Passage Island Construction https://passageislandhomes.com Building Dreams, One Exceptional Home at a Time. Fri, 27 Mar 2020 03:30:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://passageislandhomes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cropped-passage-island-home-construction-600-32x32.png Passage Island Construction https://passageislandhomes.com 32 32 Choosing the Right Vero Beach, Florida Home Builder for You https://passageislandhomes.com/choosing-the-right-vero-beach-florida-home-builder-for-you/ Fri, 28 Feb 2020 22:39:08 +0000 https://passageislandhomes.com/?p=7504 Choosing a home builder in South Florida may seem like a difficult task… scratch that.

Choosing the RIGHT home builder in South Florida may seem like a difficult task.

And rightly so. There are many considerations to keep in mind. The relationship between you and your home builder may be a brief but can have consequences that extend far down the road of your life. Consequences that can affect your curb appeal, home value, final sale price, and state of mind. You will want to focus on some key points that can help in the process of buying a new home in South Florida before jumping into the housing market unaware. Let’s take a look:

Personality is everything


Setting out to build your dream home can be a process that spans many months. You want to find qualities in a builder that match your own. You are forming an intimate relationship and want to feel comfortable that you understand your builder, and most importantly, they understand you. They should be someone who can honestly share your vision with, to help guide you along this path, to avoid the blind spots and pitfalls while also being attentive to your needs. Passage Island Construction can assist you in making that dream home a reality. We could not have served the communities-at-large for over 40 years of new home development without being able to listen to what they have to say, go over their wish-lists with them and do our very best to see that their visions were carried out.

  • Style to suit you
    If you are looking for a customized house, how far do you customize? How far can you go? With new home construction, you will find two different kinds of new home builders; Production and custom home building. Many production builders will offer ready-made floor plans from their inventory to help maintain cost efficiency and shorten the delivery timetable for new home construction. These plans may offer some customizations in areas that might fit what you have in mind. If not, then you should be in the market for a new home custom home builder. A dedicated new home custom builder will sit down and literally start from scratch to draft your dream home as you desire. This can (and usually does) increase cost and have a later delivery dates due to the specific nature of your customization. Passage Island Construction offers over a dozen customizable award-winning, new home designs for you to choose from with multiple bed/bath configurations and generous square footage. You have the option of building within one of our communities or on your lot. Call us at 772.388.8863 or message us for more about customizing our floor plans.
  • Locally sourced

    The importance of a local builder cannot be stressed enough when it comes to choosing one to create and deliver your new home. An area builder will know the “ins-and-outs” of the local building process, the workings of the local municipalities as well as the land itself. Passage Island Construction has proudly served the communities of Vero Beach and Sebastian in Indian River County, Melbourne, Viera, and Indialantic in Brevard County, and St. Lucie Counties’ Port St. Lucie for over 40 years. We will provide your new home within one of our communities or on your own lot in the areas above as well as nearby. Call us today at 772.388.8863 to speak to someone in our company who can help answer any questions you may have in realizing your dream home. You can also email us via our website.

  • Solid Reputation

    You really want to keep to the top of the list when exploring new home builders. You want to check for Insurance and that if any sub-contractors are hired, that they are of the same level of quality as your builder. Don’t forget to ask for references. This often is the point where you can gain early insight to the quality of the builders’ work and relationship you may possibly expect. A solid home builder will not hesitate to provide you with references from previous clients. With over 40 years of experience in residential construction and building new homes, we have an outstanding reputation as one of the most trusted home builders in the area. Call us today to discuss building a new home, view floor plans, preferred trade partners and subcontractors, and recent customer references.


Contact us today at Passage Island Construction at 772-388-8863 to speak to an in-house representative to answer any questions you may have. You can also stop by our beautifully appointed model home, located in Cross Creek Lake Estates. The address is 935 Yearling Trail, Sebastian, FL 32958. We are open Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 12 noon – 5 pm.

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The Advantages of New Home Construction in Vero Beach, Florida https://passageislandhomes.com/the-advantages-of-new-home-construction-in-vero-beach-florida/ Sat, 01 Feb 2020 16:35:36 +0000 https://passageislandhomes.com/?p=7502 Why build in Vero Beach?

