The Belwood, MLS #477451

Open floor plan with 2820 sf, one-story living with bonus room over the garage, spacious rear porches for outdoor entertaining…these are just a few of the features you will find in the Belwood plan designed by Sullivan Design Company.

The Belwood Plan

Plan Highlights:

  • Glass doors and windows in rear to take advantage of the views
  • Bosch stainless steel appliances including counter depth refrigerator
  • Screened and uncovered porches in back
  • Stamped concrete porches (front and back)
  • Bonus room with full bath
  • 8/0 solid doors downstairs (10′ ceilings)
  • Rounded drywall corners
  • Hardwoods included in the master bedroom and closet
  • In-ceiling speakers with volume control
  • Full use of interior designer for selections
  • Iron pickets on staircase
  • Garage sink
  • Shower doors in all baths
  • Bench seat with cubbies
Energy Features:
  • 2×6 exterior wall construction
  • R24 blown-in fiberglass insulation (Bibs)
  • Radiant barrier roof decking to keep attic cooler and reduce demand on HVAC system
  • Attic framed knee walls to include air barrier
  • Recirculating hot water system with a tankless hot water heater
  • Zoned HVAC for master bedroom and bonus room (3 thermostats in house)

The Belwood 1st Floor Plan

The Belwood Bonus Room

Some of the benefits of working with Mark Johnson Custom Homes include:

  • Full use of a designer for interior/exterior selections
  • Weekly production schedules
  • Home walk-throughs with clients at rough-in stage
  • Independent home inspector reports upon completion of construction

Construction of The Belwood will be completed in October 2012. There is still time to make selections to customize this dream home.

Moving During The Holidays

November 11th, 2011

The holiday season is quickly approaching and we all know the challenges we sometimes face when juggling multiple activities this time of the year. Wilmington, NC builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share with our readers an article courtesy of RealtyTimes.com that gives great tips on how to make moving during the holiday season extra special for your family.

It’s the holiday season! For many readers out there this season is taking on a whole new meaning.

Cold weather, rain, and snow doesn’t keep a good buyer down. There are great deals to be had all year round. Buying doesn’t always happen on schedule. It can take weeks or months to find the perfect house, you may need to move suddenly to follow a new job opportunity, or move to be closer to ailing parents.

Buying happens for a myriad of reasons and during every month of the year. Yet, buying during the holidays can be challenging, especially if you’re a family with lots of traditions or with children.

If you have children, then here are some tips to make a move during the holidays a big deal in a good way!

First, children follow the lead of their parents. If you are depressed about missing out on Aunt Sue’s famous turkey or daily noting the bad luck of buying during the holidays, your children will likely pick up on this. So start by adjustingyour attitude first. Focus on the positive aspects of the move. Try to keep a cheery, upbeat attitude.

Will a child be getting their own room? Will their new room be “awesome”? These can be reasons to celebrate! Talk up all the great new area parks, restaurants, and kid-friendly attractions.

Older children may be a harder sell, especially if you’re moving them away from their school or friends. Do a little research and find out more on area malls, sports teams, or youth groups that your child may be interested in.

Also consider rewarding children especially well for their good behavior during a move. Maybe now is a time for that allowance raise (if it doesn’t seem too much like a bribe), to let them select the new decor for their new room, or to have one extra pizza night this week.

Communication is key for getting through a move, regardless of the season. Have a family meeting to discuss concerns and fears, or have one-on-one talks with each kid to assess their feelings.

Finally, make every attempt to keep traditions alive. This is important for adults and children alike. If your family loves having a fully decorated tree, then you might have to set it up twice this year — once at your current home and then quickly again when you first arrive in your new home.

Boxes and chaos aside, you can still sit down for a fun family dinner or for an evening of singing songs and opening presents. Keep your traditions alive and your move this holiday season will be an easy one!

Article written by: Carla Hill, RealtyTimes.com

Sellers: Letting Go

October 27th, 2011

Wilmington home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share with our readers an article courtesy of Realtytimes.com that was written to ease the minds of those contemplating the sale of their home in order to build a new one that is just right for them.

The decision to sell your home can come with a mixed bag of emotions. There is uncertainty and fear about how quickly your home will sell and for what dollar amount. There may be guilt about leaving behind family, friends, or neighbors. You may also feel anxiety about what is to come.

A less than stellar market has done little to ease these jitters. Many would-be sellers have even decided to forgo moves for fear that now isn’t the time to sell.

