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House site and erosion control

Posted by on Oct 2, 2019 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

Do you have a damp basement, musty smells in your home or even mold or mildew on the walls? These are all indications of moisture getting into your home! The cause of this is likely poor drainage around your home allowing moisture to build up and remain in the soil around your foundation eventually working its way into your home. Fixing drainage problems around your home can be relatively inexpensive as it often comes down to a couple of issues: how rainwater is handled and the grading or slope of your property.

Rainwater

Gutters are a extremely important part of the drainage system around your house. If your gutters are nonexistent, in poor condition, or if the downspout empties right beside your house they could be causing the problem. Gutters need to be installed properly so they will catch the water coming off your roof and direct it away from your house and foundation. Gutters should have a downward slope of 1 inch for every 2 feet of run to ensure they drain completely. They also need to be firmly attached. Screws are best for this as they wont come out as easily over time. If you have seems in your gutters make sure they are well sealed and water doesn’t leak through. Gutters that leak are a problem because the drips land close to the foundation. A downspout diverter directs water from the downspout onto the driveway where it can’t seep into the ground around the foundation. The minimum size for a downspout should be 2×3 inches, but a larger size such as 3×4 inches is better. The larger size makes it less likely that anything will be able to block the downspout. At ground level the water from your downspout should be directed at a minimum of 5 feet away from your house. It’s best to have the water flowing onto a hard surface like a driveway or a splashguard designed to spread the water and stop it from forming puddles on the ground.

Grading

How your house sits on a lot and how the land slopes around it is key in keeping your home dry. Improper grading that doesn’t correctly slope away from the foundation can allow excessive amounts of groundwater to collect in the soil around basement walls. The ground should slope away from the foundation of your house for several feet at a grade of at least 1 inch per foot. It is improperly graded if it is level or angles toward the house. All of the following can easily affect grade around your home.

– Improper landscaping.

Foundation beds should follow the original grade of the site, not slope toward the house.

– Compacted soil.

The soil used to back fill around foundations settles over the years. As it does grading can flatten or even begin to slope toward the foundation.

– Soil erosion.

Wind and water can cause erosion resulting in flat or negative grades.

It’s very easy to check the grade around your house. All you need a level and a flat, thin, straight piece of wood or metal that won’t sag. This is what you do:

1. Remove any decorative rock or mulch from near your house as you want to take the measurement on bare ground.

2. Put the piece of wood or metal on the ground next to the house.

3. Place a level on the wood or metal perpendicular to the house. Raise the lower end of the level until the bubble centers on the indicator.

4. Measure the height between the end of the level furthest from the house and the ground. This will tell you how many inches of drop there is from the house.

As mentioned earlier the ground should slope away from the house for several feet at a grade of at least 1 inch per foot. For example if you’re using a 3 foot level, there should be a 3 inch difference between the two ends of the level. This may not seem like much but it’s all you need to keep water away from your house.
Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about grading or installing new gutters.

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.

How to use a two way mirror to conceal your TV

Posted by on Oct 2, 2019 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

Are you tired of seeing your TV when it’s not in use? Do you want a TV in places like the bathroom but think you don’t have the space? That’s where two-way mirrors come in! TVs can be concealed behind two-way mirrors and only show through the mirror when the TV is on. The only downside to using a two-way mirror though is that when the TV is off the mirror isn’t quite as reflective as a traditional mirror would be and when the TV is on it is behind the glass so it might not have quite as clear of a picture.

Below you will find the necessary steps to take in order to conceal your TV behind a two-way mirror:

1) Find a place to hide your TV which should be a flat screen model. The best place is a wall that has enough depth to hold your TV.

2) Cut a hole in the wall that is large and deep enough for your TV and place the television inside. Make sure the inside of the hole is completely dark. It is recommended to add venting before sealing the TV inside the wall. This will add ventilation and keep the TV from over heating.

3) Run the wire from your TV off to the side through another hole or cut a hole through the back of the wall and run the wires out there. How you hide the wires depends on how your room is situated and how neat you want it to look.

4) Install an ordinary two-way mirror or a specially made television mirror. (Companies such as HiddenTelevision.com have mirrors made specifically for TVs.) Put the mirror inside a frame and mount it over the hole.

5) Make sure you take extra care that the TV can be seen through the reflective part of the mirror. Turn on the TV and make sure the light from it will pass through the mirror. When you turn off the TV the mirror will bounce light off of it again becoming reflective and hiding the TV from the rest of the world.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about mounting TVs and installing two-way mirrors.

 
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.

Remodeling projects that pay for themselves

Posted by on Oct 2, 2019 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

Have you been considering upgrades to your home but aren’t sure which projects will pay off the most in the long run? Below you will find several remodeling projects that yield the highest rate of return on your investment.
Toilets and Bathtubs

Toilets and bathtubs can fit over present plumbing, and are fairly easy to install.
You just simply remove the old one and replace it. A midrange bathroom upgrade like this will typically recoup about 78% of the cost when you sell your home.

