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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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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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Working with a Custom Home Builder

Working with a custom home builder is quite different than working with a home manufacturer or building company. Not only do you get to choose the finishes, but also the home’s design, ceiling height, and every other detail. There are a few misconceptions when it comes to working with a custom home builder as it is a different experience than when you work with a building company. Here are some of the biggest differences you may experience.

Longer Building Process

Some home building companies can build a home in three months. This is because their builders have the plans and have built that exact home many times before. They only offer certain finishes and appliance, many of which they have in their warehouse, so there is little to no lead time. Working with a custom home builder is a longer process because unless you’re buying the floor plans, you have to start with an architect who will help design the home to your specifications. Only once those plans have been approved can your builder start the process.

You Can Choose Your Own Finishes

Even if your custom home builder has a showroom, you can still choose options for finishes outside their showroom. For example, if you want reclaimed wood floors and have a source, you can connect the builder with your source and they’ll take care of ordering it. The same goes for your appliances and other finishes. Keep in mind that you may get a better deal when you work with the suppliers your builder already uses because of the discounts they may have negotiated.

Better Communication

Unlike building companies who build homes hoping for a buyer, this is your home. You will have a contact at the job site who can provide you with regular updates. If you’re not receiving an update every few weeks, don’t hesitate to ask what’s going on with the project. Sometimes very little happens in a week and other times there are a lot of changes. The closer it gets to the completion of your home, the more frequent the updates often become because there are so many things happening in the last month of the build.

When you choose Build America LLC as your custom home builder, you’ll find that we help you every step of the way. We take longer than a building company because we build from scratch and make sure that the finishes are to your exact desires. The quality of a Build America home can be seen in every detail from the flooring to the roof. If you’re looking at custom building, call us today at (727) 776-9023 or fill out our contact form.

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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.

There’s No End To A Hurricane Cleanup Scam

Beware of scammersIf it isn’t bad enough that millions of people have been suffering from the rash of hurricanes, there is also a rise in the unscrupulous scammers who are taking advantage of an honest home builder.

Opportunity Knocks

When people are the target of a disaster, they can be in such a desperate state of affairs that they cannot make the right decisions. Terror and disorientation can set in and instead of making the right choices, they make all sorts of wrong ones. The mere shock of seeing one’s home devastated and one’s family and friends in dire straits is prime fodder for a criminal company to show up and offer all kinds of help when in truth they’re out for t scamming as much money as they can.

First of all, the home builder may have lost everything and needs to start from the ground floor up. It may be that they have just lost 50% of their home and can rebuild from that. It varies and is a case by case basis. This is where scammers come in. They’ll look for the most desperate victim they can find. Knowing people can’t get to banks or have insurance checks on the way, they’ll scout and plan and just when the homeowner suspects it least, they strike.

There are all sorts of tricks that these fake contractors use. They’re just like predators who plot and plan and wait to pounce. Often, it’s your own behavior after a disaster that attracts them. Due to social media, scammers can read posts and tweets to find out who is in distress and who isn’t. They follow around and look for data that pertains to their particular area. If you’re posting in your hometown’s Facebook page about how your roof and garage are destroyed, you’ve just let everyone know your status. Criminals see this and start their evil plan.

They will show up claiming they can do this or that and for such an amount of money. They will say because of the devastation they can’t do contracts or show proper credentials. This is where the alarm bells should be going off in your head because even if there’s been a disaster, contractors are required to abide by the law. That’s why we have law, to make sure we behave no matter what the state of our possessions and self are.

Get The Credentials

When a contractor comes along after a hurricane or tornado or flooding, make sure you get their credentials. They may make all kind of claims that their office is flooded too or have had this problem or that. You can outsmart them if your cell phone still works. Hit the web and look for their website and state credentials. They shouldn’t have disappeared just because of a disaster. That’s why the internet was engineered for, surviving catastrophic events. You should be able to find verifiable data on the contractor and if not, give them the heave-ho.

So remember, there are real honest and credentialed pros out there that know what it’s like to have one’s back against the wall. Build America LLC is the kind of company you can count on. They’ll walk you through the process of rebuilding and do so at an affordable price. Don’t risk your future after your past has been destroyed get a hold of Build America LLC now.

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Sinkhole Problems For The Home Builder

Sinkhole Problems For The Home BuilderRecent news has spotlighted monstrous sinkholes swallowing up homes like a frog at a fly festival. It’s frightening to watch as huge sinkholes form out of nowhere and gobble up properties and take lives. Next to fire and flooding, it’s the scariest thing to happen to a home owner or home builder.

Sinkholes form when the ground underneath becomes soft and liquid and a vacuum created due to water. They can happen anywhere where there are soil and sand and especially lime deposits. They can also be caused by earthquakes. When a sinkhole forms it may do so slowly or rapidly and the rapidity of one is why people lose lives. They’re unsuspecting of such an event and then aren’t even prepared for what to do when one occurs. Sinkholes can be small enough to compromise the safety of a property for good or they can spread to encompass several properties and damaged infrastructure of the municipality breaking pipes and electrical lines.

