Windows In Your Home
Window that is applied in the correct
location in your home can
create a beautiful home for you and
your family. Windows or window does help in
many ways or function in some positives
ways to improve the overall function
of your home. Let us see what we can
find out about windows in your home today....
A window is opening in the wall or roof
of a building that has a frame which is fitted with glass or
transparent material in a frame to let
light, air, objects and allow for seeing through.
A window can be a fixed or movable and
is base on the application or location of the window.
The types of windows used in homes or
on buildings are; Fixed, Single-hung sash, Double-hung sash,
Horizontal sliding sash , Casement ,
Awning , Hopper,Tilt and slide ,
Tilt and turn, Jalousie Window-louvered
, Clerestory , Skylight - A roof window and bay window.
These are some the major windows used
in the construction field or used in architectural
drawings for homes and building.
Windows play a very important role in the development of a well
design building, that's why many
architects or designers place major emphasis on the type
of window and the amount window added
to a structure.
In the matter of light or illuminating
your home or structure ,
it is recommended by me or others to
have more windows in your home to let the light in.
However, if your windows/window are
placed at an incorrect location of your building this
can prevent daylight light from
entering the structure. This is a factor that affect many homes that
is design by Architects/Draftsman in
our region and clients in many cases are affected by
bad designs that is used for their
building. A general guide for placing windows/window
in a structure is to use the sun rise
and sun set (the sun rise due east and set due west)
to guide you in placing your windows on
the structure.The building orientation can also affect
lighting and also where the building is
located too can affect lighting e.g if your in the
city or the in country where theirs
allot of trees etc.
Moving from lighting to the function of
windows/window in your home.
These function is easy as 1,2,3 ....
well they are day-lighting ,ventilation ,
Aesthetic features, Act as a barrier
and opening just to name a few.
Window has different sizes for
different location for your home and sizes can vary
base on the clients request for window
However, their are some standard
recommendation that can be used such as;
Bathrooms; 2 feet by 1 , 2 feet
by 2 , 2 feet by 3 etc. Generally bathrooms window size start at 2ft.
Living Room; 3ft by 4 feet to
6ft by 6ft.
Bedroom; 2ft by 3 ft on the
smaller side to 4 by 5 feet on the larger side and this can vary base
on the size of the room.
Dining room windows; 3ft by 4
ft to 6ft by 5 ft feet and this can vary base on the size of your
Garages and Basements; 3ft to 4
ft and this also vary base on size of unit.
Do remember these are just
recommendation of sizes that can be used ,
a developer or architect can play with
window sizes to make a space more
comfortable or attractive that is base
on the client request.
Please leave your comments.....
"The land of beaches, reggae and the people" the lovely country of Jamaica with beautiful people. This is the country you would like to retire when you’re at the age of retirement or it Is the island for building your dream home? If your away from Jamaica for some years or a return resident and is Planning to build while your away. The customary way of Jamaican is to get someone they can Trust to build their dream home. However, this can turn out to be "bitter sweet" for you and your family. Many return residence to Jamaica or persons who tried to invest has lost a lot of money in building their homes.
This is cause by unscrupulous contractors or builders who
have taken their clients’ money and have not delivered to their agreement to
complete a structure. This practice is a common story that has affected many
good people who try to build up Jamaica and their family and of such external
investors/return residence has no confidence in building while they are away
Well, let me provide you with some confidence in our
Nufield services have standard process for all projects;
1. Honesty that is provided to our clients in all process of
2. There is a contract or agreement that is drafted up on
the inception of a
project to protect all party.
3. You can rest assured that our business is registered.
4. We ensure that our clients are satisfied with our
5. We ensure that our clients are involved in all levels of their
Written report with photos
is submitted to show evidence of work done and
online tracking of payments made
These are some of the things that we provide in our business
to help our customers to be relaxed while building away.
Estimate for building
Luke 14:28 “For
example, who of YOU that wants to build a tower does not first sit
calculate the expense, to see if he has enough to complete it?"
does carry the same approach as the quoted the scripture above.
estimate is an approximate calculation, projection of a quantity base on research
number, quantity , materials, labor ,
etc. A building estimates is good whenever you start a construction project
that is govern by a budget or when your barrowing a loan from a financial
institution. Some advantages of doing a building estimate is;
money and time - Doing a building estimate prevents you from buying un-necessary
you with the knowledge of the probable costs associated in order to gain financial
3. Help in
budgeting or budget control.
provides information to the contractor, architect, or engineer of the cost of
the project and what you need.
also other advantages of doing an estimates but I am just mentioning the main
in Jamaica or within building construction field a estimates is required,
clients generally do not see the benefits of doing a Building estimates and
times during the project the estimate would be great benefit to track the
amount of material that they have bought. Well, architect or contractors can
provide you with sample estimate or bill of quantity to get you started. However,
it is recommended that you get a quantity surveyor in this case.
business make the first buck or million?
