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7 Reasons to Choose Granite Countertops for Your Home

                                    7 reasons to choose granite countertops

Granite is a premium building material that stands out for its long-lasting beauty. When installed as countertops or flooring, granite provides distinction few other materials are able to. Their classic elegance exudes distinction in the kitchen and bathroom, and matched with outstanding durability, the granite countertops you select might be the last countertops your home will ever need.7 reasons to choose granite countertops

Granite countertops take a high-quality home to the next level visually and often become the centerpiece of the room. 

Installing granite countertops is a big decision for homeowners to consider, as the project is more expensive than it would be if other materials were used, but the benefits far outweigh the negatives. Granite is the highest quality stone material you can choose for your countertops, bottom line. Deriving from hot magma, granite is one of the strongest and hardest natural materials, second only to diamonds. Here are a few reasons why it would be wise to make the investment in granite countertops for your home:

  1. Granite is forever, or close to it at least

Although granite itself is expensive and the extensive labor involved in installing it can sometimes cost 3 times as much as the countertop itself in some cases, it is worth the one-time cost as you will likely never have to replace your countertops again. With that said, make sure you enjoy the granite pattern you choose, because you could potentially be looking at it for decades to come.

7 reasons to choose granite countertops

  1. Adds Value to Your Home

When comparing, granite may be more expensive than other materials, but when you consider its longevity and durability, it costs less over time. Also—the high cost of installing a granite countertop in your home is actually offset due to the fact that the countertop itself, which does not depreciate over time, actually adds overall value to your home, making granite countertops a cost-effective investment for homeowners.

  1. One-of-a-Kind Design

Your options are nearly limitless. One of the best qualities of granite is that no two pieces are exactly the same, providing your home with a unique, one-of-a-kind design, as well as a sleek, luminous appearance. 7 reasons to choose granite countertopsGranite is comprised of a many different minerals that give each countertop slab a unique and attractive appearance. For example, granite high in feldspar will have rich red or pink highlights. Mica produces brown or black veining while quartz gives pink, white or black hues to the stone. The variations throughout the stone are considered desirable since they give the slab character and differentiate it from others. Granite has a rich beauty that few other countertops materials can match.

  1. Extremely Sanitary

Granite countertops are one of the most sanitary surfaces you can choose for your kitchen as they are waterproof and therefore bacteria and mold contamination is not a problem. Their extremely non-porous surface is the perfect countertop for a kitchen, where many cross-contamination problems can occur.

  1. It Can Take the Heat

Granite is an ingenious rock that is formed at extreme conditions under the earth’s crust. This makes it one of the hardest materials that can easily withstand the heat of your hot pots and pans (up to 900°F), is virtually impervious to water when sealed and can easily sustain the wear and tear of everyday use in the kitchen without losing its luster. 7 reasons to choose granite countertopsIt is also not easily scratched, blistered or cracked, making it a durable choice for one of the most high-traffic areas of the home that will keep the shine and richness for years to come.

  1. Easy to Clean

 The non-porous, slick surface of granite makes it an easy surface to clean up just about any spill. Granite countertops are very easy to maintain. The likelihood of needing to be repaired or resurfaced is low. Sealers have come a long way over the years and many will last decades before needing to be reapplied. Simply use warm water and mild detergent to easily clean granite countertops. For harder to remove stains there are specific granite cleaners that can be purchased, just be sure they are right for your type of countertop. Sealing is always recommended for granite countertops, as it will help to prevent any staining in the future.

  1. Economical Alternative

Oftentimes homeowners want the look of a particular countertop but would rather enjoy the benefits provided by another. A great example of this is marble. Marble is a classically beautiful stone that is highly sought after for upscale kitchens and bathrooms. However, marble is much softer than granite, so it can be damaged more easily. However, that doesn’t have to stop you from having that beautiful ‘marble look’. As an added bonus, granite that looks like marble has a lower price tag and requires less maintenance, so you get more for your money.

Whether you’re interested in purchasing a new home or remodeling, granite offers you unparalleled beauty, permanence, uniqueness and adds true value to your home.

What better way to express yourself and enjoy the lifestyle you have longed for than owning a new home on the Outer Banks? Let us guide you through the process to smooth the path to your new dream home!

Here is a list of all new available Homes By Eillu featuring granite countertops:

846 Golden Bluff Way, Corolla, NC

1257 Crystal Lake Court, Corolla, NC

853 Seascape Court, Corolla, NC

1085 Hampton Street, Corolla, NC

864 Ivory Court, Corolla, NC

1011B Cruz Bay Lane, Corolla, NC

 

For more information or to purchase your very own granite-instilled dream home, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Eillu, your Outer Banks Boutique Real Estate Team. We are happy to help you on your journey to the house of your dreams!

Buying a home is a major endeavor and enjoying a successful real estate transaction requires knowledge and experience. Here at Eillu, we understand your perspective and are committed to helping you achieve your goals.

 


July 4th Celebration on the Outer Banks

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It’s no secret that the best place to spend 4th of July is at the beach. Whether it’s family fun in the sun you’re looking for or a romantic night beneath a shower of fireworks, or even perhaps BOTH, the Outer Banks has exactly what you need to celebrate the perfect Independence Day.

Whether you choose to spend the day flying kites over Jockey’s Ridge in Nags Head, or body surfing in Kitty Hawk, no 4th of July is complete without the quintessential fireworks show and there’s no better place to see one than from a blanket on the Outer Banks. The limitless sky and numerous shows along the barrier islands provide views of multiple shows at once.

This year, our area will host four fireworks shows at the following (South end) locations: Avalon Pier in Kill Devil HillsNags Head Fishing Pier in Nags Head, fireworks over the sound in Manteo, and the Avon Fishing Pier in the village of Avon on Hatteras Island. Radio Hatteras will broadcast patriotic “Music for Fireworks” from 9 until 10pm and “Red, White & Blue” music until Midnight at FM 101.5 and 99.9.  Tune in at 9pm to hear Bob Barris talk a little about the origin of Fireworks and offer a brief history lesson about the celebration of Independence Day.  Then watch the sky light up to a very familiar Galactic tune, followed by a selection of patriotic music thanks to Radio Hatteras! To stream Radio Hatteras live on your computer, go to www.radiohatteras.org.

