Saturday, August 19, 2017

Important Things To Remember to Avoid Bathroom Remodel Planning Disasters

Important Things To Remember to Avoid Bathroom Remodel Planning DisastersBathroom remodels are one of the most common desires for homeowners, because they tend to be the most cramped and be the easiest rooms to create solutions for. You can add on, change the light, add windows and create just the right space that totally transforms your living and relaxing experience in your home. But there are some very important aspects to bathroom remodels that if you forget them or mess them up - they can lead to a very disappointing experience and an expensive one at that. So make sure that if you’re spending all this time and money to make your bathroom better, to make sure you’re well planned and prepared.  
Know where you want to splurge.
Bathroom makeovers, though small can still be an expense. But be that as it may, you don’t want to cut every corner and have the whole thing be a compromise. So get clear about where your no-compromise splurges are going to be focused. Choose a feature you love that will define the look and feel of your new bathroom—a high-end plumbing fixture in the shower or sink, a special-order vanity top, or a heated towel rack. You’ll feel far better about it because it was part of the plan all along. 
Light things up right. 
This is your chance to create the perfect ambience for your needs and personality. This is not a place to skimp. You don't want to end up with a new bathroom but outdated light fixtures. Plan your lighting early on so you'll know if you need to run new cable. Consider recessed lighting over the shower for better illumination while you're bathing. Just make sure the lights are rated for bathrooms.
Choose the tiles meant for you.
Mosaic or glass tile can be expensive but if that’s what you want, then be sure to budget for it. The latest beautiful trend is using Moroccan tiles to accent or fully cover a floor area or wall. As well, if you’d just like the accent, you can use special tiles as a border or sporadically in a pattern to give the design a punch of color and character.
Create smart storage.
You'll want in-shower storage for your shampoo, soap, razor, and body wash. Don't settle for cheap plastic units that hang from the shower head or attach to rods that run from your tub to the ceiling.  It's an easy solution for when you're renting, but when you own your home, they can look ugly and can ruin your attractive new design. A better option is ceramic tile shelving that's installed in the corner of the shower. Our favorite solution is to build in-the-wall shelving. Once you tear out the old shower, add framing between the studs in the walls for the shelves. ith your elbows when you're singing karaoke into the shower head. Yes, it's a win win. 
Professionals are there for a reason.
You don’t have to do all of this on your own. If any part of the project takes you out of your league, call in a professional. You may need an electrician to help run cable for in-floor heating controls, or you might need a plumber's help if the water or drain lines need to be moved. When you're dealing with electrical or plumbing, DIY mistakes can be catastrophic.
The contractors at Unique Home Building are ready and willing to help you with the process.  

Call us and let us know how we can help today.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sanity Saving Tips You Need to Make Moving a Stress Free Adventure

Sanity Saving Tips You Need to Make Moving a Stress Free AdventureNobody likes to move. Just mentioning that you’re moving causes your friends and family to send their condolences to you and yours as if you’ve lost someone very dear to you. And for good reason. The stress of moving can cause you to lose your sanity quite quickly. And just the thought of it stresses you. But we at Unique Home Building believe that moving doesn’t need to be so hard that it feels like a funeral for your sanity and we want to share some tips with you to help make it a lot easier. Here are some simple tips:Start by cleaning out the junk drawers and overly filled closets or storage spaces. Get  rid of what you don’t need. We tend to move many things that we just don’t use and then they stay in the box in the next house forever. The less you pack, the less you have to move and unpack. If it doesn’t have deep family meaning or if you don’t use it often, stick it in a box and drop it off at Goodwill. Other families will be wonderfully grateful. Put your “must keeps” in sealable plastic bags or plastic bins. Then when you get to the new place, you can just put it all away in the new drawers and closets. Done deal. Everything is together. This is especially helpful for junk drawers, utensils, underwear drawers.Pack things up by room. Choose a color of duct tape or permanent marker that is assigned to each room and keep all boxes for that room color coded for easy moving and organization. Label with words like, closet, clothes, shoes, dining room utensils..  Avoid the big boxes and save your back. Make sure you aren’t afraid to use many small boxes instead of less large ones. The large ones get packed with more things and can become heavy and cluttered. Smaller boxes keep things organized and specific. Easier to put away and easier to transport.Plan ahead with enough time to take it slow. Do not move and pack 7 days in a row. Do a little each day and every few days, stop. You will burn out if you just keep going. Even if you stop at noon one day, give yourself a long stretch of doing something relaxing and rejuvenating. Get a massage, go see a movie, workout, take a hike.. anything that gives you a deep breath.  
We hope these tips help you feel a little better about the move to come. And remember, the Unique Home Builders are here to support you along the way.  Please contact us and let us know how we can best serve you!