Friday, October 13, 2017

How to Create the Perfect In-Home Getaway Space for Peace and Calm

How to Create the Perfect In-Home Getaway Space for Peace and Calm
When life gets busy, you don’t always have the option of getting away. But that doesn’t mean you don’t need it. With all the things on your to-do list, meals to make, homework to help with and dishes to clean, you just wish you could be whisked away to an island all by yourself. 
The good news is that you can have the alone time you seek but doing just a few simple tweaks in the home that say, “unavailable; peace needed” to all that come near. 
Install a sauna for two. These are inexpensive and give you a space to rejuvenate in peace. Bonus? Most kids don’t enjoy it so you’re likely to not be bothered. 
Have a peace corner. This  can be a space where you have your favorite prayers or meditations as well as a journal to write your thoughts. Perfect for when overwhelm hits and you just need a place to get centered and let things go. 
Put a lock on your bathroom door. Sounds obvious but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t have one or don’t use the one they have. Give yourself permission to escape and not be bothered. You deserve it. 
Install a home stereo system with blue tooth and speakers in your most visited rooms. This way, you can put on the calming music you need or the wild and energizing music necessary to get your through the night. 
Dimming lights are also a must. Because bright lights only add to stress. Dim lights help encourage a calm environment. 
Have you used an essential oil diffuser? These are so helpful as they provide aromatherapy to take you away in your mind to tropical beaches or lavender fields with just a few drops. 
Create a reading nook. Make sure that you have a space to comfortably read and escape. Be sure to decorate well with pillows, blankets and little stand for tea. Make it known to your family that when you’re in this space or any of the above mentioned that you’re off limits and they need to let you be. 
Sure, this isn’t the end all, but it helps you feel at home when you simply can’t leave it. For additional ideas and support, contact us at Unique Home Building and we’ll get you on your way home!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

From Summer To Fall: Simple Decor Tips That Encourage Peace and Togetherness

From Summer To Fall: Simple Decor Tips That Encourage Peace and TogethernessIt’s that time of the year when everything changes. The leaves are changing, the temperature is cooling, kids are back in school and you’ll likely find yourself looking around your home wanting some color and mood changes too. That’s understandable and easy to do. So today, we’re going to share with you some simple summer to fall decor tips that not only go with the season, but encourage peace and togetherness for everyone in your home. 

Fall is a time of the weather getting colder and spending more time indoors. But after the craziness of summer, it’s likely that you’ve collected some dust and clutter around the home. 

As you head indoors, these cluttered dusty spaces can feel very overwhelming. So before you make any major changes, be sure to go throughout your home and clean out the corners and rooms that have been collecting dust, odds and ends. Clean the surfaces, put things away, get rid of what you don’t need and then move on to design and decor. 

To get a new look that’s simple and yours, collect a few of your favorite autumn colored knick knacks and cluster them in corners of your home, on window sills or the mantle. Add an extra touch by throwing in some mini white or yellow pumpkins to the mix.

Speaking of pumpkins, one of the best ways to bring that autumn glow to your home is by grabbing some gold spray paint and painting those mini pumpkins around the home. (my favorite!). 

The above can also be done with little mason jars and be used to store cinnamon scented pinecones or tea lights for added warmth and glow. 

Another favorite idea is to have a couple reading corners around the house; like a window seat or old chair. Have books, coloring or journals nearby for enjoying. But the best part is to make sure the areas have cinnamon or pumpkin scented candles close by, so as you enjoy your cup of tea in the reading corner, you’ll be lost in an autumn world of warmth and comfort. 

Bring the flair to your dinner as well. Use the same above tips to decorate your table with fall aesthetic. Simply choose pumpkins, tea lights and candles as decoration on a table runner! 

As you can see, this is easy to do and sets the tone for a warm and inviting home for you and those you love. 

