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Flood Plain

You should be aware from the outset if the lot you are buying is in a flood plain. Some people choose to build their houses on flood plains because the land tends to be inexpensive. If the lot you want is in one of these areas, check to see how frequent and severe flooding is and what plans are underway to curb flood damage.

Hardness of the Soil to Bear the Building Load
A building imposes a load on the ground, and therefore the soil must be hard enough to bear that load. Foundation is the building component that transfers the load onto the ground. Hence, the foundation type depends on the building load and the hardness of the soil. There could be many types of soils;

(1)

Peat 
Peat is not a good type of soil for buildings. You have to use pile foundation to transfer the load onto a harder soil stratum, although this may not be practical for a house. If the peat layer is too thick you may dig it out and fill the land with a harder type of soil.

(2)

Muddy 
Mud is not a good type of soil for construction of houses. You have to use concrete piles and ground beams which in turn will double the cost of construction. Therefore it is favorable not to select land with muddy soil.

(3)

Sandy 
Sand also is not a hard soil. You will have to use piles to transfer the load into a firm soil stratum. It is advisable, not to select a land that is too sandy.

(4)

Kabook 
Kabook is a hard type of soil in which case a shallow foundation will do. It is favorable to choose a land with kabook soil, where Kabook could even be used as a building material.

(5)

Rock 
Rock is suitable for bearing the loads of a building. But rocks on the ground surface may cause practical difficulties when it comes to breaking. A rock few feet below ground surface is ideal for a foundation, which makes the foundation strong minimizing the cost.

(6)

Filled Land 
Filled land will make the foundation cost go higher. This happens because you will need a deeper foundation in a filled land or else you have to compact the filled soil and make it a hard soil stratum. There are four standard methods of filling a land.


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