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Basement Living? The Ultimate Flooring Option

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

With cities becoming increasingly crowded, homeowners in Melbourne are now digging deep to add another level to their home that can be used as a home theatre, a living room or an extra bedroom. However, it’s hard to imagine a basement being cosy without the warmth of engineered timber flooring. Hammer, nails, glue and a lot of backbreaking aside, you can achieve this floor in just a few DIY steps by choosing to install a floating floor that can cover up the cold concrete you always dread spending time on. Installing a floating floor Installing a floating floor is a simple task someone with basic DIY skills can accomplish; it’s effective in covering a large area in no time. Lay down a thin foam sheet to provide cushioning and sound-dampening before the installation of the floating floor. You can run the planks parallel with the longest wall for a visually consistent look. A small gap, usually a quarter inch of space, must be maintained to account for expansion. Prep your basement Check your basement for excessive moisture. Make sure the floor is dry before placing an underlayment to ensure additional moisture protection for your floating floor. Lay a poly film across the entire floor to allow your new floor to float freely. Install the first row by placing the planks starting from one corner of the floor using spacer blocks to allow the quarter of an inch allowance. Cut the planks to length at the ends against the wall. Use the leftover plank to start the next row to avoid wastage of material. Tap pieces into place using a hammering block at the end of every piece to achieve tight seams. Continue installing the planks until you reach the other end of your basement. You will probably have to cut the last piece of the row to fit, allowing the required expansion gap. To minimise pattern repeats, pull out at least three planks from different packages during the installation process. Once you’re finished with the planks, remove the spacers from the edge of the wall and cover up the imperfect edges near the wall using baseboards and mouldings to cover the gaps. With the huge range of patterns and types of flooring, you have the freedom of expressing your personal style and character with the limit being your imagination. Now you can choose the décor and furniture to compliment your newly cosy basement....

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Various Reasons to Opt For Sectional Garage Doors for Your Home

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are contemplating purchasing a new garage door, you will find that there are a wide array of options to choose from. Not knowing what the various pros of the different doors are can make it quite a difficult decision to make. One of the types of garage doors that is quite popular with homeowners is sectional garage doors. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider opting for sectional garage doors for your home.  Sectional garage doors are easy to repair When purchasing a garage door, the last thing you would want to experience is the inconvenience of either maintaining it or accessing it. Sectional garage doors will offer your home convenience in the form of repairs. These garage doors are made up of panels that have been individually connected to the main frame of the garage door. In the event that one panel acquires some damage, all you would need to do is have it fixed individually without it affecting the rest of your garage door. This not only makes repairs more economical with sectional garage doors, but it also means you may not be inconvenienced with not being able to use your garage door as you wait for the panel to be fixed.  Sectional garage doors are space saving Another reason why sectional garage doors are convenient is that they do not take up much space. With some other garage doors, you may have to always ensure there is sufficient allowance for the garage doors to open since they jut out. This is not needed with sectional garage doors, as the panels roll up. This gives you the flexibility to park as close as you want to the doors, whether when entering or leaving the garage, as the doors do not stand the risk of impeding your movement. In addition to this, this space saving characteristic also makes sectional garage doors a great option for residences that may not have a big driveway.  Sectional garage doors are secure When selecting garage doors, it is not simply about ensuring that your vehicle is kept safe. Numerous burglaries occur by using the garage as an access point into homes. If you would like secure garage doors, you should opt for sectional garage doors. Unlike other garage doors, these sectional doors do not have pivot points once they have been fitted into the garage opening. This means there will be no points that can be used to pry open your garage doors by opportunistic burglars, hence keeping your home...

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4 Things To Consider When Planning Where To Place Your Skip Bin At Home

