How to deal with slope when you build any structure

September 10 / Stacey / Comments (0)

When building a new garage, addition or accessory building, placement of that project immediately impacts how the project will turn out.  If you have slope in the area of the project, it must be accounted for.  You must build a level building.  

Recently, HW ENTEPRISES built a detached garage in the middle of a sloped driveway.  Driveway builds are completely different than building in earth, so to speak.  This particular driveway had at least a 20% gradient to be compensated for.  When the footer was put in, one corner of the foundation was set at 5" to try and keep it level with the driveway. Building at grade is a tricky undertaking.  You don't want your slab to be at grade.  You want your slab above grade, otherwise, it will flood.  You cannot run water toward any building or direct runoff toward another property.  This driveway, due to either collapse or years of weight on it, or having an inadequate grading, has 3 different directions of flow. The result and challenge? Keeping the apron gradual with the driveway.  

In order to handle the tri-fold runoff, we had to take up 4 sections of the driveway to correct the grade and make it optically appealing.  Sometimes, you cannot compensate but so much.  This garage has 3 garage doorways.  One side is a drive-thru set up.  Therefore, the slab is graded in 3 directions.  The key-ways used to stabilize the slab relieve the pressure this type of slope creates.

When you choose to build a garage, shell home, accessory building or addition, think about placement.  If you are not sure how your slope will affect this, call a professional.  HW ENTERPRISES, INC. has been building garages and accessory buildings for over 61 years.  We will tell you what you can expect and try and guide you through the process.  

Talk with us about your concerns.  We will listen and answer your questions.

How does the climate affect residential construction

July 19 / Stacey / Comments (0)

There is a lot of talk about climate control in our country today.  How does that affect residential building and construction overall?  Prolonged rising temperatures in the warmer months and colder temperatures in the winter months directly affect residential building contractors.  In the summer, building contractors face incredible challenges to push forward on a daily basis.  Most people do not consider the fact that it is a monumental task to carry plywood sheathing up ladders to the roofs of new construction projects.  Similarly, many don't think about the fact that in the colder months, building tools, such as saws and drills are difficult to hold onto because these hardworking men continue to push forward on their building commitments.  Most people work indoors, not outdoors.  These men and women deserve respect and are the backbone to construction.

The fact that unusual weather conditions have evolved is not new.  Some revel at the opportunity to build more homes, accessory structures and commercial construction projects.  Some see unusual weather patterns as a burden.  H.W. ENTERPRISES, INC. allows each tradesmen the opportunity to take more breaks, to choose their work hours, keeping their health in mind.  

The next time you want to hire a building contractor, take a moment to reflect on the sometimes dangerous conditions they work under.  H.W. ENTERPRISES, INC., the largest and oldest residential building contractor of it's kind, weighs the sacrifices made during it's garage, addition and shell home projects by it's tradesmen's challenges.  There is a myth that building construction is an unskilled labor industry.  And somehow, that has become a bargaining tool used by the buyer.  Homeowners should consider the sacrifices made by support, not indemnification to demand reduced costs.  You took your position based on pay.  Would you work for less and work harder?

 

Residential Building With The Environment in Mind

June 25 / Stacey / Comments (0)

There is a new company that takes demolition rubble and turns it into bricks.  What a wonderful thing.  Residential construction creates so much waste and accounts for up to 3% of all trash.  Think of how many times that builders have to have their dumpsters pulled during a construction project?  Every time HW ENTERPRISES, INC. builds a garage, there is waste.  Albeit very little.  HW ENTERPRISES, INC. prides itself on lean project costs.  If a garage building contractor does their homework, waste is reduced by 85%.  Every garage, addition, shell home and accessory building site has waste.  There are packagings and strapping, missed nails and less than 15 cuts that were not used in erecting the building.  There is an average of less than 3% of shingles as waste.  Why does this matter?  

HW ENTERPRISES, INC. prides itself on efficient and cost-effective building.  When you hire an experienced contractor, you will see proof of that by the waste that is removed from the site.  Yes, it is prudent to order a bit extra of everything to ensure a smooth field operation without starts and stops.  That being said, it will be obvious that those materials will remain after clean up are complete and untouched.  Those materials are returned to the suppliers.  Call HW ENTERPRISES, INC. when you are ready to build a garage, accessory structure, addition or shell home.  We don't waste your money or materials.  Call 757-595-4562 or 757-696-1927.