Homeowners and investors looking to break-ground and build their new-construction home in Vero Beach, Florida, choose an area with culture, beautiful beaches and a quality of life that has been deemed not only of the more desired areas of the state, but also one of best retirement cities in the country, if not the world.

  • Vero boasts three distinct shopping districts known for their own local flavor.
  • Access to the arts (museums, theatres, galleries) throughout the community.
  • Beautiful beaches and parks that promote and encourage healthy living.

Are you in the market for buying a new home or having a custom home built? Consider the advantages of choosing to build the home that is made for you. Passage Island Construction allows you to enjoy the caveats of their 40-plus years of experience in serving communities like Vero Beach, Sebastian, Melbourne, and Port Saint Lucie across the state. Passage Island Construction’s solid work-history affords us strong relationships with suppliers, sub-contractors, and local civil agencies that ensure your new home construction project is completed to satisfaction and in the most efficient manner possible.  The following are some highlights of choosing to build a custom home:

  1. Customization Control
    Having your home custom built is how you gain the ability to receive exactly what you want. Pre-built homes may prove difficult to find where it suits your needs exactly.
  2. Special Touches
    Custom building your own home makes it easy to include unique features during the planning phase of your home.
  3. Floor Plan Customization
    Eliminate the need for wall knock-downs and build-outs. With a new home, this flexibility becomes yours.
  4. Keep Costs Down
    Not having to outlay for doing repairs, upgrades, and reconfiguration compared to customizing a pre-existing home means saving big money while getting the satisfaction of being in a home you desire.
  5. Using the Land to Its Fullest Potential
    Constructing a customizable home lets you work with our designers to take advantage of the positive features of the land you want to build on like sunlight / shade, air flow, and landscaping that surrounds the house.
  6. Master Craftsmanship
    Customizing your home from the planning phase drastically reduces the chances of substandard construction in your project. By choosing Passage Island Construction, a trusted and experienced company, you can feel assured you will receive a high-quality home at the end of the building project.

Passage Island Construction has played a role in the development of several communities in the area which offer their distinct, luxurious custom homes including Marbrisa, The Moorings, Grand Harbor, Indian Trails, Legend Lakes, Lake Mandarin, Oak Chase, Ocean Colony, Serenoa, The Vineyard, Vero Lake Estates, Spring Place, Mariner Village, Collier Creek, Collier Club, The Reserve at PGA, River Lake Estates, and Sebastian Highlands.

 

We are currently building in Cross Creek Lake Estates in Sebastian — and will also build a custom home on a lot that you already own, anywhere on the Treasure Coast and Space Coast.  

 

Contact Passage Island Construction at 772-388-8863 to speak to an in-house representative to answer any questions you may have. 

 

You can also stop by our beautifully appointed model home, located in Cross Creek Lake Estates. The address is 935 Yearling Trail, Sebastian, FL 32958. We are open Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 12 noon – 5 pm.

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2020 Hurricane Code Update for New Home Construction https://passageislandhomes.com/2020-hurricane-code-update-for-new-home-construction/ Mon, 20 Jan 2020 17:06:01 +0000 https://passageislandhomes.com/?p=7500 Last hurricane season, the Executive Director of the Florida Building Commission (FBC), Thomas Campbell summarized the tentative changes approved to the building code before the Senate Community Affairs Committee.  Mr. Campbell stated “Rooftop wooden decks may offer the perfect getaway space for homeowners, but they need to be built to better withstand hurricanes”. Campbell then laid out additional mitigation requirements pertaining to rooftop decks, which would be mostly focused on ensuring decks are sealed to prevent water intrusion.The Florida Building Commission is currently considering updates to the 7th version of the statewide building code that it re-evaluates every three years. February and April of this year, the public will have the opportunity to provide feedback to these tentative changes. Commission members gave support for the approval of tighter wind resistance requirements for vinyl siding and possibly mandating an “in-progress” inspection cases where exterior wall coverings (like vinyl siding) are in the process of being applied. The FBC is expected to finalize the latest version of the statewide building code by the end of this year.In 2000, The Florida Legislature authorized the first statewide implementation of the  code. By 2002, the code had replaced local ordinance and rules that previously regulated building construction across Florida.