The new home builder has to look for sinkhole activity before even planning to build. Unfortunately, the only way to predict if a sinkhole is there or will form is still luck. You can use some science via regional offices in your municipality or state and government resources that are designed not only to predict where sinkholes might form but also where they exist and are repaired. In areas where sinkholes are known to occur, detecting them is essential and knowing if you can rebind from one is important too. No one would build a home in an area where a sinkhole formed and then filled in. There are certain factors within a specific area that may contribute more to the forming of a sinkhole but that doesn’t mean one will form or that it’s more likely to form than in other areas. It’s sometimes a hit and miss situation but following the science improves your chances of not having one form under a property you own or intend to build.

Fortunately, there is some insurance for home builders regarding sinkholes. It’s better to have it than not because if a devastating sinkhole occurs you may not only lose your home but all your belongs. Due to the nature of a sinkhole, you may find yours belongs irretrievable once they’ve been consumed.

All is not lost, however, as there are construction methods to minimize the sinkhole’s impact on your property. If detected early they may be stopped in the process or if not, an evacuation thus saving what can be saved is done.

You may have to do some ground inspections of your own regarding sinkholes. Your building contractor will know what to look for and take no one’s word as solid proof of safety. Let the science do the work via the professionals and services available.
Overall, sinkholes are no joke. Nothing to be played with nor ignored. Since they can happen anytime in vulnerable areas like in Florida where they’re common, one has to be on one’s toes from the first sign of one forming and to determine where one might form.

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Planning A New Home Calls For Good Sense

Planning A New Home Calls For Good SenseToday’s home builder has a lot going for them.  The new materials and technologies that allow for superior planning of the home may look easy, but there are things to look out for or your efforts will end up in misery.

First of all, when planning a new home, what about its size?  If you only need 3600 square feet then don’t get greedy and layout a property that will be 5200 square feet.  It costs more and it takes more time to maintenance.  Sometimes our eyes are too big for our bellies and we end up with a sour stomach in the end.  Sit down with your architect and with real home designers to pinpoint what you’ll need, not only for yourself but if you have an expanding family to look forward to.  Build with just a bit of extra space and not too much.  You can always add a room or two later on, but for now, you want quality control and low overhead.

The second thing to look at is orientation.  Yes, there’s  a great view to the south, but is it going to add to sun exposure and fighting against strong winds.  This is where your weather experts come into play.  If your home is going to be in an area where seasonal storms occur, you want your home-oriented to minimize wind and rain, snow, excess heat.  Orienting your home’s position will save in energy costs as well.  You want a home that stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  Planning this way avoids lots of maintenance and trouble later.

Keep your own integrity.  Don’t let other people, especially friends and contractors tell you what you want.  Just keep a stiff upper lip and sally forth.  You know what you want, and if you’ve been smart you’ll have asked experts to know what you can get that is safe and efficient as well as aesthetic.  No, you don’t need that gazebo that your mother-in-law insists, you put in and around your home what you want and what you need.  If you let others dictate their desires to override yours, you’ll end up with a final home product that will only disappoint you.

Fourth is to place your key rooms in the best places possible.  Kitchens aren’t a room you just slap up and hope for the best.  A kitchen should be strategically placed to better its efficiency.  The placement of energy for the kitchen is the key.  Gas, electricity lines and pipes can undergo so much twisting and turning.  You don’t want to put your kitchen in an area that requires a circus-like configuration of wires and pipes.  You don’t want the kitchen directly beneath bedrooms.  You’ll need proper ventilation for your kitchen and you don’t want the fumes and aromas flooding the bedrooms.  Living rooms are normally near the front of the home or just recessed.  This being the showcase room, one wants it placed just right.  A structure of the home is important here as the living room should be the biggest room.  It needs support so that its size doesn’t compromise the safety of the home’s structure via stress.  This is where your architect and building inspector come into the issue.  They’ll know what to do and advise you what is wise and not.

Finally, what is your budget?  Do you have enough to achieve your goals?  Are you moving on fumes and hoping to get the cheap deals?  You never go cheap on the home you build and intend to dwell in.  Safety comes first and trying to get quality with a low budget is taking, to say the least.  Instead, work within your budget. Know what you can and cannot afford.  Sometimes you’ll have to be creative but don’t do anything that will compromise efficiency and safety.  That new fancy brick face or decorative siding may look good, but can you afford it now?  You will need capital to keep the home maintained.  Add to that all the excess costs can eat up a budget in no time.  Be careful, yes, try to get the best price for the most quality and keep your eyes on the prize.

