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Durabase conservatory base concrete pads

Discussion in 'Building' started by AlwaysBestToAsk, 16 Dec 2020.

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    You do have some serious civility issues, dont you.

    Do you talk like that to people in real life?

    If you do, how does your life seem to go?

    If you dont, perhaps you should think about why you dont, and by extension why you think its OK to be like it here.
     
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    Woody isnt always that bad....sometimes he's worse :ROFLMAO:
     
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    You have some serious lack of popular culture reference issues. :rolleyes:
     
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    I wonder if the base can be used for conservatory, there is no reason why this cannot be used in extension, right?
    To me it is like a suspended timber floor but made of steel and supported on concrete pad? If putting together with SIP, it must be a super quick and clean method to build an extension, am I too naive?
     
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    I think you'd have to think about the weight, especially with a conventional roof. I guess best to ask the manufacturer
     
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    I am exploring options of Durabase Plus + Prefab Wall + Ultraframe pitched roof... I doubt if there is a builder can marry all of these into a lightweight solution...
     
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    I have checked with the manufacturer by the way and the base is fine for the weight of a SIP panel wall (5m long x 2.4m high) and then a SIP panel roof (5m x 3m) which is SOME weight so should be fine
     
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    In exactly same position.
    Seems self building the base and getting it level is a great way of trimming the cost and time.
     
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    Having built with one of these, I'm not sure I'd agree there's much time or cost saving. You still have to do a reasonable bit of digging and concreting to get the pads in place to prep for one of these, and then obviously pay for the costs of the steelwork.

    Getting a mini digger and doing some proper trenches for a foundation wouldn't be that much harder or costly, depending on the site.

    However, the durabase does have the advantage of needing only basic skills to get it levelled and bolted together. Whereas with a normal foundation you're then looking at some brick/blockwork to get you to DPC and then a further concrete pour for the floor slab - which requires a bit more skill.
     
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    Plus the benefit that once all the kids have left home and we no longer need the space we can simply unbolt it and put the grass back over the pads (and sell the steel)...no need to have to remove all the concrete. I agree now that we've done it that the cost is about the same (and we did have to dig out 3 tonne of soil as our garden isn't level) but yes, it's nice to be able to do this yourself...... one of those things that are perfect as long as you're doing it this way for the right reasons i guess.
     
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