The Pros And Cons Of High Ceiling

The Pros And Cons Of High CeilingHigh ceilings in homes have made a significant comeback in recent years. The reasons are multiple and we’ll look at the pros and cons of of having a home with high ceilings.

High ceilings used to to be the thing in Europe and early America. Usually wealthy homes could afford them and that trend carried over to the Americas. High ceilings were an aesthetic thing and people utilized the space with paintings an chandeliers and other overhead decorations. Nowadays the similar thought occurs but it may not be the preferred thing for the economically conscious homeowner.

Heating the home makes it difficult and expensive where high ceilings are concerned. Think f your rooms being twice the size they are with high ceilings so that if you would normally spend $100 per room to heat per winter you’ll spend $200 per room. If you can afford it, so be it, but if you’ve got a high mortgage and other expenses then it’s not a good idea.

The same goes for the hotter months. You’re using air conditioning at a double rate which means more electricity. Electricity can be expensive depending on your source. If you’re using solar panels then there’s nothing to worry about as the costs per kilowatt hour are considerably lower. That goes for the colder months too with heating. If you’re living off the grid, you’re going to be paying a pretty penny for sure.

High ceilings may make your home feel more majestic or battle claustrophobia. If this is the case it’s a creature comfort that has a positive goal. Several studies indicate a home with high ceilings may well have psychological effects of a positive nature. It all depends on the person and their natural behavior and mindsets.

What are some pros and cons of high ceilings?If you’re an artist or musician a high ceiling can improve the sound of your playing or your stereo system and it’s definitely a platform for displaying as much art as you can. These are personal preferences that you’ll have to iron out with trial and error.

People who like to utilize the higher space may want to put elevated platforms like lofts that allow for segmented working or play or resting areas. The creative person may find new and innovative uses for a high ceiling and that can lead to a viral new use of the space that others may find entertaining and useful.

The bottom line is that high ceilings have either practical or entertaining or psychological impact. Architects will explain the benefits of high ceilings and real estate agents will too. The home builder who wants a high ceiling house should do some extra research regarding this option. One should look over all options but believe it or not, even if the ceiling is very high, you can later partition it off to turn the area into two floors. The sky’s the limit here so let yourself simmer on the issue before taking the plunge.

Picking a company like Build America LLC will get you on the right track regarding high ceiling designs and building. They’re pros and know how to guide the new home builder to the right path.

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There’s No End To A Hurricane Cleanup Scam

Beware of scammersIf it isn’t bad enough that millions of people have been suffering from the rash of hurricanes, there is also a rise in the unscrupulous scammers who are taking advantage of an honest home builder.

Opportunity Knocks

When people are the target of a disaster, they can be in such a desperate state of affairs that they cannot make the right decisions. Terror and disorientation can set in and instead of making the right choices, they make all sorts of wrong ones. The mere shock of seeing one’s home devastated and one’s family and friends in dire straits is prime fodder for a criminal company to show up and offer all kinds of help when in truth they’re out for t scamming as much money as they can.

First of all, the home builder may have lost everything and needs to start from the ground floor up. It may be that they have just lost 50% of their home and can rebuild from that. It varies and is a case by case basis. This is where scammers come in. They’ll look for the most desperate victim they can find. Knowing people can’t get to banks or have insurance checks on the way, they’ll scout and plan and just when the homeowner suspects it least, they strike.

There are all sorts of tricks that these fake contractors use. They’re just like predators who plot and plan and wait to pounce. Often, it’s your own behavior after a disaster that attracts them. Due to social media, scammers can read posts and tweets to find out who is in distress and who isn’t. They follow around and look for data that pertains to their particular area. If you’re posting in your hometown’s Facebook page about how your roof and garage are destroyed, you’ve just let everyone know your status. Criminals see this and start their evil plan.

They will show up claiming they can do this or that and for such an amount of money. They will say because of the devastation they can’t do contracts or show proper credentials. This is where the alarm bells should be going off in your head because even if there’s been a disaster, contractors are required to abide by the law. That’s why we have law, to make sure we behave no matter what the state of our possessions and self are.