Let us talk
about marketing a small business in this competitive world today.
many companies that boast the right or advertise on the internet or on cable tv
To provide the
best marketing approach to help small business grow to become large business.
I have look
around for some time now to find the best company that will help you start up
and my search then ends at "Vistaprint”. Why Vistaprint? , If you were to
on "Vistaprint" you will find out that Vistaprint was once a small
business and of
have a success in providing products for small businesses and also large businesses.
Looking at Vistaprint very critically theirs is allot of positives and few
negatives being truthfully.
business to survive in this economy it will need to have some key strategy;
business has to be "Valiant"; you have be very determine no matter
Come at you
or your small business. Lack of funds and not finding a market for your
Be a downfall
for allot business today. 2. Your business has be "Innovative";
be coming up with new ideas for the business to give it an extra boast because
are not alone
in the world of business. 3. Business needs be very "Smart" or you
will say business smart. It's not rocket science to know that if you’re
offering a service or product you should give the customer what they are asking
for and also be very observant to changing environment that affects your
business need to have "talent" or you need to employ talented persons
to move your
from $1 to $million in profit. 5. Another key that all small business need is
Well, if you
don't advertise who will know if you’re in business? Last but not least is
for small business’s
marketing materials is very essential for making your business
a long time.
surprising that Vistaprint provides these entire ingredients for a small
to make their
Big Impression in world of business. Let’s look at the various tools and
Vistaprint has to help a small business. By navigating the Vistaprint.com,
notice that you have free offers and products such as website , business cards
tools that will help small business get started in the very first month of
something that all small business need for the first month of operation;
starting up a business for the first month can be very expensive and time
provide an easy approach on their platform to give a small business owner
their business electronically online and also providing physical product
terms of print materials. The prices of products offered on the website is
also a great
help to reduce your startup cost of marketing materials about 50%
other competitors. So let’s face it, A big "Hug" to Vistaprint and a
Vistaprint for making a difference to help small businesses.......
Have you chosen the right door for your room or space?
A door is an opening or closing member used to close off an entrance to a space or room. A door generally has interior side and an exterior side which is sometimes matching. A door can bring beauty to the entrance of your building with the different features and design that it carries. Doors is used in may areas of the building and sometimes it is over used base on the amount of close open spaces available in your home. Many times designers or architects often pay less attention to a door in the house , but it can bring in light to space just as the window.It also can stop light , it close off spaces , open up to a new space and also a door can add decor to the room. Their are some common types of door used in homes these are; Panel Door, Flush Door, Fresh Doors , Pocket Door, Bypass Door , Bi-fold Doors and Sliding Doors and these doors can be made up of various materials ( Metal , wood , glass , plastics or a combination of these materials and other materials.) You can Have a carpenter build a door for you, it would be the best choice to have custom doors in your home which will make your home unique. However regular factory made doors may not bring all the beauty you need, but it can also depend on the brand door you purchase.Below are some size of doors used.
Internal Sizes doors Used
24" x 78" = 2'0" x 6'6" = 610 x 1981 mm
27" x 78" = 2'3" x 6'6" = 686 x 1981 mm
30" x 78" = 2'6" x 6'6" = 762 x 1981 mm
32" x 80" = 2'8" x 6'8" = 813 x 2032 mm
33" x 78" = 2'9" x 6'6" = 838 x 1981 mm
34" x 78" = 2'10" x 6'6"= 864 x 1981mm
36" x 78" = 3'0" x 6'6" = 914 x 1981 mm
External Sizes used in Building
30" x 78" = 2'6" x 6'6" = 761 x 1981 mm
32" x 80" = 2'8" x 6'8" = 813 x 2032 mm
33" x 78" = 2'9" x 6'6" = 838 x 1981 mm
34" x 82" = 2'10" x 6'10"= 864x 2082mm
36" x 84" = 3'0" x 7'0" = 915 x 2134 mm
If you want to install a door or looking for advice on doors
Please send me an email or call.
A handyman is skilled or non skilled
worker that does repairs around the home or sometimes in odd areas,
He is sometimes called "Mr. fix it ". Some of the task that
carried out by this person will include repair work, maintenance
work, both interior and exterior, which include light, plumbing jobs
such as fixing a toilet or electric jobs such as changing a lighting
fixture. Generally handyman is sometimes classified to be Jack of all
trades because he performs all the work for him self. However,a
contractor generally hires persons to do specific jobs that will cost
you more to acquire their services and while the handyman can perform
almost all the tasks a group of persons hired.
A handyman or handy person will provide
you with value for work has compared to a trades worker who will
charge for his services.
