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Team Member Spotlight…. McLean New Home Specialist, Kendell Burruss

Categories: Communities, Homeownership, McLean, Neighborhoods, Team Members | Posted: February 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Team Member Spotlight…. McLean New Home Specialist, Kendell Burruss

Our team members are one of our biggest strengths here at Evans Coghill Homes. They’re dedicated and knowledgeable, but they are also very interesting people with fascinating backgrounds. Our newest addition, Kendell Burruss, is no different. She’s an amazing asset as a New Home Specialist at McLean, thanks to her fascinating background.

Where are you from? How did you wind up in Charlotte?

I was born here in the States but moved to France when I was 10. I speak French fluently, which helps me to connect more easily with those looking to move to McLean with similar backgrounds! After I graduated from college in France, I moved to Ohio where my sister was living, and worked at an in-house ad agency for about 5 years which ended up closing. At the time, my sister was a flight attendant, so I asked her what city she thought would work for me. She said Charlotte, so that’s where I headed!

How did you get started in the home building industry?

About four years ago, I decided I wanted to switch careers but also wanted to make this change a fulfilling decision. I like talking to people, getting to know their stories and helping others. I found I was drawn to real estate. So, I took night classes, got my license, and the rest is history!

What brought you to Evans Coghill Homes at McLean in Belmont?

Just last year, I was driving around the area, and came across signs for McLean EVERYWHERE! I was very much drawn to it and felt a strong attachment to it. I asked myself “How can I work in this area??” I always wanted to be a New Home Specialist, and eventually I wound up having a meeting with Alan (Banks), Camine (Pappas) and the team. They brought me on and I couldn’t have asked for a better-case scenario!

Why will people love the Town of Belmont?

It’s a very quaint little town. Sort of frozen in time but with a very millennial flair. The demographics vary, from one end of the spectrum to the other. You can go to the pub or have tapas. At night, it’s a lively little town. South Main Cycles, the bicycle shop, turns into a bar called Station! I also like The Jailhouse, a private bourbon and whiskey lounge set in Belmont’s old jailhouse.

What is different about Evans Coghill Homes compared to other builders?

The homes we’re building at McLean are amazing. I love being part of every aspect of the process, not just the selling phase. I really feel like part of the family. When I first went to the Evans Coghill website and started reading about the company, the thing that got me excited was their (Chris & Alan’s) story about how they met on a Habitat for Humanity build. Then they formed a company to help people and continue to make sure that a portion of all sales go directly back to Habitat for Humanity in Charlotte. I immediately felt that this charitable commitment showed the family side of company, the culture and what they really stand for. 

What is the most rewarding part of your job as a New Home Specialist?

A home is very personal; it represents family and safety. Knowing that our buyers trust me to accompany them in this journey to find a home is so rewarding. Becoming a part of this important step of their life, sharing their stories, and becoming friends along the way.

What do you like to do for fun?

I like to travel, which is good since none of my immediate family is in Charlotte, and I have to travel to see them! I’ve just started to enjoy fitness, especially kettlebells! I like to have a good time with family and friends.

We’re so excited to have Kendell as part of the Evans Coghill team and can’t wait to see all the lives she transforms as our New Home Specialist at McLean. Kendell’s background, experience and sheer desire to help people on their new home journey will be one of the many reasons people fall in love with Belmont, McLean and their Evans Coghill home.

If you’re interested in learning more about living at McLean, you can visit Kendell at 1000 Overlake Dr, Belmont, NC 28012, or contact her directly at 704.899.4995 or kburruss@evanscoghill.com.

Evans Coghill Homes is a new home builder in the Charlotte, NC area, building new homes in RiverwalkSpringfield, and McLean.  For more information, please visit www.EvansCoghill.com.

Show Your New Home Some Love This Valentine’s Day

Categories: Design Tips, New Ideas For New Homes, Tips | Posted: February 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Show Your New Home Some Love This Valentine’s Day

Rose are red. Violets are blue. We’re feeling the love this month, and your home should too! From quality family time to romantic date nights and everything in between,  love is always in the air in your home! It’s the perfect time to take advantage of the Valentine’s Day sentiments filling stores, social media and TV to inspire your home decor. Check out these clever ideas to help you fall in love with your home all over again!

