Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Take Your Bathroom From Boring to Beautiful With These Easy Tips!

Take Your Bathroom From Boring to Beautiful With These Easy Tips! Bathrooms are an incredible part of your home, in that they have the power to uplift you or bring you down quickly. When you think about it, it makes total sense. That’s where you rejuvenate and clean yourself. It’s where you wake up and wind down. It’s a mood setter when you think about it. So it makes sense that you’d want it to feel calming and luxurious! Whether you are wanting to simply update the decor or do a complete bathroom remodel, we at Unique Home Building and Design want you to know that you have options that can even be enjoyed as soon as today.  
We’ve put together a list of our favorite easy update ideas for your bathroom and would love to share them with you today! Be sure to let us know what your favorite tip is!
1. First of all, before you dive into any redecoration or remodel, you want to have a clear vision. Don't just start making changes because you like this and that. Pick a theme and stick with it.
2 If you have the chance to grab a baroque-inspired accent, such as a large mirror with a detailed frame, you'll have an easy and stylish update, bringing a classy contemporary feel to your bathroom.
3 Here's a simple one: update your bathroom accessories by investing in a new and improved matching bathroom set.
4. Going with that same feel, a new bath mat and matching towels are an excellent, budget-friendly way to give your bathroom a good face lift.
5. Wall decals!!  These are a cute and simple way to add style and character to otherwise boring and plain spaces. Pair graphic walls with modern fixtures and you give the space a whole new look.
6. If you're up for the project, you can add a fresh coat of paint or even  interesting wallpaper; it's becoming quite a loved trend these days.
7. Be sure to keep your cleaning products and accessories hidden by hanging an over-the-door carry-all on the inside of cabinet doors for extra storage. This will keep things looking tidy and clutter free.
8. Use colorful or printed towels for bathrooms with a neutral or muted decor and use neutral or white towels to compliment a bold, graphic decor.
9. Rings. New shower curtain and rings are an easy and affordable way to update your bathrooms decor. Same rule as above - let your rings be an accent that compliment your decor.
10.  Adding a bright or relaxing piece of art, like a photo of a beautiful beach taken on a recent vacation or a simple and bold painting to liven up empty walls.
11. Elbow grease helps - give your shower stall a fresh feeling by cleaning the tile with grout cleaner.
12. Add personality and flare to your cabinets by adding new pretty door knobs!
13. Paint the bathroom ceilings a lighter color than the walls. Consider pale blue, silvery green or buttery yellow to achieve an open and airy effect. Perhaps one of my favorite ideas.  This turns the bathroom from cave to oasis!Hope you are inspired and ready to give your bathroom the face lift it's been waiting for. 
And if you're even more ready to take the plunge and start planning your bathroom remodel, the contractors of Unique Home Building are here to make your space into the place you love.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Make Moving Into Your Dream Home Nightmare-Free With These Helpful Tips!

Make Moving Into Your Dream Home Nightmare-Free With These Helpful Tips! The sale has closed. You’ve finally found the house of your dreams and you’re ready to make it your own. But first you have to pack up where you are. And that… is cause for serious procrastination. However, waiting til the last minute or throwing it all together only your dream into a nightmare. So do yourself a favor and heed these simple tips to make the process as simple and stress free as possible.
The truth is, moving is a lot of work. I’m not going to sit here and try to convice you otherwise. But at the end of the day, you have two choices. First suggestion?h Hire others to do it for you.
It’s absolutely possible to delegate the whole adventure to others. You can pay people to come in and pack you up, start to finish, labeled, loaded and delivered - even unpacked for you if that’s what you want. So honestly, if you’ve got a lot going on and don’t have the energy for the whole ordeal, definitely hire out. You won’t be sorry.
However, for differing reasons, many will want to do it themselves. So the following tips are to help you make that a simple, stress free process you won’t be traumatized by.
To begin with, make sure you don’t move what you don’t need. You know those things you keep carrying from house to house but never really use? Time to let these things go or get a storage unit. The less you pack, the less you have to move and unpack. If it doesn’t have deep family meaning or if you don’t use it often, stick it in a box and drop it off at Goodwill. Other families will be wonderfully grateful.

Next, make sure you’re going one room at a time. Box things up one room at a time and keep things organized in the boxes the way they live in the room so it will be easy to find and unpack when it’s time. Also be sure to be detailed when you label the boxes. The more detailed you are, the less mystery and confusion.

Go with smaller boxes. Many small boxes are easier to manage than large ones. The large ones get packed with more things and can become heavy and cluttered. Smaller boxes keep things organized and specific. Easier to put away and easier to transport.

