consider smart home technology during your home & kitchen remodeling

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.

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Custom or Semi-Custom Cabinets

Because one of the most used and most visible parts of your kitchen are the cabinets, you want to chose cabinets that look great and do what you need them to do. Although stock cabinetry is cheaper and readily available, if you’re building a custom home or undergoing a kitchen remodel, the best options are either customer or semi-custom cabinets. Choosing the right one for your project comes down to needs and budget. Here are some of the differences in custom and semi-custom cabinets.

Custom Options are Virtually Limitless

A custom cabinet builder is an artisan. There are rarely limitations in style or finish in a custom cabinet. You can mix up the cabinet door styles – have some with glass and other solid front or custom inlay. And, if you have an oddly shaped corner, or a wall that doesn’t conform to traditional cabinet sizes, you may want custom cabinetry.

Another benefit is what you can do inside the cabinet or drawers. Some people like to store their dishes in a drawer, it’s a possibility with custom cabinets, no matter the size or shape. Others want a way to store their knives or other cooking utensils. A custom cabinet can be made to suit your needs.

Semi-Custom & Custom Cabinet Similarities

There are a few similarities with semi and custom cabinets. In most cases, neither use pressboard, but rather hardwood. The drawers come standard with soft-closures and dovetail construction. You’ll also find that they both come with full-length drawer extensions. Also, they’re made in the U.S. so you know that they’re safer and better constructed than something that was imported.

Semi-Custom Cabinets

Although your selection of both style and finish are slightly more limited than a custom cabinet, you will still have many options from which to choose, no matter which manufacturer you go with. Most semi-custom cabinet manufacturers offer a standard set of drawer and cabinet organizers for knives, utensils, silverware and even storage containers. Most semi-custom manufacturers will let you mix and match cabinet doors within their available options.

If you’re looking for a home builder or kitchen remodeler, call Build America. We’re a locally based contractor with vast experience designing and building kitchens. We offer many leading brands of cabinetry, both semi-custom and custom, meaning your dream kitchen can be uniquely yours. Call us today at (727) 776-9023 to schedule an initial consultation.

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Choosing the Right Tub for Your Bathroom Remodel

Not every bathroom has a tub and your first bathroom remodeling decision will be whether to keep it in yours or use the space the way you need it. If you decide that you love having a tub in your bathroom and decide to include one in your new space, you have many options to choose from. Each one has different pros and cons and will reflect a slightly different style. The one recommendation we give all homeowners starting a bathroom remodel with us is to keep at least one tub in their home for future resale.

Decision 1: Whirlpool or Not

For a long time, a whirlpool or jacuzzi tub was a must have in the master bath. Nearly all new builds and remodels included one. Today, this is more of a 50/50 split of whether to include this option. A few things to consider are that there is an increased expense if you’re adding one where it hasn’t been previously for the electric. They’re more expensive than a standard tub of comparable size. And, perhaps most importantly, if you don’t plan on using it frequently or don’t clean it properly, you’re going to end up with mold growing inside the blower unit.

Decision 2: Size

Do you enjoy taking a long soak submerged up to your neck? Are you looking to be able to relax with your partner? How much space do you want to dedicate to the tub? These questions will contribute to your ideal tub.

Decision 3: Built-In or Freestanding

If you love the look of a claw-foot tub you probably want a freestanding tub. These now come in just about every style from traditional to modern and many sizes. The one thing to keep in mind is that even though they’re typically smaller than a built in, they still require a fair amount of space because they have space around the entire tub. For the most part, built-ins are less expensive so if you don’t want to use a significant part of your budget to your tub, keep this in mind.

Other Considerations

You may think you want a certain size or shape, but there are a few other things to consider. First, depending on your home’s construction, you may need reinforced flooring for a large tub. A jacuzzi tub full of water and two people can weigh more than 1500 pounds! If your flooring can support the weight, you’re going to end up with issues. You also want to look at where the faucets will be located. With freestanding tubs, sometimes the faucet comes up the side of the tub while other times it’s intended to be a wall mount which may increase your plumbing costs.

