Building a garden house with ground screws
Garden houses are a nice addition to your main house. It’s also a good way to make use of your lot, making it more accessible for social events and to the possibility for all year-round cultivation of flowers and plants. With our ground screws you can have a sturdy and ready-to-build-on foundation for your future garden house within a day!
WHY GROUND SCREWS?
When it comes to ground anchoring of smaller buildings, ground screw is always a faster and more pliable option. For starters, you don’t have to dig. In other words – no shovels or heavy digging equipment will be necessary. This of course, will also prevent making a mess on the ground with excessive dirt. Second, no concrete and no molding. The ground screw is applied directly through the ground. And as soon as the screws are in place, the construction can begin!
Whether you use concrete plinths or ground screws, the final result will be the same. The main difference is that the foundation rests on a few steel screws instead of a few concrete plinths. However, with ground screws you will have a solid foundation for your garden house without digging or the usage of concrete. At the end of the day, this will leave you with less labor, more time, and more money in your wallet!
If the ground is rocky underneath it’s usually not a problem. Before we apply the screws, we use a ground drill to assure a swift and stable anchoring. Lesser rocks (up to 30cm) will then break or be pushed aside. By drilling, we also get a good sense of the properties of the ground, which can further help our installers perform an even more efficient job.
Loose ground won’t necessary prevent a sufficient anchoring but it’s definitely something to have in mind. One of our common rules are: if the ground has been recently dug up and refilled with sand or dirt, it’s safer to wait for two years for the ground to settle, before making the installments. Although, this can also vary depending on depth and the properties of the ground.
LARGE ROCKS AND BEDROCKS
If your planned project is going to rest on bedrock or above ground with large rocks, different methods are usually required. The most common method in such cases is to use rock wedges. We can sometimes offer a solution in these cases, but we recommend contacting your nearest installer. With the right information, he/she can then come up with the best solution for you.
TO THINK ABOUT
Most garden houses do not require a planning permit. A few exceptions are if the building is placed closer than 2.0m from the boundary of the property with a maximum overall height of more than 2.5m from existing ground level. However, with an eave height of 2.5m, the roof itself can exceed this height without requiring planning permission. In this case, a dual-pitched roof is allowed to reach heights of 4.0m and pent roofed constructions a maximum height of 3.0m. A few other things to keep in mind is that the building can not be used as a self-contained living accommodation, be more than 30 m2 or take up more than 50% of the land around the original house. In any case, just make sure that you have a sufficient architectural plan before moving on with your project.