Monday, December 31, 2012

Top Ten: Solar Hot Water for your Dallas home remodel


We are running a series of posts about 10 of the best technologies available for your Dallas remodeling projects. These technologies are selected by PATHSelected technologies have notable strengths in one or more of the following areas: quality and durability; energy efficiency; environmental performance; safety and disaster mitigation; and affordability. 
8. Solar Hot Water
While it is not yet cost-effective for most homes to switch completely to solar power, the availability of small solar technologies is offering great savings to families, as well as the environment. In sunny Dallas, there is plenty of radiant heat to efficiently power your hot water usage, lightening your monthly power bill. The new solar water heater technology is much more discreet than the old ones, mounting flush with a home's roof and resembling skylights.


Call Unique Properties to discuss how solar technologies can be incorporated into your Dallas kitchen remodel or other building or remodeling project in the greater Dallas area. We can be counted on to deliver quality workmanship, with professional customer service, on time, and on budget. 

Friday, December 28, 2012

Top Ten Technologies for Dallas Home Remodel: 6- storm windows


We are running a series of posts about 10 of the best technologies available for your Dallas remodeling projects. These technologies are selected by PATHSelected technologies have notable strengths in one or more of the following areas: quality and durability; energy efficiency; environmental performance; safety and disaster mitigation; and affordability. 
6. High Performance Windows/Storm Windows
In most U.S. climates, low-E coatings reduce heating costs associated with energy loss through windows by lowering the window’s U-value. Compared to tinted windows, solar control windows allow more natural light to enter the home, thereby reducing the need for and energy used by artificial lighting. Impact-resistant windows can prevent damage and injury by preventing panes from shattering under impact. Read more about high performance windows, as you consider technologies for your Dallas building or remodeling project. 

If you need a trusted contractor, contact Unique Properties for your Dallas kitchen remodel or other building or remodeling project in the greater Dallas area. We can be counted on to deliver quality workmanship, with professional customer service, on time, and on budget. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Top Ten Technologies for Dallas Home Remodel: 5- compact fluorescent lighting


We are running a series of posts about 10 of the best technologies available for your Dallas remodeling projects. These technologies are selected by PATHSelected technologies have notable strengths in one or more of the following areas: quality and durability; energy efficiency; environmental performance; safety and disaster mitigation; and affordability. 
5. Compact Fluorescent Lighting
We are living in a new era when it comes to lighting our homes. No longer is it enough for fixtures to be beautiful and illuminate our spaces. Now, we also expect them to use energy as efficiently as possible to help conserve the limited supply of available energy. In some areas of the country, energy efficient lighting is now required in new and remodeled homes.
Compact fluorescent lamps are simply miniature versions of full-size fluorescent lights. They use an arc discharge through a phosphor-lined tube instead of heating a resistance filament which is used in incandescent light bulbs. A CFL consists of a lamp, lamp holder, and ballast. The ballast provides the electrical control to strike and maintain the arc. Historically, fluorescent lighting’s bluish hue has turned people away from using the energy-efficient lighting in living spaces. However, the warm tones of newer compact fluorescent lighting make it almost indistinguishable from incandescent lighting. 

If you need a trusted contractor, contact Unique Properties for your Dallas kitchen remodel or other building or remodeling project in the greater Dallas area. We can be counted on to deliver quality workmanship, with professional customer service, on time, and on budget. 

Monday, December 24, 2012

Top Ten Technologies for Dallas Home Remodel: 4- high efficiency toilets


We are running a series of posts about 10 of the best technologies available for your Dallas remodeling projects. These technologies are selected by PATHSelected technologies have notable strengths in one or more of the following areas: quality and durability; energy efficiency; environmental performance; safety and disaster mitigation; and affordability. 
4. High efficiency toilets
High efficiency toilets save water that would otherwise be wasted, not only reducing your utility bill, but also the amount of available fresh water used. At Unique Properties, we recommend using high efficiency toilets in your Dallas home, as water conservation is a significant issue in our city. Not only will you save money on your water bill, but you may be able to get a free toilet through the city of Dallas' rebates and incentives program.
Designed for water conservation, high efficiency toilets (HETs) have been defined by the plumbing industry and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as those that use an average of 20 percent less water per flush than the industry standard of 1.6 gallons (or, 1.28 gallons). Using a high efficiency unit (in place of 1.6 gallon flush units) can save up to 8,760 gallons of water each year for a family of four with average daily flushes of six each. 

