Unless you are a professional builder /
general contractor or you have close friends or relatives who are and will be
willing to work with you at any time, acting as your own building contractor,
more often than not, can have disastrous results.
Many times we have seen homeowners who
have chosen to do their own home construction contracts with the aim of saving
money just to spend far more on the construction budget than they would have
spent if they had hired a builder to handle the entire project in the first place.
The idea of saving by becoming your own general contractor is a myth
General contracts are serious work that
requires the services of a licensed professional. The following are reasons
that are often overlooked but are very important to contribute to the results
of expensive and unprofitable home construction when the homeowner performs his
own professional contractor general duties:
Lack of knowledge of the latest building
code rules and regulations can result in code violations, failure of building
inspections and the need for expensive reconstruction delays.
Less experience with the construction
process and construction procedures will affect the scheduling of
subcontractors. Work done out of sequence can produce poor quality and often
requires expensive repairs and reconstruction.
The inability to schedule subcontractors
in a way that optimizes working conditions can be very disruptive. Too many
different subs work at once can cause confusion and make monitoring more
difficult. Workers stumble with each other and obstruct each other can result
in costly mistakes and a lot of damage that is not found until it’s too late.
The unfamiliarity with preparation of work
among those needed to optimize each sub-contract project can cause construction
delays. Each sub-contract work must be completed correctly and ready for the
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Home construction practices and procedures
had changed drastically over the years. Floor joists once constructed with
2×10’s has been replaced with engineered I-beams and LVLs (Laminated Veneer
Lumber) capable of spanning distances without supporting structural members
which were often required to carry the load of additional floors. Affordable
and lightweight, engineered I-beam floor joists have subsequently replaced the
antiquated double or triple 2×12 floor joists, with proven engineered designs
that are far superior to old traditional methods. Engineered I-beams provide
superior strength, uniformity and level perfection of all completed subfloors,
essential for the installation of all interior flooring finishing material,
especially hardwood flooring.
Constructed with the visible appearance of an “I”
I-beams consist of a top and bottom rib
normally 2×4’s dimensional lumber. Sandwiched between the top and bottom ribs,
specially designed OSB, (Oriented Strand Board) completes the simple but
extremely load carrying capacity of the I-beam with precision and accuracy.
Integrated into the design of the I-beam are pre-designed and placed
“knockouts” which allow for the installation of plumbing and
electrical artifacts through the I-beams at pre-determined locations, saving
time in pre-drilling standard 2×12 floor joists, with a reduction in labor
Capable of spanning lengths of up to 24′
or more without supporting basement floor jacks, engineered I-beam floor joists
allow full basement completion without loss of floor space and the “boxing
in” of supporting columns when using old 2×12 joist framing methods.
Available in widths from 10″ to 16″, and a variety of top and bottom
rib specifications, engineered I-beam joists offer versatility in home
construction which continues to receive national recognition.
The way of installing
a new hardwood floor
When installing a new hardwood floor,
nothing is more important than the precision and accuracy of all substrate
material, including the joists. Old 2×12 floor joists often … READ MORE ...
When searching for a house to buy, it is normal to feel confused because
of the many choices available that you have. There is a wide choice of several
residential styles that you can find on property listings.
Nevertheless, try to focus on the main types to avoid confusing yourself
with so many different choices. You can choose from bungalows, high-rise
condominium units, colonial houses, townhouses and luxury homes.
Bungalow is the most popular choice
among many home buyers. This is a compact house with two or smaller rooms with
basements or attics. It looks elegant and chic and is a good choice if you want
a high level of privacy in a one-story house.
Condos are increasingly popular
mainly because of their simplicity and lack of maintenance. This is the best
choice if you cannot afford to buy a large piece together with your home
Town houses are different from
condos because you will not only have units but land as well. This is more
expensive compared to condominium units. This is perfect for you if you prefer
to get more control in your home.
The most expensive type of property
is a luxury home. It has spacious space and has a very polite design which is
liked by those who live in upscale environments. If you have enough money, you
can choose this style of housing and enjoy your luxury home to the max.
Once you have chosen the style of
housing that will best suit your needs as well as the whole family, you should
be able to choose the right color for both your exterior and interior paint
In choosing the right color for your
home, keep in mind that your preferences play a major role in your choices. If
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There are many types of shelves out there, each of which has its own
benefits that will help you with your organization in your home. Choosing the
type you want for your home can be quite difficult if you do not know all the
selections there are to choose from, this is why you will have to do a little
bit of research and see which ones suit you and your home style the most.
A shelf that will suit your home the best is really dependent on the
style of your home and what it feels like. If your home is mostly made up of
wood then you will need to start looking to buy a wooden shelf to place
anywhere in the room. There are also many different types of materials that you
can find them in, we already mentioned one, which is wood. There is
also plastic, metal and chrome just to name a few that you can find in stores
for sale. Each course will fit in certain locations better than others. If you
are looking for something more elegant then you will want to look into the
special designs that are usually made by woodworkers.
If you are looking for something special then usually wood is the best
way to go. You can also find great designs in metal, chrome, and plastic also
in online stores and more. Be sure to consider the size of the area where you
want to put the shelf, and how it will fit. If the space is unique, be sure to
take all measurements and everything that might be important when you want to
buy. The color and style of the shelf is also important so that it matches with
other furniture, don’t forget to think about what you … READ MORE ...
Allow a lot of sunlight into the sunroom:
Conservatory sunrooms have been a
popular choice amongst many homeowners. One of the main advantages of making a
conservatory sunroom is that it allows a lot of sunlight to enter the room. You
truly have a feeling of being in the outdoors with the exposure to the bright
and warm space created within the sunroom. When we are talking of a
conservatory sunroom, actually we are talking of a room that is made entirely
of glass. The roof as well as the wall is constructed with glass.
You don’t have to worry about any
bugs, insects or mosquitoes biting into you as the entire room is enclosed in
glass, allowing totaling immersion in sunlight during the day time. If you have
designed the conservatory room yourself, then surely this creation can be one
of the most popular things for you in the house.
Rooms to serve different purposes:
decades ago only wicker furniture was used to decorate conservatory sunrooms.
But with the passage of time, these rooms are known to house bedrooms, an
extended living room, kitchens and even bathrooms. A lot of people love to
convert the indoor garden sunroom into a study room as it offers a lot of peace
as well as privacy. If you consider a conservatory sunroom and a patio room,
there is basically one difference. A patio room is constructed on an already
existing structure, which is strong enough to bear the weight of the patio
contractor would first want to know from you whether you want to have a sunroom
or a conservatory patio room. Also referred to as three room sunrooms they are
constructed in a way that they can be used throughout the year. They would
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