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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Tired of That Worn Out Floor?

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When something is subjected to friction for an extended period of time, it’s bound to appear ragged and old, which is inevitably displeasing to the eye. When it’s time to finally replace those old and worn out floor tiles, you need to think about a material that will be durable, cost efficient and pleasing to the eye. Bamboo floors have, in the recent years, become more popular, due to their exotic looks, and they are also rather inexpensive. Due to the similarities with hardwood flooring, it’s become an extremely appealing choice for many people. Why the bamboo floor is your best option When the time comes to change the appearance of your home, do not settle for second best. Bamboo flooring, like hardwood floors, comes from natural vegetation. However, unlike hardwood, bamboo is a type of grass. Its maturation period is around three to five years compared to hardwood trees that may take up to twenty years to mature. It’s ecologically friendly because the bamboo plant is able to renew itself. Therefore, it has little or no effect on the natural environment, both in the short and long-term. It’s stylish and has the same look and feel as hardwood floors. It’s also cost efficient and can help you save a lot of money in the long-term, considering it’s as durable as a hardwood floor. It’s easy to maintain because all you have to do is sweep, clean with a non-alkaline cleanser or vacuum it regularly to remove the small debris that may build up between the floor panels. The bamboo floor is more water resistant than hardwood floors, meaning it’s less likely to succumb to water damage or develop stains. Installation The best bamboo floor boards should be cut from mature and dry bamboo sticks. Bamboo floorboards maybe floated, glued or nailed. The best installation method will be suggested by the facility contractor you hire after close inspection of the existing floor. The contractor and the owner should then inspect all the boards to be installed to ensure that none of them is damaged. After installation, the homeowner should ensure that they control the moisture content to prevent any potential damage that may be caused. It’s upon you to make the best choice to suit your needs. After all the insight on bamboo floors, you may realize that bamboo floors are the best choice you can ever make. If you still need more information about bamboo flooring, contact a local flooring...

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The Dos and Don’ts of Garage Floor Epoxy Sealing

Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Having an epoxy coating installed over your garage floor allows you to get longevity in the floor, as it helps to seal it. Aside from the sealing quality, epoxy can also help you get a clean, shiny surface. It becomes easier to clean and maintain, not to mention better to look at. Here are some important things to keep in mind when it comes to epoxy flooring. Dos: The first thing you should do when you are considering epoxy flooring in your garage is to look for a warranty. Whether you are purchasing a DIY kit or having it installed professionally, ensure the product being used is covered by a warranty. This allows you to get free labor work if there is an issue with your garage floor within that period of time. Also ensure you are keeping up with maintenance of the epoxy floor after it has been installed. This is not a do-it-and-forget-it type of sealant. You still need to keep the floor cleaned on a regular basis. While the flooring does become low-maintenance as opposed to the garage flooring before, it still needs regular inspections. Clean the floor regularly by sweeping it and washing it. Once it is clean, you are able to look for any signs of damage, such as cracks or holes in the surface. Epoxy floors can handle a good amount of heavy objects, but you should still place a pad or similar item underneath motorcycles and other objects that might scratch the flooring. Avoid using cleaners that contain vinegar or citrus, since the acid can ruin the epoxy. Don’ts: When you are applying the epoxy flooring, make sure you don’t apply it without first correcting current issues. If your floor already has hairline fractures, they need to be repaired first. If you are using a contractor for the epoxy sealant, they will likely do this for you. However, if this is a DIY project, you need to purchase a filling product for the cracks and holes. Concrete filler is available if you have a concrete floor in your garage. Look closely at the floor before applying the epoxy and ensure it is completely clean and dry before beginning. Unless you are 100 percent confident in your ability to do a flawless job, don’t install it yourself. You will be much happier with the results if you pay a little more for a professional to install the epoxy floor. They can inspect the floors, complete repairs and do the installation all at the same time. You will know you are getting the best result possible when hiring a...

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