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It isn’t always obvious that water is used in varying amounts in producing all the materials used to build or remodel a house. And the cost of that water use is passed on to the end user, the home buyer/remodeler. So there are two good reasons to find out the “water costs” involved in your project: conservation of money and conservation of natural resources.

Kostigen lists the virtual water content of a variety of items we consume or use in our daily lives and occasionally suggests alternative products. Below, I’ve pulled a few items out of his chapter on Building Materials and Appliances. The numbers are shocking.
Carpet: 14,750 Gallons for 1,000 sq.ft. of synthetic carpeting.
Alternative: Using carpet made from recycled plastic bottles can cut the virtual water content by 86%

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Although some green building options are fairly obvious– insulation, window glazing, etc.– others may come as a surprise to buyers of new construction or renovators of existing houses. One of these choices is roofing materials and techniques. Your roof is the first line of defense from the sun and the weather, and its construction can have a real effect on energy costs and the environment.

What are your best choices when it comes to green roofs for your home building needs? It seems to be an ever-changing industry, which is good, because change is good. Change is good because there is a steady increase in homeowner awareness, inquiries regarding what is affordable, better technology and what will bring you the best return on investment (ROI) in a new roofing system.

Fortunately, Uncle Sam has a program called Energy Star to give you most of the information you need to make an informed decision regarding green roofs for your home building project.

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Insurance of any kind is something you invest in and hope you never have to use, right? The same thing can be said of a “Safe Room,” which can be a lifesaver for your family in Florida’s sometimes severe weather circumstances– or even as an anti-crime security strategy. But unless you are unlucky, a Safe Room will be simply peace of mind in an uncertain world. In any case, it is a feature to consider when planning new construction in the Tampa Bay area, or even when weighing building a new home against buying an existing house.

These rooms can be separate or can be some part of the home, like a walk-in closet, which is built like the proverbial brick-stick house. They need to be isolated from the main structure so that as the main home becomes unglued and turns into countless fragments, this little oasis of space remains unscathed.

Above ground safe rooms are generally best in high water table states (such as Florida) and are usually built of reinforced, solidly poured masonry walls, and poured concrete ceilings (set just below the trusses). It is less expensive and much simpler to build while constructing a new home.

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Adding an In-law Suite Can Be A Good Thing!

There are times in life when circumstances beyond their control force families to come together and join forces to help each other. Whether it be for economic reasons or for health reasons, there may come a time when children have to move back in with their parents or there may be a time when parents have to move in with their children. In fact, the AARP reports that the number of households nationwide that now have more than two generations living together under one roof has expanded by more than six million people over the past few years. Money is usually the primary reason why multiple generations move in together, but health care issues and strong family bonds are also factors.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) believes that home remodels can help families accommodate these life changing situations. Whether the remodel is to be designed to accommodate living quarters for a younger couple who may have a child or if it is to be designed to accommodate an aging parent that may need handicap accessibility, there are many design options available that can not only enhance the livability of your home, but can also keep your homes’ functionality intact.

The functionality of a home is very important, especially over the long term. Functionality of a home generally starts with a good design. Not only is it important to make sure that a Room Addition is designed properly to keep your home’s integrity intact, but a good remodeler also knows it is important to help take special care of the minor concerns as well, such as a missing electrical outlet or a missing light switch. Although these minor details are important, it is the Room Addition itself that must be designed to compliment your existing home.

Multi-generational households often require some design principles to be incorporated to help increase the accessibility for everyone who will be living in the home. NARI remodelers have the ability to tap into the special needs of their clients and incorporate them into the design.  It’s all about personalization of each job. Before getting started, it is important to know if the added space will be for a young family with a small child or if it will be used by empty-nesters. This should all be planned out in advance and taken into consideration when designing a project, long before the actual job is started.

So, whether you are thinking about adding an in-law apartment over the garage, a room off the back of your home or a second story addition over your existing house, you will have to look at your own particular situation, determine how much more room you will need, and then decide what will work best for you. You will not only want to consider how the design will affect your existing home, but you will want to consider how it will impact those of you who will all be living together under the one roof together. With the proper planning and design, it can be a very pleasurable experience and a time when your family can enjoy the closeness of being together and appreciate knowing that this is what being a family is all about.

Contact American Housing Remodeling, Inc. at 727-546-6611 for more information on the Remodeling or the adding of a Room Addition or In-Law Suite on to your home. American Housing Remodeling, Inc. is located at 6580 72 Ave N in Pinellas Park, Florida 33781.

