You’ve done your numbers but adding an architect’s fee to your self-build project may seem extravagant and uneconomical. After all, the whole point is to save money, right? If you have a vision of creating…
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Gary Walters, Managing Director of Stone Age, a luxury stoneware and porcelain company, and Darren Hopkins, Showroom Manager of Stone Age and Founder of new sustainable artisan wood flooring brand Root, discuss the latest material…
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The UK’s favourite national flooring event is fast approaching. From the 15th to 17th September, the Harrogate Convention Centre welcomes visitors to the 57th edition of The Flooring Show.
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BS 5839 is the key code of practice for the planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection. BS 5839-6:2019 is the latest standard and categorises different grades and categories of fire detection systems…
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An experienced team comprising PHT members Green Building Store, Elemental Solutions, Alan Clarke and Mike Whitfield Construction, along with architect Adrian Cook, have completed a newly-certified Passivhaus, Ty Casim, and it’s a perfect example of…
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The technology within power tools continues to evolve to make the products more efficient and effective, longer lasting and easier to use. The inclusion of brushless motors in the latest generation of tools has brought…
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Cladding is usually available in a range of materials, but there are two popular options that most homeowners prefer. In this article, Dalply discusses the two prominent types of cladding – timber cladding and fibre…
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Cheryl and Martin began building their family home in 2016. It was last year that they came to the stage of the build where they needed to fit doors and windows. The couple wanted a…
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Adam Brindle, Managing Director of The Grounds Care Group and Japanese Knotweed expert, explains the challenges faced by construction professionals in eradicating this most pesky of plants.
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Jaques Construction has selected Imperial Bricks for a new-build executive home in Reigate. With a passion for creating high quality living spaces, Joe and Becky Jaques made the obvious move to choose Jaques Construction –…
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For many people in the UK, owning a home is not only a sound investment but the opportunity to put down permanent roots, create stability and modify surroundings to personal taste and style. Here, Rex…
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Hidden amongst the pine trees in the rural suburbs of Stockholm, architect Matthew Eastwood of Swedish firm, Tengbom, has tailor-made his very own architectural treasure for his family to enjoy.
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A contemporary barn conversion in the rural North Norfolk countryside is benefitting from renewable heating thanks to Finn Geotherm.
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John M Staves, CEng FIStructE, Fellow and Vice President of the Institution of Structural Engineers discusses why you must consult a structural engineer before renovating or extending.
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If you are wanting a natural looking and eco-friendly rainwater system then Copper gutters and down pipes from the Yeoman Rainguard range, as chosen by the owners of a charming detached residence in North Yorkshire,…
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Roof window manufacturer VELUX and paint and wallpaper experts Farrow & Ball have come together in a new campaign which highlights the transformative effect that daylight can have on interior design.
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Introducing the latest, on-trend product launch from AQATA; the DS402, a stylish reeded glass wet room panel. This new design introduces a chic modern twist to the concept of a modesty screen; the clear glass…
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Timber frame is just one of many types of construction. However, it is arguably the most flexible, efficient and sustainable method. At English Brothers, the company takes those key benefits of timber frame construction and…
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If you’re looking for a traditional oak framed garage, you may want to consider the range of ‘Chippy’ kits offered by Round Wood of Mayfield.
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Lumi-Plugin is a low energy, dimmable, LED downlight which is a ring of light in a recessed metal chassis. It has a hole in the middle to receive other components such as:
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Do your timber windows let in the draughts and cold weather? The Sash Window Workshop specialise in manufacturing and installing high quality, double glazed timber windows in period properties.
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Bi-fold doors have, in recent times, become a popular residential or commercial design choice. Not only do they look gorgeous, create the illusion of greater space and bring in that all-important natural light, but they…
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Interweaving modern-day facilities and comfort with the traditional features of historic properties is one of the major challenges faced by architects and builders renovating period houses.
