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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 Is that space outdated or does it just not work for you?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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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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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.

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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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.

Bathroom Remodeling Calls For Common Sense & Adventure

Bathroom Remodeling Calls For Common Sense & AdventureThe bathroom takes a lot of punishment on a 24/7 basis. Extremes in temperature and moisture, chemicals from cleaning, and general overall use can take a toll on the bathroom. That being said, bathroom renovation is something that will have to be done sooner or later. It doesn’t have to be a drag though. Careful planning and expert advice can bring about a bathroom that is not only functional and safe but also pretty to look at and worthy of celebrating

Planning Is First

Before you do any bathroom remodeling, it calls for planning. A bathroom that is inefficiently designed and worked on can cause water damage to occur and remedying that can cost a ton of money. Look at what needs to be done first and how to go about it. Should flooring be needed, how will putting in the new flooring affect the rest of the facilities? Will you be using another material for the floor than what’s there presently? Sure you can do the flooring yourself, but should you really call in an expert? These questions you’ll have to answer honestly. Although it could save you money to DIY, just one mistake could cause chaos and you’ll end up spending more on repairing what you’ve done than had you hired a pro in the first place.

Heavy Duty Duties

If in your bathroom renovation project you need some plumbing done, be realistic regarding whether you should do it yourself. Will you need to replace the toilet is a big issue? If so, then get a pro to advise or do the job. The shower is equally in need of attention on this level. If you do have the skills, then do so. If not, don’t take chances.

Sales And Quality

Bathroom remodeling can cost a good penny if you don’t watch out. The real attractive materials such as flooring and fixtures might be too much for your budget but then again, some sharp shopping could cut those costs drastically. Don’t go for the cheap. Cheap products fall apart too soon and it means you’ll be spending twice as much had you bought the quality products that cost more. Cheap products can lead to water damage or mold. You definitely don’t want that to happen. Get online and do some shopping or ask your local hardware store for any bonuses and sales. There are many remodeling companies that have websites where they offer discounts on top brand name products. If you don’t know how to shop, it’s a good idea to consult one.

Build America LLC is the kind of company you’ll want to consult. Their list of products and services are top-notch and their staff is highly trained. Known for such quality and customer service, they’ll stick with you from beginning to end. You’ll not only save money but get an education too.

So don’t let bathroom renovation scare you. Just ask the professionals at Build America LLC and you’ll rest easy knowing your home will be the comfort zone you’re looking for.

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