New Modern House in St Petersburg Beach (Continue)

Build America LLC continue working on building a new two story house in St Petersburg Beach FL.

The original house was built in 1950s and was one story ranch home. The owners wanted to do extensive remodel to the home the turn into a modern design. However the value of the remodel exceeded the 50% fema rule.

The home sits on the water in St Pete Beach.

The new house is a modern style building with to split garages. The hose has large breezeway spacious 2600 square feet living space with two large balconies facing north and east and another one facing west. House features large windows and sliding doors with plenty of light.
The living areas are splitting three cubes with 10ft ceiling 16 foot ceiling 8 foot ceiling. The living area offers a large open concept living with kitchen as a centerpiece.
Master bedroom has a large walk-in closets and a large master bathroom with freestanding tub and large shower area.

 

 

 

Building a New House in St Pete Beach

Build America LLC is working on building a new two story house in St Petersburg Beach FL.

The original house build in 1950 was demolished and a beautiful two story house with 16 ft ceilings is being built.

This is the modern style home  with water views of the Gulf and the Bay located in St. Petersburg Beach FL.

Build America LLC Project: Building a New Home in St Pete Beach
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Sinkhole Problems For The Home Builder

Sinkhole Problems For The Home BuilderRecent news has spotlighted monstrous sinkholes swallowing up homes like a frog at a fly festival. It’s frightening to watch as huge sinkholes form out of nowhere and gobble up properties and take lives. Next to fire and flooding, it’s the scariest thing to happen to a home owner or home builder.

Sinkholes form when the ground underneath becomes soft and liquid and a vacuum created due to water. They can happen anywhere where there are soil and sand and especially lime deposits. They can also be caused by earthquakes. When a sinkhole forms it may do so slowly or rapidly and the rapidity of one is why people lose lives. They’re unsuspecting of such an event and then aren’t even prepared for what to do when one occurs. Sinkholes can be small enough to compromise the safety of a property for good or they can spread to encompass several properties and damaged infrastructure of the municipality breaking pipes and electrical lines.

The new home builder has to look for sinkhole activity before even planning to build. Unfortunately, the only way to predict if a sinkhole is there or will form is still luck. You can use some science via regional offices in your municipality or state and government resources that are designed not only to predict where sinkholes might form but also where they exist and are repaired. In areas where sinkholes are known to occur, detecting them is essential and knowing if you can rebind from one is important too. No one would build a home in an area where a sinkhole formed and then filled in. There are certain factors within a specific area that may contribute more to the forming of a sinkhole but that doesn’t mean one will form or that it’s more likely to form than in other areas. It’s sometimes a hit and miss situation but following the science improves your chances of not having one form under a property you own or intend to build.

Fortunately, there is some insurance for home builders regarding sinkholes. It’s better to have it than not because if a devastating sinkhole occurs you may not only lose your home but all your belongs. Due to the nature of a sinkhole, you may find yours belongs irretrievable once they’ve been consumed.

All is not lost, however, as there are construction methods to minimize the sinkhole’s impact on your property. If detected early they may be stopped in the process or if not, an evacuation thus saving what can be saved is done.

You may have to do some ground inspections of your own regarding sinkholes. Your building contractor will know what to look for and take no one’s word as solid proof of safety. Let the science do the work via the professionals and services available.
Overall, sinkholes are no joke. Nothing to be played with nor ignored. Since they can happen anytime in vulnerable areas like in Florida where they’re common, one has to be on one’s toes from the first sign of one forming and to determine where one might form.

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Home Remodeling The Master Bedroom And More

Home Remodeling The Master Bedroom And MoreA man’s home is his castle, the old saying goes, and with the master bedroom, it’s his throne room. Designing and remodeling the master bedroom can result in greater comfort and a rise in equity for the home altogether. Hiring a professional home remodeling company comes in handy here.

Don’t try to do home remodeling on your own if you’re not professionals. Professionals know what materials will work, they know the safety issues, and they know how affordable the process should be. This doesn’t mean you sit on the sidelines and give them carte blanche, not at all. You should be working with your home remodeling pro as a team. You know what you like, and they’ll know what can, can’t, and should be done. Communicating at the beginning of the project will save a ton of misery and woe down the road.
Let’s say you want to add a room or a closet, new picture window or even a hot tub/Jacuzzi. You can sketch out what you want and let the home remodeling pro look it over. They’ll know via blueprint specs where you can and can’t place these items. It will be a case of giving and take and don’t be antagonistic along the way. It will only cost you extra time and money and frustration for the both of you.

