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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.

Curb appeal

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

 

 

DLL_0964fAre you looking to upgrade the outside of your home or add some curb appeal without a complete remodel? If so check out these simple improvements:

 

– Restore your front door.

A new front door can look impressive, plus it might be able to pay for itself in added resale value.
– Renew siding and trim.

Although it can be expensive updating siding is one of the best ways to add value to your home. An exterior facelift automatically transforms the look of a home. Periodic maintenance of the exterior surface is the best way to keep your house looking its best. Any obvious defects such as cracked or rotting material can downgrade your home.
– Freshen up the front porch.

A front porch is a key point on your home. Keep the porch floor and railings in good condition and add comfortable furniture to make the porch inviting.
– Consider outdoor lighting.

Outdoor lighting is an effective security feature. Plus exterior lights can also give your home a dramatic and attractive look at night. Fixtures can add accent lighting to trees, the house, or can illuminate a pathway. If you aren’t able to use lighting that requires wiring, install solar fixtures instead.
– Fix what’s broken.

Repair cracks in sidewalks and the driveway. Patching is an affordable alternative to a complete resurfacing job.

 

– Replace old hardware.

House numbers, a exterior lockset, a wall-mounted mailbox, exterior door handles, and an overhead light fixture can add style and interest to your home’s exterior. If they’re out of date or dingy your home may not be as aesthetic you think it is. These elements add the most appeal when they function together rather than as mix-and-match pieces. For example bronze finishes should not be combined with brushed nickel, etc.
– Add shutters and replace windows.

Shutters and windows add a welcoming layer of beauty and appeal to your home’s exterior. Shutters and windows can also control the light and indoor temperature. Exterior shutters can be made of wood, aluminum, vinyl, composite, or fiberglass.
– Replace gutters and downspouts.

If your home has an old gutter system odds are it’s also suffering from peeling paint, rust spots, and other problems that can convey a sense of neglect.
– Tile your doorstep.

Create a permanent welcome mat by installing tile or painting a design that contrasts with the porch or front stoop. Not only will you not have to worry about replacing the mat when it gets dingy but you can also impress your visitors with your creativity.
– Dress up the driveway.

– If your driveway is cracked, stained, or has vegetation sprouting from it you can upgrade it without doing a complete redo. First repair the cracks and stains, and kill the weeds. Dress it up by staining the concrete or affixing flagstones. If you need more room to move your car or park you can add stone, brick, or pavers to the sides of the drive to widen it with flair.
– Build a walkway

A well designed walkway can make your home feel inviting. For a dramatic improvement to a straight concrete path replace it with a contoured one made of stone or brick. For a less dramatic upgrade you can apply a colored concrete resurfacer to the old walkway, then edge with brick or stone borders.

 
Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about upgrading your homes exterior.
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.

Home and Garden Article repost

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

Home & Garden Show helps homeowners find

solutionsSee McBride, Page 2ABy Lily AveryNorth Georgia NewsStaff WriterClan Fraser was the honored clan at the 2017 Blairsville

Scottish Festival & Highland Games. Photo/Lily AveryLads and lassies gathered their kilts and erasaids to partake in the Opening Ceremony for the 14th Annual

Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games at Meeks Park on Saturday, June 10. Each year, the games are officially opened during the Opening Ceremony,

highlighting the Parade of Tartans, the Massed Bands and the recognition of the year’s honored clan – Clan Fraser. “The Scottish Festival is all about the gathering of

the clans,” said Paul Jean Redditt, Scottish Festival Music and Entertainment Chairwoman. “That’s the origin of it. All the clans come and they border the creek and

everyone comes together, like a family. Year after year, everyone comes back. People that are searching for their clans come here and find out what their roots mean.

It just gives people a real connection to their Scottish heritage.”Under the command of Drum Major Don Bogue, this year’s Massed Bands featured bagpipers and

drummers from across the region, with musicians from Athol Highlanders Pipes and Drums, Alhambra Highlanders Pipes and Drums, Appalachian St. Andrews Pipes

and Drums, John Mohr MacKintosh Pipes and Drums and North Georgia Pipes and Drums. Since the beginning of the Blairsville games 14 years ago, a clan from the

original 26 that registered to attend the first games has been honored. Clan Blair was the first to hold the coveted title all those years ago and now, Clan Fraser holds

the 2017 title.“In the 14 years that we’ve had the festival, we have literally drawn out of a hat the names of the 26 clans that were here the first year,” said Joe

