The Added “Bonus” of Bonus Rooms

One of the many things that set Burton Homes apart is our dedication to customization. We know that each of our clients brings a different vision for their perfect home and we walk with you through the design process from start to finish.

One of the trends we have seen, as of late is the “bonus” room. Many families desire a room or area that can function as a distinct space, whether it be a single room or a suite style space, for a specific purpose and then transition into something different as the needs of the family change over time. Bonus rooms can be great additions to your design plan because they allow for freedom to change along with your needs.

So what can you do with the extra space in your custom built Burton Home? The possibilities abound. Here are a few ideas to assist you in creating the home of your dreams.

Bedroom

Your bonus room can always be used as a bedroom for family members or guests. This room can transition from nursery to guest bedroom with a few simple changes.

Office

Working from home can be a challenge for many and without a designated office space it can get tricky. If you are in a work from home season in your career, that bonus room could really come in handy. The extra space can seamlessly transition into a fully functioning office allowing you the freedom to work from home with ease.

Craft/Hobby Room

Are you always looking for a place to keep your collectables, excite your creative juices, or keep your athletic gear in check? Bonus spaces are great for doing just that. Crafters and enthusiastic hobbyist alike can use the bonus area to store their supplies and gear junkies have the option to keep their training gear safe and sound.

Home Theater

Imagine for a moment a place where you can go escape from it all with a great film, cozy couch, and the perfect bowl of popcorn. Home theaters are wildly popular features and Burton Homes can help you create an at-home entertainment experience beyond your wildest dreams.

Burton Homes in Brevard County, FL has been creating and building the absolute best custom homes for years now. We know that every family is different and so are their needs. From young families to retirees, we create homes to suit them all. Your dream is our reality. We create functional spaces that adapt easily to your lifestyle all with distinct touches that are created with your family in mind.

The Brevard Lifestyle

Brevard County has so much to offer for so many types of people. When thinking about Florida the incredible weather generally comes to mind first. Sunny skies, luscious beaches, and beautifully crafted architecture are certainly some of the fabulous traits of Florida and Brevard showcases them in stunning glory. Brevard also offers so much more for everyone from retirees to young families. Considering a move? Looking for a change of pace or career? Why not put Brevard on your short list and come see why the Space Coast is beloved by so many.

Brevard County is home to multiple corporations serving as innovators and leaders in the highly specialized fields of aerospace and engineering. Did you know that the Melbourne, Palm Bay, and Titusville all rank in Forbes recent list of the top ten places to live for engineers? Brevard is a great place to consider if you are looking for a career change. Our school system is nationally recognized and Brevard is home to three high schools recognized by U.S. News and World Reports list highlighting the nation’s best high schools.

Our hospital systems proudly serve thousands of patients with the latest in medical innovations and techniques. Brevard is home to several nationally ranked hospitals including Health First’s Viera Hospital which was only one of five hospitals in the state to receive a five star ranking for patient experience and satisfaction. If you are ever in need of medical care, you are in one of the best locations in the United States for state of the art assistance provided by compassionate and caring medical professionals.

Brevard County offers its residents a plethora of outdoor living opportunities. Our extensive parks and recreation system maintains over one hundred public parks along with public golf courses and over 17,000 acres of conservation land. Miles and miles of pristine beaches are great for surfing, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and more. If relaxing in the sun is more your speed our beaches are second to none for times when you just want to slow down and relax.

There really is so much to love about Brevard and it is a wonderful place to call home. Burton Homes has been serving the families of Brevard since 1998 by creating incredible custom homes as unique as their individual owners. Burton Homes knows you have several choices when it comes to building a home but we can guarantee an experience you simply cannot get anywhere else. We love Brevard and all it has to offer. We also know that all of our clients have a unique story complete with diverse tastes and dreams about their new homes. And we can make them all come true. Contact us today for more information.

Customization and Communication

Congratulations! You’ve found the perfect piece of land or the impeccable neighborhood that suits the needs of your family. Now the fun begins. It is time to hire your custom homebuilder in Brevard County, FL to assist you in creating the home of your dreams. Burton Homes knows you have several choices when it comes to custom homebuilders in our area but none can work alongside you like we can to make your dreams reality.

Customization and communication are at the heart of everything we do. Just ask our satisfied clientele who can attest to the tremendous quality and pride of craftsmanship that Burton Homes has to offer. Whether you are in the market for a Mediterranean style home with a modern interior or a home with unique features specific to the needs of your family, we are the company that can exceed your expectations by providing you with all of this and more.

During the recent HBCA Parade of Homes, spectators were given the opportunity to tour some of Brevard’s newest and most exciting models allowing them to see incredible options for great Florida living. The Parade of Homes gave participants the chance to see homes ranging in style, price range, and amenities and Burton Homes blew them away with our model.

