Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Take Your Home From Chaos to Peaceful Place With These Calming Ideas

Whether your home is brand new to you or you’ve lived in it for years, you know the feeling of being overwhelmed and stressed by the place you should feel most relaxed. And so much of that can be changed by some simple changes in color, shape, organization and light - if you’re ready to take the plunge. What to hear our favorite tips that turn your home from chaos to peace almost instantly? We at Unique Home Building would love to do just that. Because it’s time to create the relaxing, soothing living space you desire, wherever in the world you might be. 
Take Your Home From Chaos to Peaceful Place With These Calming Ideas

Let the be (smart) light.
A home that’s too dark can feel depressing or tiring. A home that’s too bright can feel anxious and sterile. So first of all, you’ll want to avoid cool and blue tinted or fluorescent lighting as they are less relaxing and can remind you of the light in a hospital, lab, or work environment. Once you’ve replaced your lighting with smarter shades, you can add accent lighting to darker or more simple places with string lights, candles, or even decorative glass bottles and jars with candles inside. And of course, wherever you can, add a dimmer to your electric lights. 
Create peace corners. 
No matter what your age might be, knowing you have your own place of retreat to unwind and relax in is comforting. Add cushions or pillows, your favorite books and maybe even a small table for tea and a notebook. This way, you’ll always have a place to go when you simply need to refuel and regroup. Kids love these corners and moms do too! 
 Seasonal smell good.
Aromatherapy has been proven to lift the mood, set the mood and also kill germs and boost immune systems. Invest in some quality essential oils for the antibacterial and health benefits, with fragrances like orange, lavender and bergamot. Other simple ways to add enjoyable fragrances are through natural candles; soy candles are great - or even with naturally formed incense sticks and cones. Keep fragrances available in each room and ready to use as needed. This also helps to keep the less desirable smells of the kitchen and bathrooms from taking over your home. Not sure what fragrances to use? Go with the seasons. Lavender or gardenia for summer smells and cinnamon or fir for winter. 
Compile collection corners. 
Gather up the pieces in your home that mean the most to you and put them in different places around your house. Things like small pieces of art, nick-nacks, heirlooms, and plants and then place them where you can enjoy them the most — on a sideboard, windowsill, or bedside table, for example. Your display should be specific to you and can feature anything from jewelry to a vase or glass bottle with a single flower to a stack of beautiful boxes topped with a smooth stone. Don't be afraid to mix and match here! Let your heart show you what to use!
Always add plants. 
Have at least one living plant in each room. Succulents and air plants are perfect for small places and bathrooms as they give a subtle yet still vibrant feeling of life. Larger plants are best reserved for the living room, bedrooms and office.
Your home needs to feel like a place where you can relax, get inspired and retreat. So don’t settle for living in a space that doesn’t feel like a sanctuary. Try these tips out and see if they give you the lift you were needing. If that’s not quite cutting it, you might be ready for the bigger step of remodeling. And that’s where we come in. Call us at Unique Home Building today to see if we’re the contractors for you.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Top Home Remodeling Tips You Need for More Healthy, Happy, Quality of Life

The Top Home Remodeling Tips You Need for More Healthy, Happy, Quality of LifeWhether or not you feel good in life has a lot to do with how good you feel in your home. Your home should be the place where you can go at any time of the day and find sanctuary from the daily hustle, rest for your body and connection with the people you love most. But does your home welcome you like this? If not, and you’re ready to make the needed changes you deserve, then we’d like to share some inspirational insight and ideas to help you transform your home into the relaxing refuge you’ve been waiting for. 

First think of relaxation and fun. So many people forget to plan for fun and then when they’re ready for it, they don’t know how to make it happen! Home has become the place where they eat, sleep, work and bathe. Fun gets forgotten and this has to change. To add a bit more enjoyment to your house, you may consider creating more recreational places. One idea is to have a rec room that can be used in many ways. You could have a pool table that doubles as dining for a feast. You could have a home entertainment as well as a shelf for yoga mats or floor pillows to instantly give a more relaxing and unwinding feel. As well, installing a pool or jacuzzi can be appreciated year round in the right climate and may raise your house’s worth. Put items to the exterior of the house that’ll provide satisfaction for your family, like a basketball hoop. It's not only enjoyable, but it’ll give the children space to move their bodies which is never a bad thing.

Choose flexible lighting. Do we even need to suggest dimmers? Installing lights that can be brightened or dimmed allows every mood to be complemented and every celebration to feel right at home. An added bonus? You will be amazed by how soothing a well-lit space could be! It's a necessity and easy improvement.

Add life to every room with plants; from small succulents to large potted tropicals. Having lots of green around your house allows you to feel much better and happier daily. Whether you are bringing in plants to your space or choosing to update your exterior, plant life will enhance your life quality. They clean the air, soothe the senses and promote relaxation. Of course, before you dive in, be sure to consult with a plant expert to make sure you’re getting the right plant for your climate and home air quality!

As you can see, these tips are simple to use and can be as easy as switching up some basic decor or as incredible as adding a room or remodeling what you’ve got into the perfect, most welcoming spaces you’ve always wished for. In or near Dallas? The contractors at  Unique Home Building are happy to help you get on your way; call us today!

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!