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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.

Kitchens

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.

Bathrooms

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.

Exteriors

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

Build America LLC Can Help

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

 

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Ideas for Your Man Cave Design

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

Sportsman’s Space

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

Music & Memorabilia

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

The Fairway

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

Football, Baseball, Basketball & Hockey

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

Working & Relaxing

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

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

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Things to Discuss before an Addition

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

Your Reasons for Wanting a Home Addition

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

Local Building Codes and Deed Restrictions

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

The Changes to Your Home’s Flow

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

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

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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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3 Keys to Hiring the Right Builder or Remodeler

As you plan your new home construction or remodel, you’ll have many things to think about and consider. None are so important as hiring the right company to carry out your design plans. If you don’t start with the right company, you’re never going to be satisfied with the results. Most every homeowner knows to meet with several companies, see examples of their work either in photographs or in their showroom, to verify the licensing, and to check reviews and ratings online, but what else is there? Here are three things you should do before you sign a contract with a remodeler.

Treat Every Interaction as a Job Interview

Anytime you call or reach out to the builder or remodeler, evaluate them like you would a potential employee. They will be your employee for as long as they’re at your home working and through the post-work inspection and warranty. Think about how they respond to questions, does it take days or weeks to hear back or is it more prompt? Is the salesperson neat and clean? Are they on time and do they follow through with what they’ve promised when they promised? All these small things before you actually hire them are a good indicator of how they’ll be once they begin their work.

Ask for References

And follow through with a call. Have a list of questions to ask and listen to the responses. Don’t just call one person, call a few and see if there is consistency or if the answers seemed canned. If you hear all the same great things, chances are good you’re calling someone who has been provided the answers. Here are some questions to get you started:

  1. Did you need follow up and did they honor their workmanship warranty?
  2. How well within budget did they stay?
  3. Was the job completed when promised or were there delays that should have been prevented?
  4. Did they keep the jobsite clean?
  5. Were the workers respectful of your space and family?

The last two questions are especially important if you and your family (especially with kids) plan on living in your home during the remodel.

Find out What Vendors or Manufacturers They Use

If you’re planning an addition, you’ll need windows. Does the manufacturer or supplier they use have something that compliments the windows already in your home? For a kitchen or bath remodel, look at the cabinets available from their cabinet manufacturer so you can know before signing the contract that you have options you love. Ask for each major element you’ll be choosing in your remodel so you’re not surprised after it’s too late.

Build America LLC is a local builder and remodeler with leading manufactures, many satisfied clients and a team of highly qualified personnel. You’ll find we communicate well and always follow through before, during and after the job is complete. Call us today to learn more about our services or to schedule a free consultation – (727) 776-9023 or fill out our contact form.

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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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Designing the Perfect Master Suite

As a home builder and remodeler with decades of experience, one thing that never changes is the desire for the perfect master suite. Of course, what makes a space perfect for one couple may differ from another, however, every master suite contains three elements: the bedroom, bathroom and closet. For most homeowners, especially those undergoing a remodel, they want a beautiful and functional space that works for them. Here are some ideas for each of the elements of your master suite:

Bedroom

The bedroom is the space that requires  the least amount of work.  Ask your remodeler about the lighting and electrical. One of the biggest complaints we hear is that there aren’t enough outlets for all of today’s technology. Another change many ask for is additional lighting, this includes natural light. One of the easiest ways to make the room feel bigger is to add a new window.

Bathroom

This is the space most of the budget tends to go into. Your remodeler can help you with utilizing the space better and adding features important to you. Some homeowners want a larger vanity area while a soaking tub is important to others. If you’re looking at a larger space, talk about where the space will come from and how it will impact the adjoining spaces.

Closet

Sometimes it’s not that you need more space in your closet, it’s that you need better space. Before you talk to your remodeler about stealing space from the bedroom or bathroom, ask how custom built-ins can help you utilize the space better. You might be surprised that some organization makes the space you have work for both of you.

