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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.

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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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Ideas for Your Island in Your Kitchen Remodel

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

How it Looks

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

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

Features

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

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

The Pros And Cons Of High Ceiling

The Pros And Cons Of High CeilingHigh ceilings in homes have made a significant comeback in recent years. The reasons are multiple and we’ll look at the pros and cons of of having a home with high ceilings.

High ceilings used to to be the thing in Europe and early America. Usually wealthy homes could afford them and that trend carried over to the Americas. High ceilings were an aesthetic thing and people utilized the space with paintings an chandeliers and other overhead decorations. Nowadays the similar thought occurs but it may not be the preferred thing for the economically conscious homeowner.

Heating the home makes it difficult and expensive where high ceilings are concerned. Think f your rooms being twice the size they are with high ceilings so that if you would normally spend $100 per room to heat per winter you’ll spend $200 per room. If you can afford it, so be it, but if you’ve got a high mortgage and other expenses then it’s not a good idea.

The same goes for the hotter months. You’re using air conditioning at a double rate which means more electricity. Electricity can be expensive depending on your source. If you’re using solar panels then there’s nothing to worry about as the costs per kilowatt hour are considerably lower. That goes for the colder months too with heating. If you’re living off the grid, you’re going to be paying a pretty penny for sure.

High ceilings may make your home feel more majestic or battle claustrophobia. If this is the case it’s a creature comfort that has a positive goal. Several studies indicate a home with high ceilings may well have psychological effects of a positive nature. It all depends on the person and their natural behavior and mindsets.

What are some pros and cons of high ceilings?If you’re an artist or musician a high ceiling can improve the sound of your playing or your stereo system and it’s definitely a platform for displaying as much art as you can. These are personal preferences that you’ll have to iron out with trial and error.

People who like to utilize the higher space may want to put elevated platforms like lofts that allow for segmented working or play or resting areas. The creative person may find new and innovative uses for a high ceiling and that can lead to a viral new use of the space that others may find entertaining and useful.

The bottom line is that high ceilings have either practical or entertaining or psychological impact. Architects will explain the benefits of high ceilings and real estate agents will too. The home builder who wants a high ceiling house should do some extra research regarding this option. One should look over all options but believe it or not, even if the ceiling is very high, you can later partition it off to turn the area into two floors. The sky’s the limit here so let yourself simmer on the issue before taking the plunge.

Picking a company like Build America LLC will get you on the right track regarding high ceiling designs and building. They’re pros and know how to guide the new home builder to the right path.

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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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