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Buying New vs Adding On

Besides providing your home with more living space, a room addition can be a terrific investment. However, before moving forward with that room addition, there are a few things you might want to consider first. Look at your neighborhood’s home market values, the estimated cost of the room addition, getting the plans drawn and where and how to go about getting the necessary financing if needed. Consider your tolerance level for your family’s disruption during the actual construction period. While American Housing can help you with this and will work hard to make your experience as pleasant as possible, let’s face it, your home will be a construction site for a while and there will be some minor inconveniences. With that said, we will work together with you to make it as pleasant an experience as possible. The end result will be well worth it.

So, if your family is in need of more room and you already know that buying a new home is not the answer for you, then adding on a room addition, or even a second story room addition, may be just the solution. After all, you like where you live and you like your neighbors and your neighborhood.

It is also important to note that adding a room will probably be far less expensive than having to sell your existing home and then having to buy a new bigger home. Between the selling costs of your existing home, the price and the closing costs of purchasing your new home, the saving will most likely be substantial. Without going through all of that, you can have a home that will be more functional and more suitable to you and your family’s lifestyle and not even have to move.

Once you have decided to add that room addition, the first thing to do is to plan out what it is you want and remember that a good room addition design will be the key to your success. It is during this phase that the design for your room addition project and costs will be determined.  A good plan will ensure that the room addition project will go smoothly and will stay within your budget.

The planning stage of your room addition is also the time to determine how your project will be financed. There are various financing options available depending on the cost of your project. A home equity loan

is probably the most common way home owners obtain money for a room addition, but there is also the possibility of a personal loan or the refinancing of your existing home. And of course, there is always cash. Cash is a great way to go if you are in a position to do so.

Then there comes the time that you must decide on who is going to do the work. It is the decision of hiring the right remodeling contractor. One of the things you might want to do is to talk to your neighbors, friends and co-workers. It is always nice to know about the contractor you are considering using. Ask for references and maybe even go out and look at a job or two that is under construction. You want a reputable contractor that has a reputation for customer service, customer satisfaction and quality work. It is also nice to work with a contractor that plays an active role in the community. American Housing is a One and Two Story Room Addition remodeling contractor that fits that bill.

American Housing is a member of the NAHB, FHBA, TBBA, NARI, the Better Business Bureau, and Local Chambers of Commerce. American Housing also sponsors a local Little League baseball team and donates to many local charities.

You can visit American Housing’s Design Center at 7195 66th Street North in Pinellas Park or call us at 727-546-6611 for more information on our company and our services as one of Tampa Bay’s premier new home building and remodeling professionals.

ROOM ADDITION UNDER CONSTRUCTION

This second story Room Addition is currently under construction on Vina del Mar in St Pete Beach. This job required the removal of the existing roof and adding a complete second floor over the living area of the home as home owners continue to live in their house.

The second floor has now been framed in, the walls erected, the roof installed, and the drywall is now being finished. The exterior of home will be stuccoed as the interior trims are being installed. Once that phase is complete, the next step will include painting the interior and the exterior of the home. Find below some photos of this home from before starting construction to how it looks at the dry in stage.

For more information on American Housing, or to schedule an appointment for your free in-home free estimate, please call us at 727-546-6611

INDIA: A LAND OF UNIQUE CULTURES

American Housing understands that there are many diverse cultures that make up America today. These different cultures are one of the reasons why America is so unique, and so great, in today’s world.

As new a home builder and remodeler, we have had the pleasure of working with many people from some of the different and wonderful cultures from around the world that now make up the Tampa Bay area, including families of Indian descent. Through our experience of working with people of India’s Indian heritage, we have learned that India is a very colorful country, and like us, they have a unique integration of many ethnic groups displaying a variety of distinct cultures and religions.

We have learned that the people of India speak many different languages, dress differently, follow different religions, and eat different foods, but are basically of the same spirit. So when there is a celebration, they don’t celebrate alone. The entire neighborhood or community is involved in bringing merriment to the occasion. Likewise, in times of sorrow, neighbors and friends play an important part in sharing a family’s grief.

In working with the many wonderful people of Indian descent, we have learned that family plays a very important role in the Indian culture. From an early age, children are continually reminded of their place in society and taught to respect and honor their elders. It is a system in which extended family members, including parents, children, spouses and their offspring often live together, with the eldest male member of a household being the head of the family and making all of the important family decisions.

Like many countries around the world, India has certain traditions that have become a part of its folklore. For instance, it is said the simple act of utensils falling on the floor may foretell the coming of guests. And you know what that means. Company! And, oh yes, it is also said that a sparrow building a nest in, or near, a new home is an omen for good fortune. We will have to look in to this one.

