Building a new office block
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Building a new office block

We have a big site at work but after the company expanded we were running very short on office space. Most of our accounts team was in a demountable office and they were really hot in summer and cold in winter. It was so much better for the whole team once we got the new office block built on site. This blog talks about the process of building a new office block, including the design and construction of a block for your team. I hope it will be useful for anyone looking to build a new office block on their site.

Building a new office block

How to Increase the Shade on Your Patio

Troy Medina

Having a patio in your backyard provides an excellent space for entertaining, enjoying your garden, and playing with the kids or pets outdoors. Unfortunately, it can be hard to remain comfortable on hot, summer days. To help with this, there are a few ways to add more shade to the patio without having to fence it off completely.

Hang a Fabric Canopy

The first option is a great one because there is a lot of room for customisation. Fabric canopies include a large piece of sturdy fabric that is weather resistant, which can be secured with poles or stakes in the ground. These tend to be able to handle a lot of weather elements, including wind and rain. They are less expensive than some other options, and come in a wide ranges of sizes and colours. You can cover your entire patio with a canopy, or just provide shade in the dining area of the patio, such as where your table and chairs is located.

Get a Retractable Awning

Awnings are a little pricier, but they often last longer an dare more reliable than fabric canopies. With a retractable awning, you can choose whether to keep it opened or closed, depending on the weather and when you are using it. You can leave it closed when the weather will be harsh and don't want it getting damaged, but then open it on hot days when you plan on spending some time in your backyard. With just a push of a button, you control how much sun or shade you want on the patio.

Hang Blinds on the Patio

This is a good option when you have somewhere to hang them from. Blinds are inexpensive, easy to install and make it easy to not only control shade and sun but also to keep the area private when needed. You just need to have somewhere to hang them, whether they are attached to the framework of a covered patio to enclose it almost completely or hanging from the second floor balcony just above your patio.

Plant Flowers and Bushes Near the Patio

If you want to go the simple route, all you really need to do is place large or tall bushes, plants and flowers near the patio until they provide the shade you need. This can either be potted plants on the patio where you want shade, or tall plants and bushes that you plant in the ground of your backyard.