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Your Build - Winter 2017

Kingspan Timber Solutions Controlling your project Self-building... MONEY As the saying goes, time is money and that’s as true about building as it is any other activity. Over the years we’ve seen a broad range of approaches to the construction of a self-build home – from slow… sometimes VERY slow… DIY – to adoption of a turnkey contract that goes from foundation to handing over the key! Between these two extremes there are quick and efficient build methods that are compatible with the majority of budgets and provide value for the self-builder. All building projects face a number of common challenges; the choice of ‘build packages’; availability of trades; quality control; risk and time. What is often overlooked is the linkage between each of these challenges. The key to success is to build efficiently whilst keeping control and retaining the ability to identify responsibilities for quality of workmanship. Take the construction of foundations as an example. It would be highly unusual, but each of the following activities could be carried out by different people: Ground investigation, structural design, excavation, concreting, building substructure walls, service entries and construction of floor slab. In the event of a foundation problem – wrong size or out of level, or worst case subsidence – who would you approach to correct the problem? Is the ground investigation correct? Has the engineer made a mistake? Has the time between excavation and casting concrete allowed the ground to soften with rain? And so on. The above scenario is unlikely but is meant to demonstrate that the more fractured the build process becomes, so the risk increases. The key to you keeping control of your build is to package up work so that a single point of responsibility is identifiable for a known package of work. So, in the above scenario, a groundworks package that includes design would be a good solution. The weathertight date Professional builders always look to the ‘weather tight’ date in the build programme as a key milestone. This is because from that date the build programme ceases to be dominated by the weather and an efficient build achieves this is TIME milestone quickly. Using a prefabricated timber frame or SIP system from a reputable manufacturer will significantly advance your build. The vast majority of the frames we build are completed in less than two weeks. Getting the roof on and the windows in is then easy, so within three weeks of just having a ground slab you can be there with a weathertight structure in place ready for fitting out. 18 Winter 2017


Your Build - Winter 2017
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