Saturday, March 10, 2018

Turn Any Kids Room Into a Magical Kingdom of Their Very Own!

Turn Any Kids Room Into a Magical Kingdom of Their Very Own!As your family expands and kids grow, little explorers are going to need more room to learn and play! Believe it or not, you don’t have to let it take over your home or your budget. There are easy and fun ways to turn your cramped and cluttered living space into an imagination’s dream come true! Let us at Unique Home Building help you get it done!
You want to start by thinking about your kids and their unique hobbies and personalities. If the play area is a section of the child’s bedroom, you’ll want to make sure it has its own partitioned section, so your child can separate play from rest time.

If you’re working with a smaller space, it’s time to get creative with your storage so you don’t have to compromise the fun parts. Make seats out of storage boxes, have hideaways under their beds or have cubbie compartments under benches and tables! Create ways to make double use out of bunk beds and lofts by adding rope ladders, stairs, slides and crawl tubes, without taking up too much space. Even better, you can hide containers for legos and such in the hollows of stairs and other furniture!

Turn Any Kids Room Into a Magical Kingdom of Their Very Own!On the flip side, if you’ve got a large room to work with, you might consider having your storage and seating pieces along the wall and leaving the center of the room free for creative endeavors. Include plenty of table space, as children use tabletop surfaces for activities ranging from arts and crafts to small block building, as well as sensory activities such as play dough.

If you can, include a small indoor screen or low to the ground climbing wall. These ideas are great for busy movers that need all the energetic outlets they can get!

Of course, every wild one needs down time too. Make sure you include a rest, reading or comfort corner or space in your child’s room so they know that no matter how big they feel, there’s always a place to safely feel small and tired in!

We only want to give our best when it comes to your personal home renovation and remodeling projects! Give Unique Home Building a call today and let us know how we can help!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Let’s Update Your Home Windows With Spring Style and Color

Let’s Update Your Home Windows With Spring Style and ColorIf windows are the eyes to the soul - then windows in your home should get just as much attention. What does the world see through your windows? And are your windows beautiful to see out of? Don’t underestimate the powerful role windows play in your day to day experience. They should be framed with character and charm, bringing the room together as they connect you to the world outside.

At Unique Home Building, we do everything from updating homes to building them scratch. So we know what homes need to add character and that sense of "home" everyone is looking for. And spring time is one of the best times to do this. The winter is passing, flowers are blooming and color is ready to come back to your world.
Are you ready? Let’s look at these simple, bold and beautiful ways to upgrade your space!

First of all, keep in mind that there are solutions for every budget. Be aware of the different options and plan accordingly. Depending on your needs and the window's size, prices can run the spectrum from inexpensive aluminum mini-blinds to state-of-the-art, remote controlled, vertical type shades with sheer coverings costing hundreds per shade.

A qualified window coverings expert can help you make the right choice for your home’s interior, for both function and beauty at a price you can afford, so depending on where youlre shopping, don’t be afraid to ask for advice.
Another thing to note, before you dive into color and design, is that not every covering is right for every window. Depending on the type of window (sash or casement), some products will look and function better when properly measured and professionally installed. For example: If the window to be covered is a sash type, for the best light control and privacy, the window measurement should include the trim around the window opening and the head rail installed to the top of the wood frame.
So for spring colors, if you want curtains, you’re going to want to go with layered curtains on two rods. This effect allows you to have soft, sheer or even white cotton panels for the inner layer and a bold outer accent color for the second row. Our favorite colors this season? Antique Moss Green, Red Poppy, Reed Yellow, Amparo Blue and even a Rich Blueberry. I might add that reed yellow goes beautifully with the other colors, so whichever you choose, keep in mind that grabbing a secondary color for your accent pillows, throw or even candles will be a great call.
Another last idea for window accenting that you might not have thought of is hanging plants in macrame hangers. The accent of twine and organic material is beautiful together and also quite the trend in home design for it’s tranquil clean feeling.
Choosing the right window decor isn't as daunting as some may believe. We feel it's a wonderful finishing touch and accent in every home.
At Unique Home Building, we love helping your house to become the home you're wanting. For more information on our remodeling, building or other contractor services, please contact us today!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Our Top Tips to Lift Your Mood Out of the Winter Blues!

