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What July Fourth Means To Me - 06/30/11 01:12 AM
The 4th of July has come to mean many things for me. First and foremost, it's been a day of patriotism and pride of our country. Ever since I was a kid, I've been instilled with the history and uniqueness of this country. My dad came to the US from Hungary as a young boy prior to WW II and most of my mom's family were Italian immigrants, so I'd like to think that added some additional emphasis to this day for our family. Yet I don't think our traditions were very unique. We flew the flag, had great food, lit sparklers, and watched fireworks. But it was always (1 comments)
It's Waffle Iron Day...Really?! - 06/29/11 08:17 AM
Yes! Following on the heals of yesterday's exciting Insurance Awareness Day we have "Waffle Iron Day" today, June 29th. Of course, this is not to be confused with Waffle Day - that's in March. Sorry, but I stumbled upon some really odd holidays, but I'm a breakfast guy at heart and waffles are my Achilles heel. Besides one of my favorite breakfast places, Waffle House, doesn't pass the cleanliness test with my wife, so I rarely get to sample the best waffles around. Not to worry, I'm working on my kids and they're completely bought in to "The House".
But (5 comments)
Insurance Awareness Day - 06/28/11 06:42 AM
Is it that time of year already? And I thought everyone would forget. Yes, today, June 28th, is Insurance Awareness Day. Hard to believe this gem comes around every year, but it's got to be one of your top holidays, right!? I have no idea who the creator of this day is, but you can be certain that insurance companies had a little something to do with it. Now at this point, one must be asking...Why Insurance Awareness Day? Good question.
Insurance, be it for home, auto or life insurance, offers you peace of mind that if something happens, you (2 comments)
SAFE Is a Four-Letter Word - 06/27/11 11:49 AM
When did all of our kids become so soft? For me, I think it started with all the crazy crib bumpers, cabinet locks, outlet plugs and overall baby-proofing of my home. Remember dodge ball? Every game started the same way. The gym teacher would toss a few balls onto the court and you had one mission - pick out someone that you didn't think could catch your ball and throw it at them as hard as you could. It reminds me of that George Carlin routine explaining that children should be pitted against one another in a great, grand plan of (2 comments)
If You Want God To Laugh...Make Plans - 06/12/11 12:02 PM
So here I am on the vacation that I've been diligently planning for months. Wouldn't you know it, but on the 1st day my son gets ill. Needless to say, we didn't do the hikes that I had planned and mapped out. And the sunset jeep tour is questionable. Parenthood is best described by the old expression, "If you want to make God laugh, make plans." Homebuilding can be quite similar.
Building a custom home in Tampa and St. Petersburg requires a lot of planning, yet we always say it's not a matter of if we will hit a bump (3 comments)
Architecture as Art! - 06/09/11 06:35 AM
When you talk about art tastes and preferences, some folks love florals and landscapes. As their appreciation for art expands, they can relate to abstracts. As for me, I am drawn to Architectural renderings ~ nothing better than a pen and ink drawing of a great home or building!
As a Tampa custom home builder with today's technology, we are able to work with clients to make the home of their dreams with some keyboard stokes and the assistance of CAD (computer automated drawings). However, when I drive around Tampa and look at our historical landmark buildings I am in (2 comments)
Why I Enjoy Living In South Tampa - 06/08/11 06:07 AM
Although I can't call myself a native of South Tampa, it's been my home for over twenty years now. I can say without hesitation that I can't think of another place that I'd like to live and raise my family. Certainly the weather is great, but I was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, so that's not what did it for me. The main reason that I enjoy living in South Tampa is the "small town" feel in the middle of a big city.
For those not from the area, South Tampa is a peninsula that is directly south of (3 comments)
Last One Out, Turn Off The Lights - 06/06/11 05:50 AM
Long ago the light bulb was an exciting thing. Probably right after Thomas Edison invented it. It seems the bright little idea has become exciting once again. I thought when I was a kid that it was confusing to pick out the right size and wattage. Now, we have to contend with Lumens, Halogen, Xenon, Fluorescents and LEDs. So how do you make sense of it all?
As a Tampa custom homebuilder, we have to come up to speed on the different options for homes, so here's the crash course from what we have learned. First, lets get up to (4 comments)
How To Make Your Builder Love You - 06/01/11 06:06 AM
Yes, I know this may come off as a bit self-serving, but I want to love ALL our customers. Most builders do. So I thought why not share some experiences that make us fall head over heals in love with our customers. Over the years, we've built a lot custom homes in Tampa and St. Petersburg. We've worked with some really great people and some difficult people. Our most successful projects have been the result of developing strong relationships. Here are some tips on how to have a successful project and make your builder love you.
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