Wilmington, NC builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes encourages those in the Cape Fear Area to attend UNC-Wilmington’s Intercultural Week (iWeek) events beginning February 15, 2010. The Office of International Programs at UNC-W will be hosting iWeek, which will culminate with the Intercultural Festival on Saturday, February 19th, 2010. This year’s theme is “Connecting Communities through Social Justice,” and below is the week’s agenda and for detailed information on each, visit their website! All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted on UNC-W’s iWeek website.

Monday, February 15

  • Around the World: All Day, residence hall lobbies
  • Love in Any Language:12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, FSC, Masonboro Island Room             
  • Children in the Fields: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM, FSC, Clock Tower Lounge
  • The Fight for Water: 7:00 PM, Lumina Theater
  • Jonathan Kozol, Joy & Justice: An Invitation to the Young to Serve the Children of the Poor: 7:00 PM, Kenan Auditorium

Tuesday, February 16

  • Creating Social Justice through Latino-Serving Community Resource Centers: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Java City, Randall Library
  • Discussion of Afro-Brazilian Studies: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, FSC, Wrightsville Beach Room
  • Bilingual Dramatized Readings: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Randall Library Auditorium
  • UNCW Goes on a Gender Bender: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, DeLoach Hall, 114
  • Close to Home: 7:00 PM, Lumina Theater

Wednesday, February 17 

  • Cultural Diversity in Harmony – Shanghai and the World Expo 2010: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, FSC, Wrightsville Beach Room
  • Fulbright Scholarship Opportunities for Faculty: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, CTE/CFL Conference Room
  • Who is a Battered Immigrant & What Immigration Remedies Exist in Our Community?: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, FSC, Bald Head Island Room
  • Israel – Land of Many Cultures: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM, FSC, Sunset Beach Room
  • Delwende: Get Up and Walk!: 7:00 PM, Lumina Theater

Thursday, February 18

  • African American Read-In: Activist Authors: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Java City, Randall Library            
  • Friendship Bridge in Guatemala: Micro-Lending and Education to Improve the Lives of Women and Families: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, FSC, Sunset Beach Room
  • Afro-Latinos – The Untaught Story: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Computer & Information Systems Hall, 1008
  • Music from Around the World: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Lumina Theater               
  • Prisoner of the Mountains: 7:00 PM, Randall Library Auditorium
  • Friday, February 19
  • US Immigration – Know Your Rights: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM, FSC, Sunset Beach Room
  • Social Justice and the Study Abroad Experience – 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, FSC, Wrightsville Beach Room
  • Ralph Bunche Awareness Presentation: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, FSC, Wrightsville Beach Room
  • “We Know That if we Build a 15′ Fence, Then That’s Just a 15′ Ladder” – A Comprehensive Look at DHS Policy, Activism and Immigration on the Arizona/Mexico Border: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, FSC, Wrightsville Beach Room

Saturday, February 20

  • 18th Annual Intercultural Festival: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Burney Center 
  • A Grain of Sand and Becoming: 8:00 PM, Lumina Theater     

Ongoing Event: Monday, February 8 – Thursday, February 25

  • Activist Authors Exhibit

Ongoing Events: Monday, February 15 – Friday, February 19

  • International Cuisine at Wagoner Dining Hall      
  • A Window to the World, Westside Hall Display Case

New Homeowner Survey

January 21st, 2010

Wilmington, NC custom home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share our most recent client testimonial from Mr. and Mrs. Jim Edens. Our award-winning customer service stems from exceeding client expectations and we are excited to share with you what our latest clients had to say about the Mark Johnson Custom Homes building experience! Click here to read what other clients have said about Mark Johnson Custom Homes!

New Homeowner Survey

Describe your experience with the staff of Mark Johnson Custom Homes, Inc.

We enjoyed working with your staff very much. Also, your subcontractors were very willing to work with us.

Would you recommend Mark Johnson Custom Homes, Inc.? Why?

Yes. Quality materials, subcontractors and a willingness on everyone’s part to work with us was always Mark’s biggest concern.

On a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the highest), how helpful was our Client Progress Portal? What improvements can be made?

