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    #131, Greg Griffin races a Ferrari, builds Florida homes – The Weekly Driver - May 10, 2020 by admin

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    Greg Griffin is likely the only race car driver whose heritage features an Italian grandfather who owned 18 Ferraris including one used as a farm tractor by famed artist Andrew Wyatt.

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    The owner and president of Griffin Builders in Naples, Florida, Griffin has been a custom home builder for nearly 20 years. But hes been around the supercars for as long as he can remember.

    Co-hosts Bruce Aldrich and James Raia interview Griffin in Episode #131 of The Weekly Driver Podcast.

    After a two-week hiatus during the early stages of the coronavirus, Bruce and I resumed our weekly podcast with practicing social distancing from the backyard of the home Bruce share with his wife and Doberman Pinscher , Indy.

    Griffin discusses growing up Ferraris and he discusses how his passion for the vehicles began. He also talks about the intricacies of driving, his dislike of iRacing and several other topics.

    Ferraris in the 1970s werent nice cars, they were like little Fiats, recalls Griffin, 51. My grandfather thought they were nice cars but they werent as expensive as they are today. He bought one from Wyatt. He was using it on his farm because of its powerful engine.

    Griffin grew up cleaning the family collection and helping with maintenance. He remembers people saying how fast Ferraris were but he wondered why no one was taking them on tracks. Eventually, Griffin did. Its his passion and a metaphor for his life.

    Enzo Ferrari (the founder of Ferrari) always said, The cars are better than the drivers. The drivers need to learn to drive these cars, Griffin says. So I became fascinated with improving myself as a driver and trying to live up to the performance of the car.

    When you take a Ferrari on a track, its just a different animal. Its just a different experience. You have no idea a car you go stoplight to spotlight to pick up groceries with is such as capable machine on the track. I need to improve my driving skills and that what I set put to do.

    Griffin has been tracking since the mid-1990s and started competitive racing 15 years ago. He owns a Ferrari 458 Challenge. Like others, his interest piqued in the mid-1980s when the television show Miami Vice debuted. The co-lead detective played by Don Johnson drove a black 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona.

    I am a pretty hardcore amateur, Griffin says. We do really good amateur racing but on a budget.

    Although motorsports schedules have changed with the coronavirus pandemic, Griffin has several competitions planned later this year, including the Classic 24-Hour at Daytona International Speedway in November and 12-Hour Classic at Sebring International Raceway in December.

    One thing they quickly teach you is to look where you are going, not where you dont want to go. If you are going around a corner and youre looking at the wall, you are going to hit the wall. You always look where you want to go.

    I know its a silly thing, but a lot of racing analogies go hand-in-hand with life. Its a little sentimental, but its true. Life is racing. It really is. Its the same thing. I like the challenge.

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    Building permits | For The Record – Bowling Green Daily News - May 10, 2020 by admin

    Warren County

    Richard Wheet and Donna Redfern, 1582 Hammett Hill Road, manufactured home, $42,627.

    Neal Binfante, Lot 123, Drakes Ridge, single-family residence, $390,000.

    Christopher Smith, 370 Lodge Hall Road, manufactured home, $91,000.

    Kenneth and Cara Mullen, 3209 Alvaton Greenhill Road, fence, $6,750.

    Mike Howe & Son Custom Building Inc., Lot 162, South Glen Gables, single-family residence, $400,000.

    Maple Contracting, Lot 7, Windsor Trace Farms, single-family residence, $160,000.

    Danny and Laura Oliver, 8107 Old Greenhill Road, single-family residence, $240,000.

    Elisha Dawn and Jamin Kahn Mackie, 3033 Boiling Springs Road, single-family residence, $125,000.

    Darrell London, 425 Cleveland Drive, fence, $5,000.

    Kevin and Sara Deel, 804 Mandarin Ave., in-ground pool, $51,500.

    Mark and Julie Manley, 555 Brawner Road, single-family residence, $200,000.

    Jamie Clifton Basil, Lot 541, Northridge, fence, $4,500.

    Alzola Peli and Jachein Stewart, Lot 538, Northridge, fence, $3,900.

    Don and Dana Allen, Lot 264, Hidden River Estates, fence, $3,500.

