Renovated Home for the Holidays by Neil Bubel

Believe it or not, we're talking about the holidays.  Now we're not suggesting that you pull out the tree or lights just yet, but it is time to start thinking about any home renovations you want completed before the holidays.  Are you planning to host any celebrations, or will family be coming to visit?  Perhaps your kitchen or living spaces need to be overhauled for a big party, or a bathroom needs to be modified to accommodate aging guests.  If so, now is a good time to get started on any projects that you want completed in before the frantic holiday months are upon us. 

The first step of the process is to create a wish list and discuss your plans with your Design-Build Contractor.  What areas of the home are you looking to improve - a kitchen, bath, exterior, outdoor living space, etc?  What is your general budget?  When do you want to have everything completed?  

Once you have a basic outline discussed with your Design-Build Contractor, the next step is the design plan.  With our clients, we create a comprehensive plan, present and discuss it together, and modify according to our clients' wishes.  After making sure the client is completely satisfied with the plans and we are aligned on timing, budget, and scope, then the work can begin.

Depending on how extensive the project is, it may take several weeks to complete, or it could take many months.  If it's a complete home renovation, your Design-Build Contractor can plan the work schedule so that key areas of the home are ready to be enjoyed for the holidays, then work can resume in the new year.  

As you begin to think about your wish list, Traver Construction is here to help.  We are ready to turn your plans into action now so you can enjoy the future holiday season.

Backyard Paradise by Neil Bubel

Summer is upon us once again!  School is almost in recess, this weekend we celebrate Memorial Day, and our Texas summer is officially in full swing.  Now is a great time to assess the use and look of your exterior spaces.

While keeping the interior of your home updated is very essential, the exterior is an equally important part for maintaining value and desirability as well.  What improvements might enhance the overall function and curb appeal of your property?  These questions will help you evaluate your space:

·      Does your home have enough shaded area for family and guests to gather comfortably?  Do you have natural or mechanical ventilation to keep you cool and relaxed?  We all know that the Texas heat is unforgiving, so adding a covered or cooled area will increase your comfortable space to enjoy the outdoors.

·      How about cooking facilities?  A grilling area that’s safe yet protected with enough countertop area for all those burgers, hotdogs, steaks, and grilled chicken?  Do you need other appliances such as refrigeration, beer and wine cooler, storage, etc.?

·      What about seating and eating space?

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·      If you have a pool does it need to be updated?  Is it integrated well with your house via decks, walkways or architectural elements like an arbor or gazebo?  If you don’t have a pool or the space for one, how about a spa?  Is there convenient access to a bathroom?

·      And then there’s landscaping – is yours tired and outdated?  Does it enrich your home or look like an afterthought?

·      Is the property well lit at night?  There is nothing more picturesque and even dramatic than a well-designed landscape lighting scheme that also provides additional security.

·      Finally, the front of your home – could it benefit from a color adjustment, materials change, or even an architectural transformation?

As you kick back and enjoy the summertime, take a brief moment and ponder the outdoor improvement possibilities that could make your home more valuable, attractive, and above all, enjoyable.  Traver Construction can help you create that vision and make it a reality.  

Making Your Home More Eco-Friendly by Neil Bubel

Earth Day is a great reminder to take a look around and see what small changes you can make to be a little greener.  Sure, there are big lifestyle changes that would have a large impact, but even small changes can make a significant difference over time, especially if everyone makes a few minor adjustments.  Plus, most changes can also have benefits to the homeowner, so it's a win-win!  Here are a few things to consider doing this Earth Day. 

Replace old windows

Older, single pane windows lose heat and cool very easily, which causes your A/C and heater to have to run longer to keep your home comfortable.  Replacing these windows with newer double pane options will eliminate drafts and help your home retain a consistent temperature, causing less stress on your system.  Plus, your home will look fresh and up-to-date by upgrading to newer, more efficient windows.   

Change lightbulbs to LED bulbs

This is a very easy, low-cost option to go green.  Swapping out old incandescent bulbs for new LED bulbs is great not only for the environment, but good for your to-do list.  Because these bulbs are made without a filament like incandescent bulbs, they use far less energy and have a very long life span.  It will only take a quick trip to the home improvement store and a little bit of time to swap out the bulbs, but then you won’t have to worry about bulbs burning out for years!

