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Customizing Your Home with a Whole Home Remodel

When planning a whole home remodel, you want the space to work for you. Depending on your family, lifestyle and how you plan to live, your home may need different things. Families who host visitors often want more sleeping space. If you love informal gatherings, you might want a big kitchen open to a living space. Whatever your needs, before you start working with a home remodeler, here are some things to think about other than budget.

What’s Most Important in Your New Space

If you’re considering a whole home remodel, there’s probably one space that is the primary reason for your remodel. Is that space outdated or does it just not work for you? What is that space? Here are some common reasons people start a remodel:

  • Poor Layout – You may love the home’s location and it may have the right number of bedrooms and bathrooms but the main living area’s layout just doesn’t work for you. If that’s the reason for the remodel, you’ll want to ask yourself what doesn’t work and what do you want to make it work.
  • Dated Kitchen – There was a time when the kitchen was hidden away from where you entertained but now it tends to be the room where everyone ends up. If you want a better layout for your kitchen and an adjoining entertaining area, you need to open up your home’s space.
  • Bedroom Issues – If you see a bedroom as just a place to sleep and you have too few large rooms, you and your home remodeler can look at ways to reconfigure the space. The right number of rooms and the right size rooms make a difference.
  • Insufficient Storage – Indoor storage is especially important in Florida. We can’t just leave our holiday decorations in the garage as the humidity and heat will take their toll. If you don’t have the closet space you need, your home remodeler can help with that too.

Whole Home Remodel Challenges

Unless you’re ready to invest in an addition and have the ability to expand the footprint of your home, you may have to make compromises in your remodel. The biggest challenge is the desire for the right amount of space but the inability to make it happen because of supporting walls or easement issues. One of the benefits of working with an experienced home remodeler like Build America LLC is that we know how to make the most of your space.

If you’d like to learn more about what we can do in your home, whether you need a whole home remodel or just a few rooms brought into this decade, call (727) 776-9023 for your free initial consultation.

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Island Ideas for Your Kitchen Remodel

One of the most frequently added features in a kitchen remodel is the kitchen island. Although you may first think of the island as added countertop and an eating space, it can be so much more. If you know that on your must have list is an island in your new kitchen and want to get the most out of it, consider some of these options.

Super Storage

Depending on the size and location of your island, you may want to talk about storage access from both sides of the island. This will make for more useful space. For example, the side facing the kitchen may store small appliances, pots and pans and the side facing the living space may have placemats, toys and activities, blankets or anything else you need put away. Ask about pull out shelving and deep drawers.

Extra Sink

If you do a lot of cooking, a prep sink is a great option to add to your island. It gives you a place to quickly rinse your hands (or fruits and vegetables) without leaving your work area. It also is beneficial when you need to drain a pot but have a sink full of dishes. One drawback is that the plumbing does take away from storage space.

Alternative Uses

Although you may not think about some of these uses for the space underneath your island, here are some out-of-the-box requests we’ve had:

  • Pet beds and crates – If you want a place for your furry friend but don’t want a pet crate in your living room, consider utilizing the space under your island. Keep it open or add a gate to keep them safely out of the way but where they can see everything going on.
  • Bookshelves – When you want a place for all your books and don’t plan on using the island for eating, consider adding a bookshelf. They can be any size and used for books or other décor.
  • Crafting Cubbies – For families with kids, there is never enough space to store the crayons, paints, clay or other craft essentials. You can add cubbies with baskets or enclose everything in cabinets.
  • Back of a Bench – If you want both a kitchen table and an island but don’t think you have the right space, consider using the outside wall of the island as the back of a bench for the kitchen table. Because you won’t need to space to walk around that side of the table, it makes it possible for a kitchen to have both an island and table when space is tight.

You and your kitchen remodeling company can find the best design and use of the space for your needs. If you’re looking for a remodeling company in Tampa Bay, call Build America LLC. We have vast experience in kitchen design whether you need a total remodel or just want to update your kitchen. Call us at (727) 776-9023 or fill out our contact form for your free consultation.

