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“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.

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.

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!

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.

The Construction of Outside

Often times when building a new home, many property owners do not give as much thought to the exterior of the home as they do the interior.  When making your plans be sure to take all options into consideration: everything from the siding to the landscaping or from the porch to the driveway.  For many families the outside of the home can be just as important as the inside.  For an example, if you have children you may want to fence in the backyard as a safe play area.  If you have a lot of tools, you may want an outdoor work shed.  Here is a simple checklist of items you may want to consider while in the planning stages of home building.

  1. Do you want patios, decks, a sunroom, covered porches etc.?
  2. Would you like a pool or grill area?
  3. Is a fence needed?
  4. What type of driveway would you prefer?
  5. Do you want vinyl siding, brick or other type of siding for your home?
  6. What color would you like the trim, shutters, shingles, siding, etc. to be?
  7. Are you planning for a garage? If so, do you need a 1 or 2 car garage?
  8. Will you want an outdoor storage shed?
  9. How many faucets or electrical outlets will you need outside the house?
  10. Is there any special landscaping preferred?

Happy planning for your new home! Call Moore Development today for an consultation at 910-278-9663.728 LR-3127 from hdr-31

Ready to Build? How to Find a Reputable Home Builder

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Ready to Build?

There are several things to look for when searching for a reputable builder. Often times you will find your perfect home builder through a friend or family member that has previously used a contractor on one of their projects. Your lender or area realtors can also provide valuable information on the top builders in the area. However, you definitely want to do your own research before you sign the dotted line. A simple internet search is a good starting place to find a contractor. Most builders will have photos and information of completed homes on their website. This is a good resource to see what type of homes the builder is accustomed to building. Minimizing your list to two builders is a good idea as you move into the interviewing phase.
A qualified builder doesn’t need to be a large organization with a $50,000 marketing budget or flashy billboards. The best builder needs to be available and hold the experience necessary to build your home according to your needs and requests.  The most important step is to verify that the builder is experienced and licensed. Likewise, you will want to confirm references from past or current customers. If possible, a tour of a completed project would be ideal.

Moore Development is ready to meet with you, taking the time to get to know you and your needs; following up with a well written and clear estimate. We are a call away and are available to address any concerns or questions.

Oak Island, NC is THE Location

Oak Island is the location for you!  One of the first steps and most important steps of building or buying a new home is to find a location that you are happy with.   You may have heard the expression “location, location, location” a few times and the reason is because location is ultimately the most significant decision in the home building or buying process.   

When looking for a new home or home site, some of the characteristics to look at are climate, convenience, leisurely activities, community, and resale values. 

 

Oak Island-Southport, NC is a pleasant coastal area with a year-round temperature average of 70°F, with the small town ambiance that many long to escape. 

This community offers all the conveniences and activities available including shops, restaurants, local art galleries, and beaches. 

If you are looking to retreat to a slow paced life style of relaxation and fun, this area is for you.  Average home costs are in the $200K range and resale values are stable. 

Moore Development is waiting for you to share your dream home plans with us. Call today for a consultation!

Oak Island Lighthouse

Oak Island Lighthouse

Happy 4th of July from Moore Development!

Caroline Moore working - Beach Day 2015

Caroline Moore working – Beach Day 2015

Happy 4th of July from Moore Development!

Moore Development is located in Oak Island, NC.  Southport-Oak Island Area is the Home of the North Carolina 4th of July Festival. Southport is #5 of the top 10 small town 4th of July celebrations in the United States according to Yahoo Travel.  If you have never been here during the festival you are truly missing out.  Visit http://www.nc4thofjuly.com/  for more info and an events calendar.

Today is Beach Day at Oak Island NC including a Fireworks Display at 9:00 pm.  This is a day next to the beach with everything from Sand Sculpture Contests to Shag Contests and other fun activities.  Come for a visit to see what a nice, relaxing and fun area Oak Island is.  While you’re here check in with us here at Moore Development to discuss your building options in such a desirable community.

Energy Efficient Homes on the Rise with New Construction

With temperatures consistently in the mid to high 90’s in our area this summer.  It is becoming more difficult to keep our homes cool and the requests for energy efficient homes are on the rise with new construction.

More than ever, new home builders are requesting energy efficient options to cut costs while keeping their homes comfortable. Moore Development is ready to step in with a superior design with everything from spray foam insulation and dual paned windows, to more unconventional methods.  If you are ready to build and reap the benefits with lower utilities bills, greater home values, and more, call Craig today for a consultation.