Archive for the ‘Home Construction’ Category

Important Things to Consider About Home Construction

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Basically, your home is your paradise. It is somewhere dreams are built and a place you can escape life’s nightmare. You feel safe and relaxed when you are at home. However for your home to be your sanctuary it must have the right features. This means when building your home you need to put aesthetics, cost and structure into consideration.

It is therefore important to that if you want to stay in a good home then you should ensure that you take great care in planning for your home. It’s always important to fuse art with science. The house that you want will depend entirely on the budget that you are working with. Ensure that you discuss with your construction firm to get a better idea on how you are going to spend to build your home. Another important aspect is the location. Look for a location that is far from the city.

Timber Frame Buildings

Monday, April 26th, 2010

The most appealing feature of timber frame buildings is there simple design. In addition, the strength of a wooden beam can be compared to that of a steel joist. It is able to survive extreme weather conditions. Due to its nature of wooden frame, you are able to put glass expanses that provide high amount of light in building interior.

The person responsible for commissioning the building determines the sheer size structure. The building architecture will provide the craftsmen with the specification. When the timber arrives from the lumber supplier it doesn’t take a long time to put up the structure. It is fixed together with oak pegs and dowels. Due to environmental considerations of treading carefully on the ground, timber structures not only offer great design but also provide superb strength for the building. In addition, you can also make use of natural structures like straw bales for the building walls.

Resurface Your Pool with a Great Plaster Job

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010


Resurfacing older pools requires a specialized professional. It enables you to create a water tight seal for your pool. It also referred to as white cement and when properly done can last for more than twenty years. Plaster is known to degrade with time. It usually starts eroding on the corners of the pool. When you notice this happening then you know that plastering is necessary.

Pool plastering is quite a task and require careful planning. However, when you have the right tools and knowhow you can do the plastering yourself. It is rather obvious the first thing that you do when plastering is to drain all the water from the pool. Use a chisel to remove hanging pieces of plaster. Mix the white cement in a container and apply over the pool. After one day, you can apply another coating and apply a water sealant.

Hurricane Proof Buildings

Thursday, March 18th, 2010


The structure and general design of a building plays a major role in protecting a building from hurricane risks. Technology has brought various methods. It helps the building to withstand strong winds and flooding. The technology allows beach front buildings and other buildings to withstand 20 feet of ocean waves. The building is elevated using concrete, steel and wood.

The buildings walls are also built with sheet rock. It allows water and winds to pass through. It is also referred to as gutting. Modern technology has allowed wind loading for the buildings roofing. The building’s roof is anchored to the walls. Hurricane proof buildings also use earth sheltering technology where the earth’s is used against the walls to exert thermal mass. It reduces the heat therefore maintaining a safe haven in case of a hurricane. Concrete is also used for protecting buildings against pounding and flying debris. It is used together with reinforced metal.

Living Large in a Micro House

Friday, February 19th, 2010


There is a guide that can help you beautify your small house and make it worth living. This guide has helped many U.S citizens who have been affected by the economic crisis and thus opted for tiny homes. Other than that, you can seek help from a number of online companies who have specialized in design and marketing if this tiny houses.

Such companies sell their plans to willing customers who complete their own layouts as per their tastes and preferences. Apart from that, you can pay them to do the whole design for you if you are not experienced. They also produce tiny homes ranging from 60 to 837 square feet with different pricing. Normally, the smaller models are available as pre-built, meaning that they can be towed next to trucks and cars.

Living in micro houses can also be exciting as living in larger or spacious homes.

Anchors and Fasteners for Your Home

Saturday, February 13th, 2010


Whether you are planning to add extra shelves to your home or you are hanging a beautiful painting just to enliven your wall, this article will be helpful to you. Here are some of the common types of anchors and fasteners that you can use in your home to improve the appearance.

Plastic anchors – They are the most common fasteners available and are suitable for concrete, bricks, stone walls and solid wall.
Toggle bolt – They are used for hollow masonry and are pushed onto a drilled hole in the wall.
Screws and lag shields – This is another way of fastening that is mainly used in concrete and any other type of masonry work. They are stronger than plastic.
Concrete screws – They are very popular since they are easy to install and have several trade names. They can be drilled into concrete, brick or block.
Drop-in anchors – They are internally threaded anchors and remain flush on the surface.

Helpful hints of natural stone tiles

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Natural Stones, Home Construction, Office ConstructionThe natural stone tiles are found in different colors, structure, tone and variety. To increase their durability, the stone tiles need following care:

The natural stone tiles should be mopped and swept regularly as grit, stone or dirt can damage them.

Place door mats and rugs to reduce the entry of dust through shoes.
Mild and non abrasive cleaning agents should be used to clean the natural stone tiles.

Never use lemon, vinegar or acid to clean these tiles.

In bathroom apply non acidic scum removing agent and rinse with clean water.

Apply penetrating sealer in the kitchen tiles. This will create a barrier so that the strains don’t penetrate inside and become permanent.

The strain can be removed by sanding the stone tile again.

At the outdoor stone tiles you can apply a mild bleach to clean it. Remove the built up moss regularly for better care of tiles.

Why granite flooring is hard to beat

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Granite Flooring, Home Construction,There are many reasons why granite flooring is hard to resist. The granite being the most durable and hard can be used for flooring of every room but the kitchen floor must be granite. The granite floor doesn’t require much look after; just a simple sweep and mop can keep it shining. A wash with stone soap once a week is enough to maintain it. As it is very hard, it will endure fall of any type of heavy utensils or tools and will not get damaged. The spills are common in kitchen but a granite floor doesn’t suffer due to it.

The personal taste and amount of human traffic naturally dictate the type of flooring used but granite floor can be used anywhere and it will never go out of fashion. Granite has many colors, designs and patterns to suit everyone’s choice. Granite floors can increase the beauty of the interiors manifold.

There is just one disadvantage that it can get scratches by quartz. The sand, which comes inside the house with the shoes, contains quartz and they can scratch the granite floor. It can be avoided if the floor is swept regularly.

Lighting Aspects in a New Construction

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Lighting, ConstructionLighting is often considered to be a trivial thing in a new construction, but most of us forget that it is one of the most crucial aspects of it. Regional climate, heat and location of the sun play a very important role in the lighting aspects in a home. Designers will do their best to maximize natural light into the home so that expenditure on light and heat can be minimized. While choosing the lighting options for your new home, you can consider incorporating LED lighting, Fiber Optics, remote control, outside lighting and computerization.

The entire design of your new construction is intuitive and the lighting aspect is no exception. You must visit the local stores and refer to their brochures so that you can pick up the lightning equipments as per your requirements and preferences. Modern lighting equipments are now available in all parts of the world and because of diminishing international boundaries; they are made available in the market at quite affordable prices.

Barn Door Home Construction

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Barn Door Home ConstructionBuilding a barn has always been a complicated and confusing project in any kind of home construction. Because barns are larger in size and the doors need to be individually made to fit correctly, you may sometimes have trouble finding the right hardware as per your needs. The first thing that you need to do while looking for barn door hardware is checking the local hardware shops. Even if they do not have the barn door as per your requirements, they may at least direct you to the exact location where you can find the one.

Before going to search for your barn door, make sure to take the measurements properly and have the details ready so that you can make the right choice. If you are not able to find the barn door in your local market, you can check over the internet and search for the product you want. Select some reputed suppliers and make your order by satisfying yourself to the fullest extent. By doing all this, you will definitely find the barn door that you are looking for.