Category Archives: Houses

Warm up by the Fire?!

Oak Island and Southport NC is known for its mild winters and laid back lifestyles, which includes lots of entertaining at home and outdoor activities for the whole family.   This attracts many families to vacation or even relocate to this area.  While the winters are generally pleasant at the beach, January and February are typically our coolest months. This can put a damper on your fun, especially for outdoor plans. However, fire pits or outdoor fire places can be just what you need to warm up your backyard. 

Fire pits are becoming more popular every day.  They provide a cozy ambience to improve any mood.  Having a night by the fire, roasting marshmallows or cooking a meal is a fun way to spend time with your family and friends. This allows you to gather outdoors even on a chilly day.  There are many activities to do around a fire pit from cooking, playing games or just relaxing.

Another option to heat up your backyard is an outdoor fireplace.  A fireplace not only provides warmth, but can be aesthetically pleasing to the eye and can add symmetry to the design of your outdoor living space.  A Fireplace can be a bit more expensive than a fire pit but with it, you can have more features.   

There is something about a fire that gives you that warm fuzzy feeling and relaxes you. Whatever it is, start making your plans now and let us know if we can help you create your own retreat. 

“There’s No Place Like Home”

The expression is “There’s no place like home”.  Your home offers you the opportunity to enjoy life.  It gives back to you.  It gives you the space to host a gathering of friends and family.  It gives you countless comforts and sweet moments that you may not have had otherwise.  This is especially true during the holidays.  Christmas is a time of sharing, traditions and being home with your family.  So many memories are made during holiday celebrations as we grow up and get older.  Your fondest memories may be decorating the Christmas tree in the den or baking cookies in the kitchen, hanging the stockings by the fireplace or stringing enough lights to light up a small town from your roof.  Making memories like this not only bonds you to your family but to your home as well.  Times such as these are what turn your house into a home.

If you’ve been thinking of building, there’s no better time!  Get started by contacting Craig with Moore Development at 910-278-9663 today.

Is It More Cost-Effective to Build?

If you are currently renting and thinking of moving into your own home, you may be weighing the cost of building a new house vs. buying an existing home.  If you have been looking at the current real estate listings in the Brunswick County area, you may have noticed the cost of older homes are practically the same or even more expensive than homes listed that are New Construction or Build to Suit.

The benefits to building your home or even buying new construction definitely outweigh the benefits of buying an existing home.  New construction homes are warrantied for a minimum of one year.  They are also more energy efficient because of advancements in window, insulation and heating and air system designs.  Often times with an existing home, updates may be required.  This could be anything from cosmetic changes or even updating the plumbing and electrical to meet current code requirements.

Building is certainly the way to go because you can control the budget and move into a home that is up-to-date and is exactly what you have chosen.  Building is booming again for that very reason.  Be sure to keep Moore Development in mind and call us for a free consultation today at 910-278-9663.

Storage in your New Home

Storage or the lack thereof is becoming an all too common problem in our homes today.  If you are in the midst of planning to build a new home or even to remodel your current home, this is the perfect time to look at your storage needs and plan accordingly.  Having ample storage helps you to not only stay organized and tidy but also saves space.  There are many ways to store items, whether you want them to be on display or out of sight.  Having built-in bookcases or shelves is a great way to store items that you want to be seen.  Built-ins can be decorative and add character to your home while being useful.  You can store anything from books to pictures to trophies.  You may prefer to have a built-in with doors to store such items as your TV and media devices so they are not seen.  Storage cabinets built in under the stairs are another area to contain items that you may want to keep under wraps.  Adding furniture that doubles as storage such as buffets, tables, and ottomans are functional decorative furnishings. Either option would be a great addition to any living area.

There are several opportunities to gain storage in your kitchen and bath.  One way is by having kitchen cabinets that go all the way to your ceiling.  The top shelves are a good place to store small appliances or items that are not used frequently.  Adding open shelving to your kitchen or bath can look good while providing storage.  Having your drawers deeper in your kitchen and bathrooms will also give you more usable space.  It’s also helpful to add cabinets to your laundry area, or organizers with shelves and drawers to your closets.

At Moore Development we can help you maximize storage in your home through careful planning and attention to detail.

What’s your favorite space in your house? It says a lot about you. Find out Here!

What’s your favorite space in your house? Your choice says a lot about who you are as a person and what you like.  Among women and men alike, I would think the most popular room in a home would be the kitchen.  Men may gravitate more to a garage or man cave, women may be drawn more to an office, or their bedroom. The master bath could be the preferred place for both of you.  So what does your preference say about you?

