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!

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”

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.

3 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself About Remodeling

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home renovation tipsHome renovation tips are fairly easy to come by with a simple search. However, those can often be generic suggestions, rather than unique and helpful pointers. Chances are, if you’re doing any kind of remodeling construction, you’re going to want to know things like how you should choose a home remodeling service, or how you can tell if something has quality design and construction. For tips on these, read on!

Choosing the right residential renovation contractor.
Different companies boast different talents. While one business may be a general contracting company, they may be especially good at one particular service. Maybe the person they have employed for kitchen remodels is amazing at what they do, and that’s exactly what you need. Check their website and ask around before you make any concrete decisions. Bathroom remodels are the most popular among homeowners, making up 78% of renovations. That make sense, considering the return on investment (ROI) for that type of remodel is 63.6%. This means that many contractors are likely qualified. If this is your choice of remodel, and you can focus more on our next tip.

Does this company utilize quality design and construction?
Unfortunately, some companies follow a business plan that values quantity over quality. Beware of these types of contractors! They may be cheaper and faster, but it will show in their work. Chip in the few extra dollars so that you can take pride in your new room or update, and avoid the frustration of incompetent workers. Check on their portfolio, and ask about the products and tools they use. As long as you do some digging around, you’ll be fine!

What type of renovation are you doing? Can it be done on your own?
Many times, someone’s first instinct is to call someone for help, rather than attempt the project on their own. Obviously if you’re remodeling your entire kitchen, or transforming your basement or attic (which has an ROI of 84.3%), you need to hire a contractor. But if it’s something smaller, like repainting a room, or installing new fixtures, you can probably find step by step directions online. Just keep in mind that what may take a contractor 20 hours, could easily take you 60 — and that’s a lot of Saturdays.

How do you find home renovation tips? Were these helpful? Give us your advice and thoughts in the comments!

What Are The Most Popular Home Design Trends Of 2015?

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home remodeling serviceSurprisingly, repairs and property damage fixes make up a large chunk of home remodeling services (36%!). Even so, an even greater number of Americans are infusing homes with new designs, decor, and furniture to work toward creating a better home. Although homeowners’ ultimate “vision” or design goals vary a great deal, 98% agree that they haven’t achieved them yet. Fifty-four percent of homeowners optimistically concede that they are “half-way there,” according to a 2014 Houzz survey. So what’s on the horizon? What new trends can help homeowners on their way to complete interior design?

Food Isn’t The Only Thing That’s Locally Sourced
Whether you are remodeling the bathroom (the top home improvement project requested by 78% of homeowners), otherwise tweaking your master bathroom design, or making over the attic and transforming it into a new bedroom (a project with a shockingly impressive ROI of 84.3%), one thing is certain: If you can use locally sourced wood and materials for modern furniture, you are one step ahead of the game. Environmentally-conscious consumers are not stopping at locally sourced foods from the grocery store and restaurants with food-to-table models; in fact, many prefer furniture crafted by local businesses from local timber or lumber stores.

A Penchant For The Bizarre
One of the many perks of remodeling your home — especially if you have a sizable budget — is doing whatever you want. And more homeowners are embracing that trend. More consumers are going out of their way to make home improvements, or even just to add touches, that are completely and uniquely their own. Loft bookcases, “sunken” or floor-level baths, glass floors, and textured ceilings are just a few of the extraordinary changes homeowners are making to start conversations or make a statement. Ask home remodeling services about your options — or run a few ideas you have by them.

Whether you are working with home renovation services, a residential renovation contractor, or quality design and construction companies, you can finally achieve the perfect vision of your home. And more people are doing it by opting for locally sourced furniture or adding at least one feature that is markedly different — and something you are unlikely to see anywhere else.

Rossi holds contest for a home remodeling project

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Jason Rossi from Rossi Construction, located in Tampa, FL, is giving away a one hundred dollar gift card to Home Depot.

The point of the contest is to help one lucky winner accomplish a small in home project rather that be something that needs to get finished or something new and exciting.

The contest is open to all residents of the Tampa Bay area.

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It’s quick, easy and fun to enter! Here is how you enter:

1)   Must live in or around Tampa Bay

2)   Must  “like” the Rossi Construction Facebook Page

3)   Leave a post on the Facebook Page describing your ideal home remodeling project.

4)   Tell your friends to “like” your post because the post with the most likes wins!

Note: The comment you leave does not have to describe what you will use the one hundred dollar gift card for. The comment can be the most elaborate or creative home remodeling project you can come up with.  It’s up to you.

The contest ends at the end of this month – 10/31/14 is the deadline to enter.  We will contact the winner, get their contact information and mail the gift card! Good Luck. 

Ideas for his and hers bathroom designs

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When you are in a relationship with someone, you begin to get used to sharing most things. You might share the butter and jelly in the morning. You might share a car during the day and you probably share a bed at night. Sharing can be a wonderful thing about being in a relationship but when it comes to bathroom space, sharing isn’t always ideal. In fact, having your own space in the bathroom can be wonderful! Below are some awesome design ideas for his and her bathrooms. 

Sinks for each of you

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Cabinets between the sinks for each of you 

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Individual closets 

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Seating for the times you are waiting on your spouse to finish getting ready

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Double shower heads and a large shower space 

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Create a bathtub for two

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If you like any of the designs here or if these photos inspired you to come up with an idea of your own, call Rossi Construction for ultimate bathroom remodeling in Tampa.

 

 

How Much Will It Cost to Renovate Your Home?

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Tampa RenovationMoney is obviously at the forefront of every homeowner’s mind when it comes to making renovations, but figuring out just how much one will cost you can be a bit tricky. While home renovations will definitely have an upfront cost, that’s just part of the story—many times updates will increase a home’s value, and these amounts should be factored into the calculations as well. If you’re contemplating a Tampa renovation, but are unsure about how much it will set you back, use this quick guide to help estimate costs.   Continue reading “How Much Will It Cost to Renovate Your Home?”