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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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Diggers and Dreamers Plant Hire

Plant Hire

There is something fundamental a kind of primeval urge for us to have a go a driving diggers, earth movers and dumpers. I have met many a person who has invented or inflated a small project that they can do by hiring a digger or dumper from a plant hire company.

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Plant hire Portugal

Many people assume that it will be as easy to hire tools and equipment here in Portugal however unless you live in Lisbon or Porto it is very difficult to find anyone who will let you have a digger or dumper without a driver.

This is actually no bad thing. Accidents with even the smaller versions of earth moving equipment are often fatal.

This You-tube video is typical of people who have no training or experience.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT0PjLGYPRc

If you hire a digger and driver for example the length of hire will be less because the driver knows what he is doing so you save money and the work will be neater and safer for those working nearby and in fact better all round.

Castelo Construction don’t hire diggers and dumpers but we know a lot of people who do so if you need earth or stones moving contact us on info@casteloconstruction.com

One final point. If you are digging a hole for example to make a cesspit or a swimming pool you already know that there will be a lot of waste soil or stone (spoil as it’s called in the trade) On many occasions when a pool has been dug the owners think that they will just rearrange the spoil around the garden.

What happens if what you dig out of the hole is not nice top soil but rock. Do you have a place to put 60 tonnes of rock and if not are you ready to pay for it to be transported away.

How do I do a property survey.

How do I do a property survey

If you are asking yourself how do I do a property survey? You have come to the right place and particularly if you are looking at properties in Portugal.
How do I do a property survey.
How do I do a property survey.

There is no need to be an Structural Engineer or a Surveyor if you want to carry out your own assessment of a house for instance.

The less background knowledge and experience you have of course makes it more difficult but not impossible and if you think about it.

 

We all do this informal “Survey” when we are looking at buying a home.

The thing is to get the basics right.
You need to know what the property is made of Stone (Pedra) or hollow brick and render.
Then think “GRAVITY” when you carry out your personal survey.

Starting at the top of the house and work downwards like gravity.

Walk around the outside of the property and if you can’t see all the sides clearly go onto adjoining land to make sure that you can.

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How do I do a property survey

What you are looking for –
Is the top of the roof line (ridge) level.
Can you see any holes in the roof or missing, moved roof tiles.
Is the chimney straight?

Are there any plants or grass growing on the roof.
Can you see an obvious sag in the mid roof section or a hump.

If it has gutters and drain pipes are these straight. Any of them bent or missing?
If there are adjoining roofs are the flashing’s in place?
If there are roof lights, dormer windows or water tanks on top of the roof do they appear to be in good condition. Take binoculars to get a good look.

Now go inside the house to the upstairs ceiling. You have brought your ladder with you haven’t you?

Don’t be put off by the many inches of bat poo, birds’ nests and dead cats, rats and insects. Get inside the roof space with a strong flashlight.
You are now looking for obvious daylight shining in.
Broken roof joists.
Rotten ceiling joists, rotten tile laths, rotten roof joists and beams (purlins)
The condition of any visible wiring.
The condition of any flues or chimneys going through the roof space.

Take great care in walking around these spaces falling through ceilings is dangerous and very embarrassing if you have not already bought the property.

The above is your list to get started on a survey and we are only at the top of the house!

If you would like a bigger check list please get in touch. If you would like Castelo Construction to take a look on your new home or a home that you are interested in buying we can do that even if you are not here in Portugal.

Our written reports with lots of photographs enable you to make a quick decision on the purchase price and whether to buy or not.

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