Monday, October 26, 2015

Buy a Home or Build Your Home From the Ground Up? We've Got Your Answer!

Buy a Home or Build Your Home From the Ground Up? We've Got Your Answer!If you're having a hard time deciding whether to buy or build your own home, you're not alone. There are so many benefits to both options and you deserve to be well guided. At Unique Home Building, people come to us with that question often, because we know homes. From renovation to building from scratch, we are experts in our field and want to give you peace of mind so you can make the best decision possible.
Both buying and building your own home will come with its own individual benefits and challenges. When buying an existing home you don’t have to deal with construction and land costs or a moving timeline that may be extended, but you also inherit the previous homeowner’s problems. With a new home, the benefits are pretty obvious: customization, fewer repairs and the satisfaction of knowing your home is distinct and one of a kind. You do have the option of remodeling the home you buy - leaving you with a middle ground option. However, when all is said and done, the safest and wisest option is to build your own from the foundation up.

Here’s why:

Location

You aren’t stuck settling for the perfect home in a non-perfect area. You have the freedom of deciding your neighborhood, school district, development investment and even sense of community.

You’re in charge

When deciding to build your own home,  every square inch is customizable to your needs. You can design a kids room perfectly according to their play and learning needs, you can design a master bedroom to suit both his and her preference or even create a chef-suited kitchen where you can prepare gourmet meals. From paint colors to countertops, flooring and fixtures—all of the decisions are made by you.


Avoidable Repairs

One of the biggest challenges with buying an existing home is that you’re also buying the previous owner’s challenges. A When you custom build your home, you minimize the repair costs and maintenance because everything is new. In addition, many home builders also offer at least a one-year warranty on certain workmanship, which is added protection just in case something stops functioning properly in your new home.


Greener Choices

New builds are usually more energy efficient than older or existing homes because of new construction standards and higher energy ratings. Some new home builders also use green or recycled materials. These materials may increase upfront construction costs, but they save you money over time because of efficiency of heating and use.


There are several benefits to building a custom home, but the tops ones are quality craftsmanship and service. At Unique Home Building, we specialize in quality work and service. If you are interested in creating your own unique home, contact us today for more information!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Thinking of Re-tiling Your Bathroom Floor? Avoid These Common Mistakes.


Thinking of Re-tiling Your Bathroom Floor? Avoid These Common Mistakes. Tile on a bathroom floor brings unique elegance and character to the home, so it’s no wonder more and more people are choosing it as minor remodeling option. But it’s an intricate art that requires care and precision. If you choose you’d like help in the process, contact the contractors at Unique Home Building and we’ll walk you through it all. However, if you’d like to do it yourself, here are some common mistakes you’ll want to avoid


Choose the Right Adhesive

Use a waterproof adhesive for any tiles that are around a bathtub or shower. Even the best-fitted tiles can let some water leak through to the adhesive, and non-waterproof adhesive will decay and crumble, eventually causing your tiles to crack and break. Don’t forget that water can get to the adhesive in the form of condensation.

Buy the Right Amount Tiles

You should always buy more tiles than you think you need. It’s always wise to go beyond your need by getting 15 to 20% more than you expect to use. This protects against breakages, miscalculations, and difficulties in cutting to size. You can keep spare tiles in reserve in case any tiles become cracked in the future. Alternatively, some retailers may allow you to return unused tiles for a refund.

Don’t Skip Preparation

You must thoroughly clean and smooth the surface on which you are laying the tiles, whether it's a floor or shower wall. Otherwise, you increase the difficulty of laying them evenly. If you're tiling on a wall, remove any wallpaper. Use a light sander on the surface. An exception to this is if you are laying new tiles on top of existing tiles or. This can be done, but you should clean the old tiles and dry them first, and then scour them lightly to give a better grip. (Thanks to DoItYourself.com)
For anyone ready to upgrade the look and feel of your bathroom, tile is a great option. You are fully able to do it yourself but if the task is just too daunting, please contact us at Unique Home Building today!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