Five. None

A large part of our marketing is based on client testimonials. If you are willing to provide a testimonial for us, please do so here:

“Beverly and I have enjoyed the total process from design, estimating, construction,(Mark was very receptive to changes made during the construction) and the punchlist process. We have shared this testimonial with our friends and prospective home building clients in the past and are happy to do it now per your request. Again,we were very pleased with Mark Johnson Custom Homes on this project.” – Jim Edens

Five Home Trends for 2010

January 19th, 2010

Wilmington, NC custom home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes aims and exceeds customer expectations both during and after the home building process. And an important part of offering award-winning customer service is being aware of current trends in the home building industry. An article from MarketWatch outlined the five trends below to be on the lookout for in 2010 and to read more, click here!

The live-in kitchen.

Living within our means.

The Green kitchen.

The wellness kitchen.

Cooking for fun.

Wilmington, NC remodeler Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share an article from BankRate.com’s Paul Bomberger with tips on how to approach remodeling your home without a home equity loan. Bomberger addressed the points below as well as pointing out that almost one-third of the country’s homeowners have near negative equity on their home. To read the complete article, click here!  

  • Personal savings
  • Credit cards
  • Hold a garage or yard sale
  • Sweat equity
  • Borrowing from family

Last year we shared with our readers an article from the World Floor Covering Association on how to care for your pre-finished hardwood floors. Now Wilmington, NC luxury home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share the WFCA’s reasoning for opting for hardwood or bamboo flooring, complete with links to more of their helpful articles. Visit www.WFCA.org for more information on all flooring options!

Why hardwood?

It’s not hard to answer. This flooring product offers many features and benefits to the home. And, perhaps, to your home.

Come along and let’s find out! Read more to learn if hardwood is the flooring solution for the way you live. Hardwood certainly answers the need for beauty in your home.

The elegant look of a hardwood floor can add warmth and character to any room. In fact, the natural characteristics of wood add depth and a visual appearance that many other types of floors try to duplicate.

Rich, inviting hardwood floors are not only beautiful to live with, they can also add value to your home at resale time. Plus, today, hardwood types, options and applications are more diverse and delightful than ever.

As the consumer demand for hardwood floors has grown so has the manufacturer’s ability to produce better quality finishes and superior construction techniques.

The result of those advancements is that wood floors can now be installed throughout the home and over a wide variety of subfloors.

Why bamboo?

The answer is easy, exciting and environmental. Unlike hardwood, bamboo is not a product of trees, it’s a fast growing grass.

Bamboo can grow from sprouts to harvesting in three to five years, thus an acre of bamboo can provide more flooring than an acre of trees.

When bamboo shoots are cut the roots remain intact and fresh new sprouts grow in their place.

The dense root mass of bamboo helps prevent soil erosion and provides a viable crop opportunity in hilly acres where other crops cannot grow.

The species used for flooring is harvested from selected groves in Southern China. And, good news — this species is not eaten by Pandas.

Bamboo can be an attractive alternative to hardwood because it is eco-friendly, is dimensionally stable, 27% harder than Northern Red Oak, 13% harder than hard Maple, can either be nailed-down, glued-down or floated, and it’s resistant to flammability.

Bamboo flooring comes in planks and is installed just like engineered hardwood floors. These floors can be installed over many different types of subfloors.

If you think wood rules, we invite you to come explore the other sections on beautifying your home with hardwood.

Wilmington, NC new home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share an article from the Wilmington Star News’ “Master Gardener” series on how to protect your plants during the cold winter months. Below is their coverage on how to avoid damage to your plants and to read how to provide extra protection for your plant containers, knowing your hardiness zone and determining how much damage may have been done to your plants click here!

“Pruning plants in late summer or early fall can make them more susceptible to winter injury because the new growth that results in response to pruning does not have enough time to prepare for winter. For this reason do not prune woody plants after midsummer, to ensure their new growth has enough time to harden off for winter. Applying nitrogen-containing fertilizers in fall or winter can also increase winter damage by encouraging tender new growth. Avoid putting out nitrogen fertilizers after late summer to reduce the possibility of winter damage. Also, do not apply nitrogen to lawns and landscapes too early in the spring. Slow-release fertilizers can be applied to landscape beds in March, but gardeners should wait until mid-April before fertilizing lawns.

Other nutrients help increase plants’ cold hardiness, particularly potassium, which is often referred to as potash. To find out if your soil is low in potassium, submit a soil sample to your local Cooperative Extension office for testing. Soil testing is free to N.C. residents and is the only way to accurately know which nutrients your soil needs. Potassium applied during the spring and summer will help plants survive winter.”

Learn more

If you have questions about protecting your plants from winter injury or how to help them recover, contact your local Cooperative Extension office. In Pender County, call 259-1235 or visit online at http://pender.ces.ncsu.edu and post your questions using the “Ask an Expert” widget.”

