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So you are ready to build your dream custom home, but there is one pesky problem…you need to kick up the curb appeal of your existing home for a quick sale.
First impressions can make or break your chance to quickly sell your home profitably. Curb appeal undeniably makes a difference. It draws prospective buyers attention and improves the desirability of your home.
An attractive driveway and well manicured landscaping can really help with that initial impression. But there are more things you can do to kick up the curb appeal to sell your existing home.
Kick Up The Curb Appeal Checklist
Give the Front Entrance a makeover: Clean the front door and remove clutter like furniture and pots while you give the porch and entry a deep cleaning. Repaint or touch up as needed. Consider bright contrasting color to give the door life. Polish the knobs and fixtures. Now return or add a seating area and place a nice planted pot on either side of the door.
Repaint The Exterior: If your home is ready for a paint refresh, don’t skimp on this. A new coat of paint will really pump up your curb appeal.
Put In Colorful Landscaping: Plant or pot colorful flowers. Bougainvillea or other colorful plants can really brighten the curb appeal of your home.
Edge the Garden: Add an attractive border to your garden beds and pathways. Stone, concrete, wood, brick or metal edging all will provide a clean, professional appearance and definitely pump up your curb appeal.
Improve Your Lawn: Edge and mow the lawn. Fill in any thin grass with new sod or plugs. Have the lawn brightened with proper fertilizer and put down weed control.
Clean and Repair Paving: Patch and repair your paving. Fill concrete cracks, apply a coat of sealer if you have asphalt or add a fresh layer of gravel on your driveway and pathways.
Clean Windows: It may seem obvious, but all too often windows are left unattended. Make sure before you put your home on the market that your windows sparkle inside and out.
Attend to Your Roof: If your roof needs a cleaning, don’t overlook this. Replace any broken or missing shingles or tiles and give the roof a good cleaning. Be sure to cover plants and water thoroughly afterwords if you use a commercial cleaning company to do the work.
Install or repair Outdoor Lighting: Path lighting is a surefire, inexpensive upgrade that will give a lift to your curb appeal and its easy to do yourself. Install a low wattage system or a solar system. While you are at it, be sure to replace any home, garage or exterior flood lights.
The main feature of a Mediterranean home is finding the balance between the interior and the location where the home will be constructed. Mediterranean style homes reflect bright, casual, elegant and functional style invoking the sun, water and culture typically found in Spain, Italy and France.
The style can be formal, rustic or classic reflecting leisure and bold, earthy colors that result from nature and natural sunlight. Stucco finishes, low pitched Mediterranean roof tiles, arched windows, and wrought iron balconies are staples of this style.
Mediterranean homes by Devonshire Custom Homes feature well thought out great rooms, fireplaces, soaring ceilings with designer lighting, and gourmet granite counter-top kitchens. We feature items like beautifully crafted wine cellars and outdoor kitchens, huge walk-in closets, impressive tubs and showers.
The perfect Mediterranean home should be designed to create grand venues for luxury living and entertaining. If you are in the planning stages for your dream home and interested in a Mediterranean-style home, here are a few examples of Mediterranean homes by Devonshire Custom Homes in Tampa and St. Petersburg to give you some ideas for your new luxury home idea board:
Interested in seeing more of our Mediterranean homes? See these luxury home galleries of Mediterranean homes by Devonshire Custom Homes:
Master bathroom design ideas are an important topic in nearly every luxury home project. Its the place where you get away from the rigors of your busy life. An oasis where you start the day with a refreshing shower and maybe end the day with a calming hot soak.
Master bathrooms need to comfortably accommodate two people, fit your routine and match your expectation of luxury and comfort. It requires proper storage and should be easy to maintain.
At Devonshire Custom Homes, we take great care to understand your vision for your new custom home and your master bathroom oasis.
You’ll want to create a master bathroom with a focal point in mind. For instance, a free standing tub like these might be your centerpiece.
The sink is another focal point of a master bathroom. You may want a sleek, modern look, traditional or somewhere in between. An above counter basin can transform an ordinary vanity. Or maybe you would prefer a porcelain pedestal style sink. Whatever your fancy, there are a number of options.
Think about your color scheme. you might like a bright room with white tiles and lots of natural sunlight. Or maybe you prefer dark woods and a spa feel.
If you are in the planning stages from your dream home, here are a few master bathroom design ideas from homes built by Devonshire Custom Homes.
Interested in seeing more of our Kitchens & Breakfast Areas? See the entire gallery of Devonshire Custom Home Kitchesn and Breakfast Areas here: Custom Home Bathroom Design Gallery.
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If you’re considering a move to Florida, you may be surprised to hear that there are significant differences between building a Florida home and homes in the rest of the country. What make s Florida home so different?
1. You Won’t Find Basements in Florida
If you are from other parts of the country, you may be surprised to find that there are no basements in Florida. With the water table less than a meter underground in many cases, basements are not practical in Florida.
