Isn’t it always a case of the grass is greener on the other side of the fence? Townies are showing increasing interest in selling up and moving to a lifestyle block. Country living offers benefits including fresh air, more space and quiet living. What could be better? Yet what we don’t consider is the unwanted smells and noises rural locations welcome newcomers with.
Thinking about getting your teenager out of your hair by sending them to boarding school? Well there is actually another option and that’s converting your garage into a teenagers bedroom instead. The pros are that you’ll still be able to keep an eye on them and they’ll have their own space. Cons would be that they still have the potential to be surly and irritate you.
But all in all, a garage conversion is a great idea for increasing the liveable space in your home and raising your home’s value. It’s also a great if you don’t have the land space to add another room extension. (more…)
This is part two in our three-part series “weatherproofing your home for winter”. Last week we covered inspecting fireplaces, wood stoves and chimneys. We also discussed cleaning your gutters and roofs. Read last weeks blog post. This week we cover winterizing your house exterior, doors and windows.
Garage door insulation is the process by which entry of heat and cold from the environment surrounding the garage is prevented.
It’s common to see vehicles parked on the drive or up the street at night, even in your own street.
This usually means that there is not enough room in the garage for vehicles as it’s being used for storage. Or you may find it has been converted into a bedroom or study. (more…)
Here’s two great questions to ask yourself. How much better your home would be to live in with a few upgrades? Would seeing the latest home remodelling trends in your property make you feel great? There’s no time like the present to start on some home renovations and improve the quality of your life. Let’s get cracking!
A good way to attract Chinese buyers or tenants is to consider designing with Feng Shui (風水) when building or renovating a home. Designing with Feng Shui uses the Chinese system of geomancy believed to use the laws of both heaven and earth to help one improve life by receiving positive qi (energy).
Feng means wind and shui means water. In Chinese culture wind and water are associated with good health; thus good feng shui came to mean good fortune.
Choose round structures. While a rounded house could add significant cost to any new build consider where else you can include round design features.
Garage Door Parts connect the sections of the door together and provide the travel mechanism and counterbalance to allow the sections to move above the door opening. The parts that join the sections together and allow them to pivot are called hinges.
The end hinges serve the dual purpose of carrying the door rollers as they travel through the vertical tracks and overhead in the horizontal garage door tracks. Wider doors are supported with struts to prevent the sections from sagging or buckling.
The tops and bottoms of garage doors have fixtures to carry the rollers. These parts are called top fixtures and bottom fixtures. These and all the other parts are connected with fasteners. The counterbalance system comprises the door parts that lift the door above the opening. The lift is accomplished with cables attached to the bottom fixtures of the door at one end and to the cable drums at each end of the shaft above the door.
The parts providing the counterbalance torque consist of the torsion springs, cones, end bearing plates, centre, shafts and couplers. One end of each spring is secured to a bracket fastened to the jamb. The other end of the torsion spring is wound and secured to the shaft with the setscrews of the winding cone. The torque is transferred through the shaft to the cable drums and on to the cables on each side of the door.
Extension spring parts provide a balanced system with the pull of the springs against the weight of the door.
Additional door parts include the weather-stripping to insulate the perimeter of the door, with astragal secured to the bottom and stop moulding on the sides and top of the opening. Windows provide light and visibility. Garage door exhaust ports allow car engines to run in the garage while routing fumes through the exhaust hoses.
Door locks and handles allow for manual operation, while openers controlled by remote transmitters and keypads are the preferred choice of operation.