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Corolla

Quite possibly the best fireworks on the Outer Banks can be found at the opposite end of the islands, in Corolla at the 26th Annual Independence Day Celebration. What better way to celebrate America’s independence than with free live music and a spectacular fireworks show on the northern Outer Banks! The Whalehead Club, located at 1100 Club Road just off of NC 12 and positioned right beside The Currituck Lighthouse, is converted into an outdoor festival from 3pm-9pm, for an afternoon of fun family activities. With food, fun activities, and a stage featuring music for all ages, the historic house provides a beautiful backdrop for an evening of fun. The grand finale comes at dusk, when spectators take to their blankets and lawn chairs and watch as the entire sky is taken over by massive displays of light and color. Definitely a must-see if you’re in the Corolla area!

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Nags Head

The Town of Nags Head, in conjunction with the Nags Head Fishing Pier and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, will host the Annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 9:25 p.m. on the ocean pier located at Mile Post 11.5 on NC Route 12, S. Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head. The fireworks display will last approximately 20 minutes. Parking at and near the fireworks display site will be directed by the Nags Head Police Department. Those attending the show are encouraged to park east of U.S. Highway 158/S. Croatan Highway. Those choosing to park west of U.S. Highway 158/S. Croatan Highway should use extreme caution while attempting to cross this heavily traveled roadway. 

 

The following public beach accesses are recommended for access to the beach for fireworks viewing:

South of Nags Head Fishing Pier:

North of Nags Head Fishing Pier:

Curlew Street

Bladen Street

Hollowell Street

Bittern Street

Conch Street

Bonnett Street

 

Barnes Street

 

Blackman Street

 

Jockey’s Ridge State Park is another ideal spot for viewing the fireworks. You can catch both Nags Head and Manteo displays atop Jockey’s Ridge.  The park will be open late July 4th to accommodate visitors. 

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Start your day with a run.  Run, or walk, across Jockey’s Ridge at the Killer Dunes 2 Miler. Afterwards, grab a hearty breakfast at one of our independently owned restaurants. During the day, watch the Town of Duck Parade, a one-mile parade route, is the same annually and begins at the crest of the hill on Scarborough Lane. The route follows Scarborough Lane towards the ocean, turns left onto Ocean Way, and then heads down Christopher Drive ending at Pamela Court. Afterwards, walk over the town park for music and festivities.

South of Nags Head, heading west over the causeway is the town of Manteo on Roanoke Island.  This quaint small town has a delightful waterfront area, the Elizabethan Gardens, and the Aquarium which are all worth the ride.  Head over to Manteo for a day filled with nonstop activities scheduled for their 4th of July celebration. 

Manteo

Manteo Fourth of July 2018 Celebration

This year, the Town of Manteo is celebrating the 4th of July with new festivities and entertainment. At 10:30 am, there is a children’s concert presented by the 208th Army Band at Roanoke Island Festival Park Theater.  This year there will be an “Independence Day Parade” down Queen Elizabeth Street.  Everyone is invited to participate in the parade with their wacky hat, decorated bike and decorated golf cart.  Families are encouraged participate together with the latest patriotic hat or bicycle. The Parade will start at approximately 3:15 pm beginning at the intersection of Queen Elizabeth Street and Ananias Dare Street and will end at the George Washington Creef Park at the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum. Be sure to bring your best homemade apple pie for the annual “American Apple Pie Contest”.  Submit your entries at the tent in the park by 4:00pm. Judging will take place and winners will be announced at 5:30 pm. At 3:30 pm “The Lost Colony Choir” will perform at the Boathouse Stage in the park. At 4:00pm in the park, the “Firecracker Corn hole Tournament” will begin.  Teams of two will compete for the grand prize to be the top firecracker in Corn Hole Competition. At 4:30pm the “Echoes of Heritage” will perform on the Boathouse Stage and you certainly don’t want to miss the “Sparkler Watermelon Eating Contest” that will start at 5:00 pm. At 5:30pm “The Crowd” will play on the Boathouse Stage until 7:30pm.  At 8:00pm, the 208th Army Band will play patriotic songs at the outdoor pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Park.  

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For those who appreciate a little history, head over to Island Farm at 1140 US Highway 64 in Manteo for the 1850 Independence Day celebration from 10am-4pm.  Celebrate Independence Day 1850s style with Island Farm! Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grassy lawn and commemorate our nation’s birth with musket-fire, games and a reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Continue the celebration at the Outdoor Pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. Bring a picnic, a blanket and the family and come early to post up for the fireworks show set to begin around sundown. An impressive display illuminates the waterway and Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse in a brilliant shower that is sure to make you happy you chose Manteo for your 4th of July fireworks show. There will be food vendors located in the parking lot next to the weather tower serving funnel cakes, lemonade, slushies, sausages, ribbon fries, barbeque and much more! Certainly sounds like a great celebration of our country’s birthday on the waterfront in downtown Manteo.

Where are the BEST fireworks on the Outer Banks?  Anywhere you gather with family and friends to celebrate Independence Day and the birth of this great nation! The Outer Banks has plenty for you and the family to enjoy, while offering a spectacular natural setting that will make you proud to be an American!

obx fourth of july fireworksCall today to schedule an appointment to view property for sale anywhere from Corolla to Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks.  Each of our wonderful beach communities have a varied assortment of vacation, retirement, and investment properties.  From lots, condos, town homes, 3 bedroom single family homes to 12+ bedroom vacation rental machines for extended families or groups.  

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Key items to consider when buying an Outer Banks property

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How much do you want to invest? This factor is a great starting point.  A realtor can provide you a list of availability in the price range you are considering.  They can also give you information on the property tax based on the last billing period.  A discussion with your property insurance carrier is a good idea.  This way you can get a good picture of the primary annual costs associated with owning the property.  Be aware that wind & hail coverage and flood are often separate policies.

How will you pay for it?  Both your financing options, and your tax considerations (discussed below) are impacted by your planned use of the property.  If you are financing the purchase the decision to treat the home as a second home vs a vacation rental property determines the financing options available to you.  Generally financing institutions offer lower interest rates for second homes as compared to vacation rental homes.  We suggest that you discuss these options and implications with a trusted financial advisor.

Tax considerations are extremely important.  If you plan to rent the house, and your personal use is less than 15 days or 10% of the time rented, you can deduct the costs of maintenance and repair of the property, insurance, taxes, rental management fees, advertising and mortgage interest from the rental income you earn on the property.  You are also allowed to take depreciation expense against the rental income.  It is always a good idea to discuss major financial transactions with your tax advisor prior to making your final decision.

Do you plan to eventually retire to this home?  This is important because it may make a difference in what you are looking for in the home.  For example, storage is not as important of an issue as with a purely rental or vacation property as it would be for a future retirement home.

