When you’re thinking of remodeling or building your home, you naturally think of the additions that will give you the most space and home feeling. But how often do you consider how your design contributes to your health. Not often, right? Well the truth is, that there are some seriously health boosting home design ideas out there that make a world of difference for your quality of life as well as for your health.
If you’re finally planning to have the home of your dreams, and good health matters to you, you’re not going to want to miss out on these genius ideas. At Unique Home Building, we are in the business of making your home life better. Here are our favorite ways to bring health to your home and home to your health:
About light: The more sun you can let into your home, the more your plants, your mood and your natural rhythms will be supported. So choose extra large windows and add skylights to the rooms you’re in most! And for the rooms where you sleep, be sure to have both the large windows to let in the light, as well as black out curtains for night time to make sure that the added light doesn’t affect your sleep!
Detox at home: Everyone’s loving saunas these days, and that’s because they do so much for your health. Because of their heat factor, they aid your body’s circulation and ability to detoxify faster. This leads to muscle and joint pain relief, glowing skin, healthier hair, cleared respiratory system and better sleep. Sounds about right!
Access all the seasons: This solution adds more light and more outside to your daily life, without being exposed to pests or the elements. Add an all weather porch or sunroom. With this option, you get to sit ‘outside’ in the protection of your home, in every season. For places with colder winters, add a dutch oven and double paned windows to watch the snow and rainfall in the warmth of your enclosed porch! In the summer, simply open the windows and doors to enjoy the breeze.
Enjoy cleaner water: All you need to do is install a simple water filtration system. And when you do, you’ll know full well why you did it. You’ll be able to both taste and feel the difference. Many states have different laws as to what’s allowed in the water system, but you have the power to filter out what you don’t want - and eliminate the possibility of consuming chlorine, flouride and even residual flushed medications! Gross!
Home is where we spend the most time. We connect, eat, celebrate, grow and study there. So why not use your home to take your health even further? The contractors at Unique Home Building are experts and customizing your home to suit your needs. Please contact us today to see what we can do to make your house even more of a home.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
It’s not just about building great spaces, it’s also about making sure that those great spaces work for us, keep us comfortable and save us money. You deserve to know how to save money with the little things while you make bigger and better with your home. So here are some home energy reducing ideas that will save you money fast:
Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F. Water heating can account for 14 percent to 25 percent of the energy consumed in your home. For households with one or two members, set your water heater even lower to 115°F. Insulate your water heater with a water-heater blanket.
Take showers instead of baths. A 5-minute shower typically uses less than 15 gallons of water, while a bath can use 30 to 40 gallons.Install water-saving shower heads.
Simple sidenote: Don't let water run while brushing your teeth or shaving.
Switch your refrigerator's powersaver to "On," if available. Keep refrigerator coils and condenser area free of dust. Set the refrigerator temperature between 36°F and 38°F and the freezer between 0°F and 5°F. Defrost manual-defrost freezers when frost build-up is more than 1/4-inch thick. If possible, locate refrigerators and freezers away from direct sunlight and other warm air sources such as ranges and heating equipment. Use your dishwasher to wash only full loads of dishes. Let your dishes air-dry in your dishwasher rather than using the drying feature. When cooking on the range, use pot lids. Food will cook faster. Use cold water to scrape dirty dishes before putting them into the dishwasher and when running the garbage disposal. Use microwave for cooking when possible.
Wash laundry with less water and cooler water. About 90 percent of the energy used for washing clothes in a conventional top-load washer is for water heating. Wash and dry full loads. If you are washing a small load, use the appropriate water-level setting.
Dry towels and heavier-weight items in separate loads. Clean the dryer lint trap in the dryer after every load. Inspect the dryer vent regularly to make sure it is not kinked or clogged. Clean if needed. Dry consecutive loads to take advantage of the heat remaining in your dryer from the last load.
Replace any light bulb that burns more than one hour per day with a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) equivalent. Install skylights to allow more natural light. This won't be an immediate solution but will offer long term benefits. A qualified contractor would be able to install this easily. Turn lights off when not in use. Replace outdoor lighting with outdoor-rated CFL bulbs. Use outdoor security lights with a photocell and/or a motion sensor.
Unique home building wants the best for you and your family. From these simple tips to larger renovation projects, Unique wants your home to bring you peace of mind and comfort. Call us today to see what we can do for you!
