Style and Design
Taylor's Ecobase is a lightweight clip together modular base system for garden buildings. It's a low labour solution for your corner summerhouse base and combines simplicity with strength, particularly when the grid is filled with pea gravel as recommended. Properly installed the system with provide a strong stable base with improved ventilation below the building as well as providing a neat foundation. The Ecobase requires to be installed along with a weed free membrane which is not supplied but may be acquired from a garden centre or quality DIY store such as B&Q or Wickes.
Assembly is straightforward - check out the manufacturer's installation video (opens in a new window) to see exactly what's involved.
The modular grids are manufactured in 100% recycled, UV stabilised quality plastic and may be assembled to the size you required for your building.
Each grid measures 500 x 500 x 50 mm with a weight of 1.8kg. They're available in various packs to suit the size of your building. The minimum purchase is 2 units.
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With Taylor's Ecobase you get a strong, lightweight base system for your summerhouse which, we think, is preferable to traditional style paving, concrete or wooden bases. At 1.8kg the individual grids are certainly easier to handle than similarly sized concrete paving which can weigh anything up to 16kg a time. And there's simply no comparison between the ease of installing the ecobase and the work involved in preparing, mixing and laying a concrete slab base.
The grids can easily be cut to shape too, meaning that your overall base can easily be cut to a shape to suit your summerhouse. And a minimum purchase of two units means you should be able to buy more or less the exact number you need rather than relying on packs of specified sizes as tends to be the case with other systems.
Taylor's system has a further advantage over other systems in that the depth of the grids are 50 rather than 40 or 45mm. It may not sound like much but the extra millimetres will give you a little more ventilation and drainage capacity and makes the system just that bit more efficient.
Other than this, there's not that much to choose between Taylor's Ecobase and other comparable modular plastic base systems. The Ecobase is easily installed over a permeable weed suppressant membrane - this isn't supplied so you'll have to factor in the additional cost of the membrane when you calculate your costs - and the 160 tonne per square metre support capacity means that the system is suitbable for large as well as small garden buildings. The system's eco friendly credentials are reflected in the fact that the plastic used is 100% recycled and it's UV stabilised too for additional durability. To maximise the efficiency and strength of your base we'd recommend you fill it with pea gravel. This isn't supplied and we'd suggest you purchase it locally from a good DIY store such as Wickes or B&Q. As a guide, the manufacturer estimates that each grid will hold up to 15kg of 10mm pea gravel. We'd recommend too that you extend the base around your summerhouse by about 300mm to provide a drainage and splashback protection area. Water splashing onto the timbers of the building from the immediately surrounding area can be a cause of deterioration so it's worth taking this step. It also provides a nice, neat, weed free border around the building.
Although there's not much in it, we think Taylor's Ecobase may just have an edge over some other systems on the basis of the extra depth of the units and the two unit flexibility of the purchase arrangements. It's not really enough to be reflected in our star award - we can't give it more than 5 stars - but it's maybe something to bear in mind, particularly if your building is to be installed in a wetter than average area or it's dimensions don't suit the standard sized packs on offer in the case of other comparable systems.