Building A New House
Apr 27, 2014 4:11 pm
Good afternoon Homeone Experts...
I can't find a simliar thread and I just need some quick advice!
I'm looking to build on a new piece of land that slopes down 1m from left to right. I talked to a builder at a display home and he told me the high side would be cut 0.5m and to fill the low side to get a level block to put the slab on.
In addition, a 0.5m retaining wall would be required on the left side because after the cut the block would be 0.5m below ground.
I am afraid that being below ground would give drainage problems - would it be better to ask for a 1m fill on the right side of the block instead?
Advantages of fill would be: house on ground level, removing the cost of retaining wall, no possible drainage problems.
Disadvantages would be: added cost of fill
I'm hoping the cost differences would not be too great. . Am I missing anything?
If fill costs too much I was curious if I could fill the lower right side with less than 1m of dirt, say 0.6m, then raise the lower side using bricks to increase the height of the slab.
The block is approximately 500m2 I'm building in the ACT if that helps.
Building is both exciting and stressful
Re: Question regarding cut and fill and retaining walls2
Apr 27, 2014 5:55 pm
Even if you don't cut the neighbour on the high side may well use fill so you will have a retaining wall at that side.
The more fill you put in a block the more you have to pay for foundations.
You can build the house a bit higher by putting in a drop edge beam (see this link for further explanantion an an idea of cost: http://www.anewhouse.com.au/2013/07/drop-edge-beams/)
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