Posts Tagged ‘Windows And Doors’
Whether you live in a town, city or suburbia, double glazing has a multitude of positive impacts upon your life, purse and property. Walking down a terraced street for example looking for a starter home that is not a new build can be daunting and disappointing. Old houses built before 1910 are still standing and maybe don’t have damp but you can bet that the windows and doors have been repeatedly replaced in the past 100 years.
Most old houses have a certain style and character that some feel double glazing will detract from and change the whole persona of a home. But it can now be enhanced in looks and security with double glazing. This doesn’t stop at the windows and doors anymore and additional extra rooms are created not just with planning permission, bricks, mortar and a whole lot of effort. Read the rest of this entry »
The cost of energy goes up every year. There are some homeowners who simply accept the costs of heating and lighting a house every year. The reality is that there are actually a number of steps that can be taken that will lower home energy costs across every season. These are not always easy steps but they will result in a noticeable reduction in energy usage.
A large portion of the energy that is wasted in a home is due to insufficient insulation. Houses that have an attic need to have the space insulated. The insulation should also be checked each season to make sure that it is in good condition. Blown-in insulation, rolls of batting and even applied radiant barriers are all options that will help to reduce heating and cooling costs throughout the year. The windows in a home should be check as well. Replacing old windows with modern energy-efficient frames will save a home a significant amount of energy. Gaps around pipes, windows and doors should be plugged with caulk or insulation whenever they are found. Read the rest of this entry »
Every house, cottage or flat has its own individual style and even though a whole housing estate will have been built with only four or five different designs to the living space they all end up eventually unique. This is everyone’s perception of what their home should look and feel like inside.
Some homes have very small entrances, with some having no hallway at all bypassing through the front door straight into either the living room or kitchen directly. A porch can change the whole outlook on your entrance and make the home more welcoming. The wellie room is the popular name for a back porch and ideal when shoes or animals are not allowed straight into your house. Read the rest of this entry »
As you age, the risks of becoming the victim of a violent crime steadily decrease; however, senior citizens must still take steps to stay safe in their homes because criminals do not discriminate when it comes to breaking into houses. In addition, older people are at an increased risk at falling prey to financial scams and fraud. These kinds of crimes can be just as harmful as violent crimes, particularly if enough money is stolen to destroy you financially. If you are a senior citizen, or if you are a family member of one, you must take care to ensure the house is a secure as possible. Read the rest of this entry »
Home burglary is as popular as ever. As a matter of fact it is one of the few areas of crime that has steadily shown an increase in the last couple of years. Many people think that is because of the economy. When the economy is bad people start doing desperate things, and home burglary is a crime of desperation for many.
Home burglary is a low risk crime because homeowners don’t pay that much attention to their own home security and home protection. If a burglar gets caught, the penalties are insignificant. So the bad guys think that it is worth the risk to steal things from people’s homes to put food on their table or buy drugs. Read the rest of this entry »
Worried about the security of your home or business? What about security window film? With the economy at an all time low, and crime on a steady rise even in suburban neighborhoods, beefing up your home or business security should take precedence. From alarm systems to window bars, there are many options to choose from, but few offer the benefits of security window film. If you are on the fence about what you might need to secure your own residential or commercial property, read on to see if security window film might just be the perfect thing for you. Read the rest of this entry »
Regardless of where you might live today, it is of the utmost importance’s that you make your home as secure as possible. Today, there are just as many thieves that are targeting the wealthy neighborhoods, as there are applying their dastardly deeds in the poor ones. The fact of the matter is, that none of us are 100% safe in our very own homes in spite of what we might believe.
Thankfully, there are a multitude of steps that a family can undertake to ensure that their home is as well protected as possible. If you are just starting out developing your own home protection plan, you might find some of the following information useful. Read the rest of this entry »
Unfortunately, in today’s world, you can’t ever be too safe, even when you are in your own house. No neighborhood in the world is entirely immune from crime. You can live in a house that is in a gated community and you still have to take precautions to keep your family and home safe from crime. You simply cannot wait for your home to be burglarized before you take action. You need to be proactive and secure your home so you can live there in peace.
The best way to make your home a fortress is to install a home security system in your house. This is almost mandatory in most neighborhoods, even in gated communities. Not only will your insurance rates go down, but most burglars will skip houses that have security systems installed and choose ones that don’t. You simply cannot match the level of security that a home security system provides because you will have someone watching over your home at all times of the day or night, something that is impossible for you to do on your own. Read the rest of this entry »
1. Clarity – Are the plans printed clearly and the specifications easy to read. Although you may not understand the terminology used somebody else will unless they are illegible. This document will be submitted to planning control and be used in the construction process by your builder, so they had better be legible!
2. True Elevations – Are there elevations of all aspects, showing the extended property as a whole, in addition to the floor plans? Often well drawn elevations can help sell the design.
3. Scale – Have the plans been drawn to an appropriate scale? These should be as follows:
Proposed plan elevations/ layouts 1:50
Block plan: 1:500
Location plan: 1:1,250
4. Plan copy size – Have the plans been re-produced on A1 or AO paper? Having to refer to several pieces of A3 or A4 paper during the project is not going to be helpful.
5. Measurements – Have the plans been marked up clearly with plenty of measurements in the same units? The external dimensions for all outside walls, positions of windows and doors are most important.
6. Specifications - Are the building regulations plans comprehensive and detailed? Are they annotated with detailed specifications? In other words are they worth the considerable expense of having them produced?
7. Levels - Do the plans clearly show the outside ground levels, either as existing or proposed? Are invert levels for the proposed drainage shown? If not this could be a problem for you contractor.
8. Details - Are their separate large scale detailed plans of connections or other critical areas of construction?
9. Red Herrings - Do the plans contain catch all statements like ‘work to comply with building regulations -Approved Document’ You don’t need to know what the references to the building regulations are only that you proposed plans comply with them. Building Control Officers will request that the details of the project are shown in the specification and/ or in the drawings. Also beware of pre-printed standard specifications are also to be avoided, all building work is unique and plans and specs should be be-spoke.
10. Presentation - Do the drawings look like they have been created with care and pride? Are they clear – have they been drawn with black ink and a variety of nib sizes? Do they show detail and are they presentable? Someone whoa has taken pride in their work is likely to have done a diligent job.
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A House is not a simple undertaking, but the job is made easier if you used the correct House Paint tools. Choose which color to paint is the easiest step in the house-painting process. The work will become more difficult, but without the proper House of paint tools to help you. The three most common house paint tools today brush, paint roller and airless sprayer is used. It is really needed by the paint to determine what kind of house painting tools to use.
Brushes are the most common form of tools on the market. There are two types of brushes (from animal hair brushes) natural bristles and synthetic bristle brush (usually nylon). Natural bristle brushes were once as the best brushes, but the quality of synthetic brushes has improved dramatically in recent years and today is considered only as good as the natural. However, it is important to know that you can use the natural brushes on LaTeX coatings waterbased, flaccid go due to the fact that water causes the bristles. Brushes come in many different sizes, the most common is to trim 6 cm and 4 inch wall brushes and the brushes 2 inches. Another house painting tool, which is popular is the foam brush, made of foam urethane and with sponge-like heads. Other brushes are available for this special trimming or hard corner. Read the rest of this entry »