Get The Credentials

When a contractor comes along after a hurricane or tornado or flooding, make sure you get their credentials. They may make all kind of claims that their office is flooded too or have had this problem or that. You can outsmart them if your cell phone still works. Hit the web and look for their website and state credentials. They shouldn’t have disappeared just because of a disaster. That’s why the internet was engineered for, surviving catastrophic events. You should be able to find verifiable data on the contractor and if not, give them the heave-ho.

So remember, there are real honest and credentialed pros out there that know what it’s like to have one’s back against the wall. Build America LLC is the kind of company you can count on. They’ll walk you through the process of rebuilding and do so at an affordable price. Don’t risk your future after your past has been destroyed get a hold of Build America LLC now.

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Sinkhole Problems For The Home Builder

Sinkhole Problems For The Home BuilderRecent news has spotlighted monstrous sinkholes swallowing up homes like a frog at a fly festival. It’s frightening to watch as huge sinkholes form out of nowhere and gobble up properties and take lives. Next to fire and flooding, it’s the scariest thing to happen to a home owner or home builder.

Sinkholes form when the ground underneath becomes soft and liquid and a vacuum created due to water. They can happen anywhere where there are soil and sand and especially lime deposits. They can also be caused by earthquakes. When a sinkhole forms it may do so slowly or rapidly and the rapidity of one is why people lose lives. They’re unsuspecting of such an event and then aren’t even prepared for what to do when one occurs. Sinkholes can be small enough to compromise the safety of a property for good or they can spread to encompass several properties and damaged infrastructure of the municipality breaking pipes and electrical lines.

The new home builder has to look for sinkhole activity before even planning to build. Unfortunately, the only way to predict if a sinkhole is there or will form is still luck. You can use some science via regional offices in your municipality or state and government resources that are designed not only to predict where sinkholes might form but also where they exist and are repaired. In areas where sinkholes are known to occur, detecting them is essential and knowing if you can rebind from one is important too. No one would build a home in an area where a sinkhole formed and then filled in. There are certain factors within a specific area that may contribute more to the forming of a sinkhole but that doesn’t mean one will form or that it’s more likely to form than in other areas. It’s sometimes a hit and miss situation but following the science improves your chances of not having one form under a property you own or intend to build.

Fortunately, there is some insurance for home builders regarding sinkholes. It’s better to have it than not because if a devastating sinkhole occurs you may not only lose your home but all your belongs. Due to the nature of a sinkhole, you may find yours belongs irretrievable once they’ve been consumed.

All is not lost, however, as there are construction methods to minimize the sinkhole’s impact on your property. If detected early they may be stopped in the process or if not, an evacuation thus saving what can be saved is done.

You may have to do some ground inspections of your own regarding sinkholes. Your building contractor will know what to look for and take no one’s word as solid proof of safety. Let the science do the work via the professionals and services available.
Overall, sinkholes are no joke. Nothing to be played with nor ignored. Since they can happen anytime in vulnerable areas like in Florida where they’re common, one has to be on one’s toes from the first sign of one forming and to determine where one might form.

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Planning A New Home Calls For Good Sense

Planning A New Home Calls For Good SenseToday’s home builder has a lot going for them.  The new materials and technologies that allow for superior planning of the home may look easy, but there are things to look out for or your efforts will end up in misery.

First of all, when planning a new home, what about its size?  If you only need 3600 square feet then don’t get greedy and layout a property that will be 5200 square feet.  It costs more and it takes more time to maintenance.  Sometimes our eyes are too big for our bellies and we end up with a sour stomach in the end.  Sit down with your architect and with real home designers to pinpoint what you’ll need, not only for yourself but if you have an expanding family to look forward to.  Build with just a bit of extra space and not too much.  You can always add a room or two later on, but for now, you want quality control and low overhead.

The second thing to look at is orientation.  Yes, there’s  a great view to the south, but is it going to add to sun exposure and fighting against strong winds.  This is where your weather experts come into play.  If your home is going to be in an area where seasonal storms occur, you want your home-oriented to minimize wind and rain, snow, excess heat.  Orienting your home’s position will save in energy costs as well.  You want a home that stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  Planning this way avoids lots of maintenance and trouble later.

