How to Measure for Building Materials

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Building materials (the ones we are talking about here relate to the structural elements that are needed day-to-day on site, rather than interiors and big-ticket items such as windows) are expensive enough without over-ordering. The good news is that over-ordering can easily be avoided by accurately measuring the working drawings prior to placing any orders.

All that is required is the Building Regulations-approved plan, a scale rule and a calculator. So what do you need to order? Well, the list should look something like the one below. Once you’ve got the list established, you can begin to measure.

Peter Eade

Builder Peter Eade has spent a lifetime running his own building business, specialising in project management and design