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    • Honeycombing or segregation in concrete

      The concrete mainly consists of cement, gravel/ crushed aggregate, sand, water, and sometimes also chemicals to increase workability. Honeycomb is due to non-reaching of concrete to all places due to which cavities and hollow pockets are created, the main reasons are: 1. Improper vibration during concreting. 2. Less cover to reinforcement bars 3. Use of very stiff concrete (this can be avoided by controlling water as per slump test). 4. Places like the junction of a beam, to beam, to a column, and to one or more beams, are the typical spots where honeycombs are observed. This is due to the jumbling of reinforcement of beams and column rods at one place; special attention is required at such place during concreting and vibration. 5. The presence of a higher percentage of bigger size aggregate in concrete also prevents concrete to fill narrow spaces between the reinforcement rods. How to repair Reinforced concrete structures have failed within 20 or 30 years of their construction due to honeycombs, which is less than half their projected life. Especially no risk should be taken in case of columns, machine foundations, rafts, beams, etc., where breaking and recasting is the only way out. In case, honeycombs appear on surface the following sequence is to be followed Remove all loose and non-dense concrete parts until you reach a dense layer of concrete. Clean the steel reinforcement as well as you can Apply the concrete surface with Styrene-Butadiene Rubber (SBR) available with all construction chemical vendors. SBR bonds the old and new concrete, without creating any hairline cracks, which usually cause water seepage. It will not be out of context to point out that, contractors and their supervisors are in the habit of hiding honeycombs by applying a superficial layer of cement plaster on the honeycombs, hence site engineers must be very cautious. At places of the junction of columns and beams concrete with strictly ¾” and down aggregates should be used with slightly more water and cement to avoid honeycombs. Taping with a wooden hammer, the sides of shuttering from outside, during concreting, and vibrating will help to minimize honeycombs to a great extent in the case of columns and beams. Use of thinner needle say 1” or less with vibrator at intricate places of concreting will also help in reducing honeycombs. Honeycombs as a defect not only reduce the load-bearing capacity but water finds an easy way to reinforcement rods resulting in rusting and corrosion.

    • CHIC ROOFTOPS FOR YOUR HOME

      Considering Islamabad’s beautiful four seasons, the rooftops on our homes can form perfect outdoor living areas year round. Summer Nights are cool and windy, making rooftop BBQ parties highly enjoyable. Whereas, Long, lazy winter evenings on rooftops — with a fireplace, are an absolute bliss. The mumty (allowed by bye-laws) can make an amazing gym with beautiful views and required seclusion. These chic outdoor areas can be used comfortably throughout the year. Browse images of outstanding exterior fireplaces and surrounding living areas to find inspiration for making the most of your outdoor space. Creating green rooftops is an effective and easy way of utilizing the rooftops now. the special materials required for creating green spaces, like water proofing, geo-textiles etc are now easily available. If not all some parts of your existing rooftops can be converted in to a green area with grass and plants that do well in sun.

