Friday, 21 December 2012

Questions to ask an architect before choosing them


architects gywnedd
Every architecture firm brings along its own qualities, skills, expertise and knowledge to your project, but also brings along their weaknesses. You must challenge an architect in various ways to get a better idea of their capabilities and services to be sure they are suitable to undertake your job.
When you go to an architect, you clearly have a relatively significant job that needs completing. This means you should most definitely strive to do it properly and in the most effective and controlled way. Instead of simply choosing a random architect, or just going for the cheapest, you should consider your options, create a shortlist and enquire with each firm.
Here we outline a few questions you should ask your architect before jumping right in and starting them off on your project.
  • What is your design philosophy?
  • What makes you the best choice as opposed to other local architecture firms?
  • Have you undertaken projects similar to my project?
  • Could you show me a portfolio of work similar to my project?
  • Do you have any client references and testimonials I could check out?
  • Who would I be dealing with and who would be undertaking the different elements of the project?
  • Are you interested and passionate towards my project, would it become important/ priority?
  • What challenges could you see during the completion of my project?
  • What important issues and considerations would there be?
  • Could you give me an estimated timescale please?
  • How will you utilize models, drawings and computer design to the most advantageous way regarding my project?
  • What are the design steps? How are they organised?
  • What am I expected to provide during/throughout the process?
  • Will construction be disruptive towards me, the public or environment?
  • What input do you have with construction? Would I deal with you or the contractor directly?
  • Do you incorporate “green” or sustainable design methods?
  • Do you integrate low or no cost “green” strategies into your projects?
  • How do you determine your fees?
  • What is included into your basic service and do you have any additional fees?
  • If the project is changed in anyway throughout the process, will there be additional fees? How will they be justified?
  • What is your record with completing projects to a high standard within the given budget?

Should you ask the above questions ask around for references/reviews and browse their portfolio/website, then you should get a very good idea on whether this architect is suitable for you. Tarmaster Jones are a highly reputable architecture firm that can provide a through portfolio. As Architects Gwynedd, they have undertaken a whole host of project within the area, building a sterling reputation across customers and clients. Qualified and experienced, highly knowledgeable and affordable, you won’t get better value for your projects anywhere else.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

The 12 reasons to use an Estate Agent when selling your home (& questions to ask)


cheshire estate agents
Selling a property can be tough for someone who has never done it before, so using an estate agent is usually the best solution. A good estate agent can help reduce your stress levels throughout the process with their knowledge, expertise and experience, guiding you through the process.

Here we have compiled what we think are the main reasons, points and questions to ask and use an estate agents. Remember you’re working together!

1. Why use an agent?
When you use an agent, you are effectively employing a qualified agent to promote, negotiate and make the sale of your property. They often have great negotiating skills, the ability and tools to market your property to the widest possible audience and the experience of managing the sale process.

2. Agent fees
Make sure you find out the agent fees before you start to selling process. Typically they will range from 0.5% to 3%. Some agents will be negotiable with their fees, whilst others will not. Either way, it is worth asking about as you can find the best deal.

3. Experience
When it comes to property sales experience, estate agents will most definitely have more than your friends. It’s likely that an Estate Agent has sold hundreds of properties before, so they’ll know what they’re doing. Ask to see if they have sold a house on your road or in your area before. What price did they achieve and what is the current market like for your type of property?

4. The asking price
The asking price is a really important factor that must be got right. This is one of the main factors that attract interest. You should do your own research into your property price and then request at least three separate agents to come and value your home. There are tools online that can also help, so finding a figure that represents all of the information you've acquired will be your best bet.

5. Marketing your property
You should always make sure that you find out where and how your property will be advertised. Over 80% of buyers are now starting their house hunt online, so find out if you’ll be found on the internet. Will they place a board outside? Where else will they advertise? You need to know that there is enough marketing material to justify using them.

6. Terms and Conditions
Estate Agents will need you to sign a contact with their terms and conditions on. You should make sure you read and understand all of the points that may be covered. You have to know about changing agents, additional fees, joint rates etc. so don’t hesitate to read it all and ask about it.

7. Agent Relationships
Buying and selling houses is all about people, relationships and communication. How you handle those relationships is the key to an easy sale and hand over selling experience. You should know that your estate agent has your best interest at heart.

8. Listen to their advice
After all, they know best. They will offer you straight talking advice which could effectively make the difference between a sale and a lead that gets away. They may suggest a few upgrades or touch ups that can make your home much more appealing. A new bookcase and a little organisation in the garden could be all it takes. Listen to them; they know what they’re talking about!

9. Work with your agent, not against
A good agent will make the effort to give you the best advice and service they can. They will want to work well with you, not against you, to get you through a quick, easy and pleasant sale. Try to be as accommodating as possible with house viewing arrangements; after all they are trying to sell your home for you! Some agents will say it’s not a good idea for owners to be present at viewings, whereas others will say it is. Depending on what they say will determine what you should do. Trust them.

10. The offer
Usually, a buyer will launch an offer below the asking price, unless they just want it over and done with. Don’t be disheartened by this, as your agent will know the best strategy to get the best deal for both parties. Depending on how attitude and signs change - will depend on what happens from here. You have full input into any decision making.

11. The survey
Most buyers will have a surveyor look around and examine your property. This can make another hurdle in selling your property as you will be notified of issues that may justify a decreased offer. You and your estate agent will work together to have answers and solutions, and even avoid these issues should you communicate effectively.

