5 Best Uses for Reinforced Concrete Slab
A reinforced concrete slab can have a number of uses. Having one on your property gives you several choices, and opens up many possibilities for use. Before taking advantage of those, however, it’s worth considering exactly what can be done. This will list some of the choices.
Before making big plans, it’s important to consider the size of the reinforced concrete slab. If it’s large enough it can be used for building. If not, you might be limited in the choices. Be realistic when you think about the size.
A small reinforced concrete slab does give too many options. If you want to build on it, you need to think in terms of a shed or small workshop. These can be bought pre-fabricated, and simply assembled and bolted on to the reinforced concrete slab. The other possibility is using the area as a small patio. Much will depend on where it’s located, in relation to the house and other parts of the garden. As long as there’s room for at least 2 chairs and a small table, it can be workable as a patio area.
A medium sized reinforced concrete slab offers more possibilities. You can erect a workshop on top. In this instance, the concrete slab can be an advantage, as it makes a very good floor when you’re working. Be aware, however, that you’ll need to run electricity to the workshop, so it will depend on the accessibility to the house. If it’s feasible, either by run wire on poles or underground, this offers a very viable use for a middle sized concrete slab.
A large reinforced concrete slab really opens up the possibilities for you, as it can really be used for building. As long as the slab is in good condition and level (as it should be, but always check), there are a wide number of options.
If you have no garage on your property, then a reinforced concrete slab can be used as the base of one. The fact that it’s reinforced means that it will hold the weight of 1 vehicle or more, with no problem. Calculate how many cars you’ll be able to fit comfortably into the space. In many instances, you’ll be able to find a prefabricated kit for a garage, either in wood or metal, that you can put up and bolt to the slab. If you want a brick garage, you’ll need more work. Make sure that local building codes will allow the building of a garage first.
Putting up a small house, or even mother-in-law apartment on the reinforced concrete slab can be another option, one that can bring income if it’s rented out. Once again, you need to be familiar with local building codes before you begin to make serious plans for this, and calculate the expense to see whether it’s worthwhile for you. This is certainly the most expensive use of the reinforced concrete slab, and several factors will dictate whether it’s worthwhile.