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Are your gutters really clogged?

Posted by on Sep 21, 2018 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

Are your gutters overflowing? Did you have them cleaned but there is still water coming off of them? Well your gutters might not be clogged at all! You might have a slight sag in your gutters instead. When a sag happens, even a slight one it can cause water to back up and your gutters to over flow. If this is the case we recommend having them repaired before winter as standing water in your gutters can freeze causing even more damage such as the gutters completely falling due to the weight of the ice.

 

C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home builder located in Blairsville, Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains

Shopping for a new fridge?

Posted by on Apr 3, 2018 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

Refrigerators are often thought of as boxy and boring, having no style and serving no purpose other then keeping your food cold. Times have changed though and manufacturers are now thinking outside the box to try to redefine what the modern refrigerator is really capable of. Today you will find an increasing range of color and style options, cleverly designed units designed to disappear into your kitchen decor, and a wide variety of new smart features.

With the reinvention of the refrigerator finding the perfect model to fit your needs and budget is no easy task. Fortunately we have an overview that is designed to assist you in narrowing down the countless options. Finding the right refrigerator is all about understanding your needs. So let’s get started:

What type of style do I need?

Style wise you have four options to choose from and figuring out which one is best for you is the first step towards making a final decision.

Top freezer

Chances are good that this is the style that immediately pops into your head when you hear the word refrigerator. The bottom two thirds are dedicated to fresh food storage and the freezer is sitting on top. Tastes have changed since this style was first created, so if you’re looking for something modern and high end then a top freezer model probably isn’t for you. However, if style isn’t a big concern then you will find that top freezers offer some of the best bargains on the market. Plus there are still enough of them being made to offer a solid variety of choices.
Bottom freezer

If you’re looking for something more on the simpler side and want a little better access to your fresh foods, then a bottom freezer model might be right for you. Bottom freezer models aren’t much different from top freezer models except for the fact that the freezer is located on the bottom. This means that you won’t have to bend over while looking for commonly used food. However, it does mean that frozen foods will be located around your ankles. Although a majority of models now come with drawer style freezer doors which can make getting frozen food out a little easier. Bottom freezer models do tend to be just slightly bigger than top freezers, but there is also less variety of models to choose from.
Side-by-side

Side-by-side units split your refrigerator in half, offering you frozen food on the left and fresh food on the right. Some models offer equal space for both sections and others allow an extra couple of inches for the fridge. This can make for a narrow freezer section, so if you need a wide freezer space you might want to consider something a little less limiting. Side-by-side models come in a wide variety and tend to showcase more features than horizontal ones. Many of these features are aimed at saving space, especially when it comes to the shelving inside the doors. Side-by-side units also require much less clearance to open the doors, making them ideal for narrow spaces.
French door

The very popular french door models combine the drawer of a bottom freezer with the low clearance doors of a side-by-side model. This means that you will have a full width, double door refrigerator with plenty of storage space. Some models come with two separate freezer drawers with the top one located about waist level. This will keep you from bending down not quite as far as you would with a bottom freezer. With the high demand for French door refrigerators you’re sure to find a huge variety of options, including models with top of the line smart features that you won’t find with other styles. You can also upgrade the look of your refrigerator to match your decor or even camouflage it entirely among your cabinets.
What size refrigerator do I need?

This can vary but a general rule of thumb is that you will want about 4 to 6 cubic feet of refrigerator space per person in your household along with a little bit of extra room. Full size refrigerators range from 10 to 32 cubic feet so this means that a family of four probably won’t want anything less than 20 cubic feet, and might even prefer something a little bit bigger. That being said a bigger refrigerator means a bigger energy bill so be careful not to splurge on extra space that you won’t actually need as you will be paying more both upfront and down the line. If you are looking for something on the smaller side you will probably want to stick with a top freezer model as none of the other types of refrigerators come in sizes much smaller than 20 cubic feet.
Do I need a cabinet depth refrigerator?

Cabinet depth refrigerators are simply refrigerators that are designed to align perfectly with the edges of your cabinets, leaving only the refrigerator door sticking out. This gives your refrigerator the appearance of an expensive, custom made unit that’s built directly into your cabinetry without it actually being custom built. It won’t give you any extra storage space but they are more fashionable than standalone units.
What features do I need?

Refrigerators have come a long way since the days of the egg holder and the butter bin. These days you will find a wide variety of features designed to bring a whole new level of functionality to your refrigerator.
Take care of your food

Do you always want a variety of fresh ingredients on hand? Many models offer sectional climate controls for the different compartments in your refrigerator that can help you keep your foods fresher for longer. For example LG’s Push & Seal Crisper Drawer goes so far as to vacuum the air out of your produce bins whenever you close them.

