Foundations Part IV

The standard way to construct the footings for a modern house, is to dig down to suitable soil and to lay a concrete bed. A few years ago I had a small 4m single story extension added to my house, and the builders had to dig down 2m to before the building inspector was satisfied … Read more

Foundations Part III

..or why we care about pressure. Why do buildings subside? Well the answer is, not surprisingly, that they are too heavy for the ground they are on to support them.  How do you know if your house is going to subside? Well, the answer depends on two things – how much your house weighs and … Read more

Foundations Part II

It turns out that foundations and footings are not the same things – foundations are the base of the building that transfer the weight of the walls, floors and roof into the ground, and footings are what the foundations sit upon. This may seem pretty elementary, but it transpired that there were other fundamental gaps … Read more


There will follow multiple posts on foundations for a tiny wooden building <groan>.  It’s overkill, I know. The normal caveats apply, namely that I have no qualifications in this area, so please do not do any actual building work based solely on the below. Here is what I already knew about building conditions in the … Read more

Workshop Design

My initial thoughts were ‘big shed’ possibly with insulation. However, after a bit of research I encountered a whole new world of ‘garden offices’ – this industry appears to have sprung up in the wake of changes made to the planning laws in the UK at the end of 2008. The new rules allow – … Read more


Welcome to the blog! It is about my experiences building a workshop in my back garden1)the blog posts describing the build first appeared on and are reproduced here using the original dates to give an idea of the plodding progress made. The basic structure took about a year from conception to completion, and since then I … Read more