Once you’ve got an idea of what you can do with your remodeled master bedroom, it is now time to see what you can get away with regarding your budget. The home remodeling pro will work within your budget as close as they can. You’ll need to ask for any discounts that they may not tell you up front. Also, if you can get a friend to refer you, you and they might get a bonus. It never hurts to ask. If you’ve any remodeling skills you might want to start the project after professional consultation and stop where your skills do. You’re saving regarding labor but you’ll have to pass muster with the company you hire who will look over your work and either approve it or have to undo what you’ve done.

All this applies not only to your master bedroom but to any other area of the home calling for remodeling. Bathrooms and kitchens are tricky as you’ve got to have professionals do the scary work. Knowing where electrical and gas pipes and wires are is the primary safety point. Making sure the floors can support whatever you want to put on them. Talk to the architect who designed your home if possible. Having recorded for repair and construction will help any home remodeling company. The bottom line is that whatever you achieve via home remodeling should make you happy and raise the value of your home. On the day you choose to sell your home, you should see the ROI from your home remodeling efforts.

Home remodeling is both an art and science. Always stick to your integrity and be sensible and the experience should be highly rewarding.

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Acclimating To Your New Florida Home

Acclimating To Your New Florida HomeFlorida is known as the “Sunshine State” and living there is what many people dream of.  It’s an attractive state, surrounded by ocean, crowned with beaches, amusement parks, golfing, and affordable housing.  Having new Florida home calls for understanding what you’ll be up against so you can prepare.

The Hazards

Florida’s number one danger for new homeowners and builders is the weather. Florida has scorching sun and heat.  It’s also got tons of rain and moisture.  Wind storms that range from tornadoes to hurricanes, and muggy fog that can choke a horse. Building a new home in Florida means weather protection from roof to the basement if you have a basement.  Many Florida homes are elevated to flooding.  Your new home should have the latest in protections including roofing and outdoor paint, windows, and doors. If you’ve shorn up your new home with the materials of the day, then your next hazard is what you’ll need to protect against wildlife.  Florida is like “Jurassic Park”.  It’s got insects and reptiles and mammals that can destroy a home in no time.  Depending on which area your new Florida home is in, it will have its own local wildlife problems.

Wildlife Problems with A New Florida Home

Your first line of defense isn’t against the big animals like bears and pumas and alligators.  No, you worst wildlife enemy in Florida will be insects.  From ants to termites to wasps, Florida’s climate is the age of the dinosaurs weather.  Bugs love it, and especially a fat, juicy house with all the food bugs could want.  Unfortunately, the food humans eat is just some items on the insect menu, the real dangers are the insects that eat up housing materials or compromise them.  Florida has wildlife experts and exterminators who are the toughest in the country.  The only thing they don’t fight is freezing weather.  Before you build or before you buy, get the latest info on insects in the area.  Build or modify your home to prevent invasion and if it does occur, the new home should be easy for an expert exterminator to get at the problem sites and save your home.

Regular Inspections Are a Must

Florida is such a tough environment on a home that more than average inspections by yourself and specific professionals are required.  The reason being is that just one area compromised can develop into an expensive disaster.  Take the occasional time to give your new home a once over and anything out of the ordinary report it to a professional.  That means if you’re looking over your roof and sees a missing tile or tiny hole; you need to call a roofing expert fast.  If windows or doors are ajar, get them fixed immediately.  You might be one of the new homeowners converting to solar.  This means extra time and inspection inside and outside of the home.  Never procrastinate in this responsibility or you could find yourself at your insurance company’s mercy.

Conclusion

Florida is an awesome state that affords many benefits for the new home owner.  Don’t let its glamor overshadow your responsibilities as a homeowner because Florida will make you work for your equity.

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Rebuilding A Home Is An Adventure

Rebuilding A Home Is An Adventure Building a home is a major challenge, to say the least. Rebuilding the home can be an even greater challenge that only hard work and patience can pull off.

In this situation, a complete survey of the potential structure and its original blueprints need to be carefully examined. Looking at what’s left of the original structure will allow contractors to better evaluate what they can keep or throw out. If the foundation is sound and needs no maintenance, the basic infrastructure will be the primary concern. This means checking materials like wood and metal, plumbing and wiring, masonry and more. Careful planning and realistic assessment will enable to a contractor here to estimate the proper costs for materials and labor.

