Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Years Resolution for 2015? Remodel Your Home Easily!

New Years Resolution for 2015? Remodel Your Home! It's Is Easier Than You Think!New Years is here and it's time to finally commit to the resolution you've been wanting for so long! It's time to finally remodel that tired space in your home.
Whether you've been wanting to do it for quite some time now or just realized it over the holidays - there are some spaces in the home that are just simply not serving you. It may have even been that moment when you realized that avocado green and harvest gold are no longer the “in” colors for today's trendy kitchens. Or maybe you stood in line to use your own bathroom and realized that life could be built to be more smooth! Whatever the inspiration, the thought has crossed your mind gave you a glimpse of the beauty and ease that could come with a simple home remodel. The reasons for home remodeling are as varied as the projects we undertake. Some of these include: 
  •     Adding more space
  •     Upgrading cabinets, counters, appliances, and fixtures.
  •     Creating a floor plan that is customized for your lifestyle
  •     Improving energy efficiency with new windows, doors, insulation, and climate control systems
  •     Increasing the resale value of your home
The first step is to develop an idea of what you want to do with your home remodel. Write a prioritized list of your needs and wants. Look at magazines and websites and collect pictures of what homes or remodeling projects you like. The more clearly you can envision the project and describe it on paper, the better prepared you'll be in making your decision.
Think about traffic patterns, furniture size and placement, colors, lighting and how you expect to use the remodeled space. 
You may want to improve home efficiency and hire a remodeler for green home remodeling. These projects include replacing windows and doors, upgrading heating and cooling systems, adding insulation, and other remodeling to make the home more energy-efficient, easier to maintain, and comfortable.

Whatever your motivation, Unique Home Builders are here to help you through the process. We know that it can be daunting, but with us at your side, you can let go of your worries and finally check that beautiful home remodel off your New Year's Resolution list!  Call us today and get 2015 off to a great start!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How to Throw a Low Cost New Years Party in Your Home!

  • How to Throw a Low Cost New Years Party in Your Home!Christmas is coming and New Years will arrive on it's coat tails.  After the Christmas spending, you will need some budget friendly ideas for your New Years Party Planning. The first step, you've already completed - that's choosing to have the party in your own home! That right there will save you money and headaches from going out for dining and celebration! As well, you will be far more safe from irresponsible drinkers on the road! 

  • Ready to start planning? Get your pen and paper ready! 

  • Hang Handmade Paper Snowflakes From the Ceiling

  • White printer paper snowflakes in varying sizes, plain or accented with silver or clear glitter, can be hung from different lengths of thread or ribbon for a festive effect. You can even scatter some over a table for easy decor. If you glitter them, remember that less is more.

  • Set Out All the Candles You Own

    Set out every candle you can find in your house, and consider buying a cheap bag of votives, which can be put into glasses, canning jars, or even apples.
  • Make It a BYOA Affair – Bring Your Own Appetizer

    Phone your invitees and inform them that it’s a BYOA event. There are a number of cheap and easy appetizers that your guests can bring, but if someone doesn’t know how to cook or what to bring, suggest raw veggies and hummus, a fruit and nut platter, or a cheese and crackers plate. If someone claims that even those are too difficult, ask them to bring a container or two of mixed nuts – you can provide the bowl!
  • Serve Champagne Sangria for Midnight Toasting

    This is an easy and delicious way to cut down on champagne costs that will be appreciated by all! To make champagne sangria, simply use these ingredients and follow the instructions below:
    • One 32-ounce bottle of apple juice
    • One 12-ounce can of frozen cranberry juice concentrate
    • One cup of orange juice
    • One-and-a-half liters of champagne (or ginger ale for a non-alcoholic version)
    1. Keep items chilled (or frozen) until use.
    2. Combine the apple juice, cranberry juice concentrate, and orange juice in a large bowl. Stir well.
    3. Add sliced oranges, kiwi slices, and any other fruit you like.
    4. Slowly add the champagne or ginger ale at the last minute to keep it bubbly.
    This recipe serves 12, but you might want to double up for thirsty guests!

Have a Midnight Supper

After the midnight toast, close the bar and invite everyone to take part in a midnight supper. A baked potato bar is easy, fun, and inexpensive. Bake the biggest potatoes you can find, and follow with dessert!
Responsible Driver's Bowl. 
Have fun this year - but be sure to do it responsibly.  As your guests arrive, have someone who's choosing to  not drink, be in charge of collecting the car keys of your guests. This way, people will be more aware of their limit and be safer in the process!