Our Top Tips to Lift Your Mood Out of the Winter Blues!Winter can be a hard time of year for many. And if mood lows are already a struggle for you, you’re going to want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to avoid feeling down. So we at Unique Home Building want to leave you with a few helpful tips that have been tried and true - known for helping lift the winter blues - naturally and in the comfort of your own home. If you’re ready for a booster, keep reading!
First of all, did you know that that when you wake up in the morning, your senses quickly assess the surroundings and subconsciously come to conclusions about how our days will be? That should make you think twice about the color or your room or the mess on the floor. So if you wake up in a grey room, cold and with dim lights, you’re more likely to feel discouraged and sleepy.  If you wake up to sunshine and soft blues or warm greens, you’re more likely to feel energized and hopeful.
As for the weather - you can’t control it, but you can work with it by working with color and ambience. Unique Home Building understands each homes need and what most have in common is that simple changes make a big difference. So let’s take what we know and put it to good use.

The bath and bedrooms are the ones that start and end the day, so let’s begin adding color there. Colors that energize are golden or mustard yellow, olive or sage green, sky blues or turquoise and even shades of orange and peach! Just feel out what colors are right for you. Maybe choose 2 that compliment each other and use one for the bathroom and the other for the bedroom. Alternatively, just paint the bathroom and use brightly colored curtains for the bedroom instead.

Next, make the most of water. Showers are on most people’s list of first things to do in the morning, so perhaps this is the time for a shower upgrade. Consider a Roman Shower for a luxurious spa feeling. Or turn things around and enjoy a hot, relaxing, meditative bath to get you going in the morning!

Lighten the mood with...better lights! Lighting is one of the most important factors in any home or room. Be sure to get bulbs that let off a golden tinted color, rather than the sometimes bluish or silver lights. Those have a florescent feel to them and have been proven to add to depression. Go for the gold.

Move! (No, not your home, but if that’s an option, why not?) Movement in the morning has also been proven to better your mood. It get’s blood circulating and brain waves active. Try some yoga or calisthenics.  You can easily do some simple morning body movements in the comfort of your bedroom, but if you want more space, consider converting a room into a movement or exercise room. Not a bad option.

You deserve the best day possible. Try these ideas and see which ones work for you. And if you’re ready to take a bigger step and want to add a room or do a remodel, contact the contractors at Unique Home Building. It's your home. Enjoy it!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Simple Tips For Keeping an Easy-To-Clean, Kid-Safe Home

Simple Ways to Keeping an Easy-To-Clean, Kid-Safe Home Once you’ve got kids, you don’t usually want to suddenly live in a daycare. You want your kids to have fun and be safe, but at the end of the day, you’re adults and want to keep the style factor and cleanliness high. We don’t think you should have to compromise on any of that, so today, we’ve got helpful tips to get your home kid safe as well as easy to clean. Meaning, happier kids and happier parents, right?
Let’s start with the coffee table. We’re all familiar with the experiences of watching a toddler fall into or near the corner of a coffee table. One way to create a safer environment is to consider using a round table, upholstered ottoman, or a few poufs in place of a traditional rectangular coffee table.
Next on the list are the couches. Leather couches and slipcovers are all fantastic options for your family room furniture! You get to have the perk of quality furniture but with added protection. Many furniture companies offer stain-resistant fabric options, or will spray a protective product on your furniture for an additional fee. When considering color, remember that darker colors will typically last better than lighter ones; however, white slipcovers can be bleached.  You can always go both. Buy dark and keep a lighter colored slipcover around when you want to brighten things up.

One often forgotten part of the home to wisely think of is your walls. Not just the color, but the kind of paint you buy. Because the sheen of the paint is going to make all the cleaning difference. If you can choose a washable paint sheen, you'll be investing in a great way to kid-proof your paint job. Paint colors in eggshell, satin or semigloss are much easier to clean up with a mild soap and a damp rag. If you'd rather go with a matte finish, that's fine too. Flat paints have the benefit of touch-up painting without the presence of brush marks. If you'd like to go with something fun at knee level, chalkboard, magnetic, and dry erase paints are easily available these days at most home improvement stores and create a fun way for kids to safely play and write on the walls.
You know the messes are going to happen, so when it comes to your floors, skip the carpet completely. Keep things simple and install washable flooring options like tile, wood, laminate, and vinyl. If you want to stick with carpet, installing carpet tiles will allow you to clean squares or replace them as needed. Another option is to invest in area rugs that are meant for both indoor and outdoor use, for cleaning ease.

