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Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

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The summertime has arrived 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.

In ground 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.

Importance of servicing your heating and cooling system

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

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The purpose of servicing your HVAC system is to keep it up and running all year long with no surprise breakdowns and operating at it’s top efficiency. It’s very easy to forget about your HVAC system and neglect it. Imagine if you did that with you car though! If you never had the oil changed or any kind of tune up you can’t expect it to last more than a couple of years tops. The same goes for your HVAC system. No matter how much the system cost or what the warranty is mechanical equipment is subject to breakdowns if you don’t take care of it. There are many benefits of having your HVAC regularly serviced each year. Some of these include:

 

•Lower energy bills
•Fewer repairs
•Lower chance of a breakdown
•Longer life for the system
•Safer operation

 

 

 

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.

Types of carpet

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

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When you think about choosing carpet you might think of the different materials, but did you know there are actually different ways in which it is constructed? Below we will discuss the different types so that you can make the right choice for your home:

 

Cut pile carpet

Cut pile is today’s most popular type. It is able to achieve it’s durability through the type of fiber used, the density of the tufts and the amount of twist in the yarn. There are 4 types of cut pile carpet. Those are:

 

Textured Plush –

The textured surface helps to hide footprints and vacuum marks, it add a causal beauty to any room, and it’s a great carpet for your whole house.

 

Saxony –

This has a refined look, it works well with traditional interiors, and is ideal for living and dining rooms.

 

Friezé –

This has a curly textured surface because the yarn is extremely twisted. It has a informal look, and it helps to minimize footprints and vacuum marks.

 

Plush

This has a dense and luxurious feel however, it does show footprints and vacuum marks easily so it’s best for low traffic areas.

 

Loop pile carpet

With loop pile carpet the loops are all the same height. This type generally lasts a long time in high traffic areas. Many of today’s popular Berber styles are loop pile with flecks of a darker color on top of a lighter color. This is a excellent  choice for contemporary and cottage homes.

 

Multi-level loop pile carpet

Multi-level loop pile usually has 2-3 different loop heights in order to create a pattern effect. This provides good durability and a casual look.
 

Cut loop pile carpet

Cut loop pile combines both cut and looped yarns. It provides a variety of surface textures, including but not limited to chevrons and swirls. The multicolor effect also hides soil and stains.

 

 

If you have any questions about installing carpet in your home feel free to give us a call.

 

 

 
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.

Types of hardwood flooring

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

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Choosing the best type of hardwood floor can be very confusing at times. However, it is important to note that floor type and wood variety are two different things. For now though let’s discuss the main types of hardwood flooring:

 

Solid wood-

Solid wood flooring comes in three types. Each type is both available in unfinished and pre-finished. Unfinished flooring must be sanded at the job site and finished after installation. Pre-finished flooring is both sanded and finished at the factory so it only needs to be installed.

 

Strip flooring –

Strip flooring has a set width, but the thickness can vary.  The widths only come in 1 1/2 inches, 2 inches and 2 1/4 inches, but the thickness ranges from 5/16 of an inch all the way to 3/4 of an inch wide.

 

Plank flooring –

Unlike strip flooring plank flooring only comes in two thicknesses, but the widths vary. The thickness only comes in 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch, but the widths range from 3 inches all the way to 8 inches.

 

Parquet flooring –

Parquet floors have a very different look from your typical hardwood flooring. These floors consist of geometrical patterns composed of individual wood slats that are held in place by mechanical fastening or an adhesive.

 

Engineered wood-

Engineered flooring is produced by adhering layers of plastic laminate veneer with real wood. However, engineered wood flooring should not be confused with laminate wood flooring as they are  different. The main difference between this type of wood flooring and laminate flooring is that laminate flooring does not contain any actual wood.

 

Acrylic wood-

Acrylic wood flooring is infused with a sealant and color throughout the thickness of the wood. So what is normally considered a surface finish is actually consistent all throughout the wood. This type of floor is very hard and it is highly resistant to moisture and scratches. It is important to note though that acrylic wood flooring is most commonly used in commercial projects and not residential.

 

If you are thinking about installing a new hardwood floor or have questions give us a call today!

 

 

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.

The importance of cleaning and changing your air filters

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

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Your air filter is dirty but it still does the job right? Wrong! Not only does a dirty air filter not clean the air but it can cause major problems in your home leading to costly repairs.

 

Did you know that dirt and neglect are one of the leading causes of heating and cooling systems failing? A clogged air filter can cause major damage to your heating and cooling system possibly costing thousands of dollars in repair and replacement costs. By simply changing the air filter in your system you are ensuring that it stays working properly and that you are getting cleaner and healthier air. This is particularly important for children, the elderly, and those suffering from allergies and asthma.

 

A clean air filter means you are not circulating dust, dust mites, pollen and other small particles throughout your home. With a clean filter your system will be able to purify the air leaving it clean and healthy.

