Sunday, December 20, 2015

How to Make the Perfect Prayer and Reading Space in Any Home

Life is busy and it’s important to have a place where you can retreat and decompress. We
are an over scheduled generation and having a place where we can collect our thoughts and sit in gratitude brings relaxation to the mind and healing to the soul.

But where can you do this, in your crowded home full of people, things and distractions?

How to Make the Perfect Prayer and Reading Space in Any HomeWe at Unique Home Building, have met many different people with different needs and backgrounds, and it seems no matter the person, there are a few needs they all have in common. We want to shed some light on a few ways to bring more peace in your life and build the perfect prayer and reading space to any home.

Dedicate a Room.
If you have the extra space, dedicate a whole room to your needs. No matter how you choose to make your space, it’s important to keep the decor minimal. This isn’t a space you want to get dusty or feel you have to clean constantly, or a place you want to do a thousand things that distract you. Think calm, focused and decompressed.

Choose a corner of a room.
Don’t have a whole room? Dedicate a small corner of a room that can be minimally decorated. Include a pillow, a mat or a small comfortable chair. Perhaps make it face a window, a plant or a small painting that you can look at and let your mind drift.

Any space can be made to fit your needs by including a little book basket with your journal or inspirational material. Have a shelf nearby where you can rest your glasses, some incense or a candle.

How to Make the Perfect Prayer and Reading Space in Any HomeWant to go big? Create an extra space outside in your yard… think of it like a prayer hut. It can be as small as 10 x 10 and totally meet your needs. When we were kids, a treehouse invited us into another world and this little outdoor peace space can do the same for us adults. You can have it wired for electricity and heat or keep it as simple as creating candle light as needed.

No matter your need, these spaces are easy to make and can be designed exactly to your needs. If you want to go small, just write down your ideas about what you need and then make it happen. If you want to go big, call a contractor and get some guidance about remodeling a room or adding a small hut to your property.

You are only limited by your imagination. Follow your ideas into creation and see what unfolds!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

An Uncommon Room Addition That Could Bring More Peace and Joy to Your Life!

An Common Room Addition That Could Bring More Peace and Joy to Your Life!We’re already talking about remodeling and room additions all the time. You hear of people upgrading their bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchens of course, but what about additions that invite you to more peace and calm in your life?

At Unique Home Building, we hear a lot about the needs people have and what they dream about. This gives us an in to what to recommend to you. If you are feeling unsettled, stressed or disconnected, here’s what we recommend:

Create a Tea Room
… or coffee, depending on your choice. But have a little nook added on that seats a max of 6 people but feels cozy for just one.

You can create a comfortable window seat or a table with a few chairs. Add cushions or have them available. Perhaps there’s room for an armchair or two?

Storage and Decor
Keep the comfort within reach. Have a trunk nearby to store a throw blanket or some shawls. Keep a basket nearby with a few extra pairs of socks or slippers. Have a bookshelf nearby with notebooks or journals and some of your favorite inspirational or motivational reads, along with a basket of pens, pencils and highlighters.

Keep the lighting warm and golden toned. Use wall sconces if you prefer or even table lamps. Floor lamps are great but you want to be sure your space allows for it.

Creating a mini tea or coffee room gives you a space to do your morning reading and alone time, midday solace and space for togetherness with friends, partners and children alike.

If you liked this idea or have another one you’d like to discuss, please contact us at Unique Home Building and we’ll be happy to go through your options with you!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Give the Gift of a Home Remodel Without the Stress. Here’s How:

Give the Gift of a Home Remodel Without the Stress. Here’s How:Have you noticed your spouse making small comments about the home and how they’d like it to be improved? It’s a hard one to miss. But if it’s such a bother and frustration, why not do something about it?
Remodels make a great gift; even a holiday gift. You don’t have to have all your ducks in a row first. Simply make a voucher that tells him or her that it’s happening. Call a contractor and get the plan rolling. 
First ask yourself, if you plan to stay in the home long term or sell in the next few years. This information makes a big difference on the remodel you choose.
If you intend to stay in the home you may want to:
  • Add extra space to accommodate an expanding family, or simply to add a sense of spaciousness.
  • Add rooms for special purposes, such as an office, game room or extra bath.
  • Change the layout of the house for better flow, use or relation to sun and views.
  • Update to give the house a fresher, more modern look – this could involve taking out walls to enlarge a room, putting in a new kitchen, or installing new lighting and ceilings.
  • Restore the house to its original style (while adding modern features in some areas, like the kitchen and bathroom).
  • Add value to increase your investment.
If you are going to end up selling, then your remodel should be focused on both your needs and creating higher resale value. For example, some large ideas would be to finish a basement, attic or remodeling the kitchen, while smaller ideas would include repainting, or changing dated or damaged fixtures, such as a cracked sink in the bathroom.
Just be sure to not spend money on improvements that you won’t get back from the sale price. You could even consult a real estate agent for ideas to increase the house’s appeal, and how much you should spend without over investing.
We understand that the process can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to. There are more tips we’d like to share and simple steps that you can take to make this a simple and easy process. So give the gift of remodeling. It’s a win win.

Our contractors at Unique Home Building in Dallas, Texas are here to make this the best situation experience we can, for you! Call us today to let us know how we can help!

