Winter Haven Sweeps the Competition at Livable Polk Awards

Downtown Winter HavenOn Aug. 27, 2014, Polk Vision and the Polk Transportation Planning Organization recognized the city and private entities that make Polk County an amazing place to live with the Livable Polk Awards. With 17 incorporated cities in Polk County, Winter Haven came out on top – sweeping many of the award categories.

The Livable Polk Awards are designed to “recognize conservation and sustainable development and healthy community design efforts that go beyond the ordinary and set an example for what can be done in Polk County.” Winter Haven started the night by sweeping all four categories of the Community Recognition Awards. (more…)

Say Goodbye to Summer with a New Home and Savings from Highland Homes

Highland Homes End of Summer SaleSummer is almost over, but there is still time to make this summer one to remember! Through Sept. 30, 2014, achieve your dream of home ownership and save $10,000 when you build your new home or purchase an available Ready-to-Own inventory home from Highland Homes.

What can the $10,000 be used towards? That is up to you! These September savings can be used as you choose, to best fit your needs, towards design upgrade options, closing costs, or home site premiums. (more…)

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…)