7 Important Building & Renovation Tips

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1. Use tried-and-tested Homebuilding patterns

The home designs that many people consider appealing have survived through many fashion changes in the past. These include:
· Using a layout that will let the sunshine to fall on at least two sides of your most important
· A roof with a steep pitch has a wonderful cascade effect
· Areas of transition between outdoor and indoor space such as porches.

2. Start with a model made to scale

A two-dimensional drawing is rarely enough if you want to properly visualise your house in 3 dimensions. Building a scale model will allow you to see all this better even when you’re just doing renovations. To make your own scale model, you will require:
· A utility knife
· Foam board (3/16 inch thick)
· Masking tape
· Ruler
Using your model, you can try out different roof pitches, door placements and window sizes. For many home building projects, a scale of 1’: ½’’ usually works out well.

3. Be on the lookout for mould

Certain homes in the UK may be highly susceptible to the growth of mould on the inside thanks to the very cold weather during winter. The air from indoors during winter is usually warm and moist and as it escapes outside, it cools and condenses and this leads to water droplets forming inside the walls. You can prevent this by installing vapour barriers in your home. An even better approach is to use modern construction systems such as insulated concrete forms (ICFs) walls and structural insulated panels. These are more resistant to condensation. You can also reduce the possibility of condensation in wall cavities by putting a layer of rigid foam on the outside of a stud-frame wall.

4. Go with the best roofing option

Paying the people who nail down the shingles will take up the largest cost when you’re putting in a new roof. Therefore, paying to get a better quality material for your roof doesn’t cost you as much in the long term. The best asphalt shingles at the moment last twice as long as the regular ones and only increase the costs by 25%. 

5. Ventilate cathedral ceilings, siding and bricks

The area behind siding, brick and stone should be properly ventilated. A synthetic mesh that will keep the siding ¼ inch from the outside walls is a good choice to go with since it allows water to drain downwards without doing any damage.

6. High ceilings are good

Condensation during winter can make your ceiling as badly as a serious leak in your roof. To prevent this, the space between the rafters should be packed with insulation and instead needs to be properly ventilated to the outside.

7. Your Expectation should be clear

You and your contractor need to be on the same page before the work starts. You should have a detailed written contract that details the amount of work to be done and how much it’s all going to cost. Paying by the hour is a bad idea because the builders may work less efficiently. You should also understand that deviating from the plan is costly and time-consuming so be ready to pay extra for this.

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