Archive for June, 2010

Beach properties- Are these durable?

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

A lot of properties are being raised along beach sides. Condominiums, duplexes, apartments on a timesharing basis are also finding its position of pre-eminence among buyers who desire to globe hop with the timesharing idea. If you take away the fear of inundation owing to a coastal catastrophe (read tsunami), there is not much reason to doubt the durability of a beach home. It just needs to be built with a specific concept. Beach homes are perennially hit by salty waves and water splashes (we can’t even assume how far they travel), thus they need to be built in adequately guarded raw materials.

Aerodynamics plays a very important part in building beach homes. The winds shall be offered greatest resistance by the homes. This is because there are typhoons and hurricanes to be countered and hence the design of the house shall be such that it offers a cul-de-sac to the wind from everywhere.

New York- major portion based on swamps

Friday, June 25th, 2010

The city of New York lies in the extreme eastern flank of North America touched upon by the Atlantic Ocean. The Great Patterson Swamp stretching for 24 square kilometers is a major part of New York City. This creates the inland wetland scene so often manifest by the region. Somewhere in excess of 40000 people reside in the watershed. Ice pond in the swamp can be reached by a road largely made of filth.

Legend has it that there was a time a ledge at the centre of the swamp was utilized by fabricators to print duplicate currency notes. However it had been, New York treated its swamp as a water reservoir even as it let go of a land tilling opportunity if the swamp could be drained and converted into a cultivable land. Colloquially, children from the swamp part of New York were referred to as swamp rats.

How does sun help in construction

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Sun is the ultimate ball of energy, Why construction? Sun helps every molehill that dots the mountainside. Sun has a great role for construction too. Its elementary role is in providing sense of direction. Construction efforts are softened and geared up seeing the direction of sun. while constructing, sun provides heat to the gavels, pebbles, cement, bricks and other raw material that help them to intermix more freely.

Industrial hygienists suggest that sunlight helps in photoemissions that kill any bacterium percolating in the environment of raw materials thereby rendering it greater strength. Lastly, there is a psychological reference which suggests everything is more sanguine in presence of sunlight. Construction work can get extremely monotonous and after a while, only sun can keep the spirits soaring. It also adds great sense of color to a house when it is being painted. Its dimensional evaluation can be done better in presence of sunlight. What color would refract in what way, so on and so forth. Lastly, presence of sunlight implies lack of weather reverses.

Steel in US: wood in Japan

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Japan is at the seismic centre of the world. Because it is highly earthquake prone, it cannot build in steel and other alloys. Obviously, the danger of lives getting lost during earthquake is far greater when rubble of steel falls on you. With wood, chances of getting badly hurt are minimized. Moreover, Japan’s domestic wood produce is far greater than USA and thus its desire to mop up easily available raw material is only practical. Wood houses are built more quickly. The Japanese work force is more industrious as can be envisaged by their ability to master physical fitness techniques.

US on the other hand prefer tall skyscrapers, a tribute to architecture, all in washed or glitzy steel. Right from the foundation to the last lineament pillar to even the scaffolding, USA prefers its sublime building agent, steel. The fact, that steel is more readily available and that US is far from seismic power play helps its stand.

Importance of windows in houses

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Windows have several significant roles. Primarily, they help in filtering air and sunlight, even as they provide passageway to it. Without windows, the rooms would definitely be a lot more dingy. They are also able escape routes in times of fire or accidental locking of doors. Windows can be of many types; the sliding windows and the double glazed windows, the vinyl replacement windows and the very own wooden shaft windows.

Think of kitchen windows. Don’t they allow you to have a vision of your children on the dining table and getting to know what may be their requirement? From the bedroom windows, you can check out if there has been any abnormal activity or you can confirm if your motion detectors have detected any burglar invasion. Windows are certainly a must in the east to welcome the first ray of the sun for poignant solar energy and its gifts.

Use of Steel Detailing Is Famous For Building Designs

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Using steel in structure detailing has become quite a popular concept. Steel is now not only a part of commercial edifice or an industrial property; it has also become a must for building houses. Steel is being used extensively for construction purposes because of its several advantageous properties. A steel building is stronger than a traditional building and to construct it you do not have to pay head and heels.

Some essential steel detail services include
• Appropriate bills of reporting materials
• Workable drawings for structures made of steel
• A foundation with column connection along with a base plate detailing
• Detailed steel member drawings
• Drawings regarding shop and fabrication
• Several layouts of sheet metal and detailing
Most steel buildings are pre-fabricated constructions and this adversely affects the value of the property regarding matters of taking loans or mortgages. Small steel building can be easily constructed, but the larger edifices require serious professional involvement.

What is green architecture?

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Green architecture in short refers to s sort of construction which is sure to have no harmful effects on the surrounding environment. Approaches to green construction are several. The primary aim of a green architect is to offer you with a sort of an edifice which would in no way be a threat to pollution free existence. For this the building materials which are used are essentially organic compounds which have been combined with latest technology to create a zero harmful effect. For instance, the usage of a solar panel is a well thought example of green architecture.

Such a kind of a panel along with a storage tank is capable of storing energy for several electrical requirements like cooking, maintaining a comfortable temperature range and proper running of several electrical appliances. Collection of vat is again an essential element of green architecture. In this way you can collect rain water to be used in matters like growing crops, watering of the lawn and day to day purposes like bathing, drinking and cooking. Proper placement of doors and windows for apposite ventilation is also a commendable aspect of green architecture. However, the ultimate motto of this entire concept is to stay green and healthy.

Eco-friendly commercial construction

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

You can always spend money for an eco-friendly commercial construction. Being environment friendly in the field of architecture is becoming an extremely well known and well accepted concept. In some places you are even exempted of certain taxes when you opt for an eco-friendly commercial edifice. For this you need to get help from an expert constructor who is well acquainted with the mantra of constructing a commercial building with the help of environment friendly materials.

Such a construction can gift you a pollutant free environment and thus it is a guarantee that when you breathe you are inhaling something absolutely pure and fresh. In this way you are also preserving non-renewal materials and energy. When going for such a construction it is a must for the building agent to make sure that the materials being used for the construction are not harmful for both existence and surrounding environment. Thus, the rightful use of eco-friendly materials will surely help you enjoy an apposite unadulterated life.

Residential Reroofing

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

You have to consider several factors while deciding for a reroofing. When you roof is more than 20 years old and have developed serious damages like curling, bald, missing and other wears and tears just find ways to manage the damages to provide your roof both longevity and strength. If your roof has withstood severe climactic hazards just make sure to take care of the sagging parts of the roof. If there is leakage try to fix it up. Take help of someone who has the right knowledge about reroofing.

Your contractor should be a certified person or else things can surely go for a toss. Before reroofing is done a proper inspection of the area is absolutely essential. Most contractors would suggest a reroofing over the already existing shingles. Never go for this option. Have a proper removal of the entire roof and then opt for a rework of the construction. Along with these there are other tips to follow as well. Take into account all necessary suggestions for a constructive residential reroofing.