Hardwood flooring is a gorgeous addition to any home. At Jon Huss Custom Homes we love implementing hardwood flooring into most of our custom homes. Specifically, Ralphs’s Hard Wood Flooring. In multiple Jon Huss Custom Homes, we have used Ralphs Hardwood Flooring and the floors are always gorgeous. Now how do we keep these gorgeous hardwood floors to look just like they did when the home was first built? Well, Ralph Hardwood Flooring has some great tips on how to do so.
Preventative Care |
Protect Heavy Traffic Areas
One way you can prevent long-term damage to your hardwood floors is to “protect heavy traffic areas” (Ralphs’s floor care instructions). A good way to protect the floors while also allowing your home to have a homey feel is adding rugs to areas where you tend to be more than others.; “rugs near sinks and doors leading to the outside.” (Ralphs’s floor care instructions).
Monitor the humidity within your home
Another way to make sure to prevent any future wear and tear is to monitor the humidity within your home. “Hardwood floors shrink and expand with changes in the atmosphere.” (Ralphs’s floor care instructions). In some cases when the humidity increase, cupping occurs when the floors absorb moisture and expand. Don’t worry there is an easy fix to make sure cupping doesn’t happen, putting an air condition or dehumidifier during the summer, and using a humidifier during the winter. “Keep your relative humidity as close to 40% as possible by keeping the humidity level below 50% in the summer and above 30% in the winter.” (Ralphs’s floor care instructions).
Be conscious of sunlight
Even though natural lighting makes your home feel brighter, it might not be the best thing for your hardwood floors. Unfortunately “intense sunlight will discolor floors” (Ralphs’s floor care instructions). The recommendation is to do your best to try to protect your floors from direct sunlight. Now, this might seem impossible, but it is more than normal to see some discoloration within your floors over time. If you do have rugs placed on your hardwood floors to prevent contrast, “we recommend moving them from time to time.” (Ralphs’s floor care instructions).
Occasional Care |
Dusting the floor is great and you can do it as much as you would like. If you are using a dust mop, “make sure it does not have any solvents on it.” (Ralphs’s floor care instructions).
Just like dusting, you can also vacuum the floor as much as you want. Always be sure “the vacuum you are using has a soft bristle brush which will not scratch the floor” (Ralphs’s floor care instructions).
We hope you enjoyed learning about all the ways you can keep your hardwood floors looking gorgeous for years to come! Jon Huss Custom Homes also thanks Ralphs Hardwood Flooring for providing this information on their website. If you would like more information on hardwood flooring and care, please visit their website here!
Earth day is a special day when businesses and individuals come together to appreciate the ground we live, work and play on. Here at Jon Huss Custom Homes, we do the most we can to build our homes by always being environmentally conscious. To do just that Jon Huss Custom Homes is part of the Focus on Energy Certification Program!
Here are some of the ways we implement sustainable practices into our homes:
Reduce energy waste | For example, the 827 million kilowatt-hours and 26 million therms saved by Focus on Energy in 2018 could power more than 86,000 homes for one year. That’s a lot of homes!
Using less natural resources | When eliminating energy waste prevents the need to purchase coal and natural gas.
Energy efficiency | Monthly electrical, space heating, and cooling savings. We provide multiple inspections to ensure airtightness & leakage prevention.
We hope making these changes to the way we build our homes helps sustain our earth. Jon Huss Custom Homes will always be looking to be sustainably conscious, HAPPY EARTH DAY!
Buying a home can be pretty scary to some but can you imagine building your dream… Well, when you work with a custom builder like Jon Huss Custom Homes, we make the process exciting. We have created a checklist to see if you are ready to build a new home.
1. You ran the numbers.
A lot of people will never consider building a new home because they assume it will be more expensive than buying a used home. That is not the case.
In 2020, used homeowners have spent over 1 billion dollars more in home maintenance and repairs than owners of newly built homes.
If you are trying to decide between building a fresh, new home and renovating a troubled older home, leap to dig into that fresh ground! In most cases when people try to repair older homes, they are just putting bandages on permanent problems.
With that being said, if these thoughts have crossed your mind or started a conversation, that’s a sign you’re eager and ready to build a new home!
2. You can’t find the right home.
Finding a new home can be quite a journey. Open house after open house, constant checking on Zillow, never finding exactly what you want. This can be exhausting and frustrating.
