Foundations Services in Brighton

Artista Buildings is a professional foundations solutions provider for construction works in Brighton, East Sussex.
Construction of foundations is a key starting point for building a house. Your foundations will properly distribute the weight of your house and prevent the subsoil from breaking down, and also help prevent uneven construction that could lead to structural problems later in the future.

With more than 10 years of experience in the construction industry and a wealth of successful projects in our portfolio, Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction is ideally positioned to offer the highest quality foundation work to homeowners of all sizes in Brighton, East Sussex.
Our foundation contractors are fully trained, insured, and have the experience to provide a range of foundations and related services, including piling, mini piling, reinforced concrete foundations as well as excavations, groundworks, and so on.

Types of House Foundation We Build

Concrete Slab Foundations

Our concrete slab foundations at Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Constructions are perfect for construction projects and can be built to the project’s unique specification. Concrete slab foundations are large, thick concrete slabs, usually 4 to 6 inches thick, and which are poured directly onto the ground all at the same time. A typical concrete slab foundation has no crawlspace underneath.

Structures built on these types of foundations have a lower risk of flooding or gas leakage, which makes them environment healthier than houses built over crawlspaces and basements that are prone to flooding, gas leaks and mould.Slab foundations can be produced at much lower costs than other types of foundations and they also offer the option of adding extra space because they can be easily extended. They are very strong and hard and result in a flooring material that hardly breaks.

Basement Foundation

At Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Constructions, we also offer solutions for creating foundations for basements in new buildings. We can even build very close to an existing building, using low-vibration piling.A basement will enhance a house’s value as it gives the home more usable space when extended and provides additional storage. 

Basement foundations are long-lasting and have a high resistance to fire and harsh weather, however, it is important that your basement is designed and built to a high standard, which is what we do at Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Constructions.We can build foundation basements on almost every ground type, so call us the next time you need basement foundation or any other basement work done in your Brighton home.

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Pier and Beam Foundation

Pier and bean foundations are also part of our core competencies at Artista Building Constructions. With more than 50 years of combined experience, we can deliver any pier and beam foundation solution, anywhere in the city. A pier-beam foundation is a substitute for a slab or basement foundation.Slab concrete foundations are usually cheap and are quick to build from reinforced concrete but homes with this type of foundation will not have a basement. 

The pier and beam base on the other hand usually includes a crawlspace under the residential section and stabilisers to support the foundation. Because it provides greater stability for shifting soils, pier and beam foundations can offer the homeowner more benefits. Although pier and beam structures provide very solid foundations and in certain cases are preferred, they can deteriorate over time. Nevertheless, replacements are typically easier and cheaper than a slab foundation.

Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction uses a foundation technology that combines the advantages of both systems, resulting in a raised, even foundation above the floor. This innovation insulates the foundation and protects it against soil and ground problems.

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Pile Foundations

At Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Constructions, we specialise in pile foundations and can deliver long-lasting results for construction projects anywhere in Brighton.

If standard foundations are not suitable for your location, deeply piled foundations may be required instead. Pile foundations are used when the floor is made of shrinking clay or other structurally unsound material. Pile foundations are also used when the building has heavy loads, such as water tanks. Because pile foundations carry heavy loads, we build them very carefully. We will examine the soil in which the piles are stacked to make sure that the soil will not be overloaded beyond its carrying capacity.

We also place piles so far apart that the loads are evenly distributed over the whole foundation, and not concentrated in only a few areas. Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction has highly experienced professionals who will assess the risk factors, even before contracts are signed, on whether piled foundations would be needed.

Raft Foundations

If your construction site has poor soil condition and you need raft foundation to ensure the structural integrity of your property, you can rely on the experts at Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Constructions to deliver the results you need. A raft foundation, also called a mat foundation, is basically an unbroken slab that rests on the soil and extends across the entire floor area of ​​the building, thereby supporting the building and shifting its weight to the floor

Raft foundations are usually used to support residential buildings to be built in areas with poor soil conditions.While raft foundations are typically shallow, they can offer a much better stress distribution than conventional trench foundations.Raft foundations are suitable for small floor areas and low structural loads, e.g.: for single or two-storey residential buildings, or when it may be unfeasible to create single strip or pad foundations for a large number of individual loads.

Here at Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction, we distinguish ourselves by building raft foundations for residential construction projects in the Brighton area. Over the years we have been able to work on both small and large projects, always to the great satisfaction of our customers.

