Monthly archive for ‘ February, 2017 ’

How To Make Your Workplace Geny-Proof

21st February 2017 | Closed

Generation Y is set to become the major party of the global workforce in the next few years. With the transition from GenX to GenY comes unconventional, raw and new ideas on how work places should look and function. Irrespective of whether you are looking to bring in new talent to your organization or just looking for a way to make your business to feel modern and voguish, take a look at these office design ideas revolutionizing office spaces worldwide.

Flexible workspace

Having an office that is stylish, creative and productive is important for GenY employers and employees alike. Today, more individuals prefer their workspaces to become flexible and collaborative. Sitting at a desk from eight to five for five days a week has proven to damage productivity and efficiency. By contrast, flexible workspaces that let you work and move breaks the dullness and boost efficiency. Plan out ‘no work zones’ that are specially designed for a quick break. These areas will encourage spontaneous conversations, promote learning and also spark innovative ideas to take business a step further. This has encouraged business to change their corporate office interior design by incorporating communal areas and flexible work options that’s not limited to traditional desk workstations, to offer a sense of freedom and professionalism.

Minimalist designs

If there is one single thing GenY are growing sick of is having to spend eight hours in dark packed workspaces and messy desks. Minimalist building design, smaller and smarter devices, and wireless technology are comes in handy when solving this problem. Although if an office is small, many workplaces are looking at workstations and furniture options that can cover up the mess while making the workplace look clean and neat. Not only have this made office spaces clean, it makes the place looked attractive.

Natural elements

Gone were the days when office design trends heavily relied on using artificial materials to make workspaces look sterile. Contemporary workplaces consider adding natural elements such as reclaimed wood panels, plants, exposed brick, and floral inspiration is considered to be a norm in contemporary work places. GenY believe in having their workplaces to be both comfortable and relaxing spaces to work in.

Natural lighting

Lighting arrangement at an office matters to millennial. Not only they dislike feeling cluster phobic, they don’t fancy artificial lighting arrangements that makes it look like a sweatshop. Large communal areas with plenty of windows that let natural light flow in is the best way to make an office feel invited.


Your Responsibility As A Home Owner

15th February 2017 | Closed

Sadly many homeowners will try to save money by putting off a professional checkup of their homes but on the long run you could be spending a lot more money by putting it off and if the weakened point at your home has caused a severe injury or death, this is something that you will not be able to take back. Any home will start to decay with time and if you are a home owner, you have the responsibility of having it checked by a professional every few years. There will be small cracks that will start to appear in your home as time goes by and you will not be able to notice these cracks because they are hairline cracks that are rarely visible to the naked eye. A professional structural engineer however will know exactly where to look because his education will tell him which points in your home will start to weaken first. For this reason, it is vital that you have a professional checkup done every few years at any cost because doing so can save you money if a problem is detected early.

Things that need to be done

You will need to have a professional structural engineer do a proper non-destructive testing on your home and structure to check for any potential weakened points or cracks that are not yet noticeable. If these problems are detected early, they can be fixed without you having to spend too much money and this will also be a lot safer for you and your family who are living in the house.

One other method that can be used that might be recommended by your professional structural engineer is pile integrity testing which can help to discover hidden problems in your structure before they even make themselves known.

In fact, you might be able to get all of this done at a lower rate if you register for the same company to come in and do regular testing for your house. It is important of course that you and your family are also very attentive and that you look around your home from time to time to make sure there are no cracks or potential problems in your home. One of the bigger problems that can occur in your home that is not related to structure is your wiring becoming damaged and your electricity becoming short circuited. This can cause you or your family to become electrocuted and the early signs of this are easily identifiable if you know what to look for.


Four Mistakes To Avoid When Installing Skylights

8th February 2017 | Closed

Hiring a professional contractor to install a skylight in New South Wales sounds like a great idea to brighten up a dull room in an eco friendly way. However, there are some common mistakes that people make when it comes to hiring the contractor or selecting the type of skylight. Some common mistakes can be easily avoided by finding out more about installing skylight and taking the time to find a good contractor. There are different types of skylights that are available too and some kinds may not suit the house or room.

Bad Planning

Plan out where and how you will be installing the skylight to get the maximum benefits. Not only can you end up saving money in the long run, but proper placement of the skylight will prevent it from getting damaged by natural elements. The size, type and model of the skylight should enhance the interior of a home, creating a bright and positive atmosphere and be a practical choice too. This might sound like a lot to think about, but you can avoid spending on fixing mistakes or more improvements through better planning. 

Not Considering Different Options 

It is common for any home owner to have their dream home in mind. But selecting the right type of skylight Northern Rivers should be practical enough to avoid issues such as leaking or overheating a room. While a skylight should look good and complement the design of a room, avoid limiting your options only to rectangular skylights when there are domed, tubular or even customised styles available that are much more practical choices.

Not Taking Size and Placement into Consideration

Before even going ahead with skylight dome replacement, find out which size and types would be suitable for your room or office. It is common for size not to be taken seriously since a skylight is less complicated than window, but it is important. For example, a large dimly lit room might look as though a larger skylight above a desk would work best. However, direct sunlight can be uncomfortable as well. But strategically placing two tubular kinds to light up the room can create a better atmosphere.

Making Selections Based On Price

While having a budget and not sweeping out your savings is something important to consider, avoid choosing a contractor or skylight model that is of poor quality. Different types of skylights will differ in terms of price, but you should try to avoid selecting something that would not be practical just because of a lower price. This also includes hiring a good contractor to avoid potential issues.


The Importance Of Living Space

7th February 2017 | Closed

Electrical box enclosures are one of the most important part of any wiring or electrical system. This is why there are local building inspection that are done to make sure everything that is safe and correct. There should be no chances of a situation that can pose risks or danger to the persons who are going to use the home or building. There are factors that any person needs to consider before selecting any electrical box. This includes the materials, shape, the installation process and size. The enclosure can be picked out if it matches the specifications and measurements of the electrical box.

Depending on the electrical box that one has, it is used as the criteria of choosing the enclosure. It’s not possible to try and install the kind of enclosure that is not meant for a certain box. A good example is the junction box that is used for wires that are interconnected but only to each other. These ones are not connected to the outlets. It would not be possible to use an enclosure meant for a different box in the juke. There are outdoor boxes that require better enclosures because full protection from outside elements is needed. There are two methods that are used in making aluminum enclosures. This is just but one type of enclosure because there are several types.

The methods used in making the enclosure made of aluminum include extruding and the other is casting. The ones that are made through casting are limited by size of the box and this cannot be altered. Even with this issue at hand, most people do not consider it to be a problem because the cast enclosures are found in different sizes. There are situations that the application fails to function with the cast enclosures. The aluminum extrusions are used when this happens. With the new innovations and advancements in technology, now there are terminal boxes which are made in varied designs. It’s important that any issue to do with these boxes is handled correctly to avoid any mistakes which end up being costly.

There are situations that can be quite risky when they’re left uncorrected. The results can be fires and even short circuits which damage not only the electrical system but appliances too. There are other mistakes that should be avoided at all costs. These include connecting wires outside of the boxes. When they’re placed on the outside, the result is that accidental damages are bound to happen with the presence of sparks. This is why there should never be too many wires clamped in a box. When there is a loose connection, heat can be expected as well. There are certain situations that are handled by the addition of box extensions. These can either be metal or plastic extensions.

There are plastic junction boxes which are known because of their easy installation. When used in the installation of light fixtures, they serve their functions well. This is part of the reason why they are popular among other junction boxes.