If you need a trusted contractor, contact Unique Properties for your bathroom remodel or other building or remodeling project in Dallas. We can be counted on to deliver quality workmanship, with professional customer service, on time, and on budget. 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Top Ten Technologies for Dallas Home Remodel: 3- HVAC right sizing


We are running a series of posts about 10 of the best technologies available for your Dallas remodeling projects. These technologies are selected by PATH. Selected technologies have notable strengths in one or more of the following areas: quality and durability; energy efficiency; environmental performance; safety and disaster mitigation; and affordability. 
3. HVAC Sizing
Right sizing an HVAC system improves efficiency, reduces noise, offers greater cooling/heating comfort and saves money. Getting correct HVAC sizing is recommended by PATH as one of the smartest things you can do for your home. Many Dallas contractors will install oversized units, costing you unnecessary money. A larger unit does not necessarily mean it is cooling better. In fact, a properly sized unit will provide the best cooling of your Dallas home for the lowest cost and energy use.  

When you build or remodel your Dallas-area home, you want everything done right. Choose a contractor with a track record of completing quality work, on time, at a fair price. Choose Unique Properties.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Top Ten Technologies for Dallas Home Remodel: 2- Ventilation Control


 
We can install a ventilation system in the crawlspace of your Dallas home! Contact Unique Properties for a consultation. 
We are running a series of posts about 10 of the best technologies available for your Dallas remodeling projects. These technologies are selected by PATH. Selected technologies have notable strengths in one or more of the following areas: quality and durability; energy efficiency; environmental performance; safety and disaster mitigation; and affordability.
2. Smartvent Ventilation/Ventilation Control System
Whether crawlspace ventilation is necessary (or even detrimental) is a hotly debated topic among building scientists. Especially in humid climates, ventilating the crawlspace often adds undesirable moisture to the area. New products provide mechanical ventilation as that measure the moisture content of outdoor and crawlspace air and only provide ventilation when the outdoor air is drier than crawlspace air. Thus, systems prevent moisture from being added to the crawlspace due to ventilation.
PATH is a voluntary partnership between leaders of the homebuilding, product manufacturing, insurance, and financial industries and representatives of Federal agencies concerned with housingHUD's Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) coordinates all PATH activities. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Top Ten Technologies for Dallas Home Remodel: 1- Air Sealing


This map shows areas where air commonly escapes in a house. A good contractor like Unique Properties can complete a full air sealing job on your house, saving you money. 
We are running a series of posts about 10 of the best technologies available for your Dallas remodeling projects. These technologies are selected by PATH. Selected technologies have notable strengths in one or more of the following areas: quality and durability; energy efficiency; environmental performance; safety and disaster mitigation; and affordability.
1. Air sealing
Reducing the amount of air that leaks in and out of your home is a cost-effective way to cut heating and cooling costs, improve durability, increase comfort, and create a healthier indoor environment. In addition to caulking and weather-stripping your home, PATH recommends these insulation alternatives to provide adequate air sealing in your home.
PATH is a voluntary partnership between leaders of the homebuilding, product manufacturing, insurance, and financial industries and representatives of Federal agencies concerned with housingHUD's Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) coordinates all PATH activities. 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

5 Ways to Finance Your Dallas Home Remodel- Part 5



Does this sound familiar: you know you need to remodel your Dallas home, but you don't know how to finance it? Today we are talking about financing through Federal Title I loans.
Currently many families are concerned about the cost of home improvements, and may be putting them off, even if they are badly needed. Title I loans may be an option for homeowners who may not qualify for other types of financing because they do not have equity in their home. Loans are available for up to $25,000 in home improvements, and up to 20 year loans. Interest rates are generally much lower than what private lenders charge- sometimes up to 50%. 
The Federal Title I program provides insurance to private lenders. Approved lenders then provide Title I-backed loans to consumers. Applications for Title I loans are available through many financial institutions in the Dallas area. 
Please give Unique Properties a call for all your Dallas-area general contractor needs. We are a licensed general contractor located in a Dallas Suburb offering remodeling, custom home building, commercial, and residential work. We do most of the work with our own staff, and that's why we are known for quality workmanship and professional integrity. 
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Saturday, December 15, 2012

