orlando home remodelers: Custom Home Building- Which Type Of Garage Position Is Best? - 05/26/17 01:44 PM
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Garage door facing the street, front side entry, motor court or side entry. Which type is best?
Garage Door Facing The Street:
I would consider this the worst garage door positioning for a home. The garage door itself is an unattractive feature of a home. This can be minimized by the type of door selected and how it’s painted. Accentuating the garage door is one of the worse things to do. Some Owners choose to paint the door a contrasting color which draws even more attention to the garage. It’s better to down play the garage door instead. Additionally, a street … (0 comments)

orlando home remodelers: Custom Home Building- New Tesla Solar Roofing Products, Game Changer! - 05/17/17 06:28 AM
 
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New Tesla Roofing Products Produce Energy And Saves Money!
 
 
For those of you familiar with my blog, I’m usually skeptical of fantastic claims made by energy companies. Many claim fantastic results with little to back them up. No matter the claim, it most often comes down to substantiated payback period. How quickly, can a homeowner break even and start saving money. Most of my homebuyers ask, Mike, how much green can you put into my pocket”!
Tesla’s new roofing products are a game changer because the solar element is incorporated into the roofing product itself instead of being a separate element … (2 comments)

orlando home remodelers: Custom Home Building- What Color Should I Paint My Garage Door? - 05/08/17 02:19 PM
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Is Your Garage Door Yelling At Your Neighbors?
 
Who cares you ask? What possible difference can the color of my garage door make? Well, it depends.
Do you want people to notice your beautiful home or your garage door? Afterall, you're not selling garage doors are you?
Do you want the color of your garage door to shout “look at me” or blend into the overall appearance of your home?
Perhaps, I should provide some examples?
 
 
 
Above: A garage door that blends into the overall front elevation.
 
A Garage Door That Shouts  
 
A Garage Door That Blends With The Overall Look OF Home   
 
If your garage door is … (0 comments)

orlando home remodelers: Custom Home Building- Should I Hire The Architect First? - 05/04/17 11:12 AM
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Who should I hire first, the Architect or the Builder?
 
 
That's a question many home buyers ask before they embark on the home building process. We have our building lot, now what?
Over my 30+ years of building homes I've watched Clients proceed in both directions with quite different results. I'll start with the Client that hires the Architect or Plan Designer first.
Architect First: The problem with this approach, Client is left to deal with the Architect without feedback from a Builder. The Architect has no idea how much the home he is designing will cost. Most times he provides a … (0 comments)

orlando home remodelers: Custom Home Building- What Type Of Front Door Is Best? - 04/28/17 06:12 AM
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What type of front door should I buy for my Central Florida Custom Home?
Selecting a front door for an upscale home sounds deceptively easy. It's a lot more complicated than it appears, on first pass. If you are going to try and save money on your home building budget the front door area is the last place to do it, as it sets the tone for the entire home. I'll limit my discussion to the 3 most popular materials that are used for front doors in the Central Florida area. Wrought iron, wood and fiberglass. Steel in another option but not … (2 comments)

orlando home remodelers: Custom Home Building- How To Select A Builder? - 04/27/17 01:22 PM
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How to select a custom home builder....
 
Hi I'm Michael Mcguffie, President of Regal Classic Homes since 1988 and Licensed by the State of Florida since 1980. Over the years I've found: You can pay people to work for you but you cant pay them enough to give you their heart. They either have that capacity or not. Paying more for their heart only throws good money after bad. Select a Builder that will put their heart into constructing your dream home.
Hiring a builder is like selecting a spouse. Why do good marriages and building relationships go bad? Is … (0 comments)

orlando home remodelers: How Should I Maintain My New Custom Home? - 04/21/17 11:51 AM
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What Does It Take To Maintain My Orlando, Custom Home?
I have been the owner of and upscale home for more then 20 years and a homebuilder since 1980. Below are some helpful hints to maintain your Central Florida, home.
Landscaping- hiring a professional landscaper is best. Mow grass, edge, weed and trim shrubs weekly. Never cut more then 1/3 of the length of the blade of grass. Its puts major stress on the lawn. Sure its more work to cut the grass weekly during growing season but that's what it takes. Make sure you stay on top of your … (0 comments)