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Bathroom and Kitchen Remodeling Together

We’ve all heard commercials from insurance companies about bundling home and auto so why not consider bundling bathroom and kitchen remodeling? After all, these are the two most remodeled spaces and the two that are likely to show their age. There are many benefits to doing several rooms at once and only a few drawbacks.

Why You Should Remodel Your Bath & Kitchen Together

Perhaps the biggest reason this is a great idea is because you only end up with the inconvenience of a remodeler once. We know that living in home during the remodel can be a bit chaotic and we understand the mess it makes. For many homeowners, once they go through it, they never want to go through it again.

It may seem contradictory, but it’s actually faster to do a combined remodel. We’re not trying to say we can complete your bathroom and kitchen remodeling project faster together than if you hired us two different times, what we’re claiming is that you will save a few weeks doing them together than if you did them back to back. This is because we can coordinate inspections and subcontractors like plumbers and electricians once rather than multiple times.

Because we can schedule some of these elements together, you’ll also see a cost savings. Instead of several permits, we only pay for one of each type we’ll need. Instead of several trips by the subcontractors, we’ll have them do all their work in one visit. You may also see a discount on some supplies as bulk orders tend to be cheaper than single orders.

Drawbacks of a Joint Bathroom & Kitchen Remodel

We admit that for some, the reason they don’t want to do all their remodeling at once is that it’s hard to live in a home that undergoing such a major remodel. It’s hard enough to do your dishes in the bathroom sink but even more so if you’re down to just one bathroom for the entire family. For many homeowners, the biggest issue is cost. Remodeling all or part of your home is an expensive undertaking and not everyone has the budget to complete both projects at once.

If you are considering both a bathroom and kitchen remodel, talk to the pros at Build America LLC. We’d be happy to provide a free consultation and discuss a possible timeline and layout a budget for you. Call us today at (727) 776-9023 or fill out our contact form to schedule your appointment.

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Understanding Universal Design for Your Bathroom Remodel

One of the most recent bathroom remodeling trends is that of incorporating universal design. A universal design (or UD) is one of the best ways to add value to a bathroom remodel. In the simplest terms, a UD bathroom is one that is universally accessible no matter what limitations the user may have. Don’t think of a universal design bathroom as institutional or unattractive, think of it as universally friendly in any style you choose.

The Popularity of UD

Many people think of a universal design bathroom as a handicap accessible one. Although this is true to some extent, it also has elements that make aging in place easier. Aging in place is a popular trend making this type of bathroom remodel, even if you’re years from needing such accommodations, a wise consideration. Afterall, remodeling any part of your home is expensive and can be inconvenient so you certainly don’t want to go through it twice in a short time.

Essential Elements for a Universal Design

Although there is no checklist you must complete for a universal design bathroom, there are some common elements. These include:

  • Wide doorways (at least 32” although 36” is preferred)
  • Lever style door and faucets
  • Comfort height toilet (consider adding a bidet feature)
  • Grab-bars
  • Non-slip flooring
  • Low or zero entry showers (consider adding a shower seat)
  • Lower bathroom countertop and light switches

All of these elements come in many stylish options which will allow you to reflect the style you want for the space.

Bathroom Layout

The actual layout is quite flexible. There’s not rule about what must be where. The key is that a person using a walker or wheelchair can comfortably maneuver in the space. If you’re remodeling an existing secondary bath, few have the space necessary for these accommodations. This may mean taking space from another room or adding onto your home. If you know that you or a family member will need this sort of accommodation, it’s well worth it to do it right so that they can continue independently for as long as possible.

If you’re looking for a bathroom remodeler with experience in universal design, call Build America LLC at (727) 776-9023. We’ve handled countless remodels and new home constructions throughout Tampa Bay that have allowed our clients to age in place or bring an older family member into the home to live with them. Call or fill out our contact form for your free initial consultation.