12. The exchange and completion date
When an offer is agreed, it’s easy to think everything done. Your estate agent will guide you through the finalization stage, including contracts, the hand over and move in dates. Solicitors are used to finalize these processes so researching and speaking to your agent at this point is best practice.
Those requiring Estate Agents in Cheshire will find great relief in hearing that Cavendish Ikin have offices located within the area, with fully qualified and experienced agents that can aid you though the entire process of selling, buy and renting properties within their operation radius. The Cheshire Estate Agents have experience selling hundreds of properties and are well renowned for their fantastic marketing strategies that lead to quick and easy sales of client’s properties.

Plans to help improve economy and property market

Tens of thousands of families are going to be allowed to extend their properties by up to eight meters without gaining full permission. Rules on shops and offices expanding will also be loosened, meaning obligations for affordable housing could also be waived where they are holding projects back.

Under the changes, full planning permissions may not be required for small extensions for a range of property types. The changes would mean that planning permissions for homes will only be required for extensions beyond six or eight meters, depending on whether the property is terraced or detached. Businesses will be able to expand shops by 100 square metres and industrial unit will be able to be increased by 200 square metres.

Another 16,500 first time home buyers will receive aid in getting onto the property ladder under an extension of the FirstBuy scheme throughout England, which was announced by the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister earlier this year. This scheme has helped thousands of people get themselves into a home, without a deposit, as they have been given a loan of up to 20% of the purchase price under the scheme. To find out more about this scheme contact Cavendish Ikin Estate Agents in Cheshire.

Ministers decided that developers will not need to wait five years to apply to change affordable housing requirements if they are making sites “commercially unviable”. However, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg insisted that the change would be compensated for by investment from the Government which aims to support the building of more affordable homes, helping many millions of people get themselves on the property ladder.

Funding of £300 million has been agreed to help provide up to 15,000 properties and bring 5,000 empty properties back into use. New legislation will provide the government with £40 billion of major infrastructure projects and up to £10 billion of new homes to guarantee the debt of housing associations and private sector developers.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Save Money by Using LED Rope lights on Your Christmas Tree




LED rope lights have been causing a stir in the world of Christmas lights as they are being used as the bulb of choice to decorate Christmas trees in millions of homes and public places all over the world. Why are LED rope lights so popular with householders this Christmas? Find out how investing in LED rope lights and lighting could save you time as well as money as well as being kinder to the environment.


Even President Obama is a Fan!
LED rope lights consumes 80 per cent less energy than their light bulb counterparts and the fact that they are cheaper in the long term for consumers has won LED rope lights lots of fans.The most famous fan of all is President Obama who has chosen to decorate the American National tree which stands in the Whitehouse grounds in 450 LED rope lights and 120 LED star shaped ornaments.  Even the president of the USA is switching from the standard incandescent bulb to new technology in LED lights.

Scientifically Proven to Consume Less Energy
LED rope lights are scientifically proven to consume a mere 4,000 watts compared to the 20,000 in a standard incandescent light bulb. It doesn’t make sense that people choose to pay more by using normal light bulbs when they could be saving money by using LED lighting technology today.Overall they are 90% more economical than standard light bulbs!

The all Important Aesthetics
LED rope lights are actually a lot brighter than normal bulbs and their increased visibility in a diverse range of colours means they are very attractive to consumers. The vivid colours are guaranteed to last longer than standard bulbs with LED rope lights delivering 25,000 hours of life on average. Even though LED lights are more expensive than  your average Christmas lights the price margins are getting lower and lower each year because of the popularity of LED lights and the long term economic and environmental benefits that they deliver to consumers.  

Safety First
LED’S are brighter so they must be hotter right? Wrong! LED’s actually run cooler than their bulb counterparts because a standard bulb loses energy through the initial heating process. If everyone switched to LED rope lights on their Christmas tree think of how many electrical fires could be prevented. The bulbs in LED lights are also made of plastic and they do not break as easily as standard bulbs. LED lights are actually safer to use around children because if they touch them by accident they will not be burnt or injured.  LED rope lights are a memorable addition to any Christmas tree!

Thursday, 6 December 2012

How to look after your Wooden Greenhouse Staging

Using wooden greenhouse staging brings along a number of benefits that can help your greenhouse stay tidy and allow your plants to grow healthily to reach their full potential.



Keen gardeners will understand that to grow a wide range of plants well, it can be hard work - but very rewarding. There are many different tools and pieces of equipment that a gardener will use, each of which will need a place to stay! This often means that the greenhouse area plays home to a host of equipment, often enough causing pile ups and random distribution of tools around the greenhouse. This means that you aren't clear on where everything is when you need something and also means you can’t give your plants the appropriate care and the area to grow that they require. For this problem, the use of greenhouse staging is most definitely the best solution.

Once you have wooden greenhouse staging, you should ensure that you know how to use and look after it in the most effective manner. One of the main problems experienced by wooden greenhouse staging owners is damp and mould  This is often due to exposure to water, so ensuring you don’t spill water on the staging is important, as well as ensuring that rain cannot directly reach your greenhouse staging. In the summer, your greenhouse will become very humid, which will increase the risk of your wooden greenhouse staging getting damaged, as it can make wood brittle and less sturdy. Adding extra ventilation during these times will increase air circulation and also reduce the risk of damp, mould and plat disease taking place in your greenhouse, affecting those impressive plants.



If you are looking for wooden staging that has got a long life span, cedar wood staging could be your best selection. This wood is one of the most easy to maintain, as it is rot-resistant meaning you won’t have to replace it as fast as various other types. Cedar wood also looks great, so you can be sure that getting one will make your greenhouse look great inside! Although it can be a more expensive option in the wooden greenhouse staging market, it is the best choice for those after a something looking top quality and durable.

