Earth Bound Walls for Garage - What Contruction Will be Required for the Walls?

I wish to build a garage 5m long x 3.5m wide where the walls on 3 sides will be earth bound and the height to top of soil is approx 2m. What sort of construction will be required for the walls and does this need to be reinforced, i.e using blockwork or brickwork, type of damp barrier for wall and floor etc.

Thanks, Julius Joseph


Hello Julius

What you describe is a major structural issue, and clearly you recognise that there may be some requirement to increase the wall retaining strength due to the pressures exerted upon it externally by the surrounding ground. Because of this you have little option but to seek the services of a local structural engineer who can assess the ground conditions and design a retaining structure suitable for your proposals.
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