Are you interested in renting the property to offset costs?  In order to maximize your rental return it would be advisable to consult with a rental company in order to identify what amenities renters most desire that match your needs as well, along with past rental performance to make sure that you will make enough to offset costs. If past rental performance data is not available, make sure to ask a rental company for a rental projection of what the house will make yearly in rental income.

What activities are you most interested in when vacationing at the beach?  Our communities are highly diversified.   If relative seclusion is high on your list, the 4 wheel drive communities of Carova and Swan Beach are great for this.  If you want the convenience of nearby shopping and entertainment, the more populated communities may be more your style.  Explore the various communities to determine which best suites the needs and desires of you and your family.  After that you are ready to actively search for that perfect get-a-way you have dreamed about! To make the search a little easier, we have added some helpful information about each town located on the Outer Banks.  Happy hunting!

Corolla

Corolla, NC is known for its large sandy beaches, proximity to four-wheel drive areas and the home to wild Spanish Mustangs that roam the area’s beaches make for some of the most beautiful scenery North Carolina has to offer.  This community offers peaceful tranquility while only being minutes away from shopping and restaurants. Outdoor activities are abundant while offering alternative activities in town. Corolla is also home to many historical locations including the Whalehead Club and its neighbor, the Currituck Lighthouse.

Corolla offers the ideal combination of nature, activities and amenities. The wildlife trails and easy access to the sound creates the ultimate experience for nature lovers and avid paddlers.

Currituck Lighthouse, Corolla, NC

Watersports are abundant in Corolla. No matter if you enjoy kayaking, SUP, surfing, jet skis or any other water activity, Corolla is the perfect spot to enjoy fun in the sun. Purchase a kite and watch it soar high in the sky with Corolla’s beach winds.

Corolla’s shopping and restaurants are second to none. Each boutique offers something different and exciting including clothing, home goods and souvenirs. There is a wide variety of restaurants in Corolla including seafood, BBQ and cultural restaurants. No palate will be displeased in Corolla.

Corolla offers fun and relaxation for everyone in the family. No matter what your preference, Corolla offers a rewarding location for a new home.

Duck

Duck, NC offers access to highly rated beaches while maintaining its small-town charm. The small town offers easy access to the beach for ocean fun or the sound for leisurely activities. Bike paths throughout the town offer a wide area to safely bike from your home to town. There are great community events, such as markets, wine tastings and live music. Duck offers a great combination of seaside living with the small town feel.

There is always an activity in the town of Duck. Festivals, events, bands and parades are a regular occurrence in town. Duck is the perfect community for those who wish to walk to and from or bike. Everything needed for the home and for outdoor fun are within an easy walking distance.

Duck, NC sunset

The town has built and maintained a beautiful boardwalk on the soundside which is enjoyed by all. The boardwalk gives you access to soundside shops and restaurants. The shopping and restaurants are second to none in Duck. Offering a wide variety of entrees, Duck’s restaurants have received national recognition. The small mom and pop shops in Duck help bring the hometown feel to the area while offering boutique merchandise.

If you love the outdoors, Duck offers one of the best accesses to the beach and sound. No matter your watersport of choice, Duck can provide an excellent location. Windsurfers enjoy the steady breezes from the ocean, while parasailing occurs on the soundside.

The culmination of all the great amenities of Duck makes it easy to see why so many wish to live and vacation in the town. Duck provides a great new adventure along with small town beach life that so many desire.

Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk offers nature and the beach town atmosphere all in one. Many local Outer Banks residents call this town home. The town itself has worked hard to maintain a balance between urban development and maintaining its beautiful nature. Offering fun beaches, small shops, restaurants and a nature preserve, Kitty Hawk can make the perfect Outer Banks home location.

Kitty Hawk offers a wide variety of shops and restaurants. Many local artisans call Kitty Hawk home, opening shops on the main highway and on the beach road in converted homes. The merchandise captivates the essence of the Outer Banks and makes a great addition to any home. There are also many award-winning restaurants for all ages. Nightlife is abundant in many spots for adults to visit including wine bars and restaurants.

Kitty Hawk beaches are a short walk from any location in the town and offer fun in the sun for all. Many beach activities are readily available and there are many events held on the beaches of Kitty Hawk for all to enjoy. Dogs are welcomed on a leash and can enjoy the day at the beach with you and your family.

Kitty Hawk offers nature, activities, shops and restaurants that can make you fall in love with the Outer Banks all over again. Homes in this town are perfect for those who enjoy what the Outer Banks has to offer in nature and in shops.

Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills is in the heart of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Centrally located to pristine beaches, watersports, shopping, restaurants and nightlife, Kill Devil Hills offers a prime location on the Outer Banks. Activities abound in Kill Devil Hills from the beach to the sound. The birthplace of aviation, Kill Devil Hills is home to the Wright Brothers National Memorial. This is the location of the Wright Brother’s First Flight in 1903. History meets the beach and makes for an amazing place to own a vacation home or even primary residence.

Kill Devil Hills offers a more urban feel including access to many grocery stores, shops, restaurants and a 10-plex movie theater. This town offers great nightlife with many locations and activities to choose from.

Wright Brothers Monument, Kill Devil Hills, NC

No matter the location in Kill Devil Hills, there is still easy access to the beach and sound, plus an abundance of fishing piers. Surf fishing is extremely popular in Kill Devil Hills. If you are looking for fun off the beach, check out of the many putt-putt courses and go-kart tracks in the area.

The continuously growing Bay Drive area is a prized possession for the town and community members of Kill Devil Hills. Bay Drive enables those to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Albemarle Sound. Bay Drive is located just north of the Wright Brothers National Memorial and runs along the scenic Kitty Hawk Bay. The area features multiple sound side gazebos and a bike path that is perfect for sunset cruises unlike anywhere else!

Nags Head

Nags Head is centrally located on the Outer Banks between the Northern Beaches and Hatteras Island. Its location provides access to great activities, adventure and attractions. Nags Head provides easy access to the beach and sound while providing the modern amenities needed. As one of the oldest towns on the Outer Banks, the rich history and beautiful nature of Nags Head does not disappoint.

Nature and history collide at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Jockeys Ridge is the largest living sand dune on the east coast. Jockey’s Ridge is known for its great wind and makes the perfect place to fly a kite. For the more adventurous, hang gliding lessons are also offered at the ridge.

For anglers, Nags head is one of the best places on the Outer Banks and the east coast to fish. Nags Head has many piers for fishing use as well as Oregon Inlet that gives access to the Atlantic for fisherman. Deep sea fishing charters are very popular in Nags Head. Learn about the wildlife of the Outer Banks at Jennette’s Pier.

