From The Ground Up 3

From The Ground Up 3

To continue the discussion of single site development….

In our past postings we went over information on a septic system, water well, entrance drive and subdivision of the property. The last few items to consider and be aware of prior to purchasing a property to place a new home is the subsoil conditions and proximity to electricity and gas services. Are other homes in close proximity to the site being considered and are utility poles lining the county road. If the answer is yes to one or both questions it is a good chance power is accessible. Most power poles will have the utility companies tag fastened to the pole, take down the information and contact the company. Discuss your project including the size of the home and the approximate distance from their services. Sometimes there is a charge to make the connection and will need paid prior to hook up. Gas services are buried underground so markings will need located and a call will need made to the company. Ask around and call the local gas company that may service the territory. If no markings are found, natural gas may not be available and liquid propane may need considered.

Subsoil conditions could be a very important part of pricing a building project. If the lot considered is in a neighborhood developed by a regular developer chances are the subsoil is fine. Areas that usually are suspect would be low laying areas, flat lots around lakes, properties that may have been low then filled. A contractor can be hired to do a subsoil investigation, it costs approximately $1,000 and will come with a detailed report. A rig is brought to the site and soil samples are taken to a depth of approximately 20 feet. Loose and wet soil types are not the best and if a home is to be built upon the site a special engineered foundation may be necessary. Unfortunately this is quite expensive and varies in price by the foundation size and depth of bad soils. Pilings can be used if the bad soils are deep, with two types available.   One type is the steel auger screw in type, known as a helical and the other is a wood pole or steel pipe that is driven into the ground. The steel pipe is used for very deep, over 40 feet, and are also filled with concrete and rebar. The wood poles are used at depths less than 40 feet and a helical can have lengths of pipe added to whatever depth is needed. The process for all pilings is similar in the fact they are placed until the appropriate force to install is achieved. After pilings are installed they are connected with a series of footers and beams using steel rebar and poured concrete to create the foundation. It is kind of like creating a bridge between the pilings which are like legs on a table. All this being said this work is very specialized and needs to be done correctly for a new home to last the test of time. Thank you for looking into Matt Lancia Signature Homes.

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