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What to Expect When Home Remodeling

Whether you’re planning to remodel a secondary bathroom, your kitchen or are undergoing a total home remodel, there are a lot of variables. If you’ve never remodeled any part of your home before, you may not be sure what to expect other than some chaos. As an experienced home remodeling company, we want you to know what to expect before we start the job.

Expect the Unexpected

Although we wish we could plan for everything, when your remodel entails removing walls or a home addition, there are things we just can’t predict. We’ll do everything we can to minimize the inconveniences caused by the unexpected, but they happen in many jobs.

Timelines Aren’t Exact

When your home remodeling company presents you with the final design, they should include their expected timeline. As much as they hope to be able to stick to it, when inspectors, plumbers and electricians, are involved, time sometimes changes. Also, remember our first point, expect the unexpected? If we find something that we have to devise a work around for, the timeline may get longer.

Some Days are Loud and Messy

Demo day can be loud and will create a lot of dust. We’ll do everything we can to minimize contaminating the rest of your home with dust and we’ll clean up at the end of the day. The noise can be unsettling to small children and pets, so you may want to make arrangements for them to be elsewhere on the days we’re making a lot of noise. Each day we’ll do our best to clean up the jobsite but even hours after we leave you may still have dust floating in the air.

Even When We’re Finished, We’re Not Finished

At the end of every job we’ll do a walk through with you. During that walk through we’ll create a punch list of things that need some additional attention. Sometimes they’re items we know about like a dented cabinet knob that’s already on order. Other times you notice something like a nail pop a few days after we’ve gone. Items like these go on our punch list and we work to remedy them as quickly as possible so you love your newly remodeled space.

As an experienced builder and home remodeling company, our goal at Build America LLC is to exceed your expectations on your new space. Call us today at (727) 776-9023 to schedule your free in-home consultation on whatever sort of remodel you’re considering.

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ROI for Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling

If you’re considering remodeling your kitchen or bathrooms simply to sell your home, you may be disappointed to learn that neither offer 100% return on investment (ROI). In fact, according to the 2020 Remodeling Cost Vs. Value report (www.costvsvalue.com), the average for all kitchen and bath remodeling projects in the Tampa area is just under 65%. However, both kitchen and bathroom remodeling have other advantages.

Enjoy the Spaces You Use Daily

As a homeowner, two spaces you use every day are your kitchen and bathroom. If you plan on being in your home for any amount of time, you should want to enjoy those spaces. Remodeling is one way to make both work better for you. Simple bathroom remodeling doesn’t have to include reconfiguring the space and can be quite affordable. For example, an average size bathroom about 35 square feet where you replace all fixtures, cabinets and countertop as well as lighting and flooring averages about $20,000.

When you are ready to sell your home, assuming the space is still current as far as style and well maintained, you can expect to recoup about 64% of your investment. In the meantime, you may benefit from reduced water bills with low-flow toilet and faucets and showerhead and, of course, more enjoyment from the space.

It’s All About the Kitchen

Your Realtor may tell you that one of the major considerations home buyers have is the kitchen. That means a home with a dated kitchen and a comparable home with an updated one will take longer to sell and sell for less. That may not be the best reason to undertake a kitchen remodel. However, a minor midrange kitchen remodel will recoup about 84% of your $22,000 investment so it may be a consideration for you, especially if you plan to be in the home a few years before you sell.

Total Home Remodeling

If you’re considering buying a home as an investment to rent or to remodel and sell, you may want to work with a remodeling company on a total remodel. Whatever your needs, bathroom remodeling of all your bathrooms or just one, a major kitchen overhaul or a total home remodel, Build America LLC can help. Whether you’re remodeling to sell or want a more up to date kitchen or bathroom while you live in the home, our experienced designers can help you choose each element while staying in your budget. Call us today at (727) 776-9023 for your no obligation estimate.

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Kitchen Remodeling Layouts

Kitchen remodeling comes with countless options. From style to color to lighting and flooring, no decision is more important than the layout. In the future, you can switch out the countertops or re-paint the cabinets without a significant investment, however, changing the layout means another remodel. Admittedly, the kitchen layout is partially influenced by the available space, you should spend time with your remodeling company discussing the best option for your space and needs combined.

Overall Design

As you and your remodeler talk about the overall design, you’ll discuss the various standard layouts. They include:

  • Single wall or pullman
  • Galley or corridor
  • Horseshoe or U-shaped
  • L-shaped or corner kitchen

Chances are that you currently have one of these layouts and are looking for a change (which may require removing a wall) or simply want better origination and workspaces while utilizing the same floor space. For example, if you have a single wall kitchen, but need more storage and work space, you may want to add an island. In an L-shaped kitchen, homeowners often add a peninsula or island. Some homeowners break up the U-shaped kitchen and make it L-shaped with a separate island. No matter the space you have to work with, your kitchen remodeling company can work with you to find solutions to your needs.

