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Troubleshooting your groundworks

From clay soils to high water tables, there’s a raft of issues that could impact the early stages of your project. Mike Hardwick reveals what you Need to know to overcome them
The Dows knocked down a dilapidated bungalow – which had no insulation and a rotting sub-frame – and replaced it with a modern home that’s stepped into its sloping plot. The demolition works cost just £5,000
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The Dows knocked down a dilapidated bungalow – which had no insulation and a rotting sub-frame – and replaced it with a modern home that’s stepped into its sloping plot. The demolition works cost just £5,000

The one adage in self-build that always rings true is that you will never know the full cost of your scheme until it’s out of the ground. What this refers to is the fact that what looks like a perfectly good parcel of land from the surface could be hiding a range of issues underneath. The best way to deal with this is to minimise the risks wherever possible – so this month, I’m taking a look at how to approach the groundworks and foundation stages of your project.

Do you need a survey?

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The November edition of Build It magazine brings you all the inspiration & practical advice you need to complete your home building project on time and on budget, including: • A self-built first home for just £47,000 (page 48) • Why build with oak? (page 64) • Rainwater goods: repair or replace? (page 67) • 5 renovation tips for a healthy home (page 81) • Is open plan living right for you (page 103) • Expert guide to lighting and electrics (page 112) … and more!