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.
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”
Building your dream home is an exciting undertaking, but it’s also one that requires a lot of preparation. Overlooking something in the planning process can lead to trouble as you begin the construction. Here are a few things that you’ll want to avoid when designing and building a new home here in Tampa.
1) Not Using Your Space Wisely
Space is the number one resource that a new home provides you, and not using that space wisely will only make life harder for you. Finding a balance between living and storage spaces will vary depending on what your needs are, but take time to think about where and what you want your spaces to be before you start building.
2) Misjudging Your HVAC Needs
AC and heat are the only things that will make your home bearable in the hot summer months and cold winter months. Choosing an HVAC unit that is too small for your home will leave you wanting more from it, while choosing a unit that is too big will cost you a fortune in energy bills.
3) Messing Up the Lighting
Compensating for a lack of window lighting with light fixtures will be expensive, and too much window lighting might affect your privacy. Take some time to think about how you can strike a balance between the two.
4) Misplacing Your Laundry Room
Since most people keep their clothing in the bedroom, it’s best to have a laundry room that’s nearby. Lugging heavy loads across the house will get tiresome very quickly.
5) Building Useless Rooms
If you’re a childless family, will you really be using a game room enough to warrant building one? Unused rooms are not only costly when working with Tampa construction companies but also end up being makeshift closets.
6) Misplacing Your Kitchen
Your kitchen should be near an entrance to your home but not so close that it receives too much foot traffic. To help cut down on this problem, consider placing it near the rear entrance.
7) Misplacing Your Bedroom
Unlike the kitchen, you want your bedroom to be far away from the entrances of your house. Also try to keep the master bedroom from sharing a wall with any key living areas.
8) Misplacing Your Garage
Limit the amount of mud and dirt that get tracked in your house by placing the garage away from your busiest rooms.
9) Poor Planning in General
Building a home should not be a rush job, and hurrying the process too much will cause you to make the mistakes listed here as well as others you might not have considered. Take your time so that you can enjoy the finished product.
10) Getting too much Outside Advice
While most people giving you construction advice mean well, they can become overbearing at times. You’re the one who will be living in the home, so make sure that you’re calling the shots during construction.
Think of any old home and all you can picture is a 5’ x 8’ bathroom! That tends to be a little cramped! New homes these days have a guest bathroom or an oversized closet this size. It is important to keep your bathroom beautiful without going overboard on the budget! So, how can you manage this seemingly impossible task of meshing style and affordability!?
Not to worry, it will not take a ton of cash or lots of space to create a bathroom that radiates peace and tranquility. All you need are some ideas, a creative general contractor from Rossi Construction, Inc. and planning. With great colors, the right lighting and scaling down hardware, you will be able to create the illusion of a spacious bathroom.
Hit the ground with a smart plan and you are on your way to a wow-worthy bathroom remodeling project! Here are some tips to employ before you start the remodeling.
Tips for remodeling a small bathroom:
Bathroom renovation can quickly get out of hand. A one-of-a-kind sink, a granite countertop and the like can add to the costs quicker than you can say “over budget.” Here are pointers that should be part of your plan when you start bathroom renovation project.
Do not be afraid to have a budget!
This sounds like common sense, right? Still, people do not usually consider the financial implications until the very end of the bathroom redesign project and they are unable to handle the debt. Figure out what you want to spend your money on and make a compromise with the things you can afford at the start of your project. Have someone from Rossi Construction, Inc. sit with you while the calculations are completed, so the two of you can agree on all that needs to be completed.
Leave the plumbing where it started!
The sink, shower and toilet are always best left in their original position. It may look easy to make the move, but it will involve a lot of work to modify and move the plumbing to new sites. A plumbing move may even involve work on the walls and additional rooms within your home. This can be too much work and you will need to spend much of your budget to get the move completed. Spend the money on other, more important fixtures and fittings.
Add bigger, better lights!
Try adding sconces on either side of a vanity mirror. Do not forget to add a dimmer, they come in handy when it is time to relax in the bath.
Ventilate the bathroom!