    Newcomb Oil Co. LLC, 5972 Nashville Road, canopy, $44,000.

    Woodland Station Development LLC, Lot 23, Stuart Farm subdivision, single-family residence, $180,000.

    Woodland Station Development LLC, Lot 24, Stuart Farm subdivision, single-family residence, $180,000.

    Newcomb Oil Co. LLC, Lot 2, South Market, canopy, $20,000.

    Terra and James Gilbert, 417 Castle Heights Road, single-family residence, $122,500.

    Brian and Jacqueline Wise, 2680 Ewing Ford Road, storage shed, $2,900.

    Terra and James Gilbert, 417 Castle Heights Road, garage, $10,000.

    Daniel and Kayla Super, Lot 25, Plano Estates, enclosed deck/patio, $750.

    Lauren Durham and Cory Stewart Gearlds, Lot 13, Poplar Grove, single-family residence, $350,000.

    Kathy Holland and Brad Glover, Lot 21, Fairvue Farm, garage, $45,000.

    Tracy Reels, Lot 115, Meadowview, fence, $4,300.

    William and Cynthia Roberts, 1290 Alvaton Greenhill Road, barn, $30,000.

    Gregory and Judy Green and Hunter Green, 1193 Sams Lane, single-family residence, $215,000.

    John and Alicia Sells, Lot 229, The Summit, single-family residence, $550,000.

    John and Alicia Sells, Lot 229, The Summit, garage, $44,000.

    AM Builders, 612 Richpond Rockfield Road, single-family residence, $135,000.

    Mike Howe & Son Custom Building, Lot 30, The Heritage, single-family residence, $250,000.

    Andrew and Kristin Lindsey and Micha Lindsey, 2088 Mount Victor Lane, $35,000.

    Marcus Brown, 252 Shady Lane, single-family residence, $350,000.

    Jimmy Sandusky, 7419 Old Greenhill Road, covered porch, $5,000.

    Jimmy Sandusky, 7419 Old Greenhill Road, deck, $2,000.

    Crabbe Homes, Lot 63, Weatherstone, single-family residence, $113,392.

    Hammer Homes LLC, Lot 13, The Heritage, single-family residence, $180,000.

    Bennie Jones Construction, Lot 25, Poplar Grove, single-family residence, $275,000.

    Shane Roberts, 8769 Morgantown Road, single-family residence, $200,000.

    Shane Roberts, 8769 Morgantown Road, garage, $100,000.

    Jagoe Homes Inc., Lot 50, Blevins Farm, single-family residence, $315,923.

    Terry London and Debbie L. Akin London, Lot 49, Cambridge Grove, garage, $60,000.

    Derek and Emily Rhoades, 1104 South Chalybeate Road, single-family residence, $315,000.

    Debra and Alexander Loyd Jr., 1280 Blue Level Providence Road, manufactured home, $150,000.

    Hammer Homes LLC, Lot 20, The Heritage, single-family residence, $190,000.

    Mildred Ortiz, Lot 169, Springfield subdivision, fence, $1,050.

    Greg and Kathy Lucas, Hays Smiths Grove Road, single-family residence, $2,300.

    Gemini Homes Inc., 6255 Hardcastle Ave., single-family residence, $400,000.

    Danny and Sandra Close, Lot 24, Twin Elms, fence, $1,050.

    Tracey and Michael McCay, 368 Larmon Mill Road, garage, $58,000.

    JT Holdings LLC, Lot 80, Weatherstone, single-family residence, $140,000.

    Brad and Joy Kirby, 10492 Alvaton Road, garage, $15,000.

    James and Heather Davenport, Lot 26, Stuart Farm subdivision, garage, $36,621.

    Mark and Miranda Curtis, 1709 Oakland Flatrock Road, in-ground pool, $14,499.

    Delnora Rector II, 422 Cleveland Drive, single-family residence, $350,000.

    Lance and Karla Hamilton, 929 New Cut Road, above-ground pool, $5,700.

    Lance and Karla Hamilton, 929 New Cut Road, fence, $1,500.

    James and Debra Burch, 774 South McElwain Road, single-family residence, $200,000.

