Drywall is Now Installed in My Highland Home

Drywall in Ken's KitchenHappy September! It is a very happy time for me because my new home is now in the drywall stage of home construction, which means we are about 75 percent complete!

The drywall has been installed, sanded, and the knockdown wall and ceiling texture applied. Once the drywall and textured finish had time to dry, the painters came in and painted my home.   (more…)

High Buyer Demand Increases New Home Construction in Polk County

Lakeland Homes at Hartford Estates2014 has been a great year for Polk County real estate as buyer demand has created an increase in new home construction.

In July, 218 permits for single-family homes were recorded in Polk County, up 21.2 percent year-over-year and the highest total for the month of July since 2008. In addition, new construction permits year-to-date through July totaled 1,487, a 32.1 percent increase over the first seven months of 2013. (more…)

Florida Polytechnic University Now in Session; Welcomes First Students

New Homes at Hills of Arietta in AuburndaleAfter years of planning and development, Florida Polytechnic University celebrated a milestone on Monday when it opened its doors for the first-ever class of students. As Florida’s 12th public state university, students at Florida Polytechnic University receive a unique education focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.). From curing diseases to developing the next generation of computers, Florida Polytechnic University curriculum is developed to prepare students for careers in high-tech industries. (more…)

Now Building New Homes at Saratoga in Lakeland

Saratoga Model Home in LakelandFollowing the announcement of our newest Lakeland community in May, it has been a busy summer at Saratoga in North Lakeland. We’ve already sold a few homes to lucky homeowners, released two inventory homes to begin construction, and construction is underway on our beautiful model home.

Featuring our brand new Parker home design, the model home currently has the interior walls framed with drywall expected to be installed this week, and the grand opening scheduled for this fall. (more…)

Zephyrhills: The City for Adventures Big and Small

Silverado Ranch in ZephyrhillsZephyrhills may be best known for the bottled water brand by the same name, but there is much more to this Tampa Bay suburb than meets the eye.

With a population of more than 14,000*, this city is located just a short drive northeast from the heart of Tampa. This puts Zephyrhills residents in a prime location to experience the best of small-town life and city living, combining countryside charm with nearby city conveniences. (more…)

Functionality Tops the List of Top-5 New Home Must-Haves

Highland Homes Great RoomsWhen it comes to designing your dream home, it is about more than the bells and whistles of luxury design finishes. A new home should make your life easier, as well as be easier to sell if you decide to do so in the future. While granite countertops or top-of-the-line appliances can be important, a recent survey of developers shows that today’s home buyers place more value than ever on functionality. (more…)

Front Porches: Part of the Laid-Back Florida Lifestyle

Florida New Homes at SaratogaHome design goes through phases like anything else, with consumer preferences evolving on everything from paint color schemes to the architecture of the actual home.

Recently, one home feature that is making a comeback is the porch, especially here in Florida. (more…)

Raising the Roof and Framing the Walls of my Highland Home

Ken Dream Highland Homes RoofMy-oh-my have things moved along in my new home! At the time of my last post, I had exterior walls up and a giant open space—now, there is a roof and interior walls are framed! This is when the building process really takes off as there is so much that goes inside the walls of a home.

To back track a little bit, I wanted to go over what happened step-by-step since my last post. After the exterior walls are built and inspected, the roof trusses are installed. They are not just ‘thrown’ up there; the truss package is engineered for strength and designed specifically for each home plan, and the trusses are securely anchored to the block walls with hurricane straps.  (more…)

Highland Homes Partners with WFLA as Tampa’s Home Building Expert

Highland Homes WFLA ExpertWhen you are investing in a new home, you want to be sure you are building it with a company who has a longstanding reputation for quality and customer service.

Highland Homes is pleased to announce that we have recently partnered with WFLA News Channel 8 as Tampa’s Expert Home Builder.

The WFLA Experts program is a way for the news station to broadcast knowledgeable information from local companies who help to make Tampa Bay a great place to live. The partnership is designed exclusively for local companies who excel in their field and are considered to be Tampa’s best of the best. When WFLA approached us in June to discuss the partnership, we were honored to be offered the opportunity and to be recognized as the “best of the best” by Tampa’s No. 1 news station. (more…)

This Summer, Nothing Can Hold You Back from Homeownership

Highland Homes Summer SavingsFor a limited time, we are offering sensational summer savings to help you purchase the Florida new home of your dreams. With up to $12,114 in savings and just $99 down for qualified buyers, nothing can hold you back from owning a sensationally-styled and budget-friendly new home this summer! (more…)