BEFORE THE ARCHITECT – CUSTOM HOME DESIGNING BACKGROUND – CUSTOM HOME DESIGN ARTICLES
ALL ABOUT HOUSE FOUNDATION PROBLEMS and YOUR HOUSE FOUNDATION PLANS DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
By Before The Architect Copyright 2009
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QUESTION: WHASSUP WITH HOUSE FOUNDATION PROBLEMS?
ANSWER: PRETTY NEAR NOTHING WITH A GOOD FOUNDATION PLANS TO MINIMIZE DREAM HOME FOUNDATION REPAIR.
INTRODUCTION TO DREAM HOME FOUNDATION ARTICLES
· Before The Architect recognizes that there may be no more abused, less well understood subject than your house plans foundation design and home foundation building, all of which translates into a foundation plan, including foundation pictures at least in plan view design, possibly house elevation in outline particularly when the foundation is irregular to the main or ground floor or first floor footprint, possibly cross-sectional area.
· You, dear reader, might well take away from this series of how, in this home designer's opinion, to avoid some house foundation problems and some home foundation repairs, maybe most foundation problems and most home foundation repairs, maybe even all house foundation problems and maybe even all home foundation repairs: design 'till you drop; wake to design some more. The precepts to the lengths to which this dream home designer goes are of three assumptions: the right materials and methods will be applied as codified, commonly expected for good work well done or prescribed as being safer, more convenient, and more durable; 2) redundancy is your friend. In regard to the latter: tamp before the foundation footings' placements; apply pilasters as key sites of potential weakness; thicken slabs at the least suggestion of possible overburden; apply grade beams as liberally as you would wear a support, belly belt when heavy lifting, set j-bolts on 4' centers with a continuous run of rebar through the loop, rebar pointed into exterior corners and laid across interiors, or re-entrant, corners, etc.; 3) when an engineer should be consulted, then an engineer will be consulted, e.g., re-entrant corners in higher zones of seismicity; all grade beams or any sort, etc.
· Generally, the following articles (once written) are intended to address the basics of house foundation problems from positive viewpoints, i.e., how to help in avoiding house foundation problems and home foundation repairs via dream home foundation design and home foundation building from the get-go.
· Specifically, the following articles to come – some sooner, some later - are intended to address major, selected, key dream home foundation issues –
o Foundation plans
§ Foundation plans design
§ Foundation plans detail close up
§ Foundation plans detail closer up
o Home foundation types
§ Foundation footing language
§ Strip footings, or continuous spread foundation, or T-Wall
§ Spread footings, or spread foundation
§ Slab-on-grade, or slab-on-ground
o Home foundation design, home foundation detail
§ Concrete foundation design
§ Keys to placement
§ Masonry veneer walls
§ Concrete drainage slopes
§ Footing drainage
§ Gas Curb
§ Masonry shelf
§ Reinforced slab-on-ground corners
§ Pilaster design
§ Concrete joints
§ Conventional Grade Beam
§ Modified Grade Beam
§ Anchor bolts
§ Scored concrete
Comment: May you get real pros, preferably field-experienced engineers, who can reckon with local conditions and your home design and this foundation design and construction guidance. Before The Architect has known a few. 4 whom we can recall . . . in going on 45 years in the dream home design biz.
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