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Having a pool

Have you thought about having a pool it’s a dream that many people aspire too

Especially when they think of moving to Portugal and renovating a stone house or building new.

The first concerns when thinking about having a pool are usually and understandably what will it cost, how big will the pool be, how deep and where will we locate it.

Then there is will it have a liner or glass mosaic tiles, ladders or steps, lighting, electric pool cover(costs permitting) and what about the patio, pool surround, and planting.

Oh yes and a shaded area for dining alfresco!

You have to admit there is a lot to think about when you have decided that you are having a pool.

From a practical point of view, we would have to say that you have missed a major point or three from your pool decision list.

Is the ground suitable for installing a swimming pool of the type and depth that you want?

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Castelo Construction Having a pool

Is there enough access to excavate the pool foundations and where do you want all of the earth to go.

Do I need planning permission or a license?

The final question of who is going to build the pool is possibly the easiest to answer. Castelo Construction can visit your home or building project. Tell you if the conditions to build a pool are in your chosen location.

They can advise on all aspects of pool design from depth, interior finish and even the type of patio or pool cover that will be most suitable.

Call Kelvin on 00351 927168247

Or email kelvin@casteloconstruction.com
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Cette photographie montre un constructeur local en train de couper dangereusement la sécurité de ses travailleurs et des personnes à proximité.

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constructeur local en train de couper dangereusement la sécurité de ses travailleurs

C’est le genre de chose que nous voyons tout le temps ici au Portugal, mais pour les moins informés, cela semble probablement assez anodin.
Permettez-moi de dire d’emblée que tous les constructeurs ne sont pas égaux et que nos collègues sont à la fois compétents et expérimentés. Ils sont également assurés au bon niveau.

Pour moi, cela décrit parfaitement la différence entre ce que vous attendez à voir et à expérimenter au Royaume-Uni, en France ou en Hollande et ce qui se passe au Portugal.
La raison en est que les constructeurs au Portugal n’ont aucune formation officielle ou que la grande majorité de la formation n’est pas assurée ou sous-assurée pour couvrir leurs travailleurs, votre famille ou vos biens.

Un jeune homme typique, s’il ne trouve rien d’autre, finira par travailler sur un chantier. Il copiera toutes les tâches de base comme le bétonnage, la brique et peut-être même la menuiserie.
S’il n’est pas bon, il est licencié et passe d’un emploi à un apprentissage en apprentissage.
La principale cause du problème et la raison pour laquelle les propriétés sont mal construites ou mal remises en état sont que le jeune constructeur ne peut pas facilement apprendre la bonne façon de faire si ses aînés et les personnes responsables ne sont pas du tout compréhensifs. de ce qu’ils font ou c, éduqués au niveau de l’école primaire.

Prenons par exemple un constructeur d’âge moyen que je connais. Nous parlions de la construction de grands murs de soutènement et du problème que beaucoup d’entre eux finissent par se déplacer ou s’éloigner de la verticale.
Il a dit “la raison en est qu’ils ont placé les trous dans le mauvais endroit” “Je mets toujours les miens près du sommet du mur”
Je lui ai dit que chez Castelo Construction, nous utilisons toujours un ingénieur en structure pour concevoir de grands murs de soutènement afin qu’ils ne bougent plus à l’avenir. Ces murs ont toujours les trous de suie près du bas des murs. Je lui ai montré des photos des travaux que nous avions effectués et des grands murs exécutés par des entrepreneurs gouvernementaux. Tous avec des trous pleureurs près du fond.
Il s’est avéré qu’il n’était pas capable de lire, alors il était incapable de lire les notes d’instruction des ingénieurs civils et «improvisait tout au long de son parcours».
Malheureusement, si vous aviez une maison construite ou rénovée par ce constructeur, vous pourriez essayer de réclamer une indemnisation à l’avenir. Pour lequel nous vous offrons la meilleure des chances.

Kelvin@casteloconstruction.com

Telephone 00351 927168247

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builder dangerously cutting corners

This photograph shows a local builder dangerously cutting corners with regard to the safety of his workers and people nearby.

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builder dangerously cutting corners

It is the type of thing we see all of the time here in Portugal but to the uninformed, it probably looks harmless enough.
Let me say up front that not all builders are equal and our colleagues are both skilled and widely experienced. They are also insured to the correct level.

To me, it perfectly describes the difference between what you would expect to see and experience in the UK, France or Holland and what happens in Portugal.
The reason is that builders in Portugal have no official training or indeed safety training the vast majority are not insured or woefully underinsured for the cover of their workers, your family or your property.

A typical young man if he can’t find anything else will end up laboring on a building site. He will be copying all the basic tasks like concreting, brickwork, rendering maybe even some carpentry.
If he is no good he is sacked and moves around from job to job learning zero.
The main cause of the problem and the reason why properties are badly built or badly refurbished here is that the young builder cannot easily learn the correct way to do things if his elders and people in charge are a, stupid or b, have no real understanding of what they are doing or c, educated to junior school level.

Take for instance a middle-aged builder that I know. We were talking about building large retaining walls and the problem that a lot of them here end up moving or leaning out of vertical.

He said “the reason is that they put the weep holes in the wrong place” “I always put mine near the top of the wall”

I told him that at Castelo Construction we always use a structural engineer to design large retaining walls so that they don’t move in the future. These walls always have the weep holes near the bottom of the walls. I showed him photographs of the work we had done and some large walls which were carried out by government contractors. All with weep holes near the bottom.

Turns out he couldn’t read so was unable to read the civil engineer’s instruction notes and just “improvised as he went along”
Unfortunately,

if you had a house built or refurbished by this builder you could be trying to claim compensation in the future. For which we offer you the very best of luck.

Kelvin@casteloconstruction.com

Telephone 00351 927168247