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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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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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Laundry Rooms & Lockers

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

Locker Designs

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

Common Features of Today’s Laundry Rooms

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

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

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

Build America Is Ready to Help

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

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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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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.