Preparing Your New Home for the Visually Impaired – Written by Jackie Waters

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One of the major causes of accidents in the home is lack of preparation – is your new home prepared for the visually impaired? If you’re experiencing loss of vision or low vision, there are certain steps you need to implement in your home to maintain safety and functionality. Have a family member or close friend assist you in making the changes necessary in your home and give yourself time to get familiar with your new surroundings. Ensuring your safety and that of others is the best way to navigate and adapt to living with a visual impairment.


If you have been a resident in your current home for quite some time, chances are you have accumulated a lot of belongings. While you have the help, sort through everything and rid of anything that is no longer of use or deemed to be potentially hazardous. This one step alone can lessen your chances of an accident tremendously. Store clothing in the proper dresser or bin, and allow yourself to get acquainted with your sense of texture and touch. Use your hands to locate identifying factors on your clothing such as buttons and zippers. Mark your dressers with bump dots to help you locate your clothes with ease.


When it comes to your entertainment areas, you will want to make sure a clear walkway is in place. Eliminate bulky furniture and move tables and chairs closer to the wall. Keep all plugs and cords out of the floor as well. Check your stairs for loose or raised carpeting and have it replaced immediately. Be sure to place non-slip rugs or tape in your tub or shower and install grab bars where needed. Riding of clutter and creating space guarantees you the ability to be able to move about freely and comfortably without the stress of slipping or falling.


Your kitchen will be the next area of concentration, as it houses the most hazardous equipment in the home. Use a tactile pin to place raised marks on all appliances that have settings. Mark your coffee maker, oven, stove settings as well as your microwave. You want to prevent the chance of burns, fires and accidents.


Your pantry and refrigerator should be stocked in an order that will be easy for you to reach in and grab exactly what it is that you want. Store all your items on designated shelves and label each shelf. Get in the habit of putting things away right after use, as repetition will aid you in becoming more comfortable around the home. If you have guests, make them aware of the labels and ask that they place everything the use back where it belongs. This eliminates stress and confusion and creates habit, which is a key element in asserting your independence.


You will also need to have a landline phone installed in your home as well. There are several options available for the visually impaired, some with a cord and others without, depending on your preference. It is wise to invest in a phone with a large keypad to enable you to see the numbers as you are dialing.


Having a vision impairment does not have to be a burden on you or your loved ones. In fact, your quality of life can remain the same if not better as you adapt. Adjusting to your circumstances will take patience and effort on your end —but it can be done. Should you find yourself feeling alone, or frustrated, there are several support groups for those who are visually impaired. As always remember to be kind to yourself as you embark on this new phase of your life.


New Home Features at American Housing Builders II Homes in Pinellas County

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New Home Features at American Housing Builders II Homes in Pinellas County are made of concrete block construction and are built with cost-saving & safety features, such as:Reagan - Custom home

  • Concrete Slab over clean dirt fill, which is thoroughly sprayed for subterranean termites – perimeter of house is sprayed after final grade.
  • 3000 Psi (pounds per square inch) concrete slab and driveway, reinforced with steel rebar and fiber mesh.
  • 3000 Psi (pounds per square inch) continuous steel reinforced concrete lintel tie-beam: hurricane truss anchor straps are permanently set in the concrete tie-beam for added storm protection and security.
  • High efficiency Energy Star® heat pump (Air Conditioner Heat Pump) installed for easy access and electrical cost savings.
  • Load bearing and interior walls are placed at 16” on center for added strength and design features.
  • 40-gallon quick recovery water heater for efficiency and convenience.
  • Timberline Prestige® HD roofline shingles with algae stain guard for durability.
  • R-4.2 reflective foil insulation covers the exterior block and R-8 foam fill for better insulation and sound proofing.
  • Decorative, embossed, raised-panel garage door installed to protect against Florida’s potentially high winds, wind-shear to secure the garage.
  • 200 Amp Square D, copper electrical wiring with CAT-5 phone & data and RG-6 Quad cable wiring plus, surge protection.
  • Custom made Jeld-Wen®, double-paned, insulated, Low-e, Energy Star® windows for architectural style, as well as cooling cost and noise reduction. Note: front windows are impact resistant to meet Florida’s strict wind codes.
  • ½’’ drywall board used for interior walls and cement board is used for the waterproof shower/tub walls.
  • Spanish lace (knockdown) texture applied to ceilings to add beauty to the home’s interior.
  • Mildew resistant exterior paint is used and Scott Eco-Care® paints used on the interior walls.
  • Custom wood-facade cabinetry with adjustable shelves, hidden hinges and custom knobs/pulls.
  • Stain-resistant carpeting with 4 ounce rebond pad is installed in the living areas.
  • Ceramic tile with crack suppressant material is installed in the kitchen, baths, utility room & foyer.
  • Stainless Steel Energy Star® appliances are installed, including a ¾ hp garbage disposal and a Smoothtop® electric range.
  • Professionally landscaped and sodded with soft Bahai grass.


