Essential Things to Consider Before Hiring Your Contractor

If you are looking to remodel your home in Tampa Bay or St. Petersburg, finding a reliable and experienced contractor can be the difference between peace of mind and sleepless nights. Our team at Rossi Construction have put together a list of the top things to consider and look for when hiring a contractor.

Have a Solid Vision for Your Space

Spend time researching trends and timeless touches you would like to incorporate into the remodel. Explore what kinds of looks and architectural elements you might be interested in adding as well. By have a solid grasp on what you are looking for in your remodel, you can then compare the work of the contractors you will meet with later.

Compare Rates as Well as Quality

A general number is to compare at least three local contractors before deciding on one to renovate your home. Your goal with this tip is to determine how they stack up against one another. This will give you a clearer idea of the costs and budget required, as well as the caliber of work each contractor can produce. As an example, one contractor might bid a low rate that might equate to low quality work, while a higher bid usually suggests top notch quality. Use this information and your research to determine where you fall on the spectrum, and what will meet your project’s needs as well as your standards.

Do Your Research to Determine if the Contractor is a Good Fit

While contractors of all specializations use the title of contractor, there are subcategories within the industry. Some are considered specialists and some generalists. So, seek to ensure their experience and abilities align with what your goals are for your renovation. The top things to look for when reading reviews and looking over their business website are: Do you see a similarity in their past projects and what you are looking for in yours? Do they exhibit quality workmanship and use quality materials? Do their reviews reflect consistent high levels of client satisfaction?

Be Sure to Read the Fine Print

From establishing a start and completion date, detailing information about building fees and required permits, an explanation for what services are covered (demolition, labor, equipment, etc.) and the consequences of a default by their business – the fine print holds the details. Noting the fine print is especially important for the terms of default as it can include things such as the unexpected departure of a subcontractor or an array of other unforeseen challenges. Be sure you are clearly excluded from liability in these instances and look for contractors who have their terms laid out in a fair and easy to understand manner.

How We Can Help

Rossi Construction has proudly served Florida’s Tampa Bay area for almost two decades. We have helped homeowners create or re-invent their space into one they are proud to come home to. Feel free to reach out and request a consultation to discuss the topics mentioned above! If you are interested in more home remodeling inspiration, head over to our gallery to check out some of our recent work.  We look forward to speaking with you and seeing how we can make your home remodeling dream a reality.

Tips to Stay Within Your Kitchen Renovation Budget

Tampa Bay & St. Petersburg Kitchen Remodeling

Tampa Bay & St. Petersburg Kitchen Remodeling

It’s no secret that your kitchen is a fantastic choice when deciding where to upgrade your home. From a mini-make over to a full-scale revamp, not only does a kitchen remodel improve you and your families lives, but your resale value will dramatically increase.  But where to start when planning and designing your kitchen renovation? We are here to help. Since 2000, we at Rossi construction have been helping folks throughout the Tampa Bay area create the kitchen of their dreams – and we have learned a few things along the way. Here are the top 5 things to consider before taking on the exciting endeavor of renovating your kitchen.

What is Your Budget?

A common first consideration when taking on a large home improvement project. It is easy to start out with good intentions, but there are commonly overlooked considerations that come into play drafting your expense list. The first step to ensuring you stay within your budget begins with planning your renovation. The surest way to spend more than is necessary is to make changes after construction and remodeling gets underway. This in one reason why is it considered best practice to consult with and professional, because we can ensure all aspects of the remodel are detailed and priced out beforehand.

Secondly, another common expense is unforeseen structural or electrical damage that requires upgrades to complete the renovation. Our team of professionals can help you budget for the unexpected and help with a pre-renovation inspection to determine the likelihood of these sorts of challenges.

Finally, consider the overall value of your home. A kitchen remodel is considered the best investment when it comes to reselling your home. A recent study found that an average $15,000 renovation saw a return value of roughly 93%. Further, a kitchen generally accounts for 10-15% of a home’s value. With this information in mind, you should seek to prioritize what changes will have the largest impact on the space and maintain or even increase the value of your home.

