Design Tips for Tiny Homes

More and more Florida residents are opting to sell their 3,000 square foot house to move into tiny homes. However, even more Floridians like the idea, but are unsure of how they will fit everything they need into a home that is less than 500 square feet.

New Generation Builders knows how many benefits there are to be gained from downsizing, and they want to share some of their favorite design tips:

  • Wall to floor storage. Not only will this break one room into two, but it allows for a lot more storage space. Opt for open storage, so you will always have a good reason to keep your shelves organized.
  • Don’t waste any space. Have some open wall space? Make that a workspace with a computer and desk light. Or, add some more shelves and make it a bookshelf.
  • Bathroom storage. Not enough room for storage in the bathroom is one of the top complaints of people in tiny homes. Use narrow shelves to storage items, and invest in nice looking canisters to hold smaller items.
  • Don’t be afraid of multipurpose rooms. Whether it’s a living room that has a pull out bed or a bedroom that is an office during the day; designed correctly, multipurpose rooms can work perfectly and look great!
  • Keep it light. Using both natural sunlight and lighter color hue will make a room seem larger and more open. New Generation Builders installs floor to ceiling windows in the form of sliding glass doors so you can enjoy the Florida sun all day long!
  • Be creative! Look around and see what space isn’t being utilized. The key to not having clutter is giving each item a specific place. This way, everything is easy to clean and organize.

With the creativity and help of New Generation, more Florida residents are making the switch to live in tiny homes. These new designs offer monthly utility savings and a smaller carbon footprint; as long as you can stay organized, you will love your new home!

Call New Generation Builders today for more information at 800-759-4459.

Bathroom Remodeling Tips and Tricks

If you are in need of bathroom remodeling services, you are probably aware that this project is not a simple renovation. In fact, with just a few changes, it can quickly go above and beyond the budget you set for yourself. At Greaves Construction in Tampa, we want to help you achieve the bathroom of your dreams, all the while staying under budget.

Some remodeling tips and tricks we’ve learned include:

  1. Create a plan. Take the time to make sure you are absolutely sure about your new design before the renovations start. Changing your mind halfway through will be expensive, and slow the project down.
  2. Stay with the same layout. Plumbing pipes are not the easiest things to move, so keeping your sink, toilet, and shower in the same area, and just updating the appliances themselves will save you a lot of time and money.
  3. Make lighting a priority. When it comes to bathroom remodeling services, you will have a lot of fancy appliances and extras to choose from. The next step after choosing the new appliances is choosing the best lighting for the room. You want to eliminate shadows around the mirror, but a spotlight on the toilet may make your guests feel uncomfortable.
  4. Don’t forget about storage. Many of our Tampa clients will spend so much time creating a look they love, that they forget to plan for room to store their toiletries. No matter if you want cabinets on the wall or moveable baskets under the sink, make sure your contractors leave enough room for all of your things.
  5. Choose the right contractors. Regardless of all of the planning you do, without the right contractors working for you, the project can quickly get de-railed. Make sure to find a company that you feel comfortable having in your home, that you know is experienced, and that you know will stay on budget.

Greaves Construction has been offering Tampa Bay residents high quality bathroom remodeling services for years, and they will be able to help you. For more information, or to get started on your project, call them today at 813-985-2739.

Preparing Your Roof for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season in Palm Harbor will be hitting us sooner than you may think. And while we will have to start preparing for torrential rains and high winds, the best thing about hurricanes is that we (usually) have at least a week’s notice before they comes. Unfortunately, no one considers getting any roof repairs done until right before the storm comes, and by then all of the qualified roofing contractors will be booked up. The best way to make sure your home is ready for the storm is to make sure any and all necessary repairs are done early in the season.

How Can Professional Roofing Contractors Help You?

If you want to be sure that your home can handle the next storm that rolls through Palm Harbor, follow these simple steps:

  • Call your roofing contractors to perform any necessary repairs so you know there won’t be any small problems that are exacerbated by a heavy rainstorm.
  • Schedule regular maintenance checks with your contractors, so they can repair small problems before they grow worse.
  • Take the time yourself to inspect under the eaves of you roof and use binoculars to inspect your shingles to make sure none are loose or missing.

While your home will need regular inspections, attempting to climb up and do it yourself can be dangerous. Not only could you slip and fall, but you could damage your roofing material as well. Trust your Palm Harbor roofing contractors to do the job correctly and safely.

Done Rite Roofing

At Done Rite, we are the roofing contractors you can trust to take care of your home. From repairs to maintenance, to installation and everything in between, we will be able to help you! For over 15 years we have been offering the Palm Harbor area the highest quality of roofing and customer service available. Our licensed, bonded and insured contractors will take care of whatever your home needs.

If you want to make sure your home will be ready when hurricane season rolls around this year, call Done Rite today! Remember, if you want the job done right, call Done Rite at 727-771-8747.

What Shipping Container Homes Have That Traditional Ones Don’t

If you are considering buying or building a shipping container home in Tampa Bay, you are making a wise choice. The Tiny Living Movement has gained significant popularity in the last decade, with more and more people each day realizing the many benefits offered by tiny homes. Below are just some of the advantages tiny homes offer that traditional homes don’t.

