FEMA has very specific regulations about homes that exist in a floodplain. This can affect you in a number of ways, especially if you don’t understand how it works. You may be paying far more for your home insurance than you need to, or you may be surprised when it comes time to do renovations – for FEMA will not allow you to do work on your home that costs more than 50% of its value. This is an important part of completed planning and is always one of our first questions when we start designing a home or planning a renovation. Read on for the Florida rules on renovating homes that are in a floodplain.Read More »
For most homeowners, the kitchen is the heart of the home. When it comes to your remodel, home addition or custom new home, it is likely the first interior element you will be designing. So where do you start? Here are some current kitchen trends that we LOVE, to help you get started with some inspiration.
If you live in Florida even a few weeks out of the year, you know what a paradise it is – endless sunny days, breathtaking sunsets, and soft sandy beaches. And while that beautiful sugar sand feels amazing between your toes, it can become a real liability when it starts to give way under the foundation of a home. Hence, a Floridian’s (and insurance adjuster’s) worst nightmare: Sinkholes.Before you start shuddering at the thought of your home being swallowed up by the earth, know this: there is an exact reason that a sinkhole occurs. Additionally, if you know how to spot the signs, you will be able to catch it before it becomes a serious problem. We recently completed a major sinkhole repair project in Largo, and we learned a lot! Here are a few things you should know about sinkholes.
Surprises are great – most of the time. We all love those unexpected moments for birthdays, anniversaries, and Valentine’s Day.
But when it comes to building or remodeling your home? The last thing you want during a custom home project is a long list of surprise charges after you’ve been given a price – also known as CHANGE ORDERS.
Unfortunately, many dishonest contractors have given Change Orders a bad rep because their modus operandi is to give their clients a low bid in order to be competitive, and then once they have the job, they “walk it up” with Change Orders. We’ve met many homeowners who were given a price for a remodel but when it was all said and done, they paid more than 75% of the original bid because of Change Orders for things the contractor had “forgotten” to include in his bid.
So how do you avoid these horror stories? There are two parts to this. Read on to find out how to avoid Change Orders on your custom home project.Read More »
When you’re building or remodeling your home, you’re not buying towels or dishes. In most cases, it’s one of the most costly purchases you’ve ever made. So when it comes to budget, you probably want to figure out the best places to save money right off the bat.
There are many parts and pieces to a renovation or a construction project, and many ways to save money. That’s the beauty of working with a qualified Design-Build company, as their professionals usually have years of experience on pricing and can guide you in the right direction on which design items to select to stay within your budget. We often save our clients thousands of dollars by finding them finishes and fixtures that still look good and are in keeping with their tastes, but are far less expensive than what they might find on their own, as a consumer.
When we sit down with our clients for their initial design consultation, there are five major areas we like to discuss before we proceed. These big-ticket items can make or break the bank when it comes to a custom home project, and the direction we take depends on finding that balance between budget and aesthetics. You have to decide – are these items so important to your custom home that you are willing to stretch your budget a little? Or does budget take priority? Is there a middle ground in any of these areas? These are all important aspects of the design and planning process.
Here are five places where you can sway your budget considerably on a custom home project:
In order to have successful home renovations, homeowners must choose contractors wisely. Inviting someone into your home requires trust. Asking someone to work on your home requires you to have comprehensive knowledge of the person and their staff.
To help you be happy with the outcome and achieve maximum return on investment, here are some things you need to know before hiring a home remodeling contractor.
Is The Company Licensed, Insured and Bonded?
To protect your liability when a company is working on your property, be sure it (and its entire team) is licensed, insured and bonded for their work. Leading contractors will have both Read More »
Anyone who’s made the mistake of winging it with respect to the design part of their home renovations probably won’t go that route again, or recommend it to anyone else. Sure, the quality of the actual construction is extremely important, as is the choice of good quality materials, but don’t forget that what will make or break the success of how all of that gets put together is paramount.
Make sure you hire a reliable builder who has a team with the creativity and ability to bring you professional home design services as part of what they offer.
Designer and Decorator: Which is Which?
A surprising number of people think that these two roles are pretty much the same or even identical, but that’s simply not the case. Though you’ll sometimes hear the terms “interior design” and “interior decorating” used interchangeably, they are in fact not the same profession. The fundamental differences are worth getting a handle on, especially if you’re in the market to use the skills of one or the other in the near future. Let’s compare theRead More »
If your home consists of two separate structures, a breezeway is a convenient and attractive way to make the connection. Breezeways are available in multiple styles and designs and materials, so you can achieve just the look you want to suit the architecture of your home.
Before adding a breezeway, consider the practical along with the visual characteristics of your home before construction before construction begins to ensure an attractive and functional match. To help you figure out the finer points for your beautiful breezeway, your first step should be to enlist the services of trusted and talented Florida remodeling contractors.
What is a Breezeway and What Are Its Benefits?
A breezeway is essentially an open passage with a roof that connects two buildings or structures together. Sometimes, it is used to connect two halves of a building. These passages are popular for Florida homes, providing welcome shade and wafting air on those especially hot days. Florida remodeling contractors areRead More »
When embarking on any kind of household renovations, it is important to choose the right remodeling contractors for your needs and to sit down with them to thoroughly discuss all of the ins and outs of the upcoming project.
Bring up what’s on your mind, clarify, and ask questions: it’s all an important part of the planning and preparation process. Failing to make the right inquiries and spell things out clearly ahead of time may affect your renovations adversely. For the best possible outcome and to avoid misunderstandings, here are a number of key points you need to discuss with your remodeling contractors.
- The Big ‘B’ for Budget: Before anything else, the first thing you need to establish with your remodeling contractors is a workable and realistic budget. Be specific about what work you want done and how much you’re willing to spend overall, so that the contractors can tell you exactly what is feasible. Ultimately you will sign a contract that states the cost of the work, plus a potential buffer for flexibility, should any modest unexpected expenses occur during the course of the renovations.
- Project Time Frames: Another thing that needs to be talked about, established, and included in the contract isRead More »
You have a great vision for your dream home, but need to pull it all together in terms of unique design and top quality construction. Make it all run smoothly and come to fruition by hiring skilled custom home builders who will listen to your needs. They can give you fresh input while incorporating the entire range of luxurious, tailor made features you imagine.
Advantages of Hiring Custom Builders
If you have a specific home design or layout in mind, good custom home builders will make it happen. Keep your dreams alive and an open mind and you’ll be delighted by the results.
- Any Design is Possible – Most home builders often have set designs ready, which you would have to choose from. The terrific thing about custom home builders is that they are flexible in accommodating the needs and wants of their clients. You can Read More »