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Building vs Buying Your Tampa Bay Home

Family moving into new houseAfter a long trend of the housing market plummeting, it is bouncing back all over the country and Tampa Bay is no exception.

Now is the time to invest in owning a home.

There are many things to consider but the biggest, aside from the actual purchase, is building vs buying a home.

The Tampa housing market continues moving up, yet remains very affordable compared with other parts if the country. Now is a great time to invest.

So, do you build or buy?Read More »

Custom Building Your Dream High-Tech Home

high-tech home buildingA comfortable high-tech home in this day and age goes way farther than having a pool, four bathrooms, a hot-tub and a three-car garage. These days, comfort is defined by technology and convenience. The latest homes incorporate cutting edge technology, right from the design and construction phase, to make life so much more comfortable and rewarding.

And you deserve it all.

If you live in Pinellas County, especially the Clearwater and Tampa areas, here is your introduction to high-tech home building and bringing the ultimate in personalized lifestyle convenience to your residence.

Why Build a High-Tech Home?

First, to have the lifestyle you love, the way you want it. Technology is part of modern life, all day, every day. Bind it all Read More »

Best Colors for Spring and the Best People for the Job

best colors for springBest Colors for Spring and the Best People for the Job

Spring is a great time for homeowners to paint their homes because of the good weather in the season. This means fewer disruptions and issues during this time, while also having the right conditions to see which colors look best for your home.

Getting Started: Advice from Professionals

Painting a home is not as easy as you think. It has its own unique skills to be accomplished thoroughly and correctly, and this is why professionals can be very helpful.

From selecting the kind of paint and theme that suits your home to choosing the right equipment and preparing your home for spring painting, the professionals’ job is to help you and take the weight off your shoulders.Read More »

Go West: Some Classic Style Home Designs to Keep You Cool

There are so many home designs out there, both traditional and contemporary, it can be overwhelming to choose exactly what style you’d like your building contractor to create for you. Fortunately, what you have on your side is the freedom to choose from any number of classics.

Go West: Three of the Most Popular Home Designs

building contractorChoosing from among some of the most popular and practical home styles for warm weather locales can be as easy as…1, 2, 3!

  1. Mission Style (or Spanish Mission) – These homes feature stucco walls, exposed rafters, and rounded tile, gabled roofs with parapets. Look for the use of round arched doors, windows and porches, and heavy squared piers with slanted sides. (Square or rectangular masonry or wood piers support a building, carrying the weight of it down to the ground). Square towers and a full-width one-story porch areRead More »

Popular Ideas for Media Rooms

room additionsA home theater or media room is a great concept if you’re looking into the option of room additions for your home. Imagine a deluxe space where you can kick back with friends and family and go totally high-tech to boost the entertainment value. Think abundant, ultra-comfy built-in seating and soft cinema lighting.

When planning for your very own top-notch media room, here are just some of the features and amenities you’ll want to include to make it fit the bill:

  • Media Servers & Digital Video Recorders – For true multi-media versatility, don’t be limited to movies only. Incorporating a media server and tying in a powerful PC means access to personal photos and slideshows, home videos and even YouTube clips and games. With a digital video recorder (also known as TiVo or DVR), you can have your favorite TV shows on tap, as well.
  • High-tech Wiring – The latest high-tech gadgets require the correct and proper grade wiring.  Voice and data require a particular category, while video needs another. A professional electrician can expertly install exactly what is needed, and your construction andRead More »

Tips for Building Classic Custom Homes in Florida

custom home builderIf you are looking to build a classic home in Florida, you need to understand this particular architectural style in order to achieve that classical element in your home. It may seem easy at first, seeing as you can find these types of homes almost everywhere, but really, it isn’t that simple. Building this style of home is definitely possible, but what would make the process much easier is if you obtain the help of custom home builders with experience in this type of architectural design.

Zero in on the Details with a Custom Home Builder’s Advice

In addition to hiring a trusted local custom home builder, there are a number of things to consider in preparing for the project. Having a professional team on board will beRead More »

Create Comfort and Elegance with a Design Build Villa Home

There are few design schemes more down-to-earth and gracious than the classic, Spanish-inspired villa. In fact, Spanish villas have become so popular in warmer climates that many gorgeous design build projects in Florida revolve around this hugely successful concept for custom home architecture.

If you’re ready to hire a talented design build company to create your very own Spanish-style villa, here are some great ideas to help get you in the mood for that incomparable Old World look and feel, inside and out.

The Inside Scoop on Design Build Villa Interiors

design buildFor interior design, focus on warm earthy colors for floors and walls. Authentic Spanish villas usually use terracotta hues, which range from sand to brick red, in almost every room. These areas can be beautifully blended with cooling whitewash wall finishes that set off artwork, such as woven tapestries, echoed by lush area rugs in complementary tones.

To get the earthy and vintage look typical of classic Spanish design, partner authentic terracotta tiles with wooden finishing. Warm woods are essential materials for Spanish villas; the combination of wood and ceramic exudes a down-to-earth look that is both elegant and rustic.Many decorators recommend Read More »

Features for Luxury New Homes in Clearwater, Florida

luxury homesClearwater, in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, is a very accessible 20 miles from Tampa International Airport and an ideal area to site luxury new homes. What a treat to live year round in this gorgeous destination spot, which features miles of white sand and sparkling blue waters, marinas, great restaurants, nightlife and plenty of other attractions. Clearwater offers something for everyone, from families with children of all ages to couples young and old. If you are looking for the ideal permanent or supreme getaway living space, consider the lure of luxury new homes in this dynamic area.

Luxury homes bring you a no holds barred approach to creating your personal paradise, especially if you have good custom home builders on board with the talent, skills and experience to bring you just what you want, indoors and out. Owning luxury homes in Clearwater, Florida has even more to offer. Not only will you have the house of your dreams, but one situated in an enviable location where sunny skies and beautiful beaches abound.

Fitting Features for Luxury Homes

When hiring a reliable and innovative company that builds luxury homes, think deluxe. Remember that with the expert help andRead More »

Concepts for a Futuristic Home by a Custom Home Builder

Futuristic Home by a Custom Home BuilderThe idea of a truly modern, futuristic living space is a subjective concept and means different things to different people. If you envision a fully automated structure of cold and impersonal glass and steel, think again. You don’t have to be the Jetsons to live in a house that’s considered futuristic. Owning the house of the future may be more attainable and straightforward than you imagine.

Decide what the definition of a futuristic home means to you personally. Is it high tech and equipped with sophisticated gadgets, or a more natural structure, built with especially eco-friendly materials? You may prefer toRead More »

Benefits of Custom Home Design

Benefits of Custom Home DesignIf your idea of a dream home is one that incorporates only the features that you admire and truly wish for, why waste time poring over predictable, generic layouts of houses that could be “designed” for almost anyone? Most likely, they won’t be close to what you’re seeking. It’s just plain frustrating to look at floor plans and other spec details without finding one that matches the real needs and preferences of you and your family.

There is an unmatched sense of gratification and achievement in owning a house that you and your family helped to design. Once you’ve decided that this is the route for you, find an experienced and reputable company that specializes in great custom home design services and you’re all set to begin the adventure.

Experts Make Custom Home Design a Breeze

Sure, there are plenty of competitive contractors in the house construction market, but truly commendable custom home design takes a good deal of extra talent and know-how. By hiring a proven and experienced custom home design builder, you’ll be able to work with a professional architect and entire team of designers and craftsmen who will help youRead More »

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