A young electronics entrepreneur asked me to come and meet with him about the possibility of designing a swimming pool or spa for his multi-million dollar home.
The beautiful home was build atop a hillside in the early 1960's. Having recently completed a whole house remodel, the owner was now ready to tackle the backyard.
The client knew that I had a reputation for being expensive. He had already met with a number of pool contractors. However, a quick walk around the property made him realize that I was more than a pool contractor.
|Building stucco cracking|
|Tilting trees were a clue to slope creep|
Confirmation of Suspicions
Before the client committed to retaining my design services, I recommended that he hire a surveyor and a soils engineer. Those experts could determine if the house was level, provide a topographical map that we'd need later and quantify the conditions of the soils and slopes.
The results were not pleasant. One corner of the house was 3/4 of an inch out of level. The lot was a combination of cut and fill. The dirt cut out of the hillside was merely pushed around to create level areas. No compaction or stabilization measures had been employed.
Turning Lemons into Lemonade
Our engineering team, quickly devised a conceptual plan, wherein we could stabilize the slope closest to the house and level the house using grout injection.
The best part is that the client would gain a spa, seating area and beautiful herb garden.
Caissons were drilled with a tracked excavator.
|Drilling caissons with a tracked excavator.|
|Cages for drilled caissons|
|Crane lifting steel cages into place|
|Placing steel cages into the drilled holes|
The net result was that the spa cost more than the client had intended. However, the end results were picture perfect and the house was back onto a solid foundation.
Who wouldn't want to come home to this?
|Completed glass tile spa, flagstone patio and concrete bench.|
|The end of a perfect day!|
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