EXPLORE THE BENEFITS OF MANUFACTURED HOME LIVING AT BUTTONWOOD VILLAGE
Whether you’re an empty nester looking to downsize or are simply in the market for the retirement home of your dreams, manufactured homes are an excellent option. In fact, demand for these homes has rarely been stronger with new manufactured home shipments increasing by 11.7 percent in May 2018 versus May 2017 according to MHVillage.com.
Among the primary benefits of manufactured home living are:
Since 1976, HUD has overseen rigorous quality and safety standards for manufactured homes, ensuring that every step of the process – from design to construction to overall performance – results in consistently reliable homes. Equally, since manufactures offer a select number of home models, the attention spent on every last detail is unparalleled.
Because these homes are built in large quantities in controlled enclosed environments that are free of weather related delays and/or material damage, manufacturers are able to reduce the construction time by roughly 1/5th that of a traditional home. The ability to purchase materials in exponentially larger quantities and a significant reduction in material waste also help to significantly reduce the price of manufactured homes. As such, the average square foot cost is less than half of that for a site-built house.
With several models to choose from, future owners have the flexibility to select the floor plan that perfectly fits their individual needs and budget. Unless purchasing an existing inventory model, buyers also have the opportunity to personalize various aspects of the home including the addition of a storage room, custom fixtures, custom tiling, sliding or double French doors, stainless steel appliances, walk-in tubs, enclosed porches, and more.
Just as important as selecting the right manufactured home for your needs is chosen a community that best suits your active lifestyle. At Buttonwood Village, not only do we offer affordable, low maintenance homes for those 55 years of age and older, we also feature a variety of resort-style amenities and activities. Included among the amenities are a heated swimming pool, private catch-and-release fishing lakes, shuffleboard courts, an outdoor grilling area, a billiards room, horseshoe pits, and more. Equally, our 4,800 square foot recreation center is home to such activities and special events as dinners, dances, arts and crafts classes, and others.
So if you’re ready to discover the manufactured home and 55+ community of your dreams please contact us at (941) 575-1701 to schedule a tour.
HOW TO GRILL A STEAK BETTER THAN THE STEAKHOUSES
There are some things in life that are meant to go together like peanut butter and jelly, weddings and the chicken dance, and steaks and the grill.
While steaks can certainly be prepared indoors in a skillet, grill pan, or the oven, these methods pale in comparison to the depth of flavor that is achieved by cooking with smoke and fire. To help get you started on the road to creating a restaurant quality grilled steak at home this summer, our friends at Grillocracy.com have created the following tutorial.
While many people prefer grilling their steaks entirely over an extremely hot fire, consider creating a two-zone fire by placing all of the ashed over briquets and 2-3 chunks of your favorite smoking wood to one side of the grill.
By creating a hot and a cool zone, you can gently bring the interior of thicker (1.5-2 inches) steaks up while also adding a deep smoky flavor before finishing it over direct flame to create the perfect crust. Place the seasoned steak on the cool side of the grill, add the cover, and allow the steak to reach an internal temperature of approximately 110-115 degrees (it is worth investing in a good thermometer such as the thermometer of choice for most chefs – the Thermapen found here which reads temperatures accurately in 2-3 seconds) then move to the hot side and grill for 2-3 minutes per side until a nice brown crust has formed and the internal temperature has reached 130 degrees for medium-rare.
Despite the popular myth that calls for resting steaks, this great study from AmazingRibs.com shows that you can serve them straight off the grill while still hot. If you want to add an additional layer of flavor, drizzle the steak with a fine extra virgin olive oil, unsalted butter, or a garlic and herb compound butter.