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WHAT CAN GO WRONG? Foundations & footings

Andy Butchers shares his insider knowledge to help you troubleshoot this crucial area and enjoy a successful home building project

One of the most important parts of a project is to ensure you’re dealing with welldesigned, properly-realised foundations. Considering 30% of your build costs will be underground, there is a lot to think about. What’s more, the work will need to be thoroughly mapped out well before you can get underway.

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A suitably-qualified professional such as an architect, engineer or surveyor would normally design the foundations (don’t just rely on your builder). A number of factors must be considered, so it’s worth investing time and money at this stage.

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Smart homes for every budget - Timber frame FAQ - Choosing outbuildings - How to maximise your mortgage chances - Guide to finding land