Mar 03, 2021 10:17 pm
After some advice on site cuts. I've attached a picture below of the cut our developer has done on my block (right) and neighbor's block (left). They only cut the house and garage pad, then the builders will come in and do their work later on. My question is about the divide between the blocks. Obviously, being on a slope we will need retaining walls but surely we should be able to level the divide to avoid us needing them along the whole fence line. It would also reduce the size of the neighbor's wall as well. Not to mention fencing in between would be so much easier. Am I right to be questioning this, as it will also impact the other side of our block where we will need to retain. I'd much, much prefer to have smaller retaining walls or none where possible.
Surely this is common sense or am I missing something here?
Re: Site cut - advice needed2
Mar 04, 2021 11:05 am
Hey smzoc2 Welcome
There are no short cuts on site cuts, the question becomes whether that small cut is a (price) gouge to the wallet when you build. In order to avoid that, start by getting your own contour survey and a rough sketch along with the photos, you might then get a better answer plus it also helps other.
my2c, Consider 3D Engineering Bim Data, Volumes, Visualization, etc,etc
OT, Sloping blocks siteworks are about data points and Soil volumes, retaining systems & engineering.
Unfortunately that photo doesn't give much data info
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BTW , if I was to play out the scenario it would go like this
Site developer " I put the sunken garage where you told me to ...."
New home salesman " Sign a PPA, pay a deposit and we will sort it out later in the office..."
Builder " The engineering retaining cost finally came in and it's more than I expected..."
Engineer " The site and design is not optimal, it would have been better to look at alternate solutions first off"
By the time you get the engineering there's no turning back, you have paid the builder $20K
alternatively, you can walk out and find another salesman and start again but it's groundhog day
Designer,Engineer (Civil,Const & Envir),Builder,Concrete & Masonry Contract.Struct Repairs
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