Regular maintenance inside your greenhouse will help keep your staging at its best, as clutter will be sorted away into organized area, allowing you easy and clear access to certain tools. By doing this, as well as ensuring there is good air circulation, you reduce the risk of mould and mildew building when and potentially causing damage inside the greenhouse. You should always remember to remove any dead plants or used equipment to reduce wood rotting, animal infestations and other issues commonly experienced in gardening and greenhouses. Many types of wooden staging have slatted surfaces, offering extra ventilation for plants and helping to reduce the risk of wood becoming damaged by mould or mildew.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

North Wales Construction Industry


The North Wales Construction Industry is seeing a steady growth and maintenance, as firms continue to secure both short and long term contracts to help continue building and renovating public, private and commercial areas.

Investment from the Welsh Government into various public projects has kept construction companies and their employees busy all year round, with money being invested in renovating many of North Wales’ public facilities to help drive tourism into the area.

Many of Wales’ main railways stations are being renovated by local construction companies to help give visitors a fantastic first impression upon arrival into the area. Stations such as Llandudno (£5.1m) and Rhyl (£2.5m) are set to have construction work done, funded by the Welsh Government, the European Regional development Fund and various rail groups.

As education continues to be an important area of interest for the Welsh Government - many schools, colleges and universities are seeing investment into their facilities, which are completed by local construction companies. Schemes seen across the UK which allow empty houses to be renovated and new houses to be built, mean that construction workers are being kept busy all around the clock, meaning that employees are required day in and day out, which helps fight unemployment problems found within the North Wales area and United Kingdom as a whole.

Although there is plenty of work on for many construction companies, the call for more government schemes such as the ‘NewBuy’ scheme seen in England is being called upon. This scheme allows new houses to be built and bought by people with slightly lower deposits than normal, helping to get people onto the property market, which would prove to be beneficial to both the property and construction industries of the area.

As established businesses are given the chance to expand, and micro businesses are allowed to grow, construction in the area could be called upon for new infrastructure that helps create more jobs, opportunities and a better economy.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Over 2,000 NewBuy reservations since the schemes launch in March

The government-backed mortgage indemnity scheme has proved highly popular with homebuyers as it allows purchasers to acquire a new home with a deposit of just 5%.

The government-backed mortgage indemnity scheme has proved to be very popular with new home buyers, as it allows people to place down deposits of just 5% to secure themselves a new property. The new data provided by the Home Builders Federation (HBF) revealed that over 2,000 people have now reserved new homes through the NewBuy scheme, since it launched in March.

Since it launched in March, NewBuy has proved extremely popular amongst mortgage lender, house builders and new customers alike, with over 50 developers now on board. Over the coming year, the NewBuy scheme hopes to make a huge difference in helping tens of thousands of people reach a major milestone in securing their very own house. Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of HBF said that “reaching 2,000 NewBuy reservations clearly demonstrates the customer needs for such a scheme, helping to kick start the home construction industry once again”. The scheme hopes to help promote economic growth and help create thousands of jobs across the country, in what is expected to become a highly beneficial project.

Steve Morgan of Redrow Homes recently said that the new kind of mortgage indemnity guarantee (MIG) backed by the government is exactly what is required to help the industry get back on its feet again. Many industry experts believe that a similar MIG scheme the second hand market would be perfect to follow this, especially for first time buyers, as the purchase of a second hand home frees up the chain for someone to buy a new build home.

The entire industry waits to see the overall outcome of the scheme, as hopes rest on a success, which will in turn help improve the property market across the country.

There are many new house developments throughout the North Wales region including new homes in Colwyn Bay and other parts of north wales.

Friday, 23 November 2012

UK home owners: Give your home a Winter Health Check now!


Property owners in the UK are being urged to give their homes a ‘winter health check’ ahead of the harsh winter expected this year. During the colder months, it is common for people to retreat indoors, paying much less attention to the exterior and vital functionality features of a property - that must be maintained.
Many companies that offer property insurance are trying to get home-owners to give their property a thorough essential check, as preparation is considered to be the key to prevention. Home insurance sees thousands of claims each year with problems regarding burst and freezing pipes – averaging £1,500 per incident. Other popular issues regarding property include wind storm damages, which also cost a significant amount of money to repair.

If home-owners spend a small amount of time ensuring that their property is suitably prepared for the upcoming harsh winter, they can avoid unnecessary problems that can put a dampener on any household, especially around Christmas and New Year – which is the last thing anybody wants!

How to prepare and what to check?

Home-owners are being urged to make general checks of the home on all of the essential features that must be in good working order for a warm, happy and comfortable household during winter.

OUTSIDE CHECKS:
  • Condition of the roof:  Look for cracked or broken tiles, crack in the chimney or problems with the mortar.
  • Functionality of the gutters and drain pipes: Remove any debris or leaves that have built up to reduce the chance of overflow, blocks and flooding.
  • Gates and outbuilding doors should be closed properly: These can be torn off during high wind speeds.
  • External light fittings should be securely fitted: This will help avoid the risk of damaged bulbs and broken glass.
  • Cut back low hanging branches: These have been known to cause serious problems for home-owners  as they can be blow off and onto something of high value – e.g. Car. Cutting back those risky branches can save you some serious time and money.

INDOOR CHECKS:

  • Boiler checks: It is always suggested that heating boilers should be serviced at least once a year by a GasSafe registered professional and have central heating and gas fire systems checked, to make sure that they are working safely and effectively.
  • Loft checks: The loft should be checked for adequate insulation, but also ventilation.  Should home owners employ thicker curtains and keep central heating set to at least 10 degrees, they will maintain a warm home with extremely lower risk of experiencing frozen pipes.
  • Windows: These can be draught proofed to avoid rattles in the wine, leaks during rain and keep the heat indoors. Specialist window companies can replace old frames with new ones that are designed to keep all heat in and rain/wind out.