A vented exhaust fan is a must for smaller bathrooms. Way too much moisture can age fixtures and fittings, which can put all of your renovation efforts to waste.
Try these small bathroom remodeling ideas to make sure that the end result is pleasing to look at and affordable as well. Contact the Rossi Construction, Inc. specialists at 813.436.0177 to set an appointment for a free bathroom remodeling consultation.
There is no doubt that even planning a Tampa home renovation project can be time-consuming and stressful to the entire family. The process includes finding a trusted contractor, pursuing construction permits, securing money and planning for the unexpected. Here are some remodeling and renovation preparation tips from our pros at Rossi Construction, Inc. to help you get started the right way!
Plan: Know what you will need for the Tampa home renovation project.
- It is vital that you do your homework. Start with a list of preferences for items like flooring, appliances, lighting and the detail features too. Include brand names in your list of preferences. Keeping things out in the open will keep you and the Tampa general contractor on the same page about the costs and the quality of the products being used. The more detailed your list, the easier it will be for you to make the connection with a general contractor.
- Allow your ideas to hit paper by making sketches, and draw your ideas for the floor plans in the remodel. This will give your general contractor a visual to work with in his or her efforts to bring the renovation to life.
Budget: Keep a tight watch on your bank account!
- Never just make the budget a matter of what products you want a general contractor to use, you need to add the estimate for how much installation will cost. Factor this information along with miscellaneous expenses such as dining out, if construction makes your kitchen temporarily unavailable to your family. If you look at the big picture, it will lead to a realistic budget.
- If it is possible set aside and additional 10% – 15% more than you figure the Tampa remodeling project will ultimately cost.
Hiring a Team: Never be afraid to ask the right questions!
- Ask a potential general contractor what type of warranty will be offered, and what the warranty covers.
- Always ask for a copy of his or her business license.
- Determine who will be responsible for getting the permits for the job.
Rossi Construction, Inc. invites anyone interested in renovating their Tampa home to call 813.436.0177 to set a time and date for a free remodeling consultation.
Budgeting for a Tampa bathroom remodeling project can be a test of both your time and self-control. It is possible to create a spa retreat in your master bathroom, but does that mean packing a lunch for work for five years? Also, will your bathroom renovation plans cancel out other plans for additional home remodeling projects? Think of a luxury bathroom as an island, if it is set within a home that is in disrepair!
This means you need to approach the bathroom budgeting project with a realistic attitude. Before you get upset, keep in mind that there is almost nothing that is impossible to do on a budget because manufacturers offer a wide range of fixtures and finishes with which you can accomplish goals.
It is time to do your homework!
Begin by researching all of the options currently available on the bathroom remodeling market today. Flip through magazines, visit Pinterest, check local home improvement trade shows, talk to a professional and begin to build a list of everything you are not able to live without. After the wish list is built, revise that to a reality list with pricing.
Ask for the real numbers!
When you are interviewing a professional to do a Tampa bathroom remodel, make sure the number you are being given is both accurate and realistic. Be wary if any professional quotes a project at $40,000 and another claims he can complete the same job for $15,000. You need the hard numbers, something that is only accomplished when a list of materials is chosen before the actual project begins.
Live for the unexpected moments!
The one sure thing about any renovation project is that you will spend more than planned. The key is to keep all of the unexpected overages within reason. There is a fine line between splurging and making foolish mistakes with a budget. Beyond fixture changes, there is also tear-out surprises that can suddenly appear behind the walls.
If it is time to turn your reality based wish list into a Tampa bathroom remodeling project budget, call us at 813.436.0177 to schedule a free consultation. A specialist from Rossi Construction, Inc. will consult with you regarding the realities of a remodeling budget, and put you on the path toward a successful project!
Tips for remodeling a bathroom:
- The best place to start any remodeling project is the budget. Not only will it have a big impact on the type of materials you select for your Tampa bathroom renovation, it will also help you set the boundaries your design will incorporate. Knowing what you are comfortable able to afford will make it easier to decide the items you want to replace, and where you will need to rely on the creativity of a general contractor.
