Friday, January 26, 2018

Simple Tips to Help You Avoid Making Major Mistakes During Your Home Remodel


As you dive into your next big home project - from installing new kitchen cabinets to entire room additions, you want to make sure you’re prepared for a smooth path to a better home. Without proper preparation, it’s easy to make some very common mistakes that end up causing a lot of stress, unnecessary expenses as well as wasted time. So be smart. Plan ahead and learn from the mistakes of others instead of paying for them yourself.
Simple Tips to Help You Avoid Making Major Mistakes During Your Home Remodel
Trust Your Contractor
With all the DIY info out there, anyone can 'be' an expert.  People think they know best – it’s their home after all, right? While that’s all true, there comes a point when you just need to trust that the contractor knows what they’re doing and let them guide you in the right direction, by making recommendations and suggestions to make your new home the best it can be.  It's your vision, but it's a big undertaking that should be left to the experienced professionals. Every home comes with it's issues.  Some have black mold or plumbing issues. 


Don't Buy New Things Ahead of Time
Wait until things are in progress or finished to buy your accents and appliances. You don't really know if any of it fit.  You'll end up going on a returning spree and with your contractor taking a jackhammer through the old tub to get the new one in—not worth it, in our opinion! Have patience.  It's coming.

Move Your Stuff
While any responsible contractor will be respectful of your furniture and belongings, the chance of something being damaged if it’s still in the work space is much higher. Instead of leaving it up to chance, move your belongings out of the work space before things get started.

Your Home Is Not the Picture
People often give photos to their contractors to follow, but then they are disappointed when things don’t turn out looking exactly like the photo in the magazine or on the Pinterest board. The thing is, those pictures are heavily edited and touched up, (just like models) and even if your contractor or builder uses all the same materials, there is usually no way to totally mimic a magazine photo in real life.

Timeline to Completion 
While an area of your home is being remodeled, there’s a pretty good chance that you won’t be able to use it during that time. If this is an essential area of your home, you might be stuck not being able to use it for much longer than is comfortable for you. If you need things to be completed by a certain date, make sure to tell the contractor at the very beginning so they can prepare to work towards that goal. Otherwise, things may be done on their schedule, within reason, but not necessarily your expectation. 

In Conclusion
In conclusion, we at Unique Home Building  know that a home remodeling project is something that most homeowners do only once or twice in a lifetime, if at all.  Therefore, the process tends to be totally new for most people.  There are quite a few things to know before embarking on this journey, which is why we are so committed to informing you.   You deserve to have a great experience and for your home to reflect your dreams, values and lifestyle.  

Please, call us today, if you are looking for a contractor in Dallas, Texas to take care of your home rebuilding or renovation projects.  You are in good hands. 


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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Simple Designer Secrets for a Quick & Affordable Kitchen Upgrade

Kitchens are where  you spend the majority of time in your home. So it can be really frustrating when you return to the room two to three times a day only to be distracted by the worn out decor, outdated fixtures and dull lighting. You need a change but you’re not ready to commit to an all out remodel. And you shouldn’t have to wait. While the big remodel is going to give you the greatest transformation, and our contractors  can help, if you need something drastic in the meantime to survive the wait, there is a way. 

Ready for the tips and ideas? Let’s dive in.

Simple Designer Secrets for a Quick & Affordable Kitchen Upgrade Start with the lighting. Look into using some stylish new pendant lights in the kitchen. These can easily become the new focal point of the room. You can usually find them for under $200, they are versatile and won't empty your savings! 

Choose statement accents and accessories. Sometimes your options for accessories are limited, so it's important to make the most of the little things. Gather together your most used items on woven tray, prop up a few wooden boards on your counter and display pantry items with pretty packaging. This is great for things like, honey, sugar, salt, pepper and olive oil!

Update the fixtures and hardware. Classic hardware is a great option when you need upgrade as they subtly enhance the look and feel of the entire space. Just keep an eye on the price per piece when shopping, because it can add up fast; especially if you have a large kitchen with many cabinets. 

Give your cabinets a proper facelift. If your kitchen cabinets have a dated finish or you want a more personal touch than just the average standard-issue white cabinets, you may want to think about adding color. Try going with pale earth tones, as they are all versatile choices that go with many different materials and finishes. You can also paint just half the cabinets for a high-contrast look. A palette of black and white with wood and metal accents looks sleek and modern in the kitchen. Get the look by painting only the bottom cabinets and the base of your kitchen island black, leaving the upper cabinets white.

Add bright, calming or artistic paint to one or multiple walls. Color accents instantly add warmth and character to a boring and drab kitchen. Warm rich blues are great for this, as well as pops of turquoise, red, marigold or even natural elements like silver, copper and gold. 

Feeling cluttered? Add shelves. If you’re lacking upper cabinets or added storage space, you might think of adding shelves. Rustic wood shelves on metal brackets are easily (and cheaply) installed, and provide functional display space for everyday dishes. You can also go with a sleek and more classy design with black or metal or mixing rustic with elegance. 

Perhaps the answer lies in the tools. Is it time for some new dishes?  Cups, bowls, or a tea pot? Open shelving and counters are a great opportunity to practice the art of display. You can't go wrong with classic white dishes and clear glass, but fun mismatched finds would work just as well if that's your style.

Those ideas will add so much to the feel and energy of your home. Try them out today. And if simple updates here and there aren't enough, you may want to think about upgrading the whole space!  Call the contractors at Unique Home Building and we'll get you started right away.  We're here for you, because your house should always feel like a home.

Friday, January 12, 2018

How to Keep Organized and Sane During Your Next Home Remodel

How to Keep Organized and Sane During Your Next Home Remodel
When you’re excited about your home remodel you don’t want anything to hold you back. You want to do it all. You want to change everything. And it’s understandable. Once everything’s up in the remodel mess, you might feel like just getting it all done at once.
For starters, Just because it’s flashy doesn’t mean you need it all. 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.
When you’re overwhelmed with too many things to do, as you likely will be at some point, you’ll do well to have a strict to-do list of priorities. Determine what’s most important and divide the tasks into categories of importance, room etc.  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.
Log your thoughts. It helps to have an idea pad to log new ideas or things that come to mind you don’t want to forget along the way.  You can reference this list at the end of the day and organize them accordingly. But, even though you have a lot going on, make sure you keep the pad organized. That capture pad is able to keep you from forgetting the important tasks and ideas that pop into your head.  At the end of the day place tasks on to your categorized to-do list and ideas either into your work planner or artistic/idea outlet space.  ...which brings me to another point-
Other ideas to consider:
Keep a Pinterest Board going for reference. This is a great way to keep track of inspired ideas and your end visual goals.
On the other hand, once you’ve made up your mind as to what you want, try to stick to it. It can get pretty costly constantly changing your mind so be sure to stick to a general idea once you have one.
Hire the right people. Experts are experts for a reason. We highly recommend that you seek out a design consultant or interior decorator ahead of time who can give advice along the way. You might also think of including them in the communication with your chosen contractor.
This doesn’t have to be a daunting nightmare. It’s as simple as being clear about what you want, organizing those thoughts and ideas, executing step by step and having just the right designers and contractors at your side along the way. 
Remember, whatever we at Unique Home can do to make your home more beautiful and relaxing is why we do what we do.  So let us know!