Monday, January 26, 2015

The Surprising Benefits of a Home Sauna You Don't Want to Be in the Dark About:

The Surprising Benefits of a Home Sauna You Don't Want to Be in the Dark About: Health experts everywhere are saying more than ever that using a sauna regularly benefits your health, increases your immunity and quality of life. Knowing that, it's even better to know that you can have a sauna installed in your own home for the most convenient use possible!

Saunas are known as fixtures in spas, gyms and even some homes. The benefits range from relaxation   to weight loss and cleansing! If you are considering adding sauna treatments to your health or wellness routine at home, it's important to know the benefits. As always, Unique Home Building has contractors in Dallas, ready to install the perfect sauna for you in your own home.  

The Surprising Benefits of a Home Sauna You Don't Want to Be in the Dark About: 

Pain Management
Heat has an analgesic, or pain relieving, effect due to its ability create more effective blood flow. Painful conditions caused by inflammation such as arthritis and fibromyalgia can be temporarily managed through heat treatments like those found in both saunas and steam rooms. For managing pain, saunas may be preferable for people who are negatively affected by humidity as are some sufferers of acute rheumatoid arthritis. 

Expectoration
One health advantage that can only be provided through the heat of saunas is the expectorant effect, when adding a menthol based essential oil to the mix, such as eucalyptus oil. These oils thin and open the mucous membranes in your body, including in your sinuses, throat and lungs. If you suffer chronic congestion or sinus infections, using eucalyptus, peppermint and rosemary, can help loosen and clear the mucous from your nose, chest and throat. 

Relaxation
Saunas are said to provide a spectrum of emotional and physical relaxation benefits. Wet and dry heat simulate sedative effects that generate feelings of calmness and relaxation, and some people who suffer emotional or mood disorder may find relief with regular trips to saunas or even steam rooms. The heat of saunas also promote muscle relaxation, which can provide pain relief from muscular injuries such as those from overuse or exercise.

With the benefits listed above, it's clear that the ease of a home sauna would not only enhance the quality of your life, but also your personal health. We know what it takes to get you the best set up for your home, so please contact us at Unique Home Building and talk to a contractor about getting your own home sauna installed!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Home Energy Reducing Ideas that Will Save You Money Fast!

Many people these days are wanting more energy efficient homes but are not ready  

for a full remodel to do so. While there are great remodeling ideas for energy 

efficiency, you deserve to know how to save money with the little things in the 

meantime, don't you?
Home Energy Reducing Ideas that Will Save You Money Fast!
Here are some home energy 

reducing ideas that will save 

you money fast:

Water heating
Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F. Water heating can account for 14 percent to 25 percent of the energy consumed in your home. For households with one or two members, set your water heater even lower to 115°F.
Insulate your water heater with a water-heater blanket.
Take showers instead of baths. A 5-minute shower typically uses less than 15 gallons of water, while a bath can use 30 to 40 gallons.
Install water-saving shower heads.
Don't let water run while brushing your teeth or shaving.

In the kitchen

Switch your refrigerator's powersaver to "On," if available.
Keep refrigerator coils and condenser area free of dust.
Set the refrigerator temperature between 36°F and 38°F and the freezer between 0°F and 5°F.
Defrost manual-defrost freezers when frost build-up is more than 1/4-inch thick.
If possible, locate refrigerators and freezers away from direct sunlight and other warm air sources such as ranges and heating equipment.
Use your dishwasher to wash only full loads of dishes.
Let your dishes air-dry in your dishwasher rather than using the drying feature.
When cooking on the range, use pot lids. Food will cook faster.
Use cold water to scrape dirty dishes before putting them into the dishwasher and when running the garbage disposal.
Use microwave for cooking when possible.

In the laundry room

Wash laundry with less water and cooler water. About 90 percent of the energy used for washing clothes in a conventional top-load washer is for water heating.
Wash and dry full loads. If you are washing a small load, use the appropriate water-level setting.
Dry towels and heavier-weight items in separate loads.
Clean the dryer lint trap in the dryer after every load.
Inspect the dryer vent regularly to make sure it is not kinked or clogged. Clean if needed.
Dry consecutive loads to take advantage of the heat remaining in your dryer from the last load.

