Posted by Tyson at 18 December 2014

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Tax bill includes breaks for renewable energy projects and capital-goods purchases.
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Posted by Tyson at 17 December 2014

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New research out by IBISWorld, points to seven home-related franchise industries that will continue to grow at  rates outpacing the domestic economy over the next five years. That’s because of a number of factors that have combined to make home ownership more attainable than it has been in recent years. As unemployment falls, incomes rise and […]


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Posted by Tyson at 17 December 2014

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Cars in the barnWe’ve always thought of our campus as a special place, and this weekend, it has a special mission.

Our headquarters will be open on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 11-5 and Sunday, Dec 13 from 1-5 as a part of the Independent Presbyterian Church Holiday Home Tour. Funds raised from ticket sales will benefit Children’s Fresh Air Farm.

Since 1923, IPC has operated this summer program for under-served children in the greater Birmingham area. The children have six weeks of reading, writing and mathematics in the mornings, and in the afternoons they enjoy art, music, drama, science and recreational activities, including swimming and physical education. They receive two healthy meals and a snack, many of whom would be without food if not for this curriculum.

The children have responded eagerly to the safe, fun and loving surroundings of the camp filled with many volunteers of all ages and they have also made significant strides in their academic studies. Each child graduates from the program with their school supplies for the upcoming year, a new uniform, and a voucher for new shoes.

Should like to join us for the tour, tickets can be purchased at the door, by calling the church at 933-1830 or at www.ipc-usa.org.

 

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Posted by Tyson at 15 December 2014

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In shift, a six-person board now will lead the firm’s 400-person operation in Britain; M&As change executive roles at several AEC firms
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Posted by Tyson at 14 December 2014

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As the line between marketing and operations continues to fade into the background, many construction companies are looking for ways to keep marketing from slipping to the back burner. According to a Forrester report put out in August 2011, marketing and advertising continue to shift away from traditional venues that have an interruptive focus, to […]


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Posted by Tyson at 14 December 2014

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By Katie Sanner Selling professional services is a complex business. Sure, there are sales basics that are relatively easy to master, like listening to your prospects’ needs, connecting with them on a personal level—all the stuff you learned in Selling 101. But covering the basics isn’t always enough. In a recent research study at Hinge, […]


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Posted by Tyson at 12 December 2014

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Come January 1, 2015, construction contractors operating in California who hire temporary workers can be held liable if the labor contractor doesn’t supply workers compensation, or doesn’t pay wages owed to a temporary worker. It doesn’t matter if the contractor didn’t have knowledge of violations, or even if the contractor and labor supplier are joint […]


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Posted by Tyson at 12 December 2014

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As the Panama Canal expansion heads to the finish line, a Corps of Engineers veteran commander reflects on the project leadership example set a century ago.
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Posted by Tyson at 11 December 2014

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The Australian construction industry is quite competitive and if you want to be successful you need to know where to get information about projects to bid on. Tender authorities package the engineering and architectural documents and make them available to builders who then have a certain amount of time to come up with prices.  The […]


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Posted by Tyson at 10 December 2014

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We’re currently working on a couple of projects that foster a different way of thinking about floor plans and how the home is occupied. In these particular situations, the traditional layout of ground floor common areas and upper floor bedrooms wouldn’t optimize the site or the lifestyle. For a variety of reasons, the floor plans of these residences were flipped in the design phase to place the common areas at the top of the structure and that’s when everything clicked.

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Before we get into the technicalities of inverting the common areas with the bedrooms, let’s review some of the site conditions that commonly lead to this design solution. Like many urban areas, there’s very little land left in Seattle. The available lots are typically on the smaller side, tend to involve an older home in tear-down condition, and are very expensive. Add to these the increasing constraints of the municipal code, (setbacks, lot coverage, etc.,) the fact that neighboring houses are typically uncomfortably close to the property lines, (older setbacks were liberal,) and the desire for a view in the city. All together, these factors lead to a persuasive case that the house volume must go up. With a height limit of 30’ in the City of Seattle, most houses can include three levels. (Four if you’re clever about it, squeeze in a basement, and maximize the height limit). This design model produces houses on the taller side with tidy floor plans. The diagram below maps the four-level Desai Residence in Queen Anne per function, orientation, view, and daylight.

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With a home of three or four stories, it’s no surprise that the top floor has better views and more natural light than the lower floors. But here’s the game changer: in the past, traditional forms of architecture (like the craftsman style) awkwardly tucked the top floor of the house within a gable roof. The A-frame ends of the roof and occasional dormers may have allowed for meager windows, but for the most part, these upper floor spaces lacked view and daylight. These upper floors accommodated dark bedrooms, storage areas and cramped stairways that often involved ducking. The clean lines and flat or shed roofs of modernism, however, allow the inclusion of full height windows on all sides of the structure to capture views and plentiful daylight. Modern design methods are such a significant shift, in fact, that they often allow the top floor of a home to be the most desirable lifestyle experience.