    Hammer Homes LLC, 2807 Winstar Ave., single-family residence, $185,000.

    Midhat and Sabiha Ajanovic, 169 Jack Smith Road, fence, $500.

    Terry Davis Construction Inc., Lot 118, Weatherstone, single-family residence, $165,000.

    Western Homes LLC, Lot 210, McCoy Place, single-family residence, $240,000.

    Dale and Tonya Chaffin, Lot 47, South Oaks, single-family residence, $160,000.

    Graham Builders LLC, Lot 42, Windsor Trace Farms, single-family residence, $190,000.

    Alycia Stringer and Charles Crews, Lot 114, McCoy Place, covered porch, $5,000.

    Brooke Robison, 1550 Brookwood Drive, meter pole.

    Bronson Spears (Paradise Self Storage), 192 Orange Court, Lot 7-1, $150,000.

    Stengel Hill Architecture (Nursing, PT & Academic Complex), 700 East First Ave., commercial building, $395,307.

    Alpla Inc. (Alpla Mezzanines), 385 Southwood Court, commercial building, $350,000.

    Kun Ou, 1120 E. 14th Ave., residential building, $1,558.

    C&C Contracting (Owls Head Storage), 187 Mitch McConnell Way, commercial building, $287,485.

    Enver Selmic, 502 Celestial Court, residential building, $3,000.

    Signs Express, 1305 Veterans Memorial Lane, sign.

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    Avid Awards recognize customers’ satisfaction with the work of their new home builders – The Crag and Canyon - May 10, 2020 by admin

    NuVista Homes earned an Avid Gold Award for Production Builder, for the first time.Supplied / Postmedia

    The winners in the 17th Annual Avid Awards were recently announced by Avid Ratings Canada with nine Alberta home builders scoring in the top 25 per cent of customer service satisfaction surveys.

    The winners were based on customer feedback surveys conducted from January 2019 to December 2019. Customers were asked to evaluate their home buying experience from first contact with the builder to 90 days post-possession.

    TheAvid Awards are regarded as a trusted benchmark of customer service performance in the industry.

    The Avid Diamond Awardisa national awardpresented to builders with thehighestranking and this year,went tobuildersin Ontario and British Columbia.

    The Avid Gold Awards is a provincial award for builders who score in the top 10 per cent of customer surveys. Alberta winners are NuVista Homes for the Production Builder category, Calgarys Crystal Creek Homes for Small Volume Builder and Edmontons Five Star Homes for Custom Builder.

    Its the first Gold award for NuVista.

    NuVista has a 20-plus year history of taking customer satisfaction seriously, says vice-president Mike Plumton. We learn a lot from surveying our homeowners, and we are always improving from listening to their feedback.

    This is the second Avid Gold award for Crystal Creek. Lindsay McGregor, sales manager and vice-president of business development, says the award is a result of making customer service a top priority.

    Consistent and transparent weekly communication with our customers keeps them part of the process. We pride ourselves on having an exemplary team and winning this award is a reflection of their dedication, she says.

    TheAvid Benchmark Award,for builders with scores in the top 25 per cent of surveys, went toAugusta Fine Homes Calgary, Brookfield Residential Calgary, Bucci DevelopmentsAlberta, JaymanBuilt in Calgary and Edmonton, Mattamy Homes Alberta and Prominent Homes in Calgary.

    Brookfield got the nod for both single and multi-family homes. Chris Richer, vice-president of Calgary homes, says the award speaks to Brookfields customer experience initiatives.

    Our goal is to create customers for life, he says.Its an incredible feeling to be recognized for our hard work and dedication.

    Bucci Developments was the other multi-family builder to receive a Benchmark award.

    In a time when peoples homes are more relevant and important to them than ever, knowing that our customers are happy with their spaces and with the experiences they have really means a lot to the whole company, says Bucci vice-president Mike Bucci.

    Its the fourth consecutiveBenchmark Award for Mattamy, something that Christine Turner, vice-president of customer engagement, attributes to high calibre staff who care about their work and homeowners.

    This year, three of our team members in Calgary also received well-deserved service awards. Its nice to know that year after year, our homeowners are happy with the level of service we are providing.

