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Get a new look for your home with updated exterior

home exteriors stuccoMaking the right choice for the exterior of your home is a major decision. For many homes, the exterior remains the same material throughout the entire life of the home. Here are a few examples of exterior materials to choose from. You always want to consider your home’s style, location, material cost and your  taste.

Lap Siding - By far the most widely used and popular choice, lap siding is available in fiber cement, wood, aluminum or vinyl. This material is versatile and available in any color you choose.

Stucco - For homes with large sections to cover, stucco is an excellent choice. Stucco is made of both natural and synthetic materials, applied fine or coarse, and in your choice of color.

Board and Batten - As opposed to horizontal lap siding, board and batten  emphasized vertical lines. Buildings look taller with the vertical lines, and traditionally styled homes are given an instant makeover.

Brick - While more expensive than the previously listed options, brick is the most durable and requires virtually no maintenance. Brick is simple, classic, and well suited for most every style of home. While limited in its color options, brick is stacked or laid in a variety of patterns.

Shingles - Available in wood, vinyl, or fiber cement, shingles (otherwise known as shakes) are perfect for traditionally designed houses with Craftsman, shingle, or Arts and Crafts designs.

Stone - Durable and low maintenance like brick, stone comes in a wide variety of sizes, textures, and colors and is adaptable to nearly every aesthetic. Stone manufacturers have developed stone veneer products that are pigmented and shaped to resemble stone, reducing cost and expanding into an even larger variety of choices.


5 Ways to Build Sustainable Greenhouse

Nicole Stevens

greenhouse floridaGrowing your  produce is becoming an increasingly popular hobby, providing a person and their family with fresh fruits and vegetables from their backyard. Sometimes the weather can be harsh and ruin months worth of hard work in a matter of seconds. That is why it’s important to protect and cover your plants by enclosing them in an adequately sized greenhouse. Here are the top 5 ways to build a greenhouse for sustainability, making sure your plant haven is as eco-friendly as possible.

  1. Location, location, location! When determining a spot for your new greenhouse, make sure to utilize the area with the most sunlight. Placement along an east-west orientation with the longest side facing south will maximize available sunlight (Hendricks). Once a greenhouse is constructed, it is not as easy as it looks to move to a new spot, so make sure you choose your sunny spot wisely!
  2. Turn the old, into new! Any old or broken items from your home could  be repurposed in the green house. Old wood, broken doors or railings, various building materials and their odds and ends could be recycled into a “new” floor for the greenhouse. Even old glass could be reused, making makeshift “stained glass” panels.
  3. Bigger isn’t always better. Don’t go overboard with the size of your greenhouse. Yes, you want to have the ability to move around without knocking over plants or stepping on a tomato, but too big could be a waste of money. Work out a comfortable space for you and go from there.
  4. Keep the windows and doors closed tight! Insulation is a very important factor in building a greenhouse. It helps to not burn up unnecessary energy and also keeps your plants and their best.
  5. Keep your energy clean! It’s recommended to try and use as little energy/power as possible when working in a greenhouse, but sometimes it is necessary. If it’s needed in your case, solar panels may be perfect for you. This will provide the energy needed without the waste.

These tips will help make your new greenhouse last and stay friendly to the environment, the way a greenhouse should!

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I need to remodel my office building, where do I start?

office remodelingThe best piece of advice to remember when considering a remodel is: Always, always, always have a plan. When you’re in a hurry to upgrade or improve your office building, it’s tempting to want to take matters into your own hands - but this leads to costly mistakes more often than not. Something as simple as forgetting to turn off your water main or using the wrong tools results in massive flooding and water damage to your building, costing you much more than it would have had you hired a professional. 

Begin with a design. A talented builder understands your aesthetic and helps you design your perfect remodel plan. A lot of elements interact within a space — put them all down on paper and problems are caught before they are built. Some projects require the skill of an architect, some the skill of an interior designer, and the simplest way to tie them all together is with the help of a skilled contractor.

Be open to suggestions. Your ideas are vital to the success of your remodeling project, so why not consider alternative methods of achieving them? Suggestions made by your contractor should include methods for better functionality, lower long-term savings, insurance standards for materials, and more. Be sure to ask questions regarding suggestions until you fully understand how they benefit you, not how they make the contractor more money.

Determine which features can be and should be saved. If your building’s system controls,  mechanical units, or lobby lighting were recently replaced or updated, find out how to seek an Energy Star rating. This is an indication that your building has lower energy consumption than other buildings of the same type and size. This lets potential occupants or tenants know that they can expect lower utility expenses.