  1. Mobility. Some people think shipping container homes are the same as RVs or trailers. And while this isn’t exactly true, the one thing these spaces do have in common is the ability to move. Although tiny houses are built on a stable, concrete foundation similar to those of traditional houses, they are small enough that they can be moved to a different geographical location when necessary—whether it is because you want to move to a different state, want to take a summer vacation in a different area of Tampa, or simply want a change of scenery. With regular homes you have to deal with a sense of permanence, knowing that wherever your home is built, that is where it’s staying. But with shipping containers you will have the flexibility and convenience of knowing they can be relocated when you need them to be.
  2. Sustainability. While it is great that an increasing number of homeowners are taking an interest in eco-energy solutions, no amount of LED light bulbs or solar screens can amount to the eco-friendliness and sustainability offered by shipping container homes. Not only do they reduce energy consumption and, therefore, save money on monthly utility bills, but the structures themselves are built using recycled materials! The very essence of these tiny homes are to be safer and sounder to the needs of our environment.
  3. Versatility. When it comes to building or buying traditional homes in Tampa, you pretty much get what you get. For example, while you could redecorate your 3 bedroom, 2 bath, or turn a bedroom into a home office, and a living room into a game room, there really are only so many options. But with shipping container homes, you can use the space for anything—from a permanent home or vacation rental, to an office space or climate-controlled storage unit.

At New Generation Builders, we are proud to be the premier builders of shipping container homes in the Tampa Bay area, and are true believers in the idea that more doesn’t necessarily mean better. To learn more about our units, or to schedule a consultation, give us a call today!

Shingle vs. Tile: Which is right for you?

Whether you’re building your Palm Harbor dream home or upgrading an older one, knowing what materials to use to get a beautiful, durable, energy-efficient look can be a challenge. A professional roofing company will be able to point you in the right direction for choosing what is best for the top of your home.

If you’re not ready to consult professionals just yet and but want the rundown on how shingles and tiles differ, here are some things you’ll need to know.

Shingles

Shingles are a less expensive short-term investment because they are lighter in weight and easier to install. However, they are less environmentally friendly than tiles and only have a 20-year average lifespan.

Asphalt shingles are best in areas without harsh weather such as frequent hurricanes or snow storms because they are lighter and can blow off in high winds. This doesn’t make them a bad choice for your Palm Harbor home though; it is just a disadvantage to be considered. With regular maintenance taking care of small necessary repairs, shingles can be a great choice. A roofing company will be able to tell you if this is the right fit for your house.

Tiles

Although tiles are the more expensive of the two options, they offer a number of benefits, such as double the lifespan (about 50 years on average), more durability, and more economic benefits.

Tiles are heavier than shingles, which means they withstand Palm Harbor’s hurricane season better. However, this also means they need a strong foundation, so if you’re replacing the roof of an older home, calling a roofing company to inspect the existing structure is crucial. Their weight and design also makes them harder to install, which means more money up front, but it means they have a higher ability of withstanding weather conditions.

Because of the ventilation required to install tiles, this option is great for reducing heating and cooling costs. Tiles also tend to be the more aesthetically pleasing option of the two, which means better curbside appeal for your resale value.

What Should You Choose?

Call a professional roofing company to discuss your options in detail. You can look at the comparable homes in your area to get a sense of what is more popular, visually appealing, and durable, but only a knowledgeable contractor can tell you what will be the best fit for your home.

Done Rite Roofing of Palm Harbor has experienced contractors who can help you make the best decision. Call them today at (727) 771-8747, and they will point you in the right direction!

Advantages of Storage Container Homes

There are many advantages to storage container homes, especially if you buy one in Florida. When it comes to building, buying, and maintaining a home, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration, expenses to pay, decisions to be make, and stress to manage. But it doesn’t have to be an unpleasant experience. Thanks to the Tiny Living Movement that has swept the Tampa Bay area, as well as the rest of the country, more and more people are starting to realize that downsizing to a smaller living space might be well worth it.

Below are some of the typical stressors caused by building, buying or maintaining a traditional home, and how storage container homes will eliminate them.

Everything is so expensive! Mortgage/rent, bills, furniture…

Even in the Tampa Bay area which has reasonably priced real estate, the cost of buying a home is enough to make just about anyone shy away from purchasing the home of their dreams—let alone having one custom designed and built!

But with a storage container home you pay a fraction of the cost, and still own the home instead of renting. They also require much less electricity and energy to operate, so your monthly utility bills will be significantly less. Plus, they are built using recycled and sustainably sourced materials.

Maintaining my Tampa home is downright exhausting…

Once you have your dream home and have spent a hefty amount on decorating it to your liking, you still have to deal with the upkeep. But if you decide to go with a storage container home, you won’t have to worry about chasing dusty bunnies in rooms of your house no one even uses.

Tiny homes are custom designed to maximize each and every square foot—nothing is wasted! With a smaller living space, you will only have to deal with what you use and, therefore, won’t have to worry about unnecessary rooms and spaces.

Also, the bigger home you have the more it takes to power. And the harder your HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems work to meet your needs, the more likely they are to wear out, break, and require costly repairs and replacements. That’s not the case with storage container homes. You only have what you need, when you need it—which is actually a lot more luxurious than it sounds!

I’m not sure if I like the area…

One of the hardest decisions people have to make when buying a home is whether or not the location is worth it. The home could be perfect, but if it is in an unsafe neighborhood, or nowhere near the stores, schools and attractions you need, is it really worth it? And what if you want to move someday? Should you really make such a serious financial investment in real estate right now?

When you decide that building or buying a storage container home in Tampa is the way to go, you do so knowing that you have the freedom to pack up and move whenever you feel like it—and you can bring your perfect home with you!

If you are interested in learning more about storage container homes, or want to get a better idea of what it might cost you, give us a call at New Generation Builders today.