Posts made in January, 2016

2 Important Questions to Ask When Considering a Granny Flat on Your Property

A granny flat is like a small guesthouse that you have built on your property. These are a very popular way of accommodating family members such as elderly parents whom you want to keep close by but not necessarily have live in your own home with you. A granny flat can also be rented out as a way of earning a second income. If you’re thinking of having a granny flat built on your property, note a few important questions to ask a builder so you know what to expect and know you’ll be happy with the finished product.

1. Ask if a flat can be built if your lot is somewhat irregular

There are laws that dictate how close a granny flat can be built to a fence, roadway, and the like, and if your lot is somewhat irregular, you may assume that a granny flat won’t fit without encroaching on these boundaries. You might also have landscaping features that you don’t want disturbed and may assume these will prevent you from having the granny flat built. 

However, it’s good to discuss your concerns about your lot with a builder so you can determine your options. You not may be able to have a granny flat built from a kit but may be able to have a custom flat built. A contractor may be able to create the flat in an L-shape or other such design so that it sits back from the fence as legally required, or works its way around a tree you don’t want to cut down. If you have actual measurements of your lot, this can help a contractor determine if a flat can be built, or you can ask him or her to examine your lot in person and note if it’s suitable. 

2. Ask what safety features can be included

Just because the structure is called a “granny flat” doesn’t mean it’s necessary safe and accessible for someone in a wheelchair or who may have balance issues. If you need your granny flat to suit a person with limited mobility, ask about a wheelchair ramp at the front entrance, a walk-in shower without a tub, handrails in the bathroom, and other such features. 

One reason to ask about this is that it may be more cost-effective to have these things incorporated into the design of your granny flat than adding them yourself once it’s built. Also, this would also allow you to move in your elderly relative as soon as the flat is constructed rather than waiting on a second contractor to install these features.

For more information, contact a builder in your area like Vickers Home Improvements.

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Is Double Glazing Really Worth the Investment?

Did you know that quite a bit of the heat that is lost from your home goes out the windows? Regardless of your home’s age or design, a dramatic impact to the overall efficiency of any home is to install double glazing. This is a better option than attempting glass repair, since this will not solve the bigger issue, which usually includes the window frame and seals.

When heat is lost out of your windows it can result in higher utility bills, higher emissions and a number of other unwanted effects, including higher levels of noise from outside and more condensation on the glass. Read on to learn why double glazing is really worth the investment. 

Why Choose Double Glazing?

A single glazed window is notorious for being insulated poorly and the single panel of glass can transfer cold quite easily which reduces the temperature in a home. This means more energy must be used in order to keep the space comfortable. Modern double glazing includes two glass panels installed in between the inner and outer frame. In most cases, the space between these two glass panels will be filled with Argon gas or some other type of nontoxic gas. This gas provides an additional insulator from noise and heat creating a barrier that is very effective.

Double glazing can also help to reduce the damp feeling in a home by minimizing the amount of condensation produced. This is partly because the panel of glass inside the double glazed window unit stays at a temperature that is closer to the inside temperature of the home. This helps to reduce the potential for the internal air to reach the dew point and water being deposited on the glass.

It is important to note that double glazing can take quite a long period of time to pay back just through energy savings. This is why this instalment should be thought of as a long-term investment. However, the double glazing installation will help to create a quieter and warmer environment that helps to create an improved quality of life all while increasing the aesthetic and resale value of the home. In many cases, this increased value can be as much as the initial investment you have made in the double glazed windows.

When you are considering new or replacement windows for your home, you should carefully consider all the benefits offered by double glazing. This offers a smart investment that will last your home for a long time. Talk to a glass repair or installation contractor to learn more. 

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Different Reasons to Opt For Plant Hire

As a construction contractor, one of the most important elements of your business would be equipment. However, when starting in the construction business, most people tend to make the mistake of sinking all their money in purchasing equipment. Although it may seem like a good idea to have your own equipment for your construction sites, the initial investment may be more of an inconvenience than it increasing your bottom line. This is why more and more contractors are opting for plant hire for their construction sites. Here are some of the different reasons why you should opt for plant hire.

