April 28, 2016
Choosing the Best Swimming Pool Design for Your Property – Denali Pools Austin Tx Regardless of whether you’re hoping to have an indoor pool installed or if you’re keen to have one constructed in your garden – the chances are that you will want to consider your swimming pool design above all else. With so many unique styles and aesthetics to choose from, not to mention the variation in allocated spaces where the swimming areas will be built; it will definitely pay to invest in an expert pool building company for the advice and expertise that they bring to the table. When choosing the best pool design for your property, there are several important elements the guys at DenaliPools can help you think about. The shape As common as it is to see rectangular or square pools, that doesn’t make them a necessity – and many home owners find that they prefer angular shapes. These shapes don’t just look unique, they are often better suited to fitting into particular spaces and can work wonders on the aesthetics of a swimming area. The size No two spaces are the same and this will definitely dictate the size of a pool. Even smaller locations can feature a nice looking swimming area – especially if it’s an option to dig a little deeper. The size will depend on the space available, as well as the home owner’s preference. If they are hoping for an Olympic size pool then they will need a garden big enough to facilitate it. In most instances, a pool measuring 6 to 10 metres in length will be big enough for an entire family and guests. The features Many swimming spaces can offer standard features like boards and entry points (built in steps or external steps), but it’s always an option to have the exterior converted to provide a little more aesthetic appeal. Rockeries can be a great addition, as can slides and even small waterfalls. A good pool development company will be able to offer advice relating to the features and so it’s a good idea to get in touch with one before going ahead with the project. The functionality Even the greatest looking water features might leave a little something to be desired if they lack functionality. A good garden pool builder will know what it takes to enhance the level of functionality, without detracting from the overall appeal of a swimming space. As long as it can be accessed easily (or offer restricted access if small children and pets are present), then it should be suitable. Other functions can be installed to add a little more versatility – but the home owner’s specific needs should be prioritised in all instances and a pool construction company will be able to offer advice on this matter. Check out Denali Pools and their Facebook page for pool building.
April 27, 2016
How to Find the Right Home | Melbourne Property Buyers Agent When it comes to buying a property, one of the most detrimental mistakes that a potential buyer can make is to rush the process. Even the quickest transactions can take months, so it doesn’t make much sense to strive for a decision in the first couple of weeks and then spend the next few months wondering if the right decision was made in the first place. Wherever the property is being bought in Australia, from the coast of Queensland to the inner Sydney city, here are a few tips and techniques to maximise your chance of finding the right one. Viewing is key It’s easy to fall in love with the first property viewed – after all many potential buyers are so keen to purchase something that they can call their own, that they are willing to overlook their own preferences. This can be a very bad idea and will typically cause long term suffering. Instead of opting for one of the first viewed, it might be a better option to take a look at ten to twenty potential homes instead. By the fifth or sixth you’ll already have a better idea of what you’re looking for and this can work wonders for your final decision. Don’t be afraid to negotiate Once the dream property has been discovered, the next step is to put in an offer. Many new home buyers make the mistake of meeting the asking price; but in reality this amount will typically be several thousand above the valuation. Instead, put in a lower offer (sometimes up to tens’ of thousands lower) and consider this a starting point. The best case scenario will be that the previous owner is keen to sell and will drop the price to suit. The worst case is that they might want to meet in the middle – but either way money is saved. Define your specifications with your estate agent If an agency has been hired, then there’s no better way to narrow down the possibilities than by having them take care of the hard work. Simply let them know the size of the home wanted, the amount of bedrooms, any key features and other contributing factors. The agency will review their portfolio and will only source the properties that match your specifications; all but eliminating wasted viewing times for housing that may not be suitable. Keep your options open No matter how much a particular home is sought after, there will be another just as enticing somewhere else. If an offer has been rejected or if the property has been snapped up by someone else – there’s no harm in going back to the drawing board. Simply start again, view new properties and don’t stop until you find one that meets your every need. See more at CohenHandler
May 22, 2015
Get Creative with an Interior Painter So, you want to update the look and overall feel of your home, but something’s holding you back. Are you stuck for ideas on what colours you like? Do you have the design ideas to create a beautiful, statement room, but don’t have the know-how to get it done right? Well an interior painter may just be the answer to your dilemma! Not only will a professional painter and decorator be able to provide you with a fantastic finish for your home, but the hands-on experience of a professional can give you a clearer idea of what will and will not work around your home. Let’s take a look how you can get creative with an interior painter. Discuss your ideas and spaces You really can energize an outdated room with a few simple coats of paint. The right colour and design can give specific rooms a fresh new perspective, or even a whole new function. Hiring an interior painter can mean the difference between a stunning new aesthetic and a near miss finish, so fully discuss your ideas and what you want from your spaces before you begin the project to ensure that you get exactly what you want. Choosing the right look An interior painter is not just there to paint a singular colour in a room for you. They are professionals who wants to take your ideas and bring them to life to the highest possible standard. This means that if you want a chalkboard wall, big and bold flowers, wide horizontal stripes and more, your professional will be able to pull out all the stops. Don’t limit yourself to the walls It’s a common misconception that an interior painter will only paint your walls, so why not hire a professional to paint your floors or staircases instead? The right painter will be able to choose the right kind of paint for the job at hand, and how best to prep the area. He/she will also be able to calculate spaces for chosen design ideas, such as stripes, so that everything looks neat and tidy. Extras While your interior painter may not be able to paint a mural, he/she will be able to paint baseboards, crown molding, doorframes and ceilings; and you may decide that you want to experiment with contrasting colours or designs. Just make sure of any added costs before you hand over the brushes! It really is simple to get creative with an interior painter, as long as you clearly define what you want and how you want it, you’ll have the perfect space for you in no time at all. If you would like more information on how to get creative with an interior painter, or about how to hire one of our professionals to paint your dream home for you, our friendly staff at platinumpainters.com.au look forward to hearing from you!
