Springtime is upon us, and for many people the thought of moving or building a new home is on their mind. Spring is the traditional time of the year in which families make a home buying decision as the end of the school year approaches and other life decisions like retirement come into focus. It is also the time of the year wherein home builders associations host their parade of homes along with open houses by Realtors to entice prospective buyers who have the new home itch but are not sure if they want to scratch it or not.
Throughout Central Florida, the recent number of arrests of contractors doing business without a license has been vast. Unscrupulous contractors who disregard the law combined with homeowners who only focus on the lowest price is a bad combination, which typically ends terribly. In the state of Florida, it is illegal to operate as a contractor without a license. It is also illegal to knowingly hire an unlicensed contractor.
Metal framing for new residential homes and remodeling projects has grown in popularity over the last few years. For many years, metal construction framing has been more popular on commercial jobsites where there is more consideration for fire protection and the integration of red iron metal construction. No doubt, metal framing is a proven method of structural building. There are pros and cons to consider when considering metal framing for your next construction project.
With all the flooding rains in Central Florida, you would think gutters are an essential feature of every home. On the contrary, most homes have little to no guttering. One reason may be that with the sandy nature of the soil and quick drainage of the yard, many homeowners do not see the ponding. Or, it could be that most builders in trying to keep pricing down on a new home, do not include guttering on a new home. Whatever the case, homeowners should add guttering to their home once they have made the purchase.
Thanks to the internet and home improvement shows on television, nothing is standard when building a home. Twenty years ago, builders used basic door and window sizes with a limited variety available to the homeowner. Today, designers and architects are including the hopes and wishes of their clients in their plans, which can include special size windows, doors, and millwork accessories.