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Passive slab foundation

A passive slab foundation is a raft that is fully insulated from contact with the ground below eliminating any thermal bridging. Insulation forms the shuttering for a concrete pour, and layering of the insulation allows a ring beam to be formed around the perimeter and thickening under load bearing internal walls. Reinforcing steel [...]

By |2019-03-04T18:15:43+01:00May 24th, 2016|Self build timeline|0 Comments

Oversite and drainage

Site cleared and levels reduced Inspection chambers set to level Rodding point for surface water drainage With the reduced dig and drainage runs complete the site is covered in free draining stone compacted in layers. This provides a base for the raft foundation to sit on. [...]

By |2019-03-04T18:15:43+01:00April 28th, 2016|Self build timeline|0 Comments

Moving utility connections

Before the house can be demolished all of the utility services (Gas, Electricity, Water) need to be disconnected. Rather than pay for a disconnection and then again for a new connection later I decided to move them to the side of the garage so they would be out of the way. I would then run [...]

By |2019-03-04T18:15:43+01:00February 29th, 2016|Self build timeline|0 Comments

Ground bearing test and soil analysis

A requirement of the foundation design for the house is to establish the soil type and bearing capacity of it to allow the structural engineer to design a suitable slab and sub base for it. A small rig was brought to site to undertake a ground bearing test by driving a hole into the ground [...]

By |2019-03-04T18:15:43+01:00January 20th, 2016|Self build timeline|0 Comments