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Customizing Your Home with a Whole Home Remodel

When planning a whole home remodel, you want the space to work for you. Depending on your family, lifestyle and how you plan to live, your home may need different things. Families who host visitors often want more sleeping space. If you love informal gatherings, you might want a big kitchen open to a living space. Whatever your needs, before you start working with a home remodeler, here are some things to think about other than budget.

What’s Most Important in Your New Space

If you’re considering a whole home remodel, there’s probably one space that is the primary reason for your remodel. Is that space outdated or does it just not work for you? What is that space? Here are some common reasons people start a remodel:

  • Poor Layout – You may love the home’s location and it may have the right number of bedrooms and bathrooms but the main living area’s layout just doesn’t work for you. If that’s the reason for the remodel, you’ll want to ask yourself what doesn’t work and what do you want to make it work.
  • Dated Kitchen – There was a time when the kitchen was hidden away from where you entertained but now it tends to be the room where everyone ends up. If you want a better layout for your kitchen and an adjoining entertaining area, you need to open up your home’s space.
  • Bedroom Issues – If you see a bedroom as just a place to sleep and you have too few large rooms, you and your home remodeler can look at ways to reconfigure the space. The right number of rooms and the right size rooms make a difference.
  • Insufficient Storage – Indoor storage is especially important in Florida. We can’t just leave our holiday decorations in the garage as the humidity and heat will take their toll. If you don’t have the closet space you need, your home remodeler can help with that too.

Whole Home Remodel Challenges

Unless you’re ready to invest in an addition and have the ability to expand the footprint of your home, you may have to make compromises in your remodel. The biggest challenge is the desire for the right amount of space but the inability to make it happen because of supporting walls or easement issues. One of the benefits of working with an experienced home remodeler like Build America LLC is that we know how to make the most of your space.

If you’d like to learn more about what we can do in your home, whether you need a whole home remodel or just a few rooms brought into this decade, call (727) 776-9023 for your free initial consultation.

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Island Ideas for Your Kitchen Remodel

One of the most frequently added features in a kitchen remodel is the kitchen island. Although you may first think of the island as added countertop and an eating space, it can be so much more. If you know that on your must have list is an island in your new kitchen and want to get the most out of it, consider some of these options.

Super Storage

Depending on the size and location of your island, you may want to talk about storage access from both sides of the island. This will make for more useful space. For example, the side facing the kitchen may store small appliances, pots and pans and the side facing the living space may have placemats, toys and activities, blankets or anything else you need put away. Ask about pull out shelving and deep drawers.

Extra Sink

If you do a lot of cooking, a prep sink is a great option to add to your island. It gives you a place to quickly rinse your hands (or fruits and vegetables) without leaving your work area. It also is beneficial when you need to drain a pot but have a sink full of dishes. One drawback is that the plumbing does take away from storage space.

Alternative Uses

Although you may not think about some of these uses for the space underneath your island, here are some out-of-the-box requests we’ve had:

  • Pet beds and crates – If you want a place for your furry friend but don’t want a pet crate in your living room, consider utilizing the space under your island. Keep it open or add a gate to keep them safely out of the way but where they can see everything going on.
  • Bookshelves – When you want a place for all your books and don’t plan on using the island for eating, consider adding a bookshelf. They can be any size and used for books or other décor.
  • Crafting Cubbies – For families with kids, there is never enough space to store the crayons, paints, clay or other craft essentials. You can add cubbies with baskets or enclose everything in cabinets.
  • Back of a Bench – If you want both a kitchen table and an island but don’t think you have the right space, consider using the outside wall of the island as the back of a bench for the kitchen table. Because you won’t need to space to walk around that side of the table, it makes it possible for a kitchen to have both an island and table when space is tight.

You and your kitchen remodeling company can find the best design and use of the space for your needs. If you’re looking for a remodeling company in Tampa Bay, call Build America LLC. We have vast experience in kitchen design whether you need a total remodel or just want to update your kitchen. Call us at (727) 776-9023 or fill out our contact form for your free consultation.

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3 Keys to Hiring the Right Builder or Remodeler

As you plan your new home construction or remodel, you’ll have many things to think about and consider. None are so important as hiring the right company to carry out your design plans. If you don’t start with the right company, you’re never going to be satisfied with the results. Most every homeowner knows to meet with several companies, see examples of their work either in photographs or in their showroom, to verify the licensing, and to check reviews and ratings online, but what else is there? Here are three things you should do before you sign a contract with a remodeler.

Treat Every Interaction as a Job Interview

Anytime you call or reach out to the builder or remodeler, evaluate them like you would a potential employee. They will be your employee for as long as they’re at your home working and through the post-work inspection and warranty. Think about how they respond to questions, does it take days or weeks to hear back or is it more prompt? Is the salesperson neat and clean? Are they on time and do they follow through with what they’ve promised when they promised? All these small things before you actually hire them are a good indicator of how they’ll be once they begin their work.

