Best Practices for Building on Your FoundationAugust 31, 2018
So, you’ve been fortunate enough to purchase a new home with newer construction. First of all, congratulations! This is an exciting time and you should relish it. The builders have already done much of the work for you, including following best practices for building on top of a new foundation. This may not be something that piques your interest, or even something that you’ve thought about, but beneath the floors of your lowest level, lay some of the most important architecture that makes up your home. We’re talking about a new foundation, and that’s because it’s something that we’re incredibly passionate about.
If you’re newer to this site and this blog, we welcome you! We’re the VIC Underpinners team and it’s our goal to fortify the foundation of your home so that it’s as sturdy as possible. We prefer if you have no knowledge as to what goes on beneath your floors because that means we’ve done our jobs right. Instead, we want you to focus on enjoying your home with those closest to you, year after year.
The initial scenario we just shared is a dream for all builders. New construction that’s up to code, follows all of the rules, and needs little mitigation or upkeep. While this is the growing norm, it’s not the norm for all and that’s why it’s important for us to share best practices building on new foundations. You may be purchasing new land and starting from scratch or you may be adding on to a beloved home that you’ve had for decades. Either way, there is some homework that you’ll want to do in advance.
If you’re looking an open lot, you’re looking at a blank canvas. You have every opportunity to do the work right so that it stands the test of time. Be sure that you’re connecting directly or through your contractor with an underpinning, reblocking or restumping company (cough, cough, VIC Underpinners). We can wax lyrical about this day all day long – if the foundation of your home isn’t laid correctly, a myriad of problems will occur.
There’s no such thing as over communication with an open lot. Details that you all want to be on the same page on include the materials that you’re building with and the terrain that you’re building on. Depending on the temperate zone of the area in which you live, you may be working with a completely different soil type that relies on different methods of reinforcing your future foundation.
Timeline is also essential in these scenarios. There are lots of steps in the process that are contingent on each other. If there are delays while laying the foundation, it can set you back weeks or months. Just make sure that everyone involved is on the same page and you’ll be set up for success.
Questions? Comments? Let us now. The VIC Underpinners team would love to hear from you and kick off the underpinning process.