Strip Foundation

At Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction, we build quality strip foundations thanks to the expertise of our extremely experienced engineers.The strip foundation is made up of a continuous material usually made of concrete that is positioned beneath loading walls. This constant strip serves as a flat surface on which the wall is constructed and is so wide that the load on the pillars is distributed over a surface area that can adequately bear the load.

Here at Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction, we use concrete for our strip foundations because it is easy to work with and develops sufficient compressive strength when it hardens to support the load on the foundations.

Other Foundation Services We Offer

Foundation Design

Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction has experience in designing foundations for all ground conditions in Brighton, East Sussex. Our expertise in geo-technology enables us to plan and organize tailor-made soil surveys for every location. Only through thorough soil investigations can risks in the foundation planning be minimized and controlled. With our in-house engineers, estimation, design team, you can benefit from the best expertise for your project.

Our goal is always to offer the construction industry smarter and more sustainable solutions.

Foundation Repair

Our Artista foundation repair experts carry out foundation repairs in buildings that show the signs of instability and symptoms of future failures. This situation generally occurs either due to active earth pressure or due to an increase in the load on the structure. In order to repair such foundations, mud jacking, piers, anchoring and water re-routing are carried out.

In the past 10 years, Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction has built a reputation based on high-quality work and first-class customer service. We permanently repair your basement or foundation, so that you don’t have to do it again in the future. 

We arrive on time and complete projects on time.

Crawl Space Mould & Moisture Control

Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction is the company to call when you need experts to clear your basement and crawlspace of mould, moisture, and other foreign elements that can affect the structure of your building as well as cause health challenges.

Our system for converting moist basements and crawlspaces into clean, usable spaces was developed and refined in over 10 years by our network of basement specialists.Our exclusive access to patented drainage sealing systems and products enables us to provide cost-effective, superior and guaranteed solutions to moisture problems.

Our work is not only carried out professionally and at a high level, but also at competitive prices.

Why Choose Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction?

We Provide Bespoke and Turnkey Foundation Solutions

Some foundation work requires an innovative, bespoke approach, and Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction is known for going the extra mile to meet even the most demanding requirements. We have a reputation for excellent customer service coupled with the flexibility and commitment to deliver on time.

Our technical departments are known for their ability to modify and adapt existing regular products to meet the most specific and demanding requirements.

Superior Build Quality

When it comes to the quality of your foundation, we don’t believe in compromises. That is why we use only the best materials to create the perfect foundation in Brighton.

Using high-quality tools and materials, the foundation is built from scratch using first-class elements to ensure that your building will last for many decades.

Personalised and Flexible Service

Thanks to an experienced team and a wide network of suppliers in Brighton, we can set a special timeframe for your project so that you don’t have to wait long.

We even advise on requirements if you don’t know where to start from. 

Contact us today for advice or to discuss your project requirements. 

Over 10 Years of Experience

With over 10 years of experience, a certified team and hundreds of satisfied customers, we can solve virtually any foundation related problem.

As a leading company in Brighton and Hove in the field of foundation repair, screw pile assembly, and building stabilization and straightening, we strive to offer you loyal and exceptional service.

You can be sure that your work will be done to the highest industry standard.

Attention to Detail

At Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction, we’re proud of the high standard of workmanship and attention to detail in all of our foundations and the construction of new homes.

We do not compromise on the quality of our work. In the homes we build, we use the best materials, the best workmanship and unique design. We can proudly say that the quality of our homes have received numerous awards and they are among the best our industry can offer in Brighton, East Sussex.

Advance foundation equipment and techniques

At Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction in Brighton, we plan, supply and install the highest quality foundations to ensure total reliability.

We use advanced equipment and techniques to strengthen your foundation. Whether you need to strengthen the foundations of a house, conservatory, garage extension or other home construction, we have years of relevant experience in offering and laying perfect home foundations.

Accurate, Transparent Invoicing

We know that the costs of construction projects can be confusing, and many contractors want to impose hidden costs after finishing work. But at Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction, we are transparent about all costs and let our clients know about any additional costs during the construction process.

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Remember that it is not only important to create the right foundation, local planning authorities also watch to see that your home is built in the right location and in accordance with approved plans.

You can rely on us at Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction to get everything done right from the very beginning.Call us today on 01273 257 224 to discuss the foundation’s project.