orlando home remodelers: Custom Home Building- Real Estate Commissions, Should I Negotiate? - 04/15/17 07:13 AM
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When Should I Negotiate My Realtors Commission?
As a Custom Home Builder, I tell Owners there is great value in having a Licensed Realtor help you with your home buying and selling needs. It’s like someone asking me if they should try building their own home? I wouldn’t advise it. There are enough horror stories out there that should answer that question. That said, should you negotiate the amount of their commission?
The general perception of the public, realtors have a license to steal. I can tell you that’s certainly not the case. A great Realtor, works very hard for their … (1 comments)

orlando home remodelers: Custom Home Remodeling- How To Air Condition A Room On The Cheap! - 04/14/17 07:37 AM
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Why A Mini Split Is A Great Way To Air Condition A Room That Needs More A/C
 
 
So you are thinking about adding a small addition to your home or there is a room that is just always too hot, perhaps a mini split is the answer to your air conditioning needs?
In the past, the answer was most likely an entire upgrade to your central air conditioning system. A new air handler, condenser and perhaps some new duct work. With a mini split, it may solve all your issues at a much lower cost.
Sure years ago you could addd a … (1 comments)

orlando home remodelers: 5 Ways To Make Your Garage Awesome On The Cheap! - 04/12/17 01:09 PM
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How To Make Your Garage Pop For Just A Few Dollars More!
 
First it was how to make your Lanai into a living space, now it’s expanding into your garage and make it perform double duties.
Designers have come up with 5 easy ways to make your garage awesome.
Upgrade your garage overhead door to give the exterior a fresh look. Coat the garage floor with epoxy paint that resists stains and makes the entire area pop. Install a workbench or create a craft center for the kids. Open your mind to creative storage options using milk crates or clear … (4 comments)

orlando home remodelers: What's The Biggest Home Building Mistake? - 03/22/17 09:27 AM
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What's The Biggest Mistake A Builder Can Make With Your Home?
 
A Custom Home has thousands of pieces and parts that include hundreds of decisions but some decisions can be more critical than others. Setting the height of the foundation is one that will present the biggest problems.
Establishing the finished floor elevation of the slab. This is an issue that comes up early in the building process but one of the most important. It is often said, if the foundation of a home is wrong, everything after that is a waisted effort.
The worst mistake is setting the elevation or the height … (22 comments)

orlando home remodelers: What "Green Products" Do Most Builders Use In New Homes? - 03/14/17 05:14 PM
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What "Green Product"s Do Most Builders Use In New Construction?
 
So, why is this even important? Because, Builders vote with their pocket books. If a Builder specifies a "Green Building Product" in their homes it's because they believe in it and their customers want it. If few Builders select a product to include in their homes there's a reason and Homebuyers should pay attention.
 
Read More= Top 10 Green Products Used By Builders
 
 
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orlando home remodelers: Should I Get A Backup Generator For My New Home? - 03/13/17 11:54 AM
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Is Specifying A Backup Generator For My New Home Important?
 
If you live in an area where the power goes out a lot or a region prone to storms and hurricanes then perhaps a backup generator is right for you. The power goes out and you won't have to wait for the power company to correct the problem. Areas with overhead power lines are especially prone to power outages. A storm blows down a tree onto a power line and the party is over. Electricity to your home could be off for hours, days and in severe weather like hurricanes, weeks.
 
Once you've … (1 comments)

orlando home remodelers: Is Your "Smart Home" Device Spying On You? - 03/12/17 12:41 PM
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Is your Phone, TV Or Other Smart Device Spying On You?
 
If you don't know the answer to that simple question it probably is! What!!!
 
