Steel Garage Buildings – Pros and Cons {awesome|amazing|Great|Special}

Steel buildings are completely made of steel while steel frame buildings have only the inner structure made from steel. The outer portion of the building such as the siding and the roof can be of other materials. A steel frame garage may have resemblance to any regular wooden garage. Pondering into steel garage buildings, we could seek out some advantages and disadvantages.

Building a garage using steel is definitely cheaper than constructing a conventional garage made of wood. This is one advantage where owners can save on the construction cost. Comparatively, steel is much sturdier than wood. Steel is strong and do not require additional support. Its design and structure are naturally strong thus they provide greater support than the wood. Little maintenance is required and the challenge is only the building part.

Steel structures are multipurpose. They can be utilized to house farming equipments, be used as a large storage sheds, making a workshop or you can build an area for your kids’ band practice. Besides, steel may not necessarily appear to be steel. You can have your garage made of steel yet appear as other designs, colors and textures. The outer modification can be altered according to your personalize preferences.

Steel structures are also lighter compared to other materials such as brick, wood or concrete. Steel also offer the trait of fire resistance. It is definitely much safer than wood garages and allows lower insurance costs as well. You may obtain a tax credit as many steel garage buildings are energy efficient buildings. Steel is also resistant to damage. It does not easily warped or bent if there is power forced on it. It does not get wet with the presence of water; neither does it attract termites or fungus.

However, steel garage buildings may need certain equipments to build. You will need a garage kit and some effort to get your garage erected. Moreover, steel is a good heat absorbent thus it can absorb and dissipate heat very quickly. It will become rusty if damaged so you may need to apply some protection if it is scratched or dented.



Source by Stuart Michael M

Planning Permission Tips UK – Free Design Advice In The UK – How And Where To Get It {awesome|amazing|Great|Special}

Isn’t it funny how people shelve projects for the new year – perhaps the new year feels like a fresh canvas or something – I don’t know. Many potential clients I saw in Q4 of last year our now coming through as confirmed commissions – it’s a funny old world with no rhyme or reason…

Providing advice to these potential clients is always a dilemma. On the one hand you want to be helpful & prove your metal in order to gain their trust but on the other hand you are also giving away the family silver without any prior commitment from them that they will actually be engaging your services. Ideas & suggestions on how to achieve a clients building objective is often all we have to offer. Sure there is the technical & craftsmanship element of your service but that’s often taken for granted. The creative element is often the bit that actually makes a good development work.

Fortunately, residential development isn’t exactly within the realms of Richard Rogers stature especially when developing an existing dwelling with well needed extensions.

So, where does the ordinary householder obtain good independent advice when they are considering an extension to their home? And, is this advice worthy when offered for free? Finally, who do they select as their final design Agent if they lack the necessary skills in producing the design onto paper?

Firstly, There are loads of ways to obtain design free advice. The first step is to consider worked examples already constructed within your street or local area. Be critical & analytical. Decide what works & is pleasing on the eye & what doesn’t. Decide what details can you transfer over to your own scheme.

Secondly, go to your council or research a few other councils web sites & download their readily available design guides especially if your property is within a conservation or sensitive rural area. Most councils now have quite good design guides amongst their simplistic do’s & don’t’s pamphlets. Read these design guides and do take on board their messages.

Thirdly (and after completing steps 1 & 2 above) invite a few professionals to come & take a look at your property with a view to perhaps engaging one of them.

These ‘professionals’ range in terms from Chartered Architects, Architectural Technicians, Surveyors & other Designers of various stature & background. I wont promote any one over another but a lot will depend upon what type of overall service you may be looking for & how much of your potential build budget you are happy to hive off in fees.

However, as a guide, the one to stay well away from is your ‘kitchen table top’ designer – you know the sort, pencil tracings at the weekends while he works for the Gas Board during the day. Bargain basement prices they may be but they will have little interest in ensuring a pleasing design is accomplished at the end.

Most professional building designers still don’t charge for their time at the initial site visit which is a shame in my view as this tends to instantly sort out the serious from the tire kickers. Invite 2 or 3 round for their opinions & gauge their reactions & comments. You will be amazed at the varying attitudes you will encounter. Hopefully all of your invited professionals will have been sourced from recommendations. If not then you have a little research to do.

In order to get the best advice out of these people it is important that you are clear on your objectives. It has been my experience that most homeowners do actually know what they want from their homes. Temper that with a degree of flexibility & an enquiring mind that will allow the building designer to input some of his/her own thoughts from their initial first impressions of what they see. As with everything else in life, there are always options to be explored – the obvious well trodden path through a wood main not be the prettiest.