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Can you build on an existing foundation?
The answer to this question is of course: Yes, you can fully use the existing foundation if you want to save on the costs of building a new house, however, it is generally considered a good idea to always build a new home using a freshly laid foundation.
What is the strongest type of foundation?
Although this depends on the properties and nature of the soil, in general, the stronger foundations are those dug deep into the soil to provide a stable base for the property above.

While tall buildings, such as apartment blocks, can dig a construction excavation 30 meters or more for the foundation, usually 6-8 feet for residential real estate is sufficient.

If you are thinking about building a house, talk to your contractor about the types of foundations and determine which type best suits your soil and climate conditions.

What is better pier and beam or slab foundation?
While the foundation of the pier and beam rests on the stone deep under your house, the concrete slab rests directly on the floor.

For this reason, slabs foundations are ideal for houses built on flat plots.

Slabs foundations can also be made very easily and are cheaper than pier and beam foundations.

What do you mean by shallow foundation?
A shallow foundation is a type of building foundation that transfers building loads to the earth very close to the surface, instead of a deep foundation that transfers far underground.
How long after a foundation is poured can you build?
Concrete should harden at least seven days before it is built on. However, a longer wait significantly reduces the risk of concrete cracks.

Concrete typically continues to harden up to 28 days after pouring and then reaches its maximum strength.

How much does a foundation cost?
Building a foundation costs an average of £6,000, with most expenses ranging from £3,000 to £9,000.

The project costs can vary depending on the type of foundations you have installed.

Can Foundation issues be fixed?
Foundation issues are no small matter; in most cases, however, the problem can be fixed (although the costs vary).In really bad cases, more extensive foundation repairs will be required, including lifting the house to install new foundation piers or reinforce the existing foundation
How much does it cost to fix the foundation of a house?
Most major foundation repairs in the neighbourhood cost between £3,000 to £7,000, but this is only a vague estimate as a foundation repair company will have to access the damage to your foundation in order to give a certain quote
How long does it take to fix the foundation of a house?
The average repair of housing foundations usually takes 2 to 3 days, however, there are some variables that make a job take longer.
What type of equipment do you use?
We use the most modern tools and equipment currently available on the market, and our R&D department is always on top of the current trends so that we are always ahead of the game when it comes to technology and designs. 
What is the difference between shallow and deep foundations?
Foundations that are close to the surface of the earth or that transfers the loads at shallow depth are called shallow foundations. Foundations that are placed lower or that transfer the loads to deep layers are referred to as deep foundations.
What needs to be done prior to the work?
First, the customer needs to check local regulations to see if the project meets their requirements. This process also includes applying for the relevant permits and approvals (where needed)

The client will also have to make the work area free from personal equipment and belongings so that work can commence immediately the contractor arrives. Where necessary, plumbing, electrical fittings and fixtures, furniture and decorative elements will have to be dismantled before work commences. This can be handled by the contractor. 

What is the best material for a foundation?
Concrete is a relatively economical choice for house foundations. Other great reasons to choose concrete as a foundation is its resistance to wind, water, rodents and insects.

This makes concrete one of the best choices for a house foundation.

What affects the depth of a foundation?
Many factors influence the depth of the foundation. These include soil type, groundwater table, load-bearing capacity and soil density as well as other factors.

The minimum ground depth is calculated using the Rankine formula if the load-bearing capacity of the soil is available in the soil investigation report.

What are the signs I have a faulty foundation?
  • Sagging doors
  • uneven floors
  • Sagging floor
  • Burst water pipes
  • Disengaging walls
  • Tilting chimney
  • Drywall cracks
Does my property need underpinning?
Your foundation needs to be supported if you identify the following key features:

  • New cracks in your walls that are more than 3 mm wide, usually wider at the top
  • Cracks form around weak points in your home (for example around doors and windows).
  • Doors and windows start to stick, typically caused by the movement of the building due to foundation problems.

If you are concerned that you have a foundation or settlement problem, do not hesitate to contact us.

We would be happy to advise you on the best course of action.

Does foundation repair affect home value?
The relationship between foundation damage and resale value depends on a number of factors. The point is that foundation damage affects each home differently. However, if you’re looking for a very rough estimate, most foundation issues decrease the value of a home by 10-15%.

To talk more about your project, ask a question or get further clarification, please call 01273 257 224 or send an email to

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