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 d├ęcor 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!