OTHER PREPARATIONS:

You should make sure you have an emergency kit prepared which is easy to access within your home. Should a severe snowstorm strike, you don’t know what could happen, so having torches, spare bulbs, batteries, insurance documents, emergency contact details, tinned food, warm clothing, blankets and a shovel is important.

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Monday, 17 September 2012

Brenig Construction Commence Phase 2 at Gwel y Castell, Llandudno Junction

Brenig Construction has recently won the 2nd phase at Gwel y Castell, Llandudno Junction. Beech Developments have finished phase 1 at the site near Marl Drive. They have furthered their great reputation as a Beech Developments with a great example of architecture, sublime landscaping and forward thinking planning.

Brenig works across a spectrum of different projects from bespoke housing regeneration schemes through to complex engineered marine developments. In completing phase 2, Brenig Construction will be conducting earthworks, installing foul water systems and services, laying access roads and conducting work on the element of open space which is synonymous with the site. The largest of the operations will be creating a retaining wall, called the Redi-rock wall, which when complete will measure around 50 metres in length.

They now have the first batch of 58 homes on the market – all offering individual features and available at a range of reasonable prices. Gwel y Castell is completely private and is at the forefront of innovative new home development. Upon entering the site you quickly realise that this is a well thought out idea. Their intent to provide a high quality landscape and a high spec, top level environment is easily seen. The tree lined avenues are picture perfect.

But it’s not all about aesthetics at this scheme – all individuals that are involved are looking towards the future. Energy costs will be significantly reduced for home owners of Gwel y Castell – due to advanced building fabric insulation and solar panels that come as standard on each property.

These individuals will save money on electric bills each and every year, but sustainable homes offer much more than that. They give individuals the opportunity to live a more sustainable lifestyle whilst ensuring a brighter future for the next generation.

Brenig Construction is an ultra forward thinking company when it comes to environmental issues. They work with CEEQUAL and BREEAM standards to aim towards full usage of renewable or recycled materials, to further develop and stringently implement carbon neutral operations and to both reduce and eliminate any waste.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Medieval Joinery

Joinery evolved most substantially between the 12 and 15th centuries, in response to the problem of constructing joints that would resist any wood movement.

The technical problems were that medieval glues were weak and did a poor job of holding two pieces of wood together. Metal was expensive and therefore nails were often out of the question. Working with wood has always been characteristically difficult. Due to woods properties of absorption, its shape can easily change as it sucks in water, or more commonly rain, and then dries out in the sun. This can result in bowing, misshaping and even cracking.

Earlier joints could easily change shape and size due to these constant processes of absorption and release of water meaning that structures could quickly become less secure and eventually unstable. A series of joints were developed to be mechanically strong despite these factors.

The evolution in joinery techniques were part of the greater general evolution in woodwork and knowledge. The trade would change dramatically from the, often crude, and utilitarian wooden objects of the early Middle Ages, to the extremely decorative furniture and staircases which featured at the dawn of the Renaissance throughout Europe.

The butt joint was widely used but not the strongest by any means. Due to its lack of strength it required nails to give it any security. Even though it has these characteristics, the joint is still in use today as it is simple and quick to mass produce. 

A great early solution in progressing joinery was the mortise & tenon joint and was adopted for use from the timber framing used in large buildings. It is reasonably basic - in essence a peg slotted inside a hole, but this joint offered much mechanical strength whilst also allowing the wood to expand and contract as it wanted. This technique was widely used on pieces of furniture from the 11th century onwards.

For larger pieces of woodwork and joinery there was a need for a better, more efficient way of adjoining wooden structures. The dovetail joint did just this. By cutting corresponding or exact opposite joints, the wood would fit together snuggly in an extremely solid manner. Whilst being quite demanding to cut, a dovetail joint is unaffected by wood movement and has since been used in a plethora of different ways including Edwardian furniture and in the construction of doors.

Frame and panel is another alternative joint developed in this era. Once again, like the dovetail, it allowed craftsmen to create larger structures in a secure manner. By using this method, the panels ‘float’ within the grooves of a frame; this once again enables the wood to expand and contract. Sometimes, after a joint has gone through the process multiple times, these joints become even stronger.

With the development of these joints, artists, designers, craftsmen and builders could evolve their skills and push the limits of their creations and the materials used. Without the progression of these solid techniques we wouldn’t have all of the beautiful examples of joinery from the past or the industry of the present.


In the world of Joinery today many of these methods are still used, however materials and tools used have greatly improved over the years and now joiners are able to make stylish pieces of bespoke joinery work such as the table shown above which was made by Jardines Joinery Cheshire, a popular joinery company covering the whole of the Wirral and Cheshire.

Friday, 31 August 2012

Houses into Homes Scheme in Wales

Loans to improve empty North Wales property Those who are looking to improve and develop empty properties in North Wales will have the option to apply for financial help in a ploy to ease the housing shortage in the area. The Welsh government has set up a “houses into homes” scheme that provides interest free loans of up to £25,000, which can be used to improve houses and flats. Ministers have agreed a £5 million fund to support the schemes, which targets houses in the whole of Wales.

