The Self Build Self Help Site Build Process Outline

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Build Process Outline
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Setting out involves marking out the site to indicate where the foundation trenches are to be dug, and the position of the walls on the concrete foundations. Wooden profiles are firmly placed into the ground, on which strings can be fixed, the position of which can be transferred to the ground to indicate the trench and wall positions.

Once the profiles are in, the string lines for the outer edge of the trench are checked to ensure that the diagonals are equal - showing that the house will be built "square". If the diagonals are not equal, then reposition some profiles and check again.

Setting out may take some time - to build the profiles and determine the distances required. This stage cannot be rushed, get it wrong and you will have all sorts of problems later on.

At this stage, also check the levels - in the main you will need to set the floor levels with regard to the pavement / road level, having previously decided how the paths and driveways will slope. If the paths / driveways slope down to the house / garage, you will need to provide suitable drainage to remove surface water. Often achieved with linear drainage systems - see The Paving Expert site for more detail.

picture of setting out

In the picture on the left, profiles can just be seen against the back hedge - to give room for readymix and concrete block lorries to unload without flattening the profiles.


The profiles to the front of the plot can be more easily seen.




The pictures below show the brickie setting the first blocks plumb with the string line from the profiles.

setting out

setting out

picture of setting out

In the picture above, profiles can just be seen against the back hedge - to give room for readymix and concrete block lorries to unload without flattening the profiles.
The profiles to the front of the plot can be more easily seen.
The pictures below show the brickie setting the first blocks plumb with the string line from the profiles.

setting out

setting out

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