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The Unique Style of Art Deco and How to Use it In Your Home

Have you thought of jazzing up the front of your home, to give it more curb appeal and make it stand out?   

Or give your home, or certain room an uplift, with some modern touches?

How about incorporating the bold style of Art Deco into your home?

The word “Art Deco” derives from the 1925 Exposition International des Arts Decoratifs Industriels Modernes, held in Paris.  The show was organized by an association of French artists known as, La Societe des Artistes Decorateurs (Society of Decorator Artists).  Art Deco styling was most common in architecture, interior design, poster art, furniture, textiles, fashion and industrial design, although it was also applied to the visual arts such as painting and graphics.  
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The Greatness of Modern Architecture for Your Home

modern architecture homeThere are many styles of architecture, from Roman and colonial to regency and baroque; they all have their similarities and differences. But they are also distinct. Contemporary and modern architecture are also distinct, despite any confusion you may have. Throw out all ideas of cookie cutter homes. A modern architecture home is nothing short of awesome.

Contemporary: the Non-Style

Okay, I mentioned contemporary. It’s actually not a style at all. Contemporary simply means ‘now’. Modern and contemporary are not interchangeable  Read More »

Craftsman Style and How It Can Be Incorporated Into Any Home

craftsman style home exteriorCraftsman style is best summed up by one word: wood. Lots and lots of wood. Interior characteristics may include plenty of exposed wood and fireplaces. In the past, this style has been associated with farmhouses, cottages and cabins (even “moose lodges”), but it’s in more home designs than you might think.

A craftsman style home has specific structural and cosmetic elements. Dormer windows, for instance, as well decorative attic vents, and stone chimneys. The rustic feel has, unfortunately, come to be associated in some circles with older style homes, due to overusing wood or even 1970s wood paneling.

But…

Craftsman style is back! No longer is it stuffy or conservative, because it’s got some new twists and techniques.

Open Up!

If you want to incorporate craftsman style simply, then look no further than open concept using wood. Clear out some walls Read More »

Expanding Vertically – Adding a Second Story to Your Home

New large two-story tan home styled to look like an historic house.There are many reasons for adding a second story to your home. You might have a growing family. Or you might need to remodel to create a multi-generational home. Or you’re setting up a home business. Or you simply want more space with extra bedrooms and bathrooms and you don’t have space to expand your first floor. Or perhaps there’s a good view you can enjoy from higher up.

With the wonderful balmy climate in the Tampa, St Petersburg and Clearwater areas you might want to extend your lifestyle outdoors. This may call for converting an existing bedroom or living room into an entertainment area adjacent to the pool. That means adding a story and putting bedrooms up there – with decks and balconies – to overlook the pool.

Sometimes, adding an extra story makes extra sense. If you like your neighborhood, why move? It may be tough to find another home that suits all your needs. Meanwhile, expanding your home vertically adds plenty of resale value.

Designing for the New Floor

The fun part of adding a story is imagining and planning the new floor space and thinking about Read More »

Five Ways to Make Your Home Holiday Perfect

holiday table settingIt’s that time of year again. Time to get out the holiday silver, the crystal, and the holiday linens. Soon your kitchen will be filled with the smell of pumpkin and clove, the sound of laughter, and the warmth of friends, family, and other visitors. Before the festivities begin, why not give your home the care and attention it deserves? Not only will it add to the holiday ambiance, it will be a gift to yourself and your family that will last for years. Our designer has a few design tips to re-decorate your home in preparation for the holidays. With just a few simple upgrades, you can transform your home into the epitome of luxury and beauty for years to come.

Here are five ways to make your home holiday perfect:Read More »

Is Remodeling My Rental Property Worth It?

remodeling rental propertyOwning a rental property means taking responsibilities and some risk. But, as they say… no risk, no reward. Let’s help you get that reward, even when remodeling your rental property.

As a landlord, you are well aware that your rental place can become outdated or can even be cared for in less than optimal ways. Sometimes tenants complain and sometimes the place can be vacant for a long while. Remodeling that rental property may just be the solution.

Of course, sometimes you’ll wonder if remodeling is worth it. You may get nervous about the risk of spending the money and then not reaping the rewards. But in the end, keeping your rental property up to date and Read More »

A Homeowner’s Lament – Where Do I Start With Remodeling?

couple starting a home remodelYou can’t wait to remodel your home, right? Or at least, you can’t wait for it to be done. But maybe you feel stymied by the challenge of getting the project started. It can seem overwhelming because you have to think about budget and finance, clearing out rooms, storage, disruption, design ideas, contractors, stress, and more.

Where and how do you get started with home remodeling? Our contractors and designers have some advice for you.Read More »

Design-Build vs Design-Bid-Build for Your Home Construction

design build, design bid buildBuilding a home is one of the most important things you’ll do in your life. It should also be one of the most fulfilling. Of course, you must choose the right builder. That means checking past work, trustworthiness, honesty, ethics, costs, and more. It also means understanding how that builder goes about designing and building. There’s more to it than just drawing up some plans and starting construction. Not every contractor is the same.

There are two methods: design-build and design-bid-build. Don’t be deceived by the similarity of names. They are very different.

Design-Bid-Build

The design-bid-build methodology has been around a long time because it is the easiest way Read More »

Building Your Florida Home with Hurricanes in Mind

Huge hurricane between Florida and Cuba. Elements of this image furnished by NASALiving in Florida can be paradise. But even paradise can have challenges. For Floridians, challenges come in one word: hurricanes. These devastating constructs of mother earth can lay waste to an unprepared home in seconds.

Hurricanes are a definite consideration when building a home in Tampa or Clearwater. Taking time and effort to plan a hurricane proof house will help keep your homeowners insurance lower while providing peace of mind.

The Perfect Storm

If you haven’t dealt with a hurricane before, think very high winds that can reach well over 100mph, heavy rain, and possible severe flooding. Storm surge is what causes the widest damage in a hurricane, but if you are away Read More »

Top 5 Reasons to Build a Guest House

building a guest houseThere is one constant in Florida besides the weather: value in property. The closer you get to the coast, the more valuable the property. Sure, Miami or Boca Raton or Orlando get most of the attention, but the better value and investment can be in areas like Tampa, Clearwater and St Petersburg. With the economy on an upswing and property values growing stronger, now is the time to consider building a guest house to make the most of your land.

There are several reasons why building a guest house is a good idea.Read More »

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