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By Davidson Realty | Broker in Jacksonville, FL
  • Legacy Builders of North Florida Under Construction in Northeast Florida

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Jacksonville, Remodel & Renovate in Jacksonville, Design & Decor in Jacksonville  |  May 29, 2013 6:57 AM  |  1,366 views  |  No comments



    Come along with Davidson Realty President Sherry Davidson and I as we join President of Legacy Builders of North Florida John Unkefer at one of his homes under construction in World Golf Village’s King & Bear community. Legacy Builders has been very active in Northeast Florida and we were excited to hear all about their new construction projects happening in our area. As we explored the gorgeous home going up in The Estates in the King & Bear, John explained a little more about Legacy Builders’ construction process. 

    In The Estates home, John describes how Legacy Builders took advantage of the custom process by maximizing the homesite to the new homeowner’s liking. They shaped the home perfectly to the lot. Legacy Builders is in high demand with multiple homes under construction or starting construction in Northeast Florida. The Estates home is one of three homes in the works in the King & Bear. One of the homes is in permitting and the other is currently in the design stage. John also has two homes going up in Jacksonville’s San Marco area. One is under construction and the other is going into the permitting stage soon. They also have a home starting in 30-60 days in Palencia, which is located on US-1 by World Golf Village.

    As we took a look inside The Estates home, John shows us the progress being made. They are near the end of the framing stage and have already completed several of their walk-throughs with the new home owners. They’ve done the electrical, low voltage, installation and HVAC. The pool is in as well as the framing and openings. Now they are ready to close the walls and get the structure perfect for the owners!

    From the upstairs of the home, the home owners will be able to enjoy a preserve view in the back of their home and vistas of the King & Bear golf course from the front. Sherry Davidson explains that the homeowners are relocating from Pennsylvania and 75% of Davidson Realty’s customers relocate from other areas of the country. As you can see from the video, the weather is perfect! Who wouldn’t want sunshine all year round?

    To learn more about Legacy Builders of North Florida or to get started on building your custom home, please give one of our Davidson Realty agents a call at (904) 940-5000 or visit us online at www.davidsonrealtyinc.com.
  • Building Custom VS Production – Legacy Builders of North Florida Offers Affordability Plus More Options!

    Posted Under: General Area in Jacksonville, Remodel & Renovate in Jacksonville, Design & Decor in Jacksonville  |  April 29, 2013 10:52 AM  |  942 views  |  No comments


    Our second video with President of Legacy Builders of North Florida John Unkefer explores the custom home building process and how it differs from buying a production home with a national builder. Many people interested in building custom are intimidated by the process, but Legacy Builders of North Florida walks you through the entire process step-by-step.

    For anyone in the buying market, it’s important to know that building a custom home does not mean a more expensive home. Building custom just means you have more choices and the opportunity to spend money where you want in the house. You can economize in other areas! Throughout the design process, you decide where you’d like granite, whether it be in the kitchen, the bathroom or both. You are able to choose the level of cabinets and decide wood versus tile. Legacy Builders uses all that information to lay out your perfect home on a budget that works for you!

    Building is a team sport for Legacy Builders and their clients are part of the team. Part of that team process, is multiple walk-throughs to ensure everything is the way your family likes it. John does walk-throughs before the construction even begins on your home and throughout all of the different stages of the house including framing, electrical, glass and shelving. 

    If you are interested in building a custom home, remodeling or adding on to your current home, please give one of our Davidson Realty Realtors a call at (904) 940-5000 or stop by our office in World Golf Village at 100 East Town Place, St. Augustine 32092.
  • Build Your Custom Dream Home with Legacy Builders of North Florida

    Posted Under: General Area in Jacksonville, Remodel & Renovate in Jacksonville, Design & Decor in Jacksonville  |  March 28, 2013 11:17 AM  |  513 views  |  No comments



    President of Legacy Builders of North Florida John Unkefer has over 28 years of experience in the construction industry, specializing in crafting custom homes. Davidson Realty President Sherry Davidson and I met with John to discuss Legacy Builders (established in 1997) and learn about their custom building process.

    In the video above, John describes the variety of customer needs during the pre-construction process. People come to him with everything from a few ideas of what they want in their new home to two/three plans that they like different aspects of. While, some clients have their dream home mapped out by square inch. John’s expertise is getting every customer quality at a fair price and meeting all of his customer’s needs.

    Once the perfect home plan is decided on, John uses plan 3D imaging to give his clients a feel for what their home will be like. Because Legacy Builders is a true custom home builder, they have never built the same home twice. There is no model to walk through to see what your home will look like when it’s finished, so the 3D imaging capabilities show the complete interior and exterior of your new home before it’s built. As you can see in the video, Johns shows the 3D technology’s capabilities, including changing colors, textures and aspects of your interior/exterior.

    Legacy Builders is up to date on the latest green technology and incorporates cost saving Energy Star amenities into all of their homes. They will build on lots they have available, a lot you have purchased or they will help you decide if a lot you are considering is right for you. If you’re looking to add on or remodel your current home, Legacy Builders has you covered!

    To learn more about Legacy Builders and the custom home building process please call one of our Davidson Realty agents at (904) 940-5000.
  • Advantage Home Builders…Pools Included!

    Posted Under: General Area in Jacksonville, Home Buying in Jacksonville, Design & Decor in Jacksonville  |  February 19, 2013 10:56 AM  |  396 views  |  3 comments



    We’re back with Advantage Home Builders’ President Doug Griesemer to learn even more about the benefits of building with the Advantage Home Builders team! Come along with us as we enjoy the beautiful winter weather in Northeast Florida and visit one of Doug’s recently completed homes in World Golf Village. Advantage Home Builders offers many benefits from their newly formed pool company, Advantage Pool Builders, to their efficient system with subcontractors keeping their projects organized and on time.

