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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Construct A Durable House

Get a good contractor

This is the person who handles the construction work. The contractor is very sensitive as he’s the one who determines the quality of materials that are used and the quality of workers handling the project. For a long lasting construction you should hire a contractor with a good reputation.

If you are constructing a specialized house such as a storied house you shouldn’t hire a general contractor-you should hire a specialized professional with years of experience.

Be cautious of the materials

The materials you use greatly determine the quality of your house. If you go for low quality materials chances are that your house will be of poor quality and won’t last long enough. To be on the safe side you should use high quality materials.

The contractor you hire has a great influence on the material that go into the construction. To have control of the materials used you should buy the materials and pay the contractor for his/her services.

Flexibility

In addition to hiring a great contractor and architect you also need to ensure that your house design is flexible. This means that it must provide you with room for additional rooms. It should also be easy to change the design of the house if need be.

Tastes and preferences change and for you to make the changes you should go for flexible designs. This calls for you to construct your house in an area where you can easily add additional rooms without damaging the existing house. If you feel that you might require a storied house in the future you should create a strong foundation.

Protect Trees During Construction Work

Protection of existing trees – heavy machinery and construction work within proximity of trees can cause irreparable damage. According to arborists, fixing tree damage is considered far more expensive than preventing it. For this reason, establish visible and durable barricades that keep trees protected. Young trees of 1 to four years require minimal protection of 30 cm area for each 2.5 cm of trunk diameter. For mature trees, the protected area should span two metres from the widest measure of their crown.

Protection of root systems – trees contain two types of roots: large and small absorbing roots. The large system expands in a horizontal direction and is 15-60 cm in depth. They serve to provide anchorage and nutrient transport. The smaller roots average 0.16 cm in diameter and serve to absorb nutrients and water. Damaging any of the two systems can have a significant impact on tree’s health.

Soil compaction – once a tree is established, any soil changing activity can prove detrimental to its health. With construction traffic near the tree, soil can become severely compacted, thus reducing permeability. Compacted soil significantly restricts root growth and contributes to less water and nutrients. A layer of 10-15 cm mulch of wood chips can reduce compaction.

Soil fills – adding an excessive amount of soil around a tree interferes with proper moisture and air circulation. With soil fills, roots can be exposed to improper gas exchange and build up carbon dioxide. The only soil fills that are harmless to trees are those with topsoil less than 8cm. Excessive fill symptoms include small leaves and premature autumn discolouration.

Direct physical injury – construction equipment can damage the bark in what is known as ‘skinning’ process. A tree cannot possibly survive without its bark, making that sort of damage particularly problematic. Trenching can also physically damage a tree’s roots. Boring a tunnel under the roots is the best way to save them. If trenching is not avoidable, it should be placed as far back from the trunk as possible.

Hiring a Masonry Contractor

After gathering several names of masonry contractors call them and make an appointment for them to come to your home to give you an estimate on the work that needs to be done. After getting a quote for the work you need done ask them if they are certified by the MCAA and if they hold a general contractor’s license. If they say yes ask to if you can see their license and certification. If they tell you it is at their shop make a note to stop by their shop to verify that they have them.

You should ask the potential masonry contractor you might hire when they expect to have the job completed. Although you cannot get an end date set in stone because problems can happen such as it could rain, they run into unforeseen problems, etc the contractor should be able to give you a tentative date of completion.

Another important question you need to ask is if they any references from other customers. Ask the masonry contractor if they can give you at least three names and phone numbers of previous customers. Call them and ask if they are satisfied with the work that was done and how they would rate the contractor. Ask if you could come see the project that was done. You should also ask to see proof of insurance. Ask what their payment schedule is and who is responsible for buying the materials. You should also find out who will be responsible for cleanup after the project is finished.

Process of New Home Construction

Once they have the building permits the contractor can start the earthwork on the site. This will including any grading that needs to be done to create an even level foundation for the new home construction. During this part of the process the earth is removed or added as needed. All underground piping is also installed. If there is going to be a crawl space or basement it will also be added at this time. Once all the earthwork has been done the next step is to start framing the houses using steel or wood studs. The builders will create walls, roof framing, and floors at this stage. They may also install windows and exterior doors. Once the building of the house has been completed it is time to put the roof on to create a structure that is watertight. To give the house a finished look they may install brick or exterior siding.

Once the framing work and exterior work is done it is time to start on the interior work. Electrical and mechanical contractors will run the plumbing pipes and wiring throughout the ceiling and walls. The heating and cooling systems are installed and tested, molding and interior doors are put in place and then the drywall is hung. Next the fixtures and hardware are added and the walls are painted. The new home construction is finished and ready for an inspection by the local authority to make sure that the home meets safety and local building codes. An occupancy permit is issued so the family can move in.