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Your Build went back to school this month to take part in Redland's Self-Build Roofing Course at the roofing product manufacturer's training facility in South Cerney, Gloucestershire.

Under the expert guidance of training manager Mat Woodyatt and technical trainer Alastair Blant, I struggled through a comprehensive classroom and workshop-based course which took in all aspects of a roofing project from roof design, measuring, estimating and purchasing products and materials, through to knowledge of key standards such as BS 5534 and ultimately, time on the rigs installing various materials and components. It's a fantastic course and I found that, in addition to the theory and practical information, the tips for working with a roofing contractor would be crucial to those working on their roofing project, for example: "Always check the skip, you'd be amazed at what ends up in there that should actually be on the roof!", and, perhaps most importantly, "If you think it's expensive hiring a good roofer, try hiring a bad one!" You can read my full report from the course on p.46.

Elsewhere in this issue, BuildStore's Rachel Pyne reviews the lending options for self-builders and outlines the differences between arrears and advance stage payment mortgages (p.07); BIID member Laura Sole explains how to make the most of en-suite bathrooms and how to turn your bedroom into a super-suite sanctuary (p.34), plus Graeme Smith of Second Nature and Biography Kitchens explains how to make the most of our kitchens and achieve a multi-functional layout (p.64). As Graeme explains: "The open plan layout is excellent for creating a sociable space for families or urbanites alike. The aesthetic of the kitchen also becomes more apparent putting you right at the centre of attention when cooking. Therefore the design is really important to ensure it not only functions perfectly but will always look great too."

The autumn issue of Your Build also features our regular new products round-up (p.28), plus our Question Time section which this issue features Boudewijn Tuinenberg of Midland Lead (p.36). So read on for all this and much more...

Enjoy the issue and remember to let us know how your projects are progressing. Email:

Matt Downs, Editor


Your Build Magazine: Winter 2015

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