Site Preparation: Starting Your Home Build Strong

By September 4, 2018 September 5th, 2018 Home Build
Home Build: Site Preparation 

Before we begin building your LaBram custom home, we prepare your site for construction.

Home Build: Site Preparation

Here’s how it works:

  • Clear the site of debris, including any trees and rocks that would otherwise impede building.
  • Level the building site using a bulldozer or backhoe.
  • Place wooden forms to guide where the foundation is poured.
  • Dig the trenches and holes necessary to pour the foundation and begin the build.
  • Install footings wherever your house will meet with the surrounding earth to better stabilize and support it.
  • If your lot has a well, we dig the well after installing the footings.

Along with site preparation, pouring the foundation is an important part of the first phase of construction. Foundation is poured according to the footings, holes, and trenches dug during as the site is cleared and prepared for building.

If your custom home includes a full basement, we dig the hole. Then we form and pour the footings and the foundation walls. If necessary, we level the area between the footings and fit them with electrical chases and plumbing runs, and pour the slab.

Once poured, the concrete foundation needs time to cure. No construction happens on the lot until curing is complete. Once cured, we waterproof the foundation walls. We install any plumbing needed for the basement floor (or first-floor slab), including sewer/water taps, and drains. Then we backfill the hole around your foundation walls with dirt we removed during excavation.

You have your first inspection during phase one of your custom home construction. After your foundation is cured, your city inspector visits your site to confirm your foundation meets code and is correctly installed. Once all necessary inspections are completed and passed, we move on to the [framing] phase.

Beginning construction is an exciting time: and we want you to be able to watch the whole process come together. If you have any questions, your project manager will work with you to get answers. [We can also help you plan a walkthrough, which must be scheduled in advance for safety reasons.]  

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