Brick Ties

brick tie

Veneer galvanised brick tie

Brick ties, although small, have an important part to play in the structural strength of your new home.

In brick veneer construction, ties are used to pass all the sideways forces across the cavity (such as from wind) to the frame. For double brick construction the ties share the forces [read more…]

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Timber Frames – Packing

Packing timber Frames

An issue with timber frames is making sure that the frame is bedded securely on the floor slab. . . . You don’t want movement of the frame when the house is completed!

Flatness of the Slab

You may think the building slab looks flat but in practice very few slabs are perfectly level.

The [read more…]

Temporary Downspout

Temporary downspout

A great way to stop the building site from becoming water logged is for the builder to install temporary downspouts as soon as the roof has been covered.

Although this is generally good practice it is really important if you are building on Reactive Clay as it will minimise the occurrence of Soil Heave damaging [read more…]

Delaying Progress Payments

Delayed Payment

So your builder has just made a claim for a Progress Payment . . . . . but you are not happy with the workmanship, or don’t agree that the Construction Stage is finished.

What can you do?

A lot of people would say “Don’t make the payment!” but it’s not quite as simple [read more…]

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Builder’s Christmas Shutdown

Christmas shutdown

Every Year I hear complaints of “Everything has stopped on my House Build for a month”

What can make it worse is when the builder ‘Tries’ to claim an ‘Extension of Time’ for the Build.

What Does The Contract Say?

Well I have looked through the HIA Contract for my last build and here are [read more…]

Concrete Paving – Key Joints

keyjoint 1

I have previously talked about the importance of Well Designed Concrete Paving so here is a product that will help you achieve that.

It’s called the Connelly Key Joint

A galvanised steel strip forms a keyway in the vertical face of the joint which means that reinforcement isn’t needed across the joint in footpath [read more…]

Sleeper Wall – Appearance

concrete sleeper 1

Have you thought about about concrete for your sleeper wall?

As well as plain concrete it’s possible to have a wide variety of other finishes, and colours.

Here is an interesting ‘Stacked Stone’ appearance wall I saw the other week.

Some of the other options include ‘Exposed Aggregate’ and ‘Split Stone’ and even ‘Wood [read more…]

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Silt Pits

silt pit 2

Any drainage system should have silt pits at regular intervals.

This includes both stormwater systems and agricultural drains.

In the case of the above photo this is a combination drain and grate silt pit. (As the water can become stagnant this is a potential breeding ground for mosquitos!)

The pit may be either circular or [read more…]