Cookie Policy

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Finding A Plot

Finding A Plot Where do you start? If you’re buying locally then obviously you need to speak to all of the estate agents in the area. Make it known you’re interested in a plot and spread the word. Keep your eyes peeled – drive around the places where you’d like to...

U-Values

U-Values When you start looking into building a home for the first time there’s no doubt about it, there’s a lot to take in. You will probably have heard of ‘U-Values’ already, but you might not understand what they are, or how important they are. In fact, they are...

Roofs

Roofs Basically, there are three types of structural roof systems: standard trussed roof, attic trussed roof and the cassette system. Standard roof trusses are by far the most popular, but they don’t allow you to have a ‘room in the roof’ and only offer a small area...

Floor Joists

Floor Joists There’s joists and there’s joists. They all do the same job, but some are better at doing more than just holding the floor and walls up. There are also many brand names that can become confusing – but essentially there are only three types of joist....

SIP panels

SIPs Panels SIPS are a relatively new method of construction but quite straightforward, and generally speaking a good concept. YOU NEED TO KNOW As a company we decided against the use of SIPS for a few reasons, namely: They are usually expensive compared to timber...

Timber Frame Walls

Timber Frame Walls There are various different ways to make a timber frame wall. Some companies have their own preferred way of doing it, as do we – find our more about those here. Ultimately your preferences for thermal performance will determine how we design the...

Building Regulations Advice

Building Regulations Advice Building Regulations Advice. Every new home and most extensions will be subject to Building Regulations Approval in the same way that any new home and most extensions will be subject to Planning Approval. YOU NEED TO KNOW The process of...

Planning Advice

PLANNING: Everything You Need to Know It’s a long process, can throw up some unknowns and is usually considered a thoroughly painful experience. But, the fact is, you have to go through it, and you have to play it by the book. Depending upon where you are in the...
How Eco Are We?

How Eco Are We?

Environmental responsibility has long been built into building regulations with a commitment to reduce carbon emissions over the years, and at English Brothers we take as many steps as we can to fulfil this responsibility.