Groundwork & Foundations Question

Laying foundations for 2 semi houses

I have a plot of land with planning permission for 6 semis. I will be building these in twos since I don't have finance to build all 6 houses at the same time. Even for two houses my budget is tight. Therefore I'm considering doing as much work as I can. I have nil building experience. Digging the trenches for the foundation seem something I can do. How much would I save if I dig the trenches myself and what else do I need to consider?


3 Answers

it will cost you in the long run if you have nil building experience,if you dont do it properly at the groundworks stage ,ie levels ,foundations/drainage ect ,the whole project will have problems,if you are on a tight budget i suggest you do 1 at a time ,trying to do them on the cheap will affect re-sale value ,you may end up with twin white elephants.

Answered 22nd Feb 2012


Member since 7 Jun 2008

Have to agree with substructure.If you have nil experience this project is way above what you should be attempting.Even us that have the know how can find groundwork a hassle.Realistically the only way you could save money would be to help various trades as a labourer (although they may decline this offer) and to do the decorating etc at the end.As sub has said before,there are no cheap projects and trying to save money normally results in poor results.

Answered 22nd Feb 2012

Roc builders

Member since 25 Aug 2011

Hire a man with a digger locally. We offer this service and can dig footings for 2, 3 bed semis in 3 days at a meter deep, that service would cost you £660 then you could pour the concrete with a little help from the driver if he is any good, on the 4th day. Hey presto, foundations done as cheap as possible and in 4 days.

Answered 22nd Feb 2012

Local patios and driveways

Member since 24 Jan 2012

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