Building the Foundations

The ground works for the site started in January 2015. For the groundworks we employed a local building firm from Ashburton, called Brayshaw Developments Limited. We have contracted them to build the access road to the houses, the site drainage and the 6 foundations for the houses.

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Opening the site entrance

Once the access road had been laid to the house plots the construction of the house foundations could begin.

The access road to all 6 house plots

The access road to all 6 house plots

The house foundations started with removing the topsoil.

Plot 3 with topsoil removed

Plot 3 with topsoil removed

Next the trenches for the foundations are dug and concrete is poured in.

Digging out the trenches

Digging out the trenches

Trenches after being filled with concrete

Trenches after being filled with concrete

A block work wall is then laid in the trenches, which will form a base for the timber frame IMG_3760Next the concrete beam and block floor is laid, which involved beams being carried by hand into position.

Heave Ho, team self-build!

Heave Ho, team self-build!

Once the beams have been carried into position and the levels checked the blocks can be slotted into place

laying the blocks between the beams

laying the blocks between the beams

Checking the levels with the electronic theodolite

Checking the levels with the electronic theodolite

A concrete slurry mix is then brushed into the gaps and the basis of your foundation is finally complete

sweeping in the slurry

sweeping in the slurry

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