When building or remodeling a home it is important to make your Home Construction More Eco-Friendly. You can achieve this by selecting ECO friendly material and techniques during the process. Construction and remodeling can be hard on the environment. However, with just a few changes you can help decrease the carbon footprint of a home construction project significantly.
Start with properly insulating your home. This not only helps to keep you warm in the winter, but it can also help to decrease your energy bill. According to Pinnacle Roofing, some 78% of homeowners fail to add insulation to their attic because they think they already have enough. If your attic is not properly insulated, you are increasing the chance for cold air to enter your home in the winter. This will drastically decrease the energy efficiency of your home. By having your home properly insulated from top to bottom can better ensure that your home is warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Using recycled materials can be a much more sustainable and cost-effective way to construct your home. By using recycled materials there isn’t much environmental harm. Restoring and fitted recycled material to your new home can use much less energy than traditional sources. Depending on where you get your materials, you can also save on the cost. By selecting interior doors and accent pieces from a garage sale for example you can reduce your cost. Although you may not be able to find more than one of the same item, you can actually add some character to your home and make it unique.
Powering your home through natural means, such as solar, wind or even hydroelectric, might be one of the most noticeable ways to make your Home Construction More Eco-Friendly-friendly. This is because so much of what you use in your home requires electricity to operate. According to Sun Run, solar energy can be a great way to supply your home with light as well as provide you with hot water. Even if you don’t have a huge budget that allows you to go full solar, you can always add a few panels that you use in conjunction with the traditional power grid.
These are just some of the ways that you can design a more eco-friendly home. You can also let your environmentally friendly design spill over into the appliances, faucets and other parts of your home. From the type of paint you use to your floor design, there are many sustainable options. Choosing the right options allows you to reduce energy costs yet expand your style.
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Your kitchen is considered the heart of your home, and sometimes, it needs some TLC to fulfill its role again. Getting to change the area that is central to entertaining friends and family events is an exciting opportunity. Here is a look at some ways you can know if it’s time to remodel your kitchen.
Age and Disrepair
Things get old, and when things get old, they begin to wear out. Your kitchen is no exception to that rule. At some point in time, the fixtures and appliances in your kitchen will begin to get too old to work effectively. When you reach the point where the items in your kitchen are costing you more time and money to operate than they are worth, it’s time to remodel your kitchen.
While ideally your cabinets should last well over 20 years, if they have been improperly used, or made from cheap materials you may have to replace them sooner. Updating your kitchen may be a more cost-effective move than doing a total remodel since you won’t have to do so much structural work. Consider some options for doing an update to breathe new life into an outdated kitchen.
It’s entirely possible that you’re looking at a kitchen remodel due to a house fire or natural disaster. While the devastation that these life-altering events can bring is very real, it also creates the opportunity for you to make something positive out of the ruins that are left behind.
The damage that may have destroyed your kitchen can allow you to take a fresh start from the ground up, and it may not cost you as much out of pocket as you think. It’s important that you file a homeowner’s insurance claim to pay for remodeling costs when damage occurs due to a disaster, according to GBW Law.
To Sell Your Home
Why should you spend money fixing up a space in a home that you’re planning to sell? Don’t consider a kitchen update before selling your home as an expenditure; instead, look at it as an investment. According to Sibcy Cline , a kitchen remodel is one of the top improvements for improving your home value when selling a home.
Only 8% of homeowners consider renovating their kitchen in order to add value to their home, but this is an oversight, as most people who are looking to buy a home want to purchase a move-in-ready residence. Having an up-to-date kitchen will make potential buyers far more likely to put in a good offer on your house.
At some point in time, you will decide that your kitchen needs a new look, or maybe it simply isn’t functioning properly for you anymore. Take a look at our gallery of remodels to get some inspiration for how you want to approach your remodel. Don’t be afraid to make a move and give some love back to the heart of your home. Start a consultation today!read more
Kitchen fires cause thousands of dollars in damage, countless injuries, and even a large number of deaths each year. When you are about to do a kitchen remodel, you’ll want to keep safe kitchen design in mind. Doing so allows you to develop a safety strategy before you work on your remodel. It also can help you decide on the types of materials to choose and even the steps you take after the remodel is complete.read more
Are you the one that ends up managing your project?
Who is Really in Charge of Your Remodel? Many homeowners find themselves in the unenviable position of being the General Contractor on their Kitchen and Bath Remodel.
They thought they were hiring someone else to do the work but unfortunately, it became their job to manage the project when they picked the wrong team to do the work.
IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY!read more
We have people visit our showrooms all of the time and they tell us that they want to get an estimate for a project. Are they looking for Quality, Service, Price… Can you really have all 3? Most of the time they simply want to replace their countertops. They explain that they currently have three estimates and feel they just need one more and then they will be able to make a decision. We always ask “why?”. Why do they feel they need 1 more estimate when they have 3 estimates in their pocket. We ask what do they want to see in ours that they haven’t seen in the estimates of our competitors.read more
I am sure you have found that there are dozens of Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Companies near you. So how do you find the one that is right for you? It is “Simple”! First and foremost choose a company that has a GREAT Reputation. Choose a company that specializes in Kitchen and Bathrooms. Choose a company that offer a Lifetime Warranty on the work that they do. Choose a company that can take care of the entire project for you. Choose a company that uses it own employees to do the work.read more
As you walk down the aisles of a trade show there are many eager people looking out of their booths to speak with you. It can be overwhelming and a little off putting, especially if you aren’t looking for what they are offering. This is often how someone can feel as though they are being “Sold”.
In the final week of our last home show of the spring, it occurs to me that some of the people I interact with may be warry of talking with me for fear of being “Sold” something. That can also be true anytime you walk in someone’s place of business to see what they have to offer.read more
Are you staring a new project from scratch? Are you completely remodeling and existing kitchen or bathroom? Do you want to simply replace your countertops? In any case, the best place to start is by taking a few photos. Be sure to capture the areas you would like remodeled, especially if you are replacing countertops. Our process is standardized for efficiency, we can provide you a quote at our first initial meeting with the proper countertop dimensions. Make a sketch of the countertop, take basic dimensions and bring it with you to our first meeting. We want to make your life “SIMPLE”.read more
Often times in our interactions with homeowners at some point the word resale is going to come up, it’s almost unavoidable. No matter if we are looking at countertop samples for replacement or plans full remodels, when I am asked “is this good for resale” I usually ask a question before answering – When do you plan on moving?
My thoughts on choosing a product based upon someone else liking it vary greatly depending on your answer:
If you’re planning on moving in less than a year, plan for resale. Spend the least amount on the biggest impact that you can still enjoy while you are still in your home. Don’t spend more on something you love just to leave it for someone else, save it for you because the next person may not see the same value.read more
When the time comes to replace the countertops in your kitchen, you are going to find that there are many different materials to choose from. One of more popular materials being used currently is quartz. This is a manufactured combination of stone and resin that has the appearance of granite and has all of the same strength and style of this all natural material. The one big difference is that it is non-porous like the new Corian countertops and it does not cost as much as either one of them.read more