How to Choose The Best Flooring For Your Kitchen

At first thought, you may not think much of your kitchen floor. But the reality is, your kitchen is the heart of your home. The floor needs to be practical and durable while also fitting the design of your kitchen.

There are a variety of flooring options available on the market today. We’re sharing a few of our favorites:

  • Stone and tile: a great choice for heavy traffic. Stone and tile are highly durable and are available in many different colors and decorative styles.This is the perfect choice if you have children and expect to entertain often.
  • Wood: a classic choice. Wood floors can withstand heavy traffic and water stains. Laminate is an alternative choice that provides the same look for less money.If you’re looking to create a warm look in your kitchen, wood or laminate would be a nice choice.
  • Cork: a durable and versatile material available in many different colors. While it may not be a popular choice, it’s unique qualities like being water resistant and offering reduced impact noise make it an option worth considering.
  • Limestone: while it requires maintenance every year, limestone gives an old world look that some people love.
  • Vinyl: If you’re on a budget, vinyl flooring is the best option. It is available in many different colors or styles and can spruce up your kitchen floor for very little money.

We always recommend our clients do some of your own research before the project begins. Check different interior design sites so you can get a feel of what you like or don’t like. We always welcome our clients to bring examples of what they are looking to achieve. Our number one goal is to make sure we design and build the kitchen of your dreams!

Kitchen remodels are one of our most popular services. We have been performing kitchen remodeling in the Tampa Bay area since 2000. Our services can take you from a basic cosmetic kitchen remodel to an extensive change in floor plans and locations of products. If you have questions or would like to get started on your kitchen remodel, give us a call 813-436-0177.

Kitchen Remodeling the Right Way

kitchen remodeling and design

kitchen remodeling and designRemodeling kitchens and bathrooms remain two of the most cost effective ways to increase the value of the house and get a significant boost out of your own enjoyment of your home.  Kitchens and baths showcase homes, giving it the “wow” factor when it comes time to sell your house.  Read on to learn more about kitchen remodeling and how to execute it correctly.

There is no way around the expense:

A well-done kitchen remodeling project will not be accomplished inexpensively.  The national average expense for a minor kitchen remodeling project is roughly $19,000, while a major remodel will come in at close to $55,000.  No matter choose a major remodel or minor modifications, you will want to get your priorities in order and only bend where it feels appropriate.

Know what your budget can handle:

To save on expenses, do not try to make any structural changes.  This will include adding additional square footage or turning a family room into part of the kitchen.  If it is at all possible, you should also try to keep appliances and doors where they started.  Keeping the sink where it was originally located will help you avoid additional expenses associated with moving plumbing.

Countertops:

Most of us dream of going all out with concrete or granite countertops.  If you want to keep costs down, laminate or concrete are good options that can give you a look with that “wow” factor.  Laminates are refined and imitate granite and stone without the same hefty price tag.  It can also resist staining, scratching and chipping.

Cabinets:

Cabinets make up at least one-third of the average total kitchen remodeling budget.  Installing cabinets means you will often need new flooring too.  One way to cut cabinet costs is to with standard cabinets, in preset sizes, colors and materials.  If the concept of all standard cabinets bothers you, a combination of standard and custom cabinets may work best for you.  A third option involves replacing just the cabinet doors and drawer fronts and replacing the existing veneer on the box structure.

If you enjoy spending time in your kitchen with your family, you will want to call Rossi Construction, Inc. at 813.436.0177 to schedule a free consultation to discuss kitchen remodeling.

 

I’m Ready to Remodel My Kitchen!

helpful remodeling tips

helpful remodeling tipsHurrah, you have made the decision to remodel the kitchen in your Tampa home! Now, what do you need to do to get the project kicked off? Having no idea where to begin, most homeowners will first look for new stainless steel appliances. A smaller group of homeowners will begin by building a Pinterest board filled with kitchen remodeling images. Still others will find they prefer to hire a professional to handle drafting remodeling plans and commencing the project immediately.

Once you have considered a preferred kitchen look and you are prepared to hit “go” on your kitchen remodeling project, it is time to break it all into helpful steps!

Think about what you need and want.

