Building your ‘lifetime home’ made easy

Building your own home can be an exciting, if somewhat, daunting experience that requires careful research. Tony Wright considered a number of different approaches when looking for materials that would be suitable for his ‘lifetime home’. Tony wanted both a robust build and easy to use materials, which led to his decision to specify the Thin-Joint method of construction. Tony decided to use a combination of H+H High Strength Jumbo Blocks and H+H Standard Grade Blocks with Celfix Mortar, designed specifically for use as part of H+H’s Thin-Joint System. This was Tony’s first time using the Thin-Joint System. He said: “I certainly liked using the products and found it relatively easy to build with them. I was also able to use up ‘offcuts’ from the aircrete blocks throughout the property – I found it very easy to cut the blocks on site.” H+H provides its Thin-Joint System as a combination of aircrete blocks with Celfix Mortar, producing masonry with a 2mm joint rather than the standard 10mm, speeding up the build process and reducing thermal bridging. The system combines 100mm aircrete blocks with cement-based Celfix Mortar rather than traditional sand:cement mortar. If you are interested in getting involved in self-building, contact the H+H Sales Team.

01732 886444

Connecting Cross-Laminated Timber

To support the growing use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in the UK and Europe, one of the leading connector manufacturers Simpson Strong-Tie has released an updated version of its ‘Connectors for CLT’ catalogue. Featuring a host of new products including heavy duty angle brackets, hold-down connectors and structural screws, this edition represents a complete set of solutions for the assembly of CLT buildings, as well as steel and chemical mortar products designed specifically to connect the entire structure to concrete. Sales Director, Jon Head explains: “We have drawn together a huge variety of products from across our European operations to produce a comprehensive range of performance tested connectors and fasteners to enable CLT constructions from floor to ceiling – the CLT designer need look nowhere else”. To further support the design and construction of CLT structures, Simpson Strong-Tie also has a team of engineers based at its manufacturing plant in Tamworth, offering technical support and assistance. The new brochure can be downloaded from the Simpson Strong-Tie UK website.

01827 255600


Self-Build Zone provides Site Insurance and liability cover for anyone starting new building works, as well as covering any existing structures on site.

Our Approved Inspectors can facilitate all survey services you may need during the build or for the warranty provision. On completion, Build-Zone can provide you with a 10 Year Structural Warranty.

For more information or to obtain a quotation go online at or Call the Self-Build Zone Team on 0345 230 9874 july/august 2018 27

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