5 Ways to Finance Your Dallas Home Remodel- Part 4


Does this sound familiar: you know you desperately need that  kitchen remodel of your Dallas home, but you don't know how to finance it? Today we are talking about financing your remodel through a traditional loan. In our other post in this series we explore some other ways of financing including a HELOC, using green building incentives, or getting in-house financing directly through us, Dallas contractor Unique Properties.

The most common way people finance a home improvement project is through a mortgage loan, either a home equity loan, or a regular mortgage. There is much to learn about financing your remodel through a bank, so even if you choose to go the most common route, be sure and do your research, read fine print, and compare rates. 

You're looking for a general contractor in the Dallas Metro area to help with a room addition, a custom home build, or help with an outdoor patio, kitchen or bath remodel. We offer in-house financing to make your home remodel as simple as possible.  
We can provide references of past clients who will testify to our integrity and professionalism.

Friday, December 14, 2012

5 Ways to Finance Your Dallas Home Remodel- Part 3


Does this sound familiar: you know you need to remodel your Dallas home, but you don't know how to finance it? Today we are talking about financing green building projects.
During these tough economic times, many families are concerned about the cost of home improvements, and may be putting them off, even if they are badly needed. Home remodeling is a financial investment, so it is prudent to consider all your financing options before you decide to put it off. 
Making your home more energy-efficient is a great improvement that will save you money over time, as well as increasing your home's value. The government offers tax incentives that can offset this expense. Accessing these incentives may help you finance your home build or remodel. Federal tax incentives may be available to offset the cost of upgrading your appliances to Energy Star, or installing solar panels or solar energy systems. There are also green building programs through the state of Texas, and the city of Dallas. 
For other ways of financing your home build or remodel project, see our other posts in this series including information on HELOC, and financing through our Dallas contracting company, Unique Properties.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

5 Ways to Finance Your Dallas Home Remodel- Part 2


Are you in this situation: you know you need to remodel your Dallas home, but you don't know how to finance it? 
During these tough economic times, many families are concerned about the cost of home improvements, and may be putting them off, even if they are badly needed. Home remodeling is a financial investment, so it is prudent to consider all your financing options before you decide to put it off. Did you know you can get financing directly from your contractor without having to go through a bank?
At Unique Properties, we offer our own financing. Financing through your contractor is convenient and we offer competitive financing options. Choosing Unique Properties for your home build or remodel means getting your job done in one place, start to finish. 
That includes: 
  • Design
  • New Construction
  • Remodeling
  • Room Additions
  • Settling Insurance
  • Financing
  • Real Estate


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

5 Ways to Finance Your Dallas Home Remodel- Part 1




Are you in this situation: you know you need remodeling of your Dallas home, but you don't know how to finance it? 
During these tough economic times, many families are woried about the cost of home improvements, and put them off, even if they are badly needed. Home remodeling is a financial investment, so it is wise to consider all your financing options before you decide to put off what could actually make you money in the long run. 

One of the most common ways people finance a home remodel is through a home equity line of credit (HELOC). If you have enough equity, a HELOC allows you to borrow on your home's value, using the home as collateral. You can borrow up to the credit limit, and interest rates are often low. If you go with this option, be sure and shop around for a competitive rate.

For those who don't have enough equity, or otherwise don't qualify for a HELOC, consider Unique Properties'  in-house financing or one of the other options discussed in this series.