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The beaches are ranked nationally and water activities are a favorite. Many surf competitions are held in Nags Head every year because of the beaches above average east coast waves. It is also a great place for kiteboarders.

Nags Head also offers great shopping and restaurants. Many restaurants in Nags Head have been open over thirty years and are still run by the original Outer Banks families. Golfers will also enjoy Nags Head for its popular golf courses. Nags Head offers a variety of fun for the entire family. Home owners enjoy the proximity to activities and necessities while still enjoying the pristine nature that makes Nags Head a top vacation destination.

Hatteras Island

Home to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and the stomping grounds of pirates from centuries past, Hatteras Island offers true coastal southern charm. The island is made up of a variety of villages including Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Kinnakeet, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras Village. Each village has its own unique style, but they all make it exceptionally easy to take in the natural beauty of the Outer Banks.

No other part of the Outer Banks makes it so easy to enjoy our windswept coastline. With much of Hatteras Island surrounded by the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, finding your very own spot on the beach or soundside is as easy as parking your car and running over the dunes. Fishermen and water sports enthusiasts love visiting Hatteras Island due to its excellent inshore fishing, Gulf Stream accessibility, and quality waves that are common to the area.

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Rodanthe

Rodanthe, located on the easternmost point of Hatteras Island, was first occupied by local natives as far back as 500 AD. Rodanthe was originally called “Chicamacomico,” after the Native Americans. The town’s most famous attraction, the Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station, still retains the original name. The colonists from the “Lost Colony,” were believed to have landed on Hatteras Island before moving to Roanoke Island and then disappearing.

The geography and topography of Rodanthe makes it a world class destination for all kinds of watersports. On the sound side, stand-up paddle boarders, kayakers, windsurfers and sailors enjoy the large shallow water and prevailing winds. Surfers from all over the world flock to this area as a premier surf destination.

Rodanthe was the setting of Nicholas Sparks novel and subsequent movie, “Nights in Rodanthe” which portions were filmed on the island. The house, “Serendipity” used in the movie, has since been located about a mile south. It was the northeastern most house in Rodanthe. After the movie was completed, the house was damaged and condemned after a nor’easter storm in November 2009. The house was saved from demolition by a private businessman, Ben Huss, from Newton, North Carolina, and moved less than one mile south.

Rodanthe is one of the seven villages that make up Hatteras Island. If you enjoy nature and quiet peaceful living, look no further!

Avon

Avon, also known early on as Kinnakeet, an Algonquian Native American word meaning something that is mixed or several settlements bunched into one. The earliest settlers were the Native Americans. The town officially changed to be Avon in 1883 when the Post Office was opened.

Avon retains its small town charm while having the conveniences of modern life. Avon has the islands only chain grocery store and two fast food restaurants. Vacationers also enjoy the restaurants that satisfy every palate, a Spa, fishing pier and mini-golf course to provide enough entertainment without spoiling the remote island vibe.

The Avon pier is great to introduce the family to the joys of fishing or just to take a stroll and be entertained by others hauling in their catch.

Similar to the other villages of Hatteras Island, the water sports activities on the ocean and sound are top notch for lasting memories. Relocating or purchasing a vacation home in Avon is an ideal choice to please every member of your family or traveler.

Frisco

Located at the southern end of Hatteras Island, the small town of Frisco, NC is perfect for those who seek a quiet beach get away place. At the northern end of town are Buxton and Frisco Woods, perfect for the hiker or jogger who likes the treed canopy of the maritime forest. At the southern end, the island narrows and it is possible to enjoy both the sunrise and sunset from the deck of your beach house.

Frisco was one of the last areas of the Outer Banks to be developed for tourism. Eventually visitors were drawn to the area’s quaint village atmosphere, seclusion, its miles of beaches, and its unique maritime forest. Frisco has a character all its own.  It is the perfect destination for someone who wants to enjoy the wide open and uncrowded beaches.  While Frisco is a great place to find peace and solitude, it also has many family friendly attractions.

 

No matter where you choose to purchase your Outer Banks property, you can have peace of mind in knowing that each Outer Banks town will allow you to experience the beaches and laid back lifestyle that makes the OBX so attractive!  For more information on purchasing a vacation home or relocating to the Outer Banks, contact Eillu.  We are experts on the Outer Banks and are ready to help with your Outer Banks real estate needs.
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How to Buy and Customize a New Home Without the Hassle and Expense of Multiple Closings

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Homes by Eillu has several new homes under construction in desirable Outer Banks neighborhoods

These Corolla listings in Monteray Shores, Corolla Light, Soundfront at Corolla Bay and Villages at Ocean Hill, are in demand by vacationers and are enjoyed by second homeowners.  If you act now, there is time for you to customize the homes and select the finishes you prefer.

These homes are fully funded by the developer.  This means there is only one closing after the home is complete.  This will save you money and it also allows you to avoid the stress that many buyers frequently feel during the custom home buying process.

Lot Loan

Buyers of a custom home will frequently select and purchase a lot.  The purchase of the lot can be financed with a loan. 

From a lenders point of view, this loan will be riskier and will tend to have a higher interest rate.  These loans are considered non-conforming loans and the bank can’t sell the loan on the secondary market. Corolla New Homes by Eillu

It is more difficult for buyers to qualify for a land loan than for a mortgage and the terms can sometimes be onerous.  Once the home is completed, the land loan amount can be included in the amount of the mortgage.

Homes by Eillu does NOT require our buyers to obtain a loan for the lot or land.  We already own the home site and fund all cost of construction while building your new home. 

Construction Loan

A construction loan is usually obtained by the buyer to begin construction for a new home.  This is a short term loan used to fund the project with disbursements as the project progresses.  Buyers typically pay interest on the loan over the course of the building, but the entire balance including principal is due when the home is complete. 

Typically, the construction loan balance is incorporated into the final mortgage loan once the home is completed.  This ‘interest only’ construction loan is cash out of the pocket of the buyer while the building progresses.  If the amount is not rolled into the mortgage then the buyer will be paying closing costs for both loans.

At Homes by Eillu, we do NOT require buyers to take out a construction loan.  This adds up to thousands in savings for the buyer. 

Earnest Money

A custom home builder usually requires a higher earnest money deposit than typically required for a resale home.  They do this to share some of the risk with the buyer.  A buyer may select some finishes that do not have wide appeal and would make it more difficult to sell to another buyer should the deal fall through.

At Homes by Eillu, we require a 5% earnest money deposit at the time of signing the contract for purchase and another 5% deposit once the roof is complete. 

The buyer should have a loan approval letter at the time of signing the contract for purchase and a commitment letter from the lender within 30 days.

