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USI Design & Remodeling Wins Dallas Builders Association ARC Award

A unique Dallas Tx bathroom design grabs the judges attention for the Weaver project and wins an ARC award for, “Best bathroom remodel” at this years annual Builders association awards and recognition function held at the Westin Galleria in Dallas.

Before photo

Before photo

Gutted to the studs the new bathroom marries the homes 1920′s past to the owners contemporary tastes. Deftly utilizing items such as farmhouse sinks and sliding doors made of reclaimed wood the  contemporized modern plumbing fixtures and cabinetry transition to wed a new future.

Bathroom-after

Bathroom-after

 

The ARC awards given annually recognize excellence in design and custom building.

USI won 3 awards this year including, “Remodeler of the Year” for 2014.

Building An Addition Onto Your Home

Room additionsBuilding a new addition onto your home can seem like a daunting task, but with a good team and plan, it can be a breeze.  Considering these areas can make adding an addition easy…

  • Be prepared.

Asking yourself some essential questions is critical: What are you looking for out of an addition? Will the addition add value to your home beyond dollars and cents?  Where should we put this addition?  Is your budget, build to what you want? Or build to a hard number?

  • Zoning.

Look up the zoning regulations and restrictions in your area.  Find out where and what you can build.  Checking with the residential community or local law can guarantee your construction plans are up to code.

  • Creativity.

Be as creative as you want to be with your new addition.  You have a blank slate to work with, so revamp and consider curb appeal.

  • Planning.

A timeframe for your new addition is essential.  A timeline will keep everyone on track and aware of their responsibilities.  Having a solid plan will keep the renovation on track and make your vision a reality.

Building a new addition onto your home is exciting and with the perfect contractor, your dream room can become a reality.

Staircases in your Home

Staircases in Home RemodelingStaircases are often the literal center of the home and are a feature used by everyone.  Staircases in homes are used to take family pictures, hang holiday decorations and most importantly as a way to get the second floor of your home.  Staircases are integral piece of your home and while they should be functional, they can be fashionable as well.

The staircase is one of the first things people may see upon entering your home, and they have an opportunity to make a good first impression on your guests.  Large grand staircases give a sense of stateliness and make a bold presence in your home.  Whether you choose to use dark or light trim, grand staircases make statement in your home all on their own.

If space is an issue and there is not enough room for a grand staircase, a spiral staircase is a great option.  Spiral staircases take up very little room, are functional and aesthetically pleasing.  Spiral staircases can be put in the corner of a room to take you from one floor to another and is a great solution for connecting a refurbished space.

Stairs are an essential part of any multi-level home and which staircase you choose will depend on your style.

Chandelier Placement and Sizing Guide from Wayfair.com

Adding a ChandelierAdding a chandelier is a very elegant statement for a dinning room or entryway.  Wayfair.com is an excellent source of information for homeowners to add beauty and functionality to a home. The size and placement is important for many different types of rooms or entryways in the home. The following is break down the size and placement guidelines for chandeliers in dining rooms and entryways and take the guesswork out of hanging a chandelier provided by wayfair.com

Entryways:

Placement

  • A chandelier should be hung in the center of a foyer or entryway. If your foyer has a window above the door, the chandelier should be centered in the window so that it can be seen from the outside of the home.
  • If an entryway is two stories tall, the chandelier shouldn’t hang below the second floor.
  • If an entryway is one story tall, the bottom of the chandelier should be about 7 feet from the floor.

Size

  • Height. The higher the ceiling, the taller the chandelier. The rule of thumb is 2.5-3 inches for each foot of ceiling height. A standard 8-foot ceiling will accommodate a chandelier that is 20-24 inches in height.
  • Diameter. Add the height and the width of the room space together. Treat that sum as inches, and you have the suggested diameter of the chandelier for that room. For example, if the room is 20-feet by 18-feet, the sum is 38 feet. The approximate diameter of that entryway’s chandelier should be 38 inches

Dining Room

Size

  • To avoid bumping heads, a chandelier that’s hung above a table should have a diameter 1 foot narrower than the table’s width.

Placement

  • Chandeliers should be centered over the dining table. The exception to this is if you’re placing two smaller chandeliers over the table instead of one.
  • A light fixture should be hung 30-34 inches above the dining table. This same rule holds true for lighting over islands and kitchen tables.
  • For ceilings higher than 8 feet, add about three inches to the hanging height per foot. So if your ceiling is 10 feet tall, your lighting fixture should be hung 36-40 inches over the table.

 

4 Ways to Go Green When You Renovate Your Kitchen

Modern Kitchen Remodeling PlanoAre you planning a kitchen remodel and want to be eco-friendly? You can easily create a healthy cooking and eating area for your family as well as help the environment.

Gone are the days when green renovation was a novelty. Due to an expanding marketplace, smart green products are more readily available. You’ll find these products at competitive prices and in stylish choices, too.

Eco-friendly kitchen cabinets are made from wood and wood products. They have formaldehyde-free glues and special finishes that give off little or no toxic fumes.

Durable eco-friendly countertops are made of sustainable content. These offer low-toxicity binders, and eco-friendly manufacturing processes. Some beautiful slabs resemble limestone and soapstone, others are made of recycled glass, and still others are made of reclaimed wood.

Beautiful flooring options like linoleum and cork can be found in showrooms. Both are made with renewable resources. Attractive and long-lasting, they do require periodic maintenance.

Energy-efficient appliances that feature an “Energy Star” label are great for the planet and will also cut your utility bills. Choose a refrigerator model featuring the freezer on top; it will use 10% to 25% less energy than the typical side-by-side configuration.

