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Mar
11
2019

3 Big Questions When Building in Florida.

Starting the path to being in your dream home can be a long one. Building a home in Florida.  It's best to be prepared and know what you want when you start, rather than to pick up pieces along the way. Building a new home can raise a lot of questions too, and it's important to figure out the essentials right away. When it comes to building a house in Florida, what are some of the most pressing questions you should have before breaking ground? Here we will go over the top 3 things you should ask before putting those blueprints into reality.

1. What can you afford?
This is probably one of the most important questions to start the building process. Going over your plans with various contractors and home builders before you decide is critical. You shouldn't go to one and be done unless you know for sure it's exactly what you want. It's a better idea to get quotes and get a feel for the person(s) that will be the ones constructing your dream home. Because remember, you have to live where - they only have to build it. The cost plays a big factor because constructing a new house from the ground up is a lot different than purchasing a pre-built model and setting it on the property. Also, credit scores and loans will come into play here, so it's best to have those things in order before getting started.

2. Where/What can you build?
Since Florida is a pretty wet state thanks to rain, many lakes, and the beaches; it's essential to know about the land you'll be building on. If you have dreams of a large basement, this can be impossible in almost all of Florida. This is because, during construction, it doesn't take long to hit water or in some cases, natural minerals like limestone. The water table is too high to have anything more than a small crawl space in Florida, especially in South Florida. It would create too much moisture and eventually leave you with more repairs to fix than anything.

3. How much time are you allowing?
If your blueprints are large and extravagant, prepare to be waiting some time to have that dream home entirely constructed. As stated before, it's a much different process than to purchase an already built house. You are working from the ground up which means everything will be new and you'll be the first to use it, but it also means it will take a lot more time to make sure everything is perfect and to your liking. Throughout Florida are, various codes and regulations that need to be met that vary from county to county. Wherever you are building, be sure to do your homework as to how long it takes permits and the like to be approved and pushed through. That way you're not in a pickle because the process is a few months past what you thought it would be. This allows you to make sure you're still living in a comfortable state before finally moving into your dream home.

Florida is a beautiful place to build a home and live peacefully. Making sure your priorities are in order before breaking ground will ensure you have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming construction months. Keeping these main questions in the back of your head will put you on that path to making your dream home a reality.

RJ Builders can help you with every aspect of building your home in Florida, contact our team today. 

Jan
30
2019

How Much Is A Room Addition?

Owning your own home can open the door to all kinds of new ideas. How Much Is A Room Addition on a House?  An expansion is on the top of that list. Maybe your family is growing, perhaps you just don't have enough room for all your stuff, or maybe you want to expand into a back or front porch. Rather than look for a new place to live, why not just add on to what you already have?

If you're able to take that step into constructing an addition to your already existing home, one of the first questions asked is how much is it going to cost? A few factors come into play here. First, you need to decide how big you want your room addition to be. The square footage is where the main cost is. Typically there are three categories for additions, the additional room that can be built out and up, a sunroom, and a detached addition. They all vary in their prices, again depending on size, but sit between the $10,000-$20,000 range when all is said and done.

Once you have the room(s) planned out, it's time to figure out what will be going in the room as far as utilities are concerned. Does your room need electricity/heat/water/etc.? These can add to the initial cost of the construction of the room, so it's good to know them ahead of time. For example, if you're adding a detached addition, you can usually purchase these already preassembled in a shed-like style. This means you won't need to worry about roofing costs, but if you're building the addition onto an existing home, roofing costs average $80-$100 per square foot. Another example is adding windows which can average $300-$700 per window, while the detached additions have models with pre-installed window units.

Figuring out the right room addition for your expanding home is the first step in making your dream home a reality. Map out the best plans for the new room to fit your budget and get the most out of building an addition.

RJ Builders can help with any building project you have. Contact our team to get started. 

Dec
19
2018

Top 3 Tools for Homeowners to Have

claw hammerHome repairs come alongside owning a home, and unfortunately, the costs can add up quickly if you're always calling a handyman. Thankfully there are a few DIY things a homeowner can do to stay on top of the upkeep and well being of their home. It's essential to have a few critical tools stored away just in case these things pop up. At the very least, make sure you have the following three tools in your toolbox - just in case!