Burton took home top honors for our Private Collection Model on display at Wyndham in Viera. This home is nothing short of spectacular with open spaces, bonus rooms that can be utilized in a myriad of ways for whatever stage of life your family finds itself, seamless living from front door to back patio. We have been listening to the desires of our clients for years and this home is just another example of that. Using some of our most popular design features like stunning windowed dining areas and seamless living, this model home showcased immaculate living at its finest. Meticulously thought out and designed with energy efficiency in mind this home was one not to be missed on the tour. Words simply cannot do it justice.

We at Burton Homes know that your house is more than simply a place to reside. It is your home. This is the place where you will make memories that last a lifetime and, with this in mind, we work with you every step of the way. Bring us your dreams and we will create a home that exceeds your wildest expectations.

Contact us today! We look forward to meeting with you and assisting you on the exciting journey of creating a home that marries form, function, design, style, and is the heart and soul of your family.

De-clutter Your Life

One of the easiest ways to find yourself overwhelmed is to be surrounded by clutter. Ah, that dreaded word that encompasses so much. If you find yourself incapable of focusing when surrounded by stuff you aren’t alone. In fact, a study by the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute found that, in layman’s terms, if your environment is full of clutter your ability to focus is restricted due to all the surrounding chaos.

Clutter affects your brain making you distracted and it inhibits your ability to accurately process information. Clearing out the clutter is a great way to organize all areas of your life freeing you from all the distractions that it brings.

Burton Homes in Brevard County focuses on customization and we can help you de-clutter your life. One of the beauties of being Brevard’s premier custom homebuilder is that we work with you from start to finish creating seamless design throughout your home that can free you from the prospect of clutter. Hidden nooks, flawless closets, and gorgeous storage space built to suit the specific needs of your family are just a few of the ways we help you stay stress free.

If you are overwhelmed at the thought of clearing out the junk we at Burton Homes in have some tips to get you started.

1. Keep Design In Mind

When you are in the process of creating a home with us, you will notice from the start that your dreams become our working reality. If you know you have a tendency towards clutter we can implement designs to assist you with stunning storage that can serve you in multiple capacities. Functional storage doesn’t have to be unsightly. Our designs can give you all the space you need while still adhering to the look you are aiming for.

2. Designate a Work Space

Are you a devoted cook? Do your counter tops drive you insane? If so, find places to store all your cookware and utensils. Make sure everything has a place. Be creative! Burton Homes can help you find solutions to all your clutter issues in the kitchen.

If you work from home create a serene environment that will fuel your creativity and keep your workspace free from excess. Find functional ways to store things such as pens, files, important correspondence, etc. so that they don’t find their way into an unending pile on your desktop.

3. Give It Away

Are their items in your home you just don’t use anymore? Do you have racks of clothing that you do not like or simply do not wear anymore? Get rid of them.

This process can feel daunting at the start so don’t take on too much all at once. Try setting aside items you are going to get rid of one at a time. Every day choose one thing you want to discard. Starting small and setting realistic goals can help you achieve success.

Having an abundance of clutter can drastically impede quality of life. By making small changes everyday you can achieve a chaos free home environment.

Closing Up Your Home for Summer

Many Floridians transition to other parts of the country during the summer months packing up and leaving their homes for extended periods. Others take long vacations or travel to visit family and friends making an RV their home for the summer. If you are one of the many who closes up your home for extended amounts of time, we at Burton Homes, your custom home builder in Brevard County, want you to return to your home with everything in tact.

Closing up your home for an extended leave can feel very overwhelming. Where do you start? What comes first? What are the last things that need to be taken care of? If questions like this are leaving your head spinning you are not alone. Below are some guidelines and suggestions to help make the process go as smooth as possible.
Give yourself about 3 weeks before your scheduled departure date to get everything done.

Three Weeks Out

-Schedule yearly home maintenance check-ups for your air conditioning and HVAC units if you have not yet done so.
-Contact your lawn service and arrange a schedule for your absence
-Find all of your hurricane shutters and make sure they are ready to be installed. Figure out what needs to be brought inside and don’t forget about things like patio furniture and outdoor decorative items.
-Make sure your homeowners insurance is up to date.
-Cancel any services such as telephone and cable that you will not be using while you are away.
-Make sure you have someone who can periodically check on your home while you are away.

Two Weeks Out

-Cancel subscriptions
-Suspend mail or arrange for someone to pick it up for you
-Make sure the humidistat settings on your air conditioner are functioning properly. This is extremely important to protect your home from developing fungus and mold while you are away.

