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How to Make a Healthy Change

While homeowners probably don’t have to worry about a visit from a building inspector in the same way owners of commercial properties do, building codes are there for all of us. Even residential buildings need to comply with the laws in their area to ensure a safe and comfortable living environment. This is even more important when purchasing a house or making an improvement on an existing residence.

Do You Know the Local Building Code?
Building codes vary between countries and from state to state. When making any kind of addition to an existing structure, or even changing the inside of that structure, building codes should be consulted before any actual construction begins to make sure everything that is planned is compliant with the area’s laws.

DIY
Generally, if you hire a contractor to do the job, they are responsible for keeping construction within the perimeters of what is allowed. If you are planning to do the work yourself, not only are you responsible for adhering to building codes, but zoning codes as well. Building codes generally deal with issues of safety and encompass things like structural soundness. Zoning codes vary dramatically from place to place and include regulations on sizes of structures, and even the aesthetics (style of building, color, etc.) of the structure. If you plan on, say, putting up a garage with the help of friends or family, it’s a good idea to consult a building inspector before breaking ground.

Renovating
The building code plays a big part when renovating a residence. Many have the idea of purchasing an old house that is in disrepair, and making it into something beautiful with their own hands. Here, the building code is especially important because of structural considerations. While preexisting conditions aren’t a problem when the property is purchased, they certainly become an issue when that property is being renovated. While it is rare for an old residence to be sited for an existing condition, building inspectors need to be sure that the new construction is in line with the latest guidelines for safety. This is even more pertinent when dealing with commercial property. If that dream was renovating an old pizzeria, the rules that need to be followed increase immensely.

Safety First
The best way to make sure your property is up to code is to have it inspected, and have a professional present when deciding how to proceed with your plans. Adhering to building code is a good way to ensure that your newly renovated home will be safe and sound for years to come.

How To Install Granite Countertops

Granite is a hard, igneous rock that can be cut into different shapes and makes a perfect material for making countertops. It is not only beautiful, but also durable and resistant to heat. Granite countertops are a luxurious addition to any kitchen or bathroom. They are available in a range of beautiful and unique designs to choose from.

In the past, it was advised to hire a professional for the installation of a granite countertop. Now, many companies offer DIY granite countertops kits that you can install yourself. Here are a few steps to install a granite countertop on your own:

– Once your cabinets are installed and securely anchored to the floor and walls, use craft paper to take exact measure for your countertop. It is important to include one to one a half inch overhang for the edges which will be facing the cabinets. Granite countertops are available in a range of styles and colors. You should choose one on the basis of the overall design and style of the kitchen and color of the cabinets and flooring. Buy a countertop either from a local retail store or you can also order one online.

– Cut plywood to fit on the top of the cabinets to support the weight of the granite. It is important to make sure that the plywood is square and level. Then, use pilot holes to screw the plywood in place to prevent it from cracking.

– Granite is a heavy stone and may break if not handled properly. You can get assistance in lifting the counter to set it on the top of the cabinet. Make sure that the countertop fits well in the cabinet.

– After that, remove the granite and create a pilot hole in the mark sink cutout using a drill. Use a jigsaw to create a hole for the sink. Install the sink properly and make sure that it fits properly.

– In the next step, level the seams for the slabs. It is important that the seams are absolutely leveled before gluing. Use screws beneath the plywood to make adjustments to the height of the granite.

– Apply silicone around the edges of the plywood every 6 to 12 inches. Seal the granite by laying a bead of caulk around the outer edge of the sink and the top of the sink. Fix the granite slab into place to make sure that the seams are tightly matched.

– Use blue masking tape to tape over the seam. Fill the seams using a dollop of polyester based resin and add small amount of color. After that, pull off the masking tape so that the mixture doesn’t dry on the tape. Once the color dry, smooth the countertop with a seam stone until it becomes smooth.

To clean the granite countertop, use only mild cleaning products and avoid exposing it to extreme temperatures.