Carrying out a successful integral reform usually requires that we communicate appropriately with the professionals, get to know the basic notions that will facilitate it.

Integral reform involves the teamwork of professionals in the area such as architects and engineers.

Being it a work made by large teams, it is very convenient to keep a good communication and this becomes easy if everyone speak with the same terms.

Although we are not all architect, if we learn to handle some keys definition we will be able to make ourselves understood in less time and avoid misunderstandings.

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1. Finishes

Finishes refer to the final characteristics of the objects or elements, that is, what material they are made of and their appearance.  

It can be used to refer to both the type of material used as well as the characteristics of the material used.

It is useful to carry a finish chart, where small samples of all the finishes used in a room are placed and checked so it can be confirmed they all look good together.


2. Enclosures

In a complete reform, the enclosures are all the elements used to close a space between the exterior and the interior, for example the walls of a room.


3. Circulations

This term refers to the routes that link different areas of the house such as a hallway or a corridor.

The best is to reduce the most the circulations since they do not serve another purpose than linking space, which is why they are considered lost space.

It is said that a staircase, a ramp, an elevator or similar are vertical circulations.


4. Distribution

It refers to the organization of the spaces in a project. 

The general distribution used are centralized or linear, however there are also other variations such as public areas, which is where guests can enter and private areas.

The best strategy is to stablish a distribution where the nearby zones share characteristics such as the flow of people, functionality or acclimatization required.


5. Program

It refers to the identification of the space required in an integral reform project and how it will be distributed in the spaces to meet these needs.

Each building has its own basic program, however, it can be modified to the clients preference through the whole renovation.

An example to the basic program can have living room, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.


6. Thermal brigde

When a separation occurs on a building that cuts the continuity of it or of the construction, it is said that this space of union between buildings is a thermal bridge.

It is called that way because a variation in the thermic resistance is created in this space. Care must be taken with the material used in this space, to save energy when maintaining the temperature.


7. Useful Surface

The useful Surface is all that is in the interior faces of the enclosures that is not occupied and can be used freely.

For example, if we have a room enclosed by walls, the useful surface is the internal space of the room.


8. Cross ventilation

A cross ventilation in an integral reform is used to refer to a traditional method of ventilation.

It usually is used in warm locations and consists in placing openings or windows in opposite walls of a room, allowing air currents to travel all over the place.

It is very convenient since it is ecologic, free and eco-friendly in case you want a renewable reform.


Let’s communicate without hesitation and in a better way with those in charge of the integral reform of your home.

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