How To Plan A Successful Building Project

A home renovation can be stressful because it requires a lot of time and planning. At Rossi Construction, we’ve been in business for almost 20 years. Our experienced teamknowsthe ins and outs and what it takes to flawlessly execute a home project.

Follow our tips for a successful home remodel or renovation:

Step 1: Have a Plan

Before you meet with contractors, it’s good to have an idea of what you want as well as your budget. Understanding how you want your layout to look or what design elements you want to include will help us to create our plan and ultimately meet your goals.

Step 2: Get the Proper Permits

Often time permits end up slowing down a home project. Make the initiative to start early so that you can get your home remodel done within your expectations. Look into what laws and environmental restrictions are in place where your project is to avoid surprises later!

Step 3: Go Shopping

It’s essential to choose important design elements sooner rather than later. Items like appliances, furniture,flooring and paint options are a necessity for our team to begin our processes. Some items may take weeks or even months to be shipped to the job site,so planning these items ahead of time will help keep your project on time and moving smoothly.

Step 4: Allow Us to Do Our Job

While it’s tempting to want to know every detail of what’s happening each day, try to relax and let us do our job. We will always communicate with you, especially if we have questions or need clarification. As professionals, we know the task at hand and want to make sure we execute it properly without distractions.

If you’re ready to take the next steps and get started on your next home project, we’re here to help! We offer a free consultation and would be happy to review your plans. Reach out today and learn how we can make your dream renovation project a reality!

 

Easy and Effective Ways to Make Your Home Energy Efficient

Making “green” decisions are important in our everyday lives in order to help create a sustainable earth.These days, technology has advanced so much that we can modify and create energy efficient homes. Now more than ever it’s important to think of our environment during the building or remodeling process.

Solar Panels

Utilizing solar panels is typically the first thing that comes to mind as an option to make your home energy efficient. While they are an investment up front, the long-term savings and benefits are worth it. Solar power systems create clean, pure energy from the sun. While it helps to have abundant sunshine to power the system, solar panels can still draw energy on cloudy days. Solar power will work during a drought or heat wave too. Solar panels save you money from day one. Not only will they reduce your monthly costs, there are also tax incentives to installing them on your home. Most importantly, the environment and our earth will benefit too. Solar power won’t pollute water resources or put strain on the world’s water supply. Overall a win-win all around!

Update Windows

Did you know heat gain and heat loss through windows accounts for nearly 30% of residential heating and cooling costs? By updating your windows,you can reduce energy loss, keep your home comfortable and save money on energy bills.Energy efficient windows are designed to prevent your heated or cooled air from escaping from your home.Look for the Energy Star logo when choosing windows and be sure to speak with us about the most efficient frame to use with your window for the most savings.

Energy Efficient Appliances

Home appliances accounts for nearly 20% of your home’s electric bill. With rates going up each year, why not choose Energy Star appliances? Energy Star appliances are certified by the U.S. Department of Energy and use 10 to 50% less energy each year than standard appliances.

Replace your refrigerator alone with an Energy Star model could prevent more than 5,000 pounds of carbon pollution over five years.Imagine if we all did this how much that would greatly help the environment?Also,don’t forget to recycle your old appliances too. By recycling, you’ll prevent thousands of pounds of carbon emissions.

At Rossi Construction, we are committed to excellence. If you’re in the process of building or remodeling your home, let our team help guide you in making energy efficient decisions for your home. From the design process through the build, we can help you help the environment while also helping you save money. Contact us today to learn more 813-436-0177.

 

How to Budget for a Renovation

Preparing for a home construction project is a big task. There is a lot of planning from both a financial and technical standpoint. It is important to have the right team on your side to help you plan accordingly and execute everything within budget.

Before you get started trying to plan your budget, it’s important to ask yourself these questions:

  • What do you want this project to accomplish?
  • What details are needed to make it happen?
  • What are you willing to compromise on?
  • What are you willing to splurge on?

With those questions in mind, these are some important budgeting considerations we tell all our clients:

  • Expect to spend at least $100 to $200 per square foot on any renovation.
  • It’s easier, and potentially more affordable, to prioritize projects by room and build a budget around the cost of each individual project.
  • Before you set your budget, decide how you will finance the project (cash, credit, loan, etc.)

To get an estimated idea of what your remodeling budget should be, consider the value of your home as a whole. You don’t want to spend more than 10 to 15% of your home’s value on a single room.Additionally, we always tell clients to set aside 10 to 20% of your available funds for unexpected expenses. While we try to plan for all situations, sometimes things come up in a project that is beyond our control. We’ve also found that sometimes homeowners choose to upgrade certain aspects too. We’d rather have extra funds allotted for these instances rather than being stuck and unable to complete the job.

