Ideas for remodeling your attic

June 16, 2013  //  Posted by: cooldude  //  Category: Home Construction

remodeling your atticIf you are worried about how to use the attic in your home, then here are certain important tips for remodeling of your attic. Normally by attic we mean that part of the house which is never or seldom used. It can be either the place below the stair case or can be the lower ceiling corner of the corridor of your house.

You can convert your attic in to a library where you can sit and read books at your leisure time. You simply need to get the correct type of book shelves for keeping the books and table and chair where you can sit and read. Proper illumination should be ensured as well to enable proper visibility.

You can also change your attic in to a music room or a gaming room by installing a screen, a home theatre system and the correct gaming or musical accessories. This will provide you with the perfect place to relax while listening to music after the whole day’s work or to play games during your free time just for recreation.

Learn how to choose the best siding contractor

November 03, 2012  //  Posted by: cooldude  //  Category: Home Construction

Hire a Siding contractor, construction tipsWith the help of the internet choosing a good siding contractor would not be a difficult task but the thing is you with so many companies in hand you may want to choose the best from them and that is why you must follow some steps before choosing the right company. In the first step you will have to interview the contractors individually. This will give you an idea of how they would proceed with the work and it will also help to compare the prices they would charge for their work.

You can also ask them about what materials they would be using for the siding because in such cases the materials to be used should be of a high quality. After they tell you about the materials to be used you must inquire about the guarantee of their work and how long will the siding continue to work.

Tips for laying concrete

October 12, 2012  //  Posted by: cooldude  //  Category: Home Construction

Home renovation, construction tipsIf you’re planning to do any sort of a home project or renovation yourself, you might have to deal with concrete. This is not as tough as it sounds. Knowing the right method to do it will help you get through the entire project very easily. First of all, make sure that you have all the raw materials ready at hand. There is no harm in buying some extra materials in case you need any. You could save up the rest for future projects or even for repair work.

Using the measuring tape, make out a rough plan of the area you’re going to cover. You will also need plywood of the right shape and size. You could ask your local constructor to give you some instructions too. Dig out the foundation and pour in the materials. Make sure that the top layer is smooth and leveled. After making use of the plywood, make sure that you have pout in at least 2 inches of gravel.

Building Foundations in the Clay Soil

January 27, 2011  //  Posted by: viewmybuild  //  Category: Home Construction

When constructing a home, specific attention should be paid toward the type of soil upon which the foundation is laid. If the preparation of a construction site is not done properly, it can create foundation problems.

Function

Typically a concrete slab poured over a primed area of ground that serves as the starting area for constructing the subsequent walls and ceilings is the foundation of a home. The soil type beneath the foundation can be different, but if it is a clay soil it absorbs moisture and it can damage the concrete due to expansion.

Features

For keeping the foundations level and free from cracking you have some options. A helical pier supports the foundation by drilling a large screw down into the ground till you get a firmer earth. To allow the foundation to be leveled above, a bracket is then adhered to the screw.

Considerations

Underpinning is a procedure in which the sunken soil holes beneath a foundation are filled with concrete for foundation leveling.

Urethane Versus Styrofoam Building Panels

January 18, 2011  //  Posted by: viewmybuild  //  Category: Home Construction

In construction Styrofoam panels and polyurethane or urethane panels are used for insulation.

Function

Styrofoam and urethane panels are both resistant to heat and cold, but the R-value of urethane products is higher R-value than the Styrofoam boards with reference to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Considerations

Some of the insulating properties of Urethane panels are lost over the first few years, reducing their R-Values. However, if Urethane panels are treated with a radiant barrier coating, like thin aluminum sheets glued to the panels, they retain more resistance for a long time. The boards provide the highest levels of insulation although Urethane and Styrofoam are available in liquid form and also as beads.

Benefits

As buildings tightly are sealed tightly by Urethane and Styrofoam panels the air infiltration is lower, lowering heating and cooling costs. The panels can also be easily installed by construction workers, so that the labor costs are reduced for builders.

Installing Iron Spindles Instead of Wooden ones

January 16, 2011  //  Posted by: viewmybuild  //  Category: Home Construction

Installing wooden spindles with wrought iron enhances the look of a staircase.

Instructions

1. The old spindles using a jigsaw. All nails should be pulled out with the hammer.

2. Holes or scratches around the spindles should be touched up with fine grit sandpaper.

3. After measuring the distance between the stair rail and the floor approximately 1 3/8 inches should be added to account for the length of the new spindle.

4. A new spindle should be inserted into the railing at the top and the flooring at the bottom.

5. The new spindle should be cut with a jigsaw according to previous measurements.

6. The spindle should be inserted into the railing at the top and the bottom of the spindle should be pushed in place. The spindles should be removed after dry fitting.

7. Epoxy or polyurethane adhesive should be applied directly into the holes and the spindles should be inserted in place.

Cutting the Outside Corners for Guard Molding

January 16, 2011  //  Posted by: viewmybuild  //  Category: Home Construction

Working the crown molding around corners is very challenging while installing guard molding. Inside corners and outside corners are two primary installation types.

Instructions

1. The two walls should be measured for the lengths of guard molding you’ll require. The necessary length should be marked on the back of each piece of guard molding with a pencil.

2. The first piece of guard molding should be placed into the miter box in such a way that the back side of the guard molding is placed against the side of the box.

3. The saw should be placed in the guide, and the guard molding should be cut. The cut should be rubbed lightly with sandpaper so that the splinters are removed.

4. The process should be repeated with the second piece of guard molding, keeping the angle of the cut for the second piece exactly opposite to the cut for the first piece.

Securing the Log Posts to your Concrete Floor

December 29, 2010  //  Posted by: viewmybuild  //  Category: Home Construction

Instructions

1. Holding the sheet of paper up to the bottom of the post the outline of the post should be traced on it and should be cut.

2. It should be positioned on the concrete floor where you want to place the post and the paper shape should be traced.

3. An “X” should be drawn in the center through the penciled outline on the concrete.

4. An L bracket is positioned on each of the extended lines from the “X,” and a mark is made on the floor in the bracket holes.

5. A hole is drilled into the concrete using the hammer drill on each of the four guides.

6. The logs are positioned into place according to the traced outline on the floor and the brackets are placed back on the extended lines from the “X.”

7. The first concrete anchor is installed into an L bracket to secure it to the floor.

8. The log post is lined up in level and a lag screw is inserted through the hole in the bracket and into the post.

9. The steps are repeated to attach each L bracket.