Have a timeline and create a schedule you can stick to. This is how many details slip through the cracks, especially with things like dealing with your utilities. Utility companies need about a month notice to know you will be turning yours off, switched or turned on. Some require appointments that may be booked out 2 weeks. Don’t get stuck without phone, internet or gas, etc. Think ahead. Call your current and future providers and let them know your move date to determine the best on/off services days.

Ask for a team of helpers with different tasks. Whether you hire movers or bring on a group of friends, don’t do this alone. Determine ahead of time who will do what and when and ask them to commit to it. Be sure to pay them a fee, in service or even in food and drinks to show your gratitude for them and compensate them for their time and effort!

Moving doesn’t have to be the stress we know it to be. Whether you're buying, selling or even remodeling, Unique Home Builders are here to support you along the way.  Please contact us and let us know how we can best serve you!

Monday, May 28, 2018

6 Efficient Tips for Better Home Cooling You Can Use Today!

6 Efficient Tips for Better Home Cooling You Can Use Today! The weather is finally changing and it’s time to take a look at what your options are to cool it down inside. You don’t want to just run your AC all the time. It’s not only an energy waste but you’re going to pay for it too. Luckily, there are options you can make use of and today, we’re going to share six of our favorite with you.  Here are some hot tips for staying cool as we dive deep into summer. To give you an idea of where we’re going, let’s start with some basics you’ll want to use right away. First of all, reduce the cooling load by using cost-effective energy conservation measures. Then make sure you have effective shade coverings for east and west windows. And of course, when possible, try to avoid heat-generating activities such as dish washing and especially baking, until evening on hot days.
Now let’s get to the good stuff.
Keep the heat out. During most of the hot season, do your best to keep the windows and doors closed tight during the day with the suggested window coverings stated above. Don’t let in unwanted heat and humidity. Ventilate at night either naturally or with fans.
Go with white. White reflects sunlight and heat, so using white window blinds and shades during the hotter months will help to make sure that less heat enters your home. By preventing your home from heating up, you'll stay cooler and also put less stress on the cooling systems reducing your energy bill significantly.
Keep the air moving. Another lower cost way to keep cool in summer is to use a ceiling fan. While a ceiling fan does not lower the warm temperature, it cools you circulating the air more vigorously. Ceiling fans are low in price and consume far less energy than an air conditioner. By using a ceiling fan in an air conditioned room you will be able to set the thermostat higher and still feel comfortable. Since a ceiling fan cools by circulating the air, you need to switch it on only if you are in the room. This will also help reduce your energy bill.
Dryer is better. In hot, humid climates, make sure that the air conditioner you buy will adequately get rid of high humidity. Models with variable or multi-speed blowers are generally best. Try to keep moisture sources out of the house.
Outside measures. Just as white blinds and shades help reflect sunlight and heat away from the windows, a light colored roof will reflect heat away from the roof. This will mean that your home will be significantly cooler over all, in the summer months.
Inside wisdom. Plants absorb both the light and heat from the sun and convert it into energy for growth and cleaning the air. Additionally, during photosynthesis, plants release water into the air, thereby cooling the surrounding air. When you have a lot of plants around your home, they cool the general atmosphere around them, reducing the amount of heat entering your home. Additionally, you can also plant shade giving trees around your home to further reduce the heat reaching it. This will enable you to use nature to keep your home cool in the hot weather.
As you can see, it’s not so complicated. Of course, there are things you’ll need to do, but it won’t take long and the pay-off is worth it. And of course, if you'd like to make a bigger effort, but would rather not cut the extra sweat, talk to us at Unique Home Building and tell us how we can make your summer a cooler one!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

These Might Be the Happiest Home Remodel Ideas You’ve Found!

These Might Be the Happiest Home Remodel Ideas You’ve Found!Your life is only as happy as the home to come back to. Sound to simple? We don’t think so. Where you live is where you eat, sleep and spend time with the people you love - so you want it to feel good.  Your home needs to be the place where you can go at any time of the day and find sanctuary from the daily hustle, rest for your body and connection with the people you love most. If that doesn’t sound like your home, it might be time to make some changes. We’d like to share our favorite three tips you can add right away so you don’t have to wait for the finished projects to give back.
Start with everyone’s favorite home addition: plants! From small succulents to large potted tropicals, plants always bring a home to life. Having lots of green around your house allows you to feel much better and happier daily. Whether you are bringing in plants to your space or choosing to update your exterior, plant life will enhance your life quality. They clean the air, soothe the senses and promote relaxation. Of course, before you dive in, be sure to consult with a plant expert to make sure you’re getting the right plant for your climate and home air quality!

Next, what’s easy to do is to work with your lighting. You can add lights in corners, wrap rope lighting around the perimeter or add dimmers to create flexibility. Installing lights that can be brightened or dimmed allows every mood to be complemented and every celebration to feel right at home. An added bonus? You will be amazed by how soothing a well-lit space could be! It's a necessity and easy improvement.

