windermere custom home builders: Custom Home Building- Are All Soil Tests Basically The Same? - 08/22/17 11:04 AM
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If Soil Tests Are Basically The Same, Then Doesn't It Make Sense To Get The Cheapest One?
 
I've been building homes for over 30 years and reviewed a lot of soil tests. Usually, the current Owner receives one from the prior lot Owner or gets one done before I enter the picture. I look it over and basically review the test summary to see if it says, there is unsuitable soil present. 
Frankly, it's not my lot, I was not involved in the soil test purchase and even if I recommend another test just to be sure, the Owner doesn't want to spend … (0 comments)

windermere custom home builders: How To Maintain The Stucco On My Custom Home? - 08/21/17 12:35 PM
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Custom Homes- How To Maintain The Stucco On The Exterior Of My Home?
Stucco is the exterior finish material of choice in Central Florida. It’s attractive, low maintenance and it lasts for years. Since most homes are primarily constructed of concrete block applying stucco over the block is a compatible material and cost effective.
Like most things in life, a stucco finish requires care and maintenance. Frankly, home maintenance is something most homeowners fail to do with expensive repairs being the end result.
Tips:
Stucco should be cleaned 1-2 times per year with a spray hose, working from bottom to top to avoid … (1 comments)

windermere custom home builders: ustom Home Building- Can I Have 2 Kitchens In My Home? - 08/18/17 01:09 PM
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Can I Have Two kitchens In My Single Family Home?
 
 
So what’s the big deal about having a 2nd kitchen in my home? Sounds simple enough until you talk to the “Zoning Department”, that’s when the drama starts. Most zoning departments won’t approve building plans for a singe family home that contains a second kitchen because the property is zoned for a single family residence and not multi family. Their afraid your going to rent out space to a 2nd family in your million dollar home  Lol  
Many, Zoning Departments rule that an additional kitchen signifies a multi family residence. Breakfast bars … (0 comments)

windermere custom home builders: Custom Home Building- Garage Right or Left, Does It Make A Difference? - 07/31/17 02:08 PM
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Should I Design My Custom Home With The Garage On The Right Or Left?
 
Garage left or right on the front elevation and does it matter? It sure does!
First impressions are always a big deal and you only have one chance for a great first impression. Imagine your guests are arriving for your house warming party, they stop at the gatehouse and the security guard provides directions to your home. Your house guests wind their way through the maze of streets and finally arrive at your address. The very first view of your home they see is your garage. … (0 comments)

windermere custom home builders: Custom Home Building- Porcelain vs Ceramic Tile, What’s The Difference? - 07/31/17 01:51 PM
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Custom Home Building- Porcelain vs Ceramic Tile, What’s The Difference?
 
The word porcelain, often conjures up images of grandma’s old, white, porcelain, kitchen sink. The one where she had to use “Comet” to get the scratches and stain out of. The same sink you swore would never have in one of your homes! Well, porcelain tile is noting like grandma’s old kitchen sink! Todays, porcelain tile, is made from a more dense clay than ceramic tile. It’s tougher, more scratch resistant, more durable, more resistant to stains and the color is from top to bottom, not a thin glaze on … (0 comments)

windermere custom home builders: Custom Home Building- Is Talking To The Neighbors Before You Buy Important? - 07/21/17 10:47 AM
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Is It Important To Speak With The Neighbore Before You Buy Real Estate?
 
You bet it is! Noisy neighbors and alternative lifestyles is one thing but it can go much further than that!
A year ago, I was contacted by a recent lot purchaser that wanted me to build a Custom Home for them. After some preliminary investigation, it was determined, a standard septic system would not be possible for this property. Even a raised drainfield was not going to be acceptable to the Health department. So, months later, after applying for a variance with the State of Florida we were granted permission … (0 comments)

windermere custom home builders: Custom Home Building- What Does A Home Built For The Florida Lifestyle Look Like? - 07/06/17 12:01 PM
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A Custom Built Home For The Florida Lifestayle!
 
