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Written & Published by John King

Converting Dreams to Reality
From the Palace at Versailles to the Roman Coliseum, from the Great Sphinx to the Eiffel Tower, humankind has managed to construct some of the world's great treasures that not only inspire...

Remodeling Spoken Here
Buy a new home, or remodel this one? Add a new bedroom and bath, or move? These questions can be overwhelming. Settling the thought on remodeling one's residence is often a difficult process...

Feasibility Study
The Feasibility Study will address the following:  move vs. stay in current location, remodel vs. tear down and build new, neighborhood values, styles and trends...

Design Analysis Agreement
Preliminary Design Analysis - scope of work and specifications with conceptual budgeting.  Rampart Homes and the design professionals will consult with the local building department officials, if necessary...

Published by the Herald Tribune

RINO:  Remodeling in Name Only
Technically, the ongoing project at 1803 Mallard Lane in Paradise Shores, just west of Sarasota's McClellan Park, is a remodeling job. But little about it is typical. It is a creative solution to a common...

For some, downswing has an upside
The housing market may be down, but the spirits of some of those who remodel and renovate homes are up.  The heady days of 2004-05 may not be seen again for a lifetime, but the downturn...

The Primer on Permits
One of the smartest guys I know came up to me the other day and said, "We just closed-in our lanai. Did I need to get a building permit for that?"  Now you're asking.  According to government building...

Universal Design at work in Forest Lakes
In her 25 years of marketing for home builders, Tracy Lux has learned -- and taught -- a lot about how houses are designed and built.  But her own aging house, built in 1966, was becoming...

War Room
When Dr. Bruce R. Maxian was a child growing up in New York, his mother frequently took him with her as she shopped for antiques. While she hunted for china and crystal, young Bruce looked around for...

To code, and beyond?
If a hurricane were to sweep through the area, builder John King is confident that the home at 5232 Siesta Cove Drive will withstand it.  "This will be standing. It's a far safer house than before the renovation...

Retrofitness
In the aftermath of recent hurricanes, it appears that new houses hold together well in a storm and that hip roofs are more wind-compatible than gable roofs. That's reassuring, except for people who own...

Published by Sarasota County Building Department

Disclosure Statement Owner-Builder
Florida Statutes are quoted here in part for your information to indicate the authority for exemptions for homeowners from qualifying as contractors and to express any applicable restrictions...

Published by Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation

Law Enforcement Quick Reference Guide
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation and your local State Attorney's Office developed this quick reference guide to assist you in the field.  Unlicensed activity can jeopardize the health...

Published by My Florida Green Building

Conservation Tips
Air conditioning and heating account for more than 50 percent of the electric bill, so making small changes in how you cool and heat your home can really pay off. Raising your thermostat can save up to...

Published by Florida Homebuyer

Foreclosed to Fabulous
It's a sign of the times. This Sarasota home was a foreclosure and, like many distressed properties, was in disrepair. The floor buckled, the roof leaked and portions of the ceiling were falling in. The buyer...

Stormy Weather
Waterfront homeowners have plenty to think about. If you're house hunting in coastal Florida, there's more to think about than just the quality of the schools and the crime rate. You also need to consider storm...

Published by MSN Real Estate

When Homeowners Go Rogue
Rules, permits, licenses, insurance. Our grandparents didn't need all of it when they built and remodeled their home. Should we bother? Why not just forge ahead and cope with...

Published by Sarasota Magazine

Building a Better Sarasota
Crafting comfortable living spaces with top-grade materials and innovative design certainly defines quality construction. But forging links between community members and creating a solid base...

Published by the National Association of Homebuilders

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Hiring a Professional Remodeler
The decision to hire a home remodeler can be intimidating. This section will give you the tools and inside information on finding, evaluating, hiring and working with a remodeler. Your home is your biggest...

Frequently Asked Questions About Green Remodeling
What is green remodeling? A home can be considered green when energy efficiency, water and resource conservation, sustainable or recycled products, and indoor air quality considerations...

How to Find Professional Home Remodeler Candidates for Your Home
You want to hire a professional home remodeler, but where do you begin? The best place to start is the Directory of Professional Remodelers. These home remodelers uphold the highest professional...

Learn About Aging in Place and What a Professional Can Do for You
If you’re like the majority of Americans over the age of 45, you want to continue living in a familiar environment throughout your maturing years. According to the AARP, older home owners...

The Inside Scoop on How to Evaluate Professional Home Remodelers
The hardest part in evaluating a remodeler is knowing exactly what to look for and ask. This detailed list will help you decide with confidence who is the best home remodeling professional for...

What Home Owners Need to Know About Lead Paint
If you live in a home built before 1978 and you're contemplating any work that will disturb more than six square feet of painted surfaces inside the home or 20 square feet on the exterior of the home...

Why Hire a Professional Home Remodeler
If you are considering a home remodeling project, the most important decision you can make is selecting a professional home remodeler to do the job. Your home is too important to entrust to anyone...

Published by Professional Builder

Make Selections with Success
A meticulous design analysis process keeps the job - and customer - on track. John and Sally Corcoran were eager to get rolling on their ranch house remodel in Sarasota, Fla., but their contractor, John King...

Published by the Environmental Protection Agency

Lead Based Paint Renovation
This handbook summarizes requirements of EPA’s 2008 Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting
Program Rule (as amended in 2010 and 2011), aimed at protecting against lead-based paint hazards...

Renovate Right
Federal law requires contractors that disturb painted surfaces in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978 to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead...
   
   

 

   
   


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