Planning as a home builder now means less misery down the road and greater equity in the property overall.

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It’s A Big Job For Commercial Building In Clearwater, Florida

It's A Big Job For Commercial Building In Clearwater, FloridaBuilding your own commercial property isn’t an easy deal, it calls for solid procedures that must be adhered to in order for things to go safely and affordable.

It’s the same process almost when building your own home.  A difference being in regulations and so forth.  These can be annoying but they’re established for good reason.  Society doesn’t need people slapping up a commercial building that is in effect, harmful to one and all.  In this regard, one must follow the tried and true approach to commercial building.

The first step in making the purchase of the property is to do some detective work.  You can hire a professional but you should tag along just in case you’ve questioned and can answer some thus clarifying things in the early stages.  You’ll want to know if the ground where the commercial building will go is suited for construction.  It may look solid on the face of it, but having professionals inspect and qualify it, especially in Clearwater, Florida.  Are there weekly covered over work pits or construction pits, natural pits and are there objects that to remove could cause a boost in your budget.  These first steps are crucial and it is wise to apply them and record the data.

Investigating the property also will include toxicology and environmental testing. Make no mistake, missing this procedure could end up costing you incredible amounts of money down the line in fines, penalties, rehabilitation. Remember, this land you’re buying has you, you staff and the public to care for.

You’ll have to tend to roads, paths, and other features. Make comparisons of what professionals charge to make the property sound. Do all this before buying because other things may arise such as proper surveying and platting.  Know how much you’ll be in for before you buy. Your knowledge will allow you to cut costs and control things better.

Your architect should be apprised of every step of the way. This gives them the lead time to know what to design and will it work.  Architects have to apply several sciences at the same time to prevent a structure from being a problem or even dangerous. As all the property data comes in, the architect will be then designing the building so that it looks like what you want and is a stable and secure structure that is in compliance with all zoning laws.  If your commercial building has a unique design, a decorative one, then the architect will work with your suggestions but will not compromise on safety and function. You’ll end up with several mock-ups illustrated as well as blueprints. Your estimate for the costs of architect and construction should be clearer thus allowing you to administer your budget down to the last nail.

Finally, you can now buy the land and it would be good to dicker with the price. Make sure you get several evaluations regarding the worth of the property as one Realtor will differ with another Realtor. The seller of the property will have their own estimates and evaluations so it could take some time for both of you to get into price range both are comfortable for.

Finally, the contractors have to be chosen. Get the best. Triple check their credentials to ensure they’re officially certified and have insurance. There are more issues to deal with when putting up a commercial building but these are the fundamentals. Always go with the best and do your homework.

Making That Choice On How To Hire A General Contractor In Clearwater, Florida

Making That Choice On How To Hire A General Contractor In Clearwater, Florida

Hiring a contractor, especially in Clearwater, Florida calls for not only following the simple and tried but true common sense decisions, but also making sure that you understand the challenges that such contractors and homeowners have to face there.

Clearwater is a special kind of area in Florida as it often has avoided the worst hurricanes. One would be hard pressed to remember when Clearwater was hit by a hurricane and the fact one can find structures there older than 80 years says something. Florida will take a toll on a building. Especially a home. The reason being is not just weather but insects and wildlife and sometimes just crummy contracting work. It calls for knowing in full what your home is made out of and what it can take and finding the right contractor who is not only aware of this, but has the tools, credentials, and techniques that will ensure your hard earned home investment dollar is well represented.

As with any general contractor, you’ll need to look for keynote points to work from. How long has the contractor been in business. The longer the better. It means not only that they have done the job right, but they’ve continued to be around and anyone not doing a good job in the Clearwater area wouldn’t last long if they did sub par work. Next is to look for present and updated credentials. Even if a general contractor has been in business for a long time, they may not have updated their credentials and been rolling along on sheer momentum. If they credentials aren’t up to date, it means that they’re not paying attention, not being professionally responsible. The Better Business Bureau is a great place to start as well as the customer satisfaction websites and directories. You want to get the most real deal evaluations by professionals and customers that you can get.

Know your contractor’s team. Make sure they are doing the work and aren’t hiring sub-contractors who have nowhere near the credentials and professionalism you require. Shady contractors will do stuff like this and then walk off wit the money and leave you with a contracting team that couldn’t build a Lego house without causing global catastrophe. This is where your contract comes into play. Look at every detail and weed out any possible room for substitution of pro-level skills.

Of course, insurance is a must have. Your contractor has to have insurance from top to bottom. Even if they do have sub contractors, everything has to be covered or you could end up in major trouble should disaster befall anyone on the project. If any contractor hesitates one iota when it comes to answering such issues, it’s time to step off and quickly.

Finally, trust your gut feelings. It’s your home, probably the biggest investment of your life. Every dollar counts, every deed well done and you’ll see your investment grow based on professionalism and integrity.

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