Plans for Extending Your Attic Into a Loft

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buildingMore than a romantic cliche, loft conversions are now very fashionable, especially the hip to gable type. But such an arrangement requires a lot of planning and preparation.

Today, the space under roofing of the houses is very often occupied by parts of life. The lack of land to build on people to renovate their attics into a loft. And the price of housing encourages families to use every cubic centimeter to the highest degree.

They would also be wrong to not do a loft conversion when we know that the volume under-roof can represent up to 30% of the total interior space of the house! However, the layout of this space often proves to be restrictive, as the roof sections limit the heights and generate residual spaces that are difficult to exploit. Such a project, therefore, requires a professional to do it. Plus there are regulations to follow.

The plan and the cut

The first step, when creating a space under the roof, is to draw precisely the plan and the cut of what one would like to achieve. You need to plan by a view from above, on which you can determine the place of the partitions, stairs, doors, various functions, furniture, etc. The cut, on the other hand, is a “cut-out” diagram of the house. As if we had sliced the building in the direction of the height and that we looked at it from above. This drawing essentially makes it possible to visualize the heights below the ceiling.

The loft dimensions

The cut and the plan will allow, as a first step, to determine the really habitable space for the loft, that is to say, the area where it is possible to stand comfortably standing, that is, at a minimum, 2 m under slope. In the respect of the rules of art, all the places of circulation will be at least 2 m high, even 2 m 10.

For the attic access staircase (also see below), the headlamp, that is the height between each step and the roof, must be 2 m 10 minimum. For the roof surface to be ideally exploited, it will be necessary that the level of the bottom of the roof is located at least 80 cm above the floor level of this floor. If this is not the case, the loft will only be used for storage.

Loft Functions

Room, office, bathroom, kitchen, living room, TV corner, painting workshop, games room … Today, any function can be placed under roof, as long as the place has the necessary technical equipment and that these rooms are well organized with respect to the slope of the roof and the available space. A dormer conversion like this is one of the more popular options.

The Loft Dividers

Two options are available to the occupants in terms of attic layout. The first: create a landscaped space, loft type, where the functions are separated only by furniture, differences in texture on the ground, lighting effects. This installation has the advantage of giving a sense of space and offers a complete vision of the frame, which can be very interesting in a renovation. The other option is to have a more closed off type. Whatever one you choose is up to you.


Advantages and Disadvantages of Roller Blinds

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Roller shutters, or as they are called “blinds” or “cloth blinds” in vogue recently, but they are quickly captured market. Today, many order immediately the additional installation of curtains along with the installation of new windows. And this popularity is quite justified. That roller has significant advantages over conventional blinds.

The advantages of roller shutters

Great selection of colors and tones, textures, textures, fabrics, which are suitable for any interior. Due to the fact that the blinds are integral soul, it may well be a complex pattern, and it will not look ugly. Fabrics can have a different density to be almost transparent, and dense enough to completely darken the room. On the basis of the fabric can be monotonous, color, with images of children’s drawings, printing of complex drawings, paintings or brand photographs.

A variety of fabric structures – cotton, linen, silk, polyester and even PVC fabric. Curtains/blinds are impregnated with a special compound so that the fabric will not burn, minimally dirty, that do not accumulate dust and the blade edges do not dissolve.

In the market, you can even find roller shutters with anti-glare, or insulating properties.

Roller shutters perfectly match with tulle, unlike conventional blinds. To spice up the interior, but you have to choose the right combinations.

There are special blinds to darken the room completely, which are composed of two layers – the interior is a fabric and the exterior – reflective screen. These blinds are perfect for rooms where there is a home theater and bedrooms.

Roller shutters are compact, occupy very little space, rolled up, so that the sill remains free. In addition, they can be omitted not until the end, closing only a part of the window, and let sunlight penetrate.
shutters, which are mounted on each one guillotine windows separately, allow closing a single flap, depending on the needs. With conventional blinds, they make it impossible.

Very easy to clean – just wipe with a damp cloth and rinse random spot with soapy water. They are also easy to fix. See how to fix roller blinds here.

Disadvantages of roller shutters

Insufficiently strong and durable components of roller shutters. Practically all the pieces are made of plastic and mistreated that are easy to break.

The fabric can absorb odors, especially if the curtain is installed in the kitchen, and it can not be gotten rid of, unlike conventional curtains.

If the roller shutter is mounted on the window frame, instead of the user’s profile, or inside the window opening, then opening a window with the blinds closed will not work. This is a very important drawback since conventional curtains can be completely combined with air vents and open windows. If the barrier is installed in the profile of the sheet, this problem does not exist.
To maximize the level disadvantages, it is better to choose reliable manufacturers blinds of high-quality materials.

Steps in maintaining safety on the construction site

  1. The first step to take to ensure safety on the construction is to take a thorough walk throughout the site to identify all the possible hazards. All such hazards and things considered unsafe should be written down in detail. Managers should be made aware of the possible dangers so that they can alert the workers on site to familiarize themselves with these possible dangers.
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3 Reasons why you need a construction manager

  1. The project would be completed on time

Construction managers use advanced project managements and scheduling software that provide continuous updates to the project owner. They also keep track daily on the changes that have been made to the project. He keeps track of the project progress and the current stage it is in so as to prevent it from falling behind schedule and he can allocate the necessary resources accordingly.

  1. Budgets can be easily met and costs can be kept at a minimum

During the bidding stages of a construction project, construction managers are quite very proficient at creating a very competitive bidding process. They also make sure that no one runs over their contract by being hands on through the project period.

  1. To prevent and manage risks

Construction managers are quite well experienced when it comes to risks that are involved in projects. With that experience, they can properly and efficiently plan for risks whenever and if ever they occur. They typically have a risk management system tactics in play at all times to control the possible risk ahead of time.

