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.

2014 Tampa Kitchen Remodeling Trends

Are you dreaming of a remodeled kitchen for 2014?  Take a look at our article first!  Kitchens featuring bolder tones, floating shelves or eco-friendly cabinets will be popular with homeowners in 2014.

Floating Shelves:

Cabinet choice can make or break a kitchen redesign, and you may want to take the plunge by trying to break-up the traditional long run of cabinets.  The design should be cabinets that are broken into specific sections.  Take a space that would traditionally be reserved for cupboards, and use that space, instead to house floating shelves or unique art.

Vibrant Colors:

Designers disagree on most trends for 2014, but one thing that everyone agrees with across the board is that the New Year will be dominated by bright and vibrant colors.  A particular favorite making the rounds is cobalt blue for major appliances.

Eco-Friendly Cabinets:

The New Year incorporates looks from the great outdoors, and cabinets will be no exception to the rule.  Cabinets that are friendly to the environment, with no added formaldehyde and non-toxic glues, will be in demand across the country.  These cabinets are particularly friendly to anyone with chemical sensitivity and allergies.

Call Rossi Construction, Inc. at 813.436.0177 to start planning for your 2014 kitchen remodeling project.  We look forward to helping you build a better kitchen!

The Benefits of Bathroom Renovation

Have you thought about your any bathroom in your home today?  Really, has it crossed your mind even a little?  It should.  Your bathrooms are a critical part of your home and your daily happiness in your home.  If you are giving a little thought to remodeling your home, a bathroom remodeling project should be at the top of your list.  Here are some reasons why you should consider having a team from Rossi Construction, Inc. remodel your bathroom.

You spend a large chunk of your life in the bathroom.

No matter how ridiculous it may sound, you spend a lot of your day in the bathroom.  You take baths and showers, you prepare for the day and you use the bathroom for the more private aspects of your personal life.  Behind your bedroom, the bathroom is almost always visited by someone in your household.  Why not spend the time and cash making it inviting?

Some people will argue that because the amount of time you spend in the bathroom is generally short, it does not warrant much attention, but if you add all of the short visits, you will begin to understand why the argument is not sound.  Instead of neglecting comfort in a room you actually spend a lot of time in, spend a little time considering ways to remodel and renovate the space.

Guests will always find a reason to use your bathroom.

It is a guarantee that visitors to your home will ask permission to use your bathroom.  If this is concerning, you will want to make sure that your bathroom looks as good as the kitchen looks.  Do not spend your entire budget on the kitchen and living room, only to have the guests be surprised by a bathroom from 1952.

It is possible for a bathroom remodeling to help you save money.

Your bathroom is a good room to remodel if you are looking to save money.  Simple fixture changes could lower a water bill, reduce heating costs and help you save on energy bills.  Remodeling a bathroom can allow for more light and could diminish the need for expensive lighting.  There is even the potential to prevent plumbing disasters from a simple renovation.

With a better understanding of the benefits associated with bathroom remodeling, it is time to call 813.436.0177 to schedule your free consultation with Rossi Construction, Inc.

Renovating a Small Bathroom

Think of any old home and all you can picture is a 5’ x 8’ bathroom!  That tends to be a little cramped!  New homes these days have a guest bathroom or an oversized closet this size.  It is important to keep your bathroom beautiful without going overboard on the budget!  So, how can you manage this seemingly impossible task of meshing style and affordability!?

Not to worry, it will not take a ton of cash or lots of space to create a bathroom that radiates peace and tranquility.  All you need are some ideas, a creative general contractor from Rossi Construction, Inc. and planning.  With great colors, the right lighting and scaling down hardware, you will be able to create the illusion of a spacious bathroom.

Hit the ground with a smart plan and you are on your way to a wow-worthy bathroom remodeling project!  Here are some tips to employ before you start the remodeling.

Tips for remodeling a small bathroom:

Bathroom renovation can quickly get out of hand.  A one-of-a-kind sink, a granite countertop and the like can add to the costs quicker than you can say “over budget.”  Here are pointers that should be part of your plan when you start bathroom renovation project.

Do not be afraid to have a budget!

This sounds like common sense, right?  Still, people do not usually consider the financial implications until the very end of the bathroom redesign project and they are unable to handle the debt.  Figure out what you want to spend your money on and make a compromise with the things you can afford at the start of your project.  Have someone from Rossi Construction, Inc. sit with you while the calculations are completed, so the two of you can agree on all that needs to be completed.

Leave the plumbing where it started!

The sink, shower and toilet are always best left in their original position.  It may look easy to make the move, but it will involve a lot of work to modify and move the plumbing to new sites.  A plumbing move may even involve work on the walls and additional rooms within your home.  This can be too much work and you will need to spend much of your budget to get the move completed.  Spend the money on other, more important fixtures and fittings.

Add bigger, better lights!

Try adding sconces on either side of a vanity mirror.  Do not forget to add a dimmer, they come in handy when it is time to relax in the bath.

Ventilate the bathroom!

A vented exhaust fan is a must for smaller bathrooms.  Way too much moisture can age fixtures and fittings, which can put all of your renovation efforts to waste.

