December 3rd, 2012
Wilmington, NC custom home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share a testimonial from clients whom we recently completed a kitchen remodel. As the holiday season approaches, we all know how important a functional kitchen is for preparing those wonderful sweet treats as well as cooking the perfect holiday meal.
“Our kitchen remodel by Mark Johnson Custom Homes was a truly positive experience. From the very beginning until the end of the project, Mark performed his duties in a very professional manner. When we ran in to issues that needed to be resolved, the MJCH team proved to be fantastic problem solvers. We appreciated the clear lines of communication that we had throughout the project. We would certainly recommend this company as they were professional and very respectful to us as our lives continued in the home during our remodel. Thanks so much to Mark and all. We love our new kitchen!”
Bob and Nancy Philips
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.
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
March 19th, 2012
We all know that it only takes a few seconds to make a long lasting impression. Wilmington new home builder, Mark Johnson Custom Homes, would like to share with our readers and article courtesy of RealtyTimes.com that gives tips on how to make the entryway of your home one that will leave a positive impression on your guests.
We all know the power first impressions has over our society. We make snap-judgements of books, homes, and people in the first few moments of meeting. This makes it even more important for homeowners to get entry-ways looking their best.
According to a recent national home valuation study conducted by Therma-Tru, even the simple update of installing a new entryway door can increase the perceived value of a home by more than $24,000 on average!
When it comes to entry doors, the sky is the limit these days. Manufacturers know the power of a showstopping door. This is why, according to Therma-Tru, “manufacturers offer a wide array of choices for entryways incorporating decorative glass doorlites, sidelites and transoms. These choices allow homeowners to create a custom look for the home while making a statement about the homeowner’s personal sense of style.”
More and more homeowners are choosing to stay in their homes to wait out the down market. Home prices have fallen across much of the nation. This has amped up remodeling across the nation.
Decorative glass entry doors are a great way to bring light into your entryway as well as add a spark of class to the exterior of your home.
Aside from updating your front door, a great tip for your entryway is to keep it organized. If you’re not careful, your entryway can be come a dumping ground for keys, phones, paperwork, bags, coats, and other often used items. The key it to have a place for everything.
Invest in a suitable entry table that can house a docking port for phones as well as a hidden area for keys.
If your entryway has a coat closet be sure that it is cleared out to make room for daily use and for guest coats. Put in a shoe rack or bin for shoes, boots, and umbrellas. There shouldn’t be anything cluttering up your space.
Add a few warm touches to this space by including an entry rug, which can also reduce slippage on tile floors. Place a warm lamp and some simple artwork on top of the entry table. Think about first impressions when you choose colors and styles. This space should make guests or prospective buyers feel warm and welcome!
If you’re looking for a simple way to capitalize on your home’s first impression, then consider adding a touch of class with some decorative glass as well as organizing your space.
Article written by: Carla Hill, RealtyTimes.com
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
March 10th, 2011
Wilmington custom home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share the following information about Frank Deals with those of you located in the Wilmington area.
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Launched in January 2010, Frank Deals was established to connect consumers and businesses by way of the “Frank Card”. Consumers are rewarded for presenting their Frank Deals card when making purchases; businesses are rewarded by receiving new and frequent patrons from the Frank Network. Most importantly, Frank Deals is active in our community, helping local organizations like the American Cancer Society raise hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. For more information or to get involved, visit www.frankdeals.com.
MJCH is not compensated from Frank Deals. We appreciate the value they provide our local area.
February 23rd, 2011
Wilmington, NC home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes encourages anyone in the Wilmington area to attend Monty’s Home Pet Expo taking place this Sunday, February 27th from 11:00am – 4:00pm at the Schwartz Center, Downtown Wilmington.
Monty’s Home Pet Expo is the largest indoor pet event in the area! Allowing more than 70 pet related vendors to showcase a huge variety of pet items and services. Be sure to visit the Silent Auction, offering hundreds of items for bid.
Call 910.259.7911 for more information.
Cape Fear C.C. Schwartz Center
610 N. Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
January 12th, 2011
Wilmington, NC builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes encourages those in the Wilmington area to attend “Hidden Battleship” this weekend onboard the Battleship North Carolina. This is one of several events planned for the Battleship’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.
In 1960, the Navy announced its intentions to scrap the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA (BB55). On this news, two Wilmingtonians, James S. Craig, Jr. and Hugh Morton developed a plan of action to save the ship. With their valiant efforts along with thousands of citizens and countless school children in raising funds, the BB55 would be able to come to the state whose name she held.
On October 2, 1961, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA was moored in her present berth across from downtown Wilmington. Later that month on October 12, she was open to the public for all to view.
Now, as we move into 2011, the Ship gets ready to celebrate her 50 years of being part of the wonderful legacy and state of North Carolina. Visit www.battleshipnc.com for a list of events taking place.
Hidden Battleship: Join us for a unique, behind-the-scenes tour of un-restored areas of the Battleship. The four-hour tour consists of small groups with guides. Guests explore the bow (officers’ country and boatswain locker), third deck (Radio II, brig, after gyro, storage rooms, ammunition handling, Engineer’s office, torpedo area), Engine room #1, the refrigerator compartments, and climb inside the fire control tower to the top of the ship. The Azalea Coast Radio Club will be in Radio II to explain their work on the ship’s radio transmitters.
$45/$35 for Friends of the Battleship. You must be 12 years or older to participate. Wear comfortable, warm clothing and sturdy, rubber-soled shoes; bring a camera, but no large backpacks. 8:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-5:30pm. Registration and payment required by Thursday, Janaury 13. For more information call 910-251-5797 ext 3006 or 3026.
Battleship North Carolina
#1 Battleship Rd
Wilmington, NC 28401
November 1st, 2010
With all the rain we have had in the past month, Wilmington, NC home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share with our readers our method of waterproofing a second story floating deck that has a finished ceiling beneath it.
After framing the upper deck subfloor with a slope, we install a rubber membrane on the subfloor that wraps up and over any doorways leading to the second story floating deck.
The rubber membrane is then installed to completely cover the subfloor.
Any penetrations coming through the deck floor (such as handrail posts) need to be wrapped with the membrane.
Next, we install the floating deck system. This involves placing (but not fastening) treated 2×6 boards flat on the membrane. The reason it is called a floating deck is because it isn’t fastened to the framing beneath. We then cut treated 2×4 boards down to basically form a wedge. The purpose of this is to keep the finished decking where you stand flat and level. Remember that the subfloor decking still slopes under the membrane so the water that drips through the deck boards will still run down the membrane and away from the house.
The picture below is the finished floating deck before paint and handrails are installed.
This view (before paint and handrails) shows the finished ceiling beneath the second story floating deck.