Satterfield, Blairsville Scottish Festival Planning Committee Chairman. “We put those 26, and now 12, names in a pot and drawn them out of a hat, literally, and

invite them to be the honored clan. But it has to do with the first year and the clans that were here the organizing year.” Gary Fraser of Clan Fraser spoke to the

audience on behalf of the clan, expressing his utmost gratitude to be honored during the festival and wishing all in attendance Bud and Mary Carol Akins with

members of Modern Woodmen of America. Photo/Shawn JarrardThe 2017 Home & Garden Show. Photo/Lowell NicholsonSee Home Show, Page 7AThe Third

Annual Northeast Georgia and Western North Carolina Home & Garden Show by Expo Management Inc. provided local businesses and service providers an

opportunity to show off home and lawn gears and gizmos to thousands of patrons on June 10 and June 11. “This is the third annual home and garden show,” said Bill

Anderson, president of Expo Management. “We’ll have about 4,500 people between the two days, so we’ll have a big turn out. We have just about anything and

everything someone needs for their home.” The show, held for the first time at the Towns County Recreation and Conference Center, also featured seminars from Jim

Parks, the host of HGTV’s remodeling show “New Spaces.” Parks hosted three seminars on both days, covering an assortment of how-to topics and current trends in

housing,

June 14, 2017 THE NORTH GEORGIA NEWS Page 7A

Home Show…from Page 1A

Jim Parks of HGTV’s “New Spaces” fame. Photo/Lowell Nicholson

It was looking outdoorsy indoors during the show at the Towns County Recreation and Conference Center. Photo/Lowell Nicholson

on curb appeal to a seminar on optimizing space within the home, and everything in between.

“Jim Parks lives in Chicago and is with HGTV, and we use him for a lot of our shows,” said Anderson. “He flies down and spends the weekend giving seminars,

such as ‘Update My Kitchen, Bathroom and Closet,’ which is the most popular one.”

According to Anderson, the majority of the vendors at the show are from the Western North Carolina market of Murphy, Hayesville and Andrews, then Blue

Ridge, Blairsville and Hiawassee in Georgia.

“We have 82 vendors this year, which is bigger than before, and most of them are local,” said Anderson. “That’s part of the beauty of it. These are local people

who have products for the houses. And people who see something they like, they won’t have to travel far to find these businesses.

“If people want to make their house better, more livable, more comfortable, then they should definitely make it out to the home and garden show.

“Also, most of the vendors and businesses that are here also have show specials, so there are discounts that people can get here that they might not get just by

going to the store.”

One of the booths, Cindy Cohen and Donald Caraway with Complete Home Services in Blairsville, had multiple displays around the venue, showcasing the various

services they offer, such as residential lawn design.

“We’re Complete Home Services, which has a division of VistaScapes Landscaping,” said Cohen. “We’re one of those companies that does housekeeping, gutter

cleaning, summer home cleaning. Then we have our VistaScapes Landscaping division where we do anything from designing of residential lawns to just basic lawn

care.”

The two have been coming to the Home and Garden Show for as long as it has been running as a way to attract more customers and let people in the area know where

they are and what they do. So far, both Cohen and Caraway said that it has definitely proven to be a good decision each year.

“This is our third year here,” said Caraway “We’ve been coming to the Home and Garden Show ever since it started. We always are trying to get our name and face out

there and that’s basically why we come to this show, to try and do that.

“It has generated some business so far this year and definitely brought in some business in previous years. And we love the new venue this year. The recreation center

is bigger and nicer and we have a lot of space to set up and people seem to like it.”

Countless other vendors lined the recreation center, from cookware to house insurance to home furniture, offering deals and tips on how to make the home a more cozy,

comfortable environment.

Overall, this year’s home and garden show was one for the books, with more vendors, more attendees and more opportunities for home improvement.

“The house is the greatest asset that most of us have and we spend more money and more time on making our house nice and livable than anything else we have,”

said Anderson. “This is why home and garden shows are so popular and so important.”

 

 

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.

 

 

Check your home for air tightness

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

What does having a low ACH (Air Change Per Hour) mean for you?

 

-You can reduce energy consumption due to air leakage.

-You can avoid moisture condensation problems.

-You can avoid uncomfortable drafts caused by cold air leaking in from the outdoors.

-You can save up to 30% on your energy bill just by making necessary upgrades following a home energy assessment.

 

The current Georgia building code requires a new home to have a air tightness test performed and be at 7 ACH or lower to receive a Certificate of Occupancy (C/O). This same code also requires duck tightness testing under certain circumstances but this article will discuss the air tightness only.

