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Five Tips For Working with a Custom Home Builder

Custom Home Builder

A custom home built by Nelson Construction and Renovations.

When building a custom home, nearly everything pivots on your relationship with your builder.  You need someone who is more than just a contractor or designer – you need someone you can trust.  Reversely, your builder will rely on you for many things throughout the course of the project.  Understanding the relationship and working together as a team will determine how smoothly your project goes.  To help you with this vital aspect of your project, here are five tips for working with a custom home builder.

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5 Design Tips for Creating a Modern Kitchen

Modern Kitchen

Whether you love a clean, minimalistic design or you’re the crossover type going for a transitional style, you need to know what makes a modern kitchen.  It’s not just cutting-edge technology, and it’s not even straight lines and minimalism.  Modern design is a philosophy centered on function.  This could never be truer than in a modern kitchen, which tends to be the center of the home, where function and flow lines are absolutely essential.

In addition to function, there are a few basic design elements that can make a kitchen feel more contemporary.  This can help you steer your design in the direction you want, so read on for our top 5 design tips for creating a modern kitchen.

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Why Do Florida Homes Have Textured Walls, and How Do I Make My Walls Smooth?

Smooth Walls In Florida Homes

This St. Pete home we remodeled last year featured smooth finish walls. This made wallpaper application possible in the stairwell and other parts of the home. 

Have you just moved to the Sunshine State from somewhere like California or New England?  Then perhaps you are surprised by the number of homes that feature textured walls.  Whether it’s the small, rough specks on a popcorn ceiling or orange-peel walls, or the more sweeping texture known as knock-down, texture can seem rough and strange when you’re used to smooth finish walls.  So why do so many Florida homes have textured walls?  And how do you make your walls smooth if you don’t like the texture?  Read on to find out.

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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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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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Nelson Construction and Renovations Wins 2 Coty Awards at the 2019 NARI Tampa Bay Evening of Excellence

NARI Tampa Bay Evening of Excellence awards

M.C. Jeff Baughman, Dominique and Greg Nelson Owners of Nelson Construction & Renovations, Inc.

Excitement was in the air at the 2019 NARI Tampa Bay 25th Anniversary Evening of Excellence as members gathered at The Birchwood in St. Petersburg, FL for dinner and the presentation of this year’s CotY (Contractor of the Year) awards.

NARI (the National Association of the Remodeling Industry) Tampa Bay members are professionals in the remodeling industry. The association includes professional remodeling contractors, product manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, trade and consumer publications, along with utilities and lending institutions.

Tampa Bay remodelers submit their completed projects to a variety of categories such as Entire House Remodels, Historic Home Remodels, Residential Interiors, Residential Exterior, Residential Additions, Universal Design, Commercial Interior, Outdoor Living and more.

Our projects are on the larger side of home additions, entire home remodels, and large remodels. We submitted two projects for consideration.Read More »

Is Beige the New Gray?

 

Beige Bathroom

The master bathroom of this whole home renovation we did on Island Estates has a beautiful, warm color palette.

In the world of home design, trends ebb and flow almost as fluidly as the fashion industry.  They may come and go and come back again, but they always return with a new vibe, as cultural changes ripple through homes, businesses, restaurants and cafes, bringing new inspiration to homeowners, designers, architects and contractors alike.  Recently the tides have begun to turn again, and – as controversial as it may seem – beige is making a comeback.  Don’t worry, this is not the old-fashioned obsession with shades of brown and orange.  Beige is returning with a subtle warmth and elegance that is giving the ever-popular gray palette some stiff competition.  Read on for some cutting edge advice on incorporating beige into your home design.

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The Best Countertops for Kitchens

It can be tricky to select the right countertop for your kitchen. You want to balance practicality, beauty and budget – but you’re probably buried in the variety of options out there. We decided to simplify things and break it down into the most common pros and cons of each material. Read on to discover the best countertops for your kitchen.

White kitchen countertops

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How to Spot and Handle a Sinkhole

 

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.

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Three Things We Learned from Hurricane Irma

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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