Building a base?

It is Important any new garden building is assembled onto a solid firm and and most important level base that’s constructed with a quality finish. Without any base preparations the buildings may become difficult to assemble resulting in poor fitting doors and the roofs will not fit properly, when spending money its always best to budget on the base preparations as well.

 

Where to build a base

Deciding the location for your new garden building, you will need to think and take time to consider the options. Do not place any base structure to close to walls,fences or another building, you must always remember when erecting any garden building that there is nothing obstructing the wall panels when stood up, also remember to allow yourself enough room to carry out the build with no obstructions to the roof with low hanging branches etc…

 


How do i go about it making a concrete base..

 

1, Position the base in a suitable area of the garden, peg out the size making sure its square on all four corners.

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2, Remove the string and pegs after visibly marking the area with the spade, dig down down 175mm to 200mm to reach a solid foundation under the top soil. After you have raked the area flat add 75mm-100mm of gravel making sure you compact the ground.

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3, Measure cut and fit timber or steel shuttering to the excavated area, by pre boarding up the base area allows you to make level square like the image shows.

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4, The next stage is filling the whole with concrete, screed over the gravel with sand approximately 30mm in depth then lay a damp proof membrane over the whole area allowing to cover the four sides of the base. You are now ready for the concrete – You can buy bags of concrete ready mixed and just add small amounts of water or make a mixture of gravel-ballast, cement and water in a ratio of 1 part cement, 5 parts gravel-ballast or the easiest way would be to buy ready mixed concrete, this would arrive already mixed with water ready to lay.

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5, Spread the concrete and make sure you fill to the level of the shuttering and remove any air pockets, once the area is covered tamp and screed the surface to the desired finish. Your base is almost ready – cover the new concrete with and allow to dry for 24-48 hours before you build on.

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How do i go about it making a paving stone base…

 

1, Position the base in a suitable area of the garden, peg out the size making sure its square on all four corners.

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2, Remove the string and pegs after visibly marking the area with the spade, dig down down 75mm to 100mm to reach a solid foundation under the top soil. After you have raked the area flat add 50mm-75mm of building sand making sure you compact firm.

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3, Start to lay the paving slabs from the corner and work outwards by gently tapping down with a rubber mallet. The surface of the finished paving slabs should be made slightly higher than the ground around them allowing good drainage, once you have laid the paving slabs fill any gaps with fine sand and sweep clean.

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Your on firm ground with a Rainbow Garden Building!