consider smart home technology during your home & kitchen remodeling

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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Custom or Semi-Custom Cabinets

Because one of the most used and most visible parts of your kitchen are the cabinets, you want to chose cabinets that look great and do what you need them to do. Although stock cabinetry is cheaper and readily available, if you’re building a custom home or undergoing a kitchen remodel, the best options are either customer or semi-custom cabinets. Choosing the right one for your project comes down to needs and budget. Here are some of the differences in custom and semi-custom cabinets.

Custom Options are Virtually Limitless

A custom cabinet builder is an artisan. There are rarely limitations in style or finish in a custom cabinet. You can mix up the cabinet door styles – have some with glass and other solid front or custom inlay. And, if you have an oddly shaped corner, or a wall that doesn’t conform to traditional cabinet sizes, you may want custom cabinetry.

Another benefit is what you can do inside the cabinet or drawers. Some people like to store their dishes in a drawer, it’s a possibility with custom cabinets, no matter the size or shape. Others want a way to store their knives or other cooking utensils. A custom cabinet can be made to suit your needs.

Semi-Custom & Custom Cabinet Similarities

There are a few similarities with semi and custom cabinets. In most cases, neither use pressboard, but rather hardwood. The drawers come standard with soft-closures and dovetail construction. You’ll also find that they both come with full-length drawer extensions. Also, they’re made in the U.S. so you know that they’re safer and better constructed than something that was imported.

Semi-Custom Cabinets

Although your selection of both style and finish are slightly more limited than a custom cabinet, you will still have many options from which to choose, no matter which manufacturer you go with. Most semi-custom cabinet manufacturers offer a standard set of drawer and cabinet organizers for knives, utensils, silverware and even storage containers. Most semi-custom manufacturers will let you mix and match cabinet doors within their available options.

If you’re looking for a home builder or kitchen remodeler, call Build America. We’re a locally based contractor with vast experience designing and building kitchens. We offer many leading brands of cabinetry, both semi-custom and custom, meaning your dream kitchen can be uniquely yours. Call us today at (727) 776-9023 to schedule an initial consultation.

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Right Kitchen Remodeling Styles

If you have a dated kitchen and are looking for the right kitchen remodeling style, today’s blog will help. Although there are some pre-defined remodeling styles that you may have read about or seen somewhere, you don’t have to follow any. The key to the perfect kitchen is creating a look that works with the rest of your home, functions well, has the right layout, and most of all, that you love.

How to Get Started Defining Your Kitchen Remodeling Style

Every remodeling company will see a specific design style slightly differently. And, over time, these styles change a bit. However, we’ve given the most popular styles a brief definition to help you at least start looking for a style for your home.

  • Modern – Clean and luxurious with little décor and the latest in countertop and cabinet styles.
  • Traditional – Think shaker style cabinets, warm colors and personal décor.
  • Contemporary – Just a bit of modern elements blended with traditional cabinetry and colors.
  • Coastal – Beach inspired with sunny colors and white or light flat front cabinets and countertops.
  • Old-World – Nearly opposite of coastal with dark colors, lots of curves and even historical elements as décor and lighting.
  • Mediterranean – A pallet of orange, red and yellow mixed with traditional style cabinets and lots of natural wood.
  • Farmhouse – Light and open you’ll want to include lots of natural wood, a farmhouse sink and a few rustic touches.

Choosing Your Design Elements

Once you have a general idea of what you want your style to reflect, you’ll need to begin working with your design-build company on choosing the perfect elements for your style. There really is no right or wrong place to start, but because your cabinetry is a highly visible element and significant part of your budget, it’s a great element to choose first. Because your countertops are also a highly visible element, you may want to choose them next. You want them to contrast yet coordinate with both your flooring and cabinetry. Although using your countertop material is an option for your backsplash, a more popular choice is tile. Consider choosing tile that adds to the design style your going for and gives some separation to the cabinets and countertops.

Build America is your local kitchen remodeling company who can help you with any style kitchen. We work with many cabinet manufacturers and offer a wide selection of tile and countertop materials and designs. Whether you’re looking for a total remodel or want a new look without changing the layout of your kitchen, we’re here to help. Call us today at (727) 776-9023 for your initial consultation.

