Efflorecence

Efflorecence

What’s that white powdery stuff that can appear on brickwork?

Well the technical name is Efflorecence

It can also appear on concrete!

What Is Efflorescence, & How Is It Caused?

Basically it is caused by water soluble salts contained in either the mortar, or the bricks.

When any water in the wall (that has dissolved [read more…]

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Energy Through The Windows

Glass transmission

Ever wondered how much actual benefit you get from the sun shining in?

How The Sun’s Energy Warms Your Home.

Basically when the suns energy (which includes both visible and invisible energy such as Infra Red and Ultra Violet [UV] radiation) hits your window three things happen to the energy:

Reflection – Plain glass [read more…]

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…]

Do You Need A Home Theatre?

I keep reading articles about issues with the affordability of Australian houses. . . . . but then find lot’s of you want a ‘Media Room’ in your new houses!

So how much is a basic Home Theatre going to add to the cost of your new house?

Room Size

Room size if you are [read more…]

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Temporary Down Pipes

Temporary downspout

A great way to stop the building site from becoming water logged is for the builder to install temporary down pipes 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 [read more…]

Big Window – Fail

BIG WINDOW FAIL

I have previously talked about Good Orientation and Window Size in this Blog.

It’s not as though this sort of information is secret knowledge. . . . . I would have thought all architects would be aware of the importance of these sort of issues.

So I wonder why this custom designed, suburban house [read more…]

Architect or DIY

adrian Savi

A guest post by Adrian Savi

In my over 10 years of experience as an architect, I have seen more and more people thinking about doing an architect’s, an engineer’s or a trades mans’s work.

It might be a whole house, a house addition, or just changing the bathroom tiles and they are doing it [read more…]

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Design – Controlling Costs

expensive house

When you are planning a custom home costs can quickly run away with the initial budget!

Just watch a few episodes of ‘Grand Designs’ and you will see people with costs out of control!

If you are planning a custom home here are a few thoughts.

Expensive Main Features

Overall Size If you buy [read more…]