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The Custom Home Building Process & Timeline in Florida

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Aug 14, 2022 8:00:00 AM

You’ve decided you’re ready for a custom home built to your exact preferences and needs. Now what? Well, once you find the perfect Florida design-build firm for your project, you’ll be guided through the standard timeline for building a custom house. What are the steps for building a custom house from start to finish in Florida? Also, how long does each step in building a house take?

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Topics: Building a Custom Home, Gainesville Living

Which Kitchen Layout Fits Your Lifestyle?

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Aug 7, 2022 8:00:00 AM

A lot of life happens in the kitchen. Cooking as a family, late-night chats, important conversations, trying your grandmother’s recipe for the very first time. How you will use your kitchen will determine the layout of your kitchen. Whether you’re an avid baker who likes to entertain dinner guests or enjoy creating fine-dining-worthy dishes with the best appliances, take time to consider what the most ideal kitchen layout would be for your custom Florida home.   

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Topics: Trends & Ideas

Financing a Custom Home Build in Gainesville, FL: Common Pitfalls and How To Avoid Them

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Jul 31, 2022 8:00:00 AM

You’ve looked at homes on the Florida market and there simply isn’t one that feels like a good fit, so you’ve decided to build your own custom home. Researching how to finance your custom home and the mistakes to avoid when building a new house is a lot like taking a class. There is a lot of information out there, so we’ve made it simple by compiling the most common pitfalls and how to avoid them. Whether you’re building a new home or planning to remodel your existing home, keep these tips in mind. 

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Topics: Trends & Ideas

Collaboration During the Remodeling and Custom Home Build Process

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Jul 20, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Collaboration is how many things get done, including custom home construction projects. Your custom home building team will work more effectively and efficiently when collaboration is kept front and center. So, why is it that collaboration is so important and how is that accomplished? 

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Topics: Building a Custom Home

Which Home Style is Right for Your Custom-Build?

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Jul 17, 2022 8:00:00 AM

You’ve decided you’re ready to build a custom home that has every feature on your must-have list. You’ve read up on interior design trends for the kitchen, and even storage options for the bathroom. You know what amenities you’d like in your custom home, but deciding on the overall style of your home can be a little tricky. What home styles are popular in Florida? More importantly, how do you decide what type of home is right for you?  

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Topics: Building a Custom Home, Trends & Ideas, Gainesville Living

Kitchen Remodeling Essentials

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Jun 21, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Remodeling your kitchen isn’t something you’ll want to do more than once every several years, so be sure to keep some essential insight in your back pocket. After all, your Gainesville kitchen remodel should leave you and your family relieved, not regretful!  What are some of the most essential tips to remember when remodeling your kitchen?

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Topics: Trends & Ideas

Home Additions: Should I Build Out or Bump Up For My Remodel?

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Jun 14, 2022 8:00:00 AM

The decision to add to your home may come from any number of reasons. Your family is expanding, you have an older relative moving in, or perhaps you’ve just bought a new home and planned an addition from the onset. Now is the time to decide: should you build up or bump out? 

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Topics: Home Remodeling 101

6 Tips for Whole Home Renovation Projects in Gainesville

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Jun 6, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Remodeling your entire home at once requires a lot of management, whether it’s cost, time, or expectations. You may also have plenty of questions from the very beginning. Like, how will you manage to control the cost? What remodels add the most value back to your home? What should you expect if you live in your home during the remodel? Having the answers to these questions, and a few others will set your whole home renovation on the right track before you even begin. 

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Topics: Home Remodeling 101

14 Front Elevation Styles to Inspire Your Gainesville New Home Build

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Apr 30, 2022 12:29:15 PM

When you imagine driving up to your newly built custom home, what type of front elevation design do you see? With so many elevation design options, this question could be more difficult to answer than you’d expect. What are the different types of elevations and which are the most popular designs? Let’s take a look at the most commonly used elevations and what makes each unique. 

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Topics: Building a Custom Home, Trends & Ideas, Gainesville Living

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Home Remodeling Contractor

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Mar 31, 2022 8:00:00 AM

So, you really want to remodel your kitchen, bathroom, outdoor living space, or your whole home. You’ve spent hours pouring over design ideas on the internet and HGTV. You know it’s time to renovate your home. But there’s one thing keeping you up at night now: How do I choose the right remodeling contractor? You’ve heard stories from neighbors and friends about difficulties they’ve experienced—you’re eager to avoid problems and get the home of your dreams. To get there, you’ll need to get educated as you choose between different Gainesville remodel contractors.

