Have Cane Will Travel

Award-winning comedy writer, Ian Heydon (Kingswood Country, How Green Was My Cactus, The Samuel Pepys Show, The Year My Country Broke) recently took out an unexpected award – for writing about travelling with a disability.

In 2010 Ian was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. That led to the question – what does a writer who has a disability and who loves to travel write about? The answer was pretty obvious. Because Ian uses a cane for mobility assistance, he built a website called Cane & Able Travel and that site won the inaugural Business disAbility Award for Business Innovation in 2012.

Back in 2003, Ian had a travel book on Australia published called The Small Guide to A Big Country (Explore) and he subsequently bought a travel agent’s licence (Small Guide Travel). Much of Ian’s research for that book is still valid. As Ian says, “They haven’t moved the Sydney Opera House or most of Australia’s main attractions, so all I really needed to do was update where necessary and add the accessibility and disability facility information. It’s a bonus that the Small Guide Travel consultants can assist with itinerary advice and bookings.”

When Ian travels these days he uses both a cane and a wheelchair for getting around. “Before my diagnosis with MS I guess I felt a bit of pity when I saw other people in wheelchairs. I didn’t realise that wheelchairs give a person with a disability so much freedom. Mine allows me to get around much better at airports, especially when the boarding gate can be a fair distance from check-in, and it makes art galleries, museums and theatre so much more accessible and enjoyable.”

Ian first took his wheelchair on a trip to Dubai, London and Paris in 2012. While there are websites with attractions and disability information for those destinations in the pipeline, Ian’s first priority is writing about Australia. In late 2012 he visited Cairns and road-tested attractions like Skyrail and Quicksilver’s Great Barrier Reef as well as disabled-friendly accommodation. From this came the destination specific website, Cairns Disabled Travel.

The next cab of the rank was Canberra. According to Ian, Canberra is arguably Australia’s most rewarding destination for travellers with a disability. “There are flights from all other major cities and centres, they have an excellent public transport and wheelchair-assisted taxi system and all the major attractions are accessible, with many of them free. There’s excellent accommodation, terrific restaurants and bars and so much to see and do. It really is a fabulous tourist destination. Sure, after a couple of weeks there might be some thumb twiddling but for a few days away it is fabulous.” Ian visited Canberra in 2011 and 2013 to research accessible accommodation and attractions and the Canberra Disabled Travel website is now live.

Ian has a multi-destination itinerary on the drawing board for all Australian capital cities and major regional centres so you could see him soon in your part of the country. But the Kingswood? No, he won’t be taking the Kingswood!

Kit Homes Compared to Turnkey Homes

There is a major difference between kit homes and turnkey homes. Kit homes are built by an owner builder, one who wishes to build their own home. Whereas turnkey homes are built by professionals, so that the client does not need to be involved with the hundreds of steps and processes involved with building a new home. ”Turnkey” simply means that you, the client, can go to your brand new home, walk up to the beautiful front door and simply turn the key!

The process to become an owner builder is much more complicated than one might think. For instance, it’s a requirement of the Building Services Authority (BSA) that anyone who wishes to build or renovate their own home and spend over $11,000 must hold an owner builder permit, and these permits are only issued by the Building Services Authority once you’ve completed an owner builder course. The permits expire every 6 years.

Here are a few of the processes involved with building your own kit home; legal requirements, site preparation, footings and floors, wall construction, roof construction, windows and frames, doors, screens, wall finishes, ceilings, fixtures, plumbing, gas, electrical, draining, and then some landscaping to top it all off.
If you don’t have experience in all of these areas, building your own kit home could prove to be more challenging than you may think, especially tackling all the council codes, regulations and legal requirements!

We at Bush and Beach Home Builders are professionals at building sustainable homes. We know how stressful and overwhelming the process of building your own home can be, so let us do it for you! If you think assembling a piece of furniture is irritating, building a kit home is a hundred times more complicated. Instead, let us do the work for you so that all you have to do is turn the key and enjoy your unique, climate engineered Bush and Beach home.

If you want to see some house designs or learn more about our sustainable homes, please contact our team.

The Wonders of Polystyrene

Polystyrene is one of the most popular plastics produced today. It is used in a variety of industries, for the production of materials as diverse as packaging for shipping to thermal insulation for homes. There are several types of polystyrene, each offering unique properties influenced by the process used to produce the plastic.

