Reason For Pre-Wetting
If you are Building On Clay that is dry there is a risk of Soil Heave.
This is due to expansion of the clay if the moisture level increases with particular risk factors being:
Building after a long period of very dry weather when large cracks in the surface are visible. [read more…]
One check that is often forgotten when buying a house block in an established suburb is how storm water is removed from the site.
Fifty, or more, years ago when land was cheaper it was not unusual for blocks to be quite large compared with the size of the house.
Disposing of storm water [read more…]
When you look at a new house block its always worth asking the Developer’s Agent what the Soil Classification is ……….. Only don’t take what you are told too seriously!
Usually the developers opinion is going to be that the site is going to be better (lower site costs) than your builder.
To understand why [read more…]
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If you want to build your new home on a slope you may need to have the additional cost of needing drop edge beams on the low side of the slabs.
These are a sort of retaining wall to hold the fill under the house slab as shown in the drawing below.
You will often find a reference to ‘Fill’ in your Geotechnical Report.
Your site may require ‘Cut and Fill’ to level the site.
Here is a bit of information about the various types of fill:
Ordinary fill is normally excavated material from the site or from a unspecified location. After placement the excavator [read more…]