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Residential House Pads in Magnolia Tx


The first and most important step in constructing a house is laying a solid foundation. The phrase "founded upon a rock" sums up how important this step is to the overall structural integrity of the house which directly affects the home’s longevity. In other words, to ensure your house will withstand the test of time, it must be built on a solid foundation that meets all specifications.

Another phrase, which is appropriate here is, "As strong as your weakest link." Adhering to the specifications outlined by the Architect, Structural Engineers and/or Geo Technicians will guarantee that your home will be anchored to a structurally sound base which adds real value to your investment. The money spent here to ensure a quality product will save you thousands in the long run.

What Happens Before Construction

Before construction activity starts at the project site, it is recommended that a final review be conducted. This review should include:

It is also important to have a walk through with your contractor; if necessary, include the architect and/or surveyor. This is the time to double-check all stake measurements, soil test reports, HOA restrictions and requirements, pad layout and location as compared to your approved blueprints. Please note that the completed size of your house pad is going to be larger than the dimensions listed on your plans. A five (5) foot extension is added to every exterior wall dimension to provide additional foundation support, allow for minor tweaking when setting the forms for the slab and for ease in the final grade process. Additional pad footage will also need to include any and all patios, walkways, driveways, detached garages and any other structures associated with the drawings.

Thoroughly Checking The Site Prior To Construction Magnolia Tx

Thoroughly Checking The Site Prior To Construction
Thoroughly Checking The Site Prior To Construction

Double-check that all vegetation, drainage, grading or any other issues have been identified, marked and are included in your house pad construction plans. Notate any trees and other vegetation that you want to retain or have removed from your property site and MAKE SURE your contractor understands your intent. Do not assume that your contractor knows that the trees you have marked represent the trees you intend to keep. Your contractor may think the marked trees are the ones you want removed. DO NOT cut down any trees or grind any tree stumps, if located inside the perimeter of your proposed house pad site. The proper method to remove trees/vegetation located within the house pad area, is to extract the entire growth, including roots, with equipment like an excavator or dozer. The void left behind will be filled in and compacted when the actual build-up of the pad site begins.

If any part of a tree stump or its roots is left in the pad area, it will decompose over time, leaving an air pocket. This void becomes part of your foundation and will eventually cause the structural integrity of your house to fail. Remember..."Founded upon a Rock" brings value and equity to your investment instead of costly repairs and heartaches.

Preparing the House Pad Site Magnolia Tx

Preparing the House Pad Site Magnolia Tx
Preparing the House Pad Site Magnolia Tx

Once the site has been thoroughly checked, the next step is clearing the property and preparing the house site for construction. This could be as simple as removing a few trees and shrubs or as complicated as reconstructing the entire area. One very important element in lot preparation includes adhering to all soil and engineering reports. These reports take the data obtained from the test preformed within the house pad site and determine what, if any, additional action(s) need to be taken to bring the site up to specs.

Scraping the pad site of spoiled soil before building up the house pad is the most common request. The amount of spoils to be removed can vary from a few inches to several feet, depending on how deep the sub-par materials lie. The spoils are scraped off with a dozer and placed in piles away from the pad site. Other steps in prepping the lot for a house pad include the removal of any vegetative materials, rocks/boulders and all other debris items located in and around the pad site area as well as re-routing and/or creating drainage areas to prevent standing water around the pad site.

The actual construction of a house pad is done in lifts. Each lift consists of 4” to 6” of select fill dirt which is comprised of a 60/40 mixture of sand and clay. The select fill is dumped in the house pad area, spread evenly and then compacted to meet a 95% moisture content requirement set by the International Building Code (IBC) Board. A geo-technician will take compaction tests in between each lift, to ensure that the proper materials are being installed.

It is highly recommended that you have the contractor installing the house pad also purchase the select fill. It is important to have your contractor be 100% responsible for the all aspects related to the house pad. The number of lifts required to complete your house pad will be determined by the engineer and geo-tech reports.

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For more information on building a house pad, or to receive a free quote, contact Llewellyn's Construction at (281) 252-0127


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We are an excavation contractor providing land clearing services North to Buffalo, TX · East to the Texas border · South to Gulf of Mexico · West to San Antonio

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