Extruded polystyrene foam (sometimes referred to by the Dow Chemical brand name, Styrofoam) is an amazing material for construction work or any insulation needs. The extrusion manufacturing process produces a “closed cell” type of plastic, a material with an exceptional degree of mechanical strength which also offers excellent water resistance and low thermal conductivity. Low thermal conductivity makes extruded polystyrene an ideal material for insulation in buildings and other applications. The closed cell structure offers high water resistance allows for usage even in wet or humid environments like might be encountered on roofs, walls or even in refrigerated environments where condensation is a leading concern.

Extruded polystyrene is lightweight, nontoxic and easy to work with. It can be cut and bonded with no hassle, giving construction workers the ease of use that lets them get the job done quickly and efficiently. Even very large sections are lightweight and easy to handle, while still managing to provide amazing mechanical strength, high compression strength and impressive thermal insulation properties. Polystyrene insulation is a favored building material, widely used worldwide in private and commercial applications.

Today polystyrene insulation can be found in almost any building. It is used as the structural core and insulation in walls, floors, roofs, refrigerated trucks, cold rooms, and a multitude of other applications. Its useful water resistant properties have even seen polystyrene used as an effective flotation device in the early days of its development, but its most successful applications have been found in building insulation. Buildings insulated with polystyrene can be much more effectively heated or cooled. The low thermal conductivity makes sure your building retains the heat when its cold but can also breath and release heat when its hot.

Architects and contractors have found ways to make polystyrene work for them outside the construction site. It is often used as a material for architectural models. Similarly, it has found applications in the hobbyist recreational model market. While marketed primarily as a building material, the range of possibilities for extruded polystyrene is only limited by your creativity. It has been used by great effective in unorthodox and exciting new ways by tinkerers and inventors the world over.

The production of extruded polystyrene materials is a careful process that has a history spanning back nearly two hundred years. It is a tale of mind boggling advances in chemistry, engineering and modern manufacturing. Today, modern polystyrene products are the result of decades of work by some of the most brilliant minds of the last two centuries. The combination of all this genius has produced an ideal high quality plastic material which provides enough mechanical strength and proper thermal conductivity properties to serve as one of the essential pieces of the modern contractors toolkit. Polystyrene is an invaluable tool which the world would look quite different without.

Learn about Roof Repairs

A time a roof may develop some leaks before the entire roof needs replacement. In most cases, such leaks are as a result of localized damages such as cracked shingles or shakers. In a flat roof, damages are mostly caused blistered or cracked areas. The hardest thing while repairing a roof is locating the damaged area. Working on roof can be dangerous and therefore you need to take some precaution or else you might face some serious injuries.

Safety precaution that you should take while repairing a roof:

a. Ensure that the roof is completely dry before working on it. A wet roof is normally slippery, so it is important that you repair your roof during a sunny day when the roof is completely dry to slipping.

b. It is important that you take adequate safety measures using safety ropes while you are at the top of the roof.

c. Is where the roof is too steep, it is recommended that you use ladder framework to ensure a secure anchoring.

d. Wear rubber-soled shoes that provide a better roof attraction while you are working on the roof.

e. Be aware of the location of power lines and keep in mind while working on the roof.

The best materials for roof repairs:

Use only highest quality materials and utilize the latest techniques to ensure that your roof stand the test of time. Many materials that have been tried, tested, and proofed to stand hash climatic conditions are available in the market. Furthermore, the best materials should not include dangerous chemicals that may make runoff water not safe for drinking. Instead they should provide durable coating system that is highly consistent, reduce dirt accumulation, and other chemical attacks.

Tips for roof repairs:

Here are some useful tips for fixing a leaky roof. Although there are many ways of solving this same problem, they should all be able to fix the problem.

i. Locate a leak: it is normally hard to pinpoint the leak right away. You need to locate the leak carefully. Most roofs develop leaks when they crack or miss shingles.

ii. Take precaution: working on a roof especially for high building is very dangerous and require that you take precaution.

iii. Invite professional to do repair your roof if it hard to fix it: some roof damages such as shingle roof damage can be very easy to fix. You just need to locate the leak and fix it. However, if the damage is not easy to locate, you may need to hire a contractor to find out the real issue and fix. In fact, sometimes, the leak may has to do with the interior of the roof and it is very hard to locate.

iv. Check the roof regularly to ensure that it is in order: in case where too much water is observed through the damaged roof, they may result in rotting woods and molds within the insulation, which is not healthy to breathe. You should therefore check the roof regularly to ensure that it is in order.

v. Check the attic if it is hard to locate the exact source of the leak: even if there are no water leak, present of stains and mold indicate that there is a leak there.