The handy man can do all the jobs for
one price while others will charge for each tasks at hand. Sometimes
a handyman is skilled in one area of his trade, however over years of
experience and extensive work in the construction and repair field
he/she can acquire added skills to improve their work quality. In
our region their not much handyman that can beckon to a call that is
send to their phone. We need to have more handyman in our region (
Jamaica ) to help to solve problems
that home owners have around their
home. Below is a listing of some of the major tasks a handyman can carryout on a Job or project.
- Swimming pool maintenance
- Air conditioner installation
- Flooring Installation and Repair
- Insulation installation (batts)
- Senior Living Modifications
- Sprinkler system installation
- Storage area construction
Would you use a Handyman in your home?
Painting your Home/House
fresh coat of paint to a new surface is
Like waking up to the morning sun"
painting your new home or painting an existing
First let me provide you with a check
List of the
things/items needed for starting your painting project.
1. Paint (Color
of your choice) -
Water base or Oil base
tray / Bucket
7. Rags /Towels
Tri-sodium phosphate - Used by professional
Removing stain from
surface or degreaser.
(Not sold at local
hardware - Has to be imported)
9. Concrete patch
- Used to fill cracks in the Concrete wall or on the
- If its oil based paint or If water based you use water.
13. Ladder -
Used for elevated areas
or Polythene Sheet/Plastic cover
How calculate the amount of paint needed?
So the list
above is a general guideline for starting your
Painting project and can be change base how much
painting you have to do.
have acquired your tools or check list for your project.
will also need to know how much paint will be required
general Painting world, the amount of paint needed is based on
and 1 gallon of paint will cover 350 sq. ft.
is calculated length * width, so length (running ft.)
Of the wall
multiply by the height (Generally 9 ft.) of the
give you the total sq. ft.
then divide total sq. ft. of wall /350 sq. ft. this will give
total gallon needed. Also you should remove total open
total sq. ft. of wall before you start the calculation.
If I confuse
you with my explanation I am sorry. No need to worry.
You can send
me an email or call for help.
How to choose the right color for your area
Well it all
depends on your color of taste or your favorite color
like to apply to your interior wall or exterior wall. However,
to get the
right color for your area you may want to get an expert advice.
Also you can
look into magazines that show examples of colors to use
different areas in your home. Note: Lighting, space available and function of
affect your choice of color.
Next, I will
be providing you with the steps
prepare a surface for painting.
So you leave
your comments.... Thank you.
House Plan in Jamaica
encompasses three main aspects these are Aesthetic, function and durability (How
strong) or Architecture is both the process and product of planning, designing,
and construction, usually of buildings and other physical structures (Definition
taken from Wikipedia). Well, in terms of designing an architect would want his/her
self-attached to a type of theory or type of architecture. In our modern stage
of architecture there has being allot of great architects that has made great
impact to architecture; some namely Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan and
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. You may say why I have chosen these 3 persons, mainly
because of how they have impacted the modernist approach of architecture.
In our time
of architecture or the study of architecture we have adapted some of
way of designing in the past and used their approaches to develop new concepts
or projects. Having, said all that. How has the Caribbean or Jamaican
architecture learned from this?
made by one of our prominent persons in our society has state that our
buildings in Jamaica
is like a colossal
disgrace. Well, he was speaking in reference to the building Aesthetics and
I do agree
with him, however we can be assured that we have done well in providing well-built
structural buildings. My take on this as an Architect, is that I do stick with
the 3 main ingredients that make up architecture. Aesthetic, function and
durability; These 3 should be found in a house plan, drafting or design plan of
a building. Case example, I have seen many buildings being erected in Jamaica
and all of these buildings has in common is square box approach. The designers
or draftsman or woman has no sense of approach of designing a beautiful building
that represents the client’s life style.
I must agree
that we have not set any standards in the architecture industry in Jamaica
That the new
designers or new architects can follow to improve the way we design and build.
What I hate
about our architects is that they have no sense of design or approach to
Why I say
that.... Jamaica is Tropical Island and our main material for construction is
steel and concrete.
when designing a building is the environment; Many Jamaican can attest that
night their homes is very hot. This is cause by how your home was design by the
is your home
has allot of open space , windows door ways to allow air to pass through your
home. Another, factor the orientation (direction of something) of the building;
is your building being oriented to where there is a high flow air coming from
the mountain side, the sea or where there is allot of trees.?
heat to light; I also hate how buildings that is being design in our country
of closed spaces and little openings for natural light to come in.
I have seen
and experience living in a house that has little windows, large spaces and during
the day its dark inside. Not cool at
all, JPS is now smiling at this situation. If you living a house or
can't the natural light be illuminating your space? This is a question I need
to ask designers or Architects in our region.....
To be continue....
If you have comments on this first part please leave your comments..