Focus on both the inside and the outside. First impressions are everything. You want your clients to remember both the inside and outside aesthetic appeal of your building. Landscaping and seasonal flowers easily freshen up the outside, while simple solutions to the inside come in the form of new carpet patterns and colors, up to date finishes in the elevators, restrooms and lobbies.


Positioning New House

lot home positionThere is nothing more rewarding than enjoying a new home you’ve earned, on your  property. Seems like a day dream, and in this scenario, everything should be perfect, right? Well, there’s a lot more to it than just setting your new home, or foundation, in any old spot on your land! Here you will find the top 5 tips in siting your house in the most functioning and comfortable spot of land.

  1. A big one would be the slope of the land you’re building or setting your new home on. Is it slanted? Are there dips/hills/soft spots to avoid? Being uphill will typically require a more expensive and intricate sewer hookup. Also, if you’re downhill some things to consider are how will the hill itself affect your view? And will it be an issue when it comes to rainy seasons? Figuring out the topography of your land before youbuild will save you a lot of hassle and money if you can set your home in specific areas.
  2. Taking it back to a small point made in #1, the view from your home plays into the placement on the property as well. If you are located on hilly land, is your view obstructed to just the hills? How will the sun rise and set through where you’ve decided to put windows? It is also good to be future-minded in this aspect as well. Neighborhoods are ever changing, is the spot you put your home going to keep its nice views throughout the years? It’s difficult to tell what will last through that time, but a good example of this is in a rural setting. Imagine siting your home with the perfect positioning to see your neighbor’s beautiful garden and greenhouses, only to be sold after a few years and be replaced with a more commercial nursery – leaving your view with miles of white tents.
  3. Do your research on typical weather patterns for the area you’re looking to build on. If the area is at high risk for fast and sometimes rough winds, you may want to build near trees or large hedges to help break up the wind. Even if these elements aren’t large yet, they will grow or can be replanted in crucial points of the home after it’s been set.
  4. Do you eventually plan on building more on the house? Maybe a bigger garage, or a shed, or even a basement. Will the ground you build on support a new level underground? Would you want your shed up on a hill and out of the way? Maybe even a mother-in-law apartment for visiting family. If you start out with a specific house plan for JUST your home and nothing else for in the future, it could leave you with limited space and not enough breathing room for future projects.
  5. And finally, talk to a professional!!! Although there are many DIY videos and articles out there for building rooms to building entire homes, this is something that you should  get a professional opinion on. This is something they deal with every day, so their insight is crucial and important to the longevity and live-ability of your future home.

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Benefits of Building New Construction

by Nicole Stevens

new constructionsWhen deciding on a new home or building, there is one major choice you have to make before going any further. Do you want to purchase an already constructed one, or should you work from the ground up? Is there a better benefit in building your own constructed home rather than buying an existing one? The following will help to show those benefits of building  new construction, be it a new home, commercial building, or any other workable places.

While it is typically more expensive to build your own home, it without a doubt will include everything you want. There won’t be any worry of liking certain parts of the home and hating other parts. You have complete control over what goes where, and how things will eventually come together. This rings true for other building types as well. Creative freedom and collaboration with an architect can produce amazing results.

Alongside having full control over the cosmetics of the construction, you have to build with up to date codes. This means there will be the most up to date electrical system as well as HVAC and insulation. This provides the home/building with much better energy efficiency which is better for the environment and your wallet every month on utility bills.

With this kind of energy efficiency, building a new construction also has a health benefit as well. Seems like a strange thing to say but it’s true! A new home/building will not have as much toxicity as an existing one. Most newer built homes are free from harmful past common household fixtures, such as asbestos, but could still have possibilities of lead paint or mold. Building from the ground up ensures that you will not have to worry about surprise mold, or a toxic paint on the walls because it is another aspect you have control over. This brand new construction has the potential to become a “green house," no harsh unknown/surprise chemicals and energy efficient appliances could save a lot of money and hassle in the long run.

After choosing the layout of your new home/building, finding the right interiors to run everything, and knowing everything inside is safe, it can leave you with a huge sense of satisfaction. Building a new construction is not an easy task, but when everything is said and done, it was all your creation. You made it all happen, and it came out just the way you want it, and it will be much more appreciated and respected in the years to come. 


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Get a new look for your home with updated exterior

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Making the right choice for the exterior of your home is a major decision. For many homes, the exterior remains the same material throughout the entire life of the home. Here are a few examples of exterior materials to choose from. You always want to consider your home’s style, location, material cost and your  taste.


5 Ways to Build Sustainable Greenhouse

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Nicole Stevens


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