The Kitchen – More than likely, if you love to be in the kitchen, you love to cook or bake.  You are a creative person who enjoys being with people and making others happy.  You are a nurturer and very giving. You tend to be a very happy and outgoing person.

The Dining Room – You love being a host. You prefer structure and order in your life.  You tend to thrive in formal settings.  You love being with friends and family.  You can be the type that puts on a happy face even in bad times.  You tend to avoid conflict.

The Den – You enjoy reading or watching movies.  You love being with family.  You like being casual and comfortable.

The Home Office – You like having a space that is yours.  You are a productive person.  You are  generally a responsible person.  You can be a workaholic. You like having a busy life.  You enjoy organization.  You like to be in control.

The Bathroom – You are a laid back person or an anxious person trying to be a laid back person.  You enjoy quiet and peace or you’re a mom or dad trying to get peace and quiet. You are at times a loner and enjoy time to yourself. You enjoy comfort and the finer things in life.   You are one that tends to follow trends.  Admit it, it just looks very hipster and cool to take a bubble bath, like your favorite actor on the screen.

The Bedroom –  If you are single, you tend to be a private person. You don’t usually care what people think of you.  You like just being “you”.  You like to have your way.  You can be somewhat spoiled or want to be spoiled.  You love to sleep.  You can also be a loner.   If you are a couple, you are a romantic at heart. You enjoy spending alone time with your significant other.  You love the security of your space and being with your partner.

The Garage, Basement or Man Cave –  You like to have fun.  You are loud and a definite extrovert.  You enjoy collecting things. You have hobbies.  You are excited to have friends over to entertain. You have expensive taste.

Outside- You are an adventurous person.  You love animals and nature.  You are physically fit and enjoy exercise.  You are in touch with your spirituality.  You enjoy the simple life.  You enjoy traveling and new experiences.

Now you may understand why your favorite space is your chosen spot.  There’s a reason for all things, wouldn’t you say?

Fall Home Checklist

I am so happy to report that the beautiful Fall is here! Fall is a great time to do some annual inspections on your home while the weather is nice.

So Here’s your Honey-Do List!

  1. Check smoke detectors and fire extinguishers – Testing and replacing batteries in your smoke detectors should be done every year. Be sure you have a fire extinguisher (most homes have 2 or 3 depending on square footage and layout). Check the pressure, seal, expiration date and overall condition annually.
  2. Inspect and clean your fireplace and chimney – Inspection of your fireplace and chimney should also be done annually. This is something you can do on your own or hire a professional.  Keeping a clean and functioning fireplace can save you from possible smoke and fire damage to your home.
  3. Inspect your heating and air system – Doing a spring and fall inspection of your heating and air system can eliminate problems in the summer and winter. You will want a professional to take care of this for you.
  4. Check Windows – Check your windows for gaps which can be resolved by applying weather stripping around the frames of your windows to keep heat in and the cold out of your home this winter.
  5. Check roof and shingles – Inspecting your roof annually will help you avoid problems in the future. Look for any shingles that may be buckling, curling, missing or broken.  A quick overall look for any issues can be a lot easier than repairs later.
  6. Clean and repair gutters – While you are up there looking at your roof is a good time to clean and repair any gutter problems.
  7. Draining and winterizing your outdoor faucets and irrigation system is another task better done in the fall before cold weather starts to set in.

Most of these routine chores can be done by you or you can call a professional to help out.  Moore Development is here to point you in the right direction.  Don’t forget to call us with any questions and don’t forget to enjoy the fall season!

Peaceful Outdoor Living

Cool breezes, blue skies, bright sun … where have you been?  Fall is finally here, and for now, the excessive rain seems to be gone in North Carolina.  Fall is a great time of the year for outside activities with your friends and family.  What better way to host a get-together than to have a screened porch or other outside entertainment area on your home.

Screened porches are especially common in the south, where the weather is mild, where neighbors and families gather for barbecues and birthday parties.  You can enjoy the fresh air minus flies and mosquitos. Screened Porches aren’t the only option of outside living space on your home. You will find several other possibilities such as pergolas, decks, patios, and more.

Pergolas are pretty shaded walkways or sitting areas with vertical posts that support an open roof of girders and cross rafters. Sometimes you will find them attached to the home or more often in flower gardens with vine growing plants that shade you from the sun while enjoying the Carolina’s warm weather. Patios also can be attached or unattached to the home.  They are typically made of concrete or stone on the ground level and do not have any structure or railings.  A patio is a great option if you would like to include a fire pit in your design.  Unlike Patios, Decks can be attached at the first or second level of your home, usually constructed of wood with railings and provide a generous recreational area.