Skip the bulky 50+ piece toolkit and get a manual screwdriver set instead. This is probably the most used tool in a household; almost everything has a screw somewhere. Make sure to pay attention to the number of interchangeable heads for the screwdriver set. The more to choose from, the better. That way you'll never have to search high and low for a special specific screwdriver in a random assortment of tools. 

A claw hammer is an excellent staple for home improvement and is essential for a homeowner to have. It's such a common household item that you probably already have one in the garage or tucked away in a drawer somewhere. The hammer itself is pretty basic, with the flat end to make a smooth impact with whatever it contacts and the split V end to remove loose nails or other stubborn objects protruding from various spots. Claw hammers are very resistant, but it's still wise to purchase one with weather resistance if left outdoors and proper ergonomics for your arms. 

Power tools may seem scary to some homeowners during DIY home repairs, but having a cordless drill tucked away is a smart decision. A cordless drill could quickly turn into one of the most used tools in your arsenal. There are some things a screwdriver can't get, even with multiple heads to choose from. It's also essential that it's a cordless unit and not a traditional plug-in model. This eliminates the search for a nearby outlet or using a potentially dangerous extension cord. 

Take a look in your toolbox and check what's inside. If you don't have any of these three things, it's time to go shopping! A little pre-planning with the right tools and a google search or two can save you from calling an expensive handyman.

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Nov
06
2018

Incorporate New Tech in Building Home

new home building techThe times, they're a-changing' - and so are building plans for new homes in 2018. What was once constructing a new house with simple one-dimensional building supplies, is now a whole new venture into what is commonly known as "smart homes." A smart home is a way to incorporate the newest technology into your unique modern home. It can be done as an addition to an already constructed home, but if you're planning on starting from the ground up, it can make life a whole lot easier. 

With so much new technology to choose from, where does one begin figuring out what will go into their new home? It's best to pick the right kind of home tech that suits your needs, rather than go overboard with unnecessary features or just not the right type of features. This means asking yourself what you and your family could benefit most from and what fits best for the lifestyle you have. A security system built into the home's wiring with a feed visible on your cell phone could be a significant upgrade that would benefit almost any lifestyle, whereas a remote setting for window blinds may not be on the top of the list of technological needs. 

Wiring from the ground up for a smart home is critical, and also much easier to accomplish if it's new construction - rather than adding on the preexisting house. This ensures that the wiring is specific for the advanced technology used in the house and will not interfere or overpower already pre-set wiring. 

Constructing a new home with top of the line tech also ups the resell value of the house if that time should come. It gives the seller an edge in the market because of the advancements during the building phase. Smart homes are constructed with being smart in mind, hence the name. This advancement will keep your modern home up with the times and possibly even ahead of them as well. 

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Sep
25
2018

Add Home Office To Home

home office floridaWith the advancement of the internet, it has opened up many new job opportunities in all different fields. The rise of more online work prompts a lot of stay at home business, which can keep someone very occupied. It’s important to stay organized in a workspace, and it can be a hard thing to manage when your workspace is also your home. It may be time to add a home office to your home and give you that sense of organization and comfort that keep you working efficiently.

A home office addition doesn’t need to be an entirely new room added on to your home unless you want it to be. A smaller room, maybe a guest room that doesn’t get used very often, or even a somewhat spacious utility room could be the perfect fit for a new office.  Just make sure you have enough room for what you need to work with, such as a desk, a computer, a printer, or anything else onto the work at hand.

Working from home in your private office will save you money as well! If the job calls for you to be at home full-time, this could eliminate any gas costs that you’d typically have to use on the commute to and from work. Same goes for the amount of money spent on take-out food that would usually be sent to the office when now you can rely on your own grocery choices in your fridge. But of course not everyone with a home office strictly works just from home, so while those benefits are still excellent – they may not matter to some. There is always a way of having a home office can save you money though! When tax time rolls around, your home office is a complete write-off. Just make sure there is a clear separation of rooms between your home and the office. Something as simple as a screen qualifies as a “wall," so you could technically turn your front or back porch into an office too! Your home office could get you a deduction of up to $1,500.

Of course one of the best benefits of having a home office is all the time you get to spend with family at home. Granted the time in the office will be spent working typically, it has been proven that parents who work at home end up spending more quality time with their children. It is a good idea to lay out some ground rules first, like no disruption between certain times. Ensuring your privacy and peace while your work is finished.

All in all, having a home office in your home can be a great idea. Saving you money and keeping yourself organized and family oriented without sacrifice!

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