Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Let’s Update Your Home Windows With Spring Style and Color

Let’s Update Your Home Windows With Spring Style and ColorIf windows are the eyes to the soul - then windows in your home should get just as much attention. What does the world see through your windows? And are your windows beautiful to see out of? Don’t underestimate the powerful role windows play in your day to day experience. They should be framed with character and charm, bringing the room together as they connect you to the world outside.

At Unique Home Building, we do everything from updating homes to building them scratch. So we know what homes need to add character and that sense of "home" everyone is looking for. And spring time is one of the best times to do this. The winter is passing, flowers are blooming and color is ready to come back to your world.
Are you ready? Let’s look at these simple, bold and beautiful ways to upgrade your space!

First of all, keep in mind that there are solutions for every budget. Be aware of the different options and plan accordingly. Depending on your needs and the window's size, prices can run the spectrum from inexpensive aluminum mini-blinds to state-of-the-art, remote controlled, vertical type shades with sheer coverings costing hundreds per shade.

A qualified window coverings expert can help you make the right choice for your home’s interior, for both function and beauty at a price you can afford, so depending on where youlre shopping, don’t be afraid to ask for advice.
Another thing to note, before you dive into color and design, is that 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.
So for spring colors, if you want curtains, you’re going to want to go with layered curtains on two rods. This effect allows you to have soft, sheer or even white cotton panels for the inner layer and a bold outer accent color for the second row. Our favorite colors this season? Antique Moss Green, Red Poppy, Reed Yellow, Amparo Blue and even a Rich Blueberry. I might add that reed yellow goes beautifully with the other colors, so whichever you choose, keep in mind that grabbing a secondary color for your accent pillows, throw or even candles will be a great call.
Another last idea for window accenting that you might not have thought of is hanging plants in macrame hangers. The accent of twine and organic material is beautiful together and also quite the trend in home design for it’s tranquil clean feeling.
Choosing the right window decor isn't as daunting as some may believe. We feel it's a wonderful finishing touch and accent in every home.
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!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Our Top Tips to Lift Your Mood Out of the Winter Blues!

Our Top Tips to Lift Your Mood Out of the Winter Blues!Winter can be a hard time of year for many. And if mood lows are already a struggle for you, you’re going to want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to avoid feeling down. So we at Unique Home Building want to leave you with a few helpful tips that have been tried and true - known for helping lift the winter blues - naturally and in the comfort of your own home. If you’re ready for a booster, keep reading!
First of all, did you know that that when you wake up in the morning, your senses quickly assess the surroundings and subconsciously come to conclusions about how our days will be? That should make you think twice about the color or your room or the mess on the floor. So if you wake up in a grey room, cold and with dim lights, you’re more likely to feel discouraged and sleepy.  If you wake up to sunshine and soft blues or warm greens, you’re more likely to feel energized and hopeful.
As for the weather - you can’t control it, but you can work with it by working with color and ambience. Unique Home Building understands each homes need and what most have in common is that simple changes make a big difference. So let’s take what we know and put it to good use.

The bath and bedrooms are the ones that start and end the day, so let’s begin adding color there. Colors that energize are golden or mustard yellow, olive or sage green, sky blues or turquoise and even shades of orange and peach! Just feel out what colors are right for you. Maybe choose 2 that compliment each other and use one for the bathroom and the other for the bedroom. Alternatively, just paint the bathroom and use brightly colored curtains for the bedroom instead.

Next, make the most of water. Showers are on most people’s list of first things to do in the morning, so perhaps this is the time for a shower upgrade. Consider a Roman Shower for a luxurious spa feeling. Or turn things around and enjoy a hot, relaxing, meditative bath to get you going in the morning!

Lighten the mood with...better lights! Lighting is one of the most important factors in any home or room. Be sure to get bulbs that let off a golden tinted color, rather than the sometimes bluish or silver lights. Those have a florescent feel to them and have been proven to add to depression. Go for the gold.

Move! (No, not your home, but if that’s an option, why not?) Movement in the morning has also been proven to better your mood. It get’s blood circulating and brain waves active. Try some yoga or calisthenics.  You can easily do some simple morning body movements in the comfort of your bedroom, but if you want more space, consider converting a room into a movement or exercise room. Not a bad option.

You deserve the best day possible. Try these ideas and see which ones work for you. And if you’re ready to take a bigger step and want to add a room or do a remodel, contact the contractors at Unique Home Building. It's your home. Enjoy it!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Simple Tips For Keeping an Easy-To-Clean, Kid-Safe Home

Simple Ways to Keeping an Easy-To-Clean, Kid-Safe Home Once you’ve got kids, you don’t usually want to suddenly live in a daycare. You want your kids to have fun and be safe, but at the end of the day, you’re adults and want to keep the style factor and cleanliness high. We don’t think you should have to compromise on any of that, so today, we’ve got helpful tips to get your home kid safe as well as easy to clean. Meaning, happier kids and happier parents, right?
Let’s start with the coffee table. We’re all familiar with the experiences of watching a toddler fall into or near the corner of a coffee table. One way to create a safer environment is to consider using a round table, upholstered ottoman, or a few poufs in place of a traditional rectangular coffee table.
Next on the list are the couches. Leather couches and slipcovers are all fantastic options for your family room furniture! You get to have the perk of quality furniture but with added protection. Many furniture companies offer stain-resistant fabric options, or will spray a protective product on your furniture for an additional fee. When considering color, remember that darker colors will typically last better than lighter ones; however, white slipcovers can be bleached.  You can always go both. Buy dark and keep a lighter colored slipcover around when you want to brighten things up.

One often forgotten part of the home to wisely think of is your walls. Not just the color, but the kind of paint you buy. Because the sheen of the paint is going to make all the cleaning difference. If you can choose a washable paint sheen, you'll be investing in a great way to kid-proof your paint job. Paint colors in eggshell, satin or semigloss are much easier to clean up with a mild soap and a damp rag. If you'd rather go with a matte finish, that's fine too. Flat paints have the benefit of touch-up painting without the presence of brush marks. If you'd like to go with something fun at knee level, chalkboard, magnetic, and dry erase paints are easily available these days at most home improvement stores and create a fun way for kids to safely play and write on the walls.
You know the messes are going to happen, so when it comes to your floors, skip the carpet completely. Keep things simple and install washable flooring options like tile, wood, laminate, and vinyl. If you want to stick with carpet, installing carpet tiles will allow you to clean squares or replace them as needed. Another option is to invest in area rugs that are meant for both indoor and outdoor use, for cleaning ease.

Next, is organization. We all know that having kids around means having toys.  This is great for the kids, but it can feel overwhelming to the adults cleaning up after them.  Be sure to have baskets and containers around for easy tidying up.  Don't worry! You aren't bound to the typical primary colors and plastics.  You could add wicker baskets with lids, or place modern organizational boxes in built ins or on shelves, to neatly and discreetly keep the kid clutter tucked away.
Lastly, the chords. This is a time when there are more electronics than dishes in the house and you don’t want your kids getting tripped up or too curious. Make sure your chords are contained, wrapped up and pinched away from sight and not tangled up together. This not only keeps things looking neat and orderly, but out of sight (and hopefully out of mind) for those wandering curious hands and eyes.
Your family's safety and happiness is very important to us, at Unique Home Building.  If You would like more ideas on how to make your home a more child friendly environment, don't hesitate to call and we will get you on your way.