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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

Have you pressure washed lately?

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

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When was the last time you pressure washed your home? Pressure washing can be a pretty confusing task. If you pressure wash too often you could run the risk of damaging your siding, however if you wash too little it could cause the exterior to degrade, not to mention your home can look dirty and unkept. So how often should you pressure wash your home? Well the answer depends on a few different factors. Let’s discuss some of them:

 

1.The humidity level.

Living in Georgia I’m sure you have experienced high humidity. Did you know that humidity can attract mold and mildew to the exterior of your home? This can cause your home to look dirty, ruin your siding and it can also cause allergies. If you spot mold or mildew on your home it is crucial that you pressure wash immediately and ensure that all traces of mold and mildew are gone!

 
2.When your home looks dirty.

One of the easiest signs to know when your home’s exterior needs to be pressure washed is simply whenever it looks dirty. Now that it’s spring time and pollen is out it is very important that you pay close attention to your home. Pollen and dirt can build up on your home especially in between the cracks of log siding causing damage. If you can run your finger on your home’s exterior and you notice a substantial amount of dirt or pollen on it, then it’s time to pressure wash!

 
3.The amount of rainfall.

We usually think of rainfall as a good way to clean our dirty vehicles and the exterior of the home. While it is true that rain can clean the excessive dirt off, it will still make your home’s exterior dirty. The rain can actually make the dirt stick together caking it on to your siding and in between the panels. Since we have experienced so much rainfall up here in the North Georgia Mountains your home’s exterior is probably dirtier than it appears.

 

 

If you are going to pressure wash your home yourself there are some general cleaning tips you will want to follow as using a pressure washer incorrectly can damage your homes exterior!

 

•Always follow the instructions that came with your pressure washer and check the manual to find information on the spray settings and how far the spray tip should be from the surface you’re cleaning.
•Test the high-pressure spray on an inconspicuous area before cleaning to make sure the setting does not damage the exterior surface.
•Only use detergents intended for pressure washers.

 
Regardless of the type of exterior you’re cleaning make sure to avoid getting detergent or water behind the outer surface and be sure to repair or replace all damaged siding before pressure washing!

 

If you have damaged siding that needs to be repaired or replaced 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

Smart Thermostats

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

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We all know thermostats let you adjust the temperature in your home. It’s simply just a control panel for your heating and air conditioning system right?  Think again! Smart thermostats not only allow you to control the temperature in your home, but you can do so remotely via a tablet, smartphone or desktop! They can show you energy consumption in real-time and can even adjust themselves based on ambient conditions like humidity.
A typical thermostat just lets you change the temperature in your home using a dial or control panel, but a smart thermostat gives you more efficient control over your home’s heating using three basic components:
1.The first component plugs directly into your boiler and can wirelessly talk to the second component.
2.The second component is the thermostat and main control.
3.The third component is an app that is downloaded to a smartphone or tablet. Users can remotely control the thermostat via the app, allowing them the ability to adjust their heating and air from any location.
While this is the basic makeup for most smart thermostats some smart thermostats still offer more, such as the ability to learn your schedule by detecting when your smartphone is in the house, or even taking it step further by detecting when you’re on your usual route home and preparing your home to the desired temperature.
The ability to remotely control a home’s temperature greatly appeals to those with busy schedules. Say you have a late meeting there’s no reason to heat or cool an empty home, right? How about you left for a vacation and realized you left the AC running? Fixing the error is now just a few taps away on your smartphone.

 

Smart thermostats won’t directly save you money the way energy efficient appliances can. However, they can provide the ability to heat and cool your home more efficiently which should save you money in the long run. You will also receive reports about your usage which can help you better understand your heating and cooling usage.
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

Ceramic tile pros and cons

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

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Ceramic tiles are a exciting new trend in the world of tile. They are tiles that are made out of natural clay and minerals that are mixed together. They are glazed on one side and then fired under extremely high heat to create a strong and durable material. They come in both a glossy and matte finish and are usually sold in 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick 4×4 squares, but you can also find larger squares if you look for them.

 

Ceramic Tile Pros:

Ceramic tiles are extremely durable; dent, scratch, and resistant to stains; they have a huge selection of colors; water and stain proof; the ceramic that is glazed doesn’t need sealing; won’t crack or warp in heat or cold temperatures; color won’t fade; it’s easy to clean, and low cost.

 

Ceramic Tile Cons:

Ceramic tiles are very hard and cold to the touch which can lead to back and leg problems if you’re standing on it for long periods of time; it’s very slippery when it gets wet; while the tile itself is easy to clean the grout is prone to discoloring; scratches will remove the colored glaze; it’s difficult to repair and/or resurface, and can sometimes look a bit plastic.

 
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

Ground fault vs Arc fault

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

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The world of electricity can be quite confusing sometimes.  How do you know what breaker does what? What do all the abbreviations mean? Well today we will start taking some of the confusion out of it by discussing the difference between Ground fault and Arc fault breakers.

 

GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) was designed in order to protect both people and equipment from electrical shock. When a ground fault occurs there is a transformer inside of the breaker that senses a current imbalance and generates a small current output that is electronically amplified to trip the circuit breaker. This type of breaker is used for any application that is near near water or wet locations, such as bathrooms, unfinished basements, garages, etc.

 

AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter) was designed in order to detect arcing faults in wiring, appliances and equipment, in order to prevent electrical fires. The AFCI circuit breaker contains an integrated processor that recognizes the unique current and/or voltage signatures associated with arcing faults. This type of breaker is required for all 120V, single-phase, 15 and 20A circuits such as bedrooms, family rooms, living rooms, sun rooms, etc.

 

There is also a dual purpose circuit breaker (arc fault/ground fault). This breaker is required for 120V, single-phase, 15 and 20A circuits in kitchen and laundry areas.

 

 

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

Hardie siding pros and cons

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

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Hardie board siding, created by James Hardie is the world leader in cement board siding. Some of the options include plank lap siding, shingle siding, panel vertical siding, trim boards, and much more. It’s usually advertised as low maintenance and long lasting, but how can you be sure it’s the right option for you? Below are the pros and cons to help you decide:

 

Pros:
Most hardie siding comes with a 50 year, limited transferable warranty. It is also completely rot and insect resistant. Hardie siding can be made to look like just about any other siding material you can think of including wood, cedar shingles, wood shake, etc. The color options are extensive and are typically accompanied by a 10-15 year warranty on the finish. Hardie board siding is also 90% sand and cement which makes it a fire resistant choice.

 

Cons:
Hardie siding weighs about 300 lbs (100 square feet) compared to 60-70 lbs for vinyl siding. This means that it generally takes longer to install then other siding plus it increases labor and installation costs. While Hardie siding is pretty low maintenance, it’s not completely maintenance free. It does have to be periodically painted. The warranty for the siding is usually for 50 years, but the finishes are only guaranteed for a maximum of 15 years.

 

 

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