Are you a fan of the hearth? Do you love the idea of curling up next to a fireplace with your family, telling stories or playing games? Or perhaps a quiet evening warming your toes, watching the sun set? The idea of a fireplace in a sub-tropical climate may seem contradictory, but it’s very common to see both wood-burning and gas fireplaces in Florida homes. But how do you get started? What if you have an existing fireplace that doesn’t fit your style? Read on for some design and construction advice on installing the right fireplace for your home.
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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When it comes to home design, trends can ebb and flow with the predictability of the ocean tides. Each time, however, cyclical trends come back with new flair and new meaning. So what innovations does 2018 have in store for homeowners creating their custom homes? And how does it tie in to the design trends of 2017? Read on to find out what’s hot – and not – in 2017 and 2018 home design trends.
Surprises are great – most of the time. We all love those unexpected moments for birthdays, anniversaries, and Valentine’s Day.
But when it comes to building or remodeling your home? The last thing you want during a custom home project is a long list of surprise charges after you’ve been given a price – also known as CHANGE ORDERS.
Unfortunately, many dishonest contractors have given Change Orders a bad rep because their modus operandi is to give their clients a low bid in order to be competitive, and then once they have the job, they “walk it up” with Change Orders. We’ve met many homeowners who were given a price for a remodel but when it was all said and done, they paid more than 75% of the original bid because of Change Orders for things the contractor had “forgotten” to include in his bid.
So how do you avoid these horror stories? There are two parts to this. Read on to find out how to avoid Change Orders on your custom home project.Read More »
Gray has taken the limelight for far longer than people think. True, the book Fifty Shades of Gray gave it a Hollywood boost – but it earned its fame fair and square through its own innate beauty. Hence, it has become known as the “color of the decade.” In 2017 design trends, gray rises to new heights as many paint companies increase their range of gray shades, and homeowners find new ways to incorporate it into their homes. Read on to find out about the new era of grays, and how you can make it work with any motif in your custom home.
Owning a vacation condominium in the Tampa area means using it yourself sometimes and renting it out the rest of the year to other vacationers. It is vital to maintain the value of your investment and keep the income flowing in. So, follow the smartest remodeling tips to keep your condo attractive and also able to withstand the wear and tear of many vacationers.Read More »
The kids are growing and things are feeling somewhat cramped on the home front. Your house isn’t particularly large to start with, and now you want to create more usable room within the space that you do have. If this seems like an impossible challenge, don’t despair.
A great home remodel doesn’t have to be as major as you might think. You’d be amazed at what the design team of a creative construction company can do when faced with a seemingly impossible idea. The boundaries of reality may be wider than you imagine.
Start with the framework of the available space and work from there. Once a smaller space has been opened up physically, there are also interior design tactics you can follow with to maximize the illusion of even more space. Stretch the limits. Read on to find out how.
Create Extra Space … Like Magic
A good home remodel construction company will have experienced architectural design and renovation staff plus interior design consultants on their team, all with good ideas to take your space from tiny to terrific. Here are some solid suggestions:Read More »
It’s a bit strange that a bathroom can become such center piece in a home. It’s supposed to be the most private of rooms and yet when it comes to showing off a house for sale it is one of the spaces people are most interested in seeing.
Far more design hours go into making the bathroom look good than the bedroom, or even the living room!
So let’s face it, for whatever reason when you remodel your home you are going to want a bathroom that looks great and, more important, functions well.Read More »
Thinking about taking the plunge? The kitchen with adjoining rooms is often where most of the family time is spent. To help you move from thinking to doing we offer these reasons on why remodel a kitchen.
1. You Spend a Lot of Time in the Kitchen!
Just think about your average day. How much time do you spend in the kitchen? You wake up and go to the Kitchen for coffee and breakfast. You might make aRead More »
It seems these days that a lot of the “latest things” are just rediscovering old traditions: buying from local farms, using natural clothing, eating organic, even hanging your clothes to dry!
Well the same can be said of the resurgence of Venetian plaster. The old world grace and style of Venetian plaster are always in fashion. And with the added durability and “Green Living” benefits, it will be a welcome addition to your new home design.
What is Venetian Plaster?
Well one thing Venetian Plaster is NOT is a “faux finish.” The word “faux” means “false” and Venetian plaster is definitely Read More »