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Loafing Shed Construction

When you regard your horses as members of your family, you want the best for them. All of my loafing shed plans are designed with safety and comfort in mind. The following article will help you decide what kind of shed to build, where to place it and the safety factors involved.

Loafing sheds, also referred to as run in sheds, are simply small barns designed to protect your livestock from the harsh weather elements. Loafing sheds, or pasture shelters, should be built using the same construction techniques as any other well-built barn to ensure a strong structure that will withstand the abuse of crowded animals.

When choosing the style of the building and roof, several options are available. Metal buildings with a shed roof or gable roof are easily adaptable for use as a loafing shed. Whether using wood siding or metal siding, a liner wall or kick guard, … Read More

Residential Construction – Estimating Software Will Save Contractors Time & Money!

It certainly isn’t the easiest job in the world to manage a construction project – and it involves a lot more than knowing how to use tools and build things! Of course construction managers do years of study to learn all the complexities of their role, but onstruction

estimating is something that is only mastered through hands on, long term experience. Many contractors hold the belief that residential construction estimating software can cause more harm than good, and this was perhaps the case in the earlier stages of development. Modern day advances mean more variety is available on the market and there is a construction estimating software package that can make your life a whole lot easier.

If you want your residential construction business to be a success, it is vital that you have solid record keeping procedures and immaculate books: If the numbers aren’t right the whole business could … Read More

5 Tips for Choosing a Contractor for Your Construction Project

With the economic outlook so bleak these days, how is Los Angeles construction doing? Well in looking at the numbers we are doing pretty well against last year. And this year it is only going to get better with leading indicators giving us hope for a better future. Looking for a contractor is not any easier though.

Every day you hear of some contractor scamming someone out of money. How can you avoid this? There are many things that you can do as a prospective client to protect yourself from a bad deal. Here are 3 tips to get you past through that process:

1. Get references. Ask your friends and co-workers. Los Angeles construction is varied and sometimes specialized so don’t just rely on one person, ask a lot and look for reviews of the contractor. The more feedback you get the better your decision will be and the … Read More

How to Hire a General Contractor or Renovator for Residential Construction Projects

In the last 10-15 years, the industry of Residential General Contractors has taken a beating by the media. Television, maganizes and articles have waged war on the image, credibility and trust of General Contractors. This is something that as a Home Owner, you must first be aware of.

15 Years ago, there were 3 shows that dealt with residential construction:

-This Old House

-The New Yankee Work Shop

-Bob Villa’s Home again

These 3 shows gave Home Owners an “inside” look into construction techniques and methods, offering plenty of advice, knowledge and wisdom. I suppose they had a loyal following amongst hobbyists, contractors and weekend warriors. But it didn’t appeal much to the general masses. After all, not everyone is interested in learning how to cut Crown Moulding or how to select the best router bits.

Along came a show on HGTV called Holmes on Homes. The entire premise of … Read More

Post Frame Construction – What Is It?

Post-frame construction is an engineered building system using wood frame methods. Post frame is not new and and has been used for decades to build Commercial and Agriculture buildings. Post Structure design incorporates vertical wood posts, spaced at a specific distance, to form the structure. Posts are usually solid wood or laminated wood and are embedded into the ground with concrete or sits on a foundation. Depending on the spacing, the height of the posts can increase your building ceiling up to 3 stories! These posts are then braced with horizontal strapping for lateral strength and the strapping is also used for applying the numerous options for exterior finishing of the building.

Common exterior finishes include metal siding, cement board siding, wood plank siding, vinyl siding and even stucco. Post construction is also very versatile and can be customized to have any exterior look.

With the advancement of technology, engineering, … Read More

HVAC BIM Matches Construction Workflow for Mechanical Contractors

Searching for HVAC Building Information Modeling Services? Opt for the leading BIM services for Mechanical Contractors and match your construction work flow with BIM. You will need to supply a range of inputs such as design & contract documents, specification sheets and equipment submittal to validate the design of your building model. During the modeling, the design is validated for constructability and maintenance and the final model is created after resolving clashes by re-routing duct work, elevation change and duct re-sizing. Besides, you should check out whether the BIM service provider you are choosing follows the codes and standards as applicable for your projects. Most of the service providers work closely with all stakeholders for complete resolution of clashes and eliminating re-work.

Let’s check out the HVAC Sheet Metal Model Creation, Design Validation in HVAC & Shop Drawing Production:

HVAC Model Creation – 3D HVAC Building Information Model is prepared … Read More

Remodeling or Building a House – Top 3 Reasons Couples Fight During Their Construction Project

The top two problems most couples argue about are money and sex. Money, not sex is the “hot” topic of discussion when building or remodeling a home. It takes money to start a project and is the cause of many fights in a relationship. The following are 3 reasons money triggers conflict in home building or remodeling.

1. Couples don’t know what their needs and values are. Some people don’t know what drives them or motivates them to build or remodel their home.

For example, Samantha wanted to update the main bathroom in their house. She was excited for a fresh, new look as it had been 10 years since she had done any decorating. Her husband Tim liked the bathroom the way it was and didn’t want to spend the money to fix it up. In fact, he didn’t like change very much and really didn’t want to spend … Read More

Custom Home Construction Or Renovation – The Process

Saugatuck, Michigan, like many lakeside communities, is a beautiful area with a multitude of choices for custom homes. You’ll have to decide between building your dream home from scratch (I’m partial to Parkside Landings), or buying an existing structure and turning it into your dream home.

Since you are reading this article, I recommend beginning your search on the internet. Don’t be content with just one type of search; do multiple searches with different search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.), using different key words. If you are fairly new to searching by key words, consider: “Custom Home”, “builder”, “construction”, “renovation”, “remodel”, “property management”, or “interior design”. You might want to try the Saugatuck/Douglas Visitors Bureau website. (They have a business directory). Other alternatives are the phone book (there is also an online version of yellow pages and also white pages), personal recommendations, real estate publications, and the multi-list.

Once you … Read More

Choosing a Concrete Cutting Company for Any Construction or Renovation Process

Regardless of the size of any construction or renovation process, the chosen concrete cutting company has to be capable to determine the outcome of any construction plan.

Many homeowners are concerned about the costs while hiring the best concrete cutting company. They are afraid that a quality and a reliable contractor will cost a lot. But that is not always true. You can get a decent price for the service and still get high-quality construction or renovation. Therefore, it is important to choose someone who has at least 10 or more years of experience in this industry. Their presence with so many years on the market makes them your reliable partner.

The contractor you choose has to explain everything that confuses you. And you should not be afraid to ask what interests you about your project. If you knew, you would do it on your own, right?! Except for quality … Read More

Importance of Temporary Door, Jamb, and Threshold Protection During Construction and Remodeling

The front entryway including the door, jambs, and threshold is the focal point of your client’s home. It sets the tone and expectation for the rest of the home, and it can add or detract curb appeal. Entryways have been important dating as far back to the Greeks. According to Jesse Nevins of Coastal Carolina University, “To ancient Greeks doors were considered sacred and surrounded with superstition. So much so that doors and the comprising parts had their own deities. For the Greeks a door was not simply a way to enter a building, but a holy place itself worthy of the highest respect.”

Keeping doors, jambs and thresholds looking great while a home is under construction or remodeling is important, and is now easier than ever. During construction, contractors will pass through the doorway with materials and equipment needed for the construction project. Each pass risks scratching or denting … Read More