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Custom Home Refuge in Lake Toxaway

  Located in Lake Toxaway, NC, this custom home, “Toxaway Refuge,” serves as a getaway for our clients – and not just from the hustle and bustle of the city. For years, the homeowners had been retreating with their family to the mountains of western North Carolina, often as their refuge from hurricanes bound for…


2023 Western NC Parade of Homes

Morgan-Keefe Builders is excited to announce its participation in the 2023 Western NC Parade of Homes! Morgan-Keefe’s Modern Mountain Update and Walnut Cove Contemporary Remodel will be featured in the Renewed Spaces category. While MKB is more than 40 years old, the company is proud to promote its newer Renovation department, started in 2018. The…

Photo of Malcolm and Kevin in front of a duplex renovation in 1981

The Journey to Now

A history of Morgan-Keefe Builders from 1980 to 2023, including a letter from one of their first homeowners   Between studying economics and psychology in the late 70’s, Malcolm Morgan and his buddy Kevin Keefe would pick up building projects. A deck here, a new screened porch there. Some remodeling. After Malcolm graduated from UNC…

Interior sitting room with fine wood details and a wall of windows

Remodel or Build New?

Three Ways to Decide the Best Choice for You in Today’s Housing Market   The housing market in Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina is hot. In fact, hot may not be a strong enough word to describe the demand these areas are experiencing. Greenville, South Carolina and the surrounding areas are in high…


Your Preferred Lake Keowee Home Builder

You’ve heard the buzz. You’ve made your decision. It’s time to find a Lake Keowee home builder to make your dreams a reality. Choosing the right custom home builder is the key to building a home that stands the test of time. Homes built on Lake Keowee become legacy homes where memories are made and…

Downtown Greenville, SC

Where We Build: Greenville, South Carolina

Chances are you’ve heard of Greenville, South Carolina. Whether it was in a major travel publication or in a “Best Places to Live” headline, this once unknown Southern town has become quite the hot spot. Greenville, aptly coined “yeah THAT Greenville” by the local tourism office, thanks to the numerous cities in the United States…

MKB home overlooking The Cliffs at Walnut Cove

Where We Build: The Cliffs Communities

Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina have many communities in which to build a Morgan-Keefe work of art custom home. Both regions include proximity to the seven exclusive club communities that make up The Cliffs communities. Morgan-Keefe Builders is honored to be a preferred builder for The Cliffs communities, located minutes to Asheville, NC,…

Morgan-Keefe builders pay close attention to craftmanship

Where We Build: The Ramble Biltmore Forest

The Ramble in Asheville, NC is a community “built on the foundational elements of Craftsmanship, Lifestyle, and Location.” It is a master-planned Biltmore Farms community. The Ramble Biltmore Forest is known as “a beautiful way to live.”   We certainly agree with The Ramble Biltmore Forest’s description of their community and property. At Morgan-Keefe Builders, we are proud to…


A Modern Mountain Home Connected to Nature

High up in the treetops in South Carolina, you’ll find a modern mountain home like no other. Modern Mountain Tranquility is one of Morgan-Keefe Builders’ most recent custom home works of art. It is located in The Cliffs at Mountain Park community. One of seven Cliffs Communities in the Carolinas, The Cliffs at Mountain Park…


How to Design Your Dream Kitchen

You’ve heard it said the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s the place where friends and family gather, and it’s often the most functional room in a home. For many homeowners, connecting with their family happens in the kitchen on a daily basis. It’s where you brew your coffee as you begin your…


A Deeper Dive into the Home Building Process

Much of the home building process takes place before any dirt is moved. This process can vary based on whether you are building an entirely custom home or working with a semi-custom home plan. Whichever you choose, Morgan-Keefe Builders’ (MKB) attention to detail and focus on quality craftsmanship is the same across the board. We…

A slate floored, covered patio with a view makes the experience of living in the Blue Ridge Mountains all the better.

Living in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Living in the Blue Ridge Mountains is an experience like nowhere else. Whether you’ve heard about them in a song, or you’ve seen them majestically showing off in a travel magazine photograph, the Blue Ridge Mountains are unmistakable. Nestled across eight states from Georgia to Pennsylvania, the namesake mountains actually appear blue to the naked…


Beat the market. Discover the benefits of a custom home.

