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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

Now is the time to repair your roof and gutters!

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

Fall will be here before you know it. This means the leaves will begin piling up in your yard, on your roof and in your gutters! Roof and gutter problems can cause major damage to your home if left untreated! Some of these problems are:

  • 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 very expensive 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. 

 

If you need your roof repaired don’t wait! Fix it immediately to avoid unnecessary and expensive 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

Mold

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

With all the Rain we have had in the North Georgia Mountains it has created an environment perfect for mold to grow! The two main things that mold needs in order to grow are organic materials and moisture. In homes there are both!  The organic materials that mold lives on are wood, drywall and various other building materials. While you can’t get rid of the material, the moisture on the other hand can be controlled! Most types molds need 24-48 hours of moisture to begin to grow. Therefore if a suitable material in your home is wet for more than 24 hours then you begin to run the risk of mold starting to grow. Below you will find some helpful tips to prevent mold from growing in your home.

 
Prevent Water Leaks

There are a couple of main things that usually cause moisture problems in your home. One of them is water leaks! These include things such as cracks in your foundation where water can enter your home, leaking roofs, leaking walls, leaking pipes, leaking faucets and a leaking shower. If you become aware of any leaks in your home you should fix them immediately. You might even need to inspect your home and foundation to find any water leaks you didn’t know about.

 
Prevent Condensation

Condensation is another frequent cause of moisture. Condensation will form on cold surfaces when water vapor in the air cools and becomes liquid. You will often see condensation on metal pipes, concrete walls, water tanks, windows, etc.

One way to reduce the condensation in your home is to keep the temperature warmer in rooms where it builds up. One example of how you can do this is by installing proper insulation.  You can also insulate the surfaces themselves such as putting coverings over metal pipes.

 

 

Reduce Humidity
Did you know that many species of mold can start to grow from humidity alone? In fact the humidity only needs to be higher than 55% before some molds can begin to grow. It is especially important to properly ventilate the rooms where steam and moisture build up, such as the kitchen and bathroom. Exhaust fans help to reduce the humidity when doing things like cooking or washing dishes. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers can also reduce household humidity.

 

 

 

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 it’s important to service your HVAC system

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

 
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.

Solar Eclipse

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

6 Best Places To See The 2017 Solar Eclipse In Georgia (+ A Can’t-Miss SC Location)

LAST UPDATED: 06/16/2017

In case you haven’t heard, there is a total solar eclipse coming August 21 of this year. There is a small path in Georgia from which you can see the eclipse in totality. If your family is like ours, you want to maximize on this phenomenon, so we’ve collected a list of places where you can visit to see the event.

Solar Eclipse Georgia

If you can’t make it out of Atlanta, then you definitely need some glasses (although, in point, everyone should get some.) Please see our link at the end of this post. From Atlanta only a very short partial eclipse sighting will be available.

And as with everything….the sun has to be visible for any of this to be possible…so we hope it isn’t cloudy or dreary on this special Monday afternoon in August, when a total eclipse will be visible from the US for the first time in 38 years!

Blairsville

You’ll begin to see the partial eclipse at 1:05pm, with the total eclipse beginning at 2:34pm and lasting almost 2 minutes.

Brasstown Bald is the highest point in Blairsville, and in fact, in all of Georgia. It’s well above the tree line and would make an outstanding location from which to view the eclipse.