Unique home building loves to see you have fun in your home!  Your home is the place we make the most memories, so make them well! And if making a better home for your family is one of your New Year's resolutions, give us a call! We will help you make it happen!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Simple 'Self Love' Strategies to Reduce Stress During the Holiday Season

Simple 'Self Love' Strategies to Reduce Stress During the Holiday SeasonMost people love the holidays. But the stress associated can leave an unnecessary lump in your gut. The best gift you can give yourself this holiday season is the gift of self love.   And this year - love yourself with some simplicity strategies to reduce your stress during the holiday season. 
Here you go.
Trim your to-do list. Ask, “If I don’t do this, what will happen?” Aim to knock down the list of chores to the rock-bottom necessity.
Slim your gift list. Stop participating in gift exchanges that are no longer enjoyable or have meaning anymore. Focus your giving on the children in your life and your spouse. For everyone else, plan a dinner night together or offer your loving service for 2015.  
Wrap as you go. Who needs to spend Christmas Eve catching up on wrapping chores? Sticky notes will help you keep track of gift contents.
Let someone else bake. Leave the baking to the experts, this year and rest easy. Supermarkets, bakeries and the freezer department of the discount warehouse are a great source for delicious, pre-baked holiday treats.
Relax on the cleaning. Focus your cleaning attention on the kitchen and public spaces; private rooms can slide until the season has passed. Better to schedule deep-cleaning chores like carpet cleaning until after the wear-and-tear of the holiday season or hire someone else for the dirty work. Your sanity is at stake here. 
Limit the dishwashing. Especially good for those large family gatherings, go simple and choose paper plates this year.  Buy recyclable or compostable ones to keep environmentally responsible.  Clear conscience, clean kitchen. 
Go for finger foods. A buffet tasty morsels is easier to cook and better for your figure, than a sit-down dinner feast. You can also share the work load by hosting pot-luck events.
Stay home!  A holiday "stay-cation" allows for evening drives to see the lights, family camp-outs in front of the Christmas tree, and evenings spent with carols and popcorn. You'll save stress from packing, arranging, rushing.... and you'll save travel money! (Use your savings for a spa pamper day!)
As you can see, the options are many, so there's no need to neglect your self care this holiday season. Stress in a time of magical togetherness is totally counter productive, so make each moment count! Your home should be a refuge of warmth and love.  
At Unique Home Building, we desire to make your house a welcoming home for you and your family. We'd like to extend the gift of custom home remodeling to you, this holiday season.  Your happiness is ours. Reduce your stress.  Call Unique Home. 
Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Creative Natural Ways to Fill Your Home with the Smells of Christmas

Creative Natural Ways to Fill Your Home with the Smells of ChristmasDuring the holidays, we love enjoying the sweet and spicy fragrances that are so nostalgic
to us. From mulling spices to Christmas trees, these smell remind us of the togetherness and magic of Christmas. Some people can't get a tree for their home. And others don't have the time to bake and create the smells naturally. Your home should feel like your own. So why not create some both easy and beautiful ways to fill your home with the smells of Christmas? 

Here are our favorite ideas: 

Creative Natural Ways to Fill Your Home with the Smells of ChristmasLovely Orange Pomanders
These look so fancy, and they’re really easy enough to make with the kids. Simply take large, whole oranges and lemons, and stud them with whole cloves. Arrange the cloves in lines, stars or other patterns to your liking. Leave the studded fruits on your countertop for days, and allow the natural aromas of citrus and spice to slowly fill your house.