It’s no secret to anyone searching for a home these days that inventory is limited. If you are watching the local real estate markets in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina, you are especially familiar with this phenomenon. Locally, real estate agents and builders are reporting record sales and reduced inventory. Compared to this…

2020 Thanksgiving Reflections

2020 Thanksgiving Reflection

Reflecting on 2020 Thanksgiving Blessings When 2020 began we could not have predicted that we would be celebrating our 40th anniversary amidst the changes that have taken place since COVID-19 entered our country. This year has certainly been a challenging year for many. However, the month of November brings with it the season of Thanksgiving…

Preventative Home Maintenance helps keep your home like a work of art.

Home Maintenance can Preserve Your Masterpiece

Whether you plan on wintering in your home or enjoying the sunshine further south, fall is the perfect time to consider your preventative home maintenance plan. Your home is your biggest and most personal investment. This is why Morgan-Keefe includes our Home Care Program as the last step of the home building process. Even if…

MKB new brand reflects our elevated commitment to elegance and luxury home builds.

MKB Rolls Out a New Brand

A New Brand to Better Reflect the Luxury Homes We Build. Over the past few weeks and months, we have been working on a little project and now, it’s complete! Morgan-Keefe Builders is excited to reveal our uplifted logo and brand to the public and share a little more about the process. Our new modern, simplistic…

Earthquakes in WNC may not happen often but making sure you have a good foundation will help.

Earthquakes in WNC

Is your home’s foundation secure enough for an earthquake? Earthquakes in WNC might be rare but they do occur. In August 2020 a rare 5.1 magnitude earthquake hit the North Carolina piedmont and many residents were left wondering what effects, if any, the earthquake, or aftershocks would have on their home’s foundation. The good news…

Installing Solar on your home is a cost effective method for reducing energy costs.

Installing Solar on Your Custom Built Home

Installing solar on your custom built home or your existing home can be overwhelming and seem expensive. But installing solar panels doesn’t have to be difficult if you work with knowledgeable staff. They will help you to understand all of your options. In the summer of 2020, Asheville-based solar panel company SolFarm began installing a full…

MKB Homes to be featured in Peter Millar Fall Catalog 2020.

MKB Homes to be Featured in Peter Millar Catalog

Morgan-Keefe Builders is excited to host multiple, full-day photoshoots this June at two of their stunning homes for the Peter Millar men’s Fall 2020 Catalog. Peter Millar is a high-end clothing company that embodies luxury, elegance and a dedication to superior craftsmanship. The brand was founded in 2001 with a single cashmere sweater; today, the company has…

Accurate estimating starts with detailed planning, even with semi-custom home plans.

Announcing Semi-Custom Home Plans by MKB

Morgan-Keefe Builders has always been a premier builder partner for some of Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina’s finest luxury gated communities. To expand on our craftsmanship, expertise, and our detail-oriented building process, we are proud to announce a collaborative effort with some of our architectural partners and premier gated communities for luxury, semi-custom…

The Importance of Estimating

The Importance of Estimating

Elaine here! Continuing our #theMKBLife in estimating, today I share why we prioritize the estimating phase of every budget. The fun of shopping and making selections has a price tag. Sometimes that price tag is worth the money; other times it is not. There are times when the smallest detail can make a huge difference…

Think through your home office space when you are in the planning phase of construction.

Creating Your Home Office Space

Over the past month, many of us have found ourselves working from home. For some, this may feel normal, but for others, you might be scrambling. At MKB, we’ve had a lot of experience crafting beautiful, functional home offices and want to share that experience with you to help create a workspace that is both…

Morgan-Keefe COVID-19 Statement

Morgan-Keefe Builders COVID-19 Statement

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the developing recommendations from the CDC, WHO, and mandates from local and state governments, we want to assure our clients that Morgan-Keefe Builders is strictly adhering to these orders and doing our part to practice social distancing. So, what does that mean for our business? MKB is still…


An Oasis in Balsam Mountain Preserve

Located in Balsam Mountain Preserve, Cliff Haven is a beautiful, custom-built oasis, fit for every season. The Morgan-Keefe-built home features an intentional floor plan that mindfully includes the incorporation of the beautiful outdoor vistas. Two sets of bi-fold doors open fully to include the porch as an additional living space, making it perfect for entertaining…


The Joys of Building with Morgan-Keefe

Since 1980, we have worked with hundreds of clients to realize their luxury, dream homes and to create the joys of building with Morgan-Keefe with every client. Not only are we committed to building homes of excellent quality, but we are dedicated to providing exceptional customer service as well. We have worked hard to build…

Tolles begins season in Morocco.

