If you wish to ask any questions, please do not hesitate to ring or drop an email. I'll always be happy to help.
Here are just some of the questions you may like to ask:
Within approx. a 20 mile radius, we have many types of soil, so footing depths vary, for example:
CLAY: Due to British weather, clay shrinks in hot spells and heaves in wet. So when putting in footings we have to allow for this. We dig down to a stable depth that is not going to be affected by the weather.
Tree's are a big factor when surveying a new site. Due to the water demand, this also affects depths of the footings because of their water demand.
CHALK: This has to be one of the best to build on. It's well drained, very stable and not affected at all by our weather.
RUNNING SAND: This can be found in pockets all over the place. Green sand stone are as mainly. This is very easy to dig but creates very wide footings because it keeps falling into the trenches. Sometimes pilling will be used instead depending on the size of building.
HOW TO KEEP ON TIME & BUDGET: This all comes down to pre planning and getting as much information as you can on your build. Even before you start your build you should know all your internal finishes, e.g. doors, door handles and floor finishes.
Specialist items take time to order, slowing down a project can cost so it's always in your interest to know all you can.
DOT AND DAB Advantages & disadvantages: Traditional render and set is not used all that often anymore because of time and amount of water that you are adding to the building. So this is why most builds are now plaster board and platered.
Advantages: Speeds up the build. Rooms can be boarded and skimmed the next day. You have a cleaner site and the rooms stay cleaner with this method.
Disadvantages- Fixings: It is harder to fix heavy items to the wall. Fixings may pull through the plasterboard. This can be overcome with preplanning i.e. putting in ply behind the places you need to fix heavy items.