Friday, December 29, 2017

How To Stay Warm In the Cold Of Winter Without Doubling Your Heating Bill!

How To Stay Warm In the Cold Of Winter Without Doubling Your Heating Bill!Your home has been full of the warmth of family and friends but once they leave, but once the parties are over, you’ll need to face the fact that it’s still winter and you need warming up! Although it’s tempting to head over to the thermostat and turn up the temperature, it’s more cost effective as well as healthy to take another route to warming your home and body.
For the health aspect, it’s important to point out that overly heating your home keeps the inside temperature warm enough to feed and activate viruses and bacteria - making it more likely for germs to spread and make you sick. Cooler temperatures help keep them from growing and multiplying.
Additionally, heating systems recycle air, meaning all the dust in the home from shelves to the carpet, are being kicked up and recirculated throughout your home for you to breathe - making head and chest congestion far more likely.
That being said, let’s look at some of the other ways, more healthy ways you can try to keep your home and body warm in the cold winter months.
Keep your head and feet warm. Wear a beanie indoors to keep the heat trapped. Heat tends to escape the head quite easily and leave your body working harder than it needs to to stay warm. It’s the same with your feet. Keep socks and slippers on at all times to trap the warmth of your body between your head and toes. Another thing you can do if you really want to hack warmth in the body is to sprinkle cayenne pepper into your socks! Really. The powdered pepper will be absorbed into your feet through your pores and actually keep your feet warm. However, don’t put it in your gloves. You don’t want the pepper going from your fingers to your eyes.

While we’re on about cayenne, you can be drinking it to warm your insides, while detoxing and flushing your system at the same time! Just pour yourself a mug of hot (not boiling) water. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into it. Add honey or stevia to taste. Then add cayenne pepper. How much you add is up to you, but you do want to be able to taste it. The combination will not only boost your immune system but will also help you stay warm, thanks to the cayenne increasing circulation all over your body.
Get Baking. A most delicious option. Use your hunger as a two for one. Bake some tasty homemade muffins, cookies or bread. Once you’re done, leave the oven open as it cools and all the heat will leak into your kitchen and living room. Win win.

Try installing a wood burning stove. Wood-burning fireplaces or dutch ovens give off more heat than a gas fireplace and can burn scrap wood, fallen trees or branches or wood pellets, which are made from sawdust and are one of the most cost-effective forms of home heating. You may or may not be able to install one this season, but if not, consider it for the next one.

Reverse your ceiling fans. Most, if not all, ceiling fans have a reverse setting for winter. By reversing your fan blades to rotate clockwise you draw down the risen heat from the ceiling and prevent it from dissipating through the roof or walls.

Keep the thermostat low. Challenge yourself to set the temperature one or two degrees lower each year. Keeping it at 55 degrees at night and 65 during the day is a common energy-efficient setting. Beware not to turn it off completely or set it too low, as this can burst pipes or cause hypothermia in the colder climates.

One option for certain areas of your home is to add a space heater.  In some, not all, cases a space heater may be more efficient to heat a small room than running a central home heating system.

Stay active. Do regular high intensity workouts, go on hikes or take a yoga class to get your circulation working more efficiently. This also does a miracle for your mood during the colder months, as well as keeps your immune system strong. 

Lastly, talk to a contractor, in the middle of winter to come inspect your home. This allows them to feel where your drafts are, where your walls are thin and where to improve the issue when the time is right. If you’d really like to invest in winter warmth, consider a remodel or totally new home construction Your options are many, so call our contractors at Unique Home Building, to see which one is best for you!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Thinking of Converting Your Attic? Make These Important Considerations First!

Thinking of Converting Your Attic? Make These Important Considerations First!When you’re thinking of converting your attic into an added place of life and peace in your home, it’s easy to get caught up in the fantasy of what could be. And that’s fine for sure. But to end up with the end goal you’re hoping for, you need to make some important considerations and plan accordingly.  
First things first. You’ll want to check for the obvious things that stand out to make sure you’re even able to build out your attic and if you’ll need to work around anything existing like a heating duct running through the middle of the room. Those hinderance can limit your options for sure.
Ceilings and floors. Make sure that your attic floors are able to support the added weight a room addition will naturally bring. It should be fine, but be sure to check before moving forward on any major work. As well, look at the height of your ceilings and take that into consideration, as this may limit your options or play a major role in where you’ll place things like beds, desks and so on.
Proper air flow is vital so the ventilation system should not be glossed over. Keep in mind that summer and winter temperatures will vary greatly and the ventilation needs to be able to support proper heating and cooling that’s both efficient energetically and financially to avoid freezing or overheating.
Of course, before moving forward, consult with a skilled contractor to get the final clearing to move forward. They’ll check for all of the above and then some, to make sure your attic is primed and ready for remodeling and expansion.
Once you’ve been cleared to move forward, it’s time to put your imagination to work. Start thinking of what space you need more of in your home, who will use it most and then of course, how you’ll want the decor and feeling of it to be in the end. Take all this into consideration ahead of time, because it will affect the end look, efficiency and technical choices you make for the space.
All in all, it’s not a very overwhelming process, but the details people miss are often the basic obvious ones, like layout, ventilation and floors. But once you’ve gotten all that taken care of, it’s a fun and simple process. Assuming of course, you’ve got reputable contractors on your side like ours at Unique Home Building in Dallas, Texas. So if you’re local to us, we’d love to hear from you. Talk to us about your next project and we’ll see you through it.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Here Are the Top Reasons To Build Your Own Home, Instead of Buying New-

Here Are the Top Reasons To Build Your Own Home, Instead of Buying New- People talk about building their own homes, but how common is it? And why bother when you can buy one already built? Well it’s true that not everyone builds their own, but those that do never look back because there are certain benefits to building your own home that just can’t be beat. Do you know what those are? If not, we want to share them with you today. But be warned, after realizing what’s available to you, you too may never look back!
The holidays are right around the corner. This means people will be coming over for big dinners and celebrations. For the entertainers and big families, a carefully designed home is just the place to be, with enough room for all. It was planned that way!
In bought homes or older styles, it can be real a challenge to throw a party due to unique floor plans that make it difficult to entertain. But planning your own home lets you decide where the walls will be, how big the rooms will be and how conversation will flow with the floor plan. Imagine having the feeling of spaciousness in rooms enhanced with higher ceilings and additional windows that bring in more light than you would find in an older home! Sounds inviting, doesn't it?

The benefits aren’t just for the holidays, they extend to new starts, big changes and growing needs. Maybe it's time for new memories and maybe cooking a dinner in a brand-new kitchen is part of the appeal of new construction. In addition, you won’t have to spend time stripping dated wallpaper or repainting to suit your personal style, but simply create your own home look and feel from the very start!

The world is changing and so are you. So another benefit to designing for your needs is that you can include your home office and technology obsession in the mix. Design your home to be fully equipped with not just the latest technologies but the electrical systems to support them. Homes back in the day were not only built differently but also wired differently. There were no ways for contractors to anticipate the development of multi-media, such as high definition tv's, computers and smart phone chargers. Imagine having a wall designed around your entertaining or home office needs? New homes can accommodate advanced technologies like structured wiring, security systems and sophisticated lighting plans, and can be tailored to meet the individual home owner’s needs.

At the end of the day, there’s nothing more pleasing than having a home that you not only own, but designed for you, your hobbies, your family and your personal needs. You can see why it’s a growing trend.

So maybe this holiday season it’s the time to really plan the next home’s build. Because you want more. And you finally believe it’s possible. We are excited to be a part of this journey with you. If you are ready to plan your new home construction, contact the contractors at Unique Home Building today!