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.

Explore Bathroom Remodeling Ideas

Purchasing a home usually means that you will be buying an outdated bathroom or, possibly worse, you will be buying the updated bathroom that has the very definite stamp of the previous Tampa homeowner.  Since your bathroom is a prominent space in your home, you may look to do a Tampa bathroom remodel.  Explore a lot of bathroom remodeling tips and tricks, but make sure that any choices follow simple good design and that your bathroom remodeling project flows with the rest of the house.  A bathroom remodeling project that is well done enhances your quality of life and increases the value of your Tampa home.

You will want your bathroom remodeling project to be a practice in creating your dream bathroom, but you will want to make sure the design suits the property.  A mid-century modern bathroom looks odd in a contemporary house, but the newest fixtures from your favorite design catalogue fits well with the overall style of the rest of your house.  Always remember that you want to take your unique style and ideas for a bathroom remodeling project, and match it with elements fitting the style of your entire house.  When your remodel fits with the bigger part of the house, it will not feel dated quickly and the bathroom remodeling project will appeal to buyers if you sell.

Every bathroom, just like any room in your house, needs a focal point.  A bathroom remodeling project planned without the aid of a professional often fails to overlook the concept of something like unique fixtures, art of some kind or a unique window.  Instead, most of us tend to put our own focus on ideas like making sure that there is enough space for all of the towels.  This is truly one of the points in any bathroom remodeling project where it pays to have a trained professional lend their opinion.

Small bathrooms are a reality in many of the homes around the Tampa and St. Petersburg areas but, no matter how much your bathroom remodeling project changes things up, the reality is that small is ALWAYS small.  If you can, you may want to talk to a professional about stealing a little extra space from an unused closet or you could less ideally do the same from a spare bedroom.  The best way to accomplish the square footage is always going to be a closet losing room, but the additional room for your bathroom remodeling project makes it all worthwhile.

Contact the professionals today at Rossi Construction, Inc. to discuss your bathroom remodeling dreams!  We can be reached at 813.436.0177 to discuss bathroom remodeling projects, as well as other dream project for your home.

Is It Time For A Kitchen Renovation?

If your kitchen is more than a decade old, it is probably time to start considering a Tampa kitchen renovation.

Of all of the rooms in your home, kitchen show the signs of age the fastest, in age of appliances; layout of the space and overall configuration of the kitchen.  Kitchens are a room that receives frequent use, thereby taking considerable wear and tear.  As families expand and change, the patterns of daily use change and this can make changes something that are needed sooner rather than later.

Questions you will need to consider when talking to Rossi Construction, Inc. about a Tampa kitchen renovation:  Can the entire family easily use the kitchen with ease?  Are things consistently out of place, leaving you looking everywhere?  Does storage space still meet your needs?  Does your kitchen promote a healthy lifestyle?  Is your kitchen a point of pride?

Many kitchens suffer from problems in layout:  inefficient placement of the most used appliances like the stove, lighting that does not match the layout of the kitchen and an overall lack of storage.  A Tampa kitchen renovation is the perfect time to look at all of these topics, and the team from Rossi Construction, Inc. can help you optimize your new kitchen plan.

In addition to resolving layout problems, you will want to look into trading out old appliances and updating with new appliances.  Shiny new appliances can increase the resale value of the Tampa home, while reducing all utility bills.  Think of energy efficient appliances that you may have avoided, or may not have been on the market, ten years ago.  The team from Rossi Construction, Inc. can make suggestions as to the right appliances for your kitchen renovation project.

Contact Rossi Construction, Inc. today at 813.436.0177 to discuss potential renovation ideas for your Tampa kitchen renovation!

Questions For A Tampa General Contractor

The first milestone in a remodeling project is to choose a general contractor to handle the Tampa remodeling project.  This contractor will have a major impact on the overall quality of the project.  He or she will also help determine the final cost of the remodeling project, provide potential design concepts and insights, guide you through the entire remodeling project and put their unique stamp on the overall project.

This means that who you hire as a general contractor is a decision that requires some very deliberate thought.

After you have completed initial research on general contractors, you will have narrowed the list of potential general contractors to two or three top choices that you want to talk to.  This list will include the credible and qualified candidates from Rossi Construction, Inc., and it is important to structure the substance of your initial consultation around the idea of sharing your first thoughts for your remodel plans.  Ask for advice and opinions from the contractor regarding your initial plans for the remodel, and do not be afraid to take into account how personalities will mesh.  Do not forget to ask for credentials.

Finding a general contractor can be nerve wracking, most of us worry that we may forget what questions to ask.  This article is intended to give you a head-start, an opportunity to stay on the right path as you work your way through the initial consultation with a general contractor.