    Its the first Avid Award forProminent Homes,a recognition that general managerPal Shergillsays the company is excited about, especially right now.

    This award is reflective of the hard work of our staff, our team and trade suppliers. Its positive not only for our staff internally, but also to give some assurance to our customers, he says.

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    Homebuilders and COVID:19 – How this local builder is addressing construction and public safety – GuelphToday - May 10, 2020 by admin

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    Operating a business and managing staff while adhering to COVID-19 restrictions has presented many unexpected challenges for business owners. That is especially true in the construction industry, where newly-implemented site procedures have less to do with construction practices and more to do with meeting pandemic compliance regulations.

    Its taking a lot more of the site time to simply manage the health protocols, said David Brix, president of Terra View Homes in Guelph. For example, we had to replace all the porta-potties with units that had running water in them. Were also sterilizing them four times a day. Weve got wash stations in garages hooked up from inside the house. Weve been wiping down all the potentially touched surfaces like doorknobs in the home and spacing out time between viewings of our model homeso we can adequately sanitize. Clearly, we have to maintain personal distancing as best we can which has limited the number of trades that can be in a house at any one time. Its compromising our schedules and pushing closings off.

    Terra View Custom Homes was quick to implement the suggested safety measures to protect a workforce tasked with meeting construction schedules for new homebuyers. That meant adhering to personal distancing on the job and reducing crew, distributing sanitizer and gloves, regularly checking the mental and physical health of workers and requiring all tradespeople to check in upon entry to monitor potential exposure.

    As a result, Terra View has received glowing reviews from the Ministry of Labour and Safety Services in Ontario for exceeding minimum standards. Even with those measures in place, however, Brix says Terra View Homes is running into the same labour force problems encountered by other industries.

    Thankfully were still able to work, said Brix. But we also have less of a labour force then weve had before. Some are in self-quarantine. There are also government incentives for people to stay safe at home and receive assistance.

    Buyers are looking for confirmation from us as to when we can complete their homes. Its become a moving target. We dont know what next week will be like let alone three months from now. The best I can tell people is where we are in our schedule right now and what the projected closing date will be.

    Despite the pandemic, Brix says hes yet to see any real downward pressure on the market, suggesting it hasnt been long enough for people to drift into panic mode. As a result, Terra View Homes continues to offer prospective homeowners the opportunity to book individual showings that adhere to company guidelines. That means Terra View will arrange for a safe, contactless and private self-guided tour of their model homes, each of which is thoroughly sanitized before and after a showing.

    To arrange a showing, call Shelley at 519-249-9356 or email

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    Sleek, custom built contemporary home hidden in the mountains of rural Harrisburg: Cool Spaces – PennLive - March 5, 2020 by admin

    Inspired by mid-century modern architecture, this custom-designed-and-built home sits in a wooded part of Dauphin County.

    The home at 2331 Spruce Drive in Middle Paxton Township off Fishing Creek Valley Road was built in 2018 by Duff Builders in Lancaster County. The owners wanted a space that was seamless and sleek with elements of natural mountain living.

    The home at the former Homes of Felicita subdivision is listed for $540,000 by Ellie Flamini, an agent with Weichert, Realtors-First Choice.

    In keeping with the contemporary theme, the entire first floor has polished concrete flooring. A two-story great room features contemporary light fixtures and exposed ductwork.

    An open kitchen has solid quartz countertops, an oversized island, lighted European-style frameless cabinetry, soft close cabinets and drawers and contemporary exposed range hood venting. A large pantry is located off the side of the kitchen.

    On the other side of the kitchen is an office room with abundant natural light, integrated desk and shelving system and a storage loft area.

    From the great room, a custom, floating solid steel staircase leads to the second floor, with engineered hardwood floors, oversized hallway and high ceilings with window light.

    Two of the three bedrooms each have a closet system with mirrored sliding door for storage. The two bedrooms share a double vanity full bathroom.

    A second floor laundry area has high ceilings with natural window light and oversized washer and dryer.

    The master bedroom overlooks the backyard with spectacular views from a sliding glass door, which connects to an area that has been prepared for deck installation.

