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Building A Home In A Remote Location With Difficult Soil Conditions? 3 Tips To Get It Right

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Building a home in a remote location offers many benefits, such as no noise from traffic or neighbors. To make sure everything turns out right when you start building your home, you need to take some things into consideration. This will ensure you are happy in your new home after it is finished. 

Screw Pile Foundation

Because you have difficult soil foundations, you need to anchor your foundation. This is because poor soil is not stable and it would cause the foundation to eventually shift, which would lead to foundation cracks.

A way to take care of this problem is by anchoring your foundation with screw piles (such as those from Alberta Screw Piles LTD.), also known as helical pier system. The helical pier system is screwed into the ground until it reaches some stable soil. Once this pier system is installed, the contractor will put a bracket under the foundation footing. This bracket is used to keep the helical piers in place to ensure the home is supported properly by the pier.

Once installed, the foundation is then laid over the helical piers. This works great for people that are in remote locations. This is because the equipment needed to do this is portable and much smaller, which means the equipment can be used in very small spaces.

Fire Safety

Because you are in a remote location there is likely no fire trucks readily available if there is a fire. For this reason, make sure you keep everything as fire safe as you possibly can. Install smoke alarms throughout the house along with carbon monoxide alarms. Have fire extinguishers readily available. If the home will have a fireplace, have it inspected at least once per year. The fall time of the year is a good time to do this before you start using it for the winter. Hire a qualified chimney sweep to inspect the chimney and flue, as well as clean everything if needed.

Have an escape ladder in place if you live in a two or more story house. The ladders should be easy to access for everyone.

Off-Grid Living

Because you are in a remote location you will be living off-grid, which means you will have no power. Your home will also not have access to regional watery supply.  You do have access to solar power, or hydro and/or wind power, however. This power can also be stored in batteries so you can use it later.

There are large water storage tanks, which are much easier and lighter to install when compared to metal or concrete tanks. You can use wireless and satellite technology to be able to communicate with the outside world, such as through your smartphone.

Hire a builder than can insulate and design your home to reduce your need for cooling and heating. For example, a cool roof has a highly reflective material that will reflect more light and absorb less heat from the sunlight. You could also have the house built with advanced house framing.   

Talk with your home builder for other tips on building your home in a remote location.