    • CONSTRUCTION CHALLENGES FOR ARCHITECTS IN ISLAMABAD

      Montage was established in 1998 comprising a team of young, enthusiastic Architects from NCA Lahore and abroad. For us designing was easy, but to see that design being devastated by the contractors and all others involved in actual execution of the project was a nightmare. After extensive initial hits and trials we realized that the only way to do it right is to “do it yourself”. So we started hiring individual craftsmen and construction workers and decided to be the Designers, contractors and project managers ourselves. Now looking back at those 22 years journey I feel that was the absolute right thing to do. Montage Designbuild can today boast to be the best construction company in Islamabad for residential projects, bringing Architecture, Construction, Interior Design and Property Management, all under one roof. And it’s all because of the extensive and reliable resources we have developed in house along the way. We believe that the two most important challenges we face during construction are Quality of construction Cost of Construction Quality of Construction For us the basic principal for achieving quality in construction is that “there are no short cuts to quality”. You have to be involved and you have to do it right. We not only rigorously follow engineering standards but go an extra mile to ensure that every material and every resource that goes into the making of our projects follows performance standards as well. This requires Going to the laboratories, testing the materials that we use for specified performance. Visiting Factories and production houses to make sure that all procurement is up to the mark. Constant Engagement with labor force, hiring the most talented masons and craftsmen, ensuring that the best hands are put to work. Going an extra mile to retain our labor, knowing good craftsmen are always hard to find. Professional supervision at every step along the way. We do not believe in subletting works, no matter how small. All our sites are managed by full time engineers/supervisors, who are in turn supervised by architects and structural engineers. Testing sampling and mock-ups. We make sure that before taking any work to a bigger scale, samples are made, tested and mock-ups carried out, hence minimizing chances of failure. Cost of Construction The Quality Standards that we have set out for ourselves require that the best quality materials be used, and the proper procedures for each work be carried out, efficiently and diligently. Now that is not a market practice in Pakistan, especially in residential projects, putting us in an unfair competition. Nonetheless these high standards have earned us a solid reputation, bringing clients that want only the best for themselves For Montage Design-build, construction cost estimations begin only after all designs are finalized. Hence the costing for first phase i.e. structure and services is completed only after Architecture design, Structure design and MEP Drawings are finalized. The cost estimation for second phase i.e. finishing is finalized once all interior finishes, designs and materials are finalized. Hence the project cost is fragmented, which again is not a market practice. By breaking down the construction process in two phases, we guarantee the Cost and minimize changes during execution. Once construction is underway, it’s time for you to sit back and relax. We understand that our clients are busy people. We won’t waste your time, but we will keep you updated with weekly photos, Videos and Project Progress reports. We believe in transparency. When problems come up, we’ll let you know about them. And we will deal with them. Once construction is completed and we are satisfied that it meets our exacting standards, we schedule a final walk-through with you. If you notice any issues during the walk-through, we take care of them right away. We proudly back up our projects with a warranty program for up to one year and even afterwards if desired. For Boutique Homes Islamabad this warranty is for 2 years and more. Please visit www.montagedesignbuild.com.pk/construction for details

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    • Interior Designer in Islamabad | Montagedesignbuild