Cinnamon Simmer
Prepare this stovetop potpourri when company is coming over, or when you have the whole day ahead of you to craft holiday gifts, or especially after preparing a large meal in the kitchen (it clears out food smells fast).
Combine orange, lemon, and/or lime peels, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, a few pinches of nutmeg and a star anise or two in a small saucepan. Add just enough water to almost fill pan; bring to a simmer and let it cook for hours over low. Add more water as needed to prevent burning.
Holiday Air Freshener
Make a non-toxic air freshener with minimal ingredients, and at a fraction of the cost of those sold at health food stores. Fill a small (8-ounce) spray bottle—you’ve got to have one lying around—with distilled water. 
Add a few drops of essential oils to your liking. For an authentic holiday blend, try a few drops of: cedarwood, pine, nutmeg and spruce essential oils. For a sweet-spicy blend, try orange, clove, ginger and cinnamon essential oils. Note: Be sure to use only certified pure, therapuetic grade essential oils, made without artificial ingredients or additives.
Christmas Mason Jars
Grab some extra shrubs of a Christmas tree and some cinnamon sticks. Gather the shrubs and sticks together and wrap them gently with a ribbon.  Then, carefully place them in a mason jar.  Place the mason jar on the mantle, surrounded by candles, and you've not only created holiday cheer, but the smell is refreshing and cozy. Or reverse it, and get a small wooden box. Line the box with the mason jars - with candles in them - and decorate around the jars in the box with tree branches and even cranberry string!

At Unique Home Building, it's important to us that your home feel inviting and like your own. We offer home remodeling and renovation in the Dallas area and would love to check off a need on your Christmas list. Give the gift of home this year. From all of us, 
Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

7 Unique Ways to Decorate Your House for Christmas

Decorating for the holidays? Here are 7 Unique Ways to Decorate Your House for Christmas!Tis the season to be jolly and your house shouldn't feel left out! Whether you want Santa

himself, decorating your home or some simple pops of red and gold, we have just the ideas for you! We at Unique Home Building know that feeling warm and festive is at the heart of the season. Enjoy these 7 unique ways to decorate your house for Christmas!

Bring in warm light with lanterns
You can use put candles inside or fill them with ornaments and lights for extra holiday spirit.

Experiment with different color schematics 
Holiday decorating isn’t restricted to just red and green. Try out different color schemes that are still festive but refreshingly unique. You could get inspired by all things rustic, jack frost, or even candy canes!

Put up a fireplace banner
You can use paper or fabric, but making or buying a simple banner to hang over your mantel adds a special home made touch.

Decorating for the holidays? Here are 7 Unique Ways to Decorate Your House for Christmas!Incorporate earthy elements
Incorporating pine cones and other rustic elements into holiday décor make for a warm, wholesome feeling.

Fill apothocary jars with Christmas cheer
A simple and affordable way to put some holiday spin on items that are already sitting around your home, from candies to ornaments.

Use a Christmas tree alternative
If you are in a smaller space, allergic to pine, or just want to try something different, consider a modern take on your holiday tree.

Use mason jars for holiday decor
Mason jars are an adorable and cheap addition to your design. You can fill the bottom with Epsom salt to look like snow, like in this example.

As you can see, there are many options and ways to decorate your house for Christmas, that allow you to feel creative and festive in a unique way. 

At Unique home building, we are dedicated to keeping your house feeling like a home. Contact us today for all your remodeling and renovation needs! 

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Decorate for Thanksgiving in Style, With These Festive Tablescapes

Decorate for Thanksgiving in Style, With These Festive Table ScapesThanksgiving is finally here and you likely want a cozy and welcoming ambience in the home!  We have the perfect ideas for you today so you can decorate for Thanksgiving in Style.  Try these creative and festive table scape decorations and create a warm, fall feeling for your family and guests! 

Floral Table Scape 
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.

Candle Table Scape 
Candle centerpiece. 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.

Foraged Table scape 
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 sharing bright ideas with you to help your house feel more like a home than ever.  We offer top quality contracting for home remodeling, renovation and more. 

From our family to yours, have a wonderful and decorative Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Capture the Christmas Smell With This DIY Holiday Room Spray!

Capture the Christmas Smell With This DIY Holiday Room Spray!What's better than the luxurious and timeless smell of the holidays. From Thanksgiving to Christmas, there really are few things that can compare. Add to that, the fresh smell of a Christmas tree in your living room and you have a picture perfect setting for incredible smells and holiday cheer! Wouldn't it be great if we had the pleasure of our homes being filled with the scents whenever we wanted?  Well, not only can you intensify the pleasant smells of Christmas this year, but all winter long if you want it to linger.

Make your own holiday room spray with essential oils!  This spray is perfect for bringing in the smell of holiday nostalgia and is totally non-toxic, safe for the family! 

The base of the spray is fir and cedar wood, two scents which never fail to remind me of Christmas trees. Then there comes orange, cinnamon, clove, and vanilla; the delicious scents that bring about memories of Christmas dinner, fresh baked goods, and general warmth. 

