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Your Build - Winter 2017

In This Issue Contents 0 Direct to the self-builder WWW.YOUR-BUILD.CO.UK WINTER 2017 4Phases to Your Build Footings & foundations Framing your self-build Interior & exterior finishing Groundwork & landscaping £5 Fireudp! Get the most SELF-BUILDS • CONVERSIONS • EXTENSIONS Building with bricks Key questions answered illuminating An from your stove project We look at a build where lighting played a bigger role than usual... Windows • Doors • Heating • Underfloor Heating • Floors • Walls • Roofs • Garages • It’s that time of year when projects can grind to a halt; depending on what stage of the build you are at, poor weather and fewer hours of daylight often mean less progress can be made than you might require, and it can be a frustrating time. But don’t let that dampen your enthusiasm and to help give you some inspiration and keep you focused on your goal, in the Winter issue of Your Build, we’ve brought together a number of articles and features including case studies, top tips, opinions and advice, plus all the latest products and materials to help you with your project. In this month’s Build Aviator column, Marcus Jefford explains how selfbuilders can ease the pressure of material estimation and overcome the challenges of calculating build cost. As Marcus explains: “By using an estimating service, self-builders can save time and increase the efficiency of their pricing and budgeting, making it ideal for new-build projects, extensions and conversions.” Read his full article on p.07. This month’s Question Time (p.11) sees us sit down with Sarah White of British Gypsum and talk about walls and interiors. As Sarah explains: “We always emphasise the importance of self-builders taking a fabric first approach. By getting involved in the specification process at the early stages, self-builders have the opportunity to design-in materials that exceed the every day basics and meet the requirements of modern homes, both now and in the future.” Elsewhere in this issue, we talk to Kingspan Timber Solutions about how best to achieve an efficient build programme (p.18). As the team explain: “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.” As the manufacturer explains, an efficient build can save time and cost. So read on for all this and so much more... Enjoy the issue! Matt Downs, Editor Subscribe To Your Build Today... To subscribe for your personal copy of Your Build simply call: 01732 748 084 or visit: www.your-build.co.uk Front cover: Stovax Vogue Small T Wood Burning ECO Stove. See p.44 To subscribe, call: 01732 748084 Unity Business Press © 2017 Editor Matt Downs Direct tel: 01732 748032 Email: matthew.downs@markallengroup.com New products editor Holly Miles Direct tel: 01732 748035 Email: holly.miles@markallengroup.com Sales director Ian Hartley Direct tel: 01732 748065 Email: ian.hartley@markallengroup.com Designer Hayley Crumley Production manager Jo Claydon-Smith Direct tel: 01732 748064 Email: jo.claydonsmith@markallengroup.com Reprographic controller Hayley Crumley Circulation Lauren Prosser Finance director Helen Lawson Published by: Unity Media Plc Hawley Mill, Hawley Rd, Dartford, DA2 7TJ Tel 01322 221144 Fax 01322 221188 Website www.your-build.co.uk Printed and bound by: William Gibbons & Sons All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means – electronic or mechanical – without the consent of the publisher. Direct input by Unity Media plc. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, the publishers do not accept liability for errors – printing or otherwise – appearing within this publication. The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the editor or publisher. This publication includes a number of editorial photographs provided and paid for by suppliers. Annual subscription rates: UK £20 (single issues cost £5). Airmail to Europe – £29; Rest of the world; £34 ISSN No: 2047-2781 Winter 2017 3


Your Build - Winter 2017
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