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Log cabin bearers

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by Mark Grimbleby, 9 Sep 2019.

  1. Mark Grimbleby

    Mark Grimbleby

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    Hello.

    I inherited a Dunster House long cabin that has been installed on a raised concrete base surrounded by lawn - floor bearers directly on the concrete and floor on top. I’m unsure if DPC was used.

    The base is bigger that the frame (which it shouldn’t be) so rain water drips and splashes the bearers. Could I just cover the concrete that’s exposed with s deep layer of decorative gravel/stones? I would use some wooden log edging as a sort of fence to stop the stones getting on the lawn. Would it matter that the gravel was in constant contact with the bearers? If so, could I staple some DPC to the base, creating a ‘skirt’ before laying the gravel/stones?

    Any help is appreciated.

    Cheers
     
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    I'm no expert but would think it better to maintain an airflow underneath, could you post some pics so folk have a better idea?
     
  3. Mark Grimbleby

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    This is the layout of the bearers and it’s the highlighted part that’s a bit damp. There’s no airflow as such except underneath the floor. I can’t get my hand under the cabin though if that makes sense?

    I was thinking of stapling the DPC to the bearers and cover the concrete entirely. Then adding some gravel over the top to make it look a bit nicer. That should stop the splash back and stop the bearers getting sodden?

    I can get some actual pictures of my idea once I get home.
     

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