Rossi Construction, Inc. Selected for Best of Brandon Award

Best of Brandon

Best of BrandonTampa residential remodeling specialty company, Rossi Construction, Inc. announced on Wednesday that it had been selected for the 2014 Best of Brandon Award in the Custom Home Builders category by the Brandon Award Program.

Each year, the program finds companies that they believe succeeded in achieving marketing success in the local community and their specific business category.  All nominees are local companies that build the positive image tied to small business through positive service to their regular customers and local community.  These companies help make the local area a better place to live, work and play.

The Brandon Award Program collected and analyzed a number of sources of information in order to find winners in each business category.  The 2014 Brandon Award Program focuses specifically on the idea of quality, not quantity in the way a business accomplishes its goals.  Winners are actually determined based upon internally gathered info by the Brandon Award Program and certain third parties.

About the Award Program:

The Brandon Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Brandon area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Brandon Award Program was put in place to recognize the top local businesses in our community.  The organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Their mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

About Rossi Construction, Inc.:

Rossi Construction, Inc. is a general contractor located in the Tampa Bay area.  Rossi Construction, Inc. specializes in residential and commercial construction and remodeling.  Rossi Construction, Inc. has been building excellence by design in Tampa FL since 1979.  Rossi Construction, Inc. can be found online by visiting http://www.jrossiconstruction.com.

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.

Tampa Residential Remodeling Specialist Offers Remodeling Tips

Tampa residential remodeling specialists Rossi Construction, Inc. issued a guide to homeowners considering the remodel or expansion of an existing kitchen.

Keeping in mind that scores of articles and checklists already exist regarding evaluation tips and tricks, owner Jason Rossi focused his attention on the concept of safety.  Rossi feels that too many Tampa homeowners make a review superficial, looking no further than the ugly old appliances or out of date cabinets.  “There really are bigger ideas a homeowner needs to consider,” explained Rossi.  In order to get it all across in fewer than 500 words, he broke the topic into three distinct sections all of which are tied to safety.

Rossi began by explaining that the amount space that is available on countertops, in cabinets and on the floors will matter.  The position of appliances in the home, or the shape of countertop frontage, may eat space and establish a dangerous path between work stations.  All remodeling should try to accommodate all possible uses for a kitchen countertop.

Children are not a question all homeowners will immediately take into account but their role in a household really matters when a kitchen remodel is being considered.  Rossi explained that a lot of kitchen remodels will depend on if a homeowner is raising children, the ages of the kids and if they plan to add to their family in the near future.  If a family is being built, it may make sense to have a kitchen geared toward cooking larger meals and lower cabinets that are safer for kids.  This may include the installation of some appliances, like the microwave, in a manner that makes it accessible to all.

Rossi closed with the discussion of evaluating a kitchen to determine whether it is easily accessible to someone with disabilities or if the home kitchen will work as the homeowner ages.  Considering both of these issues now ensures that there will be no need for adaptation in the future.

It is suggested that a Tampa homeowner make a checklist of any problems or problem areas in a kitchen and keep notes of which features they prefer to lose in a remodel.  A list will make it easier when it comes time to sit down with a representative from a top Tampa residential remodeling firm.

Rossi Construction, Inc. is a general contractor based in Tampa, Florida.  Rossi Construction, Inc. specializes in all types of local residential and commercial construction.  Rossi Construction, Inc. works in both Tampa, Florida and St. Petersburg, Florida.  Rossi Construction, Inc. has been building excellence by design since 1979 and can be found online by visiting http://www.jrossiconstruction.com.

Making Your Kitchen Safer Through Remodeling

Homeowners often think their kitchen is outdated from the appearance of their cabinets, ugly old appliances and cracked counters.  What you may not realize is that there are other reasons why a kitchen needs to be remodeled.

Here are some tips to help you evaluate the condition of your kitchen and decide if the time is right for a remodel!

Do you find yourself satisfied with the amount of space that is available on counters, in cabinets and on floors?

The position of appliances or the shape of counters may be eating-up useful work station space.  If you decide it is time to remodel, you want to keep nearly 160” of countertop frontage, 24” deep and 15” of clearance from above.  This will accommodate all uses, including preparation and storage.

Do you have children?  How old are your children?  Do you plan on adding more children to your family?

Depending on whether you are raising children, and the ages of your kids, it may be time to remodel your kitchen.  Older appliances and the design of your kitchen may prove to be hazardous to youngsters.  If you are building the family, it may make sense to have a kitchen geared toward cooking larger meals and lower cabinets that are safe for the kids to access on their own.  A great example is installing the microwave 3” below the shoulder of the main user.  It is also a good idea to skip the sharp corners on countertops when there are kids in the household.

Is your kitchen easily accessible to someone with disabilities?  Will the kitchen work for you as you get older?

Considering both of these issues is vital to any Tampa kitchen remodeling project.  Universal Design techniques in the kitchen remodeling project will assure that the space is useable by everyone, regardless of physical ability or age.  There will be no need for adaptation later.

Before you remodel the kitchen, make a checklist of any problems and keep notes of the features which you find distasteful.  A list will make things easy when it comes time to sit down with a qualified representative from Rossi Construction, Inc.  We will know how best to satisfy your needs, taste and style.  For additional information about remodeling and safety, be sure to visit our blog frequently.

Schedule a kitchen remodeling consultation by calling us at 813.436.0177.  We look forward to speaking with you.

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!