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How to Renovate Your Florida Home if You are in a Floodplain

Florida Home

FEMA has very specific regulations about homes that exist in a floodplain.  This can affect you in a number of ways, especially if you don’t understand how it works.  You may be paying far more for your home insurance than you need to, or you may be surprised when it comes time to do renovations – for FEMA will not allow you to do work on your home that costs more than 50% of its value.  This is an important part of completed planning and is always one of our first questions when we start designing a home or planning a renovation.  Read on for the Florida rules on renovating homes that are in a floodplain.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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4 Ways to Jazz Up Your Front Entry

Tired of the same old song and dance when you arrive home every day? A simple but effective way to change the rhythm of your home design is to renovate the front entry. This can be done in a BIG way, with lighting and raised ceilings and high-end finishes, or with just a few simple changes. It all depends on your budget and the style of your home. Here are 4 ways to jazz up your front entry.

Front Door

This front entry was part of a home addition and whole home remodel we recently completed in Brandon, Florida.

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Fireside Chat: What Kind of Fireplace is Best for Your Florida Home?

Fireplaces in Florida

                             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.

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Make That Sale! Renovation Tips to Sell Your House

Remodeling tips

Looking to sell your house? The idea seems simple and it can be, but renovation tips can be exactly what you need when you get into the list of things to do. Stick to the prime goal… what you really want is the best price. Ideally, your home will sell above the list price. There is no question that a renovated house is more appealing to buyers. But is it necessary to redo the entire place? Start with the priorities so you can really renovate to sell.Read More »

Remodel a Kitchen and Maximize Space

Maximize space with a kitchen remodelFor many homeowners, the plan to remodel a kitchen seems a bit daunting. But if you’re truly tired of living in a house equipped with a too small kitchen, you know there’s nothing minor about the inconvenience.

There’s not just enough space to chop and dice, use a blender or food processor or even move around comfortably. And forget about the two of you trying to enjoy making a meal together when you’re constantly bumping into one another en route to the fridge or vying for counter space. If that sounds like your set-up, then you want to read on.

Tips for Maximizing Space in a Small Kitchen

  1. Sort through your kitchen tools – Throw away the things you don’t need and keep only the ones that you really do use. In a kitchen with limited space, there’s no room for a second potato masher or that broken toaster that you keep meaning to fix. If you have too many mugs, tea towels or obscure gadgets, it may be time to sort through everything and get rid of what you simply don’t use. Once your kitchen space is beautifully remodeled, don’t put back into it anything that doesn’t make the cut. You’ll “find” space you never imagined.
  2. Consider a kitchen island – Kitchen islands are great! You’ll wonder how you ever lived without one. They not only give you extra counter space to work on but you can also use the area underneath the island for additional storage. If you can’t decide on an exact permanent spot for your island, get a portable one on wheels for theRead More »

3 Reasons to Choose a Concrete Countertop

Nelson Construction's Concrete CountertopGetting ready to make the ideas for your dream home a reality? With the major floor plan and other layout details well in hand, now you can enjoy choosing the materials you like best for flooring and other finishes and fixtures. Here’s a chance to check your assumptions about what’s great for the kitchen.

Maybe you’re a real foodie and wannabe chef. At any rate, we all spend a good part of every day in the kitchen, so why not make it truly your own when choosing materials? Countertops will be high on the list. Naturally, marble and granite are bound to come to mind—but if you’ve never considered concrete for countertops, read on to discover why it’s both super good looking and supremely functional, too.

3 Great Reasons for a Concrete Countertop:

First: a concrete countertop is versatile. This is because concrete countertops are individually made by artisans and not simply mass produced. This may also be the reason why there are endless possibilities when going with a custom-made concrete countertop. You can have some real fun and even use concrete to create a marble-looking surface.

Unlike other natural stones, concrete can be moulded to form beautiful angles and curves. Aside from adding beauty to your home, concrete countertops can make the kitchenRead More »

Renovating Your Office on a Budget

You used to enter your office with a feeling of pride. Everything about it seemed to complement the essence of your business so well. But after years of use, the paint is chipping and the carpeting has deteriorated. And that’s just the superficial stuff.

Wake Up & Smell the (Stale?) Coffee…

When you take a good hard look at the surroundings, you can see that the layout of the space could work more efficiently and look much more attractive to both your customers and staff. That’s the first big step towards a successful office renovation: realizing that it’s time to make some improvements. Next comes moving forward with a sound plan and a realistic budget.

Let an Office Renovation Show Your Style

The office is the sounding board and launch pad for the creative ideas of your business. It’s also where you hold meetings and receive clients, so good first impressions count. So do bad ones. Keep in mind that you want to provide a pleasant vibe to anyone who enters for a consultation, plus a pleasant, well thought out environment for your employees. With the expert help of an experienced companyRead More »

How to Really Get a Quality Bathroom Design and Remodel

It’s a bit strange that a bathroom can become such center piece in a home. It’s supposed to be the most private of rooms and yet when it comes to showing off a house for sale it is one of the spaces people are most interested in seeing.

Far more design hours go into making the bathroom look good than the bedroom, or even the living room!

So let’s face it, for whatever reason when you remodel your home you are going to want a bathroom that looks great and, more important, functions well.Read More »

Home Design Everything Old is New Again

It seems these days that a lot of the “latest things” are just rediscovering old traditions: buying from local farms, using natural clothing, eating organic, even hanging your clothes to dry!

Well the same can be said of the resurgence of Venetian plaster. Venetian plaster for accent or styleThe old world grace and style of Venetian plaster are always in fashion.  And with the added durability and “Green Living” benefits, it will be a welcome addition to your new home design.

What is Venetian Plaster?

Well one thing Venetian Plaster is NOT is a “faux finish.”  The word “faux” means “false” and Venetian plaster is definitely Read More »

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