My Houzz: Gordon Ramsay Gives a Chef a Surprise Home Makeover

My wife and I are huge fans of Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is known for Michelin-starred restaurants and tirades aimed at contestants on Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen, a reality TV show. Off-screen, there’s one former contestant who elicits nothing but praise from the notoriously hard-to-please Scottish chef. And that’s Christina Wilson. Christina Wilson was, in our opinion, the most deserving champion of Hell's Kitchen and it is great to see how easy it is for Gordon Ramsey to utilize the tools available on Houzz to find exactly what you need.

Contemporary Bathroom and Bedroom Remodel in Dunedin

We must admit that even sometimes we are stumped when it comes to designing the perfect space when the existing space is so limited. A wonderful client contacted us in regards to their bathroom and bedroom renovation that they wanted to achieve. The existing bathroom space was a very limited, 1980's era design that incorporated unnecessary column work, a platform bathtub, and a very dark and dreary shower area. Along with that, the bedroom was lacking on storage space and the flooring was subpar. Over the course of a few weeks, we presented the client with variation after variation of the new space and how we could best use the square footage available to us. The client had ideas of their own that they presented as well that gave us a goal to shoot for. In the end, the design that the client went with is stunning. We utilize in the build of the shower area more space as well as a zero threshold design for a modern feel. The client purchased a beautiful bathtub that gives the bathroom class. The vanity and surrounding furniture couldn't look any better. And we finished the project off with a brand new double closet and new flooring in the bedroom. 


DCI Home Improvements Wins 2018 Best of Service Award


Awarded Best Of Houzz 2018


Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, 

Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World


Tampa, FL, January 11, 2018DCI Home Improvements of Tampa Bay Area has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The family owned and operated company since 1980 was chosen by the more than 40 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 40 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 2017. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” 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.


"We couldn't be more happy to win this award for the third year in a row. The competition in the bay area that Houzz has created by holding all of its recommended pros to the highest of standards will help continue to make us grow as a company. - Jeff Akins, COO, DCI Home Improvements


"The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year's recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise."


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About DCI Home Improvements

Tampa Bay's Premier Kitchen and Bathroom Renovation Experts with over 30 years in business. Based in New Port Richey, FL, DCI services all regions of the Tampa Bay Area. Founded by master carpenter Pete DeCillis, DCI Home Improvements have become synonymous with top quality and communication. DCI Home Improvements helps their clients with a step-by-step process that takes the difficulty out in performing a home renovation. They strive to hold themselves to the highest levels of customer service.


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, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit



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Euro Style Kitchen Remodel in South Tampa

We had the opportunity of meeting with a fantastic client in South Tampa that came to us with some concerns about their 90's era kitchen. Their condominium kitchen was dated but the space we had to work with had potential. Our client purchased Eucucina cabinets from Palm Harbor Kitchens which had the style that they desired. The first thing that DCI Home Improvements did during the demolition phase of the project was to remove the drop ceiling in the kitchen to dramatically open the space. After removal of the existing kitchen, we went to work with our install. New lighting was added to the kitchen to brighten up the space. We also added a dramatic tile backsplash to the countertop and bar area. Once completed, we feel that we were able to deliver the dream kitchen that our client had always wanted. 


Contemporary Kitchen Remodel in Riverview, FL

This kitchen was a blast!  In order to keep the floor plan and give room for storage, DCI created a custom "pass through" design allowing for upper cabinets.  This concept allows the space to maintain it's open, friendly look while opening up a great deal more storage.  We also installed new drywall, electrical, and plumbing.  The lighting in the space was upgraded to provide a more inviting room.  The gorgeous granite counter tops were the finishing touch on this amazing kitchen.

A Cleaner Renovation.

DCI Home Improvements is proud to announce that we will be incorporating the use of one of the most useful tools that is available to contractors, The BuildClean Dust Control Management System.


Are you ready to comfortably enjoy your remodeling project? Well DCI Home Improvements can help. The BuildClean system traps more than 90% of airborne dust that typically causes frustration with clients and will help reduce the clean-up after a project by the client.


As a homeowner, a major remodeling project can be one of the most stressful activities that you experience. You already know you’ll need to adjust your life, but are you prepared to ensure a livable home construction experience for you and your family?



Our New BuildClean system will provide a healthy, clean environment, while keeping cleaning costs on the back end of a project low for our clients. 

During your remodeling project, dust will get everywhere. On floors, furniture, glassware, dishes, even your toothbrush. Studies have shown that homes being remodeled have five to eight times the amount of particles in the air than homes that are not being remodeled.

But dust is more than an inconvenience—it poses a serious threat to your family’s health, your pets and your belongings.

Particles from sawing, scraping and sanding are small, which means they can easily work their way into your valuable belongings—and stay there.

Jobsite dust in older homes can contain hazardous materials like asbestos, arsenic or lead, which can have an adverse effect on the health and safety of pets that are in the home during construction.


Make sure you go with DCI Home Improvements for your next project. Not only will we continue to provide excellent customer satisfaction and provide our clients with the best home renovation, but we will now provide a cleaner environment in which our clients live during the renovation process.

