Working on a building project can be an arduous task that is likely to spew out some significant issues, and though it is difficult to factor in unforeseen circumstances, by measuring materials effectively you can ensure you have exactly what you need, with an organised approach which avoids wastage.

Once you have scheduled the necessary pre-planning, it is time to start thinking about what products you will need to fulfill your building requirements. An exhaustive list is required to ensure you have access to everything you need to realise your vision, and you should spend as much as time as necessary to ensure you have everything you require for the build. You can also capitalize professional help available in the form of a material calculator, which can be great for performing mandatory calculations which determine exact quantities.

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When deciding how much concrete you need, standard measurements suggest 1 cubic meter is sufficient to lay a 7 meter run of foundations, but this is merely a guideline based on approximation. With this being said, it is important to factor in variances which are the result of individual differences, where some trenches are different from others. By measuring the length of the foundation trench in question, you can decide upon the cubic meters required to fulfill your task. Lean mix concrete can be required to fill the void if there is one present, and these might also need pre-stressed lintels.

Cavity walls are reasonably straightforward to measure, where a simple calculation involving height multiplied by length will give you the area needed to cover. Once you have worked out the figure for the total area, you should multiply this by 60 to determine the square meters required, and it is wise to increase this by 10 per cent to factor in breakages. Quantity of cavity batts is another easy calculation which is equal to the area of the cavity walls, and if you’re building an extension, you may be required to order a slight surplus to cover the excess.

When buying sand it’s important to purchase 6 cubic meters to cover the entire project, buying sand from the same supplier to ensure a color consistency. 10 bags of cement is a great starting point, alongside containers of mortar plasticiser which won’t need to be required precisely. Timber can usually be bought in 1.80m to 6.30m planks, with various grades to decide on which should be chosen depending on which corresponds with your requirements, to the nearest length.

The number of roof tiles you’ll need is variable, where if you’re using a plain roof tool you’ll more than likely require somewhere in the region of 60 square meters, again adding 10 per cent to compensate for breakages. The quantity of tile battens depends on the type of needed, where a 10m run of batten is required per meter squared. Roofing membrane and leads can be purchased by the roll, and cavity trays are ready-made in meter lengths.

Once you have worked out the quantities necessarily, you can proceed with the purchasing process, which involves getting quotes from builders while bartering for the right price, and getting  multiple quotes before making proceeding with procurement.