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House Wrap Basics

As a custom home builder in Florida, some questions we get asked a lot are “When is the best time to build?” or “Should we build in the winter vs. summer because there is less rain?” While the latter question is typically true to our tropical weather, we build our houses preparing for worst case scenario – lots of rain.   After the early 2000s it was discovered that many buildings around the U.S had mold and usually with mold […]

Lead Testing

According to the CDC, more than 24 million homes in the U.S. have deteriorated lead paint and contaminated dust. In 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency implemented a Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule. This rule applies to homes, apartments, and children-occupied commercial facilities built before 1978. If your job requires more than 6 square feet interior or 20 square feet exterior paint or involves replacing any window, the contractor has an option for testing for lead. If it tests […]

Construction Tips – Foundation Height

Ask the builder what height above sea level will the finished floor of the home be. This should be clearly stated in the specifications of the home. All communities give minimum floor elevations that must be followed. Furthermore, you should always try to choose a homesite that will allow the floor of the home to be built well above the curb of the road. Find out exactly how much higher than the curb the proposed elevation is. You will never […]

FRAME WALLS VS. CONCRETE BLOCK

The traditional Florida home was concrete block and continued to be built more out of tradition than necessity. Recently, a large percentage of Florida homes are being constructed of wood frame. The wood frame home offers superior insulation properties and using pressure treated wood for the bottom plate provides minimal exposure to termites. The frame allows the builder to utilize more innovative glass and etc. The block still remains very popular and the cost of either alternative is about the […]

What is the cost of my project going to be?

One of the most frequent questions we receive is, “How much will a home cost per square foot?” This is a question that can only be answered after an architectural plan is selected, finishes such as flooring, cabinetry and trim work are chosen, and the home site has been evaluated. All of these elements will impact the cost per square foot of the home. As a general rule of thumb, the larger the home, the lower the cost per square […]