This step in the process is centered around how you intend to use the kitchen in your cool, updated mid-century modern St. Petersburg home. Give consideration to a potential layout and features that will work well for your family today and in the future. Try to get as many ideas as possible!

Plan, plan and plan a lot more!

If you feel you are prepared to take the plunge, you will want to begin pulling together what is referred to as a scope of work. This part of the process will also include determination of a preliminary budget. It will be quite important to remain calm if one, or both, changes during the planning stages.

Find a Tampa Bay kitchen remodeling specialist who can help.

Even if you are a DIY kind of family, you will need to consult with a Tampa residential kitchen remodeling specialist at one time or another.

Prepare a kitchen schematic.

This part in the planning will include planning for appropriate space, basic floor plans and elevations, sketches and information on cabinet dimensions. Make layout and space planning your primary concerns, even though you will want to focus on looks.

Talk to a Tampa general contractor.

A DIY kitchen remodeling project may hold a special appeal, but few people are actually prepared to handle every step on their own. Find a licensed general contractor, like Rossi Construction, who will be able to carry the project through to completion.

Be prepared to keep track of a checklist.

When construction is nearly complete, there will always be a checklist of minor items that will need to be handled before everything is officially complete. If there is a larger issue, do not be afraid to talk to your Tampa Bay general contractor!

Tips for updating your kitchen

Kitchen Renovations Tampa

Kitchen Renovations TampaThe decision to renovate your kitchen will add comfort to your life and value to your Tampa home. Here are the some key concepts to consider when you are updating the heart of your home.

Always choose quality components

High-quality drawer slides and door hinges mean cabinets will remain closed, and silverware drawers will not stick. Keep away from drawers that are fabricated using particleboard or held together with staples. For all cabinet interiors, a wood veneer is more durable in our humid weather than laminate, particleboard or medium-density fiberboard (MDF).

Determine height of cabinets using the ceiling

If your kitchen has eight-foot ceilings, you will want to purchase cabinets that reach the ceiling. This height will offer additional storage space, allowing you to use all available wall space for open shelving or art. If your ceilings are taller than eight-feet, you will need to leave 15 – 18 inches above the cabinets.

Make the decision between paint and stain

Stained-wood cabinets will often be more forgiving for a busy Florida family, but finishes become dated and are difficult to alter quickly. Painted cabinets can provide a unique perspective on your personality.

Install an island that respects the space

Consider all potential hazards when placing a bulky cabinet in the center of the updated kitchen. Islands with an open, airy look are preferable in this region. Ideally, the island should remain free of major appliances, but if you want it to house a cooktop or a double sink, make a real effort to maintain a light appearance.

Too much detail can be a bad thing

An accent like a pediment above the stove and plaster mouldings on cabinet fronts look out of place in a modern southern kitchen. Try to keep the style of your kitchen compatible with the rest of the house.

Avoid kitchen cleaning nightmares

Natural surfaces like terra-cotta tiles, slate, brick and certain styles of marble, are more difficult to clean quickly but they hide the odd smudge. Smooth surfaces in light colors, such as white ceramic tiles, are simple for anyone to maintain, but they show every bit of dirt. And, no matter how much we love the look of stainless steel, its tendency to smudge is not a good match for Tampa families with young children.

Always purchase reliable appliances

Instead of buying a lot of kitchen appliances and gadgets, select a few reliable units. For instance, a commercial-quality stainless range provides an interesting focal point for the room and requires less space than a wall oven and range.

If you like any of the tips and concepts shared here, call Rossi Construction at 813-436-0177 for the best kitchen remodeling in Tampa.

Common Mistakes in a Bathroom Remodel

It is easy to make big mistakes in a bathroom remodel; with so many interchangeable small pieces requiring your consideration, you are liable to miss one.  With some assistance from the local bathroom remodeling experts from Rossi Construction, Inc. you will be prepared to avoid the most common mistakes in bathroom remodeling.  Please feel free to call us at 813.436.0177 to schedule a consultation after you have had an opportunity to review our list.