At Unique Properties will work with you on your Dallas-area build or remodel from design to completion, handle all the local government issues, and make sure you are pleased with every part of the finished project. Call us now for a free consultation about your project.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Customer Lisa Hill's review of her Dallas home bathroom remodel

A bathroom remodel in a Dallas home by Unique Properties
Unfortunately, it is all to rare to hear people rave about their experience with a custom home or Dallas home remodel project. There are so many things that can go wrong, and frequently do. How often have you heard someone say that their remodel was done on time, on budget, with attention to detail, and people they were pleased to work with? 
Take our customer, Lisa Hill's review of her Dallas area bathroom remodel: 
"Mike and his team were professional and courteous from the moment they arrived. His attention to details and experience really showed in the final product. Our 1950's bathroom was transformed into a modern space for less than we imagined. Mike made some great suggestions on how to save us money and worked 10 hour days to get the work done in our timeframe. Thanks to Mike and Unique Properties for a superior job." 
We are pleased to get this kind of feedback again and again from our customers, and we are committed to continuing to have the one of the best reputations of any general contractor in the Dallas, Texas metro area.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Outdoor living in Dallas: home remodel experts' ideas

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As a trusted Dallas remodel and building contractor, one of our favorite kinds of home improvements is the addition of an outdoor kitchen or other outdoor living space. Not surprisingly, the outdoor kitchen has a lot of appeal in Dallas. Is there anything in life that beats sitting outside on a pleasant Dallas evening? How about the smells of your favorite meal cooking on an outdoor barbeque on your beautiful new patio? More delightful yet? Include your friends and family, and include a soak in your jacuzzi.
Adding or upgrading an outdoor living area will not only create extra space for your family to enjoy but it is also a great way to increase the value of your Dallas home. How would you like to cook your dinner in an outdoor oven? Improve the beauty of your garden with a gazebo?These are a few of the ways we improve
If you can dream it, we can build it. The possibilities for outdoor living additions and upgrades are endless.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Great garages: home remodels in Dallas

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When our Dallas home remodel and building company builds a new garage, our goal is to make your garage not only an asset to your home, but the envy of the neighborhood. We are a full service garage builder serving Dallas and the Dallas suburbs. A custom garage is a proven resale incentive. When the time comes to sell your home, its an investment that will pay off.
We can build frame and brick garages.
Our frame garages can be built with a variety of exterior finishes including cement board siding, cedar, stucco, & vinyl siding.
Our professional garage designers have the experience to guide you through the choices that suit your needs, budget, and taste.
At Unique Properties we intend to build the best quality custom garages in Dallas. We are prepared to handle all steps of your new garage project: planning, permitting,  teardown, foundation and flooring, building, and electrical work.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Stoves Add Style and Function to Your Dallas Kitchen Remodel

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Your Stove Is Command Central.  Start with Your Stove When Thinking about your Kitchen Remodel

Are you thinking about a kitchen remodel in your Dallas home, but you don't know where to start? Start with one appliance at a time, evaluating your priorities, the best use of your space, and your personality and style.

 
While the most important thing in a stove is of course function, a stove can also create a statement as a focal point for the kitchen. Many serious cooks prefer gas stoves, but you might also prefer a low-maintenance glass top range. A home designed for entertaining may need two ovens.
A retro stove can add character and coziness. A glass top stove's clean lines can look nice in a modern, minimalist kitchen and can make great use of limited space.
Consider shopping around for stoves as a first step in designing your new Dallas kitchen.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Best Dallas remodel trends: the welcoming entryway

Picture from My Home Ideas
Are you looking for a Dallas home remodel? Have you thought about your entryway?  The entryway is an important and often overlooked part of the house. Great designs for entryways offer space for an organization station as you come and go,. They will make the most of the natural lighting, make the most of the local climate, and create a beautiful welcome to guests. Perhaps you have always dreamed of having a real front porch where you can relax, entertain, and enjoy your neighborhood.
As you envision what you might like in an entryway, think about what needs a change: are the windows beautiful, offering the best front view possible? Do you want to be able to see who is on the street? Is privacy important to you, or would you like an inviting window that gives a glimpse of the beauty and character of your home?  Is the front walkway safe and adequate for your needs? What kinds of flooring materials inspire you? Do you have the lighting that you need to feel safe and comfortable at night?
Our trusted Dallas remodel experts can help you dream up the perfect welcome space for your home.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Texas Attorney General warning about home remodel scams- Dallas remodeling

