New construction fort wayne

New construction fort wayne

It Starts With a Good Foundation

When building a new home the foundation is placed first, this is so important to be done correctly because the balance of how the house finishes off will be effected. The common types of foundations are the slab on grade, a crawl space and a basement, or a combination of the three. In Indiana the slab is the most economical choice. A trench is dug below the frost line, our area that is 3’ deep. Any loose soil is removed by hand with a shovel and foam insulation is placed on the side of the trench, then concrete is used to fill the trench, this is known as the footing. While still wet stakes are placed into the footer to fasten the forms once the footers have cured. Forms are fastened and the center of this formed space is filled with stone or gravel to prepare for the plumbing and heating and cooling contractors. I have been questioned many times about the repair of any future plumbing or duct work under the slab. Yes it is possible it may need done, however, my experience has been the cost of a crawl space or a basement far exceeds the cost of […]

Just Add Water

One amazing building product is concrete. Concrete is a mix of cement, sand, stone and water, and then mixed into a paste. Many people confuse the difference between cement and concrete, concrete is like a cake mix and cement is the flour. The Romans invented concrete over 2100 years ago; they revolutionized the building of large structures. Today’s advances in production processes and quality control of materials produce a better, stronger mix then back in the day. The alternate products other than straight portland cement create performance mixes the offer better finishing characteristics as well as the opportunity to use recycled products. Two of the most common cementitious products are slag cement and fly ash. According to the Slag Cement Associations web site, slag cement has been used in concrete projects in the United States for over a century. The replacement of the typical cement with slag cement offers some different performance and finishing properties such as a lighter color, better workability, higher compressive and flexural strength and improved resistance to chemicals. The Portland Cement Association reveals that fly ash is a by-product of burning pulverized coal in electrical generation. It is unburned residue collected on mechanical or electrostatic separators. […]

From The Ground Up

Many clients want to live in the country. The confining space of a neighborhood is a bit suffocating for some. It always sounds exciting and pretty cool to have acreage and spread out. The process to turn a bare piece of ground in to a home building site is not complicated but does need well thought out. Most parcels do not have public sewer available, so step one would be to investigate a private sewage disposal system or septic system. Typically the ground would be tested by a soil scientist. This person would either take core samples with a special prod road to a depth of about 5 feet or have a backhoe dig a pit and remove samples from the side of the hole. Once the scientist writes a report on the soil findings it is submitted to the county sanitarian or qualified designer to determine the criteria for the septic system. If the soil types are questionable, very, very high clay content or a very high water table a septic field may not be able to be installed. Another important item is the domestic water supply. In North East Indiana we will drill or pound in a water […]

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