What You Want in a Master Bedroom

We are spending time at home and with our families now more than ever and you may find yourself needing some personal space!  Why not make your master bedroom your sanctuary?!

All of our floor plans include spacious master bedrooms for that reason.   A spacious master suite is ideal if you want room for a large dresser, a full-length mirror and a bench to sit on while you put on shoes.  If you share your home with children or other family members, having a room that’s just for you can be essential to your well-being. Now is the perfect time to put that extra space to work too.  Need a place of your own to escape from the kids and indulge in your favorite reality tv show?  Include a mini living room with a comfy armchair and a TV!   Love practicing yoga at home or want a quiet space in which to meditate? Need somewhere to do some crafting or read a book? Then a big bedroom with plenty of open floor space is a must-have!

Let’s talk about storage!  We all know organization can alleviate a lot of stress from your day-to-day life. Not having to look for our socks every morning is a luxury that only a few of us experience if our closets are not adequate. That’s what makes storage such an important yet underrated part of any home. It streamlines your life and gets rid of unnecessary frustrations.  A walk-in closet can double as a dressing room and help you de-clutter the bedroom as shoes, jewelry, clothes and makeup can all be found in one place and hidden from view!  Prefer a space all your own free from your spouse’s stinky gym socks?!  Dual closets may be the answer.  No matter which route you choose, we have a plan to meet your needs!

Hope you’re not turned off by a little potty talk, because that is the next item on our list: on-suite bathrooms; which literally means, an attached bath.  You will find on-suite bathrooms in all of our master suites, but to us on-suite means a lot more than just a bathroom in the bedroom. It also means privacy!! After all, no one likes having to navigate down a dark hallway in the middle of the night to find the bathroom! Likewise, parents typically prefer not to share their bathrooms with their kids and guests. And when you build a home with McAdams Homes, we make sure you don’t have to sacrifice a thing!

Our Favorite Donuts in Wilmington, NC

“To find inner peace search deep inside yourself. Is there a donut there? If not, take corrective action.”- Anonymous

We’ll just make a statement: there is no bad donut! We’re not judging.  Some like them light and airy, others prefer cakey and more substantial.  Glaze, frosting, toppings? The sky is truly the limit!  And whether you spell them donuts or doughnuts, there is no denying that we all love this sweet breakfast treat!  But with so many good options, how do you choose the best spot to grab a dozen?  Well, we’ve narrowed it down to our top 3 favorites, the rest is up to you and your palate…or try all 3, like we said, no judgement!

First stop:  Wake ‘n’ Bake!  With two locations, one in downtown Wilmington and one in Carolina Beach, you’re never far from this delicious goodness!   Wake ‘n’ Bake gained popularity and became a local favorite after winning the Donut Showdown on the Cooking Channel in 2017. Where Wake N Bake truly shines is with its signature donuts. Creations like the Slimm Shady with chocolate glaze and salted potato chip crumbs, or Dat Ghost Fire, infused with ghost pepper, you’ll find some unusual flavor combinations. Not to mention the fritters, croissants and stuffed donuts!  They have so many amazing combinations that narrowing it down to a dozen is the hardest part!

You can’t have a conversation about donuts in Wilmington without someone mentioning Britts’s Donut Shop.   Britt’s Donuts are as much an experience as a food product. Britt’s has been a fixture along the Carolina Beach boardwalk since 1938, and for good reason! They only serve glazed donuts – but they’re served as quickly as they’re made. Typically, we don’t believe in rules when it comes to dounts but at Britt’s there is just one, eat your donuts immediately!  Due to their freshness, you’ll get a buttery, melt in your mouth, sweet treat but they are definitely most delicious when eaten warm.  Also, time your trip right or be prepared to wait! They’re open every day during the summer season until they sell out; and at times, the line wraps around the building!

Our next local favorite is a comfortable, inviting little breakfast restaurant with a wonderful ambiance and super friendly staff. The selection of donuts is huge – frosted, sprinkled, glazed, and decorated.  If cakey donuts are your preference, you are in luck and Donut Inn will be your new favorite spot!  And if sugary deliciousness isn’t enough to convince you, this locally owned and operated shop is all about giving back to the community.  They donate all of their end of day baked goods to local nonprofit organizations that serve our local area.  As if you needed another reason to eat a donut!           