Never be afraid to ask questions!

Do not be embarrassed to ask any general contractor these questions.  Remembering that you are considering entering into a business relationship with any general contractor, and these questions are meant to establish a solid working relationship.

Can you share some written references?

A solid general contractor will have a written list of references easily at hand.  The best general contractors have that list in your hand before you even remember that it is the first entry on your “list of questions to ask a general contractor.”  If the general contractor is not willing to give you a list of references, really consider what they say as well as how they say it when answering other questions.

Can you provide a proposed timeline and work process?

Most professional general contractors will have this information available for you in writing, and you will want the list to include things like; who will be in charge of supervising the project; work hours and days; length of a project from demo to completion and milestones for payments.

Do you have experience with this kind of Tampa remodeling project?

Strange economic times have contractors looking outside of their area of expertise, finding some contractors from the commercial field in residential remodeling projects.  On the other end of the spectrum, residential contractors feeling the pinch are also doing small commercial improvement projects.  Satisfy yourself that the contractor you are working with is competent and credible in handling your residential remodeling project.

Keep in mind that these questions are meant to serve as a guide in your search for a Tampa general contractor.  The team from Rossi Construction, Inc. will continue to add ideas and concepts to this list but, in the meantime, you are invited to contact our office at 813-436-0177 to schedule an initial consultation for your project!

Enjoy Your Kitchen Redesign Process

Many people enjoy the process of redesigning their kitchen, rarely having had an opportunity like it in the past and likely not getting the chance again for more than a decade.  If handled correctly, the design process can be the gift that keeps giving.  Here are a few tips that can make the process enjoyable and keep you on a budget that either is all of your own doing, or the suggested budget of a Tampa General Contractor.

  • Assess the situation ahead of time by scheduling an appointment during which a professional from Rossi Construction, Inc. can share his ideas and listen to your personal goals for the space.  Ask the member of our team to give you a bid on both the overall project, as well as any smaller projects you feel are suited to our project portfolio.  As you talk, you will start to get a feel for what’s necessary and what you can do without.  Never hesitate to speak to multiple companies about the kitchen design process as well, Rossi Construction, Inc. prides itself on fair estimates but we always want clients to do their homework.
  • While estimates on final price for a Tampa kitchen design are always important, you really want to find a Tampa General Contractor who is capable of understanding your vision and creatively working within the confines of your budget.  You need someone who is capable of speaking construction as well as layman terms regarding projects.
  • It is vital that planning the Tampa kitchen design process is never just a slapdash affair.  You need to take the time to look at photos, prepare sketches or at least complete a set of notes regarding your hopes and goals for the Tampa kitchen redesign process.

Keep in mind that these tips and tricks are merely the tip of a very large iceberg associated with the ideas, planning and process of a Tampa kitchen redesign process.  Build the idea of a kitchen redesign in your mind, and then feel free to contact Rossi Construction, Inc. at 813-436-0177 to discuss making an appointment with one of our professionals.

Tampa Kitchen Remodeling Projects!

Every home owner who is thinking about undertaking a project to bolster the resale value of their Tampa home always wonders if a renovation will pay off.  And in a housing market that remains a problematic equation for most home sellers, and that answer may determine whether the Tampa property sells.

Fortunately for Tampa homeowners, there are a number of remodeling projects that offer a seller potential high return on investment (ROI).  Some of the best renovations are those complete on the exterior of the home like siding; windows; making entry points accessible to wheelchairs and even switching out doors.  All of these projects improve the curb appeal of a home, they allow the seller opportunity to make a good first impression and give some insight as to the overall care given to the ongoing property maintenance.

Beyond the exterior, certain projects will provide higher returns than others for Tampa homeowners.

One major recommendation from Rossi Construction, Inc.:

While kitchen remodeling projects return roughly two-thirds of the investment, kitchens are one of the first things that potential home buyers will look at right away.  The cost of a major kitchen remodel can vary depending on region, and it is important to remember that you do not want to go overboard and price yourself out of the local Tampa market.  In order to determine if you are spending too much, you will want to avoid doing something like completing a $60,000 kitchen remodel in a Tampa neighborhood where the average home price is $225,000.

Some Tampa home owners will opt for a facelift for their kitchen in some situations and, if a less-drastic update like refinishing cabinets will work, consider going this route.  The important thing is that you not make the mistake of opting for a facelift when the Tampa kitchen does, in fact, need a full-scale remodel of the space.

Contact Rossi Construction, Inc. today to discuss your options for remodeling your Tampa kitchen.  Rossi Construction, Inc. can be reached at 813.436.0177.