Do you live off of frozen food? Look for advanced defrosting features such as GE’s Frost Guard which is designed to help eliminate freezer burn.

Do you love a nice glass of Chardonnay? Look for a refrigerator with a built in wine rack.
Multitasking  features

Some features are designed to make your refrigerator more functional. Just look at in door water dispensers for example.  Refrigerators have been dispensing water for years but now GE boasts a PreciseFill smart dispenser on several of its models that will dispense the exact amount you need or automatically detect when your cup or water bottle is full. Other models have water dispensers designed to easily accommodate tall or bulky containers. Some will even dispense hot water. Samsung recently teamed up with SodaStream unveiling a refrigerator capable of dispensing fresh seltzer water. LG has started producing models with blast chillers capable of making  your warm drink icy cold in minutes and if you’re constantly making runs to the gas station to pick up a bag of ice for your cooler look for a unit with an ice maker capable of dispensing ice in bulk.
Other extras

– Quieting models  that make for less humming and buzzing

– Anti bacterial interior coatings to help keep your food germ free

– LED lighting

– Steel reinforced hinges to support heavy  storage in your door

– Spill proof shelving to help keep messes from dripping through your refrigerator

– Touch screens and built-in Wi-Fi
Should I get a smart refrigerator?

Simply put smart refrigerators are not cheap and whether or not the cost is worth it is really up to you. For some people smart technology gives refrigerators a whole new cool factor and the fact that we use our refrigerators every day makes these features an investment.

Smart energy efficiency

If you are looking for a greener kitchen and lower power bill you will likely enjoy smart features that are aimed at making your refrigerator more energy efficient. Many new models can track their own energy consumption and some even go a step further delivering the information straight to your smartphone and even allowing you to monitor usage or change the temperature remotely. If energy efficiency is an important factor in your buying decision but a top of the line smart refrigerator doesn’t fit within your budget don’t worry there are plenty of other features available that will help you go green without breaking the bank. At least one model comes with a sensor that detects when the door isn’t fully shut and others will allow you to access commonly used ingredients without ever opening the refrigerator at all using a door within a door compartment or a sliding panel. Features like these are small but a big difference when it comes to your energy usage.
Communication

Smart refrigerators don’t just share usage data with you. Some Whirlpool models are equipped with 6th Sense Live technology that will send you texts letting you know when the water filter needs to be replaced or alerting you to a power outage. Other models are equipped with intuitive features  that kick in whenever something isn’t working helping you to identify the problem and troubleshoot a solution. There are even models that will offer suggestions on what to make for dinner if you’re willing to take the time to tell your refrigerator what ingredients are inside of it.

Entertainment

Some of the most talked about smart features have been focused on entertainment. More than one manufacturer has introduced models with Wi-Fi, integrated speakers, and LCD touch screens built  into the door. Samsung has even incorporated popular apps like Google Calendar and Twitter into its high end models. Do you want to check the weather? Know what’s happening on the morning news? Looking for step by step recipes? Want to stream your favorite Pandora station while cooking? With an entertainment minded smart refrigerator all of this is possible with just a tap.

Conclusion

If you decide that a smart refrigerator might be something you would be interested in make sure to shop around. Different manufacturers have different visions for where smart technology is headed so you’ll want to be sure to find a brand that emphasizes the specific type of technology and features that you are looking for. So far it seems that Samsung has focused almost exclusively on entertainment, while Whirlpool’s features are geared more towards energy efficiency. LG has taken a broader approach with its high end refrigerators offering a mixture of smart technology. Other brands such Kenmore and GE are more conservative focusing less on entertainment and connectivity and more on subtle design and engineering upgrades. Though your choices might be limited to two or three models per manufacturer, the variety is definitely there. Whatever your decision is do a little homework, shop around to get the best deal, then buy with confidence.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about finding a new refrigerator.

C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home builder located in Blairsville, Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains.

