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How to Get a Luxury Bathroom Remodel in St. Petersburg, FL

Everyone knows that bathrooms and kitchens sell houses. Dated fixtures, an uninviting layout, or a lack of storage will turn buyers off and reduce the value of your home. If your bathroom is still rocking fixtures from the last century, it's definitely time for some upgrades. A luxury bathroom remodel will help…
May 4, 2020

Time for an Attic Remodel? Read This First

If you’re looking for more ways to enjoy your home, but not ready for a full-scale addition, remodeling an underused room can do the trick— and your attic is a great place to start. Some of our favorite ways to repurpose an attic include: Better organization and storage solutions: Cardboard…
October 9, 2018

Renovating Your Home? Don’t Forget These Steps.

Renovating your favorite space be overwhelming. But with enough planning, you can tackle any project with confidence. We’re here to help with a list of steps to take (and questions to ask) to get your remodeling job done right. Separate Wants From Needs When a room is ready for an…
October 2, 2018

10+ Home Expansion Ideas for Your Growing Family

Perhaps you’re expecting or adopting. Maybe your recent college graduate is returning home. Or perhaps it’s time to welcome the grandparents for an extended stay now that they’re retired. Whatever the case, your family is growing, and so is your home. Home Expansion Ideas You may be looking to add…
September 25, 2018

Choosing a Remodeler: Are You Ready?

If you’re planning a remodel, it can sometimes be difficult to know when you’re ready to sign with the professional who will be doing the work. So, we’ve gathered our suggested steps on the path to choosing a remodeler. Make sure you don’t miss one! Choosing a Remodeler Get referrals…
September 11, 2018

Design-Build 101: Builder Interviews

Before you begin the design-build process for your home construction or remodel, you should be equipped and informed every step of the way. Here are our recommended questions to guide your design-builder interviews: Design-Build 101 Philosophy and Values: Where can I view a portfolio or a virtual tour? What experience…
September 4, 2018

Is Design-Build Construction Right for You?

At Strobel Design Home, we’re not shy about our love for design-build construction. It’s the way we do business for a reason. But if you’re only familiar with the traditional construction approach (known as design-bid-build) you may be hesitant to try something new. Design-Build: Is It Right for You? We…
August 28, 2018

Do You Need a Bathroom Remodel? Find Out with Our Checklist

You're in a rush getting ready in the morning. Your bathroom shouldn’t add to your stress. If you haven’t done so in a while, it may be time to consider a bathroom remodel. To that end, we’ve created a checklist to guide you through the decision of whether to remodel…
August 21, 2018
Design Trends

Why Design-Build Sets a Strobel Home Apart

Design-Build is the approach of every project at Strobel. What is Design-Build? Instead of working with a design team and a build team, homeowners work with an integrated build team. That team collaborates to provide concurrent design and construction services. This single team also works under a single contract to…
August 14, 2018

Why You Should Work With Remodeling Professionals

When remodeling, it can be tempting to cut corners to cut costs instead of using remodeling professionals. But for every DIY or I-Know-A-Guy remodel that works, we’ve heard countless stories of mishaps that ended up costing homeowners more money, more time, and more headaches. Here are some reasons our clients choose…
August 7, 2018

Don’t Knock on Wood

You’ve probably heard it before – knocking on wood is supposed to bring you luck. Well, let’s just say that in this case, it just might. Expert real estate agents, architects, and interior designers tell us that adding wood elements into your home can be a great thing for you…
May 7, 2018
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Why You Should Transform Your Backyard

As Floridians, we understand that now is the time to start preparing for summer. Temperatures have already reached the 80s, and it’s only February. At Strobel Design Build, we help turn your outdoor space into the place to be this summer – and year-round! There is no transformation more dramatic…
March 2, 2018
Design Trends

Top 10 Home Trends of 2018

You know how people say, “new year, new you?” Well, here at Strobel, we think you’re perfect. Your home on the other hand, may need some renovations! To help you start off the new year with your home in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the top five new home…
January 22, 2018

Two Spaces to Consider When Renovating

We can all agree that a little change never hurt anybody. At Strobel Design Build, we welcome it. When thinking about where to begin, we like to ask the question: Where do we find ourselves the majority of the time? The answer is usually obvious - the kitchen! We want…
October 17, 2017
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Strobel’s Take on Matte Black Appliances

     At Strobel Design Build, we are always up to date on the next big design trend. Since the beginning of 2017, we’ve noticed an increasing amount of matte appliances on the market, specifically matte black. After checking out these appliances and doing research on how people have incorporated…
June 19, 2017
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Strobel’s Take on Universal Design

Universal design, often called UD, is an up-and-coming concept for homes that focuses on accessibility for all ages, sizes, and abilities. This past month, our Vice President of Operations, Mark, used his strong academic background and construction experience to discuss this very topic at the Florida Council on Aging’s Innovations…
May 24, 2017
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Strobel Design Build Presents Valentine’s Day

One of the more pressure-packed holidays on the calendar, Valentine’s Day demands a standout performance. From flowers and candles to food and drink, everything needs to be spot on for that special someone. Here at Strobel Design Build, we like to make things convenient for you year-round. For those who…
February 8, 2017
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New Year, New Organization

  Who wouldn’t benefit from eliminating a little clutter? Unfortunately, it’s a resolution that often goes unmet because it can be hard to know where to begin. Be it the living room, bathroom, garage – especially the closet – there is always going to be room to organize. All of…
January 16, 2017
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Strobel Christmas Recipes

