Brian's House Building Blog

  • Surprising Information Revealed in a Land Survey and Why You Might Need One

    25 January 2017

    A land survey actually does much more than note the actual boundaries of a property, and an individual might consider getting such a survey before buying a home or even for property they own. Note some of the information revealed on a land survey and why you might need one, either before buying or even after living in your home for some years. Zoning classification Zoning for property often means more than just residential or industrial; there are typically other classifications that could affect how you use your property and improvements that can be made.

  • 3 Tips for Choosing New Shipping Crates

    25 January 2017

    Shipping crates are a very important investment in your business; it doesn't matter how much time and money you spend in producing any item if it doesn't arrive at its final destination in good condition. There is a wide variety of shipping crates available, so note a few tips on choosing the right one for your product. Lumber grade or use The lumber used for shipping crates will usually have a grade or classification of some sort, and this will tell you something about the overall durability and quality of the crate itself.

  • Roofing with Asphalt Shingles for Style, Affordability, and Sustainable Building

    25 January 2017

    If you are new to roofing, the variety material options offered in roofing today may surprise you. However, one material stands out due to its affordability, design, and low maintenance. Asphalt shingles offer all these qualities, and you get to use material that is environmentally friendly to construct that ideal roof that you need. Your roof stands out in your neighbourhood when you use this material. Here is why you will require this roofing material for your building needs when building a new home or replacing an existing roofing material.

  • Boring VS Trenching: Which Method is Best?

    10 November 2016

    If you need to install underground pipes or wiring on your property, then you will need to first decide which method to use. The two main methods including directional boring, also called horizontal drilling, and trenching. Here are some things to think about so that you can make the right call. Trenching Requires Less Equipment Many contractors prefer the trenching method whenever possible because it uses less equipment. If your construction company has been in business for a while, you probably already have an excavator or can easily rent one from a local construction company.

  • Permeable Paving Ideas to Help You Deal with Flooding in Your Home's Garden

    21 July 2016

    Before investing in traditional asphalt surfaces for the driveway in your garden, think about the floodwater that will gather on its surface during the rainy season. Impermeable asphalt surfaces are bound to flood your garden because the water cannot seep through to the ground. Instead of the traditional drainage methods used drains to direct water into streets and rivers, using permeable asphalt alternatives are a good alternative for getting rid of floodwater.

  • Timber Fencing: Is Paint Or Stain Best?

    20 June 2016

    If you're about to construct a timber fence, you're probably also thinking about the sort of finish you need to apply to this new feature. With a host of paints and stains available, it's sometimes difficult to know which sort of product to use, and everybody seems to have a different opinion. In fact, the right choice depends on what you want (and don't want) from the fence. Here are some tips to help you make the right decision.

  • Water Filters You Could Contemplate For Your Irrigation System

    19 April 2016

    Investing in water filter supplies for your irrigation system is prudent for a couple of reasons. For one, it ensures that the water you are using for your various irrigation applications is contaminant free. Secondly, these water filter supplies prevent debris and particles from making their way into your irrigation system, as these could cause the breakdown of your system. It should be noted, though, that just as there are a myriad of particles and organic matter that could get mixed into your irrigation water, there are also various types of water filter supplies that you could choose from.

  • Getting Familiar with Residential Surge Protectors

    19 April 2016

    Most homeowners are aware of the importance of surge protection. As such, you will find various outlets in the home equipped with a surge protector to prevent electrical damage to sensitive appliances such a fridges or television. However, although these mini surge protectors would suffice in years past, Australian homes now have numerous electronic gadgets due to how technology keeps growing in leaps and bounds. This is why it would be ideal to consider surge protection for your entire home, rather on selective outlets.

  • It's Like War in Sparta: What Are Your Options When You Don't Agree with Your Strata Manager?

    18 April 2016

    A strata manager is supposed to make sure bills are paid, levies are collected, and all parts of the building you live in are compliant according to the building codes of your state. However, there will be times when the property owners and their strata manager do not agree with the daily running of the building. Take the situation of a building on the Gold Coast, in which owners face an expensive repair bill for failing balcony balustrades, but the current management company has yet to address a problem they have known to exist for over a year.

  • Your Guide to Plumbing for Tiny Houses

    1 March 2016

    In the 21st century, there is a growing movement towards minimalism, specifically when it comes to minimal living. This is most evident in the tiny house movement. People in Australia and all around the Western world are choosing to unburden themselves of extraneous space they don't need and are moving to not just smaller houses, but positively tiny living spaces. Is a tiny house right for you? There are many benefits to jumping on the tiny house bandwagon.