The above are green essentials for the modern, sustainable kitchen. By opting for environmentally-sound options in your new kitchen renovation, you are not only improving your family’s kitchen, you are contributing to the greater good.

 

Hot New Trend: Cool Metal Backsplashes

Kitchen Remodeling DallasAccording to the Houzz Kitchen Remodeling Survey, tile still remains the most popular material used in kitchen backsplashes. But a trend is definitely under foot.

Why choose metal tiles, stainless steel, glass, stone, tin and bronze materials in your kitchen?

  1. Because a metal backsplash blends with most color and design schemes.  A contemporary stainless steel version lends an edgy industrial vibe.  Yet, a copper or tin backsplash appeals to a rustic and nostalgic sensibility.
  2. Because a metal backsplash is possibly the simplest of backsplashes to clean. Just sponge off with soap and water.
  3. Because a metal backsplash or countertop holds heat easily. Hot pots and pans won’t affect the surface.
  4. Because a metal backsplash harmonizes well with stainless steel appliances, still very popular with homeowners.

Caveats about why you might not want to choose these backsplashes:

  1. Because acidic foods (oranges, coffee) might stain some metals if left for lengthy periods of time on the surface.
  2. Because copper surfaces will require polishing to maintain its original shine; however stainless steel won’t.
  3. Because metal backsplashes are pricey. Cutout, the mounting on a substrate backing, exacting placement and installation won’t come cheap

Consumers seeking something unique are increasingly choosing metal. Designers, remodelers and renovators support the new trend. Of course, you need to decide what’s best for you and your family.

Texas Job Market Sizzling

Home Remodeling Dallas, Plano TXThe job market in Texas is heating up and many people are getting jobs in new sectors. With the added opportunities it helps potential homeowners buy homes and remodel what they buy into the home of their dreams.   According to the following article as seen on:

http://recenter.tamu.edu/recon/

“The Texas economy gained 370,300 nonagricultural jobs from June 2013 to June 2014, an annual growth rate of 3.3 percent compared with 1.9 percent for the United States.

According to the Real Estate Center’s latest Monthly Review of the Texas Economy, the state’s nongovernment sector added 342,800 jobs, an annual growth rate of 3.6 percent compared with 2.2 percent for the nation’s private sector.

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent last month from 6.4 percent a year ago. The nation’s rate decreased from 7.5 to 6.1 percent.

All Texas industries had more jobs. The state’s mining and logging industry ranked first in job creation, followed by the transportation, warehousing and utilities industry, professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and construction.

All Texas metro areas except Texarkana had more jobs last month than a year ago. College Station ranked first in job creation, followed by Midland, Dallas-Plano-Irving, Odessa and Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos.

The state’s actual unemployment rate last month was 5.5 percent. Midland had the lowest unemployment, followed by Odessa, Amarillo, San Angelo, Abilene and Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos.”

 

Floor to Ceiling Windows

Ceiling to Floor Windows DallasDo you love open spaces, lots of sunlight, and a great view?  If you said yes to any of these, floor to ceiling windows are perfect for you.  Whether you are looking to brighten up a dark corner or want to take advantage of a spectacular view, placement and careful consideration of style can make tall window an irreplaceable component of your home.

Large, simple windows can help you take advantage of the striking landscape surrounding your home.  Floor to ceiling windows can open up your home to the outdoors without battling the elements.  Slender, full length windows show splices of the outdoors while simultaneously casting afternoon sunlight rays through your living space.  These unique windows incorporate the ground to ceiling windows while maintaining more privacy in your home.

From large, simple windows, to slender full length windows, how you choose to incorporate full length windows into your home, the increased sense of openness and natural light will benefit your home.

Choosing Your Granite Countertop Finish

Granite Counter TopsOnce you’ve decided on granite countertops in your kitchen, you will have to decide the exact type and finish you would like installed.  There are many textures, patterns and colors to choose from that will compliment any kitchen design.

There are two main types of granite to choose from: consistent and variegated.  Consistent granite comes with a solid pattern that is repeated throughout the entire stone slab.  Variegated granite comes with unique customization through a sporadic design that is not consistent throughout the stone surface.  Which one you choose will depend on what kitchen design you would like have and what looks best to you.

Granite countertops also come in two main kinds of finishes: flat and polished.  A flat finish will make the granite appear smooth, but it more prone to staining.  A polished finish will give the granite a glossy look and make it a more durable structure.  Granite countertops can be completely customized to meet you remodeling needs.  Choose granite today and get started on your kitchen remodel today.

How to Bring the Outdoors into Your Sunroom

Sunrooms are the ideal way to enjoy the outdoors without battling the weather conditions or pesky insects.  Sunrooms also provide the perfect opportunity to enjoy a semi-outdoor space with your friends family and friends for social gatherings or relaxation.

Here are some ways to bring the outdoors and nature into your sunroom…

  • Ground to ceiling windows

Large window let you enjoy an abundance of natural light which makes your space feel open and welcoming.  They also let you enjoy the scenery around your home without having to venture outside.

  • Glass roof

Having a glass roof in your sunroom allows you to experience the outdoors from inside your home without feeling confined.  There is no need for a high ceiling when you have a glass roof, where you can see beyond the clouds.

  • Wood beams for the ceiling

Incorporating timber beams into your sunroom’s architecture will create a rustic feeling in the room.  It also allows you to enjoy the natural beauty of wood and gives a more natural look to the room.

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