Unfortunately, most people won’t find the perfect location, close to work, school, and a great neighborhood. Not to mention the style you prefer, square footage, or a dream kitchen you’ve always wanted.
You want to avoid this back-and-forth nightmare as much as possible. Thankfully there is a way to get out of that nightmare: BUILD A NEW HOME! There are so many benefits to building a new home but the best one is getting exactly what you want!
If this nightmare describes your current situation, that is a sign you’re ready to build a new home!
3. You hate surprises.
While buying an older home might seem like the better decision, it can actually cause some unwanted surprises. There could be a plumbing issue that could cause flooding, needing to replace a roof in five years or needing to replace old appliances.
Sadly, when buying an older home, these unanticipated and expensive problems can occur at any point.
On the more positive side, building a new home means that everything in your home will be brand new and likely under warranty! (Jon Huss Custom Homes actually provides a customer care warranty). So when building a new home there will be no expensive surprise repairs that you will need to worry about.
Another positive about building new, is you know exactly what you are getting into. Our team will take you step by step through our building process. We will also be super transparent in constructing the floor plan so that you know exactly what your home will look like, inside and out.
If you would like to avoid the unwelcome surprises of buying a used home, then building a new home is the right move for you!
4. You want an energy efficient home.
Have you been wanting to be more sustainable when it comes to your home? Well building a new home would do just that! (especially with Jon Huss Custom Homes)
Jon Huss Custom Homes is a part of a New Home Certification Program called, Focus on Energy! This program allows our homes to be more energy-efficient. Our certified new homes are at least 25% more energy efficient than current Wisconsin building code requirements. Not only will you be saving energy, but you will also enjoy: premium indoor air quality, protection against mold and carbon monoxide, lower utility bills, consistent temperatures, and superior ventilation.
These are all advantages of not only building a new home but building a new home that is energy efficient.
If you have been wanting your home to be more energy-efficient, then building a new home would be the right decision for you!
5. Have a phone?
If you answered yes to that question, then you are more than ready to start building a new home with us! It is really that simple. Just pick up your phone, call us and we will set up an appointment with you to come to our in-house design center. We will discuss everything, from questions to concerns, to your wants and needs for your new home!
We are more than happy to explain our build process and help you in any way we can to ease your mind.
So if you have a phone and you have checked off most of the things on this checklist, you are definitely ready to build and should give us a call, we would love to hear from you! You can find our contact information here.
Take a look at our custom homes from some of the past parade and showcase events! These homes are located within the Fox Cities area. Every home is custom designed to meet our buyers vision . You can also find more pictures of these homes in our photo gallery within our website.
Haven Ridge | Winnagamie Parade
This home features 4 Beds, 3.5 Baths, located in Combined Locks.
This open concept kitchen features a large island with a unique granite top. It also provides a sliding door walk out to the covered porch.
Solitude | Brown County Showcase
This home features 5 Beds, 4.5 Baths, Located in Suamico.
A Modern Farmhouse flare, this living room brings both styles together with its hard wood flooring and dark industrial fireplace.
Crown Pointe | Brown County Showcase
This home features 5 Beds, 3.5 Baths, located in De Pere.
This kitchen provides not only your basic utilities but also a wine cooler, as well as a large island for gathering.
Roland | Parade
This home features 3 Beds, 2.5 Baths, located in Combined Locks.
A gorgeous open concept lets this kitchen flow into the dinning area, as well as looking into the heart room. With unique detail of the backsplash and light fixtures, this kitchen provides everything.
If you are wanting to see one of our custom designs in person, the 2021 Fox Cities Parade of Homes is right around the corner! In this parade we are featuring a 5 bedroom, modern 4,826 Sq ft, 2 story with an industrial flare. It will be showing February 6-7 & 11-14 2021. If you would like more information about the event, please visit the HBA Fox Cities website.
Gutters are one part of your home that you don’t always think of when having to clean. But it is very important to do this especially at this time of year! Your gutter drains thousands of gallons of water from your roof and if not cleaned properly you could end up with a lot of interior and exterior damage. So, this is the perfect time to get those gutters clean before the brutal winter comes!
2. Change Your Filters
Another thing to always do before the cold season, is to change your filters! It is much harder to keep your home at a temperature that won’t make your heating bills go crazy if your filters are clogged! This should even be done monthly but can get away with it before Fall rolls around.
