Have you ever wondered why things breakdown so quickly? Don’t think that by throwing a concrete foundation block down on the ground, you can construct an addition that will be capable of withstanding the movements, loads and stresses that are prevalent in Hawaii’s soil conditions.

On top of it all, adobe soil is expanding and contracting at a rapid rate when rain falls on it. It is acting like a cellulose sponge. It’s no wonder so many homes in Hawaii have drywall cracks and shifting foundations because the basic steps were ignored at the beginning, and during, the construction process.


The existing dirt at the location of the addition may consist of silt or may have been backfilled with broken cement blocks and rocks. This is hardly an acceptable starting point to building with quality. Footing may need to be excavated below grade to a 2 foot by 2 foot by 3 foot depth and at least a foot of structural base installed and compacted to 90 percent density for a starting point. A 2 foot by 2 foot concrete footing consisting of No. 4 rebar and 3,000 psi concrete would be a good application as a second step in the process. The point is that each building site is different and a soil analysis is helpful to the structural engineer in determining the correct design.

Town & Country Builders LLC is offering a discount on the work and a savings of $1,000 off (some restrictions apply). You can save by calling the company today.

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Town & Country Builders is a licensed general contracting design build firm that has been serving Oahu residents for the past 32 years. The company specializes in new and custom homes, remodels, second story additions, designer kitchens, bathrooms, package homes, Americans with Disability Act modifications/improvements as well as multigenerational homes, and it offers full construction services including planning and permitting.


You can reach Town & Country Builders at 737-7766 for a free in-home consultation, or visit www.townandcountrybuildersllc.com. Town & Country Builders is a member of the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating, a certified remodeler and winner of the 2012 elite excellence in “Customer Satisfaction” award.

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