Existing, Pegged Timber or a Concrete base? Which is right for you?

You’ve made the decision to invest in a barbecue cabin now you need to consider the base. The correct foundation for your barbecue cabin, or in fact any timber building is critical to its durability. An uneven or soft base, over time can lead to ‘settling’ and subsequent movement of the cabin. It also makes it very difficult to fit a cabin and it will invalidate your warranty.

If you have an existing patio or an area of structurally sound decking your cabin may well sit directly on to it and the chances are you will not need a new base at all. If you want your cabin to go onto a lawn or an area of your garden were there is no hard landscaping you will need a base. There are two main options; a pegged timber base or a concrete base.

A pegged timber base – is a base constructed of pressure treated timber, the pegs are secured into the ground with Postcrete and a treated timber frame is attached, this forms the base for the cabin.

The second is a concrete base – the area is first measured, marked and pegged, a timber frame is constructed around the measured area and then hardcore and concrete are added to the required height before the area is levelled off.

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A professionally installed pressure treated pegged timber base will last for 30 years, it is by no means a temporary or short term measure and it is perfectly strong enough to hold the weight of a cabin. We would recommend a timber pegged base when installing a cabin/any timber building on a slight incline or slope, as the pegs can be used to level the area. A timber pegged base is slightly less expensive than a concrete base and does not require any kind of ventilation. One of the big advantages of this type of base is that it doesn’t need time to ‘go off’ and can be built the same day as the cabin, two days will be required for larger cabins.

A concrete base will last forever, ventilation pipes will need incorporating and they are slightly more expensive than a timber pegged base. A concrete base needs to be laid 3 to 7 days before the cabin/timber building can be installed, depending on the time of year.

Whichever base you choose it is vital that it provides sufficient support and ventilation for the cabin. A 10 meter cabin is built with approximately two ton of timber; the base needs to be strong!

We can arrange the construction of the base of your cabin so you can be confident that it is adequate and your cabin won’t deteriorate prematurely. If you wish to use other professionals to install the base or do it yourself we will provide you with a step by step guide.

 

 

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