A beautiful home in the perfect location within the perfect neighborhood is everyone’s dream. Whether it is an independent house or an apartment, it is one of the most important life decisions for most people, and it demands a sufficient amount of time and thought to be put into its making. People, who have decided to go for an independent house, and have started planning and procuring materials for building the same, need to focus on a simple and often overlooked aspect of building and construction – a strong foundation.
Yes! A strong foundation is something that people seldom pay attention to. It is the look and quality of the entire house that comes to the notice of house owners often. For the same reason, the builders too have started forgetting the importance of building a strong foundation. Some of the newly recruited builders do not even know how to build a strong foundation.
Here are some tips on how to build a strong foundation:
When constructing a new house or even while remodeling an old house, you can follow some of these tips to ensure a strong foundation:
Performing a proper soil evaluation before building the foundation of a house would be a good idea. Whether the house is being built on pier and beam or concrete slab, the foundation has to be firm and strong. The soil of the ground is a factor that adds to the strength of the foundation. It helps in reinforcement.
Proper grading and other formalities
A newly built house should have proper grading, proper piercing on soil conditions, proper drainage, etc. There should be sufficient gutters and downspouts in the construction. The foundation should also be made waterproof, and the builder should install a vapor barrier with proper vents. Supervising the entire process of house construction can help ensure all the formalities mentioned above.
An inspection of the foundation of a house, along with the sidewalk and the driveway can help keep a check on their conditions. It helps to identify issues and take measures to correct them or prevent them from recurring. Issues like drainage problems need immediate attention and care. Such inspection is especially important during the first few years of construction, as this is the time when the house goes through the heaviest setting.