Spray foam

Posted by on Jan 23, 2018 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

Spray foam is a commonly used insulation for a wide range of applications, from attics and crawlspaces to along side water supply pipes. Spray foam insulation is also strongly recommended when using geothermal heating and cooling in order to get the most out of your system. The benefits of a spray foam as compared to other types of insulation include quick application, ability to insulate hard to reach spots and resistance to diverse environmental conditions. There are two types of spray foam insulation known as open cell and closed cell. They differ in several aspects including densities. Below we examine the pros and cons of both types: Closed cell is more compact and also more common spray foam. The general measurement system for foam resistance to heat flow is called a foam’s R-Value. Closed cell foams have a higher R-value than open cell foams. Closed cell foams R-value is generally around 6.0 per inch, although some stronger ones can have R-values of 7.14 per inch and higher. In order to have such a high R-value closed cell foams are generally strong and dense. In fact they resemble solids when they fully form. This strength not only aids in insulating buildings but can also strengthen walls as well. Because of the high R-value closed cell foams feature better insulation and are also more resistant to water penetration. Closed cell foams are also compact enough to insulate air flow which prevents drafts and keeps temperatures regulated. This can also prevent mold growth because regulated temperatures can cut down on humidity. Open cell is less of a common spray foam because the R-values are a lot smaller than that of closed cell. The installation is similar to closed cell, but the effects are different. Open cell expands once it is applied which allows it to be installed in hard to reach nooks and crannies. This can include wall and ceiling cavities that can be difficult to seal with closed cell foams. Because of this expansion the area will be properly sealed and insulated. However, the R-value of open cell foam is lower than that of closed cell. Open cell is in the 3.6 to 3.8 per inch range. This means that it provides less strength to walls and its heat resistance level is lower which can cause insulation failures in extreme temperatures. Open cell spray foam also does not have water resistance so it is easier for vapor and air to penetrate. Because of the disadvantages of open cell in comparison to closed cell the cost is much lower. This can be a great advantage when the application does not require airtight seals and moisture prevention.

Establishing the insulation needs is very important before choosing which type of spray foam to use. Please feel free to contact us so that C&H Construction can help you determine which type of insulation is best to suit your needs.

 

C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home builder located in Blairsville, Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains

Heavy snow

Posted by on Dec 30, 2017 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

As most of you know we had a very heavy snow fall  just a few weeks ago. Big blocks of snow and ice accumulated on roof tops. As the snow melted away and the ice slid off we are finding that gutters also slid off many metal roofs or were damaged. If you have gutter damage don’t wait to fix it! Give us a call today before your home sustains water damage from damaged gutters as well!

 

C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home builder located in Blairsville, Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains

Looking for a new fireplace?

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

Now that the weather is getting a bit chilly you might want to curl up and light a fire in the fireplace. How do you know which type is right for you though? Choosing the right fireplace can be a challenge. Below we will discuss each type of fireplace to help you take the guess work out of choosing one.

Wood-burning

A wood-burning fireplace is the oldest and most traditional fireplace option there is. You can’t match the look, smell and sound of a wood burning fire. However, wood-burning fireplaces do require either storing logs or going to the store periodically for a supply. This type of fireplace also has the most upkeep. It requires maintenance of the chimney as well as cleaning ash out of the fireplace.

When wood is burning in the fireplace it spits out burning embers, so screens are also needed to ensure safe use. Finally, wood-burning fireplaces can lose more heat up the chimney than they create. This can be altered though with elements added to the fireplace to reduce air flow up the flue.

If the fireplace has a gas starter, you can easily convert it from wood to gas by adding gas logs as well.

Gas

Gas fireplaces burn natural gas instead of wood. Vented gas fireplaces are constructed much like traditional wood-burning fireplaces, with a firebox that is vented through the chimney. These vented fireplaces allow for the largest variety of burning elements, which can range from ceramic logs that have the appearance of real burning logs and embers to more of a modern look with flames that come up through glass beads.

There are two other types of gas fireplaces as well, direct vent fireplaces and ventless fireplaces. Direct vent fireplaces don’t require chimneys and the flame is kept behind glass. Direct vent fireplaces also emit a large amount of heat and don’t lose warm air up the flue.

Ventless fireplaces have no venting, which means they can be placed against internal walls as long as gas can be brought to the location. Plus all the heat from ventless fireplaces remain inside the home.

Electric

Electric fireplaces are easy to incorporate into any space. All you have to do is follow the instructions regarding placement and plug one into an outlet. This type of fireplace is all about function. Electric fireplaces come in a range of designs to fit any decor and are also a great way to add ambience in your home without breaking the bank.

Ethanol

Ethanol fireplaces are one of the newest additions to fireplace technology today!

The flame requires no venting, which means that ethanol fireplaces can be used almost anywhere in the house. These fireplaces do require refilling and when used properly they are safe, but ethanol is very flammable so you must be careful refilling this type of fireplace.