One Week Out

-Clean your fridge and freezer
-Vacuum your furniture to remove any mold spores
-Get rid of any inside houseplants
-Begin clearing the food from your cabinets and refrigerator and freezer

Travel Day

-Turn off your refrigerator and unplug it and leave the door slightly open
-Cover toilets
-Make sure drains and stoppers are covered and sealed
-Check your air conditioner settings
-Turn on your security system
-Close and lock all doors

This is by no means an exhaustive list and your needs may be different.

Hiring a Handyman

Hiring help to assist with projects around your home can be a daunting task. Who can you trust to come into your home, one of your most valuable assets? How do you go about selecting a handyman and how do you know if the job you need done is within their scope of abilities. When should you call in a specialized contractor?

Burton Homes, your custom homebuilder in beautiful Brevard County, knows that issues such as this are significant to you for many reasons. You have invested time, money, and your dreams in your new Burton Home and now you want to do everything you can to protect it. Here are some tips on selecting the perfect handyman.

Ask Around

Unlike contractors, handymen and women are not required to have a license or carry insurance. There is also no governing union to regulate requirements pertaining to work provided by handy men and women and rules vary from state to state. This does not mean that handymen are not capable of completing small jobs.

As with anything, ask around and see if friends, neighbors, and family have utilized the services of a handyman. Do your research. Read reviews and set up an initial interview to screen potential candidates. Remember, you are bringing an outsider into your home. You want to be confident in their abilities but also in the character.

Protect Yourself

After choosing a handyman for some help around your home be sure that you have the terms of your agreement in writing. Ask for a guarantee and watch out for scams. Handymen who refuse to guarantee work, solicit jobs by phone, show up uninvited to your home asking for work, or won’t sign a contract are potential scammers and should be avoided at all costs.

Recognize the Scope of Your Project

Handymen and women should not be hired for large-scale projects or emergency repairs. In instances such as these it is best to hire a licensed, bonded, and insured contractor. A qualified and honest handyman should always let you know if your needs are beyond them.

Handymen are great for small jobs such as switching out fixtures, changing faucets, or replacing a few missing shingles. Many handymen and women are retired former unionized contractors so they are well equipped to assist you. Others are self-taught with no formal training.

Jobs Handymen/women Can Handle:

  • Painting
  • Small Plumbing Repairs
  • Shingle Replacement
  • Gutter Cleaning
  • Caulking
  • Simple Home Exterior Repairs
  • Deck Repair and Sealing

Of course there may be more jobs a handyman can do for you but before you enter into an agreement with them make sure your project list is well defined. This lets you know exactly what will be done around your home and gives your handyman explicit instruction.

Wildlife At Your Back Door

Spring is upon us here in astoundingly beautiful Brevard County, FL and Burton Homes, your specialized custom home builder, wants you to get out and enjoy all the luxuries that life in Central Florida has to offer.

Not only do we work with you every step of the way to create the home of your dreams, but we also offer advice and tips on how to make that house a home, a place where fantasies meet reality and where you can indulge your senses from in or outside of your residence.

Perhaps you have noticed the change in the weather lately. You aren’t the only one! Cool days and evenings have turned to delightful days and relaxing evenings. More blue jays, cardinals, song sparrows, woodpeckers, hummingbirds and more are making an appearance as the Florida weather makes for a delightful change.

With so much wildlife right at your back door, why not create a haven for them. Creating birdfeeders is an easy way to attract wildlife right in your own backyard.

There are several types of bird feeders to consider when making a purchase or creating one of your own. Some bird feeders will be friendly to multiple types of birds while others are more generic in nature and can accommodate multiple species.

Before you commit decide what type of bird or birds you want to attract and go from there. Below you will find some details on a few types of feeders at your disposal:

1. Tube Feeders – These are usually clear plastic and have multiple perches for birds to land on and feed. They can be filled with a variety of seeds and will attract certain types of birds. These types of feeders work best with birds that are able to feed upside down such as chickadees and goldfinches.
2. Hoppers – Like tube feeders, these generally house seed, but are larger and require less filling over time. If you want to reap the benefits without the extra work this may be the way to go.
3. Nyger Feeders – Similar to tube feeders in size, these feeders accommodate only nyger and thistle, small seeds that are popular with pine siskins, American goldfinches, and purple finches. The feeding ports are very small so this feeder will not attract larger species.
4. Nectar Feeders – These feeders are typically filled with sugar water, the type of food that attracts hummingbirds. They vary in design but if you are after the splendor of these small yet mighty birds this may be the way to go.
5. Fruit Feeders – Pieces of fruit can be stowed away in these types of feeders. Species such as house finches, woodpeckers, and bluebirds love them.

Wildlife can literally be right outside your doorstep if you incorporate some type of bird feeder in your yard. Seeing an abundance of bird life in your yard during this delightful time of year makes the Florida lifestyle that much more enjoyable. Burton Homes in Melbourne, FL knows that you value quality of life and that is why we are here. We want to make your dreams a reality! Contact us today with any questions. We are happy to help. We are happy to serve.

