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If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.

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The Building Construction Process Explained

Installing A Foundation For Your New Structure

by Edwin Johnston

The foundation under your home or other structure supports the entire building, so it is critical that it is constructed properly. There are some different types of foundations, but the majority of modern foundations are poured from concrete to create a strong and stable foundation that will last for many years.

Concrete Versus Block

There are some advantages to pouring a concrete foundation over installing a block foundation; however, they are both strong and able to support most residential structures. The concrete foundation offers you the benefit of one solid foundation, poured out of the same material. 

The walls and the floor are constructed simultaneously and connected with rebar to solidify the connection further and create a solid supporting block of concrete. In homes with a basement, there is less chance of water infiltration, and the walls can be painted easily. 

Construction of the Foundation

When you hire a contractor to install your concrete foundation, the contractor will come and prepare the site before the foundation is poured. The site needs to be level, any water, electric or drain pipes that will run under the concrete need to be installed, and any soil amendments need spreading on the ground where the foundation will be.

Often gravel is put down on the ground to provide some drainage under the concrete. In areas with a high water table, the concrete foundation contractor may put in some drainage under the foundation to keep the water from getting under the concrete.

Once the site work is complete, the foundation contractor will build the forms that will hold the concrete until it cures. Some contractors use premade steel forms for concrete foundation work, while others will create them from wood. The form style does not make the foundation better or worse, but steel forms are fast to put in place and offer the contractor reusability that can save them money and potentially mean they will charge you less for the job.

Pouring the Foundation

Once all the forms are in place, the create foundation contractor will most likely order the concrete from a premix company to get a precise mix for the foundation. Using a premix company to batch the concrete is the best way to get a consistent mix with each truckload that arrives on the job, and produces a stronger, longer-lasting concrete foundation. 

After the concrete cures for a few days, the foundation contractor will come back and remove the forms, reveling the new foundation and allowing the contractor to build your structure to begin their work.

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