An Energy Efficient Home Begins With the Floor

fir boards installationThe first step to maximizing the energy efficiency of your home is to start at the bottom.  New construction or a remodel? Either way take into account the efficiency of your flooring.

Bamboo

Bamboo grows quickly so it reproduces every 5 to 10 years. This feature makes it a sustainable option.  It is recommended to buy bamboo from operations with sustainable management practices.

Concrete

A concrete floor can be a perfect fit in some rooms.  Quite often, concrete does include recycled materials.  In addition, concrete flooring is efficient as no further materials are required to augment the application.  An added energy efficient bonus of concrete is that radiant heating can be embedded into the concrete itself.

Natural Stone

The most efficient feature of a natural stone floor is that it will last virtually for ever.  If you do decide to replace the stone, it can be returned to the earth.  There is a finite supply of stone so it is advisable to get your flooring from a nearby source to limit the energy used in transportation.

Linoleum

Linoleum is biodegradable and recyclable.  Linoleum on your floor is long-lasting and can be patched if it is damaged.  Unlike most flooring options, linoleum can tolerate being wet.

With energy costs through the roof, the smart home builder considers every option to increase efficiency.  The floor you walk on is one of those options.  MW Designs is ready to give you an energy efficient home from floor to ceiling.

Make Your Home Part of the Neighborhood Holiday Celebration

Make Your Home Part of the Neighborhood Holiday Celebration

Whether you go small and simple or big and bold, hanging lights on and around your home are a great way to celebrate the holidays.  No two homes are alike; however, a few lighting tips will come in handy no matter how you choose to light up your neighborhood.

Plan Ahead

Take a picture of your house from the street.  Consider the features of your home and create a plan to incorporate these highlights within your display.  Consider your door, your windows and your landscaping.  How can the lights best accentuate your favorite parts of the house?

 

Measure Twice, Hang Once

In order to make sure you have an adequate number of lights, take the time to get an accurate measurement of the areas you will be using for your display.  It is better to spend a few extra minutes measuring and doing the math than spending a few extra hours making a return trip to buy more lights.

 

Plug It In

When hanging lights outside where they will be exposed to the elements, assuring proper electrical sources is essential.  All outdoor lights should be plugged into a GFCI protected outlets.  In addition, consider using conveniently spaced power stakes to avoid having cords strung all over your yard.

 

Hang Your Lights on Plastic

Hanging lights with hammer and nails can take a toll on your house.  Use plastic clips, which will safely and efficiently secure your decorations in place.

 

Ask a Friend to Help

When the time comes to put up the lights, it’s best to have a friend there to help.  Stay on the ground as much as possible.  When you do climb a ladder, an extra set of hands will keep you safer and make the work go more quickly.

 

Big or small, a light display is a perfect way to share your holiday cheer with the neighbors.  Embrace the opportunity and make your home part of the celebration.

 

MW Designs Gives your Home the New Look You Want

 

MW Designs Gives your Home the New Look You Want

If you want a new look for any part of your home, MW Designs can give you what you need.  MW Designs provides quality remodels for any part of your house.  From the front door to the back door, and everywhere in between, MW Designs will make your dreams a reality.

 

Store in Style

Whether you need them in your kitchen or bathroom or some where else, a new set of cabinets gives your home a fresh feel.  MW Designs can create a storage space that is efficient and attractive.  Every detail will be taken care of to make sure your new cabinets fit your home just right.

 

MW Designs Gives your Home the New Look You Want

Make Your Counter the Tops

A new countertop in your kitchen is a double bonus.  A custom countertop from MW Designs gives you the perfect spot to prepare meals just the way you like.  After the preparations are done, that same countertop can also serve as an elegant setting from which you can serve your guests.  Count on MW Designs to make your counter the top.

 

MW Designs Gives your Home the New Look You Want

Add the Perfect Appliance

A new refrigerator adds the extra space you need for food storage.  A new oven allows you to cook your favorite dishes with even more pizzazz  A new washer and dryer makes keeping the clothes something to anticipate.  Whatever appliances your home needs, MW Designs helps you select the right one. What’s more, MW Designs creates a setting for the new appliances so it fits right into your beautiful home.

Upgrade your Water Source

There’s something special about getting your water from a brand new faucet.  Dishes get cleaner, showers are more refreshing, even a simple glass of water is better when it comes from a new faucet and sink installed by MW Designs.  MW Designs is ready to help you upgrade your water.

MW Designs Gives your Home the New Look You Want

 

MW Designs makes any part of your home better than new.  Contact them today to start turning your dreams into reality.

MW Design Offers Several Different Energy-Efficient Flooring Types

MW Design will design your homes to give them that extra custom touch.

In a day and age where everyone looks for ways to save on energy costs, and with cooler weather setting in, MW Design offers several different energy-efficient flooring types, including concrete radiant floors, eco-friendly vinyl flowing, and Radiant Heating in-floor heating systems, which can help keep homes warmer in the winter. Radiant heating systems supply heat directly to the floor or to panels in the wall or ceiling of a house. It is more efficient than baseboard heating and usually more efficient than forced-air heating because it eliminates duct losses. Read more athttp://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/radiant-heating. According to MW Design, the proper orientation can dramatically cut the total energy exhausted at no extra cost. Spray foam insulation, high SEER variable speed air-conditioning, instant hot water heaters, LED lighting, and the strategic use of local materials are all energy-efficient solutions they can use to maximize savings. In the long-term, green construction will not only reduce carbon footprints, but it can also save homeowners thousands of dollars. The cost savings of green construction can be seen two to five years after its completion. MW Design will design, frame, and finish a custom home in order to create a truly unique and top-of-the-line house, while operating within budgetary preferences. Their custom residential services range from hourly consultations to comprehensive architectural design services. MW Design consists of professionals with architecture degrees and master craftsmen who give homes that extra custom touch. They can create any custom home to specifications. MW Design is located at 1211 Antoine Drive in Houston. For more information, visit their website at MW Design Group or call them at 713-622-0990.

 

As a Houston custom home builder, MW Design’s attention to detail begins at the outset. Through the oversight of a group of skillful contractors, MW Design & Construction brings beautiful, high-quality architecture to life when building your custom home. They also offer design solutions for more efficient, green home construction.

Give Your Home a Gift This Holiday Season

Give Your Home a Gift This Holiday Season

Have you considered giving your home a gift this holiday season?  There are many small projects that MW Designs can be a special gift to your home, and of course, to you and your family.

Spruce Up Your Kitchen

How would new countertops or new cabinets look in your kitchen as the year draws to a close?  There’s no doubt that egg nog would taste sweeter if it is prepared in a renovated setting.  MW Designs can give your kitchen a small make over or transform it  into an entirely new spot where you will dream of preparing food.

Turn Your Staircase into an Event

This holiday season, instead of just walking down the stairs to the first floor, amaze your guests by emerging from the upper floor of your home on a brand new staircase like this one.  MW Designs can give your stairway an attention-grabbing touch of elegance.

Give your Bathroom a Facelift

This is a wonderful time to make your rest room something special.  Perhaps new fixtures along with a new sink are what you desire.  Perhaps a walk-in tub and new custom cabinets are what you fancy.  MW Designs can remodel your bathroom into the perfect sanctuary.

Welcome Your Visitors in Style

A new and improved entry to your home makes all the difference.  MW Designs can give your home a brand new face to show to visitors.  It will be sure to make a great first impression.

As you search for gifts this holiday season, remember to keep your home in mind.  MW Designs will help your new addition make a big splash.