Race to find Space

de8b94bc99900dc77f1278eae71bd52d Are you in a race to find space?  Are you constantly buying things and don’t know where to put them, then here is a blog for you.  Many people buy things and they buy it thinking they’ll use it, need it, or just like the way it looks.  You might think you have to spend a lot to create some space, but there are  other ideas that make space from unused space.  You can go on pinterest and find many ideas, you might find one the can work for you.  Of course, we like the other way of creating space by remodeling, business or home additions, or simply building a new bigger building.   indoor-dog-house-under-stairThe ideas can be quite clever, such as the dog house or room under the staircase.  A great idea that incorporates unused and usually wasted space.  It’s also not that expensive to do.  Creating cabinets out of the stairs is also a neat idea, however, it would be a little more expensive.  There are many ideas of utilizing wasted space under staircases.  The next area to save some space is the bathroom, yes that’s right, you’re bathroom.  The different ideas range from organizers in existing cabinets all the way to building a hidden closet drawer behind your tub. 7501542a804f67ed03bba8094bdb5c64To save space in the kitchen you can turn cabinets into a pantry system, instead of have to build a new pantry.  The garage usually has space above your car.  You can use tote bins, label them and hold everything from Christmas decorations to sports equipment. a3a6239d2e772a19b9c0fae00fc482e0  Hopefully this gives you some incite into finding creative ways to free up some space that would otherwise have went wasted.  However, if you need that other method such as adding on space give us a call we can help you out, just check out our website @frigainc.com and give us a call.

Build New or just Renew.

Should I build new or just renew an existing building or home?  That is a question that comes up a lot in business owners’ and homeowners’ minds.  By renew, we mean remodeling an existing building or home.  Remodeling might entail an addition for more space or just an update or face lift.  This blog will go over the pluses and minuses of building new versus remodeling. Land_for_sale,_Omagh_-_geograph_org_uk_-_869589 Building new has its advantages and disadvantages.  The advantages of building a new buildibusiness-locationng like an O’Reilly’s, Comfort Inn, etc. are; a new appearance, usually less maintenance, can be a better location, more efficient, and most people enjoy shopping or staying in a newer building.  Which could mean more revenue for your business.  The Disadvantages of a new building versus a remodeled building are; can be more expensive, higher costs do not guarantee a more profitable return.  The hassle of dealing with a city or county on zoning issues, stormwater drainage, and impact fees. If you know you want to build new and just need a property to look at, Murney & Associates or Plaza Realty can be a place to look.

IMG_0027    The advantages of a remodeled or addition on to an existing building are; usually cheaper than building new.  If you have a existing business running in that location, you can usually keep it open when the building is getting remodeled.  You usually do not have to get the city or county zoning involved, just the plan reviewers and inspectors.  The Disadvantages of remodeling are; Sometimes a city or county makes you upgrade the electrical, plumbing, or hvac to current codes.

Building a new home has a lot of advantages.  You can live where you want, build what you want.  Make it more efficient from the start.  Include new technologies in the structure, storm room, alarm system, vacuum  system, and home automation.  Everything will be new and updated.  There is of course a down side to new as well.  You have to buy the lot and it’s harder for financing.  Everything will have to meet current codes.    Remodeling is what a lot of homeowners choose to do, it’s advantages are; live in the same home where you are familiar with neighbors and the neighborhood.  Make your home how you want it.  Cheaper than building new, depending on what is being upgraded.  On the flipside, remodeling a home has its disadvantages.  You live in your home while its being remodeled.  Inconvenience of not being able to use the certain areas being remodeled.  It can cost more than you think, you would never believe how some homes were built years ago.

It all boils down to the individual and what he or she wants and can afford.  At Friga Construction Co., we build what our clients want.  If you want to remodel your home or business, we will try to make it less inconvenient as possible & give the clients ideas to make your dream a reality & the Meeks Design Center helps.  If you want to build new, we can direct you to an architect and work with you through the whole process.  Remember we are “where your visions become reality.”  Give us a call today.logoframe

Maintenance Free Home? Ideas for free.

Have you ever heard of a maintenance free home?  Most people would laugh at the thought.  Thinking you are selling ever sharp kitchen knifes or always clean dishes.  A maintenance free home is becoming closer to reality.  The products I’ve listed are longer lasting and more durable than products of back in the day.  You must tackle this challenge by getting a game plan together.  Step 1.  Think about what is your maintenance issues in the interior and on the exterior of  your home. Step 2. Make a list for interior and for exterior.

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Interior maintenance issues usually include countertops, flooring, painting, and fixtures.  Countertops: Corian or solid surface countertops are a very popular choice.  They are fairly easy to fix scratches, many colors, and easy to clean.  Another popular choice is granite countertops.  They are easy to clean, nice colors, and it’s hard to scratch.  Of course, as with anything that is usually easier and less maintenance, it tends to be more expensive.    However, they typically last longer and bring better home sale values.

