There are many reasons why one may choose to relocate to the Sunshine State. From warm weather and scenic beaches to exotic wildlife and theme parks, there’s something for everyone. Florida’s popularity has increased exponentially over the last year alone, with over 300,000 new residents moving down South between April 2020 and April 2021. So, whether you’re just escaping the cold weather up North, or you’re sick of following all the rules out West, we’re here for you.
However, Florida living is not without its quirks, and to truly call yourself a Floridian, you’ll be put to the test. Luckily, MasterCraft Builder Group is here to make sure your transition is as seamless as possible. Here’s what it takes to call yourself a Floridian.
Bugs Be Gone
Many may not know this, but our state bird is quite small, a tiny little creature called a mosquito*. So, get ready because these little guys love to follow you around, and just when you think you’ve gotten away, they’re back and humming in your ear. Thankfully, MasterCraft homes include the option to add a screen enclosure to your pool, patio, or porch to keep the bugs out. So, you and your family can relax outside without the fear of getting eaten alive. * Obviously, we’re kidding. The state bird is actually the mockingbird.
You may have heard tales of Floridians throwing hurricane parties, and before you know it, you’ll be one of them! After all, Florida has anything but predictable weather. So, when the hurricanes show up, it’s time to break out the punch bowl. Don’t worry though, MasterCraft builds each home with Florida storms in mind. By using 2×6 exterior wall construction with an advanced tie-down system, your home will be ready for anything that hits it, even those pesky Florida storms.
Am I Sweating, or Is It Humid?
While up North, there are only two ways to describe the weather, hot and cold, here in the Sunshine State, we have three, hot, cold, and humid. Known as the most humid state in the United States, once you move to Florida, you’ll often feel like you need a shower even after you’ve just taken a shower. So, how do we beat this humid heat? Each MasterCraft home comes with zip system sheathing to help prevent moisture and air intrusion when you’re lounging in the A/C.
Welcome to Florida, where the air is hot, and the wildlife is fierce. Not used to reptiles? You will be soon! From snakes, gators, and lizards, there’s always a scaley friend lurking in the shadows. While you may not see a gator trotting through your backyard (often), you’ll likely run into the occasional iguana and snake. Don’t feel like sharing your house with them? Add a fenced-in yard! When you build with MasterCraft, you’ll have the option to add a fenced-in yard, so you don’t have to worry about sunbathing next to our reptile friends.
Can I Get a Refill?
Once you move South, it’s only a matter of time before you become the go-to host for friends and family events. Whether you’re hosting a party for the big game or have family visiting from out of state, it’s always best to be prepared. More parties mean more room, and that’s what our homes were made for. Here at MasterCraft, we build each house for the way you live, work, and play. That’s why we’ve thought of everything, including room for a secondary fridge in the pantry or laundry room, so you don’t have to worry about squeezing one into your garage. Not only will this help your fridge last longer and keep your drinks crisp, but who wants to trek out to the garage for an extra drink and risk missing a part of the game?
Let Light In
We all know that getting outside for some bright Florida sunshine can not only lift our mood but also increase our energy and overall health. But, what about once you’re inside? Unlike some homes that may stay dark and tucked away, each of our MasterCraft floorplans offers an abundance of windows throughout living spaces and bedrooms to light up the room.
The Water Is Better Up North
It probably isn’t the first time you’ve heard that the water is better up North, and all those jokes you hear about Florida and our ‘hard water’ may be true. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t have a solution. If you’re worried about our hard water cramping your style (or your hair), then you have the option to add a water softener loop to your home!
Rinse It Off
You live in Florida now, so it’s time to get used to the sand, salt, and chlorine. With almost everyone spending their days outside, an outdoor shower may just be the answer to all of your dreams come true. Whether you just finished mowing the lawn, a dip into the pool, or caught some surf down at the beach, you’ll be happy you rinsed off outside and didn’t have to find sand somewhere later.
Enjoy (Most Of) The Weather
Our weather is amazing, but certainly not perfect. Afternoon storms and a strong Southern sun mean that you’ll want options when it comes to taking advantage of outdoor living. Thankfully, most MasterCraft floorplans provide a covered front porch and spacious covered lanai, so you can sit back and relax when the rains pays a visit. After all, what better way to enjoy your morning cup of coffee than overlooking the new community that you call home?
A Green Thumb
Gardening isn’t for everyone, and let’s be honest, the Florida heat doesn’t help when it comes to a beautiful bloom. Thankfully, MasterCraft homes come fully-equipped with attractive Florida-friendly landscaping made to thrive in our weather conditions, so you’re not spending your afternoons watering the plants and picking weeds. Florida-friendly landscaping means low maintenance.
Be on the lookout for next month’s Your New Florida Home – Part 2.