Construction Project Ideas

  1. Residential - These types of construction projects includes houses, townhouses, cottages, apartments, condominiums, single unit dwellings and subdivisions. The designs for the housing are usually done by architects and engineers; the construction is completed by builders who hire subcontractors for structural, electrical, mechanical and other specific work. This type of project must adhere to the local building authority regulations and codes of practice. Because of its ease of entry into the real estate market, many new builders are attracted to residential projects. Although it is a highly competitive market with potentially high risks, there are also high rewards.
  2. Building - This type of construction project is possibly the most popular; it is the process of adding structure to a property, including room additions and small renovations. For current homeowners, this is the most common project because they often extend their homes with additional rooms, walk-in closets, garages, and kitchen renovations. 
  3. Institutional & Commercial - This category includes schools, universities, hospitals, clinics, sports facilities, stadiums, shopping centers, retail chain stores, light manufacturing plants, warehouses, skyscrapers for offices and hotels, and more. For these projects, specialty architects and engineers are hired for a particular building design. There a few competitors for this category because of its high costs and greater sophistication as compared to residential buildings.
  4. Highway Construction - This involves the alteration, construction, repair of highways, streets, roads, paths, parking areas, and more.
  5. Heavy Construction - These projects are those that are not classified as building or highway projects, such as flood control projects, water treatment plants and facilities, water and sewer line projects, and more.

Construction Tips for Your Workers’ Safety

1. Getting in and out of equipment:

– Check your boots and gloves for slippery substances and wipe them off to avoids slips and falls
– Get a foot or hand hold before hoisting yourself up
– Use a step ladder if necessary to make sure you can climb on the equipment safely
– If you need help, be sure to ask
– Avoid rushing to hop up or down on equipment

2. Personal Protective Equipment:

– It is important to wear the right clothes for the job, along with protective gear. On the job, your gear and other tools should be stored in a safe, dry place. First aid kits and fire extinguishers should be located near the work area and readily available.

– When lifting heavy objects, you should use a back brace to prevent damage to your body. You should also be sure to wear gloves and goggles on the work site if you’re using dangerous tools. If you’re working on an elevated area and there’s a risk of slipping and falling, you should wear a safety harness.

– Nonskid, rubber footwear is also important if you are working in an area with slippery surfaces, or if you’re lifting heavy objects.

– It is crucial to your health that you wear a mask at work if your workplace has bad ventilation and if you work with dangerous toxins, constant dust or other debris.

3. Staying safe loading/unloading equipment:

– No matter where you’re working, there is always the risk of equipment rolling over when you are loading or unloading it. This is why it is important to make sure the ramps you are using are straight and cleared. You should also be sure to allow plenty of room between you and the equipment in case of an emergency.

– It is always smart to use another co-worker as a spotter while guiding your equipment to make sure the machine is clear of the ramp before turning it. However, you should also make sure the trailer deck and you have proper clearance before loading it, in addition to using correct tie-down procedures.

 

‘Women Building Futures’ Program Trains Women to Work in Construction

A new program in Tampa, Florida, “Women Building Futures,” aims to train women to work in construction. Women fill every job imaginable capably and confidently, but construction is one job where you still might not expect to see many women. In fact, women make up only 9 percent of the entire construction workforce in America, according to OSHA; that’s less than one in every 10 construction workers.

This program helps women learn the skills and knowledge they need to work in the construction industry. “There’s a big demand for tradesmen and workers in the construction field so this class will give the ladies the opportunity to be able to go out and compete in that arena,” program manager Kimberly Kitchen told Fox 13.

Women Building Futures (WBF) became registered as a non-profit society in 1998 as a small group of women (social workers mostly) who set out to fulfill their shared dream of helping women achieve economic prosperity through trades training and mentorship. Working out of an office space ‘borrowed’ from the City of Edmonton, WBF focused on securing small grants to run a series of three-week classes on carpentry.

As of November 2006, the program is now 17-weeks long and includes introduction to six trades - carpentry, plumbing, electrical, steamfitting/pipefitting, welding and sheet metal. The graduate success rate continued to climb and all staff stayed on board during this period; a true display of the tenacity that makes WBF a success.

