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.