Lighting

Replace any light bulb that burns more than one hour per day with a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) equivalent.
Install skylights to allow more natural light. This won't be an immediate solution but will offer long term benefits. A qualified contractor would be able to install this easily. Turn lights off when not in use.
Replace outdoor lighting with outdoor-rated CFL bulbs.
Use outdoor security lights with a photocell and/or a motion sensor.

Unique home building wants the best for you and your family. From these simple tips to larger renovation projects, Unique wants your home to bring you peace of mind and comfort. Call us today to see what we can do for you!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Where to Save Money and Where to Splurge in a Kitchen Remodel

Where to Save Money and Where to Splurge in a Kitchen RemodelThere are no hard-fast rules on where the budget must be spent in the kitchen, how you splurge and save your money will depend on what’s most important to you. If you’re planning a kitchen you’ll live in for the next decade and you can’t afford certain materials you want today, consider placeholders. For example, rather than installing a granite countertop today, choose a laminate look-alike for at least half the cost that can stand in as your work surface until your budget allows for the upgrade.

Appliances. Be practical and look for energy-efficient appliances with warranties—arguably, you’ll use appliances more than other features in your kitchen. But be sure to maintain a balance between what you spend on appliances and cabinets. If you choose appliances first without considering cabinets/hardware, countertops or other features, you can box yourself into a floor plan and end up without enough money to spend on other features.
Countertops. If the countertop will be the focal point of your kitchen, you might spend more. a showpiece countertop could dictate the design in a kitchen—you may base decisions about cabinetry, color scheme and furniture like stools on the surface you choose. But remember, beauty is subjective. But go what what you think is best. There are different grades of granite counter tops that allow you to have the look and quality you're looking for. This is a great option if your budget allows. If not, some laminate products cost half the price of granite and mimic the design. You can’t put a hot pan on that surface, but you’ll get the appeal you want. You can even install an under mount sink with laminate countertops today. If you want to splurge a little, choose a statement surface for the island—a remnant piece of granite with a beautiful pattern, for example.
Cabinetry. Some costs that can hike up cabinet prices: delivery, tax and installation. Drawers, roll-out trays, extra shelves and extending cabinets to the ceiling also add to the price tag. Quality pressed wood can last you 20 years. Just really pay attention to the cabinet construction. Look for good, clean classic lines and full door overlay. Many of today’s mid-range priced cabinets offer a rich look without the custom price tag. Don’t save on installation: let the pros take care of that
Tile. While ceramic tile is great for back splashes, go with porcelain on floors. Porcelain tile resists chipping and cracking, and is a favorite for budget and longevity. Keep in mind the size and pattern of tiles when figuring the budget. Consider large tiles for flooring, which give the kitchen an updated look and require fewer grout lines and cuts during installation.
These are just the beginning. You deserve the quality of kitchen you desire at a price your budget can afford. Contact the contractors at Unique Home Building and and get your dream kitchen started today!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Could Your Bathroom Be Lowering Your Home's Value? You Might Be Surprised.

We all put so much effort and thought into paint colors and keeping our appliances updated, but the one place that gets so often overlooked is the bathroom! When thinking of selling your home, there are definitely some key points to consider when it comes to how the bathroom affects your home's resale value and Unique Home Building wants you to feel supported and educated.

Don't let your bathroom lower your home's value. Keep the following tips in mind:

Don't over match.
If you have more than one bathroom, don't go over the top making them identical. Doing them identically may suggest getting fixtures on sale, and therefore might imply lower value - having some common elements will create a cohesive aesthetic.  You don't want the bathrooms to be too different (i.e. brass fixtures in one and chrome in another).  Pick a few things to keep the same, as a base.  Then choose some specific items to make different. 

Appease the woman.
Could Your Bathroom Be Lowering Your Home's Value? You Might Be Surprised.While Roman showers are wonderful and luxurious, never totally forgo the bath. If you'd like to renovate the master bathroom, consider both options if possible. Mom's still like baths, so renovate the master bathroom to prefection and leave the kids standard 4 or 5 piece unit alone. The money you save can go towards the kitchen, skylights, landscaping.. etc.

