Monthly Archives: April 2017

Mixed Materials in New Builds

Since construction is done in certain ways over time, contractors making changes in how it’s done can be a drawn-out process. Contractors may be leery of anything new or untried. So most contractors when building, say an apartment building, often would rather select materials that they are comfortable with, know are reliable where they are sure that the pricing will stay affordable. However, there are new products made from mixed materials which may do the job even better. Below are some of these new products:

  • Bricks made using wool: These bricks are non-toxic and more sustainable. When making the bricks, a natural polymer which is removed from seaweed. Wool is added in too. The brick dries hard and is resistant to cold, wet climates.
  • Sustainable concrete: Recycled materials such as wood chips or crushed glass are added to the concrete which reduces the CO2 emissions associated with concrete production. This helps to reduce the carbon footprint.
  • Insulation from the paper: Paper based insulation is made from recycled cardboard and paper. It’s fire-retardant and resistant to insects because of the boric acid, borax and calcium carbonate mixed with it. It can be blown into anywhere insulation is needed.
  • Triple-glazed windows: These windows help prevent heat from escaping a building because of the triple layer of glass. Krypton is injected between each layer, plus low-emissivity coatings are added for further heat escape prevention. If the window frames as also insulated, this will add to the insulation factor.
  • Solar tiles: Most roofing tiles are made from concrete or clay and are used for protecting roofs from the elements. But, many companies are now taking advantage of the sun’s energy by using solar tiles. These tiles not only protect the building from the weather but can help generate power.

As you can see, new mixed materials can be used in construction to help with saving energy.

Neutrals That Are Dominating the Design Space

When you think of neutrals, you may think of white, off white, beige and tan. However, for this year, neutrals are a shade different. If you’re thinking of repainting your rental property, multi-family dwelling or apartment building, you need to check out the new shades.

What’s hot?
One of the new neutral shades which are so popular is called Greenery. It’s a bright yellow-green which can make a person think about foliage, rejuvenation and fresh starts. This bright mix is perfect for rental units because tenants who move in are starting over. This shade of green can be used with other colors for different looks. It also can be used as accents or the base of other color schemes.

Also, some other neutrals are getting warmer. These colors range from creams to browns to beiges. With the tones of various shades of these base colors, other colors can be brought in to brighten up a room. Another interesting hue is blush pink. It can work be paired with different shades of browns, creams, and grays for a unique look.

The color camel is a neutral tint which adds a richness to space it’s used. It could be mixed with an assortment of various textiles, woods and leathers. Camel can add refinement and elegance to an area.

What about clashing?
With the softer color palette, it blends nicely with the geometric shapes, patterns, and textures. When you paint one of your properties with one of these quieter colors, it will give your tenants something to work with instead of the same old white walls.

Be bold, be different and add a little pizzazz and soft color to your walls. You may be surprised at the quality of tenant you bring into your rental properties just by changing the hue of paint on your walls.