 

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Rebuilding A Home Is An Adventure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working with the contractors and following the original plans might also get one to want to make some modifications like adding on a room or two or perhaps removing one. Adding an extra bathroom for a home with a family is always appreciated. The rebuilding will use newer materials and technologies so you’ll need to brush up on them to make sure you’re aware of what’s going on.

 

Rebuilding A Home Is An Adventure

Rebuilding A Home Is An Adventure

Rebuilding A Home Is An Adventure

As things progress the homeowner should ask the pertinent questions. This way nothing unforeseen will occur down the road. If the home has been damaged by weather or human error, the insurance companies will send out a representative to assess what is and isn’t covered and where the money is going. This is a good time to buddy up with the insurance rep and ask questions. He or she might have some valuable suggestions to save you considerable amounts of time, money, and headache.

The bottom line here is that you’ll be rebuilding a home, which is like rebuilding a life. You want everything to go right to make the best of your hard earned dollar as your home is probably going to be the biggest investment of your life. Rebuilding a home is a sign that you’re not the kind of person to give up, but start anew all over again which is a sign of good character.

Rebuilding A Home Is An Adventure

Rebuilding A Home Is An Adventure

 

 

Tips for Building a First House in Clearwater

Tips for Building a First House in ClearwaterIf you are looking to build a home in beautiful Clearwater, Florida, here are a few tips to keep in mind to make the process go smoothly and the house the way you want. As any professional home builder will tell you, planning is probably the most vital step of building your own home.You should think about everything you can from how you plan to use the house, what you need to accomplish your goals, and what is realistic given your budget, timeline, and resource availability including space.

The landscape is very important to keep in mind at all times as you have to work with the land that you have as that will often put limitations on what you can and cannot do as well. You typically want to leave a good amount of space around your house so that it does not look cramped and so that you can have some nice landscaping, which you can hopefully also enjoy on beautiful sunny Florida days.

Another important consideration that should be in mind at all times is safety. You want to be safe in your home and so planning for fire exits, exterior lighting, security systems, etc. should be on your mind at all times throughout the process. Along these lines, it is important to make sure that you understand local development codes and requirements so that you can pass any inspections, etc. down the road for the safety of your home.

You likely will also want to consider the energy impact of your design. Green is, of course, the trend right now and it can also translate into great cost savings if you plan properly. Take a look at the Energy Star website to look at different products that can help you be more efficient. You may also want to consider the new Tesla solar panels which look like roof shingles.

The other important consideration that will go with almost all decisions is the cost and how it fits into your broader budget. Every decision is really a cost-benefit analysis of its own for most people. In the larger thought process, you should also remain cognizant of the overall size of the home as that will impact your mortgage payments, taxes, maintenance, insurance costs, utility bills, and more. Living within your means is the best advice to reduce unneeded financial stress.

Once you think through all of these things thoroughly, you should talk to professionals in your area to see who can best execute your vision. You should check out the site often once they start work to make sure that it is going as you want and don’t be afraid to check in with them or ask for updates from time to time. There are many professionals in the Clearwater area with long track records who would be happy to take on your job. They will work with you to draw up something on paper that you are 100% happy with and go from there to execute on your dream to make it a reality.

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Planning A New Home Calls For Good Sense

Planning A New Home Calls For Good SenseToday’s home builder has a lot going for them.  The new materials and technologies that allow for superior planning of the home may look easy, but there are things to look out for or your efforts will end up in misery.

First of all, when planning a new home, what about its size?  If you only need 3600 square feet then don’t get greedy and layout a property that will be 5200 square feet.  It costs more and it takes more time to maintenance.  Sometimes our eyes are too big for our bellies and we end up with a sour stomach in the end.  Sit down with your architect and with real home designers to pinpoint what you’ll need, not only for yourself but if you have an expanding family to look forward to.  Build with just a bit of extra space and not too much.  You can always add a room or two later on, but for now, you want quality control and low overhead.

The second thing to look at is orientation.  Yes, there’s  a great view to the south, but is it going to add to sun exposure and fighting against strong winds.  This is where your weather experts come into play.  If your home is going to be in an area where seasonal storms occur, you want your home-oriented to minimize wind and rain, snow, excess heat.  Orienting your home’s position will save in energy costs as well.  You want a home that stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  Planning this way avoids lots of maintenance and trouble later.

Keep your own integrity.  Don’t let other people, especially friends and contractors tell you what you want.  Just keep a stiff upper lip and sally forth.  You know what you want, and if you’ve been smart you’ll have asked experts to know what you can get that is safe and efficient as well as aesthetic.  No, you don’t need that gazebo that your mother-in-law insists, you put in and around your home what you want and what you need.  If you let others dictate their desires to override yours, you’ll end up with a final home product that will only disappoint you.