    First, Doug explains a little more about Advantage Pool Builders. Pools are a definite must living in the Florida sunshine! Advantage Home Builders is able to include pools in their new construction at very low prices, so they’ve started offering pools with all of their new homes in select neighborhoods without community amenities (starting around $130,000). Country Walk and Panther Creek are great examples of neighborhoods utilizing Advantage Pool Builders with 50 percent of the homes including 10 x 20 in ground pools. Homes in Country Walk and Panther Creek range from $150,000 to $230,000.

    Another benefit we have to talk about is Advantage Home Builders team efficiency. They provide all of the information needed for their subcontractors on their website, so the subcontractors have full access to contracts, color sheets, option sheets, floor plans and more. Doug explains how this process keeps construction on schedule and organized!

    To learn more about Advantage Home Builders, Advantage Pool builders or building your dream home in Northeast Florida, please give one of our Davidson Realty Realtors a call at (904) 940-5000.
  • This Month’s Builder Spotlight is on Advantage Home Builders!

    Posted Under: General Area in Jacksonville, Home Buying in Jacksonville, Design & Decor in Jacksonville  |  December 26, 2012 11:41 AM  |  210 views  |  No comments


    Advantage Home Builders
    has grown significantly from their start in 2008 and after meeting President of Advantage Home Builders, Doug Griesemer, it was no surprise why they have been so successful building in Northeast Florida! They stay true to their core values and believe it is the cause for their rapid success. That and the unbelievably gorgeous homes they build that we saw first hand when visiting their model in Las Calinas. From one community and 20 homes closed in 2008 to 11 communities, 106 homes closed and seven furnished models in 2012, they are growing and thriving!

    For our first video with Advantage Home Builders, Doug gives us a look into his background and how the company began. Doug and his business partner, Tommy Cochrane, have more than 35 years of combined experience in new home construction and began Advantage Home Builders together after many years of friendship.

    Advantage Home Builders is currently building in World Golf Village’s King & Bear community, Country Walk, Wellington Park Aberdeen, Las Calinas, Durbin Crossing North, Timber Creek, and Summerton just to name a few. Prices start in the $130,000s and go up to $1 million in various communities. Homes range in size from 1,200 square feet to 10,000 square feet.

    If you would like more information on building a new home, finding the right community for your family, or Advantage Home Builders, please give one of Davidson Realty’s knowledgeable Realtors a call at (904) 940-5000.
  • Tour Arthur Rutenberg’s Design Center!

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Jacksonville, Remodel & Renovate in Jacksonville, Design & Decor in Jacksonville  |  April 23, 2012 9:10 AM  |  570 views  |  No comments

     


    In March, we shared a video of the first step of building with Arthur Rutenberg Homes. We took you through one of Rutenberg’s exquisite models in Ponte Vedra, FL where we picked out a floor plan and explored the model to better understand the high level of finishes and options that come with a new home by Arthur Rutenberg. Now for the second step – visiting the design center, where the fun happens!

    Picking all the options is the best part of building your dream home, right? In the design center, you start by selecting materials for the exterior of your home to make sure the look is perfect. Rutenberg designers work with you to choose everything from material for your roof to stucco finishes and driveway pavers.

    When the outside fun is complete, you move to the interior! This is when you see all the amazing choices for main flooring – tile, stone, marble, wood, carpet or even a combination! Then comes interior paint color, trim color, ceiling color, accents, cabinet materials, countertops and more. You can create something you’ve only dreamed of!

    The design center process can be exhausting, but definitely exciting! It can take two the three days to decide on all your favorites, but the Arthur Rutenberg experts are there to help every step of the way. They even record all of your fabulous choices, so you can revisit your selections whenever necessary.

    The third and final step of the process is construction. We can’t wait to take you inside some of Arthur Rutenberg’s new construction next month!
  • A Look at Arthur Rutenberg Homes’ Building Process

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Jacksonville, Remodel & Renovate in Jacksonville, Design & Decor in Jacksonville  |  March 26, 2012 1:19 PM  |  896 views  |  No comments



    We were very excited to have Rutenberg Homes builder Mark Refosco take us on tour of the three-step process of building a custom Rutenberg home. As you probably know, Arthur Rutenberg Homes is in a class all their own! 

    You begin the process by visiting Rutenberg’s model home in Ponte Vedra. There are 80 floor plans to flip through in the Design Collection portfolio to get an idea of what plan best fits your families’ wants and needs. There’s also the option of having a custom design plan created just for you. Once you’ve decided on a floorplan it’s time to start focusing on the details!

    Rutenberg’s model home is perfect for getting to know the builder. Rutenberg Homes is all about open architecture with long lines of sight and 90 degree sliding glass doors to open up your house.

    As Mark explains, Rutenberg will tweak the floor plan and modify whatever you would like. He gives some great examples in the video above. The model exhibits what is included in the price with only a few minor exceptions (like appliances and furniture). Arthur Rutenberg Homes are known for how specific they are when building, so you know exactly what you’re going to get when your one-of-a-kind home is completed. Even the toilet paper holders have model numbers, so you know exactly what’s included! When you’re new home is complete, there will be absolutely no question of quality and precision.

    Step two in the process is visiting their design center and we will show you how fun this part is next month!

    For more information on Rutenberg Homes or to start building your custom home, please give a Davidson Realty agent a call at (904) 940-5000! 
 
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