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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 »

Nelson Construction and Renovations Featured TWICE in Remodel Tampa Bay Magazine!

Nelson Construction and Renovations was featured TWICE in the fall/winter edition of Remodel Today magazine!

The first article features our Treasure Island full condo remodel, which took a very outdated home up to the twenty-first century. The second feature tells the story of our award-winning historic remodel on a 1920’s bungalow in Clearwater.
Remodel Today Magazine reaches 30,000 people all over Tampa Bay, and it is the voice of NARI–the National Association of the Remodeling Industry–of which Nelson Construction and Renovations is a member. NARI professionals follow a strict code of ethics to observe high standards of honesty, integrity and responsibility in the conduct of their business.
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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 »

Finding the Perfect Land to Build (on) Your Dream Home On

Vacant land in suburbs with "Lot for Sale" signIf you are wanting to build a new home in the Tampa area, especially a luxury new home, that is truly awesome. Of course, finding the perfect lot to build on can be a challenge, to say the least. Before you can think about home layout, kitchen finishes, luxury master bathroom, and solar systems, you need to find that ideal location that will meet all your needs.

In some areas of Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties, vacant lots can be hard to come by, especially in South Tampa. In other areas, they are available, but you need to be sure about many different factors. Do you wait for a lot to become available in the area you want (could take a long time), do you approach to buy a lot that isn’t for sale, or do you start fresh in another location? Read More »

The Need for Multigenerational Homes in Florida

multigenerational homesSince the recession hit in 2008, multigenerational homes – sometimes call next gen homes – have been in demand across Florida. That includes Tampa, Clearwater and right across Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties.

It just makes financial sense for many families to build or renovate to make one big multigenerational home instead of trying to live separately. That way “boomerang” kids and/or aging relatives can have a space of their own, complete with separate entrances, within the family home without breaking the bank. Some even create guest Read More »

Building vs Buying Your Tampa Bay Home

Family moving into new houseAfter a long trend of the housing market plummeting, it is bouncing back all over the country and Tampa Bay is no exception.

Now is the time to invest in owning a home.

There are many things to consider but the biggest, aside from the actual purchase, is building vs buying a home.

The Tampa housing market continues moving up, yet remains very affordable compared with other parts if the country. Now is a great time to invest.

So, do you build or buy?Read More »

Remodeling Your Bathroom – What You Should Expect

Bathroom Remodel - Tampa FloridaYou would be hard pressed to find a room in your home that gets more use, in proportion to its size, than the bathroom. It stands to reason, then, that it should be the inner sanctum you want it to be.

Bathrooms are the most remodeled rooms in homes today. Despite their small size, without proper planning and professionalism, renovating them can cause some large inconvenience.

So, here is a straightforward, honest guide to your bathroom remodel, and what to expect going into it, so you can get through it more easily.

Expect Only A-1 Service from the Contractor and Designer

Few rooms in your home have plumbing, electrical, fixtures, cabinetry, HVAC, special flooring and much more all together in such a confined space. Therefore, expect to check out a few contractors and designers.

Expect a history of great work, timely completion and strong referrals. Anything less means 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.


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

Several Simple Tips for Redesigning a Large Kitchen

redesign large kitchenWe wanted to give you some tips for redesigning a large kitchen.

If your home has a large kitchen, count yourself lucky. You possess one of the best social assets and value enhancers a home could ever have. It’s a social asset because these days, the best parties and family gatherings take place more often in the kitchen than any other part of the home. A kitchen should be a home’s most open, relaxed and welcoming space. There’s also no question about a large kitchen being hugely important to a home’s resale value.

Perhaps your kitchen is looking a little “tired” or could use some remodeling. Big or small, every kitchen eventually needs updating and upgrading. It’s just that the extra space provides so many more options. So let’s see what you can do, you lucky person, to redesign your large kitchen.

Get the Shape You Want

When redesigning a large kitchen, it’s possible to feel a bit overwhelmed with the amount Read More »

Custom Building Your Dream High-Tech Home

high-tech home buildingA comfortable high-tech home in this day and age goes way farther than having a pool, four bathrooms, a hot-tub and a three-car garage. These days, comfort is defined by technology and convenience. The latest homes incorporate cutting edge technology, right from the design and construction phase, to make life so much more comfortable and rewarding.

And you deserve it all.

If you live in Pinellas County, especially the Clearwater and Tampa areas, here is your introduction to high-tech home building and bringing the ultimate in personalized lifestyle convenience to your residence.

Why Build a High-Tech Home?

First, to have the lifestyle you love, the way you want it. Technology is part of modern life, all day, every day. Bind it all Read More »

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        J.I., homeowner – whole home remodel

      • We would hire Nelson construction again without hesitation. The entire team, from the unseen to the seen, were dedicated, responsive, respectful, and patient while we lived through a beautiful renovation.