The scheme wants to tackle the 20,000 lying empty across Wales and hopes to meet the growing demands for properties, to help secure places for people to live. Within the North Wales area, there is £2.35 to share between homeowners and developers in the area, which is good news for many of the run down and empty properties, opening opportunities for people looking to get onto the property ladder for the first time. For a property to be eligible for investments and improvements, it must have been empty for at least six months. Each property has been outlines to have a limit of a £25,000 loan, whereas each applicant can take up to £150,000 in order to develop empty properties.

Councillor David Smith, Denbighshire’s cabinet lead member, who has responsibility for the housing in the area welcomed the loans into the country, making it good news to the area for residential property developments, that will aid people who are first time buyers and others who are looking to relocate. The aim is to turn empty derelict properties into warming homes for those across the country, at affordable rates. These loans are to be applied for by homeowners and landlords through their relevant local authorities. The Welsh government hope that this investment will help develop the area in a positive way.

To find out more information about the scheme contact your local council or local Estate Agents in North Wales and other regions of Wales

Monday, 6 August 2012

Benefits of Cavity Wall and Loft Insulation

Benefits of Cavity Wall & Loft Insulation Cavity walls and Loft insulation are considered to be two of the best methods you can have done to your home to save money on bills, as your property will retain heat a lot better than without.

Cavity walls are external building walls that incorporate an air gap which may be within the wall structure itself, or between two solid walls. Many older houses do not have cavity wall within the structure, leaving a space between the inner and outer wall of the house. The idea of cavity walls is to fill this gap with insulation, which will keep the warmth that has been generated within the house inside. This in turn, will save money on your energy bills. These cavity walls also help keep your property warmer in the winter and helps prevent condensation on the walls and ceiling of your home. In those summer months, where we may experience very warm days, you will be pleased to know that cavity walls will help reduce the heat build up from the sun, keeping your home cooler. You are also doing your bit for reducing the carbon footprint and the effect of global warming by having this energy saving method put into place.

Generally, those houses that are built within the last 20 years are built with cavity walls included. To find out if you have cavity walls already installed, you can either ask a registered installer for a boroscope inspection, whereby they will come along and drill a small hole in the external wall to see if your walls are hollow or filled. Having cavity wall insulation installed is easy. There are grants throughout North Wales and the rest of the UK allowing homeowners to have cavity wall installed for free, so keep an eye out for those. The process is easy, quick and simple, but requires professional knowledge and equipment, so don’t try it yourself! Loft insulation is a very similar version of cavity wall insulation. As we know, heat rises, there for an uninsulated home will lead to you losing at least a quarter of your heat through the roof. Insulating your loft, attic or flat roof is a simple and effective way that will help you to reduce waste and your heating bills.

Loft insulation will be effective in your home for at least 40 years, so it is most definitely worth having it done, as it can save you money from bills year in and year out. For more information on Cavity Wall and Loft Insulation in North Wales and the rest of the UK contact CarbonZeroUK for more information.

Roof Trusses

As you may know, Roof Trusses are a vital part of any sturdy and safe housing construction. Although not visible when complete, they are an essential part of the construction of a well structured building. These Roof Trusses are usually triangular shaped and are connected together with timber or galvanized metal shapes and can span between block work, or be built in the wall construction.

The Roof Truss supports and stabilizes the roof, helping to distribute the weight of the roof away from the exterior walls of the building. When roof trusses are used in residential projects, they are usually made of wood, as opposed to steel, which is more commonly used in commercial buildings. Alternative names for a roof truss are ‘pitched trusses or a ‘common truss’. Roof trusses are designed in a triangular shape, in because the shape has the natural ability to disperse strain through its complete structure, which makes it extremely stable, rigid and strong.

Roof Trusses come in various different designs, which is due to several differentiating factors that include; the property owners aesthetic preferences, the size of the space the roof truss will be positioned in and the weather conditions that the roof truss is likely to face in the coming years. It is extremely important that when designing and constructing the building, that it is not designed to suit aesthetic preferences alone, as this will affect the structures safety upon completion. An architect or engineer will be able to advise you upon deciding what type of truss you are going to need.

When choosing a roof truss, it is best to get professional help. Different types of buildings and structures require different structures. You must get the correct truss for your needs, so making the best possible decision is vital. A professional will use the latest, proven technology and their own knowledge to carry out the requirements. Aber Roof Trusses are a very well regarded and established company that can produce up to 100 trusses per week.

Plant Hire North Wales

Hiring the important equipment that you may need for the completion of important tasks, both on and off the construction site is generally the best way to go about it. Rather than buying the equipment- which can be very expensive, is a pointless thing to do if you will not be making the most of it all year round. When working out what equipment you will need, you are able to approach a company that will hire out the specific machinery and equipment with details of the tasks and processes that are to be undertaken. This will allow the plant hire company to acknowledge your work and allow them to use there expertise to advise and guide you into what specific types of equipment and machinery is most suited to the job.

 A plant hire company will generally have a great range of machinery that is available for hire. A good company should have something to cater for your every need. Some of the most commonly requested and required equipments and machinery that a company is asked for included:

 • Dumper Trucks
 • Forklifts • Cherry Pickers
• Cranes
 • Generators
• Excavators (Diggers)

As you can imagine, some of the equipment and machinery listed above would be expensive if purchased. There is no real way of avoiding using this machinery if you are planning to undertake some effective and solid construction, as they are extremely useful and good for what they are designed to do. This means that using a plant hire company is regarded as the best possible solution to the classic problem. At affordable rates, Plant Hire North Wales leases top quality equipment that will help you and your team completes literally any job you have set your efforts on. With a wide range of different types and models within each machinery category, you should find the equipment or machinery that is most suited to you and your needs.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Industrial Hoses

Industrial Hoses are heavy duty connectors which unlike the typical garden hose are built to deal with a variety of dangerous and corrosive liquids that are often used in industry. The required level of quality and durability of these hoses is absolutely essential, without it the liquids would leak and not reach their intended destination, while possibly exposing people to dangerous chemicals. Some of these hoses are made of weak PVC, similar to garden hoses, however other hoses are reinforced with steel in order to maintain its use even when using harsh chemicals. There are also a number of resistances that are built into the actual hose, in order to survive acid or alkali damage or any done by hydraulic or lubricating oils. Strong Industrial Hoses are built in order to withstand 4 main factors; mechanical tension, extreme temperatures, chemical contact and high pressures.

