DIY Painting, Is It Worth It?

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Painting doesn’t seem so hard to do.

Some people say “Why not do it ourselves rather than pay the builder and save money?”

Well I have done plenty of painting of individual rooms over the years but I wouldn’t attempt a new house!

A figure I have heard from an amateur [read more...]

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Worlds Most Unusual Door

Klemens Torggler Door

This picture shows a Klemens Torggler Door

If you think it looks odd just click on the youtube video link below to see it open and close . . . . But be careful, I could watch it for hours!

Youtube Door Video

 

For more Unusual Ideas have a look at: [read more...]

Missed The Bath – Fail

tap fail Herman

But when was this stuffed up?

When the bath was selected When the tapware was selected? When the bath was installed? When the tapware was installed?

It does show how carefully you need to thick about things at Selection/Pre-Start.

Thanks again to Herman Fong for submitting this photo. (If you see something [read more...]

Thermal Mass for Heating

If you read up about energy efficiency you will come across the expression ‘Thermal Mass’ . . . . . . but what is it? . . . . . and how does it work?

Materials with Thermal Mass

The most common materials with Thermal Mass in new houses are; Concrete, Stone, Slate, Tiles and [read more...]

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The Risk Of Too Much Security

Window Grill

As I visit lots of houses I often wonder if some houses have too much security.

I see lots of houses with roller shutters or even steel gratings over the windows like these.

Quite often when I ring the bell the owner seems to spend ages unlocking the various locks and bolt on the front [read more...]

Rendered Foam Walls

Foam rendered walls

Rendered Foam walls are becoming much more common, particularly in the upper floor of 2 storey homes. They offer a real advantage in situations where it would be difficult to provide adequate suppport for a heavy brick wall (For example when the upper floor needs to be set back from the ground floor)

If you [read more...]

Smart Wiring and Wireless

wireless

Well ‘Smart Wiring’ is really a generic term that covers anything from control of home automation, to high speed data services. Probably the best descriptions is to talk about ‘Hard Wired’ and ‘Wireless’ components with a well set up new home using both.

A typical modern home can now have multiple laptops, tablets, smart phones, [read more...]

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Brick ‘Bulldust’

Brick Bulldust

I hear a lot of people agonise over the choice of bricks for their new house.

That’s probably because they are:

Looking Too Closely. At the builders display centre you may be handed individual bricks or see a board with about 8 bricks on it. When you have been in the house a month [read more...]