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Health and safety nightmares
Health and safety nightmares

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) Introduction  Health and safety legislation can be a total nightmare for some contractors, home owners and builders. Recent changes to the legislation have simplified the rules and responsibilities for all projects but people continue to adopt historic names for roles which can add to the confusion.  The CDM Regulations stand for the…

Knocking Down Internal Walls
Knocking Down Internal Walls

  Removing internal walls is a popular way of increasing the flow of natural light in your home and creating a layout that suits your way of life. But there are vital considerations to be made before you start work. Here’s what you need to know.  It can become necessary to remove internal walls during the renovation of an older…

Finding a Good Contractor in Cumbria
Finding a Good Contractor in Cumbria

Finding a good contractor to work in your home, especially if the work is going to require modifications to your existing home, is important.  Aside from the essential issues around the cost and scope of the works, what else is required to be considered when choosing one contractor or builder over another.  The key areas we consider in appointing a contractor or…

Challenging Gender Stereotypes
Challenging Gender Stereotypes

Challenging the gender stereotype in engineering In European languages  ‘engineer’ is often derived from ‘ingenuity’. Being an engineer is using your observation skills, imagination, creativity and problem solving A Carlisle company is working with local schools to challenge gender stereotypes by encouraging girls to consider engineering as a career choice. Kingmoor Consulting, specialists in civil, structural and geotechnical engineering, are…

Modern Building Techniques – ICF (Insulated Concrete Formwork)
Modern Building Techniques – ICF (Insulated Concrete Formwork)

Over the last 12 months, we are seeing an increase in the use of different construction techniques.  Lack of materials and rising costs of labour have resulted in homeowners, developers and builders adopting different projects and techniques to save money.  The first in the series, presents ICF, or to give them their full name Insulated Concrete Formwork. ICF building systems comprise…

Choosing a Designer 
Choosing a Designer 

Getting the design right is key to any project. After all, achieving the perfect home is at the centre of what all homeowners are trying to do. Most yearn to construct something unique and seek something just a little bit different. It’s a common belief that only qualified architects can design a home, but this is not the case. You…