One Loan – One Closing

At Homes by Eillu we believe in making your new home purchase simple, stress free and an enjoyable process.  Once your home is complete and a certificate of occupancy is issued, only one purchase money mortgage is used to finance the home.  This saves buyers Corolla New Homes by Eilluthousands of dollars in cost.  Only one closing means there are no duplicate loan application fees and other transaction costs.  It makes the entire process more efficient without the extra burden of scheduling draws and arduous paperwork for the buyer and the builder.

Customize Your Way

We currently have several homes under construction.  The earlier you act, the greater the opportunity to customize the home with your selections.  The process is very simple.  You can also visit one of our completed homes, to visualize some of the finishes and to inspect the quality construction methods employed.  See completed home pictures here.

Select Quality Products

The New Construction signed contract includes an attachment with the specifications for your new home.  Some items, like the 50 year Corolla New Homes by Eilluwarranty LP siding with sofit and facia and Pella windows and doors, are included in the specifications.  Roofs are  CertainTeed Architecture Shingles.  Even the paint is specified to PPG (Pittsburg Paint & Glass) rather than a builder’s grade paint that will likely need to be re-painted too soon.  All are quality products to produce a quality home.

Other suggested finishes and products include granite counters, LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile), Viking Vinyl pool (12×24) and Whirlpool stainless steel appliances.  A buyer can simply select a color palate, bath and related fixtures and use all the specified products for a unified and well-designed home that will remain in style for decades. 

Substitute Finishes with Allowances

Alternatively, a buyer can customize the home to uniquely reflect their personal style with the allowance program.  Each allowance category has a dollar value and product substitutions that cost over the allowance will have the difference added to the final cost of the home and are paid at closing.  Any items selected that are below the allowance appear as a credit at closing.  The allowance categories are:

  • Vinyl Tile
  • Carpet
  • Ceramic Tile
  • Appliances
  • Lighting
  • Granite
  • Cabinets
  • Landscaping

Homes by Eillu include state of the art smart home technology.  This package works together with a hub to efficiency and easily control all connected devices.  The smart devices include:

  • Wired and wireless internet (for better streaming)
  • Alexa voice controlled assistant
  • WiFi Thermostats
  • Front Entry Camera
  • Door locks
  • 2 Wifi lights
  • Leak detectors
  • Indoor and outdoor speakers (Pre-wire)

Plus, when you are away from home, many of the devices are controlled and send alerts to your smart phone so you can monitor your beach home from a distance.  This is a huge benefit in the Outer Banks where many homes are used as second homes or vacation homes.  Imagine being able to control the temperature of your Living Room in the Outer Banks from your permanent home!

Also, all of our homes include a 1 Year Builders Warranty and a 2 Year (years 2 & 3) CHOICE New Home Warranty to ensure worry free enjoyment of your new home for years to come.

Currently, all of our new homes are centrally located in Corolla.  We have homes in several established communities; like Village at Ocean Hill, Monteray Shores, Soundfront at Corolla Bay and Corolla Light.  Each of these communities is sought after by vacationers for their abundant amenities, proximity to the Sound and the Ocean.  All are close to shopping, restaurants and local attractions. Our fun beach homes are perfect for a second home or vacation rental.

Homes by Eillu has many new home packages available.  Call today to schedule an appointment to view a completed home or visit our next project. 

New Homes in Outer Banks


Upcoming Summer Events in Corolla

                    Parasailing OBX

Whether you’re new to the Outer Banks or you’ve been coming to this beautiful beach vacation destination for years, there are countless adventures to be had during the summer season. Each town and Outer Banks community offers many unique experiences and activities to enjoy, but one of our favorite places to explore is Corolla. Perfectly located near beachfront or soundfront homes, residents and visitors can experience everything from dining and shopping to wild horse tours and watersports. Corolla is the Outer Banks community that truly has it all. Summer is the prime time to visit Corolla. There are several community activities going on throughout Corolla during the summer. Check out this list below and look for some events and activities for your family and friends to enjoy this summer in the beautiful destination of Corolla!

 

Under the Oaks Art Festival

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018, 10 AM – 5 PM
Wednesday, June 20th, 2018, 10 AM – 5PM

                                Corolla Under the Oaks Art Festival Whalehead, Historic Corolla Park

On June 19th and June 20th, the annual Under the Oaks Art Festival will be held in the Historic Corolla Park at the Whalehead Club. The 17th annual event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. 100-year-old Live Oaks, open green lawns and casual breezes from the Currituck Sound make for a perfect location.  The event features the unique talents of quality artists and artisans with a wide variety of beautiful art and vibrant crafts. Local food concessions will be available, and a silent art auction will be conducted that benefits Whalehead.  Admission is FREE for everyone. Visitors are welcome to bring along the beach blankets and chairs to relax and enjoy the scene after perusing the goods. A unique experience that showcases some of the best arts and crafts that the Outer Banks region has to offer, this festival serves as a great opportunity to pick up some local treasures that are truly one-of-a-kind. Check out this annual event by the sound in Corolla!

 

Yoga in the Park

Whalehead in Historic Corolla Park
Tuesday mornings at 7:30 AM,  June 12th – September 18th

Whether you need a good long stretch after being in the car or a chance to escape the craziness, this class has just what you need. Every session includes guided meditation to re-center you, breath OBX Yoga in the Park, Corollawork to calm you and a series of seated and standing postures to make you feel like your best self.  Join Yoga Instructor, Jennifer Spore, outdoors in front of Whalehead overlooking the sound on Tuesday mornings at 7:30 am for an All Levels, 60 minute Yoga class – FOR FREE! Just bring a yoga mat, beach towel or tapestry, plenty of water and sun protection. In the event of rain or inclement weather, classes will be canceled. Must be 13 years or older and accompanied by an adult to participate. Register by phone or in person by the Monday before the class. Please contact a Whalehead Staff Member at 252-453-9040 to register. Hours of Operation are Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM. Classes are limited to 30 participants, so make sure to register early! You may drop in the day of class and participate if the max class size has not been reached.  Parking is available at the restroom facility, located beside the Whalehead building.

 

Whalehead Wednesdays

Join Sanctuary Vineyards, Vineyards on the Scuppernong and the Weeping Radish Brewery for local wine and beer tastings in the breathtaking and peaceful setting of Historic Corolla Park. Enjoy live music and family friendly activities every Wednesday from May 30th to September 12th. Upon admission, you can sip on samples of featured wines in a take-home souvenir wine glass. Bring your chair, blanket and the entire family (pets on a leash are also welcome!) to enjoy local live music while the beautiful sun sets over the Currituck Sound! Local food will be available for purchase. Whalehead Wednesdays are free for non-drinking adults and children. 