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For more than 70 years, we have dedicated ourselves to providing an exceptional level of customer service within the precast concrete industry. From design and manufacture to delivery and installation, we offer the most comprehensive…
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At the Oak Designs Company we build and design a vast array of oak framed buildings from Garages to Garages with 1st Floors, Home Offices, Outdoor Kitchens, Gazebos, Outbuildings, Porches and Garden rooms there are…
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A ready-made DEFRA Approved and EcoDesign Ready Inset Stove, with Volcanic Pumice Building Blocks – sourced from the Hekla Volcano in Iceland!
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A family firm, established in 1884, we know a lot about timber windows! We even have our own research and development centre where we test all our products and develop exciting innovations like our latest…
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Are you looking for new windows for your period property? Did you realise that there’s no reason to compromise the appearance of your windows for thermal efficiency?
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Leading British ventilation manufacturer, Vent-Axia is delighted to announce that it has won an award in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2019 competition for its PureAir Sense, the UK’s only bathroom fan with Odour…
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New Range Launches Copper, Matt Black, Brushed Nickel and Chrome.
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Storm Windows – a family company – has been making and installing bespoke secondary glazing for listed, period and historic properties for more than 15 years.
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Valverdi Indoor-Out is a premium range of co-ordinating indoor and outdoor porcelain tiles designed to create harmony between living spaces. Launched in 2013 and now the market leaders in indoor-outdoor tiles, Valverdi provides an array…
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Mendip Stoves has announced that with the recent refurbishment of its factory, and a large investment in a new spray plant, it will now be able to use water based paints for all its stove…
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Lumi-Plugin is an innovation, new to market lighting system. Its compact base unit is an LED downlight which can combine different products such as a sprinkler system, smoke alarm, heat alarm, CO alarm, PIR sensor…
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Owen Stinchcombe built the energy efficient house of his dreams, complete with Solar PV and ground source heat pump technology, linked up to a battery storage system and operated by innovative smart controls.
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Building on 300 years of manufacturing heritage, Fassa Bortolo is one of the leading companies in external rendering and integrated building solutions.
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One of the biggest investments you can make on your selfbuild project is the roof. If you are looking for stylish roof slates that are built to last, Rivendale, Birkdale, Garsdale and Thrutone fibre cement…
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When you think of luxury freestanding showers, large scale, open plan wet room style spaces spring to mind.
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Steve Hudson and his wife, Barbara, were searching for a house enabling ease of movement for Steve’s wheelchair. Eventually, the couple found a rural property for demolition to make room for a new, purpose-designed home.
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Does your project require replacement windows or doors? The Sash Window Workshop specialise in manufacturing and installing high quality timber windows and doors.
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Every build should be a healthy build which stands the test of time. Lime Green makes a monumental difference to your project with honest and practical solutions, ensuring world-class consistency.
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Shown for the first time at BAU, Kährs Luxury Tiles is a comprehensive offering of over 170 high quality, non-repetitive, waterproof and phthalate-free luxury vinyl tile designs, finished with a highly durable and robust ceramic…
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H.D. Services Ltd. is a family run company based in Buckinghamshire and operating throughout the South East. We specialise in the construction and development of boreholes and soakaways; the installation of independent sewage treatment systems…
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Marcus O’Boyle, Business Development and Marketing Manager for the Genesis Collection of windows and doors, discusses why the finer details matter when choosing glazing for your self-build or renovation project, and how the exclusive Genesis…
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With UK Government making a clear commitment to the rapid decarbonisation of heat with the introduction of a future homes standard mandating the end of fossil-fuel heating systems in all new build homes from 2025,…
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Large windows are incredibly on trend right now. They let in light to make a home feel spacious and bright, giving a property a contemporary look. But every window needs the right dressing, which is…
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Now it’s time to turn your attention to your outdoor space. From garden buildings, to furniture and textiles, take inspiration here to create your own oasis.
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Christian Rehn of National Ventilation answers your questions about ventilation, explaining the benefits of installing effective ventilation in your self-build home. But with so much choice on the market, where should you begin?
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When planning any self-build, home renovation or extension project, you will no doubt be keen to ensure that these newly-created living spaces are comfortably habitable all year round.
