Tower of the Arabs

Burj al-Arab (Tower of the Arabs) is a luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  It is the third tallest hotel in the world (although 39% of its total height is made up of non-occupiable space). Burj Al Arab is nestled in an artificial island 280 meters away from the beach, Jumeirah beach .

The shape of Burj al Arab was inspired by the sail of the ship to reflect Dubai′s seafaring heritage combined with a modern aspect moving forwards into the future.  The luxury hotel sits on a reclaimed land 280 meters offshore

The client wanted a building that would become an iconic or symbolic statement for Dubai; this is very similar to Sydney with its Opera House, London with Big Ben, or Paris with the Eiffel Tower. It needed to be a building that would become synonymous with the name of the country.

Fletcher Construction from New Zealand was the lead joint venture partner in the initial stages of pre-construction and construction. The hotel was built by South African construction contractor Murray & Roberts and Al Habtoor Engineering.

The building opened in December 1999.

The foundation was created on a reclaimed land by driving 230 concrete piles into the sand, each pile was 40 meters (130 feet ) The reclamation of the land from the sea took 3 years, as engineers created a ground/surface layer of large rocks. To avoid the risk of flooding, perforated concrete blocks were mounted on the bedrock in a honeycomb pattern designed to act as a giant artificial ‘sponge’ and reduce the wave impact. Burj Al-Arab experienced an unusual situation where they had to build the foundation without even connecting it to the bedrock. Engineers designed a foundation that relies on skin friction.

 

The façade is covered with two layers of architectural fabric, separated by 60 cm, in order to filter out excessive heat and sunlight.

Burj Al Arab holds only 28 double-storey floors which accommodate 202 bedroom suites. The smallest suite occupies an area of 169 m2 (1,820 sq ft), the largest covers 780 m2 (8,400 sq ft) . Each of the 202 hotel suites consists of two levels, with a curved façade and balcony on the upper floor. These were prefabricated and installed on site into the concrete structure. To achieve adequate stiffness, giant metal trusses with a triangular section, each measuring 85 m long, were used on the exterior side walls. These have the effect of diagonally bracing the two side trusses and the large concrete ‘mast’. These trusses can expand and contract by up to 5 cm in a day, and to accommodate this a special steering linkage rod had to be designed.

The hotel is also notable for its two distinctive restaurants. Al Muntaha (The Ultimate) is 200 m (660 ft) above the Persian Gulf, a C-section design that projects out at 30 m from each side of the central ‘mast’ column. This is supported by a cantilever extending 27 m (89 ft) from either side of the mast, and a series of 1.6 m thick steel beams that fan out from the column towards the restaurant edges.
The Al Mahara (Oyster) features a large seawater aquarium and is accessed via a simulation of a submarine voyage. The wall of the acrylic glass tank is 18 cm (7.1 in) thick to withstand the water pressure.The atrium is 180 m (590 ft) tall. As one of the most luxurious hotels in the world (the only one to have been given the unofficial commendation of ‘7 stars’ by the media), the interior was designed to be palatial  and eclectic 

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10 Movable bridges

A retractable bridge or retractile bridge is a type of movable bridge in which the deck can be rolled or slid backwards to open a gap while traffic crosses, usually a ship on a waterway. This type is sometimes referred to as a thrust bridge.

Bridges play a crucial role in connecting people, places and commodities. Yet as well as being functional, a lot of these structures are designed with an imaginative touch that adds to their surrounding environments. Still, sometimes building such important links over rivers and other waterways can prove especially challenging. And bridges for pedestrian and vehicle traffic may disrupt the movement of ships and barges – which in turn can be bad for business.
To compensate for this, inventive engineers and architects have risen to the challenge, creating a range of movable bridges that are intended to work in harmony with water traffic, causing as little disruption as possible. The following ten movable bridges have all been masterfully engineered, and among them are traditional examples, as well as more unusual designs – some of which even curl and fold.

10. Folding Bridge: Hörn Bridge – Kiel, Germany

Completed in 1997, the Hörn Bridge is a folding bridge located in the north German city of Kiel. Designed by Hamburg-based architecture firm Gerkan, Marg and Partners, the bridge enables pedestrians to cross over from the Norwegian ferry terminal to the city’s primary railroad station. The structure features on a circular tourist route and is known for its unique folding capabilities – as well as the panoramic views it offers.
The Hörn Bridge spans the Kiel Fjord and retracts into an “N” shape, generally once every hour, allowing ships to pass through. The deck of the bridge is over 16 feet wide and is drawn back by two hydraulic drives together with winches. The total length of the construction is 394 feet, while the folding section is 82 feet long and weighs 59.5 tons.

9. Transporter Bridge: Vizcaya Bridge – Biscay, Spain


Vizcaya Bridge stretches 538 feet across the Ibaizabal estuary in the Spanish province of Biscay. The pillars of this elegant structure tower 164 feet above the estuary, helping connect the towns of Portugalete and Las Arenas. Construction on the Vizcaya Bridge began near the end of the 19th century, after the right bank of the river was built up into housing settlements. Yet although a bridge was needed to allow people to get from their homes to their work, it was even more important that it didn’t interfere with the flow of traffic on the river – as about 12 million tons of cargo was exported annually via the waterway. Entwined steel ropes were used in the bridge’s construction, and these were a new invention at the time.
As for the moving and transportation qualities of the Vizcaya Bridge, a gondola is suspended over the river, and this enables people and vehicles to cross rapidly from one side to the other without disrupting water traffic. Visitors can also walk across the top of the bridge, which they access via elevators. Basque architect Alberto de Palacio designed the bridge – which was opened on June 16, 1893 – and it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site on July 13, 2006.

8. Bascule Bridge: Tower Bridge – London, England 

Bascule-Bridge , sometimes referred to as a drawbridge

Due to heavy traffic on the River Thames, no bridges were built east of London Bridge for quite some time. However, by the second half of the 19th century, the population in the east of the city had grown so much that a new river crossing became essential. After eight years of construction, the iconic bridge was officially opened – on June 30, 1894. The project involved five leading contractors and 432 construction workers. At the time, Tower Bridge was the biggest and most advanced bascule bridge in the world.
The central spans of the bridge were originally raised by steam-powered hydraulics, but since 1976 they have been lifted using electricity-powered oil hydraulics. Nowadays, Tower Bridge is a tourist hotspot in London, and visitors can enjoy amazing views from the structure’s high walkways – 143 feet above the Thames at high tide – and learn about its history at the Tower Bridge Exhibition.