- Going “green” is good for both you and the environment. Green products often are more appealing in an aesthetic sense, function better, emit fewer chemicals and are often generally healthier because of the care in their design. An eco-friendly approach to remodeling is not just about new products, it can be something as simple as choosing to refurbish wood instead of tossing it in the dump.
- Looking for a way to keep the remodeling budget from jumping? Avoid moving the plumbing! Moving a sink and toilet looks easy at first glance, but the problem lies beneath the surface and the costs involved in moving the plumbing. If you spend less cash moving fixtures, there will be more money to spend on an awesome new shower system.
- Do not underestimate the importance of good lighting in a bathroom. Sconce lighting on the vanity is the best way to get even lighting on your face, and installing it at eye level will keep away shadows that really do little for your appearance. Dim lighting makes a relaxing bath perfect, while bright lights make it easy to get ready for work in the morning.
If your bathroom is in need of a renovation review, give Rossi Construction, Inc. a call at 813.436.0177 to set a date and time for a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!
People often wonder if it makes sense to hire a general contractor for their Tampa home remodeling or renovation project. It depends on the nature of the project, your construction knowledge and the free time you have on your hands. First, we really need to talk about cost.
As with any service, there is a cost associated with hiring a general contractor for your home renovation project; it falls to them to pay a staff and ultimately make a profit for their company. Unlike some other service providers, all fees are clearly stated. The problem is that the fee for a general contractor is often buried in the overall price of the project, leaving people to assume that general contractors simply buy a product and resell it at a profit. That is not really the case. A general contractor is a service company, providing expertise, planning, management, advice and problem solving skills. If you have the time and the expertise, there is no reason for you to rely on the services of a trained professional. If you are honest with yourself about the commitment required, you will see that managing a large construction project takes time and expertise that you just do not have.
For the right Tampa renovation project, a good general contractor will save you money in the end. Projects will be completed much more quickly, there will be fewer mistakes made and there will be minimal need for reworking a completed segment of a project. If problems do arise during the renovation, the general contractor can work with you to value engineer cost-effective solutions. In addition, the general contractor will also manage subcontractors to ensure that the work produced is of the highest possible quality. It all saves you money maintenance down the road.
The bigger and more complex a Tampa remodeling project is, the more likely you are to benefit from the skills and training of a general contractor.
If you are not able to commit the time, and will not be able to be on site when work is being done, then it is in your best interest to find a general contractor to manage your renovation project. Schedule a free consultation with an expert in project management from Rossi Construction, Inc. by calling 813.436.0177.
There is a lot to think about, select and organize on a Tampa remodeling project, whether it is a single room or a whole-house remodeling plan. Small remodeling projects often have the same list of tasks as larger projects, and the same potential for material selection and delivery to throw your schedule for a loop. Anything can go wrong during a Tampa remodeling project, but some parts will cause more difficulty than others.
Here are a couple of areas you should keep an extra close eye on as you plan any Tampa remodeling project for your home.
Cabinets affect a wide range of tradespeople who are lined-up to work directly after their installation during your Tampa remodeling project. Flooring, tile and countertop installation are all linked to the casework in both baths and kitchens. Ordering cabinets requires multiple layers of design and selection, including decisions about room layout; door function; wood and paint; and molding choices. A field measure will also be a must.
Expect a floor plan and drawings showing how cabinets will look straight-on, with complete measurements and notes. You will need to approve these before production can begin.
Narrow the number of wood choices and general style of the cabinets early, so the biggest decisions are out of the way early. Knowing the lead time from the cabinet shop is also critical, and it will not hurt to add an extra cushion to that to make sure your cabinets arrive on time.
When you make tile selections, you will have to consider more than just how it looks after the Tampa remodeling project is complete. You also need to make sure the tile you select has all of the pieces necessary for installation, a question an architect or a tile setter will be able to answer. Still, there are times that the tile will arrive with all of the appropriate pieces but it is still not quite right due to color differences from the sample. The dimensions and colors may not be quite what you saw in the showroom, particularly if you have chosen a natural stone or slate. It is important to understand that even factory-made tile can vary from one batch to another.