Ask for References

And follow through with a call. Have a list of questions to ask and listen to the responses. Don’t just call one person, call a few and see if there is consistency or if the answers seemed canned. If you hear all the same great things, chances are good you’re calling someone who has been provided the answers. Here are some questions to get you started:

  1. Did you need follow up and did they honor their workmanship warranty?
  2. How well within budget did they stay?
  3. Was the job completed when promised or were there delays that should have been prevented?
  4. Did they keep the jobsite clean?
  5. Were the workers respectful of your space and family?

The last two questions are especially important if you and your family (especially with kids) plan on living in your home during the remodel.

Find out What Vendors or Manufacturers They Use

If you’re planning an addition, you’ll need windows. Does the manufacturer or supplier they use have something that compliments the windows already in your home? For a kitchen or bath remodel, look at the cabinets available from their cabinet manufacturer so you can know before signing the contract that you have options you love. Ask for each major element you’ll be choosing in your remodel so you’re not surprised after it’s too late.

Build America LLC is a local builder and remodeler with leading manufactures, many satisfied clients and a team of highly qualified personnel. You’ll find we communicate well and always follow through before, during and after the job is complete. Call us today to learn more about our services or to schedule a free consultation – (727) 776-9023 or fill out our contact form.

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Bathroom and Kitchen Remodeling Together

We’ve all heard commercials from insurance companies about bundling home and auto so why not consider bundling bathroom and kitchen remodeling? After all, these are the two most remodeled spaces and the two that are likely to show their age. There are many benefits to doing several rooms at once and only a few drawbacks.

Why You Should Remodel Your Bath & Kitchen Together

Perhaps the biggest reason this is a great idea is because you only end up with the inconvenience of a remodeler once. We know that living in home during the remodel can be a bit chaotic and we understand the mess it makes. For many homeowners, once they go through it, they never want to go through it again.

It may seem contradictory, but it’s actually faster to do a combined remodel. We’re not trying to say we can complete your bathroom and kitchen remodeling project faster together than if you hired us two different times, what we’re claiming is that you will save a few weeks doing them together than if you did them back to back. This is because we can coordinate inspections and subcontractors like plumbers and electricians once rather than multiple times.

Because we can schedule some of these elements together, you’ll also see a cost savings. Instead of several permits, we only pay for one of each type we’ll need. Instead of several trips by the subcontractors, we’ll have them do all their work in one visit. You may also see a discount on some supplies as bulk orders tend to be cheaper than single orders.

Drawbacks of a Joint Bathroom & Kitchen Remodel

We admit that for some, the reason they don’t want to do all their remodeling at once is that it’s hard to live in a home that undergoing such a major remodel. It’s hard enough to do your dishes in the bathroom sink but even more so if you’re down to just one bathroom for the entire family. For many homeowners, the biggest issue is cost. Remodeling all or part of your home is an expensive undertaking and not everyone has the budget to complete both projects at once.

If you are considering both a bathroom and kitchen remodel, talk to the pros at Build America LLC. We’d be happy to provide a free consultation and discuss a possible timeline and layout a budget for you. Call us today at (727) 776-9023 or fill out our contact form to schedule your appointment.

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Understanding Universal Design for Your Bathroom Remodel

One of the most recent bathroom remodeling trends is that of incorporating universal design. A universal design (or UD) is one of the best ways to add value to a bathroom remodel. In the simplest terms, a UD bathroom is one that is universally accessible no matter what limitations the user may have. Don’t think of a universal design bathroom as institutional or unattractive, think of it as universally friendly in any style you choose.

The Popularity of UD

Many people think of a universal design bathroom as a handicap accessible one. Although this is true to some extent, it also has elements that make aging in place easier. Aging in place is a popular trend making this type of bathroom remodel, even if you’re years from needing such accommodations, a wise consideration. Afterall, remodeling any part of your home is expensive and can be inconvenient so you certainly don’t want to go through it twice in a short time.

Essential Elements for a Universal Design

Although there is no checklist you must complete for a universal design bathroom, there are some common elements. These include:

  • Wide doorways (at least 32” although 36” is preferred)
  • Lever style door and faucets
  • Comfort height toilet (consider adding a bidet feature)
  • Grab-bars
  • Non-slip flooring
  • Low or zero entry showers (consider adding a shower seat)
  • Lower bathroom countertop and light switches

All of these elements come in many stylish options which will allow you to reflect the style you want for the space.

