Top Custom Upgrades for Modern Luxury Flex Spaces

So, you have some extra space. Not quite big enough for an additional bedroom, but just enough to play with. What’s it going to be? An office? A playroom? A den? Whatever you decide, make sure it is flexible enough to grow with your family.

Natural Lighting

A flex room is an excellent place to utilize natural lighting. Bring the outdoors in with gorgeous window treatments. Adding windows to your flex space automatically gives the illusion of more open space. Work in your home office and enjoy beautiful views. Jam out in your makeshift guitar studio until the sun comes up. Whatever your style, Sam Rodgers will select the best window treatments for your unique home.


Each wall in your home is a blank canvas. How do you create a masterpiece? Paint? Wallpaper? Or a show-stopping trim design? Trim is a little detail that makes a big impact. Just like adding the perfect tie to make a suit; trim can turn a plain space into a total showpiece. Trim acts as a subtle upgrade or a dramatic transformation. Prop tip: trim can be used as decor around the perimeter of the space or give your ceiling more dimension.

The Space with Endless Possibilities

The best part about having a flex space? Well, the flexibility. This unused space in your home can serve multiple purposes. If you’re a workaholic and tend to take the office home with you, consider converting the space into a home office. If you spend your days engrossed in the world of film, create your very own home theater. If you’re a board game enficanado, upgrade the room to be your personal game room. Complete it with a ping pong table, foosball, or even a pool table. Anything that fuels your fire.

When you build a customized home with Sam Rodgers, we work with you to transform your flex area into the perfect space for you. With over 50 years of offering luxury without limits throughout Southwest Florida, Sam Rodgers creates award-winning homes that feature quality construction, customized design, and personalized floor plans to suit your every need.

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Top Custom Upgrades for Modern Home Exteriors

Get in front of the curb for your curb appeal! From the back and front yard to new roofing, you want the exterior of your humble abode to be as welcoming as the interior. Ask Sam Rodgers Homes to see optional elevations and even combine elements from each to build your perfect home.


When looking at the exterior of your home, what is the first thing you notice? That’s right, the color. Some will use vibrant and whimsical color to stand out from the neighborhood, while others will use neutral colors for a more modern look. But have
you thought of adding mixed materials? We’re not talking about your typical brick house. Stone provides a classic and natural appearance to the home. Stone has proven over time that it is not only one of the most durable materials to use in home building, but it has recently become a statement piece for the exterior of your home.


Now let’s talk about the hat of your home– the roof. Often overlooked when designing a home, your roof is incredibly crucial, think about it. Your roof is what protects your home from all the elements. So why not show your roof some love too? From energy efficient roofing to lighter colored shingles, your roof may be the biggest and most important investment you’ll make for your home.

Backyard Space

While Southwest Florida is famed to be a 365-day beach destination, the weather does cool down as autumn rolls around. Unlike our friends from up north, outdoor activities in Florida can be enjoyed year-round. Lanais are the best way to bring your parties outside. A lanai is a covered porch or patio space, perfect for outdoor living. Dine al-fresco, cool down on a hot summer day or enjoy your morning coffee. Once you experience West Florida outdoor living, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

With each and every home we design and build, Sam Rodgers Homes takes into consideration every detail, the long-term investment for the buyers, and the elements that make living in Florida a truly enjoyable experience. Because every Sam Rodgers home can be customized exactly how you envisioned it, our team of home building professionals will assist you with everything from planning to closing on your dream home. When other builders say no to custom home features, Sam Says Yes.

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Custom Versus Semi-Custom Homes: What’s the Difference?

So, you’ve decided to build your dream home. While the home building process is an exciting time, there are a lot of decisions that need to be made. One of the first–and most important–choices to make is deciding if you want a customized home. Before selecting a builder, you have to do your research. While some homes are completely custom, there is also a type of home that is categorized as a semi-custom home.

Let’s break it down for you.

A custom home project is where the buyer works directly with the builder to design, plan, budget, and hand-select each and every detail of your home from the construction, layout, and finish. In layman’s terms, custom home builders can help you determine the number of bedrooms, type of flooring, if you want to add a pool, and more. A custom home is just that–custom. It is perfectly tailored to your unique style and preferences.

A semi-custom home, on the other hand is a bit more complex. While you are able to select flooring, elevation, and finishes, your options are very limited. Essentially, the buyer would reap the benefits of a move-in ready home while having the ability to choose certain features. These features are often restricted to appearance, rather than functionality. When you work with semi-custom home builders, you select your home layout from a provided list of floor plans and “custom” your features from there. So, if you decide to add an outdoor kitchen to your backyard space, that would be a completely different project and expense.

At the end of the day, the goal is to have the home you’ve always envisioned for you and your family. When you work with custom home builders like Sam Rodgers, you are guaranteed the home you’ve always dreamt of. The home where holidays are celebrated with your family. The home where memories will continue for generations to come. The home where every detail is uniquely you.

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Top Custom Upgrades for Modern Luxury Master Suites

In the master suite, there is really one upgrade to keep in mind: comfort. Your bedroom and bathroom should be unmistakably yours. These rooms are where you start your mornings and end your nights—these spaces deserve to be the most livable ones in your home. When you work with Sam Rodgers Homes, we want to give you the ultimate sanctuary that perfectly reflects your personal taste.

