Planning to Build a New Home? How to Ensure You Have a Rock Solid Foundation

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When setting out to build your dream home there are many considerations to take into account. The size of the home, wiring, plumbing, and much, much more. However, the most important thing for a new home is the foundation. Without a solid foundation, a home will collapse. A good set of bones keeps your home attached to the ground and carries the heavy lifting when it comes to keeping the house in place. In this article, we will go over a few ways that you can ensure you have a rock solid foundation.

Determine the Type of Foundation You Need

There are 3 different types of foundations that form the vast majority of all the foundations poured in the United States. These are full basement foundations, slab-on-grade foundations, and the crawlspace foundation. The type of foundation you need to pour depends on the physical location where you are building and what is allowed by local building codes.

Consider the Type of Soil Nearby

Even the best foundation will not work if the surrounding soil is impacted or porous. The foundation must be connected to the home as one piece in order to support the full weight of the house. Once the foundation takes that load it dissipates the energy through the nearby soil. That is why the soil around your foundation must be firm- it is literally the foundation of your foundation. Piling contractors can help you determine if your soil is good enough.

The best soil is going to be dense and dry. Even if your foundation is not perfectly constructed it will be held up by dry/dense soil. However, if our home site has wet clay or soft dirt that can lead to your foundation settling. This can lead to such problems as drywall and masonry cracks as well as cracked tile and bent pipes. If you are set on building on less than ideal soil you must hire a licensed construction engineer to make sure that your project is safe.

You do not have to get everything right the first time you build a home. Cabinets, furnishings, even outer nonstructural walls can be replaced. However, your foundation must be in fantastic shape if you want your home to survive in the long term. When you do your due diligence regarding the soil conditions and building permits in your area you will have the peace of mind knowing you have crossed all of your t’s and doted all of your i’s with regard to the home of your dreams.

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