Consider the children.
Anyone looking to purchase something larger than three bedrooms, will potentially come with children, and children love baths! There have been many cases where potential buyers love a home but are concerned about not having a hallway bath available for babies and children.

Sink well.
Don't underestimate a beautiful and updated sink. If the sink and it's fixtures are ancient, your buyers will get the feeling that you only white washed the home. The sink is something we use multiple times, every day.  Make it look inviting and clean. 

You deserve the best return on your own investment. So don't stress on the guesswork. Let the contractors at Unique Home Building do the hard work while you relax and rest easy, knowing the best is on it's way. It's your home. Enjoy it!


Monday, January 12, 2015

Kitchen Remodeling Tips to Quickly Increase Your Home's Value:

Kitchen Remodeling Tips to Quickly Increase Your Home's Value:If you are considering a home remodel, and want a return on investment, start with the kitchen. Many projects do add value to your home, and improve your family’s quality of life. By updating your kitchen now, you can enjoy the benefits and updates. If you choose make green or environmentally friendly upgrades, then you can also start recouping your investment using green energy technology, once you complete the projects. Either way, Unique Home Building has contractors ready to walk you through the process!

The Kitchen.

Most people consider the kitchen to be the heart of the home, and because of this, updates in this room pay off fast. On average, you can expect to recoup 60%-120% of your investment on a kitchen remodel, as long as you don’t go overboard. You should never make your kitchen fancier than the rest of the house, or the neighborhood.
Don't Go Delux.
The enormous kitchen, easily the size of the living room, features appliances and countertops that might look more at home in a fancy restaurant kitchen. If the style, size, and quality of the kitchen don’t fit in with the rest of the house, or the neighborhood, you won't get the return. If you plan on selling your home within the next five years, keep potential buyers in mind before you start on any major remodel; many people won’t pay for a fancy, deluxe kitchen.
Energy-Efficiency.
Replace old appliances with energy-efficient models. Energy Star-rated appliances are better for the environment, and they also help you save money, because they use less energy. Potential buyers often look for ways to save money when shopping for a new home.
A Little Paint Goes a Long Way.
When it comes to how much you spend on a kitchen remodel, prices can run the gamut, from $5,000 to $75,000, or more. Get the biggest bang for your buck on a kitchen remodel by looking at color. Fresh paint, in modern colors, can go a long way towards updating the look of your kitchen. Plus, paint is relatively cheap.
You might want to consider using low-VOC paint; this makes your kitchen more eco-friendly, and helps your family avoid breathing in dangerous chemicals, like benzene, that off-gas from regular fresh paint.

Remodeling your home shouldn't feel like a chore or a burden on your shoulders.  It's totally doable for you to have a beautiful update in your kitchen that gives back and provides a return on your investment! Unique Home Building is here to help make the process easier. Call us today for a free quote!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Why You Need to Know the Benefits of Greenhouse Gardening

Why You Need to Know the Benefits of Greenhouse Gardening Greenhouse gardening takes your backyard garden to the next level and many gardeners are afraid of building their own greenhouse due to intimidation or concern of cost. For starters, Unique Home Building has the contractors you need to take the confusion out of the process. Secondly, what needs to be determined, is that whether the benefits that you can get by building a greenhouse will match the money you pay to build it.
If you are an expert of even a novice in home gardening, you should feel knowledgable and confident in your green possibilities. We want to make it more simple for you and share the top benefits of greenhouse gardening

Greenhouse Gardening – Next Level Gardening Method

 As said earlier, it takes a lot of courage and motivation to build your own greenhouse. Only those who are serious about gardening or those who are passionate about gardening will pay the money to build their greenhouse. By bringing your gardening to the next level, you will put in more efforts into gardening due to the motivation it gives you and with the advanced facility, you have little room to worry for gardening problems, which will distort your fun with gardening.