Lastly, make sure every room makes way for relaxation and fun. So many people forget to plan for fun and then when they’re ready for it, they don’t know how to make it happen! Home has become the place where they eat, sleep, work and bathe. Fun gets forgotten and this has to change. To add a bit more enjoyment to your house, you may consider creating more recreational places. One idea is to have a rec room that can be used in many ways. You could have a pool table that doubles as dining for a feast. You could have a home entertainment as well as a shelf for yoga mats or floor pillows to instantly give a more relaxing and unwinding feel. As well, installing a pool or jacuzzi can be appreciated year round in the right climate and may raise your house’s worth. Put items to the exterior of the house that’ll provide satisfaction for your family, like a basketball hoop. It's not only enjoyable, but it’ll give the children space to move their bodies which is never a bad thing.

As you can see, these tips are simple to use and can be as easy as switching up some basic decor or as incredible as adding a room or remodeling what you’ve got into the perfect, most welcoming spaces you’ve always wished for. In or near Dallas? The contractors at  Unique Home Building are happy to help you get on your way; call us today!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

How to Make Your New Kitchen Tile Floors Look Better Longer!

How to Make Your New Kitchen Tile Floors Look Better Longer!Tile flooring upgrades just about every kitchen it touches, but only if you know how to care for it. Which of course, we don’t want to scare you - instead, we want to help you easily keep your beautiful new floor looking elegant and fresh for years to come. At Unique Home Building when people come to us looking to upgrade their kitchen with tile flooring all the time, and for good reason! What they don’t know going into it is how to clean messes and care for the tile on a regular basis. When you don’t care for it properly, it doesn’t last. So what are you supposed to do?

Whether you live alone or have a busy family zooming around, messes are always bound to happen. You might find yourself stressed out avoiding them though and that doesn’t let anyone feel at home. So instead of banning everyone from the floor, it's important to make sure dirt and spills do not have a chance to make themselves at home.  Surprisingly, this is easy enough to do with a mop or cloth, hot water, and a mild household detergent. Just spot test it first to make sure it treats your tile well.

Another simple and tile safe option you can utilize, is to mix a cup of white vinegar with a gallon of water for a wonderfully effective, odor-eliminating cleanser. This is a great natural alternative for those who are wanting to avoid harsh chemicals.
Of course, you should never underestimate the power of regular maintenance. I know you’re busy but the truth of the matter is, you need to keep up on the floors so they can keep up with you! The best and most effective step you can take is to regularly sweep, vacuum, and damp mop your tile floors. Even a quick sweeping or vacuum job will remove the dirt and debris before it can become embedded in the tile or grout. Mopping with warm water and using a cleaning product safe for your tile will also enhance your tile’s gloss, shine, and color.
Not to be forgotten, you want to prioritize grout care; it’s the stuff that holds your tiles in place. Naturally, as a result of time and exposure to the elements, grout can become discolored and dingy. When this happens, it really detracts from the beauty of your floor. So to preserve the tile and grout, you really want to make sure that the grout is properly sealed after installation; and even update the seal once a year to maintain it's use and beauty. This will keep stains, dirt, and water from being able to penetrate the protective barrier.
Kitchens are one of the most important rooms in home and each detail should be considered wisely during the your home building or remodeling project. The contractors at Unique Home Building are skilled and prepared to work with you on each of these details, whatever the project size. Contact us today and get your plan started!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Simple and Quick Cleaning Tips that Give a Fresh Welcome to Spring!