Industrial Hoses are used for a number of different industries; this includes Aircraft, Chemical, Petroleum, Fire Engine Suction, Marine/Industrial, Military, Food Industry, Water/Jetting, Dock/OS&D, Dredge, Coupling and Accessories.

This level of resistance needs to extend to the fittings which keep the hoses connected to the components that they are delivering the liquid to. It would be no good, after all if the entire hose was reinforced and there is a weak link which the liquid simply spills out of.

These fittings include Hose couplings, which are used to connect one hose to another, ot to add hose appliances to the end. Bellow Connectors allow lateral, axial or angular movement between two pipes. Stainless steel hoses aren’t suitable for this kind of coupling. The number of convolutions depends on the amount of movement required. In a similar manner, larger convolutions allow for more elasticity. Bin activator seal connectors are used to connect powder/hopper bins to a bin activator that will vibrate while stimulating powder flow. This vibration needs a flexible link in order to maintain the powder. These seals reduce excessive tension to the hopper; in turn this increases its lifespan.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Quartz Kitchen Worktops from Ruby Granite North Wales

Quartz kitchen worktops are a popular choice amongst the large choice of worktops that are on the market, and continue to grow in popularity. Companies that are constantly manufacture worktops such as Ruby Granite Worktops North Wales are constantly analyzing the market trends and looking ahead in order to keep up with what’s current, as well as creating the ability to produce new colors and styles of quartz. As the technology used in production and developing quartz advances, effects and looks have become possible that may not have been several years ago.

In the past, when today’s technology was not available, marble tops were popular for kitchen worktops because of the natural beauty they have, as well as the natural coolness the stone provides. Nowadays, marble is not used so much.

If the marble effect is what you are dead set on, there is the ability to have quartz colored and designed to look like marble, through the ever developing technology that is associated with worktop manufacturing. It is important for the worktop to have a long life, and is important that the owner likes the worktop. This means certain designs, that would in the past be less practical, can be achieved by changing the colors, patterns and styles to suit a certain theme or taste.

As it to be expected with new produce, especially whereby a great deal of new age technological innovation has been put to use, new items are coming out a top of the range prices, but customers looking to install these marble style quartz worktops are able to do so, and are extremely happy with the long lasting, stylish results.

Friday, 29 June 2012

Middlewich Long Term Moving Storge Solutions

Moving house is a stressful time, as well the overall upheaval and mounds of organizing there is also the worry of having somewhere safe and secure to store your belongings in the event of having to go into temporary accommodation whilst waiting to move into your new abode.  Storage facilities like White Self Storage Middlewich are an absolute god send for these kind of situations as they offer the security and flexibility you are looking for freeing your time up to concentrate on other matters.  As well as storing belongings other reasons why you may require a storage container unit could be due to a disaster in the house, for example, a flood may have affected you badly, calling for removal of many items whilst you fix, or renovate the house and the problems that something like this has caused.

Long term storage is generally considered to be of duration lasting around two months or more. When searching for a suitable company and container, you must make sure that your items are going to be completely safe, with alarms, CCTV, climate control and regular monitoring services in place. Without this, you may worry about possessions. White Self  Storage Middlewich offers this service, with you being allowed access to your container and possessions when you like.

You may require long term storage should you be off to travel for a while, or maybe you need to work elsewhere for a while, and need somewhere completely secure to store your possessions for the time being. This makes Storage Middlewich a perfect solution for storing your goods. Everything that is stored in the container will be stored safely, and effectively, with advice offered from the professionals that work there. The storage process is taken seriously and there are widely accepted ‘best’ ways to store certain types of items that will be aided when you need to store and lock up in these storage units.

Using a storage company for long term storage is the best way to give you peace of mind, ease of access and economical value whilst you are undertaking activities or travels that mean you can’t leave your possessions elsewhere. White Self Storage are the perfect company to use for both short and long term storage.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

The Benefits of a Rainwater Harvesting System

Rainwater Harvesting System
Rainwater Harvesting is the collection and storage of rainwater, in aim to reuse it before it reaches the aquifer. Some of the main uses that rainwater harvesting is used include for purposes involving drinking water, water for livestock, water for irrigation as well as many other uses ranging from plumbing use to washing cars.

By having a rainwater harvesting tank installed to your business, you will drastically reduce your running costs. A business with high water consumption can really benefit from the installation of these tanks as they save money, can be stored both underground and externally for space saving and are great for washing vehicles and other equipment. The payback on these rainwater ranks are up to 10 years. The correct methods to make the rain water safe to drink can be put into action through different methods depending on different countries.

If you are interested in having a rainwater tank installed to your home or business, then check out Carbon Zero UK, as they will help advise you on what to do and how you can save money long term by having one of these installed. They are considered to be innovative systems that can cut your bills by large amounts.