Build America is both a builder and remodeler. That means no matter how extensive your remodel is, we can help. Our team can design and build an addition on your existing home or use the space you already have. Of course, if you are looking for a company to help you design and build a new property, we’re that company too. Call us today at (727) 776-9023 for your free initial consultation.

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Building a Smart Home

Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling an older home, adding smart home technology is a smart move. Not only are there more options than ever but they can make your life so much easier. From kitchen remodeling to updating your master bathroom, here are some ideas you should consider in different parts of your home.

Kitchen

Kitchen remodeling is one of the most common changes people make to their home.  During a remodel is the perfect time to incorporate smart home technology. Here are some of the many features to consider:

  • Range & Oven – Smart ovens have many options. A few are the ability to pre-heat and adjust the temperature remotely.
  • Refrigerators – Some have a touch screen that allows you to load recipes. Others have a transparent door so you can look inside without opening it. You can remotely customize drawer temperatures on some models and others have cameras inside to allow you to look inside while you’re at the grocery store.
  • Microwaves – If you are not great at being there to stop the beeping, you might want a smart microwave. You can let it know you heard it’s finished without going back to the kitchen. You can also remote start or stop it.
  • Touchless Faucets – Some may argue that this isn’t smart technology but it’s a smart feature for your kitchen especially if you’re a foodie who cooks a lot or have kids who don’t seem to be able to remember to turn the water off.

Security

There are many security features available. One that you really need to talk about during the planning of a build or whole home remodel is whether you want security cameras. Although there are wi-fi options, wired ones tend to work more consistently and are also more secure themselves.

Other great smart home security options include lighting that you can set on timers or turn on and off remotely to being able to check if the doors are locked right from your bed, these security items are great things to consider. You can even remotely unlock the door for a pet-sitter or open the garage door for a delivery if you’re not home.

Comfort

If your home build or remodel includes a new HVAC system, spend the extra money on a smart thermostat. You’ll end up saving whatever you spend on this technology by being able to remotely adjust the temperature when you’re not home.

Smart homes are the future. If you’re looking for a custom home builder or a kitchen remodeling company or a remodeler to help with anything in between, call Build America at (727) 776-9023. We can incorporate smart home technology and other elements to make your life easier. That’s why we’re a local and leading builder and remodeler in the greater Tampa Bay area.

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Benefits of Built-Ins

As you plan your custom home or begin speaking with a home remodeling company, built-ins should be on your list of things to talk about. Built-in shelving is great for books, decorating and storage. It also is quite cost effective when compared to cabinets and books shelves you can buy at big box stores. In addition to their affordability there are many other benefits of built-ins designed by your remodeling company or builder.

A Perfect Fit

When you have an odd space in your home that you want to utilize, a built-in is the perfect way to do it. No matter how many places you look for a premade unit for the space, chances are good it won’t quite fill the space the way you want it to. Plus, if you have kids, you’re going to need to anchor it to the wall.

Space Designed for You

If you need cabinets to hide toys or exercise equipment, your home remodeling company can make the space exactly how you need it. When you have a special piece you’d like displayed, they can accommodate your needs rather than you trying to find a piece that works.

Create a Focal Point

One way to create a focal point in a room is to add built-ins. Many people choose to surround their fireplace with a custom wall unit. Not only can it create a great looking wall but you can also strategically hide cords and electronics if you have your TV in the same area.

Resale

Of course, it’s highly unlikely that you’re going through the trouble of hiring a home remodeling company just to sell your home, but in the future, built-ins add to resale value. Home buyers often site built-ins as a feature they’d like to see in their new home.

Although you can add your built-ins after you move in, one of the benefits of doing it during your new home build or remodeling is that your builder can take care of the painting and finish work for you. Build America is a locally based custom home builder and remodeling company ready to serve you. We’ve created numerous custom built-ins in hallways, closets, living areas and play rooms. Let us help you with your building or remodeling needs and ask us about some ideas for built-ins for your home. Call (727) 776-9023 to schedule your no obligation appointments today.

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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.