Work Triangle

One of the most important considerations is the work triangle. As you prepare a meal, you’ll likely be moving between the stove, refrigerator and sink. These three elements are the corners of the work triangle. If your current work triangle doesn’t work for you, talk to your kitchen remodeling company about why it’s not working and they’ll help you with a new layout.

Island Additions

One of the most common requests is the addition of an island. As you and your kitchen remodeling company talk about adding an island, be specific as to what you want to us it for. If you want it for eating and homework, they may recommend repurposing your current breakfast nook or kitchen table area into part of the kitchen. If you want it for an open work prep space, they may suggest a prep sink.

Communication about what you like about your current kitchen and what you’re looking to change will help you love your new kitchen. The remodeling team at Build America LLC will ask many questions to help make sure that your kitchen turns out just as you envisioned and that you love the results. Call us today to get started on your remodel – (727) 776-9023.

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How to Choose the Right Tub for Your Bathroom Remodel

For some homeowners a bathtub is a must have in any bathroom remodel. For others, it’s just something that most bathrooms have so they know it should be there. How do you choose the right tub for your newly remodeled space? Here are the steps to take to make sure the tub you choose is one you’ll love for as long as you live in your home.

1.      Combination Shower/Tub or Stand-Alone Tub

A lot of this comes down to the space you have for your bathroom remodel. If it’s a secondary bathroom, chances are that you’ll do a tub/shower combo. However, for master bathrooms, a separate tub is great when space allows. You have to decide what you want and what works in your budget.

2.      Jacuzzi/Whirlpool or Not

If you have a whirlpool tub and can’t remember the last time you used it, you probably don’t want to go through the expense of replacing it. However, if the idea of relaxing with soothing jets on your legs or back appeals to you, you should add this to your bathroom remodeling budget.

3.      Freestanding or Built-In

Again, sometimes your decision is based on the layout or space you have. Other times it can be a matter of personal preference. There are many styles and sizes today for freestanding bathtubs other than the old claw-foot ones of decades past. Keep in mind you’ll have to clean around (and sometimes under) a freestanding tub.

4.      Size

When we talk to someone who loves taking a bath, they often want a tub that they can fully soak in. That may mean utilizing more of your available square footage on a tub. If you choose a deeper soaking tub, have a plan to be able to easily get in and out.

5.      Construction

A large two-person jacuzzi tub full of water and two people can weigh close to a ton. You and your remodeler should discuss your home’s current construction. They may advise you to add some support to the floors if it’s not going on a slab.

6.      Cost

You don’t want your tub to consume too much of your budget. Your total budget for the toilet, sink and tub should be no more than 10% of your total budget.

If you’re looking for a contractor to help you with your bathroom remodel, call Build America LLC. We’ve been building and remodeling homes in the area for years and can help you from design to completion. Call us today at (727) 776-9023 for your free consultation.

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Color Trends for 2020

Whether you’re looking at building a home or remodeling, you might want to pay attention to the color trends for 2020. Although virtually every paint manufacturer releases their color or color pallet of the year every year, there are a few things that have remained fairly constant over the past few years. Those are earth tones and greys. Here are a few ways to incorporate a modern color pallet into your new home or remodeling project.


Kitchen remodeling remains one of the most popular remodels. If you look at Behr’s color of the year and the pallets from the other paint manufacturers, you’ll see that earth tones and subtle colors are most popular. Whether you’re looking at natural wood cabinets or painted cabinets, you can find a trending paint color to compliment it. Of course, grey is still trending. If you want your new kitchen to look modern, grey cabinets go with many of the featured colors including Uttlerly Blue from Valspar, one of their featured colors.


White continues to be a trend in bathroom remodeling. If you’re looking for a spa-like feel in your bathroom, choosing a white vanity will give you countless options for paint and tile. Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2020 is called First Light and is described as a soft, rosy hue. Combine this soft color with bold grey tile and a white vanity and you’ll have an amazing looking bathroom with many decorating options.


If you and your home builder are looking at options for your home’s exterior or you’re planning on repainting your home, you’re probably looking at two colors. One as a primary and one as the accent for trim, garage and your entry door. Sherwin William’s Naval, their color of the year, is a great option for the accent. It’s bold but goes with many other colors from tans to greys to white.

Build America LLC Can Help

Whether you’re remodeling one room or many or are building a custom home, Build America is the local building and remodeling company to call. Our experienced designers will help bring all the elements of your home together with a color pallet that suits your taste, whether they’re part of the colors of the year or what you prefer. Call us today at (727) 776-9023 or fill out our contact form.


