2018 Design and Construction Trends to Watch

With the year drawing to a close, general contractors are beginning to prepare for the New Year as the real estate market continues to evolve. As a full-service general contracting firm, SPACiO Design Build is excited for the new opportunities and trends that 2018 will bring. We have gathered a few of the trends that are sure to be important drivers in the general contracting space this year.

Increased Remodeling of Single Family Homes

As existing housing inventory continues to be thin, many current owners are forced to stay put in homes that no longer fit their needs. With limited new single-family home construction coupled with shrinking inventory, owners really don’t have a choice but to pour money into their current homes to re-create their ‘new dream home.’ If you are one of them, check out Houzz’s 2018 home and design trends to watch. As per Concrete Company the most noticeable new trend is the change from granite and marble to concrete. In addition to using concrete on countertops and floors, the latest craze is to use it in furniture, decorative accessories and wallcoverings. Construction materials like concrete can be ordered directly from Ready-Mixed Concrete Delivery Service or Construction Supply Business. When determining what type of floor is right for you, check it out here; https://resinflooringspecialists.uk/, It can be challenge to find the right option. Another trend Houzz points out is wallpaper-like backsplashes. They suggest opting for tile that looks like wood, concrete, resin, fabric and even wallpaper. Peel and stick wall murals are a popular home décor trend.

With the revival of Miami’s urban core, we will begin to see the reposition and retrofit of older properties, especially those which have historic value located in South Beach and Downtown Miami. Little Haiti and Little Havana will also experience a similar trend. Many of these older properties have been acquired during this cycle and investors will soon begin to turn these neglected buildings into trendy shops, agricultural steel buildings, co-working spaces, restaurants and so forth.. These investors are proactively looking for specialty retailers and concepts that will require more experiential designs, one that dictate a high level of creativity and innovation in the build outs. Explore more about the possibilities of innovative designs and architectural transformations at sites like https://sound-absorbent-panels.co.uk/benefits/ for a holistic approach to your projects. Also consider this portable building installation Essex, for the better result on your projects.

Hotels Updating Rooms

In 2016, the South Florida region added more than 1,000 hotel rooms in 2016 and another 1,300 hotel rooms are expected to open in 2017 and 2018, according to a Sun-Sentinel article. While general contractors have been busy building out the new rooms, in the new year we expect to see general contractors upgrading existing hotels in order to compete with the new generation of hotel rooms. With the help of painting metal cladding, they aim to enhance the aesthetic appeal and durability of these existing hotels. In the past, hotels would make renovations to upgrade their look, but now they are changing renovations to meet travelers’ new preferences, desires and expectations in order to influence booking behavior. The industry is increasingly seeing hotels cater to the Millennials by focusing on health and wellness, or creating more social spaces. That is reflected in the type of remodeling we are often hired to do for hotel owners and operators. By the way, if you’re wondering what is an EICR, you can check this article to gain more insights.

Up Close and Personal with Powerhouse Residential Broker Dora Puig

SPACIO Design Build is very proud of real estate brokers who succeed in the challenging Miami real estate market. We applaud Miami Beach-based Luxe Living Realty Owner Dora Puig and want to share a portion of a recent Q&A with the South Florida Business Journal.

How did you get into the real estate business?

As a total fluke. I wanted to be on the business side of the entertainment business. I moved out to Los Angeles. I was one of nine MBAs recruited in the international business division of Columbia Pictures. Then Sony bought Columbia. The MBA recruits were all on hold for jobs. I did the craziest jobs in the world while waiting. I worked for a retail company. I worked on movie production sets. I worked on commercials as a production assistant. I started working for Harvey Rice with Alvarez, Hyland and Young, one of the big boutique brokers in LA. He was the top-producing broker in the firm. That was the first time I’d seen so many woman executives be successful. I wanted to sell because I loved it. I partnered up with Ryan Hilckmann, and we worked for Fred Sands. I got into the top offices in Beverly Hills because he was my partner.

Why did you decide to start your own firm?

We sold out Bristol and Santa Maria. And then I went to work for Fortune International Realty, back to general real estate. I got hired to run sales at the Bath Club in Miami Beach. Then I decided I didn’t want to be in-house for a developer anymore, and started my own brokerage company.

How do you compete with the large national real estate firms?

