Don’t like the builder’s standard Evaporative Cooling System?
A cost effective option I have found to work well is adding a centralised refrigerated unit to the standard ducted heating.
This means both systems share the same controls, fans, ducts and outlets. It will also operate for the same zones.
Some builders will allow this [read more...]
I saw this curious looking house one rainy day.
It looks like it’s one house short of a semi-detached pair.
I can only assume the owner saw an example of the house and liked the layout so much they thought they would copy it.
A problem that is not so apparent from the photo [read more...]
There are a few plasterboard options when looking to improve the noise insulation.
These options in increasing order of cost are:
Differing Thickness On Each Face
By using different and thicker plasterboards on each wall face, say 13mm and 16mm, it will change the resonant frequency to disrupt sound transmission
Acoustic Plasterboard [read more...]
“The Builder is ripping me off!” and ‘The Builder is overcharging for upgrades!” are two comments I hear regularly. Some of these cries may be justified, but a lot are because the customer doesn’t understand the Builder.
Why A Builder Is The Same As Other Businesses Profit
The aim of all businesses is to make [read more...]
Most builder’s standard heating system to homes where mains gas is available is Ducted Gas Central Heating.
This has the following advantages:
Low running costs. Relatively cheap to install. Feels warm fairly quickly. Leaves the walls free for furniture, if you have ceiling vents. If you upgrade the duct size refrigerated cooling can be [read more...]
What is Grey Water?
Grey Water includes all the waste water from the house with the exception of toilet waste. (Black Water)
It can includes water from; Washing Machine, Dishwasher, Sink, Wash Basin, and Shower.
A basic grey water reuse scheme sending washing machine water using a two way diverter valve to a perforated [read more...]
Condensation, a minor inconvenience, or a major problem?
A little condensation on windows is easily dealt with, . . . . . . but heavy condensation in poorly ventilated corners can lead to mould damaging your walls, ceilings, or even your clothes.
Why does Condensation Occur
Condensation in a building occurs when warm air, [read more...]
Have you ever wondered what this is in your garden?
Perhaps you have seen ‘ORG’ on a drawing.
Well the answer is it’s called an Overflow Relief Gully.
An ORG is a vital part of protecting your house against Sewage Overflows.
The grate is set well below the level of the lowest waste water [read more...]