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 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...]
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...]
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...]
There are a lot of expensive bathroom fittings on the home shows and showrooms, but are they practical?
I saw this wash basin the other day. . . . . .But how do you clean under and behind it?
Perhaps all the people who design these fittings employ cleaners so they don’t care about [read more...]
There are a lot of acronyms used on plumbing drawings so here are a few definitions:
AG – Agricultural (Drains)
B – Basin
Bth – Bath
BT – Boundary Trap
DP – Down Pipe
HWS – Hot Water Service
IC – [read more...]
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...]