Are you thinking about a bedroom remodel? If you’re short on ideas, try one of these great tips!
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.
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”
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.
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”
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!
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!
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.
Most licensed general contractors are competent, credible, honest, hardworking and financially responsible. Yet, home improvement is a top source of consumer complaints around the nation. By asking at least two questions you will greatly reduce the chances of having a bad Tampa remodeling experience.
Are you licensed to complete Tampa remodeling projects?
Always make sure the company you are considering for your Tampa remodeling project is properly licensed. It is vital that you make them verify their license, because anyone can simply tell you that they possess the correct and valid Florida licensure. Check the expiration dates, and never hesitate to contact the issuing authority to verify if the license is in good standing.
What are the risks of having an unlicensed contractor complete my Tampa remodeling project?
Contractors without licenses generally do not have a license for a reason, which needs to be a gigantic red flag for anyone planning a Tampa remodeling project. Licensing requires passing a written test on codes, proper building practices and it carries with it specific experience requirements and additional aspects which verify that this person is competent to complete a Tampa remodeling project. A contractor who is unlicensed likely has committed a big transgression in the past.
Do you carry general liability insurance?
Make sure any company you are considering for your Tampa remodeling project carries general liability insurance. This is the insurance that protects your home from potential damage or negligence of a contractor, his employees or any sub-contractors brought in to complete a portion of the Tampa remodeling project. A policy of at least one million dollars is the standard for the industry. Much like with the licensing, make the contractor prove that there is general liability insurance by providing a copy of the insurance certificate. Be sure to verify that the policy is in full force and effect before making a decision to hire to contractor for the Tampa remodeling project.
Are there risks associated with completing a Tampa remodeling project if there is not general liability insurance?
If something goes wrong with the Tampa remodeling project you will have three potential choices; 1) pay for the damages out of your own pocket; 2) go after the contractor in court for the cost of the damages; 3) ask your own homeowners insurance policy to cover the damages.
The team from Rossi Construction, Inc. can answer both questions above in the affirmative, and provide proof of both licensure and general liability insurance. Contact us today at 813.436.0177 to schedule a consultation today!
PRLog (Press Release) – Oct. 10, 2013 – TAMPA, Fla. — Conventional wisdom in home remodeling is often too much convention and not enough wisdom. The home remodeling specialists at Rossi Construction, Inc. explain that each year, someone publishes a conventional guide to Tampa remodeling projects. The list is always composed of the best and/or worst return on your remodeling investment (ROI). Remodel a Tampa bathroom. Replace siding. Do not add a swimming pool. Appeal to the masses. All of it is tried and true advice, the kind one expects from a parent, but the specialists from Rossi Construction, Inc. explain that Tampa remodeling projects should be about livability before there is ever discussion of return on investment (ROI).
The specialists from Rossi Construction, Inc. passionately support the concept that a better quality of life must be first, ROI needs to be considered a bonus and not the primary goal.
In their challenge against conventional thinking, Rossi Construction, Inc. explained that a family must determine if a project makes sense for their lifestyle. Cost effective examples for improving livability include;
- Forgoing some kitchen cabinets in exchange for a walk-in pantry.
- Adding an interesting spa-like shower that meets ADA guidelines.
- Spending more time planning the Tampa remodeling project, and less time fixing the project.
- Spending money on the best products and materials that fit a budget, rather than buying things outside of your means. This includes concepts like temporarily choosing to go with a countertop that is not granite, instead choosing a more affordable option.
The professionals from Rossi Construction, Inc. understand that most of these ideas will never make it to a list of “best return on investment for Tampa remodeling projects,” but the ideas will allow real people to save real cash.
Rossi Construction, Inc. is a general contractor located in Tampa Florida. Rossi Construction, Inc. specializes in residential and commercial construction. Rossi Construction, Inc. has been building excellence by design since 1979. Rossi Construction, Inc. can be found online by visiting http://www.jrossiconstruction.com.
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