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 Make Even the Most Boring Pool Area Look Welcoming and Inviting

Troy Medina

Having a pool at home is a great way to cool off during a long, hot summer, but you probably won't be able to enjoy your pool area if it looks dull and uninviting. No landscaping, an old fence, and uncomfortable furnishings can all make the pool seem unattractive and not like a place where you want to really relax. Note a few tips for making even the most dull pool area look welcoming and inviting, and then try to incorporate these tips in your own backyard for a great space you and your friends will love.

Consider the fence

A simple hurricane fence is very functional but might also be boring and downright industrial. An older wood fence that is faded or in need of repair can also look bland and dull. To dress up your pool area, choose a fence that's more attractive and durable; for example, wrought iron is classic and dressy and can make your property seem more stately. The powder coating that is added to wrought iron will protect it from rust and corrosion and also give it colour; choose black for something classic, white if you want a more homey look, or a coppery bronze shade for a fence that coordinates with a red brick home.

Stamp and paint the concrete

If you have a concrete pool and surround, don't leave it as is; a concreter can paint and stamp the surface so it looks like natural stone and works to enhance the space. In many cases, even a crisp, white colour on the concrete will keep it from looking overly industrial and dull. You might choose a reddish tint to coordinate with a red brick home, or a slate grey to complement blue aluminium siding.

Check your furniture

If you have run-down or shabby pool furniture, or dull plastic chairs and tables, they won't do much to make the pool seem welcoming and inviting. If you can't invest in new furniture, consider new cushions; you can hide those rundown pieces behind bright, colourful pillows. Metal and wicker furniture can also be painted, and this can make older pieces look brand new.

It also helps to ensure that the furniture is in good repair and very clean; dried pool water or dirt from a recent storm is anything but welcoming on your poolside chairs, as are water spots on acrylic pieces. Take some time to wash down your pool furniture and give them a fresh coat of paint or fresh cushions as needed, and your pool may suddenly seem much more welcoming and inviting overall.