Simple and Quick Cleaning Tips that Give a Fresh Welcome to Spring!The temperatures are warming up all over right now and people everywhere are opening up doors and windows to make room for the fresh air and light floral smells. But it’s not that simple is it? Spring rolls in and you realize how much of winter has been accumulating; from the dust to growing piles of things you’re ready to get rid of. Where do you start? You want to dive into a full blown spring cleaning but how do you get it all done without burning out? These simple tips are just what you need to make sure you spring cleaning doesn’t sweep you clean of all your energy. 
At Unique Home Building, we work with families all the time to create and build a better home, which means we have to know what it takes to keep clean and beautiful too, in less time. After all, we’ve got building to do and you’ve got a life to get back to.  So here are just a few simple and efficient tips to make spring cleaning fast, easy and a beautiful face lift for the incredible new season.
  • Fall and winter debris tends to collect and build in the worst places, so you want to make sure your gutters and downspouts are cleaned out and directing water away from the house for the next bouts of rain sure to return before summer. 
  • Spring showers can be strong and cause damage. Cut back tree limbs and shrubs growing within five feet of the house or that are brushing up against the roof. You will create better ventilation, help dry out surfaces and prevent possible damage.
  • Don’t forget the pathways. Check for and repair cracks in driveway/sidewalk. Spring is the best time to seal cracks in the driveway or any other concrete.
  • Don’t let mud and other debris add up. If you do, and it gets rained on you’ll be asking for slippery ground. Pressure wash your deck/patio and bring outdoor furniture out of storage.  Make sure to wipe down each piece thoroughly prior to placing on a freshly-washed surface.
  • Even your cleaning tools needs to cared for. Check garden hoses for dry rot and inspect hose faucets for possible freeze damage that may have occurred during the winter months.
  • Don’t get caught unprepared for the first day you’re craving bbq! Clean/condition your outdoor grill by first rinsing all outside surfaces with water.  If grease has loosened on the grill grates and inside of the grill, wipe off using grill cleaner and paper towels. Follow by washing with a mild detergent and water. Rinse well and wipe dry.
  • This is the best time to check for possible damage to the roof as spring and summer is the best time to make repairs.  Look for missing, cracked or broken shingles and make note of any needed repairs. For safety reasons, you may want to consider hiring a qualified professional to take care of any repair work that needs to be done.

Sure, it’s a longer list, but one thing can be focused on every few days, and you’ll have it done in no time. And of course, if you’re looking for more ways to improve and beautify your home, contact us at Unique Home Building. We have certified and trained contractors that are more than ready to help, so be sure to call!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

How to Totally Avoid a Bathroom Tiling Disaster

Who doesn’t love an elegantly tiled floor? Done right, and it will make you feel like you’ve been whisked away to a luxurious hotel oasis. Done wrong, and you’ll wish someone would whisk you away. Think about the details that make the difference. When a tiling project goes wrong, you can end up with misleveled flooring, messy grout, gaps and uneven lines, to name a few design disasters. Now to contrast, think back to the last hotel you stayed at. Not only was it refreshing to feel the texture of gorgeous tiles on your feet when you woke up, but there was something extra special about the perfect details. Meticulous luxury. It’s like waking up to a spa. And we think that if your bathroom is ready for such a luxurious upgrade, that it should get it and avoid the disasters that ruin the whole idea. 

How to Avoid a Bathroom Tiling Disaster.The smartest first move you can make is to hire a contractor - someone who can show up and do what they do best, while you sit back and wait for the transformation, or do it yourself. It can totally be done by you, but it’s precise work that will definitely take careful skill, patience and measuring and usually you need to be a tile expert to really get the job done with excellence. But that’s why we wanted to share these important tips with you; so the job gets done beautifully without fail - whether you do it yourself or want to make sure your expert is doing the job right. 

Know the look you want. Do you just want tiles or do you want a moroccan escape, for example? Think big picture before diving into the design details. Create a mood board, decide if you’ll also repaint, know the plants or art you’d like to have in the bathroom as well as the towels and sink fixtures. The more it ties together, the more complete the finished project will feel. 

Make sure you have enough tiles. You should always buy more tiles than you think you need. It’s always wise to go beyond your need by getting 15 to 20% more than you expect to use. This protects against breakages, miscalculations, and difficulties in cutting to size. You can keep spare tiles in reserve in case any tiles become cracked in the future. Alternatively, some retailers may allow you to return unused tiles for a refund.

Make sure the room, floor and walls are prepped for the work. It’s important to make sure you finely clean and smooth the surface on which you are laying the tiles, whether it's a floor or shower wall. Otherwise, the debris will prevent you from being able to lay them evenly or get a solid adhesive. If you're tiling on a wall, remove any wallpaper. Use a light sander on the surface. An exception to this is if you are laying new tiles on top of existing tiles or. This can be done, but you should clean the old tiles and dry them first, and then scour them lightly to give a better grip. (DoItYourself.com)

Know your materials. Make sure you always use a waterproof adhesive for any tiles that are around a bathtub or shower. Even the best-fitted tiles can let some water leak through to the adhesive, and non-waterproof adhesive will decay and crumble, eventually causing your tiles to crack and break and create a home of moisture and mildew. You don’t want that to happen!

Measure and measure again. This is true for any home improvement project so we’ll say it again now. Measure and then measure again. The last thing you need is to waste both perfectly good tiles, the investment in them as well as your time. Do your work and check it twice. Simple, right?

Those are the basic tips you want to keep in mind when tiling your own bathroom floor so you can avoid some of the most common mistakes. But remember, there are still the details of tile laying that you only want to do if you’re prepared to do it well. Tiling is an intricate art that requires care and precision.

So if you’re ready to do this yourself, go for it! But if you choose you’d like help in the process, contact the contractors at Unique Home Building and we’ll walk you through it all.