Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Kick Fatigue & Get A Good Night Sleep With Smarter Bedroom Design!

Kick Fatigue & Get A Good Night Sleep With Smarter Bedroom Design!

What do you do, when you’ve been sleeping for eight hours at night but you’re still waking up exhausted and having a hard time getting through your day? Research has proven that lack of restful sleep can lead to a weakened immune system, weight gain, muscle tightness, brain fog, mood disorders and impaired decision making, causing this sort of fatigue to be very discouraging. This is absolutely understandable and that’s why we wanted to share these tips with you today.

If you’re eating well, getting enough exercises and sleeping but are still tired, there’s a chance that the problem is with your bedroom.  So let’s look at a few different ways you can help solve this problem.

Tune out the rest of the world with white noise. If you’re sensitive to outside noise, are easily woken up or are a generally anxious person, it could be hard for you to settle into a deep restful sleep. This would make you the perfect candidate for white noise, to drown out the noise around you, allowing you the ability to have deeper undisturbed sleep. You can easily invest in a white noise machines, small fans and even modern apps for proper white noise.

Design to relax. We all love bright colors, but there is a right and wrong time to use them. A bright tuscan inspired yellow may be the perfect shade to brighten a dark room, but it's not ideal for a restful night’s sleep. A better choice would be one that considers going with a more relaxing and calming shade in a cool-color family like light blue, sage green, or rich purple. Color your room for beauty sleep.

Wake up at the right time and in the right way. Waking up too early, or mid sleep cycle will leave you feeling groggy. People experience REM sleep in 90 minute cycles. This means that setting your alarm for 8 hours later will actually get you waking up in mid cycle. So think about how long it will take you to sleep and then set your alarm for either 7.5 hours or 9 hours later, to allow for the full cycles. And then we need to talk about how you wake up.

Don’t be alarmed. Waking up rested isn't only about the number of hours your head rests on a pillow.  It also has a lot to do with how the slumber ends! It's not normal to feel refreshed with an obnoxious alarm clock.  You may want to invest in an alarm clock that eases the transition from sleep to wake, rather than startling you. This will definitely help you start the day feeling fresh.

Lower the lights. Remember how cozy it was for you when your mom turned out the light after tucking you in? There's something so relaxing and ritualistic about the routine that really invites real relaxation. Re-create that comforting atmosphere with a dimmer switch that works via remote control. Some even allow you to choose different shades of light!  If you need help, we at Unique Home Building are happy to help install them.

Don’t let the sun in too soon. The beautiful morning sunlight is an incredible thing to wake up but when it shows up too early, it can deprive you of crucial REM sleep. One of the easiest ways to find something suitable for keeping you asleep is with the darkness that black out shades provide.  Once you're awake and moving, though, make sure you open the shades wide, because morning light also helps strengthen your body rhythms and get your brain going!

Those are some very easy to apply improvements to your home, health and lifestyle. However, if you'd like suggestions for jumping into a bigger home renovation project, we at Unique Home, would love to help! Here's to restful living!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Building a Better Basement (The ROI of Your Dreams)

Building a Better Basement (The ROI of Your Dreams)
Just when you think you’ve made the most out of your home’s value, we’re here to let you know what else you can do! People forget how much unused space they have in their homes for both using and adding value. So today, we want to remind you of how beneficial it can be to expand your living space by finishing your basement. It’s easy to do and boosts your home’s resale value quickly. 

If your family is needing more space but you don’t want to move, then finishing your basement might be the best option for you. They offer a great separate space for guests, home offices, entertainment rooms, fitness and play spaces. At Unique Home Building, we love helping your house to be the home you dream of, and it's important to consider the details in the process.

Of course, you want to make sure you’re moving forward in the most cost effective and most stress free path possible, so we want to share some important tips with you.
For starters, remember that basements are below the ground, making them really dark, so light and bright should be the highest priority. The right lighting can either put the perfect finishing touch on your basement or ruin it completely. Choose lights with a golden hue rather than blue, to keep the mood joyful; light and the lack of it has a powerful effect on people and you want to make sure you’re encouraging good moods. Face lights upward for a feeling of expansion in a small room and facing downward for large rooms to make them appear smaller.

Next, you want to avoid feelings of claustrophobia, so people feel comfortable in the underground getaway! This means creating as high ceilings as possible especially if you’re thinking of making it a room where you or children will be active. Lift your arms overhead. Will you be standing on a treadmill? Height can be one of the biggest challenges in basement remodels.

Next, you want to make sure you both avoid and prepare for water damage - whether it's from pipes or the weather. You’ll want to have a system in place to deal with the water overflow and choose a flooring material that can handle getting wet as well as install a floor drain. Be sure to talk to a plumber about special piping and care.

Those are the basics you need to know about basement remodels. Of course, you want to make sure to follow the rules legally, get the right permits and hire a contractor to keep on you plan and making smart choices. The contractors at Unique Home Building are here and ready to answer your questions and join you every step of the way. Call us and schedule an interview today!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

How to Keep Cool This Summer With Less Money and Less Energy!

How to Keep Cool This Summer With Less Money and Less Energy!Summer is officially here, along with the barbeque, fireworks, hot dogs and long days swimming. But what about when you’re not out and about? What about when the kids are home, it’s sweltering hot outside and you’re hiding out in the house cave, worrying about how much this heat wave is going to cost you? That’s no way to spend the most fun season of the year, so we want to help you with a few tips to reduce your stress and spending this year, all while keeping cool and having fun. Sound good? 
For starters, it’s important to be clear that the best use out of your home cooling system is going to happen in a home that supports air flow. If you your home doesn't circulate air well, it may be in your best interest to talk with one of our professional contractors to see about planning a solution to at least prepare for next year. Now, assuming you’ve got great airflow, or can make due til next year, these tips are just what you need. 
First easy tip? Check your air filters. So many homeowners don't realize how important of a role air filters play in home cooling efficiency; both in function and for finances. When your air filter is clogged, the costs can increase as much as 15 percent. As well, when the filters are dirty, the system has to work harder, causing the over all system to actually be weaker. It's really smart to check the filter on a monthly basis and replace it quickly once you notice an accumulation of dust and other debris. 
Next order of business? Upgrade. If you think it's time to for something newer or better, make sure you go with a professional that knows how to size and fit according to industry standards. Ask for a cost analysis. How long it lasts is what really shows the value. You want to make sure that when purchasing an energy efficient system, that the equipment will last long enough to pay for their energy saving perks! As for thermostats, they need upgrades too! There are some great new thermostats available on the market that offer very helpful features for saving energy without losing out on comfort. The beauty of this is that you can program several temperature changes that work with your family's schedules for work and other activities. This way - it's all done and you don't have to think about it. Save time, money and stress! 
Use what you’ve got; fans. Did you know that the cooling created by ceiling fans can make a room feel up to four degrees cooler during the summer? Make sure to set your ceiling fans to rotate in a counter clockwise during the warm season.( During the winter, change the direction so the fans rotate clockwise in low speed and circulate the rising heat downward.) Aside from ceiling fans, there are also plenty of efficient smaller fans you can use to keep cool at your home office or while watching a movie. 
It's your right to enjoy rest and relaxation in the summer, and if you want to save money, it doesn’t take much. . If you're home isn't cooling the way you'd like it to, talk to us! The contractors at Unique Home Building are ready and excited to help you live in the home of your dreams!