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Bathroom Remodeling for Dummies

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Ha, ha!  You’re reading an article “for dummies”.  (Did we mention that the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem?)  Surely we jest… all kidding aside, unless you work in the construction industry or watch HGTV 24/7, you’re not supposed to be an expert on this topic, as you may only do this a couple times in your entire life.  Since we do it a little more often than that, allow us to offer some helpful advice so that when the time comes for you to update a bathroom, you’ve got some of the basics down.

Plumbing is Expensive to Move: Yes, there are times when it makes sense to change the layout of the plumbing in a bathroom.  However, if given the option not to, don’t.  Doing so can add to both the duration and costs of your project. This is one area where change doesn’t need to be made for the sake of making change.

You are on the Supplier’s Timeframe, Not the Other Way Around: When ordering custom items such as tiles, vanities, light fixtures, bathtubs, etc., the supplier, not the homeowner,  dictates the time frame the items will be available.  To keep your project moving as quickly as possible, select these items at the very start of the project and do not start the demo process until the arrival date (or thereafter) in order to not have a bathroom that’s a construction zone for several weeks.

Now is the Time to Amplify Natural Light: Many bathrooms are in areas of the home that do not have windows which means poor lighting and air circulation.  Remedy this situation by adding a sun tunnel or skylights to your bathroom.  (Ps.- The federal government is currently offering tax credits of up to 30% on skylights. Companies such as VELUX even offer battery powered skylights that have rain sensors that automatically close the unit upon detection of rain.)

Consider a Walk-In Shower: If you’re looking to replace your current shower, a walk-in shower may be worth considering.  Eliminating the step up can make the room appear larger.  It’s also worth considering for homeowners who plan to retire in their current home.

It’s Okay to Wave the White Flag: If any part of the project makes you uncomfortable, there’s nothing wrong with calling a professional.  Yes, it can be an added expense, but then again, so can having your home flood because a water supply line was severed during a project you attempted to do yourself.

Beware of Trends: Ever been in a bathroom that still has an avocado green toilet?  Looks out of place, doesn’t it?  Opt for trendy items that can be swapped out easily such as rugs, shower curtains, toothbrush holders, etc. and keep your toilet and bathtub in traditional hues.

Lindus Construction is a full-service remodeling company specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Decking, Home Remodeling & New Construction. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 for a free no obligation estimate or check us out on our new website at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into 830 WCCO every Saturday from 9a-10a with Denny Long & Andy Lindus for our Home Improvement Show.

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Positioning Your Home to the Millennial Buyer

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Not long ago, I passed a billboard for a real estate company with a photo of a couple vaguely resembling Betty White & Lil John sitting on a couch.  The billboard’s tagline was “Helping Buyers & Sellers Find Each Other”.  While the billboard made me burst out in laughter at the thought of such an unlikely couple meeting at a real estate closing table, it also made me think.  In some cases, especially for those who’ve been living in their home for decades, when the decision comes to relocate, oftentimes their target buyer is someone of a different generation than themselves.  Taking this to heart is crucial in the current real estate market, which still favors the buyer, many of whom fall into the generation known as the “millennials”.

mil·len·ni·al- Refers to those born between 1978-2000 (currently 35 & under).

Millennial Spending- By 2014, they will account for 36% of the U.S. workforce.

Home Improvements That Can Attract Millennial Buyers:

Smart Homes: A 2013 survey finds that 65% of millennials believe that losing their phone or computer would be more detrimental to their daily lives than losing their car.  Whether it’s digitized home lighting, irrigation, HVAC or home security system, there’s no doubt that integration of technology into your home will greatly appeal to millennials.

Maintenance Free Living:  Another pseudonym for this group is the “now generation”.  As the name implies, they seek out quick results and would prefer to not take the time to maintain aspects of their home that can be constructed maintenance free.  As a home seller, this means opting for features such as clog-free gutters, composite decking and durable siding.