2. The Climate Means Different Heating & Cooling
Our climate in Florida means that you don’t have to worry about heating and cooling as much as you do in other parts of the country. As a result there is not a need for a traditional furnace, and many people opt for a heat pump instead. A heat pump cools your home while also providing heating capabilities when the temperature dips in the winter.
3. The Elements in the Sunshine State Can Affect Your Home
Florida’s weather attracts many to the Sunshine state, but the elements of humidity, sunshine and salty air can have an impact on your home. When living in Florida homes, many homeowners use air conditioning to beat the heat. They also choose their exterior paint carefully to ensure that it can withstand the intense UV rays and salty air that make this state such a popular tourist destination.
4. There is No State Income Tax in Florida
One of just seven states that do not have an income tax, means it may be easier to afford the dream home that you wish to build in Florida. When you’re saving anywhere from 5 to 10 percent of your income, that money can go directly toward your home.
5. Florida Homes Are Rising in Price
Home values increased in by the largest amount in six years in 2016, and 2017 saw an additional increase of 6%. New home starts are predicted to rise by more than 20% next year in Tampa Bay.
If you are considering relocating and building a Florida home, you may be interested to learn more about some of the most sought after neighborhoods in the Tampa Bay area. When you are comfortable with neighborhoods that you might wish to build in, we hold available lots in many of these desired neighborhoods.
If you would like to talk with our team at Devonshire Custom Homes about your vision for your new home in Tampa Bay, use the button below to request a free consultation.
When you are planning your new custom home, there are a number of popular custom home amenities that add style and value. These features make for a well designed luxurious home, while making your day-to-day living more comfortable and fun for family and guests alike.
Better still, when you are ready to sell, these popular amenities will increase the value of your home.
Most Popular Custom Home Amenities for New Modern Homes
Open floor plans
Open floor plans are one of the top features for new custom home projects. Modern homes embrace expansive and airy, open rooms, and use as few walls as possible. Instead, they incorporate screens, partitions, panels, glass, and split levels to create an open layout that lets light through.
For people who crave a place to relax away from the busy outside world, you can design bathrooms within your home that are elegant sanctuaries. Who doesn’t love a luxurious bathroom? For many who travel and you have visited world class spas and hotels, creating something similar in their dream home is popular. This might include a freestanding soaker bathtub to escape the stresses of a busy life and a separate, massive walk-in showers and head-to-toe shower jets.
Many of today’s homeowners want it all when it comes to technology. With a touch of a button on your iPhone you can now lock your doors, control your homes climate, control lights and control your alarm system from literally anywhere! Wireless home automation devices incorporated into their homes for convenience, security, and energy efficiency are very popular custom home amenities.
The kitchen is at the heart of any home. Wether for family or entertaining guests, the primary gathering spot is often the kitchen area. Luxurious, high-quality amenities are key for those looking to relax and entertain in this space. Many custom home buyers are equipping their kitchen with specialty features such as sleek restaurant-quality appliances, walk-in pantries, wine refrigeration, warming drawers, double dishwashers, and point-of-service refrigeration for seamless serving.
For the wine aficionado, a built in wine cellar is a must have amenity. Designing a custom wine cellar to house your collection of bottles at the proper temperature and in the correct conditions is an amenity that serious about wine can appreciate.
More than a closet, a popular amenity for a luxury custom home is a dressing room. A high priority for a women is a place to store and display her wardrobe, shores and purses. A dressing room provides superlative storage space with shelves, racks to display shoes, purses and neckties and lighting and mirrors.
A custom home amenity rising in popularity is designing and a home office space that is tailored to specific needs. A work from home environment may involve more than just the home office. The outdoor living area, kitchen breakfast area or even the master bed room may at times be the place to settle in, but the home office still needs to be the hub of this activity.
Outdoor Kitchen and pool
A popular feature of new custom homes are cozy outdoor kitchen and cooking areas.The top amenities of the ideal outdoor kitchen include a built-in gas grill, a sink and stainless food prep area, a small fridge for food and drink storage, and plenty of lavish stone patio seating areas for entertaining.
Large pools, hot tubs and changing cabanas also top this lavish wish list. Expansive pools with water features such as waterfalls and plenty of privacy are a must. The leisure life is moving out-of-doors and those homes that have this sort of flair rank high with new home owners.
Carefully deciding on amenities for your custom home will result in luxury you love. Today’s modern living combines flair and simplicity. By incorporating these design trends, you can improve your home’s value, entertain your guests in style, and enjoy your space to the fullest.
Your version of luxury and style may vary from this list of popular custom home amenities, technology and comforts. Are you thinking about the design of a new luxury custom home? A free consultation with our team at Devonshire Custom Homes can help you review your ideas and perhaps suggest some others to compliment your wish list. Use the handy button below to request a free consolation.
Ahh, Designer Lighting Fixtures! We love it when the light fixtures start getting installed in new Devonshire Custom Home Designs.
