Monday, December 11, 2017

Here Are the Top Reasons To Build Your Own Home, Instead of Buying New-

Here Are the Top Reasons To Build Your Own Home, Instead of Buying New- People talk about building their own homes, but how common is it? And why bother when you can buy one already built? Well it’s true that not everyone builds their own, but those that do never look back because there are certain benefits to building your own home that just can’t be beat. Do you know what those are? If not, we want to share them with you today. But be warned, after realizing what’s available to you, you too may never look back!
The holidays are right around the corner. This means people will be coming over for big dinners and celebrations. For the entertainers and big families, a carefully designed home is just the place to be, with enough room for all. It was planned that way!
In bought homes or older styles, it can be real a challenge to throw a party due to unique floor plans that make it difficult to entertain. But planning your own home lets you decide where the walls will be, how big the rooms will be and how conversation will flow with the floor plan. Imagine having the feeling of spaciousness in rooms enhanced with higher ceilings and additional windows that bring in more light than you would find in an older home! Sounds inviting, doesn't it?

The benefits aren’t just for the holidays, they extend to new starts, big changes and growing needs. Maybe it's time for new memories and maybe cooking a dinner in a brand-new kitchen is part of the appeal of new construction. In addition, you won’t have to spend time stripping dated wallpaper or repainting to suit your personal style, but simply create your own home look and feel from the very start!

The world is changing and so are you. So another benefit to designing for your needs is that you can include your home office and technology obsession in the mix. Design your home to be fully equipped with not just the latest technologies but the electrical systems to support them. Homes back in the day were not only built differently but also wired differently. There were no ways for contractors to anticipate the development of multi-media, such as high definition tv's, computers and smart phone chargers. Imagine having a wall designed around your entertaining or home office needs? New homes can accommodate advanced technologies like structured wiring, security systems and sophisticated lighting plans, and can be tailored to meet the individual home owner’s needs.

At the end of the day, there’s nothing more pleasing than having a home that you not only own, but designed for you, your hobbies, your family and your personal needs. You can see why it’s a growing trend.

So maybe this holiday season it’s the time to really plan the next home’s build. Because you want more. And you finally believe it’s possible. We are excited to be a part of this journey with you. If you are ready to plan your new home construction, contact the contractors at Unique Home Building today!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

When You Really Want to Remodel, But Can’t - Do This:

When You Really Want to Remodel, But Can’t - Do This:Sure, remodels are wonderful, and you want one because you know it’s time for your home to have an updated look and feel. But it may not be time or it may not be in the budget. That’s fine too. Just because you can’t remodel right now doesn’t mean you can’t upgrade your home to meet your needs. There are little changes that make a big difference and you can start today. Great news right? And don’t worry, if you want to remodel later, that’s always an option and Unique Home Building will be there ready to help. But for now, give your home a visual remodel with these simple ideas!

Clear out the old to make way for the new.
So many things clutter our homes and take away the beautiful simplicity that we long for. So why not look at the room and see what you could do without. Smaller couch? One less chair? What about less things on the shelves? Try to stick to just a couple of picture frames. If there are papers taking up space, get a small box to keep them in so it’s still feels peaceful.
Small investments can make a big difference.
Have you ever thought of adding accent pillows or blankets to your couches or chairs? It’s a lot easier than buying new furniture. However, something as simple as changing up your accent pillows can make a big difference, from the color scheme to the overall look of your couch and chairs. For example, you can move from orange/reds to blue/grays, from floral to mod. Or you can go even bigger and buy a lot of pillows for added comfort.
Look to the light.
What kind of lighting do you have and could it improve? Switch out blue tint bulbs for warm yellows to create a more welcoming ambience especially in the the living room and kitchen. Brighten up your room but keep it natural. For more natural light make sure the curtains aren’t too dark or heavy. This will make a big difference.
Love your plants!
Instantly transform and add life to your space by adding plants, including indoor plants, herb pots, terrariums, or flowering pots. Greenery will instantly freshen up your space and is nice for the health of your space as well.
Change up the colors.
Maybe you're happy with the basic color choice of your living room walls but it's starting to feel tired. Consider adding one accent wall. This is a great chance to use a bold color choice or wallpaper pattern that you may not want for an entire room but that would look great in a small dose. For a few dollars and a few hours of work, you can completely change the look of your living room.
Not all change has to be big. If new is what you’re needing, start where you can! And have fun with it! Also, call us at Unique Home Building when you are ready for that next step!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

How to See Past the Sales Pitch & Know if a Contractor is Right For You.