Entertaining Space: As family sizes continue to shrink and the country’s birth rates decline, generation y needs less bedrooms and more space to host guests.  Home improvements such as finishing your basement, adding a media room and adding a deck or patio will increase your home’s value in their eyes.  The same can be said for features such as swimming pools and hot tubs which more mature generations can perceive as expensive and a chore to maintain.

Eco-Conscious: Having been raised by Baby Boomers, who are credited with starting the green movement, millenials are environmentally conscious and prefer environmentally friendly products when possible.  Enhancements that can be made to your home to attract millennial buyers with include: rainwater harvesters, skylights & sun tunnels.

Energy Efficient: Going hand in hand with an eco-conscious mentality, millenials, also have a high desire for an energy efficient home which is both kind to the wallet and Mother Nature.  High in demand energy efficient features include: windows & doors, appliances, and insulation.  Having an energy audit of your home that can be provided to potential homebuyers is something that would apply to the millennial real estate market.

Storage: Simply put, the millennial generation has a lot of “stuff”.  Homes can never have enough storage.  Whether it’s usable attic space in the home or garage, built-in closet shelving, cabinet space or not having enough storage can be a factor that allows other homes to get chosen ahead of yours.

Floor Plans: In various facets of their lives, millennials appreciate openness and this characteristic translates into their list of desirable features in a home.  Because millennials are often at the preliminary or early stages of starting a family, it’s helpful for them to see rooms that can be utilized for multiple purposes such as a home office that can be converted into a guest room or a nursery.

Colors: In the past, it was customary to opt for white walls when selling your home.  This is no longer the case.  Nowadays, millennials prefer painted walls which add interest.  No longer are bold colors taboo, however, if choosing this course, it’s to your benefit to pick the brain of an interior designer or professional painter to ensure that your selection isn’t too wild, such as fire engine red or hot pink.

Flooring: Carpeting is often perceived by this generation as high maintenance and easily damaged.  Opt for tiling, hardwood or laminate flooring where possible.

Lindus Construction is a full service construction and remodeling company boasting LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation & decking just to name a few. Give us a call at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out at www.lindusconstruction.com to set up a free no-obligation estimate. Tune into 830 WCCO every Saturday from 9a-10am with Denny Long & Andy Lindus for our Home Improvement Show!

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“Fresh Air” Skylights & Why You Can’t Go Another Day Without One in Your Home

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I don’t think there is a single person in the Twin Cities area that is not ready for spring to arrive in a big way. We are ready to put gloomy cloudy, days behind us and open the windows to let the fresh air and sunshine in.  If you are in the mood to maximize the combination of fresh air and sunshine into your living area, we have just the home improvement product for you. It is called the Solar Powered “Fresh Air” skylight by VELUX. You will see the features and benefits below by adding skylights to you home and how it will not only increase your mood, but put money back in your pocketbook as well.

 

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Artificial lighting is one of the largest sources of energy consumption in the United States, accounting for up to 40% of a structure’s total energy use. By installing a skylight properly in your home, you will recoup your money in less than two years. By adding natural light to your living area with skylights, you will be reducing your use of artificial light in those areas on average up to 70%-80%.  The best thing about exposing yourself to natural light more often is that you can expect a 24% increase in energy according to scientific experts!

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How it works

The Solar Powered “Fresh Air” skylight features a solar panel that captures any available daylight and uses it to recharge a highly efficient, fully concealed, battery powered operator and control system. The battery-powered operator is the power source that opens and closes the skylight, and the solar panel serves as the charging source for the system

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Benefits of adding a Solar Powered “Fresh Air” skylight in your home

  • 30% federal tax credit is eligible the Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylight.
  • The no leak warranty carries a 10-year installation warranty, plus 20-years on glass. 10-years on the product & 5-years on blinds & controls.
  • Adding fresh air and ventilation to your home is essential to your health & well-being.
  • The solar panel works even on cloudy days with indirect sunlight. It does not have to be exposed to direct sunlight to function.
  • In case of inclement weather, it has an integrated rain sensor that will close the automatically.
  • The skylight requires no wiring, which makes for easy and cost effective installation.
  • It is remote controlled for extreme ease of use.
  • The inner pane is laminated for additional safety so if the glass accidentally broke it will not shatter. Laminated glass meets codes for products installed out of reach.
  • There are eight different choices of blinds to choose from. If you order the skylight & the blind at the same time VELUX will pre-program your remote to control both the window and the blind.

