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Keith Groninger
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Designer and Builder of Fine Custom and Green Homes
Designer and Builder of Fine Custom and Green Homes

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Built for a couple that own a high-end interior design firm, this was a challenging and surprisingly fun project. We built the shell of the home under a conventional construction agreement, however the owners had established relationships with many of the finishing trades and wanted to use their favorite contractors for many of the decorative phases of the project. This actually turned out to be the fun part.

The challenging part was a full basement beneath the living areas of the home. Although this was actually the third basement built by Groninger Homes, our experience is limited here in Florida. The small lot in an established neighborhood demanded a strategic approach to the access and excavate of the basement. We were able to build and ramp down into the hole and stockpile dirt on the back of the property. The basement was actually built with rather conventional methods although the structural engineer has us add a lot of reinforcing steel and concrete below grade. After the first floor was framed and the exterior of the basement was backfilled, construction continued in a more normal fashion.

After the completion of the drywall, the owners' role became that of the supervisor. Our role shifted to consulting and we held weekly meetings to make sure that the owners were doing their job correctly. We asked them questions designed to help them stay on schedule and not overlook steps in the process: Has this been ordered? Did you know that this has to be finished before that can start? Have you set up the contractor that's going to perform the work? We had a good time putting them on the spot and they developed an appreciation for skills of a good builder. It was good for everyone.

Features and Amenities:
Basement Wine Cellar & Crafts Room
3-stop Elevator
Garage Catering Center
High-End European Kitchen
Stainless Steel Restaurant Appliances
Terrazzo Paver Driveway
Enclosed Outdoor Living Area
Courtyard with Fire Pit
Swimming Pool & Sun Deck

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Finally received our permit from the City of Orlando...
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Good article - balconies must be built, flashed and waterproofed correctly or they are nothing but trouble...

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Entertainment Center Design -
We've designed and built countless entertainment centers over the years, but the old designs need some updating. Flat screen televisions are an obvious change to the design criteria, but the way that we interact with our electronic devices has also changed ...

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Specifications compliment a set of construction drawings as the written description of work to be performed on a project. Without detailed specifications, there's no way to verify that your builder has included everything you want in your new home.

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Steps to Your Dream Home - 01 Property Evaluation
You may want some input before purchasing some property. Choosing a building lot in a good location can have a major impact on construction and lifestyle matters. We can help you analyze and compare available properties over a wide spectrum of consideration...

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New project starting in an old part of Orlando...

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Do you understand your construction agreement?
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