Maximizing Cabinet Space and Storage

Even if you have a clear picture of your kitchen in your mind, planning cabinetry can be quite a feat for either an old pro or a brand new home owner.  How much storage is enough storage?  How much cabinetry can be added without making your remodeled kitchen feel smaller than it was at the start?  What should you plan on storing in the kitchen?  Whether you are planning a full remodel or just a structured reorganization, you can eliminate all of the guesswork with a few simple tips!

Determine the intended functions of your kitchen:

Take advantage of every inch your kitchen has to offer by working as much detail as possible into your kitchen plan from the beginning.  A spare nine inches may be just the right thing for a bottle of wine, a cookie sheet or a special cookbook.

Deciding the function of a cabinet depends on its relative location to other appliances and its size.  Once you have decided where major plumbing fixtures and appliances will be located and know exactly how much space is open for use, you can determine which cabinet would be best for dishes and which should hold your fancy wine glasses.

Just keep in mind that everyone will use their kitchen differently.  Try standing at each major area in the kitchen, and seeing what you feel should be within arm’s reach. Cabinet vs. drawer, the great debate:

While cabinets often come in at a significantly lower price than drawers, many architects agree that deep and wide drawers tend to be more useful to a family.  They allow a home owner to use the entire depth of space and overall are easier to use than lower shelving behind doors.

In some kitchen remodels, the decision between cabinet and drawer may also be determine by the available width in the kitchen.  If space allows, go for a wide and deep drawer.  If the space is smaller, a cabinet is usually going to be the best option.  Remember to ask your contractor about narrow banks of drawers too, they can be great for storage of smaller items like silverware and linens.

Maximizing storage space in your kitchen:

While eliminating storage tends to be the most employed way to visually open a kitchen, it is possible to have the storage you NEED and the open feel you want.  In general, maximizing storage can often make a kitchen feel free and open because there will be less clutter on the countertops.  Consider devoting one wall just to a full-height storage area, opening space for a counter and removing the need for upper cabinetry through the rest of your kitchen.

No matter if you are planning a full kitchen remodel or you just want things to make more sense in your existing kitchen, you will be able to eliminate all of the confusion by working with Rossi Construction, Inc.  Call us at 813.436.0177 to schedule an appointment today!

How to Choose the Right Cabinets for your Kitchen

Kitchen cabinets are a major investment for anyone, and definitely one that is not likely to be made again in the immediate future.  That is why you need to understand options before you start spending a large chuck of your remodeling budget on cabinet choices.  Here is how to choose the best cabinets for your kitchen.

Freshen up your existing cabinets!

If your cabinets are still in reasonably good shape and the layout works for your family, then you can opt to go the restoration option.  There are companies out there that can help sand, stain and repaint your existing cabinets for a relatively small investment, when compare to buying brand new cabinets.  Another option is to replace fronts for drawers and doors and then installs a new decorative outer layer to the exterior of the cabinet box.  This is a little more expensive than just refinishing, but still a considerably smaller investment than new cabinets.

I want brand new cabinets in my Tampa kitchen!

If you have made the decision to install new cabinets, then you need to give thought to whether you prefer stock or custom cabinet options.  Custom cabinets will always make you the happiest in your remodeled Tampa kitchen, but they are also a real investment.  However, a reliable general contractor should be able to connect you with a contractor who builds custom cabinets.  You will be able to request an estimate from the contractor, and may find yourself surprised that custom cabinets can cost roughly the same as some stock cabinet options.  The trick is that you will want to work with a reliable general contractor, like the team at Rossi Construction, Inc. to find a reliable cabinet maker.

Call 813.436.0177 to talk to Rossi Construction, Inc. about kitchen cabinet options for your kitchen remodel today!

Tampa Kitchen Remodeling with a Plan!

Remodeling any kitchen can be an expensive, demanding process.  Before undertaking the overhaul, it is a good idea to make a list of all the things you want to change and upgrade during the kitchen remodeling project.  If you are going to completely remodel your kitchen, you do not want to find out when it is over that you skipped over a detail you desperately wanted to include.  Minor changes can vary based upon the individual doing a remodeling project, but there are a couple of major factors that everyone must consider!

Did I plan for enough cabinet and counter space?