Lindus Construction is a proud 5-star dealer of VELUX Skylights. Give us a call now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free no-obligation estimate on a Solar “Fresh Air” skylight so you can enjoy it all summer. Tune into WCCO 830AM on Saturday’s from 9-10am for our Home Improvement show with Andy Lindus & Denny Long.

Optimizing Light in Your Home

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When done correctly, your home’s lighting fixtures should complement and blend into their surroundings.  As you select lighting for your home, it’s imperative to understand that what works in one room may not work in another.  Consider the function of the lighting and the statement you wish for it to make.  It’s important to use more than one light source, installed at different levels, to give your room character.  Below are our suggestions for each room in your home.

Bathroom:  Make the bathroom the optimum place to apply make-up with the correct lighting.  Light coming from multiple directions will illuminate your entire face and eliminate any shadows.  To achieve this, a light above the mirror and on both sides of the mirror (sconces are an easy way to do this.)  If you have a larger bathroom, it’s also a good idea to have a light above or near the shower.  Oftentimes, bathrooms do not have outer facing walls which make them absent of natural light.  One way to work around this it to install a sun tunnel.  They are optically engineered to capture light through a high impact dome on the roof. The light rays travel through a highly reflective tunnel, transmitting a pure natural light with no color shift. The diffuser assembly at the ceiling distributes natural light evenly into the room while limiting bright spots and glare.  (Want to know more?  Visit: http://www.lindusconstruction.com/blog/2012/07/lighten-up-your-life-with-natural-light-through-skylights-and-sun-tunnels/)

Bedroom: Because sleep is the main purpose of this room, you should aim for lighting that creates a relaxing atmosphere.  Reading lamps and sconces are perfect for this room; just be sure to aim them away from the bed.  The ideal height for the bottom of the lamp shade is 1.5 feet above the top of your mattress which will provide ample reading light.  Low watt bulbs (40-60) work best in your sleeping area; in your dressing area it’s okay to increase wattage.

Dining Room: The focal point of this room is the table and because of this, you should select lighting that highlights it.  Drama can be added by installing a chandelier that hangs directly above the table.  Be mindful that the size and style of your fixture should not make it stand out from the rest of the room.  Chandeliers come in various styles; select a timeless look to extend its shelf life.   Be sure that your ceiling is high enough to accommodate a chandelier. Ideally, a chandelier’s bottom should hang about 30 inches above your table.  A dimmer switch is encouraged because it allows you to control the intensity of the lighting in the room.  Don’t limit yourself to just overhead sources, which can make the room feel less intimate.

Kitchen: Kitchens need lighting that encompasses the entire room.  A common mistake is thinking that one light can illuminate the entire space.  If you’re determined on having a single fixture, try track lighting which can be angled in multiple directions to shed light on the areas you desire.  Ideally, a kitchen should blend a few different types of lighting.  Some suggestions include: overhead lighting (complete with a dimmer that can be brightened when you are cooking), under cabinet lighting to illuminate work surfaces and lighting if you have a built in desk.  If you’re looking for a way to incorporate more natural light in your kitchen, it’s worth considering skylights.  They come in a variety of sizes including: square, triangle, oval, etc.  They are a great way to evenly distribute natural light, eliminate direct sunlight & hotspots and add aesthetic appeal to your home.