Bathroom Layout

The actual layout is quite flexible. There’s not rule about what must be where. The key is that a person using a walker or wheelchair can comfortably maneuver in the space. If you’re remodeling an existing secondary bath, few have the space necessary for these accommodations. This may mean taking space from another room or adding onto your home. If you know that you or a family member will need this sort of accommodation, it’s well worth it to do it right so that they can continue independently for as long as possible.

If you’re looking for a bathroom remodeler with experience in universal design, call Build America LLC at (727) 776-9023. We’ve handled countless remodels and new home constructions throughout Tampa Bay that have allowed our clients to age in place or bring an older family member into the home to live with them. Call or fill out our contact form for your free initial consultation.

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Elegance is in the Details

As a custom home builder and remodeler, we’ve found that people use the term “elegant” a lot when describing what they want in parts of their home. This is especially true in the master bath and dining areas. Although you may first associate elegance with fancy or formal, in home design, it really means an element of style and coordination throughout a space. With that new definition mind, let’s look at some ways to add elegance to your new home or remodel.

Custom Ceilings

As you and your custom home builder discuss the finishing touches for each room, talk about the ceilings. Tray ceilings add an element of grandeur to a master bedroom. A coffered ceiling can turn a plain dining room into an elegant space. If you’re remodeling and you don’t think your home has sufficient ceiling height for a ceiling design, talk to your remodeler about crown molding which is perfect for any room.

Custom Cabinetry

Custom and semi-custom cabinets have many more options than stock ones. The differences are evident in style and finishing touches. For example, few stock cabinets have the option for glass fronts on the cabinet doors, crown molding on the upper cabinets or even the ability to mix and match different finishes. Many custom cabinets come in furniture styles which really elevates the feel of the space. Because kitchens and bathrooms are the two most commonly remodeled spaces, choosing cabinets with a touch of style makes a big difference in how the room looks and feels.

Designer Finishing Touches

Designer doesn’t mean out of your budget; it simply means pieces that aren’t found in every home. Look at your light fixtures, cabinet knobs or pulls, towel bars and door handles. Your custom home builder should have a designer they work with. He or she can help you select the perfect pieces in just the right finishes to bring a touch of elegance to your entire home. A good designer can really help with your finishing touches.

Build America LLC is a custom home builder and remodeler with experience in a wide variety of home styles. If you’d like to see some of our work or talk to us about our thoughts for your new home or remodel, we’d love to help. Call us at (727) 776-9023 or reach us through our contact form and we’ll schedule a free consultation with you.

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Laundry Rooms & Lockers

One of the biggest trends in home building today are laundry rooms that contain more than just a washer and dryer and locker areas. Collectively this area is often referred to as the mud room, especially in the northeast. If you’re planning a whole home remodel or building a home, you might want to plan some space for a mudroom. Not only will you find it’s a great use of space, but you’ll also end up with exactly the space and storage you need for your family.

Locker Designs

Because your locker will depend on the space you have and your family, no two ever look the same. Most lockers have a bench with storage beneath and storage above. What that storage looks like can vary. Sometimes drawers beneath the bench work best. Other times keeping the area open for shoes is ideal. Above the locker area, you might want cabinets or spaces for baskets to store sports gear or other items not needed often. In the locker itself, you might want hooks to hang backpacks and jackets.

Common Features of Today’s Laundry Rooms

Laundry rooms should be more than just a washer and dryer. If you’re undergoing a whole home remodel and don’t have much more space to utilize, see if your remodeler can add a sink. Another benefit of the sink is that you gain valuable storage beneath the sink and you can add a drying rack above for the items you don’t want to put in the dryer.

If you’re planning an addition or building a new home, you have a lot more flexibility. Here are things to think about for your new laundry room:

  • Storage for vacuums (including handheld rechargeable ones).
  • Hanging space to dry clothes that don’t go in the dryer.
  • Additional heated and cooled storage for things like the extra paint from your home or even seasonal decorations.
  • Hamper for dirty sports gear and bathing suits.
  • Counter for folding clean clothes.

Build America Is Ready to Help

Although we began as a custom home builder, we’ve also helped many homeowners with remodeling. We can help you better utilize your existing space, move walls or even plan an addition. Many homes in the area have outside washers and dryers which is never comfortable or convenient so let us be your remodeler. Call (727) 776-9023 to schedule your appointment with one of our team members.

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Designing the Perfect Master Suite

As a home builder and remodeler with decades of experience, one thing that never changes is the desire for the perfect master suite. Of course, what makes a space perfect for one couple may differ from another, however, every master suite contains three elements: the bedroom, bathroom and closet. For most homeowners, especially those undergoing a remodel, they want a beautiful and functional space that works for them. Here are some ideas for each of the elements of your master suite:

Bedroom

The bedroom is the space that requires  the least amount of work.  Ask your remodeler about the lighting and electrical. One of the biggest complaints we hear is that there aren’t enough outlets for all of today’s technology. Another change many ask for is additional lighting, this includes natural light. One of the easiest ways to make the room feel bigger is to add a new window.

