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Jul
03
2018

Building for a Florida Hurricane

hurricanes florida houses constructionFor the majority of the U.S., hurricane preparedness isn’t something that comes second hand, but here in Florida, it  does. Hurricane season brings on more and more storms each year, some thankfully never touching land, but some do, and those some can cause massive destruction. Florida is notorious for hurricane action; it’s even the mascot of many hometown high schools throughout the state. But how does a place like Florida combat these monster storms year after year? What does it take to build a building or home that can withstand the likes of a Florida hurricane?

For that answer, we have to take it all the way back to 1992 when Hurricane Andrew slammed its way into Miami. The devastation and destruction that this storm left behind made builders, and everyone else, aware of how shoddily some of these homes were built;  how quickly it took houses to crumble and basically disappear among the wreckage was only a sign of things to come if the buildings didn’t get stronger and things needed to be done up to code.

After Andrew, Florida now requires much stricter enforcement of the building codes. The primary focus of the newly enforced building codes were roof integrity and wind resistance, two very vital factors for a home during hurricane season. These revamped codes also prohibited the use of particle board, which was a favorite building material used on dwellings pre-Andrew. These statewide codes finally took effect in 2002, superseding any local city codes that may be already in place.

The primary focus again relies on the parts of the home that take the most brunt force from the hurricane itself. Something to keep in mind when building or purchasing a home and having to go by the code, it never hurts to be over-prepared. A sturdy roof with angles to roll off any rain runoff, and take any limbs that could  come in contact with that roof.

Since Andrew, and the many hurricanes that have hit land since then, Florida has remained in one piece for the most part. Just this past hurricane season brought the most significant storm yet, Hurricane Irma; a storm that was so big it completely covered the entire state of Florida for hours at a time. While numerous casualties, unfortunately, occur, mostly after the storm than during, the majority of structures still remained structurally sound. And as the years go on, and the hurricanes keep blowing in, codes will continue to be updated and upgraded as stronger and more reliable options arise. Keeping Florida afloat during a very windy and wet time.

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May
22
2018

In law suites additions are easier than you think!

in law suite additionWith the cost of senior care skyrocketing today, many families are opting to keep grandma or grandpa in their own homes, as opposed to sending him to an assisted living facility or nursing home. Some parents even create a separate small apartment for older college-age children to help save money on housing cost. Both scenarios have huge advantages and can save the whole family a lot of money.

This gives them a sense of independence while also having help right in the next room if they need it.

Do you have an extra room that you are not using in your home? The chances are that room can easily convert to an in-law suite with just a few modifications.

Even a garage can be converted into a cozy little apartment with the proper insulation and plumbing fixtures. Many garages already have their, making it easier for the tenants to go in and out of their places without disturbing the rest of the household.

Another option for a separate apartment is the use of an attic. This is more ideal for an older child still living at home, or for a parent who doesn't have mobility issues. It can be easy to add a kitchen and a bathroom by utilizing existing plumbing from below. Of course, attics can be scorching in the Florida heat, proper HVAC systems and insulation would need to be added.

Of course, the most cost-effective and easiest way is to convert an already existing bedroom or even a large formal living room as an in-law suite. 

If you are thinking of turning part of your home into separate living quarters for your parents or older children, RJ Builders has the skills and experience to get it done. Contact us today!

Apr
10
2018

Don't forget ample storage space when building a home.

storage space ideaWhile all too often overlooked, storage is one of the most vital elements to building a happy, comfortable, and organized living space. 

Incorporating storage into new home builds and remodels saves you both time and money, and offers a long-term solution. Keeping your home organized isn’t always easy, and understanding the value of efficient storage solutions makes the difference between struggling with a haphazard, cluttered or messy home and a home that you’ll see as an orderly masterpiece.

More space often means more time savings.

On average, Americans spend a combined total of an entire year of their life searching for lost or accidentally misplaced items. Organized space allows us to remain on the go while minimizing unnecessary anxiety associated with searching and panicking over our missing things. When less time is wasted searching through piles of paperwork and laundry, more time is spent doing what we love – spending quality time with our family, taking walks, cooking, or settling down with a good book.

