by Ruth Ward
Love is in the air at Innovative Home Builders! With new floorplans and several subdivisions to choose from, you’ll fall in love with what Innovative Home Builders has to offer.
I recently had the chance to sit down with Travis and Callie Williams, owners of Innovative Home Builders of North Florida, Inc. to catch up with them and see what’s been going on with their construction business since we last met. Besides taking care of their son, Jett, they are busy building homes in several subdivisions around the area.
In Newberry, they are working on Newtown subdivision where they are building 1350 to 1900sf homes with prices starting at $141,900. In High Springs, you can find Innovative building pre-sold homes as well as spec homes in the gated Cinnamon Hills Estates off Poe Springs Road. Further north in Lake City, the Innovative team is busy getting another project rolling in Cottage Grove subdivision, where home prices start at $132,900. With all these projects going on, it’s easy to find a house that fits both your style and your budget.
There’s a lot to love about these floorplans and interior and exterior finishes. From the granite, to the built-in benches and bookcases, high baseboards, custom cabinets, paver driveways, and coffered ceilings, you’re sure to find a home that matches your taste.
What makes an Innovative home different from the rest? Travis said, “Innovative has developed a system over the years that allows customers to have the ability to choose the selections that suit their preferences and style and then sit back and watch as the plan that they have chosen, on the lot they have chosen, with the selections they have chosen, literally comes to life before their eyes over the course of a few months. What’s not to love about that? “
Travis then shared with me how his 6 month old son, Jett, has changed every aspect of his life that has carried over into his home building company. “Jett has taught me that the days may be long, but the years are short. He’s taught me a love I never knew was possible. I now better understand how families want to have a home that they can grow in; a place where memories are made, shared, and remembered. A home is more than walls and a roof and flooring. A home is the place your family comes together. We want to build homes for families so they can start making those lifelong memories.”
Travis and Callie, along with the Innovative team, realize that buying a home is usually the biggest purchase that an individual or a couple will make in their lifetime, and they want to make the building process an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. Their customers find working with the Innovative team to be a smooth process from the beginning to the final stages of the homebuilding process.
Jenn Baumann said “Building with IHB has been such a painless process. Anytime I have a question it doesn’t matter day or night, I am able to get an answer, and if Rebecca (my realtor) doesn’t know the answer to a particular question, she makes sure to find out ASAP! It has been such a fun process, every week there is major progress made on my house. The house continues to look more and more like a home every time I sneak a peek, we just can’t wait to move in!”
I asked Travis what his favorite part of being a builder was and he told me, “My favorite part of being a builder is watching something go from conception, to drawing, to reality. But my favorite part of being a homebuilder is definitely the reward that comes in being able to provide a home for our customers; a place they can be proud of, a place for their family to grow. I’m very blessed to be doing what I love to do, but even more fortunate to have the opportunity to be doing it right here in the place I call home.” It’s clear to see that Travis and Callie share a love for their family, but also for their business and the customers they serve.
Thinking about buying? Make your next home an Innovative one!
For more information call 386 365 4614 or visit www.ihbhomes.com and see the many reasons why you will LOVE an Innovative Home!
If you like to drool over Exotic and American Muscle cars then you will not be disappointed at the turn out at the Tioga Car Show. Here are some photos from last years event that was held to benefit the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation. Vehicles and motorcycles from all over the country showed up for this horse-powered show. Make sure you bring your camera to snap a photo of your dream car.
April 11th at Tioga Town Center 10-3
by Katherine Odom-Tomchin
The Alachua Lions Club, an institution dedicated to serving the needs of the community, honored the late William W. “Bill” Irby for his 57 years of service to the organization and community by erecting a statue of a Mayan chief in his name. This statue and another, honoring Lloyd Huggins, were raised outside the clubhouse in a special ceremony, followed by the celebration of the Alachua Lions Club’s 75th anniversary.
Cris Hirsch, the coordinator of the event, explained why the organization felt it important to celebrate the two men. “Both men were people who didn’t always want recognition for what they did, but they were always there for people in need. They gave a lot of service to the community and were military” stated Hirsch.
Hirsch, who knew Irby personally after working alongside him in the Lions Club and at Alachua Elementary, saw him as a man very deserving of the honor. It was clear to her that the Lions Club was very important to him and that he put his heart and time into the programs that helped his community.
Not only was Irby a Lion dedicated to community service for 57 years, but he was also a very influential figure in the Alachua educational system. He was a principal for 28 years at Alachua Elementary and was recognized in 1992 by the school board of Alachua County when a new school was built in his name. It was his years of service coupled with his concern for educational betterment that motivated the Lions Club to honor Irby. Overall, he used a good portion of his life to satisfy the needs of the people who lived where he lived—and, ultimately, that dedication was not overlooked.
Among other family members, Bill Irby’s son, J. K. Buddy Irby, was present for the honorary ceremony. He said on the behalf of his family, “The family was very appreciative of the honor that the Lions Club gave him and, of course, the elementary school and lower elementary school there in Alachua is also named for him.”
