Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Why Build Your Own Home When You Can Buy Ready Made? Here’s Why:

Why Build Your Own Home When You Can Buy Ready Made? Here’s Why:We’re all busy people. We don’t have time or energy for extra stress and complicated planning. So we naturally lean toward buying a home over building them. But what if the benefits of building your own home outweigh the challenges? And what if the challenges aren’t really… Challenging? Well, then you’d want to talk. Do you know why?

Because you can entertain without limits.
Work hard, party hard right? You need a space to invite your friends over, share a dinner and just enjoy the downtime. Building your own home gives you the chance to build according to your specific style and taste.

Because you can ‘start over’ and start fresh.
For many families and individuals, it can be very refreshing to know that a fresh start is possible. Maybe it's time for new memories and maybe cooking a dinner in a brand-new kitchen is part of the appeal of new construction. In addition, you won’t have to spend time stripping dated wallpaper or repainting to suit your personal style, but simply create your own home look and feel from the very start!

Because you get to call the shots.
Homes back in the day were not only built differently but also wired differently. There were no ways for contractors to anticipate the development of multi-media, such as high definition tv's, computers and smart phone chargers. Imagine having a wall designed around your entertaining or home office needs? New homes can accommodate advanced technologies like structured wiring, security systems and sophisticated lighting plans, and can be tailored to meet the individual home owner’s needs.

I know, you’re convinced on the why.

Now if you feel held back by the fear of challenges - that peace of mind is found in working with the right contractors. When interviewing contractors, make sure the ones you talked to come with great reviews, insurance, successful builds and happy clients.

If you are ready to plan your new home construction, we’d love to work with you.  Contact the contractors at Unique Home Building today!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Green Tips You Want to Know About When Planning Your Home Remodel

Green Tips You Want to Know About When Planning Your Home Remodel

If you’re thinking of remodeling your home it’s important that you look at options, ideas and add ons that are not only beneficial for you and your family, but that are sustainable for the environment as well. We need to protect and care for what we love, so the earth we live on should be no different. There are many green and non-toxix options to choose from as well as ones that conserve energy and costs. Here are some basic starter ideas we at Unique Home Building would like to share with you.
Hire a green contractor: You’ll have a better chance of negotiating successfully with builders if you know about the details that make for a green home. One good way to learn is to get a book on construction and decide what it is that's important to you and to communicate that to your contractor.  Some options to consider are green roofs, rain storage collection and low voc paints.
Instal 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!
Recycled insulation: Not many people know this, but you can insulate your home with used denim! Ask your friends and family to donate their old ripped up jeans and jackets and stuff your walls with less toxicity and waste.
Low VOC paints: Choose paints that have less toxins in them for your whole family’s health. There are also many new painting methods out there where you can mix clays and natural elements with water and simply wash the color on with a cloth.
Reclaim it: Go to a local recycled materials business and choose ‘already loved’ building materials, wood, doors, fixtures, windows etc. Why buy new when you can use something in fine shape and keep less from going to the dump?
Use a fireplaces insert: 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.
Efficient indoor spaces: By removing useless corners, unused crannies, gun barrel hallways, seas of circulation around islands of furniture, and other chubby cubic footage indoors, not only will you be more comfortable in less space, you may have enough room in your home to install an office, have an exercise area (instead of driving to a dues-paying health club), and store more belongings (rather than rent a storage unit miles away). One of many clever ploys: Convert the usual wasted space between a row of studs into a hallway library or similar shelving. This can be done almost anywhere indoors.

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!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Important Facts You Need to Know When Planning a Basement Remodel

Important Facts You Need to Know When Planning a Basement RemodelMore and more people are choosing to utilize the added square footage in their basements for extra home space, guests, entertaining as well as working. When planned out well, it can be the best thing done for your home - both for your quality of life as well as the value of your home.
It just keeps giving back! Here at Unique Home Building, we love helping you create the home of your dreams and a basement remodel is a great place to start.

Step One: Get Clear on Your Vision.  Do you know what you want to do with the space? Do you know the feel you want to have there? Will it be multi purpose? Start a mood board to get your visual inspiration in front of your eyes and more easily shared with the family and contractor you work with.

Step Two: Make sure your wants are legal. Check with your insurance agent before jumping in with both feed. Some finished basements may not be insured and sometimes bedrooms are added but won't count in the total of bedrooms when you sell the house.  Know the facts before committing. But once you know the facts and are ready, the adventure can begin!

Step Three: Know your water. Being prepared for flooding is so important regardless of your location, because it always CAN happen; so plan ahead. If you don't have a system in place to deal with the water, choose a flooring material that can handle getting wet, such as the tile shown in this basement. If you don't have a floor drain, get one installed. It's best to get a drain that ties into the storm drain directly or that drains into a pit with a sump pump in it. If you pay for these systems up front, you won't be paying to replace furniture, rugs and appliances later. In addition to waterproofing, you'll want to plan ahead with proper plumbing. Make sure to have a plumbing expert advise you to the best direction for new plumbing.

Step Four: Tall or small? Think about how you plan to use your finished basement. If you want to exercise down there, you may need more headroom. Lift your arms overhead. I need an 8-foot ceiling to do that. Will you be standing on a treadmill? Height can be one of the biggest challenges in basement remodels. Do your best with what you've got - and make sure you've got enough space to enjoy yourself and meet everyone’s needs.

Step Five: The light inside. Natural light is often in short supply in a basement. In this picture, the kitchen was placed by the lone window to maximize sunlight in the prep area. Also, many building codes require a second way to exit the basement if the space is going to be finished. Get more light and satisfy code requirements by installing an egress window and window well. An egress window is big enough for a person to exit through it, and the well allows more light into your basement. To avoid water problems, have a drain installed at the bottom of the well.

Those are the basics you need to know about basement remodels. Obviously, there's always more to learn and prepare for, but you're not alone. The contractors at Unique Home Building are here and ready to answer your questions and join you every step of the way. Call us and schedule an interview today!