Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln
Remodeling. You have dreamed about it, saved for it, and now you are raring to get started. But hold your horses for a minute. To ensure a smooth remodeling process and the desired outcome, you need to get organized from the beginning.
“The best advice for someone undertaking a remodeling project (interior or exterior) is to plan, plan, plan! There is no substitute for it on the front end of a project. And if you do it on the front end, the during and after parts are much more tolerable because you have turned over most of the rocks and found most (never all) of the potential pitfalls. It is always easier to create solutions when you have already explored the what ifs.” – Jennifer D. Reed. CMKBD, CAPS, Atlanta Remodeling Consultant
“When exploring a remodeling project, determine which parts of the project scope for you are ‘required,’ ‘desired’ or ‘optional.’ This list will enable you to better set a desired budget, while also determining whether additional financing may be needed or explored. Having scope and budgeting priorities will enable better collaboration with design, minimize change orders and narrow down selections. The contract scope, along with the drawings, also will help guide you and your remodeler in a beneficial and collaborative process during construction.” – Scott Foerst, Atlanta Remodeling Consultant
“Take advantage of online resources, such as Houzz.com, for ideas and inspiration. Houzz is an excellent tool for researching different looks and color schemes. Many clients find it incredibly helpful in narrowing down their personal style. Your “pinned” photos are also very helpful to the design team in helping us understand what you like and don’t like. This makes the design and selections process go by much smoother. Don’t be afraid to push the envelope in the design process! The most beautiful, award-winning designs are created with concepts that are new and not found all over the Internet, in magazines or on HGTV. When you dare to be a trendsetter and trust the experts, you won’t be disappointed!” – Melissa Austin, Atlanta Kitchen and Bath Designer/Selections Coordinator
What is your best advice for surviving and thriving during a remodeling project?
Source: MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers], a design/build company - NARI Atlanta member, www.MosaicGroupAtlanta.com
Did you know that as a homeowner considering a remodeling project you can create a “virtuous circle’ in our community with the help of the Habitat for Humanity Restore and your NARI contractor?
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a non-profit donation and home improvement center. The ReStore sells new and gently used furniture, appliances, home décor and building material to the public at prices well below retail. The funds raised at the 5 metro Atlanta ReStores in Lawrenceville, Roswell, Smyrna, Doraville and McDonough support the work Habitat for Humanity does in our local community and around the world.
Habitat partners with families who need a hand up to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.
The Habitat ReStores are proud members of NARI Atlanta. We work with professional NARI contractors to help create the “virtuous circle”. The contractor's client, for whom the project is being done, has the opportunity to receive a tax deduction for items removed or deconstructed from the project, the NARI contractor reduces their disposal fees and keeps reusable products out of our landfills.
The ReStore customer gets a great bargain purchasing the products that have been donated and the funds ReStore raised at the ReStore go back into our Habitat work of building homes and hope. If you are considering a remodeling project in the near future, please ask your contractor how your project can be part of the "virtuous circle".
Author: Drew Meyer, Habitat Restore Director
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.