    The bedroom includes a walk-in closet with a high ceiling, natural window light and a closet system with ample storage. The maters bathroom has floating vanities with dual sinks and a mirrored storage cabinet in between. A pocket door conceals the toilet room. The shower walls are slate subway tile with dual rain shower heads.

    The oversized garage is perfect for a car enthusiast. Black metal wall-mounted cabinets provide storage. Hot and cold water, including in the mess sink, is available. The floor has drains and is epoxy-coated. The garage is wired for an electric car charger.

    There is also an area of the garage that is outfitted for a two-post car lift. That area has 4,000 psi concrete 6-inches thick with rebar reinforcement. The ceiling in that area is also notched out for a brand-specific lift (the exact brand and model can be provided).

    The home is fully wired and networked for the latest in internet connectivity. The entire home is wired for category 6 networking. Outside, the home is wired for security cameras (ready to install). The great room has hidden A/V cabling in the wall and the floor for HDMI speakers.

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    Custom homes without the premium price – The Seattle Times - March 5, 2020 by admin

    Manufactured homes offer two things buyers find very appealing the ability to customize and a cost-per-square-foot that is much lower than other new construction.

    Ordering a prefab home may seem leading edge, but manufactured homes already make up 10% of new construction in the U.S. Buyers place orders at local retailers where they can tour model houses (often from several manufacturers), look at floor plans and pick out cabinets, trim, flooring and other options. And, if a homeowner wants to remove a wall from the floor plan, have 9-foot ceilings, or turn their bath into a spa they can.

    Consumers want homes truly customized to their lifestyle and taste and builders have responded with new flexibility in design, says Joan Brown of the Northwest Housing Association.

    More house for the money

    Along with custom features, house buyers also want value. Factory construction means homebuilders dont have to wait on weather delays, overbooked subcontractors and lost materials. Streamlined manufacturing delivers significant savings, reducing the cost of constructing manufactured homes to $50 to $75 per square foot or half the cost of site-built homes. This is without land and site prep costs, which vary by location.

    Money that might be lost to delays and waste can go to home upgrades or stay in the buyers pocket, Brown adds, noting that factory construction also offers reliable project management, inspections and timely delivery.

    Adding long-term value

    Brown suggests that homebuyers add custom features that increase their homes value in the long run. After all, for most people, their home is their largest investment. Adding a garage or upgrading your energy package will make your home more enjoyable, add resale value and save money over time, Brown says.

    Comparison shopping helps buyers make smart choices. Different manufacturers and sales centers offer different home features and services. Buyers should plan on visiting several manufactured home retailers and asking about standard and custom features before making a decision.

    The Northwest Housing Association is the official representative of the systems-built housing industry in the state of Washington. Members include manufactured and modular homebuilders, retail centers, brokers, developers, financial institutions and suppliers of goods and services.

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    Pioneer Meadows brings affordable new homes to the Grand Valley – The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel - March 5, 2020 by admin

    Home prices have consistently risen across the Grand Valley in the last five years, from a median price of $171,000 in January, 2015, to $260,000 in January, 2020, according to the Bray Real Estate Report. Land prices have also risen, as have both labor and materials for new home construction, so it should come to no surprise that new home prices have also risen dramatically.

    In some parts of the Grand Valley, buying a new home may now be out of the reach for many residents. That doesnt mean, however, that those who want to buy a new home, but who arent comfortable with a $400,000 price tag, have to give up on their dream of a brand new home in other parts of the Grand Valley.

    Pioneer Meadows is 47-home subdivision near E and 31 1/2 Road that features multiple builders who are all committed to bringing affordable new homes to the market. The infrastructure for the neighborhood was finished in May, 2019, and lot prices were set at around $52,000.

    The lots sold so fast, said Kim Kerk, the land consultant who worked on the project to bring it from raw dirt to a neighborhood full of homes, streets and residents.

    I liked the price point, said Corey Bendette with Next Generation Homes, who built a 1,500-square foot home with a two-car garage and an asking price of $275,000. Homes are moving lightning quick. The second you put it on the MLS, its snatched up.

    There are 12 different builders who are working in the subdivision, and although theyre all working to keep home prices under $300,000, theyre all bringing something unique to the neighborhood. Some builders are putting covered front porches on their homes or three-car garages, while others are building two-car garages and positioning the homes on the lot to allow for RV parking.