Why You Need to Know the Benefits of Greenhouse Gardening Save Up on Grocery Expenses

Tough economic conditions is pushing up the prices of groceries, which include vegetables, flowers and fruits. Greenhouse gardening will provide you and your family with consistent supply of fruits, vegetables and flowers and the best about this is that you have the control of planting what you want all year round.
Planting your own crops will significantly reduce the expenses on them. Greenhouse gardeners will normally break even the cost of building a greenhouse with the savings from planting their own crops within one year or two.

Consistent Gardening

With a greenhouse, you can ignore and evade almost all the season changes and weather conditions all year round. Extreme temperatures, excessive rain or long droughts will not cause any serious problems to your greenhouse gardening efforts.
Thus, the planning of your garden will no longer depend on the weather, giving you the much needed flexibility of when to go ahead with any forms of gardening.
Protection for Plants
If you plant your plants inside a greenhouse, they will be shielded from problems like rough weather (strong wind) and serious seasonal pests infestation (locust swarms, Japanese beetles, tent caterpillars, spider mites and many more).
Plants are extremely weak and the problems listed above will lead to total devastation. From this, we can understand how important the role of a greenhouse when it comes to protecting your plants.

Optimum Growing Environment for Plants

If you are into gardening for quite some time, whether it is vegetable gardening or herbs gardening, you will know that plants love warm and humid environments.
Using the greenhouse gardening method, plants will be placed under such growing environment, enhancing their growth. This is because the main purpose of a greenhouse is to secure a reasonable amount of heat and water vapors to maintain the warmth and humidity within the greenhouse.
Move forward in your small scale homesteading with confidence, knowing that Unique Home Building will be there every step of the way. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

How To Save Money on Home Heating With Bubble Wrap!

How To Save Money on Home Heating With Bubble Wrap!
As winter peaks, we are all looking for more affordable ways to stay warm and we found an easy idea worth sharing! At Unique Home Building, we are dedicated to bring you solutions, whether through a home remodel or simple tips like the one we are about to share, on how to stay warm in the winter without breaking the bank!

In every home, there's sometimes a trade-off between visibility and insulation happening around each window. If you're stuck in an apartment with windows older than your parents,  this tip will be especially helpful. Keep in mind that these solutions are meant for warmth during winter and will work wonderfully behind already curtained windows. 
How To Save Money on Home Heating With Bubble Wrap!The quickest, cheapest, yet still effective solution for windows you don't need to look beautiful is a bubble wrap application. You'll only need water and some tape to affix the fun-to-pop stuff to a window, it still lets light through, and it's surprisingly good at putting hundreds of little pockets of air between your warm room and the cold window surface.
**This is a simple technique for insulating windows with bubble wrap packing material.  Bubble wrap is often used to insulate greenhouse windows in the winter, but it also seems to work fine for windows in the house.   You can use it with or without regular or insulating window shades.  It also works for windows of irregular shape, which can be difficult to find insulating shades for.
The view through the bubble wrapped window is fuzzy, so don't use it on windows where you need a clear view.  But, it does let plenty of light through.
HOW TO
  • Cut the bubble wrap to the size of the window pane with scissors.
     
  • Spray a film of water on the window using a spray bottle.
     
  • Apply the bubble wrap while the window is still wet and press it into place.
     
  • The bubble side goes toward the glass.
     
  • To remove the bubble wrap, just pull it off starting from a corner.  You can save it and use it for several years.  It does not leave a mess or stains on the window glass.
If you have trouble with the bubble wrap separating from the window when the film dries, you can try adding a little Glycerin to the water, but this probably won't be necessary. 

A few small pieces of double back tape can be helpful on really stubborn windows.

The bubble wrap can be installed in the fall, and removed in the spring.  Judging by how mine looks after a year, it may last quite a while.

When you take the bubble wrap down, put a small number in on the upper right corner of each piece of bubble wrap, and write down which window that number goes with on a piece of paper.  Save the paper for the installation next fall.  This tells you instantly where each sheet goes, and which way its oriented. **builditsolar.com

We are proud to be a leader in the home improvement industry.  Our Dallas contractors are happy to help you find the best solution to your personal home needs! Contact Unique Home Build today!