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News From Phil

News From Phil

Hi I’m Phil Lidgerton, Managing Director of Building Materials.co.uk and here you will be able to find everything from tips on how to stay warm to the team getting chilly in the name of the ALS ice bucket challenge, competitions for home improvements rivalling Grand Designs to naming and shaming DIY disaster culprits.

Watch this space for real life project blogs from self-builders and renovators. You’ll also find news and tips on latest building improvements.  If you’re interested in writing a blog about your own project or want us to write one on a particular theme, please get in touch.

Building A Better Britain: The Cost Of A General Election

This year’s general election is predicted to be another tightly fought contest. Early polls already suggest the battle between Ed Miliband’s Labour and David Cameron’s Conservatives will go down to the wire and the likelihood is, we’ll see another hung parliament in the UK. However, what we find incredible is just how much money is spent on each general election. By our sums, the 2015 General Election is going to set the taxpayer back in excess of £179 million. This is a 59% rise from 2010’s figure of £113m. Of course, there’ll be loads of UK citizens who think this is just one big waste of money. Yes, to maintain a democracy we need the election – But surely there are more efficient means of getting a result? So this got us thinking – What else could the Government spend £179m on? Take a look at the following infographic to find out. read more...read more...

How to Give Your Office a High-Tech Makeover!

Have you noticed your office is looking a bit dull recently? The battered keyboard, the squeaky chairs, the old-school lamps, the plain wooden desks and the tired breakroom. What you need is a high-tech makeover! Here are 6 futuristic gadgets & appliances that will change your office forever.

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Selecting the Right Type of Plasterboard

Plasterboard has made construction of interior spaces a lot easier than it used to be. It is easy to install, fairly inexpensive, and durable enough to withstand the test of time. As a homeowner, you need to know there are different kinds of plasterboard products that you can install for both aesthetics and insulating purposes. You can insulate against the weather, moisture, and sound. You can even choose plasterboard that offers a measure of protection against fire.

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Modern Office Interiors: Creating Comfortable Working Environments

Offices should be designed to be productive spaces. Part of this involves the interior design, but the construction methods are just as important and can have a large impact on the overall ambience of the working environment.

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What is the Most Annoying Noise in the UK?

To find out, we surveyed 1000 members of the UK public about noises that enter their property from the outside and asked them to tell us which they found was the most annoying or irritating.

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Win a DeWalt Drill

Whether you're a seasoned professional or serious about your DIY, you can’t go wrong with this latest generation 18V compact drill. Worth £170 the Dewalt Hammer Drill features new XR Li-ion battery technology with two speed all metal transmission for increased runtime and longer tool life. For your chance to win, simply submit your details below to receive our bi-monthly special offers.

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Office and Commerical Ceilings: 8 Things to Consider

Ceilings are often a part of the built environment that people don't think a great deal about or pay much attention to. However, they are an important part of any commercial construction or refurbishment project and the right choice of ceiling can have a dramatic impact on the quality of the space.

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CleanClad Product Guide

Hygienic wall cladding is a relatively unknown product outside of building and construction. It is used today in buildings where exceptional hygiene is required. We sell one of the leading products in this category known as CleanClad. This quick guide will tell you all about CleanClad, what it's used for, and how it might be beneficial for you.

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A Brief Guide to Ceiling Tile Products

You are at a restaurant or an office building. You're bored, and so you put your head back and look up. What do you see? A ceiling, of course. However, there's a lot more there than meets the eye. In most commercial buildings there is a complex drop ceiling system designed to improve aesthetics while also hiding the mechanics above. Drop ceilings are also used in residential properties from time to time.

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DIY at Home: Hire a Pro or Go It Alone?

When asked whether they would usually do a job themselves or hire a professional, 43% said they would do it themselves, with only 16% saying they would hire a professional. 41% were unsure.

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Ice Bucket Challenge

Home Insulation: A Guide to Staying Warm

Insulation comes in many different forms, and sometimes choosing the right type of insulation for your home can be a challenge. Here is a quick guide to some of the main types of insulation that you can use in your home.

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The Benefits of Building Your Own Home

People often write-off the idea of building their own home because they automatically assume it will be too expensive, take up too much of their time and of course, be a much bigger project than they can handle - especially if they have a full-time job or children to look after.

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How To Add Value to Your Home

It’s simple - the bigger a house is, the more it will cost. So if you have the space, making your house bigger will only ever go in your favour. read more...read more...

The Different Types of Aggregates That Can Be Used for Building Work

Aggregates are materials used during the construction process and are commonly made up of sand, gravel, crushed stone, concrete or shingle. They are frequently used to provide drainage, fill voids, protect pipes and provide hard surfaces. They are also used in water filtration and sewage treatment processes.

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DIY Disasters

Home improvements are a great way of making some long overdue changes or simply sprucing the place up a bit. Unfortunately, it isn’t always as simple as giving the house a fresh lick of paint and investing in some new ornaments however.

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Insulated Plasterboard: What It Is and Why Should You Use It?

Insulated plasterboard is a useful product that is suitable for use in a number of situations. If you are new to this product, here is a short guide that will explain the benefits and potential uses so you can decide whether to use it in your own projects.

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General Introduction Video

Metal Stud Systems - What Are They and What Are Their Benefits?

The world of DIY can be a confusing one. With all sorts of terminology being thrown around from plasterboard systems, insulation boards, partitioning, suspended ceiling tiles and metal stud systems – it can feel impossible to know where to start. Although we couldn’t possibly go through everything there is to know about building materials in one blog, we can start with one of our areas of expertise – metal stud systems.

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Should You Convert Your Garage?

If your garage is filled up with tools, boxes and junk, you could be wasting a precious space in your home. Even if you are using it to store your car when you have a perfectly suitable driveway, you could find that there is a much better use for it.

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Top 6 Uses for a Loft Conversion

Loft conversions have surged in popularity recently as a way to add valuable extra space without the need to extend the footprint of a property. You may well be thinking about converting the loft in your own home, but what are the advantages of spending money on a conversion?

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Home Improvement Projects Competition

Enter our competition to be in with a chance of winning a £50 One4all shopping voucher

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Top 5 DIY Disasters

Many people like to partake in a spot of DIY come the weekend, and why not? You can save some money putting up those new shelves yourself, and the results can be very satisfying. However, DIY misadventures can cause serious damage, not just to your property but to yourself and others as well.

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Makita 18V Cordless Combi Drill Competition

We're offering all site visitors the chance to WIN a great combi drill worth £99.99.

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buildingmaterials.co.uk January 2014 Newsletter

Home Insulation - A Guide to Improving Efficiency

The average home spends an estimated 50 – 70 % of its total energy budget on heating and cooling. Good insulation is one of the best ways to reduce energy consumption and can help can save around £300 - £400 per year for a typical 3 bedroom semi detached family home.

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Fun at The Buildingmaterials.co.uk Christmas Party

buildingmaterials.co.uk December 2013 Newsletter

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