Next, is organization. We all know that having kids around means having toys.  This is great for the kids, but it can feel overwhelming to the adults cleaning up after them.  Be sure to have baskets and containers around for easy tidying up.  Don't worry! You aren't bound to the typical primary colors and plastics.  You could add wicker baskets with lids, or place modern organizational boxes in built ins or on shelves, to neatly and discreetly keep the kid clutter tucked away.
Lastly, the chords. This is a time when there are more electronics than dishes in the house and you don’t want your kids getting tripped up or too curious. Make sure your chords are contained, wrapped up and pinched away from sight and not tangled up together. This not only keeps things looking neat and orderly, but out of sight (and hopefully out of mind) for those wandering curious hands and eyes.
Your family's safety and happiness is very important to us, at Unique Home Building.  If You would like more ideas on how to make your home a more child friendly environment, don't hesitate to call and we will get you on your way.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Simple Tips to Help You Avoid Making Major Mistakes During Your Home Remodel

As you dive into your next big home project - from installing new kitchen cabinets to entire room additions, you want to make sure you’re prepared for a smooth path to a better home. Without proper preparation, it’s easy to make some very common mistakes that end up causing a lot of stress, unnecessary expenses as well as wasted time. So be smart. Plan ahead and learn from the mistakes of others instead of paying for them yourself.
Simple Tips to Help You Avoid Making Major Mistakes During Your Home Remodel
Trust Your Contractor
With all the DIY info out there, anyone can 'be' an expert.  People think they know best – it’s their home after all, right? While that’s all true, there comes a point when you just need to trust that the contractor knows what they’re doing and let them guide you in the right direction, by making recommendations and suggestions to make your new home the best it can be.  It's your vision, but it's a big undertaking that should be left to the experienced professionals. Every home comes with it's issues.  Some have black mold or plumbing issues. 

Don't Buy New Things Ahead of Time
Wait until things are in progress or finished to buy your accents and appliances. You don't really know if any of it fit.  You'll end up going on a returning spree and with your contractor taking a jackhammer through the old tub to get the new one in—not worth it, in our opinion! Have patience.  It's coming.

Move Your Stuff
While any responsible contractor will be respectful of your furniture and belongings, the chance of something being damaged if it’s still in the work space is much higher. Instead of leaving it up to chance, move your belongings out of the work space before things get started.

Your Home Is Not the Picture
People often give photos to their contractors to follow, but then they are disappointed when things don’t turn out looking exactly like the photo in the magazine or on the Pinterest board. The thing is, those pictures are heavily edited and touched up, (just like models) and even if your contractor or builder uses all the same materials, there is usually no way to totally mimic a magazine photo in real life.

Timeline to Completion 
While an area of your home is being remodeled, there’s a pretty good chance that you won’t be able to use it during that time. If this is an essential area of your home, you might be stuck not being able to use it for much longer than is comfortable for you. If you need things to be completed by a certain date, make sure to tell the contractor at the very beginning so they can prepare to work towards that goal. Otherwise, things may be done on their schedule, within reason, but not necessarily your expectation. 

In Conclusion
In conclusion, we at Unique Home Building  know that a home remodeling project is something that most homeowners do only once or twice in a lifetime, if at all.  Therefore, the process tends to be totally new for most people.  There are quite a few things to know before embarking on this journey, which is why we are so committed to informing you.   You deserve to have a great experience and for your home to reflect your dreams, values and lifestyle.  

Please, call us today, if you are looking for a contractor in Dallas, Texas to take care of your home rebuilding or renovation projects.  You are in good hands. 


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Simple Designer Secrets for a Quick & Affordable Kitchen Upgrade

Kitchens are where  you spend the majority of time in your home. So it can be really frustrating when you return to the room two to three times a day only to be distracted by the worn out decor, outdated fixtures and dull lighting. You need a change but you’re not ready to commit to an all out remodel. And you shouldn’t have to wait. While the big remodel is going to give you the greatest transformation, and our contractors  can help, if you need something drastic in the meantime to survive the wait, there is a way. 

Ready for the tips and ideas? Let’s dive in.

Simple Designer Secrets for a Quick & Affordable Kitchen Upgrade Start with the lighting. Look into using some stylish new pendant lights in the kitchen. These can easily become the new focal point of the room. You can usually find them for under $200, they are versatile and won't empty your savings! 