Bathroom

This is the space most of the budget tends to go into. Your remodeler can help you with utilizing the space better and adding features important to you. Some homeowners want a larger vanity area while a soaking tub is important to others. If you’re looking at a larger space, talk about where the space will come from and how it will impact the adjoining spaces.

Closet

Sometimes it’s not that you need more space in your closet, it’s that you need better space. Before you talk to your remodeler about stealing space from the bedroom or bathroom, ask how custom built-ins can help you utilize the space better. You might be surprised that some organization makes the space you have work for both of you.

Build America is both a builder and remodeler. That means no matter how extensive your remodel is, we can help. Our team can design and build an addition on your existing home or use the space you already have. Of course, if you are looking for a company to help you design and build a new property, we’re that company too. Call us today at (727) 776-9023 for your free initial consultation.

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Building a Smart Home

Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling an older home, adding smart home technology is a smart move. Not only are there more options than ever but they can make your life so much easier. From kitchen remodeling to updating your master bathroom, here are some ideas you should consider in different parts of your home.

Kitchen

Kitchen remodeling is one of the most common changes people make to their home.  During a remodel is the perfect time to incorporate smart home technology. Here are some of the many features to consider:

  • Range & Oven – Smart ovens have many options. A few are the ability to pre-heat and adjust the temperature remotely.
  • Refrigerators – Some have a touch screen that allows you to load recipes. Others have a transparent door so you can look inside without opening it. You can remotely customize drawer temperatures on some models and others have cameras inside to allow you to look inside while you’re at the grocery store.
  • Microwaves – If you are not great at being there to stop the beeping, you might want a smart microwave. You can let it know you heard it’s finished without going back to the kitchen. You can also remote start or stop it.
  • Touchless Faucets – Some may argue that this isn’t smart technology but it’s a smart feature for your kitchen especially if you’re a foodie who cooks a lot or have kids who don’t seem to be able to remember to turn the water off.

Security

There are many security features available. One that you really need to talk about during the planning of a build or whole home remodel is whether you want security cameras. Although there are wi-fi options, wired ones tend to work more consistently and are also more secure themselves.

Other great smart home security options include lighting that you can set on timers or turn on and off remotely to being able to check if the doors are locked right from your bed, these security items are great things to consider. You can even remotely unlock the door for a pet-sitter or open the garage door for a delivery if you’re not home.

Comfort

If your home build or remodel includes a new HVAC system, spend the extra money on a smart thermostat. You’ll end up saving whatever you spend on this technology by being able to remotely adjust the temperature when you’re not home.

Smart homes are the future. If you’re looking for a custom home builder or a kitchen remodeling company or a remodeler to help with anything in between, call Build America at (727) 776-9023. We can incorporate smart home technology and other elements to make your life easier. That’s why we’re a local and leading builder and remodeler in the greater Tampa Bay area.

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Benefits of Built-Ins

As you plan your custom home or begin speaking with a home remodeling company, built-ins should be on your list of things to talk about. Built-in shelving is great for books, decorating and storage. It also is quite cost effective when compared to cabinets and books shelves you can buy at big box stores. In addition to their affordability there are many other benefits of built-ins designed by your remodeling company or builder.

A Perfect Fit

When you have an odd space in your home that you want to utilize, a built-in is the perfect way to do it. No matter how many places you look for a premade unit for the space, chances are good it won’t quite fill the space the way you want it to. Plus, if you have kids, you’re going to need to anchor it to the wall.

Space Designed for You

If you need cabinets to hide toys or exercise equipment, your home remodeling company can make the space exactly how you need it. When you have a special piece you’d like displayed, they can accommodate your needs rather than you trying to find a piece that works.

Create a Focal Point

One way to create a focal point in a room is to add built-ins. Many people choose to surround their fireplace with a custom wall unit. Not only can it create a great looking wall but you can also strategically hide cords and electronics if you have your TV in the same area.

Resale

Of course, it’s highly unlikely that you’re going through the trouble of hiring a home remodeling company just to sell your home, but in the future, built-ins add to resale value. Home buyers often site built-ins as a feature they’d like to see in their new home.

Although you can add your built-ins after you move in, one of the benefits of doing it during your new home build or remodeling is that your builder can take care of the painting and finish work for you. Build America is a locally based custom home builder and remodeling company ready to serve you. We’ve created numerous custom built-ins in hallways, closets, living areas and play rooms. Let us help you with your building or remodeling needs and ask us about some ideas for built-ins for your home. Call (727) 776-9023 to schedule your no obligation appointments today.