7. Curling Bridge: The Rolling Bridge – London, England 


Also located in London, the smaller but no less impressive Rolling Bridge is a pedestrian bridge built to extend over an inlet of the Grand Union Canal in the Paddington Basin area of the British capital. In order to allow a boat to moor in the inlet, it was vital that the bridge be movable. The innovative and aesthetically pleasing structure was the brainchild of British designer Thomas Heatherwick and was constructed by Littlehampton Welding Ltd. Structural design practice Packman Lucas also played its part, as did SKM Anthony Hunts.
Technically speaking, it’s more of a curling bridge than a rolling bridge, because it coils up into an octagonal shape at the edge of the canal. The bridge is 39 feet long and is divided into eight triangular-shaped hinged sections that are controlled by a series of hydraulic cylinders. The bridge was completed in 2004 and won the British Structural Steel Award in 2005. It also picked up 2005’s Emerging Architecture Award. Heatherwick’s Rolling Bridge is believed to be the only curling bridge in the world.

6. Swing Bridge: El Ferdan Railway Bridge – Suez Canal/Ismailia, Egypt 


The El Ferdan Railway Bridge, also known as the Al-Firdan Bridge, extends over the Suez Canal, close to the city of Ismailia in the northeast region of Egypt. The bridge connects mainland Egypt with the Sinai Peninsula, and measuring 1,100 feet in length, it’s the world’s longest swing bridge. Both sides of the structure pivot on piers when it’s opening or closing, and thanks to a pair of electric slewing drives, it takes a total of 30 minutes to fully open.
Unlike other bridges on this list, the El Ferdan Railway Bridge stays open for water traffic, and it’s only closed to allow trains to cross the canal. A consortium of Belgian, German and Egyptian companies designed and built it, and construction was completed in 2001 at a cost of roughly $80 million. The bridge was officially opened on November 14, 2001.

5. Retractable Bridge: Helix Bridge – London, England 


The Helix Bridge (not to be confused with the Helix Bridge in Mariana Bay, Singapore) is a small retractable pedestrian bridge, and another that crosses the Grand Union Canal in the Paddington Basin area of London. This unique structure retracts like a corkscrew, which is slightly unusual because most retractable or thrust bridges draw straight back instead of twisting.
The Helix Bridge was built as part of a 2000 scheme to revitalize the Paddington Basin area, which had fallen into disrepair in spite of its closeness to central London. The bridge was the work of international engineering consultants Buro Happold and sculptor Marcus Taylor, and it was completed in 2004. Size-wise, it’s almost 24 feet long and just over 11 feet in diameter. Part of the challenge during the design process was ensuring that the glass and its adhesive bonds could withstand the stress caused whilst the bridge was in use. Interestingly, the advantage of a retractable bridge is that it does not obstruct any part of the waterway when space is tight.

4. Table Bridge: Pont Levant Notre Dame – Tournai, Belgium

Pont Levant Notre Dame (not to be confused with Pont Notre-Dame across the river Seine in Paris) is a movable table bridge located in Tournai, Belgium. In fact, the construction is a prime example of a table bridge – allowing barges traveling up and down the waterway to pass underneath.
The term “table bridge” derives, unsurprisingly enough, from the fact that the raised bridge looks like a table, and these structures are raised and lowered by hydraulic pillars (visible beneath the right-hand side of the bridge in the photo above). Unlike some other bridge types, table bridges are space-efficient and don’t have a big visual impact on the surrounding area, which is a definite advantage. When lowered, Pont Levant Notre Dame allows both pedestrians and vehicles to cross the river.

3. Submersible Bridge: Poseidonia and Isthmia – Corinth Canal, Greece

While other bridges over waterways tend to lift or draw back to allow boat traffic to pass through, two bridges at either end of the Corinth Canal in Greece employ a much more unusual strategy. Instead of lifting, the bridges submerge beneath the water’s surface to the bottom – and a depth of 26 feet – letting water traffic pass above them. The bridges are located at the harbors of Isthmia and Poseidonia and were installed in 1988.
Although submersible bridges restrict the draft (the distance between the waterline and hull) of boats passing through, there’s no limitation when it comes to vessels’ heights. This is especially useful with regards to sailboats, which might otherwise be limited by their tall masts and rigging. Reportedly, the bridge takes between 20 and 30 minutes to lower into the water.

2. Tilt Bridge: Gateshead Millennium Bridge – Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Officially opened on May 7, 2002, Gateshead Millennium Bridge is an elegant structure in Newcastle upon Tyne in northeast England. The bridge spans the River Tyne, connecting the north bank of the river with the cultural and arts quarter on the south bank, known as Gateshead Quays.
This award-winning bridge was designed for cyclists and pedestrians by architectural firm Wilkinson Eyre along with structural engineer company Gifford as part of a community regeneration scheme. Hydraulic rams power the mechanism of the bridge, and rather than lifting or folding, the bridge rotates upward around fixed endpoints to enable boats to travel underneath. Gateshead Millennium Bridge is 413 feet long and is the first bridge of its kind in the world. The curvature of the bridge is vital, as it allows for sufficient clearance beneath, yet this shape makes it unfeasible for cars to travel along the top.

1. Vertical Lift Bridge: Pont Gustave-Flaubert – Rouen, France 

The pylons of French vertical lift bridge Pont Gustave-Flaubert tower an impressive 282 feet above the River Seine in Rouen, Upper Normandy, making it the world’s highest lift bridge. Construction began in June 2004, and the bridge was opened on September 25, 2008. Impressively, it allows enough vertical clearance for sailboats and cruise ships to pass beneath it on their way to the city center.
A butterfly-shaped pulley system lifts the bridge’s dual decks to a total height of 180 feet in a mere 12 minutes. When lowered, the structure sits 23 feet above the river – high enough to let barges to pass underneath without difficulty. A consortium of designers and architects  developed the bridge.