May 6, 2015
What to Expect When Building Your Home: Luxury Home Builders Perth wa One of the most common questions that new home builders face is what can they expect from their newly built home? Well that’s where the good news comes in to play; the great thing about building your own home is that you’re in charge of all aspects of the construction. At TrendSetter Homes, we have access to a great range of features and functions that can be as effective on paper as they are in real life. From popular choices such as open plan living areas, entertainment facilities, dining rooms and downstairs bathrooms, to the much more exclusive and stylish audio rooms, converted master bedrooms and fully tiled en-suites. The possibilities really are endless as far as designing your own home goes, so why not get in touch with us to enquire about the unique services that we offer? We are often asked how long construction will take from beginning to end, and this strongly depends on the amount of work required for the specific project. Unlike purchasing a home from the real estate market, the skill and craftsmanship that will go in to building your home will result in the project taking anywhere between one and six months. We always promise that all of the homes that we construct are built in a professional manner, with complete quality throughout construction. So how can you be sure that your home is as personalized as possible? Well as a new home buyer, you’ll undoubtedly be very keen to see how your home’s construction is progressing. It’s always a good idea to be as involved in the construction process as possible. That way, you can discuss alterations, ideas and features as your home is built. This is also very beneficial if you’d simply like to monitor the way that things are going. At TrendSetterHomes, we’ll always aim to keep you as involved as you like, but that doesn’t mean that you’ll be expected to do any of the hard work – quite the opposite in fact. Once you’ve decided on the way that you’d like your home to look, we’ll take care of all of the hard work so that you don’t have to. As soon as the project is completed and your home has been built, you’ll have complete access and can begin living in your home in complete comfort. You’ll also get to enjoy the features and functions that you decided to include within your home. Over the past 25 years, we’ve found that one of the things that our clients are the most happy about is the complete comfort that they feel when living in their new homes. There’s something so appealing about living in a brand new location; a place where no one has lived before you. If you have any question or enquiries about any of our services, or if you’d like to book your project now, please feel free to get in touch with […]
April 1, 2015
Removing Load Bearing Walls There often comes a time in every home owner’s life where they feel the need to remove a load bearing wall. Whether a load bearing wall is an eyesore within your property, or if it just simply messes with the flow of your home, you may find it’s time to totally change up your living space. But what do you actually do when removing load bearing walls? Let’s take a look at all of the things that you need to consider before you make that all important decision! What is a load bearing wall? A load bearing wall refers to the wall(s) that both hold and distribute the weight of your home evenly across the entire structure. As these walls need to ‘bear the load’ of floors, ceilings and more, they need to be pretty heavy duty. What this means for you is that it’s a tricky task, but it’s by no means an impossible one. Which walls are load bearing? When it comes to wall removal, you need to know which walls are load-bearing before you start the project of removing them. Load bearing walls are typically found around the center of a building, and often run at right angles to the floor joists. It may be worth it to bear in mind that if a wall doesn’t have any extra walls, posts, or alternative supports directly above it, then it’s not likely to be load-bearing. Looking within your attic can also give you clues as to whether walls are load bearing or not, because ‘knee’ walls (3″ or shorter walls that support roof rafters) are generally placed directly above load bearing walls in many structures. Alternative methods of support for load bearing walls When you remove a load bearing wall, it is essential that you implement an alternative method to support the weight of your home’s structure. There are a few different methods that you can choose from, so be sure to find out exactly which will work best for your living space before you begin wall removal. Posts and headers and even load-bearing beams can more than do the job and although the project may require heavy lifting and some carpentry, it shouldn’t be too hard to undertake. Taking the necessary precautions before you remove a load bearing wall You will need to acquire a permit from your local authority before removing or replacing load bearing walls, as it is against the law to undertake any major structural changes without gaining the correct permissions. When you submit the paperwork for your permit, a building inspector will have the opportunity to double check all of your planned changes, which will work to ensure that the wall removal project itself is safe. You may find that the certain floor systems need to be better supported, or that you may need to use slightly different materials to what you have already planned to use, to get the […]
March 26, 2015
