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Hi All My first post here, hope you're all well Just after some advice pls. I'm preparing a base for a wooden (cedar cladded) insulated garden room (4.2 m by 3.02 m) So far we have cleaned and levelled the area and put down 4 inches of Mot, we plan to put down a 4 inch concrete base However I'm getting mixed reports and opinions from tradesman / friends etc.. that 4 inches is either enough or its not enough and I should go for a 6 inch with re-bar The room will contain me, a small sofa, desk, some music equipment, you know typical man cave / office type set up Not being an expert in this areas you can imagine I'm a bit undecided and worried I'll make the wrong decision. I just wondered if anyone has done a similar project and if a 4 or 6 inch base is best etc..? Many thanks in advance :)
Hi, I haven't done Introducing myself as I haven't found out yet how to get to where I can type that in. We've pulled down a small summerhouse and would like to build a bigger one. My local authority website tells me I can go up to 5 metres by 3 metres without planning permission, and that the maximum height is 2.5 metres within 2 metres of a boundary and 3 metres beyond that. Our idea so far is: to leave a gap of 1 metre between the boundary (to the north) and the back of the summerhouse; have 1 metre of flat roof, then rise 0.5 metre for the next 0.5 metre (north-facing slope); then have a south-facing slope dropping 0.5 metre over the remaining 1.5 metre permitted depth of the building. We would like to fix solar panels or solar shingles (I found a reference to these at www.earthtechling.com/tesla-solar-panels-vs-rooftop-solar-panel ) to the south-facing slope and connect them to underfloor heating pads. I would like some advice about what material to use for the roof of this summerhouse if we want to fix solar panels to the south-facing slope (5 metres wide by about 1.57 metres top to bottom) or have solar shingles on this slope which would need to join at the apex with whatever the rest of the roof is made of. Signing up to the scheme for selling electricity to the grid finishes at the end of March, so we're not likely to take part in the scheme. We may not generate a lot of electricity anyway. I think it's possible to store electricity from solar panels for later use but haven't found out about this yet. We think we can build on a concrete base laid over the existing concreted area from 2 earlier sheds (but haven't checked on this yet) rather than digging foundations. On top of the base we aim to put a damp barrier (plastic sheeting) then build with a double skin of breezeblocks with a window in each side (facing east and west) and a run of south-facing patio doors (4.5 metres wide). Looking forward to hearing from others, Fran