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Topics: Insider, Building a Custom Home, Home Remodeling 101, Trends & Ideas

Home Design Tips for Your Gainesville Remodel

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Mar 25, 2022 8:30:00 AM

It seems like the turn of each year brings a stirring within many homeowners to strive for a more beautiful house interior, whatever that personally means to each person. If you find yourself salivating over the latest designer decor on HGTV (we’re guilty too), then let’s talk about what you need to know about the 7 elements of interior design (space, lines, pattern, shape, color, light, texture—in no particular order) and how they play into this year’s design tips for your Gainesville remodeling project.

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Topics: Home Remodeling 101, Trends & Ideas

Why Living in Gainesville is Good for Families

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Mar 24, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Gainesville, Florida may not be the first city that comes to mind for living and raising a family. Yet, this area is coming on the radar and is worth looking into for its current benefits and potential. As southern Florida has become overcrowded, Gainesville is promising as a new place to be in the state. You might be surprised at what this area has to offer professionals and their families.

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Topics: Insider, Gainesville Living

Remodeling Projects That Will Increase Your Home Value

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Mar 15, 2022 10:00:00 AM

If you own a home in Gainesville and are watching what the Joneses are doing with their home next door, you might wonder if doing the same thing for your house is a wise investment. Is there a difference between the most popular home improvement projects and the remodeling projects that Gainesville will actually increase your home’s value? If you plan to spend money on any remodeling project in your home, choose return-on-investment over whimsy. Are the home improvements you’re considering a smart idea to bring your home into the future for you and your family? Let’s look at the value projects like these could bring to your home, or detract from it:

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Topics: Home Remodeling 101, Trends & Ideas, Gainesville Living

How to Design a Kitchen in 2022

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Feb 14, 2022 12:42:32 PM

If you’re planning to sell your home and want to get the most return on investment out of your improvements, following interior decorating and renovation trends is your best bet. As you may or may not know, kitchen renovations offer some of the highest ROI of any renovation type with better than 90% average profit potential. If you’re looking to impress friends and family or just want to maximize the enjoyment you get out of your home, following 2022 kitchen trends will not steer you wrong.

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Topics: Home Remodeling 101, Trends & Ideas

Best Spring Activities to Do in Gainesville, FL

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Feb 7, 2022 5:54:56 PM

As any good real estate professional will tell you, location is everything. If you’re considering building a custom home in Gainesville, you might be asking yourself “What is there to do in Gainesville, Florida?” Well, you’ll be pleased to learn that there are plenty of terrific things to do around Gainesville. While we believe the area deserves more credit for the many fun things there are to do in Gainesville, the fact remains that it tends to get outshined by spots like Miami and Orlando. Gainesville is not a resort town, but it’s an excellent place to build a home, raise a family, and get the full American Dream experience.

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Topics: Trends & Ideas, Gainesville Living

7 Pitfalls to Avoid When Remodeling Your Kitchen in Florida

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Feb 7, 2022 5:53:49 PM

Kitchen remodels are very exciting because they can result in a much more functional and stunning space. On the other hand, if you’re not careful, you could end up with regrets if you don’t avoid a few common kitchen remodel mistakes. Most people are careful to avoid putting outdated trends in a brand new kitchen. However, there is so much more than the colors and finishes you choose for your kitchen that every homeowner should keep in mind. 

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Topics: Home Remodeling 101, Trends & Ideas

Best Cities in Florida to Move to in 2022

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Jan 14, 2022 3:08:11 PM

Florida has so much to offer and finding the best fit for you can be a really exciting process. With over 200 sunny days per year, a plethora of cultural sites, family friendly cities, and an abundance of nightlife, Florida is an oasis. This state has plenty to offer for anyone seeking a high quality of life, affordable living, an excellent place to raise a family, and anything in between.

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Topics: Trends & Ideas, Gainesville Living

8 Popular Bathroom Vanity Colors for Your Home Remodel in 2022

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Jan 14, 2022 3:04:49 PM

Every part of the home is getting a new look in 2022! You may be looking at your Florida home and thinking of all the possibilities, with new trends to discover in every room. No element is too small to consider, such as the bathroom vanity. What colors are trending? 