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

So you just ordered a cheap skip bin for your domestic removal. However, have you thought about where you’re going to place it once it arrives? Have you thought about how the location of the bin might affect whatever removal you’re planning to embark on? In this article, discover what you need to bear in mind as you plan for this last step in your bin hire process. Have the skip delivered early Think about having the skip bin delivered ahead of time. That is, before the said works commence. Doing so helps to avoid any last minute inconveniences.  For example, you get enough time to decide where you want the bin to be placed. You also avoid delaying the works. Thirdly, if the bin is already on site when the removal or construction work begins, the trash can go straight into the bin instead of being piled up on the ground. Place the skip where a truck can access it easily You also need to consider if the truck delivering, and collecting, the bin will be able to easily access the spot where you want the bin located. If the path is too narrow, if there are any obstructions or if the path is unsafe for the bin truck, it will not be possible to place the bin in that location. Choose an open spot where the bin delivery and collection will not only be possible, it will be fast and easy as well. Keep the bin close to the workplace Try as much as possible to have the bin placed as close to the work site as possible. Such proximity has several benefits. One, it reduces chances of littering your compound. That is, between the bin and the work site. Two, it helps save time. And three, it reduces the workload for whoever is in charge of loading the bin, especially if this will be done manually. Place the bin where ground damage won’t be an issue Skip bins are made of heavy steel. They are therefore heavy and bulky. This is compounded further when the bin is loaded with trash. As such, it is safer to have the bin placed on a spot where damage to the ground is not a concern, e.g. on the blacktop. If you have to have the bin placed on paved grounds, lay some wooden planks down to cushion against damage. By considering the above, you will have indirectly helped ease your removal works in many ways. You will also identify the perfect spot for the bin and avoid any last minute hassles once the bin...

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Benefits and Types of Concrete Driveways

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Your choice of material for your driveway will make the difference between it enhancing its overall curb appeal or detracting from the aesthetics of your home. The good news is that you do not have to break the bank investing in materials such as imported cobblestone to ensure you have an attractive driveway. Despite the misconception that concrete is a bland material, it offers numerous benefits and also comes in a myriad of types. This ensures that every homeowner not only gets to enjoy the advantages of having a concrete driveway, but they can also choose unique designs that will complement the appearance of their residence. What are the benefits of concrete driveways? There are numerous benefits of opting for concrete driveways. These include Cost effectiveness: There are two reasons why concrete is an economical option if you are looking to renovate your driveway. For one, it is manufactured with readily available materials. Hence, there are no additional costs associated with a low supply of materials. Secondly, concrete is sturdy. This means it will require virtually no maintenance, yet will still last for a significant amount of time. This also reduces costs associated with repairs. High quality: Due to how resilient concrete is, it is one of the best quality materials you could opt for your driveway. This is especially true if your driveway has to endure heavy traffic from multiple vehicles. Versatile design options: Gone are the days when concrete driveways simply constituted concrete slabs that have been laid on the ground. With advances in technology, you could consider numerous design options. Thus, giving you the flexibility to experiment with textures, colours and more. What are the different types of concrete driveways? There are a number of techniques that concrete contractors use to create designs in concrete driveways. Some of the different types of concrete driveways that you could consider include: Coloured concrete: This is one of the most affordable options you could consider. The concrete is re-dyed your colour of choice before being laid down. Stamped concrete: This type of concrete design works toward giving your driveway depth. This is done through adding texture and colour to the concrete. Stencilled concrete: As the name suggests, designs are made into this concrete driveway through the use of stencils. Some of the popular options for homeowners include making the concrete look like bricks, mimicking pavers and more. Pebbled concrete: This type of concrete driveway will have pebbles exposed on its surface, rather than being fully mixed into the concrete aggregate.  For more information, talk to a professional like Aclass Concrete &...

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Expert Tips When Performing DYI Resurfacing On Asphalt Driveways