How to See Past the Sales Pitch & Know if a Contractor is Right For You.Once you realize your home needs remodeling, it starts to be all you think about. You imagine and plan and are ready to get things going. But do you do it yourself? Or dare you hire a contractor? You don’t necessarily want to call a ton of contractors, hear a bunch of pitches and sales, when your friend has the basic skills to help you get the job done. So are those contractors really necessary? We agree. You don’t need a bunch of pitches. What you really need is good advice and a team that gets the job done.


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we decided that you don’t need any more random information, you just need the honest truth. We know you are a hard working person with a desire to live a good life in a house that feels like a home; without the runaround. You’ve put in years and sweat to create the life you’re living and we want to say thank you; thank you for helping make our country what it is today.

So you want to remodel? You’re not alone. We are the contractors at Unique Home Building. We are hard working people with families and values and are here to support yours along the way.

Here’s what we want to let you know:

Remodeling can be done by handy people who have an understanding of the inner workings of home structure, such as electrical, plumbing, foundation, insulation and more. If you choose to take on this venture alone, keep in mind that you’ll need to have the proper permits and licensing.

If you are choosing to do the inner workings stated above, like the electrical or plumbing yourself, then please, at least hire a consultant to double check your work and to advise you along the way.  These are not areas to take chances on.

Consider your design and floor plan as well. Many people don’t realize that they’re idea looks good on paper, but creating it will mean that you’re working against the elements like sunshine and ending up with a hotter house in the summer and a colder one in the winter.

Another thing to realize is that one incorrect measurement can ruin everything… a very expensive domino effect that you don’t need. Contractors are insured to give you peace of mind that your measurements are right, pipes are protected, electrical is up to date and safe and generally, they’re the contractors because they’re the experts.

Again, these are all basic tips that to some degree, you know. But we know how important they are and are not to be dealt with blindly!

Yes we are contractors and yes, we think it’s best to hire one. Why? Because we are trained, experienced, licensed, insured and know how to get you what you want without the headache, dead ends, money waste and regrets. Hiring a contractor gets you the design you are looking for that meets all your needs and all the professionals required to do the job right the first time.

And no, not all contractors are the same. That’s why it’s important to check out reviews and history of the contractor’s business, like this one.

Your home is too important to be treated lightly. Make sure this process is simple and clear for you. Please contact us with any further questions you might have and we’ll happily guide you in the right direction.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

How to Make More Space In Your Home for Entertaining This Holiday Season

How to Make More Space In Your Home for Entertaining This Holiday Season
(photo from Ikea.com)
The holiday season is just around the corner. Things are about to get crazy. You’ve got a lot of people coming over, a feast to prepare for and maybe you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by having so many people over. If so, you’re not alone. You might be surprised at how many calls we get after the holidays from people that realize they simply can’t host they way they’d like to and it’s time to add on and remodel for more space. Perhaps you’ll be one of them? Perhaps not. What I do know is that you can’t remodel right now  and you still have a house full of people heading your way. So you need ideas. Fast.
Good thing we’ve got just what you need.
First of all, get rid of any large or mainly decorative furniture for now. Store it away in another room or garage. Things like ottomans, chaise lounges and such.
Next, think bigger. Instead of having a giant tree on the floor, consider using garland instead, along the ceiling or around the windows. Alternatively, you could use garland to create a tree shape on the wall above a shelf, so that you have the feeling of a tree and can use the shelf for storing gifts.
For hosting meals like Thanksgiving, remember that it’s the togetherness that counts. Not everyone needs a long table to eat from. So use the table to store all the dishes and have everyone sit in a circle or in clusters around the living room. You could rent folding chairs and card tables (drape with a tablecloth and top with some candles and pinecones and no one will know!). Another idea is to provide sitting pillows for your guests to sit on the floor communally and comfortably wherever they like- leaving the tables and chairs for those that have a harder time with floor seating.
Keep in mind that many people are standers. They never end up needing a seat because they love to stand, graze the table and migrate from one conversation to the next. Remember that this will happen often so there’s likely nothing to stress about. 
Another reminder is that it doesn't need to be a big to-do. Consider having your feast be more of a potluck so you have less on your plate. (pun intended!) Planning a feast is one big feat - cooking one on top of it may be more than necessary. If you're the one opening your home up for the gathering, make a dish but leave the main cooking to those you'll be entertaining.

