Monday, January 30, 2017

Simple Ways to Keep Your Hardwood Floors Looking New, Year After Year!

Simple Ways to Keep Your Hardwood Floors Looking New, Year After Year!Everyone loves hardwood floors, for their luxury look and feel and simple to clean surface! But the last thing you want to do is let them get damaged and go from looking fresh and beautiful to dull and old. So we at Unique Home Building want to share with you our favorite tips for for keeping your hardwood floors beautiful and happy for as long as possible!
Step One: Prevention. Be sure to remove shoes when indoors. It’s becoming quite common, so don’t worry about inconveniencing your guests. They’ll be just fine. Sweep or vacuum regularly.  Wipe up spills immediately. Stick to gentle cleaners.
Step Two: Love the Details. Once a week, make sure to use a dust mop for loose dirt, hair, animal shedding, dust and other debris. It’s pretty easy to find fabric pieces that are electrostatic, disposable and wood cleaning sprays to use them with.  You can also simply sweep or vacuum it up. Just be sure you do the more detailed method on a weekly basis.
Step Three: Be Consistent. Monthly, commit to cleaning the whole area with a product meant just for for hardwoods. Be sure to follow the directions and not to leave too much or standing water on the floor, because you will damage the floors permanently. Use a sponge or mop and rinse as needed.

Step Four: Act Fast. Scuffs happen. They usually happen from dragging items, furniture and shoes. But remove scuffs and marks as you notice them.So first of all, keep those shoes off indoors. Second, place felt pads on the underside of all furniture. 

At Unique home building have a lot of experience with wood floors in both our remodels and our custom builds. They are an accessible luxury you deserve to enjoy in your home. So be educated and know how to take good care of them and contact Unique Home Building for all your remodeling and home care needs!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

4 Important Tips to Avoid a Home Remodeling Nightmare!

4 Important Tips to Avoid a Home Remodeling Nightmare!
When you’re ready to make the changes to your home you’ve been dreaming of, the last thing you need is to use your hard earned money and time to end up creating a nightmare. Whether the mistakes are big or small, they all have a way of ruining the whole project, leaving you with a world of regret, frustration and money wasted. So don’t let it happen to you.

Take it from us at Unique Home Building, have seen it all.  There are some serious mistakes that we've seen time and time again, and are happy to share some of the wisdom we've gained from other's mistakes over the years.  This way, you can learn to avoid them, the easy way.

Take your time. 
It's far too common to underestimate the costs, time, difficulties and setbacks that can accompany even the smallest of projects.  The more you prepare for the potential for these mistakes to occur, the more less painful shock will be if and when they do show up.  This is also a good time to check in with your insurance company to see whether or not your policy will change or if additional coverage is needed either during or after the renovation. And take your time. Understand that being patient and thorough is the best path to achieving the results you desire. 

Do everything by the book. 
You may not realize it, but many home improvement and renovation jobs require a permit; even the simple little jobs you want to do yourself. So, play it safe and just assume you'll need either a city or county permit before starting your remodeling project. There may be a fee, and you'll likely wait a few weeks before getting a response, so make sure to work those costs and waiting periods into your costs and action plan. It may be easy to want to sneak past that permit, but that could cause bigger problems later on, when it's time to sell your home.  So make it a priority to just do the process right!

Think long term.
While you may have a fantasy going in your mind of a unique home renovation thats speaks of your individuality and taste, a wise homeowner that cares about resale value, will invest in projects that will increase the property's worth. If you pour your money into less important remodeling projects, you likely won't see much of a return on your investment, especially if what you've done turns your home into the highest priced property on the block.  Consider modernized bathrooms and showers, trending open floor plans and water conserving landscapes around the front and back yards.

Be precise and check everything twice.
You know that old saying, "measure twice, cut once?"  Well, here's where it's truth rings the loudest. When you are dealing with the square footage of a floor to the size of a fixture - you can't be off at all.  If you are off by even the smallest amount, you'll not only loose time, but it can drive your costs through the roof... (maybe even literally!) So to be sure to get it right, check the detailed instructions either online or print.  You can talk to the people at your hardware store for further assistance if you're finding all of this to be a true challenge. But what's the best option? Hire a professional contractor.  This is their expertise, right?  You be the visionary. Let the experts make your dream come true.  

At Unique Home Building, we understand the value of your investment and even more, the value of feeling good in the home you're in.   Don't make the above mistakes.  Take the process seriously.  And if we, at Unique, can be of service in any way along your home remodeling journey, let us know. That's what we are here for.

Friday, January 6, 2017

These Surprising Home Additions Are Easy and Natural Shortcuts to Better Health!

These Surprising Home Additions Are Easy and Natural Shortcuts to Better Health!When you’re thinking of remodeling or building your home, you naturally think of the additions that will give you the most space and home feeling. But how often do you consider how your design contributes to your health. Not often, right? Well the truth is, that there are some seriously health boosting home design ideas out there that make a world of difference for your quality of life as well as for your health.  

If you’re finally planning to have the home of your dreams, and good health matters to you, you’re not going to want to miss out on these genius ideas. At Unique Home Building, we are in the business of making your home life better. Here are our favorite ways to bring health to your home and home to your health:

About light: The more sun you can let into your home, the more your plants, your mood and your natural rhythms will be supported. So choose extra large windows and add skylights to the rooms you’re in most! And for the rooms where you sleep, be sure to have both the large windows to let in the light, as well as black out curtains for night time to make sure that the added light doesn’t affect your sleep!

Detox at home: Everyone’s loving saunas these days, and that’s because they do so much for your health. Because of their heat factor, they aid your body’s circulation and ability to detoxify faster. This leads to muscle and joint pain relief, glowing skin, healthier hair, cleared respiratory system and better sleep. Sounds about right!

Access all the seasons: This solution adds more light and more outside to your daily life, without being exposed to pests or the elements. Add an all weather porch or sunroom.  With this option, you get to sit ‘outside’ in the protection of your home, in every season. For places with colder winters, add a dutch oven and double paned windows to watch the snow and rainfall in the warmth of your enclosed porch! In the summer, simply open the windows and doors to enjoy the breeze.

Enjoy cleaner water: All you need to do is install a simple water filtration system. And when you do, you’ll know full well why you did it. You’ll be able to both taste and feel the difference. Many states have different laws as to what’s allowed in the water system, but you have the power to filter out what you don’t want - and eliminate the possibility of consuming chlorine, flouride and even residual flushed medications! Gross!

Home is where we spend the most time. We connect, eat, celebrate, grow and study there. So why not use your home to take your health even further? The contractors at Unique Home Building are experts and customizing your home to suit your needs. Please contact us today to see what we can do to make your house even more of a home.