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4 Things to Consider Before Building in Florida

Building any new property can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can also be a stressful one if you are not prepared for the process. Construction in Florida presents some unique challenges and there are special considerations to to think about when building. We have been building in Florida for over 30 years and understand what it takes to design and construct a new property. Below are 4 things to consider when thinking about building in Florida.

Flooding

Florida is a low­elevation state that is hit with frequent storms, and no place within the state is more than 60 miles from the ocean. All these factors make flooding a risk when building in Florida. Before purchasing the property, confirm what flood zone the space is in (9ft, 10ft, etc.). In order to receive a building permit and flood insurance, the first floor of the property must be AT LEAST at sea level.

Geotechnical Tests

Before building, a licensed geotechnical firm will come out to determine your soil bearing capacity. The borings are relatively shallow (about 20 ft) and contain information that determines whether or not you can build on a conventional shallow foundation. This process is very important because if the soil doesn’t make the grade the builder must put down pilings as a foundation, which can cost $50,000 to $100,000 more!

Zoning

Zoning is established by the city or county your property is located in. Different zones have different rules for construction which need to be considered. One example of these differences is the length of a property’s setbacks ‒or the distance between it and the street and adjacent properties. Common lengths are 25 ft for a front setback, 10 ft for the sides and 20 ft for the rear setback, but these distances are subject to change based on location.

Homeowners Association

HOA guidelines often have additional requirements and restrictions than that of your particular zone. F or example, which way your garage door might be facing, the colors of home, the style and type of roof, siding, driveway, etc. Homeowners Associations can sometimes make construction a headache for the buyer, so make sure to review a copy of these guidelines carefully before closing on your property.
It is important to consider all of these aspects before building in Florida, as it can be a time­consuming and costly investment. Get the best out of your time and money and work with a builder that is willing to give you quality results at a fair price.

If you are considering building in Northeast Florida, contact us online or call (904) 471­-5800.

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Top 5 Things to Look For in an Architect

            When looking for an architect, there are many things to consider in order to find the right one for the job. The field of architecture is an increasingly competitive one. To keep up with today’s competitive world, architects need to find ways to stand out above the crowd and keep people coming back to them for their business. As a client, you want to hire a personable architect who is going to work closely with you to deliver a finished product that meets all your expectations. You want them to build a relationship with you that lasts, and perhaps enlist them for future projects. It is always good to work with someone you trust, and business relationships should be mutually beneficial for both parties. During your search for an architect, it’s important to consider that not all architects are created equal. Here are 5 attributes that you should look for to determine a quality architect.

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