Shower Tiles

Shower tiles are one of the most important investments you can make in your master bath. When you’re taking a shower, what are you staring at? Your shower tiles. At the very least, they should be visually pleasing! You can spice up your shower space with a geometric design or a pop of color. If you’re looking for a high-tech upgrade, the latest plumbing options on the market include multi-shower-head body sprays and voice-activated temperature control.

Bedroom Walls

So, what are you looking for in a bedroom design? Fun colors? Wall art? A catchy headboard? Whatever you put in your room, make sure it reflects your unique style. At the end of the day, your bedroom is your safe haven. If you don’t feel comfortable in your own master suite, where will you feel at home? Pro tip: jazz up a bedroom with textured wallpaper! A textured wall brings your room to life. There is no need to add artwork to your space, as the wall becomes a work of art in itself.


As important as it is to get the best sleep in your master suite, it is just as imperative to be able to get ready in your master bathroom. The master bathroom should be visually appealing but also easily functionable. Having Jack and Jill sinks in your bathroom for you and your spouse can cut your morning routine time in half. Handheld showheads are incredibly beneficial whether it’s to rinse off your muddy four-legged friend or to get that hard to reach spot on your back.

Your luxury master suite should be the ideal space to recharge. The bedroom and bathroom is a place to relax, unwind, prepare for the day, and enjoy some well-deserved me time. At Sam Rodgers Homes, we want your master suite to fit your every need. Our Design Experts will work with you in every step of the home-building process to create the perfect master bedroom that will be sure to give you suite dreams.

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Top Custom Upgrades for Modern Luxury Kitchens

As one of the most used rooms in a home— and one of the biggest selling points—the kitchen is essentially the centerpiece of the home. It’s the place where you make meals for your family, craft up cocktails with your friends, and entertain your favorite guests. Whether you are looking for a full chef’s kitchen or a traditional gas stove, Sam Rodgers has the tools to give you the kitchen of your dreams.


For decades, luxurious granite countertops have been a staple for Sam Rodgers Homes. From kitchen to bathroom countertops, granite has won a host of awards for its smooth, sturdy, and luxury feel. Quartz, a newer, trendier countertop material, is taking homes by storm–including Sam Rodgers Homes–and for good reason. Quartz countertops are known for their durability, strength, and surfacing that is built to last. While at the end of the day it’s all home buyer preference, we build our homes with quartz and granite countertops because of their strength, durability, and beautiful design elements they bring to any room.


Perhaps the most versatile space in the room, an island can take your kitchen from decent, to spectacular (and practical!). Need a place to roll out cookie dough? Island. Looking for a place to read the morning paper during breakfast? Island. You get the gist. Whether granite, walnut wood, or another luxe-looking material, a beautiful island is a kitchen’s best-kept secret. From a breakfast bar to a waterfall design, the kitchen island allows the “hostess with the mostest” to entertain guests without missing the fun.


Storage is one of the most important and most crucial elements in a kitchen. Assisting with kitchen organization, making cooking more efficient, and keeping clean up time to a minimum, your cabinets are a vital component in every home. Over time, cabinets have become more than just storage space in your kitchen. Cabinets are a staple in every kitchen. Whether your style is all white, dark with gold fixtures or even open shelving, cabinetry really ties the look of a kitchen together.

At Sam Rodgers Homes, our kitchen designs are customizable and personalized from the largest fixtures to the smallest details. Our Design Studio team is always ready to address your kitchen needs and preferences.
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Why Most Florida Custom Home Builders Aren’t Truly Custom

Building your dream home is one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do. It’s also one of the most time-consuming, challenging, costly, and nerve-wracking things you’ll ever do. When choosing to work with a custom home builder, it is imperative you do your research. Some Florida builders will consider themselves custom builders, but this is not always the case.

Let’s start with deciphering between production builders and custom builders.

Production builders focus on one thing: volume. They can build more, cost effective homes in a short amount of time. Because of this, production builders offer their customers a limited amount of options. Though production builders create beautiful, simplistic homes, they limit buyers with their lack of flexibility.

The alluring factor of custom builders is the workability buyers have when creating the home of their dreams. With custom home builders, consumers are able to make important decisions with their home from anything as miniscule as cabinet finishes to large-scale projects such as a three-car garage.

Some production builders position themselves as a “custom” home builder. Aforementioned, they are not truly custom. While you are able to decide features such as choosing between wood and tile flooring, that is the most customization you are presented with.

On the other hand, custom home builders like Sam Rodgers, work with you through every step of the home-building process, reassuring that every one of your needs and desires find their place in your dream home. Custom builders secure strong relationships with the top artisans, craftsmen, and tradespeople to ensure that every home is built with the highest quality and within your budget.

When you work with custom home builders like Sam Rodgers Homes, the possibilities are endless. With fresh designs, customized home plans, and superior craftsmanship Sam Rodgers has defined Luxury Without Limits for over 50 years.

