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.

Now Hiring Tile Installers – Tampa

Now hiring a Tampa tile installer

Now hiring a Tampa tile installerRossi Construction, Inc. is a fast growing construction company doing business around the Tampa Bay area. We are currently looking for highly skilled tile installers.

We are currently looking for skilled tile installers. We are looking for skilled craftsmen with experience on how to effectively complete projects on time and under budget. We want people who move quickly and effectively to get the job done correctly the first time. We want people who consider themselves artist in their trade.

Previous Job Experience Required. All tile installers must be able to do mud sets/mud beds and work with stone.

Knowledge Required to Successfully Execute the Job:

The candidate will possess extensive knowledge of residential construction, residential remodeling, construction practices, construction procedures, construction techniques, tools, equipment, materials, specifications, quality control, safety and applicable building codes.

The candidate will also be proficient in:

  • Blueprint reading;
  • Layout;
  • Project completion;
  • Change order experience;
  • Project scheduling;
  • The ability to communicate details to employees and others.

Preference will be given to anyone also conveying skill in:

  • Mathematics;
  • Problem solving;
  • Organizational skills.

This is a hands-on position, in which the skilled craftsman will be working as part of a team under a working lead. If your skills match our requirements, please express your interest for the position by submitting your work history.

Rossi Construction is dedicated to quality as a result we are looking for team players who are hardworking, dedicated, loyal people who take pride in their work. We want people who consider themselves artisans in their trades.

Rossi Construction is a full service construction company specializing in Design-Build. Our projects take us from New Construction both residential and commercial to kitchen & bath remodels as well as other home improvement needs.

We offer qualified employees an excellent benefits package.

Rossi Construction is a drug free work place.

Fall Home Improvement Projects

Rossi Construction, Inc. Fall 2016 Home Improvement Projects

Rossi Construction, Inc. Fall 2016 Home Improvement ProjectsNow it’s time for summer Netflix binge watching to end and Floridians to emerge from indoors, and that means it’s time to make the focus home improvement projects instead. Autumn definitely creates predictable work in the yard, such as planning and planting a vegetable garden. There are a number of tasks that are less obvious but equally important in order to get your house in top-notch shape before your family makes the most of outdoor spaces.

Check all siding and trim:

Enlist a trusted friend or family member to help you inspect your house for any boards or siding that has been damaged during the wet weather in summer 2016. If a board was damaged and there is visible rot threatening the structural integrity, you should consider replacing it with a low-maintenance options.

Evaluate the state of your deck:

If fall and winter 2015 were rough on your deck, consider replacing it before the calendar flips to late October 2016. Talk to a representative from Rossi Construction, Inc. about using high density polyethylene (HDPE) recycled plastic lumber (RPL) in a deck construction project. This man-made material is:

  • Durable.
  • Moisture resistant.
  • Unfriendly to bugs and rot.

Replace or secure deck railings:

An unstable railing can lead to family members suffering injuries, even if the body of your deck is still sound. This means you should check all elements to make sure they are functioning properly.

Determine if you need to replace doors:

While the weather is mild, you will also want to consider replacing any old doors with more energy efficient exterior doors. This should include patio doors, storm doors and all exterior doors without a storm door. A new door will help keep cool air trapped inside once we move back into the tropical part of our calendar.

Replace windows that are no longer energy efficient:

Did you feel a disproportionate amount of heat next to certain windows during the spring and summer? Have you noticed inexplicable condensation on these windows? Multi-pane glass will typically offer a solution to these problems. Most home owners choose to have a professional swap problem windows with efficient windows that will increase your comfort and decrease your cooling bills next spring!

Home ownership means maintaining both the interior and exterior elements of your home. With improved weather, fall is the perfect time to review, upgrade and improve your home. The problem is that replacement of siding, construction of a new deck and installation of new doors can be a difficult prospect for a home owner. Only you will be able to decide if you’re prepared to take on the responsibility of completing the projects on your own. If you frequently call yourself a master workman, then we wish you well. If you’re navigating a fulltime job, school sport schedules and attempting to get a solid six hours of sleep, it can pay to hire an experienced team to complete repairs, or plan new builds. Call Rossi Construction, Inc. at 813-436-0177 to schedule a free consultation.

Tampa Construction Firm Now Hiring Lead Carpenters

Rossi Construction, Inc. Fall 2016 Home Improvement Projects

Rossi Construction LogoRossi Construction, Inc. is a fast growing construction company doing business around the Tampa Bay area. We are currently looking for small construction business owners who are tired of working for themselves and dealing with the headaches that go along with being a business owner. We are looking for owners who enjoy the hands on part of their business, people who like to work with their hands and run a job site. We are looking for people with extensive experience in bathroom and kitchen remodeling.

We are currently looking for working Superintendents/Lead Carpenters. A Superintendent/ Lead Carpenter is a craftsman with extensive skill and experience level, able to manage job sites with multiple employees and trade contractors. We are looking for skilled craftsmen with experience on how to effectively complete projects on time and under budget. We want people who move quickly and effectively to get the job done correctly the first time.

Previous Job Experience Required

A Superintendent/Lead Carpenter must have a minimum of seven years in all phases of residential construction and supervisory experience. The ideal candidate will have owned and operated their own construction business in the past.

Knowledge Required to Successfully Execute the Job

The candidate will possess extensive knowledge of residential construction, residential remodeling, construction practices, construction procedures, construction techniques, tools, equipment, materials, specifications, quality control, safety and applicable building codes. The candidate must also possess experience in drywall installation, drywall finishing, tile installation, cabinet installation, plumbing, electrical, metal framing and wood framing.

The candidate will also be proficient in:

  • Blueprint reading;
  • Layout;
  • Framing;
  • Project completion;
  • Change order experience;
  • Project scheduling;
  • The ability to communicate details to employees and others.

Preference will be given to anyone also conveying skill in:

  • Mathematics;
  • Problem solving;
  • Organizational skills.

This is a hands-on position, in which the Superintendent/Lead Carpenter will be require to build the project with their hands as well as ensure that trades and materials are scheduled and that the project comes in on time and on budget. If your skills match our requirements, please express your interest for the position by submitting your work history.

Rossi Construction is dedicated to quality as a result we are looking for team players who are hardworking, dedicated, loyal people who take pride in their work. We want people who consider themselves artisans in their trades.

Rossi Construction is a full service construction company specializing in Design-Build. Our projects take us from New Construction both residential and commercial to kitchen & bath remodels as well as other home improvement needs.

We offer qualified employees an excellent benefits package. Rossi Construction is a drug free work place.

To submit your application, please visit our online application page.