We have been posting consumer information about Dallas home remodel scams on our blog. The Texas Attorney General has some great information on their website about warning flags of scams. Check out their tips. 
"For most consumers, the home they own and live in is their largest and most important investment. Adding improvements, repairing damage, and keeping up with routine maintenance are all part of the smart consumer's effort to protect and increase the value of this important asset. 
Scammers know you'll spend money to improve your home. Be sure you know how to protect yourself, and you should familiarize yourself with common home improvement scams."
If you are looking to build or improve your home in the Dallas area, Unique Properties is a local contractor specializing in a variety of types of remodels and custom home builds. Give us a call. We would love to help you make your plans reality. 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Buyer beware: spotting Dallas home remodel scams

When you are planning remodeling of your Dallas home, you are probably concerned about money. Of course, home building and remodeling is expensive, and you want to be sure that your money is invested in your home value, not in someone else's shady business. 
Unfortunately, unscrupulous contractors are common in the Dallas area. These contractors may be unlicensed and inexperienced, leaving you with shoddy work on your house; or they may be outright scam artists who will take your money with no plans of completing the work. These unscrupulous contractors prey on budget-conscious homeowners, offering deals that seem too good to be true...and they are. 
The Better Business Bureau put out a list of warning signs to help you spot a potential rip-off contractor. 
You understandably want the best deal for your money, but when it comes to home remodeling, the best investment is with a credible, experienced, professional contractor who can provide references of their work. 
Unique Properties is committed to ethical business, quality work, and customer satisfaction. Call us about your home build or remodel plans in Dallas.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Why customers choose us for Dallas home remodel

Unfortunately, it is all to rare to hear people rave about their experience with a custom home or Dallas home remodel project. There are so many things that can go wrong, and frequently do. How often have you heard someone say that their remodel was done on time, on budget, with attention to detail, and people they were pleased to work with? 
Take our customer, Lisa Hill's review of her Dallas area bathroom remodel: 
"Mike and his team were professional and courteous from the moment they arrived. His attention to details and experience really showed in the final product. Our 1950's bathroom was transformed into a modern space for less than we imagined. Mike made some great suggestions on how to save us money and worked 10 hour days to get the work done in our timeframe. Thanks to Mike and Unique Properties for a superior job." 
We are pleased to get this kind of feedback again and again from our customers, and we are committed to continuing to have the one of the best reputations of any general contractor in the Dallas, Texas metro area.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Customer review on complete Dallas home remodel

The most important measure of our success as a business is making sure that our customers rave about their Dallas home remodel. Whether its a bathroom, kitchen, outdoor space, or addition, we hold ourselves to a high standard of customer satisfaction.
We want to make sure that our customers are satisfied, not only  with the way their home looks and functions, but with our timeliness, integrity as far as budget, and that their property is treated with respect and left clean after the job. 
We are honored to get great feedback from our customers, like Jason Haynsworth who had a complete remodel of his family's home, pictured here. Jason describes his experience with us:
"My wife and I purchased a 2700sf ranch home with the intent of a complete, custom remodel. Because we were planning on spending over $100,000 on the job, we spoke with 10+ contractors and decided to go with Mike for the project. The result was incredible. Mike went above and beyond what we expected and delivered an unbelievable result for us. Nearly every surface in the house was touched: new open-concept kitchen, 4 remodeled bathrooms (including over 150sf of 1 inch glass tile in the master shower), flooring everywhere (natural wood, marble, travertine), trim throughout, custom built kitchen, bath, and office cabinets, custom built stone fireplace, new texture and paint, windows, French doors, 2 hot water heaters on recirculating pump, 2 electrical panels, etc. We were happy with each trade that Mike brought on to help - wood floor guys, tile, trim, painters, granite, electrician, plumber, mason, etc. He was also hands on, completing much of the loose ends work himself. I don't have enough positive things to say about Mike and his work. I would highly recommend him to anyone considering a high-end remodel at a reasonable cost. "

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Dallas home remodel rave customer reviews