How much money can I save with an eco-pump. You will almost always save money with an eco-pump the question is how much will I save and is it worthwhile. Eco-pumps come in two types, there is the older three speed model where each individual speed is fixed and cannot be changed, there is also a newer variable speed model which has three buttons low medium high each of which can be adjusted to whatever speed you like. The new adjustable speed pumps do not cost much more than the older fixed 3 speed version and have a significant advantage in that you can set your pool up to its most economical flow rate. The amounts of money you can save very much depends on what size pump is already installed in your pool. At $0.28 per kilowatt a 1 hp pump that is running eight hours per day in late spring /summer, four hours per day in winter and six hours per day in spring and autumn will cost the following. Spring summer 18 weeks 28c x .75kw 7 x 8 x 18 = $211.68 Spring autumn 21 weeks 28c x .75kw 7 x 6 x 21 = $185.22 Winter 13 weeks 28c x .75kw 7 x 4 x 13 =$76.44 Total =$473.34 Total operating cost for a 1 hp pump is $473.34 Total operating cost for a 1.5 hp pump is $710.01 Some older 1 hp pumps and 1.5 hp pumps will consume up to 20% more energy than this, so it’s clear when a pump manufacturer advertises their three speed pump or eco-pump as saving over thousand dollars per year unless the pump prints money this can’t be done. However eco-pumps can save you a significant amount of money and pay for themselves very quickly especially if you currently have a 1.5 hp pump. An eco-pump will have to run for longer hours than a standard pool pump the cost calculation looks like this. Spring summer 18 weeks 28c x .2kw 7 x 14 x 18 = $98.78 Spring autumn 21 weeks 28c x .2kw 7 x 10 x 21 = $82.32 Winter 13 weeks 28c x .2kw 7 x 7 x 13 = $35.67 Total = $216.77 total operating cost for an eco-pump replacing a 1.0 hp pump is $216.77 total operating cost for an eco-pump replacing a 1.5 hp pump is $295.00 The reason why an eco-pump costs more to run when it is being used to replace a 1.5 hp pump is that the pump will have to be run at a higher setting or for more hours because typically the 1.5 hp pump is fitted to a larger pool that has a higher water circulation requirement. As you can see the savings are huge, when you can run an eco-pump at its lowest setting you will save between $250 and $415 per year. Unfortunately you can not always […]
March 3, 2015
Piggybacking Security: How Can You Solve The Problem Of Tag-Along Users? When you offer a key or card security system you’ll already understand the problem of piggybacking. Undoubtedly one of the most abused weaknesses of an automated access control system, this particular structure doesn’t filter the number of people that it grants access to. For the most part all these systems allow is the electronic control of a particular door at any given time, so this allows people who don’t have access the option to gain entry to your building or secure area by default. As long as a non-authorized person waits for someone who carries the key to either enter or exit, they can get in. So how do you solve the problem of piggybacking security when a lot of the issues are caused by social etiquette? In many cases, the person tagging along is open about entering the space, either grabbing the door as somebody leaves, or calling out for the person to hold the door open as they go through. Its human nature to be polite, so good security practices fall by the wayside much more often than the probability of the system itself breaking down. It’s important to recognize that piggybacking security is likely to be the biggest weakness in your entire security system as most focus in terms of security is usually on the CCTV installation and monitoring. Many business and security personnel are concerned about issues such as duplicated security cards and hacking, but piggybacking is actually far less sophisticated and much more accessible to those who want to gain unauthorized access; particularly for access points that are subject to a high volume of both employee and visitor traffic. While you can begin to tighten your security measures by offering employee training for security awareness, it’s a good idea to invest in an “anti-tailgating” device. Anti-tailgating devices were developed by leading security institutions in recent years to combat the problem of piggybacking entirely. You can find a range of options, both small and large, to suit your individual needs. Some of the devices are: Mechanical turnstiles (in half and full height options) Optical turnstiles Security revolving doors Security portals Doorway anti-tailgating devices Video analytics systems The basic function of each is to permit only one authorized user to either enter or leave the area or building at any given time. This can be by way of either a physical barrier or an electronic one that will detect when a person attempts to piggyback the system. Choosing the right Tailgating Security Device Choosing the right anti-tailgating device can and will make all of the difference to your current security issues. You need to first consider the extent of your overall security risk, your ability to provide the right amount of security staff to monitor exits and entrances, how quickly your team can respond to alarms and your budget for not just the initial purchase of the device, but also for the ongoing maintenance of the […]
November 25, 2014