Keep your own integrity.  Don’t let other people, especially friends and contractors tell you what you want.  Just keep a stiff upper lip and sally forth.  You know what you want, and if you’ve been smart you’ll have asked experts to know what you can get that is safe and efficient as well as aesthetic.  No, you don’t need that gazebo that your mother-in-law insists, you put in and around your home what you want and what you need.  If you let others dictate their desires to override yours, you’ll end up with a final home product that will only disappoint you.

Fourth is to place your key rooms in the best places possible.  Kitchens aren’t a room you just slap up and hope for the best.  A kitchen should be strategically placed to better its efficiency.  The placement of energy for the kitchen is the key.  Gas, electricity lines and pipes can undergo so much twisting and turning.  You don’t want to put your kitchen in an area that requires a circus-like configuration of wires and pipes.  You don’t want the kitchen directly beneath bedrooms.  You’ll need proper ventilation for your kitchen and you don’t want the fumes and aromas flooding the bedrooms.  Living rooms are normally near the front of the home or just recessed.  This being the showcase room, one wants it placed just right.  A structure of the home is important here as the living room should be the biggest room.  It needs support so that its size doesn’t compromise the safety of the home’s structure via stress.  This is where your architect and building inspector come into the issue.  They’ll know what to do and advise you what is wise and not.

Finally, what is your budget?  Do you have enough to achieve your goals?  Are you moving on fumes and hoping to get the cheap deals?  You never go cheap on the home you build and intend to dwell in.  Safety comes first and trying to get quality with a low budget is taking, to say the least.  Instead, work within your budget. Know what you can and cannot afford.  Sometimes you’ll have to be creative but don’t do anything that will compromise efficiency and safety.  That new fancy brick face or decorative siding may look good, but can you afford it now?  You will need capital to keep the home maintained.  Add to that all the excess costs can eat up a budget in no time.  Be careful, yes, try to get the best price for the most quality and keep your eyes on the prize.

Planning as a home builder now means less misery down the road and greater equity in the property overall.

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Things To Consider When Hiring A Home Builder

Things To Consider When Hiring A Home BuilderIf you’re thinking of hiring a home builder there are important factors that you’ll need to watch out for in order to ensure the best job done possible. These factors aren’t minded benders, a just good common sense that provides for great savings and no headaches.

First of all, home builders will bid for the job. You’ll need to do a lot of reading and research as well as due diligence to make certain you’re picking the right company for the right job. Don’t let hesitation or anxiety take root, it’s your home that you’re building or a home you’re investing in and you deserve the best service your hard earned dollar should.

Hype is one thing, a solid reputation is another. Word of mouth often gets a home builder a job, only later to find out that they’re nowhere near as qualified as they should be. This is where you check the credentials of the home builder. You want to know if and when they were credentialed and what those credentials cover. Not only that but you also want to make sure any subcontractors they hire or additional staff are equally credentialed. Some unscrupulous contractors lie through their teeth so it’s best to check the official rosters such as state, county, and federal sources. Once it’s proven that they’re legit we move onto the next steps.

You’ll want to know how long the home builder has been in business. This is aside from reputation. The length of their tenure will establish that they’ve got staying power. This allows for you to backtrack over the years to research their performance and what their customers have had to say.

Customer reviews are of much importance. Actually, the proof of the construction is in the finished building. Find out both industry and public opinions. They should be all over the place if the company has performed with excellence. Take a moment to call the satisfied customers and see what they say. This avoids hype and word of mouth and you can stop by some buildings and see the final results.

Different regions call for home builders with specialized experience. Depending on terrain and weather, the home builder you’re looking at must know how to construct in your region to survive all sorts of environmental challenges. Not only that, but there are regulations to follow and codes to uphold. You don’t want a contractor who figures they can do whatever they want when they want or you’ll be in for a world of hurt.

Overall, your home is probably going to be the biggest investment of your life and you want it to last with as little problems with the construction. You and your family want safe and secure housing so that you can enjoy your life. Therefore, taking the time to qualify a home builder is not only of paramount importance, it is of utmost responsibility.

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