 

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    CONCRETE FRAMED STRUCTURES A concrete frame is a common form of structure, comprising a network of columns and connecting beams that form the structural ‘skeleton’ of a building. This grid of beams and columns is typically constructed on a concrete foundation and is used to support the building’s floors, roof, walls, cladding and so on. Beams are the horizontal load-bearing members of the frame. They are classified as either: Main beams: Transmitting floor and secondary beam loads to the columns; or Secondary beams: Transmitting floor loads to the main beams. Columns are the vertical members of the frame and are the building’s primary load-bearing element. They transmit the beam loads down to the foundations.  LOADS Structural analysis is a very important part of a design of buildings and other built assets such as bridges and tunnels, as structural loads can cause stress, deformation and displacement that may result in structural problems or even failure. The building regulations require that structures must be designed and built to be able to withstand all load types that they are likely to face during their life-cycle. These loads include: DEAD LOADS  The downwards forces on the building coming from the weight of the building itself, including the structural elements, walls, facades, and the like. They are also known as permanent or static loads, they are  predominantly associated with the weight of the structure itself LIVE LOADS The downward force on the building coming from the expected weight of the occupants and their possessions, including furniture DYNAMIC LOADS these occur commonly in bridges and similar infrastructure and are the loads created by traffic, including braking and accelerating loads. ENVIRONMENTAL LOADS Environmental loads may act on a structure as a result of topographic and weather conditions. Wind loads- This is a very important design factor, especially for tall buildings, or buildings with a large surface area Burj Khalifa the tallest building on the planet is designed in such a way that it withstands wind loads  ALSO READ : CHINESE GHOST TOWN The roof pitch is designed to withstand snow loads Snow loads - The shape of a roof is a particularly important factor in the magnitude of the snow load. Snow falling on a flat roof is likely to accumulate, whereas snow is more likely to fall of a steeper the roof pitch  Thermal loads - All materials expand or contract with temperature change and this can exert significant loadson a structure. Expansion joints can be provided at points on long sections of structures such as walls and floors so that elements of the structure are physically separated and can expand without causing structural damage.   CLADDING  Cladding - components that are attached to the concrete frame of a building to form non-structural, external surface. This is as opposed to buildings in which the external surfaces are formed by structural elements, such as masonry walls, or applied surfaces such as render.  Glass cladding   ALSO READ : SMART HOMES Whilst cladding is generally attached to the structure of the building, it typically does not contribute to its stability. However, cladding does play a structural role, transferring wind loads, impact loads, snow loads and its own self-weight back to the structural framework. Since concrete has little tensile strength, it generally needs to be reinforced. Rebar, also known as reinforcement steel (or reinforcing steel), is a steel bar or mesh of steel wires used to strengthen and hold the concrete in tension. To improve the quality of the bond with the concrete, the surface of the rebar is often patterned. Concrete frames can be precast (manufactured off-site) or cast on site. PRECAST CONCRETE  Precast concrete is a form of concrete that is prepared, cast and cured off-site, usually in a controlled factory environment, using reusable moulds. Precast concrete elements can be joined to other elements to form a complete structure. It is typically used for structural components such as; wall panels, beams, columns, floors, staircases, pipes, tunnels, and so on. Precast concrete frames are typically used for single-storey and low-rise structures. The concrete members transported to the site where a crane then lifts and places them into position to construct the frame FORMWORK Concrete members can be formed on site with the use of formwork. This is a temporary mould into which concrete is poured. Traditional formwork is fabricated using timber, but it can also be constructed from steel, glass fibre reinforced plastics and other materials. Shuttering is perhaps the most popular type of formwork and is normally constructed on site using timber and plywood. SLIP FORMWORK  Slip form is a method of construction in which concrete is poured into the top of a continuously moving formwork. As the concrete is poured, the formwork is raised vertically at a speed which allows the concrete to harden before it is free from the formwork at the bottom..  Slip form is most economical for structures over 7 storeys high such as bridges and towers, as it is the fastest method of construction for vertical reinforced concrete structures, but it can also be used for horizontal structures such as roadways.   click on the banner above and win big with construction web      
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This immense strength is of great benefit to buildings.  The other important feature of steel framing is its flexibility.  It can bend without cracking, which is another great advantage, as a steel building can flex when it is pushed to one side by say, wind, or an earthquake.  The third component of steel is its plasticity or ductility.  This means that when subjected to great force, it will not suddenly crack like glass, but slowly bend out of shape.  This property allows steel buildings to bend out of shape, or deform, thus giving warning to inhabitants to escape.  Failure in steel frames is not sudden - a steel structure rarely collapses.  Steel in most cases performs far better in an earthquake than most other materials because of these properties. However, one important property of steel is that it quickly loses its strength in a fire. At 500 degrees Celsius (930 degrees F), mild steel can lose almost half its strength. This is what happened at the collapse of the World Trade Towers in 2001. Therefore, steel in buildings must be protected from fire or high temperature; this is usually done by wrapping it with boards or a spray-on material called fire protection.    PRIME EXAMPLES STEEL FRAME STRUCTURES  Steel construction is most often used in  High rise buildings because of its strength, low weight, and speed of construction Industrial buildings because of its ability to create large span spaces at low-cost Warehouse buildings for the same reason Residential buildings in a technique called light gauge steel construction Temporary Structures as these are quick to set up and remove TYPES OF STEEL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION There are several types of steel building construction. Steel construction is also called steel  fabrication. Conventional Steel Fabrication is when teams of steel fabricators cut members of steel to the correct lengths and then weld them together to make the final structure. This can be done entirely at the construction site, which is labour-intensive, or partially in a workshop, to provide better working conditions and reduce time. Bolted Steel Construction occurs when steel fabricators produce finished and painted steel components, which are then shipped to the site and simply bolted in place. This is the preferred method of steel construction, as the bulk of the fabrication can be done in workshops, with the right machinery, lighting, and work conditions. The size of the components is governed by the size of the truck or trailer they are shipped in, usually with a max length of 6m (20ft) for normal trucks or 12m (40ft) for long trailers. Since the only work to be done at the site is lifting the steel members into place (with cranes) and bolting, the work at the site is tremendously fast. Pre-engineered buildings are an example of bolted steel construction that is designed, fabricated, shipped and erected by one company to the owner. Light Gauge Steel Construction is a type of construction that is common for residential and small buildings in North America and parts of Europe. This is similar to wood framed construction, except that light gauge steel members are used in place of wood two-by-fours. Light gauge steel is steel that is in the form of thin (1-3mm) sheets of steel that have been bent into shape to form C-sections or Z-sections. WEIGHT OF STEEL FRAME STRUCTURES Consider a single storey building measuring 5 x 8m (16 x 26ft). Let us first construct this in concrete, with four columns at the corners, beams spanning between the columns, and a 150mm (6") thick concrete slab at the top. Such a structure would weigh about 800 kg/m2, or 32 Tons (32,000 kg) in total. If we build this of steel instead, with a sloping roof covered with corrugated metal sheeting with insulation, this would weigh only about 65 kg/m2. The steel framed building will weigh only 2.6 Tons (2,600 kg). 