    Some of the builders are including interior upgrades like granite countertops and upgraded cabinetry, while others are trying to keep the homes at a lower price point. Some are building ranch-style homes and others are building two-story homes. Most of the homes in the neighborhood are three-bedroom, but there are a few four-bedroom homes available, as well.

    The diversity of builders gives the neighborhood a custom look even though the majority of the builders are building small spec homes. The homes dont look like four different versions of the same floor plan, and the interior colors and finishes also offer a huge variety for buyers.

    This is the first time Id worked with so many different builders, said Kerk. Its nice to see their personality come out in the in the homes they build.

    In addition to Next Generation Homes, other builders include BOA Builders, High Altitude Construction, Pruett Homes, RG 18 Road LLC, Mike Roberts, New Beginnings New Homes and others.

    Homeowners are responsible for landscaping, and per the HOA, back and side yards must be fenced within eight months of purchasing their home. Lot sizes generally run on the small side, however, so homeowners dont have to spend a small fortune to landscape or fence. They also wont require a huge chunk of weekend time to maintain.

    Most of the homes in the neighborhood are between 1,500 and 2,000 square feet. Prices generally run from the $270s to just under $300,000, depending on the size and the finishes.

    The neighborhood is on the north side of E Road, just west of 31 1/2 Road.

    Pioneer Meadows brings affordable new homes to the Grand Valley - The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

    Why is the new home permit situation looking anemic? – - March 5, 2020 by admin

    Drive around the region and you can see increased levels of new home construction. DR Horton the nations largest homebuilder has moved into the area. Theres also chatter about a second national builder poised to set up shop in Sullivan County. And local builders say theyre busier than theyve been in a long time.

    But only a 3% increase in permits?

    If you look at just the numbers, the regions new home permits have been flat for three years. The permit level has been slightly over a 1,000 a year since 2017. And its the best performance since 2008. Last years total was about 29% off the 2008 pace. But four years ago, the new home sector was performing at about half of its pre-recession capacity.

    And if you step back and look at regional patterns, new home construction has also plateaued in the Chattanooga and Asheville metro areas. Only Knoxville is seeing an increasing growth rate.

    Whats going on has several drivers.

    Theres also the standard material cost increases and a construction labor shortage headwind.

    And then theres the weather.

    The weather is killing us, said Kelly Wolfe of Wolfe Development while being interviewed on a rainy afternoon. When you work outside, moving dirt, laying brick youre heavily dependent on good weather to accomplish your sales quotas. And, weve had a couple of the rainiest years in history. You simply cant get enough work done with this weather pattern. There are lots of good things going on. But the weathers not one of them.

    Some of the fundamentals for continue new home gains are in place. The secession of lot development that occurred during the Great Recession has ended. While it has returned, it has not gotten ahead of immediate demand, Wolfe said. A similar dynamic exists with spec home construction. Wolfe said he doesnt see any slack at least in the area where he builds where theres more building that what the market will bear.

    The distribution of 2019 permits also says a lot about how the region is developing.

    Last years biggest new home permit gain came in Carter County were permit pulls were up 18%. Combined with Washington Countys 9% gain, you can see the geographic preference the market is setting. Together the two accounted for a little better than half of the new home permits in the seven counties included in the Market Edges 2019 year-end residential building permit trend report.

    Sullivan County had 276 new permits last year a 5% increase. It has been in the 200 plus new permits range for eight years. Its the most stable permit pattern in the region. The 2019 count was the highest in those eight years by one permit. But its not leading the pack and the counties in its sphere of influence didnt see the same stability last year. Hawkins Co. permits declined by 41%, Scott Co. VA was down 30% and Washington Co. VA was down 20%.

    Greene County is another example of a slow, steady new home permit pattern. Last years permit total was down by 3%, down four from the previous year. Greene Co. permits have been in the 100 a plus new permits a year for four years.

    The permit data begs the question. If the soggy weather pattern is a major headwind, how much new home growth is being bogged down?

