Should You Hire an Architect For Your Home Remodeling Project?

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are like most homeowners, you are probably thinking about a life-changing home remodeling project. You may be thinking of building a one or two-storey addition for additional bedrooms, bathrooms, or a larger family room. You could also be thinking of expanding your kitchen or renovating the patio. Regardless of whatever your remodeling project entails, it could benefit from the insight of a professional residential architect. Most homeowners may think that they don’t need an architect, and they dive in with their contractor to commence the project. While this can work in some instances, it is not always the best option. It is suitable to hire an architect for your remodeling project for the following reasons. Creating the design Imagine a remodeling project whose results don’t meet your final expectations. You had it all worked out in your head, but it didn’t come out the same way. A failed remodeling project can be an eyesore for the rest of your life since redoing it can be costly and exhausting.  An architect is valuable in helping you to see the bigger picture even before the commencement of the project. They will provide schematics that define every tiny aspect and detail of the project as per your requirements. With these schematics, your contractor will follow the design and deliver a perfect remodeling job. Changing of the home’s footprints If your remodeling project involves changing your home’s footprints, you should hire an architect to redesign it. Such a project involves making additions or altering the sizes and shapes of structures and altering the plumbing, electrical, and heating systems. Alterations without proper guidelines can negatively affect their functionality.  An architect can redraw your house plans to meet your desires, while satisfying the structure’s requirements and maintaining or improving the functionality of its systems. This will save you future costs of fixing systems which were tampered with during the remodeling project. Handling the paperwork Most people think that architects just draw a building’s semantics and oversee its construction. However, beyond the drawing and designing, an architect is tasked with the role of ensuring that a structure meets the building codes and structural demands as per the law. They need to make sure that the modifications you are making meet the safety requirements of new and renovated buildings. All these require vast knowledge of construction and building that only a qualified architect possesses. Finally, an architect can help you hire the right contractor, ensure you have the right materials, and oversee your remodeling project to completion. If you are thinking about undertaking a major remodeling project for your home, consider employing the services of a qualified...

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Benefits of Opting to Install Metal Roofing Tiles

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Many of today’s homeowners are looking for roofing solutions that are durable, functional, and attractive. Very few roofing products can provide as many benefits as metal roofing tiles. These benefits are many and far-reaching, and here are just but a few crucial ones that every homeowner should know about. Versatility of style Metal roofing tiles are a stylish and elegant addition to any home. These tiles can be designed to replicate the look of other roof types such as wood and natural stone. Stone-coated metal roofing tiles are usually manufactured from a ferrous metal such as steel and then coated with stone chips affixed to the metal using a layer of acrylic adhesive. Their goal is to imitate the beauty of traditional roofing options while ensuring greater longevity. What’s more, metal roofing tiles come in a limitless selection of decorative colors, shades and textures to complement the overall design of a residential structure. Energy efficiency Metal roofing tiles can help increase your home’s energy efficiency depending on the climate of the area. For regions that receive plenty of sunshine all year long, it would be appropriate to choose roofing tiles with deflective colors, so that they can redirect rays of sunlight away from the surface of the roof. In areas with colder climates, homeowners should opt for dull-colored roofing tiles so as to help absorb the little solar heat generated outside into their indoor space. Recyclability Metal is undoubtedly one of the most environmentally friendly roofing options on the market today, and this benefit accrues to metal roofing tiles as well by extension. First of all, new roofing tiles can be manufactured from recycled metal material, and they can be recycled over and over again every time they reach the end of their useful lives. More so, metal roofing tiles can be fitted over an existing roof, consequently cutting down on material wastage and installation time as well. Lightweight As compared to other roofing tiles such as those made of concrete, slate or clay, metal roofing tiles are remarkably lightweight, making them easy and quick to install. Furthermore, once the roofing is installed, you can be sure that the structural weight exerted on your house will be much lower relative to that exerted by the traditional tile types. Metal roofing tiles are a great choice for many roofs. If you’re looking for a roofing company in your area, hire one like Roof Tek...

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What to Remember When Choosing a Shed for Your Property

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A shed is a great choice for a smaller property that cannot accommodate a garage, or for when you just need extra storage space beyond what the garage offers. Sheds come in a wide range of styles, sizes, and other features, so you want to choose wisely and ensure you get one that you’ll be happy with for years to come. Note a few things to remember before you pick out a shed for your property. 1. Material A plastic shed is very affordable and lightweight, and kits are usually easy to assemble. However, a plastic shed may look a bit cheap and not very attractive. You may not be able to paint a plastic shed to improve its appearance, so make this choice carefully. Vinyl sheds may look better than plastic and these are very durable as they won’t chip, rot, or rust.  A metal shed can also be very durable and may look even better than vinyl, although they can be heavier and more cumbersome to put together. If you do choose metal, look for aluminum as it doesn’t rust or corrode and may require the least amount of maintenance over the years. A wood shed is very traditional and may look the best but this type of kit is often cumbersome and difficult to put together on your own. Be prepared to have help with a metal or wood shed construction. You may also need to repaint and reseal a wood shed every year or every few years, so it may mean more work and maintenance than other materials. 2. Style You may not think much of the style of a shed but remember that your shed can enhance the overall look of your property or detract from it, and different styles will affect the interior room for storage. An A-frame shed typically has the highest ceiling height inside so it’s good for storing tall riding equipment such as a tractor. A barn style shed may have a roof that is more square so that you can add beams to the ceiling and store items on top of the beams; this is good for sliding garden rakes, hoes, and other such tools overhead and getting them out of the way.  A cottage style shed will usually be designed to look like a small cottage, with windows and a curved doorway. This can make it a good choice for use as an outdoor office, or for when you don’t want your shed to interfere with the overall look of your...

