Designing For A Purpose: Security 101

by Admin on April 11, 2014

Home security is a prime concern for homeowners in many parts of the country. However, security improvements can be complicated to install after the house is already built. When designing or remodeling a home, consider incorporating some of these elements into the design.

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Built-in Safe
Burglars often look for small valuables such as cash, bonds, and sensitive financial documents. Some homeowners try to hide these things around the house, but most criminals know all the typical hiding spots. This is why a built-in safe is a great idea when constructing or remodeling a house. The safe cannot only be placed in any location you choose, but it will be impossible for a burglar to carry the safe away and break into it later. Most built-in safes are placed inside of a wall and bolted to the studs. They can then be covered with a hanging picture or piece of furniture. Some may even be laid in the concrete foundation itself.

Safe Rooms
A safe room should be part of any home security plan, and incorporating it into the original house plans will make it as effective as possible. The room should ideally be located in the center of the home with no external walls. If this is not possible, install window bars or make the windows too small for a person to fit through. The safe room door should be made of solid wood or metal. Multiple locking lugs should be installed to ensure that intruders couldn’t breach the door.

Reinforced Door Jambs
Many homeowners believe that simply locking their doors will prevent any unwanted visitors. However, a criminal of average strength can easily kick most residential doors down. The problem is that the wooden door jambs provide no real security. Metal door jambs are more durable and are usually bolted into the studs, making it nearly impossible to force the door down with ordinary human strength. Much like the safe room door, multiple locking lugs are a good idea.

Security Systems
Installing a security system and burglar alarms are much more effective when a house is being built or remodeled. Cameras and motion sensors can be placed in inconspicuous places such as inside of permanent lighting fixtures or ceiling fans. Some systems even feature video screens that can be viewed from the bedroom. In addition, making these components part of your home’s original plan will give you a system tailored to your home’s layout, not just a “one size fits all” setup.

Visible Entryways
Burglars love an entryway that is in an alcove or obfuscated by tall shrubbery. Avoid these elements when designing or remodeling your home. Front, back, and side doors should all be positioned on a large, flat wall so as not to provide burglars with concealment while they attempt to gain entry. Trees and bushes will also give them a hiding spot; relegate these to other areas of the yard. Illuminating the entryways with some permanent lighting fixtures is another way to make your home an unattractive target for thieves.

Keeping your dream home safe and secure does not have to involve expensive retrofit solutions. Elements of home security such as these are easiest when they are built from the ground up. Including these features in your home’s design will keep it as secure as possible.

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You own you own house, but does it really feel like a home? Since your home will serve as your bastion of peace, comfort and security, it’s important to take steps to provide those features for yourself and your family. Here are a few ways that you can do this.

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It’s your home, so why not do everything you can to make it feel that way? One way you can achieve this is by selecting decor that represents your unique tastes. For example, if you’re an artist, try displaying your own pieces around your house. Another great option that many people often overlook is having a home custom-built. By choosing this route, you can have your home built to your specifications. If you’re not sure where to start with different customizations, talking to someone like: Sartori Custom Homes is a good idea. These guys are home builders in Calgary, and could point you in the right direction. This makes it a wonderful way to structure your house to meet your needs and plan for future ones.

Make it Comfortable

Your home should be a comfortable, inviting and enjoyable place to be. Furniture is an important consideration. It’s difficult to relax and unwind when you’re sitting on an uncomfortable couch or chair. Many people also find clinical environments cold and unsettling, which is why you should think carefully about colors and accents. Instead of selecting bland, sterile colors, choose ones that offer some warmth and character.

Curb Appeal

You’ve decorated the interior of your house, but what about the exterior? Although you may not realize it right away, the way your house looks on the outside can have a big impact on how you feel about it. After all, it’s the first view you see when you return from work. Adding some flowers, ornamental shrubs, stone walkways or other features will brighten things up and make you feel like you’ve come home.

Make it Fit Your Needs

When turning a house into a home, it’s important to consider the needs of you and your family. Are you planning a family? Designate a small room as a nursery. Does someone in your household have difficulty getting around? Take steps to improve accessibility. Do you like to work out? Using an extra room a home gym is convenient and private. If you work from home, you can also set up part of your house as a tax-deductible workspace.

Safety

Everyone deserves to feel safe in their own home, and there are many ways to provide this for yourself. Make sure GFCI outlets are installed near all water sources, such as the kitchen and bathroom. Ensure that any stairs in your home are outfitted to prevent slipping. You may even want to consider installing a security system. This can help ward off home intrusions and can ensure quick response in case of an emergency.

A house should feel like more than just a place to live. It should feel like a place to thrive and be happy. By following some of the steps above, you can create the ideal home for yourself and your loved ones.

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