 

 

Feel free to contact C&H construction to discuss the best option for you.
C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home builder located in Blairsville, Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains

Storm damage

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

Irma has passed, but you might have been left with damage. Fallen trees, damage to your roof and gutters, etc. If you have home damage don’t wait to repair it! Call your insurance company immediately! Make sure you document everything that was damaged and take pictures as well. If left unfixed roof and gutter problems can cause even more damage to your home! Water can flow onto wood surfaces which will eventually lead to rot and can also cause puddling around the foundation which can lead to damp or leaky basements.  Water can back up into the walls or be rerouted and come in through the roof which can lead to even more damage and repair costs.  If you have major leek in the roof the excess weight from leaves and debris can actually cause the roof to cave in as well.

 

Remember don’t wait! Fix it immediately to avoid unnecessary damage and repair costs.

 

 

C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home builder located in Blairsville, Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains

2017 solar eclipse

Posted by on Sep 2, 2017 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

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Were you one of the many who came up to the mountains to view the solar eclipse last month? It was a spectacular sight! Luckily it was also a uneventful one. Many of us were concerned with the amount of traffic heading up before hand, but it didn’t seem to bad. Most of the locals stayed put while visitors came up early. After the eclipse was a different story though many who came up for the day from Atlanta also headed back after totality hit. This caused major delays on the highways even taking some people as long as 9 hours to get back to Atlanta! Do you have a eclipse story or picture you would like to share? If so we would love to see and hear about everyone’s experience.

 

C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home builder located in Blairsville, Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains

Are your gutters really clogged?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

Are your gutters overflowing? Did you have them cleaned but there is still water coming off of them? Well your gutters might not be clogged at all! You might have a slight sag in your gutters instead. When a sag happens, even a slight one it can cause water to back up and your gutters to over flow. If this is the case we recommend having them repaired before winter as standing water in your gutters can freeze causing even more damage such as the gutters completely falling due to the weight of the ice.

 

C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home builder located in Blairsville, Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains

 

Garages vs Carports

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

 
Last week we talked a little bit about the benefits of having a garage, but what about a carport? You might be wondering how similar they are or which one is best for you. Below we will discuss the pros and cons of each to help you make the best decision.

 

Carports
Pros:
If your looking to save money upfront the cost of a carport is significantly less then a garage. You also won’t have to consider  city regulations and fire safety during construction. This is because a carport is not an enclosed space, so its not necessary to build a fire rated ceiling or walls. Depending on if you have homeowners association rules and what they are, you may be able to build a carport from a kit that takes less then a day to install. Parking your car under a carport will keep the sun from destroying the paint and can also save it from falling tree branches and hail.

 

Cons:
If you’re looking for space or storage a carport is not for you. Carports are just  big enough to shelter a car or possibly two, so you won’t be able to set up a work area or store any items. You probably wouldn’t want to anyway. Because a carport is an open structure it isn’t secure, you can’t lock it or protect it from wind and rain. It also won’t keep animals out. While a carport can add some value to your home it’s nothing compared to a garage.

Garages
Pros:
Garages can be as secure as your home. With good door locks your garage will be a safe place to store cars, tools, lawn equipment, and anything else. You can install all types of shelving, cabinets, drawers, and even hooks designed specifically for garages to customize the area. You could also turn it into a work shop, man cave, or anything else your heart desires. Unlike a carport a garage provides complete protection from the sun, hail, rain and wind. Plus it keeps the animals out. A garage can also triple in value what you paid for it so it is a great investment!

 

Cons:
A garage does costs quite a bit more up front to build than a carport, and it does take longer to finish. You will also have to follow more rules and regulations when you build a garage regardless if you’re adding it to your home or having it built as a separate unit. City building codes and fire safety regulations require the walls to be fire rated to slow the spread of a fire. Contact your city’s permits office for all of the rules and regulations.

Still confused about what you should build? Feel free to give us a call and we will be happy to help you figure it out.

 

C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home builder located in Blairsville, Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains

Lake Cove Hideaway is available for rental

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in blog_commentary, home_page_gallery | 0 comments

Have the ultimate lake retreat at the Lake Cove Hideaway, a 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom vacation rental cottage which sleeps 6 in Blairsville. Situated right on Lake Nottely with a boat dock and upper sundeck, this home ensures endless water activities, right in the backyard! Go fishing and boating in the lake or venture out to go golfing and wine tasting while staying at this ideally located home!

Check out Lake Cove Hideaway