Another interesting thing we learned about is the Indian belief in the Doctrine of Karma. This Doctrine preaches that every person should behave justly towards others because every act or deed will one day come back in full circle. Karma, what goes around comes around.

It is fun to learn about other cultures and traditions. We were told by one family of Indian descent that they compare their culture to a garden of flowers with many of shades and colors that lends harmony and beauty to their garden.  They said they read it somewhere and just loved how it expressed their feelings. Very Nice.

We, at American Housing, appreciate the many diverse cultures and respect all of the many different customs and traditions. As builders and remodelers, we realize that we may have to modify our designs in creating the perfect home and work closely with our customers to achieve this goal. Whether we are building you a new home, adding on a room addition, or remodeling your existing home, we will listen to your concerns and requests regarding the design and building of your project.

For more information on us and our homes, go to the “Contact Us” page of our website, or simply call us at 727-546-6611.

ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS IN HIRING A REMODELING CONTRACTOR

When you are deciding on a contractor for your remodeling project, it is not only important to ask questions, but it is also important to ask the right questions. Questions like “When can you start?” and “How long will it take?” are both good questions, but better questions might be “How long have you been in business?” “What will be your approach to this project?” and “Does your company carry workers compensation and liability insurance?” You may also want to ask questions like “Are you a Certified Green Professional?” and “Are you a Lead Paint certified contractor?” These are all questions to ask to help you, as a homeowner, make an educated decision as to who to hire for your remodeling project.

An important thing to remember when asking these questions is that sometimes a non-answer may give you more useful insight into who a particular remodeler is, than an actual answer. Ask questions, listen to the answers, and then follow your instincts. Once you decide on a particular contractor, then you can discuss when they will start, what time they will be arriving at your house each morning and when you will have your home to yourselves again. These are all important concerns that can be discussed later at a pre-construction meeting.

As members of the (NARI) National Association of the Remodeling Industry, you can rest assured that we at American Housing Remodeling, Inc. will have right answers for all of your questions and the knowledge to address all of your concerns.

American Housing Remodeling, Inc. is a member of NARI, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and as builders in the Tampa Bay area, we acknowledge the importance of this organization for homeowners when they add a room addition or a remodeling project on to their home. Along with our standard builder’s warranty, we also provide a 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty, which is a ten year structural warranty, on all one and two story room additions.

According to NARI, their primary goal is to help homeowners find the right professional partner to do their remodeling. Whether it is updating a kitchen to make it more efficient, turning an ordinary bathroom into a haven of rest and relaxation, or adding a room to meet the needs of a growing family, NARI wants each homeowner to get the maximum value or enjoyment for the dollars they invest in their home

As a member of NARI, American Housing Remodeling, Inc. has gone through an extensive screening process that is required by NARI and we must follow their strict Code of Ethics. Homeowners can be assured that when they hire American Housing Remodeling, they are hiring a remodeler who has made a strong commitment to the professionalism of the entire remodeling industry.

NARI represents professional remodeling contractors, product manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, trade publications, utilities and lending institutions. The association is committed to enhancing the professionalism of the remodeling industry and serves as an ally to homeowners.

NARI members have access to the latest information in the industry through publications, educational programs, educational seminars and conferences. A NARI professional remodeler has pledged to uphold the association’s strict Code of Ethics and is dedicated to the professionalism and integrity of the remodeling industry.

You can contact American Housing Remodeling at 727-546-6611.

New Lead Paint Rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency are now in effect and affects all homes built prior to 1978.

The EPA’s New Lead Paint Requirements for Builders and Remodelers

On April 22, 2010, a contractor performing any type of renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978, must now be an EPA-approved certified renovator and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

When working on a home that test positive for lead paint, the EPA lead paint approved renovator  must use lead-safe work practices and follow these three procedures:

  • Contain the work area.
  • Minimize dust.
  • Clean up thoroughly.

Although the Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA, makes it sound as though these are very simple procedures, in reality they are not quite so easy. These procedures can quickly become very complex and can sometimes become quite costly. From the initial intrusive lead paint test itself, to the workers having to wear hazmat type suits in the contaminate areas, the procedure can become quite “interesting.” Oddly enough, after all of these safety precautions are taken to protect the home’s occupants and keeping the lead dust contained so as not to enter the surrounding atmosphere, they then simply allow you to dispose of the debris in any dumpster. Go figure.

Now, even though this new rule will cover an estimated 79 million homes, the EPA itself estimates that a significantly smaller number of homes — about 38 million — still contain lead paint. Luckily, the Tampa Bay area is said to have relatively few homes with lead paint.

