The Happiness Of Hardwood Floors

The Happiness Of Hardwood FloorsHardwood floors never go out of style. They are the preference of many of a home owner and office and for good reason. They offer their own special ambiance and more and we’ll look at why people love them and why you should think of having them installed too.

First of all, let’s just face it, hardwood floors are cool. They look awesome even if you have rotten furniture. If you live in an apartment or house, hardwood floors make you look good as well. The mind somehow recognizes them as something dependable and pleasing and you won’t find too many people who will disagree. It doesn’t matter what you put on the floors your place looks awesome by default. It’s this simplicity that makes them the number one sought after flooring.

The hardwood floor, not only being attractive, is easy to clean. This is why people enjoy them over carpeting. Spills and boo boos are easily wiped up and won’t harm the finish. Scratches and scrapes can be easily mended and you don’t need expensive cleaners to keep them spotless and looking good. Just regular warm water and soap can do the job. A soft broom and a mop and you’re good to go. Even light weight vacuum cleaners can do the job.

In order to protect some of the hardwood flooring from furniture and foot traffic, throw rugs are a great accent to hardwood floors and even ugly throw rugs look cool covering such floors. Hardwood floors are so aesthetically pleasing that the only place you couldn’t put them is in a haunted house.

The hardwood floorThe floors last a long time too. We’re talking hundreds of years with proper maintenance. Many an historical estate still has the hardwood floors from the first day of their construction and have had the high and mighty walk and dance across them. It’s easy to see why installing hardwood floors explodes the home’s equity. Some hardwood floors once installed are worth more than some people’s entire homes.

If you’re environmentally or green oriented, the hardwood floors will provide you with that feeling of being one with nature. They also don’t gather the dander and dust that carpets do. Perfect for people with allergy problems or if you have young ones around.

When it comes to maintenance, you can refinish or replace the hardwood floors quite easily. That’s because you’ll be going to a company like Build America LLC to get the right job done. They’ll know how to get your hardwood floors installed correctly and how to fix any problems and especially how to keep the up to par when it comes to maintenance. It’s a company that has experience on their side with lots of happy customers who know the value of their craftsmanship and professionalism. It’s your hard earned dollar that really counts here and you want a company that understands this and brings you an ROI that you can be proud of. Build America LLC is the go to hardwood floors everything.

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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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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.

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.

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Multi-tier Renovation Case Study Part 1: External Renovations

Multi-tier Renovation Case Study Part 1: External Renovations

This is part one a case study of a multi-tier renovation project. In this piece, we will focus on the external renovations for one of our projects. Everything from the siding to the balconies to features in the yard was incorporated into this remodel plan.

Multi-tier Renovation Case Study Part 1: External Renovations

The back of the house originally had some very old and gel-constructed Dick Easton patios and balconies which were not up to code and looked like somebody had pieced together in a dangerous and unstable manner. We were very wary about the existing structures and took the right precautions to remove them in a safe manner. Once they were completely torn out, they were rebuilt as brand new balconies. The floor of the new balconies is built with a fiberglass layer to prevent leaks, which was a big problem with old balconies.  On top of that, we installed gray composite decking and finished the job with an aluminum railing.

 

The patio was rebuilt with concrete walls. We also installed multi-tier stairs on both ends of the upper and lower decks. This was all finished with French pattern travertine. The new look is a lot cleaner and appealing than the previous one.

Another part of the remodeling project was that we installed new windows. The old windows were very small and did not allow for a lot of light to enter the house. To address this, we opened space for new windows as well. The new windows are much larger and longer allowing a lot of light to come inside the house.

Multi-tier Renovation Case Study Part 1: External Renovations

In the front of the house, we built a Portico to give the house some dimension and to create a distinct feel for the entry into the house. It adds a nice feel to the house and is much more welcoming to guests. It also gives a cleaner and more modern look.

The existing house had to side on top of old siding and leaks inside the house. We removed all of the previous sidings and installed stucco on the entire house. This has helped the exterior look less clunky. The leaks inside the house were also dealt with as part of our internal work which will be discussed later.

Multi-tier Renovation Case Study Part 1: External Renovations

The pool deck and the pool itself were completely redone as well.  We are also planning to remove the old pavers and install travertine and to remodel the inside of the pool with quartzite. It will be fully functional and very modern.

To add to the exterior utility, we also built walkways around the outdoor patio. A future plan to increase the external entertainment value is to install a fireplace and a cookout in the trees in the surrounding land.That should make for a special place with a unique feature.

Multi-tier Renovation Case Study Part 1: External Renovations

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5 Reasons To Remodel Your Deck

5 Stellar Reasons to Remodel Your Deck this Spring

Spring is the perfect time to turn something old into something new. While your spring cleaning list may be complete, you may be missing one important aspect of spring that will make or break your summer outdoor festivities:  your deck.  You may want to consider a deck remodel to ensure that your outdoor fun is enhanced, not interrupted. Here are five stellar reasons that you should consider a deck remodel this spring.

  1. Adding New Features

What better way to increase the time you spend on your deck than to add additional features.  You could add great features such as a fire pit, an amazing outdoor grill to cook on, built in seating, and even water features which add a relaxing feel to your outdoor space. It is unbelievably easy to update your deck to the point where you are not only the envy of the neighborhood, but also provide an amazing place for your family to spend time outdoors.

  1. Expand the Square Footage of Your House

By completing a deck remodel this spring, you can expand the square footage of your home and dramatically increasing its value. Not only does it improve your home’s value, but it also improves how you live in and around your home. If you are one of the many people who feel like they need more space in their home, adding or expanding your deck can make your home feel less cramped. This is an amazing way to enhance your home without costing a fortune. It is also a great way of drawing yourself outside to enjoy your outdoor living space.

  1. Creating a Better Place to Entertain Guests

If you like to entertain guests and you like to barbecue, a deck remodel and expansion is a great place to start. A deck is a great location to casually or formally entertain guests outside of your home. You will have a lot more space for enjoying time with your friends and family.   Add a few great grill recipes and you will become the talk of the neighborhood in no time!

  1. Providing a Safer Structure and Reduce Upkeep

A deck remodel is a great way to ensure that the structure is completely safe. Every couple of years, there are advances in decking materials. With the materials that are currently on the market, you are easily able to create a deck that requires little to no maintenance. By switching from wood decking to composite decking you will cut down on maintenance. For example, you will no longer have to stain or seal your deck. Your deck will not only be more functional, it will also be more beautiful, more structurally sound, and a more secure railing and gate set up.

  1. Give Yourself a Reason to be Outdoors

Let’s face it; a deck remodel will make it more likely for you to spend time outside. Get out there! Don’t miss out on Florida sunshine and necessary vitamin D. A simple deck remodel is a great way to lure you outside which will greatly improve your health.

Who knew that a simple deck remodel could bring so many great benefits, and just think, we have barely scratched the surface. If you are considering a deck remodel call your local professional remodeling company today.