I'm old enough to remember when the book "1984" first came out. In the book, it explained how the government watched everyone through their TV. It was a revolutionary idea at the time and quite unsettling.
The book was a warning of what was to come if we didn't remain vigilant. So here we are today with devices we go out and willing buy that have the potential to monitor our every move. Not only that, we … (2 comments)

orlando home remodelers: What Are The Latest Custom Home Building Trends? - 03/07/17 11:17 AM
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What Are The Latest Custom Home Building Trends?
 
 
If you ever want to completely blow your home idea and honey do list circuits, go the the International Builders Show. Frankly, it’s an unbelievable first time experience. You can’t possibly absorb it all. It’s so big and the selections seem endless. A summary of the latest trends is as close as you can get to absorbing all the latest design and product ideas. So below is an attempt to describe the latest and greatest!
 
Read More- Latest And Greatest Ideas
 
Have an awesome day!
 
Mike
 
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orlando home remodelers: I Like A Home That Was Designed By Another Builder, Can I Just Make A Few Changes And Get It Built By Another Company? - 02/03/17 02:46 PM
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Can’t I Just Change A Few Plan Details And Save A Bunch Of Money?
 
I recently worked with a Custom Home Building Client that wanted to build a $1 million plus, new home. They had been out looking at various models and found one they were head over heals in love with. I’m telling you, I don’t think I’ve ever seen two people more in love and excited about a home. They loved the floor plan, the features, right down to the tile and paint colors. There were only a few issues, the model wasn't mine, they didn’t like that subdivision, … (1 comments)

orlando home remodelers: How Can Realtors Make Money With Custom Home Builders? On The Spot Pricing- Part 8 - 12/22/16 10:24 AM
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Can A Custom Home Builder Help Realtors Close A Deal? You Betcha! 
 
How often have you worked with buyers that are looking to purchase an existing home but the deal fell apart over the cost of desired improvements?
I recently receive a call from a Realtor that needed my help and fast! He had been driving all over The Central Florida Area with a home buying couple (on his second set of new tires) that was looking for a great deal on a single family home. Sound familiar?
The Agent had been working with these buyer for weeks and just could not … (0 comments)

orlando home remodelers: How Can A Realtor Make Money With A Custom Home Builder? Remodels & Additions- Part 7 - 12/21/16 09:15 AM
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Can A Realtor Earn A Commission By Referring A Remodel Or Home Addition To A Custom Home Builder?
 
The average Agent knows hundreds of people in their market area. Often, the Agent is asked if they know of a qualified Remodeler for an home upgrade or a Contractor that will build an addition on their existing home? The answer to that question should be “Absolutely”!
Every Realtor should have a Custom Home Builder in their back pocket, so to speak. So when they are asked for a referral, they have a Builder to recommend. Most Builder are happy to pay a … (0 comments)

orlando home remodelers: How Can Realtors Make Money With Custom Builders? Pre-Sale Commissions Part 6 - 12/16/16 11:25 AM
 
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Can Realtors Earn A Commission With Custom Home Builders On Construction Pre-sales?
 
Absolutely! Let’s say you as a Realtor are working with a buyer that just can’t find an existing home that suits their needs, the next step is to have a home custom built for them.
What if this is out of the Realtors comfort zone as they have never worked with a Custom Home Builder before? Sales agents are taught how to sell a home that’s already built. It’s tangible sitting their right before your very eyes. Selling a custom home is intangible it’s only in the minds of … (0 comments)

orlando home remodelers: What's The Best Way To Heat My Master Bathroom? - 12/16/16 10:07 AM
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How Should I Heat My Central Florida Master Bathroom?
 
For those of you who just recently moved from the North, it's difficult to understand when Floridians say, it's cold in Orlando during the winter! Seeing photos of people jogging in "O Town" wearing stocking caps and gloves when it's 55 degrees sounds like a skit from "Saturday Night Live". Wait a few years and perhaps your tune will change too.
For the moment, let's agree that it can get cold in Central Florida during the winter. The homes here are built differently. There is a concrete slab under your feet with … (3 comments)

 
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