M/I Homes of Charlotte Opens a New Model at Huntington Forest

Charlotte – M/I Homes has opened a new model home in Huntington Forest in southwest Charlotte.  The scenic community near Lake Wylie offers six different home plans, ranging from 2,360 to 3,271 square feet, for homebuyers who want great design at an affordable price.  Homes here range from $213,990 to $276,935, depending on options selected.  Huntington Forest is an established neighborhood with many wooded home sites.  The community has convenient access to I-485 and I-77 and is very close to the new Tanger Outlets.

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The model home features the Newport plan.  In this versatile “ranch-plus” design, buyers can have everything they desire on one level, or add a half-floor for additional living space upstairs with an optional full bath.  Highlights include a large, yet cozy kitchen, with center island, a light-filled breakfast area, and formal dining and living room.  The living room could be changed into a study with optional French doors.  This home gives buyers more than 2,800 square feet if the bonus room is added.

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The Newport is one of six M/I home plans available in Huntington Forest.  Others include The Marvin, The Davidson, The Galloway, The Westport, and The Pinnacle.  Ranches and two-story homes with up to 7 bedrooms can be built here.  The community also has move-in ready homes available now.  All are part of M/I’s Eco-series, designed to give buyers an energy-efficient, environmentally friendly home and every M/I home comes with a 30-year transferable structural warranty.

This beautiful community, located off of Hwy. 49 and Steele Creek Road, includes a pool with children’s pool area, cabana, pavilion, and playground.  Carowinds, a 398-acre amusement park, is just a few minutes away and additional shopping includes Ayrsley and Rivergate Shopping Centers.

Schedule your tour of Huntington Forest Today!

Guest Blogger: 5 Home Upgrades that Attract Current Homebuyers

There is no tell-all guide for homeowners to consult before putting their houses up for sale. Certain renovations hold greater appeal for prospective homebuyers than others. Trending designs and popular renovations can help homes stand out in competitive real estate markets.  Consider these five upgrades before listing homes on the market.

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White Cabinetry

The new generation of homebuyers loves the clean look of white cabinetry – preferably accessorized with modern brass or steel hardware. Skip warm tones in the kitchen during renovation planning. Dark wood, although classic, tends to enclose spaces and create a sense of confinement. The new trend points toward bright and white kitchens equipped with ample natural light and decorated with pops of color through plates or baskets of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Simple Stone Countertops

Traditional designers are hooked on granite, and rightfully so. Granite is an attractive, durable option for kitchen counters commonly seen in high-end homes. However, younger buyers are opting for monochromatic materials in the kitchen. Less complexity allows for a cleaner, more consistent design. Consider investing in quartz or honed granite, which has a matte finish instead of shiny lacquer. However, a cleaner look requires more upkeep to prevent scratching and remove food-related stains, so scrub surfaces before an open house or inspection.

Large Shower

Real estate professionals used to warn against removing bathtubs before resale. Currently, large showers are one of the most important aspects of well-designed and functional bathrooms. Multiple heads and body sprayers impress young, first-time homebuyers. Therefore, consider repurposing square footage to remove a dated tub and expand stand-up shower space. Install new fixtures and choose sparkling, sleek tiles and clear glass enclosures.

Bold Front Door

The focal point of any home is the front porch and entry. Paint a bright blue or red finish on the exterior side of the door to make a statement and help attract homebuyers with trendy curb appeal. Consider including complementary outside features to tie in the bright door, such as front porch furniture with decorative throw pillows or a colorful front garden bed. Replace or shine existing doorknobs and fixtures with metal polish. Outfit the door with a simple seasonal wreath.

Character Embellishments

Molding, in moderation, has always been alluring to homebuyers. There are multiple options to detail the walls, ceilings and seams of a room. Crown molding, baseboards, plank walls, bead boards and exposed wooden beams are a few options to add rustic or traditional charm to homes. It is possible to overdo exposed wood; an entirely brown paneled room is a huge turn-off to house hunters looking for modern spaces. Incorporate trimmings to create balance between classic character and modern style.

Don’t limit the pool of prospective buyers by adhering too strictly to trending home upgrades. As always, keep things simple so homebuyers can envision their own personal flair and customization in every room.

