Groundworks
Groundworks
Groundworks

groundworks

Our static timber buildings require a concrete base and foundation.

This not only provides a firm, stable and level base, but raises your timber building off the ground to help prevent rot and ensure that it lasts for many years to come.

Read our guide to groundworks for timber outbuildings, garages and stables below.

Foundations for a timber building

We are often able to recommend a trusted contractor to undertake the necessary groundworks and preparation for your building.

Of course, if you have the experience to lay your own foundation or a contractor that you would like to use, we will provide the base plan, dimensions and specification required and then erect your timber building once the groundworks are complete.

If you have ordered a mobile building on skids, all we ask is that a flat and level surface is prepared in advance of our construction team’s arrival.

What’s the process?

1. The first step is to dig out a level base to the correct dimensions and secure timber shuttering on all sides.

2. Next, a layer of hardcore is laid directly on the soil and compacted, over which a damp-proof course (DPC) membrane is laid. This will prevent moisture from the ground soil penetrating the concrete.

3. A steel mesh is then laid to give stability to the concrete and prevent movement and cracking, before the concrete is poured and tamped.

4. Finally, once the concrete is set, a single course of bricks are laid following the base plan, onto which the timber will be built. This raises the timber up from ground level to prevent rot and ensure longevity. It's vital that the brick course is accurately laid as the structure for your timber building sits directly on top of it.

See the process in more detail . . .

1. Dig out the base
Groundworks Process
2. Lay & compact hardcore
Groundworks Process
3. Add a DPC & steel mesh
Groundworks Process
4. Pour & tamp the concrete
Groundworks Process
5. Lay a single brick course
Groundworks Process
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