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Top Custom Upgrades for Modern Luxury Living Rooms

With each new year there comes new patterns, fixtures, and materials bringing traditional styles to new life. This year has brought some fantastic design upgrades to the home. One space in particular with the most cutting-edge features is the living room. The living room is where you entertain guests, host game nights, and unwind after a long day at the office. Make your living room uniquely yours with Sam Rodger’s wonderful team of design experts! From flooring to smart-home technology, making a statement with these modern upgrades is just the perfect touch to a home.


Flooring is the foundation of every home—literally. Your floors see everything: baby’s first steps, drink spills, puppy accidents, and everything in between. Just because flooring is under your feet doesn’t mean it has to be boring. From tile to carpet, the custom upgrade possibilities are endless. Pro tip: to give your home a unique look by rearranging flooring to create a chevron pattern throughout a home rather than installing a darker, traditional hardwood. Make your flooring fun!


Customizing your ceiling is one of the easiest ways to give your home the illusion of space. Vaulted ceilings create an airy feel throughout the home. Did you know crown molding can be used for more than just your windows and doors? Adding crown molding to your ceiling not only creates depth–it also acts as a unique work of art. Is your personal style farmhouse rustic? Incorporate wooden beams to your ceiling to act as the finishing touch in your home.

Smart Upgrades

Bring your home into 2019 with in-home automation! State-of-the-art home upgrades include Smart Thermostats, Smart Locks, and Amazon Echo Dots. These Vitex Systems products can be integrated through a high-quality, low-voltage smart home system using voice activation (or even through an app), and you won’t need to waste time worrying about the little things. Is the room feeling a little too warm? Wondering about your work commute traffic? Just say the word! Not only is the Vitex technology already built into The Genoa model home, but the tech is an available option for every Sam Rodgers home.

So, is your living room actually livable? As a long-standing luxury builder, Sam Rodgers Homes prides itself as a reliable, high-quality builder. Throughout the home-building process, our excellent representatives will assist you with every step of the process from evaluating all options to finding the best possible fit for you.

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Sam Rodgers Wins at the 2019 Manatee-Sarasota Parade of Homes

The Parade of Homes is an outstanding collection of Gulf Coast properties that ran this year from February 16th – March 10. From private gated communities, custom golf course homes, waterfront or beachfront properties, to affordable family-oriented urban developments, the perfect West Coast Florida homes were featured here and Sam Rodgers Homes was one of those builders.

At the Parade of Homes, award-winning builders like Sam Rodgers Homes are recognized for their luxury homes, quality craftsmanship, outstanding design, concern for sustainability and inclusion of the latest technology and energy-saving features.


This year, Sam Rodgers is proud to announce that it has been recognized for:

Category 11

→ Best Master Suite: #55 The Acadia at GreyHawk Landing West
→ Best Floor Plan: #55 The Acadia at GreyHawk Landing West
→ Best Architectural Detail: #55 The Acadia at GreyHawk Landing West



Here’s some more about Sam Rodgers Homes Award-Winning Acadia Model, #55 of the 2019 Parade.

The Acadia at GreyHawk Landing | 12613 Goldenrod Avenue, Bradenton FL 34212

This spacious three bedroom, two and one half bath home features dramatic twelve foot ceilings in the great room and a large open kitchen. The master suite features a trey ceiling and abundant natural light. The adjacent master bath includes a walk in shower and an expansive walk-in closet with access to a conveniently located laundry room. A three car garage provides ample space for all of your outdoor toys and more. A large lanai is perfect for relaxing and taking in the view.

More information and floor plans of this award winning home can be found here:

For a personal tour, call for an appointment at 941.896.4813 or visit 12613 Goldenrod Ave, Bradenton, FL 34212 Monday through Saturday 10am-6pm or Sunday noon-5pm.


Play Ball! A Guide to Spring Training in Southwest Florida

Baseball is back! With summer year-round, Florida is a total melting pot for MLB Spring Training. Southwest Florida is home to four of the top teams in the league: The Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, and Atlanta Braves.   


Hailing out of Sarasota, the Baltimore Orioles have called Ed Smith Stadium home since 2010. Ed Smith Stadium underwent a total renovation in 2011, making the stadium practically brand new.


The Pittsburgh Pirates have hosted spring training games at LECOM Park in Bradenton since 1969. The stadium, formally known as McKechnie Field, is named after Bradenton resident and Baseball Hall of Famer, Bill McKechnie, who led the Pirates in 1925 to the World Series.


If you’re a Tampa Bay Rays fan, you won’t have to travel too far to see your favorite team in action. The Rays play at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, less than two hours from Tampa.


And the newest team to join the Florida Spring Training roster is the Atlanta Braves. Located in North Port, the Atlanta Braves will be throwing their first pitch in the brand new CoolToday Park on March 24th.





Sam Rodgers Homes is proud to build where these incredible teams play and builds beautifully appointed homes throughout Sarasota, Bradenton, and Venice. Fresh designs, superior craftsmanship and personally tailored home plans to suit each family’s needs are the pillars of the Sam Rodgers brand.


View our move-in ready homes or explore our floor plans and models to see how we create luxury without limits throughout Southwest Florida.


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