Monday, September 12, 2016

How to Prevent Morning Tiredness, Get Better Quality Sleep & Have an Energized Day!

How to Prevent Morning Tiredness, Get Better Quality Sleep & Have an Energized Day!If you’ve ever woken up tired in the morning and not sure how you’re going to get through your day, then you’ve likely wondered if there’s anything to be done about this cycle. If there’s any way for you to bust through, get better sleep and wake up rested.
Well, assuming you don’t have a deeper medical issue, we do have a few helpful ways to help you get on top of your energy before it’s drained.

The Night Before
Set healthy work boundaries. We tend to have dinner and then manage to find more time to dive into work, emails and the screens around us. But the more DOING we do before bed, the less we are able to settle our minds before sleep - and as a result - we aren’t able to the level of rest that we need. So determine a time that you say no to your work and put it away. Then do something relaxing for your mind and body, like reading a fiction or taking a hot bath.
Move your morning routine to the night before and thus reduce chaos the next day. Set out your clothes (yours and the kids) together and set them aside to save yourself the anxiety of staring into your closet and making those choices in your morning zombie mode.  Make lunches in the evening. Make sure bags for the next day are packed and set by the front door. After all, it's the prepared that succeed!

Your Sleeping Space
Is your room inviting you to deep sleep?  Rooms that are too bright or don't have enough airflow can really mess with the ability to sleep deeply.  Our suggestion is to ask a contractor to install a couple extra windows. This way the air flow can stream through the room, keeping the air from getting stagnant which can lead to congestion and fatigue in the sinuses. Remember that windows bring more light, so be sure to also install blackout window shades or shutters.  This allows you to keep it dark while enjoying airflow and the option to open up the room to more light in the morning. Nothing to loose here, except the fatigue and sinus pressure!

The Mood You Choose
The sun is going to rise regardless of what side of the bed you choose to wake up on.  And, yes I said "choose".  I know you might be tired (maybe go to bed earlier?) or dreading the day ahead but only you can decide how you feel about your day and whether your fears or frustrations will rule you. When you wake up - just smile.  Even if you feel stupid and inauthentic, smile anyway and keep it there.  While (possibly staging) you grin, think of everything you love and are thankful for.  Life can be crazy but it doesn't mean YOU have to be.  So make a different choice.  You be the sunshine!

Underlying Disturbances
Having the glow of red lights and the activity of phones and computers can really rob you of your restful sleep *and* waking.  Look around your room.  Is it restful?  Do you feel warm and energized when you wake?  If not, take inventory of what's stifling you and get some change happening.  Whether it's in need of moving cyberspace to another room, painting with uplifting colors or even a total remodel, you decide what needs to happen and then get it done.  Getting proper peace and rest is vital to good health and prosperity.

Be Active
It's common knowledge that physical activity is important for both your mind and body, but it can be really difficult to find the time to fit it into our busy schedules.  If you can go for a run or stop by the gym first thing in the morning, great!  If not, make a plan to implement a small routine into your morning so you at least set a pattern and habit to care for your mind and body which will in turn, not only set up your day with energy but also the rest of your life.

Water First
I know, we all need to have our coffee or tea in the morning, but how about trying to get a good 16 ounces of water in the morning before you caffeinate? This helps your mind to be sharper, your body systems to work more efficiently and to flush the last bits of last night’s accumulated toxins out through the kidney and liver. I’m not saying to skip the caffeine entirely, but to make sure your flushing and hydrating along the way.

Make a commitment to yourself out of love to energize your day by planning ahead, feeding your mind and body well and by holding love and gratitude in your heart.  It will bring more beauty to your day and put a smile in your heart.... I promise. We love bringing beauty to your life which is why we do what we do!  Please stop on by our website at Unique Home and see how we can make a difference in your home!  We'd love to hear from you in the comments below and as usual, please visit us on twitter!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Give Yourself Some Peace of Mind With a Peaceful Space in Your Home

Give Yourself Some Peace of Mind With a Peaceful Space in Your HomeLife is full of enough surprises and obligations to make anyone crazy. Especially now that school has started, families always have places to be and things to do, and you don’t want to be the one that burns out.
One of the best ways to avoid schedule burnout is to make sure you have time to pause and refuel yourself. We do this by taking breaks, turning off phones and media, making ourselves a cup of tea or juice and even grabbing a book or a journal.
Some people will do this at the kitchen table or in the bedroom, but we’ve found it’s better and more effective to have a designated space that you know is only meant for peaceful pausing and getting your energy back.
You deserve to have a space where you can get away, curl up with a book and refuel.  Escape the realities of your everyday life by adding a reading nook to your home. Here you can have the perfect combination of style, comfort and just the right light.  However, the biggest reason people don't have a reading nook in their home, is the same reason they need one! They are mentally exhausted and just can't think, much less - create a space to refuel. So we want to take the guess work out of it and help you plan it easily and to your taste. At Unique Home Building, we know how important it is for your home to feel individual to you, and if these ideas get you excited but you want even more, please call us and one of our contractors will be happy to help you out!
All you need is a small corner with a comfortable chair to really create the ambience needed for rest and rejuvenation. Some additions that add to the calmness would be soft lights, a house plant, a throw blanket, and perhaps a shelf for holding books, some writing tools and trinkets that keep you serene.