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Laundry Rooms & Lockers

One of the biggest trends in home building today are laundry rooms that contain more than just a washer and dryer and locker areas. Collectively this area is often referred to as the mud room, especially in the northeast. If you’re planning a whole home remodel or building a home, you might want to plan some space for a mudroom. Not only will you find it’s a great use of space, but you’ll also end up with exactly the space and storage you need for your family.

Locker Designs

Because your locker will depend on the space you have and your family, no two ever look the same. Most lockers have a bench with storage beneath and storage above. What that storage looks like can vary. Sometimes drawers beneath the bench work best. Other times keeping the area open for shoes is ideal. Above the locker area, you might want cabinets or spaces for baskets to store sports gear or other items not needed often. In the locker itself, you might want hooks to hang backpacks and jackets.

Common Features of Today’s Laundry Rooms

Laundry rooms should be more than just a washer and dryer. If you’re undergoing a whole home remodel and don’t have much more space to utilize, see if your remodeler can add a sink. Another benefit of the sink is that you gain valuable storage beneath the sink and you can add a drying rack above for the items you don’t want to put in the dryer.

If you’re planning an addition or building a new home, you have a lot more flexibility. Here are things to think about for your new laundry room:

  • Storage for vacuums (including handheld rechargeable ones).
  • Hanging space to dry clothes that don’t go in the dryer.
  • Additional heated and cooled storage for things like the extra paint from your home or even seasonal decorations.
  • Hamper for dirty sports gear and bathing suits.
  • Counter for folding clean clothes.

Build America Is Ready to Help

Although we began as a custom home builder, we’ve also helped many homeowners with remodeling. We can help you better utilize your existing space, move walls or even plan an addition. Many homes in the area have outside washers and dryers which is never comfortable or convenient so let us be your remodeler. Call (727) 776-9023 to schedule your appointment with one of our team members.

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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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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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Choosing the Right Tub for Your Bathroom Remodel

Not every bathroom has a tub and your first bathroom remodeling decision will be whether to keep it in yours or use the space the way you need it. If you decide that you love having a tub in your bathroom and decide to include one in your new space, you have many options to choose from. Each one has different pros and cons and will reflect a slightly different style. The one recommendation we give all homeowners starting a bathroom remodel with us is to keep at least one tub in their home for future resale.

Decision 1: Whirlpool or Not

For a long time, a whirlpool or jacuzzi tub was a must have in the master bath. Nearly all new builds and remodels included one. Today, this is more of a 50/50 split of whether to include this option. A few things to consider are that there is an increased expense if you’re adding one where it hasn’t been previously for the electric. They’re more expensive than a standard tub of comparable size. And, perhaps most importantly, if you don’t plan on using it frequently or don’t clean it properly, you’re going to end up with mold growing inside the blower unit.

Decision 2: Size

Do you enjoy taking a long soak submerged up to your neck? Are you looking to be able to relax with your partner? How much space do you want to dedicate to the tub? These questions will contribute to your ideal tub.

Decision 3: Built-In or Freestanding

If you love the look of a claw-foot tub you probably want a freestanding tub. These now come in just about every style from traditional to modern and many sizes. The one thing to keep in mind is that even though they’re typically smaller than a built in, they still require a fair amount of space because they have space around the entire tub. For the most part, built-ins are less expensive so if you don’t want to use a significant part of your budget to your tub, keep this in mind.

Other Considerations

You may think you want a certain size or shape, but there are a few other things to consider. First, depending on your home’s construction, you may need reinforced flooring for a large tub. A jacuzzi tub full of water and two people can weigh more than 1500 pounds! If your flooring can support the weight, you’re going to end up with issues. You also want to look at where the faucets will be located. With freestanding tubs, sometimes the faucet comes up the side of the tub while other times it’s intended to be a wall mount which may increase your plumbing costs.

No matter what you’re looking for in your bathroom remodel, Build America is ready to help. We can provide a simple remodel where we leave the elements in place or reconfigure to better utilize your space. And, if you’re looking to add on to your home, as a builder, we’re the perfect company to help. Call us today at (727) 776-9023 to schedule your consultation.