Tuesday, November 29, 2016

How To Finish Up Preparing Your Home For Winter!

How To Finish Up Preparing Your Home For Winter!It’s getting cold out there so the last thing you need is to feel cold inside too! If your home isn’t ready for winter, you want to get on it so it doesn’t sneak up on you. Get prepared for lower temperatures and wetter conditions now, with these very helpful tips from Unique Home Building!
Start with your 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.
Care for your rooftops:
Make sure your roof gutters and drain pipes are clear of debris so that no blockage or damage occurs from ice or snow. That’s very damaging to your roof. On a dry day, blow out all the gutters with a leaf blower or spray them down with a hose. Check for holes or any repairs that might be needed and take care 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.
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, we want your home to feel safe and welcoming for you. Whether it’s remodeling, adding on, or simply taking care of your home, our contractors are dedicated to serving you. Let us do what we do best and contact us today for any of your home design needs!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Simple Ways to Avoid Conflict & Enjoy Thanksgiving With Your Family

Simple Ways to Avoid Conflict & Enjoy Thanksgiving With Your FamilyThere’s always tension in the air at during the holidays because no matter who your family is, there are things to disagree with. These things can be life choices, business, politics, health and even parenting. But this is not the time to get out the microscope on each other. It’s the time to gather together in unity and gratitude. So today, as you gather for your meal, remember that you love each other and are together to celebrate that.

To help you enjoy more peace at the table this holiday, we at Unique Home Building want to share some simple ideas that are meant to bring people together.

Play Joyful or Soothing Music: You can listen to the music or also talk about it. Not only is music a safe conversation topic, but it also relaxes the mind and body and brings back feelings of nostalgia.

Travel Bucket List: Have everyone share the destinations on their bucket list. Where do they want to go and why? Where have they already been? What do they like and dislike about travel? Encourage people to share their most memorable travel stories.

Honest Embarrassment: Almost self explanatory, have everyone share a totally embarrassing story. To make it more fun, have it be from this last year - or from when they were nine years old or similar. After the end of the story, have a show of hands of who can relate or has gone through something similar!

On a More Meaningful Note

Gratitude in a New Light: Instead of the usual “sharing what you’re thankful for”, really be in gratitude. Before or after the meal, take a deep breath. Silently look at the people sitting around you. Think of what you love about them regardless of your differences. Then allow everyone to take a turn sharing their gratitude for both the person on their left and one other person at the table or in the room. We as a society are great at sharing that we are thankful for food, shelter, clothing and such - but we fall short in sincerely sharing our gratitude for other people. When people feel they are appreciated, they do more of whatever has been noticed and appreciated. Appreciation creates a desire in our hearts to do and love well.

At Unique Home Building, we love bringing people together. We’ve spent years doing just that through for so many families through our home building and remodeling services. We stay committed to it because we know you deserve to be together in the way that feels best.

So this year, in your home, come together with love, gratitude and the intention of peace. Choose smart topics to discuss and let bygones be bygones. 

And if you’re in the Dallas, Texas area, remember to contact Unique for any and all home needs!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

How to Create the Perfect Thanksgiving Table Scape for a Beautiful Holiday Experience

How to Create the Perfect Thanksgiving Table Scape for a Beautiful Holiday ExperienceThanksgiving is just around the corner and it’s time to get the details planned. You’ve got the food planned and people coming, but why not make the space where you’re eating just as inviting? Add the beauty of the holiday to the beauty of your home with these few simple tips to make your Thanksgiving more magical than ever.

Add candle light.
Candles of various height can be a great centerpiece for Thanksgiving. You most likely already have them in your home scattered in various rooms. Gather them all and add plain white candles or festive fall colors such as oranges, reds and browns. A simple plate with a festive boarder paired with simple gold rimmed glasses are sure to make a statement. A pumpkin can serve as a great place card holder! Either attach a label around the pumpkins stem or write the name directly on the side.

Autumn colors.

Perhaps you’re more of a minimalist and you don’t want to clutter your table with too much decoration. If that’s the case, make use of a solid and bold autumn colored table cloth and then add a contrasting color of cloth napkins to create an inviting accent. Run a gold ribbon along the middle with the dishes set on top of them. Stand back and smile. It will look beautiful!

Beautiful florals.
A simple flower arrangement will add height to your table and can be achieved in a matter of minutes. Go out to your garden and snip some greenery as your base then add flowers, berries and branches! Keep it simple. Add an elegant1 runner to draw the eye to the center of the table. Leaves can be used as name tags by simply using puff paint and glitter! This is a great project to do with the kids! Finish off your table display by adding a fresh sprig of rosemary to each white plate adding a nice contrast against the leaf.

Simple Nature.
Foraged centerpiece. Instead of raking away the leaves that are sprinkled on your lawn,  save a few and use 2-3 types of different colored leaves to create simple base for your low laying centerpiece. Add in various types of pumpkins, squash and gourdes. Enhance your farm to table look with a statement charger, paired with a simple plate. Lastly, an old tree stump when sliced into disks make for a wonderful name card!

At Unique Home Building, we love helping you with both big and small ways to bring more life and home to the space you live in. From holiday prep to major changes, we want to be of service to you. We offer top quality contracting for home remodeling, renovation and more.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Simple Decor Changes to Bring the Beauty of Fall and Winter into Your Home.

Simple Decor Changes to Bring the Beauty of Fall and Winter into Your Home. There’s something about the change of seasons that makes us want to start fresh, turn over a new page, and say, “Out with the old, in with the new!” And in the fall, we can have so much fun with it, with the colors and the mood and all the beauty in between. The best part is, that it doesn’t have to be complicated or cost a ton. With just a few simple additions and changes, you can bring the beauty of fall and winter into the comfort of your home.  
Simple Swap
Start small. Notice a few pieces around your home that you can store until spring and replace with something with a more rustic or natural feel. Think linens, wicker accents, lamp shades, throw pillows, rugs, or even wall art.
Add the Glow
Set out candles…and light them! This is as easy as getting a flatter piece of wood and setting out tealights on it. Or add votives to mason jars and line them up on banisters and mantels. Another great touch is framing windows or accent walls with white christmas lights.
Basket of Apples
While fall is notorious (in a good way, of course) for its warm, fiery color palette, the season’s arrival doesn’t mean we do away with bright, beautiful color altogether. Quite the contrary. Apple green is a perfect example – bright, cheerful, and perfectly fallish. Simply get a wicker or wooden basket and store your normal apples in it or get fake ones for the decor.
Back to the Nature
Bring the outside in by branching out. Cut and gather twigs and fallen branches and arrange in a glass vase for the look of wood and ice. You can also gather pine cones and place them in a bowl, vase or simply around your home for the same effect.
Coloring Softly
Focus on bringing in more soft, luxurious textiles with autumn colors such as rich greens, rusty orange, browns, burgundy or gold. These are the colors and textures that you want to curl up with, in, or on. Velvet, soft linen, and a variety of other touchable fabrics make for wonderful fall pillow covers and throw blankets.
It’s easy to transition your home to embody the cozy comfort of fall and winter. Try these tips today and see how it feels in your home! And remember, for bigger changes such as remodeling, design and building, Unique Home Building get’s the job done beautifully. For those in Texas, call us today for a consultation!