My garage build

Jul 26, 2018
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3A91AE7C-A65B-42F5-919C-2775F28CE750.jpeg 5B0EBC26-F96D-4197-B880-7ED3FFD25B80.jpeg 36BA67A0-F8E0-4CC3-9584-D5E92141ED77.jpeg FA6FA907-25E9-413A-9155-CA0F127637CF.jpeg After years of umming and ahhing about whether or not to build a garage/workshop we’ve finally bit the bullet and decided to give our motorhome an easy life and keep her out of the scottish weather. Building will be in two parts......a garage for motor home (5m x 8.5m) and second part a smaller garage come workshop (7m x 6.5m). After eight weeks at planning followed by four weeks at building control we finally got builders in.

Took us ten years to make a garden which we removed in six hours by digger. We’re back to where we started ten years ago!

Foundations dug and about 30ish tons of soil dug out. 5.5 cubic metres of concrete
poured in today and brickies in tomorrow to lay first course of approx. 990 concrete blocks.
 

pappajohn

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I would have sloped that soil bank to 45°.
Save it collapsing onto the garage wall later and causing damp ingress problems.... Or do you have a plan?
 
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Plan in progress.......structural engineer recommended gabions filled with stones.....it’s almost solid rock and gave digger a bit of a hammering to get it that far back......then graded to top of gabions.
 

pappajohn

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Shame you didn't have a rhododendron Bush in there, I would have made a special trip up for it.
I just trimmed hers back.... With the chainsaw to a stump.
My life is hell at the moment. :cry:

Not being related to Percy Thrower I didn't know what it was but it was overgrown to me.
 
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Shame you didn't have a rhododendron Bush in there, I would have made a special trip up for it.
I just trimmed hers back.... With the chainsaw to a stump.
My life is hell at the moment. :cry:

Not being related to Percy Thrower I didn't know what it was but it was overgrown to me.
jesus.......you trimmed her bush with a chainsaw?????o_Oo_Oo_Oo_Oo_O:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::D
 
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Builders back after a few days hols.

Gabions built for retaining wall along with 10 tons of gabion stone ready for filling.

Drainage pipe for retaining wall dug in. Founds backfilled.

Floor scraped back and compacted ready for hardcore.
 
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Kerb laid between garage/workshop.

Hard core laid, compacted and damp proof sheeting laid.

Another 20 odd ton soil/rubble away.

Been a busy day!
 

Blue Knight

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Great job (y) although it does look as if you have a whole load of hillside to help keep in place.

Love the pics and the project :cool:,

All the best,

Andrew
 
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Looks good and can't be to far from me if you're using JJ Currie
 
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At the merest mention of the words ‘concrete pour’ the heavens have opened. All set out today for arrival of 13 cube of concrete tmow. Steelwork in and ducts for electricity and other cables now buried.

Bunyan striker roller all set out for rolling concrete prior to float finish....looking forward to seeing that going!

Just hope it’s going to be better weather tmow.
 

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A tip from me, having knocked down two horrible grotty single garages here and built a nice new generous double - fit a sink! I umm'd and aah'd if to plumb in water and drainage when I did my garage/workshop, I did in the end and I fitted a sink, best thing I ever did! If you can do it I would.

Cleaning up grotty hands, washing out paintbrushes and loads of other mucky jobs now safely out of the way of the house. With a little electric instant water heater for washing hands - and a bigger stored one as well, which in 5 minutes can heat a bucketful of water for whatever - it's really, really useful and gets used a lot.
 
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I’ve plumbed in water, power and a service pipe I can connect to sewerage later on so can have sink, outside taps etc as well as potential for a loo etc if I want it. Hoping to get a two post lift in at some point so I’ve added extra depth of concrete at where posts would go.
 

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With a little electric instant water heater for washing hands - and a bigger stored one as well, which in 5 minutes can heat a bucketful of water for whatever - it's really, really useful and gets used a lot.
Alternatively put in a small electric shower over the sink, that way it can do both jobs and be used for rinsing stuff off too such as muddy boots etc ... or bathing the dog if you have a large receptacle (trug) for it to stand in.
 
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