  • Make an effort to avoid the “I can handle anything” contractor.  It may not look like it, but a bathroom remodeling project requires a unique set of skills from a contractor.  Even a modest bathroom remodel has more than 50 primary components that must be matched and installed correctly.
  • Skip the eclectic look and make an effort to match fixtures and hardware.  Many of you will not care that your faucet and cabinet door models do not match, but the people looking to buy your house next week will care. So here it is.  This means that if you choose a faucet that is brushed nickel, it will be necessary for all components to have a brushed nickel finish.
  • Never buy on price alone.  How many of us do not want the best deal that we can find? The problem is, within bathroom remodeling, price can be dramatically slashed by using cheap materials and omitting components you need.  Better materials honestly work better, have a longer life and give you a much better chance of avoiding costly disasters.
  • Do not overpay for your new bathroom.  The process of bathroom remodeling can be expensive. There are a number of expensive trades participating in the full redesign (carpentry, plumbing, electrical, tile setting) and a lot of expensive materials packed into a small room.  So, you need to keep track of cash spent by keeping lines of communication open with your contractor.

The Value of an Outdoor Kitchen

If you enjoy spending as much of your time outdoors as you can in nice weather, you will want to consider adding to your outdoor living space.  You can even design it in such a way that it is easy and convenient to cook outdoors.  The price can be an inhibiting factor when considering the addition of kitchen on the patio.  However, there are a number of options to save on the cost of an outdoor kitchen while improving the value of your home for a future sale.

What is the price of a basic outdoor kitchen?

It is possible to create a simple outdoor kitchen on a budget.  The primary item will be a grill and you can find a model that does double duty.  Besides grilling, they can come with additional burners a drawer for warming to allow you to create a complete meal.  You can even add a mini refrigerator to keep foods cold and convenient.  Depending on how many features you want and the preferred finish, you can keep pricing between $2,000 and $10,000 on a basic kitchen.

How much will a luxury kitchen cost?

A luxury outdoor kitchen will cost quite a bit more.  It can include a:

  • Sink.
  • Separate stove.
  • Preparation area.
  • Wine cooler.

High-end outdoor kitchens will also use nicer materials for the countertop and stone flooring.  For this type of kitchen, you can expect to spend between $50,000 and $100,000.

Does an outdoor kitchen add value to your home?

An outdoor kitchen can add value to your home and make it more attractive to potential buyers.  The total value added will depend on where you are located and which features you decided needed to be included.  An area with warm weather early in the spring and late into the fall will increase the value more than if you live in an area with prolonged winters.  If the resale value is a concern, you may want to talk with a real estate expert before building your new outdoor kitchen.

If you enjoy spending time outdoors with your family, you will want to call Rossi Construction, Inc. at 813.436.0177 to schedule a free consultation to discuss outdoor kitchens.

Kitchen Remodeling Trends to Avoid

A granite countertop here, new cabinets there.  Anyone who has ever undertaken a kitchen renovation project will know that these costs can add quickly.  The national average cost for a high-end kitchen makeover is now priced at nearly $60,000.

Because a kitchen remodeling project is such a large investment, most homeowners hope to end with a kitchen that looks good for as long as possible.  What is hot today may be out of fashion in a year, making the room look outdated before you have had much chance to enjoy it.

Even before the first sledgehammer strike, you must answer one important question:  Who is this remodel for?

Is this something you are doing for yourself, for your own enjoyment? Or, do you need to update to be able to sell the house?  The answers to these questions will drive design choices for the kitchen.

While no one can say which kitchen features will stand the test of time, here are seven trends you want to avoid to keep the remodel relevant for years.

  • Keeping small appliances behind closed doors.
  • Kitchen nooks for storing things like the phone or plastic wrap.
  • Large farmhouse sinks in place of the stainless steel workhorse.
  • Stink 70s and 80s era trash compactors.
  • A microwave on the counter.
  • A pot rack focal point.
  • White or blue appliances in place of stainless.

Keep in mind these seven outdated trends are something you wish to avoid in order to keep your kitchen looking its best for years to come!  If you would like a little help avoiding hot-button trend faux pas issues, call the team from Rossi Construction, Inc. at 813.436.0177 to schedule a free kitchen remodeling consultation.

