KHONDAHM wrote:One really only need put the foundations into the "old" already compacted soil, build the first floor beams elevated on that, then backfill and compact. Since your floors would be on your beams, you'd be good to go. No need to wait any seasons that way.
Pouring a slab on top of a one or two season compacted fill and building up a house on it is like stepping on a sponge. That dirt is going to shift - especially if water gets under it the first rainy season after it is built. If you are building it on clay, build it to "float" or else when the clay swells, the house could tilt causing walls to crack. Examples can be seen all over...
Since I'm in the game a well that was my thought as well. Rice paddies have a lot of compaction of the years.
Mine may just turn into a hobby farm only talking 200 Talang Wah.
Everything rest on if we can get the build financed I doubt it 64 years old, wife no independent income, except the stock market.
We already have a home to live in so it s doesn't really matter to me.
By the way I have seen a different method then the pile driver being shown. The dig down to the original soil. Make a Pad on the ground from cement to spread the weight, the construct the beam on that. That won't stop other locations from settling, like driveways and fence foundations.
I conveinced that no matter what you do you will experience hair line cracks in your walls. There is a special paint for that.
I'm probably going to have a small vineyard, I doubt I will get financed