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…]
This house has one of the steepest roofs that I have seen around Melbourne.
I certainly think doing any work would be a bit scary, and very expensive.
So what are the considerations when thinking about Roof Slope (or Roof Pitch)
In general a tile roof needs more of a slope than a [read more…]
If you want a rendered surface on your retaining wall one of the best ways of achieving this is by using ‘Besser Blocks’.
These are hollow concrete blocks which are designed to incorporate steel reinforcement within the block.
A few issues when building these walls are:
Don’t skimp on the foundation. Even a 600mm [read more…]
Build a single storey house on a slab and you don’t need joists . . . . but if you have a suspended floor, or you have a two storey house, your structure will need joists.
When I first started getting interested in houses the standard joist was a solid timber section, something you rarely [read more…]
Did you know Australia has around 15 species of termite which can damage the timbers in your new house.
Although some species of timber are resistant to termites none are termite-proof. In practice any structure containing wood can be attacked, unless protective measures are taken.
Even if you have got a steel framed house, or [read more…]
When you are looking round your new home build you may think “What’s that gap between the window and the brickwork?” . . . . . . .or even “Why is there a vertical gap between the bricks in the middle of the wall?”
Before you panic it might be worth checking if it is [read more…]