About Me
Advice for Home Extensions, Additions and Adaptations

Thanks for checking out my blog! My name's Olivia, and I'll be sharing my advice about construction and contractors here. When my husband and I first decided to move in together, we didn't fall in love with any of the homes on the market so we decided to build our own. We learned a lot about construction and contractors during that time, but our journey wasn't over yet. Over the years, we've had multiple changes made to our custom home, including extensions to accommodate new babies, adaptations for in-laws moving in and even an outbuilding studio for my son's music production endeavours. As you can imagine, I've had to do a lot of research on home building over the years, and now I'd love to pass that advice on to anyone else who needs it. Look around—I'm sure you'll find something useful.


Important maintenance tips for septic systems in schools

24 April 2019
 Categories: , Blog

Septic systems are used--mostly in homes and small businesses--to provide self-sufficient waste disposal. However, these systems are also useful in schools. When equipped with proper capacity, a septic tank system can provide stability, cost savings and efficiency over time. The key to optimal results is to properly maintain your septic system. You need to account for the usage that both children and staff members will exert on the septic tank, drainfield and drainage pipes. Read More …

Two tips for those who are performing major renovations on a dilapidated property

27 March 2019
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

If you plan to carry out major renovation work on an old, dilapidated property, you may find the following tips to be quite helpful. Spend time drawing up the effluent disposal report If the property you will be working on features a septic system and neither the system itself nor the building has been maintained over the last few years, then it is quite likely that you will need to replace both the septic tank and the piping that connects it to the house. Read More …

Two things that can derail a house building project

28 February 2019
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

It's important to be aware of the things that could potentially derail your house construction project. Read on to find out what these things are. Using money from your contingency fund for non-emergency expenses If you have put some of your construction money into a contingency fund, it is important not to allow yourself to dip into this fund for non-emergency expenses that crop up during the project. For example, if you decide that you prefer a type of floor tile that is much more expensive than the one you originally chose, you might be tempted to use money from the contingency fund to cover the cost of purchasing these pricier tiles. Read More …

Why Structural Steel Is a Top Choice For Residential Building Construction

1 February 2019
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Timber, undeniably, has been the conventional material employed for residential building construction. The timber frames were thought best for residential applications, whereas steel was limited to commercial projects. Nevertheless, steel is steadily making its way due to the advantageous attributes that it offers construction projects. If you are deliberating on materials to utilise for your residential building construction, here are four reasons why steel should be the top choice for your project. Read More …

Six Reasons Why You Should Consider Aluminium Louvres

15 January 2019
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Aluminium louvre windows consist of metal blades, either horizontal or vertical, which can be easily adjusted to keep the blades either closed or open at any angle. What are the advantages of having this kind of window? Adjustability Louvre windows allow you to control the gaps between the blades, thereby controlling the amount of light and air that can enter the property. When they are fully open, there is so much space that it is almost as if the louvres aren't there, but they can also be fully closed to keep your property in the shade. Read More …