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Designing Your Perfect Outdoor Living Space

Living in Florida has many advantages. One of those is the ability to spend a great deal of time outside without freezing. If you’re considering an outdoor living space, you have many options. Even if you’re on a budget, you can make the perfect addition to your home. Here are a few ideas to consider for your new outdoor living space.

Outdoor Kitchen

If you really want to do all your entertaining outside and have the space and budget, consider an outdoor kitchen. Outdoor kitchens range from simple to elaborate and can include so many different elements like:

  • Built-In Grill
  • Refrigerator
  • Mini-Keg Cooler
  • Ice Maker
  • Cabinets
  • Cooktop
  • Pizza Oven
  • Sink

Because many natural stone countertops are great for outside, you can even create a bar top or serving area that looks great and is easy to maintain.

Eating Area

Depending on your entertaining style, you may want to have a large table with ceiling fans over it or keep it simple with your bar area. A roofing addition may be possible depending on your HOA regulations and the easement requirements in your city. Usually a pergola or retractable awning is acceptable, which can provide shade if a permanent roofing structure isn’t.

Firepit or Fireplace

Firepits are an increasingly popular addition to the backyard. Although you can purchase a metal firepit just about anywhere, a built in one on a new patio will last longer and look great. A fireplace can warm you on our cool winter evenings and they’re great for toasting marshmallows. You can choose an attached or detached fireplace depending on your space. However you choose to add some ambiance to your outdoor living space, make sure to be safe, especially with portable fire pits. Keep them at least ten feet from your home and the neighbor’s property.

Build America can help you with whatever building or remodeling project you have in mind. Whether you’re looking for a total home remodel or just an outdoor living space, we’re the company to call. Reach out to schedule your free consultation for all your building or remodeling needs – (727) 776-9023.

 

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Get Started on Your Party Ready Kitchen

If you hosted Thanksgiving last year and this year you’re the Christmas host, now is the time to plan and start your kitchen remodel. Whether you want better space so you can cook the ham and all the sides or you want a great island to serve from, here are some great ideas to talk to your kitchen remodeling company about as you get started.

Cooking and Baking

Everyone has their own preference of gas or electric. That’s always a good starting point when it comes to choosing your stovetop and oven. From there, you’ll want to decide if you want a separate cooktop or a stove. If you’re a big baker, you may want a double oven and warming drawer. Be sure to look at the features that are important to you. Some of these may include rapid preheat, convection cooking and bread proofing.

Beverage Options

If you’re a big entertainer all year round, you may want a beverage station. That could include a separate bar sink, ice maker and wine and beer fridge. Having the right type of space to store special glasses and drink mixers is also a plus. Planning for what you have or want is better than making what you have fit after your kitchen remodel is complete.

Serving Space

Do you like a buffet style meal? Consider including a large bar space. Make sure you include enough outlets for warming trays if that’s something you use. If you’re more of a family style server with the food on the table, you’ll want space around the stove to move what you’ve prepared into serving dishes and then into the kitchen.

The Right Space

If you and your spouse or kids prepare meals together, make sure you have the right type of space for the type of cooks you are. Plan for enough meal prep areas for your family. If you need more than one sink or dishwasher, talk to your kitchen remodeling company so they include everything in their early plans.

Let Build America be Your Kitchen Remodeling Company

Having a great kitchen for preparing food and holiday entertaining can happen in any home with the right kitchen remodeling company. Build America has the experience to help you turn your kitchen from dated to dynamic. Call us today at (727) 776-9023 or fill out our contact form and schedule your free consultation.

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Lighting Throughout Your Home

Although we may associate the purpose of lighting in our homes as what helps us see, it also does much more. Think about an intimate dinner in your dining room, you might choose to dim the chandelier and light some candles to set the mood. On your stairs, you may want downlights to provide safety. Throughout our homes, lighting has purpose, but you also want it to compliment your style. Here are some tips for choosing the right lighting in your home remodel.

Kitchen

One of the most popular rooms tackled in a home remodel is the kitchen. Chances are good you’re looking to get rid of the florescent tube lighting your builder likely installed. Most homeowners choose recessed can lighting as their primary light source. If you have an island or peninsula countertop with seating, you might want to consider pendant lights as well.

