• Greener Value for Our Customers

    Posted July 21, 2011 By in Blog, Green Construction With | No Comments

    We used Plytanium Dryply for our Home Road New Custom Home sub-floor. Dryply is made from sustainable Forestry Initiative certified responsible wood sources. We are proud to provide value-added wood products to our environmentally responsible homeowners while helping to protect our natural resources!

  • Sigma Phi Epsilon Renovation

    Posted July 6, 2011 By in Blog, Renovations With | No Comments

    The Ohio State University converts to a semester schedule in the fall of 2012 and all students will be required to live in on-campus housing for their first two academic years. Capaldo Construction along with New Avenue Architects are completing a design-remodel at the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity house to comply with University housing requirements including installing central air and a sprinkler system on the property. Sigma Phi Epsilon and The Ohio State University administrators put together a plan for the property that includes approximately $500,000 in renovations. Stay tuned to Capaldo Construction to watch this massive project completed in the 10 week build time allocated.

  • All About Footers

    Posted July 1, 2011 By in Blog, Footers With | No Comments

    The most important thing when building a home is sighting the foundation, and no matter what type of foundation you end up using, they all begin the same way — with the footings.

    A footing is typically concrete and typically reinforced with steel. The footing is the bottom part of the foundation. It’s the base — sometimes called a “spread footing” because it’s spread wide and it spreads the vertical loads that are coming down in the building.

    In a foundation that’s a slab (all slabs in general have a 2′ footing that goes around the perimeter of the building.

    The site surveyor will lay out exactly where they should be. What they do is give the visual location of how the footer is going to be and where all the pins will be set, which are painted to give a visual outline of which way the forms are running and what part of the wall that pin is particularly pointing to.

    By locating where the footings will go, the site surveyor is an invaluable member of the home-building team. Another important member at this phase is your excavation contractor, who is a subcontractor that your builder will hire to dig the footings, as well as the rest of the foundation.

    To do this, the excavation contractor will use a variety of heavy machines, including excavation machinery that can rotate in all directions. This is a great machine that can clear brush, dig rain drains — and it’s an excellent footer machine.

    How deep the excavation contractor needs to dig will depend upon the soil. The depth is usually designated by the structural engineer. He’ll tell you, based on the strength of the soil. The width gets into spreading those loads, and if the soil isn’t really that strong, then what you’ll need typically is a bigger footer to help spread the load out a little bit more.

    Pouring concrete directly into a trench is a common way to create a footing, but some houses will need what is called a “stem wall,” which is the portion of the foundation that sits above the ground. It’s created by pouring concrete into wood forms or by laying concrete blocks.

    Note: The part that has a form is usually the stem wall. Below grade doesn’t need to be formed, which is just poured right directly into the trench.

    Before pouring the concrete the subcontractor will usually need to install rebar into the forms, which is done to add strength to the concrete. Rebar is a term for reinforcing bar, and it’s basically steel — or steel rods to be exact. It’s used whenever you’re trying to utilize concrete and hold it together and to allow different loads and weights to be transferred throughout the entire wall.

    After the foundation team has installed the rebar into the footing cavities, most cities will require an inspection. This is just to make sure that the footing installing proceeds according to city code requirements. The person who checks the installation is another important member of your home-building team — the local building inspector.

    DIY Home-Building Alert: Missing inspections can cause delays in construction, which will in turn cost more money.

    Every step of the way, your contractor will call for a sign-off on different stages of building and electrical, plumbing, grading, pouring, foundations and every other aspect of home building. In order to avoid any construction delays, make sure that your builder schedules inspections as soon as each phase of construction is completed.

  • Subsurface Drip Irrigation for Onsite Wastewater Event

    Posted June 21, 2011 By in Blog, Wastewater Treatment With | No Comments

    Health Department Professionals from around the country and Canada descend on our two new custom home projects in Delaware, Ohio to witness a geological phenomenon. Subsurface Drip Systems Help Solve Wastewater Disposal Problems. This method involves placing tubing to form drip lines under at least 8 inches of soil. The treated wastewater is dispersed underground to root zones. This is done slow enough for the ground to absorb the pathogens that are still present in the water. The depth allows most pollutants, including nitrates not consumed by the soil, to fertilize the nearby vegetation. It is the leading environmental choice for integrated onsite wastewater treatment and dispersal and a green choice for our environmentally responsible homeowners on Home Road.

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