 

Lighthouse 5K Running Series

Whalehead in Historic Corolla Park
Wednesday, June 27th 2018, 8:00 AMCorolla Lighthouse OBX

Lace up your running shoes and see the sights. Add the fun of a run and fitness to your vacation by joining a Summer morning 5k run/walk through the Historic Village of Corolla Light. Enjoy the sights of the Northern Outer Banks. Whalehead in Historic Corolla, Corolla Light and the magnificent Currituck Beach Lighthouse are all along the course. This is a family fun event touring the historic attractions of the Northern beaches of the Outer Banks! Custom designed trophies created especially for these events for the 1st place Male and Female winners and unique finisher medals to all participants. Enjoy a post- race Breakfast and Refreshments at the Finish line. Race Start/Finish in front of Whalehead in Historic Corolla. CLICK HERE FOR COURSE MAPS AND RACE START AT Whalehead in Historic Corolla

 

Kid’s Day in the Park

Historic Corolla Park
Every Thursday from June 28th to August 23rd, 10:00am to 4:00pm

This event will include children’s activities, a bounce house, and features a special children’s tour of Whalehead, the “Joan’s Way Tour,” as well as other fun and entertaining activities for the whole family.  The Joan’s Way Tour is a children’s audio tour that begins at 3:00pm. “Joan’s Way” is named for the daughter of the Whalehead owner’s valet. “Joan” takes children on a tour of the mansion describing what life was like when she was a child there in the 1920s.

The “Joan’s Way Tours” will start June 28th and run every Thursday through August 23rd from 3pm – 4pm. It will be a guided audio tour that will include a craft with the children.   For ages 6 – 12 years old.  The cost will be $5 per child with limited space for up to 30 children.

 

Corolla Festival of FireworksCorolla Festival of Fireworks

The 26th Annual Independence Day Celebration in Corolla will take place on July 4. There are many fun activities for family and friends. The event will kick off at 3pm with children’s games, activities, and food vendors. Live music starts at 5pm, followed by a spectacular fireworks show at dusk.Join the community in Historic Corolla Park to celebrate America’s independence July 4.

 

 

There are many fun events and activities for family and friends to enjoy in Corolla this summer. Whether it is the shopping, the historic landscapes, private beach access, or the wild horses that roam freely, Corolla is filled with high-end real estate property offering vacationers endless activities no matter the time of year. Whether you’re looking to relocate to the Outer Banks, looking to buy your second home or are here on vacation, be sure to check out more from Eillu – your Outer Banks Top Boutique Real Estate Team. Our commitment to proactively working together to bring you the best results is top priority for us. Also check out Eillu’s Facebook Page and keep up to date through our blog!

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Benefits of Buying Corolla Real Estate

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Buying Outer Banks real estate can be an extremely profitable and rewarding experience for families looking for a beach getaway. Choosing the right town on the Outer Banks to purchase your home can be the hard part. Each town has its own allure and amenities that make living and visiting the OBX so popular. One of the most popular towns is the northern beach town of Corolla. Corolla real estate provides many with the quintessential OBX town feel loved by so many. Learn why more families are choosing Corolla to purchase an OBX beach home more than ever!

Miles of Pristine Beaches

Let’s face it: the most alluring and desirable amenity the Outer Banks boasts is its untamed beaches. Corolla offers some of the most natural landscape left on the Outer Banks. Thanks to later construction and the miles of beaches preserved for the Corolla Wild Horses, Corolla has wide beachfronts that give you and your family plenty of room to enjoy the nature that you fell in love with.

Feel like You’re a Thousand Miles Away

Many who are looking for a beachfront home want the home to be their oasis away from the hectic lives on the “mainland” or their perfect retirement spot. As one of the towns farthest north on the Outer Banks, Corolla offers the peace and quiet you are looking for while still having access to necessities like groceries, shopping and restaurants.

Small Town Feel

Corolla provides the perfect location to be an active member of the community. Although thousands visit the town each year, the numbers that actually live in Corolla are drastically less. The town has a close-knit community of full-time residents who participate in area activities and programs to help promote Corolla, education and preservation of wildlife. If you’re looking for a slower-pace and friendly neighbors, Corolla is the perfect spot.

Excellent Rental Opportunity

Corolla has quickly become one of the most popular vacation towns on the Outer Banks. Owning a home in Corolla provides your family with the opportunity to enter a property management program and rent your home during periods where you will not be occupying the house. Corolla homes book extremely fast and often have families that become return renters each year to the home. This maximizes your return on investment and will enable you to quickly pay off your new OBX real estate.

Ready to search for your own slice of heaven? Contact Eillu’s team of real estate professionals who are ready to help today!

 

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Soundfront at Corolla Bay: The Outer Banks Exclusive, Intimate Upscale Community

 

Soundfront at Corolla Bay New Community Homes by Eillu

The Outer Banks has a variety of wonderful communities in which owning a home comes with a long list of various benefits. However, none can compete with all the luxuries that Soundfront at Corolla Bay has to offer.

The Soundfront at Corolla Bay is a lovely soundside community featuring 36 large, private soundfront and semi-soundfront homesites where homeowners marvel as the sun melts into the calming waters of the Currituck Sound. For starters, the peacefulness and secluded feeling within the community will have you feeling worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the island yet it is centrally located to everything historic Corolla Village has to offer, and just steps away from the Oceanside beach access.

Speaking of beach access – the choice is yours when it comes to walking or driving, and without having to worry about parking. Homeowners have easy access to guaranteed parking and a bath house directly at the beach access so you’ll never have to worry with fighting the crowd. For the vacation home owner, a waterfront location with easy access to one of the prettiest stretches of beach along the east coast makes for excellent income production potential. Every soundfront lot within the community also offers the option of having your very own private pier.

Lucky owners in The Soundfront enjoy a brand new, just completed soundside community pier with sidewalks leading the way from each homesite. Ospreys and bald eagles are just a portion of the surrounding nature and wildlife that can be seen on a regular basis, Soundfront at Corolla Bay New Community Homes by Eilluadding to the tranquility within while still having easy access to nearby shopping centers and a variety of local stores and restaurants for your pleasure.

 

Nearest Community to Planned Bridge

The mid-Currituck bridge is planned to land just to the south of the community to provide easy access for travelers or vacationers to the community. This bridge has been hotly debated for years. Clearly, it will provide quicker access to the Currituck Outer Banks from the Virginia area and for visitors from areas north of Virginia. Without the bridge, visitors need to travel further south and traverse north through Southern Shores and Duck before arriving to Corolla. The bridge can eliminate almost 40 miles of additional driving, so you will arrive to your home quickly.

