What a waste! You see the storm clouds rolling in for another thunderous monsoon downpour and you are excited that your plants are going to get some much needed water. To your disappointment though, as quick as the rains came, the water has washed away. From the sky, to your roof, to the ground, and off to the washes. There must be something we can do!
The City of Tucson is hosting a water harvesting workshop for City of Tucson water customers. This workshop teaches you about the principals of water harvesting and ways you can implement a water harvesting program on your property. Better yet, It qualifies and teaches you about the great incentive program that offers up to $2,000 back to you when you install a water harvesting system (half the cost of the system for systems up to $4,000).
I went to the workshop and learned a lot about the best practices for a long lasting reliable system. If you are interested in this program give us a call (520) 975-4504 or (520) 297-9643 and we can talk to you about it to see if it’s right for you. We can also design and install these systems for you to make sure you get the biggest bang for your buck! Be sure to like and share this blog so your friends can take advantage of this excellent opportunity!
Imagine that you pull up to the job site of your brand new home that you are building for yourself and you see that the framers were finishing up an arch that bisects your living room. You have called the bank to inspect the progress of the project and they will be here tomorrow to approve a draw on your loan to pay the subcontractors to date. The only things they require are the city’s inspection on intermediates (framing, plumbing, hvac, electric) and a quick walk through to verify the project is being built as described.
Seeing the framers not quite done with the arch, you begin to stress! You walk over to them and ask if you can help. They tell you the radius of the arch is 8 feet and it has a depth of 28 inches. They can’t quite wrap their minds around how to make the arch work. Expecting the bank inspector tomorrow you dive into the arch and are able to figure out how the arch will have to be made to fit! Feeling accomplished you head back to your home for the night.
At home you begin getting the paper work in order for the bank inspector and you realize you forgot to order the inspection by the city! You hastily call the bank to reschedule the inspection but they can’t reschedule for another week and a half. You try and sleep but can’t knowing that your sub contractors are expecting checks tomorrow on the work they completed two weeks ago.
This is all stress that you don’t need to burden yourself with. Hayes Construction, Inc. can be there to make sure everything goes as planned. We have more than 25 years of experience in building homes, additions and remodels to help us navigate the sometimes confusing task of building a house. If you are thinking about taking on a large remodel, addition or home project by yourself, please call (520) 297-9643 or email us email@example.com for some information on how to make the process a lot less stressful!
Hello everyone! I wanted to let you all know about a great new website out there that helps prospective clients find design ideas for future projects. The website is houzz.com. Hayes Construction, Inc. has a page there that features some of our past jobs. This website helps our clients because they can create an idea book that lets them bring all the designs they like into a central location. We can then access that information and have a better understanding of the style our clients are looking to achieve. I suggest you take a look at the website and start an idea book of your own; even if you don’t have a project in mind yet.
This is just another way that Hayes Construction, Inc. is creating a better experience for its customers. If you find this website appealing please like this blog post so others have a chance to check it out. Thanks!
Here is just another example of the innovative ‘Green’ techniques that are available from Biotop Living Pool.
This pool is chemical free (chlorine being one of the most caustic of chemicals), and even better than salt, or bromide pools.
Brilliant Idea, and we would like to offer this to our clients as an option for those who want a swimming hole! It’s beautiful, functional, and it provides you with your own natural spring in your back yard!
Let us know if we can give you any other ideas, affordable and easy to help our environment and leave a smaller carbon footprint!
Water can be classified in three distinct categories; drinking water (white), sewage (black), and “in between” water (grey). This “in between” water is water that comes from the laundry machine, dishwasher and shower/bath drains. This water, although polluted, is not considered to be dangerous for recycling. The use of grey water in irrigation is used most commonly. Below is a list of some of the benefits of recycling grey water for irrigation:
- Reduced impact on ground water
- Reduced water bill
- More lush vegetation
- Replenished aquifer
- Less impact on existing infrastructure (sewer/septic)
As you can see this type of recycling can directly affect the environment in a positive way. It is important to remember though; harmful cleaning chemicals should not be used if you use this type of system do to their negative effects on vegetation and wildlife. And grey water should not be used for plants intended for human consumption.
If this all sounds good to you, your next question should be, “how can I get started”? Well, to retro fit a grey water recycling system to your house you must have fixtures that are located on the perimeter of your house, such as a laundry machine on the porch or a dishwasher on an outside wall. Tapping into these drains would be easy and cost effective. The other option would be to include it on any future construction. When the idea of grey water recycling is brought up early, in the design phase, all grey water lines can be plumbed to accommodate a recycling program. This simple low cost design modification can end up saving you money and protecting the environment.
Let Hayes Construction, Inc. know if you would like to incorporate a grey water recycling system into your new home or addition.
Rastra is an insulating concrete form (ICF) used to make walls for buildings. Its main components are concrete and thastyron which is
a mixture of plastic foam and binder which are subsequently molded into blocks. The main components of rastra are cement, water and expanded polystyrene.
Rastra blocks come in different sizes, and can be easily cut with woodworking tools to form the desired shape. These blocks are commonly attached together with clamps or glue to form a grid-like system. Rebar is then used to reinforce the blocks and the grid is filled with concrete.
Rastra has important environmental considerations in that up to it contains up to 80% postconsumer and postindustrial plastic. The products low weight reduces transportation pollutants.
Rastra has many advantages that include:
- Reduction in noise.
- Fire resistance
- Rodent proof
- Termite proof
If you’re ready to explore how Rastra can be used in constructing or remodeling your home call Hayes Construction today (520) 297-9643.
Solar water heaters, or solar domestic hot water systems, can be a very cost effective way to generate hot water for your home. They can be used in any climate, and the fuel they use (sunshine) is both clean and free.
Solar water heating systems include storage tanks and solar collectors. There are two types of solar water heating systems: active, which have circulating pumps and controls, and passive, which don’t.
Most solar water heaters require a well-insulated storage tank. Solar storage tanks have an additional outlet and inlet connected to and from the collector. In two-tank systems, the solar water heater preheats water before it enters the conventional water heater. In one-tank systems, the back-up heater is combined with the solar storage in one tank.
Three types of solar collectors are used for residential applications:
1. Flat Plate Collector
Glazed flat-plate collectors are insulated, weatherproofed boxes that contain a dark absorber plate under one or more glass or plastic (polymer) covers. Unglazed flat-plate collectors which are usually used for solar pool heating have a dark absorber plate, made of metal or polymer, without a cover or enclosure.
2. Integral Collector-storage systems
Also known as ICS or batch systems, they feature one or more black tanks or tubes in an insulated, glazed box. Cold water first passes through the solar collector, which preheats the water. The water then continues on to the conventional backup water heater, providing a reliable source of hot water. They should be installed only in mild-freeze climates because the outdoor pipes could freeze in severe, cold weather.
3. Evacuated-tube solar collectors
They feature parallel rows of transparent glass tubes. Each tube contains a glass outer tube and metal absorber tube attached to a fin. The fin’s coating absorbs solar energy but inhibits radiative heat loss. These collectors are used more frequently for U.S. commercial applications.
Hayes Construction is an expert at using alternative energy methods to make your home more efficient, save you money and protect the environment.
If you have any questions about solar water heaters, or if you’re ready to have a solar water heater installed in your home, we’re here to support you. Give us a call today…(520) 297-9643.