To learn more about this program, visit https://womenbuildingfutures.com.

Revamping Your Closet

Spring is approaching quickly, and you may be in the need for a closet revamp.

First, start with what's hanging. Place clothes on their hangers in two piles—one for short items, like shirts, and the other for long items, like coats and pants hung full length by their cuffs or waistband. Measure the height of each pile to get the desired lengths for short- and long-item rods. Next, arrange your clothes that could be folded in 10-inch-high stack; each stack needs 14 inches of shelf length. The ideal reach-in closet is 6 to 8 feet wide and 24 to 30 inches deep. Standard double doors are best, assuming there's room to swing them open.

Now, to start planning the interior, beginning with the left wall; measure everything to a T. Sketch a to-scale layout on graph paper, with each wall's width and height as well as details. Make note of sloped ceilings, knee walls, and other oddities. Start with storage for your shoes; your best bet is open shelves without dividers. To squeeze in an extra pair, alternate toes-facing-out and toes-facing-in. Sketch in rods for shorter items, making them as wide as your wardrobe warrants, and a higher rod for longer items. Draw shelves 4 inches above the rods plus a high shelf for less-used items, and mark their depths.

For walls and plaster that's in poor shape, line the closet with ¾-inch hardwood plywood and screw it to the studs. Now you are able to attach rods and shelves wherever you want.

No room for swing-open doors? Avoid sliders and invest in sturdy, solid-core or solid-wood bifolds and heavy-duty fittings. Lightweight doors with bad fittings wobble and constantly fall off their tracks. Decide where you want your off-season items, ideally in the attic or a dry corner of the basement. If you have spare room on the same floor, consider a clothes rack that can be wheeled to the closet when it's time for a swap-out. If this isn't an option, store your clothing pieces in bins and totes; be sure to label them so that you have easy access to something you need, year-round.

 

Spring Home Renovation Ideas

With spring just around the corner, you're probably dying to spruce up your home with a little renovating or DIY. Here are a few ideas for some springtime improvement - without breaking the bank!

  1. Landscaping - If you're imagining a green lawn with some fresh blossoms, the prices for plants could add up quickly. With $5-$15 per plant, plus maybe some bark mulch and shrubs, it could be a pretty penny spent. Alternatively, don’t buy all established plants that will add up in cost. Instead, try planting seeds for a fraction of the price, and soon you will have that dream garden. Just be sure to keep in mind the importance of lawn maintenance, such as mowing, weeding and hedge trimming!
  2. Repaving the Driveway - Between salt and snow in the winter, your driveway must be aching for a refresher. As concrete is very expensive and asphalt is a close second, prepare to pay for this project, because this is not a DIY. Sometimes all a driveway needs is a new sealcoat, which you can do on your own. With a few hundred dollars of sealcoat, a driveway squeegee, and a little prep time, you could have a brand new driveway - estimating $250 to $500 on a typical two-car driveway.

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  3. Repainting the Walls - Now that winter grays are past us and there is such wonderful color all around, you must be dying to add a pop of color to your rooms. But first, think about if you really need to repaint the walls, and if you're willing to take the time out for this project. Instead, repaint what you really need to, such as a wall that has damage or a color that really takes away from the room’s potential. Light grays, earth tones, yellows or blues are all safe and appealing colors that won’t scare off a new homeowner, if you are planning to sell in the future. Focus first on areas where you entertain or spend the most time, because little costs can add up, on top of the gallons of paint, primer, rollers, paint brushes, tray liners and caulking to fill cracks and nail holes.

With these tips - and whatever else you can think of - you will soon be on your way to a happier feeling home (while saving some money)! Happy Spring!

How Can I Make My House Childproof?

Being a new parent in your home may seem frightening - and possibly seem unsafe for your newborn or toddler. Here are some childproofing tips by age!

Newborn: At this stage, your baby starts to reflexively bring their hands to their mouth, so begin thinking about choking hazards from an early age.

  1. Make sure your baby's crib adheres to current safety standards as specified by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission
  2. Place baby monitors and their electrical cords at least three feet away from their crib
  3. Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
  4. Anchor TVs and furniture, such as dressers and bookcases
  5. Install a fence around any pool or hot tub
  6. Keep your baby's crib free of pillows, bumpers, stuffed animals and blankets

Crawling: Your crawling baby will grab onto any and everything they can get their hands on. Being as curious as they are, make sure they can only access areas free of danger.

