windermere home additions: 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 home additions: 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 home additions: 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 home additions: 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 home additions: 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 home additions: 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 home additions: 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 home additions: 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 home additions: 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 home additions: 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 home additions: 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 home additions: 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 home additions: 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 home additions: 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 home additions: 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)

windermere home additions: 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)

windermere home additions: 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)

windermere home additions: 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)

windermere home additions: 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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windermere home additions: 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)

 
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