Mark Johnson Custom Homes was contracted to remodel this Wrightsville Beach home by adding footage to the upper floor and converting it to a giant master suite with a large bathroom, two large walk-in closets and a study. In addition, we added a fully waterproofed floating deck and completely renovated the kitchen and living room area. A wall was removed, which exposed the kitchen to the living room. This open contemporary space is perfect for entertaining and the kitchen is complete with a Teppenyaki grill for cooking. To view the construction of this home, click the link below to view the Mark Johnson Custom Homes Flickr page.

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Brunswick County, NC Green home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share with our readers an article that was released on January 20, during the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, NV.

Kohler, Marvin Windows and Doors and Whirlpool are three manufacturers ready with new lines of green and sustainable products for today’s new homes, company representatives said today at the National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.

But until lenders and appraisers learn to recognize the value of green innovation and the money it can save new home buyers, there is not enough incentive in the marketplace for large-scale implementation, said Bill Nolan, the Florida home building consultant who moderated the first of three press conferences in commemoration of Green Day at the Builders’ Show.

 Kohler’s water-saving toilets use an average of 39,000 fewer gallons of water per year for a family of four – a lifetime of drinking water for three people, said Shane Judd, senior marketing manager of water conservation for the company. New products will incorporate rainwater reuse and gray water – using the water draining from the shower stall to fill the washing machine, for example.

 Marvin emphasizes long-term sustainability rather than first-time costs and also pays close attention to green practices during the production process, said Brett Boyum, director of marketing. Each year, 8,500 tons of shavings and other wood waste are used to heat the company’s manufacturing plant.

 Ed Linder, division director, Whirlpool Corporation, said his company is manufacturing ranges that use 40 percent less energy and appliances that are “smart-grid” ready and is exploring shared-power technologies: for example, using the energy generated from a refrigerator condenser coil to heat the water in the dishwasher.

 For innovation to leap forward, it must be cost-effective, and that can’t happen until the additional first-time costs and long-term savings of most green technologies are appreciated by appraisers and bankers in the underwriting process, Nolan said.

 “We can’t get lenders to appreciate the value of the net costs, and if we can’t get the values recognized, [manufacturers] can’t justify moving these products forward,” he said, noting that NAHB is working to educate appraisers and lenders. “The goal should be long-term energy efficiency.”

Courtesy of: NAHB.org

farmers-market-recipeThis July we were excited to blog that the town of Wrightsville Beach, NC kicked off its first Farmers Market. Now St. James Plantation custom home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes is pleased to share that the market proved to be a huge success! Although the market is closed for the remainder of 2009, we look forward to its second year starting in March or April of 2010. For more information, read this Lumina News article.

Green Living

Wrightsville Beach, NC custom home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes encourages our readers to attend the Cape Fear Green Building Association’s Green Living Expo & Conference! It will be held on October 21st at the Hilton Riverside in Historic Downtown Wilmington, NC. The Green Living Expo and Conference is for people in the Wilmington region interested in living a Green lifestyle, developing Green-related businesses and learning about local Green initiatives. In addition to the Green Expo, there will be seminars & workshops, a keynote speaker luncheon and the Vision of Green Wilmington Awards. 

Green HomeFor more information on the seminars and workshops, including a detailed list and registration instructions, click here. Topics to be discussed include Green retrofitting, landscaping, solar thermal, tax credits and rebates and more!

The Green Expo will be in the Hilton Grand Ballroom from 1:30 pm – 7 pm and free to the public. The Expo will feature products and services from a range of industries dedicated to operating businesses, homes and people’s lives in a Greener way. For more information on the Expo, click here.

The Keynote Speaker Luncheon will be from Noon – 1:30 pm and welcomes Jack Fuller, the CEO of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy. Learn about the multi-billion dollar bets GE is making on Green initiatives through its Ecomagination Program. Advanced registration is required; for more information click here.

The evening will end with the Vision of Green Wilmington Awards & Reception from 7 pm – 8 pm. The Visions of Green Wilmington Awards will recognize the people who see Green opportunities in the Wilmington region. For more information, including how to enter, click here.

Mark Johnson Custom Homes will have a booth at the Expo in the Hilton Grand Ballroom from 1:30pm – 7pm. We welcome you to stop by and look forward to seeing you there!

51 BD Intracoastal's Pics (16) (Small) KitchenMark Johnson Custom Homes, Inc.’s LEED Platinum Green Home in Landfall was recently featured in the Greater Wilmington Business Journal. Wilmington, NC custom home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes completed the certification process last month for what is only the second LEED Platinum home in North Carolina. To read the complete article, click here.

Tours are available upon request; email Marketing Director Kevin Johnson at Kevin@MarkJohnsonCustomHomes.com or call 910-208-9151 for more information.

Propane Safety Information

August 11th, 2009

St. James Plantation home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes, Inc frequently uses propane tanks in their Brunswick County custom homes. Safety is one of the most important factors on the jobsite and educating the homeowner on safety issues upon moving in is equally important. Below are some propane safety facts, courtesy of the Propane Education & Research Council.

 Propane SafetyIf You Smell Gas:

  • No flames or sparks: Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones. Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion or a fire.
  • Leave the area immediately. Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.
  • Shut off the gas. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).
  • Report the leak from a neighbor’s home or other nearby building away from the gas leak. Call your propane retailer right away. If you can’t reach your propane retailer, call 911 or your local fire department.
  • Do not return to the building or area until your propane retailer, emergency responder, or qualified service technician determines that it is safe to do so.
  • Get your system checked. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, your propane retailer or a qualified service technician must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak free.

As a Wilmington, NC Green Home Builder, Mark Johnson Custom Homes understands the urgency for homeowners to utilize real-time monitoring and management of energy usage. AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) is an advanced metering system that enables these technology initiatives. Control4, an IP-based home control and entertainment systems provider, has received $17.3 million from investors to fund their AMI efforts. To read more, click here.

To optimize the monetary savings from Control4, team it with TED (The Energy Detective). Mark Johnson Custom Homes is currently using TED at their Green home in Landfall Country Club in Wilmington, NC. “Being able to monitor the energy usage in real-time is very beneficial. It shows us what lifestyle changes we need to make to ensure the Green features of the home are used at their highest potential,” noted Mark Johnson.

Wilmington, NC electronic experts Electronics 2 You specializes in installing the Control4 system and The Energy Detective. Visit their site for more information!

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