Tampa Bathroom Remodeling Checklist

A bathroom remodeling project can be an exciting task.  But, before making the jump to choosing the latest tile or shower design, there are some less exciting things to contemplate so your project turns out just the way you want.  Because bathroom remodeling can be overwhelming, time-consuming and expensive, we prepared a checklist to make sure that your project stays on track and the remodel runs smoothly.

  • Budget.
  • Time.
  • Work sequence.
  • Hidden problems.
  • Design style.
  • Functionality.
  • Measurements.
  • Contractor.
  • Plumbing fixtures.
  • Cabinets and storage.
  • Walls.
  • Flooring.
  • Lighting.
  • Accessories.
  • Ventilation.
  • Going green.
  • Final clean after the project.

A bathroom renovation project can be the project of a lifetime!  If you have completed all of these tasks, call the team from Rossi Construction, Inc. at 813.436.0177 to schedule an appointment for a free bathroom remodeling consultation.

Tampa Kitchen Remodeling Return on Investment

Many homeowners are currently waiting to list their home, opting for remodeling while they wait for decisions to be made regarding expensive flood insurance.  For each remodel, the hope is that the investment will yield a high return on investment when it comes time to finally sell the home.  Here is a highlight list of a few home remodeling projects that will have the highest return on investment.

The Kitchen:

It is a great idea to give your kitchen a fresh face but the investment should never have a budget of more than 20% of the total value of your home.  Think of potentially mixing and matching countertops because you can present an interesting kitchen using something like wood for one countertop preparation area and granite, in a color that will look good, on another area.

The Bathroom:

Use your cash to update old or out of date bathrooms.  Trends are leaning toward stand-up showers with rails, if they are necessary, rather than the traditional bathtub and shower combination that many of us lived with in our childhood.

Window Replacement:

Most home buyers love energy efficient homes and until you are ready to part with your home, you will find that your budget will be thankful too!  Replacing old windows with higher efficiency and safer windows will update the exterior appearance of your home and it will lower your electric bills.

The remodeling projects discussed can return up to 85% of your invested cash but the trick is knowing the smart project from one best left for a new homeowner.  In order to gain a better perspective of what you should and should not attempt, please call our office at 813.436.0177 to schedule a free consultation with our remodeling team.  We look forward to meeting with you and transforming your home.

Tampa Residential Remodeling Specialists and VA Modifications

Making a bathroom easily accessible to people with a disability can significantly improve their quality of life within the home.  The bathroom has specific challenges for those who use wheelchairs or walkers, as well as people with mobility issues.  Solving these problems with a remodel can help make the bathroom user-friendly and accessible for elderly or otherwise-abled members of the household.

Turning radius:

If you choose to modify the bathroom for a person who is using a wheelchair or a walker, make sure the doorway to your bathroom is large enough to comfortably allow a wheelchair to access.  This means expanding the door to 36” wide to accommodate enough space to turn the wheelchair around completely.  Remember that the turning radius for a wheelchair is typically 60” of clear space in the dead center of the bathroom.

Sink accessibility:

The sink in an accessible bathroom may mean a few different things.  In a bathroom used by a wheelchair user, the sink needs to open underneath to allow the wheelchair user to wheel straight up to it.  For someone using a walker for mobility, it may be necessary to raise the sink to 34” instead of 31”, so there is no need for the user to slump at the sink.  You will also want to have a general contractor install lever handles on the faucet, rather than the type of handle which require the additional leverage grasping requires.

Tub accessibility:

An accessible tub contains:

  • A door that is vacuum sealed when shut.
  • The door is opened to allow the user to enter and sealed before filling.
  • The tub must be fitted with grab bars to help the user to enter and exit safely.
  • The shower head should be handheld and moveable to allow for greater control.

Shower accessibility:

An accessible shower contains:

  • The shower must be roll-in, without a curb.
  • If there is a small curb, it should be fitted with a seat.
  • The shower must be fitted with grab bars to help with safe entrance and exit.
  • The shower head must be handheld and easily moved to allow for greater control.

No matter if you have a tub or shower, you will want to have a lever or touch-operated valve system to operate the water.  Levers will allow for greater control!

If it is time to assess your bathroom for handicap accessibility, please call Rossi Construction at 813.436.0177 to set an appointment for a free consultation.