Saturday, December 17, 2016
At Unique Home Building, we are experts at home remodeling and the last thing we want is for you to have a stressful nightmare of a project. All you want is to have the right home and we think you deserve to be properly prepared. The truth is, you either need to either be fully skilled, prepared and equipped or hire a contractor to take care of it for you.
So how do you go about the process and decide what to do? You have to get clear about what the result you’re looking to achieve.
Get Clear and Organize Your Wish List. Write out all the things you want to change and the updates you would like to make. Don't worry about the order, just write it all down. Think about how long you might want to live in the house. If you're planning on selling or looking to flip, you’ll want to speak with your realtor and create a selling plan and go about it from a slightly different angle.
Know Your Budget. You can’t go in on this without knowing your budget. You need to know what your limitations are so you don’t end up with an unfinished project without the means to finish it. Plus, it gives you and/or your contractor boundaries to work with.
Do Your Research: Find out or talk to a realtor to see what sort of return on investments the improvements you’re wanting may bring. Some improvements will add considerably more value to your home than others. Then make sure you research the contractors in your area for both hiring and keeping in mind for emergencies.
Create a Timeline. 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. 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.
Be sure that you’re making the improvements that are the best to meet your needs and return your investment; not just what’s trending. The priority is to go in the best direction - not all directions at once; and a professional contractor will help you figure out the best plan for your home, desires and lifestyle.
Once you make your list, you'll know what the priorities are. That's when you'll call the contractors at Unique Home Building. If you’re ready for remodeling, we’re the ones to call.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
It’s getting cold out there so the last thing you need is to feel cold inside too! If your home isn’t ready for winter, you want to get on it so it doesn’t sneak up on you. Get prepared for lower temperatures and wetter conditions now, with these very helpful tips from Unique Home Building!
Start with your windows and doors:
If you have old, single-pane windows, you will lose a significant amount of heat in the wintertime. Replacing old windows with energy-efficient, double-paned upgrades can pay for itself quickly in heat savings. Check all exterior doors to ensure that they are insulated and that there are no gaps or cracks between the doors and the frames that could let heat out. If you have weather stripping around doors, make sure it is intact and in good shape.
Care for your rooftops:
Make sure your roof gutters and drain pipes are clear of debris so that no blockage or damage occurs from ice or snow. That’s very damaging to your roof. On a dry day, blow out all the gutters with a leaf blower or spray them down with a hose. Check for holes or any repairs that might be needed and take care them before heavy snow or rain makes them worse. It’s also a good time to take a look at the roof itself and fix any shingles that are curling or any flashing around chimneys that has come loose.
Plumbing and Pipes:
Plumbing lines that aren't insulated and are in unheated spaces have to work extra hard to heat water. Check all of your plumbing lines to identify those that are outside or underneath the house, or are in an unheated basement or attic. Foam wrap and insulate all exposed pipes as best you can.
At Unique Home Building, we want your home to feel safe and welcoming for you. Whether it’s remodeling, adding on, or simply taking care of your home, our contractors are dedicated to serving you. Let us do what we do best and contact us today for any of your home design needs!
Thursday, November 24, 2016
There’s always tension in the air at during the holidays because no matter who your family is, there are things to disagree with. These things can be life choices, business, politics, health and even parenting. But this is not the time to get out the microscope on each other. It’s the time to gather together in unity and gratitude. So today, as you gather for your meal, remember that you love each other and are together to celebrate that.
To help you enjoy more peace at the table this holiday, we at Unique Home Building want to share some simple ideas that are meant to bring people together.
Play Joyful or Soothing Music: You can listen to the music or also talk about it. Not only is music a safe conversation topic, but it also relaxes the mind and body and brings back feelings of nostalgia.
Travel Bucket List: Have everyone share the destinations on their bucket list. Where do they want to go and why? Where have they already been? What do they like and dislike about travel? Encourage people to share their most memorable travel stories.
Honest Embarrassment: Almost self explanatory, have everyone share a totally embarrassing story. To make it more fun, have it be from this last year - or from when they were nine years old or similar. After the end of the story, have a show of hands of who can relate or has gone through something similar!
On a More Meaningful Note
Gratitude in a New Light: Instead of the usual “sharing what you’re thankful for”, really be in gratitude. Before or after the meal, take a deep breath. Silently look at the people sitting around you. Think of what you love about them regardless of your differences. Then allow everyone to take a turn sharing their gratitude for both the person on their left and one other person at the table or in the room. We as a society are great at sharing that we are thankful for food, shelter, clothing and such - but we fall short in sincerely sharing our gratitude for other people. When people feel they are appreciated, they do more of whatever has been noticed and appreciated. Appreciation creates a desire in our hearts to do and love well.