New Hanover County, NC home remodeler Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share an article from the Kitchen and Bath Association emphasizing that today’s market is ideal for home remodeling projects to be done! Below is an excerpt from Victoria Hale’s article and to read more click here. If you are looking to do a home remodel or addition in New Hanover, Pender or Brunswick County, we encourage you to contact us!

“A recession provides a unique opportunity to remodel your home. Labor is cheap, commodities are 60 percent less expensive, and there’s significant promotional pricing being offered in an effort to move product. These factors, when taken together, can reduce the overall cost of the remodeling project by 25 to 30 percent. The bottom line is that there are plenty of opportunities to increase the value of your home over time.

It’s also the perfect time to include floor heating in your bath or kitchen remodeling project. Floor heating was among the top 10 features most wanted by homeowners in a 2008 study by Residential Design & Build magazine. Floor heating can be the extra feature that helps close the deal if you’re selling your home in this buyer’s market. Even if you aren’t in the market to sell your home, you can reap the daily benefits of warm floors in your kitchen or bathroom while increasing your property value. Many families congregate in the kitchen, and heated floors keep those gathered comfy and cozy. There’s also nothing like a warm bathroom floor on a chilly autumn morning to start the day off on a positive note…

Make this recession work for you by improving your home and your quality of life.”

Courtesy of: Victoria Hale, the Loyalty Marketing Manager for WarmlyYours, a radiant electric floor heating manufacturer based in Long Grove, Illinois, a northwest suburb of Chicago. WarmlyYours has been featured on both HGTV and in the New York Times. For more information, call (800) 875-5285 or visit www.WarmlyYours.com.

Wilmington, NC builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes is a proud supporter of our local businesses and encourages our readers to become a Facebook Fan of “Do It Downtown”, a site built to promote historic downtown Wilmington, NC’s events and attractions. Below is more information on Do It Downtown and click here to join their Facebook Fan Page!

Overview: DO IT DOWNTOWN’s Facebook page was started and is hosted by a group of volunteers who are passionate about the huge amount of fun and interesting things there are to DO Downtown: You can DO IT DOWNTOWN at 5 Live Theatres, 5 Cool Museums and 20 Galleries. You can DO IT DOWNTOWN on the Riverwalk, a Cruise or on Fun Tours. And you can DO IT DOWNTOWN at over 100 Unique Shops, 50 Restaurants and 20 Nightclubs. But you can’t DO IT DOWNTOWN at any Chain Stores because there aren’t any!

If you are interested in becoming a Friend of Downtown and helping us get the message out about all the cool things there are to DO Downtown we would love to have you join our efforts! Direct any questions or inquiries on this project to: Perspective Internet Marketing, Lori Lorusso, 

Mission: To invite you to see downtown Wilmington, NC! Park First Hour FREE in the City Decks!

Products: The place to go for:

  • Free Parking 1st hour in City Decks!
  • 5 live theaters.
  • 5 cool museums.
  • 20 galleries
  • 100 unique shops.
  • Segway tours.
  • Riverboat tours.
  • 50 restaurants.
  • 20 Nightclubs, etc
  • ZERO chain stores 🙂

New Hanover County, NC new home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes is excited to share our latest home for sale in Wilmington, NC. 632 Southerland Farm Road is situated among the beautiful marshes and hardwood trees in Marsh Landing Place. This stunning new 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home boasts an open floor plan with great room fitted with hardwood floors. The kitchen is well appointed with granite countertops, tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances. The master suite is on the main floor and has a large walk-in closet, tiled shower, and garden tub. The second floor has two bedrooms, a bathroom, huge walk-in storage, and a large finished 371 square ft bonus room. Click here for the floor plan and visit Buddy Blake’s site for more information on this Wilmington, NC new home. Visit our Inventory Page for more information on other Mark Johnson Custom Homes now available for sale!

I Survived 2009 Party

January 11th, 2010

Last week Wilmington, NC home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes introduced their readers to the Phoenix Employment Ministry and now encourage those in the area to attend their latest fundraiser, the “I Survived 2009 Party”. This is an event to celebrate surviving with fellow business professionals in one of the toughest years on record! Tickets are $35 and include food, fun, wine, beer and dancing. Purchase your tickets securely online at www.ISurvived2009Guide.com. The party is this Thursday, January 14, 2010 from 6-9pm at the Coastline Conference & Event Center.