Phase4 Groundwork & Landscaping A5 step Winter 2017 56 Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase Phase 4 Phase4 guide to achieving perfect 1Design concept:There are numerous benefits to building with oak – longevity and strength means that whatever you build is guaranteed to stand the test of time. With that in mind, it’s important to consider the potential longer-term uses of your garage rather than the immediate needs. For instance, will you require extra storage? Are you likely to own an additional car? Will your growing family result in the need for extra living space? Due to the increased popularity of oak framing, many companies now have a vast library of standard garage buildings. These can range from one to four-bay garages with or without log stores, garages with rooms above, complexes and much more. At oakframesdirect.com, our simple product configurator can help you specify the exact garage you require, from frame type right through to roof ends and depth options. At the end of the process, you even have the option to add on joinery from our range of softwood and oak windows and doors. 2Planning:Once you’ve set your sights on your chosen design concept, it is essential to present your intended design to your local authority. The rules for permitted development or planning permission vary from property to property, therefore our advice is to seek approval before any purchase is made. To help with gaining permission, we offer a full planning drawing service which will enable you to lay out all the facts and dimensions to your planning officer. Should you go on to succeed with planning and purchase your oak frame from us, we will deduct the fee from the price of your frame. Building Regulations are another important legal consideration. If the floor area of the building is between 15m² and 30m², you will not normally be required to apply for Building Regulations approval. This is providing the building contains no sleeping accommodation and is either at least 1m from any boundary or it is constructed of substantially non-combustible materials. For some, taking on any sort of construction work can seem like a daunting prospect. Navigating your way through design concepts and planning procedures can sometimes prevent the most aspiring home improvers from taking on the challenge. However, with the introduction of oak framing kits, a lot the stresses and strains have instantly been removed. Here, Oak Frames Direct reveals a simple 5-step guide to achieving one of the most popular oak-frame products on the market today: a garage 3Foundations:Foundations are the most crucial part of any building, creating a level and solid base that the rest of the structure relies on to keep it standing. The preparation of your groundworks should be considered fairly early on in the process to ensure your project runs as smoothly as possible and doesn’t result in any delays to the erection of the frame. Bear in your 3 oak framed garage mind that the base also represents a sizeable proportion of the total cost of your build, so it’s worth shopping around to get the best price from a trusted trader. When agreeing the terms, we recommend that your groundworker’s contract includes a provision to ensure that the foundations they have laid are accurate and suitable to accept your oak frame.
Your Build - Winter 2017
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