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Give Your Mudroom a Little Love with Some of These Must-Have Features!

Categories: Design Tips, Floor plans, Interior Design Thoughts | Posted: December 8, 2017 | Comments Off on Give Your Mudroom a Little Love with Some of These Must-Have Features!

A mudroom is a workhorse of a space, fulfilling a variety of different purposes depending on the home and the family. In areas with months of cold and/or wet weather, they are essential; a place where your kids drop backpacks and put on boots. Whether yours is big or small, here are some tips for getting more out of your mudroom.

  • Use the space you have more efficiently. Some mudrooms are huge; some are tiny nooks. Look at your space and the way you use it. Do you like clear floors and an appearance of organization? Closets or cabinets are the answers. Do you want easy accessibility? Go for cubbies and hooks.
  • Don’t skimp on flooring. Choose something durable and non-slippery. Tile, vinyl flooring, hardwood or laminated flooring are good choices that will last for years – if cared for properly. 
  • Think about what goes on the walls. If your mudroom is like most, it will endure muddy hands and feet, scrapes from hockey sticks, and who knows what else. Choose paint or stain with a durable finish that can be washed down easily. Also, have a little fun. Pick a bright color or even a bit of wallpaper!
  • Make it more than a mudroom. If you have a larger space, sub-divide it into a multi-use room. Add a powder room or a drop zone counter. Create a laundry room or dog bath. Add a craft workstation for your little artists. Give yourself some long-term storage for out of season items by tucking a cabinet into a back corner. Create a family communication center with a blackboard or corkboard for calendars, invitations, reminders, etc.

Most people don’t use their front doors; they come into their homes through their mudroom. It is a public space, acting as the transition from the outside world to your inside world. Make yours a little more interesting and functional today!

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

Evans Coghill Homes Project Manager, Taylor Bennett, Earns His Accredited Builder Designation

Categories: Team Members | Posted: November 29, 2017 | Comments Off on Evans Coghill Homes Project Manager, Taylor Bennett, Earns His Accredited Builder Designation

At Evans Coghill, we are continuously proud and inspired by the quality and expertise of our team members. But Project Manager Taylor Bennett has outdone himself, earning the hard to attain Accredited Builder Designation from the North Carolina Builder’s Institute. We’re extremely proud of his hard work and dedication, and want people to understand more about his endeavors and how they impact their new home search.

What does it mean to be an Accredited Builder?  What were the requirements to earn your Accredited Builder Designation (ABD)?

The purpose of the Accredited Builder Designation is to further the education of builders, but also to provide a more well-rounded builder experience. Earning the designation requires a certain amount of field experience, specifically 3 to 5 years in the building industry, actually building homes and being very hands on.  I also had to take 72 hours of classes through the North Carolina Builder’s Institute. My classes ranged from project management to business administration to customer service, with the intention of learning about all facets of building. It took about two years total for me to accomplish this part of the process.

Many people start this process but do not finish. Tell us what the process was like for you and why you continued through to the end?  

My motivation was the attainment of it. I don’t like starting something and not completing it. My current interest is in high performance homes. I was taking courses for that, so it made sense to work on other facets of the building industry, too. The best way I could see to do that was to start and complete the ABD.

Does this designation differentiate you and/or Evans Coghill Homes from your competitors?

I don’t know a lot of people in the industry who have this designation. It’s a huge time commitment, so very few people wind up finishing it. As for how it affects Evans Coghill… homeowners expect a high quality home, but they don’t check to see who is building it. The ABD is a big differentiator. We can claim to be a better builder and back it up.

How will Evans Coghill homeowners benefit from the ABD?

In the long run, we can give them a higher quality product, and a more efficient building process. Faster close times, fewer delays or slow downs. The ABD allows me to foresee industry changes, and plan accordingly. Homes are increasingly complex structures, especially the HVAC systems and home automation features. I now have the ability to teach homeowners about their homes, so they are more educated and able to interact with it comfortably.

What does earning the ABD mean to you?

It was a long process but worth it. The ABD really benefits everyone – me, Evans Coghill Homes, our homeowners. My grandfather was a lawyer, and he instilled the importance of education in us. I thought about him when I was working for this designation. Doctors, lawyers, engineers, they all have to take continuing education to keep their licensing/certifications. Builders don’t. I put a lot of stock in education. Having this designation – or any designation recognized by the HBA or NCHBA – is not just letters behind a name. It means that we know that our industry is ever changing, and that we have a responsibility to keep current. At Evans Coghill, we take pride in what we do and want to be better at it always. In the end, it comes back to what’s best for the homeowner.

 

To learn more about Evans Coghill’s process, product, people or our story, visit EvansCoghill.com.

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

Only Three Evans Coghill Homes Remain at Rock Hill’s Riverwalk Community!

Categories: Communities, Floor plans, Homeownership, Neighborhoods, Riverwalk | Posted: November 17, 2017 | Comments Off on Only Three Evans Coghill Homes Remain at Rock Hill’s Riverwalk Community!

It’s closeout time here at Riverwalk! There are only three opportunities remaining if you want to live in an Evans Coghill home at Riverwalk in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Located at 428 Luray Way, The River View has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and an attached 3-car garage. With 3,493 sq. ft. of living space, this is the perfect home for a growing family. Featuring a large open kitchen/family room, this home also has a formal dining room accessible via a butler’s pantry; suited for casual Friday night pizza dinners, or formal holiday gatherings at the table. The master suite is also on the main floor, and has a large walk-in closet and spacious bath; a luxurious private retreat! Upstairs, you’ll find three additional bedrooms, a loft, and a reading nook. There are no backyard neighbors, so you have plenty of privacy on the patio with its seating wall. Now priced at $523,000.

The Charleston XL at 1453 Riverwalk Pkwy is a dream home just waiting for a family! It has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and a detached 3-car garage. Featuring 2,917 sq. ft. of living space, this home includes a kitchen that’s open to the family room, as well as a formal dining, room, a study and a large front porch; all spaces that the right family can utilize depending on their needs. The master suite is located on the main floor and has a large walk-in closet and spacious bath. Upstairs, there are three additional bedrooms and a loft. Now priced at $457,000.

And finally, we have The Crepe Myrtle located at 1457 Riverwalk Pkwy. This spacious home features 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and a detached 2-car garage. With 2,734 sq. ft. of living space, you’ll feel at home the minute you walk in the door. The large open living area includes the kitchen, dining area and family room, because what family doesn’t enjoy low-key weekend breakfasts together in front of the TV? The first-floor master suite includes a spacious bath and huge walk-in closet. Upstairs, you’ll find three additional bedrooms, a loft, and a nook; perfect spaces to comfortably host friends, family or out-of-town guests. There are front and back porches, plus a great backyard… all to meet the desires for outdoor living and exposure to nature! Now priced at $392,890.

Located on the banks of the Catawba River, Riverwalk is a planned 1,008-acre village that is an extension of the historic City of Rock Hill. The master plan for Riverwalk includes a YMCA and athletic fields, a Town Center, a River District, professional office space, along with residential neighborhoods, all connected by pedestrian and cycle friendly streetscapes and trails. In addition to the Rock Hill Outdoor Center and Giordana Velodrome Bicycle Race Track, a new amenity center and pool will be ready by Spring of 2018!

Don’t miss your chance to live in an amazing Evans Coghill home at Riverwalk!

Contact Tracy Olson at 803.366.4588 or tolson@evanscoghill.com before it’s too late!

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

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