It’s very easy and will give you so much peace of mind as you head deeper into the year. Not sure where to start? No problem, just reach out and the contractors at Unique Home Building will help you get clear!

Friday, September 2, 2016

How to Keep Your Home Safe and Fun For Your Little Explorers

How to Keep Your Home Safe and Fun For Your Little ExplorersYour children are growing and changing. They want to explore the world around them and you want to nurture their curiosities. But you also want the to be safe in their freedom. That’s why it’s so important to design and decorate your home in a way that is safe, accessible and preventatively organized. At Unique Home Building, we help a lot of families create their homes to family friendly and welcoming to people at all ages and stages.

We’ve gathered together some tips and tricks based on our experience, to share with you so everyone in your home can be a safe explorer, especially the little ones.

Round Your Edges
Whether our own children, or other people kids, we are all familiar with the harsh experience 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.

Contain Your Cords
Cords are one of the most common ways children get hurt, as they tangle around the body, can get tripped over and also lead curiosities to outlets which is the most dangerous. So it’s important to keep cords from becoming piles of tangled up snakes that can be tripped over, sucked on or simply played with. Children are oddly attracted to what shouldn’t be a toy, so it’s wise to keep the excess cords wrapped up well, fastened together using zip or twist ties and tucked behind and under furniture or stored in a basket. The best option is to go with cord containment storage items that are usually sold at most furniture and home design and electronic stores.

Secure Your Shelving
This is a great one to start with. Make sure that your entertainment center and any other shelves are not able to be climbed. As well, be sure to invest in wall straps to harness the unit to the wall. This way, if your little strong man decides to be a little too strong, the unit at least doesn’t fall down to the floor on onto him. Be sure to have what’s most important, fragile or dangerous out of reach and kept on higher shelves.

Protect and Defend!
Everything can be colored on or spilt on and you’ve got to be smarter than and two steps ahead of your explorer. 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 or want to have company around!

Washable Everything!
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 and especially windows.

For Feet and Floors
Family life is filled with predictable messes like dust, spills, pet hair and food. Why not 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. When using an area rug, be sure to have the rubber grip pad underneath it, to avoid the rug from moving or folding, avoiding unnecessary trips and falls.

At Unique Home Building, we think the littlest explorers should have the freedom to do what they do best. 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.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Why Build Your Own Home When You Can Buy Ready Made? Here’s Why:

Why Build Your Own Home When You Can Buy Ready Made? Here’s Why:We’re all busy people. We don’t have time or energy for extra stress and complicated planning. So we naturally lean toward buying a home over building them. But what if the benefits of building your own home outweigh the challenges? And what if the challenges aren’t really… Challenging? Well, then you’d want to talk. Do you know why?

Because you can entertain without limits.
Work hard, party hard right? You need a space to invite your friends over, share a dinner and just enjoy the downtime. Building your own home gives you the chance to build according to your specific style and taste.

Because you can ‘start over’ and start fresh.
For many families and individuals, it can be very refreshing to know that a fresh start is possible. 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!

Because you get to call the shots.
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.

I know, you’re convinced on the why.

Now if you feel held back by the fear of challenges - that peace of mind is found in working with the right contractors. When interviewing contractors, make sure the ones you talked to come with great reviews, insurance, successful builds and happy clients.

If you are ready to plan your new home construction, we’d love to work with you.  Contact the contractors at Unique Home Building today!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Green Tips You Want to Know About When Planning Your Home Remodel

