You have probably heard that if you want to build a custom home, the first place to start is with an architect. Even Contractors will refer you to an architect if you don’t have blueprints done, because they need plans in order to give you a proper estimate. The trouble with this is that most architects are going to draw you whatever you want and will not give you much guidance on what things cost. So if you have a budget, you will likely experience sticker-shock when you bring your completed blueprints to your Contractor and find out it will cost you far more than you expected to build what you want.
At our company, we saw many tears and much frustration in our conference room when homeowners discovered that they could not afford to build what their architect had drawn them. Since our purpose is to make the building and renovating process less stressful and more enjoyable for homeowners, we decided there had to be a better way to help our clients create their dream homes within their budgets. Because, let’s face it, not everyone has the cash flow of Warren Buffett – and even Warren runs a tight budget.
That is when we discovered Design-Build. Design-Build is a project delivery system in the construction industry in which one entity handles both the design and the build aspects of a construction project. This means that one company (in our case, the Contractor) runs the design and planning portion of the project in addition to the construction. Not only does this give both the Contractor and the homeowner more control, it saves the homeowner a ton of money.
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.
Our clients selected a unique ceramic tile for the back entry and mud room of their home in Clearwater.
A custom gas fireplace we designed and built on Island Estates as part of a whole home remodel.
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.
Surprises are great – most of the time. We all love those unexpected moments for birthdays, anniversaries, and Valentine’s Day.
But when it comes to building or remodeling your home? The last thing you want during a custom home project is a long list of surprise charges after you’ve been given a price – also known as CHANGE ORDERS.
Unfortunately, many dishonest contractors have given Change Orders a bad rep because their modus operandi is to give their clients a low bid in order to be competitive, and then once they have the job, they “walk it up” with Change Orders. We’ve met many homeowners who were given a price for a remodel but when it was all said and done, they paid more than 75% of the original bid because of Change Orders for things the contractor had “forgotten” to include in his bid.
So how do you avoid these horror stories? There are two parts to this. Read on to find out how to avoid Change Orders on your custom home project.Read More »
These days, homeowners have a real array of must-haves when it comes to dreaming about their luxury new homes. And why not? With today’s sophisticated technology, having your custom home builders incorporate some well-chosen high-tech features into your home design is easier than ever. There may be some cool space-age controls out there that you haven’t even thought of!
Luxury new homes say that it’s time to treat and pamper yourself in elegant, top-quality surroundings. You want an ultra- attractive environment that practically runs itself, letting you enjoy touch-button, ultra-modern convenience.
Fun and Terrific High-Tech Features to Consider
Yes, fun! Because in addition to the appeal of practically effortless control over your custom-designed private surroundings, these great gadgets will make you feel futuristic and all-powerful.
1. Multi-Room Audio-Visual Control
An impressive item to opt for in any luxury dream home is a multi-room, audio-visual control system. This allows you toRead More »
Clearwater, in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, is a very accessible 20 miles from Tampa International Airport and an ideal area to site luxury new homes. What a treat to live year round in this gorgeous destination spot, which features miles of white sand and sparkling blue waters, marinas, great restaurants, nightlife and plenty of other attractions. Clearwater offers something for everyone, from families with children of all ages to couples young and old. If you are looking for the ideal permanent or supreme getaway living space, consider the lure of luxury new homes in this dynamic area.
Luxury homes bring you a no holds barred approach to creating your personal paradise, especially if you have good custom home builders on board with the talent, skills and experience to bring you just what you want, indoors and out. Owning luxury homes in Clearwater, Florida has even more to offer. Not only will you have the house of your dreams, but one situated in an enviable location where sunny skies and beautiful beaches abound.
Fitting Features for Luxury Homes
When hiring a reliable and innovative company that builds luxury homes, think deluxe. Remember that with the expert help andRead More »
Modern-day living has become a lot more relaxed, with a trend towards the casual. In keeping with that attitude, home design has also undergone a shift to a more laid-back style, which is seen even in the layouts of luxury new homes. If you prefer the ambience of candlelight and a glittering chandelier in a formal dining room, however, this doesn’t mean that you should completely eliminate one from your plans.
Are Owners of Luxury New Homes Opting for Less Formal Dining?
These days, very often the answer is absolutely! The choice to do away with formal dining is influenced byRead More »
Yacht owners and other recreational boaters will naturally be enticed by luxury new homes along the water in Florida. In addition to its many miles of stunning coastline, the Sunshine State also boasts a network of beautiful waterways that are inland. Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway (or ICW, as it is popularly known) is an amazing combination of natural splendor and human inventiveness, the results of which must be seen to be believed.
Luxury New Homes along the ICW
Boaters and landlubbers alike will revel in the spectacular waterfront views. Lucky boating residents building luxury new homes along the ICW have direct and instant access to the water and can cast off in mere minutes, then wend their way from their very own dock to the ocean.
Imagine the convenience of not having to fiddle with trailers and hitches and the hassle of using a vehicle to move your boat to a public place, only to wait in line for launching. Instead, just strollRead More »
It’s no secret that seniors aren’t the only ones who appreciate a warm and truly beautiful place to live. According to statistics, more people would opt to reside in Florida than any other state. Not only because of its alluring climate, the Sunshine State is popular with retirees and younger couples alike, due to good tax rates and an abundance of housing opportunities.
Whether you already live in Florida, or are planning to move there from another area, take note that there are skilled local contractors designing and building unsurpassed luxury new homes. Take advantage of their expertise and start Read More »
If you are thinking of having a house built or renovated and imagine that from top to bottom, inside and out, only one type of carpenter would be involved, think again. Hiring a top quality construction company that includes the services of a skilled finish carpenter can spell the difference between a merely functional home and one that also looks and feels extra luxurious to live in.
What is the Job of a Finish Carpenter?
Finish carpentry is a specialized line of woodwork, and results in those high quality “finishing touches” that make a home more beautiful. The traditional term for finish carpenters is “joiners”, mostly because of the specialized woodworking joints used for this type of carpentry, which requires very precise measurement and skills.
The work of a finish carpenter shouldn’t be confused with that of a trim carpenter, who typically works on moldings, door and window frames, baseboards, mantels and other such ornamental details and features. Don’t mistake a finish carpenter for a cabinet maker, either.
A Finish Carpenter is an Artist
Finish carpenters are said to be some of the most artistic and exacting craftsmen to work with wood. When the framers and other builders have completed their work and most of your home’s structure is ready, a finish carpenter takes over to create gorgeous built-in cabinets, shelves, and special wood fixtures tailor-made for your home. Many interior designers consult a finish carpenter whenever they Read More »
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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!
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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 »