Bespoke Homes From Design to Completion

Materials

Don’t just buy your materials, invest in them.

Choosing the right materials to match your design

The overall quality of your new home is largely determined by two factors. Obviously good design is one of these, but of equal importance is your choice of materials. At Design & Materials we recognise the need to carefully match the specification to the design to ensure that each client achieves the quality they are seeking and gets the most from their budget.

Our Materials Manager, Dan Mutti, has been with Design & Materials for over 30 years and has an unrivalled wealth of experience. Choice is the very essence of self-build and Dan, backed up by our experienced team, will patiently guide you through the options to ensure that you make the right choices for your new home. He will take time to explain the merits of each product and calculate the cost implications, to enable you to make informed decisions.

Materials and options covered by our service

Not all of the items listed below will apply to every client and your specification will itemise those materials to be supplied to meet your individual requirements.

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

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  • 100mm high performance insulating blocks to inner skin of external cavity walls
  • 100mm lightweight 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

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  • Facing bricks
The choice of facing bricks is almost unlimited

The choice of facing bricks is almost unlimited


Dan will help you choose the right brick for your design and location

Dan will help you choose the right brick for your design and location

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  • Art stone or blocks for render
  • Special bricks for projecting plinths
  • Door frames

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A well designed porch can add the finishing touch to a house entrance

A well designed porch can add the finishing touch to a house entrance


Covered porches provide useful outside space

Covered porches provide useful outside space

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  • Lean to and bay window roofs in softwood
  • PVC cavity trays
  • Steel lintels
  • Structural steelwork
  • Concrete flue liners and bends for chimneys
  • Galvanised restraint straps
  • Cavity weeps

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Peace and quiet - nothing quite compares to a solid upper floor and solid walls throughout

Peace and quiet – nothing quite compares to a solid upper floor and solid walls throughout

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  • Timber joists for chalet bungalows
  • External wall cladding

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Engineered casement windows factory paint finished and 'Secure by Design'

Engineered casement windows factory paint finished and ‘Secure by Design’


'Slimline' UPVc windows are available in a wide range of colours

‘Slimline’ UPVc windows are available in a wide range of colours


Sliding sash windows in engineered timber or PVCu

Sliding sash windows in engineered timber or PVCu

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A contemporary style front door

A contemporary style front door


Purpose made traditional front door in oak

Purpose made traditional front door in oak

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Traditional all-bar French doors

Traditional all-bar French doors


Traditional French doors painted white

Traditional French doors painted white

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Aluminium windows and patios

Aluminium windows and patios


Sliding or folding doors bring the garden into the home

Sliding or folding doors bring the garden into the home

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Contemporary garage doors to compliment the modern style of the house

Contemporary garage doors to compliment the modern style of the house


Metal garage doors for painting the colour of your choice

Metal garage doors for painting the colour of your choice


Timber garage doors in wide variety of sizes and finishes

Timber garage doors in wide variety of sizes and finishes

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  • Feature windows
  • Windows and glazed doors include factory fitted Argon filled thermal double-glazing

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Plain clay tiles like a 'Rosemary' have always been a regular choice with clients

Plain clay tiles like a ‘Rosemary’ have always been a regular choice with clients


Hand made tiles are usually reserved for Conservation Areas

Hand made tiles are usually reserved for Conservation Areas


Natural slates are a popular choice for many of our clients

Natural slates are a popular choice for many of our clients

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  • Prefabricated roof trusses
  • Rafters and joists for traditional cut and pitched roofs
  • Soffits, fascias and bargeboards
  • Layboards, valley boards, wind bracing and gable ladders
  • Timbers for dormer windows

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Velux are ideal for chalet style dwellings

Velux are ideal for chalet style dwellings


Velux rooflights easy to install and very functional

Velux rooflights easy to install and very functional

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Lanterns are a great option for bringing extra light into the home

Lanterns are a great option for bringing extra light into the home


Victorian style roof lantern to open plan dining kitchen area

Victorian style roof lantern to open plan dining kitchen area

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  • Breathable roofing underlay, battens and fixings
  • Rainwater system
  • High performance roof insulation

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A contemporary gallery in chrome, glass and wood

A contemporary gallery in chrome, glass and wood


Contemporary stairs in steel and glass

Contemporary stairs in steel and glass


Period style staircase with feature detailing


Extra wide contemporary staircase with open oak treads


Ultra modern staircase with wall mounted treads and glazed partition

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  • Internal doors
Traditional solid panel and part glazed oak doors

Traditional solid panel and part glazed oak doors


White doors in a modern style

White doors in a modern style


Contemporary oak doors

Contemporary oak doors

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  • Door furniture
  • Chipboard flooring panels
  • High performance ground floor insulation
  • First floor insulation
  • Studding for partition walls
  • Mineral wool sound deadening quilt
  • Door linings
  • Glazed screens
  • Window cills
  • Plasterboard and noggins to ceilings
  • Plasterboard to internal walls for dry lining
  • Skirting and architrave in MDF
  • Insulated loft hatch with retractable loft ladder

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  • PointOne external wall system
  • SIPS roof panels

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Wood flooring is available in a wide range of finishes

Wood flooring is available in a wide range of finishes

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A spiral cellar for a fraction of the cost of a basement

A spiral cellar for a fraction of the cost of a basement

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  • Thermal plasterboard
  • Triple glazed windows
  • Thermal enhancements
  • Security enhancements
  • Rainwater recycle systems
  • Architectural dressings: feature quoins, heads, cills and window surrounds
  • Balconies
  • Period columns, porticos and canopies

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Attic trusses make great use of a roof space

Attic trusses make great use of a roof space


You could create a wow factor with exposed feature trusses

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  • Photovoltaic roof tiles
  • Solar panels
  • Raised terraces
  • Passive House Principles

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