Here’s what you’ll need:
- Empty Spray Bottle
- Small jug of water (enough to fill the spray bottle)
- Essential Oils (See Below)

- 60 drops of Orange Sweet
- 10 drops of Cinnamon Bark
- 20 drops of Silver Fir

This will give us a sweet and spicy room fragrance, which is nice to spray at gatherings and feasts. Sweet orange creates a cheerful social ambience, while cinnamon stimulates digestion.

Fill your spray bottle with water from the jug (or straight from the tap). Add 60 drops of Orange Sweet Essential Oil, 10 drops of Cinnamon Bark Oil, and 20 drops of Silver Fir Oil. Put the cap on the bottle and gently shake to mix the oils in.
Spray away! It really couldn’t be simpler!
We hope your holiday is a beautiful one!  Make this spray early to bring in the cheer during your Thanksgiving meal and then use generously to your heart's content! 
From all of us at Unique Home Building, we want to wish you and the lovely people of Dallas, Texas, a warm Happy Thanksgiving! Choose us for all your home remodeling and renovation needs!

Feeling Cramped? How to Host a Thanksgiving Feast In a Small Living Space!

How to Host a Thanksgiving Feast In a Small Living Space!Small home?  You can still enjoy the holidays! Thanksgiving is finally upon us and if you're scrambling around at the last minute wondering how to fit everyone, we have some great tips on how to host thanksgiving in a small living space!

In our busy lives, it can be hard enough to wrangle everyone together for a holiday meal. So once you have them gathered, have peace of mind knowing they will sit, eat and celebrate comfortably!

  • Move all of the small living room and dining room furniture to the sides (or, in my friend’s case, end tables, lamps, and ottoman will go to her bedroom) to showcase a long dining table in the middle (or two folding tables end-to-end).
  • Create a “kids’ table” using the patio or low coffee table with floor seating over a large, washable mat or rug.
  • Clear off all small appliances like the blender, toaster, and coffee pot (to be used later with pie!), leaving more counter space for food prep or appetizer dishes.
  • Use strategically-placed coolers for drinks so the refrigerator can hold the salads and other side items needing refrigeration.
  • Use crock pots and hot plates instead of the stove to keep items warm and eliminate the heat that using both burners and an oven can sometimes create.
  • Hang fall décor to create more floor space, and use string lighting and ceiling lamps for room lighting (that floor lamp just took up too much space – it had to go!).
  • Forget what your mom (and grandma) said about having to use fine china at Thanksgiving! Use good quality, disposable cutlery and plates to make clean-up a breeze.
  • Instead of your standard kitchen trash can, use a long cardboard box sectioned out with bags to separate plastic, cans, and trash – this way, it will be easier to take out and not such an eyesore as the box sits low to the ground.
  • Use the sofa! Carts, card tables, and TV trays allow some visitors to utilize the sofa as extra seating during dinner.
  • Don’t take on all of the responsibility – make it a Thanksgiving potluck and ask everyone to bring a side dish or dessert!  (thanks to Judy Pearson!)
Here at Unique Home Building, we specialize in making a house your home. We hope these tips help you have a wonderful holiday this year. And maybe, you'll even be inspired to give your family the gift of a remodel for next year?  We are just a phone call away! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Don't Ruin Your Family's Thanksgiving! Avoid Big Mistakes with These Helpful Tips!

Don't Ruin Your Family's Thanksgiving! Avoid Big Mistakes with These Helpful Tips!Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks.  However, it is also a time when a bunch of people enter into your house, eat turkey, watch football, and put your home's durability to the test. But worry you not, your feast can still be a great experience, with just few pre-emptive preparations, this year's Thanksgiving Day can be fun, relaxing, and restful. 

Purge Your Old Spices:  Spices get old.  Unless you want your nutmeg to taste like bland chalk, now is a great time to dispose of outdated spices and replace them with something fresh.  Just do the taste test.  

Check for Smells:  You may be accustomed to living with your sweet animal and not even notice that your home smells of canine.  So this is a good time of the year to clean your surfaces.  If you have carpet, get it cleaned.  If you have hard-surface floors, make sure they’re swept of pet hair and mopped. One that usually gets forgotten is the tops of dining room chairs; especially the “spare” ones that live in the garage.

Make Your Pamper Appointments Now:  Remember, the holiday season sneaks up on all of us…and before you know it you’ll be looking at your hair in the mirror and wondering if you really want to be remembered in holiday photos with your mane in shambles.

