Code Construction of Tampa Bay Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016

 

Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, 
Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

Tampa Florida, January 12, 2016 – Code Construction of Tampa Bay has won “Best Of Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 14 year old firm was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of  their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
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“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Code Construction, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”
About Code Construction
Code Construction  specializes in custom remodeling, property damage repair,  and  construction of commercial and residential spaces
About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

9 Ways to Save on Your Kitchen Remodel

When you’re investing in a home remodeling project, you want to make sure that the results not only please you but add value to your home and save you money. Never is that more true than in a kitchen remodel, where costs can added up so quickly that your budget can all of a sudden seem like pennies in a jar. To avoid that and keep costs in line, and yet still get the kitchen of your dreams, here are a few of my favorite ways of getting the most out of a tight budget.

1. Go with ready-to-assemble cabinets. The biggest cost in a kitchen remodel is new cabinets. The most expensive option is going custom, for which the cabinetry is designed, built and installed to specifically fit your space. Exotic woods, ornate details and period styles will add to the cost and delivery time but result in a one-of-a-kind kitchen. Custom cabinets can cost $10,000 to $60,000, as cabinets can range from $250 to $1,500 per linear foot.

If your budget doesn’t allow for custom, but you need new cabinets, ready-to-assemble (RTA) is a good option. Ready-to-assemble or semicustom cabinets can sometimes be half the cost, from around $125 to $900 per linear foot depending on the material, style and cost of installation. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, you can assemble these yourself; if not you will need to hire a contractor. Semicustom cabinets are selected from existing designs and are prefabricated offsite in standard sizes, with limited options in terms of sizing, styles, materials and finishes.

In-stock cabinets are for customers who want to grab their cabinets right off the shelf and get going. These stock cabinets come in standard sizes, shapes and colors. Since the cabinet dimensions are not based on your kitchen, space-wasting fillers may be required to make the cabinets fit. These cabinets are very affordable for remodelers on a budget. Cabinets can range from $75 to $400 per linear foot.



2. Keep existing cabinets if possible. If your cabinets are good quality and you like the style, resurfacing is a great option. It’s amazing how color can transform a kitchen and a few coats of paint can give life to a once-drab space. Resurfacing and painting make for the most cost-effective option, but ensure that you take the steps needed to get a beautiful finish. 

A simple paint job might cost a few hundred dollars. But for a more extensive refacing job, $5,000 to $15,000 is likely if new veneer is added to the face of the cabinets.


3. Choose open shelving where possible. Open shelving creates interest in the space as well as saves money. Using salvaged wood or painted planks from your local hardware store for shelving is a cost-effective and functional option to display everyday dishes (items that don’t spend enough time on the shelf to accumulate dust).

Open shelving can save a few thousand dollars, but while it may be tempting to do away with fitted cabinets altogether, they’re still valuable and efficient for storage, particularly if you have a small kitchen and a lot to pack into it.

4. Consider alternative countertop materials. There is a wide range of countertops to choose from — solid surfaces, recyclable products, concrete, tile, stone and more. Granite is still a popular choice for countertops, but at $50 to $100 or more per square foot installed, it can push any budget over the top. Consider using two different surfaces instead, such as making the outside perimeter butcher block and the island granite. This can cut the cost in half.

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If granite is not in the budget but you like the look of stone, consider laminate, an inexpensive alternative. The costs ranges from $8 to $20 per square foot, including installation. Laminate has come a long way with its high-definition selections and new cut-edge profiles. The new laminates look so much like stone, you could be easily fooled. 


5. Keep appliances where they are. If your plan is to get new cabinets, think about keeping your appliances where they are. Moving the mechanics and electrical for appliances can be costly, not to mention the ceiling on the floor below and the walls may need to be cut into to expose the mechanicals. These are costs that many homeowners don’t think about when planning a kitchen remodel.

Keeping the appliances where they are will save you thousands of dollars. More often than not, moving an appliance 1 foot costs as much as moving it 6 feet, depending on where the mechanicals are located.


6. Look at different options for islands. A 6-foot island with new cabinets can run $800 and up. Instead of using cabinets for your kitchen island, think of repurposing a piece of furniture. An old table or a dresser is a great alternative to bring unique character into the space. Keep an eye on Craigslist, the Houzz Shop, salvage stores, estate sales and garage sales. Depending on how resourceful you are, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars.

Tip: When looking for a piece, make sure it is countertop height (36 inches).
 
7. Opt for a cutout rather than removing a wall. Many homeowners want to open the space between the kitchen and their family room to create an open floor plan. When removing a wall, there are many things to consider. Is it load bearing? Does it have venting, water pipes or electrical running through it, which will need to be rerouted? After removing a wall, the ceiling, other walls and floor may need to be cut into and repaired.

