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Whatever style of build or structural system you’re using, wood will form a core part of your project, says Chris Bates
Standard Fink trusses are the most costeffective option for the majority of roof structures; although they don’t allow use of the loft space

Wood has been used in construction for centuries, and with good reason; some structures built with this material are still standing 800 years since they were erected.

Timber is readily available, easy to cut and shape, solid and highly durable – so it can be used for a range of purposes.

Properly sourced, converted and installed, timber is also a natural and highly sustainable material that can benefit the eco credentials of your project. What’s more, its versatility means that, even if you’re building a masonry home, it’s likely that a significant proportion of the components that go into your scheme will be wood-based. Here are some of the key options for integrating it into your home:

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The April edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make a success of your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project – including: • A stunning oak frame lodge in a woodland setting (page 22) • How to build a healthy home (page 58) • Upgrading your home's insulation (page 68) • Dealing with planning rejections (page 111) • How to get realistic quotes (page 115) … and more!
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