Hello : )
My wife & I are having a house build. When we went to the Architect he put Bell Bottoms ALL over the foundation, which can be very expensive. We live in Galveston County in Texas & have had the soil tested which has found to be good solid soil (Clay about a foot down). We also have a good 18" of 60/40 select Dirt that we've purchased & packed down for the house to sit on.
Our general contractor is very knowledgeable about Bell bottoms & Beams & assures us that we shouldn't need anything more then 30 inch Beams around the perimeter & 24 inch beams throughout the house structure that are indicated on our foundation plan. He's going to pour the foundation/set the forms & beams as well.
My wife‚Äôs parents & friends swear by Bell bottoms, but I don't want to end up spending 8,000 projected dollars on our already Heavy budget for something we might not need in the 1st place. We have gotten a lot of opinions from different people & still can't make our minds up. The house I grew up in had Beams only & did fine, so I don't want them.
One concern was the differences in Climate down here where we can have a dry season & a wet season... but if we plan on having Irrigation around the house to keep the plants watered, then the foundation won‚Äôt dry out to cause any issues. Please HELP!
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