Weatherize: Nothing says "we have to go now" faster than an uncomfortable home.  It may be a little tough to get a home efficiency audit  before the holiday, but the reality is that the cold season is just starting.  A home energy audit will tell you where your home is leaking air and the best course of action to make your space more comfortable and save you money. So schedule one asap if you can, but in the meantime, notice where there is a draft, seal up leaky windows and employ space heaters if you can. 

Check the Electrical:  Basically, make sure your home’s electrical system is up to the task of all the baking and heating that about to occur.  If you’re tripping a breaker when you iron your clothes now, imagine how familiar you’re about to become with the circuit breaker when you're preparing a massive meal and the lights go out. Be prepared. 

Frugal Decor:  If you haven’t already decorated—those same pumpkins and fall leaves that were for sale at full price before Halloween are now steeply discounted—and they work just as well for Thanksgiving. 

Toilet Test:  Thanksgiving will test your toilet. Second only to Super Bowl Sunday, Thanksgiving is a very busy day for the ever loved water closet.  If it is acting up now…chances are it could have melt down when the flushing frequency goes up.

Don't let these last minute surprises get you down! Be prepared and be sure to let the contractors at Unique Home Building know where, how and when you need us! We're here for you!

Have a wonderful holiday!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Need Gift Ideas? Now Is the Perfect Time to Prepare For The Holidays!

Need Gift Ideas? Now Is the Perfect Time to Prepare For The Holidays!

A New Kitchen, Remodeling the Bathroom, or a Room Addition Would Make Somebody at Your House Happy

As much as we all dislike the department store holiday decor that shows up in October, it's wise to
admit that the holidays really are just weeks away and the early elf gets the gift together!

You don't want to be left rushing around at the last minute! Now is the perfect time to prepare for the holidays! If you need gift ideas, we're here to provide!

Top idea for today?

It's a big one that can go in so many directions.

Give the gift of remodel!  Whether a small room addition, installing a steam room or updating your kitchen, remodels have endless returns on investment that the whole family can enjoy!

More people today are remodeling their homes than any time in history and this trend is expected to continue! If you live in a house that you generally love, plan to stay there at least five years, and you're located in a desirable neighborhood, then remodeling makes perfect sense financially.

You can give your kitchen a fresh updated look. You can give your family the space it needs or  make an ordinary bathroom more luxurious. Well planned and used square footage combined with efficient and up to date kitchens already increase the value of your home. 

At Unique Home Building, we know the importance of planning these changes carefully and have your peace of mind at the top of our list. As the holidays approach, we will continue to share our great holiday gift ideas with you to make your shopping that much easier! As always, please contact us with any questions and our Dallas contractors will be ready to help you find the answer for you!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Trick or Treat! Here Are Some Great Etiquette Tips For Halloween Night

Do you get a flood of trick-or-treaters on Halloween? It's important to have fun with the night and it's also important that everyone have fun in a respectful way, especially when people are coming to your homeIf you’re handing out candy, here’s the etiquette for dealing with the ghosts, ghouls, and goblins prowling your neighborhood:

  • Don’t hold out a bowl, and just let trick-or-treaters grab all they want. Otherwise, some greedy goblin may run off with half your Reese’s peanut butter cups. Instead, make eye contact with each kid, and say something like, “What scary green makeup you’re wearing!” – then, stick a treat or two in their bag. Children shouldn’t take the candy; you should give it to them.
  • Don’t snub trick-or-treating teens. You may think that candy handouts are only for little kids, but height doesn’t always correspond with age. Plus, the teens at your door may be trying to hold onto their childhood for one more year. But even if they’re 16 and all they want is free candy, will it hurt to toss some Skittles their way?
  • What if you’ve given out all your candy, and turned off your porch light – but Batman rings your doorbell anyway? Simple: Ignore it! No light means no candy - period.
  • What should you do with tricks? Do you like witches and warlocks tossing candy wrappers on your lawn, T-Ping your house, or egging cars on your street? For trash, leave a small garbage containers for wrappers by your front steps. And if the Halloween celebrations and shenanigans are getting out of hand, call the police. It doesn't make you the party pooper, it allows you to require respect. Of course, use discretion and save police calls for when they're absolutely necessary. 
We at Unique Home Building want the best for you and your family, from the house you live in, to how you celebrate in it. From us to you, Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Too Many Toys? Tips to Plan the Perfect Child's Playroom!