5 Things to Do This Fall in Wilmington, NC

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald

While summer may be winding down, Wilmington is just getting warmed up!  Summer seems to have been cut short this year with entertainment and travel options being so limited and it is safe to say that everyone is ready for a break from online learning and being cooped up working from home right now.  Luckily, Wilmington is the perfect spot to have some fun this fall!   With some of your favorite summer activities available well into the autumn months, and fun festive activities coming up too, fall is the new summer in Wilmington!

If staying at home for the last few months has left you craving both delicious meals from your favorite restaurants and a change of scenery, you are in luck!  Even during the shutdown, our appetite for Wilmington’s best downtown restaurants remained strong, thus Downtown Alive was born!  Downtown streets turn into an open-air pedestrian walkway featuring a variety of sidewalk cafés and retail stores that expand into the streets to safely serve customers and allow diners to enjoy our restaurants responsibly. Four blocks in downtown Wilmington are closed to vehicles four days a week at designated times.

Want to combine some local history (home schooling for the win!) and spooky season fun?  Well, then hop aboard the Battleship North Carolina and prepare for a spooktacular experience! Voted one of the Top 25 Halloween picks of all time by Syfy network’s “Ghost Hunters“, this self-guided tour is both scary and social distance safe! 

Afraid that the kids will have to miss out on rocking their favorite costumes this year? Have no fear, downtown Wilmington has an opportunity for them!  Dress up the children (and yourself!) for an entertaining evening where even the horses show up in costume! Hop on a Halloween Ghost Trolley Ride where costumed drivers tell ghost stories tailored for young children. Enjoy a fun ride through the Historic District in downtown Wilmington!

Halloween fun isn’t just for the kids either! The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is brewing up a spine-tingling virtual trivia game night for the 21 and older crowd. Daring participants can take part in wild and wicked trivia delivered virtually during “Game Night Untamed,” facing the eerie aspects of the animal world and even some guest appearances from the animals themselves. Individuals or teams of friends and family take on the virtual crowd. Costumed participants may receive bonus points!

3 Things You’ll Find in Our McAdams Homes Kitchens

The kitchen is the most important room in your home because it is the center of your family’s day-to-day living. Your day most likely begins in your kitchen with a cup of coffee or energizing breakfast to start your day. You deserve to begin every day in a tranquil environment. You prepare meals for your family in your kitchen and probably even eat in your kitchen. Your family and guests often gather in the kitchen to socialize, eat, and cook together. Your kitchen is a bonding area that not only ties your home together, it ties your loved ones together. It’s also the first thing a prospective buyer considers if you are likely to sell your home in the future.

If the kitchen is the most important room in the house, it stands to reason that a good deal of attention should be spend on its design. Today’s open-plan designs reflect a desire for the kitchen to be more than just a place for cooking and eating. Here are a three must haves that are included in all of our McAdams Homes kitchens: 

Stainless steel appliances:  At McAdams Homes, we pride ourselves in providing the absolute best for our homebuyers and we believe that when it comes to appliances, stainless steel is the best!  They are the perfect touch to make your kitchen look modern, sleek and trendy. Not only that, stainless steel is incredibly durable. It fights off rust, fire and heat which makes it top-choice for those who want an appliance that will last and not show wear and tear.  If your goal is to have an appliance that lasts as long as possible on the inside and out, then stainless steel is where it’s at!

Granite Countertops:  Watch any home improvement or real estate television show, and you’ll notice that the first thing consumers ask for in a kitchen are granite countertops.  It is easy to understand why granite has remained the top countertop choice over the years. It is one of the hardest materials; it is durable, easy to maintain and is available in a wide array of colors and textures. From subtle white granites to dark black granites, and everything in between, there is natural granite to complement every design style.  Tried and true and beautiful too, that’s what we are aiming for at McAdams Homes.

Spacious layout:  Anyone who loves to cook knows that the layout of your kitchen is incredibly important. Trying to maneuver around a small kitchen can be stressful, especially if you have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen (like when the kitchen suddenly doubles as a virtual classroom/home office).  Everything about home design is dependent on the way a space is laid out. Even if a room is large, the layout can make it seem smaller and vice versa. When it comes to kitchens, there are lots of popular layout types and we offer options and alternatives to customize all of our floorplans and make them the best possible fit for your family.