I got used to a boutique setting, and that is where I’m at my best. I’m a meat-and-potatoes relationship broker. Some new brokers are internet-savvy tech agents. I’m on the internet because I have to be. I come from the age of getting referred.

What advice would you give to a female broker who wants to become a firm owner?

I got really good at marketing from being a director of sales and marketing for a big developer. If you understand a media budget and the components of a full-fledged marketing campaign, then you can run your own company. Accept the fact that you have to spend money to make money. You can’t just list properties on the MLS and expect to sell. I do websites for each property. I have a social media team. I do VIP broker events at top listings.

When clients can seek you out 24/7, where do you go to find quiet time?

Sometimes I jog the Venetian Islands, where I live, at sunset. Then I go to my gazebo in my backyard and I meditate there and I’m at peace with myself. I leave the phone inside.

To read the entire article visit: https://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2017/11/21/executive-profile-dora-puig.html

The Iconic Metro Mall in Downtown Miami: A Diamond in the Rough Ready for a New Beginning

Having built out high-end luxury jewelry stores across South Florida from Breitling at Sawgrass Mills mall to Swarovski in Brickell City Centre, we are excited to hear that Metro Mall in the downtown Miami’s Jewelry District is up for grabs and with potential for redevelopment.

Our good friend Investment Broker Mika Mattingly, with Colliers International South Florida’s Urban Core Division, is marketing the property. The new owner could turn the aging building into a state-of the art diamond or jewelry retailer. Not many people know that the neighborhood is one of the top three jewelry districts in the United States – generating more than $850 million in sales during 2016 alone. This signals the continued upward trend of consumer spending and investment in downtown Miami.

Downtown Miami is experiencing unprecedented transformation, and the Metro Mall listing is another example of how the neighborhood is reinventing itself into a major metropolis. The SPACiO Design Build team is already talking with some of the new owners of commercial properties along Flagler Street to reposition their retail space on the ground floor. They expect to attract specialty retailers capable of helping to build a true community, where area residents can live, work and play. In the last two years, investors have acquired $1.5 billion of real estate along the historic Flagler Street, where properties have been neglected for decades.

A significant number of investors are coming from New York and familiar with the process of preserving and restoring buildings in an effort to create trendy districts. As an experienced general contractor working on buildings of historic value, we can’t wait to help retrofit some of the amazing spaces in downtown Miami after decades of neglect. The work will require a high level of creativity and innovation in the build-out of that space but we are up to the task.

This is an exciting time for downtown Miami and Metro Mall, one of the few remaining developing sites to hit the market. It will play an important role in the area’s transformation. We’re looking forward to the wave of new development that will reinvent the urban landscape into a thriving metropolis.

Behind the Scenes: Another Build-Out at Oceana Bal Harbour Has Been Delivered

SPACiO Design Build is happy to announce that another build-out project at Oceana Bal Harbour has been completed. The unit looks spectacular and blends well with the design of the unit, which features a complete flow-through floor plan and unobstructed views. Oceana Bal Harbour is one of the most luxurious development projects in South Florida.

The unit we recently completed arrived decorator-ready, so our work included installing interior hardwood flooring, tile on the large balcony, dropping the ceiling for additional lighting, installing pocket doors and audiovisual equipment, and more. As promised, we delivered the unit in four to six weeks but every unit is different depending on the scope of work.

Working at Oceana is an incredible experience. With floor-to-ceiling windows and extra-deep balconies, the unit boasts some of the most breathtaking views available in Miami. Oceana Bal Harbour’s spacious homes and balconies are designed to offer spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Biscayne Bay and the Bal Harbour Marina to the west and Miami’s skyline to the South.

It took effort not to be distracted by the remarkable views of golden sunlight reflecting on the blue ocean. Now, we move forward to our next build-out project in this incredible building.

Swarovski Hires SPACiO to Build-Out Store in Brickell City Centre

SPACiO Design Build has been retained to build-out high-end jewelry retailer Swarovski’s new home in Brickell City Centre. Founded 1895 in Austria, Swarovski designs, creates, and markets high-quality crystal product collections such as jewelry, accessories, ornaments, figurines and decorative items for the home. The luxurious design of the new 520-square-foot store is a significant addition to one of South Florida’s most spectacular mixed-use projects developed by Swire Properties. We look forward to completing the build-out by mid-August.