 

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Topics: Trends & Ideas

Understanding Allowances in Construction

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Dec 4, 2021 10:02:00 AM

A construction allowance provides a limited amount of funds for a specific purpose. It’s important to know what role they play in your project. If you’re considering building or remodeling, and you need to know the house allowance meaning, we can help you see how they can affect your estimate.

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Topics: Home Remodeling 101

Why Custom Home Build Bids Can Be Different

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Nov 20, 2021 1:57:00 PM

When you’re getting custom home bids, you’re going to find that there is often quite a bit of difference in cost between those bids. This gets confusing because you rightly assume that there should be consistency between builders. When one bid comes in significantly higher in the cost per square foot, should you dismiss it and go with a cheaper option?

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Topics: Building a Custom Home, Home Remodeling 101

8 Kitchen Cabinet Storage Trends for 2022

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Nov 14, 2021 1:59:00 PM

Are you considering a kitchen remodel? At the heart of most kitchen remodeling trends is new cabinetry. When you upgrade your cabinets, make sure you check out these must-have cabinet kitchen features.

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Topics: Trends & Ideas, Gainesville Living

14 Upcoming Kitchen Cabinet Trends for 2022

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Nov 8, 2021 10:53:00 AM

Cabinets comprise the bulk of your kitchen composition and set the tone for the rest of the design aesthetic and spatial arrangement. When you’re remodeling your kitchen in Alachua County, it’s worth taking time to nail down exactly how you want your cabinetry to look and function so it has the right impact and doesn't have anything outdated in it.

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Topics: Trends & Ideas

12 Best [& Pet-Friendly!] Restaurants in Gainesville

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Nov 8, 2021 10:46:00 AM

When it comes to top-notch dining in Gainesville, Florida, you have plenty of options no matter the occasion, from date nights and family get-togethers to business meetings and quick eats.

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Topics: Gainesville Living

HGTV Shows: Reality vs. Entertainment

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Oct 30, 2021 10:19:00 AM

Home and Garden Television is very entertaining to anyone with even a passing interest in home improvement and all things DIY. Unfortunately, much of what you see on HGTV kitchen remodel shows does not always reflect the reality of remodeling. Naturally, they do have a responsibility to their shareholders to grow their brand and provide entertaining, if unrealistic TV shows, that draw in views and sell ads.

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Topics: Home Remodeling 101

Aging-in-Place Remodeling Trends

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Oct 23, 2021 10:19:00 AM

The idea of making a home better suited to the needs of an aging occupant is far from new. But with modern technology, materials, and tools, today's homeowner has a better chance than ever of being able to stay home comfortably and safely while increasing the value of your home. The trends and tools for achieving this have changed quite a bit over the years. Here, we'll cover some of the best tips, tools, and trends for aging in place remodeling.

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Topics: Trends & Ideas

Pros and Cons of Living at Home During a Remodel

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Oct 16, 2021 10:18:00 AM

Making major renovations on your home is a great way to add resale value to your property, enhance your own enjoyment, and improve your daily life in general. Major renovations will improve the look, feel, utility, and value of your home, but it is a major investment.

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Topics: Home Remodeling 101

How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost in Alachua County, FL?

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Oct 11, 2021 8:52:00 AM

Do you have a bathroom in your home in Alachua County that feels small, outdated, or dysfunctional? Do you dream of having a large master bath that is outfitted with little luxuries to enhance the comfort and ease of your daily routine? Is your family dynamic changing, necessitating the addition of new bathroom space to support multi-generational living?

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Topics: Home Remodeling 101

Best Springs, Rivers & Lakes Near Gainesville

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Sep 17, 2021 6:45:00 AM

It’s summertime in Florida, which means swimming, sailing, and soaking up the sun are on the agenda.

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Topics: Gainesville Living

12 Reasons to Have a Summer Kitchen in Your Florida Outdoor Living Space

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Sep 16, 2021 2:17:00 PM

These days, people are getting more and more interested in creating outdoor living spaces. There are at least two reasons for this. One, advanced materials and manufacturing techniques are making weatherproof, ruggedized furniture and appliances more and more practical. 

