So which builder can you trust?

Written by Bill Payer

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The customer can complain torepparttar scheme aboutrepparttar 100127 builder. If this is for poor workmanship then good builders have nothing to fear but a vindictive client could complain about somethingrepparttar 100128 builder cannot prove to be untrue such as "he was very argumentative.”

Builders employees have to be qualified based on NVQ or equivalent yet some ofrepparttar 100129 best jobbing builders inrepparttar 100130 land have never had any formal training in their lives.

The builder is required to comply with health and safety legislation such as risk assessments, safety policies etc. Back door regulation? What does all this mean for yourepparttar 100131 client?

Looking atrepparttar 100132 application pack, there is plenty of reference to customer care, satisfactory workmanship etc. but no reference to fair pricing.

There is also a lot of added bureaucracy, couple that withrepparttar 100133 probable large annual fee andrepparttar 100134 cost of work for future customers can only go up.

It has already been reported that companies are gettingrepparttar 100135 quality mark that are financially sound and have good tradesmen but have a record of rip-off prices.

The Institute of Plumbing andrepparttar 100136 Federation of Master Builders have also raised similar concerns aboutrepparttar 100137 new scheme¹s accreditation process.

As long as you comparerepparttar 100138 price of members of this or any other recognised organisation with a few reputable non-members and not just assumerepparttar 100139 price must be o.k. because they are registered with an organisation, it would be worth adding them to your list of potential builders.

Taken from the new e-book, Builder Secrets Exposed. This e-book comes complete with a small works building contract, a large works building contract and permission to use the contracts as many times as you and your close family require for the rest of your lives. Instantly downloadable in PDF format at just £19.95

Prefabricated Homes Primer

Written by Diane Takahashi

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7. Timberframe

Timber framing is a specific type of post and beam construction in which a frame is created from solid wood timbers that are then connected by any one ofrepparttar following wooden joints: mortise and tenon, dovetails, or scarfs secured with hardwood pegs. The frame is covered with any one of a number of enclosure systems. Normallyrepparttar 100126 timbers remain exposed torepparttar 100127 interior ofrepparttar 100128 building.

Timber frame structures exhibit a strength and aesthetic quality not found in conventionally framed houses. The timbers are pre-cut, shaped, and finished atrepparttar 100129 factory, then sent torepparttar 100130 construction site, where they can be quickly assembled by a crew, using cranes to liftrepparttar 100131 bents and beams into place. Joinery isrepparttar 100132 heart ofrepparttar 100133 entire structure.

8. Log

Log homes provide their owners with a comforting and relaxing sense of informality and simplicity. The mass of logs produces heating and cooling benefits, and reduces noise transmission into and throughoutrepparttar 100134 home. These are very attractive characteristics, but there are also challenges in construction and limitations in decorating. These aspects require special design considerations and have unusual maintenance requirements. Basic Kits Are...

WALLS ONLY: The walls-only log home package includes allrepparttar 100135 logs forrepparttar 100136 outside walls, including fasteners. Roof beams and staircases may be added.

STRUCTURAL SHELL: Shell This package includes everything that's inrepparttar 100137 walls-only package, plus all components necessary to keeprepparttar 100138 weather out, such as exterior doors, windows, andrepparttar 100139 roofing system.

THE COMPLETE PACKAGE: Complete packages also includes interior components required to finish log homes. Such items include interior walls, stairs, closets, interior doors and trim.

9. Circular

The circle isrepparttar 100140 strongest geometrical shape we recognize, and this factor likely influenced builders of circular homes for thousands of years. Prefabricated circular buildings have been built as cabins, studios, homes, offices or community halls and convention centers.

Most of today's prefabricated circular homes and cabins offered acrossrepparttar 100141 country use conventional wood-frame or post & beam construction method. These homes and cabins are ideally suited to takerepparttar 100142 full advantage of locations offering exciting panoramic views, and to incorporate factor ofrepparttar 100143 surroundings intorepparttar 100144 home design.

10. Dome

Geodesic Dome is using triangular networks forming hexagons and pentagons and creating a free-span, spacious environment of spherically shaped structure requiring no internal supports. This results in large flexibility for utilizing interior space to implement floor designs not limited by structural restrictions. Because ofrepparttar 100145 structural strength ofrepparttar 100146 shape,repparttar 100147 domes have a far better record of withstanding tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes than cube-shaped structures of conventional homes. Advantages...

MATERIAL COSTS: Geodesic domes providerepparttar 100148 greatest amount of floor area withrepparttar 100149 least amount of surface area, reducingrepparttar 100150 quantity of needed building material by as much as 30-50%.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: As a result ofrepparttar 100151 shape,repparttar 100152 dome has approximately 30-50% less roof and wall area than cube-shaped home of equal floor space. This results in lesser area being exposed torepparttar 100153 elements, resulting in reduction in heating and cooling costs of dome shaped structures. Also,repparttar 100154 spherical shape ofrepparttar 100155 dome facilitates natural air flow yielding more even temperatures maximizing overall interior temperature comfort.


As a result of complicated angles,repparttar 100156 interior and exterior finishing ofrepparttar 100157 dome (after speedy assembly ofrepparttar 100158 prefabricated shell) is significantly more labor intensive than finishingrepparttar 100159 conventional house. Also,repparttar 100160 finishing work requires highly skilled or specialized tradesmen which might not be available at every location. These factors might present welcoming challenge forrepparttar 100161 skilled handyman/homebuilder, but would create substantial cost outlay if hired labor is considered.

Diane is co-creator of the Prefabricated Homes and Buildings website, PrefabExpo, located on the Internet at and enjoys showing buyers everything that's available to them in the way of Prefabricated homes, cabins and buildings.

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