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Evans Coghill Homes Named Builder Of The Year!

Categories: Awards | Posted: April 29, 2016 | Comments Off on Evans Coghill Homes Named Builder Of The Year!

MAME Banner 2016 480x320Evans Coghill Homes is proud to announce that we have garnered 2016’s Builder of the Year Award. This recognition comes from the Home Builders Association of Greater Charlotte as part of their Major Achievement in Market Excellence (MAME) Awards.  The awards ceremony was held on Thursday, April 28th at the Ritz-Carlton Charlotte.

The Builder of the Year Award is given to the HBA Member who has displayed exemplary performance and a positive working attitude toward the trades, vendors and suppliers with which they work. It also recognizes innovation, market performance, financial results, and community involvement.

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Evans Coghill team accepting the Builder of the Year award.

“Being recognized by our peers for making a significant and creative contribution in residential marketing is an important accomplishment for us,” said co-owner Alan Banks. “We are very proud of this achievement and our team of professionals who helped make it happen.”

Evans Coghill had a number of accomplishments this past year that helped to contribute to the Builder of the Year award, including implementation of a new management system, implementation of quality assurance inspections by co-owner Chris Folk, improvements to our Home Owner Orientation Tour, and the opening of our new model home in Riverwalk featuring many of the unique details and customization options available from Evans Coghill.

We also received awards for Superintendent of the Year – Ed Boyd, Silver Award Best Floor Plan Under $300k – Charleston, and Gold Award Best Floor Plan Under $500k – Saratoga.

Brian Pace, NC Home Builders Association President, said “We celebrate the pinnacle Evans Coghill Homes has achieved this year being named Builder of the Year. Alan, Chris and their team continue to execute with excellence and represent so much of what is great about home building in Charlotte. Congratulations to them.” 

Evans Coghill co-owner Alan Banks shared additional thoughts on this achievement, saying “My industry involvement has introduced me to many great home building companies in Charlotte. To be selected Builder of the Year from among all the many excellent competitors we have is quite an honor for us.” 

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

 

Mother’s Day Memories – Peach Ice Cream and More!

Categories: Mothers Day | Posted: April 22, 2016 | Comments Off on Mother’s Day Memories – Peach Ice Cream and More!

06904eaad5f591ff28f6eefb89bc9d4bMother’s Day is only a few short weeks away and we felt it just the right time to re-share this story by New Home Specialist, Forest Ranson.  This is a recent Mother’s Day recollection Forrest has shared with his mom.  We hope you enjoy! 

“I’m a big fan of ice cream. Peach, of course.  I guess it runs in the family.  I have fond memories of growing up having Mother’s Day gatherings of extended family picnics in an uncle’s back yard.  One aunt would always bring a canister of just home-made ice-cream; packed in ice and covered with towels to keep it cold.When dessert time came, the unveiling of the ice-cream was eagerly observed by all the children in attendance.  Everyone got a paper cupful and a spoon.  Unlike the other offerings, there was never any ice-cream left over.  Can’t say I remember any of the other perennial dishes at the pot-luck buffet, but I’ll never forget that ice-cream!

62764e331002d9b3f78751852f85489eFamily traditions change over time.  The extended family still gets together at Thanksgiving, but Mother’s Day is now usually our little extended branch, not the whole family tree.  Last year, after sharing Mother’s Day lunch at my mom’s retirement community in Charlotte, we all piled into my sister’s mini-van for a guided tour of Ft Mill.  Although we have been building new homes in Ft Mill for years, my family had never seen it.  So we toure8e537b1bf4c61635c7d7f3cfa7722639d Ft Mill SC, drove the Springfield neighborhood and saw some of the homes we have built. We even greeted a few of our homeowners out walking their dogs to work off their own Mothers’ Day feasts.  We finished up at the Peach Stand on Hwy 160 for, of course, an ice-cream treat.  We enjoyed our ice-cream at an outdoor table while passers-by stopped to great my golden retriever who had come along for the fun.

My mom is the family story-teller.  She likes to re-tell stories until they are familiar and comfortable, like a well worn pair of favorite shoes.  Gathered around the table, she told the one about how, when she was growing up, her family would gather around the big oak tree in their back-yard every summer Sunday afternoon and make homemade peach ice-cream in a well-used hand-cranked ice-cream churn.  She remarked that if she lived in Springfield, she would be at that table every Sunday afternoon, all summer long, enjoying her weekly allowance of ice-cream.  Peach, of course!”

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

7 Simple Tips For Reviving Your Outdoor Space This Spring!

Categories: New Homes in Charlotte | Posted: April 15, 2016 | Comments Off on 7 Simple Tips For Reviving Your Outdoor Space This Spring!

It’s easy to refresh outdoor spaces for the warmer weather. In fact, some are projects that can be done in a weekend or less! Not only will you expand your property’s livable space, but you’ll be adding to its value as well.

  1. Create a picture-perfect porch498181819915771_rw175_twilight_900_w

Give your front porch some personality with architectural details such as columns and railings. Consider aesthetically pleasing brackets, spandrels, and corbels, too. And don’t forget to check out your porch ceiling – maybe new beaded-board panels are in order. Add a ceiling fan to create a comfortable outdoor living atmosphere.

  1. Enhance lighting

Enhance your outdoor space so it can be enjoyed long after the sun sets. A few strategically placed lights add an element of safety and elegance. Make sure doorways, stairs and paths are properly lit. Solar lights are a popular and affordable option that can be placed virtually anywhere with minimal effort. Swap lighting fixtures for modern designs. A few strings of garden lights are always a nice way to enhance the ambience of the outdoors.

  1. Redo your door

Screen Shot 2016-04-15 at 4.07.25 PMA new front or back door – or even just a fresh coat of paint on the existing one – adds immediate appeal to your home’s facade. Weigh pros and cons of various materials such as wood, vinyl, fiberglass and metal, and then pick the one that suits your home’s style and your budget.

  1. Lush landscaping

Add a splash of color and lushness by planting containers of plants & flowers. Or plant an herb garden – a few small containers with fresh herbs can make your deck smell wonderful. Plus, when cooking or grilling, natural flavors are just a few steps and snips away.

  1. Refresh furnitureScreen Shot 2016-04-15 at 4.06.06 PM

Replace any faded or dated cushions with new ones, or make slipcovers. For wicker or metal furniture, a few coats of spray paint can do wonders. You might be surprised how a new coat of white, black or even red paint can bring old patio furniture back to life.

  1. Dress up your garage

Install a decorative architectural arbor above your garage door to de-emphasize a front-loaded garage. The structure adds personality and provides a place to grow climbing plants.

  1. Shuffle the deck

Rearrange your deck or patio furniture. Move outdoor furniture into clusters to encourage relaxation and conversation. Make sure to leave main walkways open so guests can easily enter or exit the yard. Create an outdoor kitchen space in one corner of the deck so there is a section dedicated to cooking.

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

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