Monday, February 29, 2016

5 Ways to Make the Most out of Small Rooms and Tight Spots!

5 Ways to Make the Most out of Small Rooms and Tight Spots!If you have a small room in your home, you know how challenging it is to decorate and furnish it with the right storage and usable pieces without overdoing, cluttering or ditching the necessities.
However, there are five tips and tricks you can use that will make not only the most of the space you have, but can also leave your small space feeling bigger than before!
1. Small rooms don’t have to have small pieces of furniture. That can actually make it feel worse! A small sofa and chair only provides a little seating and can make the room look sparse, while a large sectional can provide double the seating and create a more cozy and open feeling!
2. Combine and let go. Determine what can be downsized, gotten rid of and what can be stored. Make three piles. Once you’ve done that, measure how much space you’ll need and buy storage bins accordingly.
3. Use mirrors and glass to create reflections and bounce light around.
Making a small space seem grand depends on maximizing light. You can do that with a glass coffee table, rather than a wood or opaque one. You can do it by tucking mirrors into corners, and by hanging art in glass frames, which create reflections.

4. Go with neutral tones and even white curtains. Hang them so that when they’re open, the entire window is clear; open curtains should fall beside the window and not block any of it. Don’t hang curtains inside the window frame. Consider hanging curtains from the ceiling, rather than from the top of the window, which will add height (and some drama) to the space.

5. Don’t waste vertical space. Whether you’re hanging art or shelves, or placing furniture, don’t let vertical space go to waste. Using it is practical, providing a display space for art, for example, and it also draws the eye up, making a space feel more expansive than it actually is. 

Small living can be a challenge, but with a good eye plus the right tips and tricks, any space can be optimized! For more ideas or information about home remodeling, building or customizing, contact the contractors at Unique Home Building today!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Pros and Cons to Turning Your Garage into a Man Cave

The Pros and Cons to Turning Your Garage into a Man CaveTurning your garage into a man cave is becoming a pretty popular endeavor and for good reason! However, before you totally trade in your parking and extra storage for the made for men getaway, we at Unique Home Building want to educate you about some of the pros and cons, so you’re able to make a decision with peace of mind
  1. One con is that your man cave project could lower your home’s value and make it harder to sell.
  2. Clearly, the garage has a purpose: Storage and parking. Garages were intended to provide just that, to meet the needs of the ever expanding family and their belongings. Take that away and you offer less amenities.
  3. Having a man cave usually involves having a big tv, game table, video games and more. If it’s obvious that your garage might be hiding some valuable assets, your risk of theft could increase dramatically.
  1. If you don’t over do it on the esthetic, you could decorate in a way that if you do choose to sell, the man cave could be converted to a mother-in-law suite or guest house. Marketed correctly, that could boost the value of your home.
  2. The cave can also be fully built so that the family doesn’t lose their storage. Also, Consider adding a overhang to the garage with extended walls to serve as a car-port! Keep the functionality and you’ll have a win win.
  3. Have all the amenities you want, but have the security system in place to match it. Make sure your homeowners insurance covers all that’s inside as well.
  4. Use this space as even more than a man cave. With all the extra room and entertainment, you can also use this space for holiday parties, date night and birthdays as well!

So it all really depends on what your immediate needs are as well as your long term goals. If you really feel that having that additional space is going to be the icing on the cake for your home, then this might be just the project for you! Whatever the case may be, feel free to contact us at Unique Home Building, in Dallas, Texas with your questions and interests!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Benefits Of Solar Panels Every Home Owner Must Know

Solar panels are gaining more and more popularity. No matter where you go these days, it’s common to see these large rectangular additions on people’s roofs and properties. But why? What’s the benefit?
At Unique Home Building, we believe in keeping homeowners informed about the latest remodeling trends, green upgrades and modernizations. Solar panels happen to be one of the most popular upgrades being asked for.
Here’s why:
  1. You can run your home on far more efficient and cost effective energy by installing and using solar panels.
  2. Not only are these an easy choice for you and your home, but they are also sustainable for the health of the environment.
  3. Even in the middle of winter each square meter of land still receives a fair amount of solar radiation. Sunlight is everywhere and the resource is practically inexhaustible. Even during cloudy days we still receive some sunlight and it is this that can be used as a renewable resource.
  4. Sunlight is totally free. There is of course the initial investment for the equipment. After the initial capital outlay you won’t be receiving a bill every month for the rest of your life from the electric utility.
  5. Solar energy is an excellent alternative for fossil fuels like coal and petroleum because solar energy is practically emission free while generating electricity.
  6. Get money back. Most states offer tax deductions and other incentives for switching to solar power.
  7. Solar power can generate electricity no matter how remote the area as long as the sun shines there, leavings solar power accessible to just about everyone.
  8. Once they are installed and setup there are practically zero recurring costs. If needs increase solar panels can be added with ease and with no major revamp.
The technology for solar energy is evolving at an increasing rate. At present photovoltaic technology is still relatively expensive but the technology is improving and production is increasing. The result of this is to drive costs down. Payback times for the equipment are getting shorter and in some areas where the cost of electricity is high payback may be as short as five years.
Solar energy is not only sustainable, it is renewable and making it a wise investment for both the energy efficiency of your home, your budget and the environment.
For more information about upgrades, home building and remodeling, call the contractors at Unique Home Building today!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Simple Tips for Adding a Child’s Play Space to Any Home