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    In the 21st Century, shipping containers are being used more frequently for architecture than they are for actual shipping, It is just an opinion. There are several reasons why shipping container housing has grown in popularity. The houses are  1.Cost-effective  The general consensus is that shipping container homes are cheaper to build than conventional housing. The budget really depends on the situation, but shipping containers reduce costs dramatically in areas where it’s difficult to erect regular housing, such as sloping blocks of land. 2. Eco-friendly One of the biggest pros of building a shipping container home, Whilst you could argue that melting down the shipping container and recasting the steel into something else is more environmentally friendly, you would be wrong. Recasting steel requires an incredible amount of energy and it isn’t financially viable- this is why there are so many abandoned shipping containers in the world. 3. Speedy to build Shipping container homes can be built incredibly fast, They can be built offsite then shipped to your Land.  The best example of this is a college in Holland wanted an additional accommodation for incoming students, So they decided to build a block of shipping container homes out of 250 containers. The shipping containers were modified in China and then shipped to Amsterdam. In total around 5 shipping containers were stacked each day. This means that in less than 12 weeks they had successfully built 250 shipping container homes! The reason for this is that when you purchase a shipping container, you already have the walls, floor and ceiling for your home; you just need to apply insulation and decorate them! But some architects say the trendy metal boxes have major flaws and are not worth the hype   It’s hard to believe this Grand Designs featured home is constructed out of four shipping containers. Architect Patrick Bradley chose to use cargo containers for the house located on his farm in Northern Ireland, as a way to bring down the cost. Contractor: I know that one of the hardest things to do when building a shipping container home is to find a building contractor who has experience. You want a contractor with experience so they will be able to advise you and guide you throughout the process. READ MORE:  Movable Minimalist House   Products shipped: Used shipping containers can have high levels of chemical residue – they are coated with lead-based paint to withstand ocean spray. Containers’ structural integrity can also be compromised if they are dented.    Structural issues: A shipping container is very strong at the corners, but the roof is not that strong, so typically you need to build another roof over it Space and shape are quite limiting in containers and can quickly be consumed by plumbing Follow us behind the scenes   @constructionweb
  • Nairobi city and Co-working spaces
    Around 10 years ago coworking spaces began opening up to offer affordable office space solutions to startups and freelancers, but recently much larger tech firms have been jumping in. Companies are now looking for the benefits of locating in these shared office environments. As a result, big media conglomerates and newly crowned tech giants have been moving employees to coworking and incubator spaces.   Arbor House Business Centre. along Arboretum Road Nairobi Well, this is Happening all over the world but In The safari Capital Of Africa, Nairobi Coworking spaces are mushrooming all over the city, Beautiful spaces that we will be looking at them soon. Currently, Large corporations are partnering with coworking spaces to support innovation and idea exchanges. Tech giants such as Verizon, IBM and Microsoft are now testing coworking spaces to be near innovative startups. The twig Co work at West End towers in Waiyaki way Corporations are forming partnerships with coworking spaces, thereby making it easier for them to stay on top of technological innovations and top talent. They want to keep an ear to the ground when it comes to potential disruptions in their industry, and they need to closely monitor potential acquisition targets. Renting space in coworking spaces can help them check all of the boxes: Attract top talent, monitor competition, and find acquisition targets. Here are a few examples of partnerships in the past couple of years  This is the new wave jump on the bandwagon and save big!  Nairobi’s startup scene is taking off, and community workspaces are revving up its fame as East Africa’s cosmopolitan hub.  These coworking spaces are not the run-of-the-mill startup campuses you would expect to find anywhere else in Africa. If you are an up-and-coming startup or small business looking to get noticed, there is no better place to make those connections happen. One trend coming out of coworking spaces, like The Mint Hub ,  The Twig,  AHBC,  Workstyle Africa is integrating incubators into their business development strategies. By offering space and an environment with resources, they are able to cater and retain members who are launching startups.   The Mint Hub The demand for shared office coworking spaces is surging in the Nairobi and around the world, with several mega corporates over this past year deciding to jump into the game. So why would you start a business and rent an overpriced office space in town?   catch you on the next one!  Sharing is caring   
  • House Review
    Strategic placement of any building becomes paramount when it comes to a large site. This was the case with the 2.5-acre site for a new farmhouse in Chhattarpur, New Delhi, where the land was exceptionally narrow and deep. The narrowness of this west facing plot was challenging because placing the built mass either in front or at back resulted in enormous, wasteful lawns at the other ends. Besides, the presence of an adjoining old three storey residential building to the north with an array of servant rooms situated on its terrace looking into our site, made it imperative to place our building parallel to this adjoining block such that there is no visibility of this mammoth structure from the south courtyard of our building.  The main mass of the building was designed along the length to counter the linearity of the plot and was positioned towards the north side creating a south facing court and avoiding ‘over-looking’ issues from the neighbours. The south court was flanked with the formal living and bar to the west with the gymnasium/ den area to the southeast corner. This resulted in an intimate court adjoining the informal lounge of the house. The initial planning provided for a pool positioned in the court next to the gym block but was later shifted to the northeast of the building on client’s behest. The main building being linear along the north and the formal area located in the south-west spanning the width of the plot resulted in an ‘L’ shaped typology. What it helped do was to segregate the formal front lawns with the more intimate central courtyard. Placing the living room between these open zones gave the user a benefit of clubbing these areas for larger gathering. The architectural vocabulary of the building was actually generated with the response to its orientation. The front of the house facing west is either expanse of solid white planes or timber louvres provided in front of openings with glass. The entrance of the house is flanked with a granite-clad stone wall that directs the movement towards the main door. An elegant steel and wood canopy projects out over the entry. The bar, located at the other end from the entrance, was cladded with same stone and it wrapped around onto the side facing the internal courtyard. The master bedroom sat on top of the bar and precariously cantilevered out towards the court. High roof of the master bedroom balcony provided an unobtrusive view of the courtyard and poolside area with the rear lawn. An open verandah was designed outside formal living with louvers on the roof protecting the length of the glass from direct evening sun.   Compositionally, there is a subtle balance between the solid and void that has been created to the front of the house. Towards the south court, the glazing has been maximized on the ground floor with adequate shade being provided by the building mass projecting out on the first floor.  The staircase was custom-designed and fabricated out of steel and timber and is placed along a full height transparent wall in the entrance atrium which faces north. This glass and aluminum skin turns horizontal at the top and becomes part of the roof.   Source : Home Adore
  • TIPS ON EXTERIOR DESIGNS