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Flooring:  Laminate flooring is very popular and requires less maintenance than carpets.  There are many color choices and they resist scratching very well.  Painting:  Sherwin Williams has some new latex paints that make cleaning splatters of food or whatever on walls easier and it hides previous dark colors with one coat.  Fixtures:  There are a multitude of fixtures out there that claim to be under warranty and cheap.  However, there’s a catch, you might be fixing that faucet once a year.  Sure it’s cheaper, but the hassle of fixing it is a pain.  Opt for brands like Kohler, Moen, and Delta and shop at plumbing supply stores for the better quality.  There are different models for Lowes and Home Depot stores.

Exterior maintenances issues, there are many, however I will address the three biggest issues:  Windows, Siding, and Roofing.  Windows:  Not all windows are created equal and each brand holds its own claims.  I am a big believer in Andersen windows and doors as a great product.  One, because we are a Certified Andersen window installer and I have seen the testing and the longevity of the windows.  Pella does make great windows as well as I’m sure Marvin does.  You want to pick a higher grade of window and one with Low E or better of glass for efficiency.  Siding:  Vinyl siding, Hardie siding, and prefinished metal siding.  Vinyl is easy to clean, however is more brittle with age and weed eaters usually like to bust the bottom row.  Hardie siding is becoming more common like brick.  It can be unfinished or prefinished for long durability.  Metal Siding durable, has several colors, and it lasts a very long time.

Roofing:  Architectural shingles are becoming the more popular choice in roofing.  They last longer than 3 tab shingles and look better.  Metal roofing can last a very long time when properly installed.  However, it is not typical on homes.  They are always coming out with new products for roofing.  They have some roofing materials that are composite and last longer than shingles.  There is a newer shingle that is supposed to be more energy efficient by reducing the heat from the roof.

If you are having issues with maintenance in your home or business, give us a call.  We can fix your maintenance issues and give ideas about which product is best suited for you.  If this article still leaves you lost about maintenance free products, do an online search for maintenance free home products.  If you do know what you want then give us a call at Friga Construction, “where visions become reality.”

Aging in Place: Home Remodel Ideas

In 2030 the number of people aged over 65 will soar to about 72.1 million, or 1 in 5 Americans.

A survey conducted in November 2012 by AARP of 1,616 adults ages 45 and older found that fewer than half of the respondents have a half-bath on the main level of their home, an entrance without steps, door handles that are levers instead of knobs, or doorways that are wider than standard.

Now think about your home or your parent’s home…is there an entrance to the home without steps? Probably not. Are all the door handles in the house knobs instead of levers? Most likely. How about the hardware on the kitchen cabinets; go take a look at them. Are they small handles and knobs?

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These are pictures of beautiful kitchens but one thing is similar: the hardware on the cabinets could become a problem to someone aging in their own home who can no longer have a tight grip on simple things like a cabinet knob. Or there isn’t any hardware on the cabinets at all.

Below are some of the type of hardware that should be installed instead.

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There are other things to consider when keeping a parent or elder adult in their own home to age:

-Raising the height of the dishwasher to reduce strain of loading and unloading

-Installing a shallow sink, hands free faucet that is mounted on the side and incorporate an anti-scald device to prevent burns

-Along with different hardware for cabinets, adding pull out shelves for the lower cabinets and pull down shelves for upper cabinets

-Making sure that there is a bathroom on the main level

-Moving the laundry room to the main level and making sure there is plenty of space to navigate

-Replacing washer and dryer with front loader appliances with large buttons or push knobs

-The different flooring throughout the house should be a non-slip surface; remove rugs because of the trip hazards

When you are ready to make some changes to your home or someone else’s home to make it more aging in place friendly, contact us at Friga Construction.  Sometimes the littlest, simplest changes can make all the difference in the world.

Can You Start A Home Remodel In The Winter??

Since there are not a lot of people remodeling during the winter, it’s the slow season for contractors. Furthermore, when contractors have less to do, they have more time to work on your project, so your remodeling may get done quicker as well. During winter you may find that contractors may have more time to work with you in planning and designing your project. This would be a good time for refining the details before the actual work begins. Give Friga Construction a call and we can help make your visions become reality.

Many homeowners will wait until spring to remodel because they are concerned about dust, fumes, ventilation and areas for staging the work. Current technologies and clean up methods do effectively control these problems. Fans with negative air pressure, plastic zip doors, and sealing off heat ducts with a filter will contain dust, debris and fumes to the work area.

It is usually easier for contractors to schedule work in winter months because there is a lot less exterior work being done. This will free up a contractor’s schedule for kitchen, bathroom and basement remodeling  a shorter wait for work to begin. Contact Friga Construction today and we will set up a free consultation to check out what you want remodeled. We think outside of the box and can offer many ideas, as well as paying close attention to minor details. We look forward to hearing from you and making your visions become reality.