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How to Add That “Wow Factor” to a Room When Building Your Dream Home

What makes a room more than just four plain walls and a ceiling?  Home décor can go a long way, but if you’re building your dream home, you likely want to get a little creative.  There are a few simple construction details you can add to the design to sprinkle some character and charm in your home.  Read on for a few of our favorite ideas to add that “wow factor” to your home design.  

 

Coffered ceiling

This home in Oldsmar, Florida, featured coffered ceilings in the living room, kitchen, and other open living spaces. The ceilings were carefully designed and built by our millwork team to align with the overall design of the home.

 

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Five Tips When Selecting Tile for Your Bathroom

When it comes to designing your bathroom, selecting the right tile is a crucial aspect that can greatly influence the overall look and functionality of the space. From ensuring safety to creating visual interest, here are five tips to keep in mind when selecting tile for your bathroom.

 

Pattern tiles

We used a unique, patterned tile in this master bathroom to bring visual interest and warmth.

 

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The Ever-Changing Landscape of American Home Design

American homes have been shaped by various historical eras, each leaving a distinct mark on their architectural styles and interior design. From the refined elegance of Neoclassicism to the luxury of the Victorian Era, the functional simplicity of the Mid-20th Century boom, and the multicultural influences brought by immigrants, these historical periods have had a lasting impact on the homes we live in today. This Independence Day, let’s explore how each era has influenced modern American homes and contributed to the diverse and rich melting pot of American home design today.

 

American Home Design

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A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Interior Doors for Your Home

Wood pocket door

This interior pocket door was custom made to provide a seamless transition between the mudroom and the kitchen of this beautiful home we remodeled in Harbor Oaks.

 

Interior doors are not just functional elements; they can greatly enhance the style, privacy, and flow of your living spaces. From pocket doors to French doors, each type offers unique benefits and considerations. In this guide, we will explore various types of interior doors and provide simple tips to help you make informed decisions when selecting them.

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5 Tips for Designing Kitchen Backsplash

Pennies Backsplash Tile

This modern kitchen in Clearwater used the backsplash as its focal point. The client, an artist, hand painted some of the penny tile to get the color to her liking.

 

When it comes to designing a kitchen, the backsplash can be the icing on the cake that pulls everything together. A well-designed backsplash can elevate the look of the entire kitchen, adding color, texture, and personality. However, with so many options available, designing a backsplash can be a daunting task. To help you navigate the process, we’ve compiled a list of five tips for designing a kitchen backsplash that is both functional and beautiful. Whether you’re looking for something timeless or trendy, these tips will help you create a backsplash that suits your style and enhances your kitchen’s overall aesthetic.Read More »

Irish Influence on American Architecture

St Patrick's Day

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, what better way to celebrate than with an article on the ways the Irish have influenced American architecture? From the Gothic Revival style of churches to the Victorian-era row houses, Irish architects and builders have left their mark on the American landscape. Even iconic buildings like the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building were designed by Irish-American architects. The Irish have influenced the United States in so many ways, affecting our politics, industry, organized labor, religion, literature, music, and art. A less-known contribution is their architectural influence. 

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2023 Interior Design Trends

What are the interior design trends for 2023, and why is everyone talking about them?  

The years of 2020 through 2023 saw a considerable amount of global upheaval. Coming into 2023, people want a fresh start. To feel like the world is finally righting itself, many have turned to interior design trends to help them find a sense of balance and beauty. That is what the design trends this year are trying to accomplish.

Here are a few of this year’s design trends. 

 

Earth tones in interior design

This home addition we did on Island Estates in Clearwater included a number of 2023 design trends, including warm earth tones.

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Why Are So Many Florida Homes Built With Concrete Block?

Indian Rocks Beach Townhomes Under Construction

These five duplexes we are building on Indian Rocks Beach consist of a foundation and first floor made of concrete and masonry, with the second and third stories constructed with wood framing. This is common building practice in Florida.

 

In most parts of the country, structures are built primarily with wood framing from the foundation to the roof.  In Florida, however, it is very common to see homes built with concrete block.  It is done minimally on the first floor, but sometimes the entire structure is built out of concrete masonry units (CMU).  We are asked often why it is done that way down here.  Is it required by law?  Do Florida contractors just like to go the extra mile?  Is there simply an over-abundance of masons?

The answer is, none of the above.  Building code allows for both concrete block and engineered wood framing down here in Florida, as long as they comply with hurricane codes.  However, there are many reasons why concrete block is the more popular building choice.  We’ll discuss a few of the main ones here.

 

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What to Do About Supply Chain Disruptions

Concrete Foundation

The pre-construction period on this project we are doing on Indian Rocks Beach involved meticulous planning, which helped us avoid delays due to supply chain issues. We are building six new luxury townhomes near the beach. 

 

Are you renovating or building a home and pulling your hair out because of materials delays?  Does it feel like prices seem to fluctuate by the hour?  Supply chain disruptions have been problematic in the construction industry for a couple of years now, and we’ve had to deal with a lot of issues, from soaring lumber prices to months’ delays on windows and doors.  Here are a few suggestions to help you keep your project on schedule despite supply chain disruptions:

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The Difference Between Lump-Sum and Cost-Plus Construction Contracts

Construction Contracts

Our team does in-depth planning and design before pricing a project and presenting a contract to our clients. In order to present an accurate cost, we must have all the planning done and included in the scope of work.

We get a lot of questions from homeowners about how to price their construction project.  When it comes to custom home building, there is no “one size fits all,” cookie-cutter costing system.  Every single project is unique and different – which means it involves its own design, its own construction practices, and thus its own unique price.  But did you know that there are many different ways to get bids on your construction project?  In this article, we will discuss two of the most popular kinds of construction contracts: lump-sum and cost-plus.  It is important that you understand the difference, including the pros and cons of each, so that you can make the right decision when it comes to requesting financial information on your project.

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