Chandeliers, suspended from the ceiling over a table or a foyer; ceiling lights mounted directly into the ceiling complimenting chandeliers in hallways and staircases; wall sconces surface mounted for a stylistic touch; pendant lighting suspended from the ceiling to add character and decorative style to a room; and contrasting shapes like these lantern lights leading to a wine room.
At Devonshire Custom Homes our interior design team will help you select the perfect designer lighting fixtures to match your vision for your new custom home and your personality.
Here are a few examples of designer lighting fixtures adorning homes built by Devonshire Custom Homes
Interested in seeing more of our interior designs and lighting? See the entire gallery of Devonshire Custom Home Interior Design and Decor here: Interior Details and Decor Gallery.
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Dreaming up your new luxury home is an exciting time, but can be a daunting task. There are so many things to consider, making it difficult to narrow down your choices into a final wish list.
Here then, are some tips to get you started:
Make a List Begin by making a list of the must have items. Is there a specific kitchen design you’ve always dreamed of? Is there a grand entryway that you always envisioned? The things you can’t live without are usually the easiest to settle on. Start there!
Create a Dream Board for Your New Home As you search for ideas, create a success board for your plan. You can create a dream board from magazine clippings, or use Pinterest. Bookmark any ideas you really love. An easy way to save them is to use Evernote web clipper. Use whatever method works best for you, but building a dream board will help you visualize your new home. You may realize your style evolves as you work room by room to create the big picture, which is why this is so important. And, of course, bring those ideas when you meet with our team to talk about your dream home!
Plan Ahead Think about what your future holds and how your home needs may evolve over time.Are you planning to add to your family? Will you need a space for an elderly relative to stay in the future? It’s a good idea to build your home with possibilities in mind. Planning ahead can save you a lot of time, stress and money.
Check out our Custom Home Gallery for inspiration!
We work with countless design styles, and we know we can take your dream and turn it into a reality.
Need help working through your ideas? We would be glad to help you . Just use the handy button below to request a no obligation consultation with our team at Devonshire Custom Homes.
With the weather finally truly feeling like spring, its time to look at your spring home maintenance checklist.
One of the best ways to do this is to get in the habit of using a regular seasonal checklist. Here then is our guide to your spring home maintenance checklist.
HVAC check: With warmer days just ahead, now is the time to make sure your HVAC unit is clean and functioning properly.
Air Filters: Change your AC filters to make sure you are cycling fresh air and keeping pollutants out.
Sprinkler Systems: Check your sprinkler heads for damage and test your system to make sure all stations are working normally.
Check Insulation: Ensure proper insulation of window sills, door sills and thresholds. Fill in cracks, caulk edges or replace when needed. Proper caulking and insulation will keep our the heat and humidy of the summer months ahead.
Check water drainage: With summer rains approaching, now is a good time to check if your property is draining effectively. Standing water in the summer invites mosquitoes and other pests, mold growth and even structural damage.
Check Pool and Window Screens: With the warmer temperatures come bugs. Now is the time to fix any pool enclosure damage from the Hurricane and storms of last year that have not yet been repaired.
Check your pool maintenance: Its easy to ignore the pool in the colder months. Give your pool a good brushing, check pH and alkalinity levels. Check your pool pump filter to be sure your system is operating a peak efficiency.
Check Smoke Dectectors: Now is a good time to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. Its also a good idea to dust or vacuum the detectors to keep them at peak performance.
Check Light Bulbs: Examine the bulbs in all fixtures to see if they are working and are the correct wattage.
Check Electrical Outlets: Check all outlets for frayed wires, loose plugs and overloaded outlets.
Fire Extenquisher: Time to remember where your fire extinguisher is located and that it is accessible if needed. Be sure that it is filled and ready if needed.
Check roofing: Now is a good time to have your roof checked for any damage.
So there you have it. Our 12 point Spring Home Maintenance Checklist. Happy Spring!
Work/ life balance is evolving, and today sometimes its best when the office is right at home.
Home offices have become commonplace. According to a Forbes study, one in five Americans work from home, a number that continues to rise. Work from home technology has made the home efficient and convenient.
Custom home builders can design an office space that is tailored to your specific needs. To do this right, homeowners need to carefully consider how they like to work and how the space being designed will be used.
Given the computing mobility of wireless internet, a work from home environment may involve more than just the home office. The outdoor living area, kitchen breakfast area or even the master bed room may at times be the place to settle in, but the home office still needs to be the hub of this activity.
For example, regardless of where work is created, a printer and file cabinet storage are still a necessity. For projects requiring the ability to spread out may require an office desktop that provided the room to do so. Bookshelves for resource materials and room for a small conference area may be necessary depending on your line of work.
And if you’re work requires peace and quiet, or privacy, an custom home office can be designed to be both attractive and functional with doors like this office built by Devonshire Custom Homes.
By considering these needs in conjunction with a custom home builder, you can create the exact custom home office that you need that will allow you to enjoy the work / life balance you desire.
Getting ready to build a custom home and wondering if the office should be right at home? Use the handy button below to request a free consultation with our team at Devonshire Custom Homes