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Asphalt driveways generally boast of a long lifespan, but that doesn’t mean that they are indestructible. The elements and traffic on the driveway give it a hard time, causing it to turn from it’s glamorous black to a pitiful gray. Resurfacing normally solves the issue. It usually involves applying a new coat over your driveway and gets your asphalt driveway back to its original look. It’s a lot cheaper than a complete replacement and an excellent way to save your pockets. So if you’ve got a driveway, then here are some expert tips you can use before resurfacing.   When to resurface First things first, you need to know when to resurface. Doing it too early when you don’t need to simply exhaust your pockets, and resurfacing too late may ruin the foundation. That will eventually force you to resurface or replace the driveway a bit too soon, and you will spend a fortune. You could conduct a simple test. Pour water on the driveway on a hot sunny day, and if you spot a ring after the water evaporates, then the driveway needs resurfacing. This simply proves that the water has soaked in it, and the sealant no longer works. The longer the ring takes to dry, the worse the condition of your driveway is. Stains have to go The surface needs to have no stains. Applying a resurfacer on a driveway with stains is like taking a shower with your clothes on. It’s just not effective. Any accumulated debris on the surface needs to be swept off using a leaf blower or broom. You can then brush the surface using a wire brush, and later bleach the driveway to get rid of any algae. Oil stains are a nuisance when it comes to resurfacing. They reduce the adhesion of the material to the driveway. You can get rid of such stains by pouring a degreaser and then finally scrubbing it off. Add a bonding surface afterwards. Repair the surface first Before you start on the actual resurfacing, you have to ensure that you’ve properly taken care of all the cracks. Clean them thoroughly before adding any filler into it, and ensure you get rid of any weeds between the cracks. Remember, you’re not just looking for any filler. Adding a monotone coloured caulk, for instance, may cause the colour to stand out like a sore thumb, particularly after a year or two when the harsh winters and severe ultraviolet rays hit. You need to match your filler with the coloured pieces of stone beneath the black asphalt to ensure an even look years down the line. Choose the right resurfacer Also, ensure that the resurfacing material you’re going to use has got polymers, and you can confirm this by simply reading the components or asking the seller. Polymers are more weather resistant, and they assist in increasing flexibility and durability of the coat. If you can find a resurfacer with sand additives, the better. Sand increases the traction of the...

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Why Asphalt Is The Best Option For Your Driveway.

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

You want to give your home a new look. But you don’t have to focus on the house alone, your driveway is very important as it gives the first impression of your home. If you are deliberating on the best option, then consider having an asphalt driveway. This why: Cost effective Asphalt driveways are less expensive to install and maintain. This can be the cheapest option in terms of cost compared to other costlier options like paved and concrete driveways. A basic asphalt driveway can cost about $2-5 per square foot whereas the same size for a concrete driveway is $3-9. Easier to repair  It is much easier to repair cracked parts of an asphalt driveway than any other options. Small cracks in asphalt surfaces can be sealed and larger ones replaced easily. To extend its lifespan, it is recommended that you seal asphalt during Autumn but once every three years. Easier to maintain and modify An example is when a utility line or pipe must pass under your driveway, repairs can be performed easily and quickly than concrete. What you have to do is dig up the passageway which after placing the pipes you can seal back with the new asphalt. Attractive and inviting surface The smooth and continuous black surface of your asphalt driveway gives it a good impression and brings a nice appearance to your compound. It also creates a good impression about your home and way of life. This means that a smooth asphalt surface can be easier for kids to play and run on. Strength and durability A properly installed and well maintained asphalt driveway’s longevity can last up to 20-30 years. But this is determined by the stability and state of the sub-grade, quality of layer installation, structure of drainage plans and the regional climate. Excellent returns on investment An attractive asphalt driveway adds value to your home investment. Home buyers can prejudge the upkeep and the condition of the house upon the physical condition of the asphalt driveway. So having a well-maintained asphalt driveway can be important, business-wise. Flexibility to weather An asphalt driveway can handle extreme/harsh weather and temperature fluctuations much better than concrete. This is because it flexes to withstand freezing and defrosting. During winter, the asphalt’s black surface heats up from the sun’s radiant heat and then melts up the snow and ice off unlike concrete. From the above guide, it is easier to understand why asphalt can be a better driveway material compared to other alternatives. The fact that it’s cheap, fitting in every environment, and easier to repair and maintain makes its your ideal...

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Why Is My Shower Leaking?

