Tuesday, April 18, 2017

How To Prepare and Protect Your Home From The Threat of Tornados

How To Prepare and Protect Your Home From The Threat of Tornados Tornados happen. And if you live in or near Dallas, you know that this is a risk for you. But do you know what to do to be prepared ahead of time, to protect yourself and even your home? Obviously, there are some levels of risk we just don’t have control over but those that we do, are wise to act on before the storm hits.
First tip: Build a safe room. These are different than the more common shelters, but offer all the same protection and benefit. FEMA says a safe room is a structure that will provide near absolute protection from severe storms. So in order to call it a safe room, it must be built according to federal laws and meet very specific standards of safety.
What’s so great about a safe room?
First of all, there are two kinds of safe rooms; above and below ground.Each safe room should be built to handle 250 mph wiinds and more than 3,000 pounds of force. (That's more than an EF-5 level tornado!)
Normally, safe rooms are built in basements or garages. They’re usually made of steel and fiberglass for the highest level of wind protection. All safe rooms and shelters use concrete foundations as their primary anchors.
Also, you don't have to wait for your shelter to be built to start being prepared. As you plan, begin collecting the must-have emergency supplies, such as canned goods, water and a weather alert radio, to help meet your needs and keep you informed.
So please, if you live in Texas and are in an area that experiences tornados, be safe and plan smart by discussing safe rooms with an experienced, licensed contractor who’s work is compliant with all FEMA and NSSA standards. Of course, it’s always best to go with a trusted local company, like us at Unique Home Building.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Summer is Just Around the Corner! Here’s How to Get Your Home Summer Ready!

Summer is the time of the year where you want to relax, put your feet up and enjoy the smells of the flowers and warm winds all around you. But if your home isn’t a setting the stage for all that enjoyment, you just might be really missing out! Be sure that your home is happy place that matches the season around you and is inviting for others as well with these summer ready tips from Unique Home Building! 
Go minimal.
Summer is actually the time to reduce your decorative footprint. It's an airy, breezy time and you want your decor to reflect that.  Trinkets and small decorative pieces are great, but can really feel cluttering in the summer.  Consider storing a few of these items away for the season.  Another way to add minimalist freshness is to remove cases from accent pillows and reveal their white casings.  Increasing the presence of white in your decor allows you to keep the stuff but without feeling overwhelmed by it.  If you'd like to keep them covered, consider a fitted white cotton or lace crochet case!
Use fun fabrics. 
Textiles are an incredibly fun way to easily refresh the look of your entire home. Think of the colors you chose for the above suggestion and bring them into your accenting textiles and fabrics. For example, you could change out your heavier window coverings for sheer or gauzy curtains. Go with these lighter fabrics for summer to avoid rooms feeling too weighed down. You could also splurge and invest in a new area rug for your summer motif. You can go with a heavier print if you opt into sheer window treatments. This allows boldness and heavier tones, but in more appropriate and complimenting places. Lastly, important one for the bedroom is to update your heavy comforters with a more simple throw blanket, either for everyday use or as a light accent that warms the chill of the summer night breeze. 
Add plant life! 
Just add flowers and leafy green plants! Summer arrangements should look casual and organically put together. So if this is your first time, relax and know you can't really go wrong here!  Just start placing them in the ways that feel simple and best! 
Let the light in. 
During the summer, the sun rises earlier and sets later, and all that extra light can lift one's spirits and set the mood for summer. One of the best ways to enhance the natural lighting in a room is to add mirrors to your decor. Place a floor mirror in a dark corner of a room to brighten your space from the ground up, or hang a mirror on the wall to allow sunlight to bounce off it and onto the other walls of the room.
Lastly, as you prepare your home for summer, be sure to have fun and play with color. Don’t overdo it of course, but add accents and splashes that feel cool, calm and bright. A good rule to stick to is to mix and match three bright colors to give your home an update.  The colors can be a mix of vibrant and muted.  Just make sure they compliment each other and don't feel overwhelming.  One idea is to take these colors and buy your accents with them included, such as vases, espresso cups and pillows!
Think about the ideas we’ve shared, look around your home and see what works for you.  You may already have all you need in the home already, but if not, they’re all easy to grab and quick to add. From us at Unique Home Building and let us know how we can help and have fun ‘summerizing’ your home!