    Never underrate the importance of a first impression! Home exteriors are the very first thing next-door-neighbour, guests and prospective clients see, so you want your exterior home design to impress. Whether you are considering an exterior renovation to upgrade your curb appeal and resale value, or simply want to enhance your home’s artistic and ambience, choosing the right exterior design for your home is an important undertaking. If you are building, this conception stage begins with choosing a good architectural firm that designs your new house then proceed to buy materials.  When exploring various exterior ideas, it is important to remember there are different phases of a home exterior makeover. Exterior remodelling is not much different than interior design — both projects require careful consideration of all the components involved. If you're starting from scratch, browse exterior photos from our Instagram and determine what kind of home exterior design ideas you are drawn to, Another option is to check out Maramani House Plans Once that's decided, consider materials and colours  Your overall home and neighbourhood style will generally guide these selections, but your personal taste and resale ability should also be taken into consideration. When this phase is complete, you can then move on to researching exterior decorating ideas! Adding some finishing touches to the facade, like exterior shutters, always guarantees a personalized, lived-in look, whereas something like exterior lighting is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Which home exterior design style will work for me? There is a huge range of exterior designs to choose from Maramani — whether you're a traditionalist, minimalist or trendsetter, there is an architectural style that will work for you. What exterior house colours and materials should I use? The materials you end up using for your exterior design are often determined by the overall style of the house. When perusing exterior ideas for more traditional homes, you’ll notice that exteriors are usually comprised of brick and wood shingles, while stone and metal siding are popular contemporary options for more modern homes. If you’re on a tight budget, vinyl siding is a more affordable option; if money is not an issue, a stone is beautiful but will cost quite a bit more. Although there is some leeway in the materials you use, be sure they accurately reflect your home’s overall style.  If you're not quite ready for a full-on renovation, there are still several exterior ideas … Simple things like changing up the trim and paint colours will make a noticeable impact — try to pick a neutral primary colour, like beige, brown or grey. If you want to stray from the norm with bright accents, try painting your front door or garage door something bright, such as red, green, blue or yellow. As you consider various exterior decorating ideas, you’ll notice that less is more; a few decorative elements spice up your home's architectural style but too many can make your exterior design look cluttered and chaotic. House numbers are a great way to add personality; you can try a unique font or brighter colours for a different look When the holiday season rolls around, don't forget about decorations! Landscaping is also key to a well-designed exterior, so choose plants and hardscaping that will play nicely with the decor to provide a welcoming look.
  • DUPLEX APARTMENTS INTERIOR DESIGN
    It is Wednesday, Interior design is the theme but if you are bubbly enough Interior Wednesdays it is, Anyway Can you tell your duplex from your two-floor apartment without getting your mezzanine in a twist? Well, a duplex apartment is a dwelling unit spread over two floors, such apartments are connected by an inner staircase. Here is a good example, Just after the nook, the entryway features contemporary furniture   The modern stairs feature glass panes replacing traditional balustrades, under the stairs storage compartments are fitted  Comfortable contemporary furnishings provide ample seating for relaxing on one’s own as well as visiting with guests. The backsplash is graced by light brown tiles to cap it all it is illuminated by LED lights State of the art circular bathtub
  • TECH TUESDAY ; WALABOT REVIEW
    Not Long ago, The year 2000 or thereabouts construction workers especially renovators and remodelling workers faced a myriad of challenges one of the challenges is messing up with clients electric wiring or mechanical pipes. This forced guys to bring down an entire wall to fix something that was not on the work schedule.   Then in 2014, Things changed for the better,  A startUp company introduced  Walabot, Focused on advanced imaging capabilities, Walabot lets users see through solid objects, like walls and create 3D images. The gadget tailored to DIYers, house renovators, construction, electrician and anyone who wants to have an easy way to make their home better. Walabot is growing, and after review understandably so, it acts as lifesavers for the construction workers everywhere.  Walabot’s rivals locate framings by using a magnet which then locates a nail in the framing but what happens if the nail wasn’t hammered into the centre of the stud? Things might go south! Walabot covers all those weaknesses It is among the first firms to use RF detectors to create 3D images. The device has the capability to see 4 inches (10cm) deep behind a drywall or concrete. it can detect normal things which you would expect behind a wall like frames, wiring and pipes. The device can help you see leaks, broken pipes, structural damage to your foundation and even detect little-unwanted guests like rodents. Walabot only works with Android phones, Apple phones will have to wait for their launch. I found out this is the only drawback it has.   Check out the video, below for better comprehension     
  • TILE INSTALLATION GUIDE
    A ceramic tile will outperform and outlast nearly any other floor covering product created for the same application. Here at constructionweb, I lead you to the choice of tiles to layout and grouting.  When it comes the selection of tiles, A lot comes into play this includes;  SELECTION OF TILES  Material -  Tile materials are porcelain, ceramic, brick, marble, laminate, slate, mosaic and vinyl. All these materials are available in many colours and price ranges. Installation - Rooms such as the living room and kitchen require tough tiles that will last for long. Kids bedroom require tiles that will stand up to abrasion and heavy use as well.   Durability - While some tiles are resistant to wear and tear, some other options such as granite and marble may be prone to cracks and staining. Before tile selection, carefully consider the foot traffic in the intended area of installation Resistance to water- In areas of installation such as the kitchen and bathroom floors, some of the better options for tiles are materials such as marble, granite, mosaic or ceramic. However, you must also remember that the smooth finish on marble and granite can increase the chances slipping. Slip resistant tiles are the best option.  Hardwood and laminate are not good choices for the kitchen or bathroom  Picture: Bathroom designs the USA Resistance to chemicals -  Slates are hardy  tiles and the best choice for areas with chemical handling  Maintenance- The ease of cleaning or maintenance should be put into consideration, Ceramic tile is long-lasting and relatively easy to maintain. Glazed ceramic tile is generally resistant to stains, water, fire and dirt, and can be cleaned up with a damp mop or sponge and common household cleaners.  Unglazed porcelain tile is popular for its natural look and chameleon properties, it is slightly more difficult to maintain and requires extra sweeping and damp mopping to prevent staining. Pricing - Well, the price should be in your budget  Availability - In case of tile breakage long after installation,  A similar tile should be readily available at the local depots  GROUT  Grout simply is a sealant used to lock the tiles tight, keeping water out and bonding the tiles together preventing the edges from chipping and cracking. Grout helps in controlling the functionality and durability of tiles and plays a major role in the day-to-day maintenance and the overall longevity of your tiles. There are three methods when it comes to choosing the most suitable grout : Matching grout Matching the grout colour to the tile colour makes the grout lines less noticeable and therefore the tile itself is accented. This is the best option if you have over-the-top beautiful tiles with a basic layout.  Contrasting grout Picture: Homesteady A conflicting grout colour and tile colour will emphasize both the design and layout of the tiles, rather than the tile itself. Grout is a whole other design decision, therefore, gives it the consideration it deserves. Neutral grout A neutral grout produces an appearance somewhere in between matching and contrast. Guess who lacked a clear explanation of this  EXTRA TILE TIPS When dealing with mismatched tiling, don't vary the size, shape or colour palette and vice versa — always have a single consistent feature. Though tile is durable and long-lasting, you may need to replace broken floor tiles occasionally. If you didn't save spares from the initial installation, there are a few options. Thank you for reading, Do have a great day ahead  
  • Why Kenyans Needs to invest in solar energy
