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Landscaping for cleaner drains

roots-1553183Mature trees add beauty and shade to landscapes, but their roots can cause extensive damage to sewer pipes. It’s only natural that roots from trees and shrubs grow toward sewer lines. The reason? – Quite simply, they like it there: the pipes are a bountiful source of the water, nutrients, and oxygen that roots crave. And if and when a root finds a leak, it will quickly grow into the pipe and inhibit the flow of waste, causing blockages, broken pipes and other serious headaches for homeowners.

According to DSI-Drainage in  Leeds, tree roots growing inside pipes are one of the most expensive maintenance items experienced by homeowners and although the roots may originate on private property, they can damage the main utilities in the community.

By law, each homeowner is responsible for maintaining their sewer laterals (the pipe that connects the sewer pipes in your house to the main sewer pipe, which is usually in the street). Because the pipes are buried and out of sight, homeowners usually don’t have any idea of the  potential problems in their laterals until it’s too late.

You can take some preventative measures to avoid costly repair bills by thinking about the planting on your property, especially new planting.

1 – Dial before you dig!

It’s always a good idea to know where cables, lines, and pipes are buried before doing any landscaping or planting.  Homeowners can call their local public works department to find the location of underground utilities.

2 – Create a Barrier Between Trees and Sewer Lines

There are various products available to create a barrier and discourage root growth into sewer lines.  Slow-release chemicals, such as copper sulphate and potassium hydroxide, are commonly used in residential settings to inhibit root growth.  Physical barriers are also available.

3 – Plant “Sewer-Safe” Trees and Shrubs

The best way to avoid problems from your planting is to think about your planting.  Make sure you know how large trees and shrubs will be once they are mature and how far the rootball will extend. Ideally trees should be located more than 10 feet from sewer lines to minimize root intrusion and you should choose small, slow-growing species with less aggressive root systems, and replace them before they get too large for their planting area.

 

 

 

 

 

Bring the outdoors in with a conservatory

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If you need more space at home a conservatory is a great way to extend – provided you plan carefully.   There’s a huge range of different styles of conservatory available, ranging from simple modern lean-to styles, through elegant Victorian style orangeries and garden rooms.

Conservatory design falls into two broad categories: traditional and contemporary.  Traditional conservatories are designed with a nod to the architecture of period buildings with a huge range of styles on offer, from Victorian through to Georgian.  A note of caution: ‘traditional’ design is a very broad term which can be subject to different interpretation so if you decide to opt for a traditional conservatory, make sure your supplier is thinking along the same lines as you are!

Although the Georgian and Edwardian eras are completely different periods in history, when it comes to conservatory design, these styles are applied to symmetrical conservatories with pitched roofs.  Conservatories in this style category have a flat front which means that they tend to a larger useable floor space than Victorian styles.

Contemporary conservatories on the other hand tend to be designed with clean, simple lines and unfussy frames.  Available in a wide range of roof styles from flat through to pitch and lean-to, contemporary conservatories are normally very simple rectangular or square structures.

Gable fronted conservatories have a vertical front with a steeply pitched roof and the beauty of conservatories from this style category is that, depending on the decorative detail used, can be designed to look contemporary or traditional.

Don’t forget that conservatories can also be built in a variety of shapes such as t-shaped or in the shape of a p and either option can be a great and relatively economical way, to add useful additional space to your home.

Conservatories can be made from a range of different materials from timber through to metal with some of the latest styles designed to look virtually frameless.  uPVC framed conservatories are a low-cost option and because they require very little maintenance, are easy to look after.  Timber framed conservatories need to be periodically painted or varnished to maintain their good looks.  It is important to make sure that the conservatory ties in well with your existing roof and advice from a specialist roofing contractor Skipton or UK based is a good idea.

When it comes to choosing a conservatory, the size, shape and style of your home should all influence your decision.  This means that buying a conservatory to match a Victorian or Georgian home is relatively simple but if your home is from a different era or you’d like to go for a contemporary design, things can get a little more complicated!  For example, bear in mind that imposing styles such as Georgian, lantern-roofed conservatories can dwarf smaller properties can look stunning on larger houses, and p or t-shaped designs can be useful if you plan to use your conservatory as a dining and living space because the angled shape will create a natural division.

If you’d like to extend your home with a conservatory, there a number of options available when it comes to the design and build.  National conservatory companies tend to be more expensive than local firms but they do offer a range of benefits such as great-value seasonal offers and extended guarantees.  Bear in mind that a local builder should, provided the design is relatively simple, also be able to build a conservatory for you.  As with any major building project, it’s important to get several quotes and word-of-mouth can be a very useful way to get recommendations!

An Architect’s Services For Home Improvements

Home Improvement Made Easy With The Help of An Architect

For the inexperienced home improver a little information can be a big help when it comes to getting the best value. If you have some good information and the proper tools, you might surprise yourself with your abilities.  But if you want to turn your house into a home then there is another way…

Using Architects Advice For Home Extensions

Homeowners undertaking major renovation work on high-value homes should engage an architect. While their services are expensive, architects make back their cost on large, complex projects. They help homeowners manage complex jobs involving multiple contractors and sub-contractors such as roofing contractors Skipton or UK based. Architects will also have the aesthetic sensibilities which can preserve and increase the market value of an expensive home.

Avoid hiring an architect for minor home improvements and small renovations. Check your local building codes; in most areas architects are unnecessary for jobs below a certain size. Working with a competent contractor on these small-scale projects makes an architect unnecessary. When an architect is unnecessary and not required by local ordinances, save yourself some money by working without one.

Using an Architect’s Services

A great home improvement tip is to call local repair services and shop around for the best deal. By shopping around, you’ll have more of an awareness of who you’re doing business with, and you’ll be more likely to find the right person for the job. This can be a great way to make sure you’re getting quality work done.

When it is time to make serious improvements to your home, engage the services of a competent general contractor. Shop around and make careful comparisons. A competent and honest, general contractor, can complete home improvements professionally. A contractor can also perform home improvement work cheaper than you can manage, by doing it yourself.

Know Your Builder

When planning a major home renovation project, hire a professional architect or designer to create your plans. Without specialized training in designing living spaces, your own ideas may lack the necessary details to allow your home to function optimally. Professional designers can create the plans you need to make sure your project is a success.

Make your home look classy and sophisticated by adding an unconventional new addition. A wine cellar or a library brimming with shelves are wonderful spaces in any home. This will show that you are unique and have an elegant place to live.

Building Regulations

Every piece of real estate is subject to building codes; the savvy land buyer will research these codes well in advance of making a purchase. Often this is where the help if a good architect can help.  Without proper research, the requirements imposed by local codes and zoning  of planning regulations can present a nasty surprise to land or house holders who intend to build a new home or improve an existing one.

When it comes to home improvement, leave the big jobs to the professionals. You may end up getting way over your head with expenses, fines, and patchwork if you try to do more than you are actually capable of. Professionals will know the ins and outs regarding permits and regulations. They also will be bound to a contract so it will be them that lose out if the project takes longer than expected or ends up costing more.

A good route to design and planning is to work with a local architect such as Horsley Townsend Architects Ltd at www.horsleytownsend.com or take a look at the Institute of Architects wesbite