New home construction isn’t without its challenges. Selecting a solid foundation, designing a floor plan and constructing the walls of a structure are all important focus areas, as is the need for a proficiency in framing and roofing. When combined, these features are essential for a project’s success.
One very important detail is the designated land that the home will occupy. This alone can present issues and it takes a discerning designer and contractor to efficiently work within the space and create construction that’s not only functional and structurally sound but built to withstand the elements for years to come.
We recently completed a project based in Hampton Bays, New York. Known for its waterfront properties and seaside attractions, the area’s sandy terrain can present challenges, but constructing a home there proved to be an obtainable goal and our dedicated team quickly got to work.
The site of this particular project is located two blocks from the Shinnecock Canal where the land’s water table is quite high. The site is comprised of sand and loam and is very wet. With that in mind, we had to account for building a deep foundation. Our contractors installed helical piles that were drilled 20 to 25 feet deep and spread throughout 25 different locations around the perimeter of the foundation.
After our contractors drilled in the 25 piles, they poured pile caps which consisted of rebar and concrete before placing a foundation wall on top. The foundation wall was designed with a lot of epoxy-coated rebar to enhance the strength of the foundation and featured stirrups, horizontals and verticals the likes of which are more commonly seen in commercial buildings found in New York City.
Since the water table is so high in this area, the water pools that allow the water to dissipate as part of the home’s wastewater system had to be higher than the ground water table. In order to achieve this our team had to construct septic walls on the outside perimeter to accommodate the septic system which was installed inside.
Since the home’s foundation was designed on pile caps,BNYS we had to incorporate additional bracing on the outside walls to keep them true and straight. In order to do this, a concrete boom pump was used to pump the concrete directly into the foundation.
The helical pile boxes housing the pile caps met the correct pound per square inch (PSI) needed and the concrete was poured inside the boxes and securely attached to the piles which will prevent the house from shifting or sinking.
Clean stone was scattered throughout the entire foundation so in the event that the ground water should rise, the clean stone will allow for it to drain out more easily and efficiently. Should any water enter the crawlspace of the house, it will be fed through area drains and empty into the sump pump which is designed to eject the water from the crawlspace.
As with any project, we pride ourselves on running a clean job site to minimize the risk involved and to prevent any potential accidents from occurring. Cleanliness and meticulous organization add an air of professionalism to the work that we do and that’s something that the owners and customers we work with can appreciate.