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

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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!

The Best Things To Change In Your House

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tampa home improvementHome and building remodeling can be an expensive endeavor, and deciding whether or not you want to go ahead with the project is the first step towards success. The four most important qualities for successful building remodeling are quality, pricing, energy efficiency, and low-maintenance. In order to plan the best project possible, try to find a building remodeling construction company that comes highly recommended in these four areas. Once you’re satisfied with your contractor, you can go ahead and make the renovations that you’ve been planning!

Here are two home remodeling tips to help you plan some quality design and construction.

1. Room Conversion.

Some of the best building remodeling jobs involve the conversion of a room to something nicer. In fact, attic-to-bedroom conversions are incredibly popular, and are considered to be one of the best values with regards to financial return. Turning a rarely used space into something both well-designed and practical will benefit your home and allow you to create something special. Whether it’s an attic, a basement, or converting an extra bedroom into that entertainment center you’ve always wanted, room conversion can be exactly what you need.

2. Kitchen Remodeling.

Sometimes your kitchen seems out of date and inconvenient, unable to keep up with the rigors of a busy household. Planning a kitchen remodeling and design change can improve one of the most important and highly trafficked rooms in your house. Studies report that almost 70% of all building remodeling projects revolve around the improvement of the kitchen area, and those findings aren’t surprising. The kitchen is crucial to day-to-day activity and family gatherings, and is often a high-traffic area that acts as a hub for the home. Updating your kitchen to provide a better space for your family is a good decision that will do wonders to improve the function of your home.

These two suggestions are relatively simple, but they will provide a baseline for where to start your renovation project. Consider whether your kitchen accomplishes all the tasks you’d like, and think about whether there’s a room in your home that you’d use more, if only it were something else. Remodeling your home is a big project, but it can also be one of the most rewarding.

Rossi Construction, Inc. Selected for Best of Brandon Award

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Best of BrandonTampa residential remodeling specialty company, Rossi Construction, Inc. announced on Wednesday that it had been selected for the 2014 Best of Brandon Award in the Custom Home Builders category by the Brandon Award Program.

Each year, the program finds companies that they believe succeeded in achieving marketing success in the local community and their specific business category.  All nominees are local companies that build the positive image tied to small business through positive service to their regular customers and local community.  These companies help make the local area a better place to live, work and play.

The Brandon Award Program collected and analyzed a number of sources of information in order to find winners in each business category.  The 2014 Brandon Award Program focuses specifically on the idea of quality, not quantity in the way a business accomplishes its goals.  Winners are actually determined based upon internally gathered info by the Brandon Award Program and certain third parties.

About the Award Program:

The Brandon Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Brandon area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Brandon Award Program was put in place to recognize the top local businesses in our community.  The organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Their mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

About Rossi Construction, Inc.:

Rossi Construction, Inc. is a general contractor located in the Tampa Bay area.  Rossi Construction, Inc. specializes in residential and commercial construction and remodeling.  Rossi Construction, Inc. has been building excellence by design in Tampa FL since 1979.  Rossi Construction, Inc. can be found online by visiting http://www.jrossiconstruction.com.

20 Ideas for an Amazing Master Bedroom

decorations-bedroom-luxury-master-bed-black-leather-headboard-and-white-covering-bed-also-sweet-ceiling-bedroom-lights-plus-gorgeous-chandelier-with-awesome-bedroom-rugs-in-contemporary-master-bedro

decorations-bedroom-luxury-master-bed-black-leather-headboard-and-white-covering-bed-also-sweet-ceiling-bedroom-lights-plus-gorgeous-chandelier-with-awesome-bedroom-rugs-in-contemporary-master-bedroAre you thinking about a bedroom remodel? If you’re short on ideas, try one of these great tips!

 1. Seating

Don’t think you have to limit your furniture options to just a bed. Adding a chair or loveseat can spruce things up as well!

 2. Color Ideas

The bedroom is not always a good place to be adventurous when it comes to color. Stick with classic combinations that are known to work.

 3. Artwork

Don’t leave your bedroom walls bare! Hanging some artwork above your bed can bring the room together.  Continue reading “20 Ideas for an Amazing Master Bedroom”

Things You Will Want to Avoid When Building a New Home in Tampa

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House ConstructionBuilding 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.

Renovations that Will Increase Your Homes Resell Value in Tampa

Are you thinking about putting your home on the market soon? Before you do, you may want to consider making a few key renovations to your home—when done correctly, these renovations can increase the value of your home, which translates to more money in your pocket! Focus your time and money on these specific renovations that have been shown to effectively increase your home’s resell value.  Continue reading “Renovations that Will Increase Your Homes Resell Value in Tampa”

Are You Crazy? Questions to Ask Yourself Before Beginning a Kitchen Remodeling Project.

You might be crazy!

Unlike any other remodeling projects, kitchen renovation is made up of so many things.  From the raw to the beautiful, from the pointless to the important, a home remodeling project can overwhelm even a determined homeowner.

On the other hand, a Tampa kitchen remodel instantly raises the value of your home, provides you with a more effective space to cook, and makes you the envy of the neighborhood.  So, before beginning the rough but really rewarding project, you need to ask yourself:

  • What are my desires for a remodeled kitchen?  Is your kitchen a danger zone where you really do not stand a chance boiling an egg?  Is the kitchen in need of a fresh face, perhaps new appliances; floors or cabinets?  A need could be classified as:  “I need a new refrigerator because my old one no longer runs efficiently.”  Desires can be classified as:  “I need a new dishwasher because my old one is bright orange.”
  • Is it really worth the effort to have my kitchen remodeled?  Consider the addition of a work crew to your home life over an extended period.  If you can see working around the renovation project, a remodeling project is a good idea that can add value to the home.
  • Do you want a kitchen renovation project that goes down to the bones, or do you want to keep it on the surface level?  There is no shame in either choice.

Our specialists have years of experience remodeling kitchens in and around Tampa and are all well-versed in the intricacies of what homeowners are really looking for in the perfect kitchen.  Schedule a time with a member of our team to run through the basics, and discover if you have what it takes to remodel a kitchen or if you will think the project is crazy.  Call us today at 813.436.0177!

The Right Plan for Tampa Home Remodeling!

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.

Calculating a Budget for Tampa Bathroom Remodeling Projects

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!