Go for a high class approach with glass balconies for your property
Gorgeous Glass Balconies and glass balustrades are capable of totally transforming the exterior of your property. Quite simply, Glass Balconies are stunning to look at from a distance and even better to enjoy when you have a little free time on your hands. Have Glass Balconies installed outside of your bedroom, fit a set of French doors and you are free to enjoy the great outdoors anytime you like. Made from high quality glazing and fitted with a number of options to suit your individual taste, Glass Balconies are fabulous features that provide your home with a touch of a class, thanks to their special glazing.
Find a style that suits
One of the hardest decisions you’ll have to make when choosing Glass Balconies is the style you prefer. There are so many outstanding designs you see, with a variety of different Glass Balconies in all size and style options. It’s always a good idea to contact specialists that design, manufacture and install glass balconies and glass balustrades in the initial instance. This way you can talk through your project, see the Glass Balconies they supply and look at some of their past projects. It won’t take long to find a style of Glass Balconies that’ll look lovely when fitted to your home and the entire process couldn’t be easier if you deal with experts in balconies right from the start.
Sit back and relax
Order glass balconies or glass balustrades through experts in the industry and they make the whole process such a simple operation. You choose the design of the Glass Balconies you prefer and they take care of everything else. They’ll conduct site surveys for the Glass Balconies, make sure planning applications are dealt with and complete professional installations on site. Not only do they offer the most amazing Glass Balconies on the market, they also provide an excellent standard of customer service throughout the entire project. It’s easy to order gorgeous Glass Balconies from a company that delivers a higher level of service to their customers. Place your order and it won’t be long until you’re sat on your fabulous feature balcony, enjoying your amazing vantage point.
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Close up a solar heating panel in a modular house built near Corrales, New Mexico…, 04/1974
Image by The U.S. National Archives Original Caption: Close up a solar heating panel in a modular house built near Corrales, New Mexico. Closed at night, the panel is dropped during the day to allow sunlight to pass through the glass and heat blackened 55-gallon drums filled with water, 04/1974
U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 412-DA-12856
Photographer: Norton, Boyd
Albuquerque (New Mexico, United States) inhabited place
Danto Builders educates real estate buyers about the critical buying process for older buildings. It first entails having a qualified Florida Registered Professional Engineer evaluate the structural and electrical integrity of the building. The property must be assessed prior to the purchase, so issues and associated costs can be identified. Danto says, I see the same structural and MEP issues of which potential building owners should be aware and address before purchasing an older building and completing a 40-year re-certification if that is the case.
Danto Builders is a fourth-generation licensed, bonded and insured general contractor with extensive experience in structural and electrical property inspections, repairs, major interior and exterior renovations, and concrete restorations. Danto Builders has completed many inspections of older buildings, as well as the 40-year re-certifications.
Danto Builders renovation project, called Sand Kastle, is a case study which supports this critical process. This building was built in 1951 and was purchased in 2006. The building is very special to the area and the owner. It is part of the original Fort Lauderdale strip and a nostalgic place for the owner; an apartment that he used to rent as a young man.
Buyers of commercial buildings must understand the critical structural and MEP (Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing) items that must be properly inspected on any building before buying it,” says Danto Builders’ owner and CEO, Craig Danto. “This is especially important for an older building that is due for a 40-year re-certification required in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. If buyers have a clear and accurate understanding of this process, they will avoid unexpected, costly and time-consuming mistakes, and the re-certification process will go smoothly.
The new owners were excited to get started with the renovations, so they met with Danto Builders to discuss the scope of work and a budget. The owners did not have a building inspection completed by MEP and structural engineers, so Danto Builders inspected the property for critical items. Unfortunately, it was quickly realized that the building needed to be rebuilt in place; the structural integrity was grossly compromised and a serious safety issue.
The scope of work drastically changed and required concrete restoration and replacement of all the structural column supports from the grade beam up through the third floor tie beam, which also required fabrication of new structural red-iron, steel window headers and sills to support new impact windows.
Not a structural safety issue but important to the exterior condition, the stucco was never bonded properly to the block, which causes the stucco to crumble off the building and not allow for proper painting that will last. The stucco had to be chipped away, bonded, scratch coated and re-applied. Along with the stucco, all of the overhang soffits had to be removed, and new wire lath and stucco were constructed to architecturally feature rounded-edge soffits.
