The construction industry traditionally used supplies that were not environmentally conscious, but that’s all changed. Now people use these eco-friendly and green building materials for construction in many different sectors, whether it be for specific residential projects or commercial remodeling plans. They won’t strain the planet’s natural resources to produce the same high-quality projects.
We made it. We’re almost at the end of 2020 – a year that can thoroughly be described as ‘one to remember’. For many, this year has been strange. It’s been a year defined by uncertainty, challenges. Lock-ins, shutdowns…disruption. In every way. Normal has been turned on its head, and we’ve been scrambling to pick up anything familiar as a stop gap.
What is a sublet? There are many reasons why you may want to sublet from someone as a renter. This situation can be a great temporary solution for anyone who doesn’t have a permanent place to live. For instance, many people in large cities sublease apartments. Here’s a look to see whether this option makes sense for you.
Google searches for ‘DIY’ hit a 16-year high during lockdown, with many Brits using their extra time indoors to tick off odd jobs around the home. However, mistakes can prove costly, with some renovation projects potentially knocking tens of thousands of pounds off your property value. To help homeowners complete their DIY tasks safely and to a high standard, sofa and carpet specialist, ScS, has revealed and answered the UK’s five most common ‘how to fix…’ Google searches.
Many of us know someone with a building-related horror story. Whether it’s shoddy workmanship or a project running hopelessly over budget, there are a million and one things that can go wrong during building works. If you want to avoid any nasty surprises halfway through construction, here’s what you need to know to find the right builder for the job.
Gardening is an excellent hobby, but it can also be a good source of income. With people wanting more beautiful outdoor spaces comes with the opportunity of starting your very own garden maintenance business. If you’re planning to have your own, here are a few tips you can follow for a successful startup.
Do you want to buy a new heating or cooling appliance? These purchases can be expensive, so it’s beneficial to look for opportunities to save money. You may think that you have to purchase replacements at full price, but you can actually capitalize on different sales periods. As a result, you’ll keep more money in your pocket. Take a look at the best times to buy new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units.
There is no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic has had, and is going to have huge mental health implications on the nation, and figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in July showed that the number of people in the UK affected by depression has risen from one in ten to one in five since the same time last year. As the construction industry has historically had higher-than-average rates of suicide and negative mental health, it’s crucial that we all work together in order to look after our construction workforce, especially as the second wave begins to emerge, so says executive chairman of Pagabo, Gerard Toplass.
When you are trying to find the perfect air filter for your home and your heating unit, you will often see that there is an MERV rating attached to almost every brand. No matter what type of furnace and heating system you have, you need to make sure that you have the right rating. Let’s take a closer look at MERV ratings and why they are so important.
Over recent months, it’s become evident the need for more living space in homes is rising and one of the most cost-effective ways to extend a home is by building a conservatory. Not only are they cheaper and quicker than full-blown extensions, these lifestyle-enhancing spaces can add value to a property. To get the most from a conservatory, Matthew Currington, Technical Director at The Lighting Superstore has a put together a helpful guide when thinking of adding a conservatory to your property.
Professional builders have a bad rap for not communicating effectively. In 2018, miscommunication and poor project data were responsible for nearly half of all rework in the U.S, costing the construction industry roughly $31 billion. While part of the problem may be poor communication between workers, a lack of connection between contractors and their clients may be to blame as well.
When you’re looking to hire a contractor, you may not even know exactly what to ask them to ensure you’re hiring someone who’s right for you and the job you’re doing. There are numerous contractors and businesses out there, all with their own specialties and histories. Regardless of the space you are looking to renovate, finish off or add to, there are a few questions you should ask your contractor to get a feel for how they’ll fit within the job.
Trade industries are struggling to recruit highly skilled workers to their teams. This particularly hits the plumbing industry with 56 percent of professionals stating a ‘lack of skilled workers’ as the biggest problem facing the industry. However, introducing apprenticeship schemes to your plumbing business can be an excellent way to encourage potential new talent to join.
The construction and building industries emit up to 39 percent of the world’s carbon emissions. With the public more eco-conscious than ever, there’s plenty to gain for businesses who can demonstrate their green credentials. Sam Tracey at Actavo Direct explores how businesses can make the switch to more eco-friendly practices.
The impact of Covid-19 on every aspect of life is undeniable. As the pandemic began to spread throughout March 2020, no one could have foretold the ways in which this disease would change society. One industry that has remained open throughout lockdown and been forced to quickly innovate is construction – and Matt Linekar and Stephen Moore from contractor Willmott Dixon have been at the forefront.
COVID has changed the way we all live, and for most people that involves spending extra time at home. From the way we build homes and interact with clients to make it happen to the contents of the homes themselves, many of the steps along the way are subject to change in this new reality. Building spaces for people to relax and feel truly at home will never change, but the world of COVID has brought a few considerations for the best practices in getting there.
When designing an outdoor space, you can really dress it up however works best for you and your style. Even when you’re satisfied with the build you’ve always dreamed of, dressing up the space and making it feel like home is the other half of the fun. Thinking about decorative priorities and ideas can even help when structuring your build for practical purposes. Knowing how a space is actually going to be used is one of the key pieces of building it well.
Good architecture does more than simply function. It plays a major role in the health and wellbeing of those who use the building. This is the beating heart of Blichfeldt Architects. Now being recognised in BUILD’s 2020 Design & Build Awards as Best Specialist Passive House Design Firm 2020 – Denmark, we look more closely at the firm to see just what it offers in the way of designs that can heal in style.
With millions of Brits spending more time at home over the last few months, the average gas and electric bill has risen by nearly 40%1. As we head towards the cooler months, these high costs could be set to continue. So here are five easy adjustments you can make to your home to save hundreds of pounds on your utility bills.
Architecture and design is an often overlooked art form by many. Where some people see buildings and houses, architecture firms and their teams see a myriad of shapes and movements, each part linking together seamlessly for a powerful or subtle effect. Residential architecture and design in particular, is a speciality of Ukrainian firm, KYB Architects. The firm was recognised in BUILD’s Design and Build Awards 2020, with the title of Specialists in Residential Design: “Private Houses” in Ukraine – 2020, so we took a closer look at its work to learn more about why.