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FOUNDATIONS

A home’s foundation is one of the most important aspects of the home structure, so it is important to get it right as it supports your entire house and provides a flat, level surface on which to build. At Constucto we can effectively manage all trade services and civil works for your foundations. From cut, retain, drainage right through to making it ready to go for frames.

Understanding what options and materials are available is essential. The right foundation type is based on a variety of factors, such as the house layout, the geographical position and climate, soil and moisture conditions, and the project budget. A home foundation should also shut out moisture, insulates against the cold, and withstands the movement of the earth around it.

What type of foundation should your new housing plan have? Every great floor plan must have a solid foundation, so you will need to choose the right foundations according to your conditions. Check out these tips for selecting the right foundation for your New Zealand home.

The first consideration you need to think about is that the foundation will need to support the load of the house you are putting it on. Depending on the type of home you want to build, you will need to consider it’s size and weight and select a foundation that can bear it. Otherwise, you will certainly have issues with it.

Whatever foundation you chose, it must be placed on soil that is settled and undisturbed to avoid shifts in support of the foundation otherwise it could result in the breakdown of the structure. That is why it is important to hire a qualified experienced building contractor who can ensure that the conditions are right before digging and installing a foundation.

Did you know that you need to have your soil tested before choosing your foundation? Soil conditions can considerably affect the effectiveness and structural integrity of different types of foundations. The type of soil you have on-site will decide which materials and designs to use in your build.
You should always make sure that you and your contractor have adequate drainage before the ground is broken. An experienced professional will know the area and the possibility of damage from saturated soil.

Suspended floor Foundation
Suspended floor foundations is a common foundation in New Zealand. This type of foundation typically consists of timber boards or sheets fixed to a series of joists. The joists rest on timber beams called bearers, which are fixed to piles in the ground. There are two main kinds of suspended floor foundations, those that are supported on piles and those with perimeter concrete foundations.

Piled foundations comprises of a series of posts or poles inserted into the ground, constructed from concrete, steel or treated timber. Piled foundations are a fantastic solution for homes that sit on sloping sites or where the ground is week near the surface. Depending on the conditions of the site, piles are installed by excavation, driving or drilling, and are categorised as either ‘deep’ or ‘shallow’. Deep piles frequently require highly specialised expertise and equipment. Shallow piles can be less complex.

Slab Foundations
Slab foundations are becoming more and more popular over recent years as they are the more simpler of foundations to build. Concrete slab house foundations are a concrete pad that’s poured directly onto the ground. This involves less site prep than other foundation types and works well on level sites in warmer climates. Many slab foundations utilize post-tension cables or reinforced with steel rods These are used to make the slab exceptionally sturdy and capable of holding the load-bearing weight of the house. The concrete slab is usually placed on a layer of sand in order to enhance drainage conditions and to act as a cushion.

Crawl Space Foundation
A crawl space is a type of elevated foundation that utilises footings and block walls around the outside to support the house. Crawlspace foundations are a better option for slopes because less excavation is required. Placing a crawl space under a home allows air to circulate underneath. In hot climates, this can keep the home cool. Another crawl space foundation advantage is the ability to use the space to house your plumbing and electrical wiring. Ductwork, sewerage and other plumbing can run easily in the crawl space. It also makes it very easy to service and repair over the houses lifetime.

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At Constructo we can guide you through the process of choosing the right foundation for your home, and we’ll work to ensure that it’s properly installed and that the foundation is plumb, level and square, and all the dimensions are correct. We only use quality, tested materials to expertly complete every job to the highest quality and will work to any agreed-upon deadlines set for your project

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