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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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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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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!

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