At R. L. Gordon & Co, we have been privileged to build hundreds of custom homes for a broad spectrum of people over 34 years. Like the TV commercial states “we’ve learned a thing or two because we have seen a thing or two.” One thing inevitably became clear years ago; regardless of whether we were building a smaller 2000 square foot home with a modest budget or a 12,000 square foot home with a sizable budget, paint selection and finishes make all the difference.
Larger tract builders have developed some great floor plans over the years, which address most of the needs of a typical family. Building the same model with slight variances in design, such as exterior color, flooring, countertops, cabinetry is certainly the most cost efficient way to build for the masses. This certainly is a great option for most families.
But, what if you don't fit the "mold"? What if you want to break out of conventional tract housing options? Your needs could range from wanting to express your own style to needing more functionality and less maintenance. Maybe you want your home to leave less of a footprint on the earth or maybe you want a home with all the latest technology?
Horror stories abound from those who have attempted major
remodels or have built a new home with most problems occurring from poor
communication between the home owner and builder. The contract amount and what
is included in the home is often misunderstood. R. L. Gordon & Company
provides a complete breakdown of every cost and allowance item that is selected
by the buyer before the contract is signed. The allowance items include cabinets,
appliances, flooring, tile, lighting fixtures and many other things. By selecting
what is wanted in the home upfront, it allows us to get exact pricing which
allows the buyer to add or delete based on the cost of each item.
Anyone who is spending the kind of money it takes to build a
new home, should enjoy the process and when done properly, should be an enjoyable
and satisfying experience for all.
PAINTING & CAULKING: as caulk shrinks, small cracks
begin and moisture begins to enter the walls. Same with cracks in your stucco.
Cracking is a normal process but again, moisture begins to enter the walls.
Over time, if the cracks aren’t repaired, everything from rot to mold issues
begin. The painting industry has made great strides over the last few years in
developing products to last longer. Here in Florida with the baking heat, our
quick afternoon showers cause temperature and humidity changes which promote
cracking. SOLUTION: walk around your home every 6 months and inspect the
caulking around the windows, door openings, siding and trim or stucco and look
for any gaps or cracks. Purchase clear paintable caulk and seal any areas that
need it and you shouldn’t have to repaint the whole house.
R.L. Gordon and Company, an experienced home builder in Central Florida, offers this blog to share announcements, advice and tips for their customers and web site visitors. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact us.