A home’s foundation is what legs and feet are to the human body. They are a vital element so we can continue to stand upright and solidly. They also are responsible for carrying the entire weight of the body (or structure). This is why when you’re building a house, much of planning goes into the type of foundation that will be set, because that will determine how far your house can go with its current design and future plans for renovation.
Remodelling Your Home? Pay Attention to the Foundation
Once you’ve decided on the type of remodelling you want for your home, always remember to check back on your as-built plans from when it was first built (or its latest rework). If you have no idea what this is or don’t know where your blueprints are, have your area re-assessed by an engineer so you know what you will be working on.
While browsing for home design inspirations is easy to do on the Internet or your architect might already have a proposed diagram that you like, the most important first question is to ask if your house will be able to take all the planned changes. Over time, foundations crack or collapse as they age or as the ground moves underneath. Your architect should be able to work with your engineer to figure out if the changes are feasible, or if your foundation needs to be replaced or enhanced to accommodate these new things that you want done.
According to the experts at Taylor Foundations, a new foundation will need to be built if the original one has been compromised because of age, a structural movement, a disaster, or any large-scale issue. A building structural engineer is the best person to assess and guide you and your architect (if they are not the same person) in the necessary steps to take.
Do You Need A New Foundation?
Three things commonly happen after this assessment: One – the engineer will require recommend that you add additional support for the foundation, Two – rebuild the entire thing, and Three – declare the project to be unfeasable and unsafe. This is the reason why it is important for your architect to consider your home’s existing foundation and its state before drawing and proposing any renovation plans. If the engineer gives you the green light, the next step is to protect your raised foundation to ensure its integrity during the construction process and decades after the job is done.
Do not attempt to remodel your house DIY-style if you have no background on structural engineering. This job is best left to the professionals to ensure that you and your family remain safe for many decades to come.