Drainage around foundations

The main purpose:

  1. ensure the small area of concrete that was below ground level wouldn’t flood
  2. use as few new materials as possible
  3. minimise the cost
  4. use the principles of natural drainage – no need for pipes to take away water

We used reclaimed concrete drainage, used car tyres, and reclaimed bathroom wall panels to create a barrier between the surrounding soil and the stones that were to be used to create easy drainage for any excess surface water. Also used rubble from a wall we demolished.

The only new materials we used were 6 tonnes of stone (not added when these photos were taken) from a local river bed.  Total cost: about $200 and a sore back.

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About ifd66

From UK and living in Japan. I am very interested in sustainable development and in general ecology and conservation issues and solutions. Finished building a low impact family house in Shiga, Japan in 2013 and am now focused on using permaculture to develop our plot of land into a more sustainable, productive, and attractive space. My hope is that this blog is useful to those interested in similar issues and way of life.
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