Category Archives: Security in Portugal

Though much safer than most countries, it still pays to be prudent. So helpful advice is on offer to help your house and contents stay safe.

Self build DIY renovation Portugal

Self build DIY renovation Portugal

Self build DIY renovation Portugal. Are you interested in self build DIY refurbishment Portugal Self build DIY renovation The opportunities are endless not a week goes by without me seeing a house that would make a stunning refurbishment property. So where is the catch ? There isn’t one you can buy a home here in central Portugal. It’s not all plain sailing of course there are some things that you must be prepared for.   Ask your self……… Are you up to the tasks ahead.Not just physically but also from a skills point of view. Are you prepared to get professional help involved at the right time. If there was a delay would you be able to live in the property or rent somewhere else. Would you be able to afford to have a delay. Can you speak and understand basic Portuguese. Materials are different here do you know how they are used, ordered, delivered. Licenses, are you up to date with what you need. Building on a tight budget only to receive a fine is not the way to go ! Friendly advise.  Its often difficult to comprehend the “big picture” of a refurbishment project or new build. The number of times our clients say ” I hadn’t thought about that ” when we ask them building related questions is amazing so unless you have lots of relevant and current experience make sure that you have someone who you can ask even dumb questions too. If you have questions on the technical aspects of building or refurbishing in Portugal contact  info@casteloconstruction.com   check out our website to look at some of our recent projects   www.casteloconstruction.com   or search this blog site for more information.  

Self build DIY renovation Portugal

Insulation in Portugal

Insulation in Portugal

Insulation in Portugal The climates great here, feels just like California most of the time. That is apart from when you go into a Portuguese house if its more than twenty years old. You have a range of temperatures to endure from arctic to equatorial. In the winter they are very cold and seem to suck the heat out of you no matter how high you turn up the heating or how many clothes and fleeces you wear. In the summer they can be stiflingly hot so hot in fact that its hard to sleep because the roof is releasing all of the heat that it has collected during the day straight into your bedroom ! The answer is of course that these houses are not insulated and this omission allows the arctic to equatorial conditions to prevail. What the houses need is insulation but where and how and what are more difficult questions and require some detailed explanation. Types of insulation The most common insulation used in Portugal is “wallmate, floormate and roof mate” This is an extruded polystyrene product and is very easy to work with. Surprisingly cork although one of Portugal’s major natural products is both expensive ( about 3 times the price of wallmate) and hard to obtain without pre-order. Try www.isocor.pt Rock wool and fiberglass bats and rolls are available but sheep’s wool and processed paper are rare. Where to insulate – Its simple. Everywhere roof walls, floors and windows. Ventilation Trapping warm air inside your home with insulation is the goal but it has to be done with adequate ventilation this often seems counter intuitive – heating up your house spending money and effort on insulation and then opening a window ! If you don’t ventilate you will trap moisture laded warm air in your house which will then deposit the moisture on the coolest thing in the house it could be the walls ceilings or floor. Most likely to be the windows making your house look like a late night launderette. How to insulate http://www.casteloconstruction.info/tag/how-to-insulate-a-stone-house-in-portugal/ www.casteloconstruction.com

Insulation in Portugal

concrete beam removing inside a room

Concrete beam removing inside a room

Concrete beam removing inside a room  We carry out this type of work all the time because our clients want more headroom in the ground floor of their homes or because the concrete beam was poorly constructed and they are unsure how strong it is. We also remove, lift up and reposition wooden beams in this case supporting a first floor. concrete beam removing inside a roomwooden beam removing inside a room The fist step is to look at the condition of the walls that the beam is currently resting on and were its going to be resting. If these walls are not sound do not attempt to remove or reposition the beam without making the sound and waiting for the cement and concrete to dry sufficiently so that its structurally sound. Weight is your biggest enemy. If a beam was to break or fall during the move it could easily bring the support walls down on top of you. NB: many demolition contractors are killed every year by just such an occurrence. No hard had will save you in this type of accident. http://uk.news.yahoo.com/jake-weir-builder-miracle-escape-from-collapse-building-video-115719313.html#3hmiU3G Support everything, move slowly don’t be tempted to drop things to the floor if you want to  stay safe. Remove all the weight off the beam before attempting to move or remove it. Use sufficient numbers of adjustable props to take the weight of the beam. Clear space in the supporting wall so that the beam can be lifted. Move the beam with the props very slowly and keep it level at all times. This is not a one man job and should never be attempted by the inexperienced raise the beam above the final resting position so that a solid foundation can be created to spread the load of the beam and the weight that it will be supporting. Once the beams foundation is set and cured. slowly lower the beam to its new position and piece it into the walls. concrete beam removing inside a room  floor replaced Do not start putting weight on the beam until it is firmly set into its new position. Or you can save yourself the stress, probable hernia and worry by calling Castelo Construction Lda SKYPE casteloconstruction        Phone 00351 927168247 we are based in central Portugal For information on what we do go to www.casteloconstruction.com

concrete beam removing inside a room