I Took a Working Vacation

Actually I just had a bunch of sick days and such that I had to use before the end of the year. There was a holiday and I will still have a few more than I must either use or lose. Things at the office have been too dramatic lately at any rate. People know there is going to be a shake up in the upper ranks of management and it makes everyone nervous. At any rate I fixed a broken shutters today. One of my kids was playing baseball in the front yard with his pals and someone hit a hard foul ball. It cracked two of the things that make up the shutters, I have no clue what they call them. At any rate I had a piece of wood the right size in the shed. I cut it into two pieces the right length and fit them into the shutter. Then I painted them the right color and put them in the shutter. It only took me a couple of hours and I was being patient.

I have plenty of other stuff that I need to do. I climbed up on the roof and cleaned off a little bit of debris, including a dead limb which fell on the house and scared everyone out of bed about a week ago. Then I trimmed the hedges and pressure washed the parts of the house that are not brick, around the windows and under the eaves. At least I got the parts that are easy to get at. It is a split level house and I really do not like climbing up a 20 foot extension ladder in the back. So the job I did back there was not exactly a top level job. I know a guy who … Read the rest ...

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Ordering New Shutters Will Transform My Home

I am not the type of person who will buy something from a company without doing some research first. I am not talking about a bottle of hair spray or a bag of candy. But, for bigger purchases, like plantation shutters, I am absolutely going to research the company because not all companies are reputable. I had seen some plantation shutters I really liked, and the person told me they got them from Orange County Shutters. I went online to find out more, and I liked everything that I read about this company. They have been in business for over 20 years, which is a testament of itself.

They also have a slew of satisfied customers who have left happy review after happy review. That is also important because the best judge of something is other people who are also familiar with it. What topped it off for me though is that they have won awards for several years now for their workmanship.… Read the rest ...

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New Home Construction Terms and Residence Types

New Home Construction Terms and Residence Types

New Home Community

A new house community can be a community of homes that can be being built brand new. Any homeowner relocating to some new home community could be the first owner of their residence. New home communities are now and again called subdivisions. Within a new house community, several building companies may contribute, leading to homes using some architectural sizes and designs.

Master Planned Community

A master-planned community is a unique inside fact that the housing community comes with a wider spectrum of amenities than almost every other housing communities. Master-planned communities usually offer fitness and recreation amenities, but can also include onsite stores, restaurants, and schools. Master-planned communities generally occupy a greater plot of land as well as include walking trails, lakes, golf courses, and ponds.

Single-Family Home

Also termed as a single-detached dwelling, a single-family house is a free-standing residential building that’s not attached to another residence. Most single-family homes are placed with a parcel slightly greater than your home, creating a privately owned yard. Single homes are normally seen in suburbs, subdivisions, and master-planned communities. An owner of a single-family house can make any renovations or expansions to their home as it is privately owned after they will comply with regulations dependant on the state of Hawaii or homeowner association.


Townhomes are homes which are that come with other homes on either side but generally do not have a residence above or below them. Townhomes are often multiple story dwellings with two stories. Townhomes are generally observed in cities and suburbs. Each town property is individually owned, and unlike a condominium or perhaps an apartment there isn’t any owner of the main building the town property is located in.


A condominium resembles an apartment, but a condominium is traditionally owned instead of rented. … Read the rest ...

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New Home Construction Improving

New Home Construction Improving

That’s one that can get most people’s attention, thinking “What new homes? All I see are foreclosures.” Well that is true, you may still find plenty of foreclosures happening in the market, however, the nice thing about it can there be is an increase in the number of permits being issued for new homes, not simply remodels or additions. Construction workers, residential framers, roofers wipe the take out your hard hats and scrape the rust off your hammers, it’s about time to make contact with work.

The custom home builders are starting to get their numbers more in line with just what the housing marketplace would prefer to pay, no longer new grab trucks or boats, plain and simple traditional get it done attitude. The builders are focused on quality and pricing to be capable of taking on the assembly type builders. The national builders were required to keep building even though we were holding not getting sales only to keep the cash flowing. The Pulte’s, John Wieland Homes along with other production builders did this by cutting their cost of what they paid their suppliers and sub-contractors.

I try to hold with the brand new homes market by talking to owners, purchasing directors, and local construction firms.