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Why You Should Hire a Construction Manager to Oversee Your Construction Projects

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Managing a construction project from start to finish is not an easy job. If you are a the real estate developer, you will not only need to coordinate the activities of site workers but also have to communicate with the client, architects, subcontractors, and sometimes even urban planners to get things running smoothly. This calls for a great deal of initiative, organization and people skills. There are plenty of good reasons why you should hire a construction manager to supervise work on your construction project. Here are a few crucial ones you should know about:  Bridging the knowledge gap in an economical way For some real estate companies, hiring someone to manage their projects is an unnecessary addition to their project costs. This type of mindset is not completely accurate. Sure, the cost of hiring a construction manager will reflect on the companies’ financial books as an expense but on a greater scale, it may have multiplier effects in terms of cost-savings realized from the improved process. Because construction managers are well-acquainted with the entire construction process as well as the industry dynamics, they can bridge the knowledge gap existing between you and them, saving you both time and money. For instance, a construction manager can save you lots of money by utilizing their networks to cut on the costs of building materials, as well as speed up the process of obtaining the required building permits. If the cost of hiring a construction manager is still an issue, your company has the option to choose one willing to charge a flat fee, depending on the scope of services to be rendered, so that you can know how much of this extra investment in labour is up-front and then budget for it accordingly.  Relieve yourself of the hassle of performing construction work. Having somebody else handle the pressure that comes with executing different project responsibilities safely, reliably and in good time is a big plus for your real estate company. A construction manager will take up a leading role in managing your construction project, and this is a major advantage for those who want to delegate authority and alleviate themselves of onerous decision-making responsibilities.  Keeping up with construction laws. It is usually a great challenge to keep up with the numerous laws, codes and standards regulating the construction industry. Understanding all these laws, and seeing to it that they are followed, especially when you have strict project deadlines to meet, is never easy. For this reason as well, it is prudent to seek the services of a construction manager to run your project....

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Be Sure to Discuss These Topics Before Renting a Concrete Pump

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Renting a concrete pump can make quick work of any concrete pouring job you have on your property. The pump works to dispense concrete from a mixer to the surface, and many can even pump concrete vertically so that you don’t need to elevate the mixer or haul heavy loads of concrete up a scaffolding. When you’re ready to rent or hire a concrete pump, note a few things to discuss with the rental agency so you know what’s involved and are sure to get the right pump for the job. 1. Ask how it’s transported If they don’t deliver, you’ll need to ensure that the pump has a hitch that is compatible with your vehicle and that your vehicle can safely haul the pump, considering its overall weight. If you don’t have the right hitch on your vehicle or a vehicle strong enough to tow a concrete pump, ask about a truck-mounted pump. Truck-mounted pumps come already mounted to the back of a rental truck; this can make it easier for you to transport the pump if it’s not delivered to your property. 2. Note the arm reach for awkward spaces If you’re pouring a new concrete driveway, you may be able to back the concrete mixer and pump right up to the driveway pad. However, if you’re pouring a new foundation for a garage behind your house, you may need an extended arm that can reach to an area where the pump itself cannot. It can be good to bring exact measurements of your property or project and discuss what you need by way of an extended arm on the pump so you know your area will be accessible. 3. Note how it needs to be cleaned before it’s returned Concrete can dry inside a pump if it’s not cleaned properly after every job. You may be required to hose out the inside or otherwise clean the pump after your job is done, or you may lose your deposit. Be sure you go over this detail with a rental agency so you know what’s involved in a proper cleaning. 4. Ask if you’re required to have a certain number of operators Unless you’re renting a very small pump for concrete, you may actually be required to have two operators work the pump at once. This can ensure there is someone by the pump to turn it off in case of emergency or to ensure it doesn’t pump out the concrete too quickly. Even for jobs on your own private property, note if there are requirements when it comes to the number of operators working the...

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Outside Storage Options: Which Wood Works Best When Building Boxes?

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Uncategorized |

You can never have too much storage! And with the end of summer on the horizon, it is time to turn your mind to where you are going to store all the new pieces of outdoor setting you purchased during the hot months. Rather than stashing it all into your already crowded garage, why not use some of the wood off-cuts you have lying around from previous building projects? Building a wooden storage box is not a hard thing to do; however, not all wood lends itself well for this type of building project. Here are two points you need to remember when you are picking through the wood pile. Pine Do you have some pine boards left over from your last decking project? If so, pine is one type of wood that works well for storage boxes. Pine is a very versatile wood because you can either stain it to accentuate its natural beauty, or you can paint over it in a colour that matches the rest of your outdoor area. Pine also stands up well to outdoor living once it has been sealed. Paint each of your pine planks with a water repelling sealant once they have been cut to size to ensure it can stand up to the rigours of outdoor exposure. Bear in mind, however, that pine is a soft wood, which means it can be easily scratched or dented. If you plan to have your storage box in an area where it has to survive the roughness of children or pets, you need to choose a harder wood for your wooden storage box. Teak Teak is a hardwood, and you commonly find it being used for the building of outdoor furniture because it is naturally weather resistant. This is because teak has a high concentration of natural oil, and this oil helps to repel moisture which makes other softer wood rot. The bonus of this hardwood is it is very durable and strong, which means it can survive hot South Australia summers or cold Tasmanian winters. The main thing to remember if you choose to build your storage with teak is this wood does discolour over the course of a year. It will change from a natural honey brown to grey. However, an annual wash with hot, soapy water will bring the wood oils back to the surface to restore its beautiful colouring. If you do not trust your own woodworking skills to put a storage box together, simply gather up the wood you want to use and hire a builder to put the boxes together for you. You can also contact a boxing company, such as Australian Boxes & Cases, to inquire whether...

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