Wednesday, May 31, 2017

How to Beat the Rising Heat and Keep Cool in Your House this Summer!

How to Beat the Rising Heat and Keep Cool in Your House this Summer! Temperatures are rising and it’s better to think ahead and prepare now, instead of being blind sided with heat that knocks you off your feet! If you haven’t built or designed your own home to be weather efficient, chances are, you’re going to need to be creative about keeping your home cool. Most homes aren’t designed for temperature moderation in winter and summer. But there are ways to go beyond design when you have no other choice, to stay cool and beat the heat. Here are some helpful tips:
 First tip: Have a home that supports air flow. If you your home doesn't circulate air well, it may be in your best interest to talk with one of our professional contractors to see about planning a solution. In the meantime, you deserve to be comfortable during the heat season and we are happy to share our tips on making that happen, as affordably as possible!
Second tip: Be sure to check your air filters. Air filters play such an important role in home cooling efficiency; both in function and finances. If your air filter is clogged, the costs can increase as much as 15 percent. And if 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.
Third tip: Go with a smarter thermostat.. There are some great new ones on the market that offer very helpful features for saving energy so you don’t just end up running the air conditioning beyond your need. 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!
Fourth tip. Instal and use ceiling fans, but 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.) Also, cooling created by ceiling fans can make a room feel up to four degrees cooler during the summer, so this is a wise move to make.
Summer is a time to enjoy the warmth and have fun relaxing, so make sure your home is ready to help you do just that. 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!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

How to Design Your Bedroom for Better Sleep.

How to Design Your Bedroom for Better Sleep.Not getting the right sleep can put a damper on your whole day, and if it becomes a pattern, your health can be affected and the quality of your life brought down severely. Medical research has proven that lack of restful sleep can lead to a weakened immune system, weight gain, muscle tightness, brain fog, mood disorders and impaired decision making. So the last thing you need is to end up getting bad sleep and that’s how we want to help you today; with special tips to help you upgrade your bedroom to a space that provides deeper, more restful sleep, so you can get on with living.
Drown out the noise. White noise helps to drown out both the silence and chaos surrounding you that often distracts you from your ability to fall into deep sleep. This will help your sleep to be more comfortable in mind and body. There are many options for adding white noise as well; you could easily invest in a white noise machines, small fans and even modern apps for proper white noise.
Wake up gently. Rest isn't only about the number of hours your head rests on a pillow.  It also has a lot to do with how the sleep comes to an end! When you wake up to a shocking alarm sound, your subconscious mind feels it’s under attack and you wake up with a rush of adrenaline. Instead, invest in an alarm clock that eases the transition from sleep to wake, rather than startling you. This will definitely help you start the day feeling fresh.
Add color for better sleep. Bright colors are fun, but don’t help us sleep better. A bright tuscan inspired yellow is not ideal for a restful night’s sleep. A better choice would be one that considers going with a more relaxing and calming shade in a cool-color family like light blue, sage green, or rich purple. Color your room for beauty sleep.
Dim the lights. Create a comforting atmosphere by installing a dimmer switch that works via remote control or just by adding some lower level lights to keep the mood feeling calm. The dimmer lights can even be installed and set to an alarm so they come on slowly in the morning, (like a sunrise) to help you feel like you’re waking up more naturally.  
Block out the early light.The beautiful morning sun light is an incredible thing to wake up but when it shows up too early, it can deprive you of crucial REM sleep. One of the easiest ways to find something suitable for keeping you asleep is with the darkness that black out shades provide.  Once you're awake and moving, though, make sure you open the shades wide, because morning light also helps strengthen your body rhythms and get your brain going!

Those are some very easy to apply improvements to your home, health and lifestyle. However, if you'd like suggestions for jumping into a bigger home renovation project, we at Unique Home, would love to help! Here's to restful living!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

June Gloom Is Coming, Bring Some More Light in Your Home!

June Gloom Is Coming, Bring Some More Light in Your Home!June comes around and the clouds usually come with it. The temperatures are rising but the clouds really keep the light out and this can be really confusing and depressing on your moods! But there are definitely ways around that so that your home can have as much light as possible and you can grab the summer light easier than ever.

Adding large and plenty of windows allows more possibility for the light to enter in.  This is especially helpful if you are dealing with low ceilings or deep eaves.  Consider walls near fire places or even in the kitchen, replacing a  section of your cabinets with an extra or larger window instead.  Another place to add window is in a stairway or landing.  This is great because the light is able to reach in and bring a bright warmth from top to bottom. Want to take it a little further? Add some brighter colored painting to the stairwell and landing as well.  When the light comes in, it will bounce of the bright accent colors and leave the area looking more cheerful as well. Talk to our contractors about your options!
Add windowed walls and rooms. This is a great option for both front and back entries.   It allows more light and looks very classy and welcoming.  However, some may feel concerned about their privacy.  If that's the case, there are many options, such as reeded or etched glass, for maintaining privacy while allowing light in. Another idea would be to place some white or sheer curtains along the door to pull shut in times when you'd rather not be seen as well.  Talk to our contractors about your options!
Skylights are another option. Basically the miniature version of skylights, tubular day lighting devices (TDD's) are a fantastic option for places that need more light but want to remain private- like bathrooms or walk in closets. Larger skylights are great to brighten up dark kitchens, attic spaces, bedrooms and the upper halls and landings.  These are a great option but also bring in a lot more heat.  So I would suggest placing them in the cooler areas of the house and also the West or Northwest facing areas; as it's more enjoyable to have the welcome of morning sun enter in rather the heat of the evening sun.  Talk to our contractors about your options!
Some of those modern fixes may be too much for the bank.  So the most budget friendly option is to add color and mirrors to. If this is all you can do, do it well!   Many may say that adding brighter color to a dark room is your best bet.  However, this tends to back fire and the color looks muted and muddy. Sometimes your best option is to embrace the dark room and fill it with rich color.  This allows you to enhance it's naturally cozy nature instead of hitting the - um - wall, repeatedly out of frustration.  Go for rich deep blues or charcoal even and instead, accent with whites and light wood.  Bring in natural metals like copper and silver on vases and fixtures to keep the feeling balanced.   And lastly?  Just add mirrors.  From one large mirror, to a cluster of various mirrors, this is helpful in most areas to add the illusion of more space and even to allow light to bounce off.   Talk to our contractors about your options!
You don’t have to be a victim of June gloom! Please, call us at Unique Home and let us know how we can help you make these changes easily and in a way that fits your budget.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

