Brian's House Building Blog

  • How to prevent mould growing in your basement

    5 April 2018

    The basement is often a neglected room in the house. It might not serve any useful function and you just might use it for miscellaneous storage, so why bother going to the trouble of making sure the walls have integrity, it's adequately waterproofed, and it's being taken care of, right? Unfortunately, neglected basements can easily transform into mouldy basements. Yes, mould looks bad, but did you know that the growth of mould has serious health consequences such as sore throats, asthma, allergies, a stuffed nose and sometimes even more serious lung infections?

  • Deal with asbestos in your soil the right way

    26 March 2018

    Everyone knows that coming into contact with asbestos poses serious health risks. Don't run the risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma or asbestosis. If you suspect you have asbestos in your building, you should not touch it; arrange for its removal by qualified professionals. Taking asbestos out of buildings has been considered best practice for a long time, but did you know that there are other ways that you could unwittingly be coming into contact with asbestos?

  • The Curb Appeal of Your Home Starts with an Appealing Roofing System

    27 February 2018

    When it comes to home improvement, most people focus on landscaping, repainting the home, and even installing a new kerb. Homeowners rarely think about the roof and the role it plays in improving the curb appeal of the property. The truth is, the roof is the largest exterior structure, and it is among the first things that people see as they approach your home. Improving the curb appeal of your roof can help in sprucing up the house and giving it a fresh, new look.

  • Creating a sensational kitchen splashback for your home

    8 January 2018

    The splashback is the centrepiece of your kitchen, and the first thing most people notice when walking into the room. When designing your splashback, take your time to get it right. Your choice of colours, materials and styles will dictate the look and feel of your space. The splashback began as a utilitarian stretch of tile designed to protect the stretch of wall behind your sink and hob from splashes, but trends in interior design have elevated this humble kitchen essential to the focal point of the room.

  • Commercial Concreting Options for Your Indoor Market

    5 December 2017

    Farmers markets are becoming increasingly popular as more people move to sustainable and natural living. Many markets are finding that having an indoor option is best and gives more versatile shopping options including comfortable off season shopping and extended hours shopping options. If you are thinking about creating an indoor market option for your organic or farmers market business, here are some ways that commercial concreting can help. Stained Concrete

  • Skylight Windows: Three Crucial Installation Guidelines for Optimal Performance

    29 November 2017

    If you are interested in improving the flow of natural light in your home, you should think about installing skylight windows. These units will ensure that you have sufficient sunlight while filtering out harmful radiation. Other benefits of these structures include ventilation, improved energy efficiency and the addition of home value. However, it is essential to remember that the advantages gained through skylights will depend on the quality of installation. If the unit is poorly placed, you will experience unexpected leakages and poor performance.

  • Above and Beyond: Why You Can — and Should — Definitely Trust a Land Surveyor

    25 October 2017

    If you're considering making a land purchase anytime soon, then you'll know exactly how sizeable such an investment can be. If you're putting that amount of money into something, you should be absolutely certain that it's the right thing to do. When buying land, one way to confirm this is to utilise the services of a land surveyor. They can tell you everything you need to know about your upcoming purchase, including any potential problem areas that you should know about.