    Last night Kenya and Uganda were plunged into darkness following a blackout in major towns. The power outage comes months after a similar blackout was experienced in Kenya but this time Kenya went down with Uganda.  Kenya power and The utility firm in Uganda confirmed on their twitter.  It just about the time we invest in solar farming and other sources of renewable energy, I thought should highlight the benefits of solar energy because it is readily available.  READ: SMART FLOWER SOLAR PANELS There are many reasons why you should go solar, but improving the environment and cutting energy costs are the most common. Whether your motivations for going solar are economic, environmental, or personal here is why you should go solar.  Reduce your electric bills  Increase your property value - Realtors whose homes are fully equipped with solar systems are rated highly in the price tags  Protect the environment - Solar is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. The burning of fossil fuels releases harmful toxins into the earth’s atmosphere, and drilling for geothermal energy could lead to earthquakes. However, one of the most important benefits of solar energy is that it does not harm the earth. Sustainability - The sun generates 10,000 times more energy than the earth needs annually and using this energy does not affect the performance of the sun therefore solar energy is a clean source of energy that has a much lower environmental impact than conventional energy technologies. Finally, One of the benefits of solar energy that many people appreciate the most is that it is available off the national grid. In other words, people can become self-sufficient and enjoy all of the power they need for their homes and businesses and avoid all this mess of national blackouts.   Always remember technology does not cost money it saves money.  VIDEO
  • What is Green Building ?
    Welcome to another blog post from Construction web, catch us each and every day of 2018, Keeping you inspired at the same time updated in the construction world. Each Friday, Spotlight on green building and reviews. But on this first Friday lets talk green building  Green building refers to the structure and the application of processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle, from conception through completion to demolition. This requires close cooperation of the contractor, the architects, the engineers, and the client at all project stages.  Most countries have a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings or rather an authoritative body that governs and checks compliance of local buildings. The common objective of green buildings is to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by: Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity  Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation   SMART FLOWER SOLAR PANELS SMART HOUSES THE STATE OF THE REAL ESTATES Examples of green technology subject areas: Energy Perhaps the most urgent issue for green technology, this includes the development of alternative fuels, new means of generating energy and energy efficiency. Green building Green building encompasses everything from the choice of building materials to where a building is located. Environmentally preferred purchasing  Innovation involves the search for products whose contents and methods of production have the smallest possible impact on the environment and mandates that these be the preferred products for government purchasing. Green chemistry The invention, design application of chemical products and processes to reduce or to eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. Green nanotechnology Nanotechnology involves the manipulation of materials at the scale of the nanometer, one billionth of a meter. Some scientists believe that mastery of this subject is forthcoming that will transform the way that everything in the world is manufactured. “Green nanotechnology” is the application of green chemistry and green engineering principles to this field. Well, that's it for today Make sure to pass by our Instagram page for amazing giveaways  Click on the banner to follow us
  • Exterior Designs ( Thursdays)
    From traditional houses to contemporary houses learn about the most popular home styles, their history and the key elements of each style only on www.constructionweb.co.ke each and Every Thursday Building your own house is quite possibly the most exciting and rewarding endeavour for anyone to undertake. And it all starts with the perfect home design. I am here to help ensure that you get off to a perfect start! Just in case you were wondering why you should subscribe to our blog  The fun part of designing your new house is the exterior style. You will not need to do more calculating. It is just time to have fun choosing a style that you like.  The style chosen should usually blend in with the other homes in the community and region. Even though the style fits in with the other homes within the community, you can still customize it to reflect your taste.  As a safety factor, consider the resale value of the home with the exterior style that you choose. This may be an important value consideration if the time comes that you decide to sell the home. The two most prevalent styles on the market today are traditional and contemporary.   ALSO READ  SMART HOUSES Top 5 construction Trends Traditional houses are considered simple. They usually have small-paned or mullioned windows spaced symmetrically.  They vary  from location or even countries  Contemporary designs came to break the rules,  They have no particular shapes, they have large amounts of glass, shuttered windows, decorative trims, and roof lines that range from flat to very steep. Siding is vertical or horizontal wood, stucco, or masonry. Contemporary does not really have any style rules.  Well that's it,  the introductory blog it is, please pass by next Thursday for more updates on exterior design Thanks for reading   Click on the banner below  to Follow us on Instagram to see more of contemporary designs 
  • Interior Wednesday
    Interior Wednesdays | January 3, 2018, | @constructionweb Today, more than ever, the beauty of natural stone is a designer's favourite choice, architects and homebuilders agree as well. Natural stone tiles are fast becoming the flooring and walling material of choice. A stone wall is a great way to add a feature to your home that will make it stand out and unique. It is a great idea to introduce texture and nature inspiration too. Moreover, it is not necessary that you have to build a stone wall in a rustic setting of an interior design.Natural stone is a dynamic and versatile product that can be used in both traditional and contemporary buildings. Widespread types of stones used in interior design: limestone, sandstone, brick, slate and coral stone. I have discovered a roundup that features stone walls used in many different ways. ALSO READ :   WINDOW TREATMENT IDEAS KITCHEN FLOORING TRENDS CONTEMPORARY KITCHENS   STONEWALLED BATHHOUSE    Stonewalled bathhouse Both stones and plants are creations of nature, so they look great together. FLOOR TO CEILING FIREPLACE SURROUND    Accentuating seams in contrasting hue will emphasize bold patterns of natural stone. You will get a better effect if stones vary in sizes and shapes. If your room is not spacious enough, consider decorating only a part of the wall with natural stone in order not to overload an interior. Believe me, even the small part of a stone decorated wall will guarantee the same effect as the full wall. WELL LIT  NOOKS  Proper lighting will intensify the wonderful texture of natural stone.   Combine natural stones with warming materials like fur, cashmere, fleecy rugs and pillows since stone surface adds a cold feel to the room. Bring bright-coloured accents in warm shades of yellow, orange and red to make an area look welcoming and cheerful. Hope these tips will help you create a unique room interior with a welcoming ambience and earthy feel. Would you dare to decorate your walls with natural stones? 
  • Top 5 Construction Trends in 2018.
    The year, 2018, I made a resolution, a resolution to keep construction web readers always updated and informed in the construction world. You might as well bookmark this site, Did someone ask why? Well, brace yourself for 365 blog posts.  Check out my new year resolution here  Construction Web In 2018 So without much ado let's get down to business, wait, I mean construction trends, In 1900, craftsmen with varying levels of skill manufactured carts one at a time. Even the best of these carts provided little more than basic transportation. Yet in at the same time, master masons and builders created incredible stone houses using principles of design and construction that were breathtaking for the time.  Today the technologies of both manufacturing and construction have changed, but not nearly to the same degree. For many reasons, that I won't state, the basic construction process of building stick by stick, piece by piece, has remained unchanged since the Middle Ages whereas in Manufacturing miracles are happening. It is now the 21st century that we are seeing technological breakthroughs which set new waves in productivity. So I decided to put together an article that outlines the emerging trends to look out for in the year 2018!  IN SUMMARY Building Information Modelling Virtual  and Augmented realities  Modular and prefab houses  Green construction  Project management software   1 Building Information Model (BIM) Building Information Modelling is a process that gives construction professionals the insight and tools to efficiently plan, design, construct, operate and maintain diverse physical infrastructures, such as water, refuse, electricity, gas, communication utilities, roads, bridges, ports, tunnels, etc.  Benefits to the construction industry already have been significant in several respects, thanks to BIM features like the collaboration features, conflict resolution features. The features reduce interferences, which are instances where the design of separate systems, such as electrical conduit and high-voltage alternating current ducting, compete for the same physical space.  So it’s clear that there is going to be less resistance with adapting BIM in construction projects. In fact, with favourable responses on previous years, we might see more advancements with BIM in 2018.   