Custom Home in Landfall

December 14th, 2016

We are excited to announce that we have started construction on this beautiful custom home inspired from coastal cottage architecture of times past. A full covered stone front porch, facing the Intracoastal Waterway, is perfect for relaxing in rocking chairs while enjoying the lazy summer days of Wilmington.
front-elevation
 The front elevation will have square stacked natural stone and butter pecan color siding enhanced by full height raised panel window shutters. The front double accoya doors will be painted a lively anjou pear color flanked by full shutters.
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The back of the home introduces you to a quiet setting. A stone and granite grilling station offers outdoor cooking while a relaxing fire pit overlooking the pool and spa is the perfect way to relax and close the day. A weathered standing seam metal roof tops the home and offers the finishing touch to this cozy cottage designed by Sullivan Design Company.
Click here to follow the construction of this home from breaking ground to completion! Progress photos are uploaded to this site weekly.

“The Angelique” built by Wilmington, NC home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes was featured in the following article on Houzz.com!

Exterior Panel Shutters Cover All the Bases

If you’re looking to up the curb appeal of your home, consider dressing your windows with traditional exterior panel shutters. Originally designed hundreds of years ago as a functional window dressing for privacy and security, the paneled shutter still protects homes from weather, though in many cases these days the primary purpose may be for ornamentation.

Designed in all shapes, sizes and panel configurations, shutters can be mounted on operable shutter hinges or directly alongside the window. Choosing the design and color of panel shutters is much like choosing a door style. Select a panel layout and color that excite you, fit your home’s architecture and offer pizzazz and curb appeal.

Walnut-colored operable composite raised-panel shutters look beautiful with this home’s dark brown windows and washed and aged tumbled-brick exterior.

Click the link below to visit the Mark Johnson Custom Homes Houzz page!

MJCH Houzz Page

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.

MJCH Flickr Page

NEW Spring Lake Plan

January 30th, 2012

Wilmington, NC custom home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to introduce our readers to the Spring Lake plan designed by Sullivan Design Company. This is an affordable design to build. Contact Mark directly at 910.409.2421 for community specific pricing on your lot or ours.

Spring Lake

A rocking chair front porch is perfect for southern sunsets and adds to the warmth and charm of this 2880sf home. The entry invites you into the comfortable living room with a full wall of windows and a coffered ceiling that compliments the fireplace and bookcases.

The chef’s kitchen is open to the living area and offers an eat-in morning room flooded by natural light. The oversized granite island holds a huge double bowl sink and is lit by hanging pendant lights. The 36″ gas range sets up the space for cooking the perfect meal and will handle entertaining of any scale.

The master suit will easily hold a king sized bed, it’s accompaniments and a sitting area. The master bath has a separate soaking tub and large tiled shower. A linen closet and separate water closet for the toilet complete this luxurious bathroom.

Hardwood floors warm the main living space and keep the open floor plan concept. The main staircase leads to a sitting area and 2 bedrooms that share a full bathroom. There is a second back staircase for access to the bonus room over the garage.

Energy Features include:

  • 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

2nd Floor Plan

Wilmington builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes recently completed The Savona Cove Plan by Sater Design Collection. To experience the complete building process from foundation to interior finishes and landscaping, click The Savona Cove Plan – Bald Eagle Lane.

We encourage our readers to view recently uploaded photos of our projects, both past and present, on our Flickr page.

Wilmington Builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes

Energy Star Certification

March 10th, 2011

Energy StarWilmington, 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.

Wilmington, NC home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share with our readers an article courtesy of RealtyTimes.com regarding cost-effective projects for your home.

Buyers are hit hard by first impressions, and sellers take advantage of this fact, aiming to amp up their curb appeal.

This is, after all, where they get the most bang for their buck. According to the latest Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports that “nine of the top 10 most cost-effective projects nationally in terms of value recouped are exterior replacement projects.” These exterior projects are outperforming their remodeling counterparts.

Interior projects should not be forgotten, however. These spaces earn returns on costs, as well. Many times interior updates can make you stand out from the competition in your area. It is simply that in today’s economy, “remodeling projects, particularly higher cost upscale projects, have been losing resale value in recent years because of weak economic conditions.” (NAR)

With curb appeal projects, however, a little money can go a long way. Topping the list? Steel entry doors are returning 102.1 percent of their cost upon resale.

What other projects are sellers tackling? While most projects don’t bring the profit returns of steel entry doors, sellers have some other great options for attracting buyers.