Living Room: Dimmers can work well in living rooms because the room often serves multiple purposes; there are times when full lighting is needed and others when limited lighting is better.  A table lamp sitting on an end table can be beneficial for those who use their living room for reading.  Just be sure to have the lamp close to a piece of furniture so it can be accessed easily.   Not a fan of end tables?  A floor lamp can easily work as a substitute.  The living room is a great place to have a piece of artwork displayed with a spotlight on it.

Check out our Light Fixtures board on Pinterest for more lighting ideas. 

Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate. 

Lighten Up Your Life with Natural Light through Skylights and Sun Tunnels!

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The benefits of skylights and solar tubes go far above that of the conventional. They provide ventilation for your home, free daylight, added value and can add a unique look. There is a great degree of health benefits from receiving regular doses of sunlight and fresh air. It is said that having an insufficient amount of sunlight is linked directly to SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). People suffering from SAD may have less energy, bigger appetites and depression. Lighting plays a huge role in the feel and livability of a room. By adding a little bit of light, you can change the whole dynamic of an area. For a long time, skylights were considered a luxury item in your home. Skylights are a part of the green revolution in home building and remodeling. If you are looking for an upgrade in your home, consider adding skylights to decrease energy costs and increase you mood with enjoying natural sunlight.

Some benefits of installing a skylight

-UV deflection and protection

-eliminates direct sunlight and hot spots

-evenly distributes natural light

-increases concentration and productivity

-adds aesthetic appeal to your home

-fills your room with fresh air

Energy facts regarding skylights

Artificial lighting is one of the largest sources of energy consumption in commercial and industrial applications. On average, artificial lighting accounts for 40% of the building’s total energy. Utilizing skylights in your home or work area have been shown to significantly reduce these energy costs through the benefits of day lighting. With proper design, the cost of skylights is paid back often in less than two years. This is because high visible light transmittance acrylic skylights allow artificial lighting to be turned off on average of 70% – 80% of the time.

What shapes do skylights come in?

-rectangular

-circular

-oval

-diamond

-triangular

-multi-sided

-tubular

Skylights are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Before selecting a skylight for your home, you need to determine what type of skylight will work best and where to improve your home’s energy efficiency. It’s a good idea to understand the energy performance ratings of skylights if you don’t already. You can then determine what energy performance ratings you need for your skylight based on your climate and home’s design. The physical size of the skylight greatly affects the illumination level and temperature of the space below. As a rule of thumb, the skylight size should never be more than 5percent of the floor area in rooms with many windows and no more than 15 percent of the room’s total floor area for spaces with few windows.

Positioning of your skylight

You should also consider a skylight’s position if you want to maximize day lighting and/or passive solar heating potential. Below is how the position of the skylight will affect your home’s temperature and illumination of daylight.

-North facing, provide fairly constant but cool illumination

-East facing, provide maximum light and solar heat gain in the morning

-West facing, provide afternoon sunlight and heat gain

-South facing, provide the greatest potential for desirable winter passive solar heat gain than any other location, but often allow unwanted heat gain in the summer.

We would recommend that you install VELUX skylights in your home. The VELUX deck mounted and curb mounted products have The No Leak Skylight. It carries the new 10-year installation warranty plus 20 years on glass, 10 years on product, and five years on blinds and controls. Features include 3 layers of water protection – advanced LoE3 glass for better energy efficiency, higher visible light transmittance, and improved solar heat gain performance – money-saving pre-finished white frames and sashes – pre-mounted brackets for quick installation of sunscreen blinds – lower roof profile with an updated curved architectural design – and a neutral gray color to blend with most roof materials and colors. Next you can see what type of skylight would fit you needs best for your area in your home. They are:

Fixed skylight – model QFT  An economical choice for visually expanding areas such as hallways, stairwells, and other closed-in dark spaces that can be transformed with daylight and sky views.

  • Pre-finished white paintable interior.
  • Cut-flush curbs available.
  • Energy efficient LoE2 dual pane with argon.

Manual venting skylight – model QVT An economical solution for bringing abundant natural light and fresh air into the home.

