There are many areas in the world where people want to live close to nature, and ocean views are preferred. While it might seem to be paradise to those who live there, builders must compensate for the ground below the building. Many coastal areas are sandy, and there is little...

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Real estate agents love to be able to tout the additional footage of any home with a basement, and they often point out the additional storage area as well as the buyer’s ability to turn it into bonus space. Most listings will not include basements as part of the home’s...

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Areas that have tropical weather often need plenty of space beneath them for air to circulate, so buildings in places that have something other than sand often use footings as their support. This method of building is an older one than slab construction, but it works well in areas where...

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Building house, offices, factories or any construction must begin with a good foundation, and there are many factors construction companies must take into consideration. All the planning in the world will not help if the building is not properly supported, so a lot of engineering knowledge goes into looking at the ground where it will sit. There are a variety of factors that contribute to choosing the right foundation for a building, and they include how wet the soil is in the area, whether or not there is rock below the soil, and even if the area is prone to earthquakes, flooding, sink holes or other natural disasters.

The choice of a foundation is dependent on these factors, and engineers must design compensation into them to keep the building from sinking or falling down. The tower of Pisa is an example of bad foundation engineering, and modern construction companies would rather avoid this type of event from occurring.