If you are  looking for a general contractor to build your room addition or custom home, or remodel your Dallas home's patio, kitchen, or bathroom; give us a call. Perhaps you are worried about finding a trustworthy business to help you out. Of course you want the job done right, on time, and in budget, but that is not how construction jobs often go, and we've all heard horror stories.
We have many clients who can testify to the work we do. We are skilled, clean, honest, punctual, and service-oriented.
Listen to our customers  Cecil and Cheryl Miller had to say about our work:  "I love my new house! Well, it is not really a new house but it sure looks like one. From the addition of 1600 square feet upstairs which includes and entertainment room, bar, office, bedroom and two bathrooms to a complete kitchen remodel, I couldn't ask for better work. We have been through 3 remodels and this by far was the easiest to live through. Mike made sure his people were the least intrusive into our living space as they could be and made sure things were cleaned up everyday. The work these guys did is just beautiful as you can see by the pictures. As with all costruction jobs, something will surely go wrong or there will be somthing that jsut isn't quite the way you want it. All I had to do is just mention it to Mike and I knew I didn't have to worry about it because he would take care of it. Mike was a real pleasure to deal with and it was obvious that pleasing the homeowner is his top priority. We highly recommend him without hesitation." 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Dallas remodel for your business success

As owners of Dallas remodeling business, we know that your storefront, office or factory is essential to your business success. You need your facility to reflect positively on your products and services. You need an efficient workspace that gives you good traffic patterns, efficient use of space, and functional and pleasant lighting. Finally, you want those who work in the space to be comfortable and happy to be there, and to make a pleasant impression on visitors.

Unique Properties can meet with you at any stage of the development of your tenant improvement. We can help you from the very start of the effort to design the space, to include all of the above considerations, and more. Then we can help you select materials and fixtures that will be the best investment of your money. We will work with the local government regarding all permitting and approvals, and do the buildout.

Call us now to get your business space in motion.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Patio or sunroom home remodels in Dallas


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For many of our Dallas home remodel clients, the least expensive space in their home ends up being the place they spend the greatest amount of time. A well-designed sunroom or patio can be the most enjoyable and functional part of any residence.
But, even though the cost per square foot tends to be affordable, you should not cut corners by going with the lowest bidder and all the cheapest options. Since you will likely spend a lot of time in this space as a family, and entertaining, you will want to make sure the job is done well.
Unique Properties will help you make those choices- everything from the placement of the gas lines to the patio cover.
Sunrooms are known for being too noisy when it rains. We can help you find units that reduce that noise by half. We will help you decide where you need to block the sun, or let the sun stream in so your sun room is comfortable throughout the year.
Allow us to help you build your dream into a reality that will give you years of fun and relaxation in your new patio or sunroom.



Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Home Remodel Dallas Trends Part 4: The Flexible Garage (aka Man Cave)


Garages today are being seen more as functional space of the house, rather than just as parking. We are more likely to see them performing as workshops, rec rooms, pantries, craft rooms, or its most popular current interpretation, the man cave.
In a 2009 study, 40% of homeowners said that their home already had a man cave and another 13% said a man cave is either in the planning stage or in the process of being built. The dude retreat is definitely one of the most popular ideas for garage remodeling Dallas. This study did not even scratch the service of the many types of garage remodels we see, tending towards recreation and retreat space not only for the man of the house, but whichever members need to withdraw from the bustle of integrated common spaces of the modern home. No matter what, we see that functional living space is the trend for garages, whether this looks like man cave, mom cave, geek cave, hobbyist space, or kid’s indoor playground. Modern families believe that every space must have function, and the garage offers a wealth of remodeling possibilities.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Home Remodel Dallas Trends Part 3: Mother-in-Law Suites and Tiny Houses


