Once David purchased the property and received a building permit, the first step in the construction process commenced: demolition and excavation. A water problem arose during excavation. As a result, they had to dig an extra 3’ to find firm soil and increase the size of the footings to compensate for the unstable soil. Fortunately this issue was fixed quickly and the entire demolition & excavation process took approximately 2 weeks.
A positive outcome that arose from the water issues was that the house needed to be built high above ground level. David turned a negative into a positive by introducing horizontal retaining wall and a stepped walkway to maintain the approachability of the house. The long, linear structure with angled walls adds to the architectural design of the home and better connects the building to the ground.