Clutter and chaos are two words that are never associated with a home that is considered luxurious. A functional, well-designed walk-in closet in your master bedroom, however, easily makes you feel like you live in the lap of luxury. It’s no surprise that fabulous closets are “must have” features in new or remodeled homes.

Space adds value to your home.

Storage upgrades like walk-in closets, recessed bookshelves, extra storage in the kitchen, and garage organizer storage systems attract more buyers. New home buyers want to simplify, comfortable lifestyles, and the market recognizes the growing standards and added value of storage.

Feb
27
2018

Get a new look for your home with updated exterior

home exteriors stuccoMaking the right choice for the exterior of your home is a major decision. For many homes, the exterior remains the same material throughout the entire life of the home. Here are a few examples of exterior materials to choose from. You always want to consider your home’s style, location, material cost and your  taste.

Lap Siding - By far the most widely used and popular choice, lap siding is available in fiber cement, wood, aluminum or vinyl. This material is versatile and available in any color you choose.

Stucco - For homes with large sections to cover, stucco is an excellent choice. Stucco is made of both natural and synthetic materials, applied fine or coarse, and in your choice of color.

Board and Batten - As opposed to horizontal lap siding, board and batten  emphasized vertical lines. Buildings look taller with the vertical lines, and traditionally styled homes are given an instant makeover.

Brick - While more expensive than the previously listed options, brick is the most durable and requires virtually no maintenance. Brick is simple, classic, and well suited for most every style of home. While limited in its color options, brick is stacked or laid in a variety of patterns.

Shingles - Available in wood, vinyl, or fiber cement, shingles (otherwise known as shakes) are perfect for traditionally designed houses with Craftsman, shingle, or Arts and Crafts designs.

Stone - Durable and low maintenance like brick, stone comes in a wide variety of sizes, textures, and colors and is adaptable to nearly every aesthetic. Stone manufacturers have developed stone veneer products that are pigmented and shaped to resemble stone, reducing cost and expanding into an even larger variety of choices.

Jan
23
2018

5 Ways to Build Sustainable Greenhouse

Nicole Stevens

greenhouse floridaGrowing your  produce is becoming an increasingly popular hobby, providing a person and their family with fresh fruits and vegetables from their backyard. Sometimes the weather can be harsh and ruin months worth of hard work in a matter of seconds. That is why it’s important to protect and cover your plants by enclosing them in an adequately sized greenhouse. Here are the top 5 ways to build a greenhouse for sustainability, making sure your plant haven is as eco-friendly as possible.

  1. Location, location, location! When determining a spot for your new greenhouse, make sure to utilize the area with the most sunlight. Placement along an east-west orientation with the longest side facing south will maximize available sunlight (Hendricks). Once a greenhouse is constructed, it is not as easy as it looks to move to a new spot, so make sure you choose your sunny spot wisely!
  2. Turn the old, into new! Any old or broken items from your home could  be repurposed in the green house. Old wood, broken doors or railings, various building materials and their odds and ends could be recycled into a “new” floor for the greenhouse. Even old glass could be reused, making makeshift “stained glass” panels.
  3. Bigger isn’t always better. Don’t go overboard with the size of your greenhouse. Yes, you want to have the ability to move around without knocking over plants or stepping on a tomato, but too big could be a waste of money. Work out a comfortable space for you and go from there.
  4. Keep the windows and doors closed tight! Insulation is a very important factor in building a greenhouse. It helps to not burn up unnecessary energy and also keeps your plants and their best.
  5. Keep your energy clean! It’s recommended to try and use as little energy/power as possible when working in a greenhouse, but sometimes it is necessary. If it’s needed in your case, solar panels may be perfect for you. This will provide the energy needed without the waste.

These tips will help make your new greenhouse last and stay friendly to the environment, the way a greenhouse should!

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