Simple Tips for Adding a Child’s Play Space to Any HomeEvery child loves to have a place to call their own; a place of magic and creativity! Most children have to share these spaces with others but imagine if they could keep their imaginary worlds going, their playstations set up and your sanity undisturbed?
It’s totally possible to create an ideal play space for your child with some easy tips and changes around the home and Unique Home Building is here to help you get it done!
  1. Before you begin, it’s important to consider the interests of your kiddos. They have their own personalities and needs.
  2. If the play area is a section of the child’s bedroom, you’ll want to make sure it has it’s own partitioned section, so your child can separate play from rest time.
  3. If space is an issue, look for creative ways to have furniture double as storage! Make seats out of storage boxes, have hide-aways under their beds or have cubbie compartments under benches and tables!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

8 Very Important Things You Should Do Before Selling Your Home

8 Very Important Things You Should Do Before Selling Your Home8 Very Important Things You Should Do Before Selling Your Home
If you’re getting ready to sell your home, you want to make sure you do everything in your power to make it desirable to buyers. This means following some very important tips, as missing them could mean a ‘home selling’ catastrophe!
From us to you, here are 8 important things to do before selling your home.
Let your home be welcoming to buyers. Your front door and yard are the first thing potential buyers are going to see and you want to make a good first impression. Paint the door, clear debris and clutter from the walkway and yard, mow the lawn and prune hedges. Pot or plant colorful annuals and perennials to attract attention from the street.
Make it clean. A clean home implies that it’s been well taken care of. Buyers especially tend to scrutinize the kitchens and bathrooms, so pay close attention to those spaces.. Caulk and repaint to give the moisture-prone rooms a fresh and clean look. Deep clean the floors, including carpets and rugs, making sure to rid them of any ugly stains and odors they might have accumulate. Organize all rooms, and wipe down all surfaces and cabinets in great detail before showing your home. If that sounds too stressful, hire someone. You’ll lose far more in the end if you neglect this point.
Pack and send. A cluttered and messy home turns off buyers and also makes your house look smaller. It’s also harder for someone to imagine living in a space that is still very much being ‘lived in’. So pack up what you don’t need and move it either to your new home or put it into storage. Start with excess furniture, toys and personal decorations, such as family photos. Pack up things you don't use on a daily basis, and put them in storage or ask a friend to hold onto them. The bonus here, is that the decluttering and organizing will give you a head start on your move!
Paint simply.  Think simple when it comes to color. Don’t have an accent wall or any bold colors. Let the potential buyers do the imagining. All you need are some simple and clean earth tones to help your home feel fresh and new. Don't forget the trim and molding, and outdated or worn cabinetry as well. Small touches make a big difference.
Hardware updates. Repair or replace broken, missing or outdated hardware throughout your home. Install new faucets, rods, door handles and towel bars. These are the fixtures that are obvious and visible to homebuyers and can be improved inexpensively. New hardware in the bathroom, kitchen and on windows and doors also improves the functionality and safety of these components.
Better lighting. Now that your home has a fresh and newer look, you’ll want to Install new bulbs with the appropriate lighting and ambience to match each room. For example, ambient, low-key lighting fills a room, whereas directional or task lighting works better in areas like a reading nook. Use accent lighting to highlight focal points in a room, such as the artwork above a mantle, to draw buyers' attention to certain selling points.
Dining Table. What feels more fresh and welcoming than a dining table set with flowers, plates, cloth napkins and silverware? This is most easily done by keeping place settings handy for your tables in a nearby cupboard, so you can quickly set them out right before showings or an open house. Pull out all the formal stops for a dining room, and keep the table casual in the kitchen.
Add more green. Green is the color or life and vibrance - what every person wants in their homes. So grab some beautiful plants and place them at random places in the house. A good rule of thumb is to have 2 - 4 plants in each room. Make sure they are all healthy, without brown leaves or dust (if you choose to get silk plants).
Neglecting these simple updates and improvements can leave negative impressions with your potential buyers. Nobody wants to draw out the selling process either and these tips are sure to help you seal the deal faster and far easier! For more help, ideas or even information on home improvements or remodeling, contact us at Unique Home Building, where your home is our top priority.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Green Building Energy Efficiency Tips for the Home

Green Building Energy Efficiency Tips for the HomeWhether you are remodeling, building a home, or just looking for ways to live better in the home you have, these are important tips to consider for every green home project! Unique Home Building has worked with families and individuals over the years. This is why we want to share these important tips for every green home building or remodeling project.
Install solar panels
Solar panels are a great way to conserve energy and utilize natural electricity.  To see if your home is a candidate for solar panels, go out on your roof on a sunny day mid-morning and see if the sun shines on it. Do this again mid-afternoon. If the sun shines through on the shingles for most of those in between hours, and your home isn't blocked by nearby buildings or hills, then you could be a great candidate for natural energy in your home!
Efficient windows
Having energy efficient windows will allow for better heat capturing in the winter and better eat filtering in the summer. The general differentiation of windows beyond style (double-hung, casement, sliding, etc.) is the glass or glazing and the framing material. There are three main types of frame materials, each addressing several lifespan aspects of the windows; wood, vinyl and aluminum.
Fireplaces inserts (rather than a traditional fireplace) that can burn logs and paper trash, has intake and outflow vents at the bottom and top (you shouldn’t need a circulating blower), has an easily operable damper, and sports large glass doors so you can enjoy the dancing flames. A fireplace insert is 50–75 per cent efficient and easier to operate. Another option would be a gas fireplace or dutch oven! Dutch ovens are a great option as they emit so much heat with less fuel and wood needed. Plus, the only modifications that will be needed involve a small hole drilled into the wall for the release!
Be smart. Get help where needed. Anytime you’re considering bigger changes in your home, you want to consult with a contractor to be sure you’re doing things in the safest, and most budget friendly way. Mistakes are more expensive to fix than to prevent.

Unique Home Building is dedicated to making your home the finest quality living space you can imagine.  Call us today to see how we can make your home a place you love!