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A dripping sound coming from your shower can be very irritating. Some of the signs of leakage include damp spots and stains on the ceiling and walls. All leaks need to be addressed; even the seemingly insignificant ones have the potential to waste a lot of water. Shower leaks are not always easy to pinpoint. To find the source of the leak, you will have to investigate. Begin with the most apparent signs. Old Caulk If you notice a wet floor after you shower, the likely culprit is the caulking. Bathroom caulking makes showers, tubs and sinks impervious to water. Over time, caulk tends to wear, shrink and crack. To find the source of the leak, you can fill the bathtub with water. The water will weigh down the tub and the gaps will expand, making it easier for you to spot them. Caulking can be removed using a putty knife. To re-caulk, use a caulking gun to apply the silicone or clear caulk. Clogged Shower Head A leak from the shower head is easy to diagnose. The leak can be as a result of clogging from lime scale and other deposits. Once the shower head is clogged, water is forced out using other openings. To clean any mineral deposits, you can use vinegar. Vinegar works by breaking down the lime scale. Remove the shower head, and fill a plastic bag with vinegar. Tie the bag around the shower head and fasten it using a rubber band. Ensure that all the affected areas are covered in vinegar. If vinegar does not work, you can buy a commercial lime scale remover, it will work fast with minimal effort. Leave the shower to run so as to clear the entire lime scale remover. Cracked Grout If your bathroom is tiled, the tiles could be hiding a cracked grout. To identify the source of the leak, take a careful look at the corners of the wall and follow that line to the top. If you notice any cracks, it could mean that these cracks may be allowing water to seep. Newer showers are fitted with waterproof membranes, which safeguard against leaks. However, most showers do not have these guards. If you notice the leak is coming from the cracks, you need to replace the grout.  A silicone or tile caulk can replace the grout. The good thing is that, nowadays, caulk comes in different colors to match your bathroom decor. If you need help with leaking shower repairs, contact a local plumber or bathroom renovation...

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Colour Schemes For Small Bathrooms

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Having renovated your bathroom, you are now facing the dubious decision of what color of paint or wallpaper to choose. This difficult decision doesn’t have to be harrowing. There are plenty of colours to choose from even though you have a small bathroom. The last thing you want to do is place colours in the room that will make it look smaller than it actually is. So, before you schedule the appointment with the local painters, consider these options for your bathroom. Lighter Shade of Blue Thinking about blue is a great thing when deciding on the colour scheme of your small bathroom. There are many shades or hues that will look wonderful in the room you have just opened up. Any blue that is associated with water or the tides will go great in the bathroom. It will lend a serene and almost floating feeling to those who visit this room when at your home and will delight you every time you see it. Stripes in All Colours The old adage that patterns do not mix never had to deal with renovating a small bathroom. A small diamond pattern on the floor with alternating wide stripes on the walls will make that small bathroom look a bit bigger. Small and large stripes of all but the very dark colours alternating along the wall  will make a room expand visually and will make the most of your newly renovated bathroom. Horizontal striping will make the bathroom seem deeper or longer than it actually is, but won’t make the walls seem farther apart like the vertical optical illusion will. Checkered Tile Checkered glass tile will give the walls in your newly renovated bathroom a 3D effect when you and others look at it because the actual tiles are about half an inch to an inch deep. Placing the tile boards all around the bathroom in sea water colors will make it seem as if you are in the water or under it and can give you a very relaxed atmosphere in the bathroom itself. If having that feeling is not what you are after, try placing the tile boards on half the wall and painting the other half an off white colour for a clear blue horizon aspect. Neutrals All neutral colours will make your bathroom cozy and seem just a tad larger than it actually is because most neutral colours have a white base to them. These colours of beige, sand and tan are great for bathrooms because anything you decorate with will automatically “go” with your choice of colour. Remember to choose painters that are willing to work with your ideas and can help you use these ideas as a starting point for the bathroom colour options of your dreams. Be open to their suggestions and make sure to ask questions along the way. If you’re looking for a painter in your area, visit Allure Painting...

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Top Reasons to Work with a Warehouse Labour Hire Company

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Uncategorized |

You are receiving more orders than ever before, but unfortunately, you don’t have the warehouse staff to handle it. Whether this is a seasonal issue or a step toward permanent growth, you should consider outsourcing your hiring needs and working with a warehousing labour hire company like DSC Personnel. Here’s how it can save you time, money and energy: 1. Warehousing Labour Companies Take Care of the Hassles Related to Hiring If you need to hire new employees for your warehouse, you have to put out employment ads, review applications and meet with prospective employees. You also have to check references and possibly call old employers. This process takes time, money and effort, but if you turn it over to a warehousing labour company, you don’t have to do any of that. You simply meet with the company, decide which type of employees you want and let them do the rest. 2. You Don’t Need to Worry About Training If you promote your own employees to your warehouse floor or if you hire new employees, you have to spend a lot of time training them. You may have to teach them about special machinery, your organization strategy, safety methods and a range of other things. If you outsource your employment needs, however, you can ensure that you only receive well trained workers, and you don’t have to waste time and money training them. 3. Warehousing Employee Hire Companies Can Find Certified Workers In addition to training, if you use in-house workers, you may have to help them get certified. This can be a long process. Similarly, if you hire employees with certifications, you may have to waste time checking their certifications. When you work with a warehousing employee hire company, you can specify which certifications you want your employees to have. For example, you can request a warehouse worker with forklift certification, and the hire company is responsible for verifying that. 4. You Won’t Have to Worry About Employee Taxes When you hire employees, you have to calculate your payroll taxes and make contributions to social security or unemployment insurance on their behalf. This takes time every week, and adding new employees to your warehouse adds additional stress to your human resources or payroll departments. When you work with a labour hire company, it pays your warehouse employees, and you simply pay the hire company a lump sum. At tax time, you deduct this cost as a business expense, but you don’t have to worry about the employee taxes throughout the year. As a result, the accounting is process can be a lot simpler when you work with a labour hire...

