One of the common questions we get in Venice FL real estate is if concrete block homes are really better than wood frame homes. I myself was surprised when I first moved to Florida to find that concrete block was prevalent. Where I come from, it was the garage that was built out of concrete block, but not the homes themselves. I encounter many buyers from up north with the same reaction. The pros for concrete block homes in Florida are: Concrete block is stronger than wood frame, in the case of a major storm or flood; Better insulating properties and lower utility costs; Improved sound deadening properties; Lower insurance costs; Lower long term maintenance costs; Higher apparent demand among the buying public. Concrete block homes are more termite resistant, but are not fully termite proof. Most concrete block homes have wood roof trusses and interior wall studs. Home buyers should also be aware that two story homes may be listed for sale described as a c
As a follow up to my last post about flood zone changes in South Venice, here is an update for 2016 proposed flood zones for the greater Venice area. The darker green is the existing AE flood zone, which requires flood insurance if you have a federally-backed mortgage on your property. The lighter shades are the proposed changes to the AE flood zone. Map showing proposed flood map changes in Venice for AE zone Of note in this map is the increased AE zone coverage in many of the Venice golf course communities. You can view the new flood zone maps in Sarasota County here: https://ags2.scgov.net/sarcoflood/ For more information on flood insurance, please visit my website www.davidbarrhomes.com
Using reclaimed wood is becoming an even more popular design trend, and one which could work well in decorating your Venice FL home or condo. Reclaimed wood is being used in all kinds of ways: dimensional walls, coffee tables, side tables, and outdoor furniture. You can use all kinds of wood: pallet wood, siding, logs, and even paint stirrers. The reclaimed wood on this coffee table is a nice contrast to the light, casual colors in this living room. Can't you picture this type of accent wall in a beach home? Add this type of table to your lanai or patio. This dimensional wood accent wall could replace more expensive ceramic or stone tile. There's a lot you can do with reclaimed wood to personalize your home or condo in Venice FL. These types of elements will create a memorable selling point and add value if you are renovating a home or condo to sell. Please contact me for more ideas on selling your Venice FL real estate .