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Monthly Archives: September 2018

House Extensions

Are you looking forward to an extra bedroom, a new living area for the whole family to enjoy or for a home office? The first and foremost step is to verify the viability of a house extension procedure in your property, no matter whether it is a single storey extension or a two (double) storey extension. Always keep in mind that only a well-planned sensible design can be cost-effective and provide you the likely benefits. Before you proceed, it is also necessary to recognise the need of a planning permission and verify whether your property is located in a conservation area. If so, it is highly recommended to seek advice from your nearby building control authority and do a research about the legal procedures related to the extension work.

Next, take time to find an answer for “how much does an extension cost?” For this, your exact requirement has to be analysed in detail. Based on your need, you can either choose a rear extension or a side extension procedure. A single storey extension, either done on the side or rear portion, is comparatively cheaper and it requires only minimal disruption. However, if you need more ventilation, then a double storey extension is considered as more beneficial. An extra investment is often required when you adopt additional painting or interior design services. Also, make sure to implement adequate safety measures, before your home remodelling job, to avoid unexpected costs.

As there are multiple possibilities in a home or kitchen extension project, it is extremely essential to find a reputable professional who utilise highly sophisticated construction methods for a hassle free home improvement job. Such professionals inspect your site and suggest the most suitable design pattern, based on your specific requirements, budget and the building’s pre-existing conditions. Moreover, they adhere to essential quality standards and offer adequate work warranty for the job undertaken to ensure utmost customer satisfaction.

Wooden Garages

Surprising facts about wooden garages

Multi-purpose

The prime purpose of wooden garages is providing a safe place to park your car. Well, that’s not all. Wooden garages are multi-purpose and can serve other purposes other than accommodating your car. Some people use garages as a store where they keep gardening tools and other household equipment whose services are not needed regularly. There are also those who use garages as workshops. Last but not the least, some people turn their wooden garages as man caves. If the garage is big enough, why not use it as a man cave for one of those awkward nights?

Suitable for all seasons

Naturally, wooden structures are very attractive to the eye. Irrespective of what season it is, wooden garages always look attractive to the eye. Wood being a bad conductor of heat ensures that the inside temperature remains warm during winter despite the fact that it is freezing outside. A wooden garage is perfectly equipped to suit you in all seasons.

Maintenance of wooden garages

Wood is durable but there are a few things that you need to know about maintenance of a wooden garage. Wood can rot, get infected with pests and break. To ensure that your garage is always in good shape you will have to maintain it. How do you go about it?

Regular inspection- once every 6 months you should see to it that you inspect your garage. Check and see if there is any cracks or broken parts of the wood, check for rotting or any parts that are infected with pests. The best wood to use is slowly grown conifer. It is durable and doesn’t rot easily. In the inspection, also check the frames and the ceiling. If the frames started to rot and you don’t do anything about it the structure can collapse.

Replacing what is damaged. The inspection is to ensure that you identify the various problems. Everything that you found with a damaged has to be replaced. There are also those who repaint their wooden garage at least once every two years. If you can’t do it yourself seek professionals help.

Safety measures

Safety always comes first and with wooden garages, it is no exemption. Unlike other building materials wood is combustible and this means that you have to take safety precautionary measures to protect your garage in case of an accidental fire. If statistics are anything to go by then over 65% of household fires either start from the kitchen or the garage. Most of the times the fire is accidental but how well equipped you are to deal with the fire will determine the amount of damage the fire will do. Some of the recommended fire safety precautions include:

Sprinkler and fire alarms

Install fire alarms that are connected to a water sprinkler system. With a fire alarm system put in place, this means that you will be in a position to detect the fire when it is still manageable. The sprinkler system can put off the fire but even if this doesn’t work, the fact that you will detect the fire in the early stages this means that you will have enough time to react to the fire.

Reasons to Have a Custom Home

Functionality

The layout and usable space in the home can easily be tailored to match the specific needs. This is great for those that want the option to choose between the separate, defined rooms or the open floor plan. Also, it is possible to include custom features like a private library with walls of bookcases or a spiral staircase in the center of a room. There are plenty of ways to create the unique and stylish home when starting from scratch. It most cases, this would be very difficult with a semi-custom or pre-built home.

Material quality

The material quality can vary significantly. Many existing homes can include low-quality or prefabricated materials. A custom home makes it possible to have more input on the materials. This means that every part of the home is constructed with high-quality materials, brands and products.

Budget control

The process of having a custom home does not need to be expensive. The size, layout and materials can all be tailored to match the buyer’s budget. When it comes to working with a home build, the architect can help design a property that truly matches the requirements and each part of the design takes the budget into consideration.

Location

The custom home is certain to appeal to those that wish to live in a specific area or have land that is ready to be developed. Whether you are looking to create a property on a wide-open space that spans many acres or be part of an active community, there is the option to create the perfect home. Also, the ability to choose the location makes it possible to benefit from spectacular views or maximize personal privacy.

Clarify About Builders

  1. Check Certificate of Insurance:

If he is insured, you will not have to bear the liability and compensation if something happens to him while working on site. Make sure you look for the certificate.

  1. How many years he has given to this industry?

If you have to choose anyone from the list of recommended builders, make sure you ask them this question. It will reveal how expert your builder would be. More the time, more will be the experience and ultimately, you will get the best work!

  1. Does he agree on monthly updates on the completed construction?

As you would pay the money, you have the right to be informed about the completion of the construction every month. Therefore, ask your builder beforehand to keep you updated during the construction.

  1. Does he agree to show his contracting license?

Every city, every county, and every state have a different set of construction parameters to be followed to obtain a license. So, if the builder is a genuine one, he must have the proper license to work in the industry. You must verify the license.

  1. Does he provide you a warranty?

If the chosen builder did not perform well and shown poor workmanship, then you are liable to get it corrected without paying any extra amount. It is your right and warranty is the term that protects it.

  1. Does he provide site clean up after construction?

There are many recommended local builders, who have the site clean service in the checklist. Make sure you also clear your doubts before hiring one of them.

  1. Does he produce the estimated cost in-written?

So, that the builder does not overcharge you in the name of hidden fees, make sure you clear the doubt about the estimated cost. It will safeguard you in future.

  1. Does he store the material and equipment in your home?

It happens that most of the builders tend to store the materials and tools in your home at the end of each working day. You must clear this with the builder so that no future ruckus is experienced.

  1. Does he demand full payment at one time?

No one should clear the total amount of construction in one go. You can give him upfront and schedule the payment according to the step by step completion of the construction project.

  1. Does he provide any compensation if a delay occurs?

If any sort of delay occurs in the completion of the project, would the builder be liable for providing the compensation? If the builder says ‘yes,’ ask things in writing.