Excavation and Foundation

modular home excavation and foundation


Understanding the Building Process

This is when it starts to get exciting.  Once the bank loan is closed and all the paper work is completed.  Things can move forward.  By this point it’s best to have the home staked off where it will be positioned on the property.  The excavator will move his equipment to the property and construction begins.

Be sure to view the previous page:  Sites – Permits and Subcontractors


Once excavation starts, things will happen pretty fast.  The excavator will first clear out a path for the driveway, if needed and at least get a base rough driveway in to be able to get all the heavy equipment into the job site.  After that, any trees and clearing will take place and once that is completed he will start by digging the hole for the foundation.  We usually doze the top soil over into separate piles so it can be reused at the end and put back on top for easier and better grass growing.

This whole process may only take just a day or two or a few days depending on the situation.  It’s critical to have this done correctly.  Poorly dug wholes can end up costing a lot more money in stone and concrete.  It’s also critical to be sure the foundation is square and the correct dimensions.  Modular homes are built pretty square at the manufacturing facility.  Unlike a stick built home, modular homes aren’t built to disguise imperfections in the foundation.

In some cases the excess dirt may need to be hauled away or if possible it will be used to grade around the foundation.  These are issues that will be discussed a head of time when meeting with Legendary Homes and going over everything.  At that time it will also be discussed about the staging or storage area of the home before set and if it will be a crane set or a roll set and placements of everything.

Foundation, Footings & Walls

The foundation crew will come in once the hole is dug and ready.  They will be responsible for positioning the foundation measurements according to the plan.  The first step in the foundation is pouring the footers.  If there are any frost footers they will also be poured.  An footer inspection by the building inspector will also be requited in Michigan.

After the footers have set, normally a day or two later, the foundation crew will come in and set the forms for the walls.  After the forms are set and braced they will pour the walls.  Then the next day or two later the forms will be pulled off.  At that time stone will also be brought in for under the basement floor (if a basement) and around the footer tile.

If any underground plumber for a bathroom or kitchen in the basement is to be done, now is the time that will be completed.   A plumbing inspection will also need to be done by the plumbing inspector.  After that we are ready for the basement floor.

The next step is back-fill.  Once the floor is poured and just before the home is to come we back fill the foundation.  If they soil is not suitable for drainage, such as clay.  Sand will need to be hauled in.  The sill plate and sill sealer will also need to be installed at this time.

Now we are ready for the modular home to home in.


Next Step: Modular House Set & Weather-tight


Legendary Homes Proudly Services the Following Communities


Addison MI
Adrian MI
Allen MI
Amboy Center MI
Austin MI
Ann Arbor MI
Bankers MI
Blissfield MI
Britton MI
Brooklyn MI
Camden MI
Canton MI
Cement City MI
Clayton MI
Clinton MI
Coldwater MI
Columbia MI  
Concord MI
Divils Lake MI
Deerfield MI
Dundee MI
East Lansing MI
Eaton Rapids MI
Frontier MI
Grass Lake MI
Hanover MI
Hillsdale MI
Horton MI
Hudson MI
Jackson MI
Jerome MI
Jonesville MI
Lansing MI
Leoni MI
Liberty MI
Litchfield MI
Manitou Beach MI
Michigan  Center MI
Morenci MI
Montgomery MI
Moscow MI
Mosherville MI
Munith MI
Napoleon MI
North  Adams MI
Norvell MI
Onsted MI
Osseo MI
Parma MI
Pleasant Lake MI
Pittsford MI
Quincy MI
Reading MI
Rives Junction MI
Sand Creek MI
Somerset MI
Somerset Center  MI
Spring Arbor MI
Springport MI
Tecumseh MI
Tekonsha MI
Three Rivers MI
Tipton MI
Vandercook Lake MI
Waldron MI



Legendary Homes Proudly Services the Following Counties To Name a Few
Michigan, Ohio and Indiana



Legendary Homes Proudly Services the Following Zip Codes



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10197 S Meridian Rd
Clarklake, Mi 49234

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