      Contact Us Interior Designer in Islamabad Our emphasis on Interior Design through out the project life aims to offer clients a seamless design from the exterior to interior spaces. We ensure that the interiors are designed and detailed to complement the overall appearance. It is of utmost importance to the architectural firm as a whole that the interior and exterior of its designs are seen as one making us a unique Interior Designer in Islamabad, one who is also responsible for Architecture. At the architectural design stage, Infrastructure and services are designed to seamlessly accommodate Interior plans and Design, hence no dismantling and additions required afterwards Bathroom Detail, Embassy Building Islamabad Finesse and Sophistication in Finishing works is hallmark of Montage Designbuild Projects. We achieve this by constant and strict supervision by Architects and Engineers at all stages of the Project Cycle. Vanity Area Decor and Layout, F-10, Islamabad Finesse and Sophistication in Finishing works is hallmark of Montage Designbuild Projects. We achieve this by constant and strict supervision by Architects and Engineers at all stages of the Project Cycle. Modern Bathrooms, F-7/1, Islamabad Finesse and Sophistication in Finishing works is hallmark of Montage Designbuild Projects. We achieve this by constant and strict supervision by Architects and Engineers at all stages of the Project Cycle. 1/12 Kitchen Layout, F-7 Islamabad Finesse and Sophistication in Finishing works is hallmark of Montage Designbuild Projects. We achieve this by constant and strict supervision by Architects and Engineers at all stages of the Project Cycle. Laundry Area F-7 Islamabad Finesse and Sophistication in Finishing works is hallmark of Montage Designbuild Projects. We achieve this by constant and strict supervision by Architects and Engineers at all stages of the Project Cycle. Modern Kitchens, F-7, Islamabad Finesse and Sophistication in Finishing works is hallmark of Montage Designbuild Projects. We achieve this by constant and strict supervision by Architects and Engineers at all stages of the Project Cycle. 1/8 Detail of Headrest Sophisticated layouts, bespoke Furniture and an uncompromising attention to detail, are the hallmarks of Interior Designing at Montage Designbuild Master Bedrooms, Diplomatic Enclave Islamabad Sophisticated layouts, bespoke Furniture and an uncompromising attention to detail, are the hallmarks of Interior Designing at Montage Designbuild Master Bedroom F-7, Islamabad Sophisticated layouts, bespoke Furniture and an uncompromising attention to detail, are the hallmarks of Interior Designing at Montage Designbuild 1/8 Bedroom, F-7 Islamabad Finesse and Sophistication in Finishing works is hallmark of Montage Designbuild Projects. We achieve this by constant and strict supervision by Architects and Engineers at all stages of the Project Cycle. Bedroom Montage Designbuild Project Bedrooms, F-7 Islamabad 1/11 Procurement of finishing materials plays the most important role in the budget and timely completion of the projects. Procurement itself can be a very tricky and time consuming process. We therefore make sure that this process starts as soon as feasible. Bespoke Furniture Sophisticated layouts, bespoke Furniture and an uncompromising attention to detail, are the hallmarks of Interior Designing at Montage Designbuild Study Areas Sophisticated layouts, bespoke Furniture and an uncompromising attention to detail, are the hallmarks of Interior Designing at Montage Designbuild Living Areas Sophisticated layouts, bespoke Furniture and an uncompromising attention to detail, are the hallmarks of Interior Designing at Montage Designbuild, Islamabad 1/7 Original Artwork Sophisticated layouts, bespoke Furniture and an uncompromising attention to detail, are the hallmarks of Interior Designing at Montage Designbuild Ceiling Detail Sophisticated layouts, bespoke Furniture and an uncompromising attention to detail, are the hallmarks of Interior Designing at Montage Designbuild Entrance Foyer F-7/1 Sophisticated layouts, bespoke Furniture and an uncompromising attention to detail, are the hallmarks of Interior Designing at Montage Designbuild 1/8 Dining area Embassy of Iraq Sophisticated layouts, bespoke Furniture and an uncompromising attention to detail, are the hallmarks of Interior Designing at Montage Designbuild Dinette Furniture Sophisticated layouts, bespoke Furniture and an uncompromising attention to detail, are the hallmarks of Interior Designing at Montage Designbuild Opulent Dining Room Sophisticated layouts, bespoke Furniture and an uncompromising attention to detail, are the hallmarks of Interior Designing at Montage Designbuild 1/9 Formal Drawing Room, F-7 Islamabad Sophisticated layouts, bespoke Furniture and an uncompromising attention to detail, are the hallmarks of Interior Designing at Montage Designbuild Formal Drawing Room Sophisticated layouts, bespoke Furniture and an uncompromising attention to detail, are the hallmarks of Interior Designing at Montage Designbuild Formal Drawing Room, F-7, Islamabad Sophisticated layouts, bespoke Furniture and an uncompromising attention to detail, are the hallmarks of Interior Designing at Montage Designbuild 1/9 Commercial Interiors Sophisticated layouts, bespoke Furniture and an uncompromising attention to detail, are the hallmarks of Interior Designing at Montage Designbuild Auditorium Interiors Sophisticated layouts, bespoke Furniture and an uncompromising attention to detail, are the hallmarks of Interior Designing at Montage Designbuild Embassy Auditorium Sophisticated layouts, bespoke Furniture and an uncompromising attention to detail, are the hallmarks of Interior Designing at Montage Designbuild 1/4 BESPOKE FURNITURE to create a look that's consistent and sophisticated, we design and manufacture the required furniture for a project, at one of our facilities in Gujarat. We have partnered with the best factory and use there resources to create furniture that is designed, of best available materials, and bespoke. The required fabrics are synchronized and procured from the best sources. For all trade-works involved we are the most resourceful Interior Designer in Islamabad.