Plant hire eliminates the need for you spend on an upfront investment.

One thing all construction contractors will agree on is that industrial equipment is one of the most expensive investments that you can make. Since different construction sites will require different types of equipment, you never can have enough equipment to be guaranteed you can proffer extensive services for various sites. For instance, you may invest in an excavator, but your next construction site may require a paver. Instead of having to spend all your money on equipment, you would be better off opting for plant hire in accordance to the requirements of each individual site.

Plant hire eliminates maintenance and repair costs for your business.

Another concern to have when you opt to purchase your own construction equipment is ensuring that they are always in their best condition for them to operate optimally. This means ensuring that any breakdowns are addressed immediately and performing regular maintenance inspection so as to ensure your construction workers are not at risk when operating the equipment. Instead of bearing the burden of these costs, you would be better off opting for plant hire. The plant hire provider will always ensure you are getting well-maintained equipment that has been technologically updated. You also do not have to worry about cleaning the equipment once you are done, as this will be the responsibility of the plant hire company.

Plant hire protects you from the changing construction environment.

The construction industry is not always booming. There will be stretches of time when there will be no work, just as there will be stretches of time when demand is high. When you invest in your own equipment, you will have to worry about recouping your investment when business is slow. To avoid this, you should opt for plant hire, as this will enable you weather the erratic changes in the construction industry.

For more information, contact a local plant hire company. 

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Guide to Construction of Fine Dining Restaurants

Fine dining restaurants are known for the quality of food that they serve, but ambiance is also important. This means that when you are constructing a new fine dining restaurant, you need to consider many aspects of the design in the early stages of construction. It is possible to create the perfect atmosphere and ambiance for your fine dining restaurant if you consider the layout early on. There are a few construction tips you can follow when building a new fine dining restaurant in order to avoid any mistakes involving its layout and design.


When you are constructing a restaurant, the dining and seating area is always a major concern. This is the portion of the restaurant where the patrons will be positioned. When you are coming up with the layout, you want to maximise the space available. This means that you want to limit the amount of areas that are not viewed as prime seating locations. This often includes areas near the restrooms or entrances. Most patrons do not want to be seated near the front or kitchen entrances. In order to make the most out of your restaurant space, you can look to position the dining area in a way that obscures the view of entrances and restrooms. This can be done effectively by building partitions into the design plans. Partitions are easy to install and have the ability to block out views that patrons don’t want to see. This will enable you to have seating areas that are all viewed as desirable.


It is also essential to consider the ventilation of your restaurant when you are creating the layout. During construction, it is a good idea to place the kitchen as far as possible from the main dining area of the restaurant. Commercial kitchens are known for producing heat, smells and smoke, which means that having space between these areas is important. It is also a good idea to equip the kitchen with room for a high quality ventilation system. This means that the ceilings should be high enough to allow for installation of hoods and fans that allow for optimal levels of ventilation. Preparing for the ventilation needs of a commercial kitchen during construction will enable you to avoid having to complete renovations or upgrades at a later time. Vents should also be installed throughout the kitchen and dining areas to allow for temperature control to be maintained at all time.

Keeps these tips in mind as you work with experienced commercial builders to plan the perfect layout for your new restaurant. 

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Reminders for Any Renovation

If you've decided to undertake a project around your house, there are a few things to remember. First, make sure to have a good idea of the cost going in. Talk to local specialists for estimates or do research on the cost of supplies and labor. Second, always make sure to take necessary safety precautions. While a landscape project may seem like a lower-risk task than a rewiring job, it never hurts to be too careful. Finally, don't bite off more than you can chew. Plan out your renovation and repair projects in detail and then tackle one thing at a time. If you ever feel out of your element, hand the job over to a contractor. They'll know how to get the job done efficiently, safely, and correctly.


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