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Adding on that Master Bedroom

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English: Picture of the master bedroom at Highgrove (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You love your home and you love your neighborhood, but your home is just not big enough and you are wondering what you can do about it. With your children getting bigger and needing more room themselves, maybe it is finally time to make your home for functional for you and your family.

The answer may be as simple as adding a Master Suite on to your home. Maybe that beautiful new bedroom with french doors leading to your enclosed patio, along with a huge walk in closet and an exotic bathroom with a whirlpool tub and oversized shower is finally within your reach. Maybe it is what you have been working and hoping for, for all those years. Maybe it is finally time for you to invest in yourself, your home, and your future.

American Housing Remodeling can help you attain that dream. American Housing can help guide you through the design process, while helping you stay within your budget. We can then help turn your dream of a bigger, better and more beautiful home into a reality.

American Housing Remodeling have been building custom homes and building one and two story room additions in the Pinellas County and Tampa Bay area for close to twenty years. So, if you are looking for the wisdom, trust and professionalism that comes only from a company that has years of experience behind them, then call American Housing Remodeling at 727-546-6611 for a Free in home estimate.

 

 

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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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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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There are no shortage of home builders and remodelers in the Pinellas, Hillsborough and Manatee County areas. So how should you go about choosing the right new home builder in Florida? This article gives an overview of the process of selecting the best home building contractor in Florida, but the same criteria could be used to select a remodeling contractor as well.

The Florida home builders with the highest quality homes to offer tend to follow a general set of guidelines in their construction procedures. Each builder is different, of course, but high-quality builders have certain things in common.

First, they use the highest quality materials and usually build their homes with solid, poured concrete. It’s even better if they use steel-reinforced concrete that is designed to withstand a powerful hurricane. When purchasing a home in Florida, hurricane safety must be a consideration. The highest quality home builders pride themselves on building homes that are above hurricane code. Ask about features such as impact resistant windows and a greater number of roof truss straps.

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The mortgage interest deduction has been a reliable fact of American home ownership for a long time. Best not to mess with it.

Any politicos who have their eye on eliminating the mortgage interest deduction had better take a look at this: The National Association of Home Builders reports that a poll it commissioned earlier this month shows nearly 80% of U.S. voters will support the mortgage interest deduction–at the expense of politicians who do not.

According to the poll, 79% of all respondents, both owners and renters, believe the federal government should provide tax incentives to promote homeownership. Even when told that eliminating the mortgage interest deduction would help ease the federal budget deficit, 72% said they opposed any proposal to abolish it. Among that group, 76% of Republicans, 75% of independents, and 64% of Democrats oppose eliminating the deduction. Meanwhile, 75% of homeowners and 55% of renters also oppose doing away with the home mortgage interest deduction.

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Thanks: Staff

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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.

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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