No matter what you’re looking for in your bathroom remodel, Build America is ready to help. We can provide a simple remodel where we leave the elements in place or reconfigure to better utilize your space. And, if you’re looking to add on to your home, as a builder, we’re the perfect company to help. Call us today at (727) 776-9023 to schedule your consultation.

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Right Kitchen Remodeling Styles

If you have a dated kitchen and are looking for the right kitchen remodeling style, today’s blog will help. Although there are some pre-defined remodeling styles that you may have read about or seen somewhere, you don’t have to follow any. The key to the perfect kitchen is creating a look that works with the rest of your home, functions well, has the right layout, and most of all, that you love.

How to Get Started Defining Your Kitchen Remodeling Style

Every remodeling company will see a specific design style slightly differently. And, over time, these styles change a bit. However, we’ve given the most popular styles a brief definition to help you at least start looking for a style for your home.

  • Modern – Clean and luxurious with little décor and the latest in countertop and cabinet styles.
  • Traditional – Think shaker style cabinets, warm colors and personal décor.
  • Contemporary – Just a bit of modern elements blended with traditional cabinetry and colors.
  • Coastal – Beach inspired with sunny colors and white or light flat front cabinets and countertops.
  • Old-World – Nearly opposite of coastal with dark colors, lots of curves and even historical elements as décor and lighting.
  • Mediterranean – A pallet of orange, red and yellow mixed with traditional style cabinets and lots of natural wood.
  • Farmhouse – Light and open you’ll want to include lots of natural wood, a farmhouse sink and a few rustic touches.

Choosing Your Design Elements

Once you have a general idea of what you want your style to reflect, you’ll need to begin working with your design-build company on choosing the perfect elements for your style. There really is no right or wrong place to start, but because your cabinetry is a highly visible element and significant part of your budget, it’s a great element to choose first. Because your countertops are also a highly visible element, you may want to choose them next. You want them to contrast yet coordinate with both your flooring and cabinetry. Although using your countertop material is an option for your backsplash, a more popular choice is tile. Consider choosing tile that adds to the design style your going for and gives some separation to the cabinets and countertops.

Build America is your local kitchen remodeling company who can help you with any style kitchen. We work with many cabinet manufacturers and offer a wide selection of tile and countertop materials and designs. Whether you’re looking for a total remodel or want a new look without changing the layout of your kitchen, we’re here to help. Call us today at (727) 776-9023 for your initial consultation.

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Designing Your Perfect Outdoor Living Space

Living in Florida has many advantages. One of those is the ability to spend a great deal of time outside without freezing. If you’re considering an outdoor living space, you have many options. Even if you’re on a budget, you can make the perfect addition to your home. Here are a few ideas to consider for your new outdoor living space.

Outdoor Kitchen

If you really want to do all your entertaining outside and have the space and budget, consider an outdoor kitchen. Outdoor kitchens range from simple to elaborate and can include so many different elements like:

  • Built-In Grill
  • Refrigerator
  • Mini-Keg Cooler
  • Ice Maker
  • Cabinets
  • Cooktop
  • Pizza Oven
  • Sink

Because many natural stone countertops are great for outside, you can even create a bar top or serving area that looks great and is easy to maintain.

Eating Area

Depending on your entertaining style, you may want to have a large table with ceiling fans over it or keep it simple with your bar area. A roofing addition may be possible depending on your HOA regulations and the easement requirements in your city. Usually a pergola or retractable awning is acceptable, which can provide shade if a permanent roofing structure isn’t.

Firepit or Fireplace

Firepits are an increasingly popular addition to the backyard. Although you can purchase a metal firepit just about anywhere, a built in one on a new patio will last longer and look great. A fireplace can warm you on our cool winter evenings and they’re great for toasting marshmallows. You can choose an attached or detached fireplace depending on your space. However you choose to add some ambiance to your outdoor living space, make sure to be safe, especially with portable fire pits. Keep them at least ten feet from your home and the neighbor’s property.