Establish Your Splurge-Worthy Investments

Have you been eyeing that side-by-side refrigerator? Or envision marble countertops in your upgraded kitchen? Start researching the big-ticket expenses for your remodel and look into customer reviews. This will help you get a feel for not only the quality of top items on your list, but the price. Pricing out appliances is another area where having an experienced professional on hand can be helpful. From evaluating energy costs to planning out how the space will look cohesively, we can help keep with in your budget while still building out the kitchen to your specifications.

Do You Know Who You Are Hiring?

As mentioned, your contractor will play a huge role in ensuring you stay with in your budget and that your kitchen vision is realized. For this reason, is it essential that you are hiring someone who clearly understands your hopes for your remodel. From ensuring your contractor is insured to establishing a realistic and feasible budget and creating a workable timeline the right contractor can make all the difference. Finally, check out their previous work. What better way to determine if a contractor is a good fit than letting their work speak for itself? From residential, to commercial, we at Rossi construction have designed, managed and built out kitchen renovations in the Tampa Bay area of all kinds.

Let’s Get Your Kitchen Renovation Plans Underway 

To learn more about how we can help you begin your kitchen or home remodel, feel free to contact us for more information about our services. If you are searching for some renovation inspiration, have a look at few of our previous projects. We look forward to working with you and turning your kitchen into one you’ll never want to leave!

How to Prepare a Home for Aging in Place

Aging in Place

How does an American senior plan for aging? Many choose to live alone, or “age in place” which has far reaching benefits for the individual and family. Did you know that 87 percent of Americans age 65 and older want to stay in their current home and community as they age? There are reasons why American seniors are choosing to age in place and not all of them emotional. The aging population now has more financial resources and better health due to improvements in medical health care and healthy living compared to previous generations. This favorable financial situation allows more flexible options for a secure retirement than ever before. Here are a few suggestions on how to prepare the home for aging in place.

Falling is a concern for the elderly therefore homes equipped for aging in place have slip-resistant surfaces, especially in wet areas of the house like the bathroom. Handrails and grab bars in the shower are a smart addition to prevent accidents. An accessible roll in shower with multiple shower heads is a good investment. Also, the bathroom sink should be lowered to ensure there’s proper knee clearance.

Other helpful fixes include eliminating steps in the all the entryways to offer convenience to guests of all ages. According to studies, only 1% of homes are ready for aging in place, those are open concept, one level floor plans that are best for seniors. The kitchen where homeowners spend the most renovation money should have an open design and varied counter heights for accessibility. Some seniors install pullout shelves and open shelving for convenience of storage.

Aging in place is a practice that is becoming more common for American seniors. A home that is well prepared and equipped for an aging homeowner will ensure the comfort and safety of the senior for years.

Kitchen Remodeling the Right Way

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kitchen remodeling and designRemodeling kitchens and bathrooms remain two of the most cost effective ways to increase the value of the house and get a significant boost out of your own enjoyment of your home.  Kitchens and baths showcase homes, giving it the “wow” factor when it comes time to sell your house.  Read on to learn more about kitchen remodeling and how to execute it correctly.

There is no way around the expense:

A well-done kitchen remodeling project will not be accomplished inexpensively.  The national average expense for a minor kitchen remodeling project is roughly $19,000, while a major remodel will come in at close to $55,000.  No matter choose a major remodel or minor modifications, you will want to get your priorities in order and only bend where it feels appropriate.

Know what your budget can handle:

To save on expenses, do not try to make any structural changes.  This will include adding additional square footage or turning a family room into part of the kitchen.  If it is at all possible, you should also try to keep appliances and doors where they started.  Keeping the sink where it was originally located will help you avoid additional expenses associated with moving plumbing.

