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Growth in the Remodeling Industry

 

According to panelists at the 2012 International Builders’ Show, the residential remodeling market will continue to experience measured growth in 2012 after the Remodeling Market Index rose to a five year-high at the end of 2011.

While the new home housing market has continued to suppress the remodeling industry, there has been a growing trend among home owners to stay in their homes and to just add on.

Paul Emrath, NAHB’s vice president for survey and housing policy research predicts that “… residential remodeling will rise 8.9 percent in 2012.”

In the fourth quarter of 2011, the Remodeling Market Index, which measures current market conditions, showed that it rose from 43.0 to 48.4. The RMI is based on a quarterly survey of professional remodelers. An RMI below 50 indicates that more remodelers report market activity is lower than report it is higher.

American Housing Remodeling, Inc. is a builder of one and two story room additions and custom homes in the Tampa bay area, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, The Tampa Bay Rays and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Located in the Pinellas Park area of St Petersburg, Florida,

The owners of American Housing have been building new homes and room additions in the Pinellas County area for over thirty years and are members of the Tampa Bay Builders Association (TBBA,) the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB,) the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI,) the Better Business Bureau and the local Chambers of Commerce.

For more information, contact Lee Kretzer, an owner of American Housing at 727-546-6611, email us at info@amhousing.com, or go to the “Contact Us” page of our web site and send us a request for information. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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In-Law Suites

In-law suites, or as some like to affectionately call them, out-law suites, have become a very common type of room addition for many homeowners today. For whatever reasons, more and more parents are opting to move in with their children and are enjoying the best of both worlds.

Many retirees today travel and feel comfort in knowing they have a place to come home to and a place where they can enjoy being with their children and grandchildren. For may people, it is a win / win situation. Ahhh, the joys of being a grandparent.

For more information on the possibility of adding an in-law suite to your home, or adding another type of one and two story room addition to your home, you can contact  American Housing Remodeling at 727-546-6611 for a free, no obligation quote.

 

BUILDER / REMODELER CHECKLIST

Redington Beach 2nd Story Room Addition

American Housing Remodeling, Inc. wants to be your remodeling contractor, but we know we have to earn your trust first. This is a great checklist from the NAHB that will help you select the right home builder or home remodeler to work on or build your home. After checking us out, we feel confident that you will see why so many others have selected American Housing to be their builder for life.

  • Ask family, friends or coworkers for recommendations.
  • Make sure the builder or home remodeler has a permanent business location and a good reputation with local banks and suppliers.
  • Find out how long they have been in the building business. It usually takes three to five years to establish a financially sound business. You want to make sure they will be around after the construction is complete to service any warranties.
  • Check out the company’s rating and if there have been any complaints filed with your local Better Business Bureau: http://www.bbb.org/.
  • Make sure the builder/remodeler has sufficient workers compensation and general liability insurance. If not, you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your premises.
  • Ask the builder/remodeler to provide you with names of previous customers. If they won’t, beware. If they do, ask the customers if they would hire the builder/remodeler again.
  • Ask if you can see the builder/remodelers work, both completed and in progress. Check for quality of workmanship and materials.
  • Do you feel you can easily communicate with the builder/remodeler? Remember you will be in close contact with them throughout the construction process and afterward as you live in your new home.
  • Make sure the builder/remodeler provides you with a complete and clearly written contract. The contract will benefit both of you. If you are having a new home built, get and review a copy of the home warranty and homeowner manual as well.
  • Be cautious of unusually low-priced bids. If the builder/remodeler is unable to pay for the materials and labor as the project proceeds, this may indicate a potential problem. Keep in mind that less expensive does not necessarily mean better!

Click here for more information from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

American Housing Remodeling, Inc. is located at 6580 72nd Ave North in Pinellas Park, Florida 33781 and can be contacted at 727-546-6611.

 

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New Second Story Room Addition on Redington Beach Now Under Way!

We recently broke ground on adding a second story on a home on Redington Drive in Redington Beach. While adding on this second floor to this home, the owners will be living right there monitoring the activities on a daily basis.  This is a huge job and the owners are very comfortable knowing that with the knowledge and experience that American Housing has in doing these type of projects, that their home is in good hands.While removing the existing roof, many precautions are made in order to keep the integrity of the existing home intact, while at the same time keeping things dry in case of inclement weather. Everything has been pre-planned well ahead of time to avoid any unplanned mishaps.

As the job progresses, we will be posting more information and more photos of this job, along with others.

