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Adding on a New Bedroom

Adding a new bedroom on to your home can actually be fun and exciting. It not only allows you to make your home more livable, it allows you to increase the value of your home by making it more appealing to future home buyers. By balancing the functionality and style of your new bedroom, your home will become more livable, more desirable and more valuable.

In designing your new bedroom, be sure to consider the placement of the bed, end tables, bureaus and other furnishings to make sure the room is big enough and the layout is just right.

For more information on adding a bedroom on to your home, please contact us at 727-546-6611 for a free estimate.

 

Homeownership is still the American Dream!

The American Dream!

American Housing is very involved in community projects and recently partnered up with the City of St. Petersburg, Florida and Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County in order to build a new home and fulfill the dream of homeownership for a local family.

At a small home dedication ceremony celebrating this achievement, Clarence Scott, St. Petersburg City Council Member, welcomed many from the community, including Lee Kretzer and Carla Slicker from American Housing, to the “Presenting of the Keys” to the new owner, Mr. Jones. Ron Spoor of Habitat Pinellas opened with a prayer. “We gather to celebrate the commitment and determination of Mr. Jones and to thank all of the people who worked together to turn Mr. Jones’s dream of homeownership into reality. May this home we dedicate today become a beacon of hope for him and others. Together we pray. Amen.”

New Home Dedication by Clarence Scott, III

American Housing Remodeling, Inc., through the City of St. Petersburg Neighborhood Stabilization Program, recently built this beautiful new home for Mr. Jones and his family. This achievement was celebrated at the home site on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 with members of the City of St. Petersburg City Council, members of the City’s NSP Program and members of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County.

At the ceremony, there were gifts for Mr. Jones and his family. A Habitat volunteer provided Mr. Jones with a “symbolic” Habitat for Humanity hammer to take care of those small jobs around the house. City of St. Petersburg Council Members Wingay Newton and Bill Dudley gave the proud new owners an American flag and Kevin Klucas gave a “Welcome” mat. David Fornek offered Mr. Jones a new Bible for him and his family.

Clarence Scott, City of St. Petersburg Council Member, then gave Mr. Jones the keys to his new home. A proud Mr. Jones then proceeded to thank the City and American Housing for helping him and his family achieve their dream of owning their own home.

Finally, the Reverend Daryl Sey from the St. John Missionary Baptist Church blessed this new home for Mr. Jones and his family.

Mr. Jones Entering His New Home

For more information on the City of St. Petersburg NSP program, you can go to their website at http://www.stpete.org/nsp/program_information.asp or call us for more information at 727-546-6611. American Housing is located at 6580 72 Avenue North in Pinellas Park, Florida.


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A New Energy Saving rebate program began August 30th in Florida. In addition to this rebate program, your local energy company may have additional offers.

To qualify for the state rebate, applicants must have professional tests done that show home duct systems do not leak more than 15 percent of air to the outside.
Consumers must apply for the state program prior to Dec. 31 or before the money is depleted. Rebates are not retroactive for consumers who bought units earlier this year, and window or room air-conditioning units are not eligible.
The state rebate program is funded by a grant from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and Florida legislation signed by Gov. Charlie Crist in 2009. State legislators allocated $15 million of the federal stimulus dollars on the new rebate program.

For details and applications, click here: www.rebates.com/floridahvac/

Read the whole article here.

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ROOM ADDITION IDEAS

American Housing Remodeling, Inc. has been Remodeling in the Pinellas County are for many years, are members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), and specializes in building one and two story Room Additions.

Many homeowners are always looking for ways to enhance their home either by remodeling their home or by adding a room addition.  A great site for gathering information on room additions is roomadditions.us. It talks about how a “well-planned room addition can enhance the style of your home as well as provide newfound space, comfort and livability.” It talks about how “adding on to your existing home can be disruptive to your life, but also how the design and construction process can be exciting and gratifying as you see your plans come to fruition!”

You can also find “step-by-step guidelines for adding space to your home, including design options and planning considerations as well as building permit requirements, budgeting, and project management.”

This is a very informative site and warrants taking a looking for Room Addition ides for your home. For more information on Remodeling your home or adding on a one or two story Room Addition, call American Housing Remodeling at 727-546-6611.

Click here to visit RoomAdditions.us online.

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Remodeling for Resale

I found an interesting article in this month’s Remodeling magazine by Dick Kawalek, who is a Cleveland architect, titled “Remodeling for Resale.” It talks about the difficulties in selling a home today and what you might want to consider doing to your home if you are wanting, or needing, to sell.

One of the first things it points out is your home’s “curb appeal.” When people drive up to your home, you want your home to look as pleasing and inviting as possible. You need to ask yourself honestly how it looks. Is your mailbox crooked, are your gutters hanging loose, does your landscaping need work or does it need a fresh coat of paint?

You may want to consider repairing any major problems your home may have along with creating the impression that your home has been carefully maintained.  The article also says that a clean, bright house, emptied of clutter and with freshly painted walls is important to potential buyers.

Click here to read entire article.

Original article by Dick Kawalek in Remodeling Magazine.

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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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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.

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.

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