Add Character to Your New Construction

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Add Character to Your New Construction

One of the most common complaints of new construction homes is the lack of character. As I’ve busily saved money for the past few years to build my dream home, I’ve often been worried about this important issue myself. However, while completing some research, I’ve discovered many ways to add character to a newer home. For instance, installing crown molding, a wooden staircase, and trey ceilings are great ways to fill a new abode with character. Another great idea is to install a stained glass window. These colorful beautiful additions give your home old world flair. On this blog, you will learn how to add character to your new place by installing stained glass windows.

Update Your New Windows To Optimize Your Home's Energy Efficiency

Installing new windows in your home is sure to improve energy efficiency overall, especially if they're Energy Star rated. They'll also improve curb appeal and may even help to increase your property value overall. There are a few updates you can make to your new windows in order to optimize energy efficiency within your household – consider using one or more of the following tips and tricks:

Install New Shades

When installed properly, shades are one of the most effective window treatment options when it comes to energy efficiency. Mount your shades as close to the glass as possible and make sure that the sides rest comfortably against the wall on either side of your windows to create an air seal. South side facing windows should be raised during winter days and closed at night, while sunlit window shades should remain open during the day. Dual shades are your best bet because they have a reflective side and an absorbing side that can easily be reversed with the seasons to help control heat loss and gain throughout the year.

Seal Your Windows Up

It's also a good idea to seal your new windows with some spray foam insulation or caulking and weatherstripping. Sealing your windows will minimize air flow as well as reduce moisture and mold build-up indoors. Use caulking or spray foam insulation between the panes and frames of your new windows, and add weatherstripping to all windows that open and close. Once your chosen sealant dries you can lightly sand your window frames and put a fresh coat of paint on them to make them look new again.

Plant Deciduous Trees in the Yard

Not only can landscaping with trees increase your property value by up to 20 percent, they can help increase your home's energy efficiency throughout the year too. Deciduous trees feature large leaves during the summer that will help shade your home and windows from the sun and make interior temperature control easier. During the winter, deciduous trees lose their leaves and allow the sun to naturally warm things up inside. Plant your deciduous trees in front of windows that tend to get direct sunlight during the day, as well as near your exterior HVAC unit for the best results.

These techniques will help keep your home protected from extreme outdoor elements throughout the year, and should also save you plenty of money on your energy bills each month after you get your replacement windows