When it comes to a home addition, nothing is as important as having a great foundation.
Since home prices have skyrocketed, many homeowners are looking to update their existing space rather than buy a bigger home. This home in Kennedy Heights lacked the space these homeowners desired. They also needed a garage, so they decided to expand their existing home rather than deal with trying to find a new one in a cutthroat market. After having a local architecture firm draw up plans, they hired Hughes Construction to lay the foundation.
Old homes like this one built in the late 1920s are often not completely square and plumb. So they require careful planning to ensure that the new addition acts as if it is a part of the original foundation. You don’t want one part to settle and separate from the home. It was a challenge forming the walls of this one so that there were no gaps.
We excavated and poured the footing, adding a 4″ schedule-40 footer drain pipe to connect to existing drainage. This will help the water to move away from the foundation and provide further protection against any differential settlement.
Once the footers were complete, we formed, poured, and waterproofed the concrete foundation walls. These homeowners opted to have a crawlspace under the side addition as a full basement would be much more costly. So, we installed a vapor barrier and gravel in the new crawlspace. Finally, we formed and poured the new concrete garage slab.
Are you outgrowing your starter home? Make sure you don’t get stuck with a settling addition. Contact us if you want to build on a foundation that will stand the test of time.