Should the average homeowner know about
building and home construction? Ideally, the answer to this question should be
no because it is expected that the contractor will take care of everything for
the homeowner. The problem is that there are many things that require awareness
from the homeowner as far as knowledge about home construction is concerned.
One of the reasons why homeowners need to
know about home construction is so that they know if they really are getting a
good deal. How could they be aware if the contractor was cheating on materials
and construction methods if they knew nothing about it?
Another good reason why a homeowner must
know about home construction is so that he can be sure that the place will be
able to withstand the disasters that are increasingly happening now. There are
methods and construction materials that can make a home ready for anything.
Here are some basic things you should know
about building a house:
You must consider the
shape of your house in construction. Regular shapes such as a square or even a
rectangle can offer more strength when compared to an L-shaped building. So
it’s better to choose a construction that is in an organized shape and not too
innovative in this regard.
It is important that you check the area
and background for possible reasons why you might have to leave the location
later. It will be much more expensive if you have to do that after the house is
built or construction has begun. Here are a few things you need to check:
• Proximity to rivers and lakes that might
cause flooding in the area.
• Possibility of land settlement due to
• The presence of smoke and odors from
• Soil depression … Read more
By adding supplementary equipment like a radiant
preventer, you can restrain the heat to enter into your house. It will
stabilize the temperature of your house and will reduce the electricity bills
for the entire year. In-home construction plans a good construction plan is to
add such a supplementary tool in your house.
When you are willing to do some
modifications of your residence, include a heat insulator as a priority. If you
are living in a place with hot weather, it will keep your house cool all the
time. It will reduce your house electricity bills, and will also maintain a
clean and fresh environment. Besides such benefits, if you have some future
plans for selling your property, this equipment will add extra worth to your
house. It will benefit you both in present and at the time of sale.
If you are having the idea of installing a
heat insulator in your house, then the best time is when the house is in the
building stage. Later on, it becomes difficult to install an insulator when
your house is completely constructed. If you feel like installing it right at
the time of construction, then remind it to your contractor at the very first
stage of development. Before installation just tell the contractor to check the
material with the ASTM (American society of testing material) standards. Also
tell him to check the condition of the attic, in case the attic is having any
crack or damage it will not able to hold the equipment for a longer duration.
The installation can be configured during the stage of roof building as the
attic and the roof structure is about to position in this particular stage. It
will end in a better installation and a good performance of the radiant
blocker.… Read more
The Art Deco period was a thoroughly glamorous style epitomising the
opulence of the inter war period. Known as the ‘Jazz Age’ or the ‘Cocktail Age’
it was renowned for its modern, sleek looks and luxurious use of materials. New
York’s Chrylser Building, The Savoy, Sybil Colefax and Rene Lalique are icons
of this era and are all still admired and much emulated today.
Art Deco was a noticeable reaction to the austerity of the First World
War. Luxury and decadence are clearly evident in the use of rare and exotic
woods and materials such as ivory, shagreen (imitation sharkskin) or mother of
pearl. Excessive use of mirror, satins and pale leathers also made the look
highly impractical and therefore only affordable to the elite who had staff to
take care of such things. Hollywood adored the style as it worked perfectly for
the black and white scene sets of the time and as a result elevated the look to
one for the A-listers of the day (Marlene Dietrich for example.)
Global influences were also notable. The Art Deco use of lacquer as a
finish on furniture came from China, the colours of the period were clearly
those of the Russian Ballet, the stepped shapes of the pyramids of the Aztec
can be seen in cocktail cabinets and clocks and the discovery of Tutankhamun’s
burial site in 1922 brought about a Neo-Egyptian vogue that was translated
through the use of sun bursts and columns.
Advancement in technology was also a key influence that presented itself
in a ‘streamlined’ look. Aerodynamic shapes taken from ocean liners and
Zeppelins can be seen in everyday objects of the period – from cigarette
lighters and radios to cocktail cabinets.
Technology brought about new materials fashioned into original and
modern … Read more
When it comes to privacy the one thing that clicks in mind is the
installation of shutters or blinds in your home. Window shutters are stable
window coverings with vertical or horizontal rails. You can install shutters
for variety of reasons such as to create privacy, to enhance your room’s
elegance or even to prevent sunlight from entering your room.
Shutters come in variety of sizes, colors and designs. You should look
for the style and color that fits best to the rest of your home d?cor. Some
window shutters are made of wood, faux or other materials. You can install the
shutters in different ways, such as you can install it within the opening or
overlapping the opening.
When installing shutters, the first step is to measure the window
opening. Next you need to determine the depth of your window. The manufacturer
you choose to buy shutters can also help you in this regard.
Interiors shutters Interior window shutters are also called
“plantation shutters” and are available in different styles and
colors. Today you can easily buy plantation shutters without drilling a hole in
your wall. These shutters not only serve other window treatments, but also add
style and grace to the interior of your home.
These shutters will help to keep your home warmer in winters and cooler
in summers. The installation of interior shutters has become a fashion
nowadays. You can order these via online shutter stores at the comfort of your
home and the delivery will be made in no time. To choose the right window
shutters you can also visit a window treatment specialist. Interior shutters
are considered as a simple and inexpensive window treatment solution.
Exterior shutters Exterior window shutters are made of different
materials like aluminum, fiber glass and wood. These shutters not … Read more
The largest amount of energy that
is consumed by homes on average is due to heating requirements, which are
continuing to steadily. The average heating bill (at the time of winter alone)
in the U.S. in 1999 was $564, which reached $989 by the next 6 years, and it is
showing no signs of halting its steady growth even after almost 5 years have
passed since the end of 2005.
Does our heating bill rise only
when we use more heat to warm up our homes? It is obvious that using more
energy equals more money needed to pay for it. However, the actual vampire of
our home’s heat energy is something a little less obvious – the unwanted
thermal energy loss effect. This is normally the main reason for our heating
bills being much higher than they need to be.
This article will focus on
explaining the details of this effect and how we can solve its different
aspects. So, let’s take a look at the most effective and important ways we can
go about doing this:
1. Fixing bad insulation. What is
insulation exactly? There are certain materials that are embedded in the core
of our home’s wall structures, and sometimes, even roofs and floors, that have
a specific purpose – they absorb our home’s heat and radiate it back inside,
for as long as possible, allowing our homes to maintain a relatively constant
temperature once we turn off our heating. Your insulation is effective (good)
if it radiates a high proportion of the heat it absorbs, and, also, for a
reasonably long time. So it is ineffective (bad) if it does not do so. Bad
insulation is one of the biggest heat wastes in our homes.
You can review your home’s
insulation materials by asking experts to … Read more