Regional Assessment

There are no changes to wind resistance ratings in this latest version of the building code. Currently Florida code requires different standards for wind resistance depending on where you are in the state. South Florida has the toughest wind resistance building code requirements which requires buildings to be able to withstand winds up to 175 mph. In the North Western part of the state, where it has been viewed as less susceptible to hurricanes as opposed to the South East. As a result, the code pertaining to “The Panhandle” is  less stringent then their neighbors to the South. Rural, non-coastal areas are required to stand up to 120 mph winds. Along the coast in Pensacola, buildings are required to be able withstand 150 mph winds. Changes to the building code were discussed in light of the previous year, where Hurricane Michael tore through Northwest Florida, incurring massive damage to the area. A Florida state contractor with the University of Florida, reported on the damage from Hurricane Michael which  caused devastation in coastal areas and heavy damage in the more inland communities of the Panhandle like Calhoun, Liberty and Jackson counties, that usually are not threatened directly by historic storm behavior. It was observed that despite new  homes being constructed to meet the new building codes, three points of interest had “consistent failures”, vinyl siding; soffits and partial roof coverings. A significant point was made in regard to the relative height of buildings’ ground floors to the storm surge. These findings were consistent with the last several storms that have affected the State.

Do you have Questions? We have Answers.

Passage Island Construction has seen the development of several communities in the area which offer their distinct, luxurious custom homes including The Brennity at Tradition in Port Saint Lucie, The Brennity at Vero Beach, The Brennity at Melbourne, and  Cross Creek Lake Estates in Sebastian. We will also build a custom home on your lot should you choose.  Contact us today at Passage Island Construction at 772-388-8863 to speak to an in-house representative to answer any questions you may have.  You can also stop by our beautifully appointed model home, located in Cross Creek Lake Estates. The address is 935 Yearling Trail, Sebastian, FL 32958. We are open Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 12 noon – 5 pm.

 

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South Florida Landscape Considerations for New HomeOwners https://passageislandhomes.com/south-florida-landscape-considerations-for-new-homeowners/ Thu, 02 Jan 2020 11:23:45 +0000 https://passageislandhomes.com/?p=7497 Keeping up with the fabulous landscape of your Treasure Coast home would seem like a rather simple task. With sunlight and generous amounts of rain in the warmer months, your custom landscape is sure to be green and lush.

Typically. There are some things however to consider to help make sure that your property is “in-sync” with the local ecosystem. Following are some tid-bits to keep in mind when planning out your new home building project.

It’s not about what is but what it may become.

One of the best kept secrets in the long-term success of your landscaping is selecting plants that are known to thrive and survive in the South Florida climate. Choosing the right kind of plants that can stand up to the elements and minimize water consumption is key. Purchase flora relative to the natural lighting and wind conditions of your property. A wrong choice in plant selection may prove disappointing as some species cannot withstand the rigors of this climate.

Sometimes the grass really is greener

Now that you have purchased your new dream home landscaping, you must properly care for them despite our environment and weather patterns. Keep in mind that if it has rained on the last day, or it is forecast to rain, watering your plants is not necessary. Overwatering is something that you can absolutely prevent. It is no good for the plants, uses more of a natural resource and incurs higher utility bills. This is a practice best avoided. In the drier, Winter months, watering is usually scaled back by local municipalities to conserve what water that South Florida as a whole has.

Nurture your plants by fertilizing them at the correct time. It is also crucial that you use the right amount of fertilizer for the task. Too little proves ineffectual, too much can create a run-off effect and contaminate the surrounding landscape and water systems. Consider this; if you fertilize your yard successfully, you can also help prevent overgrowth and insect populations making your landscape their new home.

Welcome to the jungle

Some wildlife communities should be encouraged around your property if personal health conditions do not prevent it. The birds and the bees enjoy a symbiotic relationship with the environment, ensuring that the natural life cycle of plants and flowers continue, and they remain beautiful and vibrant while performing their duties in the natural order of things. Planting bushes and shrubbery along with bird feeders, can encourage them to participate and also help keep other insect and wildlife populations under control. When choosing to use pest control, always use a low-toxicity, or non-toxic remedy to help prevent the death of your plants and help them to remain healthy and disease free.