Many others who have made the leap are ruled by emotions of sadness or regret. How does one let go of a home where so many memories were made?

The answer is in the attitude. It’s not about letting go. It’s about moving forward.

In order to let go of the negative feelings you have about the selling process there are a few crucial steps to take.

First, be resolute about your decision. If we allow ourselves to go back and forth between “I should” and “I shouldn’t”, you’ll always have uncertainty. Decide once and for all what is best for your family. Many people make pro and con lists. Others simply go with what feels right.

Second, remember that memories aren’t housed in the walls of your home, they live inside your mind. Those last a lifetime! Plus, take lots of pictures and video to document what life was like in your old home.

Third, talk about your decision. Bottling or resisting emotions can simply make them more pronounced. If you feel anxiety, talk to your spouse, friends, and realtor about it. It helps having a sounding board for fears and questions. Bounce ideas off of them.

Next, be willing to compromise. Today’s sellers are finding tougher conditions. There are lots of homes on the market and that means more competition. Go into the selling process with the mindset that you may have to make certain concessions. Many sellers find they need to lower their price. They may need to pay the buyer’s closing costs. They may also need to move out sooner or later than they anticipated.

Finally, refocus your attention on the fact that you’re moving on to a new phase in life! Many of you will be experiencing moving-up to your dream home. No matter the reason you’re selling, get excited about the changes or opportunities in your life.

Article written by: Carla Hill, Realtytimes.com

New Home in Landfall

November 19th, 2010

If you are considering building a new home or purchasing a resale, Wilmington, NC new home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes has a great deal for you to build a custom home on our lot. A new custom home built on our prestigious lot in Landfall could be yours for $619,000!

Lot 2DI

 2016 Deer Island Lane: half acre lot backing up to wooded conservancy for privacy, also close to the Arboretum Gate of the Landfall community.

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The Forestdale II Plan: 2500 sf, 20%-30% more efficient than a code-miminum home, brick veneer or painted hardiplank siding, 3 bedrooms and 3 baths downstairs, bonus room over garage, screened porch, 2×6 construction, 10′ ceilings and a lot of storage space.

Wilmington, NC home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share an article courtesy of Yahoo! News that gives 9 things to consider when deciding whether to build a new home or purchase a resale.

As the mortgage crisis continues to inundate the market with distressed properties, today’s house hunter has no shortage of cheap, foreclosed homes to pick through. But despite all those deals in the previously-owned home market, consumers shouldn’t overlook the potential benefits of building a new home.

1. Customization: Many home builders allow buyers to participate in the process of designing their property, which helps create a living space specifically tailored to the consumer’s tastes.

2. Building Envelope: Newly constructed homes use energy more efficiently. They tend to have a tighter-sealed building envelope that helps prevent conditioned air–cool air in the summer, warm air in the winter–from escaping.

3. Green Appliances: More energy-efficient mechanics of the house help reduce utility bills.

4. Fewer Repairs: The features of newly constructed homes will hold up better than those of existing homes, which may have experienced years of wear and tear.

5. Less Maintenance: Today’s new homes are engineered specifically to minimize maintenance requirements and many products on the market promote less maintenance requirements.

6. Warranty: Builders agree to take care of the repair work that becomes necessary in newly constructed homes for at least the first year.

7. Fire Safety: Newly constructed homes often include fire safety features that may not be present in properties built years ago.

8. Concessions: Especially in today’s sluggish housing market, buyers may be able to squeeze more concessions out of a home building company than an individual seller.

9. Financing: New home buyers may be able to take advantage of mortgage financing perks.

Home for sale in Wilmington, NCThe Birkdale Community in the private, gated community of Landfall in Wilmington, NC offers four available floor plans to create your dream home. The Primrose Plan allows you to enjoy open one floor living with 2,770 square feet, 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. There is a private suite above the garage and ample storage space, and a large kitchen with center island and breakfast nook. As with most Mark Johnson Custom Homes projects, this home has an excellent insulation package with 2×6 exterior walls insulated with blown cellulose.

Mark Johnson Custom Homes’ 100% client referral rating is a testament to the Landfall lot for salequality of their projects and hands-on approach from Mark Johnson himself. Contact Mark today for more information on this corner lot for sale in Wilmington, NC and other Mark Johnson Custom Homes Inventory!