  1. Cover sharp edges on furniture and corners
  2. Remove nightlights in any lower outlets your baby can reach
  3. Cover electrical outlets lower than counter height and select products that are not choking hazards
  4. Keep household cleaners and medicines up high
  5. Ensure stoves are anchored
  6. Pack up and put away valuables

Toddler: Now that your not-so-little baby is walking, running and climbing, it is best to have safety gates installed early so they know which rooms are off-limits. Also remember to give clear reminders of safety, as they cannot remember all the rules at this age.

  1. Be careful with chair and step stools
  2. Install knob covers
  3. Secure doors to off-limit areas, such as cellars and garages
  4. Keep household medications in child resistant containers and in a high cabinet
  5. Create a space out of reach of children for small electronic devices to charge and rest
  6. Place hot foods and liquids on the center of tables and counter tops, not edges, table cloths or placemats

The Importance of a Kitchen

A kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a household. Whether it is a with a cup of coffee or a nice breakfast, the kitchen is most likely where your day begins. The kitchen is where meals are prepared to keep yourself and your family fed and healthy. Moreover, it is a place where family and guest congregate together to cook, eat, and socialize. A kitchen is the center of your home. It is a place that brings your loved ones together— it ties a home together.

Furthermore, spending more time in your kitchen has its benefits. It is beneficial to your health as well as to the health of your family. For example, cooking at home more frequently can increase your longevity.

Your kids can also benefit from spending more time in the kitchen. As a result, it will help them develop lovely memories of the family in the kitchen. Not only that, but your kids will also learn how to connect with others by picking up on social skills and manners seen in the kitchen. Studies show that eating at home with your children provide them with a healthier and happier life. This will lead them to do better in school and stay out of trouble.

For these reasons, having a marvelous kitchen means investing in your family’s happiness. But most importantly it means investing in your family’s health. Having a functional and appealing kitchen will bring your family and friends together. Your kitchen will emanate warmth and happiness.

Golden Construction specializes in designing kitchens in the NYC area. The goal is to give you the kind of kitchen you desire.

How Your Next Home Could be Powered by Batteries

For Homeowners who feel incomplete when they leave their phones at home, or for the storm-haters who cannot stomach another blackout, battery-operated homes may be your solution. Solar panel energy has been brushed under the rug for a while, quietly being installed in American homes while it works toward improvement, as a company and for homeowners.

Beginning in a few U.S homes, and making its way in superstores such as Walmart (in Cali), Tesla's home batteries may be the green and efficient revolutionary technology America wants (and needs!). If this ideological improvement in saving and storing energy is so efficient, how come it isn't in every home and store across America? Why is the biggest machine on earth, America's power grid, still making its energy-stripping use in nearly everyone's home?

Maybe it's the ambiguity or uncertainty of Tesla's home batteries, charged by the sun. The biggest flaw may lies in that it needs sunlight to charge and usually goes off at night. But Tesla's batteries can store extra, or more than necessary, energy to make it through night. But that's not all, Tesla's home batteries can last up to three hours during a black out- including enough energy to run on the treadmill, make lots of coffee, cook dinner, and take showers.

Another reason that people, even the Green-goers, haven't switched to Tesla's batteries: the cost. Everyone wants to know what they get out of this 5-figure investment. Well, in the beginning it is a huge investment. Tesla believes that a small downpayment of $1,500 could get you started, with only $15 a month to keep generating (a 20-year lease). One of many reasons to pay the $50,000 outright would be that when you're home is fully charged, and not expecting bad weather, you can sell back the energy and make some money off of it!

In fact, though the initial cost is not desirable to many, in the end you'll save a lot more than you do with traditional power grids. Traditional power grid companies, of course, will look to make a comeback. They are certainly reliable- the energy and power works so long as there are no black outs. Some fear power grid companies will charge extra because of the "net metering" and potential money-back system that Tesla's batteries are promising.

