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An Overiew To Bathrooms Designs

The most common question when it comes to bathroom renovations is how you can provide a comfortable yet modern bathroom design. Most of the time bathroom renovation plans is not only limited to the interior articles of the bathroom but it’s overall style as well including the lighting devices and the type and quality of materials used. Aside from that, bathroom renovation also involves the planning for the installation of the water supply system including the addition of heating and cooling system of the water supply if you wish to have one. The room should be always designed and planned as what the customer demands.

When it comes to bathroom designs, bathroom furniture is one important aspect that should never be forgotten. The modern bathroom of today now have a lot of added fixtures and furniture such as wall cupboards, cupboard columns, cupboard with a bar and special dressers. Aside from that mirrors that are combined with cupboards is one of the newest additions of bathroom furniture designs today. This is especially true as you will notice that if you are going to look into bathroom furniture in local stores you will essentially see a price list of the varying cupboard and mirror combination furniture such as a mirror and a mirror shelf with two cupboards, a mirror cupboard, and a mirror with two cupboards and more. When it comes to bathroom furniture materials, MDF is considered as the best among all other materials available. One main reason for this is because the material itself is specially designed for damp rules such as bathrooms.

When it comes to the choice of bath, one always has a lot of available options such as a substitution of the usual bed by a shower, a corner bath or simply the classic one. This is not usually a hard selection as the financial status of the customer or the actual size of the bathroom will determine the type of bathroom interior to select.

Ethnic style, retro style, classical style and country style are considered to be the most fashionable styles when it comes to bathroom finishing styles of today. It is best to leave the choice of basic architectural style for bathroom renovation to the designer studios specialists. The information provided herewith should only be considered as a general recommendation.

The use of a single colored tile such as white, black, or gray is called brutalism. This cases makes use of sharp formed massive furniture that creates the impression of rudeness. A classical style furniture can be used in order to provide a prevailing impression of the horizontal lines from the natural stone or tiles. As much as possible, one should always choose the furniture that has a harmonizing picture and color with the tiles. Large rooms usually have the most popular combination of light toned furniture combined with marble table tops.

On the other hand, a relaxing effect is provided by a country style bathroom design. Usually, the tiles used in this kind of design has a nature oriented color such as a green tint with nature inspired decorative patterns and uses woven furniture raw materials that are essentially moisture and waterproof. A summer park and arbored environment is created by the green colored designs and the woven furniture. Retro Style on the other hand have the characteristics of using a dark tree as the materials for the bathroom furniture combined with a screw-thread element and a light brown tile. An old timed atmosphere is also created through the use of a simple wooden framed mirror.

Ethnic style on the other hand gives a fantasy awakening feel. With ethnic style, you will be able to have a wild imagination if being in an island with mysterious native inhabitants. The basic room finishing materials for this style is a natural stone and tree. For the wild tribe impression to be made, the trim of the tree is rudely done. The usual stone and tree color is a dark saturation of grey or brown to gie of that natural feel.

In general, when it comes to bathroom designing, we can very much say that despite the need for design specialists, the customer themselves should always be involved in this process. As a matter of fact, it is the customer’s responsibility to choose the sanitary equipment to be used, the furniture units and the color ranges of the room design.

The Most Economical Home Flooring

flooring-contractorWant to have simple yet elegant looking home flooring that is very easy on the budget? Find a concrete flooring contractor. No need to buy any pricey tile flooring. With just paint and polish, you’re on your way of rocking contemporary or modern looking flooring that’s lease expensive, and you can even do it on your own. Yes, you can do it yourself! Contrary to what most homeowners think, painting and polishing your flooring does not require professional training or undergoing a crash course on home decorating. Simply put, if you can draw a straight line and maintain a single pattern, you could do this project easy-peasy and have it done in no time.

Come to think of it; I don’t know why we have to burden ourselves with expensive, hard to install and high maintenance flooring when we can do away with all of these and still have a chic and stylish flooring. For sure, when this project gets done, you would wonder why you have not thought of this from the beginning and save yourself thousands of dollars from choosing to install costly carpet or hardwood flooring.

So, first things first, make sure that the concrete flooring is clean, then plan your attack, if you will, and have all of the materials you need. Notice that I mentioned cleaning before the next steps. It is because, for me personally, it’s hard to decipher, let’s say, what goes better with your living room décor if the flooring in question has lots of clutter. Not only it’s destructing, but you won’t be able to have a good look at your flooring and determine what color and design would be a good fit.

After cleaning, take a good look at the entire room and consider the interior, furniture, wall color, and whatever visual object you can see. Like if you have dark-colored furniture and fixtures, go for a light color paint to contrast the dark-colored décor. And, vice versa, paint your flooring in a dark color if you already have light-colored furniture and fixtures.

