Small duct HVAC systems, like The Unico System by NARI Platinum Partner Unico, are a space-saving way of adding modern indoor comfort to homes that simply don’t have the room for the bulky ductwork associated with traditional forced air central heating and cooling, and where adding such would significantly disrupt the home’s original design and aesthetics.
As defined by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), small duct high velocity (SDHV) systems are those that deliver conditioned air through smaller ductwork and flexible supply tubes at a higher static pressure (i.e. velocity) than conventional forced air equipment.
Because of their smaller size, small duct systems are popular with preservationists and owners for retrofitting older homes built before the advent of central heating and air conditioning; designers and builders of custom and log/timber homes for including central air that doesn’t require alterations to the original plans; and as a solution for easily providing standalone indoor comfort for room or wing additions.
In addition to their ability to fit into tight spaces, small ducts systems have the following advantages over conventional systems:
Small and modular, SDHV system air handlers easily fit into tight spaces like attics, crawlspaces and mechanical closets. Air handlers include a combination of blower and cooling and/or heating coils.
The plenum, or trunk line, attaches directly to the air handler and provides take-off points for the supply tubing. Plenums are available in round or rectangular configurations, and from 7” to 10” sizes. Plenums can be wrapped in an insulation sleeve to prevent thermal loss and stop condensation. Small duct plenums take up one-third the space of conventional HVAC ducting.
The most unique aspect of small duct systems is the flexible supply tubing that snakes throughout small areas and delivers air via small, unobtrusive round or slotted outlets that can be painted, stained, or wallpapered to virtually disappear into the conditioned areas décor.
Whether your project is a high-end custom home or an older, historic gem a small duct system is the perfect solution for its HVAC needs.
NARI Atlanta will host it's 7th Annual Tour of Remodeled Homes on October 22nd 2016. The tour this year will present five (5) beautiful renovations ranging from whole house, major kitchens, to an elaborate home office. The tour is a self guided tour and homes can be toured between 10am and 4pm.
Homes on this year's tour will be located in East Cobb, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, and Vinings. We are pleased to support Cure Childhood Cancer again this year with 50% of all ticket sale proceeds being donated to the charity. Last year's tour had over 200 attendees and provided Atlanta homeowners to connect with some of Atlanta's finest remodeling professionals and product vendors. If you are considering a renovation in the coming year, the Tour of Remodeled Homes is a great place to gather ideas, see new design trends, and get acquainted with the latest products and finishes.
We hope you will take the time to join us on October 22nd, 2016 to tour these five beautifully appointed homes. Attendees will have an opportunity to sign up for a number of great giveaways this year along with securing some great information from a number of our sponsors. Tickets are on sale now at www.atlantaremodelingtour.com
This years premier sponsors are Atlanta Gas Light - Platinum Sponsor, AVI Marvin - Gold Sponsor, Dove Studio Kitchen & Bath - Silver Sponsor and PMC Building Materials - Silver Sponsor.
Our key Tour sponsors for this year's tour are - CSI Kitchen & Bath - Program Guide Sponsor and Bin There Dump That - Goody Bag Sponsor. We are proud to recognize Atlanta Magazine & Home as this year's Tour Media Partner.
We look forward to seeing you on the tour. Have questions? Contact us at 770-559-9440 or at email@example.com
A timely way for a contractor to get a proposal or contract back to a potential client is pricing many of the materials or finishes as Allowances. When a contractor and homeowner are busy and can't spend a lot of time working together on the details for the project using allowances helps them reach the start date quicker. Unfortunately if the client hasn’t been guided and informed on the importance of making selections on light fixtures,door hardware, plumbing fixtures, cabinets, tile or other materials and finishes the project price reflected using allowances may lead to some surprises during production. Based on allowance pricing, the customer may deem one contractor a better deal over another depending on what each contractor allocated in his proposal or contract for the above finishes. It is important to understand that a contract with allowances may fluctuate or creep up in cost based on material or finish decisions made after the contract is signed.
If your contractor isn't effectively communicating this to you before the project begins it may contribute to one of the big “disconnects” that many homeowners hear about being overcharged or their project price ballooning. Here is an example: If the contractor pricing your new master suite addition establishes an allowance of $100 for the new toilet being installed in your bathroom renovation, which is reflected in your contract as "install new white toilet & toilet seat" and it is ordered and installed only to have you arrive home one evening to find that the toilet installed is not what you expected, now your project is delayed and you don't understand how this happened. You now need to select and order the toilet you want, which may cost much more than what was purchased and you now owe for the overage. The installation process also has to re-occur which will add to the cost overrun. The $100 dollar allowance now became a $300 - $400 selection during production which
If this scenario occurs across the wide spectrum of product and material allowances in the project you can see how this can really drive the project cost skyward. Homeowners usually aren't too pleased when they are presented with a Change Order for the many overages that can total thousands of dollars which they may or may not be able to afford. This makes for an unsatisfying remodeling experience.
A way to minimize this is event is to ensure that selections are made for cabinets, flooring, counter tops, plumbing fixtures, appliances, stone, lighting, before the start of the project. The prices of your selected items can be reflected into the contract for the project providing you a truer price for your project. Selections can now be ordered in a timely manner reducing project delays, installation challenges, and most of all reducing cost overruns. Starting a project with selections vs allowances will reduce stress, minimize cost overruns and keep the project on schedule. This approach may produce a higher project cost upfront but you can now begin to work closely with your contractor to value engineer some of the details and selections in the project to get the cost to something that fits closer to your budget.
Make sure you understand your contractor's process for designing and pricing your project. You have worked hard for your money and you want to ensure that you receive the quality products and finishes that meet your needs and fit your home. Using allowances can be helpful if they are managed correctly upfront. Engaging your contractor early on to determine the budget ranges you wish to utilize for products and materials to be selected can help you get a feel for the project cost before you start if you don't have time to make selections before an established start date. At least here you understand upfront that you will incur change orders for any overages or receive a credit based on the product selections you make against the allowances you agreed upon.
Working with a NARI Atlanta design build professional will help you understand the allowances vs selections pricing models and guide you in what works best to suit your particular needs. NARI Atlanta professionals work hard to ensure that their clients have the best possible remodeling experience.