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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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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.


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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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.

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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Bathroom Remodeling Calls For Common Sense & Adventure

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

Planning Is First

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

Heavy Duty Duties

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

Sales And Quality

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

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

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

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New Modern House in St Petersburg Beach (Continue)

Build America LLC continue working on building a new two story house in St Petersburg Beach FL.

The original house was built in 1950s and was one story ranch home. The owners wanted to do extensive remodel to the home the turn into a modern design. However the value of the remodel exceeded the 50% fema rule.

The home sits on the water in St Pete Beach.

The new house is a modern style building with to split garages. The hose has large breezeway spacious 2600 square feet living space with two large balconies facing north and east and another one facing west. House features large windows and sliding doors with plenty of light.
The living areas are splitting three cubes with 10ft ceiling 16 foot ceiling 8 foot ceiling. The living area offers a large open concept living with kitchen as a centerpiece.
Master bedroom has a large walk-in closets and a large master bathroom with freestanding tub and large shower area.

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Building a New House in St Pete Beach

Build America LLC is working on building a new two story house in St Petersburg Beach FL.

The original house build in 1950 was demolished and a beautiful two story house with 16 ft ceilings is being built.

This is the modern style home  with water views of the Gulf and the Bay located in St. Petersburg Beach FL.

Build America LLC Project: Building a New Home in St Pete Beach
Build America LLC Project: Building a New Home in St Pete Beach
Build America LLC Project: Building a New Home in St Pete Beach
Build America LLC Project: Building a New Home in St Pete Beach

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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Acclimating To Your New Florida Home

Acclimating To Your New Florida HomeFlorida is known as the “Sunshine State” and living there is what many people dream of.  It’s an attractive state, surrounded by ocean, crowned with beaches, amusement parks, golfing, and affordable housing.  Having new Florida home calls for understanding what you’ll be up against so you can prepare.

The Hazards

Florida’s number one danger for new homeowners and builders is the weather. Florida has scorching sun and heat.  It’s also got tons of rain and moisture.  Wind storms that range from tornadoes to hurricanes, and muggy fog that can choke a horse. Building a new home in Florida means weather protection from roof to the basement if you have a basement.  Many Florida homes are elevated to flooding.  Your new home should have the latest in protections including roofing and outdoor paint, windows, and doors. If you’ve shorn up your new home with the materials of the day, then your next hazard is what you’ll need to protect against wildlife.  Florida is like “Jurassic Park”.  It’s got insects and reptiles and mammals that can destroy a home in no time.  Depending on which area your new Florida home is in, it will have its own local wildlife problems.

Wildlife Problems with A New Florida Home

Your first line of defense isn’t against the big animals like bears and pumas and alligators.  No, you worst wildlife enemy in Florida will be insects.  From ants to termites to wasps, Florida’s climate is the age of the dinosaurs weather.  Bugs love it, and especially a fat, juicy house with all the food bugs could want.  Unfortunately, the food humans eat is just some items on the insect menu, the real dangers are the insects that eat up housing materials or compromise them.  Florida has wildlife experts and exterminators who are the toughest in the country.  The only thing they don’t fight is freezing weather.  Before you build or before you buy, get the latest info on insects in the area.  Build or modify your home to prevent invasion and if it does occur, the new home should be easy for an expert exterminator to get at the problem sites and save your home.

Regular Inspections Are a Must

Florida is such a tough environment on a home that more than average inspections by yourself and specific professionals are required.  The reason being is that just one area compromised can develop into an expensive disaster.  Take the occasional time to give your new home a once over and anything out of the ordinary report it to a professional.  That means if you’re looking over your roof and sees a missing tile or tiny hole; you need to call a roofing expert fast.  If windows or doors are ajar, get them fixed immediately.  You might be one of the new homeowners converting to solar.  This means extra time and inspection inside and outside of the home.  Never procrastinate in this responsibility or you could find yourself at your insurance company’s mercy.


Florida is an awesome state that affords many benefits for the new home owner.  Don’t let its glamor overshadow your responsibilities as a homeowner because Florida will make you work for your equity.

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Rebuilding A Home Is An Adventure

Rebuilding A Home Is An Adventure Building a home is a major challenge, to say the least. Rebuilding the home can be an even greater challenge that only hard work and patience can pull off.

In this situation, a complete survey of the potential structure and its original blueprints need to be carefully examined. Looking at what’s left of the original structure will allow contractors to better evaluate what they can keep or throw out. If the foundation is sound and needs no maintenance, the basic infrastructure will be the primary concern. This means checking materials like wood and metal, plumbing and wiring, masonry and more. Careful planning and realistic assessment will enable to a contractor here to estimate the proper costs for materials and labor.


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Working with the contractors and following the original plans might also get one to want to make some modifications like adding on a room or two or perhaps removing one. Adding an extra bathroom for a home with a family is always appreciated. The rebuilding will use newer materials and technologies so you’ll need to brush up on them to make sure you’re aware of what’s going on.


Rebuilding A Home Is An Adventure

Rebuilding A Home Is An Adventure

Rebuilding A Home Is An Adventure

As things progress the homeowner should ask the pertinent questions. This way nothing unforeseen will occur down the road. If the home has been damaged by weather or human error, the insurance companies will send out a representative to assess what is and isn’t covered and where the money is going. This is a good time to buddy up with the insurance rep and ask questions. He or she might have some valuable suggestions to save you considerable amounts of time, money, and headache.

The bottom line here is that you’ll be rebuilding a home, which is like rebuilding a life. You want everything to go right to make the best of your hard earned dollar as your home is probably going to be the biggest investment of your life. Rebuilding a home is a sign that you’re not the kind of person to give up, but start anew all over again which is a sign of good character.

Rebuilding A Home Is An Adventure

Rebuilding A Home Is An Adventure