Most well-constructed homes in Lake and Sumter counties begin with a strong concrete foundation and slab, built with high-quality concrete by experienced craftsmen. A good concrete foundation has properly sized footers to support the load-bearing points of the home. The concrete slab should be level, with minimal cracking and a finish that is almost chalky white in appearance, and prepped for flooring.
(BPT) - With the fall season comes cool weather and more time indoors. Snuggling up with blankets and partaking in activities at home can create more clutter than usual around the house. Instead of getting frustrated, it’s easy to add stylish storage to corral extra items. Get organized and keep your home clutter-free with a few smart tips.
Let’s face it, when it comes to home repairs there are some people who are just better and more astute with a do-it-yourself project than others. If you don’t have an inkling of how to tackle a DIY project, then don’t. Instead, hire a professional.
The first Krystal hamburger restaurant in Lake and Sumter counties will open Tuesday in Leesburg, according to the company’s vice president of construction and development.
Home inspections have become an important part of the home-buying process, as insurance companies no longer automatically insure homes constructed with outdated building codes, and financial institutions seek assurances the homes they are financing are free of defects.
(NAPSI)—An increasing number of Americans are taking a shine to the look of metal for their home furnishings.
A sprawling tree farm in Groveland listed by Lake County’s Economic Development office as a major employer has a new boss.
(Family Features) If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to dress up a room in your home, crown molding is a simple way to add elegance and class with minimal investment.
(NAPSI)—Whether it is with finger paint, chalk, crayons or construction paper, children love crafting and creating their own special works of art. Not only are crafts an enjoyable activity for children, simple crafting can also help children learn important skills that affect their overall development and is a way through which parents can observe their children’s developmental progress to make sure they are school ready. It’s important for parents to be in tune with their child’s development during their early years because the first five years of life lay the foundation for a child’s long-term success.
(BPT) - Labor Day signals the end of summer and the start of exciting new fall activities, but what does the holiday really celebrate? The answer: the 155.6 million people age 16 and older in the American workforce. Gathering with family and friends is a must, but that doesn't mean you should spend your day off worrying about party details. With these tips and tricks, you’ll be a master party-planner and everyone will have a great time - you won’t even have to turn on the stove!
(BPT) - Every generation of homeowners has its design priorities. Baby boomers look for home design that will let them age in place, while generation X wants features that facilitate busy lifestyles. Millennials crave interior decor that meshes with their technology, blending energy efficiency, family-friendly features and plenty of personalization. Since many millennials are starting out in their personal and professional lives, affordability is also a priority.
For millions of Americans, the inability to obtain financing for a new home or remodel has created a sense of entrapment and hopelessness.
(BPT) - When it comes to protecting America, a group of highly trained Navy Pilots and Naval Flight Officers are ready to serve from the air and the sea. This world-class team maneuvers the most sophisticated airplanes and helicopters to electronically detect and track ships, submarines, aircraft and missiles.
(NAPSI)—Energy prices in California are among the highest in the nation. Fortunately, homeowners in the Golden State and across the country can beat the heat at home and in their wallets with spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation.
Slick wordplay has become the jewel of fast-talking marketers and politicians. For instance, when a politician talks about increasing revenues, what he really means is he wants to raise taxes. In the construction industry, the term "value engineering" doesn’t mean building to higher quality but rather taking a shortcut to meet bare minimum standards in order to save money.
(BPT) - As summer winds down, inevitably kids’ nerves begin to show with the thought of the upcoming school year. The changes that lie ahead, be it a new school, teacher or a grade level, can create anxiety in many children.
No item used in a home during construction or maintenance is more important than caulk. For many homeowners and builders, caulk is the least researched and most misused product in the home.
Gov. Rick Scott today announced the 11 new projects — including two in Sumter County and one in Lake – that will be funded this year to help advance the Coast to Coast Connector, which will provide a safe and continuous multi-use trail from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic.
The largest investment most people will ever make is their home, and there is no better advocate for homeowners in regard to affordability, building standards and consumer protection than the Home Builders Association of Lake-Sumter.
(StatePoint) Curb appeal is important in setting a welcoming tone. And if your home is for sale, an attractive exterior becomes crucial.
Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter is investing more than $1 million in new home construction in Lake County this year, and is also restructuring and expanding its corporate and regional offices throughout the two counties.
The site of a building worksite collapse in Tavares, Fla., is shown on Thursday, July 3, 2014. On Wednesday, two workers fell after a set of trusses collapsed.
Two workers fell from near the top of a construction site in Tavares on Wednesday after a set of trusses collapsed.
(NAPSI)—Thousands of people become sick each year and some even die from working in the heat. Heat illness most affects those who have not built up a physical tolerance to heat, and is especially dangerous for workers in agriculture, construction and transportation.
(BPT) - There are regular backyard projects and then there are those special backyard projects that bring families closer together, both during the construction and while enjoying the finished piece.