Other options that should be considered are cabinet lighting above the upper cabinets or below the upper and lower cabinets. Light under the upper cabinets can fill in dark work area while lighting below the lower cabinets makes for a soft glow. Lighting above your upper cabinets can make the ceiling appear higher or highlight décor on your cabinets.

Bathroom

For smaller bathrooms, the lights above the vanity are sufficient light. However, in a master bathroom or larger secondary bath, you should consider fill light. Like the kitchen, recessed can lighting is a great option. However, if you have a separate toilet area, consider a wall sconce. If you want the look of a fancy spa, consider adding a chandelier from the ceiling with a dimmer. It’s not only a great way to add a personal touch of style in your bathroom, but it’s also a wonderful light for relaxing in your large soaking tub.

Whole Home Remodel or Custom Build

If you’re starting from scratch with a whole home remodel or custom build, don’t overlook the lighting in your entry ways and hallways. You want your entry lighting to provide a welcoming light for friends. Depending on the height of your ceiling you may want a chandelier or if your ceilings are lower, consider wall sconces.

With so many LED lighting options today, adding downlights in hallways and on stairs is an affordable and smart option for homeowners. Some options are always on while others are turned off when other lights are on. They can be as small as an outlet but because LED lighting is brighter than other lighting, you’ll get plenty of light from them. For primary lights, consider sconces or recessed lighting.

Build America is ready to help you design and build your custom home or assist with a whole home remodel. Because we’re a design/build company we won’t miss any details and will help you create your dream home with just the right lighting. Call (727) 776-9023 today for your free initial consultation.

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Choosing the Perfect Backsplash

Although we often think of our backsplash as something in the kitchen, most bathrooms also have a backsplash. If you’re ready to work with a design/build company on a new home or kitchen or bathroom remodel, you’ll want to put some thought into your backsplash design as it will tie the elements of your space together.

Bathroom Backsplashes

You have a lot of options when it comes to your backsplash. You can stick with the traditional option of about a 4” piece of your granite or quartz countertop, or you can opt for a more modern approach. One unique option is to use a complimentary or coordinating tile to the ceiling. If you have a plain mirror, the tile can install right up to the edge of the mirror creating a frame. This will increase your budget as the time to install and the materials are more than using granite or quartz. Of course, if you want to use tile, but not to that extent, add tile the four inches above your countertop like you would have added the countertop material.

Kitchen Backsplashes

Depending on the style kitchen and your countertop material and pattern, you can choose from many options other than the traditional tile and natural stone. Here are some ideas to talk to your design/build company about that can make your backsplash functional and fun.

  • Mosiac – If your decorating style lends itself to something creative on your walls, consider a mosaic tile or glass. Depending on what you are looking for and the skill of your tile installer, they may have something pre-designed or be able to do a custom design for you.
  • Wood – For kitchens where the sink is in the island and doesn’t require a backsplash that’s water resistant, consider wood. Bead-board, tongue-and-groove, reclaimed wood, and shiplap are all great options to install from the lower cabinets to the upper ones. Depending on the style of your kitchen and color, one of these may be better than another.
  • Metal – Copper and aluminum are two of the most popular options. Some come pre-stamped in decorative patterns and work well in modern and industrial kitchens.
  • Faux brick – Brick manufacturers now make thin brick for indoor décor. This is a great addition to a rustic or farmhouse style kitchen.
  • Polished glass – This easy to keep clean and grout-less option is beautiful in modern and contemporary kitchens.

Design/Build Company Benefits

One of the benefits over working with a design/build company for your kitchen or bathroom remodel is their design skills. Although Build America LLC is a general contractor serving the greater Tampa Bay area, they have a team of experienced designers ready to help you throughout the process. Call us today at (727) 776-9023 to learn more about our services and schedule your initial consultation.

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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.

Kitchen Remodeling And Bathroom Remodeling Pluses

Kitchen Remodeling And Bathroom Remodeling Pluses

The kitchen and bathrooms are the areas that get the most wear and tear in a home. This calls for more focus on maintenance and care. After a few years, it may call for some remodeling and the benefits of remodeling are all pluses.

