Archive | May 2016

How to keep your home construction under budget?

Building a home is one of the most aspirational jobs for an individual who decides to invest his/her lifetime earnings to get a home of his dreams. When it comes to decide the actual construction cost, things tend to go clumsy. It is pretty much easier to decide on the same but as far as actual construction is concerned, things are not as easy as they appear. Moreover, for people with limited income resources, this can be a really serious matter.

The best approach to determining costs for your home construction project is to consult with architects, designers and builders. Each will probably give you a different “number,” so you’ll have to drill down into the detail of what that number means. Just remember that the devil is in the details.

  1. Identify the project

The first and foremost thing to do is to decide on the type of project. Will it be a new home, an addition to your existing home, a kitchen or bath remodel or some combination of these? Each has its own budgeting method. While a simple “per square foot” cost may work for a new construction project, it definitely won’t work for kitchen and bath remodels. Therefore, check what you actually want to build and then decide the ideal budget for the same.

  1. Know thyself

If you just have to get that impressive range of items that costs too much, don’t budget for the standard range from the local store. Think about what you really want and how you really want to use the home you’re creating, and make sure you’ve budgeted for it.

  1. Create space to splurge

Whenever preparing a home construction budget, make sure to allow for the few places where you’ll want to splurge. For example, the kitchen countertop is an element where you may want to do something really special and remarkable. If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, the backsplash is something you’ll see several times a day for many years. Even if it costs a significant amount, allow yourself to splurge a little on something you’ll enjoy.

  1. Make the foundation strong

No matter whether you go for fancy home décor or not, but your home’s foundation is something that needs to be done in a sturdy way. Always use superior quality cement, TMT rebars and bricks to ensure steady foundation throughout the years.

  1. Have a contingency

Like other laws of nature, the law of a construction project is that “stuff happens.” It could be a problem with the bearing capacity of the soil or uncovering rotted wood when getting ready to build the addition. The best way to deal with the unknown is to allow for a contingency in the budget.

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12 Great Ways to Keep Your Home Cool in Indian summer

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Welcome to the scorching Indian summers! These are days when staying cool becomes your top priority in order to not feel energy-drenched. Though air-conditioning is like a silver bullet for summer months, but not everyone has the enough money to afford the same. On the other hand, if you choose other options such as window unit or fan, you’re more likely to develop heat-related symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and nausea caused by heat exhaustion.

However, the good point is that there are several ways to cool down yourself without powering up the air conditioner. Let’s get to know about them.

  1. User cooler light bulbs

Do you know that an incandescent bulb radiates 90% of its energy as heat? Since most homes have 30 to 35 light fixtures, your cooling system expends a lot of energy counteracting their effects. It is recommended to replace them with Energy Star-qualified compact fluorescent bulbs, which emit 75% less heat.

  1. Hit the shower

This is another great way to cool down your body but don’t towel off completely. This is because anything that puts water in touch cools you down as water that evaporates stimulated sweating.

  1. Drink as much you can

Here, I am talking about water. Hydration helps your body move blood to the surface more efficiently, and it allows you to sweat. You can add various flavors to make the water a bit tasty.

  1. Shield your windows

About 40% of heat comes in your home through windows, particularly those facing east and west. To restrict it, curtains, shades, and blinds should thoroughly fit windows and be a light, reflective color.

  1. Choose cotton bedding

Make a habit of sleeping with cotton bed sheets as it allows your body heat dissipate to the surface and sweat can evaporate.

  1. Let the cool evening air in

If the outside temperature is normal during evenings, crack a few windows open to let a cool breeze come through and cool the house. Make sure you close them again before sunrise.

  1. Dress appropriately

Loose-fitting, light clothing goes a long way toward keeping your body temperature low. It’s time to bust out those organic cotton shorts and tank tops!

  1. Learn from your pets

How does your cat manage with the rising temperature? She snoozes! If you can squeeze in an afternoon nap, go for it.

  1. Plant a tree

If it is possible, plant trees on the side of your house that gets the most sun. The extra shade will protect your home from the sun’s rays.

  1. Chill out

Turn on your table fan and stick a frozen bottle of water in front of it to get some cold air circulating.

  1. Insulate

To keep cool air inside, get that caulk gun and seal off anywhere that air might be escaping. A handy draft dodger can help seal up those difficult leaks at the bottoms of doors and windows.

  1. Hack a fan

Try out this trick to get cool air from a fan. Fill a mixing bowl with ice like an ice pack and put it at an angle in front of a large fan; it will make the air whip off the ice at an extra-chilled, extra-misty temperature.