Kitchen Remodel in Wilmington

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

Wilmington, NC remodelIn a previous blog post, introduced our readers to Google SketchUp and how we’re using it to help our remodeling clients visualize what their home will look like upon completion. We also aim to use our blog as an instrument to show you our complete building process from start to finish, and so we’d like to take to you the Prestwick division of the private community of Landfall, where we’re at the insulation phase of a current remodel.

At this home, located in Wilmington, NC, we opted for a Blown in Blanket (BIB’s) system with OPTIMA for its eco-friendly features, including a higher R-value. (R-value is a measure of insulation’s resistance of heat flow and the higher the number the better.) The BIBs system will have an R-23 rating in the 2×6 walls, which is extremely efficient compared to the standard batt insulation. OPTIMA is also cleaner going into the home and does not have to dry after installed, which so often delays the construction process.

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Landfall, NC custom home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share with our readers an article written by Stephani L. Miller of Custom Home Magazine regarding mandatory green building code for residential, commercial, and public projects in the state of California. 

Why does this matter to our readers on the East Coast? It’s because a lot of our building codes related to energy efficiency follow that of Western states that have experienced the Energy Crises in the past. Items like occupancy sensors which are mandatory in California will likely be mandatory for us someday soon.

The California Building Standards Commission has unanimously voted to adopt the nation’s first mandatory green building code for residential, commercial, and public projects.

The California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen), which will go into effect Jan. 1, 2011, provides guidance on the implementation of energy efficient and environmentally responsible building methods and aims to reduce the water consumption of all new buildings in the state by 20 percent, divert 50 percent of construction waste from landfills, and improve the overall indoor environmental quality of all buildings. According to the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the mandatory codes will reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 3 million metric tons in 2020. It also will help the state achieve its goal of 33 percent renewable energy by 2020 as well as help mitigate global climate change. More stringent voluntary provisions also are part of CALGreen, which the state’s government hopes communities will pursue.

Mandatory residential construction measures under CALGreen address nearly every aspect of the process, from site selection and development, reuse of pre-existing structures, energy efficiency, and indoor and outdoor water use to materials conservation, resource efficiency, and indoor environmental quality and comfort.

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Landfall custom home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes encourages our readers to view recently uploaded photos of our projects, both past and present, on our Flickr and Facebook Fan pages. View our Photo Sets on Flickr and Facebook, including our luxury homes in Wilmington and Hampstead, NC. For more detailed information on these homes and available lots in Wilmington, NC visit our Inventory Page!

Landfall luxury home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share an informative article from on how to design and what elements to include for the ideal outdoor living area for your home. Below are the ways to use concrete to build your perfect outdoor space and for more information on each, click here!

“Decorative Concrete Surfaces
Start by installing stamped, stenciled or stained concrete patios and walkways to establish the basic floor plan and design scheme for your outdoor room. You can even pattern your outdoor floor with a permanent, weatherproof rug that adds visual interest and helps define dining and conversation areas.

Something to cook with, such as a barbecue grill or wood-fired pizza oven, and countertops for food preparation and serving are key elements in a well-designed outdoor kitchen. Concrete countertops offer the advantages of weather resistance and versatility, since they can be formed into any shape you desire to suit the space. A coat of sealer will simplify cleanup by protecting your countertop from stains. Other amenities, such as concrete bartops and outdoor sinks with plumbing, can expand your entertainment options.

Wood-burning or gas fireplaces, firepits, chimineas and portable patio heaters extend the enjoyment of outdoor living well into the evening while creating a cozy conversation area for people to gather around.

No outdoor room is complete without ample furniture for dining and lounging. Attractive high-quality outdoor furniture also provides a smooth transition from the indoors to the outdoors and helps define the space as an extension of your home. Concrete seat walls and cast concrete couches or chaises, softened with pillows or cushions, can be used as permanent, weatherproof outdoor seating.

Water features
If space and budget allow, installing a concrete swimming pool, spa, waterfall or pond can provide beauty, relaxation and tranquil sounds.