We are honored to play a role in the evolution of Brickell City Centre, which opened last year and continues to welcome high-end retail tenants. The 150,000-square-foot mixed-use development includes retail, residential and office space strategically located in the Brickell area. The retail component is home to restaurants, luxury retailers, an Italian food hall and Cinemex movie theatre. The new Swarovski store will serve the growing number of residents moving into the new luxury condos in Miami’s urban core. Many more towers are currently planned or under construction as the Brickell area continues to evolve into a world-class destination.

Swarovski adds another international brand to our portfolio of international clients/designs. That includes working with the Nobu Hospitality brand (hotel and restaurant) and building the sales center of Armani/Casa Residences. As a general contractor, we are the artisans behind the scenes turning design into reality. It is rewarding to be closely involved in projects that highlight Miami’s international appeal, unique architecture and design sophistication.

SPACiO Design Build Spends a Day at Sea with the US Navy

As SPACiO Design Build continues to evolve and adapt to Miami’s ever-changing real estate market, Brian Nisula discovered new ideas for growing the business in an unlikely place…an aircraft carrier. When he was nominated through the Young Presidents’ Organization to attend the Leaders to Sea Program, he didn’t expect a day at sea with the US Navy to open his eyes to new ways of thinking about SPACiO Design Build’s future. We sat down with Brian to learn more about his adventure at sea and find out what inspired him the most about the program.

Q: How did the Leaders to Sea Program shape your perception of our military including our Navy?

Most Americans, including myself, don’t really know what our military does on a daily basis or how hard our troops work. The Leaders to Sea Program aims to change that by inviting community leaders to learn about the Navy and help foster citizen awareness and understanding of the Navy’s role and need in general. My involvement with the Young Presidents’ Organization, a global network of young chief executives with 24,000 members in more than 130 countries, led to the opportunity.

We started the day with a C2 Greyhound transport plane flight off the coast of Southern California to the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean that was in training to be deployed. You don’t realize how big these carriers are until you’re on one. There are about 5,000 people living on the ship, taking a tour of one is like visiting a small town.

I now have a better understanding of what it means to run a tight ship. There is no room for error when you’re in the middle of the ocean. The level of effort it takes to run an aircraft carrier is immeasurable. It was an enlightening experience to see the US Navy in action and their dedication first-hand.

 Q: What takeaway from the tour will you apply to your endeavors to continue SPACiO’s positive growth trajectory?

As a general contractor, the US Navy’s efficiency and resourcefulness are two takeaways that I can relate to. In our business, our goal is to provide a superior level of quality, professionalism and responsiveness while meeting budgets and deadlines. I was amazed by the Navy’s innovative and efficient approach to running the ship smoothly. There are so many moving parts on a ship this large. They all have to work together in order to sail forward. As SPACiO grows, taking on more projects and hiring more teams, it will be important for us to focus on increasing our efficiency and becoming more resourceful. It will be more beneficial to our clients and our employees.

Let me give you an example. On the carrier, there’s an officer called the Handler. He’s responsible for positioning all the ships and planes on the deck of the aircraft carrier. He developed a system for managing the flight deck by building a model for himself using materials from a craft store. His innovative approach to managing the flight deck is a great example of how to be efficient and resourceful by thinking outside the box. After watching him and other crew members operate in terms of their efficiency, anything can be achieved with the proper organization and training.

Q: What do you want to share with readers about the US Navy?

I want people to know how hard our military works to protect our freedom. Everyone on the ship is working more than 14-hour days; yet, every crewmember is dedicated and does their job with pride. After seeing the rigors of their training, I would be more inclined to reach out to former military personnel to join the SPACiO team.

When is the right time to replace your HVAC system

In an average household, the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system is one of the most crucial pieces of infrastructure, ensuring that the indoor environment remains comfortable, regardless of the conditions outside. Like any other equipment, HVAC systems have a finite lifespan, after which they need to be replaced. Maintaining these systems is essential, and having access to skilled professionals such as an ontario ac repair technician ensures timely repairs and prolongs the lifespan of the HVAC equipment. But how do you know when it’s time to replace your HVAC system and have a new heating and air conditioning installation? Here are some key factors to consider:

  • Age of Your System

Experts like these commercial HVAC services in Yukon, OK say that a standard HVAC system typically lasts between 15 to 20 years. If you’ve been using your current system for close to or over this period, it might be time to consider a replacement. This is especially true if the system hasn’t been adequately maintained over the years. However, the lifespan can also depend on the type of equipment. For instance, furnaces last about 15-20 years, heat pumps last 16 years, and air conditioning units last 10-15 years.

