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How To Build A Home In Florida

by Anne Hensel 11/01/2018

Florida could be the perfect place for you to build your dream home. It’s a bit more cost effective to build a home in Florida than many other places in the United States. Depending on the size and style of the home that you are looking to build, the cost will vary a bit. 

Florida Style Homes

Typically, Florida style homes tend to have a Spanish or Mediterranean type architectural design complete with tile roofing, stucco siding, and contemporary building design. For house paint in this area, you’ll find bright colors and pastel hues instead of traditional Spanish style homes that are typically a shade of brown.

Another style home that you’ll often find in Florida is that of a raised style home. These are typically found along the coastline and near coastal areas. These homes are designed for you to enjoy beach life by including many windows and a veranda to take advantage of the seaside breezes. 

Extreme Weather

Every home in Florida, no matter where it’s located, will be built to withstand extreme humidity and extreme weather conditions. Since Florida is known to be a target for hurricanes, you can never be too careful in the way a home is designed and built in the sunshine state. 

Features Of A Florida Home

There are certain features and amenities that you’ll want to include in your Florida home when you build it. Depending upon your specific needs, you’ll want to consider the following:

  • How many bedrooms do you need? 
  • How many square feet of living space will you need?
  • What style home are you looking to build? Where is the home located? 
  • Will the home have a second floor?
  • How many bathrooms do you need?
  • What functions do you want each room to have?
  • Do you want verandas made accessible from the home?
  • What is your budget?

Depending upon your needs and your budget, a builder will be able to help you determine what you can afford more specifically. The most important thing to remember when building a home is not to sacrifice function. Above all, you want your Florida home to be functional.


The estimated cost to build a home changes along with many factors. The state of the building industry, how much land costs you to buy, the cost of building materials, and more determine how much a home will cost to you to build in Florida at any given time. 

Consider Buying An existing Home

If building your own home seems to be a bit overwhelming, you may want to consider shopping around for a home that is already out there. A realtor can help you to assess your needs and find the right properties that will suit you and your family’s needs. Depending upon the economy at the time, it may even be a bit cheaper for you to buy an existing home and make the improvements that you’re looking for.

About the Author

Anne Hensel

Anne came about 19 years ago from Cologne, Germany  to St. Petersburg  and worked in Real Estate ever since then. In 2004, she opened up her own brokerage South Beaches Real Estate Professionals. With only a handful of selected agents, she has accomplished to be one of the leading brokerage firms in Pinellas County and has the proven track record to be among the top 40 Real Estate Firms in our County. Considering the amount of agents and the sales volume South Beaches Real Estate Professionals is producing, they are outperforming most of the well known brokerage in Pinellas County.

A few year ago after the real estate market crash they adjusted to the needs of their sellers and started working with Short Sales in St. Petersburg and long the beaches. They are one of the most dedicated and committed.

The way the office is run, the efficiency, the close relations to each and every buyer and seller, the hands on approach to each and every deal, the skilled negotiations to always get the best deals for their buyers and sellers, the level of knowledge and expertise, and the love for the profession are a direct reflection of Anne and her leadership.

Every agent of South beaches Real Estate Professionals has a passion and love for the profession. Each and every buyer or seller gets undivided attention, each and every transaction is handled individually as it should be, each and every day that brings new challenges and they are overcome due to teamwork, knowledge, creativity, efficiency, commitment, resourcefulness, positivity and the right attitude.

Designations for Anne Hensel

C-CRE                Consumer-Certified Real Estate Consultant

The C-CREC designation is consumer-focused; the professional can analyze the consumer's needs and deliver timely and cost-effective results-based solutions.  "Consumer centered –Results focused”

ABR                    The Accredited Buyer Representative 

This Designation is the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. This coveted designation is awarded to real estate practitioners who meet the specified educational and practical experience criteria.


Real estate agents who have the e-PRO® Certification are Internet Professionals who have completed extensive training using the Web. It means the real estate professional is prepared to employ the latest techniques and services for your benefit, just like you've grown to expect from a professional.

TRC                Transnational Referral Certification

It demonstrates to clients and other real estate professionals that the agent is well versed in the procedures of the Transnational Referral system and has pledged to follow a code of conduct in business dealings,

RECS              Real Estate Cyber Specialist

The RECS designation lets clients and colleagues know of your proficiency in serving the public with recognized skills for utilizing Cyber Space marketing programs and for effectively adopting special technology and networking systems.

AHS                 Accredited Home Staging Specialist 

Trained and certified in staging a home for a sale showcases the benefits of the house in the best possible light

CSR                 The Certified Seller Representative

This designation has become the benchmark of excellence in seller representation and is only awarded to Realtor that meets the specified educational and practical experience criteria, similar to the Accredited Buyer Representative.

CSP                 Certified Short Sale Professional

This is a new designation created to help buyers and sellers to understand and successfully close Short sales, Foreclosures and bank owned real estate properties.

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