[box type=”info” border=”full”]Hot on the heels of an article about why a concrete slab forms a good basis for a garden room, this Guest Post advises you how to build one yourself[/box]
Certainly, DIY building a garden room may seem like a challenging job, particularly if you are an amateur to gardening. But this post will help you construct the foundation for your garden room, also known as garden building, in hassle-free manner.
A Thing You Should Know Before Getting Started:
Make sure the garden room site you choose is easy to access from all sides, has ample area in surrounding that can be used for planting or landscaping in future, gets ample natural light, offers great views of garden, and is adequate to electrical fitting.
Selecting the Right Base for Your Garden Building
It’s vital to ensure a level and dry foundation for your garden room shed. It doesn’t make sense to build a shed on a poor base, else the screw holes that are used to connect wall panels may not line up. Concrete base is suitable for both larger garden buildings, like a workshop, as well as small size garden rooms.
Follow the below-listed steps to build concrete base for your room.
Once you decide the position of the building such that you can access it from all directions easily, mark it out the base area 2inch larger than the area of the garden room using pegs and string on all sides. Double check if the area you have marked is square. If needed, you may take help of someone.
First prepare about 4 inch of compacted hardcore (using crushed gravel) beneath 4inch of concrete layer. Either you can dig up the ground up to 8 inch and raise the base or you can keep the base in level with the earth. Use rake and spade for levelling the area and don’t forget to take back pegs. You can easily find a good-quality concrete mix supplier local to your area using the internet.
Measure and cut timber of the same size of the concrete base. Prepare a compacted hardcore layer using crushed gravel and spread bountiful sand over it. Now, use roller or any other tool suitable to flat the surface down.
Next, you can prepare concrete mix using 1:5 ratio of cement and all-in-on ballast. Or you can order a bag of dry-mixed concrete and simply add water to it. Be careful while adding water. Excessive amount of water can make the cement sloppy and degrade the quality of base. Add small amounts of water and spread the concrete evenly and slowly on the formwork.
Your DIY project of preparing a concrete base for your garden room is still not over. If the climate is warm, cover the base using damp sacks and keep sprinkling water for next 24 hours period. To the contrary if the climate is wet, cover the base with polythene for the same time-period. Overlooking on these tips may cause cracks and shrinks in to your base.
As you can see it is the quality of concrete mix that determines the sturdiness and lifespan of your garden room, and thus investing in ready mix cement is worth considering. Look around for a ready mix concrete supplier in your area today!