This is a one of a kind, custom Home, designed specifically for a lot owner.
 
Features:
4 car garage and an additional boat garage. 
Over 10,000 SF of living area. 
$2,000,000 +
6 1/2 baths.
Study
Six bedrooms.
Caters kitchen and pantry.
Kitchen and great room with seating for 30+.
Clubroom.
Pool and spa.
Lake views.
Eat in island kitchen.
Mud room.
Elevator.
Laundry.
Bar lounge.
Master suite.
Summer kitchen.
Home theater.
Second floor balcony deck.
Two-story master closet.
 
Now, that's what I call a home designed for the Florida Lifestyle!
 
Have an awesome day!
 
Mike
 
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windermere custom home builders: Custom Home Building- Preventing Lightning Power surges! - 07/03/17 08:28 AM
 
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Whole House Electrical Surge From Lightning Strikes, What You May Be Doing To Encourage Them, And What Can I Do To PREVENT A Power Surge?
They say Central Florida is the Lightning Capital of The World! I'm not sure that's true but we sure do get a lot of lightning strikes! Unfortunately, most homeowners get their education regarding power surges and lightning after their home get hit with a power surge that knocks out thousand of dollars worth of electronic gear.
You may be doing something that encourages a whole house power surge! If you have an electronic dog collar system, … (9 comments)

windermere custom home builders: Custom Home Building- Master Suite On 1st or 2nd Floor? - 06/29/17 08:07 PM
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Should I Design My Home With The Master Suite On the 1st Or 2nd Floor?
Sounds like a pretty straight forward question, master suite up or downstairs? Your decision may not be important in the short run but when you are ready to sell your home, it's going to make a big difference.
If you ask a Central Florida Realtor they will say, position the master suite on the first floor unless there is a compelling reason to put it on the second floor. By compelling reason, they mean, a spectacular view like a lake or something like that.
Why, because most buyers … (3 comments)

windermere custom home builders: Custom Home Buidling- Radiant Barrier, Save $$$ On Your Power Bills - 06/16/17 07:29 AM
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Radiant Barriers, A Cheap Way To Save Money On Your Electric Bill!
 
Of course, the devil is always in the details!
 
What's a radiant barrier? You've seen them on astronaut space suits or in science fiction movies. A foil like material that either keeps things cold or hot. The material is used on coolers and emergency blankets to keep people warm too.
It's a reflective material that is used in home construction to reflect the suns radiation away from your home. It's a material that will help keep your home cool in the summer time but like I said, the devil is in the … (0 comments)

windermere custom home builders: Dad Story, Fixing TV's and Radio's- Happy Father's Day! - 06/15/17 10:09 AM
Dad Story Fixing TV's and Radio's:
Dad was always trying to make things better for the family. Being a Sanitation Man, he had many opportunities to pick up "treasures" on his route. This was a time before recycling, garage sales and flee markets. If you no longer had use for an item or it was broken, you gave it to a family member or threw it away. Hughie, always had his eye out for a "gently used" item the family could use or resell for a few extra bucks. The garbage men called the ill gotten items "Mungo".
Dad had a soft spot … (3 comments)

windermere custom home builders: Custom Home Building- Where Are The Gutters On My Central Florida Home? - 06/08/17 07:28 AM
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Do I Need Gutters On My Windermere, Florida New Custom Home?
 
One of the first things that people notice about homes when they move down from up north, homes in Florida don't normally have gutters and downspouts. Why is that? The short answer, the ground in Florida never freezes.
Gutters and frozen ground may seem unrelated but it's right on target. It's important to keep water away from the footings of the home. When rainwater gets below the footing and freezes it will heave the foundation of the house, right out of the ground. Gutters and downspouts are designed to keep … (0 comments)

windermere custom home builders: 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)

windermere custom home builders: 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)

windermere custom home builders: 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)

windermere custom home builders: 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)

windermere custom home builders: 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)

windermere custom home builders: 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)

windermere custom home builders: 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)

windermere custom home builders: 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)

 
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