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Questions You Might Have about Timber Frames for Homes

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Timber wall frames for a home can give it a grand, open look that is often preferred for lakefront cottages, vacation homes, and the like. Open timber frames mean a larger area that is perfect for two-story windows that take full advantage of a view outside. While they can be a great choice for any new home you want to have built, you may not understand exactly what is meant by timber frames and may get confused when talking to a builder. Note a few questions to ask to ensure that a timber-framed house is the right choice for you and your needs. 1. Is a timber frame the same as a log home? This is a common misconception. Note that a log home is built with large logs that are set horizontally and which then make up the walls of the home. This is usually the most rustic look you might find for a house or cabin. A timber frame, however, is a bit different. This is when the frame of the home is built with large pieces of timber that are set up vertically as posts and which are then joined together at the rafters. The walls themselves may be made of standard wood studs and covered with drywall. The timber posts may be held together with metal brackets and other joiners which are often kept exposed. When discussing a timber frame for a home, note that this means the posts alone and not the actual walls, so it’s very different than a log home. 2. Why do timber-frame homes take longer to build? Because the weight of the home is held up by the timber frame or beams and not by load-bearing walls, an engineer may need to take extra time to ensure the home is structurally sound and can withstand high winds, earthquakes, and the like. There may also be more time needed for adding drywall around decorative wood and the beams themselves. In some cases a home may also require special doorjambs and window frames so that they won’t add to the weight of the timber frames but will be properly supported. These things can add to the overall construction and design time of a timber frame home. This can be especially true if you want it built around particular landscaping features such as a slope or hill that might affect its overall structure and...

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How many bedrooms should I build in my granny flat?

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When you start the process of building a granny flat, one of the questions you need to answer is how many bedrooms you want to have in your flat. There is not one right answer to this question, as all options have advantages and disadvantages. Read on to learn more. Single bedrooms/studio Single bedroom or studio apartments are the cheapest option to build. They also fit on the smallest space in the yard, minimising the amount of yard you need to sacrifice for the building. However the lack of living space in many designs can make these smaller granny flats harder to rent to long term tenants. They can often suit shift workers such as nurses, or foreign students who are looking for some quiet independent housing, so these might be a good option if you live near a university of large hospitals. Two bedrooms Two bedrooms tends to be the most popular option for granny flats due to the flexibility of the arrangements. The second bedroom can be shared by another housemate to cover part of the rent, used as a study for students or arranged as a nursery for a young family saving for a larger home. At the other end, the second bedroom can be a place for grandchildren to sleep over. The overall size can be a bit larger than a single bedroom design and has a higher rental return. On the downside, this design tends to be more expensive to build and takes up more of your yard space. Three (+) bedrooms Three bedroomed granny flats are most often used for young families and small groups of renters. For younger families, the lack of yard space may be an issue if you want to attract long term tenants. They don’t tend to be as popular, as the large size of the house takes up a lot of room and tends to cost an amount rivalling the amount of a new house. Many councils are reluctant to approve granny flats of this size, as the size often becomes close to that of house around the area and needs a similar amount of council resources such as waste removal. Instead, houses of this size often need to be approved as strata developments. Choosing the right configuration for your granny flat will depend on your budget, the amount of size on your block and your intended tenant (whether a family member or an external renter). Granny flat construction firms can often give you advice on the most suitable designs for your new granny...

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