One of the biggest complaints about any kitchen is a lack of storage space and counter preparation space.  When you are cooking for yourself and your family or entertaining guests, you want a lot of room to prepare your meal.  You also need plenty of space to store dishes, pots, pans and cooking supplies.  If space allows, try to extend your current counter and cabinets along the wall.  If you do not have any available wall space, add an island with some cabinet space underneath.

You can also use the remodeling opportunity to switch the countertops to granite or marble, or to refinish your cabinets.  If you hate the look of your cabinets, this is the time to take the old ones down and put up a brand new set.

Do I like the hardware on my cabinets?

Hardware in the form of door handles and hinges are small compared to most of your kitchen modifications, but they can have a major impact on the look of your kitchen.  In a typical kitchen, there are usually around fifteen handles and forty hinges.  The number of handles and hinges will increase if you are remodeling and upgrading your current kitchen.  The hardware you pick is the finishing touch to your remodeling efforts because of the touch of style they add to the room.

Have a question?  Contact us today at 814.436.0177 to schedule a time to discuss your remodeling project!

It’s Time to Remodel My Tampa Kitchen

The kitchen is a prime target for Tampa homeowners looking to remodel or upgrade.  A remodeled Tampa kitchen can make a home easier to work in and live in, while also increasing the potential resale value of and bringing in a better potential buyer when it comes time to sell.  Tampa kitchen remodeling projects can take many forms and fit most budgets.

Additions

An addition to a Tampa kitchen is one of the more complex remodeling ideas that Rossi Construction, Inc. can plan, but it can take many forms and may be the best way to add value to your home.  A breakfast nook adds functional floor space and may help make the kitchen more of a heart to the home. Expanding a kitchen to add extra storage space or an island workplace, along with a sink, is another idea which adds to the overall function of the home.  It may also be a good idea to consider the addition of track or recessed lighting, granite countertops, new floors and wall coverings as part of the kitchen addition.

Cabinets

Storage is always at a premium in the kitchen where appliances, food and cooking utensils compete for both space and your attention.  Adding new cabinets in a Tampa kitchen remodel can alleviate the problem.  Cabinets with a rotating or slide-out drawer system can make efficient use of the space.  At the same time, new wood cabinets will give your kitchen an entirely updated look.

Financing

Even a modest Tampa kitchen remodel can be a costly undertaking.  It can also be a great investment for folks who plan to sell in the near future.  Borrowing against the home equity in the form of a home equity loan or a line of credit is often considered a sound financial decision, especially when interest rates are reasonably low.  This will let homeowners pay for Tampa kitchen remodeling projects with money they will recover when they sell, and it will also prevent the costs from depleting personal savings.

The Rossi Construction, Inc. team of professionals will help you develop the perfect relationship between style and a fantastic investment. Contact us at 813.436.0177 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation!

Developing a Plan for Tampa Kitchen Remodeling Projects

Tampa kitchen remodeling remains popular as homeowners invest to create a warm and comfortable heart of the home.  In addition to improved appearance and organization, kitchen remodels also hold reasonable resale value.  According to Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, midrange minor kitchen remodeling projects have an average national cost of just under $20,000 and get close to a 75% return on investment.  This type of remodel will typically include new countertops, appliances, cabinet fronts and hardware.  Midrange major remodeling projects, which include new appliances, cabinets, countertops, flooring and lighting, will cost an average of $58,000.  A high-end kitchen remodel will come in at more than $100,000.

Though aesthetics are important, the driving remodeling force is ultimately functionality.  Begin to develop your plans by researching, touring and getting an up close and personal view of the components you want to purchase.  Next, set a budget that reflects your priorities for the space and familiarize yourself with the basic elements of the design.

Planning the Best Kitchen

Kitchens average 200 – 300 square feet and are predominantly becoming part of an open-floor plan.  Other trends include a move toward simplicity, uncluttered appearance, efficiency and healthier materials.  Look to magazines, design books and social media platforms like Pinterest to spark your creativity.  And check out the helpful planning tips and tricks provided throughout our own blog archives!

At Rossi Construction, Inc. you will find a perfect marriage between functionality and style.  We recognize the many space challenges that Tampa homes present, and we pride ourselves in knowing how to maximize space while satisfying your needs.  Contact us at 813.436.0177 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation!

