Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Get a Plot and Make It Green

One little portion of land can make your imagination run high. Most people these days buy some land for future investments or for selling it at higher prices to make a nice profit. Think creatively, a little out of the box. You will realize there are many ways to turn it into a highly productive piece of valuable land that is of use to not only you, but others as well. In this day and age, when people have outdone themselves when it comes to their love for concrete, there are many who lose out. Some people who can't afford their love for spacious lands and wide green expanses or have simply run out of options, miss one thing the most; gardening. They wish to grow beautiful rows of vegetables, flowers, herbs and fruits but cannot find the space for it. There is a happy solution though.

A little search and effort, and you will find a plot to rent or buy that is your preferred size, near your place and offers the exact conditions that are suitable for your gardening needs. Tomatoes, carrots or whatever little delicious treats you wish to raise from that soil, just choose the best selection of seeds and fertilizers, pick up a shovel and start with your hobby! Remember to check the quality of plot before getting it. Levels of lead, similar nutrients and clay need to be checked with a soil test.

A garden could really uplift the spirits of a plain and morose area. It adds to the life and freshness of the living conditions of all the neighboring people. Besides that, gardening makes you happy. It is proven and people who like to do gardening stay relaxed and mentally healthy. It is a great way to dig out all negativity from your mind and focus on productivity and well-being. The plants that you will cultivate are going to be much healthier for you to eat and will cost you far less than the ones you get from your grocery stores.

It is saddening to know that people are so much into buying properties and creating new ones that land has become an elusive commodity for the passionate gardeners. That is why; there are entire gardening programs which are made to provide you with your desired plot. It whiles away your time in a healthy, rejuvenating way and nurtures friendships among fellow gardeners too. All that hard work makes you physically fit too. Organic gardening is the best type of gardening nowadays because everyone wants to stay away from pesticides. Also, there are some who get a garden plot just to donate the produce that they grow in their gardens.

Renting or buying a plot for gardening purposes is a great solution for many. You may not have a garden area, or it may not be receiving enough light, or maybe you simply wish to indulge in your hobby in peace and isolation. However crowded and congested it may become due to the phenomenal rise in concrete areas, you can always balance it out by having your very own plot of greenery. Nature really does find a way.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Timber Buildings Do Best - Modern Log Cabins

Used for centuries in various countries around the world, but especially Northern Europe and Northern America, log cabin construction has been used in buildings of many types throughout history. Timber is one of the oldest and most trusted construction materials around, and it is also an entirely Renewable Natural Resource. In today's construction market, where there is such focus on sustainability, it is only fitting that the log cabin should be brought up to date to meet current needs whilst retaining all the benefits of this old construction style.

Old benefits of traditional log building;

  • Sustainable timbers from renewable forestry
  • Timber is a natural product providing healthy living/learning environment
  • High levels of in-built natural insulation helping keep the building warm in winter and cool in summer
  • Low maintenance inside and out
  • Economical build system
  • Rapid construction
  • Ability to regulate humidity and non-retention of electro-static charge. This is proven to offer health benefits particularly to allergy sufferers.
  • That wonderful smell and feel of wood
For these reasons and many more, the log cabin has been a popular choice for self build homes throughout the centuries and the reason why timber has been such a major part of construction for so many different purposes. Even today it is the only truly Natural, Renewable and Proven construction material. The science behind the benefits of wood have led to greater use of timber: architectural design through use of glulam beams and a variety of different timber species such as Siberian Larch and Western Red Cedar cladding materials.

New Benefits of Modern log building;

  • Choice of external cladding types to blend in with the environment and protect the structural log to ensure even greater longevity.
  • High levels of insulation: in excess of current UK Building Regulation Standards, ensuring minimal loss of energy. This allows the log building to be used for a far wider range of commercial purposes including Schools and Nurseries.
  • Variety of roof finishes to suit purpose of the building including sedum for those who want all the advantages of a green timber building
  • Streamlined edges/finishing details bring the appearance up to date
  • Modern pre finished, double glazed windows and doors to ensure energy efficiency
  • Energy efficient heating/lighting systems with renewable options
  • Opportunity for high level natural lighting through roof lights and sun tunnels or even split roof designs to maximise natural daylight and minimise energy use.
  • Precision engineered timbers providing all the advantages of a modern method of construction and reducing construction time further.
  • Arrival on site in packs which enables construction even on sites with restricted access.
  • Potential for Zero Carbon or Carbon Positive status during use ie can produce more energy using a solar array on the roof than the building actually needs to heat/light it.