2014 Global Choice Awards

THE GLOBAL CHOICE AWARD – Where you vote, and you decide who will win.

Keesee and Associates entered the Global Choice category for this year’s 2014 ARDA Competition, and now we need you to get involved! You can sway the competition. All we’re asking is that you review the 2014 Global Choice entries and vote for the home you think is best.

Click here to be directed to the Competition website, then watch the you-tube slideshows for each entry. Once you have chosen who to vote for click the “Vote for your favorite entry” link at the bottom of the page and submit your choice. It’s as simple as that!

Voting will close on July 31st at midnight, but until then, we encourage you to share the Global Choice page with your colleagues and friends and ask them to make their vote, too. We’d like to get as many people involved as possible in furthering Good Design across the globe!

We thank you in advance for your support and your vote!

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Interviewed by “The Design Tourist”

In the May issue of Orlando Life magazine, we had the pleasure of being featured in an article written by Karen LeBlanc, star of the online program The Design Tourist.

Her article, “Goodbye Walls: Hot Remodeling Trends Include More Open Space, Universal Design and High-Tech Touches,” LeBlanc quoted our Design Principal, David Pillsbury extensively. We’re honored to be seen as an authority on design trends, especially in the eyes of a celebrity who travels the globe looking for unique design finds and brilliant craftsman ship. The article ran in the “Remodel Orlando” insert of the magazine, where readers will continually be able to find tips and recommendations from Home Professionals. It’s a great resource for homeowners throughout the Orlando area, and one of our partners from Five Star Construction was also featured in the “Remodel Orlando” section, on page 62.

We’re so excited to be a part of this publication!If you’d like to read the full article, see page 64 of the online issue at www.ohlmag.com

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Featured Home Plans in Hanley Wood’s Magazine

Just a couple months after launching our Stock Plan portfolio, two of our plans were featured in “Custom: A Home Plan Portfolio,” a magazine produced by Hanley Wood!

We were featured in both the Winter 2013 and Spring 2014 issue, and we’re so proud of all the work that’s been put into our home plans. I’d like to send a special shout out to Uziel Benazet, who has led the team in preparing and increasing our inventory of home plans. We’re so excited to see more and more plans come available to interested homebuyers, and we look forward to seeing what Uziel will deliver in the future. Excellent job!

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Country Farmhouse Concept

Here is a recent design that’s “On the Board” at Keesee and Associates. It’s a quaint country farmhouse designed for a family in Saint Cloud. They wanted lots of natural light, plenty of porch space to relax outdoors (both front and back), and a great view of the lake.

The plan includes a large, open living area, encompassing an L-shaped kitchen with an island, built-in dining area, and a family room. The home also has four spacious bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, an office and an upstairs bonus room. There’s plenty of space for the whole family and over 700 SF of open-air porches.

Now that we’ve shared our farmhouse, send us your favorite farmhouse ideas!

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Best of Houzz 2014

Remodeling and Home Design

Keesee and Associates, Inc. of Maitland, Florida has been awarded “Best of Houzz 2014” by Houzz.com, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The custom residential design firm was chosen by the 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Best of Houzz award is delivered in two categories, and this year, Keesee and Associates was honored with the Customer Satisfaction award. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. “We’re honored by all our client reviews, and we strive to give the best service possible to our clients. When a client goes home thrilled about their plan, you know you’ve hit success,” reflects their President, Mike Keesee.

Winners will receive a “Best of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. “Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Keesee and Associates among our ‘Best Of’ professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Keesee and Associates, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

Follow Keesee and Associates, Inc. on Houzz: www.houzz.com/pro/gokeesee

2013 New Southern Home wins Silver in Green Design

Our Design of the 2013 New Southern Home  in Belle Isle, Florida has received another honor! The design won the Silver award for the Green Category of the 2014 Professional Builder Magazine Design Awards.

Here’s a bit about the competition:
“The annual Professional Builder Design Awards honor the best of the best in residential design. Now in its third year, the program highlights beautifully designed projects that embrace and display new market trends. This year’s winners exhibit many common features including multiple flex spaces, private outdoor living areas, community walkability, and low-maintenance materials and finishes, to name just a few. Our panel of judges evaluated each submission based not only on its design excellence, but also on its sales and marketing success, construction quality, and cost efficiency. The winners demonstrate a wide range of innovative practices needed to meet the demands of today’s dynamic homebuyers.”

We’re proud to add Professional Builder Magazine’s recognition to our list of honors the 2013 New Southern Home has brought. It was a great project that we really enjoyed participating on, along with great industry partners.To read more about the winners of the Green Design category, see the 2014 Design Awards article.

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Announcing our Stock Plan Portfolio!

We have received many requests from our clients for information on past house plans. So after much work, research and preparation, we are happy to announce the launch of our new Home Plan Portfolio on our website! Now you can search through our extensive selection of custom and production plans. Search by square footage, building pad sizes, design styles, number of bedrooms, garages, plan features, and many more criteria. Our portfolio is vast, and we have included a few of our best award winning designs.

