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Smarter Home Technology from SMARTSolutions

Brought to you by SMARTSolutions SMARTSolutions is your local, award winning home automation company. Our expert teams design and install technology solutions that make your smart home and entertainment work together seamlessly. We work closely with our customers to make their design ideas a reality while also ensuring the technology is simple to use. The owners of the South Tampa new build highlighted here wanted smart home functionality and great entertainment that didn’t detract from the design. A Samsung Frame TV appears as art above the fireplace, while hidden in the coffered ceiling...

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The Better Home Building Playbook with HGC Design Build

Brought to you by HGC Design Build At ?rst glance, building homes and playing in the NFL have little in common. But for Garrett Gilkey, the parallels are clear. Gilkey ?rst came to Tampa when he was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014. Knee injuries meant his NFL career didn’t last long, but Gilkey had other plans. “Football was always secondary in my life. I knew that there was always going to be life after football,” Gilkey says. He had completed his master’s degree in engineering while in the league and ?nished his MBA soon after. Long fascinated by high-end construction, Gilkey started...

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4 Fruiting Trees to Add to Your Tampa Landscape

Florida is known for its citrus industry, particularly orange trees and orange juice. In my early career, I owned a landscaping company with my dad, a company he still runs today. Maintaining large retirement communities was a large part of our business. Our employees used to laugh because as soon as a new retiree moved to Florida from up north, the first thing they did was buy a 6-inch-tall orange tree sapling and place it right in the middle of their yard — not knowing that the grass grows 6 inches tall in a single summer week in Florida. Our crew would not even know the tree was there and...

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5 Homes that Define Bayshore Boulevard

Is there a Tampa address more iconic, more desired, more hard to come by than one on Bayshore Boulevard? Sarah Weaver, a Realtor with Smith & Associates, notes that Bayshore homes are fairly unique from one another. Their typical acreage — huge by South Tampa standards — has given designers and builders the ?exibility to build homes in any number of styles, from sprawling two-story traditional mansions with wide front porches to contemporary West Indies-style homes. But homes on the street are up for sale infrequently, maintaining Bayshore’s elusiveness — and thus, its allure — for so many....

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The History of Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard

PHOTOS: Tampa Bay History Center Collection The people of Tampa likely take it for granted that there is an expansive boulevard that runs along Hillsborough Bay providing a scenic view, as well as a long sidewalk to use both day and night. In fact, most developers would view the waterfront property solely in economic terms, seeing only dollar signs and 50-foot lots overlooking the bay. It took a great amount of foresight to resist the urge to build homes rather than a street along Tampa’s eastern waterfront. Those early developers didn’t build houses; instead, they built Bayshore Boulevard. As...

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Renovations, The Ramos Way

SPONSORED CONTENT  A remodel, done by an expert team of luxury home builders committed to bringing homeowners a concierge level of service, can create a home that will bring people back together. “At Ramos Construction, we recognize the importance a home has to a family, and we focus on creating relationships that address every detail,” James Ramos says. “We remember that homes are built to bring people together, and we pride ourselves on bringing the family back to the table.” Family is something Ramos knows a lot about. He’s the youngest of five boys, and his family has been in the construction...

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How 2020 Influenced Interior Design

SPACES WITH PURPOSE Last March, when we all started spending a lot more time looking at the inside of our homes, many people started examining their spaces with a much more critical eye. That redecorating and renovation wish list suddenly became much more top of mind. The home improvement industry in Tampa Bay, and around the country, caught fire. “When people started feeling a little bit more comfortable to spend money, about two months into the pandemic, the phone was ringing off the hook,” says Michael Morabito, the owner and principal designer of Tampa’s Coco Design Group. Homeowners...

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Diving into Pool Design for 2021

Homeowners want and expect more out of the pool area in 2021. It needs to be a place to relax, somewhere to entertain family and friends, and a work of art, all at the same time. “The status quo is not good enough anymore,” says Ryan Hughes, president and creative director of Ryan Hughes Design/Build. “People realize that a pool serves more than just one function. It is not just a place for swimming. COVID has accelerated the trend. Now people are home more, and they realize just how much of a sanctuary it is to be outside. With all the craziness in the world, water can create a sense of stillness...

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5 Kitchen Design Trends Heating up Tampa Bay in 2021

The kitchen has always been the heart of the home. But in 2020, it became the head, too, as families gathered there to study, work and socialize in addition to cooking and eating. “Families, especially those with small children, still want the open concept kitchen, breakfast nook and family room combination,” says Jade Timmerman, the owner of Jade N. Timmerman Interiors. She says some clients are getting rid of their formal dining room completely because they know the space will simply go unused. Instead, they would rather co-opt it to make more room for an oversized kitchen that can be used...

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