Countertops:

Most of us dream of going all out with concrete or granite countertops.  If you want to keep costs down, laminate or concrete are good options that can give you a look with that “wow” factor.  Laminates are refined and imitate granite and stone without the same hefty price tag.  It can also resist staining, scratching and chipping.

Cabinets:

Cabinets make up at least one-third of the average total kitchen remodeling budget.  Installing cabinets means you will often need new flooring too.  One way to cut cabinet costs is to with standard cabinets, in preset sizes, colors and materials.  If the concept of all standard cabinets bothers you, a combination of standard and custom cabinets may work best for you.  A third option involves replacing just the cabinet doors and drawer fronts and replacing the existing veneer on the box structure.

If you enjoy spending time in your kitchen with your family, you will want to call Rossi Construction, Inc. at 813.436.0177 to schedule a free consultation to discuss kitchen remodeling.

 

Tips for Planning Your Bathroom Remodel

A bathroom can be a calming retreat so it is important to get the perfect design for your style and interests. When planning a bathroom remodel, you should know consider some of the below-mentioned things.

Styles

Consider a classic or traditional style for simplistic bathrooms. A traditionally designed modern bathroom remains timeless. Modern bathroom design incorporates bright colors with contrasting textures. An eclectic bathroom style has an assortment of dissimilar elements. A countrified bathroom has the “bringing the outside inside” element. A romantic bathroom has ornate fixtures and beautifully crafted cabinet designs.   Continue reading “Tips for Planning Your Bathroom Remodel”

The BIG question before you remodel your kitchen

Tampa kitchen remodelingHow do I want to be able to use my kitchen?

How you plan to use your kitchen is a pertinent question to consider before you kick-off a kitchen remodeling project. When you are drafting rough designs or searching the internet or home improvement programs for ideas, you will without a doubt take pleasure exploring innovative options that are available.

However, the number one priority for your remodeling project needs to be kitchen functionality. To answer the question well, you need to take stock of the real way your kitchen is used. This means that if you are not a fan of cooking and you like to order-in several days a week, a high-end range is not a good investment. You do not want to make decisions on the basis of impressing relatives and friends with an ostentatious display of wealth.

On the other hand, if you like to have friends over to enjoy from scratch meals, your regular routine needs to be given plenty of consideration. If the kitchen will serve a dual purpose as a dining room, you will want to make sure the cabinet and appliance choices leave room for a comfortable dining table. Additionally, make sure any seating takes the family and some guests into account.

The Rossi Construction team will help ensure your kitchen remodeling project is tailored to your individual tastes and the needs of your family. You will receive individual attention and customized care as we work to provide you breathtaking results!

Onyx An Unusual Countertop Option

Onyx An Unusual Countertop Option

Onyx An Unusual Countertop OptionFor a Tampa, FL homeowner who is tired of traditional kitchen countertop options like marble and granite, we suggest taking a look at premium onyx as a unique countertop material choice. This natural countertop choice is formed when stalagmites and stalactites drip in caves and form the strikingly dramatic stone. It should be noted that onyx also stands out because it happens to be translucent, which offers you a unique opportunity to install a backlit feature when completing your kitchen remodeling project. This stone option is available in veined pastel patterns.

If you want your kitchen to stand apart from the crowd, there is no denying the beauty of onyx!

Do Kitchens And Bathrooms Really Sell Homes?

remodeling my kitchen

remodeling my kitchenThe answer is a resounding, yes.

Whether you are thinking of sprucing up your home for personal enhancement or selling your home, these two rooms are especially important to the value of your home.

 As a result, these upgrades can come with a hefty price tag and a whole lot of myths.

Smashing Myths

Myth #1: Remodeling is easy. Sorry but that isn’t always true. Renovation jobs can be very easy or tough depending on the home’s layout, age, and any preexisting issues. So, go it your kitchen and bath project with an open mind.

Myth #2: The Lowest Bid Is the Best Value. That is not necessarily true either. The lower bid could end up being costly in the end if they are major mistakes to be repaired. Sometimes the higher bid could be the better value.

