The excitement that comes with building your Florida dream home is real. Sometimes people can get so caught up in the emotion of purchasing their new home that details are overlooked. Usually these items aren’t noticed until the house is built and your living in it. Then you might start to say, wow, I wish we had….or I should have had the builder do this. Well here are 3 big items to consider when purchasing or building your new home here in Florida.
You might be used to strong winter storms from up north. But don’t ever underestimate the power a tropical storm packs. This shouldn’t scare you off from moving here, but talk with your builder about how their homes will keep your family safe. Asking about the construction of the walls and how the roof is anchored. Your local builder will have to follow local building codes, which means your home will be safe. By asking questions, he may even suggest small upgrades that make a big difference.
One of those upgrades involves your windows and doors. What does your builder include? Do you want to hassle of having to install heavy hurricane shutters when there is a threat? How about impact resistant windows? You need to be prepared and know what needs done during a storm at your house. In many cases, impact resistant windows are ideal and are less costly when installed during the build of the house. Trying to retrofit windows later usually costs more.
There is also the aspect that impact resistant windows can help protect your home against home invasion as well. These windows may crack when hit with a baseball bat, but they generally will not allow someone to enter through the windows.
Sunsets and Amazing Views
No matter where you are building your home, you’ll want to take into consideration the position of the home. Are you taking advantage of a great view? Do you want the hot afternoon sun on your pool or front porch? Don’t forget to look at other open building lots around you. If those lots are built on, will it affect your view? Depending on where you are building you may not be able to rotate or move the house that much. Of course once the plans are submitted and the house is underway, you can’t change your views. Make sure you ask the important questions to help you to enjoy the amazing sunsets here on the west coast of Florida.
You’ll Spend More Hours Outdoors
Since the weather is mild all winter long, you are going to find that you enjoy your outdoor space. Think about when you might use it the most and how. If you are the type to entertain friends, you’ll want to have a relaxing area and illuminated walkways to help your guests after the sunsets. Discuss the outdoor space with your builder. There are some features that he can help you with during the build to really bring your outdoor space alive. If you are planning to have a pool or spa, he can make sure the water and pluming is set up. Or if you are going to have and fire pit, perhaps the fuel lines can be integrated into the home plans.
No matter what you decide, you will love the weather and the lifestyle of living in Florida. We look forward to getting to know you and your family. Contact us today to discuss building on your lot, or one of ours.