Too Many Toys? Tips to Plan the Perfect Child's Playroom!Planning a child’s playroom is a very fun adventure that can bring out the creativity in everyone involved! Whatever the space, big or small, Unique Home Building wants to help you in exactly the way you need it!

A child’s playroom is a place of creativity and imagination. It is exciting to envision endless design possibilities as you plan the space, but it is also necessary to consider more practical matters, such as storage and layout. Rather than feeling limited by the many pieces of the playroom puzzle, view the experience as the ultimate design challenge!

Creating a space that inspires kids to experience the joys of play is an amazing opportunity for whimsical decor choices. The juxtaposition of children’s motifs with efficient organization can create breathtaking results. As you begin your playroom design quest, don’t forget to consider the interests of your kiddos. Their ideas may spark the inspiration for a winning decor concept, and under your guidance, the room will take flight. Here are some ideas to get you started:

As you plan the layout for your playroom, pay attention to the space involved. Is the room large? Will it be shared by multiple children? Or perhaps the “playroom” is a section of the child’s bedroom, making compact living a must. If space is no issue, consider placing storage and seating pieces along the wall and leaving the center of the room free for creative endeavors.
Too Many Toys? Tips to Plan the Perfect Child's Playroom! 
Include plenty of table space, as children use tabletop surfaces for activities ranging from arts and crafts to small block building, as well as sensory activities such as play dough.

If the play area will be a part of the child’s bedroom rather than a separate room in the house, there are plenty of layout options to ponder. For example, with the bed taking up a portion of the wall space, there may not be room for tables along the edge of the room. A table in the center of the floor is a wonderful alternative.

As usual, we only want to give our best when it comes to your personal home renovation and remodeling projects! Give Unique Home Building a call today and let us know how we can help!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Winterization Tips to Care for Your Home, Keep You Warm & Lift Your Mood!

Winterization Tips to Care for Your Home, Keep You Warm & Lift Your Mood!Maybe your closet is ready for the coming winter, but is your home? The fall has been
 beautiful so far with it's predictable changing leaves, rain showers and lowered temperatures. It can be easy to forget the important changes, both maintenance and esthetic, that are important for staying warm and comfortable during the fall and winter months. Below, are some helpful winterization tips and even ideas to keep that smile on your face when the grey skies hit. 

Care for your deck
Winterization Tips to Care for Your Home, Keep You Warm & Lift Your Mood!Decks get a lot of use during long summer days. By the time fall comes around, they can look worn out and old. Once the deck is cleaned off and all summer chairs and tables are stored away, power-wash the deck. This will remove any dirt that is stuck in the wood grain and will take away the gray color that decks fade to over time. Fall is also a good time to reseal the deck if you use a sealant or stain.

Entertain well
Fall and winter bring visitors and family together to share meals and celebrate holidays. Do you have room for everyone?  You can expand a dining or family room pretty easily and be able to fit more people into your home in a more comfortable way.  You may also think of adding skylights or other windows to bring in more light to these spaces and the sun becomes more dormant. 

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.

Once all the autumn leaves have fallen, cleaning out the roof gutters will save you from building up ice dams that can damage the roof in the winter. Blow out the gutters with a leaf blower or spray them down with a hose. Check for holes or any other damage to the gutters and repair 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.

Let the sun in
This could be a life saver in prolonging the warmth and glow of the summer months. Imagine a room addition, surrounded by windows that take in the heat of the autumn sun with the added bonus of a gentle ceiling fan and scattered indoor plants.  You'll have created your own oasis that is sure to bring you comfort and brighten the darker days to come!

Plumbing care

Plumbing lines that aren't insulated and are in unheated spaces are a major cause of power use, as the water heater must 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 all exposed pipes.

Sweat it out
The best way to combat the winter blues is to turn up the heat.  If you are able to build a sauna at home, you'll be benefiting yourself in so many ways. Your body will be sweating out toxins, germs and viruses it comes in contact with, your circulatory system will be more efficient to keep you warm and your skin will have a better moisture balance. Studies have also shown that saunas are a powerful tool to combat seasonal depression.  

At Unique Home Building, our contractors are dedicated to creating a home that feels like it's your very own. As fall will be here before you know it, let us help you get the planning started, so that as the seasons pass, you know you are prepared to take the best of each along with you!