There are a range of other systems that help compliment this type ‘green’ energy and systems arrangement, with things such as ground, air source energy, infrared heating, rainwater harvesting, solar heating and biomass boiler installation. All of these systems are available from Carbon Zero UK and can be installed in quick fashion. This will allow you to start using renewable energy as soon as possible, save money from your bills, and even earn from certain schemes. It is a great opportunity to have your property running renewable water systems, through reusing the natural rainwater that falls from the sky, in a safe and effective manner.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

An Insight into the world of Civil engineering North Wales

A civil engineer is someone who practices and undertakes the subject centered on design, construction and maintenance of public works and infrastructure. Civil engineers are usually employed by the government or by private companies that work on contract basis with the government that are set out to help build or maintain public woks. Becoming a civil engineer is a commitment, as a minimum of a four year degree is usually required, meaning most qualified civil engineers are passionate towards helping out the infrastructure within public areas.

Civil engineers design safe structures along to specific standards that vary from structure to structure. These engineers must deign and build structures with efficiency, maintenance and other financial and economic concerns, to be sure that the next few years are successfully reached with ease and plenty of use. Transportation structures must facilitate for high levels of traffic at a smooth flow, to allow expansion and increasing user rates. Some of the traffic related infrastructure that a civil engineering company may be responsible for are tunnels, bridges and highway/motorway interchanges. Other projects that are often completed by civil engineers North Wales include systems for water, including sewage plants, delivery systems dams and flood protection systems and seawalls.

Many of the main areas and specialties that civil engineers operate within include structural, hydraulic, environmental and geotechnical engineers. Many of these develop plans and often drawings for construction design for public infrastructure, designed by these professional engineers are specific to certain needs, trends and matters meaning they are able to design according to various different factors and problems them may have arisen, or could potentially arise.

There has been a lot of construction within North Wales in recent years which is great for the economy and also for the Civil Engineering North Wales contractors.

Friday, 20 April 2012

New Homes North Wales

Five reasons to buy a new build property 

Those who buy new homes north wales tend to stick with new homes. It can be unclear why people would want to pay a premium for a property that has just been built, but there are several reasons to do so.

With gas, electricity and water bills constantly increasing, the pressure to buy a home which is more sustainable is more important.

It’s your home only! 

One of the great reasons to buy a new build home is the knowledge that no one else have ever lived there. It’s nice to have your space and home that is entirely unique and new for you. For some people, the only home they can buy is one that’s never been used before.

Sustainability 

New homes are built within certain standards to ensure they meet new government guidelines. There guidelines include having a very energy efficient house, including well insulated walls and floors, double glazing, energy efficient heating, draught proofing and new energy saving appliances and light bulbs. New homes save you money on bills and are much better for the environment.

Lower maintenance and utility bills 

New homes have been estimated to be over six times more efficient than second hand homes, helping save hundreds of pounds on running costs. The annual costs on new appliances, like boilers, should be lower too depending on the quality of the build. New builds are free from lots of the problems that older homes have to face, like wall cavities and dampness.

Shorter chains and part exchange moving home

The average amount of homes in a buy and sell chain is seven. Buying a new build reduces that chain dramatically, helping minimise the stress of moving.

It is possible to buy a new build and sell your property at the same time by doing a part exchange scheme. This will mean the developer of the new build will take ownership of your current home and sell it later.

Get some customization

If you buy off plan, it’s possible to have some input in the way the property is designed. For example, this will give you the ability to change the spec for the kitchen and bathroom, or change the room sizes slightly; such as having 4 slightly larger bedrooms rather than 5 smaller bedrooms.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Samsung Radianz Worktops

Samsung introduced a fresh range of Radianz Quartz Worktops and bathroom countertops in 2010, which have become a very popular choice amongst customers within the industry. Samsung radianz quartz worktops are attractive, long lasting and very durable, as well as being available in various different colors. Due to the worktops being made from natural quartz crystals and technologically advanced polymers, the surface is extremely solid, durable and aesthetically pleasing as a stone product.

Samsung radianz quartz worktops are produced with custom machinery in Korea, which has been modified and tested in order to ensure that the worktops and countertops are designed and produced to the high standards that Samsung strive for; so you can be sure your worktop will be of fantastic quality. These types of worktops and countertops are amongst the best premium products on the market and are unbeatable choices when redesigning and choosing your new worktops.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Roof Trusses


The roof and roof trusses of a building is perhaps the most important part. Although you may not pay much attention to them, they are an essential part of the modern world every day life. A roof protects us and our valuable possessions from the outside world; the wind, rain, snow and hail, helping keep us dry and warm.


Roofs have been built for thousands of years by people from many different locations around the planet. Every culture has its own style of buildings and roof designs; many are dependent on the climate in their location.


There are many different types of roofs, such as steep V shape roofs, flat roofs and some which are abstract adding to the design of a building. The roof trusses (the wooden supports) also have many different designs and layouts.


The most popular type of roof found on buildings worldwide is the Gabbled roofs. These roofs are cheap and easy to construct. They are reliable and are great at dealing with rain and wind and all types of bad weather. Gabled roofs sometimes have other gables protruding out of them with windows. This is common where the attic is converted into another room in a house.


Hip/hipped roofs are usually found on bungalows, where the sides of the roof slope downward to the walls. These roofs have no gables (and very little attic space) or vertical sides. Hip roofs are efficient as they are self bracing against the wind, their streamlined design helps to enhance this effect.


A Mansard roof has two distinct traits, steep sides and a double pitch. The roof makes full use of the attic space, offering extra living space to any building.


Flat roofs are found in dryer parts of the world, where the building is less susceptible to bad weather. Flat roof homes can become very hot in the summer and are often painted with reflective paint or are covered in water to help keep the building cool.


