A structural engineer is an expert in the structure of a building—they will be able to assess how safe a building is and how sound its overall structure. How can you tell if you need to call in a structural engineer for your own project?
Any kind of extension to a building will probably need a structural engineer. The extension will be free-standing, and so it is vital that the structure is strong enough to stand on its own and that the walls will be strong enough to support the weight of the structure.
Planning on doing a landscaping job on your residential property? Residential landscaping involves performing a variety of tasks intended to make the outdoor areas of a home functional, aesthetic or both. This, in turn, helps to increase property value.
One of the key things to do before beginning your project is to choose the landscaping materials you'll use. With the huge selection of landscaping materials available out there, you can easily get overwhelmed by choices.
Do you need to excavate a construction site? Perhaps you want to build a foundation, road, or create a landscape. The excerpt below discusses the various considerations you should make when planning and executing excavation works.
Conduct a soil test to identify what kind of soil you will be excavating. If you intend to excavate a few metres below the ground, you may need an expert to examine the presence of rocks and underground water reservoirs.
One of the most detrimental things that can happen to your building is moisture accumulation. One of the common causes of misplaced moisture in the house is rising damps. The damps result from water rising up the wall through capillary action. This is a common problem in houses made of bricks and concrete blocks because they are porous. Rising damps present themselves in swollen and blistered paint, mould damage, rotten walls and flooring material, especially wooden ones among other signs.
When you are building or remodelling a home, you will spend most of your time considering the parts of the property that you can see. You will think about the floor layout and what type of fittings you want in each room. What you may not have spent too much time thinking about are the trusses and joists that support the floor and the roof of your home. While you may not have thought about these features, they are vital to the stability and structure of your building.