Increasingly many house owners in the Junction area are deciding to enlarge their house, by heightening the basement by lowing the level of the basement floor or converting the attic to usable space or adding an addition.
Any of these projects involves the use of a building permit. In addition to the architectural or designers drawings, an engineers report as to the suitability of the building foundation to support the changes will be required.
Having the knowledge about the need for the engineers report is what this post is about as in new parts of this ward the construction includes footings, but they are not common on 1st lot construction homes in the Junction. Thus the necessarily need for this professional action to performed before a permit is issued by the city.
Often the house owner finds out about this need and its costs for the report and many times remedial foundation work to strength the foundation is required.
Most Junction houses do not have a footing, but a foundation sitting on soil, often this has to provided to add an addition or do other major renos. This remedial work can outstrip the cost of the design services.