5 tips on hiring builders and skilled tradesmen

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Getting the right builder and skilled tradesmen can sometimes be a very daunting task. You have to choose a reliable and professional contractor or builder that would ensure the success of your building project. With these tips, you would learn how to find the best builder and get the relationship off to a great start. Continued

8 Tips on Hiring a Good Contractor

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Doing a construction? Or a home renovation perhaps? Well, basically the hardest process into starting all these might be searching for the right contractor. How will you be able to find the right contractor?

Most of the times, homeowners hire the first person they interview. “They get so excited that they made the commitment (to do the renovation or upgrade), that they forget the job they have in front of them,” says Mike Homes, a professional contractor and host of HGTV’s Holmes on Holmes.

“One thing I’ve learned: It will take you longer to find the right contractor and check out the job than to do the job.”

Here are the 8 Tips on how you will be able to find a good contractor:

1. Get Recommendations

Naturally, you would want to ask other people, your friends or neighbours and would ask for recommendations. After all, they may have good experience with the contractors that they previously hired.
According to Paul DiMeo, designer and co-star of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, “You want to make sure that, whoever you’re using, that you have a personal referral, That’s why it’s best to talk to a friend.” But a good referral alone is not just enough. A friend or someone might have liked the contractor but that doesn’t mean that the job that the contractor did was good. Still, it is a good starting point.

2. Do Phone Interviews

Well, you’ve got your list on your friend’s recommendations and of your own, the next thing to do is to call all your prospects and ask them the following questions:
• Do they take on projects of your size?
• Are they willing to provide financial references, from suppliers or banks?
• Can they give you a list of previous clients?
• How many other projects would they have going at the same time?
• How long have they worked with their subcontractors?
The answers to these questions could help you with their qualifications.

3. Meet Face to Face

Communication is very important. If you’d already picked someone from your phone interview, meeting and talking to them personally is even of greater help. Although, the personality that they may be showing can also fool you. Better also check their historical backgrounds with previous clients for disputes and other helpful information’s and that’s where Tip #4 comes.

4. Investigate the Facts

Determine the contractor’s specialty. As discussed in Tip #3, check their historical backgrounds. Call and check with their previous clients. You could also visit the contractor to where he currently works and see how he progresses and the results.

5. Make Plans, get Bids

If you now have the list of your contractor prospects, you will now have to ask them for their breakdown of expenses, cost of materials, labour and profit margins. Generally materials account for 40 percent of the total cost; the rest covers overhead and the typical profit margin, which is 15 to 20 percent.

6. Set a Payment Schedule

Payment schedules can also speak to a contractor’s financial stats and work ethics. Discuss the matter carefully with them.

7. Don’t Let Price Be Your Guide

Don’t let price be your guide. It is after all better to be spending more and get the best and comfortable result in construction.

8. Put it in Writing

Planning and recording are always the keys in every process. Record every deal agreements, the details and the process for the construction project. Set construction process schedule.

Does Your Construction Contractor Par The Top 100?

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Something you purchased must have very good value or else it would be a waste of money. The same can be said for construction companies. If you’re hiring a contractor who has a bad track record, you might be paying money undue for them, regardless how cheap.

So how do you know if you’re hiring a premiere company? Compare them to the top 100. But then again, you might just see their quality based on consumer reviews and their actual market prices.

4 Signs You Are Working With a Bad Landscaping Company

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When it comes to landscaping and gardening in general, they definitely require a great amount of money – sometimes even an overwhelming amount. There is the materials then design and labour plus the cleaning and maintenance. In essence, these then compel you to really invest in a good landscaping company that you can trust with your resources, especially of the monetary kind.

Now, conversely, let’s list down signs that show you are working with a landscaping business that is not around to offer you the excellent quality that you deserve:

  1. Lenient with Licenses and Documents

It is normal that you have your guard up and ask your partner of legalities. These may be their government and/or industry licenses. If they do not move with haste, especially when you require to see these documents – they keep postponing it for many different reasons – then maybe those are excuses for you to not know they are not a legit business.

It is even safe that you start the collaboration with a contract and supposing they do not comply with it, even with just the formulating of one, then how can you be assured they are going to accomplish the goals that were set for the garden expanse?

  1. Ambiguous Planning

Have you noticed that when you talk to them about your plans on the garden and landscape designs and what not, they just listen passively, agree but do not take any notes? That type of attitude is enough of a warning sign for you. They should even be more active than you when it comes to the planning process. They should send you written proposals and openly discuss all steps with you.

  1. Poor Communication

Similar to the previous one would be this, poor communication. For this one though, this pertains to a scenario such as this: a layout has already been done and changes on it were not told to you. Basically, they did not inform you of any modifications that came with the project. That is just not right. Even if you are not one to be very much involved, like you are always there, but it is the responsibility of the firm and its representatives to communicate with you about anything and everything, big or small.

  1. Random Staff

Since the work is being done in your residential premises, for instance, you need to know and familiarise yourself with the folks that are coming in and out. Nevertheless, if the company staff are people who keep changing, that is just strikingly unusual. There should be a set of individuals that are introduced to you, who will then be the ones to stay as long as the duration of your employment of them is. Supposing there are people out of the blue, then you should, without hesitation, inquire about that to the company.

The Lambeth landscape gardeners aim to be not with these characters and attitudes. It is understandable that you are being suspicious but it is because you are just protecting your money.

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Capacitybuilders is a non-departmental public body (NDPB)
set up in 2006 to take over the management of the ChangeUp programme and to work with other funders to build the capacity of the Third Sector. We exist to create a more effective third sector and we do this by improving support for third sector organizations.