Set the Mood Lighting. Dimming the lights not only really sets the mood, but also saves you money and energy by extending the life of your bulbs. Good-looking AND smart: the complete package! Install dimmers or replace some lamps with lower watt bulbs in the rooms where mood lighting is most important (bedrooms, dining room, etc.). A couple of candles are also a quick and easy way to replace that harsh, unattractive lighting.

Leave Little Love Notes. Take a trip to your local arts & crafts store for some chalkboard paper or paint. Create a DIY table runner, small picture frames or wall art designed to leave little notes and compliments for your loved ones to make their day and bring some cute V-Day flare to your decor. You’ll have fun with these simple little projects and can use them all year long! Even better, you’ll love getting some messages of your own! 🙂

Buy it Something Nice. It’s ok to spoil your home a little this Valentine’s Day with something pretty! Your home loves beautiful flowers too ya know! Brighten up the kitchen with new floral centerpiece or swap out those old curtains you’ve had for a while. Maybe you had something a little bigger in mind like that gorgeous vintage dining room table or oriental rug that you’ve had your eye on. The best part about buying something nice for your home is that YOU get to reap the benefits!  

Add Some TLC with DIY Updates. Some simple updates are important to increasing your home’s value. Even if you’re not selling your home anytime soon, you’ll get to enjoy them until you do! Swap door pulls for more modern designs, paint your front door, replace the frameless bathroom mirrors, or swap out light fixtures and switches. These changes may seem minor, but they’ll really make a difference in how you see and feel about your home!

Let Music Fill the Air. It’s amazing how a little music can make any setting a whole lot more romantic.  Thanks to the wonders of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, it’s easier than ever to enjoy all your favorite love songs over a glass of wine in the kitchen, a romantic dinner in the dining room or even a relaxing soak in the tub! Between Google Home, Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod and more, you have your choice of technology to make it happen.  Learn more about these devices.

Give it a Spa Day. When’s the last time your home was treated to a deep cleanse? You know how good it feels to have a day devoted to your well-being, so imagine how you’ll feel by doing the same for your home? Don’t just grab the vacuum and focus on those carpets; hire a professional to give your whole home a thorough cleaning in time for your special Valentine’s Day plans.

Use these tips to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember, for both you AND your home. If you’re looking to make a move into a new home for you and the family, take a look at our available homes, ready for move-in today!

Evans Coghill Homes is a new home builder in the Charlotte, NC area, building new homes in RiverwalkSpringfield, and McLean.  For more information, please visit www.EvansCoghill.com.

Design Tips to Warm Up Your New Home as Temperatures Drop

Categories: Design Tips | Posted: February 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Design Tips to Warm Up Your New Home as Temperatures Drop

When winter weather brings frigid temps and snowy days (yes, even in Charlotte!), it’s a perfect time to appreciate the comfiness of your beautiful new home. But warmth doesn’t stop with insulation and thermostats. It goes beyond the way we build and construct our homes so they keep you warm. You can help contribute to the coziness of your home décor with these helpful tips!

  1. Lights are an obvious way to counteract the dark days of winter – whether it’s a chandelier with tons of bulbs, candles in the windows, or dramatic landscaping lights outside. They also help add some unique personality to your home.
  2. Pops of bright colors (cheery reds, springy greens, juicy oranges) can help chase the winter blahs away. Think pillows, throws or maybe an accent wall! Don’t be afraid to have fun with color. It’s an instant mood-lifter!
  3. Those Scandinavians are on to something! White doesn’t need to be a cool color… especially when paired with light woods and other rustic accents like brick or stone!
  4. Dress your home in layers! Velvety throw pillows & fuzzy blankets, fluffy rugs and glowing candles add tons of warmth. Think of how much warmer YOU feel when you layer sweaters and scarves and jackets… it’s the same with your home!
  5. Metallics like rose gold, copper and bronze help add the impression of warmth, especially if paired with pastels or earth tones.
  6. Natural wood floors and paneled walls create instant coziness. And natural accents, like potted plants, evergreens, pine cones and twigs, add warmth and a bit of the outdoors.   
  7. Textures are toasty. Look for knitted blankets, animal skin rugs, woven baskets, and squishy pillows. Anything that makes you feel soft and happy.
  8. Leather accents – a chair or an ottoman – add so much warmth to a room. Especially if tucked into a reading nook or quiet corner.

We hope these home decorating tips warm you up as we near the end of winter!

Evans Coghill Homes is a new home builder in the Charlotte, NC area, building new homes in RiverwalkCheval, and Springfield.  For more information, please visit www.evanscoghill.com.

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