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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.

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Looking Up – So Many Ceiling Options

Custom builders and remodelers know that the ceiling is a very visible part of your home. As such, it deserves the design attention that you give the floors, countertops and walls. As you begin to work with your custom builder on your home’s finishing design elements, you’ll want to talk about the ceilings. Depending on the rooms you’re remodeling or the style you’re looking for from your builder, you’ll want to find the right option. Here are some ideas to discuss.

Tray Ceiling

A tray ceiling is a popular option for master bedrooms and entryways. It’s a way to add dimension and detail to the room. There are two ways for your custom builder to add a tray ceiling. If you have attic space above the room, they can build up. If you don’t, they can artificially lower part of the ceiling. Usually the design leaves a smaller space that mimics the shape of the room on the ceiling. Crown molding and lighting finish the look.

Coffered Ceiling

A coffered ceiling is popular in both the bedroom and dining room. A coffered ceiling is a grid pattern of often faux beams. It adds a formal touch to any room. If you’re considering this for your dining room and have a sideboard, make sure that your custom builder takes into account where the dining table will be before installing the light fixture attachment. One of the most dynamic and dramatic ways to decorate with a coffered ceiling is to choose a dark bold color in the recesses between the beams.

Vaulted Ceiling

Although your home’s design will dictate if you can have a vaulted ceiling, it’s a popular option for kitchens, great rooms and bedrooms alike. You can add coffers or beams to your vaulted ceiling. The two things you’ll want to think about before settling on a vaulted ceiling with your custom builder is the cost for cooling the room and lighting. If you don’t have adequate lighting and it’s always too warm, you won’t love your new space.

Exposed Wood Beams

Although most wood beams are purely decorative, if you want a more rustic look, adding beams to any room can create that feel. One of the benefits of this option are that you can add as many or few beams as you want and choose from many sizes that suit the room’s size.

Painted Wood

Whether you’re building from scratch or undergoing a remodel and have a bad ceiling, this is a great option. You can hide rather than re-drywalling the blemishes. There are many popular choices including shiplap, tongue and groove and bead-board. You can paint them any color to compliment the rest of the space.

Build America LLC is both a custom builder and home remodeler. Let us know what you are looking for as far as style and we’ll bring your vision to life. Call (727) 776-9023 today to get started.

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Lighting Throughout Your Home

Although we may associate the purpose of lighting in our homes as what helps us see, it also does much more. Think about an intimate dinner in your dining room, you might choose to dim the chandelier and light some candles to set the mood. On your stairs, you may want downlights to provide safety. Throughout our homes, lighting has purpose, but you also want it to compliment your style. Here are some tips for choosing the right lighting in your home remodel.

Kitchen

One of the most popular rooms tackled in a home remodel is the kitchen. Chances are good you’re looking to get rid of the florescent tube lighting your builder likely installed. Most homeowners choose recessed can lighting as their primary light source. If you have an island or peninsula countertop with seating, you might want to consider pendant lights as well.

Other options that should be considered are cabinet lighting above the upper cabinets or below the upper and lower cabinets. Light under the upper cabinets can fill in dark work area while lighting below the lower cabinets makes for a soft glow. Lighting above your upper cabinets can make the ceiling appear higher or highlight décor on your cabinets.

Bathroom

For smaller bathrooms, the lights above the vanity are sufficient light. However, in a master bathroom or larger secondary bath, you should consider fill light. Like the kitchen, recessed can lighting is a great option. However, if you have a separate toilet area, consider a wall sconce. If you want the look of a fancy spa, consider adding a chandelier from the ceiling with a dimmer. It’s not only a great way to add a personal touch of style in your bathroom, but it’s also a wonderful light for relaxing in your large soaking tub.

Whole Home Remodel or Custom Build

If you’re starting from scratch with a whole home remodel or custom build, don’t overlook the lighting in your entry ways and hallways. You want your entry lighting to provide a welcoming light for friends. Depending on the height of your ceiling you may want a chandelier or if your ceilings are lower, consider wall sconces.

With so many LED lighting options today, adding downlights in hallways and on stairs is an affordable and smart option for homeowners. Some options are always on while others are turned off when other lights are on. They can be as small as an outlet but because LED lighting is brighter than other lighting, you’ll get plenty of light from them. For primary lights, consider sconces or recessed lighting.

Build America is ready to help you design and build your custom home or assist with a whole home remodel. Because we’re a design/build company we won’t miss any details and will help you create your dream home with just the right lighting. Call (727) 776-9023 today for your free initial consultation.

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Choosing the Perfect Backsplash

Although we often think of our backsplash as something in the kitchen, most bathrooms also have a backsplash. If you’re ready to work with a design/build company on a new home or kitchen or bathroom remodel, you’ll want to put some thought into your backsplash design as it will tie the elements of your space together.

Bathroom Backsplashes

You have a lot of options when it comes to your backsplash. You can stick with the traditional option of about a 4” piece of your granite or quartz countertop, or you can opt for a more modern approach. One unique option is to use a complimentary or coordinating tile to the ceiling. If you have a plain mirror, the tile can install right up to the edge of the mirror creating a frame. This will increase your budget as the time to install and the materials are more than using granite or quartz. Of course, if you want to use tile, but not to that extent, add tile the four inches above your countertop like you would have added the countertop material.

