Monday, April 23, 2018

Simple and Quick Cleaning Tips that Give a Fresh Welcome to Spring!

Simple and Quick Cleaning Tips that Give a Fresh Welcome to Spring!The temperatures are warming up all over right now and people everywhere are opening up doors and windows to make room for the fresh air and light floral smells. But it’s not that simple is it? Spring rolls in and you realize how much of winter has been accumulating; from the dust to growing piles of things you’re ready to get rid of. Where do you start? You want to dive into a full blown spring cleaning but how do you get it all done without burning out? These simple tips are just what you need to make sure you spring cleaning doesn’t sweep you clean of all your energy. 
At Unique Home Building, we work with families all the time to create and build a better home, which means we have to know what it takes to keep clean and beautiful too, in less time. After all, we’ve got building to do and you’ve got a life to get back to.  So here are just a few simple and efficient tips to make spring cleaning fast, easy and a beautiful face lift for the incredible new season.
  • Fall and winter debris tends to collect and build in the worst places, so you want to make sure your gutters and downspouts are cleaned out and directing water away from the house for the next bouts of rain sure to return before summer. 
  • Spring showers can be strong and cause damage. Cut back tree limbs and shrubs growing within five feet of the house or that are brushing up against the roof. You will create better ventilation, help dry out surfaces and prevent possible damage.
  • Don’t forget the pathways. Check for and repair cracks in driveway/sidewalk. Spring is the best time to seal cracks in the driveway or any other concrete.
  • Don’t let mud and other debris add up. If you do, and it gets rained on you’ll be asking for slippery ground. Pressure wash your deck/patio and bring outdoor furniture out of storage.  Make sure to wipe down each piece thoroughly prior to placing on a freshly-washed surface.
  • Even your cleaning tools needs to cared for. Check garden hoses for dry rot and inspect hose faucets for possible freeze damage that may have occurred during the winter months.
  • Don’t get caught unprepared for the first day you’re craving bbq! Clean/condition your outdoor grill by first rinsing all outside surfaces with water.  If grease has loosened on the grill grates and inside of the grill, wipe off using grill cleaner and paper towels. Follow by washing with a mild detergent and water. Rinse well and wipe dry.
  • This is the best time to check for possible damage to the roof as spring and summer is the best time to make repairs.  Look for missing, cracked or broken shingles and make note of any needed repairs. For safety reasons, you may want to consider hiring a qualified professional to take care of any repair work that needs to be done.


Sure, it’s a longer list, but one thing can be focused on every few days, and you’ll have it done in no time. And of course, if you’re looking for more ways to improve and beautify your home, contact us at Unique Home Building. We have certified and trained contractors that are more than ready to help, so be sure to call!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

How to Totally Avoid a Bathroom Tiling Disaster

Who doesn’t love an elegantly tiled floor? Done right, and it will make you feel like you’ve been whisked away to a luxurious hotel oasis. Done wrong, and you’ll wish someone would whisk you away. Think about the details that make the difference. When a tiling project goes wrong, you can end up with misleveled flooring, messy grout, gaps and uneven lines, to name a few design disasters. Now to contrast, think back to the last hotel you stayed at. Not only was it refreshing to feel the texture of gorgeous tiles on your feet when you woke up, but there was something extra special about the perfect details. Meticulous luxury. It’s like waking up to a spa. And we think that if your bathroom is ready for such a luxurious upgrade, that it should get it and avoid the disasters that ruin the whole idea. 

How to Avoid a Bathroom Tiling Disaster.The smartest first move you can make is to hire a contractor - someone who can show up and do what they do best, while you sit back and wait for the transformation, or do it yourself. It can totally be done by you, but it’s precise work that will definitely take careful skill, patience and measuring and usually you need to be a tile expert to really get the job done with excellence. But that’s why we wanted to share these important tips with you; so the job gets done beautifully without fail - whether you do it yourself or want to make sure your expert is doing the job right. 

Know the look you want. Do you just want tiles or do you want a moroccan escape, for example? Think big picture before diving into the design details. Create a mood board, decide if you’ll also repaint, know the plants or art you’d like to have in the bathroom as well as the towels and sink fixtures. The more it ties together, the more complete the finished project will feel. 

Make sure you have enough tiles. You should always buy more tiles than you think you need. It’s always wise to go beyond your need by getting 15 to 20% more than you expect to use. This protects against breakages, miscalculations, and difficulties in cutting to size. You can keep spare tiles in reserve in case any tiles become cracked in the future. Alternatively, some retailers may allow you to return unused tiles for a refund.

Make sure the room, floor and walls are prepped for the work. It’s important to make sure you finely clean and smooth the surface on which you are laying the tiles, whether it's a floor or shower wall. Otherwise, the debris will prevent you from being able to lay them evenly or get a solid adhesive. If you're tiling on a wall, remove any wallpaper. Use a light sander on the surface. An exception to this is if you are laying new tiles on top of existing tiles or. This can be done, but you should clean the old tiles and dry them first, and then scour them lightly to give a better grip. (DoItYourself.com)

Know your materials. Make sure you always use a waterproof adhesive for any tiles that are around a bathtub or shower. Even the best-fitted tiles can let some water leak through to the adhesive, and non-waterproof adhesive will decay and crumble, eventually causing your tiles to crack and break and create a home of moisture and mildew. You don’t want that to happen!

Measure and measure again. This is true for any home improvement project so we’ll say it again now. Measure and then measure again. The last thing you need is to waste both perfectly good tiles, the investment in them as well as your time. Do your work and check it twice. Simple, right?

Those are the basic tips you want to keep in mind when tiling your own bathroom floor so you can avoid some of the most common mistakes. But remember, there are still the details of tile laying that you only want to do if you’re prepared to do it well. Tiling is an intricate art that requires care and precision.

So if you’re ready to do this yourself, go for it! But if you choose you’d like help in the process, contact the contractors at Unique Home Building and we’ll walk you through it all.