10 Ways to Make Your House Look Bigger

A small house can be a cozy and restful retreat from the rest of the world, but living with less space does have its challenges. Even a larger house may have small awkward spaces that need a special fix to make them seem less boxy and confined. So how do you create a spacious look for your home and avoid that claustrophobic feeling? Try these ten tips to open up your space: 1. Use Lighter Colors Using soft neutral colors on the walls of a room reflects the natural light from outdoors and makes a room seem much larger than its actual square footage. Shades of beige and white visually expand the boundaries of a room, and the same goes for pale pastel shades like blue or green. When the same color...

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Warranty: Mid-Summer HVAC Maintenance

One of the best things about living in Viera, Florida is the great weather. However, the mid-summer weather can mean seeing high-digit temperatures, which means your HVAC system will be working overtime. Although your Viera Builders home has been built with only the highest quality materials and fixtures, when it comes to Florida summers, even the best of the best HVAC systems require some TLC. Doing regular maintenance on your HVAC will help to ensure that your air conditioning is working properly to keep your Viera Builders home cool as summer long as well as prepare it for the upcoming cooler temperatures of winter. Here are a few tips to help reduce the need for repairs and to ensure your home maintains a comfortable temperature all year round. Evaluate the Filter...

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Viera Lawn Maintenance

Viera Builders takes pride in the beautiful lawns they established for their community. Because we want the best, Viera Builders used Floratam sod for your yard because of its superior performance in hot weather and humidity. The dark-green leaves of Floratam are larger than other St. Augustine grasses, providing a thicker, lusherlook to a lawn. Your Floratam Lawn and Thatch The Floratam sod used by Viera Builders is quite hardy once established, but it needs plenty of sunshine and doesn’t do well in shady conditions. A vigorous grass, it doesn’t need to be overwatered or overfed, because this can cause thatch to build up on the surface of the soil. A light layer of thatch protects grass roots and keeps them shaded and moist, but a heavy layer prevents roots from drying...

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7 Things to Look for in a New Home

New House Jitters Excitement and stress can cause house hunters to focus solely on obvious checklist items like a solid foundation and water-tight roof. Unfortunately, a quick visual inspection of a new home is not enough to detect possible issues since many lay hidden behind walls, under floorboards, or in ceilings. Even new homes can become money pits if errors are made during construction. Keep in mind, the actual home is where you will carry out life's daily tasks, but there is more to life than daily tasks. Here are seven things you will want to consider when on the prowl for a new home: Windows Windows allow a glimpse of the outside world while letting in natural light. Well-placed windows optimize views and provide air circulation on breezy days. Look at the size,...

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Stay Hurricane Ready All Season

We at Viera Builders love the gorgeous Florida landscape and lovely warm climate, but hurricanes present a valid threat in this state. A hurricane can cause widespread damage, with lengthy blackouts and lack of readily available food and drinking water, so we need to be prepared to deal with this situation all season long. Your Viera Builders Handbook (given at your Final Walk from Warranty) has a whole section devoted to Hurricane Preparedness. Including evacuation routes and zones, primary evacuation shelters, how to prepare to go to a shelter, special needs, pet owner information and important phone numbers to keep handy. This should be your “go to” in an emergency. Prepare Ahead of Time All Viera Builders homes come with hurricane shutters. We also install impact windows on the front and the...

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