Why Custom Built Homes?

Custom homes cost anywhere from¬†$350,000¬†to $1.5 million or more. Expect to pay $300 to $500 per square foot for custom and luxury builds. Custom homes come in almost any shape and size. They’re a step up from the semi-custom options you’ll find in many suburban housing developments.¬† The biggest difference between¬†custom¬†builds and production builds is the cost per square foot. You will need to find the right custom home builder for your home. The flexibility building a¬†custom home¬†affects the price, and you’ll ultimately be paying¬†more¬†for the customizations you plan with your new¬†home.

Most homebuyers end up spending lots of time and energy either searching for or designing “the perfect home” before signing any contracts or laying down funds. There are two primary advantages to buying an existing home: convenience and cost. Once you¬†are¬†pre-approved¬†by your lender, you can shop around, pick out a home, and make an offer. On the flip side, the most significant disadvantage of buying an existing home may be that you won’t get exactly what you want. You may not be in love with the floor plan and may wish that half bath on the first floor¬†was a full bath or that there¬†was another bedroom on the main floor.

Building a new home¬†doesn’t offer the same convenience as buying an existing house. Not only do you have to find the land, which¬†may¬†not be¬†in an existing neighborhood, you also have to¬†factor in the time to¬†find an architect or builder, and choose every element of the new structure.¬† The big advantage is you are much more likely to get exactly what you want. For many, this factor alone is enough to choose to build over buying. Still, there are other advantages, too, like the ability to create a more efficient home that meets new energy codes and standards for heating, ventilation, and cooling, plus insulation, and air filtration. Better efficiency is good for the environment and can save you money on your utility bills each month.

Custom Drapery

Drapery usually means hangings of heavy fabric for use as a curtain.¬†Drapery is a general word referring to cloths or textiles. It may refer to cloth used for decorative purposes ‚Äď such as around windows ‚Äď or to the trade of retailing cloth, originally mostly for clothing, formerly conducted by drapers. People usually like custom drapery for their homes.

Custom drapes are made to order ‚Äď you select your fabric, your colors, and your designs. You get to choose custom size curtains made specifically to fit your area. But the question still remains ‚Ästwhy are custom drapes so expensive?¬†Even being custom made to order, what drives the costs to be so high? There are many things that drive the higher costs of custom-made drapery. The workmanship put into custom drapes is the biggest cost driver. Anytime something comes custom-made, the price is driven much higher due to the ability to personalize every detail of your order.

Curtains vs drapery?

Generally, drapes are floor length while curtains drop to just below a window sill. 14. Drapes usually have a backing on them that gives them structure while hanging on a rod while curtains are made to move in the breeze. Some people prefer that window treatments hang just above the floor, while others want the drama of a voluminous puddle that requires an additional 18 inches of fabric once it has reached the floor. This is often done to be able to tie the curtains back. On average, however, a puddle is about 4 inches on the floor.

Refrigerator Maintenance

Once your fridge has been safely moved into the kitchen of your new home, it needs some time to settle before you can start using it. You should let it stand unplugged, in an upright position, for at least 4 hours to allow its compressor oil to settle. You can plug your appliance in once 4 hours have passed. Even if you still need to look around for a good, reliable appliance repair service near you, there are some easy to follow maintenance & cleaning tips you can do.
Never let your refrigerator reach a dismal state! Just stick to our recommended fridge cleaning schedule to keep your refrigerator looking good and smelling fresh. Make it a habit to rinse off jam jars, salsa containers, ketchup bottles, and other items that tend to get grimy on the outside. This, in turn, helps keep your refrigerator clean. Also, wipe up spills right when they happen to prevent sticky spots from forming.
5 Keys to Refrigerator Maintenance
  1. Check the door seals.
  2. Keep the coils clean.
  3. Set the right temperature. Keep the fridge between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit and the freezer at 0 degrees.
  4. Fill it up (even if you never cook and only have takeout).¬†Refrigerators¬†need ‚Äúthermal mass‚ÄĚ (a.k.a. lots of stuff) to¬†maintain¬†low temperatures.
  5. Be prepared.

Maintaining Your Dishwasher

Is it cheaper to use¬†a¬†dishwasher? This, again, depends on your dish washing habits. As long as you only¬†run¬†your¬†dishwasher¬†once it’s fully loaded, it should cost you less than hand-washing. There is no rule that says your¬†dishwasher needs to run¬†at a certain time¬†every day. If it is not full, then don’t start it. It is perfectly normal to leave your dishes¬†in the dishwasher¬†for another¬†day. After all,¬†running¬†the¬†dishwasher¬†when it is not full is a waste of energy and water.

So you may look for dishwasher repair services near you but you can also do use some easy tips to effectively maintain the dishwasher.

Some tips:

  1. Wash Regularly.
  2. Empty the Dishwasher.
  3. Inspect & Clean the Spinning Arms.
  4. Clean the Edges and Exterior.
  5. Unclog & Clean the Drain.
  6. Use an Acid to Remove Buildup.
  7. Get Rid of Mildew.
How To Maintain Your Dishwasher:
  1. Clean Filter. If¬†your dishwasher¬†has a filter, remove it and clean off any food or grime. …
  2. Clean The Door And Seals.¬†Dishwashers¬†have seals around the door rim to prevent the machine from leaking while running. …
  3. Use Cascade Dishwasher Cleaner.
  4. Clean The Spray Arm.

Looking At Wall Ovens

Wall ovens come in standard widths of 24, 27 and 30 inches, but models can vary by as much as an inch or two, making it wise to stick with the same brand. Measure the distance across the top and bottom of the oven from the left and right edge of the cabinet cutout. Note the measurements on the reference sheet. Measure the distance along each side of the oven Рfrom the top to bottom edge of the cabinet cutout. Note the measurements on the reference sheet. Note that you will also have to look for a good appliance repair service when getting a wall oven for installation & repair.

Having¬†so¬†much space dedicated to cooking appliances can be limiting, and¬†costly. Having a¬†wall oven¬†can become more¬†expensive¬†because it requires two appliance purchases‚ÄĒa¬†wall oven¬†or double¬†oven¬†plus a cooktop. The combination of¬†wall oven¬†and separate cooktop can often cost thousands of dollars. Wall ovens¬†do not¬†vent¬†to the outside. There is an internal¬†vent¬†on¬†wall ovens. Prior to 2007:¬†Oven¬†is¬†vented¬†through a¬†vent¬†tube under the control panel. After 2007: For single and double¬†wall ovens, the¬†vent¬†is below the door to keep electronics cooler, improve appearance, and provide a better door seal at the top.

A¬†wall oven¬†allows an easier transition from the¬†oven¬†to the countertop. If you prefer to dine out or you just don’t cook for large gatherings often, a free-standing¬†range¬†may be a¬†better¬†choice for you. It is certainly beneficial to have more¬†than¬†two feet of counter space that you would lose to a¬†wall oven¬†cabinet.