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Building tips

Build to last

After much deliberation, you've decided the time has come to extend your home. To get the best value for the money you'll invest, you need to take great care in tackling this building project. But it shouldn't only suit your pocket - it's essential that you build lasts.

Brick by brick

Use these instructions to build a low wall to keep flowerbeds tidy. Lay a single horizontal row of bricks or several rows for a wall no higher than 500 mm. Bear in mind the walls are decorative and will contain soil in the beds but won't be strong enough to act as retaining walls.

Hold it all together

Cement has been used in building for more than 2 000 years - its first recorded use was by Ancient Egyptians. In the modern world cement is still the most important ingredient in most building projects because it holds structures together.

How to plant Gumpoles correctly

Find out how to correctly plant gumpoles in the ground.

Mixing cement

How to Mix Cement. Whenever a project calls for a hard, permanent binding material, most professional and independent builders use cement.

Pave the way

The quickest way to neaten the exterior of your home is by paving pathways, the driveway or other outside areas. Pavers come in an attractive array of patterns so you're sure to find a design to suit your style. Just pop in at your consumer champion Cashbuild and take your pick from the wide variety of pavers and everything else you need to get the job done quickly and easily.

Your buying calculator for building a brick wall

Calculate the amount of materials you need when building a brick wall.