Choose statement accents and accessories. Sometimes your options for accessories are limited, so it's important to make the most of the little things. Gather together your most used items on woven tray, prop up a few wooden boards on your counter and display pantry items with pretty packaging. This is great for things like, honey, sugar, salt, pepper and olive oil!

Update the fixtures and hardware. Classic hardware is a great option when you need upgrade as they subtly enhance the look and feel of the entire space. Just keep an eye on the price per piece when shopping, because it can add up fast; especially if you have a large kitchen with many cabinets. 

Give your cabinets a proper facelift. If your kitchen cabinets have a dated finish or you want a more personal touch than just the average standard-issue white cabinets, you may want to think about adding color. Try going with pale earth tones, as they are all versatile choices that go with many different materials and finishes. You can also paint just half the cabinets for a high-contrast look. A palette of black and white with wood and metal accents looks sleek and modern in the kitchen. Get the look by painting only the bottom cabinets and the base of your kitchen island black, leaving the upper cabinets white.

Add bright, calming or artistic paint to one or multiple walls. Color accents instantly add warmth and character to a boring and drab kitchen. Warm rich blues are great for this, as well as pops of turquoise, red, marigold or even natural elements like silver, copper and gold. 

Feeling cluttered? Add shelves. If you’re lacking upper cabinets or added storage space, you might think of adding shelves. Rustic wood shelves on metal brackets are easily (and cheaply) installed, and provide functional display space for everyday dishes. You can also go with a sleek and more classy design with black or metal or mixing rustic with elegance. 

Perhaps the answer lies in the tools. Is it time for some new dishes?  Cups, bowls, or a tea pot? Open shelving and counters are a great opportunity to practice the art of display. You can't go wrong with classic white dishes and clear glass, but fun mismatched finds would work just as well if that's your style.

Those ideas will add so much to the feel and energy of your home. Try them out today. And if simple updates here and there aren't enough, you may want to think about upgrading the whole space!  Call the contractors at Unique Home Building and we'll get you started right away.  We're here for you, because your house should always feel like a home.

Friday, January 12, 2018

How to Keep Organized and Sane During Your Next Home Remodel

How to Keep Organized and Sane During Your Next Home Remodel
When you’re excited about your home remodel you don’t want anything to hold you back. You want to do it all. You want to change everything. And it’s understandable. Once everything’s up in the remodel mess, you might feel like just getting it all done at once.
For starters, Just because it’s flashy doesn’t mean you need it all. Many people fall head over heels for the latest apps and gadgets.  But I have found that so many people do much better with a simple sticky note or day planner list. It doesn't mean you're lazy or unintelligent.  All these different tools can leave you spending much more time trying to organize or consolidate your list, leaving many of your items undone.
When you’re overwhelmed with too many things to do, as you likely will be at some point, you’ll do well to have a strict to-do list of priorities. Determine what’s most important and divide the tasks into categories of importance, room etc.  Once your list is organized into categories, you may find that you can narrow it down even further to your top 3 priorities and then another list of 3 secondary things to do.   At the end of the day - you'll likely get 6 things done!  But at the very least, you'll get the most important things done first - leaving you feel accomplished and at peace with your performance.
Log your thoughts. It helps to have an idea pad to log new ideas or things that come to mind you don’t want to forget along the way.  You can reference this list at the end of the day and organize them accordingly. But, even though you have a lot going on, make sure you keep the pad organized. That capture pad is able to keep you from forgetting the important tasks and ideas that pop into your head.  At the end of the day place tasks on to your categorized to-do list and ideas either into your work planner or artistic/idea outlet space.  ...which brings me to another point-
Other ideas to consider:
Keep a Pinterest Board going for reference. This is a great way to keep track of inspired ideas and your end visual goals.
On the other hand, once you’ve made up your mind as to what you want, try to stick to it. It can get pretty costly constantly changing your mind so be sure to stick to a general idea once you have one.
Hire the right people. Experts are experts for a reason. We highly recommend that you seek out a design consultant or interior decorator ahead of time who can give advice along the way. You might also think of including them in the communication with your chosen contractor.
This doesn’t have to be a daunting nightmare. It’s as simple as being clear about what you want, organizing those thoughts and ideas, executing step by step and having just the right designers and contractors at your side along the way. 
Remember, whatever we at Unique Home can do to make your home more beautiful and relaxing is why we do what we do.  So let us know!