It is the duty of employers to take care for ensuring that all your employees are equipped with apposite training in their rights and responsibilities under the OH&S training act. Employers who have ignored and neglected this aspect due to operational or even the time restriction put their company as well as staff at risk. OH&S training provides employers with a cost effective solution which aims to ensure that all employees are properly trained within the first few hours of starting their employment. The courses are specifically designed for companies that want to implement OH&S training management systems. An effective OH&S management system successfully boosts the staff morale; allows them to concentrate on core business activities that are also reflected in the form of the increased level of performance and productivity. Your employees can simply log on and do the course online onsite as well without consuming the precious time from the supervisor or the HR department of the organisation. The online courses on OH&S training cover all key topics required under the various State Acts in order to ensure that complete and proper knowledge transfer takes place among the new employee. Many of the employees are able to complete the course in less than an hour – this gives your company a legal testimony about the training completion and that your employees are fully-informed and ready. By Joe Nahas An OH&S training system allows you to create a safe, secure and well-managed workplace through: Identification and minimisation of the hazards associated with your organisation’s business Decrease in risks of legal action for employee’s compensation and liability claims Reduction in the incidents, accidents and injuries that take place at the workplace Providing due diligence confirmation should an incident or accident occur Overall, the OH&S training courses benefit employers, workers, as well as supervisors. More at http://stag.net.au/
October 19, 2014
Article One – Overhead Cranes Safety Tips Overhead cranes are used in different sectors to make it easy for them to do the heavy lifting. One of the most commonly used is the bridge crane. It has elevated tracks and allows the operator to move the hook in three axes. Then there is the gantry crane, which is supported on the floor. Gantry cranes are used when the workplace is a temporary site. Overhead cranes must be installed properly in order to avoid accidents while using them in the future. Eilbeck cranes have been in the business for a long time and known as one of the best in the world. Its products are used in various industries all over the world. Overhead cranes require maintenance and inspection before and after their use. Most operators fail to do the required safety routine before using them because they are working just fine the previous day. Crane operators must be trained to follow the safety tips to ensure the well-being of everyone in the workplace. When using a hook, it is vital that you inspect it personally. Find out whether there are physical damages. Be sure to check the controls and suspension system as well. Chains and slings of overhead cranes can be damaged when unused or placed in storage. Be sure to check for breaks or tears and replace them right away. A small tear can lead to a big accident in the workplace. Before using overhead cranes, inspect the chain hoist, crane, controls, and beams. Be on the lookout for changes that have occurred since the last time they were used. Check the condition of the wire rope hoist. Make sure that there are no deformations or cracks due to wear and tear. Most damage occurs at the controller or the pendant of the hoist. The work area must have signs, protective partitions and guards to remind operators of the safety practices while using overhead cranes. When using the overhead crane for the first time during the shift, the operator must look out for irregular sound and motions. These are indicators of likely troubles and safety issues. When an operator become aware of strange vibrations and sounds, turn off the crane right away and contact a supervisor to find out how to fix the issue. Turn on the crane and let it run without any loads. The operator should check the settings for the lower and upper limit switch. Overhead cranes have a power delivery system that should be in good working condition. It must not be altered or damaged. These tips must be followed in order to maintain the safety in the workplace. And be sure to check out Eilbeck’s products if you are looking for safe overhead cranes. More from EilBeck at http://www.eilbeckcranes.com/overhead-cranes/
October 16, 2014
Adding New Features to your Home One of the greatest feelings in the world is owning your own property and being able to undertake residential renovations to better improve its features. But these building renovations can often be a hard task to complete correctly, especially for new home builders. So what can you do if you’re keen to add these residential additions without detracting from the value and functionality of your property? Well fortunately, there are many great construction services available in Sydney to help with all of your building renovation requirements. The main thing to bear in mind is that certain regions will require planning permission from their local authority before residential additions are permitted to be constructed. This is a simple matter to take care of and will often involve a phone call, written letter or visit to the establishment in charge of building extensions and features. Once you have planning permission, you’re free to undertake your project with minimal restrictions. If your project include the erection of custom fences, then it’s always a good idea to speak with your neighbours or anyone that the fence may effect. If you are responsible for the fence, then finding a happy medium is the best way to ensure that your project continues unhindered. The same would apply for all forms of garden wall construction, especially if the wall is to be constructed with wood or brick as it may need maintaining every couple of years to perform as intended.