Having a great outdoor space that may include an outdoor kitchen, a space for the barbeque, cozy fire pits, an inviting hot tub and a relaxed sitting and dining areas can add value to your home and benefits to your life.  If you are getting ready to build or are interested in adding such features, call us for a consultation today and be on your way to a more peaceful environment.

What to Do Before the Storm Hits

There are many things you can do to possibly avoid excessive damage to your home if a hurricane should impact your community. First it is important that you have prepared your home before  the storm makes landfall.  The most important areas to focus on are:

  1. A clean landscape yard is a good place to start prepping for a storm. All lawn furniture or decorations should be secured or affixed to ensure that it stays put in high winds or flooding.  Trim any loose or weak limbs from trees around the property, as they can become airborne in the midst of it all.
  2. If you do not have Impact Glass Windows, be sure to board up your windows or close your hurricane shutters to dodge broken windows from hurricane force winds.
  3. Reinforcing your doors, especially a garage door is key to escaping massive damage.
  4. If possible, Seal or reinforce your roof with clips since it is one of the first to go when the winds start to pick up.
  5. Consider installing flood vents in your crawl space to allow water to flow freely. Many of the homes in this area are on stilts to avoid the possibility of collapsing due to the high water pressure from hurricanes or flooding.

Being prepared before a storm, alleviates stress and hopefully damage when it’s all said and done.   Don’t forget to make sure your insurance policies are up to date, in the event your reinforcements were unsuccessful and be safe!

The Value of Impact Glass Windows in your Home

The Value of Impact Glass Windows in your Home

Impact Glass Windows are not only a valuable but a beneficial investment in your new home. Unlike standard windows that will break with minimal force, Impact Glass Windows are shatter resistant glass that is secured in a heavy duty frame.  These windows are made up of two layers of glass bonded by a layer of polyvinyl butaryl.  This means even if your window takes a blow and cracks, it will still be intact and therefore your home will not be exposed to hurricane winds, water, theft or anything that may have cause the contact.

Typically Impact Glass Windows can withstand winds in excess of 135mph.  This is favorable, especially in coastal areas where hurricanes are a common occurrence.  In the event there’s a hurricane and you have standard windows, there are a few options for you, though they are not the most convenient or attractive routes.  You would need to purchase a ladder, purchase sheets of plywood, prep the wood with numbers and drill holes in them, and be ready to put them over your standard windows in messy weather or hire someone to do it for you.  Keep in mind you will also need to find a place to store the plywood when not in use.

The other option would be to install hurricane shutters on your home which are not only costly but they tend to block natural light inside and are also not the most attractive look for the exterior of your home.

Impact Glass Windows have the appearance of a standard window with low maintenance and all the benefits.  Overall, the initial cost of Impact Glass is more (approximately 60%) yet with them you have peace of mind when a storm hits with no additional effort on your part. You may also quality to receive a discount on your insurance premiums, and your home looks beautiful all the time.

Here at Moore Development, Craig promotes the use of Impact Glass Windows because he knows that good quality materials yield a good quality built home.

Ready to Build? How to Save a Buck while Building!

Ready to Build??  Many times aspiring new home builders fantasize about their new space and how it will be everything they dream of.   It is not out of the ordinary for both the wife of the home, as well as the husband to have already visualized their perfect place in the new house and exactly how it will look and function.  Often times, the expense of that look has yet to become a reality to them.  However, there are many ways to save a buck while building a new home without sacrificing key features that you may be planning for.

First of all, as with most things in life, it’s always better to “Keep it Simple”.  Do you really need to build a house with such intricate exterior detail, a complex roof line or a bazillion gables just so the neighbors have a nice view from their windows?  A more complex or detailed plan = more expense.  If you are unsure what to go with, look at stock plans or even ask your builder.  In addition, if you find a plan that your contractor has already built, you can not only save money on design, but he will have the experience and knowledge to advise you on what will or will not work with that particular home.

Splurge on things that matter, such as kitchen cabinets or hardware flooring.  You may want to spend more on items in areas of the home that your visitors will see versus a bedroom or laundry area.  Also, keep in mind that many options can be easily changed later, but keeping good quality materials for items that may be harder to change such as windows or a fireplace is important.

Other ways to save would be to refrain from 2 story open areas, as they are wasted space and increase the cost of your energy bills.  Also keep a watch on the square footage.  Only build the amount of house you need.  That will save you not only in materials and labor, but in your utility bills and maintenance in the long run.

If you would like to go over your potential new home plan, call for an appointment today with Craig at 910-278-9663.