Brian's House Building Blog

  • 5 Features to Add to Your Custom Entertainment Centre

    17 May 2017

    If you want to have a residential carpenter create a built-in entertainment centre for your home, there are all kinds of designs you can choose from. Ideally, you should work with the carpenter to create a design that's right for the style of your interior and your family's lifestyle. Here's some features you may want to integrate. 1. Gas Fireplace With a built in entertainment centre, the TV usually acts as the centrepiece, but that's certainly not the only option.

  • 6 Ways Construction, Land and Property Surveys Are Essential If You Are Building a Shed on Your Land

    17 May 2017

    If you are planning to build a shed or workshop on your property, you may need to hire a professional to do a construction survey before you start. Here's why you need one, and a look at why you actually may need more than one survey before the process is complete. 1. Figuring Out Boundaries First and foremost, a property survey can help to ensure that you know where the property lines are and that you put the shed within your property.

  • Improve the Stormwater Drainage in Your Vegetable Garden

    21 April 2017

    When you have a vegetable garden, it needs watering, but if it gets too much water, the plants may become waterlogged and die. If a lot of stormwater tends to pool in your garden, you should take steps to improve the drainage. Depending on your situation, there are several things you can do. 1. Add Hummus to the Soil In some cases, stormwater may be sitting on your vegetable garden because the soil isn't absorbing the water.

  • Tips for Polishing Concrete With a Floor Grinder

    21 April 2017

    If you have concrete floors that have been looking a bit dull, it might be time to polish them. Concrete grinders allow you to remove the top layer of the concrete slab in order to be smoothed and polished. Here are some tips for polishing your concrete floor with the help of a concrete grinder. Use Sand for Abrasion Concrete grinders work great on their own to polish your concrete floor, but if it needs a little more help removing the top layer and polishing it smooth, you may want to add a little more abrasion in the form of sand.

  • How to Encourage More Walking in Your Community

    21 April 2017

    To foster a healthy community, you may want to work with a town planner to create more opportunities for exercise for your citizens. In particular, there are key things you may want to do to encourage more walking. Take a look at these ideas. 1. Add More Walking and Biking Paths People in your community will tend to walk more if they have access to places to walk. Consider working with a town planner to figure out the best places to put trails.

  • Five Renovations to Consider If You're Selling Your Home

    21 April 2017

    If you're trying to sell your home in a competitive market, you may want to make some key renovations. Whether you're flipping a home or selling your primary residence, take a look at the following suggestions. They just may help you land that sale. 1. New Front Door When selling a home, curb appeal is key, and a new front door is a fairly straightforward way to improve the visual appeal of the front of your home.

  • Custom Design Tips When You're Building A Home You Can Grow Old In

    6 March 2017

    As you age and become elderly, you naturally lose your ability to independently do many things. You won't be able to move around the house as easily as you used to when you were younger, and therefore it is important to keep this in mind when you are building a home you intend to grow old in. Here is a look at a couple of home design tips that can help you put up a home that is customised to meet your requirements when you become elderly.