 

To measure the amount of air leakage in a home we use a tool called a blower door and a manometer which measures pressure. Let’s first start off by talking a little bit about what a blower door is. A blower door is a powerful fan that mounts into the frame of an exterior door. The fan pulls air out of the home lowering the air pressure inside. The higher outside air pressure then flows in through all the unsealed cracks and openings.

 

Blower door tests are done to find the air infiltration rate of a building to determine how airtight your home is and to help find leaks. In addition to finding air infiltration a blower door test can also help find defects especially in conjunction with an infrared camera. The blower door will intensify the natural infiltration occurring in a house while the air outside that is forcing its way in shows up as a different color on the infrared camera. There are two types of blower doors calibrated and uncalibrated.  It is important that when testing you use a calibrated door. The calibrated blower door has several gauges that measure the amount of air pulled out of the house by the fan. Uncalibrated blower doors can only locate leaks in homes and they provide no method for determining the overall tightness of a building. The calibrated blower door’s data allows the auditor to quantify the amount of air leakage and the effectiveness of any air-sealing job.

 

Blower door results can be expressed in a few different metrics. The most common one is air changes per hour (ACH), or how many times a house’s air is completely replaced in a given hour. Because we take our blower door measurement at 50 Pascal, most codes and standards reference the air changes at that elevated pressure, but we can also calculate the air changes under natural conditions as well. For example a code-built new home with decent air sealing might have 7 air changes per hour at 50 Pascal that means if we kept the blower door running for an hour it would pump in enough air to completely replace the home’s air 7 times. The math and metrics can get a little bit complicated so let’s put them in context. Here is a rough scale to compare your blower door test number to other standards: 10-20 ACH50 – Older homes with almost no air sealing 7-10 ACH50 – Average new home with some air sealing 7 ACH50 – OK infiltration level and the 2009 IECC energy code requirement 3-5 ACH50 – Good and achievable target for most new homes. 3 ACH50 and lower – Tight home with great air sealing, and required by the 2012 energy code first adopted in MD and coming to other jurisdictions soon. .6 ACH50 – Super tight home and the Passive House standard.

 

Preparing for testing:

 

– If you heat with wood be sure all fires are completely out this also includes hot coals before the auditor arrives.

– Remove any ashes from open fireplaces.

– Plan for a walk through of your home with the auditor.

– Be prepared to point out areas that you know are drafty.

– Expect the auditor to request access to all areas of your home this can include closets, built-in cabinets, attics, crawl spaces, and any unused rooms.

– Expect the auditor to set controls on all fossil fuel appliances to ensure that they do not fire during the test. This can include stoves, water heaters, etc.

– Expect the test to take up to an hour or more depending on the complexity of your home.

 

 

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 is certified in air tightness testing. We can advise you on any changes you may need to make in order to achieve a lower ACH.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have or to schedule a test.

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Looking to build a mountain home?

Posted by on May 30, 2017 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.

Window materials

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

 

Trying to decide which type of windows to install can sometimes be overwhelming. To help you take the confusion out of window shopping we listed the pros and cons of each type of window material below:

 
Fiberglass

Pros:
Fiberglass windows are very durable with good thermal performance. They are low maintenance and can be painted to any color you desire.

Cons:
Fiberglass windows don’t have many drawbacks except for cost as these windows can be a little bit pricey.

 
Vinyl

Pros:
Vinyl windows are low cost and low maintenance. They also offer good thermal protection.

Cons:
Vinyl windows are not very strong and don’t have good expansion and contraction abilities. They are also not able to be painted so your choice of color is limited.

 
Clad wood

Pros:
Clad wood windows have the look and feel of real wood and have many color choices. The interior is also paintable so it can match your decor and has low exterior maintenance.

Cons:
Clad wood windows can be pricy and the quality can vary. Even though this material has low exterior maintenance it does require interior maintenance.

 

Wood

Pros:
Wood windows have a good thermal performance. The exterior can have architectural detail and there are a wide variety of color choices.

Cons:
Wood windows can have a high cost if you want good quality. They also require exterior maintenance.

 

Composite

Pros:
Composite windows are unique in that they combine different strengths together. They have a wide variety of color choices and are low maintenance.

Cons:
Composite windows do have a high cost. There are a limited number of manufacturers and durability may vary.

 

Aluminum

Pros:
Aluminum windows are very strong and durable. They are low maintenance and have a variety of color choices.

Cons:
Aluminum windows have a very low thermal performance and the quality of the window can vary.

 

Steel

Pros:
Just like aluminum steel windows are extremely strong and durable. They have a variety of color choices and narrow sight lines.

Cons:
Steel windows have a low thermal performance and a high cost. They also have a commercial look and can often feel cold.

 

 
Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about window frame material.

 

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.