Now test the designers metal by throwing in an obvious ‘no-no’. For example….talk about your idea for an extensive flat roof or an obvious overlooking side window. If he/she simply panders to your thoughts on these points then you know the advice is dubious. Conversely, if the Building Designer is not listening to your principal requirements & shooting off all manner of other design concepts or projects then you also know that you wont end up with a building that satisfies your main needs or budget.

Somewhere between the two is what you are seeking. Someone who can clearly latch on to achieving your space requirements but who is not afraid to question or challenge your preferred siting, materials or layout in order to gain a better overall external appearance & internal design solution.

You will probably discover that you will actually need a building designer to carefully present your scheme through Planning & for the detailed design & specification build up later on so the exercise was worthwhile. For those with rudimentary drawing skills & a passion for ‘doing it themselves’ they will also find the exercise worth while.

No matter which route you take, time invested in these three simple but often time consuming steps stated above is usually an invaluable part of obtaining a well considered final design for your residential development. Those that ‘crash in’ without seeking prior advice or without completing a little research will often have regrets either in an awkward looking development that they are having trouble selling or incurring abortive fees from having the scheme refused at Planning.



Source by Martin Meaks

UK’s Flora, Fauna and Wildlife Under Threat As Hedgerows Continue to Decline {awesome|amazing|Great|Special}

The traditional hedgerow is an institution of the British countryside and as well as its practical application, is one of the most important parts of our horticultural heritage and is becoming an important consideration in environmentally aware garden design.

Host to an eclectic variety of British wildlife, such as the Brown Hare, the Song Thrush, the Doormouse and the Stag Beetle and wild flowers such as the Bluebell and Ragged Robin, our hedgerows are also a cost effective and eco-friendly land and garden divider.

However, this ubiquitous staple of the British countryside, is actually a species under threat and between 1940 and 1990, the common hedgerow underwent a dramatic decline; predominantly due to human influence. More worryingly, the cornucopia of British wildlife that used to thrive in these hedgerows is suffering from the decrease in natural habitat. A combination of increased urbanisation, a rise in the intensity of farming and therefore field size, overgrazing by livestock and improper maintenance have all had a detrimental effect on our hedgerows.

Another key human factor is the collective ignorance of the 1997 Hedgerow Regulations that demand the application for a removal notice for any hedgerow exceeding thirty years of age. There are hedgerows in the UK that date back from before the Enclosure Acts period – 1720 – 1840 and it is a dreadful thought that this precious rural heritage is potentially being destroyed.

The other major contributor to the hedgerow’s decline is the dreaded Elm Bark Beetle. This is a carrier species of Dutch Elm disease (named after its initial discovery in the Netherlands and origins in East Asia) which is a fungal disease that destabilises or ‘flags’ the branch structure of the Elm species. Not being a native disease, our UK hedgerows had no resistance to this disease during the initial epidemics of the 1970’s and 80’s and huge numbers of Elm trees and Elm related hedgerows were lost to the disease.

In response to this rapid decline, two organisations in South London, Great Britain, the BCS (Bromley Countryside Service) and BBAP (Bromley Biodiversity Action Plant), are putting a plan in place to recruit and educate the general public in hedgerow conservation. In the meantime, however, the BBAP and UK’s DEFRA (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) suggest the following:

Continue hedge laying and coppicing of hedgerows where appropriate and traditionally undertaken

Take account of the well-being of hedgerows when planning home expansion, garden design or improvement

Replenish any gaps within hedges to improve their appearance and potential wildlife sustainability



Source by Josh Ellison

Facts About Curtain Rods {awesome|amazing|Great|Special}

The history of window treatments such as curtains and draperies can be traced several hundreds of years ago, in the 19th century. At that time, draperies were used in the houses of wealthy people that usually have large windows. Curtains, on the other hand, were used by the middle class families and sometimes by the servants who live in  Victorian homes. Even though this changed now, curtains and draperies are still popular among many different countries all over the world because of the benefits that they provide during hot and cold months.

With the popularity of curtains and drapes came the problem of how to hang them properly and attractively.  If you want your drapes or curtains to fall beautifully, you need to choose the perfect curtain rod. If you want to know more information about curtain rods, then you should read the facts below.

You should know that there are three basic types of rods where you can hang your curtains or drapes – the standard or sash rod, the spring rod, and decorative rods. The sash rod is the most popular rod for curtains. This looks like a rectangular tube that can be inserted into a similar shaped tube to make it longer. These are mounted on the window sill using clips.

The spring rod uses a spring that is attached to the window molding or trim. These can be easily attached to the window trim because of their springy quality. You do not even need a hanger to attach them. The same things happen with magnetic rods, but for magnetic rods, instead of using springs, they use magnets to be held into place.

Finally, the decorative curtain rods use hooks and they have designs such as sculptures or patterns usually seen on the end caps that make them decorative and attractive. You can choose decorative rods made of plastic, metal, or wood based on your curtain’s needs.



Source by Anabel Scott