As a Lion and a man, Bill Irby was very deserving of the event and statue dedicated in his honor. He was described as a hard-working, good, and honest man, and, as Hirsch stated, “…what it says where he is buried sums it up and that is that he was a patriot, he was a coach, he was an educator, and he was a Lion.” And the Lions of Alachua really do form a pride.
Cut out hours of waiting in line or the disappointment of finding out all the fast passes are gone even though you are first through the gate. Get your Fastpasses up to 60 days in advance by visiting the My Disney Experience App.
Book your dining reservation now. Even when it is the slow time of year the restaurants are booked months ahead. The Disney app will allow you to do this.
If you love food trucks check out Exposition Park in Downtown Disney and enjoy the food and free nightly entertainment.
A new African Marketplace at Animal Kingdom will open this Spring making it double the size of the old one. It will feature more seating, shops and dining.
Mark your calendar for the 22nd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 4-May 17
Q: What made you want to become a doctor and choose this field of medicine?
A: I love working with cancer patients, because that kind of diagnosis often clarifies people’s thinking and helps them focus on what is really important to them; because I am amazed by people’s grace in the face of these trials; and because cancer is a scary word and I find it rewarding to help allay their fears. I also really enjoy the technical aspects of radiation.
Q: Has cancer affected you personally?
A: My uncle died of complications from a meningioma.
Fortunately for my close relatives, no one else has had cancer. But cancer affects me personally every day–all of us become very attached to our patients, and to a degree, their victories and setbacks are ours. My brother is a medical oncologist in Orlando, and we talk about this all the time.
Q: What new technology do you feel has helped your patients the most.
A: I love being able to offer radiosurgery (also called SRS or SBRT) to many of my patients–its effectiveness is in many cases equivalent to surgery, but we can treat tumors that would not be technically respectable, or tumors in patients that aren’t able to undergo surgery for various reasons. It typically has minimal side effects, and it can be done within 1-5 days. It is nice for patients who want to spend their time in other places besides the doctor’s office. Our radiosurgery machine is called the CyberKnife, and was designed from the ground up specifically for radiosurgery, unlike some others. It can treat literally anywhere in the body, and particularly shines for treating tumors which move with respiration.
Q: What ongoing research and training do you do?
A: I go to the Radiosurgery Society meeting each year to keep up with the latest on what we should be treating and how, and I typically go to two or three other meetings each year to keep up on breast cancer, gynecologic and prostate cancers, central nervous system tumors, and general radiation oncology topics.
In our center, we have several ongoing projects relating to quality of patient care, including proper evaluation and staging of newly diagnosed patients, optimal screening, patient education, best communication practices with other physicians on the care team, and precision of radiation delivery.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: Tallahassee; my mom grew up on the Treasure Coast and my dad is from a small town in southwest Georgia.
Q: Do you have kids and pets?
A: I have a beautiful 9-year-old daughter who happens to be mentally handicapped, possibly the most delightful child ever born. I have a wildly energetic 7-year-old son who loves sports, animals and video games. We have a black lab mix that came from a local pet rescue, and a cat we found under our old house in Jacksonville, and three new kittens.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do in Gainesville?
A: Visit the local springs with my kids,watch Gator women’s gymnastics, walk the Payne’s Prairie trails and eat at Mildred’s.
Q: Do you have a favorite healthy meal?
A: I will never turn down wild king salmon or Brussels sprouts. I’m not a vegetarian but I enjoy basing meals around lentils and quinoa also. I think eggs are good for you (including the yolks).
Q: What do you do for exercise?
A: I walk the dog, trampoline with the kids, and try to use my WaterRower (the one Frank Underwood has on House of Cards…) I used to lift weights quite seriously, and with the new year I’ve resolved to get back to it, so I’m in the gym 4 times a week. Wish me courage!!
Q: How do you get rid of stress?
A: Read as much as I can, chat with girlfriends, laugh–at Mr. Bean or old Will Ferrell & Chris Farley videos.
Q: What do you listen to in your car on the way to work, country, talk radio-etc., and what is your favorite song?
A: Either NPR or music or everything from baroque to hip-hop. How can I possibly choose a favorite song?? I’ll start with “Hey Jude”.
Q: What is your favorite gadget?
A: My Kindle; I’ve got a backlog of over a hundred books that I’ll probably never clear. I also like my cake pop maker; my son loves to do that with me.
What sets a town apart from another is its history and architecture. The City of Alachua, dubbed the ‘Good Life Community’, is lucky enough to have a winding tree lined street with shops, restaurants and many beautiful old historic homes that date back to the 18 hundreds. Drive around and you will see Victorian mansions, Craftsman style and old Florida Cracker homes.
Some of the homes were moved from Main Street and placed on surrounding back roads. Not many of these homes are left and they hardly ever become available to buy. A few lucky residents are able have these unique places as their private home. Other buildings have been made into beautiful offices and stores which have attracted outside visitors from all over the world.
Take a drive out to see, ‘The Good Life Community’