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Three Things We Learned from Hurricane Irma

Most of us in the Tampa Bay area were fortunate to make it through Hurricane Irma with minimal damage. Even with a Category 2 hurricane, however, there was much to overcome in the aftermath – power outages for days and even weeks, heavy debris to clean up, and major roof damage. Although we at Nelson Construction and Renovations were fully prepared for the worst, we still learned some important points to remember for future weather situations, particularly regarding what to do after a hurricane. Here are three things we learned from Hurricane Irma:
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Your Front Door Is Your Home’s Best Introduction: Custom Home Design-Build Tips

There are so many things to consider when designing your custom home.  Whether you are working with a designer or a custom home builder, doing a large remodel or building from the ground up, you have much to look at and many decisions to make.  There is, however, one item that could be a good starting point in your home design – and indeed, may be one of the most crucial design items you select.

We’re talking about first impressions.  

Do you want to make your house appealing before a visitor has even walked into your home?  

One of the focal points of the exterior front of your house which contributes a lot to curb appeal is your FRONT DOOR!

 

Front Door Custom Home

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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 »

How to Upgrade Your Home to Give a Luxury Feel

We all love a little luxury. After all, we live in Florida! Here in Tampa, Clearwater and Pinellas County, our lifestyle and climate are luxurious compared with the rest of the US.

Of course, a little extra luxury never hurts. Upgrades and additions don’t have to be overly extravagant or expensive. With a little creative thinking, you can remodel to give your home a luxury feel without breaking the bank.

Luxury kitchen with new cabinets and slate floorFlooring

One of the first things anyone sees upon entering a home is the floor. Unique or distinctive flooring patterns can quickly provide a home with a luxury feel. Patterns of varying size tiles can be all it takes to lift a room to make it feel high class. Varying patterns, strips, colors or even a trellis pattern around each tile can make a huge difference.

Ceilings

The ceiling can provide a luxury feel to your home without huge effort. The design ideas are Read More »

Luxurious Home Addition Ideas for Your Tampa Bay Home

Luxurious yacht and waterfront homes in Fort Lauderdale, FloridaWe’ve got it so good here in Tampa. Perfect weather, beaches, the best food, great lifestyle for people of all ages.

We’re basically living in luxury.

So why not crank that up a bit with some luxury home additions and these ideas for your Tampa home? You – and your guests – deserve the best.

Guest House

When guests come visiting, they can stay with you while having a fully self-contained place of their own. Win-win! A guest house has so many uses – for visitors, for elderly relatives, an office, a pool house, Read More »

Four Tips to Upgrade a House’s Dated Exterior

Before and After

Is your home’s exterior looking dull and dated? Does it need an upgrade so it looks fresher and more modern?

Creating an updated and more lasting appeal for the exterior of your Florida home involves considering elements of both style and function. There are many exterior options available on the home renovation marketplace, but expert advice and comprehensive research are required to select the right upgrade for your home. It needs a contemporary, fresh appeal while still working with your home’s design and ensuring the tough Florida weather stays out.

1. Fiber Cement Siding for Structural Value

An important consideration in Florida is protecting your home against the many storms we experience throughout the year. Consider siding options that combine quality aesthetics and robust structural performance. A leading option is fiber cement siding. It is tough, durable and Read More »

Luxury Remodel of Your Favorite Room

Master Bathroom RemodelInstead of having a purely practical and functional home, more and more people are looking to remodel a room for luxury so they can indulge in a favorite pastime or spoil themselves.

Let’s think beyond just the bedroom, living room, kitchen and bathroom. Let’s look at some other rooms in your home that deserve a luxury remodel.

Laundry Room

Yes, the laundry room can be remodeled for luxury. Does it have to be a strictly functional space where you Read More »

Your New Fireplace and the Wow Factor of “Burning” Glass

home improvementA fireplace can raise your home’s cozy quotient just about anywhere, indoors or out, magically transforming the ambiance of an entire space. No matter how well maintained, wood-burning fireplaces can still emit smoky odors along with soot and ashes.

Sure, gas fireplaces have solved a lot of these problems overall, especially in terms convenience and eliminating mess. But if you’re planning for a home improvement project that involves either the replacement or installation of one or more fireplaces, why not bump things up a notch and “burn” glass rocks?

Let’s face it: ceramic fireplace “logs” have become pretty run-of-the-mill. The gorgeous glass rocks intended for fireplace use are easy to use, clean, and of course, don’t emit smoke or residue. Reflective fire glass also makes the flames look more intriguing and dramatic. Fire glass heats up easily, so you don’t have to wait long if you do need to warm things up, especially when you and your guests are enjoying some wine on the patio long after sunset. The glow of glass rocks really adds some panache to the atmosphere.

Home Improvement and Fireplaces: Let Experts Take Charge

If you already have a gas fireplace and are considering putting in conventional glass bricks or stones from a craft store, for example, here’s the best advice: don’tRead More »

Home Renovations: Add Your Own Mondo Modern Wine Room

home renovationsAll true wine aficionados know the importance of caring and storing wine properly. If you put yourself in that category, adding a well-designed, personalized wine room is a high priority home renovations investment.

To enjoy and appreciate fine wine at its peak, it’s a given that it must be suitably kept and cared for. Additional benefits to creating an in-home wine room include the opportunity to invite discerning guests to that special place to appreciate your wide-ranging collection. What a bonus for entertaining! Specialized and exclusive home renovations of any kind only enhance the value of your home in the long run, so it’s a good property value investment, too.

Home Renovations and Your Above Ground Wine Room

What comes to mind when you hear “wine cellar”? Do you imagine a brick-walled room with antique furniture and arched entries? A space with wall tapestries and vintage decanters? Or is it a classy, sophisticated space withRead More »

The Ten Best Home Improvement Projects

home improvementThere are two categories that home improvement projects fall into: either you’re making some renovations for your own immediate and foreseeable enjoyment, or you’re thinking of additions or upgrades that will only help to improve the market value of your property when it comes time to sell. Often there will be overlap, but it’s definitely all for the good!

You’ve got the urge to revamp your living space. You also know that prospective buyers want more value for their money, and appreciate a house that’s ready for occupancy without a need for further renovations. Whatever is driving your desire to renovate, stop and think about what kinds of expertly-handled home improvement projects in particular would be most beneficial, both now and down the road. Here are ten popular choices to consider:

Home Improvement Projects that Work Both Ways

1.      Rekindle a love of the kitchen

Remodeling the kitchen should be one of the top considerations on your home improvement list. You’re probably tired of looking at outdated countertops and dealing with minimal cupboard space. A great new kitchen is often the deal clincher for prospective home buyers.

2.      Envision the entertainment

Many people dream of having their very own home theater or games room. Most likely your home’s existing rooms don’tRead More »

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