Tolles begins season in Morocco

Nearly three months ago, Hendersonville’s Tommy Tolles had one of his best finishes for the PGA Tour Champions circuit, as he ended up tied for third at the Invesco QQQ Championship, which was the semifinals of the Schwab Cup Championship. Tolles, who had three top-five finishes last year, begins 2020 ranked 25th on the PGA…

Celebrating 40 years in business.

Celebrating 40 Years of Building Artful Living

In 1980, Malcolm Morgan (and then partner Kevin Keefe) took their joy for building custom homes and created Morgan-Keefe Builders. Since that day, Malcolm has assembled a team of skilled professionals and dedicated craftspeople who specialize in constructing luxury homes that mirror classic works of art. In 2020, Morgan-Keefe Builders celebrated their 40th anniversary. Over…

Accurate estimating requires proper planning.

Accurate Estimating vs. Ballpark Estimating

You’ve dreamed of building your ideal home in the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ve been on Pinterest and pinned all sorts of home ideas for every room; but, now you need to know how much it’s actually going to cost. You know how many square feet you want and even have a few ideas about materials. So you…

Building a Lakeside home starts with Morgan-Keefe Builders.

Things to Know Before Building a Lakeside Home

Upstate South Carolina is growing in popularity as more and more people become aware of all this area has to offer. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this stunning location features mild climate year-round, endless wildlife to explore, and most importantly, beautiful lakeside living. So why has lakeside living become so popular…

Partnering with Morgan-Keefe starts with us hearing your dream home vision.

Partnering with Morgan-Keefe Builders

Building your dream home is something that most people anticipate for a very long time. It is a monumental event in one’s life. That’s why it is so important to choose the best building partner to craft your vision. At Morgan-Keefe, we prioritize having a close and enjoyable relationship with all of our clients, as…


Morgan-Keefe Home Featured in Carolina Home + Garden Magazine

Morgan Keefe is proud to announce that Stemwinder Camp has been featured on the cover of Carolina Home + Garden! This unique 4,500-square-foot home located in Balsam Mountain Preserve sits atop a 4,500-feet-high ridge line boasting views of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Smoky Mountains. The light monochromatic styling of the house is complemented…


Enjoy Upstate South Carolina

A rich cultural nightlife, the peace and serenity of living by the water, breathtaking views, 5-star restaurants for miles… From Greenville to Lake Keowee, Upstate South Carolina has quickly become a regional and national destination to live. If you’re considering relocating to Upstate South Carolina, there are a few things that you should know, especially if you’ve…


Laying the Groundwork for Your Home

The image of sitting on your back porch and looking out over the gorgeous Western North Carolina mountains at sunset is a beautiful site. It’s the end result of building a custom home in the mountains – but what about the journey to get there? Building a home in the Blue Ridge Mountains can be…

NanaWall glass doors easily retract to open up entertaining spaces and bring the outdoors in.

Seamless Outdoor Living to Match Your Home

You’re dreaming of your new home, nestled in a woodland nook of the Western North Carolina Mountains. It’s pristine, exactly as you had envisioned it, and you feel perfectly at home. Do you feel that same sense of comfort and joy in all of your outdoor living spaces as well? You’ve spent so much time…

Smart homes offer many conveniences and efficiencies for your build.

Smart Homes Are The Future of Living

Residential living is evolving and smart homes are becoming standard in the industry. At MKB, we have begun to integrate smart elements into our building processes as they allow for more energy efficient and environmentally-sustainable homes. However, smart homes also help residents live a smoother and more seamless life in the comfort of their own space.…


The Face of WNC’s Preferred Builders

Capital at Play recently featured Morgan-Keefe Builders in a segment titled, 2018 Faces of Enterprise. It showcases successful businesses who started small, but have grown and are now giving back to the economy and the community. We are honored to have been positioned as “one of the most respected home builders in Western North Carolina and upstate South…


A Kitchen Created for Togetherness

Fine Homebuilding Magazine has recently showcased the Black Dog Farm kitchen in their 2018 Kitchen and Baths issue! Designed by the talented Samsel Architects and brought to life by Morgan-Keefe Builders, these experienced professionals have demonstrated their dedication to creating a work of art that is perfectly in line with the client’s vision. The homeowners envisioned a centralized kitchen…