 

Aside from unnecessary damage to your heating and cooling system and cleaner air cleaning out or changing a clogged air filter will also save you a significant amount of money on operating costs! Did you know a dirty air filter uses much more energy than a clean air filter? This means if you have a dirty air filter you also have a higher electricity bill. By keeping your air filter clean and in good condition you can save up to 15% on utility costs!

 

If you have a damaged heating and cooling system or you need it replaced don’t wait give us a call today!

 

 

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.

Doorless showers

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

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When you would think about showers in the past I’m sure you thought about a basic white bath tub with a shower head above. Showers today have come great lengths since the days of the shower/tub combo. They are now separated from the bathtub and provide more space and are also visually appealing.

 

Open showers without doors are becoming increasingly popular in today’s bathrooms. Open showers provide access for all people plus they can open up a small space to make it appear larger. Just this simple modern touch can give the look and feel of a luxury spa or even a high end hotel to any bathroom.

 

If you are interested in adding a open shower to your bathroom give us a call!

 

 

 

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.

Wood trim vs Composite trim

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

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When you start looking at trim for your home how do you know which one to choose? There are so many options! Today we will take the confusion out of some of these options by discussing wood trim vs composite trim:

 

Wood trim-

Wood trim has been a long time favorite since it is easy to work with and takes paint very well. However, wood trim is definitely not what it used to be. Wood that is used for homes is no longer naturally harvested like it used to be. Now we are getting fast growing, farm raised, lumber that is far less dense and has a wider grain pattern. Basically this means that the wood typically doesn’t hold up like it use to in the past.

 

Composite trim-

There are so many types of products out there that mimic the look and feel of real wood. One product worth taking a look at is composite trim. Composite trim is manufactured from a combination of recycled wood fiber and plastic. It basically puts together the good parts of both wood and polyethylene to produce a trim that will not crack, rot, or absorb moisture. Plus with composite trim you don’t have to worry about termites! Another pro is that several composite products are 100% resistant to moisture, require no pressure treatment, chemical dipping, preservative treatments, water sealing or staining.

 

For more information on wood or composite trim feel free to give us a call and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

 

 

 

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.

Smart lighting

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

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Over the past couple weeks we have discussed smart garage door openers, smart door locks, and smart thermostats, but what about smart lighting? A smart home platform can power your devices from lights to thermostats, and even your alarm system.

 

Smart lighting has several benefits:

 

1.When you’re not at home you can use smart lighting to create the illusion that someone is in the house.
2.You can remotely control your lights via a smart phone or tablet.
3.You can set your lights to any schedule.
◾Set your lights to turn off and on at sunrise and sunset.
◾Turn lights on when motion is detected.
◾Set the lights to come on automatically when you walk in the door.
◾Set the lights to turn on or off whenever you disarm or arm your security system.

4.You can reduce your monthly energy costs with smart lighting to automatically control the lights as you come and go.

 

 

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about smart lighting and home automation.

 

 
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.

Smart door locks

Posted by on Apr 10, 2016 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

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A smart door lock is a lock for your front or back door that does not require a traditional key but a code instead. A smart door lock generally comes with a touch screen and you install access codes for people to be allowed to enter and exit your home. Do you want to know what time your kids came home? You can give them their own user codes so you know when the door was unlocked and which code was used. The same goes for house cleaners, contractors, or anyone else you wish to allow access to your home. Note that the exact number of codes you can assign does vary based upon which smart lock you purchase.

 

The smart door lock attaches to the inside of your door and can come with several customizable features. Most smart door locks are even compatible with home automation systems! A smart door lock that integrates with a home automation system has many interesting features. In fact there is even a way to set up a chain reaction between your smart lock and your home automation system. For example if your door is unlocked, your thermostat can be alerted to rise or when you unlock a door lights of your choice can turn on as well.

 

Simplifying your life is so much easier with a smart lock and a home automation system. Be aware though that specific features are only available with certain smart locks so when purchasing one make sure you look at all of the features offered and decide which lock would work best for 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.

Smart Garage Door Openers

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

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If you’re lucky enough to have a garage at your home you definitely know the benefits they bring. Garages keep your car out of bad weather and help preserve your paint job for a longer amount of time, they provide a useful storage place, and they can even be a work shop or a man cave. What about the security of your garage though? How many times have you asked yourself who has my garage code? Did I forget to close the garage? Well now you have the answer. With a smart garage opener the power of monitoring and controlling your garage is now right in your pocket!

 

A smart garage opener has many benefits. Let’s take a look at some:
•You can open and close your garage door from anywhere with just a click on your Smartphone.
•You can receive alerts when the garage door opens and closes.
•You can monitor your garage door from anywhere with not only your smartphone but you can also use a tablet, or another connected device.
•Most smart garage door openers work with all major garage door opener brands.
•They can be installed  in minutes using your home’s Wi-Fi.

 

If you want more information on how you can benefit from a smart garage opener feel free to give us a call.

 

 

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