• Bonterra Homes- they were written in context as banking officials to start out ramping up for additional production for the third quarter of 2019, we’re going to release more cash for home mortgages throughout the second quarter of 2019.

• John Wieland Homes- we are seeing a gradual rise in our home sales and we have been fighting to hold our expenses right down to be even more competitive.

• True Homes- this is quite possibly the most optimistic of most, they’ve got continuously increased their market share of the latest … Read the rest ...

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Finding Your Own Home Sweet Home

Finding Your Own Home Sweet Home

Buying a new home is both an exciting and stressful time. No matter if it is your first new home or fifth, there are certain tips and guidelines you should adhere to in order to ensure that the home you choose is right for you. This means that the home is stable, does not have major problems and is just the right size for you and your family’s needs. Buying a home is a big decision and should not be entered into without careful consideration of all of your options.

Do not buy a new home that is too large or small for your needs

If a home is too large, you will end up paying, in power bills, for unused rooms. On the other hand, if a house is too small, the resale potential may decrease. Also, consider the school district of the home you choose. Even if you do not have children, if you ever try to resale, a great school district will attract buyers and help ensure you receive your asking price.

To make sure you can afford the home you choose

Do not ever let a mortgage broker tell you what you can afford. If you are not comfortable with a payment, reevaluate if the home is right for you. A great way to save a large amount of money is to purchase a foreclosure home. Oftentimes, these homes need a little work, but you can get a great deal.

Be a comfortable place for you to live

You either need to have your own inspections for things such as mold, water damage and termites or ensure that the current homeowner has these things up-to-date. Problems like these will quickly add up, and sometimes make the house in question unlivable.

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Factors That Affect Home Construction

Factors That Affect Home Construction

There are several important things to consider before building a house. These things can have a drastic impact on overall construction costs and how quickly the project will be completed. Deciding to build a house means taking a big commitment, and it’s important to enter into it with both eyes open.


Location is very important and should always be considered. The overall cost of the project will be greatly affected not only by size but by area, which surrounds it as well. Although having a large house in a warm climate might be good, this luxury can quickly become a burden if the owner has to sell hastily.

An environmental risk

Another element that must definitely be taken into account is an environmental risk, the climate will eventually pose to the structure. Every year, houses are lost due to natural disasters, disasters that tend not to distinguish incomplete buildings. Even if the project is in a statistically safer area, the exact location of the building must be carefully analyzed from a geological point of view to assess any and all hazards that may arise.

Estimate the overall cost

When someone determines the size and location of the house, it is time to estimate the overall cost of the project. This figure can be roughly estimated by adding the cost of building materials along with labor costs. If this figure proves to be too large to get a loan, then changes must be made in the planning phase.

Although it is possible to complete the construction of a house without a contractor, this does not mean it is the best course of action. No doubt there will be a small additional cost associated with hiring a contractor, but doing so can help avoid expensive construction mistakes and can end the … Read the rest ...

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Seven Popular Reasons to Remodel

Seven Popular Reasons to Remodel

A profitable remodel takes a lot of skill, market savvy, and luck. It is possible that a few economical, but strategic, touches can transform a house, but those opportunities are rare. Professional remodelers buy low, make some improvements, and live with a certain amount of risk. The flip-this-house programs on television do not operate in the real world. Many factors can affect profitability. For example, the house may have reached the peak value for the environment. Or, prices may fall due to economic conditions. Or, you can make changes that are important to you, but don’t make a higher resale value.

Sometimes, when folks are getting ready to put their home on the market for sale, they ask if it would be a good idea to remodel. Generally, the answer is, “No, this is not the time to undertake a remodel project.” This is because they are likely to recover only a portion of their investment when they sell the home.

Therefore, think of remodeling as a way to improve your home for you and your family. It is well worth it to consult with an architect and Realtor friend before proceeding. They will know the latest trends in materials and colors, and will bring a higher level of expertise to your job. Sometimes people make the mistake of not enough thinking about how to improve their home. You might think of enlarging the kitchen, when you can open a wall to have a lighter and bigger space. It’s more cost-effective to use the space you have better than to add it.

One of the biggest mistakes we see is the renovation of the surface of the house, room by room. This misses the opportunity to consider how the architecture of the space can be redone to create more dynamic … Read the rest ...

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