Build America can help you with whatever building or remodeling project you have in mind. Whether you’re looking for a total home remodel or just an outdoor living space, we’re the company to call. Reach out to schedule your free consultation for all your building or remodeling needs – (727) 776-9023.

 

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Reasons to Consider a Whole Home Remodel

Whether you’ve just bought a home or lived in yours for years, you may be considering a whole home remodel for one of many reasons. If you’re trying to find just the right reason to finally call a home remodeling company and get started, we have a few for you.

Your Space No Longer Works

Whether your family has grown or just aged out of your current space, a home remodel can make it work for you. Design-build companies are both designers and remodeling companies who work with your space to make it work for you. They can reconfigure existing space by removing or moving walls, changing layouts of existing space, and adding walls. If you need more storage, they can create what you need, where you need it.

You’re Already Planning a Partial Remodel

If you’re already planning on remodeling your kitchen, you’ve committed to one of the biggest parts of a whole home remodel. You may quickly realize that you want to move a wall or look at a different layout. Doing everything together may seem more complicated but in the long run, you’ll save money.

Too Many Little Problems

Do you seem to pull out your credit card every month to repair or replace something? Maybe all your little problems could best be solved by a whole home remodel. A good home remodeling company can perform a thorough inspection of your home including the plumbing and electric and help you understand what should be replaced and why. You may find that their recommendations also help your home become more energy efficient reducing your cooling costs. New wiring can make your home safer.

You Don’t Want to Move

If you bought your home during the recession when housing and interest rates were cheap, you may now realize that a new home will cost you more than a remodel and you still won’t get everything you want just the way you want it. Plus, it may mean changing your kids’ schools.

When you work with an experienced home remodeling company, you won’t be disappointed with the process or the results. Build America is your local and experienced home remodeling company. We’re ready to help you envision your whole home remodel and get the work done properly and on budget in as short at time as possible. Call us today at (727) 776-9023 to schedule your free consultation.

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Get Started on Your Party Ready Kitchen

If you hosted Thanksgiving last year and this year you’re the Christmas host, now is the time to plan and start your kitchen remodel. Whether you want better space so you can cook the ham and all the sides or you want a great island to serve from, here are some great ideas to talk to your kitchen remodeling company about as you get started.

Cooking and Baking

Everyone has their own preference of gas or electric. That’s always a good starting point when it comes to choosing your stovetop and oven. From there, you’ll want to decide if you want a separate cooktop or a stove. If you’re a big baker, you may want a double oven and warming drawer. Be sure to look at the features that are important to you. Some of these may include rapid preheat, convection cooking and bread proofing.

Beverage Options

If you’re a big entertainer all year round, you may want a beverage station. That could include a separate bar sink, ice maker and wine and beer fridge. Having the right type of space to store special glasses and drink mixers is also a plus. Planning for what you have or want is better than making what you have fit after your kitchen remodel is complete.

Serving Space

Do you like a buffet style meal? Consider including a large bar space. Make sure you include enough outlets for warming trays if that’s something you use. If you’re more of a family style server with the food on the table, you’ll want space around the stove to move what you’ve prepared into serving dishes and then into the kitchen.

The Right Space

If you and your spouse or kids prepare meals together, make sure you have the right type of space for the type of cooks you are. Plan for enough meal prep areas for your family. If you need more than one sink or dishwasher, talk to your kitchen remodeling company so they include everything in their early plans.

Let Build America be Your Kitchen Remodeling Company

Having a great kitchen for preparing food and holiday entertaining can happen in any home with the right kitchen remodeling company. Build America has the experience to help you turn your kitchen from dated to dynamic. Call us today at (727) 776-9023 or fill out our contact form and schedule your free consultation.