With respect to the MEP issues that were not identified prior to the purchase of the building, existing plumbing had to be abandoned because the underground cast iron pipes were broken and contained vegetation growth. The electrical service had to be completely redone as it did not support the building and was not to code.
The interior also had many violations, including stairway tread heights that were not equal and landings were not to code. The second and third floors and sub-floors were rotted and not level. The third floor was never even permitted. Most of the flooring had to be removed, re-supported, leveled and replaced. Additionally, the interior walls had no insulation, so they were stripped bare and rebuilt to current codes. The third floor was also officially added and rebuilt to include a patio, summer kitchen, sun / ocean-view deck and rooftop area to support a hot tub and lounge area.
In sum, all these items could have been identified if the critical process would have been followed. The owners may still have purchased the building but at least they would have known what to expect with respect to the renovations, timelines and the budget. Obviously, this projects budget and timeline significantly exceeded the original plan. The rebuilding of this property section by section was necessary, so that the city would not enforce new zoning setups. These improvements also minimized building failure and liability issues; prepared it for hurricanes; ensured code compliance, so violations and fees were avoided; and lowered property insurance premiums.
This story does have a happy ending. The owners love the new mixed-use project, which contains their beautiful beach house, and the very successful retail Pops Corn and Yo Mamas Ice cream. Additionally, the Broward County required re-certification was completed without a hitch, and the building received a historical preservation award from the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society.
For more information, contact Danto Builders at (954) 229-2006 or http://www.dantobuilders.com.
For the first quarter of 2012, total revenues reached $ 11.4 million, up 52.5% from $ 7.5 million recorded in the first quarter of 2011. The increase in revenue was primarily driven by an increase in sales from of our new line of interior porcelain wall tiles launched in August of 2011 coupled with an increase in sales from our higher priced premium polycrystalline porcelain floor tiles. Gross profit in the first quarter of 2012 increased to $ 4.3 million, up by 63.3% from $ 2.6 million achieved in the first quarter of 2011. Gross profit margin increased to 37.8% in the first quarter of 2012, compared to 35.3% in the same period of 2011 primarily due to the increased sales of the higher margin premium polycrystalline floor tiles.
Total operating expenses for the first quarter of 2012 decreased to $ 465,000, down 11.1% from $ 523,000 recorded in the same period in 2011. The decrease in operating expenses is largely due to a reduction in retirement insurance expenses and real estate tax expense, partially offset by an increase in employee welfare expenses.
For the first quarter of 2012, net income rose to $ 3.2 million, up 82.1% from net income of $ 1.7 million recorded in the first quarter of 2011. Net margin in the first quarter of 2012 also increased to 27.7% from 23.2% recorded in the same period in 2011. In the first quarter of 2012 we achieved earnings per basic and diluted share of $ 0.42 on 7.5 million weighted average shares outstanding. This compares to earnings of $ 2.94 per basic and diluted share on 590,033 weighted average shares outstanding. The increase in the number of common shares outstanding in the first quarter of 2012 is a result of the full conversion in January 2012 of two outstanding promissory notes for a total of 8.9 million common shares. The two promissory notes were issued in connection with our acquisition of Ziyang Ceramic Company. As of the date of this release we have 10 million shares outstanding with no additional convertible securities outstanding, excluding those covered under existing company stock option and incentive plans.
At March 31, 2012, total cash was $ 9.2 million, an increase of 56.9% from $ 5.9 million in total cash at December 31, 2011. Current assets were $ 15.9 million at March 31, 2012 compared to current assets of $ 14.1 million at December 31, 2011. Total shareholder equity increased to $ 24.9 million, up 14.5% compared to shareholder equity of $ 21.7 million at December 31, 2011.
Commenting on the financial results for the first quarter of 2012, Mr. Lingbo Chi, CEO of Ziyang Ceramics, stated, “We are extremely pleased with our achievements in this quarter as we set the stage for the remainder of 2012. Our new products and higher end tile offerings are beginning to pay dividends for us as we increase sales margins and our bottom line results. We continue to grow our distribution base and expand our product offerings as we build for our future growth. We are confident that we have the right team and are in the right position to deliver strong top and bottom line growth throughout 2012. We look forward to building our company into one of the leading tile manufacturers in China as we look to maximize the value of our company for the benefit of our stockholders.
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