By Brian Hodge
This functional advisor is written particularly for the owner-builder and offers step by step directions supported through diagrams and pictures.
It covers the development method from website instruction via to foundations, concrete slabs, strip footings and stumps. distinctive thoughts for straw bale building and the mixing of those strategies with these of traditional apartment construction also are lined, together with flooring, trees wall-frames, ceilings and roof framing. suggestion is out there on plumbing and electric paintings in a straw bale apartment.
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Now gently lower the stump into the hole on top of the concrete, with the stump in the correct vertical position. Push the stump into the concrete until the stump is 2 or 3 mm above the final height required. If there is insufficient concrete to support the stump at this height, remove the stump and add more concrete. If the stump does not easily drop to the correct height you should use a small twisting motion, as this will tend to screw the stump into the cement without changing the required vertical position.
This is roughly the height the stumps will protrude above ground level, or alternatively the depth of excavation required. If you do not feel confident to measure the fall of the land yourself, contact your building consultant who may be able to assist you. If not, you will need to employ the services of a land surveyor. Excavation of a building site What to allow for in the area of excavation Prior to marking for excavation, establish the total flat area required for the house and any surrounding landscape area.
The agent will probably want you to specify what test results are acceptable, and will most likely include this detail as part of the special condition on the contract. I will cover the various soil classifications and their definitions shortly, but I would suggest that soil of class A, S, or M would be good. I would be hesitant about buying a site with rock if you are on a tight budget, as the cost of rock removal can run into thousands of dollars. A site with rock would most likely be class A.
Building Your Straw Bale Home by Brian Hodge