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Color Trends for 2020

Whether you’re looking at building a home or remodeling, you might want to pay attention to the color trends for 2020. Although virtually every paint manufacturer releases their color or color pallet of the year every year, there are a few things that have remained fairly constant over the past few years. Those are earth tones and greys. Here are a few ways to incorporate a modern color pallet into your new home or remodeling project.

Kitchens

Kitchen remodeling remains one of the most popular remodels. If you look at Behr’s color of the year and the pallets from the other paint manufacturers, you’ll see that earth tones and subtle colors are most popular. Whether you’re looking at natural wood cabinets or painted cabinets, you can find a trending paint color to compliment it. Of course, grey is still trending. If you want your new kitchen to look modern, grey cabinets go with many of the featured colors including Uttlerly Blue from Valspar, one of their featured colors.

Bathrooms

White continues to be a trend in bathroom remodeling. If you’re looking for a spa-like feel in your bathroom, choosing a white vanity will give you countless options for paint and tile. Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2020 is called First Light and is described as a soft, rosy hue. Combine this soft color with bold grey tile and a white vanity and you’ll have an amazing looking bathroom with many decorating options.

Exteriors

If you and your home builder are looking at options for your home’s exterior or you’re planning on repainting your home, you’re probably looking at two colors. One as a primary and one as the accent for trim, garage and your entry door. Sherwin William’s Naval, their color of the year, is a great option for the accent. It’s bold but goes with many other colors from tans to greys to white.

Build America LLC Can Help

Whether you’re remodeling one room or many or are building a custom home, Build America is the local building and remodeling company to call. Our experienced designers will help bring all the elements of your home together with a color pallet that suits your taste, whether they’re part of the colors of the year or what you prefer. Call us today at (727) 776-9023 or fill out our contact form.

 

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Things to Discuss before an Addition

If you’re not interested in moving but need more space, an addition may be a great option. Whether you’re thinking about building up, building out or converting a garage into a living space, you want to make sure you’re going to love the results. When you choose the right home remodeling company, they’ll want to go over several things before you sign off on the final plans. Here are a few.

Your Reasons for Wanting a Home Addition

You may think this is obvious, however, your home remodeling company wants more details on what you mean by “you need more space”. What kind of space do you need? Are you lacking storage? Should your addition include storage? Does your addition really need to be an addition or do you really need remodel? When you and your remodeler talk in detail about your needs, you’ll end up more satisfied with the results.

Local Building Codes and Deed Restrictions

The Clearwater area has very similar building codes no matter what city you actually live in as most are controlled by the state. However, your HOA may have different restrictions or regulations regarding additions. If you haven’t looked into your HOA’s regulations, you and your home remodeling company should go over them before you finalize your plan and budget. You may be surprised and learn you need to re-roof your whole home so the shingles match or that the exterior finishing material you had planned on using isn’t allowed – both could significantly impact your budget.

The Changes to Your Home’s Flow

When the architect designed your home, it had a flow, usually entry into a living space and then kitchen that’s connected to an eating area. If you’re adding onto your home, you may impact that flow and you need to understand how it may change. If you’re adding a second story to your home, where are the stairs going? Will that impact the flow between rooms? Make sure you have a clear understanding and that you like the changes.

Build America LLC is not only a home remodeling company, but also a home builder. We understand the local laws regarding building and remodeling and will always provide the necessary paperwork for your HOA. If the changes will impact the home’s flow, we can handle the interior renovations necessary. We’re your one call no matter how big or small your home remodeling needs . From a small bathroom remodel to an addition of a bathroom or master suite, call us today at (727) 776-9023 for your free initial consultation.

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Your Master Bathroom Shower

If you’re planning a bathroom remodel to your master bathroom, don’t skimp on the shower. It’s an element you’ll use virtually every day and one that you can tailor to your needs and wants. Don’t let your shower be an afterthought, look at these options with your bathroom remodeling company.

Get Rid of the Grout (Or at Least Minimize it)

You can have a groutless shower if you choose marble slabs. With this option, you won’t ever have to clean the grout again . You can even have it on the floor when you have a stone company who can sand blast it to give it some grip. It’s a modern look and quite dramatic with frameless shower doors.

If marble isn’t to your liking or out of your budget, ask about minimizing grout lines. Although some inexpensive floor tile comes in sheets with pre-determined spacing, a good bathroom remodeling company has a tile installer who can customize the distance between tiles making for as little as possible. Plus, when you choose darker tile with darker grout, it doesn’t show mineral staining as quickly.

The Right Lighting

Not everyone thinks about the lighting in their shower, but they should. There are times when you want bright light and times when just enough is plenty. One way to add indirect lighting to your shower is by adding it above you crown molding around the edge of the shower. If your ceilings don’t have the height for this, consider a wall sconce outside the shower aimed at the ceiling rather than the floor.