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Jennifer Riner currently lives in Seattle and writes about real estate, rental management and home improvement for Zillow. She moved to the Pacific Northwest after graduating from University of Wisconsin with a BA in Journalism and Strategic Communication. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and relaxing with her two dogs.

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Fun tips for Fourth of July Celebrations

Are you getting ready for the big holiday weekend coming up?  Or today’s USA soccer game?  You might be thinking fireworks, cookouts, pool parties and hopefully lots of sunshine with the upcoming festivities!

With Fourth of July celebrations almost here, many of us are constantly looking for new ways to spruce up our homes with festive decorations, creative party bites and new crafts to help celebrate this Independence Day.  We know we certainly have Red, White and Blue on the brain.  Check out some of our favorite (and easy) ways to get ready for this holiday weekend!

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Fruit Flag

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American Flag Mason Jars

American Flag Mason Jars

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Cool New Homes in 5 States Where Construction Is Booming

Originally Posted on Real Estate News by Erik Gunther

Where are cool new homes being built at a furious clip? To answer the question, realtor.com® recently crunched the numbers on new home construction across the nation.

North Carolina was chosen in this top five, coming in at number three, of where construction is booming.  Our beautiful Woods at Umstead community located in Raleigh, North Carolina, was chosen as the feature community for North Carolina.

 

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See more pictures of our Woods at Umstead Community today!

Interested in learning about the other top 5 States where construction is booming?  Check out the original article here.  

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This article was orignally posted on Realtor.com.  The article was to showcases new homes in the top 5 states with the largest number of new home plans and communities.  This has been edited for the M/I Homes blog.

5 Easy Tips to Save Energy and Money While Decorating Your Home

When you think about energy savings for your home, you probably think only of your air conditioner or appliances, but there are plenty of small changes you can make around your home to improve its efficiency. Even the way you decorate can make a difference on your energy bill. Check out these five tips for easy ways to save energy at home.

  1. Choose energy-saving window coverings. In the summer, heat from your windows can raise the temperature in your home and increase your cooling costs. In the winter, cold drafts from your windows can make your home chilly. To stop this energy waste, choose blinds, drapes and shutters that provide energy savings. For example, drapery with a thermal lining can help shut out the cold and heat. Looking for more energy-saving window ideas? HouseLogic gives some great advice.
  2. Rearrange your furniture. Take a look around your home. Is the furniture arranged in the most efficient way? Move any furniture that covers an air vent or blocks the flow of air in any way. Keep furniture away from windows that might cause a draft in cooler months or excess heat in the summer. This will keep you more comfortable, so you’ll mess with the heating and cooling less.
  3. Look for the ENERGY STAR label. No matter what your decorative style, there’s a way to incorporate ENERGY STAR products into your design. These energy-saving products are government certified, so you can rest assured you’re not wasting much energy. While ENERGY STAR is most commonly associated with appliances and TVs, there’s actually a wide range of products certified in the government program. You’ll find everything from ceiling fans and light fixtures to windows and doors.
  4. Install ceiling fans. While having a dazzling chandelier in your bedroom or living room may be the look you want, it won’t minimize your energy bill. Instead, install ceiling fans. They can cool you by up to 4 degrees, so you can turn your air conditioner up without being uncomfortable. You can also use the ceiling fan in the winter. When you switch the way the blades rotate, they push hot air down to keep you warmer. Remember, ceiling fans cool people—not rooms. Make sure you turn off the fan when the room’s not occupied.
  5. Fix up your fireplace. While a crackling fire makes your home cozy in the winter, it’s not always efficient. Sure, you can (and should) keep the flue closed to save energy, but is that enough? When you light a fire, a large amount of heat goes up the chimney, not into your home. In the end, you waste more wood or fuel to keep your house toasty. To make it more efficient add a fireback to reflect heat into your living room, install glass fireplace doors that can keep the cold out when the fireplace isn’t in use and replace your damper if it doesn’t fit snuggly.

*** Contributed by SaveOnEnergy.com SaveOnEnergy.com has built a reputation as an exceptional resource for all energy consumers by partnering with many of the most popular retail energy suppliers in the industry. Since its creation in 2003, SaveOnEnergy.com has helped millions of residential and commercial shoppers find a great rate on electricity and/or natural gas.

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