If you’re currently planning a home remodeling project, we’re here to help. With our experience, we can guide you early in the planning process to help make decisions that will stay within your budget while still accomplishing your desired design. Reach out today and let’s discuss how we can create a plan for making your remodeling dreams a reality! Call today at 813-436-0177.

 

Choosing Cabinets and Counters – What’s Your Kitchen Remodel Style?

When planning a kitchen remodel, it’s no secret that cabinets and countertops not only take up a lot of visual space but represent a big portion of your budget. Pair this with their ability to transform the look of your space, choosing the right cabinets and countertops for your personal style and family lifestyle is essential in creating your dream kitchen. But where to start? Rossi Construction has put together this handy guide full of pointers and considerations to take into account when planning your kitchen remodel.

Minimal and Modern 

As mentioned, your personal style will be the largest factor in what color and design you will choose to incorporate into your new kitchen. Modern minimalism is seen on the cover of countless home design magazines, and with good reason! Marked by clean lines and no fuss, there are few rooms that are better to keep clean and simple than the kitchen. Consider a calming grey wood stain and cabinets with simple small handles.

For the countertops, consider the needs of your family in addition to your preferred style. Granite is a stunning popular option, but the maintenance and resealing required to prevent staining is something to factor into your decision.  For this reason, quartz has risen in popularity and the beautiful white and neutral colors throughout it compliments a minimal clean kitchen perfectly. A modern kitchen is often completed with shiny stainless-steel appliances, sure to stand the test of time in your new kitchen.

Tradition over Trend 

If your personal style preference tends to be on the more traditional end of the spectrum, you would likely enjoy a traditional style kitchen remodel. Beautiful cabinets with medium to dark woods like oak, cherry or mahogany will add a homey warmth to your traditional kitchen for that timeless traditional feel. A traditional kitchen design means careful attention to detail, which generally includes more ornate touches and moldings. For your traditional kitchen’s countertops, consider granite, marble or wood as any will complete your traditional look beautifully.

Contemporary Changes

If you are still having trouble nailing down your ideal kitchen design style, you might find yourself drawn to contemporary style. Contemporary is sometimes confused with modern, likely because they do share elements. contemporary is the celebration off all things currently making waves. Transitional contemporary design is a beautiful combination of themes from modern traditional and beyond. The term itself means “of the moment” which means it is always changing to celebrate the hottest styles of the time. and traditional that is ensure you’ll have a beautiful kitchen. Before starting on your transitional kitchen design project, it is important to have a clear theme in mind. It may help you to search for design ideas on apps like Pinterest or leaf through design magazines. We can meet with you and discuss how to incorporate the design elements you are looking for while using quality materials and top-notch craftsmanship.

Kitchen Remodeling by Rossi Construction

Ready to start planning your kitchen renovation? Rossi Construction has been serving the Tampa Bay area for nearly two decades and we take pride in making a house into a home. Our goal is quality installations and stand-out materials at unbeatable prices. Reach out today and let’s discuss how we can create a plan for making your kitchen remodel dreams a reality! Call today at 813.436.0177.

 

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.

Use These Tips to Hire the Best General Contractor in Tampa

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contractFinding the right Tampa general contractor can be a difficult decision—you’re placing a lot of trust in the person you ultimately decide to go with, and you want to make sure that you’ve chosen someone that is both reliable and good fit. Thankfully, making this choice doesn’t have to be a shot in the dark—there are some tips and strategies that make picking a winner much easier. If you’re currently in the process of selecting a general contractor or will be using one in the future, here are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind.  Continue reading “Use These Tips to Hire the Best General Contractor in Tampa”

7 Ways to Update Your Kitchen

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helpful remodeling tipsIf you’re looking to show your kitchen a little love, why not try some of these tips for giving it a new, updated look? Trends in Tampa construction have shown that you don’t have to be a carpentry whiz or make huge changes to have a big impact on the overall feel of the kitchen!

Tip #1—Double Up on Your Cabinets

Cabinet space is a valuable commodity in the kitchen, and anything you can do to maximize it will be a big improvement. If the height of your ceiling allows it, you can actually double your storage space by stacking cabinets on top of each other.

Tip #2—Don’t Underestimate Your Dish Towels

Dish towels are a very utilitarian Tampa kitchen staple, but they can also be a contributor to the look and feel of your kitchen as well. An interesting pattern or color can make a cheerful splash without being too overbearing.

Tip #3—Invest in a Wine Rack

Even if you’re not a big wine drinker, a wine rack is a great way to give your kitchen a feeling of elegance or sophistication. Plus, wine racks make great storage spaces for things like bottles, cups, and jars.