As for the tools and the materials, here’s what you’ll need:

  • vacuum
  • paint roller
  • sand paper
  • primer
  • concrete paint (this usually comes in gray or brown; if you want a variety of colors, use latex paint but make sure it’s the good-quality kind)
  • polyurethane coating

Now, let’s get it on!

Step 1: Sand off any adhesives from previous tile flooring or old paint making sure that there’s no uneven areas.

Step 2: Hopefully there are no cracks or holes on the surface of your floor so you won’t have to purchase mix concrete patch compound. But if there is, then we don’t have a choice, get a package of mix concrete patch compound and apply as per packaging directions.

Step 3: By this time, the flooring should be free of any visible rough surface and cracks, and it should be smooth as skin. Only then you may start painting the floor and begin with applying primer. If you’re really on a budget, you may coat only once. But if your financial resources permit, it’s better to apply two coats when painting concrete floors. Remember to let the floor dry completely between coats.

Step 4:  Afterward, apply with latex or concrete paint. Like the primer, you may only do one coating of latex or concrete paint, but it’s best to put on two layers and just the same, let it dry completely before the second coat.

Step 5: After painting concrete floors, a polyurethane coating should be added for protection and maximum durability. Likewise, one application is okay, but two layers are highly recommended.

Construction Job Site Safety Audit – 9 Common Construction Site Safety Issues

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The construction job site safety audit can be a critical tool for keeping your projects on time and under budget. On going attention to safety and loss control is the ounce of prevention that’s worth a pound of cure.

A regular process, that identifies and then corrects or removes work site hazards, efficiently minimizes accidents and injuries.

Here are nine relatively common safety issues that were revealed by a regular construction job site safety audit:

  1. Trenching
  • Excessive trench depth increases collapse hazard
  • Work must only proceed where collapse protection is in place
  • Collapses protection can be provided with proper sloping.
  1. Containers – Gas cans must be clearly labeled as to contents and hazards.
  2. Rigging Slings – Rigging must be taken out of service when heavily damaged or when wear detectors are visible.
  3. Stairs – Stairs need to be properly constructed with consistent rise and run, secured treads, and stair rails in place.
  4. Office Trailers – Unused access and entrance doors must be physically blocked from use to avoid falls.
  5. Loading Platforms – Railings, to prevent falls, must have mid and top rails in place. Under certain conditions chains can be used.
  6. Flammable Liquid Storage – A Flammable Storage Cabinet must be installed and used in any building or trailer where over 25 gallons of flammable liquids are stored.
  7. Fire Extinguishers – Storage trailers containing flammable or combustible materials must have fire extinguishers within 50 foot proximity.
  8. Ladders – Damaged ladders or ladder sections must be tagged “Do Not Use” until removed from the job site and destroyed.

The loss control audit by a safety officer or safety consultant provides important focus on the prevention of accidents and injuries in busy work environments.

In this example, nine safety issues were found. The hazards were identified before there were any injuries or accidents. Corrective action was immediate for some of the issues, while others required scheduling. Either way business interruption was kept to a minimum.

To take a look at the details of this loss control audit, including photos, please click on construction job site safety audit.

Stud Spacing and Wall Framing

wall framingRemodeling and building homes over the years I have seen all sorts of stud spacing measurements in bearing and non-bearing walls.

How far should we space a framing stud in a bearing wall?

Most plans will give you this information. If you have a structural shear wall the plans will tell you what size of lumber to use at the plywood breaks. The normal spacing on a bearing wall will be 16 inches on center unless otherwise noted on the building plans. This is the most common spacing for studs in a wall.

How far can we space framing studs in a nonbearing wall?

I have seen studs spaced as far as 24 inches on center in a nonbearing wall. Over the years looking at the building code books I have found this to be acceptable for most framing applications. Do not confuse a nonbearing walls with a structural shear walls because there is no weight sitting on the shear wall.

Interior structural shear walls will require 16 inch on center spacing or less depending on the structural engineer and your local building department.

What are the disadvantages of spacing the studs 24 inches on center?

Using half-inch drywall with 24 inch on center stud spacing can give the wall a week or spongy feel. I have been in houses that have 24 inch on center’s stud spacing and can actually push the wall and see it move. Using 5/8 drywall will solve this problem in your walls.

What are the advantages of spacing the studs 24 inches on center?

The only advantage in spacing the studs farther apart is the fact you will be able to save a few dollars on the overall cost of building or remodeling your house. I personally do not recommend this process because the savings is miniscule compared to the overall cost of building the entire house.

If you look on a measuring tape between 19 and 20 inches you will usually find a little diamond. This little diamond is another measurement for laying out eight-foot walls or floors. So instead of using 16 inch on center layout you can use 19 1/4 for stud spacing. This will save you an additional stud in your wall or floor joist every 8 feet.

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