Take Your Bathroom Remodel to the Next Level

As an experienced bathroom remodeler, we know you want a space that you love for years to come. We’ve put together some tips for you to give you some ideas about your new space. Bathroom remodeling entails more than just choosing a new countertop, tile and vanity. You should want the new space to feel like a modern oasis, relaxing spa or functional modern space. No matter which direction you want to go, here are some ideas to take your space to the next level.

Remake Your Shower

If you have (or want) a stand-alone shower, there are many more options that just the half wall of tile with glass on top. In fact, many homeowners choose to have no glass at all by creating a walk through or walk-in shower. With the hard water in Tampa, this is a popular option because when you eliminate the glass door, you eliminate the hard water stains.

Of course, a shower is more than how it looks, you want to enjoy it. Consider multiple showerheads, either for you and your spouse or a wall and ceiling shower. Another option many homeowners love are shower jets positioned throughout the shower for a massaging spray when you need it.

Modern Features

Smart homes are all the rage and don’t seem to be going anywhere. Why not bring smart technology into your bathroom. Here are some ideas to discuss with your bathroom remodeler or builder:

  • Fans and lights on timers and motion sensors
  • Outlet and support for a television
  • Bluetooth wall or ceiling speakers for streaming music
  • USB outlets
  • Heated floors
  • Undercabinet lighting

Make Your Tile a Feature

You don’t have to have your bathroom remodeler lay your tile in straight lines or use all the same tile. Look at some of the more creative ways to make your tile a décor feature. For example, consider a herringbone pattern on the floor or walls. Mix the same tile style in different colors for a creative look. Have you thought about using tile for your backsplash or even to frame a mirror? There are so many options for tile today that you can do just about anything with it.

Build America is more than just a bathroom remodeler. We’re a complete design-build company ready to help you create a space you truly love that works for you and your family. Whether you need a bathroom addition or want to remodel your master bath, we’re here to help. Call us to schedule your free consultation – (727) 776-9023.

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Tips to Help You Choose the Right Flooring

Whether you’re building a custom home or remodeling all or part of your home, you’ll need flooring. The options use to be simple, carpet, tile or laminate. Now the options are virtually limitless. As a design-build company, we want to help you understand the benefits and drawbacks of certain types of flooring no matter where you need it in your home.

Hardwood and Engineered Wood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is often the most expensive option for new flooring. Depending on the type of wood, size of the boards, installation pattern, and finish you’re looking for, it can cost as much as $10 per square foot installed. Exotic hardwoods can go for even more! However, you can keep costs down by choosing a common wood and straight lay installation. Hardwood tends to increase the value of a home at resale over engineered wood. Of course, wood and water don’t do so well together so it’s not a great idea for your bathroom. Engineered wood can cost less and if you choose a quality material, it will look good and may be able to be refinished once or twice.

Ceramic and Porcelain Tile

If you’re looking at flooring for your kitchen, laundry or bathroom, you should consider tile. Keep in mind that although both types of tile can handle water, if you’re looking to keep your tile the same on your shower walls as your flooring, you should only consider porcelain tile because it stands up to water better. Porcelain is also a stronger tile and has the color through the entire tile making a chip less visible in the event it’s damaged. There are many styles and colors in a wide price range, however, just like wood flooring, the more complicated the installation pattern, the more expensive the installation cost. Also, large format tiles are more expensive to install.

Resilient Flooring

Years ago, resilient flooring meant laminate. It wasn’t especially attractive and it’ didn’t last very long. Today’s luxury vinyl tile (LVT) can look like real tile or real wood at a fraction of the cost. One of the most common reasons people choose LVT is when they want the look of wood flooring in a bathroom or kitchen. Modern printing techniques make LVT look great without the fear of water damage.

So, what is the best flooring for your home? Your design-build company can help you make the decision based on your budget, family and neighborhood. It’s best to choose flooring that is similar what other homes in the area have, especially if you plan on selling before your next remodel.

The team at Build America is ready to help you plan your remodel or help you build your custom home. We have countless flooring options and are ready to help you with your needs. Call us today at (727) 776-9023.