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Top Reasons Why You Should Ensure Your Residential Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning Equipment Is Routinely Maintained

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If you live in an area that experiences both hot and cold climates during the year, reverse cycle AC unit would be an ideal choice of AC equipment. Unlike other types of AC systems that only provide cooling service, this type of AC equipment is designed to provide both cooling and heating service, depending on the prevailing weather at a particular time of the year. Reverse cycle AC units are available as ducted or split system units, so you have a broader product range to choose from.

10 April 2017

The benefits of home window tinting

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The sun is equally a blessing and a curse. It affords us the sunny weather but at the same time can bring plenty of misery if homeowners aren't ready to deal with the heat and sun rays. Of course, installing an air conditioner is one of the first things to do when dealing with hot, sunny temperatures. Not unless you have no qualms wasting money away, another effective solution to cutting down on your energy expenses and unwanted glare is to consider home window tinting.

5 April 2017

Answering Some Commonly Asked Questions About Home Extensions and Additions

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Home extensions and additions are a great choice for any family that needs some added room, but without leaving their current home. These additions can mean an added bedroom or master suite, office for the person who works from home, or sunroom for relaxing and entertaining. Whatever your need for a home extension or addition, note some commonly asked questions about this work and then discuss your options and needs with a contractor as needed.

5 April 2017

New Home Features That Add Value, and a Few That Don't

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When having a new home built, it's good to think of that home's potential resale value, even if you plan on living in the house for many years. A job change or illness may mean you'll need to sell the home and move sooner than expected, or you may want to take out a home equity loan against the value of the house. This is why it's important to discuss all potential features with a new home builder so you can choose the ones that actually add value to your home while avoiding those that don't.

4 April 2017

How Contour Surveys Help You Create a Budget for Your Building or Development Project

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If you are planning to build on a site, there are a number of considerations you need to keep in mind as you create a budget. To help you create the most accurate budget, you may want to use a contour survey — it can help you hone in on projected expenses in the following ways. 1. Projected Cost of Retaining Walls A contour map shows the rise and fall of elevation in the site you are developing.

4 April 2017

Five Traditional Design Elements That Can Help Make Your New Home More Energy Efficient

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While a lot of new innovations have been made in insulating materials and eco-friendly building, in some cases, you may just want to consider old fashioned design methods. In particular, if you want to design a new home that doesn't use a lot of energy, you may want to take a page from some of the classic designs popular in early colonial Australia. 1. Cross Ventilation Victorian homes were popular in Australia during the turn of the 20th century, and many of these homes offer a lot of cross ventilation.

3 April 2017

Winching: 3 Additional Bits of Kit You Might Need

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A winch is a mechanical device which is used to adjust the level of tension of a wire or rope by extending it outwards or retracting it back in. Winches are used for many purposes. One common use for a winch is for lifting vehicles which have become stuck in thick mud in rural areas. A winch which is attached to a tree can help to lift the tyres clear of the sticky mud.

29 March 2017

3 Advantages of Synthetic Grass Versus Real Turf for a Tennis Court Surface

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If you want a tennis court installed on your own property, you have many options from which to choose when it comes to the surface, including natural grass and synthetic grass. Both of these surfaces will have their own advantages, but there are some very good reasons to choose synthetic grass versus natural turf. Before you make your decision, note a few advantages to this type of surface for a residential court.

29 March 2017

Why You Should Consider Passive Design for Your New Home

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Many situations in life are better faced with an active approach, as opposed to a passive one. But what about when it comes to house designs for your new living space? When considering the new home you intend to build, have you considered the concept of passive design? It won't necessarily require all that many changes to your preliminary ideas, and is an easy way to make your new home more environmentally friendly.

28 March 2017

Timber Frame Truss System: Which One Should You Choose?

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Timber frame trusses are used for homes and buildings that feature an open floor plan system. Timber roof trusses are distinct from the standard roofing systems which are covered with drywall and other materials to create a ceiling. When choosing this design for your construction, you need to determine the best design based on the structural and aesthetic needs of your construction. Here you will learn some of the guiding factors that should help you choose the ideal timber frame truss system for your home or building.

2 March 2017