Today’s Benefits

Since your home is probably your biggest lifetime investment keeping it up means some prevention and remedy. The more you put into your home’s appearance and function, the more equity the property gains. Sometimes a wee bit of paint can protect walls and furnishings, increasing their ability to be maintained and making the home more appealing and raises your home’s value.

People who visit your home will definitely visit your bathroom. A bathroom well laid out and pretty will invoke praise and comparison. Others will want to follow your lead in choices of appliances and materials and design. These two rooms are reliant on function fist, but enhancing the functions with attractive materials and design make them all the more favorable to use and show off.

What To Do

When you engage in kitchen remodeling and bathroom remodeling, hire a professional if you’re not skilled. In many cases, you can do a great job on your own. Where it comes to electrical and plumbing issues, only use a professional. That’s just plain common sense and safety. Don’t go for cheap because the rigors of use of these rooms can do a job on cheap paint and materials to the point that you’ll end up spending more in repairs than remodeling.

Get new fixtures that are built to last. Floors depend on what you’re able to handle. If you have seniors or small children you’ll want flooring that is safe to walk on and easy to clean. Take also into consideration pets. Some people allow pets in their kitchens and bathrooms and pets can do damage via their claws or dropped food or fur and hair that can get into those nooks and crannies.

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Paint should be the best. Easy to clean but able to take the extremes in temperatures and moisture the bathroom and kitchen use can generate. Water is one of the worst enemies of a home if it gets into areas that can compromise the structure.

Make It Pretty

Yes, even you he-men out there need to realize that your kitchen and bathrooms have to be attractive. It may clash with your machismo, but in the short and long term, it will be a boost in the equity in your home which you shouldn’t sneeze at. We’re not talking Liberace ornate, something that can be subdued yet attractive at the same time. Get someone whose aesthetics you trust and let them do the choices in paints and cabinets and so on.

Master Bathroom Remodeling and Design Project Finally

Final word is to emphasize that remodeling is a double barreled process. Function and aesthetics have to be balanced. Remember, people will definitely judge you regarding your kitchen and bathrooms. Make them the kind of places that people will feel comfortable in and will give you years of use.

Home Remodeling The Master Bedroom And More

Home Remodeling The Master Bedroom And MoreA man’s home is his castle, the old saying goes, and with the master bedroom, it’s his throne room. Designing and remodeling the master bedroom can result in greater comfort and a rise in equity for the home altogether. Hiring a professional home remodeling company comes in handy here.

Don’t try to do home remodeling on your own if you’re not professionals. Professionals know what materials will work, they know the safety issues, and they know how affordable the process should be. This doesn’t mean you sit on the sidelines and give them carte blanche, not at all. You should be working with your home remodeling pro as a team. You know what you like, and they’ll know what can, can’t, and should be done. Communicating at the beginning of the project will save a ton of misery and woe down the road.
Let’s say you want to add a room or a closet, new picture window or even a hot tub/Jacuzzi. You can sketch out what you want and let the home remodeling pro look it over. They’ll know via blueprint specs where you can and can’t place these items. It will be a case of giving and take and don’t be antagonistic along the way. It will only cost you extra time and money and frustration for the both of you.

Once you’ve got an idea of what you can do with your remodeled master bedroom, it is now time to see what you can get away with regarding your budget. The home remodeling pro will work within your budget as close as they can. You’ll need to ask for any discounts that they may not tell you up front. Also, if you can get a friend to refer you, you and they might get a bonus. It never hurts to ask. If you’ve any remodeling skills you might want to start the project after professional consultation and stop where your skills do. You’re saving regarding labor but you’ll have to pass muster with the company you hire who will look over your work and either approve it or have to undo what you’ve done.

All this applies not only to your master bedroom but to any other area of the home calling for remodeling. Bathrooms and kitchens are tricky as you’ve got to have professionals do the scary work. Knowing where electrical and gas pipes and wires are is the primary safety point. Making sure the floors can support whatever you want to put on them. Talk to the architect who designed your home if possible. Having recorded for repair and construction will help any home remodeling company. The bottom line is that whatever you achieve via home remodeling should make you happy and raise the value of your home. On the day you choose to sell your home, you should see the ROI from your home remodeling efforts.

Home remodeling is both an art and science. Always stick to your integrity and be sensible and the experience should be highly rewarding.

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