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Monthly Archives: March 2018

Guide to Extending Home

A good starting point is the consideration that you want to make sure that whatever you build offers a return on your investment. While it may simply be that you family are out growing the space, it is always sensible to ensure that the space you are adding offers a return. What else should you consider?

It is good to always think practically. If you are adding more bedrooms to your property, then you should also consider additional bathrooms. If you are planning a double-storey extension, then you also need to consider access to the additional space upstairs. Are you increasing the size of your property so much that you should also consider additional parking? These are all elements that will need to be carefully thought out prior to requesting planning.

The cost of your extension is going to increase as the size does. There are guidelines on the average cost per/m2. These may range between £1000 to £2000, depending on the preparatory work required and standard of finish. The higher the standard of specification, the more you will pay. It is also important to remember that if you are considering a double-storey extension it will not cost that much more per square meter. Why is this? The cost of the foundations and roof are required whatever for a single-storey extension. Adding another storey means the addition of walls and floor joists but a proportion of the additional costs can already be attributed to those already agreed for a single-storey project.

Planning permissions may not always be needed for your extension project. However, it is always prudent to seek advice in relation to this. You may feel that your plans fit under the permitted development rights umbrella, but it is important at this stage not to make assumptions. It may delay the process slightly but the peace of mind that you will get from going through the correct channels is well worth it. There may be individual stipulations on your property or neighboring properties that you are not aware of.

Further down the line you also need support with meeting building regulations. These form a separate process to planning permissions and are required for building projects. These rules, put simply, have been formally agreed to ensure that minimum design and construction standards are met. Local authority representatives will visit the property regularly to ensure that the work completed meets these standards.

Movable Walls

These are the walls that look nice and are also practical. The mobility can be adjusted according to the amount of space you are having. This wall is quite handy when you need to move furniture you can simply move your walls and allow space to move. Here are some other benefits of movable walls.

Here are some of them explained
• These walls are 100 percent usable and are a sustainable product. This means it is practical in terms of cost and environment.
• They are also cleaner as compared to drywall and provide a better quality of air inside your house. You can also utilize them in commercial areas as your works will feel better and this will enhance productivity.
• These walls are aesthetically pleasing and also help with daylighting.
• There are several other benefits you are going to get
• It is unitized and you can eliminate all the extra cost of vendors and manufacturers.

There are several other advantages that you are going to get with this type of wall. These days there are the majority of the homeowners are adopting for it because of the convenience and affordability. These walls are also preferable as compared to the dry walls. Here are few reasons why you should install them.

Reasons why you should go with it
• It is cost effective in case you include glazing, hardware, doors, vinyl etc.
• These walls are very easy and less expensive when it comes to installation.
• There is no disposable cost and it is reusable as well.
• This wall comes with pre-finished so there is no need to get in hassles of paint and other material to cover the wall
• It is also very easy to maintain them as compared to the dry walls.
• It is depreciated as furniture not building, therefore, it justifies the cost.

These are some of the benefits that you are going to get with movable walls as compared to dry walls. There are several vendors and manufacturers available online. You can visit them and choose accordingly.

Change A Log Cabin Exterior

Garden

Plants add life and compliment the exterior of your cabin. There are those who choose to grow flowers and the others that go with the vegetables. The garden is a perfect decoration for both the front and the backyard of a log cabin. You can always choose the theme for a wishing garden, such as, English, Japanese, feng shui style and alike. It’s important not to forget that the garden should be a place where the good vibes appear. What ads more fun to have a log cabin with a garden – is your own grown vegetables, that are an option for healthier eating. And of course for more active leisure spending.

Terrace

Basically, a terrace is a platform that extends outwards from a building. This is a place where you can relax over the weekend and spend quality time with your family enjoying the sunshine or the cool breeze. Nevertheless, a terrace changes the exterior of a log cabin. Have some quality furniture and complementing accessories on the terrace wishing to create a perfect place to spend your free time alone or in someone’s company.

Log repair

Some logs are prone to rotting, infestation by pests and others crack. The logs should be inspected at least once in a period of 6 months. Wood is sensitive to excess of the moisture and pests, so the proper maintenance is needed. The best way to protect your logs is to impregnate and cover their surface with one or two layers of special cover materials or paints. If the logs are completely damaged – the best option would be to replace them with new ones.

Apply sun-block

Wood is a very sensitive material. It reacts to rain, temperature changes and the sun of course. The huge amount of UV rays can cause the colour fading and the appearance of cracks. Well pigmented stains and other products that are created to prevent this, will help to keep the construction exterior even more beautiful and strong for a longer time. The most important thing that should not be forgotten is to apply this special protection every 2-3 years.

Gutters

Gutters are one of the most important parts of a log cabin. Together with the roof, they perform a security function from the excess of rain water. It’s very important to check if they perform protecting function perfectly. Any damage here should be fixed and the broken parts should be replaced with new ones, because the proper care of them will help you to protect the walls of a log cabin from swallowing and rotting.

Change the design

Log cabins are great constructions which design unlike other material buildings can be changed. So if you build a wooden cabin it doesn’t mean that you cannot expand it in the future. With the help of specialist almost all wishes in a design can be fulfilled.

Lighting

When it comes to lighting, most people pay more attention to the interior of the cabin and forget that the exterior requires similar attention too. In a log cabin, exterior lights are mostly for security reasons but this is not always the case. For those who have a beautiful garden with a terrace, various lamps will help to lighten the necessary territory and also to give more coziness and beauty to the surroundings of your house at the night-time.

Choose Correct House Plans

Where you live can ultimately impact the type of house that you will find is best suited for you and your family. Houses that are meant to be single family homes will give you the option for a lawn in the front and rear while also giving you the extra space necessary for enlarging if need be. Homes that are attached, such as condos or brownstones and the like can also meet the needs that a single family home does but these needs might be met with a house plan that involves multiple levels. Determine which of these styles is prevalent in the area where you plan to live and make your house plans accordingly.

Know the Pros and Cons

There is no perfect plan. No matter which one you choose, there will be pros and cons. What you need to do is to determine what your priorities are. For example, a large window wall in the living room will be able to allow for loads of natural lighting. However, that same window wall will also cause your heating and cooling bills to be higher. Weigh each of the pros and cons carefully when you are looking for the house plan that is right for you and your family.

Go with your gut

Each of us has the innate ability to sense when a particular space will be able to accommodate our needs and when it feels like a comfortable space. This is something that must be taken into consideration when you are looking at various house plans. You might find that you are surprised at the sheer number of variations that are in house plans. It is important to listen to your gut when you are looking at these variations.