For more information on American Housing Remodeling and the services they have to offer, please contact us here at 727-546-6611 for a free in home evaluation of you home remodeling needs.

 

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It’s Time. Let’s Get ‘er Done!

If you are considering adding a Room Addition to your existing home, then you are at the right place. Whether it is a one story Addition or a second floor Room Addition, American Housing Remodeling, Inc. has the experience, expertise and the professionalism it takes to guide you through every stage of your project from concept to completion.

Once you decide you want to add that room, you will have three important decisions to make. First, you will have to decide what it is you want to do, second, you will have to decide how much you are going to spend, and third, you will have to decide on a contractor.

The first part is actually the fun part and that is deciding on what kind of room addition you want to add to your home. Whether it be a bedroom, bathroom, family room or an entire second story, you should remember that you may eventually want to sell your home and that potential buyers will probably compare your home to new ones being built. Therefore, you may want to look at some of the design trends and amenities being included into some of the new homes being built today.

Now comes the part that is not quite as much fun and that is trying to figure out how much money you will need for your project and where the money will come from. When figuring costs, you can use a square foot price of about $125 for first floor room additions and about $185 for second story room additions, but this is for estimating purposes only. It is not really practical to use a square foot price when figuring costs because there are always so many factors that have to be taken into considering that will affect the actual price, but it will at least give you a general idea. As for where the money will come from, only you can determine that. If you do not have enough cash, then you will have to consider some type of loan and we can help you in deciding what type of loan is best for you.

One more thing to consider when deciding on how much you want to spend for your project is your home’s value in relation to your neighborhood. The general rule of thumb is that any remodeling project that brings your home up to the level of your neighbors’ is a worthy investment. It doesn’t always pay to be the most expensive home on the block and many real estate experts recommend that a remodeling investment should not raise the value of your home to more than 10-15% above the median sales price in your neighborhood.

Next, you will have to decide on a building contractor. Hmmm! Now this is where it gets tricky because there are two roads you can take here. You can take the high road, or that other road. You will need to select a contractor that you feel confident will do your job right. At first you may be tempted to find that guy who works out of the back of his truck, or maybe that guy who may or may not have a valid builders license, or maybe that guy who may or may not have the proper insurances, or maybe that guy who is hurting so badly for work that he will be willing to do your job at a really, really “good” price. Of course, you know that a really, really, “good” price actually means a really, really, “cheap” price, and a really, really “cheap” price is the prescription for a “dream” home project to turn into a “nightmare” home project. This is your home and only you can decide which fork in the road to take here.

So, when deciding on which contractor to use, you want to select someone you feel comfortable with, someone you can communicate with and someone you know you can work with throughout the entire project.

You will want a quality contractor with a Florida State builder’s license, a contractor who is a member of the Better Business Bureau and a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and you will want a contractor who is fully licensed and insured. You will want to find a contractor who has a history of doing quality work at a fair price, a contractor with a proven track record and a contractor who will provide you with a ten year structural warranty. After all, this will be one of the most important decisions you will ever make regarding your home and American Housing Remodeling prides itself on being a “dream” maker, not a “nightmare” maker. We are the “Dream Catchers” of the Tampa Bay Remodeling industry and we will capture your “dream” of what you want your home to be and make it a reality.

Once you have made the very wise decision to use American Housing Remodeling as your remodeling contractor, we will walk you through the entire process from beginning to end. We will explain the permitting process, how inspections work, how and when material will be delivered and how the work schedule will progress. All of these concerns, along with any other concerns you may have, will be addressed so you will know exactly what to expect throughout the entire project.

More and more Tampa Bay area families are deciding to improve their existing home rather than move because they, like many people in today’s times, realize that they can have the home of their “dreams,” without having to move. It means you won’t have to give up your neighborhood, your neighbors, your friends or the schools your children attend.

Once the decision has been made, it is time to contact American Housing Remodeling, Inc.  America is on the move again and if you have been considering adding that extra room on to your home, it is time for you to make that commitment now. It is time for you to get started. It is time to call 727-546-6611 and say “Let’s get er done!”


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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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Oh sure, your best friend’s brother in law’s cousin may work cheap for you, but where will he be when his mistakes and shortcuts inevitably come to light? Anyplace but your doorstep holding a check with a smile on his face, I’ll bet.