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Ideas for Your Man Cave Design

The man cave is an ever-popular option for homes. Whether you’re planning a whole home remodel and want to include a man cave as part of it or are converting a garage or finishing the space above your garage, there are lots of great ways to make the room perfect for you. If you have many interests and don’t know what theme you want for yours, here are some ideas that may help get you started on your man cave design.

Sportsman’s Space

If you’re an avid fisherman or hunter, this might be the direction to go. Calming blue walls reflective of the sky or water, oversized leather chairs for relaxing and wall décor of your recent trophies. Consider a big screen or even a projector style television to watch all your favorite shows in your space.

Music & Memorabilia

Is music your thing? Whether you enjoy listening, playing or both, you might want to start with a sound proof room so you and the guys can jam away without disturbing the rest of the house. There are many places online to find real memorabilia of your favorite band or reproductions of posters and shirts perfect for framing.

The Fairway

Golf is a favorite of many in St. Petersburg and beyond. If you love all aspects of golf, your man cave design can have many golf themed items, not only visually but golf activities. If your whole home addition allows for a space with a high ceiling, consider dedicating enough space in your man cave to include a practice area. There are projection systems that allow you to “play” courses around the world. If you don’t have enough space to swing a driver, put in a putting green with some hills for practice.

Football, Baseball, Basketball & Hockey

When you can’t decide on your favorite sport or have many favorite teams, you might want to consider a wall of televisions so you can tune into several games or sports at once. From there, you can decorate the room to reflect your preferences. You’ll want to include lots of comfortable seating, a bar area and refrigerator so that when you entertain you and the guys don’t miss a thing.

Working & Relaxing

If your wife can’t get on board with a dedicated man cave but you need a space to work from hoIf you can’t me, why not combine the two. With a little creativity, your remodeler can help hide your workspace when it’s time to relax so you’re not staring at the work.

Whether you’re look to create a room with your perfect man cave design or need a whole home remodel and want it to include a space just for you, Build America LLC can help. We’re a home builder and remodeler and have experience in building out and finishing man caves in just about every theme imaginable. Call us today at (727) 776-9023 for your free consultation.

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Things to Discuss before an Addition

If you’re not interested in moving but need more space, an addition may be a great option. Whether you’re thinking about building up, building out or converting a garage into a living space, you want to make sure you’re going to love the results. When you choose the right home remodeling company, they’ll want to go over several things before you sign off on the final plans. Here are a few.

Your Reasons for Wanting a Home Addition

You may think this is obvious, however, your home remodeling company wants more details on what you mean by “you need more space”. What kind of space do you need? Are you lacking storage? Should your addition include storage? Does your addition really need to be an addition or do you really need remodel? When you and your remodeler talk in detail about your needs, you’ll end up more satisfied with the results.

Local Building Codes and Deed Restrictions

The Clearwater area has very similar building codes no matter what city you actually live in as most are controlled by the state. However, your HOA may have different restrictions or regulations regarding additions. If you haven’t looked into your HOA’s regulations, you and your home remodeling company should go over them before you finalize your plan and budget. You may be surprised and learn you need to re-roof your whole home so the shingles match or that the exterior finishing material you had planned on using isn’t allowed – both could significantly impact your budget.

The Changes to Your Home’s Flow

When the architect designed your home, it had a flow, usually entry into a living space and then kitchen that’s connected to an eating area. If you’re adding onto your home, you may impact that flow and you need to understand how it may change. If you’re adding a second story to your home, where are the stairs going? Will that impact the flow between rooms? Make sure you have a clear understanding and that you like the changes.

Build America LLC is not only a home remodeling company, but also a home builder. We understand the local laws regarding building and remodeling and will always provide the necessary paperwork for your HOA. If the changes will impact the home’s flow, we can handle the interior renovations necessary. We’re your one call no matter how big or small your home remodeling needs . From a small bathroom remodel to an addition of a bathroom or master suite, call us today at (727) 776-9023 for your free initial consultation.

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Your Master Bathroom Shower

If you’re planning a bathroom remodel to your master bathroom, don’t skimp on the shower. It’s an element you’ll use virtually every day and one that you can tailor to your needs and wants. Don’t let your shower be an afterthought, look at these options with your bathroom remodeling company.

Get Rid of the Grout (Or at Least Minimize it)

You can have a groutless shower if you choose marble slabs. With this option, you won’t ever have to clean the grout again . You can even have it on the floor when you have a stone company who can sand blast it to give it some grip. It’s a modern look and quite dramatic with frameless shower doors.

If marble isn’t to your liking or out of your budget, ask about minimizing grout lines. Although some inexpensive floor tile comes in sheets with pre-determined spacing, a good bathroom remodeling company has a tile installer who can customize the distance between tiles making for as little as possible. Plus, when you choose darker tile with darker grout, it doesn’t show mineral staining as quickly.