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To browse through our collection, go to gokeesee.com/homeplans. At our website, you’ll be able to use our plan search to navigate and narrow selections. You can also ask a question about any plan, purchase it as is, or request modifications to be made. Upon selecting a plan, all the information, photos, renderings, and a graphic presentation of the floor plan will be displayed. You can choose to email plans to friends and family, who may be looking for authentic, high quality designs, all from the comfort of your home.

All our plans are sold as completed sets ready to be built. For your convenience, they can also be sent as electronic files or full-size plotted files, and you can select as many sets as you’d like.

Of course, we’d also like to mention that all plans in our Portfolio are copyright protected and must be purchased before they can be used for construction.

“Skip a Week” Water Conservation Campaign

District Asks Homeowners to “Skip A Week” of Irrigation This Winter

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Overwatering in winter can encourage pests and disease

The Southwest Florida Water Management District is reminding residents who irrigate their lawns to “Skip a Week” or more of watering during the cooler months of January and February.

According to research by the University of Florida, grass doesn’t need to be watered as often during the cooler months. One-half to three-quarters of an inch of water every 10–14 days is sufficient. In fact, if your lawn has received any significant rainfall, then you can turn off your irrigation system and operate it manually as needed.

“Overatering can encourage pests and disease in your lawn,” said Robin Grantham, water conservation coordinator. “Too much irrigation can also make lawns less able to survive droughts.” Skipping a week of watering is as easy as “off” for residents with irrigation timers. “Turn the timer to ‘off’ for the week that you want to skip, and ‘on’ for the week that you want to water,” said Grantham.

You can determine when your grass needs water when:

  • Grass blades are folded in half lengthwise on at least one-third of your yard.
  • Grass blades appear blue-gray.
  • Grass blades do not spring back, leaving footprints on the lawn for several minutes after walking on it.

Watering every other week during the winter will help conserve drinking water supplies that the public needs for critical uses during the dry season. In fact, if everyone skipped one week of irrigation this season, it could save an estimated 1.9 billion gallons of water.

For additional information about water restrictions and water conservation, please contact your local utility or visit the District’s website at WaterMatters.org/SkipAWeek/

Looking Back on 2013

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Benjamin Moore & Sherwin Williams’ Color of the Year

As the New Year rises, paint companies across the board are releasing their 2014 Color of the Year. This week, we report on Benjamin Moore’s color, a pale blue called “Breath of Fresh Air” and Sherwin Williams’ color, a muted purple named “Exclusive Plum.”

We’ll start with Benjamin Moore, and their Breath of Fresh Air.
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The pale, calming blue evokes a sense of peace and gives one room to breathe, so to speak. It seems to have a similar soothing, yet still crisp and energetic feel as PPG’s Color of the Year, Turning Oakleaf. In much the same way, BM’s blue can stand on its own or act as a tinted neutral with other colors. Benjamin Moore stands soundly with their move toward colored neutrals and away from the boring, tired beige and white. Like many other companies, they are commenting on the shift away from “safe” colors in a home and recognizing the move toward more color and the use of color as a neutral base. In line with this idea, Benjamin Moore’s Color Trends for 2014 offer a “New” Neutral Palette, a group of lively pastels and bold, muted tones that pair excellently together. BM’s Color Trends are certainly a comfortable palette for matching earthy, muted tones and light pastels. BM_ColorTrends14      BM_COY14_accents

To contrast, we’d also like to introduce Sherwin Williams’ 2014 Color of the Year, Exclusive Plum.
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Being more muted than any of the other Color of the Year proclamations, Exclusive Plum offers a refined atmosphere “without being stuffy, elegant yet easy, and layered with romantic potential,” as described by Jackie Jordan, SW’s Director of Color Marketing. Sherwin William’s color is a sophisticated, dusty, violent with warm gray undertones that can be adapted for an entire room, or as a primary accent. As with many of the Color of the Year choices, Exclusive Plum can be used as a tinted neutral, a cozy alternative to the wildly popular grays we’ve seen in 2013, especially when paired with bright pops of color such as oranges, reds, greens, or even accents of Pantone’s Radiant Orchid.

No matter what the differences in the 2014 Color of the Year choices, the Color reports for each company have several overlapping themes. In SW’s Color Trends, we see echoes of the previous reports heralding the shift away from your ordinary neutrals and toward using color as the new and improved neutral. In this movement, pastels and light, airy colors are matched against warm, earthy hues; bold, bright jewel tones; and rich, muted colors. In 2014, we can surely expect to see less beige and more lively, creative shades. As PPG Paints said in their color report, we’re seeing a distinct trend toward innovation, energy, and creativity. We’re pushing the boundaries of what’s considered neutral and adding life and personality to our spaces. I, for one, am excited to see what colors our friends and clients will bring into 2014.
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