Some owners believe they can save money by having your third cousin on his mother’s side to cheap labor. Could not be morewrong! A licensed contractor is required for any work requiring a building permit and any renewal of the house the cost of materials and labor $ 1000. There are three types of licensed contractors: General Contractor, General Engineering and specialized construction. A general contractor have knowledge of engineering and engineering expertise. You will need this type of licensed contractor for sewerage, paving, grading land, agriculture andexcavation. A general contractor is primarily involved in building structures. This is your room and home additions contractor. A contractor specialized construction includes only the specific skills, such as ceilings, walls, electricity, floor coverings and the landscape.

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Interest rates are down and homebuilders are willing to make concessions. Remodelers are not working to capacity at all times and may be able to give you a better deal. Everything else being equal, this would appear to be a great time to get a new construction or remodeling construction loan.

Currently there are a lot of competition for the refinancing of mortgages and buyers of new homes that meet the requirements of a loan. With mortgage interest rates well below the rate of primary interest, it is time for a mortgager writing of terms or of putting in place a mortgage on a new purchase. Each mortgage lender or broker can demonstrate substantial savings to be kept going in that direction.

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Replacement windows for your home can be significant investment in both time and money. There are many manufacturers, window types and styles, and a wide price range from which to choose, and the decisions you must make can seem endless. Which manufacturer should you go with? Do you want aluminum windows or vinyl windows? Should you choose hurricane impact resistant windows or non-impact windows with hurricane shutters? What about double pane-thermal insulated or thermal insulated with hurricane impact resistant glass? How can you take advantage of the new Energy tax credit of up to ,500.00? Of course, as you make these choices you’re reminded that buying windows is like buying anything else: the more items we put in our ‘cart’, the higher the price. Choosing the right windows and a reputable company to install them for you can take a lot of time and homework, so here is some helpful information to get you well on your way.

Choosing Frames

In Florida, some other considerations are whether to choose an aluminum frame window or vinyl. The majority of hurricane impact resistant windows are aluminum. It is stronger and therefore easier to build the window to the standards needed to obtain Miami-Dade product approval for the impact window rating. There are very nice vinyl impact windows on the market that do meet code requirements, however expect to pay a premium for them. The difference between aluminum frame and vinyl windows (besides the price) is that vinyl conducts far less heat than aluminum, making vinyl much more energy efficient.

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Whether you are located in the Tampa Bay area, or any of the counties of Pinellas, Hillsborough or Manatee, homeowners just like you are becoming more attracted to the prospect of renovating or remodeling their homes using green building principles to make them more energy-efficient and less expensive to maintain. What seems to be a fad during the early 1990′s has now become a necessary undertaking that even the US and state government will provide tax breaks to homeowners converting to green homes.

In its most recent incarnation, the buzzword that has gained much popularity and familiarity in the home building and construction industries is the term Green Building. Contrary to what others may reckon, the concept of green building is not entirely new and has been around since the early 1970s after a group of custom home builders and building designers formed an alliance focusing on energy and resources conservation in the building and construction industry.

Since then, the growing global concerns for slowly depleting resources and increasing environmental issues have triggered the world to focus once more on these green building initiatives. The trend continues to build up as more and more homeowners and investors are trying to incorporate green building elements into their projects. Contractors are now becoming Green Custom Home Builders while realtors are slowly changing the way they call themselves to Designated Green Agents.

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Tt’s not the big things in life that get to you and your house, it’s all the little things. Most homes in the Pinellas, Manatee, and Hillsborough County areas will never be damaged by the “big weather” that occasionally blows through the Gulf Coast region of Florida. But all of our structures are vulnerable to the little guys: molds, fungi, and insects. When building or remodeling, these little things need to be planned for.

The use of efficient and ‘locally appropriate’ climate controls systems are important for not only comfort, but for the ’war against mold’. To those ends, correctly designed mechanical systems keep moisture down and comfort up in our warm,moist climate. Higher ceilings are energy efficient in that cool air stays low. Fans are fairly common in Tampaarchitecture. Air movement makes a slightly higher thermostat setting very tolerable. Use of traditional skylights and ’solatube’ skylights can help reduce lighting costs and make the living spaces more pleasant. Passive solar techniques, when possible, can give a great ‘leg up’ on reducing home energy costs.

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This Old Vanilla Ice House? Maybe! 80s rapper vanilla ice began the new show “The Vanilla Ice Project” on The DIY Network Thursday October 14th. Where? Wellington Florida — in a 7000 ft.² mansion.

He paid $420,000 for the house and after adding $300,000 in home improvements he intends to put it on the market for a cool $1 million.

Exactly what has Ice added to the home so far? A full home theater in the attic is just one of the new features and it not only boasts electric curtains but “mood sensing” lighting as well.

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