Robert Wiseman Shares His Top 5 Things to do in Houston

We are so excited that our founder, Robert Wiseman, was featured in an article for the 365 Things to do in Houston website.  In the article Robert shares his top 5 favorite things to do in Houston.  Be sure to click on the following link to read the article:  My Top 5: Houston Home Builder Robert Wiseman 365 Things to do in Houston is a website that features different events, restaurants, and hot spots to visit in...

Save Money and Make Your Home More Efficient

If you start to notice that your home is unbearably hot or cold, you may have an insulation problem. Other red flags include high electric bills, cold walls, drafty rooms, and mold growth. Having the right amount of insulation in your home can save you money, reduce your energy costs, and make your house more comfortable and efficient. You can contact your electric company to have an energy evaluation done on your home. If you choose not to take advantage of this service, there are many do-it-yourself steps you can take to make your home more efficient. Reduce air leakage Weather-proofing your home can save you up to 40 percent in heating costs. You should check all doors and windows for drafts. Use caulking and weather strips to seal any leaks you find. Also, be sure to check any floorboards, baseboards, and electrical outlets for leaks as well. Add Insulation Adding insulation to basements, laundry rooms, attics, and around furnaces, can cut your energy loss by 25 percent. If you see gaps in the current insulation, be sure to fill them in. You should pay particular attention to the areas around heating ducts, light fixtures, fans, and dryer vents. Take a walk around the outside of your house. If you notice any holes where you have wiring, cables, or pipes entering your house, you need to plug them. Replace your heating system While the upfront cost of replacing a heating system may be high, it will save you money over time by lowering heating costs. Newer heating systems are simply much more energy efficient. You should take the added...

Are Bathroom Renovations Worth the Investment?

Whether you call it a “loo”, a “washroom” or a “bathroom”, you’re probably wondering when it’s time to renovate one of the most important rooms in your home. Maybe your bathroom is stuck in the last few decades and the peeling wallpaper is starting to bother you. Or perhaps you simply want to modernize your bathroom into a relaxing spa. Spending your home renovation budget dollars on a bathroom might not seem exciting, but once you know what a great return you’ll get for your bathroom renovations, it starts to make more sense. Reasons to Start Your Bathroom Renovations   Your Guests Will Thank You Do you like to entertain? Don’t make your guests cram into a tiny, dated powder room. Give them an area fit for royalty. Your general contractor can work with you on style and design choices, and can make sure that the finishes and tile work of your bathroom renovations flow nicely with the rest of your main living area. It’s important to remember that your bathroom isn’t only seen by you, but also by the everyday guests that visit your home.   Raise Your Home’s Value If you’re putting money into your house because you’re getting ready to sell, potential buyers will be spending a lot of their time scouring your bathrooms at the open house. New homeowners would prefer not to have to work overtime and spend extra cash on a new bathroom. It’s estimated that a large portion of the money spent on bathroom renovations – over 60% – goes back into the pockets of the homeowners once they sell the house....

Five Things to Consider Before You Knock a Hole in the Wall

Removing a wall can double the size of your room, let in light and satisfy your desire for open plan living. It can also be a recipe for disaster. Here’s what to consider before you get busy with the sledgehammer. #1:      Do you need permission? Whether you need a building permit varies from city to city. As a general rule, knocking down a non-structural wall does not need a permit. If you live in an apartment block you may need permission from the body corporate or owners’ corporation before you undergo any building work. The owner has the right to refuse, no matter how innocuous your plans. #2:      What’s Inside the Wall? Most walls contain electrical cables, so don’t pick up your power tools until you know where the cables run. Rerouting electrical, plumbing and other embedded systems is not a job for the unqualified. Employ an electrician to check out the wall before you begin. Interfering with power cables is dangerous – consulting a professional could save your life. #3:      Is the Wall Structural? Unless you’ve studied structural engineering or have building experience, it can be hard to tell whether a wall’s load-bearing or not. Taking down a load-bearing wall can cause your house to collapse, so call in a second opinion. A short consultation with a builder, architect structural engineer or architect could save you a lot of time and heartache in the long-run. This is particularly important for two-story homes, as the upper story places significant stress on the ground level structure. #4:      Do You Need a Lintel? Lintels carry the load left behind...