We like to offer some helpful building tips.  If you you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us and we will try our best to answer it.


Tip of the week:  Attic Conversation?

When carrying out an Attic Conversion ensure that the attic in full insulating first.

Tip of the week:  Strip foundation or Raft Foundation?

When building an extension or house you will need to consider whether you want a Strip or Raft Foundation.

A strip foundation is best suited where the soil is of good bearing capacity.  It consists of a continuous strip of concrete placed centrally where the load bearing walls will be located.  It is  fair more labour intense but is by far the cheaper option.  Plus a certain amount of the work can be done yourself to save money.
However on soft land a raft foundation maybe a better option.  This is a thick concrete slab reinforced with steel and covers the entire area of the structure.

Tip of the week: Building Extension

If you are building an extension to the rear of the house which does not increase the original floor area of the house by more than 40 square meters and is not higher than the house, you will not require planning permission. The extension should not reduce the open space at the back of the house to less than 25 square meters. If your house has been extended before, the floor area of the extension you are now proposing and the floor area of any previous extension must not exceed 40 square meters. However it is always a good idea to inform the planning office when carrying out any building works.

Please see link below to Galway Planning office.

Tip of the week: Painting the External Of Your House

When painting the external of your house always insure that the it has been treated with an anti fungal solution and washed properly afterwards. To prevent the new coat of paint from flaking, or rain getting in behind it and forming bubbles. Anti fungal solution can be purchased from most paint providers.

Tip of the week: Residue Stains

If you have residue stains from an old water leak use a stain blocking primer on the patch prior to applying paint. Otherwise the stain will reappear over time.

Tip of the week: Power Tools

When purchasing power tools always purchase the best quality you can afford. Professional tools will take more abuse, get the job done better and quicker. If it is for a one off job they can always be hired instead of purchased.

Tip of the week: How to secure your trampoline.

What you will need: concrete, four pegs (these should be supplied with the trampoline) a set of 4 mini ratchet straps (usually red in colour and can be purchased in most hardware shops or Lidl). Once you are definite where you are placing the trampoline, dig four holes about a foot deep at four even interval around the circumference of the trampoline. Fill these with concrete to an inch below the soil level. Each hole should take at least one 10 litre bucket of concrete. As soon as the concrete is poured insert the pegs, leaving enough of the peg at the surface to place the hook of the ratchet strap through it. However leave it low enough to allow for driving over it with the lawn mower. Loop the strap over the outer steel bar of the trampoline and then ratchet tightly however be careful not to over tighten.

Tip of the week: Ordering timber or Plaster board

Unfortunately I have no race tips, but will accept any good tips someone else might have.
When ordering timber or plasterboard, be aware that it is measured in meters not ft. So always physically measure correctly and give the right measurements to the supplier. For example if you need 16 foot of roofing timber you will actually need 5 meter lengths, however if you ask for 16 ft you are more likely to receive 4.5 meters.

Tip of the week: Chimney Services

Its the time of the year for the fire to go down again. One should put down a small fire to begin with and build it up over the coarse of two weeks. This allows the chimney stack to expand slowly and will increase the life of the chimney pots.
For a good chimney cleaning service with mechanical brushes and hoover please do not hesitate to contact me at 087-6161007.

Tip of the week: Government grant (SEAI grant)

If you are doing work to your house and intend claiming the government grant (SEAI grant) or any other grant don’t just assume you are entitled to these grants or think that these grants come without conditions attached. I would recommend researching these properly. If you have any concerns the government bodies are very willing to help.