Green Tips You Want to Know About When Planning Your Home Remodel

If you’re thinking of remodeling your home it’s important that you look at options, ideas and add ons that are not only beneficial for you and your family, but that are sustainable for the environment as well. We need to protect and care for what we love, so the earth we live on should be no different. There are many green and non-toxix options to choose from as well as ones that conserve energy and costs. Here are some basic starter ideas we at Unique Home Building would like to share with you.
Hire a green contractor: You’ll have a better chance of negotiating successfully with builders if you know about the details that make for a green home. One good way to learn is to get a book on construction and decide what it is that's important to you and to communicate that to your contractor.  Some options to consider are green roofs, rain storage collection and low voc paints.
Instal solar panels: Solar panels are a great way to conserve energy and utilize natural electricity.  To see if your home is a candidate for solar panels, go out on your roof on a sunny day mid-morning and see if the sun shines on it. Do this again mid-afternoon. If the sun shines through on the shingles for most of those in between hours, and your home isn't blocked by nearby buildings or hills, then you could be a great candidate for natural energy in your home!
Recycled insulation: Not many people know this, but you can insulate your home with used denim! Ask your friends and family to donate their old ripped up jeans and jackets and stuff your walls with less toxicity and waste.
Low VOC paints: Choose paints that have less toxins in them for your whole family’s health. There are also many new painting methods out there where you can mix clays and natural elements with water and simply wash the color on with a cloth.
Reclaim it: Go to a local recycled materials business and choose ‘already loved’ building materials, wood, doors, fixtures, windows etc. Why buy new when you can use something in fine shape and keep less from going to the dump?
Use a fireplaces insert: Fireplaces inserts (rather than a traditional fireplace) that can burn logs and paper trash, has intake and outflow vents at the bottom and top (you shouldn’t need a circulating blower), has an easily operable damper, and sports large glass doors so you can enjoy the dancing flames. A fireplace insert is 50–75 per cent efficient and easier to operate. Another option would be a gas fireplace or dutch oven.
Efficient indoor spaces: By removing useless corners, unused crannies, gun barrel hallways, seas of circulation around islands of furniture, and other chubby cubic footage indoors, not only will you be more comfortable in less space, you may have enough room in your home to install an office, have an exercise area (instead of driving to a dues-paying health club), and store more belongings (rather than rent a storage unit miles away). One of many clever ploys: Convert the usual wasted space between a row of studs into a hallway library or similar shelving. This can be done almost anywhere indoors.

Unique Home Building is dedicated to making your home the finest quality living space you can imagine.  Call us today to see how we can make your home a place you love!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Important Facts You Need to Know When Planning a Basement Remodel

Important Facts You Need to Know When Planning a Basement RemodelMore and more people are choosing to utilize the added square footage in their basements for extra home space, guests, entertaining as well as working. When planned out well, it can be the best thing done for your home - both for your quality of life as well as the value of your home.
It just keeps giving back! Here at Unique Home Building, we love helping you create the home of your dreams and a basement remodel is a great place to start.

Step One: Get Clear on Your Vision.  Do you know what you want to do with the space? Do you know the feel you want to have there? Will it be multi purpose? Start a mood board to get your visual inspiration in front of your eyes and more easily shared with the family and contractor you work with.

Step Two: Make sure your wants are legal. Check with your insurance agent before jumping in with both feed. Some finished basements may not be insured and sometimes bedrooms are added but won't count in the total of bedrooms when you sell the house.  Know the facts before committing. But once you know the facts and are ready, the adventure can begin!

Step Three: Know your water. Being prepared for flooding is so important regardless of your location, because it always CAN happen; so plan ahead. If you don't have a system in place to deal with the water, choose a flooring material that can handle getting wet, such as the tile shown in this basement. If you don't have a floor drain, get one installed. It's best to get a drain that ties into the storm drain directly or that drains into a pit with a sump pump in it. If you pay for these systems up front, you won't be paying to replace furniture, rugs and appliances later. In addition to waterproofing, you'll want to plan ahead with proper plumbing. Make sure to have a plumbing expert advise you to the best direction for new plumbing.

Step Four: Tall or small? Think about how you plan to use your finished basement. If you want to exercise down there, you may need more headroom. Lift your arms overhead. I need an 8-foot ceiling to do that. Will you be standing on a treadmill? Height can be one of the biggest challenges in basement remodels. Do your best with what you've got - and make sure you've got enough space to enjoy yourself and meet everyone’s needs.

Step Five: The light inside. Natural light is often in short supply in a basement. In this picture, the kitchen was placed by the lone window to maximize sunlight in the prep area. Also, many building codes require a second way to exit the basement if the space is going to be finished. Get more light and satisfy code requirements by installing an egress window and window well. An egress window is big enough for a person to exit through it, and the well allows more light into your basement. To avoid water problems, have a drain installed at the bottom of the well.

Those are the basics you need to know about basement remodels. Obviously, there's always more to learn and prepare for, but you're not alone. 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!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Simple Home Design Tips That Help Beat Depression

Simple Home Design Tips That Help Beat DepressionIf you find yourself singing the blues more often than not, and your normal uplifting methods aren’t working, it might be your home that’s bringing you down! Did you know 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. And that’s just the beginning!
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.

You can’t control the weather and you can’t just move to an island, but you can control color and ambience. Unique Home Building understands each homes need and what most have in common is that simple changes make a big difference.

Feeling Blue? Simple Home Changes to Boost Your Mood and Energize Your Day.

Start with the bedroom and the bathroom you use most, as these are what you’ll see first. 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.

Upgrade Your 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 Up.
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.

Yes, you could move into a better home or build one even, but that’s not what this one’s about. 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.

Better Timing.
No one feels good when they feel rushed. Are you allowing yourself enough time to read, think, relax, wake up and be inspired about your day? Feeling rushed causes us to feel as though we can’t be at our best or accomplish our goals. Try allowing yourself more time in the morning; even an extra 20 minutes helps.

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!