For more tips like these or to plan your next big home project, reach out and talk to our contractors at Unique Home Building today!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Best Ways to Care For Wood Floors and Keep Them Shining Longer

The Best Ways to Care For Wood Floors and Keep Them Shining LongerEverybody loves hardwood floors but they can feel a little daunting if you don’t know how to care for them. After all, winter is coming and the last thing you need is to have your freshly glowing hardwoods stomped on and destroyed by the wet winter weather.  So the important thing we want to share today is how to care for your hardwood floors and keep them shining and in top shape during all seasons of the years. After all, we at Unique Home Building are the experts of beautiful homes as well as the floors that grace them. So enjoy these tips and definitely enjoy your floors.
The most important thing you can do to care for your hardwoods is to prevent them from getting dirty or damaged. It doesn’t mean you need to be obsessive; a simple ‘no shoes indoors’ rule will work just fine. And don’t worry about offending people by asking them to take their shoes off either. It’s becoming far more common these days to remove your shoes and those that know and respect you shouldn’t have a second thought about it.
Another tip for care via prevention is to make sure every  piece of furniture you have is protected with felt pads underneath all legs and furniture bases. This way, there’s no way to forget to move things carefully and nothing ever accidentally scratches the floor as it’s being moved.
As for when dirt happens, be sure to clean it up immediately. These floors like to be swept and wiped regularly. So as spills or tracks happen, simply wipe them clean and your floors will look new. Unattended dust, spills and tracks will collect dirt, dull out and be harder to clean as the layers build.
For maintaining their shine and health, make sure to use a dust mop for loose dirt, hair, animal shedding, dust and other debris. Invest in electrostatic cleaning towels, disposable or even wood cleaning sprays.  You can also simply sweep or vacuum it up. Just be sure you do the more detailed method on a weekly basis.
Every month, put it on your calendar to clean your floors with special products meant just for for hardwoods. Follow the directions and make sure to thoroughly dry leftover moisture from the floor, because water left will damage and warp the floors permanently. Use a sponge or mop and rinse as needed.
At Unique home building wood floors are definitely our favorites and we want you to feel confident caring for them. They are an accessible luxury you deserve to enjoy in your home. So be educated and know how to take good care of them and contact Unique Home Building for all your remodeling and home care needs!

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Ever Thought of Installing a Gas Fireplace? Here’s What You Should Know:

Ever Thought of Installing a Gas Fireplace? Here’s What You Should Know: It’s the end of summer. We’re enjoying the last few days of golden warmth while also enjoying the occasional chill that moves through the air. It makes anticipate the delicious return of all things pumpkin, layered sweaters and home baked goods. But what often gets forgotten is how we’re going to stay warm when the real chill hits. Are your windows ready? Are the gutters clean? And are you really going to depend on that thermostat again?
Today we want to talk with you about the idea of a gas fireplace in your home. There are so many benefits and we think if you know them, you just might put having one at the top of the priority list for your home upgrades.
First of all - let’s just be honest here. Wood stoves and fireplaces are incredible. The smells and sounds are comforting on so many levels; but it comes at a price. Not only do you have to keep refilling the wood, but you need to keep it clean. The chimney needs to be cleaned regularly and the ash builds up faster than you might have the time to keep up with.
So installing a gas fireplace instead or as new, is already the time saving and cleaner solution. And you still get to indulge in the experience of getting cozy next to the warmth and slowly sipping your favorite seasonal tea.
Another benefit to think about is that the heat a gas fireplace gives off is consistent. Instead of waning and building, the heat it gives off is the same at all times. If you’re warm, just turn it off. Simple.
Also, no smoke. No smell of campfire in your home, competing with the clean spiced smells of fall and winter. That’s a huge bonus.
Wood burning fireplaces are more natural but they also cut into natural resources - trees - so gas burning fireplaces help keep our trees living without us being left in the cold.
Gas fireplaces are not only safer - because there’s no risk of sparks jumping out and into your home, but they’re also more economical compared to electric heating and will reduces your cost by at least 25%.
Ever Thought of Installing a Gas Fireplace? Here’s What You Should Know: If you’re not already sold then these last two points are sure to grab you. Gas fireplaces, because of the above but also because of their stylish appeal, increase your home’s value, giving you a hefty return on your investment.
And when you’re ready to dive in… they’re simple and easy to install.
At Unique Home Home Building, we are here for you, and we want to help you create the perfect solutions you’re looking for to turn your house into a home you love. Let our contractors get your home to the vision you have for it today!