Mid-County Currituck Bridge Plat

Low HOA fee

The Soundfront at Corolla Bay Homeowners Association fee is set at a low $1,000 annual rate. This allows for the maintenance and landscaping for all the common areas. Some of the amenities include the pier and gazebo but also sidewalks and streetlights.

 

 

Here at Eillu, we don’t think you should have to choose certain amenities over others when deciding which Outer Banks community is best for purchasing a home. That’s why we undoubtedly feel The Soundfront at Corolla Bay is the top choice without regrets. If you’d like to visit this luxurious community or have any questions, don’t hesitate to call or contact us at Eillu, your trusted Outer Banks Boutique Real Estate Team.

1013 Cruz Bay Lane Soundfront at Corolla Bay New Homes by Eillu

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Check out these 5 beautiful Homes by Eillu

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1013 Cruz Bay Lane, Corolla New Homes by Eillu

1013 Cruz Bay Lane
Corolla, NC

This lovely to-be-built home will have UNBELIEVABLE views from this semi-sound front location.  The Soundfront at Corolla Bay is an elegant intimate community located in the heart of Corolla.  Close to all shopping, restaurants and local attractions.

The home will be built with latest products & style and filled with smart home features. Great floor plan with 4 Bedrooms, 3½ Bathrooms, recreation room and a private pool.

Community offers sound front gazebo, pier, kayak launch ocean access with parking and more.  This fun beach home is perfectly suitable for a second home or a vacation rental.

 

1085 Hampton Street, Corolla New Homes by Eillu

1085 Hampton Street
Corolla, NC

This beautiful semi-soundfront home, currently under construction, is located in the award winning Corolla Light community in Corolla, NC.

This home is being built with the latest building products and filled with smart home features. Great floor plan with 4 Bedrooms, 4  Bathrooms, recreation room, garage, landscaping and a private pool.  

Corolla Light has one of the most extensive community amenities of any community in the Outer Banks.  You and your guests can use the tennis courts, swimming pools (indoor and outdoor), fitness center, basketball court, volleyball court, racquetball court, soundfront pier, trolley and more.

This home is only few minutes from the Currituck Lighthouse and the Whalehead Club.  Located in the heart of Corolla with Soundfront Oceanfront amenities. Close to all shopping, restaurants and local attractions. This fun beach home is perfectly suitable for a second home or vacation rental.

 

853 Seascape Court, Corolla New Homes by Eillu

853 Seascape Court
Corolla, NC

This beautiful New home is located in Monteray Shores, a centrally located community in Corolla. Home is being built with latest products & style and filled with smart home features. Great floor plan with 4 Bedrooms, 5 Bathroom, recreation room and a private pool. Community offers many amenities such as Tennis Courts, Community Pool, Clubhouse with lounge area, Basketball Court, Playground and Soundside Pier. Only few minutes from the Sound and the Ocean. Close to all shopping, restaurants and local attractions. This fun beach home is perfectly suitable for a second home or vacation rental.

 

 864 Ivory Court, Corolla New Homes by Eillu

864 Ivory Court
Corolla, NC

This beautiful semi-soundfront home, currently under construction, is also located in the central community of Monteray Shores in Corolla.

This home is being built with the latest building products and filled with smart home features. Great floor plan with 4 Bedrooms, 4  Bathrooms, recreation room, garage, landscaping and a private pool.  

The community offers many amenities such as Tennis Courts, Community Pool, Clubhouse with lounge area, Basketball Court, Playground and Soundside Pier. Only few minutes from the Sound and the Ocean. Close to all shopping, restaurants and local attractions. This fun beach home is perfectly suitable for a second home or vacation rental.

 

1257 Crystal Lake Court, Corolla New Homes bu Eillu

1257 Crystal Lake Court
Corolla, NC

This beautiful home is being built on a lot located in a quiet cul-de-sac on the sound side in Villages at Ocean Hill. Very close to the community amenities including a fitness center, tennis courts, playground, basketball court, ocean and Lakeside pools and pedestrian walkways throughout the community. Snack Bar is open in the summer and offers cold treats as well as beach equipment. The fitness center includes cardiovascular and combination equipment and free weights.

 

 

Home comes with 1 year Builders Warranty and 2 Year (years 2 & 3) CHOICE New Home Warranty.  If you find yourself falling in love with the Outer Banks like we did, don’t hesitate to call us! We are dedicated to making dreams become reality and happy to answer any and all questions you may have about Homes by Eillu. Don’t forget to check out all of Eillu’s featured listings.

 


You Haven’t Experienced Corolla Until You Partake in These Unique Community Activities

Corolla Wild Horse

Corolla is one of the best places to live and vacation on the Outer Banks. There is a variety of community activities in Corolla during the summer. Check out this list below and look for some unique events and activities for your family and friends to enjoy this summer!

Mustang Spring Jam

On May 20th, enjoy rock and roll, funk and blues at the Seventh Annual Mustang Spring Jam. The event will also feature various local vendors with tons of fun for everyone. The music festival starts at 12:30 p.m. at Mike Dianna’s Grill Room in Timbuck II Shopping Village in Corolla. The festival will feature five national touring bands playing nonstop live music from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Best of all, the proceeds benefit Corolla’s most precious asset, The Corolla Wild Horse Fund. Tickets for the event can be purchased online or at Trio in Kitty Hawk and Mike Dianna’s Grill Room in Corolla. Enjoy a day of fun and support Corolla’s wild horses!

Memorial Day Beach Blast

This Memorial Day weekend, you can gather up the family for a day filled with beach music and fun in the Historic Corolla Park. The event will run from 12pm to 5pm on May 27th in Corolla and is free for everyone. You don’t want to miss the opening performances by the new OBX band, Jeremy & the Generations, made up of favorite local Outer Banks artists! If you’ve gotten lucky enough to attend any weddings where they performed, then you know first-hand that Jeremy & the Generations are top notch, bringing the life to every party! Following the opening performances is funky headliner, The Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band from Clarkton, NC.  Bring your beach chairs, relax, dance and enjoy the fun by the sound in Corolla!

Whalehead Wednesdays

Join Sanctuary Vineyards, Vineyards on the Scuppernong and the Weeping Radish Brewery for local wine and beer tastings in the breathtaking and peaceful setting of Historic Corolla Park. Enjoy live music and family friendly activities every Wednesday from May 30th to September 12th. Upon admission, you can sip on samples of featured wines in a take-home souvenir wine glass. Bring your chair, blanket and the entire family (pets on a leash are also welcome!) to enjoy local live music while the beautiful sun sets over the Currituck Sound! Local food will be available for purchase. Whalehead Wednesdays are free for non-drinking adults and children. 

