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Category: Structural design

  • 08
    Jun

    Why ADUs are becoming so popular

    The housing crisis is still affecting California, even though job numbers are on the rise, and the economy is on a steady line. This situation is caused by a number of reasons. More and more workers are starting to move to Silicon Valley since California has recently gone through...

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  • 28
    May

    Masonry Construction: Characteristics and Misconceptions

    Masonry construction goes as far as the early days of the millennial construction industry. Being one of the oldest, it is also one of the most popular building techniques. Masonry can serve as the building technique for all types of construction projects, from; residential buildings, to commercial projects such...

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  • 27
    May

    Concrete vs Steel: What You Need to Know

    In the 3rd century BCE, the combination of water with volcanic dust, aggregate, gypsum, or lime by the Romans, made the first-ever concrete mix in history. Fast forward two millenniums later, concrete is a leading construction material in the building industry. On the other hand, steel’s use as a...

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  • 25
    May

    12 Steps Toward a Successful Commercial Construction Process

    Have you found yourself immersed in a confusing landscape of codes and permits, of construction schematics and environmental analyses?  The planning and construction of a commercial building may seem like a daunting process, but it doesn’t have to be if you familiarize yourself with the basic steps and look...

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  • 23
    May

    What is structural design?

    Structural design is a methodical investigation to get the economical specification of a structure or a structural element to carry the predicted load safely. The goal of structural design is to produce structures that can resist applied loads such as wind loads, snow loads, earthquake loads, and permanent or stationary...

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  • 22
    May

    Cross-Laminated Timber – What is it and when does it make sense?

    Early in the 1900s, there weren’t what we call “high rise buildings” today, with the 482’ Strasbourg Cathedral being the world’s tallest building. Other than walking, the use of horses and wind sails as forms of transportation were the norm. The world’s population was less than a billion, recording...

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  • 20
    May

    7 Custom storage solutions to consider while remodeling

    Are you thinking about remodeling your home? Though the thought about having a fresh-looking home can be exciting, the actual work of remodeling can be really stressful. If you don’t have enough space in your home, you will have to hire a moving company to take them to a...

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  • 16
    May

    What is a Soils Report and When is it Required?

    If you intentionally clicked on this post, chances are, your construction or home project needs a soils report. It’s okay to be confused about the procedure, most people are. Usually, most people refer to engineering firms for more insight. However, this article aims to intimate you about the soils...

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  • 08
    May

    Why Landscaping Is A Crucial Part Of A Construction Project

    How often do you think about the landscaping that surrounds you? When you’re sitting at work and notice the gardens outside, or when you’re at home and looking around your back yard or patio. What do you see around you? Are you happy with the land you’ve got to...

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  • 04
    May

    Why Does the City Require a Permit for a Deck?

    You may be thinking about adding a deck to your home and what type of material your deck should be made of. Before you think any further, it is important that you add how your city wants your deck to be built, to your thoughts as well. Now the...

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  • 01
    May

    What Are The Cheapest/Best Ways Old Buildings Can Be Retrofitted To Be Made More Energy Efficient?

    With buildings contributing to almost 40% of the United State’s energy consumption, you would agree with me that it takes a large part of the world’s energy demand. And contrary to popular beliefs, old buildings actually consume more energy than modern or recent buildings. With the continuous increase in...

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  • 28
    Apr

    Homeowner’s training: which non-loadbearing walls can you remove, and where can you add?

    This is an article in a series, where we intend to train homeowners to do basic inspections. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, safety and social distancing is a must. However, that does not mean your construction requirements must be overlooked or paused. Previously, we discussed how you can identify load-bearing walls...

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  • 24
    Apr

    Tiny Homes: The Future of Housing Communities in The U.S.

    This is an article in the series adapting to the pandemic, where we intend to share useful tips for making it through these troublesome times. The 21st century has seen a rise in new architectural styles and a rise in alternative lifestyles that allow people to live mindful of their...

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  • 24
    Apr

    The main benefits of mixed-use buildings

    The United States had numerous mixed-use buildings until the ‘20s. However, these buildings were no longer considered essential or desirable when the automobile was introduced as a primary means of transportation. At the beginning of the ‘80s, numerous engineers and building designers had a desire to stimulate economic growth...

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  • 23
    Apr

    How to Raise the Profile of Your Construction Company

    The construction industry is a competitive industry to work in, and in the current uncertain economic times, the construction industry can be particularly hard hit. With many construction firms all pitching for the same jobs, you may be struggling to attract new business. To safeguard the future of your...

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  • 22
    Apr

    Top 10 Reasons to Redesign Your Kitchen

    The kitchen of a house is considered as the centre or hub of activities. To redesign or remodel the kitchen, a lot of factors need to be considered as it brings a lot of inconveniences; hence it is a significant decision. The kitchen is one of the essential spaces...

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  • 22
    Apr

    How To Manage Your Budget When Building A Home Extension

    Budgeting is so important when you are extending your home because it can be an incredibly expensive project. If you are unable to budget effectively, costs can quickly spiral out of control and you may even find yourself unable to finish the extension due to financial constraints. This is...

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  • 16
    Apr

    How to Run Construction Design Projects Remotely

    This is an article in the series adapting to the pandemic, where we intend to share useful tips for making it through these troublesome times. Businesses in many different industries have transitioned to remote-only operations as we try to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Even for those still open, many...

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  • 15
    Apr

    Contractors: Are You Organized?

    Any small business is right now doing whatever they can to survive. The world is in the middle of a pandemic, so it makes sense that small businesses are worrying right now. Contractors are also panicking that there won’t be enough work for them to survive. It’s a big...

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  • 14
    Apr

    Are Multi-Family Buildings the Future of Housing?

    With enough capital, multi-family buildings are good investment options. This type of housing is continuously gaining popularity for many reasons, begging the question if multi-family buildings are the future of housing? But before we dive into that aspect of this article, it would interest you to know what multi-family...

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