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.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Top Home Remodeling Tips You Need for More Healthy, Happy, Quality of Life

The Top Home Remodeling Tips You Need for More Healthy, Happy, Quality of LifeWhether or not you feel good in life has a lot to do with how good you feel in your home. Your home should 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. But does your home welcome you like this? If not, and you’re ready to make the needed changes you deserve, then we’d like to share some inspirational insight and ideas to help you transform your home into the relaxing refuge you’ve been waiting for. 

First think of 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.

Choose flexible lighting. Do we even need to suggest dimmers? 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.

Add life to every room with plants; from small succulents to large potted tropicals. 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!

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!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Important Things To Remember to Avoid Bathroom Remodel Planning Disasters

Important Things To Remember to Avoid Bathroom Remodel Planning DisastersBathroom remodels are one of the most common desires for homeowners, because they tend to be the most cramped and be the easiest rooms to create solutions for. You can add on, change the light, add windows and create just the right space that totally transforms your living and relaxing experience in your home. But there are some very important aspects to bathroom remodels that if you forget them or mess them up - they can lead to a very disappointing experience and an expensive one at that. So make sure that if you’re spending all this time and money to make your bathroom better, to make sure you’re well planned and prepared.  
Know where you want to splurge.
Bathroom makeovers, though small can still be an expense. But be that as it may, you don’t want to cut every corner and have the whole thing be a compromise. So get clear about where your no-compromise splurges are going to be focused. Choose a feature you love that will define the look and feel of your new bathroom—a high-end plumbing fixture in the shower or sink, a special-order vanity top, or a heated towel rack. You’ll feel far better about it because it was part of the plan all along. 
Light things up right. 
This is your chance to create the perfect ambience for your needs and personality. This is not a place to skimp. You don't want to end up with a new bathroom but outdated light fixtures. Plan your lighting early on so you'll know if you need to run new cable. Consider recessed lighting over the shower for better illumination while you're bathing. Just make sure the lights are rated for bathrooms.
Choose the tiles meant for you.
Mosaic or glass tile can be expensive but if that’s what you want, then be sure to budget for it. The latest beautiful trend is using Moroccan tiles to accent or fully cover a floor area or wall. As well, if you’d just like the accent, you can use special tiles as a border or sporadically in a pattern to give the design a punch of color and character.
Create smart storage.
You'll want in-shower storage for your shampoo, soap, razor, and body wash. Don't settle for cheap plastic units that hang from the shower head or attach to rods that run from your tub to the ceiling.  It's an easy solution for when you're renting, but when you own your home, they can look ugly and can ruin your attractive new design. A better option is ceramic tile shelving that's installed in the corner of the shower. Our favorite solution is to build in-the-wall shelving. Once you tear out the old shower, add framing between the studs in the walls for the shelves. ith your elbows when you're singing karaoke into the shower head. Yes, it's a win win. 
Professionals are there for a reason.
You don’t have to do all of this on your own. If any part of the project takes you out of your league, call in a professional. You may need an electrician to help run cable for in-floor heating controls, or you might need a plumber's help if the water or drain lines need to be moved. When you're dealing with electrical or plumbing, DIY mistakes can be catastrophic.
The contractors at Unique Home Building are ready and willing to help you with the process.  

Call us and let us know how we can help today.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sanity Saving Tips You Need to Make Moving a Stress Free Adventure

Sanity Saving Tips You Need to Make Moving a Stress Free AdventureNobody likes to move. Just mentioning that you’re moving causes your friends and family to send their condolences to you and yours as if you’ve lost someone very dear to you. And for good reason. The stress of moving can cause you to lose your sanity quite quickly. And just the thought of it stresses you. But we at Unique Home Building believe that moving doesn’t need to be so hard that it feels like a funeral for your sanity and we want to share some tips with you to help make it a lot easier. Here are some simple tips:Start by cleaning out the junk drawers and overly filled closets or storage spaces. Get  rid of what you don’t need. We tend to move many things that we just don’t use and then they stay in the box in the next house forever. 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. Put your “must keeps” in sealable plastic bags or plastic bins. Then when you get to the new place, you can just put it all away in the new drawers and closets. Done deal. Everything is together. This is especially helpful for junk drawers, utensils, underwear drawers.Pack things up by room. Choose a color of duct tape or permanent marker that is assigned to each room and keep all boxes for that room color coded for easy moving and organization. Label with words like, closet, clothes, shoes, dining room utensils..  Avoid the big boxes and save your back. Make sure you aren’t afraid to use many small boxes instead of less 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.Plan ahead with enough time to take it slow. Do not move and pack 7 days in a row. Do a little each day and every few days, stop. You will burn out if you just keep going. Even if you stop at noon one day, give yourself a long stretch of doing something relaxing and rejuvenating. Get a massage, go see a movie, workout, take a hike.. anything that gives you a deep breath.  
We hope these tips help you feel a little better about the move to come. And remember, the 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, July 31, 2017

Quick Bedroom Design Tips that Deliver Better, More Refreshing Sleep

Quick Bedroom Design Tips that Deliver Better, More Refreshing Sleep Waking up tired in the morning can really be discouraging when you feel like you’ve done all you can do to feel rested. But what many people don’t realize is that many of the sleep challenges we face can be addressed and overcome with just a few changes to your routine and bedroom design. So take a few moments and look through these tips. Perhaps you’ll find the solution to turn your restless nights to restful mornings.  

Great sleep starts by thinking ahead. What so many people don’t realize is that our daily habits are sometimes the greatest source of sabotage for our nightly rest. So let’s start with what you can do to prepare. 

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.

Drink less caffeine. Drinking too much caffeine or having it too late in the day can cause your mind to be too alert, or on, too late in the day. Consider making noon the cut off marker and stick with water or herbal teas from that point after. 

Preparing the bedroom. The place you sleep needs to feel like it’s inviting you into rest; not inviting you to think and do. 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.

Colors of rest. Your room should be painted to invite relaxation. Picture your room. Does it feel like a place you’d like to create or think in, or does it remind you of a spa where you go to unwind? Color and decorate according to relaxation and you’ll find yourself drifting off into sleep more quickly and more easily. 

Be not disturbed. 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'll know best what needs to happen for you to get the rest you need and then get planning. After all, proper peace and rest is vital to good health and prosperity. Please talk to us at Unique Home and see how we can make a difference in your home!