Fifty Shades of Grey is now under contract!

by Cyndi - June 16th, 2013

This year we featured two homes in the North Central Florida Builders Association Parade of Homes.  One home features the hottest color for 2013…Grey.  We had a lot of fun working on this home.  The granite was from Mystic Granite in Orlando.  Avalanche was what we picked out for the kitchen. Gorgeous creamy white with chunks of espresso.  I love this piece.  The flooring we chose was American Tiger Wood.  This is made from the sweet gum tree.  When you open the door the smell is just wonderful.  We used tile accents all over and custom floating shelves.  The fire place is very modern and is just perfect.  I really love walking into this home and will miss it when it’s gone.  We have a contract on this home as of yesterday.  We will be enclosing a portion of the back porch to create a sun room for the new buyers.  We will start that addition next week.  Even though this one is sold we still the Madrid next door which is equally fabulous.

What is a Post Tension Slab?

by Cyndi - June 10th, 2013

Post tension slabs are gaining favor with many builders striving to offer consumers confidence in a solid foundation.  I just poured my first post tension slab for Lot 14 Fletcher Park.  I had never worked with engineered slabs before so this was a new experience for me.  Before we poured the slab, high-strength steel strands or cables, called tendons, are laid in a tight grid. These help support and give strength to the slab once it has cured. The tendons are sheathed in plastic so that they do not directly touch the concrete. After the grid is made, the concrete is poured. The concrete is allowed to cure to about 75% of the way.  Each of the tendons in the post-tension slab is pulled tight, using a hydraulic jack.  Once the cables have reached the designated tension, they are anchored in the concrete, and the slab is allowed to fully cure.   Thankfully this is all designed by structural engineers.  The extra cost ranges from $5000 – $8000 on a 4000 sq ft slab and offers the owner a stronger slab. Especially useful in areas where the soil expands and contracts relative to weather conditions……Sounds like Gainesville to me.

Warning….the tendons are usually pulled to a tension of 25,000 pounds per square inch so please take care not to cut one when drilling or jackhammering into the slab.  When purchasing a post tension slab please request all the engineering with a diagram of the tendon layout.




Roof Ventilation

by Cyndi - November 23rd, 2010

Having proper ventilation helps dissipate and reduce unwanted moisture in the attic during the winter.  Vents installed lower on the roof help bring in cooler air while vents installed near the ridge help remove warm or moist air.  It is considered normal if water penetrates through the vent during extreme weather. 

Keep your vents clear of all obstructions.  Inspect annually to be sure the screens are intact.

Fletchers Park

by Cyndi - October 26th, 2010

Fletchers Park welcomes Emerald Ventures, Inc. as a new signature builder.  Come visit this luxury community just minutes from downtown.  Bike to Town of  Tioga and enjoy Starbucks, Blue Highway Pizza and Gainesville Health & Fitness.  Come build with Emerald Ventures, Inc. or one of our many quality builders.  Call Cyndi today at 352-538-3540.

Overlay vs tearoff

by Cyndi - April 21st, 2010

I’m all against using the shingle overlay method of re-roofing for a number of reasons. 

1).  Existing damage to the roof deck remains concealed.  Rusty valley flashing remains in place.  Rotten wood and termites may not be discovered.

2).  Older homes were built to a less developed building code and the roof sheathing usually was not nailed down sufficiently. 

3).  The old nails used to fasten the shingles tend to work out over time and may damage the new shingles.

4). Unless the installation crew is really good, the roof looks less than attractive afterward.

5).  Check with your roofer to verify if the new overlay receives a full warranty.

In five years will you look back and say….we should have built our dream home in 2010

by Cyndi - December 8th, 2009

With construction prices dropping and the government offering incentives to home buyers, is now a good time to leap into ownership? 

Never has it been a better time!  Economic forecasters all agree that this year is the year to achieve the BEST value for a home.  Don’t look back and regret not making the move into home ownership. 

We can help with new construction or help you find the perfect existing home.  Cyndi the Builder is also Cyndi the Realtor.  Cyndi knows real estate inside and out.

Cinnamon Hills Estates Preferred Builder

by Cyndi - November 30th, 2009

Emerald Ventures, Inc. is now a “Preferred Builder” in this beautiful acre plus community.   Located in the historic city of High Springs and just minutes from Poe, Blue and Ginny springs.  Phase I and II are sold out!   Call Cyndi at 352-538-3540 to reserve your lot in Phase III today.  Cyndi is a licensed Builder, Realtor and a certified Home Stager.  Cyndi knows real estate inside and out!  Call today.

Building is Back and it’s never been better!

by Cyndi - November 30th, 2009

Yes, building is coming back and coming back strong.  We have two new projects underway in the Meadows on the Prairie Community.  Amand and Paul have chosen Lot 62 to build their beautiful home, “The Walnut Hill II”.

While Hoang and Kim Loan with their son Jet will be living in the “Meadowbrook” model on Lot 27.  Come watch us grow! 

Clearing begins this week.

Call Cyndi at 352-538-3540 to reserve your lot today.  Only two left!

What can you do to “GREEN” your current home?

by Cyndi - November 30th, 2009

Install programmable thermostats

Add new insulation

Seal all ducts and vents

Use compact fluorescent light bulbs

Change to energy-efficient applicances such as Energy Star Applicances

Use low-flow water fixtures in toilets and shower heads

Change air filters monthly

Use motion-censored lighting

Use Low E window treatments

Use paint made out of organic compounds

Energy Star

by Cyndi - April 15th, 2009

Lot 44 exceeds the Energy Star rating.  This is equivalent to:

  • Eliminating the emissions from .49 vehicles
  • Saving 2,964 lbs of coal
  • Planting .81 acres of trees
  • Saving homeowners $447 on their utility bills.

See what one quality built energy efficient home will do!