Additional Features:  Ice maker line to refrigerator, washer/dryer hook-ups and two hose bibs, ceiling fans, cable outlets, doorbell, smoke detectors (per code), weatherproof exterior electrical outlets, recessed lighting, fiberglass screens included for all functioning windows, decorative 6-panel doors and bi-fold closet doors, deadbolts, free design consultation and personal color selection (if home is in progress), upgrades available.

 Included Fees:  Building permits and impact fees for water, sewer, transportation, environmental and parks.


  Limited Home Warranties Cover:

  • 1-year Home Warranty covers the entire home.
  • 2-year Mechanical Warranty covers the hot-water heater, A/C unit, electrical and plumbing
  • 10-year A/C Warranty covers air-conditioning parts
  • 10-year Structural Warranty covers any structural defect(s)
  • 30-year Roof Shingle Warranty covers replacement of defective shingles

American Housing Builders Serves these Cities in Pinellas County

St Petersburg, St Pete Beach, Pasadena, Gulfport, Tierra Verde, Pass-a-Grille, Treasure Island, Madeira Beach, Redington Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair, Pinellas Park, Largo, Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Tampa, South Tampa, New Tampa, North Tampa, Brandon, Riverview, Apollo Beach, Sun City, Parrish, Palmetto, Terra Ceia, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Ana Maria Island, Sarasota, Longboat Key, Siesta Key.

Call American Housing Builders II at 727.546.6611 or Contact us with questions about our energy saving homes

LIC # CBCO60384

For more information on purchasing a new American Housing Builders II Home, call us at 727-546-6611, or stop by our Design Center at 7195 66thStreet North, in Pinellas Park, FL 33781. You can also email us at or Contact Us with any questions.


Vietnamese Home Buyers Pinellas County

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American Housing Builders II has built many new homes for Vietnamese Home buyers over the years, and in doing so, we have learned a great deal about Vietnamese customs and culture. The Vietnamese people we’ve worked with are extremely honorable, with family loyalty being one of their most respected characteristics.

We have seen Vietnamese communities in Pinellas County expand with many successful Asian and Vietnamese businesses opening up throughout the area. The Vietnamese Home Buyers have become a very essential ingredient in the Pinellas County and Tampa Bay area business community, as well as an integral part of many local neighborhood communities.

Vietnamese Home Buyers

American Housing Builders II is sensitive to the needs of Vietnamese home buyers from all over the United States and the world. We have floor plans that will satisfy people from all Country’s and cultures and if we don’t, we’ll gladly have one of our designers draw a custom home plan just for you and your families needs.

You’ll find that we’re very open to new ideas and welcome your input for what makes a home livable while blending into the homes surrounding yours. We look forward to working with you to build your dream home here in Pinellas County Fl.

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Xây Nhà Trên Mảnh Đất của Bạn

American Housing đa từng xây dựng những ngôi nhà mới trong suốt 25 năm qua. Với tiền lãi suất vẫn còn rất thấp và nền kinh tế đang lên; bây giờ là thời điểm lý tuởng nhất để xây dựng ngôi nhà mà bạn mo uớc.

For more information on how American Housing Builders has worked, and will work with both Asian and Vietnamese buyers when designing and building their new homes in Pinellas County, contact Phuc Snipper with Evergreen Properties USA, Inc. at 727-525-1313 or directly at 407-529-6990.

You can also contact us at or at American Housing Builders II at 727-546-6611.


American Housing Builders Serves these Cities in Pinellas County

St Petersburg, St Pete Beach, Pasadena, Gulfport, Tierra Verde, Pass-a-Grille, Treasure Island, Madeira Beach, Redington Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair, Pinellas Park, Largo, Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Tampa, South Tampa, New Tampa, North Tampa, Brandon, Riverview, Apollo Beach, Sun City, Parrish, Palmetto, Terra Ceia, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Ana Maria Island, Sarasota, Longboat Key, Siesta Key.

Call us at 727.546.6611 or Contact us with questions about our energy saving homes or stop by our Design Center at 7195 66th Street North, in Pinellas Park, FL 33781

LIC # CBCO60384




Vastu Shastra

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vastu_shastra_tips-770x586There are so many things to consider when buying a new home that one might not even pay attention to the direction a home is facing. Instead, most pay attention to things such as location, type of home they are buying, living area, and lot size. Well today with so many Asians in the new home buying market, it seems more and more people are paying closer attention to the direction a home sits.

As new home builders, we have actually seen some new homebuyers get out their compasses on their Smart Phones in order to determine which direction their new home will face. The direction of a home is considered quite important to some cultures and they will look to Vastu Shastra for help.