Ask for a sample from the local tile supplier’s warehouse to ensure that the stock delivered is what you really want for your Tampa remodeling project.
Taking care to correctly measure, allow for extra time in a cabinet order and verify color tile all can help prevent snags from occurring in your Tampa remodeling project. The team from Rossi Construction, Inc. can also provide additional tips and tricks that you should always take into account, and would be glad to do as such in a private consultation at your home. You can schedule an appointment by calling our office at 813.436.0177!
Are you looking to breathe new life into an old or poorly functioning kitchen? Wait a minute! Before contacting a Tampa remodeling professional, you will need to do a little researching and soul-searching first.
Planning is the first phase of any remodeling, and sometimes it is the phase that is ignored. The more pre-planning you can do, the more chance there is for your Tampa remodeling project to be a success.
Start to plan by creating a stylebook.
If you are even thinking about a Tampa remodeling project, odds are good that you have been perusing multiple design magazines and watching home improvement shows. Both are great ways to jumpstart the creative spark, but to get the most out of the casual surfing, you will need to do more than turn the pages of a design magazine.
While looking through the magazines, find photos of room remodeling projects that appeal to you and write what you like about the project on the back of the photo or in the margin. Then place the image into a clear protector and insert it into a three-ring binder to create your Tampa remodeling stylebook.
The internet is another great source to remodeling inspiration. If you see room design that interests you, try to find if the photos of the room are available for download. Simply print the pictures and add them to your Tampa remodeling project stylebook. As the book grows, a clear image of your desired style will begin to merge, a fact that is helpful to you and a Tampa remodeling professional.
Define the goals for your Tampa remodeling project.
There is obviously a reason you want to remodel your Tampa home. What is that reason? Perhaps you want a family room that will help with resale in a few years. Maybe you need a kitchen that is built for entertaining or a kitchen that allows several family members to cook at one time. This is the time to make notes, assessing your needs and wants for the remodeling space, then distill the notes into a one or two sentence goal that applies just to your family.
Have realistic expectations for your Tampa remodeling project.
Above all else, make sure that you have reasonable expectations when it comes to your remodeling project. Talk to people who have been through the process before. The project is going to take a certain amount of time, there will be mess and there will definitely be stress. Understanding this from the beginning allows you to smash rose colored glasses, keeping some fun in the project.
If you have had time to develop your vision for your Tampa remodeling project, and feel prepared to speak with a remodeling professional, call the team from Rossi Construction, Inc. to set an appointment for a free consultation. Our office can be reached by calling 813.436.0177.
Rossi Construction, Inc. is an experienced trustworthy full-service Tampa remodeling firm helping a wide variety of clients in the Tampa, Florida area. We create beautiful home additions, remodeled Tampa kitchens and remodeled baths, consistently and professionally adding substantial value to your homes through home remodeling projects.
Having trouble deciding? Not quite sure where to begin with your Tampa remodeling project?
When a homeowner is considering a Tampa remodeling project, the extent of the remodeling work involved is not often apparent. In some cases, it is difficult to know where to begin the work; in other situations, it may seem like it is impossible for a homeowner to decide which project is the right project. Rossi Construction, Inc. is here to help!
Below is a partial list of the Tampa remodeling services we offer. In a remodeling project, most of these services are performed in some capacity. Please review the list of services, and contact us at 813.436.0177 to schedule a consultation to discuss your unique needs. If you do not see a desired Tampa remodeling service, please ask us about it.
Exterior doors and windows
- Install high quality replacement windows.
- Repair rotten wood around windows and doors.
Carpentry and hardware
- Repair or replace doors.
- Repair or replace rotting exterior wood or interior wood.
- Replace, design and install crown molding; chair rails and baseboards.
- Block and brick work.
- Interior tile for kitchens and baths.
- Install under-cabinet lights.
- Install or replace light fixtures and chandeliers.
- Pre-wire new media rooms for installation of electronic components.
- Supply and install tile and hardwood floors.
- Space planning.
- Recommend color and finish selections.
- Closet design consultation and construction.