Newbie's pictures of our first home, pre-dry wall.
I've been lurking here for the past few months and reading so many informative posts from this entire site. I go to new home building most of the time but since our new home is only 1873 square feet of living space I thought it was appropriate to post here. We love the intimacy of smaller homes and we thought our money could go farther if we sacrificed some square footage. Believe me though, smaller doesn't necessarily equate to cheap. In some parts of Florida you can get twice the square footage for what we paid, but when we researched the area, close to the Gulf of Mexico, its relative safety from Hurricanes as well as the more expensive homes in the surrounding neighborhoods we thought we made a good choice. We thoroughly researched our builder here in Florida and I believe we have a good one, no problems thus far, but this is our first home and it is a semi custom build. They have an excellent reputation in Florida and are a small family owned custom builder company with over 2000 homes in Florida. I only hear great things about them from the locals here.
Some of the custom upgrades of our new home:
Custom electrical plan with alzak coated recessed cans in the kitchen.
Structured media panel with cat6 data, cat 5 phone and RG6
Whole house surge protection with a back up generator switch.
Water softener with reverse osmosis water cleaner at the kitchen sink.
Our builder was cool and gave us an allowance for flooring, light fixtures, appliances, all plumbing fixtures and recessed cans. Basically they allowed me to bring in my own subcontractors so long as they were licensed and insured.
The house is elevated 13 feet above sea level, concrete block construction, steel reinforced joints and trusses to withstand 130mph winds and hurricane windows plus shutters. We live about 400 yards from the Gulf of Mexico with a pond view, and we recently moved here from the North East as we couldn't afford the most basic starter home in the NY area.
I've learned so much from so many people here on this site and if I can be of any help given my first build experience I would love to help.