Excavation Dos and Don’ts

Home excavation projects can range in size from an entire basement, to a foundation for a garage or addition, to a small utility trench. Excavation may also be needed to create drainage space around your home’s foundation that addresses a basement prone to flooding. Whatever the project, as a homeowner you should know what an excavation is, as well as a few dos and don’ts for excavation projects.

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Importance of Landscape Construction Project Management

The Importance of Landscape Construction Project Management

You’ve finally purchased your dream home and want the property’s landscape to match. Or, now that your kids have finished college, you can finally put in the backyard patio or pool that you’ve always wanted. Or perhaps your business property needs a face lift. Whatever the reason for your project, you may have to rely on landscape professionals such as landscape architects and landscape contractors to guide you through the design and construction process. Once the design process is complete and a contractor is selected, your landscape contractor should initiate the landscape construction project management process.

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Benefits of Planning Your Landscape Construction Project in Winter

Benefits of Planning Your Landscape Construction Project in Winter

It’s winter. You are probably not thinking about your landscape or any major construction projects. You are too busy shoveling snow off your driveway. But winter is a great time to start planning your major outdoor projects. Once spring rolls around and outdoor activities take over your life, you may never get around to creating an outdoor living space that you can enjoy during the warm summer months.

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Factors to Consider When Contracting with a Snow Removal Company

Factors to Consider When Contracting with a Snow Removal Company

As a business owner, you might be thinking about how to keep your building free of snow this time of year. Partnering with a reputable snow removal company can keep your business accessible, decreasing downtime and reducing liability after a snowstorm. When considering what parts of your business property should be kept free of snow, you should take into account three factors: appearance, convenience, and liability.

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Sewer Line Excavation

How to Plan a Utility Trenching Project

Perhaps you are building your dream home, or adding on to an existing house. You might be upgrading a building or constructing a new one for your business. If you hired a general contractor for your project, he or she would be arranging for the utility trenching and excavation. If you a have a smaller project that does not need a general contractor, or have decided to do the contracting yourself, here is what you need to know about planning a utility trenching and excavation project.

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Building Ordinance Laws and Demolition, Demolition and Hazardous Materials

Reasons to Condemn a House

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.

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estimate or consultation - what's the difference?

Estimate or Consultation? What’s the Difference?

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.

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Retaining Wall Design and Construction

Proper Retaining Wall Design and Construction

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.

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Budgeting for a Project

Budgeting for Contractor Projects

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.

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