Monday, April 24, 2017

How to Easily Expand Your Basement for More Living Space and Property Value

How to Easily Expand Your Basement for More Living Space and Property ValueSometimes your family grows and you just need more space in your home, but you don’t have it. But what about that cluttered basement with all your storage? Have you ever thought of creating an organized storage space down there in addition to a family entertainment space, workout area or guest room? If your family is needing more space but you don’t want to move, then finishing your basement might be the best option for you. Basements offer a great separate space for guests, home offices, entertainment rooms, fitness and play spaces. At Unique Home Building, we love helping your house to be the home you dream of, and it's important to consider the details in the process.
Here are some tips to keep the process easy and quality from start to finish: 
First of all it’s important to point out that finishing your basement, adds usable square-footage to your home, highly increasing the value of your home, giving you a serious return on investment.
Make it light and bright. The right lighting can either put the perfect finishing touch on your basement or ruin it completely. Choose lights with a golden hue rather than blue, to keep the mood joyful; light and the lack of it has a powerful effect on people and you want to make sure you’re encouraging good moods. Face lights upward for a feeling of expansion in a small room and facing downward for large rooms to make them appear smaller.
Choose high ceilings if possible to make sure you’ll have enough headroom, especially if you’re thinking of making it a room where you or children will be active. Lift your arms overhead. Will you be standing on a treadmill? Height can be one of the biggest challenges in basement remodels.
Because flooding is always a risk in basements regardless of your location, plan ahead and be prepared. Have a system in place to deal with the water overflow and choose a flooring material that can handle getting wet as well as install a floor drain. Be sure to talk to a plumber about special piping and care.
Those are the basics you need to know about basement remodels. Of course, you want to make sure to follow the rules legally, get the right permits and hire a contractor to keep on you plan and making smart choices. The contractors at Unique Home Building are here and ready to answer your questions and join you every step of the way. Call us and schedule an interview today!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

How To Prepare and Protect Your Home From The Threat of Tornados

How To Prepare and Protect Your Home From The Threat of Tornados Tornados happen. And if you live in or near Dallas, you know that this is a risk for you. But do you know what to do to be prepared ahead of time, to protect yourself and even your home? Obviously, there are some levels of risk we just don’t have control over but those that we do, are wise to act on before the storm hits.
First tip: Build a safe room. These are different than the more common shelters, but offer all the same protection and benefit. FEMA says a safe room is a structure that will provide near absolute protection from severe storms. So in order to call it a safe room, it must be built according to federal laws and meet very specific standards of safety.
What’s so great about a safe room?
First of all, there are two kinds of safe rooms; above and below ground.Each safe room should be built to handle 250 mph wiinds and more than 3,000 pounds of force. (That's more than an EF-5 level tornado!)
Normally, safe rooms are built in basements or garages. They’re usually made of steel and fiberglass for the highest level of wind protection. All safe rooms and shelters use concrete foundations as their primary anchors.
Also, you don't have to wait for your shelter to be built to start being prepared. As you plan, begin collecting the must-have emergency supplies, such as canned goods, water and a weather alert radio, to help meet your needs and keep you informed.
So please, if you live in Texas and are in an area that experiences tornados, be safe and plan smart by discussing safe rooms with an experienced, licensed contractor who’s work is compliant with all FEMA and NSSA standards. Of course, it’s always best to go with a trusted local company, like us at Unique Home Building.

Your home and family are our priority. Call to set up a consultation today!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Summer is Just Around the Corner! Here’s How to Get Your Home Summer Ready!

