that  you have the best guides to help you every step of the way.

We know that a solid reputation is worth more than anything and we are so pleased to have assembled a group of people that share our vision of providing honest, reliable, quality service to our community.  This desire paired with their competence and ability, make the staff at McAdams Homes the best around!  But don’t just take our word for it, check them out yourself!

5 Things You Might Not Know About Wilmington, NC

You already know that we love Wilmington for so many reasons, but we wanted to give you 5 reasons more to love it! We came up with a list of fun facts about our town that you might not know that will leave you feeling even more connected to the Port City!

Did you know…that just as you may have pet names for your sweetie, our beloved Wilmington has earned the nickname “Hollywood East”?  While the movie industry isn’t as big as it once was, it is still a big part of our community and our culture.  More than 300 movies and TV shows have been filmed in Wilmington, including “A Walk to Remember,” “Weekend at Bernie’s,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” “Cape Fear,” “Matlock,” “Dawson’s Creek” and “One Tree Hill.” Wilmington has been the home to many productions since the early 1980s, as EUE/Screen Gems Studios — the second largest TV and movie production studio located east of California — is located here.  And we couldn’t be more proud!

Did you know…that movie stars aren’t the only reason Wilmington is famous? Wilmington is ranked ‘One of the Top Cities for Foodies’!  It is not hard to see why either; food is the way to everyone’s heart if we are being honest, right?!  And the area’s food scene is bursting with both flavor and diversity.  You can find a wide range of options ranging from classic Southern fare and coastal cuisine, seafood feasts to farm to table, quick eats to award winning cuisine.  There is something for everyone’s palate!

Did you know…Wilmington is not just sweet and delicious; it is also smart? Wilmington is home to 3 colleges!  UNCW is the state’s coastal university and is home to about 17,500 students!  Offering a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees, UNCW is the perfect option for those looking to live in paradise while pursuing their dreams!  Not to be outdone, Cape Fear Community College has offered affordable accessible quality education to our community for over 60 years!   Not to mention Miller Motte College which offers career training and associates degrees in a number of exciting careers.  No matter where you are on your path, having opportunities to increase your knowledge is always important!

Did you know…that life near the beach is just better? Not to mention, our local beach, Wrightsville Beach, has been ranked as ‘One of the 30 Small Beach Towns that Should be on Your Radar’!  Known for its crystal blue water, spacious beach, and active island lifestyle, it is no surprise why!   Wrightsville Beach is an ideal place for watersports like surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, and kayaking.  Great restaurants and a fun night life are just added perks!

Did you know…that beach isn’t the only thing that’s HOT HOT HOT in Wilmington right now?  Real Estate is sizzling too!  With interest rates and record lows, now is the perfect time to buy in our area and McAdams Homes is ready when you are!