Licensed residential and commercial construction company for Lake, Sumter and Marion counties

(352) 787-4600      Contact Us

We are not just custom home builders.

We are dream builders.

Dec
19
2017

I need to remodel my office building, where do I start?

office remodelingThe best piece of advice to remember when considering a remodel is: Always, always, always have a plan. When you’re in a hurry to upgrade or improve your office building, it’s tempting to want to take matters into your own hands - but this leads to costly mistakes more often than not. Something as simple as forgetting to turn off your water main or using the wrong tools results in massive flooding and water damage to your building, costing you much more than it would have had you hired a professional. 

Begin with a design. A talented builder understands your aesthetic and helps you design your perfect remodel plan. A lot of elements interact within a space — put them all down on paper and problems are caught before they are built. Some projects require the skill of an architect, some the skill of an interior designer, and the simplest way to tie them all together is with the help of a skilled contractor.

Be open to suggestions. Your ideas are vital to the success of your remodeling project, so why not consider alternative methods of achieving them? Suggestions made by your contractor should include methods for better functionality, lower long-term savings, insurance standards for materials, and more. Be sure to ask questions regarding suggestions until you fully understand how they benefit you, not how they make the contractor more money.

Determine which features can be and should be saved. If your building’s system controls,  mechanical units, or lobby lighting were recently replaced or updated, find out how to seek an Energy Star rating. This is an indication that your building has lower energy consumption than other buildings of the same type and size. This lets potential occupants or tenants know that they can expect lower utility expenses.

Focus on both the inside and the outside. First impressions are everything. You want your clients to remember both the inside and outside aesthetic appeal of your building. Landscaping and seasonal flowers easily freshen up the outside, while simple solutions to the inside come in the form of new carpet patterns and colors, up to date finishes in the elevators, restrooms and lobbies.

Nov
16
2017

Positioning New House

lot home positionThere is nothing more rewarding than enjoying a new home you’ve earned, on your  property. Seems like a day dream, and in this scenario, everything should be perfect, right? Well, there’s a lot more to it than just setting your new home, or foundation, in any old spot on your land! Here you will find the top 5 tips in siting your house in the most functioning and comfortable spot of land.

  1. A big one would be the slope of the land you’re building or setting your new home on. Is it slanted? Are there dips/hills/soft spots to avoid? Being uphill will typically require a more expensive and intricate sewer hookup. Also, if you’re downhill some things to consider are how will the hill itself affect your view? And will it be an issue when it comes to rainy seasons? Figuring out the topography of your land before youbuild will save you a lot of hassle and money if you can set your home in specific areas.
  2. Taking it back to a small point made in #1, the view from your home plays into the placement on the property as well. If you are located on hilly land, is your view obstructed to just the hills? How will the sun rise and set through where you’ve decided to put windows? It is also good to be future-minded in this aspect as well. Neighborhoods are ever changing, is the spot you put your home going to keep its nice views throughout the years? It’s difficult to tell what will last through that time, but a good example of this is in a rural setting. Imagine siting your home with the perfect positioning to see your neighbor’s beautiful garden and greenhouses, only to be sold after a few years and be replaced with a more commercial nursery – leaving your view with miles of white tents.
  3. Do your research on typical weather patterns for the area you’re looking to build on. If the area is at high risk for fast and sometimes rough winds, you may want to build near trees or large hedges to help break up the wind. Even if these elements aren’t large yet, they will grow or can be replanted in crucial points of the home after it’s been set.
  4. Do you eventually plan on building more on the house? Maybe a bigger garage, or a shed, or even a basement. Will the ground you build on support a new level underground? Would you want your shed up on a hill and out of the way? Maybe even a mother-in-law apartment for visiting family. If you start out with a specific house plan for JUST your home and nothing else for in the future, it could leave you with limited space and not enough breathing room for future projects.
  5. And finally, talk to a professional!!! Although there are many DIY videos and articles out there for building rooms to building entire homes, this is something that you should  get a professional opinion on. This is something they deal with every day, so their insight is crucial and important to the longevity and live-ability of your future home.

Sources 1, 2

Oct
12
2017

Benefits of Building New Construction

by Nicole Stevens

new constructionsWhen deciding on a new home or building, there is one major choice you have to make before going any further. Do you want to purchase an already constructed one, or should you work from the ground up? Is there a better benefit in building your own constructed home rather than buying an existing one? The following will help to show those benefits of building  new construction, be it a new home, commercial building, or any other workable places.

While it is typically more expensive to build your own home, it without a doubt will include everything you want. There won’t be any worry of liking certain parts of the home and hating other parts. You have complete control over what goes where, and how things will eventually come together. This rings true for other building types as well. Creative freedom and collaboration with an architect can produce amazing results.