Is There an Alternative to Granite Countertops

Shopping for a new countertop can be an exciting part of remodeling a Tampa kitchen.  Since the countertop occupies so much space, and plays such a vital function in the kitchen, the decision will be tough about which countertop is the perfect match for you Tampa kitchen remodeling project.  Some of you will also consider the return on investment of a new countertop in your project, if you are remodeling the kitchen to raise property value as a whole.  Is it best to consider the rock solid investment of granite or marble for resale value?  Some alternative countertop suggestions that are cheaper than granite, but unique and attractive are detailed below.

If you are looking to set your Tampa home apart from the pack, you will want to consider:

Soap stone is a great alternative that looks a bit like granite, but comes with a distinct matte texture and fewer sparkles than granite.  Soap stone is resistant to both heat and stains, is non-porous and requires relatively low maintenance.  The distinct look can span Tampa kitchen styles from traditional family home, to kitchens in an industrial style loft.

While tile is not a revolutionary countertop material, it is very often overlooked by people planning a Tampa kitchen remodeling project.  Their most common objection is stained grout, a problem that can be tackled with relative ease by either choosing a dark colored grout or seal the tile and grout well.  With the latter solution, remodelers must remember to periodically reseal both the grout and the tile.

An unusual option also comes in the form of Zinc countertops, which actually look a lot like the shiny metal counters at soda fountains.  Zinc is sold in sheets, which are applied to a flat foundation.  Home owners can consider the addition of decorative edging to complete the retro-style look for their Tampa kitchen remodel.

These suggestions for countertop options in your Tampa kitchen remodeling project are only the tip of the iceberg!  If you are preparing to leap into your remodeling project, call Rossi Construction, Inc. at 813-436-0177.

Is It Time to Add a Garage

A garage is a desirable feature for many home buyers.  If a home does not have a garage, adding a garage may increase the value in certain circumstances.  When it comes to resale, having a garage will slightly increase the price but will have a greater impact on the ease of selling the home.

The addition of a garage:

If a home does not have a garage, but is located in a residential area where garages are the standard, then the addition of a garage will add to the overall value of the home.  It will also help you sell the property faster than would be expected, but the total recoup on the investment will be roughly sixty percent of the cost of the basic garage addition.

Buying a home that has a garage:

Having a garage increases the overall value of a home, but the total increase will depend on the neighborhood and surrounding standards.  If the home is in a residential area with limited street parking, a garage can increase value by up to $10,000.  Realtors indicate that the benefits outweigh the negatives, as a home without a garage is hard to sell regardless of the price.

If you are adding a garage, consider making part of it into living space:

In some cases, it also pays to consider making a portion of a new garage into a living space.  Think of it in terms of purchasing a small home, one that lacks an amenity like a second bathroom or a third bedroom, and using a garage to give you the missing space.  Converting to a garage space can help sell a home by adding to the square footage, but it is always best to consult professionals from Rossi Construction, Inc.

If you are preparing to add a garage to your Tampa home, call Rossi Construction, Inc. 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.

Flipping the Floors – Tampa Kitchen Remodeling

In our previous article discussing Tampa kitchen remodeling projects, we shared the idea of executing a project that can add to both the value of the home and the usability of the kitchen.  Our first idea covered the value of cabinet upgrades, but there are so many potential Tampa kitchen remodeling projects that change your kitchen structure.  The trick is to find the perfect kitchen remodeling recipe for your family!

Project Two:  Skipping the Cabinets, and Flipping the Floors.

Laminates, exotic hardwoods, recycled materials, linoleum and even poured concrete can be used for flooring options in a Tampa kitchen remodeling project.  The abundance of flooring options make the actual choice of flooring materials a difficult decision, one which must be determined using your tastes; your budget and which flooring option will hold-up for years.

Hardwood is a very popular choice for Tampa kitchen remodeling projects, but many people will also opt to use faux options when budget is a concern.  “Floating floors,” or the laminate version of traditional hardwood floors, are highly popular because they maintain the appearance of hardwood and keep the price down.  The laminate floors come in a wide range of colors, qualities and pricing but all are able to knock traditional hardwood floors down base upon price of materials and installation pricing.

What makes laminate flooring so fantastic!?  The technology allows your regular kitchen contractor to oversee installation of the new flooring during the Tampa kitchen remodeling project, whereas hardwood floors requires the assistance of another specialist.

Rossi Construction, Inc. is capable of providing advice regarding the installation of new flooring materials during a Tampa kitchen remodeling project.  If a home owner makes the decision to go with traditional hardwood flooring, Rossi Construction, Inc. will be able to install the new flooring during the Tampa kitchen remodeling project.

Be sure to review our next article regarding Tampa kitchen remodeling, which covers the installation of new counters.