        V.I., homeowner – whole home remodel

      • Nelson Construction out of Clearwater/Tampa fully remodeled our 7,900 sq ft home in Clearwater, Florida. To say they did a great job is an understatement. The qualities of this company extend beyond just a nice finish. Road blocks: Near the beginning of the remodel we ran into our first hidden challenge. To modify and create... Read More »

        BZ, homeowner – historic home restoration/remodel

      • The staff at Nelson Construction do a fantastic job of caring for their customers. They care about their work, their products, and the customer’s satisfaction in the final result. I also greatly admire their attention to legal rudiments, which some contractors try to skirt or dodge. Nelson Construction operates within all ethical codes and boundaries,... Read More »

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      • We were satisfied with the level of service we were given by Nelson Construction and Renovations. The project manager was very communicative. Any time I needed an answer, the Nelson Team was there. Everyone was very professional and courteous, and the end result is beautiful.


      • “We highly recommend Nelson Construction and Renovation, Inc. We are totally satisfied customers. Nelson Construction will always be our first recommendation to friends who want to build. “Our project was the 2014 renovation and expansion of a 600 square foot 1950’s bungalow in Safety Harbor’s historic district. Our goal was to create a space suitable... Read More »

        Ann Morgan & Margo Pfleger, homeowners – home addition and whole home remodel

      • On behalf of the whole CCHR Clearwater team, we would like to thank you and your company for the stellar work on our new building – which did open on time! Even though we were very pressed for time and things were very hectic, your supervisor remained stable and your work areas somehow remained organized.... Read More »

        Jamie Blackstone - Renovations Supervisor – Citizens Commission on Human Rights

      • Nelson Construction and Renovations exceeded our expectations on our fairly good-sized job (new addition and complete living room and kitchen remodel). I have never worked with a company before that was this intent on making our project a total success AND was so fast and efficient. In addition to that, they routinely went above and... Read More »

        Scott and Holly - Clearwater, FL

      • This letter is to commend Nelson Construction for the excellent job done on our kitchen renovation. When we returned from vacation we were surprised to see the difference and how great it all looked. We expected to see a mess, but everything was cleaned up perfectly; and your company did even more than we expected... Read More »

        The Baldwins

      • Thank you for the job well done! I have renovated several houses and know the hassles that often come with these endeavors – dirt, delays, redo’s, cost, contract issues, etc. I was planning to renovate my kitchen for many months, but kept putting it off, simply trying to avoid the expected hassles. Once I finally... Read More »

        W. Nero

      • Mr. Nelson was my contractor for a major house renovation in March 2006 and also my office renovation in June 2006. He is a rare commodity in the construction industry. He is honest, efficient, on time, on schedule and overall a pleasure to deal with. In my area, where real estate values are climbing and... Read More »

        Michael Haldane - Managing Partner/Executive Producer – The Radke Film Group

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        T. Campana

      • Nelson Construction is a valued company, steadfast to a strict, honest and drug-free work environment. The most notable point of Nelson Construction’s service was the quality work and professional integrity. My project met all of my expectations and more. Project Images (*Click image to enlarge)

        S.K. - Clearwater, FL

      • The most notable part of Nelson Construction and Renovations’ service was their attention to detail. Great all around service and finished product!


      • Thank you for giving us a new home that we love. Every time we look around we are reminded that we made the right decision to go with Nelson. We shall recommend you to anyone who asks and would be happy to serve as references for potential clients.

        Margo & Ann

      • Your Concrete Design Website is very impressive. Beautifully put together and inviting to the design community.


      • In short, we love our home. It is gorgeous. The counter tops are amazing, the cabinetry is perfect. Overall we are so happy! Project Images (*Click image to enlarge)


      • We couldn’t be happier and we plan to use your company on any upcoming project that we have. The employees and subcontractors were very professional; it was something we noticed right away. The job site was cleaned every day, and my cleaning lady even noticed and told our friend about it. The level of communication... Read More »


      • You and your guys are the BEST!!! It is such a pleasure to be able to open my home and leave for the day and know there will not be a problem. Your staff is like family! Project Images (*Click image to enlarge)


      • Nelson Construction has been the best construction company that I have ever hired. I am sure that they are not the cheapest but they offer an excellent product and are very professional. They stayed in daily communication to let me know the status of the project. Their crew was friendly, courteous and conscientious. They showed... Read More »


      • Working with Nelson was like no other experience I’ve ever had–and I’ve done a ton of work on my very old house. They’re so professional and stayed in close communication with us. I will NEVER use any other contractor again! I can’t say enough good things!

        Joy Gendusa - CEO - PostcardMania

      • Nelson Construction delivers every time: quality product, on time and in budget, no surprises, no rip-offs, stellar service and product, communication and genuine interest in finishing the product 100% to my satisfaction (and theirs)!

        Stacey Tiveron - CEO - Trade Only Design Library (TODL)

      • I wanted to tell you how pleased I am with the work done by Nelson Construction & Renovations. The external deck and 2 stairways your company recently built at my North Clearwater Beach apartments exceeded my expectations. I was very impressed with every aspect of the operation in the work and the interaction with me... Read More »