Of course, it all comes down to relaxing about the whole thing and using your imagination. And remember, you can plan for next year too with a smart room addition or remodel that makes entertaining an easy and beautiful no-brainer. Call Unique Home Building for more info today.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Simple Tips To Avoid Turning Your Dream Home Remodel Into A Nightmare on Elm Street

Simple Tips To Avoid Turning Your Dream Home Remodel Into A Nightmare on Elm StreetTurning your home from an expired set of walls to your dream castle is the big project you’ve been waiting for - but if you make a few certain mistakes, making your dream castle could turn into a real nightmare.
As top contractors in Dallas, Texas, we’ve been keeping busy with home builds and renovations. We love helping you bring your vision to life, with as little stress as possible. We’ve also learned that while people love doing things themselves, some things are best left to the pros. Because when projects go wrong, we’re the ones fixing it. So whether you’re hiring someone to do the work for you, or you’re doing it yourself, here some important, nightmare saving tips to help your home renovation process go as smoothly as possible.
First of all, you want to make sure you have all the needed permits. Cities and counties have very specific laws that require permits you may not have even thought of, even with the simplest little jobs you want to do yourself. So, play it safe and just assume you'll need either a city or county permit before starting your remodeling project. There may be a fee, and you'll likely wait a few weeks before getting a response, so make sure to work those costs and waiting periods into your costs and action plan. It may be easy to want to sneak past that permit, but that could cause bigger problems later on, when it's time to sell your home.  So make it a priority to just do the process right!
Keep the future in mind and think of the resale value your home will have in the future. Even if you’re thinking of staying forever or of having a special home design that speaks of your individuality and taste, a wise homeowner takes care that his projects are smart and add value to your home. If you pour your money into less important remodeling projects, you likely won't see much of a return on your investment, especially if what you've done turns your home into the highest priced property on the block.  Consider modernized bathrooms and showers, trending open floor plans and water conserving landscapes around the front and back yards.
This piece of advice is purely practical but oh so vital. Do not mix your measurements. You know that old adage that states, "measure twice, cut once?"  Well, here's where it's truth rings the loudest. When you are dealing with the square footage of a floor to the size of a fixture - you can't be off at all.  If you are off by even the smallest amount, you'll not only lose time, but it can drive your costs through the roof... (maybe even literally!) So to be sure to get it right, check the detailed instructions either online or print.  You can talk to the people at your hardware store for further assistance if you're finding all of this to be a true challenge. But what's the best option? Hire a professional contractor.  This is their expertise, right?  You be the visionary. Let the experts make your dream come true.
Lastly, take your time. I know it’s an exhausting process but it’s worth doing it right. When you go slow, you do it right.  It's common to underestimate the costs, time, difficulties and setbacks that can accompany even the smallest of projects.  The more you prepare for the potential for these mistakes to occur, the more less painful shock will be if and when they do show up. This is also a good time to check in with your insurance company to see whether or not your policy will change or if additional coverage is needed either during or after the renovation.

Here at Unique Home Building, we know how badly you want your home to start feeling like your own. But take our word for it. Go slow and get help where you need it. You and your dream home, is worth it.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Simple Tips to Make Your Home Feel More Like Fall Than a Pumpkin Spice Latte

Simple Tips to Make Your Home Feel More Like Fall Than a Pumpkin Spice LattePumpkin spice lattes are something most people look forward to as fall approaches. Summer ends, leaves are turning and you know the dance of pumpkin and cinnamon is just around the corner. So how do you drink in that sweet and spicy flavor all the time? You turn your home into a pumpkin spice latte.

Ok. Not really. But maybe the next best thing. If you’re all about fall and can’t wait to enjoy all the smells, flavors and colors it has to offer, dive into these simple tips and take your love to a whole new level.

Let’s dive in.

Start with smells. Think of the smells of your favorite steamed drink. What do you notice? The strongest smells are of apple, cinnamon, clove, pumpkin and vanilla. So head out and invest in some specific pumpkin spice air fresheners or candles or simply grab a few of your favorite scents and use as desired!

Next, go with color! No need to overdo it, just go with the accents. Think of your favorite fall colors; rustic red, rich orange, forest brown, evergreen, gold and burgundy. Grab some tea towels, accent pillows, tealights and even curtains to switch out for the season? Think about it - it’s a one time investment that you can use ever year to bring back the ambience and flavor you love.

Finally, tantalize your tastebuds with the flavors of fall while keeping your baking skill fresh and hot. Some seasonal favorites you can go with include cinnamon rolls, pumpkin bread, apple crisp, oatmeal cookies and of course, pumpkin pie. Things don’t have to all be sweet. You can make a simple pumpkin and squash soup with freshly baked sourdough bread! As long as you’re including cinnamon, vanilla, clove and pumpkin, things will taste just right.

We know you love those pumpkin spice lattes and it’s our pleasure to help you experience the joy of them all the time. At Unique Home Building, we pride ourselves in being able to create the most welcoming space for both you and your family! Call us to see what we can do for you today!

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!