Working with wood is a joy and wonder around the world. Some of the most luxurious pieces of furniture or architecture around are wooden. Regardless of the species, all wood must properly dry before any project can begin. The organic nature of wood is its strongest aspect and its downfall. The expanding and shrinking properties of wood are due to moisture or temperature change. These changes cause havoc in a project when they are not planned for or prevented. However, the well planned project will use wood that expands or shrinks to strengthen the joints and bonds. [Read more…] about Why Dried Lumber?
Building a deck from Ipe lumber ensures quality and beauty for many years to come. Paying close attention to details such as choosing a lumber supplier or selecting what type of fasteners to use is crucial to a quality outcome. J. Gibson McIlvain, a wholesale exotic lumber supplier, suggests the following three steps to a stunning Ipe deck. [Read more…] about 3 Steps To A Stunning Ipe Deck
Domestic and exotic hardwood dealers, such as J. Gibson McIlvain are seeing continued growth in the demand for exotic hardwoods, particularly for use in exotic hardwood floors. Domestic hardwoods have traditionally been used for this now-trendy application, so the comparison is natural. One particular pair of woods that begs comparison is the domestic hardwood, Black Walnut, and its exotic counterpart, Brazilian Walnut, which is also known as Ipe (pronounced as “ee-pay). [Read more…] about Exotic vs. Domestic Hardwood Floors
Continuing with our overview of the many uses and applications of perforated metal panels, today we’ll look at how metal screens are utilized in water management systems, such as reservoirs, dams, fishing hatcheries, and power plants. Perforated and profile bar metal screens and panels are an integral part of high-volume water intake facilities from both a functional and an aesthetic viewpoint. (If you’re like me, you probably wouldn’t think the appearance of a dam or power plant is very important, but architects and designers would beg to differ, and for good reason. After all, outward appearances go a long way toward influencing our impressions of companies.)
So, what’s the purpose of installing perforated metal screens in water intake facilities? Your humble correspondent investigates, after the jump. [Read more…] about How Metal Screens Are Utilized in Water Management Systems
Building an addition can create more space while saving you the hassle of moving into a new home. And, of course, building an addition will add value to almost any home. While adding onto your home can be a pretty big project, depending on your skill level, it can also be one you can do yourself. If you are going to tackle that addition on your own, the first thing you’ll need to do is draw up some plans. You may want to visit an architect and have him or her create the plans for you. Since the addition needs to tie into your existing home, the architect will be able to help you create a continuous flow between your existing home and your addition.
Once you have a plan in place, you can begin by exposing the existing foundation on the outside of the connecting wall. This will help you to know where the existing floor is so that you can join it with the floor of your addition successfully. Next you’ll be able to dig for the foundation of the addition. There are many different types of foundations you might choose for your structure, depending on whether you want a basement, or you could also do a slab or even a pier foundation. The type of foundation you choose will tell you how you’re going to proceed from here. Once the foundation you’ve chosen is complete, you’ll move onto your floor system (framing your floor). If you’ve chosen a concrete slab however, you’ll skip this part. [Read more…] about Building an Addition
In the midst of today’s browsing, I’ve discovered a term that’s new to me–”Design Build.” It’s the term that D.R. Hartman Construction, Inc. specified for their preferred method of handling construction and remodeling projects.
After a quick surf through Google to Wikipedia, I learned that the term is not peculiar to D.R. Hartman. Apparently, it’s a whole branch of the construction industry. The main idea is that one company stays involved–in charge, really–all the way through the project, from the first plans through to the final installment of the fixtures. That company, usually a general contractor, works with the home or business owner to design the new or revamped construction, and then they take care of the permits and the architectural drawings. Once the initial stages are successfully passed, they move along with getting the rough materials, as well as the ”fancy stuff.” [Read more…] about Design Build