Under the Oaks Art Festival

On June 19th and June 20th, the annual Under the Oaks Art Festival will be held in the Historic Corolla Park at the Whalehead Club. The 17th annual event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. The event features a variety of beautiful art and vibrant crafts. Local food will be available, and an art auction will be conducted. Admission is free for everyone. Visitors are welcome to bring along the beach blankets and chairs to relax and enjoy the scene after perusing the goods. A unique experience that showcases some of the best arts and crafts that the Outer Banks region has to offer, this festival serves as a great opportunity to pick up some local treasures that are truly one-of-a-kind. Check out this annual event by the sound in Corolla!

Corolla Festival of Fireworks

The 26th Annual Independence Day Celebration in Corolla will take place on July 4. There are many fun activities for family and friends. The event will kick off at 3pm with children’s games, activities, and food vendors. Live music starts at 5pm, followed by a spectacular fireworks show at dusk. Join the community in Historic Corolla Park to celebrate America’s independence July 4.

Mustang Rock & Roast

Two North Carolina culinary favorites will be celebrated on October 13th and October 14th at the inaugural Mustang Rock & Roast. Enjoy lots of music, oysters and barbecue from 2pm-10pm each day. The event will feature an outdoor oyster roast, pork barbecue cook-off and nonstop live music on the main stage from at least 12 national, regional and local performers, as well as student bands from the Mustang Outreach Program. Advance, day of show and special VIP tickets will be available for the inaugural Mustang Rock and Roast. The VIP tickets will provide the ultimate guest experience with upscale meals, beverage tickets and special event access. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund and the Mustang Outreach Program. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund protects, conserves, and responsibly manages the herd of wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs roaming freely on the northernmost Currituck Outer Banks. The Mustang Outreach Program supplements the cultural arts programs in local schools with world class music performances, residencies and mentoring programs.

 

There are many fun events and activities for family and friends to enjoy in Corolla this summer. For more information, contact Eillu, and we can help with your Outer Banks real estate questions. We hope you have an enjoyable time in Corolla this summer!

 

New Homes in Outer Banks


Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring Deserves a Place in Your New Home or Remodel

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Selecting flooring for your Outer Banks home should be a balance toward beauty and practicality.  One wants to have beautiful floors but they should also be easy to take care of so you can get the most enjoyment out of your vacation home.  Frequently guests may not take precautions to preserve hard wood or laminate floors by tracking sand in or leaving wet towels around.  You want your guest to enjoy their time in your home without having to worry about fussy building materials.

The LifeProof luxury vinyl tile delivers on both beauty and practicality.  If you have ever wished for life proof flooring, your wish has come true.  While “lifeproof” is also the brand name that Homes by Eillu uses, the tough product looks great, is easy to install and stands up to the wear and tear in even heavy traffic areas.  It is ideal for homes with pets and children where messes can be an everyday occurrence.

Homes by Eillu has installed these luxury vinyl tiles on several homes we have developed in exclusive Corolla, NC Communities.  Potential buyers have responded favorably and often times believe the floors to be wood.  The owners of our new homes, have appreciated how well the floors have performed and how easy they are to care for – even years after installation.

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The product is water proof so it is great for bathroom and kitchen installations where requiring water proof flooring is a necessity.  It is also ideal for a basement or game room applications near a pool area; where visitors will often track in water and wet bathing suits.  I would also recommend it for the laundry room flooring, where in the event of a leak or accident, the flooring will not be ruined.

Residential installations come with a lifetime warranty.  The lifetime warranty means you may tire of it or styles may change before the product wears out. 

Removing the product in the future is simple.  The planks lock together and are installed without glue or any adhesive.  You simply just lift and un-snap to remove.

Each plank is about 7mm thick with the foam underlayment backing included with each plank.  The flooring snaps together with a tongue and grove that hides any seams.  It is easy enough for a DIY person to install but some have commented that you need to get the feel of the angle to snap the product together. 

The floor “floats” over existing floor coverings like tile, cement or plywood.  So, for remodeling projects, the old floor does not have to be removed.  This saves time and money weather you are doing it yourself or have hired a professional for your remodeling project.

Home Depot carries this brand of flooring and there are several colors and finishes to choose from.  There are wooden oak colored finishes in warm tones and weathered gray tones.  There are also stone finishes to choose from.  Some finishes are available in store and some require ordering online.

The flooring is manufactured into planks that are 47.6 inches long and either multi-width or 8.7 inches wide.  The cost is from $2.79 to $2.99 per square foot; a box will cover between 19 to 20 sf.  The stone finish is available in 16 inch width by 32 inch lengths. 

There is a closed-cell foamed PVC core that is lightweight and easy to handle but strong and rigid once installed.  PVC is polyvinyl chloride which is usually used in commercial or institutional settings with high traffic. 

The flooring is a breeze to maintain and only requires a simple sweeping, vacuuming or a damp mop to keep it looking good.  The material is treated with an inhibitor to resist stain and odor causing mold or mildew both on the vinyl top layer and the foam underlayment. 

The wood graining in the product has a warm and realistic look.  The foam underlayment makes it softer to walk on and quieter when walked upon. 

Luxury vinyl tile has a texture that mimics wood or stone with deeper embossing to provide a very realistic look and feel.  The polyurethane top layer provides protection from scratching or gouging.  The embossing and texture on the tile provides traction and is not slippery in damp conditions.

Some color selections are included below:

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There are several manufacturers of luxury vinyl tile.  The colors, textures and design for each will vary as well as the price for each. 

You can see the diverse patterns, colors, textures available with luxury vinyl tile on this Pinterest page.  You can select a quality product by picking one made with a thicker layer of materials. 

Luxury vinyl flooring is more forgiving then laminate flooring.  Laminate flooring is very susceptible to damage from water, humidity and higher moisture content.  So, vinyl is better suited for kitchen and bathroom applications where water or spills are likely to happen.

Luxury vinyl flooring is also more forgiving in a remodeling environment where the subfloor may not be perfectly smooth.  In these applications, laminate flooring may break or crack while vinyl will be more flexible.

Homes by Eillu is proud to provide our buyers with high quality products and the most generous warranties for our new homes and the products within.  We have tested and sourced products to provide utility for the long term.  Your primary home or vacation home should be a place to relax and not have to worry about unnecessary maintenance. 

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