At Unique Home Building, we love bringing people together. We’ve spent years doing just that through for so many families through our home building and remodeling services. We stay committed to it because we know you deserve to be together in the way that feels best.
So this year, in your home, come together with love, gratitude and the intention of peace. Choose smart topics to discuss and let bygones be bygones.
And if you’re in the Dallas, Texas area, remember to contact Unique for any and all home needs!
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it’s time to get the details planned. You’ve got the food planned and people coming, but why not make the space where you’re eating just as inviting? Add the beauty of the holiday to the beauty of your home with these few simple tips to make your Thanksgiving more magical than ever.
Add candle light.
Candles of various height can be a great centerpiece for Thanksgiving. You most likely already have them in your home scattered in various rooms. Gather them all and add plain white candles or festive fall colors such as oranges, reds and browns. A simple plate with a festive boarder paired with simple gold rimmed glasses are sure to make a statement. A pumpkin can serve as a great place card holder! Either attach a label around the pumpkins stem or write the name directly on the side.
Perhaps you’re more of a minimalist and you don’t want to clutter your table with too much decoration. If that’s the case, make use of a solid and bold autumn colored table cloth and then add a contrasting color of cloth napkins to create an inviting accent. Run a gold ribbon along the middle with the dishes set on top of them. Stand back and smile. It will look beautiful!
A simple flower arrangement will add height to your table and can be achieved in a matter of minutes. Go out to your garden and snip some greenery as your base then add flowers, berries and branches! Keep it simple. Add an elegant1 runner to draw the eye to the center of the table. Leaves can be used as name tags by simply using puff paint and glitter! This is a great project to do with the kids! Finish off your table display by adding a fresh sprig of rosemary to each white plate adding a nice contrast against the leaf.
Foraged centerpiece. Instead of raking away the leaves that are sprinkled on your lawn, save a few and use 2-3 types of different colored leaves to create simple base for your low laying centerpiece. Add in various types of pumpkins, squash and gourdes. Enhance your farm to table look with a statement charger, paired with a simple plate. Lastly, an old tree stump when sliced into disks make for a wonderful name card!
At Unique Home Building, we love helping you with both big and small ways to bring more life and home to the space you live in. From holiday prep to major changes, we want to be of service to you. We offer top quality contracting for home remodeling, renovation and more.
Saturday, November 5, 2016
There’s something about the change of seasons that makes us want to start fresh, turn over a new page, and say, “Out with the old, in with the new!” And in the fall, we can have so much fun with it, with the colors and the mood and all the beauty in between. The best part is, that it doesn’t have to be complicated or cost a ton. With just a few simple additions and changes, you can bring the beauty of fall and winter into the comfort of your home.
Start small. Notice a few pieces around your home that you can store until spring and replace with something with a more rustic or natural feel. Think linens, wicker accents, lamp shades, throw pillows, rugs, or even wall art.
Add the Glow
Set out candles…and light them! This is as easy as getting a flatter piece of wood and setting out tealights on it. Or add votives to mason jars and line them up on banisters and mantels. Another great touch is framing windows or accent walls with white christmas lights.
Basket of Apples
While fall is notorious (in a good way, of course) for its warm, fiery color palette, the season’s arrival doesn’t mean we do away with bright, beautiful color altogether. Quite the contrary. Apple green is a perfect example – bright, cheerful, and perfectly fallish. Simply get a wicker or wooden basket and store your normal apples in it or get fake ones for the decor.
Back to the Nature
Bring the outside in by branching out. Cut and gather twigs and fallen branches and arrange in a glass vase for the look of wood and ice. You can also gather pine cones and place them in a bowl, vase or simply around your home for the same effect.
Focus on bringing in more soft, luxurious textiles with autumn colors such as rich greens, rusty orange, browns, burgundy or gold. These are the colors and textures that you want to curl up with, in, or on. Velvet, soft linen, and a variety of other touchable fabrics make for wonderful fall pillow covers and throw blankets.
It’s easy to transition your home to embody the cozy comfort of fall and winter. Try these tips today and see how it feels in your home! And remember, for bigger changes such as remodeling, design and building, Unique Home Building get’s the job done beautifully. For those in Texas, call us today for a consultation!