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How Design Trends Have Changed in 2020

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A lot of things have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and construction and design are no exception.  Here are three ways that design trends have changed in 2020.

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How to Create a Custom Range Hood in Your Kitchen

Custom range hood

The custom range hood of this black-and-white kitchen in one of our custom home remodels is the perfect focal point for the room.

More and more homeowners are steering away from industrial-grade, stainless steel range hoods and are opting for custom millwork to complete their kitchens.  If your stove is the focal point of your kitchen, then the range hood should complement it accordingly.  But installing a custom range hood is not just a matter of building a wood box and painting it.  As in all things construction, you can’t forget about the logistics behind the finish piece, and that often involves multiple trades.  Here are a few tips to help you when considering a custom range hood for your kitchen.

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Traditional or Modern Style? Can’t Decide? Then Transitional Style Is for You!

Transitional style home

This Transitional Style home we built in Clearwater includes quartz countertops, Shaker-style cabinets, unique light fixtures, and a variety of modern and traditional elements.

Are you planning your new home or a major renovation but can’t decide on the style you want? Is it a tug of war between going with a traditional style of comfortable furniture and classic designs or a modern style of sleek, clean lines?  You will be happy to learn that you can have them both in the trending transitional style.

The eloquent luxury transitional style gives you the freedom to pick your favorite elements from both traditional and modern resulting in a harmonious fusion that is comfortable, classic and chic.

When well executed, one of the major benefits of building a custom transitional home is the freedom to choose your favorite elements from each style without sacrificing the aesthetic, worth, or quality of the final product.

So, how can you do this and what are the elements to consider?

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Spring Show Stopping Kitchen Inspiration for 2020

An award-winning show stopping kitchen.

Show-stopping kitchens are the top amenity asked for by homeowners.

Designing a stunning kitchen is more than just updating an old counter-top and appliances and putting on a fresh coat of paint. To truly create a show-stopping kitchen you need to consider all the details that will help bring everything together to make an aesthetic space both you and your loved ones can enjoy together.

And what are “all the details” that you should consider when wanting to create a show-stopping kitchen?  To answer this question, here is a list of some of the top details you can consider adding to your kitchen design.Read More »

The Art of Mixing Metals in Your Home

Brass and stainless steel fixtures

Brass and stainless steel are the perfect combination in this custom kitchen in Harbor Oaks. Glass cabinet knobs add even more elegance and texture.

We love to see more and more homeowners jumping on the mixed metals bandwagon.  Gone are the days of monochromatic finishes, when interior designers and homeowners were limited to a single metallic finish in their faucets, light fixtures and hardware.  Combining a variety of metallic hues like copper, bronze, gold and silver is a trend we can definitely get behind, for not only does it add texture and depth to a space, it gives us a diverse color palette with a ton of room for creativity.  Like anything, though, this design technique can be misused and end up looking more like an afterthought than an aesthetic feature.  Here are some guidelines to help you understand the art of mixing metals when selecting the finishes and fixtures on your home.

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5 Construction Tips When Building or Remodeling Your Home In Florida

When Building or Renovating Your Home in Florida, Consider These 5 tips.

Renovating a house in Florida is not like construction in the rest of the country.  Not only do you have to deal with the humidity (hello, mold), there’s also the hurricanes, termites, frequent rainstorms and beating sun (which lead to dry-rot).  It’s no wonder the construction industry is so heavily regulated down here. 

So what do you need to know to properly navigate the ins and outs of a renovation in Florida?  Read on for five important tips. 

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Tips and Pitfalls of Buying Land to Build Your Dream Home

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Beachfront Property

Not a week goes by that we don’t get calls from people looking for property to buy so they can build their dream home.  They are hungry for information and want to know what is involved and the process to get their custom home built.

When looking for a vacant lot or land for sale, the following tips will help you make your buying decision. Considering these before you buy can save a lot of unwanted surprises later and make for a happier experience building your new home.Read More »

“Can You Actually DO That?” Tales of Wonder in Construction

From the Great Pyramids of Giza to the cathedrals of Europe, construction over the ages has been a source of wonder and amazement.  Whether dealing with plumb-bobs and rugged stone or lasers and steel, builders and tradespeople are viewed with a sort of awe, as they carry a wisdom and courage about the material universe that seems several notches above the average person.  

Although we are not building cathedrals or pyramids, today’s builder or remodeler is still accomplishing feats that often go un-acknowledged, because all people see is the finished product.  Until one experiences or hears the tale of the barriers one had to overcome (and there are many), it seems that building or remodeling is routine and mundane, as if one need only stack up some lumber and slop on some mortar to build a house.  The truth is, no one construction project is the same, especially when it comes to custom home building and remodeling, and we’re here to share some stories (and Before and After photos) of construction projects we’ve done that were, each one, an adventure in itself.

Historic Home Restoration Clearwater

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Interior Remodeling – Let’s Talk Paint

The finishing touches on your home mean everything.  When it comes interior remodeling, and in this case to paint, you want it to look perfect.  But a proper paint job is so much more than a bucket and a paintbrush.  Just like an actor on stage has hundreds of moving parts and a team behind him, a well-painted wall will only make its debut if the preparations are done properly – and sometimes that goes all the way back to drywall.  Read on to find out what you need to know about painting your walls.

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The Custom Home Price Confusion

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How Much Will it Cost to Build My Home from the Ground Up?

Your dream home is in sight! You have worked out the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you want. You have ideas for the kitchen, living room, fireplace, floors, fixtures and furnishings. Oh yes, you also want a pool with a custom deck, landscaping and a 3-car garage.

So how much will it cost to build your dream home?

Reported Price Per Square Foot

Surprisingly, it can seem there is no exact cost figure that can be given in response to this question.  And at this point a lot of confusion can enter the budget equation.

A Google search about the cost of building a home in Hillsborough or Pinellas County, Florida, gives results suggesting custom homes cost between $100 and $400 per square foot. That’s a staggering difference. On a 4000 square-foot home, that means your project could cost anywhere from $400,000 to $1.6 million. How can you properly budget on that?

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We receive calls from prospective clients wanting to build a custom home for $100 to $150 per square foot.  The high-end custom homes we build start at $200 per square foot on the lower-end and go up from there.  This can result in more confusion as it’s not what was seen on Google. So why the discrepancy? What affects the square-foot cost? Read on to find out.

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