Kitchen Modern Marvel: The Garbage Disposal

Every detail of your new home construction by Burton Homes in Melbourne, FL has been meticulously thought out. You and our expert team of designers and contractors have left nothing to chance.

The delicious kitchen that you have dreamt of for years is now a reality and your spacious interior and luxurious outdoor living spaces are ripe for entertaining. The guests have arrived and you are relishing entertaining family and friends.

Good food and lots of laughter are surely to follow. And then the dreaded clean up comes to pass. Left over parcels of food from the delicious dinner and meal preparation need to be disposed. But, before you put it all down the garbage disposal take these tips to mind. Not everything is suitable for garbage disposals.

Garbage disposals are designed to shred food waste into a size suitable to be passed down through your plumbing. However, they can’t take everything and some food type substances can wreak havoc on your disposal.

No Hot Grease

You may be thinking, “It’s liquid surely it is safe.” However, hot grease such as oils and lards harden as they cool. If you put them down the drain they can clog up your plumbing.

Pasta and Rice

These hardy carbohydrates make for great additions to everyday meals but are a no-no for garbage disposals. Because of their starchy content they expand in water and if you put them down the drain they will continue to do so every time you turn on the faucet. The constant expansion can clog up your pipes creating plumbing nightmare.

Household Cleaners and Chemicals

These substances are harmful on your plumbing system in general and should never be put down a disposal.

Vegetable Peels

Yes, these are food substances, however peels and cornhusks can wrap themselves around your disposal’s blades and dull them. Eggshells are also something that you shouldn’t put down the drain for the same reasons. It’s best to dispose of peels and shells in the compost bin or garbage can.

Coffee Grinds

Coffee grinds, because of their fine nature, will easily go down the drain but can build up in the trap causing clogs. A great way to dispose of grinds is in your garden.

Bottle Caps, Twist Ties, and Packaging

This pretty much goes without saying but in the clean up process these items can make their way into your disposal. Before you add safe food items and turn on your disposal check to be sure items such as these haven’t mistakenly made their way into your disposal.

New Home Construction Timeline

The papers have been signed. It is official! Your new home, expertly designed with your dreams in mind by Burton Homes is about to break ground. You’ve waited for this day. You’ve worked hand in hand with the Burton Home’s team to make your must-haves a reality. Now comes the hard part: Waiting!

Building a new home is exciting. You have most certainly put all of your creative juices to work letting Burton Homes know exactly what you need. We have consulted with you taking into account all of your wishes and the design is complete.

Now that the design process is over the fun begins. Your home goes into the construction phase. This is when you get to see your desires take flight, maybe even up a lofty staircase, if multi-story homes are your cup of tea.

What can you expect during this phase? It is hard to wait but, unfortunately, quality homes don’t just pop up unlike many builders would have you believe. Of course every home construction project is different and many factors must be taken into account such as the weather, availability of supplies, and the workforce. However, here are a few general guidelines that you can expect whilst awaiting to move in to your beautiful new home.

The Home site is Prepared

Yikes! It is really happening. The lot you have chosen for your home is now being prepared for construction. Your lot must be prepped with precision before your new home is built and this may include excavations and clearing of the property. Don’t worry! Your home will be perfectly situated and all the plans you made will come to pass.

Foundations and Framework

Every home must have a solid foundation upon which the structure can be built. Here in Brevard County, FL most homes have a concrete slab poured for stability. We are so close to sea level that basements are almost unheard of. Next the framework of your home is created and this is when you start to see the beginning of the end. Just imagine all the memories that are waiting to be created within the walls of what appears to be a shell.

We invite you to visit your construction site and get a visual of what your home is becoming. What an exciting process! Coinciding with this phase we continually meet with you to ease your mind. We encourage you to tell us what you think as construction moves forward. Your vision is our goal.

The Middle

Now that the slab is set and the framework is done the hard work of installing the inner workings of your home begins. Electrical wires, plumbing, heating, and cooling systems, and more are brought in. Your home is gaining a life of its own.

Dressed Up

Now your home looks like a home. Floors are installed. Painting takes place. Cabinets and utilities find their home. It is all coming together. Everything you dreamed of and, hopefully more, is happening.

The Final Push

Appliances, light fixtures, faucets, you name it are all being installed during this phase. It is real. Your home is breathing life now and waiting expectantly for you. Are you excited?

Waiting for your dream home to be in the final phases of construction and move in ready takes patience and Burton Homes in Brevard County, FL knows that. We are with you from start to finish with your new home construction. It is our hope that not only the home of your dreams is created during this process but also a lifelong relationship.

Monday Morning Coffee – February 16, 2015

Monday Morning Coffee

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

— Robert Frost