*Note- When considering a new toilet, shop for a modern unit that conserves water.
Bathroom Sinks

Bathrooms sinks and vanities have become home fashion statements especially with the rising popularity of sleek stand alone sinks or vanities. If you can afford the extra cost with a higher priced sink consider going for it. When you sell your home your upscale bathroom remodel should return around 70% of your investment.
Kitchen Cabinets
Instead of redoing the entire kitchen  resurfacing your cabinets is an easy, cost effective upgrade. You can refurbish your wood cabinets with a new look, giving them a darker finish or lightening them up. You can also consider painting them if you would like to have some color. While you’re at it, also upgrade the cabinet hardware. Small kitchen upgrades like these can recoup about 83% of the cost when its time to sell.
Kitchen Sinks

Kitchen sinks sure do get a lot of use. Sinks have come a very long way in terms of design and function. If you replace a sink, you will probably want to spring for a new kitchen faucet as well. Luxury sinks and high neck faucets can be pretty expensive but the investment will likely pay off when you go to sell.
Kitchen Countertops

Are your countertops looking old and worn out? Natural stone counter tops like granite, have dominated the market for some time, but cheaper and traditional materials are now making a comeback! Improved laminate countertops are the more affordable option, but for a more expensive designer look, concrete or recycled glass might be good options.
Roofing

Roofing is very labor intensive, so it is not cheep and slate and tin roof installation costs even more then average. However,
most roofing shingles now come with a 20-year warranty, and upgraded shingles often come with a 30-50 year warranty. A new roof can make a big difference in the curbside appeal of your home and roofing upgrades will recoup around 63% of their cost when you sell.
Siding

Vinyl siding usually comes with a 20-year durability guarantee and it’s quick and easy to install, while fiber cement is more expensive, but usually has a 59 year durability guarantee. Siding comes in numerous colors and textures and by replacing your siding you can expect to recoup up to 87% of the project’s cost!

 

Windows

The energy efficiency of modern windows has dramatically increased compared to the windows of the 1990s. Besides keeping you warmer new windows can be a major selling point. You can expect to recoup around 78% of an investment in window replacement.

*Note- Depending on your window choice, you might have to replace the window frame as well as the trim, and that will cost you more.

 

 

 

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.

Why you should consider refinishing your basement

Posted by on Oct 2, 2019 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

In the past basements were often ignored and considered to be to dark and musty. They were simply used as a storage unit and that was it. However, in recent years homeowners have realized that the basement has wonderful potential as an extra living space. It could be a place for kids to play on cold or rainy days, somewhere to do laundry, a mother-in-law suit, or even a space to rent out.  If you are thinking about adding extra space to your home an unfinished basement is a great opportunity. In fact the cost savings of redoing a basement versus adding an addition can sometimes be up to 1/3 to 1/2 less! Plus aside from the cost savings and the benefit of extra space finishing your basement can also add value to your home. Before you jump in head first though there are a few things to do before you get started on your new space:
1) Make sure mold and moisture problems under control.

Before you start finishing your basement, make sure that you don’t have uncontrollable mold and moisture problems and ensure that you can stop water from getting in.

 

2) Set a budget for your renovations.

You will need to create a budget to find out how much money you have to work with. Don’t forget to take into account things like building supplies, labor, items such as toilets and showers, and extras. Hiring a contractor to do this is a good idea, as they can help you figure out how much money you need and where you can save a few dollars.
3) Plan out your renovations.

A good contractor can help you complete this task as you will need to know the lengths of all the walls you’ll put in, how much square footage of flooring material you’ll need, how much wall space you need to drywall, etc.
4) Get any necessary permits and inspections.

Before you start it is very important to get all of the necessary permits and inspections from your local building department. You wouldn’t want to do all that work and then have someone tell you you need to take it down or worse: hit a surprise water main!

 

 

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 Aug 30, 2019 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 Aug 30, 2019 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.

Looking to get a new fireplace?

Posted by on Aug 30, 2019 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

Looking to build a mountain home?

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What is the draw of the North Georgia Mountains? For a start there is the Chattahoochee National Forest which covers close to 750,000 acres. In addition to breathtaking views and peaceful surroundings there are plenty of family friendly recreational opportunities like hiking, rafting, boating, tubing and fishing. The Aska Adventure Trail Area in Blue Ridge is a 17 mile trail designed for hikers and mountain bikers and the Appalachian Trail begins at Springer Mountain in Fannin County. If an exciting rafting or tubing trip is what you are looking for the Nottely River in Blairsville, the Hiawassee River in Hayesville and Hiawassee or the Toccoa River in Blue Ridge are all within a 30 minute drive from any community in North Georgia. It’s not just all outdoor activities though there is also plenty of shopping and dining options in downtown Blue Ridge for those times when you want a night out on the town.
Living in North Georgia Mountains means the finest living with beautiful scenic surroundings including Lake Blue Ridge and Lake Nottely with the mountains as a backdrop, wonderful friendly people, and an “easy does it” pace of life that is perfect for raising your family, retirement living or a vacation home which is perfect for a weekend getaway.

 

If you’re considering building a new home in the North Georgia Mountains or remodeling your existing one give C&H Construction a call at (706) 835-9139.