This new rule now requires remodelers and all other contractors disturbing more than six square feet of painted surfaces in pre-1978 homes, to dictate lead-safe work practices, pre-renovation consumer education and record keeping of work done.

The EPA has also partnered with the non-profit Ad Council and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on a public relations campaign to help increase home-owner awareness of the rule.

The EPA said it was working on providing NAHB members with clarification on how the rule will apply to homes that were under construction before 1978 but not completed until after that time, when lead paint was no longer allowed.

The rule also requires remodelers to give records to their customers within 30 days of completing the job, including a checklist confirming that they followed the required lead-safe work practice steps.

American Housing Builders, Inc. and American Housing Remodeling, Inc. are now EPA lead paint certified and can handle all jobs that present itself. Please feel free to call us for more information at 727-546-6611, or simply go to the “Contact Us” page of our website and send a request for more information.

Click here to read more on the new EPA Lead Paint rule.

Some Great Tips to Remember!

As most of us know, remodeling your home can be very complicated. In fact, just maintaining your home can sometimes become tedious and problematic. Organizing your garage or storing the many collectibles you have gathered from over the years can be quite a problem. The time may even come when you want to modernize or even add on another room to your home. Like most of us, there always seems to be things that need getting done around the house. House Remodeling Tips is a site where you will find a lot of very helpful information in helping you around the house.

Keeping your Toddler Safe at Home

Homes, as they are safe for adults, may not exactly be safe for little, curious kids. Normal household paraphernalia (such as electrical outlets, blinds string, etc.) can cause accidents for the toddlers. Here are some ways to keep the tots safe while exploring the house.

  • Keep the strings of your blinds / curtains/ shades out of baby’s reach. Tie them somewhere high to prevent your toddler from entangling himself or from pulling it down, ruining your window décor or the blinds themselves.
  • Insert socket covers into your outlets. This will keep the baby from inserting little things (or his finger) into the electrical sockets. Socket covers are readily available at your home store.
  • Place baby gates at the second floor of your house or wherever it is that the baby is most likely to fall or meet an accident.

Tips / advice on Home Renovation

Before starting to renovate your home, think about what you want to tackle first. Know why you really want / need to change it and why. Is it your set of appliances? Your storage? Furniture arrangement? By knowing which ones to prioritize, your home renovation project will go smoothly.

What it really is about

You have to keep in mind that there is a big difference between renovation and redecoration. Renovation needs a lot of planning and entails major changes and requires a budget. A large expense is expected, particularly if you hire a contractor. In renovation, it is possible that you will end up redecorating too. Just remember to worry first about your cabinets before worrying about the color of your curtains and dishes.

Whether it be safety ideas to help keep a child safe in your home, energy saving tips to help conserve your home’s energy, space saving tips to help keep things organized around the house, or even ideas to help you plan a major remodeling project, this sight seems to have information that is useful for just about everyone.

Click here to check out “House Remodeling Tips.”

Maybe it's Time to Remodel

Homeowners never fail to be impressed by the difference major space changes can make in the quality of their family’s life.

You love your home, but maybe it isn’t working well for you anymore. You don’t want to leave your neighborhood, your neighbors or the schools your children attend, but you feel that something must to be done to refit your home to your current lifestyle.

Not to worry. Adding a room addition on to your existing home may be a major undertaking, but it can also be a very fulfilling experience, especially if the remodeling is well designed. Excellent design is critical, since the remodeling can either enhance or detract from your existing structure. The one thing you don’t want is an addition that clashes, or sticks out like a sore thumb.

American Housing begins by evaluating the style of your home. Each home style has specific architectural lines and details which can be echoed in the design of your addition. Next, we think in terms of scale. A common design mistake is an addition that either overshadows the original home, or is too small and insignificant to add to the overall architectural style.

In looking at your home, we pay special attention to your roof, the style of your windows, the architectural details and the types of materials used in the original construction. Repeating design elements is an excellent method of creating an addition that looks as though it has always been there.

The design of the interior offers a little more flexibility, since it is not viewed in its entirety, as is the exterior. We will strive for a comfortable transition from existing to new. For example, the ceiling height and style can make a big difference in the tone of a room. This can add drama to a contemporary or traditionally designed space in a living room, kitchen, bathroom or family room.

There is little that is more satisfying than living in a home that has been beautifully remodeled with a new room addition. We are Pinellas County remodeling professionals specializing in one and two story room additions, along with the remodeling of kitchens and bathrooms. We provide a 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty with all of our room additions. Call us at 727-546-6611 for more information.

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