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 

New Home Statistics Are In: Great News for You

Are you in the market for a new home? Maybe you have decided to retire here on the Space Coast or perhaps you are finally making that much needed upgrade for more space and additional luxury. Whatever your reasoning, Burton Homes is the only place in Brevard County, FL for new home construction.

If you have set your sites on a new home providing you with top tier features, luscious landscapes, and details to entice your soul Burton Homes can accommodate you. We serve you from start to finish helping your dreams come to fruition. Our team of experts is with you every step of the way taking into account your desires and making them reality. Many people experience fear when moving forward with a new home construction but we are here to alleviate anxiety and give you an award winning experience.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau new home sales were up in December of 2014. A joint report issued by the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development shows an uptrend in new home construction sales. This is nothing but good news for those of you considering building the home of your dreams. The latest data shows that an estimated 481,000 new homes were sold across the country in the month of December.

This number was derived from an adjusted rate that takes into account the season and is a whopping 11.6 percent higher than November 2014’s rate and beats out December 2013’s estimate by 8.8 percent. Overall, in 2014, new home sale were up and the trend continues to be moving forwards. The percentage of new home sales climbed 17.7 percent in the South, 53.6 percent in the Northeast, and 3.1 percent in the West. These statistics speak volumes about the improving housing market. Why not get in on the action?

The numbers speak for themselves. Now is a great time to build and Burton Homes is the premier custom home builder in Brevard County, FL. We pride ourselves on providing you with the best customer service, collaboration, and quality start to finish and beyond. Contact us today and set up a consultation. Bring your ideas to the table and we will work alongside you to bring them to life. Dream big! Let us help you live the life you have always dreamed of.

Current Real-Estate Trends In Brevard County Florida

How many times have you heard folks speak of retiring on the beach? Florida has become a magnet for those seeking gorgeous weather, outdoor sports, and a relaxing lifestyle. Perhaps those are the reasons why you decided to move your family here.

The real estate market can feel like something from another world to the average person. Statistics show upward trends regarding overall growth and downward trends in respect to previously owned homes, condominiums, etc. It is challenging to navigate the world of real estate. How do you find your way in the ever-changing field of home sales and buying without tearing your hair out? With information, that’s how. Burton Homes is your Melbourne, FL custom home builder.

We work with you to create the home of your dreams. However, we know that not everyone is ready to take the leap and construct a custom built home and for those of you we want to give you helpful insight into the market here. Life on the Space Coast is nothing but a dream and we help those dreams come true. Trends are always changing so having a trusted company like Burton Homes on your side helps you make the right decisions for you and your family.

Market conditions here in beautiful Brevard County are as beautiful as the weather we are blessed with year round. Due to a thriving economy, job growth especially within the technological fields, and the second best economy (behind Texas) in the nation, this is a great time to buy in Florida. 30-year fixed interest rates at their current levels, as of January 2015, are ripe for the taking for homebuyers but, as you well know, interest rates can change in the blink of an eye. Availability for homebuyers is shrinking and now is the time to invest in an upgrade, relocation, or investment property.

Did you know that condominium sales are indicative of single-family home availability here in Brevard? Condos are selling fast and buyers who are waiting for the “perfect” condo are losing out. This trend is already occurring for homebuyers. Desirable homes are selling quickly and with a multiple offers from buyers on the table. Currently Brevard County, FL is in the midst of a real estate boom so to speak. So what does this mean for you?

If you like it make an offer because tomorrow it may not be there.

Buyers, specifically, should be on the lookout for homes. We have seen a decrease in the amount of homes for sale so when they come on the market buyers are snatching them up quickly. Prices aren’t exorbitant yet but that does not mean they won’t be. With fewer homes for sale prices can go higher especially with increasing demand.

Many homebuyers want the “perfect” home and are hesitant to purchase something that doesn’t reflect their deepest desires. If you know you have the resources to renovate or make additions and don’t want to build an entirely new home (or are not happy with available lots) choose wisely. It may be in your best interest to purchase a home that you can then spend time modifying.

If the home of your dreams isn’t available but you are ready to make the jump, call Burton Homes. Our staff is knowledgeable, competent, and ready to make your vision a reality.

Christopher Burton Homes Receives Best of Houzz 2015 Award

Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building, 

Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World

Melbourne, FL, January 19, 2015Christopher Burton Homes of Melbourne, FL has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Design by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The luxury custom home builder was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.

Our motto, “Building homes for life and relationships for a lifetime,” is more than a slogan to us. It’s a statement of our intention, the rule by which we operate, because we at Christopher Burton Homes believe that building homes is far more about people than it is about houses.  

“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Christopher Burton Homes among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

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About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit www.houzz.com