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Retaining Walls
| Feb 11, 2020

A retaining wall is a vertical structure designed to contain soil and prevent erosion. The most common retaining walls used in residential construction are Gravity and Anchored walls. Gravity walls use the weight of the wall to hold back the soil. They are best suited to small slopes requiring walls of less than 3-4 feet […]

Unreinforced Slopes
| Feb 6, 2020

Many homeowners choose to place their home on lots with steep slopes. Generally, a contractor removes the “toe” by cutting a shelf into the side of the hill. The “toe” plays a critical role in keeping the upper portion stable. Removing the “toe” without reinforcement should be avoided. An unreinforced slope can erode and collapse, […]

Easy Foundation Design
| Aug 2, 2019

32’ Max. Home Width Eave/Overhang: 12” Max. Roof Load: 20 PSF Soil Bearing Cap: 1500 PSF Min.   If your site inspection reveals any conditions such as uncompacted fill, highly organic soil or peat, or saturated soil/standing water indicating a high water table, and/or soil that does not drain, consult with a professional engineer or […]

Masonry Skirting Enclosure
| Aug 2, 2019

We recently were asked to interpret the grading requirements beneath the home when the space is enclosed with a masonry wall. HUD Code (24 CFR § 3285.203) states that “Home sites must be prepared so that there will be no depressions in which surface water may accumulate beneath the home.” This is interpreted to mean […]

Proper Site Preparation
| Aug 2, 2019

The first step is to remove all the grass, plants, trees, stumps, leaves, and other organic material from where the home will be placed for at least 10’ around the home. If the top layer of soil contains soft, silty clay or rich topsoil, then it too must be removed. These types of soils do […]

Water: The Enemy of Site Prep
| May 24, 2019

Water under a home damages the structure and compromises the foundation. It leads to settling, drywall damage, inoperable doors and windows, and mold. Why Is Proper Drainage So Important? Water around and under the footings causes settling: – Piers and footings shift – Doors and windows bind – Drywall cracks – Roofs leak – Floors […]

Good Site Prep: The Solution to Many Issues
| May 22, 2019

Proper site prep and a drainage plan that controls the water flow are critical for a solid foundation. Slopes, swales, and drains must carry both surface and sub-surface water away from the home’s foundation. Site preparation is the single greatest factor, impacting the performance, durability, and aesthetics of the home. It also has a huge […]

Introducing MH Advantage by Fannie Mae
| Apr 1, 2019

MH Advantage is an initiative from Fannie Mae® that offers manufactured homes with certain features as an affordable alternative to site-built. There is an affordable housing crisis in America. The average new “site-built” home costs $363,300 with land, which the average household cannot afford in most areas. Bloomberg and other publications have identified manufactured housing as […]


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