Kitchen Backsplashes

Depending on the style kitchen and your countertop material and pattern, you can choose from many options other than the traditional tile and natural stone. Here are some ideas to talk to your design/build company about that can make your backsplash functional and fun.

  • Mosiac – If your decorating style lends itself to something creative on your walls, consider a mosaic tile or glass. Depending on what you are looking for and the skill of your tile installer, they may have something pre-designed or be able to do a custom design for you.
  • Wood – For kitchens where the sink is in the island and doesn’t require a backsplash that’s water resistant, consider wood. Bead-board, tongue-and-groove, reclaimed wood, and shiplap are all great options to install from the lower cabinets to the upper ones. Depending on the style of your kitchen and color, one of these may be better than another.
  • Metal – Copper and aluminum are two of the most popular options. Some come pre-stamped in decorative patterns and work well in modern and industrial kitchens.
  • Faux brick – Brick manufacturers now make thin brick for indoor décor. This is a great addition to a rustic or farmhouse style kitchen.
  • Polished glass – This easy to keep clean and grout-less option is beautiful in modern and contemporary kitchens.

Design/Build Company Benefits

One of the benefits over working with a design/build company for your kitchen or bathroom remodel is their design skills. Although Build America LLC is a general contractor serving the greater Tampa Bay area, they have a team of experienced designers ready to help you throughout the process. Call us today at (727) 776-9023 to learn more about our services and schedule your initial consultation.

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Ideas for Your Island in Your Kitchen Remodel

Whether you’re building a new custom home or starting a kitchen remodel, you want it to not only be functional, but also to look great. One of the most common kitchen elements today is the kitchen island. It can be a place to prepare food, eat, and serve. With so many purposes, you should consider all the options before finalizing your kitchen island design.

How it Looks

There are no rules anymore when it comes to a kitchen island. Here are some of the options you can consider:

  • Use the same cabinets and countertops as the rest of the kitchen – This is the most common option and is great for traditional style kitchens.
  • Choose a contrasting cabinet and countertop color – For a more modern or contemporary kitchen remodel, you have many options including using a different style cabinet for the island base.
  • Select a furniture style island – When your island divides two rooms and one is a more formal space, choosing a furniture style island can bring the two spaces together.
  • Waterfall countertop down each side – Waterfall islands are growing in popularity. Instead of ending the countertop material on a horizontal surface, carry it down the side of the cabinet for a dramatic look.

Features

You may want your island to look great but, it’s more important for it to provide you with the functionality you need. If you’re an avid cook, a prep sink might be a great option. For homeowners who entertain, consider an ice maker and wine or beer cooler. If you’re a dog lover and your pooch insists on being in the kitchen with you, but don’t want him underfoot, consider making a dog bed inside the island. Do you still use cookbooks? One end can be a cook book shelf, tilt or pull out trash can, spice rack or just about anything else you need for your kitchen.

Build America LLC works with many different custom and semi-custom cabinet companies to help you create the kitchen of your dreams for your new construction home or your kitchen remodel. Call to learn more about our many services no matter where you are located in the greater Tampa area – (727) 776-9023.

The Happiness Of Hardwood Floors

The Happiness Of Hardwood FloorsHardwood floors never go out of style. They are the preference of many of a home owner and office and for good reason. They offer their own special ambiance and more and we’ll look at why people love them and why you should think of having them installed too.

First of all, let’s just face it, hardwood floors are cool. They look awesome even if you have rotten furniture. If you live in an apartment or house, hardwood floors make you look good as well. The mind somehow recognizes them as something dependable and pleasing and you won’t find too many people who will disagree. It doesn’t matter what you put on the floors your place looks awesome by default. It’s this simplicity that makes them the number one sought after flooring.

The hardwood floor, not only being attractive, is easy to clean. This is why people enjoy them over carpeting. Spills and boo boos are easily wiped up and won’t harm the finish. Scratches and scrapes can be easily mended and you don’t need expensive cleaners to keep them spotless and looking good. Just regular warm water and soap can do the job. A soft broom and a mop and you’re good to go. Even light weight vacuum cleaners can do the job.

In order to protect some of the hardwood flooring from furniture and foot traffic, throw rugs are a great accent to hardwood floors and even ugly throw rugs look cool covering such floors. Hardwood floors are so aesthetically pleasing that the only place you couldn’t put them is in a haunted house.

The hardwood floorThe floors last a long time too. We’re talking hundreds of years with proper maintenance. Many an historical estate still has the hardwood floors from the first day of their construction and have had the high and mighty walk and dance across them. It’s easy to see why installing hardwood floors explodes the home’s equity. Some hardwood floors once installed are worth more than some people’s entire homes.

If you’re environmentally or green oriented, the hardwood floors will provide you with that feeling of being one with nature. They also don’t gather the dander and dust that carpets do. Perfect for people with allergy problems or if you have young ones around.

When it comes to maintenance, you can refinish or replace the hardwood floors quite easily. That’s because you’ll be going to a company like Build America LLC to get the right job done. They’ll know how to get your hardwood floors installed correctly and how to fix any problems and especially how to keep the up to par when it comes to maintenance. It’s a company that has experience on their side with lots of happy customers who know the value of their craftsmanship and professionalism. It’s your hard earned dollar that really counts here and you want a company that understands this and brings you an ROI that you can be proud of. Build America LLC is the go to hardwood floors everything.

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