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.
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.
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.
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.
PRLog (Press Release) – Apr. 9, 2013 – Rossi Construction, Inc. launched an alert initiative to Tampa home owners over the weekend, discussing ways to make Tampa homes more valuable in an often volatile real estate market. The simple tips and tricks are intended to provide Tampa home owners a way to increase market value, all the while building personal enjoyment of the home.
Rossi Construction, Inc. explained that Tampa home owners should first give some thought to the idea of creating a Tampa kitchen remodeling plan. The specialists at Rossi Construction, Inc. elaborated that kitchen remodels are one of the best ways to increase overall home value. Adding modern appliances, and giving cabinets a new face, is an investment that will provide a big return.
In addition to a Tampa kitchen remodeling project, the construction specialists suggested; adding a garage if the house is without a garage; remodeling a Tampa bathroom or a combination of any two projects to add the most “bang for the buck.”
Other suggestions by Rossi Construction, Inc. included the installation of granite countertops and making that curb appeal “pop.”
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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If you have the funds available for the average $38,000.00 mid-range Tampa bathroom addition, it can be a sound investment for your home but it will only recoup about fifty-four percent of the investment at resale. That being said, there are intangibles like style; comfort and convenience that the addition of another bathroom to your home will add to your life.
There are some vital considerations you must make before you decide that a Tampa bathroom addition is right, especially if you will be selling the house in the near future.
Adding Value to the Home
The good news is that Tampa home buyers love additional bathrooms. A Tampa bathroom addition almost never goes wrong, and it is rare that a real estate agent hears a buyer say “this is just too much bathroom space for me to handle.”
If you are looking to recoup the expense through resale of the Tampa home, or improve your prospects of selling, you will want to do your homework very carefully. This means that if you have an older home that would sell for $200,00.00 on a good day, spending $35,00.00 to build a bathroom from the ground up will not raise the value of your home to $235,000.00. You will just have a lovely new bathroom in a $200,000.00 Tampa home.
The general rule of thumb is that you should consider the Tampa bathroom addition only if you plan on staying in your home at least five years.
How Do I Evaluate Possible Return on Investment?
Tampa home buyers tend to prefer that a home have roughly the same number of bathrooms and bedrooms. Any Tampa bathroom addition that brings the number of bathrooms in line with the total number of bedrooms is likely to equate to a bigger return on investment.
The most valuable Tampa bathroom addition you can make is when you start with only one bath in the house; a second bath makes a good impression on buyers and can be the difference between selling a house and having it sit on the market.
Another important area of balance is showers to bathtubs. For maximum resale potential, you should have one of each in your Tampa home. A Tampa bathroom addition that gives you the shower or bathtub that you are missing is a smart choice.
Understanding the implications to the value of your home is important and can keep you from making costly mistakes. Be sure to return for our follow-up article discussing additional ideas associated with Tampa bath projects.
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.
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.
As house values continue to be unstable across much of the Tampa Bay area and loans continue to be hard to get, homeowners are finding themselves with fewer easy options for huge remodels. Homeowners are going after the projects that cost less at the beginning, capture practical savings or they do both and they hold their value if the homeowner sells in the future.
Rather than a massive kitchen or bath upgrade, the kind that see entire floor plans reworked, many homeowners are choosing to order modest improvements that build the long-term value of the home. Great examples include boosting the energy conservation with new appliances, and allowing the owners to quickly settle back into their Tampa home.
Two examples of recession proof projects that Tampa homeowners can consider include:
A kitchen remodel that makes sense:
If you are one of the people traveling the aisles of Ikea, lusting after a beautiful new kitchen, take heart because you can remodel that kitchen at a price that will not mortgage your future. To trim costs, you will want to work with a general contractor to work on projects that involve cosmetic improvements like replacing the faces and hardware on existing cabinets. Keeping existing cabinets will save you around 25% of the total cost of a kitchen remodel, while still giving you the immediate enjoyment of visible changes. The savings can become significantly greater if you remain within the existing footprint of your kitchen, making the changes much more of a “facelift.”
Scaling back a kitchen remodel can ultimately earn a Tampa homeowner back up to 80% of an investment, while still providing immediate practical payback.
A bathroom remodel that does not take months:
The Tampa bathroom can be much the same as a scaled-back Tampa kitchen remodel, with cabinets being kept and both refaced and provided new hardware. Counters can be topped with inexpensive stone, a new toilet can be installed, a new tile floor put in place and a fresh coat of paint can put a semi-gutted bathroom project on a good timeline and a fantastic budget.
Always remember that Rossi Construction, Inc. is available for your home remodeling projects, both large and of a smaller nature. Our expertise can add value to your house for decades.