Perfect Showerheads

Yes, that’s plural for a reason. Adding a second showerhead to your master bathroom shower can help with the morning rush. If you and your significant other need to get ready at the same time, consider designing the space with dual shower heads. If you just like the luxury of lots of water, consider the traditional placement as well as a waterfall showerhead from the ceiling. Just remember that your bathroom remodeling company will need to have a plumber add the necessary piping before the tile so make this decision early on.

A Real Bench

All too often what’s supposed to be a bench in a shower is little more than a ledge. If you want to be able to sit down in your shower, make sure you and your bathroom remodeling company discuss what you want. Measure out the depth they’re proposing so you know it’s going to work for your needs. Also make sure they install it properly so it isn’t left with standing water after every shower!

Build America LLC has vast experience as a maser bathroom remodeling company. We can help you work within the space you have, move walls or even build an addition to create your perfect master suite. Let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll help bring your vision to life. Call us today at (727) 776-9023 for your free consultation.

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Waterfall Countertops in Your Kitchen Remodel

This trend started a few years ago and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. It can be a focal point in your kitchen or something that adds drama to your space. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, look at the many waterfall countertop options and consider one in your new kitchen. Here are some things to know before you decide on this option.

This Increases Your Countertop Budget

Depending on the style you choose, and whether you decide to add to both sides of an island or just one end of a counter, your budget will go up. However, you won’t need the finished edge of your cabinet so this is an option you’ll want to decide on before you order your cabinets so you can eliminate a little bit of that budget.

Make Sure it Will be Seen

Since you’re spending money on what is a decorative item, make sure you choose a location in your kitchen where it will be noticed. If you have a side of cabinets that faces the entry, that’s one option. Down the side of your peninsula is another common location. Many people adding an island to their kitchen remodel choose this option down both sides for balance, even if only one side is easily seen by visitors.

Choose the Right Style

Contrasting cabinets and countertops are still a common option in a kitchen remodel. But be careful choosing too many trendy options in one space. If your island cabinets are contrasting the rest of the kitchen and you are choosing contrasting countertops, you might want to skip waterfall countertops. However, if you’re keeping the same countertops throughout the kitchen with different cabinets, consider how a waterfall will look over your island.

Whether or not to choose waterfall countertops isn’t the only option. Many waterfall countertops are significantly thicker, sometimes three or more inches thick. This gives a dramatic edge down the side of your cabinet when it’s viewed from the other angle. This can impact your budget significantly but also make a big impact in this design feature.

A waterfall countertop can enhance the style of your kitchen remodel. If you’re looking for a remodeler who can help you design your dream kitchen, contact Build America LLC at (727) 776-9023 for your free consultation.

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Bathroom Sink – What’s Right for Your Remodel?

The bathroom sinks once had just two options; a drop-in bowl or undermount unless it was a cultured marble sink/countertop combination. None of those options had much style and other than choosing the color, there was little to think about. Today, bathroom designs have more options than ever and if you’re planning a bathroom remodel, you should put some thought into the sink so your new space looks great and works for you.

Sink Options

Today’s bathroom sinks come in many styles, materials, color and other options. Here are the main classifications of bathroom sinks and a few pros and cons of each:

  • Drop-in – These sinks are affordable and come in many colors. They work best with laminate countertops so aren’t as common anymore.
  • Undermount – Most common with natural stone countertops and available in different shapes, sizes and colors.
  • Vessel – One of the trendiest sink options and available in just about every color and many materials. The drawback is that they add height to the countertop so think about the height before choosing a vessel sink. They come in a wide price range.
  • Pedestal – If you are adding a powder room and have just a small space, this is one of the best options. They come in many styles and can go in a corner or against a wall.
  • Wall-mount – These can also be a great space saver or they can be an option that includes some countertop space. They also come in a wide variety of colors and styles.

Few homeowners today choose the countertop incorporated sink made from cultured marble but it is still an option.

Different Bathrooms Need Different Sinks

If your bathroom remodel is to your master bath, you may want to make sure you have plenty of countertop space. For a hall bath, space might be an issue so a wall-mount or pedestal sink might be the best option. If you want a modern style, you might look at a vessel sink. Undermount sinks are the easiest to clean around so for a kid’s bathroom, they’re a great option.

Ultimately, like everything else in your bathroom remodel, the right sink comes down to your style and budget. Build America LLC can help you every step of the way when it comes to choosing the right elements for your bathroom remodel. We’re experienced remodelers and offer free initial consultations. Call us today at (727) 776-9023 or fill out our contact form and we’ll call you.

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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.