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Period properties are hugely popular for their historic charm and character. While owning a period property can be incredibly rewarding, it does also require a lot of TLC and therefore often presents the homeowner with…
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At the project outset, careful consideration will undoubtedly be given to the project’s feasibility and it’s quite likely you have allowed an element of contingency in the budget for unexpected costs. In this article, Protek…
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When it comes to building your own villa, there are a few things that can give you a head start. Architect Mohammed Kabbaj was not only able to approach the project with considerable expertise and…
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When Terry and Olwen Brown-Waite were chosen by Channel 4’s Grand Designs in a nationwide search to find people to create their own homes at the UK’s largest mass self-build site, they had a clear…
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Deciding to undertake a self-build project is a significant moment, however, translating grand ideas into a workable plan isn’t always as straightforward as it might seem. Here, Karen Curtin, Managing Director of Graven Hill, the…
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Renovating your home is always an exciting time. But that isn’t to say that it doesn’t come with its own set of challenges. Whether you’re a new homeowner, an interiors novice, or already have experience…
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Kitchen renovations are never a straight forward process and require meticulous planning. When thinking about which appliances to purchase, it’s important to consider what would be best suited to your kitchen design and the space…
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When Suffolk-based April Groen embarked on a self-build project to create her own unique living space, she had very distinct ideas on how she envisaged the overall design of her property, both inside and out.
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Tom Wright, Managing Director of George Barnsdale, the window and door specialist, discusses what a self-builder should consider when specifying acoustic performance in windows and doors.
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A self-build project in the stunning countryside of North East England has benefitted from Isover’s Metac, chosen for its excellent thermal and acoustic properties, as well as being the perfect fit for the architectural design…
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Dale Telling, Commercial Manager at one of the leading Italian render manufacturers, Fassa Bortolo, outlines how a lime-based render can offer the solution to bring a period building back to its original beauty.
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Japanese knotweed is no longer the deal-breaker it once was, with almost a third (32%) of British adults who are aware of Japanese knotweed prepared to go ahead and purchase an affected property, but at…
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For one family, a bespoke-designed oak frame from The Oak Designs Company ticked all the boxes in their quest to find a robust, elegant and spacious outhouse for an elderly family member.
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How do you make something new look like it’s been there for generations? When one family decided to make a stunning piece of rural Shropshire their home, that’s exactly the challenge they faced.
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Basement conversions are becoming a popular method to add floorspace and value to a property. However, the decision to tackle one should not be taken lightly.
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It’s a great feeling to turn that dusty, dark old loft into your favourite room in the house. You might have a growing family and need an extra bedroom. It could be a home office,…
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Living in the countryside can be much better for your health than living in a city centre. Less petrol and diesel fumes, bigger gardens, country walks with the family dog, and growing your own fruits…
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Something that is commonly confused is the difference between timber framing and post and beam construction. Here Vermont Timber Works explains more.
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It is well established and understood by self builders, architects and developers that well designed and attractive garage doors add to the overall feel and value of a property.
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A self-build project in the stunning countryside of North East England has benefitted from Isover’s Metac, chosen for its excellent thermal and acoustic properties, as well as being the perfect fit for the architectural design…
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The relationship between handmade bricks and mortar is very similar to that of the referee in a football match. Mortar, like a referee, is absolutely essential to a successful outcome – but the less you…
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Rex Nye, who owns online builders’ merchants NYEs Building Supplies, provides his top tips for making sure you’re getting the best from your garden.
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To create a new-look bathroom, on a budget, there are a few simple updates which can create a big impact. Bathroom and tile retailer, Easy Bathrooms, has outlined a handful of ideas to bring this…
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Stacy Eden, Partner, Head of Property and Construction at national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm, Crowe, explains how will this impact on the property industry.
