Tired of the same old song and dance when you arrive home every day? A simple but effective way to change the rhythm of your home design is to renovate the front entry. This can be done in a BIG way, with lighting and raised ceilings and high-end finishes, or with just a few simple changes. It all depends on your budget and the style of your home. Here are 4 ways to jazz up your front entry.
It isn’t always easy selecting finishes for your home. For many homeowners, one of the most difficult items to choose is the flooring. There are so many options on the market, how do you know which one is right for you? How do you ensure you make the right choice for your budget, your design, and your own personal comfort? We’ve helped select and install many different types of flooring over the years, and we’ve learned a lot of the pros and cons of each. Here are a few key things you need to know about how to choose the right flooring for your home.
If you live in Florida even a few weeks out of the year, you know what a paradise it is – endless sunny days, breathtaking sunsets, and soft sandy beaches. And while that beautiful sugar sand feels amazing between your toes, it can become a real liability when it starts to give way under the foundation of a home. Hence, a Floridian’s (and insurance adjuster’s) worst nightmare: Sinkholes.Before you start shuddering at the thought of your home being swallowed up by the earth, know this: there is an exact reason that a sinkhole occurs. Additionally, if you know how to spot the signs, you will be able to catch it before it becomes a serious problem. We recently completed a major sinkhole repair project in Largo, and we learned a lot! Here are a few things you should know about sinkholes.
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.
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.
When you’re building or remodeling your home, you’re not buying towels or dishes. In most cases, it’s one of the most costly purchases you’ve ever made. So when it comes to budget, you probably want to figure out the best places to save money right off the bat.
There are many parts and pieces to a renovation or a construction project, and many ways to save money. That’s the beauty of working with a qualified Design-Build company, as their professionals usually have years of experience on pricing and can guide you in the right direction on which design items to select to stay within your budget. We often save our clients thousands of dollars by finding them finishes and fixtures that still look good and are in keeping with their tastes, but are far less expensive than what they might find on their own, as a consumer.
When we sit down with our clients for their initial design consultation, there are five major areas we like to discuss before we proceed. These big-ticket items can make or break the bank when it comes to a custom home project, and the direction we take depends on finding that balance between budget and aesthetics. You have to decide – are these items so important to your custom home that you are willing to stretch your budget a little? Or does budget take priority? Is there a middle ground in any of these areas? These are all important aspects of the design and planning process.
Here are five places where you can sway your budget considerably on a custom home project:
Restroom or bathroom renovations are often neglected by business owners, maybe because they think that’s not the “major attraction” of their store, office, or restaurant. If you are running a hotel, motel and B&B, however, snazzy new bathroom facilities make a world of difference.
In any commercial setting, clean, modern conveniences with up-to-date amenities say a great deal about how you view and value your customers and, most importantly, reflect your overall attitude in how your business is run and maintained. Cramped, ill-lit spaces that are in disrepair and look totally behind the times are a turn-off.
Hire Experienced Commercial Remodeling Contractors
Finding the right remodeling contractors to work on bathrooms is essential if you want the project to come out right. How much space is needed per bathroom stall? How many toilets, sinks and urinals are required for a 60-seat restaurant? Are there fixture that will help to regulate and save on wasteful water consumption? Do your contractors have sufficient design savvy design and canRead More »
If your home consists of two separate structures, a breezeway is a convenient and attractive way to make the connection. Breezeways are available in multiple styles and designs and materials, so you can achieve just the look you want to suit the architecture of your home.
Before adding a breezeway, consider the practical along with the visual characteristics of your home before construction before construction begins to ensure an attractive and functional match. To help you figure out the finer points for your beautiful breezeway, your first step should be to enlist the services of trusted and talented Florida remodeling contractors.
What is a Breezeway and What Are Its Benefits?
A breezeway is essentially an open passage with a roof that connects two buildings or structures together. Sometimes, it is used to connect two halves of a building. These passages are popular for Florida homes, providing welcome shade and wafting air on those especially hot days. Florida remodeling contractors areRead More »
When embarking on any kind of household renovations, it is important to choose the right remodeling contractors for your needs and to sit down with them to thoroughly discuss all of the ins and outs of the upcoming project.
Bring up what’s on your mind, clarify, and ask questions: it’s all an important part of the planning and preparation process. Failing to make the right inquiries and spell things out clearly ahead of time may affect your renovations adversely. For the best possible outcome and to avoid misunderstandings, here are a number of key points you need to discuss with your remodeling contractors.
- The Big ‘B’ for Budget: Before anything else, the first thing you need to establish with your remodeling contractors is a workable and realistic budget. Be specific about what work you want done and how much you’re willing to spend overall, so that the contractors can tell you exactly what is feasible. Ultimately you will sign a contract that states the cost of the work, plus a potential buffer for flexibility, should any modest unexpected expenses occur during the course of the renovations.
- Project Time Frames: Another thing that needs to be talked about, established, and included in the contract isRead More »
Take this scenario – a couple just down the street really wanted to have a boy, and were pleased to have their wish come true the third time around. Happy news, but it led to a dilemma. Their house had only two bedrooms, so things were already pretty cramped with the two older sibs sharing a room. Squabbles break out when space is tight, and who needs the aggravation?
In addition to the new baby, sleepless nights ensued over whether to consider remodeling or to purchase a new house. The family needed to make a decision, and pretty quickly—for their own comfort and sanity.
With a new baby on the scene, the idea of house hunting hassles and having to sort and pack everything up in preparation for a move became less and less attractive. It was much more appealing not to have to uproot completely and maybe even change neighbourhoods or leave the kids’ nearby school. There’s change, and then there’s major upheaval.
The option of remodeling gave this family the choice between simply adding another bedroom or renovating the entire floor to accommodate both a nursery and a modest en suite bathroom. With skilled help in deciding the details, some simple ideas became a reality—and in less time than they ever would’ve imagined. Read More »