They say this is the most wonderful time of the year, and we have to agree! It’s a time for family, friends, and good food. We know cooking for large parties can be stressful though, so we’ve compiled some of our favorite, easy recipes to take the edge off. Check…
December 20, 2016

Our Thanksgiving Favorites

The kitchen is the heart of the home, making Thanksgiving a time of cheer and togetherness. Here at Strobel Design Build, we want to help you create the perfect home for the holidays. This year, let us take care of the hard part so you can spend less time in…
November 23, 2016
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MDF vs Traditional Wood Cabinetry

When choosing cabinetry for your home, solid wood seems to always be the best material to use, right? Not necessarily. Although solid wood has many benefits such as being strong, sturdy, and aesthetically stunning, medium density fiberboard, MDF for short, is changing the face of traditional wooden cabinetry. MDF is…
November 21, 2016
Design TrendsKitchen

Smart Kitchens: Everything You Need to Know

As 2017 approaches, it seems electronic devices are getting smarter and smarter – from smart door locks to smart pet feeders, these devices are changing the way in which we go about our daily routines. This smart technology has even creeped its way into the heart of the home, giving…
October 21, 2016
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Home Updates That Pay Off

Are you ready for a change in your home? Before jumping into any and every project you can get your hands on, think about the long-term benefits they will have on your home. Whichever update you have in mind for your home, remember to take into consideration how much added…
September 26, 2016
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Best Kitchen Trends for 2017

As we are quickly approaching the end of 2016, it is the perfect opportunity to update your kitchen. Over the last 18 years the Strobel Design Build team has demonstrated our design expertise continuously by receiving numerous local and national design awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry…
September 7, 2016

Remodeling 101: Tips on Being Prepared

The time has come that may have made you nervous since you became a homeowner: it’s time for a remodel. From a kitchen update to a complete home remodel, it is important to be prepared for anything that could be thrown your way. No matter how big or how small…
August 18, 2016
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Coastal Remodels with Strobel Design Build

While few things surpass a beautiful coastal remodel, homes that are in flood zones come with their own set of rules and regulations. If you are looking into remodeling a coastal home, the FEMA 50% Rule is something that you should be familiar with. The FEMA 50% Rule states that,…
August 4, 2016

Universal Design

When you invest in a home you want to be confident that your investment will be practical for years to come. However, it can be so easy to get caught up with small design details and your family’s current needs that you forget about long term living in your home.…
July 25, 2016
Design Trends

Strobel Presents Wellborn Cabinets

Strobel Design Build is proud to feature Wellborn Cabinets, one of the many brands our designers use in home remodels. They can provide cabinets and fixtures for a variety of areas in the home ranging from kitchens and bathrooms, to mud rooms and garages. The Kitchen Cabinet Manufactures Association, or…
July 8, 2016
Outdoor Living Spaces

Revamp Your Outdoor Living Space

The long awaited official start of summer is quickly approaching. With longer days and shorter nights, many of us will find ourselves enjoying our free summertime outdoors. At Strobel Design Build, we are here to help give you a few ideas of how we can design the summer home of…
June 10, 2016
Design Trends

Strobel Maximizing Small Spaces

  The idea of “tiny living” is becoming increasingly more popular in the limelight. Be it a tiny home, or wanting to maximize space in an additional area of the home, people in St. Petersburg are adopting the “less is more” mindset and that means having to maximize storage for…
May 27, 2016
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Strobel Gives Back

Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay is an organization with the mission to help low-income families regain control of their life by providing materials, labor and time to fix their homes. A member of the Board of Directors is none other than our President and Founder, Don Strobel. While Don has a…
May 12, 2016
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Strobel VP of Operations Named 40 Under 40

At Strobel Design Build, we strongly believe that the foundation for providing our clients with the utmost high quality in construction, design, and materials is based on the on-going education we promote to all of our employees. In addition to continuing education, we also promote engagement within our industry with…
April 28, 2016
Design Trends

Spring Design Trends

Spring is upon us, and so is the flood of color, the days of sunshine that St. Petersburg is so commonly known for, and the pressure to revamp your space and make it more seasonally appropriate. At Strobel Design Build we always love incorporating the latest seasonal trends into our…
April 14, 2016
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Strobel wins NARI Contractor of the Year Award

Throughout the years as prominent design and remodeling experts in Tampa Bay, Florida, the Strobel Design Build team has received numerous contractor awards at both the national and local level—from a Chrysalis Whole House Remodel award to St. Petersburg Preservation, Inc. awards. Most recently, Strobel Design Build recently attended the…
March 10, 2016
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The Strobel Difference

For 32 award-winning years, Strobel Design Build has been constructing the dreams in people’s lives. We have devoted our expertise and commitment to excellence to building a better Tampa Bay community. Our president and founder, Don Strobel, is a visionary in the industry, putting education at the forefront of the…
February 26, 2016
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Top 8 Home Design Trends of 2016

Trends come and go. While there are many trends that we, at Strobel Design Build, are incredibly pleased to have gone out of style (read: carpeted bathrooms), there are certainly some trends that are longer lasting. The design experts at Strobel Design Build have picked out the trends they have…
February 26, 2016
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KBIS 2016

Just last week, the Strobel Design Build team was fortunate enough to travel from our design center home in St. Petersburg, Florida to Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2016 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS). KBIS is the world’s largest international trade event that is solely focused on all things…
February 26, 2016

Historic Old Northeast Home Feature

As St. Petersburg continues to grow and gain more and more recognition, it is always nice to remember where it all began. There are many characteristics that make St. Petersburg what it is today, but one of our favorite aspects at Strobel Design Build of the Sunshine City is its…
February 26, 2016