Is a Home Addition Right For Me In 2017?

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home remodeling service“Do we opt for a home addition, or simply buy a new home?” This is a question many homeowners face. No matter the decision, both courses of action will ensure a sizeable amount of work and disruption to your daily life and can be costly.

Homeowners who opt to purchase a new home are usually looking for a fresh start, and have no qualms about leaving their current home behind. However, some homeowners are not as keen to start over with a new home and forego the home buying process for something different: Adding onto their existing home.

By opting for a home addition, a homeowner can reap many of the advantages of a new home, without sacrificing the existing home’s comforts that they have lovingly created over the years. For example, an addition will give a property a ‘new’ feel and create additional living space for a growing family; which is often the chief motivator behind the purchase of a new home, to begin with.

And, to top it off, a home addition also provides several other benefits.

Custom Designs

New home additions give some you the freedom to create the room(s) of your dreams. Because let’s face it, no matter how far you search, it’s unlikely you’ll ever find a new home that matches your specifications to a tee. When adding or renovating your home, you have the freedom to tell your contractor exactly what you want and in most cases, they can deliver on your vision.

With television channels like HGTV and social platforms like Pinterest dominating the mainstream, many homeowners are realizing that they too can have the home of their dreams and are looking to add additions and complete renovation in the coming year. In a recent study, it was found that homeowners are looking to ramp up home improvement projects next year.  And, kitchens remodels continue to be the most sought after renovation.

 Here are some other popular home additions and renovations for 2017:

  • Guest rooms
  • Finishing basements
  • Updating exteriors
  • In-law suite
  • Converting garages
  • Covered/screened outdoor living
  • Bathroom additions
  • Adding a second floor
  • Pools

Saving You Money

Renovations can also be cost-effective in long run. Some investment specialists even say that a home addition can increase the value of a property dollar for dollar, thus recouping the entire cost of the addition and renovations when the owner finally decides to sell. But even if the market is such that an addition doesn’t completely increase a property’s value by its construction costs, it can pay for itself in several other ways.

An addition will increase the square footage of the property, adding valuable living space that has a worth all of its own. Then, there are the aesthetic properties of an addition or renovation such as adding beauty as well as function to a home.

An addition it can be just as pleasing from the outside as it is on the inside, and a skilled, custom home builder and contractor will design and create an addition that compliments the existing lines of a property so that the finished project looks cohesive and professional.

If you feel that you’ve outgrown your current home and are thinking of buying something new, perhaps it’s time to think again.

Home Remodeling Grants for Veterans

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new bathroomIt is important for men and women who are serving or who have served in the armed services to understand that there are programs to accommodate injured veterans as they return home after undergoing medical care.

The Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant (HISA) offers financial resources to disabled male and female service members.

HISA allows veterans to make modifications to their residence to improve the access and mobility around the house as a whole. Focus is often made on minimizing the need for third party help in the bathroom. The grant does not require that the disability is service incurred, or service related, but all veterans with service sustained injuries will be eligible for funding of up to $6,800.

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

I’m Ready to Remodel My Kitchen!

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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!

Building a sports themed man cave

With fall now in full swing, baseball season is almost at a close, and college and pro football are now broadcast multiple days each week. This leaves a lot of men watching pregame, the game and postgame for their favorite team with their friends and family. While there are some commonalities in man caves, like a comfortable sofa; a well-stocked supply of beverages; and a pool table, the cave can be as unique as its owner. Here are a few essentials for a Florida sports themed man cave!

Men enjoy sports, and they enjoy relaxing while watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Enter the sports themed man cave! While the local Tampa Bay sports bar is a nice option from time to time, bringing the feel of a sports bar home is a better way to have the same atmosphere whenever you want.

Multiple mounted television screens

There is seldom just one game on that you would like to watch in a given Sunday afternoon. Make an effort to install at least two televisions with one of them being HD. This will make it possible for you to watch two games at once with only having to move your head.

Bring your favorite sports bar home

Bring your favorite Tampa Bay bar home! No matter if it is a custom shelving and a recessed refrigerator, or a full bar with a tap and specialty seating, a bar designed by Rossi Construction ensures that you will have a good time. To keep people visiting, be sure to ask us to include a sensible spot for a popcorn machine or a place for plugging in a couple of slow cookers.

The seating needs to have character

All ideal seating for a man cave has one thing in common: they are conventional places to sit comfortably. The separation point between an “okay” chair and the “ultimate” chair is character. You need seating that says something about you and works well with the room features. Perhaps you will repurpose old stadium seating or you might look at having us design a custom seating section. This is the time to show your friends you are cool!

Rossi Construction is prepared to help you learn all you need to know about adding an ultimate man cave to your Tampa home. With help from our team of professionals, the new man cave will be the selling point that turns you into the king of the block!

 

Tips for updating your kitchen

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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.

Rossi Construction, Inc. Selected for Best of Brandon Award

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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.