Insulated Pre Cast Basements by Legendary Homes







Superior walls is a great option when deciding what type of foundation to do for the construction of your new home.

When building a new home there are choices when it comes to what types of basement or crawl space to do. Many people do poured wall foundations, but more and more people are realizing that there is a better option for a basement that is available. An insulated Precast Basement is a great option to consider.


Direct link to the video is at: Insulated Pre Cast Basements by Legendary Homes

Insulated Precast basements have a lot of advantages.

They are very energy efficient and make for a very warm basement. The walls come as panels with concrete studs with a metal plate making them ready to attach drywall for finishing the basement and adding bedrooms. The concrete studs have holes in them for easy access to run wiring and Plumbing.

These foundations are built in a factory and experience the same benefits as modular homes being build in a factory. The panels are then hauled to the job site and set with a crane.

Legendary Homes has used Superior Walls for foundations for years.

It was probably around the early 2000’s when the first insulated pre cast basement was done for one of our customers.

At that time customers were paying an additional $5,000 to $7,000 for doing this type of basement and they still felt it was worth the extra. Things have changed and they are now around the same costs as a poured wall.

Michigan’s codes have changed to now require at least a R-10 insulation for foundations. These insulated pre cast foundations have a R12.5 insulated factor, so they exceed the building codes.

Todd the builder decided to call past customers to ask them what they thought of their foundations now that they had lived in their homes for several years. Everyone of them said they were very glad they went with Superior Walls.

There are certain procedures that need to be done to prevent future problems. That’s why having a builder that’s familiar with what needs to be done should be an important factor in your decision when building a new home.

If these procedures are not completed then there is a risk of the foundation pushing in when backfilled. For modular homes there is a strap that is nailed to the treated 2 x 10 sill plate and then once the home is set they are nailed to the home. There is also extra blocking required between the floor joists. This is something that we make sure to get completed before backfill is done.

Another benefit is the damp proofing is built right into the walls and so there is no need for spraying damp proofing. This prevents the chance of the unsightly black tar look above grade. Have you ever seen this? It’s a common problem and it doesn’t look the best on a new home.

The most common sizes of basements are as 9 foot or 8’2″. For crawl spaces can be done as 4′ or 6′ walls. Legendary Homes primarily do 6′ walls and backfill 1′ up on the inside. This give an approximate height of 5 foot.

Superior Walls Insulated Precast Foundation

When you are looking to build Legendary Homes is here to help with your building needs. We want to educate you so you know what to expect when building your new home. Give us a call today and let us replace your dreams with reality!

For more information and pictures of modular homes being built on a insulated pre cast basements go to Pictures of Complete Construction Jobs.

Call Todd at 517-206-2435 for more information about insulated pre cast basements.

Subject:  Insulated Pre Cast Basements

 

Stages of Building a New House

See pictures of a home north of Jackson Michigan done by Legendary Homes.  The pictures show the Stages of Building a House.

This home features a 9′ insulated precast basement with a gable front porch.

 

Stages of Building a House

Superior Walls Insulated Precast Foundations

Superior Walls insulated precast foundations is a clean simple approach.  Legendary Homes offer these insulated pre-cast foundations and highly recommend them.  There are many advantages.

Just like modular homes, they are built in a factory, cast in a horizontal position using high strength concrete.  Much stronger than a traditional foundation. It’s more dimensionally stable.    The shell themselves are a couple inches thick but the walls, the structural members are 10 1/4″ thick and incorporates reinforcing steel rebar in the studs.

Energy Efficient Insulated Precast Basement

The Dow Styrofoam is built right into the walls.  Legendary Homes uses XI walls which have an R-12.5, so it exceeds Michigan energy code of R-10 insulation.  They are very energy efficient.

Each foundation is pre-engineered individually for each home and designed for each particular house.

Joints are sealed with a polyurethane sealant, specially formulated for application for this type of concrete and they use a bead on the exterior and a bead on the interior of the panel at the seems.

Superior Walls uses a 5,000 psi concrete mix, which has a water concrete ratio of .4 to provide a high strength mix.   A poured wall foundation typically would use 2,500 to 3,000 psi.

When the panel is cast at the factory there is an embedded saddle bolt assembly that’s embedded into the lower and upper bond beam.  A 1/2 diameter bolt is used to hold the panels together.

The shell is 1 3/4″ but the overall structure is 10 1/4″  The walls have a concrete stud and use a steel plate (in the Xi walls) for securing drywall when finishing the basement.

The following video shows Bob Villa talking to Jim Costello from Superior Walls on a job site of a new construction home.


So, if this were your video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/bC0syKkXY-M

 

Bob Vila asked about if there were any concerns to worry about with settlement.  Settlement is no more of a concern with this system than it is with any other type of foundation such as a poured wall foundation.  You do need to be concerned with what your soils are but it’s not any different than any other concrete wall.

Superior Walls set on a crushed stone footing of around 6 inches for a firm base.

Soil pressure on the outside is something to be aware of.  The walls are very rigid so there are very specific directions for the connection of the floor system to the top of the wall.  The walls are fully engineered to withstand the backfill pressure, but it’s important to pour the floor and properly fasten the floor system of the house before backfilling in order to make a rigid box.

The walls are squared at the time of completing the last panel.

