Category: Home Renovation

Design Of A Spa

Indeed, hot tubs are increasingly popular because of their recognized therapeutic benefits. This is why many development projects now include a spa in an area specially designed for relaxation. Being able to enjoy a jacuzzi in its outdoor space is the ideal solution in order to combine happiness, plenitude, and relaxation. To make this area a real little corner of paradise where owners can enjoy it in winter as in summer, it is important to properly assess its location, and above all, choose the type of layout that will harmonize with your style, and that will last in time.

Recessed spa

A trend that we love at landscaping Austin tx! In addition to being aesthetically beautiful, the built-in spa completely blends into the decor. Whether its outline is coordinated with the chosen uni-stone or whether it is embedded in the extension of a wooden terrace, this landscaping idea will certainly charm you!

Several options are possible. First, the spa can be fully recessed in the ground, leaving only the thickness of the cover. Or, it could be recessed a few inches in order to better harmonize the decor or to obstruct the view less. This concept allows positioning almost anywhere in the layout provided there is sufficient space to excavate. You must also provide access to manage the spa mechanics.

Integrated spa

The idea here is to integrate the spa into a terrace or garden area so that it blends perfectly with the decor. In general, and what is most often widespread, the spa will be integrated into the terrace or even the extension of the patio. It can also be integrated into a garden area where the vegetation and landscaping will completely hide the synthetic materials.

Spa pool

For several years now, many swimming pool manufacturers have been offering the design of custom spa integrated into the swimming pool. This option brings a chic side to your layout. Although this option is less expensive than purchasing an independent spa, be aware that this type of spa does not generally have the same technical specifications or the same therapeutic capacities as a spa.

Covered spa

Bad weather will not prevent you from enjoying your spa if it is installed on a covered terrace. Pergola, gazebo, or roof extension, there are more and more options to enjoy the outdoor courtyard regardless of the temperature. A covered space facilitates access to the spa at any time of the year. It will protect you from the hot summer sun as well as from the snow in winter because the integration of a spa into its landscaping is an added value for an outdoor courtyard but, above all, a big plus for the well-being of its user.

Do you want a relaxation area where you can enjoy a spa? Contact us now, and we will make your dream come true!

Do I Contract With A Single Construction Company To Make My House Or For Trades?

There are mainly 2 ways to build a home:

  1. The most common is to entrust all the work to a Construction Company -which will become the Main Construction Company-. This can contribute to its workers and/or subcontract other companies and self-employed workers to carry out the different work items.
  2. If the work is contracted for trades, it is the owner/developer who directly contracts several companies and/or self-employed workers.

In the first case, all companies and freelancers participating in the work depending on the Principal Construction Company. In the second, several companies and freelancers depend on the owner/developer.

Can you save that much by batching?

In most cases, the economic “savings” are much less than what the owners believe.

There are two main things to keep in mind:

  • The price that can be obtained by the main Builder of a subcontractor is going to be better than that which can be obtained by a particular developer who is only going to do one project. In many cases, the contractor’s margin will equal the final price that the developer achieves on his own. Also, in the margin of the contractor, there is planning, coordination, management, etc.
  • The price of the materials also usually varies. When you get a discount on the purchase of a shower tray (for example) of 20%, the Builder will get it off 30%. Also, the construction company will pay 10% VAT on their invoice (if it is the first home), while if you buy the material, you must pay 21%.

Safety and Health at the construction site

Another cost of hiring several companies is the issue of security.

Safety and Health of the different companies

To start, each Construction company must comply with all the applicable regulations in Health and Safety, and in Occudecknal Risk Prevention. Furthermore, it must be complied with both by the company itself (its workers) and by the subcontractors and self-employed workers under its charge.

In other words, this would take care of everything with a single company, including the deficiencies of one of the subcontractors. If you have several companies hired by you, each of them you will have to demand the same as you would demand of only one. Do I contract with a single construction company to make my house or for trades?

Who puts the “common things”?

In work, there are many structures that “everyone will use.” In the absence of the Main Builder, all of them should be put (and paid) by the developer/owner.

It is very easy to tell the Builder that you are “inflating” 20% of the budget of a subcontractor. However, when you count the construction fence’s price, the construction shed with its bathroom, the crane, etc. you realize that in that 20%, there is usually no more than 10% profit.

The coordination of the different trades

With a single construction company, there will be one person in charge – be it the Site Manager or, at least, in charge – of carrying out this coordination. If that figure does not exist because you have contracted the work by trades, you will have to be the one in charge of calling each other, organize them on-site when their works overlap or control that the works are finished to notify the next company of let it in.