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Standard Self Build Specification - Traditional Build


  • 440 x 215 x 100 concrete foundation blocks
  • Stainless steel wall ties
  • On site drainage items
  • Beam and block ground floor system
  • Polythene dpc and membranes

          Structural shell

  • 440 x 215 x 100, high performance insulating blocks to inner skin of external cavity walls

  • 440 x 215 x 100, light weight concrete blocks for render, internal partition walls and garages
  • Insulated cavity closure system for window and door openings
  • Stainless steel wall ties
  • 100mm High performance full fill cavity insulation
  • Door frames in softwood or PVCu
  • French windows or sliding patios with factory fitted thermal double glazing in softwood or PVCu
  • Loose timbers for porches, lean to and bay window roofs in softwood
  • Pvc cavity trays
  • Steel lintels for openings, including fireplaces
  • Structural steelwork and Engineers fees (for superstructure)
  • 300mm circular concrete flue liners and bends for chimneys
  • Galvanised restraint straps
  • Cavity weeps

  • Standard ´Fink´ prefabricated roof trusses
  • Loose rafters and joists for traditional cut and pitched roofs for chalet bungalows
  • Soffits, fascias, bargeboards and claddings in softwood
  • Layboards, valley boards, wind bracing and gable ladders in softwood
  • Loose timbers for dormer windows
  • Velux rooflights with thermal glass
  • Breathable roofing underlay, battens and fixings
  • Pvc rainwater system
  • High performance roof insulation


  • Moisture resistant chipboard flooring panels
  • 75mm Foil faced high performance ground floor insulation
  • 50mm Polystyrene first floor insulation
  • Studding for partition walls and mineral wool sound deadening quilt
  • Door linings in softwood
  • Glazed screens in softwood
  • Window cills in MDF
  • 12mm plasterboard and noggins to ceilings
  • 55mm thermal plasterboard to external walls for dry lining
  • 12mm plasterboard to internal walls for dry lining
  • Moulded skirtings and architraves in MDF
  • Insulated loft hatch with retractable aluminium loft ladder
  • External doors
  • Counter battens and softwood mock Tudor boards

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