Things People Often Forget to Include in Their New Homes

There are thousands of details to include in the blueprints for your new house. Trying to envision your future home down to the last light switch can be really challenging. Most people remember obvious things such as pantry cupboards and front closets, but what about charger areas for phones? A gas connection for a BBQ outside? A pull-out garbage bin?

Today, we’ll cover some of the things you won’t want to forget in your new, custom-built home!

Don’t Forget These Items in Your New Home Design!

The following items are some of the most common details that people forget when they design their new homes: Read More

Most Common Unseen Damages from Hurricanes

Hurricanes are frightening natural disasters that pose a serious threat to our homes. While a majority of storm destruction is as plain as day, some forms of damage can go unseen. The most common forms of damage are very insidious, often resulting in extensive harm to your home if they go unnoticed. In this article, we’ll explain the most common types of damage caused by a hurricane that you might otherwise miss.

Damaged Shingles

Shingles aren’t just for looks; they protect your roof against the elements. High winds and stray debris can lift, damage, warp, and even tear away shingles from your roof during a hurricane. When this happens, your roof is exposed and vulnerable to damage. When your roof becomes damaged, you might start to find leaks, your electric bill may increase due to energy loss, and pests can enter the home. Read More

Create a Wish List Before Having a New Home Built

New Home Built When you’re looking to buy a brand new home, you probably have ideas about the neighborhood, lot size, number of rooms, square footage, layout, and other amenities. After all, custom-built home is a dream for many homeowners!

It’s all too easy to go wild when it comes to building your custom home. Unfortunately, you can quickly exceed your budget and extend your building schedule if you don’t go in with a plan. Like any project, you need to strategize to streamline the process.  Read More

Hurricane-Proof Your Home During Building

Hurricane-ProofIt is no secret that certain parts of America have been ravaged by hurricane after hurricane throughout history. They are devastating weather events that can take everything away from families overnight. Because of this, it is no surprise that at-risk residents want the best protection against hurricanes that they can afford. 

However, trying to hurricane-proof an existing home can be a difficult and expensive affair. Your best shot at reinforcing your home against hurricane damage is to do so during construction.  Read More

Top Custom Home Designs

Top Custom Home DesignsMany homeowners move to the Tampa area to seek out beautiful homes in a stunning setting. A home is a place of refuge, one that should perfectly suit your needs and tastes. That’s why more homeowners are turning to custom home designs to truly turn their home into a sanctuary.

Here are some of the top custom home design trends this year: Read More

Why Buying a Home is a Great Investment

You might see some investment gurus touting home buying as a “horrible investment.”

Are they right?

Maybe. If you’re looking at the term “investment” only in the sense of your money actively working to make you more money, then this may be true. Stock investments can make you much more cash. Generally, stocks see a 10% return – compared to the 3-4% seen in real estate.

However, if you’re looking at the term “investment” in a broader sense, the picture of a home as a great investment becomes much clearer.

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Buying Vs. Renting: What You Should Consider

Buying your first home is without a doubt one of the biggest financial decisions a person will make in their lifetime. Is buying a home right now the best decision for you?

There are many factors to consider when choosing whether to buy or rent; but, ultimately, your final decision should be based on whether you want more flexibility or stability.

If you’re unsure about which move is the right move, here is a list of considerations you should take into account before moving forward:  Read More

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

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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