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Functional and Efficient Ideas for Your New Home Construction

Functional and Efficient Ideas for Your New Home Construction

The trick to any successful build is to get the right balance between function and efficiency. This will ensure you can make the most of the space, keep your building costs to a minimum and even reduce the cost of running your home.

There are several ideas to consider but the first step in the process should be to consult a reputable Sydney home builders firm to ensure your suggestions are possible.

Hidden Garage

A great way to reduce the space you need outside your home is to build a garage under your driveway. This is not as difficult or as expensive as it may seem. You can even extend the space under your home to allow several cars to be parked with a lift to take them back to the surface.

Steam Shower

Reduce your water bills with the very latest in green technology. Steam showers use one gallon of water per minute, a traditional shower will use 7 gallons.

In addition there is several health benefits associated with a steam shower and you’ll reduce any moisture issues in your bathroom.  

It will also increase the value of your home.

Impact Windows

An impact window is designed to withstand the force of a hurricane; that’s a real bonus if you live somewhere that has hurricanes.

But, even if you don’t you can benefit from noise reduction, improved insulation and higher security.

That’s a pretty good incentive to get impact windows.

Solar

Opting to add solar panels onto your roof will allow you to reduce your energy dependence and the bills that come with it. You can choose a system that sells excess electricity back to the grid or install batteries and convertors allowing you to use the electricity generated even when the sun has gone down.

Panic Room

It is becoming increasingly popular for people to build panic rooms or survival chambers into their homes. These will protect you against natural disasters or if your house comes under attack.

If you make it an easy space to get to in can function as a room in your house; doubling its use until you actually need it.

USB Sockets

It is fairly normal now to see sockets fitted into the walls which can accept conventional plugs and USB cables. Considering most electrical gadgets rely on USB style power sockets this is a very functional and efficient addition to your home.

You should aim to have at least one of these sockets in every room of your house.

Heating System

Doing a new build is a great opportunity to run meters of cable under the soil. These can then be connected to a ground source heat pump, (powered by your solar panels). The heat pump will pump the water through the pipes and under your floor (in more pipes); giving you a virtually free heating system.

A viable alternative is the air source heat pump which can be connected to pipes between your rooms and individual thermostats; allowing you to control the temperature in different areas of your home with ease.

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Little Hacks For A Home That’s More Warm Weather Friendly

Little Hacks For A Home That’s More Warm Weather Friendly

The sun is shining more and more; the weather is getting warmer, the trees are turning green again, it’s safe to say that summer is on the way. For a lot of us, summer is our favorite season, because we love how nice the weather is and how much more we can do with our time. The longer days and shorter nights mean that we have more time to be outside and soak up the sun, which is another reason that summer is one of the most popular seasons – being able to spend lots of time outside.

Summer is a great season but only if you are able to enjoy it while at home. The fact is that if your home isn’t ready for summer, you will struggle to enjoy the season. For instance, say your home gets too hot in the warmer weather, this will mean that you can’t get away when the heat gets too much. Or, say your garden isn’t a nice space, then you won’t be able to enjoy the season as much as you should do. So with that in mind, below are some little hacks that can help you to make your home more warm weather friendly.

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Prevent your home from getting too hot

To make sure that your home doesn’t get too hot in the warmer weather, it’s important to ensure that you have all the adequate features in place for keeping it cool. This includes a working air conditioning system. If your system isn’t working properly, it’s best to get an engineer out sooner rather than later, to ensure that when the weather heats up, you’re not stuck with a home that’s baking hot. It’s also worth looking at your window treatments and considering whether they will be able to keep the sun out. If not, then perhaps it could be worth contacting a company like Total Blinds and Window Tinting to see what options they offer for keeping the sun out in the warmer summer months. There is nothing worse than a home that is too hot, which is why it’s so important to make sure you have everything in place to keep your home cool this summer.

Make the most of your outdoor space

Is your garden everything that you want it to be? If the answer is no and your garden isn’t a place that you love, it’s time to change that. To be able to make the most out of your outdoor space in the summer months, it needs to be well designed. If your garden is in a mess, your best bet is to call in a landscape gardener to get the grass, plants, and weeds back in order. If you don’t already have a deck or patio, you could consider having one installed, so that you have somewhere to sit outside and relax. You could also invest in some new garden furniture and a BBQ pit if you don’t have one already.

Have solar panels installed

Having solar panels installed may not make summer more enjoyable for you, but it will make your home more warm weather friendly, as it will allow you to make your own energy from the sunlight. Solar panels might be pricey to install, but when you think about the savings you will make as well as the value it will add to your home, it’s more than worthwhile investing in solar panels for your roof, especially if you like in an area with guaranteed sun.

There you have it, the little hacks for making your home more warm weather friendly.

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Worthy Upgrades Every Homeowner Should Consider

Worthy Upgrades Every Homeowner Should Consider

One of the best things about owning your own property is that any money you invest into it, you’re likely to get back plus more if you ever sell. That means not only do you get to enjoy any upgrades you make, but you make your home more valuable too. There are some projects in the home which are always worth doing- here are a few of them you could consider.

New Windows and Doors

The windows and door are such an important feature on any home. Not only for practical and security purposes but from an aesthetic point of view as well. They’re one of the main features you’ll see when you look at your home from the street. If your current windows are draughty, leaky or the double glazing has failed, consider window replacement throughout the property. Regarding your door, if it’s still in good condition it may be able to be salvaged. Wooden doors can be sanded and repainted, along with some new house numbers and a knocker you can bring it up to scratch. PVC models or those which are generally just worse for wear will need replacing once they no longer look their best.

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Solar Panels

Solar panels help the environment because they provide energy without burning fossil fuels. And another plus side they help you to save money on your fuel bills too. Since buyers love eco- friendly features, solar panels also make your house more valuable. While there’s an upfront cost, many government schemes and grants can help with the cost so see what is available to you. Even at full price they generally pay for themselves within a few years anyway due to giving you cheaper bills.

Decking

You spend the time and money making your home interiors beautiful, don’t let your property down with neglected gardens. A tidy garden with established plants looks great and appeals to everyone. Decking is one upgrade in the garden that’s highly advisable. It can add a dramatic amount of value to the property and isn’t too expensive to have installed. A decked area gives you a place to put your patio furniture, looks smart and allows you to get the most out of your garden whether it’s large or small.

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Home Security

One of the most practical and worthwhile upgrades you can make is by adding home security. A good quality CCTV system and a professionally fitted burglar alarm will help to deter thieves and is something homebuyers love, thus increasing your home’s value. The doors and windows mentioned earlier also contribute to better security too, newer models are far harder to kick in or pry open.

So put your money where it really matters, upgrade different areas of your home and reap the benefits both now and in the future too.

What do you think are some of the most beneficial upgrades you can make as a homeowner? Have you made any of these changes in your property?

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