Should the average homeowner know anything about home building and construction? Ideally, the answer to this question should be no because it is expected that the contractor be the one to take care of everything for the homeowner. The problem is that there are a lot of things that calls for some awareness on the part of the homeowner as far as knowledge about home construction is concerned.
One reason why a homeowner should know about home construction is so that they would know if they are really getting a good deal. How could they be aware if the contractor is cheating on the construction materials and methods if they know next to nothing about it?
Another good reason why a homeowner should know about home construction is so that he can be sure that his place would be able to withstand disasters which are becoming more frequent today. There are construction methods and materials that can make a home ready for anything.
Here are some of the basic things that you should know about home construction:
Configuration- You should consider the shape of your house in construction. A regular shape such as a square or even a rectangle can offer more strength when compared with an L-shaped building. So it is better to opt for a construction that’s regular in shape and don’t be too innovative when it comes to this.
Area- It is important that you check the area and its background for possible reasons why you might have to abandon the location later on. It would be a lot more costly if you have to do that after the house has been erected or the construction has already begun. Here are some things that you need to check:
• Proximity to rivers and lakes that might cause flooding in the area.
• The possibility of settlement of the ground due to being reclaimed.
• Presence of smoke and odor from industrial sources.
• The land depression of the area which will affect the laying of sewers and drains.
Geological Condition-You should check with the local authorities about the geological condition of the area where you are building houses on. The ideal location should have a rocky base where the foundation could have a solid base.
Orientation- You should also consider the orientation of your building. This was an important thing for most of the world’s ancient civilizations, and they have traditions regarding this that have some practical application. Some Oriental cultures for example opt to build with their homes facing East, which aside from being auspicious would also bring in a flood of morning sunlight to the interior.
Bricks- If you are using red bricks for construction, they ought to be thoroughly soaked in water before each use. If the wall is going to be a long stretch then it would be a good idea to have an expansion joint after every 30 meters. Brick walls should also have strong reinforcements supporting them.
These are just some of the things that you ought to know when it comes to home construction. Of course it would help a lot if you have the best contractor that you can get.