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    Nature Coast Builders Association Parade of Homes kicks off on Leap Day 2020 – Hernando Sun - March 5, 2020 by admin

    By MEGAN HUSSEY[emailprotected]

    For about 30 years, the Nature Coast Builders Association has hosted the Parade of Homes for the Nature Coast; a tour of some of the most beautiful and stylish modern homes in Hernando County. And while the home tour, hosted by an organization that represents the interests of the building industry and the general public in Floridas Hernando and Citrus counties, always has been a showcase of virtual radiance and excellence in the art of homebuilding, this year's tour is 'virtual' in a second important sense.

    This year's parade, co-sponsored by Sunrise Propane and scheduled February 29 - March 15 10am 5pm Monday thru Saturday, 12noon 5pm on Sundays throughout the duration of the Parade, features a total of 13 homes from seven area builders. And while you can visit 10 of these models at their tour locations, three of the models are presented in virtual tours, online at Also at the site, you can see high definition photo galleries and detailed floor plans of every home featured, and access pertinent facts such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, square footage, address, maps, directions, and contact info.

    This new way of presenting model homes to the public seems very much in line with the theme of this year's Parade of Homes.

    "The tour starts on Leap Day," said Nita Beckwith-MeLaugh, Certified Executive Officer, NCBA. "We can leap into the New Year and a new decade with a new home."

    Since its inception, the Parade of Homes--a partnership and collaboration of builders association members and community sponsors--has served a dual purpose in the community.

    "For builders, the Parade is an opportunity to show the community their new homes, the top of their game. " said Beckwith-MeLaugh. "For the public, this is the chance to find their dream home."

    Although no set criteria is established for model entries, parade organizers pride themselves on presenting beautiful and affordable homes. Many of this year's models boast a two-bedroom, three-bathroom floor plan and approximately 2,000 square feet or more of living space.

    "This is a showcase of new and existing models with many different features," said Beckwith-MeLaugh. "In many models, we see more open spaces for family gatherings and entertaining, and full and very convenient spaces and electrical outlets available for home offices."

    Many models also feature accents such as fashionable, tropically influenced home designs, innovative home products, elegant decor, technology, energy efficiency, modern gourmet kitchens, relaxing owners' suites that include spa like baths, broad sparkling swimming pools, fireplaces, vaulting ceilings and marble countertops, etc.

    Many of these features are customizable; and whether taking a self-guided tour of the parade on foot, or taking a virtual tour online, those interested can request the changes that they need to turn a parade model home into a dream home.

    "Some prospective buyers like to customize options, like the number of bedrooms or other aspects of the floor plan," said Beckwith-MeLaugh. "Others walk into their dream home and buy on the spot."

    As an added bonus, those who complete the parade on foot and visit all entries can qualify for a drawing to win a $300 Visa gift card.

    Robin Pastore, Chairwoman of Parade of Homes and Owner, Pastore Custom Builders, Inc., says that today's home market is showing renewed signs of promise and growth.

    "There is a real excitement in the building industry," she said. "The market is strong again, and it's good for everybody."

    And so, says Pastore, is the parade itself.

    "We have homes for everyone here, from starter homes to retirement homes," she said. "All the work of great builders."

    This year's Parade of Homes features St. Martens by Pastore Custom Builders, Ocho Rios by Pastore Custom Builders, Camilla by ProBuilt U.S., Cabana Key by Palmwood Construction, Cabana Cay by Palmwood Construction, The Verona by Hartland Homes, Don Calais by Dream Custom Homes, Don Crystal by Dream Custom Homes, Don Valencia by Dream Custom Homes, Grand Floridian by Artistic Homes, Grand Bahama by Artistic Homes, Grand Cayman by Artistic Homes, and Goya by Alexander Custom Homes.

    Andrew L Carr, vice president of Growth and Development at Sunrise Propane in Hudson, says that Sunrise Propane is proud to be sponsoring the Nature Coast Builders Association's Parade of Homes.

    "This is our fourth year being the Platinum Presenting Sponsor," he said, "and we're looking forward to a great event this year."

    Carr says that the parade provides a prime showcase, not only for his company's product, but for some amazing homes in this area.