Summer is the time of the year where you want to relax, put your feet up and enjoy the smells of the flowers and warm winds all around you. But if your home isn’t a setting the stage for all that enjoyment, you just might be really missing out! Be sure that your home is happy place that matches the season around you and is inviting for others as well with these summer ready tips from Unique Home Building! 
Go minimal.
Summer is actually the time to reduce your decorative footprint. It's an airy, breezy time and you want your decor to reflect that.  Trinkets and small decorative pieces are great, but can really feel cluttering in the summer.  Consider storing a few of these items away for the season.  Another way to add minimalist freshness is to remove cases from accent pillows and reveal their white casings.  Increasing the presence of white in your decor allows you to keep the stuff but without feeling overwhelmed by it.  If you'd like to keep them covered, consider a fitted white cotton or lace crochet case!
Use fun fabrics. 
Textiles are an incredibly fun way to easily refresh the look of your entire home. Think of the colors you chose for the above suggestion and bring them into your accenting textiles and fabrics. For example, you could change out your heavier window coverings for sheer or gauzy curtains. Go with these lighter fabrics for summer to avoid rooms feeling too weighed down. You could also splurge and invest in a new area rug for your summer motif. You can go with a heavier print if you opt into sheer window treatments. This allows boldness and heavier tones, but in more appropriate and complimenting places. Lastly, important one for the bedroom is to update your heavy comforters with a more simple throw blanket, either for everyday use or as a light accent that warms the chill of the summer night breeze. 
Add plant life! 
Just add flowers and leafy green plants! Summer arrangements should look casual and organically put together. So if this is your first time, relax and know you can't really go wrong here!  Just start placing them in the ways that feel simple and best! 
Let the light in. 
During the summer, the sun rises earlier and sets later, and all that extra light can lift one's spirits and set the mood for summer. One of the best ways to enhance the natural lighting in a room is to add mirrors to your decor. Place a floor mirror in a dark corner of a room to brighten your space from the ground up, or hang a mirror on the wall to allow sunlight to bounce off it and onto the other walls of the room.
Lastly, as you prepare your home for summer, be sure to have fun and play with color. Don’t overdo it of course, but add accents and splashes that feel cool, calm and bright. A good rule to stick to is to mix and match three bright colors to give your home an update.  The colors can be a mix of vibrant and muted.  Just make sure they compliment each other and don't feel overwhelming.  One idea is to take these colors and buy your accents with them included, such as vases, espresso cups and pillows!
Think about the ideas we’ve shared, look around your home and see what works for you.  You may already have all you need in the home already, but if not, they’re all easy to grab and quick to add. From us at Unique Home Building and let us know how we can help and have fun ‘summerizing’ your home!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Fast Tips to Help You Figure Out if Building Your Own Home is For You

Fast Tips to Help You Figure Out if Building Your Own Home is For YouIt can be hard to decide if you want to build your own or buy off the market. There are so many things to consider and different things to plan depending on your end goals and finances. The truth is, if you're having a hard time deciding whether to buy or build your own home, you're not alone. From renovation to building from scratch, we at Unique Home Building, are the experts in our field and want to give you peace of mind so you can make the best decision possible.
Here are some basics to consider before moving forward:

Does location matter? You aren’t stuck settling for the perfect home in a non-perfect area. You have the freedom of deciding your neighborhood, school district, development investment and even sense of community.

How in control do you want to be? When deciding to build your own home,  every square inch is customizable to your needs. You can design a kids room perfectly according to their play and learning needs, you can design a master bedroom to suit both his and her preference or even create a chef-suited kitchen where you can prepare gourmet meals. From paint colors to countertops, flooring and fixtures—all of the decisions are made by you. 

When you build your own, you can build preemptively. One of the biggest challenges with buying an existing home is that you’re also buying the previous owner’s challenges. A When you custom build your home, you minimize the repair costs and maintenance because everything is new. In addition, many home builders also offer at least a one-year warranty on certain workmanship, which is added protection just in case something stops functioning properly in your new home.

You can build in an environmentally conscious way. New builds are usually more energy efficient than older or existing homes because of new construction standards and higher energy ratings. Some new home builders also use green or recycled materials. These materials may increase upfront construction costs, but they save you money over time because of efficiency of heating and use. 

There are several benefits to building a custom home, but what’s most important is quality craftsmanship and service. At Unique Home Building, we specialize in quality work and service. If you are interested in creating your own unique home, contact us today for more information!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

How The Right Home Remodel Plan Can Both Save and Make You Money

How The Right Home Remodel Plan Can Both Save and Make You MoneyWho wouldn’t want to remodel their home if they knew it would both save and make you money? Well the truth is, the right plan can get you there and we have the tips you need to make that plan! At Unique Home 

First tip? Start slowly. List the things you want to change and the updates you would like to make. Don't worry about organization, just write it all down. Take a guess on how long you may want to live in the house. If you're planning on selling, talk to your realtor and make a selling plan.

Second tip? Once you have made a plan, do research or talk to a realtor to see what sort of return those improvements may bring. Some improvements will add considerably more value to your home than others. Realtors are such a valuable resource in this process! Utilize them!

Third tip? Start with one room at a time. Make the commitment to tackle one room at a time. Whether it's a simple coat of paint or knocking down a wall, by tackling one room at a time you keep projects achievable.

Fourth tip? (Which could have been the first tip) Make a list of all the things you dream about doing and break down your list into sections that help you get an idea of the time each task will take. This will help you not only get but see results in real time.

Fifth tip? Make sure you schedule your projects in the time frames you can actually complete them, that fits your level of comfort and budget frames. That's a big one right there. It's important to stay within your comfort zone or else it will be stress filled and frustrating.

