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

Two Tips to Follow When Building Your First Deck

Troy Medina

Here are some tips to follow when building your first deck.

Consider the ways in which you'll use the deck

First and foremost, you'll need to think about what you'll be using the deck for. For example, if you're planning to buy an outdoor hot tub and to place it on the deck after you've built it, you'll need to ensure that the deck is constructed in a way that makes its load capacity significantly higher than the weight of the (probably very heavy) hot tub, as the deck will have to support the weight not only of the tub itself but also of everyone who will be in it.

Additionally, if you'd also like to put a dining table out on the deck, you must ensure that you not only make the deck big enough for both of these features but you must also make sure that there's some room between them so that those emerging from the tub don't bump into or splash water on those sitting around the table. Giving this subject plenty of thought will mean that you'll be less likely to have to extend or rebuild the deck in the future.

Use the best wood you can afford

When you're building indoor features, like a coffee table or a bookcase, you can often get away with making these items with cheap timber, especially if they're mostly decorative. However, when building decks, you must use the best wood your budget will allow you to. This is because an outdoor structure like this will not stay in a usable conditon or continue to look good for very long if it's made out of flimsy timber. The regular exposure to ultraviolet light, the sun's heat, rainwater and cold will result in the deck quickly turning into a faded, warped and rotting item that you might have to tear down or, if you want to keep it, do extensive, costly repairs to.

Furthermore, if you think you might sell your property, making the deck with decent timber might boost your home's value (as long as you build a deck that is also structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing). In contrast, if you use cheap timber to make your deck, and the deck deteriorates as described above, the people who view your property might find this structure off-putting, as they'll assume that they'll have to remove it or repair it if they buy your home.