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Here’s a neat little video describing current trends in Sunbelt kitchen remodeling, and how they got that way.

West Metro Home Remodeling Fair – Kitchen Remodeling from St. Louis Park on Vimeo.

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Laundry room of the White House in Washington,...
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Building a custom home or remodeling in the Tampa Bay area? Don’t forget to design the laundry room. While the laundry room is often ignored in design, making your space more efficient and attractive can make your laundry experience a lot more pleasant.

Typically, the laundry room is made to look overly institutional, completely lacking design. Add a little pleasure to the unexciting task of laundry by giving your laundry room a theme. Art objects while normally disregarded for the laundry room can help support your custom selected theme. When choosing a décor make sure it will help give your laundry design a clean style to it.

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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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This video, from the Better Business Bureau, takes the approach that in planning for remodeling, you should focus on the deficiencies of your current kitchen in order to design a more usable food preparation and storage area. While browsing magazines of the remodeling persuasion may serve to give you ideas, in the end it is your needs and your daily routine that should determine your design.Call us– we’re the experts in The Tampa Bay/Pinellas area!

Kitchen Remodeling Video From BBB

Via: http://video.bbb.org/videos/Kitchen+Remodeling+Tips

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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.

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.

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