Hickory Homestead Featured in Asheville Citizen Times

The Asheville Citizen Times recently featured Hickory Homestead, an original Morgan-Keefe Builders home on their website. The Balsam Mountain Preserve home, loved and inhabited by Bobbye and Ken Bowdon, is a magnificent, one-of-a-kind design nestled at an elevation of 3,800 feet in the Western North Carolina Mountains. The Bowdons chose Balsam Mountain Preserve due to its peaceful…


MKB Introduces Custom Remodeling

Whether you’ve been living in your home for several years or simply want to add on to it, it could be time for you to consider custom remodeling to meet your life needs. There are so many reasons to elevate the place where you rest, relax and rejuvenate. Perhaps you’ve had your second child and…

Southcliff's Featured Builder program offers vetted builders for their gated community in Fairview, NC.

MKB Named Southcliff’s Newest Featured Builder

Morgan-Keefe Builders takes pride in curating local relationships with the area’s premier building artisans and private mountain communities. MKB is excited to announce our latest partnership, with Southcliff, an award-winning, gated, mountain community located on the south face of Cedar Cliff Mountain, just 10 minutes from downtown Asheville, NC. With home elevations ranging from 2,500 to…


Willow Oak

The Willow Oak is a newly proposed mountain rustic elegant design semi-custom home plan created by Wright Design and to be built by Morgan-Keefe Builders. An open floor plan with a kitchen/island flows elegantly into the dining and great room. Sit next to the fireplace on the large screened porch and enjoy the mountain views…

Building a Lakeside home starts with Morgan-Keefe Builders.

Creating Cove Acres

Cove Acres is the lake retreat of our dreams. Located in West Union, SC, Morgan-Keefe Builders had the pleasure of building the main home a few years ago. As the home owner’s family expanded, they felt their lake house should too! This stunning contemporary craftsman home is the ultimate family retreat with the main house…

Burnham Woods is a mountain ranch style home and our newest project completed.

Building Burnham Woods

Seeing the vision for a custom home is one thing, bringing it to life is another, and Morgan-Keefe Builders is an expert at both. The owners of Burnham Woods were no strangers to building a custom home. Having previously built a custom home west of Asheville, the opportunity to build closer to in-town conveniences arose…

Black Dog Farm Recent Completion Blog Post

Carolina Home + Garden Front Cover

Morgan Keefe is proud to announce that Black Dog Farm has been featured on the cover of Carolina Home + Garden! Though hardly reined in size-wise at 7,400 square feet, this modern equestrian estate in Mill Spring boasts a six-bedroom, six-and-a-half bath residence constructed with almost no disturbance to the land. The freshly minted Black…

Mountain Views are perfect from this open floorplan kitchen and dining room

Mountain Views from Sunrise to Sunset

Recently featured in the Asheville Citizen Times, this luxury custom home built in the Balsam Mountain Preserve community is truly a work of art. If you were to sit from dawn to dusk in the great room of the Stemwinder Camp house, you could watch the sunrise over the mountains on your left and see…

Tolles and Morgan take to the gold course

Tolles, Morgan Make a Strong Pair

Tommy Tolles knows exactly what he wants from a caddie, and his long-time friend Malcolm Morgan fits the bill. Tolles, the former PGA Tour pro from Hendersonville who walked away from competitive golf more than 10 years ago, has returned with a bang this spring on the Champions Tour. In his first full year on…

Black Dog Farm made the Carolina Home + Garden cover

Black Dog Farm Featured in the Contemporist

Morgan-Keefe Builders and Samsel Architects have collaborated to design and build the Black Dog Farm home with contemporary style and rustic charm. Situated in the small town of Mill Spring, North Carolina just outside of Asheville, this relaxing refuge is located in the NC countryside on a horse farm, featuring rolling pastures and beautiful mountain…

Black Dog Farm - Completed Project

Introducing Black Dog Farm

Morgan-Keefe Builders is excited to present a modern work of art, Black Dog Farm. Nestled in a mountain cove, 45 min from Asheville, NC, Black Dog Farm is a convergence of modern style and charming comfort. We hope you will enjoy browsing the Black Dog Farm’s gallery as much as we had building the home!…