Monday, July 18, 2016

Simple Home Design Tips That Help Beat Depression

Simple Home Design Tips That Help Beat DepressionIf you find yourself singing the blues more often than not, and your normal uplifting methods aren’t working, it might be your home that’s bringing you down! Did you know that when you wake up in the morning, your senses quickly assess the surroundings and subconsciously come to conclusions about how our days will be? That should make you think twice about the color or your room or the mess on the floor. And that’s just the beginning!
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.

You can’t control the weather and you can’t just move to an island, but 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.

Color.
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.

Move.
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!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Beat the Summer Heat at Home While Saving Money and Energy!

Beat the Summer Heat at Home While Saving Money and Energy!Summer heat can be unbearable and you’re likely going to blast the AC just to survive. Unfortunately, it all comes back to haunt you when the bill arrives. And we don’t want that to happen to you.
The simple truth is that the best way to ensure you're getting the best use out of your home cooling system is to have a home that supports air flow.
At this point, either your home supports the airflow or it doesn’t. If it does, that’s great. Make sure you’re making the most of it. If it doesn’t, then you might want to talk to our contractors about fixing that for next summer. And in the meantime, here are some helpful tips:!
First thing: Check your air filters. So many homeowners don't realize how important of a role air filters play in home cooling efficiency; both in function and for finances. When your air filter is clogged, the costs can increase as much as 15 percent. As well, when the filters are dirty, the system has to work harder, causing the overall system to actually be weaker. It's really smart to check the filter on a monthly basis and replace it quickly once you notice an accumulation of dust and other debris.
Second thing: Look at getting a better thermostat. There are some great new thermostats available on the market that offer very helpful features for saving energy without losing out on comfort. The beauty of this is that you can program several temperature changes that work with your family's schedules for work and other activities. This way - it's all done and you don't have to think about it. Save time, money and stress!
Third thing: Remember to use fans in a smart way. Did you know that the cooling created by ceiling fans can make a room feel up to four degrees cooler during the summer? Make sure to set your ceiling fans to rotate in a counterclockwise direction during the warm season.( During the winter, change the direction so the fans rotate clockwise in low speed and circulate the rising heat downward.)
Fourth thing: Shower. Really. Get into the water often. It’s an old solution but it’s great. Get refreshed and make the best of it.
This summer, relax, have fun and try to stay cool. If you're home isn't cooling the way you'd like it to, talk to us! The contractors at Unique Home Building are ready and excited to help you live in the home of your dreams!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Save Money at Home With These Energy Saving Tips!

Save Money at Home With These Energy Saving Tips!It’s not just about building great spaces, it’s also about making sure that those great spaces work for us, keep us comfortable and save us money. You deserve to know how to save money with the little things while you make bigger and better with your home. So 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.

Shower Use
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.
Simple sidenote: Don't let water run while brushing your teeth or shaving.

Kitchen Saving
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.

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 Energy
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.

Simple solution:
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!