Function over form

Keep in mind what you want to accomplish with your home’s landscape design. Do you just want to plant a few trees and plants for aesthetics or are you looking for them to be functional? We have an abundance of sunshine here in Naples, Florida, so it’s important that your landscaping helps your home to stay shaded. Many homeowners enjoy the idea of privacy and what better way than to plant some beautiful tall trees surrounding the property?

Keep these important details in mind when you’re designing your home’s landscaping, so that it works with our Southwest Florida ecosystem:

  • Choose plants that work with our subtropical climate and weather elements.
  • Water and fertilize correctly, as to not negatively affect the area’s wildlife.
  • Choose landscaping based on your needs and vision.
  • Be mindful of pests and take measures to keep your plants healthy.

When designing your dream homes landscape, consider the following to enable your landscape to live in harmony with  your local environment:

  • Purchase plant life that is known thrive in our subtropical climate.
  • Water and fertilize correctly. This helps you in not adversely affect the area wildlife.
  • Keep your plants healthy by being mindful of insects and pests. Take appropriate measures to keep your plants healthy.

Do you have Questions? We have Answers.

Passage Island Construction has seen the development of several communities in the area which offer their distinct, luxurious custom homes including The Brennity at Tradition in Port Saint Lucie, The Brennity at Vero Beach, The Brennity at Melbourne, and  Cross Creek Lake Estates in Sebastian. We will also build a custom home on your lot should you choose. 

Contact us today at Passage Island Construction at 772-388-8863 to speak to an in-house representative to answer any questions you may have. 

You can also stop by our beautifully appointed model home, located in Cross Creek Lake Estates. The address is 935 Yearling Trail, Sebastian, FL 32958. We are open Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 12 noon – 5 pm.

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4 Factors That Influence the Time it Takes to Build a Custom Home https://passageislandhomes.com/4-factors-that-influence-the-time-it-takes-to-build-a-custom-home/ Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:26:16 +0000 https://passageislandhomes.com/?p=7326 Owning a custom home that is unique to you and for your family is a feeling you can’t get anywhere else. Every detail of the home down to the customizable floor plan, to the number of cabinets and color of the countertops can be chosen by you. As amazing as it is to build a custom home, many people are curious as to how long it takes a custom home builder to create the house of their dreams. While custom-built homes typically take 10 to 16 months to build, we have created a list of the 4 most common factors that will influence the time it takes to build your one-of-a-kind home. 

  1. Construction Style of Your Home

Deciding on the style of your home is the first factor that most people run into that will determine the time it takes a custom home builder to create a house. When you choose to have a house custom-built, the builder and their team may have never built a floor plan quite like it. This means that it may take longer to create your vision than a plan that the home builders have built before. Typically, the personalized production plans of a custom-built home take around four to six months alone. Consider working with your home builder to decide on floor plans they recommend or have built previously.

  1. Obtaining Permits and Preparing the Lot

A common challenge that many people don’t recognize is the need for proper permits and preparing the lot for new home construction. In some cases, obtaining the building permits and the inspection process can add weeks to your timeline. When you want to build on your own lot, the area must be prepared for building by removing trees, rocks, debris, etc. Afterward, the land needs to be leveled to allow for the foundation to be laid properly. Depending on how difficult this is, or if any surprises arise, the length of time taken to build your home will also increase. 

  1. Indecisiveness or Changing Your Mind

We understand that you want your custom built home to be unique to you and reflect your personality and that you reserve the right to change your mind. However, every time plans are changed, it can add weeks to the production timeline. Another common cause for delay is indecisiveness on your decisions. Ordering specific materials, like quartz countertops, can take up to a month for the delivery to arrive and then putting them into the home also takes multiple weeks. When these decisions are put off until the last minute, it will drastically impact your final timeline.

