Why condemn a house? Sometimes a house may be slated for demolition when private property is seized by the government for public use, such as widening a street or extending a highway, also known as eminent domain. Most often the reasons to condemn a house would be when a city or town’s building inspector determines that a space violates state or local building codes and/or the Department of Health declares it unfit for human habitation or use.
If you’re a home or business owner, chances are that you have requested estimates for repairs to your home or building. You may think that estimates are quick, easy and provided free of charge, which most are. However, if your project involves addressing drainage and/or grading problems, building a retaining wall or excavating for a foundation, you need more than an estimate. You need a consultation with a civil engineer who will ensure that your project is completed as efficiently and safely as possible.
Proper retaining wall design and construction can help make usable space out of a steep slope, provide a place for landscape plantings and even create a level area for a driveway. With proper retaining wall design, you can build a long-lasting and functional structure that will add value to your home or business. Important considerations in retaining wall design and construction are height and length, suitable base, properly compacted backfill and efficient drainage.
Start with a stable foundation for your yard, which means grading your landscape. The area will need to graded away from the foundation of your home.
Everyone wants to improve their land, be it a makeover for their home’s backyard or the grounds of their office. The question is can you afford it? Today New England Enterprises talks about budgeting: planning out the cost of your project to know what’s within your price range, and to get a better understanding of what makes up a contractor’s estimate. The following budgeting tips are geared towards excavation and landscape construction, our own specialties.
If you’re looking to get the most out of your landscaping, excavation, or construction project, it pays to plan ahead. One of the major parts of any project between a customer and a contractor is working out exactly what your project will be. This is known as a scope of work. By spending a little time working on this as a client, you’ll make the initial contact and consultation parts of working with a contractor much easier and make sure your contractor is the right fit for your project. While you can’t complete the entire scope of work along, there are a few things to plan out in advance.
One of the major questions we get when someone contacts us is “How long until you can start?” Today we’re going to walk you through the timeline of a project between initial contact to when we can start the actual work. Note that some of these times vary widely depending on the project, as some projects will require more permits and prep work than others. Making sure to plan ahead and respond quickly to questions from your contractor can cut down on this time, which means your project can finish sooner!
If your building has been damaged, you may be forced to rebuild over repair due to your state and city laws. Building ordinance laws are ever changing and can leave a building needing complete removal in the event of fire or water damage. For example buildings with lead paint are no longer classified as “safe” so, all buildings nationwide had to replace the paint based on the new ordinance. In some cases ordinance laws can demand more demolition; say a building recently has a fire inside it. That whole area of the building that has been affected must be properly demolished and then rebuilt following all ordinances before it can be deemed up to code once again.
Lawns are an important part of your property. Good lawns improve the appearance and curb appeal of your home. They provide an area to enjoy the outdoors in both the front and back yard, for your family as well as friends and guests. They also act as a watershed for your property, allowing water from impermeable surfaces such as your roof and driveway to be absorbed before they become a problem. However, bad lawns can hurt your home and even cause damage: today we will look at five reasons to grade your lawn.
Thousands of dollars are spent by home and business owners each year attempting to repair damages done by flooding, when they could be used proactively. Being prepared before it’s too late is the best way to fight against flood damage. By landscaping to minimalize flooding, a property owner can prevent flood damage and increase the appeal of your home or business. Flooding can also lead to pollution in local water systems, rainwater carrying pesticides and sediment from treated soil to nearby ecosystems and wreak havoc. To avoid flooding of flooding of homes and their yards, as well as preventing damage to businesses and their clients, take a look at options to remove the risk of flooding by landscaping your property.