Companies supporting solar-panel look at this as competition, and understand that people have different values on reliable energy and energy in its entirety. Some people find the worthy in the annoying (and frequent) black outs in their homes, like in Maryland or California. Others find it necessary to have for these blackouts, to ensure they have certain needs met for a longer time.

In fact, companies and people recognize that they may never make back the money spent in power grids, but the happiness truly lies in this small step toward going green. Consider remodeling your home or buying a new home with battery-operated energy installed. The investment not only helps the environment, but could potentially save you dollars (and even let you pocket money!). It's a small but worthy deed, and this country certainly needs it!

For more information, or questions about remodeling your home, click here to visit Golden I Construction. We offer a wide range of construction services. Would you like to speak with someone or ask a question? Call 1.212.837.8117 now!

Kitchen Showrooms NYC

Are you interested in having your kitchen renovated? Whether you are going for a modern or traditional look, there are many options for people with varying preferences. But sometimes it is not easy to start the process of looking for styles that fit your idea of the perfect kitchen. Therefore, we recommend going to see kitchen showrooms near me when researching.

If you happen to be in major cities like NYC, then you are in luck. Most of the high-end showrooms are located in such cities. Kitchen showrooms are a great place to find and actually feel what you might invest in. It is one thing to see the cabinets designs online versus going to a specialized showroom that features various designs for kitchens.

Kitchen design showrooms are designed with the customer in mind. It is important that you feel at home when looking for a kitchen design. NYC kitchen showrooms can range from apartment designs to home designs. If you are not satisfied with a color of a design, the company in charge of the showroom should be able to help with that. Colors and patterns may be subject to change in order to comply with a preference of a customer.

Golden I Construction currently has kitchen showrooms in NYC for different tastes and styles. We are currently located in 147 West 35th Street Suite 1204 New York, NY 10001. Come and check out our high-end showrooms for your next kitchen project! Call us at 212-837-8117 or email us at info@goldeniconstruction.com. To see more of our projects, go to our website at goldeniconstruction.com.

5 Pros and Cons on Open Floor Plans in Your NYC Apartment

Here we will talk about the pros and cons of open floor plans. First of all, what is an open floor plan? An open floor plan is when you knock down walls, creating one BIG” room instead of having 3 small rooms (kitchen, dinning room and living room). 

PROs:

Increase natural lights. Why do you want to pay more for electricity when you have natural sunlight?  Having large windows can maximizing this effect.

 Increase sociability among family members and guests. Think about the time when you are alone in the living room of a friend’s house while your friend is cooking. Aren’t you bored? Isn’t it awkward being alone? What if you want to catch up with your long time no see friend? Open kitchen allows people to converse more easily without having to shout through walls.

 

Increase visibility in the house.  

Keeping an eye on your children and pets. It is time to make lunch/ dinner but you can’t bring your kid to the kitchen. Wouldn’t you want to keep an eye on your kid? What if he/she is just learning how to talk, wouldn’t you want to here their first words? What if your toddler just learn to walk, would you want to respond to any falls. Well, you definitely will not hear them through walls.

Dinner is ready but your soup is not. You are so hungry but you need to keep an eye on the soup. Should I wait for the soup to be done or should I eat first? Why do you have to choose? Having an open kitchen allows you to see what goes on in other rooms

Flexibility in customizing your apartment. When the walls are down, there are more space to work with.

If you are a indecisive person, like me, you are going to have trouble styling each room. Why not have one design that represent you?

Creating an illusion. The populations in NYC exceeds 8 millions and there are limited space in housing. Having an open floor plan creates an illusion that a small apartment is looks bigger. 

 

CONs:

Keeping the pets away. When there is food, you pet is always going to want it. Having an open kitchen may be difficult to keep your pets away. In addition, it also makes it easier for your pet to get to the kitchen.

It can get noisy. What did you say? I cannot hear you! Without the walls to keep the noise out, you hear everything in that one big room. Your toddler is crying, your dog is howling and your spouse is watching television, can you concentrate on making make dinner?

Less Privacy. Because it is one big room, you see everything. 

Less Creativity  With the less walls you have, there can only be a limited pictures and artworks you can present.

Bad Reflection If your open room is messy, it makes the whole apartment looks messy.