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Topics: Trends & Ideas

Controlling Custom Home Project Costs During the Design Phase

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Sep 14, 2021 3:57:00 PM

Going into a custom home building project in Alachua County, you likely have the expectation that the complexity of your unique project warrants a more substantial investment of time and money than building a production home.

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Topics: Building a Custom Home

Tips for Living in Your Home During a House Renovation in Florida

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Sep 12, 2021 10:56:00 AM

The end result of a home renovation is well worth the investment of time and money. However, trying to continue your daily life in the middle of a residential remodel can be challenging.

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Topics: Home Remodeling 101

Bathroom Remodeling Trends That Are Becoming Outdated in 2021

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Aug 14, 2021 1:02:00 PM

Bathroom trends have a way of coming and going with the wind. While some bathroom designs have a bit more shelf life, there are others that have now served their purpose and are no longer as popular as they once were. These bathroom trends can change on a dime, or others can change based on the current environment. For example, extended stay-at-home requirements have led to a number of not only new trends but also bathroom trends to avoid. Here are some of the outdated bathroom trends you'll want to skip.

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Topics: Home Remodeling 101, Trends & Ideas

Kitchen Remodeling Trends That Are Becoming Outdated in 2021

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Aug 10, 2021 1:02:25 PM

There's just nothing like walking into a beautifully renovated, fully updated kitchen. It presents you with an air of satisfaction. In many ways, the kitchen is the heart of the house. Holiday meals are prepared here. Morning breakfasts before big work meetings and school presentations originate here. From early morning coffee to those midnight snacks, the kitchen is truly a centerpiece of the house. It's also a major selling point. When you have an updated kitchen it instantly sets your home above the competition. People are envious of your kitchen and, therefore, the house. It also adds value to your property, making it a natural starting point for any kind of renovation.

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Topics: Home Remodeling 101, Trends & Ideas

How Long Does It Take to Build a Custom Home in Alachua County?

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Aug 9, 2021 1:14:00 PM

There are a handful of common questions just about everyone asks when considering a custom home build in Gainesville, FL (or anywhere else, for that matter). After questions regarding price points and what style the contractors are comfortable building and designing, the conversations turn to time. Just how long does it take to build new homes in Gainesville? Are there hiccups to potentially plan for? What might delay a new home build? You likely have your own time frame constructed in your head for when you'd like to move into the new house. Perhaps it's as soon as possible, or maybe you'd like to be settled in by the time the holidays roll around. Maybe you don't care either way and you're content with waiting however long it takes.

Whatever boat you find yourself in, it is helpful to, at the very least, have a general understanding of how long it takes custom home builders in Gainesville, FL to construct a house that's turn-key ready. Here are some of the ins and outs of how long it takes to build a house.

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Topics: Building a Custom Home

What Is the Cost of a Home Addition in Gainesville, Florida in 2022?

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Aug 9, 2021 1:03:00 PM
Adding on to your Florida home gives you more livable space and can increase the value of your home. You might have questions about what you can expect in different additions to cost, and whether it’s best to expand the footprint or to build upward. If you're considering adding to your home, here are some example costs and tips to follow before construction begins.
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Topics: Home Remodeling 101

What Is Design-Build?

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Aug 9, 2021 10:11:00 AM

Adding "design" to any title just has a way of giving it an artistic air of importance. They aren't a website maker, they are a website designer. It's not an interior decorator, it's an interior designer. That one, simple word, helps elevate the entire title of a person or place of business.

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Topics: Building a Custom Home, Home Remodeling 101

Should You Move or Remodel?

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Jul 25, 2021 7:42:00 AM

You've finally come to that point. That point in time when you look around the house and, instead of seeing joy you see things needing updates. The kitchen has a countertop you absolutely hate, the bathroom looks like it's from an entirely different time period, and even the bedrooms don't have the kind of flair you'd really like to have. What should you do? Should you wave your hands in disgust and call your real estate agent to start looking for new places? Or, should you begin renovating?

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Topics: Home Remodeling 101, Trends & Ideas

How to Know It’s Time to Renovate

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Jul 18, 2021 9:05:00 AM

Have you been considering a new home renovation, but you're just not sure if the time is right? Wouldn't it be great if there were obvious signs that it's time to renovate? Outside of lights falling from ceilings and the living room TV going out when someone flushes the downstairs toilet, you're not going to have those blatantly obvious remodel signs. However, if you know what to look for there are clues to when it is time to renovate and remodel a house.