Fourth is to place your key rooms in the best places possible.  Kitchens aren’t a room you just slap up and hope for the best.  A kitchen should be strategically placed to better its efficiency.  The placement of energy for the kitchen is the key.  Gas, electricity lines and pipes can undergo so much twisting and turning.  You don’t want to put your kitchen in an area that requires a circus-like configuration of wires and pipes.  You don’t want the kitchen directly beneath bedrooms.  You’ll need proper ventilation for your kitchen and you don’t want the fumes and aromas flooding the bedrooms.  Living rooms are normally near the front of the home or just recessed.  This being the showcase room, one wants it placed just right.  A structure of the home is important here as the living room should be the biggest room.  It needs support so that its size doesn’t compromise the safety of the home’s structure via stress.  This is where your architect and building inspector come into the issue.  They’ll know what to do and advise you what is wise and not.

Finally, what is your budget?  Do you have enough to achieve your goals?  Are you moving on fumes and hoping to get the cheap deals?  You never go cheap on the home you build and intend to dwell in.  Safety comes first and trying to get quality with a low budget is taking, to say the least.  Instead, work within your budget. Know what you can and cannot afford.  Sometimes you’ll have to be creative but don’t do anything that will compromise efficiency and safety.  That new fancy brick face or decorative siding may look good, but can you afford it now?  You will need capital to keep the home maintained.  Add to that all the excess costs can eat up a budget in no time.  Be careful, yes, try to get the best price for the most quality and keep your eyes on the prize.

Planning as a home builder now means less misery down the road and greater equity in the property overall.

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Master Bathroom Remodeling and Design Project

This master bathroom was very old so the owners wanted to spice it up and add a freestanding tub in addition to the existing shower. We were able to achieve this goal by taking part of a previous linen closet and using the space for the new tub. The top of the bathtub was put against a window with a shelf and a nice and relaxing view to the outside. The shelf is a nice gray granite and matches the new his and her countertops as well as the standup shower.

The two new faucets are rounded and have two separate oval mirrors with white frames matching the décor of the room. The standup shower has the same sort of gray tiling as the rest of the bathroom and it has a marble floor with a little bench as well. The door is all glass and very stylish and modern. Overall, the bathroom is almost a complete makeover from the previous version. This is one of many bathrooms that Build America LLC has worked on and is currently working on and as is usually the case, we were left with a couple of very happy clients. Reach out today to learn more about what we can do for your own remodeling and renovation projects!

Master Bathroom Remodeling and Design Project
Master Bathroom Remodeling and Design Project

Master Bathroom Remodeling and Design Project

Master Bathroom Remodeling and Design Project

 

 

Madeira Beach Condo Kitchen Remodeling Project

Madeira Beach Condo Kitchen Remodeling Project

Madeira Beach Condo Kitchen Remodeling Project This is another condo remodeling project that Build America LLC recently took on. In this particular condo, the kitchen was revamped with the goals of adding additional cabinets and counter space. We went with a beautiful beige countertop which extends around into the dining area. To open up space, a new pass through the window was created which gives a nice view from the kitchen out onto the Gulf. In addition, we added cabinets on the living room side of the kitchen and on the side wall. This ended up more than doubling the storage space we previously had while also opening up the area to make it seem larger and more breathable.

We also designed a coffered ceiling in the kitchen with crown molding as well to give it come more personality in a way that really meshes well with the vintage style of the cabinets that we used. The new space has a rustic vibe but one which has much more class that the previous version. The character of the kitchen really pops and gives this remodeling project a nice outcome. Build America LLC is constantly looking for new renovation projects for our clients in order to improve their homes and lives.

This ended up more than doubling the storage space we previously had while also opening up the area to make it seem larger and more breathable. We also designed a coffered ceiling in the kitchen with crown molding as well to give it come more personality in a way that really meshes well with the vintage style of the cabinets that we used. The new space has a rustic vibe but one which has much more class that the previous version. The character of the kitchen really pops and gives this remodeling project a nice outcome. Build America LLC is constantly looking for new renovation projects for our clients in order to improve their homes and lives.

Madeira Beach Condo Kitchen Remodeling Project

Remodeling Project : Madeira Beach Condo Kitchen

Remodeling Project : Madeira Beach Condo Kitchen

Remodeling Project : Madeira Beach Condo Kitchen