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.

Tampa Home Improvement Projects

There is no doubt that home improvements will increase the value of your Tampa home.  You do need to understand that not all types of home improvement projects will add the same kind of value to your home.  Here we discuss which Tampa home improvement projects generally increase the resale value of your Tampa home, and what type of home remodeling projects do not recover their value after the sale of the home.

Here are a couple of great ideas for a Tampa home improvement project.

The first thing that Tampa home owners need to do to increase the resale value of their homes is to add to the curb appeal of the property.  Home improvement projects like landscaping you front yard, adding shrubs and smaller carpentry projects to do things like remove rotten boards can cost little but honestly can change the way that buyers perceive your home.  Think of it in terms of making the moment special by making a fantastic first impression.

If you feel like the curb appeal for your house is already there, you will still want to want to give some thought to applying a fresh coat of paint to both the exterior and interior of your Tampa home.  A fresh coat of paint takes a Tampa home that may have been feeling its age, and gives it an inexpensive bump to its self-esteem.

Once you make it inside the house, you will want to make a trip to the bathroom because the bathroom and the kitchen are both main rooms that potential home buyers weigh heavily in their decision to buy.  Adding a full bathroom to your Tampa home is a great idea, unless adding the new bathroom means you will have to give up a bedroom in the Tampa home.  If the idea of the addition of a new bathroom, and all of the cash it entails terrifies you, consider switching to the kitchen instead and give the most thought to cosmetic changes to add to the aesthetic value of the room.

When you start working on any Tampa home improvement project, make sure you contact Rossi Construction, Inc. to find the best General Contractor for your project.

How Can I Make My Home More Valuable?

Are you looking for a way to make your Tampa home more valuable?  With these simple tips and tricks, you will be able to find your home more enjoyable while also increasing its market value.  Rossi Construction, Inc. can answer any questions that you may have regarding potential Tampa remodeling and construction projects.

Consider a Tampa Kitchen Remodeling Plan:

Tampa kitchen remodeling projects are one of the best ways to increase the value of your home.  Adding modern appliances, and giving your cabinets a new modern face, is an investment that will provide you a big return.  Rossi Construction, Inc. can assist you with the development and execution of Tampa kitchen remodeling plans.

Think About Adding a Garage:

Both Tampa and St. Petersburg are rife with houses that tout either no garage, or a single car garage.  Homes with at least a two car garage are more attractive to potential Tampa homebuyers.  A Tampa home with a small garage is almost worse than a house having no garage at all.  Consider making an upgrade before putting your home on the market, and get those plans underway by consulting with experts at Rossi Construction, Inc.

Make That Tampa Bathroom a Little Nicer:

Bathrooms are important to Tampa homebuyers.  Just like the kitchen, homebuyers want modern conveniences and sleek new fixtures.  Depending upon how “far” you want to go with a bathroom remodeling project, you will want to consider hiring a professional to assist you with the project.

There are a handful of additional tips, ranging from the installation of granite countertops to making that curb appeal pop.  No matter what you are looking for, the team at Rossi Construction, Inc. is ready and willing to add value to your Tampa real estate.  Please feel free to schedule a consultation by calling us at 813.436.0177.

Countertop Installation During Your Tampa Kitchen Remodeling Project

In our previous article discussing Tampa kitchen remodeling projects, we discussed the idea of considering new flooring options when changing your kitchen.  Our flooring suggestion allowed you to understand the positives associated with the installation of beautiful new laminate flooring, but we would like you to imagine that lovely flooring matched with newly installed countertops.  It is a recipe for beauty!

Project Three:  Countertop Installation During Your Tampa Kitchen Remodeling Project.

Whereas cabinets are a focal point for a potential buyer of your Tampa home, and flooring is a necessity if you do not want to be considered a savage, your countertops are the star of your kitchen!  The right material is what gives you the wow factor when a person first enters the room after your Tampa kitchen remodeling project is complete.  More than any other single decision in your Tampa kitchen remodeling project, choosing the correct countertop is a matter of keeping up on trends.

If you are looking to add value to your Tampa home, stick with affordable granites and manufactured stone that is available on the market.  Prices will range from $40.00 to $100.00(+) per square foot, and you must be prepared to understand that durability will be an issue in this Tampa kitchen remodeling project.