How to Make Your Home More Beautiful With Your Windows!

How to Make Your Home More Beautiful With Your Windows!You love your home but something’s not right. You’re bored and you need a fresh feeling but you aren’t ready to take the full dive into a whole new interior or a remodel. So what do you do? Just settle? Absolutely not. You can absolutely make a world of difference in the feeling and style of your home, just by changing the decor around your windows! Windows are one of the most important parts in the rooms of each house but also some of the most forgotten and passed over. So if you're looking to bring some fresh perspective and flair into your home, windows just might be the answer. Not every covering is right for every window. Depending on the type of window (sash or casement), some products will look and function better when properly measured and professionally installed. For example: If the window to be covered is a sash type, for the best light control and privacy, the window measurement should include the trim around the window opening and the head rail installed to the top of the wood frame.

How to Make Your Home More Beautiful With Your Windows!
If you have fancy decorative moldings and want to avoid holes from the attachment brackets, they can be installed just above the moldings using extension hardware. The key is that the shade should overlap the window opening about three and a half inches to control the light and privacy.This not only provides the proper function, but when the shade is fully lowered, the edges of the blind will extend to the edge of the wood frame around the window. Otherwise your shade will look like it is too small for the width of the opening, much like a cheaply made suit.

Now about curtains. Personally, we love the layered curtain look. This lets you pick out two bold or minimal contrasting colors and prints to bring a whole new style to the room and perhaps accent your area rug or favorite painting in a way you never thought possible. Add some plants near the windows and you’re covered.
Choosing the right window is a wonderful finishing touch and accent in every home and at Unique Home Building, we love helping your house to become the home you're wanting. For more information on our remodeling, building or other contractor services, please contact us today!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Simple Tips To Make Planning Your Home Remodel Fun and Easier Than Ever

Simple Tips To Make Planning Your Home Remodel Fun and Easier Than EverSo someone suggests that you should remodel your home and the idea sounds exciting. There are so many options and so many things you can do that you don’t even know where to start. And that’s where the dread sets in. What should you do and what does it involve and is it really worth it?
Well let’s start by making it clear that it’s usually worth it. If you’ve been needing more space, more light or more you in your home that this is a choice that will bring more joy to your life and make your home more comfortable to be in. It’s also going to increase the value of your home if you ever decide to sell. It’s really a win win situation. 
So the real question is where do you start? How do you pick what to do first? At Unique Home Building, what we’ve discovered is that keeping it simple, organized and taking it one step at a time helps you not only figure out what your remodeling priorities are, but helps you get them done. Here are the tips we’d like to share with you today.
Create a simple list.  Many people fall head over heels for the latest apps and gadgets. But I have found that so many people do much better with a simple sticky note or day planner list. It doesn't mean you're lazy or unintelligent.  All these different tools can leave you spending much more time trying to organize or consolidate your list, leaving many of your items undone.
Categories your list into three’s.  Tony Robbins once gave a talk about being overwhelmed with too many things to do.   But many times though our list has 10 things on it, it's likely they can be grouped into 3 (or 4) groups.  Home, family & work.  That's the first step. Once your list is organized into categories, you may find that you can narrow it down even further to your top 3 priorities and then another list of 3 secondary things to do.   At the end of the day - you'll likely get 6 things done!  But at the very least, you'll get the most important things done first - leaving you feel accomplished and at peace with your performance.
Keep an idea pad in the kitchen. This is the number one idea we have.  Paper, phone, moleskin, iPad...  whatever. little things you remember, ideas & responsibilities should all go to one place. You know how it is - an idea will come to you and you love it! .... but then you forget it. With an idea pad, you can jot down ideas as they come to you and then discuss them a couple weeks later.
Look at the benefits. Refer to the idea pad above and make a new list of all the benefits each idea will bring to your home, life and family. Be specific. Also write out the cons if that will help you decide.
Think about the colors you want in your home.  Color holds a lot of influence in the making of your home. Bright reds can cause stress or creativity, depending on where they are placed and how they are combined. In most cases, blues are calming and nurturing, but add too much grey in them, and they will feel cold and empty. Start to notice how colors make you feel, which ones make you happy, motivated, sad, tired or relaxed. Write that down. See the patterns. 
What feeling do you want to have in your home? Are you a minimalist or do you prefer a lot of knick-knacks and memorabilia? There's no wrong answer here, it's just important to be honest with yourself and see what really nurtures you. I've known many people that are minimalists at heart but just don't know how to let go of their decor, and it really adds stress to their home. 
Once you’re clear on those things, you can decide what needs to be done first. Then, you’ll want to meet with a contractor to create a timeline so you have an idea of how long everything will take and how to prepare.  The truth is, if you are ready to make some changes in your life, you don't need to be overwhelmed by the process. As long as you know and are consistent with the basic steps, you'll be on your way to a better home in no time. Be sure to call the contractors at Unique Home Building today and see what steps would be needed for your home project!