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!

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!

Finding the Right Tampa General Contractor

It is the Tampa general contractor you pick that will make or break a remodeling project.  Finding the correct general contractor for the job will determine the quality and the expedience of the work completed, and the amount of emotional and financial stress your family will have to deal with.

To make sure you are getting the best work from a Tampa general contractor, here are a few questions to ask potential candidates!

Always listen prospective contractors answer your questions.  Difficulty talking with you now means they will continue to have a difficult job communicating.

Can you provide me with an itemized bid?

Many Tampa general contractors prefer to give you one bottom-line price for your Tampa remodeling project.  The only problem with a single price for your project is that it leaves you in the dark about what they intend to charge for each aspect of the job.

If you receive an itemized bid, it will show the costs for all of the elements of the job, including:

  • Demolition and hauling.
  • Framing and finish carpentry.
  • Plumbing.
  • Electrical.
  • HVAC.
  • Tiling and other floor installation.
  • Lighting fixtures.
  • Drywall installation.

The itemized bid makes it easier for you to compare the bids from each Tampa general contractor.  If you need to cut project expenses, it will also provide you an easy overview of your options.

If a Tampa general contractor resist providing an itemized bid, it is most likely a gigantic red flag!

Can you tell me more about your suppliers?

Tampa general contractors are networked with specific suppliers.  You can learn more about a general contractor’s reliability and level of quality by researching more with the proprietors of:

  • Tampa tile shops.
  • Tampa kitchen and bath showrooms.
  • Lumber yards.

Always try to learn more about a general contractor’s reputation, whether he has left a trail of unhappy customers and suppliers in his wake, if he is paying his bills and whether he is someone you will want to hire.  If the contractor has qualms about providing the information, think twice before hiring this remodeling firm.

How long have you been working as a general contractor in Tampa?

A Tampa general contractor who has been working successfully for at least five years has an established network of subcontractors and suppliers.  He also has a reputation to uphold.  That makes him the safe bet compared to a contractor who is either new or not from the immediate area.

Try to get:

  • Proof of the contractor’s physical address.
  • References from one or two of his earliest clients.

The Tampa general contractor you choose will either make or break your Tampa remodeling project.  Choosing the right contractor for your job will determine the ultimate satisfaction you feel with your new addition or remodeled room.  Contact Rossi Construction, Inc. at 813.436.0177 to set a time for a consultation with our remodeling team!  We look forward to answering your questions!

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.