If you do not understand what any of this means, use the rule that darker granites with consistent patterns tend to be stronger stone.  Granites with a more elaborate pattern will result in a higher price tag.  You will want to try to stick with dark and durable granite, perhaps a dark brown that is both affordable and very strong.  This will allow your money to be wisely spent in your Tampa kitchen remodeling project.

Rossi Construction, Inc. is capable of helping you make the best decision possible about your kitchen countertop options in your Tampa kitchen remodeling project.

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.

Tampa Kitchen Remodeling – Working on Cabinets

Do you ever find yourself weighing the pros and cons of concrete countertops in your precious spare time?  Do you consider the finer points of walnut cabinetry?  Then you must have a Tampa kitchen remodeling project on the top of your mind.

 It turns out that you are not alone in your Tampa kitchen remodeling fever.  According to information gathered in a National Organization of Home Builders survey, kitchen remodeling projects are up seventeen-percent from the numbers provided by a 2010 survey.

 Before you get the tools out, or head to the hardware store, you need to consider what type of Tampa kitchen remodeling project is best for your finances; best for your family and best for the future of your household.

 Improvements can be classified into two categories, the first of which will add actual verifiable monetary value to the house.  The second category makes the house more appealing to buyers, and a great example would be adding high-end countertops that make an impact on buyers but do not add to overall usable space in the kitchen.

 This makes you wonder “what” makes the right recipe for a Tampa kitchen remodeling project.  Take a look at this article, as well as our follow-up article for some hot Tampa kitchen remodeling trends that mix appeal and value.  If you find the mix that is right for you, Rossi Construction, Inc. can help build a kitchen that is a dream to use!

 Project One:  Cabinet Replacement of Refacing in your Tampa Kitchen Remodeling Project!

 If you are not sure where to begin with your kitchen remodel, the cabinets are a great place to focus your initial attention.  Why?  The cabinets may feel like they are just a “box,” but they are actually a major focal point for a potential buyer for your house.

 Cabinetry costs can range for around $7,500.00 to $45,000.00, depending upon style; manufacturer and materials.  This investment means that you will want to carefully consider your options when you are planning your Tampa kitchen remodeling project.  You can go for top of the line cabinets, you can go mid-line with higher end features that home buyers are looking for or you can make the project one of refacing solid cabinets to upgrade the look but maintain a budget.

 No matter which choice you make for your cabinets, you will want to hire a contractor to properly make any and all upgrades.  A contractor will be able to ensure that all hardware is properly installed, all cabinets are aligned and that your Tampa kitchen remodeling project is on track.

 Check our follow-up article regarding additional Tampa kitchen remodeling projects that can and will add value to your house.  Please remember that we are available for any questions that you may have regarding your Tampa kitchen remodeling projects.

Tampa Kitchen Remodeling Projects That Add Value

PRLog (Press Release) – Mar. 14, 2013 – TAMPA, Fla. — Rossi Construction, Inc issued the first in a series of articles discussing Tampa kitchen remodeling projects on Thursday.

Rossi Construction, Inc. asked if home owners ever find that they weight the pros and cons of concrete countertops in precious spare time?  Rossi Construction, Inc. asked if home owners ever consider the finer points of walnut cabinetry?  If home owners answered in the affirmative to either, then they have a Tampa kitchen remodeling project on the top of the mind.

Rossi Construction, Inc. explained that it turns out that home owners are not alone in Tampa kitchen remodeling fever.  According to information gathered in a National Organization of Home Builders survey, kitchen remodeling projects are up seventeen-percent from the numbers provided by a 2010 survey.

Before getting the tools out, or head to the hardware store, a home owner needs to consider what type of Tampa kitchen remodeling project is best for family finances; best for the family and best for the future of the  household.

Rossi Construction, Inc. explained that improvements can be classified into two categories, the first of which will add actual verifiable monetary value to the house.  The second category makes the house more appealing to buyers, and a great example would be adding high-end countertops that make an impact on buyers but do not add to overall usable space in the kitchen.

This makes you wonder “what” makes the right recipe for a Tampa kitchen remodeling project.

Rossi Construction, Inc. is a general contractor located in Tampa Florida.  Rossi Construction specializes in residential and commercial construction.  Rossi 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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