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Topics: Home Remodeling 101

Questions to Ask During Your Custom Home Design Meeting

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Jul 11, 2021 2:00:00 PM

It's finally happening. You're moving forward with designing your dream home. You can now avoid purchasing a home with features you hate, or design elements that make no sense. You can cut out the build materials you'd like to avoid and, now, focus completely on your vision, even if that vision is honed with the help of a local Alachua County home builder. 

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Topics: Home Remodeling 101

Cost of Outdoor Living Space Remodel in Alachua County

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Jun 20, 2021 9:14:00 AM

One of the benefits of living in Central Florida is the favorable weather. If you don’t have a functional and inviting outdoor space on your property, though, you could be missing out.

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Topics: Home Remodeling 101, Trends & Ideas

Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Florida Remodeling Company

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Jun 12, 2021 2:14:00 PM

Remodeling your home in Alachua County is no small task, and choosing the company to come alongside you in this endeavor is similar to committing to a long-term relationship.

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Topics: Home Remodeling 101

Cost to Build an In-law Suite in North Central Florida

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Jun 5, 2021 2:14:00 PM

Multigenerational living has become more common over the past couple decades—not only in Florida but across the nation.

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Topics: Home Remodeling 101

How Much Does It Cost to Buy an Acre of Land in Alachua County?

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Apr 24, 2021 6:36:00 AM

If you want to design and build a custom home in Alachua County, the first step is deciding where to put it. 

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Topics: Building a Custom Home

How Long Does a Kitchen Remodel Take in Alachua County? [Updated 2021]

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Apr 23, 2021 11:19:00 AM

No matter how much you love your home in Alachua County, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to upgrade the space every now and then. If your kitchen has become outdated, is no longer functional for your family, or has simply lost its aesthetic appeal, it may be time for a renovation.

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Topics: Home Remodeling 101

Bathroom Niche Designs to Consider for Your 2021 Florida Home Remodel

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Apr 17, 2021 4:45:00 AM

Bathroom niches play a practical purpose in custom or any home, whether placed in your shower or built into other wall space. However, they have the potential to be much more than that.

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Topics: Trends & Ideas

2021 Kitchen Remodeling Trends in Alachua County

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Apr 12, 2021 12:17:00 PM

Kitchens tend to be among the most well-loved and well-used rooms in the house. Families spend hours each day cooking, cleaning, working, and gathering in their kitchens, which makes this space a prime candidate for an upgrade.

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Topics: Trends & Ideas

7 Best Summer Camps in Gainesville, Florida

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Apr 10, 2021 5:39:00 PM

Although summer is still a couple of months away, now is the perfect time to start making plans and getting activities scheduled so you're well ahead of the curve.

For children of all ages, one of the most memorable parts of summer tends to be attending camp, whether it be for a few hours on consecutive days or at an overnight camp that spans a week or even a month.

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Topics: Gainesville Living

9 Top Tech & Engineering Companies Hiring Near Gainesville in 2021

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Apr 8, 2021 9:47:00 AM

Over the past few years, Gainesville, Florida, has established a notable reputation as a thriving hub for both young and experienced entrepreneurs.

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Topics: Gainesville Living

How to Get the Most Out of the 2021 Parade of Homes in Gainesville

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Apr 7, 2021 4:14:00 PM

After last year's events, this year's Parade of Homes event is returning to its regular springtime schedule this April! Our entry this year is at Lot 12 in Fletcher Park which will be open to the public, giving you the chance to walk through the property. Twice per year, the Builders Association of North Central Florida shines a spotlight on more than a dozen beautiful new custom-built homes throughout Gainesville and all of Alachua County. Come see us there!

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Topics: Trends & Ideas

10 Reasons to Build Your Home in Gainesville, Florida in 2021

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Mar 31, 2021 3:53:00 PM

Although predominantly known as the home of the University of Florida and the Gators, the city of Gainesville, Florida, has plenty more to offer in the way of superior education at all levels, a strong job market, beautiful natural settings, amazing things to do with your furry friends, and a high quality of life.

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Topics: Gainesville Living

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