Give Your House A Gift By Remodeling The Bathroom

If you are looking for a way to give your home a little gift, perhaps a Christmas in July surprise, an excellent way to celebrate the occasion would be to plan a bathroom remodeling project.  Designing this space with thought and an eye toward both space and the right materials will make the bathroom stylish today, and for years to come.  Join the Rossi Construction, Inc. team as we discuss some of the trends and tips in bathroom remodeling across Tampa Bay.

Does your bathtub scream 1985!?

In 2013 it is definitely time for you to retire the concept of a soaking tub or the whirlpool bathtub, and leave both as relics of a bygone era.  Make your new focus a larger shower, one that can take the place of both a traditional tub and a small shower.  Large showers make wise use of space, and a well-considered bathroom remodeling does allow for you to even consider making a shower stall handicap accessible.  Allow your plans to include an entrance without barriers, non-slip tiles, bench seats in the corner and a handheld shower.

Does color matter!?

If we were discussing the shades of pink that can still be found in the occasional odd 1950s Florida style bathroom, we would be telling you to avoid the color palette and stick to neutral tones.  2013 is very much different that any and all colors that dominated bathroom design and bathroom remodeling projects more than a half-century ago, with colors like charcoal; chocolate and emerald all being popular.  Green is the color of growth, renewal and a life that is prosperous and that makes emerald a wise choice for your bathroom remodeling project.

How can bathroom remodeling make my home livable in the long term?

The Baby Boom crowd is no longer on a trajectory to buy, sell and trade their collective way up to a “better” house that is larger.  Their desire to stay in one location has completely changed the face of bathroom remodeling, giving rise to the field of CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist.  Bathroom remodeling projects as well as overall home remodeling can be turned in such a direction that homes become safer for an aging Tampa real estate owner.  The right bathroom remodeling project can effectively make growing older feel cooler for a population that is all about feeling young.

All of these changes in a bathroom remodeling project are well and good, but are they “green?”

The right bathroom remodeling project General Contractor will introduce you to the concept of sustainability, explaining products that can improve air quality.  In addition to introducing a Tampa homeowner to low-VOC materials, the General Contractor will also suggest a host of long-lasting materials that are considered to be environmentally safer and longer-lasting.

What do I do to get my bathroom remodeling project off of the ground?

Call the team at Rossi Construction, Inc. today to discuss options for a bathroom remodeling project.  You can contact us at 813.436.0177.

Should I Add A Laundry Room

Home improvement projects for your Tampa home will doubtlessly increase the potential resale value of your family home.  Certain home improvement projects are going to add to add value to your home in a number of different ways, and it is quite possible that some home improvement projects will never end with you recovering the invested cash.  Review a few of our ideas for home improvement projects, and let us know if you think the project is right for your Tampa home.

I really do not have the room for an extra bathroom; please share some additional ideas for adding to the value of my home.

In both Tampa and St. Petersburg, it was once common practice to either build a house with a carport or a single car garage.  The addition of a garage to a property without a garage adds quite a bit to the value of the home.  The addition of the garage also provides you with a different kind of curb appeal, because buyers frequently form a bad impression about a property lacking the square footage that comes with even a single car garage.  If it is possible, you will want to try to add a bonus room to a new garage that you are able to add to your Tampa home with a carport.  Adding the bonus room will allow you a better chance of recouping the investment, and giving all potential buyers a little surprise square footage.

An idea that does not necessarily catch the eye of Gulf Coast natives, but will catch the eye of the snow birds from Canada, is the addition of a fireplace to the family room.  It can be a kitschy addition some people really find to be endearing about your Tampa home, and a fireplace can come in handy when we get the cold Christmas weather.

One last option you may want to consider is a flip of the laundry room from the garage to a converted room in the house, as long as the addition does not do away with a bedroom in your Tampa home.

As with any improvement project for your Tampa home, you will want to make sure that you find the best General Contractor in the Tampa Bay area.  Ask for references from the contractor, and complete your homework to make sure that this person has all of the required licenses and permits.

Considering a Tampa Bathroom Addition

If you have the funds available for the average $38,000.00 mid-range Tampa bathroom addition, it can be a sound  investment for your home but it will only recoup about fifty-four percent of the investment at resale.  That being said, there are intangibles like style; comfort and convenience that the addition of another bathroom to your home will add to your life.

There are some vital considerations you must make before you decide that a Tampa bathroom addition is right, especially if you will be selling the house in the near future.

Adding Value to the Home

The good news is that Tampa home buyers love additional bathrooms.  A Tampa bathroom addition almost never goes wrong, and it is rare that a real estate agent hears a buyer say “this is just too much bathroom space for me to handle.”

If you are looking to recoup the expense through resale of the Tampa home, or improve your prospects of selling, you will want to do your homework very carefully.  This means that if you have an older home that would sell for $200,00.00 on a good day, spending $35,00.00 to build a bathroom from the ground up will not raise the value of your home to $235,000.00.  You will just have a lovely new bathroom in a $200,000.00 Tampa home.

The general rule of thumb is that you should consider the Tampa bathroom addition only if you plan on staying in your home at least five years.

How Do I Evaluate Possible Return on Investment?

Tampa home buyers tend to prefer that a home have roughly the same number of bathrooms and bedrooms.  Any Tampa bathroom addition that brings the number of bathrooms in line with the total number of bedrooms is likely to equate to a bigger return on investment.

The most valuable Tampa bathroom addition you can make is when you start with only one bath in the house; a second bath makes a good impression on buyers and can be the difference between selling a house and having it sit on the market.

Another important area of balance is showers to bathtubs.  For maximum resale potential, you should have one of each in your Tampa home.  A Tampa bathroom addition that gives you the shower or bathtub that you are missing is a smart choice.

Understanding the implications to the value of your home is important and can keep you from making costly mistakes.  Be sure to return for our follow-up article discussing additional ideas associated with Tampa bath projects.