Cookie-cutter homes have been popular throughout the United States for over 70 years. For developers, creating the same home over and over again was a cost-cutting measure, especially for consumers that were more worried about leaving the city than residential architecture.
But tastes and times have changed. While a generic home used to be popular among homebuyers, the desire for something that’s unique and custom-built often trumps the idea of merely buying a home. So if you’ve ever dreamed of building your dream home, you aren’t alone. And while picking the right spot and choosing the right plans are integral, don’t forget about one often overlooked aspect: underground infrastructure.
You probably don’t think about underground infrastructure when you flick a light switch, flush your toilet, or turn on the sink. But all of this revolves around your underground infrastructure. By building these subterranean lines, you avoid the unsightly wires that plague above-ground infrastructure.
So unless you want a jungle of wires connected to your house, underground infrastructure is essential. Plus, there’s nothing worse about building your dream home than having it draped in wires and ruining the ambiance and aesthetic of the property you’ve worked so hard to create.
One you’ve found a lot that appeals to you, assessing it for proper underground infrastructure installation is ideal. Soil and the water table are two crucial aspects of the inspection. If the water table is too high, you risk constant flooding, as well as possible damage to your underground pipes.
The type and hardness of the soil are also of the utmost concern. The ground has to be sturdy enough to support the home, but it also must be soft enough that digging out the soil for the foundation and underground infrastructure is attainable. As a result, make sure to hire a contractor with the ability to assess the soil before you buy.
Now that you have the lot, the blueprints, and the permits, the next step is to find the right contractor for the job. Unfortunately, not all contractors are created equal. You need to find one that has:
- The right equipment for the job, whether they own it or can reasonably rent it
- The most experience possible
- A staff or team with a proven track record and expertise in the field
EPS Engineering a division of Express Plumbing is your underground infrastructure contractor in the Bay Area. Equipped and staffed to handle any size project from blueprint to reality.
In many cases, the lot you choose will have easy hookups to water, electric, and waste. But if you decide to build in a rural area or something further away from neighborhoods and people, underground infrastructure becomes an essential part of your plans for a dream home.
So, before you buy or build, make sure you partner with us in order to assess the feasibility and costs of the project. The success, budget, and your love of the home all depends on it.
To discuss future or upcoming projects, or to learn more, contact our owner Nick Bechwati directly. We are a hands-on company, he is involved in every aspect of project planning to long after the project is done.
We will support you as you turn your dream into a reality, consider us your civil engineering partner in the Bay Area.