EDITORS PICK  KIEFER TECHNIC SHOWROOM 2 Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality  While the construction industry has been notoriously slow to jump into the technology revolution, soon companies will have no choice.  Another big thing to look out for is an increase in virtual and augmented reality use. This type of technology is changing the entire industry, Its biggest benefit is the ability to provide virtual walkthroughs in order to sell property and   Preparing workers to operate the necessary machinery through simulation is a very effective method. VR enables easy communication and collaboration on site.  .3 Green Construction  Environmental sustainability has become a hot topic of discussion in the last few years and is expected to raise more dust. In 2018, a focus on ecological benefits will remain a trend throughout the industry as well as an increased emphasis on the financial benefits. Expect to see increasingly green business models!  ALSO, READ  SMART FLOWER SOLAR PANELS  SMART HOUSES 4.modular and prefabrication construction projects In 2017, modular and prefabrication construction has become an increasingly popular trend due to its cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency. Modular and prefabrication construction will continue to be an attractive option in 2018. Expect to see a lot more pop-ups and permanent modular buildings, as well as prefab houses this year! However, the basic building blocks of construction—steel and concrete—are expected to remain relatively unchanged. Specific qualities of these materials will be improved, but no major substitute material is on the horizon.  EDITORS PICK  MOVABLE MINIMALIST HOUSE  5 Project Management Softwares In job sites of the past, the first tools unpacked were the shovels. Today, the first things out of the box are often computers. Terminals and graphics workstation, These computers provide communications links with the engineering office, the client, and relevant vendors or fabricators. The software also provides the construction industry with three fundamental advantages: Efficiency, Transparency and Accountability. The latest software provides real-time communication, project overview, trackability and integrations with other software, therefore, a  system of controls optimize the design, procurement, and construction process.  Most importantly, Expect Construction web 2.0 sharing is caring ⇓
  • Basic requirements of a building
    Hi Construction savvy,  The year 2017 is and will never come back to your life, You had a rough one? hang on in there 2018 will be interesting to you.  Never give up on your dreams.  Here at construction web, we have a lot for you, of course, it has to do with building and construction, interior design and generally home decor.  We have themed blog posts each day of 2018.  We are coming up with video contents or rather vlogs later into the year  Weekly Ebooks on home decor  We ask for your support throughout the year, We believe you will benefit our daily content and win monthly giveaways ⇐CLICK ON THE BANNER AND WIN  Basic requirements of a building  1. Strength and Stability: Building should be capable of transferring the expected loads in its life period safely to the ground. Design of various structural components like slabs, beams, walls, columns footings should ensure safety. None of the structural components should buckle, overturn and collapse. 2. Dimensional Stability: Excessive deformation of structural components give a sense of instability and result into a crack in walls, flooring etc. All structural components should be so designed that deflections do not exceed the permissible values specified in the codes. 3. Resistance to Dampness: Dampness in a building is a great nuisance and it may reduce the life of the building. Great care should be taken in planning and in the construction of the building to avoid dampness. 4. Resistance to Fire: Regarding achieving resistance to fire, the basic requirements laid down in the codes are: (a) the structure should not ignite easily. (b) building orientation should be such that spread of fire is slow. (c) In case of fire, there should be means of easy access to vacate building quickly. 5. Heat Insulation: A building should be so oriented and designed that it insulates interior from heat. 6. Sound Insulation: Buildings should be planned against outdoor and indoor noises. 7. Protection from Termite: Buildings should be protected from termites. 8. Durability: Each and every component of the building should be durable. 9. Security against Burglary: This is the basic need the owner of the building expects. 10. Lighting and Ventilation: For healthy and happy living natural light and ventilation are required. Diffused light and good cross ventilation should be available inside the building. 11. Comforts and Conveniences: Various units in the building should be properly grouped and integrated keeping in mind the comfort and convenience of the user. 12. Economy: Economy without sacrificing comfort, convenience & durability is another basic requirement of the building. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL BELOW 
  • Technology in the construction industry
    I am glad you made it to  ConstructionWeb on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017. This is a special Tuesday for us and probably you who is reading this, We are introducing a new segment on the website. The segment dubbed Tech Tuesday will zero in on technology in the construction industry,  Tech applied from conception, implementation and finally to demolition.  We will focus on tools reviews and giveaway some on our social media channels.  In today’s technology-driven world, it should come as no surprise that many of the biggest 2017 construction trends revolve around new technologies that improve and enhance the building design and construction process. To stay ahead of the curve we will post blogs on technology every Tuesday or what we like to call Tech Tuesday.  New technologies are constantly changing the construction landscape. Drones now make it possible to survey and map a site with ease and at a lower cost. Smartphones and tablets make on-the-go communication a breeze. Digital blueprint apps and other software make it possible to map out a project ahead of time like never before.  This article is all about the most significant changes in construction by examining technological trends and how they affect the entire construction sector. These trends fall into four major areas: construction-related design construction equipment and methods automation and expert systems construction management. Here are the most innovative technologies  transforming the construction industry COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN  Nobody can narrate the success story of CAD more than an architect who was in the industry before the software and after the software. Manual drafting of technical drawings has been replaced with the use of computer systems to create, modify, optimize and analyze designs. The CAD system looks at possible issues that may arise, to help reduce errors, and can help to reduce errors, which means less time spend off-schedule and a reduced risk of going off-budget.  More focus on CAD in the subsequent Tech Tuesday articles CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT  The only surefire way to protect drivers from being hurt or killed in an accident is to remove them from the equation. Today, operators may be closer to changing their job title to ‘remote control pilot’ than you think. Royal Truck & Equipment builds driverless trucks that are being used at highway construction sites in Florida. Cat® Command can automate hauling, dozing and drilling. Volvo Construction Equipment is experimenting with autonomous technology in its L120 wheel loader and A25F articulated hauler.  Videos of such will be uploaded every Tuesday meanwhile check out The Fire Fighting Robots AUTOMATION AND EXPERT SYSTEMS Technologies such as laser range-finding and geodetic positioning can be used to pinpoint exact locations, to automate storage areas on the job site, and to set guide tracks for remotely operated vehicles. These technologies will gradually be integrated into a coherent system for the highly automated control of certain job site activities. Automation in the construction sector is usually seen in terms of robotics, and the development and application of robotic systems in all industry sectors are relatively new. CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT Construction management software has changed a lot over the years, especially since the growth and development of the internet. New versions help not only to increase productivity, but also to track progress and organize the entire construction team. It can be used for billing and as a time clock as well. The process of planning, scheduling, and cost control is addressed through these interfaces.  Well, that's just the introductory session of our Tech Tuesday articles. For this and more similar articles be sure to check us out next Tuesday, Other technologies, such as Building Information Management, prefabrication, big data and much more surprises to be featured in subsequent articles       
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Window Treatments