 Myth 3: My renovation needs to be overdone to get a higher offer from a buyer or a higher price value from an appraiser. Some renovations can be done that add value to your home with having to be expensive.

Myth 4: I can do most of the renovation myself.  Sure, it’s possible, but it can be much easier, cost effective, and well-done if you use a contractor.

Before you tackle a kitchen or bath reno, consider these tips before you commit.

Do Some Research

You may not be interested in the opinions of your neighbors, but their style and the style of your community can have a place in your home renovating projects.  For example, if homes in your neighborhood include granite countertops and hardwood floors in the kitchen, it is likely that buyers will be interested in seeing those features in your home if you decide to sell. Also, staple and traditional kitchens and bathrooms can add value to your home because they never lose appeal.

 Everything In Moderation

 It can be tempting to make expensive upgrades to your kitchen and bathroom to give your home its personal touches. A bathroom renovation can be a week long project that focuses on added new paint to cabinets and upgrading hardware, or it can turn into a multi-month project that includes a backsplash, new flooring, new cabinets, and an oven range that would rival any 4-star restaurant.

 No matter your renovation needs, the idea is to get the most for your buck, and that may mean making small adjustments that matter.

Finding A Professional

The craftsmanship of the home is equally as important.  You should avoid skimping on quality professionals for costly upgrades. When the craftsmanship is down right, these renovations will be well worth the money and can decrease headaches during the entire process.

Is a Home Addition Right For Me In 2017?

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home remodeling service“Do we opt for a home addition, or simply buy a new home?” This is a question many homeowners face. No matter the decision, both courses of action will ensure a sizeable amount of work and disruption to your daily life and can be costly.

Homeowners who opt to purchase a new home are usually looking for a fresh start, and have no qualms about leaving their current home behind. However, some homeowners are not as keen to start over with a new home and forego the home buying process for something different: Adding onto their existing home.

By opting for a home addition, a homeowner can reap many of the advantages of a new home, without sacrificing the existing home’s comforts that they have lovingly created over the years. For example, an addition will give a property a ‘new’ feel and create additional living space for a growing family; which is often the chief motivator behind the purchase of a new home, to begin with.

And, to top it off, a home addition also provides several other benefits.

Custom Designs

New home additions give some you the freedom to create the room(s) of your dreams. Because let’s face it, no matter how far you search, it’s unlikely you’ll ever find a new home that matches your specifications to a tee. When adding or renovating your home, you have the freedom to tell your contractor exactly what you want and in most cases, they can deliver on your vision.

With television channels like HGTV and social platforms like Pinterest dominating the mainstream, many homeowners are realizing that they too can have the home of their dreams and are looking to add additions and complete renovation in the coming year. In a recent study, it was found that homeowners are looking to ramp up home improvement projects next year.  And, kitchens remodels continue to be the most sought after renovation.

 Here are some other popular home additions and renovations for 2017:

  • Guest rooms
  • Finishing basements
  • Updating exteriors
  • In-law suite
  • Converting garages
  • Covered/screened outdoor living
  • Bathroom additions
  • Adding a second floor
  • Pools

Saving You Money

Renovations can also be cost-effective in long run. Some investment specialists even say that a home addition can increase the value of a property dollar for dollar, thus recouping the entire cost of the addition and renovations when the owner finally decides to sell. But even if the market is such that an addition doesn’t completely increase a property’s value by its construction costs, it can pay for itself in several other ways.

An addition will increase the square footage of the property, adding valuable living space that has a worth all of its own. Then, there are the aesthetic properties of an addition or renovation such as adding beauty as well as function to a home.

An addition it can be just as pleasing from the outside as it is on the inside, and a skilled, custom home builder and contractor will design and create an addition that compliments the existing lines of a property so that the finished project looks cohesive and professional.

If you feel that you’ve outgrown your current home and are thinking of buying something new, perhaps it’s time to think again.