Prepare your Custom Home for Hurricane Season

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1, so we’d like to share our essential custom home hurricane preparedness tips. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration projects the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season as the busiest in a decade. A combination of warm sea surface temperatures, the lack of a Pacific El Nino and other factors could result in the development of more named hurricanes than usual.

It’s important to make sure your home and loved ones will be safe and protected should a storm take aim at the Gulf Coast. Here then are 5 tips for your home’s hurricane preparedness.

Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts to prevent flooding and unnecessary pressure on the awnings.

If you know a storm is coming, there are some very basic steps you can take to minimize its impact. Identify a place to store lawn furniture, toys, gardening tools and trash cans (away from stairs and exits) to prevent them from being moved by high winds and possibly hurting someone.
Wind only needs a small opening to get underneath something like a shingle or siding and rip it off. In the event of hurricane winds, a small opening in your doors or windows could enlarge and allow enough wind inside to compromise your home’s roof.
Tree limbs can potentially damage your home, a vehicle, or even your neighbor’s property. Regularly trimming the trees on your property is a good way to protect your windows and roof.
A hurricane could potentially knock out power to your home. Having a generator could go a long way towards ensuring you don’t lose your food, or the livability of your home until power is restored.
Anything that’s not nailed down is a liability, and that includes fence posts, which are often forgotten or ignored in homeowner’s storm-prep. Checking your fence’s footing is as easy as giving each post a strong shake to check for loose ones.


KG II Development is a leading custom home builder in Crestview, Florida. When it comes to building a hurricane resistant home, our professional team of home contractors understand what it takes to build these types of homes. We’re always on top of the latest building codes. If you’re looking for local home building professionals, look no further. Contact us online or call at (850) 682-8635 with any questions!

Custom Home Builder in Crestview

Are you tired of searching for the perfect home, only to find that your options are pretty limited? Have you spent too much time touring homes without finding a place that meets your needs? You don’t have to search anymore. With KG II Development, you not only have options, you have stunning options.

We understand that a custom home should meet your every desire and need. It’s most likely one of your largest investments and you deserve to have a customized floor plan and design elements that will keep you and your family happy and comfortable for many years to come.

That’s where KG II comes in. We work one-on-one with our clients to determine their preferences, which is just one of the reasons why KG II Development is the premium general contractor in Crestview. Are you ready to make your dream home a reality? Trust in the reputation that KG II Development has established with customers in Crestview, Florida.

Crestview Custom Home Builder

From building custom homes in Crestview, to building in our surrounding coastal communities, KGII has the experience and knowledge of the area to build custom homes that are not only energy efficient, but also able to stand the test of time against our coastal weather.

If you can dream it, we can build it! From luxury custom homes to unique outdoor living spaces and anything in between, your options are limitless. KGII is here to provide a personal experience for your custom home dreams. We are able to provide our clients with free on-site consultation, developing home plans and creating a building experience that is always one of a kind.

Are you ready to get your custom dream home built on the Gulf Coast? Contact us online or call today at (850) 682-8635 to set up a free consultation.

Finding a Custom Home Builder

Not all builders build custom homes. I know that’s hard to believe but some builders are production builders and build lots on the same house plans in one neighborhood. Other builders build homes from a portfolio of plans that they have and let you “customize” that home by maybe picking out colors or light fixtures. A true custom home builder builds anything you can dream up…new technology, new and innovative products, whatever you want.

KGII Development is a true blue, luxury custom home builder that works with our customers to ensure that what they envision is built right before their very eyes…making their dreams a reality.

After you have found a Custom Home Builder,it’s now time for financing! Stay tuned for next week when we bring you “Budgeting for a Home” in our Custom Home Building Series.

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“Building a Custom Home Series” by KGII Development

Since 1993 KGII Development has been building custom homes in North Walton County and all of north Okaloosa County. This includes the following counties:

After years of helping homeowner’s walk through the experience of building a home we wanted to put together a series that would help others who are thinking about having a custom home built. It is with great excitement that we bring you “Building a Custom Home Series!” For the next 8 – 10 weeks we will be laying out the step-by-step process of building your home. There will be three stages and within these stages will hold the keys to everything you need to know before, during and after having a custom home built for you.

Stage I: Beginning/Planning Stage

Stage II: Middle/ Construction

Stage III: Final/Closing

First things First…Find a true Custom Home Builder

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Finding land for your Custom Home

Top 5 questions to ask when purchasing land

Do you have land or a lot that you want to build a home on?

If not what are you looking for?  Acreage….Subdivision… and what part of town??

Sometimes one of the hardest parts in building a custom home is finding a lot that best suits a families living style and budget. If you do not already have a building site one of the best sources to help you find one is a realtor. Below are 5 top questions that you should be asking that realtor when it comes to purchasing land.

    1. What utilities are available-water, sewer or do you need a well and septic.  Is natural gas available if I want gas or do I need a propane tank.
    2. What kind of slope does the lot have?  The more the slope the more expensive it will be to build or maybe I want to consider a daylite basement house design if there is slope.
    3. Is the lot high and dry or is there some drainage problems causing a wet area.  This could cause problems for a septic system or building.
    4. Is it in a subdivision with covenants that require a certain size home or design.
  1. Is there good access to property-county road, paved or unpaved, etc. or is there any easements on the property like drainage easements.

Do you have more questions you’d like to add to the list? Comment below and share your experience. We are all in this together and Sharing is Caring!


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Budgeting for a Custom Home

What is your Budget?

The first step in the home process, whether it is to purchase an existing home or build a custom home, is to figure out your budget.  If you are going to finance the home you should first get in touch with a lender to get pre-qualified.

There are so many variables and different loan programs that most buyers are not sure which hole they fit into. VA loans 100%, FHA loans 97% but has PMI. Conventional loans can vary greatly depending on the program. Rural Development is 100% but depends on the area and a families income.

I always feel better advising our customers to see a lender to determine a more exact budget.

Now that you know what budget you want to stay in it’s time for the next step of finding the perfect land to build on.

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