Window treatment, is an interior decoration for a window or a window frame.

In addition to providing privacy, window treatments serve two other primary functions: controlling temperature and controlling light in a room. For starters, most window treatments can be classified as either blinds or shades.

Blinds are technically hard window treatments composed of movable slats that can be tilted opened or closed when the blind is lowered. Shades are raised or lowered by a cording system or a spring component.Blinds and shades are fully customizable, offer complete light and privacy control and have an endless variety of design choices and options. So many choices, so little time!

 

Wood Blinds 

Wood blinds are a classic choice for windows and outlast trends or styles. Made of real wood, using various grains and stains, wood blinds remain durable through the years. The warm look of wood blinds pairs well with other wood furniture, flooring and trim.

Faux wood blinds have the same look as real wood, but are more affordable window treatments because they’re made out of PVC, vinyl or composite wood material. Faux wood blinds are also moisture resistant, making them a great choice for kitchens and bathrooms where real wood would otherwise warp and crack.

Faux Wood blind

ROMAN SHADES 

Roman shades consist of one continuous piece of fabric, featuring horizontal folds down the length of the shade. These folds lay flat against the window when down but fold up nicely when raised, combining the soft look of fabric drapery with the functionality of a shade.With roman shades, there are options galore to choose from like top down, bottom up or cordless or thermal liners.

Roman shades combine functionality with the soft appearance of drapery.

SOLAR SHADE  

Solar shades are also known as “window sunglasses” for their opaque design that allows you to preserve your outside view while also providing considerable light control and UV rays 

HONEYCOMB SHADES 

Cellular shades/Honeycomb shades  are the best insulators of all energy-efficient window treatments. They get their name and insulating properties from their fabric honeycomb cells that trap air between the window and the room. This results in heat gain in the cold seasons and heat loss in the hot seasons.

ROLLER SHADES 

Roller shades are one of the most affordable options when it comes to covering your windows. These shades roll up neatly onto a tube, making them appear minimal and discreet when raised. With blackout and light-filtering options, you can choose the amount of light control that you wish for any given room.

Roller Windows

DRAPERY

Drapery adds style and elegance to your home while also providing functional light control and privacy. Panels hang vertically from hardware at the top to your desired window treatment length.

Available in many different styles, fabrics, colors and patterns, you can easily coordinate drapery to layer with any existing window treatments or simply use panels only.CURRENT TRENDS IN WINDOW TREATMENTS 

Window treatments have come a long way in the past few decades. ‘Top down bottom up shades‘ can be raised and lowered at the same time to create a clerestory effect. This can provide privacy at eye level while letting in daylight and views of the sky. Cordless blinds are important for safety in houses with children and pets, and motorized shades can be operated with a wall switch or a remote.
Shades can be automated through an iPad, iPhone, or Android device and programmed to open and shut with the rising and setting of the sun. Shades can also be connected to existing home automation systems so you can control whether they’re up or down even when you’re away from home. Today’s high-tech window treatments can even be connected to temperature sensors so when the sun is at its hottest and the temperature goes up inside, the shades will automatically come down. Automating and programming shades greatly increases their energy efficiency value because you can close them during peak hours of heat loss or heat gain and open them back up when peak hours have passed. Motorized window treatments also have a longer life-span because they are not tugged at or touched when being operated.

 

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