Architectural accents
Add elegance and character to your outdoor room with decorative details such as concrete statuary, fountains, landscape borders and cast stone columns.

Use pathway and landscape lighting to add ambience, accentuate key architectural features, and extend outdoor enjoyment well into the evening.”

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Landfall custom home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes encourages those in the area this Valentine’s Day to take advantage of all that the Cape Fear area has to offer! The Wilmington/Cape Fear Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau released a press release this morning detailing how you can celebrate in the Wilmington, NC area. Below is a list and for more information, click here!


Landfall builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share a recent article from Professional Remodeler’s Editor in Chief, Jonathan Sweet, on the Home Star, or “Cash for Caulkers”, program. Sweet outlined the five issues below on what will hopefully boost energy efficiency and jobs, and to read each in more detail, click here!






Previously, Landfall custom home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes introduced our readers to two series of Energy Star certified Bosch Appliances – the 800 Plus Series Dishwasher and Vision Washer and Dryer. Now we’d like to highlight the Evolution 800 Series Refrigerator. Complete with a door alarm to notify you if the door was accidentally left ajar, the Evolution has external temperature controls which allow you to make adjustments (such as changing the temperature, locking the icemaker, etc.) without having to open the door. This ensures the inside of your refrigerator maintains a constant temperature and keeps food fresher longer. And because it’s Energy Star Qualified you are guaranteed that it will minimize energy use and maximize efficiency, which will reduce energy bills and help protect the environment. Visit their website for more informaton on the Evolution and other energy-efficient appliances!

Energy Star Bosch Appliances were used in our LEED Platinum Green home in Wilmington, NC. Click here to watch an HD video on the home and learn about its Green features!

Landfall new home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes is a proud member of the National Association of Home Builders and encourages our readers to sign up for their quarterly e-newsletter, HouseKeys. HouseKeys is designed specifically for consumers and gives their readers “consumer news from America’s home builders”. Below is a list of articles from their latest issue and sign up to receive it straight to your Inbox by clicking here!

  • Is There Still Time to Qualify for the $8,000 Tax Credit?
  • Connecting the Green Dots
  • Prepare Your Home and Yard for Winter This Fall
  • Making Home Improvements? Check Out These Tax Credits
  • “The View” Names North Carolina Home Builder the Ultimate Volunteer
  • Understanding Your Home Remodeling Contract
  • What’s in Your Toolbox?

During these particularly cold winter months it’s important to beat the winter blues by keeping your home warm and comfortable. So Landfall home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share a press release from renowned interior designer Catherline La Marca with her best tips for creating warmth in the family room of any home. Below is the press release and for more of La Marca’s tips, visit her blog!

“Renowned New Jersey Interior Designer, Catherine La Marca, shares her signature design tips for creating a warm and welcoming room in any home.  

According to Catherine, one of the simplest ways to add warmth to a room is to add color.  Color can be used to suggest feelings of relaxation, happiness and tranquility.  To accomplish these feelings, choose rich, earth-toned colors such as an autumn gold, burnt sienna or cranberry red.  Keep it simple by only painting one or two walls in the room with one of these colors.  Choose lighter, neutral colors for the remaining walls.  

Homeowners who aren’t ready to commit to a darker, more bold color of paint can opt to add warmth to a room by choosing large, eye-catching oil paintings that primarily use warm, bold colors like the ones suggested above.  “The right wall décor can dramatically change the look and feel of any room, plus it’s not as permanent of a commitment as paint,” says Catherine. Another tip from Catherine; go frameless to save.  Frameless oils are becoming more and more popular because of their beauty and affordability.  

For an even simpler solution, Catherine suggests using candles for added appeal.  ‘Candlelight can be used to add warmth to any room at anytime of the year,’ adds Catherine.  ‘Choose your favorite scented candle to further enhance the inviting atmosphere for your family and guests.’

NJ homeowners can find all of Catherine’s tips for adding warmth to any home by visiting her blog site at …