Alongside having full control over the cosmetics of the construction, you have to build with up to date codes. This means there will be the most up to date electrical system as well as HVAC and insulation. This provides the home/building with much better energy efficiency which is better for the environment and your wallet every month on utility bills.

With this kind of energy efficiency, building a new construction also has a health benefit as well. Seems like a strange thing to say but it’s true! A new home/building will not have as much toxicity as an existing one. Most newer built homes are free from harmful past common household fixtures, such as asbestos, but could still have possibilities of lead paint or mold. Building from the ground up ensures that you will not have to worry about surprise mold, or a toxic paint on the walls because it is another aspect you have control over. This brand new construction has the potential to become a “green house," no harsh unknown/surprise chemicals and energy efficient appliances could save a lot of money and hassle in the long run.

After choosing the layout of your new home/building, finding the right interiors to run everything, and knowing everything inside is safe, it can leave you with a huge sense of satisfaction. Building a new construction is not an easy task, but when everything is said and done, it was all your creation. You made it all happen, and it came out just the way you want it, and it will be much more appreciated and respected in the years to come. 

SOURCE

Sep
05
2017

Is your home worth remodeling or is it time to list it?

florida home remodelingTo stay or to go? Here are a few pointers to keep in mind when determining whether there’s more value in remodeling your existing home or listing and moving on.

First, estimate the total costs of a new home purchase. Calculate selling and agent costs as well as the cost of packing, moving and loan financing. Remember not to overlook hidden items. For example, your buyer might ask that you replace the carpets before they buy. Or, there may be a need to replace appliances. Then, estimate what you may receive from the sale of your house and how much of that will be cash for your next down payment.

If you like your current neighborhood and school district, remodeling is probably your best bet. This way, you get exactly what your want in your home, and you won't suffer from buyer's remorse. A professional remodeler will sit down with you to estimate the exact costs associated with crucial renovations that are needed for you to stay. 

Compare the costs to move and the costs to remodel. Add in factors like your community, schools, and neighbors. When all's said and done, you may discover you more equity by staying in your current home and remodeling.

Aug
03
2017

OSB vs Plywood... How Do They Stack Up To Each Other

plywood vs osbA common question in our industry is “What are the differences between plywood and oriented strand board (OSB) and how do the two stack up to one another?”

Here, we will outline a few of the differences and give you a general comparison of the two: 

  1. Plywood
    Plywood is made by cutting ultra thin layers of a tree all the way around the tree’s circumference. The boards are then laminated together with a hot press. The first piece is placed to roll “up," then each subsequent layer is laid 90 degrees to the one beneath it, and upside-down. The result is a natural tendency for the boards to warp as each board is pressed against the other layers. Thicker plywood (⅝” and above - made from five or more plies) is much less likely to warp than thinner plywood (¼” or ⅜”).
    Layers of plywood derived from an area closer to the center of the tree will always have a tendency to warp which can easily be overcome by using the correct fasteners when securing the plywood to joists or studs.
    The laminate that forms the plywood will diminish over time if exposed to water. It is crucial to avoid over-exposure to water during construction as to avoid damaging or ruining the plywood. Water and plywood do not mix well - if left in a damp or wet environment, plywood will rot and have to be replaced.
  2. Oriented Strand Board (OSB)
    Oriented Strand Board is made by using glue and wax in a hot press to press smaller strands of wood together. It looks much like a collage of various wood chips. Unlike it’s counterpart, OSB lacks the effect of the forces that tend to warp the wood, so it is easier to achieve perfect dimensions.
    The one major disadvantage of Oriented Strand Board is the propensity it has to expand with moisture.  The edges of OSB dramatically expand when wet.  If the moisture remains in the OSB for some time, it may never return to its original dimensions.  The effects of water on Oriented Strand Board are far worse than those on plywood, although in both cases the avoidance of water and moisture exposure should be avoided.

Photos of Our Work

Miscellaneous

View All Photos

Latest Blog Posts

I need to remodel my office building, where do I start?

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The best piece of advice to remember when considering a remodel is: Always, always, always have a plan. When you’re in a hurry to upgrade or improve your office building, it’s tempting to want to take matters into your own hands - but this leads to costly mistakes more often than not. Something as simple as forgetting to turn off your water main or using the wrong tools results in massive flooding and water damage to your building, costing you much more than it would have had you hired a professional. 

Read more...

Positioning New House

Thursday, November 16, 2017

There is nothing more rewarding than enjoying a new home you’ve earned, on your  property. Seems like a day dream, and in this scenario, everything should be perfect, right? Well, there’s a lot more to it than just setting your new home, or foundation, in any old spot on your land! Here you will find the top 5 tips in siting your house in the most functioning and comfortable spot of land.

Read more...

Connect With Us

RJ Builders, Inc.

RJ Builders, Inc.
207 North Blvd. W
Leesburg, FL 34748

(352) 787-4600 (phone)
Monday through Friday 9am-5pm EST

Scroll To Top