    • Architects in Islamabad | Montage Designbuild | F-8/3

      Contact us Established 1998 ARCHITECTS IN ISLAMABAD MONTAGE DESIGNBUILD is a high end design-build practice. We offer turnkey service from concept to completion. Montage Designbuild is the only architectural firm in Islamabad to bring together in-house architects and Interior Designers, in parallel with in-house construction and project management teams, all under one roof. We employ in-house construction teams to execute our design vision in a tightly controlled and streamlined way. I t also ensures our high design standards are executed with equally high engineering standards. Having completed scores of high end residential design-build projects across Islamabad, we are specialists in residential projects of all scales. Our services are designed to provide clients with an experience that is completely unique. We remove the stress of a building project and the fear of working with builders. All residential projects are designed, built and managed by Montage Designbuild making us a unique and the best team of Architects in Islamabad.

    • Construction Company in Islamabad | Home Builder - Montagedesignbuild

      Contact Us ​ On finalization of the design process, we work out a budget and timelines that are guaranteed. There are no hidden fees or unpleasant surprises awaiting you. We won’t surprise you with unplanned changes, either, and we achieve that through meticulous planning from the start. During execution we will keep you updated with weekly reports, photos, and budget updates. SUBSTRUCTURE Construction Company in Islamabad SUPER STRUCTURE Contact Us We love building homes, and we strive to make each one better than the last. The passion that drives us inspires us to dig deeper and think long term. We are obsessed with the little things. Attention to detail is our hallmark. Our homes are not just elegant and luxurious, – they have good bones. We build to last. We involve structural and civil engineers, architects and Interior Designers throughout the project life, for design as well as execution, making us the most versatile house Construction Company in Islamabad BUILDING EXCEPTIONAL LUXURY HOMES IS OUR PASSION CONCRETE WORKS INFRASTRUCTURE& SERVICES There are four things that set us apart from other builders: #1 is our team approach. Our entire team is involved with every project from beginning to end, planning, checking and rechecking our work. Each project has a dedicated supervisor who makes sure that all SOPs are being meticulously followed ​ #2 is planning. Before we ever hammer a single nail, we plan, plan, and plan some more. For us the design and construction are not two separate entities, but a continuous process. The drawings of every work to be executed on site get thoroughly discussed and deliberated upon, before final execution. ​ #3 is that we are a design/build firm. We can take you all the way from the first site meeting to move-in with a single point of contact. No need to shop around for interior designers and landscape designers – we partner with some of the best. ​ #4 a one year, free of cost maintenance of your home! We believe in professionalism, and technical know how. This approach gives us full confidence to provide a one year, free of cost, maintenance of your property, after handing over; something unheard of, for a construction company in Islamabad ​ PASSION, TEAMWORK, EXPERTISE AND AN EXACTING THIRST FOR PERFECTION.... THAT'S THE MONTAGE DESIGNBUILD DIFFERENCE The project starts with a thorough analysis of clients requirements, site anylasis, and geotechnical investigation at site. We also work with the clients to develop design vision based on bye laws, budget and timelines CONSTRUCTION OF SHELL/ STRUCTURE We develop design ideas and prepare layout options for the client. At this stage 3d models and external views are also developed. On finalization of the layout design and 3ds, the submission process starts to seek approval of plans, and to acquire permission to build. Architectural, structural, interior layouts, MEP working drawings are finalized at this stage. based on these drawing BOQs (Bill of Quantities) for first phase of construction are prepared HANDOVER & AFTERCARE We provide free of Cost Maintenance and warranty for one year after handing over the property SITE INVESTIGATION FINISHING WORKS

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