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Foundations of Garage

Building New Cedar Clad Garage in Carden, Cheshire

On this project we were ask to construct a New Garage, this Garage was to house a Under Floor Heating System. This System was for the Under Floor Heat in the Threshing Barn to the left in the photo. The Garage also had to fit a large 4x4 vehicle & storage in the attic area.

The Garage was to be clad in a Cedar Shiplap board, below this was a cut and dressed stone dwarf wall.

Concrete Foundations

The foundations for the garage have been excavated and concreted. Our Builders then installed blockwork to the foundations up to floor level. We used a 6" concrete block, which lay quicker than the traditional 4" blocks. The foundations were also mass filled with concrete for speed of construction.



As our Builders were laying the Blockwork in the foundations for the garage, our Ground working contractor excavated the excess material from the internal floor of the garage.

We used one of our smallest excavators for this, this digger can fit through a standard house door, comes in very handy.

The material Excavated from the floor was used for landscaping on other parts of the build.

Foundation Blockwork

Once our builders had constructed the foundation blockwork the internal level of the garage was leveled with crushed MOT 1 stone. The crushed stone was then compacted with a vibrating plate. The garage has a internal 4" block dividing wall, the area on the right is to be the plant room for the under floor system. This Heating system is use by the Threshing Barn.

We also filled the external foundation blockwork with crushed stone. The DPC course will be placed on top of the blockwork at this level.

All the services for the electric, drainage & water have been installed under the foundation blockwork in ducts.

Blockwork Garage

The blockwork around the perimeter of the garage has been constructed in 6" solid concrete block. To the left of the garage you can see the start of the stonework dwarf wall. This stone work is made with cheshire red stone.


Garage Construction

We installed a DPC barrier against the garage , this will stop damp penetrating the blockwork. We had to build the stone 8" from the face of the blockwork. Every stone for the garage had to be hand carved. Our stonemason used special tungsten carbide chisels for this.

The blockwork on the garage has been built up to wall plate level. On top of the block wall we will now install a timber wall plate.

Just to the top of the photo you can see the Threshing barn having new thatch installed.


Here our stonemason is dressing the stone for the dwarf wall going around the garage. This stone is from the red seam in Cheshire. Our Stonemason is used a nylon mallet & tungsten carbide chisels.

Lime mortar was used to bed the stones, this not a strong as cement based mortar. It also allows moisture into the mortar from the stone.

Stonework Wall

Now we have installed the wall plate on top of the block wall. We used anchor strip on the external of the blockwork to restrain the wall plate, these straps will later be covered with the cedar cladding.

The stonework has been built up to level. The external blockwork will now be studded with a 3"-2" treated timber.

Construction Garage
Wall plates for the truss to sit are installed. The blockwork gables are now constructed.
Build Block Gable Wall
The rear of the garage. The stonework has been completed up to level.
Fitting Roof Trusses

We had the trusses manufactured off site, the trusses are then installed onto the wall plates. We installed a steel lintel over the front door opening of the garage.

We spaced the trusses out over the wall plate area, and installed the cross braces.


Building Garage

On the trusses have been installed we installed roof ladders over the gable elevation of the garage. These ladder extend the rafters to the external of the garage.

Only when these roof ladders had been fitted could we then installed the timber stud work to the gable elevations. This stud work will then have a breathe membrane installed with a counter.

External Studwork

After all the stud work was installed we then fixed a breather membrane to the frame work. This breather membrane will stop any moisture penetrating the internal blockwork.

We then counter batterned the breather membrane with a 2"-1" timber battern. This is to keep the cedar from touching the breather membrane.

Roofing Garage Blue Slate

The scaffolding was dismantled and erected on the side elevation of the garage. We then started with the slating for the roof. On this roof we used reclaimed blue slates. Our roofers installed a breather membrane to the roof trusses batterned with a 2"-1" treated roofing battern.

We found a local supplier for the blue slate, these slates matched other building around the farm.

Roofers  Cheshire
Our roofers have installed all the blue slates to the garage roof, we have also fitted a ridge tile. All the timber work to the garage like the bardgeboards etc have been fitted.
Cedar Cladding
Our joiners started fitting the cedar cladding to the garage. The cedar was a 6" shiplap, we used stainless steel nails to fix the cedar cladding.
Cedar Boarding Cheshire
The cedar cladding on the side elevation. This is the entrance to the under floor heating plant. We installed 3" corner capping's the all the corners & doorways.
Nailing Cedar Boards to Garage

Joiners fitting cedar cladding to the garage. The cedar boards look a bit mismatched but will silver up in a few months.

Cedar Cladding
Joiners nailing cedar boards to the garage. This garage took 35 days to build from excavation foundations to completion.


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