Toddler Proofing the House

A growing toddler signals time for change in the household. What are the proper precautions to take when considering your home safety? We have simple tips to guide you through your safe and effective child-proofing.

 

Corners and edges.

1.Rather than refurnishing the entire house, look for rubber cover pieces that stick to those pointy corners. This will help insure the falls and bumps of a clumsy child to be far more safe. This will also protect your furniture from the damage of toys. For a exploring toddler, cabinet locks may come in handy to keep hazards away.

 

2.Knick knacks and breakables.

Sadly, these objects will have to be put out of reach or in a sturdy place: picture frames, vases, statues, books and other possessions. It takes nothing but a few seconds for a spark of interest to appear in a toddler’s eye. Only a few more for it to be broken and on the ground. So, keep your valuables and breakables behind locked cabinets or up high.

 

3.Soft and comfortable.

When fixing an environment for a child, keep in mind where all of the slip and fall areas might be. Rugs can be an excellent choice for breaking a fall and accenting the style of a room.  Toys with hard areas, like plastic eyes and removable small objects, can be a major hazard to children as well. Adult supervision should always be considered when playing with hard or small materials. Plush toys can be a nice solution for playtime until transition.

 

Making sure your things stay unbroken and your child is safe can be done in just a few steps. See your local store for kits to make life just a little less hectic.

DIY Energy Efficiency

There are many reasons you should be living in an energy-efficient home. It saves money, it’s better for the environment, and it might be easier than you think.

 

Here are a few ways to start living energy-efficient in your home.

 

  1. Windows

This is a great first step towards saving money in the long-run, and living more qualitatively in your home, though it can be an investment for the short-term. According to Energy.gov, to improve your windows, you can begin by adding caulking and/or weather-stripping to reduce the amount of air leaking from your home. This means keeping heat in during the winter, and coolness in the summer. The site suggests using weather-stripping which can withstand temperature changes, friction and weather. The site also suggests using window treatments, like blinds, drapery and curtains to keep sunlight from heating up the inside of the house during warmer months.

 

  1. Unplug your Appliances!

Energy.gov said this small, simple fix could save up to 10 percent on your energy bill.

“Many appliances continue to draw a small amount of power when they are switched off. These “phantom” loads occur in most appliances that use electricity, such as VCRs, televisions, stereos, computers, and kitchen appliances,” according to the site.

 

It starts with simple appliances, such as toasters, game consoles, cable boxes and TVs. A cable box alone racks up about $18 per year. Energy.gov stated that a good way to keep from wasting that money is to use a power strip, which easily switches off each standby appliance that’s plugged into it.

 

  1. Replace those light bulbs

Replacing standard light fixtures with CFL (compact fluorescent light bulbs) can save money and provide the same amount of light. According to SCE.com, a 14 watt CFL uses 1/4th the amount of energy of a 60-watt incandescent bulb. Recent surveys also suggest 65 percent of Americans have made the switch to more efficient bulbs, with 46 percent choosing CFL lights over LEDs and Halogens, according to the 2013 OSRAM Sylvania Socket Survey.

 

Overall, an efficient home is a quality home, and will make your living experience less expensive and often more comfortable in the long-run.

The Benefits of Custom-Building Your Home

The first benefit you can enjoy with custom homes is knowing the materials used in the construction process are of good quality. When you buy a home off the market that has already been built by a commercial company, oftentimes they are mass-manufactured with cheaper quality products. Building your own custom home ensures that you not only select your own materials, but can find out first hand whether or not they are of sufficient quality.

The second benefit you can find with the custom homes is you are able to have the house laid out like you want it to be laid out.  Dishwasher way too close to the refrigerator, or laundry room doors  in the way of the garage door? When you design your home’s layout, discrepancies like these won’t ever get in your way. If you like a chute upstairs for your kids’ laundry to come directly to the laundry room, so be it – it’s your house, you can lay it out how you want to.

The third benefit you will notice with the custom homes is you will have the chance to exploit the land and the home. Typically you would not think about the land and home being exploited at the same time, but you will find this is possible with a custom home because you can make the house look like what you want it to with the land.

Fourth, you decide your budget and price range. You can skimp here and there in order to obtain your must-haves, and using a trusted company like Brookfield can advise on which components of the home are more important than others.

These only scratch the surface of the many reasons to choose a custom home. If you work with us, we promise to deliver all the benefits you need/want, and more.

 

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