Add insulation to the attic

Even though it can fall into the “out of sight, out of mind” category, don’t forget about your attic space!  The insulation in your attic plays a big role in keeping the heat and cool trapped in your house, thereby reducing the run time of your HVAC.  Adding additional insulation can have a big impact on how much it has to run, so consider adding a fresh layer.  It’s relatively inexpensive and can save big bucks on your electricity bill.

Install a smart thermostat

There are a number of smart thermostats on the market, and installing one can reduce the run time of your system to save you dollars while cutting your home’s carbon emissions.  These thermostats make it easy to  control the temperature of your home from your smartphone or computer and can recognize usage patterns so it only runs when needed.  

Traver Construction can help you make your home more eco-friendly and comfortable now or any time during the year.  Visit our connect page for details.

Spring Cleaning Tips by Neil Bubel

It’s that time of year again.  The holidays are over, the kids are out for Spring Break, and summer is just around the corner.  Many people take this time to declutter their homes in anticipation of relaxing summer days, but it can seem like a daunting task.  Here are several tips for maximizing your spring-cleaning efforts to make your home spring and summer ready.

Pack away winter gear

With chilly winter days gone, it’s time to pack away the winter-only wear to make space for warmer-temperature clothes.  Heavy coats, boots, and the like can be stored out of sight to eliminate clutter.  Consider using plastic bins, one for each family member, to store winter gear in the attic or an unused closet.  Remember to label each box with the person’s name for easy access should an unexpected need arise to quickly and easily retrieve the items.

Clean out closets and drawers

It’s time to make way for spring clothes!  Go through last year’s attire and see what no longer fits, is worn out or outdated, and get rid of it.  Consider reselling items still in good condition, or donate to a worthy charity (www.give.org provides charity reviews).  This will eliminate clutter so you can see and enjoy what you do have.

Give your home a top-to-bottom scrubbing

This is the time to tackle those deep-cleaning tasks that will give your home a fresh, clean feel.  Clean baseboards, dust ceiling fans, wipe scuff marks off of walls, and wash all bed linens (including comforters/duvets, mattress pads, etc.).  Breaking it down to one task per day will make it seem more manageable.

Refresh small décor items

For an easy and inexpensive way to give your home a quick facelift, change out throw pillows, blankets, table linens, towels, and other decorative items.  While it will make your home feel new to you, it’s also a good chance to inject fresh colors to create a spring mood.

Bring the outdoors in

Nothing says spring like fresh flowers!  Whether it’s a potted plant or fresh-cut flowers, adding even a small bouquet will instantly brighten a room.

 

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The Traver Philosophy by Neil Bubel

At Traver Construction, we abide by a philosophy that drives every business decision and partnership: Reliable, Knowledgeable, and Personable.  We know that remodeling can be a complicated process filled with many decisions, so we strive to bring these principles to life as we work with each of our clients.
 
Reliable
One of the biggest complaints of contractors in general is their unreliability – they show up when they want, or not at all, and don’t deliver as promised. Traver Construction has always strived to combat that perception, because that’s simply not how we operate.  We are committed to earning your trust through frequent and honest communication, close on-site job supervision, and a top quality product.  

Knowledgeable
The main reason anyone hires a design build contractor is for their expertise.  They should know what to do and how to do it.  This is something that we take very seriously at Traver Construction.  We have over 30 years of design and remodeling experience in Dallas that provides invaluable knowledge and connections.  We know how to creatively solve design and remodel challenges, because we’ve done it.  By staying plugged in to the industry through involvement and leadership in the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, we are able to stay up to date on the latest trends to make sure we lead our clients towards current styles, while still keeping a classic, timeless aesthetic.

Personable
You may know exactly what you want, or you may not.  Either way, we can help.  We actively listen to your ideas and wants, as few or as many as there may be, and design a space that fits your needs, lifestyle, and budget.  We take pride in establishing respectful, productive, and collaborative relationships with our clients.

We would like to make these principles a reality for your next home remodel.  Visit the links below to find out more about how to get started.