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Simple Home Design Changes With the Greatest Give Back To Your Wallet

The Home Design Changes With the Greatest Give Back To Your WalletIt’s that time. You’re looking around your home and you know something needs to change. You just don’t know what. Of course, you could do a thousand things but you need to take on the projects that matter. You need to take on the projects that give you the sense of “home” you’re looking for as well as give a good return on your investment for the future. So it’s about smart changes and upgrades that leave your asset value going through the roof. Let’s dive into what those smart changes are!

First of all, you need to ask yourself if you’re looking to make big changes, or just some simple changes to keep the home updated and increase it’s value.  If you are looking to add some value to your home, but don't want to pour your savings into a complete remodel, going with  replacement projects are sure to bring you the highest return on investment.

Replacement projects are perfect quick solutions because they’re affordable and instantly transform the aesthetic of the house. Just see for yourself. If you buy new windows, new siding and replace the front door with a modern wooden accent door, the house will look great and sell faster for an even higher price!

Here are the top ways you can upgrade your home to more beautiful and definitely more valuable. Some are big and ambitions and some stylish and smart. You decide which ones grab you most and then go with it!

Entry Door: Replace your entry door with a midlevel 20-gauge steel door is an inexpensive upgrade at $1,238 on average, but it pays back 73% and greatly improves curb appeal.

Attic Remodel: The Census Bureau says 18% of American households are doubled up now, up from 17% in 2008.) An attic remodel is the cheapest way to add space and a bathroom within the house. A basement remodel is the next most cost-efficient way to add living space, although code requirements for headroom and exterior doors make that project more complicated and more expensive, Alfano says.

Siding: Replace your exterior siding with upscale fiber cement. The most cost-effective thing you can do to your home this year is to replace old siding with new, higher-end fiber cement.


Kitchen: A midrange minor kitchen remodel pays back well on your investment. Some ideas will include new laminate countertops and new sink, faucets and appliances. The floor is untouched and cabinets are kept in place but refaced with new hardware added. It’s about taking what's there and giving it a face lift.

Garage door: A garage door replacement may not be high on many people’s wish lists but it's one of those jobs that you just do because it's needed. Plus, it adds some serious curb appeal and function, and it pays back handsomely in value.

Windows: Bigger and more of them is the way to go. Light sells. More light in the room means more joy in the home and that’s what you and everyone else is actually looking for. Add more windows in dark corners and skylights in dark halls.

As you can see your options are plenty, whether opting to go for a replacement project or a major endeavor. Do them all, and you’ll be giving your home a total revival without having to move or do too many major things at once! 

Our contractors are ready and waiting to assist you in whatever you need done. At Unique Home Building, your home is our priority, whether you are looking to build, remodel or sell.  Please don't wait; call us today!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Stop Avoiding That Remodel & Rest Easy With These Stress-Less Planning Tips!

Stop Avoiding That Remodel & Rest Easy With These Stress-Less Planning Tips!It’s normal to want to make some changes around the home - big or small - and then feel too overwhelmed by the planning and details to do it at all. The problem with that is you know it needs to be done, and time keeps passing with you wishing the changes would be here already. That’s a result of biting off  (or dreaming of) more than you can chew. So the intention of this piece is to help you bite off just the right amount in the right places so you feel happy, at peace and get the results you want, without putting it off anymore.


Tasteful and With Purpose

A common mistake can be improving a home too much for the neighborhood, turning the home into an expensive and sometimes odd looking space that stands out in disrespectful way. How much is too much? It honestly depends on the neighborhood you’re in. For example, if you're in more modest neighborhood, adding a massive wall and iron gate *just* might be pushing it.

 

Share the upgrade.

It’s totally understandable. You want a whole new upgraded kitchen. But if you go all in on the kitchen and have nothing left to update the bathrooms, floors or fixtures, you’ll actually lower your home’s value. Figure out your biggest priority and then see what you can do with the leftover budget to fit in some other updates to keep your home consistent with the rest of itself. If you only have a minimal budget, then think about doing less, but smarter updates and only where needed.


