Much time and care will be taken over this important evolutionary process. Long before the first soil is tilled and the cement mixer is churning the required materials for the house foundation, meticulous attention to detail will have been applied on the design table. This can be the architect’s drawing board. Or it can be the workshop table of your appointed building contractor. It could even be a housing inspector, come to check if the foundations are strong and solid enough and meet all regulatory and industry requirements.
The qualified housing inspector comes in good use even when the foundations have already been laid. These are foundations that have long been in existence. And the longer they have been holding things together if you will, the stronger the possibility that there may well be cracks in the foundations. Traditional housing inspectors are able to see everything from above, from the front door to the top of the roof. Hardly an eye could be cast on the building’s foundations seeing as though it is below the ground.
Or so you would have thought. Because at ground level and upwards, there are always telltale signs that the building’s foundations are under pressure or in a state that now requires repair. There may be cracks in the rooms’ walls. And there most certainly will be cracks in the floorboards whereby an uneven walking surface is always possible. Building foundations that are damaged can also put pressure on the building’s plumbing and heating supply infrastructure. When a large-scale commercial plumbing network is under strain, checking out the building’s foundations will be on the list of things to do.
But laying down the foundations for the first time does always remain quite an exciting experience.