  • Siding and window replacements – 70 or more percent of costs recouped
  • Midrange garage door replacement – 83.9 percent of costs recouped
  • Upscale fiber-cement siding replacement – 80 percent of cost recouped
  • Wood deck additions – 72.8 percent of costs recouped

“It’s important to remember that the resale value of a particular improvement project depends on several factors,” says National Association of Realtors® President Ron Phipps. “Things such as the home’s overall condition, availability and condition of surrounding properties, location and the regional economic climate contribute to an estimated resale value.”

Yet, says Phipps, “Curb appeal remains king – it’s the first thing potential buyers notice when looking for a home, and it also demonstrates pride of ownership.”

Article Written By: Carla Hill, RealtyTimes.com

South Atlantic — Midrange

2009-10 National Averages

Job Cost

Resale Value

Cost Recouped

Project

Job Cost

Resale Value

Cost Recouped

$43,540

$39,171

90.0%

Attic Bedroom

$49,346

$40,992

83.1%

$13,215

$7,909

59.9%

Backup Power Generator

$14,304

$8,428

58.9%

$55,337

$46,707

84.4%

Basement Remodel

$62,067

$46,825

75.4%

$34,876

$21,692

62.2%

Bathroom Addition

$39,046

$23,233

59.5%

$14,784

$10,630

71.9%

Bathroom Remodel

$16,142

$11,454

71.0%

$14,598

$10,389

71.2%

Deck Addition (composite)

$15,373

$10,904

70.9%

$9,505

$7,589

79.8%

Deck Addition (wood)

$10,634

$8,573

80.6%

$3,286

$2,217

67.5%

Entry Door Replacement (fiberglass)

$3,490

$2,275

65.2%

$1,065

$1,562

146.8%

Entry Door Replacement (steel)

$1,172

$1,470

128.9%

$73,736

$50,632

68.7%

Family Room Addition

$82,756

$54,051

65.3%

$53,307

$35,132

65.9%

Garage Addition

$58,432

$36,361

62.2%

$26,794

$12,754

47.6%

Home Office Remodel

$28,375

$13,648

48.1%

$53,900

$40,199

74.6%

Major Kitchen Remodel

$57,215

$41,260

72.1%

$92,606

$63,341

68.4%

Master Suite Addition

$103,696

$67,578

65.2%

$20,504

$15,923

77.7%

Minor Kitchen Remodel

$21,411

$16,773

78.3%

$16,775

$12,042

71.8%

Roofing Replacement

$19,731

$13,133

66.6%

$9,562

$7,698

80.5%

Siding Replacement (vinyl)

$10,607

$8,476

79.9%

$68,362

$37,805

55.3%

Sunroom Addition

$73,167

$37,118

50.7%

$140,210

$102,908

73.4%

Two-Story Addition

$156,309

$107,286

68.6%

$9,705

$7,417

76.4%

Window Replacement (vinyl)

$10,728

$8,217

76.6%

$10,627

$8,332

78.4%

Window Replacement (wood)

$11,700

$9,044

77.3%

Information Courtesy of: Remodeling.hw.net

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.

Waterproofing Your Deck

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.

Waterproofing 2

The rubber membrane is then installed to completely cover the subfloor.

Waterproofing 4

Any penetrations coming through the deck floor (such as handrail posts) need to be wrapped with the membrane.

Waterproofing 3

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.

Waterproofing 5

The picture below is the finished floating deck before paint and handrails are installed.

Waterproofing 6

This view (before paint and handrails) shows the finished ceiling beneath the second story floating deck.

Waterproofing

The Cypress Lane

October 5th, 2010

Wilmington, NC new home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share with its readers The Cypress Lane house plan, courtesy of Sullivan Design Company.

Enjoy one-story living in this beautiful 3260 sf home. The plan includes 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and a private bonus room over the garage, perfect for guests. For more information, including the floor plan, visit the Mark Johnson Custom Homes inventory page.
 
All homes built by MJCH are energy efficient. This plan boasts a significant energy efficiency package which is estimated to be 25% more efficient than a code minimum home. These standard features include radiant barrier roof sheathing, a recirculating tankless water heater, bath fans with humidity sensors, 15 SEER Trane heat pump with programmable thermostat, R-23 blown-in-blanket insulation in 2×6 exterior walls, raised foundation slab construction and air barriers behind knee walls.