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

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Nov 30, 2022 2:14:00 PM

Multigenerational living has become more common over the past few decades, not only in Florida. It can be more cost-effective than an assisted living home, but you also get to enjoy the sense of community and support that comes from living steps from your loved ones. Add an in-law suite to your property to create enough room for every family member to feel like they have both space and privacy.

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Topics: Home Remodeling 101

6 Myths About Custom Home Building in Florida

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Nov 17, 2022 1:00:00 PM

The idea of building your own custom home in Florida sounds like a dream, but you may also have many reservations. You may even be hesitant based on myths about the custom home building process, the cost, and other issues. So what facts do you need to know before building a house in Florida? We've compiled a list of the top myths about custom home building and what you should know instead.

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Topics: Building a Custom Home, Home Remodeling 101

The Most Popular Outdoor Home Remodels For Florida Living

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

Your home’s exterior has so much potential that it could be difficult to know where to start and what type of exterior remodel you can accomplish with your budget and space. Remodeling the outside of your house should suit your lifestyle or the outdoor lifestyle in Florida you’ve always wanted. Outdoor living spaces offer the opportunity to add square footage to your home that’s meant for enjoyment, relaxation, entertainment, and quality time with family and friends. 

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Topics: Trends & Ideas

Custom Home Layouts & Floorplans: All You Need To Know

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Oct 22, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Renovating your current home or building a custom home is an exciting process. Now that you’ve made the decision to start fresh, you might be thinking about your home’s potential and all the options you have. Your home’s layout is one of those big decisions that will influence every decision that follows. What is the best house layout for you and your family? We’ve gathered a few of the most popular home styles in Florida and their layouts. 

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Topics: Trends & Ideas

12 Questions to Ask Your Custom Home Builder Before Signing a Contract

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Oct 18, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Your custom home in Alachua County will likely be the largest investment you’ll ever make. If this is your first custom home, you’ll have lots of questions about the process and want to feel confident when you choose your custom home builder. During your pre-construction meeting with a builder, use this list of the most important questions to ask before you sign a contract. 

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Topics: Building a Custom Home

Design Tips for Creating your Dream Spa Bathroom

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Oct 15, 2022 8:00:00 AM

There’s nothing quite as rejuvenating as a day at the spa; but who has the time or budget to visit a spa as often as we’d like or need? 

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Topics: Home Remodeling 101, Trends & Ideas

Do You Need a Permit For Your Remodel in Alachua County?

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Oct 11, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Your builder should take the lead on the proper permitting and inspections necessary to keep your project on the up and up. Just like anything else involved in your project, it’s a good idea to learn about building permits and inspections for your new home or home remodel in Alachua County, nonetheless. So let’s take a crash course on building permits. 

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Topics: Trends & Ideas

The In-Law Suite: Custom Additions That Add Immediate Retail Value

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Oct 7, 2022 3:40:00 PM

Adding an in-law suite to a custom home or remodel is becoming increasingly popular. Whether the space is meant for an aging relative, an older child returning to the nest, visiting guests, or recreation, in-law suites are on the rise. What makes an in-law suite an in-law suite and how can you and your family benefit from this added space

 

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Topics: Home Remodeling 101, Trends & Ideas

Choosing Your Custom Built Home Exterior Color in Alachua County Florida

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Oct 3, 2022 3:34:26 PM

Choosing the exterior paint color of your custom house seems pretty straightforward, especially after the more complicated decisions around what features you should include on the inside. However, once you begin looking at different exterior home colors and palettes, things can get a little overwhelming. The amount of variation in white alone will make you want to say, “maybe I’ll get to this tomorrow.” We’re here to make the choice between the most popular exterior house paint choices easier.

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

The Best Flooring to Use in Your Florida Remodel: Hardwood vs. Tile vs. LVP

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Oct 1, 2022 8:30:00 AM

Creating a specific style and atmosphere in a room starts from the ground up. Your flooring selection greatly contributes to the look and feel of a particular space, like a bathroom, kitchen, entryway, or any other area. Whether it’s between luxury vinyl plank and hardwood, or porcelain tile and ceramic tile, choosing the best flooring material for a Florida home requires weighing every option.

When you’re choosing the best type of flooring to use for your home renovation or new home build in Alachua County, consider the cost of the flooring, as well as its durability, upkeep, and where the flooring will be installed.

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Topics: Trends & Ideas

6 Top Home Design Trends for Fall 2022

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Aug 28, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Fall 2022 design trends echo many of those that were popular earlier in the year, with some added elements. Florida style trends are showing softening edges, incorporating more nature into the home, and continuing to play with color. From the floor to the ceiling, every part of the room is getting updated with colors, patterns, and textures. What are the design trends for fall 2022? What are the most popular 2022 fall decor and interior design elements and styles?

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Topics: Home Remodeling 101

5 Remodeling Ideas to Maximize Storage & Space

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

Having enough storage is a top concern for many homeowners. There seems to never be enough, and during remodeling or building a custom home, there’s a lot of pressure to get it right. How to maximize you and your family’s storage needs will differ room by room. Storage is also so much more than closet space. How can you get the most storage out of your remodel as possible? What are the best additions to maximize storage?

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Topics: Home Remodeling 101

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

What Is Design-Build?

Posted by Bobbie Guthrie on Nov 21, 2021 10:11:00 AM

Whether you're remodeling your Gainesville home or looking to build a new custom home, you'll need to work with a designer and a contractor. Both professionals offer unique skills and knowledge that your project will benefit from, especially if they work together from the beginning. There are two standard methods your designer and contractor can get your project done: design-build and design-bid-build. What does Design-Build mean, and how does it differ from design-bid-build?

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Topics: Building a Custom Home, 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

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

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