    "Being involved in the Parade of Homes gives us the opportunity to introduce the many efficient money saving features of using propane for residential use," said Carr. "The builders we work with take great pride in the homes they build, and we enjoy working with them on a daily basis."

    And ultimately, said Carr, the Nature Coast Builders Association's Parade of Homes serves as a beautiful showcase for the Hernando community."We hope everyone who's interested in a new home will come out and take a look at what's available in our beautiful community."


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    Home: Where cats rule, dogs drool and pet pigs have room to roam – Tennessean - March 5, 2020 by admin

    Bill Lewis, Special to Nashville Tennessean, USA TODAY NETWORK newsrooms in Tennessee Published 5:00 a.m. CT Feb. 28, 2020


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    Aaron and Rich Hardison loved living in Westhaven, the master planned community in Williamson County, except for one thing. They needed a bigger yard for Dolly, their pet pig.

    The neighbors would bring her carrots. She was very popular in Westhaven, but the homes are pretty tight, said Rich Hardison.

    They built a modern farmhouse with a two-and-a-half-acre yard large enough for Dolly and Tinker Bell, their second pig, two rescue dogs and some chickens. There may be a llama in their future if the HOA is willing.

    Its one of those things you discuss over a martini and then it ends up happening, Rich Hardison said of the decision to have not just one but two pigs.

    Before beginning construction of their new Williamson County home in the Southern Preserve neighborhood near Interstate 840, the couple had their builder, Carbine & Associates, completely redraw the floor plan. They moved the kitchen and the great room to the rear so they can watch Dolly and Tinker Bell grazing on the lawn.

    We flipped it, he said.

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    Aaron and Rich Hardison, left to right, pictured with their pet pigs Dolly and Tinkerbell, worked with Carbine & Associates in building a custom farmhouse on a larger home site in Southern Preserve.(Photo: Sarah Rodriquez)

    Growing numbers of home buyers like the Hardisons are keeping their pets in mind when buying or building a house.

    Pets are a big focus in life. Im building a house where the cats are a big part of the bedroom, a multi-floor cat condo area, room to play, said Daryl Walny, vice president of Carbine & Associates.

    Doggyshowers in the mud room are becoming a thing so youre not tracking mud all over the house, he said.

    Bitsy can still peek over the Dutch door and be part of the activity. The space was carved out under the staircase by Carbine, creating a great dog space.(Photo: Leslie Brown)

    Its not unusual for buyers to say no to a house that wont accommodate their pet.

    Many times over the years, I have had people rule out a home with too many steps due to older pets who are no longer able to climb. Houses have also been ruled out if the home did not have a big enough yard for their pets to enjoy and exercise, said Vickie Freas, a Realtor with the LCT Team at Parks.

    Others are adding doggydens in the space under the stairs.

    Its a clever use of space that would otherwise be drywalled in, said Freas.

    Thats one of the features Aaron and Rich Hardison included while they were customizing the interior of their home. A Dutch door with a top and bottom that open separately adds a bit of elegance while keeping the dogs, Stella and Bitsy, in their room without isolating them.

    We customized the house to make it what we wanted, and for them, said Aaron Hardison.

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    The home office in the farmhouse overlooks the farmyard and "barn" tucked into the Southern Preserve neighborhood.(Photo: Leslie Brown)

    A barn out back will have an office, a western saloon in honor of Aarons grandfather and swinging doors so the pigs can come and go.

    Its called a garage because the HOA says you cant have a barn, he said.

    The five chickens will be named Reba, Loretta, Tammy and well have to come up with two more county music names to go along with Dolly, he said.

    The name of the future llama, Tina, was inspired by the movie "Napoleon Dynamite."

    The Hardisons are turning their love of animals into a career. They are opening a cage-free doggydaycare, boarding and grooming business, Camp Run-A-Mutt. It will be in a quickly developing area of Murfreesboro close to 840 less than half an hour from their home.

    Both of the Hardisons have always had dogs, but the idea of non-traditional pets was appealing. Dolly and Tinker Bell are Juliana pigs, smaller than farm pigs but not miniatures.

    I remember watching 'Green Acres' and watching Arnold Ziffel, the bovine character on the popular situation comedy that originally aired from 1965 to 1971, said Rich Hardison.

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