Tip #4—Keep the Lighting Tasteful

The kitchen is not the place to experiment with all sorts of wild and crazy lighting options. Keep it simple and remember that even traditional choices can still feel modern and elegant. Hanging brass lamps with pleated shades are a classic choice that provides a subdued and tasteful atmosphere.

Tip #5—Consider Open Shelving

If you’re a fan of a simple aesthetic and you’ve got lots of nice dishes you want to show off, why not go with open shelving? They’re easier to install than traditional cabinets and you’ll have quick access to anything you need in the kitchen.

Tip #6—Try Deep Drawers

If you simply don’t have a lot of space for extra cabinets and shelves, installing deeper drawers is another great storage option. Properly installed, these drawers can hold everything from plates and cups to small appliances.

Tip #7—Go Minimalist

A minimalist color scheme is one great way to give your kitchen a modern appearance. Gray with white accents is always a reliable choice, and some black in the kitchen can work as well—but keep in mind that very dark colors can make a room appear smaller than it actually is.

From Concept to Reality—Get the Home You’ve Been Dreaming Of

You’ve finally made up your mind—you’re going to design your dream home. Now what? Unfortunately, you have a lot of work and tough choices ahead of you, but if you’re smart and plan ahead, then the process can be very rewarding and fun. Below, we’ll take a look at some of the most important steps in the process that will hopefully put you on the right path towards the home of your dreams!

Decide on Your Dream Home

Many people think they know what they want out of their dream house, but when really pressed for specifics they don’t have much to say! The first step in designing a house is taking some time to figure out what “dream home” actually means to you. This is especially important if you’re going to be sharing the house with a spouse or other loved one—their idea of a dream home may be radically different than yours!

Hire a Trustworthy Crew

There are plenty of Tampa construction crews out there waiting to build you a home, but not all of them will be a great fit for you. When trying to find workers to actually build your house take some time and do a little research.

Get Involved

Obviously you probably won’t be up in the rafters hammering away with the crew, but try to take as active a role in the construction of your house as possible. Take some time to watch the crew in action, and most importantly, get regular updates from the foreman. Staying in touch with them is vital in case any issues should happen to arise.

Get a Head Start on Design

You should be thinking about the design aspects of your house long before the time actually comes to implement them. Be sure to cover all your bases—everything from color schemes to light fixtures needs to be accounted for. Making these choices at the last minute can lead to lots of stress and regret, so it’s best to just get them out of the way early on in the process.

Enjoy Your New House

Once everything is said and done, enjoy your accomplishment! Designing a house is hard work, so don’t be afraid to show it off. Invite some friends over and use your house for what it was meant for—living!

 

References:

[1]       http://money.cnn.com/2004/11/08/pf/saving/willis_tips/

[2]       http://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-home/2014/january-february/how-to-build-your-dream-home

Advice for a Successful Kitchen Remodel

Many people think of remodeling a kitchen as a big hassle, but if you’re smart about it, the process can be quite fun and painless. The best general advice for a Tampa kitchen remodel is this—make a plan and then plan some more. When it comes to your home and your money, you can never think about the process too much, and even after you’ve made up your mind don’t forget to expect the unexpected! Here are just a few of the many things you’ll need to think about when planning your own kitchen remodeling project.

 

Be Realistic

You may have a plan for your dream kitchen but does it address the real-world needs you’ll be facing? You might think you want tons of counter space and perhaps even an island, but if you know you won’t be doing a lot of cooking, then much of that space is going to be wasted when it could have been allocated for something more useful. Conversely, if you’re remodeling on a budget and don’t want to spend lots of money on counter space but you’re also an avid cook you might regret that lack of space when all is said and done.

Measure Your Appliances

There’s nothing more heartbreaking than completing a kitchen remodel only to find that your large appliances don’t fit in the space you’ve allotted them. Before you sketch even one blueprint, always make sure you know the exact measurements for things like your stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher.

Don’t Neglect Your Lighting

Lights are a small part of a room but they make a big impact. When it comes to the kitchen, being practical is always best. Make sure you have enough fixtures to successfully illuminate the whole room. Modern fluorescent lighting is a great choice for the kitchen because it makes reading recipes and ingredient lists a breeze.

Mind Your Corners

When it comes to drawers and cabinets, corners can be a nightmare. It will take some planning, but make sure that all your doors won’t be banging into one another. This is a loud, impractical nuisance that can really scuff up a paint job if you’re not careful.

References: [1] http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/remodeling/planning/kitchen-remodeling/ [2] http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/kitchens/tips-for-kitchen-remodeling/#.