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Planning your new home’s plumbing

From heating systems to cold water supplies, drainage and everything in between, plumbing works cover a host of essential services. Tim Doherty reveals how to make sure you commission an installation that fully meets your needs

Traditional plumbing skills used to involve taking care of lead flashings, guttering, downpipes and anything to do with underground drainage installations – but today the plumber is really only focused on the internal works. This will include space heating, hot and cold water supplies, waste pipes, sanitaryware and more.

If your plumber is working on a supply-and-fit basis for sanitaryware, be sure the spec matches the quality of products you’re after. This rustic oak Aquatrend suite from Frontline Bathrooms includes a 750mm wall unit and basin (£580), Ixos mono basin mixer (£110) and WC with soft close seat (£655)

Some plumbers specialise more in the heating products (hence they’re likely to label themselves as heating engineers) whereas others might market themselves as expert bathroom installers. The latter may offer complementary skills, such as ceramic tiling and wetroom floor design. But it’s unlikely you’ll find someone who wants to quote for your boiler installation as well as your bathroom floors. So you will need to appoint a professional who has the right skillset for your project.

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The December edition of Build It magazine is packed with practical advice and inspirational projects to help you make a success of your scheme, including: • A budget-friendly self-build home (page 20) • Underfloor heating vs radiators (page 69) • Getting lighting right (page 77) • 10 steps to self-build design success (page 81) • Does your plot have real potential? (page 96) … and more!
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