The Right Lighting

Not everyone thinks about the lighting in their shower, but they should. There are times when you want bright light and times when just enough is plenty. One way to add indirect lighting to your shower is by adding it above you crown molding around the edge of the shower. If your ceilings don’t have the height for this, consider a wall sconce outside the shower aimed at the ceiling rather than the floor.

Perfect Showerheads

Yes, that’s plural for a reason. Adding a second showerhead to your master bathroom shower can help with the morning rush. If you and your significant other need to get ready at the same time, consider designing the space with dual shower heads. If you just like the luxury of lots of water, consider the traditional placement as well as a waterfall showerhead from the ceiling. Just remember that your bathroom remodeling company will need to have a plumber add the necessary piping before the tile so make this decision early on.

A Real Bench

All too often what’s supposed to be a bench in a shower is little more than a ledge. If you want to be able to sit down in your shower, make sure you and your bathroom remodeling company discuss what you want. Measure out the depth they’re proposing so you know it’s going to work for your needs. Also make sure they install it properly so it isn’t left with standing water after every shower!

Build America LLC has vast experience as a maser bathroom remodeling company. We can help you work within the space you have, move walls or even build an addition to create your perfect master suite. Let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll help bring your vision to life. Call us today at (727) 776-9023 for your free consultation.

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Waterfall Countertops in Your Kitchen Remodel

This trend started a few years ago and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. It can be a focal point in your kitchen or something that adds drama to your space. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, look at the many waterfall countertop options and consider one in your new kitchen. Here are some things to know before you decide on this option.

This Increases Your Countertop Budget

Depending on the style you choose, and whether you decide to add to both sides of an island or just one end of a counter, your budget will go up. However, you won’t need the finished edge of your cabinet so this is an option you’ll want to decide on before you order your cabinets so you can eliminate a little bit of that budget.

Make Sure it Will be Seen

Since you’re spending money on what is a decorative item, make sure you choose a location in your kitchen where it will be noticed. If you have a side of cabinets that faces the entry, that’s one option. Down the side of your peninsula is another common location. Many people adding an island to their kitchen remodel choose this option down both sides for balance, even if only one side is easily seen by visitors.

Choose the Right Style

Contrasting cabinets and countertops are still a common option in a kitchen remodel. But be careful choosing too many trendy options in one space. If your island cabinets are contrasting the rest of the kitchen and you are choosing contrasting countertops, you might want to skip waterfall countertops. However, if you’re keeping the same countertops throughout the kitchen with different cabinets, consider how a waterfall will look over your island.

Whether or not to choose waterfall countertops isn’t the only option. Many waterfall countertops are significantly thicker, sometimes three or more inches thick. This gives a dramatic edge down the side of your cabinet when it’s viewed from the other angle. This can impact your budget significantly but also make a big impact in this design feature.

A waterfall countertop can enhance the style of your kitchen remodel. If you’re looking for a remodeler who can help you design your dream kitchen, contact Build America LLC at (727) 776-9023 for your free consultation.

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Bathroom Sink – What’s Right for Your Remodel?

The bathroom sinks once had just two options; a drop-in bowl or undermount unless it was a cultured marble sink/countertop combination. None of those options had much style and other than choosing the color, there was little to think about. Today, bathroom designs have more options than ever and if you’re planning a bathroom remodel, you should put some thought into the sink so your new space looks great and works for you.

Sink Options

Today’s bathroom sinks come in many styles, materials, color and other options. Here are the main classifications of bathroom sinks and a few pros and cons of each:

  • Drop-in – These sinks are affordable and come in many colors. They work best with laminate countertops so aren’t as common anymore.
  • Undermount – Most common with natural stone countertops and available in different shapes, sizes and colors.
  • Vessel – One of the trendiest sink options and available in just about every color and many materials. The drawback is that they add height to the countertop so think about the height before choosing a vessel sink. They come in a wide price range.
  • Pedestal – If you are adding a powder room and have just a small space, this is one of the best options. They come in many styles and can go in a corner or against a wall.
  • Wall-mount – These can also be a great space saver or they can be an option that includes some countertop space. They also come in a wide variety of colors and styles.

Few homeowners today choose the countertop incorporated sink made from cultured marble but it is still an option.

Different Bathrooms Need Different Sinks

If your bathroom remodel is to your master bath, you may want to make sure you have plenty of countertop space. For a hall bath, space might be an issue so a wall-mount or pedestal sink might be the best option. If you want a modern style, you might look at a vessel sink. Undermount sinks are the easiest to clean around so for a kid’s bathroom, they’re a great option.

Ultimately, like everything else in your bathroom remodel, the right sink comes down to your style and budget. Build America LLC can help you every step of the way when it comes to choosing the right elements for your bathroom remodel. We’re experienced remodelers and offer free initial consultations. Call us today at (727) 776-9023 or fill out our contact form and we’ll call you.