I've been working with new home buyers this week to define their preferences.
One issue is exposure. Do you want your lanai and pool area to face east or west? East means morning sun, west means afternoon setting sun. Will the lanai protect from the sun shining directly inside the home and increasing utility costs?
Another issue is view from the rear of the house and your lanai. Do you prefer a preserve view, or a lake view? Most builders charge premiums of up to $60,000 for a lake or water view, above the price of the home.
Garage space is another thing to consider. In many Venice FL new home communities you have the option of a 2 or 3 car garage. In Florida we do not have basements, so will you need a 3 car garage for extra storage?
Heated or unheated pool will be another question in your new home search. Is the …