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CB Homes has recently won a top industry accolade for its stunning lakeside development in Cheshire, on the site of a derelict country restaurant. The project, The Mill Pool, is a residential development of two…
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London-based renovator, MyEdge2.com, has converted the interior of a 19th century flat to meet needs of young urban professionals. The specialist recently finished the complete structural renovation and interior refurbishment of a ground floor flat…
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Whether you’re working on an old or a new building, read on to discover why Simon Ayres of Lime Green believes lime has the answers. Simon gave up building to focus on manufacturing lime because…
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If you’re looking to replace your windows, picking windows for your self-build project or plan to have a rooflight installed, it can be difficult deciding whether to choose double or triple glazing. Each carries their…
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With the changes in lifestyle and the cost of buying a new home outweighing the cost of renovating or extending a property, it’s not surprising that the ‘don’t move, improve’ philosophy continues to strengthen.
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The Dulux Colour of the Year for 2019 is Spiced Honey – a rich natural tone that fills the space between caramel and mocha with a warm and understated earthiness.
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Loxone has put together a list of 10 top tips to accommodate smart home technology into your self-build project.
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Bi-fold doors run along a simple track and are hinged to fold open. They are a popular choice for external back doors in both new-builds and period properties.
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Clay roof tiles remain as popular as ever, adding a beautiful finishing touch to the roof of any home. Roof Stores’ clay roof tile guide will tell you everything you need to know about clay…
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Nestled in the vales of the Eastern Townships, near the Vermont border, the Abercorn Chalet is the brainchild of Laurent Guez, Designer and Partner at Tux Creative. His aim was to create a unique living…
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This light-filled house, an hour and a half from Montreal, is literally hanging from a cliff as its name, Dans l’Escarpement, implies in French. It is located on land pertaining to an estate started over…
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When London-based architecture studio, Loud. Architecture & Interior Design, was approached to transform a run-down property in Stoke Newington, its Founder Kate Clare jumped at the chance to not only bring the property’s construction and…
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The latest self-build market report from AMA Research, highlights the strong disconnect between the number of available sites and where people want to build.
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Established in 1994, The Sash Window Workshop specialises in the manufacture, installation and repair of timber windows and doors.
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There’s a steep learning curve when you’re building or carrying out a large renovation project. Homebuilding & Renovating Show specialists who have lived through it describe the most common pitfalls and how to avoid them.
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For Jude Hesselgrave, home is not just where her heart is, it’s also where her roots lie. After renting in London and then buying and renovating a house near Brighton with her partner, Roger Page,…
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When decorating your self-build bathroom, picking the right scheme to create a calm and relaxing environment might feel like a difficult task.
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Ideal Home Show, sponsored by Zoopla, the world’s longest running exhibition, has returned to Olympia London from Friday 22nd March to Sunday 7th April 2019.
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Deciding on the windows and doors is an important part of a building project. The decision not only affects the look of the property, but also impacts on the thermal efficiency.
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Perhaps one result of aircrete’s popularity as an above-ground masonry material has been a lack of awareness of its suitability for use below DPC level. In the British construction industry, using aircrete as a foundation…
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In 2016, new legislation came into force which meant that councils now have a duty to grant planning permission to appropriate serviced plots as part of the ‘Right to Build’ entitlement. This was part of…
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Steve Elliott’s aim was to convert a dilapidated 16th century apple storage barn and some outbuildings from agricultural use to a residential haven for his family.
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Choosing a kitchen is no easy task. Whether you’re in the midst of a complete renovation or simply updating an old style, the finer details of the process can complicate matters and it helps to…
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Here Jacksons Fencing explains how you can save money by installing pressure treated fencing vs untreated fencing and why treated timber is not as susceptible to insect and rot attack, wind damage or harsh weather…
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The impact of heating system selection on heating bills could be of great consequence for your new build project for many years to come. Environmental pressures have boosted the appetite and need for low carbon…
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VELUX® Company Ltd has appointed a new managing director to lead its roof window business from its UK headquarters in Fife, Scotland.
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Luxury Flooring and Furnishings have remained dedicated to providing exceptional products with the best availability. Their dedicated team of experts are always on the lookout for the highest quality materials, unique designs, and best prices,…
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Leading construction connector manufacturer Simpson Strong-Tie has upgraded its Building Safer Structures 2019 seminar, approved by the CPD Certification Service and Engineers Ireland.
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