 

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.

Thinking about getting a pool?

Posted by on Apr 2, 2019 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

The Summer is just around the corner and you might be considering getting a pool to keep you cool in the Georgia heat. There are two types of pools to choose from above ground and in ground. So which one is best for you? Below we will discuss some of the major differences to help you decide.

Installation-
Above ground pools are able to be installed fairly quickly, and in some cases they can even be installed in one day although most will take several days as you have to clear and level the area, erect the pool, and install the liner and fill it with water.

In ground pools however, will typically take a minimum of 6-8 weeks to install once the work has begun.

*It is important to note that there are very few if any companies that offer pool installation unless you buy the pool from them. This means that a pool purchased online may require a DIY installation.

Cost-
Above ground pools are typically priced anywhere from $800-$3000. Online DIY above ground packages typically range from $4000-$8000. The price generally depends on size of the pool, optional equipment and the quality of components. More expensive above ground pools are deeper and thicker, with more durable materials and have options such as in pool lighting, safety ladders and/or steps, pool cleaners, and a more effective filtration system.

In ground pools are typically priced anywhere from $5000 and up. Like all pools the price depends on the pool type, size, options, and features.

Landscape-
Many homes have sloping yards, some slope up and some slope down. In both these cases retaining walls need to be used to extend the usable area by cutting into an up slope, or building out over a down slope. There is usually always a way to make a pool work, but it comes with a much higher price tag when significant landscaping and retaining walls are needed.

Safety-
No matter which type of pool you choose pool safety is always a concern especially if you have children. Above ground pools are typically considered safer than inground pools. This is because without a surrounding pool deck falling into the pool or hitting your head on the cement is less of a possibility. However, the safest pool is one that surrounded by a 4-sided pool fence during the summer and a safety cover during winter both of which require a solid pool deck to anchor to.

Maintenance-
Above ground pools are generally considered easier to maintain than inground pools, however this is only due to smaller size and water volume. It truly depends on the pool equipment and on the care given to the pool. Many above ground pools are sold with small pumps and filters in an effort to keep the cost down and some pool owners don’t run the pump long enough or give the water chemistry enough attention.

In ground pools are more often easier to keep clean given that the pump, filter and cleaning equipment is much larger and more effective then that of a above ground pool.

Another type of long-term maintenance cost is repairs. In ground pools will cost much more in this area than above ground pools will because above ground pools are simpler, with less things that can go wrong, and fewer products with lower price tags. In the long run an in ground pool can cost several times the amount that a above ground pool will cost.

Pool Permanence

Aboveground pools are sold in two types, Portable and Permanent. Portable pools are the Intex style pool, used for just a few seasons, perhaps 5 years at the most. “Permanent” aboveground pools last much longer, but their permanence is questionable. I have seen 25 year old aboveground pools, but others may befall some calamity.

Permanence has a reverse benefit for some people, that it can be removed in the future, if one so desired. In-ground pools, especially concrete pools have an easy 50 year lifespan, if not longer, and are difficult to remove.

Inground pools are usually refurbished every 25 years or so, with new tile and coping, plaster and equipment. Vinyl and Fiberglass inground pools also can last for decades, if not 50 years, with new vinyl every 10 years or fiber resurfacing every 20 years.

Features-
Some above ground pools can come with in-pool lighting, heaters, automatic cleaners and salt chlorine systems, but unless you build a custom concrete pool above the ground you are limited to only these basic features.

In ground pools however, can have attached spas, fire features, waterfalls and other features. You can also build an in ground pool in any shape you want not just round or oval or square and in any color palette you want, not just light blue.

Inground pools can be built with vanishing edges that seem to flow into the horizon, or be equipped with automatic safety covers. They can have tanning ledges, benches and swim-up bars. Anything you can dream up can become a reality with a in ground pool.

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 you looking to build a mountain home?

Posted by on Apr 2, 2019 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

What is the draw of the North Georgia Mountains? For a start there is the Chattahoochee National Forest which covers close to 750,000 acres. In addition to breathtaking views and peaceful surroundings there are plenty of family friendly recreational opportunities like hiking, rafting, boating, tubing and fishing. The Aska Adventure Trail Area in Blue Ridge is a 17 mile trail designed for hikers and mountain bikers and the Appalachian Trail begins at Springer Mountain in Fannin County. If an exciting rafting or tubing trip is what you are looking for the Nottely River in Blairsville, the Hiawassee River in Hayesville and Hiawassee or the Toccoa River in Blue Ridge are all within a 30 minute drive from any community in North Georgia. It’s not just all outdoor activities though there is also plenty of shopping and dining options in downtown Blue Ridge for those times when you want a night out on the town.
Living in North Georgia Mountains means the finest living with beautiful scenic surroundings including Lake Blue Ridge and Lake Nottely with the mountains as a backdrop, wonderful friendly people, and an “easy does it” pace of life that is perfect for raising your family, retirement living or a vacation home which is perfect for a weekend getaway.

 

If you’re considering building a new home in the North Georgia Mountains or remodeling your existing one give C&H Construction a call at (706) 835-9139.

 

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.