3. Fertilize & Cut Lawn
What a sad event this will be…cutting the lawn for the last time this definitely means the end of the warm season has ended and here comes the brutal winter. But fertilizing and mowing it down for the winter will allow your lawn to be sparkling new once spring hits! Also, once you apply that fertilizer it’ll be able to prevent winter damage, which will also help it turn greener in the spring! YAY!
4. Drain & Disconnect Outdoor Faucets
PLEASE disconnect and remove all hoses from outdoor faucets…. This will prevent any water freezing. Fortunately, our hose bibs are frost free, meaning you do not need to turn them off but for added precaution and peace of mind that they can be turned off. But certainly, disconnect hoses.
5. Test Winter Equipment
No one wants to realize their snowblower isn’t working when it is 7 in the morning and you need to get your car out to get to work on time…. So, check that it is working properly, and you won’t be stuck in a frustrating situation when the first snowfall hits!
Now your home will be all ready to go for the coming cold months!
Here at Jon Huss Custom Homes we encourage all clients and future clients to complete all of these tasks before the fall & winter months. If you are looking to design a brand new custom home, call us today and mention this blog for a free consultation!
The top five most trending 2020 interior design trends! Even though we are halfway through 2020, there is still time to incorporate some of these into your home or into your next one! Whether it’s furniture, doorways, natural materials, these are showing up all over homes but in modern ways! Check them out to learn more!
1. Dark Siding
This trend done the right way, will bring balance between modern and traditional style to your new home! Love this siding color from Certainteed Siding!
2. Cane Detailing
Now this trend has taken the interior design world head on. This natural, woven material is used for rattan furniture, pendant lights and rugs. You will definitely want to have these in your home, as they will be all the rage soon enough.
3. Dusty Green
What a gorgeous color this is. Even as a muted tone, this could work as a pop of color for someone who usually sticks to a neutral pallet.
4. Steel Railings
Not only are these gorgeous steel railings going to look amazing they will add an industrial touch to your home. Customized railings will not only be reliable for years to come but will also give light and brightness to your entire home.
5. White on White
Another color trend going on in 2020 is white trim on white walls. Not only does this give off the effect of more lighting but also adds a clean and fresh look to any room! Check out colors Gossamer Veil and Drift of Mist from Sherman Williams!
Now that you’ve learned the latest 2020 design trends for your home. You can design the trendiest modern home on the block! Contact Jon Huss Custom Homes today for a free consultation to implement all of these awesome design trends into your new custom home!
Before you get started consult with a custom builder to design the plan to best fit your lot.
Did you know that we will walk your lot or potential lot for FREE. Our staff has over 30 years of site and land experience specializing in water properties and wood lots. We will consider the best way to place your new home and the exposure you’re looking for.
2. Choosing/Designing a floor plan.
Pick a Custom Builder with years of experience to help you design your custom floor plan. Now that you have your idea, let the builder pull from his tested and built homes to combine your ideas with his experience and knowledge of design that will work for what you are specifically looking for.
Did you know we have over 30 years of custom home building experience? We work hand and hand with customers to design the home they want and offer our personal experience of ideas that will flow and blend to give them the home they are looking for.
Join us from May 16th to May 29th for our Gallery of Homes Tour!
For our event this year we are doing things a bit different with these three great options that will still allow you to see these beautiful homes.
~ Live FaceTime Videos
~ Virtual tours/Vidoes
~ Self-Guided on–site tours of our available homes
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com. Also, if you would like a digital gallery book with all the home info and floor plans please email the address above. Once you have looked at our gallery book and have chosen how you would like to see the homes from our three options, we will help you accordingly!
Tour custom homes throughout the Brown County Home Builders Association by top builders! Tickets required. Event begins Septrmber 15th-16th and continues September 20th-23rd! For more details visit: BCHBA Events
One weekend- 11 new construction homes available to tour and purchase! Speak with designers, bank representatives, see new subdivisions and lots available for your next build and pick up your complimentary plan book! To register for tickets: FOX VALLEY GALLERY OF HOMES
Why wait until Spring to start designing your dream home? If you are hoping to build a custom home next year, beat the rush and schedule your consulation with Jon Huss Custom Homes today! Take advantage of our Free Planning Event! Every Thursday in December stop in at our office between 9am-5pm to enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages, a tour of our Design Center, a sneak peek at some of our newest custom plans for 2017 or bring us your floor plan for a hassel-free consultation! Thursdays not the best day? Schedule an appointment when it’s convenient for you! Or call 920-759-9805