  • Opens and closes manually with VELUX control rods.
  • Pre-finished white paintable interior.
  • Cut-flush curbs available.
  • Energy efficient LoE2 dual pane with argon.

Electric venting skylight – model QET Designed for out of reach applications to bring in abundant natural light and opens to let in fresh air with the touch of a button. As stale, humid air is released, homes feel comfortable anytime day or night.Wall-mountable slim line remote control included.

  • Wall mounted keypad is optional.
  • Pre-attached motor and transformer.
  • Pre-finished white paintable interior.
  • Single hard wire that connects into a standard junction box.
  • Only uses .5 amp of power and does not require a designated circuit.
  • Dual rain sensors automatically close the skylight during inclement weather.
  • Energy efficient LoE2 dual pane with argon.

The VELUX Sun Tunnel skylight is optically engineered to capture light through a high impact dome on the roof. The light rays travel through a highly reflective tunnel, transmitting a pure natural light with no color shift. The diffuser assembly at the ceiling distributes natural light evenly into the room while limiting bright spots and glare.

Places in your home you will benefit from installing a Sun Tunnel

  • Closets
  • Hallways
  • Stairways
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Laundry Rooms

VELUX, provided to you by Lindus Construction, have been around for the last 65 years and their company was founded on a vision of daylight, fresh air and increasing your quality of life. VELUX is consistently rated the #1 skylight in the industry by builders, remodelers and architects. Quality is a major priority at VELUX which is represented by an industry first 10-year “No Leak” warranty. Installing an ENERGY STAR® qualified VELUX Sun Tunnel today will decrease your carbon footprint by about 7-15% compared to non-qualified products.

Positive effects a Sun Tunnel will add to your home

  • Reduces energy costs, energy consumption and the demand for unsustainable power
  • Makes your interior spaces appear larger
  • Will increase your homes sales appeal
  • Brings the outdoors in
  • Balances the light in the room, reducing glare and transforming living areas into more open, safer spaces

Lindus Construction is proud to offer VELUX Sun Tunnels and Skylights.  Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate today. Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects.

 

 

Support Sustainable Living by Installing Environmentally Friendly Lighting Solutions

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A green home uses less energy, water, and natural resources; creates less waste; and is healthier for the people living inside.” States the U.S. Green Building Council  

Would you like to save on your energy bills and at the same time enjoy abundant daylight that brings out the natural beauty of your home? Natural sunlight is one of the most effective healing agents that exist by increasing the production of endorphins and serotonin in your brain which is a natural mood booster. Installing a Sun Tunnel in your home will allow you to enjoy this natural resource in a sustainable way.

The VELUX Sun Tunnel skylight is optically engineered to capture light through a high impact dome on the roof. The light rays travel through a highly reflective tunnel, transmitting a pure natural light with no color shift. The diffuser assembly at the ceiling distributes natural light evenly into the room while limiting bright spots and glare.

Places in your home you will benefit from installing a Sun Tunnel

  • Closets
  • Hallways
  • Stairways
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Laundry Rooms

VELUX, provided to you by Lindus Construction, have been around for the last 65 years and their company was founded on a vision of daylight, fresh air and increasing your quality of life. VELUX is consistently rated the #1 skylight in the industry by builders, remodelers and architects. Quality is a major priority at VELUX which is represented by an industry first 10-year “No Leak” warranty. Installing an ENERGY STAR® qualified VELUX Sun Tunnel today will decrease your carbon footprint by about 7-15% compared to non-qualified products.

Positive effects a Sun Tunnel will add to your home

  • Reduces energy costs, energy consumption and the demand for unsustainable power
  • Makes your interior spaces appear larger
  • Will increase your homes sales appeal
  • Brings the outdoors in
  • Balances the light in the room, reducing glare and transforming living areas into more open, safer spaces

Lindus Construction is proud to offer VELUX Sun Tunnels and Skylights.  Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate today. Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects.

 

 

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