October 3rd, 2012
Landfall home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes is excited to share an article published in Raleigh’s News and Observer about a recent interview with our designer, Eddie Rider with Eddie Rider Designs. The interview focused on decorating secrets and features a bathroom in a home we built in the Landfall community.
Five words that best describe your approach to design: Warm, coordinated, balanced, realistic, inviting.
Best decor bargain you’ve ever scored: Some very old leather books I found at a London flea market.
Best use of black and white: In a recent bathroom and kitchen new construction project. The kitchen has sharp white cabinets with polished nickel hardware, absolute black honed countertops with a polished, beveled carrara tile backsplash. Ebony floors complete the look. The master bath has a mosaic floor tile with black-and-white marble under a freestanding tub. A little retro feel with some modern sprinkled in for flavor.
Recliner: yes or no? No. No. No. If it looks like a recliner, then no. If you’re going for style and form, then no.
What’s your hardware store must-have? Furniture marker for those little accidents.
Favorite shelter magazine: Architectural Digest.
Every dining room should have: Wood floors and area rug.
Low-cost way to dress a transitional mantel: Candles with holders.
Biggest design no-no: Too many prints/patterns/textures, with too many colors.
My best tip for do-it-yourself designers: Take one primary print fabric and use it for your color palette throughout the room; then, carry one of the colors to the next space.
August 7th, 2012
Wilmington, NC new home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes has recently installed TRU-VUE FOLD doors in a home we are constructing in the Landfall community. This is a versatile folding door system with an inspired concept for bringing the outside in and extending the inside out, instantly creating an enjoyable space for living or entertaining.
The door set comprises three, four or five doors, which all simultaneously fold open together. Simply unlock the set, open the internal drop bolts and the entire unit glides open with a gentle push. Additionally, the door on the end hinges open and closed for easy access and everyday use.
To see the progress of the home we are constructing in the Landfall community, click the link below to view the Mark Johnson Custom Homes Flickr page.
July 18th, 2012
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.
- 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
- 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)
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.
May 8th, 2012
Wilmington custom home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes is excited to announce that The Angelique was a Silver Award winner during this year’s Parade of Homes that took place April 28 – 29 & May 5 – 6. To view a video of the award winning home built in the Landfall community, simply click “The Angelique” below.
April 17th, 2012
Wilmington, NC home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share with our readers testimonials from two recent clients whose homes we built in the Landfall community.
“We had a totally positive building experience with Mark Johnson Custom Homes during all phases of building our new home. Working with a builder when you are living out of state requires frequent and clear communication and a high level of trust, and MJCH more than met our expectations in those areas. There were no surprises at any time from start to finish, and if any problem came up, Mark was on top of the situation and taking steps to solve the problem at the same time he was notifying us of the matter. We really never worried about anything because we knew our home was in good hands at all times. After we moved in, MJCH proactively checked on any items he or we felt needed improvement and made sure we were completely satisfied. We love our new home and are very happy with the quality of its construction, the appearance inside and out, and details of the finishes. We highly recommend Mark Johnson Custom Homes. He and his team are incredibly pleasant to work with as well as very professional.”
Mark and Cindy Humphreville
“All our expectations were met. We really enjoyed working with Mark and his team. When we were there on site, the subs that we met were very nice and accommodating. The construction schedule was very helpful, we were able to plan our visits based on this schedule. This is a helpful tool for out of town customers such as us. We also enjoyed and appreciated the pictures. Since we could not be there often, the pictures were a means of watching the progress. If we were to build another home in the Wilmington area we would use MJCH. We would not hesitate recommending MJCH to anyone interested in building a new home. It was a long road from our initial discussions years ago to finishing our new home. We never considered another builder because we felt very comfortable and trusted Mark. We also appreciated his prompt follow up on issues after completion. Thanks for a job well done.”
Dan and Stephanie Verdelli
January 13th, 2012
October 5th, 2011
Wilmington new home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes is excited to announce that we have completed construction of The Angelique, a custom home in the Landfall community. We invite you to take a tour via the two minute video below to experience the home’s New England colonial style and old world charm. Simply click “The Angelique” below to view the video.
September 15th, 2011
July 11th, 2011
Wilmington builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to introduce our readers to The Angelique, a custom home we are currently building in the Landfall community.
This client, currently residing in California, brought The Angelique plan to us from Southern Living House Plans. We purchased the plan and had a designer redraw it locally with changes.
The 3800 sf home has a washed and aged tumbled brick exterior that offers a feeling of old world European charm. The dark brown windows will match the gutters to contrast the soft and creamy white color tone of the home’s exterior. Soft arches on a courtyard wall will be lit by large carriage lights and softened by natural green landscaping, leading overnight guests to their own entrance and private suite. Walnut colored operable composite raised panel shutters will complement the pallet nicely.
The interior of the home will be a study of clean lines, layers of soft white with gray tones. The chef’s kitchen will be set with Thermador stainless appliances that will contrast white cabinets and a subway tile backsplash. For a little flair, there will be black granite counter tops with a complementing carrara marble island. Mini crystal and nickel chandeliers will punctuate the setting with a perfect amount of accent lighting.
We invite you to visit The Angelique on our Flickr page to view the construction progress.
March 10th, 2011
|Wilmington, NC home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes recently completed an Energy Star certified home in Landfall. The home received a 61 on the HERS (Home Energy Rating System) index, meaning it is 39% more efficient than a code minimum home.
The estimated ANNUAL energy cost for the 3100 sf home is $1,897. After the final calculation, the homeowner stated, “Wow, we would have spent that amount in 4 months at our last home.”
Basically, being 39% more efficient than code for this home equals $700+ savings PER YEAR. MJCH’s standard framing techniques, insulation package and HVAC system not only accommodate, but exceed Energy Star requirements. The return on investment is less than 15 months. If the homeowner stays in the home for 15 years, that’s $10,500 in savings and as our energy costs rise (and they will), the savings will be even greater. This also results in a more marketable home when it comes time to sell.
At the end of construction, our Energy Rater, Above and Beyond Energy, removed the front door, added pressure to the house and calculated the air leakage. This test, along with various field visits, ensured a 5 STARS PLUS rating which is the highest level attainable.