  1. Where and When Your Home is Being Built

The specific region of your home impacts the timeline. Homes built in one of our lovely cities can vary from those that out in more rural areas. Typically, building in a city is quicker than those out in wooded or rural areas since it is easier to get materials and labor to the location. In addition to location, the season you start building the new home can impact the timeline. Typically the Summer is the most popular time to being new home construction so finding labor and materials at that time can be challenging.

Your Dream Home is Within Reach

If you would like to build a new custom home, the experienced team at Passage Island Construction would love to be your custom home builder. We work closely with all of our clients to help them create their new homes. Schedule an appointment to speak with us at 772-388-8863 and get started today!

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5 Reasons to Live in Private or Gated Communities https://passageislandhomes.com/5-reasons-to-live-in-private-or-gated-communities/ Sat, 05 Oct 2019 19:06:45 +0000 https://passageislandhomes.com/?p=7324 An important decision for those looking to find a new home is what kind of community you want to live in—a private, safe gated community or an open, public one. While the end decision comes down to a matter of preference, most people find that gated communities offer many benefits over public ones. The experienced home builders at Passage Island Construction understand that gated communities are in high demand, so we build many customizable new homes that are available in private new home communities. Keep reading for our list of the many benefits of living in a gated or private community.

Why Homeowners Love Gated Communities

  1. Safety and Security

The most highly sought after and identifiable feature of a gated community is the safety and security it offers residents. With a gate, you won’t have to worry nearly as much about crime as there is no easy access in or out of the neighborhood. Statistically, neighborhoods with gates experience much lower crime and have enhanced safety for residents.

  1. Minimal Traffic

A gated community has much less traffic than a public one. This is attributed to the fact that only those with permission to access the gate will be the ones driving through the community. You won’t have to worry about random drivers using your neighborhood as a shortcut to get to work and joggers, bicyclists and children enjoy more safety when outside. 

  1. Sense of Belonging and Community

When you live in a gated or private community, even a recently created new home community, there is a much stronger feeling of belonging. Neighbors tend to know each other, look out for one another, and the community itself may have monthly events. Typically homes are more uniform in appearance and regulations upheld, so you won’t have to worry about an unsightly house or neighbors who just don’t care about their property.

  1. Virtually No Solicitation

Many gated communities have signage out front of the community itself stating that no solicitation is allowed, and even if those signs are ignored, solicitors will have a much harder time getting in and out. Nothing is worse than when you first get out of the shower and hear the doorbell ring, only to rush and find an unwanted salesman at your door. Living in a gated community means those who show up at your door are almost always meant to be there!

  1. Better Home Standards

Whether you are building on your own lot in a gated community or purchasing a pre-built home, you can rest assured that the housing standards are much higher in private and gated communities. You will find that many of the homes in these neighborhoods have been built by experienced home builders that add perks and features you won’t find in public communities. This also tends to increase the overall value of your home when it comes time to sell it in the future!

Experience Private and Gated Community Living!

If these perks seem appealing to what you want out of your next neighborhood, we invite you to consider the new home communities we at Passage Island Construction are creating in areas near you! We put our experience and dedication into every home, and offer the amenities you want, such as being hurricane proof home builders with the flexibility to build on your own lot if you so desire! Check out our communities and give us a call at 772-388-8863 to learn more!

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Why You Should Buy a New Home Rather Than an Older Home https://passageislandhomes.com/why-you-should-buy-a-new-home-rather-than-an-older-home/ Sun, 15 Sep 2019 19:03:15 +0000 https://passageislandhomes.com/?p=7320 Making the decision to move can be both an exciting time and a stressful time for most people, and one of the first decisions you will have to make is whether you should buy a new home or buy an older one. While both options have their pros and cons, we have found that most people enjoy the benefits a new home offers over the hassles and effort an older home brings. If you decide to buy a new home, you can choose between building a new customizable home or purchasing a newly constructed home built by a trusted homebuilder, both of which are offered by our team at Passage Island Construction.

Top Reasons to Buy a New Home

  1. A Home Unique to You

When buying a new home, you are often able to add your own personal touches to many aspects of the house. This is clearly seen in new home construction, where you can work with your home builder on virtually every important aspect of your new house. For those buying a newly built home, you can often choose upgrades and finishes that match your style. When you buy an older home, you buy the previous owners’ favorite features and will have to spend money and time to make it more uniquely yours. 