Contemporary Kitchen and Laundry Room Remodel in Tampa, FL

Taking a kitchen and laundry room from needing an update to this sleek, contemporary area was such a satisfying project.  The kitchen was updated with new, stacked cabinets to create more storage.  We installed an island for more counter space, complete with matching granite counter tops on the counters and island.  This client was in need of more electrical outlets so we installed more electrical access points to give the kitchen greater functionality.  The laundry room became an extension of the kitchen.  The same granite and cabinets were installed to create two rooms that flow together seamlessly.

Contemporary Victorian Bathroom Remodel Wesley Chapel, FL

This Wesley Chapel remodel is a recently completed DCI project.  The previous space was in need of an update to fit the client's needs.  The contemporary Victorian style was exactly what the client wanted.  This style perfectly compliments the space, opens it up, and allows the bathroom to be bright and cheerful.

The highlights of this project are the gorgeous barn doors leading into the bathroom.  The half wall frameless glass showed with a rain shower head and brushed nickel hardware bring the charm out in this room.

Full home renovation, Palm Harbor, FL

This was a massive project in Palm Harbor. It's always nice to be part of such a large project because you can watch as a house transforms.

To start, the home owners wanted to relocate their kitchen and laundry room in order to better utilize the footprint of their home. Due to the relocations, renovations were also necessary for both the kitchen and the laundry room. The kitchen renovation was taken a step further in order to give the home owners their dream vaulted ceilings.

In addition to the kitchen and laundry room, DCI renovated the master bath as well. The space was made far more modern to match the other new aspects of the home. The home owners opted for a spacious frameless glass shower complete with a rain head shower, a gorgeous free standing slipper tub, and a storage rich double vanity. 

Four Top Countertop Surfaces with Pros and Cons

At DCI, we understand that when renovating a kitchen, one of the biggest decisions you will make is what type of counter top to use.  There are many options available, which allow home owners to make the most of their space.  There are a number of questions to ask about counter top surfaces before you make your decision. What type is right for you? What are the the positives and negatives of each type of surface? Which type will suit my needs and my budget most effectively? Below I have mapped out the different types of surfaces commonly used for kitchen counters as well as the pros and cons of each.

Laminate (Formica). This surface is by far the easiest to install, maintain, and afford. Laminate countertops come in a very wide variety of colors, which allows a great deal of flexibility to get your kitchen to look just right. Some laminate styles even look similar to granite. The surface is non-porous so there is no need to seal it and it will not hold bacteria. This is where the praises for laminate countertops stop. Laminate is just ayers of pressboard glued together and covered with a decorative top, which means it is not heat resistant and can melt is a hot pan is placed on the counter. It is also easy to scratch laminate and have seams that show once the counter is installed. Mostly, laminate countertops will not add to the resale value of your home.

Solid Surface (Corian). Solid surface is the next step up from laminate. Also like laminate, the color choices are virtually endless. This surface is very durable against scratches and impacts. Solid surface is non-porous so again no sealing or bacteria concerns. It is also an easy surface to clean with common household cleaners. If there is an issue on the surface it can easily be buffed out. That said, solid surface does have drawback. It can be damaged by deep scratches and heat. If you clean with a strong household chemical you can damage the surface. Cost is one of the biggest drawbacks to solid surface when compared with what you get. This product has a huge price range, like natural stone, of anywhere from $50-$200 per square foot installed.

Granite. This stone is often considered the gold standard for counter top surfaces. Not only is this natural stone beautiful, it is available in a very wide variety of colors with no two slabs being exactly the same. Granite is an extremely hard stone so it is scratch resistant, however that strength means it will dull knives if you prefer to cut on the counter not on a cutting board. This surface is also heat resistant and, if sealed correctly, stain resistant. One drawback to granite is the need to seal it regularly. If the stone is not sealed properly and/or the seal is not maintained, granite WILL stain. Because stone is porous, not maintaining the seal also means that granite can harbor bacteria. In addition to the need to maintain a proper seal, granite can be exceptionally expensive with prices per square foot ranging anywhere from $30 to $250. One other thing that I have heard from countless clients is how dark granite (mostly all black) really shows smudges and fingerprints, which means it must be cleaned often.

*Side note on granite from the people who installed my granite. We paid for the professional sealing on the stone before installation. According to the granite company it will never need to be sealed again unless something breaks down the seal. They recommended using only soap and water to clean the countertops, which will protect the seal.

Quartz. This stone is the pinnacle of countertop surfaces. Quartz isn't prone to chipping like granite can be, but still has the strength of granite. It doesn't have the "hard feel" that some feel granite has. It also has has a deep, rich finish that is unmatched in any countertop surface. Quartz is also non-porous so there is no need for sealing to prevent stains or bacteria. However, there are drawbacks to this surface. Quartz is not as resistant to heat and can be damaged by hot pans. The seams in quartz countertops are also quite visible. This is a fairly new trend in the world of kitchen counters, which some may see as a drawback. Cost is a huge deciding factor in quartz as this stone starts at $115 per square foot.