Custom property in Cyprus: ground beams & floor
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Wooden formwork for the ground
In Cyprus, wood is used to construct the formwork
and the reinforcing steel is now in place in readiness for
the ground beams and slab to be poured. All the formwork
is custom made on site - unlike the UK where it is
mass-produced to a standard size.
Pumping the concrete ground beams
The concrete arrives on site in ready-mix lorries and
is poured into a concrete pump. The concrete pump has a
telescopic arm which allows it to be poured with
precision into the wooden formwork.
As the concrete is pumped into the formwork, it is
compacted with a vibrator. This ensures that any voids
that may occur during the pumping process are filled.
Completed ground beams
Once the concrete has been left to cure, the wooden
formwork is removed revealing the completed ground
beams. If the contractor has done his job properly,
there should be no voids or rebar protruding from the
property. Once the formwork has been removed, the concrete should
appear flat and smooth, with no voids.
Many properties in Cyprus suffer from damp. To prevent
it in my custom property, the ground beams are painted
with a black bituminous paint. This prevents damp
penetrating the foundations and rising up the walls of
the house. Once it's been painted, the foundations are
filled with crushed limestone (havara) and compacted to
provide a solid base for the slab.
The floor slab has now been poured, compacted and
levelled. The ground beams and floor slab form the
foundations on which the rest of the property is