Low Interest Rates = More Buying Power

If spending more time at home lately has you wishing for extra elbow room, a different floor plan, a bigger kitchen, or any other particular housing feature; you’re not alone! Many Americans are looking into the possibility of purchasing homes that have room for a home office, fitness studio or rec room; others long for a back yard, or even just a fresh start. While aspiring homebuyers may have different motivations, they do share a common advantage thanks to today’s historically low interest rates equal increased buying power!

Low interest rates are a big advantage when purchasing a home.  Your interest rate affects the total amount that you’ll ultimately pay for your home. However, it also has a more immediate impact on your buying power.

Mortgage interest is the cost of taking out a loan.  It is the amount a lender charges for taking out a loan to purchase a residential property.  Interest is a percentage of the loan amount and is added on to the total cost of the home.  With a higher rate, you’ll pay more interest over the life of your loan, which increases the total cost of your home purchase. On the other hand, securing a lower interest rate will reduce the cost of borrowing and the total amount of interest that you’ll pay, enabling you to pay less for your home.

Buying power, refers to your ability to get value for your money. Interest rates have a huge impact on that.  With a home loan, the cost of paying interest is factored into your monthly mortgage payment, and it can have a major effect on your housing budget.  For example, 2 homebuyers can be looking to purchase a home at the same price but with 2 different interest rates and end up with completely different outcomes.  If the first homebuyer has a higher interest rate, they will pay more interest and their monthly mortgage rate will be higher.  If the second buyer locks in a lower rate, their payments will be lower as they will owe less interest. 

If both buyers are looking to pay the same monthly mortgage payment, the second buyer will be able to afford more house for the same monthly payment.  The first buyer will be paying more in interest and will therefore, have less to spend on the actual home.

You may not think that a single point makes a big difference, but in fact, according to My Mortgage Insider, a one percent rise in your interest rate will reduce your buying power by a whopping ten percent!  So seize the day, now is a great time to buy and our McAdams Homes at The Landing at Lewis Creek are calling to you!

5 Home Design Trends Emerging from the Pandemic

The pandemic has influenced so many areas of our lives these past few months. It’s not surprising that it’s also affecting the design of our homes! Our homes have served as not only our safe havens; but also offices, classrooms, gyms and entertainment opportunities! It makes sense that the current home design trends are adapting to our new normal just like we are.

Since we are spending most of our time at home, there is more time to devote to sprucing up our outdoor space and even getting a chance to enjoy our front porches and backyards! Front porch sitting and connecting with our neighbors is making a comeback, from a distance of course! People are sprucing up their porches with rocking chairs and outdoor décor now more than ever. Potted plants and new light fixtures are decorating many a front stoop right now. Backyards are getting just as much attention too now that much of our entertainment is of the at-home variety! Homeowners are investing in outdoor furnishings and décor to make their space more cozy and convenient. Hammocks and water features are being added as well as fire pits and twinkly lights to set the tone for entertaining!

Folks are working and learning remotely in unprecedented numbers right now and the need for more space is something we are all feeling! Small closets are being converted to a work space for mom and desks are being stashed in corners so children can have their own learning space. Trying to blend all of these new changes into your current living space can be a challenge. The home office may become as crucial to new home design plans as the kitchen at this rate!

In addition to home offices, finding space to get our exercise on has become important too! Home fitness has been in our lives for decades – but it’s taken on a new role since the pandemic closed gyms around the world. Whether it’s a yoga class on Zoom or making room for a Peleton, many of us are trying to find ways to exercise effectively within four walls. Garages are being converted into home gyms and fitness equipment is being stashed under beds and in the only closets not currently being used as office space!
Since space is at a premium, storage options are extra important right now. After all, we need somewhere to hide our hordes of toilet paper and hand sanitizer! Extra shelving and built in storage areas are definitely trending at the moment as well as new additions with built in functional and multipurpose spaces.

It’s no surprise that we have become incredibly concerned with disinfecting and cleanliness. Our answer…mud rooms!! A space where jackets and shoes can be left so outside germs don’t come in and where cleaning supplies can be stored. Even some folks are adding an extra handing washing station or sanitizer dispenser in their mud rooms.

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?!