With many families doubling up or downsizing, and with everyone’s mind on environmental impact, home remodel Dallas trends have ventured into new territory: tiny houses. Picture an inexpensive, environmentally-friendly, transportable cottage resembling something from a storybook. C'mon, you know you want one!
Tiny houses range in size from 70-1000 square feet, sometimes being built on a trailer bed or back of a pickup truck to be truly mobile, and sometimes so small they do not require a building permit to construct. Some brave souls are choosing these as their primary dwelling, touting the home’s frugality and simple maintenance, but more commonly they are cropping up as backyard artist’s retreats, guest, or mother-in-law dwellings.
The traditional mother-in-law apartment, (or house-within-a-house) is also enjoying popularity. As multigenerational living is on the rise in America, homes are being remodeled to comfortably accommodate adult children and aging parents. As many people have put their focus on financial savvy, the idea of having rental income is appealing to many. This is a great way to maximize underutilized space in a home, adding to its value. Attics, garages, and sunrooms can be remodeled to include bedrooms with kitchenettes and bathrooms. Loft beds, murphy beds, and built-in shelving make the most out of small spaces.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Home Remodel Dallas Trends Part 2: Bathroom Trends


An important thing to know before your home remodel Dallas: new laws dictate that all new home construction and bathroom remodels will not pass inspection without low-flow toilets and showerheads. The entire state of Texas also is also moving to strictly low-flush toilets by 2014. So, yes, trends are definitely going green for bathrooms in our arid climate. If you are worried about whether you’ll be able to rinse your hair, though, fear not. Today’s green fixtures pack a lot of performance and even (gasp!) luxury. Comfort is high priority, and the latest technology is redefining bathroom comfort. We see this in digital showerheads, on-demand water heaters, water pressure stabilization, and much greater demand for televisions in the bathroom.
The style today is all about featuring function and comfort, with clean modern lines, soothing color palettes, and quality, natural materials like beautiful tile, and chrome fixtures. Vintage details such as clawfoot tubs, classic vanities, and reproduction or salvaged fixtures are also popular. Whether earthy or nostalgic in feel, the modern bathroom is an inviting oasis, with a gentle footprint on the natural world.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Hottest Dallas kitchen remodel trends


As a contractor providing kitchen remodel in Dallas, we are exposed to all kinds of design trends. We scout for the ones that are innovative or have enduring quality. The large, open kitchen and casual dining area are the center of the home today.
In recent years, many families are are living more closely, and more communal spaces are a hallmark of today’s homes. In keeping with this, many people are converting to great rooms, where there is easy flow between kitchen and living room, maximizing space as well as a sense of togetherness in the home. Casual dining areas are more popular than formal dining rooms, and many families prefer to eat at barstools or the breakfast nook rather than in a traditional dining room. Today’s families are busy, and our kitchens are not just places for food prep, but for multi-tasking- they are bill-pay centers, homework stations, and places for family connections to occur in the midst of our busy lives. Open kitchens with kitchen islands are hot in today’s homes. There is also an emphasis on practicality in the kitchen, as throughout the home. People are looking for organization, with walk-in pantries and home command centers being popular kitchen features. There is also a lot of interest in health and green features: non-toxic prep surfaces, built-in water filters, and high-tech energy-efficient appliances.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

How To Choose A General Contractor

One of those nagging tasks out their can be choosing a great contractor to complete those projects you have piling up on your list.  Dallas design build firm Unique Home Construction offers some tips on how to select a general contractor that fits with you.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Enjoy Your Cookouts with an Outdoor Kitchen

Ever wanted a dream outdoor cooking space?  Unique Home Build Dallas can make that happen in no time, and build the outdoor gathering area you have always imagined.  Nothing can be more fun than hosting get-togethers and family events in a space you have always dreamed of.  Make that dream more than just a dream...make it a reality.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Dallas Design / Build Firm Can Turn Your Attic Into A Wonderful New Room

Ever wondered how to turn that old dusty attic into a usable family living space?  Unique Home Construction walks you through the steps of just how easy it is with the right guidance.  Dont let that square footage go to any more waste.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Dallas Design / Build Firm Specializes in Kitchen Remodels

When done right, a kitchen remodel can not only a huge return on investment, but a thrilling experience to turn that outdated kitchen into the center focus of any household.  Host family dinners, holiday parties, and more in the dream kitchen you have always imagined.  Unique Home Construction can make it a reality before the next holiday season.  Contact us today!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Dallas Design Build Firm Explains the Process of a Remodel

Just what does a home remodel actually entail?  Go through the steps of just how easy it can be with the right contractor.  Unique Home Dallas goes through the steps of how to begin that nagging renovation that has been on the back of your mind.