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GHO Homes Introduces New Columbia Grande Model To South Lakes in Vero Beach Comments Off

Posted on June 28, 2011 by billhandler

GHO Homes, one of Florida’s leading homebuilders, has announced that the new Columbia Grande Model home at South Lakes in Vero Beach is now open for homebuyers to tour. GHO Homes has a strong history of delivering what homebuyers want in the design and construction of affordable quality homes, and the Columbia Grande is the homebuilder’s latest example of providing what today’s homebuyer wants and needs.

The new Columbia Grande Model boasts a stunning lakefront pool, designed to maximize enjoyment of the Florida lifestyle. At 3,028 total square feet – and 2,235 square feet of air-conditioned living space – the bright and open great room floor plan of Columbia Grande offers lots of inviting space for relaxing, entertaining and everyday living. Columbia’s split plan design also features four bedrooms, two baths, his and her private spaces/craft rooms/offices, and a two-car garage. As part of the “GHO Tailor-Made Program,” the Columbia can be customized to have a large three-car garage and one less bedroom.

GHO Homes is proud to offer homebuyers their exclusive “GHO Tailor-Made Program,” which allows homebuyers to customize their new homes with numerous options, built-ins and upgrades that far exceed industry standards. All GHO homes are built with energy-efficient materials and methods, and feature the latest design features and finishes. The new Columbia Grande model at
South Lakes offers Vero Beach homebuyers the luxury of large lots measuring 90′ wide by 134′ deep, and has several that are much larger. Other amenities include two sparkling lakes, a community dock, ample sidewalks, and gated entry (gates are currently open for new home sales access). South Lakes is an established, desirable community located at the crossroads of two of Vero Beach’s main access roads. From this central location, I-95, shopping of all types, medical and professional offices, the beach, golf courses and more are just minutes away.

Committed to excellence and customer satisfaction, the GHO Homes team has built more than 800 homes in Indian River County. For more information on South Lakes and the new Colombia furnished model home, call (772) 257-1100 ext. 3 or visit

GHO Homes – Vero Beach – Sunshine Comments Off

Posted on June 27, 2011 by billhandler

Anny’s Thoughts …. June 2011

Florida,” Sunshine State” !
GHO Homes is still working hard , to show you more new homes, in our different communities
in Vero Beach.
While different States up North are suffering. Tornadoes, flooding, exhausting heat,
Vero Beach, Florida is enjoying pretty steady Summer temperature between 80 and 90.
Come and experience it for yourself. You have nothing to loose.
Because I lived North, Central and South Florida , I would say, temperature wise it is divided .
Above Orlando , variable in Winter and Summer, sometimes freezing temperatures.
From Orlando to Vero Beach, Indian River County, in my experience it is more sub-Tropical , while from West Palm Beach ,Miami is called tropical.
Not that I am a frequent beachgoer, but the air is so much better to breath in Vero Beach.
Traffic is not bad, even in the Winter when “Snowbirds” are back. A lot of shopping too.
That’s why I bought my New Home in Vero Beach, from GHO Homes, Trillium on 66th Ave.
Now that another holiday is around the corner, why not taking a break from your daily live,
come and visit GHO Homes in Vero Beach. Maybe you fall in love with one of our new homes,
Gho homes, will also built your new home on your own lot, outside of the communities.
Your brand new home will be tailor made to your needs. GHO homes salesteam is excellent and will sit down with you and builder Bill H.
We have a lot of different models. I am sure you will like one of them.
Patti and John, GHO Homes , salesteam, work hard on finding a solution to all you needs.
And while in Vero Beach, why not start your visit to Trillium on 66th Ave. There is Pool, clubhouse, excercise room. HOA fees not high. No worries, Landscape is taking care of.
I personally live there and I love it. Neighbors are very nice and weekly we have our gathering,
together in somebody’s drive ,and have fun, its’ our moto. Bring your chair and BYB. We
are calling it – “Neighorhoodwatch”
FYI, GHO Homes, just finished their brand New home in South Lakes, it will be their 3rd office.
For additional information, please go online and take a moment to
check and tour our inventory. You can also talk to our salesteam, just dial 772 257 1100.
our just send us an E-mail.
Come and enjoy Vero Beach, Florida, on the of 4th July.