  1. Minimal Maintenance

When buying a new home, you don’t have to worry about how the old appliances are, replacing outdated furnishings, or stress about when the next big repair bill will come. Since everything is virtually brand new, the maintenance of your new home, appliances, and furnishings is minimal. Most appliances like hot water heaters or air conditioners have a lifespan of 10-12 years, which means you won’t have to worry about them breaking down or needing replacement in the near future. An older home might need repairs or updates as soon as you move in! 

  1. Warranties

In the rare and unfortunate circumstance that something does happen to a part of your home or an appliance since everything is new, they will likely come with protection warranties. Most new constructions or new homes offer warranties for one or more years, allowing the manufacturer to replace or repair the problem at no cost to you. Older homes often do not come with warranties as they have long since expired. If something breaks or is damaged, it will be up to you to repair or replace it.

  1. Smart and Efficient

Having a “smart home” is more and more common these days. When you are buying a new home, you can often add smart features like thermostats, doorbells and more. Some of these items will help control features of your home and make it more energy-efficient, and combined with other products like windows and insulation, your new home can save you money every month! Older homes often do not have these features and as years go on, insulation, caulking and overall efficiency drop, meaning you’re looking at higher monthly bills. 

  1. Built on Your Time

While new home construction can take some time, with the average being 6 – 10 months, this gives you more time to make plans to move, possibly to sell an older house and more. When buying an older home, you are not afforded this time and often have a very strict closing deadline, whether you are ready or not!

Ready for Your New Home?

Our experienced team at Passage Island Construction is here to help you build the home of your dreams! Let our home builders work closely with you to create the new home you’ll be proud to live in for years to come! Schedule an appointment with one of our sales consultants by calling 772-388-8863 today.

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5 Top Traits to Look for in a Custom Home Builder https://passageislandhomes.com/5-top-traits-to-look-for-in-a-custom-home-builder/ Thu, 05 Sep 2019 18:57:19 +0000 https://passageislandhomes.com/?p=7317 When it comes time to begin the search for a custom home builder, you want to be sure you settle for nothing short of the very best. As the saying goes, your home is your castle and its an investment you will live in for many, many years. When deciding on new home builders, you should be picky and choose the best for you and your family. There are several factors to consider when choosing a custom home builder, including:

  • Communication
  • Warranty and service
  • Reputation
  • Design style
  • Build quality

What Makes a Great Home Builder?

  1. Communication

Proper communication is key to a successful relationship with any custom home builder. You want to be able to ask questions and get responses in a timely manner. A home builder who takes too long to respond to you may just cause frustration during the building process, and afterward. A quality custom home builder is also willing to answer any questions you may have, no matter how silly. Those who try to rush you or refuse to answer questions should be avoided.

  1. Warranty and Service

A quality new home builder will stand behind their work by offering a warranty on the home. For instance, at Passage Island Construction, we provide our clients with a one-year builder warranty and a 2-10 warranty for their peace of mind. The 2-10 warranty is a two-year home buyer’s systems warranty (covering electrical, HVAC, and plumbing) and a ten-year structural warranty. While our homes rarely ever need to have these warranties applied, we provide them to ensure that you can rest at ease. A home builder who does not offer warranties may not feel confident in the quality of their work.

  1. Reputation

Choosing a custom home builder with a great reputation and testimonials means that others have been happy with their results. You should look over the testimonials of a home builder, tour their models and reach out to previous home buyers. If you are happy with what you see and current and past owners are happy with their purchase and decision, you’ll know you have found a high-quality new home builder. Also, stay on the lookout for real estate listings that mention your builder, as this means the builder has a positive reputation and is a selling point for the home.

  1. Design Style

The design style of your builder needs to reflect your personality and how you want your home to look.  Take a look at the builders custom home designs and make sure it matches your style. If you are looking for a more family-style house, a home builder with custom home designs that are all modern may not be able to give you exactly what you have your heart set on.