Roof trusses provide the stability and support a roof needs, evenly distributing the weight of the roof away from the walls. The shape of a roof on houses and buildings is dependant on the shape and style of the roof truss design


Roof trusses are usually designed to make the roof as efficient as it can be against the weather. Sometimes roof trusses are created to suit a custom design for a building, but important factors like the stresses the building may encounter and it’s location should always be considered.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

New buy mortgage guarantee scheme.

A new government run scheme will guarantee 95% loans up to £500,000. For those struggling to get on the housing market this is fantastic news and a long time coming.

The scheme is due to start in March and the only criterion imposed is that the borrowers must be UK residents and they are buying the property as their main home.

The scheme will allow lenders to offer large mortgages on new build homes without taking on all the risk, they will be guaranteed not to lose money if the property falls into negative equity and the house is repossessed, the mortgage indemnity will be funded by developers and taxpayers.

This scheme is a fantastic opportunity to get first time buyers back on the market and hopefully help around 100,000 buyers who have recently been at a standstill due to lack of finances.

Although the first time buyer market has become very competitive in recent months, rates on low deposit mortgages are still high and there are no so many options available since the credit crunch. Would be movers have also been hit hard with many being left with no equity in the property to move onto the next property.

To find out more information about the scheme contact Cavendish Ikin Estate Agents Cheshire.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Estate agents Cheshire David Wilson Homes Development at St Oswald's Court, Malpas


Cavendish Ikin Estate Agents Cheshire were recently favoured to market David Wilson Homes Development at St Oswald’s Court, Malpas in late summer of last year. Cavendish are pleased to announce that 60% of the site is now sold or under offer.

The development consists of a range of three, four and five bedroomed houses. The three bedroomed houses are aimed at first time buyers with prices in the region of £140,000, the five bedroomed houses range from £499,995 to £529,995.

The development benefits from open countryside opposite which provides the majority of five bedroomed houses a superb rural outlook.

The houses are built to an exact specification and the development is within walking distance of the fantastic village amenities of Malpas and also the well-known primary and secondary schools.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Houses for Sale Llandudno Junction

Beech Developments have commenced ground  on their new building development site in Llandudno Junctions, North Wales.

The new development Gwel y Castell will have numerous high quality houses for sale in llandudno junction.  The environment will be exceptional with a high quality landscaped entrance leading to a tree lined avenue estate road. 

The new development site has been granted planning permission for 125 houses. The first phase is a mixture of 58 detached three and four bedroom homes, two bedroom semi detached bungalows and two/three bedroom townhouses. 

Gwel y Castell enjoys 180 degree sun exposure.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Civil Engineering North Wales

Civil Engineering North Wales deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the physical and built environment. Civil engineering is broken into several sub-disciplines, including environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, municipal/urban engineering, water resources engineering, materials engineering, coastal engineering, surveying an construction engineering.

Civil engineering has a place on many different levels; including both the public and private sector – from individual homes to large international companies and national governments. Due to these so many areas, there is no one specific career path for civil engineers.

Civil engineers work with surveyors and specialised civil engineers, working on fixed projects within their site, community and terrain. General civil engineering can also be referred to as site engineering; which is the process of changing the use of a piece of land from one thing another.

Engineering has always been an aspect of human life; early practices of civil engineering can be dated back to Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Civil engineering is considered extremely important to the development of human civilization.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Six buy to let lenders now offering 80% deals

Things are starting to look rosy on the buy to let mortgage front. Six lenders according to the data from mortgage Flow that are offering 80% LTV or above are: Kent Reliance Banking Services, Saffron Building Society, Leeds Building Society, Aldermore Mortgages and Clydesdale Bank.

Previously from 2008 to 2010 the highest possible LTV for buy to let mortgages was 75% so this is great news for those hoping to get on the buy to let ladder.

David Whittaker, manager director at Mortgages for Business recently said that this new results from the six lenders offer 80% buy to let products shows increasing confidence among lenders in the sector including Cavendish Ikin Cheshire Estate Agents.

He also said “Between them, there is a good range of products on offer from two-year discounted trackers to five-year fixed rates. Some even come with flat arrangement fees which really start to make sense for investors looking to borrow larger sums.”

Over the last year there has been an increase of 26% but to let mortgage deals available and double what there was 2 years ago according to Moneyfacts.

The current average interest rate is 4.79% down from 5% this time last year and 5.31% February 2012.

These latest figures should make pleasing and encouraging news for landlords and property investors.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Architects Chester


BR Architecture is an Architects Chester company that can provide professional services in an accessible, user friendly format. Initially BR Architecture offers free advice and discusses proposals which are extremely useful when attempting to initialise a project. They offer a range of services from Planning Consultancy, Energy Consultancy, Structural Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Topographical Surveying, Party Wall Surveying, and BREEAM or Code for Sustainable Homes Assessing. These Services are key parts of the design process in order to commence upon the proposed project.

This professional team of Cheshire architects can help your ideas become reality offering one on one consultancy with experienced professionals that will do their best to ensure the production of your dream building. Upon your approval BR Architecture can carry out any measurement surveys and draw up plans as existing. From an initial meeting and design brief, BR Architecture is able to produce sketch scheme designs and planning drawings for your approval and even submit a planning application on your behalf. Pursuing something as daunting as a home or place of work can be a stressful pursuit if you are alone. BR architecture can simplify matters immensely by making sure that your ideas are feasible financially and have a chance of existing one day. Your plans and drawings are explained to you face to face so you are not left out of the loophole and are able to understand each process as it is planned, they believe it is very important that you understand the full scope of things occurring. BR Architecture covers all of Cheshire, Chester & North Wales.