GHO Homes, Initial Advice To Potential “ON YOUR LOT” Customers Comments Off

Posted on June 15, 2011 by billhandler

GHO Homes, Initial Advice To Potential “ON YOUR LOT” Customers

The thought of purchasing a piece of ground and then taking the steps to build on that land may seem daunting and overwhelming. After all, where do you start? Do you have blueprints drafted? Do you hire an inspector to look at your ground? Who is going to walk you through that process?

With years of working with our customers to build on their own piece of land has taught us a few things about what works and what doesn’t work. Here are a few tips for any of you thinking about before you build on your lot:

1. Go with a builder that can give you a quote with guaranteed pricing. Initially this may take a little time depending on the details involved with your lot, but GHO will provide a firm price once the details are ironed out.
2. A reputable builder should be willing to conduct a thorough lot review with you to come up accurate pricing and estimate of work required FREE OF CHARGE. Beware of builders that want to charge you for the same service.
3. Choose a homebuilder that has a specific process for building on your home site and that guides you through the process. The right builder should have a team in place to oversee the entire process, including lot preparation and handling any special situations and guides you through from beginning to end.
4. Know the Warranties! As a homebuyer, you don’t want to worry about what happens if something goes wrong with your home. Choose a builder that backs their homes with a warranty AND a service program. At GHO Homes, a Bonded Builders 10-Year Limited Warranty backs every home and every homeowner meets with your new home project manager at least 60 days and 1 year after moving in. Additionally, we are always available to answer questions and service our homeowner’s needs any time in between.
5. Choose a builder that only works with licensed, reputable contractors. GHO has long standing relationships with almost all our contractors and we appreciate and expect first class workmanship, attention to schedules and value driven bids on all new homes we build inside a GHO community and outside, on our Customers own lots.
6. Make a Wish List of everything that you can think of that you want to have in your new home, and then prioritize them by order of importance from ‘must have’ to ‘would be nice to have’.

Imagine, you can get all of this from GHO Homes in addition to the fact that every home built is an GHO Tailor Made Home meaning it is designed, modified and adapted to your needs and desires. For more information on building on your own land, please contact one of GHO Homes offices.

Initial Home Site Selection Considerations:

What are the building setbacks? This seemingly basic piece of information will dictate the size of the home you build and the amount of driveway and potential regarding you may encounter.

What is the land’s zoning classification? This could be a big problem if you find out later the lot wasn’t zoned for residential use, or that there were significant limitations to the type of building allowed to be erected, we have seen limits on the overall size of the home, number of stories, roof materials and other factors that can and do effect the costs and uses of this property. In addition it’s important to check the zoning on the surrounding areas so you know what can possibly be built nearby.

Walk the Lot. This seems obvious, but please do your homework about the surrounding area and walk the lot and visit the area to get a feel for everything. Check for existing elevations in the area and the minimum elevation and flood zone on the lot in question, this can impact construction considerations and flood insurance.

Consider Utilities. We’re talking about water, gas lines, electric and everything else you need to function in your home. If the nearest electric service is a good distance away, be prepared for added cost. If you were very interested in a gas range check to see if gas is available adjacent to the lot or consider the costs of a propane system. If water or sewer is not available, factor in the expense for a septic system and a well.

Soils. This can be a critical issue, and it involves not only the about of fill that may be needed if the site is low vs. today’s flood zone elevations but the quality and density of the soils below the surface. Experience has shown us this must be checked out to avoid serious expenses when these factors are discovered to late.

Home Owners Association. The specific rules, restrictions and fees involved with building on your new lot will vary significantly depending on the recorded and even the adopted Home Owners Association or Architectural Review Board rules in place for the community your lot is located in.

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