Stacked Stone Sydney

If you are looking for a place to get only the highest quality Stacked Stone Sydney has available then look no further than with Craftstoneoz.com.au. Craftstoneoz.com.au is able to deliver the unique beauty that a natural looking stone cladding wall has to offer. A stone feature wall made out of pure natural stone is very rare these days. It may have been commonplace eons ago but in this day and age the supply of very fine and beautifully crafted natural stone has dwindled to the point where it can be extremely expensive. Craftstoneoz.com.au gives the best solution if you truly want to have the best Stacked Stone Sydney can ever have.

The solution is in the material. Instead of scouring the world for very rare and pure natural stone, Craftstoneoz.com.au molds replicas from a mix of cement, pumice and other materials. Even if you were to take a magnifying glass and inspect the stone pieces very closely you will not find any difference between these products and real, natural stones. The color blends all the way through the product so even if you were to break a piece and shatter it on the ground, the color would be the same all throughout the broken shards, making them appear even more authentic.

You do not need to worry about any event of repetition either. When molding, over a few thousand molding models are used that will essentially remove any possibility of repetition. Another thing to note is that all of the stones are colored one by one, therefore there will never be any two stones that are exactly the same. You could inspect every stone installed onto your wall and you will never find any two identical stones.

No matter how you look at the replicas they will look and feel like the real thing. All of the molds are designed to be almost identical to natural stones and the process in making them ensures that each one is applicable to the construct. Craftstoneoz.com.au stone feature structures are best suited for walls. Since they are lightweight and can be cut by construction equipment they are not suited for walkways, fountains or patios and others. They are best when designed for a wall, post, or other side structure that will not be walked upon. They can be placed outside or inside, making them the best pieces for building stone fences around your house, the BBQ area or if you want to create a unique, natural looking façade of your home or establishment.

The best thing is that all of these stones are lightweight and make for a very beautiful Stacked Stone Sydney has ever seen. They are compatible to be installed onto any kind of material, making any kind of wall or post suitable to have stones installed over them. This will give your home or establishment a fresh and yet comforting new look that brings the natural beauty of the world and nature right into your doorstep. Craftstoneoz.com.au offers a total of nineteen different textures and over eighty colors that will guarantee you get the best designed Stacked Stone Sydney has to offer.

Good Reasons to Install Solar Power in Your Brisbane Home

Utility bills are driving many homeowners in Brisbane to the wall. You can spend so much on electricity to keep your home up and running that you feel like you need another cost effective alternative. If you are on the verge of giving up on electricity altogether, maybe it is high time you considered something new. Have you ever thought of installing solar power. Brisbane has the perfect climate to produce maximum solar benefits. Have you ever thought of installing solar power Brisbane?

For a start, solar power is an affordable way to reduce power consumption. Solar power is generated from radiation from the sun. The initial cost of installing solar power Brisbane can be somewhat high. However, even the cost of installation has gone down over the years as there are many great products to choose from in the market. You will receive extensive warranties when buying your solar panel so you are certainly confident that the investment will be worthwhile.

Other than reducing the cost of utility bills, solar energy is also cost effective in the sense that it is basically free. Once you invest in the installation and maintenance of the solar power Brisbane all you have to do is to enjoy your free energy.

Solar power is also an environmentally friendly option to generate your own power. Solar does not emit any green house gases, smoke or any chemical by products.

You can decide to rely solely on solar or connect it with your electricity system. This means that even the people who are living in rural areas can benefit from solar energy. This way, you will avoid the frequent power cuts let alone the high cost of installing power in remote areas.

By installing solar power Brisbane, you will be contributing to the efforts of saving our eco system. The mining of fossil fuels is slowly depleting our natural resources. This is why the government is giving rebates to people who have installed solar power in their homes.

If you need solar power Brisbane, it is important to contact the right installer. There are companies in Brisbane which specialize in the installation and maintenance of solar power. Make this change and you will certainly enjoy the outcome.