Things to consider before picking a general contractor

August 27, 2012  //  Posted by: cooldude  //  Category: Construction Tips

Hire a general contractor, construction tipsGeneral contractors are the best for your construction projects and there are things that you must consider before you appoint them for your work. The first and foremost thing is experience. Experience says it all when you see a finished product and while you go to negotiate with the contractor you can ask for his previous works. This will show what types of works he has undertaken and how he has completed it. Secondly the contractor must adjust with the timings that you have set.

It will not be a good idea to choose a contractor who will not cater to the timings you offered to him. Thirdly and most importantly the contractor must provide you with a guarantee of his work and also insurance. This is normally provided by most of the contractors but you need to check the terms and conditions that are there so that you can use it as a proof if any mishap happens.

Laminating your attic floor

August 23, 2012  //  Posted by: cooldude  //  Category: Flooring

Floor Laminating, flooringHere are a few steps that you need to follow in order to laminate the floor of your attic. The first thing that you have to do is get the subfloor prepared. This is the floor on which the installation of the laminate will be done.

Therefore, preparation of this floor is very important. the next thing that you have to do is make a determination of the amount of floor that you need. You have to take the measurement of the width and length of your attic room where you will be installing the room. The next step would be to determine the direction in which the floor would be laid. The planks of the floor should be laid parallel to each other. When you have taken carte of the above mentioned steps, you can start with the job of getting the floor laminated. These are the steps that you have to take.

Laminated log: understanding the advantages

August 19, 2012  //  Posted by: cooldude  //  Category: Construction Material

Laminated log, construction materialsLaminated log is one of the most popular of choices when one thinks of building a log home or a log cabin as it emits the natural exquisiteness of wooden construction. If you are thinking of opting laminated log then rest assured you have made the right decision as there are a lot of advantages of having laminated log for your log home.

Firstly laminated log is extremely durable as it is resistant to twisting, settling and warping. It gets its superior strength from the cross section fused surfaces. Laminated logs also have very good nailing characteristics and are workable when drilling and cutting. Secondly laminated logs are very easy to maintain as they are very easy to clean and are defiant to insect infestation. Laminated logs can be precut which saves time needed to construct the cabin. Lastly laminated log homes and cabins are eco-friendly, sustainable and cost-effective.

How to smoothen out rough edges of a door

August 15, 2012  //  Posted by: cooldude  //  Category: Repairs & renovations

Door maintenance, home improvementDoors often grow rough edges on the inside and the lower deck after years of use and wear. It looks bad to the eyes and aesthetically unappealing. Once the cracks and patches set in, the whole door seems to lose its beauty. It is necessary to do something before the need for a door replacement arises which can cost much to the pockets. Take a rough-grit sandpaper and start sanding the edges where it has been scratched to remove the varnish and paint. Then take a medium sandpaper and sander to even down the rough edges and areas that had been causing all the problem. Rush of traffic and opening and closing many times a day makes a door edge get prone to cracks and patches. Finally use a fine sandpaper and blow the dust with compressed air and wipe the door with a clean, dry rag. Smooth out the edges in this way to save the cost of replacing doors for some more years.

How to frame a hip roof

August 11, 2012  //  Posted by: cooldude  //  Category: Roofing

Tips to frame a hip roof, roofingHip roofs are one of the most popular designs when it comes to roof designs. They can be a very aesthetic way of designing the roofs with architectural liens and they can be perfect for providing the needed protection to your house as well. The windows, the doors and the walls of your house can be protected well by going for the hip designer.

The integrity of the structure of your house will also be benefited with this design. It can be a bit complex when you are trying to frame hip roof as compared to gable roofs. The components of the hip roofs are hip rafters, common rafters, a ridge board and the jack rafters. The ridge boards are not always present in the hip roofs. There will not be a ridge board if you are working on square building with high sides of equal length. Most of the modern homes are going with hip roofs.

Wall construction material options for you

August 05, 2012  //  Posted by: cooldude  //  Category: Construction Material

Wall Construction Material, wall construction Different commercial buildings are being constructed in all over the world today for a variety of purposes and they are being used for different purposes like office buildings, shopping malls, retail houses and so on. Although different types of wall materials are available in the market still for commercial buildings a specific types of materials are being used.

Stacked and poured concrete blocks are being used by the workers to build walls though different cement and steel and many other different materials are also being used by the workers. Nowadays metals and steel are great choice for constructing walls because these material help install different electrical wires and plumbing system in buildings.
In some buildings lumber and wood frames are also used in constructing the walls so that they become hardy, sheetrock which is made of gypsum is also being used by different workers that are constructing several commercial buildings.

Factors to consider before selecting an air conditioner for small office

August 03, 2012  //  Posted by: cooldude  //  Category: Air Conditioning

Buy an air conditioner, AC for officeDo you want to buy an AC for your small office room? Well then reading this article will be helpful for you as it will discuss about sizing AC for office rooms. First of all you have to measure accurately the length and breadth of your office room so that you can state actual measures to the AC shop.

Then check out the advertisements in newspapers and internet where specific sized AC machines are recommended for small rooms. Make sure your office measurements match with it. Measuring the square footage of your office is also necessary as this will help you check out different AC appliances.

AC machines with longer BTU rating are taken in order to large rooms or areas. On the other hand different factors like sunlight, window size also affect the cooling system of an AC machine. Therefore consult these issues before buying an AC machines for your small office.

5 simple tricks to spice up your living room décor

August 01, 2012  //  Posted by: cooldude  //  Category: Home Design

Living room décor, home decor ideasThere are a lot of different ways of giving a nice décor to your living room but the most important thing is to keep things simple. While deciding on the color scheme of the area, it would be wise to go with hues that are light and natural. You should try to avoid using a lot of colors that are deep but a little accent every here and there can be good for the look of the area. The heavy colors should not dominate the room.

Secondly, it is very important that you maintain harmony. There has to be a balance in the textures all over the living room. Thirdly, storage is a very important thing to consider. Installations of cabinet take care of this issue. Fourthly, it is important that there is some space unoccupied in the living room. Finally, the lighting has to be well taken care of.