When considering which way a home faces, sunlight becomes an important factor. Typically a home facing south will get sun for most of the day, while on the other hand, Vastu Shastra says that a home facing north will draw more positive energy into it.

Many Asian buyers will consider Vastu Shastra when buying a new home. According to Wikipedia, Vastu Shastra is an old ancient doctrine that translates to “Science of Architecture” or “The Science of Dwelling.” It says that one should consider the laws of nature and how these laws affect a person living in a particular home. Because of that, a home’s direction becomes extremely important. A home built adhering to Vastu Shastra should keep the negative energy away and bring peace, success, supreme powers, holiness and opulence to the dwellers of the home.

Vastu Shastra implies that a home facing north will attract a wide range of positive energy that will create healthy vibrations and ensure prosperity for the people living in the home. Some Asians will still buy a new home that does face north, but will look to Vastu Shastra for remedies to overcome the fact that the home does not face north.

Low Price Homes!

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KS85451When a prospective customer recently asked us to “lower the price of our homes,” I decided to take a closer look at our prices. I’ll be darned. I soon realized that sure enough, we could lower the price of our homes.

All we had to do was to cut a few corners, use cheaper building materials and find less experienced subcontractors who would work for less money. Wow, I thought. This was going to be easy.

On our journey to deliver a cheaper home, we could start by:  

Using cheaper windows instead of the energy efficient low-e, insulated vinyl windows that we now provide.

We could then stucco just the front of our homes instead of stuccoing all the way around the entire structure.

We could then eliminate the Deco Trim from the front of our homes and use a cheaper paint rather than the high quality paint we are now using.

We could then make some more cuts by using a less expensive air conditioning and heating system rather that the “Energy Star” high efficiency heat pump that we are currently using.

By doing these things, our buyers would think they were saving money, even though they would really be paying a lot more for their home in the long run.

We then figured we could start using ½” CDX plywood or even better, we could be using ½” OSB board for our roof sheathing rather than the durable 5/8” CDX plywood we are currently using that gives our new homes such a sound roof and that would save our buyers a bunch of money.

We could use a twenty year roofing shingle rather than the Lifetime Dimensional roofing shingle we are currently using and that would be another way to save some money.

We could use cheaper floor coverings and cheaper kitchen cabinets rather than the quality floor covering and the durable wood cabinets we are currently using. In looking at all of these things I realized that there were many ways for us to cut corners and save money for our home buyers. Heck, this is easy.

We could start using subcontractors that don’t have the proper licenses or the proper insurances or even the same skills as the subcontractors we are currently using. Now you have to admit that that would definitely save our buyers money. Or would it?

After looking at the costs of the materials we are using, the costs of the equipment we provide our buyers and the money we pay for the quality subcontractors we are using, I decided that no one uses better materials, no one uses better equipment and no one uses better subcontractors than American Housing Builders II in building our new homes.

We also realized that we provide a great home with a great value for every one of our new home buyers. So, at the end of the day, I now know that we do not “charge too much for our homes” nor should we “lower the price” of our homes just to appease those who would rather have a “cheap” house rather than a quality home.

We know from years of experience that we provide our buyers with a quality home at a fair price, while at the same time, we provide them with a great value. And that my friends, pretty much says it all.

American Housing Builders II builds homes in Pinellas County. We are located at 7195 66th Street North, Pinellas Park, FL 33781. You can contact us for more information by emailing us at or calling us at 727-546-6611.

For more information on purchasing a new American Housing Builders Home, please call us at 727-546-6611. You can also stop by our Office / Selection Center at 7195 66th Street North, Pinellas Park, FL 33781, email us at or Contact Us from website with any questions.


Veterans applying For VA Home Loans

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f2edd92332d3a45f11838ed4443ec845 Veterans applying For VA Home Loans are often not sure if they would qualify for a VA new home loan or not. Here is some information that will hopefully assist those who may be considering buying a new home and using their VA benefits.

You may be eligible for a VA Home loan if:

You served at least 90 days of continuous active duty during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Way or the Gulf Wars and you were discharged honorably.

You served at least 181 days of continuous active duty during any peacetime period, and you were discharged honorably.

You have served 181 days unless discharged or separated from a previous qualifying period of active duty service.

You completed a total of 6 years in the Selected Reserves or National Guard was discharged with an honorable discharge, placed on the retired list, was transferred to the Standby Reserve or continue to serve in the Selected Reserves.

You still may be eligible if you completed less than 6 years if you were discharged for a service-connected disability.

You may also be determined eligible if you are an un-remarried spouse of a veteran who died while in service or from a service connected disability, or you are a spouse of a service person missing in action or a prisoner of war

There have also been special eligibility requirements established for certain United States citizens such as Public Health Service officers, Cadets in the United States Military, Air Force, or Coast Guard Academy Cadets, midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy, officers of National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, and others.

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