Try these small bathroom remodeling ideas to make sure that the end result is pleasing to look at and affordable as well.  Contact the Rossi Construction, Inc. specialists at 813.436.0177 to set an appointment for a free bathroom remodeling consultation.

Designing a Fun and Creative Kitchen!

Kitchen designers have seen it all, from too much stainless-steel to poor quality cabinetry.  Here are a few dos and don’ts of kitchen design and remodeling.

Do:  Have an element that is fun or creative.

Don’t:  Decide that it is a good idea to be boring.

The best kitchens have a spirit that is warm, inviting and personal.  Every project is a chance to do something new and creative.  It is not just a matter of interesting cabinets and countertop choices, the entire room should give off its own music.  Adhering to this principle, you could update an old kitchen to maintain the existing architecture of the room, while adding some tongue-in-cheek features that illustrate your sense of humor.

Do:  Use cabinetry to hide some of your appliances.

Don’t:  Go nuts with stainless steel appliances.

Stainless steel can be a beautiful accent.  However, as with any good design, there needs to be a rhythm with the placement.  Splashes of stainless-steel all over the kitchen make the room feel choppy and small.  You may want to consider something like white cabinetry instead, as it will create a more room-like and livable feel for the kitchen.  Also use care when adding giant stainless-steel refrigerators, because they can quickly overpower a redesign if it is not balanced.

Do:  Allow yourself some space to breathe.

Don’t:  Go nuts with storage and fill an entire wall with cabinets.

There is really no need to completely fill a kitchen with cabinets.  A great layout is a balancing act between storage, function and appearance.

Our kitchen designers have seen it all, and can help you avoid making mistakes that will make your kitchen look a bit silly.  Call Rossi Construction, Inc. today at 813.436.0177 to get a free consultation set, and we will make your kitchen come together!

Kitchen Remodeling, a Smart Investment

Kitchen remodeling ranks among the most popular trends in home improvements.  The reason?  An excellent ROI.  A remodeled kitchen can deliver better storage, enhanced quality of life and a higher resale value.  Here are five trends to track when planning your kitchen renovation project.

21st Century Cabinets.

Cabinets have gone modern with floating units, systems concealed behind sliding doors, touch-latches eliminating hardware and innovative new materials.  Homeowners now have the option to include aluminum cabinets, high-gloss lacquer, bamboo or semi-translucent glass.

Appliances with Personality.

Retro kitchen accessories in colors like red, yellow and cobalt blue are injecting modern kitchens with a shot of life!

High-Tech Appliances.

Modern appliances are becoming computer-regulated, interactive, cyber-smart and multifunctional.  One of the first prototypes out of the gate was a refrigerator from Samsung, which features internet capabilities; email and television features.

Countertops that are Unique.

Counters are going from common to custom, with unique touches such as wooden butcher blocks and marble slab inserts.  Tampa homeowners are mixing materials, like concrete embedded with polished color glass or metal.  All natural materials, such as stone and marble, also remain popular countertop materials that can also add a personal touch.

You might also consider stainless steel, sealed concrete, mahogany or engineered quartz.  With engineered quartz, you will enjoy the advantages of granite without the same kind of maintenance requirements.

Sleek Wine Refrigeration.

The latest offerings in wine refrigerators include models that can hold upwards of 140 bottles, as well as smaller units that come complete with built-in refrigerator drawers.

Kitchen remodeling ranks among the most popular trends in home improvements for a reason, it is an investment that makes sense.  Our specialists can help you develop a renovation plan that takes improved quality of life into account and builds in features that make your kitchen pop!  Call 813.436.0177 to schedule a kitchen remodeling consultation with Rossi Construction, Inc.

Remodeling a Tampa Bathroom for ADA Compliance

Remodeling a Bathroom for ADA Compliance:

If you have a need to remodel a bathroom in your Tampa home, or build a new bathroom that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are a number of different factors that you will need to consider before beginning the project.  The most important consideration when working toward ADA compliance are limitations affecting the person you are designing the bathroom for.

In some cases revisions may be needed for accessibility, while in other situations safety may be the concern of the day.  For example, the bathroom features needed for someone who use a wheelchair could vary greatly from the needs of a person with a different kind of physical infirmity or mobility issue.  Many people are also redesigning a bathroom for easier accessibility for either themselves or older family members, preparing before age requires an immediate and sloppy redesign.  Some people are even adding an ADA compliant bathroom to their home in an attempt to increase their property value and make the home more desirable to potential buyers.  If you are ready to go ahead with an ADA compliant bathroom in your own Tampa home, here are factors to consider.

Guidelines for ADA Compliance:

  • The door needs to swing outward.
  • The bathroom needs to be at least 32 inches wide.
  • The doors should have latches that can also unlatch from the outside.
  • The floor, including the threshold area, needs to be level to allow easy wheelchair access.
  • The bathroom needs to be roughly five feet in diameter to allow a 360 degree turn by a wheelchair.

The specialists from Rossi Construction, Inc. can help you design an ADA compliant bathroom that makes life easier for the entire family!  Contact us at 813.436.0177 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation today!