Tips and Tricks for 2014 Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchen remodeling remains popular as homeowners continue to create a friendly, comfortable and well-organized center of the home.  In addition to an improved overall appearance and better organization, kitchen remodels also hold reasonable return on investment (roi).

Midrange smaller kitchen remodels, including new countertops; appliances; cabinet fronts and hardware will run a homeowner roughly $20,000 and will result in a return of close to $15,000.  Major kitchen remodels will range an average of $60,000 and the return on investment will be roughly $40,000.  The return on investment will change as kitchen remodeling plans approach high-end renovation territory.

The driving force behind kitchen remodeling is always functionality.  Start by conducting research near your home and visit home improvement shows or kitchen show rooms to test products up close and personal.  Next, you will want to set a budget that mirrors your priorities for the space and make yourself familiar with the design elements you will be able to fit into your budget.

Modern kitchens average up to 3oo square feet and tend to be part of an open-floor plan.  Popular trends include a move away from clutter, energy efficiency, natural materials and a major shift toward simplicity.  Look to digital design resources, magazines, books and homes featured on style programs for inspiration.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

It may be time for your family to cut the clutter.

Now is the time to take inventory of what you need for storage, and make a plan that will fit your needs.  Cabinet makers understand the need for solid storage and organization, and have acted accordingly by developing superb storage options.

How do you want your family to use your kitchen?

Determine whether you want to use your kitchen as a hub of family fun, one in which you both cook and entertain your family.  Do you want to cook alone or with a friend or family member?  Will the kitchen be a room where the kids do homework with their friends?  Keep track of what works and what is not working.

Plan for efficiency.

If the kitchen feels like a battle zone, consider working the triangle or building separate work stations within the kitchen.

As you plan to build a friendlier kitchen, you will want to keep all of your plans on budget!  Consult with the team from Rossi Construction, Inc. at 813.436.0177 regarding the best choices for developing a budget which will allow for a solid return on investment.

2014 Tampa Kitchen Remodeling Trends

Are you dreaming of a remodeled kitchen for 2014?  Take a look at our article first!  Kitchens featuring bolder tones, floating shelves or eco-friendly cabinets will be popular with homeowners in 2014.

Floating Shelves:

Cabinet choice can make or break a kitchen redesign, and you may want to take the plunge by trying to break-up the traditional long run of cabinets.  The design should be cabinets that are broken into specific sections.  Take a space that would traditionally be reserved for cupboards, and use that space, instead to house floating shelves or unique art.

Vibrant Colors:

Designers disagree on most trends for 2014, but one thing that everyone agrees with across the board is that the New Year will be dominated by bright and vibrant colors.  A particular favorite making the rounds is cobalt blue for major appliances.

Eco-Friendly Cabinets:

The New Year incorporates looks from the great outdoors, and cabinets will be no exception to the rule.  Cabinets that are friendly to the environment, with no added formaldehyde and non-toxic glues, will be in demand across the country.  These cabinets are particularly friendly to anyone with chemical sensitivity and allergies.

Call Rossi Construction, Inc. at 813.436.0177 to start planning for your 2014 kitchen remodeling project.  We look forward to helping you build a better kitchen!

The Benefits of Bathroom Renovation

Have you thought about your any bathroom in your home today?  Really, has it crossed your mind even a little?  It should.  Your bathrooms are a critical part of your home and your daily happiness in your home.  If you are giving a little thought to remodeling your home, a bathroom remodeling project should be at the top of your list.  Here are some reasons why you should consider having a team from Rossi Construction, Inc. remodel your bathroom.

You spend a large chunk of your life in the bathroom.

No matter how ridiculous it may sound, you spend a lot of your day in the bathroom.  You take baths and showers, you prepare for the day and you use the bathroom for the more private aspects of your personal life.  Behind your bedroom, the bathroom is almost always visited by someone in your household.  Why not spend the time and cash making it inviting?

Some people will argue that because the amount of time you spend in the bathroom is generally short, it does not warrant much attention, but if you add all of the short visits, you will begin to understand why the argument is not sound.  Instead of neglecting comfort in a room you actually spend a lot of time in, spend a little time considering ways to remodel and renovate the space.