How to Keep Your Feet Warm In the Dead of Winter

How to Keep Your Feet Warm In the Dead of WinterFreezing feet don’t make for a fun holiday season. Between the snow, the food and the togetherness, you want to enjoy the festivities feeling warm and toasty inside and out, right? We don’t blame you. Winter brings it’s chill but it doesn’t have to overtake you.
There are a lot of reasons for your feet (and hands) to be cold, so let’s make sure you’re doing your best to take care of it and prevent it from happening.
One reason for a colder body can be that your home has a draft. Check the windows and doors for small gaps or air leaks that can be bringing the cold air into your home. If it all feels sealed pretty well, you may still need to get new windows entirely, as thinly paned windows will still let in a draft. If you aren’t sure, have a contractor come check it out for you. You’ll get a better idea on how bad the situation is and some ways to fix it affordably and conveniently.
Cold foods add to an already difficult situation. If your body is cold on the outside, and you feed it cold on the inside, it’s going to have an even harder time staying warm and you’ll likely feel even more tense and immune compromised. Eat steamed vegetables and drink hot tea to keep your body strong and comfortable.
Hot socks. Have you heard of this remedy before? Sprinkle a little cayenne pepper in your socks to boost the temperature on your feet! It really works. Add to that, a pair of wool socks and your feet will be smiling.
Quick water trick. This one is great for a 10 minute fix. Just run your bath with hot water enough to soak your feet up to just past your ankles. Grab a book and a blanket for your lap. Enjoy the downtime and see how fast you warm up!

These ideas are simple and your feet will thank you. Enjoy the holiday season with all it’s joy, togetherness and giving. From us at Unique Home Building, we wish you the happiest of holiday seasons so far!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

How to Prepare Your Home for Holiday Entertaining

How to Prepare Your Home for Holiday Entertaining We all love throwing a good party and inviting our friends and loved ones over for a holiday celebration, but without the right planning, it can be really stressful. All those smaller details can get lost in the shuffle leaving you hustling at the last minute and stressed out of your mind.
This isn’t necessary and for the most part can be avoided. That’s why we at Unique Home Building wanted to share our best tips for entertaining with you today. We specialize in building homes so naturally our clients talk to us about their entertaining needs.
There are many challenges and needs they have in common and we’ve decided to bring them together here and help you prepare your home for holiday entertaining.
Assess the situation.  Be realistic about your space. Have a good idea about who you want to invite and which rooms you’ll want and need to use in order to properly entertain.
Furniture. Depending on your room sizes and the people you want to invite, you may want to either rent or remove furniture to allow for people to either sit or stand as desired. If you’ll be dining, you want to make sure you not only have enough chairs but also tables to meet your needs.
Menu. Create a menu ahead of time and see which choices you’ll make, order or ask from others to bring. Also make sure you have a headcount and then be sure to make 1 ½ times food to people.
Decor.  Don’t overdo it. For the holidays, have a small tree. String simple white lights around the room or across a mantel piece. Add sprigs of fir and cranberry to miniature table vases and include some simple tealights and votives as well. Don’t overdue it. Accent it.
Memorabilia. This one is big but worth it. Invest in a polaroid and make sure each guest gets a photo or ten of the night to take home with them. Everyone loves a night to remember.

We hope these ideas were helpful. Of course, as you plan your event, you may realize that it’s time to add a room or remodel in time for the next big event. If that’s the case, please feel free to contact the contractors at Unique Home Building for more information!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Feeling Blue? Simple Home Changes to Boost Your Mood and Energize Your Day.

Feeling Blue? Simple Home Changes to Boost Your Mood and Energize Your Day.Do you feel tired in the morning and find yourself starting the morning grumpy and sluggish? It might be time to upgrade your morning atmosphere. When we wake up, our senses quickly assess our surroundings and we subconsciously come to conclusions about how our days will be. If you wake up in a grey room, cold and with dim lights, you’re more likely to feel discouraged and sleepy.  If you wake up to sunshine and soft blues or warm greens, you’re more likely to feel energized and hopeful.

While you can’t control the weather, you can control color and ambience. Unique Home Building understands each homes need and what most have in common is that simple changes make a big difference.

Feeling Blue? Simple Home Changes to Boost Your Mood and Energize Your Day.

Start with the bedroom and the bathroom you use most, as these are what you’ll see first. Colors that energize are golden or mustard yellow, olive or sage green, sky blues or turquoise and even shades of orange and peach! Just feel out what colors are right for you. Maybe choose 2 that compliment each other and use one for the bathroom and the other for the bedroom. Alternatively, just paint the bathroom and use brightly colored curtains for the bedroom instead.

Upgrade Your Water.
Showers are on most people’s list of first things to do in the morning, so perhaps this is the time for a shower upgrade. Consider a Roman Shower for a luxurious spa feeling. Or turn things around and enjoy a hot, relaxing, meditative bath to get you going in the morning!

Lighten Up.
Lighting is one of the most important factors in any home or room. Be sure to get bulbs that let off a golden tinted color, rather than the sometimes bluish or silver lights. Those have a florescent feel to them and have been proven to add to depression. Go for the gold.

Yes, you could move into a better home or build one even, but that’s not what this one’s about. Movement in the morning has also been proven to better your mood. It get’s blood circulating and brain waves active. Try some yoga or calisthenics.  You can easily do some simple morning body movements in the comfort of your bedroom, but if you want more space, consider converting a room into a movement or exercise room. Not a bad option.

Better Timing.
No one feels good when they feel rushed. Are you allowing yourself enough time to read, think, relax, wake up and be inspired about your day? Feeling rushed causes us to feel as though we can’t be at our best or accomplish our goals. Try allowing yourself more time in the morning; even an extra 20 minutes helps.

You deserve the best day possible. Try these ideas and see which ones work for you. And if you’re ready to take a bigger step and want to add a room or do a remodel, contact the contractors at Unique Home Building. It's your home. Enjoy it!