  • Increasing Energy Bills

If you’ve noticed a steady increase in your energy bills without a corresponding rise in usage, this could be a sign that your HVAC system’s efficiency is declining. As the system ages, components wear out and the system has to work harder to maintain the same level of comfort, leading to higher energy consumption. When that happens, it may be time to call a technician that has undergone hvac training and does emergency ac repair. If you need furnace repair portland or, you may hire hvac companies like Sunset Heating & Cooling.

  • Frequent Repairs

According to professionals like those that offer air conditioner replacement in Milton, TN, your HVAC system requires frequent repairs, it could be an indication that it’s nearing the end of its life. While some repairs are normal over the lifespan of an HVAC system, repeated breakdowns and associated repair costs can be a sign that it’s more cost-effective to replace the entire system. You can hire contractors like these HVAC services in Crockett, TX or services that do ac repair in Waukesha, WI to inspect yours.

  • Inconsistent Temperatures

One of the first signs of a failing HVAC system is often inconsistent temperatures throughout your home. If some rooms are too hot, others too cold, and the system struggles to maintain a consistent temperature, it might be a sign that your HVAC system is not operating at its peak and need air conditioning repair or ac replacement.

  • Increased Noise Levels

While no HVAC system operates silently, increased noise levels can indicate a problem. If you’re noticing unusual sounds like rattling, buzzing, or humming, it may indicate that a component is failing or that the system as a whole is struggling. Get it checked by experts who do furnace repair in Fairfield, NJ.

  • Poor Indoor Air Quality

Your HVAC system plays a crucial role in maintaining your home’s indoor air quality. If you’re noticing an increase in dust accumulation, or if family members are experiencing more frequent respiratory issues or allergies, it may be due to a failing HVAC system.

Home with electrical issues

Home is often considered a safe haven, a space where we feel secure and comfortable. Yet, many homes, particularly older ones, may be hiding invisible risks that can threaten the safety and security of their inhabitants. One of these dangers is the potential for electrical problems, which can lead to serious consequences like fires, electrocutions, and significant property damage. Therefore, it’s critical to be vigilant and proactive when it comes to identifying and addressing potential electrical issues. Additionally, serious security threats such as hidden surveillances need to be addressed as well with detection of those devices by TSCM Equipment.

Electrical issues in homes are not uncommon. They can originate from numerous sources, including outdated wiring, overloaded circuits, faulty electrical appliances like if your washer needs In-Home Washer Repair, or improper electrical installations. Regardless of the source, the outcome can be hazardous if not addressed promptly.

1. Preventing Fire Hazards:

One of the most significant risks posed by electrical problems is the potential for a fire. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, electrical issues are the third leading cause of home fires. From overloaded circuits that can overheat and ignite surrounding materials to faulty wiring sparking a fire within the walls, electrical hazards have the potential to cause significant damage and even loss of life. Rebuilding a house after a bad fire is costly.

Avoiding Electrical Shocks:

Faulty electrical installations and aging electrical systems can pose a significant risk of electrocution. In fact, the Electrical Safety Foundation International reports that thousands of people in the U.S. are critically injured due to electrical shocks each year. Properly maintaining your home’s electrical system can significantly reduce the risk of electrical shocks, thereby protecting your family’s health and well-being.

Maintaining Electrical Efficiency:

Regular maintenance and inspections provided by an electrician like West Palm Beach electrician can also help ensure that your electrical system is running efficiently. Electrical problems can often lead to higher energy bills due to inefficiencies in the system. For instance, a loose connection or faulty wiring could result in your HVAC system working harder than it needs to, increasing your energy costs. You may contact an expert at Heat Pump Repair Florida North to check the heating system if there’s any problem, and they will fix it right away.

Preserving Home Value:

Prospective buyers and home inspectors pay close attention to a home’s electrical system and whole home generators. Therefore, ensuring that your home’s electrical system is up to code and functioning properly can enhance your property’s value. Ignoring electrical issues could, conversely, result in devaluation when it comes time to sell.