Guests will always find a reason to use your bathroom.

It is a guarantee that visitors to your home will ask permission to use your bathroom.  If this is concerning, you will want to make sure that your bathroom looks as good as the kitchen looks.  Do not spend your entire budget on the kitchen and living room, only to have the guests be surprised by a bathroom from 1952.

It is possible for a bathroom remodeling to help you save money.

Your bathroom is a good room to remodel if you are looking to save money.  Simple fixture changes could lower a water bill, reduce heating costs and help you save on energy bills.  Remodeling a bathroom can allow for more light and could diminish the need for expensive lighting.  There is even the potential to prevent plumbing disasters from a simple renovation.

With a better understanding of the benefits associated with bathroom remodeling, it is time to call 813.436.0177 to schedule your free consultation with Rossi Construction, Inc.

Kitchen Remodeling, a Smart Investment

Kitchen remodeling ranks among the most popular trends in home improvements.  The reason?  An excellent ROI.  A remodeled kitchen can deliver better storage, enhanced quality of life and a higher resale value.  Here are five trends to track when planning your kitchen renovation project.

21st Century Cabinets.

Cabinets have gone modern with floating units, systems concealed behind sliding doors, touch-latches eliminating hardware and innovative new materials.  Homeowners now have the option to include aluminum cabinets, high-gloss lacquer, bamboo or semi-translucent glass.

Appliances with Personality.

Retro kitchen accessories in colors like red, yellow and cobalt blue are injecting modern kitchens with a shot of life!

High-Tech Appliances.

Modern appliances are becoming computer-regulated, interactive, cyber-smart and multifunctional.  One of the first prototypes out of the gate was a refrigerator from Samsung, which features internet capabilities; email and television features.

Countertops that are Unique.

Counters are going from common to custom, with unique touches such as wooden butcher blocks and marble slab inserts.  Tampa homeowners are mixing materials, like concrete embedded with polished color glass or metal.  All natural materials, such as stone and marble, also remain popular countertop materials that can also add a personal touch.

You might also consider stainless steel, sealed concrete, mahogany or engineered quartz.  With engineered quartz, you will enjoy the advantages of granite without the same kind of maintenance requirements.

Sleek Wine Refrigeration.

The latest offerings in wine refrigerators include models that can hold upwards of 140 bottles, as well as smaller units that come complete with built-in refrigerator drawers.

Kitchen remodeling ranks among the most popular trends in home improvements for a reason, it is an investment that makes sense.  Our specialists can help you develop a renovation plan that takes improved quality of life into account and builds in features that make your kitchen pop!  Call 813.436.0177 to schedule a kitchen remodeling consultation with Rossi Construction, Inc.

Remodeling a Tampa Bathroom for ADA Compliance

Remodeling a Bathroom for ADA Compliance:

If you have a need to remodel a bathroom in your Tampa home, or build a new bathroom that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are a number of different factors that you will need to consider before beginning the project.  The most important consideration when working toward ADA compliance are limitations affecting the person you are designing the bathroom for.

In some cases revisions may be needed for accessibility, while in other situations safety may be the concern of the day.  For example, the bathroom features needed for someone who use a wheelchair could vary greatly from the needs of a person with a different kind of physical infirmity or mobility issue.  Many people are also redesigning a bathroom for easier accessibility for either themselves or older family members, preparing before age requires an immediate and sloppy redesign.  Some people are even adding an ADA compliant bathroom to their home in an attempt to increase their property value and make the home more desirable to potential buyers.  If you are ready to go ahead with an ADA compliant bathroom in your own Tampa home, here are factors to consider.

Guidelines for ADA Compliance:

  • The door needs to swing outward.
  • The bathroom needs to be at least 32 inches wide.
  • The doors should have latches that can also unlatch from the outside.
  • The floor, including the threshold area, needs to be level to allow easy wheelchair access.
  • The bathroom needs to be roughly five feet in diameter to allow a 360 degree turn by a wheelchair.

The specialists from Rossi Construction, Inc. can help you design an ADA compliant bathroom that makes life easier for the entire family!  Contact us at 813.436.0177 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation today!