5 Ways to Spice Up Your Living Room Look Before Thanksgiving

5 Ways to Spice Up Your Living Room Look Before ThanksgivingThanksgiving is on it’s way and it’s bringing family and guests along. If you’re worrying about impressing your in-laws or your picky great aunt, we have some wonderful (stress-relieving) tips for you:
  1. Do it for yourself and not for them. The holidays are a time of togetherness, of course, but the sense of obligation to impress does not add to the holiday cheer at all. Instead, what a better thing to do than to prepare your home with a warmth and beauty that actually makes you sit down and enjoy it? So that’s the bonus tip to share before getting into the decorative delights!
  2. Walls. This is a good one that makes a makes a world of difference. Whether you choose to repaint the whole room, add wallpaper or just do an accent wall, your options are wide open.  If you go with bold colors, choose warm tones as cool tones aren’t as flexible throughout the year. If you’re wanting softer colors, go with earth tones and colors from nature.
  3. 5 Ways to Spice Up Your Living Room Look Before ThanksgivingFloors. Is it time for new hardwoods? What about sanding them down and giving them a richer stain? Just keep in mind what will be easier for you to care for with children or pets in the home.
  4. Furniture. Maybe it’s time to get that new couch you’ve been eyeballing. Or maybe you just need a new slip color, pillows and throw blanket to add some holiday color pop to the room. This option is quite the simple one.
  5. Trinkets and decor. This option is the most fun to work with. Once you’ve figured out your colors and how you’d like to arrange your accents, it’s time to add the smaller touches. Great ideas include small and large candles; bonus if they are scented with cinnamon, apple or pumpkin. If your aren’t scented or colored with autumn, then stick to white or gold. Gold decor works wonderfully with the changing autumn leaves; leave silver to winter. Have little votive or mason jars with cinnamon sticks and rosemary placed around the home. String cranberry across your fireplace mantle or shelves. Sound fun?
  6. Lastly, upgrade your dinner serving dishes and utensils. You don’t have to be fancy about it, but for a beautiful look, see that it all matches for an elegant look or is mismatched intentionally for the rustic look. Glass, white and pottery are all great choices.

To really figure out what to do, look around your home and see what looks empty, old or out of place. If you realize you want a bigger project done, now is the time to contact a contractor, as you still have time to get it done before the holiday rolls around. If you’re in or near the Dallas area, contact the contractors at Unique Home Building. We’re ready to meet your home’s needs today.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Best Tips for Hardwood Floor Care from the Unique Home Experts!

Best Tips for Hardwood Floor Care from the Unique Home Experts!We love hardwood floors, like so many others. They are shiny, elegant and natural - without having to be a luxury. You can personalize them with different patterns and stains, and once your home is filled with them, you don’t want to consider carpet again. But once you’ve had them installed and you’re sitting back enjoying them, it’s important to make sure you’re caring for them in the best way possible.

That’s why we at Unique Home Building want to leave you with our best tips to caring for your hardwood floors.

Prevention First.
  • Remove shoes when indoors. It’s becoming quite common, so don’t worry about inconveniencing your guests. They’ll be just fine.
  • Sweep or vacuum regularly.
  • Wipe up spills immediately.
  • Stick to gentle cleaners.

More Details on the above basic care.
  • Once a week, make sure to use a dust mop for loose dirt, hair, animal shedding, dust and other debris. It’s pretty easy to find cloths that are electrostatic, disposable or even wood cleaning sprays.  You can also simply sweep or vacuum it up. Just be sure you do the more detailed method on a weekly basis.
  • Monthly, commit to cleaning the whole area with a product meant just for for hardwoods. Be sure to follow the directions and not to leave too much or standing water on the floor, because you will damage the floors permanently. Use a sponge or mop and rinse as needed.

Scuffs and Other Marks
Scuffs happen. They usually happen from dragging items, furniture and shoes. So first of all, keep those shoes off indoors. Second, place felt pads on the underside of all furniture. Lastly, if you do get scuffs, they’re relatively easy to get out. Here’s how:
  • Pencil Eraser. This is the easiest and is best for small scuffs.
  • Scuff Eraser. Meant for bigger jobs, and can be found at most hardware stores.
  • Acetone. For more stubborn scuffs, but be careful. Acetone is strong and can dry out the surface of the wood. So make sure to follow up with an oil-based solvent to restore shine and condition.
  • Lastly, a more natural option is a paste made from baking soda and vinegar. Let the paste sit for about an hour and then scrub off with a dish pad or paper towel.

We at Unique are regularly finishing the room additions and remodels with wood floors, because they are sleek and convenient. Wood floors are an accessible luxury you deserve to enjoy in your home. So be educated and know how to take good care of them.
Be sure to contact Unique Home Building for all your remodeling and home care needs!

Friday, October 9, 2015

How to Prepare Your Home For Winter and Colder Temperatures

How to Prepare Your Home For Winter and Colder TemperaturesIs your home ready for winter? Don’t let the cold weather sneak up on you. Make sure your home is prepared for lower temperatures and wetter conditions with these very helpful tips from Unique Home Building!
It’s fall and your home needs to be prepared for the winter weather changes. Here’s how:
Windows and Doors: 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.
Outdoor Patios: 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.
Rooftop Care: Be sure to clean out the roof gutters once all the autumn leaves have fallen. This 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.
Add Light: This idea is more preventative for your health and mood. Additionally, it could be a lifesaver 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 and Pipes: Plumbing lines that aren't insulated and are in unheated spaces have to 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 and insulate all exposed pipes as best you can.

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!