  1. Build Quality

You should tour model homes and drive through communities that your prospective custom home builder has worked on. Look for signs of quality within the construction, including the exterior foundations and the interior, such as cabinets, trim work, and even plumbing. Make sure to take a look at the homes that are currently under construction too. Does everything look like its being put together professionally and is the work area clean and organized?

Schedule a Tour of Our Communities

At Passage Island Construction, we are transparent in our business with clients. We want you to feel comfortable and confident in choosing us as your custom home builder. We encourage you to meet with us, tour our communities and ask about our reference. Schedule a meeting by calling us today at 772-388-8863.

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Why Florida is a Great Place to Build a New Home https://passageislandhomes.com/why-florida-is-a-great-place-to-build-a-new-home/ Thu, 15 Aug 2019 14:05:10 +0000 https://passageislandhomes.com/?p=7217 Retiring to the Sunshine State is a dream for many people. Florida is a wonderful location to live for a variety of reasons. If you are looking for tropical weather and ready for a change, Florida might be the right choice for you! Here are a few key reasons why it is a great place to build your home.

No state income tax

Florida is one of only a few states that does not require its residents to pay state income tax. This means that you can expect more money in your pocket each year. Saving money while enjoying an active lifestyle year-round contributes to making Florida that perfect retirement state.

Tropical Weather 

By the time you decide to relocate to Florida, you are probably ready to escape the snow. Florida’s mild, tropical climate is a match made in heaven for those who’ve grown tired of cold weather. Of course, a white Christmas is beautiful, but there’s something to be said about hanging your Christmas lights without risking frost-bite or slipping on ice. There is a reason they refer to it as the Sunshine State after all. Imagine walking the beach instead of shoveling snow each winter! 

Gorgeous Beaches

An obvious upside to living in Florida is the proximity to the country’s most beautiful beaches. The saying, “We live where others vacation” is something that gives Floridians great pride. Being minutes from the beach will change your attitude about everyday life. Besides, salty air is good for your health! Choices in Florida include the white sand beaches of the Gulf Coast or the sprawling coastline of the Atlantic. Sunshine and warmth are enjoyed year-round. 

Affordability

What some people love most about Florida is its affordability over other states. When retirement arrives, many people plan to cut back on unnecessary spending.  Whatever your motivation, a move to the Sunshine State may be the perfect time to build your forever home. Building a home in Florida can bring you warmth, a luxury that all ages can enjoy.

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Production Homes Vs. Custom Homes: Which One is Right for You? https://passageislandhomes.com/production-homes-vs-custom-homes-which-one-is-right-for-you/ Fri, 02 Aug 2019 14:00:57 +0000 https://passageislandhomes.com/?p=7214 Are you considering building a new home but aren’t sure if you want to build a custom home or not? This post explores the pros and cons of both production homes and custom homes so you can be fully confident in your decision.

Production Homes: PROS

Production home communities feature a limited series of home designs with the same floor plan and exterior design elements over and over again. These kinds of homes are usually seen in larger neighborhoods in established suburban areas. In Florida, these types of developments are popular due to the accessibility and amenities included in the community. Most production home communities will feature an exclusive builder throughout.

Production homes are an extremely cost-effective way to own a new construction home. The timelines for production homes are usually accelerated over custom builds due to the limitation in selections and floor plans. If having a lot of choices and decisions to make causes you stress, a production home may be the right decision for you.

Production Homes: CONS

In a production home community, many homes look similar on the outside and are often labeled as “cookie-cutter.” These communities often have smaller lots and give the homes the appearance of being on top of each other.

Custom Built Homes: PROS 

The benefits of building a custom home include personalization and flexibility in the process. A custom home builder will work with you to design your dream home. They provide you with the options and the variety of selections available to accommodate your desires for your new home, from the kind of countertops in the kitchen to the type of outdoor entertainment space, the right builder will make it happen. 

Custom Built Homes: CONS

Having a say in floor plans, design elements, and finishes comes at a cost. Custom built homes tend to be more expensive than production homes and a longer timeline for completion should be expected. In the end, you will be living in a beautiful home that is just the way you want it. 

Passage Island Construction is here to build your custom home when you’re ready. Whether you select from one of our customizable floorplans or have your

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