Make the Most of Your Windows

Creating a home that you love takes time and attention. There are certain tricks that add a unique sense of atmosphere and comfort to your home, and if you master those tricks, you’ll have the home that everybody envies.

Strategically using natural light is one of these tricks. What better way to enjoy your windows than to invest in custom-built window seats that not only add character to your home, but also give you the perfect space for relaxation and reflection?

As you plan your custom home, be sure to give your window spaces the consideration they deserve.

A Quick Guide to Window Seats

You can craft a window seat in your home in so many different ways – your imagination is the limit.

Consider a window seat for sleeping by nestling the window seat deep into the wall. Make sure that it can extend enough into the room to double as a bed. Better yet, include built-in shelving at the head and food of the bed to make a true alcove. Not every home has room for this, but if you can manage it, you’ll have a truly unique room with a space to escape. Read More

What Can Crown Molding Do For Your Home?

You may be craving a way to refresh the look and feel of your home this holiday season. You don’t need to blow your entire project breathing a breath of fresh air into your home! Thanks to crown molding, it’s possible to revitalize your interior at a reasonable price. Here’s what you should know.

What is Crown Molding?
Crown molding is used as a graceful flare where the top of the wall meets the ceiling. It is made of plaster or wood to form a hollow triangle shape instead of sitting flat against the wall. This makes the creation and installation of crown molding more detail-oriented, since complex cuts are needed to form perfect corners with each surface that the molding touches. Read More

3 Tips to Constructing a Stunning Bathroom

Whether you are renovating your existing home or building a beautiful new custom property, carefully considering the design of your master bathroom will help you gain as much enjoyment as possible from that space. With the right design, your bathroom can be much more than the place where you shower and brush your teeth. It can become a luxurious oasis where you pamper yourself and get ready to face the day!

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Strategic Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value

Whether you plan to sell your home within the next year or not for another decade, you may find yourself mulling over the best ways to increase your home’s value quickly and efficiently. When most people think of strategies to boost resale value, they imagine large undertakings like a two-tiered deck, backyard pool, or finished basement, but the truth is that you can add more value to your home with these relatively simple and inexpensive ideas. Read More

Get the Most Out of Your Home Improvement Tax Breaks

Tax time is dwindling to a close, and whether that leaves you with a sense of relief or a sense of panic, it’s still important to ensure that you’ve taken everything into consideration. If you made any home improvements during 2016, you are most likely eligible for a few decent tax breaks that can make April 14 a bit less painful. This guide will help to lay claim to whatever Uncle Sam is offering.

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3 Important Roles of General Contractors

When it comes to construction projects, general contractors make the world go round. They are master organizers, planners, and builders who can orchestrate the many different tasks involved in construction.

Gather and Assess Bids

Using the example of building a new custom home, a general contractor is responsible for using his trusted network of subcontractors in the Tampa area to gather bids on the different components required for the home, from landscaping and plumbing to electric. Bids must be evaluated to find not simply the lowest price, but the best quality work within the allowed budget. Since a general contractor has a long history with many subcontractors, he can quickly identify which are credible enough to complete the job in a timely and quality manner. Read More

Is Timber Set to Replace Steel and Concrete in Commercial Construction?

20019343 - manager of a building site looking on a structureUntil the turn of the 20th century, timber played an enormous role in construction projects around our country, but through the 1900s the benefits of steel and concrete drew builders away from timber. Now timber is predicted to make a major comeback, especially in commercial construction, largely in thanks to fabrication techniques and connection engineering that makes sustainable construction with timber a reality. As more people view timber as a desirable architectural medium, construction is bound to experience a steady growth of timber projects. Read More

How to Build a New Home without Dipping into the Red

49813048 - builders on construction siteThe real estate market thrives on the buying and selling of homes that have already been lived in, which has its benefits and drawbacks. When you buy a home from another family, you’re not in control of any elements of the home’s structure or amenities, and you’ll likely be forced to give up one thing you really wanted (a large laundry room) for something else (a deck and patio). Building a new, custom-built home is the best solution because it gives you complete control over your future home and makes your investment completely worth it. With that said, the path to building a custom home is also riddled with financial pitfalls that you definitely want to avoid. Read More

The Right Insulation is Critical in Your Custom Home

home-insulationWhen you consider the elements of a house that make it feel like a home, furniture, decor, and natural lighting might all come to mind. But what about insulation? Your choice of insulation can actually make or break the comfort and performance of your home because your insulation system will control energy efficiency, air tightness, moisture management, and even acoustics.

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Read This Before You Buy a Vacant Lot

44441215 - vacant lot of weedIf you’ve always dreamt of finding your own perfectly situated plot of land and building your dream home on your private property, free from the rules and limitations of a Homeowner’s Association, then buying a vacant lot might be something you’re considering. While it’s possible that you can buy a vacant lot and enjoy a smooth ride until your home is constructed, it’s equally as possible that your vacant lot will be riddled with hidden problems and frustrating obstacles. Before you invest in any vacant lot, read these guidelines for advice. Read More