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Build Your Dream Vacation House Now

Their convenience and relatively low prices make kit homes the choice of many people when planning and constructing a house. Aside from this, prefabricated homes are much faster to complete than most stick-built structures. Especially in the recent years when almost everyone needed to be more budget-conscious and more practical in many aspects of everyday living, these types of houses have become the wiser choice for a lot of people.

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History of Kit Homes

However, it hasn’t only been recently that this type of structure has been in existence. It was already being sold and used in the 17th century. It wasn’t until the 20th century, though, when houses built using home-building kits grew in popularity. Timber was the main material used and sent by railroad transportation to wherever it is needed. However, everything about them was simple and generic. All kit homes seemed to look the same. In addition, quality control wasn’t really in place for these products. These were the main reasons why they haven’t really taken off in all those years.

Kit Homes of Today

Recently, manufacturers have been serious about putting kit homes with a variety of designs and strict quality control out in the market. You’ll be surprised at the different styles and sizes of prefabricated house kits you’ll find available. You’ll see design ranges from the simplest everyday abode to country kit homes that are perfect for vacation homes. There are even manufacturers who can deliver kit homes with customized designs.

Many of the materials in kit homes are also 100 percent environmentally friendly – made from recycled or recyclable items. Moreover, building a kit home today isn’t only worry-free in terms of the general construction process but also in all the other details. The materials included in kit homes are more precisely measured and cut compared to those used in site-built houses, because kit home materials are done in the factory’s controlled environment. In addition, these materials are all treated and conditioned according to your requirements when it arrives at your site. All the materials are bought in bulk from the manufacturers, making it easy for them to sell their kit homes at very reasonable prices.

Words of Warning

While the convenience, easy building processes, and low prices of kit homes are very enticing, you should always ensure that the size, design, and other specifications of the product that you’ll buy are suitable for your land. You should also ensure that you’ll follow the building codes in your area and other regional regulations that apply in your home construction.

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10 Beautiful Bridges around the World

Bridges truly are a feat of engineering and human innovation. We have been constructing bridges as a means of getting from one place to another, over any number of obstacles, for many decades now. From the humble log positioned over a stream, to the grandiose welding, steelwork and mighty cranes involved in today’s bridges, there is no doubt that humans just wouldn’t be where we are today without them.

Literally. There are so many beautiful bridges in this world that it is hard to narrow it down to the ultimate crème de la crème. However, there are some bridges that stand out as the most elite, the most impressive structures: the most beautiful bridges in the world.

Australia

Sydney Harbour Bridge

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To begin, let’s look at our very own Sydney Harbour Bridge. Any tourist would be able to recognise it as it is one of our most photographed landmarks, and rightly so. It is the world’s largest steel arch bridge and took eight years to build, first opening in March 1932. Incredibly, because steel contracts or expands depending on what temperature it is, the bridge is not completely stationary and can rise or fall up to 18cm!

Bosnia

Stari Most

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Stari Most (“The Old Bridge”) is located in the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Hersegovina. This bridge stood for 427 years before it was destroyed in 1993 during the Bosnian War. It was then rebuilt after it’s destruction and reopened in 2004. This construction’s resilience and deep history makes it a truly remarkable object of study. In the Iranian city of Isfahan, Si-o-se Pol, or ‘The Bridge of 33 Arches’, stands grandly at 295 metres long and 13.75 metres wide. It is solely constructed from humble sticks and stones, and was commissioned in 1602 by Shah Abbas I, making it yet another bridge that is rich with historical significance.

Japan

Akashi Bridge

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Spanning mightily across the Akashi Strait in Japan, the Akashi-Kaikyo bridge took almost 12 years to build. Also known as the Pearl Bridge, it is the longest suspension bridge in the world, stretching across the Strait and connecting Kobe on Japanese mainland to Iwaya on Awayi Island.

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Why Travelling with Money is Safer These Days

For many, travelling with money is often the most stressful part of your holiday. Fortunately, there are now a range of great options and services available that make accessing your funds an absolute breeze no matter where in the world you end up. Here are a few reasons why travelling with money is safer and simpler than ever before.

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Cash Passports

Gone are the days when you had to stress about carrying large quantities of cash on you when you travel, or worrying about your cards being accepted overseas? A cash passport is a simple and secure way to travel with your money, and is quickly becoming a must-have accessory for the serious traveller. A cash passport looks just like a credit or debit card, and can be used at MasterCard ATM’s and merchants around the world. They allow you to withdraw local currency quickly and easily, and can be topped up via internet and phone banking. For travellers on the go, this chip and pin protected card is a great way to keep your money safe while still enjoying the ease of use associated with your normal debit or credit card.

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