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Vault Construction – A Step-By-Step Guide

What is an Above Ground Vault?

Vault Construction – Crafting a above ground vault (also referred to as a “memorial vault“) is a complex process.  It requires precision processing of components, careful placement and the use of premium materials.

A vault is an above ground option for the permanent interment of a casket after a loved one has passed away.  It’s construction makes it very resistant to the elements and also provides many options for customisation and fine finishes.

In some cultures, there is a preference for vaults as they protect and preserve the casket and its contents.  

Vaults can be constructed under ground for a traditional grave, or located above ground. In both cases, the concrete casing protects the interred casket from the effects of the weight of soil, foot-traffic, ground sinkage and heavy machinery/maintenance equipment.

Above ground vaults can be designed in single, double or family formations when requested.  In this article, we take a behind the scenes look at the steps and techniques that a monument stonemason uses when crafting this beautiful memorial. 

Finished custom family vault construction.

Custom completed family memorial vault with large cross.

White inscription on finished custom memorial vault.

White inscription on finished custom memorial vault. Features include framed portrait and gold cross. 

Large custom 8 bed family vault with numerous motifs and embellishments.

Large custom 8 bed family vault with numerous motifs and embellishments. This large vault is visible from every location at Nudgee Cemetery.

Vault Construction – Step-by-Step

Regardless of its complexity of design, vault construction always begins with the construction of the reinforced concrete casing where the casket will be permanently sealed and housed.

The images below show the process from initial construction to the final finishing and addition of decorative elements, such as inscriptions by our Brisbane monumental stonemason team.

Preparation of above ground vaults prior to concrete construction.

Preparation of above ground vaults prior to concrete construction.

Preparation and formation of concrete casing for custom configuration of 8 above ground vaults.

Preparation and formation of concrete casing for custom configuration of 8 above ground vaults.

Installation of granite on 8 above ground vaults.

Installation of granite on 8 above ground vaults.

Getting ready to lift a  large piece of granite in to place.

Getting ready to lift a large piece of granite in to place.

Adding cross and decorative elements to custom above ground family vault.

Adding cross and decorative elements to custom above ground family vault.

Adding the final elements to the large granite custom above ground memorial vault.

Adding the final elements to the large granite custom above ground memorial vault.

Other Types of Monuments and Memorials

This article has shown you a behind the scenes look at vault construction.  Our memorial vaults page shows examples of the beautiful options available to decorate your vault and create a truly personal memorial.

After considering memorial vaults, you may find that this is not the most suitable burial option for your family.  If so, visit this page to learn about alternative monuments and memorials available at T. Wrafter & Sons Brisbane monumental stonemasons.

Visit this article if you’ve ever asked the question “What is a Stonemason?

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