"Porchin" aka Porch Time.

Yes.  I said "Porchin".  If you live in the south, you should know all about "Porchin", aka Porch Time... and just in case you don't, it's time to learn.


There's something to be said about southerners and our porches...  they are definitely a necessity. 

If the kitchen is the heart of our home, the porch is it's soul.  Inside the house is where the tasks of daily living (that seems to always grow), get checked off the list.  Porchin' is how we are able to return to those things that really matter.

exterior porch

A porch is where time slows down.  It's our escape from the hustle & bustle of life. 

Exterior Back Porch

It's where we can sit with friends & family and catch up & reminisce.

Exterior Wrap Around Porch

It's where we can sip on & enjoy a cold glass of sweet ice tea, a hot cup of coffee, or even something a bit stronger;)

Porch

It's where sunrises & sunsets can be watched. 

Porch

It's where the breeze can be felt, and where our worries & troubles from the day can melt away.


With the holiday season quickly approaching, and your "to do" list growing every day... don't forget to take a little porch time for yourself!  I promise a little "Porchin" is all you'll need to stay stress free.

Until Next time...

Much love.

To Be FORTIFIED or Certified

Part Two:  Benefits, Savings, & Incentives of being FORTIFIED 

Now, that you know the fundamental pros of your home being FORTIFIED vs only Certified...   I have even more good stuff to tell you about!


Save $$$$

Insurance companies give discounts for FORTIFIED constructed homes.

Throughout Mobile and Baldwin County, insurance companies give specific construction discounts between 20-50%, for FORTIFIED building.  On January 1st, 2018, these discounts are set to go state-wide.  Find out more about Alabama's State Wide Mitigation Discounts for FORTIFIED Construction here, SmartHomeAmerica


Strengthen Alabama Homes program

Have you Heard?

FORTIFIED is not only for new construction!

Visit Strengthen Alabama Program for more info:

You read that correctly.  For Mobile & Baldwin County existing home owners, SAH provides grants for residential wind mitigation.  The grant provided with this program is 100% of the mitigation up to $10,000.00.  Be sure to check out Strengthen Alabama Homes Program to learn more!


Quick recap: TO BE FORTIFIED

1. FORTIFIED is an extra layer of protection for not only your home, but also for the personal well being of the Home Owners.

2. FORTIFIED construction will instantly raise your property's value.

3. FORTIFIED means potential for a huge savings from insurance companies.

4. Existing homes have the oppurtunity to become FORTIFIED through a grant funded by the insurance industry in Alabama.


That's a wrap!  Until next time~ much love                         

 #loperconstruction #islandtime #fortifiedconstruction

Source: https://disastersafety.org/fortified/

To be FORTIFIED or Certified?

Part One:  What is FORTIFIED?

First, let's begin with Certified.  When building a new home, upon final inspection you will receive a certification stating that your home meets all standard building codes specific to your state's requirements. These basic, minimal building codes are intended for life safety, only.

FORTIFIED, means not only are the standard building codes met, but a layer of protection has been added to ensure that your home is built to the highest standards.  

Keeping life safety, your home, and your home's posessions as safe as possible, is what being FORTIFIED is all about.


Do you know?

FORTIFIED, of course!


A study led by the

University of Alabama and coauthored by the University of Mississippi & Auburn University, shows that a FORTIFIED designation increases a property's value by 7%.


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FORTIFIED Levels

There are three different levels of FORTIFIED designations.  Bronze, Silver, & Gold.  Visit DisasterSafety to learn more.

Did you know that 50% of waste & debris left behind after a severe storm or other disaster is from construction and/or construction materials?  By reconizing the natural disasters common to your specific demographic area, the design and build of your home should be constructed to withstand the natural surrounding habitat and be consistent with floodplains.


Up Next...  

Part Two:  Benefits, Savings, & Incentives of being FORTIFIED