Open Floor Plan Beach House

Why An Open Floor Plan Saves Money and Is Energy Efficient

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Designing a living space is a complicated process, with many factors to consider. Whether you are remodeling or building a new home from scratch there are a lot of options to consider, and design decisions to be made. One of the first decisions you will need to make is the floorplan. One recent trend in interior design is to promote an open floor plan. Aside from aesthetics, the major reason this trend exists is that open floor plans save energy during the winter and summer. If you are interested in learning more about how an open floor plan can make your home more energy efficient, take a look below:

Lighting

One way that an open floor plan concept saves on energy is by providing more natural light to the entire home. During daylight hours the increased natural light in the home will be enough to keep the lights off. Even after sunset, an open floor plan continues to provide benefits to your electricity bill. The open floor concept means that lights in one room can light up other rooms. Overall, having an open floor plan requires less artificial lighting, saving you money on your energy bill.

Heat and Air Conditioning

Another way an open floor plan can lower your utility bill is by promoting better air circulation. Open floor plans allow air to circulate through the house, which can be very beneficial for temperature control. During the winter months, an open floor plan means that heat can travel from room to room. When paired with properly installed energy efficient windows and doors, as well as hardwood floors, an open floor plan will keep your home warmer with less heating necessary. Alternatively, during the summer an open floor plan means that a home can be cooled simply by opening windows and allowing the breeze to circulate.

Less Square Footage

Another benefit of an open floor plan is the fact that homes feel larger with open floors. When comparing two homes with the same square footage, the home with an open floor plan will always feel more spacious. For this reason, smaller homes with open floor plans can actually be more comfortable than larger homes with closed designs. Having a small home with an open floor plan greatly lowers the utility bill. Less square footage on your home means there will be less area to heat/cool or light.

If you are interested in remodeling your home to increase energy efficiency and save money on your utility bill, contact our team of professionals at Ryann Reed remodeling we can help design your home for maximum efficiency without sacrificing comfort. We can be reached over the phone at (215) 372-0040 or by filling out our online contact form. We look forward to helping you with your interior design needs!

5 common mistakes to avoid when remodeling your kitchen

5 common mistakes to avoid when remodeling your kitchen

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A kitchen is considered the heart of the house. It’s one of the main reasons why it is the highest demands when it comes to interior remodeling projects. With such significant investment, homeowners cannot simply afford to make any errors. Before you hire a contractor here are 5 common mistakes we always run into when remodeling a kitchen and how to avoid them.

1. Expect the unexpected

When it comes to remodeling any projects, always be prepared to overestimate the time that was initially set out to be. Materials arrived received cracks or missing pieces can add an extra week to the project. An experienced contractor should provide you a list of things you should be prepared for in case something happens.

2. Living without a kitchen

Get used to eating outside of the kitchen for several weeks as some of the kitchen utilities will be unavailable. We recommend building a temporary station outside of the kitchen and buy deposable plates and utensils to save you from washing up. Before leaving for the day, contractors like to leave things organized to help them get started in the morning. With homeowners continually coming in and out, moving things around could set back contractors from doing their job because they can’t find their tools. Don’t be that person!

3. Paying too early

Unfortunately, these issues still happen. No matter what the circumstances are, you should never pay for the entire project until the job is completed. We recommend you to do your research thoroughly to ensure you get the best contractor who is experienced and knowledgeable in your town. You should always feel comfortable with the contractor before you sign the paperwork.

4. Not being organized

As well as keeping your house maintained and easily accessible for contractors, ordering the materials ahead of time will allow the project to run smoothly. There’s nothing more frustrating for homeowners than seeing a half-empty kitchen! Also, make sure the measurements are accurate to avoid any misaligned disaster.

5. Being too cheap

We understand that budget is very important to homeowners, but buying cheap materials won’t last and could cost you more in the long run. If you are unsure about how to budget your kitchen project, give our design consultants a call, and we will provide you with the best solutions to get you prepared.

tips on how to find the right home builder

Tips for Choosing the Right Home Builder

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Shopping for a home builder should be done with great thoughtfulness and care. There are many home building firms out there, and they all have something to offer. You have the challenge of selecting one that fit your needs and can give you the home of your dreams. But how do you go about choosing the right home remodeling contractor? It is no simple undertaking; it takes time and effort when making such an important decision. Here are a few tips that can help you find a contractor that will leave you satisfied with a home where you can make great memories.

Know Your Needs

A good starting point when choosing a contractor is to decide on the type of home you desire and how much you are willing to spend to make it a reality. You may want a custom home, or seeking to move up into a bigger house; regardless, you need a builder who can work within your budget and build the type of home that you want. The builder has to be able to fit your needs and be able to understand your vision.

Research, Research, Research

Do your homework when searching for a builder. Every builder will tout how great they are at their job, but that could be far from the truth. There will be several choices in homebuilders when you start your search, and you should have criteria for selection. See if the builder has an online presence and how established they are as a contractor, or if they are relatively new to the market. Check out customer testimonials that can provide an unbiased view of the quality of a builder’s work. A builder should be able to show you finished pictures of their work, as well as floor plans, or even offer model home tours. Conduct thorough interviews and ask the tough questions, and find out about a builder’s license and insurance.

Make Quality a Top Priority

The quality of a builder’s work should be given considerable attention. You want to ensure that your home will be built well to your specifications, up to code and with quality materials. You want to avoid the possibility of having to make difficult, extensive and costly repairs in the future. Be sure to ask the builder for a tour of past projects and about the structural materials for building the home, and also check references.

Ryann Reed has the best selection of designs for you to choose from, that can match your needs and give you the home of your dream.