A less expensive option to consider is a cutout. Not only does it open a room, but it can provide extra countertop space and an area for additional seating. You will still need to check for mechanics and plumbing, but the floor and ceiling will not need to be repaired, which will save you money.


8. Try track lighting instead of recessed lighting. Adding recessed lighting can become a bigger project than planned. Holes need to be cut into the ceiling, electrical wiring needs to be added, and there may be hidden costs in repairing the ceiling. The overall cost for a single recessed light is $100 to $150, including the costs for materials and an electrician. This can add up quickly.

To keep costs down, think about track lighting. There are many styles, shapes and finishes. They give off plenty of light for tasks in the kitchen and, when placed on a dimmer, give off a nice ambient light.


9. Think about doing your remodel in stages. If you’re on a low budget, wait to do a few projects at a later date. This will spread out the remodel costs, allowing you to save for that next project. 

Backsplashes can be put up anytime after your countertops and cabinets have been installed. If you can’t stand looking at Sheetrock, think about wallpaper, an easy project that’s also easy on the wallet.

Adding glass to your cabinet doors is a project that can be done anytime that’s simple and low cost.

Changing out hardware is one project that can cost hundreds. If the new hardware works with the current hole placement on your cabinet doors and drawers, you can hold off on replacing it at a later date.

HOME ENERGY AUDIT

How to Do Your Own Home Energy Audit and Save Money Each Month
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Wasting energy in your home is like throwing away money. You can spend thousands on heaters, air-conditioning and new windows, but poor insulation and outdated appliances can sap any savings and make for an uncomfortable home. Here's how to perform your own energy audit and save a bit of money.

If you don't already know the systems of your home including heating and cooling, water and electrical, now's a great time to learn.

Make Sure Everything Is Insulated

Shoddy insulation is the worst offender for home energy loss. It's not uncommon for homebuilders to take shortcuts when installing insulation, and they often install the minimum amount required.

Start in your attic and check for gaps around pipes and ductwork and fill them using expanding foam. If you have gaps around your fireplace, make sure you use non-combustible foam sealant. Make sure your attic floor is insulated but don't block your attic vents. You need to maintain attic air circulation to prevent ice dams in the winter and to allow hot air to escape in the summer.

Next, check your basement for insulation. Wall insulation is better than ceiling insulation. This makes a more comfortable living space and adds value to your home. Here are more tips for insulating your basement walls.

If you're really interested in finding cool spots in your floors and walls, invest in a thermal leak detector. It uses infrared sensors to measure surface temperatures. This one from Black & Decker is $32 on Amazon. A step up is a thermal imaging camera which is much more accurate and provides a visual hot and cool view.

Check for Air Leaks

Drafts are obvious drains on your home energy system, but you can seal them with caulk and weather stripping.

Check for air leaks around doors and windows. If a leak isn't obvious from the inside, then inspect the window from outside. Replace worn door sweeps or install automatic bottom sweeps that will last longer.

Air leaks are also common along baseboards and at the edge of flooring. This could signal an exterior wall that isn't fully insulated. A thermographic or infrared inspection will tell you if insulation has been properly installed and if it isn't then you may need to insulate the wall using blown-in insulation.

Replace Heating and Cooling Filters

Regularly replace filters in air conditioning systems and forced air furnaces. Dirty filters cause unnecessary stress on these appliances and they will consume more energy.

If your AC unit and furnace are more than 15-20 years old, consider replacing them with Energy Star rated units. Save your receipt for a tax credit!

Buy Energy-Efficient Appliances

Outdated washers, dryers, refrigerators, and dishwashers all drain more energy and work less efficiently than new models. As with your heating and cooling system, upgrade to Energy Star rated appliances, which will save you a significant amount of money over the long term.

Keep an eye out for "vampire" electronics. These are electronics that use electricity even when they seem turned off or are in standby mode. This Forbes article lists the top home energy hogs, and the digital cable box is number one. Other offenders are computers and home office equipment. Put these devices on a power strip and power them all down at once at the end of the day. This tool helps calculate how much you pay for "energy vampires".

Switch to CFL or LED Lights

The government has new lighting standards that require light bulbs to use 25% less energy. CFLs and LEDs meet this requirement and they are now much more affordable, making an instant impact on your electric bill. They are also more convenient to use, since they last much longer than incandescent bulbs.

The only drawback to these alternative light bulbs is the color. New bulbs from Cree and Phillips offer a soft white that's very similar to traditional incandescent lighting.

You can get pretty far by yourself, but if you want a more thorough home energy audit performed by a professional, do a search on the Residential Energy Services Network to find a home energy pro in your area. The long-term savings will likely be well worth the cost.