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It could be argued that most people enjoy going to bed with a crisp view of the sunset or waking up with an abundance of sunlight flooding through the windows. But when you study the amount of time most people spend awake in the bedroom it falls dramatically short in comparison with the time spent in the kitchen, dining room, and living room. There is also a privacy advantage in that most neighboring houses have their common areas located at the ground floor; locating the common areas of a new house on top puts some distance between them and a neighbor’s living room window. Lastly, if a roof deck is desired, the access between a top floor common area and the roof deck is straightforward and relatively practical. With key site conditions at play, pushing the common areas up to the top of the house makes sense from an experience perspective but, as you can guess, this move has some lifestyle implications.

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The number one concern with a top floor common area is getting the groceries from the garage to the kitchen. Throw in a couple of kids, grab the mail on the way up, and navigating three or four stories worth of steps becomes a serious workout. The reverse pattern of taking out the garbage involves similar challenges. The four-level Desai Residence (above and below) was designed with a 3’ x 4’ residential elevator to solve these issues.

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There is also the issue of the private bedroom areas being located closer to the entry level of the home. This project designates a specific stair circulation core within the home, so that visitors are directed efficiently up the stairs (or via the elevator) to the top floor common area. Visual cues such as changes in materials also direct guests subtly away from the bedrooms and up to the living room.

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The BUILD Case Study House 2014 uses a similar strategy of locating the common areas on the top of three floors. Bedrooms and bathrooms occupy the middle level and the garage, utilities, and a flex space are located at a partial basement below. The grocery bag dilemma is solved with a handy dumb-waiter in this case, which travels directly from the garage to the top floor.

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In this project, the entry-bedroom privacy concerns are dealt with by locating the stair directly in front of the entry so that you can’t miss it. One quick run of stairs delivers visitors conveniently to the common areas and the bedroom areas stay private.

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Located in Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood, the Case Study House takes full advantage of the floor plan flip and includes a roof deck just a stair flight away from the common areas. The additional eleven feet of height accesses stunning mountain and city views, as well as plentiful sunlight from the southern exposure.

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Inverting the common and private spaces of a residence is an effective and inspiring solution to challenging site conditions. Granted, the flipped plan isn’t for everyone; it requires an open mind and a rethinking of how we all use the home. At BUILD, we like to think of it as another strategy in our design toolbox that enables a home to benefit from the site and create an enjoyable lifestyle.

Cheers from Team BUILD


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Top tips for working in construction

The building contractor business is one of the most pulsating and challenging business ventures. It demands lot of investments in terms of your energy, capital and time that is the main reason why it is very essential that you are passionately interested in this business venture.

With each passing day this arena is facing lot many changes in the techniques, equipments and style of working. You can do yourself a huge favour by seeking the right qualifications in order to have in-depth knowledge about the different dimensions of the construction business. No doubt, the reality picture tends to be different but it is always worthwhile to be well versed with the theoretical aspects in order to focus on the challenges of the actual world of work.

It will also help you in becoming more receptive of the changes and better options. You will be able to embrace the novelty easily if you remain open to its challenging nature. For that you always need to be on your toes and make sure you are well aware of the changing trend. With this attitude you will never lag in the race of being a proverbial in the construction business and lead your company towards excellence and proficiency.

Make sure you have the right tools. It's a poor craftsman who blames his tools, but it's understandable if you can't get the job done because you haven't got the equipment you need. As an example, portable hyundai generators can provide you with power when out in the field

Hence, you should seek this business option only when you think and firmly believe that it is your area of expertise. This will help you in creating better perspective and clear the expectation zone! It is important to be interested and really like the construction work in order to reap better rewards!

Once, you have set your mind in your business endeavours you need to take the first step of launching the construction business. You can also affirm your intensions and visions by joining the trade union. This step can facilitate your functioning as a proficient business venture. Moreover, the formalities, legal procedures, financial liabilities can be sorted by seeking the right guidance and information.

Most importantly, the construction arena is sure to make you more aware and concerned about the safety needs of your workers and employees. Hence, you will be giving lot of importance to safety meetings. These meeting can be taken as the right opportunity to seek awareness about the location and enforcing required rules and regulations. This is why you should never avoid or delay the safety meetings and its significance in your business. The insightful observation when blended with experience can help you get prepared for emergencies also. This also pave the way for better adjustments when require.

It is clear that this business can be crude and demanding in many respects, yet it also creates a very profitable and satisfying venture. In order to get the maximum of your business set up you need to have proper vision and clear expectations. Your attitude and working style is going to determine your success and the heights of your profits. Therefore, it is time that you open yourself to the creative and profitable ideas to ensure that your construction business is a roaring success from now on!