Insulated Precast Concrete Basement

The prefabricated foundation is built in a factory just as a modular home so weather is not an issue.  They are poured in a plant in a controlled atmosphere where they pour the concrete.

The concrete studs have holes for wiring and secondary plumbing making it easier to run electrical and plumbing in the basement.  The walls are ready for drywall, which is a big advantage.

Costs have been running about the same as a poured wall basement which makes it the way to go.
Legendary Homes has been using Superior Walls for many years and they are differently a “Superior foundation”. In Michigan, basements need to be at least R-10 to meet energy codes and the Xi walls more than exceeds the energy code. Highly recommended!

How Long is the Process of Building a New Modular Home?

How long is the building process for building a new home? Hi… I’m Todd Rutledge with Legendary Homes. That’s one of the most common questions I get is: How long will the building process take?

In this video below I explain how long the construction normally takes.

Here’s the direct link to the video:  https://youtu.be/gNPLfFhh5PE

The first part is getting the modular home ordered. Redman Homes is our main manufactured home manufacturer. They typically run around 8 weeks out to get the home built. I checked the first part of February and off line dates were middle of March. So they were about 6 weeks out to build the home at that time. As we get closer to spring they will typically run about 8 weeks. Closer to fall time can be between 8 and 10 weeks most years.

If you have financing to get. It’s critical to get the paper work into the bank so they can get that process going so we can order the home. The bank will want a signed contract with the costs and what’s going to be done on your new home. They will give the building contract to the appraiser. That’s generally the first step in the process of financing of building your new home.

The home will be built and scheduled for delivery for about 2 to 4 days after the off line date to give them time to be sure to finish it up. Once delivered to the building site it will be about a day or two after delivery when the house will be set on the foundation.

From that point, I tell people to plan on about 60 days from the day of set. I try to shoot for 30 days, but I’d rather tell you to plan on 60 days and have it be 30 days then to tell you to plan on 30 days and have it be 60 days.

Of course, there are variables that can come into play on how long it takes to complete the construction of a new home. Such things are weather. If too much rain then that can delay things.

The most common delay is getting power to the house. To get power to the house we need to get the house set and then the electrician will come and install the service on the house. Once he’s done the electrical inspector will come and inspect it and then it’s the electrical inspector that notifies the power company. Most commonly Consumers Energy for most of our areas.

We are at the mercy of the power company at that point and sometimes they will show up fairly quickly and sometimes it can take them a while to get there and run power to the house.

Once power is on. The plumbers will come and run the drain lines and connect the water lines and they will check to make sure there are no leaks. They can usually get this done in one day shortly after power is on. Once done they will call and get the plumbing inspected.

Once power is on we can also get mechanical and electrical finish inspections. And then once those 3 inspections have passed we can call the building inspector and get the inspection done for the final. That is what we need in order to get the certificate of occupancy.

That’s the process of building a house. If you have any questions or anything Legendary Homes can help you will, please call Todd at 517-206-2435

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For more info on the building process please check out http://legendaryhomesinc.com/blog/understanding-the-building-process

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Steps of Building a House Pictures

Above are pictures of a home near Adrain done by Legendary Homes.  The pictures show the construction steps in building a new home.

This home features a 9′ insulated pre cast basement, a 24′ x 24′ 2 1/2 car garage and a gable front porch.

Steps In Building a New House

The steps in building a new house can be complicated at first. We at Legendary Homes hope to make the home building process as simple as possible. The first step is to get educated of the building process.

There are many construction stages of building a home. Some steps in building a new house include clearing the lot, digging the hole for the basement or crawl space. Then installing the footers and the foundation walls. Once the basement walls are set, any underground plumbing for a basement bathroom will need to be put in and inspected by the plumbing inspector.

Then the flat work contractor can come in and pour and finish the basement floor.

The next step is bringing the modular home in onto the building site. Legendary Homes excavator who is subcontracted normally will back fill the foundation the day the house is brought in. For insulated pre cast basements, we are careful to be sure to brace the walls and not backfill all the way up to avoid issues with the foundation. This is an important step in the building process.

Special attention is also required in preparing the house and foundation before back filling all the way up once the house is set on the foundation. Straps need to be nailed to the house and braces need to be put between the floor joist for added support.

Set day is normally the day or two after the house is delivered to the property. If the site allows we will “roll set” the modular home onto the foundation. If the site does not allow a “roll set” then we will use a crane to set the modular home.

Once the house is set then the building construction process continues.

Electrical is one of the first things we get done. Having the service installed and inspected is critical to getting power.

If the new home is on a basement we try and build the stairway as quickly as we can to make it easier for the subcontractors to have access to the basement to get their work done.

Mechanical work such as gas line and any duct work connections or even a new furnace installed if required is also part of the building process.

The well is drilled normally right after the house is set and then the water line and pressure tank is put in a day or two after that. Plumbing of the drain lines and connecting the water lines will also be part of the building process. This is done after the pressure tank is put in and the power is on at the house.

Installation of the septic tank and drainfield will also be done near the time of the modular home set.

The average cost of building a house can be hard to figure out without having more information about the project. Location, types of soil, size of home, what types of options/upgrades are going to be done, are just some of the information needed to figure out the cost of building a new home.

For additional information about the building process go to

http://legendaryhomesinc.com/blog/understanding-the-building-process

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