Things to keep in Mind While Waterproofing your Washroom

    Washrooms are one of the most important parts of every construction project. They are no longer those secluded parts in the corner of the house, but instead are used as areas of leisure and relaxation. And it is quite obvious that bathrooms are the most prone to moisture related mishaps so special attention must be paid to waterproofing it appropriately. Here are some things to keep in mind as you supervise the waterproofing of your bathroom.

Bathroom Flooring

Flooring:

    Use antiskid tiles on the floor. It is always a good idea to use wide grout lines between the tiles and seal the grout lines annually, so that water doesn’t seep through them. Another important aspect of bathroom flooring is the uninterrupted slope towards the drain so that water doesn’t accumulate in pockets.

Bathroom Walls

Walls:

    The wall behind the shower panel, the part under the sink and the area behind the water closet, are most prone to mold and mildew, it is therefore a good idea to use tiles on the washroom walls as well. Use the Dr. Fixit Bathseal kit to protect your walls, floor, and sanitation areas.

Bathroom Ceiling

Ceiling:

    Ensure that your washroom ceiling is coated with waterproof paint so that it doesn’t absorb moisture.
Always ensure that there is enough ventilation and an exhaust fan in the bathroom so that moisture doesn’t stay. Also ensure that the joints in the plumbing and faucets are sealed properly; and, we repeat, the slopes on the floor direct the water straight to the drain.

    In fact, they Waterproofing is an extremely essential part of every construction project as the lack of it, or inadequacy of the same, can cause moulds to fester, seepage, and ultimately weaken the walls.

    Different types of waterproofing materials are used in the building industry. In order to obtain satisfactory performance, it is essential to apply the water-proofing treatment prior to laying the tiles and special care has to be taken to carefully preparing the building sub-surface so that it can receive the treatment as recommended.

    It is essential to ensure the water-tightness of the structures so that the flow of water from inside the structure to outside (in case of swimming pools), and the infiltration of water from the surrounding soil into the structure are effectively prevented.

    Have a look at our growing database of waterproofing products and have a look at some amazing bathroom images on our pinterest page to inspire you to start designing your dream bathroom today.

 

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How to calculate AC tonnage for your Home or Office

Summers setting in, and it’s time to bring out those AC’s, and a lot of us will be out looking for new AC’s this season.. Shopping for the right kind of air conditioner can be quite confusing, and a lot of times we can be misled into buying a larger unit than required or worse than that, buying something which is too small for our room!
It is important to have some idea about how to calculate the AC capacity that you require for your room… which depends not only on the size of the room but also on the size of the windows, which direction they face, number of people who occupy it, the insulation of the room (is it on the top floor or in the basement) even the wattage of equipment in the room influences the required AC capacity (more relevant for offices).

The most basic thumb rule to get started is to calculate the volume of your room in feet and divide it by 1000, this will give you the required capacity in TR (tons). So a 10 foot by 10 foot room which is 10 feet high will need a one ton AC (10’x10’x10’ = 1000 Cu.ft. / 1000 = 1 ton).

But to add some precision to this calculation do the following:

Measure the dimensions of your room.
Identify the orientation of your windows and measure their sizes (don’t add up the window sizes as a north facing window impacts the calculation different from a south facing window)

Follow the links below and use the AC tonnage calculator provided by companies like Bluestar and LG to get a the required tonnage for your room (more calculators can be found online)

https://www.bluestarindia.com/ac-tonnage-calculator/toncalculator.asp

http://www.lg.com/in/support/ac-tonnage-calculator

After this let’s understand the units. One ton (TR) of refrigeration refers to the heat extraction capacity of the unit, it’s an American unit and equates to the amount of energy required to melt one short ton of ice (about 907 KG or 2000 pounds). This is equivalent to 12000 BTU/h (British thermal unit), beware of products that claim to be a one ton unit but have a cooling capacity of less than 12000 BTU. Finally we need to check the power consumed by the unit in watts and the star rating which is based on the EER (energy efficiency ratio). If we convert the cooling capacity to watts (1 ton = 12000 BTU = 3517 watts) and then divide it by the power consumed to achieve this we get the EER, the higher the better (this shouldn’t ever be below 2.3 and should be around 3.5 for a 5-star rating).

So to summarize:
AT HOME:
Calculate the cooling capacity (in TR) based on your room requirements
AT THE STORE:
Check the cooling capacity (in TONS as well as BTU then convert it to watts)
Check the power consumed.
Check the BEE rating. (verify by dividing cooling capacity by Power consumed)

The Chronicles of Getting Anything Built or Renovated, Ever!

Anyone who has been through the building process would know how tough it is to get anything built or renovated, it’ll cost you more than it should and take forever!!


The hassles one has to go through to choose the right products for his or her project leads to price insecurities and cause many people heart ache, very often straining the client-designer relationship and upsetting the overall health of the project. Being an architect, I meet such hassled customers day in-day out. And hence, the idea of ‘BuildingBlox’ was born. Well no, we don’t make construction blocks, but what we are working on is a virtual expo of building materials. In its current form ‘BuildingBlox’ is a gallery of construction products that will come in handy while constructing or renovating any space, very soon we will expand our horizons to professionals and retailers to create a more robust platform.


The idea behind the portal is to help you reduce those material sourcing trips to the market, and to reduce your dependence on the contractor’s suggestions. We strive to give you the power to research materials and products in the comfort of your room.


We are steadily increasing the product directory and hope to make it a one stop shop for all your construction and design needs, in the interim, we hope you like what you see: http://buildingblox.in


Also watch this space for everything related to design and construction, with posts relating to new and innovative products, material quantity calculators, ‘Do It Yourself’ tips and loads more!