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

2 Renovation Projects That Will Add Character To Your Basic Post-War Bungalow

Troy Medina

The Australian urban landscape is well populated with the post-war bungalows which sprung up en masse during the years following the second world war. During this time, Australia experienced a population explosion due to increased immigration and the urge of the government to have babies for the nation.

These bungalows are solid, provide ample living space and are highly affordable for young families or first-time buyers. While practical, they're also fairly utilitarian. The mass production of housing during this period meant that this style of house is architecturally spartan and lacks features that differentiate them from the multitude of other dwellings that may surround them.

If you've bought a post-war bungalow and you're planning to renovate it, then you're probably planning on adding features and fittings that will modernise and individualise it. Here are two ways that you can add character and aesthetic appeal to your home.

1. Install timber flooring

Unlike homes from early periods of Australian history, post-war homes feature homes that were designed to be cheap and functional. Peeling back the linoleum in the kitchen or the dated carpet in living rooms and bedrooms is more likely to reveal fibro-cement or asbestos sheeting than a beautiful hardwood floor.

Replacing or covering the existing flooring with timber flooring is an excellent way to add character and warmth to your home. Timber flooring is equally suited to modern and colonial-style decor and adds warmth and classic beauty to even the most humble dwelling.

2. Add a deck or verandah

Post-war homes were designed to be functional and economical. For this reason, the majority of them are based on a square or rectangular layout with few defining external features or adornments. You can make your home more aesthetically pleasing by adding a beautiful deck or verandah.

Decks and verandahs serve a dual purpose. They give you the opportunity to add unique and attractive architectural features to the facade of your home. They also provide you with the much coveted outdoor living areas that are generally lacking in post-war bungalows.

Buying a post-war bungalow may not mean that you move straight into a modern and stunning home. However, it does provide you with a solid building block that can be beautified and modernised with some simple, affordable and readily available renovation projects. These projects will transform your basic house into a home that is charming, modern and reflects your personal tastes.