Landfall Lot for SalePreviously, we shared with our readers two available floor plans (The Birkdale and The Birkdale Extended Plans) for a corner lot for sale in Landfall in Wilmington, NC. The third available floor plan for the Birkdale Community is The Hawthorne Plan, with 3100 square feet, 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Complete with a bonus room, great room with built-in entertainment center cabinets and gas fireplace with concrete surround, this home is built with 2×6 exterior walls and insulated with blown cellulose for an excellent insulation package. The kitchen features granite countertops, center island and breakfast nook. Mark Johnson Custom Homes has experience building Green custom homes too! The plans can Lot for Sale in Wilmington, NCbe adjusted to accomodate eco-friendly home building.

This Landfall lot for sale is located at 2024 Kenilworth Lane and is available to visit personally with the award-winning builder, Mark Johnson. Contact him today for a tour and check out pictures of his completed projects at the Mark Johnson Custom Homes Flickr Page!

Landfall home for saleAre you currently looking for a quality custom home builder in Southeastern North Carolina you can trust? Then look no further than Mark Johnson of Mark Johnson Custom Homes. Mark has a wealth of experience in the construction industry and is staying atop of the Green building options becoming available to his clients. And with the many new homes, homesites and plans available for sale under Mark Johnson Custom Homes’ inventory, you are sure to find your dream home with a builder who’s relationship with his clients “does not end at the closing table.”  

One such homesite available to build on today is located in the private, gated Lot for sale in Landfallcommunity of Landfall in Wilmington, NC. This corner  lot for sale in the Birkdale community in Landfall has four different home plans to choose from, one of which is the Birkdale Plan. This 3,500 square foot new home plan has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, bonus room and a great room with built-in entertainment center cabinets and gas fireplace with concrete surround. The kitchen features granite countertops, center island and breakfast nook, and the downstairs master suite features two walk-in closets and luxurious bath area with dual vanities and a separate shower. The second floor includes two bedrooms, walk-in closets, a large recreation room and storage. And for an excellent insulation package, the 2×6 exterior walls have been insulated with blown cellulose. The yard maintenance is provided by the HOA and Landfall offers golf, tennis and pool packages for their residents.

Check out the Intracoastal Realty MLS Listing or contact Mark Johnson directly for more information on making 2024 Kenilworth Lane your home today!

Wilmington, NC custom homeIf you’re looking for a luxurious, private community in North Carolina, look no further than Landfall in Wilmington, NC! This private community offers you “the very best of life in a quaint southern town with all the conveniences of a big city” and offers golf, tennis and pool packages to residents. And within Landfall is the Birkdale community, where you can build the home of your dreams at 2024 Kenilworth Lane. This corner lot for sale in Wilmington, NC has four available home plans for you to choose from, including the Birkdale Extended Plan.

This new home plan has the most square footage of all of the plans at 4,100 square feet. The 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathrooms home also includes a bonus room and a great Lot in Wilmington, NC for saleroom with built-in entertainment center cabinets and gas fireplace with concrete surround. The spacious kitchen features granite countertops, center island and breakfast nook. The 2×6 exterior walls have been insulated with blown cellulose for an excellent insulation package.

We encourage you to check out the complete set of home plans for this new luxury home and contact Mark Johnson directly if you’d like more information!

While Mark Johnson Custom Homes has an extensive portfolio of Wilmington, NC custom homes, remodels, additions, and town homes completed, we especially enjoy building in new luxury communities in North Carolina. One particular home we’re especially proud of is The Armelle at Eagle’s Watch. This private waterfront community boasts an amazing location, within a short drive from the beach, golf courses and unique restaurants and shopping centers. This exclusive community is also an environmentally protected conservation area and a natural habitat for bald eagles, great blue herons and more!

The Armelle, located at 809 Grandview Drive in Hampstead, NC, is over 4,000 New Home in Eagle's Watchsquare feet with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, an office and media room. The media room has a built-in entertainment center, fireplace and stained wetbar with under-counter SubZero refrigerator and ice maker combo. The kitchen has a SubZero 42” refrigerator, Wolf gas cooktop in the island with downdraft and antique white cabinets with granite counter tops. The upper glass cabinets have built-in lights for a unique display option.  The immaculately landscaped backyard has a spacious patio and fire pit, as seen on the right.

The Armelle is currently for sale at $899,000.

Take a virtual tour of our home via our Flickr photos or contact us today to schedule a tour!