The truth is, you don't have to spend a fortune on a home remodel that isn't meant for you. Spend your time and money on the changes that will both increase the value of your home and increase the value of the life you’re living.  And when you’re ready, call the contractors at Unique Home Building. We want to help you on this journey to make it as wonderful, simple and money saving as possible.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

How to Create the Perfect Stress Free Sanctuary Right in Your Own Home

How to Create the Perfect Stress Free Sanctuary Right in Your Own HomeLife is is crazy and sometimes you just need to get away. But family, work and animals need you, so what are you supposed to do when you just can’t get the break you need? The solution is actually much more simple than you may realize; create your getaway in your home. This is one of the most common complaints I hear from people when they’re ready to redesign or build their homes. They want to know how they can have a home that feels good and also gives them space to be alone and unwind.


So what makes an in-home sanctuary? Many things. We’ve compiled some of the most common things people do and want to create that special place so you can look through and see which ones feel right for you.


Where to have it.
When choosing a space, make sure it’s comfortable. It can be a corner of a room with a special chair or even a whole room. But make sure that wherever you place your space, that you place it away from the TV. Televisions and movies are distracting and can be stress inducing when you need peace and quiet, so choose a place that lets you keep that noise at arms distance.


Things to have in your special place.
Make sure that the things you keep in your special place make you feel good and calm. Have plants around; big ones and small ones. Maybe keep a little fountain or essential oils diffuser. Depending on how big your space is, you could have a corner that stores pillows, yoga mats and even blankets, to keep you comfortable and invite you to rest. Candles are a good addition to create a spa like or rest inducing environment as well. Other things you could also include could be books, journals, pens and coloring pencils or markers.


Things not to have in your space.
There are also things you don’t want to have in your space because they take away from your ability to really relax and let go. I already addressed staying away from tv, but the truth is, you want to keep most electronics and especially computers out of this zone. The only exception should be music. Also keep stress triggers out. For example, if finances are stressful, don’t have bills or deadlines visible from your getaway space.


Lastly, I’ve found that having a chocolate and tea station or stash is a great little addition to your space. It helps to create it as a little place to even go spend 15 minutes if that’s all you have. 

As you can see, it’s not that complicated. You can create a whole room or just a section of your home. But of course, we recommend the room! For additional ideas and support, contact us at Unique Home Building and we’ll get you on your way home!

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Tips to Update Your Growing Child's Bedroom


Kids grow up fast. It can be hard as a parent to come to terms with the fact that our babies aren’t going to stay babies forever. If your kids want to be treated as being more mature, it might be time to put away the stuffed animals and give them a big kid bedroom overhaul.



Floors – Thick flooring and carpeting is ideal for babies crawling and learning how to walk. Now that you little one isn’t so little, consider hardwood floors with an area rug to make cleaning a breeze and to give your kid’s room a little bit older of a look.

Windows – Windows give kids a great opportunity to draw on their imagination from the world around them. As your kids grow, opt for window coverings that are more grown up like drapes with built-in tie backs. There’s a lot of freedom here as far as design, as there are plenty of color and pattern options to give your child the room of their dreams. If they need a little more help staying asleep, black out shades are a great way to keep the room in an ideal sleeping condition.

Window Seat – A window seat is a great furniture option for the child who likes to spend a decent amount of time in their room. Bay windows can make this process much easier, but they are by no means a requirement. We can have our contractors build a bench-style seat under the window. These spaces are great as they can double as extra storage.

Lighting – Some kids have trouble sleeping. Changing the room light to run on a dimmer can help prepare them for sleep by bringing down the harshness in the evening. For those kids afraid of the dark, look into an outlet-mounted nightlight for added security.

Furniture – As your child is getting older, they may feel that their bed or other furniture is too childish for them. Consider upgrading their bed to a loft. Lofts provide the benefit of freeing up floor space in your child’s room. Installing built ins for clothes, trophies, or books can be a great investment, or even an armoire for a television and gaming system, clothes, or other hobbies.

Get Vertical – Utilizing the ceiling is a great way to increase storage. You can put in netting above the bed to store soft toys or flower hanging hooks for hang storage units that can be used for clothes or light toys.

Learning Center – Take out the baby bouncer and give your child a multipurpose desk that will inspire learning and creativity. The possibilities here are endless. You can consider a magnetic surface with numbers and letters, a musical keyboard, or arts and crafts supplies. Get creative here.

Fresh Paint – Your child will always be your “baby”, but that doesn’t mean you have to treat them as such. Transition from the nursery themed colors of powder blue or pastel yellow to a more versatile earth tones that will be appropriate for your child for many years. Other ideas would be to put in a blackboard, whiteboard, or drawing wall, add boarders to accent, or put in an accent wall for added style.

No matter what age your child, our contractors at Unique Home Building are here for you and your family as you grow and develop. Let us know how we can help on your next project, no matter what it is!