Tips For Stabilizing The Ground For Construction On Clay Soil

When you are building a house, especially when you are building on clay soil, you definitely would be a worried man. Clay is susceptible to moisture changes; it retains a lot of moisture when it rains and does not lose it easily. That is why many houses which are built on clay soil do not last for long. In fact, for most of them, you will start seeing cracks forming in the walls after a couple of months. According to construction experts, clay soil is expansive; this simply means that it expands when more moisture is added into it. Therefore, during wet seasons, clay tends to grow and then shrinks during dry seasons. If you live in areas with cotton soil, you will notice this through the cracks that result after all the moisture has been drawn from the clay.

When you are building a basement, it is most certain that you would like to build it on solid ground. In case you realize that the soil you will be constructing on is predominantly clay, or made of expansive soils, perhaps it might be a good idea to try out clay stabilization.

This helps to stabilize the ground with time hence making it viable to build on. In most instances, clay soils are stabilized through the use of lime.

When you are stabilizing the ground, you will have to first remove the top soil. It is always advisableto dig trenches where you want to erect your building. Once you have done that, you can pour lime into the trenches; these trenches have to be dug round the perimeter of the construction site or area where you want to develop. These trenches will in turn become pretty much solid foundations for your home. You will need to remove a couple of inches of soil just to be sure that the clay stabilization takes effect perfectly.

Once you have removed the earth in these trenches, you will have to fill them with lime slurry that consists of water and lime. This mixture is generally thick. The slurry should me a mixture of lime, crushed and between twenty to sixty percent of water which can be mixed in the trenches.

Once the slurry has dried up, you will now have a solid base on which you can effectively place your basement. The lime helps to ensure that any amount of moisture will not cause the expansion of soil, an element that might result in the cracking of foundations. By do so, you will be adding on to the informed population that has been saving billions of dollars every year by combating effects related to structural damages.

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Part 2: Planning Simultaneous Home Projects

In part one of this two part topic, we covered a few pros and cons of staggering your home renovation projects. For some, this might be their only option based on financing the projects, or because of lifestyle.

In this article however, we will present a few things to consider if you are thinking of completing multiple home renovations at one time.


1. Shorter Time frame to Live With Renovations

By planning to consolidate your renovations into one big project, versus several smaller ones, you will inevitably arrive at your completion sooner. Although it might seem ambitious to plan for a kitchen and bathroom renovation at the same time, there is in truth much overlap to the fundamentals of these two rooms. Plumbing and electrical issues can be completed at the same time with the same work crew to ensure a seamless upgrade overall.

2. Protection for Updated Areas

If you are dealing with plumbing or electrical issues, it can be advantageous to upgrade everything in unison so as to not risk damage to already updated parts of your home. For example, imagine your frustration were you to do a costly kitchen upgrade, only to later have an overhead bathroom begin to leak through the ceiling on your expensive cabinetry! By looking at your home as one combined project, you might eliminate repair bills to already updated areas.


1.Counting the Cost

Probably the number one thing that would prevent people from completing all home renovations at the same time would be the cost. Renovations can be expensive, and for some it is just not financially possible to complete multiple rooms at the same time. A word of caution, don’t cheap out trying to finish rooms using poor quality materials or cheaper labor! This will only results in dissatisfaction with the finish results, and possibly costly repair bills down the road.

2. Major Home Living Disruptions

Consider having to deal temporarily with getting to work or school without full use of your kitchen, bathroom, hallways and entry ways. Taking on a full scale renovation project to several areas of your home at once can be stressful. That said, it might be a case of short term pain, long term gain.

Regardless of whether you opt to complete your renovations in stages, or all at once, the important part is that you properly plan to reach your goals. Make sure that you have calculated the cost of both small and larger scale projects so that they can be completed in a timely manner. Be sure to work with a professional design team that is willing to be flexible to meet your needs. Always have work done by certified professionals who will not only add beauty and comfort to your home, but will ensure updates are safely completed with high quality building materials.

Whether your renovations will be a quick turnaround, or span over weeks, months or even years, today can be the day you begin the path to having your home the way you envision it through careful planning and design.

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Part 1: Planning to Complete Your Renovation in Phases

To say that the process of a home renovation can be challenging is an understatement. Many who have experienced the trial of temporarily living with limited access to their common areas, particularly kitchens and bathrooms, would argue the point in favor of doing renovations in phases. Here are a few pros and cons to consider when planning your renovation or stone stairs installation, in phases.


1. Keeping Daily Life and Renovations Separate 

The daily morning rush of getting ready for school or work, particularly in a busy family household, can be chaotic even at the best of times. Consider too the end of a long day when you just want to come home and relax. Or, perhaps you have weekend guests coming. Each of these situations, when you add a home renovation to it can become a challenge. If you opt to complete your renovations in phases, you can for example, still have the bath or shower you need at the start or end of your day – but plan to pick up take-out while your kitchen is being renovated.

2. Dirt / Dust Can be Kept to a Minimum

If you plan your renovation in phases, versus renovating your whole home at one time, you can often section off the area that is being worked on – thus reducing the overall dust and dirt in your home. It is often suggested to plan your renovation so you work upward, such as finishing the basement before you finish the kitchen or living area on the main floor. This can eliminate tracking dirt / dust through your already updated areas.


1.Renovations Will Be Ongoing

Having a staggered home renovation plan will obviously span out the length of time you are living with ongoing renovations. Although it is disruptive to live with renovations, having them done simultaneously means the stress will be over sooner than later.

2. Financial Strain

The cost of renovations, particularly kitchen and bath can add up quickly. By planning a renovation in phases, it may actually cost more to have tradesmen bring in their equipment and plan their work labor costs over several projects, versus getting quoted on doing multiple jobs while on site. If you are arranging financing for renovating your home, you would also want to discuss with your financial institution factors that might affect lending rates or multiple loans for staggered projects.

Obviously, there is much to consider as to whether you want to complete several projects in your home at one time, or opt to do your renovations in phases. Calculate the cost, including a contingency fund for unexpected expenses, to see whether you can afford to do renovations only is stages or all at one time.

Consider your lifestyle adjustments that you would need to make during complete or partial renovations.

By discussing your options with a professional renovation and building team, you can best see what works for your budget, as well as for you and your family.

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