Smart Floor Planning

People can be careless when they add square footage to their homes. If you add a bedroom that forces you to walk through the laundry room to get there, which is not functional or appealing.  Another common 'functionality fail' is when people decide to have bathrooms on one side of the house and bedrooms on the opposite.  It's just not thought out properly and will end up costing you far more than you'll get back in the end. 


About Doing It Yourself

We know you want to feel useful and you want to save money too.  Those are big reasons why people tackle the big projects around the house. Unfortunately though, if you're not skilled and experienced, those projects can really end up costing you in the end. Our suggestion is that you DIY on the little things; the things you have done well a dozen times.  But if you need to look for a tutorial or feel in any way out of your league, go with a professional. 


Color Makes the Difference

Have you ever walked into a home and felt chaotic, at peace, overwhelmed or joyful - just upon entering? Color has a lot to do with that because it affects your mood on a psychological level. So think about how you want to feel and how you want your home to feel in general and then choose colors that support that.

 

As you can see, it’s not that complicated after all. Make smart choices complimentary to your home’s style, neighborhood and charm, and you’ll be upgrading with ease. At Unique Home Building, we are excited about the changes in your life and are ready to help you make them happen.  We love being your local Dallas go-to's for contractors and renovation services.  Please get in touch and tell us where we can best serve you.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Take Your Home From Chaos to Peaceful Place With These Calming Ideas

Whether your home is brand new to you or you’ve lived in it for years, you know the feeling of being overwhelmed and stressed by the place you should feel most relaxed. And so much of that can be changed by some simple changes in color, shape, organization and light - if you’re ready to take the plunge. What to hear our favorite tips that turn your home from chaos to peace almost instantly? We at Unique Home Building would love to do just that. Because it’s time to create the relaxing, soothing living space you desire, wherever in the world you might be. 
Take Your Home From Chaos to Peaceful Place With These Calming Ideas

Let the be (smart) light.
A home that’s too dark can feel depressing or tiring. A home that’s too bright can feel anxious and sterile. So first of all, you’ll want to avoid cool and blue tinted or fluorescent lighting as they are less relaxing and can remind you of the light in a hospital, lab, or work environment. Once you’ve replaced your lighting with smarter shades, you can add accent lighting to darker or more simple places with string lights, candles, or even decorative glass bottles and jars with candles inside. And of course, wherever you can, add a dimmer to your electric lights. 
Create peace corners. 
No matter what your age might be, knowing you have your own place of retreat to unwind and relax in is comforting. Add cushions or pillows, your favorite books and maybe even a small table for tea and a notebook. This way, you’ll always have a place to go when you simply need to refuel and regroup. Kids love these corners and moms do too! 
 Seasonal smell good.
Aromatherapy has been proven to lift the mood, set the mood and also kill germs and boost immune systems. Invest in some quality essential oils for the antibacterial and health benefits, with fragrances like orange, lavender and bergamot. Other simple ways to add enjoyable fragrances are through natural candles; soy candles are great - or even with naturally formed incense sticks and cones. Keep fragrances available in each room and ready to use as needed. This also helps to keep the less desirable smells of the kitchen and bathrooms from taking over your home. Not sure what fragrances to use? Go with the seasons. Lavender or gardenia for summer smells and cinnamon or fir for winter. 
Compile collection corners. 
Gather up the pieces in your home that mean the most to you and put them in different places around your house. Things like small pieces of art, nick-nacks, heirlooms, and plants and then place them where you can enjoy them the most — on a sideboard, windowsill, or bedside table, for example. Your display should be specific to you and can feature anything from jewelry to a vase or glass bottle with a single flower to a stack of beautiful boxes topped with a smooth stone. Don't be afraid to mix and match here! Let your heart show you what to use!
Always add plants. 
Have at least one living plant in each room. Succulents and air plants are perfect for small places and bathrooms as they give a subtle yet still vibrant feeling of life. Larger plants are best reserved for the living room, bedrooms and office.
Your home needs to feel like a place where you can relax, get inspired and retreat. So don’t settle for living in a space that doesn’t feel like a sanctuary. Try these tips out and see if they give you the lift you were needing. If that’s not quite cutting it, you might be ready for the bigger step of remodeling. And that’s where we come in. Call us at Unique Home Building today to see if we’re the contractors for you.