Not a Thing Like our Next Door Neighbor
The first thing that happened was a physical inspection of our building site and core sample of our soil, going down five feet. Next, it was a hurry up and wait kind of thing. Three weeks later, we got the report, complete with engineered plans. Now here’s the big surprise; I didn’t need a post-tension foundation like my next door neighbor. No, it turns out I would have been better off with the rock! That soil I was so happy to have under my house, was in fact, horrible. It was the slick, slippery soil more prominently found in the flatter coastal regions of the gulf coast. It was the kind of soil that companies who specialize in foundation repair (link here) love. When my engineered foundation plans came back, they required so much #6 rebar it looked like I could’ve safely built a six story structure. It added about $7,500 to the cost of my build. However, the time and cost to repair a faulty foundation and the damage it would have done to a 5,000 square foot structure would have been over $50,000.